MASS SCHEDULE: 0613 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 05 March
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARY ELLEN KREVINAS
by Mrs. Harold Burns

Sunday, 06 March
9th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — NORA MALEY BYRNE
by Jim and Teresa Neary

Monday, 07 March
SS. Perpetua and Felicity, martys (OptMem)
08:00 am — GEORGE L. KLASSEN
by OPM

Tuesday, 08 March
St. John of God, religious (OptMem)
07:00 pm — EVELYN SHANDRI
by OPM

Wednesday, 09 March
Ash Wednesday
08:00 am — MARY A. CLARKE
by her family

Thursday, 10 March
Thursday after Ash Wednesday
08:00 am — CHILDREN of the WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Friday, 11 March
Friday after Ash Wednesday
08:00 am — HILDA WALSH
by the Walsh Trust

Saturday, 12 March
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
08:00 am — JIM O’FLYNN
by OPM
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOEY KLEEMAN III
by Joe and Marian Kleeman

Sunday, 13 March
1st Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — CONCETTA CATIZONE
by her daughter, Mickey

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0613 MARCH
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 05 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — PATSY HARRIS
by Jeanne Joyce

Sunday, 06 March
9th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: RYAN and COONEY FAMILIES
by Elizabeth Ryan

Monday, 07 March
SS. Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs (OptMem)
07:00 pm — MARY ELLEN BURNS KREVINAS
by Bob and Mary Burns

Tuesday, 08 March
St. John of God, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — CLAIRE SHEPPERSON
by Betty Ryan

Wednesday, 09 March
Ash Wednesday
07:00 pm — JAMES HOLLEY
by OPM

Thursday, 10 March
Thursday after Ash Wednesday
07:00 pm — FRANCIS and ESTELLE (Weiner) PURCELL
by their sons: Francis, Jimmy and Brian

Friday, 11 March
Friday after Ash Wednesday
05:00 pm — ARTHUR E. LAUDEMAN
by OPM

Saturday, 12 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — VERONICA HARFINIST
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 13 March
1st Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 03.06.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
26 / 27 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,144.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $77.00 from the second collection (plate); $45.00 from the Dues envelopes; $30.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $152.50 from the loose.
Total: $1,448.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: -0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,448.50) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($329.54), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($464.00), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,151.17, one sees that $297.33 is available from this collection for operating the parish.



Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $935.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $82.00 from the second collection (plate); $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $84.50 from the loose.
Total: $1,151.50.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $124.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,151.50) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($229.38), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($282.46), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $762.82, one sees that $388.68 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 10 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 10 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 11 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 13 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Keep in mind that Confession is available outside the scheduled times to anyone who asks. If you want to go to Confession, simply tap the priest on the shoulder or (preferably) call the pastor and agree with him on a time. Fr. Connolly does not consider such requests to be “an imposition” on his time. He is happy to make the sacrament available.

 EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thursday, 10 March
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

 

The Exposition / Confession usually held on Fridays in St. Joseph Chapel is suspended during the Lenten season because of Stations of the Cross.
We anticipate that we will resume Exposition / Confession on Fridays after Lent.

stjos/stvdp: 03.06.2011 - 02


TIME LIKE AN EVER-ROLLING STREAM BEARS ALL OUR LIVES AWAY: Wade O. Richards, St. Joseph Parish custodian, is one of eight brothers, one of whom (Robert) died a few years ago.. This past November, his brother, Earl, died. In December, his brother, Dave, died. All of us felt bad for Wade-O and the Richards family. Two deaths in successive months is hard to take. Now comes the death of another of the “Richards boys”. Glenn W. Richards, the youngest of the brothers, died on Tuesday, 01 March.
We have no words with which to console the family except the words of Faith: Trust in God Who is tenderhearted and full of mercy. Trust in God Who is our Beginning and our End. Trust in God Who raised Jesus from the dead and will raise up all who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

Eternal rest grant unto Glenn, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

A few weeks ago, we put a notice in the bulletin asking parents of children who are old enough to receive their First Holy Communion to call the Rectory.
I don’t know if this notice went unread by the parents, but the fact is that we have not heard from all those from whom we expected a call.
Bottom line: If you have a child in second grade (or higher grade) who has not received First Holy Communion and if you want him / her to receive and if he / she has been attending either Catholic school or CCD and if he/she has been attending Mass on Sunday, then please call the Rectory and give us his / her name and contact information.
Please do this now!
We shall soon be having special meetings for these children and we want all of our ducks to be in order before we start the meetings.

stjos/stvdp:03.06.2011 - 03


Remember, man, that thou art dust
And unto dust thou shalt return.

ASH WEDNESDAY
The first day of Lent 2011 is this coming Wednesday,
09 March.

Although attendance at Mass is not obligatory under pain of sin, it is nevertheless a day on which serious Catholics do their best to go to Mass.

Here is the schedule for Mass and for imposition of ashes:

• 08:00 am — Mass
St. Joseph Chapel
With imposition of ashes

• 11:00 am — Liturgy of the Word (no Mass)
St. Vincent dePaul Church
With imposition of ashes

• 04:00 pm — Liturgy of the Word (no Mass)
St. Joseph Chapel
With imposition of ashes

• 07:00 pm — Mass
St. Vincent dePaul Church
With imposition of ashes

You would do well to choose to go to Mass. The Liturgy of the Word is primarily for those who cannot make it to Mass.

stjos/stvdp: 03.06.2011 - 04


THE SUPREME COURT DECISION IN THE CASE OF SNYDER v PHELPS
A friend of mine asked me the other day what I thought about the Supreme Court decision (8-1) that ruled against the Petitioner and in favor of the Respondent.
The Petitioner was Albert Snyder, father of L/CPL Matthew A. Snyder, a US Marine killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq. The Respondent was Fred Phelps, pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church.
Phelps and the members of his congregation are exceedingly well known for their outrageous and obstreperous opinions and, in particular, for their practice of gathering at funerals of military personnel in order to hoist their signs and spread their message — a message calculated to insult, inflame and defame everyone (it seems) who is not a member of their congregation.
Their favorite epithet is “fag”. They seem to think that everyone who is not on board with them in every respect is a “fag”, regardless of his or her sexual proclivities.
My friend was surprised and, I think, disappointed when I told her that I agreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling in this matter. I am a strong proponent of the First Amendment right to free speech.
If we circumscribe the free-speech rights of Fred Phelps and his fellow idiots, what will we do when someone wants to take away our free-speech rights? That’s the heart of the matter.
With that in mind, I like to cite the following classic and brilliant exchange between St. Thomas More and his feisty son-in-law, William Roper. If you are already familiar with it, you might like to read it again. If not familiar with it, you might want to read it a few times and absorb the wisdom of it. You can find it in “A Man for All Seasons”.

ROPER: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
MORE: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
ROPER: I’d cut down every law in England to do that!
MORE: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!

So, if St. Thomas More is willing to give the Devil the “benefit of law”, I think we can afford to give the same to Fred Phelps!
I think the USA is a better country because of this decision of the Supreme Court. Now, if only the Supreme Court would start making (and reversing) a few other decisions, we would all be better off!

Another point to be made is this: We do well to distinguish between behavior that is immoral and behavior that is illegal.
One of more insightful things I have come across in my life is the following:
“It is the mistake of the Liberal to think that everything that is legal is moral, whereas it is the mistake of the Conservative to think that everything that is immoral ought to be made illegal.”

While I’m into quotes, here is a quote from the website of the Westboro Baptist Church that I particularly enjoy: "There are over one billion Catholics in the world—that's one out of every six people alive today—and every single one of them will split Hell wide open when they die—period. And there is nothing they can do about it."
To which I reply: “Thank you, Pastor Phelps, for your thoughtful theological opinion and for the dire prophetic warning. I shall certainly give it the consideration it deserves. Just in case I decide to leave the Catholic Church and join Westboro Baptist, I shall certainly let you know. Meanwhile, have a nice day!”

Bottom line (here goes another of my favorite quotes): “Never get into a mud fight with a pig, because you’ll only get dirty and the pig will enjoy it.”

stjos/stvdp: 03.06.2011 - 05


CHINESE AUCTION: WRAP-UP

The grand total (profit) realized from the Auction last Sunday came to:

$7,946.00

The pastor and the women of the Holy Rosary Society are grateful to everyone who did anything at all in order to make the 2011 Chinese Auction a success.
Those who did the physical work of setting up and taking down.
Those who did the kitchen work.
The “boys in the backroom”.
Those who donated prizes.
Those who attended: our valued parishioners, neighbors, friends and “customers”.

The winners of the drawings are the following:

50 / 50 — Wade O. Richards
Money Lotto Tree — Joan Gormas
Train — Dr. Joseph Weber
Flat-screen TV — Ralph Chiplonia

Congratulations to all of the winners!
And, to those who did not win: There is always next year

stjos/stvdp: 03.06.2011 - 06


WE SHARE THE MAIL
The following brief article appeared in the “This Week”, which is the editorial section of National Review, a neo-conservative bi-weekly review of politics and culture. The sentence I have underlined and bolded is not underlined or bolded in the original. I have highlighted it because it is the sentence that prompted my negative reaction.
NATIONAL REVIEW (07 March 2011)
This Week (page 06)
Ann Coulter, in remarks at CPAC, declared herself “a friend of the gays”. She did not deny the sinfulness of same-sex sexual activity, but chided conservatives for dwelling on it so much more than on other sinful behavior, from failures of charity to premarital sex among heterosexuals. We wrongly show gays “a little extra animosity”. Coulter is surely correct to encourage heterosexual conservatives to take the beams out of their own eyes. Neither philosophy nor theology provides any basis for regarding homosexual sin as categorically worse than other kinds, and conservatives have not always kept their perspective. But this is not the end of the matter. There is a strong tendency in our culture to declare that homosexual conduct is not sinful at all, that so regarding it is a form of discrimination that must be policed by the state, and that marriage must be redefined in the name of this new moral orthodoxy. The courts are increasingly inclined to impose this orthodoxy over a resistant public. Under these circumstances, the question of homosexuality will necessarily take up more attention from conservatives than other vices and social ills. We did not choose this fight, and our only choice is to conduct it as effectively and charitably as we can.

The following is a letter to the editor that I wrote in response to the article printed above. I am reprinting it here because I think it is relevant to what I would call “correct thinking” about homosexuality. In a nutshell, my point is this: Sexual sin between two persons of the same gender is categorically and objectively more grievous than sexual sin between two persons of the opposite gender. This is not to minimize the grievousness of heterosexual sin, nor is it to deny the relevance of subjective factors in either kind of sin.

To the Editor:
In The Week (07 March 2011), there is the following sentence: “Neither philosophy nor theology provides any basis for regarding homosexual sin as categorically worse than other kinds, and conservatives have not always kept their perspective”.
The first part of this sentence is incorrect. As to the second part, about conservatives and their perspective, I offer no opinion.
In regard to homosexual sin being “categorically worse” than heterosexual sin: Both Thomistic philosophy and Catholic theology consider homosexual sin to be contrary to the primary principles of natural law, whereas heterosexual sin is contrary to subsidiary principles of natural law.
In other words, the sexual union of male with female is intrinsically ordered to the good of reproduction, whereas the sexual union of two persons of the same gender is never so ordered. Homosexual genital union is malum in se, i.e. intrinsically evil, whereas heterosexual genital union, if and when sinful, is circumstantially sinful, i.e. due to the exclusion of commitments to permanence or exclusivity or due to the artificial exclusion of openness to offspring.
In regard to philosophy: St. Thomas Aquinas teaches, “It is evident ... that every emission of semen, in such a way that generation cannot follow, is contrary to the good for man. And if this be done deliberately, it must be a sin. Now, I am speaking of a way from which, in itself, generation could not result: such would be any emission of semen apart from the natural union of male and female. For which reason, sins of this type are called contrary to nature.” (Summa contra gentiles 3, 122)
In regard to theology, it is well known that St. Paul, although he proscribes fornication and adultery (heterosexual sins), he condemns homosexual sin as a deviation from the fundamental construct of human nature (cf. Romans 1).

Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Girardville PA

stjos/stvdp: 03.06.2011 - 07


 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
With Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Schedule
for Lent 2011
 

Friday, 11 March
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 13 March
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Friday, 18 March
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 20 March
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Friday, 25 March
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 27 March
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

 Friday, 01 April
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 03 April
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Friday, 08 April
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 10 April
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Friday, 15 April
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 17 April
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

stjos/stvdp: 03.06.2011 - 08

 

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