MASS SCHEDULE: 2728 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 26 March
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROSEANN NEISS DEVINE
by her husband, Dennis

Sunday, 27 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his brothers and sisters

Monday, 28 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on EBC
by the Thye family

Tuesday, 29 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — FRANCIS T. and PHYLLIS R. COYLE (62nd anniversary of marriage)
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 30 March
Lenten Weekday
06:30 am — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
by his wife, Jean

Thursday, 31 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — FRANCIS T. COYLE (1st anniversary)
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Friday, 01 April
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — DIANE PICCIONI CORY
by the Lang and the Getzey families

Saturday, 02 April
St. Francis of Paola, hermit (OptMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — DAVID L. RICHARDS
by Edward and Judy Haluska

Sunday, 03 April
4th Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — THOMAS GOWER Sr. (23rd anniversary)
by his family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 2728 MARCH
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 26 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM J. PUCETAS
by his wife and his son

Sunday, 27 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — FRANCIS FATULA
by his family

Monday, 28 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — CHILDREN of the WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 29 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — ANTHONY Sr., ANTHONY Jr., GEORGE and ALBERT WALACONIS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Wednesday, 30 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — JAMES HOLLEY
by OPM

Thursday, 31 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — Deceased: SMOLOCK and GUGIE FAMILIES
by M/M Peter Smolock and family

Friday, 01 April
Lenten Weekday
05:00 pm — DOROTHY RYAN
by Elizabeth Ryan

Saturday, 02 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES L. KENNEDY
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Sunday, 03 April
4th Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — CATHERINE WINTERS DYSZEL
by Betty Ryan

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
19 / 20 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: I apologize for the fact that we are unable to print the collection totals for last weekend in this bulletin. The collections were totaled and the money deposited, but the paper on which the totals are written is not currently available to me. Ginny can explain it all to you! We will print the totals in next weekend’s bulletin. Scout’s honor!


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: I apologize for the fact that we are unable to print the collection totals for last weekend in this bulletin. The collections were totaled and the money deposited, but the paper on which the totals are written is not currently available to me. Ginny can explain it all to you! We will print the totals in next weekend’s bulletin. Scout’s honor!

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Sunday, 27 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Thursday, 31 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 31 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 01 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 03 April
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, 31 March
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

CONCERT

MARK O’HEARN, one of our parish organists, has asked me to let everyone know about a concert that will be held on Sunday, 01 May, at 03:00 pm in St. John’s Lutheran Church, 112 W. Main Street, Ringtown. There is no admission charge, but an offering will be taken up for the benefit of Ashley Fredrick. Mark O’Hearn will be the Director of this concert. For further information, contact Mark at (570) 985-3067.

HOME-MADE EASTER EGGS
The Friends of Saint Joseph Parish (Ashland) are offering delicious and nutritious chocolate-covered Easter eggs for sale. Only 75 cents each. Your choice of Peanut Butter, Coconut Cream, Butter Cream and Cherry. Call (570) 875-1521 to place your order. Do it now before they’re all gone!

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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown and Catholic Senior Housing & Health Care Services, Inc. will offer “Integrating Spirituality into Practice,” a professional development seminar featuring speakers Geffrey Kelly, S.T.D. and William F. Haynes, M.D. at Holy Family Manor on Wednesday, 04 May from 08:00 am to 04:00 pm. Continuing education units for social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nursing home administrators and nurses are pending approval. Fees are $40 to register and $10 for CE credits by 28 April. To request a brochure, please call 610-791-3888 ext 304 or visit www.catholiccharityAD.org.
PARISH ADVOCATES CONFERENCE
Would you like to learn more about how to welcome persons with disabilities and their families into full participation in liturgy and parish life? Then you should attend the Parish Advocates for Persons with Disabilities Annual Conference to be held on Saturday, 16 April 2011 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at St. Mary Religious Education Center in Kutztown, Berks County. The theme for the meeting this year is Hot Topics in Disability Ministry and it is open to anyone interested in learning more about people with disabilities. For more information contact your pastor or call Sr. Janice Marie Johnson, R.A.M., Secretariat for Catholic Life & Evangelization at (610) 289-8900 x245 or jjohnson@allentowndiocese.org.
PLEASE NOTE THAT there will not be a Mass at 08:00 am on Wednesday, 30 March. Instead, there will be a Mass at 06:30 am.
Reason: There is a priests convocation in Center Valley on Wednesday, 30 March. It runs from 10:00 am to 04:00 pm. Both Fr. Brennan and Fr. Connolly will be attending. So, we needed to make an adjustment in the time of the morning Mass.
For the same reason, the Exposition / Confessions usually scheduled on Wednesday are being scheduled this week on Thursday.
THERE HAS BEEN MUCH REPORTING ON THE FACT that thousands and thousands of Anglicans (aka Episcopalians) have been coming back into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Not so well known is the fact that there has been a steady stream of Lutherans coming back into full communion with the Catholic Church.
We anticipate that, by the grace of God, there will be a great many Lutherans in the near future who will be making the crucial decision to reunite with Rome.
Many of the recent converts from Lutheranism have come from The Society of the Holy Trinity, a pan-Lutheran ministerium organized in 1997 to work for the confessional and spiritual renewal of Lutheran churches.
Now, it appears that a larger Lutheran body will be joining the Church. Father Christopher Phillips, writing at the Anglo-Catholic blog, reports that the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church (ALCC) clergy and parishes will be entering into the U.S. Ordinariate being created for those Anglicans desiring to enter the Church.
According to the blog, the ALCC sent a letter to Walter Cardinal Kasper, on 13 May 2009, stating that it “desires to undo the mistakes of Father Martin Luther, and return to the One, Holy, and True Catholic Church established by our Lord Jesus Christ through the Blessed Saint Peter.” That letter was sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
With great respect, we invite all Lutheran Christians in Schuylkill County to make the painful but joyful decision to enter into full communion with us.
We do not extend this invitation with any sense of haughtiness or arrogance.
Quite frankly, although we do believe that you need us, we also believe that we need you.
The reason we ask you to join us rather than suggest that we will join you is simply this: For all the sin and weakness that exist among us Catholics, nevertheless it is we who have the Apostolic Succession, the Valid Orders, the Seven Sacraments, the Authentic Magisterium, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and the Bingo. You guys have the Preaching and the Music. Together, we will be invincible.

stjos/stvdp:03.27.2011 - 03


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOIJgxfusrA&feature=related

I highly recommend that people watch this remarkable youtube video.
It is a conversation between a TV anchorwoman and a boy named Joel Northrup.
Joel is a home-schooled high-school sophomore who wrestles for Linn-Mar High School in Iowa. With a 35-4 record, he qualified to compete at the Iowa State Tournament in Des Moines. He was scheduled to wrestle a girl whose name is Cassandra Herkelman, a freshman from Cedar Falls. He refused to wrestle her, saying that it was against his religious principles to wrestle a girl. By refusing to wrestle his designated opponent, he forfeited the match and, of course, forfeited any chance at the State title for his weight class (112).
When I watched the video, I was struck by the manliness, the virtue and the composure manifested by Joel. He must be a superb young man. His parents have every reason to be proud of him. I have no doubt that God is proud of him.
It seems to me that anyone who thinks that it could possibly be appropriate for a man / boy to engage in a wrestling match with a woman / girl is an absolute blooming idiot, totally devoid of any claim to be taken seriously.
Yet it is apparent that not only do absolute blooming idiots abound in our society, but they have taken over and are found in positions of command and control. They are found in political office, they dominate the media and the public school system. Sometimes they are found in the clergy.
I admired the following comments by Anthony Esolen, writing for InsideCatholic.com:

Recently, a boy competing for his high school in the Iowa state wrestling tournament chose to forfeit his initial match rather than wrestle against a girl. He spoke about his decision with an admirable reserve and good sense, saying that wrestling could be a violent sport, and that in this case he had to follow his conscience and his faith. He believed, in other words, exactly what in almost any other circumstances he would be taught as an absolute rule, and that is that a man is not to raise his hand in anger against a woman, and that he is not to touch a woman who is not his wife in the way that wrestling makes necessary -- grabbing under the legs, pressing chest to chest, and worse.
And there are other considerations, harder to talk about, but ones that should have occurred to sensible people -- should have, that is, if there were the slightest thought for the feelings of the boy in question. The boy would have been peculiarly vulnerable. The wrestling suit is skin tight. What if he should be aroused? What if he should hesitate to use certain holds, out of embarrassment -- an embarrassment, I might add, which is natural and to be respected? Nor is the girl in exactly the same situation. She are still usually stronger than girls. But if she wins, her name will be on all the sports pages across the state, as well as his. We can say all day long that he should not feel humiliated, conveniently forgetting that it is not a man we're talking about, but a boy, and one struggling, like all boys in the straits of puberty, to grow into his manhood, to become, wiser people would say, the sort of man who would take for granted that his duty is to protect women, not to pin them to the ground. That struggle is the more acute as the boy in question is small and light, wrestling at 112 pounds. What sport can a 112-pound boy play that would allow him to be an equal member of a team of his mostly bigger and heavier and stronger brothers? The one sport that affords him the best chance of it is wrestling. Why, then, should the smallish kid be placed in this predicament? Why do his feelings and his needs count for nothing?

If you watch the youtube video that I recommend, you will notice the following:
(a) The interviewer asks Joel why he could not have thought of Cassandra as simply “an opponent” rather than as “a girl”.
(b) The interviewer is puzzled as to why Joel was not “okay” with wrestling the girl, given that the girl herself wasokaywith wrestling with a boy.
(c) The interviewer asks Joel if he does not feel bad that he deprived Cassandra of the opportunity to wrestle him.
(d) The interviewer asks Joel how he feels about the criticisms and praise he has received for his decision, how he feels about the labels that have been applied to him.

With admirable simplicity and with the kind of wisdom that is rooted in virtue rather than in intellectual analysis, Joel makes short shrift of all of these absurd questions. You have to watch the video to appreciate Joel’s wisdom.

Here are my own reactions to the interviewer’s challenges to Joel:
(a): Cassandra is a girl whether I think of her as one or not. Truth is not dependent on my thought processes. Truth stands outside of me waiting for me to discover it.
(b): Whether or not it is “okay” with Cassandra that she be touched and handled in ways inappropriate for a boy to touch a girl is irrelevant. If, God help her, she is “okay” with it, then something is awry with her moral compass. The fact that a particular girl’s moral compass is awry certainly does make it convenient for a promiscuous boy, but does not relieve the boy of moral responsibility.
(c): It is a tactic of the Enemy to use guilt when trying to confuse a person who is trying to adhere to certain fundamental moral principles. Ask anyone who has ever struggled to arrive at doing the right thing. He will tell you that doing the right thing sometimes, strangely enough, involved dealing with a strange sense of guilt precisely for doing the right thing.
(d): It is another tactic of the Enemy to get a person to focus on “what others will think of you”. The correct moral decision is usually made in splendid solitude, where no one sees you except the Father — and the Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you.

stjos/stvdp: 03.27.2011 - 04 / 05


 SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE ARABIC CATHOLIC CHURCH, ALSO KNOWN AS “THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE EAST”, IN PARTICULAR THE CHURCH RECENTLY OPENED IN THE 900 BLOCK OF WEST MARKET STREET, POTTSVILLE, WHICH IS KNOWN AS SAINT ANN’S ARABIC CATHOLIC CHURCH.
The Catholic Church of the East, also known as the Arabic Catholic Church, and the local expression of that “church,” the Saint Ann’s Arabic Catholic Church led by the Reverend Ramzi Musallam, is not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop John Barres, nor any other Roman Catholic bishop, one of the requisites for communion with the Catholic Church (cf. Canon 205 CIC, 1983).
Though the professed doctrine and the celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy and the sacraments may be similar in appearance and content to the Roman Catholic Church, please take note that this “church” does not share communion with the Holy See. The website of the Catholic Church of the East also may create confusion among the faithful in the disingenuous manner in which this “church” identifies itself with the Roman Catholic Church.
The founder and leader of the Arabic Catholic Church is the Rev. Ramzi Musallam. He is not subject to the ecclesial governance of the Roman Catholic Church and has no bonds of communion with Pope Benedict XVI.
Please be notified and warned that Roman Catholic Christians are not to receive the sacraments from the clergy of the Arabic Catholic Church, and do not fulfill the obligation to participate at holy Mass on days of precept in such churches since it is not in communion with the Catholic Church.

In January of 2011, the Most Reverend David Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh, issued a statement about the Arabic Catholic Church. I have taken the liberty of reproducing that statement (supra) in our bulletin, editing it only slightly, so as to adapt it to our local situation.

IN SUMMARY, PLEASE KNOW THESE SIMPLE FACTS:
Not every layperson nor every priest nor every bishop who calls himself “Catholic” is actually Catholic.
If a layperson or a priest claims to be Catholic, ask him if he is “in peace and communion” with a bishop. If he says “yes”, proceed to the next question. Ask him if his bishop is “in peace and communion” with the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. If he says “yes”, then (on the presumption he is telling the truth), he is entitled to be called a Catholic. You can “do business” with him in good conscience. By the way, “peace and communion” presumes obedience. You might want to check him out on whether he interprets “peace and communion” as “obedience”.
If, however, there is any wavering or hemming or hawing on the part of the layperson or priest with whom you are conversing, then you should smell a rat.
We wish everyone well. We wish the members and clergy of the Arabic Catholic Church well. But we wish they would not identify themselves as “Catholic”. If they want to incorporate the word “Catholic” into their title, they should at least specify “Schismatic Catholic”.

stjos/stvdp: 03.27.2011 - 06


MARJORIE ANNE BUDNAVAGE ROWLAND
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Saturday, 19 March.
Born on 27 April 1937, she was 74 years old.
She is one of the three children of the late Vincent and Mary (Santers) Budnavage {Bagdonas}.
Her brother is Vincent Budnavage and her sister is Maggie Budnavage
Marjorie was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 16 May 1937 by Father Michael F. Daumantas.
On 08 May 1959, she was married to Michael W. Rowland at St. Joseph Church, Girardville, in the presence of Father Joseph A. Barnes.
Michael died in 1996.
From the marriage of Michael and Marjorie, there came three children:
Michael W. Rowland; William Rowland (deceased); Maggie Rowland Emery.
In addition to her son and daughter, Marjorie is survived by her brother, Vincent Budnavage, and by her sister, Linda Budnavage Najda.
Marjorie has three grandchildren: Dillon Emery; Saxon Emery; Hailey Emery.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Marjorie was celebrated on Wednesday, 23 March, at 11:00 am, in St. Vincent dePaul Church. There was a period of visitation in the church prior to the Mass.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Englewood.
Eternal rest grant unto Marjorie, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

(A note for genealogists: At first I could not locate Marjorie’s record of Baptism. Then I was told to look for “Bagdonas”. She had been baptized under the name “Margaret Anna Bagdonas”. Apparently the family name was changed to “Budnavage” somewhere along the line, because that is the name that appears in the marriage register.)

GIRARDVILLE A “ROUGH TOWN”?
Last weekend, my sister, Regina, and her husband, Frank, came to visit.
They decided to take “the scenic route”, so they drove up from Philadelphia via 309, looking to intersect with 54.
They missed 54 and found themselves in Hazleton.
They stopped at a tire dealer to ask for directions.
My sister asked the clerk, “Can you tell us how to get to Girardville?”
The clerk responded by saying, “Girardville? That’s a rough town! Why would you want to go to Girardville?”
My sister explained, “Well, that’s where my brother lives.”
I guess he figured that was a good-enough reason, so he gave them permission to go to Girardville, plus directions and they got here okay.
Now, my questions are as follows: Where does that guy in Hazleton get off dissing Girardville? Is he cruisin’ for a bruisin’? In what sense is Girardville a “rough town”? And, if it is a “rough town”, is that good or bad? Would it be better if Girardville were a “smooth town”? Frankly, I like Girardville. I like to be known as a resident of a rough town! It puts a little swagger in my walk. Don’t mess with me, you Hazletonian! I’m from Girardville! I’m from a rough town! I don’t take nuttin from nobody!

stjos/stvdp: 03.27.2011 - 07


 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS together with Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Sunday
, 27 March
07:00 pm in St. Joseph Church
Friday, 01 April
07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church
Sunday, 03 April
07:00 pm in St. Joseph Church

 

“Look at this Heart that has loved human beings so much but that has received from the great majority of them only contempt and scorn.”
                                                                          Words spoken by the Lord Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Making the Stations of the Cross is a powerful way of saying to Jesus, “Lord, I am not unaware of what You have done for me, nor am I ungrateful. I beg You, Lord Jesus, to have mercy on me for all my unawareness and all my ingratitude and for that of my fellow human beings.”

COME TO STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING THE REMAINING WEEKS OF LENT!
Don’t let Lent come to a conclusion without your having participated in the Stations of the Cross.

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