MASS SCHEDULE: 0310 APRIL
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 02 April
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

Monday, 04 April
St. Isidore, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on ROBERT BOHRMAN
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag

Tuesday, 05 April
St. Vincent Ferrer, priest (OptMem)
07:00 pm — CHARLES and ANNA ROSENBERGER
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 06 April
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — JACOB and ROSE WINTERS and FAMILY
by Catherine Winters Dyszel (+)

Thursday, 07 April
St. John Baptist deLaSalle, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Friday, 08 April
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MARIANNE JACAVAGE
by her mother, Anne

Saturday, 09 April
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — JULIA SENITCH LAPLACA
by the Lang and the Getzey families
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARGARET T. KAPLAFKA (8th anniversary)
by Joseph Kaplafka and son

Sunday, 10 April
5th Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — CONCETTA CATIZONE
by her daughter, Mickey

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0310 APRIL
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 04 April
St. Isidore, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JOHN YEKENCHICK
by Gina M. Yekenchick

Tuesday, 05 April
St. Vincent Ferrer, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — WILLIAM and ANNA LABALAUKIS
by the Labie family

Wednesday, 06 April
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — JAMES A. COYLE (58th anniversary of marriage)
by his wife, Collette, and children

Thursday, 07 April
St. John Baptist deLaSalle, priest (OptMem)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
bythe HRS

Friday, 08 April
Lenten Weekday
05:00 pm — RAYMOND BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 09 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — VINCENT J. LECKNER
by Muriel Pucetas and son, William

Sunday, 10 April
5th Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 04.03.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
19 / 20 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,091.50 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the second collection (plate); $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $36.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $106.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,309.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $217.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,309.50) 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 $158.33 is available from this collection for operating the parish.



Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $767.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $53.00 from the second collection (plate); $70.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $75.00 from the loose.
Total: $965.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $103.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($965.00) 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 $202.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Sunday, 03 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Thursday, 07 April
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

Friday, 08 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 10 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, 07 April
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)


IF YOU HAVE NOT YET CONTRIBUTED TO THE COLLECTION FOR JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE / TSUNAMI RELIEF, PLEASE DO SO EITHER THIS WEEKEND OR NEXT. JUST PUT YOUR CHECK (or currency) INTO A PLAIN ENVELOPE AND MARK IT “JAPAN” or “JAPANESE RELIEF”.

stjos/stvdp: 04.03.2011 - 02


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
26 / 27 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,232.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $55.00 from the second collection (plate); $111.00 from the Dues envelopes; $62.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $379.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $51.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,890.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $335.00 from the collection for Japanese earthquake / tsunami relief; $205.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,890.00) 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 $738.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $981.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the second collection (plate); $17.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $456.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $107.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,629.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $145.00 from the collection for Japanese earthquake / tsunami relief; $146.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,629.00) 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 $866.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 THE FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN
will have six instructional sessions with Father Connolly.
Attendance at all six sessions is required.
These sessions will be held at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory
from 06:00 to 07:15 pm
on six successive Tuesdays:
12 April, 19 April, 26 April,
03 May, 10 May, 17 May.
These are in addition to the regular religious instruction
the children are receiving either in Catholic school or in CCD.
We will concentrate on the basics about
the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Eucharist.
If you suspect that there are some parents of FHC children
who don’t read the parish bulletin on a regular basis,
please do them a favor by bringing this to their attention.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION is scheduled for Sunday, 22 May.

stjos/stvdp:04.03.2011 - 03


REMOVING THE HOLY WATER FROM THE FONTS IN CHURCH DURING LENT
Sometimes people have told me that they do not find any holy water in the fonts when they go to their parish church during Lent. They ask me why.
Here is my answer.
Somebody back in the 1970s who spent too much time going to “liturgy workshops” got it into his or her head that, because Lent commemorates the time that Jesus spent in the desert and because water is scarce or even non-existent in deserts, it would be a good idea and kind of neat and symbolic, etc to remove the holy water from the fonts in the churches until Easter.
I never bought into this strange practice and thought it was kind of weird. However, “live and let live” and “different strokes for different folks”, in addition to which I thought maybe I could make a few extra bucks by supplying bootleg holy water to people from other parishes who were experiencing holy-water deprivation during Lent.
Anyway, all such disputes eventually find their way to Rome for final resolution. Please know that the “holy water during Lent” question was sent to Rome for an official answer. The Congregation for Divine Worship sent a letter on 14 March 2003 in which it said (more or less): Now hear this! Now hear this! Would you puh-leeze leave the holy water in the fonts during Lent? Or am I going to have to come up there and smack you??
You can read that letter for yourself. Here it is:

Prot. N. 569/00/L

Dear Father:
This Congregation for Divine Worship has received your letter sent by fax in which you ask whether it is in accord with liturgical law to remove the holy water from the fonts for the duration of the season of Lent.
This Dicastery is able to respond that
THE REMOVING OF HOLY WATER FROM THE FONTS DURING THE SEASON OF LENT IS NOT PERMITTED, in particular, for two reasons:
1. The liturgical legislation in force does not foresee this innovation, which in addition to being praeter legem (against the law) is contrary to a balanced understanding of the season of Lent, which though truly a season of penance, is also a season rich in the symbolism of water and baptism, constantly evoked in liturgical texts.
2. The encouragement of the Church that the faithful avail themselves frequently of the sacraments is to be understood to apply also to the season of Lent. The "fast" and "abstinence" which the faithful embrace in this season does not extend to abstaining from the sacraments or sacramentals of the Church. The practice of the Church has been to empty the Holy Water fonts on the days of the Sacred Triduum in preparation for the blessing of the water at the Easter Vigil, and it corresponds to those days on which the Eucharist is not celebrated (i.e., Good Friday and Holy Saturday).
Hoping that this resolves the question,
with every good wish and kind regard, I am,
Mario Marini
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Mons. Mario Marini
Undersecretary

stjos/stvdp: 04.03.2011 - 04


ABORTION and the SOCIAL SECURITY CRISIS
“This just in from the trustees that issue the annual report on the health of those two pillars of the modern entitlement state: Medicare and Social Security. This watershed event occurred in 2010, to the tune of $41 Billion dollars. Under any rational accounting standards this makes the Social Security program bankrupt. And that's right now, not in 25 years when the so-called Trust Fund becomes insolvent.”


Bill Frezza
Adams Capital Management
(an early-stage venture capital firm)

 

“The reason Social Security is in big trouble is, we don't have enough workers to support the retirees. A third of all the young people in America today are not in America today because of abortion – because one in three pregnancies ends in abortion. We are depopulating this country. It's through a policy that does not support families, does not encourage families to have children, doesn't support them when they do have those children.”


Richard Santorum
Former US Senator from Pennsylvania

IF YOU HAVE A PRO-ABORTION FRIEND who cannot be dissuaded from his or her position by philosophical or theological argumentation, try economic argumentation.
Most people, especially as they get older, are interested in their wallets and in their Social Security checks, even if they’re not interested in their eternal destiny. Ah, the comfort of that monthly direct deposit from the government into one’s checking account!
Social Security is about to go belly-up. When it does, you can thank the Democratic Party plus Planned Parenthood and all those other lovely folks who gave us legalized abortion together with the obligation to pay for it. Talk about being made to buy the rope that they’re going to use to hang you with!
Abortion stinks to high heaven.
It is murder, plain and simple.
Abortion kills babies and it will kill the United States of America.
And, if anyone is too morally degenerate to recognize that it is murder, then we ask that he or she please recognize that, at the very least, it is lousy for the economy.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT FATHER CORAPI
All of us are distressed to learn that Fr. John Corapi has been accused of some sort of impropriety. All we know at this time (at least all that I know at this time) is: (a) there is one accuser (a woman); (b) the accusations have something to do with sex and something to do with drugs; (c) Fr. Corapi absolutely denies the allegations; (d) his religious superiors are following what they believe is the prudent course and have removed him from public priestly ministry until there is some clarification, some determination of guilt or innocence; (e) EWTN is following the lead of Fr. Corapi’s religious superiors and is suspending the telecasts of his programs until there is some clarity about the whole matter.
We use common sense and charity while we wait to see how this all develops. Obviously, we hope that he is innocent and will be cleared of the charges. If he is innocent (as I suspect he is), I pray that his suffering will be redemptive. If he is guilty (as I suspect he is not), I pray that his suffering will be redemptive.
Meanwhile: Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.
And — oh yes! — two other things: (a) Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus; (b) Keep your sense of humor.
By the way, did you know that St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) was once accused of sexual improprieties by two women? He was, of course, found to be innocent of the charges. So, if Fr. Corapi is innocent, he is in good company!

stjos/stvdp: 04.03.2011 - 05


ADELE VERONICA SUBICK POWLICK,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Saturday, 26 March.
Born on 05 March 1925, she was 86 years old.
Adele is one of the nineteen children of the late William and Annie (Yankowskas) Subick.
Of these nineteen children, two are a set of twins who died either at birth or shortly thereafter. Their names are (apparently) known only to God. Their deaths might have been related to the epidemic known as “the Spanish flu”. We are not certain just how they fit into the birth order of the nineteen children of William and Annie.
Excluding the twins, the Subick children in birth order are: Vincent, Anna, Joseph, Jonas, Anthony, George, Peter, Marian, Casimir, Helen, Edward, Albert, Michael, Adele, Anna, Andrew and Lewis.
All of Adele’s siblings are deceased, with the exception of Lewis.
All of the Subick children (except for the twins?) were baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church. Adele was baptized on 20 March 1925, by Fr. Ignatius F. Valanciunas.
On 19 July 1947, in St. Vincent dePaul Church, Adele was married to Ralph J. Powlick, in the presence of Fr. Jerome Bagdonas.
Ralph died in 1988.
Ralph and Adele have a son: Ronald J. Powlick.
They have two grandchildren: Shawn P. Powlick and Shannon P. Powlick.
They have two great-grandchildren: Lucas V. Powlick and Moira V. Powlick.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Thursday, 31 March, at 08:30 am. Interment took place in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Eternal rest grant unto Adele, 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.
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A couple of genealogical notes:
The Baptism register has Adele’s family name written in the Lithuanian form, viz. “Subacius” or “Subaciute”. This name later came to be “Subick”.
Adele’s father is called “Vincent” in the Baptism register, but was commonly known as “William”. This is not unusual among Lithuanians because “William” in Lithuanian is “Vincas”. It happens often that “Lithuanian Williams” get to be known as “Vincent” and sometimes vice versa.

THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will have its monthly meeting in the parish hall, after the 06:30 pm Mass on Thursday, 07 April. Members are encouraged to participate in the Mass before going to the meeting.
THE HOLY NAME SOCIETY will have its monthly meeting in the parish hall, after the 08:30 am Mass on Sunday, 10 April.
WE ARE GRATEFUL to Ronald J. Powlick and family for the gift of $250.00 they gave to StVdP Parish in memory of their mother / grandmother, Adele Subick Powlick.

stjos/stvdp: 04.03.2011 - 06


PUTTING IT SUCCINCTLY
To dissociate child-making from love-making is,
for our species, a methodological error:

ARTIFICIAL CONTRACEPTION, which is an attempt at the making of love while excluding the making of          a child;
ARTIFICIAL (in vitro) FERTILIZATION, which is an attempt at making a child while excluding the          making of love;
ABORTION, which is the unmaking of a child;
PORNOGRAPHY, which is the unmaking of love:


All of these, to varying degrees,
are incompatible with Natural Law
and, as such, are grievous offenses
against oneself, against mankind,
and against the Maker and Lover of us all.
There is a lot of wisdom compacted in the statement printed here. If you don’t quite understand it at first bounce, give it a second, a third and a fourth bounce until you do understand it. If you still don’t understand it, ask someone who does. If you do understand it, teach it to others.
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.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Sunday, 03 April: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Friday, 08 April: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Sunday, 10 April: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church

stjos/stvdp: 04.03.2011 - 07


BISHOP BARRES GIVES GREEN LIGHT
FOR ESTABLISHING THIRD PARISH IN GIRARDVILLE!


In response to innumerable requests for a new parish to relieve the overcrowding at the two existing parishes (St. Joseph and St. Vincent dePaul), Bishop Barres has authorized Fr. Edmund J. Brennan to break ground for a new parish complex, which will serve the west side of Girardville. “With St. Vincent dePaul serving the east side, St. Joseph Parish serving center city, and the new parish serving the west side, we should have Girardville pretty well covered” said Fr. Brennan, the pastor of the new parish.
Persons living on the west end of Girardville were invited to submit names to the Bishop for the new parish.
The Bishop has deferred to the name that received the most votes among the prospective parishioners and, so, the new parish will be known as Saint Toribio of Mogrovejo.
It will be the first parish in the Diocese of Allentown to be named after Saint Toribio and, in all likelihood, the last.
Blueprints for the St. Toribio Parish complex have been drawn up. They include a spacious Gothic church with a seating capacity of 1,200, an elementary school, a convent, a social hall, and a gymnasium complete with indoor Olympic Pool.
The estimated price for the real estate and construction is twenty-eight million, four hundred fifty nine dollars and thirty-three cents ($28,000,459.33). Of this amount, there is already four hundred fifty-nine dollars and thirty-three cents in solid pledges from various donors.
Wade O. Richards has been put in charge of raising the balance of twenty-eight million ($28,000,000). Asked if he was up to the challenge, Wade-O said, “No problem! I expect we’ll have it by the end of the summer. I’ll just have to put the squeeze on a few of my well-oiled friends.”                                                                                           

Excitement is mounting in the community at the prospect of a new parish opening soon. Some are concerned that a new parish will “take business away” from the two already existing parishes but experience shows otherwise. “A rising tide lifts all boats” is what they say. We anticipate that St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish will soon be getting busy with their own expansion projects.

stjos/stvdp: 04.03.2011 - 07

 

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