MASS SCHEDULE: 08 -15 JANUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 07 January
Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord
05:30 pm — God’s blessings on BRIAN and TAISHA WAYNE
by Henry and Eileen

Sunday, 08 January
The Epiphany of the Lord
11:30 am — FRANCIS P. O’REILLY
by his brother-in-law, Edward

Monday, 09 January
The Baptism of the Lord (Fst)
08:00 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by David and Susan Thye

Tuesday, 10 January
Weekday
07:00 pm — CHILDREN of the WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Wednesday, 11 January
Weekday
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Thursday, 12 January
Weekday
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Friday, 13 January
St. Hilary, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Saturday, 14 January
Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. STEVEN J. SAFKO
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — PRO POPULO StJosPar and StVdPPar
by EBC

Sunday, 15 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL (4th anniversary)
by his brothers and sisters

 MASS SCHEDULE: 08 -15 JANUARY
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 07 January
Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord
04:00 pm — MARY LENAHAN CANAVAN
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 08 January
The Epiphany of the Lord
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS
06:00 pm — Rev. DAVID W. SCHAUM
by EBC

Monday, 09 January
The Baptism of the Lord (Fst)
7:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Tuesday, 10 January
Weekday
08:00 am — CAROL BOODHANSING
by OPM

Wednesday, 11 January
Weekday
07:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 12 January
Weekday
07:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Friday, 13 January
St. Hilary, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
05:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Saturday, 14 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by his grandparents, John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 15 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — ANTHONY ROWLAND (109th anniversary of birth)
by his daughter, Eileen

stjos/stvdp: 01.08.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
31 DECEMBER / 01 JANUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $636.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $43.00 from the second collection (plate); $185.00 from the Dues envelopes; $95.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $10.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $144.00 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $400.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $85.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,598.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,598.00) 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 $446.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $688.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $92.00 from the second collection (plate); $252.00 from the Dues envelopes; $174.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $430.00 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $130.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $64.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,850.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,850.00) 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 $1,087.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 11 January
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 12 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 13 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 11 January
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 13 January
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME
YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER!

stjos/stvdp: 01.08.2012 - 02


K of C FUNDRAISERS
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Kim E
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3 of Us
THE CANDLE in front of the Infant of Prague statue in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns in memory of Jonas and Rita Smith, at the request of Sharon Smith.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Fifth Annual Gala on Sunday, 11 March at 05:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Fogelsville. Most Rev. John O. Barres, D.D., Bishop of Allentown, will host the evening as we honor Sacred Heart HealthCare System and St. Joseph Medical Center for exceptional service and Robert A. Allwein as outstanding volunteer. To receive an invitation, become a sponsor, or place a patron or business ad in the program, please contact the Gala welcome line at 610-791-3888, ext. 310 or Lynne Shampain at 610-871-5200, ext. 281 or Lshampain@allentowndiocese.org. Information is posted on www.catholiccharityAD.org.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown continues the annual Christmas Appeal to support the programs of Catholic Charities in their service to individuals and families. Checks payable to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown may be mailed to Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal, 2141 Downyflake Lane, Allentown, PA 18103 through February 28. On-line donations may be made at www.catholiccharityAD.org.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown recognizes National Migration Week from 08 to 14 January 2012. The agency assists with legalization of status, family reunification, and citizenship. Please call 610-376-7144 for the Berks County office or 610-435-1541 for the Lehigh / Northampton County office of Catholic Charities.
A PARISHIONER ASKED ME A QUESTION THE OTHER DAY. I told him I would answer it in the bulletin. It is an unusual question, in the sense that nobody ever asked me this question before. So, here goes the question, followed by the answer!
Q — Is the Devil able to tempt a person who is in Purgatory?
A — No! Absolutely not!
I could let it go at that but why give a short answer when you can give a long one? So here goes a somewhat longer answer. It is always good to go to the Catechism of the Catholic Church for authoritative answers. So, here is a portion of what the Catechism tells us about Purgatory:
1030 All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.

We see from this that Purgatory is not an experience of being tested or tempted. All those who are in Purgatory have passed beyond the possibility of being tested or tempted. The Devil has no power or influence whatsoever in Purgatory — no more than he would have power or influence in Heaven. If a person is in Purgatory, he or she is “in like Flynn” and “has it made in the shade”. He or she has “made his / her final decision in favor of God”. It is best to understand Purgatory as being “the vestibule” to Heaven, rather than as a place entirely distinct from Heaven. In reality, there are only two possible “places one can go” after death. They are Heaven and Hell. Purgatory is not some sort of a “third option”. Those who “got their chores done right before they died” go to Heaven “right away”. (That’s “Plan A”.) Those who “left a few chores undone or not satisfactorily done” will have to get them done (and done right) before entering Heaven. God will see to it that they do! (That’s “Plan B”.) That’s what we call Purgatory.

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 MARCH
FOR
LIFE

WASHINGTON DC
MONDAY, 23 JANUARY
SIGN UP NOW FOR THE BUS THAT IS BEING SPONSORED BY
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH AND SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH!
THE PRICE IS $35.00 PER ADULT.
DISCOUNTED PRICE FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS —
AND ALSO FOR ADULTS WHO REQUEST A DISCOUNT.

WE LEAVE GIRARDVILLE AT 06:30 AM
WE SHALL PICK UP PASSENGERS IN
FRACKVILLE,
SAINT CLAIR,
POTTSVILLE
AND
PINE GROVE

Get involved in the premier moral crusade of our lifetime!
THE RIGHT TO LIFE
of
BABIES WAITING TO BE BORN!

It will be remembered to your credit on the Day of Judgment!
Contact Susan at (570) 385-5924

stjos/stvdp: 01.08.2012 - 04


THE FOLLOWING ARE SAID TO BE ACTUAL EXCERPTS from some employee-evaluation reports. Let us hope that none of these appeared on your report — or on mine!
• I would not allow this employee to breed.
• If he were any more stupid, he would have to be watered twice a week.
• He is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
• He has a full six-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to keep it all together.
• His co-workers would follow him anywhere, but only out of morbid curiosity.
• He has a photographic memory, but with the lens cover on.
• He would be out of his depth in a parking-lot puddle.
• He is as bright as Alaska in December.
• If brains were taxed, she would get a rebate.
• Ever since he came to work here, I have the feeling that, somewhere, there is a village that is being deprived of an idiot.

WANTED and NEEDED

We need one or more additional CCD teachers!
Please keep in mind that we, the members of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish, have an obligation to see to the religious formation of our children.
We need to step up to the plate in order to take care of this important obligation.
We prefer that our teachers be drawn from our adult members.
HOWEVER, we suspect that there are some BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE out there who are juniors or seniors in high school who might be able and willing to serve as CCD teachers and might be able to count their service as “service hours”.
If so, we would not leave you strictly on your own.
We would have some competent adults who would guide you and help you.
If you (adult or older teenager) would be willing to donate your time to this important mission, please call Fr. Connolly (276-6033) or Mr. Wascavage (875-2226) to let us know.
Now, please don’t just think about it. Do it!
Thank you in advance!

THE FOLLOWING APPEARED IN THE THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING COLUMN in the Pottsville Republican on 05 January 2012.

The three churches in Frackville are joined as one now. There are no Irish, Polish or Lithuanian parishes anymore. Then why were we subjected to that Lithuanian celebration last Sunday? If they want to have a Lithuanian Mass, have it another time and day, not on a regular Sunday Mass. Don't give me the excuse of the priest shortage. It's getting old. People find enough reasons not to come to church, this will be another one.
                                                                                                                                                         Frackville

According to the most recent (2011) edition of The Official Catholic Directory of the Diocese of Allentown, there are three parishes in Frackville. They are listed as follows:

Annunciation BVM (Lithuanian)
St. Ann (Polish)
St. Joseph

The fact that there is no specification after “St. Joseph” indicates that St. Joseph is a territorial parish, without any particular ethnic identity. I presume that the “Lithuanian celebration” to which the caller refers was held at Annunciation BVM Church. If that be the case, what is his / her complaint? Case closed!
By the way, there is no such thing as “an Irish parish”.

stjos/stvdp: 01.08.2012 - 05



SOME RECENT NEWS ITEMS PLUS SOME COMMENTARY THEREON
ARCHDIOCESE PLANS TO SELL ARCHBISHOP’S RESIDENCE

Archbishop Charles Chaput has decided to sell the 16-room stone mansion that has been home to Philadelphia’s cardinals for 76 years. Sources say his decision, which he will announce soon, appears driven in part by his expectation that he will be closing parishes and schools across the archdiocese in the next several years. One person, with knowledge of the announcement, said Chaput did not want parishioners to endure closings while he lived in a baronial home. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 01 Jan)
Comment: It is possible that Mother Philadelphia got herself a saint when she got Charles Chaput for her Archbishop. She and we (because we were part of Philadelphia back then) had ourselves a saint for a Bishop in the 19th century. His name was John Neumann. Saints are great, but they are also controversial. I predict that Abp. Chaput will not be “everyone’s favorite bishop” during his lifetime or tenure in Philadelphia! He is an eagle who rustles the leaves.
TOY GUN CAUSES STIR AT TAMAQUA SCHOOL
A 1½-year-old child carrying a toy gun forced an uneasy situation Thursday afternoon at Tamaqua Area High School. Police from Tamaqua and Rush Township responded to the incident, which occurred just before the Tamaqua-Pottsville varsity swim meet. Swimmers, coaches, officials and fans were kept in the pool area under lockdown for several minutes until the incident was resolved. No one was hurt. "A grandparent made the mistake of allowing his grandson to bring a toy gun into the school," Tamaqua Area Superintendent Carol Makuta said. "Someone saw it and the police were contacted. They immediately responded, identified the person and handled it effectively and efficiently." No further information was available from police Thursday night. (Republican, 06 Jan)
Comment: Well, I hope the judge will throw this young criminal into the slammer for the next twenty years! By that time, he’ll be 21, and — maybe — will have learned his lesson! But seriously, folks: This is Zero Tolerance carried out to the point of perfect insanity. Whom the gods would destroy, they first of all drive insane. Way to go, Tamaqua School District!
LA AUXILIARY BISHOP’S RESIGNATION IS SHOCK TO MANY
As an auxiliary bishop in the nation’s most populous archdiocese, Gabino Zavala was an outspoken advocate for immigration rights, prison reforms and better conditions for the working poor. Now parishioners and church officials in the region where Zavala grew up are struggling to come to grips with the announcement of his resignation and revelation that he fathered two children, a violation of his promise of celibacy. (AP)
Comment: The problem is not celibacy. The problem is chastity. The problem is not that the Catholic Church has rules impossible to obey. The problem is that certain members of the Church are weak in Faith. Bad morals are always the outcome of lack of Faith. If a person lacks Faith, he has no business being a priest, let alone a bishop. May God have mercy on Gabino Zavala. His resignation has been long overdue.
HARTFORD ARCHDIOCESE STARTS PROGRAM FOR GAYS
The Archdiocese of Hartford is beginning a program that ministers to gays and lesbians. The deacon running the program said, “These are people...who need our care and love.” The Vatican-endorsed program, called Courage, has more than 100 national chapters. It was started in 1980 by the late Cardinal Terence Cooke in Manhattan “to form a spiritual support system” for men and women with same-sex attractions. (CNN)
Comment: A complete and authentic presentation of the Church’s teachings about homosexuality must always include compassion for those who are afflicted with the concupiscence known as “same-sex attraction” (SSA). It is not enough simply to condemn homosexuality. We must also reach out to those who have the affliction and who sincerely desire to live chaste lives. COURAGE is an organization that tries to help Catholics with SSA to do just this. If you know anyone who has SSA, recommend that he / she get in touch with the local chapter of COURAGE. Fr. Connolly would be happy to speak with him / her or else he / she can call (610) 217-5557 for information.

stjos/stvdp: 01.08.2012 - 06


BILL O’REILLY BLOWS IT AGAIN!!!
I confess to watching Bill O’Reilly just about every night (Mon to Fri). I record his program, so that I can zap the commercials. My usual pattern is to watch him late at night, after I finish my prayers. It’s a good idea to get my prayers said before I watch the program, so that I have strength to put up with him.
Putting his political opinions aside (with many of which I find myself in agreement), O’Reilly is a complete disaster when it comes to the Catholic religion! And the strange thing is that he makes no secret of the fact that he is a practicing Catholic! I’m sure a lot of his listeners (both Catholic and non-Catholic) think that he knows what he’s talking about when he talks about the Catholic Faith. Believe me: He does not!!
Look at this excerpt from his 04 January program, during which he interviewed Rick Santorum.

SANTORUM: This isn't my first rodeo, Bill. I've been in a lot of tough campaigns.
O'REILLY: All right okay. But now it's a national...
SANTORUM: You know that.
O'REILLY: Of course. But it's going to be a national demonization and you're going to be portrayed as an extremist and some of your positions are out of the main stream, according to the polls. Let's run them down: contraception, birth control, you know 90 percent... 98 percent of Americans say contraceptive is fine, 98 percent?
SANTORUM: Yes.
O'REILLY: You say that the states should have the right to ban some contraception. That's right off the bat going to be a big one.
SANTORUM: Well, the states have a right to do a lot of things. That doesn't mean they should do it. Someone asked me if the states have the right to do it? Yes. They have the right to do it, they shouldn't do it. I wouldn't vote for it if they did. It doesn't mean they don't have the right to do it. As you know, Bill — you're a Catholic — the Catholic Church teaches contraception is something you shouldn't do.
O'REILLY: I know, I know but it's... that's the question majority of Catholics... SANTORUM: So when I was asked the question on contraception I said I didn't support it.
O'REILLY: Okay, but the majority of Catholics do not follow that and it's almost like a meat on Friday thing, it's not that Jesus said it. It's not a dogma. It's a doctrine made by man.

NOW, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO FILL THE REST OF THIS PAGE WITH A RANT!!
The Church’s teaching on the immorality of artificial contraception is NOT “a doctrine made by man”. It is NOT — in any way, shape or form — a “meat on Friday thing”. Friday abstinence is, indeed, a “Church law”. The Church made it and the Church can unmake it and can modify it as she sees fit.
But the prohibition on artificial contraception is NOT a “mere Church law”. It is NOT something that the Church can cancel out or modify.
The prohibition on artificial contraception is DIVINE LAW. It is a law of God! It is an intrinsic part of the NATURAL LAW. If you don’t like it, go complain to God! It is as binding on Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and atheists as it is on Catholics. If a non-Catholic uses artificial contraception, he is offending God mightily. If you didn’t know that before, now you do! And it has nothing to do with whether the non-Catholic “agrees” with the Catholic Church on this issue or not. We do not become obliged to obey a certain law because we happen to “agree with it”.
No 13th century Pope woke up one day and said, “Now, let me see! What can I do to make life more complicated for people? Oh, I have an idea! I’ll make a law that Catholics must not have tubal ligations or vasectomies. And just in case they ever invent condoms or sheaths or diaphragms or anovulant pills or patches, I’ll make a law in advance that they’re not allowed to use them.”
Absurd!!
Bill O’Reilly may be a Catholic, but he thinks like a Scriptura sola Protestant. He thinks that everything has to be absolutely explicit in the Bible. Well, if you want “Bible explicit” on artificial contraception, you can always go to Genesis 38, 09-10. That’s the passage about Onan. God slew Onan because “he did a detestable thing”. You can go look it up if you want to know what the detestable thing was that Onan did that prompted God to bump him off.
The practice of artificial contraception is loathsome. It is a mortal sin. People who practice artificial contraception and die unrepentant will go to Hell. That is the truth. If it is a truth that is uncomfortable for anyone, then I guess you would call it “an uncomfortable truth” — but, comfortable or uncomfortable, it is the truth.

stjos/stvdp: 01.08.2012 - 07


 WORDS OF WISDOM FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO BE WISE
Every counselor points out a way,
but some counsel ways of their own.
Be on the alert when one proffers advice.
Find out first of all what he wants,
for he may be thinking of himself alone.
Why should the profit fall to him?
He may tell you how good your way will be,
and then stand by to watch your misfortune.
Seek no advice from one who regards you with hostility;
from those who envy you, keep your intentions hidden.
Speak not to a woman about her rival,
nor to a coward about war,
to a merchant about business,
to a buyer about value,
to a miser about generosity,
to a cruel man about mercy,
to a lazy man about work,
to a seasonal laborer about the harvest,
to an idle slave about a great task:
Pay no attention to any advice they give.
Instead, associate with a religious man
who, you are sure, keeps the commandments;
who is like-minded with yourself
and will feel for you if you fall.
Then too heed your own heart’s counsel;
for what have you that you can depend on more?
A man’s conscience can tell him his situation
better than seven watchmen in a lofty tower.
Most important of all, pray to God
to set your feet in the path of truth.
                                                                                                                                                                            — Sirach 37, 07-15

stjos/stvdp: 01.08S.2012 - 08


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