MASS SCHEDULE: 15 -22 JANUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 14 January
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

Monday, 16 January
Weekday
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Tuesday, 17 January
St. Anthony, abbot (OblMem)
07:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Wednesday, 18 January
Weekday
08:00 am — FRANCES TOPOROWSKI
by June

Thursday, 19 January
Weekday
08:00 am — VINCENT and ROSE ALBO
by the Lang and the Getzey families

Friday, 20 January
St. Fabian, pope, martyr; St. Sebastian, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Saturday, 21 January
St. Agnes, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — NED H. LANG and deceased of family
by the Lang and the Getzey families
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROBERT and AGATHA SCULLY
by their family

Sunday, 22 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — DECEASED: MARIAN and PANTELEONA FAMILY
by Mickey Catizone

 MASS SCHEDULE: 15 -22 JANUARY
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 16 January
Weekday
7:00 pm — CAROL BOODHANSING
by OPM

Tuesday, 17 January
St. Anthony, abbot (OblMem)
08:00 am — NED G. LAN G
by the Lang and the Getzey families

Wednesday, 18 January
Weekday
07:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Thursday, 19 January
Weekday
07:00 pm — BEATRICE RACKAUSKAS WALACONIS
by her daughter, Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Friday, 20 January
St. Fabian, pope, martyr; St. Sebastian, martyr (OptMems)
05:00 pm — JOHN A. BRENNAN
by his son, Edmund

Saturday, 21 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Sarah Donohue

Sunday, 22 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: WHYTENA FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 01.15.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
07 / 08 JANUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $980.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $51.00 from the second collection (plate); $185.00 from the Dues envelopes; $41.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $157.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $47.00 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $145.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $28.50 from the loose.
Total: $1,634.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,634.50) 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 $483.33 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,127.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $34.00 from the second collection (plate); $92.00 from the Dues envelopes; $228.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $20.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $65.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,566.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $20.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,566.00) 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 $803.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 18 January
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 19 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 20 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 18 January
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 20 January
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

If God were to take a room in Girardville, would you go to visit Him?
Well, He has.

stjos/stvdp: 01.15.2012 - 02


THE ASHLAND KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS will be sponsoring their annual Foul-shooting Championship at Cardinal Brennan on Saturday, 21 January, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. All Boys and Girls Ages 10 to 14 are eligible to participate. Registration forms are available from Mike Nieddu at Trinity or at the CB Gym on the date of the event.
Questions can be directed to Adam Bernodin at 875-4031.
                                                             FREE POINSETTIAS!!
Any poinsettias you see in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church or St. Joseph Chapel are FREE FOR THE TAKING!! However, if you take any, please do not take the plastic or ceramic dish underneath.
FINANCIAL COUNCILS: It is time for our two parish financial councils to meet. I would like to recommend that, sometime before Lent begins (22 Feb), each council meet individually and, very soon thereafter, that there be a joint meeting of the two councils. Please (I beseech you) do not read anything into this request for a joint meeting. I have not heard ANY news nor do I expect that any news will be coming down in the VERY near future. It is simply that I think that it would be a good idea if we were to have a joint meeting. Are Tuesday evenings still good for everyone? Please let me know.
ARE THERE ANY PERSONS IN OUR TWO PARISHES who would be interested in taking part in a once-a-week Bible Study?
I have had it in mind for quite some time to offer a weekly Bible Study. As I see it, it would be a group of persons around a table, each with a Bible (which I would be happy to provide) plus yours truly (also with a Bible, of course!). A session would last for 90 minutes. It would be relatively informal. We would be happy to provide coffee. No expertise whatsoever is expected on the part of those who might attend. Just a mind and a heart open to exploring the Word of God.
I have experience in doing this and would be glad to do it.
Let me know if you are interested. Daytime? Evening? Which would be better for you? Call or drop me an email.
THE INFANT OF PRAGUE candle in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in memory of Mary Barrett Shadow.
ENVELOPES MISSING
The family that is assigned #133 for the StJosPar envelopes for 2012 tells us that they do not see their box of envelopes. Would you please check your envelopes to see if you might have taken #133 by mistake?

 

 CHINESE AUCTION COMING UP!
RESERVE THE DATE: 26 FEBRUARY 2012

stjos/stvdp:01.15.2012 - 03


                                                     THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING
                                                     WITH SOME COMMENTARY

The following appeared in the 09 January edition of the Pottsville Republican:

Doesn't a priest lose his title when he is defrocked? Some parishioners think not. I'd like to have an answer to this and I hope you can help.


Shenandoah

This call-in was followed up with this comment from that mysterious gentleman who serves as “the Commentator” for the newspaper:

They're always priests, even if they can no longer perform those duties.

My comment
It all depends on what you mean by “defrocked”. I suggest that this word not be used because it does not have an exact, agreed-upon meaning. Better to use these two terms: “suspended” and “laicized”.
Suspension
If a priest is suspended, this means that he has incurred the penalty of being forbidden to exercise his priestly office. In other words, he is not allowed to say Mass or to hear confessions or to baptize or to preach, etc. This penalty is imposed by the priest’s bishop or, in the case of a religious priest, by his superior. In some cases, the suspension is permanent; in other cases, it is temporary. In some cases, the prohibition is absolute; in other cases, it is conditional. If it is absolute, the priest is not allowed to exercise his priestly office under any circumstances (except if he were to come upon someone who is dying and in need of the sacraments). If it is conditional, the priest is not allowed to exercise his priestly office in a public setting. In other words, he would be allowed to offer Mass privately, without a congregation.
Sometimes when a bishop imposes the penalty of suspension, he does so with the hope that the priest corrects whatever it is in his behavior that needs to be corrected (or that the situation that prompted the suspension is resolved), with the end in view that the suspension might be lifted. In some cases, especially when the behavior has been especially grievous and harmful to the community, there is practically no likelihood that the suspension will be lifted. I think it is fair to say that, in the case of priests who have been adjudged guilty (not simply accused) of indecent behavior with a minor, there is almost no likelihood that the suspension would ever be lifted.
Does a priest lose his title if he is suspended? I don’t know of any particular law in this regard. Titles are courtesies and are more a matter of custom than of law. Answering only for myself, I would suggest that one continue to extend the title “Father” to a priest who has been suspended, unless he specifically requests that you not do so. Why? It would be a kindness and a mark of respect to do so, especially when you consider that a priest under suspension is probably very much in need of marks of kindness and respect. It would also be a sign of recognition that the priesthood far transcends the worthiness of even the most praiseworthy priest. And, quite frankly, it might very well be that the suspended priest never was guilty of any wrongdoing in the eyes of God!

Laicization
If a priest is laicized, this means that he is no longer “carried on the rolls of the clergy”. It is a permanent condition. It cannot be imposed by the bishop, but only by the Pope. A priest who has been laicized ought no longer dress in clerical attire nor present himself to others as a priest, nor perform any priestly duties. He is no longer entitled to financial support from the diocese or religious order. One might call laicization “a step beyond permanent and absolute suspension”. A priest can request to be laicized or, if he does not request it, his bishop can ask the Pope to impose it. The priest could oppose his bishop’s request, in which case there would have to be a judicial proceeding. Laicization is not done lightly! In regard to titles, it would probably not be appropriate to address a laicized priest as “Father”. As noted above, there is no hard and fast rule about titles. Titles often proceed “from the heart” more than they do “from the head”.
One other fact: As noted above in regard to priests who are suspended, even a priest who is laicized is permitted to give the sacraments to someone who is dying, if no other priest is available. In other words, when someone is dying, all bets are off!
In regard to the Commentator’s comment
It is a good comment, except that it would have been more accurate if he had said “may” instead of “can”. Once a man is ordained to the priesthood, he always CAN consecrate the Eucharist, even if he is suspended or laicized, in which case he MAY not. “Can” has to do with “capacity” whereas “may” denotes permission. Ordination to the priesthood effects an ontological change in the recipient. The power to consecrate the bread and wine cannot be retracted. Only the permission to do so can be retracted.


***************************

The following appeared in the 12 January edition of the Pottsville Republican:

To all you predicters who are trying to figure out when the world is going to end: Get over it. You're not going to know or figure it out. Only God knows when this world is going to end. Not even Jesus knows nor the angels. Live your days one day at a time and it will be so much easier. When the world ends, it ends.


Pottsville

My comment
The only point I want to make in regard to the above is this: It is not true that Jesus does not know when the world is going to end (i.e. the date of the Second Coming). It is, of course, true that we read the following in Mark 13,32: “As to the exact day or hour, no one knows it, neither the angels in heaven nor even the Son, but only the Father.” Admittedly, this seems to indicate that Jesus does not know something! But we say, “How can that possibly be? Jesus is God and God knows everything!” Pope St. Gregory the Great solved this problem by saying that Jesus knew the day in His humanity, but not from His humanity. In other words, this particular piece of information did register on His human mind, even though His humanity was not the source of that information. (cf. DS 475-476)
Needless to say, Jesus never said anything that was not true. On the other hand, He did not always reveal the full truth. He parceled it out according to the needs of His hearers. In the Old Testament, God sometimes pretended (strategically) not to know something, e.g. He asked Adam, “Where are you?” Obviously He knew where Adam was but, like a teacher in a classroom, preferred to solicit the answer from the “student”. It’s like the old joke about the History teacher who asked the class who the first President of the United States was and one of the students asked him how come he was a History teacher and didn’t know who the first President of the United States was!!
Also, we have the instance where Jesus asked, “Who touched Me?” Does that mean that Jesus did not know who touched Him? No! Jesus knew exactly who it was who touched Him. He simply wanted the woman to identify herself voluntarily. There is also the instance where Jesus asked, “How many loaves do you have?” Does this mean that Jesus did not know how many loaves they had? No! Jesus knew exactly how many loaves they had, but He wanted them to come forward with them.
Jesus was deliberately slow to reveal Himself as being one with the Father.

stjos/stvdp: 01.15.2012 - 04 / 05



 
DANIEL RADCLIFFE

Perhaps you read the featured article — Life After Harry — in last weekend’s issue of PARADE, the widely-circulated magazine that appears as a supplement in many Sunday newspapers, including the Pottsville Republican. The article was an interview with Daniel Radcliffe.
For those who don’t know: Daniel Radcliffe is the young man from England who played the title role in the series of eight films based on the Harry Potter books.
Daniel was eleven years old when he appeared in the first film: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
He was twenty years old when he appeared in the final film of the series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.
He is, perhaps, the best known 22-year-old in the world at the present time. Needless to say, he is enormously wealthy and could probably buy Girardville if he cared to do so, with Lost Creek and William Penn thrown in for good measure. By and large, young people look up to him with wonder and amazement and with some degree of envy. Most teenage girls love him from afar and would gladly throw themselves in front of a locomotive for him. Daniel is a celebrity, a person who is famous for being well known.
I don’t usually have an enormous interest in the philosophical or theological musings of 22-year-olds (except for the rarefied few who are canonized saints) but I feature Daniel in this edition of the bulletin for a particular reason. The reason is this: We do well to keep up with the nonsense that passes for wisdom in today’s youth culture, so that we can offer an antidote before the poison works its woe in the souls of our children.
Here is the excerpt that caught my eye:

PARADE:   Your dad is a Protestant from Ulster and your mom is English and Jewish. Were you raised in a particular religion?
RADCLIFFE: There was never [religious] faith in the house. I think of myself as being Jewish and Irish, despite the fact that I’m English. My dad believes in God, I think. I’m not sure if my mom does. I have a problem with religion or anything that says, “We have all the answers”, because there’s no such thing as “the answers”. We’re complex. We change our minds on issues all the time. Religion leaves no room for human complexity.

My comments
First of all, I want to make it clear that I have no desire whatsoever to rake young Daniel over the coals nor to speak ill of him. Frankly, I wish him all the best in life. More importantly, I wish him all the best in the life after this. I criticize not him, but his philosophy of religion.
I do not hold him responsible for the home in which he was raised. None of us has the luxury of choosing his or her parents. We get what we get, for good or for ill. Obviously, Daniel did not have the advantage of being introduced to God in his childhood. I presume that the Merciful God gives children of faithless parents a temporary pass for their non-belief. But, in Daniel’s case, I think this pass is soon to expire, if it has not already expired.
At the age of 22, a person of normal intelligence should have figured out that: (a) God exists and (b) God is to be obeyed and (c) each human being has a destiny beyond this life.
I am immensely grateful that I learned the following when I was a very little boy: (Q) Who made you? (A) God made me. (Q) Who is God? (A) God is the Supreme Being, the Creator of heaven and earth. (Q) Why did God make you? (A) God made me to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in the next.
Daniel rejects “the answers” and despises religion for having “the answers”. I find that strange and sad. I love the Catholic religion precisely because it has “the answers” to my heart’s deepest longings.
Dear God, please have mercy on Daniel Radcliffe! Bring him to wisdom and draw him to You, that he might be saved.

stjos/stvdp: 01.15.2012 - 06


 AN IRISHMAN’S SICK NOTE

Dear Sir, I write this note to you to tell you of me plight,
and at the time of writing, I am not a pretty sight;
me body is all black and blue, me face a deathly gray,
and I write this note to say why Paddy's not at work today.

While working on the fourteenth floor some bricks I had to clear;
now, to throw them down from such a height was not a good idea.
The foreman wasn't very pleased, he being an awkward sod.
He said I'd have to cart them down the ladder in me hod.

Now, clearing all these bricks by hand it was so very slow,
so I hoisted up a barrel and secured the rope below.
But in me haste to do the job I was too blind to see
that a barrelful of building bricks was heavier than me.

So when I untied the rope the barrel fell like lead
and clinging tightly to the rope I started up instead.
Well, I shot up like a rocket till to my dismay I found
that halfway up I met the bloody barrel coming down.

Well, the barrel broke me shoulder as to the ground it sped,
and when I reached the top I banged the pulley with my head.
Well, I clung on tight through numbed shock from this almighty blow,
and the barrel spilled out half the bricks fourteen floors below.

Now, when these bricks had fallen from the barrel to the floor,
I then outweighed the barrel and so started down once more;
still clinging tightly to the rope, I sped towards the ground,
and I landed on the broken bricks that were scattered all round.

Well, I lay there groaning on the ground, I thought I'd passed the worst,
when the barrel hit the pulley-wheel and then the bottom burst.
Well, a shower of bricks rained down on me, I hadn't got a hope,
as I lay there moaning on the ground, I let go the bloody rope.

The barrel then being heavier, it started down once more,
and landed right across me, as I lay upon the floor.
Well, it broke three ribs and my left arm and I can only say
that I hope you'll understand why Paddy's not at work today.

stjos/stvdp: 01.15.2012 - 07


 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
Someone asked what “DC” means after “Washington”. It means “Duh Capital”, i.e. “Duh Capital of duh United States”.

stjos/stvdp: 01.15.2012 - 08


StJoseph Mass Schedule | StVincent Mass Schedule

Sacrament of Penance | Related Links

Web Site designed, donated & maintained by BackDoor Web Design

Disclaimer and Terms of Use