MASS SCHEDULE: 22 -29 JANUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 21 January
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

Monday, 23 January
Weekday
NO MASS AT SAINT JOSEPH’S TODAY
because of Pro-Life March

Tuesday, 24 January
St. Francis deSales, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Wednesday, 25 January
Conversion of St. Paul, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on EBC
by friends

Thursday, 26 January
SS. Timothy and Titus, bishops (OblMem)
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Friday, 27 January
St. Angela Merici, virgin (OptMem)
08:00 am — NED H. LANG and deceased of family
rescheduled from 21 Jan

Saturday, 28 January
St. Thomas Aquinas, priest, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Sunday, 29 January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — PRO POPULO: StJosPar / StVdPPar
by EBC

 MASS SCHEDULE: 22 -29 JANUARY
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 23 January
Weekday
05:30 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
rescheduled from 16 Jan
07:00 pm — CAROL BOODHANSING
by OPM

Tuesday, 24 January
St. Francis deSales, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Wednesday, 25 January
Conversion of St. Paul, apostle (Fst)
07:00 pm — Deceased: DRAUGELIS and TOUCHELOSKIE FAMILIES
by the Draugelis and Miller families

Thursday, 26 January
SS. Timothy and Titus, bishops (OblMem)
07:00 pm — NED G. LANG
rescheduled from 17 Jan

Friday, 27 January
St. Angela Merici, virgin (OptMem)
05:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by OPM

Saturday, 28 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Mom, Dad, Samantha, Granny and Pap

Sunday, 29 January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper

stjos/stvdp: 01.22.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
14 / 15 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, 25 January
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 26 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 27 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 25 January
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 27 January
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

 

The Lord Jesus would be happy to see you at Exposition / Adoration.
I suggest you go pay Him a visit.

stjos/stvdp: 01.15.2012 - 02


BENEFIT SPAGHETTI DINNER
RANGERS HOSE COMPANY
Date
: Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Time: 04:00 pm until sell-out
Price: $8.00 for an adult and $4.00 for a child
Menu: Spaghetti and meatballs, with salad and dessert
Eat in or take out.
Further information: Call 276-6922 or 276-1406
Benefit of: Esther Kimmel

Esther, wife of Lt. Bryan Kimmel, has a rare illness called Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome. She is in need of spinal cord surgery. This is an expensive procedure and is not fully covered by medical insurance. All proceeds from the spaghetti dinner will go to the family to help pay for the surgery.
If you are unable to attend the dinner, your donations would be gratefully accepted.
You can write out a check (payable to Esther Kimmel) and give it directly to the family or else put it into the collection basket at St. Joseph or St. Vincent dePaul Church. You can do the same with cash. Put it in an envelope with Esther’s name written on the envelope and give it to the family or put it into the collection basket.
Thank you for your kindness.

PLEASE NOTE that there will not be a Mass at 08:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel on Monday, 23 January. This is due to the Pro-Life March in Washington DC.
PLEASE NOTE that there will be a Mass at 05:30 am in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Monday, 23 January. This is primarily for the convenience of persons who will be getting on the bus in Girardville to go to Washington DC — and for devout insomniacs.
QUESTION: How is a Mass at 5:30 am similar to a pig’s tail?
ANSWER: Both of them are twirly. (Think about it!)
PLEASE NOTE that the bus to Washington will leave from in front of StVdP Church at 06:30 am.
THE INFANT OF PRAGUE candle in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in memory of Mary Barrett Shadow.
TRIDENTINE MASS (“Extraordinary Form”) next Sunday (29 January) at 11:30 am in St. Joseph Chapel. If you have never attended such a Mass, I suggest that you do. It is the Mass “as it was said” for centuries. It was promulgated in 1570, although it was the common form of Mass for centuries prior to that date. It was the standard way that Mass was offered in the Latin Rite until about 1965.
WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO DONATE FOOD TO OUR PARISH FOOD BANK. You can bring your donations of non-perishable food to Mass and leave them in the back of the church or bring them directly to the Rectory. Diapers and soap and other “hygienic items” are also acceptable donations.

stjos/stvdp:01.22.2012 - 03


UNFORTUNATELY, ONLY A MINORITY OF PERSONS WHO ARE ACCUSTOMED TO READ THIS BULLETIN WILL READ THIS ARTICLE. The reason they will not read it is that it is two pages long, in addition to which it looks and sounds “stuffy” and “too educated”. That’s a pity! With just a little effort, any person of normal intelligence who went to high school should be able to understand these words. (Take them slowly.) They are the words of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, as he met with a group of American bishops. They are (roughly speaking) in the same ballpark as the words that Daniel saw written on the wall in the banquet room of Belshazzar’s palace, although the latter were considerably more succinct.

At the heart of every culture, whether perceived or not, is a consensus about the nature of reality and the moral good, and thus about the conditions for human flourishing. In America, that consensus, as enshrined in your nation’s founding documents, was grounded in a worldview shaped not only by faith but a commitment to certain ethical principles deriving from nature and nature’s God. Today that consensus has eroded significantly in the face of powerful new cultural currents which are not only directly opposed to core moral teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, but increasingly hostile to Christianity as such…

With her long tradition of respect for the right relationship between faith and reason, the Church has a critical role to play in countering cultural currents which, on the basis of an extreme individualism, seek to promote notions of freedom detached from moral truth. …

The Church’s defense of a moral reasoning based on the natural law is grounded on her conviction that this law is not a threat to our freedom, but rather a ‘language’ which enables us to understand ourselves and the truth of our being, and so to shape a more just and humane world.
The Church’s witness, then, is of its nature public: she seeks to convince by proposing rational arguments in the public square. The legitimate separation of Church and State cannot be taken to mean that the Church must be silent on certain issues, nor that the State may choose not to engage, or be engaged by, the voices of committed believers in determining the values which will shape the future of the nation.

In the light of these considerations, it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life. Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion.

Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.

Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-a-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would de-legitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society. … In this regard, I would mention with appreciation your efforts to maintain contacts with Catholics involved in political life and to help them understand their personal responsibility to offer public witness to their faith, especially with regard to the great moral issues of our time: respect for God’s gift of life, the protection of human dignity and the promotion of authentic human rights.

No one who looks at these issues realistically can ignore the genuine difficulties which the Church encounters at the present moment. Yet in faith we can take heart from the growing awareness of the need to preserve a civil order clearly rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition, as well as from the promise offered by a new generation of Catholics whose experience and convictions will have a decisive role in renewing the Church’s presence and witness in American society. The hope which these ‘signs of the times’ give us is itself a reason to renew our efforts to mobilize the intellectual and moral resources of the entire Catholic community in the service of the evangelization of American culture and the building of the civilization of love.

stjos/stvdp: 01.22.2012 - 04 / 05


TEN THINGS EVERY HUSBAND SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIS WIFE
When a man gets married (or begins a serious relationship with a woman), he should first and foremost recognize that he has his work cut out for him. And as sweet and pleasant as that initial encounter may be, if he is to succeed going forward, he must approach the relationship as one approaches learning a foreign language. Not only does he have to learn how to speak his lady's language, but he must also learn what is of essence in her particular "culture". Indeed, he must become like a student, taking notes so that the integration process might not prove to be too painful. This is not to say that a woman shouldn't do the same, but only that a man can change only that which he is capable of changing, namely himself. Thus, I offer ten keys to understanding the unusual citizens of WOMANIA:

10. WOMEN DON'T WANT YOUR HONEST OPINION.
If a woman asks what you think about anything relating to her person, tread very carefully. She may sound reasonable when she says, "What do you think about this dress... honestly?" or "How do I look," but she may already have in the back of her mind exactly what she wants you to say, and if you fail to provide the proper response, then be prepared to suffer the (dire) consequences.

09. SOMETIMES THERE IS JUST NO RIGHT ANSWER.
Somewhat similar to the previous example, there are occasions where no answer will satisfy. If you say "yes", then the answer is "no", if you say "no" then the answer is "yes"; and if you say nothing in the hopes of avoiding impending conflict, then you will be accused of being disinterested, burying your head in the sand, or some other such cowardly act. If you accept from the beginning that there is no getting out of this bind, then when the accusations fly, you will be a lot more prepared to deal with them. Look, sometimes you just have to take one for the team- as Christ once did for his bride, the Church.

08. WINNING MEANS LOSING.
No sooner have you finished congratulating yourself for making the perfect logical argument, then you realize how little reason suffices in a debate with a woman. If, for example, your wife has a flat tire, is stranded in the middle of nowhere and calls you in tears, do not remind her, as I once did, that you told her to take the other car and that you knew this was going to happen. OK, you might be right, and everything that you are saying may in fact be the truth, but you are only storing up wrath for yourself later by pointing this out. You may be enamored with your flawless logic, but just remember that the victory may feel more like a defeat.

07. WOMEN WANT YOU TO BE PSYCHIC.
When it comes to problems, particularly those related to your relationship, women do not want to have to tell you what is wrong... they want you to have telepathy. They reason that if you really love them, then you will know instantly what troubles them. And what if you fail to discern her deepest feelings? Well then, you must not love her as much as you claim to. In the end, she may tell you what is bothering her, but she won't be happy about it, and she may even include your lack of clairvoyance in her list of complaints.

06. WOMEN DON'T WANT YOU TO FIX THE PROBLEM.
They want you to listen to them complain about it. As a woman expresses her frustration to a man, the first thing he thinks about is how to resolve the conflict, for he truly wants his wife to be free of anxiety (or at least the household to be free). Meanwhile, as you offer your five steps to rectifying the situation, she blithely passes over your suggestions in order to get back to the thing that is really irritating her. If you can recognize this from the outset, then you may be able to garner some praise from her. After all, few things are valued more by a woman than an attentive husband.

05. WHEN YOU MESS UP, SOMETIMES "I'M SORRY" ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH.
Depending on the circumstances, when you screw up, you may be able to get away with a simple apology. But if you really want to melt the ice, then you must bring a pleasing sacrifice to her altar. You may put flowers on that altar, you may write a poem and place it there, you may even travel to hell and back again (i.e. the mall), in order to purchase some item that she previously expressed interest in. But whatever the case, if you genuinely wish to receive absolution from the high priestess, then you must commit yourself to some real form of Penance.

04. WOMEN WANT TO BE SURPRISED.
When it comes to gifts, men are satisfied with simply telling you what they want and then receiving it. Women? Not so much. You may be able to get away with it for one gift, but anything beyond that must involve the element of surprise. One easy thing that men can do in order to make this process considerably less painless is by "taking notes" whenever your wife says she likes something. It makes your shopping for that special gift a lot simpler, and even better, she will actually come to believe that you are in fact listening to her.
There is no greater threat to a marriage than the loss of this dynamic. Men must be active in their love, lest they retreat into a kind of slothful narcissism. And when I say slothful I mean more than his proclivity to worship the "remote control" (which is a perfect term for the emotional disconnect men frequently fall back into), but likewise his tendency to grow slack in his duty to romance his wife. If a man wishes to be happy in his marriage, he must never abandon this "element of surprise."

03. WHAT A WOMAN SAYS IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT SHE MEANS.
When studying a foreign language one must learn the various words that serve as an equivalent in their own language. In a similar sense, men must also learn what women mean by the words that they say. For example, when a man says "Honey, if you want to go out with your friends tonight I'm fine with that," what he means is "Honey, if you want to go out with your friends tonight I'm fine with that." If a woman says that she is "just fine with you going out," beware, for she may actually be saying something like: "Yeah, you go ahead and go out, I dare you!" Men tend to mean what they actually mean (as boring and uninspiring as that may sound), while women tend to mean the opposite of what they say, especially as it relates to matters of the heart. If a woman says that something "doesn't matter to her," be assured that it is probably as essential to her as the very air she breathes. For this reason, a man may find himself in a whole heap of trouble without exactly knowing why. But don't think you can simply plead ignorance, because remember, you were supposed to know her well enough to intuit what she really meant!

02. WOMEN WANT YOU TO MAKE THE DECISIONS... SORT OF.
If your wife/love interest tells you that she wants you to decide on a restaurant, understand that she is only giving you this privilege to the extent that she agrees with your conclusion. She'll insist that she wants you to decide, but the moment you put forth a suggestion, she'll say "I don't want to go there." The same can be said when deciding on what movie to watch, or what afternoon outing to pursue. I cannot say for sure what women are thinking in this regard, but I can say that they want you to be decisive, just not necessarily the decider.

01. WOMEN DON'T WANT TO BE TREATED EQUALLY; THEY WANT TO BE TREATED AS QUEENS.
They may be egalitarians when it comes to how they treat others, but when it comes to how they want to be treated, well, that is a whole different story. One day I came home and complained to my wife that I seemed to be getting myself into trouble with the women at work. I told her that I always treated them as equals so I couldn't understand what was going wrong. She explained that that was my problem; "Women don't want to be talked to as men talk to men- they want to be treated like queens." Now this may seem impractical, but every woman is a queen (or at least must be led to believe it), and to the extent that you can make her feel that she is the only one that reigns in your heart, is the extent to which you will live in a happy household.

Some will complain that I am making generalizations with a list like this, but generalizations are just that- a description of what is generally true. And the above list is generally true.

stjos/stvdp: 01.22.2012 - 06 / 07


HAVE YOU NOTICED? (I’m sure you have!)
There has been a real outbreak of “child molestation stories” in the local newspaper recently. People in our own county are being arrested and sentenced for producing and / or possessing child porn on their computers. Hardly a week goes by without a news item about somebody being arrested and / or sentenced either for child porn or for molesting (raping) children. Some of these actions are “man on girls” and some are “man on boys”.
Some of the accused (and convicted) seem to be what we might call “seedy characters”.
Others are not “seedy characters” but, instead, are persons who have had some education and have even held some responsible positions in the community.
And, of course, there is the story out of Penn State about Sandusky — a story that went viral, a story that is still developing.
And, needless to say, this phenomenon has devastated the image of Catholic priests throughout the world!

There are a couple of points I would like to make:
(1) The producing and the using of pornographic images of children is gut-wretchingly evil! But, to be philosophical about it for a minute, what is it about Child Pornography that is evil? My contention is that it is evil primarily because it is PORNOGRAPHIC IMAGES of HUMAN BEINGS, not primarily because it is PORNOGRAPHIC IMAGES OF HUMAN BEINGS WHO HAPPEN TO BE CHILDREN.
In other words, we have to say that Child Pornography is evil primarily because it is Pornography and only secondarily because it is Child Pornography.
(2) With this in mind, I say that the legalization of “adult pornography” is inseparable from the spread of “child pornography”. Whenever I pass by a business establishment (a so-called “adult book / video store”), I see it is as a franchise whose headquarters are located in the Abyss of Hell.
(3) If we accept “adult porn”, then by what right do we condemn “child porn”? Think about it. Some people will justify “adult porn” by saying that the men who drool over it are less likely to commit any overt acts against actual women. (I have my doubts about that, but I’m sure that someone has done a study or two on the subject!) Well, say I, if this is true, then why not legalize “child porn”? Would it not be so that the men who drool over child porn are less likely to commit any overt acts against actual children? If “adult porn” is in the long run beneficial to the community, why would not “child porn” also be beneficial? Notice, please, that I am using “the logic of Hell” — but it is logic nonetheless! You will think that I am crazy when I say this, but I’ll say it anyway:
The day is coming and is not far off in the USA when “child porn” will be legalized. It will arrive at legalization via the same argument whereby “adult porn” arrived at legalization, viz. because “we mustn’t be judgmental about people’s personal preferences” and because “we are not responsible for how we were born”. Some men, so the argument goes, are hardwired to like adult women but some men are hardwired to like adult men, so we mustn’t be judgmental or restrictive about “the gays”. It is just a short step from there to saying, “And some men are hardwired to like adolescent boys / girls (or pre-pubescent boys / girls), so heaven forbid that we should be judgmental or restrictive in regard to allowing them to pursue their orgasmic dream!” We are galloping towards Gomorrah! Only Jesus Christ and His holy Catholic Church can save us from falling headlong into the abyss.

stjos/stvdp: 01.22.2012 - 08


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