MASS SCHEDULE: 29 JANUARY - 05 FEBRUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 28 January
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Sunday, 29 January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — ROSE BETTERIDGE
by OPM
11:30 am — PRO POPULO: StJosPar / StVdPPar
by EBC

Monday, 30 January
Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH CARNISH
by OPM

Tuesday, 31 January
St. John Bosco, priest (OblMem)
NO MASS THIS EVENING AT ST. JOSEPH’S
because of diocesan priest gathering

Wednesday, 01 February
Weekday
08:00 am — MARIA T. ZIELINSKI (46th ann. of birth)
by her uncle, Edward

Thursday, 02 February
The Presentation of the Lord (Fst)
08:00 am — DECEASED: McHUGH FAMILY
by OPM

Friday, 03 February
St. Blaise, bishop, martyr; St. Ansgar, bishop (OptMems)
08:00 am — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Saturday, 04 February
Weekday
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — TIMOTHY and ANNIE (Keating) CONNOLLY
by their grandson, Edward

Sunday, 05 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — IN HONOR OF SAINT BRIGID
by the LAOH

 MASS SCHEDULE:29 JANUARY - 05 FEBRUARY
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 30 January
Weekday
07:00 pm — PATSY and ANNA KRUTSICK
by OPM

Tuesday, 31 January
St. John Bosco, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — THERESA ZIMARDO
by OPM

Wednesday, 01 February
Weekday
07:00 pm — JOHN “Sonny” KOVATCH
by OPM

Thursday, 02 February
The Presentation of the Lord (Fst)
06:30 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 03 February
St. Blaise, bishop, martyr; St. Ansgar, bishop (OptMems)
05:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS (84th ann. of birth)
by his family

Saturday, 28 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 05 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: LIPPAY FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 01.29.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
21 / 22 JANUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,673.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $53.00 from the second collection (plate); $79.00 from the Dues envelopes; $37.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $47.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $40.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $35.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,964.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,964.00) 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 $812.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,293.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $117.00 from the second collection (plate); $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $30.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $32.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,482.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,482.00) 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 $719.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 01 February
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 02 February
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 03 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 01 February
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 03 February
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

 

Here’s a little verse. Call it “wisdom of the ancients”. I learned it as a child.
If it’s not already in your repertoire, I suggest you add it:
Whenever I pass by a church, I stop to make a visit,
so that, someday, when they carry me in, the Lord won’t say, “Who is it?”

stjos/stvdp: 01.29.2012 - 02


The collection totals printed in the 22 Jan bulletin (for the weekend of 14 / 15 Jan) were incorrect. I must have been asleep at the switch and inadvertently re-printed the figures from 07 / 08 Jan. Please disregard those figures. The following are the correct figures for 14 / 15 January. I apologize!

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $958.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $60.00 from the second collection (plate); $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $7.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $15.00 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $20.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $32.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,147.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,147.00) 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 ($4.17) is available from this collection for operating the parish. THIS IS A DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $954.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $120.00 from the second collection (plate); $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $42.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $72.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,228.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,228.00) 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 $465.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

URGENT MESSAGE

I ask everyone to read carefully pages 04 and 05 of this bulletin.
I tell one and all — in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord, Who is coming to judge the living and the dead — that the Obama administration has declared war on the Catholic Church.
If you think that this is an exaggeration or if you think that this statement is inspired by some sort of partisan politics, then you are sadly mistaken or grossly misinformed — and living in a fool’s paradise.
Frankly, I have no allegiance whatsoever to the Democratic Party or to the Republican Party — nor to any other political party on the face of the Earth. The fact that I am registered in one of the above is purely pragmatic, so that I am not disenfranchised in primary elections. Other than that, I couldn’t care less!
My allegiances are simply stated: to God; to the Human Race; to the Catholic Church; to the United States of America. In that order! Period!
Never in the history of the United States has any administration sought to stifle religious freedom as has the Obama administration.
It is absolutely unbelievable!
On 20 January, Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, ordered that the Catholic Church as an employer must pay for sterilization and for artificial contraception, including those pharmaceuticals that induce abortion! Please read the article on pages 04 and 05 and please contact the President, our two Senators and our Congressman!

stjos/stvdp:01.29.2012 - 03


TO HELL WITH YOU
HHS Edict Will Force Catholics to Violate Conscience

by the Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh

It is really hard to believe that it happened. It comes like a slap in the face. The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, “To Hell with you!” There is no other way to put it.
In early August, the Department for Health and Human Services in the Obama administration released guidelines as part of the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The guidelines mandated that by Summer 2012 all individual and group health insurance plans, including self-insured plans, cover all FDA-approved contraception, sterilization procedures and pharmaceuticals that even result in abortion.
A million things are wrong with this: equating pregnancy with disease; mandating that every employer pay for contraception procedures including alleged contraceptives that are actually abortion-inducing drugs; forcing American citizens to choose between violating their consciences or providing health care services; mandating such coverage on every individual woman without allowing her to even choose not to have it; forcing every person to pay for that coverage no matter the dictates of their conscience.
Let’s be blunt. This whole process of mandating these guidelines undermines the democratic process itself. In this instance, the mandate declares pregnancy a disease, forces a culture of contraception and abortion on society, all while completely bypassing the legislative process.
This is government by fiat that attacks the rights of everyone – not only Catholics; not only people of all religion. At no other time in memory or history has there been such a governmental intrusion on freedom not only with regard to religion, but even across-the-board with all citizens. It forces every employer to subsidize an ideology or pay a penalty while searching for alternatives to heath care coverage. It undermines the whole concept and hope for health care reform by inextricably linking it to the zealotry of pro-abortion bureaucrats.
For our Church this mandate would apply in virtually every instance where the Catholic Church serves as an employer. The mandate would require the Catholic Church as an employer to violate its fundamental beliefs concerning human life and human dignity by forcing Catholic entities to provide contraceptive, sterilization coverage and even pharmaceuticals that result in abortion.
There was a so-called “religious exemption” to the mandate, but it was so narrowly drawn that, as critics charged, Jesus Christ and his Apostles would not fit the exemption. The so-called exemption would only apply to the vast array of Catholic institutions where the following applied:
Only Catholics are employed; the primary purpose of the institution or service provided is the direct instruction in Catholic belief; the only persons served by the institution are those that share Catholic religious tenets. (Try to fit this in with our local Catholic Charities that serve 80,000 every year without discrimination according to faith. It would be impossible!)
Practically speaking under the proposed mandate there would be no “religious exemption” for Catholic hospitals universities, colleges, nursing homes and numerous Catholic social service agencies such as Catholic Charities. It could easily be determined that the “religious exemption” would not apply as well to Catholic high schools, elementary schools and Catholic parishes since many employ non-Catholics and serve both students and, through social outreach, many who do not share Catholic religious beliefs. Such a narrow “religious exemption” is simply unprecedented in federal law.
Last September I asked you to protest those guidelines to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, and contact your political leadership in the federal government. I asked that you request that this flawed mandate be withdrawn because of its unprecedented interference in the religious liberty and freedom of conscience of the Catholic community, and our basic democratic process.
You did. And you were joined by Catholics throughout the country (and many others as well) who raised their voices against the mandate, raised their voices against a meaningless religious exemption.
On January 20, 2012, the Obama administration answered you and me. The response was very simple: “TO HELL WITH YOU.”
Kathleen Sebelius announced that the mandate would not be withdrawn and the religious exemption would not be expanded. Instead, she stated that nonprofit groups – which include the Catholic Church – will get a year “to adapt to this new rule.” She simply dismissed Catholic concerns as standing in the way of allegedly respecting the health concerns and choices of women.
Could Catholics be insulted any more, suggesting that we have no concern for women’s health issues? The Catholic Church and the Catholic people have erected health care facilities that are recognized worldwide for their compassionate care for everyone regardless of their creed, their economic circumstances and, most certainly, their gender. In so many parts of the globe – the United States included – the Church is health care.
Kathleen Sebelius and through her, the Obama administration, have said “TO HELL WITH YOU!” to the Catholic faithful of the United States.

TO HELL WITH YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS!
TO HELL WITH YOUR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY!
TO HELL WITH YOUR FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE!

We’ll give you a year, they are saying, and then you have to knuckle under. As Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops responded, “In effect, the President is saying that we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.”
As I wrote to you last September, with this mandate the democratic process is being ignored while we are being ordered to ignore our religious beliefs. And we are being told not only to violate our beliefs, but to pay directly for that violation; to subsidize the imposition of a contraceptive and abortion culture on every person in the United States.
It is time to go back to work. They have given us a year to adapt to this rule. We can’t! We simply cannot!
Write to (or call) the President. Write to (or call) our Senators. Write to (or call) our Congressman.
Here is what you can write:

Dear (fill in the name):
In early August, the Department for Health and Human Services released guidelines that would force Catholic institutions to subsidize through their health care plans contraception, sterilization procedures and pharmaceuticals that even result in abortion.
It was announced on January 20th by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, that this mandate is affirmed and that non-profit institutions, including the Catholic Church, have one year to adapt to the mandate.
This is a direct threat to the religious liberty of Catholics, freedom of conscience and the social service ministry of the Catholic Church. The so-called ‘religious exemption’ in the mandate is no exemption at all as it would require any Catholic institution (that serves non-Catholics or employs non-Catholics) to violate Catholic belief, discontinue to provide health care, or close its doors.
I ask that you do all possible to rescind the ‘Preventive Service Mandate’ as an unprecedented federal interference in the right of Catholics to serve their community without violating their fundamental moral beliefs.
Sincerely yours, etc.

This mandate can be changed by Congressional pressure. The only way that action will happen is if you and I take action.
Let them know that you and I will not allow ourselves to be pushed around (or worse yet) be dismissed because of our Catholic faith. Let them know that you and I will not allow our religious freedom to be compromised. Let them know that you and I will not allow our religious liberty to be rescinded.
Nobody, not even the President of the United States nor anyone who represents him, has the right to say to you and to me as U.S. citizens, as Catholics, or as both: “TO HELL WITH YOU.”
The president and our elected leaders need to hear from you and me and to listen to us NOW.
And if NOT now, HOW can we get the president to listen to us???
Here are the addresses and phone numbers you will need:

President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500 (202-456-1111)
Senator Robert Casey Jr., 393 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 (202-224-6324)
Senator Patrick Toomey, 502 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 (202-224-4254)
Congressman Tim Holden, 2417 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515 (202-225-5546)

stjos/stvdp: 01.29.2012 - 04 / 05


                            THIS IS A PICTURE OF A BIRD KNOWN AS
                                                 THE GREAT AUK.

Unfortunately, the GREAT AUK went extinct in the 19th century. I don’t know why it went extinct. Maybe it was too auk-ward to survive or maybe it couldn’t find any GREAT AUKtions to attend. However, we are happy to say that the GREAT AUKtion has NOT gone extinct. It is alive and well!
So, please know that
THE GREAT CHINESE AUKTION ------
Wait a minute! We’d better spell that correctly, lest we confuse the children. So, let’s change that to ………………

THE GREAT
CHINESE AUCTION
sponsored by the Holy Rosary Society
of St. Vincent dePaul Parish,
will be held on Sunday, 26 February, in the StVdP Parish Hall.


Doors open at 12:00 noon and auction begins at 02:00 pm.
Now comes a special request.
As in the past, we respectfully request that all parishioners purchase an “auction package” for $15.00.
This package consists of one admission ticket ($2.00) plus three 50/50 tickets ($3.00) plus three money and lottery-tree chances ($3.00) plus two choo-choo chances ($2.00) plus two TV chances ($2.00) plus a donation ($3.00).

Now, would you all do that, please?
It will be much appreciated.
In addition, please donate some small prizes.

If everyone in the parish would donate three small prizes, that would be peachy!
And if everyone in the parish would buy the $15.00 package, plus donate three small prizes, plus attend the GREAT CHINESE AUCTION, that would be peachy to the max!

Who knows?
That might even bring the Great Auk back from extinction!

stjos/stvdp: 01.29.2012 - 06


 CAT AGE
0
01
02
03
07
11
14
17
20

 LIFE STAGE
BIRTH
SEXUAL MATURITY
PHYSICAL MATURITY
ADULTHOOD
MIDDLE AGE
SENIOR AGE
GERIATRIC AGE
VENERABLE AGE
REMARKABLE AGE

 HUMAN AGE
15
15
20
25
45
62
74
86
98

After what Kateri said to me last week (see page one of this bulletin), I checked it out on the following website: http://www.imaramusic.com/Oreo/lifespan.htm

PLEASE NOTE that there will not be a Mass at St. Joseph Chapel on Tuesday, 31 January, at 07:00 pm. Reason: Fathers Brennan and Connolly will be in Center Valley in order to attend a gathering of the priests of the Diocese.
PLEASE NOTE that there is a Mass at 10:00 am today (Sunday) in St. Joseph Chapel. Please consider this to be the norm on the last Sunday of the month. It is for those who are not keen on attending the monthly Tridentine Mass, which is held every last Sunday of the month at 11:30 am.
MORE THAN THE USUAL NUMBER of persons have been calling the Rectory for assistance in the past couple of weeks, whether for food or fuel or lodging. Our resources are limited but we do the best we can with what we have. Please put something into the POOR BOX from time to time. In case you haven’t noticed, there is a poor box (recently installed) in St. Joseph Chapel.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I have ever given any recipes in the parish bulletin. They hardly deserve to be called “recipes”. They are simply “food and drink innovations” that transpired in the kitchen of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory recently. I am happy to share them with anyone who is interested.
#01 — I was about to sit down with a platter that Ginny had kindly prepared for me. While nuking the platter, I took out a glass and opened the refrigerator door to see what I might like to drink with my platter. Among the possibilities was a bottle of tomato juice. Also, there was a bottle of Turkey Hill diet iced green tea (the kind that has honey and ginseng). Not sure which I wanted, I took out both. Then came a voice from Heaven! (Okay! Okay! Maybe it wasn’t from Heaven! Let’s just say it was an inspiration of some kind!) The voice said, “Fill the glass halfway with tomato juice and then fill it up with the iced tea”. So, that’s what I did! It was delicious! I recommend it highly!

#02 — Another time, I was hungry late at night and remembered that there was some left-over pizza in the refrigerator in the basement. So, I went to the basement and fetched the pizza. Bringing it up to the kitchen, I took out two slices and put them into the nuker. (It was plain, ordinary, everyday pizza.) Then, for reasons that cannot be explained, the image of mustard came into my head. But who ever heard of putting mustard on pizza? I opened the refrigerator and took out the mustard dispenser. (I think it was Plochman’s, “the Mustard Lover’s Mustard”.) I squeezed a generous amount onto one of the slices “just to experiment”. It was delicious! Try it. Maybe you’ll like it!
So, there we are! “De gustibus non est disputandum”. That’s the saying! (Translation: “There is no arguing about tastes.”) I wonder if anyone else in the history of the human race ever put mustard on his pizza or mixed tomato juice with iced tea!

stjos/stvdp: 01.29.2012 - 07


BLESSING OF THROATS
THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF SAINT BLAISE
FRIDAY, 03 FEBRUARY
Schedule
*
After the 08:00 am Mass (i.e. about 09:00 am) at St. Joseph Chapel
*11:00 am at Vincent dePaul Church
*02:00 pm at St. Joseph Chapel
*After the 05:00 pm Mass (i.e. about 06:00 pm) at St. Vincent dePaul Church
*After the Exposition (i.e. about 08:10 pm) at St. Joseph Chapel
Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr,
may the Lord deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every other evil.
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Because the blessing of throats is a sacramental and not a sacrament, anyone is welcome to come forward to receive it. You may feel free to invite your non-Catholic friends and neighbors to receive this blessing. Also, Catholics who are ineligible, for whatever reason, to receive Holy Communion, are welcome to receive the blessing of throats. We do, of course, urge all Catholics who are ineligible to receive Holy Communion to do whatever it is they need to do in order to be eligible. In some cases, this is as simple as making a good Confession. In other cases, it might require that they have their marriage convalidated by the priest. Be that as it may, all are eligible for the blessing of throats.
THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE STATUE in St. Vincent dePaul church burns this week in memory of Jonas and Rita Smith, at the request of Sharon Smith.
WHAT DOES “HOSTS” MEAN when we say (sing) “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD OF HOSTS”?
The word “host” in the English language has various meanings.
It can mean “the person who sponsors the party or dinner you are attending”.
But that’s not what it means in this context.
It can mean “a piece of the unleavened bread that is used for Holy Communion”.
But that’s not what it means in this context.
So, what does it mean?
It is an attempt to translate the Hebrew word “SABAOTH”.
SABAOTH” is a plural word. It gets translated into Latin as “EXERCITUS”.
So, what does “EXERCITUS” mean?
It means “ARMIES”.
So, here is the bottom line: “LORD GOD OF HOSTS” means “LORD GOD OF ARMIES”.
The reference, of course, is to “THE HEAVENLY ARMIES OF PURE SPIRITS (ANGELS)”.
In other words, when we say “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD OF HOSTS”, we are actually saying “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD OF THE HEAVENLY ARMIES OF ANGELS”.
So, why don’t we just say that instead of saying “LORD GOD OF HOSTS”?
Answer: I don’t know. I just work here.
If they had put me on the Committee, I would have tried to get it translated “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD OF HEAVENLY ARMIES”. I think some people get nervous when military imagery is used to describe God and the angels.
That’s strange when you come to think of it. We are the Church MILITANT, are we not?

stjos/stvdp: 01.29.2012 - 08


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