MASS SCHEDULE: 1219 FEBRUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 11 February
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ALBERT and MARIANNE FRITZ
by their grandson, Edward

Sunday, 12 February
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — HELEN SWEENEY CANAVAN (22nd anniversary)
by George, Bob and Ida Mae

Monday, 13 February
Weekday
08:00 am — HAROLD BURNS
by his wife, Mary

Tuesday, 14 February
SS. Cyril, monk and Methodius, bishop (OblMem)
07:00 pm — God’s blessings on TONY NOVAKOWSKI
by Alfred and Anne (Connolly) Zielinski

Wednesday, 15 February
Weekday
08:00 am — MICHAEL J. CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Thursday, 16 February
Weekday
08:00 am — ROSEMARY BIRSTER
rescheduled from 09 February

Friday, 17 February
The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order (OptMem)
08:00 am — JUNE ANN ROWLAND (4th anniversary)
by her sister, Eileen

Saturday, 18 February
Weekday
08:00 am — MICHAEL and ANNA (Connolly) COSTELLO
by their nephew, Edward
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — NANCY PURKIS VILLARREAL
by Robert and Denise (Lang) Getzey

Sunday, 19 February
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — BERNICE TAMMARO
by Betty Moran

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1219 FEBRUARY
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 11 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD and FRANCES LUSHIS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Sunday, 12 February
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Monday, 13 February
Weekday
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. PAMPANIN
by OPM

Tuesday, 14 February
SS. Cyril, monk and Methodius, bishop (OblMem)
08:00 am — ROSE BETTERIDGE
by OPM

Wednesday, 15 February
Weekday
07:00 pm — LAURA SMIALKOWSKI NOWICKI
by Alfred and Anne (Connolly) Zielinski

Thursday, 16 February
Weekday
07:00 pm — JAMES A. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy and family

Friday, 17 February
The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order (OptMem)
5:00 pm — ROSE BETTERIDGE
by OPM

Saturday, 18 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ADOLPH and MARY PETROUSKY
by John and Barbara and family

Sunday, 19 February
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — MARGARET RYAN WHEELER
by her sister, Elizabeth

stjos/stvdp: 02.12.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
04 / 05 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,046.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $43.00 from the second collection (plate); $350.00 from the Dues envelopes; $106.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $519.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,114.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,114.00) 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 $962.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $895.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $64.00 from the second collection (plate); $203.00 from the Dues envelopes; $467.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $50.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $67.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,746.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $5.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,746.00) 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 $983.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 15 February
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 16 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 17 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 15 February
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 17 February
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Notice to all husbands: You might think that your wife is much too mature and sophisticated to give a hoot about Valentine’s Day and that the two of you have been married since God knows when and that Valentine’s Day is just for silly kids and, so, you can safely blow it off. Just remember: What you think and what she thinks are two entirely different thinks. You ignore Valentine’s Day at your peril. Trust me. Spring for a card and a gift and take her out for dinner in the kind of restaurant that has silverware and cloth napkins. Most of all, some kind words and a kiss. Verbum sat sapienti. Someday you’ll thank me.

stjos/stvdp: 02.12.2012 - 02


 COMING UP!
It won’t be long now!
Only two more weeks!
The Great St. Vincent dePaul Parish
Chinese Auction
You don’t want to miss it!
Sunday, 26 February
St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall
(enter from “C” Street or else from the parking lot)
12:00 noon: Doors open!
02:00 pm: Auction begins!
Make sure you have your packet ahead of time: Only $15.00 gets you admission plus tickets on various and sundry items that will be raffled off, including some items of considerable value!
Food and beverages available for our hungry customers!
THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE STATUE burns this week in memory of Jonas and Rita Smith, at the request of Sharon Smith.
SET-UP DATE FOR CHINESE AUCTION is Sunday, 19 February, after 01:00 pm. Prizes can be dropped off at the Rectory or placed in back of church after Mass. If you need your items to be picked up, call Nancy Kennedy at 276-6411.
THANK YOU! We acknowledge with gratitude a generous donation in memory of Tomee Leigh Gower that we received at Christmas time in order to help a family in need. This was a beautiful thing for Tomee’s family to do. We did, indeed, put it to use for the purpose intended.
HERITAGE TOUR: If you are interested in joining a trip to Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic, or if you would like more information, contact Margaret Valinsky at (570) 277-6163 or valinskym@verizon.net
This trip will extend from 15 to 31 July. The price, all inclusive, leaving from Kennedy Airport, is $3,895. The single supplement is $750.

stjos/stvdp:02.12.2012 - 03


DO NOT — I BEG OF YOU — DO NOT BE TRICKED, FOOLED, BAMBOOZLED, CONNED
or otherwise
DECEIVED into thinking that President Obama’s “compromise” with the Catholic Church on the matter of contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs is anything other than a SHAM!
I was in my office in the Rectory on Friday afternoon (10 Feb) when I got a call from a friend of mine. She said that I should turn on the TV because President Obama was making a statement about his willingness to compromise on the matter of requiring all employers without exception to include contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs in the medical plans they provide to employees.
I turned on the TV and listened. Admittedly, I had missed the first couple minutes of the speech but I did get to listen to the complete statement just a little later, together with commentary from Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
I do not pretend to be any kind of expert on the complexities of health insurance. However, there is such a thing as logic. I tend to think I am a logical person.
Here is what I understood President Obama to say. (These are my own words.)

“Okay, okay, all you guys and gals out there in Catholic World! I want you to know that I hear you loud and clear! You’ve been objecting to my executive order that your schools and hospitals and charities will have to provide contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs in the medical plans you provide for your employees! You say that it violates your consciences and infringes on your religious liberty, your First Amendment rights and all that kind of stuff! Listen up! I sure don’t want to infringe on your religious liberty and Lord knows I love the First Amendment! So, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do! (And I hope you appreciate it!) I’m going to modify my policy for you guys! You won’t have to include these services in the medical plans you provide for your employees! Out of the goodness of my heart (that’s the kind of guy I am!) I’m going to give you an exemption!
However, I don’t want any woman in the United States to be deprived of these goodies, so essential for her health and well-being! So, I’m making a policy that, even if you don’t pay for them, your female employees will still be able to obtain them FREE OF CHARGE from the insurance companies! So, I hope you’re happy! Lord knows, I do my best to make everybody happy! No, I’m not taking any questions! I’m out of here! Talk to my sidekick, Jay Carney, if you need any clarifications. Over and out!” (Ruffles and flourishes and Hail to the Chief!)

Now, here’s where my logic kicked in. I learned a long time ago that there is no such thing as a free lunch. I apply this principle to things other than lunch. So, I say to myself, “There is no such thing as free pharmaceuticals or free sterilization surgery! Somebody is going to pay for these “goods and services”. The insurance company isn’t going to provide these drugs and surgeries free of charge and there isn’t any fairy godmother who’s going to provide them! That’s just not the way it works in the real world! So, who is going to pay for them?”
This is where it gets just a wee bit hazy. At this point, I don’t know — and I don’t know that anybody knows. I’m not certain that even President Obama knows for sure! But, as surely as God made little green apples, somebody is going to pay for them. When in doubt about who will pay, you can make an educated guess that it will be the taxpayers who will pay. I suspect, however, that, when all is said and done, it will be the various Catholic schools and hospitals and charities that will wind up paying. So, we will be back to Square “A”. It will not be immediately apparent that the Catholic Church will be paying. It will be a matter of creative accounting.
I just came across this today (11 Feb). It has to do with a statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the President’s proposed compromise. I urge you to read it.

"First, he [President Obama] has decided to retain HHS's nationwide mandate of insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception, including some abortifacients. This is both unsupported in the law and remains a grave moral concern. We cannot fail to reiterate this, even as so many would focus exclusively on the question of religious liberty.
"Second, the President has announced some changes in how that mandate will be administered, which is still unclear in its details."
The bishops said that a preliminary study of the proposal indicates that it "would still mandate that all insurers must include coverage for the objectionable services in all the policies they would write. At this point, it would appear that self-insuring religious employers, and religious insurance companies, are not exempt from this mandate. It would allow non-profit, religious employers to declare that they do not offer such coverage. But the employee and insurer may separately agree to add that coverage. The employee would not have to pay any additional amount to obtain this coverage, and the coverage would be provided as a part of the employer's policy, not as a separate rider."
The U.S. bishops said that these changes need "careful moral analysis" and "moreover, appear subject to some measure of change."
"But," they stated, "we note at the outset that the lack of clear protection for key stakeholders -- for self-insured religious employers; for religious and secular for-profit employers; for secular non-profit employers; for religious insurers; and for individuals -- is unacceptable and must be corrected. And in the case where the employee and insurer agree to add the objectionable coverage, that coverage is still provided as a part of the objecting employer's plan, financed in the same way as the rest of the coverage offered by the objecting employer. This, too, raises serious moral concerns."
The bishops said that parts of the information on Obama's proposal are in writing and other elements have only been explained orally.
"We will, of course, continue to press for the greatest conscience protection we can secure from the Executive Branch. But stepping away from the particulars, we note that today's proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions. In a nation dedicated to religious liberty as its first and founding principle, we should not be limited to negotiating within these parameters. The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services."

Please tolerate just a bit more on the topic dealt with on pages 04 and 05 of this bulletin. I would not use so much bulletin space for this matter if it were not so important!
Here is a news release from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Liberties. The president of the League is Bill Donohue, a straight shooter if ever there was one!

OBAMA’S PLOY ADDS INSULT TO INJURY
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on President Obama’s revised healthcare plan as it affects Catholic institutions:
President Obama’s latest ploy just adds insult to injury. If the insurance plan of a Catholic institution must cover services it deems immoral, then such a healthcare plan is offensive, plain and simple.
The Catholic League, for example, uses Christian Brothers as its insurance carrier. So if a future employee of ours were to demand free abortion-inducing drugs, and she is allowed to request free drugs from Christian Brothers, then the rest of us would, in effect, be subsidizing her abortion. This is outrageous and will not stand judicial scrutiny.
When it comes to the First Amendment, there is no such thing as a half loaf. We want now, and in the future, the same rights we have enjoyed since the beginning of the republic.
The Obama ploy is also cynical: its effect is to peel off liberal Catholic opposition to Obamacare. In other words, the old divide and conquer strategy is in play. But it won’t work as nicely as they think: there are too many practicing Catholics who will only be impelled to revolt.
Obama has decided to turn up the heat. He’ll soon see how hot things get when Catholics team with Protestants, Jews, Mormons and others to recapture their First Amendment rights. Indeed, President Obama will now be remembered as the president who brought the culture war to a boil.

At this point, we would all do well to pray for our beloved country. Here is a good prayer:
Act of Consecration of the United States to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in heaven, Who chose Mary as the fairest of Your daughters; Holy Spirit, Who chose Mary as Your spouse; God the Son, Who chose Mary as Your Mother; in union with Mary, we adore Your majesty and acknowledge Your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.
Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to You. Through her we wish to thank You for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners - on all who are in need.
Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and we give our country and ourselves to your sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pierced by the sword of sorrow prophesied by Simeon, save us from degeneration, disaster and war. Protect us from all harm. O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, you who bore the sufferings of your Son in the depths of your heart, be our advocate. Pray for us that, acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God.
Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 02.12.2012 - 04 / 05 / 06


Divorce and Children: New Study Confirms Irreparable Harm:
                             Splitting Up Seen to Weaken All of the 5 Major Institutions of Society
                                                                                                                                  
by Father John Flynn, LC

ROME, FEB. 10, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Each year in the United States over a million children are the innocent parties to the divorce of their parents. While divorce also hurts the parents it is the children who particularly suffer, according to recent research.
The findings come in a study published in January by the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, "The Effects of Divorce on Children," by Patrick F. Fagan and Aaron Churchill.
Drawing on a large amount of published research on the effects of divorce, their paper goes through a series of areas where divorce harms children. The first one regards parent-child relationships. As would be expected, divorce affects the ability of parents to relate to their children.
One study found that the stress caused by divorce damages the relationship between children and their mothers for as many as 40% of divorced mothers. This insufficiency is more marked by the time children are in high school and college.
In practical terms this means that after divorce, children receive less emotional support, financial assistance, and help from their parents. There is also a decrease in academic stimulation, pride, affection, and encouragement of social maturity. Fewer toys and more corporal punishment is another consequence for children of divorced parents.
Most, around 90%, of children remain with their mother following a divorce. It then becomes difficult for the father to maintain close ties, the study reported. In one study nearly half of the children said they had not seen their father in the past year.
Religion
Another aspect covered in the study by Fagan and Churchill is the effect of divorce on religious practice among children. They found that following divorce, children are more likely to cease practicing their faith.
This lessening of religious practice means that children suffer from a lack of the beneficial effects of religion, in areas as diverse as marital stability, education, income, and physical and mental health.
A section of the study looked at what happens to children's educational results following the divorce of their parents. At the level of elementary school there is an immediate decline in academic performance.
At high school level children from intact families have significantly better test scores compared to children of divorced parents. One example in the study was that by the age of 13 there is an average difference of half a year in the reading ability between children of divorced parents and children from intact families.
Other research cited included a study that found children from divorced families were 26% more likely to drop out of secondary school compared to children brought up in intact families. Moreover, even if a divorced parent re-married this did not remove the negative impact of the initial divorce on children's academic results.
The divorce penalty extends up to college. Fagan and Churchill reported one study that found only 33% of students from divorced families graduate from college, compared to 40% of those from intact families.
Given the impact on education, not unexpectedly those affected by the divorce of their parents also have a lower income and assets and a greater probability of experiencing economic hardship.
The social impact of divorce was another aspect discussed by Fagan and Churchill. Divorce not only imposes costs on families but also on government and society. Children of divorced families are considerably more likely to engage in delinquent behavior, to be involved in fighting, robberies, and substance abuse.
Stability
"Divorce wreaks havoc on the psychological stability of many children," the study found. It referred to research carried out on seventh and eighth grade students that showed parental divorce was the third most stressful life event of a list of 125 life events. It was only surpassed by the death of a parent or close family member.
As well, this psychological impact is not passing. Even as adults, those who experienced divorce as children experience more emotional and psychological problems compared to those from intact families.
Higher levels of child abuse and neglect are further consequences of divorce. One study carried out in Brazil found that children in step-families with stepfathers were 2.7 times more likely to be abused than children in biologically intact households.
The concluding section of the study commented that unlike the divorced parents, who can often find relief following separation, children's suffering continues long after divorce. In fact, its effects continue for decades, as long as three decades.
"Divorce has pervasive weakening effects on children and on all of the five major institutions of society -- the family, the church, the school, the marketplace, and government itself," Fagan and Churchill concluded.
With the high level of divorce in recent times these debilitating consequences will continue to be played out in the years to come. Not a comforting thought as Western society continues to witness continued attacks on family life and attempts to re-define marriage.

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“‘For I hate divorce’ says the Lord God of Israel ‘and the covering of one’s garments with iniquity!’”
                                                                                                                                                    Malachi 2,16

stjos/stvdp: 02.12.2012 - 07


HERE IS A SHORT AND SWEET PRAYER (well, not all that sweet, but short, for sure) you might want to memorize and use from time to time.
Warning: Do not use this prayer in the presence of Liberal Catholics! Liberal Catholics don’t approve of any prayers or religious discourse that might hint at the notion that there are any “enemies” out there. They prefer to say that the Church has no “enemies” and that those we might think are enemies are simply “persons with whom we have not had sufficient dialogue”. I think this attitude is distinctly unscriptural and unorthodox, not to mention dumb. While it is true that we must keep our hearts open to loving all of God’s creatures, we must keep in mind that there are not a few persons out there who have freely chosen to live in opposition to the Divine Logos and to the Holy Spirit. They are as likely to be converted as a hungry lion is likely to be dissuaded from stalking gazelles so as to settle for broccoli. We call this intransigence (in persons, not in lions) “the Mystery of Iniquity”.
If you can’t take the risk of being heard saying this prayer in English, you can try the alternative. Pray it in Latin. Either will do. God is multi-lingual.

Crush, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the pride of our enemies: and prostrate their arrogance by the might of Thy right hand.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hostium nostrorum, quaesumus, Domine, elide superbiam: et eorum contumaciam dexterae tuae virtute prosterne.
Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum. Amen.
PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL MEETINGS
St. Vincent dePaul Parish: Tuesday, 28 February, at 07:00 pm in StVdP Rectory
St. Joseph Parish: Tuesday, 06 March, at 07:00 pm in StJos Rectory.

DO YOU THINK FOURTEEN-YEAR OLD BOYS SHOULD BE TRUSTED TO CARRY FIREARMS?
Please answer: YES or NO.
Are you thinking? What is your answer! Okay! Time’s up! Pencils down! What is your answer?
Very likely you answered, “NO, of course not! No 14-year-old child should be allowed to carry a firearm!”
If you did, then you just erased Abraham Lincoln from the history books!
Here is a true story: In 1786, a man named Abraham Lincoln (age 42) was out in his field in Kentucky (east of Louisville) planting corn. He had his three sons with him helping out with the planting. They were Mordecai (age 14), John (age 12) and Thomas (age 6).
These were the days when Native Americans, aka Indians, and White Settlers did not see eye to eye about a lot of things. So, along comes a Shawnee Indian who sees this White Settler planting corn. He picks up his rifle and shoots him dead! Hearing the shot, Mordecai and John run away. Thomas, a tender-hearted child, does not run away. Instead, he runs toward his dead father, Abraham, and throws himself over his body. The Indian comes out of the woods and moves towards the boy, apparently ready to kill him as well (or kidnap him, we’re not sure which and I guess we’ll never know).
Mordecai and John have stopped running and have hidden themselves in the weeds. They see the Indian approaching their little brother. Mordecai picks up his rifle and aims for the silver crescent hanging around the Indian’s neck. He fires. The Indian is dead. Little Thomas is safe.
Thomas grows up and marries Nancy Hanks. On 12 February 1809, Tom and Nancy have their second child, their first son. Thomas names him “Abraham” in honor of his father. That’s the end of the story!

Happy Birthday, President Lincoln!

Thanks a lot, Mordecai! I’m glad you made it possible for your little brother to grow up. May God forgive the Shawnee warrior who killed Abe Lincoln’s grandpop. What can we say? Those were sad times!

stjos/stvdp: 02.12.2012 - 08


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