MASS SCHEDULE: FEBRUARY 2504 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 25 February
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — PETER and ELIZABETH KLEEMAN
by Joseph and Marian Kleeman

Sunday, 26 February
1st Sunday of Lent
10:00 am — JOSEPH V. PAMPANIN
by OPM
11:30 am — 355 MEN DEAD IN HONDURAS FIRE
by EBC

Monday, 27 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — JUNE ANN ROWLAND (76th anniversary of birth)
by her sister, Eileen

Tuesday, 28 February
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ROSE BETTERIDGE
re-scheduled from 20 Feb

Wednesday, 29 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — SALVATION OF SOULS
by Jerome D. Gilmartin

Thursday, 01 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MARY KUBICA
by OPM

Friday, 02 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — ANNA B. KARAWULAN
by OPM

Saturday, 03 March
St. Katharine Drexel, virgin (OptMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — VICTORIA PLASZKOWSKI
by OPM

Sunday, 04 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — JOSEPH MAX RIZZARDI
by his family

 MASS SCHEDULE: FEBRUARY 2503 MARCH
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 25 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM CANAVAN
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 26 February
1st Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Barbara Rehnert Kull

Monday, 27 February
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ELEANOR LISOWSKI
by OPM

Tuesday, 28 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — ANNA KOSTELANSKY
by OPM

Wednesday, 29 February
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — BERYL LAWRENCE
by OPM

Thursday, 01 March
Lenten Weekday
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 02 March
Lenten Weekday
5:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by M/M John Yancoski

Saturday, 03 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — Deceased: RYAN and COONEY FAMILIES
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 04 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
18 / 19 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,170.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $88.00 from the second collection (plate); $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $38.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $125.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $83.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,564.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,564.00) 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 $412.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $952.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $88.00 from the second collection (plate); $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $54.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $48.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,227.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,227.00) 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 $464.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 29 February
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 01 March
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 02 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 29 February
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

CHINESE AUCTION
Sunday, 26 February
St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall
Doors open: 12:00 noon
Auction begins: 02:00 PM

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THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE STATUE burns this week in memory of Bob and June O’Connell, at the request of Sharon Smith.
ABIGAIL GLORIA RHODE,
second child (first daughter) of Mark C. and Heather A. (Swearhart) Rhode, was baptized today (Saturday, 25 Feb) in St. Joseph Church.
We give thanks to God: (a) for removing the original sin from this child; (b) for incorporating her into the Body of Christ; (c) for giving her the right to go to heaven; (d) for making her a daughter of the Father, a sister of the Son, a dwelling place of the Spirit; (e) for making her a member of the Catholic Church.
May Abigail Gloria be raised to be a strong and faithful Catholic Christian. May she bring joy to her family and to her community. May her life be successful, as God measures success.
THE SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 28 February, has been deferred to Tuesday, 13 March, due to the fact that two of the members are unable to attend on 28 Feb.
THE SAINT JOSEPH PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL meeting remains scheduled for Tuesday, 06 March.
KATHLEEN [“Kitty”] ANNE KELLY RITRO, a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Friday, 17 February.
Born on 06 July 1928, she was 83 years old.
Kitty is one of the nine children of the late James and Mable (Romberger) Kelly.
All eight of her brothers and sisters are deceased: Joseph Kelly; Thomas Kelly; James Kelly; Bernard Kelly; Cletus Kelly; Edward Kelly; Mae Kelly Winters; Leona Kelly Stever.
Kitty received the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Joseph Church from Bishop Hugh L. Lamb on 18 October 1936.
On 10 May 1947, Kitty was married to Marco P. Ritro in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, in the presence of Fr. William McArdle.
Marco and Kitty were husband and wife for almost 65 years!
From that marriage there are three daughters: Rita Ritro McGinley; Kathleen Ritro Staudenmeier; Christine Ritro Pugh.
Marco and Kitty have eight grandchildren: Joseph McGinley; Mark McGinley; Shawn McGinley; Bryan McGinley; Stacey Staudenmeier Souchak; Scott Staudenmeier; Kristin Pugh; Ricky Pugh.
They have six great-grandchildren, Joey McGinley; Cole McGinley; Alyson McGinley; Collin McGinley; Mason Souchak; Brody Souchak.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Tuesday, 21 February, at 11:00 a.m. There was a viewing in the church on Monday evening and on Tuesday morning. The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Kitty, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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A COUPLE OF NEWS ITEMS AND SOME COMMENTS THEREON

ASH WEDNESDAY IS NOT JUST FOR CATHOLICS ANYMORE
Don’t assume every ash-marked forehead you see belongs to a Catholic. Ash Wednesday, long associated with Catholicism is increasingly observed in Protestant churches. A Baptist minister in California said there’s an increasing desire among Protestants to look anew at ancient Christian practices that previously were identified with Catholics. Even a small number of Evangelical churches have begun holding Ash Wednesday services. (Riverside Press-Enterprise)
My comment: You’re a Protestant pastor and, at first, you say, “Well, I’ll just “do the ashes thing” on Ash Wednesday. My people will like it and it’s harmless enough. I’ll do it and that will be the end of it!” That’s how it all starts! Then, you say, “Well, maybe I’ll put up a crucifix — you know, a cross with a corpus on it — on the wall of the church.” After a while, you start thinking about votive candles and incense (and thuribles) and you say, “But it’s just for Lent and Holy Week!” But it’s insidious. Pretty soon you’re using rosaries and holy water and little statues, then medium-size statues, then big statues and, before you know it, you’re praying for the dead and looking at catalogues to check out the chasubles. It all ends when you find yourself consciously forming the intention to gain an indulgence and putting up a picture of the Pope, at which point the ballgame is over. You have crossed the Tiber! Maybe better never to have started with ashes. It all seemed so harmless at first.
ICONS AT PA GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH SEEPING MYRRH
For 17 weeks, St. George’s Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in Taylor, PA has been hosting services centered on two icons of the Blessed Mother. The faithful believe the icons seep myrrh, heavily perfumed oil. On a recent night, the church was packed with about 500 people. Stories circulated of attendees from previous weeks being healed of everything from back problems to the after-effects of a stroke. (Scranton Times-Tribune)
My comment: I would not be surprised if this phenomenon were entirely legitimate — a simple manifestation of maternal solicitude on the part of the Holy Mother. We live in a cynical age. When things such as myrrh-seeping icons are reported, the sophisticated class goes berserk, looking to disprove any and all possibility that such things could possibly be!! I don’t know for absolutely certain that what is reported in Taylor PA is of divine origin, but I wouldn’t be surprised. God enjoys confusing the rationalists. By the way, if you want to check it out, Taylor is located about four miles southwest of Scranton. If you go, go in a spirit of openness (not the same as gullibility). Do not approach any image of the Holy Mother with anything other than humility and reverence.

TRIDENTINE MASS TODAY (Sunday) at 11:30 am in St. Joseph Chapel.
The 10:00 am Mass in the chapel will be the Novus Ordo Mass.
The correct designations are: “extraordinary form” and “ordinary form”, respectively.

 TESTIMONY OF THE FATHERS

“It was while Eve was still a virgin that the word of the devil crept in to erect an edifice of death. Likewise through a virgin the Word of God was introduced to set up a structure of life. Thus what had been laid waste in ruin by this sex was by the same sex reestablished in salvation. Eve had believed the serpent; Mary believed Gabriel. That which the one destroyed by believing, the other, by believing, set straight" (The Flesh of Christ 17:4 [A.D. 210]. Tertullian

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