MASS SCHEDULE: 04 - 11 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH
Saturday, 03 March
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

Monday, 05 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
by his wife, Jean

Tuesday, 06 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ANNA B. KARAWULAN
by OPM

Wednesday, 07 March
SS. Perpetua and Felicity (OptMem)
08:00 am — MARY ELLEN BURNS KREVANIS
by her mother, Mary

Thursday, 08 March
St. John of God, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — ANNA KOSTELANSKY
rescheduled from 28 Feb

Friday, 09 March
St. Frances of Rome, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — BERYL LAWRENCE
by OPM

Saturday, 10 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — HILDA FRITZ MEISCH, EMMY FRITZ MUELLER and RESI FRITZ
by their nephew, Edward
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOEY KLEEMAN III (anniversary of birth)
by his grandparents, Joe and Marian

Sunday, 11 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — KATHLEEN KELLY RITRO
by Betty Moran

 MASS SCHEDULE: 04 - 11 MARCH
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 05 February
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — HUGH McNICHOL
by Jerome D. Gilmartin

Tuesday, 06 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on COLLETTE BALULIS COYLE (84th birthday)
by Jim and Cindy and family

Wednesday, 07 March
SS. Perpetua and Felicity (OptMem)
07:00 pm — SALVATION OF SOULS
by Jerome D. Gilmartin

Thursday, 08 March
St. John of God, religious (OptMem)
07:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by Mary Draugelis Miller

Friday, 09 March
St. Frances of Rome, religious (OptMem)
5:00 pm — JULIE LACEY
by Teresa Monahan and Sonia Boniscavage

Saturday, 10 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — VERONICA HARFINIST
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 11 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
25 / 26 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,219.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $96.00 from the second collection (plate); $31.00 from the Dues envelopes; $126.00 from the Ash Wednesday envelopes; $98.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,570.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $85.00 from the Black and Indian Missions envelopes; $170.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,570.00) 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 $418.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $806.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $47.00 from the second collection (plate); $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $195.00 from the Ash Wednesday envelopes; $70.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,158.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $99.00 from the Black and Indian Missions envelopes; $103.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,158.00) 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 $395.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 07 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 08 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 09 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 07 March
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
including Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Sunday, 04 March: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 09 March: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 11 March: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church

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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.
A MORAL DILEMMA and HOW I RESOLVE IT
I turn on the computer. Up pops an invitation for me to update my Adobe Flash Player. This is a free service. I have to press either ACCEPT or DECLINE. I press ACCEPT. Then up pops a dialogue box that quizzes me as to whether or not I have read and agreed to the terms of the license for the Adobe Flash Player 11.1 update installation. There is, of course, a button to push that will bring the license up on the screen for me to peruse. I have no interest whatsoever in plowing through all the legal terminology that Mr. Adobe is inviting me to read. Life is short and I have better things to do with my time. But I do want the update. So, I have to make a decision: Should I “lie” and tell Mr. Adobe that I have read and agreed to the terms of the license, as a reward for which he will upload the update to my computer? Or should I tell Mr. Adobe the truth, viz. that I have not read his blankety-blank license, as a result of which he will decline to upload his update to my computer? I resolve the dilemma by saying to myself: Generally speaking, it is a sin to tell a lie in order to gain an advantage. However, I am not dealing here with a human person. I am dealing with a machine (a sophisticated machine, I grant you, but a machine nevertheless.) A machine has no soul. It is no sin to lie to an entity that has no soul. So, I click YES (indicating that I have done something I have not actually done). The fool machine believes me and uploads the update to my computer and there we are! My Adobe Flash Player is now up to snuff!
But here comes the question: Will there be a penalty for me to pay in Eternity for lying to Mr. Adobe? I sure hope not. If my moral reasoning is off base, I am in deep trouble, because I have done this a number of times and am not the least bit repentant.
I have an additional moral argument to make. I say to myself that Mr. Adobe SHOULD give me a THIRD option, viz. the option of telling him that I have NOT read the license but that I am willing to take the consequences and he should please upload his update anyway. IF he had given me that option, I would have taken it, but he didn’t.
So, it’s really all his fault!

 WINNERS of MAJOR PRIZES at CHINESE AUCTION
50-50 (cash prize)

Ticket #0455 — Mom & Joanne
Lottery-ticket and Money Tree
Ticket #0819 — John Weidensaul
Train
Ticket #0317 — Denise Kramer
Television
Ticket #0012 — C. Kulengosky

 THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
The St. Vincent dePaul Parish Holy Rosary Society is grateful to everyone who participated in any way towards the success of its annual Chinese Auction.
It was a lot of hard work, but it was satisfying to see so many people turn out and have a good time.
And, of course, there is always the matter of the profit!
Please know that the total profit came to seven thousand, six hundred six dollars and no cents! ($7,606.00)
And there’s no cents complaining about that!

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A Few Points about the Sacrament of Penance / Reconciliation
1. Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Penance on Easter Sunday night. Cf. Jn. 20:19-23.

2. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) lists five names for this sacrament:

- Penance
- Confession
- Reconciliation
- Forgiveness
- Conversion

3. God’s mercy is without limits. There is no sin too big, there are no sins too many to be forgiven in this great sacrament!

4. In order for a person to go to Heaven or even to go to Purgatory (the “vestibule” of Heaven), it is absolutely necessary that he / she be in the state of sanctifying grace at the point of death!

5. Sanctifying grace is the gift of God’s life (“super-natural life”), infused into the human soul by the Holy Spirit in order to heal it and to sanctify it (make it holy). Sanctifying grace makes a person holy and pleasing to God, cf. CCC 2023-2024.

6. Mortal sin deprives the soul of sanctifying grace.

7. Individual and integral confession of grave sins (mortal sins), followed by absolution, remains the only ordinary means of reconciliation with God and with the Church (CCC 1497).

8. The best way for a person to be certain that he / she will die in the state of sanctifying grace is for him / her to strive to live consistently in the state of sanctifying grace.

9. Two of the main ways for a person to be certain that he/ she is living in the state of sanctifying grace are:
a. Participation in the celebration of Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation.
b. Participation on a regular basis in the sacrament of Penance.

10. When a person goes to Confession, he /she may choose to do so either anonymously, i.e. behind the screen, or face to face.

11. God will do His part when a person goes to Confession, but the person going to Confession must also do his / her part! There are three acts of the penitent. In other words, there are three things that a person is responsible for doing when he / she goes to Confession:
a. CONTRITION – BEING SORRY FOR ALL OF ONE’S SINS.
b. CONFESSION – TELLING THE PRIEST, HONESTLY AND COMPLETELY (as far as memory permits), ALL OF ONE’S MORTAL SINS. If uncertain whether a particular sin was a mortal sin, be sure to confess it. Let the priest be the judge of whether it was a mortal sin, while keeping in mind that God is the Ultimate Judge of all such matters. IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED THAT ONE ALSO CONFESS WHATEVER VENIAL SINS COME TO MIND. Cf. CCC 1456 and 1458: All mortal sins of which penitents after a diligent self-examination are conscious must be recounted by them in confession… (CCC 1456). Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church (CCC 1458).
c. SATISFACTION – ACCEPTING THE PENANCE ASSIGNED, which implies that one will complete the penance within a reasonably short time.

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12. Only a validly ordained Priest or Bishop has the authority, granted by God, to absolve us from our sins in the Sacrament of Penance.

13. If it has been a while since you have gone to Confession, or maybe even a very long time, and you are not sure how to go or what to confess, don’t worry! Help is on the way! In fact, it is already here! There are guides to help you (see below).

A Guide to the Sacrament of Penance from the Pennsylvania Bishops (Includes the steps for how to go to Confession):
http://www.ewtn.com/library/BISHOPS/GUIDEPEN.HTM
Examination of Conscience for Children
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-children-examination-conscience.cfm
Examination of Conscience for Young Adults
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-young-adults-examination-of-conscience.cfm
Examination of Conscience for Single People
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments/penance/examination-of-conscience-for-single-people.cfm
Examination of Conscience for Married Persons
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-married-persons-examination-of-conscience.cfm

14. Be completely transparent about your sins in the Sacrament of Penance. If you have sins that are particularly difficult for you to confess, or that you find embarrassing to confess, it may be helpful to confess those sins first. Do this directly and clearly. This will have the fringe benefit of making the rest of your Confession easier.

15. Why does the Catholic Church instruct us to confess our sins to a priest? Because Jesus established the sacrament this way, cf. Jn. 20: 19-23. The apostles were the first Priests and Bishops of the New Covenant. Jesus is the Eternal High Priest. A man who is ordained a Priest (or Bishop) is such because He was ordained into the one, great high priesthood of Jesus Christ.

16. The priest, through ordination to the Sacred Priesthood, acts in the person of Christ (in persona Christi) and is given authority by God to forgive sins. In her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, St. Faustina writes that Jesus told her that in the Sacrament of Penance, the Priest is “but a screen” for Him (Jesus) to work through. Christ is the Divine Physician and He desires to heal you in this great sacrament. The Priest is an agent of God’s mercy.

17. Whether one regularly goes to Confession, occasionally goes, or has not been there in a long, long time, the liturgical season of Lent is a great time to rediscover this beautiful sacrament of our Lord’s Divine Mercy! “Be not afraid.” (Matthew 14:27)

by James F. Gontis, Director
Department of Religious Education
Diocese of Harrisburg

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LIES AND STATISTICS
What’s the difference?
Sometimes, not a whole lot!
Here is a statistic that has been thrown around quite a bit lately on TV and in newspapers:
                        “98% OF CATHOLIC WOMEN HAVE USED CONTRACEPTION”
                                                  
But is it true????
Well, it must be true!
The White House says so!
But something inside me says, “No! No way! I don’t believe that! Ninety-eight percent?? Absolutely not! Sounds like propaganda from Hell to me! Where do they get these garbage statistics??”
Here is what the report cited actually claims: It claims that it interviewed a representative sample of Catholic women, but not “Catholic women in general”. It confined its sample to those Catholic women who fall into all of the following categories:

(a) between the ages of 15 and 44;
(b) sexually active;
(c) neither pregnant nor post-partum;
(d) trying to avoid getting pregnant.

So, let’s use some logic here.
If a woman is sexually active AND is trying to avoid getting pregnant, then I guess there is a very high likelihood that she will be using contraceptives. (Duh!)
So, what the report found out is that 98% of the women who identify themselves as Catholics and who are sexually active and who are trying to avoid getting pregnant are using contraceptives.
Do you see a HUGE DIFFERENCE between what the report actually found and the claim that 98% of Catholic women have used contraception?
If you don’t see it, get someone to explain it to you.
If you do see it, then we hardly need say more!

FINANCE COUNCIL of St. Joseph Parish will meet at 07:00 pm on Tuesday, 06 March, in St. Joseph Rectory.
FINANCE COUNCIL of St. Vincent dePaul Parish will meet at 07:00 pm on Tuesday, 13 March, in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD, there is going to be a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in the streets of the Ville of Girard on Saturday, 24 March, commencing at twelve noon (12:00 noon). There will be music and festivity and wearing of the green and a lot of people trying to look Irish.
We hope there will be fair weather and a good turnout and that it will be a safe and happy day for one and all.
SAINT RICHARD PARISH is having a LENTEN HOMEMADE PIEROGIE SALE
For sale: Wednesdays of Lent, between 09:00 am and 12:00 noon and on the Thursdays of Lent, between 06:30 and 08:00 pm.
Place: Church hall, 799 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville.
Call the Rectory (467-2315) or just stop in.
The price is $6.00 per dozen.
NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL is having a CASH BINGO on Sunday, 11 March. Doors open at 11:30 am. Early bird special at 12:30 pm. Specials and jackpots. Homemade foods and desserts.

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SOME RECENT NEWS ITEMS AND SOME COMMENTS THEREON
POPE URGES COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR LARGE FAMILIES (CNS)

Pope Benedict XVI called on governments and communities to help large families, saying children represent hope and the well-being of every nation. "There is no future without children," he said at the end of today’s general audience in a greeting to members of an Italian association of large families. "A family made up of many children constitutes a witness of faith, courage and optimism," he said.
My comment: My mother conceived and gave birth to five children. My older sister conceived and gave birth to seven children. My younger sister conceived and gave birth to eight children. I am grateful to all three of these great women. Frequently I see a husband and wife walk into St. Joseph Church with all ten of their children. Beautiful! Every weekend I see a woman walk into either St. Joseph or St. Vincent dePaul Church with all four of her children. Beautiful! Every weekend I see a man walk into St. Joseph Church with all five of his children. Beautiful! Every weekend I see a couple at either St. Joseph or St. Vincent dePaul Church with all four of their children and increasingly clear evidence of a fifth child in utero. Beautiful! At Stations of the Cross this Friday past, I saw a husband and wife present with all eight of their children. Beautiful!
All of these are among the many who constitute a witness of faith, courage and optimism.
POPE URGES COUPLES: AVOID ARTIFICIAL PROCREATION (AP)
Pope Benedict XVI urged childless couples to shun artificial procreation, decrying such methods as a form of arrogance. Speaking at a Vatican conference on diagnosing and treating infertility, Benedict also reiterated church teaching that marriage is the only permissible place to conceive children. The human dignity of procreation “doesn’t consist in a product,” he said.
My comment: Every child is to be received as a gift from God. Every child is meant to be conceived and brought to birth within the covenant of a valid marriage. Marriage is always and everywhere a covenant between one man and one woman. A valid marriage is always entered into with the firm intention of permanence and mutual fidelity. A child is never meant to be conceived in a petri dish. It is in a child’s best interest that he / she be conceived and born within the marital embrace.
WOMAN DENIED COMMUNION AT HER MOTHER’S FUNERAL (Washington Post)
A Washington, DC woman was denied Communion at her mother’s funeral Mass in Maryland because the priest learned just before the service that the woman lived with her lesbian partner. Members of the woman’s family are outraged and are demanding the priest be removed from ministry. An auxiliary bishop has sent the family an apology. The archdiocese issued a statement calling the priest’s actions against “policy” and said it would be looked into as a personnel issue.
My comment: I ask myself, “Suppose you were the celebrant of a funeral Mass and you found out just before the Mass that the daughter of the deceased lived with her lesbian partner. Suppose further that this daughter came forward to receive Holy Communion during the Mass. Would you give her Holy Communion? My answer is, “Yes, I would give her Holy Communion”. How could I justify such a decision? Before giving my reasons, let me belabor the obvious. Homosexual activity of any kind is grievously immoral and in almost every case is a mortal sin. (Of course, it would not be a sin for a child who is taken advantage of by an aduIt.) A person involved in homosexual activity ought not go forward to receive Holy Communion. So what would my reasons (justifications) be for giving this woman Holy Communion? (a) I must give to any person who comes up for Holy Communion “the benefit of the doubt”, i.e. I must presume that he or she is eligible to receive. (b) If I have evidence that he or she is not eligible to receive, it must be evidence that is in the public domain, not simply information that has been communicated to me privately. (c) I must not assume that two unrelated women (or men) who share the same house or apartment are sexually involved with one another. I might suspect that they are but I don’t necessarily know that they are. (d) I must not without very good reason do anything at the Communion rail that would cause “admiratio populi” or otherwise cause a stir or start a riot. There are appropriate times and places for correction. This is not one of them.

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NUMBER OF MOSQUES IN U.S. UP 74% IN LAST TEN YEARS
The number of Islamic places of worship in the United States soared 74% in the past decade. The number of mosques has quietly risen from 1,209 in 2000 to 2,106 in 2010. The states with the most mosques are New York, California and Texas. Most mosques are in cities but the percentage that are in suburban settings nearly doubled. The study estimates there are 2.6 million mosque participants in the U.S. (USA Today)
My comment: Why is Islam spreading and Christianity diminishing? Here is a simplistic (but not untrue answer): BECAUSE MUSLIMS MAKE BABIES AND CHRISTIANS DON’T. Obviously, that is a rip-roaring generality but, like many rip-roaring generalities, there is a more than a scintilla of truth in it! So, if you would prefer not to see St. Joseph Church, Girardville and / or St. Vincent dePaul Church, Girardville converted into mosques, may I respectfully suggest that (if you are morally eligible and biologically capable) you do what is necessary in order to make a baby or two or three. Fortunately, we have lots of water here in Girardville and we would be delighted to baptize them.
CHURCH REDOUBLING EFFORT FOR MANDATE EXEMPTION
U.S. church leaders pledged to redouble efforts to support religious freedom after the Senate voted to table the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. The bill was tabled by a 51-48 vote. Three Democratic senators including Robert Casey of Pennsylvania voted for the Act. Bridgeport Bishop William Lori, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Religious Liberty, said after the vote that the bishops will continue their strong defense of conscience rights for all people. (CNS)
My comment: I was certain beyond a doubt that Senator Toomey (Republican) would vote in favor of the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. I was not so certain that Senator Casey (Democrat) would vote in favor of it, inasmuch as a vote in favor of the bill would be a vote in opposition to the policy of the Obama administration. When I found out that SENATOR CASEY HAD VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE BILL, I was delighted! God bless you, Senator Casey! “Though I’ve belted you and flayed you, by the livin’ God that made you, etc.” By this vote, Senator Casey shows that, when push comes to shove, this is NOT a battle between Democrats and Republicans. It is a battle between those who respect religious freedom and those who do not. President Obama does not. Senator Casey does! Way to go, Senator! Thank you for bucking the party! By the way, Senator Toomey also voted to support the bill, as I was sure he would.
"The federal government, which claims to be, of, by, and for the people has just dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people - the Catholic population - and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful. ... We cannot - we will not - comply with this unjust law."
                                                                                          Most Rev. John O. Barres, DD, Bishop of Allentown

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