MASS SCHEDULE: 11 - 18 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 10 March
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

Monday, 12 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — Good health and God’s blessings on HENRY WAYNE
by Eileen and sons

Tuesday, 13 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ANTHONY ROWLAND (47th anniversary)
by his daughter, Eileen

Wednesday, 14 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — DOMINIC and ROSE GRASSO
by their daughter, Mary Grasso Burns

Thursday, 15 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — ANNA KOSTELANSKY
by OPM

Friday, 16 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MICHAEL and MARY CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Saturday, 17 March
St. Patrick, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — EDWARD M. KEATING
by his grandnephew, Edward
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — CONCETTA CATIZONE
by Mickey Catizone

Sunday, 18 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — MARY BOXER MALL (25th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gowe
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 MASS SCHEDULE: 11 - 18 MARCH
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 12 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — SALVATION OF SOULS
by Jerome D. Gilmartin

Tuesday, 13 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — KATHLEEN KELLY RITRO
by William Byrne

Wednesday, 14 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ANNA B. KARAWULAN
by OPM

Thursday, 15 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — MARGARET STETZ
by Vincent Amendola and family

Friday, 16 March
Lenten Weekday
5:00 pm — BERYL LAWRENCE
by OPM

Saturday, 17 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM PUCETAS
by his wife and his son

Sunday, 18 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Charles and Mabel Bensinger

stjos/stvdp: 03.11.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
03 / 04 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,091.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $45.00 from the second collection (plate); $335.00 from the Dues envelopes; $29.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $33.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $97.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,630.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $226.75 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,630.00) 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 $478.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,011.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $44.00 from the second collection (plate); $239.00 from the Dues envelopes; $76.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,370.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $18.00 from the Black and Indian Missions envelopes; $129.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,370.00) 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 $607.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 14 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 15 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 16 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 14 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, 11 March: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 16 March: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 18 March: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
The Sorrowful Mother is looking for companions
to accompany her to on the Way to Calvary.

stjos/stvdp: 03.11.2012 - 02


THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE STATUE burns this week in memory of Sr. Susan Osmola, OSF, at the request of Sharon Smith.

 
BEHOLD, O kind and most sweet Jesus,
I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight,
and with the most fervent desire of my soul
I pray and beseech Thee
to impress upon my heart
lively sentiments of faith,
hope and charity,
with true repentance for my sins
and a most firm desire of amendment:
whilst with deep affection and grief of soul
I consider within myself
and mentally contemplate Thy five most precious Wounds,
having before mine eyes that which David, the prophet,
long ago spoke in Thine own person concerning Thee,
my Jesus: “They have pierced My hands and My feet,
they have numbered all My bones.”

I recommend this prayer to everyone. I suggest to parents that they gather their children and place them in front of a crucifix (or a painting of the crucified Lord) and say this prayer out loud with them.
Cultivate in your children a tenderhearted love for the Lord Jesus crucified.

stjos/stvdp:03.11.2012 - 03


WE SHARE THE MAIL
The following email came into my box this past week. You will be happy to know that I neither solicited this message nor did I respond to it. I have received quite a few emails similar to this one, although not recently. I would guess that almost everyone who has an email address has been favored with messages like these from time to time. So why am I printing it here? Two reasons: (a) because I think it is amusing; (b) because there might be someone out there who does not know that you should never respond to emails like this nor open any links in them. If you do, it is highly likely that unpleasant things will happen to you and / or to your computer. So, the best policy is: Read and Delete!

Hello,
I'm Mr. Luke K. Ganapathiraman, The Managing Director in the Remittance Dept, International Commercial Bank Ltd. I write to let you know that the reason why you were unable to receive your payment before now is not far-fetched. As soon as I hear from you, I will provide all information to you including how your friends who promised to help you receive your payment later tried diverting your funds into another account that neither bears your name nor known to you. Kindly contact me and advice me on how you want your approved payment transferred to you. I'm making this contact privately because I want to help you out confidentially.
Regards
L.K. Ganapathiraman
Managing Director.Remittance Dept
International Commercial Bank Ltd
P.M.B 16, Meridian House, Ring Rd. Central, Accra, Ghana
233-21-235819-20/665779/235663
233-21-238228
www.icbankingroup.com

THE ULTIMATE BULLYING
We read and hear quite a lot these days about the problem of BULLYING among kids. The Pottsville Republican had a front page article on the subject one day this past week. Apparently bullying takes place at every level of the educational system, from K to 12. Sometimes it’s physical and sometimes it’s verbal.
A bully is a person who uses his or her own superior size or strength or age or intelligence or sophistication or “position in the social network” in order to hurt or humiliate or degrade some other human being who is, presumably, a person of lesser size or strength or age or intelligence or sophistication or “position in the social network”. (This is my own, homemade definition.)
Bullying is bad, to say the least! Bullying stinks! Bullies should all be rounded up and placed on an island located in shark-infested waters where they can bully one another to their hearts content until, of course, such time as they repent, at which point they can be returned to civilization and given one more chance.
But did you ever stop to think about the relationship between bullying and abortion?
It doesn’t take too long to figure out that abortion is an action whereby a person uses his or her own superior size, strength, age, intelligence, sophistication and position in the social network in order to KILL some other human being — a human being who is a person of lesser size, strength, age, intelligence, sophistication and position in the social network.
Is it not strange that we get all bent out of shape about the bullying that goes on in schools and are so blasé about the bullying that goes on in various and sundry hospitals and clinics and Planned Parenthood centers?
What should happen to abortionists? I think the very least that should happen to abortionists is that they should be rounded up and placed on an island located in shark-infested waters where they can beat up on one another to their hearts content until, of course, such time as they repent, at which point they can be returned to civilization and given one more chance.
ABORTION IS A DIRTY, ROTTEN, LOUSY, STINKING BUSINESS! ABORTIONISTS ARE SLAYERS OF INNOCENT CHILDREN AND ARE ENEMIES OF THE HUMAN RACE! THEY WILL PAY A HEAVY PRICE ON THE DAY OF WRATH WHEN THEY FIND THEMSELVES BEFORE THE HIGH JUDGE OF ALL MANKIND! THE CHILDREN THEY HAVE MURDERED WILL STEP FORWARD TO ACCUSE THEM! THEY WILL BE SILENT NO LONGER!

Dies irae! Dies illa! Solvet saeculum in favilla!

stjos/stvdp: 03.11.2012 - 04


BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH!
What are the Ides of March and why should I beware them?
The Ides of March are the 15th day of March and I guess you don’t really have to beware them, but it’s become a tradition to tell people to beware them.
Why has it become a tradition to tell people to beware the 15th day of March?
Well, it’s like this: On 15 March 44 BC, a gentleman whose name was Gaius Julius Caesar was assassinated on the floor of the Senate in Rome by some Senators, chief among them being Brutus and Cassius. On the previous day, a blind soothsayer had warned Caesar to beware the Ides of March. His wife, Calpurnia, took this warning seriously and interpreted it as meaning that Caesar should cancel his plans to go to the Capitol that day and should just stay at home and relax. But Caesar didn’t listen to his wife and went to the Capitol anyway. He never came home. That was the end of him! Too bad!
Moral of the story: If a blind soothsayer and your wife combine to tell you not to do something, you would be wise not to do it.
Okay, but I’m more interested in knowing why the 15th day of March is called “the Ides of March”.
Well, it’s like this: The Romans had an enormously complicated (in my opinion) way of designating dates on a calendar. We have a nice, sensible way of designating dates. We say: “March the first” followed by “March the second” followed by “March the third” etc., etc., all the way up to “March the thirty-first” and then “April the first”, etc.
The Romans, instead, concentrated on the phases of the moon: new moon, first quarter moon, full moon. They called the day of the new moon “Kalends”. They called the day of the first-quarter moon “Nones”. They called the day of the full moon “Ides”. The Kalends fell always on the 1st day of the month. The Nones fell on either the 5th or the 7th day of the month. The Ides fell on either the 13th or the 15th day of the month. All other days of the month were designated in relation to these three days.
So, now you know (?) why “the Ides of March” means “the 15th day of March”.
If none of this interests you, don’t worry about it!
But please remember this if you remember nothing else:
if you have a wife, God gave her to you so that you will be a success in life, at least as much of a success as it is possible for you to be. Therefore, do what your wife tells you to do! Women have a wisdom that is not readily accessible to men. You ignore your wife at your own peril! For example, if your wife tells you to stop drinking, don’t argue with her. Stop drinking! If she tells you that you should go to Confession or go to Mass, do it! If she tells you that you should stop watching so much TV and pay a little more attention to her and / or the kids, take her seriously!

THANK YOU!

#01 — We mentioned in a recent bulletin that a former St. Joseph parishioner promised to send the parish $250.00 every month and had set up his bank account to do so automatically. Just want to mention that we received the March check and are most grateful. The benefactor chooses to remain anonymous.

#02 — I am grateful to a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish who handed me a check for $500.00 last week to be used for the parish. Very grateful to this kind person. She also chooses to remain anonymous.

#03 — I am grateful to a couple (from out of the area) who gave me a check for $100.00 for St. Joseph Parish and another check for $100.00 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish. Very grateful! Also choose to remain anonymous.

#04 — I received a phone call some days ago telling me that a gentleman named James McAndrew had died (in New York State) and had left ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to St. Vincent dePaul Parish, which was his deceased wife’s former parish. (Her name was Alice Machise.) Since then, I have received the check. Needless to say, on behalf of the parish, our gratitude to James and Alice and to their family and executors.

stjos/stvdp: 03.11.2012 - 05


WHAT’S WITH THIS DEWFALL?
One of the changes in the Mass that has most impacted my ear is the change in the Second Eucharistic Prayer where the priest asks God to send His Spirit down upon the bread and wine “like the dewfall”.
I have to admit that “dewfall” is not a word that I am accustomed to saying.
In fact, to tell you the truth, I can go through a whole day’s worth of conversation without ever saying “dewfall”!
So, I try to process it.
First of all, remember that the guiding principle of the new translation (what we call the Third Roman Missal) is that the English should translate the Latin original as closely as possible, without undue paraphrase or undue attempts to sound “modern” and “up to date”.
Take a look at the Latin, especially the third line (which I have bolded and underlined):

Vere Sanctus es, Domine, fons omnis sanctitatis.
Haec ergo dona, quaesumus,
Spiritus tui rore sanctifica,
ut nobis Corpus et Sanguis fiant
Domini nostri Jesu Christi.

PLEASE NOTE THE WORD “RORE” WHICH IS THE LATIN WORD FOR “WITH THE DEW”.
You might want to compare the following translations of this Latin paragraph:

OLD
Lord, you are holy indeed,
the fountain of all holiness.
Let your Spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy,
so that they may become for us
the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 NEW
You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
the fount of all holiness.
Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray,
by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall,
so that they may become for us
the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, what can we say about this?
We can say at least this much: that the new translation makes reference to “dew” whereas the old translation did not. For this reason, if for no other, the new translation is superior.

But there is something even more important going on here.
The reference to dew (dewfall) is supposed to make us relate to the incident in the desert where the children of Israel complained against God and Moses for bringing them to a place where there was no food.

In the evening quail came up and covered the camp. In the morning a dew lay all about the camp, and when the dew evaporated, there on the surface of the desert were fine flakes like hoarfrost on the ground. On seeing it, the Israelites asked one another, "What is this?" for they did not know what it was. But Moses told them, "This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat." (Exodus 16,13-15)

And we remember that the Lord Jesus deliberately connected the manna in the desert with the bread that He would give us, the bread that would be His own Body.
So, now that I know that, I can more meaningfully ask the Lord to send His Spirit down upon the bread and wine “like the dewfall”!
Come to think of it, I kind of like the sound of that: LIKE THE DEWFALL!

stjos/stvdp: 03.11.2012 - 06


SOME RECENT NEWS ITEMS AND SOME COMMENTARY THEREON
SIXTIES “GOD IS DEAD” THEOLOGIAN HAS DIED AT AGE 87

William Hamilton, the theologian who in the 1960s declared, “God is dead,” has died at the age of 87. When his conclusion that God was dead was published in TIME magazine in 1966, Hamilton found himself at the center of a theological storm. TIME christened the new movement “radical theology” and called Hamilton one of its key figures. (RNS)
Comment:
1966
GOD IS DEAD!

Very truly yours,
William Hamilton
2012
WILLIAM HAMILTON IS DEAD!
Very truly yours,
God
CORONER RULES BEVILACQUA DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES
Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua died of natural causes, not for any reason related to the looming conspiracy and sex-abuse trial of one of his former top aides, the Montgomery County coroner said Thursday. Ending weeks of speculation, Coroner Walter I. Hofman blamed the 88-year-old cardinal's Jan. 31 death on routine factors: heart disease, prostate cancer, and old age. "This is a natural death," Hofman told reporters at his Norristown office. "Elderly people with preexisting disease often die quite suddenly." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Comment: I’m waiting for the District Attorney to announce that he will not be sending Cardinal Bevilacqua a subpoena to take the witness stand. It’s not clear to me that the mere fact that His Eminence is deceased is sufficient to dissuade the persecution from summoning him to court. Oh, what would Dinny say?
POPE PRAISES BISHOP FOR REORDERING SACRAMENTS
Fargo, North Dakota Bishop Samuel Aquila said he is delighted to have first-hand papal approval for changing the order by which children in his diocese receive the sacraments. Over the past seven years the Diocese of Fargo has changed the typical order of sacraments of initiation. Instead of confirmation coming third and at an older age, it is now conferred at a younger age and prior to First Communion. The pope spoke to Aquila at his ad limina visit in Rome. (CNA)
Comment: This is excellent news! For many years, in fact even as far back as when I was in the seminary, it has seemed to me (and to many other priests) that Confirmation should precede First Holy Communion. The fact that Papa Benedict is going out of his way to praise the Bishop of Fargo for instituting this change gives me hope that a change is coming. I offer as my opinion that Confirmation should be administered immediately after Baptism or else at age seven. If the latter, then First Holy Communion should follow immediately. Many would say that the Byzantine Rite (and other Eastern rites) have the right idea. They confirm (and sometimes even give First Holy Communion) immediately after Baptism.
CHURCH MUST BETTER EXPLAIN TEACHINGS, POPE SAYS
Permissive attitudes toward sex, cohabitation before marriage and acceptance of same-sex marriage can damage individuals and are harmful for society, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of U.S. bishops at the Vatican. Meeting the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, the pope said ignorance of church teaching on marriage and sexuality were part of the "challenges" to evangelization in the United States. (CNS)
Comment: Some parishioners have told me that they hear and read more about marital and sexual matters in our parish bulletins and in homilies than they were accustomed to hear and read in years past. My reaction to this is as follows: Reticence on the part of the clergy to speak and to write about marital and sexual matters has done a great deal of damage to the Church. There is a kind of false modesty that tolerates an abundance of indecent sexual images and language invading our homes but objects to sound teaching about sexual matters coming from the Church. This is due, at least in part, to a kind of Jansenism that infected the Church in western Europe and thence to the United States. It is clearly the wish of Pope Benedict (as of Pope John Paul) that Catholics should be better instructed in what is sometimes referred to as “the theology of the body”.

stjos/stvdp: 03.11.2012 - 07


Please do not read the words in the box without also reading the commentary that follows:

Since the Second Vatican Council a small but powerful group in the Catholic Church has taken control of governance. Continuing a trend that had started from the beginning of the 20th century, this group, headed by conservative Popes, has abused, and is still abusing, spiritual authority in order to block attempts at reforming the Church as demanded by the Second Vatican Council. The abuse lies at the root of the refusal to change attitudes regarding the conscientious use of contraception, homosexuality, married priests and the ordination of women.


The words in the box immediately above are taken from a free newsletter that I subscribe to that is published by a left-wing group that agitates for the ordination of women to the priesthood. If you wonder why I subscribe to a newsletter put out by a group whose agenda I vehemently oppose, my answer is this: I believe in the maxim that says we should keep our friends close and our enemies closer!
Please note that this group, whose primary purpose is to agitate for the ordination of women to the priesthood (something that will never happen), also agitates for the acceptance of contraception and of homosexuality.
If you have not already connected the dots, I ask you to do so now.
ARTIFICIAL CONTRACEPTION and HOMOSEXUALITY: THE CONNECTION
The widespread acceptance of homosexuality in our society — something that many of us find absolutely astonishing — is due to the widespread acceptance of artificial contraception.
Quite frankly, there is not a whole lot of difference between a man having sexual relations with a woman while using artificial contraception and a man having sexual relations with a man or a woman with a woman. All three actions are simulations of intercourse, not real intercourse. All three actions are contrary to human nature. All three actions are instances of sodomy.
This is such an important point to understand, I cannot overemphasize it!!!
ARTIFICIAL CONTRACEPTION, HOMOSEXUALITY and THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN: THE CONNECTION
Anyone who thinks that women can be priests is not only mistaken but is drastically disoriented. The fundamental idea that underlies the ministerial priesthood of Jesus Christ is this: that the Lord Jesus is the Husband of the Church and, correspondingly, that the Church is the Bride of the Lord Jesus.
When a man receives ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ, his natural masculinity is taken up into the masculinity of the Lord Jesus, so that the man may be an effective sign of the Husbandness of Jesus Christ towards His Church.
Why can a woman not be a priest? The answer is quite simple and even obvious: Because the woman does not have any natural masculinity that can be taken up into the Husbandness of Jesus Christ, as a result of which she is unable to be an effective sign of the Husbandness of Jesus Christ towards the Church. Grace presupposes nature. Grace builds on nature.
Men and women are manifestly not interchangeable when it comes to marriage, nor when it comes to priesthood. Those who do not know this are incomparably misinformed, so much so that it is just about impossible to communicate with them.

stjos/stvdp: 03.1.2012 - 08


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