MASS SCHEDULE: 18 - 25 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 17 March
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — CONCETTA CATIZONE
by Mickey Catizone

Sunday, 18 March
4th Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — MARY BOXER MALL (25th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Monday, 19 March
St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Tuesday, 20 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — WALTER BORIS
by Vincent Amendola and family

Wednesday, 21 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — KATHLEEN KELLY RITRO
by OPM

Thursday, 22 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — RICHARD and RUTH CHASE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

 Friday, 23 March
St. Turibius deMogrovejo, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Saturday, 24 March
Lenten Weekday
10:00 am — DECEASED: AOH
by the AOH
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ALICE [“Betty”] MULLIGAN
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Sunday, 25 March
5th Sunday of Lent
10:00 am — ANNA B. KARAWULAN
by OPM
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL (anniversary of birth)
by his mother, Ida Mae Canavan

 MASS SCHEDULE: 18 - 25 MARCH
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Sunday, 18 March
4th Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Charles and Mabel Bensinger

Monday, 19 March
St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
07:00 pm — ANNA KOSTELANSKY
by OPM

Tuesday, 20 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MITRO KEETSOCK
by Camillo Fernandes

Wednesday, 21 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by EJB

Thursday, 22 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his daughter, Mary, and his son-in-law, Rick

Friday, 23 March
St. Turibius deMogrovejo, bishop (OptMem)
05:00 pm — ELEANOR LISOWSKI
by OPM

Saturday, 24 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — PATSY HARRIS
by Jeanne Joyce

Sunday, 25 March
5th Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — DECEASED: SMOLOCK and GUGIE FAMILIES
by Peter and Violet Smolock

stjos/stvdp: 03.18.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
10 / 11 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $865.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the second collection (plate); $70.00 from the Dues envelopes; $174.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $71.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,268.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $198.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,268.00) 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 $116.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $809.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $34.00 from the second collection (plate); $22.00 from the Dues envelopes; $217.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $42.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,124.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $110.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,124.00) 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 $361.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 20 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 22 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 23 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 20 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, 18 March: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 23 March: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 25 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 Sr. Susan Osmola, OSF, at the request of Sharon Smith.
PLEASE NOTE
There is usually Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays at St. Vincent dePaul. This week, however, it will be on Tuesday (20 March).
There is usually a Mass at 08:00 am on Saturdays in St. Joseph Chapel. Next Saturday (24 March), because of the St. Patrick Parade, there will not be a Mass at 08:00 am. Instead, there will be a Mass at 10:00 am in the upper church.
RECENT NEWS ITEM and COMMENTARY THEREON
STUDY: PROTESTANTS MORE SUICIDAL THAN CATHOLICS

Religion may play a role in determining whether someone will take their own life, suggests new research that shows suicide rates are higher in Protestant countries than in Catholic ones. One analyst cites the two religions’ views on individuality and sin could be a factor. He notes committing suicide entails the prospect of foregoing paradise for Catholics but not for Protestants. What’s more, he says, Catholics believe in confessing sins, and suicide is the only sin you can’t confess. (Toronto Sun) — [For the complete article, go to: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/13/protestants-more-suicidal-than-catholics-study]
Comment: I don’t really have any comment on this other than to elaborate on a couple of points made in the article itself. Researchers speculate that there are two reasons why Catholics might be less likely than Protestants to commit suicide: (a) because Protestants generally believe that “once you are saved, you are saved” and there is nothing you can do that will undo your salvation, whereas Catholics believe that it is possible for a person to lose his salvation and go to hell if he commits a mortal sin and suicide objectively speaking is a grievously wrong act; (b) because Catholics have the sacrament of Penance whereby they can unburden themselves of guilt and receive the absolute assurance of forgiveness, whereas Protestants do not have anything comparable to the sacrament of Penance. Unresolved guilt is, of course, a major factor in depression and, very likely, in suicide.
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stjos/stvdp:03.18.2012 - 03


“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! He shall eat the fruit of the labor of his hands; he shall be happy, and it shall be well with him. His wife will be like a fruitful vine within his house; his children will be like olive shoots around his table.”

Psalm 128:1-3

Openness to Life Within Marriage

The following is a thumbnail sketch of the Catholic Church’s teaching on Openness to Life and on Contraception. The information in the following bullet points can be found in greater detail in paragraphs 2366 – 2379 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).
• Fruitfulness / fecundity is a gift from God.
• The two ends of the marriage act (marital intercourse) are the unitive (bonding) and the procreative (openness to life). The authentic marriage act never separates these two ends.
• Obviously this does not mean that the marriage act will always result in the conception of a child.
• It does mean that, when a couple engage in the marriage act, they are to be open through the language of the body to the possibility of a child being conceived.
• When a married man and woman who are in sanctifying grace (the grace that makes us holy and pleasing in God’s eyes) engage in the marital act and when that act is open to life and love, God pours into the souls of the couple an increase of sanctifying grace!
• Procreation is an end, an essential purpose of marriage and of the marital embrace.
• Conjugal love naturally tends to be fruitful.
• Children are not “add-ons” to the love of spouses, but are a result of the self-giving love the married couples are to show for one another.
• Because it is God’s law, not merely man’s law, the Church, which is “on the side of life, teaches that it is necessary that each and every marriage act remain ordered, per se, to the procreation of human life.” (CCC 2366).
• When a couple contracept, either by a particular act or by the sterilization of either or both, they hold back from one another a
part of themselves. It is impossible in this situation for a spouse to give himself / herself fully one to the other. It is like saying, “I give myself to you, but not really, not totally.” Then the marriage act becomes a lie through the language of the body.
• Human beings are not pure spirits like angels, but are, rather, body / soul unities. Both body and soul are good and important. What one does with the sexual dimension of one’s body profoundly affects the state of one’s soul.
• All this, then, rules out the legitimacy of contraception of any kind and of direct sterilization, e.g. vasectomies and tubal ligations, both of which are gravely and intrinsically (by their very nature) evil, cf. CCC 2370.
• If a person has contracepted or been sterilized, it is important that he / she repent of these sincerely and, if Catholic, confess these sins in the Sacrament of Penance (because they are sins of great gravity).
• If we are sorry for our sins, confess them forthrightly to the priest (who has authority given him by Christ to forgive sins in His name), and have a firm purpose of amendment, God will lavish His Divine Mercy upon us. “This is good and pleasing to God our Savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
• When married couples conceive a child, they “share in the creative power and fatherhood of God.” (CCC 2367)
• For just reasons, spouses may wish, by natural methods, to space the births of children. It is their duty to make certain that their desire is not motivated by selfishness but is in conformity with the generosity appropriate to responsible parenthood.
• “Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality.” (CCC 2370) These methods are referred to as Natural Family Planning.
With thanks to James F. Gontis

Director of Religious Education, Diocese of Harrisburg
and to The Catholic Witness, newspaper of the Diocese of Harrisburg.

stjos/stvdp: 03.18.2012 - 04 / 05


THE NEW WAY and THE OLD WAY

A man called the Rectory this past Friday morning. I took the call. He did not identify himself. He just wanted to “ask the priest a question”. The question was this: “I know you have Stations of the Cross in Girardville on Friday and Sunday. What I want to know is this: Do you have them ‘the old way’ or ‘the new way’”? I paused and said, “I’m not sure what you mean. What’s the difference?” He said, “Well, you know it’s like this: the old way is where you sing ‘At the Cross her station keeping…’”. I said, “Well, then, yes, I guess you would say we have them the old way.” He thanked me and said that he would be coming up to Girardville for the Stations. He said that his parish has Stations, but that they do them “the new way”.
Actually, I was playing a little bit dumb when I pretended not to know the difference between “the old way” and “the new way”. I knew pretty much what he was referring to. The “old way” refers to Stations of the Cross that focus on the very physical sufferings of the Lord Jesus from His condemnation by Pontius Pilate to His death on the cross on Calvary and then to the tomb. The “old way” focuses also on the anguish of the Holy Mother as she accompanied Jesus on this sorrowful journey. The “old way” stresses MY guilt and MY sinfulness and MY part in causing the Lord Jesus to suffer and die. Stations that are “the new way” use the sufferings of Jesus as background for reflecting on sociological problems. Instead of emphasizing personal guilt, they emphasize societal guilt. Sometimes guilt is taken out of the equation and it’s “all forgiveness all the time”. I never saw too much point in forgiveness without guilt. I mean, what’s the point? If I’m not guilty, I don’t need forgiveness, do I?
Sometimes, “the new way” even introduces problems of an ecological dimension!! [I hope I don’t offend anyone when I say that I don’t have a personal relationship with Planet Earth. Planet Earth is not a person. Ancient people apparently thought that Earth was a person. That’s why they worshipped the goddess, variously known as Gaia, Terra, Demeter, Ceres, etc. No offense intended to my pagan ancestors, but I don’t worship the goddess. I appreciate Planet Earth, I think it is a marvelous planet. I thank God for creating it. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Earth is currently my favorite planet. But I don’t have a one-on-one with it!]
Personally, I find that Stations of the Cross that are “the new way” leave me empty and cold. They are just a tad too intellectual, too remote for me.
When I participate in the Stations of the Cross, I want to see the anguish in the Holy Mother’s face when she kisses Jesus and me. I want to taste the salt of her tears. I want to feel the Sacred Blood on my hands. I want to smell the sweat on the Sacred Body as I reach down to pull Him up when He falls. I want to feel the sting of the whips on His back and on mine and the piercing of the nails as they are driven into His hands and feet and into mine.
I’ve never thought of the suffering and death of Jesus as background to anything. God forbid! It is always in the foreground, as real today as it was two thousand years ago. Here in Girardville, we do Stations of the Cross “the old way”
.

stjos/stvdp: 03.18.2012 - 06


WILLIAM ANTHONY GRADY,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Wednesday, 14 March.
Born on 01 July 1942, he was 69 years old.
Bill is the son of the late Clair and Evelyn (Lally) Grady.
He has two sisters: Evelyn Grady Fisher and Beverly Grady Miller.
His wife is Irene (Kukuk) Grady.
Bill and Irene have three children: William A. Grady Jr.; Timothy Grady; Corrina Grady Kojeszewski.
They have thirteen grandchildren: Candace Grady; Samantha Kojeszewski; Alyssa Grady; Keith Kojeszewski II; Justin Grady; Angel Grady; Timothy Grady Jr.; Adriana Grady; David A. Grady (deceased); Lillian Grady; Michael Grady; Jacob Grady; Carter Grady.
A funeral service was held at 11:00 am on Saturday, 17 March, at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland. A viewing preceded the service.
Interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto William, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

                                 BILL O’REILLY: NOT A DOCTOR OF THEOLOGY
Did you watch Bill O’Reilly on Friday (16 March)? If you did, you might have heard him making some conversation about St. Patrick with one of his guests. The guest made reference to the shamrock and said that St. Patrick used the shamrock as a catechetical tool, in order to teach about the Holy Trinity. Bill (who knows all things) said, “Oh, yeah. That’s the teaching about there being three gods in one.” At which point, I let loose with a high-pitched scream that might have startled a few dogs in Girardville. So, just in case you were watching Bill O’Reilly on Friday, 16 March, and just in case you believe every word that falls from the lips of Bill O’Reilly, may I point out the following theological detail to you?

WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE THREE GODS IN ONE!
WE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ONE AND ONLY ONE GOD!
WE BELIEVE THAT THE ONE GOD IS THREE PERSONS!

Yo, Bill! Do us a big, fat favor, will you? Just do the politics and we’ll take care of the theology! Okay?

PLEASE NOTE that the 11:30 am Mass next Sunday (25 March) will be celebrated according to the extraordinary rite, i.e. it will be a Tridentine Mass.
PLEASE NOTE that there will be a 10:00 am Mass next Sunday in addition to the 11:30 am Mass.
Both of these Masses will be celebrated in the chapel.

stjos/stvdp: 03.18.2012 - 07


LITANY OF SAINT JOSEPH

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Renowned offspring of David, pray for us.
Light of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Diligent protector of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
Joseph most just, pray for us.

 Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
Joseph most strong, pray for us.
Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of artisans, pray for us.
Glory of home life, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of families, pray for us.
Solace of the wretched, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of demons, pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
He made him the lord of his household.
And prince over all his possessions.

Let us pray. O God, in your ineffable providence you were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your most holy Mother; grant, we beg you, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

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