MASS SCHEDULE: 25 MARCH01 APRIL
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

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

Monday, 26 March
The Annunciation of the Lord (Sol)
07:00 pm — ARLENE KITSOCK NEY
by Mary Draugelis Miller

Tuesday, 27 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — Capt. MICHAEL M. QUINN
by Frank and Stella Mohan

Wednesday, 28 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — MARY KUBICA
by OPM

Thursday, 29 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ANTHONY (Sr.), ANTHONY (Jr.), ALBERT and GEORGE WALACONIS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Friday, 30 March
Lenten Weekday
05:00 pm — ANNA KOSTELANSKY
by OPM

Saturday, 31 March
Vigil of Palm Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Uncle Brian, Aunt Karen and Brittani and Brianna Dade

Sunday, 01 April
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Tony and Louise Marasco

 MASS SCHEDULE: 25 MARCH01 APRIL
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 24 March
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

Monday, 26 March
The Annunciation of the Lord (Sol)
08:00 am — ROSEANN NEISS DEVINE
by her husband, Dennis

Tuesday, 27 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ANNA B. KARAWULAN
by OPM

Wednesday, 28 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MITRO KEETSOCK
by Camillo Fernandes

Thursday, 29 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — JULIA CIVITARESE MAZZUCA (1st anniversary)
by John and Ann Marie (Mazzuca) Ballard

Friday, 30 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — WILLIAM BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 31 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — FRANCIS T. COYLE (2nd anniversary)
by Jim and Cindy Coyle
Vigil of Palm Sunday
05:30 pm — JEREMY HANNON
by Vietnam Veterans of Allentown

Sunday, 01 April
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
11:30 am — BERNICE TAMMARO
by Lucretia Christman

stjos/stvdp: 03.25.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
17 / 18 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,221.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $74.00 from the second collection (plate); $65.00 from the Dues envelopes; $11.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $305.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $127.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,803.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $229.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,803.00) 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 $651.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $863.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $34.00 from the second collection (plate); $75.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $420.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $82.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,479.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $114.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,479.00) 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 $716.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 28 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 29 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 30 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 28 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, 25 March: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 30 March: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 01 April: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church

stjos/stvdp: 03.25.2012 - 02


IF MARY HAD BEEN ON THE PILL, GOD COULD NOT HAVE BECOME MAN!
This is, of course, an absurd premise.
I mean the premise “if Mary had been on the pill”.
Reason #01 why it is absurd: It is anachronistic. The pill was not on the market until Anno Domini 1960 or thereabouts.
Reason #02 why it is absurd: It is borderline blasphemous. Mary of Nazareth is the immaculately conceived, perpetually virginal, assumed-into-heaven Mother of God. To associate her in any way with the contraceptive pill is treading on dangerous territory. I am treading on dangerous territory in order to make what I think is an important point.
The important point is this: The coming-into-existence of the Sacred Body of our Lord Jesus Christ presupposed the release of an ovum from one of the ovaries of a teenage girl whom we know as “the Blessed Virgin Mary”. This ovum was made fertile by the action of the Holy Spirit. We call this action “the overshadowing”. This overshadowing occurred within one of Mary’s fallopian tubes. At the very instant of that overshadowing — simultaneously and without temporal sequence:

(a) the Body of Jesus came into existence;
(b) the Soul of Jesus was created;
(c) the Body and Soul of Jesus were united to the pre-existing Eternal and Uncreated Word.

Within a short time, the Uncreated Word, now veiled in Flesh and possessed of Human Soul, migrated into the uterus of Mary and nested therein for two hundred and eighty days until the time came for Him to be delivered, at which time His Mother placed Him in a manger in a stable in Bethlehem of Judah.

“Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lumine, gestant puellae viscera!”
“The uterus of a maiden carries God from God, Light from Light!”

Why is it useful to meditate on the “biology” of the Incarnation of Jesus? It is useful, first of all, because it is true. Truth is always “useful”. But it is useful also because it enhances our appreciation for the true motherhood of Mary. Mary was not any kind of “surrogate mother”. She did not simply “carry” Jesus, as if He were implanted in her uterus in His embryonic state. There was no pre-existent Body of Jesus to be placed in her womb for her to carry. There was no pre-existent Soul of Jesus that “entered into” Mary. The Soul of Jesus was created within Mary, indeed in her fallopian tube, at the very moment that the Holy Spirit descended upon her and marvelously transformed the ovum into a zygote, which was the initial form of the Body of Christ.
We might want to think on these things tomorrow (Monday, 26 March), as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. The traditional date of the Annunciation is 25 March. Because 25 March falls on a Sunday this year, the Church is transferring the celebration to the next day. I encourage you to participate in Mass tomorrow. The Annunciation is a mystery of incomparable splendor.
Do you know who would be a good category of persons for us to pray for in particular tomorrow? I suggest that we pray for “teenage girls whose mothers put them on the pill for contraceptive purposes”.
How tremendously sad it must be to be a girl whose mother thinks so contemptuously of her (and of herself) that she puts her own daughter on the pill for contraceptive purposes!
What a message she is conveying to her daughter about life!

stjos/stvdp:03.25.2012 - 03


THE COLLECTED WIT AND WISDOM OF CHARLIE CHAN
• Admitting failure like drinking bitter tea.
• After dinner is over, who care about spoon?
• Always happen – when conscience try to speak, telephone out of order.
• Ancient ancestor once say, “Even wise man cannot fathom depth of woman’s smile.”
• Ancient ancestor once say, “Words cannot cook rice.”
• Ancient proverb say. “Never bait trap with wolf to catch wolf.”
• Ancient proverb say, “One small wind can raise much dust.”
• Anxious man hurry too fast and stub big toe.
• Bad alibi like dead fish – cannot stand test of time.
• Best to slip with foot than with tongue.
• Biggest mysteries not always crimes.
• Blind man feel ahead with cane before proceeding.
• Boy Scout knife, like ladies’ hairpin, have many uses.
• Can fallen fruit return to branch?
• Cat who try to catch two mice at one time go without supper.
• Charming company turn lowly sandwich into rich banquet.
• Chinese funny people; when say “go,” mean “go.”
• Confucius say, “A wise man question himself, a fool, others.”
• Confucius say, “Sleep only escape from yesterday.”
• Cornered rat usually full of fight.
• Curiosity responsible for cat needing nine lives.
• Deception bad game for amateurs.
• Deer should not toy with tiger.
• Detective without curiosity like glass eye at keyhole – no use.
• Dreams, like good liars, distort facts.
• Drop of plain water on thirsty tongue more precious than gold in purse.
• Easy to criticize, more difficult to be correct.
• Elaborate excuse seldom truth.
• Even draperies may have ears.
• Every fence have two sides.
• Every front have back.
• If strength were all, tiger would not fear the scorpion.
• Illustrious ancestor once say, “Destination never reached by turning back on same.”
• It is difficult to pick up needle with boxing glove.
• It take very rainy day to drown duck.
• Kind thoughts add favorable weight, in balance of life and death.
• Law is honest man’s eyeglass to see better.
• Long road sometimes shortest way to end of journey.
• Man cannot drink from glass without touching.
• Man has learned much who has learned how to die.
• Man not incurably drowned – if still knows he is all wet.
• Man who fear death die thousand times.
• Man who flirt with dynamite sometime fly with angels.
• Man who improve house before building foundation, apt to run into very much trouble.
• Man who ride tiger cannot dismount.
• Man who seek trouble never find it far off.
• Man never born who can tell what woman will, or will not, do.
• Mind, like parachute, function only when open.
• More fear, more talk.
• Most mysterious thing is what mankind do to itself for reasons difficult to understand.
• Much evil can enter through very small space.
• Must harvest rice before can boil it.
• Necessity mother of invention, but sometimes stepmother of deception.
• No one know less about servants than their master.
• Every man must wear out at least one pair of fool shoes.
• Every Maybe has wife called Maybe-Not.
• Favorite pastime of man is fooling himself.
• Fear is cruel padlock.
• Foolish rooster who stick head in lawn mower end in stew.
• Foolish to seek fortune when real treasure hiding under nose.

• Front seldom tell truth. To know occupants of house, always look in back yard.
• Good detective always look for something unusual.
• Good tools shorten labor.
• Grain of sand in eye may hide mountain.
• “Great happiness follow great pain.”
• Guilty conscience always first to speak up.
• Guilty conscience like dog in circus – many tricks.
• Guilty conscience only enemy to peaceful rest.
• Guilty mind sometimes pinch worse than ancient boot of torture.
• Hastily accuse – leisurely repent.
• Hasty conclusion easy to make, like hole in water.
• Hasty deduction, like old egg, look good from outside.
• Have two ears, but can hear only one thing at time.
• He who squander today talking about yesterday’s triumphs, have nothing to boast of tomorrow.
• He who take whatever gods send with smile, has learned life’s hardest lesson.
• Honorable father once say, “Politeness golden key that open many doors.”
• Hours are happiest when hands are busiest.
• Humbly suggest not to judge wine by barrel it is in.
• Humility only defense against rightful blame.
• Ideas planted too soon, often like seeds on winter ground – quickly die.
• If request music, must be willing to pay for fiddler

 • Optimist see only doughnut; pessimist see hole.
• Owner of face cannot always see nose.
• Patience, big sister to wisdom.
• Patience lead to knowledge.
• Sharp wit sometimes much better than deadly weapon.
• Silence best answer when uncertain.
• Silence big sister to wisdom.
• Silent witness sometime speak loudest.
• Smart fly keep out of gravy.
• Smart rats know when to leave ship.
• Talk cannot cook rice.
• The ignorant always loud in argument.
• The impossible sometimes permit itself the luxury of occurring.
• Theory like mist on eyeglasses – obscure facts.
• Tongue often hang man quicker than rope.
• To speak without thinking is to shoot without aiming.
• Trouble, like first love, teach many lessons.
• Trouble with modern children, not smart in right place.
• Truth like football – receive many kicks before reaching goal.
• Truth sometimes like stab of cruel knife.
• Two ears for every tongue.
• Under strong general there are no weak soldiers.
• Unhappy news sometimes correct self next day.
• Useless as life preserver for fish.
• Useless talk like boat without oar – get no place.
• Very difficult to believe ill of those we love.
• Very wise know way out before going in.
• Waiting for tomorrow waste of today.
• When money talk, few are deaf.
• When pilot unreliable, ship cannot keep true course.
• When player cannot see man who deal cards, much wiser to stay out of game.
• Willingness to speak not necessarily mean willingness to act.
• Woman’s tongue like sword that never get rusty.
• Woman’s voice like monastery bell: when tolling, must attend.

• Some people ask “Why Wit and Wisdom of Charlie Chan take up two pages space in parish bulletin?” I ask, “Why not? You got something against Charlie Chan?” Much wisdom to be learned from venerable Chinese detective. Chinese wise and ancient people. Wisdom of all kind welcome in parish bulletin! Make people of Girardville wise!”

 

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stjos/stvdp: 03.25.2012 - 04 / 05


THE FOLLOWING APPEARED IN THUNDER / ENLIGHTENING ON 23 MARCH

To Port Carbon about the Catholic Church: What gives the Catholic Church the right to tell anyone what to do with their bodies concerning birth control? There are millions of people in this country that are not Catholic. President Obama is allowing freedom of choice that this country prides itself on. You have no right to force your religion on the millions who are not Catholic, especially after the horrifying acts your priests have done to so many children. God will judge everyone in the end. Not you. God does not only love Catholics.                                                                                                         Mahanoy City


Dear Mahanoy City:
You say:
What gives the Catholic Church the right to tell anyone what to do with their bodies concerning birth control?
I say: God gives the Catholic Church the right to tell everybody in the whole world what they are allowed to do and not to do with their bodies. God does not give the Catholic Church the right to physically force everybody (or anybody) in the whole world to do the right thing but He does give the Catholic Church the right to teach the right thing. Is that distinction clear in your head? I’m not asking you whether you agree with me. I’m just asking you if you see the distinction between having the right to teach and having the right to force. Very important distinction!
You say: There are millions of people in this country that are not Catholic.
I say: That’s true. And there are millions of people in this country who are Catholic. What is your point?
You say: President Obama is allowing freedom of choice that this country prides itself on.
I sayThat’s absolutely absurd! Neither President Obama nor any President has the constitutional right to allow or to disallow freedom of choice. A President is not God. Neither is the President above the Constitution. God gives me freedom of choice. The Constitution guarantees my freedom of choice. The President better not mess with it. The fact is and the problem is that President Obama IS messing with the freedom of choice of millions of Catholics and non-Catholics with his HHS contraception / sterilization mandate!
You say: You have no right to force your religion on the millions who are not Catholic, especially after the horrifying acts your priests have done to so many children.
I say I agree that we have no right to force our religion on the millions who are not Catholic, independently of the horrifying acts you refer to. The horrifying acts you refer to are a red herring. Stay with the point. Don’t try to intimidate us with what is irrelevant to the matter at hand. If you want to punch us out because some priests have molested some children, please do this in some other venue. We are not trying to force our religion on anyone. We are trying to keep the government — to be more precise, the administration of President Obama — from forcing its religion on us!
You say:God will judge everyone in the end. Not you. God does not only love Catholics.
I sayYes, indeed, He will! No, indeed we won’t! No, indeed, He doesn’t! But what do these banalities have to do with the HHS contraception mandate?
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 03.25.2012 - 06


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.

HOME-MADE EASTER EGGS! “Friends of St. Joseph Parish, Ashland” is making Easter eggs available to all comers. Although made in Ashland, they may be legally consumed in Girardville! These Easter eggs come in four varieties:

PEANUT BUTTER
COCONUT CREAM
BUTTER CREAM
CHERRY

Price: $1.00 each or $11.00 for a dozen.
Order: Call 875-1521 or 875-0122.

Full disclosure: Right now, sitting in the refrigerator in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory (Girardville), there is a bag of St. Joseph, Ashland Easter eggs. They were given to the pastor as a gift. People who are cynical might say, “More likely a bribe than a gift! Those Easter eggs are payola for getting free advertising in the bulletin.” All I can say to that is: “Honi soit qui mal y pense!” (That’s French! It means something like, “Shame on him who puts a bad spin on things!”)
The truth is that I would gladly advertise these Ashland Easter eggs in the parish bulletin even if I didn’t get any free Easter eggs. Fr. Bambrick is an old and dear friend. I want to be like him when I get old. Besides, anyone who gives the parish priest free candy can’t be all bad.

ATTENTION, SAINT JOSEPH PARISHIONERS!
This current weekend (24 / 25 March) will be our last weekend in the chapel until further notice. Next weekend (31 March / 01 April) we will be in the upper church. I anticipate that, once the weather heats up, we will go back to the chapel for the air-conditioning.
THE FINANCE COUNCILS of both parishes have agreed that it would be a good idea if the TWO councils would get together. So, we have chosen Tuesday, 17 April, for this get-together. The time will be 07:00 pm. The site is “to be announced” — which means it hasn’t yet been decided. The agenda will be very simple. It will be partly a social gathering and partly a simple sharing of information about the financial status of the two parishes.
Some people will infer from this announcement that “something is brewing” in regard to the future of the two parishes. I assure everyone that such is not the case. Nothing is brewing, as far as I know. If anything is brewing, no one has told me anything! This meeting has been scheduled for no other reason than that it’s a good idea for us to share information.
RONAN TYNAN RETURNS TO POTTSVILLE!
Saint Patrick Parish, Pottsville is hosting world-famous tenor Ronan Tynan on Sunday, 29 April, at 02:00 pm at the PAHS auditorium. Tickets are $30.00 in advance or $40.00 at the door. Proceeds will go towards improvements in the church sanctuary. For tickets or for more information, call St. Patrick Rectory (622-1802) or Kim Norris (628-0883).
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION children will meet with Fr. Connolly next Sunday evening (01 April) at 06:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. Parents, please make sure your child is there. We will keep the children no more than 75 minutes. One parent should accompany each child.

stjos/stvdp: 03.25.2012 - 07




SOME RECENT NEWS ITEMS AND SOME COMMENTARY THEREON
I TAKE ME FOR MY LAWFUL HUSBAND … UNTIL DEATH DO ME PART

Last week, Nadine Schweigert married herself in a symbolic wedding ceremony. The 36-year-old divorced mom of three wore blue satin and clutched a bouquet of white roses as she walked down the aisle before a gathering of 45 friends and family members in Fargo, North Dakota.
She vowed “to enjoy inhabiting my own life and to relish a lifelong love affair with my beautiful self,” reports Fargo’s InForum newspaper . After the ring was exchanged with the bride and her inner-groom, guests were encouraged to “blow kisses at the world,” and later, eat cake.
Schweigert, who followed the ceremony with a solo honeymoon in New Orleans, claims the wedding was her way of showing the world she’s learned to love and accept herself as a woman flying solo.
“I was waiting for someone to come along and make me happy,” she told reporter Tammy Swift . “At some point, a friend said, ‘Why do you need someone to marry you to be happy? Marry yourself.’”
This display of clueless narcissism was not universally approved by those close to Schweigert. Among the critics, her remarkably clear-eyed eleven-year old son: “He said, ‘Mom, I love you, but I’m embarrassed for you right now.’” (New Advent News Service)
Comment: I think Nadine deserves our thanks for capsulizing the entire sexual revolution. By marrying herself she helps us to understand what underlies all of the following: masturbation, artificial contraception and sodomy (both hetero and homo). All of these grievously immoral activities are simply varieties of autoerotic activity, also known as “having sex with oneself”. Sexual actions are moral and good when they take place between two persons who are anatomically and spiritually capable of giving and receiving one another and, even then, only when they signify a union that is permanent, exclusive and open to life. If you understand this, you understand one of the foundational truths about what it is to be a human being. If you don’t understand it, make it a point to do so. By the way, a tip of the biretta to Nadine’s 11-year old son. Smart lad! There is hope for the human race!
FORMER ANGLICAN BISHOP ORDAINED A DEACON
Robert Mercer, who was received into the Catholic Church in January, was ordained by Auxiliary Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster at Allen Hall seminary in London on Monday, 19 March. He will be ordained a priest on Monday, 26 March.
Mr. Mercer, 77, was Bishop of Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, in the Anglican Province of Central Africa. He was bishop for 11 years before leaving the Anglican Communion to join the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, part of the worldwide Traditional Anglican Communion. He served as metropolitan bishop from 1988 to 2005, when he retired to England.
Comment: It is an act of considerable humility when a 77-year-old man who enjoyed the status of bishop within the Episcopal Church (Church of England) accepts ordination as a deacon in the Catholic Church. He will be ordained to the priesthood tomorrow, 26 March.
Why is it necessary for him to be ordained? Is it not sufficient that he had already been ordained as a deacon, then as a priest, then as a bishop in the Anglican communion?
The answer, obviously, is “No, it is not sufficient.” And why not?
Because the Catholic Church considers Anglican orders (ordination) to be “absolutely null and utterly void”. (These are the words of Pope Leo XIII.)
This is not a judgment on the quality of the man himself (in this case, Robert Mercer).
Nor is it a judgment on the quality of any person ordained in the Anglican (Episcopal) communion.
It is simply a judgment on the ontological status of all Protestant ordination.
A particular Protestant clergyman may be a man of great virtue and learning. He may even be an exemplar of Christian rectitude. But the sacraments are not dependent on the virtue or the learning or the rectitude of any individual. The sacraments take their validity from the unbroken apostolic succession and the maintenance of the ancient faith within that succession. God bless Deacon (soon to be Father) Robert Mercer!

stjos/stvdp: 03.18.2012 - 08


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