Saturday, 17 November
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARY ROWLAND (109th anniversary of birth)
by her daughter, Eileen

Sunday, 18 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — Deceased: CDA, Court St. Cecilia #1529
by the members

Monday, 19 November
08:00 am — Deceased: NELSON FAMILY
rescheduled from 12 Nov

Wednesday, 21 November
Presentation of the BVM (OblMem)
by John Burns

Friday, 23 November
St. Clement I, pope, martyr; St. Columban, abbot; Bd. Miguel Agustin Pro, priest, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — NO MASS TODAY
due to pastor being held hostage by his family

Saturday, 24 November
St. Andrew Dung Lac, priest, and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — ROSEANN NEISS DEVINE (3rd anniversary)
by her husband, Dennis
Vigil of Christ the King
05:30 pm — GEORGE BOXER (51st anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 25 November
Christ the King
10:00 am — HELEN GANIS
by OPM
11:30 am — Deceased: McDONALD and KENNEDY FAMILIES
by Mary Alice McDonald Kennedy


Saturday, 17 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — Deceased: BISCOE FAMILY
by the Yackera family

Sunday, 18 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Joseph and Ann Marie Palerino

Tuesday, 20 November
by Helen Calvert and Roderick McKee

Thursday, 22 November
St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
10:00 am — God’s blessings on Sister MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Saturday, 24 November
Vigil of Christ the King
by the Michael and Margaret Yesalavage family

Sunday, 25 November
Christ the King
by her sister, Elizabeth Ryan

stjos/stvdp: 11.18.2012 - 01

10 / 11 NOVEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $668.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $42.00 from the plate; $103.00 from the Dues envelopes; $117.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $61.00 from the loose; $6.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $7.00 from the All Souls envelopes.
Total: $1,004.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,004.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($512.77), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,140.25, one sees that ($136.25) is available from this collection for operating the parish. This is a deficit.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $617.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $42.00 from the plate; $21.00 from the Dues envelopes; $170.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $122.00 from the loose; $6.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $11.00 from the All Souls envelopes.
Total: $989.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($989.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($308.85), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $790.83, one sees that $198.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 21 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 22 November
09:00 to 10:00 am
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 23 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 21 November
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, 23 November
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

stjos/stvdp: 11.18.2012 - 02

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in loving memory of Blase J. Draugelis, at the request of his family.
LAST CHANCE TO TAKE A CHANCE! The StVdP Holy Rosary Society is selling chances on the LOTTERY TREE in the back of the church after the weekend Masses. There is $300.00 worth of rub-off tickets on that tree! There has just got to be a winner (maybe a BIG winner) among them. Chances are $2.00 each or three for $5.00. The tree will be chanced off on Sunday, 25 November, after the 08:30 am Mass.
President Barack Obama’s victory relied heavily on two dramatically different religious coalitions: minority Christians and those with no religion, according to a survey released Thursday. The survey says one-in-four Obama voters were religiously unaffiliated. Minority Christians (Black and Latino) made up 31% of Obama’s coalition. Romney overwhelmingly won among white evangelical Christians and white Catholics. (CNN)
My comment
No comment. I’m taking a temporary breather from politics. Very temporary.
“Deck the Halls” Celebration
Place: Girardville Municipal Building, 4th and B Streets
Friday, 30 November: Opening Day of Exhibit: 01:00 to 05:00 pm
Saturday, 01 December: 01:00 to 05:00 pm: Activity for children starts at 01:00 pm; Hansel and Gretel story and puppets; Gingerbread House (great photo opportunity); snacks and refreshments provided
Sunday, 02 December: 01:00 to 05:00 pm: Lecture at 01:00 pm on Irish Christmas Traditions and Customs / Speaker is Rosalie Rowan-Kuzma
FATHER BRENNAN is still a patient at the Pottsville Hospital (Schuylkill Medical Center, Jackson Street). Father has indicated that, for the present, he is not up to receiving visitors. I’m sure, however, that he would be happy to receive cards or notes.
We love him, miss him and keep him in our prayers.
God willing, we look forward to having him back with us.
TRIP TO RADIO CITY: St. Matthew Parish, Minersville, is running a bus to NYC for the Radio City Music Hall’s annual Christmas Spectacular. The date is 05 December and the show is at 11:00 am, with 2nd Mezzanine seating. The price, which includes bus and show, is $88.00 per person. Bus leave Minersville at 06:30 am and leaves NYC at 06:00 pm. Call 544-5231 or 544-2340 for information and / or reservation.

stjos/stvdp:11.11.2012 - 03


Rule #12 — Sing at Mass. It'll inspire your kids to sing. And there are few things in this world better for people to hear in Church than the sound of children singing.
Rule #11 — When entering the pew, separate the problem children. You know which ones they are.
Rule #10 — Sit near families with badly behaved children. The spectacle of the children will keep your children quiet because they'll be in shock and wondering why they can't get away with that. And your children will look great in comparison.
Rule #09 — Don't believe the old people who tell you after Mass that your kids are soooo well behaved. Old people often grade children on a curve. I'm not saying anything against it. We all deserve a little curve, especially children. But, on the other hand, don't listen to the people who get annoyed at your children at Mass either and make it seem like your family is a bother to everyone else. You belong there. And so do your children. When people start thinking that other people are a distraction from their faith, that's the real problem.
Rule #08 — Don't let your kids go to the bathroom during Mass. There's something about bathrooms and kids. Letting one child go to the bathroom not only makes all your other children instantly come down with irritable bowel syndrome, it also makes every other kid they pass on their way to the bathroom have to follow. Here's the thing (I looked it up): There's never been a headline "Kid explodes during Mass! Parishioners soaked in urine." Never saw it. Not once. So, bottom line: Never let them go to the bathroom during Mass.
Rule #07 — Sometimes you can let them go to the bathroom during Mass. I know what Rule #08 said, but there are some rare exceptions to Rule #08. It's a judgment call.
Rule #06 — Tell your kids that the sign of peace isn't like the line after the Little League game where you have to high-five everyone and tell them "good game."
Rule #05 — Dress up your kids real nice and make a lot of noise packing your kids into the van to go to Mass on Sunday morning. It's good for your neighbors to see where you're going. It takes away all their excuses not to go. I know what Jesus said about praying in private and not bringing attention to yourself but you never know who you might inspire to go to Mass. I know you don't feel like an inspiration after getting a bunch of kids ready but, sometimes, inspiration just happens when you're just doing your best. Let the neighbors see you. You brought those kids into the world. You paid for them. You put up with them. That gives you some prerogatives. Show them off! You have a right!
Rule #04 — Be careful taking little ones up with you for Communion. If you're not paying attention they might just get an early sacrament. It sure won’t do them any harm to receive First Holy Communion when they’re only four years old (ex opere operato and all that!), but we don’t want to do anything that would cause confusion or expose the Sacred Species to even accidental disrespect.
Rule #03 — Prepare your children for certain Masses. E.g. tell them that palm branches are not weapons. And prepare them for all the begats at the Christmas vigil. There's something about saying the word "begat" when we go over the genealogy of Jesus that makes kids giggle. Don't know why. It just does. Studies have been done and it's been proved that every single kid in the world will at least crack a smile anytime they hear someone struggling to say, "And Solomon begat Rehoboam. And Rehoboam begat Abia. And Abia begat Asa. And Asa begat Josaphat. And Josaphat begat Joram. And Joram begat Ozias." Don't know why it makes them giggle. It just does.
Rule #02 — Let each kid put a dollar or two in the collection basket. Makes them feel generous. Sometimes feeling generous actually inspires generosity. Not all the time, but sometimes. You might say that “generosity begat generosity”.
Rule #01 — The little kids who can't read want to hold the missal and the ones who can read, don't want to. Just try to limit the volume on the page flipping. Oh, and don't tell them it's called a “missal” until about the time they graduate from high school and are at least moderately self-controlled. You say "missal". They hear "missile." They get funny ideas.

Bonus reason and maybe the most important one — As a parent, all you can do is point your child in the right direction. When you bring your children to Mass you're pointing them in the right direction. If you teach them to focus on the Blessed Sacrament during Mass, it makes it easier for the Blessed Sacrament to become the focus of their life.

stjos/stvdp: 11.18.2012 - 04 / 05

LUST is one of the seven capital sins. If surrendered to, it can deprive a person of ever seeing God face to face. Lust manifests itself in various ways: adultery, fornication, masturbation, sodomy (both hetero and homo), artificial contraception, use of pornography, etc.
God does not desire the eternal death of the sinner. On the contrary, He desires that all should be saved. In order to be saved, a person must come to repentance, confess his sins, and keep trying, by God’s grace, not to sin again. For many persons, this involves a long struggle. We shall win the struggle only if we pray. Here are some good prayers to use in the struggle.

Prayer Against Lust
My God, You have given me a body to keep pure and clean and healthy for Your service and my eternal happiness. Forgive me for all my unfaithfulness in this great responsibility. Forgive me for every mean use which I have made of Your gifts in thought, word or deed since my rebirth as Your own adopted child in Baptism and my registration as a soldier of Jesus on the day of my Confirmation. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and give me a steadfast will that I may be a strength to others around me. Teach me to respect my body and the bodies of my fellow creatures. Help me to see the glory of perfect manhood in Jesus Christ and of perfect womanhood in Mary Immaculate. Inspire me with such love for the ideals for which our Savior lived and died that all my passions and energies will be caught up into the enthusiasm of His service, and evil things will lose their power. May my body be the servant of my soul, and may both body and soul be Your servants.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Second Prayer Against Lust
Mary, Mother most pure, and Joseph, chaste guardian of the Virgin, to you I entrust the purity of my soul and body. I beg you to plead with God for me that I may never, for the remainder of my life, soil my soul by any sin of impurity. I earnestly wish to be pure in thought, word and deed in imitation of your own holy purity. Obtain for me a deep sense of modesty, which will be reflected in my external conduct. Protect my eyes, the windows of my soul, from anything that might dim the luster of a heart that must mirror only Christ-like purity. And when the “Bread of Angels” becomes my food in Holy Communion, seal my heart forever against the suggestions of sinful pleasures. Finally, may I be among the number of those of whom Jesus spoke, “Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.” Amen.

Short Prayer Against Lust
Lord, inflame my heart and my inmost being with the fire of Your Holy Spirit, that I may serve You with a chaste body and a pure mind.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 11.18.2012 - 06

IT JUST SO HAPPENS that Thanksgiving Day falls on the 22nd day of November this year.
As all good Catholic boys and girls know, 22 November is the day assigned on the Catholic calendar for honoring SAINT CECILIA OF ROME.
And, of course, St. Cecilia is the patron saint of church musicians.
So, my guardian angel said to me: “Edward, my lad, this happy confluence of Thanksgiving Day with St. Cecilia Day provides you with an excellent opportunity for GIVING THANKS TO GOD FOR THE PARISH ORGANISTS AND MEMBERS OF THE PARISH CHOIR.”
“A splendid idea” said I to my Guardian Angel. “How do you suggest that I go about this?”
“Well, I happen to know for a fact that the Lord reads your parish bulletin. So, if you put something into the bulletin, He’ll know about it.”
“That settles it” I said. “I’ll do exactly that. And please let me know if you have any more good ideas.”
“GOOD IDEAS??” “ANY MORE good ideas??” “LET YOU KNOW if I have any more??”
“Listen up, lad! I’ve been giving you good ideas all your life! That’s what I get paid for! If you would just pay attention to a few of them, you’d be a lot further ahead in life than you are now! Now get busy and type something right now about your music people!”

Dear God:
I want to thank you for providing our parishes with such talented and devoted organists and choir members.
Their music brings joy to my heart and I trust that it does the same to Yours.
Please bless each and every one of them — and their families as well.
Please ask St. Cecilia to watch over them, to inspire them and to throw in a good word for them from time to time.
May they all enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving Day with family and friends!
And one more thing, dear Lord: Would you please nudge a few members of our parishes to join the choir?
                                       CH R I S T M A S P A R T Y F O R C H I L D R E N
The Knights of Columbus will be having their annual Christmas party for children up to age TEN.
Date:         Sunday, 09 December
Time: 02:00 pm
Place: Father Sheridan Room
Parents must sign up their children for this party.
Deadline for signing up is Sunday, 02 December.
See the sign-up sheets in the back of the church or else ask Wade O. Richards or one of the other K of C members.

stjos/stvdp: 11.18.2012 - 07

NOW THAT THE ELECTION IS OVER, it’s possible that you and your friends are looking for something to argue about. Here is a suggested topic:

First, a little background: The boy’s name is Lennon Cihak. He is 17 years old. He is a member of Assumption BVM Parish in Barnesville MN. (Please note: That’s Barnesville, MINNESOTA, not Barnesville, PENNSYLVANIA.) The parish is part of the Diocese of Crookston. The pastor is Father Gary LaMoine. The bishop is Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner.
Recently, there was a referendum in Minnesota on the question of whether the state constitution should be amended so as to exclude “same-sex marriage”. Needless to say, the Catholic Church vigorously opposes “same-sex marriage”. The bishop and the pastor were leaders in the fight to amend the constitution so as to exclude “same-sex marriage” in Minnesota.
Lennon was one of a group of teenagers in his parish who are being prepared for Confirmation. Lennon “went public” with his opposition to the amendment. One way he did this was by posting a photograph of himself on Facebook with a sign indicating his opposition.
Now, his pastor informed him that he would not be allowed to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The boys’ parents and others are up in arms about this. As far as I know, the Bishop has not made any public statement.
The initiative to amend the state constitution lost. As I understand it, this does not mean that “same-sex marriage” will be legal in Minnesota. It simply means that there will not be a constitutional amendment prohibiting it.
It is safe to say (I think) that Lennon believes that same-sex couples should be allowed to be legally married in Minnesota.
So, the question before the house is this: Should this be sufficient reason for him to be denied the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation?
I am deliberately refraining from giving my own opinion in this controversy.
What do you think?
If Lennon were a member of one of our parishes in Girardville and if he were a candidate for Confirmation and if “same-sex marriage” were a burning issue here in Pennsylvania and if Lennon were to “go public” in his support for “same-sex marriage”, would Fr. Connolly be doing the right thing if he refused to allow Lennon to be confirmed?
Keep in mind, of course, that, both in the Diocese of Crookston and in the Diocese of Allentown, such decisions by pastors can always be appealed to the Bishop. Bishops have the final word.
What would YOU do if you were the pastor or if you were the Bishop?
Break up into small discussion groups and let me know what you think.

stjos/stvdp: 11.18.2012 - 08


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