MASS SCHEDULE: 25 NOVEMBER02 DECEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 24 November
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

Monday, 26 November
Weekday
08:00 am — JOHN BENULIS
by OPM

Wednesday, 28 November
Weekday
08:00 am — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
by his wife, Ugenia

Friday, 30 November
St. Andrew, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — MARY ELLEN MURRAY
by Arthur and Joyce Engle

Saturday, 01 December
Weekday
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — DOROTHY HARWOOD
by Henry and Eileen Wayne and sons

Sunday, 02 December
1st Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — ARTHUR CROAKE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 25 NOVEMBER02 DECEMBER
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 24 November
Vigil of Christ the King
04:00 pm — ALBERT, ADELE, JERRY and KRISTIN YESALAVAGE
by the Michael and Margaret Yesalavage family

Sunday, 25 November
Christ the King
08:30 am — ALBERTA COONEY
by her sister, Elizabeth Ryan

Tuesday, 27 November
Weekday
08:00 am — EDWARD M. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy

Thursday, 29 November
Weekday
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Sallie T. Blass

Saturday, 01 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — PATRICK YACKERA
by Nana

Sunday, 02 December
1st Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Rita Rehnert

stjos/stvdp: 11.25.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
17 / 18 NOVEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,633.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $43.00 from the plate; $61.00 from the Dues envelopes; $50.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $42.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,829.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $193.00 from the Poverty Relief Fund envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,829.00) 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 $688.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $893.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $47.00 from the plate; $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $20.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $99.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,099.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $120.00 from the Poverty Relief Fund envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,099.00) 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 $308.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 29 November
06:00 to 07:00 am
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 28 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, 30 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

IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND EXPOSITION / BENEDICTION, THE LORD WILL BE INCENSED!
IF YOU DO ATTEND, HE WILL STILL BE INCENSED

stjos/stvdp: 11.25.2012 - 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.

A BARBARIAN is always pro-death penalty and pro-abortion.
A LIBERAL is usually anti-death penalty, but pro-abortion.
A CONSERVATIVE is usually pro-death penalty, but anti-abortion.
Be neither a BARBARIAN, nor a LIBERAL, nor a CONSERVATIVE.
Instead, be a CATHOLIC.
A CATHOLIC — i.e. a CATHOLIC who is one in mind and heart with Jesus Christ — is always anti-death penalty and anti-abortion,
for the simple reason that he or she is always pro-life and believes that all human life belongs to God.
A fundamental principle: No human being is ever authorized to participate in the direct and intentional killing of another human being.
The only circumstances that can justify the killing of another human being are: (a) a just war and (b) legitimate self-defense and, even then, only as a last resort.
BE A CATHOLIC!

 FINDING INNER PEACE!
A doctor on TV said that, in order to have inner peace in our lives, we should always finish things that we start.
Since we all could use more calm in our lives, I looked around my house to find things I'd started and hadn't finished.
So I finished:
a bottle of Merlot;
a bottle of Chardonnay;
a bodle of Baileys;
a budle of wum;
da mainder of dem Valiuminun scriptins;
anna box a choclutz.
Yu hab no idear how fablus I feel wite now.
That teewee docker was wite onna munney!
SERVER DOWN!!
In case you have been trying to pull up the parish website and have not succeeded, please know that you are not alone. The server is down, whatever that means. What it means is that the website company that handles our account has been having big-time technical problems — equipment problems I think. It seems that the problems started about two weeks ago. I sure thought it would be up and running by now, but it’s not. I’m not sure where to go with this. If we don’t get back on line pretty soon, I may have to look for a new server.

stjos/stvdp:11.25.2012 - 03


FEMINISTS: THE WORST MISOGYNISTS?
by Anne Barbeau Gardiner
The following is a review of a new book entitled “The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know — and Men Can’t Say”, authored by Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly. I think the review provides superb insights into what is, perhaps, the greatest evil of our times, viz. radical feminism. I ask every reader of the bulletin to take the time to read it. This article appears in the November 2012 edition of New Oxford Review.

In essence, feminism is a revolt against marriage, motherhood, and biology. In her book Motherhood Deferred, Anne Taylor Fleming, who was pro-abortion decades ago, writes, “I am a woman of forty…. I belong to the sisterhood of the infertile. I am a lonesome, babyless baby boomer now completely consumed by the longing for a baby.” She asks the feminists who led her astray, “Was your ideology worth the empty womb?”
Common sense tells us that love should precede sexual intercourse and that happiness for most women consists in being married and raising a family. But since feminists came to prominence, young women have been told to be promiscuous, to plan their lives around careers, and to use abortion freely. The results are in: sexual diseases and mental illness are epidemic, cohabitation is taking the place of marriage, and great numbers of women mourn their empty wombs. Yet feminists won’t admit failure. They keep insisting that the revolution isn’t finished.
Feminists are like the inhabitants of the flying island of Laputa in Gulliver’s Travels. The Laputans are disconnected from their bodies and so governed by abstract thinking (always off-kilter) that they can’t see what’s in front of their noses. Likewise, feminists are controlled by an abstract ideology and will not tolerate the least dissent. Ironic, isn’t it? Secularists have been raising the alarm for years about a chimerical “theocracy” while feminism has become the established religion. Feminists now propagate their wild theories as absolute truths and demand support from the government. Their tyrannical bent was seen from the start, as when founding feminist Simone de Beauvoir declared, “No woman should be authorized to stay home to raise her children. Women should not have that choice, because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.”
Venker and Schlafly reveal feminism to be “the most significant social movement of our time.” Although the majority of American women don’t want to be called “feminists,” elite feminists are entrenched in our universities, media, and government. The Shriver Report (2009) says we are living in a “woman’s world” in which the traditional family is passé. A host of celebrities, professors, lawyers, judges, journalists, bureaucrats, and psychologists are marching in lockstep to the beat of the feminist party line; among them are Maria Shriver, Katie Couric, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Ariana Huffington.
Oh, but feminists are clever with words! They speak of women’s rights when they mean privileges, and reproductive health when they mean tax-funded abortions. They give the name “women’s studies” to centers of feminist indoctrination where students are transformed into Laputans. There they learn that being male and female is not a biological fact, only a social construct; that males and females differ in nothing but their sex organs; and that “of all the injustices perpetuated on women through the centuries, the most oppressive is that women have babies and men do not.” This rootless, disembodied thinking is what Swift was satirizing in the flying islanders, a mindset without historical precedent. If our ancestors had thought like them, we wouldn’t be here.
Feminist guest speakers like Jessica Valenti and Naomi Wolf come to reinforce the party line, telling college girls that they can “feel free to sleep around” and “embrace their inner ‘slut.’” Of course, it’s a Catch-22 since feminists have also invented a new crime called “gray rape” — i.e., “sex that falls somewhere between consent and denial.” Despite buzz­words like self-worth, validation, and empowerment, feminists advocate the kind of behavior that leads to sexual diseases, abortions, and depression. Schlafly and Venker call it a downright lie that women are “equipped to handle random sex,” citing studies showing that ninety-one percent of young women feel “used” after a hook-up.
The authors explain that when feminists say a woman “should never depend on a man,” they mean that a woman should depend instead on Uncle Sam. In Hillary Clinton’s maxim, “it takes a village to raise a child,” the word village is code for government. Recently, when President Obama declared a freeze in “discretionary spending,” feminists cried foul and won exemptions for their programs: “Violence Against Women,” for example, got a twenty-two percent increase. And when Obama announced a stimulus bill to create “shovel-ready jobs,” feminists protested and ended up with the “majority of stimulus jobs” for “human infrastructure” and “human bridges,” code words for their idea of health and social services. Obama­care includes a marriage penalty of $2,000 — the added cost of insurance if a cohabiting couple marries.
Schlafly and Venker show how feminists manipulate facts to advocate “absentee parenting.” So far the majority of Americans rightly believe that one parent should stay home in their children’s early years. Research shows that a small child’s emotional development is at risk when the “consistent care and attention of one individual” is lacking. In a recent poll by the “premier nonpartisan polling agency Public Agenda,” seventy percent of parents with children under five agreed that “having a parent at home is best.”
Feminists also create myths to support their agenda, for example that women are “victims of employment discrimination,” though equal pay for equal work has been the law since 1963. Wage disparity results from most women not wanting to “live the life required for most high-pay positions,” preferring family time to career advancement. If they work outside the home, mothers generally do so part time by choice, and they avoid riskier jobs. Another feminist myth is that most women work two full-time jobs. Recent surveys show that the average woman works twenty-six hours outside the home, but the average man, forty-eight; and that the woman performs an additional seventeen hours of work at home, but the man works twenty-two more hours outside the home than the woman.
Feminists also glorify divorce. For instance, Oprah loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love (made into a movie in 2010), which inspired women to get divorced. Yet there’s a self-contradiction here: First feminists tell women to be independent of men, but then they tell ex-wives to be dependent on ex-husbands and insist that the government enforce child-support payments with police, courts, and jail. Venker and Schlafly observe that the Violence Against Women Act, passed in 1994, has been “streaming, without accountability, nearly a billion dollars a year into the hands of feminists who use it to preach their anti-marriage and anti-male ideology, promote divorce, bias the family court system against men, lobby for feminist state laws, and engage in political advocacy.” It also finances the feminist indoctrination of law-enforcement personnel.
Schlafly and Venker write that feminists have been behind the “entire gay rights agenda” since the 1970s. They promoted the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which, if it had passed, would have given the government power over all laws that “allowed differences of treatment on account of sex” and would have led to same-sex marriage. Phyllis Schlafly was in the forefront of the fight to defeat ERA. Sadly, the same specious “rights” are coming in by the back door.
See what the feminist juggernaut has wrought: There has been a catastrophic rise in teenage STDs; once rare, there are now nine million new cases a year. Elementary schools have sex-education classes that don’t allow teachers to mention morality or self-control; school nurses and counselors are not free to dissuade students from self-destructive behavior for fear that they might deviate from the feminist doctrine of “a world without taboos.” As a result, we have an epidemic of out-of-control schoolchildren, and we find girls in their early teens being pressured by their peers to engage in unwanted sex. About two-thirds of couples cohabit today instead of getting married, and sexual perversions are widespread.
Who has suffered the most from feminism? We’ve all suffered, but ironically it’s women who have suffered the most. Feminists have brought a tsunami of misery upon members of their own sex with their in­human mantra, “blessed are the barren.”

stjos/stvdp: 11.25.2012 - 04 / 05


THIS IS A PHOTO OF A SCULPTURE that was originally meant to be placed somewhere on the property outside St. Patrick Cathedral in Manhattan. The Rector of the Cathedral approved of it being placed on the grounds, but he was overruled by Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. I’m not certain why the Cardinal put the kibosh on this sculpture being placed on the property. I am guessing it has something to do with the Cardinal not wanting to step on the toes of Mayor Bloomberg and the Lords Temporal of New York City — who probably have an ordinance against sleeping on park benches and thought that this sculpture might encourage the riff-raff. It might also have something to do with the sensitivities of those parishioners / benefactors who live in condos on the Upper East Side.
At present (so I understand), this sculpture is homeless — very much like the person depicted.
I trust you will take a close look at this photo. If it was not immediately apparent to you, please look at the feet of the Man sleeping on the bench. He has large holes in his feet! It looks as though someone had driven nails through His feet! I wonder what that could mean!! What is the sculptor trying to say? Cf. Matthew 25.

WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background
: The writer is referring to the article in last weekend’s bulletin about the 17-year-old boy who (apparently) has been denied the Sacrament of Confirmation by his pastor because the boy (apparently) supported legalization of same-sex marriage in a referendum in his state of Minnesota. I invited anyone who cared to do so to offer an opinion.
Dear Father:
I read with interest your Church bulletin. As to the Confirmation, it is a lifelong benefit. Opinions of a 17-year-old are not. They can and will change. Depriving him of Confirmation to influence his opinions would be counterproductive. As Goethe said: "If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming".
I voted for Romney, but liked your display on the board wishing God blessings to Obama. I am not a priest, but, like you, I also respect the leader. In accordance with the Bible: "Fear the Lord and the King; have nothing to do with those who rebel against them". (Proverbs 24:21). Sometimes, a leader can be a “divine whip” to teach a nation a lesson.
Respectfully,
George Szejner

Dear Mr. Szejner:
I read your comment with much interest. What you say is wise and worthy of consideration. I am inclined to agree with you. Perhaps it would have been best to let the boy proceed with the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Boys his age are not well known for thinking things through. There is truth to the old saying (very unpopular in our day and age): Children should be seen and not heard! I’ll add to that: Children should be confirmed and not heard!
With kindest regards –
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 11.25.2012 - 06


I GOT THIS INFORMATION FROM MY BROTHER-IN-LAW, AL!

Al does his best to make sure that I know what I need to know in order to live successfully!
So, I followed his advice, called the number and followed the simple procedure.
Now, I presume my cellphone will be free from unsolicited telemarketing calls for at least the next five years.
Thanks, Al!
I am passing on his advice:

CELL PHONE NUMBERS GO PUBLIC THIS MONTH!
All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.
YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS!
To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:
888-382-1222.
It is the National DO NOT CALL list.
It will only take a minute of your time.
It blocks your number for five years.
You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked.
You cannot call from a different phone number.
Q — What do you call the guy who is in charge of the butcher shop?
A — The Meathead.
2013 MISSALS
This weekend is the final weekend for the 2012 pew missals. So, after the last Masses on Sunday (25 Nov), anyone who wants to take missals home is welcome to do so. (No charge!) You might find some useful reading material in them, even though they will be outdated as far as Mass readings are concerned. Whatever missals are left in the pews after this weekend will be taken to the recycler. The new missals for 2013 will be put into the pews before Saturday, 01 December. The 2013 Church Year begins with the vigil Masses on 01 December.
Many persons like to own their own missals. So, please note that 2013 missals will be on sale in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church and St. Joseph Chapel after the Masses this weekend — and also in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory during the week.
The price is three dollars ($3.00) each or seven for twenty-one dollars ($21.00)!!
Please note the correct spelling: It is MISSAL, not MISSILE! MISSAL and MISSILE are homonyms (words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings). MISSAL is a book that contains the prayers and readings used at Mass. MISSILE is a device one forcibly propels towards a target, presumably in order to blow it up or otherwise damage it — e.g. the stone that David flung at Goliath was a MISSILE. Likewise those rockets that Palestinians and Israelis are fond of propelling towards one another. They are also MISSILES. However, the big, fat book that sits on the altar from which the priest reads is an ALTAR MISSAL. Our parishes sell PEW MISSALS but we do not sell MISSILES. On the other hand, if one were to throw a MISSAL at someone, this would be a unique case wherein a MISSAL would be simultaneously a MISSILE. We don’t recommend that anyone do this, of course! This prompts a further consideration: Did you hear about the priest who dropped a big, fat ALTAR MISSAL on his foot? For quite some time he was limping around. People asked him what was wrong with his foot. He said that he was suffering from missal toe.

stjos/stvdp: 11.25.2012 - 07


THERE IS A CERTAIN RIGHT-WING MINDSET that we come across rather frequently that warns us that we have to watch out for the coming “One-World Government” and that we should “get out of the United Nations” and that “globalization” is an evil to be fought against and that a “Planetary Dictatorship” and “the Age of Big Brother” is going to swallow us up if we don’t “do something about it”.
I have always tended to look with disdain on such attitudes. I am not comfortable with “right-wing paranoia”, whether it be political or religious.
I have always felt that I can be a true-blue and even traditional Catholic without falling prey to every Chicken Little who runs down the street telling me that the sky is falling.
And then …….. and then ……….
And then I come across something like the following, viz. the 2012 report from the UNFPA, which makes the following assertions:

1. Governments must counteract “religious” objections to “emergency contraception,” which the report says stand in the way of fundamental human freedoms.
2. Birth control is a “human right”.
3. Governments have a responsibility to assure that all forms of contraception – including sterilization and abortion-inducing ‘emergency contraception’ – are viewed as acceptable.
4. Conception is simultaneous with implantation!
5. The right to family planning is the gateway to the achievement of other rights.

Allow me to comment:
1. The Obama administration is already working on counteracting “religious” objections, not simply to “emergency contraception” but to contraception in all cases and circumstances. The war between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration is heating up. Any Catholic who does not know this is woefully uniformed! In this respect, the Obama administration is far ahead of the United Nations!
2. “Birth control” is, of course, a “human right”! Yours truly has been practicing it ever since puberty. I call it “abstinence” — in my case, voluntary and perpetual. Married couples legitimately practice “birth control” by voluntary and periodic abstinence, also known as “Natural Family Planning”. What is NOT a “human right” is sodomy. The use of condoms is a kind of sodomy. He who controls the language controls the planet!!
3. Since when do governments have a responsibility to see to it that contraception and abortion are viewed as acceptable? Is “the Government” a religion? Thank you, but no thank you! My religion is Catholic Christian. My religion is NOT something I get from “the Government”. When people talk about “separation of Church and State”, watch out! They usually mean that the State wants to be your Church!
4. Conception is NOT simultaneous with implantation. Conception takes place in the fallopian tubes, not in the uterus. If anyone does not understand the importance of this distinction, then he or she should refrain from trying to teach reproductive science. Once again: He who controls the language controls the planet!
5. Have no doubt what the UN means by this! “Other rights” includes abortion and same-sex marriage and God knows what else!

Maybe there is still room for me in the “Right Wing Conspiracy” movement. I’ll mull it over!

stjos/stvdp: 11.25.2012 - 08


 

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