MASS SCHEDULE: 0209 DECEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 01 December
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

Monday, 03 December
St. Francis Xavier, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: THYE FAMILY
by SBT

Wednesday, 05 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Friday, 07 December
St. Ambrose, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — ELEANOR WERZINSKY McDONALD
by her nephew, Henry, and family
Vigil of Immaculate Conception of Mary
04:00 pm — God’s blessings and health: HENRY WAYNE
by his wife, Eileen

Saturday, 08 December
Immaculate Conception of Mary (Sol)
10:00 am — God’s blessings: SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOEY KLEEMAN III (10th anniversary)
by his grandparents, Joe and Marian

Sunday, 09 December
2nd Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — ALICE BRADLEY
by Betty Moran

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0209 DECEMBER
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 04 December
St. John Damascene, priest, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by John Gregis

Thursday, 06 December
St. Nicholas, bishop (OptMem)
05:00 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 07 December
Vigil of Immaculate Conception of Mary
07:00 pm — IN THANKSGIVING
by Ellen T. King

Saturday, 08 December
Immaculate Conception of Mary (Sol)
12:00 noon — BRIAN J. CONNOLLY
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANTHONY F. MAJIKAS
by Jean Majikas and family

Sunday, 09 December
2nd Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
24 / 25 NOVEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $626.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $55.00 from the plate; $20.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $15.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $242.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $120.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,098.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $30.00 from the Poverty Relief Fund envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,098.00) 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 ($42.25) is available from this collection for operating the parish. This is a DEFICIT.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $881.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $39.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $31.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $577.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $39.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,572.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $117.00 from the Poverty Relief Fund envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,572.00) 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 $781.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 05 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

Friday, 07 December
03:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 05 December
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, 07 December
Because of the Holyday Vigil Mass Schedule,
there will not be
the usual Exposition / Benediction
in St. Joseph Chapel

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IN REGARD TO THE LOTTERY TREE THAT WAS CHANCED OFF BY
THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH:
THE WINNER IS ……
Marie Mulhern of Warrington PA.
The number on the winning ticket is #607215.

Born and raised in Girardville, Marie is part of the Girardville diaspora in Bucks County. Congratulations to her! We hope she finds some winning tickets among the (approximately) $300.00 worth of rub-off tickets on that tree. If so, this will be a few more bucks for a resident of Bucks.
Here’s the backstory to the drawing: It took place in the back of StVdP Church after the 08:30 am Mass this past Sunday. The Holy Rosary ladies asked the pastor to draw the ticket but he was reluctant to do so, inasmuch as he himself had purchased a few tickets and was afraid that, if he drew one of his own tickets, it might foster some suspicions and bring disrepute upon him and the parish. So, the pastor recommended that we look around for a sweet innocent child to draw the ticket. At that point in time, most of the congregation had already exited the church and there was nary a sweet innocent child to be seen in the locale. Just then, altar boy Albert J. Pikitus emerged from the sacristy and started to stroll down the aisle. Albert (AJ), at age 19 is no longer a child, but he still qualifies to some extent as sweet and innocent. At least his Mom and Dad say that he is and I would agree. So, we asked him to draw the ticket. He put one hand over his eyes and, with the other, drew the ticket. And the rest is history!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this raffle.
You did a good deed for the parish and God knows our parishes need as many good deeds as possible.

WE WILL BE SELLING 2013 MISSALS in the back of the church (chapel) after each Mass this weekend. They are $3.00 each and are identical to the missals in the pews. We shall probably do the same next weekend. If there are any left over after that, you can call at the Rectory if you want to purchase one. These missals “go into effect” THIS weekend, which is the beginning of the new Church year.
GOD BLESS ALL OF THE FIREFIGHTERS WHO SERVE OUR AREA!
I admit to being one of those people who usually takes firefighters for granted. I hope never to be in need of their services but sure am glad that they are “in place” just in case something bad happens — God forbid!
I guess it is because we hope never to need their services that we push firefighters out of our heads.
However, this past week, firefighters came very much into my consciousness. I am referring, of course, to the fire that broke out just a couple blocks down the street from StVdP — the fire that destroyed the Jiffy Mart.
I walked down to the scene of the fire, having in mind the remote possibility that someone might need “last rites”. (You might think that that is a morbid thought, but we priests always have our antennae up for such eventualities, especially when there is a fire or a traffic accident. I could tell you a few stories about some experiences I have had with “last rites” on the highway!)
Thank God there were no deaths or injuries! No one was in the building at the time.
As a bystander (gawker?) at the Jiffy Mart fire, I would like to say how impressed I was by the professionalism of our volunteer firefighters. They did a splendid job. They seemed to know just what to do and what not to do. It was sad to see this building destroyed but, as they say, it could have been worse. THANK YOU, MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS!

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PRAYER FOR EACH DAY OF ADVENT

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed
Mother. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 12.02.2012 - 04


WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background
: The following sentence appeared on page 08 of last weekend’s bulletin:
                           “Any Catholic who does not know this is woefully uniformed!”
Just for the record: I meant to type “uninformed”, not “uniformed”.
What a difference the letter “n” makes!
I didn’t notice the typo until it was too late.
A reader (whose name I am mercifully withholding) sent me the following email.

Dear Father Connolly:
What delight it brings me to correct you!
However, I shall not be correcting you in this little e-mail. That would be rude and unseemly. I shall simply be asking a few questions.
On the last page of your most recent bulletin, page 08, you wrote about a certain “Right Wing Mindset” and such.
In your “Allow me to comment” section, #1, you wrote, in the third sentence, and I quote: “Any Catholic who does not know this is woefully uniformed.”
I was wondering: Just what sort of uniforms do you want us Catholics to be uniformed in?
I thought I was finished with uniforms when I graduated from Catholic school.
Would you like us to wear military uniforms? I have a brother who is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. He wears a spiffy military uniform. However, I am a mere civilian. I cannot wear a military uniform.
Shall I wear a Burger King uniform? Wait, that won’t work either. I have never worked at Burger King.
How about a baseball uniform? I used to wear one of those, but I’m too old and fat now and would look silly in one.
What about an astronaut’s uniform? I don’t think so!
Ok, Father, I give up. Please uniform me.
XXXX

Dear XXXX:
You get a gold star for attentive reading of the bulletin!
You should wear this gold star on your uniform.
However, as to what kind of uniform you should wear, I can’t help you.
Let’s say that uniforms are a subject on which I am uninformed.
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 12.02.2012 - 05


THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO THE EDITOR WAS PRINTED IN THE 28 NOVEMBER EDITION OF THE POTTSVILLE REPUBLICAN.
Searching for truth, meaning
To the Editor:

I read the opinion piece by John Usalis in the Oct. 14 edition of the paper with great interest.
He mentions a recent study by the Pew Research Center that states that 20 percent of the U.S. population considers themselves "religiously unaffiliated." I am part of that 20 percent and the recent study and its results do not surprise me. I am in my mid-30's and very few of my friends, particularly those who live outside of Schuylkill County, are affiliated with a particular organized religious group.
There are apparently, then, many of us, a silent but significant section of our population, who consider ourselves unaffiliated, searching, or confused on the topic of religion. Others are more certain and are perhaps more spiritual, but feel uncomfortable saying they are part of a particular religion.
I am sometimes spiritual, sometimes certain, sometimes confused but always searching. Now that I am the mother of two daughters, what will I teach them and what guidance will I pass on to them? I do not have a faith or creed or doctrine to pass on. I have felt Mr. Usalis' concern - what do we tell the next generation?
For anyone who considers themselves to be part of the 20 percent of the population, and for anyone else who might be questioning their current affiliation, I invite you to join the Schuylkill Unitarian Universalists. We are located at 45 S. Second St. in Cressona. For more information, please contact us at schuylkilluu@yahoo.com.
Through the Schuylkill Unitarian Universalist community, I have found a way to explore my beliefs and to decide what to pass on to my children. If you are searching for a community like ours, which supports the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, please join us!

Barbara Poncelet
Member of the Schuylkill UU

My comment
Some time ago, I put into the bulletin a piece about the religious sect known as Unitarian Universalists and about the fact that they have opened a branch in Schuylkill County and are actively soliciting members.
It hardly needs to be said, but I’ll say it anyway: I believe in freedom of religion and I thoroughly believe that the UU sect has every right to exist and to assemble and to speak up in public and to proselytize. I want them to have the same rights that the Catholic Church has.
Having said that, I want to critique a few things the letter writer asserts.
My critique is based not on faith but on reason.
#01 — The writer says that she does not have a “faith or creed or doctrine” to pass on to her two young children. I say that this is not true. The writer DOES have a “faith or creed or doctrine” to pass on to her children. It is the faith, creeds and doctrines of Unitarian Universalism.
It is almost an obsession among members of the UU sect to think that they are free of such inhibiting things as “faith, creed and doctrine”. But they are not free of such. It is the age-old quandary of the Universal Skeptic to think that he or she does not believe in any fixed truth. The Catch 22 is that they believe in the fixed truth of Universal Skepticism. Not to believe is to believe.
#02 — UU members think of themselves as “searchers” for “truth and meaning”. At the same time, they deny that ultimate “truth and meaning” can ever be found. I have never seen a whole lot of point in searching for something that I am already certain cannot be found. It is the Pontius Pilate dilemma. Truth is standing in front of them and they say, with arched eyebrow, “What is truth?” and walk away.
#03 — The word “Unitarian” is meant to deny “Trinitarian”. So, it seems that those of us who are quite certain that God is Three Persons, not simply One Person, are excluded from membership in the UU sect. The word “Universalism” is meant to deny that some people go to Heaven and some, due to their own choices, go to Hell. Those of us who believe in Heaven and Hell are excluded from membership in the UU sect. This is not a complaint that I am making. It is simply an observation. Unitarian Universalism is just one more tired heresy in the history of Christianity. It is not “the cutting edge” as its adherents seem to think it is.

stjos/stvdp: 12.02.2012 - 06


I THINK I HAVE JUST CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF PURGATORY. Do you know what it was? I’ll tell you. While having a cup of coffee after Mass this past Tuesday morning, the phone rang. I picked it up. The woman identified herself as calling on behalf of PPL and she wanted to talk with me about getting a better rate! “Oh, no!” said I to myself. “Please, dear God! Have I been bad? Are you upset with me? Didn’t I just say Mass? Did I do bad at Mass? I don’t think so! I’m pretty sure I’m in the state of grace and I really did try to say Mass reverently! Then why are You letting me be tortured with another call from PPL about changing our plan and getting a better rate? Been there! Done that!”
These and similar prayers rose up to God unspoken from my heart, but He chose not to intervene on my behalf. I had to man up and take this call. The PPL rep (to her credit) was very friendly and upbeat and respectful. I can’t say anything bad about her personally. She was just doing her job. Her job was to torture me and to do so in a friendly, upbeat and respectful manner.
She told me that PPL wants to offer me a cheaper rate. I said, “Wonderful! I love cheaper rates! Let’s go for it! You give me the same amount of electricity at a cheaper rate and I’m all for it. Tell PPL I am eternally grateful and, most of all, tell them that I ACCEPT! Now, can I go back to drinking my coffee and reading my newspaper? Please? Pretty please?”
Well, it wasn’t that simple. She needed some information. She needed our parish account numbers. That’s at least five (maybe six) different account numbers, each one multi-multi-digit. I store a lot of numbers in my head but our PPL account numbers are not among those stored in my head. All of a sudden, I thought of an out! I told the lady that the secretary, whose name is Ginny, would be coming in pretty soon and that she knows exactly where those account numbers are and would she please call back and talk to Ginny? I told her that Ginny is a very smart lady, which is true. (Actually, I felt a little bit bad about pushing this off onto Ginny, but I figure Ginny doesn’t have enough aggravation in her life and could use a little to get her day started.)
It was just a few minutes later that the same lady called back and asked for Ginny. I told her that Ginny will be in very shortly. She lives far, far away in a remote village named Ashland and maybe she got delayed at the border. So, I told her to hang in there. Then I left a note for Ginny that a PPL lady would be calling her and that she should give her what she wants and should tell her that the pastor said that he accepts.
Shortly thereafter, the lady called again and, God bless her, Ginny was there to field the call! I think it took (no exaggeration) about two hours for Ginny and the PPL lady to work it all out.
The bottom line is that the parishes are going to save a few pennies on our monthly PPL bills — although I am saying this right now on faith. We shall see when the next bills arrive.
Ginny was, of course, shuttled from one PPL rep to another during the conversation, at least one of whom was a man who identified himself as a “supervisor” (Wow! Just to think! A real, honest-to-goodness supervisor! The mind boggles!)
The supervisor asked Ginny to identify herself by job title. She said “secretary / housekeeper”. That didn’t satisfy the supervisor. He wanted to talk to somebody from the upper echelons of the executive staff of the parishes. I think Ginny told the supervisor that the Great Poobah (that’s me) was unavailable. (Thank you, Lord!) So, somebody asked Ginny if she was the wife of the person whose name is on the account. Inasmuch as the accounts carry the names of the parishes, the question was somewhat absurd. Ginny explained that she is not the wife of the parishes. The rep decided to simplify things and declared that, for PPL purposes, Ginny would be considered the wife of (ergo, the authorized spokeswoman for) St. Vincent dePaul Parish. Whether Ginny will wind up being simultaneously the wife of St. Joseph Parish remains to be seen. If so, I think that would be bigamy. But, in the world of PPL, I guess it all makes sense.
I have just figured out what PPL stands for. I used to think it meant Pennsylvania Power and Light. Now I think it means Pestering the Priest League.
You can change that to Pestering the Public League, if you prefer.

stjos/stvdp: 12.02.2012 - 07


HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION:
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
OF
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
SATURDAY,
08 DECEMBER

Every Catholic is obliged to participate in Mass on the Holyday or on the Vigil. By “every Catholic” we mean every Catholic who has observed his or her seventh birthday and who is not lawfully impeded from attending by reason of (a) sickness or (b) old age or (c) a job that makes attendance at Mass absolutely impossible — such would be the case for an astronaut currently on an extra-planetary assignment — or (d) incarceration in an institution deprived of a priest chaplain. In the latter case, we recommend (not require) that you try to escape from prison long enough to get to Mass in a nearby church but you must promise not to harm anyone while you are making your escape and you must promise to go back immediately after Mass.

Friday, 07 December
04:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
Saturday, 08 December
10:00 am — St. Joseph Chapel
12:00 noon — St. Vincent dePaul Church
**************************************************

DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING if you are already sufficiently well instructed in the Catholic Faith to know exactly what is meant by “the immaculate conception of Mary”. But if you are not all that well instructed, please do read it: The immaculate conception of Mary (by Anne) and the virginal conception of Jesus (by Mary) are two distinct doctrines. Many persons get them mixed up but, after reading the following, you will never get them mixed up again. That will be to your credit and will redound to the glory of God.
The VIRGINAL CONCEPTION refers to the physical miracle whereby Mary became pregnant with Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Although pregnant, she remained a virgin. No man involved! We celebrate this on 25 March, commonly known as the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
The IMMACULATE CONCEPTION refers to the spiritual miracle whereby Mary was conceived without original sin in the womb of her mother, Anne. As far as the “biology” of Mary’s conception is concerned, she was conceived in the usual way, i.e. as the result of marital relations between Joachim and Anne. This is what we celebrate on 08 December.

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