MASS SCHEDULE: 0916 DECEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 08 December
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

Monday, 10 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. JOSEPH F. REILLY
by SBT

Wednesday, 12 December
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Fst)
08:00 am — BARBARA COONEY
by Elizabeth Ryan

Friday, 14 December
St. John of the Cross, priest, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — BARBARA COONEY
by John Burns

Saturday, 15 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — DECEASED: BRANCA FAMILY
by SBT
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARGUERITE KENNEDY CROAKE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 16 December
3rd Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — WILLIAM and MARY CANAVAN
by the Canavan and Gillis families

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0916 DECEMBER
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 08 December
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

Tuesday, 11 December
St. Damasus I, pope (OptMem)
08:00 am — ELEANOR WERZINSKY McDONALD
rescheduled from 07 Dec

Thursday, 13 December
St. Lucy, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
07:00 pm — Rev. JOSEPH F. REILLY
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Saturday, 15 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by M/M Ben Carbonetto

Sunday, 16 December
3rd Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — FLORENCE CONNELL
by the James Connell family

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
01 / 02 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $788.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $33.00 from the plate; $290.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $115.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $42.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,283.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $5.00 from the Poverty Relief Fund envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,283.00) 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 $142.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $695.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $37.00 from the plate; $198.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $83.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,018.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,018.00) 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 $227.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 12 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 13 December
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 14 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 12 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, 14 December
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

It is not bread. It looks like bread. It tastes like bread. It feels like bread. But it is not bread.
It is the Body of the Lord. There is a Reality beyond what the senses can grasp.

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PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

(We say this prayer after each Mass at our two parishes.
Sometimes, people ask me for a copy of the prayer.
So, here it goes. Please keep it for future reference, unless you already have it memorized.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the conflict.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world, seeking the destruction of souls.
Amen.

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HERE ARE SOME GOOD WORDS BY A GOOD BISHOP!
(We would do well to take them to heart!)
“The days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction.”
                                                                                            Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, Bishop of Peoria

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THE ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE
WASHINGTON DC
FRIDAY, 25 JANUARY 2013

As in the past, our two parishes will sponsor a bus to take people from Girardville (and vicinity) to Washington DC for the march.
We strongly encourage everyone to participate.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had to charter TWO buses to accommodate the number who want to go?
As in the past, we will keep the price to an absolute minimum.
So, if you would like to take part in the MARCH FOR LIFE, please contact our bus captain, Susan Thye, at (570) 385-5924 or you can email her at
latria@comcast.net.
Do it for the babies! Do it as a tribute to your dear mother who, obviously, CHOSE LIFE.

stjos/stvdp: 12.09.2012 - 06


THE FAITHFUL OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN are advised that the church calling itself Saint Mary’s and occupying the former St. Mary Star of the Sea Church building in Branchdale PA, is NOT in union with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, and is NOT a part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Therefore, Catholics do NOT fulfill their Sunday obligation by attendance at that church, NOR may they legitimately participate in the sacramental life of that church.
If you have any further questions on this matter, please see Father Connolly.
We do well to note that not everything is what, at first glance, it might seem to be.
THE VASE OF FLOWERS in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother in St. Joseph Chapel this weekend has been placed there in loving memory of Joseph M. Vevasis Sr., the anniversary of whose birth is being remembered this week by Bernie Vevasis and family.
GIFT CARD PROFITS, since the end of July (when we started the program) up to and including last weekend are as follows:
St. Joseph Parish has earned $657.00 and St. Vincent dePaul Parish has earned $505.50, for a total of $1,162.50.
We are grateful for this extra income.
However, I really think it should be considerably higher.
It would be higher if EVERY PARISHIONER who shops at either Redner’s or Boyer’s would purchase our gift cards instead of paying the cashiers with cash.
PLEASE BUY OUR GIFT CARDS!
YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE AND THE PARISH HAS SOMETHING TO GAIN!
THANK YOU!
FATHER BRENNAN is home from the hospital, thanks be to God! We are happy that he is feeling better. When he feels well enough, we hope he will resume offering Mass for the parishes as he did. He is much loved by all of us and we have missed him.

 THE 2013 PARISH CALENDARS HAVE ARRIVED!
They will be available in the back of the churches this weekend.
Please take one home with you.
Feel free to take more than one.
Someone you know might appreciate receiving one.
Some weeks ago, we mentioned in the bulletin that we would welcome a “sponsor” for the calendar. Funeral director Albert Gricoski came forward and offered to sponsor them. We thank him for his kindness.
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Kateri asked me what I’ll do in case the world ends on 21 December 2012. After thinking about it, I decided that I would give Mr. Gricoski his money back, but only on condition that the world really and truly comes to a complete and total end on 21 December!!!

stjos/stvdp: 12.02.2012 - 07


SAINT NICHOLAS whose feast day we observed this past week (06 December) is, as everyone knows, the historical figure behind the mythical Santa Claus. It was pointed out to me when I was a child that if you say “Saint Nicholas” repeatedly and “real fast”, you will find yourself saying “Santa Claus” or something similar to that by a process of elision (contracting syllables).
The historical Saint Nicholas lived in the early part of the fourth century in what we today call “Turkey”. He was the bishop of a town named Myra. He was renowned for his charity towards the poor and for his anonymous delivery of money and other gifts to people in need — whence, the eventual “Santa Claus connection”. He was also renowned for the orthodoxy of his faith. There is a story told about him that you need to know in order to understand the caption on this icon. The story is this: Nicholas was one of a number of bishops who attended the Council of Nicea, which was the first ecumenical council ever held by the Catholic Church. The year was 325. The main item on the agenda of the bishops was dealing with the Arian heresy. The Arian heresy was started by Arius. Arius was a bishop who gathered an enormous following by teaching that Jesus is not really God — at least not really God in the sense that God the Father is God. Arius taught that Jesus is something like a “super angel” midway between God and human. The Catholic Church could not tolerate such an absurd teaching. So, the bishops got together in order to settle Arius’s hash and to set the record straight about just exactly WHO and WHAT Jesus is and how He relates to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. A summary of the teaching of the Council of Nicea is the NICENE CREED, which we recite together at Mass every Sunday and other special liturgical day.
Are you still reading this? Good! Because the fun part is coming up.
While at the Council of Nicea, so the story goes, Bishop Nicholas — apparently a man of action more than a man of words — got sick and tired of hearing Arius spew out his heretical teachings. So, what did he do? He got up from his seat, walked over to Arius and punched him out!
Now, it is not every day that people got to see one bishop punching out another bishop! I have to admit that I have never witnessed such a thing in my entire life, although I know of a bishop or two — I am definitely not referring to any past or present Bishop of Allentown — who might have benefitted from getting punched out on one or more occasion, but that’s another story for another day. There is no indication that Nicholas was reprimanded for punching Arius, although someone probably looked at him askance for doing so. It is interesting to note that this incident did not prevent Nicholas from being universally acknowledged, after his death, as a Saint! Some would say that Nicholas is a Saint in spite of his having punched Arius. I am of the opinion that he is a Saint because he punched Arius. There are various opinions on this matter and Catholics are free to debate the question.
So, we see that St. Nicholas was not always “JOLLY old Saint Nicholas”. Sometimes jolly? Yes. Always jolly? No. It’s hard to be jolly when someone is demeaning our gracious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who is “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father”!

Saint Nicholas, pray for us!

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