MASS SCHEDULE: 1623 DECEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 15 December
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

Monday, 17 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
by his wife, Ugenia

Wednesday, 19 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — MARCO P. RITRO
by Butch Ritzo

Friday, 21 December
St. Peter Canisius, priest, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Saturday, 22 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — GEORGE J. SCANLON
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — God’s blessings on Fr. EDMUND J. BRENNAN
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Sunday, 23 December
4th Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his brothers and sisters

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1623 DECEMBER
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 18 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — HELEN GANIS
by OPM

Thursday, 20 December
Late Advent Weekday
07:00 pm —JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Betty Davies and Betty Sue Puglia

Saturday, 22 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — LEO and JANE CHIARETTI
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Sunday, 23 December
4th Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
by Art and Joyce Engle

stjos/stvdp: 12.16.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
08 / 09 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $806.50 from the Sunday envelopes; $50.00 from the plate; $83.00 from the Dues envelopes; $56.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $269.00 from the Immaculate Conception envelopes; $75.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,339.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $105.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,339.50) 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 $199.25 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $930.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $43.00 from the plate; $62.00 from the Dues envelopes; $380.00 from the Immaculate Conception envelopes; $2.00 from the All Souls Day envelopes; $53.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,470.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $170.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,470.00) 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 $679.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 19 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 20 December
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 21 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 19 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, 21 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.

stjos/stvdp: 12.16.2012 - 02


Jeremiah 31, 15
Thus says the LORD:
In Ramah is heard the sound of sobbing,
bitter weeping!
Rachel mourns for her children,
she refuses to be consoled
for her children—they are no more!

This verse came to mind when I first heard the horrific news about the slaughter of the innocents in Newtown CT: twenty kindergarten children and seven adults.
I felt heartbroken as I tried to visualize the scene when the police first entered the classroom.
Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!
Herod is back and he is furious!
May God have mercy on the slain, both the children and the adults.
May God comfort the grieving parents of the children and the grieving relatives of all those who were murdered.
This is unbearable sorrow and, yet, we are commanded to bear with unbearable sorrow.
But only the Lord Jesus can bear it — and He bears us up as well.
We begin to realize, via horrific events such as this, just how heavy was the Cross that the Lord carried upon His shoulders on the way to Calvary.
And we are called upon to bear that cross with Him
“Bear one another‘s burdens and, so, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 06,02)

After the shock has sunk in, we turn to the very next verse, the one that completes verse 15.

Jeremiah 31, 16
Thus says the LORD:
Cease your cries of weeping,
hold back your tears!
There is compensation for your labor—
oracle of the LORD—
they shall return from the enemy’s land.
There is hope for your future—oracle of the LORD—
your children shall return to their own territory.

May the parents of the dead children be open to the wisdom revealed in this verse.
Their children “shall return from the enemy’s land”. “There is hope for your (and their) future.” “Your children shall return to their own territory”.
God will destroy all evildoers. They will go to a place from which they will never return.
But He will vindicate the little ones, the ones who seek to do His Will.

stjos/stvdp:12.16.2012 - 03


A LITTLE NONSENSE,
NOW AND THEN,
IS RELISHED BY THE WISEST MEN!

(That’s a proverb some teacher of mine conveyed to me years ago. It is a proverb with which I heartily agree. So, with that proverb in mind, we hereby dedicate two pages of this week’s bulletin to some nonsense — although there is some wisdom mixed in with the nonsense. We leave it to the reader to sort it out!)

• When I die, I want to die like my grandfather, who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car. (Will Rogers)
• Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it. (Dave Barry)
• It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose. (Darrin Weinberg)
• The early bird gets the worm, but the early worm gets eaten by that early bird. (Anonymous)
• The early mouse gets caught in the trap. The late mouse gets the cheese. (Jon Hammond)
• Alimony is like buying hay for a dead horse. (Groucho Marx)
• No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. (Voltaire)
• The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. (Winston Churchill)
• One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. (Plato)
• A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff. (George Carlin)
• Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night. (Rodney Dangerfield)
• Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. (Groucho Marx)
• I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. (Bill Cosby)
• I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand, lead him to a quiet place and kill him. (Mark Twain)
• It is perfectly monstrous the way people go around nowadays saying things against me, behind my back, things that are absolutely and entirely true. (Oscar Wilde)
• The hardest part about being a kid is knowing that you have your whole life ahead of you. (Jane Wagner)
• To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and whatever you hit, call it the target. (Ashleigh Brilliant)
• Money can’t buy love, but it improves your bargaining position. (Christopher Marlowe)
• Don’t tell your friends about your indigestion. “How are you?” is a greeting, not a question. (Arthur Guiterman)
• One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know. (Groucho Marx)
• It’s better to have loved and lost than to have to do forty pounds of laundry a week. (Laurence Peter)
• Just because you managed to get the monkey off your back, that doesn’t mean the circus has left town. (George Carlin)
• Husbands are like fires — they go out when they are left unattended. (Cher)
• My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I wanted a second opinion. He said, “Okay, you’re ugly too.” (Rodney Dangerfield)
• The sole purpose for giving a child a middle name is so that he can tell when he’s really in trouble. (Justine Vogt)
• Every man is guilty of all the good he doesn’t do. (Voltaire)
• The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post “Thou shalt not steal”, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” and “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment. (George Carlin)
• Live in such a way that you would not mind selling your pet parrot to the town gossip. (Will Rogers)
• If you could kick the person in the pants who is responsible for most of your troubles, you wouldn’t sit for a month. (Theodore Roosevelt)
• I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. (Rita Rudner)
• Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that’s how dogs spend their lives. (Sue Murphy)

stjos/stvdp: 12.16.2012 - 04 / 05


YOU MIGHT WANT A PREVIEW OF THE CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE. SO, HERE IT IS!
We will print this again (in larger font) in next weekend’s bulletin:

StVdP: 04:00 pm and 09:00 pm on Monday, 24 Dec
StJos: 05:30 pm on Monday 24 Dec
StVdP: 08:30 am on Tuesday, 25 Dec
StJos: 12:00 midnight and 11:30 am on Tuesday, 25 Dec

VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI!
(In case your Latin is a tad rusty, that means: “A word to the wise is sufficient.”)
So, here goes a word to the wise (twelve words, actually, if you’re counting):
S O B R I E T Y
I S
T H E
B E S T
C H R I S T M A S
P R E S E N T
Y O U
C A N
G I V E
T O
Y O U R
F A M I L Y!

 NO MORE BOOZE!
NO MORE DRUGS!
THANK YOU, JESUS!

stjos/stvdp: 12.16.2012 - 06


FILBERT BERNARD BUDRAITIS,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Thursday, 13 December.
Born on 20 August 1917, he was 95 years of age.
He was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 12 September 1917 by Fr. Jerome Valaitis.
He is one of the seven children of the late Benedict (aka Benjamin) and Rosalee (Kazlancki) Budraitis.
All six of his siblings are deceased: Anthony Budraitis; Leon Budraitis; Benedict Budraitis; John Budraitis; Fern Budraitis Salankiewicz and Mary Budraitis LaLumengier.
Filbert was married to Victoria Chadwick Budraitis, who died in 2004.
Filbert has three sons and one stepson: Phillip Budraitis (deceased); John Budraitis; Eugene Budraitis; Bernard Karcheski.
He has ten grandchildren: Stanley Budraitis; Matthew Budraitis; Jesse Budraitis; Stephanie Budraitis Romero; John Budraitis; Mary Ellen Budraitis Long; William Karcheski; Robert Karcheski; Patricia Karcheski Croswell; Denise Karcheski Mitchell.
He has ten great-grandchildren: Christopher Long; Thomas Budraitis; Trey Romero; Lauren Romero; Ramsay Romero; John Mitchell; Nicole Croswell; Nathan Croswell; Emily Karcheski; Gabriel Karcheski.
He has two great-great grandchildren: Maddox Romero; Kyra Mitchell.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Tuesday, 18 December, at 11:00 am. Fr. Robert T. Finlan will be the celebrant.
There will be a viewing at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, on Tuesday, from 09:00 to 10:30 am.
Interment will take place in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg.
Eternal rest grant unto Filbert, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

THE ADVENT TREE IS A GIVING TREE!

Please bring some gifts to church.
We are referring to gifts for mothers to use for their infants and babies.
The Advent trees in the church / chapel are meant to remind us of that!
I’m sure you know without my telling you what kinds of gifts are appropriate: whatever mothers needs for their babies, viz. clothing, diapers, etc., etc.
Please leave your gifts under (or near) the tree or else bring them to StVdP Rectory.
The Blessed Mother thanks you — and so does St. Joseph!
The Infant Jesus would thank you but He doesn’t talk yet.
All gifts will be given to BIRTHRIGHT or to CATHOLIC CHARITIES, agencies that minister to mothers and mothers-to-be who are in difficult circumstances.

stjos/stvdp: 12.16.2012 - 07


WE SHARE THE MAIL
From
: Bruce A. Marianelli
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
To: Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Cc: Ian Getzey
Subject: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Dear Father Connolly:
It is with great pleasure that I am able to inform you that your website is back on line and updated with all past and current issues.
You may inform your parishioners of the good news.
Bruce

From: Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
To: Bruce A. Marianelli
Cc: Ian Getzey
Subject: Re: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Dear Mr. Marianelli:
I rejoice with an exceedingly great joy!!
It’s funny, I never knew how important that website was until it went down!
So many persons have contacted me about it.
Now that it’s back, I hope they come back.
Thank YOU for your patience and for uploading the backlog.
EBC

NOW THAT OUR WEBSITE IS BACK ON LINE, I want to take this opportunity to thank Bruce A. Marianelli for the wonderful good deed he does each week for our parishes. He uploads our bulletin onto the Web. He does this voluntarily and at no charge whatsoever to the parishes! God bless him and his family! Mr. Marianelli retired recently from the Schuylkill Haven School District where he served for many years as a music teacher.
I’ll take the opportunity also to thank Anthony J. Buono for giving us a free ride on his server for a good many years. He has allowed us to use his server without charge. Because of changes in his circumstances, he is no longer able to provide this free service to us. Mr. Buono is the founder and manager of the AVE MARIA SINGLES website. He has been a guest several times on EWTN and on CATHOLIC RADIO. He is also a recently published author. His book, Would I Date Me?, is available in bookstores and on line. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking around for a husband or wife.
I asked Mr. Marianelli to communicate with Mr. Buono about our signing on with a new server. He did so and I just gave him the green light to sign us up. The charge is minimal. It will cost us just $232.04 for a three-year contract, and that includes “site backup pro” and “search engine jumpstart”. If you are not certain what those terms mean, don’t worry about it. I’m not 100% certain myself, but Mr. Marianelli tells me they are good bells and whistles to have.
Here is a little piece of information you might want to know: Since 10 August 2008, there have been 39,154 “hits” on our parish website. (“Hits” means “visits”.) I think that’s pretty good for a small-town parish bulletin.
An amusing story I heard recently is this: Someone told me that someone had told him that the temporary disappearance of our parish bulletin from the Web was due to the fact that “the Diocese had yanked it”. No such luck! That’s what’s called “wishful thinking”!

stjos/stvdp: 12.16.2012 - 08


 

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