MASS SCHEDULE: 2330 DECEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 22 December
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

Monday, 24 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — DAVID FREITAG
rescheduled from 14 Nov
Vigil of Christmas
05:30 pm — God’s blessings: JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Tuesday, 25 December
Christmas: The Birth of the Lord Jesus
12:00 mid — Deceased: LUCAS and WHITNEY FAMILIES
by the Whitney family
11:30 am — JOSEPH and VICTORIA LYCHOCK
by OPM

Wednesday, 26 December
St. Stephen, the protomartyr (Fst)
07:00 pm — ANTHONY, MARY and JUNE ANN ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland

Friday, 28 December
The Holy Innocents, martyrs (Fst)
08:00 am — PROVIDA BENASSI MASI
by David and Susan Thye

Saturday, 29 December
St. Thomas Becket, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on MICHAEL KOLBE GONTIS
by his parents, Jim and Eva
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — BARBARA COONEY
rescheduled from 12 Dec

Sunday, 30 December
Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph
10:00 am — MARCO RITRO
rescheduled from 19 Dec
11:30 am — ELEANOR M. WHELAN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

 MASS SCHEDULE: 2330 DECEMBER
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 24 December
Vigil of Christmas
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by his sister, Samantha
09:00 pm — Deceased: CONNELL, KARVOIS, FISHER and MARTIN FAMILIES
by the Connell family

Tuesday, 25 December
Christmas: The Birth of the Lord Jesus
08:30 am — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Stephen Bolusky and son

Thursday, 27 December
St. John, apostle, evangelist (Fst)
07:00 pm — Rev. DAVID M. LIEBNER
by the Draugelis and the Miller families

Saturday, 29 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED and PAT YACKERA
by the Yackera family

Sunday, 30 December
Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph
08:30 am — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Elizabeth Ryan

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
15 / 16 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,551.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $57.00 from the plate; $110.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $224.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $85.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,077.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $30.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes
                       $10.00 from the Poverty Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,077.00) 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 $936.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $901.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the plate; $30.00 from the Dues envelopes; $219.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; 80.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,276.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $3.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,276.00) 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 $485.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 26 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 27 December
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 28 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 26 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, 28 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: 12.23.2012 - 02


NOW DON’TCHA GO MESSIN’ AROUND WITH FATHER MULDOWNEY, YA HEAR?

Here is an article that was published in The Schuylkill Haven Call on 21 June 1901.
The Schuylkill Haven Call was a predecessor newspaper to The South Schuylkill News.
I hope you enjoy this article as much as I do! (EBC)

LANDED IN JAIL
Reverend Muldowney's Thrilling Experience
With Two Desperate Characters at Saint Ambrose Parsonage

Great excitement prevailed for a time in town on Monday night, occasioned by a report given out that an attempt had been made to burglarize the parish residence of Reverend J. P. Muldowney, pastor of Saint Ambrose Catholic Church. Shortly after 10:30 o'clock, in answer to a ring of the bell, the housekeeper at the parsonage opened the front door to be confronted by a desperate looking character, who wanted to see the pastor, Reverend J. P. Muldowney. This was refused and he attempted to enter by force, pushing the lady aside. She was too quick for him however and slammed the door in his face. Father Muldowney, hearing the noise, came downstairs armed with a revolver. When he opened the door the rascal was standing on the pavement below and gave the pastor much impudence. Reverend Muldowney attempted to fire his gun to frighten the fellow, but the weapon would not discharge. The fellow left emitting the most violent language.
Shortly afterward the bell rang again, and Mr. Muldowney boldly opening the door found another rascal standing in the shadows of the doorway. Placing the cold barrel of his revolver against the ruffian's head, Reverend Muldowney commanded the fellow to leave the premises at once. He hastily disappeared. Mr. Muldowney went over to his neighbors, the Harney family, and related his exciting experience. Word was sent around and a posse of men and boys, armed with guns, pistols, clubs, etc., was organized and search instituted for the villains. They shortly returned with two men, one of whom was recognized as the party that made the second call at the parsonage. The men were turned over to Constable Butz, who had been notified of the occurrence, and taken by him before Squire Goas. They gave their names as George Kelly and William Flynn. They pleaded guilty to the charge of drunkenness and nuisance and were each sentenced to sixty days in the county jail. The gang is known to have consisted of four, having been seen together during the day. They had imbibed freely and were in a bad mood.

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A few thoughts on the above
• An incident such as this would never happen in Girardville. Our inebriates have better manners than to ring the Rectory doorbell at 10:30 pm in order to give the pastor “much impudence”. Besides which, it’s unlikely that the mild-mannered priest in Girardville packs a firearm. On the other hand, one never knows! Maybe he does.
• The two rascals are identified as “Kelly” and “Flynn”. From their names, I would guess that they were Catholic. Maybe the reason they rang the rectory bell is that they wanted to go to Confession. They came close to needing the Last Rites!
• It’s interesting that Fr. Muldowney is twice referred to as “Mr. Muldowney”. I don’t know how to account for that. The reporter must have been a Protestant!
• I wonder if Fr. Muldowney got called down to the Chancery Office in Philadelphia for a little chat with His Excellency, Archbishop Ryan, on the subject of “Archdiocesan Norms for the Non-Lethal Pastoral Care of Those Members of the Faithful Who have ‘Imbibed Freely’ and, Consequently, are ‘In a Bad Mood’”.

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                                        THE SLAUGHTER IN CONNECTICUT REVISITED
ALL THIS PAST WEEK
I have found myself haunted (for want of a better word) by images conjured up in my mind of the absolutely horrendous event that occurred on Friday, 14 December 2012, in Sandy Hook Elementary School. My imagination has been on overdrive! I keep picturing someone holding a semi-automatic rifle, standing in a classroom full of first-grade children and methodically slaughtering them! This scenario is the last thing I have been thinking about before falling asleep and the first thing that has come to mind when I wake up in the morning. The sheer, incredible horror of it all! I tell myself, “Okay, knock it off! You can’t do anything about it! What’s done is done! Think of something pleasant!” But it keeps coming back. I’m sure that the passage of time will remove these images from my mind or, at least, make them considerably less frequent. I’ll be glad for that.
Because the human mind searches for reasons and because I am a man who believes in God, I look for a “metaphysical” answer to the “why” of events such as this. The answer I come up with is not politically correct. Secular minds dismiss metaphysical and theological speculations about the root causes of events. They call them “foolish” and even “neurotic”. Sorry about that! In my mind, everything is connected to everything! That’s how it is with someone who believes in God. God is the Great Connector and the Ultimate Connection!
As far as God’s causality in such matters is concerned, I have long since arrived at a satisfactory answer to that. I am not one of those persons who ask, “How could a loving God allow such things to happen?” I am well enough educated in theology to know that God surrendered His absolute omnipotence over events when He decided to create beings who have free will! I also believe and know that God will settle all scores in the long run but that, in the short run, He has pretty much left the management of the world up to us!
In search of an answer, I felt prompted to go on the Internet to look up statistics about abortions in Connecticut. I learned that, in the calendar year 2011 (figures for 2012 are obviously not yet compiled), there were 37,280 live births in the state of Connecticut and 12,615 abortions. Think about that! Out of a total of 49,895 known pregnancies, 12,615 were terminated by abortion. That means that, in 2011, more than one out of every four known pregnancies in the state of Connecticut ended in abortion. Then I went back and, using a calculator, added up the abortions in the state of Connecticut for each year from 1974 to 2011. Do you want to know the total? 576,585 babies have been aborted over the past forty-one years!
I won’t even try to react verbally to that piece of information. It numbs my brain.
Back to Sandy Hook Elementary School: Did God cause Adam Lanza to slaughter those innocent children? Of course not! The very suggestion is obscene! But could God have prevented Adam Lanza from slaughtering those darling little boys and girls?
The answer comes back with disturbing certitude: Yes, He could have prevented him from doing so but, quite obviously, He chose not to do so. So, what do we say? Do we say, “Bad God! Cruel God! Mean God!”? Or else, “There is no God!”? No, we don’t. At least, I don’t and I hope you don’t. I simply say, “Oh God, I recognize that those children were and are Your property. You may do with Your property as You wish. You may defend it or You may remove from it Your shield of protection.”
But if God decides to remove His shield of protection from His property, what might possibly be His reason? Here I tread on dangerous ground. I’ll be the first to admit it. Barring divine revelation, one must be ever so cautious and discreet and humble before one attributes to God a particular motive. But I offer this as my educated guess: I am offering my surmise that God removed His shield of protection from the innocents of Sandy Hook Elementary School’s First Grade class because He wanted to rub the noses of the citizens of Connecticut and of the entire United States in the horror of the legalized slaughter of innocent children that goes on day after day after bloody day and He is hoping that we make the connection. If you have a better “guess” to offer, do let me know!

stjos/stvdp: 12.23.2012 - 04


PLEASE NOTE
#01
— Two of the Christmas Masses at St. Joseph Church will be in the Upper Church: the 05:30 pm on Monday, 24 December and the 11:30 am on Tuesday, 25 December. The Midnight Mass (25 Dec) will be in the chapel. We are doing this in order to conserve on heating oil and because, based on experience of the past few years, we anticipate a small attendance at the Midnight Mass.
#02 — There will not be a Mass at 08:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel on Wednesday, 26 December. Instead, there will be a Mass at 07:00 pm.
REMINDER: Next Sunday (30 Dec), the 11:30 am Mass in St. Joseph Chapel will be celebrated according to the EXTRAORDINARY FORM (Tridentine Mass). In addition, there will be a 10:00 am Mass in St. Joseph Chapel celebrated according to the ORDINARY FORM. As you know, this is our “standard procedure” on the last Sunday of each month.
PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE do NOT use cash when you shop at Boyer’s or Redner’s. Instead, use our parish gift cards. Cash bad! Gift cards good! Gift cards are sold in the back of the church (or in the Sheridan Room) after each weekend Mass. We will also be selling them after the Christmas Masses.
GIVING TREE
Thank you to those who have already brought a gift and placed it under the tree at StVdP or at StJos. If you have not already done so, please do. We are referring, of course, to gifts for babies born to mothers in need. We will continue to accept gifts until at least a couple of weeks after Christmas.
PARISH CALENDARS FOR 2013 are yours for the taking. You will find them in the backs of the churches, in the entrance way to the chapel and in the Sheridan Room. Feel free to take more than one. Consider giving some to your friends and neighbors who don’t go to church. Who knows? Maybe a simple thing like a parish calendar will prompt someone to come back to God. Stranger things have happened! A calendar such as ours, with pictures of the Lord, the Blessed Mother and the saints is a sacramental! God often uses such humble things as parish calendars in order to tickle people’s hearts and minds.
THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE STATUE at StVdP Church burns this week in memory of Andrew Powlick, at the request of his daughter and his son-in-law, Barbara and John Petrousky.

 FROM MY HEART,
I extend to all the members of our two parishes
and to all of the people of Girardville and vicinity my very best wishes for a truly
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I thank you for all your kindnesses to me over the past year.
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ rule in your hearts and minds.
May His Holy Virgin Mother enclose you in her heart.
May Saint Joseph, guardian of the Mother and the Child, pray for you.
May all of you who are practicing the Holy Catholic Faith handed down to us by saints continue to do so.
May all of you who have fallen away from the practice of the Faith come back into the fold.
May everyone in Girardville, without exception, wind up in Heaven!

stjos/stvdp: 12.23.2012 - 05


CHRISTMAS: THE BIRTH OF THE LORD JESUS
A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
Mass Schedule
Monday, 24 December 2012

04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
05:30 pm — St. Joseph Church
09:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

Tuesday, 25 December 2012
12:00 midnight — St. Joseph Chapel
08:30 am — St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am — St. Joseph Church

 PRE-CHRISTMAS CONFESSION SCHEDULE
Sunday, 23 December 2012

04:00 to 06:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 to 08:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
Mass Schedule
Monday, 31 December 2012

04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
05:30 pm — St. Joseph Chapel

Tuesday, 01 January 2013
10:00 am — St. Vincent dePaul Church
12:00 noon — St. Joseph Chapel

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