MASS SCHEDULE: 30 DECEMBER - 06 JANUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 29 December
Vigil of Holy Family 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

Monday, 31 December
St. Sylvester I, pope (OptMem)
08:00 am — ROBERT J. KUMOR
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski
Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
05:30 pm — CHARLOTTE JOHNSON
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 01 January
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
12:00 noon — STEVEN POSNER
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 02 January
SS. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops, doctors (OptMem)
08:00 am — MARY ROWLAND (20th anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Friday, 04 January
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Saturday, 05 January
St. John Neumann, bishop (OblMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar MEMORIAL SOCIETY
by StJosPar
Vigil of Epiphany
05:30 pm — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
(69th anniversary of birth)
by Virginia Coreia Chillis

Sunday, 06 January
The Epiphany of the Lord Jesus
11:30 am — God’s blessings on TOMMY H and PJZ Jr.
by their grandparents, Alfred and Anne Zielinski

 MASS SCHEDULE: 30 DECEMBER - 06 JANUARY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 29 December
Vigil of Holy Family 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

Monday, 31 December
Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his wife, Carole

Tuesday, 01 January
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
10:00 am — Rev. DAVID M. LIEBNER
by Theresa Gudonis

Thursday, 03 January
Christmas Weekday
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 05 January
Vigil of Epiphany
04:00 pm — ELEANOR WERZINSKY McDONALD
by Anna Bolusky

Sunday, 06 January
The Epiphany of the Lord Jesus
08:30 am — Rev. DAVID M. LIEBNER
by the Holy Name Society

stjos/stvdp: 12.30.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
22 / 23 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $911.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $85.00 from the plate; $50.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $114.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,195.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,195.00) 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 $54.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $767.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $97.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $17.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $36.00 from the loose.
Total: $927.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $20.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($927.00) 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 $136.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 03 January
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 04 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 02 January
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, 04 January
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

A GOOD RESOLUTION FOR THE NEW YEAR: Stop in for at least a few minutes once a week for adoration of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Come when you can. Leave when you must.

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PHILIP DANIEL McCARTHY,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Christmas Day, Tuesday, 25 December.
Born on 23 June 1935, he was 77 years of age.
He is one of three children (two sons and one daughter) of the late Daniel F. and Anne E. (Kerrigan) McCarthy.
His brother and his sister are: Stephen McCarthy (deceased) and Mary McCarthy Plocinik.
Philip was baptized at Holy Rosary Church, Mahanoy Plane, on 07 July 1935 by Fr. A. J. Raber.
On 10 October 1942, he was confirmed at Holy Rosary by Bishop Hugh L. Lamb.
On 10 February 1968, also at Holy Rosary, Philip married Anna Meade. Anna died on 08 February 2004, two days short of what would have been their 36th wedding anniversary.
Philip and Anna have three children: David J. McCarthy; Nancy McCarthy Snyder; Philip M. McCarthy.
They have three grandchildren: Brandon L. Oakill; Dana N. Snyder; Cali A. Snyder.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 29 December, at 11:00 am.
There was a viewing at the Oravitz Home for Funerals, Shenandoah, on Friday evening and on Saturday morning.
The interment took place in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Philip, 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.

 PRO-LIFE MARCH
WASHINGTON DC
FRIDAY, 25 JANUARY 2013
Join the Girardville bus!

For more information or to sign up: Call Susan at 570-385-5924 or else call Fr. Connolly.
You’ll be glad you went! When your grandchildren and great-grandchildren ask you, “Hey, Grandpop / Grandmom! Did you do anything to help unborn babies back in the bad old days when it was legal to kill them?” you will able to say, “Yes, my dear child! As a matter of fact, I did! I was one of the people who got up off my duff and went down to Washington DC, so that I could bear witness to the sacredness of human life!”

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ABORTION FACTS

Fact #1: Every abortion kills an innocent human being.
Every new life begins at conception. This is an irrefutable fact of biology. It is true for animals and true for humans. When considered alongside the law of biogenesis – that every species reproduces after its own kind – we can draw only one conclusion in regard to abortion: every single abortion ends the life of an innocent human being.
Fact #2: Every human being is a person.
Personhood is properly defined by membership in the human species, not by stage of development within that species. A living being's designation to a species is determined not by the stage of development, but by the sum total of its biological characteristics.
Fact #3: Beginning at conception, every pregnancy involves two or more bodies.
No matter how you spin it, women don't have four arms and four legs when they're pregnant. Those extra appendages belong to the tiny human being(s) living inside of them. At no point in pregnancy is the developing embryo or fetus simply a part of the mother's body.
Fact #4: It is just, reasonable, and necessary for society to outlaw certain choices.
Any civilized society restricts the individual's freedom to choose whenever that choice would harm an innocent person. Therefore, it is impossible to justify abortion by simply arguing that women should be "free to choose".
Fact #5: The right to not be killed supersedes the right to not be pregnant.
The comparison between a baby's rights and a mother's rights is unequal. What is at stake in abortion is the mother's lifestyle, as opposed to the baby's life. Therefore, it is reasonable for society to expect an adult to live temporarily with an inconvenience if the only alternative is killing a child.
Fact #6: Poverty, rape, disability, or “unwantedness” do not morally justify abortion.
There are all sorts of circumstances that people point to as justification for their support of abortion. Since none of these circumstances are sufficient to justify the killing of human beings after birth, they're not sufficient to justify the killing of human beings before birth.
Fact #7: The differences between embryos and adults are differences of degree not of kind.
Like toddler and adolescent, the terms “embryo” and “fetus” do not refer to nonhumans, but to humans at particular stages of development. Human beings inside the womb are smaller, less developed, and more dependent than human beings outside the womb. These are differences of degree, not differences of kind. We can all point to other people who are bigger, stronger, smarter, or less dependent than we are, but that doesn't make our life any less valuable, or any less deserving of protection.
Fact #8: Fewer than 1% of all abortions are performed to save the life of the mother.
It is an extremely rare case when abortion is required to save the mother’s life. Of course, when two lives are threatened and only one can be saved, doctors must always save that life. However, abortion for the mother’s life and abortion for the mother’s health are usually not the same issue. Since every abortion kills an innocent human being; it is morally abhorrent to use the rare cases when abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother as justification for the millions of on demand "convenience" abortions.
Fact #9: To be only "personally pro-life" is to not be pro-life at all.
If abortion doesn't kill children, why would someone be opposed to it? If it does kill children, why would someone defend another's right to do it? Being personally against abortion but favoring another's right to abortion is self-contradictory and morally baffling.
Fact #10: If there is uncertainty about when human life begins, the benefit of the doubt should go to preserving life.
It is a scientific fact that life begins at conception. However, if one personally has even a shred of uncertainty about when life begins then they are still morally obligated to err on the side of life and NOT have an abortion. Why? Because to make a mistake about the exact time when life begins is to kill an innocent human being.
Fact #11: Abortion is more dangerous than childbirth.
Not only does every abortion kill an innocent human being in the womb; abortion is also more dangerous to the mother than if she were to give birth to the child. The evidence overwhelmingly proves that the morbidity and mortality rates of legal abortion are several times higher than that for carrying a pregnancy to term.

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Fact #12: Prior to abortion's legalization, 90% of abortions were done by doctors, not by "coat hangers in back alleys".
Some justify abortion on the claim that if it is outlawed, women will abort anyway and may die in the process. There are 3 problems with this hypothesis. First, it doesn't address the ethics of abortion. Second, laws against abortion would deter most women from having one. Third, there is no evidence that illegal abortions are more dangerous than legal abortions. Of course, even if the "coat hanger" argument was true (it's not), then it's still morally ridiculous to legalize procedures that kill innocent babies just to make the killing procedures less dangerous to the mother.
Fact #13: The 8 week+ unborn baby feels real physical pain during an abortion.
Yes, every abortion kills an innocent human being. Even more alarming, beginning at the 8th week of development; an unborn baby that is aborted feels pain during the abortion. Not just psychological pain. The baby feels real physical organic pain. Let that sink in. Of course, whether or not abortion is a painful experience to the unborn child being aborted, the child is left no less dead as a result. In talking about the question of fetal pain, we must remember that it ultimately has no bearing on the morality of abortion.
Fact #14: Abortion is condemnable for the same reasons that slavery and genocide are.
Networks of killing centers across the globe are eliminating "unwanted, unborn" children at a staggering rate. Were the context not abortion, the world would be outraged. Call it what you want, when an innocent group of human beings is targeted and exterminated by the millions, that is an injustice on par with any of history's most egregious atrocities. At the end of the day, if the unborn are people (and they are), then abortion is not only comparable to past crimes against humanity, it is, by sheer volume, the greatest holocaust of all.
Fact #15: Abortion is not exclusively a “woman’s issue”.
Abortion affects both men and women. Beyond that; abortion is a human issue, not a gender issue. If abortion kills innocent human life (it does) then everyone, male and female, should stand against it. One doesn't need to be a young girl to take a position against the sex trafficking of young girls and one doesn't need to be a woman to take a position against abortion.
Fact #16: Every legal surgical abortion stops a beating heart and terminates measurable brain waves.

What do we call it when a person no longer has a heartbeat or brain waves? Death. It's a scientific fact that life begins at conception, but even more obvious; what should we call it when there is a heartbeat and there are brain waves? Life. It is an indisputable fact that each and every legal surgical abortion in America today stops a beating heart and stops already measurable brain waves.
Fact #17: The right to not be killed supersedes the right to privacy.
Some defend abortion by claiming that they have a right to privacy; whether they have an abortion or not is between them and their doctor, everyone else should stay out of their business. Of course, if abortion kills an innocent human being (it does) then killing done in private is no more acceptable than killing done in public and the encouragement or assistance of a doctor does not change the nature, consequences, or morality of abortion.
Fact #18: Abortion disproportionally targets minority babies.
Whatever the intent of the abortion industry may be, by functional standards, abortion is a racist institution. In the United States, black children are aborted at 5 times the rate of white children and Hispanic children don't fare much better. Abortion is the leading cause of death among black Americans. We can debate the racial intent of Planned Parenthood past and present, but we cannot debate the results. Abortion is by no means an equal opportunity killer.
Fact #19: Abortion has become a form of gendercide, shrinking the global female population at an alarming rate.
On top of the fact that every abortion kills an innocent human being, abortion has also become the driving force in eliminating females around the globe. Estimates put the global gender gap somewhere between 100 and 200 million people. Abortion has effectively become the most effective means of sexism ever devised, ridding the world of multitudes of unwanted females.
Fact #20: Laws concerning abortion have significantly influenced whether women choose to have abortions.
Some will concede that every abortion kills an innocent human being. They will also concede that society has a right to outlaw choices that harm innocent human beings. But even after conceding those points, some still do not favor more stringent abortion laws because they think that they don't really work; there would still be too many abortions. Historical data, common morality, and basic legal theory proves this line of thinking to be false.

Bottom line: DECENT HUMAN BEINGS DON’T KILL BABIES, NEITHER BORN NOR UNBORN!

stjos/stvdp: 12.30.2012 - 05


ANNA MARIE BOYUKA BURKE,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Friday, 28 December.
Born on 21 December 1922, she was 90 years of age.
She is one of six children (five sons and one daughter) of the late John and Mary (Chabon) Boyuka.
Her five brothers are all deceased: John Boyuka; Michael Boyuka; Frank Boyuka; Harry Boyuka; Andrew Boyuka.
Anna was baptized at St. John Ukrainian Catholic Church, Maizeville.
On 02 October 1948, also at St. John’s, Anna was married to John J. Burke. John died on 28 January 2000. They had been married for more than 51 years!
John and Anna have three children: Mary Anne Burke; John F. Burke; Michael J. Burke (deceased).
They have two grandchildren: Jennifer Burke and Janice Burke.
They have two great-grandchildren: Aiden Burke and Breelyn Burke.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Monday, 31 December, at 01:00 pm.
The principal celebrant will be Msgr. Edward J. Coyle, pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Bally PA — a “Girardville boy” and a longtime friend of the Burke family.
Prior to the Mass, there will be a viewing in the church, starting at 11:00 am.
The interment will take place in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Anna, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
HAVE YOU NOTICED lately that your left hand is nice and warm but your right hand is freezing? Do you have any idea why that might be? It might be because you left your right-hand glove in StVdP Church this past week. If you ask Fr. Connolly to give it back to you — and if you say “please” — maybe he will. Then your right hand will be all nice and warm again and your left hand won’t be able to laugh at it any more!
This raises a question: Sometimes a person will say, “Gee, I must have left my right-hand glove somewhere” but no one ever says, “Gee, I must have right my left-hand glove somewhere”. I wonder why that is.
These and other deep questions ……..
                                                          THANK YOU to the AOH
for donating some food to our parish food pantry. Very kind of you all to do so!
Keep in mind that, if you know any people who need a little help with food, you can tell them to stop by at StVdP Rectory. No need to be embarrassed about it! We all need some help sometime!
FATHER CONNOLLY CAN’T GET A DATE FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE, so he is going to go over to StVdP Church at 11:00 pm on Monday, 31 December and talk to God. God is a cheap date. If you want to join him, feel free to do so. Shortly after midnight, you can come over to the Rectory for some hot chocolate and left-over Christmas cookies.

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WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background:
On Friday morning, 28 December, I called Phil McCarthy to ask him if he had a photo of his Dad that he could send me, so that I could include it in the bulletin. He said that he did and that he would email it to me. I said that that would be fine. So, he did. Shortly thereafter, an email arrived with the photo attached. The text of the email was an added bonus! It touched my heart and I think that others should read it. So, I’m taking the liberty of printing it in the bulletin in the hope that this is okay with Phil. (If it’s not, he can sue me!) It makes especially good reading on this weekend when the Church celebrates Holy Family Sunday. It seems that the late Philip Daniel McCarthy lived a successful life. He did what he was supposed to do. He loved God and worshipped Him faithfully and he loved his wife and family and did his duty to them. Not only that, but he kept the Catholic Faith and passed it on — the glorious Faith, the Faith of our fathers, the Faith living still, in spite of dungeon, fire and sword.

Father:
I attached a picture of my Dad for you.
I wanted to share a little bit about him with you as well, and I knew I wouldn't be able to do it without crying on the phone. Dad prayed often. Like I said on the phone, he typed out prayers and readings and hung them on the wall in his bedroom and over his desk. His prayer books were so worn that he made copies of them, so he could keep using them. One that he really seemed to use a lot was a prayer to St. Anne.
Dad prayed the Rosary often. His Rosary was on the table next to his bed when died. He most likely said a Rosary just before he went to bed like he did every night. On Christmas Eve, he watched the Holy Father's Mass and then spent the evening with my sister, Nancy, and her daughters Dana and Cali, watching a movie.
I really feel that he was ready for this and that he received the best Christmas present anyone could get. He lived a long and happy life. He left a note in with his insurance documents telling us to have a nice life because he did. I know the close to nine years since Mom died were tough on him. He did the best to enjoy life with us, but I knew he missed her terribly.
He was a truly caring man who worried about and prayed for everyone he knew. He was a great example to us as both a father and a Catholic. He loved God and his family and would do anything he could for us. He taught me how to be a good husband to my wife and hopefully a good father in the future.
He was always quick with a joke and entertained everyone around him. He had a great smile that made others smile too.
We're going to miss him so much, but we are consoled by the hope that he celebrated Jesus' birthday with Him in heaven. Like I said on the phone, the Ode to Joy was his favorite hymn, and this is the most joyful time in his life!
I know you saw him at Mass every week, but I just wanted to you know a little more about him. Thank you for being there for him spiritually. He really thought very highly of you.
Thank you.
Philip McCarthy

REMEMBER TO PICK UP YOUR 2013 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES AND ALSO THE 2013 PARISH CALENDARS — if you have not already done so.

stjos/stvdp: 12.30.2012 - 07


 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

 

Prayer of Consecration of Oneself to Mary
(St. Louis Marie deMontfort)
MOST HOLY MOTHER MARY,
I, (name), a faithless sinner,
renew and ratify today in your hands the vows of my Baptism.
I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works,
and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom,
to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life,
and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
In the presence of all the heavenly court,
I choose you this day for my Mother and Queen.
I deliver and consecrate to you, as your slave,
my body and soul,
my goods, both interior and exterior,
and even the value of all my good actions,
past, present and future,
leaving to you the entire and full right of disposing of me,
and all that belongs to me,
without exception,
according to your good pleasure,
for the greater glory of God,
in time and in eternity.
Amen.

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