Saturday, 12 January
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
05:30 pm — MARY CANAVAN
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 13 January
The Baptism of the Lord Jesus
11:30 am — Deceased: CLARKE and SNYDER FAMILIES
by Tom Clarke

Monday, 14 January
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Wednesday, 16 January
08:00 am — WILLIAM DeLUCA
by his family

Friday, 18 January
08:00 am — WILLIAM E. DANDO
by the Zdiera family

Saturday, 19 January
(106th anniversary of birth)
by her daughter,Barbara
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — WILLIAM E. DANDO
by Jim and Teresa Neary

Sunday, 20 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL (5th anniversary)
by his mother, Ida Mae


Saturday, 12 January
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
04:00 pm — FRANK and BEATRICE (Walaconis) RACKAUSKAS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Sunday, 13 January
The Baptism of the Lord Jesus
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Tuesday, 15 January
08:00 am — God’s blessings on ROBERT KRICK
by Marilyn Stefanski

Thursday, 17 January
St. Anthony, abbot (OblMem)
by SBT

Saturday, 19 January
Vigil of Sunday
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 20 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — MARCO RITRO
by the James Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 01.13.2013 - 01

05 / 06 JANUARY
Includes receipts from Solemnity of Mary Mother of God: 31 Dec / 01 Jan

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $948.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $36.00 from the plate; $298.00 from the Dues envelopes; $173.00 from the Initial Offering envelopes; $564.00 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $155.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $19.00 from the Manger; $27.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,220.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,220.00) 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 $1,079.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $942.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $38.00 from the plate; $237.00 from the Dues envelopes; $185.00 from the Initial Offering envelopes; $543.00 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $26.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $19.00 from the Manger donations; $62.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,052.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,052.00) 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 $1,261.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 16 January
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 17 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 18 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 16 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, 18 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

stjos/stvdp: 01.13.2013 - 02

a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Tuesday, 08 January.
Born on 26 February 1926, she was 86 years of age.
She is one of the two children of the late Victor and Margaret (Stachokas) Cuthie.
Her brother, Eugene Cuthie, is deceased.
She was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 14 March 1926 by Fr. Ignatius F. Valanciunas.
On 18 September 1948, also in St. Vincent dePaul Church, in the presence of Fr. Michael F. Daumantas, she was married to Joseph J. Medlinsky.
Joseph died in 1977.
Elizabeth and Joseph are the parents of one son and one daughter: Joseph “Buddy” Medlinsky and Denise Medlinsky Kriesher.
They have one grandchild: JC Kriesher.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Elizabeth was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Saturday, 12 January. There was a viewing in the church on Friday, between 06:00 and 08:00 pm.
The interment took place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish cemetery in Frackville.
Eternal rest grant unto Elizabeth, 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.
SEVERAL PERSONS HAVE ASKED ME if I have “heard anything yet” from Bishop Barres about retirement issues. I told them the same thing that I am saying here: No, I have not heard anything yet. I have no doubt that I shall be hearing from him soon, probably before the end of the month. All may be certain that, on the weekend after I receive a letter from him, I shall print the letter in the bulletin.
I am hoping to stay on but am willing to do whatever the Bishop asks.

We are being visited this weekend by two women from CDA.
They will be saying a few words after each of the four weekend Masses about membership in the Catholic Daughters of America.
We welcome them and we hope that their words will fall on attentive ears.
The CDA is a wonderful organization and I support it wholeheartedly.

stjos/stvdp:01.13.2013 - 03


On 03 January, President Obama signed HR 4130, known as The National Defense Authorization Act. The bill outlines the military budget — $630 billion — for 2013.
I have no comment to make on the substance of the bill.
But here is my reason for even referring to it:
The bill includes a provision that military chaplains are not to be obliged to perform or to officiate at ceremonies that violate their consciences.
That’s good! We applaud that provision in the bill!
The reference, of course, is to “same-sex marriage ceremonies” in the military.
As you know, President Obama has lifted the ban on “same-sex marriage” in the US military.
However, there has been considerable conversation on the subject of whether or not a military chaplain would be OBLIGED AGAINST HIS CONSCIENCE to perform a wedding ceremony for two persons of the same gender.
Obviously, no Catholic priest would ever be allowed by the Church to involve himself in such an abomination.
The bill contains a provision that would protect a chaplain from being court-martialed and / or being dishonorably discharged for refusing to “marry” the same-sex couple.
But here is where the plot thickens!
When he signed the bill, President Obama specifically stated that the provision referred to here is “unnecessary and ill-advised”.
Furthermore, President Obama instructed Defense Department officials to ensure that “the implementing regulations do not permit or condone discriminatory actions.”
Do you see what is happening here? The groundwork is being laid for an “executive order” that will overrule the “conscience-protection clause” in the bill.

President Obama belongs — lock, stock and barrel — to the Homosexualist Movement.
The tragic thing is that so many of us Catholics have allowed ourselves to be persuaded that homosexuality is a benign condition and that sodomy is the moral equivalent of the marital embrace, whereas it is actually a sin that cries to God for vengeance.
We have been lulled to sleep.
We are soon to pay for it by a persecution of the Church in the United States.
The lions are pacing in their cages beneath the Colosseum. They smell the blood of the Christians.
You have been put on notice!
Don’t ever say that nobody ever told you.

stjos/stvdp: 01.13.2013 - 04

AFTER THE LAST MASSES THIS WEEKEND, feel free to take the poinsettias home with you. If you do so, please do not take the plates underneath the pots. Also, do not take the artificial flowers! Only the fresh flowers are “home-takeable”.
THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE BLESSED MOTHER STATUE in St. Joseph Church burns this week in memory of the deceased members of the Clarke and Snyder families, at the request of Tom Clarke.


Give me the grace, Good Lord,
To set the world at naught. To set the mind firmly on You and not to hang upon the words of men's mouths.
To be content to be solitary. Not to long for worldly pleasures. Little by little utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of all its business.
Not to long to hear of earthly things, but that the hearing of worldly fancies may be displeasing to me.
Gladly to be thinking of God, piteously to call for His help. To lean into the comfort of God. Busily to labor to love Him.
To know my own vileness and wretchedness. To humble myself under the mighty hand of God. To bewail my sins and, for the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.
Gladly to bear my purgatory here. To be joyful in tribulations. To walk the narrow way that leads to life.
To have the last thing in remembrance. To have ever before my eyes my death that is ever at hand. To make death no stranger to me. To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of Hell. To pray for pardon before the judge comes.
To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me. For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.
To buy the time again that I have lost. To abstain from vain conversations. To shun foolish mirth and gladness. To cut off unnecessary recreations.
Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.
To think my worst enemies my best friends, for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred.
These minds are more to be desired of every man than all the treasures of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen, were it gathered and laid together all in one heap.

(St. Thomas More)

stjos/stvdp: 01.13.2013 - 05

There are still a few more seats left on the bus.
We would like to FILL THE BUS!
We are charging $35.00 per adult and $15.00 per child. But don’t let money be an obstacle to your taking part in the March. If you want to go but can’t afford it, just say so.
Call Susan at 570-385-5924.

stjos/stvdp: 01.13.2013 - 06


Dear Father Connolly:
Thank you for being so gracious to Gavin on Sunday when he presented the ciborium during the Offertory Procession. He talked about it all day. He told everyone about it, including other preschoolers at a birthday party in Schuylkill Haven. He also told them that Father Connolly said, "Thank you, Gavin."
He asked me what it was he gave you and I told him it was the ciborium that holds the hosts that become Jesus. I tried the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity under the appearance of Bread and Wine, but that was a little too much for a four year old. He then asked why he can't "get a host" at Communion time. I explained that he needs to be older. He responded as only a four year old can by asking, "Why? Are they too spicy?" I assured him that Holy Communion is not too spicy, but he needs to learn a little more and 3 years will go by quickly.
Shannon told him how happy it made her to see him taking up the gifts. He replied, "Thanks Mom. I hope it made Jesus happy too." We think it did.
Thad Madden

Gavin is the son of Thad and Shannon. He is a good boy (especially when he’s asleep) and is very kind to his little sister, Maggie. I’m glad he has heard the word “ciborium”. That is a word that should be in every Catholic’s vocabulary. So, I think I’ll use Thad’s letter (above) as an excuse for waxing eloquent on the word “ciborium”.
A ciborium is a container for the altar breads. We call them “altar breads” before they are consecrated. Of course, after the altar breads are consecrated, they are no longer “altar breads”. They are the Body of Christ “under the form of bread”.
At weekend Masses (and sometimes at other Masses), a ciborium is placed on a table in the aisle, together with cruets of wine and water. At the “Offertory procession”, two or more persons bring the ciborium and the cruets up to the priest.
The word “ciborium” comes from the Latin word “cibus”, which means “food”.
The plural of “ciborium” is “ciboria”.
There are variations in the design of ciboria. However, most ciboria, including the ones commonly in use in our two parishes in Girardville are shaped very much like chalices. (Everyone knows what a chalice is, I presume.) But a ciborium is not a chalice. One way of distinguishing between the two is that a ciborium has a lid, whereas a chalice does not.
Every parish church (at least in my experience) keeps one or two ciboria in the tabernacle. It is customary to drape a white veil over a ciborium when it contains the Body of Christ. You might notice this white veil when the priest goes to the tabernacle to remove the ciborium.


Today’s feast — the Baptism of the Lord — is the final celebration of Christmas.
So, we shall be taking down our Christmas decorations this week and putting them away until next year. We enter now into “Ordinary Time”.
Today (13 Jan) is actually “The First Sunday in Ordinary Time” but it is not designated as such because it is pre-empted by the Baptism of the Lord.
Next Sunday (20 Jan) will be “The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time”. Just in case you want to color-coordinate with the priest at Mass next weekend, please know that the vestments will be green.

stjos/stvdp: 01.13.2013 - 07

31-year-old now the only one of his
friends who hasn't gotten married, divorced

Describing himself as a complete anomaly within his peer group, local resident 31-year-old Drew Winberg confirmed Tuesday that he is the only one of his friends who has yet to get married and divorced. “Sometimes I feel like I’m never going to find that special person I can fall in love with, pledge my life to, grow apart from, and then break up with before engaging in a bitter and costly legal battle,” said Winberg, lamenting his perpetual role as the token single guy celebrating friends’ over-the-top weddings and then supporting them through their messy divorces. “It seems as though everyone I know is diving back into the dating scene with this new lease on life, and here I am the odd man out.” Winberg consoled himself with the thought that, if he married soon, he could still get divorced and find a new girlfriend in time to take her to his friends’ second weddings.

IF YOU JUST READ THAT (above), THEN PLEASE READ THIS (below), lest you be confused!

The “news item” printed above is NOT TRUE!! It is FICTION! It is the kind of fiction known as SATIRE! There is no person (as far as I know) named Drew Winberg — and, if there is anyone named Drew Winberg, he doesn’t live anywhere near Girardville.
I did not compose this myself. I took it from a satirical website known as THE ONION.
Well, if it’s not true, then why am I putting it in the parish bulletin?
Two reasons
#01 — I think it is humorous and humorous things are meant to be shared.

I laughed out loud when I read it, even though I was all by myself (except for Kateri). Kateri, of course, did not think it was funny. She is much more serious than I am. She said, “Prudent priests don’t put silly stuff like that into their parish bulletins.” I told her that I never made any claim to be prudent.
#02 — I think it is insightful and insightful things are meant to be shared.
What is the insight?
The insight is that people today — with some notable and glorious exceptions — are in a sorry state! You are probably aware of that. If you are not aware of that, then it is very likely that you are a recent arrival from a distant galaxy.
Many people today are living what has been called “the new normal”. What is “the new normal”?
It is the “old abnormal”.
One aspect of “the new normal” is to get married, while all the time subconsciously anticipating getting divorced — as though divorce were some sort of “rite of passage”.
Another aspect of “the new normal” is to just live together with your boyfriend / girlfriend and, after ten years of living together, to begin to refer to him / her as your “fiancé” / “fiancée”. Then, after twenty years, of living together with your fiancé / fiancée, to decide somewhat tentatively to get married but then to decide that it might be better to postpone the wedding until your eldest grandchildren are old enough to serve as ring bearer and flower girl at the wedding. But then, as the wedding day approaches, your fiancé has a heart attack and dies and you have to make up his obituary and you find yourself listed in the obituary as “fiancée” or “companion”. This is not good.

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