MASS SCHEDULE: 27 JANUARY - 03 FEBRUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 26 January
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — PHILIP D. McCARTHY
by Richard and Mary Elizabeth Pastula

Sunday, 27 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — MARTHA VIDZICKI
by OPM
11:30 am — MAXIM F. SORIA
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Monday, 28 January
St. Thomas Aquinas, priest, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Wednesday, 30 January
Weekday
08:00 am — MARY GENOVESE KUTCH
by Jean Albo Lang

Friday, 01 February
Weekday
08:00 am — MARGARET REILLY
rescheduled from 14 Jan

Saturday, 02 February
The Presentation of the Lord (Fst)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARCO RITRO
by Pat and Marcia Canavan

Sunday, 03 February
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — IN HONOR OF ST. BRIGID
by the LAOH

 MASS SCHEDULE: 27 JANUARY - 03 FEBRUARY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 26 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by the Gillis family

Sunday, 27 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — God’s blessings on EBC
by friends

Tuesday, 29 January
Weekday
08:00 am — JANNA DELAMARTER
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 31 January
St. John Bosco, priest (OblMem)
07:00 pm — ELIZABETH CUTHIE MEDLINSKY
by Vincent and Cheryl Cuthie

Saturday, 02 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 03 February
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS (85th anniversary of birth)
by his family

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
19 / 20 JANUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,286.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $39.00 from the plate; $45.00 from the Dues envelopes; $2.00 from the Initial Offering envelopes; $75.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $72.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,519.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,519.00) 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 $378.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $986.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $117.00 from the plate; $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Initial Offering envelopes; $40.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $68.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,241.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,241.00) 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 $450.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 31 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 01 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 30 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, 01 February
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy
followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

FOOD FOR THE POOR IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED!

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 THE SIGNS
OF
PREDESTINATION:

WILL YOU BE SPENDING ETERNITY
IN HEAVEN
OR
(GULP!)
IN SOME OTHER VENUE?

(Keep in mind, of course, that the only other venue is Hell.)

ARE YOU A MEMBER OF
“THE ELECT”?

Read pages four, five and six of this bulletin in order to find out!
If you don’t read them and you wind up going to (gulp!) Hell, don’t go complaining that your pastor never taught you anything about salvation and that God is unfair!

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The question about whether or not you will go to Heaven is a rather fundamental question, is it not?
It is one of those questions that comes into my own head every once in a while, sometimes in the middle of the night! On those infrequent occasions when it does, I resolve the matter rather quickly by saying, “Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner” and then I go back to sleep!
Now, if you are a member of a Protestant denomination that teaches “eternal security”, you probably have a ready answer to the question about where you will be spending Eternity.
You will probably answer: “I know without the slightest shadow of a doubt that I am going to go to Heaven!”
And you will probably say, not without a certain air of Gnostic superiority, that Catholics are terribly unfortunate because they don’t know without the slightest shadow of a doubt that they are going to go to Heaven. Not only that but, you will probably say, “And for that very reason, you Catholics are going to go to Hell because you don’t really trust in Jesus!”
And you will probably urge your Catholic friend or relative to leave the Catholic Church and to accept Christ as his / her “personal Savior” and to join your “Bible Believing Church” and to do so before the bell tolls, so that he / she can: (a) be confident of going to Heaven and (b) actually go to Heaven.
To all of which, we Catholics say: “Good grief, dear friend! You are sadly and disastrously mistaken. You cannot — short of a direct, personal divine revelation — know with absolute certainty that you are going to go to Heaven. You have embraced the heresy of ‘eternal security’. We suggest that you embrace Catholic humility and, if we may be so bold, we suggest that you read the rest of this bulletin article.”

It was the Council of Trent (1545-63) that declared in opposition to the Lutheran and Calvinist heresiarchs that we cannot have on Earth certitude of our predestination without a special divine revelation. Aside from this special revelation no man can know if he will persevere in good works to the end.
Now, let’s pause for a moment in order to digest that last sentence. We Catholics say that we have absolute certainty that God desires that we go to Heaven and we have absolute certainty that God (in Jesus) has provided us (and you) with the means whereby we can go to Heaven. So, if you want to know whether we Catholics have absolute certainty about salvation, the answer is, “Yes! But only insofar as God desires it and provides it!”
Well, then, where do we differ?

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We differ precisely in this: You (our dear heretical friends) extend this absolute certainty to the question of whether or not each individual Christian will do good works and persevere in good works.
We respectfully point out to you that this is where you are in error. You think that “good works” and “perseverance in good works” are irrelevant to salvation and that they even work against salvation.
And we Catholics say, “Dear friend, you could not possibly be more mistaken. In arriving at that erroneous conclusion, you have twisted and misunderstood the words of Scripture. You are guilty of selective reading of the Bible. You decided on your doctrine before you even picked up the Bible and then you went to the Bible to find a verse here and a verse there that might seem to justify your doctrine. You should convert to the Catholic Church, which is the pillar and foundation of the Truth. Good works and perseverance in good works are essential for salvation!”
Now, let me pose this question: Do we Catholics (my own self for example) have any kind of certainty about our salvation? Are there any “clues” available to us whereby we might have some assurance that we are going to go to Heaven?
The answer (praise the Lord!) is: YES!
We call these clues, “the signs of predestination”. These are clues that give us a kind of moral certitude that we will, as a matter of fact, be happy with God forever in the life to come.
Now, please don’t confuse this with the certitude we have about God’s desire for our salvation and about His providing us with the means to our salvation in the crucified and risen Lord Jesus. That’s a done deal! We are talking here about certitude about our cooperation with God.
With that in mind, please acquaint yourselves with the classic eight signs of predestination. Here they are!

EIGHT SIGNS OF PREDESTINATION
#01 — a morally good life
#02 — the testimony of a good conscience
#03 — patience in adversities, for the love of God
#04 — relish for the light and the Word of God
#05 — mercy toward those who suffer
#06 — love for one’s enemies
#07 — humility
#08 — special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

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For those who might look for signs that extend even beyond these “basic signs”, theologians add an additional four.

FOUR OTHER SIGNS OF PREDESTINATION
#01 — a great intimacy with God in prayer
#02 — perfect mortification of the passions
#03 — the ardent desire to suffer much for the glory of Jesus Christ
#04 — an indefatigable zeal for souls

In regard to the four listed above, I offer as my opinion that, if all twelve signs were to be verified in the life of a person, he or she would qualify for what is known as “heroic virtue” and would probably be a candidate for canonization. (Please note that what I just said in the preceding sentence is my opinion and has no value above and beyond being my opinion.)
Other things in this bulletin article I offer as “teachings of the Church”.

Here is one final clue or sign as to whether a person is predestined to go to Heaven. This particular clue or sign is available to any sincere practicing Catholic, even the most ordinary and non-heroic. I take great consolation in it because I count myself as quite ordinary and non-heroic.
It is the common teaching of the Church that Jesus has made an absolute promise in regard to salvation.

ONE ADDITIONAL SIGN OF PREDESTINATION
“In the excess of the mercy of My Heart, I promise you that My all powerful Love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and My Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.”

Bottom line: It is my heartfelt desire for myself and for every member of the Girardville parishes that multiple signs of predestination to eternal glory be evident in our lives. I urge everyone, especially the “least devout” among us to see to it that he or she GO TO CONFESSION and “MAKE THE NINE FIRST FRIDAYS”. Remember that these must be WORTHY reception of Communion. Never, never, never receive Holy Communion in a state of Mortal Sin!

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NOW HEAR THIS! NOW HEAR THIS!
Do you wear hearing aids? Are they the kind that take #312 batteries (the ones with the orange tabs)? If not, do you know anyone who does?
If so, we have a quantity to give away. FREE! Ask Ginny or Fr. Connolly.
NO CCD TOMORROW: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we need to cancel CCD for 28 January. Next CCD classes will meet on 04 February!
EXCERPTS FROM THE SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and a few (very few) comments on same:
President Obama: “What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:
‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’”
My comment: So, Mr. President, are you saying that you support the unalienable right to life of all human beings created by God? If so, that’s wonderful news! What prompted this sudden change in policy?
President Obama: “No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future,…”
My comment: We won’t need too many more teachers. Whom will they teach? Aborted kids don’t ever go to school.
President Obama: “Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority……”
My comment: You may be certain that I have not relinquished it!
President Obama: “Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable,…….”
My comment: The child in the womb is most extraordinarily vulnerable!
President Obama: “We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.”
My comment: Because of your zeal for abortion, millions and millions of little girls have had no chance whatsoever. They have never been given the chance to be free nor to be equal. They have been put out into the trash.
President Obama: “We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.”
My comment: The longer you stay in office, the less posterity we shall have.
President Obama: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
My comment: Acts of sodomy are not equal to marital intercourse. New human persons come into existence via marital intercourse. No human person ever came into existence via sodomy. This is not rocket science, Mr. President!
President Obama: “Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.”
My comment: Cared for, cherished, safe from harm? Mr. President, you have got to be joking! Tell me you’re joking!
President Obama: “Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.”
My comment: God blesses the nation that honors Him. The nation that kills its babies is an abomination to God.

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 THE
GREAT
CHINESE AUCTION
sponsored by the Holy Rosary Society
of St. Vincent dePaul Parish,
will be held on
Sunday, 24 February
in the StVdP Parish Hall.
Doors open at 12:00 noon and auction begins at 02:00 pm.
Now comes a special request.
As in the past, we respectfully request that all parishioners purchase an “auction package” for $15.00.
This package consists of one admission ticket ($2.00)
plus three 50/50 tickets ($3.00)
plus three money and lottery-tree chances ($3.00)
plus two choo-choo chances ($2.00)
plus two TV chances ($2.00)
plus a donation ($3.00).

Now, would you all do that, please?
It would be much appreciated.
In addition, please donate some small prizes.
If everyone in the parish would donate three small prizes,
that would be peachy!
And if everyone in the parish would buy the $15.00 package,
plus donate three small prizes,
plus attend the GREAT CHINESE AUCTION,
that would be peachy to the max!

While on the subject of Chinese auction, did you hear about the two Chinese gentlemen who went out for a night on the town and, in doing so, got soused? People said that they really knew how to taiwan on!

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