Saturday, 02 February
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARCO RITRO
by Pat and Marcia Canavan

Sunday, 03 February
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the LAOH

Monday, 4 February
by his wife, Ugenia

Wednesday, 06 February
St. Paul Miki and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — JUNE ANN ROWLAND (5th anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Friday, 08 February
St. Jerome Emiliani, priest; St. Josephine Bakhita, virgin (OptMems)
by Regina Dziak

Saturday, 09 February
08:00 am — MARIE BUEHLER
by Richard, John and Kathy
Vigil of Sunday
by Jean Birster Weist

Sunday, 10 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — WILLIAM E. DANDO
by Betty Moran


Saturday, 02 February
Vigil of Sunday
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

Tuesday, 05 February
St. Agatha, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: JAMES and JUDITH GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis and children

Thursday, 07 February
St. John Bosco, priest (OblMem)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 09 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Joseph Sweeney

Sunday, 10 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 02.03.2013 - 01

26 / 27 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,000.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $30.00 from the plate; $66.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Initial Offering envelopes; $25.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $200.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $48.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,389.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $151.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,389.00) 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 $248.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $722.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $47.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $52.00 from the loose.
Total: $826.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $180.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($826.00) 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 $35.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 06 February
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 07 February
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 08 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 06 February
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, 08 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

The Friday evening Exposition / Adoration on 08 February will be the final one until after Easter.
Starting 15 February, there will be Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings.

stjos/stvdp: 02.03.2013 - 02


by Bill O'Reilly

It is one of life's great mysteries that so many liberal people are so callous when it comes to aborting fetuses. I mean, the Democratic Convention last summer was almost a pro-abortion pep rally, as a variety of pro-choice speakers, including the self-proclaimed "Catholic woman" Caroline Kennedy, knelt at the altar of "reproductive rights."
Recently, another woman who calls herself a Catholic, Mary Elizabeth Williams, wrote a shocking article on the website Salon. Entitled "So What If Abortion Ends Life?" Ms. Williams starkly states: "I believe that life starts at conception. And it's never stopped me from being pro-choice."
In the body of the article Williams says this about her own pregnancies: "I never wavered for a moment in the belief that I was carrying a human life inside me. (But) here's the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That's a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about ... a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She's the boss. Her life and what is right for her ... should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always."
So now a developing fetus or viable baby ingesting in the womb is a "non-autonomous entity." Good grief!
The measure of a decent human being is how he or she treats the defenseless. The philosophy of Ms. Williams echoes past tyranny: "Might makes Right!" What gives Mary Elizabeth Williams the right to determine that her life is better than the baby she carries? Who appointed Ms. Williams the arbitrator of who lives and who dies? Always, Ms. Williams? Abortion is acceptable always?
We are not talking about life endangerment or catastrophic damage to the mother here. No. What Williams believes, and she's not alone, is that a woman can execute her fetus simply because "she's the boss."
You may remember the late term abortion doctor George Tiller. For $5,000, Tiller would drill a hole into the skull of a baby anytime up until birth. Tiller had an assistant in his Kansas clinic, Dr. Kirstin Neuhaus, whose assignment was to put on paper a reason for the late termination. Pretty much any reason would do - including "anxiety."
On May 31, 2009, Dr. Tiller was shot through the eye while attending a church service. His killer, Scott Roder, is serving life in prison. The murder made national headlines and in many press dispatches, Tiller was portrayed as a martyr. People like me, who had criticized Tiller before the vicious crime, were accused by far left loons of encouraging the assassination.
On June 22, 2012, Dr. Kristin Neuhaus was informed that Kansas authorities had revoked her medical license. A judge ruled that she did not properly perform medical examinations of eleven abortion patients. The prosecution said that Neuhaus was a "threat to any future patients she might have."
Not to mention the babies she helped Tiller abort.
There comes a time when a human being has to either face evil or admit to allowing it. Abortion is legal in the United States but it should not be celebrated or used as a political tool. Viable babies are human beings. If they could talk they would tell Mary Elizabeth Williams and other pro-choice zealots that their lives should not be marginalized by someone who thinks she's the boss. That's what the babies would say.
My comment: I notice that Bill O’Reilly, who has always called himself “pro-life” but, in my opinion, has not been very courageous on the issue, is starting to come around. His eyes are being opened to the reality. This is good news. I commend him on this.

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HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will meet in the StVdP Parish Hall on Thursday, 07 February, after the 06:30 pm Mass. New members are always welcome!

Sunday, 24 February
St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall
Doors open: 12:00 noon
Auction begins: 02:00 pm
Please remember to donate prizes for the auction.
Bring them to the Rectory.
Please purchase your “auction packet”, which is an assortment of tickets for various categories of prizes, plus your admission ticket.
The packet costs $15.00 and is available after Mass in the back of StVdP Church.
A REMARKABLE MOMENT in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States transpired this past week when Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles announced that his predecessor, Cardinal Mahony, “would no longer have any administrative or public duties” in the Archdiocese.
This had to do with credible allegations that Mahony had been less than zealous in dealing with priests who had been accused of molesting children. It is unheard of that a Cardinal should receive from a fellow bishop what is obviously a public rebuke.
This was followed up by another remarkable moment: Cardinal Mahony sent Archbishop Gomez a letter in which he defended himself against any allegations of inept or incompetent handling of the allegations. Moreover Mahony posted the letter on line.
Is all of this “good for the Church”?
Strange as it might seem, I think it is. One cannot make omelets without cracking eggs.
In the words of Rocco Palmo, a man who has his finger on the pulse: “This is going to get ugly!” I would add: “But the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away!” The time has come for the stewards to render an account of their stewardship.
Let the chips fall where they may. We have nothing to fear from the truth. The Lord is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are storn. We are living in interesting times! Lord, have mercy! Christ, have mercy! Lord, have mercy!

stjos/stvdp: 02.03.2013 - 04

RYAN SCOTT BOMBERGER was one of the speakers at the MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington DC on Friday, 25 January.
Before telling you about him, just a few words about our trip: As usual, our parishes sponsored a bus to take people to the March. We had Mass at 05:30 am at StVdP for a handful of people, then pulled out of Girardville at 06:30 am. On the way to DC, we stopped in St. Clair, Frackville, Pottsville and Pine Grove to pick up some more riders. As usual, we stopped at St. Mary Church / School in Rockville MD for coffee, hot chocolate, breakfast buns and “pit stop”.
Then, as usual, we walked from there to the Rockville METRO station and took the train to the Smithsonian station. From there, a short walk to the gathering point.
There was the usual collection of speakers — pro-life activists from around the country and an assortment of pro-life politicians, including Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ). The weather was quite invigorating!
One of the speakers — the one who left the deepest impression on me — was Ryan Scott Bomberger. He told his story. In a nutshell, the story is this: His conception came about as the result of a rape. His mother was a teenager when she was raped. Rather than abort the child, his mother made the courageous (and only morally acceptable) decision. She carried him to term. Soon after he was born, she gave him up for adoption. He was then raised by a loving couple. Scott is now 41 years old, a husband and a father.
Before starting out on the March (which follows the speechmaking), I went behind the speakers’ platform and shook hands with Scott, spoke with him briefly and met his wife, Bethany, and their four children.
Scott is not the first person I have ever met who told me that he was conceived in an act of rape. Others who have told me this have told me in confidential conversations. But Scott is the first person I have met who has “gone public” with this immensely delicate piece of information.
Here is a little coincidence for you: Just four days prior to meeting Scott — 21 January — I was in the Sheridan Room with our CCD children. Prior to their breaking up into their individual classes, Mr. Wascavage and I lead them in prayer and a hymn and then I “say a few words” about something in the area of religion. On 21 Jan, Mr. Wascavage suggested that I “say a few words” to them about the pro-life cause. I proceeded to do so, but wanted to keep it rather general because of the ages of the children (grades one to six). I told them that we must always remember that “the baby inside his or her Mom” is a real human person and it is always wrong to kill him or her and that God’s people fight against abortion. One of the older children asked me (gulp!) about a baby inside a girl who was “forced”. I didn’t want to answer this question in front of the younger children, so I simply said words to this effect: “Well, any man who does something like that should be locked up and we should throw away the key but we must not do any harm to the baby. The baby is innocent. The baby belongs to God.”
How coincidental that, four days later, I should happen to shake hands with a man who had spent the first nine months of his life residing inside “a girl who had been forced”.
We must not be intimidated in our pro-life advocacy. We must not capitulate when pro-abortion advocates raise “the hard questions”.

stjos/stvdp: 02.03.2013 - 05

: This was intended as a Letter to the Editor. I sent it on 28 Jan but it hasn’t been printed in the newspaper yet, and I presume it won’t be. So, I’m printing it here. I think the clarification is important.
To the Editor:
“Pottsville” called Thunder / Enlightning (27 Jan) to comment on the importance of being kind to animals. He invoked St. Francis of Assisi in order to bolster his assertion.
I presume that the caller quoted the Saint correctly, but that the person who transcribed the quote made a significant error.
This is how it appeared in print: “If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal like wives with their fellow men.”
There is some dark humor in that, but it might have left some readers thinking that the Saint was a misogynist!
Please note that the word “wives” is incorrect.
It should be “wolves”.
Rev. Edward B. Connolly

Lent is right around the corner!
Next Sunday (10 Feb), we’ll still be in green.
But the following Sunday (17 Feb) we’ll be in purple!
Lent begins, as always, with Ash Wednesday,
Ash Wednesday is on 13 Feb this year.
Lent — and, consequently, Easter — are relatively early this year (2013).
The earliest possible date for Ash Wednesday is 04 February.
The earliest possible date for Easter Sunday is 22 March.
The latest possible date for Ash Wednesday is 10 March.
The latest possible date for Easter Sunday is 25 April.
Why do we call this season of the year “Lent”?
It comes from the Old English word for Spring, viz. LENCTEN.
“Lencten” means “lengthen”.
It is at this time of year that we notice that the days (periods of daylight) are starting to lengthen. (Ah,so!)
They keep on lengthening until we get to the Summer Solstice, which is either 21 or 22 June. Then the days start to shorten once again.
As in the past, we shall be scheduling
each Friday evening and Sunday evening.
Please make every effort to participate in Stations of the Cross each week.
Nobody on his deathbed ever regretted having spent too much time making the Stations of the Cross

stjos/stvdp: 02.03.2013 - 06

In last weekend’s bulletin, we mentioned that we had a quantity of size #312 hearing-aid batteries to give away. Please know that we have given these away. We have no more.
HOWEVER, we now have a quantity of size #13 hearing-aid batteries to give away.
So, if you can use them or if you know anyone who can, please give us a call or stop by the Rectory and ask for them.
No charge! They’re FREE! “Free” is always nice.
By the way, by “no charge”, we are referring to the price, not to the condition of the batteries. As far as we know, the batteries are fully charged!


Frankly, I don’t have any particular bond with either the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens.
“If it ain’t the Iggles, it ain’t nobody I care about!” is pretty much my philosophy when it comes to pro football.
However, I still need to choose sides for Super Bowl 2013.
Games are much more interesting when one has chosen sides.
I’ve been to Baltimore many times and Baltimore has the advantage of being a suburb of my home town, Philadelphia. So, maybe I’ll root for Baltimore because of proximity. In addition to which, Baltimore is the primatial See of the Catholic Church in the USA and it is the home of the Baltimore Catechism. And, of course, Maryland Crabs! Love those Maryland crabs! So, maybe I’ll root for the Ravens.
On the other hand, San Francisco is named after St. Francis of Assisi — that’s a major consideration — and is probably the most beautiful city in the USA. I’ve been there a couple of times, enjoyed the sights and loved the food. On the other hand, San Fran is where Nancy Pelosi lives. So, that’s a strong negative. Of course, come to think of it, Nancy was born and raised in Baltimore. So, the two cities kind of balance out, Pelosi-wise.
Let me see. Brothers Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh are both Catholics. Not only that, but they’re both strong, practicing Catholics. God bless them both! If only one of the coaches were a practicing Catholic, that would be enough to settle the matter for me. I make no bones about it. All things else being equal, I root for the Catholics! Call it tribal loyalty! Now we get down to the nitty and the gritty:
From what I have been told, Jim Harbaugh, despite being a good Catholic, has a propensity to use foul language, especially in the heat of battle. Foul language on the part of the coach is always a turn-off for me when I’m choosing a team to support. In contrast, his brother, John, does not use foul language, although it is reported that he sometimes says, “Darn it all” when one of his guys drops a pass in the end zone.
Okay! Putting it all together: Suburb of Philadelphia, Primatial See, Home of the Catechism that got me started in theology, Maryland crabs (and crab soup), practicing Catholic coach who hardly ever uses foul language ……. That settles it for me!

Oh yes, I almost forgot! Baltimore Harbor, birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner!
Yes! Definitely! GO RAVENS!

stjos/stvdp: 02.03.2013 - 07

Prayers to Saint Blase
O glorious Saint Blase
, who by thy martyrdom didst leave to the Church a precious witness to the faith, obtain for us the grace to preserve within ourselves this divine gift, and to defend, without human respect, both by word and example, the truth of that same faith, which is so wickedly attacked and slandered in these our times. Thou who didst miraculously restore a little child when it was at the point of death by reason of an affliction of the throat, grant us thy mighty protection in like misfortunes; and, above all, obtain for us the grace of Christian mortification together with a faithful observance of the precepts of the Church, which may keep us from offending Almighty God. Amen.
Dear bishop and lover of souls, you willingly bore heavy crosses in faithful imitation of Jesus. Similarly, with Christ-like compassion you cured many sufferers. Than after undergoing horrible torture, you died as a martyr for Christ. Obtain a cure for these {describe the afflictions} ills if this is agreeable to God. Amen.
On the Catholic liturgical calendar, the third day of February, is the Memorial of Saint Blase, bishop and martyr.However, the Memorial is not observed this year (2013) because it falls on a Sunday. The celebration of the Lord’s Day trumps the celebrations of all Memorials of Saints.
Nevertheless, the Pastoral Note in the Ordo (the book that guides priests in matters of liturgy) recommends that the traditional Blessing of Throats in honor of Saint Blase be offered today.
Therefore, after each of the Masses this weekend, the priest will offer this blessing to all in the congregation. One need not be a Catholic to receive this blessing.
The priest will place two blessed candles on each side of the throat of the person receiving the blessing and says the following prayer:


stjos/stvdp: 02.03.2013 - 08


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