MASS SCHEDULE: 17 - 24 FEBRUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 16 February
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — DON BEILMAN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Sunday, 17 February
1st Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — Health and God’s blessings: JAMES J. GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis and family

Monday, 18 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MITRO KEETSOCK
by Camillo R. Fernandes

Wednesday, 20 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MARIE BUEHLER
rescheduled from 09 Feb

Friday, 22 February
The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: Sister MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Saturday, 23 February
St. Polycarp, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — SOPHIE HARDING
by OPM
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — BOB McCLARIN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Sunday, 24 February
2nd Sunday of Lent
10:00 am — DOLORES SHANOSKIE
by OPM
11:30 am — FRANCIS P. O’REILLY
(72nd anniversary of birth)
by his brother-in-law, Edward

 MASS SCHEDULE: 17 - 24 FEBRUARY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 16 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ADOLPH and MARY PETROUSKY
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 17 February
1st Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — FRANK and FRANCES POPECK
by their family

Tuesday, 19 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — LEONA [“Eleanor”] RODA KORN
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto

Thursday, 21 February
St. Peter Damian, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — Health and God’s blessings: MICHAEL KOLBE GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 23 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — FILBERT B. BUDRAITIS
by Michael and Mary Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 24 February
2nd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — Deceased: LIPPAY FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
09 / 10 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $932.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $37.00 from the plate; $76.00 from the Dues envelopes; $142.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $215.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $50.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $54.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,506.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $5.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,506.00) 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 $365.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $782.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $29.00 from the plate; $17.00 from the Dues envelopes; $201.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $46.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $92.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,167.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $50.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,167.00) 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 $376.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 20 February
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 21 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 22 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 20 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

DO NOT RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION if you are currently involved in a sexual relationship with someone to whom you are not validly married.
DO NOT RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION
if you used to be involved in a sexual relationship with some to whom you were not validly married unless you have confessed this in the Sacrament of Penance.

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EVERY FEW WEEKS, WE CHANGE THE WORDS ON THE SIGNBOARD ON THE CORNER OF MAIN AND RICHARD STREETS.
So I changed it recently. (Actually, I had Ian change it.) It was time to exit “Christmas mode” and get into “Lenten mode”.
It’s not possible to put too many words on the signboard. Whatever goes up there has to be relatively short and to the point. I was trying to think of something that would be both “Lent appropriate” and “short and to the point”.
All of a sudden there came into my head a maxim I had learned in high school in Latin class.
It has come to my head at various times in my life and I thought, “Yeah! That’s what I’ll tell Ian to put up on the signboard!”
It’s four short words. Actually, it’s three words, the first and the last being repeats.
What does it mean? It means: HE CONQUERS WHO HIMSELF CONQUERS. That’s a literal, word-for-word translation. You can re-work it a little bit and translate it this way: HE IS THE REAL CONQUEROR WHO CONQUERS HIMSELF. (In case you want to change “HE” and “HIMSELF” to “SHE” and “HERSELF”, go right ahead! The Latin remains the same.)
To tell you the truth, I can’t think of anything more relevant to my life or to your life or to the lives of 99.9% of the people I know.
                                                    SELF MASTERY IS THE KEY!
If a man is not the master of himself, he will be the slave of himself!
I think what Lent is really all about is the attainment of and the reassertion of mastery over oneself.
I realize that that might sound just a bit too secular for some tastes, but please understand that we can’t say everything in one short sentence.
I realize that our mastery of self is meant to be prelude to surrender of self to God.
But the point is that we won’t be able to surrender ourselves to God unless we first acquire mastery over ourselves!
Here is a question:
Would it have been better to put these words up on the signboard in English, rather than in Latin? After all, how many persons passing by will have a clue as to what the words mean?
I decided that Latin would be more effective.
If they were in English, they would not attract attention. Being in Latin, they will attract attention. People will want to know what they mean. (At least some people will want to know what they mean!) If so, they might ask you. Then you can explain!

VINCIT = (He) CONQUERS                                     QUI = WHO
SE = HIMSELF                                                         VINCIT = CONQUERS

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THE ABDICATION OF POPE BENEDICT XVI:
A FEW THOUGHTS,
NOT PARTICULARLY MEMORABLE,
ABOUT AN EVENT
MOST DEFINITELY MEMORABLE

I went down to Philadelphia on Sunday, 10 February, in order to baptize my great-grandniece — a sweet little girl named Fiona — in St. William Church, my home parish.
After the baptism, some lunch and a social gathering at the home of the parents.
Then to the home of my elder sister and her husband for an overnight stay, with the pleasant prospect of a late-morning brunch in the company of all three of my sisters, plus a few other noteworthy relatives.
Monday morning, 11 February, I am sound asleep. My sister comes into the bedroom to wake me up with the news about the Pope. I am coming out of a deep sleep (and the battery in one of my hearing aids has expired!), so I am not in tip-top mode for accurate reception of whatever it is my sister wants to tell me.
I think my sister is telling me that the Pope has died! I say something like, “The Pope is dead? Oh my, oh my, oh my!” Then I say something like, “Gee, this is a surprise. Of course he’s 85 years old!” Then I go into “Eternal rest grant unto Pope Benedict, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him……” At this point, my sister clarifies, “Edward! The Pope didn’t die! He resigned! I just saw it on TV!”
“Resigned?” I said. “The Pope resigned?” I try to wrap my head around that for a few seconds. “That’s crazy!” I complain to no one in particular. “Popes don’t resign!” My sister reassures me that that’s what Benedict has just done.
Well, so much for sleep or catching a few extra zees!
Oh, yes! Here is as good a place as any for making the correction. The Pope did not resign! The Pope abdicated! That’s an important distinction. When you resign, you resign to someone who is higher than you are.
So, deacons and priests resign to their bishops and bishops resign to the Pope. But there is no one higher than the Pope (other than God, of course) to whom the Pope can offer his resignation. So, a Pope cannot resign!
A Pope, like a King, is a monarch.
Monarchs don’t resign. Monarchs abdicate.
So, that’s what Benedict did! He abdicated — effective 28 February at 08:00 pm, CET, which will be 02:00 pm, EDT.
So, what to say?
Here is what I have to say: I AM NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT!
I am fully aware that no one is trembling because the pastor of Girardville is not happy about it! Nevertheless, the question: Why am I not happy about it?

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Here is why: I am afraid that it will establish a precedent. I am afraid that there will henceforth be some sort of implicit understanding between Popes and the Cardinals who elect them that the office of Bishop of Rome is meant to be vacated once the incumbent has incurred a lingering malady or suffered any sort of significant medical issue or has slowed down due to the natural processes of aging.
There should not be any pressure on a Pope. He should know that, as far as the members of the Church are concerned, he is “Papa for life”. If he is not up to doing some particular aspect of “the job”, that’s okay with me. That particular aspect of “the job” just won’t get done! Not now and maybe never! Perhaps it’s an aspect of the job that God doesn’t want done at that time or by that person!
I recall that God once wanted a Temple to be built, but didn’t want David to build it. He was willing to wait for Solomon to do the job.
Here is an analogy that occurs to me: A Pope is like a sanctuary lamp.
The sanctuary lamp needs to be replaced — approximately every two weeks. The sanctuary lamp, because it contains beeswax, is more expensive than the run-of-the-mill devotional lights. So, I try to get our money’s worth out of it. When I am in church late at night, I might notice that the wax is getting low and I am uncertain as to whether the flame will last throughout the night or not. So, the question is: Should I or should I not replace it now? If I replace it now, before the old one is totally used up, I shall be wasting a few hours of burn time, but the light in front of the tabernacle will be uninterrupted. On the other hand, if I don’t replace it immediately but wait until tomorrow, there will probably be a short space of time during which there will be no light burning in front of the tabernacle, but we will have gotten full use of the old candle.
What do I do?
I let the old candle burn out completely!
This means that we might have “sede vacante” — we’ll call it “lumine vacante” — in front of the tabernacle for a few hours of the night from time to time.
But that’s no great tragedy!
The job of a sanctuary candle is to be consumed completely in the presence of the Lord, never abandoning or abdicating its post.
The job of a Pope is much the same.
That, at least, is how I see it.
Our Holy Father Benedict sees it differently.
He is German and is extraordinarily practical.
His predecessor was Polish and more inclined, perhaps, to the mystic point of view, which is probably why JP2 didn’t abdicate. That’s just speculation on my part.
I am grateful beyond words to Joseph Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI for all the good he has done for the Church. I love him and hold him in high respect. I am sorry to see him go.
May the Lord bring it about that the next Pope will be a holy man!

LONG LIVE THE POPE!

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PERHAPS YOU REMEMBER SISTER PATRICIA ANN?
She was a teacher at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School.
Because of some health problems, Sister is now in a nursing home.
Here is contact information:

Sister Patricia Ann Berger, IHM
Room 264
Camilla Hall Nursing Home
1145 W. King Road
Immaculata PA 19345-9903

Sister’s cellphone number: (570) 847-4566

A FRIEND OF MINE TOLD ME THIS ONE:
She was baby-sitting her grandchildren this past week and made dinner for them. She told the children that, before they eat, they need to say grace, i.e. thank God for the food. Bryan said, “But, Nanny, you made the food!”
I think Bryan needs to enroll in a Philosophy class, where he can be instructed on the difference kinds of causes. There are various and sundry “intermediate causes” but one and only one “First Cause”. Grandmom is one of many “intermediate causes” whereby dinner arrived on the table, but God is the one and only “First Cause” of every breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, supper, snack that any of us has ever consumed at any time in his or her life! That includes (but is by no means limited to) every hot dog, hamburger, chicken nugget, hot wing, pizza, chocolate bar that has ever slid down our gullets!
THANK YOU!
There is a gentleman who lives in Missouri.
He was an altar boy in a parish in Allentown when Fr. Connolly was stationed there (1967 to 1970).
This past week, he sent two checks for seven hundred fifty dollars each ($750.00) to our two parishes. He chose the figure “750” in honor of the pastor having marked his 75th BD last month.
What can I say?
On behalf of our two parishes: THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

 NEXT SUNDAY
24 FEBRUARY
ENGLISH MASS AT 10:00 AM IN SAINT JOSEPH CHAPEL
TRIDENTINE MASS AT 11:30 AM IN SAINT JOSEPH CHAPEL

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 HELP!!!
01:00 pm
Sunday, 17 February

Members of the Holy Name Society and of the Holy Rosary Society — and others — are asked to help set up the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall for the Chinese Auction.
In addition, would everyone please make final returns and bring prizes for the auction?

REMEMBER!
The Great StVdP Parish Chinese Auction
Sunday, 24 February
12:00 noon – Opening Time
02:00 pm — Auction

 STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Sunday, 17 Feb

07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 22 Feb
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 24 Feb
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

 “Breakfast at Trinity”
Trinity Academy, Shenandoah
Sunday, 24 February
08:00 am until sell-out

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Bulldog Catholicism
(© 2005 New Oxford Review Inc.)
Have you ever wondered why there’s no bark and no bite in much of Catholicism these days? Is it because there are so many touchie-feelie types in the priesthood? You know, “Let’s all hold hands now and sing ‘All Shall Be Well,’ and then let’s give one another a big hug.” It’s like being back at some goofball summer camp. And we get campfire sermonettes with all the substance and nutrition of a marshmallow.
Where’s the beef? We rarely, if ever, hear anything about the Church’s teachings on abortion, contraception, euthanasia, homosexuality, premarital sex, pornography, consumerism, the indissolubility of marriage, Purgatory, or Hell.
But we do hear about the Church’s “controversial” teachings from the newspapers and the evening news, which of course put the worst spin on them and never give the rationale for them. Rarely will a priest or religious instructor explain why the Church teaches as she does, much less with conviction and passion. How pathetic!
We sit around hearing from fey priests about tolerance and diversity, and how all religions are equally true — but since the various religions teach radically different things, that’s patent nonsense. Hey, it’s time to get rid of those pablum pushers and replace them with real men.
Are you ready for a Catholicism with backbone?
We’ve got it at the NEW OXFORD REVIEW. A robustly orthodox Catholic monthly magazine, we don’t shy away from the “hard” teachings of Christ and His Bride, the Church. We know why we’re Catholic, and we’re not ashamed to tell the world about it.
Our degenerate culture has seduced much of the Church. And many of our Catholic leaders play lovey-dovey with the culture, the Culture of Death. Case in point: Most of our bishops are deathly afraid to bar pro-abortion Catholic politicians from Holy Communion. This is not a matter of politics; it’s a matter of saving souls, souls who may well eat and drink unto their own damnation (1 Cor. 11:29). Is it that many of our bishops would rather be popular than save souls?
In the clerical sex scandals, over 80% of the predations involved boys. Homosexuals must be eliminated from the seminary, priesthood, and episcopate. You don’t put men with same-sex attractions in an all-male environment.
Pope Felix III said, “Not to oppose error is to approve of it.” Silence is not golden; it’s yellow. We’re “cheeky” (says Newsweek), we’re “aggressive” (says the Hawaii Catholic Herald), and we’re “Catholicism’s intellectual prizefighter” (says Karl Keating).
Among those who’ve written for us are Walker Percy, Alice von Hildebrand, Tom Bethell, Piers Paul Read, Thomas Storck, and Michael S. Rose (whose book Goodbye, Good Men exposed the homosexual rot in many of our seminaries).
If you want a militant Catholicism — as in “the Church Militant” — do subscribe. But don’t subscribe if you’re a bozo or a sissy, for we hereby forewarn you: Doing so will give you a hissy fit. No French Poodles here!

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