MASS SCHEDULE: 24 FEBRUARY - 03 March
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 23 February
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

Monday, 25 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — SOPHIE HARDING
by OPM

Wednesday, 27 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — JUNE ANN ROWLAND
(77th anniversary of birth)
by her sister, Eileen

Friday, 01 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings:
JIM and LYNN (Gontis) SVONAVEC
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 02 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — WILLIAM CANAVAN
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 03 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — JOSEPH MAX RIZZARDI
by the Rizzardi family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 24 FEBRUARY - 03 March
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 26 February
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — DOLORES SHANOSKIE
by OPM

Thursday, 28 February
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Charles Barry

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

Sunday, 03 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
by husband, Butch, and daughter, Mary Jane

stjos/stvdp: 02.24.2013 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
16 / 17 FEBRUARY
Includes Ash Wednesday: 13 Feb


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,882.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the plate; $283.00 from the Dues envelopes; $91.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $145.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $133.00 from the Ash Wednesday envelopes; $102.50 from the loose.
Total: $2,682.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $85.00 from the Black and Indian Missions envelopes;
$177.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,682.50) 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 $1,542.25 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,454.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $39.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $60.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $158.00 from the Ash Wednesday envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,781.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $90.00 from the Black and Indian Missions envelopes;
$132.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,781.00) 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 $990.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 28 February
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 28 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 01 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thursday, 28 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

PLEASE NOTE THAT we have purposely changed Exposition from Wednesday to Thursday this week in order for it to coincide with the transition from Pope Benedict to “Sede Vacante”. The Chair of Peter will become vacant at precisely 02:00 pm (EDT) on Thursday, 28 February. We will ask the Lord Jesus to keep His hand on the wheel!

stjos/stvdp: 02.24.2013 - 02


STATIONS OF THE CROSS THIS WEEK
with Exposition / Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Sunday, 24 February
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
*********
Friday, 01 March
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church
*********
Sunday, 03 March
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Perhaps you have thought to yourself: “Oh, if only I had been living in Jerusalem or anywhere in the vicinity of Jerusalem on that first Good Friday, I would certainly have made every effort in the world to go out to see what was happening with Jesus of Nazareth and I would certainly have done whatever I could possibly do in order to help Him. I would have brought Him a cup of water. I would have seen if I could possibly help Him carry that heavy cross. I would have risked getting pushed around or cursed at or even gotten an elbow thrown in my face by one of the soldiers who were guarding Him. If I had been there when He was hanging on the cross, I would have told Him I loved Him. I would have tried to wipe some of the Blood out of His eyes or taken a broom or something to chase the flies and gnats and mosquitoes from tormenting Him. I would have hugged His Mother and done my best to console her. I might even have fallen on the ground in front of the cross and said, ‘Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’”

Ah, my friend! These are sweet and noble sentiments and they are, indeed, a credit to the pious Catholic parents who raised you.
May I suggest to you that it is still possible for you to do these things?
“How is that possible?” you ask.
You might commit yourself to attending the Stations of the Cross during Lent.
The Sorrowful Mother will be comforted at the sight of you, as will her Divine Son.

stjos/stvdp:02.24.2013 - 03


Background: The following appeared in the Dear Abby column printed in the Pottsville Republican on 18 February 2013:

DEAR ABBY:
Our two children (ages 4 and 1 year) have hyphenated last names. It works well and the names sound elegant together.
My husband and I have made this known in the family and have discussed it when asked about it by various family members. However, over the last four years our choice has been ignored by two relatives from separate sides of our family. They persist in using only my husband's last name for correspondence and gifts. He has suggested returning the mail as "addressee unknown," which I think might come across as rude.
Is there any way of having our children addressed correctly by relatives who seem to want to ignore their real names?
NEW YORK MOMMY

DEAR MOMMY:
Before doing it your husband's way, try this: Have another chat with the non-compliant relatives, who may come from a different generation. Explain that you gave your children hyphenated last names for a reason -- that you want to be equally represented -- and the omission of "your" name hurts your feelings. If that doesn't work, then go back to plan A because you don't want your children to be confused.
ABBY

My comment
Once upon a time, there was an exceedingly bright man named Immanuel Kant. He was a German philosopher. German philosophers spend a fair amount of time thinking deep German thoughts. Then they write them down in German, which is awesome!
One of Immanuel’s best known deep thoughts was this:________________________________
“Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law without contradiction.”
That’s kind of hard to understand at first bounce, so let me try to put it in simpler words:
“It is ethically and morally okay to do something as long as what you do is something that other people who are in more or less the same circumstances as you are could do without creating any major problems for anyone.”
Here is an even simpler way of expressing the same thought:
“It’s okay for you to do something as long as you agree that it would be okay for everybody to do it.”
This deep thought that Immanuel Kant came up with is called, “THE CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE”. It is a useful philosophical principle, although it is not sufficient for all of life’s ethical or moral questions.
I think it is useful for answering the question as to whether or not one’s children should have hyphenated names, i.e. (name of father) (hyphen) (name of mother) — or vice versa — OR should have the name of only one parent, presumably the father.
The following is for sake of illustration:
My father’s name was Francis Connolly. My mother’s name, prior to marrying my father, was Pauline Fritz.
My paternal grandmother’s name, prior to marrying my grandfather, was Annie Keating and my maternal grandmother’s name, prior to marrying my grandfather, was Mariann Fuetterer.
So, if both my paternal grandparents and my maternal grandparents had started the custom of giving their children hyphenated surnames, my father would have been Francis Connolly-Keating and my mother would have been Pauline Fritz-Fuetterer.
And then, when my father and mother got married, my mother would have been known as Pauline Fritz-Fuetterer / Connolly Keating.
That means that my name, instead of being Edward Connolly, would have been Edward Connolly-Fritz / Keating-Fuetterer. Four surnames, all held together with a combination of hyphens and slashes! That would have been somewhat unwieldy, but I guess I could have managed it, inasmuch as I got ordained a priest and, so, never got married nor had any children.
But what if I had gotten married and had had children?
Or, instead of being hypothetical, let’s be actual: What about my two married sisters? They would have had to combine their four surnames with the four surnames of their husbands, which means they would have wound up with eight surnames, held together with hyphens and slashes, and their children would have wound up with sixteen surnames and their grandchildren with thirty-two surnames and so on and so on in geometric progression until, somebody, at some point would say:

“STOP THE INSANITY!”

And then a new custom would start and might even be enforced by law. This new custom (law) would say:
(a) that a person is allowed to have only one surname, preferably (but not necessarily) the surname of the parent who determined his or her gender, and
(b) that, if and when two persons get married, one of the two parties to the marriage is obliged to surrender his or her surname or, if he or she cares to do so, tuck it in parentheses in between his or her first name and the surname of his or her marriage partner and
(c) that any child born from that union should then acquire the surname of one and only one of the parents, preferably the parent who determined the gender of the child.
Now, wouldn’t that be something?
Imagine a society in which, when a man and a woman get married, the woman takes on her husband’s surname as her primary identity and that, when children are born from that marriage, the children are given that same surname and only that surname!
Could it possibly be that such a system would take hold and would work out to everyone’s satisfaction and sanity?
We must not jump to the conclusion that it would be impossible!

By the way, who is the parent who determines the gender of the child? The answer, of course, is that it is the male parent, the father. You knew that, did you not? If you are a male, it is because of what your father gave to your mother and if you are a female, it is because of what your father gave to your mother. Deep down, that’s why we take our fathers’ names, not our mothers’ names — except in unusual sociological circumstances.

stjos/stvdp: 02.24.2013 - 04 / 05


WE SHARE THE MAIL

Background: The person who identifies himself as “Prayerfully Waiting in PA” is my nephew, Paul. Last time I checked, he had one wife and seven children. In order to earn money to provide heat, milk, diapers and other necessities for his brood, he works as a policeman in Bucks County. When he finds time hanging heavy on his hands, he emails his uncle with theological questions. Here is his latest email. I thought it might be of general interest, so I’m printing it in the bulletin.

Dear Uncle Ed:
I have a friend who asked me how the story of Adam and Eve could be true since they had only two sons. How is it there were offspring? he asked.
Also, if man were made in the likeness of God, how is it that "cavemen" were so unintelligent and ugly?
I need some guidance in formulating a "Catholic response”.
Prayerfully Waiting in PA

Dear Prayerfully Waiting in PA:
First of all, I’m surprised to know that you have a friend.
How did that happen?
I’m glad you have a friend.
Cops need friends.
Please inform your friend that he is woefully uninformed about how many offspring Adam and Eve had. They had MANY offspring. Even more than Maureen and you! We don’t know exactly how many, but we can safely guess they had lots and lots. Check Genesis chapter five, verse four. It tells us that Adam had “sons and daughters” and that he lived to be 930 years old. Adam and Eve did not have TV, so they had lots of time for bringing children into the world. The fact that the Bible gives us the names of only three sons is not unusual. By the way, that’s THREE, not TWO. #1 was Cain. #2 was Abel. #3 was Seth.
We are given the names of the offspring of Cain and Seth. Abel (poor guy) was murdered before he generated any offspring.
How did the children of Adam and Eve propagate their kind? I don’t want to shock you, dear Paul. I know you are very delicate. Here’s the truth: They propagated by marrying one another. But you say that it is grossly immoral and illegal for brothers and sisters to marry one another. Yes, that’s true now, but it wasn’t true then. Necessity is its own law, you know.
Prohibitions on the marriages of close kin do not appear in the Bible until we get to the time of Moses, which is probably about 13th century BC.
You can find these prohibitions in Leviticus chapter 18. Don’t read that chapter without your mother’s permission!
As far as cavemen being “ugly” and “unintelligent”, I would say two things:
a) Adam and Eve are not necessarily the ancestors of what we call cavemen. By “cavemen” I usually understand Neanderthals. You and I are not Neanderthals. We are homo sapiens sapiens. Neanderthals were not true humans.
b) Pope Pius XII taught that all human beings are descended from Adam and Eve. He taught that, whatever hominids there might have been prior to Adam and Eve were not “true humans”.
I ran out of time. I hope that’s good enough for now.
Love,
Uncle Ed
(EBC)

stjos/stvdp: 02.24.2013 - 06


"Petrus Romanus,
qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus:
quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur,
et Iudex tremendus iudicabit populum suum.
Finis."

A few persons have asked me what I think about the so-called “Prophecies of Saint Malachy”.
Here is my answer, short and sweet: I am inclined to dismiss them. I don’t put any stock in them at all. I think they are silly. I think they are “really a stretch”. One thing is for certain: They have no claim whatsoever on my faith!
The only thing that could possibly change my mind would be this: If the next Pope — by which I mean the Pope who will succeed Benedict XVI and will (I presume) be elected at the upcoming Conclave — were to take the name “Peter the Roman”, I might say, “Do you know what? I’m reviewing the situation!”
In case you are not up to snuff on the prophecies of Saint Malachy, here in a nutshell is what they are all about: In 1595, a Benedictine monk named Arnold deWyon published a list of 112 “prophecies” allegedly made by St. Malachy, who was a twelfth century Bishop of Armagh (Ireland). These prophecies were rather accurate in regard to popes from the time of Malachy up to the time of Arnold, but somewhat vague in regard to popes thereafter.
The 112 prophecies went up to and included the 265th pope, who just happens to be Benedict XVI. Then, according to St. Malachy (or according to Arnold or whoever actually wrote them) there would come one final pope.
That pope would take the name “Petrus Romanus” (“Peter the Roman”).
If you want to know what “the prophecies” say about “Peter the Roman”, read the words in Latin at the top of this page.
If you would prefer an English translation, here goes:

"Peter the Roman,
who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations.
When these things are finished, the City on the Seven Hills will be destroyed,
and the fearsome Judge will judge his people.
The End.”

So, there we are!
If you are inclined to believe that the Prophecies of Saint Malachy are authentic — and please keep in mind that your pastor believes that they are not authentic — I would suggest that you prepare for some extraordinarily interesting historical events, culminating in the End of History and our Entrance into Eternity.

If, on the other hand, you are inclined to believe that the Prophecies of Saint Malachy are not authentic — in which case please note that your pastor agrees with you — I would suggest that you prepare for the most interesting historical event of your lifetime, viz. your death, which will mean the End of your History and your Entrance into Eternity.

stjos/stvdp: 02.24.2013 - 07


DO NOT RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION
if you “missed Mass” last Sunday
or the Sunday before that or the Sunday before that, or on any Sunday or Holyday of Obligation in the past,
unless you have confessed this sin in the Sacrament of Penance, i.e. unless you have gone to Confession.
Obviously (at least I hope it’s obvious), you realize that “missed Mass” implies that you were absent from Mass due to your own fault.
We are not talking here about being absent from Mass due to some circumstance(s) over which you had no reasonable control, e.g. being in a submarine under the polar ice cap while engaged in the defense of the nation or being in the Intensive Care Unit, recovering from a major-organ transplant or being impeded by a flow of hot lava currently jettisoning out of a volcano located between your domicile and the parish church. (There are other examples of “good excuses”. No doubt you can think of a few without my help.)
Going to Mass every Sunday and Holyday of Obligation is not optional. If you think it is optional, I respectfully point out to you that it is not optional.
It is possible that someone reading this will say (not without emotion): “Just who (fill in the blank) do you think you are to tell me what I have to do? It’s my life! I’ll do whatever I (fill in the blank) please!”
To which I say: “Friend, the answer to your question as to “who I think I am” is as follows: I know (not think) that I am the pastor of the two parishes in Girardville. As such, I have the duty to tell you what the Catholic Church teaches. The Catholic Church teaches that Catholics who are not legitimately excused are obliged to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation and that this obligation binds the conscience under pain of mortal sin. If you have a problem with that, then your problem is not with me (the mere messenger) but with the Catholic Church. But I caution you that if you reject the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, you are rejecting Jesus Christ and if you reject Jesus Christ, you are rejecting God. So, it is not “merely Fr. Connolly” nor is it “merely the Catholic Church” you are dealing with here. It is ultimately God Whom you are dealing with here.
If you reject the teaching that you are obliged to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation, then you are rejecting a teaching of God.
But let’s get back to the point at the top of this page!
The point is that a person MUST NOT receive Holy Communion if he / she is in the state of mortal sin.
One kind of mortal sin is the deliberate missing of Mass on a Sunday or Holyday of Obligation.
If you have committed this sin, make sure you go to Confession without delay.
If you have committed this sin, and you happen to be at Mass one Sunday but have not yet gone to Confession, DO NOT GO UP TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION.
“Just making a good act of contrition” is NOT sufficient, no matter who told you so!
Instead, get to Confession as soon as possible — if possible, even sooner!
Then, after going to Confession, feel free to receive Holy Communion.
None of the above is “new stuff”. It’s “old stuff” that you might have forgotten!

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