MASS SCHEDULE: 10 - 17 March
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 09 March
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARCO RITRO
by Jey and Tiffany Gillis

Sunday, 10 March
4th Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — JAMES S. CHRISTMAN
by Lucretia Christman

Monday, 11 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
by his wife, Jean

Wednesday, 13 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — ANTHONY ROWLAND
(48th anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Friday, 15 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — DOMINIC and ROSE GRASSO
by their daughter, Mary Burns

Saturday, 16 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — LUCY FERRARI
by M/M Vincent Cuthie and family
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ALICE BRADLEY
by CDA, Court St. Cecilia, #1529

Sunday, 17 March
5th Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — WILMA BENDER
by Jake Ritzheimer

 MASS SCHEDULE: 10 - 17 March
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 09 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ELEANOR ROSE WERZINSKY McDONALD
by Eleanor McDonald

Sunday, 10 March
4th Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Tuesday, 12 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Thursday, 14 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — JOHN NELSON BRANCA
by the Thye family

Saturday, 16 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Louis and Sharon Miller

Sunday, 17 March
5th Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — BERNARD and MILDRED GUDONIS
by Theresa Gudonis

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
02 / 03 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,000.75 from the Sunday envelopes; $40.00 from the plate; $242.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $58.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,360.75
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $271.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,360.75) 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 $220.50 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $849.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $69.00 from the plate; $257.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $85.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,270.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $124.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,270.00) 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 $479.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 13 March
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 14 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 15 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 13 March
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

PRAY FOR THE 115 CARDINAL-ELECTORS!
They go into Conclave on Tuesday, 12 March.
We anticipate that they will vote once on Tuesday, up to four times on Wednesday, up to four times on Thursday, up to four times on Friday, until 77 of them have come together on one of them. That one — if he accepts — will then be our Supreme Pontiff. Whoever he is, I give him my pledge of obedience and respect.

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THOMAS LINCOLN EVANS Jr.,
a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died on Tuesday, 05 March.
Born on 01 February 1932, Tom was 81 years of age.
He is one of the three children of the late Thomas L. (Sr.) and Violet (Thomas) Evans.
His sister is Joan Evans Adenoso and his brother is Richard M. Evans.
On 27 March 1932, Tom was baptized in the Gilberton Methodist Church.
On 26 December 1955, he married Helen W. English in Holy Rosary Church, Mahanoy Plane, in the presence of Fr. Joseph A. Murray.
On 13 March 1978, in Holy Rosary Church, Mahanoy Plane, in the presence of Fr. Thomas A. Horan, Tom made a profession of Catholic Faith and was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. On that same date, he received First Holy Communion and the sacrament of Confirmation.
Tom and Helen have four daughters: Colleen Evans Petrewicz; Joan Evans Kitsock; Susan Evans Berezwick; Janice Evans Kutchinsky.
They have eight grandchildren: Kelly Petrewicz Heimbaugh; Shelly Petrewicz Nauss; Keith T. Berezwick; Kyle M. Berezwick; Jonathan L. Kitsock; Lauren Kutchinsky; Nicholas R. Kitsock; Christopher M. Kitsock.
They have six great-grandchildren: Natalya Nauss; Brandelynn Heimbaugh; Nathan Nauss; Ella Heimbaugh; Mia Nauss; Jillian Heimbaugh.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Tom will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Monday, 11 March, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing in the church from 09:30 to 11:00 am.
The interment will follow in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville PA.
Eternal rest grant unto Thomas, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
THE SANCTUARY CANDLE in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in memory of Harry Luscavage, at the request of Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha.
DO YOU KNOW ANY WOMAN OR GIRL WHO IS “ON THE PILL”? If so, you ought to ask her to watch this YouTube video. It is a clear explanation of how the pill works. In particular, it shows that the pill acts both to prevent ovulation and also to cause an abortion if ovulation has already taken place.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiCU46_lWeE

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 EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
NEW YORK TIMES and CBS TAKE POLL!
RESULTS ARE IN!
CLEAR CONCLUSION: VATICAN IS OUT OF TOUCH!

Well, I’ll be a son of a gun! If that ain’t something!
Here I always thought that the New York Times and CBS were big supporters of the Vatican and of all things Catholic!
But you can read it for yourself. Here is the article unedited and unexpurgated. Read it and weep!
Then when you’re finished weeping, you might want to read the commentary.

American Catholics want the next Pope to liberalize the church’s position on issues such as birth control, ordaining women and allowing priests to marry, a new poll has discovered.
And two out of every three Catholics want Pope Benedict XVI’s successor to be “someone younger, with new ideas,” the New York Times/CBS News poll found.
Three-quarters thought it was a good idea for Benedict, who entered the Vatican in 2005 at the age of 78, to resign rather than remain in office until his death.
The poll indicated that many Catholics feel the bishops and cardinals are out of touch. “I don’t think they are in the trenches with the people,” Therese Spender, 51, a homemaker in Fort Wayne, Ind., told the pollsters. “They go to a lot of meetings, but they are not out in the street.”
More than half — 54 percent — want Benedict’s successor to espouse more liberal teachings; only 19 percent wanted a continuation of his teachings, and just 18 percent preferred someone with more conservative ideas, the poll , conducted shortly after Benedict announced his resignation, found.
The most important area where Catholics want change is on the question of contraception. Ninety-one percent said the next Pope should support the use of condoms to help prevent HIV, and 71 percent thought he should favor artificial methods of birth control.
On the issue of women in the priesthood, 69 percent said it should be allowed; the same percentage said priests should be permitted to marry. But 56 percent believe the Pope should continue to oppose abortion. However, they think it’s possible to disagree with the Church on issues such as abortion and birth control and still be a good Catholic.
The poll found that most Catholics break with church teachings on many political and social issues: 62 percent would legalize same-sex marriage, 74 percent would allow abortion, albeit with some conditions, and 61 percent favor the death penalty.
And more than three-quarters, 78 percent, of the Catholics surveyed said they are more likely to follow their own consciences rather than the Pope’s teachings on “difficult moral questions.” Not surprisingly, those who attend mass more frequently also tend to adhere to the Church’s guidance more.
The biggest problem facing the Church, according to those polled, is sexual abuse by priests and the scandal of its cover-up. Seventy percent said Benedict and the Vatican have done a poor job of handling the issue, and a majority said the issue had led them to question the Vatican’s authority.
Forty-five percent of Catholics see no change in how the Vatican is handling priests accuse of abuse, and even fewer, 39 percent, said they see improvement lately.
As for the former Pope, 12 percent think his leadership has hurt the Catholic Church and 26 percent believe he has helped it. In contrast, according to CBS, 63 percent of Catholics felt the leadership of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, had helped the church at the time of his death in April 2005.
Asked what they most want the next Pope to achieve, 12 percent of Catholics said they would like him to bring people back to the church, 9 percent said they want him to modernize it, 8 percent want him to unify it, and another 8 percent want to see something done about the sex abuse scandals.

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Commentary on article
Q
— Will the next Pope permit the ordination of women to the priesthood?
A — No.
Q — Why not?
A — Because he is not free to do so.
Q — Well, if he’s the Pope, he’s free to do anything he wants, isn’t he?
A — No, not at all! He is free to do only those things that are true. The Pope is held captive to the Truth. We call that the charism of infallibility.
Q — Well, just suppose he decided to do it anyway. Just suppose he woke up one morning and said, “The hell with it! As soon as I eat my breakfast, I’m going to sit down at my desk and write out a document saying that, from now on, women are eligible to be ordained to the priesthood.” And suppose he did. What then?
A — Well, you’re doing a lot of supposing there. But, if you want me to play your silly game, I’ll play it. Let’s take the scenario you give. The Pope prepares to sign a document saying that, from now on, women are eligible to be ordained to the priesthood. One of two things would happen, as far as I can see. God would see to it that he was struck down dead before he ever signed the document or, if not struck down dead, at least “permanently incapacitated”. But — and here I am anticipating your next question — let us say that the Pope actually got around to signing the document. Would this mean that women could now be validly ordained to the priesthood? No, it would not! What it would mean is this: The Pope would cease to be Pope. He would have ceased to be Pope by virtue of the fact that, as soon as he signed the document, he would have been excommunicated for heresy. If a Pope is excommunicated, he ceases, obviously, to be Pope. One cannot be simultaneously “Pope” and “excommunicated”.
Q — Are you saying that there is an authority in the Catholic Church that is higher than the authority of the Pope?
A — Oh, yes! Absolutely! The Sacred Tradition of the Church is higher than any Pope. Popes come and Popes go, but the Sacred Tradition of the Church goes on forever! The Pope can no more change the doctrine of the Church about the intrinsic connection between priesthood and the male gender than he can change the doctrine of the Church that Jesus of Nazareth is the Second Person of the Trinity or the doctrine of the Church that there are 73 divinely revealed books in the Bible.
Q — Well, will the next Pope permit the use of artificial contraception or will he change the teaching about divorce and remarriage or will he lighten up on the subject of abortion or homosexuality?
A — Absolutely not! And to save a lot of space, let me just say that the reason he will not is identical to the reason given above as to why he will not change the Church’s teaching about women and the ministerial priesthood.
Q — Don’t you think you could get more people to join the Catholic Church if you would just change some of these unpopular teachings?
A — Yes, I think we probably could. But why in the world would we want to?

stjos/stvdp: 03.10.2013 - 05


HERE IS SOME INFORMATION you might never come across in your whole life except for the fact that you happen to be reading this parish bulletin. I just learned these things this past week and have been anxious to pass them on to you.
FIRST OF ALL: The rapper who used to be known as SNOOP DOGGY DOGG decided to revise his name. So, SNOOP DOGGY DOGG dropped his middle name and decided to be known simply as SNOOP DOGG. Actually, to tell you the truth, I already knew that. I didn’t just learn that this past week. I’ve known it for quite some time. You have probably known it too. But I thought I’d include it in this bulletin article just in case you didn’t know it.
Someone once told me — but I don’t think it’s true — that SNOOP had taken “DOGGY” as his Confirmation name. But that can’t be true! A Confirmation name has to be a saint’s name and I’m sure there is no saint named “DOGGY”. I sure wouldn’t let any kid in my parishes take “DOGGY” as his or her Confirmation name and I’m sure Bishop Barres would back me up on that.
SECOND OF ALL: Here is something I did not know until this past week: Long before SNOOP DOGG was SNOOP DOGGY DOGG, his name was CALVIN BROADDUS. That’s a fact! That’s a certifiable fact! That is the name he was given when he was born. I presume that’s the name on his birth certificate. There are very few persons who know this. Feel free to mention this to others if you care to do so.
THIRD AND LAST OF ALL: Here is the really interesting piece of information that I just learned this past week and that I want to pass on to everyone: SNOOP DOGG has just gone through what he refers to as a “reincarnation”. I think he uses the term “reincarnation” to mean something like “rebirth” or “psychic conversion”. So, please let it be noted that the rapper formerly known as SNOOP DOGG is now known as — and is to be referred to as — “SNOOP LION”.
NOW THAT I’VE TOLD YOU ALL THIS, I don’t think it’s really necessary for me to make any comment. I’ll just say that I wish Mr. Lion all the best. I think this most recent change of name is an improvement. Like him, I would rather be thought of as a lion than as a dog.
OF COURSE, THERE WILL BE A FEW PERSONS who will object to this article being included in the parish bulletin. They will say that it is “irrelevant” and “silly” and “inappropriate, maybe even irreverent, especially during the Lenten season” and “a waste of space when you consider that the world is going to hell in a hand basket and the Church is reeling from scandals in high places and the national debt is approaching seventeen trillion and John Brown’s body continues to molder in its grave”. All I can say is that they are correct. The only defense I can possibly offer is that today is LAETARE SUNDAY. “Laetare” means, of course, “Rejoice”. We bring out the rose-colored vestments and we allow ourselves to be reminded that: “Wherever a Catholic sun doth shine, there’s lots of laughter and good red wine. At least I have always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!”
If and when Snoop changes his name again, we’ll be sure to let you know.

stjos/stvdp: 03.10.2013 - 06


MR. WASCAVAGE, CCD PRINCIPAL, TOOK FATHER CONNOLLY and 23 other children on a field trip this past Monday (04 March). We traveled to a town far away named Shenandoah, to a church named Saint Michael Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic. We went in order to see the replica of the Shroud of Turin that Monsignor Myron Grabowsky, the pastor, had arranged to have on display in his church for a couple of weeks.
It is one of only nine Vatican-authorized replicas of the Holy Shroud of Turin.
Fr. Connolly gave a brief explanation of the words “replica”, “shroud” and “Turin”, after which the children went up to inspect the replica of the shroud.
A volunteer member of St. Michael’s provided some insights and answered some questions.
It was a “hands-on” experience.
To my surprise, we were allowed to touch the cloth.
It was very educational and even edifying.
Taking this group picture was a last-minute idea. We didn’t have a whole lot of time “planning the layout” of the photo. It was taken with a cellphone. After counting, we noticed that a boy named Dylan was not in the photo. Don’t know where he got to. Like the shroud, some things are just mysteries.

stjos/stvdp: 03.10.2013 - 07


 STATIONS OF THE CROSS

I. JESUS IS CONDEMNED
II. JESUS ACCEPTS CROSS
III. JESUS FALLS FIRST TIME
IV. JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER
V. SIMON HELPS JESUS
VI. VERONICA WIPES FACE OF JESUS
VII. JESUS FALLS SECOND TIME
VIII. JESUS CONSOLES WOMEN
IX. JESUS FALLS THIRD TIME
X. JESUS IS STRIPPED
XI. JESUS IS NAILED TO CROSS
XII. JESUS DIES
XIII. JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN
XIV. JESUS IS BURIED

Sunday, 10 March, 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 15 March, 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 17 March, 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Includes Exposition / Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

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