MASS SCHEDULE: 17 - 24 March
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 16 March
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

Monday, 18 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — SOPHIE HARDING
rescheduled from 25 Feb

Wednesday, 20 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MARY BOXER MALL
(26th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Friday, 22 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on
HENRY and EILEEN WAYNE
by a friend

Saturday, 23 March
Lenten Weekday
10:00 am — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
rescheduled from 11 March
Vigil of Palm Sunday
05:30 pm — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Sunday, 24 March
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
11:30 am — MARCO RITRO
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

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

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

Tuesday, 19 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — BLANCHE BRANCA
by David and Susan Thye

Thursday, 21 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — God’s blessings on EBC
by the Thye family

Saturday, 23 March
Vigil of Palm Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM PUCETAS
by his wife, Muriel, and his son, William

Sunday, 24 March
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
08:30 am — FRANK E. WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
09 / 10 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,006.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $42.00 from the plate; $76.00 from the Dues envelopes; $179.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $52.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,355.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $216.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,355.00) 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 $214.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $723.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $39.00 from the plate; $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $192.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $381.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $52.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,402.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $83.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,402.00) 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 $611.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

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

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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 20 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

LET’S GO BACK UPSTAIRS, SHALL WE?
Starting next weekend (23/24 March), the weekend Masses at St. Joseph’s will be in the upper church, rather than in the chapel. As everyone surely knows, it all has to do with economy, i.e. the expense of heating the upper church. When the weather turns hot, we shall probably return to the chapel, if not both Masses, at least one.

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REPORT ON GIFT-CARD PROFIT
2012

  StVdP                                                                    StJos
July (2 weeks): $ 89.50 $ 61.00
August:            $ 85.00 $128.00
September :     $127.00 $154.00
October:          $  95.00 $134.50
November:      $  80.00 $133.50
December:       $144.75 $167.75

                                                                                                2013
January:           $116.00 $104.00
February:         $113.50 $125.50
March (so far): $  66.00 $ 83.00

Total profit since we began (July of 2012)
St. Vincent dePaul: $ 916.75
St. Joseph: $1,091.25


Ideas / Suggestions
#01
— Need a new refrigerator or microwave or washer and dryer?
Go to Redner’s with the Redner’s gift cards you bought from the parish.
Buy a Lowes or a Sears gift card from Redner’s with these Redner’s gift cards.
Pay for your new appliance with the Lowes or the Sears gift cards.
#02 — Use your Redner’s gift cards to buy gas from Redner’s.
#03 — Do you shop on line at Amazon? Before you do so, buy an Amazon gift card from Redner’s, using your Redner’s gift cards.
What we are trying to say is this: You can help your parish in more ways than you realize by purchasing our Redner and Boyer gift cards! Please get into the habit!

Q — WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? I DON’T SEE SAINT PATRICK’S DAY LISTED IN THE BULLETIN! I thought your name was “Connolly”. Is “Connolly” not an Irish name? Are you ashamed of your heritage? What kind of a priest are you? Are you a turncoat to your kith and kin? Why in the name of Saint Patrick am I not seeing the name of that holy and glorious Bishop listed in the bulletin this weekend?
A — ALAS, MY FRIEND! YOU ARE CORRECT. YOU DO NOT SEE SAINT PATRICK’S DAY LISTED IN THE BULLETIN. And let me explain to you how that comes to be.
According to the liturgical law of the Latin Rite of the Holy Catholic Church, the 17th day of March is observed as THE OPTIONAL MEMORIAL OF SAINT PATRICK, except when the 17th day of March falls on a Sunday!
And, you see, that is precisely the situation this year. Look at your 2013 calendar.
Due to no fault of mine — nor of yours, to be sure — the 17th day of March coincides with the Fifth Sunday of Lent this year and — now please don’t get mad at me — the Fifth Sunday of Lent knocks the Optional Memorial of Saint Patrick out of the box, and that’s the way it is and that’s the way it has to be unless it be changed by someone who operates at a higher pay level than the pastor of Girardville!
However, my friend, I’m going to do something to compensate for it. If you attend the Stations of the Cross at 07:00 pm on 17 March at St. Vincent dePaul Church, you will hear us sing, at the very end of the service, all of the verses of GREAT AND GLORIOUS SAINT PATRICK. I’m not sure that it’s allowed to sing GAGSP at the end of Stations of the Cross but I’ll tell you what: We’ll sing it first and check out later whether it’s allowed.

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 Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum!
(I announce to you great joy!)
HABEMUS PAPAM!
WE HAVE A POPE!
Turime popiežiu!
Temos um Papa!
Wir haben einen Papst!
Abbiamo il Papa!
Tenemos una papa!
Nous avons un pape!
Mamy Papieza!
Vi har en Pave!
Máme Papež!
Avem un Papa!
We hebben een Paus!
Sahip oldugumuz bir Papa!

stjos/stvdp: 03.17.2013 - 04


 MISERANDO ATQUE ELIGENDO
Lowly, yet chosen
His Holiness
POPE FRANCIS I
Bishop of Rome
Vicar of Christ
Successor of the Prince of the Apostles
Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church
Primate of Italy
Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province
Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City
Servant of the Servants of God

GOD BLESS THE POPE!
GOD SAVE THE POPE!
GOD LOVE THE POPE!
LONG LIVE THE POPE!

stjos/stvdp: 03.17.2013 - 05


HELEN ANN KRICK,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 15 March 2013.
Born on 28 April 1925, she was 87 years of age.
She was baptized on 06 June 1925 in St. Vincent dePaul Church by the late Father Dumcius.
Helen is one of the five children of the late Joseph and Mary (Acus) Krick.
Her four siblings are deceased: Julius Krick; Rose Krick Wach; Alphonsus Krick; Raymond Krick.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Tuesday, 19 March, at 11:00 am.
The interment will take place in the parish cemetery in Frackville.
Eternal rest grant unto Helen, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Only three more celebrations of the Stations of the Cross left!
We commend all those who have been faithful in attending.
We encourage those who have not yet attended to do so.

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

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

Sunday, 24 March, 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Includes Exposition / Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Please note the time of the 24 March Stations.
04:00 pm
(not 07:00 pm)

StVdP Parish will be hosting the Holy Name Society members of Schuylkill County.
Afterwards, there will be refreshments in the parish hall.

stjos/stvdp: 03.17.2013 - 06


On my honor,
I will do my best
to do my duty to God
and my country
and to obey
the Scout Law:
to help other people
at all times;
to keep myself
physically strong,
mentally awake
and morally straight.”


IT TAKES A FAIR AMOUNT OF MORAL TESTOSTERONE
in this day and age
for a man or a boy to say out loud,
in the presence of his peers,
in a voice that is calm, clear and confident,
without waffling or wavering,
without trembling or equivocation,
without apology or qualification,
but likewise without crudeness or vulgarity,
without disrespect or condemnation,
without self-righteousness or scorn,
the following words or the equivalent thereof:
(see page 08)

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IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER that the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America does not back down from its policy of excluding self-declared homosexuals — also known as gays— from membership in the Boy Scouts.
It has always been clear to me in my conscience that homosexual activity is immoral. I believed this in the past. I believe it now. I shall always believe it. There are certain fundamental truths in the moral order that are permanent. This is one of them.
I am well aware of the fact that some people have changed their minds about the morality of homosexuality. They say that their thinking has evolved. They say that we must not be judgmental and that we must catch up with the times, must give up the narrow-mindedness of the past, must wake up and smell the coffee, etc., etc. I am sad about this. At the same time, I put it in perspective. I know that every age has its share of quislings, people who are anxious to be seen as progressive and would stomp on their grandmothers if doing so would win them acceptance and applause. I want it to be known that I am not one of them.
To all who favor the admission of openly gay men and boys into the Boy Scouts of America, I say: “How in the Name of God can you tell me that you would find it acceptable to place a man in a position of leadership over a group of boys if that man has made a public declaration that he engages in (please take a deep breath) anal intercourse with another man or, at the very least, is of a mind to do so?”
If you look at me with a shocked and grieved expression on your face and ask me how I can possibly dare make such an inference, I respond by asking you: “Well, what do you think it means when a man says that he is gay? Do you think that when a man says that he is gay that he means that he is in a good mood? Good grief! How naïve can you be?”
“Gay” does not describe the internal disposition. “Gay” describes the external activity. “Gay” does not mean temptation towards a certain kind of illicit activity. “Gay” means, at the very least, endorsement of that activity and usually participation in same.
Therefore: It is impossible to be both gay and “morally straight”.
If you ask me what “morally straight” has to do with the matter, I refer you to the Scout Oath: “physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight”! Are you willing to see “morally straight” removed from the oath?
The important thing in life is not to be intimidated by the passing fads.
It is the infallible teaching of the Catholic Church, based on Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Natural Law, that homosexual activity is grievously immoral and that homosexuality itself is a grave disorder.
The Catholic Church is founded on Peter. Peter is the Rock. Peter is not the Shifting Sands of Time. If you think the Catholic Church will ever change her doctrine or is about to capitulate on the matter of the immorality of homosexuality, you probably believe that it’s a bunny rabbit that brings you all those great jelly beans and chocolate candy!
It is time to stop equivocating on the issue.
Where do you stand? What is your moral testosterone level?

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