MASS SCHEDULE: 24 - 31 March
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 23 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

Monday, 25 March
Monday of Holy Week
08:00 am — God’s blessings on HENRY WAYNE
by Kenneth and Helen

Wednesday, 27 March
Wednesday of Holy Week
07:00 pm — HELEN DONOVAN KENNEY
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Thursday, 28 March
Holy Thursday
05:00 pm — God’s blessings on
JIM AND EVA GONTIS
by their own request

Friday, 29 March
Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord
On Good Friday, the celebration of Mass is proscribed.

Saturday, 30 March
Holy Saturday
On Holy Saturday, the celebration of Mass earlier than 08:00 pm is proscribed.
Vigil of Easter
08:00 pm — ANDREW and MARY POWLICK
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 31 March
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord
10:00 am — CONCETTA CATIZONE
by Rosemary Catizone Zelli
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his brothers and sisters

 MASS SCHEDULE: 24 - 31 March
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 26 March
Tuesday of Holy Week
08:00 am — ANTHONY Sr., ANTHONY Jr., ALBERT and GEORGE WALACONIS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Thursday, 28 March
Holy Thursday
07:30 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Friday, 29 March
Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord
On Good Friday, the celebration of Mass is proscribed.

Saturday, 30 March
Holy Saturday
On Holy Saturday, the celebration of Mass earlier than 08:00 pm is proscribed.
Vigil of Easter
10:30 pm — PATRICK L. BEIRNE
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Sunday, 31 March
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord
08:30 am — JOSEPH E. KRICK
(100th anniversary of birth)
by the Karavage and the Tarson families

stjos/stvdp: 03.24.2013 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
16 / 17 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $966.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $82.00 from the plate; $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $30.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $65.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $137.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,315.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $177.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,315.00) 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 $174.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $764.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $47.00 from the plate; $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $50.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $48.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $112.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,036.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $111.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,036.00) 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 $245.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Please see schedule on Page 3.

DIVINE MERCY

We will pray the Novena to the Divine Mercy during the nine days that extend from Good Friday (29 March) to Easter Saturday (06 April).
All of these services will take place in St. Vincent dePaul Church.
The schedule and format are as follows:

Good Friday, 29 March: 12:00 noon
Holy Saturday, 30 March: 03:00 pm
Easter Sunday, 31 March: 03:00 pm
Easter Monday, 01 April: 03:00 pm
Easter Tuesday, 02 April: 03:00 pm
Easter Wednesday, 03 April: 03:00 pm
Easter Thursday, 04 April: 03:00 pm
Easter Friday, 05 April: 03:00 pm
Easter Saturday, 06 April: 03:00 pm

With the exception of Good Friday and Holy Saturday, we will expose the Blessed Sacrament while we are praying the Chaplet and the other prayers of the Novena.
On Sunday, 07 April, which is the Feast of the Divine Mercy, we will have a service at 03:00 pm

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CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK 

HOLY WEEK 2013

Monday, 25 March
08:00 to 09:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Tuesday, 26 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Wednesday, 27 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 28 March
03:30 to 05:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Friday, 29 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Saturday, 30 March
11:00 am to 12:00 noon
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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SOME WORDS OF WISDOM FROM
JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO
NOW KNOWN TO THE WORLD AS POPE FRANCIS I

Note: Words spoken and written by a Pope before he becomes Pope do not carry magisterial weight. In fact, not even everything spoken and written by a Pope while he is Pope is part of the magisterium. Nevertheless, the following words spoken by the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires are interesting in and of themselves. Obviously, they take on greater interest because of the events of the past few weeks.
The future of religion
There have been worse times for religions than the present. Nonetheless they pulled through. Perhaps nowadays there is a scarcity of religious people, but there were times in the past when there was a scarcity of virtue. There have been corrupt times in the Church… There were very difficult times and nonetheless religion revived. Suddenly there appear people like Teresa of Calcutta who revolutionize the notion of personal dignity, who spend their time… helping people to die. These deeds create mysticism and renew the religious sense.
In the history of the Catholic Church, the true renovators are the saints. They are the true reformers, the ones who change, transform, lead and revive spiritual paths. Another example: Francis of Assisi, who introduced a new attitude towards poverty in Christianity when faced with the luxury, pride and vanity of the civil and ecclesiastical powers of the time. He introduced a mysticism of poverty, of detachment, and he changed history.
Poverty
When you pick up a volume of the social teaching of the Church you are amazed at what it condemns. For example, it condemns economic liberalism. Everyone thinks that the Church is against Communism, but it is as opposed to that system as it is to the savage economic liberalism which exists today. That is not Christian either and we cannot accept it. We have to search for equality of opportunities and rights, to fight for social benefits, a dignified retirement, holidays, rest, freedom for trade unions. All of these issues create social justice. There should be no have-nots and I want to emphasize that the worst wretchedness is not to be able to earn your bread, not to have the dignity of work.
Globalization
If we think of globalization as a billiard ball, the rich virtues of each culture will be destroyed. The true globalization which we have to defend is like a polyhedron, in which everyone fits, but each one keeps their particular characteristics, which, at the same time, enrich the others.
Same-sex marriage
There have always been homosexuals. The island of Lesbos is known as a place where homosexual women lived. But never in history has anyone sought to give it the same status as marriage. Whether it was tolerated or not, whether it was admired or not, no one regarded it as equivalent. We know that in moments of great change, the phenomenon of homosexuality increased. But this is the first time that anyone posed the legal possibility of equating it with marriage. I regard it as a retrograde step, anthropologically speaking. I am saying this because it transcends the religious question; it is an anthropological one. If a union is private, no third parties or society are affected. But now that it has been given the status of marriage and given facilities for adoption, children will be affected. Everyone needs a masculine father and a feminine mother to help them shape their identity.
Euthanasia
Catholic morality says that one must do what is needed, the ordinary things, for someone whose life is drawing to a close. Quality of life should be assured. The power of medicine for terminal cases is not fundamentally in making someone live three days longer or two months longer, but in ensuring that the organism suffers as little as possible. One is not obliged to preserve life with extraordinary means. That can go against the dignity of the person.
Euthanasia is something different; it is killing. I believe that nowadays there is a hidden euthanasia: the health services pay up to a certain level of treatment and then they say “may God look after you”. An elderly person is not cared for as he or she ought to be and ends up on a scrap heap. Sometimes the patient is deprived of medicine and ordinary care and that kills them….
In Catholic moral teaching, no one is obliged to use extraordinary means to get better. We are talking about hanging onto a life which one knows is no longer a life. As long as recovery is possible, we do all that we can. But it is proper to use extraordinary means only if there is some hope of recovery.

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The elderly
In our society we used to speak of the oppressors and the oppressed. As time passed, we realized that this framework was inadequate and we had to add another, those who are included and those who are excluded. Today things have become much worse and we need to add another framework: those who are needed and those who aren’t. In a culture driven by consumerism, hedonism and narcissism, we have become used to looking upon people as useless….
God must love old age a lot because someone who treats his parents respectfully is heaped with blessings. At 74, I am about to enter old age and I’m not reluctant. (Note: the Pope’s current age is 76. Apparently, he considers age 75 as the beginning of “old age”. Ouch!) I am getting ready for it and I want to be vintage wine, not sour wine. The bitterness of an old man is the worst of all, because it is beyond the point of no return. An old man is called to peace, to tranquility. I ask this grace for myself.
Abortion
The moral problem of abortion is of a pre-religious nature because the genetic code is written in a person at the moment of conception. A human being is there. I separate the topic of abortion from any specifically religious notions. It is a scientific problem. Not to allow the further development of a being which already has all the genetic code of a human being is not ethical. The right to life is the first among human rights. To abort a child is to kill someone who cannot defend himself.
Hope
You cannot acquire the virtue of hope by yourself; the Lord must give it to you. But another thing is how we use it, administer it, accept it... The way we look at it, hope is one of the three theological virtues, along with faith and charity. We normally give more importance to faith and charity. However, hope is what structures our path in life. One danger is that we fall in love with the path and lose sight of the goal; another danger is quietism: to be looking at the goal and doing nothing on the path. Christianity has experienced times when there were powerful quietist movements. These go against the commandment of God which says that we have to transform the world, to work.
Science
Science has its own autonomy and it must be respected and encouraged. We should not meddle with scientists’ autonomy. Unless, that is, they step outside the boundaries of their own fields and step into the transcendent. Science is fundamentally a tool for fulfilling the commandment received from God which says, “increase, multiply and dominate the earth”. Within its autonomy, science transforms a world without culture into a world with culture. But we must take care. When the autonomy of science is unaware of its own limits and steps out of bounds, its own creation can slip from its hands. This is the story of Frankenstein.
Religion in state schools
In the Bible, God presents himself as a teacher. “I myself taught Ephraim to walk, I myself took them by the arm,” it says. A believer is obliged to raise his children. Every man and every woman has a right to educate their children in their religious values. When a government deprives children of this formation, it can lead to cases like Nazism, when children were indoctrinated with values which were alien to the ones held by their parents. Totalitarianism tends to take over education to feather its own nest.

stjos/stvdp: 03.24.2013 - 05


SENIOR BEACH WEEK
                                                                                                                                          by John Rosemond

Question
In our city, most of the high school seniors participate in "Senior Beach Week" during spring break. They rent beach houses and condos and party like there's no tomorrow. Alcohol, marijuana, and sex abound. Our friends justify allowing their kids to go by saying they have to be trusted sometime. In truth, we all have good kids who have never given us any trouble. They just want to go and be part of the scene. Our nephew's parents, however, refuse to let him go. They say it's irresponsible even if the child in question has been trustworthy to this point. We are wavering back and forth on letting our 17-year-old son attend. He assures us he won't get into trouble. What are your thoughts?
Answer
My immediate thought is that it requires a serious lapse of common sense for a person to play with an explosive device, even if it has a safety and it's never gone off. In other words, the fact that a youngster has been trouble-free and trustworthy to date is no guarantee that he will not spontaneously combust if put in the wrong situation. It's not a matter of trust; it's a matter of understanding that ALL teens are impressionable (some more than others) and want to be accepted by their peers. It would be one thing if these kids were all members of a church youth group going on a mission trip to a third-world country. It's quite another when the destination is the modern equivalent of Gomorrah.
I strongly suspect that parents who justify allowing their kids to attend this weeklong bacchanalia by saying "Well, you gotta trust 'em sometime," are really afraid to incur the negative emotional reaction that is bound to happen if they say no. They want to be liked by their kids, so they let them do things that strain common sense. Your nephew's parents are to be commended for standing their ground. Certainly the talk will be that they're overprotective and controlling and so on. That's just more justification on the part of parents who desperately need to rationalize making a really bad decision.
Too many of today's parents have let having a good relationship with their kids take priority over providing effective leadership, part of which involves the willingness to make unpopular decisions. Instead, they think like politicians, always worried about doing something that might hurt their chances of re-election (or, in this case, something that might cause their kids to not like them for a while, as if that's relevant to anything). Politics and parenting don't mix.
In lieu of putting your foot down and taking the inevitable heat, you might propose to your son that since he has no intention of doing anything inappropriate, the entire family will go on spring break together. During the day, he can hobnob with his friends but the evenings will be family time. That plan would afford him a reasonable amount of freedom while at the same time minimizing the potential risks. Furthermore, instead of being ogres, you're just a couple of fuddy-duddies. You can live with that, I'm sure.

My comment: Way to go, Dr. Rosemond!

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THE SANCTUARY LAMP in St. Vincent dePaul Church was lit in memory of Adolph and Mary Petrousky, at the request of Edward and Barbara Wascavage and family, during the week of 17 to 23 March. (This item is a week late getting into the bulletin. Sorry for the delay!)
THE SANCTUARY LAMP in St. Vincent dePaul Church, during the week of 24 - 30 March is lit in memory of Andrew and Mary Powlick, at the request of Edward and Barbara Wascavage and family.
ON EASTER SUNDAY, the 10:00 am Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Chapel, according to the ordinary form. The 11:30 am Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, according to the extraordinary form
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be held in St. Vincent dePaul Church at 04:00 pm today (Palm Sunday, 24 March). This will be the final Stations for the Lenten season. Afterwards, everyone is invited to go over to the parish hall for refreshments. We are hosting the Holy Name Society members of Schuylkill County.
A LOTTERY TREE is being chanced off for the benefit of St. Joseph Parish. Chances are $2.00 each or three for $5.00. There is three-hundred-dollars-worth of PA lottery instant tickets on the tree! That’s a lot of scratch! Chances can be purchased in the back of the church after Mass. The prize does not include the tree itself, just the tickets. The tree is just for display purposes.

I was shocked, confused, bewildered
as I entered Heaven's door,
not by the beauty of it all,
nor the lights nor its decor.

It was the folks I saw in Heaven
who made me sputter and gasp:
the thieves, the crooks, the liars,
the druggies and the trash.

There stood that kid from seventh grade
who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor,
Who never said anything nice.

 I was shocked, confused, bewildered
as I entered Heaven's door,
not by the beauty of it all,
nor the lights nor its decor.

It was the folks I saw in Heaven
who made me sputter and gasp:
the thieves, the crooks, the liars,
the druggies and the trash.

There stood that kid from seventh grade
who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor,
Who never said anything nice.


Do you have a rep in town for being a thief, a crook, a liar, a druggy, an all-purpose no-goodnik?
Are you a regular on the police blotter? When it’s trash day in Girardville, do you hide in the house for fear that you will be picked up and hauled away? Well, friend, I’ll tell you what to do! Take a look at page 03 of this bulletin for this week’s Confession schedule. You might wind up in Heaven and surprise the heck out of a lot of people!

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 SACRED TRIDUUM: SCHEDULE
Note: “Triduum” means “three days”. “Sacred Triduum” refers to Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday

HOLY THURSDAY, 28 MARCH
Church law does not permit the celebration of Mass on the morning of Holy Thursday, except for the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral. However, the Chrism Mass has been transferred to Wednesday in our diocese.
There will be two Masses in Girardville on Holy Thursday.
05:00 pm — St. Joseph Church
07:30 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

GOOD FRIDAY, 29 MARCH
Church law does not permit the celebration of Mass at all on Good Friday. Instead, there is the Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord. This Liturgy will be celebrated twice in Girardville on Good Friday.
02:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm — St. Joseph Church

HOLY SATURDAY, 30 MARCH
Church law does not permit the celebration of Mass during the day on Holy Saturday. The earliest that Mass may be celebrated is 08:00 pm. This is the Easter Vigil Mass. This Mass will be celebrated twice in Girardville.
08:00 pm — St. Joseph Church
10:30 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
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EASTER SUNDAY, 31 MARCH
08:30 am — St. Vincent dePaul Church
10:00 am — St. Joseph Chapel
11:30 am — St. Joseph Church (extraordinary form)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES
IN
REGARD TO THE HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

SPY WEDNESDAY, 27 MARCH
There will not be the usual 08:00 am Mass in St. Joseph Chapel.
Reason: The priests of the Diocese need to go to the Cathedral for the Chrism Mass. However, there will be a Mass in St. Joseph Chapel at 07:00 pm on Wednesday.

HOLY SATURDAY, 30 MARCH
Blessing of Easter food (and salt) at St. Vincent dePaul Church at 10:30 am.
Remember to bring your own container of salt along with you.

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