MASS SCHEDULE: 08 - 15 September

Saturday, 07 September
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN RICE Jr.
by OPM

Sunday, 08 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — EDWARD and KATHRYN CUFF
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

Monday, 09 September
St. Peter Claver, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: PETER DeLUCA FAMILY
by his family

Wednesday, 11 September
08:00 am — JAMES and ROSE NEISS
by their son-in-law, Dennis Devine

Friday, 13 September
St. John Chrysostom, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
(1st anniversary)
by her husband, Butch, and daughter, Mary Jane

Saturday, 14 September
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Fst)
08:00 am — STANLEY MICK
by Robert and Karen Dallago
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — God’s blessings and safety:
(US Army chaplain / Afghanistan)
by Mom, Dad and family

Sunday, 15 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — THOMAS L. EVANS Jr.
by Joan McCarthy and family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 08 - 15 September

Saturday, 07 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOHN J. POLIWACKI
by Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Sunday, 08 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the HNS

Tuesday, 10 September
08:00 am — JOHN J. USALIS
by his son, John, and his daughter, Mary Jean

Thursday, 12 September
The Most Holy Name of Mary (OptMem)
07:00 pm — Deceased: GORMAS FAMILY
by Vincent and Joan Gormas

Saturday, 14 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Granny and Pap

Sunday, 15 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 09.08.2013 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $782.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $51.00 from the plate; $225.00 from the Dues envelopes; $93.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,151.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,151.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($491.15), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,118.63, one sees that $32.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $771.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $52.00 from the plate; $167.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $71.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,071.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,071.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($322.56), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $804.54, one sees that $266.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 11 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 12 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 13 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 11 September
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, 13 September
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Let’s say you knew that you were going to die between 02:00 and 04:00 pm this coming Wednesday or between 06:00 and 08:00 pm this coming Friday, would you choose to spend that period of time at the Mall OR in StVdP Church (Wed) or StJosChapel (Fri) in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament? This should not be a terribly difficult question to answer.

stjos/stvdp: 09.08.2013 - 02

a beautiful infant girl, is the newest member of Saint Joseph Parish!
We welcome her with great love!
How did she manage to become our newest member?
Easy question to answer!
She got herself baptized!
This took place on Sunday, 01 September 2013, at about 02:00 pm in St. Joseph Church.
More important than becoming a member of St. Joseph Parish (although that is quite important in and of itself), Irelynn Rose became a member of the ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC and APOSTOLIC CHURCH — which is the Church of God. In other words, she became a Catholic!
Here is an interesting piece of information for those who appreciate theological fine points: Prior to retiring and while still holding the authority of Peter, Pope Benedict issued a decree that instructed bishops, priests and deacons to alter the Baptism ceremony just a tad.
This alteration became official this past month. Even though Benedict is retired, he managed to issue this decree before the retirement became official (28 Feb).
The alteration occurs at the beginning of the ceremony — at what is called the “reception”.
After asking the parents and the godparents a few basic questions, the priest takes the thumb of his right hand and makes the sign of the cross on the child’s head. He used to say the following words while doing so: “(Name), the Christian community welcomes you with great joy. In its name, I claim you for Christ our Savior with the sign of His cross.”
Pope Benedict instructed us to change it as follows: “(Name), the Church of God welcomes you with great joy. In her name, I claim you for Christ our Savior with the sign of His cross.”
Do you see the subtle difference?
Benedict wanted to make it 100% clear that it is “THE CHURCH OF GOD” that is receiving the child, not some nebulous and ill-defined “Christian community”.
(Way to go, dear Papa (emeritus) Benedict! We love you!)
So, for the record: The first time this new formula was used in Girardville was in the case of Irelynn Rose Butler!
At the present time, I don’t think the little girl is particularly impressed with this piece of information but — who knows? — some day, when the priest who baptized her is long dead and gone, somebody might show her this bulletin article and she will say, “Well, gee whiz! Isn’t that neat?”
By means of Baptism, the little girl is now born again! May she always treasure her status as a born-again child of God the Father! May she live a successful life and, eventually, be numbered among the saints!

stjos/stvdp: 09.8.2013 - 03

: Of all the words I have read about whether or not we should bomb Syria, these words written by a community of Trappist nuns in Azeir, Syria made the deepest impression on me. Please read them and think about them.
Full disclosure: I am personally convinced in conscience that we ought not bomb Syria and that it will be grievously sinful if we do. I am in good company here. Pope Francis begs the USA and our allies not to bomb Syria.
I want to commend President Obama for not exercising the authority he claims is his under the War Powers Act, viz. to act without the approval of Congress. I commend him for referring the matter to Congress. I pray that Congress will give a resounding “NO” to the bombing of Syria and that President Obama will bow to the will of Congress.
We must keep in mind: There is no such thing as “a good war”. War always makes bad situations worse. We Catholics are not absolute pacifists. We allow for “just war”. There are criteria for “just wars”. These criteria are not met in the matter at hand. It would be manifestly unjust for us to go to war against Syria. Watch out for those who speak of war as if it were a high-school football game. Watch out for those who love war. They are not the ones who pay the price.

29 August 2013

Dear Mr. President:
Today we have no words, except those of the Psalms that the liturgical prayer puts onto our lips in these days:

Rebuke the Beast of the Reeds, that herd of bulls, that people of calves. Oh God, scatter the people who delight in war. The Lord has leaned down from the heights of his sanctuary, has looked down from heaven to earth to listen to the sighing of the captive, and set free those condemned to death. Listen, God, to my voice as I plead, protect my life from fear of the enemy; hide me from the league of the wicked, from the gang of evil-doers. They sharpen their tongues like a sword, aim their arrow of poisonous abuse. They support each other in their evil designs, they discuss how to lay their snares. "Who will see us?" they say. He will do that, he who penetrates human nature to its depths, the depths of the heart. Break into song for my God, to the tambourine, sing in honor of the Lord, to the cymbal, let psalm and canticle mingle for him, extol his Name, invoke it. For the Lord is a God who breaks battle-lines! Lord, you are great, you are glorious, wonderfully strong, unconquerable!

We look at the people around us, our day workers who are all here as if suspended, stunned: “They've decided to attack us!" Today we went to Tartous - we felt the anger, the helplessness, the inability to formulate a sense to all this: the people trying their best to work and to live normally.
You see the farmers watering their land, parents buying notebooks for the schools that are about to begin, unknowing children asking for a toy or an ice cream. You see the poor, so many of them, trying to scrape together a few coins. The streets are full of the inner refugees of Syria, who have come from all over to the only area left that is still relatively livable.

stjos/stvdp: 09.08.2013 - 04

You see the beauty of these hills, the smile on people's faces, the good-natured gaze of a boy who is about to join the army and gives us the two or three peanuts he has in his pocket as a token of togetherness.
And then you remember that they have decided to bomb us tomorrow. Just like that! Because “it's time to do something," as it is worded in the statements of the important men, who will be sipping their tea tomorrow as they watch TV to see how effective their humanitarian intervention will be.
Will they make us breathe the toxic gases of the depots they hit, tomorrow, so as to punish us for the gases we have already breathed in?
The people are straining their eyes and ears in front of the television: all they're waiting for is a word from Obama! A word from Obama? Will the Nobel Peace Prize winner drop his sentence of war onto us? Despite all justice, all common sense, all mercy, all humility, all wisdom?
The Pope has spoken up, patriarchs and bishops have spoken up, numberless witnesses have spoken up, analysts and people of experience have spoken up, even the opponents of the regime have spoken up. Yet here we all are, waiting for just one word from the great Obama! And if it weren't he, it would be someone else. It isn't he who is "the great one," it is the Evil One who, these days, is really acting up.
The problem is that it has become too easy to pass off lies as noble gestures, to pass ruthless self-interest off as a search for justice, to pass off the need to appear strong and to wield power as a “moral responsibility not to look away."
And despite all our globalizations and sources of information, it seems nothing can be verified. It seems that there is no such thing as a minimal scrap of truth. That is, they don't want there to be any truth; while actually a truth does exist, and anyone honest would be able to find it, if they truly sought it out together, if they weren't prevented by those who are in the service of other interests.
There is something wrong, and it is something very serious, because the consequences will be wrought on the lives of an entire population, it is in the blood that fills our streets, our eyes, our hearts.
Yet what use are words anymore? All has been destroyed: a nation destroyed, generations of young people exterminated, children growing up wielding weapons, women winding up alone and targeted by various types of violence, families, traditions, homes, religious buildings, monuments that tell and preserve history and therefore the roots of a people, all destroyed.
As Christians, we can at least offer all this up to the mercy of God, unite it to the blood of Christ, which carries out the redemption of the world in all those who suffer.
They are trying to kill hope, but we must hold on to it with all our might.
To those who truly have a heart for Syria, for mankind, for truth: We ask for prayer — abounding, heartfelt, courageous prayer.

The Trappist nuns from Azeir, Syria

stjos/stvdp: 09.08.2013 - 05


You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.

Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up whom they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.

Kristen, age 10

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.

Camille, age 10

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.

Derrick, age 8

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.

Lynnette, age 8

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.

Martin, age 10

When they're rich.

Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.

Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.

Howard, age 8

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.

Anita, age 9

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?

Kelvin, age 8

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.

Ricky, age 10

(The observations and advice given on this page are not necessarily those of the parishes or of the pastor.)

stjos/stvdp: 09.08.2013 - 06

These “few words” are prompted by an email I received from a friend of mine who had heard a lecture on the subject of Hell. In the lecture, the speaker (someone whom I consider quite reliable when it comes to Catholic doctrine) said that people in Hell do not want to see God.
My friend was puzzled to hear that people in Hell do not want to see God. She thought that the principal agony of Hell was wanting to see God but not being able to see Him.
Fortunately, I had heard the same lecture myself and was able to deal with the question.
Here is the email I sent my friend to try to help her to understand better.
She told me that, after reading my email a couple of times, it made sense to her.
So, in the hope that it will clarify things a bit for others, I print the email here.

Dear XXXX:
It is true that people in Hell do not want to see God.
And, of course, they don’t see God.
However, even though they don’t WANT to see God, they still NEED to see God.
No human being can possibly be happy without seeing God.
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O God, and our hearts shall find no rest until they rest in Thee!”
Let’s use an analogy.
I have a terrible toothache.
The pain is unbearable — morning, noon and night — and nothing will relieve the pain.
The only thing that can possibly relieve the pain is if I agree to go to “see” the dentist. In other words, I NEED the dentist.
But, at the same time, I don’t WANT to see the dentist.
In fact, I absolutely refuse ever to see the dentist.
In fact, I hate the dentist!
I am in the peculiar dilemma of not wanting to do the one thing that I need to do. That’s pretty much what Hell is. Does that answer your question?

In other words (to extend what I tried to say in this email): The mystery of Hell is precisely this: that the persons who are there, both the demonic and the human, are at perpetual and eternal war, not only with God, but with their very selves. They know perfectly well what they need to do in order to be happy but they absolutely and categorically refuse to do what is necessary in order to be happy. THEY DO NOT WANT WHAT THEY NEED!
It is not a question of “God getting even” or of “God torturing His enemies”. God doesn’t get even and God doesn’t torture anybody. To claim otherwise is blasphemous! The mystery of Hell is the mystery of human intransigence (stubbornness), not divine relentlessness. If we understand this, we understand something immensely important!

stjos/stvdp: 09.08.2013 - 07

THE ROB KRICK HEART FUND COMMITTEE will have its next meeting on Tuesday, 10 September at 07:00 pm in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend.
The Committee is planning a benefit Chinese Auction on Sunday, 06 October 2013, in St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall. Doors will be open at noon. The auction will begin at 02:00 pm. The Committee is currently seeking prize or monetary contributions for the event. Donations can be dropped off at Girardville Borough Hall during business hours or call Mary Beth Dougherty at 276-6361 to arrange for pick-up. 


St. Vincent dePaul Parish

 St. Joseph Parish 

 04 August: 

 $ 52.00

 $ 39.00

11 August:

 $ 23.00

 $ 43.00

 18 August

 $ 18.00

 $ 11.50

 25 August: 

 $ 22.00

 $ 42.00

 August total:

 $ 115.00

 $ 135.50

 Year-to-date total

 $ 968.75


 Total since starting


THE SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY is making preparations for its February Chinese Auction.
Part of this preparation is the chancing off of a LOTTERY TICKET TREE.
This tree will be chanced off on Sunday, 24 November (if I remember correctly).
You know what we are referring to, do you not?
The instant lottery tickets — the rub-off kind.
So, would you please purchase some lottery tickets for this purpose?
You can drop them into the basket at Mass or else you can drop them off at the Rectory.
THE PROSPECT OF THE DEMOLITION of the former IHM School at the corner of Main and Richard Streets is a cause for sadness for many persons.
I ask everyone who has affection for this old and noble building to be entirely rational and realistic.
We live in the midst of change.
Change is painful but inevitable.
Analogy: I hope to God that I shall never have to have any of my limbs amputated. I am rather fond of both of my legs and both of my arms and all that is attached to them.
However, I think in these terms: It is within the realm of possibility that skilled and learned physicians might say to me someday: “Father Connolly, we need to amputate your right leg. If we don’t amputate it, you will surely die. If we do amputate it, you will surely live.” What would I say? What would I do if such a scenario were to be real?
I would say: “Dear God, I place all my trust in You. Help me!” And then I would say to the physicians, “Doctors, do what you have to do. And, if my insurance will cover it, would you please include a qualified anesthesiologist on your surgical team?”
I ask everyone to refrain from mindless criticism. Don’t surrender to the temptation to blame the pastor (current or prior pastors) or to blame the bishop (current or prior bishops) and don’t blame the Pope either!
If anyone or anything is to blame, it is those who convinced our Catholic people that artificial contraception was perfectly fine and dandy — which, of course, it is not. Condoms and pills make for empty school buildings.
The decision to take down the building is a wise and necessary decision.
There are better days coming!

stjos/stvdp: 09.08.2013 - 08

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