MASS SCHEDULE: 01 - 08 DECEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 30 November
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ANDREW and MARIE (Coyle) KAPLAFKA
(75th anniversary of wedding)
by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Sunday, 01 December
First Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — ARTHUR THOMAS CROAKE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Monday, 02 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health:
JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Wednesday, 04 December
St. John Damascene, priest, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Friday, 06 December
St. Nicholas, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — JAMES A. COYLE
by his son, Jim, and family

Saturday, 07 December
St. Ambrose, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ANTHONY MORICES
by his grandson, Joseph Muredda

Sunday, 08 December
Second Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — WASSEL and KATHRYN (Weiner) STATUE
by their nephew, Brian Michael Purcell

 MASS SCHEDULE: 01 - 08 DECEMBER
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 30 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH and HELEN BISCOE
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 01 December
First Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — ROSE TUCCI GARBETTI
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Tuesday, 03 December
St. Francis Xavier, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — PETER SMOLOCK
by Theresa Alshefski Gudonis

Thursday, 05 December
Advent Weekday
06:00 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 07 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANTHONY F. MAJIKAS
by his family

Sunday, 08 December
Second Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
23 / 24 NOVEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,042.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $25.00 from the plate; $160.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $45.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $280.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $89.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,651.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $10.00 from the Poverty Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,651.00) 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 $532.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $719.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $47.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $375.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $107.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,258.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $5.00 from the Poverty Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,258.00) 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 $453.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 04 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 05 December
05:00 to 06:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 04 December
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, 06 December
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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JOSHUA MICHAEL ALSHEFSKI (the big boy)
and
CAISON THOMAS ALSHEFSKI (the little boy)
were born again of water and the Holy Spirit on Sunday, 17 November 2013 in St. Joseph Church. They are the newest members of St. Joseph Parish.
I asked the family to give me a photo of just the two boys by themselves for the bulletin. But this is the one they gave me. I don’t think it is good practice to include photos of myself in the bulletin if I can avoid it but, in this case, I couldn’t resist. This photo has a certain charm to it. I thought of captioning it as follows: The Father, the Son and the Sleepy Holy Ghost, but decided not to, lest I be accused of irreverence.
The boys were dressed in the white garments after the saving waters of Baptism were poured upon them and as part of the Baptism ritual. The white garments — and remember that the Latin word for “white” is “candida” — are symbolic of the purity of their souls. These boys have been made candidates for eternal life. By Baptism God has elected them! That is why Joshua and Caison are now members of the “electi” or, as we say in English, “the elect” or “the chosen ones”. It pleases God to include them among those whom He will bring to Heaven It pleases God to make them “probationary saints” here on earth and, if they persevere in holiness, God will make them “definitive saints” in the world to come.
May God bless these new sons of His and may they cooperate with Him as they journey towards Eternity. May the Holy Mother, Mary, pray for them.
Welcome to the Catholic Church, dear Joshua Michael and Caison Thomas!
A MOTHER COMPLAINED TO HER DOCTOR about her daughter’s strange eating habits. “All day long she lies in bed and eats yeast and car wax. What will happen to her?”.
“Don’t worry about her, lady” said the Doctor. “Eventually, she will rise and shine!”
A MAN GOES TO THE DOCTOR and complains that his wife can`t hear him.
“How bad is it?” the doctor asks.
“I don’t know exactly” said the husband. “Pretty bad, I’d say!”
“Well, you should test her. Stand twenty feet away from her and say something. If she doesn’t hear you, get closer and say the same thing. Keep moving closer, repeating the comment until she does hear you. That way we’ll have an idea of her range of hearing loss.”
So the man goes home and sees his wife in the kitchen chopping up vegetables for dinner.
From twenty feet: “What are we having for dinner?”
No answer. From ten feet, no answser. From five feet, no answer. Finally he`s standing right behind her and shouts: “WHAT’S FOR DINNER?”
She turns around, looks at him and says “FOR THE FOURTH TIME … BEEF STEW!”
A DOCTOR WARNED HIS PATIENT: “I think you ought to stop taking sleeping pills every night. They`re habit-forming, you know.”
“Don`t be silly,” said the patient. “I’ve been taking them every night now for twenty years and they haven`t become a habit yet.”

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THE SANCTUARY CANDLE at St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in loving memory of Blase J. Draugelis, at the request of his family.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Perhaps you read the following article in The Weekender section of the 29 Nov edition of the Pottsville Republican. It was written by Mark Pilarksi, syndicated columnist. I am reprinting a portion of the article as a public service!

Can A $50 Bill Ruin Your Day?
Dear Mark:

Do you know why $50 bills are unlucky in a casino? My husband will never accept them from a cashier, but can’t explain why except to say that they are jinxed. Have you ever heard of such a thing?
Jackie H.
Dear Jackie:

The fifty-dollar bill ($50) is a denomination of United States currency that has the 18th U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant featured on the obverse, with the U.S. Capitol on the reverse. Hardly anything here draws on superstition, that groundless belief in a supernatural agency. Yet, your husband is far from alone. Many gamblers are dead set against accepting them, and many casinos will not even hand them out.
It is unclear where the bill’s unlucky reputation comes from, but legend has it that mobsters used to tuck $50 bills in the jacket pockets of victims they buried in the desert. Bugsy Siegel had three on him when he was snuffed out by the mob.
Mark

My comment and urgent advice
I have to admit this was all news to me! I never knew anything about $50 bills being unlucky!! (I get too soon old and too late smart!) I knew that Bugsy Siegel (RIP) got bumped off by the Mob, but I didn’t know anything about the three fifties that were found in his jacket pocket. So, as a public service, I would like everyone in the two parishes (and everyone who reads this bulletin) to go through your pockets, wallets and handbags and take out all your $50 bills. Check under your mattresses and sofa cushions. Bring all those nasty fifties (or mail them) to St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. Or else, drop them into the collection basket. I shall see to it that they are deposited without delay in the bank to the credit of the parishes. Don’t delay! Do this immediately!

 2014 MASS BOOK
We are opening the 2014 Mass Book.
It will be open on Tuesday, 03 December, at 11:00 am.
You are welcome to come to the Rectory on that day (and the following days) in order to reserve dates for the offering of Mass for your loved ones, both living and deceased.
Dear Friends: Please do not allow negative thoughts to fill your mind or conversation when you see the school building being demolished. All things are passing. This demolition is for the good of the parish and of the community. I guarantee you!

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 The Sacrament
of
CONFIRMATION

ASHLAND / FRACKVILLE / GIRARDVILLE / GORDON REGION
Saint Joseph Parish
Girardville PA
26 November 2013

His Excellency
The Most Reverend Edward P. Cullen, DD.
(Third Bishop of Allentown)
Bishop Emeritus of Allentown

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 THE GIVING TREE
Every Advent, our parishes participate in the GIVING TREE project.
This is a special act of generosity for newborn babies and for their mothers.
It is sponsored by BIRTHRIGHT OF FRACKVILLE.
What we are soliciting is gifts for babies.
Understand, of course, that the babies and the mothers who will receive these gifts come from poor and, oftentimes, very difficult circumstances.
The trees are in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church and St. Joseph Chapel.
Tags have been placed on the trees.
These tags specify certain categories of gifts.
You don’t absolutely need to take a tag (although you certainly may, if you wish).
You know what babies and their mothers need.
If you don’t, ask any mother!
Donations of money are gladly received.
However, if you do give money, please don’t place it by the trees.
Instead, put it in an envelope marked GIVING TREE or BIRTHRIGHT and put it in the collection basket or else drop it off at the Rectory.
THIS WEEKEND IS THE LAST CHANCE to buy tickets for the Lottery Tree. They are on sale in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church. Two dollars each or three for five dollars. The raffle will be held after the 08:30 am Mass on Sunday, 01 December

 GIRARDVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
3rd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GALA

Borough Hall, 4th and B Streets
Saturday, 07 December
01:00 to 05:00 pm
Sunday, 08 December
01:00 to 05:00 pm
All are cordially welcome!
Food and refreshments available for purchase.
THE GOOD TIME CLUB has this year’s Christmas balls for sale. Call Edna at 570-276-6356 to purchase this year’s ball or contact any member of the Good Time Club. This year the ball is of the St. Joseph High School / Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School.

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 THE SOLEMNITY OF
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY

falls on 08 December, as every good Catholic knows!
However, this year (2013), it falls on 09 December.
So, the question is this: Are Catholics obliged to attend Mass on 09 December 2013?
I’ll give you a short answer and a long answer. Take your choice.
Short answer
No, Catholics are not obliged to attend Mass on 09 December 2013.
Long answer
Whenever the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception falls on a Sunday, it is transferred to the next day, viz. Monday, 09 December.
Under current rules, Catholics are not obliged to attend Mass on Holydays of Obligation that fall on Saturdays or Mondays, but there are two exceptions. The two exceptions are Immaculate Conception (08 Dec) and Christmas (25 Dec).
So, one would think that Catholics are obliged to attend Mass on 09 December 2013, inasmuch as the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is one of the two exceptions to the “Saturday / Monday rule”. But, if one were to think so, one would be mistaken.
Why?
Because, if a Holyday falls on a Monday because it was transferred from Sunday, then the obligation to attend Mass does not accompany the transfer.
Do you understand?
If not, then go back and read the short answer.
And don’t blame me if this sounds complicated. I just work here. I don’t make the rules.
Nobody ever said it was going to be easy to be a Catholic!
Now that you know that, I am going to recommend to everyone that you go to Mass anyway on 09 December — if not out of obligation then out of devotion, pure and simple. Mary will notice and she’ll let Jesus know. She tells Him everything!

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I GOT THE FOLLOWING STORY FROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE RELATIVES, RICK NALEN. Rick is married to one of my favorite nieces. I saw them on Thanksgiving Day at our family gathering in Southampton (PA).
Rick told me that he was attending a concert recently in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. He happened to make conversation with three gentlemen whom he had not met before. He asked them where they were from. They said that they were from a small town upstate that he never heard of. He asked them, “What’s the name of the town?” They said it’s near Pottsville. He said, “I know where Pottsville is. What’s the name of your town?” They said, “Girardville”. Rick said, “Girardville? No kidding! I’ve got an uncle up there. He’s the parish priest. His name is Father Connolly. Do you know him?” They said that, yes, they do know him, but they don’t go to church. I asked Rick if he remembered their names. He said that he did not. Too bad! I’d like to know who they are. I didn’t know that there were any men in Girardville who don’t go to church.
LAST SUNDAY (24 Nov), I made a couple of references to Socialism in the homily. One of the things I did in the homily was to quote Pope Pius XI: “No one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true Socialist”.
Just in case you think little kids don’t listen to homilies (especially abstract homilies), consider this: An eight-year old boy named Marcus came up to me afterwards and said, “Father Connolly, just in case you ever start an Anti-Socialism Club, let me know”. I assured him that I would. In fact, Marcus can be the President of the Anti-Socialism Club (if and when we get it off the ground!)

AMERICAN LEGION POST #309
CHRISTMAS PARTY

Children of Girardville, up to age ten (10) are invited to a Christmas Party on Sunday, 15 December, from 04:00 to 06:00 pm, at the Post Home, 122 W. Main Street. All children must be registered by Monday, 09 December. You will find registration forms in the back of StVdP Church and in the Sheridan Room.

PLEASE NOTE that the Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church usually celebrated at 06:30 pm on the first Thursday of the month, will be celebrated at 06:00 pm on Thursday, 05 December, because of the Holy Rosary Society Christmas Dinner, which will be held afterwards at McDonald’s Restaurant.
Therefore: Confessions will be at 05:00 pm, instead of at 05:30 pm.

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 Saint Andrew
Christmas Novena

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

It is an ancient and honorable custom to pray this prayer fifteen times every day, starting on the Feast of St. Andrew (30 November) up to and including Christmas Eve (24 December).
The “fifteen times” may be sequential or scattered through the day.
It is good to specify some particular worthy intention — something that will gladden both your own heart and the Heart of God. I suggest that you post this prayer on your refrigerator and / or fold it up and put it in your pocket, so that it will be accessible when you want to say it.

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