MASS SCHEDULE: 08 - 15 DECEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 07 December
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

Monday, 09 December
The Immaculate Conception of Mary (Sol)
07:00 pm — God’s blessings and health: THERESA LYNCH
by her family

Wednesday, 11 December
St. Damasus I, pope (OptMem)
08:00 am — MARGUERITE KENNEY CROAKE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Friday, 13 December
St. Lucy, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — GEORGE BOXER
rescheduled from 26 Nov

Saturday, 14 December
St. John of the Cross, priest, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — MARGUERITE COYLE
by Bob and Ruth Weidler
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — WILLIAM and MARY CANAVAN
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 15 December
Third Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — TOM FARRELL
by his brother-in-law, Joe Muredda

 MASS SCHEDULE: 08 - 15 DECEMBER
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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
Vigil of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Sol)
07:00 pm — God’s blessings and safety: Rev. CHRISTOPHER M. BUTERA (chaplain in Afghanistan)
by Mom and Dad

Tuesday, 10 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — THOMAS AQUINAS COYLE
by Jim (+) and Theresa Neary

Thursday, 12 December
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Fst)
07:00 pm — PETER SMOLOCK
by the James Connell family

Saturday, 14 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JEAN STATUTIS MAJIKAS
by Eddie and Winnie Klimas
Sunday, 15 December

Third Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — CELINE MARIE KARAVAGE SCHNEE
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
30 NOVEMBER / 01 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $899.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $28.00 from the plate; $194.00 from the Dues envelopes; $16.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $70.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $56.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $68.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,331.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,331.00) 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 $212.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,009.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $55.00 from the plate; $257.00 from the Dues envelopes; $115.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $128.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,564.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,564.00) 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 $759.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 10 December
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 12 December
05:00 to 06:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 10 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, 13 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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JAMES FREDERICK NEARY Jr.,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 05 December 2013.
Born on 01 September 1923, he was 90 years of age.
Jim is the second of the three children of the late James F. and Rosella M. (Steinhelber) Neary.
His sister, Florence Neary Campbell, and his brother, Thomas Neary, are deceased.
Jim was baptized on 29 September 1923 in the Zion’s Reformed Church, Ashland, PA.
On 17 September 1949, Jim married Teresa J. Maley in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, in the presence of Fr. John M. Walsh.
On 01 March 1978, Jim became a Catholic. He entered into full communion with the Catholic Church at St. Joseph Church, Girardville. Fr. Robert J. McConaghy confirmed him and gave him First Holy Communion.
Jim and Teresa are the parents of Mark C. Neary.
They have three granddaughters: Katie Neary, Krissy Neary and Kelly Neary.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, 09 December, at 11:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel. There will be a viewing in the chapel from about 09:30 am until the time of the Mass.
(Teresa says that Jim had made it clear that he wanted his funeral Mass to be celebrated in the chapel. He had a special fondness for and pride in the chapel. He was one of a group of parishioners who were involved “hands on” in the “chapel project” during the time that Fr. Mongiello was pastor. The official name of the chapel is “Our Lady’s Chapel”. You might want to make note of the fact that 09 December 2013 is the date of both the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and Jim Neary’s funeral. For those of us who appreciate “signs”, this is a sign! A sign of what? A sign of Mary’s special favor, it seems to me.)
The interment will take place in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Jim Neary, 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.

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THANK YOU to all those persons who have donated food recently for our PARISH FOOD PANTRY. We are always happy to be able to provide food assistance to persons who ask. Please donate only those food items that are non-perishable and that do not require refrigeration.
True confessions: Someone recently donated a package of TastyKakes. They had an October expiration date. I was hesitant to give them to the poor and reluctant to leave them on the shelf much longer. After consulting with the Chancery Office and with his spiritual director, the pastor decided that it would not be a sin if he were to remove the TastyKakes from “Food for the Poor” status and designate them for his own consumption and that of his friends and cronies. I hope this is okay with God and with the donor.
THANK YOU also to those who put money into the Poor Boxes. We use this money exclusively for “good deeds for the poor”. Have no fear! None of it goes to support the pastor’s extravagant life style!
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held today (Sunday, 08 December) in the Sheridan Room. It starts at 02:00 pm. It’s for children ten years old and younger. The children should already have been signed up.
THE AMERICAN LEGION CHRISTMAS PARTY is next Sunday (15 December) at the American Legion Post Home. Also for children ten years old and younger. Still time to sign up.

 SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

As explained in tedious detail in last weekend’s bulletin, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is being celebrated this year on Monday, 09 December, and it is not (this year) a Holyday of Obligation.
Therefore, you will not be committing a sin if you do not go to Mass on 09 December.
But I highly recommend that you DO go to Mass on 09 December (or on the Vigil).
We shall have two Masses for the Immaculate Conception in Girardville:

Sunday, 08 December
07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Monday, 09 December
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
PLEASE NOTE THAT there will not be a Mass at 08:00 am on Monday, 09 December.
PLEASE NOT ALSO THAT the Exposition / Confession in St. Vincent dePaul Church has been switched from Wednesday to Tuesday.

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LILLIAN MARIE WAYNE,
second child (second daughter) of Brian P. and Taisha M. (Rusk) Wayne, was baptized in St. Joseph Church on Sunday, 01 December 2013.
This beautiful (and well-behaved) little girl was delivered from the original sin that she inherited from the first parents of the human race.
She has been removed from the Kingdom of Darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of Light.
She is now a member of the Mystical Body of Christ. She is now our sister in the Faith. She is now a part of the flock of the Good Shepherd.
She has been justified before God.
She has been filled with sanctifying grace.
She has acquired the right to go to Heaven.
She has been given the divine adoption, made a daughter of God the Father, a sister of God the Son and a dwelling place of God the Holy Spirit.
And, lest we forget, she is now a member of St. Joseph Parish, one of the two finest parishes in Girardville PA.
God bless the child and her parents.
May Brian and Taisha raise her in the love and the fear of the Lord.

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ANTHONY FRANCIS PATRICK WOOD,
a former member of St. Joseph Parish, died on 06 November 2013.
Born on 28 August 1921, he was 92 years of age.
He is one of eight children of the late Thomas C. and Helen E. (Dean) Wood.
Three of his brothers and one of his sisters are deceased: Thomas, Mary, Jack and Patrick.
One of his brothers and two of his sisters survive him: Dean Wood, Alice Wood McDonald and Marguerite Wood Rooney.
Anthony served with distinction during the Second World War, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded twice and received the Purple Hearts, two Oak Leaf Clusters.
On 22 September 1951, in the presence of Fr. William A. McArdle, Anthony married Anna Marie Ey in St. Joseph Church, Girardville. Anthony and Anna Marie had two children: Francis Wood and Anna Marie Wood.
Anthony’s wife, Anna Marie, died in 1997 and his son, Francis, died in 2007.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church, Girardville, at 11:00 am on Saturday, 07 December. There was a calling hour in the church prior to the Mass. The interment took place in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Considering Anthony’s heroic service during the 2nd World War, it seems especially appropriate that his funeral Mass take place on the 72nd anniversary of that horrific event that precipitated America’s entrance into the War, viz. the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Eternal rest grant unto Anthony Wood, 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.

A Letter To Dad
A father passing by his son's bedroom was astonished to see that his 16-year old son’s bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to “Dad”. With fear and trepidation, he opened the envelope and read the letter.
Dear Dad:
It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mom and you. I have been finding real passion with Stacy and she is so nice. But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercing, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes and the fact that she is 28 years old. But it's not only the passion. Dad, she's pregnant! Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children. Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that pot doesn't really hurt anyone. We'll be growing it for ourselves and trading it with the other people that live nearby for cocaine and ecstasy. In the meantime we will pray that science will find a cure for AIDS, so Stacy can get better. She deserves it. Don't worry Dad. I'm 16 and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I'm sure that we will be back to visit so that you can get to know your grandchildren.
Love,
Your Son,
Johnny

PS — Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at Andy's house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the report card that's in my center desk drawer. I love you. Let me know when it's safe to come home.

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JAMES EDWARD MINAHAN Jr.,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 05 December 2013.
Born on 15 May 1943, he was 70 years of age.
He is one of the five children of the late James E. and Elizabeth (Meade) Minahan.
His four brothers and sisters are: Mary Ann Minahan Lomas (deceased); Stephen Minahan; John Minahan; Elizabeth Minahan George.
Jim was baptized in Holy Rosary Church, Mahanoy Plane, on 30 May 1943, by Fr. J. J. Carroll.
On 10 April 1968, he married Carol Ann Urban in Our Lady of Siluva Church, Maizeville, in the presence of Fr. Albin J. Bielski.
Jim has two children: James Minahan and Carol Minahan Wolfe.
He has six grandchildren: Nicole Copeland; Brian Copeland; Michelle Copeland; James Minahan; Dylan Minahan; Cody Mertz.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Chapel at 11:00 am on Tuesday, 10 December. There will be a visiting time for about a half-hour prior to the Mass.
The interment will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, Englewood, Frackville.
Eternal rest grant unto James Minahan, 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.
AND THE WINNER IS …..
The drawing for the Lottery Tree was held after the 08:30 am Mass last Sunday (01 Dec). It was an honest-and-true drawing, witnessed by various honest-and-true persons — citizens of high esteem and irreproachable integrity. And the pastor was there too.
We hereby announce that the winning ticket had written on it the name KULENGOSKY.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. K. We hope they had fun scratching all those tickets and we hope they came up with a winner or two or three!
The profit realized to the Holy Rosary Society amounted to $1,223.00, for which we all say “thank you!” That “thank you” applies to all who donated lottery tickets and to all who purchased and sold the raffle tickets.

 GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
$97.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$135.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program:
$1,986.50 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
$2,211.00 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!
REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM
St. Joseph Parish received a check from Redner’s for $52.43. This is for the period mid-July to September. This is the second check received from Redner’s for St. Joseph Parish.
St. Vincent dePaul Parish received a check from Redner’s for $60.43. This was for the period May to September. This is the first check received from Redner’s for St. Vincent dePaul Parish.

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JOLLY BUT ….. ON AT LEAST ONE OCCASION ….. NOT ALL THAT JOLLY!
SAINT NICHOLAS, BISHOP OF MYRA
, was outstanding as an example of kindness to the poor.
People liked to see him come around because, when he came around, he would often be carrying some gifts with him.
I guess it could be accurately said about him that he was a “jolly man”.
He lived to the age of 73. Back in the fourth century, 73 was kind of old.
Hence: not just “jolly”, but “jolly old Bishop Nicholas”.
Being a canonized saint, he has long been known as “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”.
And, as everyone knows (?), St. Nicholas is the historical basis for the mythological character known as Santa Claus.
(If this is the first time that you ever heard that Santa Claus is a mythological character, I’m sorry to be the one to break your balloon, but — let’s face it! — if you’re old enough to read the parish bulletin, you’re old enough to know that the man in the red suit with the flying reindeer is just a charming myth.
When Nicholas was about 55 years old, he went to the city of Nicea (located in modern-day Turkey) for the very first ecumenical council ever held in the history of the Church.
The Council had been called in order to settle the hash of a highly unsatisfactory bishop named Arius. The year was AD 325.
Arius was a hotshot kind of a bishop — very charismatic and very full of himself. Arius said that Jesus is not actually God in human flesh, but just a very splendid human person with godlike qualities.
This, of course, is RANK HERESY! CALL OUT THE MILITIA!
Being a man of action, Bishop Nicholas decided to settle the Arian heresy in his own way.
When he heard Bishop Arius get up and deny the divinity of Jesus Christ, Nicholas walked over towards him and punched him in the face.
The other bishops present at the Council, together with the civil officials, thought that this was most unseemly.
So, they had Bishop Nicholas arrested and thrown into prison for assault and battery. Not only that, but they arranged to have him defrocked and demoted. They decided he was no longer worthy to serve as a bishop, so they stripped him of his insignia of office, viz. the Book of the Gospels and the Pallium.
But a strange thing happened while Nicholas was languishing in durance vile.
The Lord Jesus and the Blessed Mother appeared to him. Jesus gave him back the Book of the Gospels and Mary gave him back the Pallium.
If you look closely at the icon printed above, you will see an image of Jesus on the left handing Nicholas the Book of the Gospels and an image of Mary on the right handing him the Pallium.
Long story short: Nicholas was released from prison and restored to his episcopal dignity and office. I’m not sure, but I think a condition of his probation was that he not go around punching heretics. Understandable, but not a nice thing to do! But remember, this was well before the ecumenical movement
Moral of the story: Watch out for so-called Christians who deny that Jesus is God. For example: Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, both of whom do so as a matter of misguided principle. But not only Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses! Also some left-wing Protestants and, God help us, even some left-wing Catholics — although they are not really Catholics if they deny the divinity of Jesus. But do not punch them! Instead pray for them, that they will be converted to the Truth.
Another moral of the story: Remember that Christmas, which is right around the corner, is worth celebrating precisely because it is the annual commemoration of the Invisible God uniting Himself to visible human flesh.

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