MASS SCHEDULE: 29 DECEMBER - 05 JANUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 28 December
Vigil of the Holy Family
05:30 pm — God’s blessings: JIM and LYNN SVONAVEC
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Sunday, 29 December
The Holy Family
10:00 am — JAMES F. NEARY
by Anne McLaughlin Jacavage
11:30 am — FLORENCE KINSELLA
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Monday, 30 December
Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
08:00 am — FRANK POLANSKY
by OPM

Tuesday, 31 December
Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
05:30 pm — SOPHIE HARDING
by OPM

Wednesday, 01 January
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
11:30 am — MARY ROWLAND (21st anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Friday, 03 January
Christmas Weekday
08:00 am — ZDENEK STANISLAV ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 04 January
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice
Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord
05:30 pm — JOHN PLACHKO
rescheduled from 27 Dec

Sunday, 05 January
The Epiphany of the Lord
11:30 am — God’s blessings and health: MICHAEL BONAVITACOLA Sr.
by John and Rita Zielinski

 MASS SCHEDULE: 29 DECEMBER - 05 JANUARY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 28 December
Vigil of the Holy Family
04:00 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by Bernice

Sunday, 29 December
The Holy Family
08:30 am — JEAN STATUTIS MAJIKAS
by Charles and Kathleen Sherman

Tuesday, 31 December
Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
08:00 am — FRANK WEICIKOSKY
by OPM
Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
04:00 pm — DOLORES SHANOSKIE
by OPM

Wednesday, 01 January
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
08:30 am — JOHN MATTHEW KLEIN IV
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Thursday, 02 January
SS. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops, doctors (OblMem)
06:30 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 04 January
Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord
04:00 pm — JEAN STATUTIS MAJIKAS
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 05 January
The Epiphany of the Lord
08:30 am — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
(70th anniversary of birth)
by her husband and her daughter

stjos/stvdp: 12.29.2013 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
21 / 22 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,355.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $52.00 from the plate; $75.00 from the Dues envelopes; $135.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $100.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,767.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $25.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes
—$25.00 from the Poverty Relief envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,767.00) 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 $648.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,423.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $111.00 from the plate; $409.00 from the Dues envelopes; $65.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $54.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,062.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $2.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($784.00) 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 $1,257.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 31 December
10:30 to 11:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 02 January
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 03 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 31 December
10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 11:40 pm
followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, 03 January
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

stjos/stvdp: 12.29.2013 - 02


THE FOLLOWING APPEARED on page 06 of the 29 July 2012 edition of our parish bulletin:

THE SENTENCING OF MONSIGNOR LYNN
Msgr. William Lynn, former vicar for clergy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been sentenced to serve three to six years in prison for his alleged role in the assignment of a priest who had a track record of child molestation and who is now in prison (which he deserves).
I have read everything I can get my hands on about this case. It is as clear to me as it can be that Msgr. Lynn is being railroaded. The assistant district attorney who prosecuted him called Msgr. Lynn “an evil man”. This is utterly absurd! The unspoken is this: Blessington wanted Bevilacqua, but couldn’t get him because he died. So, he settled for Lynn! May God help Msgr. Lynn in his time of suffering.

WE READ the following on page 01 of the 27 December 2013 edition of the Pottsville Republican:

PA. COURT REVERSES CHURCH OFFICIAL’S CONVICTION
Monsignor was 1st charged for clergy-abuse complaints

A Roman Catholic Church official who has been jailed for more than a year for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints had his landmark conviction reversed and was ordered released Thursday.
A three-judge Superior Court panel unanimously rejected prosecution arguments that Monsignor William Lynn, the first U.S. church official ever charged or convicted for the handling of clergy-abuse complaints, was legally responsible for an abused boy’s welfare in the late 1990s.
“He’s been in prison 18 months for a crime he didn’t commit and couldn’t commit under the law”, his attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, said. “It’s incredible what happened to this man.”

MY COMMENT

There are three things I would like to say:
#01— I am very, very, very happy that Msgr. Lynn has been vindicated and that he will be released from prison. “The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.” (I learned that maxim when I was a child in Most Precious Blood School in Philadelphia. It was Sister Stella Carmel ’s favorite maxim!)
#02— I hope that, in due time, Archbishop Chaput will sit down and chat with Monsignor about the future. I hope that Monsignor will be given a priestly assignment that is suitable and satisfactory. Any parish that receives Bill Lynn as pastor will be fortunate indeed! There will be no need for a crucifix on the altar when he celebrates Mass because he himself will be the crucifix.
#03— I hope that Judge M. Teresa Sarmina and District Attorney Seth Williams and Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington, all of whom acted with brazen contempt for the law in the case against Msgr. Lynn, will receive, in the world to come, mercy from God for having twisted the law to convict an innocent man, all for the sake of popular acclaim, towards the furtherance of their own miserable careers.

stjos/stvdp: 12.29.2013 - 03



HOLINESS IS MORE THAN BEING NICE!

by Msgr. Charles Pope

We live in a time that has tended to reduce holiness to merely being nice and agreeable. In this manner of thinking holiness tends to be variously thought of as: getting along well with everyone, being kind, agreeable, helpful, likable, generous, pleasant, mild mannered, amiable, good humored, middle of the road, even tempered, placid, benevolent, friendly, forbearing, tolerant, thoughtful, and the like. It can all be summed up by saying that “so-and-so” is “basically a nice person.” And thus the goal seems more to be nice than holy.

If you think this isn’t so, listen to how people talk at funerals. “Wow, Joe was a great guy!….We’re all gonna miss his jokes….Joe liked everybody! Joe would do anything for you!” Now all this is fine. But did Joe pray? Did Joe raise his kids in the fear of the Lord? Did Joe set a moral example that summoned others to holiness? Maybe he did but people don’t usually talk about that at the wake service. All that seems to matter is that Joe was a “great guy.” But the goal in life is not just to be a great guy, it is to be holy.

Now, none of the qualities listed above the previous paragraphs are wrong or bad. But the problem is that we have largely reduced holiness to these sorts of qualities, to being “basically a nice person.” Oh sure, holy people will be known to pray and that sort of stuff but God forbid that someone might exhibit righteous anger or rebuke sin. No, that wouldn’t be nice at all! It’s wrong to upset people isn’t it? And thus we tend to limit what holiness should be like.

But true holiness, while it does not seek a fight, does not easily fit into this world’s schemes and categories. It tends to run against the grain and upset the status quo. Jesus could surely be kind, merciful and forgiving. But he was also holy. And true holiness does not compromise the truth, does not go along to get along. It does not remain silent just so everyone can be happy and unoffended. Jesus did not end up on the Cross because he was “basically a nice person.” He spoke the truth in love. He prophetically denounced hypocrisy, duplicity, sin and injustice. It is true he also blessed children and repentant sinners found refuge in him and a strong advocate. But Jesus was no fool, and he didn’t just go around slapping every one’s back and being nice. Jesus was holy. And holiness is hot to the touch. It is not easily endured by the tepid and worldly minded. They killed him for it.

Too many Christians have substituted niceness for holiness and hence endure almost no hostility from the world. Too many Christians think that getting along and being popular is their main task. Having enemies is somehow “unchristian.” Never mind that Jesus told us to love our enemies (which presupposes we have some). No, having enemies is surely a sign that we are not getting along with people and that is not very nice (err….”holy”).

Now this attitude is deadly to living a prophetic Christian witness. Of course the word “witness” is Biblically tied to the word “martyr.” Martyrs do not end up dead by being nice. They usually end up dead or at least persecuted by running afoul of the world’s norms and priorities. And when told to be nice and go along to get along, they declined and continued as an irritant to a world that demands compromise with evil, approval of sin, and silence about faith. But this is our call, not to be nice, to be holy. Holy means “set apart,” “distinct from what is around it.”

There is a place for niceness and ordinary human kindness. But the point is that holiness cannot be reduced to this. There are times where holiness demands that we speak out strongly and unambiguously. True holiness will lead us increasingly to live in a way that others will often find an irritant. Perhaps our radical simplicity and generosity will prick their conscience. Perhaps our deep devotion to God will cause them to feel uneasy. Perhaps our moral positions will offend their politics or worldly ethics. Our mentioning of a day of judgment that looms may incite their anger. And so forth…. We do not seek conflict, but conflict finds us. The world demands that we back down and be nice, that we get along better.

Holiness is not of this world. True holiness brings an increasingly radical transformation that makes the recipient seem to be a foreigner in this world who speaks with a strange accent and has foreign ways. He does not fit into simple political distinctions, does not conform to worldly categories. True holiness ignites a fire in the recipient and fire changes everything it touches. In the end no one remains neutral to a truly holy person. Either they complain of the heat or draw warmth, but no one is neutral.
Holiness is a lot more than being nice.

My comment: I think this is a superb article. (That’s why I am printing it in our bulletin!) I thank Msgr. Pope for writing it. One thought that occurs to me is this: In the ongoing controversy about “homosexual rights” and “gay marriage”, we find a great many people who have sold out the store and have abandoned holiness and common sense by taking the position that “homosexuals should be able to marry just the same as heterosexuals” because “we shouldn’t discriminate” and because “everyone has a right to love the person of his or her choice”. Anyone who parrots this nonsense is committing treason against God and common sense. I ask everyone in our two parishes to hold the fort against endorsing “same-sex marriage” and special rights for homosexuals. It takes some intestinal fortitude (also known as guts) to risk being thought of as “not a nice person”. Holiness trumps “nice” in the courts of God.

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stjos/stvdp: 12.29.2013 - 06


 2014 PARISH CALENDARS
are available for you to pick up.
Look in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church and / or in the Sheridan Room, behind St. Joseph Chapel. Feel free to take one or two extras for persons who might otherwise not pick them up.
We are grateful to Tom Sullivan, the funeral director, for providing the calendars for the parishes!

 SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Wednesday, 01 January 2014
A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
M A S S S C H E D U L E

Tuesday, 31 December
04:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church
05:30 pm in St. Joseph Chapel

Wednesday, 01 January
08:30 am in St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am in St. Joseph Chapel

We respectfully remind everyone that attendance at Mass on the Holyday or on the Vigil is required of every Catholic, age seven and older, unless dispensed by reason of sickness or emergency — and that this is a serious obligation.
It would be a mortal sin knowingly and deliberately to omit attendance at Mass on the Holyday.

 NEW YEAR’S EVE!
FREE WHISKEY, WINE and BEER!
ALL YOU CAN DRINK!

That’s what's known as an attention grabber.
Sorry to take advantage of you.
The Devil made me do it!
There won’t really be any whiskey, wine or beer — free or otherwise.
But here is what I would like you to know:

The Lord Jesus welcomes you to spend the last minutes of 2013 in His Sacramental Presence.
The Sacrament of His Body and Blood will be exposed on the altar from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight in St. Vincent dePaul Church. Come when you can. Leave when you must. If you are there between 11:40 pm and midnight, you can join in praying the Rosary. There will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament immediately after the Rosary.
If you care to do so, you can come over to the Rectory afterwards for hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.

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