Saturday, 04 January
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:
by John and Rita Zielinski

Monday, 06 January
St. Andre Bessette, religious (OptMem)
by OPM

Wednesday, 08 January
Christmas Weekday
by OPM

Friday, 10 January
Christmas Weekday
rescheduled from 03 Jan

Saturday, 11 January
Christmas Weekday
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
05:30 pm — God’s blessings: JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Sunday, 12 January
The Baptism of the Lord
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski


Saturday, 04 January
Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 05 January
The Epiphany of the Lord
(70th anniversary of birth)
by her husband, Butch, and her daughter, Mary Jane

Tuesday, 07 January
St. Raymond of Penyafort, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings:
by her Mom and Dad

Thursday, 09 January
Christmas Weekday
by OPM

Saturday, 11 January
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 12 January
The Baptism of the Lord
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 01.05.2014 - 01

28 / 29 DECEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,093.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $43.00 from the plate; $76.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $15.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $4,465.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $78.00 from the loose.
Total: $5,785.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($5,785.00) 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 $4,666.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $790.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the plate; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $2,601.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $101.00 from the loose.
Total: $3,573.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($3,573.00) 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 $2,768.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 07 January
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 09 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 10 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 07 January
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, 10 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

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stjos/stvdp: 01.05.2014 - 03


by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Why are modern men such lay-abouts? It’s simple. When the family declines, men decline. Men who are disassociated from family life soon become de-motivated, shiftless and under achieving.
I’ve known men with severe self-esteem problems. They are stuck and can’t achieve their potential. Invariably their fathers told them that they were crap or they were stupid or no good. What the father says about the child –especially the son–remains a potent force in the child’s life. If the father is no good it’s bad, but if there is no father or a totally disengaged father the child is rootless and drifting. He or she does not have the tools in his or her toolbox to know how to deal with the world. They’ve got pieces missing.
Of course there are father figures who can help to put things back together and fill in the blanks, but the decline of the family and especially the crisis in masculinity and fatherhood are desperate gaps in our social and familial infrastructure.
As the traditional family disintegrates, what we are seeing is the development of supposedly new forms of family life. These new forms of family are supposed to be of equal value or even better than the traditional family, but we should not be deceived. The newly developing forms of family life in our society are not morally neutral, nor are they a progression to something better and more sophisticated. They are a regression to a more primitive and barbaric form of family structure. There are two trends which do not bode well for the future: matriarchy and polygamy.
With the rise of the single mother family, we are seeing a form of matriarchy develop. Women control the wealth, guard the home, rear the children and provide for the family. As new generations of single mothers bear children, the matriarchal structure extends to the grandmother and great grandmother. I lived in England for twenty-five years and during that time saw how the state (by giving everything to single teen mothers) created the new matriarchy. A girl who became pregnant at fifteen was given an apartment and everything necessary for the child. If she married she lost many of the benefits, so it was to her advantage to remain a single mother. By the time she was thirty she was a grandmother, for her daughters had continued the pattern. At forty-five she was a great grandmother, and the three generations lived in close proximity amongst the underclass in Britain like a modern matriarchal tribe.
The men roamed about like hunter-gatherers — living off unemployment checks or casual labor, spending their time in sports and past-times while the women (looked after by the state) controlled the home. The men lived with either their mothers or their girlfriends — often serially. They had no reason to marry, no reason to get a permanent job, no reason to “get ahead”.
While this was characteristic of the underclass it would be wrong to limit it to the underclass. Through easy no-fault divorce, cohabitation, and the decline of marriage, the new matriarchy also existed within the middle and upper classes. There too, the men were kicked out through divorce. The women claimed the wealth, controlled the family and the men were relegated to roaming about living alone or living with a series of girlfriends or new wives. Families with step-children and half-children abounded — almost always with the women in charge.

This sort of matriarchy is not an advance. It does not lead to human flourishing, human achievement or any sense of human self-worth. The men resent being excluded by the women; the women eventually resent having to do everything. The children are left to fend for themselves.
The other alternative that we will see develop before long is polygamy. There will be plenty of utilitarian arguments for polygamy, and the law (once it has approved same sex marriages) will not be able to hold back the so-called “advance” that polygamy offers. Many women will turn away from the de facto and accept its opposite: polygamy. Rather than do everything, they will join a harem of women reliant on the one man who does and decides everything.
Again, we should not be deceived. Polygamy is not an advance. It is not progress but regress. Polygamy will set back women’s rights and self-esteem, locking them into a relationship with a man — a relationship which must be abusive because (when faced with a tribe of pregnant women who can’t support themselves) he will be the one in charge. The woman will become a second-class citizen, valued only for her child-bearing capability, just as the roaming stud is valued in statist matriarchy only for the fact that he can give the girl another baby.
Every society that has advanced and moved forward historically has moved beyond matriarchy and polygamy. This must be so because matriarchy demeans men and polygamy demeans women. Only in monogamy are man and woman ideally treated as equals.
The true advancement for humanity was the gradual predominance not only of monogamy, but the Christian ideal of monogamy. It was only Christianity which exalted the union of man and woman to such a high status. The Romans were aghast that Christian husbands and wives actually loved one another. That a woman was to be treated with respect and honor within a marriage was revolutionary. That marriage should be for life (thus offering security and protection to the woman) was revolutionary. That the Christians loaded marriage with theological significance making it a sacrament and the crucible whereby the soul’s salvation was forged, was a radical advance and innovation. That marriage signified the union between God and humanity was an astounding advance in human social and self-understanding.
To go back to matriarchy and polygamy is a regression similar to a society drifting back into racial segregation and slavery. Such a prospect should not be laughed at. A society like ours, that has made great strides in the area of racial integration and equality may very well slide back into segregation and even a kind of de facto slavery. How that might happen is the stuff of another speculative blog post, but, in the meantime, realize that the regression of marriage into matriarchy and polygamy is not something enforced from above, but evolved from below.
We have chosen this regression to a more primitive and unenlightened form of family life. The fruit of it will be a society that drifts corporately into the same attitude of the male within matriarchy and the female within polygamy: a society with low self-esteem, lack of aspiration and low accomplishment. It will be a society of the chronically dependent and, when there is a population that is chronically dependent, there must always be a tyrant whom they are happy to have rule over them.

stjos/stvdp: 01.05.2014 - 04 / 05

From time to time, people ask me, “Have you heard anything yet from the Diocese about the consolidation of parishes in Girardville?”
My answer is the same as it has been all along: “No, I have not. But, be certain beyond any doubt that I shall let you know promptly, if and when I do!”
Question: When is the Christmas season officially over?
Answer: The Christmas season ends on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which this year falls on 12 January. On 13 January, we shall take down our Christmas decorations in church.
Question: What is the date of First Holy Communion in Girardville this year (2014)?
Answer: Sunday, 18 May 2014
Parents should call the Rectory to let the pastor know that they would like to register their children for First Holy Communion.
Question: What is the date of the 2014 Girardville Saint Patrick Day Parade?
Answer: Saturday, 22 March 2014
Questions: What are the dates of Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent) and Easter Sunday this year?
Answers:   They are late this year (2014). Ash Wednesday falls on 05 March 2014 and Easter Sunday on 20 April 2014. (The latest possible date for Ash Wednesday is 10 March and the latest possible date for Easter Sunday is 25 April.)
Question: Will Fr. Connolly be hired to replace Bill O’Brien as Head Coach of the Penn State football team?
Answer: Right now, it’s up in the air. It all depends on whether Bishop Barres will give him another extension as pastor in Girardville.
Question: What is the date of the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Chinese Auction this year?
Answer: Sunday, 23 February 2014. We look forward to a good turnout. Let your friends and neighbors know about it.
Question: Who paid for the demolition of the school building on Richard Street between Main and Preston?
Answer: The Diocese of Allentown paid for it but the payment is a loan to St. Joseph Parish. Our parish needs to reimburse the Diocese for the expense. This is now part of our parish debt. The parish, not the Diocese, owns the property

stjos/stvdp: 01.05.2014 - 06


I was stunned when I heard the news! Apparently, Robin Roberts “let it slip” on national TV that he is gay! At least that’s what I think I heard on the news. I’m devastated!
Why should I care?
Here’s why I care: I grew up in Philadelphia and, in 1950, the Philadelphia Phillies won the National League pennant! I was twelve years old in 1950 and an ardent fan of the Phillies.
At that time, Robin Roberts was a 24-year-old starting pitcher for the Phillies. He was, in my opinion, the ne plus ultra, the beau ideal of manhood, the whizziest wizard of all the Whiz Kids. So consummately cool! So masterful! So humble! So clearly one of God’s favored ones!
I clearly remember listening on the radio to the game that decided the 1950 season. It was Sunday afternoon, 01 October 1950, at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn. Don Newcombe (19-11) started for the Dodgers against Robin Roberts (19-10). The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when the Phillies drew first blood but, in the bottom of the inning, the Bums evened it up. So, it stayed even until the top of the tenth when Dick Sisler smashed a home run with Eddie Waitkus and Richie Ashburn on base. How glorious! How delicious. How delirious! How like the Second Coming. Now it was 4-to-1 Phillies, going into the bottom of the tenth. And now, if only Robin Roberts can contain dem Bums, the pennant will be ours. So, here goes a synopsis of that last half of the tenth inning: Roy Campanella lines out to Left Field. Jim Russell goes down swinging. Tommy Brown hits a Popfly to First Base. And it’s all over, boys and girls! Philadelphia is triumphant!
Robin Roberts
, the Invincible One, had retired the side, one, two, three! Just like that! He went all ten innings and, as if all the preceding were not sufficient cause for rejoicing, he chalked up his 20th victory for the season! Now you may dismiss your servant in peace, O Lord!
We shall not make reference to the fact that, in the subsequent 1950 World Series, the Phillies lost (four – zip) to the Evil Empire, aka the New York Yankees.
Okay! Maybe I’ve told you more than you care to know. (Actually, I could bore you with the time when I, a miserable and unworthy speck of dust, actually spoke with Robin Roberts on the telephone! No lie! But I won’t tell you unless you ask me.)
But now back to my main point, which is: It’s all dust and ashes in my mouth now! Apparently, Robin Roberts has announced that he is gay! But how old is Robin Roberts now? He was 24 back in 1950, so he must be — let me do the math — about 87 years old now! Why the heck would an 87-year-old man feel the need to “come out of the closet”? It makes no sense to me! It’s contrary to nature! Why can’t boys just be boys and girls just be girls and let it go at that? It all seems to work out so well that way! It’s God’s way of making new little boys and girls!



I just realized that I was confused when I wrote the article on this page.
While it is true that a prominent person named “Robin Roberts” has come out of the closet, that person is not the “Robin Roberts” referred to above. Instead, the “Robin Roberts” who went public about her affliction is a female Robin Roberts — unrelated to my hero! I think she is a television celebrity or something like that. Wow! Is that ever a relief!
I also just found out that Robin Roberts (my hero) died in 2010.
Rest in peace, Robin! Sorry about the mistake! Gee, am I ever glad you weren’t gay!

stjos/stvdp: 01.05.2014 - 07


01:00 to 03:00 pm
• Meet our excellent faculty, staff, students, parents, advisors, coaches and Board members
• Take a tour of our campus
• Learn about Tuition Assistance opportunities
• Find out what Nativity has to offer YOU!
• Register this evening for your chance to win a $250.00 scholarship!
For more information: Contact Jenn at the Admissions Office (570-622-8110) or email her at

$131.00 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$156.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit for 2013
$1,496.25 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$1,588.75 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$2,117.50 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
$2,367.50 for St. Joseph Parish

There are still plenty of calendars left for distribution.
If you have not yet picked up calendars for your own use, please do so.
If you have picked up calendars sufficient for your own need, I recommend that you pick up some additional for the sake of distribution to Catholic friends and neighbors who are not likely to pick them up on their own (probably because they don’t go to Mass).
Distribute some to non-Catholic friends and neighbors also, who just might be happy to have an extra calendar to hang up in their kitchens, bedrooms, home offices, garages — wherever people hang calendars.
HAVE YOU PICKED UP YOUR 2014 PARISH ENVELOPES? If not, please do so. They are in the back of StVdP Church and in the Sheridan Room. If you do not see any envelopes made out for you, please contact Ginny at the Rectory and let her know.

stjos/stvdp: 01.05.2014 - 08


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