MASS SCHEDULE: 1219 JANUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 11 January
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
11:30 am — JOSEPHINE PERRI
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Monday, 13 January
St. Hilary, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — DOLORES SHANOSKIE
by OPM

Wednesday, 15 January
Weekday
08:00 am — SOPHIE HARDING
by OPM

Friday, 17 January
St. Anthony, abbot (OblMem)
08:00 am — MARILYN CASTNER
by Jerry Gilmartin

Saturday, 18 January
Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. F. CHARLES McKENNA
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
(6th anniversary)
by his mother, Ida Canavan

Sunday, 19 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — DECEASED: CHARLES and ANN PINCHOT FAMILY
by their sons

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1219 JANUARY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 11 January
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
04:00 pm — MARY LENAHAN CANAVAN
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

Tuesday, 14 January
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health on my husband THOMAS
by Christine

Thursday, 16 January
Weekday
07:00 pm — FRANCIS T. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 18 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH H. LYNCH
by his wife, Therese, and his children

Sunday, 19 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — God’s blessings and health on CATHERINE ZAJACIK SOLGA
by her son, Frank

stjos/stvdp: 01.12.2014 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
04 / 05 JANUARY
Includes receipts from Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Masses: 31 Dec / 01 Jan


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $823.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $23.00 from the plate; $209.00 from the Dues envelopes; $128.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $162.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $426.25 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $33.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,804.25
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,804.25) 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 $685.62 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $676.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $62.00 from the plate; $243.00 from the Dues envelopes; $175.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $45.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $561.00 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $83.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,855.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,855.00) 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 $1,050.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 14 January
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 16 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 17 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 14 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, 17 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: 01.12.2014 - 02


Pope abolishes honorary title of monsignor for diocesan priests under the age of 65
Seeking to eliminate careerism in the Catholic clergy, Pope Francis has abolished the conferral of the title of ‘monsignor’ on secular or diocesan priests under the age of 65

by GERARD O'CONNELL

In a new move aimed at reforming the clergy and eliminating careerism in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has abolished the conferral of the Pontifical Honor of ‘Monsignor’ on secular priests under the age of 65.
Henceforth, the only Pontifical Honor that will be conferred on ‘secular priests’ will be that of ‘Chaplain to His Holiness’ and this will be conferred only on ‘worthy priests’ who are over 65 years of age.
The Vatican’s Secretariat of State has communicated this news to Apostolic Nuncios around the world, and has asked them to inform all bishops in their respective countries of the decision in this regard taken by Pope Francis.
Thus, for example, on January 2, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, wrote to all the bishops in Great Britain to inform them of the Pope’s decision. He confirmed that “the privileges in this regard” that have already been granted by the Roman Pontiff to “physical or juridical persons” remain in force. This would suggest that the papal decree is not retroactive, those who are already monsignors will not lose their title.
The decision does not come as a surprise to those who know Pope Francis. A humble man, he has always been averse to ecclesiastical titles, and when he was bishop and later cardinal in Argentina he always asked people to call him ‘Father’, instead of ‘My Lord’, ‘Your Grace’ or ‘Your Eminence’; he is convinced that the name ‘Father’ best reflects the mission that has been entrusted to a priest, bishop or cardinal. Indeed, during his tenure as archbishop of Buenos Aires (1998-2013), he never asked the Holy See to confer the title of ‘monsignor’ on any priest in the archdiocese.
In taking this decision, Pope Francis is building on the reform in this area of ecclesiastical titles that was introduced by Paul VI in 1968, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. Before Paul VI’s reform there were fourteen grades of ‘monsignor’, he reduced them to the three ranks that exist today: Apostolic Protonotary, Honorary Prelate of His Holiness, Chaplain of His Holiness. The original titles dated back to the pontificate of Pope Urban VIII (1623-1644).
These three honors are granted by the Pope, usually on the proposal of the local bishop, to Catholic priests who have rendered particularly valuable service to the Church. The priests are given these Pontifical Honors may be addressed as ‘Monsignor’ and has certain privileges, such as those regarding ecclesiastical dress and vestments.
Many bishops have tended to use the honor as a way of rewarding priests who are particularly loyal to them, or to promote priests who have showed particular initiative, but not infrequently priests in their dioceses have read it in a different light. Just before Christmas, a senior Vatican prelate told me that Pope Francis had recently refused the request of one bishop who had asked him to confer the title of ‘Monsignor’ on no less than 12 priests in his diocese. Another source told me that in some countries the Pontifical Honor is conferred in a ceremony that, sometimes, is far from the style of Church that Francis desires.
The Pope’s decision does not make any changes regarding the conferral of Pontifical Honors for Religious and Lay people, the Vatican Secretariat of State stated in its communication to the nuncios. It said the same conditions apply as previously for such honors, as does the mode for requesting them.

My comment: I was not surprised when this news came out. In fact, in the parish bulletin of 15 September 2013, I wrote as follows: “I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Holy Father were to suppress the custom of bestowing honorifics upon priests, at least those kinds of honorifics that carry with them the title ‘Monsignor’”. The handwriting was on the wall, very soon after the election of Cardinal Bergoglio to the papacy. Prior to Pope Francis, a priest 35 years old was eligible to be named “Chaplain to His Holiness” (with title “Monsignor”) and a priest 45 years old was eligible to be named “Honorary Prelate” (also with title of “Monsignor”). Now the “Honorary Prelate” honor has been abolished and, as for the “Chaplain to His Holiness” honor, a priest has to be at least 65 years old. (I’m kind of surprised Francis retained even that much! I think it might have been a concession he was persuaded to make.) What do I think about it all? Let me say this: There are two categories of priests whose opinions need to be taken with a grain of salt when you ask them what they think about “the whole Monsignor thing”. These two categories are: (a) those who are Monsignors and (b) those who are not Monsignors. The former will feel the need to downplay the relevance of the honor and the latter will also feel the need to downplay the relevance of the honor, but for different reasons. You will never know for sure how they really feel. Two things are for sure: #01 — It is never good for one’s spiritual life to be a Monsignor and to think that you deserve to be. #02 — It is never good for one’s spiritual life not to be a Monsignor and to think that you deserve to be. The desire to be a Monsignor is a species of what St. John calls “the pride of life”. (Cf. 1John 2,16). Pope Francis has probably done us priests a favor.

stjos/stvdp: 01.12.2014 - 03



 

SCRIPTURA SOLA!
FIDES SOLA!
SNAKE-HANDLING AT
THE TABERNACLE CHURCH OF GOD,
LaFOLLETTE, TENNESSEE

If your Latin is rusty, you will want to know that “Scriptura sola” means “Scripture alone” (or “Bible alone”) and “Fides sola” means “Faith alone”. These are the two bedrock principles of Protestantism.
In other words, all you really need in order to know and to understand and to practice the religion of Jesus Christ is FAITH plus THE BIBLE. That’s Protestantism, pure and simple! I don’t mean to imply, of course, that all Protestants endorse the handling of poisonous serpents! Actually, only a very small percentage of them do. However, if a Protestant is true to the Protestant principles, I don’t see how he or she could possibly criticize Pastor Hamblin! He is simply interpreting the Scriptures “as the Holy Spirit gives him the light to do so”!
No Church authority! No Pope! No Bishops! No Priests! No Sacred Tradition! No Sacraments! Just the Bible! Every Christian is empowered by the Holy Spirit to understand the Bible. That’s the Protestant battle cry!
The Reverend Andrew Hamblin, age 22, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tennessee, says serpent-handling is the closest thing to heaven on earth that you can get. That’s news to me! I am of the opinion that the celebration of the Holy Eucharist is the closest thing to heaven on earth that you can get. I guess it’s a case of “different strokes for different folks”! If I change my mind on this matter, I’ll be sure to put it in the bulletin.
Pastor Hamblin has been in the news lately. He was arrested for possessing 53 poisonous snakes. (Apparently, there is a law in Tennessee that says that you’re not allowed to possess poisonous snakes.) He didn’t keep them at home but, rather, in the church.
However, good news for Pastor Hamblin and his congregation! The grand jury refused to indict him and, so, he is (I guess) free to continue his snake-handling services. I’m not sure just how the grand jury arrived at that decision. The evidence was rather crystal clear. I think it’s a case of “jury nullification” of the law itself. We shall stay tuned for further developments!
Pastor Hamblin is one of those Christians who believe that the handling of poisonous snakes is a sure-fire sign of faith in Jesus. They base it on Mark 16, 18: “They will pick up serpents [with their hands] and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.”
These are some thoughts that I have in regard to (possibly) introducing snake-handling to our parishes in Girardville:
#01 If I did, I’m pretty sure I would get a call from the Chancery telling me that snake-handling is contrary to diocesan liturgical practice. It’s possible, even likely, that they would order me to “cease and desist henceforth and forevermore from handling serpents within the precincts of the two churches”. Although I’ve never seen any explicit reference to snake-handling in the diocesan Pastor’s Manual, it’s possible that there is some oblique reference to it — “in between the lines” as they say. Interpretation is key.
#02 Personally, I have not felt any strong promptings from the Holy Spirit telling me that I should initiate a public quarrel with a poisonous serpent, although if a poisonous serpent initiated a quarrel with me, I’m quite sure that I would put up some vigorous resistance, maybe even picking it up with my hands. It’s not something to which I’ve given a lot of thought. Maybe I should think about it. Maybe I would enlist Kateri to help me. She is quite capable of putting a hurting on a snake, I’m sure. Besides, it would be an excellent test of her faith!
#03 I would probably find that some of the parishioners are squeamish about snakes and might go running out the doors the moment I brought one up with me to the pulpit. On the other hand, this might be balanced by an influx of new parishioners who would be absolutely enchanted if we did a weekly snake-handling service. I don’t know if the influx of “new folks into the pews” would be sufficient to make up for the exodus of “old folks out of the pews”. One thing for sure: I would bet that our good friend, John Usalis, would write a column (with photographs) about the first snake-handling service in Girardville, in which case we would all have our 15-minutes worth of fame. Maybe I would even get an award from Pope Francis for providing a unique initiative in what is known as “the new evangelization”.

Do I have a serious point to make in all this rambling about snake-handling?
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do.
Actually, I already made that serious point at the beginning of this article, viz. that there is no end to the bedlam introduced into Christianity once people separate themselves from the Magisterium (teaching authority) of the Catholic Church. If anyone ever tells you that you don’t need Priests, Bishops and the Pope, tell that person that, once you separate yourself from the lawful authority of the Church, you have entered into the dark Kingdom of Anything Goes. You might find yourself jumping up and down in front of a snake-handling pastor or, far worse than that, you might find yourself with a pastor who teaches that homosexual activity is not sinful.

stjos/stvdp: 01.12.2014 - 04 / 05


MARK CHARLES NEARY,
a former member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Monday, 30 December 2013.
Born on 23 February 1960, he was 53 years old.
Mark is the son of James F. Neary Jr. (deceased) and Teresa (Maley) Neary.
Mark’s father, Jim, died on 05 December 2013, just 25 days prior to Mark’s death.
Mark was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 06 March 1960 by Fr. Francis T. Gillespie.
On 15 September 1990, in Maris Stella Church, Avalon NJ, Mark married Cynthia O’Neill.
Mark and Cynthia have three daughters: Kelly A. Neary. Katilin M. Neary. Kristen L. Neary.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday, 11 January, in St. Norbert Church, Paoli PA.
The death of a husband and then, less than a month later, of a son is almost more than the human heart can endure. All of us in Girardville stand in solidarity with Teresa, asking God to give her strength and endurance. May her faith in Jesus never falter.
Eternal rest grant unto Mark, 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.
BERNARD YASENCHAK,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 03 January 2014.
Born in 1941 (exact date not available to me), he was 72 years old.
Bernie is a son of the late John and Grace (Maurer) Yasenchak.
He was baptized on 03 August 1941 in the Patronage of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church, Marion Heights PA.
On 07 September 1981, he married Irene Elizabeth (Kulengosky) Bernosky in St. Vincent dePaul Church, in the presence of Fr. James J. Lofton.
Irene is deceased.
Bernard and Irene had a son who died in infancy.
Bernard has a brother, Vincent Yasenchak.
Funeral services and interment of remains will take place at a time not yet set.
If and when we have additional information, we will post it in the bulletin.
We apologize for the incompleteness of the information in this posting and for the absence of a photo of the deceased.
This was the best that was available to us at this time.
Eternal rest grant unto Bernard, 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.

stjos/stvdp: 01.12.2014 - 06


ABBY AND THE ALTERNATE ABBY
The following appeared in the syndicated column “Dear Abby” on Friday, 10 January 2014.

DEAR ABBY:
My boyfriend of two years, "Clint," recently brought a large framed picture of his deceased wife into our home. He placed it on his dresser in front of framed photos of us together.
His wife died three years ago. We are living together in a condo Clint bought for me. He made it clear from the beginning that he didn't want to move me into "her house."
Clint also still wears his wedding ring. He carries guilt and doesn't seem to have made closure. I told him I don't feel comfortable with her picture "looking at us." He doesn't think there should be a problem. Should I move on?
IN THE SHADOWS

DEAR IN THE SHADOWS:
That Clint still wears his wedding ring tells me he may not have accepted his wife's death. How sad for him. Ask him to move his wife's picture to a room other than the bedroom because, while he doesn't think it's creating a problem, it is creating one for you. If he can't bring himself to do that -- and join a grief support group -- then you should consider moving on.
ABBY

Here is another point of view from “the alternate Abby”.

DEAR IN THE SHADOWS:
It is important to distinguish between the relationship Clint had with his wife and the relationship he has with you. She was his WIFE. Pardon me for belaboring the obvious, but you are NOT his wife.
You are his “woman of convenience” or his “mistress” or, using a term common in the Old Testament, his “concubine”. You provide him with services and he provides you with a condo.
Clint was in a covenant relationship with his wife, but he does not have a covenant with you, nor even an enforceable contract. He simply has an arrangement.
Forgive me if these words sound unfeeling. I am simply saying what is true. Truth is always therapeutic, even if, at first, it stings. I do sympathize with you in your plight.
It is quite possible that Clint has warm feelings towards you, perhaps even affectionate feelings. It is probably true that Clint likes you and is satisfied to have you available to him in his life, at least at the present time, at least until he changes his mind.
One thing I’m sure is true is this: Clint does not love you, even if he says that he does. If he tells you that he loves you, he is being strategic. He would call it, perhaps, “a little white lie”.
Genuine love is a dedicated and even passionate commitment to the best interests of another person, the kind of dedication and passion that prompts self-sacrifice.
Do I understand that it distresses you that Clint placed the picture of his deceased wife in front of the framed photos of the two of you together? Yes, of course I do! And, if you were his wife, you would have every right to object.
But you are not his wife. (Pardon me for being repetitious. I’m trying to make a point here.)
Please don’t dismiss my observations as if they were the grumblings of a moralistic and religious crank. They are the observations of a man. Men usually understand men better than women understand men. A respectable man yearns to find a woman whom he can respect. When he finds one, he does whatever is necessary to marry her. Apparently Clint respected his deceased wife, but finds it hard to respect you because you have agreed to live with him without being married to him.
If I were you, I would sell the condo, settle with Clint and then go find a man who will respect you.
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 01.12.2014 - 07



 

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stjos/stvdp: 01.12.2014 - 08


 

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