MASS SCHEDULE: 1926 JANUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 18 January
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

Monday, 20 January
St. Fabian, pope, martyr;
St. Sebastian, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — SOPHIA HARDING
rescheduled from 06 Jan

Friday, 24 January
St. Francis deSales, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — MARK C. NEARY
by Celeste DeLuca

Saturday, 25 January
The Conversion of St. Paul, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on EBC
by friends
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MATTHEW and FAITH CHROSTEK
rescheduled from 11 Jan

Sunday, 26th January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — VALERIE HARPER
by Marilyn Stefanski
11:30 am — God’s blessings and health: LUKE
by his grandparents

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1926 JANUARY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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:
CATHERINE ZAJACIK SOLGA
by her son, Frank

Tuesday, 21 January
St. Agnes, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — HARRY LUSCAVAGE
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Wednesday, 22 January
Weekday / Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
05:30 am — MARGARET COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 23 January
St. Vincent, deacon, martyr (OptMem)
07:00 pm — MARY KUPCHINSKY SMALANSKY
(107th anniversary of birth)
by her daughter, Barbara

Saturday, 25 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ALBERT, ADELE, JEROME and KRISTIN YESALAVAGE and RICHARD PETUSKY
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 26 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: LIPPAY FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 01.19.2014 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
11 / 12 JANUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,476.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $21.00 from the plate; $198.00 from the Dues envelopes; $252.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $62.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $45.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $141.00 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $67.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,262.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,262.00) 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 $1,143.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $861.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the plate; $30.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $215.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $162.50 from the loose.
Total: $1,334.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,334.50) 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 $529.96 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 21 January
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 23 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 24 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 21 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, 24 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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TRINITY ACADEMY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The 40th annual National Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated at Trinity Academy from January 26 to February 1. Several events throughout the week will focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. Following is the list of activities/events planned to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.:

SUNDAY, 26 JANUARY 2014
OPEN HOUSE

The open house program begins at 02:00 p.m. with registration, an informational session, tours, discussions, and an opportunity to meet our excellent faculty and staff. The program concludes at 04:00 p.m. with a drawing of a $100.00 tuition scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. (Must be present to win).

MONDAY, 27 JANUARY 2014
BREAKFAST WITH A BUDDY

Breakfast begins at 07:15 a.m. and ends at 08:15 a.m. Students are welcome to bring a “BUDDY” (friend, relative) to enjoy breakfast with them at their school. What a great opportunity to share in the Catholic Schools Week experience.
OPENING PRAYER SERVICE
Opening prayer service will be held at 08:45 a.m. at Annunciation Church located on West Cherry Street across from Trinity Academy. Homerooms are asked to make a commitment of prayer and service of 8 hours celebrating the 8th year of Trinity Academy. Depending on the age of the children, this could be 8 hours each or 8 hours together. As part of the prayer service, the commitment to service will be made. All are welcome to attend.

TUESDAY, 28 JANUARY 2014
OPEN HOUSE

Our second open house will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Prospective parents and students have an opportunity to visit during school hours to see the school in action.

WEDNESDAY, 29 JANUARY 2014
HATS OFF TO…….

Students wear a crazy hat of their choice to school that day and take their “hats off” to show thanks to those who make our school so special.
FAMILY APPRECIATION NIGHT AND “STATE OF THE SCHOOL” ADDRESS
Sister Mary Ann Spaetti, Principal will share with parents all of the exciting things happening at the school. Current families will be treated to a spaghetti dinner prepared and served by faculty and staff. There will be two seatings -04:30 and 06:00 p.m. Reservation requests will be sent home to all current families.

THURSDAY, 30 JANUARY 2014
CHARGER CHALLENGER DAY

Students will compete with their houses in twelve different activities during the day and earn points for completing the activities. Points will be tallied and the top three houses will win a gold, silver or bronze medal.

FRIDAY, 31 JANUARY 2014
CLOSING MASS

As Catholic School’s week comes to a close, a special Mass will be held at 09:30 a.m. at Annunciation Church.

For more information contact Christine Fannick, Advancement Director, at 570-462-3927.

stjos/stvdp: 01.19.2014 - 03



The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”

“In many cultures it is customary to answer that God created the universe out of nothing. But this is mere temporizing. If we wish courageously to pursue the question, we must, of course ask next where God comes from? And if we decide this to be unanswerable, why not save a step and conclude that the universe has always existed?”

Dr. Carl Sagan (1934 — 1996)

Dear Dr. Sagan:
You write exceedingly well. I can feel the emotion in the words that you write about the Cosmos. Although my knowledge of the Cosmos is not remotely in the same ballpark as yours, I must admit that I have often experienced an emotion similar to yours when I observe or think about the vastness and complexity of “all that is out there”. It is, indeed, awesome! It is, indeed, a very great mystery! The gap between you and me is this: When I think of the Cosmos, my mind and my heart inevitably jump to the Mind and the Power that cause it to exist.
I think I am correct when I say that, like me, you believe that “there has always been something that exists and that this ‘something’ does not require anything beyond itself to explain its existence”. You and I agree (I think) that there is an UNCAUSED CAUSE, the existence of which is “the fundamental fact” beyond which there is nothing at all.
Now here comes the parting of my way from yours: It seems to me that it is more reasonable to believe that INTELLIGENCE is the primary reality that exists and that MATTER (ENERGY) is secondary.
If so, then INTELLIGENCE must necessarily inhere in a PERSON.
So, I conclude that a PERSON pre-exists the MATTER. (To be precise, because I am a Christian, I believe that three Persons with one mind pre-exist the matter, but I shall not press that particular refinement right now!) So, for now, let me just say that it is clear to me that there is a PERSON above and beyond the COSMOS. For want of a better word, I call this PERSON “GOD”.
I have a mind (an ordinary one) and you have a mind (a brilliant one!) It seems obvious to me that if minds exist now, then A MIND that is the origin of all minds must always have existed and does exist. How can effects be greater than their cause?
I wonder if you have changed your mind about the existence of God, now that you have made the transition out of this life. I think you have.

Fr. Edward B. Connolly

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A DISTRAUGHT SENIOR CITIZEN phoned her doctor's office. "Is it true," she wanted to know, "that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?"
"Yes, I'm afraid so," the doctor told her.
There was a moment of silence before the lady replied, "I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition, because this prescription is marked 'NO REFILLS'".
AN ELDERLY GENTLEMAN was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation.
As he was about to receive the anesthesia, he asked to speak to his son.
"Yes, Dad, what is it?"
"Don't be nervous, son. Just do your best, and remember: If it doesn't go well, if something happens to me, your mother will be moving in with you and your family."

3rd person
gets prison
in fraud case

That was the head on an article above the fold on page one of the 16 January 2014 Pottsville Republican.
“Holy catfish!” I said to myself. “They’re really ganging up on us Christians! Now they’re sending the Holy Spirit to prison! How can God be guilty of any wrongdoing? And how in the world are they going to be able to keep God the Holy Spirit in prison?”
Then I read the article.
“Oh!” I said to myself, “My mistake! The reference is to some other “third person”. Well, that’s certainly a relief! I must remember not to jump to unwarranted conclusions!”
But the way things are going in our society, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did try to put God in jail!

PARKING LOT
I drove my car onto the newly vacated lot on the southeast corner of Main and Richard Streets, where the school building used to stand. I just wanted to “test it out” and “get the feel of it”. Anyone who wants to do the same should feel free to do so. In fact, if anyone wants to park there, feel free to do so — pending further notice. As time goes by, as the land settles and the weather warms up, we shall see about putting some appropriate topping on the site and, perhaps, arrange for the painting of some lines. Also, we shall need to arrange for easy ingress and egress. The long-range use of the site is still up in the air. We need to see what plans the Diocese has for our parishes. My pipe dream, just in case someone donates a million dollars to St. Joseph Parish, is to build a multi-purpose building on the site. Notice I said “pipe dream”. As the saying goes, I have “champagne tastes and a beer pocketbook”. Our parish has hardly enough for beer!
SAINT MATTHEW PARISH, MINERSVILLE sends us notices about bus trips that they sponsor under the auspices of “St. Matthew’s Travelers”. Here are some upcoming trips that they are promoting:
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW
Date
: 03 March 2014
The cost is $55.00
CAPE COD, MARTHA’S VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET (MASSACHUSETTS)
Date
: 16 to 20 June 2014
OUTER BANKS (NORTH CAROLINA)
Date
: 08 to 11 September 2014
For information and / or reservations on any of the above, call Julie at 570-544-5231 or Millie at 570-628-5413.

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A COUPLE OF HIGGS BOSONS walked into church one Sunday morning and the priest said, “I’m sorry, but we don’t allow any Higgs bosons in this church” and one of the Higgs bosons said, “Listen up, Padre, if you don’t let us Higgs bosons in your church, you’re not going to have any mass!”

A PHOTON was packing to go away for a weekend and all he packed was a toothbrush and a change of underwear and someone said, “Aren’t you going to need more than that for your trip?” And he said, “No, I’m a photon. I’m traveling light.”

NEXT SUNDAY (26 Jan) is “Tridentine Mass Sunday”. Every last Sunday of the month, the 11:30 am Mass is celebrated “according to the extraordinary form”.
Also, on the last Sunday of the month, there is a Mass at 10:00 am, celebrated according to the ordinary form.

ABSOLUTELY LAST CALL
to sign up for the Bus!

What bus?
The bus that will start out from Girardville on Wednesday, 22 January, for Washington DC, for the ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE! (On the way, it will pick up passengers in Frackville, St. Clair, Pottsville and Pine Grove).
As of today (18 Jan), we have 49 persons signed up.
There are seats for six more.
If you want to have one of those seats, call Susan Thye at 570-385-5924.
The bus is sponsored by St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
It will leave at 06:30 am on 22 January from in front of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
God willing, it will return to that same spot sometime in the neighborhood of 10:00 pm.

BENEFIT FUNDRAISER
Three-on-three Basketball Tournament.
Dates: Sat 18 Jan and Sun 19 Jan at the Girardville Gym
Divisions: 5th and 6th graders; 7th and 8th graders; 9th and 10th graders;
        11th and 12th graders; adults.
Entry fee:         $50.00 per team.
Benefit:         a gentleman in Girardville who needs a kidney transplant
To register:     Call Ed Burns at 570-205-1941 or Paul Kowalick at 570-875-8088

stjos/stvdp: 01.19.2014 - 06



 THEY WORSHIPPED THE IDOLS OF THE NATIONS
and these became a snare to entrap them.
They even offered their own sons
and their daughters in sacrifice to demons.
They shed the blood of the innocent,
the blood of their sons and daughters
whom they offered to the idols of Canaan
.
The land was polluted with blood.
So they defiled themselves by their deeds
and broke their marriage bond with the Lord
till His anger blazed against His people;
He was filled with horror at His chosen ones.

Psalm 106, 36-40

THIS IS AN UGLY PICTURE TO PUT IN THE PARISH BULLETIN, is it not?

Yes, it is! Ugly indeed! Then, why put it in?
Because it serves well to illustrate “the face of the abortion industry”.
It is the face — one of the many faces — of the demon Moloch.
Who or what is “Moloch”?
Moloch is the demon who pushes people to murder their babies.
He appears frequently in the Scriptures.
He is one of “the idols of Canaan” to whom people offered the blood sacrifice of their own innocent children.
He reappears throughout history.
One of his many forms was the demon whom the Aztec people of Mexico called “Quetzalcoatl”, the feathered serpent whom the Virgin of Guadalupe came to conquer.
One of his current forms is the baby-butchering outfit known as Planned Parenthood.
The minions of Moloch are all those “pro-choice” politicians who promote taxpayer money going to Planned Parenthood and the minions of the minions of Moloch are all those persons who vote those politicians into office. The Lord is “filled with horror” at them.

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FOR THE FAMILY BULLETIN BOARD
Guard against foul talk;
let your words be
for the improvement of others,
as occasion offers,
and do good to your listeners;
otherwise you will only be grieving the Holy Spirit of God,
Who has marked you with his seal
for you to be set free
when the Day [of Judgment] comes.
Never have grudges against others,
or lose your temper,
or raise your voice to anybody,
or call each other names,
or allow any sort of spitefulness.
Be friends with one another,
and kind,
forgiving each other
as readily as
God forgave you in Christ.

Ephesians 4:29-32

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