MASS SCHEDULE: 26 JANUARY02 FEBRUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 25 January
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

Monday, 27 January
St. Angela Merici, virgin, religious founder (OptMem)
08:00 am — BESSY SMITH
by Jerry Gilmartin

Wednesday, 29 January
Weekday
08:00 am — CHARLES PINCHOT Sr.
by his son, Charles Jr.

Friday, 31 January
St. John Bosco, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Saturday, 01 February
Weekday
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple
05:30 pm — CELINA DeLUCA
by Philip and Helen DeLuca

Sunday, 02 February
The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple
11:30 am — In honor of SAINT BRIGID
by the LAOH

 MASS SCHEDULE: 26 JANUARY02 FEBRUARY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 28 January
St. Thomas Aquinas, priest, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health:
STEVE and JUDY BAIRSTOW
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Thursday, 30 January
Weekday
07:00 pm — FRANK and BEATRICE (Walaconis) RACKAUSKAS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Saturday, 01 February
Vigil of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple
04:00 pm — God’s blessings:
GONTIS and ZEMANEK FAMILIES
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Sunday, 02 February
The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple
08:30 am — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
(eve of 86th anniversary of birth)
by his family

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
18 / 19 JANUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,165.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $36.00 from the plate; $105.00 from the Dues envelopes; $50.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $15.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $100.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $51.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,547.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,547.00) 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 $428.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $645.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $91.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $47.00 from the loose.
Total: $798.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($798.00) 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 ($6.54) is available from this collection for operating the parish. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A DEFICIT!

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 28 January
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 30 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 31 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 28 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, 31 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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THIS IS THE THIRD in a series of four letters customarily exchanged between a priest and the Diocese when a priest is 75 years of age or older: (1) A Chancery officer writes to the Priest asking him to write to the Bishop in order to indicate his preference, i.e. to retire or to remain in place. (2) The Priest writes to the Bishop to indicate his preference. (3) The Chancery officer acknowledges the Priest’s letter. (4) The Bishop informs the Priest of his decision.
When I receive letter #4, I shall print it in the bulletin. As you know, in letter #2, I expressed my preference to remain as pastor in Girardville. So, I wait to find out what the future holds. I am keenly aware of what the Lord tells us: "Nobody lives as his own master, and nobody dies as his own master. While we live, we are responsible to the Lord, and when we die, we die as His servants. Both in life and death, we are the Lord’s" (Rom. 14:7-8).

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Saint John Chrysostom (347 – 407)
Bishop of Constantinople
Doctor of the Church
On the subject of Homosexuality
The pagans were addicted to the love of boys, and one of their wise men made a law that pederasty should not be allowed to slaves, as if it were an honorable thing; and they had houses for this purpose, in which it was openly practiced. And if all that was done among them were related, it would be seen that they openly outraged nature, and there was none to restrain them. As for their passion for boys, whom they called their paedica, it is not fit to be named.
Certain men in church come in gazing about at the beauty of women. Others, curious about the blooming youth of boys. After this, do you not marvel that lightning bolts are not launched from heaven, and all these things are not plucked up from their foundations? For worthy both of thunderbolts and hell are the things that are done; but God, who is long-suffering, and of great mercy, forbears awhile his wrath, calling you to repentance and amendment.

“For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” (Romans 1, 26-27)


All of these affections were vile, but chiefly the mad lust after males; for the soul is more the sufferer in sins, and more dishonored than the body in diseases.
The men have done an insult to nature itself. And a yet more disgraceful thing than these is it when even the women — who ought to have more shame than men — seek after these intercourses.
Anyone who reads the books of the pagan philosophers will see that they are full of descriptions of this disease. But we do not therefore say that the thing was made lawful, but that they who received this law were pitiable, and objects for many tears, for these are treated in the same way as women that play the whore. Or rather their plight is more miserable. For in the case of the one the intercourse, even if lawless, is yet according to nature; but this is contrary both to law and nature. For even if there were no hell, and no punishment had been threatened, this would be worse than any punishment.

My comment
It is interesting to note that St. John Chrysostom lived in the fourth (into the fifth) century, during which time the Church was involved in the great struggle against the old paganism. An intrinsic part of the pagan culture was homosexuality, so much so that it was practiced not surreptitiously and “underground”, but openly and boldly.
Many boys and young men, in order to gain favor with wealthy and prestigious men, would submit themselves — more or less voluntarily — to a kind of sexual bondage. They would allow themselves to be used in order to enjoy what we might call “a higher standard of living” and to improve their prospects for education and employment. And it was not simply unmarried men who used boys! Even some married men would have “boys on the side”.
One of the great triumphs of Christianity in ages past was to overthrow the culture of homosexuality — or, at least, to drive it underground. Now Paganism is on the ascendant. It is replacing Christianity.
Have no doubt about this: The legitimization of homosexual behavior — even to the point of granting recognition to homosexual “marriage” — will be followed, perhaps in our own lifetime, by the lowering of the age of consent. We will be told that children have a legal right to engage in sexual relationships with whomever they choose. The Darkness is coming. It will never completely extinguish the Light, but it will be tough sledding for the Children of the Light. Be forewarned, dear brothers and sisters! Even now, it is not easy to be a faithful Catholic. In the near future, it will be even more difficult. We are in a time of great apostasy. If you listen closely, you can hear the lions pacing. They are hungry.

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THANK YOU to all who donate to the Poor Boxes in the churches (and chapel).
In case you wonder what happens with this money, please be certain that it is well used.
The rough winter has brought us more than the usual number of requests for help with buying fuel oil or coal.
And, of course, there are persons who are temporarily homeless, for one reason or another, who need help to pay for temporary lodging at a local motel, until they are back on their feet.
And there are many other such situations.
We try our best to help people: to be kind without being foolish, to be open without being gullible.
We thank you for helping us to help others.
As we have mentioned many times in the past: We do not use, nor are we allowed to use, any parish funds in order to help the poor. All such help has to come from the poor boxes and from the generosity of persons who hand us money specifically designated as being for the poor.
KEEP IN MIND that, if two neatly-dressed young men show up at your door, asking you (among other things) whether you have found Jesus, they are probably Mormons.
There is an outside chance that they might be Jehovah’s Witnesses.
What is the appropriate Catholic way to respond to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Well, first of all, BE POLITE!
Whether or not you choose to invite them into your home in order to listen to what they have to say is entirely up to you.
I don’t particularly recommend that you do, but …… it’s a free country! Do as you wish!
You should be aware, however, that neither Mormons nor Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christians. They may look like Christians, they may talk like Christians, but the simple fact is that they are not Christians. In order to be a Christian, the bare minimum requirements are: #01 - that you believe that God is FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT, that Jesus Christ is GOD THE SON and that He is Lord and Savior and risen from the dead; #02 – that you are validly baptized.
Neither Mormons nor Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in the Holy Trinity. Neither believes that Jesus Christ is GOD THE SON. Neither is validly baptized.
Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are usually very nice people, well-mannered and well-programmed. BUT THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS! They are not, as some Catholics might think, “members of some Protestant denomination”. Protestants are Christians, but Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Protestants. They are believers in “another gospel”.
Be kind to them! Be courteous to them!
But don’t allow yourself to be drawn into their strange and bizarre belief system.

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CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

2384 Divorce is a grave offense against the natural law. It claims to break the contract, to which the spouses freely consented, to live with each other till death. Divorce does injury to the covenant of salvation, of which sacramental marriage is the sign. Contracting a new union, even if it is recognized by civil law, adds to the gravity of the rupture: the remarried spouse is then in a situation of public and permanent adultery:
If a husband, separated from his wife, approaches another woman, he is an adulterer because he makes that woman commit adultery, and the woman who lives with him is an adulteress, because she has drawn another's husband to herself.178

2385 Divorce is immoral also because it introduces disorder into the family and into society. This disorder brings grave harm to the deserted spouse, to children traumatized by the separation of their parents and often torn between them, and because of its contagious effect which makes it truly a plague on society.

2386 It can happen that one of the spouses is the innocent victim of a divorce decreed by civil law; this spouse therefore has not contravened the moral law. There is a considerable difference between a spouse who has sincerely tried to be faithful to the sacrament of marriage and is unjustly abandoned, and one who through his own grave fault destroys a canonically valid marriage.179

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 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS *
plain and simple

1. Ain’t but one God. Don’t you go havin’ no others.
2. Don’t you dare go takin’ God’s Name fer no foolishness.
3. Git yer fat butt to Sunday meetin’. No excuses!
4. Do what yer Maw and Paw tell ya to do and don’t give ’em any lip.
5. No killin’, ’cept fer varmints.
6. No messin’ ’round with another feller’s gal or another gal’s feller.
7. No swipin’ other folks’ stuff.
8. No tellin’ fibs and no foul mouthin’.
9. No even thinkin’ ’bout messin’ ’round with another feller’s gal or another gal’s feller.
10. No even thinkin’ ’bout swipin’ other folks’ stuff.

* Also known as The Deckerlog

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