MASS SCHEDULE: 0209 FEBRUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 01 February
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

Monday, 03 February
St. Blase, bishop, martyr; St. Ansgar, bishop (OptMems)
08:00 am — BESSY SMITH
rescheduled from 27 Jan

Wednesday, 05 February
St. Agatha, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — MARGARET MARY NIEDZWIADEK
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Friday, 07 February
Weekday
08:00 am — JUNE ANN ROWLAND
(6th anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Saturday, 08 February
St. Jerome Emiliani, priest; St. Josephine Bakhita, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on EBC
rescheduled from 25 Jan
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROSEMARY BIRSTER O’CONNELL
by her sister, Jean Birster Weist

Sunday, 09 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — God’s blessings on JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0209 FEBRUARY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 04 February
Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 06 February
St. Paul Miki and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
06:30 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 08 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARK C. NEARY
rescheduled from 24 Jan

Sunday, 09 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
25 / 26 JANUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes:

Receipts for parish purposes: $809.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $40.00 from the plate; $12.00 from the Dues envelopes; $21.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $11.00 from the Initial offering envelopes; $107.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,000.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $130.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,000.00) 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 ($118.63) is available from this collection for operating the parish. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $764.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $56.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $67.00 from the loose.
Total: $917.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $179.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($917.00) 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 $112.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 04 February
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 04 February
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, 07 February
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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AWESOME ANDY
One of the fringe benefits of priests who have parish bulletins is that they are able to brag about their relatives. So, if you don’t mind, here is my story: I have a grandnephew whose name is ANDY CRUZ. He is in third grade. There are twenty-nine children in third grade. The class had a “Religion Bee” last week. Fifteen of the children answered incorrectly and had to sit down. This left fourteen standing. The fourteen were Andy plus thirteen girls. One by one, the competition faded. By the time the Bee was finished, Andy was the last one standing. In the ongoing Cosmic Struggle between Boy People and Girl People, score one for the Boy People!
CHINESE AUCTION PREPARATION
The Holy Rosary Society of St. Vincent dePaul Parish will hold its annual Chinese Auction on Sunday, 23 February 2014 in the parish hall.
In preparation, parishioner packets will be on sale this weekend (01 / 02 Feb). Each packet contains an admission ticket, plus chance tickets for the 50 / 50, the TV, the Lottery Tree and the Train.
The cost of the packet is $15.00.
We ask each parishioner to buy a packet.
Also, we ask each parishioner to donate three small prizes.
TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL
On Wednesday, 19 February, Nativity will be hosting a tuition-assistance presentation for the 2014-15 school year and school tours beginning at 06:30 pm.
We invite you and your family to join us for this event.
Members of the Nativity community will be available to answer your questions.
No pre-registration is required.
All are welcome!
If you have any questions, please contact the school at 570-622-8110 or at nativity@infionline.net.

 BLESSING OF THROATS IN HONOR OF SAINT BLASE
Monday, 03 February, is the day set aside by the Church to honor St. Blase.
It is an ancient tradition to bless throats on that day, to ask God for the gift of health.
(I might add that, in this Winter of 2013 – 14, we shall probably feel inclined to ask Him also for the gift of endurance!!!)
DEAR GOD, WE WOULD APPRECIATE AN EARLY SPRING! PLEASE! THANK YOU!

Here is the schedule for the Blessing of Throats on Monday, 03 February:
• After the 08:00 am Mass in St. Joseph Chapel
• 10:00 to 10:15 am in St. Vincent dePaul Church
• 12:00 to 12:15 pm in St. Joseph Chapel
• 05:00 to 05:15 pm in St. Joseph Chapel
• 07:00 to 07:15 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church

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ANNETTA PATRICIA SCULLY BRADSHAW,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 26 January 2014.
Born on 06 July 1925, she was 88 years old.
Annetta’s parents are the late Thomas A. and Annetta (O’Donnell) Scully.
Her stepmother is the late Margaret Schoppe Scully.
(Thomas and Annetta had three children. When Annetta died, Thomas married Margaret. Thomas and Margaret had five children.)
Her brothers and sisters are: Thomas Scully (deceased); Robert Scully (deceased); Lawrence Scully (deceased); Donald Scully (deceased); William Scully (deceased); Helen Scully Mitten (deceased); Bette Scully Vivacqua; Peggy Scully Rebuck.
Annetta was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 12 July 1925 by Fr. Thomas K. Connell.
On 01 October 1949, she was married in St. Joseph Church to Edward M. Bradshaw in the presence of Fr. Francis A. Donovan.
Edward died in 1990.
Edward and Annetta have two children: Edward M. Bradshaw Jr. and Ann Bradshaw Abalo. Edward (Jr.) died in 1993.
Edward and Annetta have two grandchildren: Aimee A. Abalo and Michael E. Bradshaw.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Annetta was celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, 31 January, in St. Joseph Church. There was a viewing prior to the Mass in the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville.
The interment took place in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Annetta, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY meeting, normally held on the first Thursdays of the month, will not be held this coming Thursday (06 February).
A PIECE OF TRIVIA: I own two pairs of black dress shoes, which I alternate, as the mood strikes me. For some reason, the laces on both of them were too long, as a result of which people would occasionally caution me that I might trip over them. I was aware of this and tried to tie them in such a way that they wouldn’t hang down over the shoes. I kept it in mind that I ought to buy new shoe laces to replace them, shoe laces of the appropriate length, viz. 27 inches. But shoe laces are such a trivial item that I kept forgetting to buy any when I would go to the store. But, a couple of Saturday nights ago, I needed to go to Rite-Aid to pick up some OTC medications. While I was there, I just happened to notice the display of shoe laces. My memory kicked in! “Ah ha!” I thought to myself. “Now is my chance to buy shoe laces.” I looked at the display and took a packet of two pairs of 27-inch shoe laces. I took them to the counter along with my OTC medications, paid for them and took them home. Before going to bed, I decided to “install” my new shoe laces. They were just the right size! Problem solved! No more tripping over my shoe laces! Then I looked again and realized that they were brown! Brown shoe laces in black shoes? Aarrggh! What should I do? Go back to Rite-Aid and buy black ones? Forget about it! I’m not going to go through that agony! So, I’m going to keep them there until they rot! Bottom line: If you see a priest with brown shoe laces in his black shoes, please don’t snicker at him or, if you do, turn your head away, so he can’t hear you snickering. Besides, it might start a new fashion trend! You never know!

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MY REFLECTIONS ON THE UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT ON LINE STREET IN GIRARDVILLE in the early morning hours of Friday, 31 January 2014:
a) I am grateful to God that no one was killed and that — as far as I know — both of the injured persons, the policeman and the alleged assailant, will recover.
b) I am appalled at the actions of the alleged assailant.
c) I support — absolutely and without qualification — the action taken by Girardville Borough Patrolman Melville Tomeo and I commend him.
In regard to (a): No particular comment necessary!
In regard to (b): Apparently the alleged assailant was fueled with methamphetamines. In such a state, he presented a mortal danger (#01) to himself, (#02) to the persons (including young children) with whom he shared the house where he was living, (#03) to the police and (#04) to the greater Girardville community. I hope that the courts will deal with him appropriately. I remember this principle of Catholic Moral Theology: A person is morally responsible for any actions that he performs when he is under the influence of mind-altering drugs if, prior to ingesting the drugs, he had some foreknowledge of what he might do if he ingested the drugs. It is my opinion that, if the alleged assailant in this case is morally responsible, then he should be held legally responsible, to the full extent of the law. My point here is that active addiction to psychotropic drugs (including alcohol) is not merely a weakness to be treated, it is a crime to be punished. The drug dealers in our community are the lowest form of humanity. They are agents of the Kingdom of Darkness. Their customers are fools.
In regard to (c): Another principle of Catholic Moral Theology is this: Policemen have an obligation above and beyond the obligation of ordinary citizens to defend themselves and to subdue wrongdoers. The reason is this: Policemen represent the community. When a policeman defends himself, he defends not only himself but the entire community that he serves. The corresponding principle of Moral Theology is this: An attack upon a police officer is a more egregious offense than an attack upon a private citizen. The reason is the same. To attack a police officer is to attack the community as a whole. No policeman wants to use his gun. All policemen, with rare exceptions, will use every means short of pulling their gun, in order to protect themselves and the community. But, when all else fails, the gun is there to be used appropriately. I thank Officer Tomeo for his guardianship of our community and for putting his own life and safety on the line for all of us. I wish him a speedy recovery.

 GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2014
$105.50 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$89.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit for 2014
SAME AS ABOVE
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$2,223.00 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
$2,457.00 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!

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GOD’S FROZEN PEOPLE
THE FOLLOWING 34 PERSONS WERE ON
THE SAINT JOSEPH PARISH / SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH BUS
FOR THE 41st ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE
HELD IN WASHINGTON D.C.
ON 22 JANUARY 2014

BERNARDYN, Len
BERNARDYN, Virginia
BROPHY, Dolores
COLIHAN, Julia Fitzgerald
CONNOLLY, Fr. Edward B.
DEMBINSKY, Christopher
DEMBINSKY, Gabrielle
DEMBINSKY, Paul
DEMBINSKY, Rebecca
DOMALAKES, Karen
FEENEY, James
FLEMMING, Annette
FLEMMING, Joseph
HELLER, James
HELLER, Teresa
MAJOR, Nannette
MASI, Dick
MASI, Michael
PHILLIPS, Melissa
PORECA, Julia
PORECA, Lawrence
REEDY, Kathy
ROTHERMEL, Fr. Paul
RUTECKY, Tina Troilo
SETLOCK, Deacon John
SMITH, Brian K
SMITH, Luke
SMITH, Marcus
STUTZMAN, Colleen
THYE, Susan Branca
WATSON, Mark
WEIDNER, Madelyn
WEIDNER, Mary
WEIDNER, Nathan P

More than fifty persons signed up for the bus. But, because of the weather, a number found it necessary (or thought it prudent) to cancel. All things considered, we were happy to wind up with the thirty-four persons that we had! They were hardy souls!
All went well on the trip. The only mishap of which we are aware is that Fr. Connolly slipped on the ice and went down on his derriere while walking on the campus of Catholic University towards the Metro. Fortunately, the sidewalk broke his fall but, in the process, he banged his head against a cyclone fence. There was no serious damage to the fence, so the University decided not to sue.
MANY THANKS TO THOSE PERSONS WHO, ALTHOUGH THEY WERE UNABLE TO JOIN US ON THE MARCH, WERE KIND ENOUGH TO DONATE SOME MONEY TO HELP US PAY FOR THE BUS AND FOR THE METRO TICKETS.
I WON’T MENTION THE NAMES OF THE DONORS, EXCEPT THAT I DO WANT TO MENTION IN PARTICULAR THAT THE LOCAL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GAVE US $200.00 TOWARDS THE TRIP. THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED TO THE KNIGHTS AND TO ALL THE OTHERS WHO DONATED!!
THANK YOU EXCEEDINGLY MUCH TO OUR BUS CAPTAIN, SUSAN BRANCA THYE, WHO DOES A WONDERFUL JOB EACH YEAR IN ORGANIZING AND COMMUNICATING AND IN KEEPING RECORDS.

I came across the following multi-purpose quotation the other day.
It occurs to me that it is appropriate to include it here.

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.

The MARCH FOR LIFE and, indeed, the entire PRO-LIFE movement are all about REALITY.
Cut it, slice it, dice it any way you will, the absolutely indisputable reality is that, when a woman is pregnant, she is carrying a human being. Anyone who says otherwise is out of touch with reality. Losing contact with reality, which implies succumbing to forces beyond one’s control, is known as insanity. Abandoning contact with reality, which implies deliberate choice, is known as sin. Anyone who is “pro-choice” is either insane or sinful.

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Saint Faustina's Vision of Hell
Excerpt from The Diary of Divine Mercy
I, Sister Faustina Kowalska
, by the order of God, have visited the Abysses of Hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence...the devils were full of hatred for me, but they had to obey me at the command of God, What I have written is but a pale shadow of the things I saw. But I noticed one thing: That most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a hell.
Today, I was led by an angel to the Chasms of Hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kinds of tortures I saw:

The First: The loss of God.
The Second: Perpetual remorse of conscience.
The Third: That one's condition will never change.
The Fourth: The fire that will penetrate the soul without destroying it. A terrible suffering since it is a purely spiritual fire, lit by God's anger.
The Fifth: Continual darkness and a terrible suffocating smell and, despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own.
The Sixth: The constant company of Satan.
The Seventh: Horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies.
These are the Tortures suffered by all the damned together, but that is not the end of the sufferings.
Indescribable Sufferings
There are special Tortures destined for particular souls. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings related to the manner in which it has sinned.
There are caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another. I would have died at the very sight of these tortures if the omnipotence of God had not supported me.
No One Can Say There is No Hell
Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout all eternity, in those senses which he made use of in order to sin. I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying “there is no hell”, or “nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like”. How terribly souls suffer there! Consequently, I pray even more fervently for the conversion of sinners. I incessantly plead God's mercy upon them. O My Jesus, I would rather be in agony until the end of the world, amidst the greatest sufferings, than offend you by the least sin."

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