MASS SCHEDULE: 0916 FEBRUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 08 February
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

Monday, 10 February
St. Scholastica, virgin (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings: SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Wednesday, 12 February
Weekday
08:00 am — MIRIAM CUSACK BRESLIN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Friday, 14 February
SS. Cyril, monk, and Methodius, bishop (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings: DOMINIK ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 15 February
Weekday
08:00 am — ROBERT G. COFENAS
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — HAROLD BURNS
by his children

Sunday, 16 February
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — HELEN C. CANAVAN
by George, Bob and Ida Mae

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0916 FEBRUARY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 11 February
Our Lady of Lourdes (OptMem)
08:00 am — EDWARD and FRANCES LUSHIS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Thursday, 13 February
Weekday
07:00 pm — HAROLD BURNS
by his wife, Mary

Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ADOLPH PETROUSKY
by his son, John, and his daughter-in-law, Barbara

Sunday, 16 February
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN and CATHERINE WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
01 / 02 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,849.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $32.00 from the plate; $289.00 from the Dues envelopes; $588.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $59.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,817.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $62.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,817.00) 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 $1,698.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $806.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $66.00 from the plate; $176.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $360.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $5.00 from the Initial envelopes; $5.00 from Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $39.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,477.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $20.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,477.00) 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 $672.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 11 February
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 13 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 14 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 11 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, 14 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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JAMES JOSEPH [“Rock”] GOWNLEY,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 07 February 2014.
Born on 13 February 1926, he was 87 years old — just six days short of his 88th birthday.
Jim is the fourth of the seven sons of the late James J. and Mary (Carey) Gownley.
All six of his brothers are deceased: Francis Gownley; Jack Gownley; Anthony Gownley; Joseph Gownley; Robert Gownley; Terrence Gownley.
He was baptized on 21 February 1926 in St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek.
On 15 July 1956, he married Anna Mae McAndrew in St. Vincent dePaul Church, in the presence of Father Anthony McAndrew.
At the time of Jim’s death, they had been married for more than 57 years.
Jim and Anna Mae have a son, James J. Gownley.
They have two granddaughters: Stella M. Gownley and Anna E. Gownley.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Monday, 10 February, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing in the church from 09:30 am until the time of the Mass.
Interment will take place in St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery, Englewood, Frackville.
Eternal rest grant unto James, 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

MARJORIE JANE CATCHPOLE BARRES, the mother of Bishop Barres, died on Monday, 03 February. She was 91 years old. If anyone would like to send the Bishop a Mass card and / or a note of sympathy, here is his address:

The Most Reverend John O. Barres, STD, JCL, DD
Office of the Bishop
Diocese of Allentown
Post Office Box F
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18105-1538
WE SHALL SOON be asking you for donations of PA lottery instant (“rub-off”) tickets as a fundraiser for St. Joseph Parish. We will start selling tickets for the lottery tree on Saturday, 22 March, which is the date of the annual St. Patrick Day Parade. We hope to sell a passel of tickets during the parade. We may need one or two persons to volunteer to sell tickets in the Father Sheridan Room that day.

stjos/stvdp: 02.09.2014 - 03



UN Attacks Catholic Teaching Under the Pretext of Protecting Children

by Bill Donohue, President, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has just released a report on the way the Vatican has responded to the sexual abuse of minors by priests. The 15-page report contains not a single footnote, endnote, or any other mode of attribution. But it does provide plenty of evidence as to its real agenda.
The U.N. panel is using the sexual abuse of minors as a pretext for its true objective: it wants the Vatican to submit to its authority, and not just in instances involving international law—it wants the Catholic Church to change Canon Law and to adopt a secular sexual ethics.
As such, it is one of the most ambitious power-grab efforts ever undertaken by a U.N. committee. The panel is also profoundly ignorant of the data. On p. 3 of the report, the panel says the Holy See should “undertake the necessary steps to withdraw all its reservations and to ensure the [U.N.] Convention’s precedence over internal laws and regulations.” (Its emphasis.) It is quite explicit: “The Committee recommends that the Holy See undertake a comprehensive review of its normative framework, in particular Canon Law, with a view to ensuring its full compliance with the Convention.”
In other words, the teaching body of the Catholic Church, the Magisterium, i.e., the pope in communion with the bishops, should yield to the U.N. This would be the equivalent of asking the United States Congress to make sure its laws are in compliance with U.N. strictures. Hubris is too mild a word to describe this unmitigated arrogance.
On pp. 12-13, the panel says it wants the Catholic Church to change its teachings on abortion and contraception; it also says the Church needs to do more about HIV/AIDS.
It is painfully obvious that these panelists have not thought through this issue. To wit: if everyone followed the Church’s teachings on sexuality, we would not have this problem in the first place. To be exact, those who acquire HIV/AIDS typically do so because they live a reckless life, in sharp contradistinction to the Church’s plea for restraint.
The panel is so intent on policing the Church that it demands a Canon Law change in the use of the term “illegitimate children.”
It also directs the Vatican to order Catholic schools to change its textbooks, getting rid of alleged “gender stereotypes.” Not only is this another example of its abuse of power, the panel provides not a single piece of evidence to buttress its claim.
Someone should also tell these experts that the Vatican does not tell Catholic schools what textbooks, or curricula, it should adopt. But to control freaks, delegation is a difficult concept to grasp.
The panel lectures the Vatican on the need for “awareness programs,” urging “systematic training” for those who work with minors. Just who do they think started these initiatives?
We’re not the ones who lack mandatory training programs—the guilty parties are found in other religious communities, and in the public schools. This explains why sexual abuse is not a problem in Catholic communities today the way it is elsewhere. The panel needs to get up to speed, assuming it has any real interest in this issue.
On p. 8, the panel instructs the Vatican to end corporal punishment, saying it must amend “both Canon Law and Vatican City State laws.” Ironically, the U.N. has now detailed how 10,000 Syrian children have been killed and tortured in the last three years. Syrian kids are being raped and beaten “with metal cables, whips and wooden and metal batons”; they are also being subjected to “electric shocks, including to the genitals.” Their fingernails and toenails are being ripped out of them, and they are being lacerated with cigarette burns.
Most of these barbaric acts are being conducted by government agents, yet there is no demand that Syrian officials yield to the U.N. It is too busy wondering if Sister Mary Alice is taking a ruler to a miscreant student.
The one attempt at providing evidence is a colossal failure: on p. 7 it cites the Magdalene Laundries as an institution that forced girls “to work in slavery like conditions and were often subject to inhuman, cruel and degrading treatment as well as to physical and sexual abuse.” This is a bald-face lie: the McAleese Report, an investigation authorized by the Irish government, shows that none of this is true. To read my analysis, “Myths of the Magdalene Laundries,” see the “Special Reports” section on the Catholic League website. The panel’s report is libelous.
Finally, the report says the Church needs to end the practice of “baby boxes.” In many countries, there are drop boxes next to orphanages; they are placed there to entice girls who are pregnant out-of-wedlock, and who cannot care for their babies, to allow others to raise their child. It is a humane practice, one that is widely practiced in South Korea. What is not humane is to kill babies in utero, which is precisely what this U.N. panel recommends. For sheer demagoguery, this report cannot be beaten. It is as malicious as it is inaccurate.

My comment: Take seriously warnings you hear and read that a time of intense persecution of the Catholic Church is coming and, indeed, is already here. Which side will you be own when they send in the tanks?

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE HOLY NAME SOCIETY MEETING, which is usually held after the 08:30 am Mass on the second Sunday of the month, will not be held today (09 February).
THERE IS A GREAT MOUND OF SNOW IN THE PARKING LOT across from St. Joseph Church (where the school building had stood). In case you’re wondering how it got there, please know that I gladly gave permission to the Borough to dump snow there. I think the Borough of Girardville does a good job with snow removal. I do respectfully ask that Mayor Burns would see to it that the snow is removed from the lot no later than the Fourth of July.
THE SAINT JOSEPH PARISH 1995 HISTORY BOOK IS NOW ON LINE!
In addition to the parish histories (StJos and StVdP) already on line, please know that the entire text and photos of the StJosPar anniversary book issued in 1995 is also on line and available for anyone who wants to peruse it or even to download it in whole or in part.
To access it, just go to www.stjospar.org and scroll down to the link entitled St. Joseph 1995 History Book.
In process: The St. Joseph Parish Centennial Book (1970) will also eventually be on line.
Giving credit where credit is due: This project was the initiative of Ian R. Getzey, who copied the book and sent it to our volunteer webmaster, Bruce A. Marianelli, who posted it on line. My sincere thanks to Ian and to Bruce!
I spoke with Ian about doing the same with the St. Vincent dePaul Parish anniversary book. He said that, in his opinion, the quality of the photo reproductions in that book might not make for a suitable on-line presentation. However, if anyone has the originals of the photos that appear in the book, perhaps we could also put that book on line.
Anyone???
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BUY YOUR CHINESE AUCTION PACKETS from “the ladies in the back of StVdP Church”. A packet is $15.00 and it includes an admission ticket plus chances on the various “big items”.
ALL PERSONS WHO HAVE PRIZES TO DONATE and / or ticket returns to make and / or who have volunteered to set up for the Auction are asked to be in St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall at 01:00 pm on Sunday, 16 February.
THANK YOU TO ALL who donated “baby items” for the Giving Trees in our two parishes during the Advent and Christmas seasons.
PLEASE KNOW THAT we have received letters of acknowledgment and gratitude from the two agencies to which we donated the items: Catholic Charities and Birthright.

stjos/stvdp: 02.09.2014 - 05


A FEW PIECES OF TRIVIA
A KIND WOMAN
read in last weekend’s bulletin that the pastor was wearing brown shoelaces in his black shoes. Not wanting her pastor to be laughed at — you’ll have to read last weekend’s bulletin to know why he was wearing brown shoe laces in his black shoes — she rounded up several pairs of 27-inch black shoe laces that were lying in a drawer, laces that had belonged to her late husband, and gave them to the pastor. I thank the kind lady and her dear late husband!

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, the pastor fell not once but twice (!!) on the ice this past Monday (03 Feb). The first time was when he was going into St. Joseph Chapel for the 08:00 am Mass and the second time was when he was coming out of St. Joseph Chapel after the 08:00 am Mass! After falling the second time, I had a Saint Teresa of Avila moment. Lying on the ground, groping for something to hold onto to pick myself up, I prayed the prayer of the great Carmelite saint. I said, “Oh God, if this is the way You treat Your friends, it’s no wonder You have so few!” I could swear I heard my guardian angel say, “Connolly, you are such a klutz!” He is not a particularly sympathetic guardian angel. In my limited experience with angels, I have found that, although highly intellectual, angels are lacking somewhat in what psychologists would call “affect”. I get good, solid advice and helpful stern direction from my guardian angel, but not a whole lot of sympathy. I guess “emotions” are foreign to angels. Be that as it may, when I got back to StVdP Rectory to console myself with a cup of coffee, the thought occurred to me: “I know what I’ll do! I’ll sue St. Joseph Parish plus the Diocese of Allentown plus the Vatican! I’ll sue for a cool one million dollars. Five-hundred thousand for each fall. Then I’ll use the money to pay off the debt and do some renovations at both St. Joseph’s and St. Vincent’s. I’ll have to talk to a hungry lawyer about this. I’ll tell him that I want to clear one million dollars after he extracts his fee.” My guardian angel said, “Just so you know, lad, that thought did not come from me! You’re on your own if you try to pull that off!”

DID YOU KNOW THAT THIS PAST MONDAY (03 FEBRUARY) was the memorial of St. Oscar? You probably thought that there is no saint named Oscar! Well, there is! (Actually, I just found this out myself.) The third of February is shared by St. Blase and St. Ansgar. St. Blase was a 4th century bishop and martyr. St. Ansgar was a 9th century bishop. St. Blase is well known due to the fact that, every year, in his honor, the Church confers the annual “blessing of throats”. Poor St. Ansgar pretty much gets lost in the shuffle that day. As far as I know, there is no blessing conferred in honor of St. Ansgar. However, my point is this: “Oscar” is a variant of the name “Ansgar”. I’ll bet you didn’t know that, did you? Now you do!

I HAVE A FRIEND WHO LIVES IN VIRGINIA but has his roots in Pennsylvania. He is the father of six young children. On his visits to Pennsylvania, he will sometimes come to visit me and will often bring some of the children along. When the children come, we will often go out to eat. The children’s preferred place to eat is the Chinese buffet restaurant in the Fairlane Mall. This friend of mine has not been up to visit recently. He sent me an email indicating that he would like to visit sometime in the near future and bring along one or more of the children. He told me that his son, Gregory, had asked him recently, “Dad, is Father Connolly still alive? If he is, I’d like to go up to Girardville to visit him.” I thought that was kind of funny, also kind of sobering. I have now reached that age in life at which people who haven’t seen me in a while are not 100% certain as to whether or not I have assumed room temperature.
I told my friend in Virginia that he can assure Gregory that, as of right now, Fr. Connolly is still alive and still able to sit up and take nourishment. How much longer? God knows!

THANK YOU to whoever placed flowers in St. Joseph Chapel last week. I don’t know who placed them, so I can offer only a generic thank you. If you want to tell us who it was, please do so and we’ll thank you more specifically.

stjos/stvdp: 02.09.2014 - 06



KEY-TAG PROFITS
Please note
:
This is not the same as the gift-card profits!
St. Joseph Parish received a check for
$156.95 from BOYER’S SUPERMARKETS for the period of June to December 2013.
St. Vincent dePaul Parish received a check for
$116.64 from BOYER’S SUPERMARKETS for the period of June to December 2013.
At the risk of being overly repetitious, allow me to be overly repetitious:
WE APPRECIATE IT GREATLY WHEN PEOPLE BUY AND USE OUR REDNER’S AND BOYER’S GIFT CARDS. THESE GIFT CARDS EARN THE PARISHES FIVE PERCENT, WHICH IS NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT!
BUT, ABOVE AND BEYOND THE GIFT CARDS, THERE ARE THE KEY CARDS. DO YOU HAVE AND DO YOU USE KEY CARDS WHEN YOU SHOP AT BOYER’S OR AT REDNER’S?
IF YOU DO, GOOD FOR YOU! THANK YOU!
IF YOU DO NOT, WOULD YOU PLEASE START DOING SO?
THESE KEY CARDS EARN THE PARISHES ONE PERCENT, ALSO NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT!
ASK THE PERSON WHO SELLS THE GIFT CARDS TO GIVE YOU ONE OR MORE KEY CARDS. WE HAVE PLENTY TO GIVE AWAY AND CAN ALWAYS GET MORE!

 HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SPEND
SUNDAY AFTERNOON,
23 FEBRUARY?
Here is what I suggest:
Attend the
GREAT CHINESE AUCTION
in St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall
Doors open at 12:00 noon
Auction starts at 02:00 pm

stjos/stvdp: 02.09.2014 - 07


What is this Catholic faith of ours?

What does it mean to be Catholic? It is history, beauty and majesty. It is a love story between God and man. It is not the mundane entertainment of the world nor is it some abstract concept of our intellect. It is a real covenant relationship, a way of life lived to the fullest. It isn’t the way of death — some sterile, modern standard that is pressed upon us day in and day out. No! It is death-defying life! Jesus spoke of this when He said:
“I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly” -John 10:10.
Too many people look at our faith as a set of rules and doctrines. They don’t realize that these rules and doctrines are actually a deposit of rich treasure, lovingly passed down by the apostles, and those saints and martyrs before us, originating from Christ’s undying love for us. Our doctrines and expressions are a gift, a sweet yoke. Not like the yoke of the world which burdens and destroys us. We must cast that yoke off and leave it behind. Then we can truly understand the Church’s wisdom, which is as a fount from heaven.
We worship in a liturgy because Creation is liturgy and because Love is a liturgy. It is an act of giving and receiving and then giving again. It is speaking and being spoken to. God has always spoken to us in the law of gift. Moved by love, He spoke and all things in the universe were made and He pronounced them good. Each person, created in God’s image is a gift to be given. Christ offers us the gift of His very flesh and blood. He makes His life our own and we, enraptured by this act of love, can do nothing but adore and cry out “Amen!!”
Catholicism is a wedding, lasting throughout the ages. It is a lush garden where souls are planted and tended, where men become saints. God’s only son, the loving Bridegroom, leapt down from heaven and became flesh to rescue us, to deliver us from sin and death. He gave all He had, His very life, for us. When water and blood poured from the side of the crucified Christ, a Bride was taken and many sons and daughters were born anew from this union. We become God’s own sons and daughters. Because of this new identity:
“The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” –Psalm 92-12
In this family of the Catholic Church, we have a foretaste of our promised inheritance. As a wedding gift, He bestowed the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God, so that in a spirit of hope, charity and self-sacrifice, we may show others this Kingdom of God. The husband and wife reveal God’s covenant with man, made from the beginning. The priest’s celibacy shows his mystical marriage with the Church, the chosen Bride. Nothing like this has ever happened! Through the sacraments, which are seven jewels of great price, God makes us partakers in His Divine Life. Everything that belongs to God now belongs to His people.
“I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine” – Song of Solomon 6:3
What we see in the visible Church points to a wondrous, unseen reality. Our communion here on earth is united to a greater communion in heaven, those who have fought and loved before us. Out of their sacrifices, modeled after the One Sacrifice of Christ, come our power and strength. We are weak and have nothing in this world, for our treasure is elsewhere.
The Catholic faith proclaims the forgiveness of sins, that when Jesus climbed up on that rugged cross, He undid the sin of Adam and reopened the gates of paradise. And so immense is God’s love that, when a priest says “I absolve you from your sins”, through the Blood of Christ, we are washed clean. Our faith is one that believes second chances are possible!
“Love covers a multitude of sins” – 1 Peter 4:8
This is our faith, why add or take anything away from it? Why not love and cherish it as Christ loved and cherished us? Catholicism is the pure water in which we have been reborn. It is the Precious Blood we drink. It is God’s Holy Spirit moving and breathing within us. It is the anticipation of life and resurrection and of every good thing in the world to come.

(I don’t know who wrote this. If I did, I would give attribution. But, whoever wrote it, wrote words well worth reading!)

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