MASS SCHEDULE: 1623 FEBRUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 15 February
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

Monday, 17 February
Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH BORIS
by Annetta Scully Bradshaw (+)

Wednesday, 19 February
Weekday
08:00 am — MICHAEL J. CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Friday, 21 February
St. Peter Damien, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings: BRIAN and ERIN ARNETT
by Auntie

Saturday, 22 February
The Chair of St. Peter, Apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — MARGARET MARY NIEDZWIADEK
rescheduled from 05 Feb
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JAMES F. NEARY Jr.
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 23 February
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — ANNETTE FUNICELLO
by Marilyn Stefanski
11:30 am — DECEASED: CONNOLLY, FRITZ, ZIELINSKI and O’REILLY FAMILIES
by EBC

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1623 FEBRUARY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 15 February
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

Tuesday, 18 February
Weekday
08:00 am — MARY FRANCES RODA
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto

Thursday, 20 February
Weekday
07:00 pm — MARY GERACE PILO
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto

Saturday, 22 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM PUCETAS
by his wife, Muriel, and his son, William

Sunday, 23 February
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — PETER SMOLOCK
by Betty Davis

stjos/stvdp: 02.16.2014 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
08 / 09 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $894.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $32.00 from the plate; $55.00 from the Dues envelopes; $205.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $93.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $68.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,347.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,347.00) 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 $228.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $577.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $62.00 from the plate; $30.00 from the Dues envelopes; $173.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $76.00 from the loose.
Total: $968.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($968.00) 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 $163.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 19 February
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 20 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 21 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 19 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, 21 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

Please note the switch from Tuesday to Wednesday this week. Fr. Connolly needs to attend a priests’ meeting on Tuesday.

stjos/stvdp: 02.16.2014 - 02


“The killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will;
in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.”

President Barack Obama
National Prayer Breakfast
Washington DC
07 Feb 2014

The President was commenting on the lamentable fact that there are so many instances throughout the world of the religiously motivated slaughter of innocent persons. Apparently he was referring to the slaughter of Christians by Islamic jihadists “in the Name of Allah” in the Middle East and in Africa — although, so as not to rattle cages, he chose not to be explicit.
The President makes an excellent point. It is, indeed, true that the direct killing of innocent persons is a betrayal of God’s Will.
But I cannot help wondering why he does not apply the same principle to the slaughter of unborn children.

TRIDENTINE MASS NEXT SUNDAY!

The 11:30 am Mass next Sunday (23 Feb) will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form.
If you don’t know what this means, the only way to find out is to attend!
It will be in St. Joseph Chapel.

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???


WHEN YOU GENUFLECT, do you simultaneously bless yourself?
If so, you might want to know that that is incorrect.
Try to get out of the habit of blessing yourself when you genuflect!

stjos/stvdp: 02.16.2014 - 03



THE POLISH NATIONAL CATHOLIC CHURCH

Very recently the Holy Ghost Parish of the Polish National Catholic Church in Shenandoah closed down and sold its church building to the Mennonites.
We read about this in the Pottsville Republican.
It occurred to me that many Catholics are unfamiliar with the PNCC.
So, I thought I would mention a few pertinent facts. I hope that this recital of facts is charitable. I know that all of them are true:
1. The PNCC was founded in Scranton PA in 1897 by Polish-Americans who separated themselves from the Roman Catholic Church. So, it would be correct to say that the PNCC is a schismatic church. “Schismatic” means “cut off”.
2. The historical reasons for this separation are somewhat complex. The main reason (I think) was a perception that Polish Catholics were being discriminated against by the Irish Catholic majority. (I don’t doubt that this was true in many respects!) Another reason was the resentment felt by some Polish Catholics at the fact that the Bishop of Scranton owned the real estate, not the people themselves.
3. A Roman Catholic priest named Franciszek Hodur was the leader of the dissidents. He was chosen by them to be their bishop. He had himself validly consecrated a bishop by three other schismatic bishops of what is known as the “Old Catholic Church” in the Netherlands. The “Old Catholic Church” broke away from the Catholic Church after the First Vatican Council (in the 1870s).
4. Because he was validly (although illicitly) consecrated, Bishop Hodur was able to confer valid (but illicit) ordination upon other men who then became valid (but illicit) priests and bishops.
5. The Holy Eucharist is validly (but illicitly) celebrated even today in the PNCC.
6. As time went by, the PNCC became not only schismatic, but also heretical. This is almost always the case when a group of Catholics separates itself from Rome. It is well-nigh impossible for any group to retain doctrinal integrity for any extended period of time outside of communion with the Bishop of Rome.
7. One heresy of the PNCC is the denial that original sin is passed down from the first parents. This means that the PNCC denies that human beings are born in original sin. That is an enormous heresy.
8. Another heresy (of a moral nature) is the denial that artificial contraception is immoral. By accepting artificial contraception, the PNCC has aligned itself with the Protestant and secular world.
9. Another heresy (also of a moral nature) is the denial that abortion is intrinsically evil. Although the PNCC considers itself “pro-life”, it is actually “pro-choice”, because it affirms the acceptability of abortion in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother.
10. The PNCC is not an acceptable “alternate form” of the Catholic Church. It is not “one of the rites” of the Catholic Church. As time goes by, its members will either return to the Catholic Church or else become (for all practical matters) akin to Episcopalians.

stjos/stvdp: 02.16.2014 - 04


MY EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

1. My first job was working in an orange-juice factory, but I got canned. I just couldn't concentrate.
2. Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the axe.
3. After that, I tried being a tailor, but I wasn't suited for it. I really didn’t care. It was a sew-sew job.
4  Next, I tried working in a muffler factory, but that was too exhausting.
5. Then, I tried being a chef. I figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I found I just couldn’t put in               the thyme required.
6. Next, I tried being a worker in a delicatessen but, any way I sliced it, I just couldn't cut it.
7. My best job was a musician but there was a lot of competition and I just wasn't noteworthy.
8. I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn't have any patience.
9. Next, I tried a job in a shoe factory. I tried hard but I just didn't fit in.
10 Then I became a professional fisherman, but discovered I couldn't live on my net income.
11. I managed to get a good job working for a pool-maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.
12. So then I got a job in a gymnasium as a group-exercise instructor, but they said I wasn't fit for the job.
13. After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as an historian, until I realized there was no       future in it.
14. My final job was working in Starbucks, but I decided to quit because it was the same old grind.
15. So, then, I decided to go on disability, and I find that I’m perfect for the job!
(Fearless prediction: More people will read this page of the bulletin than will read any other page!)

stjos/stvdp: 02.16.2014 - 05


WE SHARE THE MAIL
I received the following email on 01 February from a St. Joseph parishioner:
Father,
I have a question. Since the school has been demolished, shouldn't our insurance premium to the Diocese decrease? That would help a little with our bills.
Thanks
AMW
I replied to her on 02 February:
Dear Annetta:
Yes, that thought occurred to me.
But I’m glad you reminded me.
I’ll remind the Front Office about this.
Something tells me they won’t change anything until the new Fiscal Year (01 July 2014).
EBC
I emailed Kelly Bruce, Diocesan Director of Insurance and Real Estate on 11 February:
Dear Kelly:
Now that the St. Joseph / Immaculate Heart of Mary School building has been razed, would you please do whatever needs to be done to remove it from our St. Joseph Parish (Girardville) insurance policy?
Maybe you already have?
In either case, thanks!
Please let me know at your convenience.
Fr. Edward B. Connolly
Kelly replied to me via email on 12 February:
Dear Fr. Connolly:
Thank you for reminding me. I will process asap.
Kelly
On 14 February, I received the following letter from Kelly, dated 12 February:
Dear Father Connolly:
I understand that the former Immaculate Heart School has been razed. The annual insurance premium for this building totaled $10,032.34.
Therefore, a credit of $1,672.06 will be applied for January and February and the parish’s monthly premium will decrease by $836.03 from $2,128.00 to $1,291.97 starting with the March 1, 2014 billing.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
(signed)
Kelly C. Bruce
Director of Insurance and Real Estate

Bottom line #01: The sadness (melancholy?) we all experienced in seeing the venerable IHM school building demolished is mitigated somewhat (considerably?) by the fact that St. Joseph Parish will be saving more than ten thousand dollars a year in insurance premiums! Not for this reason alone, but for a whole complex of reasons, I feel affirmed that my decision to have the building demolished was the right decision for St. Joseph Parish.
Bottom line #02: I appreciate the initiative of that Scully girl. If she had not leaned on me, I might not have leaned on the Diocese, figuring that the Diocese would have made the adjustment without our reminding them. I am especially happy that the Diocese is making the adjustment during the current fiscal year, even giving us credit for the Jan and Feb premiums. Let’s hear three cheers for the Diocese!

stjos/stvdp: 02.16.2014 - 06



YOU CAN’T GET YOUR SINS FORGIVEN BY PUTTING THEM ON FACEBOOK!
Many persons have a deep-seated desire to “reveal” themselves. They want other persons to know their history, both the bad and the good.
This is probably not a bad thing in itself. It is, very likely, evidence of the fact that human beings, by nature, are SOCIAL beings.
But it is perilous to post one’s history up onto Facebook (or other comparable social media).
Why? Because Facebook is unforgiving. Not only is Facebook unforgiving, it is often vengeful.
THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FACEBOOK AND A VALIDLY ORDAINED PRIEST ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Facebook can receive your confession of sins but cannot absolve you of your sins.
A validly ordained priest can not only receive your confession of sins but can also absolve you of your sins.
Facebook wants to know your sins, so that it can share the information with as many others as it possibly can.
A validly ordained priest is solemnly bound by the Seal of Confession. Under penalty of excommunication and even of eternal damnation, he is forbidden to tell anyone your sins.
So, if this sounds like (reads like) a commercial for going to Confession, then rest assured that it is!
At the risk of belaboring the obvious, allow me to point out to you that the schedule for Confessions is printed on page 02 of this bulletin and has been printed every week on page 02 of this bulletin for at least the past five-and-a-half-years. (Sometimes, familiarity breeds, if not contempt, at least unawareness.) So please turn to page 02 of this bulletin. If the times noted don’t suit you, call the Rectory and arrange a time that does suit you. Don’t put it off until you get older. You might not get much older! It is quite possible that God has scheduled your exit sooner than you ever anticipated. Lots of people find themselves dead and say, “Well, I’ll be a son of a gun! Never in a million years did I think that I would die today. I had lots of things that I needed to do this week!” Let one of those things not be that you were going to go to Confession!

stjos/stvdp: 02.16.2014 - 07


 IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!

The St. Vincent dePaul Parish
Holy Rosary Society’s

CHINESE AUCTION
is postponed.
It will NOT be held on Sunday, 23 February 2014.

As you might guess, this is due to meteorological reasons.
(Perhaps you’ve noticed that we’ve been having more than a little bit of snow lately.)

HOWEVER, the Auction has merely been postponed.
It has definitely not been cancelled.
I am almost positive that it will be held on a Sunday in March.
But I don’t yet know which Sunday in March.

STAY TUNED!
AS SOON AS WE KNOW THE NEW DATE OF THE CHINESE AUCTION,
WE SHALL LET YOU KNOW!

stjos/stvdp: 02.16.2014 - 08


 

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