MASS SCHEDULE: 23 FEBRUARY02 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 22 February
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

Monday, 24 February
Weekday
08:00 am — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by John Burns

Wednesday, 26 February
Weekday
08:00 am — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Rick Examitas

Friday, 28 February
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings: MEGAN FISHER
by Auntie

Saturday, 01 March
Weekday
08:00 am — StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — NED G. LANG (30th anniversary)
by the Lang and the Getzey families

Sunday, 02 March
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPH MAX RIZZARDI
by the Rizzardi family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 23 FEBRUARY02 MARCH
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 25 February
Weekday
08:00 am — DAN TRUONG
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 27 February
Weekday
07:00 pm — JUNE ANN ROWLAND
(78th anniversary of birth)
by Eileen Rowland

Saturday, 01 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM CANAVAN
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 02 March
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JEAN STATUTIS MAJIKAS
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

stjos/stvdp: 02.23.2014 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
15 / 16 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,098.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $24.00 from the plate; $11.00 from the Dues envelopes; $26.60 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $34.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,193.60
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,193.60) 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 $74.97 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $345.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $70.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $77.00 from the loose.
Total: $502.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($502.00) 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 ($302.54) is available from this collection for operating the parish. THIS IS A DEFICIT!

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 25 February
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 27 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 28 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 25 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, 28 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

THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE statue in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in loving memory of Adolph Petrousky, at the request of John and Barbara Petrousky.

stjos/stvdp: 02.23.2014 - 02


ONE SUNDAY NIGHT a nurse was making her rounds in a nursing home.
While walking down the hall, she came across an open door.
She looked in and saw old Frank sitting up in bed pretending to drive.
She asked, “Frank, what are you doing?”
He replied, “I'm driving to Toronto.”
The nurse smiled and continued on her rounds.
On Monday night, as she walked past Frank's room, she saw the same thing.
She said, “Frank, haven’t you gotten to Toronto yet?”
He replied, “It’s a long trip. It takes two days, you know. I’ll get there tomorrow and I’ll stay there all day Wednesday. I expect I’ll head back on Thursday.”
The nurse smiled and continued on her rounds.
Five minutes later she came across another open door and looked in. She saw Bob pretending to dance with someone.
She asked, “Bob, what are you doing?”
Bob answered, “I'm dancing with Frank's wife. He's gone to Toronto and won’t be back until the weekend.”
SNOPES
If you are not already familiar with it, I would like to recommend a particular website.
It is http://www.snopes.com
The purpose of those who operate the website is the tracking down of “urban rumors” and tall tales (many of which are credible when you first hear them) in an effort to sort out the facts and to let you know whether what you heard or read is true or only partially true or entirely false.
I’ll give a recent example.
You are aware, perhaps, that the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Sochi did not go off precisely as planned. There was a fireworks display of some sort, the climax of which was supposed to be the formation of five rings of fire (symbolic of the Olympics). Apparently, there was a glitch, and one of the rings went poof (or something like that). Obviously, this was an embarrassment to whoever was in charge of the display.
Okay! So far, so good. All of the above is true.
Then, in a conversation, I heard someone say that the technician responsible for the glitch was found dead the next day. I had not read this in the newspaper but, when I heard it, I believed it. I’m sure the person who told me also believed it. The implication, of course, was that “Putin doesn’t mess around” and that anyone responsible for embarrassing Russia was as good as dead! The implication was that the unfortunate technician had either committed suicide or else had been bumped off at Putin’s orders.
Then I decided to check this out with SNOPES.
I found out that it is not true that the technician responsible for the glitch is dead, nor has any harm come to him.
The story is a concoction. Someone had printed the story in a magazine (or a website) that deals in satire.
Someone didn’t recognize that it was satire and repeated the story as if it were true. And it spread!
Maybe you have heard the story about the “unfortunate fireworks technician” at the Olympics? If you want to check it out on SNOPES, you can go directly to it at http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/sochiring.asp
Satire can be very entertaining, but there is an element of risk in it. Not everyone will recognize satire for what it is.
By the way, while on the subject of satire, please note that, because of all the ice and snow, there is a proliferation of potholes in our streets and highways, as a result of which we are all more prone to suffering from sad-tire syndrome than usual. So, be careful!

LOTTERY-TREE FUNDRAISER FOR SAINT JOSEPH PARISH!

Please donate Pennsylvania lottery tickets (the instant tickets, i.e. the rub-off tickets) for this fundraiser. You can drop them into the basket or else give them to Wade Richards or to Fr. Connolly or else you can drop them off at St. VdP Rectory.
Thank you in advance!

stjos/stvdp: 02.23.2014 - 03



LAWS CONCERNING SEXUAL BEHAVIOR

The LORD said to Moses: Speak to the Israelites and tell them: I, the LORD, am your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you once lived, nor shall you do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you; do not conform to their customs. My decrees you shall carry out, and my statutes you shall take care to follow. I, the LORD, am your God. Keep, then, my statutes and decrees, for the person who carries them out will find life through them. I am the LORD.
• None of you shall approach a close relative to have sexual intercourse. I am the LORD.
• You shall not disgrace your father by having intercourse with your mother. She is your own mother; you shall not have intercourse with her.
• You shall not have intercourse with your father’s wife, for that would be a disgrace to your father.
• You shall not have intercourse with your sister, your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in your own household or born elsewhere.
• You shall not have intercourse with your son’s daughter or with your daughter’s daughter, for that would be a disgrace to you.
• You shall not have intercourse with the daughter whom your father’s wife bore to him in his household, since she too is your sister.
• You shall not have intercourse with your father’s sister, since she is your father’s relative.
• You shall not have intercourse with your mother’s sister, since she is your mother’s relative.
• You shall not disgrace your father’s brother by having sexual relations with his wife, since she, too, is your aunt.
• You shall not have intercourse with your daughter-in-law; she is your son’s wife; you shall not have intercourse with her.
• You shall not have intercourse with your brother’s wife; that would be a disgrace to your brother.
• You shall not have intercourse with a woman and also with her daughter, nor shall you marry and have intercourse with her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are related to her. This would be shameful.
• While your wife is still living you shall not marry her sister as her rival and have intercourse with her.
• You shall not approach a woman to have intercourse with her while she is in her menstrual uncleanness.
• You shall not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife, defiling yourself with her.
• You shall not offer any of your offspring for immolation to Molech, thus profaning the name of your God. I am the LORD.
• You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination.
• You shall not have sexual relations with an animal, defiling yourself with it; nor shall a woman set herself in front of an animal to mate with it; that is perverse.
Do not defile yourselves by any of these things, because by them the nations whom I am driving out of your way have defiled themselves.
And so the land has become defiled, and I have punished it for its wickedness, and the land has vomited out its inhabitants.
You, however, must keep my statutes and decrees, avoiding all these abominations — both the natives and the aliens resident among you— because the previous inhabitants did all these abominations and the land became defiled; otherwise the land will vomit you out also for having defiled it, just as it vomited out the nations before you.
For whoever does any of these abominations shall be cut off from the people.
Heed my charge, then, not to observe the abominable customs that have been observed before your time, and thus become impure by them.
I, the LORD, am your God.

Leviticus 18, 01-30

stjos/stvdp: 02.23.2014 - 04


SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
(after reading Chapter 18 of Leviticus — see page 04)

In this chapter of the Bible, God specifies various kinds of sexual relationships that are an abomination to Him.
One of these — but only one (and that is my point) — is homosexual relationships.
That is the verse that is cited most frequently: You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination.
However, now that we are well on our way in the United States (and elsewhere in the Western World) to legalizing homosexual relations and normalizing them and even praising them, thereby nullifying the Word of God, I cannot help wondering how long it will take for the rest of the relationships mentioned in this chapter to be legalized, normalized and even praised.
You may be certain beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt that Leviticus 18 is a preview of coming attractions.
Along with legalizing homosexual relations, we have long since legalized the killing of babies, thereby nullifying this verse: You shall not offer any of your offspring for immolation to Molech, thus profaning the Name of your God.
As bizarre as it sounds, we are on our way to a society in which it will be legal:

• to marry one’s own stepchild or step-grandchild;
• to marry one’s own brother-in-law or sister-in-law;
• to marry one’s own aunt or uncle (by marriage);
• to marry one’s own aunt or uncle (by blood);
• to marry one’s own grandchild;
• to marry one’s own half-sister or half-brother;
• to marry one’s own sister or brother;
• to marry one’s own mother or father.

You may say, “Oh, that’s absurd! The day will never come in the United States of America when it will be legally permissible to marry your own mother or father!”
But keep in mind that, not too many years ago, you might very well have said, “Oh, that’s absurd! The day will never come in the United States of America when it will be legally permissible for two men to get married or for two women to get married!"

Did it ever occur to you that, in the history of the human race, there have been societies — exceedingly corrupt societies — in which the marriages of closely related persons have been permitted?
If there had not been, then why would God, through Moses, have deemed it necessary to give us a list of forbidden sexual relationships?

Did you ever ask yourself why God ordered the Hebrew people to march into the land of Canaan and dispossess the peoples who were already settled there? Did you ever ask yourself, “How could God do that? How could this have been fair to those people? After all, they were there first!”
The answer is clear: If those original inhabitants of the land of Canaan had not been doing such sexual abominations, they would probably still be inhabiting the land.
Moral to be drawn: People who obey God keep their real estate. People who don’t obey God lose their real estate.

I love the United States of America and would like to see it endure for centuries and millennia to come. But I am not optimistic.
Not unless there is a radical change of mind on the part of the people.
Otherwise, we are down the tubes.

stjos/stvdp: 02.23.2014 - 05


ROSALIE ANN BARRETT JAMBETER,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Saturday, 15 February 2014.
Born on 04 September 1945, she was 68 years old.
She is the daughter (only child) of the late Vincent P. and Loretta (Carey) Barrett.
She was baptized at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek, on 23 September 1945 by Fr. Cornelius McLaughlin.
On 04 June 1966, also at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek, Rosalie was married to George J. Jambeter, in the presence of Fr. James Butler.
George and Rosalie are the parents of Georganne Jambeter.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 20 February, at 11:00 am.
There was a viewing at the Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, on Wednesday evening and on Thursday morning.
The interment took place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Rosalie, 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.

CHINESE AUCTION

We hope everyone has gotten the word that the Chinese Auction will not be held today, Sunday 23 February, as had been previously announced!
The reason has everything to do with the weather!
We are not particularly concerned with what the weather will be on 23 Feb. We are concerned about what the weather has been and the effect it has had on our parking lot and pavements. We are concerned about two things: PARKING and SAFETY. With all the piled-up snow, the StVdP parking lot is hardly suitable for parking and the pavements around the parish hall are still slushy and could be hazardous.

ERGO AND WHEREFORE AND THEREFORE
PLEASE LET IT BE KNOWN THAT
THE NEW AND IMPROVED DATE FOR THIS YEAR’S CHINESE AUCTION IS

SUNDAY, 30 MARCH 2014

Everything else about the Auction is “as previously announced”.
Doors open at 12:00 noon and auction begins at 02:00 pm.
Please tell your friends and neighbors about the new date!

stjos/stvdp: 02.23.2014 - 06



THOMAS JEFFERSON was (among other things) the author of the Declaration of Independence, the third President of the United States and the founder of the political party originally known as the Democratic-Republican Party, later to be known as the Democratic Party. He was not a member of either St. Joseph Parish or St. Vincent dePaul Parish in Girardville, nonetheless he said a lot of things that are eminently quotable and astonishingly relevant to our own time. Here is a sampling:

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe."

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes — a principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property — until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

stjos/stvdp: 02.23.2014 - 07


THE PRE-EMINENCE OF LOVE

from a sermon by Blessed Isaac of Stella, abbot

Why, my brethren, are we so little concerned
with finding opportunities to advance each other’s salvation,
responding to greater need with greater help
and bearing each other’s burdens?
This is what St Paul advised:
Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ – or, again, forbearing each other in love.
For that is most definitely the law of Christ.
When I notice something wrong in my brother
that cannot be corrected –
either because it is inevitable or because it comes from
some weakness of his in body or character –
why do I not bear it patiently and offer my willing sympathy
?
As scripture says, their children will be carried on their shoulders
and comforted on their laps.
Could it be because there is a lack in me,
a lack of that which bears all things
and is patient enough to take up the burden,
a lack of the will to love?
This is what the law of Christ is like,
of Christ who bore our griefs in his passion
and carried our sorrows in his compassion for us,
loving those whom he carried and carrying those whom he loved.
On the other hand, whoever turns on his brother
in the brother’s time of need,
who exploits his weakness,
whatever that weakness may be –
without doubt he has subjected himself to the law of Satan
and is carrying it out.
Let us have compassion for each other
and love the brotherhood we share,
bear each other’s weaknesses
and fight against each other’s vices
.

stjos/stvdp: 02.23.2014 - 08


 

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