MASS SCHEDULE: 0209 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 01 March
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

Monday, 03 March
Weekday
08:00 am — ANNETTA SCULLY BRADSHAW
by Arthur and Joyce Engle

Wednesday, 05 March
Ash Wednesday
12:00 noon — PATRICIA MOONAN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Friday, 07 March
Friday after Ash Wednesday
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health: ELAINE CHAPMAN
by her son, Christopher

Saturday, 08 March
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
NO MASS AT 08:00 am TODAY
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARK C. NEARY
by Virginia Chillis

Sunday, 09 March
1st Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — God’s blessings on Pop-Pop JAKE RITZHEIMER
by the Smith family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0209 MARCH
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

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

Wednesday, 05 March
Ash Wednesday
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Patricia Kowalick

Thursday, 06 March
Thursday after Ash Wednesday
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 08 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — CHARLES and ANN PINCHOT and relatives
by their sons

Sunday, 09 March
1st Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
22 / 23 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,243.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $27.00 from the plate; $130.00 from the Dues envelopes; $41.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $36.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $85.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,562.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,562.00) 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 $443.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,527.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $113.00 from the plate; $45.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $84.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,834.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,834.00) 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 $1,029.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 06 March
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

Friday, 07 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thursday, 06 March
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 March
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church
followed by Stations of the Cross
and concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

PLEASE NOTE: This week only, we need to change the Confession and Exposition schedules from Tuesday to Thursday.

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OUR LENTEN OBLIGATION
Church law considers every Friday and the season of Lent as penitential days and times.
The practice of penance is a part of our faith and Christian life. When we do penance, we imitate Jesus, Who Himself recommended it as necessary to His followers, and gave them the example of His prayer and fasting.
The Lenten obligation, as determined for Catholics in the United States by our bishops, requires that fasting be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The law of abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.

 

Who must fast?
All Catholics who are between the ages of 18 and 59. The obligation ceases when one begins his / her 60th year, i.e. on his / her 59th birthday.
Who must abstain?
All Catholics who are 14 years of age and older. The obligation begins when one observes his / her 14th birthday and it continues for life.
What does fasting mean?
The observance of fasting means that those obliged may take only one full meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to another full meal) may be ta ken to maintain strength according to one's needs.
What does abstinence mean?
The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat, including poultry. Voluntary abstinence refers to refraining from lawful pleasures in a spirit of penance.
Can anyone be dispensed or excused from fast and / or abstinence?
Individuals for a just cause may be dispensed by their pastor or by some other priest with the faculty to do so. In our Diocese all priests may dispense individuals who are committed to their pastoral care. Those who are ill or have a similar serious reason are excused from the observance of fast and abstinence. Catholics are reminded that they should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.
Are there other obligations which we should fulfill?
Catholics are obliged to fulfill what has been called their "Easter Duty.'' They are required to receive Holy Communion during the Easter time. In the United States this obligation can be fulfilled from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (09 March until 15 June 2014). Those conscious of serious sin are reminded of the obligation to confess their sins at least once a year during this time.
Catholics also are encouraged to make Lent a time of more intense prayer and to practice almsgiving and other works of charity. Parishes are encouraged to continue participation in Operation Rice Bowl.
(This information is from the Bishop’s office)

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A FEW YEARS AGO, I took out a Facebook account or, as it is said, “I went on Facebook”.
Why did I go on Facebook? Well, to be honest, I guess I have this haunting fear of being irrelevant. I dread the thought that anyone would kick sand in my face at the beach (although I hardly ever go to the beach) or that people would snicker behind my back and say, “You see that priest? He’s not even on Facebook! What a loser!” I trace it back to the days when I was very young and still subject to “bedtime” and my mother would tell me to go to bed and I would protest that I didn’t want to go to bed yet and that it wasn’t fair because my big brother and my big sister were allowed to stay up later than I was allowed to stay up and I would point this out to her and she would defend her decision by pointing out to me that they were older than I and, therefore, had a later bedtime than I and, to tell the truth, I did actually see the intrinsic logic of her assertion, but I still didn’t like it because, after all, birth order is not something that anyone chooses and I certainly didn’t choose to be the third-born instead of the first-born and, as I moped my way up the steps to go to bed, I had this deep-down feeling that, as soon as my Mom and brother and sister heard me plop into bed, they would pull out the balloons and party hats and cookies and soda and have themselves a rocking good time and might share jokes and secrets with one another while poor little me was compelled to lie twixt the sheets, unwept, unhonored, unsung and uninformed.
Well, enough of that! Back to Facebook.
I have given Facebook minimum information about myself. I see myself as something like a Prisoner of War. I’ll give you only what the Geneva Convention requires me to give you: Name, Rank and Serial Number. You want more than that? You’ll have to torture me but, if you do and if I survive this war, I’ll report you to the Geneva Man.
One of the things Facebook wants to know about me is my GENDER. Notice the word “gender”, as opposed to “sex”. It is perfectly clear to me that I am of the male SEX. I won’t tell you exactly how I know this. If you really insist on my telling you exactly how I know this, you’ll have to send me a stamped self-addressed envelope and, even then, I probably won’t tell you.
However, Facebook doesn’t want to know my SEX, it wants to know my GENDER.
Call me retarded if you want, but I am of the firm conviction that my GENDER and my SEX are one and the same. I know, I know, I know. Someone is going to tell me that I don’t understand and that SEX is physical, genetic and given, and GENDER is psychological and spiritual and chosen. Please don’t call me or send me any letters to explain this to me. I’ve got the concept!
Because I am both Catholic and sane, here is how I see it: My body is the physical extension or projection of my soul. My soul does not inhabit my body the way a canary inhabits a birdcage or a fish inhabits a fishbowl. On the contrary, my body and my soul are so closely united that they are almost one and the same entity. Notice I said “almost”. I know what my soul is like by becoming acquainted with my body. Because my body is male, I conclude with absolute certainty that my soul is masculine. By the way, note my use of the phrase “absolute certainty”. “Absolute certainty” is something that Catholics and other sane human beings believe in. Person who are not Catholic or who are insane react with horror when they hear anyone say that he or she is “absolutely certain” about anything! But I say, “Fiddlesticks!” (Pardon my language.)
If you want to know how insane it is not to know what I have just told you, please look at (and laugh at) the following 54 Gender Variation Identifications that are available to anyone who signs on to Facebook.

Agender, Androgyne, Androgynous, Bigender, Cis, Cis Female, Cis Male, Cis Man, Cis Woman, Cisgender, Cisgender Female, Cisgender Male, Cisgender Man, Cisgender Woman, Female, Female to Male, FTM, Gender Fluid, Gender Nonconforming, Gender Questioning, Gender Variant, Genderqueer, Intersex, Male, Male to Female, MTF, Neither, Neutrois, Non-binary, Other, Pangender, Trans, Trans Female, Trans Male, Trans Man, Trans Person, Trans Woman, Trans*, Trans*Female, Trans*Male, Trans*Man, Trans*Person, Trans*Woman, Transgender Female, Transgender Person, Transfeminine, Transmasculine, Transsexual, Transsexual Female, Transsexual Male, Transsexual Man, Transsexual Person, Transsexual Woman, Two-spirit.

All I can say is this: If each of these 54 requires a separate bathroom, it’s going to be boom time for all those lucky persons in the plumbing industry!

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ASH WEDNESDAY

Ashes will be blessed and imposed on Ash Wednesday, 05 March, according to the following schedule:

10:00 to 11:30 am in St. Joseph Chapel

Please note: This will not include the celebration of Mass.
At 10:00 am, there will be a Liturgy of the Word, followed by imposition of ashes.
This will probably conclude at about 10:30 or 10:40 am.
Fr. Connolly will then remain in the chapel until 11:30 am for anyone who wants to “drop in” in order to receive the blessed ashes on his or her forehead. If you do that, you will be responsible for saying your own prayers!
We’ll call this the “low budget Ash Wednesday service”.

12:00 noon — Mass in St. Joseph Chapel

Please note: This Mass will include the blessing and imposition of ashes.

07:00 pm — Mass in St. Vincent dePaul Church

Please note: This Mass will include the blessing and imposition of ashes.

Although there is no obligation to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, we recommend that people choose to attend Mass, if their schedules permit.

PLEASE NOTE
Rita Ketusky
, a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 28 February. We did not have sufficient time to compose or to type up a “proper” notice for this bulletin. We expect to have such a notice in next weekend’s bulletin. Meanwhile, please know that there will be a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Thursday, 06 March, at 11:00 am, with a viewing in the church for one hour prior to the Mass.

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S T A T I O N S O F T H E C R O S S
LENT 2014
Format
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Stations of the Cross
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament


Friday, 07 March
07:00 pm in St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 09 March
07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 14 March
07:00 pm in St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 16 March
07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 21 March
07:00 pm in St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 23 March
07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 28 March
07:00 pm in St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 30 March
07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 04 April
07:00 pm in St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 06 April
07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 11 April
07:00 pm in St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 13 April
04:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church

Suggestion: Post this on your refrigerator!

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HOW TO WRITE GOOD

#01 — Avoid alliteration. Always!
#02 — Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.
#03 — Avoid clichés like the plague! They’re old hat!
#04 — Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
#05 — When describing something, be more or less specific.
#06 — A good writer never generalizes.
#7 — Be consistent!
#08 — Don’t be redundant. Don’t use more words than necessary to make your point. It’s highly superfluous.
#09 — Don’t ask rhetorical questions. Who needs them?
#10 — Avoid exaggeration. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

Here is a joke from Mother Angelica!
An elderly nun lived in a convent that was next to a construction site. She noticed the rough manners and coarse language of the workers and decided to spend some time with them in order to correct their ways.
So, she packed a lunch and went to sit with the workers. She put her sandwich, fruit and beverage in a brown bag and walked over to the spot where some of the men were eating.
Wearing a big smile, she walked up to the group and asked: “Do any of you gentlemen know Jesus?”
They shrugged their shoulders and looked at one another, very confused.
One of the men looked up into the steelworks and yelled out, "Anybody up there know anybody named Jesus?"
One of the steelworkers, a Mexican, yelled down, “Yeah! Why do you want to know?”
The man sitting next to the nun yelled back: “Tell him his mom's here with his lunch."

THE FOLLOWING IS NOT A JOKE. It is something I read very recently in a book for children. After reading it, I thought to myself: Gee whiz! I have to put this into the bulletin. This little story nails it! It is theologically excellent! It says in simple words what theologians have been saying in fancy words over the past two thousand years. It is, in a nutshell, the answer to the question, “If God is so good, how can there be a Hell?” Please share this story with others.

Once upon a time, the Devil went to have a conversation with God. He said to God, “Would You please explain something to me? I disobeyed You once and You have never forgiven me. But these human beings you created …… they disobey You almost all the time and, yet, You forgive them! That doesn’t seem fair to me!”
God answered, “I can’t remember even one time that you ever said that you were sorry or asked Me to forgive you!”
The Devil shook his head in disgust and returned to Hell
.

 LOTTERY TREE FOR SAINT JOSEPH PARISH

Please donate rub-off tickets for this parish fundraiser.
We will be selling chances on the tree, starting with 22 March, the date of the Saint Patrick Day’s Parade.
Please give tickets to Wade Richards or else to Father Connolly or else drop them off at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.

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A TREATISE ON CHARITY
Without love everything is in vain

by St Maximus the Confessor

Charity is a right attitude of mind which prefers nothing to the knowledge of God.
If a man possesses any strong attachment to the things of this earth, he cannot possess true charity.
For anyone who really loves God prefers to know and experience God rather than His creatures.
The whole set and longing of his mind is ever directed toward Him.
For God is far superior to all His creation, since everything which exists has been made by God and for Him.
And so, in deserting God, Who is beyond compare, for the inferior works of creation, a man shows that he values God, the author of creation, less than creation itself.
The Lord himself reminds us: Whoever loves Me will keep My commandments.
And this is My commandment: that you love one another.
So the man who does not love his neighbor does not obey God’s command.
But one who does not obey His command cannot love God.
A man is blessed if he can love all men equally.
Moreover, if he truly loves God, he must love his neighbor absolutely.
Such a man cannot hoard his wealth.
Rather, like God Himself, he generously gives from his own resources to each man according to his needs.
Since he imitates God’s generosity, the only distinction he draws is the person’s need.
He does not distinguish between a good man and a bad one, a just man and one who is unjust.
Yet his own goodness of will makes him prefer the man who strives after virtue to the one who is depraved.
A charitable mind is not displayed simply in giving money;
it is manifested still more by personal service as well as by the communication of God’s word to others:
In fact, if a man’s service toward his brothers is genuine and if he really renounces worldly concerns, he is freed from selfish desires.
For he now shares in God’s own knowledge and love.
Since he does possess God’s love, he does not experience weariness as he follows the Lord his God.
Rather, following the prophet Jeremiah, he withstands every type of reproach and hardship without even harboring an evil thought toward any man.
For Jeremiah warns us: Do not say: “We are the Lord’s temple.”
Neither should you say: “Faith alone in our Lord Jesus Christ can save me.”
By itself faith accomplishes nothing.
For even the devils believe and shudder.
No, faith must be joined to an active love of God which is expressed in good works.
The charitable man is distinguished by sincere and long-suffering service to his fellow man;
it also means using things aright.

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