MASS SCHEDULE: 0916 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 08 March
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

Monday, 10 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on HENRY WAYNE
by a friend

Wednesday, 12 March
Lenten Weekday
12:00 noon — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
rescheduled from 04 March

Friday, 14 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
rescheduled from 24 Feb

Saturday, 15 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — ROBERT G. COFENAS
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — CONCETTA CATIZONE
by Rosemary Zelli

Sunday, 16 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — Rev. LARRY J. HESS
by EBC

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0916 MARCH
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 11 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Thursday, 13 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ANTHONY ROWLAND
(49th anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Saturday, 15 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by his family

Sunday, 16 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — MARY JANE RITZO
by her husband, Butch, and her daughter, Mary Jane

stjos/stvdp: 03.09.2014 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
01 / 02 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,046.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $30.00 from the plate; $371.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $66.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,538.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $85.00 from the Black and Indian Mission envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,538.00) 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 $419.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $759.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the plate; $192.00 from the Dues envelopes; $54.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,051.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $120.00 from the Black and Indian Mission envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,051.00) 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 $246.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 13 March
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 13 March
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 14 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thursday, 13 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, 14 March
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church
followed by Stations of the Cross
and concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

WANTED: DONATIONS OF INSTANT (RUB-OFF) LOTTERY TICKETS TO SAINT JOSEPH PARISH FOR OUR FUNDRAISER — THE CHANCING OFF OF A LOTTERY TREE. PLEASE GIVE YOUR TICKETS TO WADE RICHARDS OR ELSE TO FR. CONNOLLY OR TO IAN OR DROP THEM INTO THE BASKET OR DROP THEM OFF AT THE RECTORY. THANK YOU!

stjos/stvdp: 03.09.2014 - 02


 GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2014
$86.00
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$102.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit so far for 2014
$191.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$191.50 for St. Joseph Parish
(No, this is not a misprint. It is what is known as a coincidence!)
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$2,309.00
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$2,559.00 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!

PROFIT FROM REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM

Recently we received checks from Redner’s for $71.06 for StVdPPar and for $61.49 for StJosPar. These amounts are exclusively for receipts collected from September to December 2013.
The total profit received from this program for the calendar year 2013 — i.e. from May (when we signed on to the program) until December — is $131.49 for StVdPPar and $180.78 for StJosPar.

IF SOMEONE WERE TO ASK YOU,
“How come the Catholic Church prohibits the eating of meat (especially on the Fridays of Lent) but never forbids the eating of fish?”
WHAT WOULD YOUR ANSWER BE?
Did it ever occur to you that there might be a connection between eating meat and temptations to violate the 6th or 9th commandment?
You don’t have to believe me! Just read what St. Thomas Aquinas had to say on the subject:

I answer that:
As stated above (Article 6), fasting was instituted by the Church in order to bridle the concupiscences of the flesh, which regard pleasures of touch in connection with food and sex. Wherefore the Church forbade those who fast to partake of those foods which both afford most pleasure to the palate, and besides are a very great incentive to lust. Such are the flesh of animals that take their rest on the earth, and of those that breathe the air and their products, such as milk from those that walk on the earth, and eggs from birds. For, since such like animals are more like man in body, they afford greater pleasure as food, and greater nourishment to the human body, so that from their consumption there results a greater surplus available for seminal matter, which when abundant becomes a great incentive to lust. Hence the Church has bidden those who fast to abstain especially from these foods.

Summa Theologica, second part of Second Part, question #147, article #08

And, just in case you are tempted to think that Thomas’s contention that the eating of the flesh of mammals and birds (as opposed to the flesh of fish) is “a great incentive to lust” and has some influence on the “surplus available for seminal matter” is “primitive 13th century science”, you might want to think again! Any modern-day nutritionist will tell you that, generally speaking, there is much more zinc in beef and pork and lamb than there is in flounder or haddock or tuna. Not only that, but zinc supplements are often prescribed for men who are hoping to enhance their fertility or even to stimulate hair growth.
By the way, salmon is at least one exception to the “low zinc-ness” of finny creatures. Salmon is quite heavy in zinc. The same can be said for shellfish: oysters, clams, shrimp, etc.
So, maybe some future Pope will revise the “no meat on Fridays of Lent” rule and change it to “no zinc on Fridays of Lent”. (No, I am not serious. Yes, I am joking.)

stjos/stvdp: 03.09.2014 - 03



RITA ELLEN McANDREW KETUSKY,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 28 February 2014.
Born on 18 June 1933, she was 80 years old.
She is one of the five children of the late Peter and Anna (Shucavage) McAndrew.
Her brothers and sisters are: Dorothy McAndrew Kozel (deceased); Bernard McAndrew (deceased); Anna Mae McAndrew Gownley; Eleanor McAndrew McDonald.
Rita was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 24 June 1933 by Father Ignatius Valanciunas.
On 21 June 1958, also in St. Vincent dePaul Church, Rita was married to Charles M. Ketusky in the presence of Father Anthony McAndrew.
At the time that Charles died — 17 October 2009 — the two had been married for more than 51 years.
Rita served as St. Vincent dePaul Parish secretary during the pastorate of the late Fr. David M. Liebner. His term as pastor extended from 1985 to 2004. (I am not certain how many years Rita served as secretary. It was more than a few.)
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Thursday, 06 March, at 11:00 am.
There was a viewing in the church prior to the Mass.
The interment took place in St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery, Englewood, Frackville.
Eternal rest grant unto Rita, 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.

 STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Sunday, 09 March:
07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 14 March: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 16 March: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church

Stations of the Cross begins with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and closes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
We strongly encourage you to attend Stations of the Cross every week.

stjos/stvdp: 03.09.2014 - 04


MARION JEANETTE LECKNER TERESAVAGE,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Saturday, 01 March 2014.
Born on 05 July 1930, she was 83 years old.
She is one of the five children of the late Joseph [Sr.] and Mary (Yousavage) Leckner.
Her brothers and sisters are: Joseph Leckner Jr. (deceased); Vincent Leckner (deceased); Rita Leckner Falzarano (deceased); Evelyn Leckner.
Marion was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church by Fr. Ignatius Valanciunas on 27 July 1930.
On 28 June 1951, she was married to Peter P. Teresavage Jr. in Holy Cross Church, Harrison NJ, in the presence of Father Joseph Glancy.
At the time that Peter died — 22 January 2010 — the two had been married for more than 58 years.
Marion and Peter have two children: Peter P. Teresavage III and Mariane Teresavage Johnstone. Mariane died in 1997.
They have six grandchildren: Theresa D’Andrea Skinner; Peter P. Teresavage IV; Patrick L. Teresavage; Jennifer M. Johnstone; William L. Johnstone Jr.; Joseph P. Johnstone.
They have nine great-grandchildren: Brady P. Teresavage; Chase M. Teresavage; Izabel K. Teresavage; Beckett Q. Teresavage // Clarity M. Johnstone // Zephaniah W. Johnstone; Elijah Anderson // Zoe G. Johnstone; Liam D. Johnstone.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Marion was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Friday, 07 March, at 11:00 am. A viewing in the church preceded the Mass.
The interment took place in St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery, Englewood, Frackville.
Eternal rest grant unto Marion, 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 date of
THE GREAT CHINESE AUCTION
approacheth!
It is Sunday, 30 March 2014.
That’s just three weeks away.
Have you bought your packet?
We hope you are planning to attend!
Doors open at 12 noon and auction starts at 02 pm.

stjos/stvdp: 03.09.2014 - 05


Here is a bit of Girardville history I'll bet you didn't know.
Charles Davies emigrated from England to Tamaqua in the 1850s. He was a carpenter. Hearing that a building boom was on in Girardville in the early 1860s he moved his family to Ashland temporarily until he could build himself a home and a shop in Girardville.
Back in Tamaqua, St. Jerome Catholic Church had not too long before built a new church on Broad Street in that community. The old church had stood in the parish cemetery. Mr. Davies went to the priest and asked him what he wanted for the church. The priest told Davies that he could have it free of charge if he would just get it out of the cemetery. Davies and family members took the old church apart in sections and transported it down Hunter Street to the railroad. The railroad had recently come into Girardville and Davis purchased a lot right next to the railroad at the top of Line Street in Girardville.
He had the sections hauled by rail to Girardville and re-assembled on the lot where it became the family home, hardware store and carpenter shop. The building was called “The Continental" and still stands today, albeit in poor condition.

Someone told me about this photo and article on being on Facebook, so I went on to Facebook and copied and pasted it into the bulletin. I figured there would be some persons who don’t use computers who might be interested in seeing it. Here is the link if you want to check it out on line:
https://www.facebook.com/1440237096205947/photos/a.1440883916141265.1073741828.1440237096205947/1460642654165391/?type=1&theater)

stjos/stvdp: 03.09.2014 - 06



ANTHONY PETER GREGAS,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 06 March 2014.Born on 02 December 1956, he was 58 years old.
He is one of the five children of Peter A. Gregas Sr. and the late Anna (Stanton) Gregas.
His brothers and sisters are: Peter A. Gregas Jr.; Flo Anne Gregas Pantozzi; Linda Gregas Willing (deceased); Sherri Gregas Yawornicky.
Anthony was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 16 December 1956 by Fr. Joseph Lanshe.
On 18 November 1995, also in St. Joseph Church, he married Patricia Ann Dando in the presence of Fr. Anthony P. Mongiello.
Anthony has three sons and three daughters: Jason J. Gregas; Jordan J. Gregas // Carly J. Gregas; Leann Gregas; Dana A. Gregas; Darin A. Gregas.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather with the family at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, between 06:00 and 07:00 pm on Tuesday, 11 March. There will be a prayer service at 07:00 pm.
The interment will take place in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs, at the convenience of the family.
Eternal rest grant unto Anthony, 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.


I don’t usually do much in the way of “commenting” when I type up a death notice for one of our parishioners. Too much commenting is probably not a good idea. People might say, “How come he commented on this parishioner’s death, but not on that parishioner’s death?” But I think I’ll make an exception in the case of the death of Anthony “Grig” Gregas. But I’m not establishing a precedent!
Two reasons to comment: (a) His death “came out of left field”. As far as I can tell, no one anticipated it. It was probably a massive heart attack. He was only 58 years old and it sure seemed to all of us that he still had “lots of stuff left to do”, not just for himself but for his family. He was still very much needed! (b) He leaves four young children behind (ages 16, 14, 12 and 12). We all feel some pain when we think of children whose Dad is taken away from them before they are “all grown up”.
These words come to mind. NOBODY LIVES AS HIS OWN MASTER. NOBODY DIES AS HIS OWN MASTER. IF WE LIVE, WE LIVE FOR THE LORD. IF WE DIE, WE DIE FOR THE LORD. THEREFORE, WHETHER WE LIVE OR WHETHER WE DIE, WE BELONG TO THE LORD. (You can find these words, perhaps in a slightly different translation in the 14th chapter of Romans.) I respectfully suggest that those who are most deeply grieved by the sudden death of Anthony Gregas repeat those sentences over and over and over until they sink in. Repeat them out loud when appropriate and, when not appropriate, repeat them silently. Make them like a quiet drumbeat in your head and in your heart.
I want to add this: Over my time in Girardville (about five and a half years), I have come to experience a deep admiration and affection for Patricia Dando Gregas and for her four children. They are good, solid people, good Christians, good Catholics. They give good example to all of us. The four children are Anthony’s most excellent and enduring gift to the community. God will not in any way abandon them or their mother. He will take care of them. He will see them through this difficult time. They will be happy again. They will honor their father by the quality of their lives as they grow into adulthood. They will be a credit to both father and mother.

stjos/stvdp: 03.09.2014 - 07


DON’T LET HOLY COMMUNION BRING YOU TO CONDEMNATION!

There are two prayers in the Missal that are set before the priest immediately after the “Lamb of God” and immediately before the “Behold the Lamb of God …”.
He is required to say one of these prayers before he receives Holy Communion.
One of the prayers (the shorter one) goes like this:

 May the receiving of your Body and Blood,
Lord Jesus Christ,
not bring me to judgment and condemnation,
but through your loving mercy
be for me protection in mind and body
and a healing remedy.

Having said that prayer a great many times, I think to myself, “I had better make certain that I am not in a state of mortal sin when I receive Holy Communion! It is a dreadful thing to receive Holy Communion unworthily. God spare me from ever doing such a thing!”
What I have said to myself, I say to everyone:

DON’T LET HOLY COMMUNION BRING YOU TO CONDEMNATION!
DON’T EVER RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION UNWORTHILY!

To receive Holy Communion unworthily and to do so knowingly and deliberately is akin to committing spiritual suicide. It is a disaster! It invites condemnation!
Here are a few (only a few) examples:
• Do not receive Holy Communion if you missed Mass on a Sunday or Holyday of Obligation due to your own fault, unless, in the meantime you have made a good confession.
• Do not receive Holy Communion if you are invalidly married. (If you are invalidly married, talk to a priest about some possible remedy for your situation. After the remedy is applied, it will be possible for you to receive Holy Communion worthily.)
• Do not receive Holy Communion if you are cohabiting (which implies a sexual union).
• Do not receive Holy Communion if you have looked at pornography or committed a solitary sexual sin, unless you have made a good confession.
• Do not receive Holy Communion if you are using — or have ever used — artificial contraception, unless you have repented and have made a good confession.
• Do not receive Holy Communion if you obstinately deny any of the teachings of the church, whether the teachings are in the area of doctrine or morals. If you have some difficulty understanding why the Church teaches such and such, you are not in a state of “obstinate denial”. But, in such a case, you do have the obligation to presume that the Church knows more than you do in that particular matter!

stjos/stvdp: 03.09.2014 - 08


 

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