MASS SCHEDULE: 1623 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 15 March
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

Monday, 17 March
St. Patrick, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
rescheduled from 12 March

Wednesday, 19 March
St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on CAROLYN THYE
by her brother, James

Friday, 21 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — Deceased: WILLIAM DeLUCA FAMILY
by Celeste DeLuca

Saturday, 22 March
Lenten Weekday
10:00 am — Living and Deceased: AOH
by the Ancient Order of Hibernians
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — RALPH DeLUCA
by Philip and Helen DeLuca

Sunday, 23 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — MARY BOXER MALL
(27th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1623 MARCH
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 18 March
St. Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — RITA McANDREW KETUSKY
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Thursday, 20 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ANN LUSCAVAGE RAKOWSKY
by James Connell family

Saturday, 22 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 23 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — FRANK E. WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
08 / 09 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,579.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $49.00 from the plate; $96.00 from the Dues envelopes; $216.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $10.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $109.00 from the Ash Wednesday envelopes; $76.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,135.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $26.00 from the Black and Indian Mission envelopes —
— $233.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,135.00) 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 $1,016.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,334.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $42.00 from the plate; $66.00 from the Dues envelopes; $164.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $5.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $208.00 from the Ash Wednesday envelopes; $49.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,868.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $79.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,868.00) 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 $1,063.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 18 March
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 20 March
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 21 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 18 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, 21 March
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church
Exposition, followed by Stations of the Cross
and concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED ONE OF THOSE “intellectual” TV programs on astronomy? I’m thinking in particular of the “Cosmos” series, a fresh version of which is being shown on PBS. (The original version was hosted by Dr. Carl Sagan and the new version makes reverential references to him.)
Ever since I was a little kid, I have been fascinated by astronomy. The immensity and the complexity of the universe fill me with wonder and awe.
But it’s strange the effect that astronomy has on some persons. It seems to weaken or even wipe out their faith in the existence of God. It has never had that effect on me. On the contrary, it strengthens and reinforces my faith in the existence of God.
I wonder why astronomy would weaken someone’s faith in God.
I think I might know why. I think it might be due to the fact that some persons think of God as if He were “the supreme entity within space and time”, as if He were someone who lives “way up there in outer space” and as if He were someone who has been around “since time began”.
Then they begin to listen to presentations of Astronomy and they begin to grasp the notion that what we call “space” and “time” are entirely relative concepts and that space and time are mutually dependent. There is no space without time and there is no time without space and there is no time and no space without motion. And because they begin to realize the tenuousness of time and space, they begin to lose their grasp on God. Unfortunately, they did not grasp the transcendence of God.
Now here is an important thing to know: Science cannot tell us anything about anything until there is motion. Because of this, many scientists (perhaps some astronomers in particular) give the impression that motion has no beginning. They feel they have to say this because, if motion does have a beginning, then space and time have a beginning and the scientists could not possibly say anything or know anything about what pre-existed motion and time and space. It would all be an Impenetrable Void. So, many scientists postulate that the cosmos is “all that there is and all that there has ever been and all that there will ever be”.
But, quite frankly, this is whistling in the dark! It is absolutely impossible for Science to penetrate the Impenetrable Void. Why not? Because then (duh!) it would not be a void and it would not be impenetrable.
What we have to know about the existence of God is that IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE FOR SCIENCE TO PROVE CONCLUSIVELY THAT GOD EXISTS AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE FOR SCIENCE TO PROVE CONCLUSIVELY THAT GOD DOES NOT EXIST.
All that Science can do is to say, “Here is what we know so far about motion and space and time. But stay tuned! We hope to find out more. But we know that we will never be able to answer the question: Why does something exist instead of nothing? We leave that to the philosophers and theologians.
I have great respect for Science and for scientists. May God bless all human learning. May God bless all of our efforts to probe the Universe and to understand it.
But the God Whom I worship is far beyond space and time. He is in no way dependent on space and time for His existence. He is timeless, spaceless, single, lonely, yet sublimely three. He is grandly, always, only God in Unity. He is the One Who fills the void that can be penetrated only by Faith, never by Science alone.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Sunday, 16 March
: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 21 March: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 23 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.

SAINT PATRICK DAY PARADE
Saturday, 22 March 2014
There will be a special St. Patrick Day Mass
in St. Joseph Church at 10:00 am
Hibernia’s champion saint, all hail!
With fadeless glory crowned.
The offspring of thine ardent zeal,
this day thy praise shall sound.

 SUNDAY, 30 MARCH
It’s only two weeks now until
THE GREAT CHINESE AUCTION
in St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall.
Doors open at 12:00 noon and the auction begins at 02:00 pm.
If I were you, I’d be there!
But since I am not you but am only I, I can only say that I shall be there!
In which case, if you were I, you would be there!
So, let’s both be there!

NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL
MARCH OPEN HOUSE
Date
: Tuesday, 25 March
Time: 06:00 pm
Meet members of our excellent faculty, staff, students, parents, advisors, coaches and board members.
Take a personal tour of our campus.
Learn about all tuition assistance opportunities available to you and how to apply.
Find out what Nativity has to offer you.
For more information: Contact Jenn at the Admissions Office (570-622-8110) or jldaubert@nativitybvm.net
Congratulations to St. Vincent dePaul parishioner Lydia M. Paulukonis, currently an 8th grader at Trinity Academy, who has been awarded a $1,000.00 Bishop’s Scholarship to Nativity.

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LITANY OF SAINT JOSEPH
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, hear us. Jesus, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Renowned offspring of David, pray for us.
Light of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Diligent protector of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
Joseph most just, pray for us.
Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
Joseph most strong, pray for us.
Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of artisans, pray for us.
Glory of home life, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of families, pray for us.
Solace of the wretched, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of demons, pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
He made him the lord of his household. And prince over all his possessions.
Let us pray: O God, in Your ineffable providence You were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your most holy Mother; grant, we beg You, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

Please pray this litany on Wednesday, 19 March.

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ARE PROTESTANTS HERETICS?

Several persons were in the Rectory kitchen this past Sunday (09 March) after the last Mass. Somehow — I really don’t remember how — the question came up as to whether or not Protestants are heretics. I said, “Yes, Protestants are heretics” and this other person (who shall remain nameless) said, “No, Protestants are not heretics.”
I said that Protestants are, indeed, heretics. How could they not be? My basic line of argumentation went something like this:
There are two kinds of Christians:
(a) Those who believe everything that is taught by the college of bishops under the authority of the Bishop of Rome. We generally refer to these Christians as “Catholics”
(b) Those who do not believe everything that is taught by the college of bishops under the authority of the Bishop of Rome but, instead, pick and choose what they wish to believe; we generally refer to these Christians as “Protestants”.
The English words “heresy” and “heretic” come from the Greek words for “choice” and “chooser”.
It is a fact that Catholic Christianity is the original form of Christianity and that Protestant Christianity is a break-off from Catholic Christianity. The original Protestants chose to retain some of the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church, but to discard other teachings and practices.
So, to be logical, we would have to say that Protestant Christians are “choosers”, i.e. they do not believe “all that the Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches”. They believe some, but not all. Some Protestants believe more than others, of course. For example, Lutherans believe more than Baptists.
If, then, Protestants are “choosers”, then they are “heretics”.
I rest my case!

My friend still insisted that Protestants are not heretics.
I asked, “Why not?”
She said, “Because ‘heresy’ and ‘heretic’ are offensive terms and, as Christians, we should not use offensive terminology when referring to our fellow Christians.
I said that such thinking is political correctness run amok. It’s like refusing to use words such as “blind” or “crippled” or “mentally retarded” and, instead, using euphemisms such as “differently abled”.
However, if a Protestant friend of mine is offended if I say that he is a heretic, I am willing to change my ways. I shall refer to him, instead, as a “separated brother”.
But someone might ask me, “What causes the two of you to be separated?” If so, I shall answer, “My brother insists on being a chooser, whereas I accept all that the Church believes and teaches.”
And, so, my Protestant friend would be a chooser.
But, doggone it! I cannot keep out of my head that the Greek word for “chooser” is “heretic”.
I guess I could make a compromise and say that my Protestant friend is a “differently-abled Christian”.
Would that help the cause of ecumenism?
What I suspect is that many persons, in their desire for fellowship, are willing to throw out doctrine completely. In which case, do I really need to believe that God is a Trinity of Persons or that Jesus is God Incarnate in order to be a Christian? You see what I mean.
The day after this kitchen-table discussion (Monday, 10 March) happened to be the anniversary of the martyrdom of St. John Ogilvie. I came across this little excerpt from his biography. I thought it was instructive and also somewhat amusing.

St. John Ogilvie (1579 - 1615)

He was born near Keith in Banffshire, in Scotland, and was educated in Germany by the Jesuits. He became a Jesuit in 1608 and returned to Scotland in disguise, saying Masses in secret and handing out bibles and rosaries in the streets. He was arrested in Glasgow in 1614, tortured, paraded through the streets, and hanged on 10 March 1615. His last words were “If there be here any hidden Catholics, let them pray for me but the prayers of heretics I will not have.” After he was pushed from the ladder, he threw his hidden Rosary beads out into the crowd. One of his enemies caught them, and he became a devout Catholic for the rest of his life.

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TRUE STORY! This past Wednesday afternoon, I went to the Wells Fargo Bank in Frackville to make a deposit. Prior to getting in line to transact business with a teller, I stood at a table in order to fill out a deposit slip. As I was filling out the slip, a man came up to me, stood on my left side and said, “I’d rather have Charles Manson for my pastor than you!”
My instant reaction was, “This has got to be some wacko friend of mine — I do have a few — who is trying out a comedy routine on me.” With a wry smile, I turned towards the person, all set to engage in some witty repartee with him when, all of a sudden, I realized two things:

#01I didn’t have the slightest idea who the guy was.
#02
Whoever he was, the expression on his face told me he wasn’t joking!

So all I could think of saying to him was, “I beg your pardon?” Then he said something I didn’t catch and proceeded to walk out of the bank. I felt slightly rattled, but returned to my task of filling out the deposit slip and taking it to the teller. When I had finished making the deposit, I went up to the teller whose window is closest to the table where I had been standing and asked her if, by any chance, she happened to notice the man who had come up to speak to me. She called another bank employee and the two of them came up with the man’s name (surname) and indicated to me that they had seen him in the bank on some other occasion(s) and, yes, they agreed that he is somewhat strange. I thanked them for their courtesy …….. and that’s the end of my story, except for my reflecting on it.
For me, it was a split second in the Twilight Zone, an interruption of reality, a falling through the rabbit hole. May God help and bless the poor man! And, while He’s at it, may He help and bless Charlie Manson too!
Life is riddled with unanticipated encounters!
I remember a day when I was walking down Chew Street in Allentown outside the Sacred Heart Hospital and a woman crossed the street in order to confront me. She stood in front of me in such a way as to block my path and, with fire in her eyes, screamed at me: “You spawn of Satan! You deceive the people with your filthy lies!” I remember being startled — that’s known as “understatement” — but I did have the presence of mind to trace in the air a rather large sign of the cross in her general direction. Interestingly enough, she reacted to that! She screamed at me, almost as if she were in pain, and shouted, “Don’t do that! Don’t do that!” Then she hurried away. (I didn’t see any herd of swine in the vicinity or I might have utilized their services.) I wasn’t certain at the time whether I was encountering some poor soul in the midst of a psychotic episode or whether it was a breakthrough of the demonic. Of course, the two are not mutually exclusive!
One thing I’ve come to realize over the years is this: Satan does not like priests!
One of the signs of the diabolical is irrational hatred of the holy and — say what you will about individual priests — the priesthood of Jesus Christ is the holiest thing on earth. Why? Because it is the instrumentality whereby the Incarnation of God and the Self-Oblation of God are daily made present to the world.
Priests and laypersons who frequently, regularly, worthily and attentively consume the Body and the Blood of the Lord are on Satan’s hit list.
But the Lord is a Shield and a Protector for His beloved.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world, seeking the destruction of souls. Amen.

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 O Lord and Master of my life,
take from me the spirit of sloth,
despondency, lust for power,
and idle talk.
But grant unto me, Thy servant,
a spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love.
Yea, O Lord and King,
grant me to see mine own faults
and not to judge
my brothers and sisters.
For blessed art Thou
unto ages of ages.
Amen.

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