MASS SCHEDULE: 2330 MARCH
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 22 March
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

Monday, 24 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Wednesday, 26 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MARJORIE CATCHPOLE BARRES
by a friend

Friday, 28 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on JAMES and JUDITH GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 29 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. LARRY J. HESS
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROSALIE BARRETT JAMBETER
by Wade O. Richards and Michelle Richards

Sunday, 30 March
4th Sunday of Lent
10:00 am — Deceased: O’DONNELL and SCULLY FAMILIES
by the families
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his brothers and sisters

 MASS SCHEDULE: 2330 MARCH
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 25 March
The Annunciation of the Lord (Sol)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Thursday, 27 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — God’s blessings and health on LUKE
by his grandparents

Saturday, 29 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANTHONY Sr., ANTHONY Jr., GEORGE, ALBERT and BEATRICE WALACONIS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Sunday, 30 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — JAMES F. NEARY Jr.
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
15 / 16 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $797.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $47.00 from the plate; $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $51.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $251.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $7.00 from the Ash Wednesday envelopes; $89.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,302.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $214.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,302.00) 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 $183.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $735.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $89.00 from the plate; $20.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $449.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $158.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,496.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $106.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,496.00) 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 $691.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 27 March
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 28 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 25 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, 28 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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ISABELLE ARANAVAGE LABENBERG,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Thursday, 20 March 2014.
Born on 08 April 1921, she was 92 years old.
Isabelle is one of the seven children of the late Peter and Eva (Komersky) Aranavage.
She was baptized on 23 April 1921 in St. Vincent dePaul Church by Fr. Ignatius Valanciunas.
Her siblings are: Anna Aranavage Homiak (deceased); Mildred Aranavage (deceased); Helen Aranavage Hause (deceased); Peter Aranavage (deceased); Vincent Aranavage (deceased); Florence Aranavage Ritter.
On 22 August 1943, in St. Vincent dePaul Church, in the presence of Fr. Michael F. Daumantas, Isabelle was married to Allen N. Labenberg.
At the time that Allen died— 17 August 1993 — the two had been married for fifty years, minus five days.
Isabelle and Allen have four children: Eve Ann Labenberg Dermo; Allen J. Labenberg; Clare Labenberg Walsh; Joanne Labenberg Johnson.
There are seven grandchildren: Rudolph Dermo; Christina Dermo Muldowny; Dale T. Wagner; Colleen Walsh Marvin; Jessie Lynn Johnson-Schneider; Matthew D. Johnson.
There are eight great-grandchildren: Rudy Dermo Jr.; Lola Dermo; Jacob Kopinetz; Evan Freiler; Alex Granucci; Ashley Townes; Cassandra Marvin; Chayce Walsh.
There are five great-great grandchildren: Ava Lynn Townes; Avery Townes; Gianni Granucci; Angelo Granucci; Alessio Granucci.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Isabelle will be celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Tuesday, 25 March.
There will be visitation in the church from 09:30 to 11:00 am.
The interment will take place in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Ringtown PA.
Eternal rest grant unto Isabelle, 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
Next Sunday — 30 March — is the date!
St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall is the place!
At 12:00 noon the Doors Open!
At 02:00 pm the Auction Commences!
But this Sunday — today, 23 March — is the date for SETTING UP FOR THE AUCTION. We hope for a good turnout of workers at 01:00 pm.
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!
Daugelis rankose lengvus darbus.

stjos/stvdp: 03.23.2014 - 03



A DIALOGUE

Party of the First Part: Why is the Catholic Church so bigoted? Why does she try to keep homosexuals from getting married?
Party of the Second Part: I suggest that you are misinformed. The Catholic Church is not trying to keep homosexuals from getting married. The Catholic Church simply says that a man who has convinced himself that he is homosexual and wants to get married should marry a woman, not a man, and a woman who has convinced herself that she is homosexual and wants to get married should marry a man, not a woman. We are not the least bit opposed to homosexuals getting married.
PFP: Well, that’s news to me! So you’re saying that the Church is not opposed to homosexuals getting married?
PSP: That’s right!
PFP: Well, what does the Catholic Church teach about heterosexuals getting married?
PSP: Precisely the same thing. The Catholic Church believes that a man who is heterosexual and wants to get married should marry a woman, not a man, and that a woman who is heterosexual and wants to get married should marry a man, not a woman.
PFP: But I thought that the Catholic Church discriminated against homosexuals when it comes to marriage. I thought that the Catholic Church does not permit homosexuals to get married.
PSP: Not at all! When it comes to marriage, the Catholic Church has the same rules for homosexuals that it has for heterosexuals. Even Steven! Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander! No discrimination! Same rules for both, viz. God’s rules. While it is true that the Church does not permit a homosexual man to marry a man or a homosexual woman to marry a woman, neither does she permit a heterosexual man to marry a man, nor a heterosexual woman to marry a woman.
PFP: I detect a pattern here. It seems that, for purposes of marriage, the Church is not so much interested in the heterosexual / homosexual binary as it is in the male / female binary.
PSP: Exactly! Precisely! You’ve got it! By Jove, you’ve got it!
PFP: Let me pursue this a bit more. Would the Catholic Church permit a heterosexual man to marry a homosexual man?
PSP: Well, as I think you are beginning to suspect, the answer is clearly “No”.
PFP: Why not? Is it because one is heterosexual and the other is homosexual?
PSP: No! Not at all! It’s because one is a man and the other is a man.
PFP: Then I guess the Catholic Church would not permit a heterosexual woman to marry a homosexual woman. Am I right?
PSP: Right as rain! And the same principle is in effect. It would not be due to the fact that one is heterosexual and the other is homosexual. It would be due to the fact that one is a woman and the other is a woman.
PFP: Would I be correct if I were to say that, when it comes to marriage, the Catholic Church is rather indifferent to the heterosexual / homosexual binary and concentrates almost exclusively on the man / woman binary? And if I am correct, could you please tell me why?

PSP: First of all, you are, indeed, correct in saying that, when it comes to marriage, the Catholic Church is entirely indifferent to the heterosexual / homosexual binary and is interested exclusively in the man / woman binary and with good reason. And yes, I could certainly try to tell you why! But before I tell you why, may I ask you something? Are you past the age of eighteen? And, if so, do you promise not to share this information with anyone who is under the age of eighteen without parental permission?
PFP: Yes to both!
PSP: Excellent! Okay, first of all in regard to the hetero / homo binary, here’s the thing: It’s nonsense! It’s an illusion! It is what is known as a “conceit”, a construct of the mind. It is not real. It does not exist in the world of real objects. It is a psychological pathology. All human beings are either male or female. Outside of a Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not Museum, no human being is neither male nor female nor both male and female. Now, second of all in regard to the man / woman binary, I’ll try to put this as delicately as possible, without sacrificing accuracy. And please remember, the following piece of information is non-sectarian. Catholics believe it and so do Mormons. Liberal Jews believe it and so do Jews with forelocks, beards and long black overcoats. Fundamentalist Protestants believe it and so do Episcopalians. The Knights of Columbus believes it and so does the League of Militant Atheists. Nancy Pelosi and Ann Coulter join in believing it. Here is the information (the part in bold print): Some human bodies have nine orifices while others have ten. Throughout the ages, philosophers and poets, theologians and sages, witch doctors and alchemists, osteopathic physicians and homeopathic physicians, Republicans, Democrats and Whigs have meditated on why some have ten and some only nine. They have concluded that those with ten are meant to be receptors and those with nine are not meant to be receptors and that this whole distinction is very much tied into the welfare and, indeed, the perdurance of the human race.
PFP: This is getting kind of deep for me. Pardon me while I cogitate on what you have said and try to extract the meaning.
PSP: Certainly! Take all the time you need! But let me just add this, if I may: The presence or absence of the tenth orifice is a matter susceptible of being established with scientific proof. If someone with nine (and only nine) orifices is sad that he does not have ten or if someone with ten is sad and wishes she had only nine, we Catholics should extend prayerful support and compassion to that person. But “prayerful support and compassion” does not imply that we will deny the known truth in order to please that person. Denial of the known truth is an aspect of that dreadful Sin known as “the Sin against the Holy Ghost”.
Now let me be entirely frank with you: Although I have used the words “heterosexual” and “homosexual” repeatedly in this dialogue, I want to restate and reemphasize with you that the whole heterosexual / homosexual binary is an invention, an illusion and a gigantic distraction from reality. It is what our Hindu brethren refer to as “maya”. It is a false religion, a cult. The human race is not — let me repeat — is not made up of homosexuals and heterosexuals. It is made up of men and women, the majority of whom are called to marriage and procreation and a minority of whom are called to other endeavors, but none of whom are called to sodomy, neither active nor passive.

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EVAN MATTHEW LONG
is about to become the newest member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
He is about to have the original sin removed from his soul and is about to be filled with sanctifying grace.
This will happen on Sunday afternoon, 23 March, when he will receive the Sacrament of Baptism.
We asked Evan to send us an appropriate photo of himself for use in the bulletin to mark the occasion.
The photo he sent us is very appropriate. It is obvious that the boy is theologically savvy.
He chose to wear a shirt with an anchors motif. He did so, knowing that the anchor is an ancient symbol of Faith and that God will infuse into him via Baptism the theological virtue of Faith. He knows that, without Faith, it is impossible to please God.
He chose to be photographed on a background of stars. Very nice! The stars symbolize Heaven. Heaven rhymes with Evan. Evan knows that, by Baptism, he will receive from God the right to enter Heaven.
We invoke God’s blessings on this beautiful child and we ask that the good work that God begins in him today will be brought to a perfect fulfillment on the Day of Christ Jesus.
Welcome to the Catholic Church, Evan Matthew!
A FRIEND OF MINE ASKED ME A QUESTION at the kitchen table this past week. The question was this: “Does God love those who are in Hell?” My friend had read somewhere that “some priest somewhere” had said that God does love those who are in Hell. He asked me for my take on it.
I told him that I agree with the priest who said that God loves those who are in Hell. The reason this sounds so “counter-intuitive” and even self-contradictory is that we don’t adequately understand what it means when we say that God loves someone.
Let’s put it this way: If God did not love those who are in Hell, they would not suffer, therefore would not be in Hell. It is because God loves them that they suffer.
This prompts the question: Then why doesn’t God stop loving them if His love for them causes them to suffer? Does God love them so that they will suffer? If that’s the case, that seems cruel, even sadistic. But, no, that is not the case. God does not love someone, so that he will suffer. God is not a sadist.
Then why does God love them?
God loves them because He cannot not love them. God loves them because He Himself is Love. God cannot put Himself out of existence!
I notice that, whenever I say that God CANNOT do something, many people look at me as if I just said a naughty word!
They say, “What do you mean? You’re wrong to say that God cannot do something. God can do anything He wants.” At which point, we fall back into the old canards: “Well, can God make a square circle? Can God make a rock so big He can’t lift it? Can God make two plus two equal five?”
No, of course He can’t. And neither can God deny His own Nature. God is Love and He loves everyone and everything He has ever made. If a person decides to hate Love, he will never succeed in destroying Love, but will be tortured forever because Love will refuse to hate him in return. People remain in Hell for as long as Love endures.

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EDWARD THOMAS BOGACZYK,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 16 March 2014.
He was born in Hazleton and served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Edward’s exact age and date of birth are not available at this time.
He is one of the five children of the late Stanley W. and Josephine (Miazga ) Bogaczyk.
His four siblings are: John E. Bogaczyk; Joseph T. Bogaczyk; Stanley R. Bogaczyk; Jeanette M. Bogaczyk Donahue.
In addition to these, Edward is survived by Rita Frigone, his friend and caregiver for many years.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Edward was celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 20 March, at 11:00 am. There was a viewing in the church for one hour prior to the Mass.
The interment took place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Edward, 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.

 STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Sunday, 23 March:
07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 28 March: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 30 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.
TRIDENTINE MASS NEXT SUNDAY
Remember that the 11:30 am Mass on the last Sunday of the month is celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form.
Remember also that there is a 10:00 am Mass on the last Sunday of the month, celebrated according to the Ordinary Form.
Both of these Masses will be in St. Joseph Chapel next Sunday (30 March).
SAINT PATRICK PARADE WEEKEND!
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH and SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH WELCOME ALL VISITORS TO OUR HISTORIC AND FRIENDLY BOROUGH OF GIRARDVILLE. WE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE A GOOD TIME WHILE YOU’RE HERE, THAT YOU CATCH UP WITH SOME OLD FRIENDS AND MAKE SOME NEW ONES AS WELL! AND WHILE YOU’RE IN TOWN, MAYBE YOU’D LIKE TO STOP AT McDONALD’S LUNCH AND BUY A CHANCE ON THE LOTTERY TICKET BASKET THAT WILL BE CHANCED OFF ON EASTER SUNDAY FOR THE BENEFIT OF SAINT JOSEPH PARISH.

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 PRAYER OF SAINT THOMAS MORE
[Written while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London]
Give me the grace, Good Lord:
To set the world at naught. To set the mind firmly on You
and not to hang upon the words of men's mouths.
To be content to be solitary. Not to long for worldly pleasures.
Little by little utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of all its business.
Not to long to hear of earthly things,
but that the hearing of worldly fancies may be displeasing to me.
Gladly to be thinking of God, piteously to call for His help.
To lean into the comfort of God. Busily to labor to love Him.
To know my own vileness and wretchedness.
To humble myself under the mighty hand of God.
To bewail my sins and, for the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.
Gladly to bear my purgatory here. To be joyful in tribulations.
To walk the narrow way that leads to life.
To have the last things in remembrance.
To have ever before my eyes my death that is ever at hand.
To make death no stranger to me. To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of Hell.
To pray for pardon before the judge comes.
To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me.
For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.
To buy the time again that I have lost. To abstain from vain conversations.
To shun foolish mirth and gladness. To cut off unnecessary recreations.
Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all,
to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.
To think my worst enemies my best friends,
for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred.
These minds are more to be desired of every man than all the treasures
of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen,
were it gathered and laid together all in one heap.
Amen.

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