MASS SCHEDULE: 30 MARCH06 APRIL
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 29 March
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

Monday, 31 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — FRANK and PHYLLIS COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 02 April
St. Francis of Paola, hermit (OptMem)
08:00 am — MICHAEL and MARY CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Friday, 04 April
St. Isidore, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOHN and ALICE BUZAS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 05 April
St. Vincent Ferrer, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — StJosPar MEMORIAL SOCIETY
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — THOMAS GOWER Sr.
(26th anniversary)
by his family

Sunday, 06 April
5th Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — ROSALIE BARRETT JAMBETER
by Joe and Jean Kessler

 MASS SCHEDULE: 30 MARCH06 APRIL
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 01 April
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 03 April
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 05 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANN MARGARET LUSCAVAGE RAKOWSKY
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 06 April
5th Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — MICHAEL and VICTORIA ALSHEFSKI
by Theresa Alshefski Gudonis

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
22 / 23 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $989.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $39.00 from the plate; $105.00 from the Dues envelopes; $55.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $65.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $5.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $55.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,313.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $148.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,313.00) 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 $194.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $669.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $39.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $37.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $123.00 from the loose.
Total: $888.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $96.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($888.00) 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 $83.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 01 April
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 03 April
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 04 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 01 April
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, 04 April
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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POPE FRANCIS JOINS PENITENTS,
MAKES HIS CONFESSION AT VATICAN BASILICA

Catholic World News – 28 March 2014

Before hearing confessions in St. Peter's Basilica on 28 March, Pope Francis surprised his aides by making his own confession. As he was being escorted toward the confessional that had been reserved for him in the Vatican basilica, the Pope broke away from his aides and headed for an open confessional, where he knelt as a penitent. After a few minutes he then rejoined his aides, took his assigned seat in the confessional, and heard confessions of others. Vatican journalists could not recall any previous occasion when a Roman Pontiff had made his confession in public view. The Pope was participating in a "festival of forgiveness" in the Rome diocese, during which priests were available for confessions all day in several churches.

Okay, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, brothers and sisters!
Now that you know that the Pope has gone to confession, maybe it will occur to you that you should go to confession! Please check the schedule on page 02 of this bulletin (and every bulletin).
To make it easy for you, here is the Act of Contrition!

O MY GOD,
I AM HEARTILY SORRY
FOR HAVING OFFENDED THEE.
AND I DETEST ALL MY SINS
BECAUSE I DREAD THE LOSS OF HEAVEN
AND THE PAINS OF HELL.
BUT MOST OF ALL
BECAUSE I HAVE OFFENDED THEE, MY GOD,
WHO ART ALL GOOD
AND DESERVING OF ALL MY LOVE.
I FIRMLY RESOLVE,
WITH THE HELP OF THY GRACE,
TO SIN NO MORE
AND TO AVOID THE NEAR OCCASIONS OF SIN.
AMEN.

stjos/stvdp: 03.30.2014 - 03



WE SHARE THE MAIL

Background: I received an email from Cindy. Cindy is a friend of mine who became a Catholic a number of years ago. She and her husband and children now live in Missouri. To her credit, she takes advantage of opportunities to study the Faith and to grow in her understanding. Once in a while, she asks me a question on some matter pertaining to the Faith. Her most recent question has to do with Eve. My answer to her question deals with one of the most intriguing questions in Biblical theology: What exactly was the sin that Adam and Eve committed? Genesis refers to it as “eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. What could that possibly mean?
I have edited these two emails so as to retain only the parts that are relevant to general interest.

Dear Father Connolly:
Hoping this note finds you well and keeping as warm as is possible in this extra cold winter.
I am attending a Bible Study at our daughter’s school and have a question for you. Let me give you some background first. Last fall we studied "The Bible and the Mass" and this winter we are studying "The Bible and the Virgin Mary". Both studies are six weeks (one lesson per week) and the materials are done by St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. The format of the study is mostly lecture and some questions and discussion, but by no means a free-for-all of opinions. The study on the Virgin Mary addresses the Church's doctrine on Our Blessed Mother, i.e. Immaculate Conception, Queen Mother, Ark of the Covenant, etc. The first lesson was "A Biblical Introduction to Mary". The second lesson was on the Wedding at Cana and the Garden of Eden and laid out the typology between Eve and Saint Mary as the New Eve. Part of the discussion was in reference to Mary's perpetual virginity and the question "Was Eve a virgin until the Fall?" was posed. As all of these pieces seem to have eternal significance I was hoping you could give me some insight. As I have learned that the word "until" is quite tricky and I am quite slow, please be extra clear so that I do not misinterpret your answer.
I know you are quite busy with your many responsibilities and I am hoping that my inquiry is not burdensome. Please answer if and as you may find the time.
Cindy

Dear Cindy:
Let me try to answer your question: “Was Eve a virgin until the Fall?”
To tell you the truth, this question never arose during my eight years (1943 to 1951) of education at Most Precious Blood School in Philadelphia! (No great surprise!)
But I have heard it dealt with since then, although not frequently.
If someone were to ask me the question (which you just did), here is how I would proceed:
We Christians read the Old Testament through the prism of the New Testament.
In doing so, we elicit certain types and antitypes.
One of the foremost types in the Old Testament is Adam. The antitype to Adam is, of course, Jesus Christ. This particular type / antitype pairing is explicit in the New Testament, not only in Paul but also in the Gospels.
It occurred to the Fathers of the Church very early on (2nd and 3rd centuries) that not only are Adam and Jesus related as type and antitype, but also Eve and Mary. Jesus is the new Adam and Mary is the new Eve.
Therefore, we don’t really understand Eve until we understand Mary.
Both Eve and Mary entertain visitors “from outside the realm of the natural world”. I’m referring, of course, to Satan (in the form of a serpent) and to Gabriel.
In Luke’s Gospel, chapter one, Gabriel invites Mary to give God the gift of her virginity, in return for which God will give her the gift of being mother of the Holy One and, as if that were not sufficient, will preserve intact the gift that Mary entrusts to Him. Mary wonders how it is possible for her to be both virgin and mother, but she trusts God and makes the surrender of self, as a result of which she becomes the New Eve, the authentic mother of all the living and, wonder of wonders, the Mother of God!
With that in mind, we go to Genesis, chapter three, to examine the temptation of Eve.
We notice that, at the time of the temptation, Eve is not a mother. We might casually wonder why she is not a mother. Is she not interested in being a mother? Is Adam not interested in being a father? Have the two of them been neglecting their duty? (Procreation is a duty!) After all, they had been commanded by God to “increase and multiply”. We notice also that Adam is not on the scene. We might wonder why he is not on the scene. He is supposed to be “taking care of the garden”. Notice that “garden” is a double entendre. “Taking care of one’s garden” is “taking care of one’s wife”. Why is Adam not taking care of his wife? “Taking care” can mean “protecting” as in “protecting her from snakes and other bad influences”. “Taking care” can also mean “rendering the debt”, which is a venerable circumlocution for “doing what a married man is supposed to do”.
That brings us to the whole “forbidden fruit” image. What was the “forbidden fruit”? Is “fruit” meant to be understood literally or metaphorically? I think it is clearly meant to be taken metaphorically because the tree on which the “forbidden fruit” grows is “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” and that is certainly a metaphorical tree!
For what exactly is the “forbidden fruit” a metaphor? Well, we notice that the tempter is a snake.
We remember that the Hebrew people were acquainted with pagan cults in which snakes were worshipped as symbols of fertility, i.e. phallic symbols.
We start to put two and two together. We start to think that the original sin took the form of a sexual sin.
We notice that Eve commits the sin first of all by herself.
We notice that she then summons Adam and teaches him the delights of this perversity.
So, we might say that it looks as though Eve sacrificed her virginity to the Evil One and he rewarded her by making her the mother of all the dead (i.e. those born with original sin).
We notice that part of Eve’s punishment is that her husband becomes her “master”.
Why is that an appropriate penalty?
I think it is because she refused to receive from him the life-giving seed and caused it to be wasted.
In doing so, she became the paradigm of all those who refuse to receive the Word of God and, so, are doomed to remain spiritually sterile.
Notice that “seed” and “word” are cognate concepts. Cf. “semen” and “sermo”.
You emphasize the word “until”. I realize that “until” can mean “up to a certain point in time and continuing on after that point” or it can mean “up to a certain point in time and then ceasing”.
So, when I suggest that Eve was a virgin until the Fall, I mean that Eve was a virgin up to the Fall, but then ceased to be a virgin.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF THE ABOVE IS SPECULATIVE THEOLOGY.
That doesn’t mean it is certainly true! On the other hand, it doesn’t mean it is not true. It just means that it is speculative! Is it “within the realm of possibility, even probability”?
Yes, I think so.
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 03.30.2014 - 04 / 05


WARNING!
A strange man was spotted on East Oak Street this past weekend. He might have come into town because of the St. Patrick Parade. He had a beard and was wearing a cassock and a biretta. A cat was perched on his shoulder. He was identifying himself as “Father Connolly, pastor of the Catholic churches in Girardville”. He might be going door to door. If he asks for “money for the block collection”, please do not give him any! Do not let him into your house. If you see him in your neighborhood, call the cops. He might be traveling with a woman dressed as a nun and maybe a couple of cabbage-patch kids. Please be advised that this man is probably up to no good.

 

 


CHINESE AUCTION DAY!!
Five weeks later than originally planned,
but all the better for it!
It was supposed to be held on 23 February,
but the decision (a wise one) was made
to postpone it until 30 March.
(Weather was the reason, in case you didn’t know.)
So, please plan on being there!
St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall
Doors open at 12:00 noon.
Auction commences at 02:00 pm.
All sorts of neat things to bid on.
All sorts of food and drink.
A good time will be had by all.

stjos/stvdp: 03.30.2014 - 06


TRINITY HAPPENINGS

BASKET AUCTION
Trinity Academy's 8th Annual Theme Basket Auction will be held Saturday, 05 April, at 07:00 pm at the Cardinal Brennan Field House, Fountain Springs. Doors open at 05:00 pm. Over 100 beautiful, large themed baskets, Apple IPAD Air, Coach Purse, four one-day Disney Hopper Passes and so much more!!! Shop and drop 04 April from 05:00 to 08:00 pm and 05 April from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm. For more information contact the school at (570) 462-3927. Cash and credit cards accepted. Proceeds benefit Trinity Academy at the Father Walter J. Ciszek Education Center, Shenandoah.

LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The faculty, staff and students of Trinity Academy cordially invite you to walk the path to Calvary as the students present Living Stations of the Cross on Friday, 11 April 2014 at 01:15 pm and on Sunday, 13 April 2014 at 06:30 pm in Annunciation Church, West Cherry Street, Shenandoah.

BREAKFAST AT TRINITY
Spring has sprung and it is time for Trinity Academy’s fabulous all-you-care-to-eat breakfast on Sunday, 27 April 2014 from 08:00 am to sell-out. Cost is $8.00 per adult and $5.00 for children (ages 6-12) and includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast and more! For more information contact the school at (570) 462-3927.

INFORMATION NIGHT
Trinity Academy will hold an informal question and answer session followed by a tour of the school on Monday, 28 April 2014 from 06:30 to 07:30 pm in the school lunchroom. All parents and students interested in visiting the school and learning more about what Trinity Academy has to offer are welcome. Faculty, staff, current parents and student ambassadors will be available to answer any questions parents or students may have regarding academics, registration and financial aid. Elementary students transferring into grades 1-8 receive $1,500 in grants ($1,000 in year 1 and $500 in year 2). For anyone unable to attend, another session will be held on 18 June 2014 from 06:30 to 07:30 pm. To register for the information session, call Christine Fannick, Advancement Director at (570) 462-3927.

DOONEY AND BOURKE BINGO
Mark your calendar now for Trinity Academy’s first Dooney and Bourke Purse Bingo on Sunday, 04 May 2014. Doors open at 12:00 noon; games begin at 02:00 pm. Cost is $25 for twenty games. Pre-order tickets by contacting the school office at (570) 462-3927. All pre-sale tickets will be entered to win a special prize. Seating is limited. Proceeds benefit Trinity Academy School.

stjos/stvdp: 03.30.2014 - 07



THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE STATUE OF THE BLESSED MOTHER in St. Joseph Chapel burns for a special intention this week, at the request of Tom Clarke.

 STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Sunday, 30 March
: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 04 April: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 06 April: 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.
THANK YOU to the person who donated $1,000.00 to St. Joseph Parish this past week.
THANK YOU to the person who donated $500.00 to St. Joseph Parish this past week.
Both of these persons wish to be anonymous and will remain so.
All I can say is: THANK YOU! GOD BLESS YOU!
BELIEVE ME, OUR PARISHES NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET!

 
LOTTERY-TICKET BASKET

Fundraiser for St. Joseph Parish
Chances: $2.00 each or three for $5.00
Buy your chances at McDonald’s Luncheonette on N. 2nd Street OR in the Sheridan Room after Mass.
Basket will be chanced off on Easter Sunday (20 April) after the 11:30 am Mass.

 NEEDED!
VOLUNTEERS TO HELP CLEAN SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH.
In preparation for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter
SATURDAY, 05 APRIL, 10:00 am
Would you please lend a hand?

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