MASS SCHEDULE: 30 November - 07 December
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 29 November
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — GEORGE BOXER
(53rd anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 30 November
First Sunday of Advent
10:00 am — SAMANTHA SIMPSON
by her sons
11:30 am — JOHN KUPCHINSKY
by his niece, Barbara

Monday, 01 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on JACK and CONNIE CONNOLLY
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Wednesday, 03 December
St. Francis Xavier, priest (OblMem)
07:00 pm — MICHAEL MARTIN
by Joseph Murphy

Friday, 05 December
Weekday
08:00 am — ANTHONY MONICES
by his grandson, Joseph Muredda

Saturday, 06 December
St. Nicholas, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ARTHUR CROAKE
by Eileen Croake Wayne

Sunday, 07 December
Second Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — JAMES F. NEARY
by his wife, Teresa

 MASS SCHEDULE: 30 November - 07 December
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 29 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Aunt Sharon and Uncle Kelly and family

Sunday, 30 November
First Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — RITA McANDREW KETUSKY
by the James Connell family

Tuesday, 02 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 04 December
St. John Damascene, priest, doctor (OptMem)
06:00 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 06 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANTHONY F. MAJIKAS
by his family

Sunday, 07 December
Second Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Donna O’Brien
Vigil of the Immaculate Conception
07:00 pm — Msgr. ALFRED R. OTT
by EBC

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
22 / 23 NOVEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,619.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $41.00 from the plate; $110.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $125.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $370.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $54.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,379.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $65.00 from the Poverty Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,379.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($311.91), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($308.04), the sum total of which is $889.26, one sees that $1,489.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $720.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $65.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $395.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $40.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,240.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $10.00 from the Poverty Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,240.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($336.72), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($215.85), the sum total of which is $783.57, one sees that $456.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 04 December
05:00 to 06:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 05 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Tuesday, 02 December
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, 05 December
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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Cardinal Brennan / Immaculate Heart Academy Models
Cardinal Brennan High School and Immaculate Heart Academy are part of the Trinity Academy legacy. Our Catholic school stands on the shoulders of the giants who have gone before us. As a remembrance of this legacy, Trinity Academy is selling wooden models (8 inches x 3.25 inches) of this beautiful school. The price is $20 per model. There are a limited number available before Christmas. If you would like to purchase a model, send payment in an envelope and we will send your order home. You are also welcome to stop in our office during school hours to purchase one.

PLEASE NOTE three anomalies in the Mass schedule this week:
There will not be a Mass at 08:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel on Wednesday, 03 December. Instead, there will be Mass at 07:00 pm in St. Joseph Chapel.
Inquiring minds want to know why!
And here’s why: Bishop Barres has asked all of the priests of the Diocese to attend a DAY OF SANCTIFICATION FOR PRIESTS in Center Valley PA. This will extend from 09:00 am to 03:00 pm. The Bishop must have had me in mind when he scheduled this. He knows that the pastor of Girardville really needs some extra doses of sanctification! Come to think of it, all of us — both clergy and laity — need all the sanctification we can possibly slurp up in this life!
The Mass on the First Thursday of each month at StVdP is usually held at 06:30 pm. However, this coming Thursday (04 December), the Mass will be at 06:00 pm. So, Confessions will be from 05:00 to 06:00 pm, instead of from 05:30 to 06:30 pm.
Once again inquiring minds want to know why!
And here’s why: The members of the Holy Rosary Society will be having their annual pre-Christmas dinner after Mass and they would like to get an early start on the festivities. But you know something? I will bet you that, as surely as God made little green apples, somebody will show up at 06:30 pm for Mass and will say, “Yo! What’s up? I thought Mass was at 06:30 pm!” And I shall say, “My friend, that’s what happens to people who don’t read the bulletin!”
There will be a Mass at 07:00 pm on Sunday, 07 December. This will be a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This Mass will satisfy one’s obligation to attend Mass on the Holyday.
There will be three Masses in our two parishes on Monday, 08 December for the Holyday. The venues and times of these three Masses will be in next weekend’s bulletin.

stjos/stvdp: 11.30.2014 - 03



THOUGHTS ON THANKSGIVING DAY

It occurred to me just the other day …………..
Thanksgiving Day, to be precise — 27 November 2014.
I was at the home of one of my nieces in Philadelphia for Thanksgiving Dinner.
My two married sisters have long since handed over the duty of Thanksgiving hosting to their (combined) nine daughters.
No way can nine women get together in one kitchen and make one meal for the approximately one-hundred persons who constitute our extended family.
So, being very smart because they are women, they know how to work out various coalitions.
I have nothing to do with the working out of the coalitions.
I am a man and not very smart and that sort of thing is above my pay grade.
I just do what I am told.
All I know is that I report to the home of the first niece who invites me and it is there that I park myself for several hours on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy the food and the company and the company and the food and — did I mention the food?
Food, food, glorious food!
The food was excellent and the company was quite good too!
Lovely food! Lovely people!
I look at all the people and I contemplate the fact that I am related to all of them by consanguinity, i.e. by blood.
Well, not exactly all of them!
There are a fair number to whom I am related by affinity, i.e. by marriage.
Not my marriage, of course. Being a priest, I am not married, except mystically, but that’s another story for another day. By “being related by marriage”, I mean by the marriages of those to whom I am related by blood.
In the extended family to which I belong, we have a long-standing tradition of inviting persons to whom we are not related by blood to get related to us by affinity, i.e. by agreeing to marry one of our members who is of age and is so inclined.
We find that this arrangement works out well. Integrating into our family suitable persons who are not of our own blood invigorates and revitalizes our gene pool and adds some variety to those cute little tykes who are the fruits of our marriages.
Talking about fruits, there are a great many fruits of our marriages and many of the fruits have matured and are repeating the tradition they learned from their parents, i.e. establishing more affinities, from which proceed more consanguinities.
I started out this article by saying, “It occurred to me just the other day”.
You might be wondering when I’m going to get around to telling you what it is that occurred to me.
It is this: All of my female relatives (sisters, nieces and grandnieces) who are married have chosen male partners! Not only that, but all of my male relatives (nephews) who are married have chosen female partners!
I don’t mind telling you that I am happy about that and even kind of proud.
The marital union of men with women and of women with men is an utterly superb arrangement, the origin of which goes back to the Garden. It was a stroke of genius on the part of the Creator Lord (blessed be His Name!) that He came up with such an ingenious idea. Far, far better than the plan He came up with for the reproduction of amoebae, the poor little things!

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It has happened time after time, after a wedding in my family — the union of one of my female relatives with a man or of one of my male relatives with a woman — that an interesting dynamic took over and, more often than not, a new human being came into existence and he or she called me “Uncle”. I like being an uncle and a granduncle and a great-granduncle. It makes me feel distinguished.
Thinking about this prompted me to reflect on the fact that my father, whose name was Francis (may he rest in peace!), got married back in 1932 to a woman whose name was Pauline (may she rest in peace!).
I must say that I never really analyzed that fact before. The marriage of Francis and Pauline has been so fundamental to my life that I guess I just sort of took it for granted — like not thinking about the air one breathes or the ground on which one walks.
But I tend to think deep thoughts on Thanksgiving Day and one of the deep thoughts I had was that my life would have been significantly altered (and not for the better!) if my father (Francis), instead of marrying a woman (Pauline), had married a man named Paul, or if my mother (Pauline), instead of marrying a man (Francis), had married a woman named Frances.
If that had happened, not one of my four siblings nor I would ever have come into existence. It just wouldn’t have happened. And, if none of us had come into existence, it’s for sure that none of us would have been able to get together with one another for Thanksgiving Day, and that would have been a shame!
If Francis had married Paul and if Pauline had married Frances, then Francis could never have been my father, in which case nobody would have been my father; and Pauline could never have been my mother, in which case nobody would have been my mother, in which case, with neither father nor mother, I would have been an orphan!
But, wait a minute! No! I wouldn’t have been an orphan either, because, in order to be an orphan, you first of all have to exist!
If my father had married a man and my mother had married a woman, the wheel would never have started turning — the wheel that started turning in 1932 and is continuing to turn and turn and turn, turning out all of those lovely persons to whom I am related by consanguinity; and, if I never had any relatives by consanguinity, for sure I would have had no prospects of acquiring any by affinity!
The whole thing would have been a total washout!
I would have had no place to go for Thanksgiving, nor any need for any place to go!
What I am saying is this: Existence is better than Non-Existence! The Light is preferable to the Darkness!
Matrimony promotes the Continued Existence of the Human Race and the Extension of the Light, whereas Legalized Sodomy (the euphemism for which is “Gay Marriage”) promotes the Extinction of the Human Race and the Snuffing Out of the Light.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY

Date: Sunday, 14 December
Time: 02:00 pm
Place: Father Sheridan Room (behind St. Joseph Chapel)
For: Children of Girardville, up to age 10
Deadline for signing up: Sunday, 07 December
How do I sign up my kids for the Christmas Party?
There are sign-up sheets in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church and in the Father Sheridan Room. If you don’t see them, ask Wade Richards or Fr. Connolly or Ian.

 LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR CHANCES!
Chances on what?
CHANCES ON THE LOTTERY TREE!
What Lottery Tree?
THE LOTTERY TREE THE WOMEN OF THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY (StVdP Parish) ARE CHANCING OFF.
Gee, I didn’t know about it!
WELL, NOW YOU DO!
When are they going to chance it off?
TODAY! SUNDAY, 3O NOVEMBER! AFTER THE 08:30 AM MASS!
How much do they cost?
TWO DOLLARS FOR ONE OR THREE FOR FIVE DOLLARS!
Where do I buy some?
IN THE BACK OF StVdP CHURCH AFTER THE O4:00 PM AND THE 08:30 AM MASSES!

 GIFT CARDS
Bad news!
Not real bad news, but bad news nonetheless!
The bad news is that we don’t have any Redner’s gift cards to sell you this weekend.
Ian says it’s not his fault!
Lord knows, I believe him!
Some sort of snafu at Redner’s Corporate Headquarters.
Our weekly order of gift cards did not arrive.
We should be back on track next weekend.
Meanwhile, we can sell you some Boyer’s gift cards, as usual.
Back of the church or in the Sheridan Room after the Masses.

 2015 SUNDAY MISSALS
We still have some missals to sell.
Our price (ridiculous!) is $3.00.
(Two for six dollars or eighteen for fifty-four dollars.)
We’re not selling them in the back of the church.
You’ll have to buy them at the Rectory.
Just ring the bell and say, “I’d like to buy a missal! Do you have any left?”
ADDENDUM TO OBITUARY
Alexis Pryce and Gage Pryce are great-grandchildren of the late Agnes Meyers Pryce.
Their names did not appear in the obituary printed in last weekend’s bulletin.
Sorry about the omission!

stjos/stvdp: 11.30.2014 - 06


SEVEN BEERS WITH THE WRONG KIND OF MAN

Last night I strolled down to the tavern
to get me a glass of beer,
and when I sat down at the table,
a man came up and said "Dear,
come over and sit at my table
and I'll buy you beer by the can!”
I made my mistake — last night when I drank
Seven Beers with the Wrong Kind of Man.

This man was tall, dark and handsome.
You could hang out your clothes on his line.
He said he'd searched this world over
but he'd never seen beauty like mine.
I fell for it hook, line and sinker,
and then all my troubles began.
From now on I think — I never will drink
Seven Beers with the Wrong Kind of Man.

He asked me if I had a husband.
I told him my name was still "Miss".
’Twas then that he leaned 'cross the table.
He squeezed me and gave me a kiss.
I couldn't resist his advances.
The room seemed to spin 'round and then
he said "There's my wife! — Better run for your life,
or you'll not see daylight again."

Now I'm in the House of Correction.
His wife said I'd stolen her man.
It's all on account of my drinkin'
Seven Beers with the Wrong Kind of Man.
That big handsome brute said I "vamped" him,
that I was “the worst in the land”.
Now, girls, stop and think — before you go drink
Seven Beers with the Wrong Kind of Man.

I AM PRINTING THIS OLD SONG IN THE BULLETIN FOR FIVE REASONS:
a)
It makes me laugh. I think it’s funny.
b) It’s good advice for any gals in Girardville who might be lonesome and desperate.
c) It makes me laugh. I think it’s funny.
d) It’s good advice for any gals in Girardville who might be lonesome and desperate.
e) It makes me laugh. I think it’s funny. And God knows we need all the laughs we can get.

PS #01: If you know any lonesome and desperate gals in Girardville, tell them that Fr. Connolly would be happy to sing this song to them in a pastoral setting. No charge for this service for those gals who are registered members of either of our parishes.
PS #02: When I was a kid, we were advised to look for our prospective wife / husband at the Communion rail. That’s still excellent advice.

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IN PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS, it is a pious custom that the following prayer be recited fifteen times every day starting on 30 November and continuing until Christmas Day (25 December). Surely there is someone you know who is in need of God’s help for some particular reason. Mention this person and this need when you offer this prayer.

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

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