MASS SCHEDULE: 07 - 14 December

Saturday, 06 December
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

Monday, 08 December
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
12:00 noon — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her parents
07:00 pm — JAMES F. NEARY
by Eileen Rowland

Wednesday, 10 December
Advent Weekday
rescheduled from 26 Nov

Friday, 12 December
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Fst)
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Saturday, 13 December
St. Lucy, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Ann Subick
Vigil of Sunday
by Eileen Croake Wayne

Sunday, 14 December
Third Sunday of Advent
by her sister, Teresa Maley Neary

 MASS SCHEDULE: 07 - 14 December

Saturday, 06 December
Vigil of Sunday
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 — JOHN E. DEEGAN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Monday, 08 December
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
by Helen Mackalonis

Tuesday, 09 December
St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (OptMem)
08:00 am — BERNARD J. WIXTED
by George Scrobol (+)

Thursday, 11 December
St. Damasus I, pope (OptMem)
by John and Tina

Saturday, 13 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM and MARY (Lenahan) CANAVAN
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 14 December
Third Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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29 / 30 NOVEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $2,594.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $26.00 from the plate; $110.00 from the Dues envelopes; $46.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $210.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $97.00 from the loose.
Total: $3,108.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $30.00 from the Poverty Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($3,108.00) 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 $2,218.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,002.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $94.00 from the plate; $7.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $85.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $80.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,278.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $15.00 from the Poverty Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,278.00) 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 $494.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 09 December
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 11 December
05:00 to 06:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 12 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Tuesday, 09 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, 12 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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MARION SHEPILOV BARRY Jr. died on 23 November 2014 at the age of 78.
He had had a remarkable career.
From 1975 to 1979, he served two terms as a City Councilman for the District of Columbia.
From 1979 to 1991, he served three successive terms as Mayor of the District of Columbia.
From 1993 to 1995, he served a third term as a City Councilman.
From 1995 to 1999, he served a fourth term as Mayor of the District of Columbia.
From 2005 to 2014, he served almost five terms as a City Councilman.
He was one of the most resilient politicians of all times, with a remarkable capacity for bouncing back from near disaster, including an attempted assassination. (He was shot in the chest, the bullet narrowly missing his heart.) Not only that, but he was arrested once for smoking crack cocaine and spent six months in Federal prison. He was hounded with charges of womanizing and corruption. It seemed he was done for as far as political office was concerned. Everyone thought so, except Marion Barry. He had a way of turning onions into roses. You can’t help liking a man who keeps getting knocked down but keeps coming back.
I hope Marion Barry was “on good terms with the Lord Jesus” when he died on 23 November, so that he winds up in Heaven. I’d like to meet him. I think he would be great company. I’d like to take him out for a ginger ale just to listen to him talk! Here is a collection of quotes from His Honor, the late Marion Barry. I thought you might enjoy them. May he rest in peace!

• "I am clearly more popular than Reagan. I am in my third term. Where's Reagan? Gone after two! Defeated         by George Bush and Michael Dukakis no less!"

• "The laws in this city are clearly racist. All laws are racist. The law of gravity is racist."

• "I am making this trip to Africa because Washington is an international city, just like Tokyo, Nigeria or Israel.         As mayor, I am an international symbol. Can you deny that to Africa?"

• "People have criticized me because my security detail is larger than the President's. But you must ask yourself:         are there more people who want to kill me than want to kill the President? I can assure you there are."

• "The brave men who died in Vietnam, more than 100% of which were black, were the ultimate sacrifice."

• "I read a funny story about how the Republicans freed the slaves. The Republicans are the ones who created         slavery by law in the 1600's. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and he was not a Republican."

• "What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?"

• "People blame me because these water mains break, but I ask you, if the water mains didn't break, would it be         my responsibility to fix them then? Would it!?!"

• "I am a great mayor. I am an upstanding Christian man. I am an intelligent man. I am a deeply educated man. I         am a humble man."

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Dear Father Connolly:
I spoke with the Parish office today regarding a donation. My aunt, Kathleen Diehl, remembered St. Joseph Church in her will. Kathleen passed in May of 2014 after living in Florida for many years. Her husband, Ralph, passed about 15 years ago.
My mother, Barbara, Kathleen’s sister, along with the rest of the family, was born in Shenandoah. I believe my grandparents, John Dillenschneider and Catherine Casey, were married at St. Joseph’s about 100 years ago. Kathleen was the last surviving sibling of that generation.
Please find enclosed a check in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000) payable to St. Joseph Parish. My Aunt asked that the Casey and Dillenschneider families be remembered in Masses.
Hopefully, this donation will be put to good use for the betterment of the parish.
Joseph A. Benz, Trustee

Dear Mr. Benz:
I wish to acknowledge with immense gratitude the receipt of the check for five thousand dollars ($5,000) payable to St. Joseph Parish, Girardville.
Thank you also for your interesting and informative letter.
I have been pastor of St. Joseph Parish (and of St. Vincent dePaul Parish) only since July of 2008. Not being a native of the area, I am not acquainted with the Dillenschneider-Casey families.
I am printing your letter in our parish bulletin and I trust that some of our “old timers” will remember some of the members of these families.
When I have a few minutes free, I shall look into our marriage records and, if I find a record of the marriage of John and Catherine, I shall send you a certificate for historical interest.
I cannot adequately thank your late Aunt Kathleen for her kindness in remembering her old parish.
Nor can I adequately thank you for seeing to the carrying out of her wishes.
You may be certain, beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt, that this donation will be “put to good use for the betterment of the parish”.
These are difficult financial times for St. Joseph Parish — and for all of the parishes of the North Schuylkill area. We are strangers to prosperity, but we keep plugging and trying to keep ahead of our creditors.
Yes, I shall see to it that the Dillenschneider and the Casey families will be remembered in Masses celebrated here in St. Joseph Parish. I shall record several Masses for them in the 2015 Mass schedule book.
With gratitude and kind regards –
Rev. Edward B. Connolly

Please take note of the two Advent Giving Trees in StVdP Church and in StJos Chapel. As you probably know, we solicit every year at this time GIFTS FOR INFANTS AND BABIES — children who are born to mothers in poor circumstances. Take a tag off the tree (if you wish) and buy the gift that is written on the card. Place the gift under the tree. We shall see to it that the gifts are delivered either to Catholic Charities or to Birthright.
We are asking people to show up in the Sheridan Room at 10:00 am on Saturday, 13 December, in order to help give the church and chapel and auxiliary rooms a good cleaning in preparation for Christmas.
Would you be so kind as to show up in order to help? Bring your elbows with you. We will provide the grease.

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VATICAN CITY—Hoping to have all his holiday decorations up by the weekend, His Holiness Pope Francis has spent the past two hours rummaging through the basement of the papal apartments in search of the Vatican’s plastic nativity scene figures, sources confirmed Friday.
After climbing over dusty cases of sacramental wine and bins filled with mothballed vestments, the pope reportedly found the set’s plywood manger in a corner of the room near the sump pump, though sources noted he has yet to locate all the blow-molded polyethylene representations of the Holy Family and their Christmas visitors.
“Oh, come on, where’s the third wise man?” the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics said as he pushed aside several priceless Raphael and Fra Angelico paintings to peer into a cardboard box, aided by the dim light of a bare bulb hanging overhead. “I could’ve sworn I put him away with everybody else. There’s a ton of donkeys and sheep in here, but a lot of good that does me with only two wise men. Jeez.”
“I don’t have time for this,” he added. “I’ve still got an encyclical that needs to be finished.”
Designed for outdoor use, the 14-piece set of internally lit plastic figurines was first purchased by Pope John Paul II in 1981, and every year since, according to Vatican observers, the reigning pontiff has personally assembled the nativity scene outside the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter’s Square. The display, including the colored lights that outline the manger and wrap around a few of the piazza’s iconic Tuscan colonnades, is reportedly powered by an extension cord running from an outlet in the papal garage.
After testing to confirm that Mary would still light up when plugged in, Francis noted that the winters had taken their toll on the Blessed Virgin, wearing away most of the paint on her face. He also added that he would likely have to display the statue of a kneeling Joseph at an awkward angle, so as to obscure the dent in his head suffered during Benedict XVI’s papacy.
Sources within the Holy See said that Francis has expressed dismay at his predecessor’s lax oversight of the Nativity scene, complaining about last Christmas—his first since assuming the Chair of St. Peter—when two long-missing shepherds and an Angel of the Lord were eventually discovered in a tub mislabeled “winter coats.”
“You know what? I don’t think this Baby Jesus is even from the same set,” said the pope in audible exasperation, pointing out that the unpainted plastic infant he found beneath a tangled ball of Christmas lights and a bag of old palm ashes had a much more simplistic design than the rest of the figures. “Ugh. I honestly wouldn’t mind if I thought people wouldn’t notice, but he might not even fit inside the manger.”
“He’s nearly the same size as Mary, for crying out loud,” Francis continued.
According to reports, the Holy Father spent 15 minutes this morning on an unsuccessful attempt to assemble the Christ Child’s crib, but after snapping the dowel used to hold its wooden slats together, he is said to have tossed the whole thing aside in frustration.
Exhausted from his search through the basement, the 77-year-old pontiff reportedly grew even more aggravated after banging his knee on a table and knocking over a stack of relics, including several shards from the True Cross and a wrist bone of St. Gregory the Great.
“Well, it looks like we’re going without a Star of Bethlehem this year,” the Pope said before emitting an extended sigh. “We’ve got so many damn packages of tinsel down here, I guess I’ll just dangle some of that from the roof and call it a day. If Cardinal [Angelo] Sodano complains, he can deal with it himself. I’ve already spent way too much time on this.”
Added the Pope, “Right now, I really need to climb to the top of the Basilica dome and get Santa’s sleigh mounted on the roof.”

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Unfortunately, the philosophy of forgiveness attributed to this elderly woman is identical to the philosophy of many elderly women — and not a few elderly men as well!
And not just “elderly” persons either — but maybe more so by the elderly than by the young, simply because the elderly have had more years in which to stew in their bitterness and pride.
I say “unfortunately” not only because such a philosophy works out to the harm of those whose offenses they refuse to forget, but most of all to the harm of the very persons who refuse to forget. Notice we say “refuse to forget”. We are not referring to “occasional flashbacks to the time of the injury”.
Forgiveness is not really forgiveness if the one who “deigns” to forgive an injury is resolved to remember the injury. This is a subtle form of Pride, that kind of Pride which is sometimes known as “the thief of the holocaust”. It is my devout hope for myself that God will not only forgive me my sins but that He will also forget them. In order that my “devout hope for myself” will become a reality, I had better resolve not only to forgive whatever injuries I have incurred, but to determine as well to forget them.
But is this possible?
With God’s grace, it is, indeed, possible!
God gives His grace to the humble, but He resists the proud.
I cannot think of a worse way to die than to die while nursing a grudge.
May God be merciful to them that love us and merciful as well to them that love us not.

stjos/stvdp: 12.07.2014 - 06



The winning ticket was 638560.
It was drawn after the 08:30 am Mass on Sunday, 30 November.
The one who drew the ticket was a sweet, innocent child, whose integrity is unquestionable!
The profit from the raffle came to one thousand three hundred six dollars ($1,306.00)
Thank you to one and all: those who donated the lottery tickets (prizes) and those who sold the raffle tickets and those who bought them.


(As you may recall, we are soliciting “special donations” to St. Vincent dePaul Parish for the boiler that was installed recently, the price of which was more than thirty-nine thousand dollars. So far, we have received a total of three thousand three hundred sixty-five dollars ($3,365.00) from the following persons. If and when your means permit, perhaps you would make a special donation to the “Boilermakers Club”. Meanwhile, THANK YOU to the following:

CHIPLONIA, Mary Nicastro
CONNELL, James and Georganne
JUREWICZ, Rose Marie
KARAVAGE, Vytus and Teresa
LANG, Jean Albo
LOCHHEAD, Thomas and Geraldine
OAKUM, Tom and Christine
PANCERELLA, Antoinette
POPECK, Frank and Rose
SMOLOCK, John and Joanie
WASCAVAGE, Edward and Barbara

An emergency food pantry will begin at Christ’s United Lutheran Church, 437 Airport Road, Gordon. The pantry will supplement families during difficult times and that “in-between” time before the next local pantry.
When? 2nd Thursday of each month, or in an emergency, by appointment.
Time? 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Call: 570-875-1591 (before 03:00 pm)

ALSO, KEEP IN MIND that food is available for the poor at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory, Girardville. No special days or hours. Stop by to inquire. We will give you what we have, as the Lord provides!
Reminder to parishioners: Your donations of non-perishable food items are always welcome!

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Monday, 08 December

(Every Catholic is obliged in conscience to attend Mass on the Holyday or on the Vigil.)
Mass schedule
Sunday, 07 December
07:00 pm — StVdPChurch

Monday, 08 December
12:00 noon — StJosChapel
04:00 pm — StVdPChurch
07:00 pm — StJosChapel

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