MASS SCHEDULE: 21 - 28 December
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 20 December
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Sunday, 21 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his brothers and sisters

Monday, 22 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — MARY BENNETT LARKIN HENDRICKSON
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Wednesday, 24 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — Msgr. ALFRED R. OTT
by EBC
Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord / Christmas
05:30 pm — HENRY A. WAYNE
by the Richards family

Thursday, 25 December
Nativity of the Lord / Christmas (Sol)
12:00 mid — God’s blessings on KATHERINE ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis
11:30 am — ANTHONY, MARY and JUNE ANN ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland

Friday, 26 December
St. Stephen, the protomartyr (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on JOSEPH ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 27 December
St. John, apostle and evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — NORMAN W. DIXEY
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski
Vigil of Holy Family Sunday
05:30 pm — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Ed and Judy Haluska

Sunday, 28 December
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
10:00 am — MARK NEARY
by his mother, Teresa
11:30 am — God’s blessings on EMILY ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

 MASS SCHEDULE: 21 - 28 December
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 20 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANDREW POWLICK
by his daughter, Barbara Petrousky, and her husband, John

Sunday, 21 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Tuesday, 23 December
Late Advent Weekday / St. John of Kanty, priest
08:00 am — LEO and JANE CHIARETTI
by Alice Chiaretti

Wednesday, 24 December
Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord / Christmas
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by his sister, Samantha
09:00 pm — Deceased: CONNELL, KARVOIS, FISHER and MARTIN FAMILIES
by the Connell family

Thursday, 25 December
Nativity of the Lord / Christmas (Sol)
08:30 am — MARLENE PARFITT
by her children: Charles, Jean Ann and Harry

Saturday, 27 December
Vigil of Holy Family Sunday
04:00 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 28 December
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
08:30 am — JOHN J. D’ALFONSO Sr. (44th anniversary)
by his family

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
13 / 14 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,116.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $30.00 from the plate; $140.00 from the Dues envelopes; $198.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $40.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $89.00 from the Immaculate Conception envelopes; $40.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $36.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,689.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $219.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,689.00) 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 $799.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $670.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $52.00 from the plate; $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $138.00 from the Immaculate Conception envelopes; $175.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $53.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,103.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $101.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,103.00) 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 $319.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

SEE PAGE 08 OF THIS BULLETIN

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Tuesday, 23 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

THERE WILL NOT BE THE USUAL EXPOSITION / DEVOTIONS / BENEDICTION ON FRIDAY, 26 DECEMBER.

THE 2015 PARISH CALENDARS
ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO TAKE HOME WITH YOU.

IN ADDITION TO TAKING ONE OR TWO FOR YOUR OWN USE, FEEL FREE TO TAKE ONE OR TWO TO GIVE TO APPROPRIATE FAMILIES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD WHO MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE HAVE A CHURCH CALENDAR.
Thank you to our local funeral director, Tim Sullivan, and to his assistant, Tom Sullivan, for paying for these calendars! We appreciate their generosity.

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MARY JOAN TROUTMAN GERNAVAGE GORMAS,
(best known by her middle name, Joan),
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Monday, 15 December.
Born on 01 October 1934, she was 80 years old.
She is one of the eight children of the late Daniel and Catherine (Quinn) Troutman.
Her seven brothers and sisters are: Daniel Troutman (deceased); Howard Troutman (deceased); Kenneth Troutman (deceased); Francis Troutman (deceased); Donald Troutman; Annette Troutman Helock; Dorothy Troutman Lopez.
Joan was baptized in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, on 14 October 1934, by Fr. James A. McErlane.
On 06 November 1954, she was married to Lawrence J. Gernavage in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, in the presence of Fr. Joseph F. Lanshe.
Lawrence died on 10 July 1960.
On 08 December 1962, Joan was married to Vincent A. Gormas in St. Vincent dePaul Church, Girardville, in the presence of Fr. Andrew J. Degutis.
Joan and Vincent observed their 52nd wedding anniversary just one week before her death.
Joan is the mother of Mary Anne Gernavage Leitzel.
She is the grandmother of Christopher Leitzel.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Friday, 19 December, at 11:00 am.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Englewood (Frackville).
Eternal rest grant unto Joan, 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.
THE CANDLE in front of the Infant of Prague Statue in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in memory of Andrew Powlick, at the request of his daughter, Barbara Petrousky, and her husband, John.
I HAVE A FRIEND who has a granddaughter named Caroline, who is a very young child. She told me that Caroline said that she believes that there is a Heaven even though she can’t see it because she can’t see the wind, but she knows that it’s there.
Caroline’s analogy might not be perfect, but she is on the right path. The point, of course, is this: The most important things in life are the things that are invisible. Faith is the capacity to apprehend what is invisible, the capacity to DEDUCE from what is seen to what is unseen.
That will be my deep thought for today!
I find that, the older I get, the more I can deduce the invisible.


ALBERT JOSEPH (“Toby”) BALUTIS
08 Aug 1935 — 12 Dec 2014
Requiescat in pace
(See page 03 of last weekend’s bulletin)

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7 WAYS A HUSBAND NEEDS RESPECT FROM HIS WIFE

by Dave Willis

I’ve interacted with couples from all over the world and researched the keys to happiness and fulfillment in marriage. One surprising discovery is that most husbands are absolutely desperate for the respect of their wives. For many men, the drive to be respected is even stronger than their drive for sex.
This isn’t a new discovery. The Bible records a two thousand-year-old tidbit of marriage wisdom by stating, “So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33). There’s a great book by Dr. Emmerson Eggerichs called “Love and Respect” which delves into the deeper meanings of love and respect in marriage.
I believe most women genuinely want to show respect to their husbands, but they don’t always know how to do it. What a wife may do to show respect and what a husband may need to feel respected are often two different things. To help bring more harmony to your marriage, I’ve outlined below the main ways a husband feels respected by his wife.
This is not a comprehensive list and not all of these may apply to every marriage, but I’m strongly convinced these seven principles hold true for the vast majority of men.

A husband feels respected by his wife when…

1. She is content to live within the family’s financial means.
A husband has a deep desire to be a provider. In our modern society, the man is not usually the sole breadwinner, but he still wants to feel that his work is meeting the needs and desires of his wife. When a wife will live within the family’s financial means, she’s communicating respect to her husband by validating his hard work and his need to be a provider. She’s also removing financial stress from the marriage. (Husbands obviously need to live within the financial means of the family as well).

2. She prioritizes what happens in the bedroom.
When a man feels starved sexually, he will often feel both the physical frustration of unfilled desire and the emotional frustration of feeling undesirable to his wife. When the wife will initiate intimacy and also be receptive to his advances, he will feel more respected and fulfilled and he’ll also be more capable of fulfilling his wife’s needs.

3. She builds him up with her words (both in public and in private).
A wife’s words have the power to shape her husband. A wife shows respect to her husband both by how she speaks to him and by how she speaks about him. In both public and private, a wife’s words can build up or tear down her husband. She’s affirming, not sarcastic. She’s warm, not cold. She’s his biggest encourager, not his biggest critic.

4. She laughs with him (not at him).
When there isn’t much laughter in the marriage, that’s usually a warning sign of deeper issues. Find opportunities to laugh together. Your husband desperately wants you to be happy. Most husbands can’t be happy unless they believe they’re making their wives happy. Also, laugh at his jokes. This one might seem silly, but you’d be amazed how important it is for most men to know his wife believes he has a great sense of humor.

5. She trusts his judgment.
I’m certainly not saying a wife should blindly agree to everything that husband wants. A marriage requires a lot of conversation, mutual submission, and sometimes even debate. What I am saying is that a man feels strongest when his wife affirms his strength. A man feels wisest when his wife affirms his wisdom. A man feels most respected when his wife respects his decisions.

6. She doesn’t mother him.
There’s a motherly instinct in most women and that instinct can sometimes be misdirected towards mothering a husband. When a wife attempts to change, discipline or correct a husband from the posture of a mother instead of a partner, the husband will feel emasculated and it will often cause a cycle of frustration for both the husband and the wife.

7. She has his back.
Above all, a husband needs to know his wife has his back. In all times, in all situations, let him know you love and respect him. Your love, your words, your actions and your respect have the power to bring out the best in him.

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2015 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES

Envelopes for both parishes will be made available starting with the Christmas Masses.
They will be placed on tables in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church and — for St. Joseph parishioners — in the Sheridan Room.
If, currently, you do not receive envelopes but you want to receive them, please let Ginny (the secretary) know.
You can call her (Monday to Friday, between 10:30 am and 05:00 pm) at the Rectory: 570-276-6033.
If you did not use your envelopes during 2014, it is likely that you were removed from the envelope list. But please do not interpret this as your being removed from the parish membership list!
If you did not use the envelopes assigned you in 2014, you continue to remain on the parish membership list.
However, we interpret your non-use of the envelopes as an indication that, although you wish to remain a member, you do not wish to be assigned envelopes.
If you find that envelopes have not been assigned to you for 2015 but you wish to be put on the envelope list, please let Ginny know.
The ideal is that every adult parishioner receive envelopes.
The expectation, then, is that every adult parishioner will use the envelopes assigned.
Common sense tells us that we ought not spend money on envelopes that are not used.
The regular use of contribution envelopes is an enormous advantage to the parish.

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When we were children, we were told that we should change our ways and be good before Santa Claus comes, so that we wouldn’t get coal in our stockings.
That is a myth, of course, but it is a useful and instructive myth.
Now, please know this: That we should be good before Jesus comes, so that we don’t get something a whole lot worse than coal in our stockings.

THAT IS MOST DEFINITELY NOT A MYTH.

So, I think we should go to Confession and change our ways and be good before Jesus comes.
Christmas celebrates the First Coming of Jesus. That was a sweet and humble coming: angels, shepherds, star, “round yon manger, mother and Child”, etc. You know the drill.
But, to tell you the truth, our celebration of the First Coming is really meant to be a heads up for the Second Coming.
The Second Coming will not be humble: there will be angels, no doubt, but probably no shepherds, star or manger.
It will be awesome.
Will it be sweet?
Yes, for those in the state of sanctifying grace, it will be both awesome and sweet — sweet beyond the power of words to tell, the arrival in majestic splendor of Him Who is the Desire of the Everlasting Hills.
But what about for those in the state of mortal sin?
Awesome? Yes. Sweet? No, not at all!
Indescribably bitter!
You got all that?
Good! Now go to Confession!
If you’re in the state of mortal sin and you decide not to go to Confession because you think that the Catholic Church in general and your parish priest in particular are full of hot air, I suggest you change your mind. If not, well …….. what can I say? Lotsaluck!

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TRIDENTINE MASS NEXT SUNDAY
The 11:30 am Mass in St. Joseph Chapel will be celebrated in the Extraordinary Form on Sunday, 28 December — the last Sunday of the month.
There will be a 10:00 am Mass in the chapel, celebrated in the Ordinary Form.

 PRO-LIFE MARCH
WASHINGTON DC
THURSDAY, 22 JANUARY 2015

As we do every year, our two parishes will sponsor a bus from Girardville to DC for the March.
Right now, we don’t have an exact price to give you for the trip.
In the past, it has been in the neighborhood of $30.00 to $40.00.
We anticipate it will be “in the same neighborhood” this year.
But keep this in mind: No one who wants to go on our bus but is short on funds should not be hesitant to sign up.
We will do what we can to subsidize your “bus fare” if necessary. Let us know if you need some assistance in this area. This offer applies especially, but not exclusively, to families with children and also to teenagers.
Our bus starts out from Girardville, but is willing to pick you up in Frackville, St. Clair, Pottsville and Friedensburg.
Call Susan, our bus coordinator, to sign up.
Her number is 570-385-5924.

 BOILERMAKERS CLUB
(Donors to the fund for helping StVdP Parish pay for the new boiler for the church, which cost more than $39,000!)
Total received thus far: $10,165.00

 

ANONYMOUS #1
ANONYMOUS #2
BURNS, Robert and Stephanie
CHALINSKY, Stephen and Lisa
CHILLIS, Virginia Coreia
CHIPLONIA, Mary Nicastro
CONNELL, James and Georganne
CONNELL, Marilyn
CONNOLLY, Edward B.
COYLE, James and Cindy
GETZEY, Robert and Denise
JUREWICZ, Rose Marie
KARAVAGE, John and Lisa
KARAVAGE, Vytus and Teresa
LABIE, Edna

LANG, Jean Albo
LOCHHEAD, Thomas and Geraldine
MAJIKAS, John
MOHAN, Frank and Stella
OAKUM, Thomas and Christine
PANCERELLA, Antoinette
POPECK, Frank and Rose
SETCAVAGE, Dorothy
SMOLOCK, John and Joanie
WASCAVAGE, Edward and Barbara
WINKLER, Joan
ZIELINSKI, Alfred and Anne

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I am taking this corner of the bulletin to wish all the members of our two parishes — and all of the people of Girardville and vicinity — a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. I am grateful to God that He has seen fit to settle me here in Girardville at this point in my life. Please pray for me that I might be a faithful priest. Please forgive me my faults and failings. May God bless us — every one of us — and keep us in His Love! EBC

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 PRE-CHRISTMAS CONFESSION SCHEDULE

Sunday, 21 December
07:15 to 8:15 pm — St. Joseph Chapel

Monday, 22 December
01:00 to 3:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel
06:00 to 8:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

Tuesday, 23 December
02:30 to 3:30 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
06:00 to 8:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel

Wednesday, 24 December
10:00 to 11:00 am — St. Vincent dePaul Church

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

Wednesday, 24 December
04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
05:30 pm — St. Joseph Church
09:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday 25 December
12:00 mid — St. Joseph Chapel
08:30 am — St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am — St. Joseph Church

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