MASS SCHEDULE: 28 December - 04 January
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 27 December
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

Monday, 29 December
St. Thomas Becket, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — RICHARD P. SNINSKI
by Robert and Karen Dallago

Wednesday, 31 December
7th Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
08:00 am — Rev. LARRY HESS
by EBC
Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
07:00 pm — God’s blessings on MARTIN ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Thursday, 01 January
Mary Mother of God (Sol)
12:00 noon — God’s blessings on JAN ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Friday, 02 January
SS. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops, doctors (OblMems))
08:00 am — AGNES MEYERS PRICE
by Richard Examitas and family

Saturday, 03 January
The Most Holy Name of Jesus (Fst)
08:00 am — RUDOLF FRIESE
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski
Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord
05:30 pm — MARY ROWLAND (22nd anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Sunday, 04 January
The Epiphany of the Lord
11:30 am — God’s blessings on JOE and PAT LALLI
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

 MASS SCHEDULE: 28 December - 04 January
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 30 December
6th Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
08:00 am — LEO and JANE CHIARETTI
rescheduled from 23 Dec

Wednesday, 31 December
Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
04:00 pm — PETER SMOLOCK
by Brian and Donna (Smolock) Monaghan

Thursday, 01 January
Mary Mother of God (Sol)
07:00 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 03 January
Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Babci and Grandpop

Sunday, 04 January
The Epiphany of the Lord
08:30 am — MARY JANE RITZO (anniversary of birth)
by her husband and her daughter

stjos/stvdp: 12.28.2014 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
20 / 21 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,641.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $67.00 from the plate; $165.00 from the Dues envelopes; $86.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $10.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $78.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,047.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $20.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,047.00) 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 $1,157.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $750.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $84.00 from the plate; $232.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $98.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,209.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $20.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,209.00) 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 $425.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 01 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 02 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Tuesday, 30 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, 02 January
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

THE SANCTUARY LAMP burns this week in memory of Fr. David M. Liebner, at the request of the Draugelis and the Miller families.

stjos/stvdp: 12.28.2014 - 02


ON HUMILITY AND PEACE

• Do not worry about who is and is not on your side: simply make sure that God is with you in all you do.
• Have a clear conscience, and God will defend you. For if God chooses to help you, no malice can do you harm.
• If you know how to suffer in silence, without doubt you will receive the help of the Lord. He knows when and how he will free you, so resign yourself into his care. It is for God to give help and give freedom from trouble.
• For the sake of humility it is often good for others to know our weaknesses and tax us with them.
• When a man holds himself humbly because of his weakness, it is easy for him to please others and calm those who are angry with him.
• God protects and frees the humble, loves and consoles them. He leans down to the humble, he bestows great grace on them, he lifts them from their lowliness into glory.
• God calls the humble gently to him, and to them he reveals his secrets.
• If a humble man is humiliated, he is happy enough and at peace, because his support is God and not the world.
• Do not count yourself as having made progress until you feel yourself inferior to everyone.
• A peaceable man is of more use than a learned man.
• If you are a slave to your feelings, you will see good actions as bad, and you will easily believe the worst; a good and peaceful man will see good in everything.
• Whoever is truly at peace is not plagued by suspicion.
• Whoever is discontented and disturbed will be blown about by gusts of suspicion: he cannot rest and will not let others rest either. He often says what he should not say, and fails to do what it would be best to do. He knows what other people ought to do, but not what he should be doing himself.
• Worry about your own behavior first; you can worry about other people later.
• You are good at making excuses for your own behavior and showing it in the best light, but you do not want to accept the excuses of others. It would be fairer for you to accuse yourself and excuse your brother.
• If you want other people to put up with you, put up with them first.

from
The Imitation of Christ
by Thomas a’Kempis

stjos/stvdp: 12.28.2014 - 03



HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH?

Here is a quiz you might want to take. In fact, I strongly urge you to take it. There are twenty multiple-choice questions. How many will you get right? I won’t put the correct answers into this bulletin, but I shall put them into next weekend’s bulletin.
Go ahead now! Take the quiz! No cheating!

#01DID JESUS EXIST?
• No
• Yes

#02HOW MANY BOOKS ARE THERE IN THE BIBLE?
• 27
• 66
• 76
• 73

#03MARY CONCEIVED JESUS WITH THE HELP OF...
• The Archangel Gabriel
• The Holy Spirit
• St. Joseph
• No one

#04ONCE THE PRIEST CONSECRATES THE BREAD AND WINE, WHAT IS SUBSTANTIVELY PRESENT IN THE SACRED SPECIES?
• Bread and wine and Jesus.
• Jesus' body, blood, soul, and divinity, but no bread and wine
• Jesus' body, but not his soul or divinity
• Just bread and wine. They are symbols of the Body and Blood of Jesus.

#05ADULTS WHO DIE IN A STATE OF ORIGINAL SIN...
• Go to heaven
• Go to purgatory
• Go to hell
• Haunt the place of their death as a ghost

#06 HOW MANY WILLS DOES JESUS HAVE?
• One: just a human will
• One: just a divine will
• One: a mix of human and divine
• Two: a human one, and a divine one

#07 YOU CAN KNOW FOR SURE YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN IF...
• You believe in Jesus
• You are a good person
• You are baptized
• Apart from a special revelation from God, you can't know

#08IF A BAPTIZED PERSON COMMITS A MORTAL SIN, WHAT MUST HE OR SHE DO TO BE SAVED?
• Just confess his /her sins to God
• Nothing; once a person is saved, they can't lose their salvation
• Go to Mass
• Repent and receive the Sacrament of Confession, or have a desire for it

#09HOW MANY TIMES CAN A PERSON BE VALIDLY BAPTIZED?
• Three times
• Whenever they want to publicly recommit themselves to God
• Twice
• Once

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#10 — AT WHAT AGE CAN A PERSON BE BAPTIZED?
• 10 and older
• Only after attaining the age of reason
• Any age
• Only as an infant

#11 — WHAT IS THE MAIN THING THAT HAPPENS AT THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION?
• An adult confirms the faith he / she was baptized into as a baby
• A person gets to meet his / her bishop
• He / she receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit
• He / she graduates from religious education

#12 — THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT ARE...
• Eternally existent, co-equal persons, all sharing the same divine substance
• Three different modes by which God interacts with the world
• Two whos and one what
• God, his messenger, and his action in the world

#13 — WHO CAN VALIDLY BAPTIZE?
• Only Catholics
• Only other baptized Christians
• Anyone, including atheists
• Only a deacon, priest, or bishop

#14 — HOW MANY GODS ARE THERE?
• None
• Two
• Three
• One

#15 — HOW DOES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH UNDERSTAND THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS?
• It is a metaphor for redemption and new life
• It is a real historic event, Jesus came back to life and left the tomb
• Jesus spirit lives on in his followers
• The ghost of Jesus visited his followers

#16 — THE HOLY SPIRIT IS...
• A metaphor for passion and zeal
• The third divine person of the Trinity, co-equal with the Father and Son
• The active force of God in the world
• The ghost of Jesus

#17 — DID GOD THE FATHER SUFFER AND DIE ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS?
• No
• Yes

#18 — JESUS IS YAHWEH INCARNATE.
• False
• True

#19 — WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE EUCHARIST, ARE YOU RECEIVING JESUS' HANDS AND FEET (AS WELL AS OTHER PARTS OF HIM)?
• No
• Yes

#20 — IF A PRIEST IS IN THE STATE OF UNREPENTED MORTAL SIN, IS HE STILL ABLE VALIDLY TO CONSECRATE THE EUCHARIST?
• No
• Yes

stjos/stvdp: 12.28.2014 - 05


WE SHARE THE MAIL

Background: I have three sisters: “big sister, little sister and baby sister”. This is an email interchange between me and my “little sister”, Regina Connolly O’Reilly. Regina is a 73-year-old widow with eight children and twenty-five (last time I counted) grandchildren. She is a feisty gal (as I have good reason to know!) She does not suffer fools gladly (even if they happen to be ordained) and is not a pushover, as her email makes clear. She insists on kneeling for Holy Communion and receiving on her tongue. Some priests have been foolish enough to give her a hard time about this. They have lived to regret it. (She and I have discussed in the past the proper way to deal with such priests. I always discourage violence.) Recently I came upon a video entitled “Denied!”, which is about a young woman out in Colorado who had an unpleasant encounter with a priest who refused to give her Holy Communion in a kneeling posture. I thought this would interest Regina, so I sent her the link. That should be sufficient information for reading these two emails.

Dear Regina:
You will be interested in watching this, I think!

http://www.churchmilitant.tv/platform/?today=2014-12-16

Love –
Edward

Dear Edward,
Thanks for sending me the "Denied!" video. I could have made that video from my own experiences.
It makes me wonder sometimes when that happens if the priest actually believes in The Real Presence.
I remember one time especially when I refused to budge — I'll NEVER budge on that issue — the priest jammed my upper lip in contempt for my refusal. I felt it for quite a while.
Another time, a youngish priest approached me after Mass and told me I shouldn't kneel and I looked at him in the eye and reminded him ever so nicely that the serpent cannot kneel and he threw his head back and laughed.
I think I won that time or at least I didn't "cower" and say "Yes, Father. I'm so sorry, Father. It will never happen again, Father.”
I like being old because I really don't care what people think as long as I know I'm doing the right thing.
By the way, have a Merry Christmas.
Love,
Your favorite sister,
Regina

stjos/stvdp: 12.28.2014 - 06


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 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.

Here are four of the seven gentlemen who put up the outdoor manger scene.
Those pictured are (L-R): John Haluska, George Fogel, Chuck Sherman, John Majikas. Not pictured (their fault, they didn’t hang around long enough to get their pitcher tooken): John Gregis and Arthur Engle.
Also not pictured (because he took the picture) is Ian Getzey.
Thank you to all seven of them!

stjos/stvdp: 12.28.2014 - 07


 01 JANUARY 2015
The
SOLEMNITY
of
MARY
MOTHER of GOD

A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION

MASS SCHEDULE
Wednesday, 31 December

04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 01 January
12:00 noon — St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

stjos/stvdp: 12.28.2014 - 08


 

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