MASS SCHEDULE: 04 - 11 January
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 03 January
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

Monday, 05 January
St. John Neumann, bishop (OblMem)
08:00 am —God’s blessings on ANNA ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Wednesday, 07 January
St. Raymond of Penyafort (OptMem)
08:00 am — FORGOTTEN SOULS IN PURGATORY
by Ken and Helen Wayne

Friday, 09 January
Christmas Weekday
08:00 am — ALFRED CYBYLARZ PEKLA
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Saturday, 10 January
Christmas Weekday
NO 08:00 am MASS TODAY
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
05:30 pm — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Sunday, 11 January
The Baptism of the Lord
11:30 am — God’s blessings on GRACE GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

 MASS SCHEDULE: 04 - 11 January
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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
(71st anniversary of birth)
by her husband and her daughter

Tuesday, 06 January
St. Andre Bessette, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Thursday, 08 January
Christmas Weekday
07:00 pm — RITA BETTINGER REHNERT
by Barbara

Saturday, 10 January
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
04:00 pm — MARY CANAVAN
by the Gillis and the Canavan families

Sunday, 11 January
The Baptism of the Lord
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 01.04.2015 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
27 / 28 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $731.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $37.00 from the plate; $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $5,438.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $69.00 from the loose.
Total: $6,330.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($6,330.00) 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 $5,440.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,033.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $91.00 from the plate; $65.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $2,194.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $101.00 from the loose.
Total: $3,494.00
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 ($3,494.00) 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 $2,710.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 06 January
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 08 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 09 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 06 January
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, 09 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

Q— Where did the Magi park their camels when they arrived in Bethlehem?
A— On a Camelot.

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LUKE ANDREW SMITH,
age eight, third of the seven children of Brian and Marie (Torquato) Smith, received the Holy Eucharist for the first time during the 11:30 am Mass celebrated (in the extraordinary form) in St. Joseph Chapel on Sunday, 28 December.
As anticipated, he answered, without faltering, the classic question put to him during the Liturgy of the Word:
Q — WHAT IS THE HOLY EUCHARIST?
A — THE HOLY EUCHARIST IS THE BODY AND BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST UNDER THE APPEARANCES OF BREAD AND WINE.

After the homily, Luke renewed his Baptism promises to renounce Satan, together with all of his works and all of his vain displays, after which he affirmed his faith in the principal articles of the Creed. In giving him the Holy Sacrament, the priest said, “Corpus Domini nostri Iesu Christi custodiat animam tuam in vitam aeternam. Amen”. Translation: “May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ keep your soul unto eternal life. Amen”
Congratulations, Luke Andrew! Remember now that God the Father has given you to Jesus and that no one who comes to Jesus will ever be rejected!
THERE WILL NOT BE A MASS at 08:00 am on Saturday, 10 January.
Reason: Fr. Connolly was asked to celebrate Mass for the Carmelite Sisters in Elysburg at 08:00 am on 10 January. Their regular chaplain will not be available that day.

2015 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES

If you have not yet picked them up, please do so.
They are in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church and in the Sheridan Room.
If you happen to know that someone is away and, for that reason, has not picked up his or her envelopes, it would be a kindness if you were to pick them up for that person and deliver them.
Thank you!

2015 PARISH CALENDARS

Please pick up a calendar, if you have not already done so.
Even if you have already done so, take one or two extra in order to give them out to friends and neighbors. The little old lady down the street comes to mind. And, of course, there is always your brother-in-law (we have referenced him before) who often says that he is going to get back to going to Mass someday when they get a new pastor who doesn’t talk so long or who doesn’t talk about sex or when they get some new organists or when they get some new lectors or when they set the thermostat to a suitable temperature or when they change the color scheme or when they hand out free beer. None of these things have happened yet, so he needs someone to bring him a calendar. Otherwise, he won’t know what year it is, poor guy!

stjos/stvdp: 01.04.2015 - 03



HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH?

Here are the correct answers to the quiz in last weekend’s bulletin, together with some commentary. Did you take the quiz? How well did you do?

#01 — DID JESUS EXIST? Answer: Yes.
Comment
: This was pretty much of a freebie. No intelligent person, regardless of religious faith or lack thereof, denies that Jesus existed in history. The question is really, “Granted that Jesus existed, who and what was (is) he?” We Catholics say that He is the Messiah, the King of the Human Race, God the Son in human form.
#02 — HOW MANY BOOKS ARE THERE IN THE BIBLE? Answer: 73
Comment
: Bibles published under Catholic auspices have 73 books. Bibles published under Protestant auspices have 66 books. The seven “disputed books” are: Wisdom, Sirach, Judith, Tobit, Baruch, 1st Maccabees and 2nd Maccabees. In addition to these seven books, Protestant Bibles omit portions of Daniel and Esther.
#03 — MARY CONCEIVED JESUS WITH THE HELP OF... Answer: The Holy Spirit
Comment
: One of the oldest heresies contended that Jesus was conceived “in the customary manner”, i.e. by marital relations between Mary and Joseph. A particularly vicious heresy propagated by Jews of the first century was that Jesus is the offspring of Mary and a Roman soldier named Pantera. The Muslim heresy on the conception of Jesus is that Gabriel impregnated Mary. The Gospel record is clear that Mary conceived Jesus by the direct and immediate action of the Holy Spirit of God.
#04 — ONCE THE PRIEST CONSECRATES THE BREAD AND WINE, WHAT IS SUBSTANTIVELY PRESENT IN THE SACRED SPECIES? Answer: Jesus' body, blood, soul, and divinity, but no bread and wine.
Comment: The Catholic teaching is “transubstantiation”, which means that the entire substance of the bread and wine are annihilated and are replaced by the entire substance of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. The Lutheran heresy is called “consubstantiation”, which means that the bread and wine remain and that they co-exist with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. There are other Protestant heresies on this matter, most of which amount simply to this: that Jesus is, somehow or other, spiritually present to the recipient.
#05 — ADULTS WHO DIE IN A STATE OF ORIGINAL SIN... Answer: Go to hell.
Comment: It does not win one any trophies for sensitivity to say that adults who die in a state of original sin go to hell. Because of this, many persons will gasp in disbelief when we say this. The truth is often offensive to our refined sensibilities. The fact is that, without being incorporated into Jesus and without maintaining that incorporation into Jesus until death, we are all going to Hell in a hand basket. That certainly includes (but is not limited to) the pastor of the two parishes in Girardville. If that prompts you to think that there are a lot of people who are going to Hell, you are probably correct! I shall try not to be one of them. You do the same!
#06 — HOW MANY WILLS DOES JESUS HAVE? Answer: Two: a human one, and a divine one
Comment: In order to save us, Jesus needed to bring human will into perfect conformity with the divine will. In order to do this, He Himself needed to have a human will. His human will connects with our human wills when we have faith and receive Baptism.
#07 — YOU CAN KNOW FOR SURE YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN IF... Answer: Apart from a special revelation from God, you can't know.
Comment: All those persons (mostly fundamentalist Protestants) who claim absolute certainty, despite the clear teaching of the New Testament, that they are going to Heaven are guilty of Presumption. However, it is almost useless to try to convince them that they are mistaken. You might as well try to talk a dog off a meat wagon. The heretical doctrine of “eternal security” is, I think, a kind of psychological disorder. Either that or hubris.
#08 — IF A BAPTIZED PERSON COMMITS A MORTAL SIN, WHAT MUST HE OR SHE DO TO BE SAVED? Answer: Repent and receive the Sacrament of Confession, or have a desire for it.
Comment: I suspect that there will be a good number of Catholics in Hell precisely because they refused to go to Confession. These are the ones who say, “I don’t need to confess to a priest. I can just tell my sins directly to God!”
#09 — HOW MANY TIMES CAN A PERSON BE VALIDLY BAPTIZED? Answer: Once
Comment: There are three sacraments that are “once and done”. They are: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders. Each of these impresses a permanent character on the soul of the recipient.
#10 — AT WHAT AGE CAN A PERSON BE BAPTIZED? Answer: Any age.
Comment: The ideal is to be baptized as an infant. But, if for any reason, one is not baptized as an infant, then one can be baptized at any age. There is no “upper limit”. Better late than never. Death ends one’s eligibility for Baptism.
#11 — WHAT IS THE MAIN THING THAT HAPPENS AT THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION? Answer: He / she receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Comment: The gifts of the Holy Spirit are: Wisdom, Understanding, Right Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord.

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#12 — THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT ARE... Answer: Eternally existent, co-equal persons, all sharing the same divine substance
Comment: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not different manifestations or different aspects of one Person, nor are they “relationships” of God to His Creation. They are as real and as distinct as any three human persons, except that they all share the one Divine Intellect and the one Divine Will.
#13 — WHO CAN VALIDLY BAPTIZE? Answer: Anyone, including atheists
Comment: It surprises many people when the Catholic Church says that anyone — quite literally anyone — is able to confer the sacrament of Baptism validly, even an unbaptized person, even an unbeliever. All that is necessary for the sacrament to be valid is that the person doing the baptizing have the intention of doing what the Church intends (even if he or she does not believe what the Church believes) and that he or she do the action (pouring the water) and pronounces the words correctly: “I baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” As to why God and the Church are so “non-fussy” about the minister of Baptism, my answer is simply this: God and the Church want the fundamental sacrament of Baptism to be available to everyone under all circumstances. However, the Church wants people to be baptized by a duly authorized bishop, priest or deacon, so that the full rites of Baptism may be enacted.
#14 — HOW MANY GODS ARE THERE? Answer: One
Comment: I guess we can consider that another freebie. If you happen to have answered this incorrectly, you should really call the Rectory and ask for some instructions.
#15 — HOW DOES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH UNDERSTAND THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS? Answer: It is a real historic event, Jesus came back to life and left the tomb.
Comment: How many times do we have to say it? The physical Resurrection of Jesus from the dead is not a myth, nor is it a parable, nor is it a picturesque way of expressing a spiritual truth. He was dead, stone-cold dead. His body had separated from His soul. His blood had stopped circulating. He had a flat EEG. He was buried in a tomb. Then he got up and walked out. This happened on a particular day in history and in a particular place. It is a historic event.
#16 — THE HOLY SPIRIT IS... Answer: The third divine person of the Trinity, co-equal with the Father and Son.
Comment: The Holy Spirit is not a Bird! He is not fire, nor is He any kind of energy. He is not a symbol of Love. He is not a creature of God. He is a Person. He is every bit as much of a Person as are the Father and the Son.
#17 — DID GOD THE FATHER SUFFER AND DIE ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS? Answer: No
Comment: Only “persons” can suffer and die. “Persons” are doers of actions and recipients of actions. It was the Second Person of the Trinity Who suffered and died on the cross. The First Person and the Third Person, although they were present on Calvary with Jesus, did not suffer and die for our sins.
#18 — JESUS IS YAHWEH INCARNATE. Answer: True
Comment: The Person Who spoke with Abraham, Who revealed Himself to Moses in the Burning Bush and Who later gave Moses the Ten Commandments is the same Person who became incarnate as Jesus Christ. This is not something that is generally known, at least in my experience.
#19 — WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE EUCHARIST, ARE YOU RECEIVING JESUS' HANDS AND FEET (AS WELL AS OTHER PARTS OF HIM)? Answer: Yes
Comment: If you got this wrong, then I have to ask you, (with all due respect): “If you are receiving the Body of Jesus, why would you think you would not be receiving Jesus’ hands and feet? They are parts of His Body, are they not? When we say ‘Body of Christ’, we mean ‘BODY of Christ’. We don’t mean ‘Kinda sorta Body of Christ’”. We must beware of spiritualizing that which is clearly physical. We must not despise the physical order of Creation.
#20 — IF A PRIEST IS IN THE STATE OF UNREPENTED MORTAL SIN, IS HE STILL ABLE VALIDLY TO CONSECRATE THE EUCHARIST? Answer: Yes
Comment: If a priest knows that he is in the state of mortal sin, he must repent and go to Confession before he celebrates Mass. If he does not repent and make at least an effort to go to Confession, he must not say Mass. But, of course, the question is “What if he is in the state of mortal sin and does not repent and deliberately does not go to Confession, and then goes out and says Mass? Does the bread and wine still become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ?” The answer is very important. The answer is “YES”. The Mass is valid! Of course, the priest has just committed another mortal sin, the sin of sacrilege. Many centuries ago, the Church condemned the heresy known as Donatism, which taught that a priest in the state of unrepented mortal sin could not validly confect the sacraments. Here is the point: The sacraments are effective regardless of the personal holiness, or lack thereof, of the priest. The sacraments are founded on the holiness of Jesus Christ, the great High Priest. But what happens to a priest who is in the state of unrepented mortal sin and who then goes out and says Mass and then drops dead as soon as Mass is over? Good grief! What a question! The answer is this: He goes to Hell.

stjos/stvdp: 01.04.2015 - 05


THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND recently voted in favor of ordaining women as bishops. It had already voted, quite some time ago, to ordain women as priests. So, this is just a completion of that folly.
And, so, there goes the final nail in the coffin of the church of the late and unlamented King Henry the Eighth!
It is, of course, absurd that a woman could be a bishop. It is absurd, likewise, that a woman could be a priest. Every Catholic knows that. If a Catholic does not know that, then his or her credentials for calling him or herself Catholic are strongly suspect. When I say that it is absurd, I do not mean that it is “not allowed” for a woman to be a bishop or a priest. It has nothing to do with “allowed”. “Allowed” implies that there is an authority figure “out there” who could “allow” it, if he chose to do so, but who, apparently, has not “allowed” it yet but who, if we wait around long enough and pester him and kick up some dust and throw a picket line around his office and write enough letters to the editor, could, perhaps, be persuaded to “allow” it or, at least, be pressured into “allowing” it.
Some might take a more laid-back position and say, “Oh, fiddle-dee-dee, we just have to be patient. It will happen in due time. It might take a century or more, but it will happen. Eventually, the Catholic Church will wake up and smell the coffee and then along will come some enlightened Pope and he will “allow” women to be ordained as priests and even as bishops. And then the Catholic Church, no doubt with some kicking and screaming among the reactionaries, will be dragged into the modern world and all will be well.”
But that, of course, is absurd, as every true Catholic knows.
If a woman can be a bishop, then the human race would have brought God into existence and Adam would have come forth from the side of Eve and a human man would have impregnated God (don't ask me how) and the Word would have become a woman and the Church would be the husband of the Lamb and the Lamb would be a ewe.
Have you ever noticed that people who say that they “don’t have a problem with the concept of women priests” are the same people who say that they “don’t have a problem with gay marriage” or with gayness in general?
Such persons defy the very order of creation.
They speak and write about transsexualism and transgenderism and they say that all “modern and up-to-date persons” must give up their prejudices and pre-conceptions and wake up to the New Order.
These persons are out of their cotton-picking minds.
To put it more eloquently, they have forsaken both Reason and Revelation.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of heaven, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that moves on the earth.” So God made man; in the image of God He made him; male and female He made them. Then God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of heaven, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 1, 26-28

stjos/stvdp: 01.04.2015 - 06


 “BOILERMAKERS CLUB”
Total received thus far: $13,290.00

ANONYMOUS #1
ANONYMOUS #2
ANONYMOUS #3
CHALINSKY, Stephen and Lisa
CHIKOTAS, Anna
CHIPLONIA, Mary Nicastro
CHIPLONIA, Ralph D.
CONNELL, James and Georganne
CONNELL, Marilyn
CONNOLLY, Edward B.
COYLE, James and Cindy
GETZEY, Robert and Denise
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
SETCAVAGE, James
SMOLOCK, John and Joanie
WASCAVAGE, Edward and Barbara
WINKLER, Joan
ZIELINSKI, Alfred and Anne

 GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2014
$135.00 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$161.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit for 2014
$1,291.00 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$1,635.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$3,408.50 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$4,003.00 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!

 REDNER’S TAPE PROFITS
July to September
St. Vincent dePaul Parish: $57.97
St. Joseph Parish: $81.75
So far in 2014
St. Vincent dePaul Parish: $196.91
St. Joseph Parish: $321.94
All time (since May 2013)
St. Vincent dePaul Parish: $328.40
St. Joseph Parish: $502.72

stjos/stvdp: 01.04.2015 - 07


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