MASS SCHEDULE: 11 - 18 January
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 10 January
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

Monday, 12 January
Weekday
08:00 am —RICHARD M. MULLER
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Wednesday, 14 January
Weekday
08:00 am — ANTHONY ROWLAND (anniversary of birth)
by Eileen Rowland

Friday, 16 January
Weekday
08:00 am — WILLIAM DeLUCA
by his daughter

Saturday, 17 January
St. Anthony, abbot (OblMem)
08:00 am — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Kevin and Margaret Haley
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
(7th anniversary)
by his mother, Ida Mae Canavan

Sunday, 18 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — VINCENT and THERESA BERNOTAS
by their family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 11 - 18 January
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 13 January
St. Hilary, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on
CHRISTOPHER J. CHAPMAN
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Thursday, 15 January
Weekday
07:00 pm — SOPHIE KUPCHINSKY VOYNAR
by her niece, Barbara

Saturday, 17 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOAN TROUTMAN GORMAS
by her husband, Vince, and daughter Maryanne

Sunday, 18 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — HELEN B. FISHER
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
03 / 04 JANUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,021.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $43.00 from the plate; $355.00 from the Dues envelopes; $163.00 from the Initial envelopes; $426.50 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $210.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $53.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,271.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,271.50) 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 $1,382.24 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $627.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $72.00 from the plate; $155.00 from the Dues envelopes; $80.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $150.00 from the Initial envelopes; $508.00 from the Solemnity of Mary envelopes; $25.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $62.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,679.00
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 ($1,679.00) 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 $895.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 13 January
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 15 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 16 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 13 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, 16 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

stjos/stvdp: 01.11.2015 - 02



DO YOU HAVE ANY LITAI LYING AROUND?
(Litai is the plural of Litas, as every good Lithuanian knows!)
The Litas is (was) the basic unit of the currency of Lithuania.
I say “was” because, in case you have not been keeping up with the international news, you might not know that Lithuania has joined the Eurozone. As of 01 January 2015, the Euro is the official currency of Lithuania. The Litas has been retired. As I understand it, the Litas will become a “museum piece” by the end of 2015 and will no longer be able to be exchanged for Dollars or for Euros.
So, since St. Vincent dePaul Parish is (officially) a Lithuanian parish and since there are possibly a few parishioners who had parents or grandparents who stashed a few Litai away in drawers “for the next time we visit the folks in Lithuania”, please know that you might want to exchange those Litai for Dollars while they still have some value.
(I have some recollection of one or two Litai (coins) winding up in our collection basket some time ago.)
The current exchange rate for Litai to Dollars is: One Litas equals about thirty-four cents in US currency.
I take no responsibility for the accuracy of this exchange rate information. This is what I was told by the venerable Mr. Google, who knows all and tells all. It is my experience that money changers have their own exchange rates, not usually to the advantage of the customer!

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A FEW QUOTES FROM C.S. LEWIS

“There is no good trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it.”

“We might think that God wanted simply obedience to a set of rules: whereas He really wants people of a particular sort.”

“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be a word without meaning.”

“I know someone will ask me, ‘Do you really mean, at this time of day, to re-introduce our old friend the devil—hoofs and horns and all?’ Well, what the time of day has to do with it I do not know. And I am not particular about the hoofs and horns.”

“…it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice.”

“The Life-Force is a sort of tame God. You can switch it on when you want, but it will not bother you. All the thrills of religion and none of the cost. Is the Life-Force the greatest achievement of wishful thinking the world has yet seen?”

“Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of Absolute Goodness would be fun. They need to think again.”

May I recommend that you read C. S. Lewis? I am not alone in thinking that he is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century! You might want to start with “Mere Christianity”. If you want me to buy a copy for you, let me know. But you can find it easily at Amazon or elsewhere. I’ve been reading and re-reading him since I was a teenager (which might explain something or other.) — EBC

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 BOILERMAKERS CLUB”
Total received thus far: $13,590.00

ANONYMOUS #1
ANONYMOUS #2
ANONYMOUS #3
BURNS, Robert and Stephanie
CHALINSKY, Stephen and Lisa
CHIKOTAS, Anna
CHILLIS, Virginia Coreia
CHIPLONIA, Mary Nicastro
CHIPLONIA, Ralph D.
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
SETCAVAGE, James
SMOLOCK, John and Joanie
WASCAVAGE, Edward and Barbara
WINKLER, Joan
ZIELINSKI, Alfred and Anne
THE BOROUGH OF GIRARDVILLE would like to caution people about parking too close to corners during Mass.
In particular: the intersection of 2nd Street and Mahanoy Avenue and the intersection of Main and Richard Streets.
If I am not mistaken, the following norms are particularly relevant:
It is illegal to stand or park a vehicle:
• Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
• Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.
• Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic-control signal located at the site of a roadway.

It is Ian’s opinion — his respectful opinion, of course — that the Borough should paint parts of the curbs yellow, so as to indicate that no parking is allowed. The Management is not responsible for all of Ian’s opinions, although I usually find that his opinions have some merit!

stjos/stvdp: 01.11.2015 - 07


 LAST CALL FOR SIGNING UP FOR PRO-LIFE BUS!!
First of all, please know this: Any persons who want to take part in the Pro-Life March in Washington DC on Thursday, 22 January, and who hesitate to sign up because they cannot afford to pay the bus fare (which will be close to $50.00), please hesitate no longer!
We are willing to subsidize your bus fare.
We will give you a generous discount, especially if you are a child or a teenager or if you are an adult of modest means. (That’s a polite way of saying “poor person”.)
If you are a “veteran” of the Pro-Life March, you don’t need me to hullaballoo about it.
If you have never gone to Washington for this annual march, I think 2015 is the year you should go.
There is nothing whatever to fear. You will be in good hands. You won’t get lost (unless you want to get lost!)
You will please God if you go, because our God (the only God) is a Friend of the poor and the oppressed and He is a Friend of those who are friends of the poor and the oppressed.
And there is no category of human beings on the planet who are poorer or more oppressed than UNBORN CHILDREN!
The government even pays to have UNBORN CHILDREN killed in cold blood! This must stop! Until it does, we go to Washington and bear witness to the atrocity of the Holocaust of the Infants.
Call Susan at 570-385-5924 for more information and to sign up.
It’s time to stop thinking about it. It’s time to sign up!
“He who hears the cry of the poor will himself cry out on the Day of Judgment …… and will be heard!”

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