MASS SCHEDULE: 01 - 08 February

Saturday, 31 January
Vigil of Sunday
by Eileen Rowland

Sunday, 01 February
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the LAOH

Monday, 02 February
The Presentation of the Lord (Fst)
04:00 pm — BOB and JUNE SAUERS
rescheduled from 26 Jan

Wednesday, 04 February
08:00 am — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
rescheduled from 24 Jan

Friday, 06 February
St. Paul Miki and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — JUNE ANN ROWLAND (7th anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Saturday, 07 February
rescheduled from 30 Jan
Vigil of Sunday
by Jean Birster Weist

Sunday, 08 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — God’s blessings on KENNETH and HELEN WAYNE
by Eileen Croake Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 01 - 08 February

Saturday, 31 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — Deceased: BERNOTAS FAMILY
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 01 February
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — EDWARD A. BERGER
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 03 February
St. Blase, bishop, martyr; St. Ansgar, bishop (OptMems)
(87th anniversary of birth)
by his family

Thursday, 05 February
St. Agatha, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 07 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Aunt Sharon, Uncle Kelly and family

Sunday, 08 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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24 / 25 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $924.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $31.00 from the plate; $70.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $65.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $95.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,210.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $159.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,210.00) 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 $320.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $722.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $83.00 from the plate; $20.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $90.00 from the loose.
Total: $920.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $67.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($920.00) 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 $136.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 03 February
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 05 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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


Tuesday, 03 February
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, 06 February
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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a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Tuesday, 27 January 2015.
Born on 29 September 1936, he was 78 years old.
He is one of the four children of the late Albert and Adele (Urban) Yesalavage.
His brothers and sister are: Jerome Yesalavage (deceased); Eleanor Yesalavage (deceased); Thomas Yesalavage.
On 11 October 1936, Michael was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church by Fr. Michael F. Daumantas.
On 23 October 1958, he married Margaret Ann McAndrew in St. Vincent dePaul Church, in the presence of Fr. Andrew J. Degutis.
Michael and Margaret Ann were married for more than 56 years! From their marriage came two children: Michael G. Yesalavage and Kristin Ann Yesalavage (deceased).
Michael and Margaret Ann have six grandchildren: Maggie J. Yesalavage; Vanessa T. Felegie; Elizabeth A. Kleeman; Samuel S. Daub; Richard M. Petusky (deceased); Justin A. Yesalavage.
They have two great-grandchildren: Camdyn B. Yesalavage; Wyatt B. Felegie.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Michael was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Saturday, 31 January. There was a viewing in the church for about one hour prior to the Mass.
The interment took place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery in Englewood (Frackville).
Eternal rest grant unto Michael, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
As mentioned in last weekend’s bulletin, we need to clean out the house of the late George V. Scrobol.
George left the house to St. Vincent dePaul Parish and we need to get the house in reasonable order, so that the estate can be settled and so that the pastor will be able to proceed with matters, in order to finalize the transition of the property to the parish.
Ian is able to secure a truck and a dumpster.
He is asking that volunteers meet him at St. VdP Rectory at 10:00 am on Friday, 06 February.
Wear old clothes!

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How Parishes Can Stop Turning Boys Into Atheists

by Jason Craig

Fatherlessness and Atheism
In the book, Faith of the Fatherless, psychologist Paul Vitz definitively links fatherlessness to atheism. He profiles dozens of prominent atheists, from Nietzsche to Dawkins, and finds an amazing but unsurprising pattern: “In no case [with the atheists] do we find a strong, beloved father with a close relationship with his son or daughter.” What’s also made clear in the book is that fatherlessness has a greater influence on predisposing boys to outright atheism than it does girls.
Mentorship Make the Difference Too
A boy becomes an adult male by biology, but he can walk into secure manhood only with the direction and affirmation of secure men. Though beginning with fathers, it is also necessary that the larger community of men ushers boys into manhood, confirming the truths the father has taught or correcting his weaknesses. In “Faith of the Fatherless”, Vitz also points out, while profiling prominent Christians, that not only did they have strong fathers, but they had mentors along their steps to manhood: “[The] theists appear to have had many more loving and supportive relationships throughout their adult lives.” We don’t just need good fathers for our boys; we need good men in general.
And right there is a lesson on making men from boys: masculinity is a thing bestowed, man to boy – it’s “given” to a boy by a man in words and deeds, in real presence, in flesh and blood, in brotherhood and friendship and danger. The Proverbs are a beautiful example of a man realizing the great gift of manhood received and a desire to pass it on: “A precious heirloom it is, the tradition I teach, not to be lightly bartered away. Time was when I had a father of my own; and when I was but a boy… in such words as these he would teach me” (Proverbs 4,3).
Fight the Lies
Boys are surrounded by false masculinities; we must surround them with truth. Scripture speaks often of fathers and sons, but rarely in isolation. The Faith is passed on from generation to generation, not just father to son. This is why the brotherhood that grows in men’s groups must translate into means of mentoring. Authentic male formation does not get men in a room to supervise or coordinate boys and deliver a packaged curriculum, like some sort of daycare, but it is the brotherhood of men inviting boys into that brotherhood, into manhood, with real conversation and fraternal challenge. Don’t patronize boys with silly meetings without any depth.
But it’s not just atheism that fatherless and mentorless boys can slip in to. Boys from such situations can still appreciate the need to worship, the longing for the divine, but they reject Christianity because it is rooted in a Son Who came to reveal the Heart of the Father.
Take Robespierre, a famous character of the French Revolution, who was bent on destroying the father figure of the King and the father figures of the clergy. He was conceived out of wedlock and subsequently abandoned by his father. You can sympathize with the man as he yearns to honor God but utterly rejects God’s fatherhood. In his opening speech for a day of festivities and “worship” (the revolutionaries sought to replace Catholicism with an “enlightened” religion because they knew better than to pretend man does not need to worship), Robespierre says the French people were offering a day “consecrated to the Supreme Being.” This is a clear acceptance of the divine but a rejection of the paternal. His speech refers to God dozens of times, but only as “the Divine” and so on, with never a mention of “Father.” It was a rejection and repudiation of Christianity and its paternal-centrism.
Today rejecting the Father but accepting divinity comes in the form of Eastern and New Age religions. I have a pagan friend who often talks of “the Universe” giving him things. “Who?” I always answer. But he hates that and says that I am making the divine “anthropocentric” – projecting humanity onto God– when I refer to God as the Father. He explains that he is very sensitive to “patriarchy,” which he means as a symbol for tyranny and male dominated economics, which is how most famous atheists describe God, like Christopher Hitchen’s book “God is Not Great” and Dawkins in “The God Delusion”.
In both fatherless religion and outright atheism the heart of a son has been convinced that fathers are life-taking tyrants, not life-giving authorities. I’ve only heard Nietzsche admit that his atheism was a guttural rejection, not, as most atheists claim, an enlightened, reasoned-to position: “I have absolutely no knowledge of atheism as an outcome of reasoning, still less as an event; with me it is obvious by instinct.”

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Call the Men Home!
So how are parishes causing all of this? By ignoring the needs of boys, and not addressing the urgent pastoral challenge of fatherlessness and the “Catholic man-crisis” in general. We don’t hear often enough the admission that there’s a crisis, or even that fathers exhibit that much influence. It’s time to admit it! Even Sigmund Freud, an atheist with a weak father profiled in Vitz’s book, said that work in psychoanalysis “daily demonstrates to us how youthful persons lose their religious belief as soon as the authority of the father breaks down.” As Matthew James Christoff says frequently, “There will not be a New Evangelization without the evangelization of men.”
In a survey of thousands of Catholic men, Christoff found that only 4% of Catholic men are reporting that they think their priests are doing a good job of bringing boys and men together. So, 96% think otherwise. The facts are confirming the anecdotal evidence we all see. And we can’t just look for simple and quick fixes like videos in a box, but we have to bring a paradigm shift to an entire generation of men.
If we want our boys to be Christians, we have to equip men and mentors in our parishes. In times past these things happened naturally (apprenticeships, community, etc.), but they don’t anymore. We have to make up for that. We have to teach and strengthen fathers and provide opportunities for mentoring, and this requires intentionality and frameworks to make sure it happens. By neglecting this reality we are literally predisposing our sons to be atheists, apostates, and heretics. The focus should not be on the boys themselves, but on the men who are constantly pulled out into the secular world, somewhat innocently, by their careers and so on.
We need to call them back and remind them of who they are as fathers, of the power they have as men. The great thing about men is that if you place a challenge like that before them, if you can remind them that this is a battle they have to fight, and if you equip them with the tools they need, they’ll be up for the challenge to “reconcile the heart of father to son, heart of son to father; else the whole of earth should forfeit to my [God’s] vengeance” (Malachi 4,5). Men in our parishes should be focused on fathering; else they become worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5,8). And immediately after that they should care for the fatherless; else they may be living something other than the truth of our religion: “If he is to offer service pure and unblemished in the sight of God, who is our Father, he must take care of orphans and widows in their need” (James 1,27). Could the need be greater?


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Will be held this year on
Doors open at 12:00 noon
Auction begins at 02:00 pm.

Next weekend — that’s 07 and 08 February — our Holy Rosary Society (which organizes and runs the annual auction) will start selling “auction packages” and chances in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church.
An “auction package” consists of one admission ticket ($2.00) plus three 50 / 50 tickets ($3.00) plus three money and lottery tree chances ($3.00) plus two Lionel train chances ($2.00) plus three TV chances ($3.00) plus a donation ($2.00).
Every StVdP parishioner is respectfully requested to buy one auction package.
The price is $15.00!

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H.R. 7 is the bill that would restrict federal funds from being used to cover abortions, including through the Medicaid federal-state insurance program for low-income Americans, government-owned health-care facilities and the tax credits provided to some people to subsidize the cost of health plans they buy under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). This bill includes exceptions for coverage of abortion in cases of pregnancy resulting from “an act of rape or incest,” or where the pregnant woman is “in danger of death.” It doesn’t include any tighter definitions, such as a requirement for rape victims to have reported the attack.
H.R. 7 now goes to the Senate. We shall see what happens to this bill in the Senate and shall report it in the bulletin if and when it comes to a vote.
Of course, if it does pass the Senate, it will then have to go to the President for his signature. It goes without saying that President Obama will veto it.
If / when he vetoes it, it will have to go back to the House and to the Senate for a possible override. It would require two-thirds in each chamber to override the veto. It is highly doubtful that there will be enough votes in both chambers to override the veto.
Of local interest is this fact: Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-17) voted against H.R. 7. In other words, Congressman Cartwright is in favor of the continuation of taxpayer-funded abortions. We in this district had a chance to elect a staunchly pro-life candidate (Dr. Dave Moylan) to represent us in Congress. We chose to retain Matt Cartwright, the pro-abortion Congressman.
If anyone interprets this comment of mine as being “pro-Republican” and “anti-Democrat”, I have only this to say: I could not care less about “Republican” or “Democrat” or any other political party. I care only about Jesus Christ and about human life. “Republican” vs “Democrat” is entirely peripheral to my concern.
Well, let’s put it this way: Are you in favor of TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABORTIONS?
If you answer, “Yes”, then I really have nothing more to say to you. You have sold out to the Kingdom of Darkness.
But, if you are not in favor of TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABORTIONS, I respectfully suggest that you communicate this to our two United States Senators.
I am as certain as I can be that Senator Toomey opposes taxpayer-funded abortions.
I am almost certain (but I leave room for being surprised) that Senator Casey supports taxpayer-funded abortions.
I suggest that you write to these two gentlemen and let them know what you think. You might also want to write to Congressman Cartwright to let him know what you think.
Email is an easy way to communicate. If you do email, you can do so via these links:

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He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. (Proverbs 06,32)

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 06,18)

To preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life. Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? ..(Proverbs 06,24 and 29)

You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20, 14)

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. (Hebrews 13, 04)

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21, 08)

For the land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land mourns, and the pastures of the wilderness are dried up. Their course is evil, and their might is not right.
(Jeremiah 23,10)

THERE WILL NOT BE A MASS at 08:00 am on Monday, 2 February.
Reason: Fr. Connolly was asked to celebrate Mass for the Carmelite Sisters in Elysburg at08:00 am on 2 February. INSTEAD THERE WILL BE A MASS at 04:00 pm on Monday, 2 February in St. Joseph Chapel.

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