MASS SCHEDULE: 15 - 22 February
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 14 February
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MICHAEL J. CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Sunday, 15 February
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — God’s blessings on JAN and LISA ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Monday, 16 February
Weekday
08:00 am — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Mike Blozusky

Wednesday, 18 February
Ash Wednesday
07:00 pm — MARK NEARY
by Mickey Piccolo

Friday, 20 February
Friday after Ash Wednesday
08:00 am — HENRY HORODINSKI
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Saturday, 21 February
St. Peter Damian, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — RAYMOND BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOAN SALAMANDA
by Georgine Jambeter

Sunday, 22 February
1st Sunday of Lent
10:00 am — Deceased: O’DONNELL and SCULLY FAMILIES
by the families
11:30 am — LOUISE GUALTIERI DRELLING
by her sister, Bernie Gualtieri Chupasko

 MASS SCHEDULE: 15 - 22 February
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 14 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOAN TROUTMAN GORMAS
by her husband, Vince, and her daughter, Maryanne

Sunday, 15 February
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — M/M GEORGE W. FISHER
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 17 February
The Seven Holy Founders (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

 Wednesday, 18 February
Ash Wednesday
10:00 am — LUCAS J. OPUDA
by George V. Scrobol (+)

Thursday, 19 February
Thursday after Ash Wednesday
07:00 pm — God’s blessings: MARIA CHRISTINA GONTIS
by her parents, Jim and Eva

Saturday, 21 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ADOLPH PETROUSKY
by John and Barbara Petrousky

 Sunday, 22 February
1st Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — FRANK and FRANCES POPECK
by their family

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
07 / 08 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $994.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $32.00 from the plate; $54.00 from the Dues envelopes; $196.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $202.50 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $84.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,562.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $10.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,562.50) 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 $673.24 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $742.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $62.00 from the plate; $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $182.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $72.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,138.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,138.00) 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 $354.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 19 February
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 19 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 20 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thursday, 19 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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE USUAL FRIDAY EVENING EXPOSITION AND BENEDICTION is not held during Lent. This is due to the Stations of the Cross schedule, which includes Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. See page 08 of this bulletin.

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ERNEST THOMAS MAZEIKA,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Monday, 09 February 2015.
Born on 03 March 1927, he was 87 years old.
He is one of the three children of the late Frank and Ann (Leckner) Mazeika.
His brother, Daniel Mazeika, and his sister, Dolores Mazeika Henninger, are deceased.
On 10 April 1927, Ernest was baptized in St. Mary of the Angels Church, Brooklyn NY.
He married (civilly) Helen Ann Shelcusky about 61 years ago. On 02 October 1976, in St. Vincent dePaul Church, this marriage was convalidated in the presence of Fr. J. Pascal Sabas.
Ernest has four children: Kim Mazeika Elchisack; Debbie Mazeika Sosnoski; Gary Mazeika; Thomas Birster.
He has six grandchildren: Justin Cunningham; Gary Mazeika Jr.; Ryan Mazeika; Shawn Sosnoski; Kevin Sosnoski; Thomas Birster Jr.
He has three great-grandchildren: Shawn Sosnoski; Zachary Sosnoski; Mason Sosnoski.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, 13 February, at the Gricoski Funeral Home, Frackville. The service was preceded by a viewing.
The interment took place at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
Eternal rest grant unto Ernest, 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.

 ASH WEDNESDAY
Remember, man, that thou art dust
and unto dust thou shalt return!

Ash Wednesday falls on a Wednesday this year!!!
That’s this coming Wednesday!!!
That’s 18 February 2015!!!

Schedule
• 10:00 am at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Holy Mass (with imposition of blessed ashes)

• 12:00 noon in St. Joseph Chapel
Liturgy of the Word (with imposition of blessed ashes)

• 07:00 pm in St. Joseph Chapel
Holy Mass (with imposition of blessed ashes)

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I WAS READING THE NEWS REPORTS ABOUT POOR BRIAN WILLIAMS, the NBC anchor. He has been obliged to apologize for telling a story about himself that is not, strictly speaking, true. He said that, back in 2003 in Iraq, he was in a Chinook (helicopter) that got hit by an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) and was forced to land. Now, he has been obliged to admit that his memory was faulty and that the helicopter he was in did not get hit. A lot of people are angry at him and now he has been suspended from his job without pay for six months. Poor Brian! All of us human beings are tempted at times to inflate our experiences in order to attract attention to ourselves and to make ourselves out to be more interesting than we really are! Brian Williams is not the first, nor will he be the last. In tribute to Brian, I would like to tell a story from my own life. Please note that the first version is 100% true. The second version is a slight variation on the first version. Frankly, I like the second version better.

VERSION #01: HOW THE SECOND WORLD WAR
IMPACTED ON MY SEVENTH BIRTHDAY PARTY


It was my seventh birthday: Thursday, 25 January 1945. It was evening and getting dark. My Mom had baked a cake and put candles on it and my Dad had gone out and bought ice cream from Esterson’s. My brother and sisters were there, plus my Grandmom and my Aunt Anna and Uncle Eddie, plus my Aunt Agnes and Uncle Tim, plus my cousin, Timmy. My Mom had just lit the candles on the cake and dished out the ice cream and everyone was set to sing, “Happy Birthday to you, etc.” I was standing there, all set to receive the yearly tribute and blow out the candles and get the “friendly punches” from my brother and sisters and cousin. All of a sudden, we heard voices outside shouting, “Air raid! Lights out! Pull down the shades! Blackout!” It was the neighborhood air-raid wardens. They were staging one of their periodic neighborhood drills. It was practice, just in case the Germans or the Japanese fancied that tonight would be a good night to bomb Philadelphia. (Of course, we could never be 100% certain that it was “just practice”. There was always an outside chance that this might be “the real thing”!) Well, we didn’t have much choice in the matter. Immediately we pulled down the black shades — everyone had black shades during the War — and turned out the lights. The only light was from the seven candles on the cake. We figured we could get away with that! Everyone laughed at the timing! Grandmom said, “Everybody eat your ice cream before it melts!” I shall never forget my seventh birthday party! I’m happy to say that it turned out to be just a drill. Apparently, neither the Luftwaffe nor the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force had Philadelphia on their bombing schedule that night.

VERSION #02: HOW I FOILED THE LUFTWAFFE ON MY SEVENTH
BIRTHDAY AND SAVED PHILADELPHIA FROM BEING BOMBED


It was Wednesday, 24 January 1945. It was the day before my seventh birthday. I was in second grade at Most Precious Blood School in Philadelphia. The school bell sounded and Sister Mary Cecily told us children to line up for dismissal. There were two lines. One was “Ridge” and the other was “Diamond”. The line you got into depended on whether your way home involved crossing Ridge Avenue or Diamond Street. I got into the “Diamond line”. As soon as we kids crossed Diamond Street, we were free as birds! I ran home, said “hi” to my Mom, took off my school clothes, got into my play clothes and headed out to Fairmount Park with some of the guys. My Mom reminded me to put on a scarf and gloves because it was cold and to be careful in the park and to be home for supper at five o’clock. I said, “Okay, Mom!” and headed out.
When I got to Fairmount Park, I noticed something unusual. Two men were sitting on a park bench. One of them was talking into a microphone. The other was fiddling with dials on what looked like a short-wave radio. I walked over to see what they were doing. They looked at me and said, “Hit the road, bubaleh!” It was obvious they didn’t want me around! But there was something peculiar about what they said. They called me “bubaleh”! I wondered why they would call me “bubaleh”. You see, my Mom often called me “bubaleh”, which means “little boy” in German. She was allowed to talk German if she felt like it because she came from Germany in 1929, back when Germany was still a good country. Of course, you have to understand that my mother was a good German. She wasn’t one of those bad Germans who went around all day saying, “Heil Hitler!” She never once in all her life said, “Heil Hitler!” When my Mom called me “bubaleh”, it sounded nice, but when the man on the park bench called me “bubaleh”, it didn’t sound nice at all! It sounded mean. The thought came to my head that, maybe, these guys were Nazi spies who went around saying, “Heil Hitler” all day, whenever there were no Americans around to hear them. Realizing that these two men did not want me to hear what they were saying into the microphone, I walked away. Fortunately, there was a bush nearby. So, I positioned myself behind the bush, out of their sight, and listened in to what they were saying.

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I heard them giving instructions in German to whoever was on the other end of the line. Fortunately, I was able to understand what they were saying because I had picked up some German from my mother.
I heard these two guys saying stuff like “the coast is clear” and “the time is ripe” and “start bombing at seven o’clock tomorrow night” and “make sure you have enough bombs”. They also were giving this person specific directions. I was able to make out that this person they were talking to was a pilot and that he was supposed to drop bombs on Philadelphia. They told him that that there were four places in particular they wanted him to bomb: City Hall (which they could recognize by the statue of William Penn on top) plus the Pennsylvania Railroad Produce Terminal (where my Dad worked!) and the Tasty-Kake factory and (worst of all!) Most Precious Blood Church and School and Rectory and Convent!
This really got me mad! I liked the William Penn statue very much. (My Uncle Eddie once told me you could ride your horse around the brim of Billy Penn’s hat!) I also liked my Dad, of course, and the Pennsylvania Railroad and Tasty-Kakes (especially the Tasty-Kake Juniors) and Most Precious Blood Church and School and the priests and the nuns. I also heard them say, “If you have any bombs left over, fly across the Delaware River to Camden and bomb the Campbell Soup factory.” That was the last straw! My Mom would often make Campbell’s Cream of Tomato Soup for lunch for us kids, plus cheese sandwiches.
So, I snuck out from behind the bush and crawled on my belly about fifty yards, so they wouldn’t see me and then ran back towards my house. But it occurred to me that it was still 1945 and we didn’t have a phone in our house yet, so there was no point in going home. Instead, I stopped into Esterson’s, which was a store near our house that I went to many times for candy and stuff. I walked in and told Mr. Esterson that I needed to use his payphone for confidential purposes. He said, “It’s all yours, kid!” I went into the phone booth, pulled a nickel out of my pocket, dialed “O” for “Operator” and said, “My name is Edward Connolly from Philadelphia and I need to talk to President Roosevelt at the White House right away!” She said, “Just a minute, please”. I heard the phone ring and the lady who answered said, “White House! May I help you, please?” I said, “Yes, Miss. My name is Edward Connolly from Philadelphia and I have to talk to President Roosevelt right away, please. It’s urgent!” She said, “I don’t know if the President is available right now. Tell me again, please. Who shall I say is calling?” I said (somewhat impatiently), “My name is Edward Connolly from Philadelphia and I’ll be seven years old tomorrow and it’s URGENT that I speak with the President!” She said, “Just a minute, please”. I waited for what seemed like more than a minute and then a booming voice came through: “Hello! This is President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Remember that we have nothing to fear except fear itself! Now, what can I do for you?” I said, “Mr. President, I have some extremely important information. I just heard these two Nazis talking on their short-wave radio about bombing Philadelphia tomorrow night at seven o’clock and I’m going to be seven years old tomorrow and I’m going to have a birthday party and I thought you should know, so you can do something to stop them.”
“Great balls of fire!” said President Roosevelt. “Are you sure you heard right?” “I’m absolutely positive, Mr. President” I said. He said, “And what’s your name again, young fellow?” I said, “Edward Connolly from Philadelphia and I’ll be seven years old tomorrow and I’m a Democrat and so are my Mom and Dad and so are my whole family, except for Aunt Maggie and Uncle Dick. They’re both Republicans!” He said, “Well, that’s too bad about them. But, okay! Let me tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to call General Eisenhower right now and tell him to get on the stick and send some fighter planes to fly over Philadelphia tomorrow night to shoot down those good-for-nothing Nazis. I sure don’t want Philadelphia to get bombed! Meanwhile, you have a Happy Birthday tomorrow, you hear? And, when this war is over, I’ll see to it that you get the Congressional Medal of Honor. You are a Great American, Edward, and an Inspiration to Boys and Girls throughout this Land, from Sea to Shining Sea. By the way, talking about ‘sea’, see what you can do about your Aunt Maggie and Uncle Dick. See if you can talk some sense into them, you hear?” I said, “Yes Sir, Mr. President. I’ll do exactly that, Mr. President! It’s been an honor talking to you, Sir! Goodbye, Sir! And God bless you, Sir! And God bless America, Sir!”
Well, President Roosevelt was true to his word. He called General Eisenhower and General Eisenhower sent some fighter planes to Philadelphia to scare the jiminy crickets — pardon my language! — out of the Luftwaffe and send them hightailing it back to Germany! Philadelphia was safe. It never did get bombed and I was happy about that. In fact, it was the best birthday present I ever got!
Well, as we all know, President Roosevelt died before the War was 100% over (may he rest in peace) and I guess he forgot to leave a memo for President Truman to give me the Congressional Medal of Honor. That’s why I never got it. But that’s okay with me. The important thing is that I saved Philadelphia from getting bombed, which would have been a real bummer, especially on my seventh birthday.

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LOUISE A. GUALTIERI DRELLING, a former member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Friday, 06 February 2015, in California. Born on 04 November 1925, she was 89 years old. Among her family members are her three sisters: Bernie Chupasko; Betty Ranieri; Angie Palestis (deceased). Louise was married to Michael S. Drelling in St. Joseph Church on 18 August 1953. Michael died in 2009. Michael and Louise have five sons: Joseph Drelling; Jerry Drelling; Francis Drelling; William Drelling; David Drelling. They have ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Louise was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Huntington Beach CA. Her funeral Mass and interment took place on Friday, 13 February, at Good Shepherd Cemetery, Huntington Beach CA.
Eternal rest grant unto Louise, 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.

GUEST PRIEST NEXT WEEKEND!

FATHER WILLIAM SOKOLOWSKI, a representative of FOOD FOR THE POOR, will preach at all of the Masses next weekend (21/ 22). He will also be the celebrant of one or two of the Masses. (He and I will work out that schedule when he arrives.)
FOOD FOR THE POOR is an organization that does much good work. It is more than worthy of our support. We welcome Fr. Sokolowski and we look forward to hearing his message.

TRUE STORY!

I preface this with “true story” in order to emphasize that it is, indeed, true!
It seems too coincidental to be true, but true it is!
Background: Yours truly has eight framed portraits of Popes hanging on the wall of the stairway that joins the first and second floors of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
Every day, when I go up and down the steps, I can say, “Hello, Your Holinesses!”
These eight Popes are the Popes of my lifetime: Pius XI; Pius XII; John XXIII; Paul VI; John Paul I; John Paul II; Benedict XVI; Francis I.
On Tuesday 10 February, for no reason whatsoever — at least no reason that is in any way apparent — the portrait of Pope Pius XI came crashing down. The frame shattered and the glass broke!
“Okay” you say. “Such things have been known to happen” you say. “Sometimes pictures fall off walls for reasons that are entirely natural but not immediately apparent” you say. “No big deal!” you say.
“Well, okay!” I say. “But what if I were to tell you that Pope Pius XI died on 10 February 1939 and it was exactly 76 years later that his portrait fell off the wall?”
Spooky!
It prompted me to pray: “Eternal rest grant unto Achille Ratti (Pope Pius XI), 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!”

REMINDER
Next Sunday (22 Feb) is the last Sunday of the month. Therefore:
• The 11:30 am Mass will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form.
• There will be a Mass at 10:00 am celebrated according to the Ordinary Form.

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CAN YOU DONATE SOME PRIZES FOR THE CHINESE AUCTION?
“Big prizes”
“Medium prizes”
“Small prizes”

Any prize you donate that you think is suitable for a Chinese auction.
Whatever you donate should be NEW.
Or, if not exactly NEW, should be “JUST AS GOOD AS NEW”.
Please bring your donation to St. Vincent dePaul Rectory or else give it to one of the Holy Rosary Society ladies in the back of the church at the weekend Masses.
Keep in mind that the date of the auction is Sunday 08 March and the venue is St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall. Please purchase chances on the Lottery Tree and remember that each family in the parish is respectfully requested to buy a “lottery packet” for $15.00.

 BISHOP’S LENTEN LETTER
Each year, the Bishop writes a letter to the people of the Diocese. He asks pastors either to print the letter in the bulletin or else to read it from the pulpit. This year, I choose to read it from the pulpit in lieu of a homily and shall do so this weekend (14 / 15 Feb). Please give it your full attention. If you want a printed copy of the letter or of the Lenten obligations, feel free to ask.

IS THERE ANYTHING NEW ON THE “PARISH CONSOLIDATION FRONT”?

Let me say a few things once again. I have said it before and I think it is important to say it again.
• I practice a policy of complete and absolute openness with the members of the two parishes. I have never “concealed” anything and I have certainly never told any untruth. If I know something, I’ll tell you. If I don’t know anything, I won’t!
So, this is what I want to say:
• To the very best of my knowledge, no final decision has yet been made as to the future of our two parishes. I would go so far as to say that I am certain that no final decision has been made.
• The Bishop and only the Bishop has the authority to make such decisions. Bishop Barres is a wise and thoughtful man. He consults with many persons before he makes decisions of this nature. When he makes a decision, it will be a thoroughly honest decision.
We will accept his decision, whether or not we initially “like” his decision.
• I think a decision is very close to being made. I suspect, although I am not certain, that the decision will be made in the very near future — by which I mean the current calendar year. Notice I said “I suspect”. I did not say, “I am certain”.
• Anyone who has common sense knows that the current situation cannot continue indefinitely. Girardville cannot support two parishes. If anyone thinks otherwise, please let me know! I can provide some “reality therapy”.
• Mahanoy City has one parish. Shenandoah has one parish (two worship sites). Frackville has one parish (three worship sites, but this is problematic). No one can rationally say that Girardville needs (or can sustain) two parishes (or even one parish with two worship sites).
• So, let us all take a deep breath and say, “May God’s will be done!”

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Including Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
SCHEDULE: LENT 2015
[I suggest you put this schedule on your refrigerator or family bulletin board!]

Friday, 20 February, at 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 27 February, at 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 06 March, at 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 13 March, at 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 20 March, at 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 27 March, at 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 22 February, at 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 01 March, at 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 08 March, at 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 15 March, at 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 22 March, at 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 29 March, at 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

On 29 March, we will be hosting the Holy Name Societies of Schuylkill County.

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