MASS SCHEDULE: 08 - 15 March
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 07 March
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Deceased: CLARKE and SNYDER FAMILIES
by Tom Clarke and family

Sunday, 08 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — JOSEPH MAX RIZZARDI
by his family

Monday, 09 March
St. Frances of Rome, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOHN and MARY ROSA
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 11 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MARY MUREDDA
by her son, Joe

Friday, 13 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — ANTHONY ROWLAND
(50th anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Saturday, 14 March
Lenten Weekday
NO MASS at 08:00 am TODAY
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — CONCETTA CATIZONE
by Rosemary Zelli

Sunday, 15 March
4th Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Francis and Pat Miller

 MASS SCHEDULE: 08 - 15 March
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 07 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARY BERNOTAS DITTUS
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 08 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Tuesday, 10 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — MARY DEMPSEY
by Edna Labie

Thursday, 12 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — God’s blessings: DON VONDERHAAR FAMILY
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 14 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — GEORGE V. SCROBOL
by Theresa Gudonis

Sunday, 15 March
4th Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — MARY JANE RITZO
by her husband and her daughter

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
28 FEBRUARY /01 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $948.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $41.00 from the plate; $193.00 from the Dues envelopes; $235.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,467.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $5.00 from the Black and Indian Missions envelopes —
— $162.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,467.00) 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 $577.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,197.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $52.00 from the plate; $205.00 from the Dues envelopes; $100.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $425.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $39.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,038.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $37.00 from the Black and Indian Missions envelopes —
— $103.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
— $20.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,038.00) 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 $1,254.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Sunday, 08 March
06:00 to 7:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Tuesday, 10 March
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 12 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 13 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 15 March
06:00 to 7:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 10 March
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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EASTER BASKET DRAWING

This is a fundraiser for St. Joseph Parish!
The drawing will be on Sunday, 12 April, after the 11:30 am Mass.
We are still accepting donations of Redner’s and Boyer’s gift cards (or cash) to put into the Easter Basket.
We will be selling chances on the Basket starting next weekend (14 / 15 March).
$2.00 each / 3 for $5.00

 STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Sunday, 08 March

07:00 pm in St. Joseph Chapel
Friday, 13 March
07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Chapel
Includes Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS are working knight and day to make hoagies!
They want you to consume these hoagies!
But, before you can consume them, you have to buy them!
How much?
Five dollars ($5.00)!
That’s really cheap! I think they should charge seven or eight dollars but the Knights are such generous chaps, they are keeping the price down to five dollars!
Now, before you can buy them, you have to order them!
For that purpose, sign-up sheets are in the back of the church and / or in the Sheridan Room.
You have your choice of:

HOAGIES / HAM AND CHEESE
or
HOAGIES / REGULAR.
or
HOAGIES / CARMICHAEL!
(“Sometimes I wonder why I spend the lonely night …….”

DEADLINE TO ORDER:  09 April
PICK-UP DATE:  16 April in Sheridan Room

stjos/stvdp: 03.08.2015 - 03



WAY TO GO, BISHOP JOHNSTON!
It is so neat to hear or to read short and succinct statements of truth from our bishops and priests!
Most of all, from our bishops, simply because bishops are …. well, let me think a minute, …. I know! Because they are BISHOPS!
If there is anything at all I look for in a bishop, it is this: that he should know the truth, believe the truth and speak the truth!
The following is a statement published recently by the Most Reverend James V. Johnston Jr., Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau (Missouri).
May God bless him, strengthen him, protect him and give him long life and a cheerful heart.

We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and God. We believe that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” and strive to follow the Bible’s counsel: “Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, …” (Hebrews 13:8-9).
Christian pastors and leaders who hold true to the Gospel can expect to be attacked as hateful bigots by persons who claim to be advocates of tolerance. Such hypocrisy would be comical if it were not increasingly accompanied by legal and social efforts to coerce Christians to conform to new “strange teachings.”
Among these new teachings is the belief that the government has the power to redefine marriage as including same-sex couples. In this view, marriage is whatever the government says it is. But Christians reject this as they know and believe that “From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:6-9).
This happens to be Jesus’ teaching, and neither the Church nor the government can change that teaching.

Bishop James V. Johnston

All of us are being pressured these days to bend our knees to Baal.
All of us are being pressured to say (explicitly or implicitly): “Gee whiz, I guess I was wrong all those years to think that it was wrong for men to have sex with men and women to have sex with women. Now, I have come to realize that the important thing is to do what you feel like doing and to follow your heart and not to ever dare criticize anyone who does that homosexual stuff.”
As I just said, all of us are being pressured to bend our knees to Baal!
Who is Baal?
Baal is the god of male sexual license.
His female counterpart is Astarte.
You can find umpteen references to them in the Bible.
For example, when Moses went up the mountain to have a little confab with God, a good many of the Hebrew people decided to throw a Baal party. They made themselves a brazen calf and exchanged the glory of God for the image of a grass-eating bull.
No one at that Baal party was the least bit judgmental about any man who jumped on another man (or boy, or girl, or woman) in order to fulfill his needs.
Not until Moses came down the mountain, smashed the tablets, read them the riot act and then …….. well, you can read it for yourself in Exodus 32.

MAINTAIN YOUR INTEGRITY!
DON’T BEND YOUR KNEE TO BAAL!

stjos/stvdp: 03.08.2015 - 04


EXPLANATION OF GOD

(The following was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista, CA. He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to explain God.)

One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.
God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this.. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.
God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.
Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren't any who come to our church.
Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God.. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him but he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.
His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore.
He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.
You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.
You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God!
Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway.
If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can.
It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.
But you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you.
I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases
And that's why I believe in God.

stjos/stvdp: 03.08.2015 - 05


A RATHER PRECOCIOUS NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY ASKED ME A QUESTION THIS PAST SUNDAY AFTER MASS. The question was one that I had never been asked before in my life. It was this: “Why did Jesus die on Friday?”
This might seem, at first, like a silly question, but I know the lad well enough to know that he is not disposed to ask silly questions.
I’m not sure what prompted him to ask the question. The asking of such a question presupposes that he had already intuited that there is nothing about the life of Jesus that is “merely circumstantial”, that everything about the life of Jesus is a mystery. (By “mystery” we do not mean “something that cannot be known” but, rather, “something that has depths of meaning that are not immediately apparent”.) If, indeed, he had already intuited that, I admit to being impressed!
Be that as it may, this is the answer I gave the boy: Friday is the sixth day of the week. The first chapter of Genesis tells us that God created the human race on the sixth day of the week. So, since the human race came to life on “the sixth day” and because Jesus represents the entire human race, it was appropriate that the Head of the human race should die on “the sixth day”, i.e. on a Friday.
This answer seemed to satisfy the boy’s curiosity and, so, I left it at that.

Believe it or not, I’ve been thinking about this question (and my answer) all week!
Here is a slightly expanded version of my answer to “why Jesus died on a Friday”.
The priestly author of the first chapter of Genesis, writing under divine inspiration, described Creation as a six-day process, culminating in the creation of the first pair of human beings at the end of the sixth day.
He then tells us that God “rested on the seventh day from all the works He made”.
The seventh day is, of course, Saturday, which is the Sabbath.
The priestly author could not possibly have known about the death and resurrection of Jesus. These were still future events. However, because the priestly author was writing under divine inspiration, he wrote “more than he knew”.
The Creation stories in chapters one and two of Genesis carry within them a rather broad hint of the coming Messiah. Upon creating the first Adam, God “breathed in his face the breath of life”. When the second Adam was about to die, He said, “Father, into Your hands, I commend My spirit”. After creating the first Adam on the sixth day, God rested “on the seventh day”. After dying on the sixth day, the second Adam (who is one in substance with God) rested in the tomb on the seventh day.
All of Creation is preparation for the New Creation, which commences with the Resurrection of Jesus from the grave. The Resurrection of Jesus is the eighth day of the week, a week that will never end — the entrance of homo sapiens into Eternity.

Postscript: We should be wary of those persons who belittle the opening chapters of Genesis and ridicule those of us who take them seriously. They like to tell us that these stories from the past are “silly myths”, “tall tales for children”, “incompatible with modern-day anthropology and astronomy.” Phooey! These persons have been educated beyond their capacity to understand.

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AND NOW A FEW THOUGHTS FROM GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON

• A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
• Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
• The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
• There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.
• The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.
• These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.
• It has been often said, very truly, that religion is the thing that makes the ordinary man feel extraordinary; it is an equally important truth that religion is the thing that makes the extraordinary man feel ordinary.
• Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice.
• Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.
• Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
• It is assumed that the skeptic has no bias; whereas he has a very obvious bias in favor of skepticism.
• If there were no God, there would be no atheists.
• The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.
• Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.
• Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists.
• The real argument against aristocracy is that it always means the rule of the ignorant. For the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance of work.
• Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.
• You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion.
• Progress is Providence without God. That is, it is a theory that everything has always perpetually gone right by accident. It is a sort of atheistic optimism, based on an everlasting coincidence far more miraculous than a miracle.

stjos/stvdp: 03.08.2015 - 07


 MANY THANKS TO MAYOR BURNS FOR SEEING TO IT THAT THE SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH PARKING LOT HAS BEEN PLOWED FOR THE CHINESE AUCTION!
AND SPEAKING ABOUT “CHINESE AUCTION”, THAT REMINDS ME THAT
EVERYBODY WHO IS ANYBODY
IN THE VILLE OF GIRARD
AND THE CREEK THAT IS LOST
AND THE CITY AND THE PLANE OF MAHANOY
AND THE TON OF CONNER
AND THE PENN OF WILLIAM
AND THE LAND OF ASH
AND THE ANDOAH OF SHEN
AND THE HILL OF PRESTON
AND THE VILLE OF HOMES
AND THE VILLE OF BROWNS
AND THE TON OF GILBERT
AND THE VILLE OF MAIZE
AND OTHER TOWNS OF RENOWN
WILL SHOW UP TODAY,
SUNDAY, 08 MARCH,
ANNO DOMINI TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN
IN THE SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH HALL
FOR THE GREAT,
THE GENUINE,
THE INCOMPARABLE,
THE SPECTACULAR,
THE PRETTY GOOD
ANNUAL CHINESE AUCTION!!
Ah, so!
Doors open at 12:00 noon.
Auction begins at 02:00 pm.

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