MASS SCHEDULE: 22 - 29 March
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 21 March
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Sunday, 22 March
5th Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Charlie and Patty Miller

Monday, 23 March
St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOHN DOOGAN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Wednesday, 25 March
The Annunciation of the Lord (Sol)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND
by her brother, James

Friday, 27 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on LYNN SVONAVEC
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 28 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on
BISHOP RONALD W. GAINER
by Jim and Eva Gontis
Vigil of Palm Sunday
05:30 pm — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Sunday, 29 March
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
10:00 am — JOHN MUREDDA
by his son, Joe Muredda
11:30 am — LOUISE DRELLING
by Elizabeth Ranieri

 MASS SCHEDULE: 22 - 29 March
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 21 March
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Sunday, 22 March
5th Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — JOHN and ANNA MATLOCK
by Alice Chiaretti

Tuesday, 24 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — PAGE FLETCHER, MD
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 26 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Saturday, 28 March
Vigil of Palm Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Sunday, 29 March
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
08:30 am — Deceased: FISHER FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
14 /15 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $855.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the plate; $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $40.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $60.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $81.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,202.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $182.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
— $26.00 from the Black and Indian envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,202.00) 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 $312.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $501.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the plate; $45.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $115.00 from the loose.
Total: $767.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $75.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($767.00) 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 ($171.57) is available from this collection for operating the parish.
THIS IS A DEFICIT!

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Sunday, 22 March
06:00 to 7:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Tuesday, 24 March
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 26 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 27 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 29 March
03:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 24 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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 STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Sunday, 22 March

07:00 pm in St. Joseph Church
Friday, 27 March
07:00 pm in St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 29 March
04:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church
Includes Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

PLEASE PRAY FOR the happy repose of the soul of Alice M. (Kozera) Karpyn, the mother of Fr. Gregory R. Karpyn, former pastor of St. Joseph Parish [2002 – 2008] and of St. Vincent dePaul Parish [2004 – 2008]. Mrs. Karpyn died on Sunday, 15 March 2015.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, 19 March, at 10:30 am at Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton PA. Fr. Karpyn was the principal celebrant. The interment took place in Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Northampton.
Eternal rest grant unto Alice, 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.
If you would like to write to Fr. Karpyn, this is his address:

Rev. Gregory R. Karpyn
Sacred Heart Rectory
240 Cherry Street
PO Box 6217
Reading PA 19610-0217
Personal note: I made a commitment some months ago to take part in a Conference in Harrisburg on Saturday, 21 March. It didn’t occur to me at the time that this would be “Parade Day” in Girardville. I regret the need to be “out of town” on such an auspicious day!
I hope that everyone will behave and will have a good time. Please remember that the two — “behaving” and “having a good time” — are not mutually exclusive!
May the Parade be a success. I hope Friday’s snow was not a disincentive for anyone who was planning to attend. We Irish are a hardy lot! Éirinn go Brách!
And, because in my position I dare not show ethnic favoritism: Lithuania go Brách too!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO CLEAN SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH! We are asking people to show up in the Sheridan Room at 11:00 am on Saturday, 28 March, in order to help give the church and chapel and auxiliary rooms a good cleaning in preparation for Easter. Would you be so kind as to show up in order to help?

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 EASTER BASKET
Drawing
$200.00 in Gift Cards
from Boyer’s and Redner’s!

Benefits St. Joseph Catholic Church on Main Street


Chances are $2 for one or $5 for three.
Please write your name and phone number on tickets, or else we may not be able to tell if you won!
The winner will be chosen on Sunday, 12 April 2015, after the 11:30 am Mass in St. Joseph Church. Chances can be purchased at McDonald’s Restaurant in Girardville. Chances may also be purchased after weekend Masses.

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RONALD ANDREW CHIKOTAS,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Tuesday, 17 March 2015.
Born on 08 May 1934, he was 80 years old.
Born in Girardville, he was one of the six children of the late Andrew and Anna (Petrousky) Chikotas.
His brothers and sisters are: Andrew Chikotas (deceased); Arlene Chikotas Rodgers (deceased); Joseph Chikotas; Teresa Chikotas Mulroy; Tina Chikotas Lentini.
Ronald was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church by Fr. Michael F. Daumantas on 13 May 1934.
On 24 January 1959, he married Leona Piotrowsky in St. Stanislaus Church, Shenandoah. Leona died on 20 February 2008. The two had been married for 49 years.
Ronald and Leona have nine children: Ronald Chikotas (died in infancy); Leonard Chikotas; Bryan Chikotas; Marcus Chikotas; Kristian Chikotas; Nicholas Chikotas; Danielle Chikotas Ostrom; Kimberly Chikotas; Renee Chikotas.
They have eleven grandchildren: Kimm Robert Montone; Danielle Montone; Theresa Stauffer; Elizabeth Chikotas; Andrew Chikotas; Sadie Rose Chikotas; Brett Chikotas; Erica Chikotas; Taylor Jude Chikotas, Kelsey Conner; Kaiden Chikotas.
They have six great-grandchildren: Isabella Montone; Annette Montone; Nashon Key; Tayvian Montone; Letrel Montone; Jacob Montone.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Wednesday, 25 March, at St. Vincent dePaul Church. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church.
The interment will take place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery, Frackville.
Eternal rest grant unto Ronald, 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.

Ron’s daughter, Danielle, wrote the following words and asked me to include them in this bulletin notice. I am happy to do so.

“Dad would want to be remembered as a practical man, who loved God and was true to his Catholic faith. He quietly valued family togetherness as jewels that he treasured most in his life. Ronald lived a full and humble life. It was with the knowledge that for him – to live is Christ and to die is eternal gain. Dad did not fear death. He battled with cancer in order to support, protect and to continue to enjoy time with his family, friends, his buddy, Nathan, his loving friend, Marge, and Jurga from their mutual homeland of Lithuania. He fought the good fight. Death will not have the victory! We will meet again. Rest in peace, Dad. We love you.”

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SORRY, MR. WAYNE! The intention for the 11:30 am Mass this past Sunday (15 March) was the happy repose of the soul of the late Henry A. Wayne. When I mentioned his name at the appropriate place in the Eucharistic Prayer, I said, “and in particular, for Henry Anthony Wayne”. I figured I was doing God a favor by being specific about exactly who it is that the Mass is being offered for. God has a lot on His Mind, and I’m sure there are several persons named “Henry Wayne” who have departed this life. Unfortunately, I messed up on Henry’s middle name. Eileen politely pointed out to me that her late husband’s middle name is “Albert”, not “Anthony”. I’m sure I made the same mistake at least a couple times in the past. So, what can I say? I’m sorry about that, Mr. Wayne! I’ll try to get it right this Sunday. I notice the 11:30 am Mass this Sunday (22 March) is also for you!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY #33, FATHER BRENNAN!
Fr. Edmund J. Brennan was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, 20 March 1982, in the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown.
He celebrated his first Mass on Laetare Sunday, 21 March 1982, in St. Joseph Church, Girardville.
Fr. Brennan will be celebrating the 04:00 pm and the 05:30 pm Masses in Girardville today (Saturday, 21 March).
We are grateful for his priestly presence in our town and we invoke God’s blessings on him. May he enjoy good health and long life.
WE HOPE EVERYONE KNOWS BY NOW that you can get a great hoagie for only five dollars ($5.00) from the Knights of Columbus. All you have to do is sign up for it and slip your fiver to Grand Knight Wade O. Richards or one of his brother knights, specify whether you want a “ham and cheese” or a “regular”. Before you know it — 16 April to be exact — your hoagie will be waiting for you in the Sheridan Room. Deadline to order is 09 April, so don’t delay on this! If I were you, I’d order a dozen!
SOME PEOPLE will say that it is inappropriate for a parish bulletin to make any mention whatsoever of the novel and the movie, “Fifty Shades of Grey”.
Some people will say that we should “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.
There is some truth to that maxim, if it is correctly interpreted.
But I don’t think it is a good idea to pretend that there is no evil. It is not a good idea to pretend that there are no termites in the basement or no carbon monoxide in the children’s bedroom.
In other words, when we become aware of evil, we are obliged to speak about it.
With that in mind, I simply want to say this: Invoking my authority as pastor of Girardville, I tell you that you must not read the book, “Fifty Shades of Grey” (or the sequels) and you must not go to see the movie (or the sequels). That includes, obviously, renting or buying or viewing the DVDs.
Why not? Because it is pornography.
If you say that “no priest is going to tell me what to do!” I remind you that Jesus Christ is a Priest. Would you concede that He has a right to tell you what to do? If so, then keep in mind that Jesus Christ has deputized me to exercise His authority in Girardville for the time being. So, don’t be so uppity!
Some people will say that it is ridiculous for someone (like me) to condemn a book he has not read or a movie he has not seen. It is true that I have not read the book nor seen the film and it is likewise true that I will not be reading the book nor seeing the film. My reason for NOT reading the book or seeing the film is very simply put: I prefer, all things considered, not to go to Hell.

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THE FIVE PATHS OF REPENTANCE

by St. John Chrysostom

Shall I list the paths of repentance? There are certainly many of them, many and various, and all of them lead to heaven.

The first path is the path of condemnation of sins. As Isaiah says, Tell your sins, and you will be acquitted. And the Psalmist adds: I said “I will bear witness against myself before the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. So you, too must condemn the sins you have committed. Condemn them, and that condemnation will excuse you in front of the Lord, since whoever condemns the sins he has committed will be slower to commit them next time. Stir up your own conscience to be your accuser – so that when you come before the judgement-seat of the Lord no-one will rise up to accuse you.

This is the first path of repentance but the second is in no way inferior to it in excellence. It is to forget the harm done to us by our enemies, to master our anger, to forgive the sins of those who are slaves together with us. As much as we do this, so much will our own sins against the Lord be forgiven. So this is the second path to the expiation of our sins. As the Lord says, Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours.

Would you like to know the third path of repentance? It is prayer: fervent prayer, sincere and focused prayer, prayer coming from the depths of the heart.

If you want to know the fourth path, I will tell you it is the giving of alms. It has great power.

And finally, if someone acts with modesty and humility, that path is no less effective as a way to deprive sin of its substance. Look at the publican, who had no good deeds to speak of. In place of good deeds he offered humility, and the huge burden of his sins fell away.

So now I have shown you the five paths of repentance. First, condemnation of sins. Second, forgiving the sins of those near us. Third, prayer. Fourth, almsgiving. Fifth, humility.

So do not be idle, but every day advance along all these paths at once. They are not hard paths to follow. Poverty is no excuse for not setting out on the journey. Even if you are destitute you can do all these things: put aside anger, carry humility in front of you, pray hard, condemn your sins. Poverty is no obstacle– not even to that path of penitence that demands money: that is, almsgiving. Remember the story of the widow’s mite.

Now we have learnt the right way to heal our wounds, let us apply these remedies. Let us regain true health and confidently receive the blessings of Holy Communion. Thus we may come, filled with glory, to the glory of Christ’s kingdom, and receive its eternal joys through the grace, mercy and kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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 THE INDISPENSABLE ROLE OF FATHERS

01. Fathers’ interaction with babies (engaging in cognitively stimulating activities, emotional warmth, physical care) reduced their infants’ chances of experiencing cognitive delay
02. Children whose fathers are involved in rearing them (“sensitive and responsive fathering”) fare better on cognitive tests and in language ability than those with less responsive or involved fathers.
03. Fathers who are involved in their children’s schools and academic achievement, regardless of their own educational level, are increasing the chances their child will graduate from high school, and perhaps go to vocational school, or even to college.
04. A fathers’ involvement in children’s school activities protects at-risk children from failing or dropping out.
05. Positive father involvement decreased boys’ problem behaviors (especially boys with more challenging temperaments) and better mental health for girls.
06. Fathers who are more involved with their children tend to raise children who experience more success in their career.
07. Fathers being involved in their children’s lives protects against risk factors that pose harm for children (such as problematic behavior, maternal depression and family economic hardship).
08. Father involvement is associated with promoting children’s social and language skills.
09. Involved fathering is related to lower rates of child problem behaviors, including hyperactivity, as well as reduced teen violence, delinquency, and other problems with the law.
10. Father involvement is associated with positive child characteristics such as increased: empathy, self-esteem, self-control, feelings of ability to achieve, psychological well-being, social competence, life skills, and less sex-stereotyped beliefs.
11. Children in foster care who have involved fathers are more likely to be reunited with their families and experience shorter stays in foster homes.
12. Children who grow up in homes with involved fathers are more likely to take an active and positive role in raising their own families. For example, fathers who recall a secure, loving relationship with both parents are more involved in the lives of their infants and more supportive to their wives.
13. Both men and women who remember having loving, supportive fathers had high life satisfaction and self-esteem.
14. Educational programs that successfully increased father involvement produced positive changes in children’s behavior.
15. Most importantly, when it comes to passing our faith and values on to our kids it is critical for fathers to take the lead. When mom and dad are regular churchgoers, 33% of their children will be regular churchgoers and 41% will at least attend irregularly. BUT SHOCKINGLY WHEN DAD ALONE IS A CHURCHGOER, FAITH RETENTION RATE ARE EVEN HIGHER! It turns out 38% of children with irregular churchgoing mothers but active fathers grow up to attend church regularly and 44% of children with non-active churchgoing moms but faithful dads grow up to go to church regularly.
Obviously that doesn’t mean moms shouldn’t go to church with their families, but it does mean that the more committed and active dads are, the more likely it is that the children will follow his lead with regard to faith and values even when mom isn’t involved. By contrast, if the father is an irregular churchgoer and the mother regular, only 3 percent of the children will subsequently become regulars themselves, while a further 59 percent will become irregulars. Thirty-eight percent will be lost. LIKEWISE if the father is non-practicing and mother regular, only 2 percent of children will become regular worshipers, and 37 percent will attend irregularly. Over 60 percent of their children will be lost completely to the church!


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