MASS SCHEDULE: 01 - 08 March
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 28 February
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH A. CATIZONE
by a friend

Sunday, 01 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — MICHAEL TODD WHITAKER
by his family

Monday, 02 March
St. Polycarp, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on
COLLETTE BALULIS COYLE
by Jim and Cindy

Wednesday, 04 March
St. Casimir (OptMem)
08:00 am — MICHAEL MARTIN
by Eileen Rowland

Friday, 06 March
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — HELEN DONAVAN KENNEY
by Eileen Croake Wayne

Saturday, 07 March
SS. Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — LORETTA PETUSKY
by Charles and Melissa Marquardt
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

 MASS SCHEDULE: 01 - 08 March
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 28 February
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM CANAVAN
by the Gillis and Canavan families

Sunday, 01 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — VIOLET SMOLOCK
(89th anniversary of birth)

Tuesday, 03 March
St. Katharine Drexel, virgin (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOAN GORMAS
by her husband, Vince, and her daughter, Mary Anne

Thursday, 05 March
Lenten Weekday
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

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

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
21 / 22 FEBRUARY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,265.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $18.00 from the plate; $45.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $80.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $338.00 from the Ash Wednesday envelopes; $101.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,872.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $164.00 from the Black and Indian Missions envelopes —
— $213.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,872.00) 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 $982.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $747.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $41.00 from the plate; $12.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $187.00 from the Ash Wednesday envelopes; $38.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,095.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $64.00 from the Black and Indian Missions envelopes —
— $71.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,095.00) 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 $311.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Sunday, 01 March
06:00 to 7:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

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

Thursday, 05 March
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 03 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!
We are still accepting donations of Redner’s and Boyer’s gift cards (or cash) to put into the Easter Basket.
Please make these donations no later than this coming weekend (08 / 09 March).
Sooner is better!
You can bring them to the Rectory.
We will then sell chances on the Basket.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Sunday, 01 March

07:00 pm in St. Joseph Chapel
Friday, 06 March
07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Chapel
Includes Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

 GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2015
$100.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$107.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit so far for 2015
$175.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$209.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$3,584.00
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$4,212.00 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!

 BOYER KEY-TAG PROFITS
For the period 01 July to 31 December 2014
St. Vincent dePaul Parish: $112.50
St. Joseph Parish: $167.28
Profit since we started program (May of 2013)
St. Vincent dePaul: $425.92
St. Joseph: $586.75
You can tune a piano and you can tune a guitar and you can tune a violin and you can tune a clarinet, but what about a fish?
Can you tune a fish? If so, can you tune a fish salad?

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2015 - 03



 WHAT IS THE POPULATION OF GIRARDVILLE?
In 1990, the population was 2,040.
In 2013, the population was down to 1,497.

WHAT IS THE POPULATION OF ASHLAND?
In 1990, the population was 3,765.
In 2013, the population was down to 2,778.

WHAT IS THE POPULATION OF GORDON?
In 1990, the population was 768.
In 2013, the population was down to 755.

WHAT IS THE POPULATION OF FRACKVILLE?
In 1990, the population was 4,806.
In 2013, the population was down to 3,759.

WHAT IS THE POPULATION OF SHENANDOAH?
In 1990, the population was 6,466.
In 2013, the population was down to 4,981.

WHAT IS THE POPULATION OF MAHANOY CITY?
In 1990, the population was 5,266.
In 2013, the population was down to 4,105.

HOW MANY PRIESTS BELONG TO THE DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN?
As of 30 June 2014, there were 203 priests who belonged to the Diocese of Allentown.
HOW MANY OF THESE 203 PRIESTS ARE ACTIVE AND HOW MANY ARE RETIRED?
141 are active and 62 are retired.
OF THE 141 WHO ARE ACTIVE, HOW MANY ARE PAST THE AGE OF 75?
Ten.
AND HOW MANY ARE BETWEEN 70 AND 75?
Eleven.
AND HOW MANY ARE BETWEEN 60 AND 70?
Forty three.
AND HOW MANY ARE BETWEEN 50 AND 60?
Also forty-three.
AND HOW MANY ARE BETWEEN 40 AND 50?
Twenty-one.
AND HOW MANY ARE BETWEEN 30 AND 40?
Eight.
AND HOW MANY ARE YOUNGER THAN 30?
Five.

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THE FUTURE OF OUR PARISHES IN GIRARDVILLE

I want to stress that I have no “inside information” about what Bishop Barres will decide about consolidation of parishes in our area.
Nor do I have any “inside information” about when he will make a decision or announce whatever decision he has already made.
What I have to offer here is what I hope I can call “reasonable speculation”, also known as “reading the entrails of the goose”.
My reason for putting my speculations into the bulletin are simply this: When the time comes for announcement about the decision, I don’t want anyone in Girardville to say, “Gee whiz! I never saw it coming! This is a complete and total surprise to me!”
Everyone here in Girardville (and Ashland) knows that we are overdue for restructuring of parishes.
Quite frankly, we are surprised it didn’t happen a few years ago!
So, here are some POSSIBLE scenarios.
I cannot stress sufficiently that these scenarios are nothing other than POSSIBILITIES.
I did not say that any one of them is an accurate description of what is actually going to happen.
It is possible that I am entirely mistaken in my speculation, but probably not.

SCENARIO #01
All eight churches in Frackville, Girardville and Ashland will consolidate into one parish. We will take over the abandoned Sears building in the Schuylkill Mall. The pastor will be referred to as “manager” and parishioners will be referred to as “associates”. Discounts will be given on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation.

SCENARIO #02
St. Joseph Parish, Ashland and St. Mauritius Parish, Ashland will consolidate into one parish. There will continue to be one priest assigned to the new Ashland parish. The worship site of the new parish will be the current St. Joseph Church in Ashland.
St. Joseph Parish, Girardville and St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville will consolidate into one parish. There will continue to be one priest assigned to the new Girardville parish. This leaves open the question as to whether the current St. Joseph Church, Girardville or the current St. Vincent dePaul Church, Girardville will be the worship site for the new parish. Certainly one of the current churches will be closed and the other remain open.

SCENARIO #03
St. Joseph Parish, Ashland and St. Mauritius Parish, Ashland and St. Joseph Parish, Girardville and St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville will consolidate into one parish. There will be one priest assigned to this new parish, which will serve both Ashland and Girardville. The worship site of the new parish will be the current St. Joseph Church in Ashland. But, because Rome looks with disapproval on leaving a town without a church (at least a town that has a tradition of having a church), one of the church buildings in Girardville will remain open, not as a parish unto itself but as an “auxiliary worship site” for the new parish centered in Ashland. The other church building in Girardville will be closed.

SCENARIO #04
St. Joseph Parish, Ashland and St. Mauritius Parish, Ashland and St. Joseph Parish, Girardville and St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville will consolidate into one parish. There will be one priest assigned to this new parish, which will serve both Ashland and Girardville. The worship site of the new parish will be either the current St. Joseph Church in Girardville or the current St. Vincent dePaul Church in Girardville. But, because Rome looks with disapproval on leaving a town without a church (at least a town that has a tradition of having a church), one of the church buildings in Ashland (almost certainly St. Joseph Church) will remain open, not as a parish unto itself but as an “auxiliary worship site” for the new parish centered in Girardville.

The statistics on page 04 of this bulletin are meant to provide some “background reality” as we try to digest the need for restructuring and consolidating parishes.

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2015 - 05


SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS ON THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD
The prophet Muhammad was born in AD 570. He died in AD 632.
St. Thomas Aquinas was born in AD 1225. He died in AD 1274.

He (Muhammad) seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh urges us.
His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises,
and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure.
In all this, as is not unexpected; he was obeyed by carnal men.
As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine,
he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom.
Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity.
He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way,
which alone fittingly give witness to divine inspiration;
for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth.
On the contrary, Muhammad said that he was sent in the power of his weapons –
which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.
What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning.
Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers,
utterly ignorant of all divine teaching,
through whose numbers Muhammad forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms.
Nor do divine pronouncements on the part of preceding prophets offer him any witness.
On the contrary, he perverts almost all the testimony of the Old and the New Testaments
by making them into a fabrication of his own,
as can be seen by anyone who examines his law.
It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments,
lest these books convict him of falsity.
It is thus clear that those who place faith in his words believe foolishly."

—Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, Chapter 16, Art. 4.

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2015 - 06



 CHINESE AUCTION!
CHINESE AUCTION!
CHINESE AUCTION!

NEXT SUNDAY: 08 MARCH!
NEXT SUNDAY: 08 MARCH!
NEXT SUNDAY: 08 MARCH!

ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH HALL
ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH HALL
ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH HALL

DOORS OPEN: 12:00 NOON
DOORS OPEN: 12:00 NOON
DOORS OPEN: 12:00 NOON

AUCTION BEGINS: 02:00 PM
AUCTION BEGINS: 02:00 PM
AUCTION BEGINS: 02:00 PM

SEE YOU THERE!
SEE YOU THERE!
SEE YOU THERE!

stjos/stvdp: 03.01.2015 - 07


THE THREE NEGATIVE VOICES
VERSUS
THE VOICE OF GOD

                                                                                                   by Taylor Marshall

Every day we are confronted with three negative kinds of voices:
The voices of the demons: These are preternatural voices that pop into our heads. They say such things as: “God doesn’t love you. You’re a terrible follower of Christ. Who could ever love you?”
The voices of the naysayers: These are people in our families, at work, at church, at school, at the bus stop that complain, rag on other people, and rag on us. They complain all the time about how they are poor, unhappy, sick, sore, demoted, unsuccessful, unfavored, and “catching bad breaks.” They see the world through the grey tint of unhappiness.
Our own negative voice to ourselves: These are the words that we say to ourselves in moments of quiet: “I’m so stupid. How could I have fallen for that? I don’t deserve XXXX!! Who am I kidding? I’m a failure. Who could love me? Why do I even exist?”
But there is The Voice above all these voices that says: “You are precious. I love you. I want to reward you. I want to give you things that you never could have imagined. I have a plan for you. I want to know you. I want to make you pure. You are my child. Draw close to me.”
You can hear this Voice above the others only if you read the Sacred Scriptures every day and pray daily. Otherwise, the other voices will get louder and you’ll forget to listen to the only Voice that speaks the Truth.

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