MASS SCHEDULE: 14 - 21 December
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 13 December
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARGUERITE CROAKE
by Eileen Croake Wayne

Sunday, 14 December
Third Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — NORA MALEY BYRNE
by her sister, Teresa Maley Neary

Monday, 15 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH A. CATIZONE
by Alex Hnatishion

Wednesday, 17 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — STANLEY NESTOR
by his classmate, Joseph Muredda

Friday, 19 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health: MARTIN ADAMS
by Matthew and Michelle O’Reilly

Saturday, 20 December
Late Advent Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health: TONY TRACCHIO
by Matthew and Michelle O’Reilly
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Sunday, 21 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his brothers and sisters

 MASS SCHEDULE: 14 - 21 December
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 13 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM and MARY (Lenahan) CANAVAN
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 14 December
Third Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Tuesday, 16 December
Advent Weekday
08:00 am — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Thursday, 18 December
Late Advent Weekday
07:00 pm — EDWARD and KATHRYN (Cuff) KUCHINSKY; JOHN and SUSAN CUFF; HELEN (Cuff) SHEVLIN; LORRAINE (Cuff) DEVANY
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

Saturday, 20 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANDREW POWLICK
by his daughter, Barbara Petrousky, and her husband, John

Sunday, 21 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
06 / 07 DECEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,627.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $35.00 from the plate; $365.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $106.00 from the Immaculate Conception envelopes; $80.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $31.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,259.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,259.00) 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 $1,369.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $683.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $68.00 from the plate; $170.00 from the Dues envelopes; $177.00 from the Immaculate Conception envelopes; $50.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $59.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,207.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,207.00) 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 $423.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 16 December
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 18 December
05:00 to 06:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 19 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Tuesday, 16 December
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, 19 December
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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ALBERT JOSEPH BALUTIS,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 12 December 2014.
Born on 08 August 1935, he was 79 years old.
He is the son of the late Albert and Anna (Willis) Balutis.
He has two sisters, both of whom are deceased: Anna Jean Balutis Yekenchik and Rosemary Balutis Demshock.
Albert was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 18 August 1935 by Fr. Michael J. Daumantas
The Mass of Christian Burial for Albert will be celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Wednesday, 17 December, at 11:00 am.
There will be a viewing in the Thomas J. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, on Tuesday, 16 December, from 06:00 to 08:00 pm.
The interment will take place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery in Englewood (Frackville).
Eternal rest grant unto Albert, 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.


We don’t have a photo of Albert to accompany this death notice. If one turns up, we will print it in a future bulletin — perhaps next weekend’s.

IN REGARD TO THE CARILLON AT ST. JOSEPH’S
Ian wrote me this memo a few days ago:

For months now the carillon at St. Joseph hasn’t worked. The hymns need to be reprogrammed. I tried doing it. I can’t figure it out. The printed instructions are useless. I tried contacting the company that made it. No success. Apparently, they have moved out of the United States. I looked through all our files for phone numbers. They are all outdated. I looked on the Internet. I called a different company. They said they can’t service it because it’s not theirs. I don’t know what else to do. I need to find someone who can service it. Perhaps you want to put this in the bulletin.

I would really like to resurrect the carillon. I suspect others would like it as well. It had been working fine (more or less). Then, a few months ago, it just stopped. If anyone knows anything about this piece of equipment or has a brother-in-law in the carillon business or knows some rather clever electronics engineer who might want to take a look at it, please let Ian or me know. We need a “miracle of the bells”.

AN ELDERLY WOMAN visited a funeral director in order to make pre-need arrangements.
She had lived alone all her adult life and had never been married.
She included in her instructions to the funeral director that, when her time came, she wanted no male pallbearers.
Asked why she wanted no men to serve as pallbearers, she said, “They didn’t take me out while I was alive. I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead.”

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WHY I AM A ROMAN CATHOLIC AND NOT A LUTHERAN, EVEN THOUGH I GENERALLY THINK VERY WELL OF LUTHERANS AND HAVE SEVERAL FRIENDS WHO ARE LUTHERAN AND HOPE THAT ALL MY LUTHERAN FRIENDS WILL HAVE A NICE DAY AND, BY THE WAY, HOPE ALSO THAT THEY WILL COME BACK TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, WHENCE THEIR ANCESTORS DEPARTED BACK IN THE 16th CENTURY

Background: The following is a blog post I wrote recently as a comment on a YouTube video by a Lutheran pastor (Missouri Synod) who gets a lot of mileage out of slamming the Roman Catholic Church. (He likes to emphasize the “Roman” part, which is why I have reciprocated.) I have to admit that I was kind of fired up when I wrote it and was trying to annoy the pastor a bit with humor in the form of overstatement. But, underlying it all, I am trying to make a vitally important doctrinal point.

First of all, lest I inadvertently deceive anyone, I confess that I was born to devout ROMAN CATHOLIC parents, was baptized ROMAN CATHOLIC at the age of two weeks, went to ROMAN CATHOLIC elementary school, grades one to eight, during which I made my first Confession (ROMAN CATHOLIC) and First Communion (ROMAN CATHOLIC) at age seven. At age nine, I received Confirmation (ROMAN CATHOLIC) from a ROMAN CATHOLIC bishop. I went on to a ROMAN CATHOLIC high school, grades nine to twelve, then to a ROMAN CATHOLIC college (got myself a ROMAN CATHOLIC Bachelor's degree in English), then I worked for a living for two years, after which I entered a ROMAN CATHOLIC seminary and, five years later, was ordained a ROMAN CATHOLIC priest by a ROMAN CATHOLIC bishop and, at the age of 76, having been 48 years a ROMAN CATHOLIC priest, am currently the pastor of two ROMAN CATHOLIC parishes. Interestingly enough (at least I think it's interesting) I was the ROMAN CATHOLIC chaplain at a LUTHERAN college for a period of time, during which I celebrated ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass for the ROMAN CATHOLIC students, of which there were a great many, far outnumbering the LUTHERAN students. I celebrated Mass in the very large and capacious LUTHERAN chapel. The institutional chaplain, a learned man, was, of course, a LUTHERAN, which was only right and just, inasmuch as the college itself is LUTHERAN. Every Sunday at 9:00 am, he would conduct a LUTHERAN Communion service for the LUTHERAN students, after which he would return to the sacristy and put the consecrated (ahem!) bread back into the tin can and the consecrated (ahem!) wine into the bottle whence it came and would put both can and bottle back into the closet. Then would come yours truly and would open the closet and take the bread and the wine from the same can and the same bottle and would proceed to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 10:30 am. Whatever was left of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ I would consume at the altar and whatever was left of the Sacred Body of Jesus Christ I would place in a sacred vessel and would drive with It a few blocks over to the Cathedral of my ROMAN CATHOLIC diocese and would place the MYSTERY OF FAITH with due reverence in the tabernacle of said Cathedral. And I would say to myself every Sunday: "Why in the Name of all that is good and holy would anyone persist in being a LUTHERAN when, with very moderate swimming skills, he or she could cross the Tiber and be a ROMAN CATHOLIC, so as to have access to the TRUE BODY AND BLOOD AND SOUL AND DIVINITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST?”
Flannery O'Connor, a convert to ROMAN CATHOLICISM, tells about a time when she was a guest at a dinner party attended by some rather sophisticated and intellectual persons. The subject turned to religion. One of the guests (a certain Mrs. Broadwater) said that she believed that the Eucharist was a symbol of the Body and Blood of Christ. She allowed that it was a ‘pretty good one’. Here is what Flannery wrote about her reaction to Mrs. Broadwater:

“I then said, in a very shaky voice, ‘WELL, IF IT'S A SYMBOL, TO HELL WITH IT.’ That was all the defense I was capable of, but I realize now that this is all I will ever be able to say about it, except that it is the center of existence for me. All the rest of life is expendable.”

Those are my sentiments precisely! The Holy Eucharist is the center of existence for me. All the rest of life is expendable. Once a person grasps (or is grasped by) THE MYSTERY OF FAITH — well, then, wild horses, as they say, could not drag him away from the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
And then, of course, there is abortion and contraception and ordination of women and same-sex marriage.
But I digress.

stjos/stvdp: 12.14.2014 - 04


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR CHILDREN UP TO TEN YEARS OF AGE (who have signed up)
SUNDAY, 14 DECEMBER 2014
02:00 PM
SHERIDAN ROOM
WE ANTICIPATE THAT SANTA CLAUS WILL BE THERE!

GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2014
$96.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$156.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit so far for 2014
$1,156.00
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$1,474.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$3,273.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$3,842.00 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!
ONCE UPON A TIME, a woman died. She had been a life-long member of one of our parishes here in Girardville, but she attended either or both, as it suited her.
By common consent, she was a “WONDERFUL GOOD WOMAN”. She was loved by all.
She was a devout Catholic, often going to Mass on weekdays as well as on Sundays. She went to Confession frequently.
She had lived faithfully with her husband for seventy years and had raised her ten children with loving care and devotion.
She was unfailingly kind and courteous, never having a bad word to say about anyone, not even about the pastor!
She never missed dropping her envelopes into the basket.
She did volunteer work in the community, and took care of widows and orphans and the homeless and the outcasts.
There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that, when she died, she would go RIGHT TO HEAVEN.
So, she arrived at the Pearly Gates and was greeted by Saint Peter.
He bowed to her and said, “You have been an excellent, good, devout and holy woman. Your salvation is a done deal. You put all your faith in Jesus and He will now take good care of you.”
“Oh, goodness gracious” said the woman. “Isn’t that sweet?”
“Let me go to the computer to print up your ticket” said St. Peter.
He went to do so and then a cloud came over his face.
“Is there something wrong?” asked the woman.
“Well” said St. Peter “I’m sorry to tell you that I just noticed that there is no record that you ever purchased any Redner’s or Boyer’s gift cards at either of the parishes in Girardville. However, we notice that you did your grocery shopping every week at either Redner’s or Boyer’s but, when you did, you always paid with cash or check. You never used any gift cards from either of the parishes. Is that correct? Is your recollection the same as what my computer indicates?”
“Yes” said the woman “I’m sorry to say that it’s true that I never bought any gift cards from the parishes. I just used cash.”
“Well” said St. Peter “please don’t take any personal offense at this. You will still go to Heaven. However, you will have to go to Purgatory for a while. It won’t be too bad and it won’t last too long. You will be assigned to a special section of Purgatory just for good Catholics like yourself who neglected to buy gift cards from their parish in order to do their grocery shopping.”
“Well” said the woman “I can’t complain! As I think about it now, I SHOULD have bought those damn gift cards. The priest announced it every weekend at the end of Mass.”
“Okay” said St. Peter. “Off you go now. I’ll see you later. We’ll save your place for you.”

stjos/stvdp: 12.14.2014 - 05


SOME PEOPLE

There are SOME PEOPLE in the Catholic Church who are agitating for the Church to “stop being so strict” about who may and who may not receive Holy Communion.
SOME PEOPLE want the Church to say that it doesn’t really matter whether or not you are validly married.
SOME PEOPLE say that everyone should be welcome to receive the Holy Eucharist!
Did your first marriage end in divorce? If so, did you not make any effort to obtain a Declaration of Nullity from a Church Tribunal in regard to that first marriage? And despite not having a declaration of nullity, did you then attempt to marry a second time, perhaps in the presence of a civil magistrate or a non-Catholic clergyperson or a ship’s captain or Howdy Doody?
If so, then the Church says, “On the peril of your soul, dear friend, do not come forward to receive the Holy Eucharist unless and until your first marriage is declared null and void by the Church, and your second ‘marriage’ is convalidated by a duly authorized priest (or deacon) and two witnesses!”
But SOME PEOPLE say that this is “too strict” and is “exclusive” and is “not welcoming”.
SOME PEOPLE say that one’s marital status should be irrelevant to one’s eligibility to receive the Holy Eucharist. They say, “So many young people today (and some older ones too) choose not to get married but choose simply to live together without getting married.”
SOME PEOPLE want the Church to allow persons who are living together in sexual union with one another to have the same right to receive the Holy Eucharist as persons who are validly married.
SOME PEOPLE say that the Church has to be more “flexible”, more “compassionate”.
But the Church says, “On the peril of your soul (which apparently is already in considerable peril), do not come forward to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are living in a state of fornication.”
But SOME PEOPLE say, “Fornication? That’s a mean and nasty word! It’s a judgmental word! Shame on you for judging those persons who are living together in sexual union without getting married to one another!”
But the Church says, “‘Mean’? ‘ Nasty’? Yes, it is true that fornication is mean and nasty! ‘Judgmental’? Of course, it’s judgmental! But are we not the Church of Jesus Christ? Did not our Lord and Master tell us that we are to pass judgment? Did he not tell us that we are to judge angels? If we are qualified to judge angels, are we not qualified to judge human beings? Surely you are not trying to intimidate the Holy Church of God by misapplying the Lord’s words about ‘judging not lest ye be judged’. If you are, then let us recommend that you go find yourself a reliable Bible commentary and then go study it!”
SOME PEOPLE go so far as to say that the Holy Catholic Church should admit to Eucharistic communion persons who live in sodomite unions and do so without shame and without repentance, some of whom have even gotten licenses from county courthouses and have gone through something that bore a resemblance to a wedding ceremony!
But the Holy Catholic Church says that the Winter Olympics will be held in Hades before the day comes when we invite unrepentant sodomites to receive the Holy Eucharist.
To which SOME PEOPLE react in horror! They say that “sodomites” and “sodomy” are hateful and ugly words and we should be ashamed of ourselves for using them..
To which the Holy Catholic Church says, “Hateful and ugly words are useful for describing hateful and ugly deeds!”
“But, by the way” says Holy Mother Church “let it be known beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt that we invite all adulterers and fornicators and sodomites to repent and to be reconciled! We never cease to love our brothers and sisters who defy the law of God. We look forward to the day when thousands upon thousands of repentant sinners will come up the aisle for Holy Communion. We look forward to the day when thousands upon thousands of former adulterers and former fornicators and former sodomites and former horse thieves will receive the Body and the Blood of the Lord Jesus. The Catholic Church is chock-full of sinners! Jesus instituted the Church for sinners! Jesus loves sinners! But — listen up! — He doesn’t love them BECAUSE they sin! No, no, no! Perish the thought! He loves them in spite of the fact that they sin. All repentant sinners are invited to go to Heaven. But, quite frankly, all unrepentant sinners — including those noisome SOME PEOPLE — will be invited (directed) to go elsewhere. You got that? Good! That’s a wrap!”

stjos/stvdp: 12.14.2014 - 06


 “BOILERMAKERS CLUB”
Total received thus far: $9,165.00
ANONYMOUS #1
ANONYMOUS #2
CHALINSKY, Stephen and Lisa
CHIPLONIA, Mary Nicastro
CONNELL, James and Georganne
CONNELL, Marilyn
CONNOLLY, Edward B.
COYLE, James and Cindy
GETZEY, Robert and Denise
KARAVAGE, John and Lisa
KARAVAGE, Vytus and Teresa
LABIE, Edna
LANG, Jean Albo
LOCHHEAD, Thomas and Geraldine
MAJIKAS, John
MOHAN, Frank and Stella
OAKUM, Thomas and Christine
PANCERELLA, Antoinette
POPECK, Frank and Rose
SETCAVAGE, Dorothy
SMOLOCK, John and Joanie
WASCAVAGE, Edward and Barbara
WINKLER, Joan
ZIELINSKI, Alfred and Anne

WE SHARE THE MAIL
I received the following email from a friend of mine (“Karl”) who has one wife, seven children and one cat. Like many men in their forties, he fancies he is indestructible and is reluctant to go to the doctor. (He would rather die of natural causes!) But his wife is insistent that he go. She wants to keep “Karl” around for as long as possible. After all, he does bring home a paycheck and, with proper supervision, is able to perform various and sundry useful chores around the house. Here is “Karl’s” account of how he tried, without success, to get his sons, “Kevin” (age 9) and “Sean” (age 8) to back him up. But these two ingrates took their mother’s side! — Smart boys! They know better than to oppose Mom! — But, then, there is the cat! When all else fails, a man can always invoke the cat!

Dear Father:
No one is sympathetic towards me on this issue of the doctor — except the cat.
My wife is hollering at me, saying things like "I've been after you for years to go to the doctor, blah blah blah."
I went to Kevin and said, "Your mother is making me go to the doctor" — to which this son of mine, who has always been such a comfort and joy to me, said, "Well, she makes us go too!"
Sean said "You have to go to the doctor so you don't get sick!"
I replied, "I thought we go to the doctor WHEN we get sick". He paused and got that “Sean is-thinking look”, then said, "No, because there's flu shots and stuff."
The cat agrees with me though.
Actually, I admire the cat. When it comes to going to the doctor, the cat must be restrained and put in a box and taken by force, and held down. If illness strikes, the cat hides under something until either she feels better or she dies, whichever comes first.
The cat has the right idea!
Karl

stjos/stvdp: 12.14.2014 - 07


TAKE A LOOK, PLEASE, AT THE NEW MATERIAL we have placed in the Catholic literature racks in both St. Joseph Church and St. Vincent dePaul Church.
The new material has to do with Christmas and Advent.
Consider purchasing some of these books and CDs and using them as Christmas gifts, perhaps stocking stuffers.
Give your family and friends the gift of GOOD READING and GOOD LISTENING for Christmas!
Faith is strengthened by Knowledge.

 CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE OF MASSES
We will print this in large print in next weekend’s bulletin.
But, just to give you a heads up on the Christmas Mass schedule,
this is what it will be:
Wed 24 Dec
04:00 pm — StVdP
05:30 pm — StJos Church
09:00 pm — StVdP
Thurs 25 Dec
12:00 mid — StJos Chapel
08:30 am — StVdP
11:30 am — StJos Church
SPECIAL REQUEST FROM GOD AND YOUR WIFE AND YOUR MOTHER
It happens in some families, unfortunately, that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day get ruined because one or more of the members of the family use the time as an excuse for getting sloshed.
Some people are so used to getting sloshed on Christmas, especially later in the day, that they almost consider it their right to do so.
They will not admit that they are drunk, drunk as a skunk.
They will say such things as, “Hey! Bug off! It’s Christmas! Maybe I’ve gotten a little buzz on! But so what? That’s okay! I’m just trying to get in the spirit! That’s what I always do on Christmas! It’s a time for celebration! Don’t be such a yammer. Leave me alone! Mind your own business! Can’t a guy have a glass or two of wine on Christmas Day without people getting on his back about it?”
PLEASE DON’T DO THIS! YOU DID IT LAST CHRISTMAS AND IT WAS NOT A GOOD SCENE! YOU MADE YOUR WIFE AND KIDS MISERABLE AND YOU MADE A FOOL OF YOURSELF. STAY SOBER THIS CHRISTMAS!

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