Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
|THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 27 August to 2 September, in loving memory of Catherine Carestia Rinaldo, at the request of Mary Forte LaSelva and son, Michael.|
|THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 27 August to 2 September, in loving memory of Josephine Morris Jones and C. Charles Morris, at the request of their sister, Jean.|
THEY SURE DIDN'T HAVE ANY
TEE SHIRTS LIKE THAT WHEN I WAS A KID!
I saw a boy in a restaurant this past week. He was about 11 or 12 years old. The message on his tee shirt was as follows: PARENTS FOR SALE! BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE!
I have no particular reason for putting this into the bulletin, except that it made me laugh. Maybe it will make you laugh too.
None, as far as we know.
Arthur L. Heimbaugh
Catherine Barone Frickert
Mary Deramo Measel
James J. Bassininsky
John E. McCord Jr.
Michelle Carey Schappell
Jennifer Blickley Shappell
James J. Vissalli Sr.
Zachary A. Frantz
Michelle L. Prestileo
Ronald J. Wilson III
Alexis G. Crochunis
Rosalie Chiodo Kalyan
Howard D. Merrick Jr.
Dorothy Florendo Minchoff
Charles A. Tamburelli
James A. Thye
Christopher A. Mercuri
Lucy Forte Caruso
Angeline Laplaca Deramo
Mario P. Alfonsi
WHILE ON VACATION this past week, I attended the 12:00
noon Mass on Wednesday at St. Lawrence Church, Harrisburg.
There was a Sister seated in the pew directly behind me. She was not dressed in a religious habit, but it was obvious that she was a Sister.
After the preparation of the gifts, the priest said, "Brothers and sisters, pray that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father."
The Sister replied, "May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of God's Name, for our good and the good of all God's Church."
Right after that, the priest said the three phrases that lead into the Preface, the third of which is "Let us give thanks to the Lord our God". The Sister replied, "It is right to give God thanks and praise."
Now, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, if you would be so kind as to note, in case you haven't already done so, the words that I have underlined (above).
What do you notice?
You notice in two cases the substitution of the adjective "God's" for the masculine personal adjective "His". You notice the substitution of the noun "God" for the masculine personal pronoun "Him".
Please be aware, if ever and whenever you hear someone edit the prayer forms in order to omit - or at least to dance around - the application of masculine language in reference to God, that you are in the presence of someone who has a very defective understanding of God. You are in the presence of someone who does not clearly differentiate between the Creator and the creation. You are in the presence of someone who is on a trajectory towards nature worship, even Wicca.
In my experience, this syndrome is not at all uncommon among religious Sisters and, in my opinion, is at the heart of the precipitous decline in the numbers of religious women over the past forty (more or less) years.
GOD - by which we mean, of course, the God revealed in the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God Whose Nature is revealed in Jesus Christ - is properly referred to as "He", never as "She" and never as "It".
You will find that persons committed to this aberration will absolutely hate and loathe the fact that this bulletin article calls them to task. They will be very angry about it. Take note that Hell hath no fury like a feminist scorned.
Henry H. Nyce, Publsiher
Monday, August 21, 2006
Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Dear Father Connolly:
I received your letter asking me to institute a policy at The REPUBLICAN & Herald that we would not accept soft-porn advertising copy. I am satisfied to assure you that the policy of which you speak does currently exist within The REPUBLICAN & Herald. Having stated that fact, you are apparently asking yourself then why did you accept the Ken's Tires advertisement depicting Ms. Ken's Tires promoting her appearance at Big Diamond on August 11th.
My answer lies within the definition of "soft-porn". Although there does not exist an absolute definition of the term, to me "soft-porn" exists when clothing is missing that should be covering either the breast(s) (women) or genital / buttock areas (men or women) of the body. "Soft-porn" could also exist when those body parts are covered, but the examples and possibilities are too numerous to possibly cover in this letter.
Mr. Joyce showed me the Ken's Tires advertisement before it was published and I found it similar to a Boscov's sdvertisement selling women's underwear. When he showed it to me all I saw was a very pretty young woman in a bikini and nothing else. In fact, that same particular image is found every day on many of our cable and network TV Channels. Having said that, I must confirm that this newspaper will not publish the language or the sexual innuendoes commonly found on those same TV channels, of which I personally find offensive while apparently there are many that do not.
Father Connolly, I am well aware you are an avid reader of The REPUBLICAN & Herald and I find that very gratifying. But I am also a realist and know that there are going to be occasions when we will disagree on the content we publish and believe it or not, I relish your input on those occasions.
If you feel more discussion on this matter is needed, please feel free to contact me personally at 622-3456.
Schuylkill County's Newspaper A Pulitzer Prize Winner
NOTE: This is
the letter I received from Mr. Nyce in reply to mine of 17 August,
which was printed in last weekend's bulletin. I appreciate the
courtesy manifested in his reply, but I regret that I have not
succeeded in making the issue clear to him.
Having tried but failed to resolve the problem at the level of management, I shall now try at the level of ownership, viz. Times-Shamrock Communications. Please pray for me.
PHYLLIS KLINE GIRTON,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Tuesday, 22 August..
Born on 23 July 1934, she was 72 years old.
Phyllis is the daughter (only child) of the late Harry F. and Mary (Shull) Kline.
She had been the wife of Dean G. Girton, who died in 1987.
Phyllis was baptized into Christ Jesus at the St. John's Reformed Church, Shamokin (PA) on 3 October 1934.
On 15 August 1991, at St. Joseph Church, Pottsville, Phyllis entered into full communion with the Catholic Church. She made a profession of faith, received the sacrament of Confirmation and the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Since that time, she has been a member of St. Joseph Parish.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph's on Saturday, 26 August. The interment will take place later this week at St. Peter's Blue Church Cemetery, Overlook (Northumberland County), which is where her late husband's remains are interred.
In His providence, the Lord gave to Phyllis a particularly difficult cross to carry, viz. the cross of blindness. Deprived of the sense of physical sight, Phyllis was not at all deprived of insight into the meaning of life.
She carried her cross with remarkable grace and dignity, even with humor.
All who loved her in this life are happy to know that Phyllis is now able to see with perfect clarity. May she gaze upon the faces of Jesus and Mary and be filled with joy at the beauty of God's creation.
We look forward with confidence to seeing Phyllis again, in the great resurrection that is coming.
Phyllis loved the Holy Mother. She entered the Catholic Church on the Solemnity of Mary's Assumption into heaven. She exited this life on the Queenship of Mary. May the Mother of God welcome Phyllis into heaven.
Eternal rest grant unto Phyllis, 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.
From last weekend's bulletin:
EX ORE INFANTIUM
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - JOSEPH R. LaPLACA
by his sister, Angie, and family
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EUGENE J. REHNERT
by his wife, Rita
12:15 p.m. - Rev. WALTER J. HALL
10:00 a.m. - VERNA WEISLO PRESTILEO
by Josie Arminavage
10:00 a.m. - MELVIN KERR
by his wife, Bianca
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - JOSEPH W. McDONALD Jr.
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper and sons
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - WILLIAM NORTON
by students of Nativity BVM High School
12:15 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StFdSPar / StJosPar