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29 / 30 SEPTEMBER
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
Thursday, 11 October
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
because of the Priests' Workshop.]
There will be a Mass at St.
Joseph Church on Thursday, 11 October, at 9:00 a.m. for the children
of All Saints School. Parishioners and others are welcome to
attend this Mass.
No kidding! What was he charged with?
Kelsey A. McGarry
Regina C. Rinaldo
Kathleen Lynch Butera
Lois Neade Matz
Richard A. Laub
Olivia M. Cory
Andrew A. DeStefano
Mary Ann Krizno
Salvatore L. Modesto Jr.
Robert A. Logan Jr.
Stephen P. Puddu, DDS
Louise Zapotoczny Spece
Joseph M. Lukach Jr.
Tamara M. Wentz
Alyssa M. Chillemi
Edith Scharsch Cromis
Trevor M. Gauntlett
Claudia Franzelin Kheloussi
Patricia Boyer Kutch
Marina M. Piccioni
John C. Tranquillo
Several weeks ago, we asked for donations for a special purpose.
The special purpose was the purchase of a large (commercial size) blender, which we wished to donate to the Missionaries of the Poor, a Catholic group of priests, brothers and laypersons who work among the poorest of the poor in Jamaica.
They needed this blender in order to prepare food for children who have special needs in the area of nutrition, i.e. who cannot take food by mouth. We are happy to report that we received donations from various and sundry persons, amounting to $450.00. The blender has been received by the Missionaries of the Poor.
Eternal rest grant unto Mamie, 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.
The church throws are in
and are ready to be picked up.
Call Darla at 544-2867.
[If this message makes no sense to you,
don't worry about it.
It makes sense to those who have ordered the item and it makes sense to Darla!]
FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS
Nativity BVM High School's Development Department is currently selling Boscov's Friends Helping Friends passes.
The cost of each pass is $5.00.
All proceeds benefit Nativity BVM High School.
Each pass entitles you to 25% off your purchases on Tuesday, 16 October.
Simply present your pass at time of purchase to receive your 25% discount.
Door prizes will also be given away.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. on 16 October.
Please help Nativity with this great fundraiser!
Passes can be purchased from Jennifer Daubert at Nativity's Development Office, at 628-4004.
THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN by clergy and by others who work for churches has become so identified in the mind of the public with the Catholic Church that one begins to wonder: How did the Catholic Church come to be saddled with this humongous scandal? Why should priests be so susceptible? What are we doing wrong? More to the point: What, if anything, are we doing wrong that other religious groups are doing right?
It shakes the confidence of the people, not to mention the confidence of the priests themselves, to think that there is something about the very fact that one is a Catholic priest that inclines one to be sexually attracted to children.
The thought is so repugnant, it is no wonder
that vocations to the priesthood have plummeted - although there
are some indications that things are turning around in that department,
WHAT IS THE TRUTH?
However, I would appreciate it if the media were not to focus on the sins of Catholic clergy to the exclusion of reporting the same kinds of sins among Protestant and other non-Catholic clergy.
There are three insurance
companies that provide insurance coverage for the majority of
Protestant congregations in the USA. They are: Church Mutual,
GuideOne and Brotherhood Mutual.
I wish to re-affirm what I said earlier: I do not rejoice, nor do I take comfort in the sins of any human being and would consider my salvation to be in peril if I were to do so. Sin stinks, whether done by Catholics or by non-Catholics! Child abuse is a horrendous evil, regardless of who does the abusing.
Having said that, I want to go on record as saying that, in my opinion, there is no solid evidence for singling out the celibate Catholic priest as being statistically more inclined than anyone else towards being a pedophile. The very suspicion that such is the case is sacrilegious, not to mention destructive of vocations.
THAT WILL NOT SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY
[I am able to print these because I have a friend who is a synodal janitor. He retrieves such things for me from the cutting room floor.]
REJECTED SUGGESTION #1
JOSEPHINE GERACE BERCHER,
Eternal rest grant unto Josephine, 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.
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO
Q - So, Father Connolly, I hear you're taking a couple days off this week!
A - That is correct. I am going to the Priests' Workshop from Monday to Wednesday.
Q - What's a "Priests' Workshop"?
A - It's a shop where priests are put to work.
Q - Very funny - NOT! I'll ask you once more and I won't ask you again: What's a "Priests' Workshop"?
A - I'm glad you asked. In the Diocese of Allentown, the Bishop has the longstanding practice of getting all of the priests of the Diocese together in some hotel / conference center for a period of about two days, usually in October. Half the priests attend from Monday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon. The other half attend from Wednesday afternoon to Friday afternoon. Mass is celebrated all four days. Meals are served. Speakers are brought in - sometimes one, sometimes more than one. These speakers - sometimes priests, sometimes laypersons - are, as you might expect, recognized as having some particular expertise in the matter that the Bishop would like to have set before the priests. There are multiple sessions, usually in the lecture format. Usually, there is opportunity for feedback. At some point during the workshop, the Bishop himself will take the microphone in order to give the priests a kind of informal "state of the union"- i.e. "state of the diocese" - address (or remarks). The priests listen attentively to everything said by the speakers and the Bishop, take copious notes, furrow their brows, ask penetrating questions and - so one hopes - go back to their parishes (or schools or offices), knowing a bit more about the ways of God with man and the ways of man with God. Using the language of the secular world, I think you might say that these annual workshops are "professional development" seminars.
Q - Are these sessions conducted in Latin or in English?
A - All sessions are conducted in English, with simultaneous translation into Latin for intellectuals like Father Medve and a couple of others.
Q - Do you have any fun or enjoyment on these workshops? Is there any laughing? I don't like the idea of my parish priest going away and having any fun or enjoyment or laughter or anything!
A - It is possible that some priests will find some fun or enjoyment on these workshops. Some might even find something to laugh about. Not I, of course! I make it a point never to have any fun or enjoyment on these workshops and, God forbid, I certainly never find anything to laugh about.
MY OTHER FAVORITE GREEN SHEETS
Parish: St. Joseph
Parish: St. Joseph
Parish: St. Joseph
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - NED H. LANG
by Joseph Dallago and family
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - DOMINICK J. D'ALESSANDRO Jr.
by his father and his mother
12:15 p.m. - MARY DeMARKIS TRAPANI
by M/M A. Michael Prock
10:00 a.m. - ELANORE FOLINO TEGANO
by Dominick and Celeste Matino and family
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - MARY ANN STROKELITUS
by John and Diane Consugar and family
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - MARY THERESA O'NEIL
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag
12:15 p.m. - FRANCIS and ESTELLE PURCELL
by their son, Brian