SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH
Saturday, 04 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm - JAMES and GENEVIEVE FARRELL
by their family
27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am - MATTHEW BRIEL
by M/M George Canavan and family
St. Bruno, priest; Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am - PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their family
8:00 am - MARY MARGARET McCANN
by Bob McCann
08:00 am - CAROLINE A. BARBETTA
by Joseph T. Cescon and family
08:00 am - Rev. ALBERT T. CERVELLA
05:30 pm - JOSEPH CONNOR
by his daughter, Anne
28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am - JOHN and ROSE DANOWSKY
by the Rizzardi family
SAINT Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
Saturday, 04 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm - Health and God's Blessings on
Lt Gov CATHERINE BAKER KNOLL
27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am - JOHN and ANNA MATLOCK
by Joseph and Alice Chiaretti
Our Lady of the Rosary (OblMem)
08:00 am - DEMETRI BOZYLINSKI
by Wynn and Louis Staudenmeier
St. Denis, bishop, martyr and his companions;
St. John Leonardi, priest (OptMems)
07:00 pm - ALBERT W. DEIBLER Jr.
by Joseph and Marie Palerino
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm - LEON RYAN
by Elizabeth Ryan
28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am - Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the members of the HNS
Saint Joseph Parish: $2,491.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $89.00 from the second collection (plate); $45.00 from the Dues envelopes; $160.00 from the Block envelopes; $81.00 from the loose. Thank you.
Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $988.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $538.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $100.61 from the loose. Thank you.
04:00 to 05:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Vincent DePaul Church
01:00 to 02:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel
The mills of God
"The mills of God grind slowly,
but they grind exceedingly fine."
(The placement of this bulletin item immediately after the Confession schedule is not entirely coincidental!)
Verbum sat sapienti
Archbishop Burke: Democrats
risk becoming a "Party of Death"
Catholic News Service
BUS TRIP TO WASHINGTON DC
Date: Tuesday, 14 October
JAMES E. "FITZ"
Eternal rest grant unto James, 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.
Saturday, 11 October
Mass at Notre Dame of Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem
15 decades of the Rosary at the abortion mill.
If anyone wishes to go, please let Fr. Connolly know.
|I HAD NEVER BLESSED A SKUNK IN MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE until today (Saturday, 4 October 2008). It's not that I had ever declined to bless a skunk. It's just that no one had ever asked me to bless one. But, during the Blessing of the Beasts held on the lawn next to St. Vincent dePaul Rectory, in the midst of all the dogs (and a couple of cats) there came this beautiful and elegant skunk who came up and asked to be blessed. Her name is Penelope. I am told that she eats carrots and broccoli and other vegetables and that, for protein, she eats worms. She also eats dogfood. Bless the Lord, who made the skunks and all the other beautiful creatures with whom we share this planet!|
As Catholics, we should not be surprised by these developments. Forty years ago, Pope Paul VI predicted that widespread use of artificial contraceptives would lead to increased marital infidelity, lessened regard for women, and a general lowering of moral standards especially among the young. Forty years later, social scientists, not necessarily Catholics, attest to the accuracy of his predictions. As if following some bizarre script, the sexual revolution has produced widespread marital breakdown, weakened family ties, legalized abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, pornography, same-sex unions, euthanasia, destruction of human embryos for research purposes and a host of other ills.
It is impossible for me to answer all of the objections to the Church's teaching on life that we hear every day in the media. Nevertheless, let me address a few. To begin, laws that protect abortion constitute injustice of the worst kind. They rest on several false claims including that there is no certainty regarding when life begins, that there is no certainty about when a fetus becomes a person, and that some human beings may be killed to advance the interests or convenience of others. With regard to the first, reason and science have answered the question. The life of a human being begins at conception. The Church has long taught this simple truth, and science confirms it. Biologists can now show you the delicate and beautiful development of the human embryo in its first days of existence. This is simply a fact that reasonable people accept. Regarding the second, the embryo and the fetus have the potential to do all that an adult person does. Finally, the claim that the human fetus may be sacrificed to the interests or convenience of his mother or someone else is grievously wrong. All three claims have the same result: the weakest and most vulnerable are denied, because of their age, the most basic protection that we demand for ourselves. This is discrimination at its worst, and no person of conscience should support it.
Another argument goes like this: "As wrong as abortion is, I don't think it is the only relevant 'life' issue that should be considered when deciding for whom to vote."
This reasoning is sound only if other issues carry the same moral weight as abortion does, such as in the case of euthanasia and destruction of embryos for research purposes. Health care, education, economic security, immigration, and taxes are very important concerns. Neglect of any one of them has dire consequences as the recent financial crisis demonstrates. However, the solutions to problems in these areas do not usually involve a rejection of the sanctity of human life in the way that abortion does. Being "right" on taxes, education, health care, immigration, and the economy fails to make up for the error of disregarding the value of a human life. Consider this: the finest health and education systems, the fairest immigration laws, and the soundest economy do nothing for the child who never sees the light of day. It is a tragic irony that "pro-choice" candidates have come to support homicide - the gravest injustice a society can tolerate - in the name of "social justice."
Even the Church's just war theory has moral force because it is grounded in the principle that innocent human life must be protected and defended. Now, a person may, in good faith, misapply just war criteria leading him to mistakenly believe that an unjust war is just, but he or she still knows that innocent human life may not be harmed on purpose. A person who supports permissive abortion laws, however, rejects the truth that innocent human life may never be destroyed. This profound moral failure runs deeper and is more corrupting of the individual, and of the society, than any error in applying just war criteria to particular cases.
Furthermore, National Right to Life reports that 48.5 million abortions have been performed since 1973. One would be too many. No war, no natural disaster, no illness or disability has claimed so great a price.
In saying these things in an election year, I am in very good company. My predecessor, Bishop Timlin, writing his pastoral letter on Respect Life Sunday 2000, stated the case eloquently:
Abortion is the issue this year and every year in every campaign. Catholics may not turn away from the moral challenge that abortion poses for those who seek to obey God's commands. They are wrong when they assert that abortion does not concern them, or that it is only one of a multitude of issues of equal importance. No, the taking of innocent human life is so heinous, so horribly evil, and so absolutely opposite to the law of Almighty God that abortion must take precedence over every other issue. I repeat. It is the single most important issue confronting not only Catholics, but the entire electorate.
My fellow bishops, writing ten years ago,
explained why some evils - abortion and euthanasia in particular
- take precedence over other forms of violence and abuse.
While the Church assists the State in the promotion of a just society, its primary concern is to assist men and women in achieving salvation. For this reason, it is incumbent upon bishops to correct Catholics who are in error regarding these matters. Furthermore, public officials who are Catholic and who persist in public support for abortion and other intrinsic evils should not partake in or be admitted to the sacrament of Holy Communion. As I have said before, I will be vigilant on this subject.
It is the Church's role now to be a prophet
in our own country, reminding all citizens of what our founders
meant when they said that ". . . all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of
Happiness." The Church's teaching that all life from conception
to natural death should be protected by law is founded on religious
belief to be sure, but it is also a profoundly American principle
founded on reason. Whenever a society asks its citizens to violate
its own foundational principles - as well as their moral consciences
- citizens have a right, indeed an obligation, to refuse.
Should he have opposed the war and remained silent about the murder of the mentally ill? No person of conscience can fail to understand why Bishop von Galen spoke as he did.
My dear friends, I beg you not to be misled by confusion and lies. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, does not ask us to follow him to Calvary only for us to be afraid of contradicting a few bystanders along the way. He does not ask us to take up his Cross only to have us leave it at the voting booth door. Recently, Pope Benedict XVI said that "God is so humble that he uses us to spread his Word." The gospel of life, which we have the privilege of proclaiming, resonates in the heart of every person - believer and non-believer - because it fulfills the heart's most profound desire. Let us with one voice continue to speak the language of love and affirm the right of every human being to have the value of his or her life, from conception to natural death, respected to the highest degree.
October is traditionally the month of the Rosary. Let us pray the Rosary for the strength and fortitude to uphold the truths of our faith and the requirements of our law to all who deny them. And, let us ask Our Lady to bless our nation and the weakest among us.
May Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Lord of
Life, pray for us.
son of William L. and Mary Ann (Gallagher) Devaney,
RACHEL MICHELLE HEINTZELMAN,
daughter of Daniel J. and Theresa (Gudaitus) Heintzelman,
became husband and wife in Jesus Christ today (Saturday) during a Nuptial Mass at St. Joseph Church, Girardville.
Fr. Connolly received the vows and celebrated the Mass.
Eric J. Smith and Andrea M. Dyszel were the principal witnesses.
This will be a permanent union.
This will be a faithful union.
This marital union will be open to God's gift of children.
We give thanks to God
for His goodness to Daniel and Rachel.
May they grow old together, ever more deeply into God.
May they be together in Heaven,
surrounded by their children, their grandchildren
and their great-grandchildren.
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Devaney!
Monday, 6 October
St. VdP Rectory
Tuesday, 7 October
Father Sheridan Room
People Now Kneel to Receive Communion on the Tongue at Papal, Public Masses
by Helen Hull Hitchcock
Pope Benedict has introduced a liturgical
change in Masses he has celebrated this summer. The usual practice
of those who receive Holy Communion directly from the pope has
been to receive on the tongue while standing. But beginning at
a May 22 Mass held outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran,
people who receive Holy Communion from Pope Benedict are kneeling,
and receive directly on the tongue. At all public Masses since
then - including World Youth Day celebrations in Australia in
July - those who receive the sacrament from the Holy Father have
knelt on kneelers specially placed in front of the altar by ushers
for the occasion.
Reprinted from the September 2008 edition of Adoremus. The emphases (bolding) are my own.
Personal note: Fr. William J. McHale was the pastor emeritus of St. Mary Parish, St. Clair, at the time that I came to know him. He was living in retirement at St. Joseph Rectory (Pottsville) when I became pastor of that parish in 1986. We became "housemates" and good friends. He used to say to me, by way of consolation, when I would lament the insanity going on in the Church, "Don't worry about it. Just keep on doing what you're doing. Whenever there is an ecumenical council, the Church goes crazy for a hundred years afterwards. But give it time. It will settle down." I always hoped that Fr. McHale's optimism would be vindicated. The more I see of Pope Benedict XVI, the more hopeful I am that Fr. McHale was right. VIVA IL PAPA!.
WE SHARE THE MAIL
In last weekend's bulletin, I said that I
would not knowingly give Holy Communion to anyone who had a pierced
Dear Father Connolly:
Alright, let me see if I understand this.
The Holy Eucharist is our spiritual
intercourse with our Creator. In and through it our dignity
is raised and our personhood made whole by the consummation of
the act. Man becomes one with Christ and is divinized.
They'll Believe in Anything: Study says atheists are more irrational
A new Gallup study, "What Americans Really Believe," suggests that if anti-religious crusaders Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins want a more rational, less superstitious world, they should encourage people to go to church. A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that, according to the study
" traditional Christian religion greatly decreases belief in everything from the efficacy of palm readers to the usefulness of astrology. It also shows that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians
The Gallup Organization, under contract to Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, asked American adults a series of questions to gauge credulity. Do dreams foretell the future? Did ancient advanced civilizations such as Atlantis exist? Can places be haunted? Is it possible to communicate with the dead? Will creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster someday be discovered by science?
The answers were added up to create an index of belief in occult and the paranormal. While 31% of people who never worship expressed strong belief in these things, only 8% of people who attend a house of worship more than once a week did."
These findings are in line with the myth-shattering work of recent historians, who've discovered that more people believed in witches and the paranormal after the Protestant Reformation than in the era before. A major reason for that was the authority of the Catholic Church, which was a bulwark against popular superstition and irrationality during the Middle Ages-Monty Python notwithstanding.
G.K. Chesterton had it right when he said:
"When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in
nothing-they believe in anything."
Don't ever go to receive Holy Communion unless you are in the State of Grace.
You may presume that you are in the State of Grace if you are a baptized believer in Jesus Christ, a member of the Catholic Church, in union with the Pope and, to the best of your knowledge, you have not committed any mortal sin that you have not already repented of and confessed in the Sacrament of Penance.
Keep in mind that the deliberate missing of Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation is a mortal sin.
Keep in mind also that all deliberate illicit sexual actions are mortal sins.
An illicit (mortally sinful) sexual action common in our society is the use of artificial contraception, i.e. anovlulant pills and contraceptive devices, including but not limited to condoms.