MASS SCHEDULE: 1625 NOVEMBER 2008
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 15 November
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Deceased: GAUGHAN and BRENNAN FAMILIES
by Ellen Gaughan

Sunday, 16 November
33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ANTHONY and CONCETTA CATIZONE
by M/M Mike Drelling

Monday, 17 November
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Wednesday, 19 November
Weekday
08:00 am — EDWARD GALLAGHER
by Richie and Brenda Sluzalis

Friday, 21 November
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
08:00 am — CATHERINE GANNON BURNS
by John Burns

Saturday, 22 November
St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — EDWARD W. KULL
by his wife, Barbara, and family
Vigil of Christ the King
05:30 pm — MARY MARGARET McCANN
by Bob McCann

Sunday, 23 November
Christ the King
11:30 am — JUNE ANN PELLEGRINO
by Eileen Rowland

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1625 NOVEMBER 2008
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 15 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM PUCETAS
by his wife and his son

Sunday, 16 November
33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am — God’s Blessings on FRANK and ROSE POPECK
(40th wedding anniversary)
by their daughter, Lisa, and son-in-law, Eric, and family

Tuesday, 18 November
Dedication of the Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Rome; St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — PAUL SCHUFF MD
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 20 November
Weekday
07:00 pm — DEMETRI BOZYLINSKI
by the Connell family

Saturday, 22 November
Vigil of Christ the King
04:00 pm — DECEASED: CHIKOTAS FAMILY
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 23 November
Christ the King
08:30 am — ROSE M. MACHEESE
by M/M John Gillis

stjos/stvds: 11.16.2008 - 01


 COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND: 08 / 09 NOVEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish: $1,702.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $70.00 from the second collection (plate); $194.00 from the Dues envelopes; $118.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $1,074.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $119.00 from the second collection (plate); $47.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $22.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $10.00 from the All Souls envelopes; $101.00 from the loose. Thank you.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 18 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel

Wednesday, 19 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel

Friday, 21 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Vincent DePaul Church

You are invited to
SIGN UP YOUR CHILD
for the
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Sponsored by
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Date: Sunday, 21 December
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: St. Joseph (IHES) School Building
Children up to and including age ten are invited.
There are sign-up sheets at the entrances to St. Joseph Church and St. Vincent dePaul Church. Please use these in order to register your children for the party. If you can’t find a sign-up sheet, let somebody know, e.g. Mr. Richards or one of the other members of the K of C or else Fr. Connolly.

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“ARE YOU DONE?”
A friend of mine is anticipating the birth of his fourth child this month. (Coincidentally, so is his wife.)
The other day he said to me, “Guess what my sister said to me the other day.”
“What was that” I replied.
“She had the nerve to ask me, ‘Are you done?’ Can you believe that?”
“I can believe that!” I laughed. (When I don’t know what else to do, I laugh. Sometimes I laugh to keep from crying …. or screaming or worse!)
I said to him, “I hope you told her that, not only are you not done, you have hardly even begun!”
This world is filled with anti-life, anti-fertility, anti-baby, anti-human spoilsports and sourpusses who try to intimidate the child-generating / child-bearing portion of the population. Some of these spoilsports and sourpusses might even be members of our own families.
If so, we have a special familial duty to be kind to them — at the very least, not to kick them in the shins or do any kind of physical violence. However, in being civil to them, we mustn’t let them get under our skin. In the words of the old song: They “are more to be pitied than censured”.
The earth belongs to the prolific people. Deep down, the promortic people are well aware of this. They know their days are numbered. That is why they lash out in anger against the life-givers and life-bearers.

If you don’t know the meaning of the word “promortic”, don’t bother looking it up. It’s not in the dictionary. It is a word of my own coinage. It means “pro-death”. I think it is a useful word. It is a sort of companion word to “prolific”. Feel free to use it. No charge.

THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY of St. Vincent dePaul Parish will be selling raffle tickets in order to raise money to purchase large prizes for the CHINESE AUCTION that will be held in February.
Chances will be sold starting this weekend (15 / 16 November) and continuing over the following two weekends.
The drawing will be held at the pre-Christmas party on 4 December.
We encourage everyone to give this project his or her maximum support

stjos/stvds: 11.16.2008 - 03


 

TWO QUESTIONS:
#1 — WHO SHOULD DISTRIBUTE HOLY COMMUNION?
#2 — SHOULD COMMUNION BE PLACED ON THE TONGUE OR ON THE HAND?

Catholics who are informed and thoughtful want to know exactly what the Church teaches in these two separate but related matters.
Catholics who are neither informed nor thoughtful simply repeat what they have been told by a long series of other Catholics who are neither informed nor thoughtful.
I beg my fellow Catholics to be enormously suspicious whenever they are told that they should start doing something they never used to do (or stop doing something they always used to do) “because the Second Vatican Council said that we should (or should not) do it.”
Always say: “Would you please document that for me? Chapter and verse, please!”
We’ll come back to the Second Vatican Council in a minute. First of all, please know the following two citations.
In the 13th century there lived a man named Thomas. He came from a town called Aquin. He was a priest of the Dominican Order. He has been canonized and is known to us as “Saint Thomas Aquinas”. Many times, for sake of brevity, he is referred to simply as “Aquinas”. He wrote a lot of fairly good stuff, much of which is still being read today. People say that he was rather bright. In fact, “rather bright” doesn’t quite cut it. It would be more accurate to say that he was stupendously, excruciatingly and almost illegally bright — brighter than anyone has a right to be. And he was holy too — off-the-chart holy. I mean, like, really holy. So, having those credentials of Thomas in mind, please read what St. Thomas Aquinas wrote about who should handle the Holy Eucharist:

I answer that: The dispensing of Christ's body belongs to the priest for three reasons. First, because, as was said above (Article 1), he consecrates as in the person of Christ. But as Christ consecrated His body at the supper, so also He gave it to others to be partaken of by them. Accordingly, as the consecration of Christ's body belongs to the priest, so likewise does the dispensing belong to him. Secondly, because the priest is the appointed intermediary between God and the people; hence as it belongs to him to offer the people's gifts to God, so it belongs to him to deliver consecrated gifts to the people. Thirdly, because out of reverence towards this sacrament, nothing touches it, but what is consecrated; hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest's hands, for touching this sacrament. Hence it is not lawful for anyone else to touch it except from necessity, for instance, if it were to fall upon the ground, or else in some other case of urgency. (ST, Part 3, Q 82, Art 3)

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In the 16th century, the Church convened an ecumenical council. It met from 1545 to 1563 in the City of Trent. It is known as The Council of Trent (or the Tridentine Council). It was convened primarily in order to combat the errors of Protestantism. It was a “batten down the hatches” Council. It is, perhaps, of all the ecumenical councils, the most far-ranging in the number of topics with which it dealt. The impact of the Council of Trent on the centuries that followed can hardly be exaggerated.
Here is what the Council of Trent authoritatively taught about “who may distribute Holy Communion” (in ordinary circumstances).

"To omit nothing doctrinal on so important a subject [the Holy Eucharist], we now come to speak of the minister of the Sacrament, a point, however, on which scarcely anyone is ignorant. The pastor then will teach that to priests alone has been given power to consecrate and administer the Holy Eucharist. That the unvarying practice of the Church has also been, that the faithful receive the Sacrament from the hand of the priest, and that the priest communicate himself, has been explained by the Council of Trent; and the same holy Council has shown that this practice is always to be scrupulously adhered to, stamped, as it is, with the authoritative impress of Apostolic tradition, and sanctioned by the illustrious example of our Lord himself, who, with His own hands, consecrated and gave to His disciples, His most sacred body. To consult as much as possible, for the dignity of this so August a Sacrament, not only is its administration confided exclusively to the priestly order; but the Church has also, by an express law, prohibited any but those who are consecrated to religion, unless in case of necessity, to touch the sacred vessels, the linen or other immediate necessaries for consecration. Priest and people may hence learn, what piety and holiness they should possess who consecrate, administer, or receive the Holy of Holies."

(Council of Trent, Session 13, Chapter 8)

Now, back to the Second Vatican Council.
Q - What did the Second Vatican Council say about receiving Holy Communion in the hand and about extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion?
A – Nothing! Absolutely nothing! Believe it or not, nothing! But you could have sworn that the Second Vatican Council changed everything, didn’t you?

It is incredible how easy it is to fool people.
There is, of course, an allowance (indult) for the use of laypersons as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. However, having read all of the Roman documents that pertain to the subject, I conclude that, for the use of extraordinary ministers to be legitimate, a parish must have a truly pressing need for them. Does this truly pressing need exist in our two parishes? I think not. In fact, I am sure not.

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JENNA MARIE TINARI,
third child (first daughter) of Joseph J. and Kelly A. (McCabe) Tinari, will be baptized today (Sunday) during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church.
With joy and with gratitude to Almighty God for the gift of this beautiful child, we welcome Jenna Marie into the community of salvation, the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
By means of this sacrament, the original sin will be washed away and the foundation will be laid whereby, if and when necessary, personal sin will be able to be removed.
By means of this sacrament, the little girl will be configured to Jesus Christ by an indelible sign. Henceforth, she belongs to Him. The Father gives her to Jesus.
By means of this sacrament, Jenna Marie acquires the right to go to heaven, to be numbered among the saints.
We pray that this child, as she grows up, will be faithful and obedient to God and will come to enjoy the reward of eternal life.
May God bless her parents, her brothers and all the members of her family. May they all be pleasing to Him
.

 DON’T FORGET THE SUNDAY BREAKFAST!
It’s today!
Sunday, 16 November.
7:30 am to 12:00 noon
St. Joseph Parish School Building (IHES)
ALL YOU CAN CONSUME!
$7.00 for adults and teenagers and $3.00 for children (under 13)

 REMINDER
Roast-beef dinner
Saturday, 13 December
4:00 to 7:00 pm
St. Joseph Parish School Building (IHES)
PERSONAL NOTE: Just today (Saturday) yours truly became the owner of a 2003 Toyota Avalon. Very nice! For the past eight years I had been the owner of a 1999 Subaru Impreza. What accounts for the pastor’s sudden prosperity? Is he hitting on the collection or robbing the poor boxes? Actually, neither of the above. The truth is that I was given the car (a total gift) by a generous friend. This friend was one of my old altar boys many years ago in Allentown.
Moral of the story: Be kind to your altar boys and someday, when they grow up, they’ll be kind to you!

stjos/stvds: 11.16.2008 - 06


 Children's Chinese Auction

Sunday, 23 November 2008
2:00 PM
Doors open at 12:30
Trinity Academy
Shenandoah
All sorts of prizes, large and small!
Bikes, electronics and much, much more!
Benefits Trinity Academy
Food available
Everyone welcome

SOME GRATE NEWS!

As everyone knows, there had been a problem for quite some time with the St. Vincent dePaul Parish parking lot. Whenever there was a heavy rainfall, we would have Lake Saint Vincent dePaul.
Notice we wrote “had been a problem” (past perfect), not “has been a problem” (present perfect).
Thanks to the Girardville Borough Council, the problem has been resolved. At least, we are almost certain it has been resolved. The next heavy rainfall should tell the story for sure.
I think (but I am no expert on such matters) that the Borough reconnected the drainage pipe to the sewer. This was the main problem. They also flushed out the drainage pipe (it had a lot of dirt in it) and did a nice job replacing the macadam at the “C” Street entrance to the lot.
One of the gentlemen who works for the Borough gave me some advice about work that he recommends be done by the parish..
Part of this involves: (a) replacing the grates over the three drains; (b) placing some sort of barrier along the bottom of the embankment that leads from the yard to the parking lot, so as to keep the soil from washing away; (c) perhaps digging up the 8” drainage pipe and replacing it with an open trench that would be covered with grates.


Thank you, Girardville Borough Council!

stjos/stvds: 11.16.2008 - 07


 

DO NOT RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION IF:
a) you are not a member of the Catholic Church;
b) even though a Catholic, you do not believe what the Catholic Church believes and teaches about the Holy Eucharist, viz. that the Holy Eucharist IS the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine;
c) even though a Catholic, you privately believe that the bread and wine are mere symbols of Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity;
d) your policy or practice is to attend Sunday Mass only occasionally, e.g. “once or twice a month” or “whenever I feel like it” or “whenever there’s nice weather, not rainy or snowy or hot or windy or humid” or “whenever I’m in a good mood” or “whenever my mother comes to visit” or “whenever Sunday happens to coincide with one of my occasional good hair days”;
e) you are living in a sexual union with someone to whom you are not VALIDLY married (i.e. married according to the laws of the Catholic Church);
f) you practice artificial contraception, which includes (but is not restricted to) the using of condoms and “ being on the pill”;
g) you are so angry with someone that you have made up your mind that you will never forgive him or her and that, as far as you are concerned, that person can just go to hell.

The official teaching of the Catholic Church in this matter can be found in Canon XI of Chapter XIII of the Council of Trent. Here is what the Council said:

CANON XI: If any one saith, that faith alone is a sufficient preparation for receiving the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist; let him be anathema. And for fear lest so great a sacrament may be received unworthily, and so unto death and condemnation, this holy Synod ordains and declares, that sacramental confession, when a confessor may be had, is of necessity to be made beforehand, by those whose conscience is burdened with mortal sin, how contrite even soever they may think themselves. But if any one shall presume to teach, preach, or obstinately to assert, or even in public disputation to defend the contrary, he shall be thereupon excommunicated.

For the sake of clarity, I have taken the liberty of “translating” this canon into words that are more easily understood. (EBC) ?

CANON #11: If anyone says that all you need is faith in order to be eligible to receive Holy Communion, let him be denounced. Because of the fact that this Holy Ecumenical Council wants to prevent people from being condemned to Hell as a result of their receiving Holy Communion unworthily, we solemnly establish and declare that anyone who is in the state of mortal sin must make a sacramental Confession before he receives Holy Communion, even if he thinks that he is already privately and sincerely sorry in his heart for his sins. If anyone dares to teach or preach or stubbornly assert or defend anything other than what this Council teaches, let him be excommunicated.

ALWAYS GO TO CONFESSION BEFORE RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION, IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE WHATSOEVER THAT YOU ARE IN THE STATE OF MORTAL SIN.

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