MASS SCHEDULE: 10 - 17 AUGUST 2008
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                              
Saturday, 09 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm - ANTHONY CATIZONE
Mike and Louise Drelling

Sunday, 10 August
19th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am - TOMEE LEIGH GOWER
(8th anniversary)
by the family

Monday, 11 August
St. Clare of Assisi, virgin (OblMem)
08:00 am - In Thanksgiving for prayers answered through the intercession of Saint Philomena
by the Whitney family

Wednesday, 13 August
St. Pontian, pope, martyr and St. Hippolytus, priest, martyr (OptMem)
8:00 am - JEAN GOWER
by the family

Thursday, 14 August
Vigil of Assumption (Sol)
07:00 pm - MARYELLEN GAUGHAN
by Erin Wendling

Friday, 15 August
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (Sol)
07:00 pm - RAYMOND WAYNE
by M/M Henry Wayne

Saturday, 16 August
St. Stephen of Hungary (OptMem)
08:00 am - ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by her husband, Jack

Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm - ALBERT GILLIS
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 17 August
11:30 am - Deceased:
by the members of the LAOH

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
03 / 04 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Joseph Parish: $1,445.00 from the envelopes; $107.00 from the second collection (plate); $418.00 from the dues envelopes; $169.25 loose.

Saint Vincetn dePaul Parish
Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $1,200.00 from the envelopes; $110.66 loose.
Thank you.

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THE SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL met with Fr. Connolly on Monday, 4 August. We agreed to meet quarterly - on the first Mondays of January, April, July and October. (We counted our 4 August meeting as "the July meeting".) The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, 6 October, at 7:00 p.m. in the StVdP Rectory.
THE SAINT JOSEPH PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL will meet with Fr. Connolly on Wednesday, 13 August, at 7:00 p.m. in the StJosRectory.
THE SAINT JOSEPH SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE met with Fr. Connolly on Wednesday, 6 August, in the school. We will meet again, but no date was fixed.
SAINT CLARE OF ASSISI PARISH (nee St. Mary's) in St. Clair will hold its annual Food Fair and Flea Market on Saturday, 6 September, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. I am told that there will be "great" homemade foods, together with "mouthwatering" baked goods and "unusual" flea market items. If you are into the great, the mouthwatering and the unusual, you would do well to try it out.
TRINITY ACADEMY is the name of the parochial school (pre-school to 8) for the people of Girardville, together with those of Shenandoah, Ringtown, Lost Creek, Ashland, Gordon and Frackville. You might want to check out the school's new website: www.TrinityMatters.com
Trinity is located in the Father Walter J. Ciszek Education Center, 233 West Cherry Street, Shenandoah. Call for a personal tour!
As pastor of Girardville, I would like to see as many of our Girardville children as possible enrolled at Trinity Academy. If you would like to enroll your child there but think you can't afford it, speak with Fr. Connolly.
DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NAME OF THE STREET east of 2nd Street? I'm referring to the street that runs alongside the St. VdP parking lot and connects Mahanoy Avenue with "C" Street. I've asked a few people and they don't know.
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE POLE
I have purchased a mirror that I want to have attached to the utility pole that stands by the curb on Mahanoy Avenue (aka Route 54 / aka "the upper road") where Mahanoy meets the street referenced above. My reason is this: I know we all have to die sometime and I submit to God as to when and where and how I shall die. However, if I can do anything about it, I prefer not to die on the highway. It is dangerous to enter 54 from the street I'm referring to, especially because of the curbside parking. I had a close call recently. The mirror should help to determine whether there is any oncoming westbound vehicle. Would someone volunteer to mount the mirror on the pole? The life you save might be your pastor's (or maybe your own!)

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A FEW WORDS ABOUT EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
[Please note that nothing that I write here is "just my opinion". Everything I write here is fact. Everything I write here is based on Church law and can easily be documented. If anyone tells you that anything I write here about terminology or about the role of Extraordinary Ministers is incorrect or slanted or out of date or "the opinion of a right-winger", please tell that person to produce the evidence.]
#1 - There is no such thing in the Catholic Church as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister (or Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist). There never has been and there never will be. The only kinds of "Eucharistic ministers" that exist or that have ever existed are bishops and presbyters. Bishops and presbyters (what we commonly call "priests") are the only persons who have the power to offer the Mass, i.e. to consecrate the bread and wine. Because bishops and presbyters are the only ministers of the Eucharist, then the term "ordinary minister of the Eucharist" is superfluous and is never used, because it implies that there might be some "extraordinary minister of the Eucharist", but there is not. Not even a deacon is a minister of the Eucharist! Bishops and presbyters are both "sacerdos", but a deacon is not a "sacerdos". One must be a "sacerdos" to be a minister of the Eucharist.
#2 - We have to distinguish between "Holy Eucharist" and "Holy Communion". The terms are not interchangeable. "Holy Communion" is the act whereby a person receives the Holy Eucharist from some other person (known as a "minister of Holy Communion"). There are ordinary ministers of Holy Communion and there are extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. The ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are three and only three: bishops, presbyters (priests) and deacons.
#3 - In ideal circumstances, there will always be a sufficient number of Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (OMHC) to take care of the needs of the congregation. In less-than-ideal circumstances, there might be a need for the bishop - usually at the request of the pastor of the parish - to appoint one or more laypersons to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC).
#4 - Very important to note is this: It is considered desirable - even ideal - that laypersons should assist the priest at Mass as lectors, cantors and servers. A pastor does well if he tries to recruit and encourage laypersons to fill these roles at Mass. A pastor should look for opportunities to include as many members of his parish as possible (as long as they are competent) in the roles of lector, cantor and server. However, it is not considered desirable - and it is far from the ideal - that a pastor should look for opportunities to include laypersons as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. If there is a clear and unmistakable NEED for a parish to have EMHC, then the pastor would probably do well to train a few (a very few) members of his congregation to serve as EMHC and then ask the bishop to appoint them. However - and here is where the liberal Catholic will exit screaming - it is always sad to see laypersons distributing Holy Communion. Why? Because it implies one of two things: (a) that the diocese / parish is not producing sufficient priests and deacons to tend to the needs of the people or (b) that the element of Catholic faith known as "Eucharistic awe" has been sadly diminished in favor of some sort of "Fellowship of Word and Bread" and the parish is moving towards Catholicism Lite - an ersatz religion for which our fathers were definitely not chained in prisons dark.
#5 - Some priests, may God forgive them, have gone so far as to concoct situations in which laypersons will distribute Holy Communion while they (the priests) busy themselves with something else. Pope John Paul II said that priests who do this betray a "reprehensible" attitude.
Can anyone translate this for me?
Sorry to say, my knowledge of Lithuanian is non-existent.
GYVOJO ROŽANCIAUS IR MALDOS APAŠT DRAUGIJOS.
These words are written on the plaque underneath the Last Supper on the front of the altar at St. Vincent dePaul Church.

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 HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
MASS SCHEDULE
Thursday, 14 August
04:00 pm - St. Vincent DePaul Church
07:00 pm - St. Joseph Church
Friday, 15 August
12:00 noon - St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm - St. Joseph Church
A few words to those who - all things considered and given their druthers - would druther go to Heaven than go to Hell:
First of all, let me affirm you in your desire to go to Heaven rather than Hell. You have made the right decision. Now, all you need to do is supplement your decision with actions. In regard to that, please note that Friday, 15 August, is the Solemnity known as
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, BODY AND SOUL, INTO HEAVEN or, for short, THE ASSUMPTION.
Church Law commands all Catholics who are not excused for a serious reason to attend Mass this coming Friday (or Thursday vigil).
Persons who are excused include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) persons who are so sick they cannot leave the house without harm to themselves or to others; (b) persons who have fallen down and can't get up; (c) persons who have gotten up but can't fall down; (d) astronauts currently in orbit around one of the outer planets of this solar system or any planet of some other solar system; (e) persons who are certifiably deceased.
So, please make sure you get to Mass this coming Friday (or Thursday afternoon or evening.) To do so is a serious obligation. If a person, with full knowledge and full consent of the will, were to refuse to fulfill this obligation, he or she would be committing a mortal sin. Trust me: you don't want to be in the state of mortal sin!
HELP WANTED
St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish are looking to hire a
MAINTENANCE MAN. By "maintenance man" I mean a person who is able and willing to perform the full gamut of chores that are required to keep our five buildings in good condition. Honesty, dependability, good health and physical stamina are among the qualities we hope to find in the person we shall employ.
Please call Fr. Connolly if you are interested, or if you want to recommend someone.
The Rectory phone is 570.276.6033 and Fr. Connolly's cell phone is 570.617.9107.

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 MASS SCHEDULE: 10 - 17 AUGUST 2008
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 09 August
Vigil of Sunday
4:00 pm - LEON RYAN 05:30 pm
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 10 August
19th Sunday of Ordinary Time
 08:30 am - Deceased:
HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the members of the HNS

Tuesday, 15 July
Weekday
 08:00 am - JUNE ANN PELLEGRINO
by Eileen Rowland

Thursday, 17 July
Vigil of Assumption (Sol)
04:00 pm - DEMETRI BOZYLINSKI
by the Zuber and the Beaver families

Friday, 18 July
 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (Sol)
12:00 noon - ROSE M. MACHEESE
by George Scrobol

Saturday, 16 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm - ALBERT and MARY PEKITUS 0
by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by

Sunday, 17 August
20th Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am - ROSALIE YANNI GENNERELLA LAOH
(3rd anniversary) by the members of the LAOH
by her husband, Bruno

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