MASS SCHEDULE: 1017 MAY 2009
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 09 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — STEPHEN DYSZEL Jr.
by his mother, his wife and his family

Sunday, 10 May
5th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — Deceased: DAN and ANNA McCARTHY FAMILY
by Philip McCarthy

Monday, 11 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — MARY BARTASAVAGE GRIFFITHS
by Vincent and Joan Gormas

Wednesday, 13 May
Our Lady of Fatima (OptMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: PETER DeLUCA FAMILY
by the family

Friday, 15 May
St. Isidore the Farmer (OptMem)
08:00 am — PAUL and MARY KOWALICK and FAMILY
by Patricia Kowalick

Saturday, 16 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — Bishop THOMAS J. WELSH
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — SOPHIE and FLORIE PANACCIO
by Argia Yurenka

Sunday, 17 May
6th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — THERESA R. BERNOTAS
by the Ayello family



 MASS SCHEDULE: 1017 MAY 2009
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 09 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — Deceased: YEKENCHIK, BALUTIS and DEMSHOCK FAMILIES
by Gina Yekenchik and Kristen Demshock

Sunday, 10 May
5th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by HNS

Tuesday, 12 May
Ss. Nereus and Achilles, martyrs; St. Pancras, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — MARY WINKLER
by Jeanette Winkler and Helen Winkler

Thursday, 14 May
St. Matthias, apostle (Fst)
07:00 pm — ANNA JEAN BALUTIS YEKENCHIK
by her daughter, Gina

Saturday, 16 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANN MARIE KRYNAK
by Henry and Mary Catherine Williams

Sunday, 17 May
6th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — Deceased: CONNELL and KARVOIS FAMILIES
by the Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 05.10.2009 - 01


 COLLECTION TOTALS FR OM LAST WEEKEND:
02 / 03 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
: $1,424.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $105.00 from the second collection (plate); $329.00 from the Dues envelopes; $64.00 from the Mission Cooperative (MSHR) envelopes; $76.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $1,020.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $326.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $140.00 from the Mission Cooperative (MSHR) envelopes; $141.00 from the loose. Thank you.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Monday, 11 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 14 May
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 15 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Monday, 11 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 15 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND!



WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE that the vases of flowers in the sanctuary at St. Joseph Church this weekend were donated by Rosemary Catizone Zelli, in memory of her late mother, Concetta Beck Catizone.

stjos/stvdp: 05.10.2009 - 02



IAN, THE SATURDAY OFFICE BOY, informed me that he just cleaned up a pile of pigeon detritus (that’s a fancy word for something not so fancy) from the front steps of St. Vincent dePaul Church. I commended him for this and assured him that this deed would be inscribed in his Book of Good Deeds and will be brought up in his favor on Judgment Day. As it says in the Bible (but don’t ask me where):
“Blessed is he who cleaneth up the droppings of the pigeons and other such foul and nasty leavings, for, verily and forsooth, he shall be highly exalted!”
This brings me to a particular request.
Is there anyone who would be willing to do what is necessary in order to discourage the pigeons from nesting on the façade of Saint Vincent dePaul Church? They seem to congregate mostly around the statue of our noble patron saint (pigeons have no respect!) and also, I guess, in the bell tower.
If anyone can come up with a plan to de-pigeonize our property — a plan that won’t cost us an arm and a leg, I shall be most grateful.
Anyone?
A fringe benefit of removing the pigeons is that you can invite your friends and neighbors over for barbecued squab and they can have seconds!
I’ve spoken to Kateri about playing a role in pigeon control, but she says that her contract restricts herself to pigeons on the ground. She said her Union Steward told her that she has no obligation to climb up to the bell tower.
Q — What kind of a nation would the United States of America be if all of the cars in the entire country were painted pink and white?
A — We’d be a pink-and-white car nation!
TALKING ABOUT PINK and WHITE CARNATIONS, please know that you can buy a carnation for your mother after Mass this weekend. And, if you’re fortunate enough to have a grandmother, you might want to buy one for her too. And don’t forget your mother-in-law!
Someone will be selling carnations in the back of the church this weekend (StJos and StVdP). The price is one dollar. (You can’t beat it!) These are fresh carnations! In fact, if they were any fresher, they’d be downright insulting! So, get them while the getting is good.

 THERE ARE BELLS THAT PEAL!
AND BANANAS YOU CAN PEEL!
THERE ARE EVEN COURTS OF APPEAL!
But the best peal of all is

THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL!

I would be grateful if every member of our two parishes would make it a point to peel off a few bills for the 2009 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. You may be certain that I have done so. I make the Bishop’s Annual Appeal my principal charitable donation each year. The good that is done with the money received is enormous and, unlike many charities, the administrative costs are a very small percentage. What we give to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, we give to Jesus Christ.

stjos/stvdp: 05.10.2009- 03


A PIERCE OF MY MIND
I have never made any bones about it: I am quite certain that it is morally wrong to have one’s body tattooed for ornamental purposes and, with the singular exception of a woman or girl having her ear lobes pierced in order to hang earrings, I also think it is sinful to have one’s body pierced for ornamental purposes.
For the record (and as a disclaimer), I would like it to be known that I have nothing whatsoever against the late President Franklin Pierce nor do I think it is a sin to let out a piercing scream, especially if one has a nervous temperament and there is some reasonable cause.
I have no doubt that someone who is reading this will think ill of me and will say that I am judgmental (yawn) and dictatorial (double yawn) and might even spend forty-two cents to send a letter of complaint to someone about me.
These are the hazards that a priest has to deal with this in this age when we are all supposed to be nice, as if our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ offered himself up to be crucified so that everybody would be nice.
Be that as it may, I want to say that I am quite certain that tattoos and body piercings are displeasing to the Lord.
When I lived in Pottsville and drove back and forth between St. Joseph Church (Howard Avenue) and St. Francis deSales Church (Mount Carbon), I would, of necessity, pass by a business establishment on the west side of South Centre Street. This building has a large plate glass window and has gone through various incarnations. As I recall, it had been an electronics store and then a dry-cleaning store and then it was a place that produced and sold tee shirts and sweat shirts with logos and designs to suit the customer. Most recently (and currently), it is a tattoo-and-body-piercing parlor.
The store has always had a large plate-glass display window. I notice that, ever since the tattoo / piercing business moved in, the display window features a large number of skulls --- not just pictures of skulls, but three-dimensional replicas of skulls. Not just one or two or three or four skulls, but lots of skulls, all lined up. The word “macabre” comes to mind. I have nothing against skulls as skulls. In fact I always carry a skull with me, viz. my own. I carry it on top of my neck, but make it a point to cover it up with skin and hair whenever I am around people.
I wonder why this tattoo / piercing parlor features skulls. Skulls suggest death, do they not? Skulls as Hallowe’en decorations are acceptable because we all know that they are meant as a seasonal joke. But skulls year round? What’s the context? I think it’s creepy.
It makes me think that there is an alliance between the Culture of Death and the whole tattoo / body-piercing enterprise.
On second thought, maybe I shouldn’t complain. Maybe this is truth in advertising.
And then, if you walk a few blocks north and cross over to the other side of the street, you will come to another tattoo / body-piercing establishment. This is located on the east side of North Centre Street. This parlor has a name. Do you know what the name is? I kid you not. You can check it out for yourselves. The name is
FALLEN ANGELS. In the display window, there is a large silhouette type image of a dark angel.
I presume that the owner of this establishment knows what “fallen angels” means. I can’t imagine that he / she doesn’t know what it means. Just in case you are not sure what it means, I’ll be happy to tell you. It means the formerly celestial beings who joined in the Luciferian rebellion against God, as a result of which they were cast out of God’s presence. “Fallen angels” is a synonym for “devils”. Fallen angels / devils are pure-spirit persons whose principal enterprise, ever since they fell, is the frustration (if it were possible) of God’s plan to divinize human beings.

“Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. Although the dragon and his angels fought back, they were overpowered and lost their place in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent known as the devil or Satan, the seducer of the whole world, was driven out; he was hurled down to earth and his minions with him.” (Rev 12, 7-9)

Now my question is: Why would someone name his tattoo / piercing parlor in honor of the minions of Satan? Does this imply that there is some connection between the tattooing / body-piercing enterprise and the Dragon’s enterprise to debase the human species? Could it possibly be that the disfiguring of the bodies of human beings plays into the diabolical enterprise?
Do you know something? I think it does. Well, once again, let’s acknowledge “truth in advertising”.
But that brings up another question:
WHY would these business places be TRUTHFUL in their advertising? Isn’t Truth something that Satan avoids like the plague? Would it not serve his purposes to be anonymous? I think I know the answer. These instances of “truth in advertising” are bells that God compels some demons to hang around their necks, so as to alert the unwary. I just rang a couple of those bells for you. Now you say: TAT TOO! And I say: YOU’RE WELCOME!

stjos/stvdp: 05.10.2009 - 04

 


TATTOOS AND BODY-PIERCING: THE MORAL DIMENSION

by Father Peter Joseph

Many good people are repelled by modern fads and fashions, such as tattooing, multiple earrings and other body-piercing, but feel unequipped to give a clear judgment on the morality of such practices, or to rebut the charge that they are elevating their personal preferences into a moral code. In this article, I will set out some criteria that are relevant to making a moral judgment on these things.
In some cultures, a special bodily mark or design - on the forehead, for example - signifies a certain attainment or marital status, or whatever, and is socially acceptable. Ethiopian Christians, to name one group, wear tattoo crosses on their foreheads. In Samoa, it was once a widespread custom to tattoo the eldest son or daughter of the local ruling family.

WESTERN SOCIETIES
In Western societies, ear-rings and make-up are acceptable as a part of feminine fashions and public presentability. But certain types of body-piercing and decorations in our society may be extreme and unjustified, and some of them are motivated by anti-Christian sentiments.
It would be impossible to give black-and-white judgments on all bodily decorations. But we can point to a few negative aspects which should be of concern to a Christian. Unless otherwise stated, this article will refer to Western societies only.

1. EXULTATION IN THE UGLY. More than just being ugly, some body-piercing is the expression of delight in being ugly. We recognize bad taste in tattoos, rings and studs, by looking at their nature, size, extent and place on the body. Ironically, even florid and colorful tattoos fade over time and end up looking dark and dreary. When one considers how, in concentration camps, prisoners were treated like animals and branded on their arm with a number, it is amazing to think that people today adopt similar markings as if they were fashionable or smart. This is truly the sign of a return to barbarity, the behavior of people who do not have any sense of the dignity of the human person.

2. SELF-MUTILATION AND SELF-DISFIGUREMENT. This is a sin against the body and against the Fifth Commandment. Some body-piercing verges on self-mutilation. A form of self-hatred or self-rejection motivates some to pierce themselves or decorate themselves in a hideous and harmful fashion. The human body was not made by God to be a pin cushion.

3. HARM TO HEALTH. Doctors have spoken publicly on this health issue. In 2001, researchers at both the University of Texas and the Australian National University reported on harm to health caused by tattoos and body-piercing. Some earrings (on the navel, tongue or upper ear) are unhealthy and can cause infections or lasting harm such as deformities of the skin. They can also poison the blood for some time (septicemia).

4. A DESIRE TO SHOCK AND REPEL. It can be appropriate to shock people, as for example, when one recounts the plight of poor and hungry people, or protests against crimes or terrible exploitation. This can be a healthy thing, when done properly and with due care, in order to arouse people out of complacency, so that they realize something must be done. But to shock people for the thrill of shocking them, with no intention to promote truth and goodness, is not a virtue, but a sign of a perverted sense of values. In evaluating tattoos under this heading of repulsiveness, we look at the nature of the images, the size and number of the tattoos, and their place on the body. In evaluating piercings, we consider similarly their extent and location on the body.

5. INDECENCY AND IRREVERENCE. It is always immoral to get or exhibit tattoos of indecent images or phrases, or derisive figures of Our Lord or His Mother or holy things. Tattoos are more serious than other adornments since they are more or less permanent marks on the body. There's many a man or woman who has been tattooed gladly in youth, but regretted it not so many years later when they came to regard it as an embarrassing disfigurement. Once they mature, they pay dearly for the luxury of getting rid of it. The removal of tattoos is expensive and difficult - and can leave scars. The removal of big tattoos requires surgery under a general anesthetic, with all the potential risks, plus the significant medical and hospital costs. The removal of large tattoos can leave big segments of the skin permanently disfigured or blotched, like skin that has been burnt. Many adults find themselves ineligible for some jobs, because businesses will not employ them with their hands covered in tattoos, impossible to conceal years after their youthful folly.

UNIVERSAL CRITERIA
In any culture, things can arise, become acceptable, and become part of the culture - but this does not necessarily make them right. Here are some examples from foreign cultures which I equally regard as wrong. In one tribe of Africa, women wear gigantic and heavy ear-rings which change the shape of the ear-lobes. In another place, women put coils around their necks and elongate them unnaturally, or put plates in their mouths to make the lips protrude some inches. In China, there was once the practice of binding girls' feet tightly to stop them from growing, because small dainty feet were admired. These and other drastic alterations to the natural growth of the human body must be judged immoral, as forms of abuse springing from vanity.
It is not always possible to draw an exact line and say where the bounds of moderation have been exceeded. But this does not mean that there is no line. No-one can define at what exact temperature a day passes from being cool to cold, but everyone knows that when the temperature is near zero, it is cold beyond dispute. Let us never fall for the ploy which tries to argue from borderline or difficult cases that there are no guidelines or principles, and that there is no such thing as a just mean or moderation, just because they are hard to define.
The human body is meant to be treated with care, not maltreated or disfigured. Its dignity and beauty must be kept and cultivated, in order that it be an expression of the deeper beauty of the soul.

The author has a doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University, and is currently the Chancellor of the Maronite Diocese of Sydney.

stjos/stvdp: 05.10.2009 -05


 

GIRARDVILLE
MAY
PROCESSION
in honor of the Blessed Mother of God
Tuesday, 12 May
6:30 pm

St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish, together with the children of Trinity Academy, will honor the Holy Virgin Mother by processing from St. Joseph Church to St. Vincent dePaul Church.
We are happy to know that members of the Father Sheridan Council of the Knights of Columbus will be serving as Honor Guard for the procession.
We encourage ALL of our parishioners and ALL of the residents of Girardville to turn out in order to pay homage to the great Queen Mother of God’s kingdom.

AD
IESUM
PER
MARIAM

stjos/stvdp: 05.10.2009 - 06


 

HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY
TO ALL THE MOTHERS OF OUR TWO PARISHES AND TO ALL THE MOTHERS OF GIRARDVILLE, MAHANOY PLANE, LOST CREEK, WILLIAM PENN, SHENANDOAH, ASHLAND, FRACKVILLE, CONNERTON, RAVEN RUN, BROWNSVILLE, BUTLER TOWNSHIP and all other venues in our fair county, especially those north of the mountain.

IN HONOR OF MOTHER’S DAY, we hereby present you with:

THINGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME

My mother taught me TO RESPECT PROPERTY
"If you boys want to rip each other from limb to limb, do it outside, not in here! I just finished cleaning! I don’t want your blood and guts on my nice clean rug."

My mother taught me LOGIC
"Do it because I said so! That's why!"

My mother taught me IRONY
"You just keep on snickering, boy, and I'll give you something to snicker about."

My mother taught me about OSMOSIS
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper!"

My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM
"You say you took a shower? Just look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

My mother taught me about PERSISTENCE
"You're going to sit in that chair and not get out of it until you finish every morsel of food on that plate and I don’t care if you’re still sitting there five years from now!"

My mother taught me about METAPHOR and SIMILE
"Your room looks like a tornado went through it!"

My mother taught me how to deal with HYPOTHETICAL SITUATIONS
"If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you; would you listen then?"

My mother taught me about ENVY
"You don’t know how lucky you are! There are millions of children who would give their eye teeth to have devoted parents who care about them like you have!"

AND NOW, my personal all time favorite proverb about mothers:

AN OUNCE OF MOTHER
IS WORTH A TON OF PRIEST!

stjos/stvdp: 05.10.2009 - 07

 


 

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT Vice-President Joe Biden is first in line to the office of President of the United States, in the event (God forbid) of the death or incapacity of President Barack Obama. Most persons probably know that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is second in line to the office of President, in the event (God forbid) of the deaths or incapacities of both the President and the Vice-President.
But who is third in line? And fourth in line? And fifth in line? Etc., etc.
If you would like to know (and even if you would not like to know), we hereby present to you:
THE CONSTITUTIONAL LINE OF SUCCESSION TO THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, TOGETHER WITH THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO CURRENTLY HOLD THE OFFICES THAT PLACE THEM IN THAT LINE. We think it will give you pause and might even provide extra incentive for you to pray for the health and safety of President Obama and Vice-President Biden.

 


FIRST in line: Vice-President JOE BIDEN
SECOND
in line: Speaker of the House NANCY PELOSI
THIRD
in line: President Pro-Tem of the Senate ROBERT BYRD
FOURTH
in line: Secretary of State HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
FIFTH
in line: Secretary of the Treasury TIMOTHY GEITHNER
SIXTH
in line: Secretary of Defense ROBERT GATES
SEVENTH
in line: Attorney General ERIC HOLDER
EIGHTH
in line: Secretary of the Interior KEN SALAZAR
NINTH
in line: Secretary of Agriculture TOM VILSACK
TENTH
in line: Secretary of Commerce GARY LOCKE
ELEVENTH
in line: Secretary of Labor HILDA SOLIS
TWELFTH
in line: Secretary of Health and Human Services KATHLEEN SEBELIUS
THIRTEENTH
in line: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development SHAUN DONOVAN
FOURTEENTH
in line: Secretary of Transportation RAY LaHOOD
FIFTEENTH
in line: Secretary of Energy STEVEN CHU
SIXTEENTH
in line: Secretary of Education ARNE DUNCAN
SEVENTEENTH
in line: Secretary of Veterans Affairs ERIC SHINESKI
EIGHTEENTH
in line: Secretary of Homeland Security JANET NAPOLITANO

stjos/stvdp: 05.10.2009 - 08

 

 

 

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