Saturday, 27 June
Vigil of Sunday
by Argia Yurenka

Sunday, 28 June
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by M/M Albert Amberlavage

Monday, 29 June
SS. Peter and Paul, apostles (Fst)
08:00 am — MARY ANN BURNS
by Diane P. O’Connor and family

Wednesday, 01 July
Bd. Junipero Serra, priest (OptMem)
by his wife, Alice

Friday, 03 July
St. Thomas, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — MARY BIRSTER
by Jean Weist

Saturday, 04 July
St. Elizabeth of Portugal (OptMem)
by the parish
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Deceased: DAN and ANNA McCARTHY FAMILY
by Philip McCarthy

Sunday, 05 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Clarke Trust


Saturday, 27 June
Vigil of Sunday
by their family

Sunday, 28 June
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — In Thanksgiving to SAINT ANTHONY
by Rose D’Alfonso Popeck

Tuesday, 30 June
The First Holy Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church (OptMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: GORMAS FAMILY
by Vincent and Joan

Thursday, 02 July
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 04 July
Vigil of Sunday
by Jeanette Winkler and Helen Winkler

Sunday, 05 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by his son and his daughter-in-law, Ralph and Debbie

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20 / 21 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
$871.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the second collection (plate); $70.00 from the Dues envelopes; $136.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes; $83.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $930.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $159.00 from the second collection (plate); $5.00 from the Catholic Home Missions envelopes; $5.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes; $111.00 from the loose. Thank you.


Wednesday, 01 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 02 July
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 03 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 01 July
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 03 July
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


HERE IS SOMETHING I JUST LEARNED that I thought might be of local interest, inasmuch as there are said to be one or two or more persons of Irish heritage living here in the North Country: Dennis Cardinal Dougherty who, as a lad, was a member of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, once raised $100,000 to send to the Irish Republican Army to assist the cause of the rebels in the Irish War of Independence (January 1919 to July 1921). (Back in those days, one hundred thousand dollars was a lot of money!) Dinny was no pacifist, that’s for sure! Now I know why His Eminence was never knighted by His Britannic Majesty.

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Someone wanted to know why we were taking up a special collection to buy pants for Peter. He wanted to know, “Who the heck is Peter and why can’t Peter buy his own pants and, besides, just how many pairs of pants does Peter need? And can’t we just give that poor old ne’er-do-well Peter twenty bucks or so out of the poor box and be done with it? For sure, Pete can find pants off the rack for twenty bucks at Wal-Mart! Why do we have to make such a big deal of it and take up a whole big collection for this simple purpose?
Well, inquiring minds want to know! So, here goes:
Point #1 — “Peter” is Saint Peter and Saint Peter (metaphorically) is whoever happens to be the Pope. In other words, Pope Benedict XVI is Peter! Okay? You got that? Point #2 — It’s not “pants”, it’s “pence” and “pence” is a classic English word for something like a penny. “Pence” is sort of a cutesy, old-fashioned way of saying “money”. You know? Like “ha’penny” and “pence” and “tuppence” and “thruppence”, etc. So, when we say we’re collecting “Peter’s Pence”, we’re really saying that we’re collecting a few bucks to send to our dear Holy Father, the Pope, for him to do with as he sees fit. No doubt he has a lot of bills to pay but, if he wants to use it to buy some pants for Peter, that’s perfectly okay with me.
Okay? You got that? Now let’s hear no more about Peter’s Pants, for crying out loud!
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AS WE OBSERVE THE FOURTH OF JULY, may we not forget these words from the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

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first child of Robert and Stephanie (Marhon) Burns, will be baptized today (Sunday) in St. Joseph Church.
Preceding the actual baptism, the parents and godparents will be questioned about their intentions in regard to the child.
Then the child will be welcomed into the Christian community by the sign of the cross traced on his forehead by the priest, followed by all who are present.
Then there are readings, a homily and intercessions. Then comes an exorcism, followed by an anointing with Oleum Catechumenorum on his chest and his back.
Then, after some brief prayers, we go to the baptism font. We bless the water, invoking the Holy Spirit of God upon it.
Then come the baptism promises in the form of questions.
The priest then sprinkles those present with the baptism water.
The parents and godparents are asked one final time if they want the child baptized.
Then comes the actual baptism: The child is placed three times into the font up to his neck, and water is poured three times over his head.
The words are spoken:
(These words and no other. The formulary of Baptism is exact, precise and succinct.)
The child is now born again. The original sin has been removed. He is regenerated. He is a son of God the Father, a brother of God the Son, a temple of God the Holy Spirit. He is a member of the Catholic Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ.
Now we allow some time for the child to be dressed in the white gown or suit that his parents and godparents have provided for him.
We remember that it is incorrect to dress the child in the baptism outfit prior to the actual baptism. The white outfit symbolizes the baptismal purity --- a purity that did not pre-exist the actual baptism.
Then we chrismate the child, i.e. we place Sanctum Chrisma on his head in the form of a cross.
Then we give him a candle, which he lights from the Paschal Candle.
(So as not to risk the cancellation of our fire-insurance policy, we shall entrust the duty of lighting the candle to someone other than Brady. We trust he will not be offended, although children his age tend to be enormously sensitive to perceived slights.)

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AS WE MAKE READY TO WELCOME OUR NEW DIOCESAN BISHOP, we might want to become acquainted (or re-acquainted) with some of the canons (laws) of the Church that have to do with bishops. Here is one such law:

Canon #378
§1. In regard to the suitability of a candidate for the episcopacy, it is required that he is:

01/ outstanding in solid faith, good morals, piety, zeal for souls, wisdom, prudence, and human virtues, and endowed with other qualities which make him suitable to fulfill the office in question;
02/ of good reputation;
03/ at least thirty-five years old;
04/ ordained to the presbyterate for at least five years;
05/ in possession of a doctorate or at least a licentiate in sacred scripture, theology, or canon law from an institute of higher studies approved by the Apostolic See, or at least truly expert in the same disciplines.

§2. The definitive judgment concerning the suitability of the one to be promoted pertains to the Apostolic See.

Some words that might be unfamiliar are these: “episcopacy” means “office of bishop”; “presbyterate” means “office of priest”; “licentiate” means “master’s degree”.

DRINKING A CUP OF COFFEE AND READING THE NEWSPAPER after Mass, I turned to the obituaries. The older I get, the more closely I read the obituaries, even of persons I don’t know at all. In the Tuesday, 23 June, listing of persons who had died, I saw the name, Joan Ann Miller Zangari. I am not acquainted with the deceased, but I learned that she was a 62-year-old widow who lived on Centre Street in Ashland, that she has three daughters and two grandchildren “AND A FUTURE GRANDDAUGHTER IN NOVEMBER”. That last phrase caught my attention and serves as the reason I am referring to this obituary in our parish bulletin.
How wonderful that the family decided to include this yet unborn little girl in her grandmother’s obituary! In the midst of their sorrow at their mother’s death, they did not forget the little one who is still inside her mother but who is as really and truly a member of that family as are any of her elders. This is a great pro-life witness! The little girl is not “just a fetus”. She is a living human being, a little girl, who has an immortal human soul and a mortal human body. Her soul is complete; her body is still being “knit in her mother’s womb” (cf Psalm 139,13).
May God bless Mrs. Zangari’s family for bearing witness in the obituary to the dignity of the unborn child. May God grant eternal rest to Joan Ann. May her newest granddaughter come safely and happily into the outside world and to the font of baptism


I would not like it to be said that the people of St. Vincent dePaul Parish and of St. Joseph Parish did not contribute their fair share to this most important of all charities.
To be honest, I would have to say that —
AS OF NOW — we have not done our fair share.
It all boils down to individuals. So, I put it to you flatly but respectfully:
HAVE YOU GIVEN YOUR FAIR SHARE TO THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL FOR 2009? If yes, thank you. If not, please do so.

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PLEASE TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. It is the “May picture” from the Catholic Heritage calendar. Most Catholic parishes (including our own) purchase calendars each year and distribute them free of charge to parishioners and others. “Catholic Heritage” is a brand name. Pastors are free to select calendars of their own preference from any one of a number of suppliers. One of the drawbacks when purchasing calendars is this: The pastor doesn’t usually get to preview all of the pictures before signing the contract. He usually sees the picture that graces the month of January and simply trusts that all of the other pictures are “suitable”. When I was a pastor in Pottsville, I often purchased “Catholic Heritage” calendars. I’m glad that I did not do so this year for the Girardville parishes.
This picture, as you can see, portrays Judas (see the moneybag and the spilled coins) and an ethereal image of the risen Christ. Do you know of any basis for such a scene either in Sacred Scripture or Sacred Tradition? No, you don’t! Why don’t you? Because there is none! This picture and the inclusion of it in a Catholic calendar is not an innocent act of sentimental religious imagination. On the contrary, it is an act of sabotage.
Please do not misinterpret my meaning. I am not — in any way, shape or form — criticizing any parish that circulated this calendar, neither explicitly nor implicitly. The pastors of those parishes had nothing to do with this picture being in the calendar. They were taken advantage of. I could easily have been one of them. I’m glad I was not.
What is the not-so-hidden agenda of the persons who propagate this kind of “heresy in picture form”? At least part of their insidious agenda is the propagation of the dangerous heresy known as Universalism. What does Universalism say? Something like this: It doesn’t matter what kind of sin you commit. In the long run, Jesus forgives everybody and everybody goes to heaven. Look! Jesus forgave Judas and, so, Judas went to heaven. So, you and I don’t really have to worry about our sins. Just trust in Jesus and you don’t have to confess your sins. It doesn’t matter that Jesus said about Judas, “One of you is a devil!” It doesn’t matter that Jesus said about Judas, “It would be better for that man if he had never been born”. It’s all okay!

I have no doubt that this picture has already done spiritual harm to a good number of our fellow Catholics. Brethren, be sober, be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, like a roaring lion, goes about seeking the destruction of souls.

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