MASS SCHEDULE: 19 - 26 JULY 2009

Saturday, 18 July
Vigil of Sunday
by John and Dianne Catizone

Sunday, 19 July
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Ayello family

Monday, 20 July
St. Apollinaris, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am - JOSEPH T. CESCON
by Barbara Rehnert Kull

Wednesday, 22 July
St. Mary Magdalene (OblMem)
08:00 am - DANIEL W. SCHMIDT
by James J. Feeney

Friday, 24 July
St. Sharbel Makhluf, priest (OptMem)
by Joseph and Marie Palerino

Saturday, 25 July
St. James the Greater, apostle (Fst)
by Joseph T. Cescon (+) and family
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm - ANNA McCARTHY
by Philip McCarthy

Sunday, 26 July
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am - PAUL KOWALICK Sr. (3rd anniversary)
by Patricia Kowalick

 MASS SCHEDULE: 19 - 26 JULY 2009

Saturday, 18 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm - Deceased: BENDOKAS FAMILY
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 19 July
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Connell family

Tuesday, 21 July
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest, doctor (OptMem)
by Joseph and Theresa Gudonis
06:30 pm - God's Blessings on Fr. DAVID M. LIEBNER on his 80th Birthday
by his friends and former parishioners in Girardville

Thursday, 23 July
St. Bridget of Sweden, religious (OptMem)
by Mary Burns

Saturday, 25 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm - JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his daughter, Robby Jo Krick Anderson

Sunday, 26 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Aunt Jeanne

stjos/stvdp: 07.19.2009 - 01

11 / 12 JULY

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,066.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $94.00 from the second collection (plate); $113.00 from the Dues envelopes; $255.00 from the Summer Banks envelopes; $74.00 from the loose. Total: $1,602.00
Non-parish receipts: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,602.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($290.08), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($444.49), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,092.74, one sees that $509.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $945.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $100.00 from the second collection (plate); $64.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $93.00 from the loose. Total: $1,202.00.
Non-parish receipts: $96.00 from the Mission Co-op envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,202.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($183.92), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($267.81), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $702.71, one sees that $499.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 22 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 23 July
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 24 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 22 July
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 24 July
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


stjos/stvdp: 07.19.2009 - 02

Because of limited seating at the Cathedral, attendance at the Mass of Ordination and Installation of Bishop-elect Barres on 30 July 09 will be by ticket only.
However, parishioners will be able to watch the Mass. There will be live streaming video available on the Diocesan Website: Just click on the link that will be posted there. Customers of Service Electric and Blue Ridge cable will be able to watch the Mass on the local channels of those cable systems.
Fr. David M. Liebner will observe his 80th birthday on Wednesday, 22 July 2009.
As everyone surely knows, Fr. Liebner is the pastor emeritus of St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
On Tuesday, 21 July, at 6:30 pm, there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Vincent dePaul Church.
After Mass, there will be an informal gathering in the parish hall (the old school) in order to give Father an opportunity to greet and be greeted by some old friends and parishioners.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
Fr. Liebner asked me to tell the people that
he truly requests that there not be any gifts or presents of any kind.
I think we should honor this request.
I would like to say the following on behalf of St. Vincent dePaul Parish and on behalf of the Birthday Boy's many friends from St. Joseph Parish and elsewhere:
We love and respect Father Liebner. We give thanks to God for creating him. We are grateful for the service that he rendered to our parish and to our community. We pray that God will increase his joys, diminish his sorrows and keep him in our midst for many years to come. And when those years to come have come and gone, may Fr. David M. Liebner go immediately to heaven.
Happy Birthday, dear friend, father and pastor emeritus!
I WAS ON THE NORTHEAST EXTENSION LATE FRIDAY NIGHT, returning to Girardville from Philadelphia, where I had celebrated my grandniece's wedding Mass. I needed a cup of coffee to keep alert on the highway. One's choices of places to buy coffee are limited on the Turnpike. I stopped at the refreshment area south of the Lehigh Valley interchange. I went to Starbucks. Starbucks is kind of pricey for the likes of me. My parents raised me to be more of a McDonald's guy than a Starbucks guy, but coffee was what I wanted and Starbucks has coffee.
I usually get a large coffee at McDonald's, but I didn't want to get a large on Friday night, because I didn't want to get too much caffeine in me so late at night. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to sleep when I got back to the Rectory.
So, I decided to get a medium coffee.
Have you ever tried to order a medium coffee at Starbucks?
The waitress told me that they had
TALL and GRANDE and VENTI and pointed to the sign. This was not my first time at Starbucks - I'm not that much of a hick - but I always have trouble remembering which is which.
I was not in the mood for playing games with the gal. So, I looked at the sign and I looked at her and I said with calm and quiet deliberation:
"Un café Americano, por favor --- GRANDE!" That seemed to do it. She got me my medium black coffee and I paid her whatever it was she asked for. I think it was a hundred and fifty dollars or something like that. But I felt kind of proud of myself. I can speak Starbucks! All I need is a little more practice. I still prefer McDonald's.

stjos/stvdp: 07.19.2009- 03


The following entry appeared in THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING - see Pottsville Republican & Herald, 18 July 09, page 11:

"I think it's laughable that conservative columnists like Kathryn Lopez want to defend these politicians that are wanting to control our personal lives, and then they do something like cheat on their wives or whatever. I don't care what they do with their personal lives. That's their business. It's our business who we want to marry, whether we want to use birth control, whether we want legal abortion. They ought to leave us alone and let everybody live their own lives."

With all due respect, I would like to comment on what the caller from Girardville has to say. He (she) makes the following somewhat inter-related assertions: (a) that politics (laws) should not impact on the personal lives of citizens; (b) that politics (laws) should not govern our choice of marriage partners; (c) that politics (laws) should not prevent persons from having abortions; (d) that politics (laws) should "leave us alone and let everybody live their own lives".
Let's think about these things:
I think that what the caller refers to as "personal lives" might more accurately be called "private lives". With that in mind, how do we distinguish between our "private lives" and our "public lives"? Is there some magic formula by which we can make this distinction? If I want to practice playing my trumpet at 3:00 am in my garage because that is the most convenient hour and venue for me to practice, due to my work schedule, is that my "private life" or does it cross over into "public life"? If I don't wish to bathe or to mow my loan or to shovel the snow from my pavement or if I want to raise hogs in my backyard, are these choices part of my "private life" or do they cross over into "public life"? What about if I want to convert my front lawn into a pet cemetery?
In regard to choice of marriage partners, should the law be able to tell me that I am not allowed to marry my first cousin or my half brother or my sister's daughter - or all three at one time, if I (and they) are so inclined? As far as I know, the laws of the State of Pennsylvania have never allowed me and currently do not allow me to marry any of these persons, either individually or collectively. Is that okay with the caller or does he (she) consider that to be an intrusion by government on his (her) private life?
In regard to the caller's objection to laws that forbid or restrict abortion, how does he (she) reconcile this objection with his (her) assertion that the laws should let "everybody live their own lives"? Laws against abortion are laws that have as their object the protection of human lives. If the caller truly believes that everybody should be able to "live their own lives", then he (she) should want the state to do what is possible so that everyone would be able to live his or her own life, so that there would be as few homicides as possible.
There is one thing certain: Aborted babies are never able to "live their own lives".
Acceptance of legalized abortion is acceptance of the principle that Might makes Right.

Time to brush up on your Suscipiat!
Mass will be celebrated "according to the extraordinary form
NEXT Sunday - 26 July - at 11:30 am in St. Joseph Church.
Father Connolly will be going unto the altar of God, to God who gives joy to his youth.
You can come too!

stjos/stvdp: 07.19.2009 - 04


Sometimes people get confused when they hear that some priest has "left" or "retired from" the priesthood. They say "How can a priest leave or retire from the priesthood? Isn't the priesthood something permanent?"
Well, let's put it this way:
Even if a priest were to leave the priesthood, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, the priesthood cannot leave the priest.
(You might recall that, in last weekend's bulletin, we said that a man who receives Ordination to the Order of Priest acquires an indelible mark on his soul (an ontological change).
The same applies to anyone who receives Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination to the Order of Deacon and Ordination to the Order of Bishop.
In order to deepen our understanding, we should become familiar with two terms: "power of orders" and "power of jurisdiction".
One cannot lose "power of orders" nor can it be taken away.
One can, however, lose "power of jurisdiction" and this can be taken away.
Let me use myself as an example.
On 21 May 1966, I received the power of orders proper to the Priesthood. This conferral of orders was and is absolutely irrevocable.
A few days later, I was handed a document by Bishop McShea. This document was called "faculties". It was a "license" to practice as a priest in the Diocese of Allentown. The document said that it was good "usque ad revocationem". In other words, the Bishop was saying to me: "I am allowing you to function as a priest in the Diocese of Allentown and to do all those things that are appropriate for a priest to do. This permission that I am giving you is good unless and until I tell you otherwise." These faculties were and are a kind of limited sharing in the jurisdiction of the Bishop. (So far, knock wood, my faculties have not been taken away!)
It is possible for a priest to lose his power of jurisdiction, but not his power of orders.
It is possible for the Bishop of a diocese to withdraw from a priest his faculties, but it is not possible for him to withdraw from a priest his power of orders.
The Bishop of a diocese may forbid a priest to exercise his power of orders. However, if the priest were to act in defiance of the Bishop (which he certainly should not), the power of orders remains in effect.
For example: If a priest were forbidden by his Bishop to celebrate the Mass but he did so anyway, in utter defiance of the Bishop, the bread and wine would still be transubstantiated and would become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. It would be a valid Mass. But it would be an illicit (unlawful) Mass.

What about the situation with Bishop Cullen? He has retired as "Bishop of Allentown", but is still serving as "Administrator of (the Diocese of) Allentown". He will cease to be the Administrator on 30 July 09, when Bishop-elect Barres is ordained and installed. Bishop Cullen will then be "Bishop Emeritus of Allentown".
Q - Has Bishop Cullen lost any or all of his authority (jurisdiction)?
A - He has lost some of his authority (jurisdiction), but still retains some, at least until 30 July.
Q - Has Bishop Cullen lost any or all of his power of orders?
A - No! Not at all! He will never lose his power of orders. He will always be a bishop - for the rest of his life and into eternity.
Q - Why?
A - Because the power of orders is irrevocable.
Q - Will he continue to be in charge of the Diocese of Allentown?
A - No.
Q - Why not?
A - Because he will no longer have power of jurisdiction (authority).
Q - You said in last weekend's bulletin that bishops have the power to ordain men to be deacons, priests and bishops. Will Bishop Cullen still be able to do these things?
A - We have to make a distinction between CAN and MAY. CAN pertains to power of orders. MAY pertains to power of jurisdiction. Bishop Cullen will always have the power of orders for ordaining men to be deacons, priests and bishops. However, as a retired bishop, he will not have the power of jurisdiction for ordaining men to be deacons or priests. The new Bishop of Allentown could, of course, give Bishop Cullen the power of jurisdiction to do so within the Diocese of Allentown, if he chose to do so. If a bishop were to ordain anyone without having jurisdiction to do so, the ordinations would be valid, but illicit. In regard to ordaining someone to be a bishop, a
VERY LARGE RED LIGHT flashes here. Although a bishop CAN ordain another man a bishop, he MAY NOT do so without a mandate (permission) from the Pope. If he were to do so, both he and the man he ordained would be excommunicated but, nevertheless, the man he illicitly ordained would be a valid bishop!

stjos/stvdp: 07.19.2009 -05



a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Wednesday, 15 July.
Born on 30 July 1911, she was 97 years old - just about two weeks short of what would have been her 98th birthday.
Rose is the second of the seven children of the late John and Felicia (Ciccariello) Stanziola.
Her three brothers and three sisters are as follows: Josephine Stanziola (deceased); Ralph Stanziola (deceased); Joseph Stanziola (deceased); Gerard Stanziola (deceased); Felicia Stanziola Cataldo (deceased); Philomena Stanziola Traynor.
Rose was baptized in St. Canicus Church, Mahanoy City, on 13 August 1911.
On 23 September 1939, also in St. Canicus Church, she was married to Joseph T. Jambeter.
Joseph died on 13 December 1981.
Joseph and Rose have two children: Marie F. Jambeter Barber and George J. Jambeter.
They have four grandchildren: Joseph A. Barber; Rose Mary Barber Catchmark; Marie Antoinette Barber; Georganne Jambeter.
They have two great-grandchildren: Elizabeth R. Cathchmark and Daniel J. Catchmark.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Jambeter will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Monday, 20 July, at 11:00 am. The interment will take place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
We give thanks to God for Rose's long and honorable life. We pray that she will be raised to eternal life at the second coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Eternal rest grant unto Rose Elaine, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 07.19.2009 - 06

age seven, a daughter of Anthony J. and Bridget M. (Billingsley) Buono, will make her First Holy Communion today (Sunday) during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church.
This FHC is taking place here in Girardville with the permission of the pastor of the Buono family's home parish, St. John the Baptist, Front Royal (VA).
Lydia is the fifth child of seven. She has one sister and three brothers who are older and one brother and one sister who are younger. We anticipate that her three older brothers - Isaac, Paul and Gregory - will help to serve the Mass. After reading the Gospel, we shall ask Lydia to come to the microphone in order to answer the question,
"What is the Holy Eucharist?" We anticipate that she will say loud and clear: "The Holy Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, under the appearances of bread and wine."
If, perchance, the cat grabs hold of Lydia's tongue when she arrives at the mike, we shall give her a pass, because we are already certain that she knows the answer.
This concise definition should be in the minds and hearts and on the lips of all Catholics, whether young or old, simple or sophisticated.
May God bless Lydia Regina Buono, together with her parents, brothers and sisters and all her family.
May they all be numbered among the saints!
Watch out for left-wing terminology when it comes to such milestone events as First Confession and First Holy Communion.
Somebody back in the 1960's - his or her name is mercifully lost in the fog of the catechetical renewal - decided that a child should no longer "MAKE his First Confession" nor should he "MAKE his First Holy Communion".
The child should, instead, "CELEBRATE First RECONCILIATION" and, soon thereafter, should "CELEBRATE First EUCHARIST".
Note what was happening here.
The child would no longer "HAVE" or "MAKE" these sacred mysteries, nor even "RECEIVE" them.
Perish the thought!
HAVE and MAKE are droll, blue-collar, Anglo-Saxon words, useful for humdrum activities, such as HAVING a meal and MAKING a bed.
And, as for RECEIVE, well, don't ask! While not having its root in our Anglo-Saxon heritage, RECEIVE denotes passivity - and we certainly don't want our children to see themselves as clunky, passive, empty vessels just sitting there waiting for the Divine Initiative. We want them, instead, to CELEBRATE. We want them to run out and grab that Divine Initiative, give it a big smooch, put some ribbons in its hair, throw come confetti on it and take it out for a spin on the dance floor - and not to forget the helium balloons!
Now the kiddies have to CELEBRATE what they used to HAVE or MAKE.
This is not progress.
What's wrong with saying that a child is "celebrating First Eucharist"?
Well, for one thing, no child ever "celebrates" the Eucharist, neither First nor Tenth, nor Hundredth. Only a priest is able to "celebrate" the Eucharist.
Nor does any young child ever "celebrate First Reconciliation". This is silly talk. For one thing, the 7-or-8-or-9-year-old child who is making his or her First Confession is NOT being "reconciled" with God. Little children do not commit mortal sin. They don't need to be "reconciled" with God. It is only the committing of mortal sin after Baptism that brings about a situation requiring "reconciliation" with God.
The Sacrament of Penance is, indeed, the Sacrament of Reconciliation for those in need of reconciliation - but this would not include young children.
It is more appropriate to say that a young child "makes his (her) First Confession". This is much more accurate (and less pompous) than "celebrates his (her) First Reconciliation".

stjos/stvdp: 07.19.2009 - 07



07:00 am - Outside! My favorite thing!
08:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
09:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
09:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
01:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
02:00 pm - Looked out the window and barked! My favorite thing!
03:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
04:00 pm - Chased a bird out of the tree! My favorite thing!
05:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
06:00 pm - Watched my people eat! My favorite thing!
06:20 pm - Table scraps! My favorite thing!
07:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
08:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with my people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!












Today is the 983rd day of my captivity.
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
While they dine lavishly on fresh meat, the other inmates and I are fed hash and dry nuggets.
Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I must, nevertheless, eat something in order to keep up my strength.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.
In order to disgust them, I vomit once again on the carpet.
Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet.
I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, that they would see the symbolic meaning of what I had done, that they would realize what it is that I am capable of doing. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am. Idiots!
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the fact that some humans are overcome by something called "cat allergies". I must learn what "allergies" means, and how I might use these to my advantage.
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog continues to receive special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return.
How long must I put up with him and his ilk?

            stjos/stvdp: 07.19.2009 - 08                      


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