Saturday, 15 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MATTHEW BRIEL
by the Briel and the Canavan families

Sunday, 16 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by her family

Monday, 17 August
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on LAURA SVONAVEC
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Wednesday, 19 August
St. John Eudes, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on LISA ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Friday, 21 August
St. Pius X, pope (OblMem)
by the James Connell family

Saturday, 22 August
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
by Thomasina Moran
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — THOMAS P. O’CONNOR Jr.
by Joseph and Joann Kovaleuski

Sunday, 23 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the LAOH


Saturday, 15 August
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife and his son

Sunday, 16 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN WINKLER
by Jeannette Winkler and Helen Winkler

Tuesday, 18 August
08:00 am — STEVE CHUBA
by M /M Charles Sherman

Thursday, 20 August
St. Bernard, abbot and doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — EDWARD LUSHIS
by Alice Walukonis Chiaretti

Saturday, 22 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by Ron T. Krick

Sunday, 23 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: LIPPAY FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 08.16.2009 - 01

08 / 09 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
Parish receipts: $1,706.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $101.00 from the second collection (plate); $114.00 from the Dues envelopes; $100.00 from the Summer Banks envelopes; $155.00 from the loose. Total: $2,176.00
Non-parish receipts: $74.00 from the Mission Co-op envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($2,176.00) 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 $1,083.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Parish receipts: $930.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $110.00 from the second collection (plate); $15.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $97.00 from the loose. Total: $1,152.00.
Non-parish receipts: -0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,152.00) 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 $449.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Friday, 21 August
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Friday, 21 August
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


The pastor is taking a few days vacation. Another priest and he will be driving to Virginia on Sunday afternoon (16 Aug). They plan to be back late Thursday night (20 Aug).
Fr. John J. Pavlosky has kindly agreed to offer Mass according to the usual schedule from Monday, 17 Aug, to Thursday, 20 Aug.
Fr. Connolly respectfully requests that everyone be very good while he is away. He promises to do likewise. Please read the remaining chapters in the textbook and answer the questions in the corresponding sections of the workbook. Please stay at your desks. Boys, please stay on your side of the room; girls, on your side. No fraternizing and no unnecessary talking! If you absolutely need to use the bathroom, do so quickly, no dilly-dallying, and return to your places.

stjos/stvdp: 08.16.2009 - 02


PART-TIME MAINTENANCE POSITION available at Nativity BVM High School, Pottsville.
Hours: 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
For more information or to apply: Contact Bruce R. Hess, Principal, 570-622-8110.

ONE OF THE FRINGE BENEFITS of being the pastor of a parish is that you get to move some of the church furniture around from time to time — although no sane pastor does so without good reason — and, even with good reason, does not do so very often.
That’s my preface to saying that I moved a few things around in St. Vincent dePaul Church recently: a table here, a table there, a statue, a picture here and there. You’ll probably notice without my being specific. If you don’t notice, then, God bless you, there is really no need for me to tell you!
One change that I made that might raise an eyebrow or two is this: I have removed the electric votive stands and replaced them with the genuine article, viz. candle stands — the candles that sustain what is called FIRE!
Do you remember FIRE?

Definition: A rapid, persistent chemical change that releases heat and light and is accompanied by flame, especially the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance.
It has been around for a very long time and is indispensable to life as we know it.
Someone might be inclined to say: “What a nutty priest! Doesn’t he appreciate modern technology? Why would he want to regress from electricity to fire?”
Would you believe me if I were to tell you that I had a private revelation on this matter a long time ago? As with any private revelation, the faithful are not required to believe it. It’s an option.
In this private revelation, the Lord said to me, “Edward, my lad, tell My people that I am fond of flickering candles in church --- the kind with real honest-to-goodness fire and, when I say ‘fire’, I don’t mean electricity! Frankly, I can’t abide those phony-baloney electric votive ‘candles’. Would you please convey that message to as many persons as you can? Tell them that Jesus and the Holy Spirit have the same opinion that I do.”
I said, “Well, Father, I guess They do, inasmuch as the Three of You have one Mind and one Will. So, please tell Them that Your / Their wish is my command!”
So, if anyone asks you, that’s why!
The three stands that have been placed in StVdP Church were all in storage. They didn’t cost us a dime. Just a little paint, that’s all.
I need to tip my biretta to Ian R. Getzey, the “Saturday office boy”, for doing the lion’s share of the work required in moving things around and in restoring the votive stands.

We will be restoring some genuine votive candle stands to St. Joseph Church before long, maybe next week or the week after. This will require a little extra doing, inasmuch as StJosPar does not have any in storage.

stjos/stvdp: 08.16.2009- 03


13 August 2009

Rev. Msgr. XXXXXX

Dear Monsignor XXXXXXX:

On 2 August 2009, you were Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s guest on the EWTN program, Sunday Night Live. The two of you gave some informal catechesis on the opening lines of The Apostles Creed.
I did not watch the program on the date, but I did record it for later viewing.
I heard you say something that did not sound quite right. Fortunately, because I had it on DVR, I was able to re-play it in order to verify that I had heard you correctly. Here is what I heard you say (about ten minutes into the program):

“We (Christians) believe that things changed definitively when Jesus was born, when the Son of God became a person, a human person.”

The Second Person of the Trinity did not, of course, become a human person. He took on a human nature. This is the doctrine of the hypostatic union: the human soul and human body of Jesus being joined to the Divine Person Who is the Word of God. Jesus is the Second Divine Person, with two distinct natures, the uncreated Divine Nature and a created human nature. Jesus is not and never was a human person
I have no doubt that you are well aware of the correct doctrine and that you are thoroughly orthodox in your faith and preaching. I presume the error was due to inadvertence and the pressure of being put on the spot in front of a camera and a live audience. I could easily have made the same mistake myself.
Perhaps you will find an opportunity to correct this error the next time you are a guest with Fr. Benedict.
Please accept my kind regards and good wishes.

In Christ Jesus,

Rev. Edward B. Connolly

ACKNOWLEDGMENT: I am grateful to Barbara Smalansky Snitzer, a theologically astute member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish. She happened to watch the program on the night it first ran, noticed the error and spoke to me about it after Mass one day. Because of her, I recorded an encore presentation of the program and found that Barbara was right on target. It is a cause for rejoicing when members of the laity know their Catholic Faith so well as to pick up on incorrect teaching about the hypostatic union!
Nunc dimittis, Domine!

The implications of this doctrine are enormous. Some examples: If Jesus were a human person: (a) He could not be our Savior; (b) He could not have undone the sin of Adam; (c) We would still be locked into our sin; (d) He could not send us the Holy Spirit; (e) His mother, Mary, would not be the Mother of God.

stjos/stvdp: 08.16.2009 - 04

A GENTLEMAN WHO IS A MEMBER OF STJOSPAR, ASKED ME AN EXCELLENT QUESTION after Mass last Sunday at St. Joseph’s. He pointed out to me that, on the wall above the baptism font, there are written the following words: “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved”.
The gentleman asked (I am paraphrasing his question): “If that is true, then why does anyone have to go to Confession or even bother going to Mass or perform other religious acts?”
I am entirely certain that the man who asked the question is a devout Catholic. He was not looking for “an easy out”. He was just expressing genuine intellectual curiosity.
Let’s try to deal with that question.
First of all, let’s identify the quote. It is a translation into English of some words of Jesus as found in Mark 16,16.
What is the original? It is important to ask “what is the original?” because ONLY the original is divinely inspired. No translation is divinely inspired.
Here is the original:
o` pisteu,saj kai. baptisqei.j swqh,setai..
Here is how to pronounce these Greek words:
Here is my word-for-word translation (inelegant, but more exact):
The believing and baptized man will be saved.

The Lord is not saying that all that is necessary to be saved is that at some point before you died you believed and got yourself baptized.
The Lord is saying that, in order to be saved, you have to be (in real time) a believer who is baptized.
This being “a believer who is baptized” has to be the condition that applies to you at the time you go before God for judgment — for Him to determine whether you merit to be saved or not.
The Lord is NOT saying that you will be saved if you used to be a believer, even if you were baptized.

The implications of the word PISTEUSAS (BELIEVER) are much greater than one might think.
A believer in Jesus Christ is not someone who gives mere intellectual assent. Above and beyond intellectual assent is ENTRUSTMENT OF ONESELF IN A WHOLEHEARTED COVENANT OF LOVE.

St. Augustine recognized that some people would misinterpret these words. Here are a couple of comments by this great saint on Mark 16,16:

WHY THE CATECHETICAL PRÉCIS OF BAPTISMAL FAITH IS SO BRIEF. AUGUSTINE: The ecumenically received faith is taught in the creed and committed to memory in a form of the utmost possible brevity, so as to frame an expression in few words of that which was intended to be explained at large afterwards to persons in a state of formation and advancement in knowledge of God.


WHETHER BAPTISMAL FAITH ASSURES SALVATION. AUGUSTINE: We know that the dead who die in the Lord are blessed, and they have no concern with what they would have done if they had lived a longer time. We know that those who believe in the Lord from their own heart do this of their own will and free choice. We who now believe act rightly when we pray to God for those who refuse to believe, and pray that they themselves may in time freely will to believe.


Separating the Bible from the Church is a sure road to disaster. This is why I frequently preach the message about fidelity to the magisterium of the Catholic Church. Adherence to the Catholic Church is adherence to Jesus. Using the Bible to hit the Catholic Church over the head is the great absurdity of Protestantism and other defective forms of Christianity. God save us from “Scriptural sola” because it implies that every Christian is a Pope unto him (her) self.

stjos/stvdp: 08.16.2009 -05

TRINITY ACADEMY PRE-SCHOOL, located in the Father Walter Ciszek Education Center in Shenandoah, is currently registering students for the 2009 - 10 school year.
This school currently serves Ashland, Frackville, Girardville, Gordon, Lost Creek, Ringtown, Shenandoah and Mahanoy City.
THREE-YEAR OLD program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15 to 11:15 am.
FOUR-YEAR OLD program is held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and allows a family their choice of full or half day sessions.

Orientation Sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, 02 September for the
FOUR-YEAR OLDS and Thursday, 3 September for the THREE-YEAR OLDS.
Interested families are encouraged to contact Trinity Academy’s main office for more information, or to arrange a personal appointment and school tour, at 462-3927.
TRINITY ACADEMY PRINCIPAL SR. MARY ANN SPAETTI, IHM, reminds area families that registration for Grades Kindergarten through 8 for the upcoming school year is still available during August.
The first official day of school will be Monday, 31 August, with a 12:00 noon dismissal.
Trinity Academy is your regional Catholic Elementary School proudly serving all Upper Schuylkill Communities.
For more information on registration, or for a school tour, contact the school’s main office at 462-3927

Bishop Barres has kindly set up a series of five cookout luncheons, so that he can get to meet the priests of the Diocese in relatively small groups, with emphasis on the casual and informal.
Invitations have been sent out.
The groups have been divided according to year of ordination, starting with the older priests and working down to the youngest.
The first cook-out luncheon is for priests ordained prior to 1967 and is scheduled for Wednesday, 19 August.
Now wouldn’t you know it?
My year of ordination is 1966!
I’ll be on vacation from 16 to 20 August!
I can’t make it!
I had to send in my regrets.
I hope Bishop Barres will not be offended.
If he is, then my clerical career and aspirations for promotion will be in the tank for sure!


             stjos/stvdp: 08.09.2009 - 06


Oh, many, many years ago,
when I was twenty-three,
I was married to a widow,
who was pretty as can be.
This widow had a grown-up daughter,
who had hair of red.
My father fell in love with her,
and soon the two were wed.

This made my dad my son-in-law,
and changed my very life,
for my daughter was my mother,
'cause she was my father's wife.
To complicate the matter,
though it really brought me joy,
I soon became the father
of a bouncing baby boy.

This little baby then became
a brother-in-law to Dad,
and so became my uncle,
though it made me very sad.
For if he was my uncle,
then that also made him brother
of the widow's grown-up daughter,
who, of course, is my step-mother.

I'm my own grandpa!
I'm my own grandpa!
It sounds funny, I know,
but it really is so.
Oh, I'm my own grandpa!

My father's wife then had a son
who kept them on the run,
and he became my grandchild,
for he was my daughter's son.
My wife is now my mother's mother,
and it makes me blue,
because, although she is my wife,
she's my grandmother too.

Now if my wife is my grandmother,
then I'm her grandchild,
and every time I think of it,
it nearly drives me wild,
for now I have become
the strangest case you ever saw:
As husband of my grandma,
I am my own grandpa!


This song was written in 1947. A few days ago, while in my car, I heard it on the radio. It really brought me back. I remembered — a long time ago, when I was about nine years old — how my parents and my aunt and uncle and (I think) even my grandmother were laughing at this song we had all heard on the radio. The more things change, the more they stay the same! God bless all people who give us things that make us laugh! The best thing in life is laughter. Heaven is going to be so much fun — not a day without a full quota of laughter. That’s one of the main reasons I want to live there forever. I think that the worst thing about Hell is that nobody there ever laughs. That alone scares the devil out of me! The prospect of eternal fire is motivational, no question about it! But the prospect of existing for all eternity without ever laughing is what closes the deal for me.

stjos/stvdp: 08.16.2009 - 07





2009: The Millennium of Lithuania
One thousand years ago (1009), the name “Lietuva” (Lithuania) appeared in a document written in Latin. This is taken as proof that some form of national government existed in that area of Europe shortly after the turn of the millennium. For this reason, and because St. Vincent dePaul Parish was founded by Lithuanian immigrants, we are happy to join with many others in celebrating the 1000th anniversary of Lithuania.
Here is the sentence from that written document: “Sanctus Bruno, qui cognominatur Bonifacius, archiepiscopus et monachus, XI suae conversionis anno in confinio Rusciae et Lituae a paganis capite plexus, cum suis XVIII, VII. Id. Martii petit coelos”.
Translation: “Saint Bruno, also called Boniface, archbishop and monk, in the 11th year of his conversion, near the border of Russia and Lithuania, was beheaded by pagans, together with eighteen of his companions, on 9 March, and went to heaven.”
The year 1009 is also the year during which the first recorded Christian baptisms took place. The persons who were baptized were Netimeras, the ruler (king), and 300 members of his army.
Now, here are some facts about Lithuania that every Lithuanian (or even partially Lithuanian) boy and girl should know. Are you ready for the questions? Here they come:
#1 — Lithuania is one of three Baltic countries. Name the other two.
#2 — Name the four countries that border on Lithuania.
#3 — What is the name of the large body of water that lies to the west of Lithuania?
#4 — What is the capital city of Lithuania?
#5 — The Lithuania flag consists of three horizontal stripes. Identify the colors of these stripes, from top to bottom.
#6 — Lithuania is made up of ten counties (regions or states). Name them.
Answers are scattered throughout this bulletin.

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