MASS SCHEDULE: 2128 NOVEMBER 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 20 November
Vigil of Christ the King
05:30 pm — JOHN CHIARETTI
by Mike and Theresa


Sunday, 21 November
Solemnity of Christ the King
11:30 am — SAL RANIERI and ANGIE RANIERI PALESTIS
by Bernadine Chupasko


Monday, 22 November
St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: Court St. Cecilia #1529, CDA
by Officers and Members


Tuesday, 23 November
St. Clement I, pope, martyr; St. Columban, abbot; Bd. Miguel Agustin Pro, priest, martyr (OptMems)
07:00 pm — ELEANOR M. MARCONI
by Heather Pecunas


Wednesday, 24 November
St. Andrew Dung Lac, priest, martyr and his companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — CATHERINE GANNON BURNS
by her son, John


Thursday, 25 November
St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — ANDREW FEELEY
by Patricia Feeley Garland


Friday, 26 November
Weekday
08:00 am — GEORGE BOXER (49th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower


Saturday, 27 November
Weekday
08:00 am — PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their son-in-law, Jack
Vigil of Christ the King
05:30 pm — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his brothers and sisters


Sunday, 28 November
First Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — ARTHUR CROAKE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 2128 NOVEMBER 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 20 November
Vigil of Christ the King
04:00 pm — WALTER BORIS
by his daughter, Cherie


Sunday, 21 November
Solemnity of Christ the King
08:30 am — DECEASED: KRICK FAMILY
by the Labie family


Monday, 22 November
St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
07:00 pm — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla


Tuesday, 23 November
St. Clement I, pope, martyr; St. Columban, abbot; Bd. Miguel Agustin Pro, priest, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — ROSEANN NEISS DEVINE (1st anniversary)
by her husband, Dennis, and children


Wednesday, 24 November
St. Andrew Dung Lac, priest, martyr and his companions, martyrs (OblMem)
NO MASS THIS EVENING


Thursday, 25 November
St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
10:00 am — JAMES L. KENNEDY
by George Scrobol


Friday, 26 November
Weekday
NO MASS THIS EVENING


Saturday, 27 November
Vigil of Christ the King
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his wife, Carole


Sunday, 28 November
First Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — ALBERTA COONEY
by Elizabeth Ryan

stjos/stvdp: 11.21.2010 - 01

COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
13 / 14 NOVEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,167.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the second collection (plate); $26.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $239.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $70.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $15.00 from the All Souls Day envelopes; $68.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,688.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,688.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($329.54), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($464.00), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,151.17, one sees that $536.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $872.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $45.00 from the second collection (plate); $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $201.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $68.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,266.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,266.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($229.38), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($282.46), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $762.82, one sees that $503.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 24 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church


Thursday, 25 November
09:00 to 10:00 am
St. Vincent dePaul Church


Friday, 26 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

 EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thursday, 18 November
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 19 November
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 11.21.2010 - 02


ERNEST JOSEPH MALAFARINA,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Wednesday, 17 November.
Born on 05 July 1957, he was 53 years old.
Ernest is a son of the late Ernest P. and Virginia M. (Devine) Malafarina.
He has three sisters and one brother: Mary Malafarina Rabbits; Virginia Malafarina Brusok; Tara Malafarina; Robert Malafarina.
He received the Sacraments of Initiation in St. Joseph Church, Girardville: Baptism on 14 July 1957 (Fr. J.F. Clymer); First Holy Communion on 09 May 1965 (Fr. Francis L. King); Confirmation on 18 October 1966 (Bp. Joseph McShea).
Ernest received and conferred the sacrament of Matrimony when his civil union with Marcia M. Kudrick was convalidated at St. Vincent dePaul Church on 02 October 1976, in the presence of Fr. J. Pascal Sabas.
Ernest has one son and one daughter: Ernest J. Malafarina Jr. and Amanda Malafarina.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 20 November, at 11:00 am. There was a viewing in the church on Friday evening and prior to the Mass on Saturday morning.
The interment took place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs (Ashland).
Eternal rest grant unto Ernest, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

PRAYER SERVICES AT CEMETERIES
Monday, 22 November: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery, Englewood
Sunday, 28 November: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Cemetery, Fountain Springs


It is a tradition in the Church to designate November as a month of special prayer for all of the faithful departed. As we did last year, we invite anyone and everyone to join us for prayers for our beloved dead.
Going out to a cemetery on a night in late November is not a particularly appealing thing to do, at least not as far as “physical comfort” is concerned. It will be dark and there will certainly be a nip in the air. In fact, it might be downright chilly! But, you know, that all adds to the solemnity of the occasion. So, if you plan to join us, we suggest that you: (a) “dress warm” (as your mother used to tell you); (b) bring a flashlight with you, so you don’t trip over a branch or a tombstone; (c) bring a folding chair or stool along unless you don’t mind standing.
Remember what the Scriptures tell us: “It is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they might be released from their sins.”
Remember this too: The dead are not as dead as we sometimes imagine them to be — not by a long shot! Many of the dead are more alive than some persons we see walking around. In fact, there are dead persons all around us! We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.

stjos/stvdp: 11.21.2010 - 03


DRIVING TO WORK: On Tuesday, 16 November, I got out of bed as usual, performed the routine morning ablutions, got dressed, went downstairs, put on my cassock, went down to the garage, got in my car, backed out of the garage, exited the parking lot, turned left onto Vine, turned left onto Mahanoy, turned left onto 2nd Street — at which point a light bulb went off in my brain! What the heck are you doing? Are you out of your mind? Today is Tuesday! The 08:00 am Mass is at St. Vincent’s, not at St. Joseph’s! So, very calmly and coolly, as if this were standard operating procedure, I parked the car across the street from St. Vincent’s, got out, walked into church and went up to the sacristy to get ready for the 08:00 am Mass. A lady who was going to Mass saw me getting out of the car and crossing the street and we walked together into the church. I greeted her and she greeted me. I wonder if she asked herself, “Why in the world is this priest driving to church? He lives next door to it!” She was polite enough not to ask me about it and I was not about to explain it to her. But I would like to assure that lady that it is not my normal practice to drive from St. Vincent dePaul Rectory to St. Vincent dePaul Church!
Is this what they call “early stage Alzheimers”? I sure hope not. Be that as it may, please be kind and don’t laugh at me. After all, I am 72 and the bloom is off the rose.

2011 MISSALS FOR SALE!


The current pew missals expire at the end of this current weekend (20 /21 Nov). The current Church Year ends officially on 26 November and the new Church Year begins with the Vigil Masses on Saturday, 26 November.
We will be putting 2011 missals in the pews for the use of parishioners and friends. Needless to say (so why am I saying it?)---
THESE MISSALS ARE NOT TO BE REMOVED FROM THE PEWS UNDER PENALTY OF ________________!!!
(Think of the scariest thing that could happen to you and then fill in the blank.)
However, you might like to purchase a 2011 missal for your own personal use. (This is a pretty good idea.) If so, you may purchase one in the back of the church for three dollars ($3.00) this weekend and next. Or you may go to St. Vincent dePaul Rectory and ask the nice lady to sell you one.

THANKSGIVING EVE PRAYER SERVICE


On Wednesday, 24 November, at 07:00 pm, in St. Vincent dePaul Church, the children of our CCD will help to lead us in a Service of Thanksgiving. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, together with hymns and Scripture readings and a Litany of Thanksgiving. The children will do the readings and will provide some of the music. We will close with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Afterwards, everyone is invited over to the parish hall for some refreshments.
Last year at this time, we held a similar service in St. Joseph Church. We hope to see people of both parishes at this service.

OUR PARISHES EXTEND respect and sympathy to the family of Earl G. Richards, who died on Tuesday, 16 November. Earl is a brother of StJosPar custodian Wade O. Richards.
Eternal rest grant unto Earl, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 11.21.2010 - 04


WE SHARE THE MAIL
The following is an exchange of emails between a Lutheran gentleman and me on the subject of the importance of membership in the Catholic Church. I have not omitted anything from this re-print of the correspondence except for the gentleman’s name, his son’s name and the name of his particular Lutheran congregation.
Background to this correspondence: I am not well acquainted with this man, having met him only once in a social situation during which there was no conversation whatsoever about religious matters. The man has a son, with whom I am fairly well acquainted. The son, married to a Catholic, is a convert to the Catholic Faith and is hopeful that his father and mother and other family members might also enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. The son asked me to contact his father, which I did (see first e-mail). The father then contacted me (see second e-mail) and I then sent him a lengthy reply (see third e-mail). We shall see what God has in mind.
By printing this correspondence in the parish bulletin, I am making it as obvious as I possibly can that I would like to invite all of my Protestant (and Orthodox) brothers and sisters to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. The time has come for all serious Christians to claim the unity that God wants us to have. We Catholics need our Protestant and Orthodox brothers and sisters and they need us and we all need God. The unity of the Christian Church is vitally important if we are ever to fulfill our commission to bring the world back to God.

E-MAIL #1
From:
Rev. Edward B. Connolly [mailto:ebconnolly@verizon.net]
Sent:  Saturday, November 06, 2010 3:12 PM
To: XXXX
Dear Mr. XXXX:
Your son, XXX, sent me an email in which he mentioned the possibility that you would have some interest in a conversation about the Catholic Faith.
Please know that I am at your service.
Feel free to contact me at your convenience.
In Christ Jesus –
Fr. Edward B. Connolly

E-MAIL #2
From:
XXXX
Sent: Thursday, 11 November, 2010 9:31 AM
To: Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Subject: RE: Catholic Faith
Hello Father Connolly,
My son, XXXX, and I have some great conversations regarding our faith – which is awesome. I am very blessed to have a son and a daughter-in-law that are very devoted to their faith and family. I give thanks to God for that every day.
I am currently a member of [name omitted] Lutheran Church and I serve on council and teach an adult Sunday School class. I guess my biggest question at this time is regarding salvation and whether my eternal salvation is somehow in “jeopardy” as a Lutheran Christian as opposed to a Catholic Christian. I would appreciate your thoughts and the Catholic Church’s view on this subject.
God Bless you,
XXXXX

E-MAIL #3
From:
Rev. Edward B. Connolly [mailto:ebconnolly@verizon.net]
Sent:
Monday, 15 November, 2010 11:37 PM
To:
XXXX
Subject:
RE: Catholic Faith
Dear Mr.
XXXX:
Thanks for your reply and pardon my delay in getting back to you.
I want to answer your question thoughtfully and honestly and I want my answer to be based on authentic Catholic teaching. I want to avoid the twin perils of “sectarian arrogance” and “ecumenical correctness” (the religious form of “political correctness”).
So, here goes my “fearless answer” to your question as to whether your salvation might be in jeopardy if you remain a “Lutheran Christian” as opposed to becoming a “Catholic Christian”.
My answer is: Yes, your salvation might be in jeopardy if you remain a “Lutheran Christian” as opposed to becoming a “Catholic Christian”.
I realize that that is not an answer that will win me any trophies from the Kiwanis or the Rotary Club, but it is an authentic answer based on authentic Catholic teaching.
Why do I say such a thing? More importantly, why does the Catholic Church teach such a thing?
Because God has established one (and only one) Church for the salvation of the human race and, as Paul teaches (1Tim 3,16), “the Church of the living God” is “the pillar and bulwark of truth”.
Truth cannot contradict itself.
Therefore, when I see all the contradictory claims made by countless groups of Christians, I come to the logical conclusion that: (a) all of them are wrong and the Truth no longer abides on the Earth or (b) all of them are wrong except one and the Truth abides in that one.
It makes much more sense to me to believe that all of them are wrong except one, and that the one that is true is the Catholic Church.
It would defy logic to say that both the Catholic religion and the Lutheran religion are true.
While the Lutheran religion has retained some vitally important truths (thank God!), at the same time it has abandoned some vitally important truths.
Moreover, there is no reliable ultimate authority in Christianity outside the Catholic Church. When Protestants say, “The Bible is our reliable ultimate authority”, they are missing the point. The Bible is, indeed, the Word of God and is inerrant and totally trustworthy, but it needs to be taught, interpreted and applied by a divinely appointed teaching authority. No such authority exists on this Earth except the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church does not come from the Bible. The Bible comes from the Catholic Church. Just as Israel pre-existed the Old Testament Scriptures, so the Catholic Church pre-existed the New Testament Scriptures and the Catholic Church is now the custodian of both Old and New Testament Scriptures.

If it were possible for the Bible to be an ultimate reliable authority, then why is it that there are (roughly) 25,000 different Protestant denominations, many of them differing wildly from one another?
It is a matter of the historical record that Lutheranism did not come into existence until the 16th century. It is also a matter of the historical record that Martin Luther had no intention of founding a new religion. Initially he wanted simply to reform some abuses in the Church. Then everything went haywire, due most of all to the political ferment of the time. The resultant split, known euphemistically as “the Reformation”, is one of the great tragedies of all time.
There are three great issues to be considered when one is considering (even vaguely) the possibility of making the transition from Lutheran to Catholic. I would summarize them as follows:
a. AUTHORITY: Has God appointed any person or persons to be authentic teachers here on Earth and, if so, where do I find him or them? How many books are there in the Bible? Is it 66 or 73? Who has the authority to determine which it is?

b. SACRAMENTS: Are there seven sacraments or only two? Is Baptism necessary for salvation? Has God really made the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of His Son, Jesus Christ, available to be eaten and drunk here on Earth and, if so, where do I find It? Has God really given to certain men the authority to forgive sin in His Name? Do Lutheran pastors have the power to cause the bread and wine to become the Body and Blood of the Lord? Do Catholic priests have the power to cause the bread and wine to become the Body and Blood of the Lord? Does every Christian have this same power?

c. COMMUNION OF SAINTS: Does God want me to venerate the Holy Mother of Jesus? Is Mary truly the Mother of God? What about the other saints? Does God want me to venerate them and pray to them? What about the saints in Purgatory? Is there really a Purgatory?

I believe that every human being has an obligation to pursue the Truth and, once he recognizes the Truth, to obey the Truth. The obedience has to be total (i.e. Catholic) not partial (i.e. Lutheran).
Lutheranism, like all forms of Protestantism, is “modified Catholicism”.
It seems obvious to me that, once a person has come to faith in Jesus Christ, he needs to identify himself with the Church that Jesus founded. That Church is manifestly the Catholic Church. Therefore, a Catholic never has to justify “why I am a Catholic and not a Protestant”. It is the Protestant who has to justify “why I am a Protestant and not a Catholic”.
Going back to your question, I’ll “copy and paste” some paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is the most authoritative source of sound Catholic teaching. I have “bolded” and underlined the sentence in paragraph #846 that deals most succinctly with the question you ask, viz. about salvation in relation to membership in the Catholic Church.

Who belongs to the Catholic Church?
836
"All men are called to this catholic unity of the People of God. . . . And to it, in different ways, belong or are ordered: the Catholic faithful, others who believe in Christ, and finally all mankind, called by God's grace to salvation."
837 "Fully incorporated into the society of the Church are those who, possessing the Spirit of Christ, accept all the means of salvation given to the Church together with her entire organization, and who - by the bonds constituted by the profession of faith, the sacraments, ecclesiastical government, and communion - are joined in the visible structure of the Church of Christ, who rules her through the Supreme Pontiff and the bishops. Even though incorporated into the Church, one who does not however persevere in charity is not saved. He remains indeed in the bosom of the Church, but 'in body' not 'in heart.'"
838 "The Church knows that she is joined in many ways to the baptized who are honored by the name of Christian, but do not profess the Catholic faith in its entirety or have not preserved unity or communion under the successor of Peter." Those "who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in a certain, although imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church." With the Orthodox Churches, this communion is so profound "that it lacks little to attain the fullness that would permit a common celebration of the Lord's Eucharist."
"Outside the Church there is no salvation"
846
How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers? Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:
Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.
847
This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience - those too may achieve eternal salvation.
848 "Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men."

Let me know if there are other questions you might have. Feel free to contact me for any reason whatever.
May God bless and protect your family.
In Christ Jesus -
Fr. Edward B. Connolly

stjos/stvdp: 11.21.2010 - 05


JAMES LYNN KENNEDY,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Sunday, 14 November.
Born on 03 November 1945, he was 65 years old.
Jim [“Cruncher”] is a son of the late Thomas W. and Jennie C. (Towey) Kennedy.
He has two sisters and one brother: Catherine Kennedy Houser; Ruth Ann C. Kennedy Opuda; Thomas P. Kennedy.
He received the Sacraments of Initiation in St. Joseph Church, Girardville: Baptism on 18 November 1945 (Fr. Alfred V. Monaghan); First Holy Communion on 17 May 1953 (Fr. William McArdle); Confirmation on 17 October 1954 (Bp. J. Carroll McCormick).
Jim received and conferred the sacrament of Matrimony when his civil union with Nancy T. Chase (19 July 1970) was convalidated at St. Vincent dePaul Church on 29 November 1986, in the presence of Fr. David M. Liebner.
Jim and Nancy have a daughter: Laura Lee Kennedy Wixted.
They have two grandchildren: James B. Wixted and Megan M. Wixted.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Wednesday, 17 November, at 11:00 am — preceded by a viewing in the church.
The interment took place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery, Englewood (Frackville).
Jim was an active member of the Holy Name Society of St. Vincent dePaul. Together with Nancy (and sometimes all by himself!) he did many good deeds for the parish. He will be sorely missed, but we commend him with great confidence and affection to our merciful Lord and Father.
Eternal rest grant unto Jim, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
PLEASE NOTE THAT the weekday Mass schedule is altered this week for various reasons:
(a) No 07:00 pm Mass at StVdP on Wednesday, 24 Nov, because of the Thanksgiving Eve Prayer Service.
(b)  No 07:00 pm Mass at StVdP on Thursday, 25 Nov, because it is Thanksgiving Day.
(c) But there will be a 10:00 am Mass at StVdP on Thursday, 25 Nov, because it is Thanksgiving Day! This is in addition to the regularly scheduled 08:00 am Mass at StJosChapel.
(d) There will not be a 05:00 pm Mass at StVdP on Friday, 26 Nov. Fr. Brennan is kindly taking the 08:00 am Mass on Friday, 26 Nov, so that Fr. Connolly can stay overnight in Philadelphia, so that his big sister won’t holler at him for not spending enough time with his family.
To save yourself grief, please examine page one of this bulletin for Mass schedule.

stjos/stvdp: 11.21.2010 - 06


DONORS TO THE 2010 BISHOPS ANNUAL APPEAL

SAINT JOSEPH PARISH

01. BANN, Charles
02. BARBER, Marie A.
03. BURNS, John
04. BYRNE, William and Nora
05. CHAPMAN, Christopher J.
06. CHUPASKO, Bernadine Ranieri
07. CLARKE, Thomas
08. CONNOLLY, Edward B.
09. DeLUCA, Celeste
10. DEVANEY, Lorraine Cuff
11. DEVINE, Dennis
12. DOUGHERTY, Margaret
13. FATULA, Irene
14. FISHER, Evelyn
15. FRIGONE, Rita
16. GILLIS, John M. and Mary Theresa
17. GOWER, Thomas and Jean
18. HOUSER, Catherine Kennedy
19. ANONYMOUS
20. KELLY, Arthur J.
21. KOWALICK, Patricia Reiley
22. KULL, Barbara Rehnert
23. LEINENBACH, Robert and Donna
24. McCARTHY, Philip D.
25. McCARTHY, Stephen
26. MILLER, Beverly Ann
27. MOHAN, Francis P. MD and Stella
28. MORAN, Elizabeth
29. MURRAY, Mary E.
30. NEARY, James and Teresa
31. O’DONNELL, Margaret Lenahan
32. PIKITUS, John and Helen
33. PRYCE, Agnes E.
34. ROWLAND, Eileen
35. SMALLWOOD, Rose Marie Brennan
36. SMITH, Frank and Phyllis
37. SMITH, Robert and Anna
38. TARONE, Joseph Tarone
39. WAYNE, Henry and Eileen
40. WAYNE, Kenneth and Anna Mae
41. WAYNE, Raymond and Rose Ann
42. WEIKEL, Joanne Gallen
43. WEIST, Jean Birster
44. YACKENCHICK, Albert J. Sr. and Annetta
45. YURENKA, Argia A.

 ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH

01. BOZYLINSKI, Robert
02. BREHM, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick
03. CHALINSKY, Stephen and Lisa
04. CHIKOTAS, Anna Ginaitis
05. CHIPLONIA, Mary Nicastro
06. CHIPLONIA, Ralph and Debra
07. CIKANOVICH, Peter
08. CONNELL, James Jr. and Georgann
09. CONNELL, Marilyn
10. FAUST, William E.
11. FOGEL, George and Sandra
12. GETZEY, Robert and Denise
13. GREGIS, John
14. GUDONIS, Joseph and Theresa
15. HALUSKA, John and Gloria
16. HOLY NAME SOCIETY
17. HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
18. IVES, Karen Paulosky
19. KARAVAGE, John and Lisa
20. KENNEDY, James and Nancy
21. KRICK, Carole Anne Doraski
22. KUDRICK, Catherine
23. LABIE, Edna Fetterolf
24. LANG, Jean Albo
25. McANDREW, Ann
26. MEDLINSKY, Elizabeth
27. PAULOSKY, Diana
28. PAULUKONIS, Eugene and Janet
29. PETROUSKY, John and Barbara
30. POPECK, Frank and Rose
31. POWLICK, Adele
32. SCROBOL, George
33. SELGRADE, Robert and Ellen
34. SHERMAN, Charles and Kathy
35. SMOLOCK, John and Joan
36. SMOLOCK, Peter and Violet
37. STRONY, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen
38. THYE, David and Susan
39. THYE, James A.
40. VABOLIS, John and Ann
41. VITALE, Marie Jeanette Winkler
42. WASCAVAGE, Edward and Barbara
43. WINKLER, Helen J. (+)

 

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE 2010 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL. YOU MAY SEND IT DIRECTLY TO THE BAA OFFICE OR VIA THE PARISH!

BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL: PROGRESS REPORT
ST. JOSEPH PARISH, GIRARDVILLE ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PARISH, GIRARDVILLE

stjos/stvdp: 11.21.2010 - 07


WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background: This is an email exchange I had with a friend of mine who has a wife and seven minor children. The issue he raises is interesting and relevant and certainly timely. It might be of interest to others — which is why I am printing it in the bulletin.

From:    XXXX
Sent:      Wednesday, 17 November, 2010 10:16 PM
To: Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Subject: Airport security
Dear Father,
I am taking the family away on vacation next Friday by plane, and I am not at all happy with the new security measures in place at Washington Dulles airport. I'm sure you are aware of the two new options. To me, they are not options at all. They are both not acceptable. I do not want to put my wife and my children through either. Am I am just being paranoid or overreacting? Isn't there a morality issue to both of them? The "pat down" option is without question immoral and unacceptable as an option. The scanning machine that make the naked body available for viewing with clarity seems also to be immoral and unacceptable.
I would lose a lot of money to cancel this trip but I don't want to compromise what is right in this situation either. Let me know what you are thoughts are please. Thank you.
XXXX

From
:          Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Sent:           Wednesday, 18 November, 2010 01:58 AM
To:              XXXX
Subject: Re: Airport security
Dear XXXX:
I’ve been watching the TV news reports and analyses about this situation.
If I were in the situation where I had to choose between the scanning machine and the pat-down, I would, without question, choose the scanning machine.
The thought of someone — whether male or female — putting his or her hand on any part of that area that is normally enclosed within my underpants is totally unacceptable to me!
And, of course, you have a duty to protect not only yourself but also your wife and children from this kind of invasive contact.
I’m belaboring the obvious when I point out that the “untouchable areas” of the female persons in your family are more extensive than those of the male persons in your family!
But what about the scanning machine?
Given the perilous times in which we live, I think I could accept being scanned.
I’m not enthusiastic about being scanned, but I think it is obvious that there is a difference between “prurient and prolonged nakedness” and “simple and brief nakedness”. The latter is not particularly erotic.
The moral prohibition on allowing ourselves to be seen naked is not absolute, as we all know. We permit physicians and nurses to see our naked bodies and we justify it “for a higher good”. I would say, by analogy, that we may allow security persons to see our naked bodies “for a higher good”.
Moreover: (a) the security person who views the image is “in business mode” and is seated in a cubicle not accessible to the public; (b) the face of the person being scanned is blurred; (c) the image is not preserved or filed away. At least that is what they tell us, and I guess I can believe it.
All things considered, I think you could, in good conscience, accept the body scan for yourself and your wife and your munchkins.
There is, of course, the “medical concern”, viz. the possibility of harm resulting from radiation. This is not an area where I have any expertise. I tend not to worry about such things. With cell phones and microwaves and other toys of the modern age, we are probably exposed to more radiation than we realize.
Bottom line: Take the body scans and enjoy your vacation!
EBC

tjos/stvdp: 11.21.2010 - 08


CATHERINE ANTHONY WINTERS DYSZEL,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 18 November.
Born on 10 August 1916, she was 94 years old.
Catherine is a daughter of the late Jacob and Rose (Horey) Winters.
She has three sisters and one brother, all of whom are deceased: Marie Winters Cress; Rosalie Winters Rhoades; Alice Winters Shearstone; James Winters.
She received the Sacraments of Initiation in St. Joseph Church, Girardville: Baptism on 20 August 1916 (Fr. John Donovan); First Holy Communion on (I could not locate the FHC register for exact information); Confirmation on 23 September 1925 (Bp. Michael J. Crane).
Catherine received and conferred the Sacrament of Matrimony at St. Joseph Church on 12 June 1936, when she was married to Stephen W. Dyszel in the presence of Fr. Michael A. Boyle.
Stephen died on 29 November 1990. The two had been married for more than 54 years.
Catherine and Stephen have one son and two daughters: Stephen J. Dyszel Jr. (deceased); Mary Dyszel Yesalavage; Ann Dyszel Burger.
They have nine grandchildren: James T. Yesalavage (deceased); Terri Yesalavage Ellsworth; Ann Marie Burger Schoffler; Judy Yesalavage Rader; Deborah Dyszel Shuey; James M. Burger; Mark S. Dyszel; Steven Dyszel; David T. Burger.
They have twelve great-grandchildren: Thomas R. Rader; Tiffany A. Schoffler; Jillian C. Dyszel; Jenna L. Dyszel; Ryan P. Rader; Brionne A. Dyszel; Kelsey E. Dyszel; Benjamin A. Ellsworth; Devan M. Dyszel; Amanda E. Dyszel; Ryan Burger; Haylee R. Dyszel.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Monday, 22 November, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing in the church prior to the Mass.
The interment will take place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs (Ashland).

Eternal rest grant unto Catherine, 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.

PS – Catherine died late Thursday night. On Friday morning I went to St. Joseph Chapel for the 08:00 am Mass. Before starting Mass, I checked to see what the intention was for that particular Mass. The intention was as follows: SPECIAL INTENTION by Catherine Dyszel and Roseann Dyszel. I thought that was interesting. I wonder what Catherine’s “special intention” was. Maybe Roseann knows. I have an idea it is an intention that might be granted now that Catherine has gone to headquarters to present it personally.

tjos/stvdp: 11.21.2010 - 09


WELCOME HOME!
“The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.”


Five bishops of the Anglican Church — four from England and one from Australia — have announced their resignations as bishops and their intention to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
(Note: In the United States, an “Anglican” is most commonly referred to as an “Episcopalian”.)
Little by little, it is becoming apparent to many of our Anglican (Episcopal) brothers and sisters that the Church from which their ancestors departed back in the 16th century under King Henry VIII is the one, true Church founded by Jesus Christ upon Peter.
It is impossible for a Christian to be in full communion with Jesus without being in full communion with Peter. Jesus declared that Peter was the Rock on which He would build His Church. Peter was the first Bishop of Rome. Benedict XVI is the current Bishop of Rome. Therefore, Benedict is Peter.
It is a significant act of humility on the part of these five Anglican bishops to take this step. One reason is this: They are surrendering Status. Many persons prefer Status to Truth and will cling to Status for dear life. But it is Truth that makes us free, not Status.
Bishop Newton made the following statement, which touched my heart: "I will give up being a bishop. I hope I'll be ordained a priest. I'm not sure where I'll be living or how I will be paid. I will be relying on the generosity of the Roman Catholic Church."
Note that, by surrendering his status as bishop in the Anglican community, Newton is acknowledging the invalidity of his ordinations (as deacon, as priest and as bishop). He enters the Catholic Church as a layman.
Pope Leo XIII famously declared that Anglican orders (ordination) are “utterly null and absolutely void”. This was a bold proclamation of a difficult truth.
I hope that Pope Benedict will permit the former Anglican Bishop Newton to be ordained to the priesthood in the Catholic Church.
Bishop Newton also said that he anticipates that groups of Anglican lay persons from a few dozen different congregations — together with approximately fifty Anglican priests — will soon resign from the Anglican communion in order to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. He acknowledged that, by doing so, the formerly Anglican clergy would have to make sacrifices, such as giving up salaries, pensions and living accommodations. This is a great sacrifice indeed! Truth does not come cheap.
We Catholics of Girardville invite all of our Episcopal (and other Protestant) brothers and sisters to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. We especially encourage those of our members whose spouses are non-Catholic to invite them to inquire into membership in the Catholic Church. This inquiry would begin with as simple a step as calling Fr. Connolly in order to make an appointment for conversation. Such an appointment would not involve any commitment or pressure whatsoever and we guarantee a respectful and thoughtful answer to any question that might arise about any aspect of Catholic doctrine or practice.


Where Peter is, there is the Church.
Where the Church is, there is Jesus Christ.
Where Jesus Christ is, there is God.

tjos/stvdp: 11.21.2010 - 10

 

 

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