MASS SCHEDULE: 23 - 30 MAY 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 22 May
Vigil of Pentecost
05:30 pm — DECEASED MEMBERS: HOLY ROSARY PARISH, MAHANOY PLANE
by Jonas and Maryanne Smith

Sunday, 23 May
Pentecost Sunday
11:30 am — ANTHONY CATIZONE
by Mickey Catizone and family

Monday, 24 May
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on JAMES F. GONTIS
by his wife and children

Tuesday, 25 May
St. Bede the Venerable, priest, doctor; St. Gregory VII, pope; St. Mary Magdalene dePazzi, virgin (OptMems)
07:00 pm — WARREN LANGFORD
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 26 May
St. Philip Neri, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on STEPHEN J. GONTIS
by his parents

Thursday, 27 May
St. Augustine of Canterbury, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — BERNADETTE D. GRADY
by Jean Birster Weist

Friday, 28 May
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on ANNA B. GONTIS
by her parents

Saturday, 29 May
Weekday
08:00 am — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla
Vigil of Trinity
05:30 pm — JOHN JOYCE (2nd anniversary)
by his wife, Jeanne

Sunday, 30 May
Holy Trinity Sinday
08:30 am — FRANK WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

 MASS SCHEDULE: 23 - 30 MAY 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 22 May
Vigil of Pentecost
04:00 pm — ADOLPH and MARY PETROUSKY
by the Petrousky and Wascavage families

Sunday, 23 May
Pentecost Sunday
08:30 am — ALBERTA COONEY
by Elizabeth Ryan

Monday, 24 May
Weekday
07:00 pm — For the SALVATION OF SOULS
by Jerry Gilmartin

Tuesday, 25 May
St. Bede the Venerable, priest, doctor; St. Gregory VII, pope; St. Mary Magdalene dePazzi, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on Fr. EDMUND J. BRENNAN
by the Weidner family

Wednesday, 26 May
St. Philip Neri, priest (OblMem)
06:00 pm — God’s Blessings on Fr. DAVID M. LIEBNER (50th anniversary of ordination)
by the members of StVdP Parish

Thursday, 27 May
St. Augustine of Canterbury, bishop (OptMem)
07:00 pm — WALTER BORIS
by his daughter, Cherie

Friday, 28 May
Weekday
05:00 pm — MARY BARTASAVAGE GRIFFITHS
by Fran Rafferty

Saturday, 29 May
Vigil of Pentecost
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Uncle Brian, Aunt Karen, Brittany and Brianna

Sunday, 30 May
Holy Trinity Sunday
08:30 am — FRANK WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 05.23.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
15 / 16 MAY
Including 12 / 13 May: Ascension of the Lord


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,302.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $94.00 from the second collection (plate); $70.00 from the Dues envelopes; $189.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $309.00 from the Ascension envelopes; $50.00 from the Easter envelopes; $52.00 from the loose. Total: $2,066.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,066.00) 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 $973.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.





Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: Receipts for parish purposes: $1,078.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $88.00 from the second collection (plate); $21.00 from the Dues envelopes; $29.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $434.00 from the Ascension envelopes; $66.00 from the loose. Total: $1,716.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,716.00) 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 $1,013.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 26 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 27 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 28 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


If these times don't suit you, you can always call for an appointment to go to Confession. If you don't like Fr. Connolly, you can always confess your sins to Kateri, but keep in mind that she is not bound by the seal and she does tend to be a blabbermouth.

 EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 26 May
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm)

Friday, 28 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:45 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 05.23.2010 - 02


HERE ARE THE NAMES OF THE SIXTEEN CHILDREN — eight boys and eight girls — who will be receiving their First Holy Communion today (Pentecost Sunday) at the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church. If all goes according to plan, we will include photographs of them in next weekend’s bulletin.

Kira R. ALLEN
Joshua E. DONMOYER
Angel L. FARRONE
Dallis A. HALDEMAN
Paige L. HEISER
Amanda M. JOYCE
Kaley E. JOYCE
Robert S. McCARTHY
David C. NIEDZWIECKI
Logan T. O’NEILL
Isayyah T. PENNINGTON
Andraya J. PIKITUS
Matthew R. RICHARDS
Joseph R. TINARI
Savannah R. WAGNER
Emily M. ZAK

ALL OF THE CHILDREN ARE EXPECTED TO KNOW the answer to the following question. If they DO know the answer, I shall die with a peaceful conscience. If they do NOT know the answer, I shall have cause to fear for my fate in eternity. The answer should come trippingly from their tongues and, if possible, even from their brains and hearts. However, I take responsibility only for the tongues. Parents are responsible for the brains and hearts — at least at this point in the children’s development. Ultimately, we all become responsible for our own brains and hearts.

Question: What is the Holy Eucharist?
Answer: The Holy Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, under the appearances of bread and wine.

Post script: You may be certain that the answer to this question rests securely in my own brain and heart, as well as on my tongue. The Holy Eucharist is the center point of my life and the justification for my existence.

stjos/stvdp: 05.23.2010- 03


WE SHARE THE MAIL
The following email came from a parishioner who wanted some clarification on a point raised in the homily given on Ascension Thursday

Dear Fr. Connolly:
In listening to your sermon yesterday, you mentioned that Jesus was the first person in human form to enter into heaven at the Ascension and that this happened under his own power. Your reasoning makes sense. I think you also mentioned that Mary was assumed into heaven, with the help of Jesus, and that Mary did not experience death.
However, I always thought that Elijah was the first person in human form not to experience death, and — since he was taken up to "heaven" in a fiery chariot — that he was the first person in human form to enter into heaven, probably not under his own power.
But …. I also remember you saying once before that, at the Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah were very happy that Jesus was going to go through with his suffering and death so that they could enter into heaven.
It's all probably very simple. Can you please clarify who's on first, what's on second and I don't know who's on third?
Who was (were) the first / second / third (?) in human form not to experience death? Who was (were) the first / second / third (?) in human form to enter into heaven?
Thanks.
XXXXX

Dear XXXXX:
Thank you for your questions. Anyone who listens to my homilies and tries to make sense out of them certainly deserves to go to heaven. Let me try to sort this out.
We are told (2Kings 2,8) that Elijah was taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot. There is also a broad hint (Gen 5,24) that a man named Enoch was taken bodily up to heaven. There is also a legend (might be true, might not) that Moses was taken bodily up to heaven. The question, in all three cases, of course, is: “What is meant by “heaven?”.
Heaven is two things:
(a) a state; (b) a place. By “a state”, we mean something interior to the person. By “a place”, we mean something exterior to the person. For example: Two persons can be in the same state, but not the same place; two persons can be in the same place, but not the same state.
Example: If you and I were in the same room and you were peaceful and content, but I was angry and depressed, we would be in the same place, but in different states. Another example: If you were in Girardville and I was in Singapore but both of us were peaceful and content, we would be in the same state, but different places. A third example: If two persons were standing at the same scenic lookout over the Grand Canyon and one of them had 20 / 20 vision and the other was totally blind, they would be in the same place, but (at least as far as the scenery is concerned) they would be in different states.
What makes heaven such a desirable destiny is not primarily the “placeness” of it but, rather, the “stateness” of the persons who are there. Heaven (in the sense of the goal to which we all aspire) is primarily the state of the persons there and only secondarily the place.
Let us take the presumption that Enoch and Moses and Elijah were transported bodily to heaven. If that is true (and it does seem to be true for sure in the case of Elijah) then Elijah was in the “place” called heaven, but not in the “state” called heaven.
For a human being to be in the “state called heaven” is for him to have THE BEATIFIC VISION. Ah! That’s the term we should hold on to! In fact, from now on, I think I’ll try to remember not to say, “I want to go to Heaven”. I’ll try to remember to say, instead, “I want to have the Beatific Vision!” That would be much more precise. However, I am so accustomed to saying, “I want to go to Heaven”, I shall probably continue to say that (while always keeping in mind what I really mean). Remember that the Beatific Vision is for both soul and body. Except for Jesus, Mary and (perhaps) Enoch, Moses and Elijah, human beings who are now in Heaven are experiencing the Beatific Vision in their souls, but not yet in their bodies.
Was Elijah in the place called Heaven when he was taken up in the fiery chariot? Yes, I guess he was!
Was he in the state of Heaven when he was taken up in the fiery chariot? No, I’m sure he was not. He acquired the Beatific Vision when Jesus ascended into Heaven.
So, who was the first human being to enjoy the Beatific Vision in body and in soul? Jesus. Who were next? With some hesitation, I answer, “Enoch, Moses and Elijah”. Who was next in “chronological order”? With no hesitation, I answer, “Mary”. Mary’s degree of participation in the Beatific Vision is second only to Jesus’ participation therein.
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 05.23.2010 - 04


A BOY IN THE PARISH asked me the other day whether a man has to be a priest in order to be elected Pope. I thought it might be of sufficient interest to answer this question in the bulletin. Here is the answer:
No, a man does NOT have to be a priest in order to be elected Pope.
However, a man has to be a bishop in order to become Pope.

For example:
#1
— If a man who is a bishop is elected Pope, he becomes Pope immediately upon (a) being elected and (b) accepting the election. There is no interim period. There is, of course, a ceremony of installation. However, this ceremony is “chust fer nice”. The installation ceremony does not make him Pope. He is already Pope.

#2 — If a man who is a priest (only a priest) is elected Pope, he is not immediately Pope. He has to be ordained a bishop first. Then he is Pope.

#3 — If a man who is neither a priest nor a bishop is elected Pope, he is not immediately Pope. He has to be ordained a priest and then ordained a bishop. Then he is Pope.
Admittedly, in this day and age, it would be highly unusual (but not impossible) for a non-bishop to be elected Pope. Usually (but not necessarily) a Pope is elected from among those bishops who have the rank of Cardinal.

Note #1: If a bishop who is not a cardinal were to be elected Pope, he would not first become a cardinal.
Reason: The rank of “cardinal” is not part of Holy Orders. It is an “honor”, but it is not one of the “holy orders”. There are only three “holy orders”: deacon; presbyter (priest); bishop.

Note #2: If a cardinal who is not a bishop (rather uncommon) were to be elected Pope, he would not actually become Pope until he is ordained a bishop.

Bottom line: The Pope is essentially a bishop who is in succession to Peter, who was the first Bishop of Rome. Therefore, the Pope is essentially the Bishop of Rome.

A REMINDER: The 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church next Sunday (30 May) will be celebrated according to the “extraordinary rite” (Tridentine form), as is our custom on the last Sundays of each month.
ONCE A YEAR (on or about 21 May), the men who were ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Allentown on 21 May 1966 get together for supper and conversation and mutual congratulations and well wishes. There were eight of us ordained on that date for Allentown. Six of us are still breathing air. We assembled at a restaurant this past Thursday (20 May) for our 44th anniversary. I always look forward to these gatherings. Each year I marvel at the fact that my five distinguished colleagues get older looking while I manage to retain the same youthful appearance I had when I was 28. I mention this to them, but they laugh me to scorn. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

stjos/stvdp: 05.23.2010 - 05


REV. DAVID M. LIEBNER
Date of Birth: 22 July 1929
Ordained a Priest: 26 May 1960
Served various parishes in Republic of Panama: 1962 to 1982
Assistant Pastor, St. Peter Parish, Reading: 1982 to 1983
Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Hungary Parish, Northampton: 1983
Assistant Pastor, St. George Parish, Shenandoah: 1983 to 1985
Pastor, St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville: 1985 to 2004
Pastor Emeritus, St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville PA: 2004 to present
50th Anniversary: 26 May 2010

 stjos/stvdp: 05.23.2010 - 06

 


WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of Peter P. Teresavage Jr.
by Peter and Violet Smolock
In memory of Vincent Bernotas
by Steven and Dolores Gnall
In memory of Isabelle Krevinas
by Ann Gudonis; Terrence and Marie Mulhern; Rob and Claire Aylward; John and Rita Mulhern
In memory of Joseph C. Sciarrone
by Eric and Jennie Muldowney; the Sciarrone family; Bill Kasper Sr.; Marie Ricciotti Horner;the Bartashus and the Burns families; Marge Wawrzasek; the Swilp family
WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the St. Joseph Parish Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of John Hennessey
by Joe and Marian Kleeman; Michelena Catizone
In memory of Henry Williams
by Catherine Schaeffer and family; Ann Snyder and family; Walter F. Slifka; Mary Lou Schappe
In memory of Bernadette Grady
by M/M Robert Grady and family; Anna Budraitis and family
In memory of Gary Romanot
by John P. and Judith Romanot; Rita Romanot; Vanity Boutique (Kathy Centiole Martone); Joseph and Mary O’Neill; Joan Romanot; Paul Romanot
FATHER DAVID M. LIEBNER, pastor emeritus of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, will celebrate Mass at StVdP Church on Wednesday, 26 May, at 06:00 pm in thanksgiving to God for fifty years as a priest. We cordially invite everyone (regardless of parish affiliation) to attend the Mass and to go over to the StVdP Parish Hall afterwards for some refreshments provided by the Holy Rosary Society and the Holy Name Society.
By the way: The photo on page 06 of this bulletin was taken the last time Fr. Liebner celebrated Mass here, which was 21 July 2009, the eve of his 80th birthday. We were hoping to get a more recent photo, but Padre Liebner is allergic to the paparazzi.
THE PASCHAL CANDLES will be removed from their prominent positions in the sanctuary after the last Masses today (Pentecost) at both churches. This signifies the end of the Easter season and the resumption of Ordinary Time. So, say “bye bye” to the Paschal candles until next year! (We do, of course, bring the Paschal candles back into prominence whenever there is a funeral or a baptism, because the baptisms and the deaths of Christians are paschal events.) For those who are liturgically astute, you might want to note that this coming week is the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time.

stjos/stvdp: 05.23.2010 - 07


YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!
All Christians agree that Mary is the Mother of Jesus and all authentic Christians agree that Jesus is God.
However, while Catholic Christians say that Mary is the Mother of GOD, Protestant Christians (at least those with whom I am acquainted) say that Mary is NOT the Mother of God!
But you can’t say that Jesus is God without saying that Mary is the MOTHER OF GOD, unless, of course, you deny that Mary is the Mother of Jesus — in which case the conversation is over and we may as well pick up our marbles and go home!
If you conceived, gave birth to and raised an Honor Student, stand up and take a bow! You are the Mother of an Honor Student!
If you conceived, gave birth to and raised a Medical Doctor, stand up and take a bow! You are the Mother of a Doctor.
If you conceived, gave birth to and raised the President of the United States, stand up and take a bow! You are the Mother of the President of the United States.
And if you conceived, gave birth to and raised the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, and if the Second Person of the Holy Trinity is God, then stand up and take a bow! You are the Mother of God.
Tell me where I’m going wrong
!

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