MASS SCHEDULE: 0613 JUNE
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 05 June
Vigil of Corpus Christi
05:30 pm — STEPHEN DYSZEL Jr.
by Tom and Mary Yesalavage

Sunday, 06 June
Corpus Christi
11:30 am — JOHN F. HENNESSY
by James Palestis Jr.

Monday, 07 June
Weekday
08:00 am — BLESSINGS ON SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Tuesday, 08 June
Weekday
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on RONALD T. BOWES
by Chris Chapman

Wednesday, 09 June
St. Ephrem, deacon, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — SUSAN M. ROMANOT
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Thursday, 10 June
Weekday
08:00 am — RYAN A. WALTERS (22nd anniversary of birth)
by his parents, Tom and Maggie

Friday, 11 June
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sol)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. SCIARRONE
by Sophie Dobrosielski D’Alfonso

Saturday, 12 June
The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on EVA ZEMANEK GONTIS
by her husband and children
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ANNA MEADE McCARTHY
by Phil McCarthy

Sunday, 13 June
11th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am — PETER and LYDIA MALAFARINA
by the family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0613 JUNE
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 05 June
Vigil of Corpus Christi
04:00 pm — PALCHER McVANN
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Sunday, 06 June
Corpus Christi
08:30 am — PETER PAUL TERESAVAGE Jr.
by David and Dolores Kramer

Monday, 07 June
Weekday
07:00 pm — JOHN MITCHELL
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 08 June
Weekday
08:00 am — ROSEANN NEISS DEVINE (38th anniversary of wedding, 09 June 1972)
by Dennis and the children

Wednesday, 09 June
St. Ephrem, deacon, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on KATHY COLCOMBE
by Jim Gontis

Thursday, 10 June
Weekday
07:00 pm — GLORIA TINARI CHIARETTI
by Blair and Denise Aylward

Friday, 11 June
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sol)
05:00 pm — CHARLES M. KETUSKY
by Frank and Connie Blozusky

Saturday, 12 June
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ELEANOR M. MARCONI
by Keith and Dawn Northey

Sunday, 13 June
11th Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 06.06.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
29 / 30 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $961.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $86.00 from the second collection (plate); $51.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $93.00 from the loose. Total: $1,211.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,211.00) 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 $118.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.



Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $978.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $95.00 from the second collection (plate); $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $77.00 from the loose. Total: $1,155.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,155.00) 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 $452.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 08 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Wednesday, 09 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 10 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church


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

Tuesday, 08 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm)

Wednesday, 09 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 03:45 pm)

 

Did you hear about the two Irishmen who were about to walk into a bar?
No, I didn’t. Tell me.
One of them did, but the other one ducked.

stjos/stvdp: 06.06.2010 - 02


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Counseling & Behavioral Health Program is accepting Medical Assistance / Health Choices Insurance for residents of Schuylkill County. Traditional Highmark Blue Shield and Traditional Blue Cross are accepted for residents of any county. Please contact the Schuylkill / Carbon service office at 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville, 570-628-0466.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown needs families to foster medically fragile children, siblings, and teen mothers with infants. An Information Meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, 09 June, at Catholic Charities, 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville. Please register by 07 June with Barbara Ivaska at 570-628-0466, ext. 306 or Patricia Reusch at 1-800-330-8001 or e-mail preusch@allentowndiocese.org.
Prison Ministry Information Night
The Office of Prison Ministry is sponsoring an information night on Wednesday, 16 June, 07:00 p.m. in the Annex at St. Jerome Church, Tamaqua. The training will provide information about the ministry, the correction facilities in the diocese, coordinated programs at the facilities, and opportunities for catechesis, prayer and witness. All are welcome to attend. RSVP is requested by calling Gloria at (570) 386-2724.
Note on above: Steve McCarthy told me that he plans to attend this meeting. I’m happy about that. I am also going to attend. I would like to see others from the Girardville area attend. If you would like to attend, please call the number referred to above. If you would like to go with Steve and me, give Steve a call at (570) 449-5164
.
Saint Mary Parish Block Party
Where?                                 82 N. Center St., Ringtown
When?                                  Friday, 11 June and Saturday, 12 June
What time?                            05:00 to 11:00 pm both nights
What’s to eat?                       Homemade Foods including Hot Wings
What’s to do?                       Games, including a horseshoe tournament on Saturday at 09:00 am
Any music?                           Live Music both nights from 07:00 to 10:00 pm
More specifically?                 Another Side on Friday Karp, Palina & Swartz on Saturday
Anything else?                      Weather permitting, Fr. Schware will be shot out of a cannon every hour on the hour.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown is accepting inquiries from married couples interested in domestic infant and / or international adoption. Please contact Patricia Reusch at 610-435-1541, ext. 334 or e-mail preusch@allentowndiocese.org.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown seeks candidates from throughout the Diocese of Allentown to serve on the agency’s Advisory Board. Please call or e-mail Lynne Shampain, Development Administrator, at 610-791-3888, ext. 310 or lshampain@allentowndiocese.org.

stjos/stvdp: 06.06.2010- 03


 THANK YOU!!!
Our two parishes are much indebted to the persons who gave so much of their time and talent to our CCD program for 2009 – 2010.
Here is a list of their names (in order alphabetical):

Donmoyer, Cindy Reinoehl (substitute)
King, Ellen T.
McCarthy, Joan Brennan
Parfitt, Jean E.
Paulukonis, Eugene
Paulukonis, Janet Kitsock
Petrousky, Barbara Powlick
Richards, Wade O. (“doorman”)
Snitzer, Barbara Smalansky (substitute)
Wascavage, Edward M., (Principal)
Wayne, Eileen Croake
Weidner, Lisa Faline (substitute)
Weist, Jean Birster

To all of the above: May the Lord’s promise that those who instruct others in the ways of God “will shine like stars for all eternity” be fulfilled in you.
We are more grateful than we can say.
May we count on you for next year?
Please say, “Yes”!
ANY CHILD (grades 6 or higher) who wants to be considered for reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation when Bishop Barres comes to Girardville on 28 October 2010, should call the Rectory. This should be done immediately, if not sooner.

stjos/stvdp: 06.06.2010 - 04


CONGRATULATIONS and GOD’S BLESSINGS upon the newest priest of the Diocese of Allentown. Bishop Barres conferred priestly ordination on Deacon Brian M. Miller today (Saturday) in the Cathedral in Allentown. It was the first time that Bishop Barres had the opportunity for exercising his sacramental power to ordain a priest!
May Father Miller enjoy good health and long life. May the Lord strengthen him for his ministry among His people. May He make him a powerful instrument for good. May He fortify him in the struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil. May Father Miller find great joy in the daily celebration of the Eucharist.
FATHER GREGORY R. KARPYN, former pastor of our two parishes here in Girardville, has been serving since July of 2008 as Pastoral Minister for the hospitals and nursing homes in the Allentown area and has been living at St. Paul Rectory, Allentown. He is being transferred. His new assignment will be Chaplain of Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Reading, and his residence will be at Sacred Heart Rectory, West Reading. (I have not seen the “official announcement” of this appointment, but am fairly certain that this is accurate.)
SAD NEWS!
I confess to having had a less than favorable opinion of most of the political stances of former Vice-President Gore. Nevertheless, I have never wished him the least bit of harm. I recognize that he is an intelligent person. He has a certain quiet dignity. I think he handled his defeat in the 2000 election with grace. It must have been hard to win the popular vote but lose the electoral vote! His wife, Tipper, has always come across as an amiable person and I certainly wish her well.
One of the admirable things about Al and Tipper is that they had forty years of an apparently faithful marriage, during which they brought four children into the world.
Now, to the dismay of those of us who care about marriage, Al and Tipper have announced that they are separating. I have not yet heard the word “divorce”. I hope they do not divorce. I hope they reconcile. I hope they realize that the break-up of a marriage — especially a marriage that has endured so many years and involves persons who are “high profile” — becomes almost “public property”. I mean that in the sense that a priest is “public property”. Priesthood and Matrimony are iconic states of being. Once entered into, they are meant to last forever. When they do not, we are all the poorer for it. We do well to pray for Al and Tipper. May God bring them back together again. May they both swallow their pride and agree to die to self. It is only by a mutual agreement to die to oneself that any marriage can truly be successful.
Joran van der Sloot is a tragic example of a young man who was loved by his parents but not disciplined by them. As a result, he did not discipline himself. He sold himself out for sexual thrills, pot and gambling. From these proceeded murder. At least we presume that he committed murder. I would be surprised if it turns out that he did not. Now that he has been caught, I think I’ll pray for him. If I’m not mistaken, Joran is a Catholic, although I doubt that he goes to Mass every Sunday. May God have mercy on him!

stjos/stvdp: 06.06.2010 - 05


A FEW WORDS ON AN ADMITTEDLY TIRED BUT VEXSOME TOPIC
The topic is this: “Don’t you think that, even though the Catholic Church does not currently permit the ordination of women to the priesthood, nevertheless, someday and somehow, when we have a more open-minded Pope, the Church will relent and will say that the time has finally arrived for us to ordain women to the priesthood?”
Or words to that effect.
Would you like a really good answer to that question? I mean an answer that is 100% totally and absolutely reliable. I mean an answer that you can give that will not later come back to haunt you or leave you with egg on your face. I mean an answer that is definitive and absolute. I mean an answer that is true not just for now but for all time. I mean an answer that will be just as true in the fourth and fifth millennia (and beyond!) as it was in the first and second millennia and is true here at the beginning of the third millennium? An answer that will be true at the Second Coming of the Lord! If that is what you have been looking for, then look no further. Here is the answer to your question. It is an answer from no one less than Pope John Paul II. It comes from his Apostolic Letter entitled Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, dated 22 May 1994.

"Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Luke 22:32), I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful."

After this document was issued, inquiries were sent to Rome about whether or not this declaration that the Church cannot ever ordain women to the priesthood was or was not INFALLIBLE. (If a teaching is declared “infallibly”, it admits no possibility whatsoever of being revoked or revised or tweaked at some future time.
Here is the response to the inquiries. It was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, signed by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the Prefect of the Congregation, approved by Pope John Paul II and, on 28 October 1995, ordered by him to be published.

“This teaching requires definitive assent, since, founded on the written Word of God, and from the beginning constantly preserved and applied in the Tradition of the Church, it has been set forth infallibly by the ordinary and universal Magisterium (cf. 2nd Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium 25, 2). Thus, in the present circumstances, the Roman Pontiff, exercising his proper office of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32), has handed on this same teaching by a formal declaration, explicitly stating what is to be held always, everywhere, and by all, as belonging to the deposit of the faith.”

So, in case you are ever involved in a discussion about the possibility that perhaps, someday, the Church will ordain women to the priesthood, please do not get all hot and bothered, do not shout and scream or jump up and down. Do not go into cardiac arrest.
Just say clearly and confidently: Nope! It will never happen! Not now, not next year, not next century, not next millennium. It cannot happen. It is a settled issue. It is de fide definita (a defined teaching of the Faith). Roma locuta, causa finita! (Rome has spoken and the matter is settled!) And because the Church speaks in such matters for the Holy Spirit of God: Spiritus Sanctus locutus, causa finita! (The Holy Spirit has spoken and the matter is settled!)

 stjos/stvdp: 06.06.2010 - 06

 


St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
Total Goal: $8,243
Pledges & 1-Time Gifts: $4,212
Amount Collected $3,587
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 51%
Average Gift: $176
Number of donors: 24
Number of registered families: 347
Participation Rate: 7%
Amount Raised in 2009 $3,582
Participation Rate in 2009 6%
 St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Girardville
Total Goal: $5,885
Pledges & 1-Time Gifts: $1,754
Amount Collected $1,449
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 30%
Average Gift: $97
Number of donors: 18
Number of registered families: 120
Participation Rate: 15%
Amount Raised in 2009 $2,234
Participation Rate in 2009 13%

HAST THOU CONTRIBUTED TO
THE 2010 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL?
IF, INDEED, THOU HAST, BLESSINGS BE UPON THEE!
BUT IF THOU HAST NOT, PLEASE, I IMPLORE THEE, PUT IT ON THY LIST OF THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK!
THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR AT ST. JOSEPH CHURCH LAST WEEKEND (Memorial Day) were given in memory of Joseph M. Vevasis (5th anniversary) by his wife, Bernie, and family. Thank you.
THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR AT ST. JOSEPH CHURCH THIS WEEKEND are given in memory of John Hennessy by his wife, Concetta (Catizone) Hennessy, and family. Thank you.
LOST, NOT FOUND!
A woman who attended the 04:00 pm Mass at StVdP last Saturday (28 May) has lost a camera. She is quite certain that she lost it while on the parish parking lot. It is a CANON digital camera, silver color, not in a case. This woman tells me that the photos in the camera are of more value to her than the camera itself. If anyone has any information about this camera, please notify Fr. Connolly.
THE BANNS OF MARRIAGE are proclaimed for the first time between Denise M. Turkavage of St. Vincent dePaul Parish and Mark R. McAnaney. If anyone knows of any reason why these two ought not be joined in sacramental marriage, let him present such reason to the pastor.

stjos/stvdp: 06.06.2010 - 07


INTERESTING ASPECT OF THE GENERAL ELECTION coming up in November is this:
Both of the major party candidates for United States Senator from Pennsylvania are Catholics. One of them is pro-life and the other is pro-abortion.
Both of the major party candidates for Governor of Pennsylvania are Catholics. One of them is pro-life and the other is pro-abortion.

Joe Sestak, the Democratic candidate for Senator, is the pro-abortion Catholic. Pat Toomey, the Republican candidate for Senator, is the pro-life Catholic. Dan Onorato, the Democratic candidate for Governor is the pro-abortion Catholic. Tom Corbett, the Republican candidate for Governor is the pro-life Catholic..

I am wondering how the Bishops of Pennsylvania will deal with this.
They will, no doubt, encourage the voters to study the issues and vote according to a well-formed conscience. That’s always good advice, but not particularly helpful.
What I wonder is this: Will they be moved to be more specific, even at the risk of rattling the chains of those who burn incense to the God of Tax Exemption.
We shall see.
We must pray for the Bishops. It is not easy to be a bishop. Uneasy lies the head that wears the miter.
St. Athanasius, St. John Fisher, all ye Holy Bishops, pray for the Bishops of Pennsylvania!
By the way, I used the term “pro-abortion Catholic” (cf supra).
This is, of course, an oxymoron.

JUNE IS LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH
In case you are interested in reading the entire text of President Obama’s declaration, you can find it at the following link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-pride-month
Meanwhile, however, if you are willing to settle just for excerpts, here are a couple:

LGBT Americans have enriched and strengthened the fabric of our national life. From business leaders and professors to athletes and first responders, LGBT individuals have achieved success and prominence in every discipline. They are our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters, and our friends and neighbors. Across my Administration, openly LGBT employees are serving at every level. Thanks to those who came before us the brave men and women who marched, stood up to injustice, and brought change through acts of compassion or defiance we have made enormous progress and continue to strive for a more perfect union.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.

One particular note: I am intrigued at the President’s statement that LGBT Americans “are our mothers and fathers”. Good grief, I am as certain as I can possibly be that neither my mother nor my father (may they rest in peace) was either Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered. I would be absolutely dumbfounded if I were to find out otherwise!
I am hoping that President Obama will not be miffed at me if I respectfully decline to observe June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.
I shall, instead, observe the month of June as Sacred Heart of Jesus Month, which is how it is designated according to the tradition of the Catholic Church.
On second thought, always looking for a gentle compromise, I could possibly blend the two observances:
I ask the Lord Jesus Christ to take into the protection of His Sacred Heart all persons who are enslaved by the Demon of Lust and who experience Perverse Object Desire. May all persons who call themselves “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered” come to know the freedom that has been won for them by Jesus’ victory over the Kingdom of Darkness. May they repent, believe and come to salvation.
Meanwhile, I pledge myself to do no deliberate harm to any of my fellow human beings who are either L or G or B or T. They have a tough enough life as it is. We should not add to their burden. On the other hand, neither should we encourage them in their sin, e.g. by issuing presidential proclamations in their honor. Ignoring bad behavior is usually the best strategy. If that doesn’t work, one could recommend reparative therapy and prayer.

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