MASS SCHEDULE: 2027 JUNE
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 19 June
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN and ANNA (Walaconis) MATLOCK
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Sunday, 20 June
12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am — STEPHEN DYSZEL Sr.
by Tom and Mary Yesalavage

Monday, 21 June
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on STEPHEN A. GONTIS
by Jim and Eva

Tuesday, 22 June
St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop; St. John Fisher, bishop, martyr; St. Thomas More, martyr (OptMems)
07:00 pm — FOR THE SALVATION OF SOULS
by Jerome and Marie Gilmartin

Wednesday, 23 June
Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH CRESS
by Butch and Mary Jane Ritzo

Thursday, 24 June
Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
08:00 am — ELIZABETH WERLEY
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Friday, 25 June
Weekday
08:00 am — MARGARET SNYDER MORAN
by her daughter, Thomasina

Saturday, 26 June
Weekday
08:00 am — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JEAN MARQUARDT GOWER
by her family

Sunday, 27 June
13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JAMES MICHAEL KENNEDY
by Brian and Taisha Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 2027 JUNE
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 19 June
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANDREW and MARY POWLICK
by the Petrousky and the Wascavage families

Sunday, 20 June
12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am — BERNARD McANDREW and KAREN (McAndrew) WEYMAN
by Jim and Anna Mae Gownley

Monday, 21 June
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (OblMem)
07:00 pm — JOSEPH C. SCIARRONE
by Joe Szeliga and John Richmond

Tuesday, 22 June
St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop; St. John Fisher, bishop, martyr; St. Thomas More, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. SCIARRONE
by the Kasper and the Marasco families

Wednesday, 23 June
Weekday
07:00 pm — ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by her aunt, Mary Marioni

Thursday, 24 June
Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
07:00 pm — ISABELLE PILCONIS KREVINAS
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Friday, 25 June
Weekday
05:00 pm — CHARLES M. KETUSKY
by Jean Ketusky

Saturday, 26 June
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — DAN and MARY (Corey) SMITH
by Bob and Anna Smith

Sunday, 27 June
13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JULIAN J. CHIPLONIA
by his son, Ralph, and his daughter-in-law, Debra, and family

stjos/stvdp: 06.20.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
12 / 13 JUNE


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $994.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $68.00 from the second collection (plate); $65.00 from the Dues envelopes; $387.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $44.00 from the loose. Total: $1,558.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,558.00) 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 $465.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.



Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $862.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $50.00 from the Dues envelopes; $251.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $49.00 from the loose. Total: $1,212.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,212.00) 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 $509.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 22 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 24 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 24 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, 22 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm)

Thursday, 24 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 03:45 pm)


WE MUST NOT BE TOO CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO SAY TO JESUS WHEN WE GO BEFORE HIM IN HIS EUCHARISTIC PRESENCE. THE MAIN THING IS TO SHOW UP. TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, 90% OF LIFE IS ABOUT SHOWING UP. SHOWING OFF IS NOT SOMETHING WE ARE CALLED TO DO. SHOWING UP IS. THOSE WHO SHOW UP CONSISTENTLY EVENTUALLY REACH A COMFORT LEVEL WITH THE LORD. HE IS THERE AND WE ARE THERE AND WE LOOK AT HIM AND HE LOOKS AT US AND, IF THERE IS ANY KIND OF SINCERITY AND FAITH WITHIN US, WE FIND THAT HE SPEAKS SILENTLY WITHIN US AND WE RESPOND — SOMETIMES WITH WORDS AND SOMETIMES WITHOUT.

stjos/stvdp: 06.20.2010 - 02


CHILDREN REGISTERED THUS FAR FOR CONFIRMATION
If your child’s name is on this list, then you know that we are aware of your wish to have him or her receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on 28 October 2010 and will proceed accordingly. The ball is in our court.
If your child’s name is not on this list and you think he or she ought to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on 28 October 2010, then please take appropriate action by calling the Rectory. The ball is in your court! We do not know things by osmosis. And we thank you for your support!

CRESS, Caleb J.
DAVID, Ashley
DONMOYER, Jordan M.
FLANNERY, Robert S.
GRADY, Angel
GRADY, Timothy
KLEEMAN, Anthony
KLEEMAN, Christian
McDONALD, Maura
PRYCE, Alexis
PRYCE, Gage
RIZZARDI, Joseph
ROBERTS, Michael
ROCHE, Alexis
SMITH, Jonathan T.
WAGNER, Cody J.
WEIDNER, Madelyn C.
WEIDNER, Nathan P.
WIXTED, Megan
ZAK, Victoria

Q — Will Confirmation be held at Saint Joseph Church or at St. Vincent dePaul Church?
A — As mentioned in a prior bulletin, the Bishop is leaving this decision to the Pastor. I am aware that the decision will please some and displease others. Such is the life of a pastor of two parishes! Please be certain that I shall make an honest decision, based on objective factors. If anyone (especially a parent of a confirmand) has an opinion he or she wishes to share, please do so. I am always open to advice. Inasmuch as the first (and most recent) joint-parish Confirmation was held in St. Joseph Church (in 2007), it would seem “fair” to hold the 2010 Confirmation in St. Vincent dePaul Church. However, if we wind up with an especially large number of confirmands, it might be more prudent to hold it at St. Joseph Church. We shall see.

stjos/stvdp: 06.20.2010- 03


 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
PROGRESS REPORT

 

St. Joseph Parish, Girardville

Total Goal: $8,243.00
Pledges and One-Time Gifts: $4,462.00
Amount Collected: $3,687.00
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 54%
Average Gift: $172
Number of donors: 26
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: $5,885.00
Pledges and One-Time Gifts: $2,257.00
Amount Collected: $1,977.00
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 38%
Average Gift: $113
Number of donors: 20
Number of registered families: 120
Participation Rate: 16%
Amount Raised in 2009: $2,234
Participation Rate in 2009: 13%

As I look at these figures and compare them with last week’s figures, I see no movement at all in St. Joseph Parish from last week. I see a slight movement in St. Vincent dePaul Parish. Apparently StVdP Parish picked up one more donor (last week it was 19 and this week it is 20) and the “percentage of goal achieved” went from 30% to 38%. Thank you to whoever was responsible for boosting the StVdP Parish figures. I respectfully ask anyone — in both parishes — who has not yet contributed to do so.

stjos/stvdp: 06.20.2010 - 04


IS USING A OUIJA BOARD OKAY, IF IT IS DONE JUST FOR FUN?
The answer is “NO”. Ouija boards are not okay, even if they are used “just for fun”.
Ouija boards originate from the practice of "channeling" or "divination". Channeling is asking the dead to give us answers to questions or power and is an ancient - and dangerous - practice. Thus, the word "occult" = "hidden". The Bible speaks directly to this practice:

Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortune-teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of spells, nor one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead. Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, and because of such abominations the LORD, your God, is driving these nations out of your way. - Deuteronomy 18: 10-12 He practiced soothsaying and divination, and reintroduced the consulting of ghosts and spirits. He did much evil in the LORD'S sight and provoked him to anger. - 2 Kings 21:6 And when they say to you, "Inquire of mediums and fortune-tellers (who chirp and mutter!); should not a people inquire of their gods, apply to the dead on behalf of the living?" - Is 8:19

So, the history of divination and channeling is ancient, but it has some more modern forms, which have become popular again from various sources, including - New Age practices, the Occult, fortune-telling, Wicca, astrology, and "games" such as the Ouija Board. All of these have Pagan spiritual origins and should never be practiced by Christians.
Ultimately, this is a dangerous practice because it is an attempt to seek spiritual power from somewhere other than God. If this is the case, then demons or evil spirits are most likely the ones supplying it. We open ourselves up to demonic influence if we do so - to the point of having possession being possible down the line.
Some might think this is an overreaction and that it is just fun. I have heard some say - at most, it is a spooky time for kids to pretend they can talk to the dead. But, demons can work through this kind of attitude to quietly induce someone to their way of thinking and acting.
A personal disbelief in the power of Satan, does not make his power go away. Just ask an exorcist who has had to fight with such demons. They will not beat around the bush in regards to such practices.
The danger is very real.
Thus, the Catechism states:

2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to "unveil" the future.48 Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone. 2117 All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others - even if this were for the sake of restoring their health - are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another's credulity.

stjos/stvdp: 06.20.2010 - 05


 A Prayer of St. Thomas More
Give me the grace good Lord,
to set the world at naught;
to set my mind fast upon Thee
and not to hang upon the blast of men's mouths.
To be content to be solitary.
Not to long for worldly company
but utterly to cast off the world
and rid my mind the business thereof.
Not to long to hear of any worldly things,
But that the hearing of worldly phantasies may be to me displeasant.
Gladly to be thinking of God,
Piteously to call for His help,
To lean unto the comfort of God,
Busily to labor to love Him.
To know mine own vileness and wretchedness,
To humble and meeken myself under the mighty hand of God,
To bewail my sins passed;
For the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.
Gladly to bear my purgatory here,
To be joyful of tribulations,
To walk the narrow way that leadeth to life.
To bear the cross with Christ,
To have the last thing--death--in remembrance,
To have ever afore mine eye my death, that is ever at hand;
To make death no stranger to me;
To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of hell;
To pray for pardon before the Judge come.
To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me;
For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks,
To buy the time again that I before have lost.
To abstain from vain confabulations,
To eschew light foolish mirth and gladness;
Recreations not necessary, to cut off.
Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all--to set the loss at nought
for the winning of Christ.
To think my most enemies my best friends,
For the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good
with their love and favor as they did him with their
malice and hatred.

- Saint Thomas More
(feastday: Tuesday, 22 June)
This prayer is worth the time required for it to be read, savored, pondered and prayed. I recommend it highly.

 stjos/stvdp: 06.20.2010 - 06

 


CHRISTINE ANNA ZUGZDA BARNES,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Monday, 14 June.
Born on 22 July 1943, she was 66 years of age.
Christine is one of the three children of the late Michael and Stasia (Kugris) Zugzda.
She was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church by Fr. Michael Daumantas on 08 August 1943.
She was married to John R. Barnes in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 04 August 1973, in the presence of Fr. Leo Lenick.
John died on 05 November 2000.
Christine’s brother, Joseph Zugzda, died in infancy.
Christine’s sister, Stasia Zugzda Hull, is the last surviving member of the immediate family.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Christine was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Thursday, 17 June.
The interment took place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery, Englewood.
Eternal rest grant unto Christine, 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.
THANK YOU TO FATHER BRENNAN for making himself available for the celebration of Mass on weekdays and even on weekends. As I did last month (when I had my niece’s wedding), I am doing again this weekend (also because of a wedding): I am asking Fr. Brennan to celebrate the Saturday vigil Masses.
THE BANNS OF MARRIAGE are proclaimed for the third 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.
INTERESTING LITTLE FACT: I came across a listing of the figures for the 1990 Bishop’s Annual Appeal and learned that St. Joseph Parish (with 221 donors) contributed $11,009 and St. Vincent dePaul Parish (with 98 donors) contributed $2,447. Making allowance for the fact that this was TWENTY YEARS AGO, I think this is quite interesting. Compare with the current figures (see page 04).

stjos/stvdp: 06.20.2010 - 07


NINTH ANNUAL
SUMMER PRAYER RALLY
SUNDAY, 27 JUNE 2010

The Allentown Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies extends an invitation to all Holy Name men, along with their families, relatives and friends for an afternoon of prayer, fellowship and cookout.

Time: 02:00 pm

Place: ST. VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH LAWN

Recitation of the Rosary / Scriptural Reading / Litany of Prayers

Refreshments: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Beverages

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