MASS SCHEDULE: 1118 JULY 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 10 July
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — THOMAS NORMAN FLANNERY
by David and Dolores Kramer

Sunday, 11 July
15th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPH CRESS
by the Flannery family

Monday, 12 July
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on DOMINIC ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Tuesday, 13 July
St. Henry, king, confessor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — FRANCIS T. COYLE (84th anniversary of birth)
by Jim and Cindy

Wednesday, 14 July
Bd. Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin (OblMem)
08:00 am — JENNIE DeLUCA (13th anniversary)
by her family

Thursday, 15 July
St. Bonaventure, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — HELEN GORSE SLABONIK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Friday, 16 July
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Saturday, 17 July
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on JIM SVONAVEC
by Jim and Eva
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN and SUSAN CUFF
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

Sunday, 18 July
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPH WILLIAM GALLEN
by Joanne Gallen Weikel and family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1118 JULY 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 10 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — CHARLES M. KETUSKY
by Jim and Anna Mae Gownley

Sunday, 11 July
15th Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Monday, 12 July
Weekday
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on JULIA KIVLIN and FAMILY
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Tuesday, 13 July
St. Henry, king, confessor (OptMem)
08:00 am — MARGARET RYAN WHEELER
by John Burns

Wednesday, 14 July
Bd. Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin (OblMem)
07:00 pm — MATTHEW STAFFORD
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Thursday, 15 July
St. Bonaventure, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — EUGENE ZDIERA
by Josephine Zdiera and family

Friday, 16 July
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OptMem)
05:00 pm — EDWARD T. DOUGHERTY
by David and Dolores Kramer

Saturday, 17 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — DECEASED: BENDOKAS FAMILY
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 18 July
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am — ELEANOR CONNELL
by the Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 07.11.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
03 / 04 JULY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,013.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $128.00 from the second collection (plate); $279.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $88.00 from the loose. Total: $1,523.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,523.00) 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 $371.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.



Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $985.50 from the Sunday envelopes; $93.00 from the second collection (plate); $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $58.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $69.00 from the loose. Total: $1,215.50.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $10.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,424.00) 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 $452.68 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 15 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 15 July
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 16 July
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

Thursday, 15 July
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm)

Friday, 16 July
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:45 pm)


"I throw myself at the foot of the Tabernacle
like a dog at the foot of his Master."
- St. John Vianney

stjos/stvdp: 07.11.2010 - 02


CHILDREN REGISTERED THUS FAR FOR CONFIRMATION
BUDNAVAGE, Tyler
CRESS, Caleb J.
DAVID, Ashley
DONMOYER, Jordan M.
FLANNERY, Robert S.
GRADY, Angel
GRADY, Timothy
GREGAS, Leanna
GREGAS, Carly J.
KLEEMAN, Anthony
KLEEMAN, Christian
McDONALD, Maura
PRYCE, Alexis
PRYCE, Gage
RICHARDS, Noah M.
RIZZARDI, Thomas J.
ROBERTS, Michael
ROCHE, Alexis
SHALAMANDA, Stephen
SMITH, Jonathan T.
WAGNER, Cody J.
WAYNE, Logan A.
WEIDNER, Madelyn C.
WEIDNER, Nathan P.
WILEY, David
WIXTED, Megan
ZAK, Victoria
Well, we’re up to 27 prospects for Confirmation! I figure if I keep running this list in the bulletin indefinitely, we’ll eventually get all of those who should be on the list! How many might that be? I really don’t know! I find, to my dismay, that people don’t read the bulletin. So, if you are aware of any Catholic child who is in 6th, 7th or 8th grade who is (or should be) a member of either of our Girardville parishes whose name is not on this list, would you please be a missionary and go knock on their door or give them a call and tell them that they must call the Rectory in order to receive Confirmation on 28 October 2010? Same goes for any child in 9th to 12th grade who might have been missed the last time the Bishop came around for Confirmation.
ALSO ON THE SUBJECT OF CONFIRMATION: Each child will need a sponsor for Confirmation. The sponsor may be either male or female and must be at least 16 years old. The sponsor must be a PRACTICING CATHOLIC! If married, he or she must be VALIDLY MARRIED. Please do not accuse the pastor of being mean and nasty and rotten and uncaring and unfeeling if he declines to accept as a sponsor a person who does not fulfill the requirements. These requirements are a matter of Church Law. The pastor ignores Church Law at the peril of his salvation!
P.S. — A “practicing Catholic” is one who goes to Mass every Sunday.

stjos/stvdp: 07.11.2010- 03


 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
PROGRESS REPORT

St. Joseph Parish, Girardville

Total Goal: $8,243.00
Pledges and One-Time Gifts: $4,727.00
Amount Collected: $4,097.00
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 57%
Average Gift: $158
Number of donors: 30
Number of registered families: 347
Participation Rate: 09%
Amount Raised in 2009: $3,582
Participation Rate in 2009: 06%

 St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Girardville

Total Goal: $5,885.00
Pledges and One-Time Gifts: $2,877.00
Amount Collected: $2,597.00
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 49%
Average Gift: $103
Number of donors: 28
Number of registered families: 120
Participation Rate: 23%
Amount Raised in 2009: $2,234
Participation Rate in 2009: 13%


CHURCH FOOTBALL IN GIRARDVILLE

Quarterback Sneak: — People leaving (very quietly) before the final hymn.
Draw Play: — What many children do with the bulletin during worship.
Benchwarmer: — A member of the congregation who does not sing or pray or use the missal and who does not do anything, apparently, except sit there.
Backfield-in-Motion: — Making a trip to the bathroom during the Mass.
Staying in the Pocket: — What happens to a lot of money that should be dropped into the basket.
Two-minute Warning: — The point at which you realize the Mass is almost over and begin to gather up your children and belongings.
Instant Replay: — The priest loses his train of thought and falls back into last week’s homily.
Sudden Death: — What happens to the attention span of the congregation when the priest’s homily goes beyond fifteen minutes.
End Run: — Getting out of church quick, without greeting the priest or anyone else.
Flex Defense: — The ability to allow absolutely nothing said during the homily to have any impact whatsoever on your life.
Blitz: — The rush to get to McDonald’s (or somewhere) for breakfast before the priest gets down the aisle.

YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED if you knew how often it happens that someone comes to the door of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory in order to ask for help.
The requests for help are almost always quite credible.
In most cases, people are looking for help with food — food for their babies, food for themselves.
We never turn these people away.
(God wouldn’t like it if we did!)
Sometimes we have a small supply of food to offer them — food that has been donated by some kind parishioners and others.
Most of the time, we make a deal with some supermarket to pay for their order of groceries.
If possible, we use the money that is deposited in the poor boxes in the two churches.
Usually there is not enough money there, so we use our own personal money (but never parish money!)
The above sentences are meant to be a hint! How good are you at picking up hints?

stjos/stvdp: 07.11.2010 - 04


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown will sponsor an Aging Gracefully Spirituality Group for older adults. The five week program will consist of prayer, a reflective presentation, personal reflection and discussion. Registration fee is $5.00 (one time fee). The group will meet on the following Fridays: 16 July; 23 July; 30 July; 06 August; 13 August at All Saints Social Hall, Washington & Cleveland Streets, McAdoo. For questions, or to register. Please call 570-628-0466.
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 e-mail lshampain@allentowndiocese.org.
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 children with severe behavior problems, medically fragile children, and teen mothers with infants. An Information Meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, 14 July, at Catholic Charities, 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville. Please register by 12 July with Barbara Ivaska at 570-628-0466, ext. 306 or Patricia Reusch at 1-800-330-8001 or e-mail preusch@allentowndiocese.org.

MISSION COOPERATIVE WEEKEND
Every year our parishes are visited by a missionary who preaches at the weekend Masses on behalf of his community. This year, Mission Co-op Weekend for our Girardville parishes is NEXT weekend: 17 / 18 July. Our visitor will be Deacon Ralph Jahnige (and his wife, Joan). They live and work in Kentucky. Most of the state of Kentucky is “mission territory” for the Catholic Church.
I ask everyone to welcome Deacon and Mrs. Jahnige and make them feel at home.

I ask also that we be as generous as possible to their mission appeal.

stjos/stvdp: 07.11.2010 - 05


THE FAITHLESS SHEPHERD
A woman who was in attendance at Mass one morning last week asked me, after Mass, whether or not I had seen “the article in the newspaper about the priest up in Connecticut”. I told her that I had not, inasmuch as reading the morning paper is a ritual I perform after the morning Mass, to the accompaniment of a cup of coffee.
The woman was more than willing to give me a synopsis of the facts as reported in the paper: A priest, the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Waterbury CT, is charged with embezzling the astounding sum of $1.3 million from the parish coffers. It is alleged that he spent the money on luxury gifts for “male escorts”. The priest has been arrested and, needless to say, removed from his position in the parish. I think it would be safe to say that this priest’s future in service to the Archdiocese of Hartford is on indefinite hold!
Later, I ran into the woman who asked me if I had read the article. I told her that I did, indeed, read it. She seemed to want to know what my reaction was. I told her that my reaction to the charges against the priest is decidedly negative. I’m not sure what else I said. Nothing particularly memorable, I’m sure.
But I think I shall take the opportunity now to “react” to the article, and shall utilize the parish bulletin for that purpose.
First of all, let me make this observation, before I do any reacting in the public forum.
When I was a child growing up in the 1940’s and 1950’s, priests walked on water, so to speak. Priests were beyond reproach. If a priest were so unwise as to drink too much beer at the Parish Summer Festival so that the sexton had to “help Father get back to the Rectory”, this alone would have provided sufficient reason to light up the Chancery switchboard for a month or more and would have provided more than enough grist for the mills of the old biddies!
Now that we have been exposed (most lamentably!) to so many stories about priests who have broken the sixth and the seventh commandments, some of whom seem to have done so with something akin to diabolical zeal, we priests who have not been tempted in those directions or, if tempted in those directions, have not succumbed, hardly know how to react.
You have to understand that there is some tension here. By and large, we priests see ourselves — and rightly so — as proponents and agents of God’s mercy. With this in mind, we think twice before throwing verbal thunderbolts against those of our fellow priests who have fallen into deep sin. Not only that, but there is always the haunting thought that, if we were to dare to come on as condemnatory towards our fallen brethren, God might punish us by withdrawing his protective shield from us, as a result of which we might find ourselves in dire circumstances someday.
So, we priests customarily take the path of prudence. We react to reports about manifestly sinful deeds wrought by other priests by uttering such pieties as these:
(a) “Well, we must pray for the poor man!” or (b) “There but for the grace of God go you or I!” or (c) “Let us not pass judgment until all the facts are in!” (Of course, implicit in the latter is that we really have no intention of passing judgment even when all the facts do come marching in!)
Without arguing against the virtue of charitable restraint, it has often occurred to me that we priests do the people no favor, the holy priesthood no favor and the Church no favor when we neglect to speak the obvious, when we neglect our prophetic role — when we neglect to display horror at sin. There is a very simple principle involved here: Virtue is to be commended and, when the virtue is public, it is to be publicly commended. On the other hand, vice is to be condemned and, when the vice is public, it is to be publicly condemned.
Notice I did not say that we have a license to condemn sinners, but we do have a license (and a duty) to condemn sin. Some might say that it “belabors the obvious” to condemn sin. I think not. Just as it is the duty of parents to be explicit about what is and is not acceptable behavior, so it is the duty of priests to be equally explicit.
So, if you want to know how I feel or what I think about a priest who steals money from his parish and uses it for shameful and lustful purposes, then here it is: Here is how I feel and here is what I think:
I feel ANGRY to learn that a priest would stoop so low as to betray his people by stealing their hard-earned money and I feel HUMILIATED to learn that a priest has engaged in shameful deeds with other men.
I think that such a priest should be dismissed from the ranks of the priesthood with as much dispatch as possible and handed over to the authorities for whatever criminal penalties and civil remedies the law provides. I think that such a priest, if he dies without true repentance, will suffer eternal damnation. May he repent before it is too late!
I learned a long time ago in the seminary these words spoken by St. John Chrysostom (347-407), a bishop and doctor of the Church:
“The road to Hell is paved with the bones of monks and priests and with the skulls of bishops!”
These words frightened me when I first heard them. They still frighten me. But, I remind myself that fear is salutary when it is holy fear. Therefore, I pray that I may always be in fear of betraying the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

 stjos/stvdp: 07.11.2010 - 06


ARE YOU INVITED TO THE WEDDING?

Background: Just so you know, we had an article in last weekend’s bulletin about “valid” and “invalid” marriage and the criteria (at least the external criteria) for determining whether a marriage is valid. This was also the topic of last weekend’s homily.
We emphasized that:
(a) Catholics who get married must do all in their power to see to it that they enter into valid marriages; (b) Catholics must not knowingly participate in (attend) weddings that celebrate invalid marriage unions.
With this in mind, let us apply the principle to a particular upcoming marriage:
I’m referring to the wedding of Marc M. Mezvinsky and Chelsea V. Clinton.
As we all know, it will be held on Saturday, 31 July, in Rhinebeck NY, at Astor Courts, a private mansion.
We don’t yet know who the person will be who will officiate at the wedding. It might (or might not) be a religious ceremony. If it is a religious ceremony, the officiant might be a Methodist minister (because Chelsea is Methodist) or it might be a rabbi (because Marc is Jewish). On the other hand, it might be one of each!
It might possibly be a non-religious ceremony, in which case the officiant would be either a New York State judge or else a local magistrate.
Have you been invited to the wedding?
If you have been invited, will you be able to attend in good conscience?
Let us remember the basic principle: A Catholic is certainly permitted to attend a wedding that celebrates a marriage that is presumably valid. Conversely, a Catholic is certainly not permitted to attend a wedding that celebrates a marriage that is obviously invalid.
Will the marriage of Marc and Chelsea be a valid marriage?
The crucial facts are these:
• Marc and Chelsea are free to marry. Neither was ever married before.
Therefore, they have a natural human right to marry one another!
• Neither Marc nor Chelsea is a Catholic.
Therefore, quite obviously, they are not obliged to be married by a Catholic priest. They are free to be married in the presence of a religious official or a civil official, as they wish.
Conclusion to be drawn: The marriage of Marc and Chelsea will be a valid marriage. It will be “a marriage in the eyes of God”. It will be a marriage recognized as such by the Catholic Church — even though this particular fact is probably not in the forefront of the consciousness of either Marc or Chelsea!
Further conclusion to be drawn: If you (a Catholic) are invited to attend the wedding or to be a bridesmaid or a groomsman, you are certainly free in conscience to do so.
All I ask is that you bring me a piece of the wedding cake.

stjos/stvdp: 07.11.2010 - 07


THE VENERABLE
MOTHER MARIA KAUPAS

Pope Benedict XVI has recognized the heroic virtues of Lithuanian-born Mother Maria Kaupas, who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1907. The first motherhouse for the new community was at Holy Cross Convent in Mount Carmel PA, and the sisters’ first teaching assignment was at Holy Cross School. The Vatican announced on 01 July 2010 the first major step toward sainthood for Mother Maria Kaupas, who suffered from bone cancer for eight years before dying in 1940. The Vatican decree means Mother Maria heroically lived the Christian virtues. She can be beatified after a miracle is attributed to her intercession.

 

Prayer for the Beatification of Mother Maria

O loving Jesus, we beseech You, grant that Your servant, Mother Maria, who was imbued with Your Eucharistic Presence while on earth, may through the intercession of Your Immaculate Mother and Saint Casimir, be glorified by visible signs and miracles; so that for Your glory and the salvation of souls, she may, by Your power, be declared Blessed. Amen.

 

Prayer for the Intercession of Mother Maria

Gracious God, we praise and thank You for Your faithfulness and love. You have blessed us with the example of Your servant, Maria Kaupas, whose deep faith in Your presence, love for the Eucharist, and zeal in fostering the faith life of others continue to inspire us. Through her intercession, we pray that (here mention your intention).
Help us to continue life’s journey with a heart filled with a profound faith in You and that trust which is born of love. We ask this through Jesus our Lord and the power of the Spirit. Amen.

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