Saturday, 21 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — STEPHEN P. McCARTHY
(11th anniversary)
by his wife, Joan

Sunday, 22 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the LAOH

Monday, 23 August
St. Rose of Lima, virgin (OptMem)
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 25 August
St. Louis of France; St. Joseph Calasanz, priest (OptMems)
by Patricia Kowalick

Friday, 27 August
St. Monica (OblMem)
08:00 am — LEO L. WARD
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Saturday, 28 August
St. Augustine of Hippo, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JAMES A. COYLE (89th anniversary of birth)
by Jim and Cindy
Vigil of Sunday
by Joe Kaplafka and son

Sunday, 29 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JAMES and ANGELINE (Ranieri) PALESTIS
by James Palestis Jr.


Saturday, 21 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH CRESS
by Raymond and Roseann Wayne

Sunday, 22 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — GEORGE and ANN (Whytena) PATRICK
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 24 August
St. Bartholomew, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — WILLIAM LABIE (5th anniversary)
by his family
Thursday, 26 August

07:00 pm — JOSEPH and MARY LECKNER
by their children: Marion, Vincent and Evelyn

Saturday, 28 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MATTHEW J. BRIEL
by his grandparents, George and Louise Canavan

Sunday, 29 August
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Chuck and Kathy Sherman

stjos/stvdp: 08.22.2010 - 01

14 / 15 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $968.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $294.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $46.00 from the second collection (plate); $25.00 from the Dues envelopes; $17.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $158.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,508.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,508.00) 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 $356.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $741.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $245.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $54.00 from the second collection (plate); $20.00 from the Dues envelopes; $28.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $86.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,174.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,174.00) 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 $411.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Thursday, 26 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 27 August
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Friday, 27 August
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)


PLEASE NOTE THAT the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church next Sunday (29 August) will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form, i.e. what is commonly known as “the Tridentine Mass”.
At the present time, there are four priests in the Diocese of Allentown who offer the Tridentine Mass on a regular schedule: Fr. Connolly; Fr. Karpyn; Fr. Kiefer; Fr. Seifert

stjos/stvdp: 08.22.2010 - 02

ARE YOU CELEBRATING 05, 10, 25, 40, 50, 60 or more years of marriage in the year 2010?
Celebrate this special occasion with your family and renew your vows with Bishop John O. Barres at the 31st Annual Diocesan Anniversary Mass on Sunday, 26 September at 3:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, PA. Mail your registration to the Office of Family Life Ministries, 900 S. Woodward St., Allentown, PA 18103, Attn: Ruth Baker OR call her to register at 610-289-8900 Ext. 239 or e-mail her at
Deadline for registration is 14 September.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown will sponsor A Listening Heart – Developing Communication Skills for Parish Outreach on Thursday, 30 September, from 06:30 to 09:00 pm. This free workshop will be held at St. John the Baptist Parish, 913 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville. Please register by calling 570-628-0466 by 28 September.
Understanding Suffering and Spiritual Companionship, a workshop for caregivers, families, parish volunteers, and professionals will be offered on Wednesday, 15 September at your choice of either 01:00 to 04:30 pm or 05:30 to 09:00 pm at Sacred Heart Hospital Auditorium, 421 Chew Street, Allentown. Continuing education units are available. Registration fee is $10.00. Sponsored by Sacred Heart Hospital, Parish Nurse Coalition of the Greater Lehigh Valley, and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown. For more information and a brochure, please call Michele at 610-871-5905 before the registration deadline of 08 September.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown presents a parenting support educational series on Tuesdays beginning 07 September at Annunciation B.V.M. Parish in Shenandoah from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. There is no fee for the course. Moms, dads, and grandparents of infants through toddlers are encouraged to attend. Please call 570-628-0466 to register or for more information.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown offers services at Annunciation B.V.M. Parish in Shenandoah on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm, beginning 24 August. Services include pregnancy and parenting support; case management for individuals, families, and older adults; information and referral. Walk-ins are welcome; however, appointments are encouraged. Please call Catholic Charities at 570-628-0466 to schedule an appointment or for further information.
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. 325 or e-mail

stjos/stvdp: 08.22.2010 - 03

Maxims for the Direction of a Soul that Desires to Obtain Perfection in the Love of Jesus Christ

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

01. To desire ardently to increase in the love of Jesus Christ.
02. Often to make acts of love towards Jesus Christ. Immediately on waking, and before going to sleep, to make an act of love, seeking always to unite your own will to the will of Jesus Christ.
03. Often to meditate on his Passion.
04. Always to ask Jesus Christ for his love.
05. To communicate often, and many times in the day to make spiritual Communions.
06. Often to visit the Most Holy Sacrament.
07. Every morning to receive from the hands of Jesus Christ himself your own cross.
08. To desire Paradise and death, in order to be able to love Jesus Christ perfectly and for all eternity.
09. Often to speak of the love of Jesus Christ.
10. To accept contradictions for the sake of Jesus Christ.
11. To rejoice in the happiness of God.
12. To do that which is most pleasing to Jesus Christ, and not to refuse him anything that is agreeable to him.
13. To desire and to endeavor that all should love Jesus Christ.
14. To pray always for sinners and for the souls in purgatory.
15. To drive from your heart every affection that does not belong to Jesus Christ.
16. Always to have recourse to the most holy Mary, that she may obtain for us the love of Jesus Christ.
17. To honor Mary in order to please Jesus Christ.
18. To seek to please Jesus Christ in all your actions.
19. To offer yourself to Jesus Christ to suffer any pain for his love.
20. To be always determined to die rather than commit a willful venial sin.
21. To suffer crosses patiently, saying, "Thus it pleases Jesus Christ."
22. To renounce your own pleasures for the love of Jesus Christ.
23. To pray as much as possible.
24. To practice all the mortifications that obedience permits.
25. To do all your spiritual exercises as if it were for the last time.
26. To persevere in good works in the time of aridity.
27. Not to do nor yet to leave undone anything through human respect.
28. Not to complain in sickness.
29. To love solitude, to be able to converse alone with Jesus Christ.
30. To drive away melancholy.
31. Often to recommend yourself to those persons who love Jesus Christ.
32. In temptation, to have recourse to Jesus crucified, and to Mary in her sorrows.
33. To trust entirely in the Passion of Jesus Christ.
34. After committing a fault, not to be discouraged, but to repent and resolve to amend.
35. To do good to those who do evil.
36. To speak well of all, and to excuse the intention when you cannot defend the action.
37. To help your neighbor as much as you can.
38. Neither to say nor to do anything that might vex him. And if you have been wanting in charity, to ask his pardon and speak kindly to him.
39. Always to speak with mildness and in a low tone.
40. To offer to Jesus Christ all the contempt and persecution that you meet with.
41. To look upon [religious] Superiors as the representatives of Jesus Christ.
42. To obey without answering and without repugnance, and not to seek your own satisfaction in anything.
43. To like the lowest employments.
44. To like the poorest things.
45. Not to speak either good or evil of yourself.
46. To humble yourself even towards inferiors.
47. Not to excuse yourself when you are reproved.
48. Not to defend yourself when found fault with.
49. To be silent when you are disquieted.
50. Always to renew your determination of becoming a saint, saying, "My Jesus, I desire to be all Yours, and You must be all mine."

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to post this list on your refrigerator or on whatever serves as your family bulletin board. Also, it could be useful for someone as preparation for Confession.

stjos/stvdp: 08.22.2010 - 04 / 05

I suspect, although I cannot prove it, that there are a fair number of St. Joseph and St. Vincent dePaul parishioners who have not been to Confession in a long, long time.
I say this because I know — approximately — how many confessions I hear within the space of a week and I measure it against the number of persons in the parishes.
The reason I have to hold back from saying that I know for certain that many parishioners have not been to Confession in a long time is simply this: It is possible that they are going to Confession elsewhere. If they are, that’s fine and dandy with me. But, somehow or other, I doubt that they are going elsewhere. Not too many of them, anyway.
I think that Catholics in Girardville (and surrounding area) have fallen victim to one of Satan’s principal lies.
And what might that be?
I’m glad you asked.
Let me tell you what one of Satan’s principal lies is. It is this:

I don’t have to tell my sins to a priest.
I can just tell my sins directly to God and He will forgive me.

If this is what you believe, allow me to tell you that you are sadly mistaken. If this is what you really believe, then — I’m sorry to have to be the one to tell you this — you have fallen away from the Catholic Faith.
But the strange thing is that there are persons who come to Mass every Sunday and receive Holy Communion who haven’t been to Confession in a coon’s age. (I’m not sure exactly what a coon’s age is, but they tell me it’s a long time!)
Why not?
I’ll tell you what I think the reason is in a great number of cases (not all, but a great many).
I think that the reason is this: I think a fair number of persons of childbearing age are using artificial contraception and have talked themselves into believing that it’s okay with God that they are doing so.
But it is not okay with God that they are doing so! It is most assuredly not!
It is mortally sinful to use any kind of artificial contraception.
But many persons have thrown up a shield against receiving the truth. Even as they read this bulletin article, they are throwing up a shield — contracepting the truth, so to speak — and are thinking to themselves that their pastor is a dinosaur, the Priest from Jurassic Park, a scary holdover from a bygone age, in addition to which he is mean and cranky. And don’t forget “judgmental”! But maybe — just maybe — we can wait him out. If we hold on long enough, he’ll die or retire and we’ll get a pastor who will be more understanding.
Don’t bet on it!
Truth doesn’t change with the comings and goings of pastors. The Church condemns artificial contraception because God condemns it.
If a priest does not teach what God and the Church teach, he should resign from the priesthood and find himself some honest work.
So, if you are one of those persons who have been holding back from going to Confession because you have been practicing artificial contraception, I beg you to have some concern for your eternal salvation.
Come to Confession!
Speak your sins clearly and forthrightly.
Say, “I have been using artificial contraception”. Or (if you used to do so but are now past childbearing age), say, “In my younger days, I used artificial contraception”.
You might also need to say, “And I have gone to Holy Communion many times with that sin on my soul.”
What do you think will happen if you say that in Confession?
I can speak accurately only for myself but here is what I will say: “Okay. Please say the Act of Contrition.”
Then I will give you absolution and ask you to do some appropriate penance.
Then I will say, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.” And you can say, “His love is everlasting.”

stjos/stvdp: 08.22.2010 - 06

HIGH SCHOOL: -- 1955 vs 2010

Scenario 1
Steve goes quail hunting before school, then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.
1955 — The Vice Principal comes over, looks at Steve's shotgun, admires it, then goes to his truck and gets his own shotgun to show Steve.
2010 — School goes into lock down. The FBI is called. Jack is hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors are called in for the traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2
John picks a fight with Mark. They get into a fist fight in front of the school.
1955 — Crowd gathers. Mark wins. John and Mark shake hands, get a detention and end up buddies.
2010 — Police are called. SWAT team arrives. John and Mark are arrested, charged with assault and expelled. As a condition of probation, they are obliged to attend anger-management classes. This makes them angry.

Scenario 3
Jeffrey will not sit still in class. He disrupts other students.
1955 — Jeffrey is sent to the Principal's office. The Principal opens his desk drawer and introduces Jeffrey to the board of education, which succeeds in convincing him that he had better shape up or ship out. Jeffrey decides, all things considered, that it would be in his best interest to shape up. He returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2010 — Jeffrey is referred to the Board of Education, which refers him to the school counselor, who refers him to a psychiatrist, who prescribes huge doses of Ritalin. Jeffrey becomes a zombie, so he is tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4
Bill is told not to play baseball on the street because he might break a window. He disobeys and does so anyway. He breaks a window. His Dad gives him a spanking.
1955 — Bill is more obedient from now on. He grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
2010 — Bill's Dad is arrested for child abuse and sent to prison. Children and Youth charge Bill’s Mom with being an unfit mother because she didn’t intervene to prevent her husband from spanking him. She is obliged to go to a psychologist for counseling. Bill is placed in foster care. He runs away from the foster home and joins a motorcycle gang. While Dad is still in prison, Mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5
Tom has a headache and goes to his locker to get a bottle of aspirin.
1955 — The Principal sees Tom out on the smoking dock taking the aspirin. The Principal asks Tom to give him a couple of the aspirin, because he has a headache too.
2010 — The police are called. Tom is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6
Pedro fails eleventh-grade English.
1955 — Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2010 — Pedro's cause is taken up by the Equal Opportunities Commission. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the school district and Pedro's English teacher. English is dropped from the core curriculum and made optional. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7
Jason disassembles some firecrackers left over from the Fourth of July, puts them in a paint bottle from his model-airplane set and blows up an ant bed.
1955 — Ants die. The cop on the corner scolds Jason for creating a nuisance, but lets him off with a warning.
2010 — Ants die. ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are called. Jason is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents. Jason and his siblings are removed from their home and all computers in the house are confiscated. Jason's Dad is put on the terror-watch list and is banned from flying for the rest of his life.

Scenario 8
Sally falls while running during recess and scrapes her knee. She is found crying by her teacher, Mr. Coyle. Mr. Coyle puts a band-aid on her knee and gives her a hug to comfort her.
1955 — In a little while, Sally feels better and goes on playing.
2010 — Mr. Coyle is accused of being a child molester and is fired. He goes to prison for five to ten years. Sally’s parents sign her up for group therapy.

stjos/stvdp: 08.22.2010 - 07

My opinion will probably cost me my presumed membership in The Right Wing, but I have to admit that I am not bent out of shape or particularly upset at the prospect that a mosque / Muslim Community Center is being planned in the neighborhood of Ground Zero.
As far as I am concerned, if the Muslims have the money and the inclination to convert the old Burlington Coat Factory into a mosque / community center, more power to them!
I would prefer that the Archdiocese of New York would have the money and the inclination to purchase the site and turn it into a Shrine / Pro-Life Center / Catholic Information Center / Catholic Charities Center / Catholic Youth Center (or something like that). But, since the Archdiocese hasn’t moved to obtain the property, I guess I can’t object if the Muslims have done so. Like the man says: It’s a free country!
I admit that I listen to Fox News more than I listen to CNN (although I listen to both). Nevertheless, I am no disciple of Bill O’Reilly nor of Sean Hannity and I refuse to let them do my thinking for me. Neither Mr. O’Reilly nor Mr. Hannity is any kind of role model for “how Catholics should think”. That’s for sure!
Also, although I rarely find any reason to be complimentary to President Obama, I must say that I found his statements about the prospective mosque to be sensible and prudent. If I’m not mistaken, he said two things:
(a) that the Constitution protects the right of any religious organization to construct a building on private property, as long as the plans do not violate local zoning regulations; (b) that he himself chooses not to comment on the wisdom of locating a mosque near Ground Zero.
No one can argue with
(a) and, in regard to (b), I think it is prudent that the President of the United States refrain from making public comments about the “wisdom” of the location of any house of worship.
I may never say this in public again, but I’ll say it now: Score one for Obama!
We have to remember that, if we give the President veto power over the use of real estate by religious groups, we will find that such power will eventually turn around and bite us. How would we like it if the President of the United States were to try to veto the plans of some diocese or parish to erect a church in an area he thought inappropriate? We would tell him to go take a hike! And rightly so!
Although I am not a Muslim and can find much about the Muslim religion that I consider absurd and off-putting, nevertheless I find certain aspects of the Muslim faith quite appealing. (The aspects that I find appealing are, of course, all incorporated into Christianity.)
For example:
• Islam is fiercely monotheistic. So am I. So is Christianity.
• Islam believes in a God Who expects human beings to adhere to certain moral standards. So do I. So does Christianity.
• Islam believes that there is a heaven and a hell, that God rewards the good and punishes the wicked. So do I. So does Christianity.
• Islam believes in the resurrection of all human beings for final judgment. So do I. So does Christianity.
I can think of far worse uses to which to put those two abandoned buildings (45 -51 Park Place, between West Broadway and Church Street) in lower Manhattan. One example of a “far worse use” that I can think of is a Planned Parenthood clinic.
In fact, to tell you the truth, a “far worse use” would be a purportedly Christian church building that belonged to a denomination that supports abortion.
I’ll say this for the Muslims. With all of their fanaticism, they at least recognize that the unborn child has a right to life.
Another reason I have for not opposing the construction of a Muslim house of worship “near” Ground Zero (not all that near, when you come to think of it) is somewhat strategic: The presence of a mosque in lower Manhattan could serve as a sort of disincentive for some Islamic jihadist who is thinking of blowing up the neighborhood. I presume that an Islamic terrorist would not want to get Allah ticked off by blowing up a mosque!
Having said all that, you may be certain that, if someone asks me for a donation to help build the mosque, I shall politely but adamantly decline.
I am not jumping for joy at the prospect of a mosque being built anywhere. I wish we needed fewer mosques and more churches. I look forward to the day when all mosques will be converted into Catholic churches. That sentence alone should earn me a fatwa but, at this point in my life, I feel I can live dangerously.
Come, Lord Jesus!

tjos/stvdp: 08.22.2010 - 08




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