MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 SEPTEMBER 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 11 September
05:30 pm — MICKEY and DAWNE (Mutchler) DEVINE
by Dennis Devine

Sunday, 12 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JAMES O’DONNELL
by Margaret O’Donnell

Monday, 13 September
St. John Chrysostom, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: CAIRNS and SMIGO FAMILIES
by Jim, Marie and Angela

Tuesday, 14 September
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Fst)
07:00 pm — THERESA PELLECIA
by Kathryn Selinsky Luppino (+)

Wednesday, 15 September
Our Lady of Sorrows (OblMem)
08:00 am — MARGARET C. WEBER
by Vincent and Denise McLoughlin

Thursday, 16 September
St. Cornelius, pope, martyr and St. Cyprian, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — CYRIL KILKER
by Greg and Nancy Miller and family

Friday, 17 September
St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — VINCENT and ROSE ALBO
by the Lang and the Getzey families

Saturday, 18 September
Weekday
08:00 am — CHARLES MORAN
by his sister, Thomasine
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROBERT and AGATHA SCULLY
by their family

Sunday, 19 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ANNE ZINCAVAGE BRENNAN
by her daughter, Joan Brennan McCarthy

 MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 SEPTEMBER 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 11 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — T. NORMAN FLANNERY
by Vince and Joan Gormas

Sunday, 12 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Monday, 13 September
St. John Chrysostom, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — PHYLLIS J. ORLOWSKY
by Joseph T. Cescon (+) and family

Tuesday, 14 September
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Fst)
08:00 am — MARGARET RYAN WHEELER
by her sister, Loretta Ryan Truhe

Wednesday, 15 September
Our Lady of Sorrows (OblMem)
07:00 pm — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
by Anna Eleni Coyle

Thursday, 16 September
St. Cornelius, pope, martyr and St. Cyprian, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
07:00 pm — ANNA MAE (Mazlokas) LALLY
by the Draugelis family

Friday, 17 September
St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
05:00 pm — GLORIA TINARI CHIARETTI
by Missy and Charlie

Saturday, 18 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH CHIKOTAS
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 19 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JAMES and ELEANOR CONNELL
by the Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 09.12.2010 - 01

COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
04 / 05 september


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $841.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $68.00 from the second collection (plate); $248.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $76.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,248.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,248.00) 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 $96.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.






Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $834.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $83.00 from the second collection (plate); $265.00 from the Dues envelopes; $96.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,278.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,278.00) 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 $515.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 15 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 16 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 16 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

 EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

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

Thursday, 16 September
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 03:40 pm)

A two-point message from Satan, Prince of Darkness: #1 — Don’t waste your time going to Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. #2 — It’s silly to confess your sins to a priest. Just confess them to God. Trust me in these matters! Would I lie to you? After all, I am equal to God!

stjos/stvdp: 09.12.2010 - 02


THE BANNS OF MARRIAGE (#2)
Wesley Eshleman intends to marry Laurie Brennan, a member of St. Joseph Parish, on 25 September at St. Joseph Church. If anyone knows of any impediment to the valid union of these two persons, he or she should notify the pastor.
P.S. — Laurie Brennan also intends to marry Wesley Eshleman.

THE DEVIL SURE IS SNEAKY!

I had a little space left at the bottom of page 02 of this bulletin and intended to go back to it and insert a “filler” — a joke or something like that — so that I could give it to Ian to print it out. But I forgot to do that! Sure enough, after the bulletin was printed (and too late for me to do anything to correct it!), I found that the Devil had inserted a message! Fortunately, he had only enough room to use “8-point” type, so I don’t think too many people will read it (unless they have very good eyesight). All I want to say is: IF YOU ARE ABLE TO READ THE MESSAGE ON THE BOTTOM OF PAGE TWO, PLEASE IGNORE IT! I take no responsibility for it and, quite frankly, am ashamed of it! The Devil did it!

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY for a brief chat with one of Mahanoy Plane’s more distinguished former residents, viz. Sister Donna Smith, D.C. (Sister was attending the 04:00 pm Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church last Saturday, together with her mother.) I asked Sister where she was stationed. She told me that she was stationed in Delaware. I said, “Oh, then, I guess you know Bishop Barres!” She said that she does, indeed, know him. She told me that, while Father Barres was a Chancery official in the Diocese of Wilmington, he would customarily celebrate the 06:00 am Mass for the Daughters of Charity on weekdays and that he did this for thirteen years. She then added that, sometimes he would have to start Mass earlier than 06:00 am, because he had to go to the Chancery for some particular duty!
I must admit that my respect for Bishop Barres went up a few notches when I heard this. Any priest who faithfully celebrates Mass at 06:00 am over the course of thirteen years certainly merits to be elevated to the order of Bishop! Even better than that, I would say “deserves to be considered for canonization!”

 CCD TEACHERS AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL

#1 — There will be a meeting of all teachers and other support persons in the Sheridan Room on Sunday, 12 September, at 06:00 pm. Please be certain to attend.
#2 — We are always in need of more teachers and support personnel. If there is anyone who is interested in helping to catechize the Catholic children of Girardville, please attend this meeting and please call our CCD Principal, Ed Wascavage. He can be reached at (570) 590-6750.

stjos/stvdp: 09.12.2010 - 03


NEWS YOU ARE UNLIKELY TO READ IN THE POPULAR PRESS OR HEAR ABOUT ON TV
At least 50 children were sexually and physically abused at a boarding school in Senegal, Africa, in the 1980s, according to a new report.
The report estimates that 22 to 27 children whose parents were missionaries for Florida-based New Tribes Mission were sexually abused while 35 were physically and emotionally abused.
New Tribes had retained Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) to conduct the study and acknowledged that there was abuse. The report says children were not allowed to complain about the school's conditions.
"They were repeatedly told by those in authority that such complaints would hinder their parents' work and result in Africans going to hell," the report said. "In some cases, their letters were censored of all bad news in the name of the Lord's work. The authority of the dorm parents over the children was allowed to trump that even of the parents in their children's lives."

The reason I include this item in the bulletin is this: If this had happened in a Catholic mission setting, it would be front page news on the New York Times (and probably the Allentown Morning Call). Even the Pottsville Republican would probably have run it somewhere on page three or five.
Objective analysts of the terrible phenomenon of child abuse tell us that there is really no higher incidence of child molestation in Catholic settings than there is in Protestant settings.
While we Catholics have much to be ashamed of in this regard, we would do well to realize that the epidemic of child abuse is not — by any means — a “Catholic thing”. It is a “fallen human race thing”. Statistically, there has been as much child abuse in Protestant settings as in Catholic. May God have mercy on us all! So, let’s be fair when we analyze and report on these shameful incidents.
Anti-Catholicism is alive and well in the USA and in the world in general.
I suggest you read page 08 of this bulletin for a few words on the topic from Cardinal Newman.
A GOOD CHRISTIAN WOMAN died this past Wednesday (08 Sept). She lived across the street from St. Vincent dePaul Church. Her name is Pat Floyd. She suffered a heart attack while caring for a woman in Gordon who suffers from Alzheimer’s. In addition to providing care for this woman, Pat also volunteered at the Helping Hands Thrift Store in Ashland.
As a tribute to Pat, you might want to stop by at the Helping Hands store and purchase something. Everything is more than reasonably priced and the profits are used to assist worthy causes in the community.
Eternal rest grant unto Pat, 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.

How to Park Your Car in NYC
An Italian gentleman walked into a bank in New York City and asked for the loan officer. He told the loan officer that he was going to Italy on business for two weeks and needed to borrow $5,000 and that he was not a depositor of the bank.
The bank officer told him that the bank would need some form of security for the loan, so the gentleman handed over the keys to a new Ferrari. The car was parked on the street in front of the bank.
The man produced the title and everything checked out. The loan officer agreed to hold the car as collateral for the loan and apologized for having to charge 12% interest.
Later, the bank's president and its officers all enjoyed a good laugh at the customer for using a $250,000 Ferrari as collateral for a $5,000 loan.
An employee of the bank then drove the Ferrari into the bank's underground garage and parked it.
Two weeks later, the customer returned, repaid the $5,000 and the interest of $23.07. The loan officer said, “Sir, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?”
The man replied: “Minga! Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $23.07 and expect it to be there when I return?”
Bada Bing!

stjos/stvdp: 09.12.2010 - 04


DRIVING ALONG THE MAIN THOROUGHFARE OF THE CITY OF MAHANOY LAST WEEK, I happened to notice a sign outside a tappy. It caught my attention and provided food for thought for the remainder of the drive back to the Ville of Girard. Here is what is written on the sign:

I’ll say one thing about that sign! It is concise and it makes the point! The proprietor of the tappy is to be commended for his skill at communication, although some would consider him to be a tad deficient in social skills. (I must remember to have my I.D. with me if ever I decide to go bar-hopping in M.C.!)
The sign engendered a thought in my head.
Just as “ineligible customers” sometimes enter taprooms, sit down at the bar and order themselves alcoholic beverages, so “ineligible customers” sometimes enter Catholic parish churches, come up to the Communion rail and “order” themselves Holy Communion.
So, maybe a sign would be a good idea.
This hypothetical sign could read as follows:

Well, on second thought ……… No, I don’t think I’ll put up any such sign. It would be kind of crass, in addition to which “sanctifying grace” is not the kind of entity that can be certified by a card that one carries in his wallet.
Nonetheless, a person is either IN the state of sanctifying grace or he is OUT of the state of sanctifying grace. If a person who is OUT of the state of sanctifying grace receives Holy Communion (and does so knowingly and deliberately), he is eating and drinking a condemnation to himself. The Holy Spirit, speaking through St. Paul, tells us this.
The only way to get into the state of sanctifying grace is (a) to have full faith in Jesus Christ and to be baptized and (b) to be free from mortal sin committed after Baptism. This requires sacramental Confession and absolution.
We must all remember this.
The primary responsibility for making certain that one does not receive Holy Communion sacrilegiously belongs to the person who presents himself for Holy Communion. Only secondarily (and by way of exception) does the priest or other minister of Holy Communion bear responsibility.

stjos/stvdp: 09.12.2010 - 05


ADJUSTMENT TO SCHEDULE: Because Fr. Connolly is scheduled to have a wedding in St. Peter Cathedral (Scranton) next Saturday (18 Sept), with the rehearsal the night before: (a) It was necessary to change the usual Friday night Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament to Thursday afternoon and (b) Fr. Brennan has kindly agreed to celebrate the three Masses on Saturday.

CCD

Begins next Sunday (19 Sept) at 06:00 pm in the Sheridan Room. All of the children — together with at least one parent or guardian — must be present. After a brief introduction and some last minute filling out of registration forms, the children will break up into their individual classes.
CCD time each Sunday goes from 06:00 to 07:30 pm.
Conscientious attendance at CCD each Sunday is expected of each child.
Because children, in general, are not noted for their sense of responsibility (although your children are certainly an exception to the common run of children!), we respectfully point out that the responsibility for seeing to it that the children show up each week belongs to — yes, you guessed it! — the parents.

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES
Because all of the Confirmation children are expected to be present at the first meeting of the CCD children (19 Sept), Fr. Connolly will take some time to speak with them as a group.
So, please make sure that all of the confirmandi are present next Sunday.
Please put the word “confirmandi” into your vocabulary, if it is not already there. It means, simply, “persons who are on track to being confirmed”.
ALL OF US ARE AWARE, NO DOUBT, that there were two unfortunate events this past week that impacted on persons who are dear to us:
#1 — A woman who is a faithful member of StVdP Parish was struck by a car while walking. She told me that she prefers that her name not appear in the bulletin, but most of us know who she is. She suffered a broken leg and is currently a patient at the Geisinger Hospital. We pray that, after a period of rehab, she will be up and walking again.
#2 — Parish organist Jim Feeney suffered the loss of his father, John Feeney, in a fire that broke out in their apartment. Jim himself was burned in the fire but it seems (I hope I’m correct) that his burns are such that they will not cause him any permanent disability. In fact, we anticipate that he will be discharged from the LVHC today (Saturday) for a time of mourning and a period of rehabilitation. The fire destroyed most, if not all, of Jim’s belongings.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Jim and to his brother and sister and other family members.
Eternal rest grant unto John Feeney, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 09.12.2010 - 06


DONORS TO THE 2010 BISHOPS ANNUAL APPEAL

SAINT JOSEPH PARISH

01. BANN, Charles
02. BARBER, Marie A.
03. BURNS, John
04. BYRNE, William and Nora
05. CHAPMAN, Christopher J.
06. CHUPASKO, Bernadine (Ranieri)
07. CLARKE, Thomas
08. CONNOLLY, Edward B.
09. DeLUCA, Celeste
10. DEVANEY, Lorraine Cuff
11. DEVINE, Dennis
12. DOUGHERTY, Margaret
13. FATULA, Irene
14. FRIGONE, Rita
15. GILLIS, John M. and Mary Theresa
16. GOWER, Thomas and Jean
17. HOUSER, Catherine (Kennedy)
18. ANONYMOUS
19. KELLY, Arthur J.
20. KOWALICK, Patricia (Reiley)
21. McCARTHY, Philip D.
22. McCARTHY, Stephen
23. MILLER, Beverly Ann
24. MOHAN, Francis P. MD and Stella
25. MORAN, Elizabeth
26. MURRAY, Mary E.
27. O’DONNELL, Margaret (Lenahan)
28. PIKITUS, John and Helen
29. PRYCE, Agnes E.
30. ROWLAND, Eileen
31. SMALLWOOD, Rose Marie (Brennan)
32. SMITH, Frank and Phyllis
33. SMITH, Robert and Anna
34. TARONE, Joseph Tarone
35. WAYNE, Henry and Eileen
36. WAYNE, Kenneth and Anna Mae
37. WAYNE, Raymond and Rose Ann
38. WEIST, Jean (Birster)
39. YACKENCHICK, Albert J. Sr. and Annetta

 ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH

01. BOZYLINSKI, Robert
02. BREHM, Patrick
03. CHIKOTAS, Anna (Ginaitis)
04. CHIPLONIA, Ralph and Debra
05. CIKANOVICH, Peter
06. CONNELL, James Jr. and Georgann
07. CONNELL, Marilyn
08. FAUST, William E.
09. GETZEY, Robert and Denise
10. GREGIS, John
11. GUDONIS, Joseph and Theresa
12. HALUSKA, John and Gloria
13. HOLY NAME SOCIETY
14. HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
15. IVES, Karen (Paulosky)
16. KRICK, Carole Anne (Doraski)
17. LABIE, Edna (Fetterolf)
18. LANG, Jean (Albo)
19. MEDLINSKY, Elizabeth
20. PAULOSKY, Diana
21. PETROUSKY, John and Barbara
22. POPECK, Frank and Rose
23. POWLICK, Adele
24. SCROBOL, George
25. SELGRADE, Robert and Ellen
26. SHERMAN, Charles and Kathy
27. SMOLOCK, John and Joan
28. SMOLOCK, Peter and Violet
29. STRONY, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen
30. THYE, David and Susan
31. THYE, James A.
32. VABOLIS, John and Ann
33. VITALE, Marie Jeanette (Winkler)
34. WASCAVAGE, Edward and Barbara
35. WINKLER, Helen

 

 

BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL: PROGRESS REPORT
ST. JOSEPH PARISH, GIRARDVILLE
Total Goal:         $8,243.00
Pledges and One-Time Gifts: $5,032.00
Amount Collected: $4,792.00
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 58%
Average Gift:         $140
Number of donors:         39
Number of registered families: 347
Participation Rate:         10%
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: $3,612.00
Amount Collected: $3,357.00
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 61%
Average Gift:         $95
Number of donors:         35
Number of registered families: 120
Participation Rate:         32%
Amount Raised in 2009: $2,234
Participation Rate in 2009: 13%

stjos/stvdp: 09.12.2010 - 07


BAD PRESS AS AN ARGUMENT FOR THE CHURCH:
A Permanent Scandal to the World


by Chene Richard Heady

Chene Richard Heady is Assistant Professor of English at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. His articles have been published in Touchstone, Renascence, The Catholic Digest, and other periodicals.

The son of a Pentecostal father and a lapsed Catholic mother, I was received into the Catholic Church in 1993, largely under the influence of John Henry Newman. I was a Bible-college student when I first encountered Newman's case for Catholicism, so I'd already been in the habit of studying Scripture and pondering the nature of the early Church. Newman's Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845) convinced me that the Catholic Church is the organic heir of the Church of the Apostles. He demonstrates convincingly that the Catholic Church possesses a unique ability to develop through time and expand across space, assimilating new philosophies and cultures, while still preserving intact the vision and type of apostolic Christianity. Like many before me, I was — and remain — persuaded by his ideas.
But one of Newman's apologetics for the Catholic Church always troubled me. It actually struck me as an argument against the Catholic Church, or at least against the Catholic Church as I had witnessed her in my lifetime. In his Lectures on the Present Position of Catholics in England (1851), Newman asserts that if the Catholic Church is spiritually legitimate, then she ought to be under continual assault by secular governments and the secular press. In this work Newman describes a cultural environment that should be familiar to American Catholics in 2010. In Victorian England, the Catholic priest was commonly portrayed as a sexual predator preying on youths of both sexes; this was a polemical inversion of the argument for clerical celibacy, as many scholars have noted. Many Victorians even believed that priests kept their sexual victims locked in underground cells, and Newman narrates with some dark comedy how his own attempt to construct a vegetable cellar came to be reported in the popular press as proof of the legend!
Contempt for Catholic clergy ran so high that Newman felt sure that if he were to tell an Englishman "of ordinary intelligence" that "priests can live in purity," he would meet the incredulous reply, "What is the world coming to?... So, Catholics are to be whitewashed! What next?" This attack on Catholicism was carried out most vigorously in the Victorian news media, which were armed with a ready-made narrative of the iniquities, acts of oppression, and corrupt conspiracies of that arch-enemy of progress and enlightenment, the Roman Catholic Church. Each newspaper rushed to rake up, print, and publicize any incident — past or present, reliable or unreliable — that seemed to confirm this fable.
Newman's words could have been written this morning. He laments “those ever-growing files of newspapers, whose daily task...has been to cater for the gross palate of their readers all varieties of...invective against us.”

“Beware when all men speak well of you!”

tjos/stvdp: 09.12.2010 - 08

 

 

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