Saturday, 14 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — GLENN W. RICHARDS
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Sunday, 15 May
4th Sunday of Easter
by Margaret O’Donnell

Monday, 16 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — FRANCIS P. MORRIS
by his sister, Jean

Tuesday, 17 May
Easter Weekday
by John and Charlotte Zelonis and family

Wednesday, 18 May
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — PETER DeLUCA
by his family

Thursday, 19 May
Easter Weekday
by OPM

Friday, 20 May
St. Bernardine of Siena, priest (OptMem)
by Marilyn Stefanski

Saturday, 21 May
St. Christopher Magallanes, priest, martyr
and his companions, martyrs (OptMem)
by Jack and Rose McCarthy
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — GLENN W. RICHARDS
by Edward and Judy Haluska

Sunday, 22 May
5th Sunday of Easter
by his daughter, Mickey


Saturday, 14 May
Vigil of Sunday
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 15 May
4th Sunday of Easter
by the Connell family

Monday, 16 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — JOHN FALCONE
by OPM

Tuesday, 17 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — LeFOY ROWLANDS
by OPM

Wednesday, 18 May
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
by Gina M. Yekenchik

Thursday, 19 May
Easter Weekday
by Kay Kennedy Houser

Friday, 20 May
St. Bernardine of Siena, priest (OptMem)
by OPM

Saturday, 21 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — God’s Blessings on EBC (45th anniversary of ordination)
by friends

Sunday, 22 May
5th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — IRENE GILLIS
by John and Mary Theresa Gillis

stjos/stvdp: 05.15.2011 - 01

07 / 08 MAY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes:

Receipts for parish purposes: $753.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the second collection (plate); $173.00 from the Dues envelopes; $159.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $65.00 from the Easter envelopes; $104.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,317.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $ — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,317.00) 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 $165.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $759.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $51.00 from the second collection (plate); $27.00 from the Dues envelopes; $143.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $60.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,040.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,040.00) 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 $277.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 18 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 19 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 20 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Keep in mind that Confession is available outside the scheduled times to anyone who asks. If you want to go to Confession, simply tap the priest on the shoulder or (preferably) call the pastor and agree with him on a time. Fr. Connolly does not consider such requests to be “an imposition” on his time. He is happy to make the sacrament available.


Wednesday, 18 May
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

Friday, 20 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Divine Mercy Chaplet at about 07:30 pm

"I throw myself at the foot of the Tabernacle like a dog at the foot of his Master."

St. John Vianney

stjos/stvdp: 05.15.2011 - 02

Isabelle Jane Niedzwiecki (age 6) saw me in church last Sunday. I was vested in cassock, surplice and stole at the time but was not wearing my biretta. She said to me, “Father Connolly, where’s your Mickey Mouse hat?” I knew right away what she meant, but I played dumb. I said, “What do you mean, my Mickey Mouse hat?” She said, “You know, the one with the ears that stick up!” I said, “Listen, kid, that hat is known as a ‘biretta’. Now you go learn the word ‘biretta’, you hear me?”
I thought that was kind of funny. The problem is: Somehow or other, I don’t think I’ll be able to wear my biretta any more without thinking “Mickey Mouse hat”.
It was a Rodney Dangerfield moment: I don’t get no respect!
As mentioned in last weekend’s bulletin, basing myself on Catholic principles of “just war”, I believe that the killing of Osama bin Laden was morally justified. I also mentioned that, under ideal circumstances, it would have been preferable, if possible, for the Navy Seals to capture him and take him alive to some place where justice could be rendered in some sort of appropriate judicial forum. If that had happened, I might even have found myself in favor of sparing his life as an act of Christian mercy but, needless to say, keeping him in confinement absolutely for the rest of his natural life. I also said that I prayed for his soul because, as a Christian, I am forbidden to desire the damnation of any human being.
I want to affirm all of the above and add a note.
I have to be careful with my words here because I don’t want to violate the Catholic principle that says that we must not presume the damnation of any particular human being. We may speak about the possibility of eternal damnation for any human being, but we must not presume to having certain knowledge that any particular human being is in hell.
With that as my disclaimer, I would like to point out the following:
If the recent news reports are accurate, the confiscated computers and software found in Osama’s hiding place contain a great deal of pornography. We can reasonably infer from this that Osama customarily indulged in cyber pornography.
So, I say to myself: Here is a man who sat in front of his computer and watched pornography and who met a sudden death. I further say to myself: There is an outside chance — but, like a desperate defense attorney, I’m really stretching here — that Osama really and truly saw himself as “doing God’s will” when he arranged for Nine Eleven. There is a scintilla of a possibility that Osama might not be subjectively guilty of murder.
I don’t really believe that, but I throw it out as a remote possibility.
But here is what I do know: He indulged himself in pornography and went to his death with that sin on his soul. It is just about impossible for me to think that he did not die in a state of damnation.
Well, as noted before, this is all God’s domain. I had better stop speculating about Osama’s destiny in eternity.
Do you want to know my real point in all of this conjecturing?
My real point is this: If anyone makes it his practice to store pornographic images on his computer and to watch them or trade them or whatever else it is that people do with porn AND if that person dies suddenly without the opportunity for true repentance, that person certainly goes to hell.
There is a thought for you.
Do you know anyone who stores porn on his computer or who goes to his computer in order to search out porn?
You could do that person an enormous favor by confronting him about it. There is no greater charity than to confront a person for the sake of his salvation.
In the long run, it does not matter HOW we happen to die. If we die of natural causes after lingering for years in a sickbed or if we die suddenly of a heart attack or if we die as a result of being run over by a tractor trailer on Route 54 or if we die as a result of a shootout with a team of Navy Seals, it’s all irrelevant to the main event, viz. the salvation of our soul.
He should stop dancing immediately, get away from the brink and go to Confession.

stjos/stvdp:05.15.2011 - 03

The following appeared in the Dear Abby column on Thursday, 12 May. As in the past, I provide a supplement, from the vantage point of Catholic teaching, to Abby’s reply.

Our daughter, "Julie," came home for the weekend so we could meet her new boyfriend, "Scott." He's a delightful young man, and my daughter is clearly smitten.
When I suggested Scott sleep in the guest room, Julie and my wife gave me this perplexed look as though I'm from a different planet. In the end, I was deeply disappointed that they shared a bedroom. After 30 years of marriage, this created the first disagreement between my wife and me in a long time.
I'm no prude. My wife and I had our share of premarital mambo, but we always slept in separate rooms while visiting our families before we were married. It was about respect for our parents' feelings.
Julie spends a lot of time with Scott's family where they share a room. My wife is afraid if we don't provide common accommodations in our home, our daughter will be less inclined to visit.
I welcome your thoughts, Abby. Is expecting some sense of propriety being a curmudgeonly father?

You didn't mention how long Julie and Scott have been involved, or whether they're living together -- which might have had some bearing on this. However, I keep coming back to the fact that under your roof, guests should abide by your rules. If you prefer that unmarried couples sleep apart in your home, then your feelings should have been respected. And for your wife to wimp out for the reason you stated is just sad.

Abby is, of course, correct when she says that “under your roof, guests should abide by your rules”.
She is also correct when she points out that your wife “wimped out”.
Abby does not point out (and that’s where I come in) that YOU wimped out.
When the husband / father wimps out, that is the ultimate in wimping out in any family.
Please don’t be offended when I tell you that you don’t have the courage of your convictions and are sadly deficient in moral testosterone.
On second thought, do be offended. If you are offended, you might be more likely to repent.
Where does a man who is entrusted with fatherly responsibility go to get moral testosterone?
Answer: He goes to the FATHER. Lest you miss my meaning, I am referring to God. You know, God the Father! He is the One from Whom all fatherhood derives its name.
If you want to know what God the Father teaches, you ask His Son. You know, Jesus Christ! He is the One Whom the Father has sent for the salvation of the world.

If you want to know what Jesus Christ teaches, you ask the Church. I don’t mean just any outfit that calls itself a “church”. I mean the CHURCH. There is only one Church. It’s the Catholic Church. Deep down, everyone knows this or, at least, suspects it. Even those who despise the Catholic Church most intensely know that the Catholic Church is the genuine article. If it were not, they would not despise her so ardently.
Your daughter and her boyfriend, Scott, are committing grave sin by engaging in intimacy with one another. They are in danger of going to hell in a handbasket.
By countenancing their arrangement and by facilitating it on your own turf, your wife and you are cooperating in their sin. As material and formal cooperators in their sin, you are yourselves committing grave sin and are in danger of going to hell, also in a handbasket.
It is an especially wretched thing for a father to facilitate the sexual sin of his own daughter in his own house!! For God’s sake, man, you are supposed to be your daughter’s protector!
What I am telling you is the truth.
Some people will tell you that what I am saying is “absurd” and “nonsensical” and “puritanical” and “ludicrous” and “medieval” and “unrealistic” and maybe even “hypocritical”. Remember, of course, that some people have an endless supply of adjectives with which to lampoon the truth. Remember likewise that the Word of God is the standard by which we judge the truth.
I refer you to two paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is the most reliable book in the entire world for knowing the truth about God and about salvation.

2390In a so-called free union, a man and a woman refuse to give juridical and public form to a liaison involving sexual intimacy. The expression "free union" is fallacious: what can "union" mean when the partners make no commitment to one another, each exhibiting a lack of trust in the other, in himself, or in the future? The expression covers a number of different situations: concubinage, rejection of marriage as such, or inability to make long-term commitments. All these situations offend against the dignity of marriage; they destroy the very idea of the family; they weaken the sense of fidelity. They are contrary to the moral law. The sexual act must take place exclusively within marriage. Outside of marriage it always constitutes a grave sin and excludes one from sacramental communion.
2391 — Some today claim a "right to a trial marriage" where there is an intention of getting married later. However firm the purpose of those who engage in premature sexual relations may be, "the fact is that such liaisons can scarcely ensure mutual sincerity and fidelity in a relationship between a man and a woman, nor, especially, can they protect it from inconstancy of desires or whim. Carnal union is morally legitimate only when a definitive community of life between a man and woman has been established. Human love does not tolerate "trial marriages." It demands a total and definitive gift of persons to one another.

I respectfully suggest to you, dear Stumped and Trumped, that you no longer be stumped nor trumped. If you are a Catholic, return to the practice of the Faith. If you are not a Catholic, make inquiries as to how you can go about becoming a Catholic. Then you will be neither stumped (ignorant) nor trumped (powerless).

stjos/stvdp: 05.15.2011 - 04/05

St. Joseph Parish
Total Goal:                                     $7,140.00
Pledges & 1-Time Gifts:                     $555.00
Amount Collected:                             $510.00
Average Gift:                                      $55.50
Number of donors:                                    10
Participation Rate:                               2.88%
 St. Vincent de Paul Parish
Total Goal:                                     $5,539.00
Pledges & 1-Time Gifts:                  $1,015.00
Amount Collected:                             $745.00
Average Gift:                                      $84.58
Number of donors:                                    12
Participation Rate:                              10.00%

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Please be generous to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Please do your part to see to it that our parishes reach their goals.
Thank you.

THIS PAST TUESDAY (10 May 2011), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) made an official decision to allow active homosexuals to be ordained to the ministry. This includes, but is not limited to, homosexual persons who are legally married or are in civil unions (in those states that permit such arrangements).
The denomination known as Presbyterian Church U.S.A. now joins the denominations known as United Church of Christ (UCC) and Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in full surrender to the homosexual movement.
The Episcopal Church has ordained two (as far as I know) active homosexuals as bishops. However, this denomination has not yet gone on record as officially permitting it. Episcopalians have a particular genius for subtlety and indirection and for “doing things without really doing them”. One has to be an Episcopalian in order to understand how this works.
There have even been some individual Baptist congregations that have ordained active homosexuals to the ministry. This is an extremely “un-Baptist” thing to do, inasmuch as Baptists are usually perceived to be no-nonsense Christians in such matters. To their credit, no Baptist associations have yet countenanced ordination of homosexuals to the ministry.
In fairness to the Presbyterians and also to the Lutherans, it should be noted that there are some individual congregations that have not gone along with the edicts from their respective headquarters.
It would not, however, be unfair to say that, with some individual exceptions, the Presbyterians, the United Churchers and the Lutherans have sold out the store.
May God have mercy on them all.
It is one thing to be weak and to commit sin. It is another thing altogether to deny that sin is sin. But to take sin and exalt it, to ordain it and put it in front of the people as exemplar, teacher and shepherd: There are no words to match the iniquity of such a thing.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Holy Family Adult Day Care in Orwigsburg has openings for new participants. Please contact Linda Herb for details or to schedule a visit, 570-366-2924.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown recognizes the month of May as Older Adults Month and welcomes requests to assist older adults with a range of services including case management, benefits eligibility, emergency food, and information and referral. Please contact Dave Dagon at 570-628-0466 for more information.

stjos/stvdp: 05.15.2011 - 06

On Monday, 02 May, the day after Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict exercised mercy by firing a bishop.
It doesn’t happen very often — that’s for sure — that the Pope fires a bishop, but he has now! The Vatican has announced that the Most Reverend William Morris, Bishop of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, has been “removed from pastoral care”, which is Vaticanese for “firing him”.
Reason? There is a whole history of “reasons”, a summary of which is as follows:

(a) Soon after being installed as bishop, he signaled that he was going to be problematic. He stopped wearing the Roman collar and started wearing a necktie. But that was the least of it.
(b) He instituted the practice of giving children their First Holy Communion without seeing to it that they made their First Confessions. This is a clear violation of Church law.
(c) He instituted the practice of giving “general absolution” without need. This is a way of evading the need for private auricular confession and is another clear violation of Church law. General absolution is appropriate only in extreme circumstances — e.g. “when the ship is going down”. Even then, it requires private auricular confession at the earliest opportunity.
(d) He wrote and circulated a “pastoral letter” in which he encouraged the ordination of women to the priesthood. This put him in clear opposition not only to Church law but to infallible Church doctrine.
(e) He refused a request (demand) that he go to Rome in order to discuss with higher authority some of his unorthodox practices (especially the latter). So, since Mohammed wouldn’t go to the mountain, the mountain went to Mohammed. Rome sent Archbishop Chaput (of Denver) to Australia to investigate what was going on in Bishop Morris’s diocese. Chaput wrote up a report and presented it to the Pope.
(f) Basing its decision on the report, Rome asked for Bishop Morris to resign.
(g) Bishop Morris refused to resign. Instead, he asked for a private meeting with Pope Benedict. The Pope gave him a private meeting, after which the Pope reiterated his request for him to resign. But he still refused to resign.
(h) So, the Pope sent him a letter telling him (basically) that, since he would not resign, he was being relieved of duty — or, as the Donald would say, “You’re fired!”


Bishop Morris does, of course, remain a bishop. Once a bishop, always a bishop! Once a priest, always a priest! Once a deacon, always a deacon! The sacrament of Holy Orders is irrevocable in all three of its degrees. But Morris is no longer allowed to exercise the office of bishop and, if he were to attempt to do so in defiance of the Pope, he would be subject to excommunication. We pray for Bishop Morris, that he will humble himself and come to salvation.
This is a significant piece of news. Why? For at least two reasons that occur to me:

(a) Because it signifies that the restriction of the priesthood to males is not a mere policy of the Church, but rather an infallible doctrine of the Church. We knew this already, of course, but it is good to see it reaffirmed. A Catholic who deliberately and adamantly refuses to accept an infallible doctrine of the Church is a “heretic”. Caution: Be aware that it has lately come to be considered bad manners to call anyone a “heretic”. That is why we usually say that so and so is a “dissenter”. (I am personally acquainted with some “heretics” — excuse me, I mean “dissenters” — some of whom are not even ordained!)
(b) Because it is an affirmation of the authority of the Pope. Canon #331 of the Code of Canon Law says the following about the authority of the Pope:

“The office uniquely committed by the Lord to Peter, the first of the Apostles, and to be transmitted to his successors, abides in the Bishop of the Church of Rome. He is the head of the College of Bishops, the Vicar of Christ, and the Pastor of the universal Church here on earth. Consequently, by virtue of his office, he has supreme, full, immediate and universal ordinary power in the Church, and he can always freely exercise this power.”
Note: The Pope’s power is “supreme”, which means that no one, not even an ecumenical council, can overrule it. It is “full”, which means that it extends to all matters whatsoever. It is “immediate”, which means that it is direct, not dependent on being mediated through any person. It is “universal”, which means that it extends to all Christians, whoever they might be, throughout the world.



stjos/stvdp: 05.15.2011 - 07

If so, I would appreciate it if you would let me know who you are (or who they are).
I have a particular reason for wanting to know: So that I can make arrangements for you (them) to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation — perhaps as soon as Sunday, 12 June.
Bishop Barres will be confirming adults in the Cathedral on that date.
Please give me a call or send me an email.
Maybe he’ll say, “Aw, shucks! I gotta go check my math!”
Do you remember who Pastor Harold Camping is?
We mentioned his name in the parish bulletin a few weeks ago.
He is the non-denominational Protestant minister who is quite certain that the RAPTURE will take place on 21 May 2011.
Following the Rapture, there will be five months during which all hell will break loose on earth.
This will come to a close on 21 October 2011, when the Lord will return for Judgment Day, after which the world — actually, I think he said “the universe” — will be destroyed.
If Pastor Camping is correct, this will be our final parish bulletin.
If Pastor Camping is incorrect — and I hereby go on record as saying that he is incorrect — then this will not be the final parish bulletin.
Pastor Camping is betting the farm on his prognostication.
Frankly, I think the dear old gentleman is out of his mind, but I do ask God to bless him.
Also, I would like to invite all of his soon-to-be-disappointed followers to visit their nearest Catholic parishes and inquire as to what they must do in order to become Catholics.
We Catholics don’t set any dates for the end of the world.
Nor do we believe that there is going to be a Rapture.
Our religion would, perhaps, be more interesting if we did RAPTURES and LEFT BEHINDS and ARMAGEDDONS all that kind of stuff. But, folks, let’s face it! We just don’t!
So, just live with the truths (very interesting truths) that have been revealed to us.
If, on the other hand, I get a private revelation about the date of the Second Coming, I’ll refer it to Bishop Barres. If he gives me the green light, I’ll go public on it. But not otherwise!
By the way: Pastor Camping once wrote a book with the succinct title 1994. In it he predicted that the Rapture would occur on 06 September 1994. Later, he said that he made a mathematical miscalculation. Now he is sure his math is accurate. We shall see.

stjos/stvdp: 05.15.2011 - 08

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