MASS SCHEDULE: 2229 MAY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 21 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — GLENN W. RICHARDS
by Edward and Judy Haluska

Sunday, 22 May
5th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — ANTHONY CATIZONE
by his daughter, Mickey

Monday, 23 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on the BAUCUM FAMILY
by Marilyn Stefanski

Tuesday, 24 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — LeFOY ROWLANDS
by OPM

Wednesday, 25 May
St. Bede the Venerable, priest, doctor; St. Gregory VII, pope; St. Mary Magdalene dePazzi, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — JUNE ANN ROWLAND PELLEGRINO
by Eileen Rowland

Thursday, 26 May
St. Philip Neri, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOHN and NELLIE BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Friday, 27 May
St. Augustine of Canterbury, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
by his wife, Jean

Saturday, 28 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH MODARSKY
by OPM
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARIE COYLE KAPLAFKA (4th anniversary)
by Andrew Kaplafka and family

Sunday, 29 May
6th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — SALVATORE and ROSE (Fulginiti) RANIERI
by Bernadine Chupasko

 MASS SCHEDULE: 2229 MAY
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 23 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — MARION PERRY ORFF
by Carol Perry Scheihing, Fred A. Scheihing, Dr. Anne-Lisa Scheihing Winters and Gregory F. Scheihing

Tuesday, 24 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — ARTHUR and FRANCES DESCHLER
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 25 May
St. Bede the Venerable, priest, doctor; St. Gregory VII, pope; St. Mary Magdalene dePazzi, virgin (OptMems)
07:00 pm — JOHN FALCONE
by OPM

Thursday, 26 May
St. Philip Neri, priest (OblMem)
07:00 pm — BERNICE STANTON WALLS
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Friday, 27 May
St. Augustine of Canterbury, bishop (OptMem)
05:00 pm — RONALD KRUZIK
by OPM

Saturday, 28 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOHN JOYCE
by Jeanne Joyce

Sunday, 29 May
6th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — DECEASED: FISHER FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 05.22.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
14 / 15 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: Receipts for parish purposes: $1,062.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $70.00 from the second collection (plate); $43.00 from the Dues envelopes; $70.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $134.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,379.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $ — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,379.00) 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 $227.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $929.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $125.00 from the second collection (plate); $30.00 from the Dues envelopes; $75.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $32.00 from the Easter envelopes; $78.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,269.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,269.00) 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 $506.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Wednesday, 25 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

Friday, 27 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.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 25 May
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

Friday, 27 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Divine Mercy Chaplet at about 07:30 pm

 

"He is The Bread sown in the virgin, leavened in the Flesh, molded in His Passion, baked in the furnace of the Sepulchre, placed in the Churches, and set upon the Altars, which daily supplies Heavenly Food to the faithful."


St. Peter Chrysologus (400-450)

stjos/stvdp: 05.22.2011 - 02


BEST EXCUSES FOR BEING LATE FOR WORK
(These are supposed to be actual excuses, actually offered!)
• I had to take my cat to the dentist.
• I dreamt that I had been fired, so I didn’t bother to get out of bed.
• I couldn’t find the right tie, so I had to wait until the shops were opened, so I could go and buy one.
• I saw that you weren’t in the office, so I went out to look for you.
• I got all the way to the office and realized that I was in my pajamas, so I had to go home and change.
• A raccoon stole my works shoes from off the porch.
• I didn’t have money for gas, and all the pawn shops were closed.
• I stopped for a muffin but the store had been robbed and the police made everyone stay for questioning.
• I have transient amnesia and couldn’t remember what kind of job I have.
• I just wasn’t “feeling it” this morning.
• I spent all morning trying to get my gun back from the police.
DOMINUS VOBISCUM!
ET CUM SPIRITU TUO!

Remember that the 11:30 am Mass next Sunday will be celebrated according to “the extraordinary form”, i.e. it will be a Tridentine Mass.

WHILE EVERYONE IS DUMPING ON POOR OLD ARNOLD, I would like to say a positive word about him.
God knows he needs a kind word at this time.
I am referring, of course, to former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, aka “The Terminator”.
He has acknowledged fathering a child by a woman who served as the family housekeeper, while she was in his employ.
The child (a boy) is now ten years old.
Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger has moved out and has taken the kids (four of them) with her and is filing for divorce.
Is there anything positive that can be said about this dismal situation?
Yes, there is one thing: a very big thing.
The boy, the fruit of the illicit union, is alive and well.
He was not aborted.
For this we give thanks to God.
We hope that the lad will have a long and happy life and will go to Heaven!
I sometimes get the impression that people are dumping on Arnold because he has a child out of wedlock.
We need to make a distinction here: The sinful act is the adultery. (Actually it was double adultery because both Arnold and the housekeeper were married to other persons at the time.)
The sinful act is NOT, let us repeat IS NOT the conception and birth of the child.
I say the following with tongue in cheek, nevertheless the fundamental point is valid:

IF YOU INSIST ON HAVING ILLICIT SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH ANYONE, AT THE PERIL OF YOUR SOUL, WHETHER IT BE FORNICATION OR ADULTERY, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU DON’T COMPLICATE THE SIN BY USING ARTIFICIAL CONTRACEPTION.

Adultery is contrary to the secondary principles of the Natural Law, but artificial contraception is contrary to the primary principles thereof.
If you find yourself disagreeing with this, I respectfully assure you: You are mistaken. You must study your Catholic Faith.

stjos/stvdp:05.22.2011 - 03


WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background: A woman named Genevieve Ann Nash died recently. She lived in the Midwest and it is unlikely that she is known to anyone who reads this bulletin, but it is likely that many of us (I hope all of us) will make her acquaintance someday. One of her nine children, Tom Nash, is a friend of mine. Tom wrote an email to inform his many friends about his mother’s death. For reasons that I think will become obvious when you read the email, I am reprinting it here, with Tom’s permission. May Genevieve be numbered among the saints who stand before God and the Lamb.

Dear Friends:
Mom passed peacefully into eternity this evening.
I was blessed to have a very wonderful Mom. She and Dad were married more than 61 years. In 1989, in a short chapter for the book Keeping Your Kids Catholic, I attributed my faith in Jesus Christ and His Church, in large part, to the witness my parents gave me and my siblings. I similarly dedicated to Mom and Dad several years ago my book on the biblical roots of the Mass.
I’ve been in regular contact with Mom and Dad since my trip home for Easter last month. But Easter was the
last time I was able to see Mom. Despite her health—she was at home in hospice care—she gave me one final loving witness. I recall that it was Holy Saturday evening. Mom was staying in the family room in a hospital bed, while Dad was going to sleep on the couch in the living room. I was with Mom in the family room, getting ready to sleep on the futon there. The family room is one step below the rest of the main floor. Dad tripped and fell down as he stepped up to leave the family room. I ran to Dad’s side and he said he was okay. I quickly looked back to Mom, letting her know that Dad was okay, because I knew she’d obviously be concerned. I again checked with Dad who, despite a skinned forearm and a bump on his head, reaffirmed that he was okay.
I looked back in Mom’s direction

and vocally reassured her on Dad’s condition. When I did, I saw that Mom, who wasn’t able to walk on her own at that point in her life, had already swung both legs over the side of her bed in an effort to come help her husband. I quickly moved to the family room and let Mom know it was okay, and one of my sisters and her daughter also came to reassure Mom.
Ahhh, the self-forgetfulness of love! Mom probably would’ve fallen had I not intervened, but I have no doubt she would have somehow crawled over to check on her beloved husband. I was reminded of those beautiful words of the old Marriage Rite by which Mom and Dad had gotten married years ago:

“Sacrifice is usually difficult and irksome.
Only love can make it easy.
Perfect love can make it a joy.”

Mom gave witness to that perfect love often in her life, as has Dad, and he continues to do so. His faith-filled, loving witness in caring for Mom these last couple of months has been truly edifying.
Your prayers are appreciated for the repose of Mom’s soul and for the consolation of my family at this time and all of Mom’s friends. Death is an undeniable and sorrowful separation of sorts, and yet I am consoled by knowing that death cannot separate those in Christ’s Communion of Saints (cf. Matthew 22:31-32). I am also consoled by Mom’s life-witness in Christ (cf. Wisdom 3:1-9).
And so I will strive to carry on that Christ-centered love to which Mom gave so regular witness, and I will look forward to that reunion of all reunions one day in heaven.
In Christ,
Tom

stjos/stvdp: 05.22.2011 - 04/


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Today, Sunday 22 May, at the 11:30 am Mass in St. Joseph Church,
we will be giving the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
for the first time to six children of our parishes.
They are the following:

     JEREMIAH H. BARRY               BIGAIL N. SMITH
SEBASTIAN DELORGE             ZOIE E. KLINE
                      WILLIAM S. JOYCE                   MADELYN G. NIEDZWIECKI


We anticipate that, in next weekend’s bulletin, we will have some individual photographs of the children, so that you may contemplate their sweet faces.
For reasons known but to God, there are only six children this year. Last year, we had sixteen. Sixteen is better than six, but we take what God gives us.
All six of these children are beautiful / handsome, intelligent, holy and good — and, from time to time, mildly annoying.
All of them are works in the making. God desires to make each one a masterpiece.
All six of them are much loved by God, by their parents and siblings, by their grandparents, by their assorted uncles, aunts and cousins, by their CCD teachers and by their pastor.
Because we love them, we do whatever we can to put them on the right path and to keep them on the right path so that they will go to Heaven. The “right path” is Jesus, without Whom neither they nor we have a snowball’s chance of getting to Heaven.
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me.”

Dear Parents:
As your child now begins to share fully in the Eucharist, please remind him or her to participate in the prayers and hymns at Mass. Help your child receive Our Lord with reverence. Make the time to take them to Confession on a regular basis. All of this can be done through your example. Most importantly, show your child every week that attending Mass on Sunday is very important both for you and for them. No one is truly Catholic who does not take seriously the commandment to “keep the Lord’s Day holy”. We keep the Lord’s Day holy most of all by attending Mass. This is not a mere suggestion. It is a law of God and of the Church.
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 05.22.2011 - 05


OH JOY, OH RAPTURE UNFORESEEN!
WHY WE ARE ALL STILL HERE

Harold Camping—president of the Protestant radio outreach known as Family Radio—has been predicting for some time that the long-awaited Rapture will occur on 21 May 2011.
If you are reading this on 21 May, you have obviously not been raptured but you might want to wait until 12:00 midnight before you write it off.
If you are reading this on 22 May (or thereafter), you know that Harold was mistaken.
I am typing this on 21 May (at about 02:45 pm), and all I know is that I have not yet been raptured! As far as I know, no one else has either. The rapture was supposed to be accompanied by an earthquake greater than any ever experienced in the history of the planet. So far, I haven’t felt any tremors.
Okay, okay! Admittedly, I am having some fun with Harold’s forecast. Quite frankly, he roundly deserves to be the butt of whatever jokes are made. As I observed in a recent bulletin, Harold is “the perfect Protestant”. By “perfect Protestant” I mean someone who takes private interpretation of the Scriptures to the max. As you know (or ought to know), “private interpretation of the Scriptures” is one of the fundamental Protestant principles.
I admit to being somewhat ticked off at Harold because he is the kind of person who, because of his intellectual pride and conceit, holds Christianity up to ridicule. Harold is a heretic.
They taught us in the seminary that every heretic takes a concept or doctrine that is fundamentally true and twists it to his or her own liking.
That is why, in every heresy, there is something that is true and something that is false.
What is it in Camping’s theology that is true?
What is true is that JUDGMENT DAY IS COMING and that TIME HAS AN END and that GOD WILL REWARD THE GOOD AND WILL PUNISH THE WICKED and that WE HAD ALL BETTER GET OUR ACTS TOGETHER SO AS TO BE ABLE TO STAND SECURELY BEFORE GOD WHEN HE COMES TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD.
What is it in Camping’s theology that is false?
Many things are false, but most to the point are these: THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE A RAPTURE THAT WILL PRECEDE JUDGMENT DAY and THAT WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW WITH ANY CERTAINTY WHEN JUDGMENT DAY WILL OCCUR.
I am tempted to include in this bulletin article an analysis of Camping’s reasoning as to why the Rapture would occur on 21 May 2011 and the final end of the world on 21 October 2011, but I won’t.
It would probably put you to sleep.
If anyone would like to buy me a cup of coffee, I’d be happy to give him a summary of how Camping went wrong, at least to the extent that I understand him. I admit to finding his reasoning awfully hard to follow.
Recently I invested a few dollars in buying a used copy of his book in which he gives a tedious explanation.
Now I can use his book as a doorstop or, even better, as a curiosity piece.
Camping’s BIGGEST MISTAKE is that he did not become a Catholic.
If you are a Catholic, you are preserved from the hubris of thinking that God has endowed you with the capacity for independently interpreting the Bible.
I have read the Bible many times, some parts more than others, but all of it several times.
I gladly submit all of my understandings of the Bible to the Magisterium of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church and to His Holiness, the Pope.
I admit that I do have a few opinions about some Bible passages on which the Catholic Church has never made an official ruling. If ever I find that any of my opinions conflict with anything that the Catholic Church teaches, I shall be glad to ditch my opinion and accept what the Church teaches.
I do not anticipate being raptured (because there is not going to be a Rapture) but I do anticipate, by God’s grace, that I shall see God face to face soon after I die and that I shall be raised from the dead glorious and immortal when the Lord Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead. When that will be I have no idea.

stjos/stvdp: 05.22.2011 - 06


I am on the email list of a politically conservative group called “Human Events” that publishes a magazine by the same name and also publishes books. They are pushing a book entitled “365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy” and, so, send excerpts from the book. Some of them are pretty good. I like these two in particular:
DISCRIMINATION

In the days of the Founding Fathers, discrimination would have been the mark of a well-rounded, intelligent citizen. "Discrimination" meant "discernment"-an ability to make nice judgments about what was good, what was bad, what was mediocre, what was fake, what was genuine. Today it means "being unpleasant to women, ethnic minorities, gay people, and the disabled." So it is that another fine and quintessentially conservative concept has been hijacked and corrupted by the liberal Left to advance its agenda of resentment, bitterness, and slavering entitlement.
JUDGMENT
Liberals love accusing people of being "judgmental." And that's, like, what, supposed to be a BAD thing? If we don't teach our kids to make judgments-and fast-how are we ever going to stop them being fleeced or mugged every time they exit the front door? And how are we ever going to survive in business if we can't tell the difference between trustworthy clients and bad debtors? Our whole life is spent learning how to form judgments-between good and bad, right and wrong, nice and nasty. This is the basis of wisdom. But then a liberal would never understand that, wisdom being an entirely alien concept.
My comment on the above: We all have to watch out against having our minds taken over by the popular culture. Most people today think that it is always wrong “to discriminate” and “to judge”. The fact is that it is our God-given right (and duty) to discriminate and to judge, but we must do so intelligently and justly. We keep in mind that there is unintelligent discrimination (like racial discrimination) and there is unjust judgment (like condemning an innocent person or refusing to forgive a repentant person), nevertheless our fundamental powers to discriminate and to judge are parts of what make us truly human.
Rather than surrender our rights (duties) to discriminate and to judge, we should make sure that we discriminate intelligently and judge justly (and mercifully)
.
A PERSONAL NOTE
I was ordained to the priesthood on 21 May 1966. That was 45 years ago. “How time flies when you’re having fun!” I take this opportunity to give thanks to: GOD; my parents; my brother and sisters; the priests of Most Precious Blood Parish and of St. William Parish, Philadelphia; the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill; the Christian Brothers who staffed LaSalle High School; the Jesuits who staffed St. Joseph College; the faculty of Mt. St. Mary Seminary; Bishop Joseph McShea who accepted me into the Seminary (when no one else would) and who ordained me, all the persons whom I have served in various capacities over the years; all who have done good to me; all who have forgiven me my faults and failures. I have never regretted becoming a priest. I would gladly do it all over again (except I would do it better). It is an incomparable privilege to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I find the meaning of my life in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. It is a source of never-ending wonder and mystery. My special thanks to the people of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish. I count myself very fortunate to be spending my later years here in Girardville. I hope to be here for a while yet, God willing. I want to go to Heaven, but Girardville will do just fine until then.
EBC
THE FOLLOWING NOTICE IS FROM THE DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN
The Faithful of the Roman Catholic Church (Diocese of Allentown) are advised that the church known as “The Catholic Church of the East”, “The Arabic Catholic Church” or “The Diocese of St. James” does not enjoy union with the Roman Catholic Church and therefore is not in communion with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. Roman Catholics do not fulfill their Sunday obligation by attendance at this church nor may they participate in the sacramental life of that church. If you have any further questions on this matter, contact your pastor.

stjos/stvdp: 05.22.2011 - 07



REV. JAMES J. LOFTON
11th Pastor of St. Vincent dePaul Parish
50th anniversary of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood: 27 May 2011

James J. Lofton was born and raised in Camden NJ. His date of birth is 12 July 1934. He is the third child of Peter and Nellie (Mesevich) Lofton. Peter was of Polish parentage and Nellie of Lithuanian parentage. He has two sisters: Rita and Frances.
Graduating from high school in 1952, young Jim joined the Third Order Regular (TOR) Franciscan community. He was sent to study at St. Francis Seminary, Loretto PA.
On 27 May 1961, he was ordained to the priesthood in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament by the Most Reverend J. Carroll McCormick, Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown. (Note of local interest: Bishop McCormick was the nephew of Girardville native Dennis Cardinal Dougherty. In 1966, Bishop McCormick became the Bishop of Scranton.)
Young Father Lofton was sent to Holy Spirit Parish, Brooklyn NY to help out for the Summer.
In the Fall of 1961, he was sent to the Franciscan residence in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia in order to help out at various parishes in the city, which he did for about one year.
From 1962 to 1971, he was assigned to live at the Franciscan friary in Fairless Hills PA, during which time his main assignment was Professor at Bishop Egan High School, where he taught Chemistry. This high school (all boys at the time) later combined with Bishop Conwell High School (all girls) and is now known as Conwell-Egan High School.
In 1971, Father Lofton transferred from the Franciscans to the Diocese of Allentown. Bishop Joseph McShea appointed him to the faculty of Bethlehem Catholic High School, where he taught General Science from 1971 to 1972, with residence at St. Anne Parish, Bethlehem.
In the Summer of 1972, he was appointed to serve as assistant pastor at St. George Parish, Shenandoah PA.
In the Fall of 1972, Bishop McShea appointed him to be pastor of Our Lady of Siluva Parish, Maizeville PA (consolidated in 2008 with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Mahanoy City PA) and as Professor at Cardinal Brennan High School, where he taught Religion.
He remained in those assignments until 01 August 1977, on which date he became pastor of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville. He served as our pastor until 01 October 1985.
Bishop Thomas J. Welsh appointed him pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, New Philadelphia, in 1985.
In 1998, he took on an additional assignment, viz. pastor of Holy Family Parish, New Philadelphia. (In 2008, Sacred Heart and Holy Family were consolidated into Holy Cross Parish at the site of the former Holy Family Church.).
In 1999, after undergoing the rigors of a heart attack (which prompted open-heart surgery), Father asked Bishop Edward P. Cullen to grant him early retirement for reasons of health, which he did.
Soon thereafter, not content with sitting around and studying the wallpaper, Father Lofton volunteered for non-administrative priestly duties. Bishop Cullen asked him to serve as Chaplain for the Seton Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Orwigsburg PA. He did so and, in 2010, retired from that assignment, but still helps out on an unofficial basis. (Note: Father Lofton is one of the few priests I know who has retired twice, but is still working!)
We anticipate that he will be coming up to Girardville to celebrate a weekend Mass for us here at St. Vincent dePaul Church. The date is not yet set, but we expect that it will be next month (June). More on that later.
We invoke God’s continued blessings on Father Lofton and we thank him for his service to the Church and, in particular, to St. Vincent dePaul Parish. May God grant him happiness and peace and, when all is said and done, eternal life on high, together — may God grant it — with all of the people he served in his years as a priest.

stjos/stvdp: 05.22.2011 - 08

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