MASS SCHEDULE: 0512 JUNE
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 04 June
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JULIA, MICHAEL and MARY CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Sunday, 05 June
7th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — WALTER YURENKA
by Argia Yurenka

Monday, 06 June
St. Norbert, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS P. O’REILLY
by his brother-in-law, Edward

Tuesday, 07 June
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — JOHN FALCONE
by OPM

Wednesday, 08 June
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — LIVING and DECEASED: JEROME and ELIZABETH THURICK FAMILY
by Geraldine Kulick

Thursday, 09 June
St. Ephrem, deacon, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — ROSEANN NEISS DEVINE
by her husband, Dennis

Friday, 10 June
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — LENORE COLIHAN VAUGHN
by Thomasina Moran

Saturday, 11 June
St. Barnabas, apostle (OblMem)
08:00 am — JULIA CARDONA TREJO
by Jack and Rose McCarthy
Vigil of Pentecost
05:30 pm — MARY TURANIN SCHULTZ
by Ed and Judy Haluska

Sunday, 12 June
Pentecost
11:30 am — GEORGE CANAVAN Sr. (48th anniversary)
by George, Bob and Ida Mae Canavan

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0512 JUNE
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 04 June
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH MODARSKY
by OPM

Sunday, 05 June
7th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Monday, 06 June
St. Norbert, bishop (OptMem)
07:00 pm — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 07 June
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — DECEASED: EVANKOVICH FAMILY
by Josephine Zdiera

Wednesday, 08 June
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — LeFOY ROWLANDS
by OPM

Thursday, 09 June
St. Ephrem, deacon, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
rescheduled from 27 May

Friday, 10 June
Easter Weekday
05:00 pm — MARY BROSKY
by OPM

Saturday, 11 June
Vigil of Pentecost
04:00 pm — DECEASED: STATUTIS and YESAITIS FAMILIES
by Jean Statutis Majikas and family

Sunday, 12 June
Pentecost
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 06.05.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
28 / 29 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,196.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $86.00 from the second collection (plate); $6.00 from the Dues envelopes; $116.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,404.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $ — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,404.00) 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 $252.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $874.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $124.00 from the second collection (plate); $25.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,093.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,093.00) 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 $330.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Wednesday, 08 June
03:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 09 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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, 08 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

 

DEPARTURES FROM THE CUSTOMARY SCHEDULES for Confessions and Exposition this week are due to a commitment that Fr. Connolly has in Virginia on Friday. He needs to be away from Thursday afternoon to Friday night. Fr. Brennan has kindly agreed to take the Masses on Thursday evening and on Friday morning and evening.



IN LAST WEEKEND’S BULLETIN, there was a notice that Fr. Connolly would be away on Saturday, 04 June, for a wedding in New Jersey. As a matter of fact, he did not go to the wedding, because of a death in his family.
(My brother-in-law, Frank O’Reilly, died unexpectedly on 31 May. He and his wife — my sister, Regina — visited Girardville on 19 March, the day of the parade. Frank told

stjos/stvdp: 06.05.2011 - 02


HOW MANY TIMES IN ONE DAY
MAY A PERSON RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION?


It is strange how often this question arises and it is strange how many different answers one gets, even from persons who ought to know the right answer.
I guarantee you that the following is the right answer:
A person is allowed to receive Holy Communion a maximum of two times in one calendar day.
By “calendar day” we mean midnight to midnight.
The condition required for receiving Holy Communion a second time in one calendar day is simply this: The reception of Holy Communion must be within the context of participation in a Mass.
Let me give you an example: You take care of your elderly mother at home or you are visiting here in a nursing home. A priest, deacon or extraordinary minister comes around to give your mother Holy Communion and asks you if you also would like to receive. You say “yes” and you do.
Later that same day, you decide to go to Mass.
May you receive Holy Communion at Mass?
The answer is “yes”.
Now, reverse the situation.
You have attended Mass in the morning and have received Holy Communion.
Later that same day, you go to visit your mother in the nursing home.
Along comes a priest, deacon or extraordinary minister to give your mother Holy Communion.
He asks you if you would also like to receive.
May you do so?
The answer is “no”.
It’s really as simple as that.
That’s the authentic answer to the question about how often a person may receive Holy Communion in one day.
Priests are exceptions to this rule, due to the fact that they MUST receive Holy Communion when they celebrate Mass. So, if a priest celebrates Mass three times in one day (or even four times!), he is permitted (actually obliged) to receive Holy Communion more than twice a day.
I suppose, if you really want to stretch it, you could receive Holy Communion a third time in one day but that would require that you be dying after having already received twice when you were not dying.
But that’s enough of an answer for now!

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD SOMETHING ON THE NEWS about a study put out by the John Jay Institute and sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the subject of the abuse of minors by priests that has so much damaged the Church in recent years.
Perhaps you read that the report denies that there is any connection between homosexuality and the abuse of minors.
All I can say is that, if you believe that, I would like to sell you your choice of highways. Would you like to buy Route 61 or perhaps I-81? See me about it. I can offer you a good price.
Absurd! Absolutely absurd! The Homosexual Lobby is doing a number on the Bishops. I’m sure there are many bishops who aren’t buying this nonsense. At least, I hope not!

stjos/stvdp:06.05.2011 - 03


IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEE TO IT
THAT BABIES ARE BAPTIZED WITHOUT UNDUE DELAY


Something that I have noticed — and other priests have noted as well — is that some parents are delaying WITHOUT GOOD REASON the baptism of their infant children.
I want to tell these parents — respectfully but firmly — that it is sinful to delay the baptism of your children!
I realize very well that your children are your responsibility, not mine. I do not mean to imply otherwise. I realize that I am not the one who begot them nor bore them nor do I bear the responsibility of raising them and paying for their food and shelter and education. Nor do I change their diapers nor wake up in the middle of the night to calm their night fears.
Having conceded all that, I still tell you: It is sinful for you to delay the baptism of your children. I am presuming, of course, that you take your Catholic faith seriously. If you do not take your Catholic faith seriously, then there is no point in your reading any further. In fact, you probably ought not to have read even this far!
I call to your attention the following from the Catechism of the Council of Trent, which is an authoritative source of Catholic teaching:

The faithful are earnestly to be exhorted to take care that their children be brought to the church, as soon as it can be done with safety, to receive solemn Baptism. Since infant children have no other means of salvation except Baptism, we may easily understand how grievously those persons sin who permit them to remain without the grace of the Sacrament longer than necessity may require, particularly at an age so tender as to be exposed to numberless dangers of death.


Some people think that it makes no difference whether or not a baby is baptized, that it is irrelevant to his or her salvation. Some people think that the Church teaches that “all babies go to heaven if they die, whether they are baptized or not.”
The Church does not teach any such thing.
If by “heaven” you mean “possess the Beatific Vision”, then you should know that the Church teaches that we just plain DO NOT KNOW whether unbaptized babies who die are granted the Beatific Vision. We can safely say that babies who die without Baptism are “with the Lord” and are not in a state of punishment, but WE DO NOT KNOW THAT THEY HAVE THE BEATIFIC VISION.
If anyone has taught you otherwise, even if that “anyone” is a priest, he is sadly mistaken.

stjos/stvdp: 06.05.2011 - 04



PLEASE BE GENEROUS TO
THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL 2011!

Please do your part to help Saint Joseph Parish and Saint Vincent dePaul Parish to meet their goals. Last year we did better than we did the two previous years but, even so, we did not meet our goals.
It would be great if we were to do so this year!

stjos/stvdp: 06.05.2011 - 05


LENORE B. COLIHAN VAUGHN,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Tuesday, 01 June.
Born on 25 February 1924, she was 87 years old.
She is one of the five children of the late Thomas and Mary (Lally) Colihan.
She was “conditionally baptized” in St. Joseph Church on 02 March 1924 by Fr. Joseph McPeak.
There is a notation in the Baptism register that she had been baptized privately by Sarah Horey. I interpret this as meaning that, at the time she was born, Lenore was a sickly child and was baptized immediately, either by a nurse or by someone close by. This is sometimes done as a kind of “prudential decision” when a newborn child is “in periculo mortis”, i.e. “in danger of death” and no priest is readily available.
Quite obviously, infant Lenore survived the crisis and lived to a respectable age!
Lenore’s siblings are: Jeremiah Colihan (deceased); Thomas Colihan (deceased); Mary [“Tootsie”] Colihan Smith (deceased); Jackie Colihan.
On 09 September 1950, Lenore was married to Robert C. Vaughn in St. Joseph Church, in the presence of Fr. William A. McArdle.
Robert died in 1983.
Robert and Lenore have two children: Barbara Vaughn Lyden and Robert Vaughn.
They have five grandchildren: James R. Lyden; Kristopher L. Lyden; Kelly Vaughn Madin; Katie Vaughn Achenbach; Lindsey Vaughn Gordon.
They have eight great-grandchildren: Jacqualin A. Lyden; Myah Lyden; Kennedy Lei Lyden; Jake Auchenbach; Matt Auchenbach; Audrey Madin; Sophia Lenore Madin; Luke Madin.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church at 11:00 am on Friday, 03 June. The Mass was preceded by a viewing. The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Lenore, 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.
A QUESTION LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER
I was in the Philadelphia area this past Tuesday. While in the home of one of my nephews, I was sitting at the table eating a chicken sandwich and some salad. My beautiful nine-year old grandniece came up and sat down across from me. She asked me a question. Here was the question: “Uncle Edward, how do you like being a priest?”
There was no prelude or build-up to the question, nor was there any particular context. It just came flat out and sat there on the table, waiting for an answer.
So, the question before the House is: How do I like being a priest? Well, let me see now.
To tell you the truth, that’s like asking Queen Elizabeth, “How do you like being Queen?” Or it’s like asking Kateri, “How do you like being a cat?” The child might just as well have asked me, “Uncle Edward, how do you like being you?”
As I recall, I gave her a perfectly straight answer. I said something like this: “Well, to tell you the truth, honey, I love being a priest. I’ve been one for 45 years. I’m really glad to be a priest. It’s never boring!” That seemed to satisfy her curiosity. I would have said more but my mouth was full of chicken and lettuce at the time. I hope my answer didn’t disappoint her.

stjos/stvdp: 06.05.2011 - 06


"Behind Communion in the hand—I wish to repeat and make as plain as I can—is a weakening, a conscious, deliberate weakening of faith in the Real Presence....Whatever you can do to stop Communion in the hand will be blessed by God.”

Fr. John Hardon, S.J.

"There can be no doubt that Communion in the hand is an expression of the trend towards desacralization in the Church in general and irreverence in approaching the Eucharist in particular....Why—for God's sake—should Communion in the hand be introduced into our churches when it is evidently detrimental from a pastoral viewpoint, when it certainly does not increase our reverence, and when it exposes the Eucharist to the most terrible diabolical abuses? There are really no serious arguments for Communion in the hand. But there are the most gravely serious kinds of arguments against it."

Dietrich von Hildebrand
(called a “20th century doctor of the Church” by Pope Pius XII)

“Holy Communion received on the tongue signifies the reverence of the faithful for the Eucharist ... provides that Holy Communion will be distributed with due reverence ... is more conducive to faith, reverence and humility.
[Communion in the hand] carries certain dangers with it which may arise from the new manner of administering holy Communion: the danger of a loss of reverence for the August sacrament of the altar, of profanation, of adulterating the true doctrine."

Pope Paul VI
Memoriale Domini

stjos/stvdp: 06.05.2011 - 07


JULIA AGNES NAVITSKY GOMOSKY,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Monday, 31 May.
She was 82 years old.
She is one of the six children of the late William and Elizabeth Navitsky.
Her siblings are: Mary Navitsky Kegolis (deceased); William Navitsky (deceased); Thomas Navitsky (deceased); John Navitsky; Regina Navitsky Zulkoski.
She was married to Vincent M. Gomosky Sr., who died in 1998.
Vincent and Julia have five children: Sharon Gomosky Graf; Marlene Gomosky Verbash; Vincent M. Gomosky Jr.; Richard Gomosky; David Gomosky.
They have five grandchildren: Christopher Graf; Nicolas Graf; Ryan Graf; Jessica Gomosky; Pamela Verbash.
They have two great-grandchildren: Brayden Dodds and Nathan Verbash.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Saturday, 04 June. The Mass was preceded by a viewing. The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Frackville.
Eternal rest grant unto Julia, 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.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PICTURES
Parents of recent First Holy Communion children: Please pick up photo portraits of your children at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
Please note that the photos that appeared in last weekend’s bulletin are available in living color (!) on the parish website, in the archived bulletins section. Just click the correct date: 29 May. You can view them and, if you wish, download them and print them! (Ain’t technology wonderful?)
(I received my First Holy Communion in 1945 and I’m as sure as I can be that the pastor of the parish didn’t post my FHC picture on the Internet.)
LAST WEEKEND I PUT SOMETHING INTO THE BULLETIN about whether St. Joseph parishioners would prefer to have the weekend Masses in the upper church or in the chapel during the Summer months. (We are not yet into Summer, officially. It starts on or about 21 June, I think.) The rationale for moving the Masses to the chapel is simply this: The chapel is air-conditioned, but the upper church is not.
The downside of moving to the chapel is that it can be a bit “close”, i.e. crowded, depending on how many people show up. There is also the aesthetic loss. The upper church is elegant, whereas the chapel is functional.
I asked for WRITTEN expressions of opinion: an email or a letter or a note stuffed into the collection basket or into the Rectory mail slot. You can put as many names on the piece of paper or email as you wish.
So far, I have gotten one letter from two persons plus one note from another person.
If our experiment in democracy is going to succeed, you’ll have to do better than that.
Please let me know your preference: upper church or chapel for Summer Masses.

stjos/stvdp: 06.05.2011 - 08


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