Saturday, 11 June
Vigil of Pentecost
by Ed and Judy Haluska

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

Monday, 13 June
St. Anthony of Padua, priest, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS P. O’REILLY
by a friend (CDO)

Tuesday, 14 June
07:00 pm — LeFOY ROWLANDS
by OPM

Wednesday, 15 June
08:00 am — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Thursday, 16 June
08:00 am — JOHN FALCONE
by OPM

Friday, 17 June
by her daughter, Anne

Saturday, 18 June
08:00 am — FRANCIS P. MORRIS
by his sister, Jean
Vigil of The Most Holy Trinity
05:30 pm — STEPHEN DYSZEL Sr.
by Tom and Mary Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 19 June
The Most Holy Trinity
by Eileen Rowland


Saturday, 11 June
Vigil of Pentecost
by Jean Statutis Majikas and family

Sunday, 12 June
by the HNS

Monday, 13 June
St. Anthony of Padua, priest, doctor (OblMem)
by the Draugelis and the Miller families

Tuesday, 14 June
08:00 am — HELEN WINKLER
by Joseph and Theresa Gudonis

Wednesday, 15 June
07:00 pm — FRANCIS J. and ESTELLE (Weiner) PURCELL
by their sons: Francis, Jimmy and Brian

Thursday, 16 June
07:00 pm — ANN SCROBOL
by George Scrobol

Friday, 17 June
by OPM

Saturday, 18 June
Vigil of The Most Holy Trinity
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his wife, Carole

Sunday, 19 June
The Most Holy Trinity
08:30 am — JOHN and ANNA MATLOCK
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

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04 / 05 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,069.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $67.00 from the second collection (plate); $302.00 from the Dues envelopes; $121.00 from the loose; $113.25 from the Ascension envelopes; $189.00 from the Ascension loose collection (plate)
Total: $1,861.25
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $ — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,861.25) 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 $710.08 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $931.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the second collection (plate); $243.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $380.00 from the Ascension envelopes; $73.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,708.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,708.00) 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 $945.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


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

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

Friday, 17 June
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, 15 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

Friday, 17 June
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm

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a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 05 June.
Born on 07 July 1946, he was 64 years old.
Drew is a son of the late Victor Clarence and Kathleen (McCormick) Anderson.
His siblings are: Victor Anderson; Kevin Anderson; Mary Kay (Anderson) Donovan.
He was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 04 August 1946 by Father Francis A. Donovan.
In addition to his brothers and sister, Drew is survived by his wife, Donna (Orkin) Anderson.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Our Lady’s Chapel of St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 11 June, at 11:00 am.
The interment will take place on Monday, 13 June, in our parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Drew, 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.
WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE a donation to St. Vincent dePaul Parish in loving memory of: Jonas and Rita Smith; James McAvoy; Anthony Balsavage; Walter and Josephine Kahn. This donation was made on the occasion of the baptism of Kalli Josephine Smith.
BIRTHRIGHT OF FRACKVILLE sent us a letter expressing gratitude for the participation of our two parishes in the sale of carnations for Mother’s Day. We (the two parishes combined) sent Birthright $225.00 from this sale. Thank you to all who participated in this project.
We will soon be asking people to respond to the priest’s greeting “THE LORD BE WITH YOU” with “AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT”.
As you know, the practice for quite some time has been to say, “AND ALSO WITH YOU”.
This is only one of several changes that will be initiated officially on the upcoming First Sunday of Advent (27 November 2011).
Every priest will be given a remote-control device which is programmed to open up sections of the floor in the church. The device is very clever. It opens up the floor only underneath that person / those persons who gives/ give the wrong response! You will be happy to know that we priests have been instructed to exercise patience and forbearance in the use of this device. Therefore, if anyone is still saying “AND ALSO WITH YOU” during Advent, we will NOT push the button. However, starting on Christmas Eve, anyone who says “AND ALSO WITH YOU” instead of “AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT” may very well find him/ herself plummeted into the basement of the church when the floor opens up. We hope this won’t happen to you but, if it does, please don’t take it personally. So, start practicing now!
What is the reason for this change? The Church wants the vernacular to be a more precise and exact translation of the Latin, which is the normative language of the Church of the West. As you know, in Latin the priest says “DOMINUS VOBISCUM” and the people respond “ET CUM SPIRITU TUO”. Even if you have never studied Latin, you know at a glance that this translates into “AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT”, not as “AND ALSO WITH YOU”.
Ain’t it fun to be a Catholic?

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JACK KEVORKIAN died on 03 June.
Dr. Kevorkian, world-class proponent and practitioner of euthanasia, was not a member of either of our Girardville parishes and, strictly speaking, is not entitled to a remembrance in our parish bulletin but I thought — what the heck! — I’ll give him a mention in the bulletin anyway. Who knows? It might prompt someone to say a prayer for him.
Just so you know that I practice what I preach, I can tell you that I did say a prayer for him.
I’m not sure that it did him any good but I am sure that it didn’t do him any harm and, of course, no prayer is ever wasted. “Man proposes but God disposes” is the maxim!
I must admit that he was not my favorite person in the world, nor would I have ever considered asking him to be my personal physician. I would have been afraid that he would have prescribed a permanent solution to whatever ailments I might have brought to his office.
Now that Doctor Jack is enrolled among that portion of the human race that we call “the departed” (I cannot say “the faithful departed”) I find that I don’t think quite as ill of him as I used to.
There is no point in being angry at the dead. They have passed into God’s domain.
[“De mortuis nil nisi bonum.”-----“In regard to the dead, nothing except good.”]
I find that, when I am in “right-wing mode”, I tend to emphasize SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT! WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR OWN BAD BEHAVIOR!
But, when I am in “left-wing mode”, I tend to emphasize OH, GEE WHIZ! LET’S CUT HIM A BREAK! HE COULDN’T HELP IT! HE WAS SICK IN THE HEAD!
I have swung somewhat to the left in my attitude towards Jack Kevorkian MD.
My reasons are based on two things I have read about Dr. Death since his demise:

(a) In an interview he had with someone on a TV show, he was asked the following question: "Is there some virtue in simply being alive?". He answered as follows: “No! I always said all my life if I wasn't born and they gave me the question I'd say I don't want to be born."

(b) He (Dr. Kevorkian) was also an oil painter. His work tended toward the grotesque; he sometimes painted with his own blood, and had created pictures such as one "of a child eating the flesh off a decomposing corpse."

If that’s not creepy, I don’t know what is!
How does one explain (a) and (b)?
I’ll tell you! I don’t know!
Maybe he was dropped on his head when he was a baby and it left a bad impression on his mind. Or else, he was weaned too soon or otherwise rejected by his mother.
Apparently, he was intelligent enough to be able to get through medical school but, otherwise, crazy as a bedbug. Intelligence and sanity don’t always go together.
I’m sure he never knew the one, true God or Jesus Christ Whom He sent.
Dr. Jack did a lot of harm in his life, but I don’t hate him.
May God have mercy on him and save his soul.

You might want to read what the Catholic Church teaches on the subject of EUTHANASIA. You will find it on page 05 of this bulletin. If you don’t have time to read page 05, then just keep this in mind: God and the Catholic Church are very much in favor of the YOUTH IN ASIA (the young people of the Orient) but are adamantly opposed to EUTHANASIA.

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— Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible.
2277 — Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.
Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.
2278 — Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of "over-zealous" treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one's inability to impede it is merely accepted. The decisions should be made by the patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be respected.
2279 — Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted. The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged.
I have told various and sundry persons that, just in case I happen to “fall upon evil days” and am sick and unable to speak for myself in regard to medical treatment, they should know that it is my wish that nothing be done to hasten my death, while at the same time nothing be done to prolong my life to the point of absurdity or futility. Notice that I am saying two things here: (a) Don’t keep me alive beyond what common sense would dictate BUT (b) don’t be too quick to dispatch me. In fact, DON’T dispatch me. If God wants to dispatch me, I trust that He will make His decision known.
If it becomes perfectly clear that, in the natural course of events, I am heading for the last round-up, don’t feel any great need to pull me back. But, if the situation is ambiguous, I would appreciate it if you would ask the appropriate medical personnel to take the conservative approach, i.e. to err on the side of keeping me going. Basically, here is what I am saying: Consult with an intelligent, reputable and orthodox Catholic priest who didn’t fall asleep in the seminary when he was learning the principles that govern medical / moral matters. Whatever advice he gives, follow it.
In all of the above, I am saying nothing more than this: I have been trying to live like a good Catholic and I hope to die like a good Catholic.
May I recommend that you adopt a similar attitude just in case you “fall upon evil days”?
May I suggest that you instruct your family to do what I am asking for myself?


stjos/stvdp: 06.12.2011 - 05

THE TIME FOR DECISION IS HERE! I have asked for people to “vote” as to whether they want the weekend Masses to stay in the upper church or to be moved to the chapel. The tally is seven to one in favor of the chapel. So, next weekend, the 05:30 pm and the 11:30 am weekend Masses will be in the chapel. If there is a last-minute surge of votes in favor of the upper church, we shall let you know. This is the final weekend to cast your ballot. To cast a ballot, just put a piece of paper in the collection basket saying “chapel” or “upper church”. Include your name. Doesn’t count without a name. If you prefer, you can send me an email or a USPS missive or simply slip a note in the StVdP mailbox.

SAY “BYE-BYE” TO THE PASCHAL CANDLE! From the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday up to and including the final Mass on Pentecost Sunday, the paschal candle is placed in a prominent position in the front of the church (usually near the pulpit) and is lighted for every Mass and devotion. At the end of the Easter Season (which is Pentecost Sunday), the paschal candle is returned to its “year round” position (usually near the baptism font).
During the year, it is brought out for funerals.
So, in case you have established a personal relationship with the paschal candle in either St. Joseph Church or St. Vincent dePaul Church, you might want to remember to wave "bye-bye" as you leave the church this weekend. If, perchance, the paschal candle waves "bye-bye" to you, you might to go home and lie down.                                                                            


Adios, amigo!         

BILL O’REILLY, whose opinions are sometimes more strident than accurate, was commenting this past week on the Anthony Weiner affair. He said that, although Weiner was unquestionably naughty, Schwarzenegger was even naughtier.
This is a matter of moral theology, a subject on which Bill O’Reilly is woefully uninstructed.
I would like to point out that, while Weiner and Schwarzenegger were both indisputably naughty and were involved in grave matter (which is the objective factor when we are considering whether something is a mortal sin or not) Weiner was naughtier than Schwarzenegger.
Why? Well, we are considering here only and exclusively the two actions which brought these two men into public disgrace. I am not considering other actions which they may or may not have committed.
So, granted that both were involved in “grave matter”, I hold that Weiner did something that was profoundly unnatural, whereas Schwarzenegger did not do something profoundly unnatural.
Arnold generated a child out of wedlock. Generating a child is a good thing to do. Committing adultery in order to generate a child is a bad thing to do. But for a man to commit adultery, as wicked as it is, nevertheless it is not contrary to the PRIMARY PRINCIPLES of Natural Law. It is a kind of polygyny and we find that polygyny was tolerated by God in the Old Testament period.
What Anthony did was profoundly unnatural. It was against the PRIMARY PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL LAW. He used a woman in order to pleasure himself.
Even the popular reaction to these two scandals gives some evidence as to the relative moral gravity of the two indecent acts. We are dismayed at what Arnold did, but we do not feel inclined to laugh at him. On the other hand, while dismayed at what Anthony did, we feel inclined to mock him. He made a fool of himself.

stjos/stvdp: 06.12.2011 - 06

John A. Brennan Jr. is a Girardville native who works for KidsPeace.
I thought that some of his relatives and friends would be interested in the following news release:

John Brennan was one of ten associates who were recognized out of 2000 associates at KidsPeace. He was given the MODEL OF CARE award, which is given to the person who best exemplifies the values that KidsPeace uses as we treat children, young adults, and families: Safety, Dignity, Relationships and Belonging, Character, Empowerment, and Transformation. John has been a valued employee of KidsPeace since 2000 and does a fantastic job with the young men in our KidsHope program.

John is a brother of Father Edmund J. Brennan but, of course, we all have our troubles.

HERE IS A QUESTION NOBODY EVER ASKED ME (until this past weekend): Andraya, age 9, asked me after Mass the following question relevant to Eucharistic theology: “Father Connolly, which is holier, the Body or the Blood?” I paused ever so slightly and gave her a succinct answer: “Well, one is not holier than the other. They’re equal.” She said, “Okay” and walked away. I guess she was satisfied.
If I were to expand on that answer a bit, I would say something like the following:
(a) The WHOLE CHRIST is present under the form of the bread and the WHOLE CHRIST is present under the form of the wine. In other words: We receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ when we receive the Holy Eucharist under the form of the bread alone. Likewise, we receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ when we receive the Holy Eucharist under the form of the wine alone. It is somewhat unusual to receive the Eucharist under the form of the wine alone, but it is possible in some cases. For example, if a person had a wheat allergy (celiac disease) and could not risk ingesting the form of the bread, he might ask the priest to give him Communion from the chalice alone. Or, if a person were too sick to ingest anything solid but were able to take liquid, the priest might give him Communion under the form of the wine alone, perhaps with the help of something like an eyedropper. (I did this a few times when I was in hospital ministry.)
(b) It is absolutely required that a priest use both bread and wine when he celebrates Mass, so as to signify the death of Christ by the separate consecration of the elements.
(c) Distributing Holy Communion under both species (i.e. the form of the bread and the form of the wine) conveys a greater sign value than distributing under only one form and is recommended (although not required) in the Latin Rite (but not in the Tridentine Mass). Distributing Holy Communion under both forms is (as far as I know) the universal practice of the various Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church and also of the Orthodox. In the Latin Rite, Communion under both forms may be given separately (by drinking from the chalice) or simultaneously (by intinction). Intinction is the practice in our two parishes: Reasons: more efficient, more sanitary and far less danger of accidental spillage of the Sacred Species.

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