Saturday, 02 July
Vigil of Sunday
by Robert and Judy Rader and family

Sunday, 03 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Henry and Eileen Wayne and sons

Monday, 04 July
St. Elizabeth of Portugal (OptMem)
by her daughter, Jean

Tuesday, 05 July
St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, priest (OptMem)
07:00 pm — TOM KARMOSKY
by OPM

Wednesday, 06 July
St. Maria Goretti, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — WILLIAM DeLUCA
by his family

Thursday, 07 July
08:00 am — JOE KIDURKIS
by OPM

Friday, 08 July
08:00 am — JOHN and MARY McMANAMIN
by the Walsh Trust

Saturday, 09 July
St. August Zhao Rong, priest, martyr and companions, martyrs (OptMem)
by their nephew, Edward
Vigil of Sunday
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 10 July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Knights of Columbus


Vigil of Sunday
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 03 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Joseph and Theresa Gudonis

Monday, 04 July
St. Elizabeth of Portugal (OptMem)
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 05 July
St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — LENORE VAUGHN
by M/M Francis Ritzo

Wednesday, 06 July
St. Maria Goretti, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
by OPM

Thursday, 07 July
by the HRS

Friday, 08 July
05:00 pm — FRANCES IRAMA
by OPM

Saturday, 09 July
Vigil of Sunday
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Sunday, 10 July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 07.03.2011 - 01

25 / 26 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $855.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the second collection (plate); $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $80.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,058.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,058.00) 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 ($93.17) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note that this is a negative outcome. Parentheses denote a debit. This is not good.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: : $938.46 from the Sunday envelopes; $108.00 from the second collection (plate); $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,156.46.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,156.46) 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 $393.64 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 06 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 07 July
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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

Perhaps some persons are deterred from coming to Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament because they think (incorrectly) that they are expected to stay for two hours. Please know that you can come and go as you wish. Stay two minutes, stay two hours, it’s up to you. There is no compulsion or expectation. I strongly suggest that you come.

stjos/stvdp: 07.03.2011 - 02

EILEEN GEORGE is a name known to a number of persons. Eileen is a Catholic woman who writes books and gives spiritual talks in various and sundry places, sometimes locally. I was in her company once, a number of years ago. I heard her talk and was one of several priests who shared a meal with her. At the risk of incurring (once again) the wrath of those who support and promote her work, I would like to say, clearly and firmly and with all my cylinders working (as far as I know), that Eileen George is not a dependable teacher of Catholic spirituality. I need to emphasize that this is my opinion, an opinion based, I think, both on reason and on faith. There are good priests — and, perhaps, some bishops — who have the polar opposite opinion, but I take some comfort in knowing that I am not alone in my evaluation. I operate on the principle that, in order for something to be true, it must be true in its entirety but, in order for something to be false, it need be false in only one respect. The maxim is: Bonum ex integra causa; malum e quocumque defectu. As in so many matters, the Church herself has not ruled on the authenticity of Eileen George’s claims and prophecies. But, of course, the Church is not quick to rule on such matters and does so only if there is urgent need to do so. Meanwhile, we are all entitled to our opinions and now you know mine.
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
CORONER: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
CORONER: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.


Wednesdays from 06:30 to 08:00 pm.
St. Michael Church, 114 S. Chestnut Street, Shenandoah
For more information: Msgr. Grabowsky at (570) 462-0809 or Charlie Calise at (570) 624-9148


The Pro-Life group known as Protectors of the Unborn Precious Souls will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, 12 July at 06:00 pm in St. Joseph Church (Upper Hall), Ashland.
New members are welcome, both men and women.


I ask every adult parishioner: Please do so as soon as possible.
The need is great.
The cause is good.


Remember what my father told me: “Drive as if everyone else on the road is either drunk or crazy.”
The fact is that my father died at the age of 79 and never even once did he have an accident while driving a car nor did he ever even once get stopped by a cop!!
Of course, what helped was that he never drove a car. He never owned a car and never got a driver’s license. He never saw the need!

stjos/stvdp:07.03.2011 - 03


10 - Modesty reflects an understanding of who a woman truly is.
Modesty starts inside a person's heart and mind. Who am I? Why do I exist? If a woman answers she is a beautiful daughter of God, then modesty will naturally follow.
09 - Modesty isn't about dressing in unattractive clothes as some think it is.
There are too many options in clothing not to give modesty a try. Yes, it might not be the first thing on the rack you go shopping for, but it is worth finding clothing that brings out a woman's beauty without revealing too much.
08 - Modesty attracts the kind of guys you ought to want to attract.
If a woman is afraid that she must turn a man's eye by dressing immodestly, then she should ask herself just what kind of guy does she want to attract!
07 - Mary dressed modestly.
Truly there is no more beautiful woman who ever lived than Mary. Why wouldn't any woman want to be more like her?
06 - It helps protect women.
A woman can still dress to be beautiful, but the mystery of a woman's body is protected from being used. Modesty provides a needed defense against being used.
05 - It sets a good example for others.
Young girls and teens need good examples of beautiful women who are modest. The attacks of immodesty are legion and we need a good counter-example.
04 - Women are worthy of respect.
Respect can be easily lost when a woman tries to promote herself by being immodest.

03 -It helps your brothers to avoid lust.
Women would be shocked if they were to enter the head of the average modern young man in a crowded room of immodest women. This isn't to blame an immodestly dressed woman for a man's sin of lust. But, men today need all the help they can get to fight lust and sin. Won't you help them?
02 - It shows true beauty.
A woman's true beauty comes from the dignity of her being made in God's image. If any woman wants to truly reflect God's beauty, it starts with modesty.
01 - It is a virtue.
Modesty is a virtue that helps control behavior so we do not excite the sexuality of another. It is also a fruit of the Holy Spirit. All of us could use more virtue in our lives.

stjos/stvdp: 07.03.2011 - 04

AN ARTICLE APPEARED in the Pottsville Republican on Thursday, 30 June. I am reprinting a portion of it here and then would like to comment on it. I have underlined the part that I find particularly misleading and objectionable:

JERUSALEM - Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote the Bible. The new software analyzes style and word choices to distinguish parts of a single text written by different authors, and when applied to the Bible its algorithm teased out distinct writerly voices in the holy book. For millions of Jews and Christians, it's a tenet of their faith that God is the author of the core text of the Hebrew Bible - the Torah, also known as the Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses. But since the advent of modern biblical scholarship, academic researchers have believed the text was written by a number of different authors whose work could be identified by seemingly different ideological agendas and linguistic styles, and the different names they used for God. Today, scholars generally split the text into two main strands. One is believed to have been written by a figure or group known as the "priestly" author, because of apparent connections to the temple priests in Jerusalem. The rest is "non-priestly”. Scholars have meticulously gone over the text to ascertain which parts belong to which strand. When the new software was run on the Pentateuch, it found the same division, separating the "priestly" and "non-priestly." It matched up with the traditional academic division at a rate of 90 percent - effectively recreating years of work by multiple scholars in minutes, said Moshe Koppel of Bar Ilan University near Tel Aviv, the computer science professor who headed the research team.

COMMENT: I have no objection whatsoever to the work being done by the Israeli scholars referred to in the article. God bless them and good luck to them! What I object to is the patronizing tone of the reporter. It is so characteristic of most secular reporters when writing on matters that have to do with religion. The reporter seems to think that persons like you and me who identify ourselves as believers in the Bible are a bunch of yokels, in particular because he presumes to think that we believe that God Alone is the Author of the Bible — in the sense that God wrote it without human help, with His own Hand, and then sent it off to the printer to be reproduced (probably in the King James Version). I am positive that I have always known (at least ever since such thoughts ever came into my head) that it was HUMAN BEINGS who wrote the various books of the Bible and that the Holy Spirit prompted them and inspired them and protected them from error. But the Holy Spirit did not suspend the human writers’ faculties of intellect and will when He inspired them to write. Moreover, it is highly unlikely that any of the sacred writers were even aware that they were being divinely inspired while they were in the process of composition.
And, when it comes to the “multiple authors” finding about the books of the Bible, I distinctly remember being taught in the Seminary (I was there from 1961 to 1966) that we can detect at least three distinct schools of thought in the Torah (Pentateuch): the “priestly”, the “Yahwistic” and the “Elohistic”. In other words, the Pentateuch (Torah) is a work composed by an assortment of human authors and a final editor. This is not exactly earthshaking news! I remember that we used a textbook in the Seminary that color-coded the verses of the Pentateuch (Torah) so that we could more easily distinguish the various human authorships. I remember being taught that there are at least two (but probably three) distinct authors of the Book of Isaiah.
So, although the Israeli scholars and their software referred to in the article might come up with some interesting conclusions (theories) about the variety of human authors involved in the composition of the Bible, there is no possibility whatsoever that they will be able to overthrow the belief that God is the senior partner in the enterprise known as “producing the Bible”. I’m sure they know that. I don’t think the reporter knows that.
Bottom line: Be wary of “religious news” churned out by secular reporters.

stjos/stvdp: 07.03.2011 - 05

The following is a list of some MANNERS that should be characteristic of every child (includes every teenager) who lives in Girardville, Mahanoy Plane, Ashland, Fountain Springs, North Wild Cat, Preston Hill, Lost Creek and Brownsville. I am tempted to include William Penn and Shenandoah, but these are not my pastoral turf. These manners should be especially characteristic of those children who have even a remote connection with St. Joseph Parish or St. Vincent dePaul Parish. I suggest that parents utilize the months of July and August as a kind of “Summer School of Manners”.
#01: When asking for something, say "Please."
#02: When receiving something, say "Thank you."
#03: Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.
#04: If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation
#05: When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.
#06: The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.
#07: Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.
#08: When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.
#09: When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.
#10: Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.
#11: When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.
#12: Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.
#13: Never use foul language. Even if some other children do or even if some adults do or, God forbid, even if your parents do, don’t you do it.
#14: Don't call people mean names. If you would not want to be called that name, don’t call anyone else that name.
#15: Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.
#16: Even if a play or an assembly (or a sermon) is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers, presenters (or priest) are doing their best.
#17: If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."
#18: Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.
#19: As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
#20: If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something new.
#21: When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.
#22: When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!
#23: Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.
#24: Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
#25: Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.

stjos/stvdp: 07.03.2011 - 06

The following item appeared in the DAYS GONE BY feature in the Monday, 27 June, edition of the Pottsville Republican:
100 years ago — 1911
Five members of the Greek congregation of Minersville were arrested last night and lodged in prison today to await trial upon the charge of attempting to dynamite the rectory of the congregation of Minersville on June 16, with the intention to take the life of the Rev. Andrew V. Kaminsky, the pastor of the congregation.

I was curious to know what prompted these parishioners to want to bump off their pastor. I can understand hostility and I can even understand how it could be that some extremely unhappy parishioners might want to see their pastor vaporized. However, to dynamite the rectory seems a tad extreme. After all, even if they were to succeed in dispatching the parish priest, they would be doing so at an awful price, viz. the destruction of the rectory. Priests come and priests go, but it is quite expensive to build a new rectory, not to mention the expense of hauling off the debris from the dynamited rectory. Then, of course, they should realize that the Bishop might subsequently be reluctant to appoint a new pastor or, even if he were to appoint one, the appointee might be reluctant to accept the assignment. Who could blame him?
Bottom line: As a general principle, applicable at all times and in all situations, we should vote down a motion to dynamite a rectory in order to get rid of the pastor. Such a deed opens a most unpleasant can of worms, is contrary to the Gospel and to the spirit of Vatican Two, in addition to which it gives bad example to our non-Catholic friends and neighbors.

If anyone would like to learn more about the problems between Father Kaminksy and his parishioners, I refer you to the following link. If you can tolerate plowing through some legalese, you might find it interesting:

The basic conflict seemed to be:
(a) Whether a priest becomes the duly authorized pastor of a parish solely by virtue of his appointment to that post by the duly authorized Bishop OR does his appointment by the Bishop require the ratification of the parishioners?
(b) Whether it be the pastor or the members of the parish who have the right to control the finances of the parish;
(c) Whether the assets of a parish (both the real estate and the liquid assets) belong ultimately to the Bishop in his role as head of the corporation or do they belong ultimately to the parishioners?
You will find the answers, at least according to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by reading the information contained in the link cited above.

stjos/stvdp: 07.03.2011 - 07

POINT OF LOCAL INTEREST: Among the retired priests who live at Holy Family Villa (Bethlehem) are Fathers Francis T. Gillespie and Thomas A. Horan. Among those who live at Holy Family Villa (Orwigsburg) is Father David M. Liebner.

stjos/stvdp: 07.03.2011 - 08

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