MASS SCHEDULE: 10 17 JULY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 09 July
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — GLENN RICHARDS
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 10 July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPH JEROME JOYCE
by the Knights of Columbus

Monday, 11 July
St. Benedict, abbot (OblMem)
08:00 am — JENNIE DeLUCA
by her family

Tuesday, 12 July
Weekday
07:00 pm — TOM KARMOSKY
by OPM

Wednesday, 13 July
St. Henry (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 14 July
Bd. Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin (OblMem)
08:00 am — CHARLES YACOBOSKY
by OPM

Friday, 15 July
St. Bonaventure, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — THOMAS MORAN
by Thomasine Moran

Saturday, 16 July
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOHN P. HORAN
by Anne McLaughlin Jacavage
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN J. and SUSAN CUFF
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

Sunday, 17 July
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — PAUL “Pop” KOWALICK
by his wife, children and grandchildren

 MASS SCHEDULE: 10 17 JULY
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 09 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD and FRANCES LUSHIS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Sunday, 10 July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Monday, 11 July
St. Benedict, abbot (OblMem)
07:00 pm — God’s blessings on MICHAEL WAYNE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Tuesday, 12 July
Weekday
08:00 am — EUGENE ZDIERA
by Josephine Zdiera and family

Wednesday, 13 July
St. Henry (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JOE KIDURKIS
by OPM

Thursday, 14 July
Bd. Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin (OblMem)
07:00 pm — MARJORIE BUDNAVAGE ROWLAND
by Raymond, Brian and John Wayne

Friday, 15 July
St. Bonaventure, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
05:00 pm — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
by his wife, Jean

Saturday, 16 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANDREW and MARY POWLICK
by Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Sunday, 17 July
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — ELEANOR CONNELL
by the Connell family

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
02 / 03 JULY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $990.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $65.00 from the second collection (plate); $234.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $98.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,407.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,407.00) 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 $255.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $904.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $45.00 from the second collection (plate); $191.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $65.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,210.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,210.00) 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 $447.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Wednesday, 13 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 14 July
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 15 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

 

Pride is the main reason some people avoid going to Confession.
God gives his grace to the humble but He resists the proud.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 13 July
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

Friday, 15 July
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm

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“DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING UNLESS IT HAS YOUR NAME ON IT.”

Paul Anthony Pantano

A friend of mine visited recently and he happened to mention to me that his father, although not a formally educated man, had considerable wisdom. He quoted one of his father’s lines to me. I thought it was worth including in the bulletin. On the surface, it seems to refer to a person’s obligation to obey the Seventh Commandment: THOU SHALT NOT STEAL. Well, of course, it does! However, I would say that it applies equally well to the Sixth Commandment: THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY and to the companion precept THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT FORNICATION. I’m not certain what the late Mr. Pantano’s particular point of reference was when he spoke these words, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he had both commandments in mine, maybe the Sixth even more than the Seventh. It is a good precept to pass on to one’s sons. “DON’T TOUCH ANYONE UNLESS SHE HAS YOUR NAME ON HER.” If you don’t know what is meant by “touch”, you can always send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

THE POOR BOX that had hung on the wall in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church for so many years was broken beyond repair. (Aw, the poor box!) So, it had to be replaced. We thank it for its many years of service. And we thank the late Clem Utaras who had donated it. We are happy to say that we now have a new Poor Box. The Holy Name Society paid for it. We thank them kindly for this! We are grateful to all those who use it. You have the pastor’s guarantee that whatever money goes into the Poor Box goes for good deeds for the poor. You would be surprised if we told you how often persons in need stop by StVdP Rectory in order to get some help: sometimes to pay the rent, sometimes to pay a utility bill, sometimes for a tank of gas, sometimes for food and diapers.
I WAS DRIVING ALONG CENTRE STREET in Ashland the other day, heading back to Girardville. I stopped at the light. Three teenage boys were walking along the pavement. Two of them (I’m somewhat embarrassed to say this) had their pants hanging down in such a way that, not only did I see their undershorts, but I also saw the beginning of what I can only delicately refer to as the external opening of the canal of evacuation.
I asked myself, “What the (purgatory) is going on here?”
Are these kids complete and total idiots?
Do they have mothers?
Do they have fathers?
Do they have even one iota of grey matter in their skulls?
Do they have even the remotest scintilla of decency in their moral consciences?
Answer: “Probably No” to all of the above!
Don’t they know what this mode of dress (undress) signifies?
This utterly stupid and barbaric custom originated in prisons.
It signifies availability to be some creep’s catamite!
Sometimes I tend to disfavor laws that impinge unduly on human freedom. In some respects, I tend towards libertarianism (like Ron Paul). But then I back away from libertarianism and retreat towards fascism (like Benito Mussolini).
Somewhere between Ron Paul and Benito Mussolini is the ideal.
As for now, I am all in favor of a law that would subject these idiots to arrest. Fine them five hundred dollars (minimum) for public indecency. If they do it a second time, throw them in jail. Come to think of it, throw their parents in jail too!

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SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS
                                        ON FATHER CORAPI
                                                                      AND ON CASEY ANTHONY

                                                                                                                                      by Peter S. Williamson

By now everyone knows that a jury in Orlando has found Casey Anthony “Not Guilty” of murdering her two-year old daughter. Meanwhile many of the Catholic faithful are discovering that, according to the religious community to which he belongs, the charismatic Fr. Corapi is indeed guilty of many of the charges leveled against him.

In regard to Fr. Corapi
What does Scripture say to us about these two cases? First as regards Fr. Corapi, it teaches that the possession of great and genuine charisms, whether those distributed by the Spirit or those that come through the sacrament of orders, are no proof of the spiritual standing of the person who exercises those gifts.
As a priest and evangelist, God worked powerfully through Fr. Corapi, even though his personal life was gravely out of order. But this does not contradict Jesus teaching:

So by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?” Then I will declare to them solemnly, “I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers”. (Mt 7, 20-23)

Jesus does not dispute that such individuals truly prophesied in his name or truly cast out demons. They did! According to Jesus, these are not the fruits by which we can recognize true prophets. Rather, we are to look for those “who do the will of my Father in heaven,” i.e., those whose personal lives are marked by holiness, by obedience to God’s word (see the verses that immediately follow, 24-27).
All charisms, including sacred orders, are given to benefit others, to benefit the Church; they will only benefit those who possess them if they live in obedience to their Lord.
So, do we simply condemn Fr. Corapi as a false prophet and evildoer? By no means! His story isn’t over yet. Remember David’s sin and repentance (2 Sam 11-12; Ps 51). Remember Samson’s foolishness and the final act by which he delivered God’s people (Jdg 16:23-30).
I believe Fr. Corapi has good intentions, but is weak and wounded by sin, like the rest of us. In hindsight it seems clear that he had not overcome his previous addictions, that like most addicts he needs lifelong practice of the Twelve Steps, and that he needed more, not less, community life on account of his public ministry. Let’s pray for him that he may humble himself, repent, and receive the help he needs to bear truly good fruit, the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23), and so be saved and help to save others.

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Let us pray for all those who benefited from Christ’s grace at work in and through Fr. Corapi, that they may not stumble on account of Fr. Corapi’s fall, but remain faithful to Christ, the true source of the grace they received.

In regard to Casey Anthony
A brief thought related to the Casey Anthony decision.
I am reading through Isaiah and in particular, a section that speaks of God’s judgment at the end of history (Is 24-27). Yesterday I happened on this verse:

See, the LORD goes forth from his place, to punish the wickedness of the earth’s inhabitants; The earth will reveal the blood upon her, and no longer conceal her slain. (Is 26,21)

In other words, in the long run no one ever gets away with murder. The Torah is very insistent on how seriously God takes murder (see Gen 4,10, 9,6; Num 35,33; Deut 19,10-13; 21,1-9). The prophets through to the book of Revelation (18:24) confirm that God will redress this wrong.
Am I saying Casey Anthony murdered her daughter? No. God knows, I don’t.
In fact, our legal system’s principle of the presumption of innocence comes from the Bible. In all serious cases and especially in capital cases (and in regard to accusations against presbyters, i.e., priests), both the Old and New Testament insist that “two or three witnesses” are necessary to convict and punish a person for wrongdoing (see Deut 17,6; 19,15; Matt 18,16; 2 Cor 13,1; 1 Tim 5,19).
This is a very high standard of evidence. In the world of today one could posit that forensic, circumstantial, or other kinds of evidence could equal the weight of two eyewitnesses, although that would need to be clear. If anything, this suggests that American jurisprudence requires less stringent evidence of wrongdoing than does biblical law.
The reality is that people commit many serious crimes for which the biblical standard of evidence can never be met. Thus, in order to protect the innocent from false condemnation, God’s law permits many guilty people to go scot free and unpunished in this life.
But that is because God sees things from a longer range perspective, as we should. Perfect justice will be done in God’s court, but not until then. No one should allow himself or herself to imagine their wrongdoing will go unpunished, because no human being knows or can prove it, or that their good deeds will go unrewarded. Let us prepare ourselves and our friends, neighbors, and children for “the day when God will judge people’s hidden works through Christ Jesus” (Rom 2,16; 2,5-8).
The best preparation for everyone is faith and conversion, since God is merciful toward those who turn to him (1 John 1,7-9).

A personal note: If I had been a member of the jury in the Casey Anthony trial, based on the information I have read and heard, I would have voted for her acquittal. Why? Three reasons: (1) Although I strongly suspect that Casey did kill Caylee (or cooperated in the killing), I was not certain beyond a reasonable doubt; (2) I hold as a principle that it is better to risk leaving a guilty person unpunished than to risk that an innocent person be punished; (3) Even if I were convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that she was guilty, I still would have voted “not guilty” simply in order to prevent her from being executed, inasmuch as the prosecution gave no option for a non-death penalty conviction. As a Catholic, I cannot countenance the death penalty, except in the most extreme circumstances, which are almost non-existent. Having said all that, I must admit that I would not hire Casey to babysit my kids!

stjos/stvdp: 07.10.2011 - 05


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Holy Family Adult Day Care in Orwigsburg has openings for new participants over age 60 needing supervised care. Stimulating activities and compassionate assistance provide many benefits for your loved one. Please contact Linda Herb for details or to schedule a visit, 570-366-2924.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown is accepting inquiries from married couples interested in domestic infant adoption. Please contact Patricia Reusch at 610-435-1541, ext. 325 or else you can email her at preusch@allentowndiocese.org.
The Annual Diocesan Mass honoring married persons who are celebrating special anniversaries will be held on Sunday, 25 September, at 03:00 pm, at St. Thomas More Church, Allentown. By “special anniversaries” is meant 25th, 40th, 50th 60th and 60+. The celebrant of the Mass will be Bishop Barres. You can obtain a registration form by emailing Carol Neupauer at cneupauer@allentowndiocese.org
The deadline for registration is 05 September 2011.
Job Posting: Pius X High School is accepting applications for Varsity coaching positions in girls volleyball and boys and girls soccer for the 2011-2012 school year. Applicants must have coaching experience and applicable background checks. Submit resume by Monday, 25 July to Connie Stambaugh, Athletic Director, 580 3rd Avenue, Bangor, PA 18013.
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlights the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (25 July), which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. Natural Family Planning promotes strong, lasting marriages that foster dignity and respect for one another and all life. Keep both your body and marriage healthy. Practice Natural Family Planning. To learn more about Natural Family Planning call Carla Neupauer, Office of Marriage & Family Life Formation at (610) 289-8900 ext.238.
What the Catholic Church Says About Poverty
“Our commitment to the dignity of every person requires special concern for those who are poor and vulnerable, whose needs are greatest, and whose lives and dignity are often threatened by hunger, poverty, and suffering. In order for people to live a life worthy of their God-given dignity, Catholic social teaching affirms the right and duty to work, the right to economic initiative, the right of workers to safe working conditions, decent wages and benefits, and the right to organize and join associations to secure these rights.” (For I Was Hungry & You Gave Me Food, U.S. Catholic Bishops 2003)
If you would like to know more about working for justice, please call Office of Pro-Life Activities and Social Concerns (610) 289-8900 x244.

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A SAMPLER OF JEWISH HUMOR
(Here are some of my favorite Jewish jokes. There’s no law that I know of that says you can’t put Jewish jokes in a Catholic bulletin! All of these jokes have been approved by a rabbi and are certified kosher.)

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I just got back from a pleasure trip. I took my mother-in-law to the airport.
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Someone stole all my credit cards but I won't be reporting it. The thief spends less than my wife did.
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When I go out with my wife, we always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.
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My wife was at the beauty parlor for two hours. That was only for the estimate. She got a mudpack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.
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The Doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn't pay his bill so the doctor gave him another six months.
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The Doctor called Mrs. Cohen and said, "Mrs. Cohen, your check came back." Mrs. Cohen answered, "So did my arthritis!"
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Doctor: "You'll live to be 60!"
Patient: "I am 60!"
Doctor: "See! What did I tell you?"
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Patient: "I have a ringing in my ears."
Doctor: "Don't answer!"
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A drunk was brought in front of a judge. The judge says, "You've been brought here for drinking." The drunk says "Okay, let's get started."
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There is a big controversy on the Jewish view of when life begins. In Jewish tradition, the fetus is not considered viable until it graduates from medical school.
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Q: Why don't Jewish mothers drink?
A: Alcohol interferes with their suffering.
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Q: Why do Jewish mothers make great parole officers?
A: They never let anyone finish a sentence!
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A man called his mother in Florida. "Mom, how are you?" "Not so good" said the mother. "I've been very weak." The son said, "Why are you so weak?" She said, "Because I haven't eaten in 38 days." The son said, "That's terrible! Why haven't you eaten in 38 days?" The mother answered, "Because I didn't want my mouth to be filled with food if you should call."
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A Jewish boy comes home from school and tells his mother he has a part in the play. She asks, "What part is it?" The boy says, "I play the part of the Jewish husband." The mother scowls and says, "Go back and tell the teacher you want a speaking part."
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Q: How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: (Sigh) "Don't bother. I'll sit in the dark. I don't want to be a nuisance to anybody."
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Did you hear about the bum who walked up to a Jewish mother on the street and said, "Lady, I haven't eaten in three days"? "Force yourself" she replied.
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Q: What's the difference between a pit bull and a Jewish mother?
A: Eventually, the pit bull lets go.

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