Saturday, 23 July
Vigil of Sunday
by Thomas J. Clarke

Sunday, 24 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by her sister, Nora, and Chip and sons

Monday, 25 July
St. James, apostle (Fst)
by her granddaughter, Ellen

Tuesday, 26 July
SS. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
by Celeste DeLuca

Wednesday, 27 July
08:00 am — WALTER M. BORIS
by his wife, Helen

Thursday, 28 July
08:00 am — JENNIE DeLUCA
rescheduled from 11 July

Friday, 29 July
St. Martha (OblMem)
by Frank and Stella Mohan and family

Saturday, 30 July
St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
by Jack and Rose McCarthy
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JAMES J. BURKE Sr.
by his family

Sunday, 31 July
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — TOM KARMOSKY
by OPM
11:30 am — Mr. MARTONE
by the James Connell family


Saturday, 23 July
Vigil of Sunday
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 24 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Whytena and Fisher families

Monday, 25 July
St. James, apostle (Fst)
07:00 pm — JOHN FALCONE
by OPM

Tuesday, 26 July
SS. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS P. O’REILLY
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Wednesday, 27 July
by Shirley Losch Recla

Thursday, 28 July
by Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Friday, 29 July
St. Martha (OblMem)
05:00 pm — EARL T. ROBERTSON
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 30 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — HELEN WINKLER
by Evelyn Leckner

Sunday, 31 July
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Peter and Violet Smolock family

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16 / 17 JULY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $983.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $80.00 from the second collection (plate); $86.00 from the Dues envelopes; $37.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $79.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,265.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $80.00 from the Central and Eastern Europe envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,265.00) 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 $113.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,039.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $49.00 from the second collection (plate); $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $50.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $59.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,237.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $122.00 from the Central and Eastern Europe envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,237.00) 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 $474.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 27 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 28 July
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 29 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
                                                                                                                                              Saint Augustine


Wednesday, 27 July
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

Friday, 29 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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a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Monday, 18 July.
Born on 04 March 1956, he was 55 years old.
He is the son of Joseph F. Sr. and Margaret (Sauers) Conroy.
His mother, Margaret, survives him. His father, Joseph, died in 2001.
Among his relatives in our parish is an uncle, Wade O. Richards. Joseph’s mother, Margaret, and Wade’s wife, Alice (deceased), are sisters.
Joseph endured an extended period of hospitalization before the Lord called him to Himself. It was a time of considerable anxiety and uncertainty for his loved ones. We are grateful that the time of testing is over.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 21 July, at 11:00 am. The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Joseph, 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
I have asked Fr. Brennan if he would be willing to offer Mass at 10:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel each last Sunday of the month. He said that he would be happy to do so. I am grateful to him for his willingness to serve the parish.
So, we will add that Mass to our monthly (not weekly) schedule, starting this coming Sunday, 31 July. Reason? I want to continue to provide the Tridentine Mass at 11:30 am in the upper church each last Sunday of the month but, at the same time, I want to accommodate the reasonable preferences of as many of our parishioners as possible.
Let’s put it this way: In the Latin Rite (the Rite to which you and I belong), there are two legitimate forms by which we may celebrate Holy Mass: the ordinary (“Novus Ordo”) and the extraordinary (“Tridentine”). If you prefer the former, you may thank Pope Paul the Sixth but if you prefer the latter, you may thank Pope St. Pius the Fifth. I see merit in both and I long for the day (but it won’t happen in my lifetime) when Pope Somebody the Something will promulgate a new form that will marry the best of both forms. Until that blessed day: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”
Having said all that and realizing that most people in Girardville prefer the Novus Ordo, I still encourage everyone to experience the Tridentine Mass. It was the way Mass was said in the Latin Rite until 1965. When I was a boy and a young man and even up to the time I entered the Seminary (1961), I certainly anticipated that, if and when I would become a priest, I would be celebrating the Tridentine Mass all the days of my life. What a surprise was waiting in store for me and for all of the priests of my generation!
Be that as it may, please note that, this coming Sunday, 31 July, there will be a 10:00 am Mass (ordinary form) in St. Joseph Chapel and, as usual, an 11:30 am Mass (extraordinary form) in St. Joseph Church.
One more thought: The reforms that are coming to the Novus Ordo form of the Mass this coming November are a very positive and welcome movement towards the ideal.

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National Debt as an Immoral Deception

As August 2nd nears — that is, the date the administration has set as a deadline to reach a compromise on raising the nation's debt ceiling — we have to ponder carefully the morality of national debt. As a pro-life and pro-family organization, we have the right to meditate on this fundamental issue, because the constant deficit expansion and accumulation of debt have a profoundly negative effect on families and their God-given task to raise children.
Since World War Two, Congress has voted many times to raise the ceiling. Some journalists have pointed out that the White House and Congress alike have treated the matter as a routine part of keeping the government functioning. But it stands to reason that we should ask ourselves if this is a good habit, as public debt has increased to unmanageable levels that could very well lead to bankruptcy. It should be evident to the most casual of observers that debt cannot be accumulated forever - eventually it will reach a weight that is unsustainable and will lead to a default.
As we know, the essence of public debt is that it allows the real payment of current commitments to be postponed. This can be done properly in emergency situations, as in the case of a just war or natural catastrophe, or urgent capital projects like roads or dams that will benefit future generations. But it can never be the way in which government finances normal consumption or welfare projects. This debt is financed with loans from persons or institutions (such as foreign governments), and in the future they will receive back their investment plus interest.
Here we can see an initial problem - investors are incentivized to lend to the government instead of investing in productive business. These lenders will be repaid from the proceeds of future taxes; not, as they would be in the case of business investment, from growth in productivity and sales revenue. Future taxpayers will pay for today's debt-financed public expenditures and bear its real burden.
The accumulation of public debt is offensive against one of the pillars of the American Republic, which is the refusal of taxation without representation. Future taxpayers will be burdened with the payment of taxes on a debt which they had no say in acquiring.
In speech given by American statesman Al Smith on January 25, 1936, he was prophetic about the damage suffered by future generations, in particular the middle class by the accumulation of debt. He stated:

This debt is going to be paid by that great middle class that we refer to as “the backbone” and “the rank and file”, and the sin of it is they ain't going to know that they are paying it. It is going to come to them in the form of indirect and hidden taxation. It will come to them in the cost of living, in the cost of clothing, in the cost of everything that they enter into, and because it is not a direct tax, they won't think they're paying but — take it from me — they are going to pay it!

In this debate some argue that the issue is far too critical for it to be debated politically. They say that it stands to reason that national debt, the national budget, and the taxes to pay for it are so basic as to be discussed only in terms of the common good of the nation. It seems quite unreasonable, however, that members of a certain ideology — those who have proposed and obtained the legalization of all sort of immoral conducts, like abortion or the so-called "marriage" between persons of the same sex — would try to stop political debate on an issue that is indeed political in a republican form of government. Political society has the right and duty to analyze the moral implications of its actions. As a consequence it has to analyze the morality of deficit expanding and its consequence, which is the accumulation of debt.
The Church also has the right to express her views on the common good of society, thus she has a position on national debt, even if she avoids giving financial advice in specific situations.

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Pope Benedict XVI was asked recently about the morality of the accumulation of colossal debts by governments, with particular reference to Germany. His interviewer, Mr. Peter Seewald, finished his question asking, "Isn't that also an insanely big moral problem?" The Holy Father responded:

Certainly! Because we are living at the expense of future generations! In this respect it is plain that we are living in untruth. We live on the basis of appearances, and the huge debts are meanwhile treated as something that we are simply entitled to. (Light of the World, Ignatius Press, 2010, p. 47.)

So, it should be clear that the accumulation of public debt is immoral in itself because it is a form of stealing, keeping in mind the old saying that robbery is without any doubt one of the oldest of labor-saving devices. When public debt is incurred to pay current consumption, those living today are forcing future generations to pay for their wastefulness. As the Holy Father also points out, this is a form of culpable self-deception because the current generation is living in the untruth of thinking that they can sustain a hedonistic lifestyle that they cannot afford.
To avoid future accumulation of debt, strict fiscal discipline is needed; a discipline that would allow us to pay the debts incurred in the past and to keep the budgetary expenditures within the limits that society can afford. To achieve this we have to return to an objective view of reality that rejects relativism and subjectivism and moves away from the self-deception encouraged by living on the basis of borrowed money. It should be evident that it will be very difficult to achieve this discipline without a conversion to the Law of Christ and the virtues that are based on His teachings, and which lead to a certain modest degree of economic prosperity: virtues like an authentic desire for the common good, a sense of responsibility in the conduct of business, prudent risk taking, thrift, integrity and assuming responsibility for the debts already incurred.
I am not taking a position on whether or not we should increase the debt ceiling on August 2, but what I am saying is that drastically reducing the Federal budget is the only possible way to decrease the debt that is already oppressing the nation and many other countries around the world.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
Interim President, Human Life International

As I was preparing the bulletin, I asked myself, “Should I or should I not include this letter by Msgr. Barreiro- Carámbula?” My hesitation to include it was based on the suspicion that many persons , seeing the header, “National Debt as an Immoral Deception” would decide that it was boring and would decline to read it. For many of us (including me), our eyes start to glaze over when we hear or see a discourse on “national debt” and other terms having to do with Economics (the gloomy science).
I ask every adult in the parish (and the brighter teenagers among us) simply to “force yourself” to read it. It’s really not difficult to understand and it is, indeed, something that we need to understand!
I particularly like the writer’s observation that passing the debt onto future generations imposes on them a sort of “taxation without representation”. This was one of the battle cries of our own revolution against His Majesty King George III. What an irony that we should be George III to our children and grandchildren! Note also that the writer “connects the dots” between those politicians who advocate immoral legislation (abortion, same-sex marriage, etc.) and those who advocate mindless spending. The “tax and spend politicians” are almost always one and the same as the “social issues progressives” (i.e. the pro-choice, pro-gay marriage crowd). This is NOT a coincidence!

stjos/stvdp: 07.24.2011 - 05

If someone asked any one of us to go to a map of the world and point out exactly where Afghanistan is located, would we be able to do so with confidence and without hesitation? Maybe you could. Maybe I could. If so, I guess we should go to the head of the class!
Let me see now! Afghanistan, Afghanistan. Is that in Europe or is it in Africa? Or is it off the coast of China?
My point is that, for most of us, living our lives in relative comfort here in Schuylkill County, Afghanistan may as well be on the other side of the moon.
We should take a moment to realize that three of our fellow Pennsylvanians, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, know (knew) very well where Afghanistan is located. Just this past Sunday, when we were all together for Mass here at StJos or StVdP, these three men were alive and well. The following day (Monday, 18 July), they were dead — blown up by an IED that detonated under their vehicle outside Bagram, Afghanistan. They had been transporting supplies and equipment.
These three men are:

Sgt. Edward Koehler, age 47
Lebanon PA (Lebanon County)
Sgt. Brian Mowery, age 49
Halifax PA (Dauphin County)
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Van Giesen, age 30
Kane PA (McKean County)

Even though none of us (probably) knew any of these men personally, I suggest that we don’t let today go by without offering a prayer for the repose of their immortal souls and for the comfort of their loved ones.
Eternal rest grant unto Edward and Brian and Kenneth, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
And, dear God, please help us to find a solution that is reasonable and honorable for bringing our troops home from that sad portion of our planet named Afghanistan. If it is Your Will that we should stay there a while longer in order to protect the innocent, then give us the wisdom we need so as to conduct the war vigorously and effectively and to vanquish the enemy. If it is Your Will that we should pull up stakes and go home, give us the humility to do so promptly and without looking back. And, dear God, please have mercy on the people whose fate it is to live there! Deliver them from the darkness that envelops them. Deliver them from their crooked politicians and their tribalism. Deliver them from the Taliban. Bring them to the light of Christ and His Church.

"STAMPED", an overnight experience inspired by Blessed John Paul II's A Theology of the Body, calls high school students to live a life rooted in authentic love. Registration information is available at Date: 12 and 13 August 2011. Sponsored by the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
I would like all of our organists and our choir director to attend a workshop in Allentown on Saturday, 06 August, from 09:00 am to 03:00 pm. It is sponsored by the Diocese of Allentown. It is tailored to helping you (and, indirectly, all of us) to be ready for the changes in the Mass that will come about on the First Sunday of Advent — the introduction of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal. The parishes will take care of expenses of registration and transportation and might even stake you to a free meal! Please register by calling (610) 289-8900, ext 228 or email

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                                                                                                                                 Sister Mary Ann Walsh

01) Confidentiality guaranteed. There's nothing like confessing your sins to someone who is sworn not to tell anyone else. Sometimes you need to talk in absolute confidence. Even under subpoena, a priest can't tell anyone what is said to him in confession. He can't even hint at it. Now that's confidentiality.
02) Housekeeping for the soul. It feels good to be able to start a clean life all over again. It’s like going into a sparkling living room in your home. It's nice when clutter is removed, even (especially) if it's your own.
03) A balm for the desire for revenge. When you have been forgiven you can forgive others. If the perfect Jesus forgives me, who am I to want to avenge the slights in my life. (Think: "Why did they promote him over me?' or "Mom played favorites!")
04) Low cost therapy. It's free, which makes it cheaper than a psychiatrist for dealing with guilt.
05) Forced time to think. Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. To examine our lives and acknowledge failings marks the first step of making things right with God, others and ourselves. Life can be more worth living when you ponder the meaning of your own life.
06) Contribution toward world peace. Gaudium et Spes, the Second Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, said that the imbalances in the world that lead to war and tensions "are linked with that more basic imbalance which is rooted in the heart of man." Peace of soul leads to peace of heart leads to peace beyond oneself.
07) A better neighborhood. Confession leaves you feeling good about yourself, thereby cutting back the inclination to road rage and aggressive shopping cart driving. With the grace of the Sacrament you're energized to, as Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, "go and sin no more."
08) Realistic self-perception. Confession helps overcome arrogance when you have to admit you're as much of a sinner as anyone else. It helps build tolerance for others' perceived shortcomings.
09) One more benefit of being Catholic. There are lots of benefits, including a sense of community, liturgical rites to help us encounter God in prayer, and the wonderful sense of humanity exemplified in the saints — from Mary, the loving Mother of God, to Augustine, the exasperating son of Monica. The sacrament that leads us to inner peace is among the greatest boons.
10) Closeness to God. Confession helps you realize that you have a close connection to God and receive his grace through the sacraments. What can be better than knowing that God's on your team, or, to be less arrogant about it, that you are on God's.

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our new Metropolitan Archbishop-Designate
The Most Reverend
Archbishop-Designate of Philadelphia
“A good eagle who rustles the leaves.”

On Tuesday, 19 July 2011, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, announced that he had appointed Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver (CO), as the thirteenth Bishop (ninth Archbishop) of Philadelphia. The installation will take place in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, on Thursday, 08 September, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
He succeeds Justin Cardinal Rigali, who announced that the Pope had accepted his retirement. Cardinal Rigali will continue to administer the Archdiocese until Archbishop Chaput’s installation.
Our new Metropolitan Archbishop was born on 26 September 1944 in Concordia (KS). He is a member of the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi tribe and is the first Native American to be named an Archbishop. He joined the Orders of Friar Minors, Capuchin in 1965 and was ordained to the priesthood on 29 August 1970. On 26 July 1988, he was ordained to the office of bishop and installed as Bishop of Rapid City (SD). On 07 April 1997, he was installed as Archbishop of Denver.

Although we in Schuylkill County are not part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the appointment of a new Archbishop for Philadelphia is relevant to us. That is because our own Diocese of Allentown is part of the ecclesiastical Province of Philadelphia, which is geographically identical with the State of Pennsylvania. There are eight Latin Rite dioceses in our province (state): Allentown; Altoona-Johnstown; Erie; Greensburg; Harrisburg; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Scranton. Philadelphia is the oldest and largest of the eight and, so, is an “archdiocese”; consequently the bishop who has charge of Philadelphia is known as an “archbishop” and is the metropolitan of the entire province (state).
The last five archbishops of Philadelphia (Dougherty, O’Hara, Krol, Bevilacqua, Rigali) were named to the College of Cardinals. So, it seems reasonable to anticipate (although this is entirely at the discretion of the Pope) that Archbishop Chaput will eventually be elevated to the office of Cardinal. If this happens, it will probably not be before Cardinal Rigali reaches his 80th birthday, at which point he will lose the right to participate in the conclave that will elect the next Pope. We ask God to grant both Pope Benedict and Cardinal Rigali long lives. I am in no hurry for a conclave! Long live the Pope! Long live Cardinal Rigali! And while I’m on a roll: Long live Archbishop Chaput!
In the time leading up to last Tuesday’s announcement, there were four names that were in the Rumor Mill for appointment to Philadelphia. Two of them made me ill at ease. Two of them pleased me. One of the latter was Chaput. Suffice it to say that I breathed a sigh of relief (and of rejoicing) when I heard that Benedict had appointed Chaput! I can’t imagine that the Holy Father could have done any better by us. Archbishop Chaput is a truly admirable man and, in my opinion, has exercised the sublime office of bishop in a truly exemplary manner. Using my favorite image for describing a “healthy human being”, he is a marshmallow encasing a ball-bearing. Not only that, but — wonder of wonders! — he knows where his marshmallow ends and his ball-bearing begins. Best of all, Archbishop Chaput is not simply a Christian, but has proven himself to be a Catholic Christian from head to toe! During his tenure in Philadelphia, may he show himself to be that good eagle who rustles some leaves that haven’t been rustled since God knows when.

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