Saturday, 30 July
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
by the James Connell family

Monday, 01 August
St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS J. KING
by his daughter, Ellen

Tuesday, 02 August
St. Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop; St. Peter Julian Eymard, priest (OptMems)
by OPM

Wednesday, 03 August
by his family

Thursday, 04 August
St. John Mary Vianney, priest (OblMem)
by Shirley Losch Recla

Friday, 05 August
Dedication of Basilica of St. Mary Major. Rome (OptMem)
08:00 am — STEPHEN DYSZEL Jr.
by his mother, his wife and his family

Saturday, 06 August
Transfiguration of the Lord (Fst)
08:00 am — StJosPar MEMORIAL SOCIETY
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN (“Jack”) AND MARY HALEY
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 07 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — TOMEE LEIGH GOWER (11th anniversary)
by her family


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

Monday, 01 August
St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — JOHN FALCONE
by OPM

Tuesday, 02 August
St. Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop; St. Peter Julian Eymard, priest (OptMems)
by Frank and Stella Mohan and family

Wednesday, 03 August
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Thursday, 04 August
St. John Mary Vianney, priest (OblMem)
by the Holy Rosary Society

Friday, 05 August
Dedication of Basilica of St. Mary Major. Rome (OptMem)
05:00 pm — God’s blessings on JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva and family

Saturday, 06 August
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife and his sons

Sunday, 07 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — LEON RYAN
by his sister, Elizabeth

stjos/stvdp: 07.31.2011 - 01

23 / 24 JULY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $962.55 from the Sunday envelopes; $78.00 from the second collection (plate); $20.00 from the Dues envelopes; $4.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $62.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,126.55
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,126.55) 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 ($24.62) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note that this is a negative balance, also known as a deficit! This is definitely not good!

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $771.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $75.00 from the second collection (plate); $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $17.00 from the loose.
Total: $873.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($873.00) 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 $110.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


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

Thursday, 04 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 04 August
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

“It is necessary to confess our sins to those to whom the dispensation of God’s mysteries is entrusted. Those doing penance of old are found to have done it before the saints. It is written in the Gospel that they confessed their sins to John the Baptist (Mk. 1,6); but in Acts they confessed to the Apostles (Acts 19,18), by whom also all were baptized.”                                                                                  St. Basil the Great


Wednesday, 03 August
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

Thursday, 04 August
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 03:30 pm

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THE FOLLOWING Q&A appeared in the Pottsville Republican (and in newspapers nationwide) on 16 July 2011. As in the past, I like to take my own crack at answering some of Dear Abby’s mail and, indirectly, “Dear Abby” herself!

DEAR ABBY: We are progressive parents, but conservative about social issues. We have a problem on which we disagree and we have agreed to abide by your answer. Our three children are all in high school. Our older daughter has a good friend -- a boy who is gay. We like him very much and he has visited our home many times. However, our daughter would like to invite him to a sleepover, as she does with her girlfriends. Is it appropriate for a teenage girl to have a gay boyfriend on a sleepover?

I see no reason why an "out" gay teenage boy shouldn't attend your daughter's sleepover. Their relationship is the same as the ones she has with her girlfriends.

Please consider the following as a “second opinion” given in answer to your question.
I’ll get to the bottom line right away: No, it is not appropriate for a teenage girl to have a teenage boy on a sleepover. Whether the boy has declared himself “straight” or “gay” is not relevant to the question as to whether or not he should be invited.
Some reasons that occur to me are the following:
(a) The boy whom you call “gay” is probably an unhappy boy. He is probably the butt of jokes at his school and in his neighborhood. You might say that he should not be the butt of cruel jokes. I agree with you. No one ought to be the butt of cruel jokes! But we have to deal with the world as it is. Adolescent boys are immensely protective of (often insecure about) their masculinity. (So are some “adolescent men”!) The presence of an openly homosexual peer in their midst stirs up within them feelings of uneasiness and disdain, sometimes even rage. We must not do anything to inflame these feelings. If boys find out that another boy has attended a girls’ sleepover, this will pour gasoline on the flames. Teenage boys do not often possess that kind of virtue that will prevent them from translating their negative feelings into anti-social, even violent actions.
(b) It is very likely that the boy is effeminate in his mannerisms and preferences. Too often, effeminacy is mistaken for homosexuality, even by the subject himself. There are many men who appear to be effeminate who are thoroughly heterosexual. Conversely, there are many men who appear to be macho who are distinctly homosexual in their leanings. It is quite possible that the boy is heterosexual but effeminate.
(c) Regardless of his psychological make-up, the boy you are referring to is, I presume, thoroughly masculine in his physical make-up. I presume he has all of the equipment that is appropriate to a boy his age. Biology and physiology cannot be denied. The boy is a member of the male gender! If I had a teenage daughter, I would not permit her to sleep (and use bathroom facilities) in close and unguarded proximity to an unrelated male. Neither, I think, would you, if you were thinking with all cylinders working.
(d) If the gender situation were reversed, i.e. if you had a teenage son (straight) who wanted to camp out overnight in a tent in the backyard with “a bunch of guys”, would you be okay with his inviting a girl from school who had declared herself to be a “lesbian”? Sauce for the goose being sauce for the gander, I think you would have to approve of this if you were to approve of the situation described in your letter.
(e) The greatest favor you could do for this boy — the one who says that he is “gay” — is to treat him as what he is, viz. a boy, a boy who will soon be a man. It is always the right thing to treat people according to the Objective Truth. The Objective Truth in this case is that he is a BOY! It would be an Objective Untruth to treat him as if he were a GIRL! If this boy feels like a girl, I feel sad for him. I would not do anything to confirm him in this illusion. Treat him always with kindness, but treat him as you would treat any boy. You describe yourselves as “progressive”. Okay! But please remember that homosexuality is regressive! Pray for him.

stjos/stvdp:07.31.2011 - 03


IN REGARD TO THE MATTER REFERRED TO IN RECENT BULLETINS, viz. the repairs needed “to keep the rain and melting snow from infiltrating St. Vincent dePaul Church (and school)”, please know that I have written to Bishop Barres with an explicit request to spend forty-five thousand and some odd dollars in order to get the job done.
As mentioned already, there is a maximum dollar amount that a pastor is allowed to spend on his own authority. Beyond that amount, permission must be received from the Bishop. I do not anticipate receiving a reply VERY soon. The Bishop will, no doubt, want to consult with various and sundry of his advisors, and this takes time.
I shall certainly let everyone know promptly what reply I receive from Bishop Barres. Needless to say, I hope it is an affirmative reply.
But it will be what it will be.


The above is a rock-bottom truth of the Catholic Christian faith, known to one and all!
Now, let us apply that truth to the question, “Where should the tabernacle be located in a church or chapel?”
The word “mediator” comes from the Latin word “medium”.
“Medium”, of course, means “middle”.
So, since JESUS CHRIST is the Mediator, where should the tabernacle be located?
Remember, of course, that the tabernacle houses JESUS CHRIST!
If you say, “In that case, I guess the tabernacle should be in the medium (middle) because Jesus Christ is the Mediator and all mediators are properly located in the medium (middle)” you have given the correct answer and may go to the head of the class! (But not in the middle.)
That’s why we have moved the tabernacle in Our Lady’s Chapel (St. Joseph Church) to the MIDDLE!
Well, why wasn’t it always in the middle? I’m really not sure. I just work here.
In the words of the late Fr. William J. McHale, pastor emeritus of St. Mary Parish, St. Clair: “Whenever the Church holds an ecumenical Council, priests and bishops go crazy for the next hundred years!” We are gradually recovering from a period of craziness.

stjos/stvdp: 07.31.2011 - 04

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stjos/stvdp: 07.31.2011 - 05

THE FOLLOWING ADVERTISEMENT appeared on page 3 of the 24 July 2011 edition of USA WEEKEND, which is a “Sunday supplement magazine” stuffed into the Pottsville Republican and, of course, other newspapers nationwide.
I won’t even begin to give you the whole text of the advertisement. I’ll just give the gist of it.
The advertisement starts off as follows:


(This message is illustrated with pictures of two nice-looking teenagers, one male and one female.)

The whole thing is, of course, an advertisement for a pharmaceutical product name Gardasil (available by prescription only). It is meant to protect against HPV. The advertisement suggests that you take your child (between the ages of 9 and 26!) to your doctor to inquire about a prescription for Gardasil for them. The underlying presumption is, of course, that your “9 to 26 year old child” is what they euphemistically call “sexually active”.
Q. — What is HPV?
A. — HPV is humano papilloma virus.
Q. — What does HPV do to the unfortunate person who contracts it?
A. — It does nasty things to immensely private areas. Details not appropriate for a parish bulletin. You will have to read up on it yourself.
Q. — How does one contract HPV?
A. — By having sexual congress with someone who has it.
Q. — How does one avoid HPV?
A. — By not having sexual congress with someone who has it OR by taking Gardasil.
Q. — Of the two options mentioned above, which is preferable?
A. — The former, for sure! That, of course, is my opinion! I presume that the makers of Gardasil have a different opinion!

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Let me go on a rant about this, if you please. It is precisely via advertisements such as this, carried in “family friendly” newspapers that we find that our brains are being extracted, placed in boiling water, tenderized, re-programmed, then re-inserted into our crania. This is being done not by mere flesh and blood, but by principalities and powers in high places, the rulers of the world of darkness.
Do you really think it is a good idea to take your child to a doctor to get him or her placed on Gardasil?
If you do think that this is a good idea, I am speechless!
Remember that Gardasil is a preventive. The underlying presupposition if you are taking Gardasil is that you intend to engage in promiscuous sexual behavior.
Gardasil does not protect anyone against promiscuous behavior, but simply from some of the unpleasant consequences thereof.
It’s like buying your kid a bullet-proof vest, just in case he might decide to take up burglary as a profession. Better to discourage the lad (lass) from taking up burglary.

stjos/stvdp: 07.31.2011 - 06

The following can best be understood and appreciated by those of us who have vivid memories of the 1960’s


1. Long hair
2. Getting a KEG
3. Acid rock
4. Moving to California because it’s cool
5. Trying to look like Marlon Brando
    or Liz Taylor
6. Seeds and stems
7. Hoping for a BMW
8. Going to a new, hip joint
9. Rolling Stones
10. Screw the system
11. Disco
12. Your parents arguing with you because they want            you to get your hair cut
13. Passing your driver’s test
14. Whatever


1. Longing for hair
2. Getting an EKG
3. Acid reflux
4. Moving to Arizona because it’s warm
5. Trying not to look like Marlon Brando
    or Liz Taylor
6. Roughage
7. Hoping for a BM
8. Receiving a new hip joint
9. Kidney Stones
10. Upgrade the system
11. Costco
12. Your children arguing with you because they want       you to let them get their heads shaved
13. Passing your vision test
14. Depends

TRUE STORY: This past Tuesday afternoon (26 July) I went to the Basilica Shrine of Saint Ann (Scranton) for the closing of the Novena to Saint Ann. I have often gone there for the feast day celebration. I traveled in the company of two women and two young girls. The two girls (Rebecca and Gabrielle) are “on deck” to receive their First Holy Communion in St. Joseph Church within the next few weeks. The two women are catechists and are instructing the girls in preparation for FHC. On the way to Scranton, I suggested that we stop for something to eat because the closing Mass would be at 07:30 pm and it would be rather late to stop to eat on the way back — especially for the girls. So, we stopped at a Chinese restaurant in Wilkes-Barre. All of us enjoyed our meal. At the end, the waitress gave me the check, together (as is customary at Chinese restaurants) five fortune cookies. We divided the cookies, took them out of their cellophane wrappers and read our “fortunes” to one another. My “fortune” and those of the two women were not especially memorable. The “fortunes” of the two girls read as follows:
(1) Your goal will be reached very soon.
(2) You will soon meet the person you admire.
If anyone thinks I am making this up, I would be happy to show you the “originals”. I tucked them into my wallet and they are still there. I must say that I never put any stock in “fortune cookies” but I suppose God can deliver messages any way He wants. If He wants to use “fortune cookies”, He will use “fortune cookies”!

stjos/stvdp: 07.31.2011 - 07

The Most Reverend Pietro Sambi
27 June 1938 — 27 July 2011
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America
17 December 2005 — 27 July 2011

Archbishop Sambi was Pope Benedict’s Nuncio (ambassador) to the United States. A papal Nuncio represents the State of Vatican City to the nation to which he is assigned. As such, he holds the rank of ambassador. Simultaneously, he represents the Pope to the Bishops and the faithful of the Catholic Church in that nation. As such, he is rightly regarded as the “highest ranking” bishop in the nation. Archbishop Sambi was due to retire soon from his post and, presumably, to return to Rome for whatever duties Pope Benedict might ask him to assume. It was quite likely, based on precedent, that he would be named a Cardinal at the next conclave. God had other plans. The Archbishop took sick and entered Johns Hopkins University Hospital where he underwent lung surgery on 22 July. He was put on a ventilator and died on 27 July.
One of the principal areas wherein a papal Nuncio exercises the power of his office is the appointment of bishops. The quality of the bishops who are appointed during the term of office of a Nuncio is regarded — for better or for worse — as the Nuncio’s most significant legacy. It is the opinion of many Catholics — and it is my own opinion — that Archbishop Sambi’s influence in this area (2006 to 2011) has been and will be a blessing to the Church in the United States. It is rather certain that the name of Msgr. John O. Barres of Wilmington (DE) received Archbishop Sambi’s “good housekeeping seal of approval” before it was submitted to Pope Benedict for appointment as fourth Bishop of Allentown. No doubt the same when it came to the appointment of Charles J. Chaput to be the Archbishop of Philadelphia.
For these good deeds in particular and for the overall quality of his priestly life, we give thanks to God for Archbishop Pietro Sambi.
His body has been returned to Italy for funeral rites and interment. There will be a Memorial Mass for the repose of his soul at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington (DC) on Saturday, 14 August 2011.
Eternal rest grant unto Pietro, 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.

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