MASS SCHEDULE: 1421 AUGUST
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 13 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ALBERT GILLIS
by John and Mary Theresa Gillis

Sunday, 14 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPH JEROME JOYCE
by Ray and Rose Ann Wayne

Monday, 15 August
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
08:00 am — LUIS DIAZ
by Marilyn Stefanski

Tuesday, 16 August
St. Stephen of Hungary (OptMem)
NO MASS SCHEDULED TODAY
due to vacation schedule

Wednesday, 17 August
Weekday
08:00 am — CHILDREN of the WORLD
rescheduled from 04 August

Thursday, 18 August
Weekday
NO MASS SCHEDULED TODAY
due to vacation schedule

Friday, 19 August
St. John Eudes, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by Jean Petrozino

Saturday, 20 August
St. Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot (OblMem)
08:00 am — SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — NORA MALEY BYRNE
by Jim and Teresa Neary

Sunday, 21 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — In Honor of OUR LADY OF KNOCK
by the LAOH

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1421 AUGUST
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 13 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES L. KENNEDY
by Jim and Georgann Connell and family

Sunday, 14 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Monday, 15 August
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
NO MASS SCHEDULED TODAY
due to vacation schedule

Tuesday, 16 August
St. Stephen of Hungary (OptMem)
08:00 am — HELEN ANN WINKLER
by Marlene Birster

Wednesday, 17 August
Weekday
NO MASS SCHEDULED TODAY
due to vacation schedule

Thursday, 18 August
Weekday
07:00 pm — AGNES POWLICK HERCEK
by her sister / brother-in-law, Barbara / John Petrousky

Friday, 19 August
St. John Eudes, priest (OptMem)
NO MASS SCHEDULED TODAY
due to vacation schedule
Saturday, 20 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — DECEASED: BERNOTAS FAMILY
by the Yackera family

Sunday, 21 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — GEORGE and ANN PATRICK
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 08.14.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
06 / 07 AUGUST


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,021.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $51.00 from the second collection (plate); $276.00 from the Dues envelopes; $46.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $88.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,482.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,482.00) 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 ($330.83) is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $845.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $34.00 from the second collection (plate); $187.00 from the Dues envelopes; $51.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,117.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,117.00) 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 $354.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 18 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 11 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT


Due to vacation,
Exposition is not scheduled this week.





PASTOR ON VACATION THIS WEEK
I shall be leaving for Chicago on Sunday afternoon (14 Aug) and, God willing, shall return on Friday night (19 Aug). My one regret is that I cannot be present for the funeral (Monday) of our venerable StVdP parishioner, Blase Draugelis. I am grateful to Fr. Brennan for making himself available to celebrate the funeral Mass. I am grateful to him also for agreeing to celebrate the daily Masses. Please note the abbreviated Mass schedule this week. If there are any emergencies this week that require a priest, please call Fr. Brennan.


A FEW MEMORABLE QUOTES FROM SAINT AUGUSTINE
• If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
• To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
• What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

stjos/stvdp: 08.14.2011 - 02


TEAGAN ELIZABETH WAYNE,
a beautiful infant girl, the first child of Brian P. and Taisha (Rusk) Wayne, was baptized into Christ Jesus this past Sunday, the seventh of August, in St. Joseph Church.
One of the particular joys in the life of a parish priest is to baptize the child of a couple whose Nuptial Mass he had celebrated. When I conferred the Nuptial Blessing on Brian and Taisha on 06 June 2009, I prayed that God would bless them with children. Now God has blessed them with this little girl and they have brought her to be baptized into Christ Jesus.
By virtue of Baptism, Teagan Elizabeth has become a new creation. She is no longer a mere human person; she is a human person in whom God the Holy Spirit has taken up residence.
By virtue of Baptism, she has a right to go to Heaven, i.e. a right to enjoy the Beatific Vision, to see God face to face, a right to be a saint, one of the holy ones who stand before God.
She is no longer stained with the original sin she inherited from Adam and Eve. In addition to which, she has the guarantee that God will forgive her whatever personal sins she might commit during the course of her life (although we hope that they will be few and far between).
We pray that she will be raised to love Jesus Christ and to obey Him, so that she can keep a firm grip on the supernatural life that abides in her.
We welcome Teagan Elizabeth into the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and, incidentally, into membership in St. Joseph Parish, Girardville!
In addition to all of the above, we are happy for this evidence that the Wayne family is not waning but, instead, is waxing. May the Waynes continue to wax!
A PIECE OF NEWS AND A COMMENT THEREON
TEN COMMANDMENTS MONUMENT STARTS COURT FIGHT
Officials in Cross City, Florida are appealing a federal judge’s order to remove a five-foot high granite monument that prominently displays the Ten Commandments in front of the county courthouse by Sunday. It’s the latest skirmish in a years-long conflict across the United States between state and local officials who have wanted to honor the laws that help define their faith and those who argue such displays should stay out of any public forum. (AP)
Comment: I hope that the officials in Cross City FL are successful in appealing the judge’s order. Something tells me that they won’t be, God help us! I am guessing that, once the Ten Commandments are removed from in front of the county courthouse, someone will enter a suit demanding that the name of the town be changed. Cross City?? Why Cross City? What cross? Whose cross? Is there some possibility that “cross” refers to the cross of “you know who”? Better not take any chances. Better to change the name of the town to “Blandsville” or something like that!
By the way, could you recite the Ten Commandments by heart if someone asked you to do so? Could your children? Before complaining about the removal of public displays of the Ten Commandments, we should ask ourselves whether there is a private display of them on our hearts, where they are supposed to be written, where God can see.

stjos/stvdp:08.14.2011 - 03


The Choices is Ours and
THE   CHOICE  IS CLEAR!
                                              

                   ABRAHAM LINCOLN (R)                          vs                  STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS (D)        

To the Men of St. Joseph Parish and of St. Vincent dePaul Parish and to all Men of Good Will in Girardville and Surrounding Area: Mahanoy Plane, Gilberton, Maizeville, Connerton, Homesville, Lost Creek, Raven Run, William Penn, Brownsville, et al!
(I mean no offense to the Ladies of our two parishes but I must confine my appeal to the Gentlemen, inasmuch as the Ladies do not yet have the Constitutional Right to cast ballots. Allow me to say that I am heartily in favor of giving the Vote to the Ladies! Unfortunately, we must put that particular matter on the backburner until the next century. I am as certain as I can be that this right will be established via Long Overdue Amendment to our Constitution not long after the Dawning of the 20th Century, which, I trust, will be a more enlightened century than our own! For now, I encourage the Ladies of our two Parishes to exercise their “vote” by influencing the votes of their Fathers, Husbands, Brothers and Adult Sons, so that they do the Right Thing on Election Day.)
I beg to bring to your attention the upcoming contest for the Office of President of the United States of America. This coming November of the Year of the Lord 1860, our nation will be faced with a crucial choice.
I realize that there will always be those who will say,
“Priest, confine yourself to your calling! Teach the Bible and the Catechism! Celebrate the Mass! Baptize the Children! Hear Confessions! Anoint the Sick! Tend to the Poor! Lead us in Prayer! Marry the Young Lovers! Bury the Dead! All of these are your proper duties! But keep Politics and Religion Separate! Don’t Speak to Us about Matters that are None of Your Concern! Political Discourse is Out of Place both in the Pulpit and in Church Bulletins!”
I beg to say in response to that admonition: “How can a Man of God be silent when God’s Dear Children, the Poorest and Most Abject Members of Our Society, are Being Held in Bondage, and are being Bought and Sold and Whipped and Coerced like Cattle?”
You all know that Mr. Lincoln of the Republican Party and Mr. Douglas of the (Northern) Democratic Party are the principal candidates for the Office of President. There are two minor candidates, viz. Mr. Breckinridge of the (Southern) Democratic Party and Mr. Bell of the Constitutional Union Party. I think we can safely discount the latter two as Viable Candidates, inasmuch as neither has a Sufficient Base by which he might hope to be elected. In addition to which, Mr. Breckinridge favors the Institution of Slavery and Mr. Bell holds a position on Slavery similar to that held by Mr. Douglas. So, for all Practical Purposes, the Choice boils down to Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Douglas.
Any Honest Person who studies the issues involved in this Election is aware that both Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Douglas are interested in the Preservation of the Union.
I grant you that the Preservation of the Union of the Thirty-Three States of our Nation is a Worthy Cause, although I cannot go so far as to say that it is a Morally Compelling Cause. Persons of Good Will can hold to Different Opinions as to whether the Sovereignty of the States is in Danger of being Sacrificed to the Encroachments of the Federal Government or whether a State has the Right to Secede from the Union. On that particular Matter, I offer no Counsel, although I reserve to myself the Right to hold a Private Opinion.
There is One Overriding Issue that is at stake in this Election. That Issue is this: Shall the Enslavement of Millions of our Negro Brothers and Sisters continue to be countenanced in this Nation so blessed by God?
I tell you, forthrightly and unashamedly: BLACK SLAVERY IS AN INTOLERABLE AND INSUPPORTABLE EVIL! IT MUST BE ABOLISHED! WE MUST SEE TO IT THAT THE CONSTITUTION OF OUR GREAT NATION IS AMENDED SO AS TO OUTLAW SLAVERY FOREVER AND EVER IN ALL OF THE STATES AND TERRITORIES! The cries of an Enslaved People have reached the Ears of the Lord God of Hosts! He is determined to Set them Free, and Woe unto Them That Oppose the Just Decree of the Most High! He is trampling out the Vintage where the Grapes of Wrath are Stored!
I respectfully bring to your minds these Words from the Founding Document of Our Great Nation: We hold These Truths to be Self Evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
To the Point:

Mr. Douglas declares himself “personally opposed” to Slavery, but is unwilling to “impose” his BELIEFS on those who hold otherwise. Mr. Douglas is “Pro-Choice” and, therefore, for all practical purposes, “Anti-Freedom” and “Pro-Slavery”.
Mr. Lincoln has made it clear that, while he holds dear the Preservation of the Union, he is simultaneously determined to bring about the Abolition of Black Slavery! Mr. Lincoln is “Pro-Freedom” and “Anti-Slavery”.
I do not Presume to have the Right to tell you for whom to vote. Nonetheless, I do have the Duty, to tell you that a Conscience that is Conformed to the Will of Almighty God cannot vote in favor of the Continuation of an Intrinsic Evil. Trust me when I tell you that the Current Practice whereby Human Persons are Subjected to Compulsory Servitude due solely to the Color of their Skin is an INTRINSIC EVIL. Do not believe the Liars who tell you that the “human personhood” of the Black Man is less than that of the White Man and, so, the Black Man is not entitled to the Full Protection of the Law. Such is a Damnable Lie! The Choice is Ours! God, Who Sees All Things, will be watching as we Cast our Ballots!
Thank you, dear Brothers in Christ for your Kind Attention to this Appeal!
I beg to remain
Respectfully yours,
Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Pastor
WHEN WE GO TO OUR POLLING PLACES, WE MUST NOT ALLOW PARTY ALLEGIANCE TO TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER OUR DUTY TO GOD AND TO OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS! LET US ALL DO OUR PART TO PUT AN END TO THE SHAME OF LEGALIZED BLACK SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

stjos/stvdp: 08.14.2011 - 04 / 05

 


KOLTON VINCENT KUFRO,
a beautiful infant boy, was baptized into Christ Jesus this past Monday, the eighth day of August, at St. Vincent dePaul Church.
Baptism can be administered any day of the week. Church law does not restrict the conferral of Baptism to any particular day. Sunday is the preferred and customary day because Baptism is “emergence from the tomb” and because the Lord Jesus was resurrected from the tomb on Easter Sunday.
The reason for the “Monday baptism” is this: Kolton’s parents had scheduled a meeting with the pastor to arrange for him to be baptized. Before the meeting could take place, the boy took sick. His parents took him to a doctor and the doctor determined that surgery was required in order to repair an intestinal disorder. So, at the pastor’s suggestion, the parents brought him to StVdP Church on Monday evening to be baptized. From the church, he was taken immediately to the Geisinger Medical Center. On Tuesday, he underwent surgery. As of now, little Kolton Vincent seems to be doing well. We are optimistic (and we pray) that he will have a complete and total recovery.
In the midst of the mental turmoil that accompanies the hospitalization of a child, we must not lose sight of the fact that, by Baptism, the little boy has become one of God’s own children. He is now without sin — the sin we call “original”, the sin inherited from Adam and Eve. He is filled with sanctifying grace, which is the pledge of eternal life. He is an heir to Heaven and a member of the Body of Christ.
With great joy, we welcome Kolton Vincent into the fellowship of those who have been redeemed and sanctified by the Blood of Christ Jesus! May he grow up knowing that he is much loved by the Heavenly Father.

The ASSUMPTION
of
the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY into HEAVEN

The Church observes this Solemnity on the fifteenth day of August. It is a Holyday of Obligation, except when it falls on a Monday or a Saturday.
Therefore, this year (2011), because 15 August is a Monday, the Assumption is not a Holyday of Obligation.
However, I strongly suggest to everyone that they do their best to attend Mass on 15 August, even though there is no obligation to do so.
Because of the vacation schedule, there will be only one regularly scheduled Mass in Girardville that day, viz. the 08:00 am Mass in Our Lady’s Chapel at St. Joseph Church.
HOWEVER, if this is not convenient for you, please note that the funeral Mass for Mr. Draugelis will be celebrated at 11:00 am at St. Vincent dePaul Church.
You might want to take advantage of this opportunity simultaneously to pray for the deceased and to honor the Holy Mother.

Yours truly will be in Chicago on 15 August. You may be certain that I will find a church in Chicago where I can offer the Holy Mass. I would not miss the opportunity.

stjos/stvdp: 08.14.2011 - 06


BLASE JOHN DRAUGELIS,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on 10 August.
Born on 03 February 1928, he was 83 years old.
Blase is the third of the seven children of the late John and Victoria (Toucheloskie) Draugelis.
His siblings are: Anna (Draugelis) Malarkey [deceased]; John Draugelis [deceased]; Edward Draugelis; Joseph Draugelis [deceased]; Mary Draugelis; Florence (Draugelis) Smith.
He was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 19 February 1928 by Father Valanciunas.
On 04 May 1954, he married Lottie M. Seedor in St. Stephen Church, Shenandoah, in the presence of Father Claude Iskzak.
Blase and Lottie have two children: Joseph P. Draugelis and Mary (Draugelis) Miller.
They have three grandchildren: Denise M. Turkavage; Brandon Draugelis; Paul M. Turkavage.
At the time of his death, Blase and Lottie had been married for more than 57 years!
In his later years, Blase suffered from various and sundry infirmities. Lottie was his faithful helpmate. She faithfully fulfilled the obligation she undertook when she promised “to have and to hold, from this day forward …… in sickness and in health until death do us part”. For this we give thanks to God!
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Monday, 15 August, at 11:00 am.
The interment will take place in the parish cemetery in Englewood (Frackville).
Blase was a pious man, close to God and the Church. He died fortified with the sacraments. We have good reason to anticipate that he will be raised glorious and immortal from the dead.
Eternal rest grant unto Blase, 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.
LOOKING FOR JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN AND FOR PARENTS WHO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL!
If you send your child to Catholic school OR if you would like to send your child to Catholic school but believe you cannot afford it OR even if you don’t have any children (or any children of school age), we encourage you to go online and check out
                                                           http://www.pacatholic.org/ace-pa
We need everyone’s help to encourage our state legislators to pass legislation that would provide financial assistance for tuition for Catholic (and other religious) schools.

stjos/stvdp: 08.14.2011 - 07



Thirty Americans and eight Afghans were killed last Saturday (06 August) when a rocket-propelled grenade fired by a Taliban insurgent downed their Chinook helicopter en route to a combat mission.
Here are photos of the thirty Americans.
Seventeen were members of the elite Navy SEALS, five were Naval Special Warfare personnel, three were Air Force Special Operations personnel, five were the Army helicopter crew.
“Who more than self their country loved and honor more than life!”

May God have mercy on their immortal souls!
May God comfort their grieving families.
May God put an end to this insane loss of precious lives.
Rachel grieving for her children, because they are no more!

Eternal rest grant unto these brave young men, 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.

stjos/stvdp: 08.14.2011 - 08

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