MASS SCHEDULE: 2128 AUGUST
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 20 August
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

Monday, 22 August
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
08:00 am — Rev. PAUL E. MASIAR
by EBC

Tuesday, 23 August
St. Rose of Lima, virgin (OptMem)
07:00 pm — LENORE COLIHAN VAUGHN
by Josephine Zdiera

Wednesday, 24 August
St. Bartholomew, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — MARY BETSY DUNLAP
by Ann Hribick Gardiner

Thursday, 25 August
St. Louis, king of France; St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on JOHN NELSON BRANCA
by his sister, Susan

Friday, 26 August
Weekday
08:00 am — TOM KARMOSKY
by OPM

Saturday, 27 August
St. Monica (OblMem)
08:00 am — JAMES A. COYLE (eve of 90th anniversary of birth)
by Jim and Cindy and family
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARGARET T. KAPLAFKA
by Joseph Kaplafka and son

Sunday, 28 August
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — SETH MEYERS
by Mom, Dad, Holden and Chase
11:30 am — CONCETTA CATIZONE
by Rosemary Zelli

 MASS SCHEDULE: 2128 AUGUST
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 22 August
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
07:00 pm — M/M ANDREW GRAVER
by the Weidner family

Tuesday, 23 August
St. Rose of Lima, virgin (OptMem)
08:00 am — WILLIAM LABIE
by Edna Labie

Wednesday, 24 August
St. Bartholomew, apostle (Fst)
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on JOHN NELSON BRANCA
by his sister, Susan

Thursday, 25 August
St. Louis, king of France; St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest (OptMems)
7:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Uncle Kelly, Aunt Sharon and cousins

Friday, 26 August
Weekday
05:00 pm — MARY SHUSHINSKY
by Marilyn Stefanski

Saturday, 27 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — DECEASED: BISCOE FAMILY
by the Yackera family

Sunday, 28 August
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: STANCAVAGE and YANKALITIS FAMILIES
by Peter and Violet Smolock and family

stjos/stvdp: 08.21.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
13 / 14 AUGUST


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $821.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $56.00 from the second collection (plate); $30.00 from the Dues envelopes; $112.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $78.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,097.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $52.00 from the Mission Co-op envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,097.00) 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 ($54.17) is available from this collection for operating the parish. This is a deficit.



Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $860.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $57.00 from the second collection (plate); $63.00 from the Dues envelopes; $154.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $39.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,173.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $39.00 from the Mission Co-op envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,173.00) 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 $410.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 24 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 25 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 26 August
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT


Wednesday
, 24 August
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 26 August
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

TRIDENTINE MASS NEXT SUNDAY: 11:30 AM ON 28 AUGUST.
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SHORT BULLETIN THIS WEEK DUE TO JET LAG (returning from vacation).

stjos/stvdp: 08.21.2011 - 02


INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!
Some parishioners were curious as to why both Fr. Brennan and Fr. Connolly went to Allentown on both 09 and 10 August “in order to see the Bishop”. I am happy to let you know.
Bishop Barres asked all of the priests of the Diocese to make individual half-hour appointments with him during the Summer in order to converse with him on the topic “The Beauty of the Priesthood”. That was the agenda, nothing more, nothing less. So, the two of us made back-to-back appointments with the Bishop in order to do precisely that. It was strictly spiritual conversation. That accounts for the 09 August appointments we had.
The 10 August “appointment” — no connection with the 09 Aug appointments, just happened to be the next day — was for the purpose of attending a picnic that the Bishop held for the priests of the Diocese. No business was discussed. Fellowship and food were the only agenda. It was an indoor picnic, which is the best kind. No bugs!
So, now you know!
TRUE STORY, IN CONNECTION WITH THE ABOVE: On 09 August, when the Bishop greeted me, the first thing he said (after saying “hello”) was: “How’s Kateri? Did you bring her with you?” I told him, “She’s out in the car. She didn’t want to come in. She’s in one of her moods”. Actually, I think she was afraid that the Bishop would ask her about her spiritual life, and she is not particularly anxious to talk about that.
ME AND THE TSA! (The TSA is the Transportation Safety Authority). Anyone who travels by plane knows what a hassle it is to go through Security. Prior to flying from Allentown to Chicago last Sunday, I was “flagged” for having a penknife and a nail clipper in my pocket. I hadn’t tried to conceal them. I had emptied out my pockets as directed and there they were! I was told I would have to leave them behind or else put them inside the checked luggage. But, of course, I had already checked my bag. Not wanting to surrender them, I had to run back to retrieve my checked bag, put my “implements of destruction” inside that bag and then get back in line in order to start the screening process again!
Then, on the return trip (Friday), I was determined not to let that happen again. So, I put the penknife and nail clippers inside the bag to be checked. Going through Security, I was given the “special treatment”, by which I mean that I was “selected” to be given the full body scan. The priest I was traveling with did not get the “special treatment”. I had to pose inside the scanner with my hands over my head while the United States Government sent radiation through my body. Then I had to stand there for a couple more minutes while the agent checked the image. He thought he detected a bulge in my back pocket. I satisfied his curiosity about the bulge by pulling out three handkerchiefs, two clean and one slightly used! This seemed to satisfy his curiosity. He told me that I could proceed. My mother always told me that I should carry a handkerchief! Apparently, the United States Government would prefer that I do not.
I asked the priest I was traveling with why I got the “special treatment” and he did not. He offered his opinion: “It’s probably the beard!” That may be so.

stjos/stvdp:08.21.2011 - 03


WE SHARE THE MAIL
Dear Father Connolly,

I am writing in regard to reverence at Mass on Sunday.
I have never written a letter like this but, after what I have seen at Mass in Girardville recently, I feel compelled to do so.
Over the years, I have seen dress styles come and go and believe me, I am not what you would call a “prude”. However, I think there are a time and a place for everything and the clothing styles that I have seen being worn to church (especially during the warmer weather) are not the place for this type of environment.
Honestly, some of the clothing being worn, in my opinion, is unsuitable for any public display! But I am sure there are some people who would say that, as long as you get to Mass, who cares about what you wear?
But the way I see it, there is specific clothing for special occasions and to me attending Mass IS a special occasion. The most respect I can show to Our Lord (and to the priest and to the congregation) is to be nicely dressed in a way that keeps me cool and comfortable but covered.
As a parent, I expect my children to dress in the same way. By the way, my daughter would never be caught dead at a school dance in short jeans shorts and a tank top. I think this type of casual attire lacks consideration for the importance of Jesus’ presence and is a distraction to others at Mass.
I would think it would be difficult for you, as the priest, to stay focused while celebrating Mass in front of a congregation where so much skin is showing.
I don’t think this is an overreaction on my part. I think it is just common sense.
Thank you, Father Connolly, for taking the time to read my letter and allowing me to vent some frustrations.
I know you sometimes publish letters in the bulletin.
If you decide to use my letter, I ask you not to use my name.
I don’t want to have my fellow parishioners identify me as “that cranky old lady”.
I am not cranky and I am not so very old. However, I do admit to being a lady!
Sincerely,
XXXX

Dear XXXX:
I am grateful to you for writing. I have always found it difficult to comment on the subject of how girls and women dress for church. In the seminary, they taught us to practice “custos oculorum” (custody of the eyes). I have found several occasions, while celebrating Mass in Girardville, especially during the Summer, when I needed to practice custos oculorum. By grace, I am a priest. By nature, I am a man. Grace does not destroy nature. Men are visual. We are easily distracted by what we see. Women should know this. If they do, they should exercise charity towards the priest and towards all of the men and boys in the congregation.
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 08.21.2011 - 04


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