MASS SCHEDULE: 28 AUGUST - 04 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 27 August
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

Monday, 29 August
Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (OblMem)
08:00 am — EDWARD BRADSHAW Jr.
by his family

Tuesday, 30 August
Weekday
07:00 pm — ANDREW EDWARD PETROUSKY
by his grandfather, Andrew Petrousky

Wednesday, 31 August
Weekday
08:00 am — SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM

Thursday, 01 September
Weekday
08:00 am — TOM KARMOSKY
by OPM

Friday, 02 September
Weekday
08:00 am — VINCENT KOWALICK
by Patricia Kowalick

Saturday, 03 September
St. Gregory the Great, pope, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — CATHERINE WINTERS DYSZEL
by Jean Statutis Majikas and John Majikas

Sunday, 04 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ELLIE BOXER (50th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

 MASS SCHEDULE: 28 AUGUST - 04 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 29 August
Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (OblMem)
07:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by the Weidner family

Tuesday, 30 August
Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. PAUL E. MASIAR
by EBC

Wednesday, 31 August
Weekday
07:00 pm — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Thursday, 01 September
Weekday
6:30 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 02 September
Weekday
05:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Saturday, 03 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — SUSAN ROMANOT (2nd anniversary)
by her parents, Gary and Rita

Sunday, 04 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — CATHERINE MOONEY CONNOR TROUP
by her sister, Nora Mooney Chiplonia, and Chip and sons

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
20 / 21 AUGUST


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $982.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $69.00 from the second collection (plate); $85.00 from the Dues envelopes; $71.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $48.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $210.50 from the loose.
Total: $1,465.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $15.00 from the Mission Co-op envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,465.50) 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 $314.33 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $834.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $47.50 from the second collection (plate); $17.00 from the Dues envelopes; $55.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $169.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $43.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,165.50.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $38.00 from the Mission Co-op envelopes: —$5.00 from the Central and Eastern Europe envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,165.50) 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 $402.68 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 31 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 01 September
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 02 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT


Wednesday, 31 August
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 02 September
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

"God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar." - St. Maximilian Kolbe

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CARDINAL VISITS GIRARDVILLE!!
DISTINGUISHED VISITOR DELIGHTS CONGREGATION AT
SMALL TOWN’S ST. VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH!!
FANS TURN OUT TO GREET CARDINAL!!
WITHOUT WARNING, DELIGHT TURNS TO HORROR!!
JOY TURNS TO SORROW!!
CARDINAL KILLED BY ONE OF THE FANS!!

• Unconfirmed rumor: Cardinal knew Mr. Feeney would be playing organ; planned to interview him for post as chief organist for one of four major basilicas in Rome.
o Mr. Sherman lays cardinal to rest on front lawn of parish property.
o Kateri unimpressed; claims deceased cardinal was “a bird brain”!

Shortly before the 08:30 am Mass was scheduled to start at St. Vincent dePaul Church in the quaint town of Girardville, located north of the mountain in picturesque Schuylkill County, a cardinal entered the church. The devout faithful who had gathered for the Mass were saying their prayers, meditating on the things of God, preparing their minds for Mass, reading the parish bulletin — all while listening to an organ prelude being played by Jim Feeney.
When the cardinal flew into the church, his bright plumage delighting the congregation! Not even the oldest of the old-time parishioners could remember any previous visit by a cardinal to their pretty little Lithuanian church. There have been several bishops who have visited, but no cardinals, with the possible exception of the late Dennis Cardinal Dougherty. For reasons that will probably never be known for certain, and before he could be properly introduced, the cardinal flew up to the ceiling and was knocked silly by one of the ceiling fans. He fell to the floor and struggled there briefly before expiring.
Charles (“my friends call me ‘Chuck’”) Sherman, rose to the occasion and tried to administer first aid to the injured cardinal, but to no avail. Not wanting to create any further disturbance he carefully and reverently carried the cardinal’s mortal remains outdoors and placed them gently on the lawn. Now there was one less cardinal in the college.
The pastor arrived shortly thereafter and was informed of the incident. With admirable aplomb, he proceeded to celebrate Mass “as if nothing had happened”.
Interviewed after Mass by this reporter, he was invited to make a few comments. Usually a man of few words, the pastor had quite a few comments to make: “Well” he said “there’s a lesson here for all of us! In the words of the well-known hymn: ‘Time like an ever rolling stream bears all our lives away.’ Death will come when it will come. The cardinal was probably just passing through Girardville and thought he’d attend 08:30 am Mass. Maybe I could have persuaded him to be the celebrant. It would have been an honor for me to concelebrate with a cardinal! I’ve always admired his eminence. You might say that I was one of his biggest fans. Talking about fans, it’s a doggone shame his eminence didn’t see that particular fan. I just hope he was prepared to meet his Maker. Other than that, I really don’t have a whole lot to say. I need to talk it over with the Bishop. There might be some insurance issues involved, but I really don’t think that the parish should be held liable. We take it for granted that our visitors are smart enough not to fly into the moving fans! It just goes to show you! You never know what’s going to happen from one day to the next! On the bright side: I’m glad that Mr. Feeney won’t be running off to Rome. We need him in Girardville. And I’m glad that Mr. Sherman was on the scene. He has had a lot of experience with funerals.”
The name of the cardinal is being withheld, pending notification of his next of kin in St. Louis MO.

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                                                          CCD
Opening day of CCD is Sunday, 18 September.
Children should all be registered by now.
If your child (grades one to eight) is not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible.
Best way to register is to go to the parish website and download the CCD Registration Form, fill it out and drop it off at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
Second best way to register is to call the Rectory with vital information about the child: Name, address, telephone number, grade in school, etc.
Parents: Please do not neglect the religious education of your children. It is an obligation you assumed before God when you brought them into this world. Having done that, you must help them to be prepared for the world to come. We will help you in that important work.


DID YOU KNOW?
There will be some changes in some of the wording we use at Mass. The official date for the transition from old to new is Sunday, 27 November 2011. Because of the vigil Masses on Saturday, the actual date for us to begin will be 26 November at the 04:00 and 05:30 pm Masses. A few of the changes will be these:
When the priest says, “The Lord be with you”, the people will respond “And with your spirit!” instead of “And also with you”.
When we recite the Creed, we will say “I believe in one God” instead of “We believe in one God”.
Also, when we recite the Creed, we will say “consubstantial with the Father” instead of “one in being with the Father”.
At the Consecration (and at other points of the Mass) the priest will use the word “chalice” rather than the word “cup”.
After the Consecration, the priest will say, “The Mystery of Faith” instead of “Let us proclaim the Mystery of Faith”.
There are lots of other changes too.
It will be fun and it will also be confusing for a while, but we’ll muddle through.
In my opinion, they are all good changes.
They put us where we should have been for the past forty years!
The current translation of the Mass leaves a heck of a lot to be desired, especially from the point of view of those who know the Latin texts.
By the way, these changes will not affect the readings from the Lectionary. They will affect only the text that is found in the Sacramentary (altar book). In fact the book we currently call the “Sacramentary” will once again be called what it should always have been called, viz. the “Missal”.

HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will meet on Thursday, 01 September, in the StVdP Parish Hall after the 06:30 pm Mass. All the women of StVdP Parish are cordially invited to join the Holy Rosary Society. How do you join? You show up for the meeting. If you’re not sure whether you want to join but are on the fence, show up anyway. It can’t do you any harm.

stjos/stvdp: 08.28.2011 - 04


NuvaRing

I was looking something up on the Internet recently and got a pop-up. (Just when you think you’ve got pop-ups under control, one pops up!) This particular pop-up tried to interest me in a product called NuvaRing, which is a pregnancy-prevention device. It succeeded! I am interested!
My interest in NuvaRing is not due to any enthusiasm I have for the prevention of pregnancy! Not by a long shot! I am actually very much in favor of pregnancy, being the product of the third of my mother’s five pregnancies. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, I am sure that, if my mother had not gotten pregnant in 1937, I would not be the pastor of these two lovely parishes in Girardville and, at least from my point of view, that would have been a shame. (Don’t feel any obligation to say “Amen”.)
(Thanks, Mom, for all five of your pregnancies! In retrospect, I think they all turned out quite splendidly! Oh! I almost forgot! Thanks to you too, Dad!)

NuvaRing is a gadget that a woman inserts into the appropriate (?) orifice and then lets it do its dirty work, removing it and inserting a fresh one on the last day of the cycle.
According to the website, NuvaRing releases estrogen and progestin into the blood stream, very much the way “the pill” does and, thereby, prevents maturation of the ova. The website does not tell you that, in some cases, the chemicals released have the back-up effect of promoting an early-stage abortion.
I do give the creators of the website credit for one thing. They tell you that some of the risks of using NuvaRing are the following: blood clots; strokes and heart attacks; high blood pressure and heart disease; cancer of the reproductive organs and breast; gallbladder disease; liver tumors; lipid metabolism and inflammation of the pancreas.
In addition to which, there are some common side effects: vaginal infections and irritation; vaginal secretion; headache; weight gain; nausea
We’re not finished yet! In addition to the risks and side effects listed above, users of NuvaRing have reported the following side effects: vomiting; change in appetite; abdominal cramps and bloating; breast tenderness or enlargement; irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting; changes in menstrual cycle; temporary infertility after treatment; fluid retention (edema); spotty darkening of the skin, particularly on the face; rash; weight changes; depression; intolerance to contact lenses; nervousness; dizziness; loss of scalp hair; sharp chest pain, coughing blood, or sudden shortness of breath (possible clot in the lung); pain in the calf (back of lower leg; possible clot in the leg); crushing chest pain or heaviness in the chest (possible heart attack); sudden severe headache or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, problems with vision or speech, weakness, or numbness in an arm or leg (possible stroke); sudden partial or complete loss of vision (possible clot in the eye); yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice), especially with fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, dark-colored urine, or light-colored bowel movements (possible liver problems); severe pain, swelling, or tenderness in the abdomen (gallbladder or liver problems); sudden fever (usually 102°F or more), vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, fainting, or a sunburn-like rash on the face or body (very rarely, toxic shock syndrome); breast lumps (possible breast cancer or benign breast disease); irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting that happens in more than one menstrual cycle or lasts for more than a few days; urgent, frequent, burning and/or painful urination, and cannot locate the ring in the vagina (rarely, accidental placement of NuvaRing into the urinary bladder); swelling (edema) of your fingers or ankles; difficulty in sleeping, weakness, lack of energy, fatigue, or a change in mood (possible severe depression).
There is one side-effect they left out on the website. I guess they leave that up to people in my profession to point out. That side-effect is MORTAL SIN — which is the loss of sanctifying grace, with the consequent destiny of going to Hell for all eternity.
You do know that the use of artificial contraception is a mortal sin, do you not?

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MARY IRENE MINNICH BANN,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Monday, 15 August.
Born on 21 March 1924, she was 87 years old.
Irene is one of the four children of the late George and Josepha [“Sue”] (Medonis) Minnich.
On 06 April 1924, Irene was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church, Girardville, by Fr. Ignatius F. Valanciunas.
Irene’s three siblings are deceased: Jack Minnich; George Minnich; Lorraine Minnich Ryan.
On 07 September 1946, Irene was married to Edward C. Bann in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, in the presence of Fr. Raymond J. McHale.
Edward died on 05 December 1993.
Edward and Irene have three children: Virginia Bann (deceased); Charles Bann; Bernard Bann.
They have three grandchildren: Caroline Bann Blewis; Charles Bann; Matthew Bann.
They have three great-grandchildren: Lea Graziano Bann; Courtney Blewis; Amy Blewis.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Irene was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Friday, 19 August. The principal celebrant was Fr. David C. Gillis, parochial vicar of St. Ann Parish, DeBary FL. Fr. Gillis is a native son of Girardville and, in his growing-up years, a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
There was a viewing on Thursday evening at the McDonald Funeral Home.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Irene, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

GIRARDVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S
2nd
ANNUAL TOWN TOUR

Date: Sunday, 11 September
Time: 01:00 to 04:30 pm
Assemble: 327 N. 2nd Street a few minutes before 01:00 pm
Itinerary: 01:00 to 02:30 pm — the Barnhart Residence and the Clarke Funeral Home
02:30 to 03:15 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
Narrative on history of parish followed by a performance by the “Belle Voce” Church Choir, under the direction of Dan Krynak, with guest appearances by vocalists, organist and tenor from Harrisburg
03:15 to 03:45 pm — Intermission in St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall, with refreshments and food available for purchase on premises
03:45 to 04:30 pm — Girard Estate Building and Girard Mansion

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SISTER AGNES AND MR. MORRISON: A TRUE STORY
“I’m dying, Sister” Mr. Morrison said in a low, gruff voice. “I don’t know what you could do to help me.”
    Sister Agnes looked at the old man sitting up in bed and somehow his face was familiar! “Well, I really would like to pray for you” she answered. “It’s never too late to say a prayer.”
    As their conversation progressed, Mr. Morrison admitted, “I don’t know if God wants to hear about me. I’ve done a lot of bad things in my life”.
    “No matter what you have done” the nun assured him, “God will forgive you. You just need to ask him with a sincere heart. And after you’ve died, I’ll continue to pray for you”.
     The idea of prayers for the dead startled him. “After I’ve died? Why would you pray for me after I’m dead? What good is that?”
    “There’s always hope!” Sister Agnes insisted. “Are you Catholic?”
     “No” the man said “I never really spent much time in any church.”
     Sister Agnes explained, “Catholics believe that if you ask God to forgive your sins before you die, you’ll eventually get to Heaven. And we believe that by praying for people we can help them even after they have died. It’s from the Old Testament.”
     The man said nothing more and, after he had gently closed his eyes, Sister Agnes quietly left his room.
When Sister Agnes returned a few days later, Mr. Morrison’s face seemed even paler than before, and he labored for every breath. Even so, he struggled to sit up in bed as soon as she entered the room. “One of the nurses said you wanted to see me” the nun said.
     “I’d like to know more about what it means to be a Catholic” the man responded.
Sister Agnes smiled. “What did I say the other day that interested you?” she asked.
“Sister” he began “for longer than I can remember, the people around me have only seemed to care about how much money they could make off me. Now you’re telling me that people will care enough about me to pray for me even after I’m gone! I like the sound of that!”
     In the days that followed, Sister Agnes met with the man regularly to teach him all that she could about the Catholic Faith. After that, Mr. Morrison was baptized.
     A few weeks later, in early June 1979, Mr. Morrison died. Hundreds came to mourn his passing. They remembered what a famous actor he had been. But Sister Agnes could only remember how appreciative Marion Morrison (also known as John Wayne) had been. How grateful he had been to know that someone cared enough to pray for him, both now and in the days to come.
Eternal rest grant unto John Wayne, 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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SOME NEWS AND SOME COMMENTARY THEREON
PBS TO AIR GROUNDBREAKING SERIES ON CATHOLICISM

A series exploring the beauty and richness of Catholicism is set to air on more than 80 public television stations across the U.S. this fall. The priest, who is the visionary behind the “Catholicism” series, told CNA his hope is that the show will be used “as a tool of evangelization for everybody.” Set in in 50 locations over 16 countries, the series examines major themes within the Church. (CNA)
Comment: This will be a four-part series. It is scheduled to air in October. It will be remarkable to see a series of programs favorable (at least fair) to the Catholic Faith airing on PBS. Maybe this is a sign that the End is Near! Be that as it may, prepare to fire up your VCR!
PITTSBURGH PROSECUTOR ENDS CLERGY ABUSE PROBE
The district attorney in Pittsburgh has closed an inquiry into allegations of sex abuse by priests who served under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua when he led the Pittsburgh Diocese in the 1980s. A spokesman said the DA reviewed the cases and “determined that none of the allegations merited criminal prosecution.” Bevilacqua led the Pittsburgh Diocese from 1983 to 1988, when he came to Philadelphia. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Comment: Cardinal Bevilacqua has been short on good news lately. I hope this cheers him up a bit, although I presume that His Eminence’s capacity to absorb “news in general”, whether good or bad, is considerably diminished. Maybe there is something good to be said for Alzheimer’s! May the Philadelphia DA come to the same conclusion as the Pittsburgh DA. There is a thin line between reasonable prosecution and hateful persecution. Lately, I have been thinking that the line has been crossed.
PHOENIX CATHEDRAL WILL BAR FEMALE ALTAR SERVERS
Girls will no longer be allowed as altar servers at the cathedral in Phoenix. The rector said he made the decision in hopes of promoting the priesthood for males, and other religious vocations, such as becoming a nun, for females. The cathedral is believed to be the first church in the Phoenix diocese to ban girls from serving Mass. The diocesan vocations director does not expect other parishes to follow. (Arizona Republic)
Comment: There is one diocese (as far as I know) in the USA that prohibits the use of female altar servers. That is the Diocese of Lincoln (NE). Here is a little Q&A: Q/ Which diocese in the USA has the highest number of seminarians in proportion to its Catholic population? A/ Would you believe me if I told you that it is Lincoln (NE)? Do you think this is a mere coincidence? ---- The principle of utilizing only males as altar servers is not a hill on which I would choose to die. Nonetheless, I see much wisdom in it. I wince whenever I see a girl or a woman wearing a cassock and surplice or an alb and cincture. It rattles my eyeballs and sends tremors through my brain. HOWEVER, if no man or boy shows up to serve, I am grateful to have a woman or girl, rather than have no one at all. I hope that saves me from being considered a misogynist. I believe absolutely in the equality of male and female, but I shall never subscribe to the interchangeability of same. I should add this: In a setting (e.g. an all-girls school or some other all-female congregational situation), I think it is acceptable to enlist girls as altar servers, but no cassocks, surplices or albs, please!
CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS OPPOSE NEW COVERAGE RULES
Catholic institutions in Berks County are wrestling with new government guidelines that require health insurance plans to begin fully covering birth control. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, which speaks for all dioceses in the state, calls the rule a matter of religious liberty. At Alvernia University, a spokeswoman says they are “carefully reviewing” the mandate and its implications. A St. Joseph’s Hospital spokeswoman says they are hopeful “conscience rights” will be retained. (Reading Eagle)
Comment: To require a Catholic institution to provide health-insurance plans that cover artificial contraception is analogous to requiring Orthodox Jews to contribute to the National Pork Producers Council. Little by little, and with rapidly increasing momentum, the Catholic Church is being marginalized by the Obama administration. This is a fact, not an opinion.
And if this be treason, make the most of it!

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