MASS SCHEDULE: 11 - 18 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 10 September
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — EDWARD and KATHRYN (Cuff) KUCHINSKY
by Kay Ellen

Sunday, 11 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JAMES O’DONNELL
by his wife, Margaret

Monday, 12 September
The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OptMem)
08:00 am — THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM

Tuesday, 13 September
St. John Chrysostom, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM

Wednesday, 14 September
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Fst)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 15 September
Our Lady of Sorrows (OblMem)
08:00 am — LEO FLYNN
by Anne McLaughlin Jacavage

Friday, 16 September
St. Cornelius, pope, martyr and St. Cyprian, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — CHARLIE MORAN
by Thomasine Moran

Saturday, 17 September
St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JIM and ROSE NEISS
by Dennis Devine

Sunday, 18 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPHINE BOXER HODGE (32nd anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

 MASS SCHEDULE: 11 - 18 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 10 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Granny and Pap

Sunday, 11 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Monday, 12 September
The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OptMem)
07:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by Jean Birster Weist

Tuesday, 13 September
St. John Chrysostom, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOHN J. and MARY USALIS
by their son, John, and their daughter, Mary Jean

Wednesday, 14 September
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Fst)
07:00 pm — HELEN J. WINKLER
by Marlene Birster

Thursday, 15 September
Our Lady of Sorrows (OblMem)
07:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Friday, 16 September
St. Cornelius, pope, martyr and St. Cyprian, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
05:00 pm — MAE DOLPHIN ROBITIS
by Joseph and Theresa Gudonis

Saturday, 17 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH CHIKOTAS
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 18 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: JAMES and ELEANOR CONNELL FAMILY
by the Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 09.11.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
03 / 04 SEPTEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,415.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $80.00 from the second collection (plate); $321.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $95.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,926.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,926.00) 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 $774.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $856.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the second collection (plate); $200.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $79.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,186.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $5.00 from the Mission Co-op envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,186.00) 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 $423.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 14 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 15 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 16 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT


Wednesday, 14 September
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 02:40 pm

Friday, 16 September
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm

stjos/stvdp: 09.11.2011 - 02


STRANGE BUT TRUE!
Try this at home if you don’t believe it.
Take a piece of paper (any size). Fold it in half. Now fold it in half a second time. Now do the same a third time. And a fourth time. And a fifth time. And a sixth time. And a seventh time. And an eighth time (if you can).
I’ll bet you a hundred zillion jillion dollars you won’t be able to fold it in half a ninth time.
For some strange reason (which I am not qualified to explain), a piece of paper (regardless of size) cannot be folded in half more than eight times!

WE SHARE THE MAIL
Dear Father Connolly:

I also wanted to mention that this past Thursday I was in St Paul's Church in Orwigsburg for a recording session and was surprised / amazed to see that they had kneelers for receiving communion. I do wish the Catholic Church would go back to the very least of receiving the Eucharist on the tongue and not in the hands. Just my humble opinion.
Bruce M

My comment
Bruce M has been a friend of mine for quite a few years. He is not a member of either of the parishes in Girardville. In fact, as far as I know, he has probably never been in either of our two Girardville churches. He is a practicing Catholic and a skilled musician. When I was a pastor in Pottsville, he was one of our parish organists.
His reference to St. Paul’s Church in Orwigsburg is interesting. St. Paul’s is a Lutheran church. Bruce’s observation reminds me of a visit I made some years ago to a Lutheran church in Whitehall PA (north of Allentown). The pastor was showing me around and it was evident that he was proud of his newly renovated church. He had good reason to be proud. It was quite beautiful. One of the things he pointed to with pride was the newly-installed communion rail. His people all kneel when they approach to receive the bread and wine. I complimented him on this.
I trust that everyone will see the irony in this. Just as the Catholics were getting more “Protestant”, many of the Protestants were getting more “Catholic”. You may be certain beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt that the change from “kneeling and on the tongue” to “standing and in the hand” was a deliberate attempt to protestantize the Catholic Church. But God has a sense of humor! Just as we Catholics were moving off the mark, God prompted some of His Protestant children to move closer to the mark.
Allow me to make an analogy here. St. Paul tells us that, when the Jews turned away from God by rejecting the Messiah He had sent them, He punished them by turning His attention to the Gentiles. But this was strategic on His part! He did so in order to stir up in the Jews a kind of “holy envy” that would motivate them to return to Him “once the full number of Gentiles” had entered into the covenant.
I think that God has been punishing the Catholic Church for her hardness of heart towards Him. So, He has been stirring up the Protestants to reconsider their position. Once the “full number” of Protestants has reclaimed its Catholic heritage, then we Catholics will return to God by reclaiming our Eucharistic amazement and devotion. That, at least, is my theory!
That, in a nutshell, is why we ask our people in Girardville to received Holy Communion “kneeling and on the tongue”. We do so because we know it is the right thing to do. It is self-evident that it is the right thing to do! It does not take any lengthy disquisition or furrowing of the brow to know that it is the right thing to do. Res ipsa loquitur! (The matter speaks for itself!)
Blessed Pope John Paul was never in favor of the change from “kneeling and on the tongue” to “standing and in the hand”. Unfortunately and by his own admission, John Paul was not always as strong a disciplinarian as, ideally, he knew he should have been. Unless pushed beyond his limits, he was not always quick to intervene to change a situation that needed changing. Pope Benedict is more willing to take the risk.
Pope Benedict favors “kneeling and on the tongue”, as we have pointed out on various and sundry occasions in this bulletin. I have not the slightest doubt that “kneeling and on the tongue” will be restored to God’s people before too many years go by.

stjos/stvdp:09.11.2011 - 03


CHAOS and the LORD THEREOF

I was at a store recently and a young woman waited on me. The transaction took a while. It had to do with my returning an item that wasn’t working satisfactorily, which necessitated her looking up the warranty and then replacing the item. So, I had some time to notice some things that I might otherwise not have noticed. She was a nice enough young woman. I have no complaints about how she handled the transaction, but I did notice something that intrigued me. She had a tattoo on her wrist. The tattoo was not a picture, it was a word — just one word. What was the word? I’m glad you asked! The word was “Chaos”.

If I had thought it appropriate, I might have asked her why she had “Chaos” tattooed on her wrist. However, I didn’t want to overstep my boundaries, so I didn’t ask her.
Later, I mentioned this to someone. He told me that “Chaos” has become a kind of “cult word”among some young people. I asked him if he thought it had what I would call “a dark meaning”. He said that he was sure that it did.

I remember something a Scripture professor of mine said in class. In that particular class, we were reading (trying to read) the first chapter of Genesis in Hebrew. The chapter starts off as follows: “In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.

The words “formless wasteland” are an attempt to render the Hebrew words “TOHU WA BOHU”. So, there was a discussion as to what exactly “tohu wa bohu” means.
Apparently these words mean “formless and empty” or something like that. These Hebrew words have been imported directly into French and also into German. In both languages, they mean “confusion and commotion” or, as we would say in English, “chaos”.
I remember our professor contrasting “chaos” with “cosmos”. God finds “chaos” and, by the power of His Spirit, turns it into “cosmos”. “Cosmos” means “order” or “orderliness” and it implies something structured and purposeful and meaningful, as opposed to “chaos” which implies something helter-skelter, and purposeless and meaningless.

This brings me back to my question: Why would a young woman have “chaos” tattooed on her wrist? I’m not a fan of tattoos in general but, if you insist on having something written on your skin, I would suggest you choose something more upbeat and less ominous than “chaos”.

It occurs to me that so much of our “youth culture” is chaotic: the music, the hairstyle, the clothing, the rock stars, etc. Lady GaGa is quite obviously a woman who flaunts chaos and has gotten rich from doing so. The whole homosexual movement is “in-your-face chaos”. And there are other examples as well. To be drunk is to be chaotic. To be addicted to drugs is to sell oneself down the river in the service of chaos. Liars are chaotic persons.

This prompts the question: Since God is the author of Cosmos, who is the author of Chaos? The answer is rather evident. The one who has opposed God from before the creation of the universe is the Lord of Chaos. He rules over Hell, which is the City of Utter and Irredeemable Chaos.
I hope that the young woman who waited on me in the store will be delivered from her fascination with Chaos and surrender herself to the Lord of the Cosmos.

God, have mercy on all who are trapped in the horror of Chaos.

stjos/stvdp: 09.11.2011 - 04


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

 BUS TRIP PILGRIMAGE
TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
WASHINGTON DC
Wednesday, 05 October 2011

We want to have our own bus leaving from Girardville.
In order to do this, we need people to sign up.
We have several persons who have signed up,
but we need quite a few more before we can order a bus.
We will stop at a restaurant on the way back from the Shrine.
Bishop Barres will be there, together with a good number of our diocesan priests.
There is a special program being planned for all Diocese of Allentown pilgrims.
(Personal note: I plan to ride the bus. The penalty for being the LAST person to sign up for the bus is that you’ll have to sit next to me for the whole ride down and back! So, call now to make your reservation. EBC)
The price for this trip is “to be announced”. It will be somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty dollars, but no one should be deterred from signing up just because money is tight. We will find some money to help pay your way and it will be our little secret.
To reserve a seat, call Susan Thye at 385-5924

GOD BLESS, PRESERVE and PROTECT
our newly-installed
Metropolitan Archbishop,
the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, OFM
May he be a faithful and loving Shepherd!
May he be a worthy representative of our Lord Jesus Christ!

stjos/stvdp: 09.11.2011 - 05


EDWARD ADAM HARRIS,
son of James L. and (the late) Victoria M. (Kipp) Harris,
and
ELAINA CARL GALLE,
daughter of Vito A. and Virginia S. (Sanko) Galle,
were married this afternoon (Saturday) in St. Joseph Church.

Edward and Elaina are now husband and wife in Christ Jesus the Lord.
We give thanks to God for the gift of true love between a man and a woman.
This true love prompts them to “forsake all others” and to commit themselves to one another in a union that is FAITHFUL, PERMANENT and, God willing, FRUITFUL.
The word “Matrimony” comes from two Latin words, one of which means “mother” and the other of which means “office” or “duty”.
It is our prayer that God will look with favor upon the love of Edward and Elaina for one another and will bring forth from them children who will renew and refresh the human race and the Church.
Love requires sacrifice.
There is no such thing as love without sacrifice.
We pray that Edward and Elaina will always be willing to make those sacrifices of self that are crucial, so that their love will grow as the years go by and will come to edify their family and friends and, indeed, the Church.
May they be tenderhearted, compassionate and forgiving towards one another, always ready to help and to comfort one another.
God bless you and keep you, Mr. and Mrs. Harris!

POSTPONEMENT
We announced in last weekend’s bulletin that a priest from FOOD FOR THE POOR would be preaching at all of the Masses this weekend.
Please note that the priest called on Friday in order to request that, because of the flooding conditions in some parts of the East, we postpone his visit until a date yet to be set.
So, please stay tuned!
Answer to a Question You Have Probably Asked or Maybe Not
Question: How much time elapses between the time a person slips on a banana peel and the time he or she lands on the ground or floor?
Answer: One bananosecond!

stjos/stvdp: 09.11.2011 - 06


SOME PRACTICAL SPIRITUAL WISDOM FROM JFK
There is a book that is scheduled to be released this coming Wednesday (14 September). The title is Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. It is based on interviews with Jackie not long after JFK was assassinated — apparently only a month or so afterwards.
I read a review of the book and have ordered a copy.
The following is an excerpt from the book:

She says little about the events in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, but she does recall a conversation in their room the night before. She despised the Democratic governor of Texas, John Connally, who was in the car with the Kennedys when the president was shot. She said she couldn't stand him and his "soft mouth." "Jack was so sweet. He sort of rubbed my back ... and said, 'You mustn't say that, you mustn't say that,'" she recalled. "If you start to say or think that you hate someone, then the next day you'll act as if you hated him."


I think this is beautiful and I’m happy that Jackie shared it with the interviewer. It gives us some insight into the heart and mind of President Kennedy. Even JFK’s most ardent supporters have to acknowledge that there is serious evidence that he was not always faithful to his wife but was, in fact, a philanderer. Those of us who take our religion seriously have sometimes wondered if Jack was “in the state of grace” at the time of his death. This is known to God alone. I certainly hope that he was. I devoutly hope that John F. Kennedy is or will be numbered among the saints in Heaven. Like countless others in the days and weeks after his death, I prayed for the happy repose of his soul and have even done so years afterwards. I have read (although it is almost impossible to verify such claims) that Jack went to Confession not long before he traveled to Dallas. I have also read that Jack was “a changed man” after the death of Baby Patrick in August of 1963 and drew closer to Jackie as a result.
Now I read the wise and beautiful advice he gave to Jackie on the night before he was killed. These words encourage me to hope with even greater confidence that JFK was in a state of reconciliation with God before his death.
Refusal to hate persons who annoy us or who have been unkind or unfair to us is a sign of the presence of God’s Holy Spirit within us.

   SOME RECENT NEWS AND SOME COMMENTS THEREON
U.S. JUDGE BLOCKS CITY’S DEAL WITH CATHOLIC SCHOOL
A federal judge has blocked South Bend, Indiana from transferring property it bought for $1.2 million to a Catholic high school for use as a football field, saying the deal would violate the First Amendment. The half-acre lot is next to the site of the new $35 million school now under construction. Four taxpayers challenged the plan, saying the city was giving substantial and direct aid to a religious institution. (AP)
Comment: The First Amendment reads as follows: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” It boggles the mind to try to twist out of these simple words any prohibition on a municipality donating a half-acre ot to a Catholic school for use as a football field. In what way does the donation of a piece of property to a religiously affiliated school involve any “establishment of religion” by “Congress”? Congress (which clearly means the Congress of the USA) was not involved in any way, shape or form in this transaction. Moreover, the giving of a piece of real estate to a Catholic school does not involve any government entity in any “establishment” of religion. If the school in question were a Jewish school or a Lutheran school or a Muslim school and if a municipality had no use for a piece of ground adjoining said school, I would have no objection whatsoever to giving it to the school so that the Jewish kids or the Lutheran kids or the Muslim kids could play football! If I am not mistaken, some years ago, St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, gave two small lots to the Borough as playgrounds. Did this violate the First Amendment? I don’t think so. Are persons and institutions not free to buy, sell or donate properties as they see fit without the interference of the federal courts? What if the school in question had been a private but non-religiously affiliated school? I am certain that the court would not have ruled the transfer of the property unconstitutional. If this be so (and I am as certain as I can be that it is so), then we can only infer that this particular ruling of the federal court is prejudicial to religion and is, in fact, hostile to religion. Certainly the founding fathers did not intend that the federal government should discriminate against religion. But that is how it has come to be.

stjos/stvdp: 09.11.2011 - 07


VANDAL DESTROYS STATUES IN CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN JERSEY
A vandal cut a destructive path across Camden and Burlington Counties over several days in July, heavily damaging dozens of religious statues at several Catholic churches.
Many pieces in Cherry Hill, Marlton, and Mount Laurel were knocked over or struck with an object, possibly a baseball bat, police said.
Then, the vandalism stopped abruptly after reports included eyewitness descriptions of a suspect and a car at a Marlton church.
On Wednesday, Curtis Condell, 41, of Magnolia, was arrested during a meeting with authorities, Evesham Township Police Lt. Walt Miller said.
Condell, a drywall worker, has been charged with nine counts of criminal mischief and nine counts of bias intimidation, police said.
He was held on at least $100,000 bail at the Burlington County Jail. That may be increased with the addition of Cherry Hill's charges, police officials said.
On his Facebook page, Condell described himself as "a born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ since my childhood (thank you Dad and Mom!)" and said he was "now working my way toward serving Christ as an evangelist."
Comment: There is a long tradition of what is known as ICONOCLASM among some Christians. The word means, quite literally, “image smashing”. A person who practices Iconoclasm is an Iconoclast. Most Protestants are “closet Iconoclasts”, although we hasten to add that 99.99% of Protestants would never think of going so far as to actually smash a statue. They are simply opposed to displaying statues. If you visit a Protestant house of worship, it is highly unlikely that you will find any statues there, although I have noticed that there has been some softening of this “anti-statue posture” among some Protestants. Opposition to statues is based on these words in Exodus 20, 03-05a: “You shall not have other gods besides Me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them.”
This brings us to the question of interpretation. If one believes in “private interpretation of the Scriptures” (which is a strong Protestant principle) then it is understandable that one could take these words as forbidding statues entirely. We Catholics, who believe that only the magisterium of the Catholic Church can authentically interpret the Bible, take these words to mean that we are forbidden to worship statues.
In my long (73 years) association with statues, I must confess that it has never entered my head to worship any of them! If anyone ever happens to see me worshipping any statues, I authorize him or her to call Crisis Intervention and ask them to come and fetch me.
Meanwhile, I ask Mr. Condell please to stay away from Girardville or, if he insists on coming, that he give me some advance notice so that I can padlock the churches.

stjos/stvdp: 09.11.2011 - 08


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