MASS SCHEDULE: 18 - 25 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 17 September
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

Monday, 19 September
St. Januarius, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — LENORE COLIHAN VAUGHN
by Albert Petusky

Tuesday, 20 September
St. Andrew Kim Taegon, priest, martyr, and St. Paul Chong Hasang, martyr, and their companions, martyrs (OblMem)
07:00 pm — JOSEPH JEROME JOYCE
by Blase (+) Lottie Draugelis

Wednesday, 21 September
St. Matthew, apostle, evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — JAMES KELLY
by John Burns

Thursday, 22 September
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on MEGAN FISHER
by Auntie

Friday, 23 September
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — FRANK and MICHAEL GALDUN
by Thomasine Moran

Saturday, 24 September
Weekday
08:00 am — THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MICKEY and DAUNE DEVINE
by Dennis Devine

Sunday, 25 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — JOHN HORAN
by Eileen Rowland
11:30 am — JOSEPHINE BOXER HODGE (32nd anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

 MASS SCHEDULE: 18 - 25 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Sunday, 18 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: JAMES and ELEANOR CONNELL FAMILY
by the Connell family

Monday, 19 September
St. Januarius, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
07:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his wife, Lottie

Tuesday, 20 September
St. Andrew Kim Taegon, priest, martyr, and St. Paul Chong Hasang, martyr, and their companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM

Wednesday, 21 September
St. Matthew, apostle, evangelist (Fst)
07:00 pm — SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM

Thursday, 22 September
Weekday
07:00 pm — MAE DOLPHIN ROBITIS
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Friday, 23 September
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, priest (OblMem)
05:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his sisters, Mary and Florence

Saturday, 24 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by their family

Sunday, 25 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — ADELE POWLICK
by Pat Kowalick

stjos/stvdp: 09.18.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
10 / 11 SEPTEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $765.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $56.00 from the second collection (plate); $24.00 from the Dues envelopes; $174.50 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $64.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,083.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,083.50) 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 ($67.67) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note that this is a deficit!


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,012.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $43.00 from the second collection (plate); $47.00 from the Dues envelopes; $178.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $35.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,315.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,315.00) 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 $552.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 21 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 22 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 23 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT


Wednesday, 21 September
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 02:40 pm

Friday, 23 September
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm

Those who spend time with Jesus will spend eternity with Him.

stjos/stvdp: 09.18.2011 - 02


Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Girardville PA 17935

Mailing address for both parishes:
260 N. 2nd Street, Girardville PA 17935-1338
Phone: (Voice) 570.276.6033 / (Fax) 570.276.6032 / (Cell) 570.617.9107
E-mail: stjospar@verizon.net OR stvdppar@verizon.net OR ebconnolly@verizon.net
Website: http://www.stjospar.org
Rev. Edward B. Connolly, Pastor

18 September 2011

Dear Parents and Guardians of CCD Children:

We are glad to have your children back for an exciting new year of Catholic faith education. If you happen to know of anybody in need of instructions, let them know that it is never too late to sign up. Simply call the rectory or go to the web site, click, fill out and print the CCD Registration Form and bring it to the next class. Additionally, please take note that there will be a change in the class schedule.
Classes will meet on Mondays in the Father Sheridan Room at 04:00pm and will dismiss at 05:30pm.
Remember that we have your children for only ninety short minutes, so it is up to you to do most of the work, such as praying daily and attending Mass weekly with your children.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact either Father Connolly or me.
Thank you and have a blessed school year.

Sincerely,
Edward Wascavage
Principal
CCD
St. Vincent dePaul Parish
St. Joseph Parish

                                             ******************************************
This letter will be given to all of the CCD children who show up this evening (Sunday), for them to give to their parents.
Please note that the pastor has acceded to the request of the CCD teachers that we change from Sunday evenings to Monday afternoons (i.e. after school). Perhaps this is a better option. Perhaps it is not. We shall see.
The fact is that there is no perfect day or time for anything!
When something is important, we MAKE the time for it, not simply “find the right time”.
The “right time” is hard to find.

stjos/stvdp:09.18.2011 - 03


THE WISDOM OF THE RULERS OF THIS AGE

“There is, to be sure, a certain wisdom which we express among the spiritually mature. It is not a wisdom of this age, however, nor of the rulers of this age, who are men headed for destruction. No, what we utter is God's wisdom: a mysterious a hidden wisdom. God planned it before all ages for our glory.” (1Cor 2, 6-7)

One of the distinct advantages of being Catholic is that we are able to assess what others say and compare it with what the Church says and what the Scriptures say.
Sometimes we hear or read something that somebody (usually a prominent person) says and we think to ourselves, “That doesn’t sit well with me. What does the Church have to say about that?”
Let me give three recent examples of “something somebody said” that threw my brain into overdrive recently.

PRESIDENT OBAMA

“You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman.”


The President spoke these words at reception held in the White House for a group known as “LGBT Pride”. (LGBT stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered”.)
Here is an interesting point: If you read the printed transcript of the President’s remarks, you will not find the words quoted above. However, if you watch the video, you will hear him speak those words. I can only infer that the White House communications director realized that these words were “over the top” and saw to it that they were omitted from the printed record. I discovered this on my own and you can verify it if you care to do so. Go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/video/President-Obama-and-First-Lady-Hold-LGBT-Pride-Reception
So, please digest this troubling truth: The President of the United States holds out to the nation as an ideal, as a goal to be attained, that we should recognize homosexual sodomy as being “just as real and admirable” as the coming together of a man and a woman in the marital embrace.
Words fail me when I realize that we as a nation have sunk to such a level of depravity and moral blindness that our Chief of State is able to posit a moral equivalence between that which is in conformity with Nature and that which is clearly contrary to Nature.
It is not a matter of being kind and understanding towards persons who are beset with temptation. I am all in favor of being kind and understanding and forgiving towards sinners, but we must never, at the peril of our salvation, hold up sin as something “admirable”. Calling evil “good” is “the sin against the Holy Ghost”, for which there is no forgiveness, neither in this life nor in the next.
The sin against the Holy Ghost is alive and well in the White House.
If this be treason, make the most of it!

PAT ROBERTSON
This past Tuesday (13 Sept), the Reverend Pat Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network and host of The 700 Club, brought attention to himself when he said during his program that it would be morally acceptable if a man whose wife has Alzheimer’s disease were to divorce her.
Someone had called in and told Robertson about a friend of his whose wife had Alzheimer’s and who was taking advantage of the situation in order to “see another woman”. The clear implication was that his friendship with the other woman was, if not sexual, at least “pre-sexual”. The caller asked what advice he could give to his friend.
Robertson said that he wouldn't "put a guilt trip" on someone for divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's disease, calling Alzheimer's itself "a kind of death."
Here are Robertson’s exact words, so that you will know I am not misinterpreting him:

"I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her".

stjos/stvdp: 09.18.2011 - 04


I confess to having never been a fan of Pat Robertson. I remember him from “way back” when The 700 Club was just getting started. I remember some of his anti-Catholic statements. Over the years, he has cooled it a bit on his explicit anti-Catholicism, but it has always been there, just beneath the surface.
Let the truth be proclaimed loud and clear: If (may God spare you!) your spouse comes down with Alzheimer’s or any other sort of dementia or debilitating disease, this does not in any way, shape or form, diminish the sacramental bond. It does not in any way, shape or form entitle you to form any kind of friendship that would be improper if your spouse were hale and hearty. The bond of sacramental marriage is indissoluble. Alzheimer’s is not death. Only death is death. Husband and wife are bound to one another until death do them part.

BILL KELLER
(Mr. Keller is the executive editor of the New York Times. He is also an ex-Catholic. I don’t think he is affiliated with any particular religion at the present time. I think it would be safe to describe him as being either an atheist or an agnostic.) Here is an excerpt from an essay he wrote for the Sunday supplement of the NYT:

I honestly don’t care if Mitt Romney wears Mormon undergarments beneath his Gap skinny jeans, or if he believes that the stories of ancient American prophets were engraved on gold tablets and buried in upstate New York, or that Mormonism’s founding prophet practiced polygamy (which was disavowed by the church in 1890). Every faith has its baggage, and every faith holds beliefs that will seem bizarre to outsiders. I grew up believing that a priest could turn a bread wafer into the actual flesh of Christ.


I don’t approve of Mr. Keller’s sarcastic reference to Mitt Romney’s religion, but that is not the point of my commentary here. I want to focus on just the last sentence, the one about how he used to believe that “a priest could turn a bread wafer into the actual flesh of Christ”. This is what is known as “reductio ad absurdum” — an attempt to isolate some aspect of Church teaching and “reduce it to the absurd”, usually by taking it out of context.
Rather than go into a tirade about Mr. Keller’s rejection of the Church’s Eucharistic doctrine, I prefer to make these few simple points:
#1 — Obviously, I do believe that, when the priest speaks the words of consecration over the bread and the wine, they do become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
#2 — I do not believe (nor does the Church believe) that the words of consecration effect any change in the molecular or atomic structure of the bread and the wine. Bread is mostly comprised of starch and cellulose, both of which are massive molecular constructs of basic sugars. Thus bread is mainly Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen. Wine is a complex solution made of many different molecules: Water, Sugar, Phosphates, Alcohol, etc. The alcohol in wine is ethanol (CH3 CH 2 OH).
#3 — I do not believe (nor does the Church believe) that the molecules that constitute the bread and the wine undergo any kind of alteration as a result of the words of consecration.
#4 — What I do believe (and what the Church believes) is that, at the moment of the consecration, Jesus assimilates the bread and wine to Himself in such a way that, where they are, He is. But they do not contain Him. Rather, they become the matter whereby He becomes visible and tangible to us, able to be consumed by us! The substance of Jesus becomes the new substance of what are now no longer bread and wine but are merely the appearances (or forms) of bread and wine. What appears to be bread is no longer bread but is Jesus and what appears to be wine is no longer wine but is Jesus. The change is called
TRANSUBSTANTIATION. The substance of the bread and wine are annihilated and, in their place, is the substance of Jesus.
Q/ Is there an equivalence between the Eucharistic species and the historical Body and Blood of Jesus? A/ Yes, but the equivalence is substantial, not molecular nor atomic.
We Catholics are not quite as stupid as Mr. Keller thinks we are, nor is Mr. Keller quite as smart as he thinks he is.

stjos/stvdp: 09.18.2011 - 05


FOOD FOR THE POOR

We have a guest priest with us this weekend.
He is Father Ralph J. Monteiro, osa.
He is a member of the Order of St. Augustine (“the Augustinians”) who are stationed in Villanova PA.
Fr. Monteiro was ordained in 1966 ? an excellent year for being ordained!
He will preach at all four of the Masses this weekend.
He comes to us in the name of “FOOD FOR THE POOR”.
Food For The Poor is the number one international relief and development charity in the United States, feeding two million poor every day. Their Christian relief programs and projects are helping children and the poorest of the poor by providing food, housing, health care, education, water projects, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance in the Caribbean and Latin America.
More than 96% of all donations received by Food For The Poor go directly to programs that help the poor. FFTP has the highest ratings given by charity watchdog groups, e.g. Charity Navigator and Ministry Watch.
See http://www.foodforthepoor.org/about/experts/ for more information.
Food For The Poor is the third-largest international relief agency in the United States according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy and has maintained fundraising and administrative costs of less than 4% of its expenses; more than 96% of all donations go directly to programs that help the poor.
Charity Navigator
has this to say: We are proud to announce that Food For The Poor has earned our tenth consecutive 4-star rating for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances.
Ministry Watch: Food For The Poor received a 5-Star Financial Efficiency rating, the highest possible score.
Forbes Magazine: In a survey of the 200 largest U.S. charities, Food For The Poor was ranked the fourth-largest recipient of private support.

We encourage everyone to listen closely to Fr. Monteiro’s presentation and to respond appropriately and generously.
Do it for Jesus, Who identifies Himself with the poor and powerless of the Earth.

stjos/stvdp: 09.18.2011 - 06


PLEASE PRAY FOR a gentleman who died recently.
Leo J. Flynn is a former member of St. Joseph Parish. He is a son of the late James and Kathryn (Tierney) Flynn.
Leo was born on 29 November 1916 in Connerton, was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 10 December 1916, and was married to the late Ethel Flynn. He died on 26 August 2011 in Cape Coral FL. He was 94 years old.
Leo and Ethel are the parents of five children: Jule, Leo, James, Robert and Mary Kay.
They have seventeen grandchildren, two of whom are deceased, and eleven great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Friday, 09 September, at St. Katharine Drexel Church, Cape Coral.
Eternal rest grant unto Leo, 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.
OREMUS!
The 11:30 am Mass next Sunday (25 September) will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form, i.e. it will be a Tridentine Mass. If you have never attended a Tridentine Mass, we encourage you to do so.
THE MATRIARCH of St. Vincent dePaul Parish is Jean Statutis Majikas. We call her “the matriarch” not only because she is our eldest parishioner but also because of her lifelong devotion to the parish. She is a woman who deals serenely with the difficulties that accompany age. Let everyone know that Mrs. Majikas will observe her 98th birthday tomorrow: Monday, 19 September. May God continue to bless her and to keep her in His love. Happy Birthday, dear Mrs. Majikas!

 BUS TRIP TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE
The date is Wednesday, 05 October.
The occasion is the DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN PILGRIMAGE.
The game plan is that each parish (or cluster of parishes) should charter buses so that as many parishioners as possible might take part in the pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage includes, of course, the celebration of Mass.
Bishop Barres will be the principal celebrant and the priests of the Diocese will concelebrate.
In addition, there will be special talks and opportunity for Confession.
BUS TRIP TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE
The date is Wednesday, 05 October.
The occasion is the DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN PILGRIMAGE.
The game plan is that each parish (or cluster of parishes) should charter buses so that as many parishioners as possible might take part in the pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage includes, of course, the celebration of Mass.
Bishop Barres will be the principal celebrant and the priests of the Diocese will concelebrate.
In addition, there will be special talks and opportunity for Confession.
It is my hope that Girardville will be able to fill at least one bus (40 or more persons).
At the present time, there is a total of nine persons signed up.
Giving just the first names of those signed up, they are the following:
Nancy, Ann, Dennis, John, Elaine, Edward, Susan, Marilyn and Dave.
So, why don’t you plan to join Nancy, Ann, Dennis, John, Elaine, Edward, Susan, Marilyn and Dave on this pilgrimage?
It won’t cost you an arm and a leg!
We figure somewhere in the neighborhood of $30.00 (give or take) should cover it.
And, if you can’t afford it, say something to Fr. Connolly and we can make a deal.
We might even be able to give you a freebie, but promise not to tell the others!
We will stop on the way down for coffee and “necessities”.
We will stop on the way back for dinner (on you, of course).
The church to which we are going is in Washington DC.
It is THE BASILICA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
It is commonly referred to as “The National Shrine”.
It is the largest Catholic church building in the USA and it is beautiful!
It is well worth visiting even when there is no special occasion.
So, what more can we say?
Sign up by calling Susan at (570) 385-5924. If no answer, call the Rectory: (570) 276-6033.
It is my hope that Girardville will be able to fill at least one bus (40 or more persons).
At the present time, there is a total of nine persons signed up.
Giving just the first names of those signed up, they are the following:
Nancy, Ann, Dennis, John, Elaine, Edward, Susan, Marilyn and Dave.
So, why don’t you plan to join Nancy, Ann, Dennis, John, Elaine, Edward, Susan, Marilyn and Dave on this pilgrimage?
It won’t cost you an arm and a leg!
We figure somewhere in the neighborhood of $30.00 (give or take) should cover it.
And, if you can’t afford it, say something to Fr. Connolly and we can make a deal.
We might even be able to give you a freebie, but promise not to tell the others!
We will stop on the way down for coffee and “necessities”.
We will stop on the way back for dinner (on you, of course).
The church to which we are going is in Washington DC.
It is THE BASILICA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
It is commonly referred to as “The National Shrine”.
It is the largest Catholic church building in the USA and it is beautiful!
It is well worth visiting even when there is no special occasion.
So, what more can we say?
Sign up by calling Susan at (570) 385-5924. If no answer, call the Rectory: (570) 276-6033.

stjos/stvdp: 09.18.2011 - 07


SOME RECENT NEWS
AND SOME COMMENTARY THEREON

AMERICANS TAILORING RELIGION TO FIT THEIR NEEDS
New research reveals Americans have drifted from clearly defined religious denominations to faiths cut to fit personal preferences. A religion expert notes that over the last 20 years all major trends of religious belief and behavior ran downward, but two. More people claim they’ve accepted Jesus as their savior and expect to go to heaven; and more say they haven’t been to church in the past six months. (USA Today)
Comment: I remember a cartoon I saw once. Lucifer was leading a group of newly arrived humans into Hell and was giving them some orientation to adjust to their new and eternal dwelling place. With a diabolically (what else?) pleasant expression on his face, he said, “You’ll find that our policy down here is ‘Whatever works for you!" That pretty much sums it up! There are scads and scads of persons who claim to have “accepted Jesus as their savior” who are headed straight for Hell. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of My heavenly Father.” If you believe all that the Catholic Church believes and teaches and if you obey the commandments of God and the precepts of the Church, you will be saved. If not, then not. It’s really quite as simple as that. There is, of course, the usual exception for those who are invincibly ignorant, but — if you are reading this bulletin, which you obviously are — it is highly unlikely that you are eligible to apply for that exception.

PRIESTS IN U.S. FORMING NEW NATIONAL ORGANIZATION
A national organization of Catholics priests has been formed and is in the process of informing the U.S. bishops of its existence and preparing to recruit priest members from around the country. A Milwaukee pastor chairs the eight-member organizing core. He says the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests has two goals: to reach out in fraternal support to brother priests and to create a collegial voice so priests can speak in a united way. (National Catholic Reporter)
Comment: I can’t really make any intelligent (informed) commentary on this until I know more about it. If I decide to join it, I shall certainly let you know. My gut reaction is that I probably won’t join it. Of course, there is always the possibility that nobody will ask me to join, but I kind of guess that I’ll get some kind of mailing about it. I am instinctively suspicious of such groups. Of the two goals that are mentioned, I can certainly endorse the first, viz. “to reach out in fraternal support to brother priests”. The second goal, viz. “to create a collegial voice so priests can speak out in a united way” sounds kind of ominous to me. As a diocesan priest, I am an adjunct to my bishop. All of the priests in a diocese taken together do not equal (in authority) the lone Bishop of the diocese. Even if the Bishop of the diocese were to be an incompetent or unworthy man, the priests must wait until he (a) dies, (b) retires / resigns, (c) is removed by the Pope. To consider the priests of any diocese as “an equal branch of government” is a sure way to insanity or to bedlam or to protestantism, all of which are fairly synonymous.

stjos/stvdp: 09.18.2011 - 08


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