MASS SCHEDULE: 25 SEPTEMBER - 02 OCTOBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 24 September
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 — NORA MALEY BYRNE (1st anniversary)
by her husband, Bill

Monday, 26 September
SS. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 27 September
St. Vincent dePaul, priest (OblMem)
07:00 pm — IRENE M. BANN
by the James Connell family

Wednesday, 28 September
St. Wenceslaus, martyr; St. Lawrence Ruiz and his companions, martyrs (OptMems)
08:00 am — INTENTIONS of EBC
by friends

Thursday, 29 September
Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (Fst)
08:00 am — ALICE WAYNE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Friday, 30 September
St. Jerome, priest, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — MEGAN FISHER
by Mom and Dad

Saturday, 01 October
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — AUGUST BOXER (anniversary of birth)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 02 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — AGATHA SCULLY
by her family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 25 SEPTEMBER - 02 OCTOBER
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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 Patricia Kowalick

Monday, 26 September
SS. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (OptMem)
07:00 pm — ANDREW EDWARD PETROUSKY
by his great-grandparents, John and Barbara Petrousky

Tuesday, 27 September
St. Vincent dePaul, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by Patricia Kowalick

Wednesday, 28 September
St. Wenceslaus, martyr; St. Lawrence Ruiz and his companions, martyrs (OptMems)
07:00 pm — THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM

Thursday, 29 September
Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (Fst)
07:00 pm — MILDRED A. VALE
by her nephew, Jerry Gilmartin

Friday, 30 September
St. Jerome, priest, doctor (OblMem)
05:00 pm — THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM

Saturday, 01 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARJORIE A. ROWLAND
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 02 October
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — VICTOR TOLOTTI
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 09.25.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
17 / 18 SEPTEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,227.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $60.00 from the second collection (plate); $51.00 from the Dues envelopes; $41.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $61.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,440.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $41.00 from Food for the Poor collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,440.00) 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 $288.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.



Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $757.01 from the Sunday envelopes; $60.00 from the second collection (plate); $25.00 from the Dues envelopes; $70.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $68.00 from the loose.
Total: $980.01.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $59.00 from Food for the Poor collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($980.01) 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 $217.19 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 28 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 29 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT


Wednesday, 28 September
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 02:40 pm

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

Friendship with God requires we “do some down time” with Him.
He looks at us and we look at Him. Words are optional.

stjos/stvdp: 09.25.2011 - 02


THOMAS GEORGE BUTLER,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 18 September. Born on 24 January 1949, he was 62 years old.
Thomas was one of three children of the late Thomas H. and Agnes (O'Neill) Butler.
He was baptized in St. Joseph Church by Fr. John Walsh on 13 February 1949.
His sister, Mary Agnes Butler, and his brother, Michael Butler, are deceased.
Thomas received the last rites of the Church in St. Catherine Medical Center a few hours prior to his death.
The interment took place on Thursday, 22 September, at St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Thomas, 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.

 CHOIR REHEARSAL
Monday, 03 October
07:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!!

 FLOOD-RELIEF COLLECTION

Bishop Barres has authorized a collection to be taken up “at the discretion of the pastors” in all of our parishes for the purpose of providing help to families who have been adversely affected by the recent flooding in our area.
The Bishop has not mandated that such a collection be taken up. He is leaving it up to the individual pastors.
I think we should take up such a collection and I am fairly certain that you think so too. So here is how we will do it.
Sometime within the next couple of weeks, please take a plain envelope, write “Flood Relief” on it, insert your offering and drop it off at the Rectory or else put it in the basket. If you make your offering by check, please make it out either to St. Joseph Parish or to St. Vincent dePaul Parish and write “Flood Relief” on the memo line.
We will then forward the proceeds to the Diocese.
The Diocese will use a portion of the proceeds for families in our own five-county area and will send a portion to the Dioceses of Scranton and Harrisburg, for them to use for families in their counties.
We hope to be flooded with donations to this worthy cause.


While on the subject of floods, here is a question for you to test your knowledge of the Bible. How many elephants did Moses take with him on the Ark? No fair looking it up. Answer from your memory!

stjos/stvdp:09.25.2011 - 03


The Immorality of Nice Fornication

by Anthony Esolen
CatholiCity.com

The strongest case that Nice Fornicators make for themselves is that they are “committed” to one another in love, and that this commitment carries sufficient moral weight to justify their actions.
But this case cannot be taken seriously. For the couple either are committed to one another forever, or they are not. If they are, what prevents them from marrying? The Justice of the Peace is a short drive away. Man is the only creature that can make a promise, devoting his future to someone else, here and now. If he makes such a promise and rejoices in it, then naturally he should wish to make that promise public. A private promise relies too heavily upon private feelings, and in the case of a dispute, involves one person's testimony and interpretation against another's. But when you make the promise publicly, before a delegated representative of the people or of the Church, then it becomes a solemn vow, and you are saying, "I make this vow, and I give you the authority to hold me to it." The "piece of paper" that some Nice Fornicators scoff at is a token that such a vow has been made before one's countrymen or fellow Christians, and that one submits to all the laws pertaining to that vow – for even the sexual revolution has not yet managed to eviscerate those laws entirely.
The "commitment" of the Nice Fornicators is, then, an equivocation. It looks as if it implies all that marriage implies, but it does not. The Nice Fornicators are lying to themselves, lying to one another, and lying to everyone else. Suppose they have set a date for the marriage. They either fully intend to keep the date or they do not. If they do, why must they engage in sexual relations now? Why must they have the consummation before they have the marriage?
An intention to make a vow is not the same thing as actually making the vow. Why should the act that makes for children precede the vow that provides for their being born within the fold of indissoluble love? Why should the act that says, in the language of the body, "All that I am belongs to you alone, forever," precede the vow that gives that language its sanction and its anchor in a community that upholds its truth? Is it only because the Nice Fornicators want to hold a party and it takes some time to prepare one, or because they want a "church wedding" (without, however, observing the commandments of Scripture)? Why not then remain continent beforehand?
Here we come to the nub of the matter. A consummated action is unmistakable, but a private intention is vague and shifting. The Nice Fornicators want to marry, eventually. But they want to fornicate now. Say to the Nice Fornicators who have set a date, "You must live apart from one another for the next year, and promise to be chaste." What are the choices? They may say, "We can't trust ourselves; we'd better go to the Justice of the Peace." Or, "What difference does chastity make?" – in which case they contradict themselves, because they have all along been claiming, implicitly, that the sexual act is a tremendous guarantee, one to the other, of unbending love, and now they wish it to be treated as something of small import, as if they were being required to abstain from going to the movies. Or they may agree. If they do agree, then why should they not have been chaste all along? The reason is not far to seek. Nice Fornicators want to fornicate. They find one another attractive. They go out for a pizza, or catch a ballgame. They "make out." Soon one thing leads to another. The more scrupulous among them defer intercourse for a while, in the meantime engaging in plenty of actions that violate the letter and the spirit of chastity. They may be quite legalistic in their understanding of sexual morality: "We won't do that, until we feel we are really in love, and are committed."
They engage in sexual activity not because they love one another, but to discover whether they can love one another; it is an act not of free submission, but of trial. There are wheels within wheels. The Nice Fornicators say, "We are committed to one another," but since the commitment resides in the realm of feeling and intention, rather than of publicly enacted vow, neither one can be quite sure of what that commitment entails, either for himself or for the other. The body, in sexual intercourse, speaks: "This is a marital act." But the Nice Fornicator, at the height of sexual pleasure, registers a reservation, thus: "I am committed to discovering whether this would be acceptable as a marital act." The one partner may say, "If I do this, he will marry me," while the other says, "Unless she does this, I can't marry her."
Nice Fornication, then, is a strange mix of hedonism, genuine but compromised love, carelessness for the child that may be conceived, aloofness from the community, wishful thinking, and dishonesty. All that, and a violation of the word of God besides.

stjos/stvdp: 09.25.2011 - 04


Comment on the article
A friend of mine directed my attention to this article. I thought it was excellent and deserved to be shared in the bulletin.
It speaks to a problem that is endemic in our community and in communities throughout the nation.
I realize that I utilize the parish bulletin for a fair amount of “catechesis on sexuality”. I do so because I am convinced that there is an urgent need for such. Some persons might question the propriety of devoting so much space to such matters. I can only say the following in answer to that:
The Catholic Church (and, a priori, our two parishes) are all about rescuing people from Hell and signing them up for Heaven. One of the principal pathways that people travel who are on their way to Hell is the pathway of Lust. When the Blessed Mother appeared to the children at Fatima (Lucia, age 10; Francesco, age 9; Jacinta, age 7) one of the things that she did was to show them a vision of Hell. The children report that they were horrified at the sight. Although I have never had a vision as such, I admit to being horrified at the thought that anyone I love, indeed any human being, would go to Hell. Anything I can do or say to help people to “wake up and smell the brimstone” I shall do. It is not a matter of being “judgmental”. I am commanded to leave all judgment to God. But I do know what is pleasing to God and what is displeasing to Him. I do know the difference between the state of sanctifying grace and the state of mortal sin.
While I realize that not all sin is sexual, at the same time I cannot ignore the prevalence and popularity of sexual sin in our community and I cannot ignore how people tend to rationalize it and deny it.
So, at the risk of incurring the wrath (or, at least, the displeasure) of some, I want to say as the Church has often said: Fornication (sexual union between two persons who are not validly married to one another) is mortally sinful. If a person commits fornication and dies without having sincerely repented and confessed this sin, he / she will lose his / her salvation and will go to Hell. Fornication includes, of course, living together in sexual union without being married, even if there is an intention, whether explicit or merely implicit, of getting married “when we get the money to have a nice wedding” or “when I get a job” or “when we finish our education” or “when the economy improves” or “when the planets are aligned to our satisfaction”.
Someone might say to me: “Well, that’s your opinion!”
To which I reply: “No, my friend, that is not my opinion! Neither is it my opinion! It is the teaching of the Catholic Church, which means it is the teaching of Jesus Christ, which means that it is the teaching of God. Having said that, I don’t know what else to say!”

stjos/stvdp: 09.25.2011 - 05


IF YOU HAVE EVER SAID ANYTHING DUMB IN YOUR LIFE, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE. JUST BE GRATEFUL THAT NO ONE WAS AROUND TO RECORD YOUR WORDS FOR POSTERITY! UNFORTUNATELY SOMEONE WAS AROUND FOR THESE POOR FOLKS!

Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer:         I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever.

Q&A / Miss Alabama / Miss USA contest

• Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.

Mariah Carey


• Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.

Brooke Shields

• I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.

Winston Bennett, basketball player, University of Kentucky

• Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

Marion Barry, Mayor, Washington , DC

• That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it.

A congressional candidate in Texas

• Half this game is ninety percent mental.

Danny Ozark, Manager, Philadelphia Phillies

• It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.

Vice-President Al Gore

• I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix.

Vice-President Dan Quayle

• We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?

Lee Iacocca

• The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.

Joe Theisman, NFL quarterback and sports analyst

• We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people.

Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor

• Your food stamps will be stopped effective (date) because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances.

Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina

• Traditionally, most of Australia 's imports come from overseas.

Keppel Enderbery, Australian Trade Spokesman

• If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record.

Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

stjos/stvdp: 09.25.2011 - 06


E-MAIL: THE DILEMMA, THE SOLUTION, THE APOLOGY, THE PROMISE
As you know (from the first page of the bulletin), there are three email addresses listed. One of them is for St. Joseph Parish, one is for St. Vincent dePaul Parish and one is for the pastor personally.
If truth be told, when these email addresses were initially set up (July of 2008), all of the mail came to me personally but, for purposes of sending mail, I always used my personal address.
Then a funny (not-so-funny) thing happened!
In December 2010, I suffered a computer crash, as a result of which I was without email for a week or two.
Then I bought a new computer and managed to get my personal email address to function, but not the two parish addresses. Why not? I have no idea! I was frustrated by this and tried to find a way to solve the problem, but it is nigh to impossible to get to talk to a real, live, competent human being when calling Verizon.
Just today, following a hunch that Ian had, I managed to get the emails addressed to the parishes to arrive on my computer as g-mails. (Thank you, Ian!)
I am happy about this. However, I am realizing that there are probably some persons who sent me emails via the parish addresses — emails that were looking for some response. But they never received a response, as a result of which there are probably some persons out there in cyberspace who are annoyed at me for not getting back to them.
So, if you happen to be one of those persons, please accept my apology.
In my spare time, I am going to look over these emails, delete the junk, and tend to the ones that require a reply.
Meanwhile, please continue to use whichever of the email addresses suits your fancy.
Apparently they are all now coming through.
I just need to pray that there will be no more crashes.
THE DIOCESAN AUDITORS have been going around to various and sundry parishes doing what auditors do, viz. audit. The auditors sent to audit our two parishes are among the kindest, smartest and most efficient persons I know. They have been immensely helpful. They made an appointment to sit down with me recently in order to go over their findings about the financial situation(s) of our two parishes. Needless to say, I knew what to expect, but it was interesting to have it all spelled out in excruciating detail. I use the word “excruciating” advisedly!
If I were to say that our financial situation is not good, I would be telling no lie, nor would I be exaggerating, although I would have to say that, while one of our parishes is still breathing on its own, the other is on a respirator.
I don’t think any of this is “startling news” to anyone!
One of the things that I want to do is to resurrect the finance councils of the two parishes.
It may be that some have thought that the pastor did not want the services of the finance councils.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I do want and value the contributions of the finance councils. The reason we have not met in a coon’s age is simply this: There has not been sufficient clarity about our financial picture, as a result of which I felt stymied in trying to have meetings that would be truly informative. The reason for this lack of clarity is probably well known to the members of the councils.
Very shortly, I shall be in touch with the members of the two councils, asking them if they would be willing to resume meeting. Four times a year (i.e. quarterly) is the recommendation of the Diocese. We will soon be coming to the close of the first quarter of the 2011-12 fiscal year. Early (or mid) October would seem to be a good time for a meeting.

stjos/stvdp: 09.25.2011 - 07


SOME NEWS AND SOME COMMENTARY

USCCB SPOKESMAN COMPARES OBAMA OFFICIALS TO LETTERMAN, LENO
Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, compares Obama administration officials in the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to late-night comedians who “feel free to diss the Church.”
Echoing the contents of Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s recent letter to President Barack Obama, Walsh writes that “the Justice Department simply writes off as bigots those with longstanding support for traditional marriage. And if the Justice Department gets its way in court, those considered bigots by the federal government will be marginalized with the full moral, economic and coercive power of the state.”
Comedians “may be playing for laughs, but it is something more when the government abandons its centuries-old truce with religion,” Walsh concludes. “Toying with freedom for religion bodes ill--not just for Catholics, but also for the Constitution and anyone who lives under it.” (CatholicCulture.org, 23 Sept 11)
Comment: The article above makes reference to a letter written this past week by Abp. Dolan (Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) to President Obama. This letter is available on the Internet to anyone who wishes to read it. I do recommend that you read it. You can find it at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/promotion-and-defense-of-marriage/upload/dolan-to-obama-doma-letter-sept-20-2011.pdf
Never in the history of the United States has there been so much tension between the Catholic Church and the White House. We are living in perilous times. The particular emphasis in Abp. Dolan’s letter to the President is the administration’s opposition to DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).
I direct your attention to the following sentence in the Archbishop’s letter: “The Administration’s failure to change course in this matter will, as the attached analysis indicates, precipitate a national conflict between Church and State of enormous proportions and to the detriment of both institutions.”
Let’s make an analogy: Moses (Church) had some problems with Pharaoh (State). He went to the Pharaoh and said (politely but firmly), “Mr. Pharaoh, Sir, God told me to tell you, ‘Let My people go!’” Pharaoh said, “I’m not inclined to do so. Now get the heck out of my sight or I’ll have my boys throw you to the crocodiles!” And then Moses said, “Well, Mr. Pharaoh, Sir, if that’s your attitude, it’s my sad duty to warn you that I’m going to have to report you to God and, if I know anything about God, I can tell you that you’ll be sorry!” You can read the rest of the story in Exodus.

BUS TRIP TO SHRINE OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

To: The Eleven Persons Who Are Signed Up to Go (Ten plus the pastor)
From: EBC
Yes, it is definite that we will be going!
The date is Wednesday, 05 October.
The only change from “Plan A” is that we shall be going via van, not via bus. I hope this is acceptable to you. Reason we are not going via bus is simply this: We can’t charter a bus for only eleven persons! I had hoped that we would get at least thirty (preferably forty) persons to sign up but, barring a last minute surge, I don’t think that will happen.
However, it is not too late! If anyone still wants to go, all you have to do is call Susan at (570) 385-5924.
There is room on the van for fifteen persons.

stjos/stvdp: 09.25.2011 - 08


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