MASS SCHEDULE: 27 MAY - 03 JUNE
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 26 May
Vigil of Pentecost
05:30 pm — AMEDEO ZELLI
by Rosemary Zelli

Sunday, 27 May
Pentecost
10:00 am — JAMES and PATRICIA CHRISTMAN
by Lucretia Christman
11:30 am — TIMOTHY and AGNES CONNOLLY
by their nephew, Edward

Monday, 28 May
Weekday
08:00 am — DAN WOZNISKI
by OPM

Tuesday, 29 May
Weekday
07:00 pm — JOANNE GIBAS
by OPM

Wednesday, 30 May
Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. RICHARD NELKE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 31 May
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
08:00 am — DAN WOZNISKY
by OPM

Friday, 01 June
St. Justin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: JAN and LISA ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 02 June
SS. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Trinity Sunday
05:30 pm — WALTER YURENKA
by his wife, Argia

Sunday, 03 June
Trinity Sunday
11:30 am — ANTHONY CATIZONE and DECEASED OF FAMILY
by Mickey Catizone

 MASS SCHEDULE: 27 MAY - 03 JUNE
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 26 May
Vigil of Pentecost
04:00 pm — JOHN J. JOYCE (4th anniversary)
by his wife, Jeanne

Sunday, 27 May
Pentecost
08:30 am — ALBERTA COONEY
by her sister, Elizabeth Ryan

Monday, 28 May
Weekday
07:00 pm — ELIZABETH MOKRITSKY
by OPM

Tuesday, 29 May
Weekday
08:00 am — LORETTA TRUHE
by her sister, Betty

Wednesday, 30 May
Weekday
07:00 pm — ALBERT TOMCAVAGE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 31 May
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
07:00 pm — FRANCIS P. O’REILLY (1st anniversary)
by his brother-in-law, Edward

Friday, 01 June
St. Justin, martyr (OblMem)
05:00 pm — JOSEPH ROSENBERGER
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 02 June
Vigil of Trinity Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE (25th anniversary of birth)
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Sunday, 03 June
Trinity Sunday
08:30 am — THOMAS and DOROTHY DORASKI
by Carole Krick

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
19 / 20 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,534.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $58.00 from the second collection (plate); $61.00 from the Dues envelopes; $49.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $247.00 from the Ascension Thursday envelopes; $144.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,093.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,093.00) 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 $941.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $732.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $95.00 from the second collection (plate); $428.00 from the Ascension Thursday envelopes; $45.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $78.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,378.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,378.00) 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 $615.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 29 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 31 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 01 June
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 29 May
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm, followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, 01 June
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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JAMES PATRICK LANGON Sr.,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Saturday, 26 May.
Born on 30 March 1929, he was 83 years of age.
James is the son of the late John J. and Margaret (Kelly) Langon.
He was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 07 April 1929 by Fr. John J. Hughes.
On 29 November 1952, he married Dorothy M. Taylor in St. Joseph Church, in the presence of Fr. Denis J. O’Callaghan.
James and Dorothy have two children: James P. Langon Jr., MD and Judith Langon Ryan.
They have four grandchildren: Jason Ryan; Alyson Langon; Mallory Langon; Austin Langon.
They have one great-grandchild: Violet Ryan.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Wednesday, 30 May, at 11:00 am.
There will be a viewing on Tuesday, 29 May, from 06:00 to 08:00 pm at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home and again from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the church.
The interment will take place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto James, 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.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING
• Starting next weekend (02/03 June), the 05:30 pm Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Chapel but the 11:30 am Mass will be celebrated in the Upper Church. This will be our “Summer schedule”.
(As noted before, this arrangement seems to be a suitable compromise between “comfort” and “splendor”. The chapel is air-conditioned but not splendid. If you are willing to sacrifice splendor for comfort, we suggest you attend the 05:30 pm Mass. The upper church is splendid but not air-conditioned. If you are willing to sacrifice comfort for splendor, we suggest you attend the 11:30 am Mass.)
• The 10:00 am Mass (offered only on the last Sunday of each month) will be celebrated in St. Joseph Chapel throughout the year, including today (27 May).

 THE DRAWING FOR THE LOTTERY TREE
will take place today (27 May) after the 08:30 am Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church.
WHO WILL WIN ALL THOSE INSTANT LOTTERY TICKETS?
WE SHALL SOON FIND OUT!
THE TENSION IS MOUNTING!
LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR CHANCES ON THE TREE!!

stjos/stvdp:05.27.2012 - 03


MEMORANDUM

SUBJECT: Political Campaign Activity Restrictions on Churches — Federal Law
TO: Parishes of the Diocese of Allentown
FROM: Joseph F. Leeson Jr., Esq.
Legal Counsel, Diocese of Allentown
DATE: May 16, 2012

As a nation, we are about to encounter a highly contested election cycle involving political contests on federal, state and local levels. You may receive requests from candidates or political parties, or their representatives, requesting involvement of yourself, or the requested use of parish facilities in campaign activities.
All organizations that possess IRS tax exempt status (including Churches) are required by federal law to abstain from involvement in political activity, or lose their tax exempt status.
The following is a brief synopsis of some of the issues that often arise in this area, and how they should be addressed to prevent violations of the law.

1. Endorsements or Statements of Opposition to a Particular Candidate: Prohibited. Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code prohibits organizations that are exempt from federal income tax from participating or intervening in political campaigns in support of, or in opposition to any candidate for public office. This prohibition is absolute, and it is not just limited to Churches — it extends to all tax exempt organizations, whether religiously affiliated or not. Violation is punishable by loss of tax exemptions and loss of tax deductibility as regards contributions and donations.
2. Appearances by Candidates or Their Spokespersons at Church Events: Not recommended (no selectivity is allowed, if one candidate for an office is invited, all of the candidates for that office should be invited, regardless of their stance on abortion, life issues, etc.) No favoritism may be shown either — no political signs or banners allowed at Church events.
3. Bumper Stickers: Cannot be placed on Church vehicles.
4. Campaign Materials on Parish Property: Not allowed from any candidate, political party or political action committee.
5. Educating Voters: Permissible to educate voters about issues. Voter guides may be distributed to reflect candidate voting records and positions on issues, but cannot support or oppose any candidate by name.
6. Financial Support for a Candidate: Prohibited.
7. Fundraising to Benefit a Candidate: Prohibited.
8. Parish Mailing Lists: May not be sold, rented or loaned to candidates, political parties or political action committees.
9. Photo Opportunities (“Photo Ops”): Not recommended.
10. Pulpit Appearances by Candidates: Prohibited.
11. Renting Facilities: Check with Diocese first. If you rent to one candidate, you must grant requests for rental to all on exact same terms (regardless of views on abortion, life issues, etc.)
12. Campaign Signs on Church Property: Prohibited (limited exception is if the Church is an Election Day polling place — signs are allowed on Election Day only.)

stjos/stvdp: 05.27.2012 - 04


 FIRST
HOLY COMMUNIONH
MAY 2012

                           
               St. Vincent dePaul Church             St. Joseph Church
               Saturday, 19 May 2012                   Sunday, 20 May 2012           

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 First Holy Communion
St. Vincent dePaul Parish
Saturday, 19 May 2012
 
 

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  First Holy Communion
St. Joseph Parish
Sunday, 20 May 2012
 
 

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St. Vincent dePaul / St. Joseph
First Holy Communion Collage
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012

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THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF the Infant of Prague statue in StVdP Church burns in memory of Sister Susan Osmola, OSF, at the request of Sharon Smith.
FAREWELL TO THE PASCHAL CANDLE!
The paschal candle is “installed” in the front of the church during the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening. It stays there up to and including Pentecost Sunday, after which it takes a humbler position, near the baptism font. It is brought forward again for baptisms and for funeral.

HAVE YOU DONATED YET TO
THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL?
Please do so as soon as possible
(even sooner, if possible).
If you have not received your contribution card,
please let us know.
PLEASE TRY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE tomorrow (Monday, 28 May). It is sponsored by the American Legion Post #309 of Girardville. It begins on Main Street (in front of the McDonald’s Funeral Home) and proceeds from there to the Veterans Memorial at 3rd and Ogden Streets.
We are privileged to honor those who “more than self their country loved and mercy more than life”.
WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT BILL O’REILLY TO BEAT UP ON?
I guess I should send him a donation from time to time.
No, I don’t think so. He can buy and sell us all.
So, what’s my latest complaint about dear old Bill?
Here it is: Although Bill professes to be “pro-life” (and I think he sincerely thinks that he is), he said this past week (in response to an email that chided him for the same reason that I am chiding him) that “pro-choice” is not the same as “pro-abortion”.
But I say that it is! Let me give an example.
Suppose you want to throw rotten eggs at Bill O’Reilly’s house and are actually planning to do so.
Suppose also that I personally do not want to throw rotten eggs at Bill O’Reilly’s house and have no intention of doing so.
Now, suppose further that you ask me to lend you some money so that you can buy some eggs to throw at Bill O’Reilly’s house, plus some gasoline to put in your tank so that you can drive up to Bill O’Reilly’s house.
And suppose that I say to you, “Well, okay! I’ll lend you fifty bucks. But I want you to know that I think it is a bad idea to throw eggs at Bill O’Reilly’s house — or at anyone’s house for that matter! And I definitely won’t participate in this venture of yours. On the other hand, I do respect your freedom of choice. Who am I to stand in the way of your exercise of your free will? So, here’s fifty dollars. Please pay me back next week!”
Now comes the question: Would you categorize me as being PRO or CON when it comes to throwing eggs at Bill O’Reilly’s house? Would you not say that I am PRO? By supporting your ill-advised choice, I become a PRO-THROWING OF EGGS person! “Pro-Choice” is simply limp-wristed “Pro-Abortion”.
Tell me where I am going wrong!

stjos/stvdp: 05.27.2012 - 09


THIS POSTER WAS RELEASED RECENTLY by the official Obama-Biden Campaign. It can be viewed on the Web.
All of us are aware, of course, that President Obama has come out in favor of homosexual marriage. He did so on 09 May 2012, during an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News.
Until then, the President had been somewhat ambiguous about his support for the legalization of homosexual marriage. It was rather clear to all who follow political news that he was in favor of it, but there was always the technicality that he had not said so explicitly. Now he has.
I think it is interesting to examine Obama’s “evolution” on the matter of “gay marriage”.
Prior to 09 May (as far as most of us were aware) Obama would say that his views on “gay marriage” were “evolving”. This was a rather clear indication that he was "evolving” away from opposition to support thereof. The only real question was: When would his evolution arrive at the point at which it would be suitable for public view?
Prior to running (successfully) for President of the United States (2008), Obama had run (successfully) for the post of US Senator from Illinois (2004).
In both his 2004 senatorial campaign and his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama expressed opposition to the legalization of “gay marriage”.
All of the above is probably well known to you as it is well known to me.
But there is more to know:
In 1996, Obama ran (successfully) for a seat in the Illinois State Senate (13th District). He ran again (also successfully) for re-election in 2002.
Here is the point that I am driving at: In 1996 Barack Obama personally signed a letter (photocopy available on line) in which he responded to a questionnaire submitted to him as a candidate for the Illinois State Senate. He stated his positions on nine particular issues. One of his statements was the following:

“I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,
and would fight efforts to prohibit such matters.”

But, when he ran for US Senator in 2004 and for President in 2008, he clearly said — and said repeatedly — that he opposed same-sex marriage. After being elected President, he started saying that his views on same-sex marriage were “evolving”.
Logically, we have to conclude that Barack Obama was in favor of same-sex marriage (1996 to 2004) before he was against same-sex marriage (2004 to 2012), but that was before he was in favor of same-sex marriage (2012).
Another interesting (but not so newsworthy) sentence in that same letter is the following:

“I support a woman’s right to choose an abortion, favor Medicaid funding of abortions for poor women, and oppose parental notification laws.”
Someone might ask, “Is it appropriate — in fact, is it legal — to place political information such as this in a parish bulletin? After all, religion is religion and politics is politics!
My answer is this: “Yes, it is both appropriate and legal. Along with the Catholic bishops of the United States, I declare that same-sex marriage is immoral and that all good Catholics and other persons of good will must oppose its legalization.”
And, almost needless to say, abortion is immoral and obliging taxpayers to pay for abortions is immoral. Violating the right of parents to be notified is also immoral.
It is a fact — it is not partisanship nor is it wild rhetoric — that President Obama is in favor of same-sex marriage and is in favor of abortion.
It is also a fact that the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church teach that murder of the innocent (abortion) and sodomy (same-sex marriage) are sins that cry out to God for vengeance.
As to which candidate you should vote for in November, I have nothing to say. That’s your business, not mine. We are all responsible before God for our decisions — and a vote is always a decision.

stjos/stvdp: 05.27.2012 - 10


WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background
: The following email exchange (three in all) took place on Saturday, 26 May.
The sender is referring to the message currently displayed on the sign at the southeast corner of Main and Richard Streets, outside the former IHES. To his credit, the sender did include his name, but I have not included it in this re-print.
The words on the sign are as follows:

TWO MEN
CAN BE FRIENDS
BUT NOT SPOUSES
*************************************************

E-mail #01
From: (omitted)
To: ebconnolly@verizon.net
Subject: Promotion of Hatred

Ed Connoly,
My name is (omitted for sake of privacy) and I grew up in Girardville. I attended IHES until I was in 7th grade. Driving through town today i noticed the lovely message displayed on the sign at my alma mater. Your entitled self importance and hunger for hatred and social dicotmy makes me sad. You personally served the funeral mass for my grandmother, (name omitted), which i greatly appreciated. She taught me as a child to respect everyone and embedded in me that I am no better than the next person. Please take down your sign and stop spreading hatred and bigotry to our already divided town.
(Name omitted for sake of privacy)

E-mail #02

Dear (Name omitted for sake of privacy)
I don’t think of myself as being especially important. I am what I am. Importance is no issue to me. It’s not clear why you raise the issue of “importance”.
As a priest and as the pastor of the two parishes in Girardville, I do claim to be an authorized and qualified teacher of the truths of the Catholic Faith. If that makes me “important” — well, so be it.
Some of the truths that I teach (as an agent of the Catholic Church) have their origin in Natural Law and some of them in Divine Revelation. The words that I placed on the message board are a simple statement of a truth that comes from Natural Law. I think it is a rather bland and forthright statement of a fact. It certainly is not hateful.
I do remember your dear grandmother, (name omitted for sake of privacy). May she rest in peace and may the Lord raise her — glorious and immortal — from the dead when He returns to this earth. I hope I can say that, like your grandmother, I respect everyone and I don’t think of myself as being “better than the next person”. Why you would think otherwise is a mystery to me.
You are most welcome to stop by at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory at your convenience for coffee and conversation — or some other beverage of your choice, plus conversation.
In Christ Jesus –
Fr. Edward B. Connolly

E-mail #03

I am not a member of any organized religion and just because your book says something like homosexuality is wrong means nothing to me. Equality of all people should be the message you preach. The world today is a frightening and fragile place. Being accepting of others is important to persevere as a civilization. When "God" returns you can tell him I said that since I will most likley be condemned for my moral beliefs. I just wanted to let you know I think your sign is more of an eyesore than the pirate statue that you performed a demonstration in front of. Thank you for your response but do not expect me for lunch.

stjos/stvdp: 05.27.2012 - 11


EIGHT SYMBOLS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
(cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church / paragraphs 694-701)

1. WATER
Water signifies the Spirit's action in Baptism. Our first birth took place in water, so the baptismal water signifies our divine birth.
2. ANOINTING
Anointing is the sacramental sign of Confirmation (called "Chrismation" in the East). Jesus is God's Anointed in a unique way because the Spirit established him as the Christ at his conception. Now, the glorified Jesus pours out the Holy Spirit until the saints constitute "the whole Christ" (St. Augustine).
3. FIRE
Fire symbolizes the transforming energy of the Spirit. John the Baptist proclaimed that Jesus would "baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire" (Lk 3:16). Jesus came "to cast fire on the earth" (Lk 12:40) and on Pentecost, the Spirit came in the form of tongues "as of fire" (Acts 2:3-4). Paul uses the image saying, "Do not quench the Spirit" (1Thess 5:19).
4. CLOUD and LIGHT
In the New Testament, the Spirit "overshadowed" the Virgin Mary and during the Transfiguration the Spirit came in a "cloud and overshadowed everyone" (Lk 9:34-35). At the Ascension, the cloud took Jesus from the disciples' sight (Acts 1:9).
5. THE SEAL
This is a symbol very similar to anointing. "The Father has set his seal" on Christ (Jn 6:27). This seal indicates the indelible effect of the Spirit in Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders.
6. THE HAND
In Acts, the apostles bestow the Spirit by the laying on of hands. The Church has kept this sign of the Spirit's power in the sacramental epiclesis.
7. THE FINGER
The Spirit, "the finger of the Father's right hand," writes "on the tablets of human hearts" (2 Cor 3:3).
8. THE DOVE
When Christ came up from his baptismal bath, the Spirit in the form of a dove remained upon him.

Seven Names of the Holy Spirit (other than “Holy Spirit”)
(cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church / paragraphs 692-693)

1. The Paraclete (Jn 14:16-26, 15:26, 16:7), meaning "advocate" and "consoler."
2. The Spirit of Truth (John 16,13)
3. The Spirit of the promise (Galatians 3, 14)
4. The Spirit of adoption (Romans 8,15)
5. The Spirit of Christ (Romans 8, 9)
6. The Spirit of the Lord (1 Corinthians 3, 17)
7. The Spirit of God (Romans 8,14)

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