Saturday, 23 June
Vigil of Birth of St. John the Baptist
05:30 pm — KATHLEEN [“Kitty”] KELLY RITRO
by the James Connell family

Sunday, 24 June
Birth of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky
11:30 am — JOSEPH P. KAPLAFKA Sr.
by Bernadine Chupasko and sons

Monday, 25 June
08:00 am — MILDRED A. VALE
by Jerome and Marie Gilmartin

Tuesday, 26 June
07:00 pm — MARY RYAN
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 27 June
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: SAMUEL JUDE GONTIS
rescheduled from 12 June

Thursday, 28 June
St. Irenaeus, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
by Thomasine Moran

Friday, 29 June
SS, Peter and Paul, apostles (Sol)
08:00 am — HARRY and ANN (Rovinsky) PITTS
by their daughter, Dolores

Saturday, 30 June
First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church (OptMem)
08:00 am — Rev. ROBERT R. FAGAN
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — LEO FULGINITI
by Mimi, Mike and Eddie Sincavage

Sunday, 01 July
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
11:30 am — JAMES LANGON
by Henry and Eileen Wayne


Saturday, 23 June
Vigil of Birth of St. John the Baptist
04:00 pm — ANDREW and MARY POWLICK
by John and Barbara Petrousky and family

Sunday, 24 June
Birth of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
08:30 am — Deceased: CAVANAUGH and LUTE FAMILIES
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Monday, 25 June
07:00 pm — JOHN and NELLIE BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 26 June
08:00 am — DAN WOZNISKY
rescheduled from 20 June

Wednesday, 27 June
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — DAN WOZNISKY
by OPM

Thursday, 28 June
St. Irenaeus, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
by Al and Anne Zielinski

Friday, 29 June
SS, Peter and Paul, apostles (Sol)
05:00 pm — DAN WOZNISKY
by OPM

Saturday, 30 June
Vigil of Sunday
by Uncle Kelly, Aunt Sharon, cousins Kelly, Tara and Mitchell

Sunday, 01 July
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
by the McKeown family

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16 / 17 June

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,389.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $71.00 from the second collection (plate); $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $174.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,754.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $129.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,754.00) 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 $602.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $685.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $36.00 from the second collection (plate); $49.00 from the loose.
Total: $770.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $156.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($770.00) 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 $7.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 27 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 28 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 29 June
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 27 June
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, 29 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

A VISITOR DROPPED A CHECK (DONATION) FOR ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS into the collection basket at one of the Masses at St. Joseph’s last weekend. I won’t mention his name. Unknown to all but the pastor, this particular gentleman has been extraordinarily generous to the parishes of which I have been pastor over the past 26 years. He was an eleven-year old altar boy when I first met him in 1967 at a parish in Allentown. Moral of the story: Be kind to the altar boys and, when they grow up, they might be kind to you! — Thank you, dear friend!

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fifth child (third son) of John M. (Sr.) and Helen F. (Dangelo) Pikitus, will be baptized today (Sunday, 24 June) at St. Joseph Church.
John Michael is a beautiful (handsome) little lad. We are delighted that God has created him and that John and Helen cooperated with God in this magnificent work.
Children are the best fruit of marriage.
It will be a joy to baptize John Michael.
The main purpose of Baptism is removal of the original sin.
Once the original sin is removed, in comes the sanctifying grace.
Putting this in a more sophisticated theological way, the main purpose of Baptism is JUSTIFICATION, followed immediately by SANCTIFICATION.
So today (the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist) will see John Michael become a JUSTIFIED and SANCTIFIED human being!
Wow! That’s really something!
Now all that John and Helen have to do is see to it that the lad is raised in the practice of the Faith. They are doing a good job with children #01 to #04. We have every reason to expect that they will do the same — maybe even better now that they have some practice! — with child 05.
We might mention here that Child #01 is already of adult age and is a faithful member of the Catholic Church. Albert J. Pikitus (“AJ”) serves the 08:30 am Mass just about every Sunday. We hereby appoint “AJ” as role model for his baby brother.
May God bless John Michael Pikitus Jr., the newest member of our parish!

ALL OF US ARE REQUIRED AT TIMES to extend “words of comfort” to a family that has lost a member in death. There are certain things that are appropriate to say and there are certain things that are inappropriate.
We list some of each here:

I am sorry for your pain.
I am sorry about ____’s death, and I’d like to help in any way I can. I am here for you whenever you need me.
I can’t know how you feel, but I want to help you in any way I can.

INAPPROPRIATE (not helpful)
I understand/know how you feel.
Move on - get over it.
You must be over it by now.
You’re doing such a wonderful job!
It could be worse, you still have ….
You’ll be strong because of this.
It was G-d’s will.
________ is in a better place.

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An Irishman is stumbling through the woods, totally drunk, when he comes upon a preacher baptizing people in the river.
The drunk proceeds into the water, subsequently bumping into the preacher.
The preacher turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, whereupon, he asks the drunk, "Are you ready to find Jesus?"
The drunk shouts, "Yes, I am! Indeed I am!"
So the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the water.
He pulls him back and asks, "Brother, have you found Jesus?"
The drunk replies, "No, I haven't found him!"
The preacher, annoyed at the answer, dunks him again but keeps him down a little longer.
Again he pulls him out of the water and asks, "Have you found Jesus, me brother?"
The drunk answers, "No, I haven't found Jesus!"
By this time, the preacher is at his wits’ end and dunks the drunk again — but this time holds him down for about thirty seconds and, when he begins flailing his arms and legs, he pulls him up.
Again, the preacher asks the drunk, "For the love of God, brother, have you found Jesus?"
The drunk staggers upright, wipes his eyes, coughs up a bit of water, catches his breath and says to the preacher, "Are you sure this is where he fell in"?
Do you know who Tiberius was?
I’m referring to the Emperor Tiberius.
He was the second Emperor of Rome and ruled from AD 14 to 37.
He was the Emperor during the time of the adult years of Jesus.
He was the Emperor whose image was on the “coin of tribute” that Jesus referred to when He said, “Render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, etc.”
He is the Emperor to whom Pontius Pilate owed his job and he is the “Caesar” to whom the crowd was referring when they threatened to report Pilate to Caesar if he did not crucify Jesus.
Apparently he was a man who was not unfamiliar with the juice of the grape.
I came across something the other day that made me smile.
It is something written about Tiberius by the Roman historian Seneca:
“Tiberius was drunk only once in his life. He maintained one continual drunken spell from the time he began to drink until he died."
If you have not yet made your contribution to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for 2012, would you PLEASE do so?
It would be lovely if I were able to say to my fellow priests: “Yes, my parishes met their goals. How about yours?”

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A few relevant facts about her: She lives in the Rochester NY area. She is 68 years old. She is a widow and a grandmother. She used to work as a school-bus driver but, having retired from that job at age 65, she has been working the past three years as a school-bus monitor for the Athena Middle School, part of the Greece Central School District in New York State.
Two facts about Karen made her particularly vulnerable to verbal abuse: (a) She is somewhat overweight. (People can be cruel to people who are overweight.) (b) She has a son who committed suicide about ten years ago.)
A few days ago, while riding on the bus taking children home from school, Karen was subjected to a horrific episode of what is called “bullying”. The “bullies” were four boys, all about 13 years old. They incorporated the two facts mentioned above in order to make the bullying especially personal and offensive. The entire episode was captured on video. (The fact that one of the boys on the bus videotaped the incident is fortunate, although the boy’s motive in videotaping it was dishonorable. Stupidly, he was hoping that it would add to Karen’s embarrassment.)
When I saw the video, I was overwhelmed with anger and sadness. Frankly, I felt like doing significant physical harm to the bullies. Fortunately (for me and for them) I was in no position to do so! I also felt like wrapping my arms around Karen in order to shield her from the vicious verbal slurs. I am honest when I say that I found my eyes watering up in a combination of anger and sadness!
Now, of course, I am calmed down! Being calmed down, I ask myself: “What kind of children are these boys who would deliberately torment an elderly and helpless woman?”
An image came to mind of “demon children” — the kind who are portrayed in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. (You may recall the scene in which Judas is pursued by a gang of “demon boys” into the desert.)
What do I think of these boys?
Here is what I think: I think that they are “dead inside”. (Actually, I’m borrowing that phrase from Glenn Beck who was asked to comment on the incident.)
I’ll be a bit more theological than Glenn Beck. I think “dead inside” is more or less synonymous with “being in the state of habitual mortal sin”. (I realize that someone will say that this is judgmental. I say otherwise.)
Sometimes mortal sin rises so much to the surface that one can almost smell it.
But is it POSSIBLE for a 13-year-old (early adolescence) to be in MORTAL sin? Yes, I’m quite sure it is possible. We might be surprised to know that someone as young as 13 could possibly have sufficient volitional power to commit MORTAL sin.
I know for a fact that, when I was a kid in Most Precious Blood School in Philadelphia (grades one to eight), we were taught quite clearly that it was possible for “older children” (ages about 12 on up) to be in the state of MORTAL sin. This teaching is not favored by liberal catechists today. That’s a great pity and a great disservice to our children.
That’s one reason why I am so concerned about children in my own parishes who NEVER (at least almost never) come to Mass.
Going to Mass faithfully every Sunday and holyday, together with frequent confession of sin (venial sin will do!) is the #1 most powerful antidote to falling into MORTAL sin.
God knows there is plenty of opportunity “out there” for MORTAL sin.
If you (who read this bulletin) have any kind of awareness, you KNOW that this is true.
I beg all parents in Girardville (and beyond) to bring your children to Mass every Sunday. Bring them to Confession periodically. Pray with them at home. Pray for them wherever you are.
Your children are your most precious treasure. God has lent them to you for just a few years so that you can put them on the right path. Otherwise, their adversary, the Devil, like a roaring lion, will devour them.

stjos/stvdp: 06.24.2012 - 05

MONSIGNOR WILLIAM J. LYNN has been convicted of one charge of “child endangerment” and acquitted of the two other charges brought against him.
In case you have not been following the story closely, let me point out that Msgr. Lynn is not charged with — and never has been charged with — having performed any kind of indecent act upon a child or upon anyone else. But the jury is holding him responsible for having been instrumental in assigning a priest whom he knew to have a track record of child molestation to a parish where it would be possible for said priest to do again what he had done before.
Msgr. Lynn is now a “convicted felon”. He faces a prison sentence of three and a half to seven years. I grieve for him, as do many others. I pray for the best outcome possible in his regard, viz. one of the following: (a) an overturn of the conviction; (b) a suspended sentence; (c) the grace to endure and to offer up the suffering that lies ahead. Even those who are “glad” that he has been convicted will have to admit that there is no evidence whatsoever of malice in the man. He is a victim of institutional stupidity and arrogance. The worst that can be said of him, in my opinion, is that he was guilty of having surrendered his conscience to his superior.
In the long run, we must not surrender our consciences to any human being. Our consciences belong to God and are to be surrendered only to Him.
When I think of Msgr. Bill Lynn, the following Bible verses come to mind:

“When he has completed the atonement rite for the sanctuary, the meeting tent and the altar, Aaron shall bring forward the live goat. Laying both hands on its head, he shall confess over it all the sinful faults and transgressions of the Israelites, and so put them on the goat's head. He shall then have it led into the desert by an attendant. Since the goat is to carry off their iniquities to an isolated region, it must be sent away into the desert.” — Leviticus 16,20-22 —

Have you ever said, “Oh, for Pete’s sake!”?
If so, have you ever asked yourself, “Why am I invoking Pete? Who the heck is Pete?”
That’s a good question. Here is a good answer:
All good Christians know that it is bad to say “Oh, for God’s sake!” and even worse to say, “Oh, for Christ’s sake!” (2nd commandment: Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain!”)
So, it got into the heads of our ancestors that, since Saint Peter is the Vicar (stand-in) for Jesus Christ, we could safely invoke him as a substitute for invoking the Lord.
That’s why we say, “Oh, for Pete’s sake!”
It’s kind of a very Catholic thing to say, although we might think of updating it to “Oh, for Benedict’s sake!” This would, of course, require periodic updating, each time a new Pope came on board. So, I guess it’s simpler just to say, “Oh, for Pete’s sake!” Be my guest!

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While Nik Wallenda was doing his mind-blowing walk on the tight wire across Horseshoe Falls last week, he was praying all the way. (Most media outlets never referred to this. I guess they just don’t know how to deal with an activity as weird as praying!) You can check out the YOUTUBE video and you’ll see his mouth moving as he walks the wire. According to his own account, he was praising God and thanking Jesus all the way. Before walking across, he joined his family for prayer. He was wearing a cross around his neck as he balanced on the wire. He says of himself: “Faith is the most important part of my life.” He also says that he tries to live “an upright life” and to be a good example.
I wish him well in all his ventures, including what is supposed to be his next, viz. walking across the Grand Canyon.
Good grief! The very thought makes me dizzy!
Not strictly connected with the above, a friend of mine asked me if I think that it is morally acceptable for Nik Wallenda (or others like him) to perform “death-defying deeds” — whether they be for the sake of entertainment or financial gain or “sense of personal accomplishment”. The person who asked me thinks that it is not morally acceptable.
I have to admit to a certain ambiguity on that subject. This much I know for certain: It would be morally unacceptable for ME to try to walk a tight wire across Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon! That’s for sure! (But, just in case I ever try to follow in Nik’s footsteps, you can be sure that I’ll be praying! My prayer will be “Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins….”)
But is it morally acceptable for Nik Wallenda to do what he did? I’m inclined to agree with my friend, i.e. that it is not morally acceptable, but I’m not certain. Something tells me that it might be. If I get a chance to chat with the Holy Father, I’ll ask him. As far as I know, Benedict hasn’t commented on it. Of course, Benedict is not the kind of person who answers questions of such a specific nature, especially if no one has asked him.
The fact is, of course, that Nik was wearing a tether while he was walking the wire. I presume this would have saved him if he had fallen. If that’s the case, then I’m sure it was morally acceptable.
THE CANDLE in front of the Infant of Prague statue in StVdP Church burns this week in memory of James McAvoy, at the request of Sharon Smith.


Nativity BVM High School is holding a soccer camp for girls. ALL girls are invited, whether Catholic or not, whether planning to attend Nativity or not.
The only “eligibility requirement” is that the girl be in grade three to eight of whatever school she attends.
Dates: 16 to 20 July
Time: 09:00 to 11:00 am
Place: Nativity soccer field
Fee: $50.00
Includes: Camp tee shirt, daily snack, fun activities, drinks and (on Friday) lunch
Bring with you: Re-usable water bottle with name on it; cleats; shin guards; soccer socks; sunscreen / bug spray; a towel to sit on.
Contact: Madeline Dowd at 366-0709

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(21 June to 04 July 2012)
Christ the Lord has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. Let us turn to him in humble but fervent petition, seeking the grace to root out from our hearts all trace of darkness, and all that holds us back from walking in the full freedom of the children of God. As Christ is our great model for that inner freedom, which enables us to do the right, let us turn to him with confidence that we, too, may follow him to the fullness of spiritual freedom.
Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, victor over sin and death… Free our hearts.
Jesus, source of light and hope… Free our hearts.
Jesus, fullness of truth and mystery… Free our hearts.
Jesus, teacher of seeking hearts… Free our hearts.
Jesus, healer of body and soul… Free our hearts.
Jesus, bringer of mercy and justice… Free our hearts.
Jesus, who humble the heart and mind… Free our hearts.
Jesus, release of captives… Free our hearts.
Jesus, voice against violence… Free our hearts.
Jesus, courage for the lowly/downtrodden… Free our hearts.
Jesus, origin of all authority and power… Free our hearts.
Jesus, true lawgiver… Free our hearts.
Jesus, unity of order and passion… Free our hearts.
Jesus, freedom of the Spirit… Free our hearts.
Jesus, obedient Son of the Father… Free our hearts.
For the freedom to love… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to believe… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to hope… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to worship… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to serve in charity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to care for the suffering… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to comfort the sick… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to feed the hungry… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to shelter the homeless… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to proclaim the Gospel… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to walk in chastity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to live in peace… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to work in good conscience… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to stand in solidarity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to seek justice… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject sin… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject coercion… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject falsehood… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject evil temptations… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject injustice… Give us your grace
O God, who gave one origin to all peoples and willed to gather from them one family for yourself, fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love and kindle in them a desire for the just advancement of their neighbor, that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all, each human person may be brought to perfection, every division may be removed, and equity and justice may be established in human society. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

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