Saturday, 14 July
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN J. and SUSAN CUFF
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

Sunday, 15 July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Monday, 16 July
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OptMem)
08:00 am — DOROTHY HAUS
by OPM

Tuesday, 17 July
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 18 July
St. Camillus deLellis, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOHN (“Duffy”) BRADY
by OPM

Thursday, 19 July
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: LYNN GONTIS SVONAVEC
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Friday, 20 July
St. Apollinaris, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOHN BURNS Sr.
by his son, John

Saturday, 21 July
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — KATHLEEN A. LYNCH
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ANN PITTS (anniversary of birth)
by Dolores Pitts

Sunday, 22 July
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPH P. WOMER
by EBC


Saturday, 14 July
Vigil of Sunday
by Granny and Pap

Sunday, 15 July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
by the Connell family

Monday, 16 July
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OptMem)
07:00 pm — Deceased: McDONALD and KENNEDY FAMILIES
by Mary Alice Kennedy

Tuesday, 17 July
08:00 am — EUGENE ZDIERA
by Josephine Zdiera

Wednesday, 18 July
St. Camillus deLellis, priest (OptMem)
by OPM

Thursday, 19 July
07:00 pm — OLGA (“Ike”) SLOWICK
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Friday, 20 July
St. Apollinaris, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
05:00 pm — DAN WOZNISKY
by OPM

Saturday, 21 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — Deceased: BENDOKAS FAMILY
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 22 July
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — GEORGE and ANN PATRICK
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 07.15.2012 - 01

07 / 08 JULY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: : $1,007.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $38.00 from the second collection (plate); $50.00 from the Dues envelopes; $170.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $70.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,335.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,335.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($512.77), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,140.25, one sees that $194.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $918.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $29.00 from the second collection (plate); $50.00 from the Dues envelopes; $243.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $57.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,297.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,297.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($308.85), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $790.83, one sees that $506.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 18 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 19 July
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 20 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 18 July
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, 20 July
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

THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE statue in StVdP Church burns in memory of Bob and June O’Connell, at the request of Sharon Smith.

stjos/stvdp: 07.15.2012 - 02

As mentioned in an earlier bulletin, we anticipate that Bishop Barres will be here in Girardville on Sunday, 12 August 2012 in order to celebrate the 08:30 am Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church and the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church.
The Bishop has no agenda whatsoever in this visit.
He is coming because he is coming.
He wants to lead the people of the Girardville portion of his flock in worship.
He specified in setting the date that he does not want any particular formality or reception or anything like that.
So, we will all be able to relax!
I do ask that there be an excellent turn-out for these two Masses.
In fact, I suggest that, if it be at all possible, the folks who usually go to Mass on Saturday afternoon might want to go on Sunday morning instead. (There is, of course, no law against going both Saturday and Sunday!)
AS A MARK OF APPRECIATION for the gift of $10,000 received this past March from the estate of the late James and Alice (Machise) McAndrew, we have affixed a small plaque to the wall of the vestibule in St. Vincent dePaul Church.
SOME MONTHS AGO, we mentioned that a certain gentleman, a former member of St. Joseph Parish, made arrangements for the parish to receive a monthly donation of $250.00. Just want everyone to know that this donation arrives faithfully every month. We are, indeed, grateful!


As you know, we have begun to sell Boyer’s Supermarket gift cards and will be selling them in the back of the churches after each weekend Mass.
We are making arrangements to do the same with Redner’s Supermarket gift cards but we do not yet have any. Probably next weekend we shall.
Gift cards will also be available by coming to the Rectory at any reasonable hour.
We purchase (for example) $1,000 worth of gift cards for $950.00. At the present time, we are purchasing them in denominations of $20.00 each, although we could vary this to suit what the people want.
In other words, we get a 5% discount and make 5.26+% profit on each sale.
It is a relatively painless way for our parishes to earn a few extra dollars and GOD KNOWS WE NEED IT. NOT ONLY DOES GOD KNOW WE NEED IT, BUT EVERYBODY KNOWS WE NEED IT AND, YOU MAY BE CERTAIN, THE PASTOR KNOWS WE NEED IT!
Profit will be accredited to each parish based on what each parish sells. We will not simply divide the profit down the middle.

stjos/stvdp:07.15.2012 - 03

      William Jennings Bryan           John T. Scopes                          Clarence Darrow        


Just eighty-seven years ago — 10 to 21 July 1925 — there took place what is still (probably) the most famous courtroom trial in American history. It has come to be known as “The Scopes Monkey Trial”. “Scopes” was John T. Scopes (1900 – 1970), the defendant. “Monkey” was a popular way of summing up the charge that was brought against the defendant. Mr. Scopes was a 24-year-old science teacher in the Rhea County High School in Dayton, Tennessee who was put on trial for the crime of teaching his students that human beings are descended from a lower order of primates. To teach such a thing in a public school was a violation of the Butler Law, recently passed by the Tennessee state legislature and signed into law by the governor.
The leading attorney for the prosecution was William Jennings Bryan, one of the most prominent political figures of the era. (He had been the Democratic candidate for President of the United States a remarkable three times: 1896 and 1900 against William McKinley and 1908 against William Howard Taft.) Later he served as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson.
The leading attorney for the defense was Clarence Darrow, probably the most famous defense lawyer of his time.
Bryan was a devout Presbyterian and distinctly Fundamentalist in his interpretation of the Bible. Darrow was an agnostic and a member of the ACLU. Scopes had been raised as an Episcopalian but later joined the local Presbyterian congregation in Dayton for what he admitted were social reasons. (He wanted to meet girls!) During the time of the trial, a reporter interviewed Mr. Scopes and asked about his religious beliefs. He replied, “I don’t know if I’m a Christian, but I believe there is a God.”
The trial became a show (some would say a farce) between Bryan and Darrow, both men being formidable debaters. When it came time to reach a verdict, the jury took all of nine minutes to bring back a verdict of “guilty”. The judge sentenced Mr. Scopes to pay a fine of one hundred dollars! The verdict was later overturned on appeal.
This trial, seemingly unimportant in itself, became immensely important in driving a wedge in the popular mind between “religion” and “science”.
People tend to love black-and-white distinctions and, so, even today, one finds people who think that a person has to choose between the two. So, if you talk about “Adam and Eve” to some people who are not particularly religious, they will think that you are a moron. On the other hand, if you talk about “evolution” to some people who are devoutly religious, they will think that you are an atheist!
What does a well-informed and thoughtful Catholic believe?
As you can well imagine, a well-informed and thoughtful Catholic is neither a moron nor an atheist!
Did God create the universe in six days OR does the universe owe its origins to some primeval explosion (“the big bang”) and the subsequent dance of quarks and bosons (think “Hick Boson”, recently in the news) and other such fascinating sub-atomic particles, together with that mysterious force called gravity?
Are human beings descended from Adam and Eve (the former made out of the clay of the earth and the latter formed from Adam’s rib) OR did we all evolve from lower life forms?
Watch out for the “OR” in these questions!!
The “OR” implies that you have to choose one or the other.
A Catholic who knows his Faith knows that there is no need to interject an “OR” between the two terms.
A Catholic (quite obviously) cannot be a Materialist, i.e. someone who believes that matter / energy and all the various components thereof are “self-existent”, that matter / energy “always existed and has no foundation in Uncreated Mind.
On the other hand, a Catholic (perhaps not so obviously) need not be and ought not be a Creationist, i.e. someone who believes that the material universe as it now is came directly and immediately from God without intermediate stages.
I am a Catholic and I think I know the Catholic Faith. Do you care to know what I believe? Well, since you said “yes”, let me tell you what I believe!
I believe absolutely and without qualification that God created the universe out of nothing. I certainly don’t believe it took Him 6 X 24 hours to do the job. But I do believe that the “six days” is a divinely revealed piece of information, the meaning of which is another topic for another day.
I believe absolutely and without qualification that all human beings are descended from an original couple and that God infused rational souls into that couple — directly and immediately. In fact, even now, each individual human soul is a direct and immediate creation of God. I believe absolutely and without qualification that human soul is not something that evolved over time.
But I wonder if it is possible that, in creating human bodies, God did so via a process that might be called “evolution”. I suspect He did. As a Catholic, I have the right to entertain that speculation. I suppose we’ll all find out some day!
Since I have no qualifications as a physical scientist, I leave to persons far more competent than I all instruction in physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and anthropology!

Postscript: It is interesting to note that Mr. Scopes, having been batted back and forth like a ping-pong ball between Materialism (Darrow) and Creationism (Bryan) eventually entered the Catholic Church. Good for him! The Catholic Church is a refuge for those who know that Reason and Faith are complementary and are never at war with one another. We are neither Darrow nor Bryan.

stjos/stvdp: 07.15.2012 - 04 / 05

                                   THE SCAPULAR
                         OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

Allow me, please, to give a brief commercial about “the Brown Scapular”.
I have worn a scapular similar to the one pictured here for the greater part of my life.
Why do I wear it? Truthfully, I wear it because I need all the help I can get, so that I don’t stray off the right path and so that I arrive at my desired destination, viz. Heaven. I wear it also because it serves to remind me of the love of the Holy Mother of God for me and it reminds me of my obligation to do my best to be worthy of her love for me — if not “worthy”, at least not despicably unworthy!
I wear it 24 / 7 — taking it off only when I take a shower. Obviously, cloth scapulars wear out over time and need to be replaced. I have a supply of replacements and a good number to give away to those who need a replacement!
How do you get one?
You ask for one, and I’ll see to it that you get one!
If you have never been “invested” in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I suggest that you get yourself invested.
How do you get yourself invested?
You go find a priest and you say, “Hello, priest! Would you please invest me in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel?”
Once you have been “invested”, you don’t ever have to be “re-invested”. And, once you have been “invested”, you don’t have to have replacement scapulars blessed. The “investiture blessing” carries through.
Tomorrow (Monday, 16 July) is the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is a splendid day on which to be invested in the Scapular. If you attend Mass tomorrow (Monday), ask the priest to invest you in the scapular after Mass. It takes just a very few minutes.
A scapular is a sacramental. A sacramental is a blessed object that helps to direct our minds and hearts to God.

stjos/stvdp: 07.15.2012 - 06

                                                                  THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING
The following appeared in the 08 July edition of the Pottsville Republican:

I see the church is playing their shell game again moving priests around, hiding all their crimes. When are they going to wake up? When are the police going to pay attention? Will it take more Sanduskys?
                                                                                                    New Philadelphia

Dear Very Angry Person from New Philadelphia:
If I am not mistaken, you do not have a favorable attitude towards the Catholic Church. At least, that is how it seems to me. That’s a shame. I wish you would adopt a different attitude. I have to admit that, on first reading your words, I felt a bit of negativity towards you. An abusive word or two even crossed my mind. I apologize for that. What kept me back from speaking those abusive words is something the Lord Jesus said about “being liable to the Sanhedrin” and “being liable to Gehenna”. Good grief! I don’t want to mess around with the Sanhedrin and I sure don’t want to fall into Gehenna!
So, now that I am all calmed down and, I hope, you are too, let me say a few things that are rational and factual and might even be helpful in regard to “moving priests around”: Because you live in New Philadelphia, you are aware that your former pastor has been replaced by a new pastor. Why was that? Well, you see, it’s like this: A priest in Whitehall PA had to retire from his parish because of age and the infirmities that come with age. He is a distinguished priest with a superb record of service to the Church. Now it became necessary for him to be replaced. So, your former pastor, a bright and energetic young man, was tapped to replace the priest who had been in Whitehall. Now, that meant New Philadelphia needed a priest to replace him. So, the Bishop tapped a very fine young priest in McAdoo and asked him to move to New Philadelphia — which he did. But that left McAdoo in need of a priest! So the Bishop decided to put two of the parishes in Reading under one pastor instead of two, which “freed up” one priest, whom the Bishop then transferred from Reading to McAdoo. That one (the Reading-to-McAdoo-priest) is someone I have known for many years. He is a humble, intelligent and competent man.
Now, if you’re still with me: There was a total of four priests involved in the most recent clergy transfers. These transfers were not part of any “shell game” as you so colorfully expressed it. Nor was there any “hiding all their crimes” as you so chillingly expressed it. These were all judgments made (ultimately) by the Bishop in honest and thoughtful response to the needs of the Diocese.
“What shells?” I ask. “What crimes?” I ask. “What hiding?” I ask.
You ask, “When are the police going to pay attention?”
You say, “police”. I say, “What do the police have to do with clergy transfers?” You say, “pay attention”. I say, “Why should the police pay attention and why would we want them to? Are we living in a police state?”
Then you bring Jerry Sandusky into the mix!
What does Jerry Sandusky have to do with recent clergy transfers?
Jerry is not a priest! In fact, Jerry is not even a Catholic!
Did you think that he was?
Well, I’m happy we cleared up that piece of misinformation.
(If you want my opinion about the whole sad Sandusky affair, it is this: Penn State should allow defensive football coaches to get married! If they did, Jerry would never have felt the need to go after little boys!)
I have a suggestion for you: Take a stroll down to Holy Cross Church in New Philadelphia. Meet your new pastor, Father Minner, a holy man. Talk with him about going to confession. He will help you. And when you go to confession, don’t forget to confess that you called Thunder / Enlightning and said some uncharitable things about the Catholic Church. But if you’re sorry and promise not to do it again, God will forgive you and so will the Catholic Church and so will Father Minner and so will
yours truly,
Fr. Edward B. Connolly

stjos/stvdp: 07.15.2012 - 07

The Many Disguises of Satan
                                                                                                                                     by Msgr. Charles Pope

It would be easy if Satan came as he is often portrayed, with horns and a pitchfork. We would naturally flee this ugliness.
Alas, he often comes cloaked in beauty, in sheep’s clothing:
He claims to offer us freedom and autonomy from an unreasonable God and Church, liberation from rules and being “told what to do.”
He cloaks himself in the false righteousness of being “tolerant” and “not judging others.”
He exalts us by telling us we have finally come of age and can disregard the “hang-ups” and “repression” our ancestors had of sex and pleasure.
He flatters us by extolling our scientific knowledge and inflates us by equating it with wisdom and moral superiority over our “primitive” fore-bearers.
He reassures us by insisting we are merely the victims here, victims of biological urges, bad parenting, economic injustice, that we are not depraved, just deprived.
He humors us by making us laugh at sin, making light of it in comedian’s routines, sitcoms, music and otherwise turning sin into a form of entertainment.
He anesthetizes the pain of guilt and sin by sending us teachers who tickle our ears and assure us that what we know deep down to be wrong is actually fine, even virtuous.
He affirms us by insisting that whenever shortcomings in us have been called to our attention it is simply unfair since other people are surely worse, that self-esteem is something owed to us and others who lessen it are unkind.
He sings to us the lullaby of presumption assuring us that consequences and judgment will not be our lot and, with this lullaby, we drift off into a moral sleep of indifference and false confidence.
But in the end, there is a wolf under the sheepskin. Satan is ugly. He enslaves, condemns, ridicules and ensnares. His “reassurances” bring pain and grief as the awful effects of sin unwind: hatred, fear, resentments, revenge, suffering, disease, addiction, bondage, strife, divorce, estrangement, war, insurrection, disloyalty, scorn, bitterness, depression, anxiety, depletion, poverty, loss and deep, deep sorrow.
Beware, Satan has many disguises and he seldom presents as he really is! The movie The Passion of the Christ brilliantly presented Satan in the Garden (see photo at top of this page). At first there was almost a strange beauty. But a closer look revealed increasingly hideous details: cold, fixed eyes, sharp and discolored nails, sickly pale skin, suddenly androgynous qualities, and a disgusting maggot crawling in and out of the nose. An audible moan came from the audience in the theater where I first saw it.
Would that, beyond the movie, we could sense this revulsion and clarity as to the evil of Satan and his truest reality!

stjos/stvdp: 07.15.2012 - 08


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