Saturday, 21 July
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

Monday, 23 July
St. Bridget, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health: SUSAN BRANCA THYE
by a friend

Tuesday, 24 July
St. Sharbel Makhluf, priest (OptMem)
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 25 July
St. James the Greater, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — FRANCIS J. KING
by his daughter, Ellen

Thursday, 26 July
SS. Joachim and Anne, parents of the BVM (OblMem)
08:00 am — AGNES SMITH
by her son

Friday, 27 July
08:00 am — HENRY (“Hank”) FIJALKOWSKI
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Saturday, 28 July
by the Getzey family
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — God’s blessings on THOMAS and JOAN GOWER (50th anniversary of marriage)
by the family

Sunday, 29 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — PAUL KOWALICK (6th anniversary)
by his wife, Pat, and family
by EBC


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

Monday, 23 July
St. Bridget, religious (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JOHN (“Duffy”) BRADY
by OPM

Tuesday, 24 July
St. Sharbel Makhluf, priest (OptMem)
by Josephine Zdiera

Wednesday, 25 July
St. James the Greater, apostle (Fst)
07:00 pm — HELEN S. KENNEDY
by OPM

Thursday, 26 July
SS. Joachim and Anne, parents of the BVM (OblMem)
by his family

Friday, 27 July
05:00 pm — JOHN (“Duffy”) BRADY
rescheduled from 18 July

Saturday, 28 July
Vigil of Sunday
by Uncle Kelly, Aunt Sharon, Kelly, Tara and Mitchell

Sunday, 29 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Frank and Rose Popeck

stjos/stvdp: 07.22.2012 - 01

14 / 15 JULY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $893.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $77.00 from the Dues envelopes; $65.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes.
Total: $1,035.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $278.00 for the Mission Cooperative collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,035.00) 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 ($105.25) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note: THIS IS A DEFICIT.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $930.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $7.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes.
Total: $947.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $441.00 for the Mission Cooperative collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($947.00) 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 $156.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 25 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 26 July
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 27 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 25 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, 27 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

PLEASE NOTE: As announced at all of the Masses, all of the “loose money” placed in the baskets at last weekend’s Mass would go to the Mission Cooperative collection. This is why there is no second collection or loose (plate) collection recorded above.

stjos/stvdp: 07.22.2012 - 02


There was a “letter to the Editor” in the 16 July edition of the Pottsville Republican that I am reproducing here in its entirety (so that no one can say that I have taken anything out of context). The only change I am making is that I am underlining and bolding the paragraph that is just begging for commentary.
To the Editor:
We are Penn State.
I am a proud Penn State alum, born and raised in the great state of Pennsylvania.
The feeling of pride has been shaken over the past many months as this terrible tragedy of injustice has unfolded. I have struggled with my pride almost to the point of shame at what has transpired.
As the truth has been revealed and time has passed, I have had time to absorb all that has happened and realize shame is not my burden to bear, rather resolve to do my part as an alum to support activities that:
1) Support the victims (the victims must always be first and foremost in all of our hearts).
2) Support Penn State activities, the focus on policies and activities that NEVER allow this to happen again.
The healing process can start now as justice has had its day and prevailed. I only hope the monster who is directly responsible for this admits his wrongdoing to allows the victims full closure before he goes quietly into what I can only hope is a long painful existence in hell.
We can't stop here. We must continue the healing process by cleaning house with all those who had direct or indirect knowledge of abuse of the innocent. I'm sorry, inaction or following orders does not protect one from wrongdoing. Have we not learned from other events in history where this was practiced?
As alumni, as well as Pennsylvanians, we need to demand more immediate action by the Penn State organization including the board of trustees. I have read statements from one trustee where their hearts go out to the victims, and they are deeply ashamed.
Ashamed? How about outraged, angry, resolved to right the wrongs? The reaction needs to be stronger with greater speed!
I now realize this is not the actions of Penn State. How can it be? Penn State isn't a person, it is an institution put in place by our fathers and mothers to give Pennsylvanians the tools to make something of themselves and go on to better the community. This was/is Penn State for me. It gave me the tools and confidence to climb from one level to another and be a productive citizen. In fact, Penn State isn't Penn State without the students. I am Penn State, you are Penn State!
The pride of graduation and alumni status has followed me and my wife throughout our careers. We see our parents beam with pride when they mention their children are Penn State graduates. The actions of those trusted to man the ship will not suppress this pride.
Lastly, we need to remember a coach, regardless of his record, is just a man, not a God. The Penn State sports program should be honored not by a statue of one man, rather a tribute to the young men and woman who are responsible for our sporting heritage. Furthermore, I would think it appropriate to tear down the current statue, melt it down and create a monument to the victims, so everyone who walks by remembers there are more important things than sports. I will gladly donate my dollars to such a cause.
I am not sure how we, as a society, got to this place where institutions, corporations, universities have the same voice as the people; especially when the interests of these institutions are harmful to the people. This needs to change. The constitution reads "We the People" not "We the People and the Board."
We, as alumni and community members, have an opportunity to demand change so this never happens again.
We are Penn State. Those responsible were not, are not and can never be Penn State!
Scott Zimmerman
Penn State Alum
Miami, Fla.

Anyone who hopes that some other human being will go to Hell is skating on the precipice of Hell. Anyone who hopes that some other human being will go to Hell is in great spiritual danger. Anyone who hopes that some other human being will go to Hell has set himself up as an anti-Christ, because Christ came among us in order to save us from Hell.
We must never, never, never hope for the eternal damnation of ANY human being. (Yeah, yeah, yeah! That includes Hitler!) By doing so, we set ourselves up in defiant opposition to God “Who desires that all human beings be saved” and Who gives to all human beings the grace whereby they may be saved. With sadness, I say that Mr. Zimmerman has exhibited a pride and an arrogance that is beyond the pale. What we wish for others is, ultimately, what we wish for ourselves. What the writer does not realize is that he is inviting God to send him to Hell! I have already prayed for Mr. Sandusky (and will do so again). Now I guess I’d better pray for Mr. Zimmerman! It is my earnest desire (not to be confused with my expectation) that all human beings without exception will be saved. All of us are obliged to make that our earnest desire. How dare I not desire what God desires?

stjos/stvdp:07.22.2012 - 03


A reader in Buffalo resonated with a recent column in which I opined that a punishment is worthless unless it establishes a permanent memory.
When said reader's son began kindergarten, he would work himself into a tantrum every morning. His "problem with transitions" caused him to miss the bus, so Mom ended up driving him to school.
To her credit, Mom did not allow emotion to drive her response to the problem. Realizing that her son's morning meltdowns needed to be nipped in the proverbial bud, she considered her options and came up with a game plan. She sat her son down and calmly told him that he was free to throw morning tantrums, but for no longer than fifteen minutes. When a tantrum started, she was going to set a timer. When it rang, he had to stop, compose himself, and proceed cooperatively to the bus stop.
If a morning meltdown lasted past the bell, Mom was going to confine him to his room after school and put him to bed immediately after dinner. If he missed his bus because of a tantrum, he would spend a week in his room, during which time he could join the family for meals, family outings, and school.
Mom writes: "The next day he threw a tantrum and missed the bus. I drove him to school, came home, and cleaned his room of anything and everything entertaining, including books. He spent the full seven days in there. He never missed his bus again and he never threw another tantrum."
Notwithstanding that the boy in question experienced no physical pain, mental torture, or discomfort other than prolonged boredom, this sort of discipline horrifies some people. I suppose they identify with the child and share in his seven days of unease. I suggest that the more rational response is to share in the boy's success. He stopped throwing tantrums!
Who, pray tell, was the primary beneficiary of the boy's confinement? Why, the boy! Misbehavior of any sort is a burden to the person misbehaving. That applies to humans of all ages. Chronic misbehavior prevents a child from growing up. Adults who chronically misbehave have not grown up.
As such, parents have an obligation to do all they can to help their children release themselves from the bondage of misbehavior. It is nothing short of narcissistic for a parent to become angry at a child for misbehaving, as if the person most inconvenienced is the parent. In this story, the mother was determined, not angry.
Who, pray tell, was the happier little boy - the tantrum-throwing one or the tantrum-free one? Why, the latter! Relieved of his burden, the little fellow was able to take a giant step toward maturity. That always feels good, at any age.
Would any amount of talk and understanding have resolved this problem? I doubt it. In fact, my experience leads me to believe that talk and understanding would have made the problem worse, not better. Intent aside, that approach might well have conveyed to the boy that he had a valid reason for throwing tantrums.
When this little boy is older, he will no doubt remember his seven days. Will he be grateful or resentful? That's a no-brainer.
                                                                                                                                     — Dr. John Rosemond
IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY FAMILIAR with the writings of John Rosemond, I strongly recommend that you make it a point to acquaint yourself with them — most especially if you are a parent or someone who occasionally provides child care. I have long thought that Dr. Rosemond has more common sense in the area of child raising than anyone else I know. His writings are available in books, easily found in bookstores and libraries and on line. His columns frequently appear in newspapers, including The Pottsville Republican.

stjos/stvdp: 07.22.2012 - 04

THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF the Infant of Prague statue in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in memory of Harry and Edna Calvert, at the request of Sharon Smith.
MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED according to the Extraordinary Form (Tridentine Mass) next Sunday, 29 July, at 11:30 am in St. Joseph Church. This is our practice on the last Sunday of each month. If you have never participated in this form of the Mass, we invite you to do so.
On the last Sunday of each month, there is an additional Mass on the schedule: 10:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel. This Mass is, of course, in the Ordinary Form.
DO YOU SEE THE SIGNS OUTSIDE OUR CHURCHES advertising Catholic schools? We put them up recently. We have some additional signs and we would like to give them out to parishioners who would agree to put them on their lawns or on some part of their property where they can be seen by passersby. If you would like to have a sign, please stop at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory and ask for one. You will be doing a good deed if you display one of these signs.
BOYER’S SUPERMARKET GIFT CARDS are on sale in the back of the churches after each Mass and also, at almost any time, at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
Once again we encourage everyone who shops at Boyer’s to buy our gift cards. Why? Because it is a painless way for you to donate to the parish (either StJos or StVdP).
REDNER’S SUPERMARKET GIFT CARDS are (alas!) not yet available to us but we are sure as we can be that, BY NEXT WEEKEND, WE SHALL HAVE THEM TO SELL.
I had indicated in last weekend’s bulletin that we would have them by this weekend. (That’s not the first time I’ve been wrong!) In arranging to purchase Redner’s gift cards in bulk, one has to deal with their star ship and the captain of the star ship is no pushover! In order to be approved to purchase their gift cards at a discount, the pastor had to fill out papers, prove non-profit status, give blood and urine samples and proof of citizenship, whereas for Boyer’s, all I had to do was walk in and ask. (Slight exaggeration there, but you get the picture.)
REMINDER: Bishop Barres will be in town on Sunday, 12 August, in order to celebrate the 08:30 am Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church and the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church. As mentioned before, this is meant to be a “low-key” visit — no pomp or ceremony, no agenda, no receptions or luncheons. We hope for an especially large turn-out of parishioners and others in order to greet our Chief Shepherd!
Ah, hear they are calling!
The young loves, the true loves,
who come from the sea!

(Sorry, I got carried away there!)
What we want you to know is that the bells at St. Vincent dePaul Church that had been silent — lo, these many years! — are now accessible and can be rung. Ian (the Boy Wonder) crawled up under the steeple and pulled out the plaster from where the holes had been filled in and pulled the ropes down. Now we can ring the bells! We may ring them this weekend. Let’s hope the roof doesn’t cave in!

stjos/stvdp: 07.22.2012 - 05


Tickets available at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory

stjos/stvdp: 07.22.2012 - 06

WE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING EMAIL from the Sisters of the Divine Savior, the community of which Sister Marion Etzel is a member. Sister Marion spoke at all the Masses this past weekend on behalf of the Mission Cooperative Program.

Thank you for opening your hearts to Sister Marion Etzel, SDS, during her recent visit in behalf of the Sisters of the Divine Savior international missions. Your gracious hospitality and spirit of fellowship uplifted Sister Marion’s genuine enthusiasm for sharing our Salvatorian mission story. Our Sisters hold St. Vincent de Paul/St. Joseph parishioners in prayer as we carry on our mission, that all may know the Savior.

Only $30.00 for a beautiful Bible!
A Catholic Bible, of course! (All 73 books, not just 66!!!)
White padded cover! Pretty pictures inside!
Inquire at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory!
The priest who is selling these Bibles for thirty dollars must be out of his mind! A Bible like this must be worth at least a hundred dollars! We suggest that you take advantage of the price now before it’s too late! It is always possible that the poor demented priest will regain his sanity and raise the price to what it should be!

While looking through some old papers in the files, we came across this one-penny postcard. It was addressed (reverse side) to a certain gentleman named John J. Burns at 231 E. Mahanoy Avenue. Thomas K. Connell was the pastor of St. Joseph Parish from 1924 to 1932. The card was postmarked “Connerton” and the date on the postmark was 13 June 1930. By the way, try going to a post office today and buying a postcard for a penny!
(I have a question: Did Connerton have its own post office, separate from Girardville, back in 1930? Also, I wonder why Fr. Connell did not preface his name with “Rev.” or “Fr.”. For a priest to omit his title would have been an unusual informality for the 1930’s. At least I think so.)
I presume that Mr. Burns did his duty by receiving Holy Communion at the 07:30 am Mass on Sunday! Quite obviously, he did bring the card with him. Somehow or other, the card lingered in our files! Now, of course, we’ll never throw it away! Funny how something that once seemed so transitory and disposable now becomes an historical artifact! May Fr. Connell and Mr. Burns and all our deceased priests and parishioners rest in peace!

stjos/stvdp: 07.22.2012 - 07


The Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
The Grandparents of God

This coming Thursday (26 July), the Church commemorates the holy couple, Joachim and Anne.
A few facts and a few thoughts about them:
We do not find their names in the Bible. But we know, quite obviously, that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, had a mother and a father. It is in a document known as The Proto-Evangelium of James, which dates from the mid-second century, that we find the names “Joachim and Anne” given as the parents of Mary.
I take special delight in referring to Joachim and Anne as “the grandparents of God”! One has to be a Catholic or an Orthodox Christian to enjoy this reference! (Be careful using it in front of a Baptist. It might send him into cardiac arrest! Be even more careful using it in front of a Muslim. He would consider it downright blasphemous!) Why?? Why is it so shocking? Let me tell you why! It is shocking because the INCARNATION OF GOD THE SON is shocking! That’s why! The very thought that the Most High, the Most Holy, the Creator of the Universe would take on human nature is absolutely mind-blowing! But so it is! God did become Flesh and dwelt among us. In doing so, He inserted Himself into human history. He had a genuine, biological Mother (although not a biological father) and that Mother had genuine, biological parents. Because Mary is the Mother of God and because Mary is the daughter of Joachim and Anne, it follows inexorably that Joachim and Anne are the grandparents of God!! Think about that and savor it!
Although Mary conceived Jesus virginally, Anne did not conceive Mary virginally. Anne conceived Mary in “the good, old-fashioned way”, viz. by marital relations with her husband, Joachim.
A strange, but true fact in the history of religion is this: A Lutheran(!) mystic of the 16th century named Valentine Weigel taught that Mary was conceived virginally by St. Anne! The Catholic Church condemned this as a heresy in 1677. Isn’t history strange? Who would expect such a “Marian excess” from a Lutheran theologian? The Catholic doctrine, of course, is that Mary was conceived without original sin (Immaculate Conception) but that, as far as the biology of her conception was concerned, it was “according to the normal pattern” of the marital embrace.
The picture reproduced above in black and white is by the 14th century Florentine painter, Giotto diBodone. Notice the tenderness in the painting. Anne and Joachim are embracing and kissing one another (as husbands and wives should!) This is the artist’s way of testifying to the beauty of marital love. From their marital love came forth the Most Holy, Most Pure, Most Excellent Virgin Mary, destined to become the Mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
May I make a suggestion to all of the grandparents in our two parishes? It would be an excellent idea if you were to attend Mass on 26 July in order to pray for your grandchildren, through the intercession of Joachim and Anne.

stjos/stvdp: 07.22.2012 - 08


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