MASS SCHEDULE: 29 July - 05 August
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 28 July
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
11:30 am — PRO POPULO GIRARDVILLE
by EBC

Monday, 30 July
St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — ANNA MARIE STYNER
by Mary Monasterski

Tuesday, 31 July
St. Ignatius Loyola, priest (OblMem)
07:00 pm — IGNATIUS HERMAN
by OPM

Wednesday, 01 August
St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — PETER P. QUINN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Thursday, 02 August
St. Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop; St. Peter Julian Eymard, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — JAMES STELLATO
by Celeste DeLuca

Friday, 03 August
Weekday
08:00 am — EDWARD BRADSHAW Sr.
by his family

Saturday, 04 August
St. John Vianney, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH P. KAPLAFKA Sr.
by the Labie family

Sunday, 05 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — TOMEE LEIGH GOWER (12th anniversary)
by her family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 29 July - 05 August
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 28 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Uncle Kelly, Aunt Sharon, Kelly, Tara and Mitchell

Sunday, 29 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — NANCY PURKIS VILLARREAL
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Monday, 30 July
St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — CHRISTINE SARNO (5th anniversary)
by Marilyn Stefanski

Tuesday, 31 July
St. Ignatius Loyola, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — ALICE KING GLEASON
by her granddaughter, Ellen

Wednesday, 01 August
St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — ALPHONSE BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 02 August
St. Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop; St. Peter Julian Eymard, priest (OptMems)
06:30 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 03 August
Weekday
05:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Saturday, 04 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM PUCETAS
by his wife and his son

Sunday, 05 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN J. D’ALFONSO Jr.
by Frank and Rose Popeck

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
21 / 22 JULY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,150.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $33.00 from the plate; $31.00 from the Dues envelopes; $47.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $58.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,319.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $24.50 from the Central and Eastern Europe envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,319.00) 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 $178.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $787.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $62.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $63.50 from the loose.
Total: $962.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $119.00 from the Central and Eastern Europe envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($962.50) 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 $171.67 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 01 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 02 August
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 03 August
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 01 August
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, 03 August
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 STATUE OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE in StVdP Church burns this week in memory of James McAvoy, at the request of Sharon Smith.

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WOULDN’T IT BE SOMETHING IF …… ?
Wouldn’t it be something if
Jesus Christ were to move to Girardville and settle right down here?
Wouldn’t it be something if Jesus Christ were a Person you were able to visit right here in Girardville?
Wouldn’t it be something if Jesus Christ were to set up a place right here in Girardville where people could go to Him in order to confess their sins and receive from Him the assurance of forgiveness?
Wouldn’t it be something if Jesus Christ were to set up a place right here in Girardville where He could PERSONALLY lead the people in worshipping God the Father, so that we could be certain that our worship would be holy and pleasing and perfect and acceptable to the Father?
Wouldn’t it be something if you could call Jesus Christ on your telephone and ask Him to go to the bedside of your family member who is dying?
YES! That really would be something!
Actually, we don’t have to say “really would be something”.
Instead, we can say, “YES! That really is something!”
As long as there is a validly ordained Catholic priest in Girardville, Jesus Christ is living in Girardville.
As long as there is a validly ordained Catholic priest in Girardville, Jesus Christ is available to hear you confess your sins and to forgive them.
As long as there is a validly ordained Catholic priest in Girardville, Jesus Christ is able to be visited PERSONALLY in the tabernacle. He is also able to be consulted in the Rectory. (The latter would be a different mode of His presence from His Presence in the tabernacle — but His Presence nevertheless.)
As long as there is a validly ordained Catholic priest in Girardville, Jesus Christ is able to lead the people in His Own Person in worshipping God the Father, in a way that you may be certain is holy and pleasing and perfect and acceptable to the Father.
As long as there is a validly ordained Catholic priest in Girardville, you are able to call Jesus Christ to go to the bedside of your family member who is dying.
Every validly ordained Catholic priest is “alter Christus”. This awesome privilege is his by ordination, without regard to his personal merits or one’s perception of his personal merits.

stjos/stvdp:07.29.2012 - 03


REDNER’S SUPERMARKET GIFT CARDS
and
BOYER’S SUPERMARKET GIFT CARDS

As we hope everyone knows by now, our two parishes are selling supermarket gift cards as an ongoing fundraiser.
We respectfully and urgently request — if you shop at either of these two supermarkets — that, before you go shopping, you purchase gift cards from us.
Pardon my being repetitive about this, but it is a WIN – WIN situation! Your parish earns 5% (actually a fraction more) on what we sell and it does not cost YOU anything!
If you buy $100.00 in gift cards, you get $100.00 in value and your parish earns $5.00.
We ask you to buy these cards not only for your own use but in order to sell them to your relatives, friends and neighbors.
And, YES, as we explained in a previous bulletin, the profit that accrues will be credited either to StJosPar or to StVdPPar. It will not be split down the middle. It will depend on the church at which they are sold.
And you can always purchase them at the Rectory and tell Ginny (or me or whoever) that you want the credit to go to (fill in the blank) Parish.
By the way, in case you’re not sure how a gift card works, here is an example: If you buy groceries worth $16.43 and you hand the cashier your $20.00 gift card, she will give it back to you after she rings up the sale and you will still have $3.57 left on the card for the next time you shop.

stjos/stvdp: 07.29.2012 - 04


WE TAKE OUR CUE FROM PAUL REVERE who is remembered for riding through every Middlesex village and farm shouting:

THE BRITISH ARE COMING!
THE BRITISH ARE COMING!

SO, WE SAY TO ONE AND ALL:

THE BISHOP IS COMING!
THE BISHOP IS COMING!
(We are referring, of course, to His Excellency, the Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, STD, JCL, DD, Bishop of Allentown.)

Date: Sunday, 12 August
Agenda:
The celebration of Mass (twice)
08:30 am at St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am at St. Joseph Church

It would be splendid if as many persons as possible were to attend these two Masses.
Therefore: I shall not complain if the 04:00 pm and the 05:30 pm Masses on Saturday, 11 August, are poorly attended. I shall presume that the absentees will be present on Sunday.

IN REGARD TO THE ABOVE

Mr. Richards, the noble volunteer custodian of St. Joseph Parish, is asking for some people to volunteer to help clean the church in preparation for the Bishop’s visit. Please get in touch with Wade-O and work out a day and time when you will be available.

A FEW WORDS TO THE WISE ABOUT BATH SALTS
When I first started reading that “bath salts” were being used as a harmful, addictive substance, I was confused. I wondered how one could possibly get “high” on Epsom Salts! To me, the term “bath salts” meant Epsom Salts, which my mother always had on hand in the closet for footbaths. I remember having a sprained ankle when I was a kid and my mother telling me to bathe my ankle in Epsom Salts mixed into warm water. Now I know better and you would do well to know better, just in case you had the same impression that I did.
Facts: (a) Bath salts are being sold and used in Girardville PA by more persons than we would like to think (God help them!); (b) Bath salts are sold under a variety of brand or street names, including: Aura, Black Rob, Bliss, Blizzard, Bloom, Blue Silk, Cloud 9, Drone, Hurricane Charlie, Ivory Wave, Lovey Dovey, Lunar Wave, Maddie, MCAT, Meow Meow, Monkey Dust, MTV, Ocean Snow, Peeve, Purple Wave, PV, Red Dove, Scarface, Snow Leopard, Stardust, Super Coke, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning and Zoom; (c) Bath salts can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected; (d) Bath salts is a “designer drug”. Its effects are similar to those of amphetamines and cocaine.
If you have even the slightest suspicion that a relative or friend of yours is using “bath salts”, run, don’t walk, to the telephone and call the police — not to arrest, but to advise! If you don’t want to do that, tell your parish priest.

stjos/stvdp: 07.29.2012 - 05


A LEXUS? GOOD GRIEF!!
HOW AM I GOING TO EXPLAIN THIS TO THE PEOPLE?

Let me start at the beginning.
About a week and a half ago, a friend of mine (an altar boy from a parish in Allentown where I was a resident priest years ago) called me from St. Louis MO.
He and his wife and children are dear friends of mine.
They are also generous friends.
He called to ask me whether or not I would like to have his deceased father’s 2004 Lexus SUV.
He offered me the best price possible: FREE!
He cautioned me, however, that it might cause some eyebrows to go up in Girardville (not the most prosperous community in the USA) if the parish priest were to be seen tooling around town in a Lexus.
I’m no fool, so I thought about it for about five seconds, weighing the pros and cons, and came to a final decision before he withdrew the offer:
“Yes, I would be deliriously happy to have your Dad’s Lexus. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And, as far as explaining to the people of Girardville how it happens to be that their pastor is driving a Lexus, I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. I hope to God they don’t think I’ve been hitting the collection!”
So, arrangements were made.
I dispatched two of my grandnephews, ages 18 and 19, out to St. Louis to pick up the car and drive it to Girardville. They delivered it this past Monday. I rewarded them appropriately and they went home to Philadelphia happy.
Now, little old me is driving a Lexus!
Good grief! All this and heaven too!
It occurs to me that this coming Saturday, 04 August, is the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. He was the Cure of Ars. (Cure is the French word for “pastor” and Ars is the village in France where St. John Vianney served as pastor.) He is remembered, among other things, for his penitential spirit and personal poverty. I don’t know if I’ll be able to look him in the face if and when I am fortunate enough to meet him in Heaven!
I promise everyone I’ll try not to let my newly acquired wheels tempt me to think more of myself than I should. Also, if anyone in the parish would like to ride up and down Main Street in a Lexus in order to wave at the people on the sidewalks, just let me know. We can work out a schedule. One ride per customer!

THE SENTENCING OF MONSIGNOR LYNN
Msgr. William Lynn, former vicar for clergy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been sentenced to serve three to six years in prison for his alleged role in the assignment of a priest who had a track record of child molestation and who is now in prison (which he deserves).
I have read everything I can get my hands on about this case. It is as clear to me as it can be that Msgr. Lynn is being railroaded. The assistant district attorney who prosecuted him called Msgr. Lynn “an evil man”. This is utterly absurd! The unspoken is this: Blessington wanted Bevilacqua, but couldn’t get him because he died. So, he settled for Lynn! May God help Msgr. Lynn in his time of suffering.

stjos/stvdp: 07.29.2012 - 06


IT SAYS IT RIGHT HERE IN THE BOOK.
IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME, I’LL SHOW IT TO YOU!

It says right here in the parish marriage register that THOMAS JOHN GOWER Jr., a young man from Mahanoy Plane PA, married JOAN ANN BOXER, a young lady from Girardville PA, on 28 July 1962 in St. Joseph Church, Girardville PA. The witnesses were Robert Edmondson and Ann Connor and the priest who presided was Father Francis T. Gillespie.
They pledged the usual things that Catholic brides and grooms pledge to one another: (a) to be faithful to one another; (b) to stay the course for the rest of their lives; (c) to let God give them children if He is so inclined (which He usually is) and to raise the children properly.
Today — 28 July 2012 — Mr. and Mrs. Gower pause to give thanks to God for giving them the grace to keep their promises for fifty years and, God willing, more years to come. Their family and friends breathe a sigh of relief because, when a couple has kept the promises for fifty years, we feel we don’t need to worry about them anymore! They will keep on keeping them.
Tom and Joni will renew their vows at the 05:30 pm Mass in the St. Joseph Chapel. It will be a privilege for all in attendance to witness this testimony to the goodness of God.
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Gower! God bless you!
Tom and Joni are blessed with three daughters: Sherie Gower Boyer; Sharon Gower; Erin Gower. They have the additional blessing of four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The grands are: Gwen Boyer; Christopher Boyer; Tomee Leigh Gower (deceased); Madison Munley. The great-grands are: Shain Yost; Roudy Yost; Olivia Boyer.
Parenthetical note: We can be quite certain that granddaughter Tomee Leigh, who died at age twelve and is surely safe with God, is grateful that Tom Gower and Joan Boxer fell in love with one another because, if they had not, she could never have come into existence! We do well to remember that all of us are the offshoots of the unions, not just of our particular parents, but of our particular grandparents and great-grandparents, etc, all the way back to Adam and Eve.

IN LAST WEEKEND’S BULLETIN, I asked a question about whether there used to be a post office in Connerton, separate from the one that serves Girardville. A parishioner called me and told me that there was, indeed, at one time, a post office in Connerton, separate from the one in Girardville. I appreciate this piece of information. I hadn’t realized that Connerton ever had sufficient population (or was “important enough”) to warrant having its own post office. Now I know! Interesting!
THE 11:30 AM MASS TODAY will be celebrated in the upper church according to the extraordinary form as is our practice on the last Sunday of each month. For some persons, the extraordinary form (“Tridentine Mass”) seems so unusual and even “remote”. I would grant that it requires more deliberate concentration on the part of the congregation than does the ordinary form (“Novus Ordo”). That’s not necessarily bad!! Keep in mind that this was the only form of the Mass in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church up until about 1965. It was the Mass that nurtured the Faith of people like me (your pastor) and other members of his generation. So, what I would like to say is this: Don’t knock it unless you’ve tried it! And, to tell you the truth, don’t knock it even if you have tried it! There is much to be said in its favor!

stjos/stvdp: 07.29.2012 - 07


“Schopenhauer” is ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER, an influential German philosopher of the 19th century.
Although I certainly don’t agree with everything that Professor Schopenhauer said or wrote, I have to admit that he is a man to be taken seriously!
I do agree wholeheartedly with the statement printed above. Call it Schopenhauer’s “philosophy of the inter-connectedness of all sentient beings”.

COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS IS INTIMATELY CONNECTED WITH GOODNESS OF CHARACTER; AND IT MAY BE CONFIDENTLY ASSERTED THAT HE WHO IS CRUEL TO ANIMALS CANNOT BE A GOOD MAN.

But I would like to raise the ante a bit.
I would like to say that, if you agree with what Schopenhauer has to say, then (logically) you HAVE to agree with the following statement, UNLESS you believe that human beings are of less value than dogs, in which case I don’t really have anything more to say to you:

COMPASSION FOR UNBORN CHILDREN IS INTIMATELY CONNECTED WITH GOODNESS OF CHARACTER; AND IT MAY BE CONFIDENTLY ASSERTED THAT HE WHO IS CRUEL TO UNBORN CHILDREN AND WHO KILLS UNBORN CHILDREN AND WHO SUPPORTS DOCTORS WHO KILL UNBORN CHILDREN AND WHO SUPPORTS POLITICIANS WHO FACILITATE THE KILLING OF UNBORN CHILDREN CANNOT BE A GOOD MAN (or woman).

(We make due allowance, of course, for those who have repented! And, while on the subject of repentance, I invoke the Name of Jesus Christ in order to beg anyone in our parishes who might be “pro-choice” to repent while there is still time — before the day of reckoning.)

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