MASS SCHEDULE: 05 - 12 August
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 04 August
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

Monday, 06 August
The Transfiguration of the Lord (Fst)
08:00 am — FRANCIS J. KING
by his daughter, Ellen

Tuesday, 07 August
St. Sixtus II, pope, and companions, martyrs; St. Cajetan, priest (OptMems)
07:00 pm — ISABEL M. REDLIN
by OPM

Wednesday, 08 August
St. Dominic, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — ROSALIE BURNS KELLY
by John Burns

Thursday, 09 August
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — PETER V. DeLUCA (20th anniversary)
by Celeste

Friday, 10 August
St. Lawrence, deacon, martyr (Fst)
08:00 am — RAYMOND WAYNE
by Henry and Eileen

Saturday, 11 August
St. Clare of Assisi, virgin (OblMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ALBERT GILLIS
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 12 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — Health and God’s blessings: HENRY WAYNE
by his wife and sons

 MASS SCHEDULE: 05 - 12 August
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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.
(45th anniversary)
by his sisters and their families

Monday, 06 August
The Transfiguration of the Lord (Fst)
07:00 pm — PETER P. QUINN
rescheduled from 01 August

Tuesday, 07 August
St. Sixtus II, pope, and companions, martyrs; St. Cajetan, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — FOR THE MOST FORGOTTEN SOUL IN PURGATORY
by CDO

Wednesday, 08 August
St. Dominic, priest (OblMem)
07:00 pm — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Thursday, 09 August
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
07:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Friday, 10 August
St. Lawrence, deacon, martyr (Fst)
05:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
(4th anniversary)
by Mom, Dad, Samantha, Granny and Pap

Saturday, 11 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JEAN MARQUARDT GOWER
(90th anniversary of birth)
by her family

Sunday, 12 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
28 / 29 JULY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,198.70 from the Sunday envelopes; $80.00 from the plate; $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $148.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,476.70
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $25.00 from the Central and Eastern Europe envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,476.70) 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 $336.45 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $985.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $93.00 from the plate; $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $46.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,164.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $15.00 from the Central and Eastern Europe envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,164.00) 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 $373.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 07 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 09 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 10 August
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 07 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, 10 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 Jonas and Rita Smith, at the request of Sharon Smith.

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JOSEPH VINCENT GUDONIS,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Wednesday, 01 August.
Born on 18 March 1926, he was 86 years old.
Joseph is one of the five children of the late Bernard and Mildred (Ambrose) Gudonis.
His brothers and sisters are: John Gudonis (deceased); Anna Gudonis Bolusky; Albert Gudonis; Violet Gudonis Yanushefsky (deceased).
Joseph was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 04 April 1926 by Fr. Ignatius F. Valanciunas.
In 1953, he married Theresa B. Alshefski in St. Vincent dePaul Church, in the presence of Fr. Michael F. Daumantas. Joseph and Theresa were quite serious when they promised to be faithful to one another “until death do us part” — for which we say, “Thanks be to God!”
Joseph and Theresa have six children: Anne T. Gudonis; Claire M. Gudonis Aylward; Rita M. Gudonis Mulhern; Joseph J. Gudonis; Marie G. Gudonis Mulhern; Steven J. Gudonis. [For the sake of those who look for typos, please note that the double “Mulhern” is not a typo. Rita and Marie married brothers!]
Joseph and Theresa have fourteen grandchildren: John P. Mulhern; Michael J. Mulhern; Erik M. Aylward; Terrence J. Mulhern; Jaclyn M. Aylward; Andrew J. Gudonis; Abbey T. Mulhern; Patrice M. Mulhern; Jessica L. Aylward; Ryan P. Gudonis; Jayne M. Mulhern; Steven J. Gudonis; Matthew P. Gudonis; Connor P. Gudonis.
Mr. Gudonis had been a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish for more than 85 years and four months — i.e. his entire lifetime!
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Saturday, 04 August, at 11:00 am. Concelebrants (along with Fr. Connolly) were Fr. J. Michael Beers, Msgr. Edward J. Coyle and Fr. Edmund J. Brennan. There was a viewing in the church prior to the Mass. Interment took place in the parish cemetery in Englewood (Frackville).
Eternal rest grant unto Joseph, 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.

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WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background: The writer of this email is Christopher J. Chapman. He and I became acquainted during the time that he was on the faculty of Nativity BVM High School, Pottsville PA (1996 to 2001). At present he works for the Diocese of Pittsburgh as Director of Secondary School Catechesis and Associate Director of Youth and Young Adults. He and I often have interchange on matters of mutual interest, almost all of which come under the general heading of “the Catholic Faith”. Chris sent me this email recently. I thought it was particularly insightful and relevant. I asked for and received his permission to print it in the bulletin. It deserves a careful reading, for more reasons than one.

Dear Father:
I was thinking about the issue of contraception a few weeks ago and a thought came to me. I am pretty sure it is true but let me run it by you.
It is perfectly clear that a couple who use contraception are doing so in order to avoid conceiving a child. We may, perhaps, give them the benefit of the doubt that they have legitimate reasons for wanting to avoid conceiving a child, but they are choosing an illicit means to accomplish what might be a legitimate end. Of course we know many couples contracept who do not have a good reason for it. They have decided that they don’t want to have children or, perhaps, one or two at most. To prevent pregnancy, they choose some means of contraception. Perhaps they go “the permanent route”: a vasectomy or a tubal ligation (or both). Perhaps they try to keep their options open by using “the pill” or “the patch” or a diaphragm or condoms other forms of contraception that are less permanent but still effective. On the natural level we see the result: they stop having babies. The supernatural result is not visible but follows the natural: they stop being fruitful on the supernatural level. If they are fully culpable in rebelling against the natural law, entrusted to the teaching of the Church by Jesus Christ Himself, then each act of contraception is a mortal sin and their salvation is lost, unless of course true repentance occurs further down the road. If they are not fully culpable, they are still seriously stunting their spiritual life and doing objective harm to each other, even though they may be ignorant of the Church’s teaching.
One reason we have so many Catholics who might be truly ignorant on this teaching is because it has not been taught! It is well known that many priests have ignored the teaching of the Church in the area of contraception and some, perhaps many, have actively worked to undermine this teaching (I would also include many lay catechists in this as well). While teaching RCIA and various classes for adults I have had a number of people tell me that this or that priest has told them, often times in the confessional, that using contraception is NOT a sin. I have heard this same story related from other friends who are teachers as well. I have read numerous articles that state the same. It occurs to me that much of the vocation “crisis” of the past 35 -40 years is due to unfaithful priests who ignore the Church’s teaching on contraception.
An ordained priest is called “Father” for a reason! He foregoes natural Fatherhood to be incorporated into Christ so that he might beget children for the Kingdom of God. He becomes a Father on the supernatural level! One aspect of that supernatural Fathering-and a very important one- is that faithful priests will beget more priests. It seems obvious that the reverse must be true. By embracing contraception as a good, they cut off their supernatural ability to beget children for the Kingdom, and more specifically, they render themselves sterile as far as producing priests. By embracing contraception they embrace the same sterility that we see in married couples who wish to have no children or only a couple. How sad to give up the natural ability to father children, only to give it up the supernatural ability as well! Faithful priests, whatever their gifts, will beget other priests. Unfaithful priests are false prophets who do grave harm to the Kingdom and to themselves. They are not fruitful and therefore they have ceased to be fathers on the natural or supernatural level.
Chris

Dear Mr. Chapman:
Thank you for your insights.
I won’t try to add anything to what you have said, other than to say that you are precisely on target.
I have often thought that there is a direct correlation between the cowardice of so many priests and bishops when it comes to preaching and teaching about the evil of artificial contraception and the “crisis of vocations”.
Not only that, but I deeply believe that the horrendous scandal of priests being engaged in homosexuality and child molestation is a punishment visited upon the Church because of this same cowardice. It is difficult for an unchaste priest to preach and teach chastity. Of course, if one says this out loud, he risks isolation.
People don’t like to think that God “punishes”. But, of course, He does. There are more theologically sophisticated ways of saying that God “punishes”, but it amounts to the same thing: God rewards virtue and punishes vice. If that’s not true, nothing is true!
On a happy note: I believe that the tide is turning and, in fact, has already turned.
EBC

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WE SHARE THE MAIL

Dear Father Connolly:
At our monthly Knights of Lithuania meeting on Sunday, it was mentioned that Girardville and other towns were not aware of our annual Lithuanian Days at the Schuylkill Mall. You would do us a great service if you could print part of this flyer (enclosed) in your bulletin.
Thank you.
Antoinette Pancerella
Financial Secretary, Knights of Lithuania

PS — Occasionally come to the 4 pm Mass. Love your bulletin and Kateri. Any chance for a shorter homily? Come and enjoy the food. I work at the “cakes”.

Dear Antoinette:
I am happy to publicize the Lithuanian Days. I hope they will be a great success.
I’m glad you like the bulletin and please know that Kateri sends you her regards. As you may or may not know, she claims that her paternal grandmother comes from Lithuania, but I can’t document that.
You are always welcome at St. Vincent dePaul Church. Feel free to bring me a piece of cake if you have any left over. I’m afraid there is not a snowball’s chance for a shorter homily. I take my cue from Jesus in Mark 06, 34: Upon disembarking, Jesus saw a vast crowd. He pitied them for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them at great length.” You could always bring a pillow. A nap never hurt anybody.
EBC

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 If you don’t know it now, you’ll never know it:
OUR CHIEF SHEPHERD,
THE MOST REVEREND JOHN OLIVER BARRES,
BISHOP OF ALLENTOWN
,
WILL VISIT GIRARDVILLE ON SUNDAY, 12 AUGUST 2012.
HE WILL CELEBRATE THE 08:30 AM MASS AT SAINT VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
AND THE 11:30 AM MASS AT SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH.
IT WILL BE A GREAT DAY TO ATTEND MASS IN GIRARDVILLE!
SO, BRING YOUR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS FROM FAR AND WIDE
TO FILL OUR CHURCHES!
AT THE BISHOP’S REQUEST, THERE WILL BE NO PARTICULAR FORMALITIES,
NO RECEPTION, NO HOOPLA!
EVERYBODY ACT NORMAL!
IF YOUR “NORMAL” IS NOT SO GOOD, THEN ACT BETTER THAN NORMAL.

If the Bishop asks you, “How’s Father Connolly doing?” all you have to say (and you won’t be lying) is, “Bishop, he’s the best pastor we have at the present time!”

MY DEEP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Here is my deep thought for the week. It has to do with the “gay marriage” vs “Chick-fil-A” controversy.
If roosters insisted on marrying roosters and refused to have anything to do with hens and if hens started marrying hens, then it wouldn’t be long before the noble race known as “THE CHICKENS” would die out and, if there were no more chickens, there would be no more chicken eggs. And what would life be like without fried chicken, roast chicken, chicken nuggets, chicken wings, chicken sandwiches, chicken soup, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, omelets, soft-boiled eggs, hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs, eggs Benedict, egg custards, and so on and so on?
It boggles the mind!
And that’s why I say: DOWN with “gay marriage” and UP with Chick-fil-A!
And, as Patrick Henry said: “If this be treason, make the most of it!”
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR DONATION YET TO THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL FOR 2012?
If you have not, would you please do so?
Try to do so before we get after you for The Bishop’s Annual Appeal for 2013!

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NOTE
We included a photo of Joseph V. Gudonis in the article about his death (see page 03). This might (reasonably) prompt the question: Why is it that photos of other deceased parishioners have not been printed in the bulletin? The answer is simply this: (a) It had never occurred to me in the past that this was something we might easily do. (b) But, there is a first time for everything. The thought about a photograph to accompany the article dawned on me when I was visiting the Gudonis family this past Wednesday evening, after Joe’s death. A member of Joe’s family showed me a photo she had of him on her cellphone. I said to her, “Do you know what? I would like to include that in the bulletin.” So, she emailed it to me via attachment and there we are!
So, for future reference: Please know that I would like to make it our regular practice to include a photo of the deceased in all future “parishioner death notices” in our parish bulletin. Therefore, if you anticipate that you might die at some point in the future (as opposed to being assumed directly into heaven without the inconvenience of dying), you might want to have a photo ready for your family to give to the pastor at the time of your death. Better yet, you might want to get a jump on things and send the pastor your photo (electronic is preferable), so that we’ll have it ready when your time comes. I am well aware that someone might think that it is “morbid” to suggest this. But it’s really not. It is simply realistic. We are all going to die. In fact, your pastor had his name engraved on his tombstone way back in 1984, when he was only 46 years old. Obviously, this did not cause him to check out before his time. As you know, he is still hanging around. It is my philosophy that the more casual you are about dying, the better you will be at living.

BEYOND CREEPY
On 24 July 2012, President Barack Obama, speaking at a fundraiser in Oregon, used his daughters as props to promote abortion. Here are his precise words:

“Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that’s a bad idea. I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices. We’re not going backwards, we’re going forwards.”

We all know that the word “choice” is a euphemism for “abortion.” And the fight to defund Planned Parenthood is all about abortion. So, it is crystal clear that President Obama advocates the freedom for his daughters to abort his own grandchildren.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the United States of America!

THE VASES OF FLOWERS IN SAINT JOSEPH CHAPEL are placed there in memory of the deceased members of the Boxer and Gower families.
THE BASKET OF FLOWERS IN SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH is placed there in memory of Tomee Leigh Gower.

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BOYER’S and REDNER’S!
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OR YOU CAN STOP BY THE RECTORY DURING THE WEEK!
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