MASS SCHEDULE: 23 30 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 22 September
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPHINE BOXER HODGE (33rd anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 23 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — FRANCIS P. O’REILLY
by his brother-in-law, Edward

Monday, 24 September
Weekday
08:00 am — JOAN HAHN PIZANO
rescheduled from 18 Sept

Tuesday, 25 September
Weekday
07:00 pm — Rev. MICHAEL SHERIDAN (132nd anniversary)
by Frances McDonald

Wednesday, 26 September
SS. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — JAMES KELLY
by John Burns

Thursday, 27 September
St. Vincent dePaul, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — VICTORIA LYCHOCK
by OPM

Friday, 28 September
St. Wenceslaus, martyr; St. Lawrence Ruiz and companions, martyrs (OptMems)
08:00 am — ALICE WAYNE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Saturday, 29 September
Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: Archangels (Fstl)
08:00 am — EMMI FRITZ MUELLER
by her nephew, Edward
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — NORA MALEY BYRNE (2rd anniversary)
by her husband, Bill

Sunday, 30 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — JOHN BENULIS
by OPM
11:30 am — AUGUST BOXER (anniversary of birth)
by Tom and Joni Gower

 MASS SCHEDULE: 23 30 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 22 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED YACKERA
by his wife, Bernie

Sunday, 23 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Angelo and Kay Barone

Monday, 24 September
Weekday
07:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Tuesday, 25 September
Weekday
08:00 am — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Wednesday, 26 September
SS. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (OptMem)
07:00 pm — MT and DEE MIDDLEBROOKS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 27 September
St. Vincent dePaul, priest (OblMem)
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Friday, 28 September
St. Wenceslaus, martyr; St. Lawrence Ruiz and companions, martyrs (OptMems)
05:00 pm — PAULINE RYNDOCK
by OPM

Saturday, 29 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ALBERT, ADELE, JEROME and KRISTEN YESALAVAGE
by Michael and Margaret

Sunday, 30 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN and CATHERINE WHYTENA
by the Fisher family

stjos/stvdp: 09.23.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
15 / 16 SEPTEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $685.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $49.00 from the plate; $36.00 from the Dues envelopes; $46.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $74.00 from the loose.
Total: $890.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($890.00) 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 ($250.25) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note that this is a DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,188.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $96.00 from the plate; $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $75.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $99.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,493.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $12.00 from the Missionary Cooperative envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,493.00) 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 $702.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 26 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 27 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 28 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 26 September
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, 28 September
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

THE MONSTRANCE DOES NOT DISPLAY AN OBJECT. IT DISPLAYS A PERSON. ONCE YOU KNOW THAT, YOU’LL NEVER BE THE SAME.

stjos/stvdp: 09.23.2012 - 02


WE SHARE THE MAIL
Fr. Connolly:

Please accept this donation to St. Joseph Parish in honor of Fr. Michael Sheridan who helped found our parish and after whom the Sheridan Room and the K of C are named.
Father Sheridan’s works are legendary in Ireland and here in both the Susquehanna Valley and hard-coal regions of Pennsylvania.
Fr. Sheridan died 132 years ago this week: September 25, 1880.
His grave is close by at St. Joseph Parish, Ashland, under a 12-foot-high cross on the church grounds.
If the schedule allows, please offer a Mass for this holy priest to whom our whole area owes a debt of gratitude.
God bless!
Frances McDonald
(grandparents originally from Girardville)

I am grateful to Frances for writing and for the donation. The 07:00 pm Mass in St. Joseph Chapel on Tuesday, 25 September will be offered for the happy repose of the soul of Fr. Sheridan.
If you go on line — www.stjospar.org — you will find the History of St. Joseph Parish. The opening paragraphs of the history make reference to Fr. Sheridan. Cf. following:

The Catholics who settled in Girardville between 1832 and 1856 had no church to attend. They were served by the great missionary priest Father Michael Sheridan. Father Sheridan served an area roughly from Pottsville to Danville. He traveled throughout the area on horseback. In 1856, St. Joseph, Ashland, was founded. This became the church for Catholics in Girardville. In September of that year, Father Sheridan was appointed pastor of that parish. From 1857 to 1870, Mass was celebrated in Girardville on certain feast days throughout the year at the Coughlin family home on East Mahanoy Avenue by Father Sheridan. This home no longer exists. Father Sheridan died in 1880. By 1870, there were over 3,000 persons living in the Girardville area. The Catholic population had grown intensively since 1856. So, it was decided that a parish be established in Girardville. On 10 August 1870, St. Joseph Parish was established as a territorial parish for the Girardville area. Rev. Joseph A. Bridgman was the founding pastor of the parish.

WHO WOULD LIKE TO GO to the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown PA on Sunday, 07 October, for the annual celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary?
We would like to fill a van with parishioners.
We shall leave Girardville at about 04:00 pm and return at about 11:00 pm.
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, an outdoor Rosary Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The grounds are very pleasant and there is a gift shop.
Call the Rectory to sign up.
THE A.D. TIMES is now offering e-mail subscriptions. If you would like to transfer your print subscription to receive instead an e-mail notification with a link to each new issue posted on the diocesan website, please fill out this form: http://www.allentowndiocese.org/blog/e-mail-subscriptions/

stjos/stvdp:09.23.2012 - 03


                               “RAPE, INCEST AND THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER”
These are the customary “exceptions” we hear about so often when the topic of abortion comes up.
How valid are these three exceptions?
Remember we are talking here about the right to life of a human being.
Let’s deal first of all with “life of the mother”.
Did you know that there are NO CIRCUMSTANCES in which it is necessary to perform a direct abortion in order to save the life of the mother?
There are circumstances in which it might be necessary to perform an indirect abortion in order to save the life of the mother, but no circumstances in which it is necessary to perform a direct abortion.
An example of a situation in which an indirect abortion might well be called for (and would be morally justified) would be an ectopic pregnancy.
The Catholic Church acknowledges the right of a woman to have surgery in order to save her life in the case of an ectopic pregnancy, even though this will almost certainly cause the death of the unborn child.
It is vitally important to know the difference between direct abortion and indirect abortion if one is going to discuss intelligently what is known as “the life of the mother exception”.
Another example of an indirect abortion (permissible in the teachings of the Catholic Church) would be something like this: A pregnant woman is in need of chemotherapy in order to save her life. The chemotherapy will have the unfortunate side effect of killing the unborn child. In such a case, we commend the child to God and pursue the chemotherapy in order to save the life of the mother. (It is my understanding that such situations are extremely rare, but they do exist.)
The issue of “life of the mother” came up earlier this month (September) at the International Symposium on Maternal Health held in Dublin. The minutes of the symposium include the following terse statement: “Direct abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a mother”.
So, what about rape and incest?
No one would disagree that a rapist is one of those categories of human beings of whom we say, “Hanging is too good for him!” and “Lock him up and throw away the key!”
No argument there!
But what about the child?
Should we say about a child conceived in an act of rape that “hanging is too good for him or her” or that “we should lock him or her up and throw away the key”? I think not. Have you ever heard about a tenth century English saint named Edith of Wilton? Edith was a little girl conceived in rape when the local king, Edgar, abducted a young nun, Wilfrida, from her convent. Wilfrida gave birth to the child in the king’s place in 961. Soon thereafter, she succeeded in escaping from the palace and returned to the convent, taking with her the little girl named Edith. Edith lived a short but exemplary life in the convent. She died in the year 984.
And what about incest?
Obviously, incest is both immoral and illegal!
But by what right dare we say that a child who is conceived and born as the result of an incestuous union has any less right to life than any of the rest of us?
Like the child conceived in rape, the child conceived in incest is innocent.
Someone might say, “Oh, but you are not taking into consideration the trauma that the mother of the child is going through! It is heartless of you to want her to carry this child to term!”
I suspect that the trauma (especially in the case of rape) is something that the mother did go through.
She deserves the very best that society can give her in the way of support and therapy.
It is not at all clear to me that “support and therapy” include abortion.
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
So, let us not simply accept without thinking the mantra: “….. except for rape, incest and the life of the mother”. God has given us a brain and we should use it to think things through
.

stjos/stvdp: 09.23.2012 - 04


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the Editor:
In order to make my point, I need to cite the entire text of an entry in Thunder / Enlightning in the 12 September edition of the Republican. It is as follows:

I was wondering if someone can enlighten me. Why is the Catholic Church on one hand fighting so hard to prevent gay and lesbian consenting adults from marrying and on the other hand the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is spending millions of dollars on defending child molesters and their superiors who protected and hid them endangering scores of children?

Pottsville
Commentator: That's the million-dollar question.
I am certainly not looking for facts, wisdom and logic when I turn to Thunder / Enlightening. That is part of the off-beat “fun” one experiences when reading the column. To be fair, I must say that, by way of exception, there are some totally rational persons who call in to Thunder / Enlightening and may God bless them, every one!
I do expect facts, wisdom and logic from the Commentator, in those cases where he chooses to make a comment. The Commentator is supposed to be the voice, often sardonic and humorous, of the level-headed and objective appraiser of the assertions that are made by the callers.
Allow me, please, to analyze the assertion made by “Pottsville” and the response to same by the Commentator.
Here is what “Pottsville” is asserting:
Assertion #01: The Catholic Church vigorously opposes the legalization of consensual homosexual unions.
Assertion #02: However, the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia spends “millions of dollars” defending priests who are accused of engaging in non-consensual sexual activity and in defending their superiors who protected and hid them.
Conclusion to be drawn from the two assertions: Therefore, the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is acting hypocritically.
To all of which, to my utter dismay, the Commentator gives assent! How else is one to understand his comment?
Now for some analysis:
Assertion #01 is TRUE. The Catholic Church does, indeed, oppose the legalization of consensual homosexual unions, aka “same-sex marriages”.
Assertion #02 is substantially FALSE. There is a small portion of it that is TRUE, and I shall deal with that further down the line.
The Conclusion drawn from the two assertions is entirely FALSE!
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has not spent any money whatsoever in the legal defense of priests who have been accused of engaging in non-consensual homosexual activity. Any priest who has been brought before a court of law in order to answer to a charge of child molestation (non-consensual sex) is “on his own” when it comes to providing for his legal defense. The Archdiocese has not paid the legal expenses of any priest who has been so accused.
Of course, if the priest is found guilty and the victim decides to pursue the matter in civil court by suing the Archdiocese, it is quite obvious that the Archdiocese is obliged to pay lawyers to represent its own interests in the civil suit. Money paid out to lawyers to represent the Archdiocese in civil suits and money paid out in damages is not — in any way, shape or form — the same as money paid out to defend the priest in criminal court. It is absolutely crucial to make this distinction.
The small portion of Assertion #02 that merits being called TRUE is this: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia paid (so I have been told) the legal expenses of Monsignor Lynn. But one must understand that Lynn has never been accused of an indecent or illegal act with a child or with anyone else. He was accused of “covering up” for a priest who was accused. It is my personal opinion (which is irrelevant at this point) that Lynn was not guilty of any criminal act. The fact, however, is that he was convicted and is now in prison. Reasonable persons can believe that Lynn was not guilty. The Archdiocese believed that he was not guilty. Because Lynn was acting as an agent of the Archdiocese, the Archdiocese was bound to pay his legal expenses, just as any corporation would be bound to pay for the legal expenses of one of its employees who was accused of a crime while performing duties assigned him by the corporation.
No reasonable person could say that the money expended by the Archdiocese in defense of Monsignor Lynn was money paid out to hinder justice. On the contrary, it was money expended to promote justice.
It does not astound me that “Pottsville” would call in with such a half-baked and bigoted assertion. What astounds me is that the Commentator would agree with him. Maybe the Commentator needs a vacation or a course in logic.
Rev. Edward B. Connolly

stjos/stvdp: 09.23.2012 - 05


        

PLEASE LOOK CLOSELY AT THESE PHOTOS!
Can you identify these three persons?
Let me help you.

The person on the left is SIMONE CAMPBELL. She is a member of the Sisters of Social Service. Sister Campbell is an attorney and a lobbyist. Currently, she serves as Executive Director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby. She identifies herself as a Catholic and was a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She says that she is not in favor of abortion but, when she was asked whether abortion should be illegal, she declined to give an answer. She is, quite definitely, in favor of artificial contraception. This is what is known as an oxymoron. It is impossible to be anti-abortion and simultaneously to be pro-contraception! Contraception is the Trojan Horse in the City of God. (Pun acknowledged, but not intended!)

The person in the center is CAROLINE KENNEDY — author, attorney, political activist. She is a woman whose name and pedigree give her entrée to circles of power all over the world. She is, of course, the daughter of the late President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy. Like Sister Campbell, Ms. Kennedy identifies herself as a Catholic and she too was a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Ms. Kennedy is unambiguously in favor of abortion and, needless to say, also in favor of artificial contraception.

The person on the right is JOSEPH RATZINGER. Following a distinguished career as a professor of Theology and as Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he was elected in 2005 to the post of (take a deep breath!) Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God. Upon election to that office, he assumed the name “POPE BENEDICT XVI”. Like Sister Campbell and Ms. Kennedy, he identifies himself as a Catholic. Unlike them, he was not a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. His Holiness teaches — pardon me for belaboring the obvious — that both abortion and artificial contraception are intrinsically evil.

So, in summary, we have:
SIMONE, a prominent Catholic, who is opposed to abortion but is in favor of artificial contraception.
CAROLINE, also a prominent Catholic, who is in favor of both abortion and artificial contraception.
BENEDICT, another prominent Catholic, who is vehemently opposed to both abortion and artificial contraception.
Which of these three, in your opinion, is the trustworthy witness to the Truth?
To which of these three did Jesus Christ entrust the Keys to the Kingdom?
Of the three, which one would you prefer to accompany you to the Judgment Throne of God?

stjos/stvdp: 09.23.2012 - 06



IS THIS YOUNG PRIEST GIVING THE NAZI SALUTE?

The young priest is Joseph Ratzinger.
He was born in 1927 and, in 2005, was elected Pope.
We know him best as Pope Benedict XVI.
According to some propagandists, this photo, which appears on the Internet is “proof” that Joseph Ratzinger was a Nazi.
The problem with that is this: This photo was taken in 1951, shortly after Joseph was ordained to the priesthood.
You know, of course, that the Nazi regime came to an end in 1945. So, do the math.
But what was young Father Ratzinger doing extending his hand like that?
It sure looks like the Nazi salute!
Well, it would be helpful to look at the photo from which this photo was cropped.
Here is that photo:

On the left is George Ratzinger. On the right is Joseph Ratzinger. They are brothers and were ordained together to the priesthood in 1951. They are extending their hands in blessing, as is customary for newly ordained priests.
And now you know.

stjos/stvdp: 09.23.2012 - 07


The following is an excerpt from an interview given by the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Metropolitan of the Province of Pennsylvania.
The interviewer is John Allen. The original interview appeared in the National Catholic Reporter. It is accessible on line. I recommend it. You can find it at this link:
http://ncronline.org/news/faith-parish/chaput-philly-swims-against-nostalgia-and-red-ink
Please note that printing this portion of the interview in our parish bulletin does not violate any federal laws having to do with political advocacy and tax exemption. Neither the Archbishop nor our two parishes endorses any candidate or supports any political party.
Allen: We’re speaking on the night Barack Obama is delivering his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. Let me ask flat-out: Do you believe a Catholic in good faith can vote for Obama?
Chaput: I can only speak in terms of my own personal views. I certainly can’t vote for somebody who’s either pro-choice or pro-abortion.
I’m not a Republican and I’m not a Democrat. I’m registered as an independent, because I don’t think the church should be identified with one party or another. As an individual and voter I have deep personal concerns about any party that supports changing the definition of marriage, supports abortion in all circumstances, wants to restrict the traditional understanding of religious freedom. Those kinds of issues cause me a great deal of uneasiness.
Allen: What about the wing of the church that says a party that supports the Ryan budget also ought to cause concern?
Chaput: Jesus tells us very clearly that if we don’t help the poor, we’re going to go to hell. Period. There’s just no doubt about it. That has to be a foundational concern of Catholics and of all Christians. But Jesus didn’t say the government has to take care of them, or that we have to pay taxes to take care of them. Those are prudential judgments. Anybody who would condemn someone because of their position on taxes is making a leap that I can’t make as a Catholic. ... You can’t say that somebody’s not Christian because they want to limit taxation. Again, I’m speaking only for myself, but I think that’s a legitimate position. It may not be the correct one, but it’s certainly a legitimate Catholic position; and to say that it’s somehow intrinsically evil like abortion doesn’t make any sense at all.

stjos/stvdp: 09.23.2012 - 08

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