MASS SCHEDULE: 09 - 16 June

Saturday, 08 June
Vigil of Sunday
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 09 June
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — Rev. WILLIAM J. NAHN
by EBC

Monday, 10 June
08:00 am — JOAN MAE ZIEMEK
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Wednesday, 12 June
08:00 am — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Friday, 14 June
08:00 am — RUSSELL WEIST
by Jean Weist

Saturday, 15 June
by his wife, Jean
Vigil of Sunday
by their sons: Francis, Jimmy and Brian

Sunday, 16 June
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — AGNES CONNOR
by her daughter, Anne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 09 - 16 June

Saturday, 08 June
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — Deceased: STATUTIS and YESAITIS FAMILIES
by Jean Statutis Majikas and family

Sunday, 09 June
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Tuesday, 11 June
St. Barnabas, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — In Thanksgiving to SAINT ANTHONY and SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Thursday, 13 June
St. Anthony of Padua, priest, doctor (OblMem)
by Kelly and Sharon Polk and family

Saturday, 15 June
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARY SHINKUS
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 16 June
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Charles and Kathleen Sherman

stjos/stvdp: 06.09.2013 - 01

01 / 02 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $912.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $32.00 from the plate; $288.00 from the Dues envelopes; $79.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,311.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,311.00) 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 $170.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $741.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $48.00 from the plate; $192.00 from the Dues envelopes; $73.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,054.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,054.00) 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 $263.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 12 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 13 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church


Wednesday, 12 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

We normally have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confession on Fridays. We are unable to do so this week because of a schedule conflict: a wedding rehearsal out of town. Keep in mind that Confession is almost always available by simply calling the Rectory and making an appointment.


Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

Benjamin Franklin
(Old Ben sure had a way with words!)

stjos/stvdp: 06.09.2013 - 02

The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or employee / volunteer of the diocese /parish. Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are invited and encouraged to contact the Diocese of Allentown for more information about this program. The fullness of compassion should be extended to these victims by the Church.
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Confidential Telephone Number
(800) 791-9209
To learn more about the Diocese of Allentown’s Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and Code of Conduct, please visit and click on “Youth Protection” in the upper right hand corner of the page.
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on 06 June 2013.
Born on 10 March 1923, she was 90 years of age.
Catherine is one of the nine children of the late Martin R. and Catherine C. (Carey) Coyle.
Her four brothers and four sisters (all deceased) are: Joseph Coyle; Andrew Coyle; John Coyle; Martin Coyle*; Anna Coyle Jones; Mary Coyle Hancock; Barbara Coyle O’Boyle; Margaret Coyle.
*Martin and Catherine were twins.
On 18 March 1923, Catherine was baptized at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek, by Fr. William L. Kelly.
On 19 December 1961, she was married to Carl E. Scheele at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek, in the presence of Fr. Fred A. Melley. Carl died in 1983.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Monday, 10 June, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing in the church for about one hour prior to the Mass.
The interment will take place in the Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah.
Eternal rest grant unto Catherine, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
STARTING TODAY (08 June), the 05:30 pm Mass will be in the chapel “until the weather changes”. The chapel is air-conditioned. The 11:30 am Mass will continue to be in the upper church, unless the vox populi tells me otherwise. (If your Latin is rusty, vox populi means “the voice of the people”.)

stjos/stvdp: 06.09.2013 - 03

GLORIA C. MACKENZIE, age 84, a resident of Zephyrillis (Florida), was the winner of the Florida Powerball Lottery last month (18 May) . The prize was $590,500,000. Gloria is a widow. Her husband and she had retired to Florida from their home in Maine. Gloria lives alone in a small tin-roofed house in a modest neighborhood. She decided to take her winnings in a lump sum, which, after taxes, amounted to $370,896,780.84.
This news item — perhaps you read it in the 06 June Pottsville Republican — got me thinking. (I would bet I’m not the only one who entertained a thought / fantasy or two after reading this!)
One thought that came to me, of course, is this: What would I do with 370 plus million dollars if it happened to fall into my lap?
That’s a good question! I have some “top-of-my-head” answers to that question, but I won’t bore you with them!
One thing is for sure. I would do my very best not to allow myself to be dazzled by it, nor overwhelmed by it, nor would I let it set me on a path that is different from the path I already travel. I would try to keep in mind that, although MONEY ITSELF is NOT the root of all evil (as some persons mistakenly think the Bible tells us), nevertheless the LOVE of money IS the root of all evil. So, I would beg God to keep me from LOVING my 370 plus million dollars. I would try my best to remember that life is short and that there are no pockets in shrouds!
I cannot help noting the fact that Gloria is 84 years old. Although I certainly wish her the fullness of years, I think it is entirely reasonable to presume that she does not have a great many years ahead of her. I hope that she is wise and will not allow herself to be dazzled by her new-found wealth.
I think of the parable the Lord told about the man who had a bumper crop. At night, he thought to himself, “What shall I do with my abundance of grain? My silos will not hold it all! I know what I’ll do! I’ll tear them down and build new silos! Then I’ll be able to store all my grain (implication is that he will keep it until the demand is high along with the value, at which point he will sell it for a huge profit) and I shall tell myself, ‘Eat, drink and be merry! You have plenty in store for years to come!’” At which point, a voice from the darkness interrupts his thoughts and says, “You fool! This very night your soul will be required of you! And to whom will all this stored-up wealth of yours go?”
When I was a child, I remember that that parable had a particular impact on my brain. It still does! I can’t read it or hear it without a discernible chill running up and down my spine. That’s probably a sign that it is true.
We had the driveway at StVdP parking lot re-sealed this past week. We solicited bids before having the job done. The contractor we chose charged us $580.00. It seems that he did a good job. The Holy Rosary Society and the Holy Name Society each contributed $200.00 to the parish for this job, leaving the parish to pay a balance of only $180.00. We are VERY grateful to the HRS and the HNS for their generosity!

stjos/stvdp: 06.09.2013 - 04

                                       SOME GOOD NEWS ON THE PRO-LIFE FRONT!
On 23 April 2013, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 818!
The vote was 144 to 53.
What is HB 818 and why should I care?
HB 818 is “An Act amending Title 40 (Insurance) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for compliance with Federal health care legislation”.
Okay! But why should I care?
Hang in there! I’ll tell you in a sec!
On 05 June 2013, the Pennsylvania Senate passed HB 818!
The vote was 31 to 19.
(Senator Argall voted in favor of the bill. Thank you, Senator!)
It goes to Governor Corbett for his signature and we know that he will sign it.
So! I’m still waiting! Why should I care?
Thank you for your patience! Now I’ll tell you why you should care!
This bill ensures that taxpayer funding of abortion will not occur in Pennsylvania under Obamacare!
Okay! Now I see why I should care!
As you might expect, the ACLU vigorously opposed this bill.
The ACLU considers restrictions on taxpayer-funding of abortion to be an assault on freedom and on women’s health.
The ACLU has its letter sequence mixed up. It should call itself the AUCL — the Anti-Unborn Children League.
Do you remember what homonyms are?
They are words that SOUND alike, but have different spellings and different meanings. Like “TO / TOO / TWO” and like “HAIR / HARE” and like “THEIR / THERE” and like “BY” / “BUY”.
Another set of homonyms is this: “RIGHT / RITE”.
Sometimes I will get a call and the person will say, “Father, would you come to visit my mother? She needs her last rites.” I ask a couple of questions and then say something like this: “I’ll be there in a few minutes!” Then I drop everything and hustle over to the house or hospital or nursing home — wherever the person might be. I bring my anointing oil and book and, if the person is still capable of taking anything by mouth, I’ll bring the Holy Eucharist.
The following is a very small matter and somewhat schoolmarmish, but you might want to know anyway: I sometimes think that the person who is calling is thinking “last rights”, not “last rites”. Why do I think that? Because the person will often say “his last rites” or “her last rites”. But the correct terminology is “the last rites”. A person has rights, but nobody (except the Church) has rites. So, when your time to depart this life is approaching, tell someone to call a priest to give you “the last rites”, not to give you “my last rights”. God gives you your rights. A priest gives you the rites.

stjos/stvdp: 06.09.2013 - 05

about how to help your parish when you go shopping at Redner’s or at Boyer’s. Pardon me for being (in some respects) repetitious, but there might be some details of information here that you don’t know about. So, please read this item. I’ll try to be concise!
Please buy the Redner’s gift cards that the parishes sell. You can buy them in the back of the church after the weekend Masses or else at the Rectory. The profit goes to the parish at which you purchase them, unless you tell us otherwise. We make five percent (5%) profit on your purchases when you use the gift cards.
IN ADDITION, please get a “gas card” from Redner’s. We have some to hand out. Just ask for them. These “gas cards” come in both “wallet-size card” form and in “key-ring tag” form. They are interchangeable. These “gas cards” are not specific to either parish. USE YOUR “GAS CARD” when you shop at Redner’s. THEN KEEP YOUR REGISTER TAPES! (Very important: KEEP YOUR REGISTER TAPES!) Give us your register tapes! You can give them to the person who sells the gift cards in the back of the church or you can drop them into the collection basket or you can bring them to the Rectory. If you want to make certain that the credit goes to one of the parishes in particular, I suggest you write “St. Joseph” or “St. Vincent dePaul” on the register tape. We then turn these tapes into Redner’s and we receive one-percent (1%) of the value of your purchases.
Please buy the Boyer’s gift cards that the parishes sell. You can buy them in the back of the church after the weekend Masses or else at the Rectory. The profit goes to the parish at which you purchase them, unless you tell us otherwise. We make five percent (5%) profit on your purchases when you use the gift cards.
IN ADDITION, please get a “key-ring tag” but MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR KEY-RING TAG FROM THE PARISH. Ask the person who sells the gift cards in the back of the church or else pick one up from the Rectory. These key-ring tags ARE parish-specific. So, ask for the tag you want, either St. Joseph or St. Vincent dePaul. USE YOUR KEY-RING TAG when you shop at Boyer’s. You do not need to keep your register tapes or turn them in to us. Register tapes are irrelevant to the Boyer program.
Boyer’s keeps a record on how much is purchased by those who use the key-ring tags and then gives one-percent (1%) of the total to the parish.
(The Boyer’s system is somewhat simpler. No register tapes are needed.)

A QUESTION YOU MIGHT HAVE is this: Can I use both the gift cards and the key-ring tags (or gas cards) for my purchases? The answer is YES! Not only “can” but “should” because, if you do, the parish earns six-percent (6%).
ONE MORE THING (and then I’m outta here!): When you buy gasoline, you might want to consider buying it at Redner’s. You can pay for it with your “gift card” and the parish earns five percent (5%). If you ALSO use your “gas card”, you will get (for yourself, not the parish) a discount on the gas your purchase.

stjos/stvdp: 06.09.2013 - 06

THE FOLLOWING NEWS ITEM APPEARED on page A14 of the Sunday, 02 June 2013, edition of the Pottsville Republican.

                                          Man cited in Shenandoah
A man was cited with two non-traffic citations Friday at 15 S. Chestnut Street in the borough. Police said (name) left a building at 15 S. Chestnut Street and urinated on the sidewalk at 1:58 am on Friday.
When asked why he did that, he said, “Well, dogs do it” Officer Tyler Dissinger said.
(Name) was cited with a citation for an open container and disorderly conduct.

I have no desire to embarrass the poor guy who got arrested beyond the embarrassment he has already experienced, so I omitted his name from the above. Lord knows, he has enough troubles! May God bless him and help him to get his act together, so that he will have no future boozy encounters with the constabulary and so that he will embrace sobriety and will have a happy and a productive life. In addition, may he exercise greater prudence in planning ahead for the urgencies of the body. In the future, may he always find himself in proximity to an appropriate venue for tending to his needs.
My point in re-printing the article is simply this: You have to admit that it’s pretty doggone funny what the poor guy said in his defense, viz. “Well, dogs do it!”
The reason we smile is that we instantly recognize that what dogs do is not nearly an adequate standard for what is acceptable among human beings.
But, you know, there are several things that dogs do that some human beings do — and at least one of the things I am referring to is far more consequential than emptying one’s bladder on the sidewalk!
I am referring to such things as a man having sexual relations with a woman to whom he is not married. A male dog doesn’t make a commitment to a female dog before he “becomes one flesh” with her. Why should he? It happens and it’s over and done with! She doesn’t expect a commitment from him and commitment sure never crosses his mind, whatever “mind” means when you’re talking about dogs! There is no bonding of spirits in doggy coitus. It’s mostly a seasonal thing, prompted by instincts and hormones. It’s “now you see him, now you don’t” and he’s off to some other adventure, leaving her to hold the bag. As far as I know, female dogs don’t object to the arrangement, nor do they have even the foggiest expectations of fidelity or permanence or tenderness or a call the next morning — or of monthly checks for pup support. It’s all opportunistic. There’s not even the canine equivalent of a twenty-dollar bill left on a pillow! Well, that’s okay! They are dogs! There are no high expectations! Dogs are simple creatures and that’s how God made them. They are not made in the IMAGE and LIKENESS of GOD. When a dog dies, it goes into the dust and there is no breath, nor mind nor spirit that returns to the Creator.
But for those who are made in the IMAGE (Who is the Son) and in the LIKENESS (Who is the Holy Spirit) of GOD (Who is the Father), we must not say, when it comes to matters sexual, “Well, dogs do it!” Good grief! What the heck kind of a moral criterion is that?

stjos/stvdp: 06.09.2013 - 07

This past Wednesday, as part of an annual Super Bowl tradition, President Obama welcomed the 2013 Super Bowl champions to the White House to congratulate them on their victorious season.
The President was in top form as he laughed it up with the players and their coaches and managers.
BUT NOT ALL OF THE PLAYERS ATTENDED THE EVENT. MATT BIRK WAS ABSENT. As, perhaps, you know, Matt is a six-time Super Bowler. He started as center for the Ravens and announced his retirement at the end of the 2013 season.
Why was Matt absent? Was he sick? No, he wasn’t sick. Did he have some family emergency, some pressing engagement, some unbreakable prior commitment? No! None of the above!
Here is the reason he did not attend. We’ll let Matt speak for himself.

“I wasn’t there. I would say this, I would say that I have great respect for the office of the Presidency but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, ‘God bless Planned Parenthood!’ Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year.’ I am Catholic, I am active in the Pro-Life movement and I just felt like I couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t endorse that in any way…I’m very confused by [the President's] statement. For God to bless a place where they’re ending 330,000 lives a year? I just chose not to attend.”

A thousand years from now, when Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood and various other agents of the Principalities and Powers of Darkness in High Places are moldering in the dustbin of history, Matt Birk, a witness to the Truth, will be a glorified and radiant son of God!
May the Lord bless him and keep him and let His countenance shine upon him!

stjos/stvdp: 06.09.2013 - 08

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