MASS SCHEDULE: 16 - 23 June

Saturday, 15 June
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

Monday, 17 June
by Eileen Rowland

Wednesday, 19 June
St. Romuald, abbot (OptMem)
by Jerome T. Gilmartin

Friday, 21 June
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — RUSSELL RUCH
by Ellen T. King

Saturday, 22 June
St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop;
St. John Fisher, bishop, martyr; St. Thomas More, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — Rev. Msgr. THOMAS J. BIRCH
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Rev. WILLIAM E. LaFRATTA
rescheduled from 25 May

Sunday, 23 June
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 16 - 23 June

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

Tuesday, 18 June
by his family

Thursday, 20 June
07:00 pm — JOHN and ANNA MATLOCK
by Alice Walukonis Chiaretti

Saturday, 22 June
Vigil of Sunday
by her family

Sunday, 23 June
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Ann McAndrew and family

stjos/stvdp: 06.16.2013 - 01

08 / 09 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,084.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $40.00 from the plate; $114.00 from the Dues envelopes; $211.00 from the Buildings maintenance envelopes; $76.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,525.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,525.00) 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 $384.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $952.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $53.00 from the plate; $27.00 from the Dues envelopes; $209.00 from the Buildings maintenance envelopes; $78.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,319.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
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 ($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 $528.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 19 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 20 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 21 June
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 19 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

Friday, 21 June
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy
followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament



A question I’ve had for a long time: What is it about homilies that prompt people, especially children, to remember that they have to go to the bathroom?

stjos/stvdp: 06.16.2013 - 02

                                              VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR
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.


“The world tells us to seek success, power and money;
God tells us to seek humility, service and love.”

“It's not a problem that we're sinners;
it's a problem that we aren't ashamed of our sin and don't seek forgiveness.”

“How marvelous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say:
Today I have performed an act of charity towards others!”
THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE statue in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in memory of Andrew Powlick, at the request of his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and John Petrousky.
THANK YOU, FATHER BRENNAN! Father will be the celebrant of both the 04:00 pm Mass at StVdP and the 05:30 pm Mass at StJos today (Saturday). The pastor is officiating at a wedding in Hazleton.
Ten years ago, while still pastor in Pottsville, Fr. Connolly purchased a CANON copier for his two parishes. Five years ago, moving to Girardville, he brought this copier with him. He did so with the permission of Msgr. O’Connor (to whom he is grateful). Technically speaking, all equipment belonging to closed parishes becomes the property of the parish into which the closed parishes are merged (or consolidated).
This copier has served us well over the past ten years (the last five in Girardville). Now is the time to purchase a new one.
We have just made arrangements to do so. Unrelated to the copier mentioned above, we have two older copiers that we are looking to sell. You can be sure that we will give you a great deal on them.

stjos/stvdp: 06.16.2013 - 03

ANTHONY KOMAROFF, MD writes a medical-advice column that is nationally syndicated. This column appeared in the 09 June 2013 edition of The Pottsville Republican. Perhaps you read it. I reprint it here for reasons explained on page 05 of this bulletin.

I hear the phrase “you’re delusional” used so casually. But what does it mean when someone is really, clinically delusional?
If I told you that I could substitute for Derek Jeter at shortstop for the New York Yankees, you could fairly call me delusional. (Actually, it might be a good thing if I could convince the Yankees to do that: I’m a Boston Red Sox fan, and my presence in the Yankee lineup would surely improve the Red Sox’ chances.)
A delusion is a false belief that is based on an incorrect interpretation of reality. A person with delusional disorder will firmly hold on to a false belief despite clear evidence to the contrary.
Delusions can be caused by mental illnesses called psychoses. These include schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Delusions also can occur in degenerative brain conditions, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.
Delusions often are beliefs that could not possibly be true. If I believed that I were Joan of Arc, or that the moon was going to smash into the Earth tomorrow, those would be delusions.
Delusions also can be about something that is not happening but that could occur in reality. The CIA could really be tapping my telephone, for example: I have a phone, and the CIA has the ability to tap it. If I devoutly believed that the CIA was tapping my phone, yet couldn’t give you a plausible explanation for why it would want to do that, I would likely be delusional.
In a condition called delusional disorder, a person with otherwise normal thinking continues to hold one very focused delusion. I might be functioning perfectly normally and expressing no strange thoughts … except the repeated belief that Tony Bennett was going to ask me to sing with him at a benefit concert in the near future.
There are several types of delusions often seen in delusional disorder (and other types of psychosis):
Erotic: delusion of a special, loving relationship with another person, usually someone famous or of higher standing. (This kind of delusion is sometimes at the root of stalking behavior.)
Grandiose: delusion that the person has a special power or ability, or a special relationship with a powerful person or figure, such as the president or a celebrity.
Jealous: delusion that a sexual partner is being unfaithful.
Persecutory: delusion that the person is being threatened or maltreated.
Somatic: delusion of having a physical illness or defect.
In some people with delusional disorder, the delusion may continue for years, though it may vary in its intensity and significance. In other people, the disorder lasts only a few months.
People with other types of psychosis besides delusional disorder often have multiple, loosely connected delusions: The CIA is tapping their phone and someone (the CIA?) has placed wires in their head to control their brain.
Anyone expressing delusions has an serious underlying mental or neurological disorder. Medications and psychotherapy can help. The hardest part is getting someone who is delusional to recognize that he or she may need help.

stjos/stvdp: 06.16.2013 - 04

who was waddling from side to side as he walked and was saying repeatedly, “Quack, quack! Quack, quack!” what would I think? I would think that he was a very peculiar man.
You would think that too, would you not?
Perhaps I would approach the man and say, “Pardon me, Sir! I don’t mean to be intrusive and I certainly don’t want to offend you and I certainly acknowledge your civil right to waddle from side to side and to say, ‘Quack, quack! Quack, quack’ but may I ask you why you are doing what you are doing?”
Perhaps the man would respond by saying, “I’m a duck! What do you think I am? Ducks waddle from side to side and say, ‘Quack, quack! Quack, quack!’”
Perhaps I would say, “But, sir, you don’t look at all like a duck. You look like a human man! How can you say that you are a duck?”
He might then say: “I used to think that I was a human man like you, but then I realized that that was a role forced on me by my parents and by society at large. Deep inside, I always felt like a duck. Now, I have come out of the closet, so to speak, and am showing my real self. Soon I shall have trans-species surgery. I shall have feathers and a bill and all the other accoutrements appropriate to a duck. I hope I have answered your question satisfactorily. Now, I’m a very busy duck and I really don’t have time to chat with you. So, good day to you, sir! Quack, quack! Quack, quack!”
What would I think then?
I guess I would think one of two things: (a) I might think that the man is involved in some sort of “street comedy routine” and that perhaps the whole thing (including my brief conversation with him) is being videotaped and might appear on David Letterman or Jay Leno or some such program; (b) I might think that the man is out of his mind, i.e. is bereft of his senses, is off his meds, is in need of serious medical intervention, is psychotic, or some such thing; (c) I might think, although I would not come to this conclusion very quickly, that, just possibly, the man is diabolically possessed, although just why the Devil would want a man to think he is a duck is not immediately clear to me.
What would I definitely NOT think?
I would definitely NOT think (believe) that the man is actually, factually a duck.
Why would I NOT think (believe) that he is a duck?
My reason for NOT thinking (believing) that he is a duck is simply this: I am not out of my mind. I am not a fool. My mother did not raise fools.
What if the number of men I saw walking (waddling) down the street and going, “Quack, quack! Quack, quack!” were to increase? Five, ten, twenty such men waddling and quacking! I would say, “Goodness gracious! We have an epidemic here!”
BUT I WOULD NOT (repeat NOT) believe that they are real, actual ducks, nor would I believe that they are in their right minds! I might pray for them and I might try to get them help and, you may be certain, I would try to keep them away from my sister or my daughter or my granddaughter! I might worry that the condition is contagious!

stjos/stvdp: 06.16.2013 - 05

(The following is an excerpt from the encyclical, On Freemasonry and Naturalism, written in 1884 by Pope Leo XIII.) I have placed in large and bold font the parts that I wish to emphasize. (EBC)
The race of man, after its miserable fall from God…separated into two diverse and opposite parts, of which the one steadfastly contends for truth and virtue, the other for those things which are contrary to virtue and to truth.
The one is the kingdom of God on earth…The other is the kingdom of Satan.
“At every period of time each has been in conflict with the other.
“At this period, however… [the Church’s enemies] are now boldly rising up against God Himself. They are planning the destruction of holy Church publicly and openly, and this with the set purpose of utterly despoiling the nations of Christendom.
“It is Our office to point out the danger, to mark who are the adversaries and to the best of Our power to make head against their plans and devices.
“Their ultimate purpose [is] the utter overthrow of that religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced.
“They deny that anything has been taught by God…[they believe] that the multitude should be satiated with boundless license.
“[They believe] that marriage belongs to the genus of commercial contracts, which can be rightly revoked by the will of those who made them.
“Thus, the time is quickly coming when marriages will be turned into another kind of contract – that is, into changeable and uncertain unions which fancy may join together, and which the same when changed may disunite.”

You hear from the pulpits of Catholic churches and you read in the bulletins of Catholic parishes ideas that are in total opposition to what you hear and read elsewhere. Has it ever occurred to you that what you hear and read in authentic Catholic parishes is the doctrine of the Kingdom of God on Earth, whereas the contradictory ideas you hear and read elsewhere are the doctrine of the Kingdom of Satan on Earth?
One cannot serve simultaneously the Kingdom of God on Earth and the Kingdom of Satan on Earth.
One must choose his or her Master.

stjos/stvdp: 06.16.2013 - 06

Moments before I was to walk down the aisle my soon to be mother in law came in the dressing room where my bridesmaids and I were all gushing with giggles and fluttering about finishing last minute details.
“Sweetheart, your groom has called for you!”
In a nervous tizzy I said, “What?! I’m not ready! I have to get my shoes and…” She had already taken my hand and led me to a corner, where my groom was waiting. I barely sat down; I was filled with so much anticipation! So much excitement! So many nerves! “Is he going to like my dress? Does my hair look pretty? Can he see me?!”
Right around the corner sat my soon-to-be husband, I so was nervous he might see me yet secretly hoping to catch a glimpse of him. In my excited state I was the first to speak. “Hi, sweetie! We’re getting married today!” He said, “I know, baby, and I want to pray with you before we do.”
There we sat around the corner hand in hand, and together we bowed our heads. People were rushing about; the wedding coordinator directing people here and there, the photographers snapping photos and the bridal party enjoying each other’s company. Yet in that moment, in the quietness of our hearts and minds, my husband and I were alone in the presence of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
My husband prayed: that God would bless our marriage; that — through thick or thin — together we would never lose hope in one another; that, instead of focusing on each other’s imperfections, we would always rely on Christ’s perfection; that we would wake up every day and choose to love one another, not through our own strength but by the power of Christ’s perfect love.
With our hands clenched tightly to one another together, we said “Amen”, both with shaky voice and, just like that, I was whisked away to blot the tears off my face and put on my veil.
After my bridesmaids, mother, mother-in-law and every other girl in the room had finished zipping, curling, tucking and blushing me up, I looked in the mirror. There I stood wearing my pure white wedding dress, ready to walk down the aisle to my Prince Charming.
See, he is not only my Prince Charming because of his incredibly handsome looks, or wonderful humor, or the fact that we have so much in common. He is my Prince Charming because he helped me protect the most precious gift that I owned: my purity.
Soon after we had started dating I nervously told my Prince that I was a virgin and planned to be until the night of my wedding; to which he replied he would have it no other way.
Throughout our dating relationship and engagement we constantly fought, what at times felt like a losing battle. We fought temptation with prayer, scripture and accountability. I had friends checking up on me if they knew we were together late at night and he regularly met with other Godly men to pray for strength. At times, especially as the wedding grew closer, we thought we were attempting to do the impossible.
“Why are we doing this?” I would ask in my weakness, and he would remind me, that it’s because God had told us too.
“I can’t do it, I can’t… this is too hard!” he would confess to me and I would pray for his strength.
When I walked down the aisle in my white dress, I looked straight into the eyes of the man who had laid himself down to protect and honor the wife that God had given him.
When his eyes first caught mine he looked into the face of the woman who had waited for him, the woman who would support him and love him for the rest of His life, through good times and bad.
I share all of this because in that prayer we prayed, which was captured here on camera, we asked the Lord to use our wedding to bring Him all of the glory that He rightfully deserved. We had not gotten where we were by our own strength, but by His hand of protection on our relationship.
God has used this photo to inspire hundreds of thousands of people already and for that we are humbled and honored! I wanted to take it a step further and give God praise and thanks for how we arrived at that quiet corner, holding hands and ready to begin our lives together.

stjos/stvdp: 06.16.2013 - 07

A person who has stopped growing at both ends
and is now growing in the middle.

A place where women curl up and dye.

The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.

Mud with the juice squeezed out.

Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.

Cold Storage.

Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.

An insect that makes you dislike flies as much as you do.

A grape with a sunburn.

Something you tell to one person at a time.

A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

The pain that drives you to extraction.

One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.

An honest opinion openly expressed.

Something elderly people have, similar to my character lines.

stjos/stvdp: 06.16.2013 - 08

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