MASS SCHEDULE: 23 - 30 June

Saturday, 22 June
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

Monday, 24 June
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health: JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Wednesday, 26 June
by Thomasine Moran

Friday, 28 June
St. Irenaeus, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — LEONARD J. KLOTZ
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Saturday, 29 June
SS. Peter and Paul, apostles (Sol)
08:00 am — MILOUS PELC
by Jim and Eva Gontis
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — THOMAS L. EVANS Jr.
by Richard and Anna Evans

Sunday, 30 June
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — Mrs. JOHN A. BRENNAN
(10th anniversary: 03 July)
by her son, Edmund
11:30 am — Rev. Msgr. THOMAS J. BIRCH
by EBC

 MASS SCHEDULE: 23 - 30 June

Saturday, 22 June
Vigil of Sunday
by her family

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

Tuesday, 25 June
by Ann Gudonis

Thursday, 27 June
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JAMES F. DORAN
by Barbara Snitzer

Saturday, 29 June
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — Deceased: BERNOTAS FAMILY
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 30 June
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Theresa Alshefski Gudonis

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15 / 16 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $894.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $36.00 from the plate; $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $33.00 from the Buildings maintenance envelopes; $73.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,071.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $158.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,071.00) 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 ($69.25) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note that this is a DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $948.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $64.00 from the plate; $25.00 from the Dues envelopes; $44.00 from the Buildings maintenance envelopes; $161.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,242.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $211.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,242.00) 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 $451.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


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

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

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


Wednesday, 26 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, 28 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

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity
is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. (Winston Churchill)

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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.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE a donation to the St. Joseph Parish Memorial Fund from Edward L. Selgrade (Esq) and James F. Selgrade in loving memory of their uncle and aunt, William J. and Vera M. (Selgrade) Noone.
TRIDENTINE MASS next Sunday (30 June)! As is our custom, the 11:30 am Mass on the last Sunday of each month is celebrated according to the extraordinary form.
As is also our custom, there will be an “extra” Mass next Sunday: The 10:00 am Mass in the chapel will be celebrated according to the ordinary form.

              “……………WITH BLESSED JOSEPH, HER SPOUSE……………”
Pope Francis has signed a decree ordering that St. Joseph be referenced in the Eucharistic Prayers #2, #3 and #4.
The phrase “with blessed Joseph, her spouse” now follows immediately the reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
According to the Sacred Congregation for Worship, Pope Benedict had already made this decision but had not gotten around to signing it, apparently wanting to leave it up to his successor.
Eucharistic Prayer #1 already includes a reference to St. Joseph. This was ordered by Blessed Pope John XXIII.


“In a ghetto, life is closed in upon itself, operating only within itself, with its own ethnic and social clichés. And the parish lives upon the ethnic character of the community; when that character disappears, the community dies and the parish dies with it. One day, all our ethnic traits — language, folklore, customs — will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we cannot think of our communities as ethnic parishes, primarily for the service of the immigrant or the ethnically oriented, unless we wish to assure the death of our community.”

Excerpt from a pastoral letter issued in 1970 by The Most Reverend Joseph Tawil
Metropolitan Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Newton

stjos/stvdp: 06.23.2013 - 03

                                 TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE: CIRCLE TRUE OR FALSE
1. The shortest distance between two points is a curved line. TRUE — FALSE
2. The area of a triangle is equal to the sum of its four sides. TRUE — FALSE
3. The capital of Pennsylvania is Lost Creek. TRUE — FALSE
4. George Washington discovered America in 1492. TRUE — FALSE
5. Water is HO2 — one part Hydrogen and two parts Oxygen. TRUE — FALSE
6. If you lose your red crayon, all you have to do is color with your blue crayon and then color on top of it with your yellow crayon. Mix the blue and the yellow as you wish in order to get the desired shade of red. TRUE — FALSE
7. The first President of the United States was Grover Cleveland. TRUE — FALSE
8. Grover Cleveland was succeeded by Bill Clinton, who had been Cleveland’s vice-president. TRUE — FALSE
9. Bill Clinton was succeeded by Harry Truman, who had been Clinton’s vice-president.
10. It doesn’t matter what religion you belong to because all religions teach the same thing. TRUE — FALSE
11. The circumference of an apple pie is equal to the diameter of the pie times the pie itself. TRUE — FALSE
12. There are four pints in a quart. TRUE — FALSE
13. The Planet Earth is flat and is supported on the back of a giant turtle. TRUE — FALSE
14. The Sun makes one complete revolution around the Moon every month, except in February when it takes a little longer. TRUE — FALSE
15. It doesn’t matter whether or not you go to Mass on Sunday because everybody is going to go to Heaven anyway, because God loves everybody. TRUE — FALSE
16. Al Gore invented the Internet. TRUE — FALSE
17. Babies inside their mothers are not real 100% human beings but they become real 100% human beings once they are born, unless Dr. Gosnell or the Supreme Court says that they’re not. TRUE — FALSE
18. Black people were really happy when they were slaves because their masters took good care of them and they didn’t have to worry about anything. Those were the good old days!
19. The four gospels were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and George. TRUE — FALSE
20. On 19 November 1863, Woodrow Wilson traveled to Girardville to dedicate a military cemetery. While there he gave “The Gettysburg Address”, probably the best known speech ever given by a President of the United States. TRUE — FALSE
21. If a man feels deep inside himself that he is really a woman, then he is a woman. Same goes for a woman. If a woman feels deep inside herself that she is really a man, then she is a man. Anatomy has nothing to do with gender! The way to determine a person’s gender is simply to ask him or her which gender he or she sincerely feels that he or she is. TRUE — FALSE
22. We shouldn’t say that someone is doing something “wrong”. Everybody does what he or she thinks is the right thing for him or her to do. The only really important thing is that we should give everyone credit for doing what he thinks is right. TRUE — FALSE

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23. It won’t be long before the Catholic Church says that it’s okay to practice artificial contraception because the leaders know that, if the Catholic Church doesn’t “get with it”, it will keep losing popularity and people won’t go to church anymore! TRUE — FALSE
24. Same thing with divorce and abortion and homosexuality and stuff like that! The Catholic Church has to change or else she’ll die out! TRUE — FALSE
25. If you are on a golf course during a thunder-and-lightning storm, the best thing to do to ensure your safety is to climb a tree — the higher the better — take one of your metal clubs with you and point it up to the sky in a gesture of defiance towards God, shouting at Him and daring Him to strike you down dead! God is easily intimidated. TRUE — FALSE
26. The square root of 17 is 3. You can prove that by squaring 3. 3 squared is 17.
27. Two persons acquire the right to have sexual relations with one another whenever they honestly feel like it, as long as they both feel like it. TRUE — FALSE
28. Hell is a myth invented by conservative old priests who use it in order to scare people. “Conservative” is a synonym for “grouchy”. TRUE — FALSE
29. Smoking marijuana never did anybody any harm. God gave it to the human race to help people to zone out and not to worry about things so much. TRUE — FALSE
30. If you accept Christ as your personal Savior in the privacy of your heart, you are saved for all eternity and will go to Heaven, no matter what kind of life you live after you get saved — and the great advantage of getting saved is that you don’t ever have to go to church or worry about your sins, because you’ve got it made in the shade. TRUE — FALSE
31. The fetus inside a woman is a part of her body and nobody should tell a woman what she may or may not do with her body. TRUE — FALSE
32. One of the safest places for children to play is on the railroad tracks because we all know that trains never actually run on those tracks. TRUE — FALSE
33. Laws that prohibit men from marrying men and women from marrying women need to be done away with. Nobody can tell anybody who he or she is allowed to love. If you really love somebody and you want to marry him or her and if he or she wants to marry you, the Church and the government should just mind their own business and get out of the way! TRUE — FALSE
34. Laws that prohibit brothers and sisters from marrying one another are another kind of prejudice that needs to be done away with! If a man wants to marry his sister, why shouldn’t he, as long as she wants to marry him? And if a man wants to marry his brother, why shouldn’t he, as long as his brother wants to marry him? It’s all about love! TRUE — FALSE
35. Moses brought two of each kind of animal onto the Ark with him. TRUE — FALSE
36. There are no important differences between the Catholic religion and the Lutheran religion. They both teach the same things. TRUE — FALSE
37. The Catholic Church will ordain women to the priesthood in a few years, just as soon as we get a Pope who is willing to think out of the box. Maybe Pope Francis will do it! He is not grouchy like Pope Benedict. (Cf. #28: “Grouchy” equals “conservative”.) If not Francis, then maybe the Pope after Francis or, for sure, the Pope after him. TRUE — FALSE
38. The only authority a Christian needs is the Bible. A Christian doesn’t need any pope or bishops or church to help him or her to interpret the Bible! The Holy Spirit teaches each individual Christian the truth, as long as he or she is sincere! TRUE — FALSE
39. The Rio Grande is a river that runs north to south between Texas and Alaska.

stjos/stvdp: 06.23.2013 - 05


THIS LETTER WAS BURIED IN THE FILE CABINETS. Ian discovered it and showed it to me. I thought it was “bulletin worthy” even though the matter dealt with in the letter is not especially earthshaking.
For those who don’t know: Father William A. McArdle was the eighth pastor of St. Joseph Parish. He came on board as pastor in 1941 and he died (in St. Joseph Rectory) in 1959. His body was interred in the lawn in front of St. Joseph Convent. In 1996, when the convent was demolished, Fr. McArdle’s remains were transferred to our parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Dennis Cardinal Dougherty is a man who needs no introduction. (I’ll introduce him anyway!) He was the eighth bishop, the fourth archbishop and the first cardinal of Philadelphia. (Until 1961, Schuylkill County was part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.) “Dinny” (as he was called by his priests when he wasn’t around to hear them) was born in 1865 in Homesville and was a member of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville. He became a bishop at the astonishingly young age of 37! After serving as a bishop in the Philippines and in Buffalo NY, he became Archbishop of Philadelphia in 1918 and served until his death in 1951. The following is a quote from a biography: “The people soon learned that their new Archbishop was a man who ruled with an iron fist. He completely demolished and rebuilt the structure of the Archdiocese so it could suit his need for being kept abreast in all matters. As much as it helped him understand the needs of the people, it made those under him tremble, literally. He was exacting to the degree of frustration, but this was the way things were and (in the author's opinion) still should be.” I don’t know what the menu was for the luncheon at St. Joseph Rectory on 08 October 1941. I must remember to ask Ginny. Whatever it was, I have an idea that Fr. McArdle breathed a sigh of relief when Dinny left for his conference in Tamaqua!

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a former member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 16 June 2013.
Born on 10 September 1919, she was 93 years of age.
She is one of the seven children of the late Jacob and Catherine (Purcell) Selgrade.
Her brothers and sisters (all deceased) are: Helen Selgrade Reese; Katherine Selgrade Reichwein; Jack Selgrade; Joseph Selgrade; Frank Selgrade; Edward Selgrade.
Vera was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 21 September 1919 by Fr. Stephen J. Smith.
On 23 June 1947, also in St. Joseph Church, she was married to William J. Noone, in the presence of Fr. Raymond J. McHale.
William died on 13 April 2013. The two had been married for more than 65 years.
Bill and Vera have three children: William F. Noone; John Michael Noone; Cathy Noone Frawley.
They have eleven grandchildren: Colin M. Noone; Seth M. Noone; Michael E. Frawley; Megan M. Noone Ford; Patrick T. Frawley; Paddy L. Noone; Bevin C. Noone; Molly B. Noone; Kevin W. Frawley; Cavan T. Noone; John B. Frawley
They have thirteen great-grandchildren: Matthew W. Noone; Sarah M. Noone; Kai M. Frawley; Jack B. Noone; Tytan A. Frawley; William T. Noone; Ryan R. Frawley; Mary Claire Noone; William D. Noone; Daphne P. Frawley; Michael B. Noone; Vivien M. Frawley; Darby V. Ford.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Vera will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Tuesday, 25 June, at 12:00 noon. There will be a viewing in the church for about an hour and a half prior to the Mass.
The interment will take place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Vera, 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.


Visiting in Northern Ireland this past week, President Obama called for the closing of both Catholic and Protestant religious schools, implying obviously that all the children of Northern Ireland should attend public schools.
Now, just sit back and think about that!
If the president or prime minister of some foreign nation were to visit here in the USA and call for an end to Catholic schools, what would you think?
I presume you would think that such a statement was an outrageous intrusion into our internal affairs!
Is it possible that President Obama, if he were able to do so, would mandate the closing of all religious schools here in the USA?
I think it is not only possible that he would do so, but just about certain.
But, thank God, it is not possible.
Last time I checked, we still have a Constitution that delineates the powers.
But, of course, there are other ways, subtle ways, for bringing about the closing of religious schools.
He who controls the tax policies of a nation has the means to control many other elements of our way of life.
By the way, there is no record that President Obama, while visiting Israel, called for the closing of Jewish schools.
Nor is there any record that, while visiting any of the Arab nations, he called for the closing of Muslim schools!
                                                                  MENE TEKEL PERES

stjos/stvdp: 06.23.2013 - 07

THANK YOU, GOVERNOR CORBETT! This past Monday (17 June), the Governor of Pennsylvania signed House Bill #818. This is the bill (referred to in a recent bulletin) that will prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion under ObamaCare.
THANK YOU NOT, CONGRESSMAN CARTWRIGHT! This past Tuesday (18 June), the House of Representatives passed HR 1797. The vote was 228 in favor to 196 opposed. This bill, known as “The Fetal Pain Bill” prohibits abortions after the twentieth week of gestation. Our district representative, Matthew Cartwright, (D-PA / 17) voted against the bill. As you may recall, Cartwright defeated Tim Holden in the Democratic primary last year and then went on to win the general against Republican Laureen Cummings. It is practically a certainty that Holden, if he had been retained, or Cummings, if she had been elected, would have voted in favor of this bill.
It is highly unlikely that HR 1797 will survive the US Senate. If, perchance, it does, President Obama has already promised to veto it.
And, so, the beat goes on! The slaughter of the innocents continues.
And the people sat down to eat and they rose up to play and were utterly indifferent.
And they said, “Hey, listen up, priest! Don’t you go mixing religion with politics!”
But the blood of the innocent children is stored in the cup of God’s wrath.
As we read in Revelation 14, 10: “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out undiluted into the cup of his fury.”
Have a nice day!
AT ABOUT 03:00 PM, as I was completing the bulletin, a call came in that MARGARET SULLIVAN WALCAVAGE died. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, 26 June, at 11:00 am in St. Joseph Church. We will have a more complete notice in next weekend’s bulletin.
IN REGARD TO THE HOAGIES for the fundraiser (for Mr. Krick): Please bring in your money if you have ordered any hoagies. We need the money before finalizing the order. You may give it to Wade Richards or you can put it into the collection basket. If you do the latter, please write a note identifying who you are and what the money is for. Thank you.
Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome— for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us— this great land will always be "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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