MASS SCHEDULE: 30 June - 07 July
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 29 June
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

Monday, 01 July
Bd. Junipero Serra, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — THOMAS L. EVANS Jr.
by Buck and Shirley Delinsky

Wednesday, 03 July
St. Thomas, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — WILLIAM DeLUCA
(35th anniversary)
by his family

Friday, 05 July
St. Anthony Zaccaria, priest; St. Elizabeth of Portugal (OptMems)
08:00 am — MARY BIRSTER
by Jean Weist

Saturday, 06 July
St. Maria Goretti, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROSEMARY O’CONNELL
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Sunday, 07 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — FRANCIS J. KING
by his daughter, Ellen

 MASS SCHEDULE: 30 June - 07 July
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Sunday, 30 June
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — MICHAEL and VICTORIA ALSHEFSKI
by Theresa Alshefski Gudonis

Tuesday, 02 July
Weekday
08:00 am — MARIE T. VanHORNE
by Marilyn Stefanski

Thursday, 04 July
Weekday
11:00 am — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 06 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 07 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — ELEANOR CONNELL
by the Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 06.30.2013 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
22 / 23 JUNE


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,036.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the plate; $95.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Buildings maintenance envelopes; $62.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,276.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $8.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,276.00) 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 $135.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $724.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $99.00 from the plate; $86.00 from the loose.
Total: $909.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $12.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($909.00) 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 $118.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 04 July
10:00 to 11:00 am
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 05 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 03 July
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, 05 July
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

 

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”

P.J. O'Rourke

stjos/stvdp: 06.3.2013 - 02


THE SACRAMENT
OF
CONFIRMATION
TUESDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2013

We have received an official notice from the Chancery that His Excellency, Bishop Edward P. Cullen, will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to the children of our regional parishes on Tuesday, 26 November 2013.
The regional parishes are: ASHLAND (St. Joseph and St. Mauritius); FRACKVILLE (Annunciation BVM, St. Ann and St. Joseph); GIRARDVILLE (St. Joseph and St. Vincent dePaul); GORDON (Our Lady of Good Counsel).
A couple of details remain to be decided: the time and the place.
I presume that the time will be 04:00 pm (because it usually is).
As far as venue (church) is concerned, the three pastors will meet to decide on that.
When it is decided, I’ll certainly let everyone know.
THE CHILDREN ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO BE CONFIRMED ARE THE EIGHTH GRADERS. ALSO, ANY CHILD IN GRADES 9 TO 12 WHO HAS NOT YET BEEN CONFIRMED.

THE FOLLOWING IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT:
We need to draw up a list of our candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Therefore, if you have a child, grades 8 to 12 inclusive, who has not yet been confirmed, please take a piece of paper. Write CONFIRMATION on the top.

Then provide the following information:

CHILD’S FULL NAME
DATE OF BIRTH
ADDRESS
TELEPHONE NUMBER
EMAIL ADDRESS (yours)
SCHOOL AND GRADE
PARENTS’ or GUARDIANS’ NAMES
NAME AND CITY OF PARISH WHERE HE OR SHE WAS BAPTIZED

Drop the paper off at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory or else drop it in the collection basket.
PLEASE DO THIS WITHOUT DELAY!

stjos/stvdp: 06.30.2013 - 03



Nik Wallenda, the Grand Canyon, and Faith in Jesus Christ

by Joe Paprock

This is strictly an opinion piece and therefore open to debate which I invite, but as always, be charitable in your comments to me, to one another, and to Nik Wallenda!
So last night, daredevil Nik Wallenda made his historic walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope with no tether and no safety net, gluing countless numbers of viewers like myself to the live broadcast. In addition to the drama of the stunt itself, I was struck by Wallenda’s public profession of faith as he called on the name of Jesus and offered praise to Jesus throughout his stunt. But that’s what bothers me about the whole thing: it was a stunt. I have no doubt that Nik Wallenda is a good man and a man of deep faith and that his faith in Jesus Christ helped him to remain focused as he crossed the wire. I am not questioning the man’s faith. I admire his talent and ability to stay focused and to accomplish amazing feats. Heck, I can barely keep my balance and chew gum at the same time so I have great respect for what he can accomplish. What I do question, however, is why this stunt is being held up by Christians as a model for faith and especially for evangelism. People are saying that his faith guided him, kept him calm, kept him focused, and enabled him to do a mighty deed that most people could not (and should not) even attempt. True enough. People are also saying that his faith was so strong that he was willing to risk death and that what he did is comparable to what the apostles did in the name of Christ in the Acts of the Apostles or for that matter, what any Bible hero accomplished in the name of God: they were mere mortals calling on the name of God to perform mighty deeds…same with Wallenda.
There are 2 HUGE reasons why we should not be comparing Wallenda’s fete to the mighty deeds performed by people in Scripture in the name of God. First, the fact that Wallenda was willing to risk death should trouble any Christian. It is one thing to trust that God will walk you through the flames of the fiery furnace or the lion’s den to which you have been sentenced to die because of your faith in God. Nobody was holding a gun to Wallenda’s head and telling him that he had to walk a tightrope across the Grand Canyon without a tether or a net because of his faith in Jesus. He chose to risk death as part of the stunt, merely for the sake of titillation to which I and many other gullible viewers succumbed. If, God forbid, he had fallen to his death, that would not make him a martyr, which the Holy Father described yesterday as those “who are imprisoned or killed for the sole reason of being Christian” nor would it qualify for the Pope’s description of “daily martyrdom” which consists of people “doing their duty with love, according to the logic of Jesus” – it was not Wallenda’s duty nor was it the “logic of Christ” to walk that tightrope without a tether or a net. There’s a reason that the Apostles were never referred to as “daredevils.”
Secondly, what Wallenda did was a stunt. On the other hand, miracles – mighty deeds – in Scripture are never stunts. A stunt is something that is done to draw attention to the stuntman or woman (something that Jesus was tempted by the devil to do – see Mt 4:5-7). Sure, Wallenda said, as he crossed the high wire, “let it be for the glory of God,” but there is no reason to walk a tightrope across the Grand Canyon without a tether or a net other than to draw attention to oneself. Mighty deeds done in the name of God, and particularly, in the name of Jesus Christ, are done to draw attention to the inbreaking of the Kingdom of God and thus, their purpose is to reveal how God’s plan for us is to be delivered from sickness, lack of sustenance, natural disasters, and ultimately death itself.

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Walking across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope without a tether or a net may inspire us to be better focused under stress and to overcome obstacles in life but it does nothing to reveal God’s ultimate plan for us which is why it does not measure up to the mighty deeds performed in the name of Christ in the New Testament.
I’m glad Nik Wallenda accomplished his stunt. His wife and family need him. I’m glad that he professes faith in Jesus Christ and I’m glad that he modeled for us the powerful and universal prayer, “God help me” which is the proper stance to take before God when faced with the challenges of this world (preferably not self-created challenges like crossing the Grand Canyon on a high wire). But please, let’s not make his stunt out to be the model for evangelism.

*************************

My comment on Joe Paprocki’s article
Dear Mr. Paprocki, your analysis is excellent! I thank you for it. Although it is always precarious to say that any particular person committed a mortal sin in any particular situation, we are permitted — and even obliged — to identify "grave matter" when it comes into our consciousness. I have no doubt that walking a tight wire across a yawning gorge while not wearing a tether or using a net is "grave matter". It makes no difference how prepared or skillful the person is. Therefore, it is POSSIBLE that Nik Wallenda committed mortal sin by doing what he did. What makes us recoil from asserting this is that we don’t know how well he is instructed in moral theology and we are not entirely certain that he is in his right mind. A fixation with “keeping up the Wallenda family tradition” might have rendered him insane! Another factor that makes us hold back from criticizing him is that he is obviously a religious man. Fundamentalist Christians were, no doubt, edified by Nik's continued invocations of God and of Jesus. Quite frankly, I was considerably less than edified. Religion is no substitute for obedience to the moral law. I think Nik’s invocations were repeated violations of the Second Commandment: Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain. "In vain" means literally "for vain things" or "for reasons of vanity". After the walk, Nik made several references to his "fans" and his "fan club". I think Nik was using Jesus in order to enhance his vanity. Sorry to say so! The truth is not always pleasant! I hope he retires and finds some other line of work.
Nik has a wife and three young children (ages 10, 12 and 15). Mrs. Wallenda needs her husband and the children need their father. HUSBAND / FATHER is Nik Wallenda’s primary vocation! He is not allowed to play fast and loose with that! It’s almost as though he has substituted the service of his Ego and his Image for the service of his Wife and Children.
Now, Nik wants to walk a 4,000 foot cable strung between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building in Manhattan and to do so without net or tether. I hope to God that he will not be allowed to do so! If he does make the attempt, it is possible that he will succeed because he has extraordinary powers for balancing and focusing and concentrating. But it is entirely likely that, if he attempts this stunt, he will find that he is the proverbial pitcher that went too often to the well.
If he is killed in some future stunt, he will not be a martyr (witness) to anything except his Ego. Such “martyrdom” scores no points whatsoever with God. Quite the contrary!
One final consideration, elaborating on what Mr. Paprocki wrote: When Jesus was tempted in the desert by Satan, one of the temptations put to Him was the invitation to “jump from the parapet of the Temple” and to trust that God would send angels to protect Him. We all know what Jesus said in rejecting that particular temptation. He said, “It is written, ‘Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God!” Good words for Nik to meditate on!

stjos/stvdp: 06.30.2013 - 05


MARGARET THERESA SULLIVAN WALACAVAGE
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Saturday, 22 June 2013.
Born on 17 July 1923, she was 89 years old.
Margaret was one of the three daughters of the late John D. L. and Mary (Moran) Sullivan.
Her sisters are Loretta J. Sullivan Ottinger (deceased) and Rose Mary Sullivan.
Margaret was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 22 July 1923 by Fr. James P. McGarvey.
She was married to William W. Walacavage.
William died on 12 June 1980.
Margaret and William have four children: Margaret P. Walacavage Eakin; Yvonne T. Walacavage (deceased); Walter W. Walacavage; Georgeanne M. Walacavage.
They have four grandchildren: Keith L. Eakin; Kristen T. Eakin; Lauren M. Eakin Dunkle; Larissa A. Eakin.
They have three great-grandchildren: Kyla L. McManigal; Aithan W. Eakin; Lian J. Dunkle.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 26 June, in the chapel of St. Joseph Church.
There was a period of visitation in the chapel prior to the Mass.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Margaret, 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.

HOW DO SATAN AND HIS DEMONS TEMPT US?

How do demons persuade? They have no access to our intellect or our free will. They simply cannot know our actual thoughts or move our volition. But our bodies, our passions (or emotions), and our internal senses — especially the sense memory and imagination — are all subject to the diabolical power.
Just because the demons cannot access our intellects does not mean that they cannot influence them. By dredging up (and “jumbling up”) the various images stored in our sense memory, they can indirectly affect our intellect and will. According to Saint Thomas, they cannot put images in our memory that were not already there. They can only access previously stored sense data, presenting them to us in various combinations in a provocative way. What an incentive to keep our memory free of all sinful images! We must therefore be on our guard, and not give ammunition to the Enemy by our imprudent use of the Internet, TV, and other media that “the rulers of the world of this darkness” influence so heavily.
“Imagination” in the philosophical sense is not what it is in common parlance. It is the repository not only of visual images (“pictures”), but also of phantasms derived from the other four external senses. So, included in the potential diabolic arsenal are other phantasms, e.g., sound bites of uncharitable things we or others have said, which may easily arouse us to anger, hatred, depression, or discouragement. And yes, the demons want to stir all those things up in us.

Brother André Marie, M.I.C.M.

stjos/stvdp: 06.30.2013 - 06


POOR OLD PETER!

A MAN WENT UP TO HIS PARISH PRIEST and asked him if “poor old Peter” needed any shirts or other articles of clothing in addition to the pants that we plan to buy for him. “After all” said the man, “if he needs pants, he could probably use some shirts and socks and underwear too. Maybe we should include those items in the collection.”
The priest said, “What the heck are you talking about? Who is ‘poor old Peter’ and what’s this about him needing pants?”
The man said, “I thought you said we were taking up a collection for Peter’s pants!”
“Oh!” said the priest “you misunderstand! Let me explain! It’s not ‘pants’, it’s ‘pence’! And Peter is really Francis. You know, the Pope!”
“Peter used to be Benedict and we used to collect pence for him, but now that Peter is Francis, we need to collect pence for the new guy. By the way, ‘pence’ is a quaint way of referring to money. So the collection known as ‘Peter’s Pence’ is simply a collection for the needs of our Holy Father, the Pope, whether it be Francis or Benedict or John Paul or Paul or John or Pius or whoever happens to be Peter at any given time!”
“Well, that’s kind of confusing” said the man. “I still don’t get it.” I find it hard to believe that Pope Francis is too poor to buy himself a decent pair of pants. Besides, I never saw a Pope wearing pants. He’s always wearing that white thing-a-ma-jig.”
“Well” said the priest, “trust me! Underneath that ‘white thing-a-ma-jig’, as you call it, Francis is wearing a pair of pants!”
“Well, thank God for that!” said the man. “But I hope he didn’t take Benedict’s pants, did he?”
“Oh, I’m sure not” the priest said. “Francis is considerably taller and stouter than Benedict. I’m sure that each has his own separate supply of pants.”
“Well, then, what’s this about pence?” said the man. “Does Francis really need pence? If he needs pence, he should go to Confession. I’m sure the priest will give him some pence as part of his Confession!”
“No, no, no!” said the priest. “You misunderstand! You’re thinking of penance! That’s something else altogether! The Pope needs pence, not penance! Or, if he does need penance, I’m sure he knows where to get that on his own! For the umpteenth, time: We’re taking up our annual collection for PETER’S PENCE! That’s fancy Church talk for ‘MONEY FOR THE POPE’”!
“Oh! Now I get you!” said the man. “Well, I’d be happy to thrown in a few bucks for Pope Francis. He’s a nice man. I like his style. Comes from Argentina, they tell me. But I hope he gives some of that pence to Benedict. I always liked Benedict. He’s one smart cookie! Very deep! Very German!”
“Well” said the priest “I think if Benedict needs any pence, Francis will be happy to share his pence with him. He’s a very kind man and he’s big on sharing. He wouldn’t leave poor old Benedict penceless!” “Or poor old Peter either” said the man. “I’m sure not” said the priest.
“Well, I’m glad our parishes are doing something to buy some pants for poor old Peter” said the man. “It’s a sad thing not to have any pants! And embarrassing too! You daren’t leave the house if you don’t have any pants! Well, thanks for clearing that up for me, Father!”
“That’s what I’m here for” said the priest, as he beat a hasty retreat.

SOME GOLDEN OLDIES TO ENTERTAIN THE CHILDREN
(and maybe an adult or two)

Why should you never tell anyone any of your secrets while the two of you are walking through a corn field?
        Because the corn has ears!
Why should you never tell any of your secrets to a pig?
        Because pigs squeal!
Why should you always be quiet when you walk past a medicine cabinet?
        Because you don’t want to wake up the sleeping pills.
Why can’t oysters and crabs and lobsters and clams go to Heaven?
        Because everyone knows you can’t go to Heaven if you’re shellfish!

stjos/stvdp: 06.30.2013 - 07


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 www.allentowndiocese.org and click on “Youth Protection” in the upper right hand corner of the page.

THE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS

The following is my opinion about the opinions rendered by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.
I am referring, of course, to the two opinions that, taken together, are referred to as “the gay marriage decisions”.
As I think is obvious, I am a Catholic without compromise. As such, it goes without saying that I am totally opposed to “gay marriage”. At the same time, I am a realist and know that God’s people must be strategic.
So, it might surprise someone to know that I am not particularly alarmed by the two decisions that were rendered. On the surface, both decisions seemed to advance the cause of “gay marriage”.
I don’t think that’s necessarily so. And, in fact, in the case of one of the decisions, I think it might even serve to halt the march of “gay marriage”.
The two cases are “the DOMA case” and “the Prop 8 case”.
In regard to the DOMA case

There has been a law since 1996 called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA). One of the things that this act does is that it prohibits the Federal Government from providing tax benefits to “same-sex couples” — the same benefits that it provides to normal married couples. The Supreme Court ruled that this prohibition is unconstitutional. Therefore, “same-sex couples” will now be eligible for the same tax benefits as normal couples. I might not be all sorts of enthusiastic about that BUT there is a silver lining: The Supreme Court is implying that laws governing who are and who are not married are the business of the states, not of the Federal Government. That’s good! It respects the all-important principle of subsidiarity! In other words, the Court is saying that the Federal Government cannot make that decision. THIS GIVES ME HOPE THAT NO FUTURE COURT WILL IMPOSE UPON THE STATES THE RECOGNITION OF “GAY MARRIAGE”. In other words, I am hopeful now that the Supreme Court will not do a “Roe v Wade” on the states when it comes to “gay marriage”. Also, I am pleased that the Supreme Court did not toss out all of the provisions of the DOMA.
In regard to the Prop 8 case
In 2008, the voters of California decided by referendum (Proposition 8) to amend the California constitution so as to prohibit “same sex marriage”. The California Supreme Court ruled that this was a valid amendment. But the California Supreme Court ruling was appealed to the Ninth Circuit (a Federal bench). The Ninth Circuit ruled that the amendment violated the Federal Constitution (14th amendment). So, a coalition of opponents of “gay marriage” appealed to the Federal Supreme Court to overturn the ruling of the Ninth Circuit. The Supreme Court declined to overturn the ruling, based on the premise that the petitioners did not have legal standing to make the appeal.
Here is where I drop out! I confess to not understanding why the petitioners did not have standing. However, I notice that JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA agreed with the majority in this matter! I consider Justice Scalia to be the gold standard of Supreme Court justices. He is a man of deep Catholic faith and great common sense. I trust him. He is certainly not a proponent of “gay marriage” on the philosophical or theological level. So, I say to myself: If Justice Scalia says that the petitioners don’t have standing, then they don’t have standing. And if Proposition 8 is going to be upheld (which I would like it to be), then the people of California will have to get themselves a new Governor and a new Attorney General to plead the cause of Prop 8 with the Supreme Court. That would remove the technicality of “standing”.

stjos/stvdp: 06.30.2013 - 08


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