MASS SCHEDULE: 07 - 14 July
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 06 July
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

Monday, 08 July
Weekday
08:00 am — THOMAS MORAN
by Thomasine Moran

Wednesday, 10 July
Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Friday, 12 July
Weekday
08:00 am — EDWARD J. SCHICKLING Jr.
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Saturday, 13 July
St. Henry (OptMem)
08:00 am — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
(3rd anniversary: 15 July)
by his wife, Jean
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARIETTA KENNEY CHICCILLO
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 14 July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOHN J. and SUSAN CUFF
by Kay Ellen

 MASS SCHEDULE: 07 - 14 July
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 09 July
St. Augustine Zhao Rong, priest, and companions, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — EUGENE ZDIERA
by Josephine Zdiera and sons

Thursday, 11 July
St. Benedict, abbot (OblMem)
07:00 pm — In Thanksgiving to SAINT ANTHONY
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Saturday, 13 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — God’s protection on OUR MILITARY IN AFGHANISTAN
by the Yackera family

Sunday, 14 July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 07.07.2013 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
29 / 30 JUNE


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,239.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $36.00 from the plate; $25.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Buildings maintenance envelopes; $88.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,398.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $30.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,398.00) 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 $257.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $825.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $96.00 from the plate; $109.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,030.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $5.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,030.00) 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 $239.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 10 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 11 July
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 12 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 10 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, 12 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

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because, by then, your body
and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

stjos/stvdp: 07.07.2013 - 02


MARGARET SMITH SHOUP,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Monday, 01 July 2013.
Born on 12 December 1950, she was 62 years of age.
She is one of the five children of the late Joseph and Margaret (Tighe) Smith.
One of the five was an infant boy who died shortly after birth.
Margaret’s three sisters are: Anna Smith Mortimer; Helen L. Smith; Mary Jo Smith Leonhardt.
Margaret was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 18 January 1951 by Fr. Gerald L. Royer.
On 20 July 1996, also in St. Joseph Church, Margaret was married to Richard S. Shoup, in the presence of Fr. Anthony P. Mongiello.
Margaret has two stepchildren: David S. Shoup and Elizabeth D. Shoup Hykes.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, 05 July, at St. Joseph Church, Girardville. The Mass was preceded by a time of visitation.
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.
A GENTLEMAN (member of one of the Girardville parishes) told me that he had heard from a lady (also a member of one of the Girardville parishes) that St. Joseph Parish will be closed in September of 2013. I asked him where this spurious piece of information came from. He said that it was “on the Internet” but, not being a “computer person”, he didn’t know where on the Internet it came from.
I assured the gentleman that this piece of information is absolutely, totally untrue.
I had a suspicion where it came from and I checked it out on line. My suspicion was correct. It came from a website that is notorious for spreading information that is untrue — especially when it comes to the Diocese of Allentown and its bishops, both current and emeritus and to the parishes, especially the Girardville parishes and the pastors of North Schuylkill, especially the Girardville pastor.
I hardly know how to be more explicit, but let me say it again: I am absolutely positive that Bishop Barres has not made a decision yet about the future of the Girardville parishes. I am absolutely positive that the Council of Priests has not made a decision as to how to advise the Bishop about the Girardville parishes. I am absolutely positive that the Synod has not yet made a decision as to how to advise the Council of Priests about the Girardville parishes. I am reasonably certain that some decision will be made before 2013 is over and will go into effect in mid-2014. I do not know what that decision will be, but I anticipate that there will be one parish in Girardville. As to the utilization of buildings, I just plain don’t know. And I GUARANTEE you that the person who operates the website does not know either. To all of the above, I add: So help me God! I beg all of the members of our two dear parishes NOT to give credence to people with computers who know nothing but are full of ego and pretense and bitterness.

stjos/stvdp: 07.07.2013 - 03



EVIL, BE THOU MY GOOD!
                                                                                                                                   by Fr. George W. Rutler

With my parents at a performance of Gounod's Faust at the opera some years ago, when Marguerite went mad in Act V after killing her baby, my mother let out a gasp that embarrassed me, for we were in a box over stage left and conspicuous. Now I bless my mother because that maternal empathy is the heart of civilization. “A voice was heard in Ramah, Rachel weeping for her children” (Jeremiah 31:15). Stifle the mother, and you stifle the child, and the world dies. Our Lady, being a take-charge kind of woman, as was evident at the wedding in Cana, may have been a midwife often in Nazareth, weeping at the loss of infants as she surely did when the innocents were massacred in Bethlehem.

In the opera, the repentant Marguerite is taken by angels singing “Salvation!” But Faust, who bartered his soul to Mephistopheles before fathering Marguerite's child, is bound to that Satan who, in the words of Milton, bids “Evil, be thou my good.”

Anyone who calls evil good, moves discourse about infanticide to a very dark place.

On April 26, President Obama, the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood, not only thanked that organization which aborts around 300,000 children a year, but added, “God bless you.”

On June 13, Nancy Pelosi said that the abortion issue is “sacred ground.”
On June 20, a New York Times Op-Ed contributor described the aborting of her 23-week-old son, who had a heart defect: “I felt my son’s budding life end as a doctor inserted a needle through my belly into his tiny heart. As horrible as that moment was — it will live with me forever — I am grateful. We made sure our son was not born only to suffer. He died in a warm and loving place, inside me.”

Our merciful Lord will hear the cry of those who make terrible mistakes, especially those who have not had the grace of being taught right from wrong. To them he offers real angels, and not singers on a stage. But he also predicted that “a time is coming when anyone who kills will think he is offering service to God” (John 16:2). Like Faust, such people ask God to bless destroyers of life, and call the killing fields “sacred ground,” and even describe the womb of a mother who kills her child as a “warm and loving place.”

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said that no one is safe around a mother who would kill her own child. Anyone who makes a Faustian bargain knows that even Christ is not safe around such a mother: “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40).

Satan calls evil good. Christ calls it crucifixion.

stjos/stvdp: 07.07.2013 - 04



“HE / SHE WAS OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH”

If you are a reader of obituaries and death notices, no doubt you have come across this phrase more than once. What does it mean? As far as I know — although there may be an exception or two somewhere along the line — it means that the deceased was baptized Catholic, probably made his / her First Holy Communion, probably was confirmed, possibly even went to Mass on Sundays for a while, but then just stopped going.

Just stopped going to Mass.
Just stopped going to Confession.
Just stopped receiving the Holy Eucharist.
Never formally joined any non-Catholic Christian sect.
Never renounced Christianity.
Never made a formal statement, written or oral, that he / she no longer considered himself / herself to be a Catholic.
But, as we say, “just dropped out” or “fell away”.
Never joined a parish.
Became a “lapsed Catholic”.

He / she never wanted to be asked about it or challenged about it.
If asked or challenged about it, he / she would respond either with humor or anger or a combination thereof.
Would say such things as:

“Who are you to judge me?”
“It doesn’t say in the Bible that you have to go to Mass on Sunday.”
“There are a lot of hypocrites who go to Mass every Sunday.”
“I saw this priest once and he was drunk as a skunk!”
“Religion is a racket. All they want is your money!”
“I remember when my grandpop died. The priest wouldn’t bury him unless my grandmom paid up his cemetery dues.”
“Haven’t you read about all those priests who mess around with little boys?”

If you ask the person who is “of the Catholic faith” whether he / she believes in Heaven and Hell, he / she will probably tell you that Hitler certainly went to Hell and maybe a few other really bad people, but practically everyone else — certainly including “good people” like himself / herself goes to Heaven.
On the other hand, he / she might say, “No, I don’t believe in Heaven or Hell. When you’re dead, you’re dead! That’s all there is to it.”
I do not recommend that you be “of the Catholic faith” when you exit this vale of tears. In fact, I recommend strongly that you not be so identified.

stjos/stvdp: 07.07.2013 - 05


 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL — 2013     

St. Joseph Parish                                                  St. Vincent dePaul Parish
Goal:         $7,432.60 Goal:         $6,215.87
So far:       $4,162.00 So far:       $3,520.00
To go:       $3,270.60 To go:       $2,695.87
Average:    $160.08 Average:    $140.80
Number of donors: 26 Number of donors: 25
Participation rate: 17.33% Participation rate: 25%

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
This is where we stand so far with the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. If you are one of the 51 persons who have already made their contribution or pledge, thank you!
If you are not, would you please make your contribution or pledge as soon as possible?
If I go to the beach this summer, I don’t want to be the 98-pound weakling who gets sand kicked in his face by his fellow pastors — those whose parishes have already met or exceeded their goals!
Thank you!
EBC
Ramblings of a Retired Mind
• I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse. I can't afford a cell phone. So, I'm wearing my garage door opener.
• I also made a cover for my hearing aid and now I have what they call blue teeth, I think.
• You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people don't like me anyway.
• I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans!
• I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is 'when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.'
• I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age, and call it 'Pumping Rust'.
• I've gotten that dreaded furniture disease. That's when your chest is falling into your drawers!
• When people see a cat's litter box, they always say, 'Oh, have you got a cat?' Just once I want to say, 'No, it's for company!'
• Employment application blanks always ask who is to be notified in case of an emergency. I think you should write, 'A Good Doctor'!

stjos/stvdp: 07.07.2013 - 06


CELINE MARIE KARAVAGE SCHNEE,
a former member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on 25 May 2013.
Born on 06 July 1951, she was 61 years old.
Her parents are the late Albert and Edna (Samelko) Karavage.
She was baptized at St. Vincent dePaul Church on 29 July 1951 by Father Joseph Neverauskas.
Celine has a son: Michael Schnee.
She has two grandchildren: Christopher Schnee and Nicole Schnee.
She has a sister: Lorraine Karavage Helt.
Among her relatives who are members of St. Vincent dePaul Parish are her uncle, Vytus Karavage and her cousin, John Karavage.
They were kind enough to provide me with the information about Celine’s death and also with the photo.
Eternal rest grant unto Celine, 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.

 PICNIC IN THE PARK
For Girardville area children, ages 5 to 11.
Sponsored by
THE GIRARDVILLE CRIME WATCH
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
06:00 pm
Rain date: 18 July
Food and Prizes!
Guest Speakers!

While the Crime Watchers are busy having their picnic, Kateri has volunteered to take their places in order to keep Girardville safe.
Instead of attending the picnic, she will be patrolling the streets — watching, listening and sniffing.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of a donation to St. Joseph Parish in memory of Margaret Selgrade Noone from her family.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BUY AND TO USE our Redner’s and Boyer’s gift cards. Remember also to use the “key tags” at both stores. Remember also to turn in your Redner’s cash register tapes. Please do not turn in your Boyer’s cash register tapes. They are not relevant to our fund-raising needs.

stjos/stvdp: 07.07.2013 - 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 MASS IS NOT A KIND OF ENTERTAINMENT!
JESUS DID NOT ENTERTAIN THE APOSTLES AT THE LAST SUPPER!
NOR DID HE ENTERTAIN HIS MOTHER MARY WHILE HE WAS HANGING ON THE CROSS ON CALVARY!
THE MASS IS THE LAST SUPPER.
THE MASS IS CALVARY.
IF YOU COMPLAIN THAT THE MASS IS NOT SUFFICIENTLY ENTERTAINING TO MERIT YOUR ATTENDANCE, YOU ARE EITHER A HEATHEN OR A POORLY CATECHIZED CATHOLIC.
THOSE ARE MY WORDS.
OUR POPE EMERITUS, WHO IS INCOMPARABLY MORE INTELLIGENT AND ELOQUENT THAN I (AND MORE DIPLOMATIC TOO), PUTS IT THIS WAY:
"We ought to get back to the dimension of the sacred in the liturgy.
The liturgy is not a festivity;
it is not a meeting for the purpose of having a good time.
It is of no importance that the parish priest has cudgeled his brains
to come up with suggestive ideas or imaginative novelties.
The liturgy is what makes the Thrice-Holy God present amongst us;
it is the Burning Bush;
it is the Alliance of God with man in Jesus Christ,
Who has died and risen again.
The grandeur of the liturgy does not rest upon the fact
that it offers an interesting entertainment,
but in rendering tangible the Totally Other,
Whom we are not capable of summoning.
He comes because He wills.
In other words, the essential in the liturgy is the mystery,
which is realized in the common ritual of the Church;
all the rest diminishes it.
Men experiment with it in lively fashion,
and find themselves deceived,
when the mystery is transformed into distraction,
when the chief actor in the liturgy is not the Living God
but the priest or the liturgical director."
                                                                                                                      Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (1988)

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