MASS SCHEDULE: 14 - 21 July
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 13 July
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

Monday, 15 July
St. Bonaventure, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JENNIE DeLUCA (16th anniversary)
by her family

Wednesday, 17 July
Weekday
08:00 am — THOMAS L. EVANS Jr.
by the McCann family

Friday, 19 July
Weekday
08:00 am — JOHN BURNS Sr.
by John Burns Jr.

Saturday, 20 July
St. Apollinaris, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — Rev. WILLIAM P. JONES
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARGARET SULLIVAN WALACAVAGE
by the James Connell family

Sunday, 21 July
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — FRANCIS J. KING
by his daughter, Ellen

 MASS SCHEDULE: 14 - 21 July
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

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

Tuesday, 16 July
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on
SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Thursday, 18 July
St. Camillus deLellis, priest (OptMem)
07:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Saturday, 20 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — God’s blessings and health on
JOSEPH BISCOE
by his sister, Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 21 July
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — LOUIS, LORETTA and ROBERT MILLER
by Theresa Alshefski Gudonis

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
06 / 07 JULY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,203.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $35.00 from the plate; $268.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $102.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,618.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,618.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($491.15), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,118.63, one sees that $499.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: envelopes; $145.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,163.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,163.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($322.56), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $804.54, one sees that $358.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 17 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 18 July
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 19 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 17 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, 19 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 CANDLE in front of the Infant of Prague statue in StVdP Church burns this week in loving memory of Mary Petrousky, at the request of her son, John, and his wife, Barbara.

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 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 FOLLOWING EMAIL FROM A PRO-LIFE GROUP showed up in my box this past week:
There is a couple in another state who have contacted an adoption agency looking for a family to adopt their Downs Syndrome unborn baby. If a couple has not been found by today they plan to abort the baby. If you are interested in adopting this baby please contact Fr. Vander Woude IMMEDIATELY. We are asking all to pray for this baby and the wisdom that this couple realize the importance of human life and do not abort this beautiful gift from God. To contact Fr. Vander Woude, call the office after 9:30 or e-mail him immediately at pastor@holytrinityparish.net. Please re-post.

Fr. Thomas Vander Woude is the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Gainesville VA (Diocese of Arlington).
I’m happy to say that Father was flooded with phone calls and emails from persons offering to adopt the child. I hope and pray that “all goes well” and that the couple will allow the child to be born and to be adopted.
A person with Down’s Syndrome has the same right to life that any human being has! Every human being is a PERSON. A person is never a THING. Things are more or less valuable depending on their physical and chemical attributes. A diamond is worth more than a piece of coal. But a person with a less-than-perfect physical constitution is worth every bit as much as a person with a perfect physical constitution. This is due to the fact that a human being is essentially an immortal spirit! The “quality” of the flesh is incidental.

IF YOU HAVE AN EAGLE EYE, you might have noticed (on page 02 of this bulletin) that there is a slight change in the figures for insurance premiums for our two parishes. (We began FY 2014 on 01 July 2013.) The Diocese notifies the parishes of changes in such things as assessments and insurances.
Good news: For St. Joseph Parish, the total of our annual insurance premiums went down from $26,664.32 to $25,539.94, for a savings of $1,124.38.
Bad news:
For St. Vincent dePaul Parish, the total of our annual insurance premiums went up from $16,060.04 to $16,773.15, for an increase of $713.11.
I divide these figures by 52 to give people an idea (within a few pennies) of our “weekly insurance premium obligation”.
So, our weekly insurance premium obligation for St. Joseph Parish for FY 2014 is $491.15, as opposed to $512.77 for FY 2013.
And our weekly insurance premium obligation for St. Vincent dePaul Parish for FY 2014 is $322.56, as opposed to $308.85 for FY 2013.
Why did StJosPar premiums go down while StVdPPar premiums went up?
St.VdPPar insurance premiums went up for the simple reason that insurance premiums generally have gone up.
StJosPar insurance premiums went down — as far as I can figure it out — even though insurance premiums generally have gone up, because we no longer need to insure the boiler in the former Immaculate Heart School building.

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WE SHARE THE MAIL

I was having supper recently at a restaurant with a couple of friends of mine. One of them asked me a question that had been asked of her by a friend. The question was this: Would it be a mortal sin for a widow and a widower to have sexual relations with one another? (The presumption is that this hypothetical widow and widower are “senior citizens” and are good friends.) My friend told her friend that she would be talking to an old friend of hers who is a priest (that’s me) and that she would ask him and get back to her with the answer.
I told my friend that she should tell her friend that the answer is: “Yes, it is a mortal sin! No question about it!” It wasn’t opportune to give a more extended answer while sitting there in the restaurant. So, I followed up with this email.
Dear XXXX:
I wanted to send you something “official” to back up my answer to the question your friend asked you, viz. about whether or not it is a mortal sin for a widow and a widower to have intimate (sexual) relations.
It doesn’t get more official than The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).
As you probably know, this is the Catechism issued by Pope John Paul II. The general editor of it was Cardinal Ratzinger. It is the #1 most authoritative book on the teachings of the Catholic Church. I am guessing that you have a copy of it. If you don’t, I suggest that you get yourself a copy. No Catholic home should be without a copy of The Catechism of the Catholic Church!
Here are two paragraphs from the CCC that deal with the question your friend asked. You might want to show them to her. I have underlined the sentences I think are most relevant.

2390 In a so-called free union, a man and a woman refuse to give juridical and public form to a liaison involving sexual intimacy.
The expression “free union” is fallacious: what can “union” mean when the partners make no commitment to one another, each exhibiting a lack of trust in the other, in himself, or in the future?
The expression covers a number of different situations: concubinage, rejection of marriage as such, or inability to make long-term commitments. All these situations offend against the dignity of marriage; they destroy the very idea of the family; they weaken the sense of fidelity. They are contrary to the moral law. The sexual act must take place exclusively within marriage. Outside of marriage it always constitutes a grave sin and excludes one from sacramental communion.

2391 Some today claim a “right to a trial marriage” where there is an intention of getting married later. However firm the purpose of those who engage in premature sexual relations may be, “the fact is that such liaisons can scarcely ensure mutual sincerity and fidelity in a relationship between a man and a woman, nor, especially, can they protect it from inconstancy of desires or whim.” Carnal union is morally legitimate only when a definitive community of life between a man and woman has been established. Human love does not tolerate “trial marriages.” It demands a total and definitive gift of persons to one another

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To tell you the truth, it seems to me that, if a person believes that it is morally acceptable for a widow and a widower (senior citizens) to have intimate relations without being married to one another, that same person must almost certainly believe that it is morally acceptable for two persons who have never been married to do the same.
If that’s what the person believes, then what can I say? He or she is just “not with the program” and has a totally secular attitude towards sexual morality. That kind of person needs a religious / moral conversion, needs to get a Catholic conscience!
HOWEVER, if a person does believe that it is immoral for two single (never married) persons to have sexual relations with one another BUT thinks that it might be morally acceptable for a widow and a widower to do so, that person might be thinking that sexual relations are “morally relevant” only when the woman is still fertile.
But if the morality of sexual relations were governed only by considerations of fertility (the possibility of “making a baby”) then what would be wrong with a married man having relations with an infertile woman other than his wife OR having contraceptive sex with any woman he chooses?
Do you see my point? It all boils down to this: The sexual act has two God-given purposes.
Purpose #01 is “to express and to reinforce the faithful and exclusive bond between the man and the woman”.
Purpose #02 is “the increase of the human race”.
Purpose #01 is always relevant. It is always a good idea to express and to reinforce that faithful and exclusive bond.
Purpose #02 usually becomes irrelevant as time goes by, due to the obvious fact that “time marches on” (i.e. menopause).
The Catholic Church teaches that it is “fine and dandy” for a husband and wife to have intimate relations in their “golden years” even though conception is (presumably) impossible.
The reason it is “fine and dandy” is this: The act still expresses the faithful and exclusive bond. The fact that no conception will occur is part of God’s design. Older married couples I know have no problem with accepting that little detail of God’s design!
So, if a widow and a widower (we’re talking about senior citizens here) want to have intimate relations with one another, that’s “fine and dandy” with me and with the Catholic Church, on condition that they marry one another first!
I’ll add one more thing and then I’ll be finished.
A sexual relationship outside of marriage is always grievously wrong.
It is also mortally sinful if the persons involved know that the Church teaches that it is grievously wrong and “do it anyway”, of their own free will.
And, if they die in mortal sin, they go to Hell.
That’s not a pleasant prospect.
Someone might say: “Oh, I don’t believe that! That’s much too strict. God would never send anyone to Hell just because he or she had sex with someone he or she is not married to!”
To which I would reply: “What are you talking about? Haven’t you ever read the Bible? Don’t you know anything about the teachings of the Church? God does not SEND anyone to Hell. People who CHOOSE to go to Hell go to Hell! And how does one CHOOSE to go to Hell? By choosing to be disobedient to God’s clear commandments, followed up by refusal to repent, that’s how! It has nothing to do with whether or not you are “a nice person” (whatever that means). It has everything to do with obedience!”

With kind regards –
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 07.14.2013 - 05


NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
Introducing the science behind Natural Family Planning- NaProTechnology! Go GREEN to achieve or avoid a pregnancy. No need for drugs or devices with fertility awareness. Come learn about the Creighton Model Fertility Care System which maintains and supports the natural dignity of women's / couple's reproductive health and fertility. This free introductory session to NaPro Technology will take place on Tuesday, 16 July, from 06:30 to 08:00 pm at St. Jerome Parish, 266 Broad St., Tamaqua, PA 18252. Creighton is 99.6% effective for avoiding pregnancy and almost 3X more effective than IVF in helping couples with infertility achieve pregnancy. (And, of course, IVF is immoral!) Please pre-register with Kristin by calling 570-952-1063 or email her at creightonwithkristin@hotmail.com
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
With Summer upon us, why not give yourselves the special gift of a Marriage Encounter Weekend? Your marriage will truly be enriched. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend gives you the time and tools to revitalize romance, deepen communication, and nourish the spirituality in your marriage. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held at Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater in Somerset NJ from 26 to 28 July. Early registration is advisable as space is limited. Phone 1-609-581-7399 for registration and information. Visit www.aweekendforyourmarriage.org for more information.
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
Catholic Charities' Neighbors Helping Neighbors project needs volunteers to visit older adults in the community. Catholic Charities provides flexible scheduling (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly) and mileage reimbursement. Volunteers provide service such as friendly visiting, assistance with grocery shopping or light household chores. Please consider helping out a senior in need. Please contact Joanne Andruchek for more information at 570-628-0466 or jandruchek@allentowndiocese.org.
THERE WILL BE A MEETING on Monday, 15 July, in the room adjacent to the StVdP Parish Hall for those interested in raising funds for Bob Krick, who is a candidate for a heart transplant. I believe the meeting is at 07:00 pm. Please check out the time with someone who knows for sure. I wasn’t able to do so in time for the bulletin.
GUEST PRIEST NEXT WEEKEND! MISSION CO-OP COLLECTION!
Next weekend (20 / 21 July) we will welcome Father John P. Spellman, OSFS, a distinguished member of the Oblates of St. Francis deSales.
Father John has had a variety of assignments and experiences. Two of them in particular are that he has been a member of the faculty of the Salesianum High School, Wilmington DE, and he has been a staff member of ENCOURAGE, which is a Catholic movement that provides support and counseling for persons who have a family member who experiences same-sex attraction.
Father will speak to us about the work of the Oblates of St. Francis deSales throughout the world and will invite us to support that work with our prayers and our free-will offerings.
We ask everyone to bring with him or her the Mission Cooperative envelope that is included in the packet of envelopes you receive.
CONGRESSMAN MATT CARTWRIGHT (D-PA) who represents the 17th District (which includes all of Schuylkill County) in the House of Representatives, has gone on record as supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. Just thought I’d mention that in case you overlooked it.

stjos/stvdp: 07.14.2013 - 06


CONFIRMATION: SECOND NOTICE

If you want your child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on 26 November 2013, please notify the Rectory.
To be eligible, the child must (of course) have been baptized and must be in the 8th grade (or a higher grade).
Take a piece of paper and write on top: CONFIRMATION.
Then write (a) the child’s full name; (b) date of birth; (c) address; (d) telephone number; (e) email address of parent or guardian; (f) school and grade; (g) names of his or her parents (guardians); (h) name and city of parish where he or she was baptized.
Mail this paper to the Rectory or else just drop it off at Rectory or else drop it in the collection basket.
Please do this immediately.

I DID SOMETHING MILDLY STUPID the other day. (Please be kind. Resist the temptation to say “So what else is new?”) Let me tell you about it. I wear a wrist watch with a leather band. Recently, the loops that hold the end of the band close to the wrist fell off. I did not succeed in trying to reattach the loops to the band. I was mildly annoyed at the fact that the end of the watchband was flapping loose, but I’m too cheap to buy another watchband. So, I said, “I know what I’ll do!” So, I rummaged in a drawer for a packet of Velcro pieces that I remembered having bought one day. I found the packet and then took out one of the oval-shaped pieces of Velcro (with adhesive backing). I cut the piece of Velcro with a scissors and attached one piece to the watchband itself and the other piece to the back of the loose end. Then I put the watchband back onto my wrist and pressed the two pieces of Velcro together — but they did not adhere to one another! “Drat it!” I said. And then the light bulb went off in my head! It dawned on me that I had tried to connect hooks with hooks! I looked again at the packet of Velcro and realized that half of the packet was hooks and the other half was loops! So, I deftly removed one of the Velcro hooks from the watch band and replaced it with a Velcro loop. And now it works! The end of my watchband is no longer flapping in the breeze!
Moral of the story: Marriage is like Velcro! If you match up hooks with hooks, it doesn’t work! If you match up loops with loops, it doesn’t work! But if you match up hooks with loops, it works!
Application of the moral of the story: The learned jurist, Judge John E. Jones III, has been entrusted with the duty of trying to decide whether the laws of Velcro in Pennsylvania are consonant with federal statutes and with the Constitution of the United States of America! I would be happy to write his decision for him. All he has to do is ask. I am not optimistic.

PROFIT from SALE of REDNER and BOYER GIFT CARDS

                             St. Vincent dePaul Parish    St. Joseph Parish

02 June:  $  30.50  $  12.50
09 June  $  40.00  $  19,50
16 June  $  25.00  $  35.50
23 June $  27.00  $  41.50
30 June  $ 31.00  $  17.00
June Total:  $ 153.50  $  126.00
Year-to-date total:  $ 742.25  $  786.25
Total since starting:  $1,363.50  $1,565.00

stjos/stvdp: 07.14.2013 - 07


IF YOU MEMORIZE THESE, YOU CAN BE THE LIFE OF THE PARTY!
1. 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
2. Borrow money from a pessimist; he won't expect it back.
3. Time is what keeps things from happening all at once.
4. Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
5. I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.
6. Never answer an anonymous letter.
7. It's lonely at the top; but you do eat better.
8. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
9. Always go to other people's funerals, or else they won't go to yours.
10. Few women admit their age; few men act it.
11. If we aren't supposed to eat animals, why are they made out of meat?
12. No one is listening until you make a mistake.
13. Give me ambiguity or give me something else.
14. We have enough Youth. How about a Fountain of Smart?
15. He who laughs last thinks slowest.
16. Campers: Nature's way of feeding mosquitoes.
17. Always remember that you are unique — just like everyone else.
18. Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.
19. There are three kinds of people: Those who can count and those who can't.
20. Why is "abbreviation" such a long word?
21. I started out with nothing and I still have most of it.
22. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
23. Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
24. A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory.
25. As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.
26. Laugh alone and the world thinks you're an idiot.
27. Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep.
28. The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the ability to reach it.
29. You can't have everything; where would you put it?
30. I took an IQ test and the results were negative.
31. Okay, who stopped the payment on my reality check?
32. We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things get worse.
33. 42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot
34. Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home.
35. If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
36. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.
37. Eat right! Stay fit! Die anyway!
38. My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.
39. Nothing is fool proof to a sufficiently talented fool.
40. On the other hand, you have different fingers.
41. I've been wrong only once, and that's when I thought I was wrong.
42. I don't find it hard to meet expenses. Expenses take the initiative to meet me.
43. I just let my mind wander, and it didn't come back.
44. Don't steal. The government hates competition.
45. Humpty Dumpty was pushed.
46. National Atheists Day is April 1st.
47. All generalizations are false.
48. The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.
49. Work is for people who don't know how to fish.
50. If you don't like the news, go out and make some.
51. For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.
52. IRS: We've got what it takes to take what you have got.
53. I'm out of bed and dressed. What more do you want?
54. I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not too sure.
55. I can handle pain until it hurts.
56. No matter where you go, you're there.
57. If everything is coming your way, then you're in the wrong lane.
58. It's been Monday all week.
59. Gravity always gets me down.
60. This statement is false.
61. Eschew obfuscation.
62. They told me I was gullible...and I believed them.
63. It's bad luck to be superstitious.
64. According to my best recollection, I don't remember.
65. The word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary.
66. Honk if you like peace and quiet.
67. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
68. Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?
69. Save the whales! Collect the whole set.
70. A day without sunshine is like, night.
71. The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
72. Corduroy pillows: They're making headlines!
73. Gravity: It's not just a good idea, it's the LAW!
74. Life is too complicated in the morning.
75. We are all part of the ultimate statistic -- ten out of ten die.
76. Nobody's perfect. I'm a nobody.
77. Ask me about my vow of silence.
78. The hardness of butter is directly proportional to the softness of the bread.
79. The last thing on earth you want to do will be the last thing you do.
80. Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else get your way.
81. If ignorance is bliss, then you must be in a constant state of euphoria.
82. If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving.
83. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy friends for her?
84. Stop repeat offenders. Don't re-elect them!
85. I intend to live forever. So far so good.
86. What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
87. I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.
88. The Energizer Bunny was arrested; he was charged with battery.
89. I didn't use to finish sentences, but now I
90. I've had amnesia as long as I can remember.
91. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
92. Vacation begins when Dad says, "I know a short cut."
93. What's another word for "thesaurus"?
94. Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
95. A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.
96. I went to the fights, and a hockey game broke out.

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