MASS SCHEDULE: 21 - 28 July

Saturday, 20 July
Vigil of Sunday
by the James Connell family

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

Monday, 22 July
St. Mary Magdalene (OblMem)
08:00 am — LORETTA WINN
by her grandson, Bobby

Wednesday, 24 July
St. Sharbel Makhlüf, priest (OptMem)
by Nana and Pop

Friday, 26 July
SS. Joachim and Anne, parents of the BVM (OblMem)
08:00 am — AGNES SMITH
by the Smith family

Saturday, 27 July
08:00 am — VITO and CATARINA (Stagliano) GALLE
by the Galle family
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROBERT J. SMITH
by Virginia Correa Chillis

Sunday, 28 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — JOHN RICE Jr.
by OPM
11:30 am — Rev. LEONARD J. SINATRA
by Jake Ritzheimer

 MASS SCHEDULE: 21 - 28 July

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
by Theresa Alshefski Gudonis

Tuesday, 23 July
St. Bridget, religious (OptMem)
by his family

Thursday, 25 July
St. James, son of Zebedee, apostle (Fst)
07:00 pm — Deceased: EVANKOVICH FAMILY
by Josephine Zdiera

Saturday, 27 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS (1st anniversary)
by Theresa and family

Sunday, 28 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 07.21.2013 - 01

13 / 14 JULY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $860.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $40.00 from the plate; $135.00 from the Dues envelopes; $183.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $79.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,297.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,297.00) 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 $178.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $517.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $33.00 from the plate; $30.00 from the Dues envelopes; $153.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $73.00 from the loose.
Total: $806.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($806.00) 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 $1.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 24 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 25 July
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 26 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 24 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, 26 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


All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height!

Casey Stengel

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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.

(“From the mouth of babes”)
A friend of mine shared this “family moment” with me. I thought it was not only humorous, but instructive!
My friend tells me he was driving his four little boys to a baseball game in Reading.
During the trip, 4-year-old John and 3-year-old Thomas got into a verbal altercation. I don’t know what the exact point of disagreement was, but it’s irrelevant.
Thomas ended the argument by saying to John, “Then, you can’t be my friend!”
John, obviously not rattled at the prospect of having his name removed from membership in that prestigious club known as “Friends of Thomas”, dismissed the threat thus: “Duh! You’re in my family!”
On the basis of that interchange, I declare John the winner! That was a great come-back line! I trust that Thomas took the line to heart and meditated on it!
Of course, to be fair, four-year-old John would be expected to have greater life wisdom than three-year-old Thomas! We hope Thomas will be equally wise when he is four.
The point is, of course, that we can fire our friends, but we can’t fire our family!
Our brothers and sisters are our brothers and sisters. If we like our brothers and sisters, that’s a definite advantage. But, if we don’t like them, there’s really nothing we can do about it. They are our brothers and sisters, come Hell or high water. We’re stuck with them and they’re stuck with us!
So, we take a deep breath and we work it out!
It’s all part of the divine plan.
TRIDENTINE MASS (“extraordinary form”) next Sunday — 28 July — at 11:30 am, as is customary on the last Sunday of the month. On the Tridentine calendar, next Sunday will be the Tenth Sunday After Pentecost.
An “ordinary form” Mass is scheduled at 10:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel.
As noted in last weekend’s bulletin, Fr. Spellman is our “Missionary Cooperative” visitor for this year. We ask everyone to listen to his message and to respond with open and generous hearts. He will preach at all four of the Masses this weekend. We presume he will tell us something about the work of his community: the Oblates of St. Francis deSales.

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Masturbation is a word which, when pronounced out loud or put into print, causes normally sensible and stable persons to tremble — and to run inside and shut their doors!
It is true that it is an ugly word. That’s because it denotes an ugly activity.
Some persons think a priest would do well never to speak the word from the pulpit and never to print the word in the parish bulletin.
But that would be a kind of pastoral cowardice.
Hireling shepherds ignore the topic.
Not to teach that masturbation is evil is to surrender the fort.
The society in which we live, the public schools that we support with our tax dollars and to which most parents entrust their children, the entertainment industry and the media — all are immensely supportive of masturbation as being — at worst — a harmless diversion or entertainment and — at best — a positive good!
For a priest to be silent or to be ambiguous about the morality of masturbation is to commit treason against God and against humanity.
It is the acceptance of masturbation that has brought pornography out into the public square, instead of in the back alleys where it belonged — if, indeed, it can be said to belong anywhere!
It is the acceptance of masturbation that has brought us the scourge of mindless fornication and hooking up.
It is the acceptance of masturbation that has destroyed so many marriages and made so many men (and even some women) incapable of elementary altruism, let alone self-donation.
It is the acceptance of masturbation that has brought us the insanity of thinking that homosexual “union” is on a par with heterosexual union.
It is the acceptance of masturbation that has prompted thirteen (so far) states of the United States to enshrine “same sex marriage” as a human right and a civil right.
It is acceptance of masturbation that has encouraged the ACLU to sue the State of Pennsylvania for prohibiting same-sex marriage — and they may very well be successful in their suit!
It is acceptance of masturbation that is behind every sad and scandalous episode of priests and other adult males molesting boys.
The words on page 05 of this bulletin sum it up quite eloquently!

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For me the real evil of masturbation would be
that it takes an appetite which,
in lawful use,
leads the individual out of himself
in order to complete and correct his own personality
in that of another
and finally in children and grandchildren,
and turns it back;
sends the man into the prison of himself,
there to keep a harem of imaginary brides.
This harem, once admitted,
works against his ever getting out
and really uniting with a real woman.
For the harem is always accessible,
always subservient,
calls for no sacrifices or adjustments,
and can be endowed with
erotic and psychological attractions
which no woman can rival.
Finally, among these fantasies:
the man is always adored; always the perfect lover;
no demand is made on his unselfishness;
no mortification ever imposed on his vanity.
In the end, they become merely the medium
through which he increasingly adores himself.

C. S. Lewis

GOD IS KIND AND MERCIFUL. He desires not only to forgive persons who commit sin but He desires also to empower them to overcome habits of sin. If you have some longstanding “habit of sin”, go to Confession. Confess it humbly and concisely. Let the priest take it from there. Confession can make a person “a new creation in Christ Jesus” and can break the bondage of sin.

stjos/stvdp: 07.21.2013 - 05


 St. Joseph Parish

 St. Vincent dePaul Parish
Goal:         $7,432.60 Goal:        $6,215.87
So far:       $4,292.00 So far:      $4,590.00
To go:       $3,140.60 To go:      $2,695.87
Average:    $   134.13 Average:   $  163.93
Number of donors: 32 Number of donors: 28
Participation rate: 21.33% Participation rate: 28%

I don’t like to belabor the issue and I don’t like to jump up and down to get people to donate to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. All I can bring myself to say is this: I am grateful to those who have contributed thus far and I beg those who have not yet done so: PLEASE DO SO!
As you can see from this recent update, almost 80% of St. Joseph parishioners and 72% of St. Vincent dePaul parishioners have not yet made their annual contribution.
This is not good.

It comes from Father James J. Greenfield, OSFS.
Fr. Greenfield is the Provincial of the Oblates of St. Francis deSales.
It has to do with the sentencing of Father Charles Engelhardt, age 66, to a term of six to twelve years in prison for the crimes of child endangerment, corruption of a minor and indecent assault.
The accuser is Daniel P. Gallagher, age 24. Gallagher alleges that Fr. Engelhardt abused him when he was a 10-year-old altar boy. Fr. Engelhardt vehemently denies all charges. He says that he never even knew Gallagher.

Statement from the Provincial on Oblate's Sentencing

This is a sad day for Father Charles Englehardt because, I believe, an innocent man has been sent to prison. Yes, child sexual abuse is wrong. It is criminal, and it is evil. Yet, Fr. Engelhardt did not commit this crime. Prior to the trial, he passed a polygraph test administered by an agent of the firm used by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Also, his accuser, a convicted felon, changed his wild and fanciful story countless times before going to trial. While I respect the jury system in our country, I do believe that they erred egregiously in this case. I am fully convinced that if Fr. Englehardt had not been a priest, this case would never have been brought to trial. I know that he is an innocent man.
Since Father Engelhardt and his attorney are planning to appeal the decision, I am not able to comment further.

The Philadelphia district attorney, R. Seth Williams, said that he was “overjoyed” at the verdict. He also said that he was “very thankful but surprised” at the verdict. Apparently, he expected the jury to return a “not guilty” verdict.
The judge, Ellen Ceisler, exceeded sentencing guidelines in imposing sentence. What were her motives for doing that?
The defense attorney, Michael J. McGovern, believes that both the conviction and the sentencing of Fr. Engelhardt are travesties of justice.

stjos/stvdp: 07.21.2013 - 06


I WAS HAVING CONVERSATION RECENTLY with a friend of mine who has a friend who is, apparently, an “unhappy camper” in the Catholic Church. This woman, from what I am told, is a convert from some Protestant denomination. But now she is getting “the itch”. She is no longer content with the Catholic Church. Her complaints revolve around personalities: the personality of the priest in her parish and the personalities of the parishioners. She sums it up by saying that she has “just not found a home in the Catholic Church”.
I would like to share with that woman the following reflection by Father Dwight Longenecker. He is a Catholic priest who used to be an Anglican (Episcopal) priest. He found his way into the Catholic Church because of doctrine and because of history. For me (a lifelong Catholic), the thought of leaving the Catholic Church for some brand of Protestantism is utterly abhorrent! Why so? Is it because my experience with Catholic bishops, priests and laypersons has been consistently marvelous? No! Absolutely not! (Although I must say that I have met some profoundly holy bishops, priests and laypersons!) Is it because I have never met a Protestant clergyman or layperson who did not come across to me as a genuinely admirable person? No! Absolutely not! I have met some beautiful and holy Protestant clergymen and laypersons.
Why am I “an incurable Catholic”? One reason and one reason only: Because it is all so true! That’s why! My heart and my soul are drawn to the Truth! People? I take them as they come. And I hope they will take me as I come!


find it difficult to shake the idea that the Church should be what we expect it to be: a congregation of good people just like us. We have religious utopianism running in our Puritan veins. We expect the Church to be made up of saints who are already perfect — just like us.
Oh yes, in theory we say that we are all “redeemed sinners”. We love to repeat those words and in doing so, we feel even more righteous. We say we are sinners, but deep down though, we still feel that the Church is going to be all that we expect it to be, with beautiful worship, harmonious fellowship and saintly leadership. When our expectations are not met we are so bitterly disappointed.
The disappointment soon turns to discontent and blaming others, and that soon leads to back to the old Protestant past-time: church shopping.
If only we could stand on our head, and see that all the other people in the Church are not just redeemed sinners, they are sinners who are still struggling now…still failing…and yep…still covering up their sins. In other words, they’re just like we are, and if we don’t think we’re like that, then we’re even worse because we’re self-righteous and blind to our own spiritual situation.
Every Sunday (beneath the pious faces and holy postures) the church is full of messed-up people twisted up into a complex and intricate puzzle of sin, fear and self-deception, and guess what? It’s messy! It’s murderous, it’s dark and fetid and hot and smelly.
For those who are simple minded this is a cause to reject the Church — “How can you go there with all those people who are pretending to be so holy when we all know how rotten they all are?”
But for my money, this is what is most interesting and maddening and wonderful about the Church. What nerve we all have in carrying on with this farce! What an exciting and bizarre contradiction it all is! What a curious form of behavior that we all gather together to sing like angels, then go out to behave like demons. The strangeness and absurdity and curiosity of it all must cause anyone to examine it further.
And when you examine it further it is the absurdity which makes it ring most true. When you look at it all upside down you realize that the sects and cults with their grinning devotees and artificial perfection are the ones who are mad, and anyone who falls for a church that seems wonderful and beautiful — no matter how reasonable it seems — is falling for an illusion. Furthermore, anyone who falls for any kind of ideology, political system, philosophy that promises a perfect world or a perfect community is entertaining madness unawares.
The Church, with all its human perfections and seeming contradictions, is actually the only community in the midst of the madness that shows us both the harsh reality and what to do about it. Week in and week out the Church says right up front: “We’re sinners. Don’t be misled by the incense, the hymns, the stained-glass windows, the fine words, the warm fellowship, the middle-class manners, the pancake suppers or anything else. Repent! Forward progress can be madeonly on your knees.”
As usual, the illustrious G. K. Chesterton, another convert from Anglicanism to the Catholic Church, summed it up. He said he knew the Catholic Church was for him because, when he left his umbrella at the back of the Methodist Church, it was still there, but when he left it at the back of the Catholic Church, it was stolen!

stjos/stvdp: 07.21.2013 - 07

I CAME ACROSS THIS PHOTO ON A CATHOLIC WEBSITE. It is, obviously, a candid camera shot. There was no commentary or identification. It was posted there, I presume, simply because it is so incongruous, so funny.
I have no idea who the little girl is. (She has to be an adult now and I’m sure she is happy not to be identified.) Judging from the attire of the girls, I think it is safe to presume that this photo goes back quite a few years — perhaps to the 1950s or even earlier.
I think it is really funny! That’s the main reason I am printing it in the bulletin. If it makes you laugh, then it has fulfilled its purpose.
But, now, if you don’t mind, let me sermonize about it a wee bit: Exactly WHY is this photo so funny?
Well, one of the characteristics of HUMOR is that we have a coming together of disparate elements. In other words, we have a contrast between what we think should be and what actually is. That’s what a “punch line” is. A “punch line” succeeds because, in some respect, it is unexpected, based on what preceded the “punch line”.
The little girl is obviously about to receive (or has just received) her First Holy Communion.
She is dressed as little girls usually dress on First Holy Communion Day. The white dress and veil betoken that she is a “bride of Christ”.
She is holding a prayer book and a rosary. People who walk around with rosaries and prayer books are generally perceived as “lovers of God”.
But — alas and alack! — there is someone in the crowd of unlookers who is not in the little girl’s favor! The little girl makes no effort to conceal her utter contempt for that anonymous person. (Could it be a particularly annoying sibling? I guess we’ll never know!)
So, the humor derives from the fact that the little girl, while seeming to be someone who loves God, obviously does not love some particular human being!
Considering her tender age, I am perfectly willing to give the little girl a pass. I presume you are too! We hope that, as she grew older, she grew wiser and learned that it is an absolute obligation for us to incorporate “love for neighbor” with “love for God”.
The two may not be separated. In fact, more than that: The two CANNOT be separated.
St. John makes this crystal clear to us:
“If anyone says, ‘I love God’ but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God, Whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
1John 04, 20-21
But what about people who are annoying? What about people who are disgusting? What about people who have been unfair to us or unkind to us?
Do we have to love them too???
Yes, we do! We don’t have to be emotionally affectionate to them. But we must not harm them, nor get revenge on them. We must greet them when we see them. We must acknowledge their existence and, if the need arises, we must help them to the extent that we possibly can.
And, oh yes, we must never, never, never stick out our tongues at them!
I guess I could add this: Especially if there are cameras in the vicinity!

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