MASS SCHEDULE: 04 - 11 August
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 03 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — God’s blessings: MICHAEL JOSHUA FAIR
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Sunday, 04 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — WILLIAM E. DANDO
by Thomas and Mary Yesalavage

Monday, 05 August
Dedication of Basilica of St. Mary Major (OptMem)
08:00 am — EDWARD BRADSHAW
by his family

Wednesday, 07 August
St. Sixtus II, pope, and companions, martyrs;
St. Cajetan, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on RAYMOND WAYNE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Friday, 09 August
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — PETER V. DeLUCA
(21st anniversary)
by his family

Saturday, 10 August
St. Lawrence, deacon, martyr (Fst)
08:00 am — Rev. WILLIAM P. JONES
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — TOMEE LEIGH GOWER
(13th anniversary)
by her family

Sunday, 11 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — THOMAS L. EVANS
rescheduled from 17 July

 MASS SCHEDULE: 04 - 11 August
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 03 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 04 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN J. D’ALFONSO Jr.
(46th anniversary)
by his sisters and their families

Tuesday, 06 August
Transfiguration of the Lord (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on SUSAN BEREZWICK
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Thursday, 08 August
St. Dominic, priest (OblMem)
07:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
(2nd anniversary: 10 Aug)
by his family

Saturday, 10 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Mom, Dad, Samantha, Granny and Pap

Sunday, 11 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 08.04.2013 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
27 / 28 JULY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes:

Receipts for parish purposes: $880.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $62.00 from the plate; $26.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $131.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,114.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $47.00 from the Central & Eastern Europe envelopes
$5.00 from the Missionary Cooperative envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,114.00) 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 ($4.63) is available from this collection for operating the parish. THIS IS A DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $698.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $100.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $149.00 from the loose.
Total: $972.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $14.00 from the Central & Eastern Europe envelopes
$180.00 from the Missionary Cooperative envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($972.00) 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 $167.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 07 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 08 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 09 August
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 07 August
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, 09 August
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

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 Save the Date for Trinity Sundae!

Sunday, 18 August 2013,
06:00 to 07:30 pm,
in the School Cafeteria.
All students and their
families are invited!
Come and meet new families!
Make your own sundae!
Meet teachers and staff!
Sneak a peek at your desk!

The Trinity SUNDAE event will be held in the Father CHEESESTEAK Building of Trinity Academy.
(I hope that great and holy man, Father Ciszek, will forgive the pun! If not, then I’m in trouble!)
Trinity Academy is located at 233 W. Cherry Street, Shenandoah PA 17976-2210

 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.

 PROFIT from SALE of REDNER and BOYER GIFT CARDS


                                               St. Vincent dePaul                 Parish St. Joseph Parish

07 July

 $ 28.00

 $ 22.50

 14 July

$ 42.00 

 $ 25.00

 21 July

 $ 20.50

 $ 28.50

 28 July

 $ 21.00

 $ 32.00

 July total

 $ 111.50

 $ 108.00

 Year-to-date total

 $ 853.75

 $ 894.25

 Total since starting

 $1,475.00

 $1,673.00

WE ARE GRATEFUL TO ALL WHO PURCHASE OUR REDNER AND BOYER SUPERMARKET GIFT CARDS. Likewise, we are grateful to all who use their Redner and Boyer “key tags” when they are paying for their purchases. Please remember that, in order for our parishes to profit from the “key tag” program, you need to hand in your Redner register tapes. However, this is not a requirement for Boyer’s. We do not need the Boyer register tapes.
If you do not have a “key tag”, ask for one from the person who sells the gift cards or else ask for one at the Rectory.

stjos/stvdp: 08.04.2013 - 03



BUTTER CATHOLICS: A SUB-SPECIES OF NON-CATHOLICS

I’m a Catholic but I don't get crazy about it.
I’m a Catholic but I believe in science and think it was totally wrong that the Church burned Galileo at the stake.+
I’m a Catholic but I think all religions are true.
I’m a Catholic but not in a religious way.
I’m a Catholic but I'm pro-choice because I don't think I can push my belief on others.
I’m a Catholic but I'm letting my children choose their own religion.
I’m a Catholic but I don't need an intermediary between God and me, so I don't go to Confession.
I’m a Catholic but I support gay marriage because this is America and everyone should be free — or something like that.
I’m a Catholic but I think the Vatican is evil.
I’m a Catholic but I believe in women's rights.
I’m a Catholic but I don't go to church or anything.
I’m a Catholic but I think the Church’s teachings on sex are outdated.
I’m a Catholic but I think the Church is misogynistic for not ordaining women to the priesthood.
I’m a Catholic but that stuff about Mary isn’t in the Bible.
I’m a Catholic but I don’t know why they have Jesus hanging on the cross when Jesus isn’t on the cross anymore.
I’m a Catholic but I don’t think that we’ve had a real Pope since Pius XII died. I didn’t accept John XXIII or Paul VI or John Paul I or John Paul II or Benedict XVI and I sure don’t accept this new guy, Francis!
I’m a Catholic but I don’t go to Mass because I can pray anywhere.
I’m a Catholic but Sunday is my “me” day.
I’m a Catholic but I have no idea what my bishop’s name is.
I’m a Catholic but I’ve never read the Bible or the Catechism.
I’m a Catholic but I’m not going to give my Mom a Catholic funeral because it just makes me cry when I go to a funeral Mass. I’m going to give Mom a Celebration of Life service in the backyard after I bury her ashes. I’m asking everyone to bring a covered dish and a balloon.
I’m a Catholic but I don’t belong to a parish anymore.
I’m a Catholic but I don’t believe that the Pope is infallible.
I’m a Catholic but I don’t think God lets anyone go to Hell. Maybe Hitler, but I don’t think anyone else goes there.
I’m a Catholic but I don’t think the Church can tell me what to do in my bedroom.
I’m a Catholic but I have my own spirituality.
I’m a Catholic man but my husband and I have a problem with the Church.
+ Just for the sake of history: Galileo was not “burned at the stake”. He died of natural causes in 1642 at the age of 77 and his honored tomb can be visited today in the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Florence (Italy).

stjos/stvdp: 08.04.2013 - 04



 LAST-DITCH ANNOUNCEMENT


SOMETHING TELLS ME THAT THERE ARE SOME SOON-TO-BE EIGHTH-GRADERS OUT THERE WHO ARE NOT YET REGISTERED TO RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION ON TUESDAY, 26 NOVEMBER. IT COULD BE THAT THEY ARE TOTALLY UNAWARE. EIGHTH-GRADERS ARE NOT DISTINGUISHED FOR THEIR AWARENESS OF WHAT IS PRINTED IN THEIR PARISH BULLETINS. BUT THEIR PARENTS SHOULD BE AWARE. BUT MAYBE THEY’RE NOT. SO WOULD YOU, DEAR MEMBERS OF THE PARISHES, PLEASE CHECK AROUND TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY EIGHTH-GRADERS HIDING OUT IN YOUR BASEMENT OR YOUR GARAGE OR YOUR ATTIC OR UNDER YOUR SOFA AND ASK THEM IF THEY ARE REGISTERED FOR CONFIRMATION AND, IF NOT, WHY NOT? THEN HELP THEM TO REGISTER BY CALLING THE RECTORY AT
276-6033 AND GIVING THEIR NAMES AND PHONE NUMBERS AND OTHER VITAL INFORMATION TO GINNY OR THE PASTOR OR KATERI OR WHOEVER ANSWERS THE PHONE.
AND WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

stjos/stvdp: 08.04.2013 - 05


DO YOU HAVE A CHILD WHO WILL BE THINKING
ABOUT COLLEGE IN A YEAR OR TWO?
DO YOU WANT TO SEND HIM / HER
TO A COLLEGE THAT IS RELIABLY CATHOLIC?

The emphasis is on the word “reliably”. The clear implication, of course, is that there are many, many “Catholic” institutions of higher learning that have sold out to the World, the Flesh and the Devil.
If they have not “sold out lock, stock and barrel”, they have at least sold out their lock and, perhaps, both their lock and their stock and are in negotiation to sell out their barrel.
I think of my own alma mater, Saint Joseph University, Philadelphia PA.
Alas! The Hawk has sold out! I do not recommend SJU.
I think of the other two prominent Catholic institutions of higher learning in the Philadelphia area, viz. La Salle University and Villanova University. They have likewise sold out! What a pity!
And, of course, there is every Catholic’s sentimental favorite among Catholic colleges, viz. the venerable Notre Dame University of South Bend, IN. (“Weep, weep for old Notre Dame! Wake up the echoes mourning her name!”) Sorry to offend anyone but the truth is that they have likewise sold out.
Here is a list of

THE TWENTY-TWO RELIABLY CATHOLIC COLLEGES IN THE USA
Aquinas College, Nashville TE
Ave Maria University, Ave Maria FL
Belmont Abbey College, Belmont NC
Benedictine College, Atchison, KA
The Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Christendom College, Front Royal VA
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Warner NH
DeSales University, Center Valley PA +
Fisher More College, Fort Worth TX
Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville OH
Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell CT
Holy Spirit College, Atlanta GA
John Paul the Great Catholic University, San Diego CA
Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg MD
Saint Gregory’s University, Shawnee OK
Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula CA
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Merrimack NH
University of Dallas, Irving TX
University of Mary, Bismarck ND
University of Saint Thomas, Houston TX
Walsh University, Canton OH
Wyoming Catholic College, Lander WY

+ Please note that DeSales University is located “just down the road from us” and is the only Catholic college in Pennsylvania to make the list. To visit DeSales University, take 309 and go a few miles south of Allentown.
Source of information: Newman Guide to Choosing A Catholic College

stjos/stvdp: 08.04.2013 - 06


YOU MIGHT BE IN A LIBERAL PARISH IF ………

You might be in a liberal parish if you have to look around to find the tabernacle.
You might be in a liberal parish if your pastor wears an Izod shirt and introduces himself as "Steve."
You might be in a liberal parish if there are maracas in the band.
You might be in a liberal parish if there is a bin in the vestibule with old copies of Commonweal or America.
You might be in a liberal parish if there are more than three cars in the parking lot with rainbow decals.
You might be in a liberal parish if there is only one car in the parking lot with a rainbow decal and it happens to be the pastor’s car.
You might be in a liberal parish if the pastor wears a chasuble with rainbow decals.
You might be in a liberal parish if the intentions are about "treating our natural resources with respect" but there is no mention of the sacredness of human life.
You might be in a liberal parish if they removed the candles for fear of harming the Ozone Layer.
You might be in a liberal parish if there is a bust of Martin Luther in the entrance way.
You might be in a liberal parish if "Steve" quotes Hans Kung in his sermon.
You might be in a liberal parish if the number of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is approximately equal to the number of communicants.
You might be in a liberal parish if the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are referred to as “Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers” or simply as “Eucharistic Ministers”.
You might be in a liberal parish if you see lots of little old ladies scurrying around in albs.
You might be in a liberal parish if everyone holds hands during the Lord’s Prayer and then, while still holding hands, raises them up high at the Doxology (“For the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory etc.”)
You might be in a liberal parish if the Sign of Peace goes on for twenty minutes and includes bear hugs, exchanges of recipes and showing pictures of the grandchildren.
You might be in a liberal parish if the scariest four letter words to your pastor aren’t H-E-L-L, but E-W-T-N.
You might be in a liberal parish if your CCD principal is a retired female Episcopal priest.
You might be in a liberal parish if your parish website or bulletin mentions "inclusivity" and "non-judgmental" at least five times each week.
You might be in a liberal parish if there is a piano up near the sanctuary.
You might be in a liberal parish if the choir is in the sanctuary.
You might be in a liberal parish if the homilist walks up and down the aisle while he does his thing.
You might be in a liberal parish if, instead of a crucifix, there is a resurrexifix.
You might be in a liberal parish if the seating plan resembles a movie theatre.
You might be in a liberal parish if the liturgy follows the “school play model”, i.e. everyone has to get a part so as not to feel left out.
You might be in a liberal parish if the congregation periodically stands up and does “the Wave”.
You might be in a liberal parish if the congregation applauds the homily.

stjos/stvdp: 08.04.2013 - 07



                                       WHO AM I TO JUDGE?
Background
: On the plane that took Pope Francis and his entourage from Brazil back to Rome, there were a number of reporters who used the opportunity to have a kind of “press conference” with the Holy Father. Being an amiable man, Francis agreed to handle some Q&A. During the Q&A, the question of homosexuality came up, in particular the question of “what to do with” priests who are alleged to be homosexual. A part of Pope Francis’s response to this question has come back to haunt him. It was the expression: “Who am I to judge?”
The eminent moral theologian, Wolf Blitzer of CNN, together with scads of other reporters and commentators went wild with this. They tried to interpret it as meaning “Hallelujah! The Pope just ditched two thousand years of Catholic teaching and given his okay to sodomy. What a wonderful Pope! So unlike that cranky old Benedict!”
To which I can only say, “Oh, for the love of God, don’t be so ridiculous! Pope Francis neither said nor implied any such thing!”
However, in the remainder of this short bulletin article, I am going to give Pope Francis some advice.
I am well aware — very, very well aware — that Pope Francis outranks me! (Let’s call that “understatement”.)
Nevertheless, I shall appeal to the following words uttered by Pope Francis himself: “I like people telling me when they disagree with something. These kinds of people are the truly loyal ones. Then there are those who say they agree but behind your back say the opposite. I haven’t met anyone like this yet.”
Here goes my advice to Pope Francis
YOUR HOLINESS,
with all due respect and with profound reverence, etc., etc. please allow me to suggest that you exercise just a bit more reserve when dealing with the press.
Please do NOT change your essential persona. (Not that you could do so without doing violence to yourself!) I think you are a beautiful and inspirational Bishop of Rome. Not only do I revere your office, I also like you personally very, very much. The transition from Benedict to Francis reminds me of the transition from Pius XII to John XXIII. I was awestruck with Pius and I enjoyed John. Both “awe” and “enjoyment” are positive emotions. You are apparently not too big on projecting awesomeness, but you do radiate joy. That’s fine with me! Don’t change! I’ll satisfy my cravings for “awe” elsewhere.
Let me give specific advice: Please don’t give spontaneous answers to questions from the press that deal with moral matters. We all know that authentic Christian teaching about moral matters always incorporates compassion and mercy for sinners. But it does so without compromise about the moral principles. Forgive the cliché: We hate the sin, but we love the sinner. That’s an oldie, but it’s a goodie! In our zeal to project love for the sinner, we must not give the impression that we simultaneously love (or accept) the sin.
We hate sodomy and we grieve at the homosexual condition. But we love our brothers and sisters who struggle with same-sex attraction. We reject all unjust discrimination against them. If they have fallen into same-sex sin, we beg them to repent and to confess and, if they do so, we gladly forgive them. Even if they don’t repent, we still don’t hate them, although we reserve the right to warn them! But, of course, you know all this stuff. Forgive me, Holy Father, for lecturing you! I shall not do this very often — probably never again.
The expression you used in regard to priests who are alleged to have committed homosexual actions was, “Who am I to judge?” I have carefully read the transcript of the Q&A and I cannot, for the life of me, understand how that was an appropriate response. The words you spoke immediately preceding and immediately following just did not hang together. That’s why Your Holiness fell victim to the wolves of the worldwide (mostly anti-Catholic) press. I think I know what you intended to convey. I think you meant “judge” in the sense of “condemn”, but the world does not readily understand this, nor does the world choose to understand it.
I have run out of space on this page, Holy Father! That’s just as well. I’m sure Cardinal Burke or some other dignitary will beg audience with you soon in order to “make a few respectful suggestions” about press conferences on airplanes!
And please don’t ever say again, “Who am I to judge?” It makes me nervous. If the Bishop of Rome is not qualified to judge (i.e. discern what is and what is not sin), then it’s time for the Second Coming!
Your fellow-priest and obedient servant, Edward

stjos/stvdp: 08.04.2013 - 08


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