MASS SCHEDULE: 11 - 18 August
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 10 August
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

Monday, 12 August
St. Jane Frances deChantal, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — MARY SULICH USALIS
by her son, John, and her daughter, Mary Jean

Wednesday, 14 August
St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on POPE FRANCIS
by Eileen Croake Wayne
Vigil of the Assumption of the BVM into Heaven
07:00 pm — WILLIAM DeLUCA
rescheduled from 03 July

Thursday, 15 August
Assumption of the BVM into Heaven (Sol)
12:00 noon — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Friday, 16 August
St. Stephen of Hungary (OptMem)
08:00 am — ROSALIE BURNS KELLY
by John Burns

Saturday, 17 August
Weekday
08:00 am — ZDENEK STANISLAV ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JULIA, MICHAEL and MARY CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Sunday, 18 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — In honor of OUR LADY OF KNOCK
by the LAOH

 MASS SCHEDULE: 11 - 18 August
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 10 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE (5th anniversary)
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

Tuesday, 13 August
SS. Pontian, pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS J. WEISS
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Wednesday, 14 August
Vigil of the Assumption
04:00 pm — Health and God’s blessings:
JOSEPH and ANNE GRIMALDI
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Thursday, 15 August
Assumption of the BVM into Heaven (Sol)
07:00 pm — JAMES A. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 17 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ALBERT GILLIS
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 18 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — CLARISSA DeCARLO
by the James Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 08.11.2013 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
03 / 04 AUGUST


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,081.25 from the Sunday envelopes; $43.00 from the plate; $321.00 from the Dues envelopes; $26.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $56.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,527.25
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $5.00 from the Central & Eastern Europe envelopes
$20.00 from the Missionary Cooperative envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,527.25) 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 $408.62 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes:$886.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $51.00 from the plate; $184.00 from the Dues envelopes; $100.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,221.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $10.00 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 ($1,221.00) 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 $416.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 14 August
03:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 15 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 15 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thursday, 15 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

PLEASE NOTE: We needed to alter the usual Confession and Exposition schedules for this coming week. A couple of reasons: the Holyday Mass schedule and also a Friday evening (17 Aug) wedding rehearsal.

VACATION: Fr. Connolly will be away on vacation from Saturday 17 August (after the 04:00 pm Mass) until Saturday 24 August (late evening). Fr. Brennan will be helping out during that time. I am grateful to him for his kindness.

stjos/stvdp: 08.11.2013 - 02


LICENSES: DOG, PILOT, DRIVER and MARRIAGE

DOG LICENSES
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all dogs, three months of age or older, to be licensed. Dog licenses may be purchased at the office of the County Treasurer or at the office of some participating agent. The only dogs that require a license are those dogs that are real, actual and, incidentally, alive.
But if you own a “make-believe dog” — e.g. a “stuffed animal” dog such as you might give to a child to play with or to cuddle with — you do not need a license from the State. Likewise, if you have a ceramic dog that you put on your windowsill or wherever for decorative purposes, you do not need a license. The State doesn’t need to license “make-believe dogs”. That would be SILLY. If you used to have a dog, but the dog died and you took him to a taxidermist to have him stuffed, so as to keep him in the living room for old time’s sake, you do not have to renew the license you had for him when he was still alive. That would be SILLY. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has no business issuing licenses for dogs that are stuffed, ceramic or dead. Only “real, live dogs” require licenses.
PILOT’S LICENSES
All persons who pilot aircraft of any kind must be licensed by the Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA). One can easily find information on line as to what is required in order to be issued a pilot’s license. Flying a heavier-than-air machine up in the sky over buildings and over the heads of the general public is serious business. One must know exactly what one is doing and must fly a plane that is certified to be flyable.
But sometimes people, especially children, like to fly paper airplanes. People who want to fly paper airplanes do not need to get a license. Flying paper airplanes is an entirely different kind of activity from flying real, honest-to-goodness airplanes. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has no need to issue licenses to persons who want to fly paper airplanes. If people want to fly paper airplanes, let them do so! For the State to license this activity would be SILLY.
DRIVER’S LICENSES
All persons who drive motorized vehicles on the highways and byways of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must be licensed by the Department of Transportation (PennDot). One can easily find information about what is required to obtain a driver’s license either on line or else by visiting one’s friendly neighborhood Pennsylvania State Police Barracks. Driving a motorized vehicle is serious business. One must know exactly what one is doing and must drive a vehicle that is inspected and certified.
But sometimes persons, especially children and young persons, like to drive non-motorized vehicles, such as express wagons, scooters, bicycles, tricycles and skateboards. Persons who want to drive such non-motorized vehicles do not need to get a license. Driving non-motorized vehicles is an entirely different kind of activity from driving motorcycles and cars and trucks and buses. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has no need to issue licenses to persons who want to use non-motorized vehicles. If a person wants to use any of the aforementioned vehicles, I don’t see why the State would need to issue a license. This would be SILLY.
MARRIAGE LICENSES
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that all persons who wish to become one flesh with one another and to do so in a way that is intended to be permanent and exclusive and possibly procreative must obtain a license in order to do so. It is a matter of universal human experience that the only combination of persons who can possibly become one flesh with one another is a combination of one person with male anatomy and one person with female anatomy. Love might possible be the factor that motivates the two to become one flesh, but the State has absolutely no business licensing love! Love is irrelevant to the marriage-license bureau. In order to obtain a license, the two persons must go to a county courthouse, give proof of age, residence and freedom to marry, fill out some forms and pay a small fee. They will then be given a license, good for ninety days, for the couple to take to the priest, minister, rabbi, imam, shaman, witch doctor or magistrate of their choice within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for solemnization of the marriage.
But sometimes two persons who are of the same sex want to play at being married. Why they would want to play at being married is entirely beyond the scope of this bulletin article. They say that they love one another. I have no argument to make against love. If two men or two women say that they love one another, that’s good enough for me! But the State has absolutely no business licensing love. The State has a compelling interest in two becoming one flesh, not in love! My point is that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania need not have any role to play in the case of two persons who want to play at being married. That would be SILLY. Two men can only play at being married. Two women can only play at being married. If they want to play at being married, I don’t see why the State would need to license their play-acting. That would be SILLY. They can play at being married without the bother of getting a license. It is perfectly obvious that two men can never become one flesh with one another nor can two women ever become one flesh with one another. In order to understand this, it is necessary to be sane. Part of being sane is not to be SILLY!

stjos/stvdp: 08.11.2013 - 03



 A PRAYER FOR SOMEONE GROWING OLDER
Lord, You know that I am growing older.
Keep me from becoming talkative
and possessed with the idea
that I must express myself
on every subject.
Release me from the craving
to straighten out everyone's affairs.
Keep me from the recital of endless detail.
Give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains.
They are increasing with the years
and my love to speak of them
grows sweeter as time goes by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that, occasionally,
I may be wrong.
Make me thoughtful, but not nosey;
helpful, but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom and experience,
it does seem a pity not to use it all.
But You know, Lord,
that I want a few friends at the end.
Amen.
REGIONAL CONFIRMATION
I hope everyone knows by now that Bishop Cullen will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, 26 November, at 04:30 pm, to the 8th grade children of the parishes that constitute our particular region of the Diocese, viz. the parishes of Ashland, Frackville, Girardville and Gordon.
The only matter that had been left undecided was the venue for Confirmation.
This past Monday (05 August), Fathers Bambrick, Connolly and Finlan held a summit meeting and came to the agreement that the Confirmation would be held in St. Joseph Church, Girardville.
So, we look forward to welcoming Bishop Cullen and the pastors of Ashland and Frackville and their confirmandi and family and friends to Girardville on 26 November.
Each pastor will be responsible for the catechetical preparation of his own parishioners. We anticipate, however, that there will be a combined retreat (day of recollection) for all of the confirmandi.
I hope I can safely presume — always a foolish thing to do! — that every 8th grader in St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish who wishes to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation has already called in his or her name to the Rectory. Or, more realistically, that the parents have done so. If not, what can I say? The pastor does not garner this information by divine inspiration. People have to let him know!

stjos/stvdp: 08.11.2013 - 04


SOME WORTHWHILE WORDS I READ THIS PAST WEEK

FATHERHOOD: THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
I watch the faces of single people in their twenties after I bring up the fact that I have five children.
I imagine them taking a small step backward as if to avoid contagion, with a look of “Gee, sorry to hear that” on their face.
Like I naively volunteered to contract leprosy, forever quarantining myself from the world of having fun by having children.
Well, why not?
I guess the reasons against having more children always seem uninspiring and superficial.
What exactly am I missing out on?
Money?
A few more hours of sleep?
A more peaceful meal?
More hair?
These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life.
I believe each of my five children has made me a better man.
So I figure I only need another thirty-four kids to be a pretty decent guy.
Each one of them has been a pump of light into my shriveled black heart.
I would trade money, sleep, or hair for a smile from one of my children in a heartbeat.
Well, it depends on how much hair.

John Frank

A MEDITATION ON THOSE ANNOYING, REALLY HURTFUL PERSONS IN YOUR LIFE
The person driving the car that just cut you off.
The annoying woman taking forever in front of you in the check-out lane.
The drive-thru worker who just messed up your order — again.
The friend who is totally oblivious to your pain.
The parent who just doesn't get it.
The family member who seems deliberately insensitive to others.
The co-worker who enjoys being rude to you.
The person who obnoxiously loves the politician you despise.
The Facebook friend who stands against absolutely everything you believe in.
The group doing everything to stop what you love most.
The unsolicited caller who just wasted 30 seconds of your life.
The weird neighbor.
The bully.
The gal who appears to have everything going for her.
The person you love the least.
The person you look up to the most.
The person who continually lets you down bigtime.
They are all fighting a great battle.
It's probably a quiet, hidden battle that you'll never fully understand or perhaps ever know about. Their cry for help manifests itself as selfishness or closed-mindedness.
As anger, defensiveness, ignorance, pride, aloofness, insecurity, rudeness, disinterest or malice.
Let all of that remind you that they are fighting a great battle.

Be kind.
Be kind to everyone you meet, for every person is fighting a great battle. — St. Ephraim —

stjos/stvdp: 08.11.2013 - 05


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.

SOME IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT ROB KRICK
#01
— As most persons in Girardville know, Mr. Krick had been on the waiting list for quite some time for receiving a heart transplant. We just received the news on Friday (09 August) that a suitable heart became available and that Rob was called to go to Philadelphia for the surgery. Today (10 August), we learned that the operation has taken place. Rob has a new heart! I understand that the doctors are cautiously optimistic that all is going well. Please keep him in your prayers.
#02 — The next meeting for the Rob Krick Heart Fund has been changed from Monday, 12 August, to Tuesday, 13 August, at 07:00 pm in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall. The group is soliciting donations of instant lottery tickets in order to put on a “lottery-tree raffle”. Chances on the tree will be available at Pioneer Day in Ashland on Saturday, 17 August. Lottery ticket donations can be dropped off at the Girardville Borough Hall, weekdays during normal business hours.
HELP NEEDED
There is a disabled veteran in Girardville who needs the help of two strong men to lift him out of bed and put him in a wheelchair, so that he can get into the STS van that will take him to his doctor’s appointment in Pottsville. He will need this help at 07:00 am on Monday morning, 10 September.
I think that he will need help later that same day to get from the chair back into his bed.
The man weighs about 165 pounds.
Are there two men (or strong teenage boys) who would be willing to volunteer their services for this good deed? Call the Rectory and let Fr. Connolly know.
CAROLINE is a sweet little 3-year-old girl. She was visiting her grandparents this past weekend. They brought her to the 08:30 am Mass at StVdP. Her grandmother had a crucifix with her that she planned to ask Fr. Connolly to bless after Mass. Caroline asked Grandmom whether that was Fr. Connolly on the cross.
I thought that was a kind of mystical insight. Jesus is both priest and victim on the cross. We Catholics infer from this that every priest is necessarily a victim. Priesthood and victimhood are inseparable. Caroline provided my deep thought for the day.
Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, a little later that same morning, Caroline showed Fr. Connolly her painted fingernails and toenails. It was obvious that she was looking for a compliment. He told her that her fingernails and toenails were “very pretty”. Then he asked her if she thought it would be a good idea if he were to get his own fingernails and toenails painted. She didn’t take long to think about this. She told him, “No! Only ladies do that.”
So, that settles it! I shall not have my fingernails or toenails painted!
But it seems to me that Caroline is not in step with modern thinking. We’re not supposed to make any distinctions between “what men do” and “what ladies do” any more, are we?
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.

stjos/stvdp: 08.11.2013 - 06



WHY IS THIS LITTLE BOY LOOKING SO HORRIFIED?

I think I finally figured it out!
We all remember the little boy, do we not?
His name is Macaulay Culkin. He was born on 26 August 1980.
So, God willing, he will soon observe his 33rd birthday.
The photo on the left is taken from the blockbuster film Home Alone, which came out in 1990.
So, Macaulay would have been about nine years old at the time — a cute and precocious little tyke!
The photo on the right is a much more recent photo: Macaulay at age 32.
So, back to my question: Why is this little boy looking so horrified?
I think the answer is this: He had just been given a vision of what he would look like at age 32 if he went down the primrose path of drug and alcohol abuse.
Unfortunately, he did go down that primrose path: alcohol and heroin, not to mention cigarettes (60 per day).
He has had one marriage, which went down the tubes.
Then he had a “relationship” which, likewise, went down the tubes.
Now he is living with a guy. Exactly what the terms of that relationship are is a matter of speculation among those who get paid to speculate about such things.
All in all, it’s been a downward path for Macaulay Culkin.
So, what does this have to do with you and me?
Why put this into the parish bulletin?
It’s as simple as this: I’ve decided to pray for Macaulay Culkin and I am asking you to do the same.
Just “how much” you want to pray for him is up to you. One Hail Mary would help. Maybe a Memorare. Maybe even a Rosary.
Not only is Macaulay our fellow human being, he is also our fellow Catholic.
I doubt that his “Catholic identity” is in the forefront of Macaulay’s mind, but “once a Catholic, always a Catholic”.
I kind of doubt that there are a great many other people who are praying for Macaulay. So, the field is wide open.
May God and His Holy Mother bless, protect and save our brother, Macaulay. Deliver him from the captivity of drug addiction. Keep him from self-destruction. When his time comes, may he go home — not “home alone” but home with Jesus and Mary and all the saints.

stjos/stvdp: 08.11.2013 - 07



 The SOLEMNITY
of
the ASSUMPTION
of
the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
BODY and SOUL,
INTO HEAVEN

A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION

15 AUGUST 2013

MASS SCHEDULE

Wednesday, 14 August
04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 15 August
12:00 noon — St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

A message for those whose practice of the Catholic Faith is based mostly on Love
Please mark your calendar, so that you don’t forget to go to Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption. I know you love the Holy Mother and you don’t want to accidentally overlook this important celebration.
A message for those whose practice of the Catholic Faith is based mostly on Fear
The obligation to attend Mass on a Holyday of Obligation is the same as the obligation to attend Mass on a Sunday. It is gravely sinful knowingly and deliberately to miss Mass on a Holyday of Obligation. Besides, Mary is the Mother of God and it is not wise to diss the Mother of God. (When Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!) If you really and truly just cannot possibly attend Mass on the Assumption, Jesus and the Holy Mother will certainly understand and will say, “That’s okay, dear child. Don’t worry about it.” But if you are defiant and say, “I’m not going to Mass and the reason I’m not going to Mass is I just don’t feel like it”, then I tell you flat out that you will be committing a mortal sin. And if you say, “I don’t believe that! I don’t believe that it’s a mortal sin to miss Mass on a Holyday of Obligation”, then I say, “Bad attitude, my friend! Don’t blame your cranky old pastor when you find yourself on Judgment Day tumbling pell-mell down the chute into that Realm of Endless Darkness reserved for those with Perpetually Bad Attitudes.”

stjos/stvdp: 08.11.2013 - 08


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