MASS SCHEDULE: 25 August - 01 September
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 24 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — TOMMY BALSAVAGE
(10th anniversary)
by John and Joanie Smolock and girls

Sunday, 25 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — WILLIAM (“Billy”) QUINN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski
11:30 am — God’s blessings: BISHOP WILLIAM J. WALTERSHEID
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Monday, 26 August
Weekday
08:00 am — IN THANKSGIVING
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Wednesday, 28 August
St. Augustine, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — VALERIE HARPER
by Marilyn Stefanski

Friday, 30 August
Weekday
08:00 am — EDWARD BRADSHAW Jr.
by his family

Saturday, 31 August
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings and Health: JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROBERT J. SMITH
by Ed and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Sunday, 01 September
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ELLIE KRICK GOWER
(52nd anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

 MASS SCHEDULE: 25 August - 01 September
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 24 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM PUCETAS
by his wife, Muriel, and his son, William

Sunday, 25 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: DeMARKIS and ZAGAR FAMILIES
by Lou DeMarkis Jr.

Tuesday, 27 August
St. Monica (OblMem)
08:00 am — CHARLES HEIM
by the Blum family

Thursday, 29 August
The Passion of St. John the Baptist (OblMem)
07:00 pm — JEAN STATUTIS MAJIKAS
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Saturday, 31 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 01 September
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — ELIZABETH CUTHIE MEDLINSKY
by the Holy Rosary Society

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
17 / 18 AUGUST

These figures will be printed in next weekend’s bulletin,
after Fr. Connolly has had a chance to review them.


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes:

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes:

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 28 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 29 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thursday, 29 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, 30 August
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy


MANY PERSONS SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION. You probably know someone who does. In fact, you might be someone who does. One cause of depression — I did not say the only cause — is the sense of being overwhelmed by one’s responsibilities and by one’s awareness of “things left undone” and “things that need to be done”. This can happen to high-powered executives and it can happen to mothers and fathers of little children and it can happen to priests and bishops. It can even happen to teenagers. It happens especially to persons who are “achievers” in any area of endeavor. It is important, when we feel overwhelmed, to remember that the planet Earth was rotating on its axis long before you and I were born and it will continue to rotate on its axis long after we are gone. Look at how the wild flowers grow. They neither work nor spin. Yet not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of them. We must ask God to relieve us of the burden of thinking that we are important. I am not important. You are not important. Nobody is important — except, of course, God. God is important. But don’t worry about God. God won’t die and God is never depressed. Trust God. Laugh at yourself. When work feels overwhelming, remember that you’re going to die. Then somebody else will have to do the work!

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What did Jesus mean
when He said not to judge others?
(Ten things to know and share)

Background note: I am using four pages of this weekend’s bulletin for this one article. A couple of things I want to say before you read (I hope) the article. Because I was away on vacation (17 to 24 August), I needed to make up the 25 August bulletin more than a week ahead of time. So, I need to “get it done” as quickly as possible. In order to do this, I needed some “filler material”. HOWEVER, even if I had not needed to “stuff the bulletin” ahead of time, I would almost certainly have included this article somewhere along the line. It was not written by me. It was written by one of my favorite persons. His name is Jimmy Akin. Jimmy is a convert to the Catholic Faith and, in my opinion, is a master teacher. One of the most important things for any of us to know is: Are we or are we not allowed (and even commanded) by the Lord to pass judgment on moral matters? I have encountered SO much misunderstanding on this matter! In fact, I find that many persons — and, unfortunately, even some priests — think that it is wrong to say clearly and forthrightly that such and such activity is good, whereas such and such other activity is bad. Please read and share this article.

Jesus famously said, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”
Today, some people use this to shut down conversations when the subject turns to sexual morality.
“Didn’t Jesus say not to judge others?” they ask. “Who are you to judge?”
Did Jesus mean His words to be used this way?
If not, what did He mean?
Here are ten things to know and share . . .


#01 — Not a cover for immoral behavior in general
It’s clear that Jesus did not intend his words to be used as a cover for immoral behavior.
He did not mean them to be used as a conversation stopper to shut down attempts to admonish people engaged in immoral behavior.
In fact, Jesus himself did rather a lot of admonishing regarding proper moral conduct.
That is, in fact, the subject of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), in which the saying occurs.

#02 — Not even a cover for sexual misbehavior
Jesus had quite a bit to say about sexual immortality as well — noting, for example, in the Sermon on the Mount that even being mentally unfaithful was a sin:
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart [Matt. 5:27-28].

#03 — Not a prohibition on admonishing others
Jesus did also not intend his words to be used to stop others from admonishing others when they are committing sinful behavior.
Jesus himself told his ministers:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you [Matt. 28:19-20].
That would include teaching his commands regarding sexual morality.
Also, admonishing sinners is a spiritual work of mercy that we are to engage in:
“My brethren, if any one among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” [Jas. 5:19-20].

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#04 — Not an endorsement of moral relativism
Taking Jesus’ teaching out of context, one might try to use it as a pretext for moral relativism—the idea that all moral judgments regarding the conduct of others are to be suspended and each person is to be allowed to define what is morally good for himself.
This is clearly ruled out by what we’ve already seen regarding Jesus’ own teaching on morality and on the need to proclaim them to others.
We do not define moral truth for ourselves. Moral relativism is a false position that is incompatible with the Christian faith.
It is also incompatible with itself. Like all forms of relativism, it is self-contradictory.
If it is wrong to make moral judgments regarding the behavior of others then it would be wrong to judge others for judging!
So what did Jesus mean?

#05 — What Jesus actually said
A good first step in trying to figure out what Jesus meant is to look at what he actually said—to find out what the context was in which he made his statement regarding judging.
This saying is found in both Matthew and Luke, as follows:
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get [Mt. 7.1-2].
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” [Lk. 6:37-38].

#06 — An elaboration of the Golden Rule
In both Matthew and Luke, the statements that follow the prohibition on judging indicate that it is an elaboration of the Golden Rule—the idea that we should treat others the way that we ourselves want to be treated.
The Golden Rule is, in fact, given its classical formulation just a few verses after the statement on judging in the Sermon on the Mount:
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” [Matt. 7:12]. And the warning that we will be treated (i.e., God will treat us) as we have treated others has already been stressed in the Sermon:
do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” [Mt. 5:14-15].
We thus see the same principles that Jesus stressed in the prohibition on judging also stressed elsewhere, and that helps us understand what the prohibition on judging means.

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#07 — “Lest ye be judged” . . . by Whom?
Another clue to what Jesus means is the warning he gives.
He first gives an instruction — “Do not judge ”— and then he gives a warning: “Lest ye be judged.”
Who is he saying may judge us?
You might think that he means other people will judge us if they see us being judgmental, and it is quite true that people will react negatively to us if they see us behaving in an antisocial manner.
But that’s not what Jesus is saying.
Instead, he’s using a form of expression that Bible scholars refer to as “the divine passive” or “the theological passive.”
This is a use of the passive voice that describes what God will do, but it reverently avoids saying “God.”
You see this usage in the Beatitudes, earlier in the Sermon on the Mount. When Jesus says:
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Mt. 5:4].
Or:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” [Mt. 5:6].
He means that those who mourn are blessed because God will comfort them and those who hunger for righteousness are blessed because God will satisfy them.
In the same way, when Jesus says, “Judge not, lest ye be judged,” He means: “Don’t judge or God will judge you.”
This also helps us understand what he means.

#08 — What Jesus means
Obviously, God will judge us. He’s made that perfectly clear in the Bible, and in the teaching of Jesus in particular.
There will be a Last Judgment at the end of the world, as well as a particular judgment at the end of our earthly lives.
So it isn’t a question of escaping God’s judgment. It’s a question of how we will be judged.
Because, as we’ve seen, the Golden Rule has divine backing: If we treat others mercifully, God will be merciful to us. But if we treat others unmercifully, God will not be merciful to us.
In other words, we should treat others the way we want God to treat us—because the way we treat others is how God will treat us.

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#09 — What kind of judgment do you want?
The sinful part of us would probably say that we’d like God not to judge us at all—to simply not hold us accountable for anything we’ve done.
This part of us might then try to take Jesus’ statement on judging and say, “If I can only avoid making a moral appraisal of others’ behavior, God won’t make one of my behavior. I can then get away with anything, no matter how immoral, as long as I let others get away with it, too.”
But, as we’ve already seen, this is a non-starter. It’s the twisted, fallen part of us trying to find a loophole that will let us indulge our sinful side.
The right approach is to ask: Given that you will be judged for what you have done, what kind of judgment do you want?
If we are in our right minds, we want a judgment done with mercy, compassion, and forgiveness.
And that’s the way Jesus wants us to treat others: He wants us to be merciful, compassionate, and forgiving to them.
In this context, what He means by “judging” is the opposite of doing those things—being unmerciful, uncompassionate, and unforgiving.

#10 — Why didn’t He say it that way?
Jesus often says things in a way that requires us to think about them.
He uses literary forms like parables and hyperbole to make his points.
In this case, he has used hyperbole, or exaggeration to make a point.
He doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t judge others in the sense of forming a moral appraisal of their behavior.
We can’t avoid doing that, given our nature, and we should not avoid doing that, or the injustice in the world can never be addressed.
But he uses hyperbole to make the statement striking, memorable, and something we need to think about.
That process of thinking about it leads us into a deeper appreciation of his message.
Indeed, the aspects that I’ve tried to bring out here are not the only ones that you can reasonably infer from what he said.
In addition to the fact that “not judging” includes being merciful, compassionate, and forgiving to others, it can include other things, such as:
• giving others the benefit of the doubt;
• leaving the ultimate judgment of others to God,
instead of simply concluding that someone is (or should be) damned.
Jesus’ means us to wrestle with His teachings and to mine their depths for their hidden riches.
He does not, however, mean us to use them as a pretext for immorality or as a conversation stopper to shut people down when they are proclaiming a moral truth to us.

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A QUIZ FOR CATS WHO C0HABIT WITH HUMANS

#01 — Your human walks into the kitchen. What does this mean?
a) The human is lost.
b) The human is hungry.
c) You are hungry and the human wants to feed you?
d) You are not particularly hungry but the human feels guilty and thinks you might be hungry.
#02 — The human puts down a bowl of food for you. What is this food?
a) Some concoction the human thinks is a suitable meal for a cat.
b) Some human food the human finds disgusting but thinks is suitable for a cat.
c) Something the human is giving you to keep you going till supper's ready.
d) Some vile “supermarket cat food bought on sale with a coupon” to be scorned in favor of what the humans eat.
#03 — The human removes you from the top of the television. What does this mean?
a) You're in trouble and you’d better not do it again.
b) It means nothing at all. It’s just something that humans do from time to time.
c) The human wants to play, in which case consider climbing up again to amuse it.
d) It is time to chew on the cable wire again.
#04 — Staircases are for:
a) Getting up to the human's bed at 04:00 am.
b) Lying in wait in the dark at the top, so as to scare the bejabbers out of the human.
c) Walking down, but ever so slowly, right in front of the human.
d) All of the above.
#05 — The human talks / yells at you. You should:
a) Listen intently, pretending to take it all in and, when the human is finished, blink your eyes to signify boredom.
b) Meow in acknowledgment and continue what you were doing.
c) Ignore the human completely. You are a cat. Humans are chopped liver.
d) Move on to the next annoying activity, so as to give the human more practice in yelling.
#06 — Phone cords, appliance electric cords, TV cables, computer cords and strings from fabrics are:
a) Important to humans and should be left alone.
b) Playthings and deserve your total attention, no matter what damage may result.
c) Annoying and should be removed immediately.
#07 — Birds, small rodents and large bugs should be:
a) Ignored, especially if the human wants them removed.
b) Played with until they stop playing.
c) Presented to the human as trophies.
d) Hidden under the human's pillow for safekeeping.
e) Consumed as an extra source of protein.
#08 — A human giving you a bath should be considered:
a) Under no circumstances.
b) Under no circumstances.
c) Under no circumstances.
d) An act of war.
e) All of the above.
#09 — God made humans for the following purposes:
a) To provide you with food that you don’t have to hunt down.
b) To provide you with water that tastes better than what is found outdoors.
c) To open doors.
d) To clean your litter box.
e) To scratch your back.
f) To do all of the above and then to leave you the heck alone.

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PRAYERS FOR BEFORE AND AFTER MASS

by Saint Thomas Aquinas

BEFORE MASS
Almighty and everlasting God, behold I come to the Sacrament of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: I come as one infirm to the physician of life, as one unclean to the fountain of mercy, as one blind to the light of everlasting brightness, as one poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore I implore the abundance of Thy measureless bounty that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to heal my infirmity, wash my uncleanness, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty and clothe my nakedness, that I may receive the Bread of Angels, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, with such reverence and humility, with such sorrow and devotion, with such purity and faith, with such purpose and intention as may be profitable to my soul’s salvation. Grant unto me, I pray, the grace of receiving not only the Sacrament of our Lord’s Body and Blood, but also the grace and power of the Sacrament. O most gracious God, grant me so to receive the Body of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, which He took from the Virgin Mary, as to merit to be incorporated into His mystical Body, and to be numbered amongst His members. O most loving Father, give me grace to behold forever Thy beloved Son with His face at last unveiled, whom I now purpose to receive under the sacramental veil here below. Amen.
AFTER MASS
I give thanks to Thee, O Lord, most holy, Father almighty, eternal God, that Thou hast vouchsafed, for no merit of mine own, but out of Thy pure mercy, to appease the hunger of my soul with the precious body and blood of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Humbly I implore Thee, let not this Holy Communion be to me an increase of guilt unto my punishment, but an availing plea unto pardon and salvation. Let it be to me the armor of faith and the shield of good will. May it root out from my heart all vice; may it utterly subdue my evil passions and all my unruly desires. May it perfect me in charity and patience; in humility and obedience; and in all other virtues. May it be my sure defense against the snares laid for me by my enemies, visible and invisible. May it restrain and quiet all my evil impulses, and make me ever cleave to Thee Who art the one true God. May I owe to it a happy ending of my life. And do Thou, O heavenly Father, vouchsafe one day to call me, a sinner, to that ineffable banquet, where Thou, together with Thy Son and the Holy Ghost, art to Thy saints true and unfailing light, fullness of content, joy for evermore, gladness without alloy, consummate and everlasting happiness.
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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