MASS SCHEDULE: 15 - 22 September

Saturday, 14 September
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — God’s blessings and safety:
(US Army chaplain / Afghanistan)
by Mom, Dad and family

Sunday, 15 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — THOMAS L. EVANS Jr.
by Joan McCarthy and family

Monday, 16 September
SS. Cornelius, pope, martyr, and Cyprian, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health: ANN HRIBICK GARDINER
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto

Wednesday, 18 September
08:00 am — CHARLIE MORAN
by Thomasine Moran

Friday, 20 September
SS. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, priest and Paul Chong Ha-sang and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — CRAIG KEMFORT
by the Getzey family

Saturday, 21 September
St. Matthew, apostle, evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s blessings: SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by Mom and Dad
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — CATHERINE (“Dolly”) MOORE
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Sunday, 22 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(34th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

 MASS SCHEDULE: 15 - 22 September

Saturday, 14 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Granny and Pap

Sunday, 15 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Connell family

Tuesday, 17 September
St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
by his family

Thursday, 19 September
St. Januarius, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
(100th anniversary of birth)
by the Holy Rosary Society

Saturday, 21 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — PATSY HARRIS
by Jeanne

Sunday, 22 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by James and Georgann Connell

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Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,058.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $62.00 from the plate; $107.00 from the Dues envelopes; $188.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $77.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,492.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,492.00) 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 $373.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $773.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $30.00 from the plate; $30.00 from the Dues envelopes; $254.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $59.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,146.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,146.00) 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 $341.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 18 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 19 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 20 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 18 September
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, 20 September
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy


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Please join us for our fourth annual Fall Foliage Folf Outing to be held on Sunday, 13 October 2013, at Mountain Valley Golf Course, Barnesville, PA.
Format is a four-person scramble, with a shotgun start at 01:00 pm. Golf fee is $75.00 for an adult and $50.00 for a high-school student. Sponsor fee is $350.00. Fee includes refreshments, hot dogs, snacks, a “goodie” bag for all participants and dinner after golf.
Dinner includes roast beef, turkey, pork loin, mashed potatoes, vegetable.
Dinner for a non-golfer is $25.00.
Cash award prizes for first and second place.
Door prizes will be raffled off after golf.
Forms and additional information are available by contacting St. Patrick Rectory at 570-622-1802 or by calling 570-628-4678.
Volunteers are needed the day of the event.
We hope to see you on the mountain.


Do you use ink or toner cartridges?
What do you do with them when they are empty?
Would you consider donating your empties to your parish?
We can use them in order to save money on office supplies.
Please drop off your empties at StVdP Rectory!
Thank you!
THE CANDLE in front of the image of the Infant of Prague in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in memory of Harry Luscavage, at the request of John and Barbara Petrousky.

“Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it. It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin. REAL LOVE involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Servant of God

REMEMBER PLEASE TO DONATE INSTANT LOTTERY TICKETS for the tree that the Holy Rosary Society will be chancing off in November in preparation for its annual February Chinese Auction!
REMEMBER ALSO TO DONATE PRIZES OR TO MAKE MONETARY DONATIONS for the Chinese Auction that will be held in October for the benefit of the Bob Krick Heart Fund. See Edna Labie for details.

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(While you still can and before they all disappear!)

The following is taken from the 12 September 2013 edition of The Tablet, a Catholic newspaper published in England.

Pope scales back honorifics Pope Francis has temporarily stopped the practice of naming priests "honorary prelates", which allows them to take the title "monsignor". The only exception is for those clerics who work in the Holy See's diplomatic service. The Rome daily, Il Messaggero, reported the decision today. The Tablet has learned that the Pope communicated the decision on 12 April, shortly after his election, to top officials in the Secretariat of State, the office that grants approval to bishops around the world who propose priests for the honorary title. During that meeting, Francis said he wanted the granting of such onorificienza to be put on hold at least until October, after he had met his group of eight cardinal-advisors to discuss reforming the Roman Curia and governance of the universal Church. It is not clear if the discontinuation of permitting priests to take the title "monsignor" will remain just a temporary provision, or if the title will be made obsolete permanently. The practice of awarding priests with the honorary title of monsignor was reduced drastically in many parts of the world after the Second Vatican Council, but has been re-adopted in a growing number of dioceses in the past several years.

My comment
We were only about a month into the pontificate of Pope Francis and I was having a conversation with a friend of mine. We were talking about the “style” of our new Pope, about his apparent distaste for “ruffles and feathers”. It had already become clear that, if all the people in the world were to be divided into two camps, THE PLAIN and THE FANCY, there is no question as to the camp in which you would find Pope Francis. He is a PLAIN man, through and through! No red shoes for him! He would probably have fallen off the balcony on the day he was elected if some cardinal had tried to plant the papal tiara on his skull. I suspect (although I may be going too far in this surmise) that he is sometimes tempted to exchange his white cassock for a black one or maybe exchange it for a black suit off the rack from Joseph A. Bank!
With that in mind, I said to my friend that I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Holy Father were to suppress the custom of bestowing honorifics upon priests, at least those kinds of honorifics that carry with them the title “Monsignor”. My friend did not disagree with my “forecast”.
So, I was somewhat startled — and, yet, not really surprised — when I came upon the news item re-printed above. Please note that the decision as to whether to suppress “the monsignorate” is still in abeyance. No final decision has yet been made. And, yet, I suspect, a decision has already been made. I don’t think Pope Francis will allow himself to be dissuaded from making permanent a decision he has already made on a temporary basis.

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What is my opinion (as if anyone really cared)?
On a sentimental level, I would be sad to see “the monsignor thing” go down the tubes. I guess this comes from watching too many shows on Masterpiece Theatre: Downton Abbey and Brideshead Revisited come to mind. I have a certain nostalgia for “Yes, milord” and “No, milord” and “Will there be anything else, milord?” I remember the pride I felt many years ago in the fact that my very own brother had been made a Monsignor! My Mom and Dad were on a cloud for weeks afterwards. I took kid-brother delight in addressing my brother as “Monsignor” or sometimes, as a concession to those who prefer the vernacular, as “Milord”. He was a good sport about it and decided after a while that the best way to get back at his pesty little brother was to ignore me.
Although I have a sentimental attachment to many things that are “high church” and traditional, I can see the rationale in suppressing the custom of “the monsignorate”.
My thinking is this (and always has been this, at least ever since I started thinking such things): There is something inappropriate in giving a priest a title of distinction that is not attached to a particular duty or responsibility. I am all in favor of special marks of honor paid to a priest who is elevated to the office of Bishop. To be a Bishop is awesome! To be a Bishop is to be invested with the fullness of the priesthood. To be a Bishop is to be a successor to the Apostles. The priest who accepts consecration to the office of Bishop is opening himself up to one heck of a lot of work and responsibility, especially if he is the Bishop of a diocese.
But that’s not the case with a priest who is made a “Chaplain of His Holiness” or an “Honorary Prelate”, with the title “Monsignor”. This is an honor unrelated to a particular duty or responsibility. For that reason, it seems to me that the custom is one that might well be suppressed, without harm to the Church and, perhaps, even with some benefit.
I remember a quip made by the founding Bishop of Allentown, the late and great Joseph McShea. If memory serves me correctly, it was on a Holy Thursday in St. Catharine of Siena Cathedral. At the end of the Mass, he was accustomed to make some “remarks”. Sometimes these “remarks” would include an announcement about some priests whose names he had forwarded to Rome for “elevation to the rank of Monsignor”.
As he finished mentioning the names and after we had all applauded the new Monsignors, Bishop McShea attempted to console the “also-rans” (and the “never-rans”) with words similar to the following. (I am paraphrasing him but this is very close to what he said.):

“Remember, there are a number of other priests who deserve to be made monsignors, but we have to limit it now to these few. There is a scarcity in the supply of red buttons and, of course, the price of red cloth is sky high.”
And then his final line:
“Well, I’m afraid that, for every priest who gets the red, there are ten who get the blues!”

There is truth in humor. In fact, humor has to have a relationship to truth or else it wouldn’t really be humor. And the fact is that there is truth in the last “quip” quoted above.
It could be argued that the institution of the “monsignorate” tends to divide the clergy of a diocese; that, at the very least, it does nothing to unite them. Perhaps this is especially so in a country and a culture such as ours. (Perhaps less so in countries that have a tradition of monarchy and nobility, countries like England, where class divisions are taken more for granted.) One thing we priests do not need is clericalism and “strategies for career advancement”. We do well to remember what Jesus said to James and John, who were “looking to move ahead in the firm”. He said something about how, among the pagans, the “important people” make their importance felt and “lord it over” the underlings.
But, He said, it was not to be that way with us.
Priesthood is not a career. Priesthood is Someone. Priesthood is a Life to be lived.
Maybe Pope Francis has the right idea.

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From: RNB
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 9:41 PM
To: Edward B. Connolly
Subject: You missed this one
Dear Father Connolly:

Did you know that Monday, September 9, is International Buy a Priest a Beer Day? On this festive day, faithful Catholics all over the world take their priests out for a beer and get to know them better. It’s a beautiful Catholic tradition that goes back to the time of St. Hopswald of Aleyard, the first man to take his priest out for a beer.

From: "Edward B. Connolly" <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:17:33 AM
Subject: RE: You missed this one
Dear RNB:

Yes, of course I knew!
And I waited and I waited and I waited.
And then I waited.
And then I waited some more.
And then I stopped waiting and went to bed.
From: Anthony
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 9:43 AM
To: Edward B. Connolly
Subject: Re: Emailing: 2013.09.08
Dear Father,

I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but it gives me a tiny bit of pleasure to inform you of a typo on your most recent bulletin. On page 2, one of the headlines says "Exposition of the Blesed Sacrament". I have never come across a typo of yours after all these years, which is amazing and impressive. So you are completely entitled to get away with this one. But don't let it happen again. I can't have my world thrown off too much.
From: EBC
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 9:57 PM
To: Anthony
Subject: Re: Re: Emailing: 2013.09.08
Dear Anthony:

I can hardly believe that I made such an egregious error!
But it’s true!
I did!
Life no longer holds any meaning for me!
I am utterly disgraced and humiliated!
Farewell, cruel world!

Sign-up sheets are in back of church (both churches) and in the Fr. Sheridan Room.
$5.00 each / Regular hoagie only!
Delivery date: 11 October 2013
Deadline for orders: 08 October 2013

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The following is a small compilation of texts and citations from the history of the Church that help us put into context the question of the appropriateness of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, as opposed to receiving It in the hand. There is an ever increasing number of bishops, priests and laypersons who believe that receiving Holy Communion on the tongue is the custom that ought to be revived and encouraged and that receiving Holy Communion in the hand is a practice that ought to be discouraged, perhaps even proscribed.

POPE ST. SIXTUS I (ca 115)
“The sacred vessels are not to be handled by others than those consecrated to the Lord.”

ST. BASIL THE GREAT, Doctor of the Church (330 – 379)
“The right to receive Holy Communion in the hand is permitted only in times of persecution.”

excommunicated anyone who dared continue receiving Holy Communion by hand. This decree was confirmed by the Synod of Toledo.

condemned Communion in the hand to halt widespread abuses that occurred from this practice, and as a safeguard against sacrilege.

forbade the faithful to take the Sacred Host in their hands, threatening transgressors with excommunication.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (1225 — 1274)
“Out of reverence towards the Sacrament (the Holy Eucharist), nothing touches It but what is consecrated; hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest’s hands, for touching this Sacrament.” [Summa Theologica, Part III, Q. 82, Art. 3, Rep. Obj. 8]

THE COUNCIL OF TRENT (1545 — 1563)
“The fact that only the priest gives Holy Communion with his consecrated hands is an Apostolic Tradition.”

POPE PAUL VI (1963 — 1978)
“This method [on the tongue] must be retained.”

POPE JOHN PAUL II (1978 — 2005)
“To touch the sacred species and to distribute them with their own hands is a privilege of the ordained.” [“Dominicae Cenae, 11]

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will be held on Sunday, 15 September, from 09:00 to 11:00 am in St. Joseph Hall, Ashland. Registration is for Boys Basketball, grades 2 to 8; Girls Basketball, grades 2 to 8; Cheerleading, grades 2 to 6.
Registration fee is $25.00 for new participants and $10.00 for re-registration.
Please contact Paul Welker at 570-205-6451 or Mary Anne Wesner at 570-875-2528 if you have any questions.

Grades 1 to 6
First day: Monday, 23 September
04:00 pm
Sheridan Room

Grades 7 and 8
First day: Sunday, 22 September
10:00 am
Sheridan Room

Last call for registration for CCD: You can print out the registration form that you will find on line at the parish website or else stop at StVdP Rectory and ask for a form. Leave the form with the pastor or the secretary.

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