MASS SCHEDULE: 04 - 11 MAY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 03 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROSALIE BARRETT JAMBETER
by Ed and Judy Haluska

Sunday, 04 May
3rd Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — AGNES MARCHETTA
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Monday, 05 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — FRANCES BURNS
by her brother, John

Wednesday, 07 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on Sister MARY RAYMOND OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Friday, 09 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — MEG FINLAN
by a friend

Saturday, 10 May
St. Damien deVeuster, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — NO MORNING MASS TODAY
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — NICHOLAS BIRSTER
by his daughter, Jean Birster Weist

Sunday, 11 May
4th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — MARY ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland

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

Saturday, 03 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
by her husband, Butch, and her daughter, Mary Jane

Sunday, 04 May
3rd Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Tuesday, 06 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by Mary Draugelis Miller

Thursday, 08 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — WILLIAM and ANNA LABALAUKIS
by the Labie family

Saturday, 10 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Dr. and Mrs. Frank Blozusky

Sunday, 11 May
4th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
26 / 27 APRIL


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,150.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $29.00 from the plate; $50.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $50.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $110.00 from the Easter envelopes; $130.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $80.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,609.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $9.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
— $10.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,609.00) 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 $490.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $824.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $89.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $330.00 from the Easter envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $65.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,338.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $20.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
— $15.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,338.00) 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 $533.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 06 May
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 06 May
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, 09 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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JOAN ANN DROSEY SHALAMANDA,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.
Born on 24 May 1938, she was 75 years old.
Joan is the daughter (only child) of the late Joseph and Helen (Barrett) Drosey.
She was baptized in St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek PA, on 12 June 1938 by Fr. Charles McNulty.
On 01 February 1959, she was married to Stephen Shalamanda in St. John Ukrainian Catholic Church, Maizeville PA.
Steve and Joan observed their 55th wedding anniversary just about three months ago.

They have five children: Joanne Shalamanda Brindle; Christine Shalamanda Rineer; Diane Shalamanda Abbanato; Stephen J. Shalamanda Sr.; Patricia Shalamanda Cataldo.
They have nine grandchildren: Grant C. Brindle; Kevin A. Brindle; Jamie L. Hitz; Adam J. Rineer; Stephen J. Shalamanda Jr.; Kendra S. Abbanato; John P. Cataldo; Nicholas S. Cataldo; Evan L. Cataldo.
They have three great-grandchildren: Ava G. Brindle; Ella M. Brindle; Carter J. Hitz.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 03 May, at 11:00 am. There was a viewing in the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, on Saturday morning, prior to the Mass.
The interment took place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Joan, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN

Meeting #05 (of six) is on Tuesday, 06 May, at 06:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
BY NOW, ALL OF THE CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE MADE THEIR FIRST CONFESSIONS.
ANY CHILD WHO HAS NOT YET MADE HIS OR HER FIRST CONFESSION MUST DO SO THIS WEEK.
OBVIOUSLY, THE CHILDREN ARE NOT GOING TO GET TO CONFESSION ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE. IT IS THE DUTY OF PARENTS TO GET THEM TO CONFESSION.
PLEASE DO YOUR PARENTAL DUTY IN THIS REGARD.
SEE THE CONFESSION SCHEDULE IN THE BULLETIN (page 02).

BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL 2014 CAMPAIGN has started! Please make a generous contribution to this worthy cause!

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THE FOLLOWING APPEARED in the 28 April 2014 edition of Thunder / Enlightning in the Pottsville Republican. I am reprinting both the message from the caller and the comment by “the commentator” — followed up by my own comments on both.

CALLER
To the commentator:
The Bible says in the end of days all armies of the world will be drawn by God to Israel to fight the greatest war ever. It involves a 200-million-man army marching in from the east. The Bible is the only book 100 percent accurate in all its prophesies. Your comment about no world wars to come is wrong.

Cressona

COMMENTATOR
The Bible is a book written by normal, mortal men. Let me ask you this: How are 200 million men going to fit into an area the size of Israel when there are only 27 million people there now? And one other question: Where will all the food come from to feed 200 million three times a day? World wars are over, regional firefights are now the norm.

My comment on what the caller says
No doubt the caller is sincere. I don’t wish to impugn his sincerity. Nevertheless, he is very much mistaken. Like so many followers of the false doctrine (heresy) known as “Dispensationalism”, he has been sold a bill of goods. It all goes back to a man named John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) and the Plymouth Brethren movement and an edition of the Bible known as “The Scofield Bible”. It is nothing less than amazing how many Protestants have been swooped up into this heresy. (I did not say all Protestants!) I have no doubt that many uneducated Catholics have also been influenced by Dispensationalism. It is a fundamental presupposition of many “TV preachers”.
The basic tenets of Dispensationalism are these: (a) There will be a literal one-thousand year reign of Jesus Christ centered in Jerusalem (millennialism); (b) Prior to this millennial reign, there will be a seven-year Tribulation; (c) Either prior to or in the middle of or after the Tribulation, there will be a Rapture of the Church; (d) After the one-thousand year reign, there will be Armageddon, a final battle that will engage Satan and the forces of Hell against Jesus and the Church. (e) After the victory of Jesus and the Church over Satan and the forces of Hell, Eternity will begin, together with the final division of mankind into Heaven and Hell.
All of this is exciting and picturesque and makes good material for novels and movies, but none of it is true. That is why one never hears it being preached in Catholic churches.
I think of such novels as “The Late Great Planet Earth” and the series of “Left Behind” novels and the movie based on these. The authors made a bundle of money writing these novels and “Christian bookstores” made another bundle of money peddling these novels. No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the public, especially when it comes to religion!
I am quite certain that the caller’s reference to the 200-million-man army marching into Israel “from the east” is a reference to Armageddon.
But, with all due respect to the caller, this is nonsense.
Believers in the associated heresies of Dispensationalism and Millennialism and the Rapture put a great deal of emphasis on the modern state of Israel and on the supposed theological significance of the State of Israel in the “End Times”. This prompts them to claim that the Temple on Mount Zion in Jerusalem must be rebuilt and that the Jewish priesthood and animal sacrifice must be reinstituted.
I caution my fellow Catholics that they would do well to take their eschatology from the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church.
The following paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church present a concise summary of authentic Christian eschatology:

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673 Since the Ascension Christ’s coming in glory has been imminent, even though “it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority.” This eschatological coming could be accomplished at any moment, even if both it and the final trial that will precede it are “delayed.”
674 The glorious Messiah’s coming is suspended at every moment of history until his recognition by “all Israel,” for “a hardening has come upon part of Israel” in their “unbelief” toward Jesus. St. Peter says to the Jews of Jerusalem after Pentecost: “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.” St. Paul echoes him: “For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?” The “full inclusion” of the Jews in the Messiah’s salvation, in the wake of “the full number of the Gentiles,”will enable the People of God to achieve “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” in which “God may be all in all.”
675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.
676 The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatalogical judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism.
677 The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.

My comment on what the commentator says
The commentator says that the Bible is a book written by normal, mortal men.
He is mistaken. This is what is known as “a half-truth” and “a half-truth” is not true.
What is the teaching of the Catholic Church about the Bible?
Using my own words, but being faithful to Catholic teaching, here is what we Catholics say about the Bible:
It is a compilation of seventy-three books, all of which and every part of which are divinely inspired. All of these books — and only these books, no other books or writings — were written, indeed, by “normal, mortal men” but under divine inspiration. God is the Author of the Bible, together with human beings. The Holy Spirit inspired the human authors to write those things and only those things that God wanted them to write. He did so without overriding their own intelligences and wills. Therefore, the human authors expressed themselves in the words and thought patterns that were appropriate to their particular times. The books of the Bible cannot be added to, nor subtracted from. There will never be any books added to the Bible. The canon of Scripture closed with the death of the last Apostle. Every part of the Bible is divinely inspired, but not every part of it is divinely revealed. The Bible is inerrant. It contains no error. It is not, however, “self-interpreting”. Some parts of it are relatively easy to understand. Other parts are difficult to understand. The authority to interpret the Bible has been given to the community of the Church, but not to each individual in the Church. The authority to define the meaning or the implications of any particular verse or verses in the Bible is given to the magisterium of the Church, which is the Bishops as a whole, in union with the Bishop of Rome.

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I am printing this article in our bulletin simply because it touched my heart and I think it might touch yours. There are several persons I know who take care of elderly parents and who might be able to “relate” to it. God bless them all!

WHAT’S WITH OUR COLD-CALLING POPE?

by Rebecca Hamilton
Oklahoma State legislator and Catholic blogger

I’m sort of loggy and hung over from long days at work this week.
Maybe that’s why.
Maybe that’s not why.
Maybe it’s because of something else.
All I know is that I don’t care if Pope Francis called a woman in Argentina and told her she could take communion. If he did, ok. If he didn’t, that’s ok, too.
Whatever he said or didn’t say, it was a personal conversation between priest and person, not the Pope, speaking from the Chair of Peter and defining the faith for the entire Church.
I am all worn out from the legislative wars of this week. I am also at a loss about how to keep my mother on an even keel while I’m at work and away from her for so many hours. She is, in this in particular, like a small child. She gets separation anxiety when I’m out of sight for too long and nothing can fix it but time with me.
I’ve tried having my secretary call her every hour and remind her that I’m working and I’ll see her later. That helps, but it doesn’t fix it. I’ve asked the people at her day care to remind her that I’m at work, also. Again, it helps, but it’s not a fix.
Yesterday, I was in the middle of debate on a bill, mike in hand, giving it my best, when my phone lit up. It was Mama. When I talked to her later, she said, “I want to ask you to forgive me.”
“Forgive you for what?” I said.
“Forgive me for whatever I’ve done that has made you go away from me and not see me.”
I get one of those apologies (usually with tears) at least once every day.
She forgets, no matter how many times people tell her, that I’m at work. She also forgets that it’s only been a few hours since I saw her. She doesn’t believe that I’ll see her again in a little while.
I never knew before going through this with her that living in the now was such a tortuous thing. Do not make light of your short-term memory. It is a major governor on your life that keeps things steady and gives you perspective and reality about everything and everyone you encounter.
When I got up this morning — after getting home from work at about 11pm and sleeping for only a few hours — my mind was basically cottage cheese. The possibility that I would write a two-word sentence that was comprehensible was slim to none.
I did my due. Took Mama out for lunch. Took Mama to the doctor. Took Mama for a drive and her daily ice cream.
Now, she’s sleeping it off like a baby. She’ll wake up soon and she won’t remember any of it. The new story will be that she hasn’t eaten or seen me all day long.
She will call people and tell them that I’ve left her alone in the house for days and that I won’t give her food and that she’s slowly starving to death.
Then, she’ll eat supper and chill out, watching ESPN until bedtime.
Now … what was I saying about Pope Francis and the Argentine lady and communion?
Oh yeah.
I remember.
I don’t care.

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