MASS SCHEDULE: 06 - 13 July
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 05 July
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROSALIE BARRETT JAMBETER
by the James Connell family

Sunday, 06 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — Mrs. JOHN A. (Margaret) BRENNAN, RN
by her son, Edmund

Monday, 07 July
Weekday
08:00 am — WILLIAM DeLUCA
by Celeste DeLuca

Wednesday, 09 July
St. Augustine Zhao Rong, priest, and companions, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — THOMAS MORAN
by Thomasine Moran

Friday, 11 July
St. Benedict, abbot (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health on LUKE
by his grandparents

Saturday, 12 July
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on EBC
by friends
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ANTHONY GREGAS
by Maurice, Diane and Maura McDonald

Sunday, 13 July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JAMES CANAVAN
by his sister, Ida Mae

 MASS SCHEDULE: 06 - 13 July
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 05 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 06 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — PETER SMOLOCK
(52nd anniversary of wedding)
by his wife, Violet

Tuesday, 08 July
Weekday
08:00 am — MARLENE KLECKNER MARQUARDT PARFITT
by Betsy Bulchie

Thursday, 10 July
Weekday
07:00 pm — DECEASED: EVANKOVICH FAMILY
by Josephine Zdiera

Saturday, 12 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Virginia Chillis and family

Sunday, 13 July
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 07.06.2014 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
28 / 29 JUNE


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,391.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $48.00 from the plate; $46.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $52.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,562.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $ 5.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes —
— $10.00 from the Eastern European envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,562.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($311.91), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $939.39, one sees that $622.61 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $868.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $66.00 from the plate; $7.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $32.00 from the loose.
Total: $993.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $25.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($993.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($336.72), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $818.70, one sees that $174.30 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 09 July
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 10 July
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 11 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 09 July
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, 11 July
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

stjos/stvdp: 07.06.2014 - 02


FATHER THOMAS ANTHONY HORAN
a native of Girardville and a member (until ordination) of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, died on Tuesday, 01 July 2014. Born on 10 August 1935, he was 78 years old. He is the youngest of the five children of the late Gregory L. and Regina D. (Lenahan) Horan.
He has three brothers and one sister, all of whom are deceased: Gregory L. Horan Jr.; Joseph M. Horan; John P. Horan; Anne Marie Horan.
Thomas was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 25 August 1935 by Fr. John J. Monaghan. He received his First Holy Communion in St. Joseph Church on 16 May 1943 from the pastor, Fr. William A. McArdle. He received the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Joseph Church on 21 October 1945 from Bishop Hugh L. Lamb. He attended and graduated from both St. Joseph Elementary School and St. Joseph High School.
Upon graduation from high school, Thomas entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook PA, to study for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. (At that time, there was no Diocese of Allentown.)
During Thomas’s penultimate year in the seminary (1960-61), Pope John XXIII separated the five northern counties of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from the southern five and constituted them as the Diocese of Allentown. Voila! Thomas was no longer a seminarian for “Mother Philadelphia”, but rather for “Daughter Allentown”! A few months later, on 14 May 1961, Thomas was among the first group of men to be ordained to the Subdiaconate for the Diocese of Allentown. He was ordained to that Order by Bishop Cletus J. Benjamin in St. Martin Chapel, Overbrook PA. Shortly thereafter, he was ordained to the Diaconate and, as is customary, entered his final year in the Seminary.
On 19 May 1962, Deacon Horan was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by Bishop Francis J. Furey in the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown PA. On 20 May 1962, in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, Father Horan celebrated his First Solemn Mass.
Then began a series of priestly assignments as assistant pastor (“parochial vicar”) in parishes in the following towns: Ashland; Allentown; Fountain Hill; Catasauqua; Bethlehem; Limeport; Schuylkill Haven. Subsequently, he served as pastor of: Holy Rosary Parish, Mahanoy Plane; St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Lost Creek; Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Gordon.
While in the Gordon parish, he suffered a stroke that greatly impeded his capacity to continue as pastor. Surrendering to God’s difficult will, Father Horan eventually tendered his resignation from active duty and entered Holy Family Villa for Priests, Bethlehem PA. To honor his faithful service, the Bishop named Father Horan as “Pastor Emeritus of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish”.
It can rightly be said that the last years of Father Horan’s priestly life were years of self-oblation. In our holy Catholic Faith, there is, by divine economy, a fine line of demarcation between “the Priest who offers the Victim in Sacrifice” and “the Victim whom the Priest offers in Sacrifice”. This line tended to blur in the latter years of the life of Fr. Thomas Anthony Horan.
There will be a Vigil Service (not a Mass) in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, at 07:00 pm on Monday, 07 July. There will be a viewing in the church from 06:00 to 07:00 pm and again, after the Service, until about 08:00 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Horan will be offered at 11:00 am on Tuesday, 08 July, in St. Joseph Church, Girardville. The Most Reverend Edward P. Cullen, DD, Bishop Emeritus of Allentown, will be the principal celebrant. There will be a viewing in the church from 09:00 to 11:00 am. The interment will take place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
All members and friends of St. Joseph Parish and of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, whether or not personally acquainted with Fr. Horan, are invited and encouraged to pay their respects to him and to the Catholic priesthood by attending the funeral Mass (if possible) or else the Vigil Service, or both.
If you do, it is highly likely that Fr. Horan, noting your presence, will show his appreciation by offering a prayer to God on your behalf. Within the context of Christian hope, it is entirely reasonable to think, without being unduly presumptuous, that Tom’s lips are even closer now to God’s ears than they had been prior to this past Tuesday — when his life was changed, not ended.
Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Thomas A. Horan, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 07.06.2014 - 03



REPORT ON REDNER SUPERMARKET TAPE TOTALS
Recently we received checks from Redner’s for receipts from register tapes turned in to the parishes during the time period 01 January to 31 March 2014.
St. Vincent dePaul Parish received a check for $67.15. This was the third check for StVdP Parish. It brings StVdP Parish’s all-time total to $336.85 (since May 2013).
St. Joseph Parish received a check for $162.79. This was the fourth check for StJos Parish. It brings StJos Parish’s all-time total to $567.85 (since May 2013).
For sake of clarification: This does not have to do with the profit from Redner’s gift cards. That is a separate matter. This has to do with register receipts from Redner’s that you kindly turn in to the parish.
If you are in the habit of turning in your Redner’s register tapes to the parishes, thank you and please continue to do so.
If you are not in the habit of doing so, we ask you to do so.
THERE WILL BE A MASS at 12:00 noon tomorrow (Monday, 07 July) in St. Joseph Chapel. This Mass will have as its special intention the asking of God’s mercy on children who have been aborted. The Catholic Church does not profess to know with any certainty the eternal destiny of the souls of aborted children. What are the possibilities?
Do the souls of aborted children go to Hell?
Absolutely and dogmatically: No!
Do they go to Heaven?
Maybe. It’s possible, but it’s problematic.
If they go to Heaven, do they go to Purgatory first?
No! That would not make sense.
Do they go to Limbo (a place and a state of natural happiness)?
Some think that they do. Others think not.
Can we hope that they go to Heaven?
Yes, we can hope that they do, but we cannot know for certain. Someday we will find out.
Meanwhile, we can always pray for aborted children, that God’s perfect will may be accomplished in them.
PARENTS OF CHILDREN ENTERING EIGHTH GRADE: If you have not already done so, please call the Rectory in order to tell us that you want your children to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year.
WITH THE NEW FISCAL YEAR, we have received the revised numbers for our various insurance premium obligations, as reflected every week on page 02 of the bulletin. The basic facts are these:
St. Joseph Parish premiums went from $25,539.94 last year to $16,219.12 this year. (The overall increase of about 4.39% was more than offset by the reduction due to the demolition of the school building.)
St. Vincent dePaul Parish premiums went from $16,773.15 last year to $17,509.28 this year. (This is an increase of about 4.39%. Call it “cost of living increase”.)
GOD TOLD MOSES to take off his shoes when he drew close to the burning bush. The FAA requires airline passengers to do the same when they go through security at the airport. I guess they are afraid that some people are going to stuff their shoes with plastic explosives in order to blow the infidels and themselves to Kingdom Come. Knowing this, I packed my “good shoes” in my suitcase when I went to Arizona this past weekend and wore sandals for traveling. HOWEVER, I found out that the FAA has a new rule meant to give the old geezers a break! People aged 75 and older do not have to take off their shoes when they go through security. So, there we are! I can’t help wondering if this is not going to have the undesired effect of bringing 75-year-old shoe-bombers out of the woodwork!

stjos/stvdp: 07.06.2014 - 04


SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT
ELIGIBILITY FOR RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION

Q — What is the rule in the Catholic Church for divorced persons receiving Holy Communion?
A — A divorced person is eligible to receive Holy Communion as long as he or she has not entered a second marriage outside of the Church. In other words, if a divorced Catholic is living a chaste life as a single person, he or she is certainly eligible to receive Holy Communion. Divorce in and of itself does not bar a person from reception of Holy Communion. But, of course, if a divorced person were to enter a second marriage that is not recognized by the Church, then he or she would not be eligible to receive Holy Communion. The reason he or she would not be eligible would not be the fact that he or she is divorced but, rather, the fact that he or she is married outside the Church. A divorced person who secures a declaration of nullity from the Church and then enters a second marriage in the Church is, of course, eligible to receive Holy Communion.

Q — But what about a divorced person who has NOT secured a declaration of nullity from the Church. Is he or she eligible to receive Holy Communion?
A — Please read this answer carefully! If a divorced person has NOT secured a declaration of nullity from the Church BUT is living a chaste life as a single person, he or she is eligible to receive Holy Communion. A declaration of nullity, in and of itself, does not make a person eligible to receive Holy Communion. A declaration of nullity makes it possible for him or her to enter a second marriage in the Church. Strictly speaking, it is not necessary to secure a declaration of nullity if neither party is interested in entering a second marriage.

Q — If a person is cohabiting, is he or she eligible to receive Holy Communion?
A — I am answering this question on the presupposition that by “cohabiting” you mean not only sharing the same house or apartment with one’s partner but also having sexual intimacy with him or her.
If that is what you mean by “cohabiting”, then the answer is: No! A person who is cohabiting is most definitely not eligible to receive Holy Communion. If he or she does so anyway (deliberately disregarding the law of the Church), then he or she commits a mortal sin. Cohabitation is simply formalized fornication. This sin cannot be forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance unless the person agrees to cease cohabiting. If the two persons intend to get married, they should do so. They should contact their parish priest in order to make arrangements to marry. Meanwhile, they should either separate (preferable) or agree to abstain from intimacy while still occupying the same house or apartment (difficult).

Q — But I saw a woman who is cohabiting go up to receive Holy Communion in my parish church and the priest gave her Communion. How come?
A — Please don’t presume that the priest is omniscient. It is entirely possible (even likely) that the priest is unaware of the fact that the woman is cohabiting. Anyone who goes up to receive Holy Communion is to be given “the benefit of the doubt”. The priest (or EMHC) is supposed to presume that the person is eligible. It is also possible that the priest is aware of the situation but chooses not to embarrass the woman in public by refusing to give her Holy Communion. A priest should not draw public attention to a person’s sinful situation. He should, however, speak with her in private when the opportunity presents itself.

stjos/stvdp: 07.06.2014 - 05


SOME BLONDE JOKES

TWO BLONDES WERE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD. They were driving on the Interstate when they saw a sign that said: DISNEY WORLD LEFT
They started crying, then turned around and went home.

TWO BLONDES LIVING IN OKLAHOMA were sitting on a bench talking, and one Blonde said to the other, “Which do you think is farther away... Florida or the moon?”
The other Blonde turns and says, “Helloooooooooo!!! Can you see Florida???”

A POLICE OFFICER STOPPED A BLONDE for speeding and asked her very nicely if he could see her license. She replied in a huff, “I wish you guys would get your act together. Just yesterday you took my license away, and now today you expect me to show it to you!”

A BLONDE WENT INTO A DOCTOR'S OFFICE and said that her body hurt wherever she touched it.
“Impossible!” said the doctor. “Show me.”
The Blonde took her finger, pushed on her left shoulder and screamed, then she pushed her elbow and screamed even more. She pushed her knee and screamed; likewise she pushed her ankle and screamed. Everywhere she touched, she screamed.
The doctor said, “I think I know what’s wrong. Your finger is broken.”

A HIGHWAY PATROLMAN pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the Blonde behind the wheel was knitting!
Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper cranked down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, “PULL OVER!”
“NO!” the Blonde yelled back. “It’s a SCARF!”

A RUSSIAN, AN AMERICAN, AND A BLONDE were talking one day.
The Russian said, “We were the first in space!”
The American said, “But we were the first on the moon!”
The Blonde said, “So what? We're going to be the first on the sun!”
The Russian and the American looked at each other and shook their heads.
“You can't land on the sun, you dummy! You’ll burn up!”
To which the Blonde replied, “We're not stupid, you know. We're going at night!”

A BLONDE WAS PLAYING TRIVIAL PURSUIT one night.
It was her turn. She rolled the dice and she landed on “Science and Nature”.
Her question was, “If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?”
She thought for a time and then asked, “It all depends. Is it on or off?”

A GIRL WAS VISITING HER BLONDE FRIEND, who had acquired two new dogs, and asked her what their names were.
The Blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one was named Timex.
Her friend said, “Whoever heard of giving names like that to dogs?”
“HELLLOOOOOOO!!!” answered the Blonde. “They're watchdogs!”

 

DISCLAIMER: All of the above are jokes! None of them is true! I do not in any way, shape or form think that women (or men) who have blond hair are any more or less intelligent than anyone else. I know of no correlation whatsoever between hair color and intelligence. Some of the smartest and finest people I know are Blondes!
Whew! I hope that gets me off the hook!

stjos/stvdp: 07.06.2014 - 06


Wednesday, 16 July 2014
07:00 to 09:00 p.m.

Trinity Academy cordially invites you to walk the red carpet for the showing of Disney's FROZEN. Popcorn, sno- cones and other refreshments will be served. Get out of the heat and enjoy a bit of cool temperature as we enjoy watching the movie FROZEN.

Please RSVP to cfannick@trinitymatters.com by 14 July if you plan on attending.

We are looking forward to a great night!

Free Admission!
Free will offering will be accepted.

stjos/stvdp: 07.06.2014 - 07


TO:          People who text while they drive
FROM:    Rev. Edward B. Connolly, Pastor
As a civil libertarian, I am happy to defend your civil right to live dangerously and to terminate your life on the highway whenever and however you choose. But please know that I do not by any means — defend your civil right to terminate my life or the lives of any of my loved ones or of any of my fellow human beings whenever and however you choose.
Therefore, please be on notice that it is my fervent prayer that, the next time you text while you drive, you will be pulled over, apprehended, arrested, convicted, fined, thrown into the slammer for at least fifty years, and have your license lifted for at least one hundred years.
Please note also that God and I are fairly good friends and He often grants me what I ask in prayer, as long as it is according to His Will.
I am fairly certain that the above is according to His Will.
Thank you for your kind attention!
If you prefer to receive this message as a text, please let me know.

stjos/stvdp: 07.06.2014 - 08


 

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