MASS SCHEDULE: 10 - 17 August
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 09 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — TOMEE L. GOWER
(14th anniversary)
by her family

Sunday, 10 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — RAYMOND WAYNE
by his son, Henry (+) and Eileen

Monday, 11 August
St. Clare, virgin (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health: DOLORES COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 13 August
SS. Pontian, pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — Rev. THOMAS A. HORAN
rescheduled from 06 August

Thursday, 14 August
Vigil of the Assumption (Sol)
04:00 pm — Rev. DAVID F. CZARTORYNSKI
by EBC

Friday, 15 August
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
07:00 pm — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Saturday, 16 August
St. Stephen of Hungary (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on ANTHONY BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — THOMAS, MARGARET and CHARLIE MORAN
by Mary Clarke Brown

Sunday, 17 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — In honor of OUR LADY OF KNOCK
by the Women of the AOH

 MASS SCHEDULE: 10 - 17 August
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 09 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE (6th anniversary)
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Sunday, 10 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Tuesday, 12 August
St. Jane Frances deChantal, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — MARLENE PARFITT
by Henry (+) and Eileen Wayne

Thursday, 14 August
Vigil of the Assumption (Sol)
07:00 pm — PETER SMOLOCK
by Eva Smolock

Friday, 15 August
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
12:00 noon — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Saturday, 16 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ALBERT GILLIS
by M / M John Gillis

Sunday, 17 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — LORETTA, LOUIS and BOBBY MILLER
by Theresa Gudonis

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
02 / 03 AUGUST


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $905.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $53.00 from the plate; $259.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $40.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,262.00
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 ($1,262.00) 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 $322.61 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $757.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the plate; $184.00 from the Dues envelopes; $140.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,127.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $10.00 from the Central and Eastern Europe envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,127.00) 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 $308.30 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 12 August
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 14 August
03:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 14 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 15 August
11:00 am to 12:00 noon
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 12 August
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST will be hearing confessions in St. Vincent dePaul Church and in St. Joseph Chapel this week. Please see the schedule on page 02 of this bulletin.
We were fortunate in being able to schedule Him for five hours this week instead of the usual three. Apparently, He is particularly interested in hearing your confession this week.
I think it is due to the fact that the Church celebrates this week (15 Aug) the Solemnity of His Beloved Mother’s Assumption, Body and Soul, into Heaven.
Her Assumption was one of the greatest joys that Jesus ever experienced — and continues to experience!
It was followed up by His crowning of her as Queen of the Universe.
(The Church is not able to celebrate everything all at once, so she spreads things out. She will celebrate the Queenship of Mary a week later, viz. 22 August).
Jesus wants to hear your confession and absolve you of your sins so as to show you to His Mother. He will present you to her and say, “See, Mother! I make all things new!”
He will tell her, “This son / daughter of yours used to be foul with sin. Now see how beautiful he / she is once again!”
Now, let me clarify something, lest you be disappointed!
When you come in to the confession room, you will not see Jesus as you picture Him from countless holy images you have seen. All you will see is a rather drab and ordinary Catholic priest.
But don’t be put off by that!
That’s just a disguise. Somewhat like the bread and wine you think you see when you receive the Holy Eucharist.
The priest, in the act of absolving you from sin, is Jesus Christ.
It’s not magic. It’s not smoke and mirrors. It’s a sacrament. A sacrament, as you recall, is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace, to increase and, in many cases, to restore the divine image in you and me.
Jesus will be looking forward to seeing you in the Confession Room this week.

stjos/stvdp: 08.10.2014 - 03



What’s Wrong with
In Vitro Fertilization?

One of the most difficult teachings of the Church for people to understand is the rejection of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). What could the Catholic Church possibly have against bringing new life into the world? Isn’t it supposed to be universally pro-life?
Contributing to the confusion surrounding this question is that many people have been given deeply unsatisfactory answers to our title question by well-meaning but uninformed people. So, for example, one may hear something like, “If God wanted you to have a baby, it would happen naturally. We can’t play God.”
Such answers completely miss the point. They don’t simply rule out IVF, but any medical intervention at all which aims at increasing a couple’s chance of conceiving a child. But the Catholic Church does not oppose medical interventions in general, not even in the area of reproduction. In fact, medical interventions, when indicated, are positively encouraged. The Church wants infertile couples to be able to have babies! (See the links below for more info on this.) But it is a bridge too large to infer that, because babies are a good thing, any way of creating one must be good as well. Indeed, we can all imagine ways of making a baby that are obviously immoral.
IVF is not rejected because the Church rejects medical interventions in fertility as a whole. Nor is it simply dismissed as “unnatural”, another common misconception about Catholic teaching in this area. (Reliance on such terminology, at least when used without further explanation, is less than helpful because “natural” and “unnatural” are very elastic terms which can mean any number of things, both good and bad. Are eyeglasses natural? Is fornication unnatural? Answering such questions depends entirely upon defining “natural” in a precise and consistent way.)
Rather, IVF is rejected because, whether it is intended or not by the would-be parents or their doctors, it subtly teaches us that children are something akin to products. That is to say, by removing the procreative act from the context of a loving relationship, it “produces” children technologically. But the products of our technological expertise are also subject to manipulation and even destruction by the same expertise.
Again, this is not to say that this is at all what is intended by couples and doctors. The Church is not accusing persons who resort to IVF in their desperation to achieve a very great good — a child — of ill will. But intended or not, acts have consequences.
I have not, to this point, mentioned that an additional problem with IVF is the production of many embryos, only a small minority of which will be brought to term. The rest will be destroyed or frozen (perhaps / probably to be destroyed later). Of course, the Catholic Church has very serious concerns about a practice that knowingly produces several unique human beings that will be destroyed as part of a process to produce one or more unique human beings that will be nurtured and cared for.

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I did not mention this earlier because it is important to be honest about the fact that the Catholic Church would oppose IVF even if it were not connected to the mass destruction of embryonic life. The Church would not reverse its view of IVF even if a method which produced no embryonic casualties were to be devised.
So why do I mention it now? Because it is often very difficult for us to see how things that we do not intend might come to pass despite our best intentions. Many Catholics would balk at the idea that the consequence of separating procreation from the loving act of the spouses is the eventual willingness to manipulate and even destroy life because it has come to function in our imaginations as a technological product rather than an inviolable gift from God.
But does not the fact that we are willing to countenance the death and destruction of a great majority of embryos produced by IVF in order to overcome infertility indicate that the mentality against which the Church is warning us is actually impossible to avoid once children become products?
The Church has always taught that, for an act to be good, it must be both well-intentioned and good (or at least neutral) in itself. A good act, like, say, giving to the poor, can be vitiated of its goodness by a bad intention, say, looking good in front of your colleagues. And a good intention can be undermined by a bad act itself because no matter how well intentioned, bad acts will have their consequences.
In a case like IVF, where there is such an obvious good outcome (a child to love and nurture), it is easy to tell ourselves that our good intentions could not possibly lead in directions we ourselves would reject. The destruction of most IVF embryos is not, in itself, the reason that the Church rejects the practice, but the fact that those who resort to IVF are not dissuaded from doing so by this fact is proof that the Church is right about what the act itself teaches us about the value of human life.

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Options for the treatment of infertility that do not have the same moral pitfalls as IVF are available. Furthermore, they are generally more affordable and more effective than IVF. See here:

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=7810

Anyone interested in NaPro technology to treat infertility can start here:

http://www.naprotechnology.com/

NaProTechnology is shorthand for “Natural Procreative Technology”. I recommend that any married couples who have been trying to conceive a child but have not yet been successful take the time to acquaint themselves with NaProTechnology. The link given above would be a good place to start.
You know, I hope, that I would not recommend it if it were not approved by the Catholic Church!

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HERE WE GO AGAIN!
The following appeared in the 08 August edition of “Thunder / Enlightening” in the Pottsville Republican. First of all (as usual) we hear from an anonymous caller and then we hear a hearty “Amen” from the Commentator — who is not a nice guy, even though he is a Nyce guy. I can’t help myself! I have to comment!

 

To all the people complaining about churches: You don’t need a building. That’s all a church is, a building. You can pray to God and worship God in an open field or in a hole or wherever. He hears your prayers no matter where you’re at.

Pottsville

Amen!

Commentator

My comment: I showed this to a friend of mine. He made a sage observation (and I quote): “In my experience, most people who say things like ‘I can pray to God in the woods, or at the beach. I don't need to go to no church to do it’ usually do not pray to God in the woods or at the beach.”
I think I’ll add the following to my friend’s observation: In my experience, most people who are in the custom of going to church to pray to God are also in the custom of praying to God in the woods and the beach and the hills and the valleys and the highways and the byways and the bedroom and the kitchen and the bathtub and in the holes — whatever holes they happen to find themselves in, not too many I hope, maybe mine holes, maybe foxholes?”
I don’t know what prompted the Commentator to give such a hearty “Amen!” to this particular caller’s observation. I think it might be his way of justifying his own disdain for the Church and for “organized religion”.
Anyone who knows anything about the Bible knows that the Son of God did not come among us in order to say, “Listen, guys and gals. I want you all to be nice to one another. Now I’m going back to Heaven and I’ll come back to take you all with Me as long as you’ve been nice to one another.”
No! He came among us in order to ORGANIZE us, in order to ESTABLISH THE CHURCH and then, having established THE CHURCH, He suffered and died for THE CHURCH and then He rose again from the dead for the sake of THE CHURCH and then He ascended into Heaven, promising that He would be with THE CHURCH until the end of time and then He sent His Holy Spirit down upon THE CHURCH! At the end of time, He will gather THE CHURCH to himself. While it is true that THE CHURCH is not identical with any particular building and is not essentially dependent on buildings, nevertheless it is certainly convenient to have a few buildings in which we members of THE CHURCH can meet in order to protect us from the elements, so that we can worship God with some decorum. Watch out for silly people who say that you don’t need the Church, that it’s just “God and me”.
EXTRA ECCLESIAM NULLA SALUS EST. That’s Latin. It’s Catholic doctrine. It means “WITHOUT THE CHURCH THERE IS NO SALVATION.”

stjos/stvdp: 08.10.2014 - 06


CONFIRMATION

As already mentioned in a previous edition of the bulletin, Bishop Barres will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to the children (8th graders) of Ashland, Frackville, Girardville and Gordon on Tuesday, 14 October.
What we did not specify in the previous announcement were the time and the place.
So, please know that the time of the Confirmation will be 04:30 pm.
The place will be Saint Joseph Church, Ashland.
This past year Bishop Cullen administered Confirmation in Saint Joseph Church, Girardville.
The Chancery (Allentown) chooses the date and the time.
The local pastors choose the place.
As far as I know — although I will have to double-check with Mr. Wascavage — we have nine 8th graders in Girardville who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. This number is subject to change.
LET ME SAY A FEW WORDS HERE in the hope that they make perfect sense to everyone who reads them:
• If a person willingly receives the Sacrament of Confirmation, it is taken for granted that he or she is practicing the Catholic Faith or, at the very, very least, intends to resume practicing the Catholic Faith.
• Practicing the Catholic Faith necessarily involves a commitment to attend Mass every Sunday and to go to Confession with some regularity.
• It would be highly unusual — but a marvelous work of grace — if a 13 or 14 year old child were to go to Mass every Sunday without parental supervision and example. Therefore, it is taken for granted that the parents (or, at least, one of the parents) of a child who is going to be confirmed are (is) practicing the Faith.
• If a 13 or 14 year old child refuses to go to Mass every Sunday and if neither parent obliges him or her to go to Mass every Sunday, then I say that it is a MORTAL SIN on the part of the parents to present the child for Confirmation. It might be a mortal sin for the child himself (herself) to receive Confirmation without the commitment to practice the Faith. The only reason I say “might” if that I am not certain how God judges 13 and 14 year olds! Maybe they get a break because of their immaturity. Then, again, maybe not. But they are certainly being set up for mortal sin in their adult lives, together with the dreadful possibility of the loss of eternal salvation.
Are these “tough words”? Yes, no doubt they are!
Are they “true words”? Yes, no doubt they are!
St. Paul tells us that we must “examine ourselves” before receiving the Holy Eucharist.
All the more so, before receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.

 GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2014
$99.50 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$135.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit so far for 2014
$748.00 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$953.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$2,865.50 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$3,320.50 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!

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 Friday, 15 August
THE ASSUMPTION
of
the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Body and Soul,
into Heaven

A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION

MASS SCHEDULE

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

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

The following is an excerpt from the Apostolic Constitution, Munificentissimus Deus, issued on 01 November 1950:

By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.
Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which we have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith.
Given at Rome, at St. Peter's, in the year of the great Jubilee, 1950, on the first day of the month of November, on the Feast of All Saints, in the twelfth year of our pontificate.

PIUS XI

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