MASS SCHEDULE: 31 August- 07 September
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 30 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — NED H. LANG
by the Lang and the Getzey families

Sunday, 31 August
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — JAMES F. NEARY
by Charles and Mary Ann Houser
11:30 am — God’s blessings and health:
BISHOP RONALD W. GAINER
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Monday, 01 September
Weekday
10:00 am — WILLIAM DAVID McCABE
by Kenneth and Helen Wayne

Wednesday, 03 September
St. Gregory the Great, pope, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — HENRY WAYNE
by Mary Alice and Anna McDonald

Friday, 05 September
Bd. Teresa of Calcutta (OptMem)
08:00 am — ROBIN WILLIAMS
by Marilyn Stefanski

Saturday, 06 September
Weekday
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROSALIE BARRETT JAMBETER
by Ron and Jeanne Jones

Sunday, 07 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ELLIE BOXER (53rd anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

 MASS SCHEDULE: 31 August- 07 September
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 30 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by Bernie Yackera

Sunday, 31 August
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — ANTHONY and ANNA NAGY
by John and Gloria Haluska

Tuesday, 02 September
Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 04 September
Weekday
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 06 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — DECEASED: YACKERA FAMILY
by Bernie Yackera

Sunday, 07 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — BERNARD and MILDRED GUDONIS
by Theresa Gudonis

stjos/stvdp: 08.31.2014 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
16 / 17 AUGUST
Including Solemnity of Assumption — 14 / 15 August


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,141.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $92.00 from the plate; $90.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $315.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $223.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,921.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,921.00) 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 $981.61 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $657.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $81.00 from the plate; $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $19.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $369.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $129.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,315.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,315.00) 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 $496.30 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 04 September
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 05 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 02 September
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, 05 September
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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COLLECTION TOTALS: 23 / 24 AUGUST


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,035.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the plate; $96.00 from the Dues envelopes; $77.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,271.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $18.00 from the Missionary Cooperative envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,271.00) 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 $331.61 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $691.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $114.00 from the plate; $20.00 from the Dues envelopes; $51.00 from the loose.
Total: $876.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $81.00 from the Missionary Cooperative envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($876.00) 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 $57.30 is available from this collection for operating the parish.
REPORT ON KEY-TAGS RECEIPTS FROM BOYER’S
For the time period 01 Jan to 30 June 2014
St. Vincent dePaul Parish received a check in the amount of $133.33 from Boyer’s Supermarkets.
St. Joseph Parish received a check in the amount of $201.10 from Boyer’s Supermarkets.
These were the third checks for each parish.
We started with the Key Tag program in May of 2013.
Since then, the total received from Boyer’s is:
$313.42 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish;
$419.47 for St. Joseph Parish.
We appreciate this extra income and we depend on members and friends of the two parishes to use their key tags when they shop at Boyer’s. If you have a key tag, please use it. If you don’t have one, please ask for one. The people who sell the gift cards will give you a key tag if you ask for one. Take additional key tags and give them to friends and neighbors. One does not have to be a member of the parish to use a key tag.
When you ask for a key tag, specify whether you want one for St. Joseph Parish or for St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
Fr. Connolly keeps two key tags on his key ring — one for each parish. When he shops at Boyer’s, he presents one or the other of the key tags.
One percent (1%) of your cash register total is rebated to the parish.
We thank Boyer’s Supermarkets for making this program available to non-profit entities in the community.
LET THERE BE LIGHT! AND THERE WAS LIGHT! Ian, who is not the dullest bulb in God’s chandelier, tells me that he just changed all of the light bulbs in the ceiling of St. Joseph Chapel. What prompted him to do so is that some parishioners had mentioned to him that it was “kind of dark in there”. The bulbs he used are the LED type. He tells me that, although they are expensive, they are “worth it” because they give a brighter illumination AND will save on electricity AND will last for a very long time. I believe everything that Ian tells me. So, if he is correct, please give me the credit. If he is mistaken, please give him the blame.

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“You can get a large audience together for a strip-tease act — that is, to watch a girl undress on the stage. Now suppose you come to a country where you could fill a theatre by simply bringing a covered plate on to the stage and then slowly lifting the cover so as to let everyone see, just before the lights went out, that it contained a mutton chop or a bit of bacon, would you not think that, in that country, something had gone wrong with the appetite for food?”

C.S. Lewis: Mere Christianity, Book III, chapter 5

If you recognize the name “C. S. Lewis”, you know that he was one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century. Many persons (including me) are devotees of his writings and have made it a point to read and re-read everything he has written. Even if you have not read any of his writings, you are, perhaps, familiar with some films that are based on his writings, e.g. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” — part of the “Chronicles of Narnia” series.
Like many Englishmen, Mr. Lewis identified himself professionally by his initials. In case you want to know, the “C. S.” is short for “Clive Staples”. However, his friends called him “Jack”.
The quote at the top of the page comes from one of C. S. Lewis’s best known books, “Mere Christianity”. I recommend it highly. It is easily available at almost any library and from Amazon and other on-line book vendors.
Lewis was a genius in his way of teaching profound truths via simple, picturesque and often humorous ways.
Please read the quote at the top of the page.
At the risk of belaboring the obvious, let me “wax eloquent” about it. What is he saying?
He is saying that there is something terribly odd and even sick going on in a man’s head when he spends time looking at pornographic images.
The appetite for pornography is evidence that a person is SPIRITUALLY WARPED!
Now, please don’t take undue offense at that!
The truth of the matter is that all of us (and I do not, by any means, exclude myself) are SPIRITUALLY WARPED. This is due, at least initially, to the effects of Original Sin. It is due also to our own Actual Sins, all of which serve to reinforce and to cultivate that warped state within us.
The more technical term for being “spiritually warped” is CONCUPISCENCE.
There are seven varieties of CONCUPISCENCE: Pride, Avarice, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Anger and Sloth.
Some persons are more prone to one than to the other. All of us are prone to all of them.
Each of these “capital sins” has its own pathetic subdivisions.
The concupiscence known as “LUST” is manifested in several ways. One of them (very prevalent in our times) is the use of pornography. Another one is “hooking up” without commitment to Faithfulness or to Permanence or to Parenting.
And, of course, another manifestation, one that has gone viral in recent times, is “homosexual activity” also known as “being gay and proud of it” and the abomination of state-licensed sodomy, also known as SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.
All of these — pornography, “hooking up” (aka promiscuity) and “the gay lifestyle” — have a sure destiny, viz eternal damnation, aka Hell.
If you think that this is not true, if you think that this is “cranky and judgmental”, if you think that this is nothing more than “Catholic guilt”, I assure you that you are mistaken — extremely and disastrously mistaken.
All of us must war against the concupiscence that lies within us. Jesus Christ shed His Precious Blood on the cross in order to make it possible for us to win the war. If Lust has any hold on YOU, beg the Lord Jesus to help you to give up pornography, promiscuity, the gay lifestyle or whatever it is that is dragging you to Hell.

stjos/stvdp: 08.31.2014 - 04


LAST CHANCE TO BUY CHANCES ON THE SAINT JOSEPH PARISH GIFT-CARD LOTTERY! As you know — at least we hope you know — we are chancing off tickets for $200.00 worth of GIFT CARDS (Boyer’s or Redner’s). A chance is $2.00 or you can have three for $5.00. They will be on sale after all three of the Masses at St. Joseph’s this weekend. Tomorrow (Labor Day), we will draw the winning ticket
PLEASE NOTE that the Mass in the chapel tomorrow (Labor Day) will be at 10:00 am, not at 08:00 am.
PLEASE NOTE also that the 11:30 am Mass in St. Joseph Church today (31 Aug) will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form, i.e. the Tridentine Mass.
WE FOUND OUT THE NAMES OF “THE MYSTERY PRIESTS” whose photos were in last weekend’s bulletin. We’re not sure who the person is who identified them. (He didn’t leave his name — which, come to think of it, opens up another mystery!)
The priest on the left of the page is Father Thomas Kane.
The priest on the right of the page is Father Michael A. Boyle, 7th pastor of St. Joseph Parish.
Personal note: I remember serving Mass for Father Thomas Kane when I was a little boy in Most Precious Blood Church in Philadelphia! If memory serves me correctly, he was not stationed in that parish, but he was a frequent visitor.
I remember that he said Mass faster than any priest I ever knew!
It was all I could do to keep up with him when I was an altar boy.
Obviously, I have not taken after him, at least not in that respect.
THREE PERSONS FROM THE DIOCESAN FINANCIAL OFFICE will be visiting Fr. Connolly in the afternoon of 19 September in order to speak about the financial statuses and, I presume, about the real estate of our two parishes. I presume that they hope to get a clearer picture of the viability (or non-viability) of the parishes. I am too old to get anxious about such things, but I do admit to having my antennae up for what they might have to say. Just so you know, I am not the only one getting this special visit. They were up to see Msgr. Glosser this past week. Father Finlan told me that he is also scheduled for a visit from them. I also spoke with Father Bambrick. He is scheduled for a visit from the same persons in the morning of 19 September.
Something is brewing.
Do I think that this has something to do with parish mergers / consolidations?
Yes, I do. On the other hand, I do not know this for a fact.
I shall keep you informed.
Stay tuned for further developments.
As it says somewhere in the New Testament (I don’t have time right now to look it up): “We have not here a lasting city!”

stjos/stvdp: 08.31.2014 - 05


A LITTLE BOY was attending his first wedding. After the Mass, his cousin asked him, "How many women can a man marry?"
"Sixteen," the boy responded.
His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly. "How do you know that?"
"Easy," the little boy said. "All you have to do is add it up, like the priest said: Four better, four worse, four richer, four poorer."
AFTER MASS one Sunday morning, a little boy said to his mother, "Mom, I've decided to become a priest like Fr. Connolly when I grow up."
"That's fine with me, honey, but what made you decide that?"
"Well," said the little boy, "I have to go to Mass on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen."
A SIX-YEAR-OLD was overheard reciting the Lord's Prayer at Mass: "And forgive us our trash passes, as we forgive those who passed trash against us."
AN ALTAR BOY was watching the priest before Mass as he jotted down some notes for his homily.
"How do you know what to say?" he asked.
"God tells me" said the priest.
"Well, then why do you keep crossing things out?"
A LITTLE GIRL BECAME RESTLESS as Fr. Connolly’s homily dragged on and on. Finally, she leaned over to her mother and whispered, "Mommy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?"
THE CCD TEACHER ASKED, "Now, Johnny, tell me the truth. Do you say your prayers before you eat?"
"No ma'am," replied Johnny. “I don't have to. My mom is a good cook."
A LITTLE GIRL WAS SITTING on her grandfather's lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again.
Finally she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God make you?"
"Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God made me a long time ago."
"Oh," she paused, "Grandpa, did God make me too?"
"Yes, indeed, honey," he said, "God made you just a little while ago."
K of C TO HONOR LOCAL LAD WHO DOES US PROUD!
The Schuylkill County Knights of Columbus councils plan to have an “Exemplary Service Award” event on Sunday, 12 October 2014. This testimonial will recognize the achievements of Michael J. O’Connor of the Frackville Council #2580, who was recently appointed SUPREME TREASURER for the Knights of Columbus. Preparations are underway. There is a committee made up of representatives from each of the eight K of C councils in Schuylkill County. The event will be held at St. Nicholas Hall, Primrose. There will be a Solemn Mass at 04:00 pm, followed by a social hour and dinner. The price of admission is $25.00 per person. Full-page ads are available in the program booklet for $100.00; half-page ads for $50.00; quarter-page ads for $25.00. Patron ads are available for $10.00. This latter is an inexpensive way for individuals (Knights and friends of the K of C) to support the event and to honor Mike. Tickets and information are available from the Grand Knight of the Girardville Council [Wade O. Richards] and from the Treasurer of same [Philip DeLuca]. Wade can be reached at 570-985-8313 and Phil at 570-933-2842.

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 ABORTION

I have a particular reason for including this article in the bulletin. First of all, please note that it was written by a man named Tertullian who lived a VERY long time ago. His dates are given as AD 160 to 225. He is one of the Fathers of the Church. His writings have come down to the present day
I remember a conversation I had with a friend of mine — a practicing Catholic — who seemed to me to be “not entirely sold” on the Church’s firm teaching about the immorality of abortion, especially about “early term abortion”. One of the things this gentleman said to me was that the Church never taught that the soul is present in the newly conceived embryo from the moment of conception. I think my friend was willing to admit that the soul (somehow or other) was infused into the embryo or fetus at some point later than conception, perhaps at implantation, perhaps even later.
I told him that he was mistaken and that the Church has always taught that the life of the unborn child is sacred from the moment of conception. This lengthy quotation from the works of Tertullian gives us firm evidence that there was explicit Church teaching, as far back as the third century, that conception in the Fallopian tube and ensoulment are simultaneous.
Note also the explicitness of the detail in Tertullian’s description of surgical abortion. It makes the blood run cold!

In our case, a murder being once for all forbidden,
we may not destroy even the fetus in the womb,
while as yet the human being derives blood from the other parts of the body for its sustenance. To hinder a birth is merely a speedier homicide;
nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born,
or destroy one that is coming to birth.
That is [already] a human being which is going to be one;
you have the fruit already in its seed.
Among surgeons’ tools there is a certain instrument,
which is formed with a nicely-adjusted flexible frame
for opening the uterus first of all and keeping it open;
it is further furnished with an annular blade,
by means of which the limbs [of the child] within the womb are dissected
with anxious but unfaltering care;
its last appendage being a blunted or covered hook,
wherewith the entire fetus is extracted by a violent delivery.
There is also [another instrument in the shape of] a copper needle or spike,
by which the actual death is managed in this furtive robbery of life.
They give it, from its infanticide function, the name of embruosphaktes,
[which means] "the slayer of the infant," which of course was alive.
The doctors who performed abortions all knew well enough
that a living being had been conceived,
and [they] pitied this most luckless infant state,
which had first to be put to death, to escape being tortured alive.
Now we allow that life begins with conception because we contend that the soul also begins from conception, life taking its commencement at the same moment and place that the soul does.
The law of Moses, indeed, punishes with due penalties
the man who shall cause abortion [Ex. 21:22–24].

Tertullian

stjos/stvdp: 08.31.2014 - 07


SOMETHING JESUS
DID NOT SAY!!!

He did not say: “Woman, has no man condemned you? Then neither do I condemn you. Now you go home and keep doin’ whatever it was you were doin’. If it feels right to you in your heart, then you know it’s okay with God! Find your own truth and follow it!”

Everybody — and his grandmother — knows that Jesus was merciful to the woman caught in the very act of adultery, apparently much to the distress of the Pharisees who had brought her to Him. If you want to refresh your memory, go read the passage: John 8, 1-11.
They were hoping to put Jesus in a tight spot. They were hoping to get Him to say something nutsy right wingish or else nutsy left wingish. Either would do! For example:
(a) Nutsy right-wingish: “Yes! Moses did say that such women should be stoned to death. So, let’s get going! Somebody hand me a stone! What are we waiting for? Let’s make an example out of her! Let’s score some points for marital fidelity!”
(b) Nutsy left-wingish: “Oh, golly gee whiz, guys, don’t make such a big deal out of what two consenting adults do in private! Moses gave those yucky ‘thou shalt nots’ way back in the BCs. Now we’re living in the ADs. So, let’s not be so vindictive! She made a mistake, that’s all. Just drop the matter and let her go!”
But here is what He did say: “Woman, has no man condemned you? Then neither do I condemn you. Go now, but don’t commit this sin anymore.”

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