MASS SCHEDULE: 19 - 26 April

Saturday, 18 April
Vigil of Sunday
by Rosemary Zelli

Sunday, 19 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
by her family

Monday, 20 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on ANTHONY BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 22 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — CHERYL GOEBEL
by Eileen Croake Wayne and sons

Friday, 24 April
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on ANNA STANISLAVA ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 25 April
St. Mark, evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Patrick and Loretta Birster and Mary Monastuski
Vigil of Sunday
by his brother-in-law, Joe Muredda

Sunday, 26 April
4th Sunday of Easter
10:00 am — BOB and AG SCULLY
by their family
by Eileen Croake Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 19 - 26 April

Saturday, 18 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOAN GORMAS
by her husband, Vince, and her daughter, Mary Anne

Sunday, 19 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
by Charles and Kathleen Sherman

Tuesday, 21 April
St. Anselm, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on LUKE
by Nana and Pop

Thursday, 23 April
St. George, martyr; St. Adalbert, bishop, martyr (OptMems)
by Alice Chiaretti
Saturday, 25 April
Vigil of Sunday
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 26 April
4th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — PETER SMOLOCK
(90th anniversary of birth)
by John and Joanie Smolock

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2015 - 01

11 /12 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,350.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $55.00 from the plate; $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $274.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $85.00 from the Easter envelopes; $68.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,897.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $5.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,897.00) 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 ($308.04), the sum total of which is $889.26, one sees that $1,007.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $844.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $80.00 from the plate; $187.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $77.00 from the Dues envelopes; $9.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $110.00 from the Easter envelopes; $143.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,450.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $58.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,450.00) 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 ($215.85), the sum total of which is $783.57, one sees that $666.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 21 April
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 23 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 24 April
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 21 April
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, 24 April
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: 04.19.2015 - 02


I sent Ian over to St. Vincent dePaul Church on Friday evening, 17 April, after the wedding rehearsal, with the request that he take an impromptu photo of the young couple whose wedding was scheduled for 02:00 pm the next day — Saturday, 18 April.
By the time anyone reads this bulletin, Adam and Jessica will already have become husband and wife.
So, we present them to you now — drum roll, please:

Brothers and Sisters, let us greet the newly married couple,

Adam is the son of John H. and Darlene L. (Hassinger) Straub.
Jessica is the daughter of John P. and Joan L. (Vesay) Smolock.
Adam and Jessica have pledged themselves to a faithful marriage, a permanent marriage and (if God sees fit) a fruitful marriage — in short, a valid (and sacramental) marriage.
We invoke upon them the blessings of Almighty God and we commend them to the prayers of our dear mother, Mary, and her holy husband, Joseph.

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2015 - 03


What is the Mass?
The Mass is the sacrifice of the New Law in which Christ, through the ministry of the priest, offers Himself to God in an un-bloody manner under the appearances of bread and wine.
Who said the first Mass?
Our Divine Savior said the first Mass, at the Last Supper, the night before he died. At the Last Supper, Jesus Christ offered Himself up as a sacrifice to the Eternal Father, under the appearances of bread and wine. The following day, Jesus Christ consummated that Sacrifice by freely submitting Himself to His Passion and death by crucifixion at the hands of the Jews.
Is the Mass a real sacrifice?
The Mass is a real sacrifice, for in it a Victim is offered up for the purpose of reconciling man with God. Our Lord caused His passion and death to enter into the institution of the Mass, thereby joining them as one.
Why is the Mass the same sacrifice as the Sacrifice of the Cross?
The Mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross, because in the Mass the victim is the same, and the principal Priest is the same, Jesus Christ. The Mass is the very same sacrifice which was offered up at the Last Supper, and consummated on Calvary; it is the living renewal of the sacrifice of the cross. The Mass is no mere remembrance or memorial of Calvary; it actually renews, in the separate consecration of the bread and wine, the death of the Lord, the separation of His Body and Blood. The principal priest in every Mass is Jesus Christ, who offers to His heavenly Father, through the ministry of His ordained priest, His body and blood which were sacrificed on the cross.
What is the Holy Eucharist?
The Holy Eucharist is a sacrament and a sacrifice in which Our Savior Jesus Christ, body and blood, soul and divinity, is contained, offered, and received under the appearances of bread and wine. Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper the night before He died. When our Lord said, "This is My Body," the entire substance of the bread was changed into His Body; and when he said "This is My Blood," the entire substance of the wine was changed into His Blood. After the substance of the bread and wine had been changed, only the appearances of bread and wine remained. (By the appearances of bread and wine we mean their color, taste, weight, shape, and whatever else appears to the senses.)
Why do we believe that Christ changed bread and wine into His own Body and Blood?
We believe that Christ changed bread and wine into His own Body and Blood, because:
His words clearly say so. At the Last Supper He said "This is My Body," not "This is a symbol of My Body," or "This represents My Body."
Previously, on the day after the first multiplication of the loaves and fishes, Our Lord had promised to give His Flesh to eat and His Blood to drink. On this occasion, it is clear that the Jews took Our Lord's words literally. Many of the disciples left Jesus and "walked no more with Him," because they could not believe such a thing as He promised. But Jesus, although very sad at their leaving, did not take back his words or explain them differently. "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has life everlasting and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed." (John 6:54-56).
The Apostles understood that Christ meant His words at the Last Supper to be literal. St. Paul writes: "The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not the sharing of the blood of Christ? and the bread that we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord?... Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily, will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the cup' for he who eats and drinks unworthily, without distinguishing the body, eats and drinks judgement to himself." (1 Cor. 10:16; 11:27-29).
It has been the continuous belief of Christians from the beginning of Christianity. St. Augustine said, “Our Lord held Himself in His own hands, when He gave His Body to the disciples." It was only in the 16th century that Protestants, breaking away from the True Church, denied it and introduced a different doctrine.

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2015 - 04

THE DRAWING OF THE TICKET FOR THE EASTER BASKET took place last Sunday (12 April) after the 11:30 am Mass.
“Okay” you say “so get to the point! Who won?”
Now here’s the strange thing.
We can’t tell you yet who won, because we decided that that particular drawing was invalid.
Who is the “we” who decided that it was invalid?
The “we” was yours truly, the pastor.
(I use the editorial “we” so that people will think that I am a committee!)
To explain why it was invalid would take up more bulletin space than I care to dedicate to the subject, but all I can say is TRUST ME!
If you want the boring details, you can ask Wade-O or else you can ask Ian.
So, we are going to have a repeat drawing today (Sunday, 19 April) after the 11:30 am Mass, and we shall make certain that this drawing is valid!!!
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN are reminded that they are to have their second (of six) meetings with Fr. Connolly at 07:00 pm on Tuesday, 21 April, in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. Please be there and be on time!

TOMORROW (20 April) will be the 119th Boston Marathon. In case you don’t know much about the Boston Marathon, here are some helpful, but very basic, questions and answers.
What is the Boston Marathon?
It is a marathon.
Where is the Boston Marathon?
In Boston.
What is a marathon?
A marathon is a footrace of 26.2 miles.
What is a mile?
A mile is a unit of measurement equal to 5,280 feet.
Why don't we use the metric system, like everyone else?
We just don't.
So how far is the Boston Marathon?
It's a marathon, so: 26.2 miles. See above.
Where is it, again?
Is that the Boston in Massachusetts?
Is running the Boston Marathon difficult?
How do the runners know where to go? Are there arrows or signs or something?
Is the Boston Marathon free?
Not even for kids?
Does the Boston Marathon happen every day? Or just on some days?
The Boston Marathon happens once each year, on Patriots' Day.

I used to work with a guy who ran the Boston Marathon, and he still owes me 40 bucks. Do you have his number?
I haven't trained and am not registered and also I'm pretty drunk. Can I run the Boston Marathon?
May I drive my car on the marathon route?
No, you may not.
How about my truck?
Does eating chocolate cause acne?
No. That is an old wives' tale.
Can I rent out the Boston Marathon for a birthday party?
How does the Boston Marathon differ from, say, a lobster roll?
One is a footrace of 26.2 miles. The other is food.
Could I start my own race, and call it the Boston Marathon?
Does the Boston Marathon have a long and storied history?
Just because.


stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2015 - 05

Effective weekend of 18 / 19 April:
The 05:30 pm vigil Mass on Saturday will be in the chapel —
“until further notice”.
The 11:30 am Mass on Sunday will remain in the upper church —
until there is a change in the weather.
This is in deference to the request of several parishioners.


* Just in case you fell asleep in Latin class, this means:
“The Voice of the People is the Voice of God!”

The possession of understanding and knowledge is produced by the soul’s settling down out of the restlessness natural to it. Hence, too, in learning and in forming judgments on matters relating to their sense-perceptions children are inferior to adults owing to the great amount of restlessness and motion in their souls.”


I STUMBLED ACROSS THESE WORDS OF ARISTOTLE and, for some reason, they made me smile. As you know, Aristotle is universally considered to be one of the all-time smartest dudes who ever walked the planet. He was a student of Plato, who had been a student of Socrates. He was a tutor to Alexander the Great, when Alex was a child.
Aristotle was, perhaps, the greatest of all the ancient Greek philosophers. He was born in 384 BC and died in 322 BC. His works were highly influential on the thinking of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Philosophers have a way of observing the commonplace realities of life and then explaining the “why” behind the commonplace realities.
All of us have observed that little children — we affectionately call them “rugrats” — are restless, easily distracted, easily bored, constantly mobile, prone to incurring injuries and, sometimes, inflicting collateral damage on their peers — not necessarily “on purpose”. Little children can drive their poor parents bananas, and often do! This is not to mention their teachers and grandparents and other caregivers.
Did you ever wonder WHY?
Well, we give you Aristotle’s analysis: Kids are inferior to adults! (That sentence sure doesn’t win Aristotle any trophies for political correctness!) This inferiority is due to the great amount of restlessness and motion in their souls.
I’m not really sure that Aristotle’s analysis serves much to advance our understanding of the restlessness of little children, but it should, at least, helps us to resign ourselves to it. Being resigned to the restlessness of little children does not serve to remove the restlessness, but it does serve to keep us from getting bent out of shape about it. It’s always good to know the difference between what I can change and what I simply have to accept.
May all the dear little children who inflict their restlessness upon their long-suffering parents live long enough to be afflicted, eventually, by the restlessness of their own little children.
I think this would be known as Karma.

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2015 - 06

is it possible that he / she will still go to Hell?
In other words,

I strongly suggest that you read these words and try your best to understand them. There is a great deal of false teaching going on among persons who call themselves “Christians”, including, unfortunately, some persons who present themselves as leaders in the Church. Yes, this includes even some Catholic priests who have, for all practical purposes, separated themselves from the Magisterium (teaching authority) of the Church. They are blind leaders of the blind!
First of all, let me answer the questions:

Yes, it is possible for a person to go to Hell,
even if he / she has faith in Jesus!
No, Faith alone is not sufficient to save a person!

The contrary answers were part of the tragic heresies of Martin Luther and of other rebels against the Catholic Church. It is fairly typical of Protestantism to tell people that it doesn’t really matter in the long run what kinds of lives they live, just as long as they have faith in Jesus.
This is absolutely false!
Please take a look at this teaching from the Council of Trent. Be patient with the “old fashioned language”. Try to understand it!

That, by every mortal sin, grace is lost, but not faith.

In opposition also to the subtle wits of certain men, who, by pleasing speeches and good words, seduce the hearts of the innocent, it is to be maintained, that the received grace of Justification is lost, not only by infidelity whereby even faith itself is lost, but also by any other mortal sin whatever, though faith be not lost; thus defending the doctrine of the divine law, which excludes from the kingdom of God not only the unbelieving, but the faithful also (who are) fornicators, adulterers, effeminate, liers with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, railers, extortioners, and all others who commit deadly sins; from which, with the help of divine grace, they can refrain, and on account of which they are separated from the grace of Christ.

Let me try to summarize the teaching in terms that are more accessible:
When a person is baptized, he / she receives the VIRTUE OF SUPERNATURAL FAITH, together with the GIFT OF SANCTIFYING GRACE. In other words, he / she is both JUSTIFIED and SANCTIFIED in the sight of God. In order to be saved, that person must retain both the VIRTUE of SUPERNATURAL FAITH and the GIFT OF SANCTIFYING GRACE. Persons who die without the VIRTUE OF SUPERNATURAL FAITH cannot be saved.
However — and this is the crucial point — persons who die while still retaining the VIRTUE OF SUPERNATURAL FAITH but having forfeited the GIFT OF SANCTIFYING GRACE by unrepented mortal sin are also numbered among those who are damned for all eternity!
Therefore, as Trent teaches, not only are Unbelievers excluded from Eternal Life, but also Believers who die unrepentant of their mortal sins! As Trent teaches, this includes (but is not limited to) fornicators, adulterers, “effeminate” (meaning passive sodomites), “liers with mankind” (meaning active sodomites), thieves, covetous, drunkards, “railers” (meaning cursers) and extortioners. I strongly urge those who do not go to Confession to do so, especially if you are aware of having committed mortal sin. Your faith alone will not guarantee your salvation. You must be restored to sanctifying grace! You come to restoration by means of repentance and confession. Do not think: “Well, I believe in Jesus, so all is well with my soul!” Not true!

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2015 - 07

This is a photo of the St. George window in St. Vincent dePaul Church.
This coming Thursday (23 April) we observe the Memorial of Saint George.
George lived in the 3rd century. He was an officer in the service of the Roman Empire.
He was put to death under the Emperor Diocletian for refusing to abandon the Christian Faith.
Apparently, there was some historical event in which he was called upon to kill a “dragon” — which was probably a crocodile that was threatening the lives and safety of villagers.
People have a way of picking out one relatively minor event in a person’s life and making it the centerpiece of that person’s life. Be that as it may, the story of St. George is now inseparable from the story of how he slew the “dragon”. But this is all part of the divine plan. We do well to understand the deeper meaning. And what might that deeper meaning be? Well, it’s fairly obvious. Dragons and serpents are often used as symbols of the diabolical. All of us have to contend with the diabolical, in one way or other. As the Book of Revelation tells us, the Dragon lurks by the seashore, looking to make war on the children of the Woman (who is Mary or the Church or both).
All of us have our own particular dragons to slay.
Men, in particular, need to slay the DRAGON OF LUST that rises up to afflict them.
We invoke the prayers of St. George the Dragon-slayer on behalf of all men and boys who desire to be chaste, but find themselves tempted by pornography. Pornography is, indeed, one of the principal tools wherewith the Dragon tries to drag (pun intended!) its victims into the cesspool of unchastity.

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2015 - 08


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