MASS SCHEDULE: 28 September - 05 October
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 27 September
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ALICE WAYNE
by her son, Henry (+) and his wife, Eileen

Sunday, 28 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — Deceased: OTTERBEIN and LANDERS FAMILIES
by the families
11:30 am — Rev. THOMAS J. KERESTUS
by EBC

Monday, 29 September
SS. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels (Fst)
08:00 am — JOSEPH A. CATIZONE
by Thomasine Moran

Wednesday, 01 October
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOHN MUREDDA
by his son, Joseph

Friday, 03 October
Weekday
08:00 am — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Ken and Helen Wayne

Saturday, 04 October
St. Francis of Assisi, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — AUGUST BOXER
(anniversary of birth)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 05 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOHN and ROSE DANOWSKY
by the Rizzardi family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 28 September - 05 October
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 27 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARION LECKNER TERESAVAGE
by Muriel Pucetas and son, William

Sunday, 28 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOSEPH, JOHN and FRANK WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 30 September
St. Jerome, priest, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — HELEN SEDOR DIAMOND
by Joe Diamond

Thursday, 02 October
The Holy Guardian Angels (OblMem)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 04 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
(6th anniversary)
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 05 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — PETER SMOLOCK
by American Legion Post #792

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
20 / 21 SEPTEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $2,113.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $65.00 from the plate; $120.00 from the Dues envelopes; $87.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $37.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,422.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $102.00 from the Missionary Cooperative collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,422.00) 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 $1,482.61 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $510.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $102.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $36.00 from the loose.
Total: $668.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $139.00 from the Missionary Cooperative collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($668.00) 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 ($150.70) is available from this collection for operating the parish. THIS IS A DEFICIT!

PLEASE NOTE: The amounts listed above for the Missionary Cooperative collection were taken from the plate and the loose collections. We had mentioned last weekend that “a generous portion” of these collections would count for the MC collection. We decided to designate half of the totals for this purpose.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 02 October
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 03 October
03:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 30 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

THIS WEEK, THERE WILL NOT BE THE USUAL EXPOSITION / CONFESSIONS ON FRIDAY EVENING. THIS IS DUE TO A COMMITMENT THAT THE PASTOR HAS FOR A WEDDING REHEARSAL IN TAMAQUA.

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JOSEPHINE (CUCINOTTA) MONGIELLO
died on Saturday, 20 September, at the age of 93.
She is the mother of Fr. Anthony P. Mongiello, pastor of St. Joseph Parish from 1994 to 2000.
May God grant her the reward of eternal life.
If you wish to send Fr. Mongiello a note or a Mass card, you can address it as follows:

Rev. Anthony P. Mongiello
Saint Anne Rectory
450 Washington Avenue
Bethlehem PA 18017-5944

 
JOSEPH ANTHONY CATIZONE
13 September 1949 — 18 September 2014
We commend him to God!
(See page 04 of the 21 September 2014 parish bulletin)
MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE COLLECTION
As of this past week, according to Ginny, who keeps excellent records, there have been just a few Missionary Cooperative envelopes turned in from St. Joseph Parish and even fewer from St. Vincent dePaul Parish. So, what I am asking everyone to do is this: Please look in your envelope packet for this envelope. Please enclose your donation and drop it in the basket. I want to send in to The Propagation of the Faith a suitable donation from both parishes — a donation that will go to the work of the Vincentian Community represented by last weekend’s guest priest, Father Johnus. If you cannot find the envelope, then simply take a plain envelope, put something in it and mark “Mission Cooperative” on the envelope and drop it in the basket (or take it to the Rectory). Thank you.
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR OUR FELLOW CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
As I mentioned from the pulpit, we are taking whatever we found in the Poor Boxes over the past two weekends and are designating this as our special donation for the needs of our fellow Christians in Iraq and Syria. I asked Ian to tally the amounts. This is what he gave me: $121.37 from St. Joseph Parish and $145.75 from St. Vincent de Paul Parish. We shall forward this to the Diocese for the purpose stated. Thank you.
JUST SO YOU KNOW: St. Vincent dePaul Parish needs to replace the boiler that heats the church (and the rest of the building). Replacing a boiler is not an inexpensive project, not by a long shot!
The pastor wants to replace it.
However, the money required to replace it exceeds his authority to spend.
So, he has to ask the Bishop’s permission to spend the money.
A letter has been written requesting permission.
We are awaiting an answer.
We shall certainly let you know when we get an answer.
Do you own a pair of long johns?
You might want to get them out of mothballs!
CONFIRMANDI will meet at 07:00 pm on Wednesday, 01 October, in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory!
BLESSING OF THE BEASTS!
Next Sunday (05 October) from 04:00 to 05:00 pm in front of St. Joseph Chapel, we will be happy to bless any non-human animals that stop by and request same. This is in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is Saturday, 04 October. Please instruct your beast not to bite the priest!

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WE SHARE THE MAIL

Background
A few months ago, I was a guest speaker at a Men’s Conference sponsored by a neighboring diocese. The topic assigned me was “Chastity for Men”. I was given about one hour for the presentation.
There were a good number of men in attendance. I touched on various and sundry matters having to do with Catholic teachings about Chastity, with emphasis on the Natural Law aspects. I touched very briefly on the matter of Homosexuality. At the end of the hour, I thanked the men for their attention and was gathering my papers in order to leave, when a gentleman came up to initiate conversation with me.
He identified himself immediately as being “gay”. He commended me for the talk that I gave, but told me that I had omitted something he was hoping to hear. I asked him what this might be. He said that he was hoping to hear something about men in his situation, by which he meant (I am using my own words here) men who have same-sex attraction but are trying to live chastely. He told me that he had lived “the gay life” for about twenty years, i.e. from about age 15 to about age 35. Five years ago, he told me, he returned to the practice of the Catholic Faith and, ever since then, has been living a chaste life. I apologized to him for not having dealt with that matter in my talk — one hour is insufficient to cover everything — but I congratulated him for his five years of “sexual sobriety” and told him that I had great admiration for him and certainly wished him well.
He told me about a support group to which he belonged, a group that meets in order to encourage its members in their pursuit of chastity. I asked him to let me know more about this group. He said that he would. We exchanged email addresses, shook hands and promised to keep in touch.
Here are three emails we have exchanged.
Important to note: The man’s name is not Kevin. I have substituted “Kevin” for his actual name. Otherwise, the emails are reprinted here “as is”.

FIRST EMAIL: FROM KEVIN TO ME
Good afternoon, Father. Hopefully you'll remember me... My name is Kevin and we spoke somewhat briefly about gay people and chastity after the afternoon session at the Men's Conference this weekend. I wanted to follow up. I am definitely interested in learning more about how you see the obligation of gay men, how we ought to refer to ourselves, and just continue our conversation.
Hope to hear from you
Kevin

SECOND EMAIL: FROM ME TO KEVIN
Dear Kevin:
Yes, I would be happy to continue our conversation. I found it helpful. You did a good deed when you initiated the conversation with me. I doubt that there is anything I could say "off the top of my head" in this email that would pertain to "how I see the obligation of gay men" or "how gay men ought to refer to themselves".
People like me who have "teacher personalities" (which I confess to having) always need to remind ourselves that we should listen twice as much as we talk. I have learned over the years to be a better listener than I might have been when I was in my twenties, thirties or even forties.
And, of course, I remind myself of the proverb "not to judge my fellow Indian until I have walked at least a mile in his moccasins". (I guess I shouldn't say "Indian", so you can change that to "Native American"!)
Having said all that, I'll simply say the obvious in regard to "how I see the obligation of gay men".
Gay men need to do what all of us have to do. Live chastely.
In my vocational calling, that means "perfect continence".
I hope I am not being naïve when I say that gay men are also called to "perfect continence".

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Now, as to the question of "how gay men ought to refer to themselves", it is my opinion (I referred to this in our brief conversation) that gay men ought not refer to themselves (under normal circumstances) as "gay men" or even as "homosexuals".
Let me give an analogy: Yours truly has epilepsy. I have had it since I was 14 years old. (At least, that was the first manifestation of it.) For the past 62 years, I have been taking medication in order to control it. Thank God, the medication works very well.
The fact that I have epilepsy played a MAJOR part in my life from age 14 to age 23. It kept me from being accepted as a candidate for the priesthood. Finally, at age 23, I was accepted into the seminary by a bishop to whom I am eternally grateful.
Here is my point. In some very, very limited circumstances, I might refer to the fact that I have epilepsy, but I would almost never refer to myself as "an epileptic" or as "an epileptic man". I consider epilepsy to be a cross that God gave me to carry — not a terribly heavy cross compared to other people's crosses, but a cross nevertheless. Even the medication I take has had some negative effects on me, as is almost inevitable with any medication.
I don't think of epilepsy as a banner I should wave or as a significant descriptor of the person I call "Edward Connolly".
The apparent root of my epileptic condition is a lesion on the temporal lobe. The lesion is "of unknown etiology". (I found this out via an EEG that I took when I was in my late thirties.) I find this piece of information interesting but irrelevant to the essential me.
I am far more than any lesion and I am far more than the temporal lobe of my brain!
(Pardon this long excursion into my medical history. I am simply trying to make a point.)
Do I believe that persons who experience > "same sex attraction" are BAD persons?
Of course I don't! I would be an idiot and a bigot if I did!
But I do believe that persons with same-sex attraction and persons with lesions on their temporal lobes should go about the business of life, take whatever remedies are offered to ameliorate their conditions and not identify themselves unnecessarily to the general public by their anomalies.
As I see it, we all have our problems, but we are not our problems and our problems are not us.
Now, prior to hitting the SEND button, I am looking back on what I just typed and am laughing at myself for saying that "I doubt that there is anything I can say 'off the top of my head' in this email, etc." I said more than I intended to say! That's one of my many weaknesses!
May God give you strength in your daily struggle to live a chaste life.
May He give the same to all of your friends who are doing the same.
With kindest regards -
Fr. Edward B. Connolly

THIRD EMAIL: FROM KEVIN TO ME
Father, that was fantastic.
The issue with your epilepsy gave me definite food for thought. I've had anxiety issues and GI issues which I have to medicate, but I don't define myself through my anxiety or my stomach issues. I take my meds and go about life as best I can under those particular medical issues. I can definitely see how that analogy applies to sexual sin issues.
I have no idea why I have same-sex attractions, but I have them. But on the other hand, why identify myself by that cross if I don't define myself by my other crosses? Now I was out and open for twenty years before reversion to some sort of faith, and I can't erase those experiences, but should I continue to define myself by those experiences? Kind of what St, Paul was talking about in Corinthians: You were your sin but you're not your sin any more.
You've given me a lot to digest without even knowing it!
Kevin

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POSTSCRIPT TO MY EMAIL EXCHANGE WITH “KEVIN”
Kevin wrote me another brief email in order to tell me about a video that helped him and that sums up fairly well the reasons that prompted him to return to the Catholic Church.
I watched the video and found it worthwhile.
I recommend it to anyone who carries the cross of “same-sex attraction” and to anyone who knows anyone who has this problem.
You can find it on the Internet.
Here is the link:

http://vimeo.com/93079367

EXTRAORDINARY SYNOD TO CONVENE ON SUNDAY, 05 OCTOBER
Pope Francis has summoned a number of cardinals and other bishops to Rome to discuss certain matters related to the Catholic family.
The Synod will probably extend for about two weeks.
It is preparation for an Ordinary Synod scheduled to meet in October of 2015.
These are the topics on the agenda:

• The pastoral care of the family
• The influence of the media in the popular culture on the institution of marriage
• Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics
• The single parent family
• The indissolubility of marriage
• Cohabitation
• Contraception
• The education of children in irregular marriages
• Other important pastoral matters

Of the topics listed, the most controversial (and therefore the most interesting) are: Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics; the indissolubility of marriage; cohabitation; contraception.

Because the secular press is, by and large, either anti-Catholic or else ignorant of Catholic teaching, there has been much speculation about what the Synod will come up with.
Allow me to assure everyone that:
The Catholic Church will never allow persons who are invalidly married to receive Holy Communion, unless the husband and wife give their solemn word that they are living together as brother and sister. (This is already the practice of the Church. It is not often spoken about, for obvious reasons.)
The Catholic Church will never relax her teaching that marriage, by its very nature, is indissoluble.
The Catholic Church will never give permission to persons who co-habit to receive Holy Communion.
The Catholic Church will never reverse her teaching that contraception is intrinsically evil.
SO, PLEASE RELAX!
If this be the case, then why are these items “on the docket” in the first place?
Let’s put it this way:
Suppose you are the father of a large family. Some of your children would like to adopt an elephant and keep it in the garage in your backyard. They keep nagging you about it. You know that there is no way in Hell that you are going to allow your kids to adopt an elephant and keep it in your garage. But you think that it would be a good idea to have a family meeting in order to discuss the matter, in the hope that the kids will understand (as they apparently don’t already) that it is NOT A GOOD IDEA to keep an elephant in the garage in the backyard!
That’s my take on the whole thing! Pope Francis likes to discuss things! Long live the Pope!

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CCD SCHEDULE FOR 2014 – 2015 

14 September
21 September
28 September
05 October
19 October
26 October
02 November
09 November
16 November
07 December
14 December
21 December
04 January


11 January
25 January
01 February
08 February
22 February
08 March
15 March
22 March
12 April
19 April
26 April
03 May
10 May
17 May

All classes are on Sunday evenings.
We meet three Sundays per month.
CCD is for Grades One to Eight.
The children meet in the Sheridan Room.
The time is 06:00 pm.
With a couple of exceptions, the classes go to 07:00 pm.
For more information, check the parish website.
Open the CCD Schedule link.
Post this paper on your refrigerator (or wherever you post important material)
.

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SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL has been recognized as one of the greatest men of the late nineteenth and of the twentieth century. He was an extraordinary war leader to whom the Western World must be forever in debt. He was a prophet in his own time as this quotation, written in 1899, demonstrates.

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries: improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step, and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it (Islam) has vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

The River War
by Winston Churchill
Volume II, pages 248 -250
Published in 1899

My comment
I am well aware of how important it is to be respectful of everyone’s religious beliefs, even if they are the polar opposite of my own. That’s why I want to watch my words closely in what I say here.
In my lifetime, I have made the acquaintance of several persons who identify themselves as Muslims. Without exception, I have found them to be decent and gracious human beings. I have no hostility or antagonism towards any of them. None whatsoever!
I am thinking of some Pakistani Muslims whose acquaintance I made some months ago, some of whom live in Schuylkill County. They told me that they practice a brand of Islam that is rejected by the mainstream Muslim community in Pakistan. They told me about the persecution they underwent and the death threats they received from other Muslims while living in Pakistan. That makes my point for me!
There are various and sundry sects within Christianity. Although I might have vigorous disagreements with some of my non-Catholic Christian friends and neighbors, in no way do I have any desire that any harm come to them, nor do I (gulp!) want to kill them! And, I might add, I have never suspected that they want to harm me or (double gulp!) kill me!
There are verses in the founding document of Islam (the Quran), that require violence against those who disagree. There is nothing in the founding document of Christianity (the New Testament) that encourages me to do violence to those who refuse to believe in Jesus Christ or in the Catholic Church. The worst I am told to do to unbelievers is to “shake the dust off my feet”. That makes a huge difference, does it not?

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