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EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, AUGUST 4, 2013 The Lord hands down the sternest EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, AUGUST 4, 2013 The Lord hands down the sternest warning to those who would store up treasure for themselves but who “are not rich in what matters to God. ” What does matter to God? Qoheleth readily recognizes the vanity of laboring, toiling, and acquiring. Sorrow, grief, and restlessness persist, nonetheless, in plaguing such a person. What matters to God is that, through baptism, we have died and our life is hidden with Christ in God. Life’s richness consists in seeking the One who is above and claiming the new self offered to us through him. Christ is all. Our treasure lies in claiming Christ our life who has appeared. The Transfiguration of the Lord ----------------- August 6 Our divine Redeemer, being in Galilee about a year before His sacred Passion, took with him St. Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, Sts. James and John, and led them to a retired mountain. Tradition assures us that this was Mount Thabor, which is exceedingly high and beautiful, and was anciently covered with green trees and shrubs, and was very fruitful. It rises something like a sugar-loaf, in a vast plain in the middle of Galilee. This was the place in which the Man-God appeared in His glory. // Whilst Jesus prayed, he suffered that glory which was always due to his sacred humility, and of which, for our sake, He deprived it, to diffuse a ray over His whole body. His face was altered and shone as the sun, and his garments became white as snow. Moses and Elias were seen by the three apostles in his company on this occasion, and were heard discoursing with him of the death which he was to suffer in Jerusalem. // The three apostles were wonderfully delighted with this glorious vision, and St. Peter cried out to Christ, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tents: one for thee, one for Moses, and one for Elias" Whilst St. Peter was speaking, there came, on a sudden, a bright shining cloud from heaven, an emblem of the presence of God's majesty, and from out of this cloud was heard a voice which said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him" The apostles that were present, upon hearing this voice, were seized with a sudden fear, and fell upon the ground; but Jesus, going to them, touched them, and bade them to rise. They immediately did so, and saw no one but Jesus standing in his ordinary state. // This vision happened in the night. As they went down the mountain early the next morning, Jesus bade them not to tell any one what they had seen till he should be risen from the dead. ------------------------------------- 2013 Serve One Another As of today, our parish has raised $17, 446 from 194 parishioners representing 92% of our parish goal of $18, 950. 55 and 31% of our total number of registered families. We need the support of all our parish families to reach our goal. If you have not made your pledge of support, you may drop off your pledge form in the collection basket or return it to the Rectory. Extra pledge forms are available at the back of Church. Please call the Rectory or visit www. adbaa. org with any questions. Thank you for your support! ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST PARISH MINERSVILLE, PA www. St. Matthew. The. Evangelist. Parish. org Rectory Office Hours: Monday to Friday 10: 00 AM to 3: 30 PM SAINT MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST WELCOMES ALL No matter what your present status in the Catholic Church; no matter what your current family or marital situation; no matter what your past or present religious affiliation; no matter what your personal history, age, background, race, ethnicity, etc. ; you are Invited, Welcomed, Accepted, Loved and Respected at Saint Matthew the Evangelist Parish!’ SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATOR: Sr. Meg Cole(610 -289 -8900 x 222) VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR: Wendy S. Krisak (1 -800 -791 -9209) WEEKDAY MASS AT 8: 00 AM MON – Wanda and Joseph Senawaitis TUE – Stella Boanlle by Daughter, Genevieve WED – Thomas Davis, Sr. by Wife, Mary THU – Dr. Albert G. Santarelli and Anthony Santarelli by Brother, Alphonse and Dolores Santarelli FRI – Elaine Hooper (Birthday) by Lori and Michael Pavliekan SAT – 4: 00 PM – Betty Wentz by John and Judy Ruddy SUN – 7: 00 AM – Brito-Budresky Family by Marge and George Homa Family 9: 00 AM – Living and Deceased Parishioners 11: 00 AM – Violet Skibiel by John and Carol Grigalonis and Family ********************************************************************** REQUIESCANT IN PACE: May Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest, take unto Himself MARY E. SMITH, a former member of the former St. Kieran Parish, Heckscherville, who died Friday, July 26, and was buried on Saturday, August 3. May Mary, Mother of Mercy, obtain comfort from Jesus, her risen son, for Mary’s family and friends. ********************************************************************** THE WEEKLY CALENDAR: O God, come to my assistance; / O Lord, make haste to help me!/ You are my rescuer, my help; /O Lord, do not delay. (Ps 70(69): 2, 6) THE EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, August 4 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 6: 30 AM and 10: 45 AM. THE FAMILY PRAYER CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS(FPC): 9: 00 AM Mass. Jesus told us to ask the Harvest Master to send laborers into his harvest. We hope the prayers of our participating families will bear fruit. May God be attentive to JEAN LAUCK who will host the Family Prayer Chalice for Vocations this week. Call 399 -5056 or sign up in Church. FAMILY PERSPECTIVE: In today’s gospel Jesus teaches us: “One’s life does not consist of possessions. ” We spend so much time working to obtain more stuff; we don’t have time for the people in our lives. What is enough? Are the words of Jesus, “You fool”, meant for us? PRO-LIFE REFLECTION: Asbestos is a killer. It’s been estimated that in the last 100 years 300, 000 lives have been lost, and in the next twenty years an estimated 150, 000 will die, due to its effects. Shocking? Yes! That many babies die every 4 months due to surgical abortion. That’s every 4 months, not 100 years. Now that is shocking! STEWARDSHIP: “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions. ” Luke 12: 15. The Gospel message today is so contrary to our modern culture where advertising continually tries to convince us that our value lies in the things we possess. Jesus showed us that our true value lies in the way we live our lives. He challenges us to not store up or hoard material possessions, but rather to live a grateful and generous lifestyle. LAST WEEK YOU CONTRIBUTED: Sunday: $3, 362. 00; Capital Improvement: $489. 00; Expenses: $4, 579. 86. Thanks! FRATERNAL CHARITY: ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD PANTRY– Your donation of all TYPES OF PASTA AND SAUCES will allow the SVDP Society to aid the needy of our area. Volunteer for our SVDP Society Outreach and God’s Bountiful Table. Call 544 -2739. VOTIVES: (1) SANCTUARY: IMO Joseph and Antoinette Plesnarski (100 th Annv, Together in the USA) Granddaughter, Diane. (2) ALTARS: BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: For the Health of George Homa and Special Intention by Wife and Family; For the Health of Evan Gober by Grandparents, Stan and Sally. DIVINE MERCY: Intention of Dr. Jared and Keren Novack (Wedding). (3) BEFORE: ST. FRANCIS: IMO Wanda and Joseph Senawaitis. ST. JOSEPH: Special Intention. SUMMER TREATS: All Parish school age children see Father Leo after Mass for an ice cream coupon to the Coalcracker Creamery. MONDAY, August 5 – AUGUST VISITATION OF THE SICK: Beginning today until completed. Call 544 -2211 to add someone to our list. TUESDAY, August 6 – ST. MATTHEW RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM: CLASSES RESUME SEPTEMBER 10. 2013 -2014 REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE. Contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Rosalie Novack (544 -2211). WEDNESDAY, August 7 – DEVOTIONS TO ST. PEREGRINE: 8: 00 AM Mass. Ask St. Peregrine to help cancer patients and their caregivers. THURSDAY, August 8 – MONTHLY ROSARY: 6: 15 PM, our Church. Come and pray the Patriotic Rosary with us. “SOUNDS OF THE SPIRIT” CONTEMPORARY CHOIR REHEARSAL: 7: 00 PM, Church Loft. Call 544 -2355 to join. FRIDAY, August 9 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 7: 45 AM. SATURDAY, August 10 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 3: 30 PM. HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS PRAYER PILGRIMAGE: 8: 00 AM Mass, Notre Dame of Bethlehem; 15 decades of the Rosary at the Allentown Women’s Center with Reverend Fr. William Seifert. Contact Mary at [email protected] com or call 610 -674 -4624. NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, August 11 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 6: 30 AM and 10: 45 AM. THE FAMILY PRAYER CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS (FPC): LINDA ROTHERMEL will host the FPC this week. Call 3995056 or Sign-Up in the Church Vestibule for September and October.

VI ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL AUGUST 18, 2013 SOUTH CASS FIRE COMPANY PICNIC GROUNDS PRIMROSE, VI ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL AUGUST 18, 2013 SOUTH CASS FIRE COMPANY PICNIC GROUNDS PRIMROSE, PA 12: 00 NOON TO 9: 00 PM John Stevens Doubleshot 12: 00 Noon to 4: 00 PM The New Individuals 5: 00 PM to 9: 00 PM ***************************************** (1) ACTIVITY COORDINATORS: As our Summer Festival approaches, we need our Parish to pull together. Coordinators and Volunteers for our stands are needed. We ask you to volunteer your time and talent. Call the Rectory (544 -2211) if you can coordinate any particular area. We appreciate your help. Thanks to those who have already volunteered as Coordinators: Adult Games of Chance: John Hudock (622 -4129) Funnel Cakes: Debbie Klotunowitch (544 -2881) Bar: Wally Slifka (544 -6636) Theme Baskets: Arlene Quesada (385 -0248), Michelle Di. Renzo (544 -2518) Office: Janet Purcell (544 -6624) Grounds: VIOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Bingo: Matthew Kroznuski (544 -2589), Sharon Kolenick (544 -6961) Kitchen: Women and Men of the Parish French Fries: Tom Mundy (544 -5320) Entertainment: Greg Senich (544 -2355) Bleenie Stand Set-up: Ice Cream: Jack Hudock (544 -4002) Set-Up: VIOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Take Down: VIOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Children’s Games: Amy Eades (544 -9595), Rachel Huntzinger (544 -9747) Raffle / Chances : Marilyn Homa (544 -2595), Carl Wiest (544 -3372) Coffee/Desserts: Karen Wank (544 -6715), Vicky Marteslo (544 -5063) Soda/ Ice Tea/ Water/ Candy: Hot Dogs/Hamburgers: Elaine Stine (544 -5628), Mary Ellen Renninger (622 -7907) Ticket Booth: Peggy Butler (544 -5294) 50/50: (2) PARISH MAILING: You have received Booster and Raffle Tickets and a Donation Envelope for the Kitchen Collection in the mail. Please support your Parish and ensure our Festival’s success! (3) SIGN-UP SHEETS: are set-up in the Church Vestibule. Could you please help us by volunteering at least two hours of your time? Keep our Parish’s heart beating by your involvement! (4) FESTIVAL KITCHEN: The kitchen is the heart of our Summer Festival. We really need your help in the preparations the week before the Festival, and on the actual day of the Festival. Give us a hand! (5) BOOSTER TICKETS: Each Parish adult received one Ticket ($5. 00 each) redeemable at the grounds for food purchases the day of the picnic. Please purchase yours! (6) RAFFLE TICKETS: Each Parish adult has received ten Chances ($1. 00 each). Prizes are: 1 st-$1, 000 Cash; 2 nd through 5 th -$100 Cash. Please purchase or sell yours! This will ensure our Summer Festival’s success! (7) KITCHEN COLLECTION DONATION: Use the special envelope that was sent to you to help with pre-picnic expenses. Write your Name / Amount on it. Put your donation in the Sunday Collection. Thanks! (8) CHILDREN’S GAMES: We need young volunteers from the age of 10 and up to help run the games. We will be glad to verify Community Service for this activity, or any other picnic activity, if needed. Call Amy (544 -9595) or Rachel (544 -9747) and someone will get in touch with you to explain the program in more detail. (9) THEME BASKETS: Donations of all types of baskets are needed. You can leave your basket in the back of the Church near the sign-up board or if you want them to pick up the baskets at your home or are need of a basket, call Michelle Di. Renzo (544 -2518) or Arlene Quesada (385 -0248). (10) FESTIVAL POSTERS: We need volunteers to place them in local businesses and other suitable places. See Father Leo after Mass. SUMMER FESTIVAL FOOD PREPARATION 9: 00 AM – PARISH CENTER Monday, August 12 Peel onions, core/shred cabbage. Tuesday, August 13 Make haluskie. Wednesday, August 14 Make haluskie. Thursday, August 15 Make soups. PLEASE LEND US A HAND! ALL ARE WELCOME! SECOND COLLECTION ENVELOPE: (1) INSURANCE: Your contribution will help us pay the premiums to insure all Parish buildings. (2) Please catch up with any missed envelopes. Thank you! ******************************************************************** MINISTERS AT MASS FOR THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OFF. PROC. LECTORS EUCH. MIN. ALTAR SERVERS SAT 4: 00 PM Wentz Mary Ann Gloria Max Wigoda Family Harrison Paltanavage Frank Melenchick SUN 7: 00 AM Brito-Budresky Jack Anthony Family Hudock Forte 9: 00 AM Parishioners Linda Butensky Dave Fogarty Emily Purcell Sharon Kolenick Lori Hoffman 11: 00 AM Skibiel Family Theresa Tom Isaac Melochick Kroznuski Mundy Carter Melochick ********************************************************************* COMING EVENTS: Please be sure to mark your calendar! AUGUST 12 – ST. MATTHEW’S TRAVELERS’ ATLANTIC CITY TRUMP PLAZA CASINO BUS TRIP: Cost: $35; Rebate: $25. Leaves Quandel’s at 8: 00 AM. Call Julie (544 -5231) or Millie (628 -5413) to reserve your seat. AUGUST 13 – PROTECTORS OF THE UNBORN PRECIOUS SOULS’ PROLIFE GROUP MONTHLY MEETING: Everyone welcome – both men and women. Come join us and become the voice for these “Precious Souls” which God has created. Together we can make a difference. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. Call 345 -4619 for location and time. AUGUST 14 – GOD’S BOUNTIFUL TABLE: 11: 30 AM to 1: 30 PM, Fr. R. Annex. AUGUST 18 – ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST PARISH ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL: 12: 00 Noon to 9: 00 PM. Hope to see you! 9 TH ANNUAL HOLY FAMILY MANOR OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT: Shotgun start 1: 00 PM, Bethlehem Golf Club. $90 person includes green fees, cart, refreshments, dinner, and more! Call 610 -997 -8409 for more info. AUGUST 19 – ST. MATTHEW’S TRAVELERS’ MOHEGAN SUN CASINO BUS TRIP: Cost: $23; Rebate: $25 to play. Leaves R&J at 8: 00 AM; Quandel’s at 8: 30 AM. Call Julie (544 -5231) or Helen (544 -5465) to reserve your spot. SEPTEMBER 2 – CASTLE GREEN GROTTO ANNUAL LABOR DAY MASS: 10: 00 AM, 950 Valley Road, Minersville/Heckscherville Highway. Mass is dedicated to “all who came. ” Refreshments will be served after Mass. Plenty of parking is available. Bring your lawn chairs. Call Bob (544 -3658) for info. SEPTEMBER 21 – ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL PILGRIMAGE BUS TRIP TO THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL: Depart Quandel’s Lot at 8: 15 AM for Germantown, PA, and arrive back in town approximately 6: 00 PM. Cost $85 and includes bus fare, shrine donation, and lunch on the Moshulu docked at Penns Landing. Call Mary at 544 -3046. OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 1 – ST. MATTHEW’S TRAVELERS’ VILLA ROMA / ITALIAN FESTIVAL BUS TRIP: 4 Days/3 Nights at Villa Roma’s Resort in Callicoon, New York; $469 Double Occupancy –All Inclusive (Checks Payable to St. Matthews’ Travelers); Full Program of Planned Activities Daily; Italian Cooking Class; Themed Activities – including Bocce Tournaments, Bingo, Italian Movie Festival, Italian Trivia, Dance Lessons, and More!; San Gennaro Street Feast Party with Sights, Tastes, Smells of Little Italy; Our Famous Caesar’s Night Dinner – a banquet fit for a king!; Star-Studded Nightly entertainment in our Forum Nightclub; A Wine and Cheese Party featuring tastings of a variety of Italian Wines, as well as a wine lecture. Call Julie (570 -544 -5231) or Adrienne (570 -544 -5925) for information. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ CYO VOLLEYBALL SIGN-UPS: Any girl in grades 4 -8 interested in playing please call Tammy Gerenda (786 -9263) or Amy Eades (292 -9895). You must: be a member of our church; attend weekly Sunday Mass; and be enrolled in Religious Education classes or attend catholic school to participate. ANNOUNCED MASSES: The following Mass Intentions to be said as soon as possible were given to: MSGR. WILLIAM HANDGES: IMO Frances Laurie requested by Tammy, Amanda, and Kim Ulicny, Peter Pincavage; IMO Sophie Capik requested by Deacon and Marcia Evans, M/M Metro Cremo; IMO Edward Wolinsky requested by John Capik, Sr. ; IMO Caterleen Roberts requested by George and Marge Homa and Family; IMO Gerald Malusky requested by Lorraine and Larry Palko, M/M Ed Siminitus and Family; IMO Charles Radziewicz requested by Catherine Harley and Family, M/M Phillip Zambiasi and Family. REV. LEO J. MALETZ: IMO Frances Laurie requested by Leo and Jean Ulicny; IMO Sophie Capik requested by Peter Slog; IMO Anna Lapinsky requested by Frances Pleva; IMO Edward Wolinsky requested by M/M Metro Cremo; IMO Frances R. Pleva requested by Rayos Family; IMO Michael Brito requested by George and Marge Homa and Family; IMO Frances E. Pleva requested by Rosary Society; IMO Victor Bassininsky requested by Anna Mae Winisko; IMO Gerald Malusky requested by Myrl Cherrybon. PARISH MEMORIAL SOCIETY: We gratefully acknowledge the following donations: IMO VINCENT VERBILLA: $10 from George and Marge Homa Family. IMO VIOLET SKIBIEL: $25 each from Don, Peggy and Christopher Butler, M/M Frank Grigalonis, Francis and Gertrude Skibiel; $20 from Roseann Skibiel; $10 each from M/M Joseph Skibiel, Sr. , Joe and Pat Skibiel, Jr. , Joette and Joel Vicario. IMO VERNA RACZKA: $30 from Bill and Cheryl Newton and Family; $25 each from BG’s Value Market, Michael and Susan Pozza, Joe and Janet Weschules, Helene O’Connor; $20 each from Glen and Mary Anne Sninski, Harriet Kostura and Family, Sally and Vic Novack, Cheryl Sborz and Girls, M/M Lou Fernando, Jim Komorosky, Raymond Stabinsky, Marilyn Homa; $10 each from George and Marge Homa Family, M/M Bud Pellish, Linda Rothermel, Dr. Arlene Hartman, Emaline Fernando, Joyce Holohan, Gloria Paltanavage, Francis and Vincenza Roscoe, Anna Hudock. GIFT CARDS TO SUPPORT CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: Both Assumption BVM and Nativity BVM sell gift cards to purchase groceries in Giant, Weis, BG’s, and Boyer’s, to eat in local restaurants and chain restaurants outside the area, and to shop in major and small department stores. These participating stores, eateries, grocery stores, and gas stations donate a percentage of their sales back to the school. Call Assumption BVM (622 -0106) or Nativity BVM (622 -8110) for more information.