PENTECOST SUNDAY MAY 24, 2015 By the outpouring

PENTECOST SUNDAY MAY 24, 2015 By the outpouring

PENTECOST SUNDAY MAY 24, 2015 By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Christs paschal mystery was brought to its completion. The Holy Spirit prepares us with his grace in order to draw us to Christ. He manifests the risen Lord to us, opening our minds. He makes present the mystery of Christ. And he reconciles us, bringing us into commission with God. Saint Thomas Aquinas says that the Holy Spirit interiorly perfects our spirit, communicating to it a new dynamism so that it refrains from evil for love. With the Holy Spirit within us it is quite natural for people who had been absorbed by the things of this world to become entirely other-worldly in outlook, and for cowards to become people of great courage (Saint Cyril of Alexandria). Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated early enough to be mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (20:16) and St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians (16:8). It is the 50th day after Easter (if we count both Easter and Pentecost), and it supplants the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which took place 50 days after the Passover and celebrated the sealing of the Old Covenant on Mount Sinai. The Acts of the Apostles recounts the story of the original Pentecost (Acts 2). Jews from all over were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feast. On that Sunday, ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord, the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary were gathered in the Upper Room, where they had seen Christ after His Resurrection: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Spirit gave them to speak. [Acts 2:2-4] Christ had promised His Apostles that He would send His Holy Spirit, and, on Pentecost, they were granted the gifts of the Spirit. The Apostles began to preach the Gospel in all of the languages that the Jews who were gathered there spoke, and about 3,000 people were converted and baptized that day. That is why Pentecost is often called "the birthday of the Church." On this day, with the descent of the Holy Spirit, Christ's mission is completed, and the New Covenant is inaugurated. It's interesting to note that St. Peter, the first pope, was already the leader and spokesman for the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday (see Acts 2:14ff). // In years past, Pentecost was celebrated with greater solemnity than it is today. In fact, the entire period between Easter and Pentecost Sunday was known as Pentecost (and it still is called Pentecost in the Eastern churches, both Catholic and Orthodox). During those 50 days, both fasting and kneeling were strictly forbidden, because this period was supposed to give us a foretaste of the life of Heaven. 2015 BISHOPS ANNUAL APPEAL: As of today, our parish has raised $9,500 from 73 parishioners representing 13.37% of our total number of regis-tered families. We need the support of each parish family to reach our goal ($20,726) and 100% participation. REMEMBER, EVERY GIFT COUNTS, NO MATTER HOW SMALL. You can make your gift online at www.2015baa. org or drop off your pledge form in the collection basket at church. We hope our Parishioners will demonstrate that we are a Parish that cares by making their donation to the Appeal! ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST PARISH MINERSVILLE, PA Rectory Office Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM Phone: (570) 544-2211 Fax: (570) 544-2317 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 (610-332-04421x19) VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR: Wendy S. Krisak (1-800-791-9209) WEEKDAY MASS AT 8:00 AM MON IHO Karen by Mother, Sylvia TUE John J. Hudock by Jack Hudock WED Dr. Albert G. and Anthony Santarelli by Al and Dolores THU Sophie Borrell (3rd Annv) by Betty, Lori and Mike FRI John Andruchek and Peter and Genevieve Ferenchick SAT 4:00 PM Tony Straiges by Ken and Maryann Eichenberg SUN 8:30 AM Patricia Wiscount by Husband, Harry 10:30 AM Living and Deceased Parishioners ******************************************************************************************************************************************* THE WEEKLY CALENDAR: The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world and that which contains all things understands what is said, alleluia. (Wis 1:7) PENTECOST SUNDAY, MAY 24 SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 8:00 AM and 10:15 AM. THE FAMILY PRAYER CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS (FPC): Jesus told us to ask the Harvest Master to send laborers into his harvest. May the prayers of our participating families bear fruit. Thanks to THE CARPENITO FAMILY (10:30 AM) for hosting the FPC for Vocations this week. Sign up in Church vestibule. FAMILY PERSPECTIVE: Today, on Pentecost, we remember Christ has given us the Holy Spirit to assist us in raising our family and he expects us to use this personal gift. Lets turn-off the noise, apps and distractions in our lives and let the Holy Spirit guide us to the truth. PRO-LIFE REFLECTION: Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. Join the fight to end abortion and euthanasia. President Ronald Reagan. STEWARDSHIP: There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. - 1 Corinthians 12:4-6. By giving each of us different gifts, God made sure that the Church would have the right combination of time, talent and treasure that was needed to do His work. However, if one of us does not utilize our gifts, Gods plan goes unfulfilled. Some important work is left undone. LAST WEEK YOU CONTRIBUTED: Sunday: $2,797; General Repair: $373; Expenses: $2,761.16. Thanks for your generosity! EASTER SEASON CHARITY: ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD PANTRY Your donation of all TYPES OF HEARTY STEWS will allow the SVDP Society to aid the needy of our area. Volunteer to help our SVDP Society Outreach and Gods Bountiful Table. Call Edward Butler at 570-544-2739. EASTER SEASON VOTIVES: (1) SANCTUARY: IMO Fr. Walter Ciszek.

(2) ALTARS: BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: For the Health of George Homa and Special Intention by Wife and Family; Special Intention by Stan and Sally Gober; IHO Karen by Mother, Sylvia. (3) BEFORE: ST. JOSEPH: Special Intention. Call 570-544-2211 to memorialize votives. EASTER SEASON FLOWERS: We gratefully acknowledge the floral decorations adorning the BVM Altar IMO Sami Stripe by the Nevada Boys. ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Prayer Service at 6:00 PM. Late memorializations of Vigils ($6 each) can be made BEFORE THE SERVICE. Join us in praying for the Faithful Departed, especially those who served in the military. Hon. Ralph Butera LTC, twenty-nine year veteran of the military, and thirty-two year veteran of the US Postal Service, will be our guest speaker. MONDAY, MAY 25 MEMORIAL DAY: This National Holiday is a day of remembrance for those who died in defense of our country and a day of remembrance for all the dead. We encourage you to visit our Parishs cemeteries and to pray for the departed who rest in them. R.I.P. FYI: The Rectory Office is closed today in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. RECITATION OF THE ROSARY: 10:00 AM, St. Mary Star of the Sea Cemetery. You are invited to pray for the deceased buried in St. Mary Star of the Sea Cemetery. May God grant them eternal light and peace! THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS: 5:00 PM, last Monday of each month, Our Ladys Chapel of St. Patrick Church, Pottsville. Veneration of a First-Class Relic of Saint Pauline Visintainer to follow. Call 570-622-1802. NOTRE DAME CLUB OF SCHUYLKILL COUNTY ANNUAL POTTSVILLE MILE: Benefits St. Joseph Center for Special Learning, Pottsville. For more information or to register or to become a sponsor, please email Bill Kern at [email protected] TUESDAY, MAY 26 ST. MATTHEW RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM: 2015-2016 REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW DUE. $65 FOR FIRST CHILD WITH A $5 DISCOUNT BEFORE EARLY REGISTARTION DEADLINE ON JUNE 30. ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION FORMS CAN BE FOUND IN THE CHURCH VESTIBULE. WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 DEVOTIONS TO ST. PEREGRINE: 8:00 AM Mass. St. Peregrine, help cancer patients and their caregivers! GODS BOUNTIFUL TABLE: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Fr. Ricapito Annex (570-544-6484). THURSDAY, MAY 28 SOUNDS OF THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY CHOIR REHEARSAL: Call Greg at 570-544-2355 to join. MONTHLY ROSARY: 6:15 PM, Church. The Patriotic Rosary is a powerful prayer for divine protection and mercy for our nation and its rebirth. Please join us in praying the Rosary during Marys month of May! FRIDAY, MAY 29 SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 7:45 AM. SATURDAY, MAY 30 SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 3:30 PM. EASTERN EUROPEAN FOOD FESTIVAL: 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM, Slovak Catholic Social Hall, Reading. Food, beer, wines and other delights in the tradition of Slovak, Ukrainian and Polish. Eat-in or take-out. Call Kathi at 484-525-7861 for information. SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY, SUNDAY, MAY 31 SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 8:00 AM and 10:15 AM. THE FAMILY PRAYER CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS (FPC): LINDA AND JOSEPH BUTCAVAGE will host the FPC this week. Call 570-399-5056 or sign-up in the Church Vestibule for July and August! EASTER DUTY: This is the LAST day to fulfill the Easter Precept. CANON 920- #1. All the faithful after having been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. #2. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season (First Sunday of Lent to Trinity Sunday) unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. (Fulfillment of your Easter Duty requires the reception of the SECOND COLLECTION ENVELOPE: No Special Parish Second Collection Envelope this week. Check your Sunday Envelope Sacrament of you might have missed. Please catch up. Your Church needs your consistent and generous support. Thank you! Boxes for any envelopes Reconciliation if you have committed Mortal Sin, e.g. deliberately missing Sunday Mass.) ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************* MINISTERS AT MASS FOR TRINITY SUNDAY LECTORS E. M. of H. C. ALTAR SERVERS SAT 4:00 PM Theresa Kroznuski Rosalie Novack Fletcher Eades Max Wigoda SUN 8:30 AM Wiscount Family Jack Hudock Marian Rhoads Emily Purcell Abby Schoffstall 10:30 AM Parishioners Sharon Kolenick Mary Regina Mundy Bella Kuehn Gabriel Kuehn ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************* COMING EVENTS: Please be sure to mark your calendar! OFF. PROC. Straiges Family JUNE 7 ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST SPAGHETTI DINNER:11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Parish Center, 120 Oak Street. Spaghetti with Homemade Sauce and Meatballs with a Full Salad Bar. Adults $8.50; Children $4.50. Eat-in or take-out. Benefits SMTE Parish. Call 570-544-2211. JUNE 10 GODS BOUNTIFUL TABLE: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Fr. Ricapito Annex (570-544-6484). JUNE 12 BLESSING OF CARS: It is a custom on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to bless automobiles. We will do so at 6:00 PM in the Church parking lot (across from the Rectory). We ask that you call to register (570-544-2211). JUNE 13 ST. JOHNS CURIOSITY SHOP: 8:00 AM to12:00 Noon, Russell Building. Various items, toys and games, jewelry, kitchen items, books, candles, vases, craft items, and much more. Food and refreshments available. Call 570-622-5470 for more information. JUNE 14 PROTECTING GODS CHILDREN CLASS: After 11:30 AM in the rectory education room, Most Blessed Trinity Parish, Tremont. For any volunteers who need to take the class. Call 570-695-3648 to register. JUNE 15 ST. MATTHEWS TRAVELERS SANDS CASINO BUS TRIP: Cost $25; Rebate $25. Bus leaves R&J 8:00 AM; Quandels in Minersville 8:30 AM. Call Julie (570-544-5231) or Millie (570-628-5413). JUNE 15 18 ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, grades K to 4, at the Good Shepherd Building. Call Sr. Mary Jane Dunleavy at 570-544-2464 to register and for more information. PROGRAM IS OPEN TO CHILDREN FROM ALL PARISHES! JUNE 19, 20 ST. MICHAELS SUMMER BLOCK PARTY: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM both days. Homemade food, crafts, and games. All are welcome! Call 570-544-4741 for more information. Please support our sister Parish! JUNE 21 FATHERS DAY FLOWERS AND VIGILS: We would like to decorate our Church with Flowers and vigils in memory of/in honor of the husbands, fathers, grandfathers, good men of our Parish. The Offering for Flowers is $10; Vigils $5. Call the Rectory (570-544-2211) to make arrangements. Thanks for your anticipated help! JULY 6 8 ST. MATTHEWS TRAVELERS PITTSBURG EXPRESS BUS TRIP: $429 per person, double occupancy. 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners including a dinner at the Grand Concourse, Duquesne Incline, Gateway Clipper cruise, Guided tour of Pittsburgh including University of Pittsburghs Cathedral of Learning, Nationality Rooms, Heinz Memorial Chapel, Tour of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Frank Lloyd Wrights Fallingwater, Visit to Flight 93 Memorial, souvenir gift. Motorcoach transportation. Baggage handling, meal gratuities and hotel taxes included. YOUR PAYMENT IS YOUR RESERVATION! Call 570-544-5231 or 570-628-5413. JULY 20 ST. MATTHEWS TRAVELERS HOLLYWOOD CASINO BUS TRIP: Cost $25; Rebate $30! Bus leaves R&J 8:00 AM; Quandels in Minersville 8:30 AM. Call Julie (570-544-5231) or Millie (570-628-5413). SEPTEMBER 21- 24 ST. MATTHEWS TRAVELERS WILDWOOD SEAFOOD FEAST BUS TRIP: $399 per person, double occupancy. 3 nights motel accommodations, 3 full breakfasts, 3 dinners including all-you-can-eat seafood buffet featuring a DJ and over 50 different buffet items, one $20 meal credit valid for a 3 course price-fixed meal at Breadsticks in Resorts Casino, one dinner at a local restaurant, trip to Atlantic City casino with a bonus package, visit to Washington Street Mall, Cape May, visit Smithville Village, Wildwoods' famous beach and boardwalk. Motorcoach transportation. Baggage handling, meal gratuities and hotel taxes included. YOUR PAYMENT IS YOUR RESERVATION! Call 570-544-5231 or 570-628-5413. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ REQUIESCAT IN PACE: May God reward our deceased parishioner, ALEX VALIBUS, for his generous + bequest of $11,093.87 for the good of the Parish! May Alex enjoy the rewards of the Blessed in eternity and may God mercifully watch over all those that he loved and cared for! EASTER THANKS: (1) Easter Collection: $11,533. (2) We are grateful to all our Liturgical Ministers (Altar Servers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Cantors, Choir Members, Procession Participants and their Coordinators) for fulfilling their Ministries during Holy Week and Easter. (3) We appreciate the floral and votive memorializations which allowed us to decorate our Church so fittingly for Palm Sunday and Easter. (4) We thank all those who attended Holy Week Services and Easter Sunday Masses. Your presence was the crowning glory of our Church! (5) We are grateful to everyone who financially supported their Parish in our collections. YOU ARE GOOD PEOPLE! ANNOUNCED MASSES: The following Mass Intentions to be said were given to: BISHOP RONALD GAINER: IMO Angie Siemanis requested by M/M Metro Cremo (2), M/M Michael Semanchick; IMO Stanley Frompovicz requested by M/M Stiney Michelcavage; IMO Anna Colitz requested by Matilda Kiertekles, M/M Frank Messros, Rosary Society (2); IMO Catherine Stefanosky requested by Anna Mitsock; IMO Frank Pasky and Andrew Ptaskowski requested by sister, Helen and nephew, Larry; IMO Julia Stabinsky requested by Anna Pritz, Rosary Society (2); IMO John Letko requested by Dr. and Mrs. Augustine Moffitt; IMO Eleanore Hudock requested by Kathy and George Bobbs; IMO Sandra Yeich requested by Jennie Wentz, Helen and Harold Hummel, Josephine and Tony Leonard, Mary and Anthony Michalski, Sophie Novack and son, John; IMO Joseph Gober requested by Michael and Lisa OMara, the Cardiff Family, M/M Albert Baldinger, Marty and Ann Renal, George Mazloom, Steve and Anna Lukacz, Pat and Dave Langton, M/M Michael Kondrack, John and Tina Smolock, Ann S. Salley. FYI: Sometime between May 10 and May 12 one of the marble steps from the entrance to the former St. Francis of Assisi Church was stolen. It seems nothing is sacred or safe anymore! Please let us know if you see anything strange happening around any of our Church properties.

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