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TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 13, 2013 As Christ makes his way to the cross, he accedes to the pleas of ten lepers for pity. The consummation of the Samaritan leper’s healing happens when he falls at the feet of Jesus in thanksgiving. Which makes Jesus wonder,

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  1. TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 13, 2013 As Christ makes his way to the cross, he accedes to the pleas of ten lepers for pity. The consummation of the Samaritan leper’s healing happens when he falls at the feet of Jesus in thanksgiving. Which makes Jesus wonder, “Where are the other nine?” Saint Paul warns: “If we deny him, he will deny us.” The formerly skeptical Naaman returns to Elisha filled with gratitude and praise for God once his leprosy is healed by plunging in the Jordan. He resolves to live the rest of his life worshiping no other god but the Lord. For us, fervent thanksgiving prevents us from ever denying God; it keeps us strong in the faith that saves us. Presence of others. Like those poor in the psalms who call on the loving tenderness of the God of the covenant, the lepers cry out to the one in whom they discern a savior. In sending them first to those who are qualified to verify a cure, Jesus not only makes them a promise, he also puts their faith to the test. For at that moment, they are not yet cured. They are healed “on the way”, by obeying Jesus’ word. Then, filled with joy, but forgetful of the giver, they scatter. // There is one exception, a Samaritan, a foreigner! For him alone the journey of faith is not complete until he returns to the giver of the gift. Jesus continues the dialogue by sending him forth once more, this time as a disciple. ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST PARISH MINERSVILLE, PA www.StMatthewTheEvangelistParish.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(610-289-8900x222) VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR: Wendy S. Krisak (1-800-791-9209) WEEKDAY MASS AT 8:00 AM MON – Living and Deceased Parishioners TUE – Louise Kishel by Daughter, Joan Roberts WED – Mary Carroll by Lewis Carroll THU – Sr. Mary Hugh by Alphonse and Dolores Santarelli FRI – Sophie Borrell by Anna Homa SAT – 4:00 PM – Charles Stablum, Sr. by Jeanne, Melissa, Don and Missy Roeder SUN – 7:00 AM – Veronica Orlosky by Theresa Lesnefsky 9:00 AM – William Laudeman, Sr. (2ndAnnv) by Scott and Patrice Schwalm and Family 11:00 AM – Living and Deceased Parishioners ******************************************************************************************************************************************** REQUIESCAT IN PACE: May Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest, take unto Himself CATHERINE M. VOYTAS, a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, who died Monday, October 7, and was buried from our Church Saturday, October 12. May Mary, Mother of Mercy, obtain comfort from Jesus, her risen son, for Catherine’s family and friends. ******************************************************************************************************************************************** THE WEEKLY CALENDAR: If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,/ Lord, who could stand?/ But with you is found forgiveness,/ O God of Israel. THE TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, October 13 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 6:30 AM and 10:45 AM. THE FAMILY PRAYER CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS(FPC): 7:00 AM Mass. Jesus told us to ask the Harvest Master to send laborers into his harvest. We hope the prayers of our participat- ing families will bear fruit. May God be attentive to JACK HUDOCK who will host the Family Prayer Chalice for Vocations this week. Call 570-399-5056 or sign up in Church. FAMILY PERSPECTIVE: Everyone needs “A Round Tuit.” The lepers in today’s gospel probably meant to thank Jesus. Excited about being cured they didn’t get ‘around-to-it.’ We get caught up in our own interests and fail to appreciate what we have or to say what is in our hearts. This week get yourself a “Round Tuit.” PRO-LIFE REFLECTION: Pre-born children are the most oppressed 0. The episode of the ten lepers follows from the parable of humble service read last Sunday. It again invites us to wonder at the gracious gifts of God. On his journey to Jerusalem, Jesus meets leprosy, an illness which cuts the sufferer off from worship and the people in the world today.  In America approximately 3500 of them are killed every day by surgical abortion.  That’s 1,300,000 every year.  Worldwide 55,000,000 are killed every year and yet many of us so-called people of God remain silent.  Join a pro-life group today. STEWARDSHIP: “Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Luke 17:18. Jesus seems so sad and disappointed in the nine lepers who did not return to thank Him. Do we regularly return to thank God? Or do we run off to our busy lives, taking for granted all the wonderful blessings that God gives to us every day? LAST WEEK YOU CONTRIBUTED: Sunday: $3,412; Utilities: $681; Expenses: $1,334.13 (ordinary); $7,842 (Diocesan Assessments). Thank you for your generosity! FRATERNAL CHARITY: ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD PANTRY– Your donation of all TYPES OF PASTA will allow the SVDP Society to aid the needy of our area. Volunteer for our SVDP Society Outreach and God’s Bountiful Table. Call 570-544-2739. VOTIVES:(1) SANCTUARY: In Honor of Our Lady of Fatima for the Untied States of America. (2) ALTARS: BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: Intentions of the Knorr Family; For the Health of George Homa and Special Intention by Wife and Family; IMO Anthony and Stanley Pytko by Francis and Dolores Leister. DIVINE MERCY: For the Health of Evan Gober by Grandparents, Stan and Sally; IMO Sophie and Anthony Borrell by Katherine; For the Health of John Sokola by Katherine. (3) BEFORE: ST. JOSEPH: Special Intention. REREDOS NICHE: IMO Rev. Joseph F. Reilly by Parents. POPE JOHN PAUL II: IMO Anthony and Stanley Pytko by Francis and Dolores Leister. SACRED HEART: Intentions of the Knorr FamilyCall 570-544-2211 to memorialize votives. TUESDAY, October 15– ST. MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, the Good Shepherd School Building. Contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Rosalie Novack (570-544-2211) for more information. MEETING FOR PARENTS OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION STUDENTS: 6:30 PM, Good Shepherd Cafeteria. One parent from each Religious Education family must attend! ALZHEIMER’S CARE GIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 6:00 PM, Providence Place, Pottsville. Topic this month: “How to help families deal with Alzheimer’s Disease.” Call Yvonne (570-628-6950) for reservations or more information. WEDNESDAY, October 16 – DEVOTIONS TO ST. PEREGRINE: 8:00 AM Mass. Ask St. Peregrine to help cancer patients / caregivers. THURSDAY, October 17 – “SOUNDS OF THE SPIRIT” CONTEMPORARY CHOIR REHEARSAL: 7:00 PM, Church Loft. Call 570-544-2355. FRIDAY, October 18 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 7:45 AM. SATURDAY, October 19 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 3:30 PM. CYO COACHES CLINIC: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Holy Cross, New Philadelphia. Clinic includes an overview of insurance requirements, sports medicine, and the integration of our Catholic faith and CYO. Cost $25. Checks or credit card payments are acceptable payable to the Diocese of Allentown. All CYO coaches are required to attend a coaches’ clinic within one year of starting to coach or they will be ineligible to coach. No walk-ins permitted. Registration form can be found at cyo.adoyyam.com/?page id=41. Clinic dates and times in other Deaneries are also available. Call Sue at 610-289-8900 X231 with any questions. FOOD PREPARATION AT GOOD SHEPHERD CAFETERIA: Pierogi Making Sunday, October 13, 20, 27 – 9:00 AM Monday, October 14, 21, 28 – 9:00 AM PLEASE LEND YOUR PARISH A HAND! EVERYONE IS WELCOME! USHERS’ MEETING: 6:30 PM, our Church. All Ushers and their helpers are asked to attend!

  2. TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, October 20 – SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: 6:30 AM and 10:45 AM. THE FAMILY PRAYER CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS (FPC): BERNIE AND MARGE WALASAVAGE will host the FPC this week. Call 570-399-5056 or Sign-Up in the Church Vestibule. DIOCESAN COLLECTION: WORLD MISSION SUNDAY: Our parish will celebrate World Mission Sunday. This year we are invited to act in solidarity with missionaries in India and throughout the world. Every day, faithful missionaries are reaching out in the name of Christ, offering practical, emotional and spiritual care to communities, children and families in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances.Please use the Special Mission Sunday Envelope found in your envelope boxes. www.IAmAMissionary.org. ST. JOSEPH LEARNING CENTER COLLECTION: After all weekend masses, the Knights of Columbus, Schuylkill County 431, will be collecting funds at the exit doors for the St. Joseph Learning Center. All funds received go directly to the center.Your support is appreciated. CHINESE AUCTIONS: 1) Doors open 12:00 Noon; Auction starts 2:00 PM. Forestville Fire Company. Lots of big prizes including 42 inch TV, lap top computer, money tree, and more! Browse-n-Bid is on Saturday, October 19, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. 2) Doors open at 9:30 AM; Auction starts at 2:00 PM. St. Ambrose Parish Center. Prizes include an iPad, Disney Passes, and more! Browse-n-Bid on Saturday, October 19, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Food and refreshments available. SECOND COLLECTION ENVELOPE: (1) GENERAL REPAIR: Your contribution will help defray the cost of general maintenance. (2) Please catch up with any missed envelopes. Thank you for your generosity! ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* MINISTERS AT MASS FOR THE TWENY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OFF. PROC.LECTORS EUCH. MIN.ALTAR SERVERS SAT 4:00 PM Stablum Family AL Boris Frank MelenchickNathan Tropp Mary Jo NabholzMichael Perzel Rosalie Novack SUN 7:00 AM Orlosky Family Nick Quinn Nicholas Quinn Gabriella Quinn 9:00 AM Laudeman Family Elaine Stine Tom Mundy Abby Schoffstall Jonathan Kriston 11:00 AM Parishioners Marge Walasavage Marian Rhoads Adams / Kuehn Families ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* COMING EVENTS: Please be sure to mark your calendar! OCTOBER 23 – GOD’S BOUNTIFUL TABLE: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Fr. Anthony Ricapito Annex. OCTOBER 24 – BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. St. Francis Center for Renewal, Bethlehem. Will help participants address their new “normal” and provide them with tools to resume living their lives. Call 610-867-8890 for more information. OCTOBER 27 – CHINESE AUCTION: Doors open 10:00 AM; Auction starts 1:00 PM. St. Nicholas Hall, Primrose. Donation is $5. Plenty of theme baskets and prizes! Food and refreshments are available. All proceeds benefit St. Nicholas School. Browse-n-Bid on Saturday, October 26, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Call 570-544-4581 for more information. OCTOBER 28 – PARISH MEETING: 7:00 PM, Parish Center. To discuss ideas for activities to fund future improvements to the Parish Center. OCTOBER 29 – PARENTS’ MEETING FOR FIRST PENANCE: 6:30 PM, Good Shepherd Chapel. OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 3–PARISH MISSION: More details to follow. NOVEMBER 1 – ALL SAINTS DAY: A Holy Day of Obligation. Mass schedule: 7:00 PM (eve before), 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM. NOVEMBER 2 – ALL SOULS DAY: Mass schedule: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Pastoral Note: 1) We would like to decorate our Church with Vigils for this special day. Please help us! Call the Rectory (570-544-2211) for Vigil Memorializations ($5 per Vigil). 2) We respectfully remind you to return your All Souls Day Remembrance Offering. The persons listed on your Remembrance Offering Envelope will be remembered at Mass throughout the month of November. NOVEMBER 3 – ANNUAL TURKEY BINGO: Doors open at 12:00 Noon; Bingo starts at 2:00 PM. Good Shepherd Cafeteria. Admission $3.00. Donations of baked goods would be appreciated and should be brought directly to the Cafeteria today. Just place your name on these items. Food and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Theresa (570-544-4316) or Rose Ann (570-544-5304). ROAST BEEF DINNER: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Nativity BVM High School Cafeteria. Cost: Adults $8; Children $6. Dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and drink. Call 570-294-0551 for more information. CHINESE AUCTION: Doors open at 10:00 AM; auction starts at 2:00 PM, St. Clare of Assisi Parish. Tickets are $3 per sheet or $5 for two sheets. Food and baked goods available. Need not be present to win. Call 570-429-0701 for more information. 40 DAYS FOR LIFE VIGIL TO END ABORTION: Continuing until today, Allentown Women’s Center, Bethlehem. All are invited to pray outside for an hour. The goal is to have enough people praying for 40 days in a row 12 hours a day. Join us as we pray for the conversion of the parents’ souls to choose life for their child, and if they do not, we pray that they turn to God to be healed from post abortion trauma. Call 610-704-6935 for more information. NOVEMBER 4 – MASS OF REMEMBRANCE: 6:00 PM Mass. THANKSGIVING NUT ROLL SALE: St. Stephen Church, Port Carbon. $14 per roll. DEADLINE TO ORDER IS TODAY!. Pick-up is November 20th. Call 570-622-6600 to place your order. NOVEMBER 12 – PROTECTORS OF THE UNBORN PRECIOUS SOULS’ PRO-LIFE 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 570-345-4619 for location and time. NOVEMBER 15, 16, 17 – SOUP AND BAKE SALE: Parish Center. Soups include: Chicken Pot Pie, Bean Soup, Chili Con Carne, Minestrone. $7 per quart (hot or cold); $3 single serving with bread. NOVEMBER 22-24 – ST. FRANCIS RETREAT HOUSE WEEKEND RETREAT: Topic is: “I’ve Suffered a Great Loss.” The retreat is intended for widows and widowers who can benefit from support knowing that they are not alone. Offering is $165. Call 610-258-3053 ex 10. NOVEMBER 28 – THANKSGIVING DAY MEALS: The Knights of Columbus, Schuylkill Council 431, in conjunction with other councils in Schuylkill County, will again be providing free, in-home delivered meals to all those in need living in Schuylkill County. To be placed on the list, please call one of the following numbers with your name, address, phone number, and number of meals needed. If no answer leave a message and someone will call you back to confirm the information. The numbers to call are 570-691-1429 or 570-628-3333. Meals will be delivered on Thanksgiving Day between the hours of 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Parties must be at home as meals will not be left on the door- step and we can not guarantee we will be able to get back to you. DECEMBER 5 – ST. MATTHEW’S TRAVELERS’ RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR BUS TRIP: 11:00 AM Matinee. 2nd Mezzanine seating.$95 per person includes show and bus. Leaves Minersville 6:30 AM; Departs New York 6:00 PM. Call Julie (570- 544-5231) or the Rectory (570-544-2211). Your payment is your reservation. DECEMBER 11 – HOLIDAY FOOD SALE: Homemade pierogi by the dozen ($6.00) and kielbasa 2 lb links ($7.00). Pick-up is from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM today at the Parish Center. PRE-ORDER ONLY. Call Sophie Kuchta(570-624-3619) or the Rectory (570-544-2211) to order. ORDER DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 6. DECEMBER 16 – 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 (570-544-5231) or Helen (570-544-5465) to reserve your spot. MAY 18, 2014 – SPAGHETTI DINNER: More information to follow. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ PARISH MEMORIAL SOCIETY: We gratefully acknowledge the following donations: IMO EDITH LESCAVAGE: $50 from Karen Salada. IMO VERONICA DAROSH: $25 each from Betty Sabol and Family, Katherine Chelak, Mary and George Flanigan; $20 each from Carol and Joe Sternick, Jeanine Cola, Mary and Susan Duffy and Jackie Clay and Family; $10 each from Marge and George Homa and Family, Francis and Dolores Leister, Anna Hudock, Francis and Vincenza Roscoe, Jose and Beth Karmazin and Family, Josephine Sitkus, Dave and Tina Souchak, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mundy. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR SPONSORSHIP AT BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION: 1) You must be a fully initiated member of the Church, i.e. have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. 2) You must be at least 16 years of age. 3) You must be a practicing Catholic, i.e. attending Mass weekly and receiving the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Penance on a regular basis. Please do not ask for anything other than the aforementioned requirements! CATHOLIC CHARITIES: COUNSELING DEPARTMENT: Marital, family and individual counseling (adult, child, teens). Some insurances accepted, sliding fee scale for others. Call 570-628-0466 to set up an appointment. 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.

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