Saturday, 08 November
Vigil of Dedication of Lateran Basilica
by their daughter, Argia

Sunday, 09 November
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
11:30 am — FRANK and AGNES SMITH and daughter, BERNADETTE
by Frank Smith

Monday, 10 November
St. Leo the Great, pope, doctor (OptMem)
by M/M Peter Smolock

Wednesday, 12 November
St. Josaphat, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
(25th anniversary)
by his family

Friday, 14 November
by Neighbors on the 600 Block

Saturday, 15 November
St. Albert the Great, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — Msgr. JOHN A. RUSEK
by EBC

Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Deceased: GAUGHAN and BRENNAN FAMILIES
by Ellen Gaughan

Sunday, 16 November
33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
by M/M Mike Drelling


Saturday, 08 November
Vigil of Dedication of Lateran Basilica
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 09 November
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Tuesday, 11 November
St. Martin of Tours, bishop (OblMem)
08:00 am — WILLIAM J. CLARKE
by his family

Thursday, 13 November
St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, virgin (OblMem)
by Bernie Vevasis and family

Saturday, 15 November
Vigil of Dedication of Lateran Basilica
by his wife and his son

Sunday, 16 November
33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am — God’s Blessings on FRANK and ROSE POPECK
(40th wedding anniversary)
by their daughter, Lisa, and son-in-law, Eric, and family

stjos/stvds: 11.09.2008 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish: 1,446.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $92.00 from the second collection (plate); $553.00 from the Dues envelopes; $96.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $348.00 from the All Souls envelopes; $80.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $949.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $68.00 from the second collection (plate); $172.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $257.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $362.00 from the All Souls envelopes; $126.00 from the loose. Thank you.


Tuesday, 11 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 13 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Vincent DePaul Church

Friday, 14 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel









Girardville East




Girardville MIddle




Girardville West:










INADVERTENTLY OMITTED (mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!) from last weekend’s bulletin was the notice about FIRST FRIDAY devotions. For the archives, please note that 7 November 08 was First Friday. We had a Holy Hour at 7:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church. Unfortunately, the attendance was less than it might otherwise have been, because I had forgotten to mention it in the bulletin. I’ll try to be more efficient! For future reference, please note that there will be devotions every First Friday at 7:00 pm, in St. Vincent dePaul Church.

If I am a member of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, I should extend my PRIMARY parochial loyalty and affection to St. Joseph Parish, Girardville.
If I am a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville, I should extend my PRIMARY parochial loyalty and affection to St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville.
HOWEVER, if I am a member of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, I should extend my SECONDARY (substitute) parochial loyalty and affection to St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville.
AND FINALLY, if I am a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville, I should extend my SECONDARY (substitute) parochial loyalty and affection to St. Joseph Parish, Girardville.
If anyone does not know what I am driving at, please let me know and I’ll explain it in plainer language.

stjos/stvds: 11.09.2008 - 02


7:30 am to 12:00 noon
$7.00 for an adult or a teenager and $4.00 for a child

Agenda: What needs to be done, plus work schedule for volunteers
Wednesday, 12 November
7:00 pm
St. Joseph Parish School Building
New faces especially welcome at this meeting.
If any questions, call 276-1607

How do you roast a beef?
Well, you get this piece of beef and you put him up at the head table and you get other pieces of beef to come up and stand at the microphone and they tell funny stories and they rib him and rake him over the coals and insult him and make good-natured jokes about him and stuff like that.
They rib him? Is that why they call it a “rib roast”?
I guess so, but here’s what we really want to tell you:

There is going to be a delicious roast-beef dinner from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the St. Joseph Parish School Building.
Tickets will go on sale shortly.
Meanwhile, notify your salivary glands,
because they will want to be there!
A FRIEND OF MINE from “south of the mountain” called me one day this past week. He said in a lighthearted manner: “I hear you’re getting some people angry up there.” [By “up there”, he meant Girardville.] I said, “I am? And, pray tell, what am I doing that makes them angry?” He said, “Because you’ve done away with female lectors and altar servers!” I said, “I did WHAT??” He repeated what he said. I said, “Where do they get this stuff? I haven’t done any such thing! I have NOT done away with female lectors or altar servers. I haven’t even THOUGHT about doing away with female lectors or altar servers!” My friend said, “Well, I’m just telling you what I heard.” I said, “Well, tell the person who told you such nonsense, that the only person I’m thinking of ‘doing away with’ is him — or her, as the case may be!”

stjos/stvds: 11.09.2008 - 03


The following is an excerpt from an email that came from a friend of mine. She is a member of a parish in Berks County and a pro-life activist. I am omitting her name.
Sunday, 2 Nov 08

Dear Father Connolly:
…….. The worst thing was the female extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, whom I had observed only about ten minutes earlier giving out Communion in the back section of the church. She came out and took an Obama sticker and put it on, as did her two daughters. When I tried to talk to her about not voting for Obama because he is for abortion, she just threw her head back, laughed and said, "Well, then I'll just have to vote for Jesus Christ" and walked away still wearing her Obama sticker.

The following is an email from a friend of mine who is a member of a parish “south of the mountain” in Schuylkill County. I am omitting her name.
Monday, 3 Nov 08

Hi, Father!
Hope you are sitting down for this one! A woman who goes to morning Mass at [name of her parish church] was ranting and raving about all of the Mc Cain posters she saw on her way to church. "I just want to rip them all out!" A very pro-life person said to her, "But McCain is pro-life and Obama is pro-abortion”. The woman responded, "Oh, they don't even do that anymore!" She must be living under a rock. Sure took my breath away.

The following two emails came from members of a parish in Girardville. I am omitting their names.
Wednesday, 5 Nov 08

Dear Father Connolly:
A pro-abortion president and vice president have been elected. Washington State approved assisted suicide, South Dakota voters rejected measures that could have led to sweeping bans of abortion, Massachusetts will now allow small possessions of marijuana to be legal, chickens in California must have bigger cages, and Colorado voters have decided that to say life begins at conception would not be a good idea to teach children.
Where do we go next? Prayer I suppose. I have a strange feeling that God's wrath is going to pour down on this country very soon. God bless us and God help us all!

Wednesday, 5 Nov 08

Dear Padre:
Now that we’ve given God the “finger” how do you think He’ll respond?
I fear for us all!
As the flags of justice and liberty and fear-of-the-Lord fly at half-mast this bleak day we shall pray!
We have just ushered in the era of the Anti-Christ!
Yours in the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

stjos/stvds: 11.09.2008 - 04


WE SHARE THE MAIL (continued)
The following email came from a Catholic friend of mine who lives in western Pennsylvania. I know this person quite well. He is intellectual, thoughtful, devout, emotionally stable, hence not prone to go off the deep end. I am omitting his name.
Tuesday, 4 Nov 08

Dear Father:
I refer you to Michael O’Brien’s article at the following link:
I do not think that Obama is THE anti-Christ (nor does O’Brien). Therefore I can go down the road quite a bit with O’ Brien’s assessment. Actually the tradition is that the final and true anti-Christ will be Jewish — which makes perfect sense. If Obama were Jewish I would be more concerned!
Inasmuch as the state will be the bastion of the Son of Perdition, as we move to more and more socialism and globalization, we move closer and closer to the ingredients for the final world-wide persecution of the Church. If Obama wins, and I will be shocked if he does not, the US will have moved one step closer to that time. The messianic elements of his campaign and the faux iconic images of him speak volumes. He is a dangerous man. It is notable to see how many Catholics in public and private life have succumbed. This is a bellwether of things to come. 30 years from now? 300 years from now? Who knows?

My comment on this last email
I was intrigued to know that Michael O’Brien (and my friend who wrote me the email) view the election of Obama within an eschatological context. In other words, they think it is entirely likely to surmise that Obama’s coming to power is one in a series of events that foreshadow the end of the age, commonly referred to as “the end of the world”.
Something I strongly urge all of my fellow Catholics to realize is this: The Catholic Church will NOT be in a position of power and prosperity during the period that immediately precedes the end of the age, i.e. the Second Coming of Christ and the final Judgment Day. On the contrary, the Catholic Church will be relatively small and powerless, in the sense of worldly power and prestige. Many members of the Church will have ceased to practice the Faith altogether. Some will have joined various pseudo-Christian sects and movements. The false gospel of prosperity will be popular. Pseudo-Christian leaders will attract large followings, with claims to having power to bring about astonishing physical healings. Many ex-Catholics will become entirely secular. Like Jesus, the Church will be persecuted, humiliated and abandoned by all but a few (the faithful remnant). Pseudo-messiahs will come and go. Eventually, some immensely attractive and charismatic person will arise who will accept the offer to be the Leader of the Human Race. This will be the final straw. Just when it seems that the Catholic Church has finally been eradicated, the Lord Jesus will descend from Heaven, bringing His Bride with Him. The faithful remnant will receive them with great joy. The dead will be raised, the books will be opened and the judgment will commence.

Lest anyone think that this scenario is religious bunk, I refer you to the sober and measured words of paragraphs 675 to 677 of CCC (The Catechism of the Catholic Church). Read them on page 8 of this bulletin. Please read it several times until it clicks.
Verbum sat sapienti.

stjos/stvds: 11.09.2008 - 05


And what is this “vitally important subject”?
I’m glad you asked!
The vitally important subject is:
When putting silverware into the automatic dishwasher, should I put it in “handles up” or “handles down”?
Let me explain.
All my life — well, at least all of that portion of my life during which I have lived in a house that has an automatic dishwasher — I have been accustomed to place the silverware into the dishwasher in the “handles up” (i.e. “business end down”) position.
Why? I’m not really sure. It just seemed like the way to go.
But, if I think about it, there does seem to be a certain interior logic about it, a kind of “Natural Law of the Kitchen”: We normally pick up knives, forks and spoons by the handles (unless, of course, we are still of high-chair age and haven’t quite got the hang of it yet) and, so, it seems more “natural” to hold these items by the handles when putting them into the dishwasher — therefore “handles up”!
However, about a month ago, a friend of mine who was visiting in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory and with whom I was having coffee and bagels, observed me putting the silverware into the dishwasher in the “handles up” position. My friend chided me and said that it is more sanitary to put the silverware into the dishwasher in the “handles down” position because that will give the “business ends” of the knives, forks and spoons more exposure to the hot water and detergent. This perplexed me! Had I been doing it wrong all these years? Had I been practicing poor sanitation? Will I get a bad mark on my report card for “Health Habits”? (For the benefit of those who are a lot younger than I, there was a category named “Health Habits” that was part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia parochial school report card. I’m proud to say that I always got an “A” in “Health Habits”. My mother would have been humiliated if I had brought home a “B” or a “C” in that category! It would have reflected ill on her.)
So, I figured that my friend, because she is a full-time wife and mother, must know what she is talking about. Therefore, I started to make a conscious effort to mend my ways and put the silverware into the dishwasher “handles down”. It is hard to break old habits, but it can be done!
But, after a couple of weeks of doing it “the new way”, I felt uncomfortable. In my gut, I felt that I was doing something wrong, i.e. violating the aforementioned Natural Law.
So, I decided to go on-line for some serious research / consultation on the matter. I googled something about “silverware and automatic dishwashers” and came up with two sites.
You can look these up on your own, if you care to do so. However, you can just let me give you the essential information I read on the Net. Here it is:

What is the correct way to place silverware in dishwasher? Facing up or down?
If you place it so that the handles are up, you do not have to touch the working end of the freshly sanitized silverware when it's done. This position also puts the dirty end nearest the high-pressure jets below during washing and rinsing. However, the handles are usually thinner, so you can get a lot more silverware into a rack if the handles are down.

How to Wash Silverware in the Dishwasher
Once you’re done rinsing off the food and condiments, place your silverware in the cutlery bin of your dishwasher with the head side pointed down.

So, there we are! I have gone back to my old ways. It’s “handles down” if your main interest is how many pieces of silverware you can fit into the dishwasher for one wash, but it’s “handles up” if your main interest is getting the silverware as clean and sanitary as possible. It’s “handles up” for me!

Q - What the heck is this article doing in a church bulletin? What’s this got to do with religion?
A – Cleanliness is next to godliness!

stjos/stvds: 11.09.2008 - 06

Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Girardville PA 17935

Mailing address for both parishes:
260 N. 2nd Street, Girardville PA 17935-1338
Phone: 570.276.6033
Fax: 570.276.6032
E-mail: OR
Rev. Edward B. Connolly, Pastor

To: Parents / Guardians of CCD children
From: Fr. Edward B. Connolly
Date: 2 Nov 08

Dear Parents:
This evening (2 Nov) I shall speak for a few minutes with all of the CCD children who will be present for the classes.
I shall speak with them about the Third Commandment: Remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day (the Lord’s Day).
One of the things I shall tell them is that it is a law of God and of the Catholic Church that they go to Mass every Sunday (or Saturday evening) and every Holyday of Obligation (or the evening before).
I am deeply concerned because I notice that a number of the children are not present at Mass — at least not as far as I know.
I shall not “holler at” the children. They are of an age when they are not yet responsible for getting themselves to Mass on Sunday on their own steam. They are dependent on parents and other adults to get them there. It would not be fair of me to “holler at” them.
At the same time, I shall not speak disrespectfully to them about their parents. I believe very much in respect for parents. I shall do nothing to undermine their respect for their mothers and fathers.
I shall simply tell the children that they must “do their best” to get to Mass and I shall tell them that, if their parents do not get to Mass, they (the children) must “do something” (I’m not sure what!) to encourage their parents to get themselves there and to get them there.
Does it seem to you that I am trying to apply some gentle pressure on you to get your children to Mass? If it does seem that way to you, then I must confess that you are correct. There is no point in my trying to deny it.
I am interested in your salvation and in the salvation of your children.
Deep down, I am trying to get YOU to go to Mass and to go to confession and Holy Communion.
Please advise me as to what I can do to help you in this regard.
This world is not going to last forever. The Lord is going to return in order to judge the human race.
I cannot worry about the WHOLE human race, but I do get paid to worry about that part of the human race that lives in Girardville and nearby communities — at least those among them who say that they are Catholics.
So, that’s my story, dear mothers and fathers of the CCD children.
I beg you, in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord, to see to it that you and your children attend Mass every Sunday.
If you want to call me to talk about your spiritual situation, please know that I would be happy to hear from you.

Your friend and pastor,

Edward B. Connolly

stjos/stvds: 11.09.2008 - 07



675 Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the "mystery of iniquity" in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.
676 The Antichrist's deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millennarianism, especially the "intrinsically perverse" political form of a secular messianism.
677 The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God's victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. God's triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.


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