Saturday, 23 August
Vigil of Sunday
by her husband, Wade, and family

Sunday, 24 August
21st Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am - STEPHEN P. McCARTHY
by Joan McCarthy

Monday, 25 August
St. Louis, king of France; St. Joseph Calasanz, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am - CHILDREN of the WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Wednesday, 27 August
St. Monica (OblMem)
by Nathan and Bernadette and family

Friday, 29 August
Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (OblMem)
08:00 am - EDWARD BRADSHAW Jr. by the Bradshaw and the Ablo families

Saturday, 30 August
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Vigil of Sunday
by Joe Sr. and Joe Jr.

Sunday, 31 August
22 Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am - JIM O'DONNELL
by Margaret O'Donnell


Saturday, 23 August
Vigil of Sunday
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Sunday, 24 August
21 Sunday of Ordinary Time
(3rd anniversary)
by Edna Labie and family

Tuesday, 26 July
08:00 am - EDWARD M. COYLE
by Tess Balulis

Thursday, 28 July
St. Augustine of Hippo, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm - JAMES A. COYLE
by his son, James, and his daughter-in-law, Cindy

Saturday, 23 August
Vigil of Sunday
by Bob McCann

Sunday, 31 August
22 Sunday of Ordinary Time
8:30 am - NED H. LANG
(2nd anniversary)
by his wife, Jean

sstjos/stvds: 08.24.2008 - 01


IN THE 10 AUGUST EDITION OF THE BULLETIN, we asked if anyone could translate the following Lithuanian inscription:


These words are written on the small plaque underneath the frieze of The Last Supper on the front of the altar at St. Vincent dePaul Church. (You have to scrunch all the way down to the floor, if you want to read it.)
Blase Draugalis was kind enough to translate it for me. I am grateful to him.

GYVOJO is "living"
ROŽANCIAUS is "rosary"
IR is "and"
MALDOS is "prayer"
APAŠT is "apostolate"
DRAUGIJOS is "society" or "sodality".

So, if you put it together, it means something like this: LIVING ROSARY and APOSTOLATE of PRAYER SOCIETY (or SODALITY)
This will be everyone's Lithuanian lesson for the week. Please study these vocabulary words. There will be a pop quiz.


Tuesday, 26 August
11:00 am to 12 noon
in St. Joseph Chapel

Wednesday, 27 August
04:00 to 05:00 p.m.
in St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 28 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Vincent DePaul Church
PLEASE NOTE: As a general rule, I expect to commit myself to being in the confessional for three one-hour time slots each week. These three hours will vary from week to week. Please check the bulletin or else call the Rectory to find out the times.
In addition to these times, I shall try to be available for Confession for a few minutes prior to the weekend Masses.
Also, everyone should know that I am more than willing to hear a person's confession at his or her convenience, insofar as this is possible. All you need do is call ahead.
If you cannot think of any sins to confess, ask your wife to suggest one or two. She will be happy to oblige. It is all part of her duty as your wife. If you don't have a wife, ask your mother. If you have neither wife nor mother, you can ask Fr. Connolly to help you with an examination of conscience.

stjos/stvds: 08.24.2008 - 02



I took a few vacation days last week (17 to 21 Aug, to be exact). Another priest and I drove up to the Hudson Valley area of New York State. We visited George Washington's headquarters in Newburgh and Martin Van Buren's home in Kinderhook. Neither George nor Martin was at home to receive us, but we had a good time anyway.
We spent a few hours in Albany, where we took a boat ride on the Hudson. Prior to that, we visited the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Albany. It is an ancient and venerable structure, now undergoing a drastic makeover.
Albany is a diocese that tilted to the left a good many years ago and forgot to shift back to the center. Anyone who reads those Catholic newspapers and magazines that are fearlessly faithful to the magisterium has read countless stories over the years about doctrinal dissent and liturgical abuse that have taken place in upstate New York.
Here is an example of what's wrong with the Church in Albany: Walking through the cathedral, I saw a plaque that proclaimed that All Saints Cathedral (the cathedral of the Episcopal diocese of Albany) and the Immaculate Conception Cathedral are "sister churches". No doubt the plaque was erected in some outburst of ecumenical enthusiasm.
I think (but I'm not certain) that that plaque was placed there during the reign of the current Bishop of Albany, viz. the Most Reverend Howard J. Hubbard. Whether or not it originated during Bishop Hubbard's time is irrelevant at this point. He has to take responsibility for it, because he has it on prominent display in his cathedral!
Is Bishop Hubbard really saying that the Episcopal Church and the Catholic Church are "sister churches"? If so (and it seems that he is), then is he not implying that the Episcopal Church is an acceptable alternative to the Catholic Church? Is he not implying that it really doesn't make all that much difference whether one is a Catholic or an Episcopalian, because it all amounts to the same thing?
We live in an effeminate age and, so, I realize that what I have to say will be interpreted by some readers as "bigoted" and "arrogant" and "mean-spirited" and, maybe, worse. The truth is often offensive to persons who are unaccustomed to it.
The truth is this: The Catholic Church and the denomination called "the Episcopal Church" are not "sister churches". In fact, the denomination popularly known as "the Episcopal Church" is really not a church at all. If you don't believe me, you can check with Pope Benedict XVI! He will tell you the same thing I am telling you! In fact, he already has! I take my cue from him.
The Christians known as Episcopalians (or Anglicans) are an ecclesial community. They are not a "church". Why are they not a "church"? They are not a "church" because they do not have valid sacraments of Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Penance or Anointing of the Sick. Why do they not have valid sacraments of Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Penance and Anointing of the Sick? Because all of these sacraments are dependent for their validity on the sacrament of Holy Orders and Episcopalians do not have the valid sacrament of Holy Orders. Anglican (Episcopal) bishops and priests are not valid bishops and priests. They have not been ordained in the apostolic succession. In the words of Pope Leo XIII, Anglican (Episcopal) orders are "absolutely null and utterly void". Leo was no pussyfooter.
If Bishop Hubbard does NOT know this, then why is he the Bishop of Albany? But if Bishop Hubbard DOES know this and still keeps that plaque in his cathedral, then why is he the Bishop of Albany?
I presume that Bishop Hubbard wants to be seen as kind and gracious and agreeable. I presume that, above everything, he wishes not to give offense.
Bishop Hubbard should know that the greatest charity a bishop or priest or deacon can offer is the charity of teaching his flock the truth, especially when the truth is unpopular.

stjos/stvds: 08.24.2008 - 03


PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOL, GRADES K TO 8 should please call the Rectory (276.6033) ASAP in order to let us know that your child will be attending CCD this school year. If you call at a time when no one is there to answer, leave the following information: (a) your name; (b) the name(s) of the child(ren); (c) his/her/their grade(s) in school; (d) a telephone number where we can reach you. CCD will be held on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

You don't know me and I don't know you. In fact, you don't have the foggiest idea who I am, and let's keep it that way. You probably didn't even notice me. There was no reason why you should. For the record: I am that older gentleman who, together with another older gentleman (a friend of mine), was driving through Port Jervis on the way back to Girardville on Thursday, 21 August. My friend and I stopped in at the local BK in order to have some supper. I ordered a Big Fish, large fries and a Coke. I was carrying my order on a tray from the counter to a booth when I passed by you. You were sitting in a booth, eating your whatever and fries and, as I glanced at you, I noticed that you had this ring right through your septum and another ring under your nether lip.
Now, I can't say exactly why it happened. The human imagination is complex, but what happened was this: the sight of the piercings in your face together with the proximity of them to the food you were eating together with the fact that I was carrying food of a similar nature that I fully intended to consume as soon as I could be seated all came together in my brain and a wave of nausea came over me.
I had to sit in the booth for a minute, deliberately put your face out of my imagination, and then take a deep breath and a sip of coke in order to push the nausea away. Fortunately, I'm pretty good at mind over matter. So, I was able to eat my Big Fish and large fries and drink my Coke and make my exit from the BK without further incident.
Would you please do the human race a favor? Would you please remove those rings from your face whenever you go out to a public place to eat? If not, would you please move to some sparsely populated area where you will come into contact with as few humans as possible. Here is a third option: Would you please carry some Dramamine or Pepto Bismol with you, so that you will be able to offer instant relief to those who, like myself, have delicate stomachs when obliged to eat in proximity to pierced persons like yourself?
Thank you.
With all good wishes,
P.S. --- Would I be correct if I were to guess that your favorite president is Franklin Pierce?

stjos/stvds: 08.24.2008 - 04

Choice of Biden Re-Opens Catholic Wound
Own Bishop Outspoken on Obligation to Protect Life

CHICAGO, Aug 23, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The selection of Delaware Senator Joseph Biden as the vice presidential running mate of Barack Obama poses a major challenge for American Catholics, according to Fidelis, a national Catholic-based advocacy group.
Fidelis warned late last month that a pro-abortion Catholic choice as a vice presidential candidate would offend many Catholics who have struggled with the scandal of prominent pro-abortion Catholic politicians like Senator Biden.
Fidelis President Brian Burch commented, "Barack Obama has re-opened a wound among American Catholics by picking a pro-abortion Catholic politician. The American bishops have made clear that Catholic political leaders must defend the dignity of every human person, including the unborn. Sadly, Joe Biden's tenure in the United States Senate has been marked by steadfast support for legal abortion."
During the recent Democratic primary campaign Biden said: "I am a long-standing supporter of Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose."
In 2004, John Kerry's support for abortion sparked a nationwide controversy over whether Catholics who support legal abortion can receive Communion. The debate was re-activated in 2007 when several bishops criticized Rudy Guiliani, also a pro-abortion Catholic.
"Now everywhere Biden campaigns, we'll have this question of whether a pro-abortion Catholic can receive Communion. Senator Biden is an unrepentant supporter of abortion in direct opposition to the Church he claims as his own. Selecting a pro-abortion Catholic is a slap in the face to Catholic voters," said Burch.
Biden's own bishop, Bishop Michael Saltarelli of Wilmington, Del., has said that the issues pertaining to the sanctity of human life are the "great civil rights issues of this generation."
Bishop Saltarelli denounced the notion that politicians can 'personally oppose' abortion, but refuse to pass laws protecting the unborn.
"No one today would accept this statement from any public servant: 'I am personally opposed to human slavery and racism but will not impose my personal conviction in the legislative arena.' Likewise, none of us should accept this statement from any public servant: "I am personally opposed to abortion but will not impose my personal conviction in the legislative arena," said Bishop Saltarelli.
In fact, Bishop Saltarelli made clear that pro-abortion Catholic politicians should refrain from receiving the Eucharist.
"The promotion of abortion by any Catholic is a grave and serious matter. Objectively, according to the constant teaching of the Scriptures and the Church, it would be more spiritually beneficial for such a person to refrain from receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. I ask Catholics in this position to have the integrity to respect the Eucharist, Catholic teaching and the Catholic faithful."
Burch concluded: "The American bishops have instructed Catholic voters to consider many issues, but have characterized the defense of human life as 'foundational' and have explained that the issue has a special claim on the conscience of the Catholic voter. This means that a political candidate like Biden, because of his strong support for abortion rights, forfeits any claim for support despite his views on other issues like health care and the economy."

Note: The pastor of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish recognizes his civil obligation to refrain from using parish property or resources in order to support or to oppose any particular candidate or political party. At the same time, he asserts his pastoral obligation and constitutional right to instruct his people about their moral obligations in the exercise of their right to vote and to inform them about the positions of political parties and candidates in the most crucial human life issues of our time: (a) abortion; (b) stem cell research; (c) sanctity of marriage; (d) reproduction; (e) parental rights; (f) war; (g) death penalty. Any seeming conflict between these two obligations will be resolved in as prudential a manner as possible.

stjos/stvds: 08.24.2008 - 05


Do you happen to know the exact geographical boundaries of St. Joseph Parish and of St. Vincent dePaul Parish?
You don't?
Would you like to know?
You would?
Then here they are! I have taken them from The Official Catholic Directory of the Diocese of Allentown.

BOUNDARIES: Beginning at the intersection of Mine Run and the Schuylkill County line.
North: East along Schuylkill County and Butler Township lines to the eastern boundary line of Butler Township.
East: Southeast along Butler Township line to Highway Route 54, east along Highway Route 54 to the Lost Creek, south along the Lost Creek to the highway between Mahanoy Plane and Girardville, thence west along the Mahanoy Plane/Girardville Highway to its intersection with the western line of Ashland Dam extended, south along Ashland Dam's western line to Highway Route 61.
South: West along Route 61.
West: P.R.R. crossing on Ashland - Girardville Highway.

Lost Creek on east, Ashland on west, Fountain Springs on southwest, North Wild Cat and Preston Hill, inclusive.

If you are a Catholic and you live within the boundaries described above, you should be a member of St. Joseph Parish or of St. Vincent dePaul Parish - unless because of your ethnicity or because of some other reason, you choose to be a member of some other parish, in which case please wave as you drive by on your way to Mass.
If you are not registered in the parish, please do register. Do it as soon as possible. Yesterday would be good.
Even if you don't go to church and intend never to go to church, you should still register in the parish.
Well, let me put it this way: It looks good in the obituary!
"(The deceased) was a member of St. Joseph Parish (or St. Vincent dePaul Parish), Girardville." That's nice!
It's always a dead giveaway when the obituary reads like this: "(The deceased) was of the Catholic faith." That almost always means that the deceased was a Catholic who didn't register in any parish and didn't go to Mass. You don't get any points for being "of the Catholic faith". You might say, "But what's the point of my registering if I don't go to church?" We always say: "But if you're not going to go to church, it's always good for the biographical record if we know what church you're not going to."

after the 6:30 pm Mass
Thursday, 4 September
St. Vincent Parish Hall

7:30 pm
Tuesday, 2 September
Fr. Sheridan Room

stjos/stvds: 08.24.2008 - 06


ON PAGE EIGHT of this bulletin, I have printed a piece of local history that dates from 1902. I encourage everyone to read it.
I read it for the first time this past month. I found it interesting and it occurred to me that it would be of interest to others as well.
However, I am guessing that this piece of local history is already fairly well known to a number of persons who have lived all or most of their lives "north of the mountain" in Schuylkill County.
Even so, it might be interesting to "review" this event.
In case it's not obvious, I'm trying to draw a connection between what happened in Shenandoah on 30 July 1902 with what happened there on 12 July 2008, viz. the brutal beating to death of a 25-year-old man, Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala.
[Please note that I do not know who is guilty of the homicide. I know who are being charged, but I do not presume that they are guilty. They deserve their day in court.]
The apparent motive for the violence directed against Mr. Ramirez was his ethnicity. Some commentators emphasize the fact that the deceased was an "illegal alien" (or "undocumented worker" for those who prefer the milder term).
I doubt very much that the legality or illegality of Mr. Ramirez's manner of crossing the border had anything to do with his untimely death. I think he is dead because he looked like a Mexican and spoke like a Mexican - because he didn't look or speak like "one of us regular people".
"The more things change, the more they stay the same."
In addition to the hatred directed towards persons whose ethnicity is different from our own, there is another point of correspondence between the 1902 event and the 2008 event: ALCOHOL.
No situation is ever so bad that it cannot be made disastrous by the addition of alcohol.
We would do well to familiarize ourselves with what the Word of God has to say about the abuse of alcohol:

Drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing.-Judges 13:4

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.-Proverbs 20:1

Be not among winebibbers.... For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty.-Proverbs 23:20-21

Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? Who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.-Proverbs 23:29-30

Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!-Isaiah 5:11

Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink.-Isaiah 5:22

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.-Isaiah 28:7

Woe unto him that gives his neighbor drink, that gives his bottle to him, and makes him drunk.-Habakkuk 2:15

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness.-Romans 13:13

Drunkenness ... and such like ... they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.-Galatians 5:21

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess. -Ephesians 5:18

I think it is true to say that alcohol played an indispensable role in the tragedy of 12 July 2008, as it did in the tragedy of 30 July 1902. If not for alcohol, Mr. Ramirez would be alive and well and his two children would have a father.
If not for alcohol, those three teenagers in Shenandoah would be back in the classroom next week, not sitting in jail.
At least, that's how it seems to me.
What a lot of needless sorrow!
May God give us wisdom and strength.

stjos/stvds: 08.24.2008 - 07


July 30, 1902 would be the date that the Lithuanian-dominated First Ward of Shenandoah, Pa. would earn its nickname as "the Bloody First Ward". It was on that date during the mine strike (which started in May, 1902) that tensions erupted into death and mayhem. Joseph BEDDALL, a local hardware store owner, went to assist his brother who happened to be a county deputy sheriff. Thousands of miners and their supporters were demonstrating near the Railroad station when the angry mob turned on Mr. Beddall. He was assaulted, kicked, and beaten "almost to jelly." The Shenandoah police were summoned and desperate fighting ensued...bullets began to fly. In fact, one bullet shot over the head of my great-grandmother, Victoria RASIMAS ALEX(INAS) as she looked out of her saloon window.

The newspapers blamed all the trouble on the "foreign" element which had settled in Schuylkill County. The National Guard was called in by the Governor of PA to restore order. The length of the strike led to near starvation conditions for these Lithuanian ancestors. The riot in the ethnic enclave of the First Ward of Shenandoah, PA on July 30, 1902 resulted from labor's demand for an eight-hour workday for the coal miners. Three persons were killed and over thirty were injured. The Pennsylvania National Guard had to be called out by Governor STONE. The streets of Shenandoah were soon after patrolled by soldiers riding on horseback, brandishing rifles and bayonets. The town's doctors were kept busy. One physician alone removed eighteen bullets from the wounded. The state's Fourth and Eighth regiments were stationed on the streets of the predominantly Lithuanian and Polish neighborhood until the end of October, 1902. At first several of the townspeople would throw stones at the troops but the citizens and the soldiers gradually became accustomed to one another and violence was kept at a minimum. The 1,500 soldiers set up camp at Columbia Park.

Cavalry trooper Stewart CULIN gave a sympathetic view of the situation in Shenandoah. When he arrived with his troops he was impressed by the cleanliness of the population..."The miners were quiet and undemonstrative...the women were barefooted, in calico dresses...the styles and patterns of dress differentiated the Polish from the Lithuanian women...swarms of children played about with absolute freedom...nearly every other house appeared to be a saloon bearing foreign names." The trooper later befriended the pastor of St. George's, Father ABROMAITIS, who explained to him that the Lithuanian spoken in Shenandoah was influenced by Poland, Russia, and Prussia which resulted in three major dialects. The August 5th, 1902 edition of the "Miners Journal" covered the large funeral for Joseph Beddall, who was beaten to death by the angry mob near the railroad station in the First Ward. It gave little mention of sympathy for the other victims of the riot. The paper referred to it as "another drunken brawl by the foreign element" broken up by troops. The troops considered the southern end of Shenandoah to be the toughest part of town and government officials confessed to the General their inability to cope with the out-and-out insurrection. This required two companies of infantry to be stationed in the southern section of town. A deputy sheriff gave the following version of events during the hearing that followed: "On July 30, 1902, at about 5:00 pm, on my way home, my attention was directed to crowds collecting and men running in large numbers to the east of me towards the Lehigh & Reading R.R.

I went over towards them and heard a number of men yelling "scab." I asked assistance of the citizens to persuade the men to disperse. I passed on up towards Emerick Street and the crowd followed. My attention was then drawn to three men who followed me up the railroad to the depot. The crowd kept repeating "Scab," and other offensive words. I turned and saw three men whom I did not know. They proved to be Mr. GOOD, Mr. HENNER, and Mr. VAUGHN, who worked for the railroad. Mr. Good told the crowd that they were not scabs but the crowd surged forward. A member of the crowd tore open a bundle from one of the men and revealed a dinner pail and overalls. Immediately the three men were pounced upon and knocked down. Stones were thrown at them; they were beaten and kicked violently. Immediately I revealed that I was a deputy and began to read them the riot act. I heard someone yell out "To hell with the sheriff....we must kill the scabs." I then drew my revolver and fired twice in the air over their heads. The crowd did not fall back but continued to press in and beat the three men. I then began firing again and the crowd retreated. I and the three men hurried to the railroad depot. The crowd continued to throw stones and the numbers increased to the thousands. They howled and yelled like fiends and threw rocks through the windows. I held the crowd at bay until the police arrived. With their assistance we got into the train and departed town under a hail of rocks and bullets. Two hours later I learned that my brother, Joseph Beddall, a hardware store owner, was beaten to death coming to my assistance."

Jay R. Zane

stjos/stvds: 08.24.2008 - 08


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