Saturday, 30 August
Vigil of Sunday
by Joe Sr. and Joe Jr.

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

Monday, 01 September
08:00 am - CHILDREN of the WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Wednesday, 03 September
St. Gregory the Great, pope, doctor (OblMem)
8:00 am - ELLIE BOXER (47th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Friday, 05 September
Bd. Teresa of Calcutta (OptMem)
by Poldie Yurenka

Saturday, 06 September
by StJosPar

Vigil of Sunday
by Douglas and Concetta Platt

Sunday, 07 September
23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
by Michelena Piccolo


Saturday, 30 August
Vigil of Sunday
by Bob McCann

Sunday, 31 August
22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
08:30 am - NED H. LANG (2nd anniversary)
by his wife, Jean

Tuesday, 02 September
by Joseph and Alice Chiaretti

Thursday, 04 September
06:30 pm - Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the members of the HRS

Saturday, 06 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm - MARY USIC
by Jean Majikas and family

Sunday, 07 September
23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
by Uncle John and Aunt Jeannie

stjos/stvds: 08.31.2008 - 01

Saint Joseph Parish: $1,178.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $92.00 from the second collection (plate); $45.00 from the dues envelopes; $70.00 from the summer banks envelopes $93.00 from the loose.
Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $921.00 from the envelopes; $134.00 from the second collection (plate); $96.00 from the loose.
Thank you.
(These were inadvertently omitted from last weekend's bulletin.)
Saint Joseph Parish: $1,639.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $128.00 from the second collection (plate); $67.00 from the dues envelopes; $125.00 from the summer banks envelopes $164.06 from the loose; $484.00 from the Assumption envelopes.
Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $1,062.00 from the envelopes; $327.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $251.00 from the Lithuanian Relief envelopes; $94.39 from the loose.
Thank you.
IT IS FRIDAY, 29 AUGUST 2008. The time is approximately 7:55 am. A man drives up and parks at the curb in front of St. Joseph Church, Main Street, Girardville. He is driving a 1999 Subaru Impreza. He has a beard and is wearing a cassock. (He is probably a priest.) He gets out of the car and walks towards the church steps. He sees a woman and a little girl standing on the corner. The woman appears to be the little girl's mother. They are probably waiting for the school bus to arrive. The priest does not recognize them but he smiles at them and says, "Good morning!" The woman returns the smile and the greeting. (So far, so good!) But the little girl is wary. She doesn't crack a smile, nor does she say anything to the priest. However, she is overheard saying to her mother, "Does he work here?"
That's a good question, little girl, a good question indeed! Let me put it this way: I make every effort to make it look as though I work here. Whether I actually work here is a matter of opinion. Of course, it is my opinion that I do work here but that all depends on your definition of "work".
If you do, please let them know that there will be a
BLESSING OF THE BEASTS on Saturday, 4 October, at 12:00 noon. On the Catholic liturgical calendar, the fourth day of October is the Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi.
If you don't like the expression
"Blessing of the Beasts", we could always tone it down and call it "Blessing of the Animals".
However, I find that
Kateri (rhymes with "battery"), who is the Official Cat of the Catholic parishes of Girardville, has a preference for the word "BEAST". She says it makes her sound more awesome and, by doing so, boosts her self-esteem. We try to make her happy!
So, mark down the time and the date and tell your beast(s) to do the same.
The blessing will take place in the Yard of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory - on the grass, not in the parking lot.
Beasts to be blessed need not be members of either parish. In fact, they don't even have to be Catholic. However, as a minimum requirement for being blessed, your beast should believe in the Creator God and should respect St. Francis of Assisi.

stjos/stvds: 08.31.2008 - 02


The banns of marriage are issued for the first time between
THADDEUS JUDE MADDEN, a member of St. Mauritius Parish (Ashland), and SHANNON THERESA REESE, a member of St. Joseph Parish (Girardville).
If anyone knows of any impediment to the sacramental marriage of these two persons, he or she should notify the pastor (or the Bishop) without delay
IF YOU ARE DRIVING ALONG MAIN STREET in Girardville on Sunday, 14 September, between 8:30 am and 12:00 noon, you should BRAKE FAST, so that you can park your car in the vicinity of the St. Joseph School building, so that you can BREAK FAST with all the other fine persons who will be enjoying the SUNDAY BREAKFAST. Make it a point to support this worthy fundraising effort.
IN CONNECTION WITH THE ABOVE, please note that there will be a meeting of the St. Joseph School Building Committee on Wednesday, 3 September, at 7:00 p.m. The main item on the agenda is the BREAKFAST. This is not a closed meeting. Volunteers are more than welcome to attend. In fact, it would be wonderful if some NEW FACES showed up. Not that there's anything wrong with the OLD FACES. We love and respect the old faces. It's just that we like to see NEW faces from time to time!

PLEASE PRAY FOR a priest who died this past Saturday - 23 August. Monsignor John E. Gillespie was 80 years old, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He is the brother of Father Francis T. Gillespie, former pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville. Msgr. Gillespie was a frequent visitor to St. Joseph Rectory during his brother's tenure as pastor. Here is Fr. Gillespie's address - for those who might want to send him a Mass card or expression of sympathy:

Rev. Francis T. Gillespie
Holy Family Villa
1325 Prospect Avenue
Bethlehem PA 18018-4916

Eternal rest grant unto Father John Gillespie, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Catholic Daughters of America will meet at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, 2 September, in the Father Sheridan Room.
Holy Rosary Society will meet in the St. Vincent dePaul (school) meeting room after the 6:30 pm Mass on Thursday, 4 September.

stjos/stvds: 08.31.2008 - 03


Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi was being interviewed by Tom Brokaw on 24 August 2008.
As part of the interview, Mr. Brokaw played a portion of a videotape of a conversation between
Pastor Rick Warren and Senator Barack Obama. This conversation took place on 16 August 2008.
Please read the following:
MR. BROKAW (addressing Speaker Pelosi): There was a very well publicized and very effective interview by Pastor Rick Warren at the Saddleback Church in California of the two candidates recently. And on the right - especially - response from Senator Obama to the question of when life begins has been getting a lot of attention. We want to just share with you how that went, and then you can take a look at it and, and respond to it for us.
(Plays videotape from 16 Aug)
PASTOR WARREN: At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?
SEN. OBAMA: Well, you know, I think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is, is above my pay grade.
MR. BROKAW: Senator Obama saying the question of when life begins is above his pay grade, whether you're looking at it scientifically or theologically. If he were to come to you and say, "Help me out here, Madame Speaker. When does life begin?" what would you tell him?
SPEAKER PELOSI: I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition. And Senator--St. Augustine said at three months. We don't know. The point is, is that it shouldn't have an impact on the woman's right to choose. Roe v. Wade talks about very clear definitions of when the child--first trimester, certain considerations; second trimester; not so third trimester. There's very clear distinctions. This isn't about abortion on demand, it's about a careful, careful consideration of all factors and--to--that a woman has to make with her doctor and her god. And so I don't think anybody can tell you when life begins, human life begins. As I say, the Catholic Church for centuries has been discussing this, and there are those who've decided...
MR. BROKAW: The Catholic Church at the moment feels very strongly that it...
SPEAKER PELOSI: I understand that.
MR. BROKAW: ...begins at the point of conception.
SPEAKER PELOSI: I understand. And this is like maybe 50 years or something like that. So again, over the history of the church, this is an issue of controversy. But it is, it is also true that God has given us, each of us, a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions. And we want abortions to be safe, rare, and reduce the number of abortions. That's why we have this fight in Congress over contraception. My Republican colleagues do not support contraception. If you want to reduce the number of abortions, and we all do, we must--it would behoove you to support family planning and, and contraception, you would think. But that is not the case. So we have to take--you know, we have to handle this as respectfully--this is sacred ground. We have to handle it very respectfully and not politicize it, as it has been--and I'm not saying Rick Warren did, because I don't think he did, but others will try to.
MR. BROKAW: Madame Speaker, thanks very much for being with us.
SPEAKER PELOSI: It's my pleasure. Thank you.

stjos/stvds: 08.31.2008 - 04


To: The Honorable Barack Obama
From: Fr. E. B. Connolly

Dear Senator:
The question Pastor Warren asked you was as follows: "At what point does a baby get human rights?" You responded by saying that the answer to such a question is "above my pay grade". That is mildly humorous, Senator, but I'm afraid we can't let you off the hook. A man of your intelligence, attainments and aspirations needs to do better than that.
The answer to the question is this: A human being gets human rights as soon as he or she is human, which means as soon as he or she comes into existence. A human being comes into existence in the fallopian tube of his or her mother. A spermatozoon from the father human enters an ovum from the mother human and - bam! - you've got yourself a brand new human being. But why am I explaining this to a United States Senator? Maybe your Dad never took you aside for "the talk"? Or maybe you fell asleep in Health class in 9th grade? If so, please feel free to give me a call. We'll make an appointment and I'll explain it all to you in greater detail.
Respectfully, etc.

To: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
From: Fr. E. B. Connolly

Dear Madame Speaker:
I am disappointed in you. You come from a nice Italian Catholic family in Baltimore. I think you even went to parochial school for a while, didn't you? How could you possibly say what you said? You said - and with a straight face - that the Catholic Church was confused about when life begins and that we only started to take a position on the matter "like maybe 50 years (ago) or something like that". That is the most incredible and outrageous twisting of the truth I have come across since the last time you opened your mouth. Please repent, go to confession and make a public retraction.
I wish you a long life and a healthy one, but we all have to die sometime. Even Speakers of the House have to die. When you do, I would like you to wind up in Heaven. I warn you that it is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit to spread lies about what the Church has and has not taught.
Respectfully, etc.

stjos/stvds: 08.31.2008 - 05

"fiercely against abortion"

I turned on the TV this past Friday afternoon (29 Aug). Senator McCain had promised to announce his choice for vice-presidential running mate.
It blew my mind when he announced that he had chosen
Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska. I had heard that she was "on the list" but I didn't take it seriously. I didn't think John McCain would take the risk of putting such a strong pro-lifer on the ticket.
I have to confess to being delighted when I heard that he had chosen her. She will help to make this an interesting election!
I laughed when I heard MSNBC commentator Andrea Mitchell say - with a somewhat pained expression on her face - that Governor Palin is
"fiercely against abortion". (I am fairly certain that Andrea's views on abortion are 180 degrees removed from Sarah's!)

For the benefit of those who might not know:

Governor Palin is the most outstanding pro-life governor in the United States.

She is the mother of five children: boy-girl-girl-girl-boy. Noteworthy is that the eldest is 19, in the Army and scheduled to be deployed to Iraq. Even more noteworthy is that the youngest (4 months old) has Down's syndrome. Sarah and her husband were well aware of this fact while the child was in utero. They made it abundantly clear that they welcomed him with open hearts and open arms.
Commenting casually on the fact that her fifth child has Down's Syndrome, here is a quote from the Governor when she was being interviewed a few days after giving birth to the little boy:

"I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"

For the benefit of those who tend to get nervous about the intersection of politics with church bulletins, I beg to point out that neither of the two Girardville parishes, nor their pastor, takes any public position whatsoever on any candidate for public office nor do we support or oppose any political party - except I think it's safe to say that we oppose the Communist Party. And, oh yes, by the way, we also oppose the American Nazi Party. I'm not sure if the ANP is still in business but, if they are, we definitely oppose them. It's okay to say that in a parish bulletin, isn't it? If it's not okay, then I take it back.

stjos/stvds: 08.31.2008 - 06


Tuesday, 02 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 04 September
05:30 to 06:30 pm
in St. Vincent DePaul Church

Friday, 05 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel
Repent and confess your sins now. You won't have the opportunity once you're dead.

The Lord Jesus grants special outpourings of His Divine Mercy to those who venerate His Sacred Heart.
The First Friday of each month is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
We highly encourage everyone - man, woman and child - to come to deeper awareness of the graces available on First Friday.

8:00 am - Mass in St. Joseph Chapel
7:00 pm - Holy Hour in St Joseph Chapel
(note: confessions prior to Holy Hour)

The Most Holy Virgin Mother asks us to observe the first Saturday of each month as a day of special prayer and reparation, in honor of her Immaculate Heart.
We highly encourage everyone to make the time to attend Mass and devotions on the First Saturdays.
8:00 am - Mass in St. Joseph Chapel
followed immediately by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament,
together with the Scripture Rosary and other prayers.

stjos/stvds: 08.31.2008 - 07


The following statement (part of the platform) was officially accepted at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention held last week in Denver CO.

"The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. The Democratic Party also strongly supports access to affordable family planning services and comprehensive age-appropriate sex education which empowers people to make informed choices and live healthy lives. We also recognize that such health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. The Democratic Party also strongly supports a woman's decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre- and post-natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs."

We can all be grateful to the Democratic Party for being upfront and unequivocal about the fact that it strongly supports unrestricted abortion - 24 / 7 / 365, at all times and all places and under all circumstances, with or without parental consent in the case of minors - together with the obligation of the American taxpayer to pay for same. Abortion is, of course, the act of homicide directed against an unborn child. Such forthrightness on the part of the Democratic Party is helpful to the public, because it removes ambiguity. Please note that the phrase "family planning services" means, most of all, artificial contraception - which, not infrequently, includes de facto early-term abortions.

stjos/stvds: 08.31.2008 - 08


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