Saturday, 13 September
Vigil of the Exaltation
by Charles Monaghan

Sunday, 14 September
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
11:30 am - CHARLES MORAN
by Thomasina Moran

Monday, 15 September
Our Lady of Sorrows (OblMem)
by Evelyn Marquardt and Randy Bucher

Wednesday, 17 September
St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
by Edward Malarkey and family

Friday, 19 September
St. Januarius, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
by bequest (Clarke Trust)

Saturday, 20 September
St. Andrew Kim Taegon and St. Paul Chong Hsang and companions, martyrs
08:00 am - Rev. ALBERT T. CERVELLA
by EBC

Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm - MICKEY and DAUNE DEVINE
by their family

Sunday, 14 September
25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am - WALTER and ANNE BRENNAN
by Joan McCarthy


Saturday, 13 September
Vigil of the Exaltation
by their family

Sunday, 14 September
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
by the members of the HNS

Tuesday, 16 September
St. Cornelius, pope, martyr, and
St. Cyprian, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am - EDWARD M. COYLE
by Tess Balulis

Thursday, 18 September
by Jim and Jeanne Stinchcomb

Saturday, 20 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 21 September
25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
by the Connell family

stjos/stvds: 09.14.2008 - 01


Joseph Parish: $1,082.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $114.50 from the second collection (plate); $314.00 from the dues envelopes; $180.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $954.00 from the envelopes; $315.00 from the Building & Maintenance envelopes; $49.00 from the loose. Thank you.


Tuesday, 16 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 18 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Vincent DePaul Church

Friday, 19 September
01:00 to 02:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel


Sometimes people don't go to Confession because they can't think of any sins that they have committed. This is, of course, an exercise in diabolical irony. Why? Let me put it this way: They can't think of any sins they have committed BECAUSE they don't go to Confession. Do you understand this?
No, I mean, do you really understand this? Why don't you go back and read this again?
No, I'm serious! Go back and read it again! Here's an analogy to help understand it:
Have you ever been in a house where everything is filthy and dusty or, at least, leaves a lot to be desired as far as cleanliness is concerned? Have you ever wondered why the people who live in the house don't do something about it, why they don't clean up t he mess? The answer, of course, is that they are unaware of the fact that the house is dirty. They are unaware of the dirt precisely because they don't bother to do any cleaning.
On the other hand, have you ever been in a house that is clean and virtually spotless? Why is it so clean? It is so clean because the people who live in the house clean the house regularly, as a result of which they are very much aware of dirt.

The habit of cleaning enhances one's awareness of dirt.
The habit of not cleaning diminishes one's awareness of dirt.
The habit of going to Confession enhances one's awareness of sin.
The habit of not going to Confession diminishes one's awareness of sin.

stjos/stvds: 09.14.2008 - 02



There is a stained glass window in the Confession room of St. Vincent dePaul Church. It shows a balance scale with the tablets of the Ten Commandments on one side and, on the other side, some nails and thorns. The nails and thorns, though seemingly lighter in weight than the stone tablets are in the DOWN position, while the Ten Commandments are in the UP position. Does anyone have a clue as to what this means?

Two persons called to offer answers. We thank them both. One of them had the correct answer. The correct answer is this: The nails and thorns are symbolic of the self-sacrificing suffering and death of Jesus Christ, which was (is) the supreme (and only) act of infinite love and obedience ever rendered to God the Father by any Human Being. As such, it more than compensates for ("outweighs") all of the acts of anti-love and all of the disobedience committed against God the Father, from the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden to the final sin that will be committed before the end of time.

will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church today (14 Sept). He will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and, for the first time, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Justin, age 22, is a resident of Wilmington (DE) and a recent graduate of Messiah College. He is currently in his first year at Duquesne University School of Law. Justin was baptized in a Presbyterian church when he was six years old. The Holy Spirit of God has drawn him to the Catholic Church, which is the pillar and foundation of the Truth, the Mystical Body of Christ.
Justin's sponsor is James F. Gontis, a resident of Harrisburg. With great joy and with gratitude to God for His goodness, we welcome Mr. Witt into full membership in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. May the good work begun in him be brought to perfect fulfillment in heaven. May he be one of God's friends.
Since we like to include a joke or two in the parish bulletin, we hereby dedicate this joke to Justin. It is one of ten zillion lawyer jokes, all of which he is doomed to hear if he continues to pursue the law as a career.
Said Satan to the lawyer: "I have a proposition for you. You will win every case you try for the rest of your life. Your clients will adore you, your colleagues will stand in awe of you, and you will make embarrassing sums of money. If, eventually, you want a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States, it's yours for the asking. All I want in exchange is your soul, your wife's soul, your children's souls, the souls of your parents, grandparents, parents-in-law, plus the souls of all your friends and law partners."
The lawyer thought for a moment, then asked: "So, what's the catch?"

stjos/stvds: 09.14.2008 - 03

PLEASE PRAY FOR a young man who died. Justin Henry Ketusky, age 22, a resident of Maizeville, went out riding on his ATV this past Thursday afternoon, 11 September. He did not return home and a search was undertaken. Justin's body was found on Friday afternoon, 12 September, in a wooded area near Gilberton. Apparently, he had lost control of his vehicle.
Justin is the only son of Lisa Ketusky. His father, Henry A. Ketusky Jr., died on 26 August 2008. Justin has a sister, Heather Bennett.
May God give the Ketusky family strength and strong faith in their time of testing - the loss of two members of the family within less than three weeks.
Eternal rest grant unto Justin, 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.

In case you don't know what the Holy Rosary Society is, please know that it corresponds to what some parishes might call "the Women's Guild" or some such title. It is a valuable and integral part of our parish!
#1 - Plans are afoot for the Annual Chinese Auction. The date will be 22 February 2009. More about this as plans develop.
#2 - A town-wide Yard Sale is scheduled for 27 September. Shop 'til you drop!
#3 - The next HRS meeting will be held on Thursday, 2 October. The chairwoman will be Ann McAndrew and the committee will be Ann Uzupis and Teresa Gudonis.
#4 - New members are always welcome. To be a member, you should be (a) a female; (b) a member of StVdP Parish; (c) 16 or older.

(Most of the members are not teenagers, but that doesn't mean that teenagers are not welcome. They are most welcome!)


7:30 am to 1:00 pm
St. Joseph (Immaculate Heart) School Building
$7.00 adults and teenagers
$3.00 children (12 and under)
The banns of marriage are issued for the third 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 reason that would render the union of these two persons invalid or illicit, he or she should notify the pastor (or the Bishop) without delay. Otherwise, let him forever hold his peace! We anticipate that Thaddeus and Shannon will marry one another next Saturday at St. Joseph Church.
Sometimes we see people bless themselves (make the sign of the Cross) when they genuflect.
Blessing oneself (making the Sign of the Cross on oneself) is GOOD!
Genuflecting before the tabernacle is GOOD!
Doing them together is NOT SO GOOD!
If you say that your grandmother always did it that way, we say "God bless your grandmother but don't you do it that way!"

stjos/stvds: 09.14.2008 - 04

The following is a fascinating excerpt from "Meet the Press" of Sunday, 7 September 2008.

TOM BROKAW: You're a lifetime communicant in the Catholic Church. You've talked often about your faith and the strength of your feelings about your faith.

SEN. JOE BIDEN: Actually, I haven't talked often about my faith. I seldom talk about my faith. Other people talk about my faith.

BROKAW: I'll give you an opportunity to talk about it now.

BIDEN: Yeah.

BROKAW: Two weeks ago I interviewed Senator Nancy Pelosi--she's the speaker of the House, obviously--when she was in Denver. When Barack Obama appeared before Rick Warren, he was asked a simple question: When does life begin? And he said at that time that it was above his pay grade. That was the essence of his question. When I asked the speaker what advice she would give him about when life began, she said the church has struggled with this issue for a long time, especially in the last 50 years or so. Her archbishop and others across the country had a very strong refutation to her views on all this; I guess the strongest probably came from Edward Cardinal Egan, who's the Archbishop of New York. He said, "Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being `chooses' to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name." Those are very strong words. If Senator Obama comes to you and says, "When does life begin? Help me out here, Joe," as a Roman Catholic, what would you say to him?
BIDEN: I'd say, "Look, I know when it begins for me." It's a personal and private issue. For me, as a Roman Catholic, I'm prepared to accept the teachings of my church. But let me tell you. There are an awful lot of people of great confessional faiths--Protestants, Jews, Muslims and others--who have a different view. They believe in God as strongly as I do. They're intensely as religious as I am religious. They believe in their faith and they believe in human life, and they have differing views as to when life--I'm prepared as a matter of faith to accept that life begins at the moment of conception. But that is my judgment. For me to impose that judgment on everyone else who is equally and maybe even more devout than I am seems to me is inappropriate in a pluralistic society. And I know you get the push back, "Well, what about fascism?" Everybody, you know, you going to say fascism's all right? Fascism isn't a matter of faith. No decent religious person thinks fascism is a good idea.

BROKAW: But if you, you believe that life begins at conception, and you've also voted for abortion rights...

BIDEN: No, what I voted against was curtailing the right, criminalizing abortion. I voted against telling everyone else in the country that they have to accept my religiously based view that it's a moment of conception. There is a debate in our church, as Cardinal Egan would acknowledge, that's existed. Back in "Summa Theologica," when Thomas Aquinas wrote "Summa Theologica," he said there was no--it didn't occur until quickening, 40 days after conception. How am I going out and tell you, if you or anyone else that you must insist upon my view that is based on a matter of faith? And that's the reason I haven't. But then again, I also don't support a lot of other things. I don't support public, public funding. I don't, because that flips the burden. That's then telling me I have to accept a different view. This is a matter between a person's God, however they believe in God, their doctor and themselves in what is always a--and what we're going to be spending our time doing is making sure that we reduce considerably the amount of abortions that take place by providing the care, the assistance and the encouragement for people to be able to carry to term and to raise their children.

Sen. Biden (D-DE) fails to distinguish between FAITH and REASON. Belief in (for example) the Holy Eucharist depends on FAITH. But belief in the true humanity of the unborn child from the moment of conception depends on REASON. To deny the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist is evidence that one lacks Catholic Faith. To deny the True Humanity of the newly conceived human being is evidence that one lacks Reason or Sanity or Integrity. No one who lacks any of these should be eligible to preside over the United States Senate, much less be a heartbeat away from the Office that is Oval.

stjos/stvds: 09.14.2008 - 05


This photograph was taken at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on 3 July 2008.
In the foreground, from left to right: (Image of) Our Lady of Guadalupe; Msgr. Diego Monroy Ponce; Sen. John McCain; Cindy McCain; Sen. Joe Lieberman. The men in the background are not identified.
Senator McCain visited the Basilica together with Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, who is a convert to the Catholic Church. While at the Basilica, Sen. McCain placed a bouquet of white roses on an altar in honor of the Blessed Mother and accepted a blessing from Msgr. Monroy Ponce. It is interesting to note that our Blessed Mother, specifically under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is the patroness of the PRO-LIFE movement.

Last Sunday, at the end of the 11:30 am Mass, I felt the urgent need to say something about modesty in dress in church. Because I have been in Girardville for only two months, it is possible that the people in the congregation were of the opinion that "scoldings" about modest dress in church are part of the new pastor's "shtick" and that, for this reason, they are to be taken with a grain of salt.
Please let me disabuse you of this presumption.
The truth is this: In my forty-two years as a priest, I do not remember that I ever felt the urgent need to address the topic of "dressing modestly in church". Last Sunday was the first time ever - at least as far as I remember! Reason: I was stunned at a particular instance of immodesty. No, I will not be more explicit! If you don't know what I'm referring to, then you'll just have to guess.
All I wish to say on the subject is this: I expect the elders (men and women) of St. Joseph Parish (and of St. Vincent dePaul Parish) to exercise a firm but gentle supervision over the "dress code" that is observed within the sacred precincts of our two parish churches.
Don't leave it to the priest to have to react. That's not very thoughtful or respectful towards him.
For crying out loud, I have enough on my mind without having to think about dress codes!

stjos/stvds: 09.14.2008 - 06


"Anyone who dares to defend that they (unborn babies) may be legitimately killed because another human being 'chooses' to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name."

Edward Cardinal Egan
Archbishop of New York

Spoken like a prophet, not like an accountant!
You seem to be throwing caution to the wind!
May God bless you for that!
Sometimes that's exactly what we need to do with caution.
Throw it to the wind!
Excessive caution on the part of bishops and priests
has confused the people and has made them cynical!
I think you are saying that pro-choice politicians
should not be elected to high office.
(I am thinking that the office of President of the United States
is a kind of "high office", is it not?
But, God forbid that I should put my words into your mouth!)
Who knows? If your good example catches on,
people might start taking bishops and priests seriously!
Bishops and priests should care more about the salvation of souls
than they do about the salvation of their tax exemptions!
Of course, if we can save both, let's save both!
But, if we can save only one or the other, let's opt for the salvation of souls.
And, while we're at it, the salvation of the United States of America,
which - cry the beloved country! - is a marvelous, glorious nation - except, except, except - except for the excruciatingly damnable fact that we have made it legal and profitable to kill unborn babies!
God save His Eminence, the Cardinal Archbishop of New York!

stjos/stvds: 09.14.2008 - 07

Here's the story. While I was in the process of moving my stuff from Pottsville to Girardville, I got lots of help from several kind persons, including two teenagers from Schuylkill Haven: Matthew (age 18) and Ian (age 15). One evening, as I was driving the two of them from Girardville back home to Haven, I invited them to stop at Friendly's (in the Fairlane Mall) for some supper. While sitting in the booth, the three of us came up with an idea for a new religion. It would be based on the Catholic religion, but it would be more user-friendly than the old Catholic religion. It would utilize the phrase "if you feel like it", which you hardly ever hear in most Catholic parishes. I told Matthew and Ian that I would work on "fleshing out" the Faith and Morals of this new religion. In honor of the place where the idea was born, I decided to call our new faith
THE FRIENDLY CATHOLIC RELIGION. I figured it would be only right and proper that I would be the first Pope of this new improved religion, but I told Matt and Ian that I would see to it that they would get good jobs at my Friendly Vatican. Over the past few weeks, ideas for this new religion still bounce around in my brain. So, I would like to run the following up the flagpole (as the saying goes) and see if anyone salutes. In the left column, you will see the OLD FASHIONED UNFRIENDLY TEN COMMANDMENTS. In the right column is my proposed NEW REVISED FRIENDLY TEN COMMANDMENTS. So, what do you think? Any takers in Girardville?

01. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.
02. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.
03. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day.
04. Honor thy father and thy mother.
05. Thou shalt not kill.
06. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
07. Thou shalt not steal.
08. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
09. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.











01. I am hoping that you will accept me as "the Lord your God". If you don't mind my being so "pushy", I would like to suggest that you really shouldn't have any strange gods before me.
02. I would really like you not to take the Name of the Lord your God in vain because, you know, it makes me feel bad when you do that, okay?
03. Whenever it doesn't cause you, like, really far out maximum inconvenience, please try to remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day.
04. Honor your father and your mother. Hey, kids! I really mean it! I mean unless they just insist on standing in the way of your being really happy.
05. You shall not kill unless you really have to, but then try to have a professional do it for you.
06. You shall not commit adultery, at least not unless you have a VERY good reason and you are sure that you can work it out so that, at least in the long run, everyone will be okay with it.
07. You shall not steal, unless you just can't figure out any other way to get what you need.
08. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor, unless you decide it's the only way you can get yourself out of a really sticky situation.
09. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife unless she covets you back.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods unless the System gave your neighbor an unfair advantage over you and made it possible for him to acquire a lot of nice things it didn't let you acquire.

stjos/stvds: 09.14.2008 - 08

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