Saturday, 20 September
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm - MICKEY and DAUNE DEVINE
by their family

Sunday, 21 September
25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am - WALTER and ANNE BRENNAN
by Joan McCarthy

Monday, 22 September
by Thomasina M. Moran

Wednesday, 24 September
8:00 am - JOSEPHINE BOXER HODGE (29th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Friday, 26 September
SS. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am - JAMES KELLY
by John Burns

Saturday, 27 September
St. Vincent dePaul, priest (OblMem)
by Barbara Rehnert Kull

Vigil of Sunday
by their family

Sunday, 28 September
26th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11:30 am - Deceased: ANCIENT ORDER of HIBERNIANS
by the AOH


Saturday, 20 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Anna Chikotas

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

Tuesday, 23 September
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am - For a deceased person (VMF)
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Thursday, 25 September
by Sabrina Marshall Smith

Saturday, 27 September
Vigil of Sunday
by his family

Sunday, 28 September
26th Sunday of Ordinary Time
by Josephine Zdiera

stjos/stvds: 09.21.2008 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish: $1,589.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $141.50 from the second collection (plate); $148.00 from the Dues envelopes; $100.00 from the Block envelopes; $109.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $970.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $131.00 from the second collection (plate); $202.00 from the loose. Thank you.


Tuesday, 23 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 25 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
in St. Vincent DePaul Church

Friday, 26 September
01:00 to 02:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel
The candle in front of the image of the Infant of Prague in St. Vincent dePaul Church was dedicated this past week to the loving memory of Ted Yackera and Patrick Yackera.
The candle in front of the image of the Infant of Prague in St. Vincent dePaul Church is dedicated this week to the loving memory of James and Eleanor Connell.
The Regional Committee of Region 5 of the (former) North Schuylkill Deanery will meet on Wednesday, 24 September, at 7:00 pm in St. Joseph Rectory, Frackville. This committee is made up of the four priests of the region (Frs. Bambrick, Beers, Connolly and Essig) plus sixteen laypersons (two from each of the eight parishes of Ashland, Frackville, Girardville and Gordon).
The reps from St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, are Jim Neary and Annetta Whitecavage. The reps from St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville, are Mary Miller and John Gregis.
The four priests have been told that they have the authority to appoint different members to the Committee if they wish. I had no reason or desire to appoint different members. I have great respect for and confidence in the four members appointed by my predecessor, Fr. Karpyn.
This will be the first meeting of this Regional Committee since the new pastors (named above) came on board.

stjos/stvds: 09.21.2008 - 02

Tickets were sold for a 50-50 drawing at the breakfast held last Sunday (14 Sept) in the St. Joseph (IHES) School building. The number on the winning ticket was
769390. The name on the winning ticket was "St. Joe's". We take that to mean that the purchaser of the ticket wished to donate the ticket to the parish. We don't know the name of the person who bought the ticket, but we sure do thank him or her! The winnings amounted to $55.00. So, write that up as "Some kind person, known but to God, donated $55.00 to St. Joseph Parish".
I SCREEN, YOU SCREEN, WE ALL SCREEN FOR HEALTH SCREEN: Shenandoah Rotary Club will sponsor a Health Screening on Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Shenandoah Borough Hall, 15 W. Washington St., Shenandoah.. Price is $50.00. Includes blood tests for complete metabolic profile, complete blood count and lipid panel. If you are interested in good health, you can pre-register by calling 875-5928 or 462-2126; however, walk-ins are also welcome. Services are provided by St. Catherine Medical Center, Fountain Springs, PA.
PET INOCULATION: Shenandoah Rotary's annual Pet Inoculation will take place on Saturday, October 11, from 9 am to 11:30 am at the Hookies Fire Company on North Main St., Shenandoah. All pets must be leashed or contained.
IF YOU HAVE TEARS, PREPARE TO SHRED THEM NOW! Shenandoah Rotary Club's latest community-service project, sponsoring a Shredder Truck at Shenandoah Valley Administrative parking lot, will take place on Monday, October 13, from 9 am to 1 pm. This free service is open to all residents of Shenandoah and the surrounding communities. Please bring paper documents that contain important personal information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, or any confidential information, etc. that MUST be shredded/destroyed to ensure security. Documents that do not contain personal information that can be included in your regular trash WILL NOT be accepted. Since all information is confidential, you must be present when your documents are shredded. If you have questions regarding this free shredding, please call Mary Ann at 462-2126.
THADDEUS JUDE MADDEN, son of Lawrence V. and Janet (Wewer) Madden, married SHANNON THERESA REESE, daughter of Kevin J. and Cynthia (Reinoehl) Reese in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, on Saturday, 20 September 2008.
Fr. Edmund J. Brennan celebrated the Nuptial Mass and received the marriage vows. Fr. Edward B. Connolly assisted. The witnesses of record were Geoffrey W. Kitsock (best man) and Liza C. Madden (maid of honor).
We invoke God's blessing on Mr. and Mrs. Madden and we pray that their marriage will manifest that kind of self-sacrificing love that edifies the Church and uplifts the human race.
May they increase and multiply and fill the earth!
THE BANNS OF MARRIAGE are proclaimed for the second time between Daniel Patrick Devaney, a member of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, and Rachel Michelle Heintzelman, also a member of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville. If anyone is aware of any reason these two persons ought not be joined in sacramental marriage, let him or her present such reason to the Bishop or to the pastor.
[Note: These "second banns" are really the "first banns", because the pastor forgot to include the "first banns" in last weekend's bulletin. I regret the oversight.]
A HAM SANDWICH WALKED INTO A BAR, sat down and ordered a beer. The bartender said, "Sorry, fellow, you'll have to leave. We don't serve food here!"
A TWENTY-DOLLAR BILL WALKED INTO A BAR, sat down and ordered a beer. The bartender said, "Sorry, fellow, you'll have to leave." "Why?" asked the Twenty Dollar Bill. "Because you're under 21" said the bartender.

stjos/stvds: 09.21.2008 - 03


The total in ticket sales was
$900.00. The profit from the 50 / 50 drawing was $55.00. So, the gross came to $955.00
The expenses came to
The net profit came to
We are grateful to all who worked so hard to organize this breakfast: Pat Birster; Ed Burns; Jean Dando; Joan Gower; Sharon Gower; Jack McCarthy; Kathryn McCarthy; Rose McCarthy; Frank Smith; Jean Weist; Annetta Whitecavage. We are grateful also to all of our customers.
Gastronomical note: As a first-time customer, yours truly (EBC) was VERY MUCH satisfied. The breakfast was delicious and nutritious! You can bet that I'll be back next time!
Personal note: Very shortly after coming to Girardville, I was made aware of the "School Building Committee" and of their dedication to keeping the old St. Joseph / Immaculate Heart of Mary school building in good repair and adequately heated during the cold season. I applaud their efforts and share their enthusiasm. This building should not be allowed to go downhill.
Business note: I suggested to the Committee (and they seemed to have no objection) that they dissolve their checking account and allow the balance to be deposited into the St. Joseph Parish general account. If the Committee had voiced any strenuous objection to this plan, I would not have pushed it. I want to thank them for going along with my wish in this matter. The $615.00 profit referred to above (and proceeds from future projects of this committee) will go to the parish's general fund. I ask the School Building Committee not to dissolve but to please continue their good works on behalf of the parish.
THE STJOSPAR FINANCE COUNCIL met this past Tuesday. Feel free to speak with any of those in attendance if you want to know the topics discussed: Mrs. Jacavage; Mr. Kilker; Mr. John McCarthy; Mr. and Mrs. Neary; Mrs. Whitecavage.
On the general subject of whether StJosPar needs more revenue or less revenue, the consensus of pastor and council was that we need more. On this there was unanimous agreement


The first classes of the new CCD school year for both of our Girardville parishes were held last Sunday (14 Sept) from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
The teachers, the pastor and the children and their parents met in the Fr. Sheridan Room for signing up and for assignment of teaching areas.
At the present time, we have thirty-four children signed up, from grades one to six.
There should be more!
We remind parents to see to it that their children are signed up for CCD and that they attend faithfully.
Our teachers at the present time are:

Jean Weist - Grade One
Joan McCarthy - Grade Two
Rose McCarthy - Grade Three
Jean Ann Parfitt - Grade Four
Fr. Connolly - Grades Five and Six

I have asked Rose McCarthy to serve as our CCD Principal (Co-ordinator) for this year. She kindly accepted.

Having Grades Five and Six combined is not ideal. If there is anyone who is qualified to teach and who would like to volunteer to take one of these grades, please call Rose or else call the Rectory.

REMEMBER: CCD is on Sundays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Unless told otherwise, please expect that all classes will be held in St. Joseph Rectory and in the Father Sheridan Room.

stjos/stvds: 09.21.2008 - 04



Hereby go on record as being absolutely opposed to the continued legalization of the enslavement of the descendants of those Black Persons who were transported, clearly against their will, to the North American continent by our forebears. We condemn without reservation the entire practice of slavery. We are unashamedly PRO-FREEDOM. We insist that the Black Man and the White Man are absolutely equal in the eyes of God. We consider it a horror in the Eyes of God that any race or set of human beings should consider themselves qualified to enslave any other race or set of human beings.
Furthermore, we reject absolutely the protestations of those who call themselves PRO-CHOICE, most especially those who say that, while they themselves do not wish to own slaves and would not own slaves even if they could,, yet wish not to impose their opinion on those who freely choose to own slaves.
We declare that the so-called PRO-CHOICE position is a PRO-SLAVERY position.
We wish to go on record as giving our support to those politicians and candidates who are pledged to do away with the scourge of BLACK SLAVERY in this land.
At the same time, we wish to go on record as opposing, with might and main, the election to public office of those candidates who are PRO-CHOICE in the matter of slavery.
It is time for all Catholic parishes and dioceses to cast aside concern for their tax-exempt status and to go on record, explicitly and boldly, as being opposed to all forms of human slavery!

PS - Lest anyone think that the pastor has lost his mind (or else flunked American History 101) and is unaware that Black Slavery is no longer legal in the United States of America, let me assure you: I haven't lost my mind. I'm just doing an exercise in analogy.
If anyone is uncertain what the other term of the analogy might be, he or she could ask around.

THE QUESTION ABOUT MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH GENUFLECTING stirred up interest. I think four persons asked me about this. They were surprised that I said (in last weekend's bulletin) that a person should not make the sign of the cross (bless him or herself) simultaneously with genuflecting.
A couple of people asked me for "chapter and verse" on this.
Let me put it this way: I am fairly certain that yours truly genuflected and blessed myself simultaneously when I was a young child. Then, as I recall, when I became an altar boy, I was told by the priest [Father Reidy] who trained us altar boys NOT to bless myself when I would genuflect. He didn't say "why" I shouldn't. It was just a given with him. Then, when I was in the seminary, I remember distinctly being told that this practice is an aberration and is liturgically incorrect.
So, if I were trying to "prove" to someone that it is incorrect to bless oneself and to genuflect at the same time, I would probably point out that, of the five prescribed genuflections that a priest makes during Mass, none of them is accompanied with the sign of the cross. In fact, there is no rubric in any liturgical action that directs the sign of the cross to accompany the genuflection.
So, keep your eyes open, dear brothers and sisters. Tell me if you ever see a priest or a bishop bless himself while simultaneously genuflecting. If you do, please take a picture and show me!
I hope I didn't rain on anyone's parade by pointing this out. I kind of think I did. Sorry about that! So, for the benefit of all those who insist on blessing themselves while genuflecting, I say: "Go right ahead. Feel free to exercise your constitutional right to be wrong!"

stjos/stvds: 09.21.2008 - 05


From: Joy Happy []
Sent: Monday, 15 September, 2008 11:57 PM
Subject: Offensive man!

With all due respect, I think it's highly inappropriate for you personally to have a blog where you hide behind a keyboard and write truly offensive comments. This goes back to the bulletin a few months ago where you criticize women with tattoos - why was there no mention of men and tattoos?

Why did you feel the need to criticize the young man's appearance at Burger King for supper one day - it drove you to almost be physically sick as you sat there over your well-documented and descriptive meal of a fish sandwich, fries, etc (was that information vital to the story or is it the usual case of you delivering worthless information?)? Why didn't you just look the other way? Why do you concern yourself so much with the appearance of others? Maybe YOU make people sick by your rather odd appearance.

And now this week you tell people not to make the sign of the cross while genuflecting...why? I'd like to know instead of being told. Oh wait, I can almost anticipate the answer - "because I told you so." I think I'll forward your advice to your diocese and recommend that you educate more Catholics on this topic specifically since I and my entire family who went all through elementary and high school (and in some cases, college) practicing this as taught by our teachers, priests, and nuns. I'm not sure how it is that so many people have been wrong all of these years and not corrected before now. But it seems I'll have to research that on my own or seek counsel elsewhere since you are only good for handing out orders, criticisms, JUDGMENTS and sarcasm.

I wonder if Jesus ever turned away a follower because he or she was not dressed "modestly." You truly are judgemental for being a man of faith. I just hope Jesus doesn't turn you away because of your unsightly beard or hairstyle. There's a 50% that He won't like them so I guess you'll be out of luck.

Finally, and most importantly, I attended the funeral of xxxx xxxxxxx a couple of months ago and was APPALLED by the fact that you stated "she wasn't the brightest bulb in the bunch" and that she was a little slow. REALLY? Did you even know that it wasn't a mental handicap but rather a speech impediment that she developed at a young age due to a life-threatening illenss? Her family supported St. Joe's and loved that church - gave of themselves physically and financially to the best of their ability and this is how you honor them? By insulting a woman in front of her family and friends? You best believe that I will pass this on to the higher-ups in your diocese. I think you need to spend less time surfing and blogging on the internet and more with your bible in a quiet room, by yourself. Perhaps instead of having a meal with two young boys, you should be enrolled in etiquette and communication courses. Infact, when I contact the diocese, I'll ask them if it can possibly fund this on your behalf before you insult and drive others from the church.

I've let your appalling behavior go unaddressed for far too long now - opting to forgive rather than not but you are a hazard to society.


I have re-printed this email in its entirety, without editing of any sort - with two exceptions: I omitted the writer's email address and also the name of the deceased woman to whom the writer refers. A clarification: The "St Joe's" referred to is the former St. Joseph Parish, Pottsville, not St. Joseph Parish, Girardville. For the record, I am reasonably certain that "Joy Happy" is the writer's nom de plume. I am almost certain it is not her real name. I don't know who the lady is. My reason for printing this letter in the bulletin for public consumption is this: I think it provides grist for interesting conversation. Note in particular the emphasis on what is called "being judgmental". Note also the attempts to intimidate. Likewise, note the not-so-sly defamatory innuendo. In the Catholic Church, especially in these days, priesthood carries with it a call to the prophetic office. Prophecy is a hazardous occupation. May God bless Joy Happy!

stjos/stvds: 09.21.2008 - 06


A TIME OF GRACE, FULFILLMENT AND CONTINUED EVANGELIZATION will soon be upon us as our Diocese journeys to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. to participate in the Pilgrimage of 2008. Our Bishop will be present to lead us on Wednesday, 8 October, at the Shrine and he hopes you will join him. Everyone is welcome. The Pilgrimage will have some special presentations you won't want to miss. Plan to attend and make the Pilgrimage of 2008 a real religious experience for yourself and your family.
The Parish Office for Annunciation BVM, St. George, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Mary Magdalen Parishes has chartered a 47-seat bus for our parishioners and for persons from the surrounding area. The cost of a bus ticket is $32 per person. The bus will depart from Annunciation Church parking lot, 218 W. Cherry St. Shenandoah at 6:00 a.m. and will leave the shrine at 5:30 p.m.
We will make a quick breakfast stop at a fast-food restaurant on the way down. You can bring a bag lunch or purchase lunch in the shrine cafeteria. We will stop at the Mountain Gate Buffet on the way home. The cost of the Buffet is $12.11. All meals are the responsibility of the individual.
If you are interested in participating, please contact the Parish Office at 462-1916 to reserve your seat.
Seating is limited. Please reserve your space now!
Last week I was in a hardware store moseying around. I love hardware stores! I wasn't looking for
DUCT TAPE, but I happened to see a display of it. For some reason, I picked up a roll. I looked at the words on the packaging and was amazed! It was identified as "DUCK TAPE". I thought that was very funny! Whoever heard of "DUCK TAPE"? Ducks are waterfowl that go quack-quack and I can't imagine anyone taping a duck! Ducts, on the other hand, are, ducts are - well, you know what ducts are - ducts are like pipes or something like that …… you know, metal or plastic tubes for conducting water and heating and cooling and stuff like that! Right? And DUCT TAPE is called DUCT TAPE because its original use was repairing leaks in ducts. Right?
But I had to admit that I felt uneasy. I thought to myself, "How could the guy who manufactures this product possibly make such a mistake in packaging it?" Then I thought, "As soon as possible, I think I'll google
"DUCK TAPE / DUCT TAPE" and see what comes up. Well, I did, and let me tell you it was a moment of enlightenment! Better late than never!
On the offhand chance that some reader of this bulletin has been as unenlightened as I have been on this subject for the past fifty years, I hereby re-print a portion of what I found on the Internet:
Is it Duct or Duck? We don't want you to be confused, so we will explain. The first name for Duct Tape was DUCK. During World War II the U.S. Military needed a waterproof tape to keep the moisture out of ammunition cases. So, they enlisted the Johnson and Johnson Permacel Division to manufacture the tape. Because it was waterproof, everyone referred to it as "duck" tape (like water off a duck's back). Military personnel discovered that the tape was good for lots more than keeping out water. They used it for Jeep repair, fixing stuff on their guns, strapping equipment to their clothing... the list is endless.
After the War, the housing industry was booming and someone discovered that the tape was great for joining the heating and air conditioning
duct work. So, the color was changed from army green to the silvery color we are familiar with today and people started to refer to it as "duct tape". Therefore, either name is appropriate.

stjos/stvds: 09.21.2008 - 07


About a month or more ago, I was doing some work in St. Joseph Rectory and I came across a button on the wall. I can't leave well enough alone, so I pressed it "to see what would happen". Something happened! It was a fire alarm - fortunately not the kind that sounds in the fire station, but the kind that is meant to alert the residents of the house to evacuate and maybe the neighbors to get some buckets of water.
You might possibly remember that I referred to this incident in a recent edition of the bulletin. But there is a corollary to this minor incident. As mentioned already, I called Mr. Richards and asked him, "How do I turn this doggone thing off?" He told me to go down to the basement and said that, near the bottom of the steps, I would find a box on the wall. I should open the box and there I would find the magic button I was looking for. He cautioned me to be careful going down the cellar steps. The St. Joseph Rectory basement is not a very congenial place. You wouldn't care to spend a lot of time down there. It is the kind of place that lends meaning to the phrase, "unfinished basement".
Having located the box and turned off the alarm, I decided - since I was down there anyway - that I would poke around and explore the cellar. It was the first time I had had any reason to go down to the cellar of St. Joseph Rectory. I had a flashlight with me and I found a broom that I used to push away the cobwebs.
While poking around, I came across some old framed pictures that were propped up against an empty coal bin.
I picked up one of the "pictures" and read the words written on it. It was typical 19th century art, kind of schmaltzy. But the words were not schmaltzy. They were direct and to the point. They were printed within a kind of shield and the shield was framed with faded painted roses. Here are the words:

No one worth serving but God.
No one so tender, so grateful.
No one worth trusting but God.
No friend so unchanging, so faithful.
No one worth loving but God.
No heart holds His wealth of affection.
No one worth seeking but God -
In His exquisite, endless perfection.

All of a sudden, in that dank and cheerless cellar, I felt my heart and my mind invaded by an intense awareness of the presence of God. There is nothing sweeter than His presence - super mel et omnia.
I blew the dust off the glass, took the picture up the steps, put it in my car and took it over to St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. I asked Ginny to clean it up for me and hang it on the wall in my bedroom. I expect to look at those words from time to time, especially before going to sleep at night.
Every once in a while, going back to when I was a small child, I have moments of intense awareness of being loved by a Mysterious Person. Thanks to my parents and teachers over the years, I have come to identify this Mysterious Person with the One Whom philosophers call
"THE PRIME MOVER", "THE UNCAUSED CAUSE", "THE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY BEING". Speaking to Moses, He called Himself "I AM THAT I AM". We call Him simply "GOD". Better yet, we call Him "FATHER". We call Him "HOLY ONE" and "BEAUTIFUL ONE". We call Him "TREMENDOUS LOVER".
He is not far from any one of us. We long to see His Face. Our hearts were made for Him and, truly, will find no rest until they rest in Him.
I think it was He Who made me push the button that set off the alarm, so that I would have to go down to the cellar.

stjos/stvds: 09.21.2008 - 08


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