Saturday, 03 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — BOB and AGATHA SCULLY
by their family

Sunday, 04 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — AUGUST BOXER (anniversary of birth)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Monday, 05 October
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on ACACIA SVONAVEC
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Wednesday, 07 October
Our Lady of the Rosary (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on MATTHEW SVONAVEC
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Friday, 09 October
St. Denis, bishop and martyr, and companions, martyrs (OptMem)
by the Mohan family

Saturday, 10 October
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on MICHAEL KOLBE GONTIS
by his parents, Jim and Eva
Vigil of Sunday
by her daughter-in-law, Argia

Sunday, 11 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOHN and ROSE DANOWSKY
by the Rizzardi family


Saturday, 03 October
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 04 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — LEON RYAN
by Elizabeth Ryan

Tuesday, 06 October
St. Bruno, priest;
St. Marie Rose Duchesne, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — MARVIN LONG
by Michael and Mary Ellen (Budraitis) Long

Thursday, 08 October
07:00 pm — STEVE CHUBA
by Clarence and Ann Polukis

Saturday, 10 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOHN JOYCE
by his wife, Jeanne

Sunday, 11 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: Holy Name Society
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 10.04.2009 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish
Parish receipts: $1,014.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $118.00 from the second collection (plate); $50.00 from the Dues envelopes; $210.00 from the Block Collection envelopes; $122.00 from the loose. Total: $1,514.00
Non-parish receipts: $-0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,514.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($290.08), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($444.49), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,092.74, one sees that $421.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Parish receipts: $1,140.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $53.00 from the second collection (plate);$25.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $470.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $58.00 from the loose. Total: $1,746.00.
Non-parish receipts: $114.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,746.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($183.92), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($267.81), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $702.71, one sees that $1,043.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 07 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 08 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 09 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 07 October
05:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(see page 3)

Friday, 09 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Reporter interviewing elderly woman:                           "What is the best thing about being 104?"
Elderly woman:                                   "No peer pressure."

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We are adding an extra hour of Exposition and Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament this week in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary (07 Oct).
See page two of this bulletin.
We strongly encourage everyone to come to St. Vincent dePaul Church to pray the Rosary at some point between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
Come when you can. Leave when you must.
If you have any problems in your family — and I’d be surprised if you have no problems at all in your family — you should bring them to Jesus through his Holy Mother.
I GUARANTEE YOU: Something good will happen in your family if you come and pray the Rosary in front of the Blessed Sacrament. This guarantee is good for any day of the year, but most especially so on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

THE ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH FINANCIAL COUNCIL will meet on Monday, 13 October, at 7:00 pm, in the Rectory. Due to a conflict of schedules, the pastor needs to change the date from 6 October. I hope this will not be an inconvenience for anyone.
THE FATHER WALTER J. CISZEK MEMORIAL MASS will be celebrated on Sunday, 11 October, at 2:00 pm, at St. Casimir Church, Shenandoah. The principal celebrant will be Bishop Barres. Refreshments will be served after the Mass.
THE ST. JOSEPH PARISH FINANCIAL COUNCIL has not met lately. There has been no particular reason why we have not met. Yours truly (EBC) takes the complete and entire blame for our not having met lately. Would the members of the Council please confer with one another and propose a couple of dates for our next meeting, after which we will pledge to meet regularly?
SOME TIME AGO, a member of one of our parishes pointed out to me a problem that more or less defies solution. The problem is this: Dogs wander into our parish cemeteries and sometimes (how can I put this delicately?) relieve themselves on or near gravesites. This is, obviously, offensive — especially to persons who go out to visit the graves of their loved ones and find fecal deposits on the graves. I thought of putting up signs on the gates of the cemetery that would give the message “No Dogs Allowed” but then I remembered that dogs (unlike cats or, at least, some cats) can’t read. Dog owners can read (at least most of them can) but they often ignore such signs. I came across something in a newspaper column recently that recommended a solution. Those interested might want to give it a try. Buy a large quantity of black pepper and sprinkle it on the dirt over and around the gravesite. I don’t guarantee anything, but it might be worth trying. If anyone has a better solution, please let me know.

stjos/stvdp: 10.04.2009- 03

will become the newest member of St. Joseph Parish today (Sunday).
Not merely that, but a member of the Diocese of Allentown.
Not merely that, but a member of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Not only that, but a member of the Mystical Body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
All four of these “memberships” — Parish, Diocese, Church, Body of Christ — are folded into one another.
Like every human person born since the Fall of Adam and Eve (Mary the Mother of Jesus being the singular exception), Ean Andrew came into existence with a hereditary spiritual disorder.
We call it The Original Sin.
Shortly after the commission of the original sin, God decreed that there would be a remedy.
The remedy is the Lord Jesus Christ: His incarnation, crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension.
Entrance into the Lord Jesus Christ is by Faith and Baptism.
This remedy will be applied to Ean Andrew today. In obedience to the command of the Lord, we will immerse the boy into the saving waters of Baptism and will do so three times: in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism will give him the supernatural virtue of Faith.
We give thanks to God for the very existence of this little boy.
Above and beyond his mere existence, we give thanks to God for bestowing His mercy upon him and for applying to him the merits of Jesus Christ and for giving him the right to go to Heaven.
Welcome to the Church Militant, dear little boy. May you persevere in grace and, one day, be promoted to the Church Triumphant!

TWO TIDBITS FROM THE RECENT SOCIAL GATHERING of Schuylkill County Priests with Bishop Barres (Wednesday, 30 Sept, at St. Patrick’s, prior to the Mass):

#1 — While looking around at my fellow priests it occurred to me that we are a very mature group of men — not a bunch of kids. At one point, as I was making small talk with Fr. Sedar. I said to him, “Did you know that Fr. Essig and you are the only two priests in the County with both (a) full heads of hair and (b) hair that still retains its original youthful hue?” Fr. Sedar said, “Actually, I’m the only one. Fr. Essig dyes his hair.” I was stunned when I heard this. I never suspected! I pass it on for what it is worth. Please note that I do not vouch for the accuracy of this allegation.
#2 — At the supper, we priests sat at round tables that accommodated six persons. There were no assigned seats. We sat wherever we happened to sit. I sat with a motley trio: Fr. Lofton, Fr. Maletz and Msgr. Glosser. (There were two empty places at that table.) However, Fr. Edmund M. Brennan wound up sitting at the same table with (a) His Excellency, BISHOP BARRES and (b) HisVicar Foraneship, MSGR. O’CONNOR — plus three other highly distinguished priests! How he managed to pull that off, I’ll never know. I was sitting near that table and was straining to hear the conversation that the Bishop and Fr. Brennan were making, but I couldn’t pick up anything. Later, I asked Fr. Brennan what he and the Bishop were talking about. He said that it would have been over my head.

stjos/stvdp: 10.04.2009 - 04 / 05

Pierogie Sale / Cooked and Frozen
Date: 16 October
Place: Annunciation BVM, 218 W. Cherry Street, Shenandoah
Time: 11:00 am to Sell-out
Price: $5.00 per dozen
Please bring your own containers
Proceeds help to support the pierogial school.
THE ST. VINCENT dePAUL HOLY NAME SOCIETY will meet in the parish hall after the 8:30 am Mass on Sunday, 11 October. Old and new members welcome.
A TIP OF THE BIRETTA to Charles Sherman, member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish. He has been doing sterling duty recently as “special assistant” to the pastor at a number of funeral Masses at both St. Vincent dePaul Church and St. Joseph Church. God willing, he will continue to make his services available.
However, let us cut to the chase: Mr. Sherman needs compliments in the bulletin like he needs a hole in the head. My real purpose in complimenting him in a public manner is to encourage other men in the two parishes to let the pastor know that they are available to assist at funeral Masses. All it involves is serving the Mass (with associated duties) and sometimes (dependent on circumstances) being available to lector as well.
Mr. Sherman and I are more than willing to train anyone who is willing to volunteer. We are looking for men who are of retirement age and, therefore, available during the late morning / early afternoon hours.


• To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
• Those persons who are the hardest to love are the same persons who need it the most.
• Follow peace with all men, and holiness.
• As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
• Hating someone is drinking poison and expecting the other person to die from it.
• If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering                 enough to disarm all hostility.
• Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
• Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.
• Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. But whoever loves his         brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.
• Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him."
• The hatred you are carrying for them is a live coal in your heart - far more damaging to yourself than to them.
• Stupid persons never forgive. Wise persons do.
• But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive you your trespasses.
• For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you yours.
• Sometimes it helps to think of how others have forgiven under incredible circumstances. Ask friends for         support and examples to motivate you toward forgiveness.
• Forgiveness is a choice. When you say, "I can't forgive that person," what you're really saying is, "I'm         choosing not to forgive that person." If you say it the second way instead, you'll find yourself forgiving soon.

stjos/stvdp: 10.04.2009 - 05

Pennsylvania State lawmakers are preparing to vote on a state budget plan that would harm our region's Catholic school students. Specifically, the state budget proposal would CUT the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, through which businesses are given a tax incentive to donate money to our Catholic schools.
Outrageously, this budget deal protects a tax credit program for Hollywood producers who make films in PA. Recently, this program awarded $5 million to the producers of "Zack and Miri Make A Porno," a raunchy flick with a title that speaks for itself. Studies show that the EITC program for Catholic schools saves taxpayers money, while the tax credit program for Hollywood is a net revenue loser. And yet, our lawmakers might vote to harm Catholic school students to the benefit of wealthy Hollywood producers!
1) Call State Senator Dave Argall and tell him to protect Catholic school students by voting NO on the budget deal. The number to call is: 570-773-0891
2) Let others know about this and ask them to do the same.
The Schuylkill and Eastern Northumberland Chapter of the American Red Cross will operate a bloodmobile from 1:00 to 6:00 pm on Tuesday, 13 October, at Zion Lutheran Church, Oak Street (Route 61), Frackville. Double red cell machines will be available. The bloodmobile is sponsored by the Northern Schuylkill Jaycees, Frackville Lions Club and Frackville Rotary Club. To schedule a time for donating blood, call 1-800-GIVELIFE, extension 2150, or go to Walk-ins are welcome. Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with signed parental consent), weigh at least 110 lbs., and have not donated blood within the past 56 days. Bring a photo ID.
“So they are no longer two but one flesh . . . what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” These words of Jesus make holy the vows of marriage. Attending a MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER can help couples strengthen the bonds of their marriage for life’s journey. REGISTER TODAY for the weekend of 6 to 8 November at St. Francis Friary, Easton or the weekend of 12 to 14 February 2010 at St. Francis Center for Renewal, Bethlehem. Call 1-800-787-7679 or go online at www.
CCD CLASSES CONTINUE: Sunday at 6:00 pm. Children should report to the Sheridan Room. Parents are reminded of the importance of faithful attendance at CCD classes.

 stjos/stvdp: 10.04.2009 - 06

ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE GIRARDVILLE AREA IS AWARE OF FIVE-YEAR OLD BRYCE BELFIORE. Bryce is a member of St. Joseph Parish. He is the son of Robert W. and Regina (Gatter) Belfiore.
On 1 July 2009, Bryce (age 4 at the time, although he has since turned 5) was seated in a child-safety seat in a car that was involved in a collision. Thank God, his life was saved! However, the injuries he suffered required that his lower body be encased in a plaster cast that rendered him immobile from his waist to his feet.
Bryce has had a long and arduous recuperation. It is not easy to be five years old, full of vim and vigor, and so utterly restricted. All he was able to do was lie on his back and receive whatever comfort or distraction his mother, father, grandmother and sundry visitors could provide.
Now there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
On 1 October, Bryce was taken to Hershey Medical Center to have his cast removed!!
Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, free at last!
Now begins stage two of the recuperation.
We expect that Bryce will be allowed to start walking again in about two weeks.
We hope and pray that all will go well with him and that, before a whole lot of time goes by, he will be healthy and strong — as good as new, if possible.
More trips to Hershey will be necessary.
While there, Bryce’s parents stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Regina asked me to “say a few kind words” about this facility and to recommend to parishioners that they think about making some contributions to it.
I asked Regina to write her own letter for me to put into the bulletin.
Here it is:


Dear Father Connolly,
Hi! It is so hard for me to write something like this because I am so overcome with emotions that I seem to write a book. So this is what I have written, if you can in any way help to make it better please feel free to do so.
Dear Friends,
It hasn't been easy dealing with dealing with things lately but knowing I have friends and by friends I also mean new ones that I have made after the accident definitely helps. From your prayers, to the kind way you spoke to Bryce, to the words of encouragement, to the gifts, you've gone way and beyond the typical meaning of "friend.”
As I sit here and type this, looking back to July 1st, I think WOW, how fast everything can change. And believe me, it has been hard but it also made me stronger and brought back my faith.
So, October 1st we will be back at Hershey. Bryce will be getting his cast removed. I am scared, nervous, anxious, happy, overwhelmed, etc.
We will be staying at The Ronald McDonald house that night. They are so wonderful, I cannot even describe it. They are collecting glossy magazines to raise money for the things needed to run the house. They also accept travel-sized health and beauty products along with things children may need or want to make their stay less hectic. They accept coloring books, crayons, stuffed animals, games, paper, blankets, etc. So I would love to go into the House with an amazing amount of things. The nine nights we spent there were great, such a huge load of our shoulders.
I just want the chance to help and give back.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You've already helped in ways I can't express.
Regina Belfiore

If anyone wants to donate any of the items mentioned in this letter, you may do so by dropping them off at the Belfiore home or at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. They will be donated in Bryce’s name.

stjos/stvdp: 10.04.2009 - 07

Remember that today (4 October) is the day for the Priest to bless the Beasts.
You are invited to bring your beloved beast to the grassy area next to St. Vincent dePaul Rectory in order for the priest to invoke God’s blessings on him or her through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi.
As everyone knows, the Fourth Day of October is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. The feast is not observed liturgically this year because of the fact that it collides with the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Nevertheless, we shall observe it “para-liturgically” with the prescribed blessing.
All manner of beasts are welcome: mammalian, reptilian, avian — even arachnoidian and insectivorian. We ask all the members of our prospective congregation at this event to behave themselves, to exercise self-control, to maintain proper reverence and decorum and, most of all, not to eat each other nor to do other such unseemly deeds
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown is sponsoring “Financial and Legal Issues about Nursing Homes and Long Term Care,” a free workshop for consumers and caregivers at St. Michael the Archangel Parish Center, 541 Sunbury Street, Minersville on Wednesday, 14 October, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Speakers include Attorney Erik Mika and staff of Covenant Home Health. For registration and directions, please call 570-628-0466 by 12 October.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown is sponsoring “Financial and Legal Issues about Nursing Homes and Long Term Care,” a free workshop for consumers and caregivers at St. Michael the Archangel Parish Center, 541 Sunbury Street, Minersville on Wednesday, 14 October, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Speakers include Attorney Erik Mika and staff of Covenant Home Health. For registration and directions, please call 570-628-0466 by 12 October.
The Diocese of Allentown is on Keep up to date on recent happenings in the diocese by joining our facebook page. Join the Bishop Barres group page and link with other diocesan parishes and schools by adding the diocese as a friend at
The Diocese of Allentown is on Network with other Catholic professionals in our diocese by requesting to join our LinkedIn Group page. Visit us at and search groups "Diocese of Allentown".
VERA BRADLEY BINGO, sponsored by the Marian Quarterback Club
Sunday, 18 October, at Marian High School, Hometown,PA
Doors open at 12:00 noon. Bingo starts at 2:00 pm.
Kitchen open at 12:00 noon with homemade food.
For tickets or information, call 570-386-4940 or 570-386-2077 or 570-325-2602 or 570-325-0123
Donation: $20.00

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