Saturday, 10 October
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

Monday, 12 October
by her family

Wednesday, 14 October
St. Callistus I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — JAMES BURNS
by John Burns

Friday, 16 October
St. Hedwig, religious;
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin (OptMems)
by Geraldine Kulick

Saturday, 17 October
St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on KATHY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — EDWARD and KATHRYN (Cuff) KUCHINSKY
by Kay Ellen

Sunday, 18 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPH RIZZARDI Sr.
by the Rizzardi family


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

Tuesday, 13 October
by Joseph and Theresa Gudonis

Thursday, 15 October
St. Teresa of Avila, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
by Mary Burns

Saturday, 17 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — Deceased: STATUTIS and YEGAITIS FAMILIES
by Jean Statutis Majikas

Sunday, 18 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — GEORGE W. FISHER
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 10.11.2009 - 01

03 / 04 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Parish receipts: $1,135.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $89.00 from the second collection (plate); $316.00 from the Dues envelopes; $55.00 from the Block Collection envelopes; $117.00 from the loose. Total: $1,712.00
Non-parish receipts: $-0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,712.00) 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 $619.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Parish receipts: $996.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $307.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $40.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $111.00 from the loose. Total: $1,454.00.
Non-parish receipts: $-0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,454.00) 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 $751.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 14 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 15 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 16 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 14 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 16 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Verbum sat sapienti: If we never take the time to visit Jesus in the Abode of His Humility, He might draw the conclusion that we are not interested in living with Him in the Abode of His Splendor.
Eventually, it must dawn on us that life on earth is a test for something greater that is coming. Let those who have ears to hear, hear.

stjos/stvdp: 10.11.2009 - 02

The Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania encourage the clergy and faithful to observe the necessary standard precautions to protect the health of others during this flu season, and especially with the risks related to H1N1 influenza (swine flu). The Bishops additionally direct the following for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy and for flu prevention:

The distribution of the Precious Blood for the faithful is generally suspended. The faith of the Church teaches that Christ, whole and entire, is received even under only one species.
The exchange of the sign of peace is to be offered without any physical contact. If the priest celebrant chooses to extend the invitation for the sign of peace, the faithful, instead of a handshake, may bow to the persons nearby.

These directives issued by Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania are effective Sunday, 18 October 2009 until determined otherwise by the local Bishop.


If you feel an urgent need to sneeze during the celebration of Mass, please do not sneeze into the hair or on the neck of the person in front of you.
If you expect to rate as a gentleman, please do not expectorate in the aisle.
The same applies, of course, if you expect to rate as a lady.
If you really need to expectorate during Mass, please do so discreetly. Handkerchiefs and tissues are recommended. Coat (shirt) sleeves should be used only if absolutely necessary.
If you expect to rate but your expectations are never satisfied, perhaps you did not receive sufficient love or affirmation from your father. Consider counseling.
If you feel a great need to give someone the sign of peace during Mass but are impeded from doing so by the directive from the Bishops of Pennsylvania, we suggest that you write to Cardinal Rigali or to Bishop Barres in order to request a special dispensation. Please include the full name(s) of the person(s) to whom you wish to give a sign of peace. Include all particulars as to name of church, dates and times of Masses for which you request the dispensation, plus a letter from the pastor. Include copies of baptism certificates, both for yourself and for person(s) to whom you wish to give the sign of peace. Please allow six months for processing.

stjos/stvdp: 10.11.2009- 03

FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD through miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth or in early infancy, please join us at the Remembrance Mass “Forever in our Hearts,” Sunday, 18 October 18 at 3:00 pm at St. Patrick Church, Pottsville. Rev. Msgr. Edward O’Connor will be the celebrant. For more information, or to register, call 610-289-8900 x 230 for the Office of Pro-Life Activities.
All families are invited.
Registration is not required but requested for planning for the social, which follows the Mass. You may register anonymously with just a number attending.
IN RECENT YEARS THE FIELD OF REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY has exploded with new techniques. What does the Church say about these techniques? Join us on Wednesday, 21 October at St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Easton, 7:00 – 9:00 pm to learn “What the Church Teaches about Infertility and Reproductive Technologies.” Dr. Brian Kane, Fr. John Harvey Chair in Moral Theology, Professor of Theology and Department Chair at DeSales University, will be the guest speaker.
Co-sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities and Catholic Charities Parish Outreach.
To register call 610-289-8900 x230.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES, DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY is in need of non-perishable food such as peanut butter, soup, tuna, pasta, sauce and cereal. Donations are accepted at the Schuylkill / Carbon Office, located at 13 Westwood Center, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. For more information, please call Dave at 570-628-0466
CATHOLIC CHARITIES, DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN needs families to foster medically fragile infants, siblings, and teen mothers with infants. An Information Meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, 14 October at Catholic Charities, 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville. Please register by 12 October with Barbara Ivaska at 570-628-0466, ext. 306 or Patricia Reusch at 1-800-330-8001 or e-mail
CATHOLIC CHARITIES, DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN COUNSELING & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAM is accepting Medical Assistance/Health Choices Insurance for residents of Schuylkill County. Traditional Highmark Blue Shield and Traditional Blue Cross are accepted for residents of any county. Please contact the Schuylkill / Carbon service office at 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville, 570-628-0466.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES, DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN IMMIGRATION PROGRAM assists with legalization of status, family reunification, and citizenship. Please call for service in English or Spanish, 610-435-1541 in Allentown or 610-376-7144 in Reading.

 The Senility Prayer
Lord, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
and the eyesight to tell the difference.

stjos/stvdp: 10.11.2009 - 04

Hello! Father,
I have to share this with you. Michael made the school blog for art. I was talking to the art teacher yesterday and she was so proud of what he did. She said this has to go on her blog. I know it is only a tie-dye leaf, but for Michael it is a great accomplishment. Only the best get on the web. So, for over 120 kids in 3rd grade at North Schuylkill Elementary, this is a great accomplishment for Michael.
Here is the site: Have a great day,
Mary P Ayello

Comment: Michael D. Ayello is ten years old. He is a member of St. Joseph Parish. His Mom and Dad are Michael J. and Mary (Bernotas) Ayello. I have known Michael all his life, long before I came to Girardville. I can vouch for him, that he is a good boy and a good example as a Catholic — one of God’s special friends. He never misses Mass or Holy Communion on Sunday and he makes sure that his Mom and Dad don’t miss Mass either. He always takes them with him. May God bless him always. By the way, I liked his tie-dye leaf. Very nice!

WE TIP OUR BIRETTA to the following gentlemen for a service rendered:

Phil DeLuca, Brian Dempsey, Tom Dempsey, Eddie Haluska,
John Katlaska, Matthew Richards, Wade O. Richards, Joe Tinari.

This past Thursday (08 Oct), these stalwart men of steel moved a heavy object from the vestibule of St. Joseph Church down the steps to St. Joseph Chapel.
The distance was short, but the object was extremely heavy and unwieldy.
We are referring to the Infant of Prague statue.
Actually, it is not the statue that is heavy; it is the brass (I think it is brass) enclosure in which the statue is displayed.
When I say “heavy”, I mean “REALLY heavy”.
Thank you, gentlemen! Your checks are in the mail!
Anne McLaughlin Jacavage is the young woman who came up with the idea of placing the statue (with the case) in the chapel. The pastor knows a good idea when he hears one. Now it is not just an idea. It is a fact.
By the way, the pastor asked Mrs. Jacavage to carry the statue and case down the steps and place it in the chapel. He even offered to strap it onto her back and supervise her while she carried it down. She declined. That is why we solicited the services of the gentlemen mentioned above.

By the way, the Lord wants everyone to know that He heartily approves having the “real fire” votive candle stands restored in both churches. He said He feels much more at home in our two churches now. He said that — quite frankly and not to hurt anyone’s feelings — the electric “candle stands” left Him cold.

stjos/stvdp: 10.11.2009 - 05

a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Thursday, 08 October.
Born on 06 November 1984, he was 24 years old.
His death was sudden and unanticipated.
He is the son of Michael G. Yesalavage and Linda M. Petusky.
He is the grandson of Leonard J. and Loretta (Laconis) Petusky and of A. Michael and Margaret (McAndrew) Yesalavage.
He is the brother of Ryan M. McDonald.
Richard is survived by all of those mentioned, viz. his parents, his grandparents and his brother.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Richard at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Tuesday, 13 October, at 11:00 am.
There will be a viewing at the McDonald Funeral Home on Monday, 12 October, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
The interment will take place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.

Eternal rest grant unto Richard, 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.

a former member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Saturday, 03 October.
Born on 11 August 1940, she was 69 years old.
She is a daughter of the late Anthony and Antoinette (Macys) Lewullis.
She was baptized on 25 August 1940 in St. Vincent dePaul Church by Fr. Neverauskas.
She is the wife of Joseph V. Bogden III to whom she had been married for 50 years.
She has two children: Joseph V. Bogden IV and Kelly J. Bogden.
She has one grandchild: Joseph V. Bogden V.
She has one brother: Anthony Lewullis.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Antoinette was celebrated in Visitation BVM Church, Norristown, on Wednesday, 07 October.
The interment took place in St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery, Englewood, on Saturday, 10 October.

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

 stjos/stvdp: 10.11.2009 - 06


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

At Baptism, each of us becomes a missionary, called by our Lord to share our faith with those around us — and to be part of the Church’s mission to the world.

Jesus Himself, before He returned to the Father, promised His followers the Holy Spirit and charged them with being His “witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

That mission is now addressed to each one of us. We are to support, in prayer and sacrifice, the work of the missionaries who bring the “Good News” of Jesus to faraway places — to African and Asia, to the Pacific Islands and remote regions of Latin America.

On World Mission Sunday, celebrated this year on 18 October, the Catholics of the world unite at Mass to recommit ourselves to this Baptismal vocation to be missionaries. As we pray and respond here at home, we are replicating what is also taking place in every parish and chapel all over the world. Your generosity through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith will reach those who await the “Good News” of Jesus, who long to experience His hope and love.

More than 1,150 young churches in the Developing World count on your generous response this World Mission Sunday. Please continue to pray that all of us in the Diocese of Allentown may be eager and effective witnesses of Jesus, as He asked us to be.

Sincerely in Christ,



Most Reverend John O. Barres
Bishop of Allentown
For more about this important celebration of the universal Church, please visit the special World Mission web site:

stjos/stvdp: 10.11.2009 - 07

The horse and mule live thirty years
and nothing know of wines and beers.
The goat and sheep at twenty die,
without a taste of scotch or rye.
The cow drinks water by the ton,
and by eighteen is mostly done.
The dog at fifteen cashes in,
without the aid of rum or gin.
The modest, sober, bone-dry hen
lays eggs for nogs and dies at ten.
But sinful, ginful, rum-soaked men
survive for three-score years and ten.
And some of us...though mighty few
stay pickled 'til we're ninety-two.
Comment on the above
There is no good socially redeeming purpose whatsoever for my choosing to print this poem in our parish bulletin — other than the following:
I first read this poem in — the “parish calendar” of my childhood parish (no longer in existence), viz. Most Precious Blood Parish, Philadelphia.
This was before the days of parish bulletins.
Most Precious Blood Parish (like most parishes back in the 1940’s) mailed out a publication which was called “the parish calendar” even though it wasn’t literally a calendar calendar.
It was a little of this and a little of that. There was a message from the pastor and a list of who had contributed what and how much and some local advertising (mostly from funeral directors) plus some “filler”. I distinctly remember that this poem was part of the “filler” in a particular edition of the parish calendar.
It has stayed in my head ever since I was about eleven years old.
I thought it was a hoot back then and I thought, before I die, I’ll have to print it in my own parish bulletin.
So, that’s my reason.
If that’s not a good enough reason, then you can send me a letter of complaint.
A note to the terminally serious: No, I do not encourage that anyone get pickled. But I have noticed that there are some people in Girardville who feel free to get pickled with or without my encouragement.
To them I say: There is help available for you! Don’t hesitate to call the Rectory for advice about where to get this help.
AS WE ALL KNOW BY NOW, the Nobel Prize Committee has awarded the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE to President Obama, despite the fact that he is the most pro-abortion politician in current memory and, as far as I know, has not yet succeeded in making peace anywhere.
I have two thoughts about this:
#1 — I am going to ask the Nobel Prize Committee to institute an award for PRIEST WHO GIVES THE SHORTEST HOMILIES and I am going to nominate myself. Based on the Committee’s choice of President Obama for the Peace Prize, I figure I am sure to win.
#2 — As far as I know, there were no unborn babies on the Committee that settled on President Obama. I have to wonder what these children — from their place in the world to come — will have to say when Mr. Obama strides onto the stage in Oslo to accept the award.

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