MASS SCHEDULE: 25 OCTOBER01 November 2009
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 24 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARY KOWALICK DEVANEY
by Patricia Kowalick

Sunday, 25 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — TOMEE LEIGH GOWER
(22nd anniversary of birth)
by her family

Monday, 26 October
Weekday
08:00 am — ALBERT TOMCAVAGE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 28 October
SS. Simon and Jude, apostles (Fst)
08:00 am — THERESA MATUSEK DELANEY
by the Mohan family

Friday, 30 October
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on KATHERINE ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 31 October
Weekday
08:00 am — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla
Vigil of All Saints
05:30 pm — LIVING AND DECEASED: JEROME and ELIZABETH THURICK FAMILY
by Geraldine Kulick

Sunday, 01 November
All Saints
11:30 am — MARY KOWALICK DEVANEY
by Thomas and Mary Yesalavage

 MASS SCHEDULE: 25 OCTOBER01 November 2009
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 24 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his wife, Carole

Sunday, 25 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by Mom and Dad

Tuesday, 27 October
Weekday
08:00 am — VINCENT P. LUSCAVAGE
by Dennis and Marian Marham

Thursday, 29 October
Weekday
07:00 pm — DECEASED: WILKINSON FAMILY
by Jacqueline Wilkinson Reigel

Saturday, 31 October
Vigil of All Saints
04:00 pm — JOSEPH CHIKOTAS
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 01 November
All Saints
08:30 am — DECEASED: WALACONIS, LUSHIS and CHIARETTI FAMILIES
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
17 / 18 OCTOBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,731.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $77.00 from the second collection (plate); $55.00 from the Dues envelopes; $265.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $120.00 from the Block collection envelopes; $105.00 from the loose. Total: $2,353.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $220.00 from the World Mission envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($2,353.00) 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 $1,480.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,040.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $103.00 from the second collection (plate); $40.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $20.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $69.00 from the loose. Total: $1,272.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $-0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,272.00) 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 $570.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 28 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 29 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

LOOK AT IT THIS WAY: If Jesus Christ Himself were hearing Confessions, would you say, “Oh, I don’t think it’s necessary to tell my sins to Jesus Christ. I just tell my sins to God”? That would amount to a denial that Jesus Christ is the human incarnation of God, would it not? Well, you see, it’s like this: The priest in the confessional is the human incarnation of God because the priest is the continuation of the Incarnation. That’s the whole point of being a priest. If you don’t believe this, then I ask you quite frankly: Why would you even call yourself a Catholic?.

 EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 28 October
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 30 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel



SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND!

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CHARLES MICHAEL KETUSKY,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Saturday, 17 October.
Born on 05 July 1930, he was 79 years of age.
Charles is one of the three children of the late Casimir and Mary (Yekinchik) Ketusky.
His brother and sister are: Joseph Ketusky (deceased) and Connie Ketusky Blozusky.
Charles was baptized in St. Casimir Church, Shenandoah, on 27 July 1930.
He married Rita E. (McAndrew) Ketusky in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 21 June 1958, in the presence of Fr. Anthony McAndrew.
Charles and Rita had been married for 51 years!
His nephews and nieces are: Frank J. Blozusky, DMD; Joseph W. Ketusky; Bernard McAndrew; James Gownley; Maureen McDonald Barnes; Mary Ann McDonald Kowalonek; Ann Marie Kozel Willis; Linda McAndrew Miller; Joanne McAndrew Webb.
For about nine years, Charles was employed as a custodian for St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered for Charles at St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, 21 October.
Fr. James J. Lofton, a former pastor of St. Vincent dePaul Parish concelebrated the Mass along with Fr. Connolly.
Prior to the Mass, there was a viewing at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home.
The interment took place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery, Englewood.

Eternal rest grant unto Charles, 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.

YOU SHOULD FIND IN THIS BULLETIN AN INSERT ABOUT CONTACTING OUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL
It would be useful if you were to have the addresses of our two Pennsylvania senators and of our local Congressman.

The Honorable Tim Holden              
393 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Bob Casey
393 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Arlen Specter
711 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3802

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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, 11 November, at Catholic Charities, 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville. Please register by 09 November with Barbara Ivaska at 570-628-0466, ext. 306 or Patricia Reusch at 1-800-330-8001 or e-mail preusch@allentowndiocese.org

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HAPPY REPOSE of the soul of Joseph W. Gallen, who died on Wednesday, 14 October, at the age of 62. Mr. Gallen is the brother of St. Joseph parishioner Joanne Gallen Weikel.

Eternal rest grant unto Joseph, 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.

BAPTISM OF MR. GALLEN’S GRANDDAUGHTER
Members of Joseph W. Gallen’s family from Florida, knowing that Joseph was gravely ill, came to the area to visit him. While here, they asked the pastor to baptize an infant girl whose name is Lea Elizabeth Gordy.
Permission from the pastor of the Church of the Resurrection, Fort Myers (FL) having been granted, the child was baptized in St. Joseph Church on Monday, 12 October, two days before her grandfather died.
We ask God’s blessings on this beautiful child.
Canada-Québec investment of $304,278 to modernize Girardville drinking water supply system and bring it up to standard.
I copied and pasted this headline from the following website. If you don’t believe it, you can check it out for yourself! Here is the link:
http://www.dec-ced.gc.ca/eng/media-room/news-releases/2009/10/2184.html
Before you get too excited, please note that the reference is to a town named Girardville in Quebec Province, Canada.
Maybe the Canadian (or Quebec) government would be willing to funnel some money down to Girardville PA for some worthy municipal projects. It might be worth a try.
NEXT WEEKEND WE GET A TWOFER!
The first day of November is All Saints Day. It is a Holyday of Obligation. But, this year, it is also a Sunday. So, that means that going to Mass next Sunday (or Saturday evening) will count for both the Sunday and the Holyday!
NOT INFREQUENTLY, someone sidles up to me and asks me, “So what’s happening with the parishes?” They are referring, of course, to the whole merger / consolidation business. They ask me as if I had some inside information that I carry in some secret compartment. Here is my totally honest answer: I know as much as you do, and maybe less! In other words, nobody has told me anything. I am blissfully uninformed. My motto: Let sleeping dogs lie! (I got that motto from Kateri.)

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MICHAEL CYRIL CLETUS KILKER,
(known to all as “Cyril”)
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Monday, 19 October.
Born on 31 March 1933, he was 76 years of age.
Cyril is the second of the five children of the late Cyril C. and Elizabeth [“Betty”] (Heiler) Kilker.
He was baptized on the same day he was born.*
His brothers and sisters are: Adrian J. Kilker; John M. Kilker (deceased); Michael A. Kilker; Elizabeth A. [“Honey”] Kilker.
His nephews and nieces are: Joseph P. Kilker; John M. Kilker; Robert F. Kilker; Michael A. Kilker; Rachel E. Kilker.
He has two sisters-in-law: Mayrene Blissel Kilker and Denise Weber Kilker.
Cyril is a graduate of St. Joseph Parish High School and Villanova University.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered for Cyril at St. Joseph Church at 11:00 am on Thursday, 22 October.
The Mass was preceded by a viewing in the church.
The interment took place in the Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah.

Eternal rest grant unto Cyril, 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.

* On 7 July 1933, in St. Joseph Church, Fr. Adrian Kilker performed a ritual known as “supplying the ceremonies”. This is commonly done in the case of an infant who had been baptized under emergency conditions. Referring to Cyril, Father Kilker (the baby’s uncle) made the following notation in the baptism register of St. Joseph Parish:

Infans praematurus. In periculo mortis, hic infans baptizatus est in die nativitatis a medico Joseph Dougherty. Investigatione rite et diligenter peracta, baptismus consideratus est validus. AJKilker
For those whose Latin is a smidgen rusty, we provide the following translation:
Premature infant. In danger of death, this infant was baptized on the day of his birth by Doctor Joseph Dougherty. An investigation having been correctly and diligently carried out, the baptism was considered to be valid. AJKilker.

His family and friends are grateful that God allowed Cyril to recover from his early frailty and to live to the age of 76.

NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB is selling a variety of citrus fruit from the Parker Indian River Groves in Florida. Fruit comes in 40 pound boxes for $29.00 and 20 pound boxes for $21.00. Fruit will be delivered in time for holiday giving. Please call 570.875.2757 for information and / or to place an order.
THE MASS INTENTION BOOK for 2010 is open. Anyone who wants to reserve dates for Mass intentions should visit the Rectory. Ginny would appreciate it if you would not come for this purpose on a Monday.

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THE STRANGER WHO CAME TO LIVE IN OUR HOUSE
A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small Texas town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.
As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger? He was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.
If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to their first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind.
Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)
Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home — not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular Basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes distinguished.
He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.
I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked. And NEVER asked to leave!
More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.
His name?
Mostly we just call him by his initials: “Teevee”
I THINK I MENTIONED THIS BEFORE IN A PARISH BULLETIN. I think I’ll mention it again. EVEN FOR AN ADULT, I THINK IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A TV IN ONE’S BEDROOM.
BUT WHEN IT COMES TO CHILDREN!
I think that parents who allow their children to have televisions in their bedrooms ought to have their heads examined.
Same thing goes for allowing children to have computers in their bedrooms.
If you do allow your children to keep a TV and / or a computer in their bedrooms and are offended that I am saying that you shouldn’t allow it, I respectfully suggest that you get un-offended and ask yourself: I wonder why our pastor says this. He must have some good reason.

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“Are you resolved to consecrate your life to God for the salvation of his people, and to unite yourself more closely every day to Christ the High Priest, who offered himself for us to the Father as a perfect sacrifice?”
Pontificale Romanum: De Ordinatione Episcopi, presbyterorum et diaconorum,
Edition typical, Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis 1990

From the Vatican, 15th October 2009

Dear Brothers in the Priesthood,
The one motivation for our lives and for our ministry is Jesus of Nazareth, Lord and Christ! The existence of Priests finds in Him, and only in Him, its origin, its aim and the development proper to it in time. The intimate and personal relationship with the Risen Lord, living and present, is really the only experience which might drive a man to give himself completely to God for his brethren.
We know well, dear brothers, how the Lord seduced us, how his fascination was irresistible for everyone, as the prophet says, “O LORD, you seduced me, and I was seduced; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed” (Jer. 20: 7). This fascination, like every truly valuable thing, needs to be continually defended, treasured, protected and cultivated lest it be lost or, perhaps worse still, lest it become a faded memory which is unable to take on the sometimes aggressive thrust of the world’s reality. The divine intimacy, the origin of every apostolate, is the secret for treasuring in an enduring fashion the fascination of Christ.
We are priests prior to any other reason, however good, to be “united more closely to Christ the High Priest”, united to Him who is our only salvation, the Love of our hearts, the Rock on which we build every act of our ministry, He who knows us more closely than we know our own selves, and whom we desire more than any other thing. Christ the High Priest draws us within himself. This union with Him, which the Sacrament of Order is, carries with it a participation in His offering: “Being united to Christ calls for renunciation. It means not wanting to impose our own way and our own will, not desiring to become someone else, but abandoning ourselves to him, however and wherever he wants to use us” (Benedict XVI, Homily, Holy Mass of Chrism 9th April 2009). The expression, “to be united” reminds us that none of this is our work, the result of our own efforts, but the work of Grace within us: it is the Spirit who unites us ontologically to Christ the Priest and gives us the strength to persevere, all the way to the end, in this participation in the divine work and thus also in the divine life. The “pure victim” then, which Christ the Lord is, reminds each of us of the irreplaceable value of celibacy, which implies perfect continence for the Kingdom of Heaven, and that purity which renders our offering for our fellow man “pleasing unto God”.
May the intimacy of Jesus Christ and the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the all-beautiful” and “all-pure”, sustain us in this daily journey of participation in that Work of Another, in which the priestly ministry consists, knowing that such a participation is replete with salvation above all for us who live it: Christ, in that sense, is our life.
Mauro Piacenza
Titular Archbishop of Vittoriana
Secretary



THIS LETTER ADDRESSED TO PRIESTS COMES FROM THE CONGREGATION FOR THE CLERGY. I am printing it in the bulletin for several reasons: (a) because I think it is a beautiful letter; (b) because it can help people to understand what a priest is all about; (c) because it might motivate people to pray for me and for other priests, so that we do not lose sight of what we are all about.
As for myself, I would like everyone to know that I am very grateful to God and to the Catholic Church for calling me to be a priest and I would like the people of Girardville (and surrounding area) to know that there is no place in the world that I would rather be at this point in my life than right here in Girardville. I invite boys and young men of our two parishes to consider the possibility that God might be calling them to be priests. It is a beautiful life. I cannot think of anything more beautiful this side of heaven.
I know what it means to be “seduced” by the Lord and I have found “how his fascination was irresistible”.

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THE HEAVY BURDEN AND RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING A PASTOR
In my previous assignment in Pottsville, we had a full-time paid custodian. He was an efficient gentleman and he took care of many details having to do with the physical operation of the parish. One of the many details that he took care of was the ordering of cases of paper towels and toilet paper for the restrooms in my two churches. As far as I was concerned, toilet paper and paper towels “just happened”. Coming to Girardville, I didn’t give much thought, if any, to toilet paper and paper towels. Only recently did it dawn on me that these two essential items were sometimes in short supply. They didn’t just happen, as they did in my prior assignment.
The main reason is that we don’t have a full-time paid custodian at the parishes here in Girardville and, for reasons of economy, I haven’t seen my way clear to hiring one.
I came to realize that, for the most part, Ginny (our esteemed and efficient secretary / housekeeper / cook) was purchasing these items from the supermarket on an “as need” basis as part of her regular shopping duties.
I got it into my head that we might do better (and save a few dollars) if we were to buy toilet paper and paper towels by the case from a supplier in St. Clair (the same one from whom we purchased such items in my previous assignment).
So, one day this past week, I drove down to St. Clair on a pastoral mission, viz. to set up an account with the supplier and to purchase a case of toilet paper and a case of paper towels.
Now, it is important to realize that I am an amateur at making such purchases.
The clerk at the distribution center asked me a question for which my years of seminary training had not adequately prepared me. One would think that, being a priest for 43+ years and a pastor for 23+ years, I would be prepared for all kinds of pastoral decisions. But there are some matters not covered in any seminary curricula.
The clerk asked me, in regard to the toilet paper, a very pointed question:
DO YOU WANT ONE-PLY OR TWO-PLY? Not wanting to look like a country bumpkin, but hoping to impress her with my capacity for making firm and decisive executive decisions, I answered boldly and without hesitation: “I’LL TAKE THE TWO-PLY PLEASE!”
So, she had her man fetch me a case of two-ply toilet paper and, of course, a case of paper towels. He kindly put these items into the trunk of my car. I signed the receipt and told her to bill them to the parish. Then I drove off, very much pleased with having accomplished this mission.
Now, why am I telling you all this?
I’m glad you asked!
I am telling you all this because:
(a) I am hoping to impress you with my capacity for making strong and forceful executive decisions on the spur of the moment and (b) I want you to know that I am no cheapskate when it comes to taking care of the people!
Even though our two parishes are teetering on the brink and even though we are located in an area where few if any of the residents are part of the Forbes 500 crowd, nevertheless, when confronted with the decision between one-ply and two-ply, we proclaim boldly to all with ears to hear:
TWO-PLY, OF COURSE!
Let other parishes, far more prosperous and prestigious than ours, take note!
A Time Apart Retreat
OUR LADY'S MISSIONARIES OF THE EUCHARIST (OLME) INVITES YOU TO A Time Apart with Jesus Retreat. Grow in Love with the Lord and our Catholic Faith: November 6-8, 2009, at Mariawald Renewal Center, Reading, PA. Conference topics include: Catholic Spirituality, Prayer with Sacred Scripture, and Liturgy of the Hours. For more Information, please call: 610-582-3333 or email: olme2@olme.org

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