MASS SCHEDULE: 01 November08 November 2009

Saturday, 31 October
Vigil of All Saints
by Geraldine Kulick

Sunday, 01 November
All Saints
by Thomas and Mary Yesalavage

Monday, 02 November
All Souls (All the Faithful Departed)
(102nd anniversary of birth)
by her son, Edward
07:00 pm — EDWARD W. KULL
by James and Gloria Bartol

Wednesday, 04 November
St. Charles Borromeo, bishop (OblMem)
by Kevin Pinto

Friday, 06 November
by John Burns

Saturday, 07 November
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
by Argia Yurenka

Sunday, 08 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Monterasso family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 01 November08 November 2009

Saturday, 31 October
Vigil of All Saints
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 01 November
All Saints
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Monday, 02 November
All Souls (All the Faithful Departed)
by Dr. and Mrs. Frank Blozusky and family

Tuesday, 03 November
St. Martin dePorres, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPHINE (“Joan”) STRENCOSKY
by Barbara Smalansky Snitzer

Thursday, 05 November
by the HRS

Saturday, 07 November
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife and his son

Sunday, 08 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the HNS

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24 / 25 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,256.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $84.00 from the second collection (plate); $55.00 from the Dues envelopes; $80.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $75.00 from the loose. Total: $1,550.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $33.00 from the World Mission envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,550.00) 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 $457.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $986.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $5.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $262.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $96.00 from the loose. Total: $1,349.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $149.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,349.00) 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 $646.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 04 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 05 November
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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


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

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

"Come to Me, all you are weary and heavy ladened, and I will give you rest’, says the Lord.”
A few (very few) reasons why you might want to spend time talking with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament: (a) your husband drinks too much; (b) your wife drinks too much; (c) you drink too much; (d) your son is doing drugs; (e) your daughter is dating a serial killer, and he is not even a practicing Catholic; (f) you are out of work and at the end of your rope; (g) your mother is driving you up the wall; (h) your son just told you that he wants to have sex-change surgery; (i) your brother just told you that he is an atheist; (j) your grandmother just opened a tattoo parlor; (k) your pastor just got a tattoo at your grandmother’s tattoo parlor; (l) you are depressed because the church of your childhood is scheduled for demolition; (m) your doctor told you that the tests came back and you are scheduled for demolition; (n) you figure the whole world is going to hell in a hand basket; (o) you love the smell of incense; (p) you love the Lord Jesus.

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ALL SOULS DAY: Monday, 2 November

Although All Souls Day is not a Holyday of Obligation, it is, nevertheless, a day on which many Catholics choose to attend Mass, so as to pray for the souls of their faithfully departed loved ones.
We encourage everyone to attend Mass on All Souls Day.
Here is the schedule:

08:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel
12:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm in St. Joseph Chapel

Last year (to my surprise), people coming to St. Joseph’s for the All Souls Day Masses gathered in the church. So, I had to hustle up to the church from the chapel!
Barring a larger than anticipated number of persons attending the Masses at St. Joseph’s, I prefer (for the sake of economizing on the heat) that these Masses be celebrated in the chapel.
If we need to move to the church, we will.

“Where it has been lost,
kneeling must be recovered,
so that,
in our prayers,
we remain in fellowship
with the Apostles and Martyrs,
in fellowship with the whole cosmos,
indeed in union with JESUS CHRIST Himself.”

Pope Benedict XVI
Supreme Pastor of the Universal Church
Viva il Papa!

“Golly, gee whiz, fellows and gals! Isn’t it obvious that we would want to kneel when we are receiving God Almighty into our scruffy selves?”

E.B. Connolly
Supreme Pastor (God help us all)
of the Church in Girardville and Mahanoy Plane

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TODAY (31 OCTOBER) is the 492nd anniversary of “the Nailing of the 95 Theses”. On 31 October 1517, an Augustinian monk, a Catholic priest whose name was Martin Luther, went to the church in Wittenberg and posted a document that (for the most part) challenged the practice of issuing indulgences. (By the way, the act of “nailing theses to a church door” was not in itself anything remarkable. This was a common way that scholars and intellectuals had of circulating ideas. A church door served as a kind of bulletin board.)
It occurred to me a few weeks ago that I had never actually read Luther’s 95 Theses. So, I googled them and read them. I found them to be somewhat tedious reading, to tell you the truth, although that probably says more about me than it does about Dr. Luther. If anyone is curious to know what they are all about, please feel free to go read them. Mostly they are about papal power (and papal practice) in the matter of indulgences. Some of what Luther asserts is true. Some is not. The 95 Theses are a mixed bag.
If Martin had given them to me for review and editing before posting them, I would have had some suggestions to make. Unfortunately, he didn’t and, so, all hell broke loose.
I don’t want to come down too hard on my Lutheran brothers and sisters. Obviously, I am a Catholic and I think it is a crying shame that Martin provoked a break in my beloved Church. If only Luther had not been such a hothead and if only Pope Leo X had not been such a buckethead, it is possible that the Reformation would not have happened.
I would like to use this anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation (I use the word “reformation” with considerable reservation) to appeal to my Lutheran brothers and sisters to calm down, relax, re-assess their positions and come back home.
It is inconceivable that, if Martin Luther were to return to earth today, he would join any Lutheran congregation. He would come back home to the Catholic Church.
If any Lutheran would like to speak with me about these matters, I would be happy to welcome him or her for coffee and conversation. I might even be able to arrange for some bagels, with choice of cream cheese or jelly or, as an optional spread, a plenary indulgence.
Some points I would like to make in such a conversation would be these:
Salvation comes from Faith alone as opposed to Salvation comes by Grace which works through Faith which shows itself in Works.
God reveals Himself through Scripture alone
as opposed to God reveals Himself through Scripture, but Scripture is authentically understood only within the context of Sacred Tradition.
The Authority of Private Interpretation
as opposed to the Authority of the Magisterium.
It is my hope that all (at least almost all) Lutherans will observe the 500th anniversary (in 2017) of the “nailing of the 95 theses” by coming back, en masse, to Holy Mother Church.
We will have a huge party, with lots of hugs and kisses, maybe some beer, and we’ll all sing A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD! We’ll sing all the verses.
We love our Lutheran brothers and sisters and we hope they will forgive us for all slights and injuries of the past, both real and perceived.
Dear Lutheran friends: In your hearts, you know that Jesus wants His Church to be one!

stjos/stvdp: 11.01.2009 - 04

The following appeared in the THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING section, page 11, Pottsville Republican: Monday, 26 October:

First, Father Connelly organizes a protest and curses the statue and owner and then says he blessed them. Now he lets a dog drink out of the container of holy water that he put on the ground when it should have been held by an altar boy, deacon or lay person. The Catholic Church teaches that no animal is permitted to drink holy water or eat blessed food, only humans can. Connelly committed a sin for the lack of respect for the sacred.


The following appeared in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section, page 11, Pottsville Republican: Saturday, 31 October:

To the Editor:
My name (although misspelled) appeared in Thunder / Enlightning on 26 October. “Frackville” called in to subject me to public rebuke because I had allegedly “let a dog drink out of the container of holy water that (I) put on the ground when it should have been held by an altar boy, deacon or lay person”.
The caller asserted that I had “committed a sin for the lack of respect for the sacred”.
I beg leave to approach the Bench in order to speak a word or two in my defense, lest I be assigned a place among the wicked and thrown into the lake of fire.
Here is my account of the incident. I affirm on my honor that what I have to say is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
On Sunday, 4 October, I held a “Blessing of the Animals” on the lawn of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory, Girardville. A goodly number of critters — cats, dogs and one rabbit — gathered in not so solemn assembly, together with their human companions.
As I walked from the Rectory to the lawn, I had in my hands the following items: a surplice, a stole, a ritual book of blessings, an aspersorium and an aspergillum. In common parlance, the latter two items are usually referred to as “holy water bucket and sprinkler”.
A parishioner, seeing me carrying these items, kindly offered to take the bucket and the sprinkler. He then placed the bucket of holy water, with the sprinkler inside, on the grass under the tent that had been set up in front of the statue of St. Francis of Assisi.
I willingly admit that the ground is not an ideal venue for placement of a holy water bucket. However, necessity has its own law and it was intended that it would rest there for only a brief moment until I had finished vesting and was able to call the congregation to attention.
It was my plan to invite a little girl who was standing nearby to hold the bucket for me while I would do the blessings. She was thrilled to do so!
In the very short time before I was able to pick up the bucket and hand it to the child, a canine member of the congregation came forward and put his snout to the bucket. I cannot say that I saw the critter actually drink any of the holy water, but I think he would have if I had not intervened.
Snatching the bucket away from the over-eager puppy, I laughed and made what I thought was an appropriately humorous remark. I said words to this effect: “Uh, oh! No drinking the holy water, please!” The people responded with laughter.
Then I proceeded with the ceremony of blessing.
It was a happy event. I think everyone, both human and animal, went home with cheerful hearts. I think God was pleased that we had thanked Him for creating these innocent creatures to bring us comfort and joy as we travel through this vale of tears.
As to whether or not I “committed a sin” or “lack respect for the sacred”, I commend my soul to God and my conscience to Holy Mother Church and I throw myself on the mercy of this honorable Court.
The defense rests.
I suggest that “Frackville” take some of his grim and joyless sense of religion and trade it in for a sense of humor.

Rev. Edward B. Connolly
St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish

stjos/stvdp: 11.01.2009 - 05

THE STATUE OF SAINT VINCENT dePAUL that you see in the front of StVdP Church has been placed there because this is “the year of St. Vincent”. On 27 September 2010, we will observe the 350th anniversary of the entrance of this great and holy man into eternal glory.
Inquiring minds want to know:
(a) Whence came this statue?
It came from St. VdP School, where it had lain in forlorn abandonment for lo these many years!
(b) After having lain so long in forlorn abandonment, why does it look so good?
Ian R. Getzey, brighter than the average doorknob and a man of many talents, volunteered to take it home in order to apply some plaster where needed and to repaint it. He did a beautiful job and we thank him for it!
He tells us that, while it was in his house, there was “the miracle of the well”. Apparently the Getzey family has had an ongoing problem of insufficiency of water rising up from their well. Well! While Vincent was there, the well did not run dry and there was sufficient water for the family’s needs. This miracle has not been certified, nor is it likely to be, but we never look a gift horse in the mouth.
I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU but one of the things I notice as I get older is that my memory is not as sharp as it used to be. And another thing I notice is this: My memory is not as sharp as it used to be.
HOLY NAME SOCIETY will meet (StVdPSchool) after the 8:30 am Mass next Sunday (8 November).
WHILE ON THE SUBJECT of the Holy Name Society: There is a coffee maker that the HNS is accustomed to use for its monthly meeting. It is kept in the school. Mysteriously, it has disappeared. It is highly unlikely that anyone swiped it. It is possible, however, that someone borrowed it and forgot to return it. If you are the person who borrowed it and forgot to return it, would you please return it as soon as possible, if not sooner? You can drop it off at the Rectory. Your identity will be protected and you are already forgiven. Please return it. On the other hand, it is possible that it just got lost and is hiding somewhere. Does anyone know where it is?
WADE-O pointed out to me that, from time to time, someone leaves the front door of the church (street level) open, as a result of which the heat goes out and the cold comes in. Whoever is doing this, please don’t do it. If anyone sees that front door open as he / she is coming into church, please close it. You don’t want to deal with Wade-o when he is ticked off!
PARENTS: Please see to it that your children are faithful to attendance at CCD. We have excellent textbooks and workbooks and our teaching staff is dedicated. Classes are held every Sunday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Children report to the Sheridan Room.

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CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS, Court of St. Cecilia, will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, 9 November, instead of on Tuesday, 3 November. This is due to the fact that the Sheridan Room will be in use as a polling place on 3 November. The meeting on 9 November will be preceded by a memorial service in the Chapel. The meeting and the social will follow in the Sheridan Room.
WIN $10,000 IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! St. Peter Church (Reading) is selling raffle tickets good for a chance to win one of 101 cash prizes worth $25,000, with the grand prize being $10,000. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold. For your chance, send a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with $20 per ticket, to St. Peter Church, 322 S. 5th Street, Reading PA 19602. Drawing will be held on 5 December. Winners need not be present.
THE GROUP THAT MEETS EACH WEEK to pray for “All God’s Children” will meet on Monday, 2 November, at OLMC Church, Shenandoah. The time is being changed to include those working persons who are interested in praying for our kids. If you are interested, but cannot make it that night, please call 462-1989 at the Parish Office.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH! (Very much, indeed!)
#1 — At the funeral of Francis (“Franco”) Boylan, I made bold to suggest to the persons in attendance that, in memory of Franco, they might want to put some money into the poor boxes in the back of St. Joseph Church as donations to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund (PDF), which is an informal fund (actually a pouch kept in the safe) from which we take money for doing “good deeds for the poor”. When the money was removed from the poor boxes (and added to a couple of checks that were handed to me at the cemetery), the amount came to $524.00!
#2 — Two gentlemen came to the Rectory in order to give the pastor checks totaling $332.00. They directed that this money be placed in the PDF.
#3 — A check for $100.00 was received recently from a husband and wife for the same purpose, viz. the PDF.
The pastor extends his profound gratitude for these acts of generosity and gives his word that the money will be used for the purpose for which it was given.
(This does not mean that the children are necessarily Chinese, nor does it mean that any of the children will be auctioned off,
although it is possible that the parents of some of the children might be open to entertaining the idea.)
Date:  Sunday, 22 November
Place: Trinity Academy, 233 W. Cherry Street, Shenandoah
Time:  Doors open at 12:00 pm and auction begins at 2:00 pm
Price: $4.00 per sheet of tickets or three sheets for $10.00
Prizes: The riches of the Orient will be poured out (as befits a Chinese auction): digital camera, bicycles and             much, much more.
Other: Homemade food, drinks, baked goods and snacks.

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Our exclusive concern in this election, as in any election, is to make known to our parishioners the names of those candidates who are known to be PRO-LIFE.
We do not deal with issues that are not directly related to
PRO-LIFE matters.
With that in mind, we give you the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation for the judicial elections.
Elections for other offices listed on the ballot for November of 2009 do not seem to impact on the PRO-LIFE cause. So, we have no comment to make about them.


Retention of Judge
Superior Court (Yes / No)
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation recommends a YES vote for the retention of Judge Elliott.


Retention of Judge
Commonwealth Court (Yes / No)
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation recommends a YES vote for the retention of Judge Pellegrini.


Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court — elect one.
Jack Panella, Democratic
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation recommends Joan Orie Melvin.


Judge, Pennsylvania Superior Court — elect four.
Marakay J. Rogers, Libertarian
Anne E. Lazarus, Democratic
SALLIE MUNDY, Republican
Theresa Sarmina, Democratic
Robert J. Colville, Democratic
JUDY OLSON, Republican
Kevin Francis McCarthy, Democratic
TEMP SMITH, Republican
Paula Ott, Republican
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation recommends Sallie Mundy, Judy Olson and Temp Smith.


Judge, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court — elect two
Linda S. Judson, Democratic
Barbara Behrend Ernsberger, Democratic
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation recommends Kevin Brobson and Patricia A. McCullough.

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