MASS SCHEDULE: 08 November15 November 2009

Saturday, 07 November
Vigil of Sunday
by Argia Yurenka

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

Monday, 09 November
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
08:00 am — CLIFFORD TAN
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Wednesday, 11 November
St. Martin of Tours, bishop (OblMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: NICHOLAS BIRSTER FAMILY
by Jean Weist

Friday, 13 November
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin (OblMem)
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Saturday, 14 November
08:00 am — SUSAN M. ROMANOT
by Jim and Eva Gontis
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 15 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by M / M Joseph Kowalick

 MASS SCHEDULE: 08 November15 November 2009

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

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

Tuesday, 10 November
St. Leo the Great, pope, doctor (OblMem)
by Edna Labie

Thursday, 12 November
St. Josaphat, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
by Joseph and Theresa Gudonis

Saturday, 14 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his wife, Carole

Sunday, 15 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Robert and Denise Getzey and sons

stjos/stvdp: 11.08.2009 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,176.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $77.00 from the second collection (plate); $463.00 from the Dues envelopes; $225.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $265.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $166.00 from the All Souls envelopes; $112.00 from the loose. Total: $2,484.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($2,484.00) 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 $1,391.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,054.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $64.00 from the second collection (plate); $189.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $20.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $231.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $126.00 from the All Souls envelopes; $48.00 from the loose. Total: $1,349.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
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, 11 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 12 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 13 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 11 November
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 13 November
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

If Jesus is important in your life, you will be important in His Life.
And, of course, if Jesus is unimportant in your life, ------ well, I don’t want to belabor the obvious. You can finish this sentence.

stjos/stvdp: 11.08.2009 - 02

Read them carefully.

“Moreover, it is a characteristic common to all perversions that in them reproduction is put aside as an aim. This is actually the criterion by which we judge whether a sexual activity is perverse-- if it departs from reproduction as its aim and pursues the attainment of gratification independently.”

Okay, have you read them carefully and are you sure you understand them?
Before I tell you who wrote these words, let me summarize in my own words the gist of what the person is saying. He is saying that the deliberate separation of sexual activity from reproduction is “perverse”, i.e. it is a sexual perversion deliberately to engage in sexual activity and, either before, during or after the act, to do something that will prevent the conception of a child.
And, of course, persons who practice sexual perversion are (gulp!) sexual perverts!
That’s a shocker, is it not? (It is not to one’s advantage to have “unrepentant sexual pervert” in one’s resume when standing before the Throne of Judgment.)
The Catholic Church has always and everywhere taught that it is perverse (gravely sinful) to perform some action (coitus interruptus) or to use some some device (a condom, a shield, an IUD) or to ingest some chemical (the whole gamut of anovulant pills and patches) that prevent the sexual act from reaching its natural end (conception).
But back to the question I asked above.
Who is the author of the words quoted above?
it some medieval theologian?
Is it some cranky old bishop?
Is it some Pope?
No, none of the above.
The person who wrote these words is none other than SIGMUND FREUD.
You mean that Sigmund Freud?
Yes, that Sigmund Freud: Austrian neurologist, non-practicing Jew, apparently an atheist, born 1856, died 1939, founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology.
Dr. Freud was no friend of the Catholic Church or of religion in general.
On the other hand, he was not stupid.
He knew something about NATURAL LAW!
that I have your attention, please allow me to point out to you that, despite what “everybody” tells you, the use of artificial contraception (“birth control”) in any of its forms is grievously sinful. It is the stuff of which MORTAL SIN is made and people who die in mortal sin go to Hell. Please don’t go to Hell. (It’s the pits!) Please don’t practice artificial contraception. If you are practicing artificial contraception or if you used to (like when you were younger), please confess it in the Sacrament of Confession. God will forgive you if you do, but only if you do. Take this seriously.

stjos/stvdp: 11.08.2009- 03

For those who are very young, perhaps I should explain who Bishop McShea is (or “was”). I prefer “is” because he is still alive in Christ Jesus.
The Most Reverend Joseph Mark McShea (1907 – 1991) had served as Auxiliary Bishop (1952 - 1961) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 1961, when Pope John XXIII decreed that there should be a new diocese in Pennsylvania, the five northern counties of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were split off from the five southern counties and — voila! — those five counties (Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill) became the Diocese of Allentown. Pope John appointed Bishop McShea to be the first (ergo the founding) bishop of the new diocese. He served as our Ordinary (i.e. Bishop in charge) from 1961 to 1983, at which time he retired, and lived in retirement until 1991.
He was a memorable man, a bishop of the old school. We priests sometimes referred to him as “the Prince-Bishop”. Some said this about him as a criticism of his style. I always thought of it as a compliment. I guess I am a royalist at heart. I always figured that, if God so arranges your life that you become a bishop, then, for God’s sake, be a bishop!
Authority in the Church is meant to be exercised for the glory of God and the salvation of the people, and a bishop (or a pastor) should not feel the need to apologize for it. The Catholic Church is not a democracy and God forbid that it should ever aspire to be such!
I would not be lying if I were to say that I loved Bishop McShea. For sure, I respected him, but as the years went by, I came to love him (although I certainly never told him that I did!)
I once dared to tell Bishop McShea what my father said to me about him: “You know, son, that Bishop McShea — he really looks like a bishop!” Always ready with a quip or a comeback, the Bishop responded to my father’s observation by saying, “Well, yes, they tell me I look as if I came from Central Casting!” Oh, yes, I forgot to tell you: Not only did I find Bishop McShea awesome and lovable, he was also a source of endless humor, some of it from him and some of it about him.
But I digress!
One of the tidbits of wisdom
I picked up from Bishop McShea occurred under these circumstances: The date was either 25 or 26 May 1966. Eight of us had just been ordained to the priesthood on 21 May and were told that we should take a few days off to celebrate and to catch our breaths and then report to the Bishop’s Residence at 2920 Chew Street (Allentown), in order to receive our initial assignments.
So, the eight of us newly ordained showed up, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. One by one, we were ushered into the Throne Room — I mean “office” — where we greeted the Bishop, kissed his ring, sat down and waited for him to speak.
He handed me two envelopes. One envelope contained my faculties. “Faculties” is like a license — in this case, a license to carry out priestly ministry in the Diocese, with the ominous proviso “usque ad revocationem”, which loosely translates into “unless and until you mess up, God forbid, and I have to pull your license on you, so don’t mess up!” (I might add here that, to the best of my knowledge, my license has not been revoked, at least not the last time I checked my mail.
The other envelope contained my initial priestly appointment.

stjos/stvdp: 11.08.2009 - 04

Here, as well as I remember them, are some of the words Bishop McShea spoke to me as he handed me my assignment.
“Now, Father Connolly, I’m sending you to Sacred Heart Parish in Allentown. Monsignor Leichner is the pastor there and he is a fine priest and I’m sure you’ll do very well there. Just do whatever your pastor tells you. Sacred Heart Parish used to be mostly German-speaking people from the Burgenland, but in recent years more and more Puerto Ricans have been moving into Allentown, so I’ve set up a Hispanic ministry there. Father Biszek is in charge of that ministry. You’ll get to know him and he is a fine young priest. Now your main duties will be with the English-speaking parishioners, but I understand you speak some Spanish, so maybe you can help Father Biszek from time to time, but you check with Monsignor Leichner on that first and just do whatever he tells you.”
My contribution to the conversation was simply to nod my head and, when it seemed opportune, to say “Yes, Your Excellency” and “Thank you, Your Excellency” and “Yes, I understand, Your Excellency”. Then the Bishop got to what I think is the important part — and that is the reason, just in case you’re wondering, that I am writing this dissertation for our parish bulletin. In fact, to emphasize the importance of it, I think I’ll type it all in bold.

The Bishop continued:
“You know, Father Connolly, a group of Puerto Ricans came to me some time ago and told me that they wanted to have their own Spanish-speaking parish. But I said to them, ‘No, no, no! I’m not going to repeat the mistakes of the bishops of the nineteenth century! You just fit in with the other parishioners there. They all speak English and your children and grandchildren are all going to be speaking English. We’ll see to it that there will be a Spanish-speaking priest there for as long as the Puerto Rican people need one to be there. I understand that you have special needs and we’re not going to neglect you, but there is no need for me to set up a separate parish for you.’”
(The Bishop was not soliciting my opinion on this matter, so my reply to him was very prudent: “Yes, Your Excellency, I see what you mean.” (No one can accuse me of not being a dedicated “yes man”. I knew then and still know where my bread is buttered!)

Moral of the story: I ask everyone who is bent out of shape at the closing of ethnic parishes to realize that the very establishment of ethnic parishes was probably a mistake. (I mean no disrespect to their collective Excellencies of the Catholic Church in the USA in the 19th century, but I take my cue from Bishop McShea’s observation cited above.) In retrospect, the bishops probably should have insisted that the immigrants “blend into” the English-speaking parishes, with the guarantee that their language needs would be met, for as long as necessary, by priests who spoke the language. If they had been more foresighted, perhaps we who live in the 21st century would not be going through our current agony of parish consolidations.

There will, perhaps, be some persons (maybe in a town east of Girardville?) who read this who will get mad at me, but that’s okay. I can take it! They won’t be the first to get mad at me, and they won’t be the last. But, before they get mad at me, I ask them to think once and — who knows? — maybe even think twice or thrice. We must think beyond ethnicity. In fact, come to think of it, more than anything, we must think! And pray!

stjos/stvdp: 11.08.2009 - 05

Fill the steins to dear old Maine
Shout 'til the rafters ring
Stand and drink a toast once again
Let every loyal Maine man sing
Drink to all the happy hours
Drink to the careless days
Drink to Maine our Alma Mater
The college of our hearts always
This past Tuesday, 02 Nov, the voters of Maine repealed a measure that would have legalized sodomite marriage in their state. The Governor of Maine and the legislative leaders and the major newspapers were all in favor of legalized sodomite marriage. The persons in favor of sodomy by statute had a huge edge in campaign funds. However, common sense won the day.
We tip our biretta to Bishop Richard Malone, the Bishop of Portland (which encompasses the entire state of Maine). He was not cowed by those who cried “separation of church and state”. He is a bishop indeed! May his tribe increase! He ordered a collection taken up in all the parishes in the state on behalf of the effort to defeat sodomite marriage.
Bishop Portland begged his fellow Catholics to “please let your conscience be formed by these clear and authoritative words of Pope Benedict XVI”. Here are the words of our Holy Father:

 “In those situations where homosexual unions … have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty.” A Catholic whose conscience has been properly formed by Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church cannot support same sex marriage.”
THE FLOWERS THAT WERE PLACED ON THE ALTAR of St. Joseph Church for the weekend of 24 / 25 October were placed in loving memory of Tomee Leigh Gower. I apologize for forgetting to acknowledge this in the bulletin of that weekend. The flowers were beautiful and, in fact (as of this writing) are still beautiful. We thank the family of Tomee for donating them. --- By the way, nobody scolded me for not including it in the bulletin. I scolded myself when I saw a note on my desk that Ginny had given me prior to that weekend. It had gotten buried under some other papers. When in doubt, I always blame such oversights on Kateri.


On Wednesday, 25 November, at 7:00 pm, there will be a Thanksgiving Service at which the children of our two parishes will have a special role.
We will expose the Blessed Sacrament, the children will read some Scripture passages and a litany of thanksgiving. There will be a procession around the church and we will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Naturally, we hope that parents and grandparents and other family members will be present in order to express our thanks to God for all the good things He has given us.
Please mark your calendars!

 stjos/stvdp: 11.08.2009 - 06

a member of Queen of Peace Parish, Millersburg, and a former member of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, died on All Saints Day: Sunday, 01 November.
Born on 12 October 1943, he was 66 years old.
He is one of the fourteen children of the late James J. Sr. and Sarah (Green) Brennan.
He was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 31 October 1943 by Fr. Alfred V. Monaghan.
His wife is Mary Jo Bakerofskie Brennan.
His brothers and sisters are the following: James J. Brennan Jr. (deceased); John E. Brennan (deceased); Michael V. Brennan (deceased); Thomas J. Brennan; Sarah A. Brennan Weyman; Elizabeth A. Brennan Weikel (deceased); Irene T. Brennan Weikel (deceased); Robert J. Brennan; Raymond V. Brennan; Vincent F. Brennan; Richard J. Brennan (deceased).
(Joseph’s parents had two children who died at birth: a boy named Edward and a girl whose name is known to God.)
Joseph is the father of three children: Deborah Brennan Stratton; Joseph A. Brennan Jr.; Laurie A. Brennan.
He has five grandchildren: Erikka A. Competus; Jessica R. Brennan; Peter Joseph Brennan (deceased); Morgan E. Brennan; Jameson J. Brennan.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 06 November. There was a viewing at the McDonald Funeral Home on Wednesday evening.
The interment took place in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.

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.

THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY of St. Vincent dePaul Parish will be selling raffle tickets in the back of the church after the weekend Masses. As you probably know, the proceeds from this annual drawing go to purchasing prizes for the FEBRUARY AUCTION! We encourage everyone to support this worthy fundraiser!
Note to all of you New York Yankee fans from a disgruntled Phillies fan: Okay! Okay! So you won the World Series! Big whoop! Who cares? We Philadelphians have Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House and you’ll never have them! Besides, Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love and you’re not! So, put that in your pipe and smoke it!

stjos/stvdp: 11.08.2009 - 07


The following is a quote from a recent “Dow Theory Letter”.
The “Dow Theory Letter” is a daily message from Richard Russell.
It is available to subscribers both on line and by mail.
Mr. Russell is best described as a financial wizard.
His area of expertise is financial matters.
He is not “a man of religion”, nor is he a politician.
He is one of the most respected economists in the USA.
He is 85 years old — old enough to be taken seriously.
He is a Jew, although, as far as I know, he is not what one would call “a devout religious Jew”.
I mention these facts only to emphasize that he is not some sort of wild-eyed, apocalyptic “religious kook” or “prophet of doom” accustomed to jumping up and down about the imminence of the end of the world.
However, occasionally, Mr. Russell will make some personal comments on matters that are not directly related to his area of expertise.
“I woke up last night with a strange thought. During the last days of the Roman Empire, the emperors put on gladiator fights to entertain the crowd. At the same time there were wild orgies throughout Rome. All this to take the people’s minds off the city’s decline as the barbarians were marching on Rome.
Today we have ‘extreme cage fighting’ and ‘mixed martial arts,’ which is becoming the most popular ‘sport’ in the nation. The fighters are referred to as ‘gladiators.’ We also have an explosion of porn which is literally enveloping the Internet. Meanwhile, sex is taking over TV, along with narcotics shows and vampirism.
Is history repeating?”

I have heard or read other persons make comparisons between the current state of the USA and the declining days of the Roman Empire. Such comparisons are almost a staple of what is often referred to contemptuously as “the religious right”. People (some people) tend to get cynical about these comparisons after having heard them a few dozen times. People don’t like to be admonished or scolded.
But to read the same sort of comparison coming from the pen of Richard Russell, who is not at all a man of “the religious right” is somewhat sobering.
Let me give a rather recent example: A few nights ago, I watched the last few innings of one of the World Series games. The Series was carried on a channel that I never (at least hardly ever) tune into. (My interest in TV is restricted to just a few channels.) When the game was over, I went downstairs to fetch something, but left the TV on. When I came back to my room, there was an extended infomercial for a product that is intended to “make a man larger”. However, this particular infomercial was hawking a product that is supposed to do the same for a woman. The men and women in the infomercial were all so chummy and blasé and matter-of-fact about the benefits of the product.
I admit to having been flabbergasted! Not just gasted, but flabbergasted! I muttered to myself words to this effect: “What the hell?” Then I turned off the TV and got ready to say my prayers and go to bed.
You know what? I think I am ready to subscribe to the proposition that the USA is going down the tubes. The times are wicked because the people are wicked. Wickedness assaults our minds and senses wherever we turn. It is time, dear people of Girardville, to decide whose side we are on. History is about to catch up with us, and it won’t be pretty.
P.S. — The Hebrew words at the top of this paper are pronounced:
MENE, MENE, TEKEL, u-PHARSIN. Read Daniel 5 to find out what that means. If you don’t know where to find Danny, let me know. I know where he hangs out.

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