MASS SCHEDULE: 22 November29 November 2009

Saturday, 21 November
Vigil of Solemnity of Christ the King
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage

Sunday, 22 November
Solemnity of Christ the King
by Thomasine Moran

Monday, 23 November
St. Clement I, pope, martyr; St. Columban, abbot; Bd. Miguel Agustin Pro, priest, martyr (OptMems)
by John Burns

Wednesday, 25 November
St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr
by Melissa Rutecky Rozetar

Friday, 27 November
by Jerome and Marie Gilmartin

Saturday, 28 November
by Shirley Losch Recla
Vigil of Sunday
by Katy Alisauckas

Sunday, 29 November
First Sunday of Advent
Court St. Cecilia #1529
by the CDA

 MASS SCHEDULE: 22 November29 November 2009

Saturday, 21 November
Vigil of Solemnity of Christ the King
04:00 pm — JOSEPH and HELEN BISCOE
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 22 November
Solemnity of Christ the King
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage and family

Tuesday, 24 November
St. Andrew Dung Lac, priest, martyr and his companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — STEVE CHUBA
by Gene, Andrea, Stephanie and Gina Polukis

Thursday, 26 November
10:00 am — GEORGE BOXER (48th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Saturday, 28 November
Vigil of Sunday
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 29 November
First Sunday of Advent
by John Burns

stjos/stvdp: 11.22.2009 - 01

14 / 15 NOVEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,346.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $64.25 from the second collection (plate); $65.00 from the Dues envelopes; $234.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $65.25 from the loose. Total: $1,774.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,774.50) 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 $681.76 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $936.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $76.00 from the second collection (plate); $15.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $4.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $106.00 from the All Souls envelopes; $248.00 from the Christmas flowers envelopes; $103.00 from the loose. Total: $1,488.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,488.00) 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 $785.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 25 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 26 November
09:00 to 10:00 am
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 27 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 25 November
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(At about 3:40 pm, we pray the Scriptural Rosary.)
, 27 November
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(At about 7:40 pm, we pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.)
Eucharistic Adoration can transform your life.

stjos/stvdp: 11.22.2009 - 02

There is usually a Mass at 7:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Thursdays.
This week, because of the Thanksgiving holiday (and the pastor’s desire to spend the greater part of the day with his family in Philadelphia), there will not be a Mass at 7:00 pm but, instead:
There will be a Mass at 10:00 am on Thanksgiving Day.
We encourage you to make the time to attend Mass on Thanksgiving Day. It is not, of course, an obligation, but it is a good idea.
Date: Sunday, 06 December
Time: Doors open at 11:00 am and games begin at 01:00 pm
Place: Annunciation BVM Parish Hall, Frackville
Ticket: $20.00, which entitles you to twenty regular games, at $100.00 per game
Other: Jackpot of $1,000.00 will go off!
Specials will be sold separately.
Food will be available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or, ahead of time, by calling the Rectory (874-0842) or, on Mondays after 2:00 pm, 874-1623.
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, 09 December, at Catholic Charities, 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville. Please register by 07 December with Barbara Ivaska at 570-628-0466, ext. 306 or Patricia Reusch at 1-800-330-8001 or e-mail
I DROPPED IN ON THE THIRD-GRADE CCD KIDS recently. I didn’t have any particular agenda and didn’t want to interrupt the lesson, but I figure it’s a good idea for the parish priest to show his face once in a while. It usually prompts a question or two or three. Here is a question I was asked by a sweet-faced little girl: “Father Connolly, do you have any children?”
I’ve been asked that question before by children in various settings. It’s interesting that they don’t ask me if I’m married. I guess “marriage” is sort of intangible to them, whereas “having children” is something they can relate to immediately.
So, I gave a straight answer. I simply said, “No, honey, I don’t have any children.” Then I felt the need to explain why. I said, “The reason I don’t have any children is that I’m not married.” Then I felt the need to explain why I am not married. I said, “I’m a priest and priests don’t get married.”
The little girl didn’t ask me WHY priests don’t get married. So, I just let it go at that. The answer to that question would not be comprehensible to a child.
That makes me wonder.
I wonder how many practicing Catholic adults would be able to answer the question: “Why don’t priests get married?”
Perhaps a better way of phrasing the question would be this: “What is the purpose of priestly celibacy?”
Would anyone care to take a shot at answering that question?
You can email me your answer.
Of course, you might want to ask me first: “Do YOU know the answer?”
Well, since you ask me, the answer is: “Yes, I do.”
THE APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP KEVIN C. RHOADES as Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend (IN) came as a surprise — apparently even to him. He will be sorely missed here in Pennsylvania. He has been a tonic for the Harrisburg Diocese. I suspect that he is being sent as a crusader to wrest control of Notre Dame from the infidels of the Land O’Lakes. We wish His Excellency well. May he come back either with his shield or on it, and may the Holy Mother grant that it be the former.
By the way: Did you know that Bishop Rhoades was baptized at St. Canicus Church in Mahanoy City?

stjos/stvdp: 11.22.2009- 03

I belong to an informal group of persons (mostly Catholic and mostly laypersons) who meet once a month in order to listen to a lecture on some topic connected with religion. The public is invited to these gatherings.
Last Sunday evening (15 Nov), I attended one of these lectures. It was held at the Christopher House of Kutztown University. This was simply the venue. Neither Christopher House nor Kutztown University was responsible for the program.
Often we invite as our speaker some person who holds beliefs that are very much contrary to our own. We make certain, of course, to be on our best behavior when we have such a speaker. There is never any excuse for violating good manners when we hear ideas that contradict our own. Besides, the speaker is our guest and deserves our respect and cordiality.
Last Sunday’s speaker identified himself as an agnostic. An agnostic, for all practical purposes, is an atheist. The difference is something like this: An atheist is a person who has made up his mind that there is no god and is not open to changing his mind. An agnostic is a person who says that he has come to the conclusion that there is no god, but is open to evidence that there is, just in case any such evidence ever turns up, but he doesn’t expect any to turn up. An agnostic is dedicated to the proposition that “you just can’t know for sure whether or not there is a god”.
I went to the lecture as a believer in God. I came away from the lecture as a believer in God — my belief having been reinforced by the intellectual poverty of the arguments presented against the existence of God.
Someone might say, “Oh well! That’s to be expected! You’ve been a practicing Catholic for umpteen years, in addition to which you’re a Catholic priest! Your mind is incapable of being changed on such a fundamental issue as the existence of God.”
That’s not really so. There is nothing wrong with my mind, as far as I can tell. I’m still capable of changing it on various and sundry matters, based on what I read and hear. My faith enhances my logic; it does not diminish it.
It’s just that I have never heard any argument against the existence of God that bears the test of logic.
Let me give just one example: The speaker at last Sunday’s lecture took issue with the proposition that “nothing comes from nothing”. (“Ex nihilo nihil fit.”) I found this absolutely amazing!
He said that, just because it is our experience that “nothing comes from nothing”, we cannot absolutize that principle and say for certain that the universe did not come from nothing.
I beg to differ — and here I invoke reason and not faith.
If, at any point in the past, there did not exist anything at all — no matter, no energy, no time, no space, no spirit, no god — then nothing whatsoever would exist now. I am absolutely certain of this.
But, as a matter of fact, something does exist now. (In fact a great many things exist now!) Therefore, there could not possibly have been any point in the past when absolutely nothing existed.
And, so, I say that the universe came from something and that the “something” from which it came is self-existent and is the cause of the existence of everything else.
The “something” that has within itself the reason for its own existence and is the cause of the existence of everything else is what we commonly call “God”.
To say that it is possible that the universe came from absolutely nothing seems to me to be the height of insanity.
This is probably why the Scriptures dismiss atheism with the words: “It is the fool who says in his heart that there is no god.”

stjos/stvdp: 11.22.2009 - 04

The Church commends this ancient prayer to us as a meditation, especially at this time of year.

A day of wrath that day will be.
It will dissolve the world into glowing ashes,
as David and the Sibyl have testified.
How great a dread there will be
when the Judge comes to examine all things in strict justice.
The trumpet’s wondrous call will sound in tombs the world over
and urge everybody forward to the throne.
Death and Nature will stand amazed
when Creation rises again to give answer to its Judge.
Then will be brought out the Book in which is written the complete record
that will decide each man’s fate.
And when the Judge is seated, all secret sin will be made known,
and no sin will go without its due punishment.

In such a plight what can I then plead?
Or whom can I ask to plead for me,
when the just man will be saved only with difficulty?
King of Dread Majesty, You give salvation’s grace to all that will be saved.
Save me, Fount of Pity!

In Your pity, Jesus, call to mind
that I am the reason why You became man.
Do not cast me from You on that day.
It was I You were seeking out when, exhausted, You sat by the well;
it was I whom You redeemed when You suffered on the cross.

Do not allow such toil to have been in vain.

Just and avenging Judge, grant me the grace of pardon
before that Day of Reckoning comes.
I groan like one condemned and am red with shame for my sins;
spare Your suppliant servant.
You forgave Magdalene and granted the robber’s prayer,
and thus gave me hope as well.
Though my prayers do not deserve to be heard,
yet in Your goodness graciously bring it about
that I do not burn in the unquenchable fire.

Give me a place among Your sheep,
separate me from the goats,
and set me on Your right hand.
When the accursed have been silenced
and sentenced to the acrid flames,
call me along with the Blessed.
My sin is burnt to ashes in the fire of my sorrow.
Take care of me when my end is come.

That day when guilty man rises out of the ruins of the world for judgment
will be a day of tears and mourning.
Spare him on that day, Lord God!

Jesus, Lord, of Your mercy, grant them rest.

stjos/stvdp: 11.22.2009 - 05

THE SUNDAY MISSALS IN THE PEWS EXPIRE this weekend (21 / 22 Nov). They are “yours for the taking” — but not until after the last Masses on Sunday, i.e. the 8:30 am and the 11:30 am.
The new missals (for 2010) will be in the pews for next weekend’s Masses.
If anyone wants to buy a missal, please ask at the Rectory. They are $3.00 each.


FATHER JOHN SCHWEIKERT will be here next weekend for our parish mission. We ask everyone to take advantage of all that Father John has to offer.
This is meant to be an invitation and an opportunity for all who have been negligent in their practice of the Faith to come back and an invitation and an opportunity for all who have been consistent in their practice of the Faith to come to a greater intensity of Faith.


You are invited to pray the Rosary with Father Connolly for the souls of our brothers and sisters who sleep in the Lord:
Monday, 23 November
7:00 pm
St. Joseph Cemetery, Fountain Springs.

Tuesday, 24 November
7:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery, Englewood.

Remember to dress appropriately for the weather. Also, you might want to bring a folding chair along with you.
I would be happy to schedule the same for our two Holy Rosary cemeteries. If anyone would like me to do so, please let me know.

 “It is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead,
that they might be released from their sins.”

 stjos/stvdp: 11.22.2009 - 06

first child of the marriage of Ralph D. and Debra M. (Himes) Chiplonia, will be baptized today (Sunday) in St. Joseph Church.
Ralph is a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish. So, it would be appropriate to baptize his child at St. Vincent’s. The reason we are baptizing the child in St. Joseph Church is this: The baptism font at St. Joseph’s is a gift that was given to St. Joseph Parish (Pottsville) by the child’s grandmother, Mary Nicastro Chiplonia, and was transferred to St. Joseph Church, Girardville. It seems appropriate to baptize the child in the font donated by her grandmother.
It will be a great joy to baptize this little girl.
The priest who does the baptizing is well aware that he does so as an agent of God Himself, Who has chosen this child for the gift of the divine adoption.
Christian baptism is that action of God the Father whereby He adopts a human person into the mystery of the Trinity.
Emily Elizabeth, by virtue of this baptism, will become a daughter of the First Person, a member of the Body of the Second Person, a dwelling place for the Third Person.
This Baptism place an indelible character on her soul. Forever she will be marked out as one of God’s chosen ones.
The original sin, the sign of rebellion against God and of enmity towards Him, will be removed by this Baptism. Emily Elizabeth will become a new creation.
She will receive from God the initial grace of justification and the first infusion of sanctification. “Justification” renders her acceptable to God and in good standing with God. “Sanctification” renders her holy in God’s sight and eligible for entrance into heaven.
Emily Elizabeth becomes today a member of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We welcome her, and pray that, being raised to know, love and serve God, she may come to see him face to Face and be happy with Him forever.
P.S. to the above: Debra, the mother of Emily Elizabeth, has told Fr. Connolly that she would like to become a Catholic. We will be happy to do what is necessary in order to prepare Debra for this step and look forward to receiving her into full communion at the appropriate time.
ARE YOU EXPECTING A CHILD? If you are, you would do well to ask a priest to give you the Blessing Before Childbirth. You can ask for this blessing at any point during the pregnancy. Just call to make an appointment. The priest invokes God’s blessings for the protection of the mother and of the child. The blessing is meant also for the father of the child, so he should be present with his wife.
A question someone might ask herself: Suppose I am not married but am pregnant, should I ask Fr. Connolly to give me this blessing? The answer is: Yes — definitely yes. The priest will not use the occasion for a lecture. When we bless, we bless. When we lecture, we lecture. Never the twain shall meet. If you want a lecture, you will have to arrange a separate appointment.

stjos/stvdp: 11.22.2009 - 07


Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Girardville PA 17935

Mailing address for both parishes:
260 N. 2nd Street, Girardville PA 17935-1338
Phone: 570.276.6033
Fax: 570.276.6032
Cell: 570.617.9107
E-mail: OR
Rev. Edward B. Connolly, Pastor

Dear Parents and Guardians of CCD Children:

On Wednesday, 25 November 2009, at 7:00 pm, there will be a THANKSGIVING SERVICE at St. Joseph Church, at which the children will have a special role.
This will not be a Mass.
It will be a service that will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Scripture readings, a homily, a Litany of Thanksgiving and a procession around the church.
We will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The children will meet in the Father Sheridan Room at 6:45 pm.
Everyone in the two parishes is invited and encouraged to attend.
Most especially, we invite parents, grandparents and other family members of the children.
We want to express our thanks to God for all the good things He has given us, most especially the gift of family.
Father Connolly and I, together with our fellow CCD teachers, look forward to seeing you all there for this sacred event.
Please do your best to be there, together with your children.


Edward M. Wascavage

Edward M. Wascavage
St. Vincent dePaul Parish
St. Joseph Parish

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