Saturday, 14 February
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — THOMAS P. O’CONNOR Jr.
by Carmen and Kathy Forke

Sunday, 15 February
6th Sunday of Ordinary Time
by Betty Fulmer

Monday, 16 February
08:00 am — NANCY KELLY
by Jerome and Marie Gilmartin
by their son, Edward

Tuesday, 17 February
Seven Founders of the Order of Servites, religious (OptMem)
07:00 pm — MARGARET V. BRENNAN (anniversary)
by her son, Edmund

Wednesday, 18 February
by Shirley Losch Recla

Friday, 20 February
08:00 am — MICHAEL J. CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Saturday, 21 February
St. Peter Damian, bishop and doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — Rev. STEPHEN F. X. FLYNN
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Living and Deceased: JEROME and ELIZABETH THURICK FAMILY
by Geraldine Kulick

Sunday, 22 February
7th Sunday of Ordinary Time
by Bernadine Chupasko


Sunday, 15 February
6th Sunday of Ordinary Time
by Doreen Wiley

Tuesday, 17 February
Seven Founders of the Order of Servites, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings and Good Health: JOANIE MARIE WALLACE
by Brian Michael Purcell

Thursday, 19 February
by Jeanette and Helen Winkler

Saturday, 21 February
Vigil of Sunday
by her husband, Bernie

Sunday, 22 February
7th Sunday of Ordinary Time
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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07 / 08 FEBRUARY
Saint Joseph Parish:

Saint Joseph Parish:
$1,707.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $97.00 from the second collection (plate); $278.00 from the Dues envelopes; $149.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $1,311.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $134.00 from the second collection (plate); $42.00 from the Catholic Relief envelopes; $27.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $2.00 from the Retired Religious envelopes. $134.25 from the loose. Thank you.


Tuesday, 17 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 19 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 20 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 17 February
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 20 February
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Seek the Lord while He may be found!

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a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Saturday, 7 February.
Born on 28 October 1918, he was 90 years old.
He is one of the four children of the late Andrew and Anna (Radzavage) Lushis.
Edward was baptized in St. George Church, Shenandoah, on 31 October 1918.
He married Frances Walakonis on 12 May 1946 in St. Vincent dePaul Church, in the presence of Father Daumantas.
Frances is deceased as also are his two sisters and one brother: Helen Lushis Mizzer; Theresa Lushis Kurzinsky; Alfred Lushis.
Edward has a son: Gareth C. Lushis.
He has two granddaughters: Leigh Ann Lushis Brame; Jennifer Lushis Fetterolf.
He has three great-grandchildren: Russell E. Lushis; Hanna J. Fetterolf; Olivia R. Fetterolf.
Edward was a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima. He earned his First Lieutenant rank on the battlefield. He was awarded two Purple Hearts. We honor his memory and his deeds. He was semper fidelis --- and the nation is indebted to him.
There was a Mass of Christian Burial for Edward in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Wednesday, 11 February.
The interment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery.

Eternal rest grant unto Edward, 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.

Notes: (1) There are some discrepancies in the records in regard to Edward’s exact date of birth. Such discrepancies are not unusual. Record keeping was a bit more casual in years gone by. I think the 28 Oct 1918 date is the most reliable. I obtained it from St. George Parish, Shenandoah. (2) The spelling of Edward’s last name also admits of some ambiguity. In the marriage record of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, the name is spelt Luishis. (3) The maiden name of Edward’s mother was originally Radzeviciute. There is a note in the baptism record that the name was “Americanized” to Radzavage. (4) Edward’s wife’s maiden name is spelled Walaconis in the marriage register.

THE LADIES ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS will sponsor “Our Town, Your Home, One Heritage”, an original musical presentation written and performed by the Lift Your Spirits Performing Arts Group on Saturday, 7 March, at St. Joseph Church Hall. The performance will include a reliving of the histories of the regional communities centered around miners’ families, coal-region customs, weddings, language and folklore. Doors will pen at 6:15 pm and a roast beef dinner and dessert will be served at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20.00 each. For information or to purchase tickets, call 276-1366 or 590-1366 or 590-0914.
• What did one hot dog say to the other hot dog?
• I don’t know. What did one hot dog say to the other hot dog?
• Hello, Frank!
(If you don’t like this joke, don’t blame me. I got it from Fr. Drucker.)

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PLEASE PRAY FOR a gentleman who died on Thursday, 29 January. Peter L. Palestis, age 50, a resident of Shenandoah, is one of the four children of the late James and Angeline (Ranieri) Palestis. His brother, Salvatore Palestis and his sister, Debora Ann Palestis Harris, are deceased. His brother, James Palestis, is a member of St. Joseph Parish.
The interment of cremains took place on Monday, 9 February, in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.

Eternal rest grant unto Peter, 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 BEAUTIFUL GIRL rang the doorbell of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory this morning (Sat 14 Feb) and handed me a Valentine’s Day card and some candy. I thanked her and asked her if that meant that I was invited to be her Valentine. She said that it did. I mention this, lest anyone in Girardville think that nobody would want this grumpy old priest to be her Valentine.
To give the complete story, I need to add this detail: The same beautiful girl handed me a card and candy to give to Fr. Drucker.
Oh, yes! She also gave me some candy to give to Ian.
I cannot reveal the name of my Valentine, but I can give a hint. She lives in Mahanoy Plane and is a student at Trinity Academy.
SOMEBODY SHOWED ME A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE about a married man who was ordained a Catholic priest in Bellingham WA. Father Tom McMichael, age 48, is the first married priest in the
Archdiocese of Seattle. He and his wife, Karin, who have been married for 23 years, have two sons, ages 19 and 21.
The person who showed me the article wanted to know “what the heck is going on here?”
This is not hard to explain.
The Catholic Church in the Latin rite does, from time to time, under certain restricted circumstances, ordain married men to the priesthood.
Almost always (to the best of my knowledge), the circumstances are these: If a married Protestant minister converts to the Catholic Faith and experiences in himself a desire to serve as a priest, he can always ask to have a conversation with a Vocations Director, which will certainly lead to a conversation with a Bishop. The ball is then in the Bishop’s court. If he thinks that there is a true vocation there, he can always petition Rome to give a dispensation. There have been a number of instances in recent years where the Pope has given a dispensation to a married man in these circumstances in order for him to be ordained to the priesthood.
We must remember that the rule that only celibate men may be ordained to the priesthood is a Church law. It is not a divine law.
The Church can never exempt anyone from divine law, but she can exempt from her own laws.
There will be a Mass celebrated according to “the extraordinary rite” on Monday, 16 February, at 7:00 pm, in St. Joseph Church ---- that’s church, not chapel. Everyone is invited.

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Well, boys and girls, I CANNOT TELL A LIE! Why can I not tell a lie? Because next Sunday, 22 February, is you-know-whose birthday (GW) and he never told a lie and it’s also the day of the great Chinese auction!
It will be held in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall (in the old school). Doors open at 12:00 noon. A packet of tickets costs $15.00. We are looking for donations of baked goods. Also, if you are a “crafty” person, you can call and ask to have a “crafts table”.
See you there!

stjos/stvdp: 02.15.2009 - 05


will become a member of the Body of Jesus Christ today (Sunday, 15 Feb) and a fortiori, a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
She will receive the Sacrament of Baptism.
This beautiful infant girl will be immersed into the death and resurrection of the Savior of the human race. The original sin that she inherited from Adam and Eve will be removed and the foundation will be laid for the forgiveness of whatever personal sins she might commit when she comes to the age of accountability.
Infant baptism is based on the premise that the salvation of a human being is always and everywhere a divine initiative, never a human initiative. No human being in the history of the human race has ever “started the ball rolling” towards his or her salvation. No human being has ever “laid the groundwork” for his or her salvation. Everything begins with God and ends with God. All is grace. Even some of the decisions we make that, in our conceit, we think came entirely from ourselves — even these have their origin in grace.
Some who do not understand why the Church baptizes infants will say, “But what’s the point? The little girl does not understand what is being done to her!” To which the Church responds in words similar to these: “No doubt you are correct. However the salvation of this child is not dependent on her understanding. It is dependent on God and on His understanding. We are sure that God understands and the Church understands and the parents and godparents of the child understand. That’s good enough for now. We trust that, as time goes by, this girl (eventually this woman) will come to some basic level of understanding and will assent to the grace that is already planted in her.”
We welcome Michaela Noelle into the community of the holy ones. We pray that the good work that is begun in her today will be brought to a happy conclusion.

More evidence of the chasm between the political agenda of the Democratic Party and the moral teachings of the Catholic Church!
The Bishop of Scranton wrote a letter to Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) in which he rebuked him for his pro-abortion vote against the Martinez amendment, which was an attempt to keep taxpayer money from being used to perform abortions in countries that receive aid from the USA.
I read the Bishop’s letter and found one sentence to be of particular interest:

Your failure to reverse this vote will regrettably mean that you persist formally in cooperating with the evil brought about by this hideous and unnecessary policy.

Note the use of the word “formally” in connection with “cooperating with the evil”.
Do you know what this means?
It means that Senator Casey will have committed a grievously immoral act if he does not reverse his vote.
Do you know what this means for the ordinary citizen?
It means that using one’s vote in such a way as to promote abortion is in itself a grievously immoral act — even if the voter says that he or she is personally opposed to abortion --- as Senator Casey says.

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EVERYONE KNOWS WHO NADYA SULEMAN IS. She is the lady in California who gave birth to octuplets on 26 January. These eight children are the result of six embryos implanted in her uterus. Two of the six embryos divided. So, the end result was eight babies, not just six.
Nadya had already given birth to six children. All six of these were the result of embryonic implantation. It is not clear to me if any of these are “multiples” or if there were six separate pregnancies. So, Nadya, a woman 33 years old, now has fourteen children under the age of seven.
Everybody and his grandmother has an opinion about Nadya. So do we. But actually we have more than an opinion. We have the teaching of the Catholic Church, which we shall try to apply to Nadya. Shall we praise her or shall we admonish her? Let us do a little bit of the former and a whole lot of the latter.
First of all, we praise her for not undergoing “embryo reduction” while she was pregnant. “Embryo reduction” is the polite phrase for aborting “excess babies” in the case of multiple conceptions.
Second of all, we praise her for reproducing the human race because we do indeed like human beings and God likes human beings and we don’t want the planet to run out of human beings because it doesn’t get any better than human beings. But we respectfully point out to Nadya that God wants her to know that she has done way more than her share and that she should relax, take five, and refrain from co-producing any more human beings until we call her to tell her that it’s okay to resume, and that she should not call us but wait until we call her.
Now, although we feel somewhat guilty in admonishing the mother of fourteen children, we must do our duty. Nadya has committed some grievous violations of the Moral Law. I have no idea whether she is subjectively guilty. It is possible that she is ignorant (meaning “uninformed”). It is also possible (and I think there is evidence of this) that she is not operating on all cylinders. We are not interested now in her subjective state. We are interested only in objective principles of morality.
Point #1: THE MARITAL EMBRACE IS THE ONE AND ONLY CONTEXT WITHIN WHICH IT IS MORALLY PERMISSIBLE TO CONCEIVE A CHILD. There are no exceptions to this whatsoever. If anyone disagrees, the disagreement is noted and placed in the appropriate file. This is not “a law made up by the Catholic Church”. It is “a law made up by God and based on human nature and, quite incidentally, promulgated by the Catholic Church”. By the way, the Catholic Church has the unique and universal franchise for informing the human race about what’s on God’s Mind.
Point #2: IT IS GRIEVOUSLY IMMORAL TO BRING ABOUT THE CONCEPTION OF A CHILD OUTSIDE OF THE BODY OF THE WOMAN. IN-VITRO FERTILIZATION IS GRIEVOUSLY IMMORAL. As noted above, there are no exceptions to this whatsoever. If anyone disagrees, the disagreement is noted and placed in the appropriate file. This is not “a law made up by the Catholic Church”. It is “a law made up by God and based on human nature, etc., etc.”.
Point #3: IT IS IMMORAL, EVEN IN MARRIAGE, TO BRING ABOUT THE CONCEPTION OF MORE CHILDREN THAN ONE CAN REASONABLY CARE FOR OR PROVIDE FOR. The Catholic Church teaches that married couples are to be open to children and must leave every act of union free from artificial barriers to conception. At the same time, the Church teaches that couples must act reasonably and that marital union is not to be thought of as mere recreation or as mere satisfaction of physical needs. The Church teaches that husbands must have the best interests of their wives always in the forefront of their minds and not put burdens on them greater than they can bear. A wife is a person, not an object.
One more matter, before wrapping it up: There is a man whose name is
DAVID SOLOMAN. Nadya says that he is the biological father of all fourteen of her children and we take Nadya’s word for it. She says that David is not inclined towards marriage. We would like David Soloman to report to the front office immediately! We would like to have a few words with him behind closed doors.

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THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOT NEW. It is well known to the priests and the laypersons most directly involved in the parish restructuring process that has been going on in the Diocese of Allentown. More to the point, as far as local interest is concerned, it is well known to the members of the Girardville portion of the Committee for Region V of the (former) North Schuylkill Deanery. These are: Annetta Whitecavage and Jim Neary (for St. Joseph Parish); Mary Miller and John Gregis (for St. Vincent dePaul Parish); Fr. Edward B. Connolly (for both).
Here are the Criteria for Parish Restructuring, as taken from a memo issued by the Office for Synod Implementation on 18 September 2007:



A. Each pastor will be assigned to only one parish.
B. No new mission chapels or worship sites shall be established. Existing mission chapels and worship sites may remain in use, only with the recommendation of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and Episcopal approval.
C. The desired proportion of priests to people is 1 to 2,400.
D. When a merger or consolidation occurs, consideration must be given to the financial status of each of the original parishes so that, where feasible, the goal of establishing a fiscally sound parish is achieved.
E. The process of restructuring shall be conducted with an emphasis on territoriality, i.e. the parishes resulting from mergers or consolidations shall be erected as territorial parishes with new boundaries.
F. When a merger of parishes is indicated and one of the existing sites will be retained, the process to determine which church building is to be retained must consider at least the following items:

1) The physical condition of the church building.
2) The size of the church building (relative to the combined average Sunday Mass attendance of the combined parishes).
3) Accessibility for the physically disabled (and where it does not exist, the feasibility of making it accessible).
4) Parking.
5) Location of the church building in relation to membership of the parish.
6) Location of the church building in relation to existing support buildings (rectory, parish office, school, gymnasium, etc.)
7) The size and condition of the existing support buildings.

G. When a consolidation of parishes is indicated, the process to determine which church building is to be retained must consider at least the following items:

(Same seven items as listed above)

H. When a merger or consolidation occurs, the demographic factors of the area shall be taken into account, including the median age of the proposed restructured parish, and any population shifts that are taking place or will take place in the near future.


We encourage members of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish to read the seven criteria listed above. Engage in some good old fashioned cogitation, meditation, conversation and, if the Spirit moves you, even some levitation. Try to avoid exacerbation, remonstration and frustration. Most of all: Think about how they might apply to our local situation.

Verbum sat sapienti.
(a word to the wise is sufficient)
Tempus fugit.
(time flies)

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