Saturday, 01 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROSE RANIERI
by her daughters, Bernie and Betty

Sunday, 02 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — FRANK and JULIA GRIFFIN
by Robert and Anna Smith and family

Monday, 03 August
08:00 am — EDWARD BRADSHAW Sr.
by the Bradshaw and Abalo families

Wednesday, 05 August
Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome (OptMem)
by Geraldine Kulick

Friday, 07 August
St. Sixtus II, pope and martyr, and his companions, martyrs;
St. Cajetan, priest (OptMems)
by his wife, Alice

Saturday, 08 August
St. Dominic Guzman, priest (OblMem)
by James and Robin Reiley
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — STEPHEN DYSZEL Jr.
by Tom and Mary Yesalavage

Sunday, 09 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — TOMEE LEIGH GOWER (9th anniversary)
by the family


Saturday, 01 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — LEON RYAN
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 02 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: D’ALFONSO FAMILY
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Tuesday, 04 August
St. John Mary Vianney, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOHN C. KISTLER
by George Scrobol

Thursday, 06 August
Transfiguration of the Lord (Fst)
by the members of the HRS

Saturday, 08 August
Vigil of Sunday
by his Uncle John

Sunday, 09 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the members of the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 08.02.2009 - 01

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Saint Joseph Parish
Parish receipts: $1,065.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $112.00 from the second collection (plate); $110.00 from the Dues envelopes; $110.00 from the Summer Banks envelopes; $123.00 from the loose. Total: $1,410.00
Non-parish receipts: -0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,410.00) 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 $318.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Parish receipts: $963.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $122.00 from the second collection (plate); $25.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $82.00 from the loose. Total: $1,192.00.
Non-parish receipts: -0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,192.00) 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 $489.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 05 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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


Wednesday, 05 August
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 07 August
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


stjos/stvdp: 07.26.2009 - 02

To the one who presides over the Church in Girardville, write this:

“The One who has the seven spirits of God
and the seven stars says this:
I know your works,
that you have the reputation of being alive,
but you are dead.
Be watchful and strengthen what is left,
which is going to die,
for I have not found your works complete
in the sight of my God.
Remember then how you accepted and heard;
keep it, and repent.
If you are not watchful, I will come like a thief,
and you will never know at what hour I will come upon you.
However, you have a few people in Girardville
who have not soiled their garments;
they will walk with me dressed in white,
because they are worthy.
The victor will thus be dressed in white,
and I will never erase his name from the book of life
but will acknowledge his name
in the presence of my Father and of his angels.
Whoever has ears ought to hear
what the Spirit says to the churches.”

stjos/stvdp: 08.02.2009- 03


first child of Joseph O’Farrell and Ellen Grace (Panichello) Shea, was baptized in St. Joseph Church on Wednesday, 29 July.
Joseph and Ellen (and son!) live in Warwick (NY). Ellen is a former member of St. Joseph Parish, Pottsville. Ellen’s mother, Lisa (Faline) Weidner, is a member of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville.
This beautiful child, born for the first time on 15 July, has now been born a second time. Baptism is the sacrament of re-birth.
“I solemnly assure you, no one can see the reign of God unless he is begotten from above.” (John 3,3)
Francis O. Shea has been begotten from above. He has been born again.
“I solemnly assure you, no one can enter into God’s kingdom without being begotten of water and Spirit.” (John 3,5)
Francis O. Shea has been begotten of water and Spirit. He has been born again.
We are always grateful to God when He creates a new human being. There is nothing more beautiful, nothing more valuable than human beings. And when God brings it about that a human being is grafted into the Body of Christ by Baptism, becoming a member of the Catholic Church, as has happened now with this little boy, then our hearts overflow with gratitude.

Parents of public-school children, grades one to eight:
Please call the Rectory with the names of the children who will be attending our CCD.
Please let us know their grades and, of course, give us a number where we can reach you.
You can email instead of calling, if you prefer


Are there any members of St. Joseph Parish and of St. Vincent dePaul Parish who would be willing to volunteer to gather some basic census information for our parish records? This would be done principally via telephone. If you are not phone shy and if you would be willing to make some phone calls in order to gather some pieces of data, would you please call the Rectory and leave your name and phone number with Fr. Connolly?

stjos/stvdp: 08.02.2009 - 04


Dear Lord, I invoke your blessing upon the person responsible for painting the William Street Bridge in Girardville, Pennsylvania.
Yea, Lord! Do Thou be kind and merciful unto him, inasmuch as he hath worked to remove the ugliness of the graffiti that offended the eyes of those who passed by that intersection and to restore the simple beauty of the bridge.
May his fields bring forth an abundance of crops.
May his vines yield plump and juicy grapes.
May his olive presses pour forth an abundance of rich and savory oil.
May his cattle grow fat and his goats give an abundance of sweet milk.
May caravans of camels bring him treasures from afar.
Yea, and may peace and tranquility dwell in his tent!


Dear Lord, I invoke your justice upon the person responsible for spraying the graffiti on the William Street Bridge in Girardville, Pennsylvania.
Yea, Lord! Do Thou treat him as he doth deserve and give him no break whatsoever, inasmuch as he hath worked to destroy the simple beauty of the intersection and to restore it to its prior ugliness.
May hordes of locusts devour his crops.
May blight destroy every grape on his vines.
May naught but dust and sand be the produce of his olive presses.
May pestilence strike his cattle and may his goats give only sour milk.
May the fleas from a thousand camels infest his armpits.
Yea, and may shouting and discord dwell in his tent.
All of this unless and until he shall repent, of course, and shall strive to amend his ways and undo the mischief he hath done to our community.
If so and at which time, O Lord, we shall be sure to get back to Thee with a different prayer on his behalf.

stjos/stvdp: 08.02.2009 -05


Background: I sent this letter to a priest in a parish several states removed from here. I don’t know him. I looked him up in the Kenedy Directory. I learned that he was ordained in 2002. So, he is probably a young man, on the sunny side of forty, I would guess.
It would not be fair of me to identify the priest or the parish. That is why I have XXX’ed out any identifying references.
My reason for including this letter in the bulletin is this: It serves as a kind of “heads up” for my fellow Catholics. We might wish that all priests were on the same page in essential matters of the Faith and in the corollaries of the Faith, such as how we handle the Holy Eucharist. We find at times — sometimes to our utter dismay — that we are not. There is a lot to be said for the virtue of patient endurance and even suffering in silence. Such a reaction is virtuous when it is a matter of affronts and indignities to one’s own self. Suffering in silence is not especially virtuous when we are witnesses to affronts and indignities being offered to God. There are two things we can do in such cases: (a) write to the priest; (b) write to his boss. The former is preferable and more charitable. The letter should be signed and have a return address and it should always be polite and circumspect.

22 July 2009

Rev. xxxxxxx
Street Address
City, State, Zip

Dear Father:
I take the liberty of writing to you in order to make you aware of a telephone call that I received a couple of days ago. The caller complained to me about something you are alleged to have said in a homily.
Before deciding to write to you, I asked myself, “If a member of my parish were to call a priest in another state in order to complain about something that I was alleged to have said in a homily, would I want that priest to contact me about it or would I prefer that he do nothing at all?”
I answered my own question by saying, “I would prefer that the priest would contact me, so that I could, at least, be aware of what was said. I might not be in agreement, but I would want to be aware.”
With that in mind, let me give you the background to the call and the substance of it: The woman who called has been a member of XXXXXX Parish for a couple of years. Prior to that, she and her husband had been my parishioners — although not at either of my current parishes. She was very active in her former parish and, from what she tells me, is very active in XXXXXX Parish.
The woman keeps in touch with me via phone calls and e-mails. The subject matter of her most recent phone call was the homily that you are alleged to have given at the 4:00 pm Mass on Saturday, 18 July 09.
The woman said that you “mocked” (her word, not mine) traditionalist Catholics who prefer to receive Holy Communion on the tongue rather than in the hand. She said that you made light of the concern of these traditionalist Catholics that crumbs from the Holy Eucharist might fall on the floor. She said that you “ridiculed” traditional expressions of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament and that many persons in the congregation laughed along with you.
She said that she was thinking of getting up and leaving during the homily, but decided to stay because she did not want to miss out on receiving Holy Communion.
She said that, when she got back home after Mass, she felt so disheartened that all she could do was cry.
What I have stated in this letter is simply the facts as the caller related them to me. Please note that I have not asserted that her account is accurate, nor have I offered any “editorial opinion” nor criticism of my own.
It is possible that you will want to make some clarification in a future homily or it is possible that you feel it best to do nothing at all — but at least you are aware.
I ask the Lord to bless you and to keep you in His love.

(Rev.) Edward B. Connolly


          stjos/stvdp: 08.02.2009 - 06

I stopped at WAL-MART (Route 61) this past Monday evening on my way back to Girardville from New Philadelphia, where I have a monthly Mass (last Monday of the month).
I was kind of tired and didn’t really feel like traipsing around WAL-MART, but I needed a few items and figured I’d better take advantage of the opportunity.
As it turned out, I’m glad I did.
Reason: While I was pushing my cart down an aisle, a boy came up to me and asked, “Are you a priest?” I said, “Yes, I am.” He said, “Do you mind if I ask you a question?” I said, “Go right ahead.” He said, “Well, like, you’re a priest, so I guess you believe in God, don’t you?” I said, “Yes, I do believe in God.” He said, “Could I ask you why you believe in God?”
Let me pause here before I tell you how I responded. First of all, the boy appeared to be about twelve years old --- maybe eleven, maybe thirteen. There did not seem to be anyone accompanying him, although I suspect that there must have been someone with him. He was too young to be there on his own. He probably just separated himself from his parents in order to speak with me. The boy’s manners were exemplary. He was respectful and courteous. There was nothing about his demeanor that made me think that he was just jazzing me or that he had come up to speak to me as some sort of prank. The thought occurred that he might have been doing some school project, but I don’t think he would be doing a school project in the latter part of July. I can only conclude that he was really and truly curious as to why I believed in God.
So, without asking him why he was asking me, I simply answered his question, being fully aware that I had to pack a lot of information into a little piece of time but, at the same time, not pack too much into too little!
For better or for worse, here is a summary of what I said to him: The universe is the sum total of every atom and sub-atomic particle that exists. It is all of the matter and all of the energy that exists. Scientists tell us that the universe is about 17 billion years old. That’s a ballpark figure, but we’ll accept it now as fact. If, later on, we find it is older or younger than that, no problem; we can make the adjustment. The point is that the universe, although very old, DID have a beginning. Something caused it to exist. Everything that exists has or had some cause that is responsible for its existence. Every cause was the effect of a prior cause.
Logic tells us that nothing comes from nothing. If you take
nothing and let it sit around for ten billion years and then come back to check up on it, you will find that you have nothing --- the exact same nothing!
The universe could not have come from
nothing. It had to come from something. The something that it came from might possibly have come from something else that came from something else. But, eventually, we must come to a “something else” that did not come from anything else.
I paused and said to the boy, “Do you understand what I mean when I say ‘the Uncaused Cause’”? He shook his head and said, “No”. I said, “Do you understand when I say ‘cause and effect’”? He said, “Yes”. I said, “Do you understand that every cause is an effect of some previous cause?” He said, “Yes”. I said, “Well, what I want to tell you is that there is one cause and only one cause that is not an effect of any other cause. We call that particular Cause ‘the Uncaused Cause’”. I said, “Do you understand that?” He said, “Yes”. “Well” I said “that’s good because what I want you to know is that ‘the Uncaused Cause’ is what we’re talking about when we say ‘God’. Does that make sense to you?” He said, “Yeah! Oh, yeah!” Then he said, “Thank you” and I said, “You’re welcome” and he walked away. And that was that. I continued shopping. From the sublime to the cat litter. Story of my life.
Reflecting on it later on, I thought: There is a great variety of ways to respond to the question as to why we believe in God (i.e. why we believe that He exists and is to be worshipped). One of these ways is the way of human reason. One of the great advantages of being a Catholic is that we believe in the reliability of human reason. Unlike Martin Luther, we do not believe that “reason is a whore!” We believe that gratiam supponit natura (nature underlies grace). In fact, it is a defined dogma of the Catholic Church (cf. First Vatican Council) that the existence of God can be known with certainty by the light of human reason — even without supernatural intervention.
Although we Catholics believe in the Bible, we do not involve ourselves in circular reasoning — trying to prove the existence of God by quoting from the Bible and then trying to prove the reliability of the Bible by asserting that it is the Word of God.
May God bless that boy and all others of his generation. They are facing some tough challenges. It is not a God-friendly world out there anymore! These are the days of the faithful remnant. We wait for help from on high.

stjos/stvdp: 08.02.2009 - 07




Domine, salvum fac
patrem nostrum Ioannem,
et exaudi nos
in die qua
invocaverimus Te!

The pastor and the people of Saint Joseph Parish, Girardville, and of Saint Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville, welcome His Excellency, the Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, Bishop of Allentown, into our midst. We acknowledge him as the High Priest, Teacher and Shepherd of our Diocese, second in authority only to His Holiness, the Pope. We assure him of our love and fidelity.
May God bless our new Bishop, preserve him from harm and grant him good health and long life. May He keep in His Heart all of the Bishop’s loved ones, especially his parents, his brother and his sisters.
May God make of Bishop Barres a perfect instrument of His Will for us.

            stjos/stvdp: 08.02.2009 - 08                      


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