Saturday, 22 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — THOMAS P. O’CONNOR Jr.
by Joseph and Joann Kovaleuski

Sunday, 23 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — IN HONOR of the BLESSED VIRGIN
by the LAOH

Monday, 24 August
St. Bartholomew, apostle (Fst)
by his sister, Jacqueline

Wednesday, 26 August
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on DYMPHNA ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Friday, 28 August
St. Augustine of Hippo, bishop and doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on GRACE GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 29 August
Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on DREW R. WEIDNER and FRIENDS
by the Weidner family
Vigil of Sunday
by Michelena Catizone

Sunday, 30 August
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Joe Kaplafka and son


Saturday, 22 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by Ron T. Krick

Sunday, 23 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: LIPPAY FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 25 August
St. Louis, King of France;
St. Joseph Calasanz, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — WILLIAM LABIE
by his family

Thursday, 27 August
St. Monica (OblMem)
by Josephine Zdiera and family

Saturday, 29 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — DAN and MARY SMITH
by Robert and Anna Smith and family

Sunday, 30 August
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Ralph and Debbie

stjos/stvdp: 08.23.2009 - 01

15 / 16 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
Parish receipts: $1,690.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $72.00 from the second collection (plate); $70.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the Summer Banks envelopes; $197.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $77.00 from the loose. Total: $2,151.00
Non-parish receipts: $-0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($2,151.00) 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 $1,058.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Parish receipts: $925.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $75.00 from the second collection (plate); $5.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $256.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $100.00 from the loose. Total: $1,361.00.
Non-parish receipts: $218.00 from the Lithuanian Catholic Relief envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,361.00) 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 $658.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 25 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 27 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 28 August
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Please note that, in addition to the times scheduled, the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) is available to anyone who requests it at almost any time. Just call the Rectory or tap Fr. Connolly on the shoulder and say, “I’d like to go to Confession”. I will do my best to accommodate your request.


Tuesday, 25 August
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 28 August
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel



stjos/stvdp: 08.23.2009 - 02

This is a recent e-mail exchange I had with a friend of mine. I don’t use his name. I’ll just use his initial (“B”). It touched my heart (and my brain). I include it here in the bulletin, because I think there are others who might relate to it.

Dear Father C:
My cat has come to the end of the road! Her ailment (cancer) is getting worse. For all practical purposes, she is kaput! So, I have to have her put to sleep — and soon (maybe today).
Her name is Minerva. I’ve had her ever since I found her on New Year’s Eve, 1996. When she is dead, we’ll still have Shalameneezer, the big black cat.
Today is not a good day!

Dear B:
It’s very sad to lose Minerva, your well loved cat.
I read your email to Kateri.
She joins me in sending you sympathy.
The heavenly Father knows when the sparrow falls from the nest.
Surely He is well aware of Minerva.
With all good wishes -

Dear Father C:
I had my cat put to sleep this afternoon. It all went well. It was the best thing I could do for the creature, as her chest was filling up with fluid.
Yesterday evening, as I sat at the table here reading, I suddenly realized that she wasn't sitting on my lap. In fact she hadn't come out to see me at all. I felt a cold feeling because I knew immediately what this meant, having been through it before. I went looking for her and found her under a chair. She was in that "death place" to which all cats betake themselves when they feel the unseen enemy coming. They always do that. They crawl into some place, curl up and start dying.
I find it weird that this becomes more difficult to endure as I get older. I've lost several cats over the years.
Your reminder of the "no sparrow falls" quote was perfect. It sustained me throughout.


AS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE ABOVE, I am including an article I came across by a Protestant clergyman named David Padfield. (See pages 4 and 5.)
I recommend that you read it and, perhaps, bring it to the attention of others who might benefit from reading it.
There are more than a few persons in Girardville (and vicinity) whose lives are sadder than they need be — in some cases, if I dare say so, because they do not trust in God as they should.

stjos/stvdp: 08.23.2009- 03

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

In Matthew 10 Jesus sent out the twelve apostles and "gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease" (Mt 10,1). This commission was limited in that they were not allowed to "go into the way of the Gentiles" or "enter a city of the Samaritans" (Mt 10,5). Instead, they were sent "to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Mt 10,6). Our Lord also warned them that persecution would accompany their preaching (Mt 10,16-22). As an encouragement in the midst of this persecution, Jesus told the disciples of His Father's care: "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." (Mt 10,27-31).

"Sparrow" is the name given to several different species of birds in the Bible -- they ate grain and insects and gathered in noisy flocks. Sparrows would often build their untidy nests in the eaves of houses, but were not driven away when they built their nests in the Temple (Ps 84,3). These insignificant little birds were such social creatures that a lone sparrow was the symbol of deep loneliness (Ps 102,7).
In the days of our Lord sparrows were sold for a very low price -- two of them for a copper coin (Mt 10,29). A copper coin, an asarion, was a very small Roman coin, was worth about 1/16 of a silver denarius, and was therefore worth less than a quarter in U.S. currency today. Those who were poor and could not afford to sacrifice a sheep or a goat might bring a sparrow to the Temple (cf. Lev 14,1-7).

So insignificant were these little birds that if you bought four sparrows the seller would throw in one more for free (Lk 12,4-7). It was this extra sparrow of which Jesus said, "and not one of them is forgotten before God." His care for His creation is so great that even this extra sparrow is noted and observed by God!
The point our Lord was making is this: if God is concerned about the tiny sparrow and notes its fate, how much greater must His concern be for man, who is immeasurably greater in value than the sparrow!
God's Eye Is On Things We Deem Insignificant

Sometimes it seems that God is the only one who cares for sparrows. Cats and birds of prey like to hunt and eat them, and little boys have been known to torment them. Adults complain about how they multiply and consider them pests. Yet, Jesus said, "not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will" (Mt 10,29). It is interesting that Jesus chose the most common of all birds to teach a profound truth: in God's eyes, no one is insignificant!

God not only provides food for "the birds of the air," but He also "clothes the grass of the field" (Mt 6,25-34). The "lilies of the field" were the scarlet poppies -- they bloomed for only one day on the hillsides of Israel, and yet in their brief life they were clothed with a beauty which surpassed "Solomon in all his glory," and when they died they were "thrown into the oven."

In the days of our Lord ovens consisted of a clay box set on bricks over a fire. When it was desired to rapidly raise the temperature of it, some handfuls of dried grasses and wild flowers were thrown inside the oven and set alight. The flowers had but one day of life; and then they were set alight to help a woman to heat an oven when she was baking in a hurry; and yet God clothes them with a beauty which is beyond man's power to imitate. If God gives such beauty to a short-lived flower, how much more will he care for man?

Surely, the generosity, which is lavished upon a flower for one day, will not be forgetful of man, the crown of His creation.

David was impressed by God's care for us: "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen -- even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!" (Ps 8,3-9).

stjos/stvdp: 08.16.2009 - 04

God Does Not Always Prevent Evil From Happening To Us
Though God does provide care for the sparrows, the fact that "not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will" (Mt 10,29) means that sometimes bad things can happen. Although He watches over the sparrows, this does not prevent them being hunted by predators. Although He watches over every one of us, this does not mean that our lives will be free from care.
God had placed a "hedge" around Job (Job 1,8-11), but allowed Satan to tempt Job (Job 1,12). In the midst of his trials he did not lose his trust in God (Job 1,21). In one of the most beautiful passages in the book of Job, we hear Job say of God, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13,15).
We can be assured that with every temptation there will also be a way of escape. "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (1 Cor 10,13). My brethren, there are no special cases! When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!

God's Care Continues For Us
We may not esteem the tiny sparrow, but Jesus used it to illustrate our heavenly Father's watchful care: "you are of more value than many sparrows" (Mt 10,31). If God is concerned about the tiny sparrow, how much greater must His concern be for man, who is immeasurably greater in value than the sparrow!
There is no place for worry in the life of a sparrow, and no attempt stockpile supplies for the future -- yet their lives go on. The point Jesus is making is not that the birds do not work; it has been said that no one works harder than a sparrow to make a living; the point He is making is that they do not worry. Sparrows do not strain to see into a future, which they cannot see, and do not seek to find security in the things they have accumulated for the future.

Worry is needless, useless and even injurious (Mt 6,25-32). Worry, which wears out the mind also, wears out the body. Worry affects our judgment, lessons our powers of decision, and renders us progressively incapable of dealing with life. Worry is a manifestation of our lack of faith in God (Mt 6,30). We need to learn to be content (Phil 4,4-13).

In the midst of turbulent times Habakkuk said, "Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls -- Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation" (Hab 3,17-18).

God's continued care for us should bring contentment in our lives. "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content." (1 Tim 6,6-10).

stjos/stvdp: 08.23.2009 -05

LIFE ROLLS ON! Jobs, kids, and activities keep you even busier during Summer. Plan now for a break! Make time for just the two of you to attend a MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER.
The next weekend is September 18-20 at Mariawald Retreat Center in Shillington. Call 1-800-787-7679 or go on-line at for more information.


Next Sunday (30 August), the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church will be celebrated according to the extraordinary form. I am open to the opinions of members of St. Joseph Parish and of St. Vincent dePaul Parish in regard to the proposal that there be a Tridentine Sunday Mass once a month — probably on the last Sunday of the month.
If we decide to go this route, do you think the Mass should be the regularly scheduled 11:30 am Mass or do you think it should be in the afternoon?

MARY HAS BEEN EXALTED! If you have a keen eye and if you attend Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church, you will notice that the statue of the Blessed Mother is higher up than it used to be. It is not a miracle. The pastor of St. VdP Parish spoke with his friend, the pastor of StJosPar, and asked to borrow a pedestal that was not being used. The latter said to the former: “Sure! Why not? But maybe you can do me a favor sometime soon. Okay? I’m thinking maybe votive candle stands.” The former said to the latter: “I don’t see why not!”
It is such a pleasure to see such cooperation between our two parishes! It is like the precious oil that runs down the beard, the beard of Aaron — or something like that! (cf Psalm 133, 2)
By the way, thank you to StVdP parishioner Robert J. Getzey for lending his truck and his muscle power to the project of moving the pedestal from StJos to StVdP.

THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA (ELCA) has voted to allow its member congregations to employ pastors who are in committed homosexual relationships. Let that sentence sink in. I mean really sink in. Has it sunk in yet? No? Well, read it again!
When I was a child, my mother’s best friends (and, therefore, our best friends) were the Steffens family (husband, wife and a boy my age). My mother enjoyed speaking German with Mr. and Mrs. Steffens. They were staunch Lutherans and we were staunch Catholics, but that was irrelevant to the friendship. We didn’t discuss religion. However, there was a time when we had to be somewhat strategic, in order to conceal our Catholic corruption while preserving the friendship.
What happened was this: The Steffens were coming to visit. At the time, we children were playing a card game — “war” or “crazy eight” or “old maid” or something like that. Mom knew that the Steffens did not approve of card-playing because “the Devil is in the cards”. She didn’t want her Lutheran friends to know that she was an unfit mother: allowing her children to play with the devil’s tools! So, we engaged in some Catholic skullduggery: We put the cards away “before the Steffens get here”!! I remember thinking, “Wow! Lutherans are really strict!”
I think to myself, “What would the Steffens say now?” God bless them. May they rest in peace!

             stjos/stvdp: 08.23.2009 - 06

VINCENT PAUL LUSCAVAGE, a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Wednesday, 19 August. Born on 22 January 1941, he was 68 years old.
He is a son of the late Vincent J. and Mary M. (Abromaitis) Luscavage.
He was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 12 February 1941, by Fr. Daumantas.
On 3 September 1966, also in St. Vincent dePaul Church, he married Lorraine Malinchock, in the presence of Fr. Degutis.
In addition to his wife, Lorraine, to whom he was married for almost 43 years, Vincent is survived by his sister, Vivian Luscavage, and by his brother, Joseph J. Luscavage.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, 24 August, at 11:00 am in St. Vincent dePaul Church. The interment will take place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery in Englewood.
There will be a viewing at the Gricoski Funeral Home (Frackville) on Sunday, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and again on Monday, from 9:15 to 10:15 am.
Eternal rest grant unto Vincent, 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.
If you have, you may go to the head of the class!
If you haven’t , please do so!
All you need to do is call (or email) the Rectory and give us the child’s name and grade, plus names of parents and telephone number.
Do it now while you have the thought in your head!
I think it can be summarized in these principles:
We must exercise a preferential option for the poor.
Human solidarity encourages those who have much to help those who have little or nothing.
We are obliged to provide care for those who cannot care for themselves.
We are not obliged to care for those who can care for themselves but choose not to do so.
Whatever we do, we must never do anything that would facilitate the abortion of the unborn child nor the euthanization of the elderly or chronically ill.

stjos/stvdp: 08.23.2009 - 07


Atheism is usually the rationalization of the refusal to obey. It is so difficult to believe because it is so         difficult to obey.

Soren Kierkegaard

Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.

Heywood Broun

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up — they have no holidays.

Henny Youngman

The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

I always admired atheists. I think it takes a lot of faith

Diane Frolov / Andrew Schneider

If there were no God, there would be no atheists

G. K. Chesterton

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God”.

Psalm 14, 1

Theist and atheist: The fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name.

Samuel Butler

I doubt that there are very many theoretical atheists in Girardville or vicinity. It is quite possible that there might be one or two or three or four — or more? But certainly not very many.
Notice that I specified “theoretical” atheists, by which I mean persons who have taken a firm intellectual position that there is no such thing as “spirit that exists independently of matter”.
However, I am quite certain that there are a good many practical atheists among us, by which I mean persons who, for all practical purposes, are atheists. How would you know a practical atheist if you ran into him? There are several ways of knowing. I’ll mention just a few:
(a) A person who never prays is a practical atheist.
(b) A person who acts as though he is his own supreme and independent moral arbiter (umpire) is a practical atheist: It’s good if I say it’s good and it’s bad if I say it’s bad.
(c) A person who thinks that nobody sees him or hears him when there are no other human beings around to see him or hear him is a practical atheist.
(d) A person who does not believe that he has a soul or, if he does believe that he has a soul, does not believe that his soul will ever be subject to judgment: When you’re dead, you’re dead!
(e) A person who believes that the existence of the universe or the existence of life in the universe is the result of pure chance is a practical atheist.
(f) A person who goes for (approximately) one whole week or more without some conscious thought process that makes reference to God is a practical atheist.
Caution: Practical atheists

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