Saturday, 29 August
Vigil of Sunday
by Michelena Catizone

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

Monday, 31 August
08:00 am — EDWARD BRADSHAW Jr.
by the Bradshaw and Abalo families

Wednesday, 02 September
by the Mohan family

Friday, 04 September
by CDA, Court St. Cecilia #1529

Saturday, 05 September
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
by Alice Walukonis Chiaretti

Sunday, 06 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ELLIE BOXER (48th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower


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

Tuesday, 01 September
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on DANIEL SVONAVEC
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Thursday, 03 September
St. Gregory the Great, pope and doctor (OblMem)
by the HRS

Saturday, 05 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARY USIC
by Jean Majikas and family

Sunday, 06 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DAVID G. and BASTINA (Folino) NICASTRO
by Ralph and Debbie Chiplonia

stjos/stvdp: 08.30.2009 - 01

22 / 23 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
Parish receipts: $1,147.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $90.00 from the second collection (plate); $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $30.00 from the Summer Banks envelopes; $71.00 from the loose. Total: $1,378.00
Non-parish receipts: $-0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,378.00) 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 $285.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Parish receipts: $899.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $126.00 from the second collection (plate); $16.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $68.00 from the loose. Total: $1,134.00.
Non-parish receipts: $10.00 from the Lithuanian Catholic Relief envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,134.00) 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 $431.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


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

Thursday, 03 September
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 04 September
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.


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

Friday, 04 September
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


A man went to his doctor. The doctor said, “The tests are back. I’m sorry to tell you that you have cancer and you have Alzheimer’s.” The man said, “Oh well, thank God I don’t have cancer!”

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The Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and caring for abandoned and abused animals, is in urgent need of monetary donations. The shelter is filled to overflow capacity. Donations (check or money order) may be sent to Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, 18 Wertz Drive, Pine Grove PA 17963-8665. Donations of pet food and cat litter are also welcome.
Note on the above request: A friend of mine asked me to run the above notice in the bulletin. I said I was willing to do so, but needed to get Kateri’s approval first. (She has often reminded me, “Remember, Padre, you don’t make any major decisions on your own! I’m the brains in this outfit; you’re just the pretty face.”) Anyway, she did give her approval but added this request: that, if you donate any money to the SPCA, you specify that it be used exclusively for the care of neglected, starved and abused cats and that none of it be used for the care of dogs. Then she said, “Actually I’m referring to ALL cats. ALL cats are neglected, starved and abused.” I took umbrage at this and told her that she is certainly neither neglected, starved nor abused. She told me that that was my unenlightened opinion. I also told her that, in good conscience, I could not ask my parishioners to diss the dogs at the SPCA. “After all” I said to her “God loves dogs too.” She said, “Maybe your God loves dogs, but mine doesn’t!” This kind of shocked me. I had thought that Kateri and I prayed to the same God! Now, I have my doubts!
THE WOMEN OF THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will resume their monthly meetings. First meeting of the new season will be on Thursday, 3 September, in the StVdP Parish Hall, after the 6:30 pm Mass.
All are encouraged to attend. New members are always most welcome.
JOHN GREGIS, a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, underwent major surgery this past Thursday. He is currently a patient at Hershey Medical Center, but hopes to be discharged very soon and will need several weeks of recuperation. We recommend him to everyone’s prayers. It seems that the surgery was successful and that we can anticipate a good outcome.
Note on the above: This is the first time I have included in our parish bulletin a mention of someone’s ill health or hospitalization. My reason for not having done so in the past is simply this: I hesitate to invade anyone’s privacy and I do not presume that someone wants his or her health or hospitalizations to be mentioned in the bulletin. I have done so in John’s case because I was assured by friends of his that it would be “a good thing to do”. From now on, our policy will be this: I will gladly include the name of any sick parishioner in the bulletin, together with a request for prayers, if the person himself asks or if some family member or close friend asks me to do so. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to do this. All you have to do is call (or email) the Rectory with the pertinent information.

Bulletin filler: Our two parishes need more money. Would everybody please give more money? Thank you.

stjos/stvdp: 08.30.2009- 03

This email interchange that I had with a friend of mine might be of some interest. I have omitted the non-relevant portions of the e-mails.

Dear Fr. Connolly:
Actually, I'm starting to feel a little guilty about my Kennedy tirades. A real Catholic would be praying for the man's soul. I just can't help myself. It isn't because he was a liberal, mind you. It is because of that poor girl who drowned, a girl who worked her hide off for the Kennedy family. My grandmother used to complain about that (and she was a Democrat.)
I think the Kennedys have greatly harmed the Catholic Church, but that is another story.

In regard to Ted Kennedy: I can forgive him for the Kopechne drowning. Whatever spin one might want to put on the whole tragic event, at least there was no MALICE involved. Maybe there was UNCHASTITY involved --- but I can’t be certain of that and, so, I’d better not presume it. Almost certainly, there was INTOXICATION involved and gross IMPRUDENCE as to driving while under the influence — but neither of these reaches the level of malice. Seemingly, there was COWARDICE involved, inasmuch as he delayed notifying the police --- but I can forgive cowardice. Surely he did not intend, at the time he got into the car with Mary Jo, that she would be dead before the night was over. In addition to all of this, he gave every indication, in the aftermath of the whole sad event, that he was truly sorry. I believed Teddy when he said that he was sorry. Whether he was “perfectly sorry” or “imperfectly sorry” is for God to figure out, not me. I’ll presume that he was perfectly sorry. Remember that “perfect sorrow” — which is God-oriented contrition — does not rule out the possibility that there is some admixture of “imperfect sorrow” — which is contrition based on self-interest. Admittedly, “sorry” doesn’t bring Mary Jo back from the dead, but this is not the first time in the history of the human race that an innocent person has died as a result of another person’s carelessness or stupidity — nor will it be the last.
So, as Ted Kennedy’s self-appointed defense attorney, I hereby declare: The defense rests in the matter of Ted Kennedy vs Mary Jo Kopechne!
What I have real trouble with is Ted’s unremitting and thorough dedication to the cause of abortion. I shall never understand that, not if I live to be a thousand.
But, to a great extent, I blame the cowardice of some of the leading members of the hierarchy of the Archdiocese of Boston and of some prominent members of the Jesuit community of Boston College. Apparently, they became “enamored of the world” and, so, they soft-pedaled (at best) and undercut (at worst) the Church’s teachings in the area of artificial contraception and abortion in order to stay in the good graces of the Irish-Catholic Democratic political establishment. They never held Teddy’s feet (or the feet of his colleagues) to the fire for his support of abortion. They were hireling shepherds. As St. John Chrysostom said, “The road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops and priests!”
However, now that Teddy is dead, I do forgive him even for his support of abortion.
I forgive him, not because I am wobbly in the matter of abortion.
I forgive him because it would be dangerous to my own salvation not to forgive him.
I figure that, if I forgive him, I might more likely anticipate forgiveness for my own sins and offenses on the terrible Day of Judgment.
When I say that I forgive him, I hope you know that forgiving is not condoning.
Bottom line: Eternal rest grant unto Ted Kennedy, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him.

stjos/stvdp: 08.30.2009 - 04


I RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL from a person who signed (gave) his name. (I did not recognize the name.) It is not clear to me if the person sent it to me “one-on-one” or if he had sent out a mass mailing to priests in general.
Be that as it may, I think it is eminently worth sharing in the bulletin.


Rev. Connolly:
In the confessional, you likely hear men confessing the same sin over and over about looking at Internet pornography. For practical reasons, it is not an option for many of these men to cancel their Internet service. On top of that, many are also highly technically proficient, being able to defeat filters or monitoring software.
Fortunately, there is an option that just became available this year that addresses this very problem, and I wanted you to know about it. There is a new home network router called the Surf Scope that at random times captures what is displayed on the computer screen, saves the captures on the router, and replays it over and over later on all the computer screensavers in the home. This deters inappropriate browsing, as the computer usage will now be seen later by the entire family. It uses encryption, and if you try to tamper with anything, it cuts your internet connection. There is a video that describes how it works and other features at
You are welcome to let others know about this either in the confessional or in casual conversation. I can speak from personal experience that this device keeps men (and savvy teenage boys) from looking at Internet pornography. I have not encountered a more effective tool for battling this problem.

I did check out the video on the website given. It seems rather impressive. The device is not inexpensive. However, if it does what it says it does, it could be worth the expense.

Occasionally I hear people say how wicked the Internet is. I always beg to differ. The Internet is not wicked. It is a marvelous and wonderful tool, a gift from God and a work of human genius. Unquestionably, there is evil to be found on the Internet. The best control of all, so as not to be drawn into the evil, is a combination of three marvelous factors: (a) the indispensable grace of God; (b) a pure heart; (c) a long-standing habit of self-discipline; (d) a salutary fear of eternal damnation.
If one lacks any of these, then the next best motivation, so as not to be drawn into the evil, is a reasonable fear of jeopardizing one’s marriage (“the wife finding out”) or of jeopardizing one’s domestic tranquility (“Mom and Dad finding out”).
While the latter motivation is not quite as noble as the former, it will do. It will definitely do — at least until the noble motivation kicks in.
I suggest that parishioners for whom this matter is relevant check out the video on the website and consider whether it might be worth investing in this device. If you have teenagers in the house, I think you might be especially well advised to check it out.
I ask all teenagers to forgive me for seeming to be suspicious of you. I know that there are many teenagers who have pure hearts and who strive for virtue. Please do not be resentful towards stodgy old adults like me who encourage parents to monitor your activities. Remember: You are a teenager for only seven years of your existence. If you are the beneficiaries of loving supervision (even a bit of parental snooping) during those seven years, it is much more likely that you will turn out to be happy adults.
As a former teenager, I know that this is the truth.
And, of course, I admit that it is much tougher for teenagers today than it used to be. Any teenager in today’s world who strives for virtue has my profound respect.

stjos/stvdp: 08.30.2009 -05

ANNUNCIATION BVM. PARISH would like us to know that Msgr. Flanagan (Bernie the Bleenie King) will be cooking up a humongous batch of bleenies for public consumption.
Here is the pertinent information:
Date:                        Friday, 18 September, A.D. 2009
Time:                       10:00 am to Sellout
Venue:                     218 W. Cherry Street (rear), Shendo
Price:                       50 cents each or $6.00 per dozen
Note:                        Haluski and frozen pierogies will also be available. The pierogies go for $5.00 per dozen. I                                don’t what the haluski goes for. They didn’t tell me.
Our pledge to you: We will serve no bleenie before its time! Same for the pierogies.
For the benefit of the culturally deprived (i.e. our valued bulletin readers who are not fortunate enough to live in Schuylkill County): In Europe and Russia, bleenies (or "blinis") are regular flour pancakes and are served with caviar. In the Coal Region, a bleenie is a potato pancake. Few people make them at home since they can create a huge greasy mess in your kitchen (and your whole house). That's why they are popular at block parties and church bazaars. Bleenie lines have been known to circle halfway around the block.
TIDBIT OF INFORMATION for those who might like to know: The enrollment at Trinity Academy currently stands at 163 (K to 8) This is an increase from last year. Needless to say, the increase is due in part to the transfer of students from the Academy of the Blessed Virgin Mary (RIP), Mahanoy City. We commend those parents in Mahanoy City who are allowing their children to continue their Catholic education in Shenandoah, despite their sadness at the closing of their former school. Life goes on. We do the best we can, given the realities of the times.
he next weekend is 18 to 20 September at Mariawald Retreat Center in Shillington. Call 1-800-787-7679 or go on-line at for more information.
We have received some registrations for CCD. We are anticipating some more. So, dear parents, if you have not yet registered your child for CCD, would you please do so now? Call (or email) the Rectory with the child’s name and grade, plus names of parents and telephone number.
Don’t wait! Do it now! Time’s a wasting!
REMINDER: The 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church today (30 Aug) will be celebrated according to the “extraordinary form” (Tridentine Mass). We are still soliciting opinions as to whether such a Mass, which we hope to have once a month, is best scheduled for 11:30 am (the regular Mass time) or if it should be scheduled for 2:00 or 3:00 pm.

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a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Monday, 24 August.
Born on 25 May 1918, she was 91 years old.
She is one of six children of the late Michael and Anna (Nojunas) Nojunas.
Her brothers and sisters are: Edward Nojunas (deceased); William Nojunas (deceased); Beatrice Nojunas Salukas (deceased); Anna Nojunas Keck (deceased); Mary Nojunas Malinchock.
Alberta was married to Valentine "Walter" Cierzniewski. Walter died in 1988.
Alberta has two daughters: Elizabeth Kutchinsky Klemo and Jean Kutchinsky Cestaro.
She has five grandchildren: Lisa Cunningham Cheddar; Sandy Cunningham Wiley; Edward R. Cunningham; Gary M. Cunningham; Troy A. Cunningham (deceased).
She has six great-grandchildren: Justin M. Cunningham; Christopher B. Cunningham; Connor A. Cunningham; Adam T. Cunningham; Shane M. Dalley; David M. Wiley.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am on Monday, 31 August, at St. Vincent dePaul Church. The interment will follow at St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
The viewing will take place at the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home (Ringtown) on Sunday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

Eternal rest grant unto Alberta, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish, Minersville, is sponsoring a cookbook. The price is $12.00. It contains approximately 400 ethnic and favorite recipes. All who place an advanced order will be eligible for a drawing for five certificates from local merchants. Call Tom Mundy (544-5320) or Joe Strenkoski (544-9062) to place your order. If no answer, leave your name and phone number and someone will get back to you.
Question: What’s the Italian word for cookbook?
Answer: Cookabooka.
Question: What kind of recipe books do thieves and swindlers prefer to read?
Answer: Crookbooks.

stjos/stvdp: 08.30.2009 - 07



Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown is sponsoring “A Journey of Hope” Conference for Older Adults on Thursday October 1 from 8:30 A.M. -3:30 P.M. at the Holiday Inn, Fogelsville. Most Reverend John O. Barres, STD, JCL, DD, Bishop of Allentown, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving. Brochures are available at every parish, or register by calling 610-791-3888, ext 305 before 15 September. This event is made possible through the Strengthening Our Future in Faith capital campaign.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown seeks families to foster medically fragile infants, siblings, and teen mothers with infants. An Information Meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, 9 September, at Catholic Charities, 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville. Please register by 8 September with Barbara Ivaska at 570-628-0466, ext. 306 or Patricia Reusch at 1-800-330-8001 or e-mail

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Counseling & Behavioral Health Program is accepting Medical Assistance / Health Choices Insurance for residents of Schuylkill County and Traditional Blue Shield for residents of any county. Please contact the Schuylkill / Carbon service office at 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville, 570-628-0466.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Immigration Program assists with legalization of status, family reunification, and citizenship. Please call for service in English or Spanish, 610-435-1541 in Allentown or 610-376-7144 in Reading.

A QUESTION SOMEONE MIGHT ASK: The initials after Bishop Barres’s name indicate his advanced degrees. What do they stand for? “STD” means “Sacrae Theologiae Doctor” (Doctor of Sacred Theology). This is an earned academic degree. “JCL” means “Juris Canonici Licentia” (Licentiate of [in] Canon Law). This is also an earned academic degree. A licentiate is a degree midway between a doctorate and a baccalaureate. It is equivalent to what, in the United States, we commonly call a “master’s degree”. “DD” means “Divinitatis Doctor” (Doctor of Divinity). This is what is commonly referred to as “a professional degree”. In some cases, it is an earned degree. In other cases, it is an honorary degree. In the case of bishops, it is almost always an honorary degree. Bishop Barres has other academic degrees (on the bachelor level) but these are not usually mentioned, inasmuch as they are subsumed into the higher degrees.
Q — Why is Bishop Barres like a thermometer?
A — Because he has so many degrees.
STILL ON THE SUBJECT OF BISHOP BARRES: Did you know that the Bishop visited Girardville on Monday, 17 August? It was an unannounced, unpublicized visit. He came to North Schuylkill in order to look over that portion of his new territory. Drat the luck! Yours truly was on vacation that day! Well, he didn’t call to tell me he was coming and, besides, it wasn’t part of his agenda that day to meet and greet. He simply wanted to take a look at the properties. He also visited Shenandoah, Mahanoy City and Lost Creek that day and, perhaps, some other communities.
Moral to be taken: Let us all be on our best behavior! We know not when the Son of Man is coming!
I MET A VERY KIND AND GRACIOUS LADY this past week. Her name is Sister Theresa Duffy, IHM. Sister Theresa is the newly-appointed Administrative Assistant for Holy Trinity Academy. We welcome her to North Schuylkill. She comes from Philadelphia. Her most recent assignment was at St. William Parish, Philadelphia, which just happens to be the home parish of the pastor of Girardville. We welcome Sister Theresa to our area and wish her health, happiness and all God’s blessings.

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