Saturday, 19 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Aunt Jeanne

Sunday, 20 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ANNE BRENNAN
by Joan McCarthy

Monday, 21 September
St. Matthew, apostle, evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — JOHN A. and MARGARET V. BRENNAN (63rd anniversary)
by their family

Wednesday, 23 September
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — JAMES KELLY
by John Burns

Friday, 25 September
08:00 am — Deceased: LANDERS FAMILY
by the Scully family

Saturday, 26 September
SS. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — CHILDREN of the WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla
Vigil of Sunday
by Michael and Peggy Yesalavage

Sunday, 27 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the O’Connell family


Saturday, 19 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED YACKERA
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 20 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Connell family

Tuesday, 22 September
08:00 am — JOSEPHINE BOXER HODGE (30th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Thursday, 24 September
by Anna Bolusky

Saturday, 26 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 27 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by their grandson, Ralph, and his wife, Debbie

stjos/stvdp: 09.20.2009 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Joseph Parish
Parish receipts: $1,227.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $94.00 from the second collection (plate); $80.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Summer Banks envelopes; $5.00 from the General Repair Fund envelopes; $170.00 from the Block Collection envelopes; $145.00 from the loose. Total: $1,741.00
Non-parish receipts: $-0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,741.00) 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 $648.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Parish receipts: $906.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $109.00 from the second collection (plate);$5.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $128.00 from the loose. Total: $1,148.00.
Non-parish receipts: $ 0 –
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,148.00) 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 $445.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 23 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 24 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 25 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 23 September
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 25 September
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


DID YOU KNOW THAT MONEY — also known as “filthy lucre” — is a principal transmitter of disease-bearing germs? It is not healthy to have a lot of money in your possession! We want our parishioners to be healthy. So, here is our suggestion: Gather up all of all of that nasty, dirty money lying around your house or in your wallets or purses and drop it off at St. Joseph Parish or St. Vincent dePaul Parish. We will dispose of it appropriately. There is no charge for this service!

stjos/stvdp: 09.20.2009 - 02

third child (first son) of Daniel P. and Rachel M. (Heintzelman) Devaney, will be baptized today (Sunday) at St. Joseph Church.
Every Baptism is a cause for rejoicing and we rejoice indeed at the Baptism of this beautiful child.
There will take place in this little boy what theologians call “an ontological change” or what the catechism calls, in less sophisticated terms, “the placing of an indelible mark on the soul”.
By virtue of Baptism, Caleb James will be lifted up from the realm of “mere mortal” to the transcendent dignity of “son of the Most High God”.
Because of the sin of our first parents, Caleb James — like every human baby except Jesus and Mary — came into existence with the stain of the Original Sin.
If the Original Sin remains on one’s soul, it is impossible for that person to be pleasing in God’s eyes and impossible for him or her to enter into Heaven.
God, in His Infinite Mercy, has provided a remedy for Original Sin. It is called Baptism. By being washed in water in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, a person becomes righteous before God.
Not only righteous (acceptable) but holy!
Using once again the language of theology, we say that Caleb James will be justified and sanctified by means of the Sacrament of Baptism.
We pray that Daniel and Rachel will teach him, by word and, more importantly by example, what it is to have “holy fear” before God and, above and beyond “holy fear”, deep love for Him.
May this little boy grow up to be a powerful Christian and a devout Catholic. May he attain to the destiny to which God invites him, viz. to become a saint.
May God bless Caleb James and keep him safe from all harm, give him a long and happy life and bring him, in due time, into His presence.
We thank Daniel and Rachel for their openness to life.


#1 — Our CCD teachers are respectfully reminded of the meeting with Fr. Connolly this evening — Sunday, 20 September, at 6:00 pm in the Sheridan Room.
— Parents and children are likewise reminded that CCD starts on Sunday, 27 September, at 6:00 pm — also in the Sheridan Room — from whence we will disperse to the appointed classrooms (Sheridan Room plus rooms in St. Joseph Rectory).
— Parents who have not yet registered their children for CCD are respectfully reminded (notice I am holding my breath and being very polite!) to PLEASE call the Rectory to register them, immediately if not sooner. If you don’t, I just might have to call out the National Guard and go bang on your front doors and you don’t want me to do that — now do you?

stjos/stvdp: 09.20.2009- 03

There is a dear little boy — sad to say — who is missing from the sixth-grade classroom of what was, until very recently, his school in Schuylkill County. This child started off the current school year. No one had any reason to think he would not be present for the duration of the year. But an almost unbearable tragedy interrupted the reasonable expectations of his family and friends.
The boy is dead as a result of asphyxiation, apparently self-induced — but not with suicidal intent. He was playing a game.
While we commend his dear soul to God and pray for his grief-stricken parents, relatives and friends, we need to do what we can to prevent such a tragedy from falling upon other children in our county.
When I first heard of the child’s death, I was puzzled, in addition to being saddened.
I wondered: What in the world prompted a child of such a tender age to do such a thing?
I spoke with a wise friend of mine who is a high school counselor in one of the local public school districts. She has her ear to the ground, so to speak, when it comes to “things kids do these days”.
She said that some children in her high school have acquainted her with the term “euphoric asphyxiation”.
“Euphoric” means,
of course, something like “pleasurable feeling” (as in the noun “euphoria”)
And, as we know, “asphyxiation” has to do with “cutting off the breath” or “suffocation”.
Here is what I learned from my friend, the school counselor: There are some extremely unwise children who play the “game” known as “euphoric asphyxiation”. Sometimes this “game” is played in groups, sometimes alone. The intention is not to do any serious harm to oneself, but simply (!) to experience the kind of “high” that comes from temporarily cutting off one’s supply of air.
(All of this sounds monumentally stupid to any mature adult, but God only knows what goes on in the minds of children and immature adults!)
So, I did what people do these days in order to educate myself about “euphoric asphyxiation”. I googled the term and readily found information about it.
After reading it, I asked my friend, the counselor, if she thought I would be “ill-advised” or “well-advised” to reprint this article in the parish bulletin.
(I hesitated to put it into the bulletin, because the topic is so unpleasant.)
My friend said that she thought I would be well-advised to do so.
So, I am doing so.
See page five of this bulletin for that article.
God forbid that any child in Girardville is tempted to play this “game”!
But, better safe than sorry.
I encourage all who read this bulletin to pass it on to others — especially to parents of impressionable children, so that they will be forewarned.
Dear parents: Even if you think that it is astronomically unlikely that your children would ever play such a “game”, I suggest that you introduce the topic to them. Don’t hold back because you fear that you might be “putting bad ideas into their little heads”. If your child knows that you know — and it is entirely possible, even if your child is only ten or eleven or twelve years old that he or she has at least heard about this “game” — he or she will be less likely ever to engage in it. The life you save may be that of your own dear child.
One other thing: Please say a prayer for the little boy who is no longer with us, and for his parents.

Eternal rest grant unto him, 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. And, dear Lord, please console and strengthen his grieving parents.

stjos/stvdp: 09.20.2009 - 04

The Choking Game
Self Induced Euphoric Asphyxiation

Self-Induced Euphoric Asphyxiation (SIEA) is not new. It has been practiced by teens and children since risk-taking and play have existed. However, the new twist has made this activity particularly risky: doing it alone.
The “Choking Game” — or “Passing Out” as it has been called — is the practice of intentionally restricting blood flow to the brain via pressure on the arteries in the neck. In the past, the activity was done with others inducing the process or self-inducing with someone standing nearby. However, doing it by yourself requires ropes, cloth, or another device that will allow the restriction without the aid of another also ensures that if there is a problem, there is no one present to rescue you.
Why is it practiced? Self-Induced Euphoric Asphyxiation is done because it allows a person to experience a feeling of euphoria, i.e., a high without the risks of being 'found out' or caught. It is essentially a high-risk behavior that doesn't carry the social consequences of seeking a high with drugs including alcohol. The feelings associated with the practice do not require finding a source (i.e. a seller) or finding a secret storage place or a way to remove traces of a product. With a seemingly high ability to 'get away with it' along with the belief that there are few negative side effects, young people are engaging in the behavior as if it were a game. As with any game that would restrict blood flow to the brain, or where the results include passing out, the risks are very real. Some people are suggesting it is new; it is not. Some are suggesting it is done by stupid kids; not necessarily. Some are suggesting that we don't have a problem in our community. We do.
It is important to keep an eye out for the practice. It is sometimes known as is “Blackout”, “Funky Chicken”, “Space Monkey”, “Flat Liner”, “Tingling” and “Suffocation Roulette”. The activity is taking place in homes, schools, and can take place anywhere there are willing children. Whatever the name, it is a dangerous and risky practice that has resulted in death and will continue to do so. Notwithstanding that real risk, the practice continues in our area and is seemingly widespread across the nation.

Resources on the Web

I found the above information at the following website:

stjos/stvdp: 09.20.2009 -05



I know the Birthday Girl as MRS. MAJIKAS.
Persons who know her for many years know her as JEAN MAJIKAS.
More formally, she is known as JULIA REGINA STATUETIS MAJIKAS.
A few persons know her as MOM or GRANDMOM or GREAT-GRANDMOM.
She is a daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Yesaitis) Statuetis.
She is the wife of the late Anthony F. Majikas.
She has three sons: John A. Majikas, Anthony A. Majikas and Vincent J. Majikas.
She has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was born on 19 September 1913.
The Pope when she was born was Pope Pius X — now known as Saint Pius X.
She has seen eight Popes come and go, and is now on her ninth!
The President of the United States when she was born was Woodrow Wilson.
She has seen sixteen Presidents of the USA come and go, and is now on her seventeenth.
At the time she was born, there were rumors that trouble was brewing in Europe, but no one ever dreamt that someone was going to assassinate the Archduke Ferdinand and that this would be the catalyst for a war to break out — a war that came to be known as the First World War.
My, oh my! So much history has transpired during the lifetime of our Birthday Girl!
Marvelous to say, Mrs. Majikas can still be seen every weekend (well, almost every weekend) at Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church.
Thanks be to God, she still has all her marbles (as far as I can tell) and, if you get her talking — which isn’t hard to do — she loves to tell you about her family.
Her principal task at the present time is to keep an eye on her son, John, and make sure that he behaves himself and gets to Mass on Sunday.
She is a great lady and a venerable parishioner.
May God bless her and keep her in His loving care!

Happy Birthday, dear Mrs. Majikas!
PADRE PIO — now known as St. Pio of Pietrelcina — is one of the great priests of the 20th century. He is a role model for priests everywhere. His feast day will be observed this week — Wednesday, 23 September.
Pope Benedict has decreed that this current year (starting 19 June 09) is
THE YEAR OF THE PRIEST. We priests would be grateful if the people would pray for us. So, I make a simple request: If you are a member of one of the parishes of Girardville, would you please pray for me? And, while you’re at it, please pray for Fr. Edmund Brennan and Fr. Thomas Horan and Fr. Francis Gillespie and Fr. Anthony Mongiello and Fr. Gregory Karpyn and Msgr. Edward Coyle and Fr. James Drucker and Fr. David Liebner and Fr. James Lofton and Fr. Whoever’s Name Comes to Your Mind. We all want to be good priests. We want to go to Heaven. We want to help others to love Jesus and go to Heaven. And pray for some boy or young man you might think of who you think just might possibly be “priest material”. Come to think of it, pray for Bishop Barres and for Bishop Cullen. All of us want and need your prayers. Maybe you would find it possible to go to Mass on the feast of St. Pio and offer it up for the salvation and sanctification of your priests.

                 stjos/stvdp: 09.20.2009 - 06

Trinity Academy is proud to sponsor its “Jump-Rope-for-Heart” event on Friday, 25 September. Similar events are held nationwide annually to raise funds for important American Heart Association’s research and educational programs, while also allowing students to learn about the importance of regular physical activity in promoting personal heart wellness. The public is invited to see our children in action and support them as they jump for this life-saving cause!
This fun-filled event will be held in the
Annunciation Parish schoolyard in Shenandoah from 1:15 to 2:30 pm. In case of inclement weather, the program will take place in the Trinity Cafeteria. Also, to help accentuate the children’s lifesaving efforts, a “HEART WALL” will be set up by the children in the cafeteria area. The display of Heart-Shaped remembrances will allow all of our families an opportunity to honor loved ones and to keep all of their special intentions, heart related and otherwise, in our school community prayers.
The 2009 “Jump Rope for Heart” Program is being coordinated by Trinity Academy’s Physical Education teacher and Director of Development, Mike Nieddu, and Parent Chairperson, Marianne McAndrew.
Next Sunday — 27 September — the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church will be celebrated according to “the extraordinary form” or, as people have come to call it, “the Tridentine form”.
Please note that the pastor asked for feedback from parishioners (especially those who are accustomed to attend the 11:30 am Mass) as to whether they would recommend
(a) that the monthly Tridentine Mass be celebrated at 11:30 am on the last Sunday of the month or (b) that the Tridentine Mass be scheduled in the afternoon, i.e. 2:00 or 3:00 pm. Fewer than ten persons expressed an opinion and all of these without exception recommended that the Tridentine Mass be at 11:30 am. So that is how it will be unless and until we see reason to change.
BISHOP JOHN O. BARRES will make a pastoral visit to Schuylkill County on Wednesday, 30 September. He will offer Mass in St. Patrick Church, 4th and Mahantongo Streets, Pottsville, at 7:00 pm.
All of the people of Schuylkill County are cordially invited and encouraged to attend. There are no tickets needed for admission. First come, first seated. After the Mass, there will be a reception with light refreshments in the Parish Center. The Bishop will be happy to greet those who come to the reception.
Parking will be available in the parish parking lots in front of and in back of the church. Additional parking will be available in the City Parking Garage at 2nd and Mahantongo Streets. Members of all parish choirs are invited to participate in the choir for the Mass. Please see your pastor for information.
THE INFANT OF PRAGUE statue currently in one of the vestibules of St. Joseph Church will be placed in the Chapel. We will do this sometime soon. A distinguished parishioner recommended this and we think it is a good idea. At the same time, we will retire the electric votive candle stand and replace it with a genuine honest-to-goodness votive candle stand — with genuine honest-to-goodness candles that one can light with genuine honest-to-goodness FIRE! Mary promises to keep an eye on the Infant Jesus, so that He doesn’t play with the fire.

stjos/stvdp: 09.20.2009 - 07

Actually there are lots of ways you can know for pretty damn sure.
(You notice that we just used the word “damn” — not just once but twice! Golly, gee whiz! To tell you the truth, we did that on purpose. It seems appropriate to the topic. Besides, it has excellent shock value.)
Space permits us to list only a few of the ways. Here go a few:
a) You are not baptized AND you know that you SHOULD be BUT you are putting it off because you figure it will place you under some obligations AND you don’t want anything to crimp your lifestyle.
b) You are baptized and you kind of sort of believe in Jesus but you get nervous whenever anyone actually says the Name “JESUS CHRIST” out loud in a serious, reverent way, but you don’t mind it too much when someone says “JESUS CHRIST” in a profane (more accurately, “blasphemous”) context.
c) You are a Catholic butter. You know what a “Catholic butter” is, do you not? That’s a person who says, “I’m a Catholic butter I don’t think I have to go to Mass on Sunday”. Or else, “I’m a Catholic butter I think a woman has the right to control her own body and if she wants to have an abortion, the Church has no right to tell her that she shouldn’t!” Or else, “I’m a Catholic butter I think the Church is ridiculous to tell people not to use artificial contraception. That’s none of the Church’s business!” Or else, “I’m a Catholic butter the Church should stay out of politics. No priest is going to tell me that it’s a sin to vote for a pro-choice candidate when I have the option to vote for a pro-life candidate”. There are a zillion more examples of Catholic butters but that will do for now.
d) You are married, but you cheat on your wife or husband and you really don’t intend to stop, because it just seems like you have a right to do anything you feel like doing — are you not a god? — and, besides, you are a pretty clever person and are just about certain that he/ she will never find out.
e) You live with your boyfriend / girlfriend and you say, “It’s no sin. Why should I marry him / her when I’m not 100% sure? Everybody lives together before they get married!”
f) You never pray in any kind of serious way.
g) You characteristically lie like a rug. Truth, as far as you are concerned, is “whatever works for me”.
h) You hate black people and / or Jews and / or Hispanics and / or Muslims and wish God would wipe them off the face of the earth!
i) You hate some person who did you harm some time ago and you wish he / she would suffer some terrible tragedy and you have said that you will absolutely NEVER forgive him or her.
j) You cut off communication with your mother or your father or your brother or your sister or your cousin or your uncle or your aunt years ago because he or she or they did you wrong and, as far as you are concerned, he or she or they can go to hell in a hand basket, because they are dead to you.
k) You are a Catholic butter you don’t believe that you have to confess your sins to “some man in a black suit who wears a collar and who is probably no better than I am and, besides, those priests are all messing around with boys anyway”. (Don’t you wish? It would make you feel so much better if that were true!)
l) You look at pornography and aren’t even ashamed of yourself anymore.
Well, there’s no more room on this page to go beyond the letter “l”. So, we’ll just cut it here. But do you recognize anyone you know? Do you find yourself on this page? If you do, I beg you in the sweet Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, to stop your damn rationalizing and come to Jesus (or come back to Jesus) before the curtain comes down on your short and (at least at this point) miserable life and you find yourself in the Place of Eternal Frustration and Regret “where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched”.
You might want to read Mark 9,43-48. Yeah, why don’t you do that? Seriously!

            stjos/stvdp: 09.20.2009 - 08                      


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