Saturday, 26 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Michael and Peggy Yesalavage

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

Monday, 28 September
St. Wenceslaus, martyr; St. Lawrence Ruiz and companions, martyrs (OptMems)
08:00 am — ALICE WAYNE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Wednesday, 30 September
St. Jerome, priest, doctor (OblMem)
by the Weidner family

Friday, 02 October
Guardian Angels (OblMem)
by Celeste DeLuca

Saturday, 03 October
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — BOB and AGATHA SCULLY
by their family

Sunday, 04 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — AUGUST BOXER (anniversary of birth)
by Tom and Joni Gower


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

Tuesday, 29 September
Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, archangels (Fst)
08:00 am — JOHN C. KISTLER
by Katherine E. Hubert

Thursday, 01 October
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
06:30 pm — DECEASED: Holy Rosary Society
by the HRS

Saturday, 03 October
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 04 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — LEON RYAN
by Elizabeth Ryan

stjos/stvdp: 09.27.2009 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish
Parish receipts: $1,422.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $90.50 from the second collection (plate); $134.00 from the Dues envelopes; $227.00 from the Block Collection envelopes; $55.75 from the loose. Total: $1,929.25
Non-parish receipts: $-0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,929.25) 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 $836.51 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Parish receipts: : $1,167.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $110.00 from the second collection (plate);$15.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $60.00 from the loose. Total: $1,352.00.
Non-parish receipts: $ 0 –
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,352.00) 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 $649.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish


Tuesday, 29 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 01 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 02 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 29 September
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 02 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


A THOUGHT FOR FRIDAY, 02 OCTOBER, which is the Obligatory Memorial of the Guardian Angels: It is a thought that comes to me when I have nothing else to think about: I know it is the common doctrine of the Church that God assigns Angels to guard each human being. That means that priests and bishops, along with everyone else, have Guardian Angels. My question is this: If a Priest gets to be an Archpriest and if a Bishop gets to be an Archbishop, does that mean that God assigns them Archangels? Thomas Aquinas doesn’t deal with this question. Maybe I’ll ask Father Fields the next time I run into him. I don’t run into too many Archbishops, so I’ll have to settle for asking an Archpriest.

stjos/stvdp: 09.27.2009 - 02


Sponsored by St. Stanislaus, St. Casimir & St. Stephen Parishes
Second & Third Thursday of every month


When:                             Beginning on Thursday, 08 October 2009
Place:                              St. Casimir Church Hall, North Jardin St., Shenandoah
Time:                              Doors open at 5:00 PM and Early Bird begins at 6:00 PM
Dinner for 08 October:   Two pigeons, mashed potatoes & green beans (can be purchased before Bingo and up to                                        and including the break)
Price Per Package:          06 games ( 3 blue, 2 red and 1 yellow) $ 10.00
                                       12 games ( 6 blue, 4 red and 2 yellow) $ 15.00
                                       18 games ( 9 blue, 6 red and 3 yellow) $ 25.00

Included In Each Package
20 Regular Games: Blue wins $15.00; Red wins $ 20.00; Yellow wins $ 25.00
(straight or corners, postage stamp, big or little diamond)
1st special: “Plus Sign” wins $60.00
2nd special: Letter “T” Only wins $60.00
3rd special: B’s, N’s and O’s Only win $60.00
4th special: Postage Stamp any corner wins $20.00; Crazy “L” wins $40.00
5th special: Top & Bottom Line Only wins $60.00

Not Included In Each Package
Early Birds: 3 per sheet for $1.00; 12 per sheet for $ 3.00 wins $ 10.00.
Lucky 7
Odd & Even Special will be played for half the take: $1.00 per strip
Jackpot Special straight or corners wins $ 20.00 and full coverage wins one half the
take --- $ 1.00 per strip
Rips Offs
There will be a 15 Minute Break. Light refreshments and platters will be available.
                                                 Proceeds will benefit Trinity Academy Parish Subsidies
                                                 For more information, please contact the parish office at

OUR FRIEND, FATHER DRUCKER has retired and taken an apartment in Philadelphia. If any of his friends in the Girardville area would like to contact him, here is his address:

Rev. James N. Drucker
Apartment #116
Ascension Manor
911 N. Franklin Street
Philadelphia PA 19123-1328

begins this evening (Sunday, 27 September). All of the children should report to the Sheridan Room before 6:00 pm. We purchased brand new textbooks and activity books, but we purchased according to the number of registrations we had at the time. Children who registered late will receive textbooks and activity books --- but there will be some delay before they receive them.

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TODAY (27 September) is the 349th anniversary of the death of the patron of one of our parishes here in Girardville. Next year (obviously) will be the 350th anniversary of his death. It would be appropriate if we (by which I mean the members of both parishes) would try during the coming year to become more aware of the life and teachings of this great man. Maybe next year, if God spares us, we will have a special celebration in his honor.
By the way: Did you know that there is only one parish in the Diocese of Allentown named “St. Vincent dePaul”. There used to be more than one ……. but consolidations have taken their toll! So, we here in Girardville have to carry the banner for St. Vincent dePaul.

Saint Vincent de Paul

Born: 24 April 1581 in a village near Ranquine, Gascony, near Dax (southwest France)

Died: 27 September 1660 in Paris
Memorial on the Calendar of Saints: 27 September
A Few Facts about Him

He was born to a peasant family. A highly intelligent youth, Vincent spent four years with the Franciscan friars at Acq, France getting an education. He served as a tutor to children of a gentlemen in Acq. He began his theology studies in 1596 at the University of Toulouse and was ordained a priest at the age of 20.
Taken captive by Turkish pirates to Tunis, he was sold into slavery. He was freed in 1607 when he converted one of his owners to Christianity.
Returning to France, he served as parish priest near Paris where he started organizations to help the poor, nursed the sick, found jobs for the unemployed, etc. He served as Chaplain at the court of Henry IV of France. With Louise de Marillac, he founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity. He instituted the Congregation of Priests of the Mission (Lazarists). He worked always for the poor, the enslaved, the abandoned, the ignored, the pariahs.
His body was found incorrupt when it was exhumed in 1712. His remains can be seen today in the house of the Vincentian Fathers in Paris. His heart is incorrupt. It is displayed in a reliquary in the chapel of the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity in Paris.
He was beatified (declared “Blessed”) on 13 August 1729 by Pope Benedict XIII and was canonized (declared “Saint”) on 16 June 1737 by Pope Clement XII.

A Selection from the Writings of St. Vincent dePaul

• However great the work that God may achieve by an individual, he must not indulge in self-satisfaction. He ought rather to be all the more humbled, seeing himself merely as a tool which God has made use of.
• We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.
• The Church teaches us that mercy belongs to God. Let us implore Him to bestow on us the spirit of mercy and compassion, so that we are filled with it and may never lose it. Only consider how much we ourselves are in need of mercy.
• Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?
• The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.
• Free your mind from all that troubles you; God will take care of things. You will be unable to make haste in this (choice) without, so to speak, grieving the heart of God, because he sees that you do not honor him sufficiently with holy trust. Trust in him, I beg you, and you will have the fulfillment of what your heart desires.
• It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such service as quickly as possible. If a needy person requires medicine or other help during prayer time, do whatever has to be done with peace of mind. Offer the deed to God as your prayer. Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity.
• Human nature grows tired of always doing the same thing, and it is God’s will that this because of the opportunity of practicing two great virtues. The first is perseverance, which will bring us to our goal. The other is steadfastness, which overcomes the difficulties on the way.
• We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God.
• Humility and charity are the two master-chords: one, the lowest; the other, the highest; all the others are dependent on them. Therefore it is necessary, above all, to maintain ourselves in these two virtues; for observe well that the preservation of the whole edifice depends on the foundation and the roof.
• As it is most certain that the teaching of Christ cannot deceive, if we would walk securely, we ought to attach ourselves to it with greatest confidence and to profess openly that we live according to it, and not to the maxims of the world, which are all deceitful. This is the fundamental maxim of all Christian perfection.
• We have never so much cause for consolation, as when we find ourselves oppressed by sufferings and trials; for these make us like Christ our Lord, and this resemblance is the true mark of our predestination.
• Perfection consists in one thing alone, which is doing the will of God. For, according to Our Lord’s words, it suffices for perfection to deny self, to take up the cross and to follow Him. Now who denies himself and takes up his cross and follows Christ better than he who seeks not to do his own will, but always that of God? Behold, now, how little is needed to become as Saint? Nothing more than to acquire the habit of willing, on every occasion, what God wills.
• He who allows himself to be ruled or guided by the lower and animal part of his nature, deserves to be called a beast rather than a man.
• Whoever wishes to make progress in perfection should use particular diligence in not allowing himself to be led away by his passions, which destroy with one hand the spiritual edifice which is rising by the labors of the other. But to succeed well in this, resistance should be begun while the passions are yet weak; for after they are thoroughly rooted and grown up, there is scarcely any remedy.
• The first step to be taken by one who wishes to follow Christ is, according to Our Lord’s own words, that of renouncing himself - that is, his own senses, his own passions, his own will, his own judgement, and all the movements of nature, making to God a sacrifice of all these things, and of all their acts, which are surely sacrifices very acceptable to the Lord. And we must never grow weary of this; for if anyone having, so to speak, one foot already in Heaven, should abandon this exercise, when the time should come for him to put the other there, he would run much risk of being lost.
• We ought to deal kindly with all, and to manifest those qualities which spring naturally from a heart tender and full of Christian charity; such as affability, love and humility. These virtues serve wonderfully to gain the hearts of men, and to encourage them to embrace things that are more repugnant to nature.
• It ought to be considered a great misfortune, not only for individuals, but also for Houses and Congregations, to have everything in conformity with their wishes; to go on quietly, and to suffer nothing for the love of God. Yes, consider it certain that a person or a Congregation that does not suffer and is applauded by all the world is near a fall.
• Even though the poor are often rough and unrefined, we must not judge them from external appearances nor from the mental gifts they seem to have received. On the contrary, if you consider the poor in the light of faith, then you will observe that they are taking the place of the Son of God who chose to be poor. Although in his passion he almost lost the appearance of a man and was considered a fool by the Gentiles and a stumbling block by the Jews, he showed them that his mission was to preach to the poor: “He sent me to preach the good news to the poor.” We also ought to have this same spirit and imitate Christ’s actions, that is, we must take care of the poor, console them, help them, support their cause. Since Christ willed to be born poor, he chose for himself disciples who were poor. He made himself the servant of the poor and shared their poverty. He went so far as to say that he would consider every deed which either helps or harms the poor as done for or against himself. Since God surely loves the poor, he also love whose who love the poor. For when on person holds another dear, he also includes in his affection anyone who loves or serves the one he loves. That is why we hope that God will love us for the sake of the poor. So when we visit the poor and needy, we try to be understanding where they are concerned. We sympathize with them so fully that we can echo Paul’s words: “I have become all things to all men.” Therefore, we must try to be stirred by our neighbors’ worries and distress. It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such service as quickly as possible. Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity. With renewed devotion, then, we must serve the poor, especially outcasts and beggars. They have been given to us as our masters and patrons.
LET US DECLARE THAT THIS COMING YEAR (27 Sept 2009 to 27 Sept 2010) will be THE YEAR OF VINCENT here in Girardville. Let us try to live according to his example. He is an image of Jesus Christ our Supreme Lord.

stjos/stvdp: 09.27.2009 - 04 / 05

a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 18 September.
Born on 23 May 1923, she was 86 years of age.
Josephine is a daughter of the late Walter and Anna (Yackbonis) Medalis.
She was baptized on 29 May 1923 in the Annunciation Church, Frackville.
She was married to Albin [“Ben”] B.A. Rovinskie in St. Vincent dePaul Church, Girardville, on 11 April 1973, in the presence of Fr. J. Pascal Sabas.
(This sacramental marriage was the convalidation of their prior civil marriage.)
Her husband, Ben, died on 17 October 1988.
Josephine has two brothers and one sister, all of them deceased: Walter Medalis; Joe Medalis; Ellen Medalis Goldfarb.
She has three children: Robert A. Duven; Helen Ann Rovinskie Borzok; Benjamin Rovinskie. Benjamin died in 2003.
She has five grandchildren: Timothy M. Duven; Robert T. Duven; Michelle A. Borzok; Michael J. Borzok; Brianna L. Rovinskie.
She has four great-grandchildren: Karly M. Duven; Sydney E. Duven; Kelsey Duven; Kylie Duven.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Josephine was celebrated at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Tuesday, 22 September, at 11:00 am. There was a viewing in the church prior to the Mass.
The interment took place in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg.

Eternal rest grant unto Josephine, 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.

I was told (not by the family) that Josephine was the one who donated the Infant of Prague statue to St. Vincent dePaul Parish. We placed it by her casket during the funeral Mass.

 stjos/stvdp: 09.27.2009 - 06

a former member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 20 September.
Born on 26 January 1958, he was 51 years of age.
Frank is a son of the late Francis X. and Hope (Beddall) Boylan.
He was baptized on 09 February 1958 in St. Joseph Church by Fr. Joseph A. Barnes.
He has two brothers and one sister: Martin Boylan (deceased); James P. Boylan; Mary Hope Boylan McGuigan.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Frank will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Monday, 28 September, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing in the church from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Sunday.
The interment will take place in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.

Eternal rest grant unto Francis, 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.

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I attended a presentation on Seventh Day Adventism given by a husband and wife who are undoubtedly sincere. In case you didn’t know it, Seventh Day Adventism is fiercely and intensely anti-Catholic. I was well aware of this before attending the presentation, but I have always found it fascinating to listen to anti-Catholic speeches and to read anti-Catholic literature. I always come away from such with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the Catholic Faith.
One of the staples of the SDA church is this: that the Pope (and the whole institution of the papacy) is the Beast of Revelation and / or is the Antichrist!
One of their “proofs” is this: They say that there is an inscription on the Pope’s miter that reads as follows:
VICARIUS FILII DEI (Vicar of the Son of God). They have absolutely no proof of this. There is no record that any Pope ever wore a miter with this inscription, but why should a good “proof” need to have any factual basis?
Anyway, if you take the Latin inscription and extract from it the letters that are Roman Numerals, you will see that the Roman Numerals add up to 666, which is (let us have a drum roll here) THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST!
It really does work out,
you know. Try it yourself. V = 5; I = 1; C = 100; I = 1; U = 5; I = 1; L = 50; I = 1; I = 1; D = 500; I = 1. Add it up! It works out to 666! (Remember that you have to realize that “V” and “U” are the same letter.
MAY GOD FORGIVE ME, I took some pleasure in pointing out to the couple that if you take the name of the foundress of the SDA religion and go through the same process, you will also come up with 666.
Let’s try it. The lady who founded Seventh Day Adventism and who is the called “the Prophetess” is
ELLEN GOULD WHITE. “Gould” is her maiden name and “White” is her married name. Remember now that we take only the letters that are also Roman Numerals. So, here goes: L = 50; L = 50; U = 5; L = 50; D = 500; W (which is really a double U, which is really a double V) = 10; I = 1. Add it up and it’s 666!
When I showed this to the presenters, they were not amused. They smiled wanly and went on to other things, such as how the Catholic Church (including yours truly) will be thrown into the Lake of Fire when the Lord Jesus returns.
It is sad to try to believe in Jesus and, yet, not to be a Catholic! May all non-Catholic Christians come back home!

stjos/stvdp: 09.27.2009 - 07


a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 24 September.
Born on 04 September 1949, she was 60 years of age.
Mary is the daughter of the late Russell and Cecilia (Murray) Swartz.
She was baptized on 18 September 1949 in St. Joseph Church by Fr. F. A. Donovan.
She was married to Joseph J. Tinari Jr. on 27 June 1970, also in St. Joseph Church, in the presence of Fr. Francis R. Nave.
Her husband, Joseph, died on 15 November 1995.
Josephine has a brother, John [“Jack”] Swartz.
She has two children: Joseph J. Tinari III and Margaret M. Tinari Cole.
She has four grandchildren: Michael J. Cole; Joseph R. Tinari; Jared A. Tinari; Jenna M. Tinari.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Wednesday, 30 September, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing at the McDonald Funeral Home from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Tuesday.
The interment will take place in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.

Eternal rest grant unto Mary, 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.

The Diocese of Allentown is on Our diocese has established a channel on Currently there are 27 videos posted such as video of Bishop Barres' Ordination and Installation, Catholic School Marketing Commercials and video of Bishop Barres at a recent Iron Pigs Game. Bookmark the page and check back for updates.


Our new Bishop will be celebrating Mass at St. Patrick Church, Pottsville, on Wednesday, 30 September, at 7:00 pm. Afterwards, he is hoping to meet as many persons as possible during the social gathering in the parish hall. Parking is available in the parish lot and overflow parking is available in the municipal parking facility at 2nd and Mahantongo Streets. When you greet him, let him know that you are from Girardville. Be sure to tell him that Father Connolly is the best pastor you have had since Father Karpyn left!

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