Saturday, 23 January
Vigil of Sunday
by Edward and Judy Haluska

Sunday, 24 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Mickey Catizone

Monday, 25 January
Conversion of St. Paul, apostle (Fst)
by Eileen Rowland

Wednesday, 27 January
St. Angela Merici, virgin (OptMem)
by Jennie Drehler

Friday, 29 January
08:00 am — T. NORMAN FLANNERY Sr.
by Edward and Judy Haluska

Saturday, 30 January
by Shirley Losch Rercla
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Sunday, 31 January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the LAOH


Saturday, 23 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOHN LIPSHUTZ and son, JOHN
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 24 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN and CATHERINE (Poprawa) WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 26 January
SS. Timothy and Titus, bishops (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on EBC
by friends / parishioners

Thursday, 28 January
St. Thomas Aquinas, priest, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on EBC
by friends

Saturday, 30 January
Vigil of Sunday
by their family

Sunday, 31 January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by her cousin, Rose D’Alfonso Popeck, and husband, Frank

stjos/stvdp: 01.24.2010 - 01


16 / 17 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,384.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $132.00 from the second collection (plate); $115.00 from the Dues envelopes; $125.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $101.00 from the loose. Total: $1,907.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $431.50 for Haitian Earthquake Relief
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,907.00) 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 $814.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $999.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $153.00 from the second collection (plate); $47.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $155.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Initial envelopes; $79.00 from the loose. Total: $1,458.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $652.00 for Haitian Earthquake Relief
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the parish receipts ($1,458.00) 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 $755.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 27 January
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 28 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 29 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 27 January
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 29 January
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 7:40 pm)

Come, let us worship the Lord! Let us bow down in the presence of our Maker!
For He is the Lord our God.

stjos/stvdp: 01.24.2010 - 02

The Mass intention for Tuesday, 19 January, as printed in the bulletin, read as follows: BEATRICE WALACONIS RACKAUSKAS by her sister, Alice Walaconis Chiaretti.
This was a mistake. It should have read this way: BEATRICE RACKAUSKAS WALACONIS by her daughter, Alice Walaconis Chiaretti.
A Mass intention
for Saturday, 16 January, as printed in the bulletin, read as follows: JOSEPH A. BRENNAN by Michael and Mary Ann Long.
The “by” should have read Michael and Mary Ellen Long.
FOR THE RECORD: There was a 5:30 am Mass in StVdP Church on Friday, 22 January. This was an unscheduled Mass. It was offered for Paul and Camille Tegano and it was by their family.
LAST WEEKEND, while standing in the back of St. Joseph Church before Mass, I saw two children coming into church. I noticed that they did not genuflect before entering the pew. Please note that any children observed not genuflecting will be snatched up and sold to the next circus that comes through town and will spend the rest of their lives watering elephants and crying, “Why, oh why did we not heed Fr. Connolly’s admonition always to genuflect before entering the pew?”

Some pay their dues when due.
Some pay their dues when overdue.
Some never do.
How do you do?

In reply to a question that is sometimes asked in regard to the PARISH DUES envelopes, viz. “How much are the dues?”
We are happy to render an official answer to that question, which is applicable both to St. Joseph Parish and to St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
Parish dues are five dollars ($5.00) per month. This is for all members of the parish who have reached adult age, which in our society is commonly taken to mean the attainment of age eighteen (18). So, count the candles on your next birthday cake. If you have 18 or more candles on your cake, you should pay dues. But what if you can’t afford five dollars a month? Well, if you can’t, you can’t. But, if you can, you ought. There is a snatch of a Harry Belafonte calypso song that rattles around in my head from time to time and it seems applicable at this point. It goes like this: “If you haven’t got a penny, well a ha’penny will do and if you haven’t got a ha’penny, well God bless YOU!” Or something like that.

On the Manner of Receiving Holy Communion
"Benedict XVI, began to distribute Communion on the tongue and kneeling on the occasion of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi last year... perhaps intending to emphasize a preference for this method. One can imagine the reason for this preference: it shines more light on the truth of the real presence in the Eucharist, it helps the devotion of the faithful, and it indicates more easily the sense of mystery."

Msgr. Guido Marini, Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations

stjos/stvdp: 01.24.2010- 03

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HERE IS A QUESTION THAT COMES UP WITH SOME FREQUENCY: How often is a person allowed to receive Holy Communion in one day?
It is possible that you have heard conflicting answers to this question.
I guarantee you that the answer you are about to read is the correct answer.
If you can prove that it is not the correct answer, I shall push a peanut up the street with my nose from St. Vincent dePaul Church to St. Joseph Church.
A person is allowed to receive Holy Communion a maximum of twice (two times) on any one calendar day.
No special permission is required.
No special occasion is required.
Keep in mind that a “calendar day” is not a “liturgical day”.
A “calendar day” is the period from 12:00 midnight to 12:00 midnight.
There is one condition for receiving Holy Communion a second time.
The condition is this: Holy Communion must be received during the course of the celebration of Mass.
Therefore: A person who has already gone to Mass in the morning and has received Holy Communion is not allowed to receive Holy Communion a second time within the context of a Communion Service or any other context other than a Mass. However, a person who has received Holy Communion in the context of a Communion service (or some other non-Mass context) may receive Holy Communion a second time within the celebration of Mass.
Are there any exceptions to this rule, whereby a person may legitimately receive Holy Communion a third time in one calendar day?
I can think of only two exceptions:
a) If a priest celebrates or concelebrates Mass more than twice in any one calendar day, he is permitted (if fact he is obliged) to receive Holy Communion a third time. The simple reason for this is that a priest MUST receive Holy Communion at any Mass that he celebrates or concelebrates.
b) If a person has already received Holy Communion twice in one calendar day and then something happens and the person takes sick or is involved in an accident and it appears that death is imminent, he or she is permitted to received Holy Communion (as Viaticum) a third time. But, of course, this doesn’t happen every day. Like hardly ever! But we’re trying to cover all bases here!

stjos/stvdp: 01.24.2010 - 04

Pottsville Republican: 18 Jan 10
Church's mentality called into question
To the Editor:

A vast migration of Catholics from Europe came to America for employment and a hope to escape the dictatorial attitude of the Catholic Church. They found employment, unfortunately remaining under the restraints of the mentality of Rome and the Vatican. They built churches, schools, cemeteries, meeting halls, rectories, homes for the nuns, etc., which became the property of the bishops, i.e. the church.
The attitude that the church cannot do any wrong has been destroyed by the immorality of too many priests, no vocations of any significance, refusal to allow women as priests, failure to import priests, disallowing priests to marry and the concrete mentality of the church. Each Sunday I hear that we are sinners!! Are all of us that sinful? The Jesuits say that we are good people, not sinners.
St. Barbara Church in Minersville was closed secondary to so-called economic demands placed on it by the church. It is for sale with the condition that a large, beautiful mosaic of Jesus Christ on the wall behind the altar be destroyed. Stained glass windows, beautiful entrance doors, granite sign above the doors, the cross above the church will be destroyed or sold. Many St. Barbara parishioners say that it is insanity. Can these items be saved for their historical value?
Because of our love for our Catholic parents we are reluctant to leave the Catholic Church. There are many other churches who love Jesus and Mary as much as us. All my children are educated. Some of them will not accept the dictatorial, unforgiving, Iron Curtain mentality of the present Catholic Church. Excommunication has lost its sting - if it ever existed. Jesus preached forgiveness. The church remains cold-hearted.
Arthur DiNicola, M.D.

Pottsville Republican: 20 Jan 10
Churches don’t belong to people
To the Editor:

Throughout several courses of studying the history of the church - in high school as well as at the undergraduate and graduate levels - I have never encountered the quaint narrative proposed by Dr. DiNicola of Minersville in Monday's edition. I have read numerous revisionist accounts, ranging from the ordinary sensationalizing of movies like "The Name of the Rose" to the even more macabre imaginings of Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code," but the originality of Dr. DiNicola's version wins first prize.
Nowhere in reputable accounts of history does one find Catholics fleeing Europe to escape the "dictatorial attitude" of the church. Perhaps there has been a confusion with the flight of the original, Protestant pilgrims of New England? In any case, the Catholic immigrants who came to American and built up the church here - and plentiful worship sites often more from zeal than necessity - had no illusions about whom those buildings "belonged" to. They saw their churches dedicated to God, chrismated on the wall at 12 points by the bishop to signify the 12 followers of Christ: The apostolic communion whose faith is the true foundation and pillar of the church, and which is carried on by the sacraments, especially holy orders.
The church - buildings and members - belongs to God. Our fathers in faith were in this regard models of docility and obedience compared with our own waywardness. And theirs was not blind obedience. They knew well the weakness and feebleness of the church's sinful ministers: her deacons, priests and bishops. But they knew also the unshakeable tenets of doctrinal faith against which even hell was promised not to prevail: knew them much like the Jesuits whom Dr. DiNicola references, known - ironically - for their charism of special obedience to the pope. Dr. DiNicola seems to have been appealing to the exceptions rather than the rule.
Dr. DiNicola's medical training will tell him that it would do no good looking anywhere but the left-center of the chest to find a man's heart. Superficially, one might suppose the seat of man to be centermost, in his stomach, and they would search there - as the Greeks did - for man's life-giving force. But such searching would be mistaken. Similarly, those who get caught up in the superficial might find the church's heart "cold" - as Dr. DiNicola has found it to be.
But I would kindly suggest that, perhaps, he is looking in the wrong place.
Joseph L. Grabowski

My comment: Thank you, Mr. Grabowski, for your splendid reply to Dr. DiNicola!

stjos/stvdp: 01.24.2010 - 05

a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 22 January. Born on 22 November 1929, he was 80 years of age.
He is the son of the late Peter. P. (Sr.) and Beatrice (Titanski) Teresavage.
He was baptized on 22 December 1929 at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Eynon PA.
Peter has one brother and one sister: Norbert P. Teresavage and Alice Teresavage Frey Alice is deceased.
On 28 June 1951, he married Marion J. Leckner at Holy Cross Church, Harrison NJ.
Peter and Marion are the parents of two children: Peter P. Teresavage III and Mariane C Teresavage Johnstone. Mariane is deceased.
They have six grandchildren: Theresa A. Teresavage Skinner; Peter P. Teresavage IV; Jennifer M. Johnstone Keich; Patrick L. Teresavage; William L. Johnstone; Joseph P. Johnstone.
They have six great-grandchildren: Brady P. Teresavage; Chase M. Teresavage; Clarity M. Johnstone; Izabel K. Teresavage; Beckett Q. Teresavage; Zephaniah W. Johnstone.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Peter will be celebrated on Wednesday, 27 January, at 11:00 am, at St. Vincent dePaul Church.
There will be a viewing at the Fritz Funeral Home (Ashland) on Tuesday, 26 January, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. There will also be a viewing in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Wednesday, 27 January, for about one hour prior to the Mass.
The interment will take place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery in Englewood.

Eternal rest grant unto Peter, 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.

SO AS TO REMOVE ANY CONFUSION, would you please check your box of envelopes? (This applies only to members of St. Joseph Parish.) Look to see if you have a 26 December 2010 envelope that has one of the following numbers: 98 / 103 / 108 / 118 / 134 / 135 / 136 / 141. If you do, please call Ginny at the Rectory. Thank you!

 stjos/stvdp: 01.17.2010 - 06

PARTICIPANTS IN THE MARCH FOR LIFE: 22 JANUARY 2010, Bus sponsored by StJosPar / StVdPPar

01. BEWLEY, Angie — St. Mary Parish, Hamburg
02. CHALINSKY, George — St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Minersville
03. COLIHAN, Julia — St. Joseph Parish, Ashland
04. CONNOLLY, Edward B. — St. Joseph Parish / St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville
05. CUTHIE, Mary — St. Joseph Parish, Ashland
06. CUTHIE, Michael — St. Joseph Parish, Ashland
07. DOMALAKES, Karen — Annunciation BVM Parish, Frackville
08. FLORIANI, Pat — Unaffiliated
09. GILMARTIN, Jerome — St. Eulalia Parish, Elmhurst
10. GIRARD, Anne — Sacred Heart Parish, Palmerton
11. GIRARD, Edward — Sacred Heart Parish, Palmerton
12. HELLER, Jim — Most Blessed Trinity Parish, Tremont
13. HORAS, Teresa — Annunciation BVM Parish, Frackville
14. HUTTA, John — Sacred Heart Parish, Palmerton
15. IVES, Karen — St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville
16. JOY, Peter — Unaffiliated
17. LIGHTSTONE, Diana — St. Joseph Parish, Frackville
18. MALEWSKI, Barbara — St. Ambrose Parish, Schuylkill Haven
19. MALEWSKI, Paige — St. Ambrose Parish, Schuylkill Haven
20. MASI, Richard — Most Blessed Trinity Parish, Tremont
21. MERCURI, Jonathan — St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
22. MERCURI, Ronald — St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
23. MODESTO, Mary — St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville
24. MODESTO, Salvatore — St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville
25. PAULOSKY, Heather — St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville
26. PILO, Tony — St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville
27. PURCELL, Brian — St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Minersville
28. REEDY, Kathy — St. Ambrose Parish, Schuylkill Haven
29. RUTECKY, Tina — St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville
30. SEDLOCK, Rosemarie — St. Ann Parish, Frackville
31. SETLOCK, John — St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Clair
32. SMITH, Matthew — St. Ambrose Parish, Schuylkill Haven
33. STEFANSKI, Marilyn — St. Stephen Parish, Shenandoah
34. THYE, David — St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville
35. THYE, Susan — St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville
36. TRANQUILLO, Aaron — St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville
37. TRANQUILLO, Ann Marie — St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville
38. USALIS, Rebecca — St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville
39. WASCAVAGE, Samantha — St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville
40. WEIDNER, Joseph — St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
41. WEIDNER, Lisa — St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
42. WEIDNER, Madelyn — St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
43. WEIDNER, Mary — St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
44. WEIDNER, Paul — St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
45. WHITNEY, R. Michael — Child Jesus Chapel, Pittston
46. WILSON, Susanne — Most Blessed Trinity Parish, Tremont
47. YACKENCHICK, Albert J. Jr. — St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
48. YACKENCHICK, Albert J. Sr. — St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
49. YACKENCHICK, Michael — St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
50. YACKENCHICK, Nicholas — St. Joseph Parish, Girardville

We acknowledge with gratitude the work that Susan Thye put into organizing this bus trip. May God reward her!

stjos/stvdp: 01.24.2010 - 07



The following statement was released by the White House Press Office after the meeting
President Obama is grateful to Father Connolly and the delegation from Schuylkill County who participated in the March for Life and who did him the courtesy of visiting him in the White House afterwards. As a result of the meeting, the President has announced his intention to drop all abortion funding of any kind from whatever health care reform bill he might sign off on at some future time. The President expressed his gratitude to Fr. Connolly for explaining to him certain details about “the birds and the bees” about which he had not previously been aware. As a boy growing up, the President did not have a close relationship with his father. In addition to which, his mother died relatively young. So, young Barack never had the opportunity to have that “little talk” that fathers (sometimes mothers) and sons traditionally have. As a result, he was, quite frankly, unaware of the fact that, when a lady is pregnant, there is a baby growing inside the lady’s tummy and that what is called “abortion” is the killing of the baby inside the mommy’s tummy. When Fr. Connolly explained this to him, the President was astounded. He said, “Holy cow! I never knew that abortion kills babies!” He called Rahm Emmanuel into the Oval Office and chided him for not letting him know about that. Mr. Emmanuel said, “Gee, Mr. President, I didn’t know that abortion kills babies! Scout’s honor! Cross my heart and hope to die!” President Obama then asked Father Connolly to explain it all over again to Mr. Emmanuel. By the time he was finished, Mr. Emmanuel was crying and President Obama was crying and Fr. Connolly was crying. Then they stopped crying and had a cup of tea. The President said that this meeting was “a real eye-opener for me” and he wants Fr. Connolly to stop by again and explain it all to Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and Joe Biden and Arlen Specter and Chris Dodd and a whole lot of others, including four or five of the Justices on the Supreme Court.
Fr. Connolly invited the President to visit him in Girardville and promised him a genuine all-American Schuylkill County welcome, complete with pierogies, city chicken, halushki and a bottle of boilo.
The meeting ended with a hearty handshake (see photo) and a question from the President as to where Fr. Connolly got those nifty magnetized reading glasses. He said he would sure like to have glasses like that!

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