Saturday, 02 October
05:30 pm — WILLIAM J. CLARKE (anniversary of birth)
by Thomas J. Clarke

Sunday, 03 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by their family

Monday, 04 October
St. Francis of Assisi, deacon, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI (2nd anniversary)
by his wife, Alice

Tuesday, 05 October
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Wednesday, 06 October
St. Bruno, priest; Bd. Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin (OptMem)
by Elizabeth DeLuca

Thursday, 07 October
Our Lady of the Rosary (OblMem)
by her brother, Joseph (+)

Friday, 08 October
08:00 am — Rev. ROSARIO F. SCIARRONE
by his sister, Louise, and family

Saturday, 09 October
St. Denis, bishop, martyr and companions, martyrs; St. John Leonardi, priest (OptMems)
by Joseph T. Cescon (+) and family
Vigil of Sunday
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 10 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOHN and ROSE (Petio) DANOWSKY
by the Rizzardi family


Saturday, 02 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — LEON RYAN
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 03 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — GEORGE W. FISHER
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Monday, 04 October
St. Francis of Assisi, deacon, religious (OblMem)
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 05 October
by the Weidner family

Wednesday, 06 October
St. Bruno, priest; Bd. Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JAMES A. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy and family

Thursday, 07 October
Our Lady of the Rosary (OblMem)
by the HRS

Friday, 08 October
05:00 pm — ROBERT YOUNG
by George and Joan Bobinis

Saturday, 09 October
Vigil of Sunday
by Mom, Dad, Samantha, Granny and Pop

Sunday, 10 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 10.03.2010 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $804.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $103.00 from the second collection (plate); $30.00 from the Dues envelopes; $2.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $80.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,019.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,019.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($329.54), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($464.00), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,151.17, one sees that ($132.17) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note that the parentheses indicate a negative. In other words, we are $132.17 in the hole this week.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $869.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $73.00 from the second collection (plate); $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $170.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,122.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,122.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($229.38), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($282.46), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $762.82, one sees that $359.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 06 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 07 October
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 08 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 06 October
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm)

Friday, 08 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 10.03.2010 - 02

THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will meet after the 06:30 pm Mass on Thursday, 07 October — which happens to be the Memorial of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary!
THE HOLY NAME SOCIETY will meet after the 08:30 am Mass on Sunday, 10 October.
THE CHRYSANTHEMUMS planted outside St. Joseph Church are a gift from the Richards family in loving memory of their wife / mother / grandmother, Mary Alice Richards.
Several weeks ago, I bought a SKOOK sticker and attached it to the bumper of my car. Recently, someone pointed out to me that I am not qualified to have a “Skook” sticker on my car because I was born and raised in Philadelphia, not in Schuylkill County. Of course, I jumped to my own defense! I told this person that there are two kinds of “Skooks”, just as there are two kinds of American citizens, viz. “native born” and “naturalized”, and just as there are two kinds of Catholics, viz. “cradle Catholics” and “converts”. I contend that I am a “naturalized Skook” or, if you prefer, a “convert Skook”. Having spent the last 24+ years in Schuylkill County, I assert my right to be known as a “Skook”! I hope to live out the rest of my life within the confines of this good county. If, due to circumstances beyond my control, I have to live elsewhere before going back to God, I shall always carry Schuylkill County in my heart. The defense rests!
THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE ST. JOSEPH STATUE in St. Joseph Church has been lit in memory of Nora Maley Byrne, at the request of Mickey Catizone.

The following is taken from “Movie Beat”, which is a summary of the movies that opened this past Friday (01 Oct) at the Fairground Square Mall, Reading. It is found on page 22 of the 30 Sept edition of the Pottsville Republican.

“The Switch” — Rated PG-13. Stars Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. A woman inseminates herself without knowing that her best friend substituted her preferred sperm sample for his own.

Good grief! I have no comment!
On second thought: I have a lot of comments, but I think I’ll take a pass on this golden opportunity! Oh, okay! You twisted my arm! I’ll make just one comment and let it go at that: Artificial insemination is absolutely forbidden by the law of God, the law of Nature and the law of the Catholic Church. That’s all you really need to know!

As you may recall, I was asked by the Bishop’s Office to decide whether the Confirmation would be held at St. Joseph Church or at St. Vincent dePaul Church. I put a notice in the bulletin in which I solicited input on this matter. Only two persons expressed a preference. Both suggested that it be at St. Joseph Church. So, that is the decision: The Confirmation will be held at St. Joseph Church. This is probably the right decision, inasmuch as the great majority of the confirmandi are members of St. Joseph Parish, in addition to which St. Joseph Church has a greater seating capacity.
Nevertheless, this is a joint-parish occasion. For that reason, I ask that St. Vincent dePaul parishioners be as much involved in the details of hospitality as St. Joseph parishioners. In regard to hospitality, two matters come to mind:
It is customary, when the Bishop comes to a parish for Confirmation, that there be a “punch and cookies” type gathering in the parish hall immediately after the Confirmation Mass, so that the Bishop can greet the children and their parents and sponsors and family members.
I am looking for some volunteers who will take care of setting up the St. Joseph School Hall for this gathering.
In addition, it is customary that there be a meal provided for the Bishop and the handful of priests / deacons who will be attending.
I am looking for some volunteers who will “take care of” preparing and serving the meal. I have asked Ginny Chillis to be the contact person for those who would volunteer to be involved in preparing and setting up for this meal. If you are willing to help, please call Ginny at the Rectory.

stjos/stvdp: 10.03.2010 - 03

I am referring, of course, to the news that broke last Sunday afternoon (26 Sept). Two priests of the Diocese have been removed from public priestly ministry because of “credible allegations” of sexual abuse of minors. It is my understanding that there is one allegation of such against each priest.
I am doing my best to maintain my equilibrium and to measure my words as I offer the following comments.
Someone might wonder why I even bother to make any comments. Does not the diocesan press release speak for itself? Yes, it does speak for itself, as far as the fundamental facts are concerned. Nevertheless, I think I have a pastoral responsibility to add some appropriate editorial comment for the good of the people I serve. I trust that my thoughts and feelings are harmonious with those of Bishop Barres, although I take exclusive responsibility for them.

#01 — I do not know for a fact that either Father A or Father B is guilty of the allegations. It is possible that they are not guilty. Obviously, I hope and pray that they are not. I suppose time will tell.

#02 — Both allegations go back quite a long time: In the case of Father A, they go back 29 years; in the case of Father B, 25 years. I cannot refrain from wondering: Why did it take so long for these allegations to come to the surface?

#03 — Without being unduly defensive (I hope), I have to say that, if Fathers A and B were Misters A and B, if they were plumbers or insurance salesmen or meter readers or even politicians or public school teachers, it is highly unlikely that the allegations would have come into public view 25 and 29 years after the alleged events. The reader will have to figure out why this might be.

#04 — Regardless of whether Fathers A and B are guilty or innocent, I have to concede that Bishop Barres’s decision to remove them from public ministry was entirely correct, albeit excruciatingly painful. Because his Review Board informed him that the allegations were “credible”, the Bishop did what he was obliged to do. He did it with dispatch and, to be certain, with a heavy heart. He has pastoral love and concern for all of his priests, but his obligation is, first and foremost, to the people of the Diocese and, especially, to the children. If he is going to “err” at all, he has to “err” by taking the safer course.

#05 — At the risk of belaboring the obvious, I wish to emphasize that these allegations are precisely what the word denotes. An allegation is a “charge” or a “claim”. It is not a proven fact. Just as you or I would expect to have any allegation against us to be processed through the legal system and, meanwhile, would expect to enjoy the presumption of innocence, so we must extend the same courtesy to Fathers A and B.

#06 — I wish to introduce here a personal note: As you might assume, I am well acquainted with both priests. I hold them in high esteem. I have never had any reason to suspect their integrity. Father A and I were ordained together. He is my friend and I shall always wish him well. I have known Father B since he was a teenager. He is also a friend and, in recent years, a neighbor and colleague. I wish him nothing but the best. I pray for the two of them in this time of darkness and confusion.

#07 — I am under no illusions about the weakness and sinfulness of human beings. It is possible for any human being to sin and even to sin grievously. Because concupiscence resides in all of us and because I live with the awareness that it resides in me, I know that I have no license to throw stones at anyone. It is only by the grace of God, by our reception of the Eucharist, by vigilance in prayer and by the prayers of Mother Mary and the saints on our behalf that any of us manage to get through this life without sinning grievously.

#08 — Speaking generally and without particular reference to the priests referred to above, I say this: When a priest goes into a parish, the people have a right to expect that he is a virtuous man. They have a right to expect that he is committed to the pursuit of perfect chastity, that he has a track record of chastity and that he does not entertain impure or improper thoughts towards any human being, whether man, woman or child. They have a right to expect that he will be entirely proper in his interchanges both with parishioners and with non-parishioners, both when he is “on the clock” and when he is “off the clock” — although, quite frankly, a priest is never really “off the clock”. He is “on God’s clock” 24 / 7. This being so, it would be profoundly sad if a priest were to violate chastity either alone or with another adult — but it would be utterly contemptible if a priest were to violate chastity with a child or a teenager. I was taught in the seminary that any sexual sin committed by a priest takes on the additional onus of being a sacrilege, inasmuch as the body of a priest is a consecrated vessel, belonging exclusively to the Lord.

#09 — It is common for people (some people) to use the word “hypocrite” when they hear that a priest has been accused of some grievously wrong action, whether in the sexual realm or in some other realm. I caution people against this. It is possible for a priest to be guilty of some sinful act without being a hypocrite. A priest would be a “hypocrite” if he were not to believe what he preaches. If he believes what he preaches but, out of human weakness, does not always practice what he preaches, then he is a sinner. But not every sinner is a hypocrite. Let’s put that in the form of an aphorism: Every hypocrite is a sinner, but not every sinner is a hypocrite.

#10 — Let us presume that, almost without exception, every priest we have ever heard about or read about who has fallen into deep sin came into a state of repentance very soon after the sinful act. Let us further presume that, having come to repentance, he was reconciled with God in the Sacrament of Penance. Because reconciliation with God presupposes a “firm purpose of amendment”, let us presume that the priest sincerely set himself “with the help of God’s grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin”. In the case of a consensual act between a priest and an adult, there is no criminal aspect to the sin. However, in the case of a non-consensual act, which includes any act with a minor, it is not sufficient that the priest be reconciled with God. If the act becomes public knowledge, he must face the rigors of human law. My point is this: We must not presume that a priest who has committed an indecent act with a minor — an act that is not discovered until years after the fact — has lingered in a state of non-repentance or of alienation from God in the interim. The fact that there was a period of time — sometimes a long period of time — between the commission of a mortal sin and the public disclosure of same does not imply that the priest was unrepentant until the deed became public knowledge.

#11 — My heart goes out to any person who has ever been violated by a priest, especially if that person was a child or a teenager at the time. I can hardly imagine the severity of the pain the victim experiences. The psychological damage, the anger, the confusion experienced by the victim are enormous and are likely to persist for the rest of his or her life. A priest is perceived as someone who acts “in persona Christi”. When a priest uses his high office in order to manipulate another person for his own sinful advantage, he brings upon himself the wrath of God. Jesus spoke to us in chilling terms about millstones being tied around necks and about being drowned in the depth of the sea! Our children are our most precious asset. They are to be protected and cherished and their innocence is never to be violated.

#12 — I ask one and all to realize that there is no intrinsic connection between priestly celibacy and “the scandals”. The abolition of obligatory celibacy in the priesthood would not “solve” the problem. We are all aware from the newspapers that even married men, including some non-Catholic clergymen, have been accused of criminal misdeeds involving minors. The act of marital union is qualitatively and substantially distinct from any act of fornication or sodomy. The latter is not a substitute for the former. Any similarity between the two is entirely superficial. The tendency towards disordered sexual acts is indicative of a lack of psychological integration in a person. In spiritual terms, it is indicative of a lack of holiness. It goes without saying that a person ought not be ordained to the priesthood unless he gives solid evidence of being psychologically integrated — with that kind of integrity that is based firmly on the pursuit of holiness. It is the duty of the Church (i.e. the bishops and those who assist them) to seek evidence of such integrity before ordaining a man to the priesthood. The evidence of the integrity must not be presumed; it must be manifest. Perhaps this means that the Church must “go back to the drawing board” in setting the minimum age for ordination to the priesthood. But now I am going beyond my pay grade!

#13 — In this time of sadness and crisis, I beg all of my fellow Catholics to keep their eyes fixed firmly on Jesus. Respect the role of the priest in your parish, but remember that the Church far transcends the worthiness of any of her ministers. The truth of the Catholic Faith is not founded on the merits or demerits of any pope, bishop, priest, deacon or religious — not even on the merits of all of them taken together. Meritorious popes, bishops, priests, deacons and religious are tremendous assets to the Church, but they are not the source of the holiness of the Church. Jesus is the Source and Fount of the holiness of the Church. He is the True and Eternal Priest. He is the True and Eternal Head of the Church. Priests come and go. Jesus goes on forever. With this in mind, we say: Lord, have mercy on us! Christ, have mercy on us! Lord, have mercy on us!

#14 — Let us pray for the holiness of the clergy and religious of the Church. Let all of us strive to be holy in our own personal lives. Let us pray for all poor sinners.

stjos/stvdp: 10.03.2010 - 04/05


Dear Father Connolly:
In honor of St. Joseph, please accept this donation to St. Joseph Church in Girardville PA.
This donation is for St. Joseph of Girardville in memory of former St. Joseph parishioner, my mother-in-law, the late Alice Selgrade of Girardville PA.
Praise to St. Joseph and our Almighty God.
Please send receipt in the enclosed envelope.
Joe Haardt
McLean VA

Dear Mr. Haardt:
I acknowledge with gratitude the receipt of your check in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) as a donation to St. Joseph Parish in memory of your mother-in-law, Alice Selgrade.
For IRS purposes, I hereby attest that this donation is made without condition and without agreement for, nor expectation of, any goods or services in exchange.
May God reward you and may St. Joseph continue to be your friend and heavenly intercessor!
Very truly yours,
Rev. Edward B. Connolly

CONFIRMANDI are reminded that they have class on Sunday at 06:00 pm with Fr. Connolly and Miss King. Report to the Sheridan Room, as usual, and from there to the school hall.
BLESSING OF THE BEASTS: If you have any critters you would like to present for the annual Blessing of Animals in Honor of St. Francis of Assisi, please bring them to the lawn next to St. Vincent dePaul Rectory at 02:00 pm today (Sunday, 03 October). We will be happy to invoke God’s blessings on your cat, dog, gerbil, ferret, hermit crab, skunk, rabbit, canary, or what have you. If your pet is a velociraptor or other enthusiastic carnivore, please see that it is on a secure leash.
TALES OUT OF SCHOOL: Last Sunday, I was telling the Confirmation class some very basic facts about the structure of the Church: Parish; Diocese; Universal Church, etc. In connection with that, I figured that they should know the names of: (a) the Pope; (b) the Bishop of Allentown; (c) the Pastor of the two Girardville parishes. So, I asked for a show of hands on each. I asked them to raise their hands if they did NOT know the names of these persons. Out of thirty kids, seventeen said they did not know the name of the Pope, fifteen did not know the name of the Bishop, one did not know the name of the Pastor. I felt somewhat abashed to realize that I was better known than the Pope or the Bishop! But, as Tip O’Neill once observed: “All politics is local!”
Then I proceeded, with clarity and precision, to tell them the names of these three persons and I told them to write them down in their notebooks.
At the break time, one of the boys came up to my desk with his new information and said that he didn’t know that my name was Edward. I said, “Well, now you know! That’s what my parents named me!” The boy then said to me (a smidgen nervously), “Is it okay if I call you Edward?” I decided to act cool and not indicate that I was surprised at the question. So, I answered him very matter of factly: “Listen, kid, if it would make you happy to call me Edward, you go right ahead. I’m here to make you happy. But, remember that if you call me Edward, then I have to call you Father.”
Break time was over and class resumed.
At the end of class, as the kids were leaving, the boy said to me, “Good night, Edward!” I said, “Good night, Father!”
I thought that was kind of chuckle-worthy.
I hope I don’t live to regret it. I hope it’s not the beginning of a trend.
Good grief! Maybe I’ve created a Frankenstein!

stjos/stvdp: 10.03.2010 - 06



01. BANN, Charles
02. BARBER, Marie A.
03. BURNS, John
04. BYRNE, William and Nora
05. CHAPMAN, Christopher J.
06. CHUPASKO, Bernadine Ranieri
07. CLARKE, Thomas
08. CONNOLLY, Edward B.
09. DeLUCA, Celeste
10. DEVANEY, Lorraine Cuff
11. DEVINE, Dennis
12. DOUGHERTY, Margaret
13. FATULA, Irene
14. FRIGONE, Rita
15. GILLIS, John M. and Mary Theresa
16. GOWER, Thomas and Jean
17. HOUSER, Catherine Kennedy
19. KELLY, Arthur J.
20. KOWALICK, Patricia Reiley
21. KULL, Barbara Rehnert
22. McCARTHY, Philip D.
23. McCARTHY, Stephen
24. MILLER, Beverly Ann
25. MOHAN, Francis P. MD and Stella
26. MORAN, Elizabeth
27. MURRAY, Mary E.
28. NEARY, James and Teresa
29. O’DONNELL, Margaret Lenahan
30. PIKITUS, John and Helen
31. PRYCE, Agnes E.
32. ROWLAND, Eileen
33. SMALLWOOD, Rose Marie Brennan
34. SMITH, Frank and Phyllis
35. SMITH, Robert and Anna
36. TARONE, Joseph Tarone
37. WAYNE, Henry and Eileen
38. WAYNE, Kenneth and Anna Mae
39. WAYNE, Raymond and Rose Ann
40. WEIST, Jean Birster
41. YACKENCHICK, Albert J. Sr. and Annetta


01. BOZYLINSKI, Robert
02. BREHM, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick
03. CHALINSKY, Stephen and Lisa
04. CHIKOTAS, Anna Ginaitis
05. CHIPLONIA, Mary Nicastro
06. CHIPLONIA, Ralph and Debra
08. CONNELL, James Jr. and Georgann
09. CONNELL, Marilyn
10. FAUST, William E.
11. GETZEY, Robert and Denise
12. GREGIS, John
13. GUDONIS, Joseph and Theresa
14. HALUSKA, John and Gloria
17. IVES, Karen Paulosky
18. KARAVAGE, John and Lisa
19. KRICK, Carole Anne Doraski
20. KUDRICK, Catherine
21. LABIE, Edna (Fetterolf)
22. LANG, Jean Albo
23. McANDREW, Ann
24. MEDLINSKY, Elizabeth
25. PAULOSKY, Diana
26. PETROUSKY, John and Barbara
27. POPECK, Frank and Rose
28. POWLICK, Adele
29. SCROBOL, George
30. SELGRADE, Robert and Ellen
31. SHERMAN, Charles and Kathy
32. SMOLOCK, John and Joan
33. SMOLOCK, Peter and Violet
34. STRONY, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen
35. THYE, David and Susan
36. THYE, James A.
37. VABOLIS, John and Ann
38. VITALE, Marie Jeanette Winkler
39. WASCAVAGE, Edward and Barbara
40. WINKLER, Helen



Total Goal:                 $8,243.00
Pledges and One-Time Gifts: $5,235.00
Amount Collected:         $5,190.00
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 64%
Average Gift:                 $128
Number of donors:         41
Number of registered families: 347
Participation Rate:         12%
Total Goal:                 $5,885.00
Pledges and One-Time Gifts: $3,564.00
Amount Collected:         $3,449.00
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 61%
Average Gift:                 $89
Number of donors:         40
Number of registered families: 120
Participation Rate:         33%

stjos/stvdp: 10.03.2010 - 07

THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURE PASSAGE jumped out at me this past week. I take some comfort from it, in view of recent sad disclosures. I recommend it for your meditation:
“Can a man be righteous as against God? Can a mortal be blameless against his Maker? Lo, He puts no trust in His servants and with His angels He can find fault! How much more those that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed more easily than the moth!”

Job 4, 17-19

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY STARTED TO THINK about the upcoming election (02 Nov), please start paying attention and please note the following:
Pennsylvania voters statewide will have clear choices to make when it comes to the election of a Governor and the election of a US Senator.
Putting it as simply as possible:
Dan Onorato, candidate for Governor, is PRO-ABORTION.
Tom Corbett, candidate for Governor, is PRO-LIFE.
Joe Sestak, candidate for Senator, is PRO-ABORTION.
Pat Toomey, candidate for Senator, is PRO-LIFE.
Notice that these statements do not reflect any endorsement. We are wary of endorsements, as well we might be. We simply state the facts.


On Thursday, 07 October, we celebrate the Memorial of OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY. This memorial feast was initiated by Pope St. Pius V in order to thank the Holy Mother for her intercession on behalf of the Christian armada that defeated the Muslim Turks in 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto. The original name of the feast was OUR LADY OF VICTORY.
But, of course, the entire month of October is dedicated by the Church to the Blessed Mother under her title of Our Lady of the Rosary.
We encourage everyone in our two parishes to pray the Rosary every day during the month of October for two particular intentions:
• The victory of Christian civilization against Islamo-terrorism.
• The victory of pro-life candidates nationwide in the upcoming election.

tjos/stvdp: 10.03.2010 - 08



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