Saturday, 09 October
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 10 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOHN JOYCE (42nd anniversary of wedding)
by his wife, Jeanne

Monday, 11 October
by Henry and Alice Wayne

Wednesday, 13 October
St. Edward the Confessor (OptMem in England)
08:00 am — JAMES BURNS
by his brother, John

Friday, 15 October
St. Teresa of Avila, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER M. RAYMOND THYE, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Saturday, 16 October
St. Hedwig, religious; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — Rev. RICHARD A. SCHWARE
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN and ROSE (Petio) DANOWSKY (anniversary)
by the Rizzardi family

Sunday, 17 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Bernadine Chupasko


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

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

Monday, 11 October
by Ed and Mickey Russell

Tuesday, 12 October
by Ralph and Jeanette Todd

Wednesday, 13 October
St. Edward the Confessor (OptMem in England)
07:00 pm — FRANCIS and ESTELLE PURCELL (65th anniversary of wedding)
by their sons: Francis, Jimmy and Brian

Thursday, 14 October
St. Callistus I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JOHN A. KITSOCK
by Gene, Jan and Lydia Paulukonis

Saturday, 16 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — God’s Blessings on SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO (98th birthday)
by her family

Sunday, 17 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by her brother, Ralph, his wife, Debra, and family

stjos/stvdp: 10.10.2010 - 01

02 / 03 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,278.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $86.00 from the second collection (plate); $334.00 from the Dues envelopes; $114.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,812.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,812.00) 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 $660.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,004.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the second collection (plate); $224.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,349.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,349.00) 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 $586.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Thursday, 14 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 14 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 15 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Thursday, 14 October
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm)

Friday, 15 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 10.10.2010 - 02

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE for the upcoming week is somewhat abbreviated. This is due to the fact that this is the week of the annual Priests Workshop for the Diocese of Allentown. Fr. Connolly will be attending the Monday to Wednesday session and Fr. Brennan the Wednesday to Friday session.
“I WISH WE COULD JUST SIT DOWN AND TALK!” Have you ever said that to your spouse? Do you wish you could take your “talk” to a deeper level of listening and understanding? REGISTER NOW for the 15 to 17 October MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER at Fatima Renewal Center, Dalton (Scranton) by calling 1-800-787-7679 or go on-line at for more information.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown, is sponsoring “Opportunities and Gifts of Mid-Life – an Advent Reflection” Conference for Mid Life Adults on Saturday, December 4 from 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at St. Mary Church, Kutztown. Most Reverend John O. Barres, D.D. will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving. Registration fee is $25 with deadline of November 23. Brochures are available in the back of the church, by calling 610-791-3888 ext. 304, or at This event is made possible, in part, through SOFF funding.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown presents a parenting support educational series on Tuesdays at Annunciation B.V.M. Parish in Shenandoah from 11:00 am to 12 noon. There is no fee for the course. Moms, dads, and grandparents of infants through toddlers are encouraged to attend. Please call 570-628-0466 to register or for more information.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown, offers services at Annunciation B.V.M. Parish in Shenandoah on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Services include pregnancy and parenting support; case management for individuals, families, and older adults; and information and referral. Walk-ins are welcome, however, appointments are encouraged. Please call Catholic Charities at 570-628-0466 to schedule an appointment or for further information.
Parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth or in early infancy, please join us at the Remembrance Mass, “Forever in our Hearts,”, Sunday, 24 October 2010 at 3:00 pm at St. Jane Frances deChantal, Easton. Rev. Msgr. Stephen Radocha will be the main celebrant. For more information, or to register, call 610-289-8900 x 228 for the Office of Pro-Life Activities and Social Concerns. All families are invited. (Registration is not required but is requested for planning for the social, which follows the Mass. You may register anonymously with just a number attending.)
The only thing scarier than Halloween is a couple starting their marriage without having experienced an Engaged Encounter Weekend! A wedding is a day—a marriage is for a lifetime. EE is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life Formation of the Diocese of Allentown. For more information and the schedule of weekends for 2010, call Carla Neupauer at 610-289-8900 ext. 238.
REMINDER TO PARENTS OF CONFIRMANDI: The sponsor you choose for your child must be a PRACTICING CATHOLIC. Please do not submit the name of a person who is not a PRACTICING CATHOLIC. If the person is married, he or she must be VALIDLY married, according to the law of the Church. A person is not a PRACTICING CATHOLIC if he or she does not go to Mass conscientiously on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation.
Also, please remember that parents themselves are the primary example to their children. It is unseemly for a father and a mother to present a child for Confirmation if they themselves do not practice the Faith.
That’s logical, is it not?

stjos/stvdp: 10.10.2010 - 03

Note: Anthony Buono is a friend of mine and was the host and producer of the Road to Cana programs that are re-run from time to time on EWTN. I was his co-host. He has a ministry to single Catholics who are hoping to find a marriage partner. Anthony can be contacted via I thought these two back-to-back email exchange might be of some general interest.

From: Anthony Buono
Sent: Thursday, 07 October, 2010 11:43 AM
To: Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Subject: Question for you
Dear Father,
On one of the Road To Cana programs, you said "We are not our sins". Could you elaborate for me what this means? I assume it has something to do with who we are as persons and that the sins we commit do not define us? I'm not sure. I like the saying "We are not our sins", though. I am writing an article about those who are dating being careful not to hold someone's past against them as if this is the person he or she is now and will always be. I think this thought of "we are not our sins" plays a role in this thought. Any help on this would be most appreciated.
Thank you.

Dear Mr. Buono:
Here is one way of explaining what I meant by “We are not our sins”.
When God created Adam and Eve, He created them sinless.
Genesis, chapter One, says that, after having created everything, including human beings, God saw that it was good, it was very good.
Theological inference from this relatively simple statement is this: Sin is not a constitutive element of human nature. Human beings are intrinsically good.
Then comes sin in Genesis, chapter Three.
Sin enters into human nature and damages it.
There are two opposing theological interpretations on the “entrance of sin” into human nature.
The Catholic interpretation is that sin damaged human nature, but did not cause any substantial alteration in it.
Using the classic philosophical terms “substance” and “accident”, we say that sin is an “accident” that has come to adhere to human nature, but is not part of the “substance” of human nature.
Classic Protestant theology says that sin has altered the substance of human nature.
Now comes the question about “justification”.
All Christians believe that we are “justified” by the self-sacrificing death of Jesus on the Cross and by His Resurrection.
However, there is a wide gap between Lutheran (Protestant) and Catholic understanding of what this justification did for human nature.
The Catholic belief is that the justification Christ won for us REMOVES sin from us and restores us to our original state of sinlessness.
The Lutheran (Protestant) belief is that the justification Christ won for us COVERS UP the sin in human nature and makes us acceptable to God, even though our nature remains sinful.
We call the former “intrinsic justification”, which is shorthand for the belief that, through Jesus Christ, God restores us to our original holiness. In other words, we are “as good as new and even better”.
We call the latter “forensic justification”, which is shorthand for the belief that, through Jesus Christ, God chooses to look on us as if we were holy, even though we are not really holy.
Erroneous though it be, Martin Luther did had a picturesque way of making the point. He said that the sinner who is justified is like a manure pile in winter, covered with snow. The snow makes the manure pile look pretty and attractive, but once the snow melts, we can see that it’s still a manure pile.
The ramifications of the difference between these two contrary ways of understanding justification are enormous.

Example #1: We Catholics regard Mary as a perfectly holy human being, so holy that sin never came anywhere near to touching her, not even in her conception. For Lutherans (Protestants), the whole idea that any human being could be “perfectly holy” is repugnant, because they believe that human nature is intrinsically corrupt.

Example #2: We Catholics canonize saints and hold them up for veneration. For Lutherans (Protestants), the very thought of venerating human beings is close to sacrilegious, for the reason cited above.

Example #3: We Catholics take sin more seriously than do Lutherans (Protestants). The latter have a certain fatalism in regard to sin. They take an attitude towards sin of “So what else is new?” It’s as though human beings are doomed and destined to commit sin and just can’t help themselves. As Luther said, “Sin boldly but love more boldly!”

Example #4: We Catholics believe in Purgatory. Lutherans (Protestants) don’t. Why not? Because we believe not only that sin is “removable” but that it has to be removed before a person can enter Heaven. Protestants don’t believe that sin is “removable”. So, if it’s not removable, the only thing to be done is to ignore it, perhaps regret it, but just be resigned to it and “throw ourselves on God’s mercy”. Obviously, we Catholics also believe that we have to “throw ourselves on God’s mercy”, but we believe that part of the mercy of God is that he gives us the wherewithal for the removal of sin.
The Catholic view is much more optimistic. As sinful as we might be, we are not to be defined by our sins!


Dear Father,
This is very good. Thank you. Now, what would you call a person who treats a person in a negative way that is based on that person's past sins? And what advice do you have for people who treat a person like they are no better than the negative things they have done?

Dear Mr. Buono:
What would I call a person who treats a person in a negative way because of the sins that that person had committed?
Well, that’s a good question!
I can think of a lot of epithets to use for such a person. A few of them would be the following: “holier than thou”; “prig”; “self-righteous”; “pharisaical”; “pessimist”; “gloom and doomer”; “ratfink”.
An illustration of such a person might be the elder brother in the parable about the prodigal son.
What advice would I give such a person?
Tell me when to stop!
I would advise such a person to read the parable of the unforgiving servant. As you recall, a certain guy owed a humongous amount of money to his Master. Because he couldn’t pay the debt, the Master ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children. He begged the Master to be patient with him until he could pay off the debt. The Master agreed not only to be patient with him but even to remit the debt entirely. This same servant then went out and demanded that a fellow servant pay him back the small amount he had borrowed. The fellow servant begged him to be patient with him until he could pay it back. But he refused to cut him a break. As a result, the Master called the first guy in and unforgave him the humongous debt. Then he ordered him to be sold into slavery.
The parable ends up with the warning that, if we refuse to forgive our fellow servants their sins, our Master will refuse to forgive us our sins.
This is all very basic stuff! It’s Christianity 101. As we do to others, so God will do to us.
There is, of course, one question that remains.
People who refuse to forgive others are usually not conscious of the fact that they themselves are in need of forgiveness. This prompts one other question: WHY are they not conscious of their own sinfulness? Answer: Because the Holy Spirit does not dwell in them. Whenever the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in a person, that person becomes intensely conscious of his own sinfulness. Jesus said, “When the Holy Spirit comes, He will convict (i.e. convince) the world of its sinfulness.” If the Holy Spirit does not dwell in a person, it is that person’s fault, because God is generous with His gift of the Spirit to all who earnestly beg Him for the gift.

stjos/stvdp: 10.10.2010 - 04 / 05

a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Tuesday, 05 October.
Born on 30 September 1977, he was 33 years of age.
Kevin is the second of the three sons of Thomas J. Sr. and Grace M. (Sewa) Dempsey.
His brothers are Brian D. Dempsey and Thomas J. Dempsey Jr.
He was baptized at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel PA. He received his First Holy Communion there also, and his Confirmation at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek PA.
Kevin, who suffered from asthma the greater part of his life, had an attack in the early morning hours of Monday, 27 September. Before lapsing into unconsciousness, he told his mother that he knew that he was dying. Heroic efforts were made, both by his father and by medical personnel, to bring him around. He was rushed to the St. Catherine Medical Center in Ashland and was stabilized, at least to the point where he was breathing on a ventilator. While there, he received the last rites, which includes the anointing of the sick and the final absolution.
He was transferred to the Geisinger Medical Center where he received the best of care, but to no avail. After a few days of anxious waiting, it was determined that Kevin was “clinically dead”. His parents agreed to keep him on the ventilator just long enough for him to be taken to surgery for the removal of organs suitable for donation. Kevin himself had indicated on his driver’s license that it was his wish to be an organ donor. This was a noble decision on the part both of Kevin and of his parents, and worthy of imitation. We commend them for this.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Kevin was celebrated at 11:00 am in St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 09 October. The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.

Eternal rest grant unto Kevin, 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.

son of James F. and Eva (Zemanek) Gontis, members of Holy Name Parish, Harrisburg PA, will receive his First Holy Communion during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church today. He does so with permission from the pastor of his home parish, due to considerations of friendship between the family and the pastor of St. Joseph Parish.
The Gontis family used to be members of St. Francis deSales Parish, Mount Carbon, when I was pastor there. I had the privilege of baptizing six of the seven Gontis children and Michael will be the fifth of the children to whom I am giving First Holy Communion. I think we are starting to see a pattern here!
We pray that Michael Kolbe will give evidence that he was well-named. Like his primary patron, St. Michael the Archangel, may he turn out to be a valiant defender of the majesty of God and an unyielding opponent of the Evil One. Like his secondary patron, St. Maximilian Kolbe, may he be so unselfish that he would even be willing to lay down his life for the good of his fellow human beings.
a handsome little boy, is the newest member of St. Joseph Parish.
He was baptized in St. Joseph Church on Sunday, 26 September, by Msgr. Edward J. Coyle, pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Bally PA.
Little Aiden is now a member of the Mystical Body of Christ. The original sin has been removed from his soul and he is filled with sanctifying grace.
We welcome him with joy into the family of God and we pray that he will grow in wisdom, knowledge and grace in the presence of God and of the Church.
May he have a long and happy life and eventually come to see God face to Face.

stjos/stvdp: 10.10.2010 - 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. PAULUKONIS, Eugene and Janet
27. PETROUSKY, John and Barbara
28. POPECK, Frank and Rose
29. POWLICK, Adele
30. SCROBOL, George
31. SELGRADE, Robert and Ellen
32. SHERMAN, Charles and Kathy
33. SMOLOCK, John and Joan
34. SMOLOCK, Peter and Violet
35. STRONY, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen
36. THYE, David and Susan
37. THYE, James A.
38. VABOLIS, John and Ann
39. VITALE, Marie Jeanette Winkler
40. WASCAVAGE, Edward and Barbara
41. 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: $3,614.00
Amount Collected:         $3,449.00
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 61%
Average Gift:                 $88
Number of donors:         41
Number of registered families: 120
Participation Rate:         33%

stjos/stvdp: 10.10.2010 - 07

We are looking for some volunteers to help with the cleaning of St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 16 October, at 10:30 am. Let Mr. Richards (Wade-O) know that you are willing to help.
We want to spruce things up in preparation for Confirmation on 28 October.
And we thank you for your support!
No one believes seniors. Everyone presumes they are senile.
Andy and Sally were celebrating their sixtieth wedding anniversary. They had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired. Holding hands, they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk they’d shared, where Andy had carved “I love you, Sally.”
On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armored car, practically landing at their feet. Sally quickly picked it up and, not sure what to do with it, they took it home. There she counted the money — fifty thousand dollars!
Andy said, “We’ve got to give it back.”
Sally said, “Finders keepers.” She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic.
The next day, two police officers were canvassing the neighborhood looking for the money, and knocked on their door. “Pardon me, did either of you find a bag that fell out of an armored car yesterday?”
Sally said, “No”.
Andy said, “She’s lying. She hid it up in the attic."
Sally said, “Don’t believe him, he’s getting senile.”
The officers turned to Andy and began to question him. One said, “Tell us the story from the beginning.”
Andy said, “Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday……....”
The first police officer interrupted him, turned to his partner and said, “You were walking home from school yesterday??? Okay, folks! Thanks for your help! Sorry to bother you. We’re outta here!”
A FRIEND OF MINE who used to live in Pottsville but has retired to Florida calls me from time to time to let me know about life on that popular peninsula. She likes most things about Florida. She enjoys the warm climate and has met some friendly people. Recently, however, having moved from one town in Florida to another, she needed to change parishes. She told me that her new parish church is somewhat less than satisfactory. She said that she can’t find the tabernacle! I told her that it has to be there somewhere!! I told her to keep looking for it and to let me know when she finds it!!
Have you ever visited a Catholic church and wondered, “Where the heck did they put the tabernacle?” Well, if you ever have, you are not alone.
Rome has made it abundantly clear that the tabernacle is to be located IN A PROMINENT PLACE in every parish church. The appropriate prominent place is almost always the center. In the craziness that came upon some parishes in the 1960s and that continued into the 1970s and 1980s (and even into the 1990s in some places) many regrettable things were done in the area of liturgical renovation. Tabernacles were removed from the center and were placed on the side. Communion rails (altar rails) were removed. Statues were sent into exile. Votive candles were removed or were replaced with electric “candles”. Some priests would tell people, “Vatican Two told us to do this!” But that was just not true! Not only that, but changes were made in the Mass, some of which were reasonable but other of which were poorly thought out. We are now — thank God, thank John Paul, thank Benedict — going through a period of liturgical restoration. We are experiencing “the reform of the reform”. Ain’t it fun to be a Catholic?

tjos/stvdp: 10.10.2010 - 08



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