MASS SCHEDULE: 17 - 24 OCTOBER, 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 16 October
05:30 pm — JOHN and ROSE (Petio) DANOWSKY (anniversary)
by the Rizzardi family

Sunday, 17 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — DEBBIE PALESTIS HARRIS
by Bernadine Chupasko

Monday, 18 October
St. Luke, evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
by his wife, Jean

Tuesday, 19 October
SS. John deBrebeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests, martyrs and their companions, martyrs (OblMem)
07:00 am — DOMINICK D’ALESSANDRO Sr.
by Mary Nicastro Chiplonia

Wednesday, 20 October
St. Paul of the Cross, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on FR. JOSEPH HULKO and RON
by the Weidner family

Thursday, 21 October
Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by M / M John Rooney

Friday, 22 October
Weekday
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by the Weidner family

Saturday, 23 October
St. John of Capistrano, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — Rev. RICHARD A. SCHWARE
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH RIZZARDI Sr.
by the Rizzardi family

Sunday, 24 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — TOMEE LEIGH GOWER (23rd anniversary of birth)
by her family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 17 - 24 OCTOBER, 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
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
08:30 am — JOYCE CHRISTINE CHIPLONIA
by her brother, Ralph, his wife, Debra, and family

Monday, 18 October
St. Luke, evangelist (Fst)
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on JUSTIN RAYMOND BOLSTER
by Jim and Eva

Tuesday, 19 October
SS. John deBrebeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests, martyrs and their companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — EVELYN DRUCKER ZIEGLER
by Andrew Lukach

Wednesday, 20 October
St. Paul of the Cross, priest (OptMem)
07:00 pm — ALBERT PINTO
by Jim and Eva

Thursday, 21 October
Weekday
07:00 pm — JOSEPH C. SCIARRONE
by Marie Ricciotti

Friday, 22 October
Weekday
05:00 pm — JOHN and NELLIE BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 23 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WALTER BORIS
by his daughter, Cherie

Sunday, 24 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — VINCENT and THERESA BERNOTAS
by the Ayello family

stjos/stvdp: 10.17.2010 - 01

COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
09 / 10 OCTOBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,069.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $90.00 from the second collection (plate); $190.00 from the Dues envelopes; $186.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $345.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $151.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,031.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,031.00) 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 $879.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $860.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $50.00 from the second collection (plate); $50.00 from the Dues envelopes; $179.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $431.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $95.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,665.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,665.00) 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 $902.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 20 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 21 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 22 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

 EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 20 October
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm)

Friday, 22 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 10.17.2010 - 02


THE CONFIRMATION QUESTIONS
All of the Confirmandi are being pressured, instructed, urged and badgered by the pastor into memorizing the answers to the following questions.
All of the adults of the parish are encouraged to stop any one of the confirmandi on the street (or wherever) in order to quiz him or her on the answers to these Q & A!

WHAT IS CONFIRMATION?
Confirmation is the sacrament in which the Holy Spirit comes to us in a special way, to join us more closely to Jesus and His church, and to seal and strengthen us as Christ’s witnesses.

WHAT ARE THE SACRAMENTS?
The Sacraments are sacred signs through which Jesus gives us His Spirit and makes us holy and pleasing to Him by grace.

HOW MANY SACRAMENTS ARE THERE?
There are seven sacraments.

WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS?
The seven sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.

HOW IS CONFIRMATION GIVEN?
The bishop extends his hands over the person and anoints the forehead in the form of a cross while saying, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”. The person being confirmed answers, “Amen”, meaning “Let it be so”. The Gift is the Holy Spirit Himself. He is the Gift of the Father and the Son to us.

WHAT IS CHRISM?
Chrism is a blessed mixture of oil and balm used during the baptismal ceremony, in Confirmation, during the ordination of priests and bishops, and in the consecration of churches, altars and other things.

WHO IS THE MINISTER OF CONFIRMATION?
The bishop is the ordinary minister of Confirmation.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION?
The effects of Confirmation are: an increase of sanctifying grace, the gift of a special sacramental grace and the imprint of a lasting character on the soul.

WHAT ARE THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment (or Counsel), Courage (or Fortitude), Knowledge, Reverent Love (or Piety) and Holy Fear.

stjos/stvdp: 10.17.2010 - 03


WHY THE CONVICTION OF THE SHENANDOAH DEFENDANTS IN THE FEDERAL COURTROOM IN SCRANTON LAST WEEK WAS UNJUST
I realize that I am treading in deep water when I go public on this matter.
I realize that emotions run high whenever the subject of this particular crime enters the discussion.
If my opinion in this matter were based simply on “my personal vantage point” or on “my personal feelings”, I would not feel entitled to give it space in the bulletin.
My “personal vantage point” and my “personal feelings” are irrelevant here and are of no more value than anyone else’s “personal vantage point” or “personal feelings”.
I am putting aside all emotions and feelings, to the very best of my ability and trying to stick with facts and principles.
As a Catholic priest and, therefore, a local teacher of the Faith, I am supposed to deal, among other things, with JUSTICE. Justice is a Cardinal Virtue. Virtues are part of “Religion”. Since I have a license to teach about “Religion”, I think I have a license to teach about “Justice”. That’s my rationale for dealing with this in the bulletin.
First of all, let me state the obvious:
A grievous injustice was done to the victim, Luis Eduardo Ramirez-Zavala, who was beaten and kicked to death on the streets of Shenandoah on 12 July 2008. He was unjustly deprived of life. He was murdered.
Justice requires that the persons responsible for his murder be brought to justice and that an appropriate (and severe) penalty be imposed on them.
It is entirely irrelevant to the matter at hand that Mr. Ramirez was an “illegal alien”. The legality or illegality of his residence in Shenandoah or in any part of the United States did not add to nor subtract from his right to life. He was a human being and was endowed by his Creator with the right to life. Not only with the right to life, but with the right to bodily integrity, the right to be free from any physical assault unless it was necessary for self defense. No one contends that Mr. Ramirez initiated any physical assault on any of the defendants. Therefore, they were unjustified in physically assaulting him.
It is also (or should be) entirely irrelevant to the matter at hand that Mr. Ramirez was a person of Latino ethnicity or a person whose primary language was Spanish or that he had his origins in Mexico.
One’s ethnicity, language and national origins neither enhance nor detract from one’s fundamental humanity.
The tragedy is not that “a Mexican” was killed on the streets of Shenandoah. The tragedy is that a HUMAN PERSON was killed on the streets of Shenandoah!
The trial that was held in Pottsville in 2009 produced an unjust outcome. Even the most ardent supporters of “those Shenandoah boys” would agree that six or seven months in the county prison was hardly an adequate punishment for the vicious beating and murder of a human being.
Whose fault was this? I don’t really know. It’s very complex. There was a lot of lying going on and a lot of covering up. I think the Schuylkill County District Attorney did not have all his ducks in order before going into the trial. (That’s an opinion, not a fact.) If a more rigorous verdict had been produced in Pottsville and a more stringent sentence imposed by the State of Pennsylvania, it might have worked out better for “those Shenandoah boys”. Justice might have been done.
But justice was not done in Pottsville and, because nature abhors a vacuum (or something like that!) in steps the Federal Government.
However, there is a principle in law that a person must not be placed in “double jeopardy” for any crime that he has committed. So, in order for the Federal Government to justify re-trying the defendants, there had to be a pretense in place in the form of a law. This law is commonly referred to as “the Hate Crime Law”.
And, so, we were subject to the absurdity of seeing Mr. Piekarsky and Mr. Donchak hauled up to Scranton in order to face trial for violating the Federal Fair Housing Act! They were accused of “hating” Mr. Ramirez for being Mexican and, because they “hated” him, they conspired to take away from him his right to live in Shenandoah.
I think that is prima facie absurd!
I don’t want this to seem as though I have any particular sympathy for Mr. Piekarsky or Mr. Donchak. I don’t know them. I think it is safe to say that they deserve the epithet “a couple of very bad boys”. At the same time that I call them “a couple of very bad boys”, I don’t wish them any harm. I hope all “bad boys” become “good boys” and, if they keep on breathing, eventually become “good men”. Meanwhile these two “bad boys” deserve some significant punishment! But they deserve significant punishment, not because they “hate Mexicans” or because they conspired against someone’s fair-housing rights, but because they brought about the death of a human being.
Hate-crime laws are intrinsically unjust! Why?
• Because hate-crime laws effectively place society’s valuation of some persons’ lives and well-being above that of others.
• Because hate-crime laws create opportunities for prosecuting a person based on his attitudes or opinions rather than his acts, effectively violating freedom of speech and thought. If someone wants to be a jerk and wear tee-shirts that insult Mexicans or Lithuanians or Irishmen or Catholics or Blacks or Whites or Orientals, I think such a person should enjoy the contempt of society, but not be arrested.
• Because hate-crime laws encourage federal prosecutors to try defendants twice for the same crime, even if the first trial results in acquittal or, as in the case cited, in an “inadequate conviction”. This is double-jeopardy, regardless of how the lawyers want to parse it! It is also a violation of the Principle of Subsidiarity, which is a principle of Natural Law and a principle of Catholic Morality. The Principle of Subsidiarity basically means this: The higher authority (in this case the Federal Government) should not overreach and take over the duty of the lower authority (in this case the State Government).
I think it is a shame that Schuylkill County, acting as a subdivision of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, did not render an adequate verdict and sentence back in 2009. By not doing so, it opened all of us up to the travesty in the Federal Court in Scranton.
If I had been a member of the jury in Scranton, I would have tried for “jury nullification” of the Fair Housing Law and would have voted for acquittal.
I hope that people read this article carefully and see it as neither callousness in regard to the murder of Mr. Ramirez nor as undue sympathy for Mr. Piekarsky or Mr. Donchak.
Eternal rest grant unto Luis Eduardo Ramirez-Zavala, 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!
And may God have mercy on Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak. May they come to true repentance and may their punishment work to their salvation.

stjos/stvdp: 10.17.2010 - 04 / 05


MARGARET THERESA KONAS CHASE,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Tuesday, 12 October.
Born on 12 June 1923, she was 87 years of age.
Margaret is one of the eight children of the late Joseph and Beatrice (Prapolevich) Konas.
All seven of her brothers and sisters are deceased: Petronella Konas; Anastasia Konas; Beatrice Konas Swenson; Theresa Konas Kukel; Helen Konas Sadusky; Anthony Konas; Joseph Konas.
Margaret was baptized at St. Vincent dePaul Church on 01 July 1923 by Fr. Ignatius Valanciunas.
On 15 August 1942, she was married to Walter V. Chase, at St. Vincent dePaul Church, in the presence of Fr. A. J. Neverauskas. Walter died in 1952.
Walter and Margaret had two children: Walter V. Chase Jr. and Nancy Chase Kennedy. Walter (her son) died in 1963.
Margaret has two granddaughters: Laura Kennedy Wixted; Janet Chase Hower.
She has five great-grandchildren: Nathan Hower; Raymond Hower; Olivia Hower; James Wixted; Megan Wixted.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Saturday, 16 October. The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Englewood (Frackville)
Eternal rest grant unto Margaret, 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. Amen.
CCD continues on Sunday evening, 17 October, from 06:00 to 07:30 pm. The children should assemble, as usual, in the Sheridan Room, and from thence, to their classrooms.
Parents are reminded of their duty in seeing to it that their children attend every class.

REMINDER IN REGARD TO ELECTION ON 02 NOVEMBER

Joe Sestak, candidate for US Senate, is pro-abortion.
Pat Toomey, candidate for US Senate, is pro-life.

Dan Onorato, candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, is pro-abortion.
Tom Corbett, candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, is pro-life.

Please let Ginny Chillis know if you are willing to help with the dinner for Bishop Barres and other priests after the Confirmation on 28 October. Call Ginny at the Rectory (276-6033).

stjos/stvdp: 10.17.2010 - 06


DONORS TO THE 2010 BISHOPS ANNUAL APPEAL

SAINT JOSEPH PARISH

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. FISHER, Evelyn
15. FRIGONE, Rita
16. GILLIS, John M. and Mary Theresa
17. GOWER, Thomas and Jean
18. HOUSER, Catherine Kennedy
19. ANONYMOUS
20. KELLY, Arthur J.
21. KOWALICK, Patricia Reiley
22. KULL, Barbara Rehnert
23. LEINENBACH, Robert and Donna
24. McCARTHY, Philip D.
25. McCARTHY, Stephen
26. MILLER, Beverly Ann
27. MOHAN, Francis P. MD and Stella
28. MORAN, Elizabeth
29. MURRAY, Mary E.
30. NEARY, James and Teresa
31. O’DONNELL, Margaret Lenahan
32. PIKITUS, John and Helen
33. PRYCE, Agnes E.
34. ROWLAND, Eileen
35. SMALLWOOD, Rose Marie Brennan
36. SMITH, Frank and Phyllis
37. SMITH, Robert and Anna
38. TARONE, Joseph Tarone
39. WAYNE, Henry and Eileen
40. WAYNE, Kenneth and Anna Mae
41. WAYNE, Raymond and Rose Ann
42. WEIST, Jean Birster
43. YACKENCHICK, Albert J. Sr. and Annetta
44. YURENKA, Argia A.

 ST. VINCENT dePAUL PARISH

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
07. CIKANOVICH, Peter
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
15. HOLY NAME SOCIETY
16. HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
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

 

BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL: PROGRESS REPORT
ST. JOSEPH PARISH, GIRARDVILLE ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PARISH, GIRARDVILLE

stjos/stvdp: 10.17.2010 - 07


TRUER WORDS WERE NEVER SPOKEN!

IF YOU WANT SOMEONE
who will eat whatever
you put in front of him
and never say it's not quite as
good as his mother's
then adopt a dog.
If you want someone always willing to go out,
at any hour,
for as long as and wherever you want,
then adopt a dog.
If you want someone who will never touch the remote,
doesn't care about football,
and can sit next to you as you watch romantic movies,
then adopt a dog.
If you want someone who is content to get on your bed
just to warm your feet
and whom you can push off if he snores,
then adopt a dog!
If you want someone who never criticizes what you do,
doesn't care if you’re pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old,
who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to,
and loves you unconditionally, perpetually,
then adopt a dog.
BUT, on the other hand,
if you want someone who will never come when you call,
ignores you totally when you come home,
leaves hair all over the place,
walks all over you,
runs around all night
and only comes home to eat and sleep,
and acts as if your entire existence is solely to ensure his happiness,
then adopt a cat.

tjos/stvdp: 10.17.2010 - 08

 

 

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