Saturday, 23 October
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

Monday, 25 October
08:00 am — DAVID A. PEIFFER Jr.
by Mary Vittemberghi Messina

Tuesday, 26 October
transferred from 28 September

Wednesday, 27 October
08:00 am — ALICE WAYNE
transferred from 29 September

Thursday, 28 October
SS. Simon and Jude, apostles (Fst)
by Jim and Eva

Friday, 29 October
08:00 am — JOSEPH and JAYNE (Bower) SCIARRONE
by their daughters, Louise and Barbara

Saturday, 30 October
08:00 am — Rev. RICHARD A. SCHWARE
transferred from 16 October
Vigil of Sunday
by Bob and Anna Smith

Sunday, 31 October
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
by George, Bob and Ida Mae Canavan


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

Sunday, 24 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Ayello family

Monday, 25 October
07:00 pm — Health and God’s Blessings on BARBARA AMABILE
by Jim and Eva

Tuesday, 26 October
08:00 am — THOMAS J. FEELEY
by Patty Feeley Garland

Wednesday, 27 October
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on LISA FALINE WEIDNER
by a friend

Thursday, 28 October
SS. Simon and Jude, apostles (Fst)

Friday, 29 October
05:00 pm — ROBERT DUVEN
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage

Saturday, 30 October
Vigil of Sunday
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 31 October
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN FEENEY
by Frank and Rose Popeck

stjos/stvdp: 10.24.2010 - 01

16 / 17 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,341.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $65.00 from the second collection (plate); $118.00 from the Dues envelopes; $92.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $299.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $93.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,008.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,008.00) 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 $856.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $796.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $98.00 from the second collection (plate); $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $75.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $75.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $57.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,136.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,136.00) 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 $373.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 26 October
04:00 to 06:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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


Wednesday, 27 October
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm)

Friday, 29 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 10.24.2010 - 02

MARY McDONALD HULLIHAN died on Wednesday, 13 October, at the age of 79. She was a member of St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville, but had been a member of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville for a number of years. Mary and her husband, John, were the parents of nine sons and two daughters: John, Robert, Joseph, Edward, Thomas, Gerald, Steven, James, Michael, Mary and Jane.
Her husband, John, and her son, Thomas, are deceased.
Fr. Connolly celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial for Mary at St. Patrick Church, Pottsville, on Monday, 18 October. The interment took place in the 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. Amen.
PLEASE NOTE that there will not be a Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Thursday evening this week. This is due to the fact that there will be Confirmation at 04:30 pm that day at St. Joseph Church and, afterwards, Fr. Connolly and Fr. Brennan will be hosting the Bishop for supper.

Sursum corda!

Please note that the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church next Sunday (31 Oct) will be celebrated “according to the Extraordinary Form”, i.e. will be a Tridentine Mass.

Habemus ad Dominum!


ASTUTE CATHOLICS know that there are six Holydays of Obligation in the United States and that one of them is coming up very soon. All Saints Day is observed on 01 November.
However, astute Catholics also know that, by decree of the Bishops of the USA: Whenever All Saints Day falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the obligation to attend Mass is lifted. Because that is the case this year — 01 Nov 2010 is a Monday — All Saints Day this year is not a Holyday of Obligation.
However (that’s the second “however” in this particular bulletin item): It is never a sin to attend Mass on a day when one is not obliged to attend. That’s a feeble attempt at humor and also a feeble attempt to suggest that you just might want to attend Mass anyway on All Saints Day this year.
No one has ever been known to say while lying on his deathbed: “Oh, I am so, so very grateful to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for relieving me of the obligation to attend Mass on All Saints Day whenever it fell on a Saturday or a Monday!”


Don’t let your friends get away with saying that they are neither “pro-life” nor “pro-abortion”, but are, instead, simply “pro-choice”. That is a monumental cop-out! Jesus said that those who are not with Him are against Him. He left no middle ground, because there is no middle ground. If you are not pro-life, then at least be honest and admit that you are pro-abortion.

stjos/stvdp: 10.24.2010 - 03

The visit of His Excellency, the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, to Girardville on Thursday, 28 October, is a special event for all members of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish. I would like to see a full church for the Confirmation Mass at 04:30 pm. Please do not think that this Mass is exclusively for the Confirmandi and their families. It is not. It is for everyone.
After the Mass, EVERYONE (not just the Confirmati and their families and sponsors) is invited to the parish hall (in the St. Joseph / Immaculate Heart School) for some light refreshment and for greeting the Bishop. This is an excellent opportunity for showing the Bishop how much we love our parishes. Remember also to tell him that, in your opinion, Fr. Connolly is the best pastor Girardville has had since Fr. Karpyn!
After the reception, we will be inviting the Bishop to St. Vincent dePaul Rectory for supper.
We figure that, in this way, we will be able to say that he visited the premises of both of our beautiful parishes.
I WAS MAKING SOME SMALL TALK with a St. Joseph parishioner last week — he is a true blue Catholic — and he mentioned that some members of the parish are no longer coming to Mass and the reasons they give boil down to two: (a) MONEY! It’s all about money! All the Church wants is our money! (b) PRIEST SCANDALS! The priests are hypocrites. Ya know what I mean? They’re messin’ around with women and, if it ain’t women, it’s boys!
So, I guess this deserves a response.
What response can I give?
Let me think.
Okay! Here we go!
Dear Disgruntled Parishioners:
In regard to MONEY: I promise never to ask you for money. Come to think of it, I rarely (if ever) ask you for money. If I ever do ask you for money, please feel free to ignore me. If you don’t want to give the parish any money, I guess that will have to be okay with me. I’ll just tell the Bishop, “Bishop, I ain’t got no money!” And I’ll tell the Principal of Trinity Academy, “Sister, I ain’t got no money!” And I’ll tell PPL and VERIZON and GAMA and AQUA, “Don’t send me any more bills because I ain’t got no money!” So, now you know! You don’t have to give any money! I might have to turn the thermostat down or off but you can always wear a few sweaters underneath your jacket. I hereby dispense you from giving any money. Can I make it any clearer than that? I don’t want your money!!
(b) In regard to PRIEST SCANDALS: I promise to do my very best to avoid scandals. I promise never to mess around with women or boys. As a matter of fact, I never have messed around with women or boys. I did kiss a few girls before I entered the Seminary, but that doesn’t count, does it? I have no plans, neither current nor remote, ever to mess around with any women or boys. (Grace will assure the former and Nature assures the latter.) If I change my mind, you may be sure that I’ll put a prior notice in the bulletin.
So, now that we’ve covered those bases, would you please come back to Mass? And to Confession too? It would be to your distinct advantage to do so, you know. It’s all about salvation and about going to Heaven (a really nice place!) and about not winding up in Hell (a really nasty place!) and stuff like that, you know. Kind of important, when you come to think about it. They last for all Eternity, so they tell me, and I believe it.

stjos/stvdp: 10.24.2010 - 04

Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Girardville PA 17935

Rev. Edward B. Connolly, Pastor
Mailing address for both parishes: 260 N. 2nd Street, Girardville PA 17935-1338
Phone: 570.276.6033 / Fax: 570.276.6032 / Cell: 570.617.9107
E-mail: OR
Dear Parents (Guardians) of a Confirmation Candidate:

As you know, the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, is coming to St. Joseph Church, Girardville, on Thursday, 28 October, in order to administer the sacrament of Confirmation to the children of St. Vincent dePaul Parish and St. Joseph Parish. The time of Confirmation is 04:30 pm.
There are a few important details to be finalized with you as a parent of a candidate.
#1: It is IMPERATIVE that all candidates have their CONFIRMATION QUESTIONS and ANSWERS memorized and that they be well-prepared to answer in front of the Bishop. Please take some time to review and discuss these questions with your child. We have enclosed another copy for your convenience.

#2: It has come to our attention that various papers and forms that were given out in class have not been reaching the hands of some parents. Again, for your convenience, we have enclosed the required forms which need to be completed. Please make sure your child has the completed forms to return (to Miss Ellen King) at our LAST Confirmation class which is this coming Sunday, 24 October.
If these forms are not returned, your child will not be able to be confirmed.

#3: There will be a MANDATORY practice for all Confirmation candidates on Wednesday, 27 October at St. Joseph Church beginning at 06:00 pm. NO ONE IS EXCUSED from this practice. Confirmation practice should last approximately one hour. HOWEVER, after the practice, we will have a last-minute review of the Confirmation Q & A. The children will be dismissed individually, once each one has shown that he or she has memorized the Q & A. If you believe that your child has a learning disability that makes it absolutely impossible for him or her to memorize these Q & A, please let us know ahead of time. We don’t want to put unfair pressure on any child to do something that he or she is just incapable of doing.

#4: On the day of Confirmation, all Confirmandi and their sponsors need to be in the Father Sheridan Room no later than 03:45 pm. If this requires that they be dismissed early from school, we ask you to arrange for this. The children will line up from there to proceed into church. Please be prompt.

#5: A word about dress for this special occasion: all candidates will be wearing red and white robes for the Confirmation Mass. However, it is still important for all candidates to maintain the appropriate dress and modesty. Boys are required to wear dress pants and shirt with tie with proper shoes (NO SNEAKERS) and girls are required to wear a sweater or blouse and skirt or a dress at a modest length with proper shoes.

#6: Please make certain that your child GOES TO CONFESSION between now and 28 October. The Confession schedule is in the parish bulletin. It might be a good idea if the parents and sponsors also went to Confession before Confirmation! If the times listed are not convenient, ask Fr. Connolly for an appointment for Confession.

#7: Although listed last, this is the most important of all: By receiving Confirmation, your child is committing himself / herself to “adult responsibility” in regard to the practice of the Catholic Faith. The most important factor in his or her acceptance of this responsibility is the example of his or her parents in the practice of the Faith. If you are already a faithful Catholic, attending Mass every Sunday and fulfilling the other duties that go with being a faithful Catholic, God bless you! May you continue to do so! If not, please start once again to be a faithful Catholic. This life is short, but the life that follows is forever.
In Christ Jesus our Lord –

Edward M. Wascavage Ellen T. King Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Principal, CCD Confirmation Co-ordinator Pastor

stjos/stvdp: 10.24.2010 - 05

The following letter was received in the mail this past week. There was no signature or return address. We are printing the letter as received, without editing, together with a reply.

Father Connolly
Why is it for Exposition St. Vincents has it for thurs than tues than wed while at St. Joseph’s they have it the same time 6 to 8 every Friday it never changes. I thought a priest is suppose to treat every body alike?
(No name given)


Dear Anonymous Parishioner:
You are correct that I sometimes vary the day of Exposition at St. Vincent dePaul Church from Wednesday to either Tuesday or Thursday and even (although rarely) to Monday. The time is almost always the same: 02:00 to 04:00 pm.
It is not quite correct that the day or time of Exposition at St. Joseph Chapel never varies from Friday, 06:00 to 08:00 pm. I’ll give two recent examples: (a) I scheduled Exposition at St. Joseph Chapel from 02:00 to 04:00 pm on Friday, 24 September, instead of from 06:00 to 08:00 pm. (b) I scheduled Exposition at St. Joseph Chapel on Thursday, 16 September, from 02:00 to 04:00 pm, instead of on Friday, 17 September, from 06:00 to 08:00 pm.
Like any pastor, I am responsible for making up a schedule of Masses and other services. On my master calendar, I have penciled in “Wednesdays from 02:00 to 04:00 pm” for Exposition at St. Vincent dePaul Church and “Fridays from 06:00 to 08:00 pm” for Exposition at St. Joseph Chapel. These two days and times are the “norm” or “default”. I do my level best to keep with the norm. However, each Friday or Saturday, when I finalize the schedule for the upcoming week, I sometimes find that I have some non-negotiable appointment or obligation that makes it necessary for me to depart from the normal schedule. In such a case, I make the most reasonable adjustment that I can, rather than simply cancel Exposition. Unlike Padre Pio, I cannot bilocate.
You must remember that I am the only priest assigned to these two parishes and — believe it or not — there are things that I am obliged to do and appointments I am bound to keep that make it impossible for me to keep an absolutely ironclad schedule for Exposition. You might possibly be surprised if you knew what a parish priest is called upon to do in the course of a week.
I hope this explanation is both reasonable and satisfactory.
In regard to “treating everybody alike”, all I can say is, “Gee whiz! I try my best to be fair to both parishes!” I love St. Joseph Parish and I love St. Vincent dePaul Parish. I’m not aware that I love one more than I love the other. If it seems to anyone that I am favoring one parish over the other, I would ask that person to produce some more persuasive evidence than the evidence that you bring to my attention.
One final thing: May I request that, in the future, you identify yourself when you write to me? It hurts my feelings that anyone — especially a parishioner — would write to me and not sign his or her name. I would not do that to you. Even cranky 72-year-old priests with bushy beards have feelings, you know!
In Christ Jesus –

The children will meet as usual on Sunday, 24 October: All should be in the Sheridan Room at 06:00 pm.
CCD will not be held on Sunday, 31 October. God forbid that we should interfere with Trick or Treat!
CCD will resume on Sunday, 07 November.


THE UNBORN CHILD is not “a potential human being”. It drives me bananas when I hear Bill O’Reilly refer to unborn children as such! O’Reilly makes no secret of the fact that he is a Catholic (and I gather the impression that he is a practicing Catholic). Moreover, I think O’Reilly calls himself “pro-life” and that’s to his credit. But I think he makes an attempt to be sophisticated, so as not to ruin his reputation for being “fair and balanced” (whatever that means!). So, he fudges a bit and calls unborn children “potential human beings”.
The unfertilized ovum might fairly be called a “potential human being”. But once the ovum is fertilized, it is no longer a “potential human being”, but rather an “actual human being” plain and simple.
This is not a matter of “faith” or “religion”. It is a matter of scientific fact!
O’Reilly is a man of considerable influence in forming the public consciousness, and I pray that he will quit compromising on the vitally important matter of the true and complete humanity of the unborn child.

stjos/stvdp: 10.24.2010 - 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. FISHER, Evelyn
15. FRIGONE, Rita
16. GILLIS, John M. and Mary Theresa
17. GOWER, Thomas and Jean
18. HOUSER, Catherine Kennedy
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.


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. KENNEDY, James and Nancy
20. KRICK, Carole Anne Doraski
21. KUDRICK, Catherine
22. LABIE, Edna Fetterolf
23. LANG, Jean Albo
24. McANDREW, Ann
25. MEDLINSKY, Elizabeth
26. PAULOSKY, Diana
27. PAULUKONIS, Eugene and Janet
28. PETROUSKY, John and Barbara
29. POPECK, Frank and Rose
30. POWLICK, Adele
31. SCROBOL, George
32. SELGRADE, Robert and Ellen
33. SHERMAN, Charles and Kathy
34. SMOLOCK, John and Joan
35. SMOLOCK, Peter and Violet
36. STRONY, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen
37. THYE, David and Susan
38. THYE, James A.
39. VABOLIS, John and Ann
40. VITALE, Marie Jeanette Winkler
41. WASCAVAGE, Edward and Barbara
42. WINKLER, Helen



stjos/stvdp: 10.24.2010 - 07

WE HAD A PRINTER PROBLEM last Saturday, as a result of which we had to go into “emergency plan”. Some volunteers took the bulletin down to R&R Jiffy Mart in order to use their printer. We are grateful to the volunteers and to Tish at the Jiffy Mart for their help in printing and collating enough bulletins for the Saturday evening Masses. Some of these copies came out a bit askew. If you received an incomplete copy of the bulletin last weekend, we might have some “improved copies” left to hand out. Fortunately, we were back on track by Sunday morning, so the bulletins distributed on Sunday should have been in correct page order. --- Thank you, Tish!


Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth man would pay $1.
The sixth man would pay $3.
The seventh man would pay $7.
The eighth man would pay $12.
The ninth man would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59

So, that's what they decided to do.
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20." Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.
Because the group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes, the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.
But what about the other six men — the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his “fair share?” They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink their beer! So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth man now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
The seventh man now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
The eighth man now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth man now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth man now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six men was better off than before. And the first four men continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.
"I only got one dollar out of the $20,"declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,"but he got $10!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved one dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!"
"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth man and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money among them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, is how our tax system works! The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics
University of Georgia

tjos/stvdp: 10.24.2010 - 08



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