Saturday, 01 January
Vigil of Epiphany
05:30 pm — MARY ROWLAND (18th anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Sunday, 02 January
by her uncle, Edward

Monday, 03 January
The Most Holy Name of Jesus (Fst)
08:00 am — DAVID L. RICHARDS
by Vytus and Theresa Karavage

Tuesday, 04 January
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious (OblMem)
by his wife, Alice

Wednesday, 05 January
St. John Neumann, bishop (OblMem)
08:00 am — Rev. JOHN J. DUMINIAK
by EBC

Thursday, 06 January
St. Andre Bessette, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — NED H. LANG
by the Lang and the Getzey families

Friday, 07 January
St. Raymond of Penyafort, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on Sr. MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her parents, David and Susan

Saturday, 08 January
Christmas Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. JOHN F. HARVEY
by EBC
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
05:30 pm — ANTHONY and CONCETTA CATIZONE (86th anniversary of wedding)
by Joe and Marian Kleeman

Sunday, 09 January
Baptism of the Lord
11:30 am — PETER and SAL PALESTIS
by Bernadine Chupasko


Saturday, 01 January
Vigil of Epiphany
04:00 pm — HARRY (Hugger) LUSCAVAGE
by Ed and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Sunday, 02 January
08:30 am — Rev. JOHN J. DUMINIAK
by EBC

Monday, 03 January
The Most Holy Name of Jesus (Fst)
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 04 January
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — JAMES L. KENNEDY
by Josephine Zdiera

Wednesday, 05 January
St. John Neumann, bishop (OblMem)
07:00 pm — EDWARD M. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle and family

Thursday, 06 January
St. Andre Bessette, religious (OptMem)
07:00 pm — DECEASED: Holy Rosary Society
by the HRS

Friday, 07 January
St. Raymond of Penyafort, priest (OptMem)
by the Oravitz family

Saturday, 08 January
Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord
04:00 pm — JAMES L. KENNEDY
by Michael and Peggy Yesalavage

Sunday, 09 January
Baptism of the Lord
08:30 am — DECEASED: Holy Name Society
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 01.02.2011 - 01

24 / 25 / 26 DECEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,060.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the second collection (plate); $74.00 from the Dues envelopes; $75.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $10.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $3,757.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $86.00 from the loose.
Total: $5,108.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($5,108.00) 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 $3,956.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,058.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $147.00 from the second collection (plate); $82.00 from the Dues envelopes; $95.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $2,563.00 from the Christmas envelopes; $98.00 from the loose.
Total: $4,043.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($4,043.00) 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 $3,280.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish


Thursday, 06 January
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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


Thursday, 06 January
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

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

The question was raised once as to why the Adoration / Exposition at StVdP Church is not consistently on Wednesdays (as it usually is). As I explained once in general, allow me to explain now in particular: On Wednesday, 05 January, at 01:00 pm, there will be a meeting of the Board of Pastors of Trinity Academy. Because I am expected to attend this meeting and because I cannot bi-locate, I cannot have Adoration / Exposition on Wednesday, 05 January. So, I scheduled it for Thursday this week.

stjos/stvdp: 01.02.2011 - 02

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Fourth Annual Gala on Sunday, 27 February at the Holiday Inn, Fogelsville. Most Rev. John O. Barres, DD, Bishop of Allentown, will host the evening as we honor Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, DD, Archbishop of Louisville. To receive an invitation, become a sponsor, or place a patron or business advertisement in the program, please contact Gala Chairpersons, Pam and Tony Salvino at 610-791-3888, ext. 305 or Lynne Shampain at Catholic Charities 610-791-3888, ext. 310 or
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Counseling & Behavioral Health Program is accepting Medical Assistance / Health Choices Insurance for residents of Schuylkill County. Traditional Highmark Blue Shield and Traditional Blue Cross are accepted for residents of any county. Please contact the Schuylkill / Carbon service office at 13 Westwood Center, Pottsville, 570-628-0466.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown offers services at Annunciation BVM 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; 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.
PLEASE PRAY FOR a gentleman who died on Tuesday, 28 December. David L. Richards, age 71, is a brother to Wade O. Richards, member and custodian of St. Joseph Parish. The funeral services will be held today (Sunday) in New Cumberland.
On 16 November, Wade’s brother, Earl, died. The deaths of two brothers in such a short space of time is difficult, to say the least. Our hearts go out to Wade-O and to all the members of the extended Richards family.
There are seven “Richards boys”. Now two have died and five remain. “Time, like an ever rolling stream bears all our lives away.” May all of the Richards boys make their final home in God. However, we don’t give Wade-O permission to go to his final home without the express permission of the pastor of St. Joseph Parish. That permission will not be forthcoming anytime within the foreseeable future. There is too much work to be done down here.
Eternal rest grant unto David, 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.
The following acknowledgments are appearing in the bulletin somewhat later than they should, for which we apologize:
During Christmas week, the candle at the Infant Prague statue in St. Vincent dePaul Church was lighted in loving memory of Rita E. Smith, at the request of her family.
The flowers that were placed in front of the Blessed Mother statue in St. Joseph Church during the early part of December (around the date of the Immaculate Conception) were a gift from Rita Frigone, in honor of Carl and Dominick and parents.
ARE YOU IN NEED OF ANY FOOD? Please do not be embarrassed to say, “Yes, as a matter of fact, I am. Times are tough and money is short and I wouldn’t mind it if someone gave me a few cans of this or a few boxes of that.” All you have to do is give Ginny (the secretary) or me a call and then stop around at StVdP Rectory. We will give you whatever food items we have (donated for the purpose of distribution) and, if we don’t have anything you need, maybe we can help out in some other way. Have no fear! We handle all such matters confidentially. Don’t let pride stand in the way of your asking for help.

stjos/stvdp: 01.02.2011 - 03

Rev. John F. Harvey, OSFS

Father John F. Harvey, OSFS, died on Monday, 27 December, the Feast of St. John the Apostle.
He was 92 years old and had been a priest for more than 66 years!
He was a great man and a great priest.
During his latter years (1992 to 2009), he worked primarily within the Diocese of Allentown and had residence at DeSales University, Center Valley PA. He held a doctorate in Moral Theology and was a professor of Moral Theology at various schools, including DeSales University.
He will be forever remembered as a kind and compassionate and thoroughly orthodox friend and counselor to persons who struggle with SSA (Same Sex Attraction).
In 1980, he founded COURAGE, which is an organization that provides support for persons with SSA who strive to maintain chastity. A spin-off from COURAGE is ENCOURAGE, which is a support group for persons who have family members who are involved in COURAGE (or who ought to be). In other words, ENCOURAGE is to COURAGE somewhat like what AL-ANON is to ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS.
In the midst of a world gone crazy, Father Harvey was a bastion of sanity. In the midst of a world that denies the truth about human sexuality, Father Harvey was a herald of the good news that human sexuality is inherently good and that it has a divinely-instituted purpose and that, with the grace of God, every human being is capable of bringing his or her sexuality into conformity with the divine plan.
I remember several conversations that I had with Father Harvey, sometimes in social settings, sometimes in efforts to tap his brain (and heart) about helping persons afflicted with homosexual leanings and sometimes simply in order to make a referral. He was always available, to the extent that it was humanly possible.
Something I will always remember is this: I ran into Father Harvey in the basement of the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena in Allentown. It was, as I recall, in 2009, at the clergy dinner following the Holy Thursday Mass (celebrated on Wednesday, which, I guess, made it the “Holy Wednesday Mass”).
After the dinner, Father Harvey picked up his traveling bag in order to go to his car. (He was still driving his own car at the age of 90!) I went over to him and said, “Father, let me take your bag for you!” At first, he politely declined but I insisted. (There were some steep steps to climb from the basement to the street level and I figured a 90-year-old man could use a little help with his bag.) So, he allowed me to do so and we proceeded up the steps. I thought that his car might be just across the street or around the corner but, as it turned out, he had parked a good four blocks away. So, I had a fine long stroll with him, carrying his bag and chatting away. (He did most of the chatting!) All the time I was accompanying him, I was thinking to myself, “Wow! Did I ever luck out! Here is little old me carrying a bag for this great and saintly old man and, as a reward, having some one-on-one time with him. I’ll be able to bore people for the rest of my life! I’ll say to them, “Did you ever hear about the great Father John Harvey? You did? Let me tell you about the time he and I went for a walk together!”
May his beautiful soul rest in peace!

stjos/stvdp: 01.02.2011 - 04

IN A RECENT BULLETIN, I asked whether anyone would have any objections to our moving the 05:30 pm Mass on Saturdays from the upper church to the chapel during the cold weather, the purpose being to conserve on heat. No one (not even one) said that this was a bad idea and a few said that it was a good idea.
So, please know that, starting on Saturday, 08 January, and continuing until a date yet to be determined, the 05:30 pm Mass will be celebrated in the chapel.


I learned something recently that made me happy, almost deliriously happy, and gave me hope that all is not lost and that there is still a chance that there is a Light at the End of the Well-Known Tunnel and that the Light is Not a Freight Train Bearing Down on Us!
I found out that Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville has done away with the practice of having children serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion during the celebrations of Mass at school.
Orthodoxy, Common Sense and Eucharistic Amazement all combined in order to prompt the Administration of that Excellent High School to realize that it was a Very Bad Idea — probably one of the Top Ten Worst Things to Happen to the Catholic Church since the Sack of Rome by the Late and Unlamented Attila the Hun — to appoint Children to Distribute the Most Holy Eucharist.
We need to thank Mrs. Sabol (the Distinguished Principal) and Father Essig and Father Kiefer (the Noble Chaplains) for Effecting this Bold Stroke for Catholic Orthodoxy / Orthopraxis.
But, still, the Question Haunts and Lingers: Why would Anyone Who Shares Catholic Eucharistic Faith have ever thought that this was a Good Idea? And don’t tell me about St. Tarcisius!

stjos/stvdp: 01.02.2011 - 05

No edition of our parish bulletin would be quite complete without some information about the British royal family!
With this in mind and knowing the intense interest that exists in Girardville and vicinity about the royal family, I would like to share with you a certain tidbit of information about one of my favorite members of the family.
First of all, the basic facts: Edward Windsor is 22 years old (born 02 December 1988). He was baptized Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor. His baptism took place within the Church of England, a creation of the late and unlamented King Henry VIII. An interesting sidelight to his baptism is that his godmother was the late Diana, Princess of Wales. (We all remember Diana, do we not? May her tormented soul rest in peace!)
Edward is the only son (and the heir apparent) of the Earl and Countess of St. Andrews, and he is the eldest grandson of the Duke of Kent.
Edward is in line to succeed his father as Earl of St. Andrews and, eventually, to succeed to the title of Duke of Kent. This is, of course, on the presumption that he will outlive both his father and his grandfather.
Becoming Duke of Kent is a very big deal. Trust me! A very big deal indeed!
The Duke of Kent is high up in the line of succession to the Throne. In other words, it is within the realm of possibility that a Duke of Kent could become the King of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
As of now, Edward is known officially simply as Lord Downpatrick.
(Whenever Edward and I chat, I address him as “Lord Downpatrick” or simply as “My Lord”. Often, he will tell me that I should call him simply “Ed” or “Edward”, but, being a commoner, I prefer not to take undue liberties.)
But what’s my point? Why am I telling you all this? Be patient! I do have a point!
When Edward was 15 years old, he made a decision.
He made the decision to become a Catholic and, following that decision, received instructions and was confirmed as a member of the Catholic Church.
So, were there any practical (worldly) consequences to this decision of this 15-year-old royal lad?
Indeed there were!
As soon as he became a Catholic, he was struck from the line of succession to the British Throne.
That’s the way it works in England! There has been a law in effect since 1701 (“The Act of Settlement”) that specifies that no Catholic may become King or Queen and no one who marries a Catholic may become King or Queen!
So, now I come to the point:
Edward Windsor is a noble young man!
He embraced the Truth when the Truth came knocking on his door.
And he did so even though it cost him the prestige of being in line to the Throne.
Consolation: If and when he becomes Duke of Kent, he will be the first Catholic to hold that high station since the days of Queen Elizabeth I.
We pray that England will someday return to the One True Church of Christ.
We pray for the conversion of the entire human race to Jesus Christ and to His Mystical Body, which is the Catholic Church.

stjos/stvdp: 01.02.2011 - 06

I’m referring to The Nativity Story”.
It came out in 2006 and has become a staple of the Christmas season.
I see DVDs of it on prominent display in various stores and, of course, it’s available on demand from Cable and Dish.
I won’t bore you with a critical analysis of it as far as acting and screenplay and sets and costumes are concerned.
My one and only point for even referring to it is this: It is blasphemous and sacrilegious!
Because it portrays the Blessed Mother as having undergone a painful childbirth.
The fact is this: Mary did not go through painful labor when she brought forth the Infant Jesus.


• Virgin before the conception and birth of Jesus. (Virgo pre partum)
• Virgin during the birth of Jesus. (Virgo in partu) • Virgin forever after the birth of   Jesus. (Virgo post partum)

Our Protestant brothers and sisters will usually affirm Mary’s virginity pre partum, but they will usually deny her virginity in partu and post partum.
Willful denial of any of these three aspects of Mary’s virginity is heresy.

Is there anything in the Bible about Mary’s virginity in partu?
Have you ever really examined this well-known verse?
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel. (Isaiah 7,14).
Note that the subject of the verb “bear” is “a virgin”. Implication: Not only shall a virgin conceive, but a virgin shall bear.
And what about this verse?
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. (Isaiah 66,7)
This is about as explicit as it gets. Mary delivered Jesus “before she travailed” and “before her pain came”. Mary would, indeed, experience pain in regard to Jesus (the Seven Sorrows of Mary) but none of these were the pain of childbirth.
And then we have this verse:
Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. (Ezekiel 44, 1-3).
This passage shows that the womb of Mary is shut and closed even though God comes in and out.
Still one more verse:
A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. (Canticles 4,12)
The Doctors of the Church interpreted this to mean that the womb of the Virgin Mary is "shut" and "sealed" by God, not to be "opened" in natural childbirth.

If we go to Tradition, we find that, of the 33 Doctors of the Church, 20 of them dealt with the subject of the Virginity of Mary. All 20 of them affirmed her complete and total virginity.


We must strive to know our Catholic Faith, to love it, to practice it and, when opportunity presents itself, to explain it and to defend it. Now more than ever.

stjos/stvdp: 01.02.2011 - 07

The price for the bus is $50.00 for an adult and $15.00 for a child.

We have some resources for helping people out with the price — especially children and those who have very limited incomes — although we do ask that those who can afford to pay would do so.

stjos/stvdp: 01.02.2011 - 08

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