Saturday, 22 January
Vigil of Sunday
by their children

Sunday, 23 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Mickey Catizone

Monday, 24 January
St. Francis deSales, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
by OPM

Tuesday, 25 January
Conversion of St. Paul, apostle (Fst)
by OPM

Wednesday, 26 January
SS. Timothy and Titus, bishops (OblMem)
by a friend

Thursday, 27 January
St. Angela Merici, virgin (OptMem)
by Jim and Cindy and family

Friday, 28 January
St. Thomas Aquinas, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Saturday, 29 January
08:00 am — NED G. LANG
by the Lang and the Getzey families
Vigil of Sunday
by their family

Sunday, 30 January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the LAOH


Saturday, 22 January
Vigil of Sunday
by their family

Sunday, 23 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Monday, 24 January
St. Francis deSales, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 25 January
Conversion of St. Paul, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on EBC
by friends

Wednesday, 26 January
SS. Timothy and Titus, bishops (OblMem)
by OPM

Thursday, 27 January
St. Angela Merici, virgin (OptMem)
by George and Mary Claire Wilkinson

Friday, 28 January
St. Thomas Aquinas, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
by Shirley Losch Recla

Saturday, 29 January
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOHN LIPSHULTZ and SON
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 30 January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JAMES L. KENNEDY
by Dan Krynak

stjos/stvdp: 01.23.2011 - 01

15 / 16 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,230.50 from the Sunday envelopes; $69.00 from the second collection (plate); $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $21.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $61.00 from the Initial Offering envelopes; $89.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,530.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,530.50) 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 $379.33 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,093.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $98.00 from the second collection (plate); $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $38.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,374.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,374.00) 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 $611.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Thursday, 27 January *
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 27 January
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 28 January
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

* Reason for changing from Wednesday to Thursday this week: We priests have confessions for the Trinity Academy children in Shenandoah at 01:00 pm on Wednesday, 26 Jan.


Thursday, 27 January
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 28 January
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 01.23.2011 - 02

PLEASE NOTE that there will not be a Mass at 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Monday, 24 January. There will, instead, be a Mass at 05:30 am. (Reason: Fr. Connolly will be going to Washington for the March for Life, and the bus leaves Girardville at 06:30 am.) There will be Mass as usual in St. Joseph Chapel at 08:00 am.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Fourth Annual Gala on Sunday, 27 February, at 5:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Fogelsville. The Most Rev. John O. Barres, D.D., Bishop of Allentown, will host the evening as we honor the Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., 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 Information is posted on
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.
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.
REMINDER: Next Sunday (30 January) is the last Sunday of the month. So, as is our custom each last Sunday of the month, the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church will be celebrated according to the extraordinary (Tridentine) form. We encourage persons who have never participated in a Tridentine Mass to make it a point to do so. It might take some “getting used to” but there are many Catholics who find that this manner of celebration of the Mass resonates more deeply within them than does the ordinary (Novus Ordo) form.
It was the way Mass was celebrated until about 1965. Therefore, those of us who grew up prior to 1965 will not be strangers to it. The interesting thing, however, is this: Many persons who have no memory of the Tridentine Mass from their growing-up years, have come to prefer it to the Novus Ordo.

stjos/stvdp: 01.23.2011 - 03

101 Ways To Annoy People
1. Sing the Batman theme incessantly.
2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "hush money".
3. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."
4. Learn Morse code, and have conversations with friends in public consisting entirely of "Beeep - Bip Bip Beeep         Bip..."
5. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
6. Amuse yourself for endless hours by hooking a camcorder to your TV and then pointing it at the screen.
7. Speak only in a "robot" voice.
8. Push all the flat Lego pieces together tightly.
9. Start each meal by conspicuously licking all your food, and announce that this is so no one will "swipe your         grub".
10. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 98 copies.
11. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
12. Sniffle incessantly.
13. Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.
14. Name your dog "Dog."
15. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
16. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what YOU think."
17. Claim that you must always wear a bicycle helmet as part of your "astronaut training."
18. Declare your apartment an independent nation, and sue your neighbors upstairs for "violating your airspace".
19. Forget the punchline to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a "real hoot."
20. Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying everything they touch with Lysol.
21. Practice making fax and modem noises.
22. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc:" them to your boss.
23. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
24. Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of         ignorance.
25. Erect an elaborate network of ropes in your backyard, and tell the neighbors you are a "spider person."
26. Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with the prophecy."
27. Wear a special hip holster for your remote control.
28. Do not add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the impression that         you'll be saying more any moment.
29. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears.
30. Disassemble your pen and "accidentally" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
31. Give a play-by-play account of a person’s every action in a nasal Howard Cosell voice.
32. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
33. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
34. Drum on every available surface.
35. Staple papers in the middle of the page.
36. Ask 1-800 operators for dates.
37. Produce a rental video consisting entirely of dire FBI copyright warnings.
38. Sew anti-theft detector strips into people’s backpacks.
39. Hide dairy products in inaccessible places.
40. Write the surprise ending to a novel on its first page.
41. Set alarms for random times.
42. Order a side of pork rinds with your filet mignon.
43. Instead of Gallo, serve Night Train next Thanksgiving.
44. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a "croaking" noise.
45. Honk and wave to strangers.
46. Dress only in clothes colored Hunter’s Orange.
47. Change channels five minutes before the end of every show.
48. Tape pieces of "Sweating to the Oldies" over climactic parts of rental movies.
49. Wear your pants backwards.
50. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints by the cash register.
51. Begin all your sentences with "ooh la la!"
53. type only in lowercase.
54. dont use any punctuation either
55. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
56. Pay for your dinner with pennies.
57. Tie jingle bells to all your clothes.
58. Repeat everything someone says, as a question.
59. Write "X - BURIED TREASURE" in random spots on all of someone's roadmaps.
60. Inform everyone you meet of your personal Kennedy assassination / UFO / OJ Simpson conspiracy theories.
61. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, it’s gone now."
62. Light road flares on a birthday cake.
63. Wander around a restaurant, asking other diners for their parsley.
64. Leave tips in Bolivian currency.
65. Demand that everyone address you as "Conquistador."
66. At the laundromat, use one dryer for each of your socks.
67. When Christmas caroling, sing "Jingle Bells, Batman smells" until physically restrained.
68. Wear a cape that says "Magnificent One."
69. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
70. Stand over someone's shoulder, mumbling, as he reads.
71. Pretend your computer's mouse is a CB radio, and talk to it.
72. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce         s"no, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
73. Drive half a block.
74. Inform others that they exist only in your imagination.
75. Ask people what gender they are.
76. Lick the filling out of all the Oreos, and place the cookie parts back.
77. Cultivate a Norwegian accent. If Norwegian, affect a Southern drawl.
78. Routinely handcuff yourself to furniture, informing the curious that you don't want to fall off "in case the big         one comes".
79. Deliberately hum songs that will remain lodged in co-workers brains, such as "Feliz Navidad", the Archies         "Sugar" or the Mr. Rogers theme song.
80. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.
81. Lie obviously about trivial things such as the time of day.
82. Leave your Christmas lights up and lit until September.
83. Change your name to "AaJohn Aaaaasmith" for the great glory of being first in the phone book. Claim it's a         Hawaiian name, and demand that people pronounce each "a."
84. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
85. Chew on pens that you've borrowed.
86. Wear a LOT of cologne.
87. Listen to 33rpm records at 45rpm speed, and claim the faster speed is necessary because of your "superior         mental processing."
88. Sing along at the opera.
89. Mow your lawn with scissors.
90. At a golf tournament, chant "swing-batabatabata-suhWING-batter!"
91. Ask the waitress for an extra seat for your "imaginary friend."
92. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
93. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions, and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something         about "psychological profiles."
94. Stare at static on the TV and claim you can see a "magic picture."
95. Select the same song on the jukebox fifty times.
96. Never make eye contact.
97. Never break eye contact.
98. Construct elaborate "crop circles" in your front lawn.
99. Construct your own pretend "tricorder," and "scan" people with it, announcing the results.
100. Make appointments for the 31st of September.
101. Invite lots of people to other people's parties.

stjos/stvdp: 01.16.2011 - 04 /05

Every once in a while I think it serves some purpose if I put this question into the bulletin if for no other reason than this: To reassure my parishioners of what I have often said in private conversation: If I knew the answer to that question, I would do one of two things. I would either tell people that (a) I know the answer but am not at liberty to say what the answer is OR (b) I do not know the answer any more than you know the answer.
So, which is it? Is it (a) or is it (b)?
The answer is: (b) Definitely (b)! I do not know the answer any more than you know the answer. I am not privy to any inside information. You may be certain, beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt, that that is the plain and simple truth.
I suspect that laypeople often presume that priests know more about such things than they let on that they know.
Not so! To put it bluntly: I am as much in the dark as you are.
Like any member of the Diocese, I am entitled to have my hopes and preferences. At the same time, I recognize that my hopes and preferences plus a dollar bill might buy me a cup of coffee.
We all know that Bishop Barres is the ultimate decision maker when it comes to such matters. As a loyal Catholic, I endorse the principle that the Bishop is entrusted by God with the care of the Diocese. I have every reason to trust that he will do the right thing, for the best interests of everyone concerned. He has information available to him that is not always available to others. In addition, he has “the grace of office”, i.e. a certain divine assistance which is available only to him.
Although Bishop Barres is not bound to the recommendations of the Synod, I think it is more likely that he will follow the recommendations than not. (I give that as my opinion, not as a fact.) The recommendations of the Synod were that our region (Frackville, Ashland, Gordon, Girardville) would be served by a total of three priests. (I would note that the recent transfer of Fr. Essig from Frackville to New Philadelphia brings the number of priests in the region down to three.) It was also the proposal of the Synod that one parish remain in Frackville, one in Ashland and one in Girardville. A counter-proposal was made that one (and only one) parish serve the entire region and that this parish be established in Fountain Springs. This proposal and this counter-proposal are still on the table, to the best of my knowledge.
All of the above information has been “in the public domain” for quite some time. I am not telling anyone anything new. As the song goes, I am simply “reviewing the situation”!

stjos/stvdp: 01.23.2011 - 06

Birth control pill a ‘Molotov cocktail’ for breast cancer

by Kathleen Gilbert

Question: How often do doctors in America prescribe a Group One carcinogen – one recognized as a “definite” cause of cancer – to otherwise healthy patients?
Answer: As often as they prescribe the hormonal birth control pill.
This little-known fact about the pill was presented by Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a breast surgical oncologist and co-founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, who shared her expertise on the drug at the “50 Years of the Pill” conference in Washington, DC on Friday, 03 December 2010.
“When is it ever right to give a group one carcinogen to a healthy woman?” she asked the audience. “We don’t have to take a group one carcinogen to be liberated.”
Lanfranchi offered a wealth of statistical data from various sources to support a fact that is known by the medical community to be true yet is rarely acknowledged: use of the pill has been strongly linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. The pill is also believed to increase the risk of cervical cancer and liver cancer.
“This stuff is not new, it’s not magic, it’s in the literature,” she said, linking pill use to the 660 percent rise in non-invasive breast cancer since 1973. “Women want to know, and women have a right to know, what researchers have known for over 20 years.”
She compared media treatment of the pill’s cancer risk to that of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which was found to be carcinogenic in 2002. Once word got out, 15 out of 30 million women in America taking HRT stopped; by 2007, invasive breast cancer in women over 50 for estrogen-receptive positive tumors dropped 11 percent.
Meanwhile, she noted, hormonal contraception – essentially the same drug as HRT and with a similar cancer risk, about 25-30 percent – continues to be touted as harmless and even healthy. And yet, the International Agency on Research of Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, classified hormonal contraceptives in 2005 as a group one carcinogen along with asbestos and radium.
Unlike the HRT discovery, “I don’t remember one six o’clock news report about that information,” said Lanfranchi.
While even medical textbooks attest to the 30 percent increase in cancer risk, Lanfranchi noted a pervasively dismissive attitude: one British medical textbook she cited said that, “Considering the benefits of the pill, this slight increased risk is not considered clinically significant.”
Not clinically significant? “To whom?” Lanfranchi asked, showing a sobering photograph of one of her own cancer patients, Suellen Bennett. While breast cancer caused by the pill is often caught early, she said, the pill’s “benefits” are hardly a reason not to mention its dangers.
“This is what you have to go through when you’re cured. You lose your hair, you lose your breast,” she said. Had Suellen been told of the risk, Lanfranchi said, “she would very well have been one of those women who would have chosen not to take the pill.”
The surgeon explained that the extra estrogen received by taking the pill not only encourages excessive multiplication of breast tissue – usually a normal occurrence in the menstruation cycle – but, when metabolized, can also directly damage breast tissue DNA.
Because breast tissue remains susceptible to cancer until it undergoes a stabilizing transformation in the childbearing process, said Lanfranchi, the pill is particularly dangerous to women who have not yet had their first child: perhaps the most popular demographic among pill users in the U.S.
To show just how much of a threat the pill posed to young women, Lanfranchi pointed to several statistics, including a 2006 Mayo Clinic meta-analysis that concluded that breast cancer risk rises 50 percent for women taking oral contraceptives four or more years before a full-term pregnancy. In 2009, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that women starting the pill before 18 nearly quadruple their risk of triple negative breast cancer. Even more shocking, Swedish oncologist Hakan Olsson concluded that pill use before the age of 20 increases a young woman’s breast cancer risk by more than 1000 percent.
“It’s like you took this Molotov cocktail of a group one carcinogen and threw it into that young girl’s breast,” said Lanfranchi. “Is this child abuse?”
In a world where 50 percent of teenagers are on the pill, Lanfranchi lamented that publicly controverting the deep social dependence on the pill has become nearly impossible – even though the message would save countless women’s lives. She sympathized with doctors who would find the information hard to swallow.
“It’s hard to talk about this because you’re changing a culture … I want to think that I did good, that I helped my patients, that I did better because of what I did,” she said. “25 years down in my career, when I hear that I’ve been handing out a group one carcinogen for the last 25 years, I’m going to be resistant to that.”

My comment: Maybe Pope Paul VI was not so dumb after all!

stjos/stvdp: 01.23.2011 - 07

I was looking for a picture to illustrate this bulletin item and I found the one printed here. I grant you that the priest pictured here is slightly (?) younger and slightly (?) better looking than the current pastor of Girardville, but please remember that the age or the looks of the priest who hears your Confession are not really relevant to the validity of the sacrament. On the other hand, if you really insist that you won’t go to Confession except to a priest who is young and good looking, please let me know, and I’ll ask Fr. Brennan to fill in for me once in a while.
Please remember also that, under normal circumstances, a person MUST go to Confession in order to receive the forgiveness of MORTAL SINS. For example, if a person misses Mass on a Sunday or Holyday of Obligation due to his own fault, it is necessary for that person to go to Confession and, if he does not go to Confession, he dare not receive Holy Communion! If he does dare to receive Holy Communion without having gone to Confession, he commits another mortal sin. There are, of course, many other kinds of mortal sin, but that’s another topic for another bulletin
LOST AND FOUND: Various and sundry items have been left behind in the churches and are waiting to be claimed. Among these are HATS, GLOVES, EYEGLASSES, ROSARIES and DOLLS. If you think any of these belong to you, please inquire about them or else just look for them in the back of the churches.
In case you are wondering why the message board on the southeast corner of Main and Richard Streets still carries our Christmas greeting — MARY CHRIST MASS — please know that we would like to change it but are impeded from doing so because of the fact that the locks and hinges on the door are frozen and have been frozen for a few weeks! As soon as we can unfreeze them, we will change the message. Until then, please know that we still wish everyone a MARY CHRIST MASS!

stjos/stvdp: 01.23.2011 - 08

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