Saturday, 01 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — AUGUST BOXER (anniversary of birth)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 02 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — AGATHA SCULLY
by her family

Monday, 03 October
by Joseph and Marie Kowalick

Tuesday, 04 October
St. Francis of Assisi, religious (OblMem)
07:00 pm — MEGAN FISHER
by Aunt Gerry

Wednesday, 05 October
due to Diocesan Pilgrimage to Washington DC

Thursday, 06 October
St. Bruno, priest; Bd. Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin (OptMems)
by Barbara Shearstone and family

Friday, 07 October
Our Lady of the Rosary (OblMem)
by her daughter-in-law, Argia

Saturday, 08 October
re-scheduled from 28 Sept
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Baby JOHN KLEEMAN
by Joe and Marian Kleeman

Sunday, 09 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOE (“Smokey”) CONNOR
by his daughter, Anne


Saturday, 01 October
Vigil of Sunday
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 02 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Monday, 03 October
by OPM

Tuesday, 04 October
St. Francis of Assisi, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI (3rd anniversary)
by his wife, Alice

Wednesday, 05 October
by OPM

Thursday, 06 October
St. Bruno, priest; Bd. Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin (OptMems)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 07 October
Our Lady of the Rosary (OblMem)
by his daughter, Mary, son-in-law, Rick, grandchildren, Denise and Paul
Saturday, 08 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ADELE POWLICK
by the Pronio family, Babci and Pap

Sunday, 09 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,377.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $66.00 from the second collection (plate); $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $26.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $123.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,652.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,652.00) 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 $500.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $982.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $115.00 from the second collection (plate); $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $107.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,214.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,214.00) 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 $451.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 04 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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


Tuesday, 04 October
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 07 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

"Let every knee bend before Thee, O greatness of my God, so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host.
May every heart love Thee, every spirit adore Thee and every will be subject to Thee!"
                                                                                                                            St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, 06 October, in the parish meeting room, after the 06:30 pm Mass. New members are always welcome. Any woman who is a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish is welcome to join the HRS.


We had hoped to have a sufficient number of persons from Girardville to warrant our chartering a bus.
As it turns out, we have only enough to warrant chartering a van. So, we will be grateful for what we have! [The Few, the Proud, the Pilgrims!]

All of those who signed up for the van should please assemble in front of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory prior to 07:00 am on Wednesday, 05 October. We will be leaving at 07:00 am.

We will make a brief stop on the way down for “coffee and whatever”. And, of course, on the way back, we will stop at a restaurant for supper. Everyone will be responsible for his or her own supper at the restaurant. There is a cafeteria in the Shrine if you require lunch or a snack. We will let you know on the way down about the program at the Shrine. The Mass for the Allentown Diocese pilgrims is scheduled for 03:00 pm. Soon after the Mass, we will head back to Girardville. You might want to note that there is a gift shop / book store in the Shrine. As far as the charge for transportation is concerned, we will tell you exactly on the way down (or on the way back). It will be a minimal charge. We will not charge any more than it costs us to rent the van and, of course, a few dollars for gasoline plus a “group donation” that we will give to the Shrine.

Any day on which we find in the mailbox an unexpected check for one thousand dollars ($1,000) is a good day!
We had such a day this past week.
A gentleman (who wishes to remain anonymous) donated this amount to St. Joseph Parish
“in memory of Joseph T. and Rose E. Jambeter”.
Our sincere gratitude goes out to this kind benefactor!
CCD continues this week! The children should be in the Sheridan Room at 04:00 pm tomorrow, Monday, 03 October.

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Many years ago, driving on a country road, I passed by a cow pasture. My eye just happened to catch a young calf running through the field. I guess the word that is used to describe the running of a calf is “gamboling”. Its legs were going all over the place! It was a masterful demonstration of spontaneous, uncoordinated, charismatic, juvenile, bovine exuberance. It was so funny and so unexpected, I remember laughing out loud! But the calf didn’t care whether or not I laughed, he / she was just having the time of its young life.
A verse from the Psalms came to my head: “He maketh Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young, wild bull.” (Ps 29,6)
Ever since then, I have been grateful to that calf! He / she provided me with an image of delight that is permanently imprinted on my brain. It was a moment of unexpected joy.
Funny how such moments linger in the imagination!
I had another such moment this past Saturday night.
The previous night, before going to bed, I performed a nightly ritual, viz. the consumption of my nightly allotment of medications, some of which are prescribed and some of which are at my own discretion. One of the latter is Glucosamine-Chondroitin, an OTC capsule for persons who have arthritis. (It’s supposed to lubricate the joints or something like that!)
So, on Saturday evening, I headed down the highway to the Wal-Mart in St. Clair, primarily to replenish my supply of the aforementioned pharmaceutical.
Stopping for a traffic light in Frackville and waiting for the light to turn green, I saw a small group of teenagers clustered on the corner, as teenagers are wont to cluster on corners. Without warning, one of the teens — a girl about fifteen years old, give or take a year — stepped off the curb and walked out onto Lehigh Street. I presumed that it was her intention to cross the street. But it wasn’t! She stopped precisely in the middle of the street and then, to my utter amazement, proceeded to do three perfectly executed, beautifully coordinated handsprings from the yellow line back to the curb from whence she came. She was a tall, slender lass — modestly dressed, I am happy to say, jeans and a pullover. Her performance was superb! I gladly gave her a “ten”. Arriving back at the curb, she modestly accepted the plaudits of her friends — and, although she didn’t know it, mine as well.
Now why in the world did this girl do such a thing? What prompted her?
I have no idea. I guess it just seemed like a good idea at the time.
But I do know this: Youth has its privileges.
I will not be a cranky old man and say, “What’s wrong with that kid? Doesn’t she know that’s dangerous? She shouldn’t go out into the middle of a busy street to do her acrobatics! She should confine that kind of activity to the gymnasium or the athletic field!”
No, I will not say that!
She has my permission to do handsprings whenever and wherever she wants.
May God bless her, whoever she is! Long life, strong limbs, agility and joy to her and to her friends! May their limbs and joints be free from arthritis for years to come!
When I get to heaven and am no longer in need of Glucosamine-Chondroitin, I expect to do handsprings. Maybe that delightful girl will be there to instruct me on technique.
I do know that, for the present time, she gave me a moment of unexpected joy!
God maketh Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young, wild bull!

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WIN $10,000.00 IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! St. Peter Church in Reading is selling raffle tickets good for a chance to win one of 101 cash prizes worth $25,000 with the grand prize $10,000. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold. For your chance send a stamped self-addressed envelope along with $20 per ticket to St. Peter Church, 322 S. 5th St., Reading, PA 19602. Drawing Dec 10th and winners need not be present. Thank you. Any questions contact 610-372-9652 ext. 14
As you know, there will be some changes in the words used at Mass. These changes will go into effect on the First Sunday of Advent (27 November 2011). These changes will not affect the Lectionary (book used for Scripture readings) but they will affect the Sacramentary (book used by priest at altar).
The current Sacramentary will be replaced with what is known as The Third Edition of the Roman Missal. (Note: We will go back to referring to the “altar book” as “the Missal”, rather than “the Sacramentary”.)
We ordered three copies of the new book some months ago. They arrived from the printer this past week. They are quite beautiful. We got a very good price on these new books (due to bulk ordering placed by the Diocese). We needed to pay only $160.00 per book.
Responding to a notice in the bulletin a few months ago, Bill Byrne gave me a check for $320.00 to cover the cost of the two missals for St. Joseph Parish. I told him that I would put a label on the inside covers of these books, designating that they are a gift in memory of his late wife, Nora.
Thank you, Mr. Byrne!
If anyone in St. Vincent dePaul Parish would like to give me a check (made out to the parish) for $160.00, I would be happy to put a label on the inside cover designating that the book is in memory (or in honor) of the donor or of whomever he or she specifies.
As mentioned in last weekend’s bulletin, we want (and need) to resume the meetings of our two parish finance councils. I recommend (at least for the first meetings) that we simply choose two dates.
Looking at the calendar, I have chosen Monday, 17 October, as the date for the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Finance Council meeting. I hope this date is possible for all of the members — if not all, at least almost all. I suggest we meet at 08:00 pm rather than 07:00 pm, so as not to conflict with the evening Mass in StVdP Church. As in the past, the meeting would be in StVdP Rectory.
I have chosen Tuesday, 18 October, as the date for the St. Joseph Parish Finance Council meeting. As above, I hope this date is possible for all of the members — if not all, at least almost all. Also, as above, I suggest we meet at 08:00 pm rather than 07:00 pm, so as not to conflict with the evening Mass in StJos Church. As in the past, the meeting would be in StJos Rectory.

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02:00 pm
Sunday, 09 October
On the lawn of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory

The Church observes the Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi on 04 October, which falls on a Tuesday this year. Tuesdays are not prime time for most people. So, we figure that “within the octave” is just about as good as the day itself. Sunday seems to be the preferred day for most of our clientele, both human and animal. So, Sunday it shall be!
Bring your cat, dog, canary, tarantula, ferret, piranha, triceratops, pot-bellied pig or whatever manner of creature you call your “pet” and we will bless him / her / them.
Depending on the species, please have your pet properly restrained, contained or constrained and please do not allow your pet to devour anyone else’s pet. That would not be nice.

Is there anyone in either of the parishes who would like to sponsor the calendars?
By “sponsor the calendars” I mean this: In return for your paying for the calendars, we would be happy to place any appropriate words you designate on the face of the calendars.
Perhaps you would like to advertise your business. Perhaps you would like to memorialize a deceased person or even simply honor a living person.
The space reserved for such a message is on the right side of the calendar.
Call Fr. Connolly to inquire how much it would cost to pay for the calendars.
Probably not as much as you might think.
Kathleen Dougherty, MD is the daughter of Thomas and the late Clare Helen (Pryce) Dougherty.
She did St. Joseph Parish a kindness recently.
While attending her mother’s funeral Mass (23 June 11), she noticed that one of our StJosPar Baptism registers was badly in need of rebinding. (This is true of many of our parish sacramental registers, some of which are VERY old and some are falling apart!)
She offered to pay to have one of them rebound. We brought one of these registers (the one that was in the worst shape) to a bookbindery outside Reading. They did a beautiful job restoring the book and charged us a modest $180.00 for their troubles. Kathleen sent us a check for $360.00 to cover the charge for this one and for an additional one. So, we have taken one other book (a marriage register) to the bookbinder for the same sort of work.
Thank you, Dr. Dougherty!

                                        Q/ Did you hear about the poor little puppy whose mom and dad died?
                                                             A/ He was placed in an arfanage.

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                                                   PENNSYLVANIA SAFE HAVEN LAW
One never knows, but it is possible that someday you might come upon a woman who is pregnant and in a state of anxiety about the pregnancy. She might be a teenager or, perhaps, an older woman. She might be unmarried or she might be in a marriage that is falling apart. One way or the other, she might be wishing that she were not pregnant. It is possible that she had just recently given birth and feels totally inadequate to care for the baby.
There is no shortage of “couples out there” who would be absolutely delighted to adopt the baby. In fact, if you look at the classified section of the Pottsville Republican, you will see advertisements from couples who are looking for babies to adopt.
However, there is one piece of information in particular that should be conveyed to the young woman, and it just might happen that you will be “the person on the spot” to convey it to her:
There is a law in Pennsylvania. It is known as the “Pennsylvania Safe Haven Law”. What this law basically says is this: The mother (or father) of a baby who is 28 days of age or younger is allowed — anonymously, without questioning and without bureaucratic red tape — to take her (his) baby to any hospital in the State of Pennsylvania and to leave that baby with any member of the administrative, managerial or security staff. There is no penalty. It can all be done discreetly — without embarrassment and without any “song and dance”.
This is a good law. If a woman knows about this option, it just might save her from making the disastrous decision to abort the child or, if the child is already born, to abandon him or her.
TWO TALIBAN MILITIAMEN, desperate for water, were plodding through the Afghan desert when they saw a tent far off in the distance. Hoping to find water, they hurried toward the tent.
They found a little old Jewish man at a stand inside the tent, selling ties. The militiamen asked, "Do you have any water?"
“No” said the little old Jewish man "but I do have some lovely ties. Would you like to buy some ties? I’m having a clearance. They’re genuine Brooks Brothers! Overstocks and maybe some slight imperfections you’d never notice! Only five dollars! I can let you have two for nine seventy-five."
“You fool!” shouted one of the Taliban. “Why would we want to buy ties here in the middle of the desert? We don’t need your ties! We need WATER! We should kill you, you Zionist pig, but first we must find water!”
"Well, have it your way!" said the little old Jewish man. “If it’s water that you want, I suggest you continue over that hill to the east and walk two kilometers. My brother runs a fine restaurant there. He has all the ice cold water you can drink. Mazel tov!"
Cursing and swearing, the Taliban stagger away over the hill. Several hours later they come crawling back over the hill, parched and almost dead. They crawl weakly down the hill to the little old Jewish man's feet.
In a barely audible dry voice one of them looks up and says, “Your brother won't let us in without a tie!”
FATHER TOM CARNEY is the priest who serves the Hispanic community in Shenandoah. Father’s sister died and he needs to be with his family for the funeral. He asked me to offer the 12:00 noon Spanish Mass for him today (Sunday) at Annunciation Church. I told him that I would. For that reason, I have asked Fr. Brennan to offer the 11:30 am Mass today at St. Joseph’s. He kindly agreed to do so.

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Some high school football coaches in Tennessee are in trouble for bowing their heads during a student-originated, student-led prayer. The school district says it cannot look like prayer is in any way endorsed by school personnel. Each coach had to sign a letter stating he understood the district policy, which was revised and toughened after the ACLU sued the district for violating the separation of church and state. (WSMV-TV)
Comment: Thank God for the ACLU! What would we do without them? If those coaches are allowed to bow their heads in prayer, who knows where it might all end? The football players might infer that God really exists and, if the football players think that God really exists, you can be pretty doggone certain that the cheerleaders will start to think that God really exists. From there, it could spread like wildfire! You know how that works! Pretty soon, you’d have the whole student body believing that God really exists. And then, in a few years, when some of those football players marry some of those cheerleaders, they will raise children who will believe that God really exists. And then the whole state of Tennessee will go down the tubes with all those citizens believing that God really exists! And, mark my words, it won’t stop at Tennessee! Like a virus, it will spread throughout the fifty states and territories and even up into Canada and down into Mexico! And where would we be then? Huh? Where would we be then? So, as I was saying: Thank God for the ACLU!!
The proposed religious exemption to the federal mandate that health insurance plans cover contraceptives and sterilization is "wholly inadequate to protect the conscience rights of Catholic hospital and health care organizations," the head of the Catholic Health Association told the Department of Health and Human Services. Sister Carol Keehan, CHA president, said government acknowledgment of conscience rights goes back to the nation's beginnings. (CNS)
Comment: In case you haven’t already gotten the message, the operative word for Catholics (and other believers) in today’s political climate is: RESISTANCE! Don’t be alarmed at the sound of those hungry lions pacing in their dens. God is on His throne. He will preserve us and to Him belongs the victory! Meanwhile, we trust, we pray and we do not surrender!
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Service can begin canceling its adoption and foster care contract with Catholic Charities, a county court judge ruled Monday. The judge denied Catholic Charities’ emergency request to stay his earlier ruling that the group has no right to state contract services. He also refused to reconsider that decision. Catholic Charities will next turn to a state appeals court. (Northwest Herald)
Comment: The issue, as you may know, is the right of Catholic Charities to refuse to provide adoption services to same-sex couples. The State of Illinois (like the State of Massachusetts) requires, as a condition of contract, that the Catholic Church not discriminate between a married couple and a same-sex couple. The Catholic Church is, of course, caught in a bind: We are straddled with this belief that God made them male and female and that mothers should be women and fathers should be men.

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