Saturday, 08 October
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

Monday, 10 October
rescheduled from 03 Oct

Tuesday, 11 October
by OPM

Wednesday, 12 October
08:00 am — JAMES BURNS
by his brother, John

Thursday, 13 October
08:00 am — EDWARD WABBY
by OPM

Friday, 14 October
St. Callistus I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — IRENE BANN
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Saturday, 15 October
St. Teresa of Jesus, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — DAVID FULMER
by OPM
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN and ROSE DANOWSKY
by the Rizzardi family

Sunday, 16 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the O’Connell family


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

Monday, 10 October
by Jerry Gilmartin

Tuesday, 11 October
by Joseph and Theresa Gudonis

Wednesday, 12 October
07:00 pm — MARGARET KONAS CHASE (1st anniversary)
by her family

Thursday, 13 October
07:00 pm — HELEN WINKLER
by George Scrobol

Friday, 14 October
St. Callistus I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
05:00 pm — HELEN ROZICK
by OPM

Saturday, 15 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — AGNES HERCEK
by M/M Brian Dade, Brittany and Brianna

Sunday, 16 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN J. D’ALFONSO Jr.
by his family

stjos/stvdp: 10.09.2011 - 01

01 / 02 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,264.25 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the second collection (plate); $261.00 from the Dues envelopes; $61.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $31.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $80.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,758.25
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $145.00 from the Flood Relief collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,758.25) 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 $607.08 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $851.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $48.00 from the second collection (plate); $219.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $52.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,190.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $95.00 from the Flood Relief collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,190.00) 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 $427.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 12 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 13 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 14 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 12 October
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 14 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

stjos/stvdp: 10.09.2011 - 02

THE FLOWERS in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother at St. Vincent dePaul Church have been placed there in loving memory of Blase J. Draugelis, at the request of his family
THE NEXT MEETING of the Catholic Daughters will be held at 02:00 pm on Tuesday, 01 November, in the Father Sheridan Room. All members are asked to attend.

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi
02:00 pm
Sunday, 09 October
“On the lawn” on the Mahanoy Avenue side
of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.

The blessing is not restricted to animals who are Catholic.
Non-Catholic as well as Catholic animals are welcome!
I found a certificate of Baptism in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. It is an original copy and I presume it is a valuable keepsake for the person who was baptized. The name on the certificate is Kathy Lynn Hauck. The baptism took place at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ringtown, in 1961. If anyone recognizes the name, would you please let Kathy know that she can pick up the certificate at the Rectory? I don’t know how it happened to be left at St. Vincent’s.
A MATTER OF SOME CONCERN to all of us at StVdP Parish is the receipt of approval from Bishop Barres for us to spend the money required for the repair of the “water leakage problem” in the church.
As already noted in the bulletin, I sent a letter some time ago asking for the Bishop’s permission. [Note: Diocesan law requires pastors to obtain permission to spend more than $30,000 on any project.] I did not include in last weekend’s bulletin (although I mentioned it to a couple of parishioners) that I sent a follow-up email to the Diocese, asking to be assured that the Bishop received the letter and that the matter was under review. I was given this assurance. Some days after that, I got a phone call from the Diocese telling me that the contract for the job was being reviewed by the appropriate person in the Chancery for “legal reasons”. Apparently, the Diocese has a general concern (not specific to our particular request) that contracts be worded in such a way that neither the Diocese nor the parish will be liable for lawsuits from subcontractors. I was given to understand that, “once the language is ironed out”, I should be receiving a letter of approval. I thought that this process would have been completed by now, but my expectations are not always the reality! I just went everyone to know that I have not dropped the ball in this matter and am as anxious as everyone else that we be able to proceed as soon as possible with the needed repairs.
They told us in the Seminary: “Rome moves with the speed of a glacier in January.” Apparently, what is true of Rome is true also of Allentown!

stjos/stvdp:10.09.2011 - 03


A South Side Bethlehem church that was home to a Catholic congregation for more than 100 years is now the place of worship for a new congregation. The 109-year-old Our Lady of Pompeii Church was sold earlier this month to the First Hispanic Baptist Church of Bethlehem. The 100-member congregation held its first service Sunday in the East Fourth Street church. (Express-Times)
Comment: The final pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Parish was Msgr. Paolo della Picca, now retired and living in Italy from whence he came. I have the pleasure of having known Msgr. della Picca for almost fifty years. I hold him in the very highest regard. He was (and is) a truly holy priest. I think he should come out of retirement and return to his old church. I’m sure he would be happy to teach the members of First Hispanic Baptist about the Blessed Mother and about how to pray the Rosary. Whether or not he does so, I think the Virgin Mary has so saturated the walls of Our Lady of Pompeii Church (I mean “First Hispanic Baptist Church”) that she will make her presence felt among our Baptist brothers and sisters. We can sell Mary’s churches, but the Holy Mother is not so easily evicted from the premises. Besides, it’s not nice to sell your mother’s house while she is still living in it.
Eighteen Catholic colleges, including De Sales University, have asked the Obama administration to exempt all religious individuals and institutions from participation in the federal mandate that health insurance plans cover contraceptives and sterilization. The 13-page appeal was sent to the White House and called the government’s exemptions for religious employers "so narrow as to be…nearly inconsequential.” (CNS)
Comment: If the Obama administration has its way, De Sales University (and other Catholic colleges) will be obliged to pay in order to provide its employees with contraceptives and with sterilization, if they so choose. There is no question that the Obama administration is at war with the Catholic Church. We can hide our heads in the sand and try to deny it, but the facts are the facts.
Despite a Pentagon decision that military chaplains may perform same sex unions at base facilities, the Catholic chapel at West Point has refused to permit them. A spokesman for the Military Archdiocese said, “Under no circumstances will a Catholic chaplain perform same-sex weddings.” Military Archbishop Timothy Broglio said using chapels for same-sex unions would violate federal law. (
Comment: When West Point was founded, the government provided a Protestant chapel for the students. Point to be made: The Protestant chapel is government property. As time passed, a Catholic chapel was built and also a Jewish chapel. Point to be made: Both the Catholic chapel and the Jewish chapel are private property. I’m not sure who exactly owns the Jewish chapel but I do know that the Catholic chapel is owned by the Catholic Church — specifically by the Archdiocese for Military Services. The Archbishop is basing his legal position at least partly on the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). We should know that the Obama administration opposes the DOMA. If the administration has its way in the courts, then it will be illegal for the Archbishop to refuse to allow same-sex “marriage” ceremonies to take place in the Catholic chapel. Are we detecting a pattern here?
Saying they are increasingly distressed over government policies that promote contraception, abortion and same-sex marriage and amount to an assault on religious freedom, the U.S. bishops have established a committee to shape public policy and coordinate the Church's response on the issue. Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport was named chairman of the new committee. (CNS)
Comment: In days gone by, we used to circle the wagons, put the youngsters underneath the wagons, get out the rifles and prepare for the attack. Now we establish committees “to shape public policy and coordinate the Church’s response”. We are living in interesting times.
For many, John Wayne was a Hollywood legend who symbolized true masculinity and American values. To Father Matthew Munoz, though, he was simply “granddaddy.” Father Munoz is a 46 year-old priest of the Diocese of Orange, California. The priest says of all his famous grandfather’s achievements, he is most proud of his conversion to the Catholic faith, which happened in 1978, a year before Wayne died. (CNA)
Comment: One of the Duke’s many famous quotables is the following: “Get off your butt and join the Marines!”
Without meaning any disrespect to the US Marines, I would like to amend this slightly: “Get off your butt and go to Mass every Sunday.” (This is addressed only to those who are not already doing so.)
Or here’s another variation (addressed to the unchurched in our community): “Get off your butt and join the Catholic Church!”
Still one more variation (addressed to eligible young men): “Get off your butt and enter the seminary!”
Here’s another of my favorite John Wayne quotes: “Get off your horse and drink your milk!”
I have no particular reason for citing that one. It’s just that it makes me laugh. Maybe some mother out there can use it on one of her kids as he or she is dawdling over his or her glass of milk.
Here’s one more, while we’re at it: “Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid!”
Here endeth our John Wayne quotes for this bulletin!
So, putting it all together: Get off your butt! Don’t be stupid! Drink your milk!
You can’t go wrong with John Wayne as your spiritual director!

stjos/stvdp: 10.09.2011 - 04

Deposit a few coins in one of our church poorboxes.
Drop off some food at the Rectory.
Diapers and toilet articles are also most acceptable

stjos/stvdp: 10.09.2011 - 05

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
111 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh PA 15222

For Release: October 5, 2011
Contact: Father Ronals Lengwin


                                              STATEMENT BY BISHOP DAVID A. ZUBIK
The fear of every priest is that someone, sometime, somewhere, somehow will level a false accusation against him. That nightmare has been realized for me. I stand before you to share that a former student at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden has falsely accused me of inappropriate conduct when I was Vice Principal there in the mid-1980’s. Specifically, my accuser alleged: “He was the most violent with me. He forced me up against a wall in the Chapel and tried to tongue kiss me.” I emphatically state no such behavior occurred, nor any semblance of such behavior. The accusation is false, offensive and outrageous.
The accusation came only days after my accuser, after submitting to background checks for liturgical service in his parish, was deemed ineligible. The Diocesan Examination Board determined that he would be prohibited from liturgical service in the Church. I believe my accuser saw me as part of the process denying his authorization to serve.
Given the public nature of this false accusation against me as a religious leader in Southwestern Pennsylvania, I have an obligation in conscience and moreover I desire to inform you of this matter. In addition, in my determination to follow our diocesan policies on such matters and to make this information public, you must also know that some weeks ago I turned this matter over to both the District Attorney in Beaver County, wherein the behavior was alleged to occur, and also to the proper authorities in the Vatican through the Apostolic Nunciature of the United States. We have also begun the process of bringing this accusation before the independent Diocesan Review Board.
In closing, may I assure you that I am concerned about the welfare of my accuser. At the same time, I expect that my integrity and the integrity of the Church I lead will be respected as well.
I pledge my prayers for my accuser, and I ask your prayers for both of us.

My comment
The Most Reverend David A. Zubik is the Bishop of Pittsburgh PA.
I am printing this news release in our parish bulletin because I believe it is of general interest. It serves as a warning to all of us that we must not give credence to every charge that comes down the pike, especially charges against the integrity of priests.
I applaud Bishop Zubik’s forthright reaction to this vile accusation. I ask all of my fellow Catholics to recognize that, although many of the accusations made against priests have been honest and factual — and this is a cause for profound sadness and scandal — nevertheless, there have been many accusations that are entirely groundless and malicious.
Every human being deserves the benefit of the doubt — and priests are human beings.
Because priests represent God and because God is the object of so much scorn and hatred, it is not to be wondered at that priests are often called upon to “take the fall” for God.
In line with this, I would like to commend Archbishop Chaput for the words of encouragement he offered in regard to Msgr. William J. Lynn, the Philadelphia priest who is currently being pilloried in the press for his alleged role in “shielding” abusive priests while he worked as Vicar for Clergy under Cardinal Bevilacqua. At a private dinner for priests that was held recently at St. Helena’s Parish Hall in Blue Bell PA, the Archbishop singled out Msgr. Lynn and said, "It's really important to me, and I think to all of us, that he be treated fairly and that he not be a scapegoat." This simple affirmation prompted a standing ovation from the priests in attendance.

stjos/stvdp: 10.09.2011 - 06

The Finance Council of St. Vincent dePaul Parish is respectfully asked to convene in StVdP Rectory at 08:00 pm on Monday, 17 October.
The Finance Council of St. Joseph Parish is respectfully asked to convene in StJos Rectory at 08:00 pm on Tuesday, 18 October.
One of the things we ought to talk about is this: What can we do to cut down on our heating bills? Heating bills are killing us!
One astute parishioner recommended that, during the cold-weather months, ALL of the Masses for St. Joseph Parish be held in the Chapel, so as to do away with the need to heat the upper church. Another suggestion made by another parishioner was this: That, during the cold-weather months, ALL of the weekday Masses for both parishes be held in St. Joseph Chapel and ALL of the weekend Masses be held in St. Vincent dePaul Church — so as to make it unnecessary to heat StVdP Church during the week or to heat StJos Church on the weekends.
PLEASE DON’T PUSH ANY PANIC BUTTONS!! These are simply suggestions that have been made to me in informal conversations. I convey these suggestions to you and, in doing so, am acting simply as a “clearing house”. I will not make any changes in the current situation unless I have the backing of the Finance Councils.
It is my hope that all discussions on such matters will be marked by rationality, without undue displays of emotion.
Believe me when I tell you that, in my heart of hearts, I greatly desire that both St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish will survive, prosper and grow — and still be here, bigger and better than ever, when I am gathered to my ancestors and am a mere footnote in the history of the parishes!
Winston Churchill once said, “I have not been appointed King’s First Minister in order to preside over the dissolution of the British Empire”.
I take that as my motto and adapt it to my situation: “I have not been appointed Pastor of Girardville’s two parishes in order to preside over their dissolution.”
AS YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED, we are having work done on the front steps of St. Vincent dePaul Church. This has been long overdue and we’re glad that it is being done. Needless to say, this cost some money.
AS YOU MAY NOT HAVE NOTICED, we have had the organ at StVdP Church renovated. Among other things, it was making funny noises. We hope that the funny noises are now a thing of the past. And, yes, this also cost some money!

stjos/stvdp: 10.09.2011 - 07

Saint Teresa of Ávila (1515 - 1582)
Memorial: Saturday 15 October 2011

She was born in Ávila in Spain and entered the Carmelite convent there at the age of 20, not because of any great attraction to the religious life but because it seemed the most sensible thing to do. At this time Carmelite convents were comfortable places. One was well looked after, had as much contact with the outside world as one wanted, and could keep one’s own possessions. With time, and despite ill-health, she made great progress in contemplative prayer and had a number of mystical experiences, which she treated with great suspicion since she felt that she was not nearly holy enough to be accorded them by God.
Teresa’s prayer life led her to seek a more perfect life, and in 1562, in the face of much opposition, she founded a convent of Discalced Carmelite nuns in Ávila. “Discalced” (“shoeless”) signified their devotion to poverty. The rest of her life is a story of the establishment of more and more Discalced Carmelite convents in the face of intense opposition from the unreformed Carmelites but help coming from the highest levels at the same time. Thus in 1566 the General of the Carmelite Order approved Teresa’s original foundation and permitted her to make new ones. In 1575 the chapter of the Order decided to dissolve them all, and for the next five years every effort was made to destroy Teresa’s reforms and many of her followers (including St John of the Cross) were imprisoned and cruelly treated.
At length, in 1580, and with the support of King Philip II, the Discalced Carmelites were made independent and St Teresa was able to found more new convents. She died, worn out by her efforts, on 15 October 1582.
St Teresa is an outstanding example of how the contemplative life can well up and overflow into action. In addition to all this, she wrote much on the subject of contemplative prayer and her writings are still standard works today. She was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
A favorite story about St Teresa illustrates the intimate relationship that the saints have with God. When she was on one of her innumerable journeys across Spain, her horse threw her as she was crossing a river. Soaked to the skin she looked up to heaven and said, “If this is how you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few of them!” We should bring everything to God in our prayers, even our reproaches. For a reproach, in the end, is simply our way of offering up to God our incomprehension of what he is giving us.

stjos/stvdp: 10.09.2011 - 08

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