Saturday, 15 October
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

Monday, 17 October
St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — MARTHA E. WATSON
by OPM

Tuesday, 18 October
St. Luke, evangelist (Fst)
by OPM

Wednesday, 19 October
St. John deBrebeuf, St. Isaac Jogues, priests, martyrs, and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — KATHRYN G. BEAVER
by OPM

Thursday, 20 October
St. Paul of the Cross, priest (OptMem)
by OPM

Friday, 21 October
08:00 am — FRANCIS and ESTELLE (Weiner) PURCELL
by their sons: Francis, Jimmy and Brian

Saturday, 22 October
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH RIZZARDI Sr.
by his family

Sunday, 23 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — TOMEE LEIGH GOWER (24th anniversary of birth)
by her family


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

Monday, 17 October
St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop, martyr
by his sisters, Mary and Florence

Tuesday, 18 October
St. Luke, evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — HELEN WINKLER
by Marlene Birster

Wednesday, 19 October
St. John deBrebeuf, St. Isaac Jogues, priests, martyrs, and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
by his wife, Jean

Thursday, 20 October
St. Paul of the Cross, priest (OptMem)
by the Labie family

Friday, 21 October
by OPM

Saturday, 22 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ADELE POWLICK
by Paul, Sandy, Crystal, Craig and Kenzi Kowalick

Sunday, 23 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Edna Labie

stjos/stvdp: 10.16.2011 - 01

08 / 09 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $955.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $57.00 from the second collection (plate); $113.00 from the Dues envelopes; $333.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $92.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $84.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,634.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,634.00) 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 $482.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $895.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $33.00 from the second collection (plate); $42.00 from the Dues envelopes; $337.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $123.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $76.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,506.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,506.00) 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 $743.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 19 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 20 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 21 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 19 October
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 21 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy
"When the Sisters are exhausted, up to their eyes in work; when all seems to go awry, they spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. This practice has never failed to bear fruit: they experience peace and strength."
                                                                                                                    Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

stjos/stvdp: 10.16.2011 - 02


This is starting to turn into a book, but let me give you a summary and then a recent development.
Summary (stuff you already know)
• I wrote to the Bishop asking permission to spend $45,000 for the project.
• I didn’t get an answer, so I emailed: “Did the Bishop get my letter and, if he did, when will we get an answer?”
• I got an email back: “Yes, the Bishop got your letter and it is currently under consideration. We’ll get back to you.”
• Then I got a call from Msgr. James, the Vice-Chancellor: “The contract is now in the hands of Kelly Bruce, the diocesan insurance guru, because there are some problems with the wording of the contract. Kelly will get back to you.”
Recent development (something you don’t know)
I got a call this past week from Kelly Bruce, the diocesan insurance guru telling me that the project as such has been approved (hurray!) but that there is an ongoing problem with the contract because of the language. Kelly told me a horror story about some parish that wound up being charged far more than the contract called for because of the wording and that the contract we submitted has a similar problem and she doesn’t want StVdPPar or the Diocese to wind up being sued as, apparently, that other parish and the Diocese were sued. She said that a gentleman will be in touch with me and, perhaps, will come to see me, about getting a different contract or, at least, a differently-worded contract. She will be in touch!
So, there’s where we stand! I wish we could move ahead with this, but such is life. I am hoping that the contract will be approved and the work accomplished before the Second Coming of the Lord in Glory.

THE BLESSING OF THE BEASTS turned out very well last Sunday (09 Oct). The weather was good and the beasts were all very well behaved. Many thanks to Bernie Yasenchak for organizing this project. I am happy to say that even Kateri came out for the blessing. I cannot say that she was absolutely delighted to be there, but at least she was there. As part of the blessing ceremony, we all prayed together the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. You know which one I mean: “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love, etc.” I’m sorry to say that this was not taken to heart by two of the dogs who were present for the blessing. My reason for saying this is that, once I let Kateri out of her cage, so she could go back into the Rectory, these two dogs started barking at her and scared the bejabbers out of her! I presume that, once we all get to Heaven, dogs will no longer bark at cats. I infer this from the passage that says that lions will lie down with lambs and the child shall play by the cobra’s den, etc. I hope this is a valid theological conclusion because, otherwise, Heaven is going to be a very noisy place with all those dogs barking at all those cats.

stjos/stvdp:10.1 6.2011 - 03


The research is "consistent, replicated many times and now incontrovertible" that priests, as a group, are happy; Monsignor Stephen Rossetti told a daylong symposium on the priesthood at Catholic University in Washington. The symposium was built around a new book by Rossetti. The book's conclusions are based on a survey of 2,482 priests from 23 U.S. dioceses in 2009, supplemented by a 2004 survey of 1,242 priests from 16 dioceses and other studies. (CNS)
My comment: I’ve always wondered why it is, that with all the surveys and polls that are taken throughout the country and the world, nobody ever asks me anything! What am I? Chopped liver? I don’t remember anyone asking me whether or not I am happy as a priest! Well, if they’re not going to ask me, I’m going to tell them anyway! So, just for the record: I have been a priest for more than 45 years and can confidently say that I have been happy for more than 45 years, happy to be alive, happy to be a Catholic, deliriously happy to be a priest and, quite frankly, happy and grateful to be the pastor of the two finest parishes in Girardville. Have I ever been unhappy? Probably a few times, but those times never lasted for more than five minutes. If I were asked what caused those occasional outbreaks of unhappiness, I would say that they were due to concentrating overly much on the present moment and on my own stupid self rather than on Eternity and on God. It is my understanding of God that He is supremely, blissfully happy, that His happiness is an immutable quality of His Being. Since I know that I am in God and that God is in me, why should I be unhappy? But, of course, someone might say, “You know you’re going to die! And, at your age, it can’t be all that far off when they’re going to plant you six feet under. How can you be happy when you think about that?” I really don’t see that as a problem. I have no intention of being planted six feet under! I presume my corpse will be planted six feet (more or less) under but why should that concern me? Before that happens, I shall be deeper into God than I have ever been.
During a Mass marked by a joyful homecoming of faith, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl welcomed 71 members of a former Episcopal parish into full communion in the Catholic Church with the rite of reception at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The Episcopal priest, who shepherded his parishioners through the process, said after the Mass, "I'm so glad to be home." (CNS)
My comment: I like the comment cited above, viz. “I’m so glad to be home”. The Catholic Church is the true home for all Christians. Jesus established one and only one home for His people. Jesus said, “There shall be one flock and one shepherd”. When a Protestant becomes a Catholic, he is not leaving home; rather he is going home. When a baby is baptized by a Protestant pastor, that baby becomes a member of the Church? Which Church? The Catholic Church! How can that be? It’s very simple: There is only one Church, the Catholic Church. Baptism makes a person a member of the Church. Regardless of who ministers the sacrament of Baptism, the person baptized becomes a member of the Catholic Church. This is a deep truth and deserves to be meditated upon. A Protestant adult is not a member of a different Church! (There is no other Church!) He is a Christian who is a member of the Church, but simply needs to move into full communion with Her. That’s what it is for a Protestant to become a Catholic. He simply moves into full communion with the Church with which — until then — he has been in incomplete communion all his life.
Officers were called to 11 Center Avenue about 2:15 am (Sunday, 02 October) when calls came in reporting five people armed with knives were assaulting people attending a party. As the party was under way, police said, five uninvited guests showed up and became violent when they were asked to leave. The five began hitting anyone they could and then grabbed butcher knives, saying they would start cutting people, prompting several party-goers to flee. The five assailants, who police said were men and women, then fled on foot. Police said witnesses at the party said the five were their fellow Penn State students. Once identified, all of the suspects will face charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, police said.
In a prepared statement, Stephen R. Couch, interim chancellor, said that the University does not condone the actions by the students that attended the party that turned violent in the borough. “We regret that some of our students may have made bad decisions” Couch said.
My comment: I feel encouraged to know that Penn State University / Schuylkill Campus does not condone what went on at the party. That’s good to know. It’s good to know that Penn State does not condone the grabbing of butcher knives and the cutting up of people at student parties.
Is it possible, however, that Dr. Couch might have been overly severe when he said, “We regret that some of our students may have made bad decisions”? “Regret” is harsh. It indicates disapproval. Likewise, the phrase “may have made bad decisions” is judgmental. In this day and age, who is qualified to say whether cutting people up at a party is “a good decision” or “a bad decision”? What constitutes a “good decision” as opposed to a “bad decision”? What’s “good”? What’s “bad”? It seems to me that there is an appeal here to some objective standard of morality! If the administration of Penn State keeps this up, it might find itself in big trouble. We all know that objective standards of morality are something that belong to the past. Only true-blue Catholics, a few cranky Evangelical Protestants plus a few super-Orthodox Jews (with long black coats and beards) still believe in objective standards of morality! Objective standards of morality are such antiquated things as The Ten Commandments. I doubt that Penn State would allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on its campus. Far too many “Thou shalts” and “Thou shalt nots”. If you have a kid who goes to Penn State, I suggest you see to it that he is safely in the house by 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights! Maybe do some periodic bed checks

stjos/stvdp: 10.16.2011 - 04

Have you (have you not) sent in your contribution to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal?
If you have, thank you!
If you have not, would you please, oh please, oh please, oh please do so?
If you have lost the card, please let Ginny or me know and we will take care of it. You can just drop your contribution into the basket or else bring it to the Rectory.
Every October, there is the Diocesan Priests Workshop.
Last weekend, I should have included this fact in the bulletin because it impacts on the schedule.
But I forgot to do so and did not alter the printed schedule in the bulletin.
So, last Sunday night, I went into panic mode and called Fr. Brennan.
Very kindly, he agreed to take the Masses I could not take, including the funeral Mass for Mr. Vivacqua.
However, the Exposition scheduled for last Wednesday did not happen, for which I profoundly apologize, although I do thank Fr. Brennan for going over in time to lead the Rosary.
I thank him also for covering the Masses for me on Tuesday and Wednesday and for taking the funeral Mass.
Fr. Brennan is an enormous asset to the parish and to me personally!
I attended the Workshop from Monday to Wednesday and Fr. Brennan attended from Wednesday to Friday.
The topic of the Workshop was THEOLOGY OF THE BODY.
So, now that Fr. Brennan and I are instructed on this topic, you may feel free to ask us any questions!
The instructor was a very bright young priest from Massachusetts.
I found myself taking copious notes.
“Theology of the Body” is based on the teachings of Blessed John Paul. It has to do with the ultimate meaning of sexuality — a subject that needs to be promulgated far and wide.

stjos/stvdp: 10.16.2011 - 05

a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Saturday, 08 October.
Born on 17 October 1924, he was 86 years of age, just nine days short of reaching his 87th birthday.
Frank is one of eight children of the late Salvatore and Victoria (Carado) Vivacqua.
His brothers and sisters are: George Vivacqua (deceased); Joseph Vivacqua (deceased); Ann Marie Vivacqua (deceased); Eleanor Vivacqua Marconi (deceased); Mary Vivacqua Lesser (deceased); Michelle Vivacqua Evans; Lucia Vivacqua Quinn.
Frank was baptized at St. Joseph Church on 20 November 1924 by Father Edward H. Allen.
On 31 December 1955, also at St. Joseph Church, he married Dorothy Hughes in the presence of Father William A. McArdle.
Dorothy died in 1997.
Frank and Dorothy have a daughter: Diane Vivacqua Melendez.
They have two granddaughters: Amy Melendez Dembinsky and Ashley Melendez.
They have five great grandchildren: Zachary Kessler; Haley Fetterolf; Madison Dembinsky; Macy Dembinsky; Tanner Dembinsky.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Frank was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Wednesday, 12 October. This was preceded by a viewing at McDonald’s Funeral Home. The interment took place in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Frank, 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.
A ceiling light had been out for quite some time in St. Vincent dePaul Church. I’m referring to the light in the ceiling above the statue of the Blessed Mother. We thought at first that it was simply a burnt-out bulb. However, replacing the bulb did not solve the problem. So (by the power of deduction) we figured there must be something wrong with the fixture! The problem in fixing it, however, is that it is very difficult to access. One needs to go up to the attic and then climb down, but there is nothing to stand on if one climbs down. It would require some ingenuity and agility to solve the problem. So, we just put the matter on a back burner. I’m happy to say that Ian tackled the problem. Last Monday, he went up into the attic, took a board (so he would have something to sit down on), nailed the board to the beam, sat on the board, replaced the socket, replaced the bulb and now it works!
I appreciate his taking the initiative to do this job. There are great advantages to having someone around who is young, agile, skinny and smart.
Please plan ahead to get to Mass either on Tuesday, 01 November, or in the evening of Monday, 31 October. All Saints Day is on the horizon. Obviously, we will print the Mass schedule in the 30 October bulletin.
StVdPPar Finance Council meeting at 08:00 pm on Monday, 17 Oct, in StVdP Rectory.
StJosPar Finance Council meeting at 08:00 pm on Tuesday, 18 Oct, in StJos Rectory.

stjos/stvdp: 10.16.2011 - 06


I was talking to a married couple who are friends of mine.
They are in their mid-seventies and have been married for a good many years.
They give every appearance of being a very happily married couple!
Not only do they seem to love one another, they actually seem to like one another — which is kind of amazing, when you come to think of it!!
They told me that there are six sentences (eighteen words in all) that they recommend to all married couples who would like to be happily / successfully married.
So, I hereby recommend these six sentences (eighteen words) to all married couples in Girardville.
In fact, I recommend them to you even if you don’t live in Girardville, even if you live in Lost Creek or William Penn or Mahanoy Plane or wherever!
I suggest you memorize them. (There will be a pop quiz!)
See if they make a difference.
There is no charge for this service.
It is a fringe benefit of belonging to St. Joseph Parish / St. Vincent dePaul Parish!
Are you ready for these six sentences (eighteen words)? Here they are!
I love you.
It’s my fault.
Thank you, honey!*
Let’s go out.
May I help?
You look great!
*You have my permission to substitute “sweetheart” or “darling” or some other term of endearment.

stjos/stvdp: 10.16.2011 - 07

On Wednesday of this week (19 October) we honor eight men who endured incredible hardship in order to bring the Catholic Faith to the Native American people who inhabited what we now call the State of New York and the Province of Quebec.
Six of the eight were Jesuit priests: St. John de Brebeuf; St. Noel Chabanel; St. Anthony Daniel; St. Charles Garnier; St. Isaac Jogues; St. Gabriel Lalemant.
Two were laymen who were affiliated with the Jesuit community: St. Rene Goupil and St. John de la Lande.
If you were to read the accounts of their labors and martyrdoms, you would be amazed at their zeal and at their willingness to suffer incredible hardship and pain for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I earnestly ask everyone who reads this bulletin to say the following prayer.

O God, Who by the preaching and blood of Thy sainted martyrs — Isaac, John, Noel, Anthony, Charles, Gabriel, Rene and John — did consecrate the first fruits of the Faith in the vast regions of North America, graciously grant that by their intercession, the flourishing harvest of Christians may everywhere be increased. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
O God, who did inflame the hearts of Thy sainted martyrs with an admirable zeal for the salvation of souls, grant me, I beseech Thee, what I now implore: The conversion of those members of my family who have abandoned the practice of the Catholic Faith, the conversion of all of my fellow parishioners who have fallen away from the Mass and the sacraments, the conversion of all Christians who have separated themselves from the See of Peter, the conversion of all of our Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist brothers and sisters, the conversion of all agnostics and atheists, the ongoing conversion of my own self and of all of my fellow practicing Catholics, so that the favors obtained through the intercession of the Martyrs of North America may make manifest before men the power and glory of Thy name. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 10.16.2011 - 08

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