Saturday, 22 October
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

Monday, 24 October
St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop (OptMem)
by OPM

Tuesday, 25 October
by OPM

Wednesday, 26 October
08:00 am — God’s blessings on Atty. WILLIAM C. REILLY and FAMILY
by Marilyn Stefanski

Thursday, 27 October
08:00 am — JANE DiCINDIO
by OPM

Friday, 28 October
SS. Simon and Jude, apostles (Fst)
by OPM

Saturday, 29 October
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on ERIC CHAPMAN
by his brother, Christopher
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH CONROY
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Sunday, 30 October
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
by OPM
11:30 am — Rev Msgr. PAOLO della PICCA
by EBC


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

Monday, 24 October
St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop (OptMem)
7:00 pm — God’s blessings on PABLO CHACON
by Christopher J. Chapman

Tuesday, 25 October
by OPM

Wednesday, 26 October
by Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Thursday, 27 October
by Betty Sue Puglia and Betty Davis

Friday, 28 October
SS. Simon and Jude, apostles (Fst)
by her brother, Joseph, and his wife, Theresa

Saturday, 29 October
Vigil of Sunday
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 30 October
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — GEORGE W. FISHER
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 10.23.2011 - 01

15 / 16 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $999.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $80.00 from the second collection (plate); $80.00 from the Dues envelopes; $95.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $83.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $75.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,412.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $10.00 for the Flood Relief collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,412.00) 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

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $805.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $67.00 from the second collection (plate); $22.00 from the Dues envelopes; $100.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $57.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $54.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,105.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $255.00 for the Flood Relief collection; $6.00 from the World Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,105.00) 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 $342.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 26 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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


Wednesday, 26 October
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 28 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy
"Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament has His hands full of graces
and He is ready to bestow them on anyone who asks for them."-(St. Peter of Alcantara)

stjos/stvdp: 10.23.2011 - 02

Woman’s beige handbag was left in Fr. Sheridan Room. No ID inside, nor any wallet or money, but there are some keys. Tag on key ring has the letter “K”. So a message to “K”: If this is your bag, stop by at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. Suggest you call first.

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE was called in to Thunder / Enlightning and was printed in the 17 Oct edition of the Pottsville Republican:

I have news for you, Monsignor Bocian: Charity begins at home and that is where my time, talents and treasures are staying, and whether you like it or not, that’s how it’s going to be.

My comment: This is the second message I have noticed in T / E that is addressed to Msgr. Bocian, pastor of the Shenandoah area parishes. I think this is most peculiar. Msgr. Bocian’s mailing address is in the public domain. So is his telephone number. So is his email address. Anyone who wishes to convey a message to Monsignor is free to do so, using any of these three media. I presume one could even do so face to face, although preferably by appointment.
I think the person in charge of T / E should decline to print messages addressed to particular persons in the community. A newspaper is not a post office and, even if it were, a post office is not a place where personal correspondence is hung out to public view!
In addition to all of the above, it is my experience that persons who trumpet the “charity begins at home” maxim are almost always implying that charity not only begins there but also ends there. Not only that, but the word “home” is usually a euphemism for “self”.
Not exactly an admirable way to live.
There is a spiritual sickness that has taken hold of the hearts of some people and it is evident in the comment cited above. It is what St. Paul refers to as “contempt for the Church of God”. Cf. 1 Cor 11,22. This is a “sickness unto death” unless it is remedied.

PLEASE PRAY FOR the following persons who died recently, all of whom are either former members of one of our parishes and / or have close family members who are members:
Elizabeth Powlick Gentry, age 77, died on 05 October. She is a former member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish and a sister to Barbara Powlick Petrousky.
Rose Ann Lucas Dyszel, age 67, died on 11 October. She is the mother of Debbie Dyszel Shuey, Mark Dyszel and Stephen Dyszel.
Violet Gudonis Yanushefsky, age 82, died on 17 October. She is a former member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish and is a sister to Joseph V. Gudonis.
Eternal rest grant unto Elizabeth, Rose Ann and Violet, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

#01: Next Sunday (30 Oct), the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church will be celebrated “according to the extraordinary form”, i.e. it will be a Tridentine Mass.
#02: Remember also that, on the last Sunday of the month, when the 11:30 am Mass is a Tridentine Mass, there is a 10:00 am Mass (“ordinary form”) in the chapel.
#03: Tuesday, 01 Nov, is a Holyday of Obligation. Please leave

stjos/stvdp:10.23.2011 - 03

If you wish to schedule Mass intentions for 2012, you are welcome to see Ginny at StVdP Rectory. She asks everyone please not to come on Monday for this purpose.
a former member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Friday, 14 October.
[Anthony was known by various nicknames: “Tony”, “Tony Joe” and “TJ”.]
Born on 29 September 1943, he was 68 years of age.
Anthony is the eldest of the four children of Anthony J. Sr. (deceased) and Ellen K. (Brennan) Gaughan.
His brothers and sister are: Gerald P. Gaughan; Philip E. Gaughan; Mary Ellen Gaughan (deceased).
He was baptized at St. Joseph Church on 28 November 1943 by Father Alfred J. Monaghan.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Anthony was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 20 October, at 11:00 am. 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 Tony, 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.

THREE CHILDREN will received First Holy Communion today (Sunday) at the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church. We will simply give their names now. Next weekend, God willing, we might have some photographs and additional information about them for the bulletin.


Due to “special circumstances”, the pastor has willingly conceded to the parents’ request that these three children receive their First Holy Communion now rather than wait until the “official parish FHC” in May.
It is a principle of Church Law that parents are the first teachers of their children in the ways of Faith. It is the duty of the pastor simply to see to it that children who are presented to him for FHC are adequately prepared. In other words, it is the pastor who endorses the decision of the parents, not vice versa.
Gabriella and Rebecca’s father and Anthony’s parents have been very conscientious in seeing to it that their children are prepared and for this we commend them and thank them.

WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION, please note that our “official First Holy Communion” for the two parishes is scheduled for:

Sunday, 20 May 2012

We will consider giving First Holy Communion to any child second grade or older who goes to Mass regularly and is properly catechized. “Properly catechized” usually means that the child either attends Catholic school or else is a “regular” at our parish CCD classes.

stjos/stvdp: 10.23.2011 - 04

                                    RECENT NEWS ITEM AND A COMMENT THEREON
Springfield, Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki ran the Kansas City marathon last weekend to help raise money and awareness for pro-life work. The bishop finished the 26.2 mile marathon with a time of 4:08:39, placing 531st out of 1,330 finishers. Bishop Paprocki, who has run in 17 other marathons, said the race went “very well.” He and other runners wore T-shirts with slogans to promote respect for life. (CNA)
Comment: I commend Bishop Paprocki. He is one of my favorite bishops in the USA. He has guts. When I say “he has guts” I am referring not particularly to his stamina in running a marathon at the age of 59 (although that is a notable achievement) but to his moral guts. He personally (face to face) confronted the Governor of Illinois because the Governor issued an executive order requiring all pharmacists and pharmacies to accept and to fill prescriptions for contraceptives “without delay”, even if doing so violates their conscience. Here is an excerpt from what the Bishop said to the Governor:

“The obvious problem, as Pope John Paul II so clearly and repeatedly taught, is that Catholics believe that artificial contraception is morally wrong; moreover, some contraceptives, so-called ‘morning after’ pills, actually induce abortion by stopping the life of an early human embryo. “As a lawyer myself, I believe that this executive order violates the First Amendment religious rights of the pharmacist under the United States Constitution and the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act. As a Bishop, I am dismayed that our secular society has reached the point that individuals are being required by law to violate their personal religious beliefs in order to accommodate the selfish demands of special interest groups.

We have pointed out time and time again in this bulletin and will do so again as necessary that we Catholics cannot, must not and dare not conform our consciences to the dictates of the secular order. We answer to a Higher Authority. We run the marathon for Jesus Christ. Running the marathon for Him can be exhausting, but we take strength from the power of His cross and resurrection. And we try to encourage our timid brethren not to stand on the sidelines, but to take part in the race.
This is why the practice of our Catholic Faith cannot be divorced from our concern for the social and political order. Our Catholic faith is meant to leaven the loaf that is the social and political order. Using another illustration, Jesus told us that we are the light of the world and that we must not hide our light under a bushel basket but must put it on a lampstand so that it can dispel the darkness.

Date: Sunday, 06 November
Time: Doors open at 12:00 noon / Bingo starts at 02:00 pm
Place: Good Shepherd Cafeteria
Admission: $3.00
                                Food and refreshments will be available
More information: Theresa (544-4316) or Rose Ann (544-5304)
Sunday, 06 November: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Cemetery, Fountain Springs
Sunday, 13 November: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery, Frackville
If anyone requests, we will schedule a service at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Frackville

stjos/stvdp: 10.23.2011 - 05

Healing Mass: On Monday, 24 October, at 06:30 pm, there will be a Mass of Healing for those individuals who have experienced trauma. All are invited to join in prayer at this Mass with Bishop John O. Barres as Celebrant and Msgr. Walter T. Scheaffer as homilist at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena, Allentown. Following Mass there will be a time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, which will end with Benediction at 08:30 pm.

: 07:00 pm
Date: Thursday, 17 November
Place: St. Patrick Church, Pottsville

I encourage everyone to make every effort to attend this session.
It will be quite helpful to you in preparing for the introduction of “the changes that are coming in the celebration of Mass”. These changes will be implemented on Sunday, 27 November (actually on Saturday evening, 26 November, at the Vigil Masses).
As we have mentioned before, these changes are, in many respects, a return to tradition, not a departure from tradition.
If someone were to ask you, “Explain to me in just a few words what these changes are all about” an accurate answer would be as follows: These changes are meant to give us (by “us” I mean people who speak English) a translation that is more accurate than the translation we have been using over the past (more or less) forty years.
Just a few examples:
• The Latin says “pro multis”, which means “for many”. The priest will go back to saying “for many” instead of “for all”.
• The Latin says “Hic est enim calix sanguinis mei”. The priest will go back to saying, “This is the chalice of my blood” instead of “This is the cup of my blood”.
• The Latin says “Et cum spiritu tuo”, which means “And with your spirit”. The people will go back to saying “And with your spirit” instead of “And also with you”.
• The Latin says, “Credo in unum Deum”, which means “I believe in one God”. We will all go back to saying “I believe in one God” instead of “We believe in one God”.
• The Latin says, “ad utilitatem quoque nostram, totiusque Ecclesiae suae sanctae”, which means “for our good and the good of all his holy Church”. The people will go back to saying “for our good and the good of all his holy Church” instead of “for our good and the good of all his Church”.
After an initial period of awkwardness (and a few mistakes here and there), we will have it all down.
Cards will be provided in the pews to help us master the new phrases.
Another thing: We will be asking people to do more singing, most especially the Gloria and maybe even the Creed from time to time.
It will be jolly good fun.

stjos/stvdp: 10.23.2011 - 06


An elementary-school teacher was testing the children’s familiarity with proverbs. She presented each child in the class with the first few words of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the rest. Here is what they came up with:

1. Don’t change horses …..
until they stop running.
2. Strike while the……
bug is close.
3. It's always darkest before ……
daylight saving time.
4. Never underestimate the power of
5. You can lead a horse to water but ……
6. Don't bite the hand that …….
looks dirty.
7. No news is …..
8. A miss is as good as a ……
9. You can't teach an old dog new ……
10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll …….
stink in the morning.
11. Love all, trust …….
12. The pen is mightier than the ……
13. An idle mind is …….
the best way to relax.
 14. Where there's smoke there's …….
15. Happy the bride who …..
gets all the presents.
16. A penny saved is ……
not much.
17. Two's company, three's …..
the Musketeers.
18. Don't put off till tomorrow what ……
you put on to go to bed.
19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you; cry and ……
you have to blow your nose.
20. There are none so blind as …….
Stevie Wonder.
21. Children should be seen and not …….
spanked or grounded.
22. If at first you don't succeed, ……
get new batteries.
23. You get out of something only what you ……
see in the picture on the box.
24. When the blind lead the blind …..
get out of the way.
25. A bird in the hand ……..
is going to poop on you.

Seniors at Dunkin Donuts
A group of seniors were sitting around talking about all their ailments.
"My arms have gotten so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee," said one.
"Yes, I know," said another. "My cataracts are so bad; I can't even see my coffee."
"I couldn't even mark an "X" at election time, my hands are so crippled," volunteered a third.
"What? Speak up! What? I can't hear you!" said one of the group. "I can't turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck," to which several nodded weakly in agreement.
"My blood pressure pills make me so dizzy!" exclaimed another.
"I forget where I am, and where I'm going," said another.
"I guess that's the price we pay for getting old," winced an old man as he slowly shook his head.
The others nodded in agreement.
"Well, we should count our blessings," said a woman cheerfully. "Thank God we can all still drive."

stjos/stvdp: 10.23.2011 - 07

Believe it or not, I am on the email list of a group known as, which, as you might suspect, is an organization of women (and men) that exists in order to advocate and agitate for the ordination of women to the Catholic priesthood.
As all sensible Catholics (and even many sensible non-Catholics) know, the prospect that women will eventually be ordained to the priesthood in the Catholic Church is non-existent. Not now, not next year, not “when we get a different Pope”, not next century, not “after the next ecumenical council”, not next millennium, not ever — never! Why not? Because “woman priest” contradicts the fundamental constructs of reality. It is every bit as absurd on the metaphysical order as “same-sex marriage” is absurd on the physical order.
(If that is a new thought for you, please hold on to it and don’t let it go.)
So, what in the world is a nice Catholic boy like me doing putting himself on the list to receive emails from Well, I admit that it’s kind of a risk, but let me explain it this way: The advantage of being on the email list of an organization whose goals you oppose with every fiber of your being is obvious and is summarized in the maxim: Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer!
One of the members of is Father (actually former Father) Roy Bourgeois. Although “once a priest, always a priest”, Roy Bourgeois is no longer counted among the clergy of the Catholic Church.
Roy was excommunicated on 24 November 2008. What prompted his excommunication was that he participated in a ceremony at which several women were “ordained” to the Catholic priesthood. It would be more accurate to say that they simulated being ordained.
Roy was given some opportunity to make a public statement of regret and to recant his statements in favor of women’s ordination. He refused to do so and, so, the excommunication went into effect.
Here are some recent comments by Roy Bourgeois on his situation. I think they are interesting. I became aware of them via the most recent email from

“In my heart I do not feel I have done anything wrong. On the contrary, it is my conscience that I am following and I find great peace whenever I am following my conscience. I feel I am a priest in good conscience. I feel if I went against my conscience I would be an unfaithful priest. I feel I am a priest in good standing with God. Am I a priest in good standing with the Vatican? No!”

Notice two things about this statement.
#01 — Notice the repetition of the verb “feel”. It is characteristic of many persons that they do a lot of “feeling”, but very little “thinking”. All of us, of course, have feelings. Feelings are fine and dandy. I have feelings, you have feelings. All God’s children, we all have feelings! Feelings are spontaneous reactions to stimuli. BUT WE HAVE TO TAKE CHARGE OF OUR FEELINGS! We must not allow our FEELINGS to overrule our intellects. Feelings are dangerous when they overpower reason.
#02 — Notice Roy’s concept of “conscience”. It is entirely subjective. The conscience of a Catholic is erroneous if it contradicts the teachings of the Church. It is important to follow one’s conscience, but it is important, first of all, to inform one’s conscience. If ever I find that my conscience contradicts the magisterium of the Church, I must then change my conscience to conform to the Church’s conscience. This is a fundamental point of departure between Catholic Christianity and Protestant Christianity.
Jesus did not establish a Church in order that human beings could be sincere. He established a Church so that human beings could know the Truth ---- and the Truth then sets us free.

stjos/stvdp: 10.23.2011 - 08

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