MASS SCHEDULE: 30 OCTOBER - 06 NOVEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 29 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH CONROY
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Sunday, 30 October
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — JOSEPH HINDSLEY
by OPM
11:30 am — Rev Msgr. PAOLO della PICCA
by EBC

Monday, 31 October
Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPHINE SROKA
by OPM
Vigil of All Saints
04:00 pm — MARY DePIETRO
by OPM

Tuesday, 01 November
All Saints Day (Sol)
07:00 pm — SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM

Wednesday, 02 November
All Souls Day
08:00 am — FLORIE and SOPHIE PANACCIO
by Argia Yurenka
09:00 am — DECEASED PASTORS of StJos Parish
by the parishioners
12:00 noon — JOHN and MARGARET (Purcell) BRENNAN
by their son, Edmund

Thursday, 03 November
St. Martin dePorres, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — JAMES L. KENNEDY (66th anniversary of birth)
by his family

Friday, 04 November
St. Charles Borromeo, bishop (OblMem)
08:00 am — THERESA GANNON
by her family

Saturday, 05 November
Weekday
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — CATHERINE WINTERS DYSZEL
by Scott and Teri Ellsworth and family

Sunday, 06 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPH JEROME JOYCE
by Henry and Eileen Wayne and sons

 MASS SCHEDULE: 30 OCTOBER - 06 NOVEMBER
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 29 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH CHIKOTAS
by Anna Chikotas

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

Monday, 31 October
Vigil of All Saints
7:00 pm — JOHN KELLY
by OPM

Tuesday, 01 November
All Saints Day (Sol)
09:00 am — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his wife, Carole

Wednesday, 02 November
All Souls Day
04:00 pm — FRANCIS and PAULINE (Fritz) CONNOLLY
by their son, Edward
06:00 pm — DECEASED PASTORS of StVdPParish
by the parishioners
07:00 pm — SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM

Thursday, 03 November
St. Martin dePorres, religious (OptMem)
06:30 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 04 November
St. Charles Borromeo, bishop (OblMem)
05:00 pm — SOULS IN PURGATORY
by OPM

Saturday, 05 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Sunday, 06 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — LORETTA, LOUIE and BOBBY MILLER
by Joseph and Theresa Gudonis

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
22 / 23 OCTOBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,420.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $64.00 from the second collection (plate); $57.00 from the Dues envelopes; $130.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $25.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $57.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,753.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $174.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,753.00) 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 $601.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $978.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the second collection (plate); $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $30.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,179.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $226.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,179.00) 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 $416.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 03 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 03 November
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 04 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

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

Friday, 04 November
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy
"O unfathomable depth! O Deity eternal! O deep ocean!
What more could You give me than to give me Yourself?"
                                                                                                                                    St. Catharine of Siena

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These two beautiful girls received First Holy Communion during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church on Sunday, 23 October. They are daughters of Paul and Beverly (Hoban) Dembinsky.
With love and gratitude to Almighty God, we welcome them to full participation in the Sacred Mysteries of the Lord’s Body and Blood.
God bless you, Rebecca and Gabriella!

In last weekend’s bulletin, we mentioned the names of three children who would be receiving First Holy Communion. One of the three — Anthony C. Yackenchick — was unable to do so because his grandfather had a heart attack last Sunday morning and was rushed to the hospital. Fortunately, the grandfather is “coming around” and, God willing, will be back home soon. We anticipate that Anthony will receive First Holy Communion “very soon”, perhaps next Sunday or the Sunday thereafter. He wants his grandfather to be here, if at all possible.

 SAINT MATTHEW THE EVANGELIST PARISH EVENTS
Annual Turkey Bingo: Sunday, 06 November

Doors open at 12:00 noon / Bingo starts at 02:00 pm
Good Shepherd cafeteria
Admission: $3.00
Food and refreshments available
More information: Theresa at 544-4316 or Rose Ann at 544-5304
St. Matthew’s Travelers Caribbean Cruise
26 April to 05 May 2012
On The Explorer by the Sea
More information: Julie at 544-5231 or Maria at 544-2340
NO CCD TOMORROW! Because of Hallowe’en and because of the All Saints Day Mass schedule, there will not be any CCD classes held on Monday, 31 October. Classes resume on 07 November.

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THIS CURRENT WEEK — 30 OCTOBER TO 06 NOVEMBER — IS PORNOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK. I found that out in the weekly diocesan newsletter. There was something in the newsletter about white ribbons that people might want to wear in order to promote Pornography Awareness Week. I hope no one will be offended if I don’t pass out any white ribbons. I am ribbon-cynical. I don’t wear ribbons and I don’t ask people to wear ribbons. On the other hand, if anyone wants to wear a white ribbon in order to observe Pornography Awareness Week, go right ahead! You’ll get no grief from me, if you do!
Besides the whole ribbon thing, I don’t know that I want to promote Pornography Awareness Week. At least not with ribbons! Somehow or other, I think that promotes Pornography Awareness and if there’s one thing we don’t need, it’s more pornography awareness. The problem is too much awareness of pornography. What we need is Pornography Unawareness. If anyone comes out with a ribbon for Pornography Unawareness, that’s fine with me. But I won’t wear one. But you can if you want to.
I say: To hell with pornography.
Pornography stinks.
I hate it with a passion.
I have seen what it can do to people and it’s not pretty!
Actually, pornography scares me.
It is an entrance into the jaws of Hell.
I don’t want anything to do with pornography.
As I remember hearing years ago (and it kind of amused me): “I don’t use pornography. In fact, I couldn’t use it if I wanted to. I don’t even own a pornograph!”
That’s a joke, friend! Just a joke! If you don’t think it’s funny, you don’t have to laugh. But it makes me laugh …… kind of.
If you are a young person and you have a friend who uses pornography and he wants you to participate in his dirty little fun, here is my advice to you: RUN LIKE HELL!
AND DON’T BE FRIENDS WITH HIM ANYMORE!
AT LEAST NOT UNTIL HE REPENTS!
If you have a family member who uses pornography, get him help. Tell him if he doesn’t get help for himself, you will pull out the big guns and embarrass him by getting help for him!
Holy Mother of God, if there is anyone in my parishes who uses pornography, please pray to Jesus for him.
Ask Jesus to zap him with His Holy Spirit.
May the Holy Spirit of God preserve our young people from falling into the trap of addiction to pornography!

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SOME NEWS AND SOME COMMENTS ON THE NEWS

STUDY SAYS EDUCATION LIBERALIZES RELIGIOUS VIEWS
The old wisdom was the more educated you are, the less likely you will be religious. But a new study says while education doesn’t drive people away from God, it does give them a more liberal attitude about who’s going to heaven. A sociology professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says each year of education ups the odds by 15% that people will say there’s “truth in more than one religion.” (USA Today)

Comment: Is it true that there is “truth in more than one religion”? Of course, it’s true! I have known that since I was knee-high to a grasshopper! But are all religions equally true? Of course not! Elementary logic will tell you that! All the truths that I find in other religions I find in the Catholic religion but in no other religion except the Catholic religion do I find the fullness of truth. As far as “who’s going to heaven and who’s not going to heaven” is concerned, all I know is this: The Catholic religion gives a person the best opportunity for going to heaven and no one who knowingly and culpably rejects the Catholic religion can possibly go to heaven. But, of course, I know that there are some Catholics who will wind up in hell and some non-Catholics who will wind up in heaven. But please don’t jump to unwarranted conclusions on what I have just written here. Please read it carefully.

NY ARCHDIOCESE CRITICIZES CITY’S SEX ED MANDATE
The Archdiocese of New York called a new city requirement that sex education be taught at all public middle and high schools “troubling,” and some Catholic officials said they would advise Catholic parents not to let their children participate. In the first serious challenge to the mandate, a spokesman for the archdiocese said the church’s position was that parents, not the schools, should educate children about sex. (New York Times)

Comment: I wonder how many parents who send their children to public school have a clue about what their children are taught in the area of sex (and all that that implies!) And remember that “teaching” includes not only what is explicitly taught but also what is implicitly omitted. For example, no public school teacher is allowed to tell the children that it is a sin to have intercourse if you’re not married or that it is a sin to have homosexual relations or that it is a sin to commit adultery or that God wants husbands and wives to stay together. In public school, sex is primarily plumbing and hygiene.

ORDER DISMISSES PRIEST OVER WOMEN’S ORDINATION
Father Roy Bourgeois, who refused to renounce his increasingly public campaign to see women ordained as priests, has been notified of his dismissal by his religious order. A letter to Bourgeois, signed by the superior general and general secretary of the Maryknoll order in the U.S., said the dismissal was necessary because of his “defiant stance” in opposition to church teaching. (New York Times)

Comment: Dear Father Bourgeois, I hate to see you go. God knows we need priests. My suggestion to you is that you make a long retreat, during which you will have leisure to decide whether or not you want to be a Catholic. I hope you’ll decide in favor of being a Catholic. If you do, then please come back and re-apply for a renewal of your faculties as a priest. What part of “women cannot be ordained to the priesthood” do you not understand? I have to think that you never realized what it means “to be a priest”. It means to be the living, walking, breathing incarnation of Jesus Christ the Bridegroom of the Church. Only a male can be a bridegroom!

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A COMPLAINT
DEAR GOD, I DON’T LIKE TO COMPLAIN and I certainly don’t want to be disrespectful. I do acknowledge that You are the One and Only God. I’m not doing the Lucifer thing! I am definitely not God! I am not gunning for Your job, trust me! On the other hand, I’m not chopped liver either! Be that as it may, please make a note of the fact that “yours truly” thoroughly disapproves of Your decision to send a snowstorm on Schuylkill County on the twenty-ninth day of October in the Year of the Lord two thousand eleven! I mean, it’s October! It’s not even November! Pretty soon November, but not yet! We haven’t done Hallowe’en yet! And it’s still Daylight Saving Time! Snow in Schuylkill County before we even turn the clocks back? What kind of a deal is that? What kind of a goofy universe are You running anyway? (I’m sorry if I sound disrespectful, but I’m kind of fired up right now!) Maine or upstate New York, maybe they would like some snow in October. That’s up to You! Canada? Sure! You can dump all the snow You want on Canada in October! Canada’s none of my business! Besides, Canadians expect to get dumped on! But Schuylkill County? That’s in Pennsylvania, you know! It’s not in Saskatchewan! And it’s not even in the northern boonies of Pennsylvania! You want to send a snowstorm to the Poconos in October? I have no problem with that. But Schuylkill County is not — I repeat NOT — in the Poconos! I heard rumors yesterday that we were going to get some “flurries”. I didn’t pay any attention to that. I figured You were just going to do some itsy bitsy practice snow that would be gone before it hit the ground! But this stuff is sticking to the ground! Not good! Not good at all! And, by the way, have You taken a look at the price of heating oil lately? And do You have any idea of what our parish finances are like? Do You? I mean, really! Look, I’m trying to run a reasonably tight ship here and if there’s anything I don’t need, it’s SNOW before the agreed-upon and customary time for snow. I thought we had some kind of a contract with You about snow! Or am I mistaken? The contract says You don’t do any serious snow until December, preferably mid-December. A little light sprinkling on Christmas Eve is okay. In fact, it’s even kind of pretty and puts us in the mood. But, other than that, please keep it to a minimum. Now I want You to promise me: NO MORE SNOW UNTIL DECEMBER. You hear me? NO MORE SNOW UNTIL DECEMBER! Let me be more specific: NO MORE SNOW UNTIL WINTER OFFICIALLY BEGINS! If I’m not mistaken, that’s 22 December 2011! That’s the Winter Solstice. If You don’t believe me, check it out with whichever one of Your angels is Head Honcho of our Solar System. Please make a note to do that! Okay?
Thank You very much for Your time! I’m outta here! World without end. Amen.
Oh, and by the way: I’m not the ONLY one who thinks this way. I could give You names of quite a few others who share my opinion!
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA, Court St. Cecilia, will meet at 02:00 pm on Tuesday, 01 November, in the Father Sheridan Room. All members are asked to attend!
HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, 03 November, in the parish hall, after the 06:30 pm Mass. All members are asked to attend. New members are always welcome.

stjos/stvdp: 10.30.2011 - 06



POOR CALVIN! POOR HOBBES!

Obviously they are clueless about the eternal verities.
They are like some children and some tigers in Girardville whose parents don’t take them to church, who don’t go either to Catholic school or to CCD, who don’t get any religious education.
These poor children don’t know “where we go when we die”.
If people don’t know where they go when they die, it is unlikely they will get to where they ought to go when they die. Not only that, but they will very likely go to where they ought not to go when they die.
And neither one of those places is Pittsburgh!
If you know any children in Girardville (or points beyond) whose parents don’t take them to church and who don’t go to Catholic school or to CCD, why don’t you do something about it?
Like what? Like invite the children to go with you to church and like invite them to sign up for CCD (or Trinity Academy).
Obviously, you will need permission from the children’s parents for any of the above, but that might be easily obtained (in many cases) if you simply ask.
Let me tell you a true story:
Back in my Pottsville days (1986-2008), I just happened to be standing outside the rectory one day when a boy (about fourteen years old) came down the street delivering the newspaper. Since I was standing outside, he handed me the paper instead of leaving it on the steps. I had never seen the boy before. I said to him, “So, you must be our new paper boy!” He said, “Yes”. I asked him his name. He told me. I thought that I recognized the last name. I asked him, “Are you related to ______?” He said, “Yes, I think so, but I’m not sure exactly how”. (The person I was thinking of was a cousin of his.) I asked him if he was a Catholic. (I sort of suspected that he might be because the cousin is a Catholic.) The boy said, “Yes”. I asked him what parish he belonged to. He gave me the deer-in-the-headlights look. So, I simplified the question. I said, “What church do you go to?” He said that he didn’t go to church. I asked him if he had made his First Holy Communion. He said, “No”. I asked him if he would like to receive his First Holy Communion. He said, “Yes”. I said, “Okay, let me talk to your Mom and Dad about it. I’ll tell you what. Here’s my name and telephone number. [I wrote them on a scrap of paper.] Tell your Mom and Dad that we were talking and that they should please call me”. He said, “Okay” and went his way.
If you had asked me at that moment whether I really and truly expected to get a call from his Mom and Dad, I would have said, “Probably not, but nothing ventured, nothing gained!”
But, lo and behold, I did get a call from the parents! They asked me to visit them in their house. I said, “Okay” and we set a day and time. When I rang the doorbell, the parents greeted me. They were very polite and slightly nervous. The boy with whom I had had the conversation was seated on the couch in the parlor, along with his two younger brothers, ages about eleven and eight. The parents told me that none of the boys had been baptized yet and that they themselves, although Catholic, had never been married by a priest but wanted (a) to have the boys baptized and (b) to get their marriage “straightened out” in the Church.
I told them, “Sure! That’s right up my alley! I know how to do that!”
To make a long story short, I arranged for the boys to receive the requisite instructions, after which I administered to them the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist (and, soon thereafter, Confession). I also had the happiness of convalidating their parents’ marriage, which restored their sacramental privileges.
In retrospect, I am happy that I initiated a conversation with that particular paper boy on that particular day.
Why don’t you initiate a similar conversation with some boy or girl (or tiger or tigress) who doesn’t go to church?

stjos/stvdp: 10.30.2011 - 07


ALL SAINTS DAY
Tuesday, 01 November

A Holyday of Obligation
All Catholics are obliged to attend Mass either on the day itself or on the Vigil.
MASS SCHEDULE

Monday, 31 October
St. Joseph Chapel
04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm

Tuesday, 01 November
St. Vincent dePaul Church
09:00 am
St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm

ALL SOULS DAY
Wednesday, 02 November
Not a Holyday of Obligation

Nevertheless, it is a day on which pious Catholics try to attend Mass in order to intercede with God on behalf of their beloved relatives and friends who have died. A priest is normally permitted to offer Mass only once a day, unless “the needs of the faithful” or “some good reason” require that he offer Mass a second or third time. But on All Souls Day, a priest is permitted to celebrate Mass three times, without reference to “the needs of the faithful” or “some good reason”. Therefore, because we have the advantage of having the services of Fr. Brennan, we are able to schedule SIX Masses in Girardville on 02 November. I think this is an extraordinary opportunity!

MASS SCHEDULE

Wednesday, 02 November
St. Joseph Chapel
08:00 am
09:00 am
12:00 noon
St. Vincent dePaul Church
04:00 pm
06:00 pm
07:00 pm

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