Saturday, 19 February
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — EARL RICHARDS
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Sunday, 20 February
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — MARIAN (Ranieri) MONTEROSSO
by Bernadine Chupasko

Monday, 21 February
St. Peter Damian, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — EMMA LEONARD
by OPM

Tuesday, 22 February
The Chair of St. Peter, apostle (Fst)
by M/M Joseph Tancredi

Wednesday, 23 February
St. Polycarp, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — SAM and PAULINE BLANCO
by their family

Thursday, 24 February
by OPM

Friday, 25 February
08:00 am — ROBERT SCULLY
by his family

Saturday, 26 February
08:00 am — JULIA LESCHER
by OPM
Vigil of Sunday
by Joe and Marian Kleeman

Sunday, 27 February
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JUNE ANN ROWLAND PELLEGRINO (75th anniversary of birth)
by her sister, Eileen Rowland


Saturday, 19 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 20 February
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: LIPPAY FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Monday, 21 February
St. Peter Damian, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — MELVIN D. WEIR
by OPM

Tuesday, 22 February
The Chair of St. Peter, apostle (Fst)
by OPM

Wednesday, 23 February
St. Polycarp, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
by Shirley Losch Recla

Thursday, 24 February
by Uncle Kelly, Aunt Sharon and cousins

Friday, 25 February
05:00 pm — JAMES HOLLEY
by OPM

Saturday, 26 February
Vigil of Sunday
by the Petrousky and the Wascavage families

Sunday, 27 February
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by M/M John Gillis

stjos/stvdp: 02.20.2011 - 01

12 / 13 FEBRUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,255.30 from the Sunday envelopes; $66.00 from the second collection (plate); $158.00 from the Dues envelopes; $226.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $155.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $221.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,081.30
Receipts for non-parish purposes: -0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,081.30) 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 $930.13 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $885.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $40.00 from the second collection (plate); $74.00 from the Dues envelopes; $179.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $92.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $104.00 from the loose (including loose from Spanish Mass).
Total: $1,374.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: -0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,374.00) 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 $611.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 23 February
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 24 February
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 25 February
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Keep in mind that Confession is available outside the scheduled times to anyone who asks. If you want to go to Confession, simply tap the priest on the shoulder or (preferably) call the pastor and agree with him on a time. Fr. Connolly does not consider such requests to be “an imposition” on his time. He is happy to make the sacrament available.


Wednesday, 23 February
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

Friday, 25 February
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm)

Jesus waits patiently for His friends to come and acknowledge Him.
Those who acknowledge Him in this life will be acknowledged by Him in the life to come.

stjos/stvdp: 02.20.2011 - 02


01. How long did the Hundred Years' War last?
02. Which country makes Panama hats?
03. From which animal do we get cat gut?
04. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
05. From what animal’s fur are camel's hair brushes made?
06. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
07. What was King George VI's first name?
08. What color is a purple finch?
09. Which country do Chinese gooseberries come from?
10. What color is the black box in a commercial airplane?
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS of three of the fourteen pastors of St. Joseph Parish. Does anyone, by any chance, happen to have a photograph of any of the following? Fathers Bridgman (founding pastor), O’Connor (second pastor) and Smith (sixth pastor)?
If you check out the history of StJosPar on line, you will see that we have photographs of eleven pastors, but not of these three.
Please search your grandmother’s attic, look inside her prayerbooks and scrapbooks. Maybe you’ll find what we’re looking for. If you do, bring it to the Rectory. We’ll make a copy and give you back your original.
The women of the St. VdP Holy Rosary Society are looking for help in setting up for the Chinese Auction. The setting up will take place today (Sunday, 20 February) at 01:00 pm in the Parish Hall.
Please volunteer your time towards making this event a grand success.
Anyone wishing to make returns and / or to donate prizes may do so at this time.
All help is welcome: men, women and children old enough to make themselves useful.
JUST IN CASE YOU NOTICE “by OPM” popping up with some frequency on the first page of the bulletin and you wonder who “OPM” is, I’ll clue you in. When a parish does not have sufficient Mass intentions for the number of Masses that are offered in the parish (as is the case with our two parishes), the pastor can ask the Office of Priestly Ministry of the Diocese to send him some Mass intentions. That is what I have done. We do not have anywhere near the number of Mass intentions generated from within our two parishes to “supply” intentions for our Mass schedule. By contrast, there are parishes in the Diocese that have a superabundance of Mass intentions, more than they can handle. So, these parishes send the intentions into the OPM, for the sake of relatively “poor parishes” such as ours. “OPM” means “Office of Priestly Ministry”. Now you know.
A couple were having marital problems. They decided together to do the right thing and, so, they contacted a marriage counselor. Several visits followed. Lots of questions were asked and lots of complaints were registered. Eventually the counselor felt that he had discovered the main problem.
He stood up, went over to the woman, asked her to stand up and then gave her a great big hug.
He turned to the husband and said, "This is what your wife needs, at least once every day."
The husband frowned, considered what had been said for a moment, then replied, "Okay, Doc, if you say so! What time do you want me to bring her back tomorrow?"

stjos/stvdp: 02.20.2011 - 03


Dear Father Connolly:
I have a question. It always troubles me a bit that Our Lord says "You have said it" when someone asks him a question. For example, when the disciples respond to Him stating that one of them is about to betray Him, many ask "Is it I?", but only when Judas asks does He say "You have said it". At least that's how I think it plays out. Maybe I have it wrong, but I think you get my point). I am just going off the top of my head quickly. Anyway, any thoughts on why He does this? It does not seem to me that those asking the question are implicating themselves, but rather are just asking a question.

Dear Mr. B.
In regard to Jesus saying, “You have said it” — here is my way of explaining it.
Jesus does not suffer fools gladly.
Perhaps it would be more correct to say that Jesus does not suffer villains gladly.
He used this expression (as you recall) with Judas and with Pontius Pilate, both of whom qualify as villains.
Picture this hypothetical scenario:
One of your children has broken a window in the house.
You know which one did it.
(Let me make Paul the villain in this scenario.)
No one else knows who did it, except, of course, Paul.
So, you line up all seven of your children and tell them that a window is broken and that you know that one of them is responsible.
(You are providing an opportunity for Paul to step forward and say, “Daddy, I did it. I’m sorry!”)
Each one asks you: “Daddy, do you think I’m the one who broke the window?”
Your response to each one is non-committal.
Last of all, Paul asks you: “Daddy, do you think I’m the one who broke the window?”
Now you are not quite as non-committal.
On the other hand, you do not directly accuse him.
You still give him an opportunity to admit it.
So, in mercy, you say to him: “Well, Paul, you can answer that question yourself! In fact, maybe you have already answered it.”
That would be roughly the same as saying: “Well, Paul, you have said it!”
I think the point here is this: Jesus wants us (and all villains) to know that He is not ultimately going to be our judge but, rather, that we ourselves will be our own judges. He is not going to convict us. He will simply allow us to convict ourselves.
Jesus’ reply to Judas was a last-ditch effort to get Judas to convict himself rather than have Jesus convict him.
Check out John 12, 47-48: “If any one hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings has a judge; the word that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.”
In regard to Pontius Pilate, my take is this (although it’s somewhat more obscure than the dialogue with Judas):
Possibility #1: Pilate is perhaps being sarcastic in asking “Are you a king?”
If so, then Jesus does not care to dignify sarcasm with a straight answer. So, he simply says, “You have said it” --- meaning, “I suggest that you answer that question yourself. Why should I throw my pearls before swine?”

Possibility #2: On the other hand, it is possible that Pilate is not being sarcastic but is somewhat fearful that Jesus really is the long awaited Jewish Messiah. (Pilate would certainly have known about Jewish messianic expectations.) So, Pilate would have been asking Jesus, “Are you the king the Jews have been waiting for?” Jesus knows that Pilate’s concept of “king” is political. So, Jesus does not want Pilate to think that He (Jesus) is some sort of aspirant to political kingship. Neither is Pilate ready for the truth about the true nature of Jesus’ kingship., Jesus says, “You have said it.” In this case, He means “I do not deny that I am a king but neither am I about to give you any ammunition for ordering my execution. So, let’s just keep it ambiguous unless and until I decide to clue you into Who and What I really am.”
Jesus often educates in the literal sense of “educate”, i.e. He “draws out” of people what they already know deep down. He brings hidden things to light.

stjos/stvdp: 02.20.2011 - 04 /

The writer is a friend of mine, a retired Lieutenant Colonel. Obviously, his mind runs in military analogies. As a non-military person, I can only hope that I have grasped his analogy and answered appropriately.
Dear Father Connolly:
As usual, when approaching this topic I must go to my most trusted source. I heard an interesting topic the other day and I started to think- and caught myself over-thinking- so just what is the exact answer here?
Must the Devil be ‘destroyed’ or is it possible to have him ‘repent’ to GOD by merely being ‘defeated’?
At first I thought this to be a ‘no-brainer’ but unfortunately I started to think about all the implications and started to wonder.
Part of this comes from background and the military’s obsession with precision of words. In military terms the idea of “DEFEAT” is quite explicit, It differs from the “destroy’ as follows”: To defeat an enemy is to place them in a position where their will to fight no longer exists and they do not possess the strength to significantly harm you, to ignore them could pose a danger if circumstances would change.
“DESTROY”, on the other hand, is placing your enemy in a position that they are no longer any type of fighting force and possess no capability to be of any threat; they are no longer considered an entity and cannot present an offensive attack, to ignore them would cause no consequence.
I did not question the idea of ‘destroying’ the devil and evil, but I wondered if the capability of repentance is possible and would God accept ‘unconditional’ defeat in lieu of destruction.
I hope I haven’t blasphemed myself by forgetting a particular portion of my catechism but as long as it was on my mind I thought I would throw it your way

Dear Colonel B:
Your question comes under the general heading of “Eschatology”, which is that branch of Theology that deals with ultimate outcomes. It also comes under “Angelology”, which deals, of course with the nature and activity of pure spirit creatures, both “good angels” and “bad angels”.
First thing to be observed (dipping into Angelology) is that angels cannot be annihilated. They will never cease to exist.

Second thing to be observed (also from Angelology) is that angels never change their minds, by which I mean they never let go of a decision that they have made, whether for good or for evil. So, Satan and his angels will never cease to hate God and to wish to do Him harm. Nor will they ever cease to wish to harm human beings. Satan and his angels have sworn eternal and unremitting hostility towards God and His human creatures. (Note, of course, that the word “angel” is correctly applied to Satan and the other fallen pure spirit persons, although we commonly use the word “devil”.)

Third thing to be observed (from Eschatology) is that human beings will be divided into two classes: those who are in Heaven and those who are in Hell. This will never change. No one in Hell will ever “flip over” into Heaven, nor will anyone in Heaven ever be in danger of “flipping over” into Hell. Those who are in Hell will be eternally subject to Satan and his angels. (In which case, I guess we would have to say that Satan will have won a partial victory.) Those who are in Heaven will be eternally beyond the power of Satan and his angels and this will constitute the defeat of Satan. Satan’s knowledge that there are human beings in the state of eternal glory will be a source of eternal torment to him. In addition to which, the human beings whom he has managed to drag down with him will be contemptible to him. He will be “stuck” with them and would be glad to be rid of them, but will find that he cannot get rid of them, nor can they get rid of him. In his fury and frustration, he will torture them, thus turning up the heat of anger on their part towards him, but he will derive no satisfaction from torturing them. Hell is a place of total non-rationality. It is a state and a place where everyone, both angelic and human, exist in absolutely mutual hatred and contempt. I think it is safe to say that Satan will continue to yearn to bring down to Hell all of those who are in Heaven, but will know that this will be forever utterly beyond his power, inasmuch as the saved are in the state of deification, which is to say they are God-like beings, no more capable of being harmed by Satan than would God Himself be capable of being harmed. If we have any awareness of Satan at all when we are in heaven, we will be aware of him only as a ridiculous and pathetic clown.
Having said all this, and having looked again at your descriptions of DEFEAT as opposed to DESTROY, I guess I would opt for saying that, in the long run, Satan and his angels will be DESTROYED.
My only problem with the word “destroy” is that, in my mind, it implies annihilation. So, as long as we don’t include “annihilation” in our definition of “destroy”, I’ll go with “destroy”.

stjos/stvdp: 02.20.2011 - 05

You are going to have one heck of a good time!

stjos/stvdp: 02.20.2011 - 06

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Fourth Annual Gala on Sunday, 27 February, 5:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Fogelsville. Most Rev. John O. Barres, D.D., Bishop of Allentown will host the evening as we honor Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville. To receive an invitation, become a sponsor, or place a patron or business advertisement in the program, please contact Gala Chairpersons, Pam and Tony Salvino at 610-791-3888, ext. 305 or Lynne Shampain at Catholic Charities 610-791-3888, ext. 310 or Information is posted on
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Counseling & Behavioral Health Program is accepting Medical Assistance / Health Choices Insurance for residents of Schuylkill County. Traditional Highmark Blue Shield and Traditional Blue Cross are accepted for residents of any county. Please contact the Schuylkill / Carbon service office at 13 Westwood Center, Pottsville, 570-628-0466.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown offers services at Annunciation BVM Parish in Shenandoah on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Services include pregnancy and parenting support; case management for individuals, families, and older adults; and information and referral. Walk-ins are welcome, however, appointments are encouraged. Please call Catholic Charities at 570-628-0466 to schedule an appointment or for further information.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS of five former pastors of St. Vincent dePaul Parish. We have photos of eleven of the sixteen priests who have served (are serving) as pastor, but we do not have photos of the following: Fathers Dumcius, Taskunas, Durickas, Ausgustaitis and Valaitis.
Is it possible that someone might have a photograph of any of these priests? If you do, we would be grateful if you would let us know. We will make a copy of it and give the original back to you.
As, perhaps, you know from looking at our StVdP Parish history on line, we are missing these five photos.
TRIDENTINE MASS NEXT SUNDAY: Just a reminder that the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church on Sunday, 27 February, will be celebrated according to the “extraordinary form”. A question that no one has ever asked (as far as I know) is this: Is it necessary to have an extraordinary priest in order to have Mass in the “extraordinary form”? We are happy to answer this question that no one has asked: No, it is not necessary to have an extraordinary priest in order to have Mass in the “extraordinary form”. An ordinary priest will do just fine.
DIOCESAN HISTORY BOOKS will be sold in the back of the church (both parishes) this weekend. After this weekend, if you wish to purchase this book, please go to the Rectory. As mentioned several times, we are selling this book for a mere pittance of its actual worth: $25.00.
Once these books are gone, they’ll be gone. Get your copy before they’re gone!
The Diocese published this book in recognition of the fact that the Diocese of Allentown is now fifty years old! It was founded in 1961 by Bishop Joseph McShea, at the command of Blessed Pope John XXIII.
While on the subject of “diocesan history”, does anyone know the answer to this question:
Who was the first young man to apply to the Diocese of Allentown for acceptance as a seminarian (candidate for priesthood)?
Answer to this question: We won’t give his name but we’ll give a hint: He is currently serving as pastor of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish in Girardville PA.

stjos/stvdp: 02.20.2011 - 07

Trinity Academy invited the pastors of the region to “do lunch” with the kids from their own parishes this past Friday (18 Feb). The occasion was named “Pizza with the Pastors”. So, that’s what I did. I went to Trinity’s cafeteria to “do lunch” with my young parishioners. I had a good time. I had salad with Italian dressing, two pieces of pizza, peaches and pears in syrup. I finished it off with two cups of coffee. Very good! Best of all, I had the company of the children of our two parishes who attend Trinity, all of whom are intelligent, well-mannered, good looking, virtuous and immensely lovable.
I knew all of their names, with the exception of two little boys whose names I learned during the course of the meal. One of the boys whose name I learned is Christopher. He is in Kindergarten. I asked him where he lives. He said he lives in Girardville. I asked him for his address. He said he didn’t know his address. I asked him for the name of the street on which he lived. He didn’t know the name of the street. I told him that it would be a good idea if he would learn his address (street plus house number) and commit it to memory. I dipped into the wisdom of the ancients as it was imparted to me in my younger days and said, “Well, Christopher, you see, it’s like this: I hope you never get lost, but if you ever do get lost, you will want to know what your address is so that you can tell the policeman where you live so that he can bring you back home.” Christopher seemed to think that that was a good idea. I hope I motivated him to go learn his address.
The most talkative of the children was Dylan, who is in first grade. He told me that he had been out somewhere with his Dad and he saw “thousands of deer” gathered in the woods. I got the impression that he was telling me that he saw these “thousands of deer” all gathered in one place at one time. I was duly impressed. I myself have spotted deer out in the woods (or on the fringes of the woods) from time to time, but the most I have ever seen at one time in one place was about six or seven — and that was on a banner day! Usually, if I see any deer at all, I see just one or two. I have never seen “thousands of deer” at one time in one place. But who am I to dispute Dylan’s count? If he saw “thousands of deer”, I guess he saw “thousands of deer”!
Dylan also told me about video games. He said that he has a PlayStation and a Wii and all sorts of video games and that he shoots deer and antelope and moose and rams. I told him that that must really be fun! Then I told him (to his utter amazement) that I have never in my whole life played any video games. This prompted a little girl whose name is Morgan and who is also in first grade, to invite me to her house to play with her video games. I thanked her for her kindness, but left it somewhat open-ended as to whether I would accept her invitation to show up at her house to play with her video games. Maybe I will and, then again, maybe I won’t. I’m not sure it’s a good idea for a parish priest to ring a doorbell and say, “I came over to play video games with your kids”.
Then I told Dylan and Morgan and the other kids within earshot that, when I was a kid, not only didn’t we have any video games but that, as a matter of fact, we didn’t even have a television! (As I recall, I was in ninth grade before my parents finally surrendered to the inevitable and bought a TV.) After a slight pause, as though to recover from the shock, Morgan asked me what in the world I did to fill in the time when I was a kid. I told her that I went out to the park to play and did a lot of walking and running and exploring and falling down and getting up again and just kind of generally goofing off. Morgan said that that was good, but I felt she was saying that so as to spare my feelings. Then, just to let the kids know that I was not entirely deprived of technology as a child, I told them that I also passed the time as a kid by listening to the radio. This seemed to satisfy Morgan somewhat. She said, as though to comfort me, “Well, at least you had something!”
I agreed with her. Yes, Morgan, at least I had something! Thanks be to God! At least I had something!
If only you knew, dear Morgan, dear Dylan, dear Christopher, dear children all. If only you knew what I had! But between the old and the young there is an impassable chasm that will be bridged only in Eternity, when I will no longer be so old and you will no longer be so young. Perhaps, in Eternity, when we are all the same age and are wrapped up in God, we will find time to do lunch together in God’s woods, and will gaze in wonder upon thousands of deer.

stjos/stvdp: 02.20.2011 - 08



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