Saturday, 16 July
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN J. and SUSAN CUFF
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

Sunday, 17 July
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — PAUL “Pop” KOWALICK
by his wife, children and grandchildren

Monday, 18 July
St. Camillus deLellis, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS J. KING
by his daughter, Ellen

Tuesday, 19 July
by Jule Dougherty and son, Gene

Wednesday, 20 July
St. Apollinaris, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOHN BURNS Sr.
by his son, John

Thursday, 21 July
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOHN P. HORAN
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Friday, 22 July
St. Mary Magdalene (OblMem)
by Margaret Kowalick

Saturday, 23 July
St. Bridget of Sweden, religious (OptMem)
by the Amendola family
Vigil of Sunday
by Thomas J. Clarke

Sunday, 24 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by her sister, Nora, and Chip and sons


Saturday, 16 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANDREW and MARY POWLICK
by Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Sunday, 17 July
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Connell family

Monday, 18 July
St. Camillus deLellis, priest (OptMem)
07:00 pm — HELEN WINKLER
by Marlene Birster

Tuesday, 19 July
08:00 am — FRANCIS P. MORRIS
by his sister, Jean

Wednesday, 20 July
St. Apollinaris, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
by Shirley Losch Recla

Thursday, 21 July
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — EDWARD M. COYLE (3rd anniversary)
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Friday, 22 July
St. Mary Magdalene (OblMem)
05:00 pm — TOM KARMOSKY
by OPM

Saturday, 23 July
Vigil of Sunday
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 24 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Whytena and Fisher families

stjos/stvdp: 07.17.2011 - 01

09 / 10 JULY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,017.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $48.00 from the second collection (plate); $64.00 from the Dues envelopes; $145.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $61.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,335.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,335.00) 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: $878.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $37.00 from the second collection (plate); $50.00 from the Dues envelopes; $198.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,213.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,213.00) 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 $450.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 20 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 21 July
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 22 July
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


IF YOU NEVER GO TO CONFESSION, THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE OF THREE REASONS: (a) You are a perfect person, in which case please let us know, so that we can get an early start on your canonization process; (b) You have lost the Catholic Faith, which means your salvation is in peril; (c) You have not lost your Faith but are afraid that the priest will holler at you for being naughty, in which case please know that Fr. Connolly will give you one thousand dollars (cash) if he hollers at you in Confession.


Wednesday, 20 July
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

Friday, 22 July
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm

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a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Tuesday, 12 July.
Born on 27 July 1915, she was 95 years old.
Mae is one of two daughters born to the late John and Helen (“Ella”) Dolphin.
Her sister is Thelma Dolphin Mater (deceased).
Mae was baptized in Mount Carmel on 27 July 1915.
Her father, John Dolphin, died in 1918 during the flu epidemic.
Her mother’s second husband was a widower, John Karvois (deceased).
From that marriage, Mae acquired four stepsisters and one stepbrother.
They are the following: Florence Karvois (deceased); Anna Karvois (deceased); Mary Karvois Mulligan (deceased); Elva Karvois Luttringer; Cyril Karvois (deceased).
On 01 January 1937, Mae was married to John G. Robitis in St. Vincent dePaul Church in the presence of Fr. Michael Daumantas.
John died in 1997.
John and Mae have a son, George Robitis, who died the same year as his father, viz. 1997.
They have two grandchildren: Mary Beth Robitis Sugrue and Krista Robitis Pikitus.
They have three great-grandchildren: Rebecca A. Pikitus; Emily A. Sugrue; Francis G. Pikitus.
Mae’s principal caregiver in her later years was her daughter-in-law, Marianne Feddor Robitis.
Among those who survive Mae is someone “like a sister to her”, viz. Maude Conway Karvois (widow of Cyril).
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Saturday, 16 July, at 11:00 am. The interment took place in St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery, Englewood (Frackville).
Eternal rest grant unto Mae, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
A note of interest “for the sake of the historical record”: In the St. Vincent dePaul Parish marriage register, the name of John Robitis (Mae’s husband) is given as “John Urbaitis”. Point to be made: “John Robitis” and “John Urbaitis” are one and the same person. Apparently the name was “misheard” at some point, as a result of which it was “spelled as it was heard”. Some of the family clung to the original spelling and some adopted the variant spelling. Such anomalies stem from the days when a great many persons from eastern Europe were being processed at Ellis Island and the ones doing the processing were not immune from error.

By your pastor and friends, you will be much admired.
And we promise you that you will never be fired.
But if you ever get tired
(of singing in the choir),
we might allow you to retire,
but not without two-weeks notice prior.
The need is dire.
When I say that, I’m not a liar!
Contact Dan Krynak,
the Master of the Choir
at 570-276-6401
or else send him a wire.

stjos/stvdp:07.17.2011 - 03

Gay, Catholic, and Doing Fine

Steve Gershom (a pseudonym) is a gay Catholic man in his late twenties. You can find his blog at
You can also find him on Twitter as stevegershom. This article is one of the best I have read on the subject of being “gay and Catholic”.
When Leila asked me to write about gay marriage, the first thing I found out was how little I know about it. If I wanted to say anything coherent, I'd have to have definite beliefs about some deeper, thornier subjects first: the relationship between civil and moral law, just for starters. Even if I were sure enough of myself to talk about those things, I doubt I could do it in a blog-sized article.
So I'll have to do it in a more personal way. That might be better anyhow.
I have heard a lot about how mean the Church is, and how bigoted, because she opposes gay marriage. How badly she misunderstands gay people, and how hostile she is towards us. My gut reaction to such things is: Are you freaking kidding me? Are we even talking about the same church?
When I go to Confession, I sometimes mention the fact that I'm gay, to give the priest some context. (And to spare him some confusion: Did you say 'locker room'? What were you doing in the women's...oh!) I've always gotten one of two responses: either compassion, encouragement, and admiration, because the celibate life is difficult and profoundly counter-cultural; or nothing at all, not even a ripple, as if I had confessed eating too much on Thanksgiving.
Of the two responses, my ego prefers the first — who doesn't like thinking of himself as some kind of hero? — but the second might make more sense. Being gay doesn't mean I'm special or extraordinary. It just means that my life is not always easy. (Surprise!) And as my friend, “ J”, said when I told him recently about my homosexuality, "I guess if it wasn't that, it would have been something else." By which he meant that nobody lives without a burden of one kind or another. As Rabbi Abraham Heschel said: "The man who has not suffered — what can he possibly know, anyway?"
Where are all these bigoted Catholics I keep hearing about? When I told my family a year ago, not one of them responded with anything but love and understanding. Nobody acted like I had a disease. Nobody started treating me differently or looking at me funny. The same is true of every one of the Catholic friends that I've told. They love me for who I am.
Actually, the only time I get shock or disgust or disbelief, the only time I've noticed people treating me differently after I tell them, is when I tell someone who supports the gay lifestyle. Celibacy?? You must be some kind of freak.
Hooray for tolerance of different viewpoints. I'm grateful to gay activists for some things -- making people more aware of the prevalence of homosexuality, making homophobia less socially acceptable -- but they also make it more difficult for me to be understood, to be accepted for who I am and what I believe. If I want open-mindedness, acceptance, and understanding, I look to Catholics.

stjos/stvdp: 07.17.2011 - 04

Is it hard to be gay and Catholic? Yes, because like everybody, I sometimes want things that are not good for me. The Church doesn't let me have those things, not because she's mean, but because she's a good mother. If my son or daughter wanted to eat sand, I'd tell them: That's not what sand is for; it won't nourish you; it will hurt you. Maybe my daughter has some kind of condition that makes her like sand better than food, but I still wouldn't let her eat it. Actually, if she were young or stubborn enough, I might not be able to reason with her. I might just have to make a rule against eating sand — even if she thought I was mean.
So the Church doesn't oppose gay marriage because it's wrong; she opposes it because it's impossible, just as impossible as living on a diet of sand. The Church believes, and I believe, in a universe that means something, and in a God who made the universe — made men and women, designed sex and marriage from the ground up. In that universe, gay marriage doesn't make sense. It doesn't fit with the rest of the picture, and we're not about to throw out the rest of the picture.
If you don't believe in these things, if you believe that men and women and sex and marriage are pretty much whatever we say they are, then okay! We don't have much left to talk about. That's not the world I live in.
So, yes, it's hard to be gay and Catholic — it's hard to be anything and Catholic — because I don't always get to do what I want. Show me a religion where you always get to do what you want and I'll show you a pretty shabby, lazy religion — something not worth living or dying for, or even getting up in the morning for. That might be the kind of world John Lennon wanted, but John Lennon was kind of an idiot.
Would I trade in my Catholicism for a worldview where I get to marry a man? Would I trade in the Eucharist and the Mass and the rest of it? Being a Catholic means believing in a God who literally waits in the chapel for me, hoping I'll stop by just for ten minutes so he can pour out love and healing on my heart. Which is worth more — all this, or getting to have sex with whom I want? I wish everybody, straight or gay, had as beautiful a life as I have.
I know this isn't a satisfactory answer. I don't think any words could be. I try to make my life a satisfactory answer, to this question and to others: What are people for? What is love, and what does it look like? How do we get past our own selfishness so we can love God and our neighbors and ourselves?
It's a work in progress.

This past weekend, someone dropped into the collection basket at StVdP a paper on which was an article written by the Rev. Stephen Heiss, a Methodist minister in Binghamton NY. The minister is an advocate for “gay rights” and a passionate opponent of persons (like me) who claim that homosexual actions are sinful. I presume the person who dropped it into the basket agrees with the writer, although I don’t know that for a fact.
Unconnected with the above, I had a vigorous kitchen-table discussion with a teenage girl this past Sunday (not anyone remotely connected with Girardville) who was adamant that homosexuality is “just as good” as heterosexuality. As far as I know, the girl does not identify herself as being “gay” but, somehow or other, has been persuaded that the defense of homosexuality is a great “cause”. She is young and, like many young persons, is idealistic and, quite frankly, has been deprived of a reliable moral compass.
I caution everyone, as I have done before and, no doubt, shall do again, that the battle lines are being drawn.
Anyone who believes in the one true God and in Jesus Christ, the Son of the one true God, knows that sodomy is profoundly and intrinsically evil. It is a sign of the diabolical. Anyone who, out of weakness, engages in homosexual activity must repent and confess. Anyone who calls sodomy (homosexual actions) good has committed the sin against the Holy Ghost.

stjos/stvdp: 07.17.2011 - 05

St. Joseph Parish
Total Goal: $7,140.00 Pledges & 1-Time Gifts: $3,812.00 Amount Collected: $2,984.50
Average Gift: $152.48
Number of donors: 25 Num. registered families: 347
Participation Rate: 7.20%
 St. Vincent dePaul Parish
Total Goal: $5,539.00 Pledges & 1-Time Gifts: $3,927.00 Amount Collected: $3,657.00
Average Gift: $122.72
Number of donors: 32 Num. registered families: 120
Participation Rate: 26.67%

Dear Members of St. Joseph and St. Vincent dePaul Parishes:
If you have already made your contribution to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, thank you!
If you have not, I beseech you to do so.
Thank you!
                                                                                                                                    Fr. Edward B. Connolly
Ian informs me that he left a paint roller and pan in the kitchen of St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall. When he went to retrieve it, it wasn’t there. Does anyone know where it is? Please call the Rectory if you do.
No questions will be asked. You can call anonymously. If you stole it (excuse me, I mean “borrowed it”) and are willing to return it, we will not notify the police and no harm will come to your father or mother.


That’s the “B” Street Park.
Wednesday, 20 July
07:00 pm
Young people up to age 18 are welcome and encouraged to attend!
There will be a guest speaker.
(Have no fear, it will not be Fr. Connolly.)

(This bulletin item has no necessary connection with the item that precedes it. Just a coincidence!)

stjos/stvdp: 07.17.2011 - 06

The California Catholic Conference opposes a bill passed by the legislature that requires social studies texts for kindergarteners through high school seniors in public school to specifically include the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The bill also would prohibit the state from adopting instructional materials that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Here we go again! This is just further evidence (as if we needed any further evidence) that society is going to hell in a hand basket. Keep in mind that “discrimination” — in and of itself — is morally neutral. It all depends on what we are discriminating against and why. For example, I was in a restaurant recently with three other persons. The waitress placed four empty dishes on the table for us to share a platter of appetizers. When we sorted out the plates, we found that one of them was soiled. We discreetly informed the waitress and she brought us a clean plate. That was a clear cut case of discrimination against a dirty plate. Was it justified? I think so!

I was interested to learn that the Most Reverend Samuel Aquila, Bishop of Fargo (ND), has said that he believes children should receive the Sacrament of Confirmation prior to receiving their First Holy Communion. There are many persons in the Church who are of the same opinion. I include myself. For a long time, I have thought that the Catholic Church of the Latin Rite would do well to adopt the practice of the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rites (and of the Orthodox Church) and confirm (chrismate) children immediately after baptizing them. Obviously, this is a matter on which Catholics may (quite legitimately) have different opinions. By saying that I favor this practice, I am not saying that it is “a big issue” with me. I leave such matters to those who are of a higher pay grade! But I must say that it is interesting that someone (Bishop Aquila) who functions “at a higher pay grade” has gone on record as having the same point of view.

Perhaps you saw the ABC News report (14 July) about consecrated virgins in the United States. I suspect that many Catholics are unaware that there is such a thing in the Catholic Church as a “consecrated virgin”. The term refers to a woman who, although not a “Sister” or a “Nun”, lives a consecrated single life in the world. Such a woman does not live in a convent, nor does she wear a habit or a veil, nor does she belong to a religious order. “Consecrated virgins” date back to the early beginnings of the Church. Blessed Pope John Paul II did much to revive the custom. There are about 3,000 consecrated virgins in the USA today. Anyone who would like to know more about this particular vocation can learn more by visiting the website of The United States Association of Consecrated Virgins:

"There was a time when Christians wanted to be obedient and faithful. Lately we are content to be sensitive. Once we aspired to justice and righteousness. Our present concern is that we be kind. If kindness alone were enough there would have been no cross. Jesus would have formed a sensitivity group and urged us to share our feelings, or a support group where we could affirm each other. Knowing full well the limits of humanity, the seriousness of our sin, and the depths of evil, he formed the Church and charted a different way."

William Wilimon

Comment: I came across the quote cited above and liked it. I thought it would make good “bulletin material”.
I encourage everyone to be wary about any presentation of religion that emphasizes SENSITIVITY and gives short shrift to TRUTH.

stjos/stvdp: 07.17.2011 - 07

In the end it was the Children's Mass that drove me away...
I just couldn't take it anymore. My son had been singing in the Children's Choir at a local parish for close to a year. If you’ve never been to a Children's Mass at your parish then God bless your fortunate soul! If you have, then you know.
At these Masses the children are called to the front of the church and sit cross-legged on the floor while they get their very own special sermon. It's ludicrous. Kids are already told every day in school that their self-esteem and self-importance are more valued than their being literate. Now they get to come to Mass and have Fr. Well Meaning reinforce this narcissistic behavior too. Forget that other guy! What's his name? Oh right! Jesus, I think it is.
It was so bad these Masses began to embarrass my son. He sang in the choir because it gave him joy and he liked expressing his love of God in this manner. He's wanted to serve the Mass since he was old enough to talk and the choir was the only way he could do so until he was old enough to be an altar server.
His, and my own, final straw was when Fr. Well Meaning made the kids stand up, before the final blessing, and receive a round of applause for their "performance".
Oh, and the parents of the other kids in the choir! Seriously, folks? I can see taking pictures of your tyke’s first time singing. But showing up at Mass every single time with a camcorder? Performance, indeed!
Look, kids aren't stupid. They are spiritually capable of so much more than Jesus loves me and Shine, Jesus, Shine. They are also fully capable of understanding that the Mass isn't about them, but about that Other Guy. Jesus is His Name. And they are happy to have the focus on Him.

“The window, she is leaking and the rain, she’s coming in.
If someone doesn’t fix it, I’ll be soaking to my skin.
But if I wait mañana, the rain will go away!
And who will need a window on such a sunny day?”
Mañana, mañana!
Mañana is good enough for me!

The words of this silly song come to my head as a result of a meeting held last Sunday of the StVdP Holy Name and Holy Rosary Societies. We met in order to discuss a proposal that has been presented to the parish.
Here is the simplified version: There are multiple leaks in StVdP Church.
They are obvious only when there is a heavy rain or when it snows.
The proposal we are entertaining would give us a ten-year guarantee that the leaks would be fixed.
The price (two separate jobs) is a bit more than $45,000!
No decision has been made.
Because of the amount, diocesan law requires that the pastor receive permission from the Bishop before signing the contract. We are currently in the thinking stage and have not yet approached the Bishop on the matter.
If anyone has $45,000 he / she would like to donate, please contact the pastor.

stjos/stvdp: 07.17.2011 - 08

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