Saturday, 03 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Jean Statutis Majikas and John Majikas

Sunday, 04 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ELLIE BOXER (50th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Monday, 05 September
by David and Susan Thye

Tuesday, 06 September
by OPM

Wednesday, 07 September
by OPM

Thursday, 08 September
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on Mr. and Mrs. WESLEY SHEA
by the Weidner family

Friday, 09 September
St. Peter Claver, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on JOAN MARIE THERESE WALLACE and family
by Brian Michael Purcell

Saturday, 10 September
by OPM
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — EDWARD and KATHRYN (Cuff) KUCHINSKY
by Kay Ellen

Sunday, 11 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JAMES O’DONNELL
by Margaret O’Donnell


Saturday, 03 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — SUSAN ROMANOT (2nd anniversary)
by her parents, Gary and Rita

Sunday, 04 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by her sister, Nora Mooney Chiplonia, and Chip and sons

Monday, 05 September
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 06 September
by her husband, Dennis

Wednesday, 07 September
by Jerome T. Gilmartin

Thursday, 08 September
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
7:00 pm — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Friday, 09 September
St. Peter Claver, priest (OptMem)
by his wife, Jean

Saturday, 10 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Granny and Pap

Sunday, 11 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 09.04.2011 - 01

27 / 28 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $835.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $81.00 from the second collection (plate); $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $11.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $5.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $108.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,075.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $10.00 from the Mission Co-op envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,075.00) 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 ($76.17) is available from this collection for operating the parish. This is a deficit.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,081.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $80.00 from the second collection (plate); $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $37.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $44.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,297.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $30.00 from the Mission Co-op envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,297.00) 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 $534.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 07 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 08 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 08 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church


Wednesday, 07 September
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 08 September
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Reason: Fr. Connolly has a wedding rehearsal in St. Joseph Church on Friday evening at 06:00 pm.

stjos/stvdp: 09.04.2011 - 02

THE HOLY NAME SOCIETY of St. Vincent dePaul Parish will meet next Sunday (11 Sept) in the parish hall after the 08:30 am Mass. All men of St. Vincent dePaul Parish are most welcome to join the Holy Name Society. In order to join, just show your face in the meeting room. If we like your face, we’ll be happy to sign you up. Because the faces of the current members of the Holy Name Society, including that of the pastor, are nothing to write home about, you can be fairly certain that your face will be acceptable.
THE CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA, Court St. Cecilia, will meet on Tuesday, 06 September, at 02:00 pm, in the Father Sheridan Room. All members are earnestly requested to attend and any woman who would like to join the CDA — or to learn more about it — is certainly welcome to attend.
CYO sign-ups for boys and girls basketball — grades three to eight — and also for cheerleading — grades two to six, will be held on Sunday, 18 September, from 05:00 to 06:00 pm in the Father Sheridan Room. Registration is $25.00 for new participants and $10.00 for those who participated in the past.
In case you are uncertain, please know that this program is for the children who are members of the parishes located in Ashland, Frackville, Girardville and Gordon.
For questions regarding the program, please call Paul Welker at (570) 875-2935 or Mary Anne Wesner at (570) 875-2528.
SOME StVdP PARISHIONERS have been asking me if I have heard back from Bishop Barres in regard to the letter I sent asking permission to spend approximately $45,000 “to plug the leaks” in StVdP Church. I have told them that I have not heard anything yet but, when I do, I shall certainly make it public and shall do so immediately. Some asked me if it would be “okay” if they were to write to the Bishop about this. My answer is simply this: It is a free country and anyone may write a letter to anyone but, if you were to ask me if I think it is a good idea to write to him, I would say, “probably not”.
A NEW MANAGER was hired for a warehouse. He was given permission by the owner to do whatever needed to be done in order to “whip the place into shape” and “get the ball rolling” and “cut out the nonsense” and “get his money’s worth out of the employees”. So, he walked onto the floor on his second day on the job and saw a guy with his arms folded and leaning against a wall. Looking to make an example of the guy, he barked at him, “Yo, buddy! How much do you make a week?” “Five hundred a week” said the guy. “Wait right here!” said the manager, and he walked back into the office and came out with $2,000 cash in his hand. With a flourish, he handed it to the guy who was leaning against the wall and said, “You’re fired! Take this four weeks severance pay and get the (blank) out of here and don’t come back!” The guy walked out. Once he was gone, the manager turned to the stunned employees and said, “What was that guy’s job? We’re going to need someone to replace him!” One of the employees said, “He’s the Domino man. He was just delivering some pizzas we ordered.”

stjos/stvdp:09.04.2011 - 03

I celebrated a wedding Mass last month in the chapel of Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA. After the wedding, I went over to the reception, which was held in a very fine venue on campus.
When the time came for the bride and groom to cut the cake, I watched intently.
Together they cut a slice, deftly placed it on a plate. Then they divided the slice into edible portions.
Then the groom took one of the portions and, ever so neatly, inserted it into the bride’s open mouth.
She chewed and swallowed it.
Then, she took one of the portions from the plate and, ever so neatly, inserted it into the groom’s open mouth.
He chewed and swallowed it.
They smiled at one another and then they kissed. It was one of umpteen kisses they had exchanged and would exchange that day!
It was all very nice!
I smiled and breathed a sigh of relief.
Why am I telling you this?
Do I think you have never been to a wedding reception?
Of course not! I presume you have been to a few wedding receptions in your life.
The reason I am telling you this is: (drum beat)
I have no doubt that some rowdy lads at the reception — let’s face it, there are always a few rowdy lads and maybe even a rowdy lass or two to be found at wedding receptions — were looking forward to the “push-the-cake-into-the-face shtick”. That particular deviation from protocol always gets some loud guffaws from the Uncouth and from the Great Unwashed, but it always leaves me with a sinking feeling in my stomach.
“How” say I to myself “can a man possibly smear a piece of cake on the face of his dearly beloved wife? And how can a woman possibly do the same to her dearly beloved husband? And on their wedding day, for crying out loud! And with the moment immortalized in countless video-cameras and smart phones!”
I must tell the truth!
As part of my conversation in preparing the couple for marriage, I had mentioned to them that I had a request to make, viz. that they not succumb to the temptation — regardless of the urgings of their peers — to turn the cake-feeding into a cake-smashing.
To my utter delight, they assured me that they did not intend to do any such thing and that they shared my distaste for this barbarous custom.
I thanked them for their common sense and intelligent resolution.
So, you see, there IS hope for the world.
Not everyone has sold out!

stjos/stvdp: 09.04.2011 - 04

POSTSCRIPT TO “Let Them Eat Cake”
The custom whereby the groom places food directly into the mouth of his bride — and she reciprocates — has echoes in the way we receive the Holy Eucharist.
The priest, representing Jesus the Divine Bridegroom, places His Body directly into the mouth of the communicant, who is His Holy Bride.
He does not place It in the hands.
We place “common food” into our own mouths.
But “Uncommon Food”, the Bread of Angels, we allow that to be placed directly into our mouths.
It is a gesture of trust and of affection.
It is a gesture of transcendence.
It is a gesture of childlike humility.

“And humbly I’ll receive Thee,
the Bridegroom of my soul,
no more by sin to grieve Thee,
nor fly Thy sweet control.”
Reminder: If your child is not yet signed up for CCD, time’s a-wastin’!
Best way to register is to go to the parish website.
Scroll down to “CCD registration”.
Tap the link, print out the form, fill it out and drop it off at StVdP Rectory.
CCD starts on Sunday, 18 September.
If you are a practicing Catholic of good moral character and are able and willing to teach or to assist in other ways, please contact Fr. Connolly or Mr. Wascavage in order to ask “what can I do to help?”
You need not be a genius!
You simply need to have a sound grasp of the fundamentals of the Catholic Faith, be able to follow a textbook and be able to relate to children.
It all starts with that and gets better.
Next weekend (10/11 Sept), we will welcome a visiting priest from “Food for the Poor” who will preach at all the weekend Masses about the work of this organization. We encourage your kind attention and response.
APOLOGIES to the women of the Holy Rosary Society! This past Thursday evening, they were unable to use the electrical outlets in the parish hall due to some boxes that blocked their access to them. Ian asked me to extend his regrets. I told him he was forgiven but would have to restrict his diet to bread and water for the rest of the month. Moldy bread and swamp water.
Ian is doing some work in the hall and will finish it this week.

stjos/stvdp: 09.04.2011 - 05


The Diocese of Allentown is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the National Shrine on Wednesday, 05 October.
Various parishes will be running buses for their people.
We would like to run a bus from Girardville.
How would YOU like to join up with a group of your fellow Girardvillians for a holy and happy excursion to DC?
We will keep the expense to a minimum.
If you have never visited the National Shrine, you really should before you get much older!
Bishop Barres and many priests of the Diocese will be taking part in this pilgrimage.
The Shrine is an outstandingly beautiful church. There is much to see there. There is, of course, a gift store and a large cafeteria. Bathroom facilities are abundant.
Please call the Rectory (276-6033) or Sue Thye (385-5924) to let us know that you are interested.
A special program has been prepared for pilgrims from the Diocese of Allentown. This, of course, includes the celebration of Mass.
Buses cost money but we will keep the charge per person at a bare minimum in order to help to fill the bus.

stjos/stvdp: 09.04.2011 - 06

THE FOLLOWING LETTER appeared in the 29 August edition of the Pottsville Republican.
To the Editor:
Religion is, and always has been, an important part of Schuylkill County life. The multi-facet functions of the church - whether as a center of worship, spiritual guidance and rites of passage, or facilitator of fun (as anyone who has attended a church-sponsored block party would know) - play a vital role in our culture.
One religion that is not currently represented in our area is Unitarian Universalism. Unitarian Universalism is a religion that affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person. There is no creed based on faith per se, but there are principles that Unitarians believe in. These principles include a belief in compassion, justice, equity, peace, liberty and the interconnectedness of life and of all existence.
If you are wondering if your faith in another religion excludes you from Unitarian Universalism, it does not. Individual Unitarian Universalists may also identify with Christianity, Atheism, Agnosticism, Buddhism, Humanism, Judaism, Paganism and other religious or philosophical traditions. UU has its roots in Christianity and Judaism as well as the other world religions.
If you would like to join in the formation of a congregation of people who will support you in your search for meaning and truth with respect for all, please contact me at SchuylkillUU@ A new congregation is forming in Schuylkill County, and your interest and input are welcome.

Barbara Poncelet
Schuylkill Haven

I would like to offer the following observations based on the content of this letter:
I believe wholeheartedly in freedom of religion. Everyone has the human, civil and constitutional right to believe and to practice any religion he wants to believe or practice. That’s fundamental to the compact we Americans have made with one another. My comments have nothing to do with the human, civil or constitutional right of the Unitarian Universalists to establish a congregation in Schuylkill County or to purchase property or to advertise their religion without being impeded in any way. Long live the First Amendment!
Then what is my problem? My problem is philosophical, not legal.
It can be identified with the following sentence in the letter: “If you are wondering if your faith in another religion excludes you from Unitarian Universalism, it does not.”
With all due respect and trying to argue this exclusively in the arena of logic, I have to say that this is totally untrue. If a person adheres to the Catholic Faith, he cannot logically endorse the tenets of Unitarian Universalism.
Unitarian Universalism is a FAITH. Contrary to what they say in their literature, UU is a FAITH. It is not simply a fellowship of seekers. It is a fellowship of seekers who have faith that the truth they seek cannot be found because the truth they ostensibly seek does not exist!!! (You might want to read that sentence again!)
I am tempted to give some details about the history and development of the UU denomination but such is available on the Internet. If you are interested, go look it up!
Here are my principal points:

• Essential to the UU faith is that the Catholic Faith is not the true faith.
• That’s because NO religion, according to the UU, is “a true faith”, (except the UU faith).
• Philosophically, the UU folks are what are known in Epistemology as “universal skeptics”.

One could not possibly be a happy camper in the UU fellowship if he believes: that God is Trinitarian; that Jesus (and only Jesus) is God in the flesh; that Jesus’ death on the Cross was and is redemptive; that not all religions are equally true; that the Catholic Church was established by God in the flesh; that there is a Heaven and a Hell and that some persons will go to Heaven and some will go to Hell. Such propositions are repugnant (and silly) to our UU friends!
But why could not I (as a Catholic) enjoy fellowship and coffee and doughnuts (or, more likely, bottled water and celery sticks) and listen to their lectures and join their discussion groups and throw some of my money into their baskets?
Because the members of the UU denomination are not simply non-believers in the essential matters that we believe but because they are dis-believers. They believe that Catholics are wrong for believing what they believe. It is part of the UU faith that Catholics are wrong! So, how could a person be simultaneously a Catholic and a Unitarian Universalist?
From the point of view of the UU church, a believing and practicing Catholic (as opposed to a nominal Catholic) is a poor, ignorant, priest-ridden, medieval, intellectually-challenged child who needs to be lifted out of his intellectual dungeon.
Just try to drum up persons from a UU congregation to join you for a Pro-Life bus trip and see how many sign up!!!
If a Catholic were to join the UU denomination, he should first of all resign from the Catholic Church, but I don’t recommend that anyone do this! It would have a deleterious effect on one’s prospects for eternal life.

stjos/stvdp: 09.04.2011 - 07


Cardinal Rigali’s defenders and detractors have found little to agree on in the last eight years, save for this: His tenure as archbishop has been as fraught as any in the history of the archdiocese. Rigali is retiring in the midst of a full-blown storm, powered by a grand jury report packed with explosive findings about alleged priestly sins, and this time, the cardinal’s own alleged mismanagement of the crisis. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Comment: One of Shakespeare’s many quotable lines is this: “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” (Henry IV, Part 2) This can be adapted to the current situation with Cardinal Rigali: “Uneasy lies the head that wears the miter.” I’m sure that most, if not all, diocesan bishops would say “Amen!” to that. We have the example not long ago of Bishop Joseph Martino, who offered his resignation to the Holy Father as Bishop of Scranton. It’s no secret that the pressure had gotten to him and had become overwhelming.
Now we have Cardinal Rigali. The circumstances prompting Martino’s early exit and Rigali’s somewhat early retirement are entirely different, but there is a common thread: loss of support among a substantial number of the clergy and the people.
I respect both Bishop Martino and Cardinal Rigali. Both of them are intelligent, humble and decent men who did the best they could under difficult circumstances. They did not do absolutely everything well, but who does? What I would like to observe is this: Persons in leadership positions are often the objects of envy and jealousy on the part of those over whom they are placed. Persons who shout the loudest, “Long live the King” at the coronation ceremony are often in the forefront of the crowd that is eager to hustle his Majesty off to the guillotine.
There is a secret hatred that many persons feel towards those in public (including ecclesiastical) office. Some persons take delight in hearing negative comments about “higher-ups”. Some persons are never happier than when a man in high position takes a fall or comes under a shadow or stumbles. The Lord of Hosts is not pleased with such persons. We must not be numbered among them. God bless all who exercise legitimate authority among us. God bless and protect our Cardinal Archbishop, Justin Rigali. May he have a peaceful and spiritually advantageous retirement ad multos annos.
Catholic high school teachers in the Philadelphia Archdiocese are expected to rally outside the chancery tomorrow to support union leaders negotiating a new contract. The talks have “entered a critical phase,” according to an alert on the union website. In an interview last week, union president Rita Schwartz said the two sides are about as far away from a new contract “as you and I are from China.” (Philadelphia Daily News)
Comment: Update on the above: News on Internet (03 Sept) says the union is threatening a strike. Lovely timing! New archbishop due to be installed on 08 Sept. Welcome to Philadelphia, Archbishop Chaput! No doubt the teachers’ union welcomes you too! I hope you enjoy your new job! If you’re looking for a bridge to China, forget about the Tacony-Palmyra, the Ben Franklin and the Walt Whitman. I know those bridges. They’ll get you to Jersey, but not to China.
Weeks after Indiana began the nation’s broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were only recently on the brink of closing for lack of pupils. Nearly 70 percent of the vouchers approved across Indiana are for students opting to attend Catholic schools. (Indianapolis Business Journal)
Comment: Did you read that carefully? Did you absorb what you just read? Do you see what it says? It says that THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS IN INDIANA HAVE TRANSFERRED FROM PUBLIC TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND 70% OF THESE TRANSFERRED TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS!
And what accounts for this staggering exodus? Indiana has instituted a school voucher program. Hallelujah! Way to go, Indiana! Is it just a coincidence that this marvelous breakthrough occurred in the wake of the transfer of Bishop Kevin Rhoades from Harrisburg to Fort Wayne-South Bend? There might not be a precise cause-and-effect relationship here, but we have a hunch that the Bishop wrote a few letters, made a few phone calls, said a few prayers. Bishop Rhoades is, of course, a native of Schuylkill County (Mahanoy City) and we take some pride in that geographical fact. Perhaps the new enrollees in Catholic schools in Indiana could be designated “Rhoades scholars”. Today Indiana! Tomorrow Pennsylvania!

stjos/stvdp: 09.04.2011 - 08

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