MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 August

Saturday, 11 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ALBERT GILLIS
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 12 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — Health and God’s blessings: HENRY WAYNE
by his wife and sons

Monday, 13 August
SS. Pontian, pope, martyr and Hippolytus, priest, martyr (OptMem)
by his wife, Jean

Tuesday, 14 August
Vigil of the Assumption (Sol)
07:00 pm — MARY LOU MURPHY
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Wednesday, 15 August
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
10:00 am — Rev. MICHAEL J. HEIM
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski
04:00 pm — ALBERT and ANN BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 16 August
St. Stephen of Hungary (OptMem)
08:00 am — No Mass at StJos today

Friday, 17 August
08:00 am — No Mass at StJos today

Saturday, 18 August
rescheduled from 07 August
Vigil of Sunday
by Jean Weist

Sunday, 19 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — In Honor of OUR LADY OF KNOCK
by the Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians

 MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 August

Saturday, 11 August
Vigil of Sunday
(90th anniversary of birth)
by her family

Sunday, 12 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Monday, 13 August
SS. Pontian, pope, martyr and Hippolytus, priest, martyr (OptMem)
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 14 August
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by his sister, Anna Gudonis Bolusky
Vigil of the Assumption (Sol)
by OPM

Wednesday, 15 August
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
07:00 pm — NED McHUGH
by OPM

Thursday, 16 August
St. Stephen of Hungary (OptMem)
by his family

Friday, 17 August
by OPM

Saturday, 18 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — LEON RYAN
by his sister, Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 19 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 08.12.2012 - 01

04 / 05 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,086.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $54.00 from the plate; $249.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $90.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,476.70
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $32.00 from the Mission Cooperative envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,494.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($512.77), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,140.25, one sees that $353.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,187.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $48.00 from the plate; $284.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $97.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,621.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,621.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($308.85), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $790.83, one sees that $830.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 14 August
02:30 to 03:10 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 16 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church


Tuesday, 13 August
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm, followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE STATUE OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE in StVdP Church burns this week in memory of Jonas and Rita Smith, at the request of Sharon Smith.

PLEASE NOTE that, from 16 to 23 August, there will be only one weekday Mass in Girardville instead of two. Also, there will be some abbreviation of the Confession schedule and the Exposition schedule. (Check this current bulletin plus next week’s bulletin for details.) This is all due to the fact that the pastor is going to take a week’s vacation. For those who are interested in such details: Another priest and I are going to Charleston SC to check out Fort Sumter and from thence to Savannah GA to check out some antebellum plantations. I promise to be good while I’m away and trust that you will be the same. When I come back, you might hear me saying, “De Lawd be wit’ y’all”. To which the correct liturgical response is, “An’ wit’ yo speert, ya hear?”
Oh, and by the way, while I’m gone, do whatever Fr. Brennan tells you! I wrote it all down for him!

stjos/stvdp: 08.12.2012 - 02

We are honored and pleased that you have come to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries for us and with us today, Sunday, 12 August: the 08:30 am Mass in St. Vincent dePaul Church and the 11:30 am Mass in St. Joseph Church.
Your visit serves to reinforce our belief that, because we are Catholic Christians, we belong to the ancient Church established by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself on the Twelve Apostles, with Peter as the rock and cornerstone.
We acknowledge you as a successor to the Twelve and as one who has the fullness of the priestly office. We know that you have been sent to us as our Bishop by Pope Benedict, the Successor of Peter. We know of and rejoice in your fidelity to him and, through him, to Jesus Himself.
Your visit prompts us to call to mind the words of St. Ignatius of Antioch, one of the earliest of the Apostolic Fathers. He wrote as follows to the Christians of Magnesia:

“Now it becomes you also not to treat your bishop too familiarly on account of his youth, but to yield him all reverence, having respect to the power of God the Father, as I have known even holy presbyters do, not judging rashly, from the manifest youthful appearance of their bishop, but as being themselves prudent in God, submitting to him, or rather not to him, but to the Father of Jesus Christ, the Bishop of us all. It is therefore fitting that you should, after no hypocritical fashion, obey your bishop, in honor of Him who has willed us to do so, since he that does not do so deceives not the bishop who is visible, but seeks to mock Him Who is invisible.”

[With these words of Ignatius in mind, we promise not to treat you “too familiarly on account of (your) youth”!]
We who live in Girardville (and surrounding area) are only too well aware of the fact that “the economy” and “the demographics” have not been especially favorable to us. Nevertheless, we cling tenaciously to the Faith of our fathers and mothers. We love our two parishes and are committed to welcoming newcomers and “the strangers in our midst”. We face the future with confidence that God, Who “makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him” will make all things work together for our good and for the good of those who will follow us in our beloved town of Girardville.
When your schedule permits, please come back to visit us again!

Repetition is the mother of learning. So, please indulge this repetition of my asking you to purchase the gift cards if you shop at either of these supermarkets.
How does a gift card work?
You buy one or more gift cards from us. (We have mostly $20.00 cards, plus a few $50.00 cards but we could provide them in other denominations if you prefer.)
Once you buy the cards (which are the size of credit cards), you put them into your wallet or purse and, when you go to the supermarket, you hand one or more to the clerk at the cash register in lieu of cash. If your purchase is less than the value of the card, the clerk will automatically deduct the purchase from the card, hand it back to you and you can spend the balance on your next visit to the supermarket.
Here is the main point, of course: YOU get full value and, at the same time, THE PARISH gets 5% of what would otherwise go to Redner’s or Boyer’s. It is “easy money” for the parishes but, first, you need to buy them!
They are available in the back of the church after Mass or almost anytime at the Rectory.

stjos/stvdp:08.12.2012 - 03


Every Sunday, the Pottsville Republican runs a feature on the first page of the “Community Connections” section of the paper. It is called “Five Questions”. If you still have your copy of last Sunday’s newspaper (05 August), you might want to dig it out of the pile and take a look at what I’m referring to.
The feature itself is “cute” and innocuous. It’s what is known as “human interest material”, sure to please most readers, offend none and sell some newspapers that might not otherwise have been sold.
The Editor of the Republican (or someone he delegates) picks out a person (usually a child) from among those who have applied by filling out a questionnaire. The “winner” gets his or her picture taken and answers five simple non-threatening questions of a personal nature.
In the 05 August edition, the person featured was a ten-year-old boy in Schuylkill County.
Now, before I go any further, let me make a disclaimer: Nothing I have to say in this bulletin article is meant to be a criticism of the boy. I don’t know the lad. He looks to be a strong, handsome young fellow. I trust that he is a good boy, that he obeys his Mom and Dad and does his best at John S. Clarke School. I know that he likes to play Army, go swimming and he likes to play basketball. All these are good, wholesome activities. God knows, I wish the boy good health, happiness, long life and every blessing and success! So, please don’t anyone say that I’m picking on a little kid!
Now, let me get to the “five questions” asked of him:

#1. What’s the best and worst thing about summer?
The best is no school. The worst is bees.

#2. What is your favorite fruit?

#3. Who has made a difference in your life?
       My friend, Joey Ferraro.

#4. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
       I wouldn’t change a thing.

#5. If you could only own one CD, which would it be?
       “I’m Sexy and I Know It”.

So, I read the answers to the first four questions and I have no problem. (Why should I?)
But I read the answer to #5 and I have a problem, a very big problem!
I ask myself, “Are there any adults in the boy’s life who have the slightest idea of what the lyrics are to “I’m Sexy and I Know It”?
I ask myself, “Does the reporter who interviewed the boy have the slightest idea of what the lyrics are to “I’m Sexy and I Know It”?
I ask myself, “Are there any adults reading this article who have the slightest idea of what the lyrics are to “I’m Sexy and I Know It”?
I am tempted to print the lyrics to “I’m Sexy and I Know It” in this bulletin in order to make my point. However, common sense kicks in and I say, “No! No way am I going to print that filth in my parish bulletin. Not even to make a useful point would I print those lyrics!”
But I do encourage responsible adults who are reading this bulletin article to check out the lyrics. I’ll make it easy for you. Here is the link:
At another link (you’ll have to find that one on your own), you can watch a video of it being performed by a couple of degenerates who, I presume, had a good payday from performing it.
Now, after reading those lyrics, visualize that nice little ten-year-old boy listening to the CD and, probably, like most kids, doing a bit of dancing and lip-syncing as he listens to it. Ask yourself how that goes down with you. Ask yourself how many little boys and girls in Girardville know all the lyrics. Ask yourself whether that could possibly have any effect on these young boys and girls in later life or even right now. Let me know what you think!
Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about Schuylkill County seeking the destruction of souls.

stjos/stvdp: 08.12.2012 - 04

YOU KNOW, IT HAS NEVER BEEN EASY TO BE A CHRISTIAN and it’s not supposed to be easy! The world, the flesh, and the devil will always love their own, and will always hate us. As Jesus once predicted, they hated me, they will certainly hate you.
But our Faith, when it is fully lived, is a fighting faith and a fearless faith. Grounded in the power of the resurrection, there is nothing in this world, and nothing in hell, that can ultimately defeat God’s one, true, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
For 2,000 years the enemies of Christ have certainly tried their best. But think about it. The Church survived and even flourished during centuries of terrible persecution, during the days of the Roman Empire.
The Church survived barbarian invasions. The Church survived wave after wave of Jihads. The Church survived the age of revolution. The Church survived Nazism and Communism.
And in the power of the resurrection, the Church will survive the hatred of Hollywood, the malice of the media, and the mendacious wickedness of the abortion industry.
The Church will survive the entrenched corruption and sheer incompetence of our Illinois state government, and even the calculated disdain of the President of the United States, his appointed bureaucrats in HHS, and of the current majority of the federal Senate.
May God have mercy on the souls of those politicians who pretend to be Catholic in church, but in their public lives, rather like Judas Iscariot, betray Jesus Christ by how they vote and how they willingly cooperate with intrinsic evil.
As Christians we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, but as Christians we must also stand up for what we believe and always be ready to fight for the Faith. The days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction.

        The Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC
Bishop of Peoria

Bishop Jenky’s message is essentially the same message that the Catholic Bishops of the USA have been trying to convey to the Catholic people for quite a few months now. In a previous bulletin, we printed Bishop Barres’s statement on the same issue, viz. the dreadful impact of the Health and Human Services mandate that religiously affiliated entities provide contraception (including that kind of so-called contraception which is actually abortion) to their employees as part of the Obamacare health-insurance package.
We pray that President Obama will relent in his determination to impose this unconscionable burden on the Catholic Church and on those of our fellow Christians who support us in this matter. If he does not relent, we must do what we can to block his mandate in the Congress. If we do not succeed in doing even that, our only alternative will be to shut down our hospitals, nursing homes, social services, schools and other such entities. Already the lions and tigers in the Colosseum are licking their chops. Catholics are on the menu.

stjos/stvdp: 08.12.2012 - 05

Sponsored by Knights of Lithuania

Council 144
“The Anthracite Council”
Schuylkill Mall, Frackville, Center Court
11 and 12 August 2012

11:30 Sensations
12:00 Opening – Music Sensations Introduction of vendors, welcome
12:15 Augis Pop and folk Lithuanian Singer
01:00 Gintaras Dancers (Children Dancers from Mahanoy City)
01:30 Theodore Saudauskas genealogy
01:45 Zilvinas Dance Group
02:15 Sensations
02:45 Augis Lithuanian pop and folk Singer
03:15 Zilvinas Dance Group audience participation dancing
03:45 Sing Along Lynne Cox, Mike and Tom Dura
04:15 Campfire sing along with Chris partisans Lynne Cox, du Brolikai and Augis
04:45 Drawing of winning prizes
05:00 Closing, Sensations Partisans, Anthem

Dear Member of the Court:
There will be a very important meeting in the Father Sheridan Room on Sunday, 19 August, at 03:00 pm to discuss the future of our sixty-two year old Court.
Margaret T. Giordano, State Treasurer, will attend this meeting!
The survival of our Court is tenuous because of the aging of our members, increasing health issues, decreasing finances and no new members since 2008.
Please make every effort to attend this important meeting to voice your opinion and to know the future of our Court.
Thank you so much for your attendance and prayers.
God bless you always.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

$30.00 (a steal!)
Ring the doorbell at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory and tell whoever answers the door:
“Lemme see wonna them big beautiful Catholic Bibles I read about in the bulletin!”

stjos/stvdp: 08.12.2012 - 06


The following appeared in the 05 August edition of the Pottsville Republican:
To a caller who said Catholic priests should be married according to the Bible: At one time, priests were married, but because they then would leave their land, estates, money, etc. to their sons rather than the Catholic Church, it was decided they could not marry, so the church would inherit. So it seems that religion as well as politics is all about money and power.

My comment
Gee, that’s dumb! I’m sorry but, when I read something that is profoundly dumb (and just plain not true), I find it hard not to say, “Gee, that’s dumb!” If all the lies that have ever been told about the Catholic Church were compiled in one book, I don’t know that any one person would be strong enough to lift that book! If that hypothetical book were put on the shelf of a bookcase, the bookcase would have to be made of three-inch-thick steelplate and the floor supporting the bookcase would have to be reinforced!
Let me give the straight facts about “priests, their personal property and inheritance”:

(a) There are two kinds of priests: secular and religious.
(b) “Secular priests” are also called “diocesan priests”.
(c) “Religious priests” are also called “religious order priests”.
(d) A religious priest takes a vow of poverty. He does not own real estate nor does he have his own personal bank account.
(e) A secular priest does not take a vow of poverty. A secular priest (yours truly is a secular priest) has as much right, both in Church Law and in Civil Law, to own real estate and to have money as does anyone else. His property and his money belong to him, not to the Church.
(f) When a religious priest dies, he does not have any real estate or money to pass on to his family or friends or to the Church. So, that settles that!
(g) When a secular priest dies, whatever property or money he owned during his lifetime is disposed of according to his “last will and testament” or, if he dies intestate, according to the laws of the State — i.e. the same as any other citizen. So, that settles that!

Now that you know the facts, dear “Frackville”, are you willing to retract your statement?
I can assure you that the motivation that prompts my brother priests and me to make (and keep) our promise of celibacy has zilch to do with who would be inheriting our paltry estates!


The following appeared in the 06 August edition of the Pottsville Republican:
When Barack Obama attacked the Catholic Church over providing contraception services under Obamacare, I expected T/E would be filled with calls from Catholics expressing outrage against Obama. That has not happened. Since silence is agreement, this suggests Catholics have sided with Obama and are against their own church. What a shameful development that would be.
                                                                                                                                                      Port Carbon

My comment
Do you know what, dear “Port Carbon”? I agree with you! You have said something very insightful and rather sad. I wish it were otherwise but, apparently, it is what it is. We priests have a lot of work to do in order to educate
our Catholic people.

stjos/stvdp: 08.12.2012 - 07


Mass Schedule
Tuesday, 14 August

04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel

Wednesday, 15 August
10:00 am — St. Joseph Chapel
04:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

Dear Brothers and Sisters: So, here we are! This is another one of those weeks that come around from time to time — a week which God and Holy Mother Church have decorated with a Holyday of Obligation.

A little refresher course on Holydays of Obligation
01 January
— Mary the Mother of God
40 days after Easter — Ascension of the Lord into Heaven
15 August — Assumption of Mary into Heaven
01 November — All Saints Day
08 December — Immaculate Conception of Mary
25 December — Birth of the Lord (Christmas)

The rule in the United States is that Immaculate Conception and Christmas are always Holydays of Obligation, regardless of the day of the week on which they fall.
Mary Mother of God, Assumption and All Saints are Holydays of Obligation, except when they fall on a Saturday or a Monday.
Ascension is always a Holyday of Obligation, except in those dioceses whose bishops thought it would be a good idea to transfer it to the Sunday following. Fortunately, Allentown is one of the dioceses that did not succumb to the spirit of the age in that matter, for which we say, “Thanks be to God!”

Now, back to what I want to say: You know as well as I — at least I think you do — that every Catholic seven years of age and older is obliged under pain of mortal sin to assist at Mass on a Holyday of Obligation (or on the Vigil thereof).
You notice, of course, that I bolded and underlined the phrase having to do with mortal sin. I know that there are those who will say, “Naughty, naughty! It is not ‘pastoral’ to motivate people with fear. One should motivate people with love.” I invite you to make a distinction. Here is what I would say: “It is not necessary to try to motivate some people with fear because they are already motivated by love. But for those who are not motivated by love, it is entirely ‘pastoral’ to motivate them with fear.”
Therefore, if you are already motivated by love and have every intention of going to Mass this coming Wednesday (or Tuesday evening), please disregard the “obliged under pain of mortal sin” motivation.
It is unworthy of you. However, you might know some Catholics who respond only to fear. If so, you would do them a favor if you told them that they are obliged under pain of mortal sin to go to Mass on a Holyday of Obligation.
One of them might ask you: “Are you telling me that I’ll go to Hell if I don’t go?”
The best answer to that question is: “Yes, that is precisely what I am telling you!”
But would that answer be accurate? Would it be true?
Yes! Both accurate and true! I grant you, not sophisticated, not subtle. Not taking into account the possibility that the hypothetical challenger might be too dumb to commit a mortal sin. Not taking into account the possibility that he or she might repent before death. But you can’t cover all bases when you’re challenged. So, for all practical purposes, yes, it is accurate and true that if you knowingly and deliberately refuse to go to Mass on a Holyday of Obligation, you’ll go to Hell! If you think going to Mass on a Holyday is a rude intrusion on your personal time, just wait until you see what a rude intrusion on your personal time Hell will be!

stjos/stvdp: 08.12.2012 - 08


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