Saturday, 25 August
Vigil of Sunday
by the James Connell family

Sunday, 26 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
by OPM
11:30 am — God’s blessings and health: Msgr. EDWARD J. O’CONNOR
by EBC

Monday, 27 August
St. Monica (OblMem)
08:00 am — NED McHUGH
by OPM

Tuesday, 28 August
St. Augustine of Hippo, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — HELEN M. FOLEY
by Al and Anne Zielinski

Wednesday, 29 August
The Passion of St. John the Baptist (OblMem)
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: THERESA SEADOR SHANOSKIE
by her sister, Marie Seador Palerino

Thursday, 30 August
08:00 am — EDWARD BRADSHAW Jr.
by his family

Friday, 31 August
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: JOHN WAYNE
by Mom and Dad

Saturday, 01 September
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by the parish
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ELLIE BOXER (51st anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 02 September
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — MARJORIE McHUGH
by OPM


Saturday, 25 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — PATRICK and TED YACKERA
by the Yackera family

Sunday, 26 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Monday, 27 August
St. Monica (OblMem)
07:00 pm — MRS. MORGAN
by OPM

Tuesday, 28 August
St. Augustine of Hippo, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JAMES A. COYLE (91st anniversary of birth)
by Jim and Cindy

Wednesday, 29 August
The Passion of St. John the Baptist (OblMem)
07:00 pm — MAY A. McELMOYLE
by OPM

Thursday, 30 August
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by the Richards and the Smith families

Friday, 31 August
by OPM

Saturday, 01 September
Vigil of Sunday
by the Yackera family

Sunday, 02 September
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Frank and Rose

stjos/stvdp: 08.26.2012 - 01

18 / 19 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $984.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the plate; $48.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $286.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $210.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,631.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $8.00 from the Mission Cooperative envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,631.00) 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 $490.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $745.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $55.00 from the plate; $17.00 from the Dues envelopes; $13.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $411.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $57.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,298.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $51.00 from the Mission Cooperative envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,298.00) 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 $507.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 29 August
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 30 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 31 August
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 29 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

Friday, 31 August
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Has it ever occurred to you that the Lord Jesus might want to see YOU stop by to visit Him during Exposition?

stjos/stvdp: 08.26.2012 - 02


St. Joseph Church
• Sanctuary lamp
• Sacred Heart of Jesus statue
• Blessed Mother statue
• St. Joseph statue
• St. Therese statue


 St. Joseph Chapel
• Sanctuary lamp
• Blessed Mother statue
• St. Joseph statue
St. Vincent dePaul Church
• Sanctuary lamp
• Blessed Mother picture (alcove)
• Infant of Prague statue

THE CUSTOMARY DONATION for dedicating a candle is $5.00, except for the Sanctuary lamps, for which a donation of $10.00 is requested.
In order to arrange for a candle to be dedicated for your intention (or for a deceased loved one), you can do one of the following:
a) Call or stop by StVdP Rectory and arrange it with the pastor or the secretary. If you have multiple requests or names, it is better if you stop by for face-to-face conversation.
b) Write out your request(s) on a piece of paper. Put the paper into an envelope together with your donation and drop it into the collection basket.

We will try to honor your request for a certain date but, of course, we cannot guarantee that the date will be available.
We will acknowledge your intention in the bulletin on or close to the date.

WHAT IS THE “THEOLOGY” BEHIND “having a candle lit for a particular intention”?
That’s a reasonable question and it deserves a reasonable answer!
Here is how I would answer that question: The Christian religion is based on the Incarnation of God into human flesh. The incarnation of God is the descent of God into the world of tangible objects, most of all human flesh — but not just human flesh. By extension, the incarnation of God affects all of the material creation. St. Paul tells us that all creation shares in the redemption and is in a state of expectation, awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God. Authentic Christianity (i.e. Christianity as it is anchored in the Catholic Church) utilizes created THINGS in order to transmit God to human beings and in order to facilitate the movement of human beings towards God. Think of how essential such things as water, wheat bread, grape wine and olive oil are in the sacramental system. Think also of how useful such things as incense, beeswax, religious statuary and pictures are in the devotional life of the Church.
When we light a candle, we use the element of fire to symbolize our devotion to God and the “burning of our hearts” for God. By lighting a candle, we deliberate “destroy” or consume the wax or the oil that makes up the candle. This symbolizes our willingness to be consumed in God’s service. For a Catholic or for anyone who puts all his hope for salvation in Jesus and in His sacrifice of Himself on Calvary on our behalf, the lighting of a candle “with Jesus in mind” is a beautiful way of saying: “Dear God, I offer you this candle as a symbol of my readiness to offer You my very self! May I be consumed in Your sight as the wax of this candle is consumed. May I radiate the Light of Christ to all whom I meet, as this candle radiates light to all who see it.”
For those impatient with theological explanations (cf. above), we offer the following rationale for the Catholic practice of “lighting candles”: “The heart has reasons that the mind cannot know”.

stjos/stvdp:08.26.2012 - 03

I CONFESS THAT I DON’T SPEND A GREAT DEAL OF TIME THINKING ABOUT THE SEWERS. It was not part of the curriculum at the seminary I attended. Of course, like everyone else in town, I utilize the sewers (at a distance) but I know that there are persons in every community whose bounden duty it is to think about sewers morning, noon and night and even to work on (and even in!) the sewers. And I say, “God bless Ed Norton and all the people in every community who make sure that the sewers are flowing as they are supposed to flow! What would we do without them? They perform a vital service!”
This brings me to the fact that St. Vincent dePaul Parish received a letter from the Sewer Authority of GAMA (Girardville Area Municipal Authority). It was a form letter, so I presume that we are not the only people in town who received such a letter.
Apparently, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is not happy with Girardville because of the high flows of water in the sewers whenever there is a heavy rainfall.
The letter informed me that the GAMA inspector visited StVdP on 24 August to inspect our sewer connections and that he desires to have conversation with us about same.
So, we shall do as we are told. Come Monday, we shall call for an appointment.
I don’t know how much money this is going to cost us, but we shall see.
As far as I know, there was no letter sent to St. Joseph Parish. Maybe St. Joseph’s sewer connections are already in compliance. If not, I presume we shall find out.
Keep tuned for more exciting sewer news!

Parents, please make sure you register your child(ren), grades one to eight, for CCD.
First class is Monday, 17 September.
“But how do I register my child(ren)?” you ask!
If you are computer savvy, you can find the registration form on line.
Go to the parish website:
Open the main link.
Scroll down to the CCD Registration Form link.
Open it and — voila! — there it is.
Fill it out and drop it off at StVdP Rectory.
If you don’t do computers, stop at the Rectory and ask for a form.
We anticipate (although we have not yet received official word) that Confirmation will be administered in Girardville in 2013. Children who expect to be confirmed must attend CCD, unless they are enrolled in parochial school.
I respectfully remind parents that God has given them children so that they can attain to Eternal Life (aka Heaven). Faithful attendance at religious instruction gives your children a leg-up on reaching their final goal, viz. Eternal Life!

stjos/stvdp: 08.26.2012 - 04

Background: The following (in the box at the bottom of the page) is taken — word for word — from page three of the 25 August edition of The Pottsville Republican.
It is an excerpt from an Associated Press article summarizing the differences between Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney on six different issues.
Although, like any citizen, I have the right to have my private opinions on these five issues, I do not have the right to utilize either the pulpit or the parish bulletin in order to make my opinions known. The fact is that I have never done so and never will. There are many areas where Catholics are free to disagree. There are many areas where we can say with integrity and honesty: “Let’s keep politics and religion separate!” I honor that.
There are certain issues, however, where Catholics are NOT free to disagree. At least not free to disagree and remain authentically Catholic. These are the areas where THE PRIMARY PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL LAW come into play. We are morally obliged to defend and to promote the dignity of human life and the divine plan for human sexuality.
With that in mind, I ask you to read what the Associated Press (certainly not an entity that works for the Catholic Church nor has any particular track record of sympathy for the Catholic Church) has to say about the candidates in regard to ABORTION, BIRTH CONTROL AND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE:
Here begins the direct and unedited quote from the Associated Press article:

Obama supports abortion rights and gay marriages and a health-law requirement that contraceptives be available for free for women enrolled in workplace health plans.

Romney opposes abortion rights after once supporting them. He said state law should guide abortion rights and would like to see the Supreme Court reverse the Roe v. Wade ruling supporting abortion rights. He opposes legal recognition of same-sex marriage and said it should be banned with a constitutional amendment and not left to the states.

It seems to me that the above is a simple, concise, straightforward summary of the truth about the “stark differences” between Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney. It is for you and me to draw the appropriate inferences

stjos/stvdp: 08.26.2012 - 05


Everyone who has traveled by air in recent years knows that one of the principal joys — yes, I am being sarcastic — of air travel is getting oneself and one’s treasured possessions safely through airport security.
On Thursday morning, 16 August, my traveling companion — I’ll call him “Bob” because that’s his name, although, in his official capacity, he is addressed as “Monsignor” — and I found ourselves at ABE airport (also known as Lehigh Valley International Airport) preparing to board a US Airways flight to Charleston SC, with change of planes in Philadelphia.
Bob and I have flown many times before and we know the drill pretty well. We each had one suitcase to check plus one small carry-on bag. Having checked our suitcases, we proceeded towards Security. This requires placing one’s carry-on bag on the conveyor belt plus emptying one’s pockets and placing the contents in a plastic container, plus removing one’s shoes and belt and placing them in the same. The plastic container then follows the carry-on bag through the X-ray machine. (I am probably dating myself by calling it an “X-ray machine”. There is probably some more sophisticated word than that, but I don’t know what that word might be.)
I picked up one of the plastic trays and started to empty my pockets. To my dismay, I discovered that I still had my Swiss-Army knife in my pants pocket. If I had thought ahead, I would have removed the knife and put it into the suitcase that I had checked. (Homeland Security has no problem with sharp objects that are in suitcases stowed in the cargo area of the plane, but they do have a problem with sharp objects that are accessible to passengers while on the plane.) There was no way that I was going to put my Swiss-Army knife into the tray! It would have been spotted immediately and set off all kinds of alarms and I might find myself now in a Federal Penitentiary! There were only two possible solutions to my problem: (a) toss the knife into a waste receptacle or (b) put it into my carry-on bag and hope that, somehow or other, it would not be detected by the X-ray machine.
My friend, Bob, noticed my dilemma. He is a law-abiding sort and told me that I had better “surrender it before we get to the conveyor belt or else toss it into the (nearby) trash receptacle”. I determined that there was no way I was going to surrender my Swiss Army knife and absolutely no way that I would throw it into the trash receptacle. So, I hurriedly tossed it into my carry-on bag, then placed the bag and the tray on the conveyor belt and hoped for the best. I put on my most innocent face while walking through the metal detector (without incident) then stepped over to the retrieval side of the conveyor belt in order to pick up my shoes, belt and other items in the tray, together with my carry-on bag. Hurray! I had passed muster! I had been declared “fit to travel on a plane” by the Department of Homeland Security!
Or so I thought!
As I reached for my carry-on bag, the lady in charge of the X-ray machine said, “Wait a minute, Sir! I need to take a second look.” She then took the bag from me in order to give it a second pass through her infernal machine! She peered intensely at the image that came up on her screen.
“Good grief!” I thought. “The jig’s up! I’m a doomed man!” They’ll probably take me out in handcuffs and The Pottsville Republican will put my photo on the front page with a screaming headline: “Knife-wielding Girardville priest arrested at airport for suspicion of terroristic plot”.
In such a situation, I did what I normally do when it seems that the world is about to crumble. I called for my Mommy — by which I mean that I said The Memorare, my all-time, one-size-fits-all favorite prayer. “Remember, most compassionate Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petition but in thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen.”
I tell you no lie! No sooner had I finished the prayer (under my breath, of course), than the lady handed me back my bag without further comment! Now, I was, indeed, officially and finally certified as “fit to fly” to Charlotte SC.
SHE HAD NOT SEEN THE KNIFE! Now, I ask you: Was that a miracle or was that a miracle?
My Mother takes care of me. It is said that the Blessed Mother exercises extra-special providential care over priests, drunks and overwrought mothers. That, at least, is what I was told many, many years ago. And I believe it!
By the way, just to erase any lingering doubts: I love the United States of America! I love the Department of Homeland Security! I have never high-jacked an airplane and have no intention of ever doing so. But I also love my Swiss Army knife! In the future, I shall put my knife into my check-in suitcase, so as not to put undue stress on the Holy Mother.

stjos/stvdp: 08.26.2012 - 06

Alicia was a pretty little girl I knew from my years at St. Joseph Parish, Pottsville. Now, she is a beautiful woman. Among my souvenirs is two photographs enclosed in one frame. One of the photos is of Alicia on her First Holy Communion Day, standing with a black-bearded priest. The companion photo is of Alicia on her Wedding Day, standing with a white-bearded priest.
Several weeks ago, Alicia sent me an email to tell me that her husband, Patrick, and she are expecting!
I was happy to hear the good news and asked her to keep me informed of “how things are progressing”.
Here is the most recent email exchange between us:

Dear Father Connolly:
We are having a baby boy! He is healthy and growing fast. Pregnancy is just so amazing. I remember listening to your homilies about abortion growing up. I never understood how someone could kill an unborn baby. From the moment I found out I was pregnant I was in love. Hearing the heart beat and seeing him for the first time at 10 weeks made it so real that there was a human being growing inside of me. I don't understand how someone could argue that. Thanks for instilling all that wisdom in me as I was growing up!
Dear Alicia:

I am so happy that all is going well for the three of you!
I am guessing (although he probably won’t admit it) that Patrick is especially delighted to know that he will have a son.
I’m sure he would be delighted whether #1 were a boy or a girl, but the truth is that men like to know that they will “pass on the family name” to the next generation.
As time goes by and if it is part of God’s plan, you will have one or more of each gender.
Your email made me especially happy because of its strong pro-life testimony.
A priest can preach from morning to night about the dignity of human life and the horror of abortion but it takes a mother like you to know deep down how precious and beautiful a human being is and how utterly horrible it is to kill an unborn child.
I am going to take the liberty of putting your email into my parish bulletin. I hope you don’t mind. I won’t use your last name.
The three of you are included in my prayers.
Please continue to keep me informed of “developments”.
Love –

Of all the things that exist in the material Universe, nothing is of higher value than a human being. There is nothing in the material Universe that can begin to compare with the value of one human being.

stjos/stvdp: 08.26.2012 - 07

ON SECOND THOUGHT, I think I will make a comment.
My comment is in the form of a question:
If you have a son or daughter living at home with you — whether teenager or young child — ask him or her sometime,
What do you suppose he or she would answer?
Do you think he or she could recite them without undue difficulty?
Do you think he or she could recite them even with some difficulty?
The only way to find out is to ask the question!
Of course, this presupposes that YOU can recite them!
You can, can you not?
Do you know where to find THE TEN COMMANDMENTS?
You can find the “Catechism version” in just about any Catholic catechism.
You can find the unedited version in (you guessed it!) THE BIBLE.
But WHERE in the Bible?
Two places actually:
Exodus, chapter twenty
Deuteronomy, chapter five.

Why don’t you refresh your own memory on THE TEN COMMANDMENTS?
Once you’ve done that, you can test your kid(s).
I hope there is no child (ages eight on up) or teenager or adult in St. Joseph Parish or St. Vincent dePaul Parish who does not know
To send a child out into the world without a knowledge of the
BASIC MORAL CODE OF THE HUMAN RACE is like sending him or her out to fly a plane without ever having provided any flying instructions.

stjos/stvdp: 08.26.2012 - 08


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