Saturday, 01 September
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

Monday, 03 September
St. Gregory the Great, pope, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — FRANK C. McCUE, MD
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 04 September
07:00 pm — Health and God’s blessings: JOHN WAYNE
by Aunt Pat and Uncle George

Wednesday, 05 September
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 06 September
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: KERRY CROAKE
by Auntie

Friday, 07 September
08:00 am — MARY JANE McCLEAN
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 08 September
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: PJZ Jr.
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JIM and ROSE NEISS
by Dennis Devine

Sunday, 09 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — EDWARD and KATHRYN (Cuff) KUCHINSKY
by Kay Ellen


Saturday, 01 September
Vigil of Sunday
by the Yackera family

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

Monday, 03 September
St. Gregory the Great, pope, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — CHARLES and MAY HAUSMAN
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 04 September
08:00 am — DON J. MARTIN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Wednesday, 05 September
07:00 pm — HELEN GANIS
by OPM

Thursday, 06 September
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 07 September
by his wife, Jean

Saturday, 08 September
Vigil of Sunday
by the Labie family

Sunday, 09 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: Holy Name Society
by the HNS

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25 / 26 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,393.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $81.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,530.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,530.00) 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 $389.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,018.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $72.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $64.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,209.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $18.00 from the Mission Cooperative envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,209.00) 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 $418.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 05 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 06 September
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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


Wednesday, 05 September
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, 07 September
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

In regard to Eucharistic adoration: I think many people “just don’t get it”. They don’t understand “what good it does” to pass time sitting or kneeling in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. I feel bad for them! These persons are victims of the heresy of Activism. To them I say: DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING! SIT THERE!

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Q — Who said that?
A — Actually, it’s a golden oldie. It goes way back — all the way back to the fifth century. St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, said it. He was most extraordinarily bright. His quotable quotes would fill a volume or two.
Q — What does it mean?
A — It means: He who sings well prays twice!
(And, of course, lest we incur the wrath, let us add: She who sings well also prays twice.)
And that brings us to the point:
CHOIR PRACTICE for our joint StJosPar / StVdPPar choir will resume on Sunday, 09 September, at 06:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church. If you want to do yourself and your parish a big fat favor, join the choir! By doing so, you will enhance our worship and will find yourself being drawn more deeply into God’s friendship. That’s true!


THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY of St. Vincent dePaul Parish will resume its monthly meetings. The first meeting of the new “season” will be in the parish hall on Thursday, 06 September, after the 06:30 pm Mass. We look forward to greeting “old” members and we especially look forward to greeting new members. Remember that ALL OF THE WOMEN OF SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH are eligible and welcome to join. Best way to join is to SHOW UP at a meeting. If you’re not certain you want to join but would like to “check things out” without necessarily making a commitment, all you have to do is SHOW UP. When you come to think of it, MOST OF LIFE IS SIMPLY SHOWING UP!

PLEASE BUY AND SELL OUR GIFT CARDS (Redner’s and Boyer’s)! They are on sale at StVdP Rectory and in the back of the church after the weekend Masses. Our sales have not been quite as good as I think they could be. I am keeping account of the profit and this is what it is since we started, which was in mid-July: As mentioned several times, this is a painless fundraiser. It requires very little work and it doesn’t cost anybody anything! We buy the cards at a 5% discount. We sell them to you at face value. You use them at the supermarket and get full face value.

I CAME ACROSS THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH in a novel by a Catholic writer. It caught my attention and I thought I would share it with readers of the bulletin. It makes the point rather well and with economy of words. The point, of course, is that — slice it as you will, argue about it until the cows come home — artificial contraception is mortally sinful. If you are a Catholic and you say that you absolutely don’t believe that artificial contraception is grievously immoral, please do not say that you have not been warned.

Lanning had been dead for twelve minutes by the time the ambulance arrived at the hospital. He entered a tunnel of light and a being of light stood at the end of the tunnel. The being took the form of a woman in a black, hooded garment. He was anxious to see her face but, when he did, he screamed. There were dark holes where her eyes should have been and giant warts on skin as old and dry as the desert. Her name was Death. "Contraception, my sweet, contraception has made you mine!" she cackled, as her skeletal fingers beckoned him to the flames and the lake of fire.

excerpt from Pierced by a Sword
by Bud Macfarlane Jr.

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Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Girardville PA 17935

Rev. Edward B. Connolly, Pastor
Mailing address for both parishes: 260 N. 2nd Street, Girardville PA 17935-1338
Phone: 570.276.6033 / Fax: 570.276.6032 / Cell: 570.617.9107
E-mail: OR
26 August 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians of CCD Children,

As summer draws to a close, we will soon begin another school year. We have some exciting things in store for this year if everything works out as planned. Please note that Monday, 17 September, will be the first school day of the CCD 2012-13 school year. We will meet in the Fr. Sheridan room at 04:00 pm.

This year we need all parents to step up to the plate. We are in great need of teachers and assistants. It's not difficult at all, and you will get great satisfaction knowing that you are helping the kids. If you think that you need to be a perfect person or to know a great deal about your religion, you are mistaken. We will work hands on with all new teachers. The teaching materials will provide everything that you will need to succeed. In addition, you will revisit some items that you once learned long ago yourself.

I will be sitting by the phone anxiously waiting to provide more information.

I hope that you and your children had a great summer and I look forward to hearing from you soon, before class begins.

Edward Wascavage
Principal, CCD
St. Joseph Parish
St. Vincent dePaul Parish

If you have not already registered your child(ren), please do so immediately, if not sooner.

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Catholic Daughters of the Americas

August 25, 2012

Dear (Court St. Cecilia #1529 Member):
District Deputy Mary Marzen and I enjoyed meeting officers and members of your court at the special meeting on August 19, 2012 at 3pm in your quaint town of Girardville. It was good to hear from each one present, and it is clear to me that you all love your court and you are proud of its 62-year history.
The inevitable has happened. Times are changing: we are not as young as we used to be, your church has a new pastor, and many young people are working and even moving out-of-town. These are all crucial concerns. Although dealing with change is not easy, it can be good. Our attitudes have everything to do with it. Before you permanently close the door on Court St. Cecilia #1529, please pray with an open heart to hear what God has in store for this court. Is there a way to bring new life to this local court of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas? Sometimes we try something that doesn't work the first time - or maybe even the second or third time- so we think there is no use in trying again. That's just not true! The inventor Thomas Alva Edison experimented with thousands of different filaments to find just the right materials for a light bulb to glow well and be long-lasting. "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
I wish all of you could have heard Father Jim Sichko, keynote speaker at the 54th Biennial National Convention in Omaha, Nebraska. Not only was he an inspiring speaker, but he would have made you laugh. On a serious note, though, he emphasized that our being Catholic and being Catholic Daughters is not about us.
He simply stated, "It's not about you". He also reminded us that "small things matter". Catholic Daughters is not about us; it is about what we do and what we do for others. We are here to be vessels for Christ to do God's work. You can see a small clip of a sermon given by Father Sichko at the following link -
Please contact me personally with any of your individual thoughts by email at or by phone at 717-381-6742. If you phone, please leave me a message, and I will return your call. When Mary Marzen and I come to Girardville on Tuesday evening, September 4 at 6:00 PM, we will have dinner for you, and we will help organize a membership drive. Let us see where God leads us.
Enclosed are some famous quotes and Bible verses. Please pray fervently to ask Jesus and His Holy Mother Mary, our patroness, for direction from the Holy Spirit and God the Father in the matter of Court St. Cecilia, that we all open our hearts to His Will whatever that may be.
May God Bless you always in all ways!
Your Area Supervisor,
Margaret T. Giordano, Pennsylvania State Treasurer
Cc: Margaret Novak, State Regent
Mary Marzen, District Deputy
I hope something good comes from the meeting on 04 September. I would love to see the CDA Court St. Cecilia #1529 endure and prosper. May God enlighten and inspire the membership to give it another try. (EBC)

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The facts
Mary Groatman, age 88, died on Thursday, 23 August, in a hospital in Woodbury NJ. Mary had lived for years in an upstairs bedroom of a house in Brooklawn NJ — a house she shared with her grandson and his wife, Andrew and Anna Castagna. Anna was her principal caregiver.
A few weeks ago, Mary fell down the steps. After spending some time in the hospital, she was transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Deptford NJ (near Philadelphia).
On Sunday, 19 August, Anna went to the rehab facility to visit Mary. According to Anna’s story, she found Mary unconscious in her room, upon which she summoned the nurse. Mary was taken to the hospital in Woodbury, where she died five days later.
ER personnel determined that there was ethylene glycol (an ingredient of anti-freeze) in Mary’s bloodstream.
Anna, age 43, has been arrested. It is alleged that she poisoned her grandmother-in-law. She has been charged with aggravated assault and murder and is being held on $250,000 bail. I presume that, if she is found guilty, Anna is looking at some serious time.

My commentary on the facts
I see an interesting analogy here to abortion, believe it or not!
If I were Anna’s defense attorney and if it were proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Anna did, indeed, administer poison to her grandmother-in-law, with the intention of killing her, I might address the jury as follows: (Note: This is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but I contend that it is not totally off the wall.)
May it please the Court! Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I shall take very little of your precious time. This is not a complex case. I anticipate that, once you retire for deliberations, you shall be back in a jiffy, so to speak, in order to render your verdict of NOT GUILTY!
My client, Anna Castagna, does not deny that she administered the fatal potion to the deceased entity. She does not deny that she knew that the potion was fatal, nor does she deny that she intended the result, viz. the death of the entity known as “Mary Groatman”.
Nevertheless, I ask you to return a verdict of NOT GUILTY.
I do this for the following reasons:
The entity known as “Mary Groatman” was not a human person at the time the potion was administered! There is evidence that, at one time, it might have been a human person but, at the time the potion was administered, it was certainly not a human person. Why do I assert this? I assert this by analogy to a human fetus. As you know, it has been well-established in law that a human fetus is not a human person, entitled to the constitutional right to life. Why is it not a human person? Because it is incapable of independent maintenance of its life and because it is totally enclosed in the uterus of a woman who is its only lifeline.
Consider now the situation of the entity known as “Mary Groatman”! It was 88 years old — an age at which it was unable to care for itself. It lived in a room in the home (the private space) of my client and needed constant care. It was highly vulnerable, subject to a thousand-and-one possibilities of injury, illness and infection. Is this a human person? I say to you that it is not!
A human person is a human being who has all of his or her faculties in good working order, someone who is able, without outside assistance, to tend to all of his or her nutritional and hygienic needs.
There is a pre-personal stage for every human being. During the approximately 280 days that a human entity is inside its mother, it is a fetus. A fetus is a pre-person.
Many human beings lived to an advanced age. Mary Groatman was one of them. But age brings decline, deterioration and a change of status from person to post-person. Many elderly persons and some who are not so elderly gradually become post-persons. Mary became dependent on my client, Anna, for her basic needs. Anna was her lifeline. For some time prior to the time of its death, Mary was a post-person.
Anna is a young woman of 43. She had no obligation to be burdened with the care of this 88-year-old post-person, Mary Groatman.
Therefore, my client, Anna Castagna, did not bring about the death of a human person. At the very most, she facilitated the demise of a post-person. She is no more guilty of a crime than if she had had an abortion! Therefore, my client, Anna Castagna, is not guilty of murder.
I ask you to be fair and consistent and to bring back a verdict of NOT GUILTY! The defense rests!

stjos/stvdp: 09.02.2012 - 06

— What is a paraproskodian?
A — A paraproskodian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected — frequently humorous. For those who are interested in such arcane pieces of information, please know that the word comes from two Greek words: PARA which means AGAINST and PROSKODIA which means EXPECTATION. All of this might be boring, but we hope you will find that the following examples of paraproskodians are not so boring, maybe even funny. Funny is good. We all need more funny. Especially parish bulletins need more funny. Especially this parish bulletin, which is frequently very unfunny!

• I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.
• Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
• I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
• Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
• The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.
• Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
• If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
• We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.
• War does not determine who is right — only who is left.
• Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
• The evening news is where they begin with “Good evening” and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
• To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
• A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.
• How is it that one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
• Some people are like Slinkies — not really good for anything, but you can't help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs.
• Dolphins are smart! Within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.
• I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was blaming you.
• Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars but check when you say the paint is wet?
• Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and fifty for Miss America?
• Behind the rise of every successful man there is usually a woman. Behind the fall of every successful man there is usually another woman.
• A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
• You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
• The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
• If you need to borrow money, borrow it from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.
• A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.
• Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.
• Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
• Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.
• I used to think that I was indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.
• When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.
• You're never too old to learn something stupid.
• To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
• Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
• Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever.
• A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.
• Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
• My mother and my father are first cousins. That’s why I look so much alike.

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