Saturday, 08 September
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

Monday, 10 September
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 11 September
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 12 September
The Most Holy Name of Mary (OptMem)
rescheduled from 05 September

Thursday, 13 September
St. John Chrysostom, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — MARY OLIVERI
by Celeste DeLuca

Friday, 14 September
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s blessings: SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Saturday, 15 September
Our Lady of Sorrows (OblMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: ANCZARSKI, BERESKIE and CIHUCKI families
by Marilyn Stefanski
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MICKEY and DAUNE DEVINE
by Dennis Devine

Sunday, 16 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by EBC


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

Monday, 10 September
07:00 pm — HELEN GANIS
by OPM

Tuesday, 11 September
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto

Wednesday, 12 September
The Most Holy Name of Mary (OptMem)
07:00 pm — MAE ROBITIS
by Joe Diamond

Thursday, 13 September
St. John Chrysostom, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by the Holy Name Society

Friday, 14 September
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Fst)
05:00 pm — JOHN BENULIS
by OPM

Saturday, 15 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 16 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 09.09.2012 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,050.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $42.00 from the plate; $296.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,453.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $5.00 from the Mission Cooperative envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,453.00) 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 $312.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $760.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $38.00 from the plate; $195.00 from the Dues envelopes; $115.50 from the loose.
Total: $1,108.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,108.50) 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 $317.67 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 12 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 13 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 14 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 12 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, 14 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

Extra added enticement for attending Exposition in St. Joseph Chapel on Friday evening: The chapel is air-conditioned!

Sorry we cannot offer the same enticement for attending Exposition in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Wednesday afternoon, but such is life. Of course, come to think of it, we do have fans. Almost as good. Not quite, but almost.

stjos/stvdp: 09.09.2012 - 02

THANK YOU to Paul and Peggy Kanigorski, proprietors of THE MAIN STREET DELI. They donated $55.00 to the parishes ($33.00 to StJosPar and $22.00 to StVdPPar) from the sale of hoagies and sandwiches on 25 and 26 August. As noted in the bulletin of 19 August, they offered to donate $1.00 from each sandwich / hoagie sale to those customers who mentioned the parish on those days.
The Holy Rosary Society of StVdPPar is going to chance off a lottery tree. The women would like to start gathering donations of instant lottery tickets as soon as possible. So, if you would be so kind as to donate some lottery tickets (the “scratch-off” kind), it would be much appreciated. You may put them into an envelope and drop them into the collection basket (but not, please, in lieu of your regular parish donations) or else you may drop them off at the Rectory.
WE ARE APPROVING a contract for some work on the roof of StVdP Church. This will cost us more than $17,000 but it will be worth it. Although we want to promote the coming of the reign of God, we would like to keep the rain of God outside. The Holy Name Society and the Holy Rosary Society have indicated that they will help out with this expense — not the entire amount but a substantial portion of it. The parish will pick up the balance. Please be generous to the parish and to the HNS and the HRS and please cooperate in all fundraising projects.
WE ARE GOING TO INSTALL some Catholic literature racks in the churches and we are hopeful that they will be used. At the present time, we think we will utilize spaces in (a) the St. Vincent dePaul Church vestibule; (b) the St. Joseph Church vestibule; (c) the Sheridan Room. The racks should arrive some time later this month. I had been racking my brains about this project for some time, and now we will be getting the racks.


On Sunday, 07 October, at 07:00 pm, there will be the annual celebration of Our Lady of the Rosary at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA. The celebration consists of an outdoor candlelight Rosary Procession, homily, Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
I know from experience that it is an inspiring event.
The Basilica and the grounds are well worth visiting. There is a gift shop and a cafeteria.
If you want to go, call the Rectory. Leave your name and telephone number. Depending on how many want to go, we will rent either a bus or a van. I anticipate that we would leave Girardville at about 04:00 pm and be back at about 11:00 pm. (For now, these times are approximate.)
The seventh day of October was chosen for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary because it is the date (in 1571) of the Battle of Lepanto. The combined naval forces of various Catholic states of Europe defeated the naval forces of the Turkish (Ottoman) Empire, thereby preventing further Muslim encroachments on Europe. It is politically incorrect these days to celebrate a Catholic military victory over Islam. We all know that Islam is a religion of peace. So, forget that I mentioned it. One other thing: Sunday, 07 October, also happens to be Pro-Life Sunday.

stjos/stvdp:09.09.2012 - 03


Proverbs 17,21

If you, dear reader, are the parent of a teenager, the odds are that your teenager is a prudent child. (After all, he or she is the offspring of someone prudent enough to read the parish bulletin!) However, it is quite possible that your prudent teenager might have a teenage friend who, unfortunately, is a numskull. You can tell whether or not your teenager is a prudent child or a numskull by this simple test: Does he or she often participate in activities that are spectacularly stupid? If “yes”, then it is quite likely that he or she is a numskull. On the other hand, does he or she characteristically refrain from participating in activities that are spectacularly stupid? If “yes”, then praise the Lord! He or she is well blessed and you, as the parent, are among the fortunate ones of the Earth!
We heartily concur with Forrest Gump’s mother, who passed on to young Forrest a simple formula for identifying “stupid”. You may recall that she said: STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DOES!
Now, let us be clear about one thing: God loves ALL teenagers without exception! He maketh His rain to fall on both the prudent and the stupid. However, He earnestly desires that the stupid ones become prudent and, of course, desires that the prudent ones remain so. But, in order for numskulls to become prudent, they have to keep on breathing for as long as it takes for Lady Prudence and her entourage to find a way to catch their attention.
God would like your help in this project code-named “KNA” (Keeping Numskulls Alive). So, please familiarize yourself with this list of “Fads Reported to be Current among Stupid Teenagers” and use this information in order to advise the parents of that imprudent boy or girl who might be a friend or schoolmate of your prudent teenager. You might want to enlist the help of your prudent teenager. Ask him or her to be your clandestine informant and to report to you any stupid activities he or she notes among his or her imprudent friends. Ask for names. Guarantee him or her complete anonymity! You will be performing a great act of charity and God will be pleased with you.
01. Planking
The activity involves lying face-down on any surface. Once in position, the participant’s friends take a picture and share it on the web through various social media outlets. It might sound harmless and even funny, but some teens have expanded their creativity and planked on unusual and sometimes dangerous surfaces such as rooftops, vehicles, or escalators. Many have been injured and at least one death has been reported.
02. Vodka Eyeballing
Teenagers are quick to find new ways to consume alcohol without leaving the obvious smell of booze on their breath. This new trend involves pouring vodka directly into the eye, passing through the mucous membrane and entering the bloodstream through the veins around the eyeball. The result is a quick buzz. If done often, this activity can burn or scar the cornea and, in some extreme cases, cause blindness.
03. The Choking game
This game creates a momentary high parallel to that caused by the use of certain drugs. The child uses various restraints to cut off the flow of blood to the brain, depriving it of oxygen. After the restraint is released, the blood immediately rushes back into the brain and evokes that natural high feeling. Many who have played this game have passed out and lost consciousness.
04. Vodka Gummy Bears
News broke recently about YouTube videos that showed how to infuse candy with alcohol. Kids now have access to a step-by-step tutorial on how to soak gummy bears in vodka and consume them in plain view just about anywhere. The result is an instant buzz not easily detected on their breath. The candy is often consumed in big amounts, rapidly leading to high levels of intoxication. Kids are unaware of the amounts of alcohol in each piece of candy so they begin popping gummy bears until the buzz kicks in. Reports have shown that several kids have ended up in the ER being treated for alcohol poisoning.
05. Smoking Smarties [As you may or may not know, Smarties is the name of a popular candy. It is a roll of flavored wafers wrapped in a cellophane tube.]
Also fueled by internet tutorials, smoking Smarties involve crushing the candy until it is in powder form. Once fully dissolved, an opening is made on the side of the package to allow puffing the sugar powder and exhaling it like cigarette smoke. Inhaling the sugar powder from the Smarties candies can cause infections, chronic coughing, and even choking.
06. Tampon Drunkenness
A tampon is soaked in alcohol and then inserted in a girl’s vagina or a boy’s rectum. The alcohol is soaked up by the vaginal or rectal walls, creating the feeling of being intoxicated without sipping alcohol directly. Besides the obvious risks to those private body parts, the tampon can soak up about a shot of alcohol, increasing the risk of alcohol poisoning.
07. Distilling Hand Sanitizer
This inexpensive and very accessible product is easy for kids to get their hands on. Salt is used to separate the high quantities of alcohol found in hand sanitizer, which is then consumed. The amount of alcohol used by distilling hand sanitizers is equivalent to that of a shot of hard liquor. Several cases have been reported, and a few teenagers have required medical treatment for alcohol poising as a result. Parents are urged to buy the foam type of sanitizer or ones that do not list ethanol as their prime ingredient.
08. Car Surfing
Here’s how it works: teenagers climb on top of a car, hold onto the roof, and pretend to surf while the driver hits the pedal and drives. The faster the car, the greater the fame for the roof-top surfer. Some kids have gone to the extreme, and tried surfing on top of trains and subways.
09. Purple Drink
This drink has become famous because of various rap artists who drink it in videos. Even NFL players have gotten in on the act. The drink includes a mixture of Sprite, Jolly Ranchers, and codeine cough syrup. It is highly toxic and can cause hallucinations, unresponsiveness, and lethargy. This concoction has been glamorized in the music industry so much so that a style of music has even been created to showcase the effects of the drink.
This website allows the user to anonymously chat online with anyone without the use of security blocks or filters. The website is easy to use and does not protect users from adult content or disturbing images. Once you’re logged on, the site pairs you up with a stranger. The user can choose to skip and go to the next pairing, or chat with that individual.
11. Bath Salts
Commonly referred to as “Purple Wave” and “Bliss,” this drug contains high levels of mephedrone, methylone, and MDPV, three drugs that cause hallucinations when smoked, snorted, or injected. Until recently, these salts were often found in smoke shops and were sold legally in the U.S. This drug can cause paranoia, suicidal behavior, and chest pain.
If you or your prudent teenager would like some advice or aid in the delicate matter of how to drop a dime on stupid teenagers without running the risk of them trying to “get even” with you or your family, you are welcome to enlist the help of your pastor. I shall deal with such information discreetly and confidentially.


Proverbs 17,25

stjos/stvdp: 09.09.2012 - 04 / 05

A priest in Connecticut has been called into the front office and issued a formal rebuke. This rebuke will be “part of the permanent record”.
The one issuing the rebuke was the Most Rev. Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford. The one on the receiving end was the Rev. Michael DeVito, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Suffield CT.
Inquiring minds want to know: Why did the Archbishop rebuke the priest?
Here is why: Fr. DeVito participated in (did not officiate at) the “wedding” of his cousin, Richard. Richard “married” Roger. (Pardon me for belaboring the obvious: Please note that “Richard” and “Roger” are both males.) The ceremony took place on a yacht on the East River (NYC). The officiant was a Lutheran minister. Fr. DeVito did not wear vestments at the ceremony, but he did wear his Roman collar. He did a reading. The Archbishop learned about this from a “wedding announcement” in the New York Times.
My comment
I try humor to keep from ranting.
So, first of all, humor: I think Fr. DeVito will not be named a Monsignor anytime in the near future.
Now, let me rant: I think Fr. DeVito is out of his mind! In fact, for his own sake, I hope Fr. DeVito is out of his mind (or, at least, was out of his mind.) When you are out of your mind, you get a break from God. The only alternative I can think of to his being “out of his mind” is that he has lost the Catholic Faith.
Someone will say, “Oh, no! I don’t think he has lost the Faith. I think he just made an error in judgment. I think he was torn between his sense of loyalty to his cousin and his loyalty to the Catholic Church and opted in favor of the former.”
But I say, “But that’s precisely what ‘losing the Faith’ is, at least 98% of the time! Fr. DeVito wanted to maintain a friendly relationship with his cousin and he attempted to do so at the expense of being seen to endorse sodomy. He probably did not explicitly want to reject God, but he did. It’s what we actually do that matters, not how we rationalize what we do! No man can serve both God and Baal. If you love God, you hate Baal. If you love Baal, you hate God.”
I certainly wish Fr. DeVito the best. I think Archbishop Mansell was quite merciful to him. To Fr. DeVito’s credit, he has accepted the rebuke from his Arch and has promised never to do any such thing again. For the love of God, I hope not!
In the Seminary, they taught us: CORRUPTIO OPTIMI PESSIMA. This is Latin for: THE CORRUPTION OF THE BEST IS THE WORST.
Geoffrey Chaucer (14th century English poet) wrote these words about corrupt priests:

“If gold rust, what will iron do?
For if a priest be foul in whom we trust
No wonder that a common man should rust.”

stjos/stvdp: 09.09.2012 - 06

a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Tuesday, 04 September.
Born on 13 May 1928, he was 84 years of age.
Dominic (“Mickey”) is a son of the late Anthony and Grace (Ranauro) D’Allessandro.
He has two brothers and two sisters, all four of whom are deceased: Joseph D’Allessandro; Isabel D’Allessandro (Dominic’s twin sister); Antoinette D’Allessandro Bigos; Arthur Durante. He was baptized in St. Helen Chapel, Raven Run — a mission chapel (no longer in existence) that served the Catholics of Raven Run who belonged either to St. Joseph Parish, Girardville or St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Lost Creek.
He received his First Holy Communion in 1935 and his Confirmation on 18 October 1936, both in St. Joseph Church. On 21 June 1952, Dominic married Mary Buchanan in St. Canicus Church, Mahanoy City. To the honor of God and as a testimony to their own good character, they kept their solemn covenant with one another and with the Lord for more than sixty years — “until death do us part”.
From that marriage came three children: Kathy D’Allessandro Connolly; Michael J. D’Allessandro (deceased); John M. D’Allessandro.
Dominic and Mary have four grandchildren: Shannon Connolly Giordano; Craig D’Allessandro; Michael J. Connolly (deceased); Kara D’Allessandro.
Dominic and Mary have one great-grandchild. God willing, his or her identity will be revealed in April. We commend the child to the loving protection of the Holy Mother.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Dominic was celebrated in St. Joseph Chapel at 10:00 am on Friday, 07 September. There was a viewing in the chapel for about one hour prior to the Mass.
The interment took place at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville PA.
Eternal rest grant unto Dominic, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Some people will say, “If God is everywhere, why should I take the trouble of walking into a church in order to visit Him? If God is everywhere, then He is in my garage, my bedroom, my rec room. But you priests say that He is in the tabernacle. What’s the difference between His being in the tabernacle and His being everywhere?”
Much of life (and of education) involves the making of distinctions. So, let’s make a distinction: The providential presence of God is not identical (co-terminous) with the Sacramental Presence of Jesus. Think of Mary. Before conceiving Jesus in her womb, Mary was in God’s presence and after conceiving Jesus in her womb, Mary was in God’s presence! But was there any difference in “the presence”? Most definitely! If you don’t grasp this immediately, ask Mary to help you understand. It has to do with the tangibility and visibility of the created and very tangible Flesh of God. By extension, it has to do with the tangibility and visibility of the Eucharistic bread — which is the Flesh of God! You don’t have God in the flesh in your garage!

stjos/stvdp: 09.09.2012 - 07

TIMOTHY BRICKLEMYER, son of Donald and Sandra (Updike) Bricklemyer, and JENNIFER ANN BURKE, daughter of John and Debra (Halko) Burke, became husband and wife this afternoon (Saturday, 08 September) in St. Joseph Church.
In the presence of Msgr. Edward J. Coyle, Timothy and Jennifer received from one another and conferred upon one another the Sacrament of Matrimony.
They vowed that their union would be faithful, permanent (until death do them part) and fruitful, according to God’s gracious Will.
These are the three indispensable qualities of a valid marriage.
We ask God to bless Tim and Jennifer and to give them the grace to edify the community by the holiness of their lives and by the tenderness of their mutual love.
Congratulations, Tim and Jennifer!

You are aware, no doubt, that Fr. Benedict has been advised that his services are no longer required (or words to that effect) by EWTN. In addition to which, he has been chided by various and sundry dignitaries and semi-dignitaries, most of whom are not worthy to unbuckle the strap on his Franciscan sandals.
Alas! Fr. Benedict (for whom I confess great respect, admiration and affection) was “guilty” of being too honest in his speech. I don’t have room in this bulletin to print the entire text of the remarks that “got him in trouble” with the Thought Police. You can easily find them on line. You might want to check out this link:
My take on the whole sad mess is this:
a) Fr. Benedict is a psychologist and a counselor, not a lawyer. He was commenting on what one might call “the dynamics” of what happens when an adult man does naughty things with a teenage boy. Fr. Benedict said that, in many cases, the boy is the seducer. Is this true? Yes, I believe it is true. It takes two to tango and it is not uncommon for a “needy adolescent boy” to strive for the affection of an older man.
b) Fr. Benedict did not say that the adult man is blameless in a situation where this affection goes beyond common sense and decency and violates the laws of God and of man. He simply said that it is not uncommon for the “victim” to be the “seducer”. I take “seducer” to mean “initiator”.
c) Because people (some people) are not very bright and are unable to make distinctions between “the psychology” of man-boy sex and the “legality” of same, it is now open season on poor Father Benedict.
d) I found it rather galling to see Anderson Cooper (CNN) report the Fr. Benedict story with his customary air of moral indignation! For crying out loud! Where does Anderson Cooper, an unchaste man, get the license to impugn the integrity of Father Benedict? It is to laugh!
e) I suppose God decided to send Father Benedict one final humiliation before He orders him to wrap it up. I have no doubt that Father Benedict will utilize the opportunity God has given him. I also presume that Father Benedict will not be giving any more interviews to the National Catholic Register! Frankly, I think the NCR should be ashamed of itself for allowing its pages to be used to humiliate this beautiful and venerable priest who is, quite frankly, no longer at the top of his game.


stjos/stvdp: 09.09.2012 - 08


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