MASS SCHEDULE: 16 23 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 15 September
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MICKEY and DAUNE DEVINE
by Dennis Devine

Sunday, 16 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ALBERT J. PICCIONI
by EBC

Monday, 17 September
St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings: Dr. TERESA ANN SULLIVAN
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 18 September
Weekday
07:00 pm — AGATHA SCULLY (10th anniversary)
by her family

Wednesday, 19 September
St. Januarius, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: BARBARA COONEY
by Elizabeth Ryan

Thursday, 20 September
St. Andrew Kim Taegon, priest, St. Paul Chong Ha-sang, and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — CHARLIE MORAN
by Thomasina Moran

Friday, 21 September
St. Matthew, apostle, evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — FRANCIS ZITKUS
by OPM

Saturday, 22 September
Weekday
08:00 am — RESI FRITZ
by her nephew, Edward
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPHINE BOXER HODGE (33rd anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 23 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — FRANCIS P. O’REILLY
by his brother-in-law, Edward

 MASS SCHEDULE: 16 23 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 15 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH CHIKOTAS
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 16 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JAMES and ELEANOR CONNELL
by the Connell family

Monday, 17 September
St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — HELEN GANIS
by OPM

Tuesday, 18 September
Weekday
08:00 am — JOAN HAHN PIZANO
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto

Wednesday, 19 September
St. Januarius, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
07:00 pm — EDWARD KRULL
by OPM

Thursday, 20 September
St. Andrew Kim Taegon, priest, St. Paul Chong Ha-sang, and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Arthur and Joyce Engle

Friday, 21 September
St. Matthew, apostle, evangelist (Fst)
05:00 pm — HELEN DIAMOND
by Joe Diamond

Saturday, 22 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED YACKERA
by his wife, Bernie

Sunday, 23 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Angelo and Kay Barone

stjos/stvdp: 09.16.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
08 / 09 SEPTEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $839.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $24.00 from the plate; $108.00 from the Dues envelopes; $182.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $53.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,206.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,206.00) 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 $65.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $759.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $47.00 from the plate; $57.00 from the Dues envelopes; $198.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $56.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,117.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,117.00) 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 $326.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 19 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 20 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 21 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 19 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, 21 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

Jesus is not a ghost or a spirit. He is not an abstraction. He is physical. His Body and Blood are matter. He can be seen and touched and tasted. You can find Him in St. Joseph Church and Chapel and in St. Vincent dePaul Church.

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EXCERPTS FROM THE 2012 PLATFORM OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AS APPROVED AND ADOPTED
AT THE QUADRENNIAL CONVENTION IN CHARLOTTE NC

Protecting A Woman’s Right to Choose
The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.
Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. We strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child by providing affordable health care and ensuring the availability of and access to programs that help women during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including caring adoption programs.
President Obama and the Democratic Party are committed to supporting family planning around the globe to help women care for their families, support their communities, and lead their countries to be healthier and more productive. That’s why, in his first month in office, President Obama overturned the “global gag rule,” a ban on federal funds to foreign family planning organizations that provided information about, counseling on, or offered abortions. And that is why the administration has supported life-saving family planning health information and services.

Freedom to Marry
We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.
We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.

stjos/stvdp:09.16.2012 - 03


EXCERPTS FROM THE 2012 PLATFORM OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AS APPROVED AND ADOPTED
AT THE QUADRENNIAL CONVENTION IN TAMPA FL

Defending Marriage Against An Activist Judiciary
A serious threat to our country’s constitutional order, perhaps even more dangerous than presidential malfeasance, is an activist judiciary, in which some judges usurp the powers reserved to other branches of government. A blatant example has been the court-ordered redefinition of marriage in several States. This is more than a matter of warring legal concepts and ideals. It is an assault on the foundations of our society, challenging the institution which, for thousands of years in virtually every civilization, has been entrusted with the rearing of children and the transmission of cultural values.
A Sacred Contract: Defense of Marriage
That is why Congressional Republicans took the lead in enacting the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of States and the federal government not to recognize same-sex relationships licensed in other jurisdictions. The current Administration’s open defiance of this constitutional principle – in its handling of immigration cases, in federal personnel benefits, in allowing a same-sex marriage at a military base, and in refusing to defend DOMA in the courts – makes a mockery of the President’s inaugural oath. We commend the United States House of Representatives and State Attorneys General who have defended these laws when they have been attacked in the courts. We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We applaud the citizens of the majority of States which have enshrined in their constitutions the traditional concept of marriage, and we support the campaigns underway in several other States to do so.
The First Amendment: The Foresight of Our Founders to Protect Religious Freedom
The first provision of the First Amendment concerns freedom of religion. That guarantee reflected Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which declared that no one should “suffer on account of his religious opinion or belief, but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion….” That assurance has never been more needed than it is today, as liberal elites try to drive religious beliefs – and religious believers – out of the public square. The Founders of the American Republic universally agree that democracy presupposes a moral people and that, in the words of George Washington’s Farewell Address, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
The most offensive instance of this war on religion has been the current Administration’s attempt to compel faith-related institutions, as well as believing individuals, to contravene their deeply held religious, moral, or ethical beliefs regarding health services, traditional marriage, or abortion. This forcible secularization of religious and religiously affiliated organizations, including faith-based hospitals and colleges, has been in tandem with the current Administration’s audacity in declaring which faith-related activities are, or are not, protected by the First Amendment – an unprecedented aggression repudiated by a unanimous Supreme Court in its Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC decision. We pledge to respect the religious beliefs and rights of conscience of all Americans and to safeguard the independence of their institutions from government. We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and of our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage, and we affirm the right of students to engage in prayer at public school events in public schools and to have equal access to public schools and other public facilities to accommodate religious freedom in the public square. We assert every citizen’s right to apply religious values to public policy and the right of faith-based organizations to participate fully in public programs without renouncing their beliefs, removing religious symbols, or submitting to government-imposed hiring practices. We oppose government discrimination against businesses due to religious views. We support the First Amendment right of freedom of association of the Boy Scouts of America and other service organizations whose values are under assault and condemn the State blacklisting of religious groups which decline to arrange adoptions by same-sex couples. We condemn the hate campaigns, threats of violence, and vandalism by proponents of same-sex marriage against advocates of traditional marriage and call for a federal investigation into attempts to deny religious believers their civil rights.
The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life
Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.

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We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Republican leadership has led the effort to prohibit the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion and permitted States to extend health care coverage to children before birth. We urge Congress to strengthen the Born Alive Infant Protection Act by enacting appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery where the death of the infant is intended. We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions – gender discrimination in its most lethal form – and to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain; and we applaud U.S. House Republicans for leading the effort to protect the lives of pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia. We call for a ban on the use of body parts from aborted fetuses for research. We support and applaud adult stem cell research to develop lifesaving therapies, and we oppose the killing of embryos for their stem cells. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
We also salute the many States that have passed laws for informed consent, mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health-protective clinic regulation. We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement; and we affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy. We salute those who provide them with counseling and adoption alternatives and empower them to choose life, and we take comfort in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.

Please note
I am acutely aware of the legalities involved in political discourse from the pulpit and in parish bulletins. I am resolved to obey the law! I have not endorsed any party or any candidate, nor shall I do so. I deal strictly with issues, and the only issues I deal with are those that have an immediate bearing on: (a) the right to life of the unborn and other vulnerable human persons; (b) the sanctity of marriage; (c) religious freedom. My primary duty and intention is to INFORM the members of my two parishes about these issues and how they correlate with the positions of the parties and the candidates. You take it from there!
My beliefs in these matters are certainly not my own peculiar beliefs. They are the perennial beliefs of the Catholic Church. I have every reason to be certain that my beliefs in these three areas are identical with those of Pope Benedict and of Bishop Barres!
Please know that I have read the platforms of both parties and, in this bulletin, have extracted only those portions that are relevant to the three matters mentioned above. The reason that there is only one page for the Democratic platform excerpts and almost three pages for the Republican platform excerpts is simply this: That is how much space the two parties allotted to these issues. Obviously, that was beyond my control!

stjos/stvdp: 09.16.2012 - 06


MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO,
a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 13 September.
Born on 05 January 1944, she was 68 years old.
Mary Jane is one of five children of the late John and Gloria (Tinari) Chiaretti.
Her brothers and sisters are: Joseph J. Chiaretti; Diane Chiaretti Kulengosky; Theresa Chiaretti McDonald; Leo J. Chiaretti.
Mary Jane was baptized in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, on 30 January 1944 by Fr. John F. Cullen.
On 04 May 1963, Mary Jane was married to Francis J. Ritzo in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, in the presence of Fr. Francis T. Gillespie.
Francis and Mary Jane have two children: Francis J. Ritzo Jr.; Mary Jane Ritzo Lindenmuth.
They have four grandchildren: Brett A. Lindenmuth; John B. Lindenmuth; Nicholas Ritzo; Anthony Ritzo.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Monday, 17 September, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing in the church, from about 09:00 am until 11:00 am.
Mary Jane was no stranger to illness and suffering but she was a wise woman. She offered everything up to God in union with Jesus. He will take good care of her.
The interment will take place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Mary Jane, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
ALICE HELEN CHUPLIS MEDRICK,
a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 13 September.
Born on 21 August 1923, she was 89 years old.
Alice is one of three children of the late George and Elizabeth (Yanowsky) Chuplis.
Her brothers, both deceased, are George Chuplis and Clarence Chuplis.
Alice was married to Michael J. Medrick, who is deceased.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Tuesday, 18 September, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing in the Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland PA, from 09:30 to 10:30 am.
The interment will take place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
The information in this death notice is somewhat less than we normally include. This is due to the fact that Alice died suddenly and did not have any children, in addition to which she outlived those of her contemporaries who could have provided more information. Alice’s niece, Theresa, looked in on her and was helpful in providing the information we have. Let not the sparseness of the information be any measure of the quality of the woman. She was a devout Catholic and, when younger, was very much involved in her parish. Even during her time of relative immobility, she reached out to others via telephone and was especially involved with organizing deliveries of Wheels-on-Meals.
Eternal rest grant unto Alice, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 09.16.2012 - 07


CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
Good!

The secret is this: God willing, Mrs. Majikas will observe her 99th birthday on Wednesday, 19 September. Julia (“Jean”) Statutis Majikas is the eldest member of either of our parishes. Happy Birthday, dear Mrs. Majikas! And God bless John, her butler, chauffeur, secretary, janitor and personal aide.

 CCD
starts tomorrow!
Monday, 17 September!
ALL OF THE CHILDREN ARE TO REPORT
TO THE SHERIDAN ROOM AT 04:00 PM!
Last-minute registrations will be accepted.
JUST SOME PASSING THOUGHTS ON THE WORLD SCENE
I look at the news on TV and I see all those people rioting in Egypt and Tunisia and Libya and Yemen and Kenya and the Gaza Strip and God knows where else. I ask myself questions like these: (a) Where do those guys get all that physical energy? I know that, whenever I participate in a riot, I get exhausted after about an hour’s worth of jumping up on car roofs and scaling walls and throwing stones and shouting and screaming and waving and getting tear-gassed and my skull beat up on by the cops. After an hour or so, I just have to sit down and have a cup of tea and maybe a nap! (b) Where do they get all those American flags to burn? Is there some central supply? Is it “Stars and Stripes Unlimited, Guaranteed to Burn or Your Money Back”? Are there discounts for bulk purchases? Do you get a free box of matches with each American flag? (c) And, most of all, I wonder, “Don’t those rioters ever have to go to the bathroom?” I’m sure they do! So, where do they go? Do the organizers of the riots set up job johnnies? I doubt it! (d) Don’t they ever get tired of chanting, “Death to America!”? How come they never chant, “Death to Canada!” or “Death to Mexico!” or “Death to Estonia!”? (Not that I have anything against Canada or Mexico or Estonia!) After forty zillion repetitions of “Death to America!” I have to admit that my feelings get hurt. I want to say, “Knock it off, you bucketheads!” I like America. It’s my favorite country. I’d like to think that it will be around for a good, long while. It needs some improvements, that’s for sure! We have to get back our respect for human life, especially human life in the womb, and we have to re-submit ourselves to God, Who is above all nations. But in good days and bad, regardless of who is in the White House, I will always say, “Long life to America! Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrims’ pride! Long life to America, my home, sweet home.”
REMEMBER (PLEASE) TO DONATE INSTANT LOTTERY TICKETS to our St. Vincent dePaul Holy Rosary Society for the raffle of the “Lottery Tree”. Drop them in the basket or else drop them off at the Rectory.
WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AT LEAST A VANFUL* OF PEOPLE GO TO THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA in Doylestown PA on Sunday, 07 October, the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. You will enjoy visiting the shrine and taking part in the outdoor Rosary Procession. We shall leave Girardville at about 04:00 pm (if earlier, we will let you know) and arrive home at about 11:00 pm.
Call the Rectory and give your name and telephone number to reserve a place in the van.
We all have much to pray for: our families, our parishes, our country, ourselves.
* [Spell Check tells me that there is no such word as “vanful”. However, I insist that there is! If there wasn’t such a word before — well, now there is!]

stjos/stvdp: 09.16.2012 - 08


 

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