Saturday, 29 September
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — NORA MALEY BYRNE (2rd anniversary)
by her husband, Bill

Sunday, 30 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — JOHN BENULIS
by OPM
11:30 am — AUGUST BOXER (anniversary of birth)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Monday, 01 October
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
by Robert and Karen Dallago

Tuesday, 02 October
The Holy Guardian Angels (OblMem)
07:00 pm — God’s blessings: Abp. CHARLES J. CHAPUT and all his people, saints and sinners
by Marilyn Stefanski

Wednesday, 03 October
by Marilyn Stefanski

Thursday, 04 October
St. Francis of Assisi, deacon, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI (4th anniversary)
by his wife, Alice

Friday, 05 October
by Argia Yurenka

Saturday, 06 October
St. Bruno, priest; Bd. Marie Rose Durocher, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — God’s blessings: ROBERT and DENISE (Lang) GETZEY (20th wedding anniversary)
by their sons, Ian and Evan

Sunday, 07 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOHN and ROSE DANOWSKY
by the Rizzardi family


Saturday, 29 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Michael and Margaret

Sunday, 30 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the Fisher family

Monday, 01 October
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — FRANCIS and ESTELLE (Weiner) PURCELL
by Francis, Jimmy and Brian

Tuesday, 02 October
The Holy Guardian Angels (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings: SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by Mom and Dad

Wednesday, 03 October
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Charles and Kathleen Sherman

Thursday, 04 October
St. Francis of Assisi, deacon, religious (OblMem)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 05 October
by John and Lisa Tarson

Saturday, 06 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — BETTY GENTRY
by her sister, Barbara, and her brother-in-law, John Petrousky

Sunday, 07 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Ugenia Morris Caravan

stjos/stvdp: 09.30.2012 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: : $801.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the plate; $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $6.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the loose.
Total: $910.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($910.00) 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 ($230.25) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note that this is a DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $946.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $83.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $52.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,091.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,091.00) 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 $300.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


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

Thursday, 04 October
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 05 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 03 October
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, 05 October
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

Those who gaze upon God in the humility of the form of the Bread are being prepared to gaze upon Him in His majestic splendor.

stjos/stvdp: 09.30.2012 - 02

a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 23 September.
Born on 23 February 1928, she was 84 years of age.
Margaret is one of three daughters of the late John and Rose Matyas.
Her sisters, Catherine Matyas Callahan and Helen Matyas Pridokas, are deceased.
On 03 August 1946, Margaret was married to Joseph A. Malafarina.
At the time of Joseph’s death, 05 November 2004, the two had been married for more than 58 years.
Joseph and Margaret have two children: Joseph J. Malafarina and Elaine Malafarina Tomko.
They have two grandchildren: Susan Malafarina Lincoski, DVM and Jerome Tomko.
They have one great-grandchild: Paige Lincoski.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, 26 September. There was a viewing in the church prior to the Mass.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Margaret, 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.
The meeting of the Catholic Daughters scheduled for Tuesday, 02 October, at 02:30 pm has been cancelled.
Please continue to donate PA lottery instant tickets (the rub-off kind) to the StVdPPar Holy Rosary Society!
This tree will be chanced off as a fundraiser.
Please support the HRS in all of its endeavors. They do good work for the parish!
You can drop your tickets off at the Rectory or else put them in an envelope which you can place put into the basket at Mass.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO purchase our supermarket gift cards for the good of our parishes. We sell gift cards for both REDNER’S and BOYER’S. In doing so, our parishes earn 5%.
Let’s look at it in the negative: Whenever you pay for your Redner or Boyer purchases with cash, your parish is losing 5% of what you pay! So, please don’t use cash! Use our gift cards!
By the way, did you know that you can use the Redner’s gift cards to buy gas? Let’s say you fill up your tank for sixty dollars. If you use our gift cards to pay, your parish will earn three dollars! And, of course, you can use the gift cards to purchase other gift cards from the store. So, please be “parish conscious” when you do your grocery shopping and when you pump your gas.
And, yes! We do distinguish between the parishes when divvying up the profit!

stjos/stvdp:09.30.2012 - 03


The following “Dear Abby” Q & A was printed in the 23 September 2012 edition of The Pottsville Republican.

A longtime friend of mine, "Blanche," was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago. She let me know that, once she reached a certain point in the disease, she did not want to be paraded around for others to gawk at.
That time came about a year ago, but I still pick her up every Sunday and take her to church. It's the only time she gets to leave the nursing home, and she loves it. The people at church give her hugs and go out of their way to treat her well and she feels it.
My question is, am I wrong in going against her earlier wishes?

I think you are. Your friend clearly stated when she was in her right mind that she did not want to be an object of pity. By going against her wishes, you have taken away her right to be remembered with dignity. And while it was done in a well-meaning way, I don't agree with it.

My comment
I disagree quite strenuously with Abby and I agree with “Friend in Arizona”. These are my reasons:
#01 — It is certainly a good thing to go to church every week. Whether or not one has Alzheimer’s, it is certainly a good thing — in and of itself — to go to church every week.
Why is it a good thing? I can think of several reasons, although some of these require the virtue of Faith to be understood:
It gives glory to God. That’s the #1 very best reason of all. The intellectual capacity (or incapacity) of the person attending Mass is not the main event. Even the presence of an infant at Mass gives glory to God. Some people put undue stress on “intellectual understanding”, but that’s a miscalculation as to God’s capacity for receiving glory.
It benefits the person spiritually. Even an infant who is present at Mass increases in holiness as a consequence of being present at divine worship. If this is true of an infant (and it is!), then it is all the more true of an adult who suffers from some cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s. (Note: “spiritual” is not the same as “psychological”.)
It gives encouragement to the congregation and to the priest. The sight of an infant or a cognitively impaired adult or child at Mass certainly touches my heart and mind! It reminds me of how I used to be (an infant) and how I might someday be (cognitively impaired). It reminds me of my oneness with all members of the human community.
#02 — The fact that Blanche “loves it” when she is taken to church would seem to me to settle the matter right then and there! No further discussion necessary! From what I know of persons who suffer from Alzheimer’s, they are almost always able to manifest, in at least some fashion, “pleasure” as opposed to “displeasure”. Since Blanche manifests “pleasure” at being taken to church, why in the world would anyone think it is doing her a disservice to take her to church?
#03 —There is a certain wisdom discernible in many persons who have Alzheimer’s or senior dementia. From the point of view of people who lack Faith, Alzheimer’s patients are to be pitied because, although (alas!) they used to be smart, now they appear stupid. (I’m putting that rather bluntly, but that’s pretty much what I mean to say!) It is my experience that many persons who are “smart” are lacking in wisdom, whereas many persons who are “not so very smart” are rather impressively wise. “Unless you become like little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of God.”
#04 — “Friend in Arizona” says that, back in the days when Blanche still had her wits about her, she said that she didn’t want to be paraded around for others to gawk at when she “reached a certain point” in her disease. Abby thinks that Blanche’s wishes as expressed in the past should now be honored. I think otherwise. We all say a lot of foolish things when we are smart and full of ourselves. It is only when God makes us stupid and empties us of ourselves in order to fill us with Himself that we are able to be wise. Now that Blanche is stupid but wise, it would be foolish to hold her to the words she spoke when she was smart but unwise.
#05 — Abby, like most worldlings, puts a lot of value on “dignity” and “being remembered with dignity”. That is so superficial! That kind of “dignity” is smoke and mirrors! Obsession with one’s dignity is obsession with an illusion. None of us exits this world with dignity! Not even Jesus! (Especially not Jesus!) Death is just about the most undignified thing that can happen to a person! It is the ultimate loss of control over oneself. I don’t have any illusions that I am going to die with dignity. The only favors I ask of God in regard to my death are these: (a) that I die in the state of sanctifying grace and, if possible, (b) that I die in the state of clean underwear. But if God should make it clear to me that I have to choose one or the other, I choose the former.

stjos/stvdp: 09.30.2012 - 04 / 05

"Next, please! Good morning! May I help you?"
“Yes, we want to apply for a marriage license."
“Your names, please?”
"Timothy Jones and James Jones."
"Jones? Are both of you Jones? Are you related? I think I see a resemblance."
"Yes, we're brothers, blood brothers."
"Brothers? Blood brothers? You can't get married."
"Why not? Aren't you issuing marriage licenses to same gender couples?"
"Yes, of course! But we haven't had any siblings apply! That's incest!"
"Incest? No, we’re straight! We’re not gay."
"Not gay? Then why do you want to get married?"
"Because we love each other! Isn’t that a good enough reason? Haven’t you ever heard of brothers who love one another? Our parents brought us up to love one another. And, besides, we want the financial benefits that come to married couples. In addition to which, we don’t really have any other prospects!”
"But we're issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples who've been denied equal protection under the law. If you’re a man and you’re not gay, you can get married to a woman."
"Wait a minute. A gay man has the same right to marry a woman as I have. But just because I'm straight, that doesn't mean I want to marry a woman. I want to marry my brother, Jim."
"And I want to marry Tim, Are you going to discriminate against us just because we’re not gay?"
"Okay! Okay! Here’s a form. Fill it out and bring it back to me. I'll give you your license. Next."
"Hi. We are here to get married."
"John Smith, Jane Brown, Robert Green, and June Johnson."
"Who wants to marry whom?"
"We all want to marry each other."
"But there are four of you!"
"That's right. You see, we're all bisexual. I love Jane and Robert; Jane loves me and June; June loves Robert and Jane; and Robert loves June and me. All of us getting married together is the only way that we can express our sexual preferences in a marital relationship."
"But we've been issuing licenses only to gay and lesbian couples."
"So you're discriminating against bisexuals!"
"No, it's just that, well, the traditional idea of marriage is that it's just for couples."
"Since when are you standing on tradition?"
"Well, I mean, you have to draw the line somewhere."
"Who says so? There's no logical reason to limit marriage to couples. The more people in a marriage, the more love! The more love, the better off society is! Besides, we demand our rights! The mayor says the constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. Give us a marriage license!"
"Okay! Okay! Next."
"Hello, I'd like a marriage license."
"In what names?"
"David Deets."
"And the other party?"
"That's all. I want to marry myself."
"Marry yourself? What do you mean?"
"Well, my psychiatrist says I have a dual personality, so I want to marry the two together. Maybe I can file a joint income-tax return."
"That does it! I quit! You people are making a mockery of marriage!"

This scenario may seem absurd, but it’s really quite logical, once you accept the premise that a man can marry a man.

stjos/stvdp: 09.30.2012 - 06

PATTIE MALLETTE got pregnant when she was 17.
Here is a little bit of background on Pattie, taken from a review of a book she has written about herself:
Pattie was two years old when she watched her alcoholic, abusive father walk out the door and about three years old when she was first sexually abused by someone she knew. Pattie doesn’t identify her numerous molesters, including a male baby sitter and the grandfather of a friend, but the last words of her book’s acknowledgments speak volumes. “To my abusers: I forgive you.”
“I was sexually violated so many times that as the years went by it began to feel normal. It’s a strange marriage — knowing something is wrong yet at the same time finding it familiar and commonplace.”
Fear, shame and the notion that she was an unlovable, “dirty girl” stretched through her life. She said the “void of having a father in my heart” led her down rough paths, including drinking and drugging to oblivion, beginning at age fourteen.
There was pot smoking and LSD. She left home at sixteen. To support herself and pay for her destructive habits, she turned to petty crime and pot dealing — and the toxic, on-again-off-again, four-year relationship she had with Jeremy, that began when she was fifteen. At seventeen, she threw herself in front of a truck and landed in a mental ward.
It was there that she was led to a Christian life, though her faith faltered soon after and she fell back in with her old friends. Sex with Jeremy left her pregnant. She resisted intense pressure from those around her to have an abortion: “I knew that I had to do what it took. I just couldn’t abort him.”
There was no returning home, and she went on government assistance after the baby was born. She worked part-time jobs for diapers and rent, wondering how to proceed without a high school diploma, wondering how she could go back to school with no one to care for her child.
There is more to the story than this, but that’s enough for now.
However, on the basis of what you have already read, do you think it would have been a good idea if Pattie had gotten an abortion?
Think about it! A history of sexual abuse. A history of smoking pot and using LSD. A history of petty crime and pot-dealing. A sexual relationship with an unstable boy starting when she was fifteen years old. A suicide attempt when she was seventeen. A high-school drop-out! And then she got pregnant by that same unstable boy! And the boy who got her pregnant didn’t hang around to take responsibility! If she were to give birth to her child, she would have to go on assistance and take part-time jobs just for rent and diapers!
Would you (retroactively) recommend to Pattie that — for her own good and for the good of the child (so that he wouldn’t be brought into the world under such unfavorable circumstances) — she should have an abortion?
Well, if so, please know that you just recommended that she abort Justin Bieber.

stjos/stvdp: 09.30.2012 - 07

a beautiful little girl, was baptized at St. Joseph Church on Sunday, 16 September.
Father Edmund J. Brennan conferred the sacrament.
Hailey was baptized here in Girardville with permission from Father James M. Torpey, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Ringtown.
The sacrament of Baptism removed from the little girl the stain of the Original Sin.
Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, all of us come into the world with Original Sin. The only two exceptions, of course, are Jesus (the second Adam) and Mary (the second Eve).
Hailey Theresa has now been joined to Jesus and, having been joined to Jesus, she is joined also to Mary.
She has been given the gift of the divine adoption. She is now rightly called “a daughter of God the Father, a sister of God the Son, a temple of the Holy Spirit”.
She has been inscribed in the Book of Life.
She is a member of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We give thanks to God for this new member of the Church and we pray that the good work begun in little Hailey Theresa will be brought to a perfect conclusion in Heaven.
LAST CALL for anyone who wants to join the trip to Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine, Doylestown PA on Sunday, 07 October, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. At present, we have (I think) eleven persons and yours truly makes twelve. If you want to go, call the Rectory no later than tomorrow (Monday, 01 October). Please note: We will leave at 03:00 pm, not 04:00 pm as mentioned previously, so as to allow ourselves more time at the Shrine. The Rosary procession is scheduled for 07:00 pm.
Thursday, 04 October, is the Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi. If anyone would like me to bless his or her pet cat, pet dog, pet skunk, pet horse, pet iguana, pet canary, pet gerbil, pet tarantula, pet velociraptor or other form of animal life, ring the St. Vincent dePaul Rectory doorbell anytime between 12:00 noon and 05:00 pm. Please instruct your beast, at the very least, not to eat the priest.
In response to numerous inquiries: No, your animal does not have to be a Catholic in order to be eligible to be blessed. The only religious requirement is that he or she believe in God and be open to being sprinkled with holy water.
WE NOTE WITH SADNESS the start of the demolition of the church building that has stood for many years on the northeast corner of Main and Richard Streets. At the time I arrived in Girardville (2008), it was known as the Girardville Community Church. I understand that, for many years prior, it had been a Methodist church. I’m sure that the decision to raze it was made only with considerable thought. Nothing in this life is permanent. No doubt there are persons in Girardville who have memories of having worshipped God in that building and who feel a certain sadness and melancholy. To these, in particular, we extend our respect.

stjos/stvdp: 09.30.2012 - 08


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