Saturday, 06 October
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

Monday, 08 October
08:00 am — ALICE WAYNE
rescheduled from 28 September

Tuesday, 09 October
St. Denis, bishop, and companions, martyrs; St. John Leonardi, priest (OptMems)
07:00 pm — JOE (“Smoky”) CONNOR
by his daughter, Anne

Wednesday, 10 October
by her brother, Jake

Thursday, 11 October
by CDA Court St. Cecilia #1529

Friday, 12 October
08:00 am — JAMES BURNS
by John Burns

Saturday, 13 October
08:00 am — Rev. ROBERT J. REED
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
by the James Connell family

Sunday, 14 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the family


Saturday, 06 October
Vigil of Sunday
by her sister, Barbara, and her brother-in-law, John Petrousky

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

Monday, 08 October
by John and Lisa Karavage

Tuesday, 09 October
St. Denis, bishop, and companions, martyrs; St. John Leonardi, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — HARRY PITTS (anniversary of birth)
by his daughter, Dolores

Wednesday, 10 October
07:00 pm — JOHN ROBITAS
by Joe Diamond

Thursday, 11 October
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by the Booble family

Friday, 12 October
05:00 pm — Rev. DAVID M. LIEBNER
by Thomas and Christine Oakum

Saturday, 13 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — RAY KRICK
by Carole Krick

Sunday, 14 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 10.07.2012 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: : $731.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $38.00 from the plate; $36.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $67.00 from the loose.
Total: $892.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($892.00) 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 ($248.25) is available from this collection for operating the parish. Please note that this is a DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $856.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $94.00 from the plate; $93.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,043.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,043.00) 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 $252.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 10 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 11 October
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 12 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 10 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, 12 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

Jesus Christ keeps hoping that you will come to see Him — even if it’s for only a few minutes — while He holds audience with His people of Girardville each week, twice a week.

stjos/stvdp: 10.07.2012 - 02

died on Thursday, 04 October.
He faithfully served St. Vincent dePaul Parish as pastor for nineteen years, from 1985 to 2004.
We honor his memory and we give thanks to God for his good example and for his 52 years as a priest of Jesus Christ.

Fr. Liebner is the son of the late Fred and Agnes (McCarthy) Liebner.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1960 for the Vincentian community (CM). As such, he spent the first twenty years of his priesthood in the Republic of Panama. Then, in 1980, he transferred to the Diocese of Allentown, being incardinated into the Diocese in 1983. He served as an assistant pastor at: St. Peter Parish, Reading; Our Lady of Hungary Parish, Northampton; St. George Parish, Shenandoah. In 1985, he was appointed pastor of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville. In 2004, he retired and was named pastor emeritus of StVdP Parish.
As a retired priest, Fr. Liebner lived on his own in a cottage at Moon Lake (Ashland) for several years. Then he decided to move into the priest retirement home in Orwigsburg. Then he decided to try an assisted living facility in Pottsville. Then, not too long ago, he moved to the priest retirement home in Bethlehem. Now he has moved to a retirement facility not built by human hands but provided directly by God.
In many ways, Fr. Liebner marched to a different drummer. We see this now in the matter of his funeral arrangements. One would anticipate that a priest’s final obsequies would take place from the parish that he last served. Not so in the case of Fr. Liebner. He gave explicit directions that there was to be no public funeral. The Diocese is not free to countermand his explicit wishes. I have it on good authority that, when the Diocese tried to change his mind on the matter of funeral arrangements, he said explicitly that it was “a waste of money” to have a big funeral.
So, there will be a Memorial Mass for Fr. Liebner at the convenience of his family (nephews and nieces), but when and where that will be, I do not yet know. If I find anything out, I’ll be sure to let you know! But I can’t guarantee you that you’ll be invited. In fact, I can’t guarantee that I’ll be invited! This is “vintage Father Liebner”. He was like John the Baptist. He wanted to become less and less, so that Jesus could become more and more. I strongly suspect that Father David M. Liebner was a very holy man. Like many holy men, he was a tad peculiar. I respected him and loved him.
Eternal rest grant unto Father David Liebner, 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.

stjos/stvdp:10.07.2012 - 03

Background: I am on the email list of a group known as AMERICA NEEDS FATIMA (ANF). ANF is a vigorous Catholic organization that promotes the message of Our Lady of Fatima. In addition, this group is alert to instances of anti-Catholicism in the media and in the culture. When it becomes aware of some particularly egregious anti-Catholic activity, ANF will customarily send out email alerts in which it describes the offense and asks the email recipients to send letters or emails of protest to the offending party.
Here is a recent mailing from ANF.

St. Therese Blasphemed By A “Funny” Happy Birthday Card
Sign The Petition To Have Remove The Blasphemous Card!
Deeply Disturbing! Please Read With Caution.

Dear Fr. Connolly:, an American Greetings company, has categorized a card as “funny” which shows St. Therese giving her middle finger to the card reader. Under the picture is this: “St. Bitch the fierce. Our Lady of Shameless Sass”. even lists the designer: Designed by: Mortal Sins ; Publisher: NobleWorks. Send Your E-Protest Now offers this outrageous birthday card under its “Funny Card” category.
St. Therese, the Little Flower, is one of ANF’s patron saints.
I’m sure you too have a special devotion to this great saint, so pure and loving.
Join us in our Petition To Pull The Blasphemous Card!
As has no e-contact, your petition will be sent to its parent company, American Greetings.
God bless you for standing up for the honor of His saint and, ultimately, His honor!
Robert E. Ritchie
America Needs Fatima

Background (continued): So, I decided to be strategic. Instead of sending a “protest email”, I sent a polite “inquiry email”. I wanted to give the company the benefit of the doubt that, perhaps, this card has been insinuated onto their website by some hacker. Here is what I wrote:

I am a Catholic priest.
It has come to my attention that a blasphemous and highly offensive greeting card is being offered for sale on line by your company. I became aware of this via an email from AMERICA NEEDS FATIMA.
The card is a picture of St. Therese, a beloved Catholic saint.
The picture has been altered so as to show St. Therese "giving the finger" to the recipient of the card, together with the text "St. Bitch the Fierce, Our Lady of Shameless Sass".
I find it entirely out of character that your company would knowingly do any such thing or sell any such card.
Would you please let me know what the facts are?
Thank you.
Rev. Edward B. Connolly

Background (continued): Here is the absolutely stunning reply I received from “Sonya T” the Customer Support Representative of

Thank you for contacting Customer Support.
First and foremost, please know that we in no way, shape, or form would ever demean or negate the importance of any religion or faith in any of the products we create.
As I’m sure you know, humor is very subjective and to meet the needs of all shoppers we utilize a wide variety of tones and styles in our greeting cards. We certainly understand that the different forms of humor that we incorporate are not received by all audiences in the same way, however no card is ever created with the intent of offending any consumer, and we regret that offense has been taken with the greetings you mention.
With that said, we do take all consumer feedback very seriously and have shared your note and concerns with our creative team to consider in the planning of all future cards.
If you have further questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us.
Thank you,
Sonya T.
Your Customer Support Representative

My comment: Please note that Sonya did not intend to offend me. (Thanks, Sonya!) Moreover, she regrets that I took offense! Not only that, but she reminds me that I must realize that different persons have different senses of humor. She also regrets that MY particular sense of humor is so narrow and judgmental that it does NOT include reacting with a chortle or even a wan smile when presented with a greeting card that shows St. Therese of Lisieux giving the finger and being referred to as “Our Lady of Sass” and as “St. Butch the Fierce”.
Sonya does not say that the card will be removed from sale but she does assure me that she takes me “very seriously” (thanks, Sonya!) and that she will share my note and concern with the company’s creative team for future reference.
I did not write back to Sonya but, if I had done so, I would have been tempted to tell her to go pound sand or to go play in traffic or to go take a long walk off a short pier or, better yet, just to go away.
Final outcome: I am happy to say that has removed the card from its website and, apparently, has removed it from sale. I guess Sonya got overwhelmed with protest emails and advised her superiors that it would be better to give in than to fight.
I can’t help asking myself: Would even dare to consider selling a greeting card that depicted the Prophet Muhammad giving the finger? I think not.
By the way, I did see the sacrilegious picture. It originated on a viciously anti-Catholic gay website.

stjos/stvdp: 10.07.2012 - 04 / 05


Note: I received the following from a friend of mine who is a physician. Because it comes from a reliable source and because I think it is interesting and relevant information, I am including it in the bulletin.

Remember these letters:
S. T. R. SOT.
In order to identify when someone is having a stroke, remember
SMILE: Ask the person to smile.
TALK: Ask the person to talk (i.e. a simple phrase, e.g. “chicken soup”)
RAISE: Ask the person to raise his or her arms.
STICK OUT TONGUE: Ask the person to stick out his or her tongue.

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking these three simple questions:

(Give him or her a simple phrase to repeat.)

(Note: If the person puts the tongue out sideways, or if the tongue wiggles as he or she sticks it out, then the person has not “passed the test”.
If the person has trouble with any one of these three simple tasks, CALL 911 immediately!
Tell the operator what you have observed.

Here is a little anecdote to illustrate: During a BBQ, Jane stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine. (They had offered to call paramedics.) She said that she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital. Later that evening, Jane passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within three hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within three hours, which is tough. But, if bystanders know the symptoms, they can contribute to saving a life!

stjos/stvdp: 10.07.2012 - 06


I would really, really, really like to see our two parishes make their goals for the 2012 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
If you have contributed, peace be with you!
If you have not contributed, would you please do so?
If you want to contribute but have lost your card, no problem! Just enclose your donation in an envelope and drop it off at the Rectory or put it in the collection basket. Make sure it is clearly marked “Bishop’s Annual Appeal”, together with your name and address!!
Do it for the Gipper!
Better yet, do it for God!

ON BEHALF OF OUR TWO PARISHES, I extend to Francis and Barbara Reilly (Minersville) and to their daughters, Patricia and Lisa, and to “Nana” our sincere condolences on the loss of their son, brother, grandson, Father Joseph F. Reilly, a priest of the Diocese of Allentown, who died of a heart attack at the tender age of 36 on Sunday, 30 September. Father Joe was a friend of God and a blessing to all of us who knew him. May God give him the gift of eternal life.


Donations of food and money are always welcome.
Please use the poor boxes in our churches and chapel.

stjos/stvdp: 10.07.2012 - 07


by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

The following are excerpts from a letter written by the Bishop of Springfield, Illinois.
What he says is true and is authentically Catholic and, by the way, does not violate tax-exemption laws!

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
Even more troubling is that this whole discussion about God in the platform is a distraction from more disturbing matters that have been included in the platform. In 1992 Presidential candidate Bill Clinton famously said that abortion should be "safe, legal and rare." That was the party's official position until 2008. Apparently "rare" is so last century that it had to be dropped, because now the Democratic Party Platform says that abortion should be "safe and legal." Moreover the Democratic Party Platform supports the right to abortion "regardless of the ability to pay." Well, there are only three ways for that to happen: either taxpayers will be required to fund abortion, or insurance companies will be required to pay for them (as they are now required to pay for contraception), or hospitals will be forced to perform them for free.
Moreover, the Democratic Party Platform also supports same-sex marriage, recognizes that "gay rights are human rights," and calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law signed by President Clinton in 1996 that defined marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman.
Now, why am I mentioning these matters in the Democratic Party Platform? There are many positive and beneficial planks in the Democratic Party Platform, but I am pointing out those that explicitly endorse intrinsic evils. My job is not to tell you for whom you should vote. But I do have a duty to speak out on moral issues. I would be abdicating this duty if I remained silent out of fear of sounding "political" and didn't say anything about the morality of these issues. People of faith object to these platform positions that promote serious sins. I know that the Democratic Party's official "unequivocal" support for abortion is deeply troubling to pro-life Democrats.
So what about the Republicans? I have read the Republican Party Platform and there is nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin. The Republican Party Platform does say that courts "should have the option of imposing the death penalty in capital murder cases." But the Catechism of the Catholic Church says (in paragraph 2267), "Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor. If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity to the dignity of the human person. Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm — without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself — the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare, if not practically nonexistent."
One might argue for different methods in the platform to address the needs of the poor, to feed the hungry and to solve the challenges of immigration, but these are prudential judgments about the most effective means of achieving morally desirable ends, not intrinsic evils.
Certainly there are "pro-choice" Republicans who support abortion rights and "Log Cabin Republicans" who promote same-sex marriage, and they are equally as wrong as their Democratic counterparts. But these positions do not have the official support of their party.
Again, I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against, but I am saying that you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy.
I pray that God will give you the wisdom and guidance to make the morally right choices.

stjos/stvdp: 10.07.2012 - 08


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