MASS SCHEDULE: 1421 OCTOBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 13 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
by the James Connell family

Sunday, 14 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — HOWARD and HELEN O’CONNELL
by the family

Monday, 15 October
St. Teresa of Avila, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — Deceased Carmelite Tertiaries: MARIE ELAINE; MAGGIE; CAMILLE; JULIA
by a fellow Carmelite

Tuesday, 16 October
St. Hedwig, religious; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin (OptMems)
07:00 pm — JAKOB and FRIEDA RITZHEIMER
by their son, Jake

Wednesday, 17 October
St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — NO MASS AT StJos today
because of Priests’ Workshop

Thursday, 18 October
St. Luke, evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — NO MASS AT StJos today
because of Priests’ Workshop

Friday, 19 October
SS. John deBrebeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests, and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings: JOHN ROBERT DEMBINSKY
by his son, Paul

Saturday, 20 October
Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. ROBERT J. REED
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — RICHARD ZAHARICK
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 21 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPH RIZZARDI Sr.
by his family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1421 OCTOBER
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 15 October
St. Teresa of Avila, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
(100th anniversary of birth)
by her daughters and their families

Tuesday, 16 October
St. Hedwig, religious; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — NO MASS AT StVdP today
because of Priests’ Workshop

Wednesday, 17 October
St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
07:00 pm — SPECIAL INTENTION
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Thursday, 18 October
St. Luke, evangelist (Fst)
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by M/M Peter Bolusky

Friday, 19 October
SS. John deBrebeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests, and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
05:00 pm — MARGARET KONAS CHASE
(2nd anniversary)
by her family

Saturday, 20 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ALBERT, ADELE, JEROME and KRISTEN YESALAVAGE
by Michael and Margaret

Sunday, 21 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN (Sr.) and SOPHIE D’ALFONSO and son, JOHN (Jr.)
by Frank and Rose Popeck

stjos/stvdp: 10.14.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
06 / 07 OCTOBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $900.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $40.00 from the plate; $217.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $75.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,277.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,277.00) 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 $136.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $809.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $40.00 from the plate; $271.00 from the Dues envelopes; $8.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $91.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,219.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,219.00) 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 $428.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 18 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 18 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 19 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

When Jesus died and rose from the dead, He made forgiveness of mortal sin POSSIBLE. Then, after rising from the dead, He instituted the Sacrament of Penance so as to make forgiveness of mortal sin ACTUAL.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thursday, 18 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, 19 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

stjos/stvdp: 10.14.2012 - 02


LENORE ELIZABETH BREINICH,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 04 October.
Born on 17 February 1926, she was 86 years of age.
Lenore is the daughter of the late Raymond and Elizabeth (Delowry) Breinich.
She has two brothers: Kenneth Breinich (deceased) and Gerald Breinich.
She had been baptized in St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Wednesday, 10 October, at 11:00 am.
There was a viewing in the church prior to the Mass.
Interment took place in Annunciation BVM Parish Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.
Eternal rest grant unto Lenore, 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.
ROSALIE ZITKUS HICKS,
a former member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 05 October.
Born on 24 March 1938, she was 74 years of age.
She was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church on 09 April 1938.
She was married to Roy D. Hicks on 06 October 1957 at St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg.
She has four children: Roseann Hicks Dallago; Roy Hicks Jr.; Daniel Hicks; Theresa Hicks Strine.
In addition to these, she is survived by her four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, by her brother, John Zitkus, and her sister, Helen Zitkus Lauyer.
The interment service took place in St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery on Tuesday, 09 October.
Eternal rest grant unto Rosalie, 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.

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PLEASE NOTE that this coming week is the week of the annual Diocesan Priest Workshop. Fr. Connolly will be away from Monday (15 Oct) afternoon to Wednesday (17 Oct) evening. Fr. Brennan will be away from Wednesday (17 Oct) afternoon to Friday (19 Oct) evening. This necessitates some abbreviation of the weekday Mass schedule and a tweaking of the Confession and Exposition schedule. Please check pages one and two of this bulletin for the schedules.
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stjos/stvdp:10.14.2012 - 03


DEAR ABBY:
I am the single dad of two teenage boys (17 and 18) who are both in high school. I am wondering about something they do with their friends. The boys take showers in large groups. When they come in from running or sports, or if a group is spending the night, they shower in groups of two, three or four. It's not like we have a huge shower -- it's normal size.
I know there's nothing sexual going on because I can hear them talking and joking around. When I asked the boys about this, they looked at me like I had two heads. They said it was just a social thing and the same as showering together after football in the school gym.
They also "air dry" after showers by walking around in towels, sometimes watching TV or goofing off for hours while in their towels. When going out, they get naked in the bathroom, fixing their hair, shaving, brushing their teeth, etc. It's like a big "nude fest" with them and their friends.
While I'm glad they are comfortable with their bodies and who they are, it still bothers me somewhat. Am I being a prude in thinking this is unusual or inappropriate?
STUMPED IN KENTUCKY

DEAR STUMPED:
I see nothing inappropriate about what your sons and their friends are doing. Nor do I want to label you a prude. You are just not as comfortable in your skin as your sons and their "jock" friends are. Is it possible that they take after their mother?

My thoughts and comments
• Why in the world would three or four teenage boys want to undress in front of one another and then crowd into a “normal size” shower stall in order to perform their ablutions? Note that this is not a matter of necessity, but of preference. They are not inmates of a concentration camp.
• First of all, if these boys are in the 17-to-18-year-old category, they are, for all practical purposes, grown men. How do three or four grown men manage to fit into one shower stall or even into a bathtub shower? I am visualizing the shower stalls and bathtub showers in various venues in which I have showered in my life.
• How do they take turns getting under the shower head? Would they not have to squeeze past one another in order to do so? In doing so, would they not be coming into inappropriately familiar contact with one another? Or are they extraordinarily diminutive lads? If so, how does one account for their stunted growth? Do they suffer some hormonal deficiency? Are they Pygmies, Lilliputians or Leprechauns?
• But, for sake of argument, let us assume that they manage to fit. Still, the question arises: Why would they want to shower together? Lest the reader not recognize the importance of this question, I beg to repeat it: WHY WOULD THEY WANT TO SHOWER TOGETHER?
• Are the boys driven by ecological considerations — to save the planet’s precious water resources? Not likely. Do they want to save money for dear old Dad by economizing on water flow and the gas or electricity it takes to heat the water? I doubt it.
• If three or four 25 or 35 or 45-year old men wanted to shower together, would that not raise some eyebrows? Would that not raise some suspicions about something unwholesome going on? Why should it be different for a group of 17 or 18-year old boys (men) who want to shower together?
• Apparently “Stumped” (i.e. Dad) — to his credit — has the uneasy feeling that this penchant his sons and their friends have for communal nakedness and showering is “unusual” and even “inappropriate” activity. But then — not to his credit — he rebukes himself for having this uneasy feeling. Something inside Dad tells him that he is just being a “prude”.
• Dad is not a prude! He is a wimp. His moral instincts are accurate but he lacks the courage of his convictions — perhaps, more accurately, the courage of his moral instincts. Dad needs to reflect on the fact that “prude” is a word coined by the Imprudent to intimidate the Prudent. He needs also to know that Prudence is one of the four Cardinal (Moral) Virtues, the others being Justice, Fortitude and Temperance. Not only is Prudence one of the four, it is the guiding principle of the other three!
• So, because Dad is intimidated at the thought that he might be a “prude”, he acts imprudently. Whence, out the window goes Fortitude! It would take Fortitude for him to walk upstairs, bang on the bathroom door, order everyone to wrap a towel around his waist and step out into the corridor so that he can read them the riot act! Instead, he surrenders his moral authority and writes to Dear Abby, as if she were the source and fountainhead of wisdom, God help us and Saints preserve us!
Point to be made: When faced with the dilemma of being accounted either a “prude” or a “wimp”, opt for “prude”. Trust me! “Prude” is better than “wimp”.
• Dad makes it a point to say that he “knows that nothing sexual is going on”. By specifying what he claims to know, he is implying that the suspicion has entered his mind that there just might possibly be something sexual going on. (I trust that makes sense.) He is correct: There is something sexual going on. Of that there is no possible doubt! That brings me back to the question I brought up earlier: Why would they want to shower together? If anyone were to say that there is no sexual motivation in the desire of these boys to shower together, I have a bridge I would like to sell him! Of course there is a sexual motivation! Even if it’s “only” visual, that is sufficient. “Visual sexual” is still sexual.
• Men who are psychologically and morally wholesome do not look for opportunities to be naked with other men. Modesty is a virtue to be observed not only between a man and a woman, but also between two men and between two women.
• It occurs to me that great trouble came upon the human race when Ham looked upon his father Noah’s nakedness, but his brothers, Sem and Japheth, refused to look. Go look it up! It’s in Genesis, chapter nine.
• It also occurs to me that, at the time of the Maccabees, when the Jews were under the dominion of the Syrian branch of the Greek empire, the pagan rulers attempted (and, to a great extent, succeeded) in drawing the Jews away from faithfulness to God by instituting the Gymnasia, places where men could gather in their birthday suits for sports, baths and camaraderie. Go look it up! It’s in First Maccabees, chapter one. It was a place that prepared the participants for homosexual liaisons.
• In his “Confessions”, St. Augustine tells — with profound sorrow — that, as a teenager, he went with his father (who was a pagan) to the gymnasium where men and boys gathered in naked pagan camaraderie. He tells us that his virtuous Catholic mother, Monica, opposed his participation in this immodest assembly, but was powerless to stop him. Augustine regrets his sinfulness.
• Modesty is defined as follows in the Catechism of the Catholic Church ( 2521): Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity to whose sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity.
• Good Catholic parents teach their children to be modest. Modesty in the presence of members of one’s own gender is preparation for modesty in the presence of members of the opposite gender.
• Some think that boys who participate in athletic activity and team sports are less likely to be exposed to homosexuality than boys who are not so athletic. Not necessarily! Teenage-boy athletes need to be especially on guard against locker-room voyeurs, chicken hawks and other fowl creatures.

stjos/stvdp: 10.14.2012 - 04 / 05


Transcript of an absolutely crucial part of the debate between Vice-President Joseph R. Biden and Congressman Paul D. Ryan, held on Thursday, 11 October 2012, and moderated by Martha Raddatz
(I have underlined the sentences that I think are particularly relevant.)

RADDATZ: This debate is, indeed, historic. We have two Catholic candidates, first time, on a stage such as this. And I would like to ask you both to tell me what role your religion has played in your own personal views on abortion. Please talk about how you came to that decision. Talk about how your religion played a part in that. And, please, this is such an emotional issue for so many people in this country … please talk personally about this, if you could.
RYAN: I don't see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in everything we do. My faith informs me about how to take care of the vulnerable, of how to make sure that people have a chance in life.
Now, you want to ask basically why I'm pro-life? It's not simply because of my Catholic faith. That's a factor, of course. But it's also because of reason and science.
You know, I think about 10½ years ago, my wife Janna and I went to Mercy Hospital in Janesville where I was born, for our seven week ultrasound for our firstborn child, and we saw that heartbeat. A little baby was in the shape of a bean. And to this day, we have nicknamed our firstborn child Liza, "Bean." Now I believe that life begins at conception.
That's why - those are the reasons why I'm pro-life. Now I understand this is a difficult issue, and I respect people who don't agree with me on this, but the policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortions with the exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. What troubles me more is how this administration has handled all of these issues. Look at what they're doing through Obamacare with respect to assaulting the religious liberties of this country. They're infringing upon our first freedom, the freedom of religion, by infringing on Catholic charities, Catholic churches, Catholic hospitals.
Our Church should not have to sue our federal government to maintain their religious liberties. And with respect to abortion, the Democratic Party used to say they wanted it to be safe, legal and rare. Now they support it without restriction and with taxpayer funding. Taxpayer funding in Obamacare, taxpayer funding with foreign aid. The vice president himself went to China and said that he sympathized and wouldn't second guess their one child policy of forced abortions and sterilizations. That to me is pretty extreme.
BIDEN: My religion defines who I am, and I've been a practicing Catholic my whole life. And has particularly informed my social doctrine. The Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who - who can't take care of themselves, people who need help.
With regard to - with regard to abortion, I accept my Church's position on abortion as a - what we call a de fide doctrine. Life begins at conception in the Church's judgment. I accept it in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the - the congressman. I - I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that - women they can't control their body. It's a decision between them and their doctor. In my view and the Supreme Court, I'm not going to interfere with that.
With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear, no religious institution, Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy Hospital, any hospital, none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact
. That is a fact.
Now with regard to the way in which the – we differ, my friend says that he - well I guess he accepts Governor Romney's position now, because in the past he has argued that there was - there's rape and forcible rape. He's argued that in the case of rape or incest, it was still - it would be a crime to engage in having an abortion. I just fundamentally disagree with my friend.
RYAN: All I'm saying is, if you believe that life begins at conception, that, therefore, doesn't change the definition of life. That's a principle. The policy of a Romney administration is to oppose abortion with exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.

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BIDEN: You have on the issue...
RYAN: ... why would they keep - why would they keep suing you? It's a distinction without a difference.
RADDATZ: I want to go back to the abortion question here. If the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected, should those who believe that abortion should remain legal be worried?
RYAN: We don't think that unelected judges should make this decision; that people through their elected representatives in reaching a consensus in society through the democratic process should make this determination.
BIDEN: The court - the next president will get one or two Supreme Court nominees. That's how close Roe v. Wade is. Just ask yourself, with Robert Bork being the chief advisor on the court for – for Mr. Romney, who do you think he's likely to appoint? Do you think he's likely to appoint someone like Scalia or someone else on the court far right that would outlaw (inaudible) - outlaw abortion? I suspect that would happen. I guarantee you, that will not happen. We picked two people. We pick people who are open-minded. They've been good justices. So keep an eye on the Supreme Court...
RYAN: Was there a litmus test on them?
BIDEN: There was no litmus test. We picked people who had an open mind; did not come with an agenda.

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My comments on the underlined statements
RYAN
enunciates the crucial principle that a politician dare not separate his faith from his positions on public matters. This is reminiscent of St. Thomas More’s saying: “I believe that when statesmen abandon their own private consciences for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.”
RYAN
enunciates the crucial principle that opposition to abortion is not based primarily on sectarian (Catholic) doctrine, but on Science and Reason, which are accessible to all human beings of good will.
RYAN states the simple truth, viz. that the Obama administration, acting through its Department of Health and Human Services, is violating the religious liberty of Catholics and of members of many other religious bodies.
BIDEN separates what he claims to be his personal faith and conscience from his position on political matters, thereby leading the country by a short route to chaos. (Cf. the statement by St. Thomas More.)
BIDEN (to my utter astonishment) denies that the Obama administration is violating religious liberty. This is denial of the known truth. Denial of the known truth is a sin against the Holy Ghost! Take a look at the following statement issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued on 12 October (the day after the debate) in which it flatly contradicted the following assertion by Vice-President Biden:
With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.
This is what the Bishops of the Catholic Church said in regard to what the Vice-President asserted:
This is not a fact! The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain "religious employers." That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to "Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital," or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.
I would like to point out to all who read this bulletin that it is absolutely extraordinary and unprecedented that the Bishops of the United States would issue a statement for the explicit purpose of asserting that a high official of the United States government has told an untruth!!!
RYAN asks the Vice-President whether or not President Obama used a pro-choice “litmus test” in choosing Justices Sotomayor and Kagan for the Supreme Court.
BIDEN denies that the President used a pro-choice “litmus test” in choosing them.
The fact is that President Obama said on 22 April 2010, when asked about criteria for choosing a successor to Justice Stevens: "I want somebody who is going to be interpreting our Constitution in a way that takes into account individual rights, and that includes women's rights." It is clear that “women’s rights” means “reproductive rights” which means “abortion rights”. This is a litmus test!

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He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat.
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat.

stjos/stvdp: 10.14.2012 - 07


SUM REEL FUNNEY JOAKS

• What happens to chemists when they die?
They barium.
• Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
• A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
• I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
• How does a rabbi make a cup of tea? Hebrews it.
• I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then, one morning, it dawned on me.
• This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.
• I'm reading a book about anti-gravity.
Is it interesting?
I can't put it down.
• I did a theatrical performance about puns.
It was a play on words.
• It says on this paper they gave me at the lab that I have Type-A blood, but I’m sure that’s a mistake. It must be a Type-O.
• How come the Indians were here first?
Because they had reservations.
• We’re going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory.
I hope they’re not going to give us a pop quiz.
• Did you hear that the Energizer Bunny was arrested?
Yeah, he was charged with battery.
• At first people didn’t like my beard.
But, after a while, it grew on them.
• How do you make holy water?
Boil the hell out of it!
• Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
• When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
• What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds.
• I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger and bigger.
Then it hit me!
• I have a drawer full of broken pencils.
They are absolutely pointless!
• I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
• What do you call a dinosaur with extensive vocabulary?
A thesaurus.
• England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
• I used to work in a bank, but then I lost interest.
• I dropped out of Communism class because I got lousy Marx.
• All the toilet seats in the city stations have been stolen.
Police have nothing to go on.
• I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
• I visited a haunted French bakery. It gave me the crepes.
• Velcro: What a rip off!
• Cartoonist found dead in home.
Details are sketchy.
• If there were an earthquake in Washington, D.C., would it be the government's fault?
• I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.
• Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too.

stjos/stvdp: 10.14.2012 - 08

 

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