Saturday, 20 October
Vigil of Sunday
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

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

Monday, 22 October
08:00 am — Deceased Carmelite Tertiaries:
rescheduled from 15 October

Tuesday, 23 October
St. John of Capistrano, priest (OptMem)
(25th anniversary of birth)
by her family

Wednesday, 24 October
St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop (OptMem)
by Jim and Cindy

Thursday, 25 October
08:00 am — JAMES BURNS
rescheduled from 12 October

Friday, 26 October
by her husband, Jake

Saturday, 27 October
08:00 am — Rev. JOSEPH F. REILLY
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife, Ugenia

Sunday, 28 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — Rev. JOSEPH F. REILLY
by Kathy
11:30 am — God’s blessings: LUZ MARINA and family
and all the children of Cusco, Peru
by Jake Ritzheimer


Saturday, 20 October
Vigil of Sunday
by Michael and Margaret

Sunday, 21 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN (Sr.) and SOPHIE D’ALFONSO and their son, JOHN (Jr.)
by their daughters / sisters and their families

Monday, 22 October
07:00 pm — Rev. DAVID M. LIEBNER
by the Holy Rosary Society

Tuesday, 23 October
St. John of Capistrano, priest (OptMem)
by Mary Draugelis Miller

Wednesday, 24 October
St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop (OptMem)
by OPM

Thursday, 25 October
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Friday, 26 October
05:00 pm — EDWARD KRULL
by OPM

Saturday, 27 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOHN and SOPHIE GABOREK
by Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Sunday, 28 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — GEORGE W. FISHER
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 10.21.2012 - 01

13 / 14 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes:

Receipts for parish purposes: $1,139.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the plate; $77.00 from the Dues envelopes; $107.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $400.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $47.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,816.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,816.00) 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 $675.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $659.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $38.00 from the plate; $38.00 from the Dues envelopes; $191.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $359.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $71.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,356.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,356.00) 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 $565.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 24 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 25 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 26 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

You really should go to Confession while you are still breathing.
Once you have assumed room temperature, it will be too late. I’m just sayin’.


Wednesday, 24 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, 26 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

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a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 14 October.
Born on 23 September 1947, she was 65 years old.
Mary Ellen is the daughter of the late Martin and Emma (Dennison) Murray.
She has two brothers: Martin P. Murray and Patrick Murray.
Mary Ellen was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 05 October 1947 by Fr. John M. Walsh.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 18 October, at 11:00 am.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Mary Ellen, 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 SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in loving memory of Blase J. Draugelis, at the request of his family.
THE MASS SCHEDULE BOOK FOR 2013 is now open. If you want to schedule any Mass intentions for 2013, please call — or preferably come to — St. Vincent dePaul Rectory and arrange it with Ginny (the secretary). Ginny is here from Monday to Friday but she asks that you PLEASE DO NOT COME ON MONDAYS if you have multiple Mass intentions to schedule.


Every once in a while, someone asks me about arranging for “Gregorian Masses”. If you don’t know what is meant by “Gregorian Masses”, please let me explain.
#01 — “Gregorian Masses” does not refer to Masses offered by a priest named Gregory, although a priest named Gregory would certainly be qualified to offer “Gregorian Masses”! (For sake of example, I think of my esteemed predecessor in Girardville, Fr. Gregory Karpyn.)
#02 — “Gregorian Masses” is a series of thirty Masses offered over the course of thirty sequential days for the happy repose of the soul of someone who has died.
#03 — The custom of offering a set of “Gregorian Masses” dates back to Pope St. Gregory the Great (died 604) who wrote about a certain monk who obtained release from Purgatory after thirty Masses were offered on his behalf. (The “certain monk” had not been a model of monastic virtue!) The Church has declared that the confidence of the faithful in the efficacy of “Gregorian Masses” is both pious and reasonable.
So, here is what I want to say about scheduling “Gregorian Masses” in Girardville. We are willing to schedule them for anyone who asks. HOWEVER, if anyone wants to schedule “Gregorian Masses” he / she must do so VERY PROMPTLY, for the simple reason that the spaces in the Mass schedule book will fill up very soon after it is opened for 2013, and it will soon become impossible to find thirty sequential days that are free for scheduling them. Therefore, if you want to schedule a series of “Gregorian Masses” for 2013 for a departed relative or friend, I suggest that you do so this coming week. The stipend is what you would expect: 30 x $10 = $300.00.

stjos/stvdp:10.21.2012 - 03

The first thing we ought to know about her
is how to pronounce her name. So, here is how to do that:
KATERI is three syllables. The accent is not on the second syllable — despite the fact that this is how one hears it pronounced so often. The accent is on the first syllable.
So, here is how to pronounce it: KAT-UH-REE.
Just think of it this way: It more or less rhymes with BATTERY.
If anyone tells you otherwise, tell him or her — respectfully, but firmly — that he or she is mistaken. If the person refuses to accept your pronunciation of “Kateri” and insists on putting the accent on the second syllable, shake the dust off your feet and call nine eleven.
Her second name is four syllables. The accent is on the third syllable.
All together now: TEK-UH-KWITH-UH.
The second thing we ought to know about her is that she is being CANONIZED today (Sunday, 21 October 2012) by Pope Benedict XVI! Canonization is a very big deal indeed, although it is much more of a big deal for the Church Militant (i.e. the Church on earth) than it is for the Church Triumphant (i.e. the Church in heaven.) That is because, as far as God and the Church in heaven are concerned, Kateri has been a saint since 1680. Canonization implies that the Church on earth is just getting around to acknowledging what the Church in heaven already knows. That’s why even the most devout Catholic admits that, in the long run, it is not the Pope who “makes saints”. It is God Who “makes saints”. When a Pope canonizes someone, he is simply declaring (infallibly) what God has already declared.
The third thing we ought to know about her is her “when and where”: She was born in 1656 (month and day not known) in what is now known as “the State of New York” and she died on 17 April 1680 in what is now known as “the Province of Quebec”. Quebec is located somewhere in Canada. Canada is a vast wilderness located between the United States and the North Pole. Only a few people live there. They speak a language called “Canadian” and have funny-looking money.
The fourth thing we ought to know about her is her ethnicity. She was an American Indian. (If you are politically correct, you may change that to “Native American”.) To be more specific, she was part Algonquin (on her mother’s side) and part Iroquois (on her father’s side). Her father’s name was Kenneronkwa and her mother’s name was Tagaskouwita. You do not need to know how to pronounce her parents’ names accurately in order to pass this course — unless, of course, you want to go on for your doctorate.
The fifth thing we ought to know about her is why she is being honored as a saint. There are several reasons actually. We don’t have space to list them all. Let us content ourselves for now with “the main reason”. The main reason she is being honored as a saint — and, therefore, being held up as a role model — is that she manifested absolutely heroic and uncompromising love for Jesus and did so despite the fact that this brought her considerable inconvenience, to say the least, and even intense suffering. She preferred Jesus Christ over everything. Just in case we want to be saints (highly recommended!), we can take our clue from Kateri Tekakwitha: Love Jesus Christ more than you love anybody or anything. In particular, when it comes right down to it, love Jesus Christ more than you love yourself. This is not easy, but, with God’s grace, it is possible.
The sixth thing we ought to know about her is that she had some physical drawbacks that she dealt with admirably: (1) Kateri was probably not physically beautiful. We say that only because she had scars on her face that were the remnants of a bout with smallpox. When you are a young person and are “kind of homely” and think that you have a face that only a mother could love, you might tend to feel awfully sad and depressed and even think of “ending it all”. But we should, instead, remember the poem that goes like this: “As a beauty, I’m surely no star. There are others more handsome by far. But my face, I don’t mind it, for I am behind it. It’s the folks out in front get the jar!” We would do well to keep in mind that physical beauty goes into the grave and turns to dust, whereas spiritual beauty (aka holiness) eventually morphs into physical beauty! At the resurrection that is coming, Kateri will have a face that will be extraordinarily beautiful! By the way, we don’t want to be misled by “holy card images” of St. Kateri. People who make holy cards often do considerable “photo-shopping” when portraying the saint. I guess they do so because they figure that homely faces on holy cards don’t sell. (2) Kateri’s other physical problem was that she had very poor eyesight (also a remnant of the smallpox). She wasn’t blind but she might have been what is sometimes called “legally blind”. Impaired eyesight must be a real bummer! Kateri coped with it without complaint. She was in such intimate union with Jesus that she united herself with His sufferings.
The seventh thing we ought to know about her is that she was a consecrated virgin. She was not a virgin “due to lack of opportunity”. She was a virgin by choice in a society that did not understand or value virginity — not unlike our society. She was offered marriage when she was 13 years old, and several times thereafter, but always declined. (This did not make her elders happy! They thought that she was being just a little too uppity!) Kateri made it clear that Jesus was her one and only Husband and Lover. That kind of talk went over like a lead balloon in most 17th century Indian villages. So that leads us to …..
The eighth thing we ought to know about her, viz. that she was a feisty young woman. She was downright counter-cultural! By accepting Baptism, she was implicitly separating herself from the pagan traditions of her tribe. All of us have to decide from time to time: Shall I follow Jesus or shall I follow the customs of my tribe? If we decide in favor of Jesus, we can expect to get some flak from our tribe, but we can be of good cheer: It pleases the Father to give us the Kingdom.

stjos/stvdp: 10.21.2012 - 04 / 05

by Leonardo DaVinci

This painting is one of the most popular religious paintings. We have all seen it in various and sundry forms.
It is quite prominent in St. Vincent dePaul Church, because it is the frontispiece of our altar, in the form of what is called (I think) a bas-relief.
Here is my reason for calling your attention to it: Can you identify each of the thirteen men? I am guessing “probably not”.
I remember, as a child, being introduced to this painting and the “obvious” ones being pointed out to me.
JESUS, of course, is in the center.
The other “obvious” ones are the three apostles to the immediate left of Jesus (i.e. at His right). They are JOHN (seated next to Jesus); JUDAS ISCARIOT (seated next to John and holding a money bag in his right hand); SIMON PETER (leaning over Judas and speaking to John).
But who are the other eight persons?
From left to right, here are the names of all thirteen:
#01 — BARTHOLOMEW (also called Nathanael)
#02 — JAMES THE YOUNGER (the “brother of the Lord”)
#03 — ANDREW (the brother of Simon Peter)
#04 — JUDAS ISCARIOT (boo, hiss!)
#05 — SIMON PETER (the brother of Andrew)
#06 — JOHN (the brother of James the Elder)
#07 — JESUS
#08 — THOMAS
(also called Didymus)
#09 — JAMES THE ELDER (the brother of John)
#10 — PHILIP
(also called Levi, the tax collector)
#12 — THADDEUS (also called Jude)
#13 — SIMON THE ZEALOT (also called Simon the Canaanite)

stjos/stvdp: 10.21.2012 - 06

OUT OF CURIOSITY, I checked the PLANNED PARENTHOOD voter-guide website to get their take on the candidates for President and for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.
What I found did not surprise me.
You can check this website yourself:
If you do, you will find that:
Planned Parenthood endorses BARACK OBAMA, the incumbent, for President. It gives him a rating of 100%. This means that Obama and Planned Parenthood see eye to eye on absolutely everything.
In contrast, Planned Parenthood gives Governor MITT ROMNEY, the challenger, a rating of 0%.
Planned Parenthood gives BOB CASEY, the incumbent, a rating of 44%.
It gives TOM SMITH, the challenger, a rating of 0%.
Planned Parenthood is the #01 undisputed ABORTION PROVIDER in the United States of America.
CHILDREN IN THEIR MOTHERS’ WOMBS ARE HUMAN PERSONS, every bit as much as you (dear reader) are a human person and I am a human person.

Please note that we merely provide information relevant to NATURAL LAW as it impacts upon the world of politics.
We do not endorse candidates or parties.
: Most readers of this bulletin will know without being told but, for the sake of the few who will not: Please know that Father Francis T. Gillespie served as assistant pastor at St. Joseph Parish from 1959 to 1963 and as pastor from 1974 to 1994.
05 October 2012
Dear Ed:
I share the “certain sadness and melancholy” of those who once worshiped God in the Primitive Methodist Church, catty-corner from St. Joseph’s, as the old church is being demolished.
In my 24 years in Girardville, I was blessed to have the friendship and prayerful support of many pastors and parishioners of our fellow-Christians across the street.
What happy memories I have of their many kindnesses to me!
Let us continue to pray for one another.
God bless.
(Father Gillespie)
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH received a letter from a law firm in which was enclosed a copy of a will. In the will, the deceased left two thousand dollars ($2,000) to the parish. If I am not mistaken, the deceased had been a member of the parish at one time. The letter cautioned (as is customary with such letters) that we will not receive the bequest until the estate is settled and, of course, the bequest is contingent on there being sufficient funds to cover all of the bequests. When it is settled, I shall acknowledge the bequest in the bulletin and shall give the name of the benefactor.
This gives me the opportunity to say the following: God knows I wish every member of our two parishes LONG LIFE and GOOD HEALTH. However, inasmuch as “nos habebit humus” refers eventually to ALL of us, may I respectfully suggest that you include your parish in your will? If you do, we will say nice things about you in the bulletin — post mortem, of course. If possible, we shall even forward you a copy of the bulletin.

stjos/stvdp: 10.21.2012 - 07


• Supports Roe v. Wade and affirms, “I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.”
• As part of his healthcare legislation, almost every health insurance plan will be required to cover sterilizations and contraception–including birth control pills that can cause abortions–with no co-pay.
• Overturned a law that prevented the government from giving aid to international family planning groups. Now our government can pay for people’s contraception (including abortifacients) overseas as well.
• His campaign boasts that he “stood up to Republicans trying to roll back a woman’s right to choose and defund Planned Parenthood.” He praises Planned Parenthood and refuses to cut government funding ($487 million in 2012) for the organization. Planned Parenthood performs on average 900 abortions per day.
• As an Illinois State Senator, he opposed a pro-life bill designed to prevent partial-birth abortions.
• Ended a ban on using taxpayer money to fund embryonic stem cell research, which kills human embryos.
• Eliminated conscience protections for medical workers who morally object to dispensing the morning-after pill (which is designed to destroy embryos). Recipients of federal money can now discriminate against these workers.
• Promises to veto legislation that would prevent taxpayer funding of abortion.
• Obama is endorsed by pro-choice groups NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood spent $1.4 million on an ad campaign for Obama.

Believes abortions should be limited only to cases of rape or incest or to save the mother’s life.
• Supports overturning Roe v. Wade and promises to appoint Supreme Court Justices who are committed to fair interpretation of the Constitution.
• Supports the Hyde Amendment, which bars using federal tax revenue to pay for abortions.
• Promises to support efforts to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
• Promises to support the Mexico City Policy, which will bar non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive federal funding from promoting or performing abortions as a method of family planning in other countries.
• Promises to advocate for and support legislation that will make it illegal to destroy unborn children who are developmentally capable of feeling pain.
• He says, “If I have the opportunity to serve as our nation’s next president, I commit to doing everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America.”
• As governor of Massachusetts, he vetoed a bill that would have allowed girls of any age to obtain emergency contraceptive pills (which are designed to destroy embryos) without parental consent.
• As governor of Massachusetts, he opposed legislation that would allow the creation of human embryos for the purpose of stem cell research, which would result directly in the destruction of those embryos.



“The legitimate separation of Church and State cannot be taken to mean that the Church must be silent on certain issues, nor that the State may choose not to engage, or be engaged by, the voices of committed believers in determining the values which will shape the future of the nation.”
                                                                          Pope Benedict XVI speaking to the Bishops of the United States
"I don't talk about candidates. I just talk about the issues."
The Most Reverend Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia, in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer

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