MASS SCHEDULE: 28 OCTOBER04 NOVEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 27 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
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

Monday, 29 October
Weekday
08:00 am — Deceased: EDWARDS FAMILY
by SBT

Tuesday, 30 October
Weekday
07:00 pm — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
by John and Helen Anne Brennan

Wednesday, 31 October
Weekday
08:00 am — MATTHEW CHROSTEK
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski
Vigil of All Saints
04:00 pm — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
by Antoinette Osborne

Thursday, 01 November
All Saints (Sol)
10:00 am — God’s blessings on HENRY WAYNE
by Eileen and sons

Friday, 02 November
All Souls Day
08:00 am — FLORIE and SOPHIE PANACCIO
by Argia Yurenka
09:00 am — HELEN GANIS
by OPM

Saturday, 03 November
St. Martin dePorres, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar MEMORIAL SOCIETY
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — God’s blessings: Sister MARTIN dePORRES, OP
by David and Susan Thye

Sunday, 04 November
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — Deceased: LANDERS and SCULLY FAMILIES
by the families

 MASS SCHEDULE: 28 OCTOBER04 NOVEMBER
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 29 October
Weekday
07:00 pm — JOHN BENULIS
by OPM

Tuesday, 30 October
Weekday
08:00 am — RONALD and BEVERLY HOBAN
by Paul Dembinsky

Wednesday, 31 October
Vigil of All Saints
07:00 pm — In Thanksgiving to SAINT ANTHONY
by Rose D’Alfonso Popeck

Thursday, 01 November
All Saints (Sol)
06:30 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Barbara Snitzer

Friday, 02 November
All Souls Day
12:00 noon — PAULINE FRITZ CONNOLLY (105th anniversary of birth)
by her son, Edward
05:00 pm — JOSEPH and VICTORIA LYCHOCK
by OPM
07:00 pm — PAULINE RYNDOCK
by OPM

Saturday, 03 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH CHIKOTAS
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 04 November
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
20 / 21 OCTOBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $859.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $39.00 from the plate; $75.00 from the Dues envelopes; $91.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $126.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $137.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,327.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $323.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,327.00) 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 $186.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $686.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the plate; $26.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $65.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $58.00 from the loose.
Total: $896.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $78.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($896.00) 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 $105.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 01 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 01 November
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 02 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

A special note to married men: If you don’t know what sins to confess, you might want to ask your wife. She might even be willing to write them down for you, in which case you can just hand the list to the priest and ask for absolution.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thursday, 01 November
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, 02 November
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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WHENEVER POSSIBLE, we want to include a photo of the deceased to accompany the “death notice” in our parish bulletin. We did not have access to a photo of Mary Ellen in time for last weekend’s bulletin. So, we include it now.
MARY ELLEN MURRAY
1947 — 2012
May she rest in peace.
THERE IS NO DELICATE WAY I can think of to make this suggestion, so I’ll just blurt it out: If you anticipate that you might die at some point in the future (the exact time being known but to God, of course), you would do well to write out a few instructions for your family in regard to your preferences for funeral arrangements. Please think about including a photograph or two that can be used for the newspaper and / or for the parish bulletin. Put it all in a “large brown envelope” with the words “Information about my preferences for funeral arrangements” and put the envelope in a place where it is likely to be found without the necessity of tearing the house apart. You would be doing your family a considerable favor if you were to do so. If you anticipate that you will not be subject to the inconvenience of dying but will, instead, be making a seamless transition into Eternity, feel free to ignore this suggestion. But keep in mind that such seamless transitions are rare: Enoch comes to mind, together with Elijah and maybe Moses. Other than these three, everyone else I know about required some sort of funeral. Even Jesus had a funeral of sorts and the Blessed Mother, although assumed into Heaven, is said to have “fallen asleep” (died) prior to being assumed.
A few things to remember about funerals: (a) The ideal for a Catholic is that his or her body should be taken to church and that there be a Mass of Christian Burial, followed by interment in a Catholic cemetery. (b) It is permissible (but not ideal) for a Catholic to choose cremation, but the Church has a distinct preference for “full body interment”. (c) If cremation is chosen, the ashes (cremains) should be brought to church for a Mass of Christian Burial, followed by interment in a Catholic cemetery. (d) The specification “Catholic” in regard to cemetery is a suggestion, not a law. For good reason, some Catholics choose to be buried in cemeteries that are not explicitly Catholic — e.g. a “veterans cemetery” — in which case the priest blesses the grave at the time of the interment service. (e) It is definitely not ideal (although it is permitted) for a Catholic to have a “funeral parlor service” in lieu of a Mass.
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in loving memory of Blase J. Draugelis, at the request of his family.
PLEASE DON’T USE CASH IF AND WHEN YOU SHOP at Redner’s or Boyer’s supermarkets.
Instead, use gift cards.
And please buy the gift cards from St. Joseph Parish or St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
When you do so, you are making a painless contribution of five percent towards your parish.
You can’t go wrong!!

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY MASS FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Monday, 05 November 2012
07:00 pm
St. Ambrose Church, Schuylkill Haven
You might want to take part in this Mass to beg God’s blessing on our country.
Remember that the election will be the following day.

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AND NOW A FEW WORDS FROM OUR ASTUTE AND QUOTABLE METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOP!
The following are extracts from an interview given this past Monday (22 October) by the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia.
In view of the upcoming election (06 Nov), he was encouraging Catholic voters to place their faith above their allegiance to political parties.

 

BEING A CATHOLIC TRUMPS BEING A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN
“I’m always encouraging our people minimally to vote, maximally to run for political office, and make sure that they’re Catholic prior to being Democrat or Republican and that they put that into practice politically.”
ON SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
“We do believe in the separation of church and state, but we don’t believe in the separation of faith from our political life.”
ABORTION IS AN INTRINSIC EVIL
“It’s very important for Catholics to make distinctions when voting that they never support intrinsic evils like abortion, which is evil in all circumstances. That’s a lot different from different economic policies that people can reasonably disagree on.”
PRACTICING CATHOLICS CANNOT BE PRO-CHOICE

“People who are practicing Catholics cannot have alternate views on abortion. Such foundational issues have a huge impact and it’s important that Catholics make those distinctions.”
A CANDIDATE’S VIEWS ON ABORTION TRUMP HIS OR HER VIEWS ON THE ECONOMY
“A person (candidate) might be right on a lot of secondary issues but wrong on the foundational issues. And if that’s the case, it would be very difficult for a Catholic to vote for someone who, for example, favors unlimited access to abortion … undermines the meaning of marriage or supports policies that really undermine the foundation of our culture.”
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE THROWS SOCIETY INTO CONFUSION
“Having mothers and fathers who love us and love one another provides security for the healthy growth of children. Confused family life leads to confused participation in the broader life of the community.”

WHERE DO WE GET THE WORD “HALLOWEEN”?

Here is the answer (in case you’ve forgotten or else never knew):
It comes from ALL HALLOWS EVENING. This got shortened to HALLOWS EVEN, which got shortened to HALLOWEEN.
“Hallows” is a Middle English word meaning “holy ones” or “saints”.
Since 01 November is ALL SAINTS DAY, then 31 October is “Eve of All Saints”.
Now you know!

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PLEASE NOTE that we shall be going into “Winter Mode” at St. Joseph’s. Therefore, starting on 31 October, all Masses at St. Joseph’s — with the exception of funeral Masses and the Masses of Christmas — will be celebrated in the chapel rather than in the upper church. This includes the monthly Tridentine Mass. We will return to the upper church when the weather permits.
I’m sure everyone understands the rationale behind this: WE MUST ABSOLUTELY DO WHATEVER WE CAN IN ORDER TO ECONOMIZE ON HEATING OIL. Like everyone else, I love our “upper church”. I think it is the most beautiful church in the County, and one of the most beautiful in the Diocese. Nevertheless, practicality has to be the order of the day. I want to cry whenever I see the smoke rising from any of the chimneys of any of the buildings of either of our parishes! If it were just up to me, we would turn the thermostats to fifty, put on multiple sweaters, mittens and earmuffs, and worship in the upper church all during the winter. We would call to mind the words of Scripture: MANY ARE COLD, BUT FEW ARE FROZEN!
This reminds me of one of my favorite poems:

I took my Auntie riding
in the cold and icy breeze.
I put her in the rumble seat
and watched my Auntie freeze.
Note for persons who attend the Tridentine Mass: Today (28 October) in the Tridentine (“extraordinary form”) Ordo, we observe the Solemnity of Christ the King.
THANKSGIVING DINNER!
The Schuylkill County Knights of Columbus councils from Pottsville, Mahanoy City, Shenandoah, Frackville, St. Clair and Tamaqua will be delivering turkey dinners, complete with turkey, filling, yams, gravy, vegetable, cranberry sauce, bread, dessert and drink to all residents of Schuylkill County who are in need of a meal this Thanksgiving Day. If you know of a person in need of a meal or if you yourself are in need of a meal, please call 570-628-3333 or 570-292-2963 or 570-773-0627 or 570-292-2964 and leave the following information: name, address (including apartment number), town, phone number, number of meals needed, plus any other information you think is important for you or for the person for whom you are requesting the meal. You can also contact us at sktkurtek2010@hotmail.com or trickyrylee@htomail.com. The only requirement we have for receiving a meal is that the person be at home at the time of delivery.

stjos/stvdp: 10.28.2012 - 05


IF YOU LOOK AT THE “HIGH ALTAR” in St. Vincent dePaul Church and if you let your eyes wander up to the marble reredos behind the altar, you will see four faces: the face of an ox; the face of an eagle; the face of an angel (or a human); the face of a lion.
I referred to these faces in a weekday homily recently. It was on 18 October, which is the Feast of Saint Luke. I made reference to the fact that the four faces on the reredos are symbols of the four evangelists (gospel writers): MATTHEW is represented by the face of the angel (or HUMAN). MARK is represented by the face of the LION. LUKE is represented by the face of the OX. JOHN is represented by the face of the EAGLE.
Someone told me later on that she had not been aware of this before and had sometimes wondered what those four faces were all about.
So, I am guessing that there are others who are not aware of this symbolism. That prompted me to think it would be a good idea to mention it in the bulletin.
If we go to the Bible, we will find the origin of this (somewhat strange) symbolism:
Take a look at Ezekiel 1, 10:

“Their faces were like this: each of the four had a human face, and on the right the face of a lion, and on the left, the face of an ox, and each had the face of an eagle.”

Then take a look at Revelation, 4,11:

“The first creature resembled a lion, the second was like a calf, the third had a face like that of a human being, and the fourth looked like an eagle in flight.”

The four creatures described have come to be identified with the four evangelists. The explanation usually given is this: (a) MATTHEW starts his Gospel with the HUMAN origins (genealogy) of Jesus. (b) MARK starts his Gospel in the Judean desert, which is (was) the abode of LIONS. (c) LUKE starts his Gospel in the Jerusalem Temple, which is the place where the Jews offered animal sacrifice, the OX being a prime example of a sacrificial animal. (d) JOHN starts his Gospel with the divine origin of Jesus, in addition to which his Gospel is the most sublime and lofty of the four. So, it is said that John “soars like an EAGLE”
While I’m on this subject, I would like to make a minor complaint: For some reason, the four faces on the reredos at St. Vincent dePaul Church are (from left to right):
                                                            OX, LION, EAGLE, HUMAN.
I respectfully note that whoever put the reredos together many years ago got the sequence wrong. It should be (from left to right):
                                                             HUMAN, LION, OX, EAGLE
So, I guess I could send out this appeal: If there is any craftsman in the parish who thinks he can correct this error, I would appreciate it. If not, I guess we’ll have to live with it!

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 ALL SAINTS DAY: 01 NOVEMBER
It is a Holyday of Obligation.

MASS SCHEDULE
Wednesday
, 31 October
04:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
Thursday, 01 November
10:00 am — St. Joseph Chapel
06:30 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church



ALL SOULS DAY: 02 NOVEMBER
It is not a Holyday of Obligation.
Nonetheless, it is a day especially set aside for prayer for the Souls in Purgatory and, for centuries, pious Catholics have made it a practice (voluntarily) to attend Mass in particular supplication for their deceased relatives and friends.
MASS SCHEDULE
08:00 am — St. Joseph Chapel
09:00 am — St. Joseph Chapel
12:00 noon — St. Vincent dePaul Church
05:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

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“The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman.”

THE REVEREND DOCTOR BILLY GRAHAM is my favorite Baptist. Come to think of it, he is probably everybody’s favorite Baptist. He is an American original. No doubt the Post Office will honor him with a stamp someday. That’s fine with me. I’ll be happy to place his portrait on the upper-right hand corner of my outgoing mail. Billy is a righteous dude! Someone once referred to him as “the Protestant Pope”. That’s kind of an oxymoron, but it has some truth to it.
The Reverend Graham and I don’t agree on absolutely everything, that’s for sure. He is a child of the 16th century Reformation and I am a child of the 1st century Old Original. But we do agree on some vitally important matters, a few of which would be: the Unity and Trinity of God; the Divinity of Jesus Christ; the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit; the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus; the divine inspiration of the Bible; the Final Judgment; the eternal salvation of the just; the eternal damnation of the wicked.
On a more limited (but, nonetheless, important) level, Billy and I also agree on which presidential candidate to vote for on 06 November 2012. However, don’t ask us who that might be! Our lips are sealed! Billy and I are not allowed to mention any names or parties. Like Archbishop Chaput (quoted in last weekend’s bulletin), we don’t talk about candidates, we just talk about the issues!
God forbid we should violate Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and find the Feds banging on our front door!
However, just in case Archbishop Chaput and Billy Graham and I lose our self-restraint and blurt out the name of our preferred candidate, perhaps all three of us will wind up in the same cellblock. If so, I just might ask Billy to lead us in a rousing rendition of Just As I Am, Without One Plea, O Lamb of God, I Come to Thee”. That would be sweet!
Doctor Graham will observe his 94th birthday on 07 November 2012, the day after the election. I hope he will have an especially happy birthday!

The truly vital and non-negotiable issues in the upcoming election, lest we forget, are the following: (a) the right to life of unborn human beings; (b) the sanctity of marriage — one man with one woman; (c) religious liberty and the right of believers to be free from governmental oppression. Everything else is negotiable.

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