Saturday, 03 November
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

Monday, 05 November
08:00 am — THOMAS GANNON
by John Burns

Tuesday, 06 November
by John and Ann Swartz

Wednesday, 07 November
by Jean Birster Weist

Thursday, 08 November
08:00 am — Rev. DAVID M. LIEBNER
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Friday, 09 November
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (Fst)
08:00 am — JOHN and ALICE BUZAS
by James and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 10 November
St. Martin dePorres, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — NO MASS TODAY
due to a catechetical workshop in Harrisburg
Vigil of Sunday
by Joe and Marian

Sunday, 11 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Mom


Saturday, 03 November
Vigil of Sunday
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 04 November
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
by his wife, Alice

Monday, 05 November
07:00 pm — ERNEST E. RUTH
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Tuesday, 06 November
rescheduled from 10 July

Wednesday, 07 November
by Vince and Joan Gormas

Thursday, 08 November
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by John and Joan Smolock

Friday, 09 November
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (Fst)
05:00 pm — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO (1st anniversary)
by her daughters and their families

Saturday, 10 November
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife and his son

Sunday, 11 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 11.04.2012 - 01

27 / 28 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $708.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $66.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $90.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $86.00 from the loose.
Total: $955.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $25.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($955.00) 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 ($185.25) is available from this collection for operating the parish. This is a deficit.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,224.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $74.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $160.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $65.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,553.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $60.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,553.00) 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 $762.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 07 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 08 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 09 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Mortal sins are not forgiven “just because a person is sorry for them” IF that person culpably refuses or neglects to receive sacramental absolution for them. So, don’t play Russian roulette with your soul! Go to confession.


Thursday, 08 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, 09 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

stjos/stvdp: 11.04.2012 - 02

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in loving memory of Blase J. Draugelis, at the request of his family.

What didn’t I know before and before what didn’t I know it?
I didn’t know that one of our parishioners (St. Joseph Parish) is a published author before I read it on page 14 of the 03 November edition of the Pottsville Republican. Here is what I read:

Joe graduated from Penn State with a degree in Finance. He lived in Philadelphia, eventually moving to Chester County working with a small, growing firm that was soon acquired by Computer Word with HP. He made a major career-path change and became a Personnel Administrator. His second book, The Mega-Bite Murders, although obviously a work of fiction, inhabits an environment built upon Tarone’s background in the computer and human resource areas.
His first book, Some Stones Shine, depicts a decade in his father’s life in the early 20th century. In it, Tarone has succeeded in describing what life was like in a Coal Region family almost one hundred years ago.
Upon his retirement from Hewlett-Packard, Tarone returned to Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill County. He has served as an auditor in West Mahanoy Townhip, as President of the Shenandoah Valley School Board. He now lives in Raven Run, the anthracite-mining village in which he grew up.

I hope Mr. Tarone will not be annoyed at me for putting this into the bulletin. Since this article was already “in the public domain”, I figured he wouldn’t mind.
By the way, both of his books are available from in paperback. One of them is also available on Kindle.


I thought of putting this into the bulletin before but I didn’t get around to it.
What prompted my memory is the article on page 28 of the 03 November edition of the Pottsville Republican. I am referring to the article by syndicated columnist, Anthony Komaroff MD. Dr. Komaroff’s article is about celiac disease.
No need for me to describe it. If you suffer from it, you know all about it (more than you want to know about it!) But if you do want to know more about it, you can read the article in the newspaper.
Here is the point I want to make: Persons who suffer from this particular ailment must avoid gluten. Gluten is, of course, found in wheat (and other substances). Altar breads are made of wheat. Receiving Holy Communion can be problematic for persons with celiac disease, for the simple fact that the gluten in the host can prompt some unpleasant reactions.
The solution to this problem is one of the following:
• Ask the priest to give you Holy Communion ONLY under the form (species) of the wine.
• Ask the priest to give you Holy Communion under the form of a gluten-free altar bread.
If there is anyone in either of our two parishes who would like me to do this for him or her, all you have to do is let me know. I would be happy to help in this regard.
I’m quite certain that other priests in other parishes would be happy to make the same accommodation for you if you let them know ahead of time.

stjos/stvdp:11.04.2012 - 03


01 November 2012
Each year on this day the Catholic Church celebrates “All Saints Day.” This solemnity remembers those who have fulfilled their earthly vocation and now enjoy eternal happiness in the presence of God. These saints may be unnamed, but they certainly are not unknown. Their lives are characterized by steadfast faith and charitable works. They exemplify what it means to love God and love one’s neighbor.
We celebrate these unnamed saints because all of us share a universal call to holiness. God the Father calls us, through Jesus, to be perfected (cf. Matt 5:48) and to live “as becomes saints” (Eph 5:3). As aspiring saints, we, too, must meet the challenges of our own time in history with boldness and humility, with courage and gentleness, and with an attentive docility to the Holy Spirit at work in our world.
We, the bishops of Pennsylvania, see next Tuesday (November 6), Election Day, as a day of historical challenge for our time. We propose this statement now because the upcoming elections, at every level, offer a critical opportunity for Catholics – i.e., all of us who are believers: clergy, religious, and lay alike – to exercise our civic duty and fulfill our social responsibility in a way that becomes us as aspiring saints.
Because politics is the place where competing moral visions of a society meet and struggle, our democracy depends on people of conviction fighting for what they believe in the public square, yet doing so with an abiding respect for one another. That struggle includes and depends on all of us, precisely as Catholics. For if we believe that a particular issue is gravely evil or that it will result in serious damage to society, then we have a duty, both as Catholics and as Americans, to hold political candidates accountable.
The 2012 elections take place during the Year of Faith. As Pope Benedict XVI explains, this year is necessary because, while many people continue “to think of the faith as a self-evident presupposition for life in society,” nevertheless “in reality, not only can this presupposition no longer be taken for granted, … it is often openly denied” (Porta Fidei, no. 2). Today it is no longer the case, as it was for our country’s Founders, that religion can provide a shared moral framework and vocabulary for a pluralistic democracy. In fact, Americans would do well to realize that many of our country’s leading thinkers in law, higher education, and the social sciences simply no longer believe in the idea of inalienable natural rights guaranteed by a Creator higher than the State – one of the cornerstone principles of the American experiment.
This has serious implications because many of our most urgent political issues – ranging from the economy, immigration, and abortion to global security – raise profoundly moral questions.
These questions cannot be resolved without a common understanding of right and wrong.
Consider today’s aggressive efforts to redefine the nature of marriage, to exclude parental authority in the choice of the best education for their children, and to force Catholic healthcare and social services to end their ministries unless they violate their religious identities through mandated support of practices contrary to the very sanctity of human life.
Religious liberty itself – “our first, most cherished freedom” – is no longer secure. At first glance, this may seem otherwise because religious freedom is so deeply ingrained in our national history. But democracy has no special immunity to losing its soul by little steps. As Alexis deTocqueville, the great chronicler of early American democracy, observed more than 150 years ago, “it is especially dangerous to enslave men in the minor details of life” – because the more the state provides, the more it inevitably controls.
Events have proven this true. In recent years a pattern of legislative and judicial actions has emerged in our country that undermines religious liberty and jeopardizes the contributions of religious bodies in the public realm. Government policies that seek to impose morally repugnant services on religiously affiliated medical providers, or to limit the freedom of religion to the private realm or to places of worship, or to reduce religious liberty to just another subset of freedom of speech and association, get it backwards; under the Constitution, it is government power that is limited and subject to regulation, not the conscience rights of Americans – whether acting singly, or in organized communities, or through their institutions.
Today Catholics face a growing and deeply troubling effort that seeks to extend the reach of government into every aspect of social life. In turn, this generates a demand for exclusive allegiance of individuals and groups to the requirements of the State. This demand denies the primacy of associations that exist prior to the State, such as the family, church or synagogue, and even fraternal and charitable agencies. These groups enjoy a priority both chronologically, in terms of historical development, and practically, inasmuch as they engage the vast majority of activity in our everyday lives.
As Christians we do owe an appropriate loyalty to the State. We strive to maintain good relations with civil authority. But our primary allegiance must always be to God and to God alone. As St. Thomas More once said so eloquently, we are God’s good servants first. That is the nature of our personal calling; that is our human mission; and that is something we cannot forsake without betraying our baptism. Moreover, our calling and mission as Catholics remain fully consonant with the historic American understanding of law and justice.
Our allegiance to God and our reverence for religious liberty are not sectarian interests; rather, they render testimony to ideals of truth and charity that serve all people. As Pope Benedict XVI states, “In the present social and cultural context, where there is a widespread tendency to relativize truth, practicing charity in truth helps people to understand that adhering to the values of Christianity is not merely useful but essential for building a good society … ” (Caritas in Veritate, no. 4).
The task of building a good society makes our Catholic civic engagement vitally important. But as Christians, we also have the religious duty of making the message of salvation known to all people. Impelled by the love of God, we draw others to Jesus Christ by doing good for our neighbor. And we fulfill this baptismal mission by conforming our lives to our faith so that we become the light of the world.
At election time, charity and truth are expressed through the votes we cast in favor of the inherent dignity of every human person and the common good of all. In this respect, faith must inform our electoral decisions. The Catholic faith is always personal but never private. If our faith is real, then it will naturally and necessarily guide our public decisions and behaviors, including our political choices.
And so, we, the bishops of Pennsylvania, urge citizens to vote this year, and we encourage Catholics to learn what our faith believes about the issues at stake in the 2012 election. To do this, we recommend a review of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship and Living the Gospel of Life, both available online at
Ideas have consequences. Beliefs shape our culture. We revere the best ideals of our American democracy. We embrace the truths of our Catholic faith. In this mutuality of politics and religious conviction – as informed citizens and as steadfast believers – we strive to fulfill the human vocation in our own day, just as all the saints have done in past ages.
In this Year of Faith, let us bring our faith to bear on how we vote this Election Day.
And may God, in His goodness, continue to bless America.

+Charles Joseph Chaput, OFM Cap
Archbishop of Philadelphia
+Justin Francis Cardinal Rigali
Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia
+Daniel E. Thomas
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
+Timothy C. Senior
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
+John J. McIntyre
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
+Michael J. Fitzgerald
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
+Martin Nicholas Lohmuller
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Philadelphia
+Louis A. DeSimone
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Philadelphia
+Robert P. Maginnis
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Philadelphia
+John Oliver Barres
Bishop of Allentown
+Edward Peter Cullen
Bishop Emeritus of Allentown
+Mark Leonard Bartchak
Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown

 +Joseph Victor Adamec
Bishop Emeritus of Altoona-Johnstown
+Lawrence Thomas Persico
Bishop of Erie
+Donald Walter Trautman
Bishop Emeritus of Erie
+Lawrence Eugene Brandt
Bishop of Greensburg
+Joseph P. McFadden
Bishop of Harrisburg
+David Allen Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh
+William J. Waltersheid
Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh
+Joseph Charles Bambera
Bishop of Scranton
+Joseph Francis Martino
Bishop Emeritus of Scranton
+James Clifford Timlin
Bishop Emeritus of Scranton
+John M. Dougherty
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Scranton



“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all — security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”
Edward Gibbon, historian, writing about the decline and all of the great city-state of Athens

Court Saint Cecilia, No. 1529, will be holding its annual Memorial Service for Deceased Members on Tuesday, 06 November, at 02:30 pm in the Sheridan Room. A brief meeting will be held afterward.

stjos/stvdp: 11.04.2012 - 04 / 05 /06


Dear Members of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish:
Would you like to improve the quality of your family life? Would you like to create an atmosphere in your home where husband and wife are kinder and more sensitive to one another, in which children are more obedient to parents and kinder to one another? Would you like to protect your children (and maybe even your spouse and yourself) from abuse of alcohol and from experimenting with drugs and from falling into the trap of pornography and promiscuity?
In this day and age especially — but in every day and age, actually — you will not be able to do this without prayer.
I urge you to institute the Family Rosary in your home.
Here are some suggestions. I hope you will take them seriously.
Fr. Edward B. Connolly

Personalize it: Each family member should have his or her own rosary. Children may play with it. Girls may wear it as a necklace. Boys will try to use it as a lasso! Don’t worry about it! That’s fine. It helps them become familiar with a rosary. Eventually they will learn and grow in reverence for their Rosary.
Create a habit: Set a time that is comfortable for your family and that works without adding stress. When it doesn’t happen, don’t give up entirely; just pick it up again the next day.
Create a space: Set the tone for prayer so young children understand this is different than other family activities. If possible, light a candle and play some soft, background, instrumental music.
Start small: Be patient. Don’t try to complete an entire Rosary the first time you gather together in prayer, particularly if you have young children. Start with a decade and build over time.
Keep it simple: The Rosary is a great way for young children to learn the Hail Mary, Our Father and Apostles Creed and to learn about the lives of Jesus and his Mother Mary.
Involve all family members: If children have a role, they will participate more fully and be more attentive. Let them lead a reflection or the prayers depending on their age.
Opportunity to teach: Use the Rosary as a starting point to teach children about other aspects of their faith. Children are curious and will ask questions. Pause in prayer as necessary to answer their questions. As they get older, you can hold their questions until prayer is complete.
Just start: There’s no time like the present and no place like home.
If you need any rosaries, all you have to do is ask me. I have plenty to give away. They are not “fancy”, but they serve the purpose.

stjos/stvdp: 11.04.2012 - 07

(Please say this prayer in preparation for voting on Tuesday.)
Immaculate Heart of Mary, help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our world and seem to block the paths toward the future prosperity and happiness.
From famine and war, deliver us.
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us.
From sins against human life at its very origin, deliver us.
From the scourge of abortion, deliver us.
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us.
From every kind of injustice in the lives of society, both national and
international, deliver us.
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us.
From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us.
From the sins against the Holy Spirit — denial of the known truth, obstinate refusal to acknowledge the law of God in our lives, refusal to be converted, final impenitence — deliver us.
Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, the sufferings of the oppressed, the sufferings of nations.
Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: both individual sin and the "sin of the world," sin in all its manifestations.
Let there be revealed once more in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the redemption: the power of merciful love.
May it put a stop to evil.
May it transform consciences.
May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 11.04.2012 - 08

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