MASS SCHEDULE: 1118 NOVEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 10 November
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — PETER and ELIZABETH KLEEMAN
by Joe and Marian

Sunday, 11 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by Mom

Monday, 12 November
St. Josaphat, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: NELSON FAMILY
by SBT

Wednesday, 14 November
Weekday
08:00 am — JAMES KENNEDY
by his family

Friday, 16 November
St. Margaret of Scotland, virgin; St. Gertrude, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — RONALD and BEVERLY HOBAN
rescheduled from 30 October

Saturday, 17 November
St. Martin dePorres, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — Rev. JOSEPH F. REILLY
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARY ROWLAND (109th anniversary of birth)
by her daughter, Eileen

Sunday, 18 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — Deceased: CDA, Court St. Cecilia #1529
by the members

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1118 NOVEMBER
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 10 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM PUCETAS
by his wife and his son

Sunday, 11 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Tuesday, 13 November
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin (OblMem)
08:00 am — FRANK F. SMITH
by his son

Thursday, 15 November
St. Albert the Great, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — Rev. FREDERICK SKOTEK
by Lou DeMarkis Jr.

Saturday, 17 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — Deceased: BISCOE FAMILY
by the Yackera family

Sunday, 18 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Joseph and Ann Marie Palerino

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
03 / 04 NOVEMBER
(plus the All Saints Day and the All Souls Day Masses: 31 Oct / 01 Nov / 02 Nov)


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,174.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $27.00 from the plate; $220.00 from the Dues envelopes; $21.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $66.00 from the loose; $191.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $182.00 from the All Souls envelopes.
Total: $1,906.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $7.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,906.00) 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 $765.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $981.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $41.00 from the plate; $204.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $54.00 from the loose; $316.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $321.00 from the All Souls envelopes.
Total: $1,957.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $10.00 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 $1,166.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 14 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 15 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 16 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 14 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, 16 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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THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in loving memory of Blase J. Draugelis, at the request of his family.
CORRECTION: There was an incorrect name in the Mass intention listing for last week. Thomas Gannon was incorrect. It should have been Theresa Gannon. My apologies to John Burns. I wanted to blame this error on Ginny but, after checking the book, I found that Ginny wrote it right and I typed it wrong. So, out the window went my illusion that I was perfect! I’m happy to say I became aware of the error before I offered the Mass, so that the angel who carries the Mass intentions to God did not have to make another trip. He gets huffy when he has to make another trip.
JAMES PAUL KELLY Sr.,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 09 November.
Born on 07 July 1942, he was 70 years of age.
His death comes as a shock to his family and friends. While driving his pick-up truck in the early morning hours on I-81 near Mahanoy City, it seems that Jim lost control of the vehicle while crossing the bridge over the Burma Road. He fell out of the truck and down a steep embankment.
James is one of six children of the late Thomas and Mary (Brennan) Kelly.
He was baptized in St. Joseph Church, Ashland on 26 July 1942
His siblings are: Thomas Kelly (deceased); Charles Kelly; Bernard Kelly (deceased); Rose Kelly Pruden; Mary Kelly Cadwalader.
Jim’s first wife was the late Patricia Ann (Barone) Kelly.
Jim and Patricia have three children: James P. Kelly Jr.; Michael V. Kelly; Kimberly Kelly Ryshkawitch.
His second wife is Florence (Wolfgang) Dombroski Kelly. Jim and Florence entered into sacramental marriage at St. Vincent dePaul Church on 27 January 1993 in the presence of Fr. David M. Liebner.
Jim has eight grandchildren: Michael Skubel; James P. Kelly 3rd; Nicole Kelly Lamberti; Patrick W. Kelly; Steven A. Kelly; Justin Ryshkawitch; Julia Ryshkawitch; Sophia Ryshkawitch.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, 14 November.
Interment will take place in a cemetery and on a date yet to be determined.
Eternal rest grant unto James, 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.

ABSOLUTELY THE LAST CHANCE!
If anyone wants to sponsor our 2013 parish calendar, I am sitting by my phone, waiting for you to call! I am referring to the space on the right hand side of the bottom of the calendar. You can advertise your business or else memorialize a deceased person. In return, you pay for the calendars. Call Fr. Connolly no later than Tuesday, 13 November.

REMEMBER THE POOR!
WHEN YOU PASS BY THE POOR BOXES, PLEASE DON’T JUST PASS BY THEM!

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MARCO PETER [“Bozo”] RITRO,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Monday, 05 November.
Born on 23 January 1926, he was 86 years of age.
Marco is a son of the late Marco and Columba (Yori) Ritro.
He has three brothers and four sisters, all of whom are deceased: Marie Ritro Peterson; Steven Facinelli; Adolph Facinelli; Ellen Facinelli McAlore; Rose Facinelli Calabretta; Edward Ritro; Sarah Ritro Flaherty.
Marco was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 18 April 1926 by Fr. Edward H. Allen.
On 10 May 1947, also in St. Joseph Church, he married Kathleen Anne [“Kitty”] Kelly in the presence of Fr. William McArdle.
Kathleen died on 17 February 2012. The marriage of Marco and “Pretty Kitty Kelly” lasted almost 65 years, for which we gives thanks to God!
From this marriage there are three daughters: Rita Ritro McGinley; Kathleen Ritro Staudenmeier; Christine Ritro Pugh.
From the daughters there are eight grandchildren: Joseph McGinley; Mark McGinley; Shawn McGinley; Bryan McGinley; Stacey Staudenmeier Souchak; Scott Staudenmeier; Kristin Pugh; Ricky Pugh.
From the grandchildren there are (thus far) six great-grandchildren: Joey McGinley; Cole McGinley; Alyson McGinley; Collin McGinley; Mason Souchak; Brody Souchak.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, 09 November, at St. Joseph Church. There was a viewing on Thursday evening and again on Friday morning at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Marco, 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.
CRAFT and VENDOR SHOW
Where: Annunciation BVM Church, 11 S. Broad Mountain Avenue, Frackville
Date: Saturday, 17 November
Time: 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
Food: 11:00 am to 02:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission for one and all!

PRAY FOR THE DEAD
There will be two prayer services in our parish cemeteries for the month of November, which is the MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS:
Monday, 19 November

06:00 pm at St. Joseph Cemetery, Fountain Springs
Wednesday, 21 November
06:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery, Frackville

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THE INEXORABLE LOGIC OF IT ALL

A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said, “Doctor, I have a serious problem! I really need your help! My baby is not even one year old yet and I'm pregnant again. I don't want kids so close together.”
So the doctor said, “Okay. What do you want me to do for you?”
She said, “Well, I want you to terminate this pregnancy. I'm counting on you to help me with this.”
The doctor thought for a while. After some silence, he said to the woman, “You know, abortion can be a dangerous procedure. I have a better solution. It’s non-invasive and it won’t present any health risk for you.”
She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.
He continued, “Well, you see, in order for you not to have to take care of two babies at the same time, let's arrange to terminate the one in your arms. That way, you could get some rest some before the other one is born. If we're going to kill one of them, it doesn't matter which one it is. There would be no risk for you personally if we were to kill the one you have in your arms. It would be a totally painless procedure for the little guy — just a matter of inserting an IV that he would hardly feel.”
The woman was aghast! She said, “Doctor, I can’t believe you’re suggesting that! What a horrible thing to say! You can’t just go around killing babies!”
“Oh, I agree!” the doctor replied. “But now you’re confusing me. You seemed to be okay with killing your baby. I just thought that maybe killing the one already born would be the more practical option. After all, killing a baby is killing a baby, regardless of whether the child is inside or outside. A human life is a human life! Born, unborn — it’s six of one and half a dozen of the other!

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If you show the anecdote immediately above to one of your pro-choice female friends, neighbors or co-workers, she will probably ridicule you and tell you that it is the stupidest thing she has ever read in her life and that, if you are taken in by it, you are a poor pathetic victim of some anti-woman, pro-life nut-job. If she realizes that you read this in a Catholic (yuk!) parish bulletin, watch out! It is entirely possible that you will see her head revolve completely — I mean three hundred sixty degrees! — on her neck, while her eyes sink into their sockets and her voice becomes gravelly — and now you’d better step back because she is going to hurl green vomit all over you!
This will happen because she is upset.
She may even tell you, “You shouldn’t listen to a priest! Those priests are all pedophiles, don’t you know that?” (If she says that, don’t try to defend your parish priest. There would be no point to it. She is simply channeling the Dragon.)
The People of the Darkness hurl green vomit (and even excrement and worse) at the People of the Truth.
But the People of the Truth simply smile, wash themselves off and walk away, looking for someone who is open to the Truth.
The Truth is that DIRECT ABORTION IS ALWAYS INTRINSICALLY EVIL.
Don’t be intimidated, little flock.
Speak the Truth to Power!
Speak the Truth to Planned Parenthood!
Speak the Truth to Vice-President Joe Biden and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius!
Speak the Truth to President Barack Obama.

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ELEANOR ROSE WERZINSKY McDONALD,
(known to some of her contemporaries as “Wanda”),
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Friday, 09 November.
Born on 19 October 1919, she was 93 years of age.
She is one of the ten children of the late Enoch and Pauline Werzinsky.
Her brothers and sisters are: Enoch Werzinsky (deceased); Edward Werzinsky (deceased); John Werzinsky (deceased); Stanley Werzinsky (deceased); Francis Werzinsky (deceased); Josephine Werzinsky Walacavage (deceased); Victoria Werzinsky Mitchell (deceased); Elizabeth Werzinsky Monahan; Gloria Werzinsky Minnich.
Eleanor was the wife of the late Joseph H. McDonald.
Joseph and Eleanor have two daughters: Mary Ellen McDonald Kennedy and Anne M. McDonald.
They have two grandchildren: Elizabeth T. Twardzik and D. Christopher Twardzik.
They have two great-grandsons: Noah D. Twardzik and Colton D. Twardzik.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, 13 November, at 11:00 am in St. Joseph Church. There will be a viewing on Monday evening at the Fritz Funeral Home in Ashland.
Interment will take place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Eleanor, 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.
FATHER ROBERT J. REILEY will be the celebrant of the 04:00 and 05:30 pm Masses today (Saturday, 10 November). I made a commitment many months ago that I would make a presentation at the annual Catechetical Conference of the Diocese of Harrisburg today. I had anticipated that Fr. Brennan would be available to fill in for me in the parishes, but that was not possible. I am VERY grateful to Fr. Reiley for making himself available at short notice. Fr. Reiley is a retired (sort of retired) Maryknoll missionary priest. He told me that he has Girardville roots on the maternal side. If you think Fr. Reiley might be a long-lost cousin, I hope you’ll identify yourself to him while he is here!
FATHER EDMUND J. BRENNAN took sick last Sunday (04 Nov) and was admitted to the hospital.
I want to say a personal word about Fr. Brennan: I have been acquainted with him since he was ordained (1982) but, since my coming to Girardville in 2008, I have come to know him rather well. He is one of those persons about whom it is said: “To know him is to love him.” He has been very kind to me and has been a great help. He and I have had many a good conversation at the kitchen table and many a good laugh together. For quite some years, his health has been fragile, but he has always pushed himself to do whatever he can. All of us here in Girardville are hopeful that Fr. Brennan will soon be back among us and able to participate in the life of our parishes and our community.
Until he returns, it is necessary — I really have no choice under Church law — for me to revert to our original weekday Mass schedule, i.e. one Mass per day. The weekday Masses usually offered by Fr. Brennan are suspended until further notice.
At present, Fr. Brennan is a patient at the Schuylkill Medical Center, Jackson Street (“Pottsville Hospital”).

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WE SHARE THE MAIL
Good morning Father!

Yesterday I spoke with your parish secretary, Ginny. I apologize for the delay in contacting you. I am the district deputy for Court St. Cecilia in Girardville.
We, the Pennsylvania CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA would like to do a membership drive at both parishes in Girardville to help boost the court that has been so active in the past.
We do not want to see their court disband.
Margaret Giordano, PA State Treasurer, and our area supervisor and I, with your permission, would like to address both parishes with an explanation of what CDA is all about and to appeal for membership.
We would like to know what weekend dates would work for you and your parishes.
Please feel free to call me at your convenience. You can always leave a message on my cell (610-597-6727), or call me directly at work (570-386-5522, ext 130) or contact me via email: marymarzen@gmail.com
May God continue to bless you and your vocation.
Mary Marzen

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Dear Miss Mary:
I am happy that you and your “fellow Daughters” are trying to keep our local Court from disbanding. It would be a great loss if they were to do so.
I am with you 100% and I know that Kay Ellen and the other members of the group welcome your offer to help.
Please feel free to choose any weekend that is convenient. Perhaps give me a choice of two and I’ll get back to you with confirmation.
One of the points that I think needs to be emphasized in your presentation is this: A CDA Court does not belong to nor does it favor any one particular parish and its membership is not restricted to any one particular parish. Like the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Daughters of America invites members from any and all parishes.
We have a good many splendid Catholic women in Girardville, members of either St. Joseph Parish or St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
I would love to see them gathered together in common purpose for their own spiritual energizing and for the good of the Church and the community.
I look forward to hearing from you.
In Christ Jesus –
Fr. Edward B. Connolly

TAKE A CHANCE! The StVdP Holy Rosary Society is selling chances on the LOTTERY TREE in the back of the church after the weekend Masses. There is $300.00 worth of rub-off tickets on that tree! There has just got to be a winner (maybe a BIG winner) among them. Chances are $2.00 each or three for $5.00. The tree will be chanced off on Sunday, 25 November, after the 08:30 am Mass.

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CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR CHILDREN
The Knights of Columbus will be having their annual Christmas party for children up to age TEN.
Date: Sunday, 09 December
Time: 02:00 pm
Place: Father Sheridan Room
Parents must sign up their children for this party.
Deadline for signing up is Sunday, 02 December.
See the sign-up sheets in the back of the church or else ask Wade O. Richards or one of the other KofC members.

GOD CONSOLES HIS CHILDREN

I went to bed later than usual Tuesday night, 06 November — or should I say Wednesday morning, 07 November?
I waited up to hear Mitt Romney’s concession speech.
I was going to wait up to hear President Obama’s victory speech, but I didn’t have the heart or the energy to watch it at the time, so I pressed the DVR to record it for later watching and off I went to bed.
When I woke up in the morning to head over to St. Joseph Chapel for Mass, I was feeling down in the well-known dumps.
But God is to be worshipped, come Hell or high water, so I went.
When I read the First Reading of the Mass, I actually felt as though God was speaking to me — and to millions of others.
The Reading was Philippians 2, 12-18.
Here are the verses that grabbed me:

Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

The underlined verses in particular spoke to me, in view of the outcome of the election.
We who believe that babies must not be killed on the taxpayers’ dime and who believe that sodomy must not be placed on an equal footing with marriage and who believe that the government has no right to violate the consciences of the believers — we were hoping for relief from the evil agenda of the past four years.
But God reminds His children that we must continue to be without blemish and that we are to continue to shine like lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation and that WE MUST HOLD ON TO THE WORD OF LIFE.
We have little natural reason to be hopeful about the future. But we do have supernatural reason to be hopeful. God has the whole world in His hands and we await His judgment. We do not trust in princes. We trust in God. To Him belongs the victory.
No one can tell me that it was “just a coincidence” that those particular verses, assigned for Wednesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time, just happened to fall on 07 November 2012 — the day after the electorate rejected the instructions, admonitions and pleadings of the Bishops and priests of the Catholic Church in the USA. If I know anything, I know this: No one who is adamantly pro-choice (pro-abortion) can have a share in the Kingdom of God.

Be of good heart, little flock. It has pleased the Father to give us the Kingdom.

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