MASS SCHEDULE: 28 July- 04 August

Saturday, 27 July
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROBERT J. SMITH
by Virginia Correa Chillis

Sunday, 28 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — JOHN RICE Jr.
by OPM
11:30 am — Rev. LEONARD J. SINATRA
by Jake Ritzheimer

Monday, 29 July
St. Martha (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health: MICHAEL BRENNAN
by Ellen T. King

Wednesday, 31 July
St. Ignatius Loyola, priest (OblMem)
by Tom and Christine Oakum

Friday, 02 August
St. Eusebius Vercelli, bishop; St. Peter Julian Eymard, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health:
by Tom and Christine Oakum

Saturday, 03 August
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — God’s blessings: MICHAEL JOSHUA FAIR
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Sunday, 04 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — WILLIAM E. DANDO
by Thomas and Mary Yesalavage

 MASS SCHEDULE: 28 July- 04 August

Saturday, 27 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS (1st anniversary)
by Theresa and family

Sunday, 28 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 30 July
St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health:
James and Judy Gontis
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Thursday, 01 August
St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 03 August
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 04 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN J. D’ALFONSO Jr. (46th anniversary)
by his sisters and their families

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20 / 21 JULY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $777.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $25.00 from the Dues envelopes; $53.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes.
Total: $855.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $124.00 from the Central & Eastern Europe envelopes
$256.00 from the Missionary Cooperative collection
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($855.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($491.15), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,118.63, one sees that ($263.63) is available from this collection for operating the parish. THIS IS A DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $845.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes.
Total: $900.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $137.00 from the Central & Eastern Europe envelopes
$300.00 from the Missionary Cooperative collection
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($900.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($322.56), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $804.54, one sees that $95.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 31 July
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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


Wednesday, 31 July
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 August
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy
followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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LAURA KEYNES is an English woman.
She is an intellectual.
In fact, her family is one of a circle of British families known as “the skeptical intellectual aristocracy”.
As an infant, Laura was baptized Catholic because her mother had been Catholic.
However, her mother drifted away from the Catholic Church and became, more or less, a Buddhist. Laura’s father was an atheist.
Laura gave up the practice of the Catholic Faith when she was a teenager and became an agnostic.
She went to Oxford University and received a doctorate (PhD) in philosophy. It was while she was at Oxford that she began to reassess her values: Relationships, feminism, moral relativism, the sanctity and dignity of human life”.
The debate sparked by Richard Dawkins’s book “The God Delusion” inspired Laura to read more about the subject, and she concluded that: “New Atheism seemed to harbor a germ of intolerance and contempt for people that could only undermine secular Humanist claims to liberalism”.
Now Laura has done the unthinkable!
She has returned to the Catholic Faith!
Not only has she returned, she has joined a British group known as “Catholic Voices”, a coalition of persons who defend the Catholic Faith in public.
“That I freely chose to be a Catholic after much thought and analysis, and wasn’t brainwashed into it, baffles my friends and family alike,” she writes. “I overheard one comment: ‘But she seemed like such an intelligent girl.’
An interesting postscript is this: Laura is a direct descendant of Charles Darwin. To be precise, she is a great-great-great granddaughter of that distinguished man whose name has become synonymous with the Theory of Evolution, the man who wrote “Origin of Species”.
Great-great-great grandpapa was not available for comment!

The media will pick up on it soon enough but — for now — please keep it under your hat!
(If you don’t own a hat, stop at the Rectory and we’ll lend you one.)
Fr. Connolly has been holding a series of meetings with two persons in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
These meetings were not scheduled during “regular business hours”. They were all held after sundown.
No one else was in the Rectory to overhear the conversations and the plans.
The two persons meeting with the pastor are self-declared heterosexuals!
One of them is a man. The other one is a woman.

When the time is ripe (and it will be pretty soon), they are going to MARRY ONE ANOTHER!
And Fr. Connolly — also believed to be a heterosexual, but that’s not particularly relevant at this point — is going to WITNESS and OFFICIATE at the wedding.
We have managed to persuade one of the clerks at the Schuylkill County Court House to issue the couple a marriage license! (A five dollar bill placed deftly in the clerk’s palm sweetened the deal!)
The wedding will, of course, take place in Girardville — but that’s all we can say about it right now!
Stay tuned!

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I anticipate that some persons will tell me that I am being unwise in choosing to comment on this matter in the bulletin. They will tell me, perhaps, that it is “too sensitive” and “too local” and that it’s really none of my business and that “it will do more harm than good” if I say (write) anything.
I’ve heard that sort of thing before in my life. I sincerely appreciate advice that is offered to me, whether I follow it or not. But I cannot be governed by fear and apprehension about “what people will think” nor can I regulate my life according to whether something I say (or write) will enhance or diminish my popularity. I have a strong sense of my role as shepherd and teacher in Girardville. I belong to God and, in the long run, it is to God Alone that I shall have to give an account of how I exercised my priesthood. The older I get, the more aware I become of how that “sweet chariot” is starting to “swing low” in my direction! This is not a good time in my life for me to be a coward.
Having said that, I want to say that I watched two videos put out by a gentleman whom I shall identify as MKK. One of them runs for 31 seconds. The other runs for 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Both of them are obscene. Both of them stink to high heaven.
MKK is a man who has his roots in Girardville — in St. Joseph Parish. I do not know him personally, but I do know at least one member of his family. I have great respect for her. She is a fine woman.
One thing is perfectly clear to me: MKK has strong — very strong — convictions and feelings about at least two matters, viz. Freedom of Speech (First Amendment) and the Right to Bear Arms (Second Amendment). I think it would be fair to say that he also has strong convictions and feelings about a lesser known constitutional right (Tenth Amendment) which specifies that all rights not explicitly granted by the Constitution to the Federal Government are retained by the States and by the People. (We sometimes call this “the principle of subsidiarity”.)
And do you want to know something?
Me too!
By which I mean this: I count myself among those who have strong convictions and strong feelings about these identical matters. I would gladly “march in any parade” in order to assert the right to free speech and the right to bear arms and the right to be free from the tyranny of an overreaching central government. In addition to these, I would also gladly “march in any parade” in order to assert the right to life of unborn children. Come to think of it, I have been doing the latter every January for the past forty years.
So, you see, I am not by any means taking an opposing view to the principles that MKK feels so strongly about. When it comes to the right of free speech, the right to bear arms and the right of the states and of the people to oppose a tyrannical central government, MKK and I are sitting in the same pew and singing from the same hymnbook.
So, what’s my problem?
My problem is that MKK’s videos have the following negative effects:

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#01 — They insult and offend God! This is first and foremost.
#02 — They corrupt the attitude of people — especially young people — towards sex.
#03 — They degrade MKK himself and make him seem like a fool. Please note that I am not calling MKK a fool. He has acted foolishly, but that doesn’t make him a fool. I am saying that he has made himself seem like a fool on the videos! I can’t believe that MKK would have been hired as Chief of Police or been elected to serve on a school board if he did not have a high IQ and a considerable amount of competence and the respect of his peers.
#04Ironically, they make the general public (people who might be on the fence about 2nd Amendment issues) LESS likely to support the right to bear arms. In other words, they defeat the cause they were intended to promote.

In regard to #01: “But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa’, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool’, will be liable to fiery Gehenna.” (Matthew 05,22)
“But now you must put them all away: anger, fury, malice, slander, and obscene language out of your mouths.” (Colossians 03, 08)
“No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians, 04, 29)
MKK used the word “F***” a total of fifteen times in the space of 3 minutes and 16 seconds (in the two videos I watched). Those videos are now in Satan’s safekeeping, ready to be used as evidence on Judgment Day. Of course, if MKK wishes to do so, he can have the evidence destroyed before it can be used against him. I would be happy to tell him how to do that.

In regard to #02: There is no avoiding the fact that the Eff Word refers to sexual intimacy. But it does so in a contemptuous and obscene way. Children and other impressionable persons who hear adults say this word are having their minds contaminated. Jesus said that it would be better for a person if a millstone were tied around his neck and he were thrown into the depths of the sea, than that he should scandalize a single one of His little ones.

In regard to #03: God created MKK so that, by his way of living, he would manifest the beauty and the excellence of God and, in doing so, would go to Heaven. God loves him and sent His Son to die for him. He should not have degraded himself in front of the community by giving vent to his anger and making videos of himself doing so and posting the videos for all the world to see. Surely, deep down in his heart, MKK is a better man than that!

In regard to #04: I am absolutely positive that the “libtards” that MKK refers to have been clicking their heels and dancing in the aisles since these videos showed up on YOUTUBE. They are saying, “Thanks a lot, buddy! You did us a big favor!”
Why do I say that? I say that because MKK made himself into a stereotype of what the Left Wing likes to call “the Right Wing Nuts” and “the Gun Freaks”. MKK’s videos have hurt the battle for 2nd Amendment rights. Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry should send MKK a thank-you note! I should add one more thing here: Believe it or not, yours truly is a member of the NRA!

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a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on 24 July 2013.
Born on 19 September 1913, Julia (better known as “Jean”) was 99 years of age — fifty-seven days shy of reaching 100. She was the oldest member of our parish.
Unlike most women of her generation, Jean was a high-school graduate! She was a member of the Class of 1931 of the J. W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.
(I make a point of mentioning that seemingly unremarkable fact because Mrs. Majikas mentioned it to me several times. Obviously, it was important to her! I can see why. I looked up some statistics. The median education level for white females in 1931 was graduation from 8th grade! So, it was a mark of distinction “back in those days” for a girl to complete twelve years of school!)
Jean is one of the three children of the late Frank and Margaret (Yesaitis) Statutis. Her brother and her sister, both deceased, are: Mary Statutis Beoris Usic and Leonard Statutis.
She was baptized on 28 September 1913 in St. George Church, Shenandoah, by Fr. William Pautienius.
On 26 February 1938, Jean was married to Anthony F. Majikas in St. George Church, in the presence of Fr. J. A. Karalius. Anthony (“Tony”) died in 1991. The two had been married for 53 years.
Tony and Jean Majikas have three children: John A. Majikas; Anthony A. Majikas; Vincent J. Majikas Sr.
They have five grandchildren: Amy L. Majikas; Kevin M. Majikas; Derek J. Majikas; Kyle M. Majikas; Vincent J. Majikas Jr.
They have two great-grandchildren: Dean A. Majikas and Jed R. Majikas.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Majikas will be celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Friday, 02 August. The principal celebrant will be Fr. David J. Majikas, pastor of St. Augustine Church, Barberton OH.
There will be a viewing at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, on Thursday, 01 August, from 06:00 to 08:00 pm and again on Friday, 02 August, in St. Vincent dePaul Church, from 09:30 to 11:00 am.
The interment will take place in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Eternal rest grant unto Jean, 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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SEVERAL MEN ARE IN THE LOCKER ROOM of a golf club. A cell phone is lying on a bench. It rings and a man picks it up, engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen.
MAN: Hello?
WOMAN: Hi, Honey, it’s me. Are you at the club?
MAN: Yes.
WOMAN: I’m at the outlets now and found this beautiful leather coat. It’s only $2,000! Is it okay if I buy it?
MAN: Sure, go ahead if you like it that much.
WOMAN: I also stopped by the Lexus dealership and saw the new 2014 models. I saw one I really liked.
MAN: How much?
WOMAN: $90,000.
MAN: Okay, but for that price I want it with all the options.
WOMAN: Great! Oh, and one more thing… I was just talking to Janie and found out that the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They’re asking $980,000 for it.
MAN: Well, then go ahead and make an offer. Offer them $900,000. See if they’ll come down. If not, we can go the extra $80,000 it’s what you really want.
WOMAN: Okay. I’ll see you later! I love you so much!
MAN: Bye! I love you, too!

The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths wide open. He turns and asks, “Anyone know whose phone this is?”



• Our 2nd great-grandfather was found dead crossing the plains in the library. He was married three times in the endowment house and has 21 children.
• He and his daughter are listed as not being born.
• I would like to find out if I have any living relatives or dead relatives or ancestors in my family.
• Will you send me a list of all the Dripps in your library?
• My Grandfather died at the age of 3.
• We are sending you 5 children in a separate envelope.
• Documentation: Family Bible in possession of Aunt Merle until the tornado hit Topeka, Kansas. Now only the Good Lord knows where it is.
• The wife of #22 could not be found. Somebody suggested that she might have been stillborn. What do you think?
• I am mailing you my aunt and uncle and three of their children.
• Enclosed please find my grandmother. I have worked on her for 30 years without success. Now see what you can do!
• I have a hard time finding myself in London. If I were there, I was very small and cannot be found.
• This family had seven nephews that I am unable to find. If you know who they are, please add them to the list.
• We lost our grandmother. Will you please send us a copy?
• Will you please send me the name of my first wife? I have forgotten her name.
• A 14-year-old boy wrote: "I do not want you to do my research for me. Will you please send me all of the material on the Welch line, in the US, England and Scotland countries? I will do the research."

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The Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or employee / volunteer of the diocese / parish. Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are invited and encouraged to contact the Diocese of Allentown for more information about this program. The fullness of compassion should be extended to these victims by the Church.

Victim Assistance Coordinator
Confidential Telephone Number
(800) 791-9209

To learn more about the Diocese of Allentown’s Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and Code of Conduct, please visit and click on “Youth Protection” in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Romance novels, among other idioms, idealize marriage.
“They lived happily ever after” are the most fanciful words one finds in fantasy.
Completely blissful marriages may happen — perhaps once in 250 million.
More realistic expectations of marriage are important.
The description of marriage in Genesis begins with the suffering of loneliness and of an inner need — for a working partner to complete oneself.
Young men and women often waste their lives searching for a soul mate. (emphasis mine / EBC)
Perfect spouses are not found; they are made.
Disagreement, quarrels, and dissatisfaction are all part of a good marriage.
Marriage is like a pairing for the purpose of climbing mountains, for traveling to the other side of the ocean.
It entails work, hope, and mutual trust — and then, the journey just begins.
Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz

Parenthetical note: I didn’t really need to include the photo of Rabbi Steinsaltz in this bulletin item. The words alone would have sufficed. However, I like his face and thought you might like it too! 

Believe me when I tell you that, although I don’t make frequent reference to it in the bulletin, the proposed demolition project is very much on the front burner. I have been back and forth with the Diocese about it. The Diocese definitely wants the building to be demolished. As soon as I have something substantial to report on this matter, I shall certainly do so.
I am aware that the Borough is anxious to see us get moving on this.
We shall.
Things are not always as simple as they first appear.
We will be having Confirmation on Tuesday, 26 November 2013. “We” refers to the parishes of Ashland, Frackville, Girardville and Gordon. Those eligible to ask to be confirmed are the children of the parishes who will be in 8th grade in the upcoming school year. Please call St. Vincent dePaul Rectory if you have not yet registered your child.

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