MASS SCHEDULE: 01 - 08 September
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 31 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROBERT J. SMITH
by Ed and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Sunday, 01 September
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ELLIE KRICK BOXER
(52nd anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Monday, 02 September
Weekday (Labor Day)
08:00 am — MICKEY and DAWN DEVINE
by their son, Dennis

Wednesday, 04 September
Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Friday, 06 September
Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings: TIMOTHY and CAROL CONNOLLY
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Saturday, 07 September
Weekday
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN RICE Jr.
by OPM

Sunday, 08 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — EDWARD and KATHRYN CUFF
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

 MASS SCHEDULE: 01 - 08 September
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 31 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 01 September
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — ELIZABETH CUTHIE MEDLINSKY
by the Holy Rosary Society

Tuesday, 03 September
St. Gregory the Great, pope, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JEAN STATUTIS MAJIKAS
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Thursday, 05 September
Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, religious (OptMem)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 07 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOHN J. POLIWACKI
by Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Sunday, 08 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME PARISH
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
17 / 18 AUGUST
Includes receipts from Solemnity of Assumption: envelopes and loose


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,187.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $64.00 from the plate; $138.00 from the Dues envelopes; $105.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $258.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $197.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,949.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $11.00 from the Missionary Cooperative envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,949.00) 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 $830.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $692.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $85.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $505.00 from the Assumption envelopes; $109.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,416.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $13.00 from the Missionary Cooperative envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,416.00) 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 $611.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 04 September
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Wednesday, 04 September
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

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

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 04 September
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Wednesday, 04 September
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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COLLECTION TOTALS: 24 / 25 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $788.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $42.00 from the plate; $31.00 from the Dues envelopes; $11.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $169.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,041.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $10.00 from the Missionary Cooperative envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,041.00) 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 ($77.63) is available from this collection for operating the parish. THIS IS A DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $981.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $84.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $45.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,120.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $10.00 from the Missionary Cooperative envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,120.00) 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 $315.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

PLEASE NOTE: The Confessions and Expositions dates / times as printed on page 02 of tis bulletin are correct. I mention this because it might seem as though there is a typo or two. No typo! (I doublechecked.)
I need to transfer the Confessions and Exposition usually held on Friday evening to Wednesday evening this week, because of a wedding rehearsal that I have in Pottsville.
PLEASE NOTE ALSO: I am celebrating a wedding Mass on Saturday afternoon, 07 September, in Pottsville. I shall be asking Fr. Brennan to take one — or maybe both — of the Saturday vigil Masses. I am grateful to Fr. Brennan for making himself available to serve the parishes when necessary.
THE SAINT VINCENT dePAUL HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will resume their monthly meetings (after the summer hiatus). The first meeting of the “new season” will be on Thursday, 05 September, in the parish meeting room, after the 06:30 pm Mass. Members old and new are welcome!
THE SAINT VINCENT dePAUL HOLY NAME SOCIETY will resume their monthly meetings (after the summer hiatus). The first meeting of the “new season” will be on Sunday, 08 September, in the parish meeting room, after the 08:30 am Mass. Members old and new are welcome!

A YOUNG LAD was acting up during Sunday morning Mass.
His parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew, but without success.
Finally, the father grabbed the little fellow by the hand and walked him sternly down the aisle towards the vestibule — or maybe the parking lot.
Just before reaching the vestibule, the little boy called loudly to the congregation:

"Pray for me! Pray for me!"

stjos/stvdp: 09.01.2013 - 03



A LETTER TO MY SON
The following was written by a gentleman named Matt Walsh.
Matt was reacting to the Robin Thicke / Miley Cyrus obscenity that took place during the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) this past Sunday (25 August). If you watched that program, I suggest you go to confession. If you started to watch it but then flipped the channel when Thicke and Cyrus got into their bump and grind, I commend you and I suggest you watch EWTN more and MTV less in the future. If you did not watch it (or start to watch it), then you and I have something in common. I have no interest personally in anything that’s on MTV. But I did become aware of the Thicke / Cyrus obscenity, courtesy of a cable news program.
Here is the letter Matt Walsh wrote to his son. I think it is a gem.

Dear son,
Don’t let Robin Thicke be a lesson to you.
Don’t let any of these pigs and perverts you see on TV be a lesson to you. They treat women like garbage; they possess no chivalry, no self-control; they are disloyal and dishonest; they spend all day pursuing pleasure at the expense of others, and they encourage you to do the same. You might be tempted to follow suit. In fact, you WILL be tempted. These male pop stars and celebrities! “Wow! Look at them!” you’ll think. They take advantage of emotionally broken, self-loathing, confused young women, and they are rewarded handsomely for it. Look at their nice clothes and their nice cars. Look how they are admired and loved. Look, they treat women like trash and other women fawn all over them because of it. This must be how real men behave, you’ll think.
And you’ll be wrong. You’ll be wrong about a lot of things in life — this is what it means to be human — but never will you be more wrong than when you feel the temptation to buy the lies that pop culture sells about the nature of true masculinity. Son, there is nothing glamorous or fun about being a man of low character and no integrity. What you see on TV is a facade. It’s a sales pitch. It’s poison. You see the bright lights and the sexy women, but you don’t see what happens when the cameras are off and these pop culture gods return to their lives as mere mortals. You don’t see them in their big, empty, lonely houses. You don’t see the emptiness in the pit of their souls. You don’t see all the alcohol and drugs they have to use to dull the pain of living a life devoid of real, committed relationships. You don’t see the hatred they have for themselves and for humanity. You don’t see the jealousy they have towards normal, decent men.
Your dad is no celebrity. He’s just an average, boring guy. But he’s got something that every famous and non-famous womanizer envies: He’s got the love and commitment of ONE beautiful, smart, faithful woman. He’s got your mom, and he’ll have only your mom until the day he dies. He ought to be waking up every day shouting praises to the Lord because of that.
Listen, son, don’t let the world tell you how to be a man. The world doesn’t know anything about that subject.
Men are loyal. Men are honest. Men respect and honor women. A man goes out and finds one woman, and he vows to protect and love her for the rest of his life. A man would never betray that vow. Even the weakest and most cowardly man — if he is a man at all — would die for the woman he loves. Your dad is no hero, but let someone try to hurt your mom and watch him suddenly turn into Superman (or Batman, if you prefer).
See, son, you don’t have to be big and strong to be a man, although I think you will be one day. You don’t have to be “cool” or athletic. You don’t have to play guitar or fix cars. These are all fine things, but they don’t define a man. A man is defined by how he treats women, by how he keeps his promises, and by how he protects and serves the ones he loves. That’s what makes a man a man. My dad taught me that, he taught it by example. I pray I can do the same for you.
Oh, and by the way, if I ever catch you disrespecting women, I will sit you down and talk to you about it. But first I’ll kick your butt up and down the street. That’s a promise.
Love,
Your old man, Matt Walsh

stjos/stvdp: 09.01.2013 - 04



 UPDATE
BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL — 2013

 St. Joseph Parish

 St. Vincent dePaul Parish

 Goal:    $7,432.60

 Goal:   $6,215.87

 So far:  $4,414.00

 So far:  $4,930.00

 To go:  $3,018.60

 To go:  $1,285.87

 Average:  $129.82

 Average:  $149.39

 Number of donors: 34

 Number of donors: 33

 Participation rate: 22.67%

 Participation rate: 33%

Part of the duty that goes with being a pastor is “urging” and “encouraging” the people to be generous to good causes. Being a pastor sometimes correlates with being a cheerleader. Sometimes, I feel that I ought to get myself a short skirt, some pom-poms and a new set of knees, so that I could jump up and down and wave and do somersaults. Probably a pretty face would help too! However, lacking all of the above, I can only say that both of our parishes really should meet our modest goals. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is a TRULY GOOD CAUSE. If you have done your part, God bless you and thank you! If you have not, would you please do so? I would be happy if some of our tried-and-true parishioners would speak with others about the BAA. If you know that your brother-in-law or your barber or your bartender is a member of StJosPar or StVdPPar, you might want to say: “Hey! You know we haven’t made our goals yet for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal? Have you made your donation yet?”

TWO FUNERAL DIRECTORS COMING TO TOWN!
I don’t think I am giving away any secrets — in fact, I am sure that I am not — when I tell you that Charles Heizenroth plans to open up a new funeral parlor on Main Street and that Tom Sullivan plans to re-open the former McDonald’s Funeral Home, also on Main Street.
From one funeral parlor to no funeral parlor to two funeral parlors! Things are certainly looking up for dear old Girardville! We can all rest in peace now. Mr. Heizenroth and Mr. Sullivan are both highly respected gentlemen. We welcome them to town and wish the both of them well. And, of course, we can’t resist the old joke: Always remember that your friendly neighborhood funeral director will be the last person in the world to look down on you or me!

SOME OF THE ADVANTAGES OF HAVING CHILDREN

1. You toughen up the skin on your elbows and knees from playing on the floor with them.
2. You build up cardiovascular endurance as you run laps around the house being the Tickle Monster to one child while holding the other child on your hip.
3. You develop incredible sleight-of-hand skills, making the object of a sibling scuffle magically disappear after a brief redirection.
4. You increase your agility maneuvering through playground equipment at top speed.
5. You improve your Apologetics skills by having to explain just how strong God is, how tall He is, and how fast He could fly if He wanted to but that He doesn’t really need to fly.
6. You understand the incredible mercy of God and what it means to forgive “seventy times seven times.”
7. You realize the significance of job, reputation, and bank account mean nothing compared to the joy of being united as a family in heaven.
8. Your child tells you at Mass that he wants to receive Jesus into his tummy, too.
9. You hear an unsolicited “I love you, Dada!”

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MARY CATHERINE WILLIS KESSLER HOMOVICH,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 18 August 2013.
Born on 28 August, 1925, she was 87 years of age — just ten days shy of her 88th birthday.
Mary is the youngest of the eight children of the late Michael and Mary (Schmuhl) Willis.
[There are some variant spellings of Mary’s mother’s maiden name in our records, but I think “Schmuhl” is the accurate spelling.]
Mary’s seven brothers and sisters are all deceased. They are: James Willis; Margaret Willis Brennan; Anna Willis Balutis; William Willis; Alice Willis Wolfgang; Edward Willis; John [“Jack”] Willis.
Mary was baptized in St. Joseph Church by Father John J. Hughes on 10 September 1925.
On 07 August 1943, Mary was married to Kendell H. Kessler in St. Joseph Rectory in the presence of Father John F. Cullen.
[Back in those days, it was the practice that the marriage of a Catholic and a non-Catholic take place in the rectory, rather than in the church. Fortunately, this is no longer the custom.]
Mary had a second marriage, viz. to John Homovich.
Both Mr. Kessler and Mr. Homovich are deceased.
Mary is the mother of six children: John S. Kessler; James S. Kessler; Joseph P. Kessler; Lila M. Kessler Shoup; Mark K. Kessler; Anne Marie Homovich Kushwarra.
[John and James are twins.]
She has twelve grandchildren: Joseph P. Kessler; Michelena M. Kessler Gonzalez; Mark A. Kessler; Jack Kessler; Rita Ann Shoup Hartz; Shawn Shoup; Jason Kessler; Joshua A. Kessler; Candice Shoup; Corrine Kushwarra (deceased); Kevin Kushwarra.
She has thirteen great-grandchildren: Daniel J. Cress; Shane M. Kerrigan; Jared M. Cress; Zachary Kessler; Zachary A. Kessler; Caleb J. Cress; Amaya E. Kessler; Marlana J. Kessler; Karlie J. Kessler; Blake I. Kessler; Meah Hartz; Devin Kessler; Isabella Gonzalez.
[The listing of two great-grandsons with the same first and last names is not a typo.]
She has two great-great grandchildren: Ryleigh Kerrigan; Skylar Kerrigan.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Wednesday, 21 August, at 11:00 am. There was a viewing in the church prior to the Mass.
The interment took place in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven PA.
Eternal rest grant unto Mary, 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.

stjos/stvdp: 09.01.2013 - 06


WE SHARE THE MAIL
The following is a general mailing sent out by Congressman Matt Cartwright to his constituents, followed by a reply from me. If you were to infer from my letter that I do not have a good opinion of Mr. Cartwright’s political positions, you would be inferring correctly. Mr. Cartwright is not a friend of innocent human life nor is he of friend of the Catholic Church — which is awfully strange, because he claims that he is a Catholic. Who can explain it?

Friend,
Women’s Equality Day commemorates August 26, 1920, when the right for women to vote officially became a part of the United States Constitution. Today, on the 93rd anniversary of Women’s Equality Day we celebrate the life and legacy of generations of American women. The story of Women’s Suffrage is about years of individual acts of courage and sacrifice by many people whose names we may never know.
Today, women’s equality has grown to mean much more than just having the right to vote. It is very important that as a region and a nation we remain committed to leveling the playing field, and removing barriers so that women can participate equally in society.
In Congress today, 62 women Members of the House Democratic Caucus – the most in history – are heeding the call to address the pressing issues confronting women today.
So as we honor Women’s Equality Day, let us not think about men and women as separate human beings with separate roles – but let us think about men and women as equals.
Sincerely,
Matt Cartwright
Congressman (D-PA, 17th District)

Dear Congressman Cartwright:
Thank you for the reminder about the 93rd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States — the amendment that gave women the right to vote. I did not have the date of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in my memory bank and I am glad that you provided it.
I want you to know that I am thoroughly in favor of the 19th Amendment. I am also thoroughly in favor of the 13th Amendment — the one that outlawed slavery in these United States. To tell you the truth, I am in favor of almost all of the constitutional amendments. I might have some reservations about the 17th Amendment, but I can live with it. I’ve never lost any sleep over the 17th Amendment.
Let me tell you about my two favorite amendments. One of them is the 1st Amendment. That one is a multi-faceted jewel: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble peaceably for the redress of grievances, freedom of the press, etc. The other one is the 5th Amendment, the one that says (among other things) that no one may be lawfully deprived of life or goods without due process.
I would appreciate it if you would stir up your own enthusiasm for these two amendments. I believe that freedom of religion is under attack in our country. As one example: the government is gradually imposing “same-sex marriage” on the people without their consent. This is a severe infringement of freedom of religion. And when it comes to “due process”, where is the “due process” that precedes the execution of unborn children? How does the unborn child plead his or her case for life before being taken to the execution chamber?
Please think on these things. I don’t mean to be unfairly critical, but your record on life and family values is deplorable. Please think beyond the next Election Day. Think about the Day that is coming for every human being when he or she must give an account of his or her stewardship.
One more thing and then I’ll let you go: The last sentence of your letter is unintelligible and sophomoric. (Pardon me for being so blunt! Did you really write that or was it one of your junior staff? You say that we should not think of men and women as separate human beings with separate roles. I think that’s absurd! Of course men and women are separate human beings with separate roles! That is so perfectly obvious, I hardly think it needs to be defended. You conclude by saying that we should think about men and women as equals. Well, of course we should think of men and women as equals! They are equals! I never thought otherwise. If I need to be convinced of anything, it is that men are equal to women, not vice versa. I was always taught that women are the superior sex. I mean that quite seriously! I think you are setting up a straw man. Or is it a straw woman?
Respectfully,
Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Pastor, St. Joseph Parish / St. Vincent dePaul Parish
Girardville PA

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GENERATION GAP

Background: Msgr. Robert J. Biszek, my good friend and traveling companion, concelebrated the 04:00 pm Mass with me at StVdP on Saturday, 17 August. He and I planned to leave for vacation from Girardville soon after Mass. Monsignor arrived in the sacristy before I did. The lector and the altar boys were there. One of the things you need to know about Msgr. Biszek is that, “in his youth”, he was a great fan of cowboy movies, cowboy songs, cowboy stories. (In fact, he still is!) With that in mind, I give you a snatch of the conversation between Monsignor and one of the altar boys. (I learned this in the car while we were driving to Vermont.)

MONSIGNOR: So, what’s your name?
ALTAR BOY: Zane.
MONSIGNOR: Zane? Well, that’s certainly a famous name! Have you ever heard of Zane Grey?
ALTAR BOY: No.
MONSIGNOR: Zane Grey was one of the most famous writers of cowboy stories. I really like his stories. Do you like cowboys?
ALTAR BOY: Yes! I really like the cowboys!
MONSIGNOR: Great! Which cowboys do you like the best?
ALTAR BOY: Oh, I like all the cowboys — the whole team!
MONSIGNOR: (puzzled) The whole team? I didn’t know there was a whole team.
ALTAR BOY: Yeah! The Dallas Cowboys! Didn’t you ever hear of the Dallas Cowboys?
MONSIGNOR: Oh, yes! Of course! You mean the Dallas Cowboys football team!
ALTAR BOY: Yes! I really like the Cowboys! And they have cowgirls too!

As I understand from my friend, the conversation came to pretty much of an end at that point.

SOME OF THE PERKS THAT COME WITH BEING A SEVENTY-FIVE-YEARS OLD MAN

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
2. In a hostage situation, you are likely to be the first one released.
3. People don’t ask you to “run upstairs” or “run down to the basement” to fetch something for them.
4. People call you on the phone at 09:00 pm (or 09:00 am) and ask, somewhat apologetically, “Did I wake you?”
5. People no longer consider you to be a hypochondriac.
6. There is nothing left to be learned “the hard way”. You’ve already been there, done that.
7. Clothes and shoes and other such things that you buy will never wear out.
8. You are allowed to eat supper at 04:00 pm without having to explain yourself.
9. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
10. You no longer think of speed limits as challenges to your manhood.
11. You quit trying to hold in your stomach, no matter who walks into the room.
12. You sing along with elevator music.
13. Your eyes won't get much worse.
14. All those health-insurance premiums you have been paying finally begin to pay off.
15. You don’t have to check the weather forecast to see if it’s going to rain. Your knees are more accurate meterologists than any TV weatherman.
16. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
17. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

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