MASS SCHEDULE: 29 September - October 06

Saturday, 28 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 29 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — CHARLIE MORAN
rescheduled from 18 September
11:30 am — God’s blessings: JAMES and JUDITH GONTIS
by James and Eva Gontis

Monday, 30 September
St. Jerome, priest, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JAMES KELLY
by John Burns

Wednesday, 02 October
The Holy Guardian Angels (OblMem)ay
08:00 am — Deceased: LANDERS and SCULLY FAMILIES
by the families

Friday, 04 October
St. Francis of Assisi, religious, deacon (OblMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: WILLIAM DeLUCA FAMILY
by the family

Saturday, 05 October
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by the parish
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARY MUREDDA
by her son, Joseph

Sunday, 06 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the O’Connell family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 29 September - October 06

Saturday, 28 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage

Sunday, 29 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — GEORGE W. FISHER
by James and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 01 October
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — AUGUST BOXER
(anniversary of birth)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Thursday, 03 October
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 05 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI (5th anniversary)
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 06 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(101st anniversary of birth)
by her daughters and their families

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Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $3,800.50 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the plate; $170.00 from the Dues envelopes; $43.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $64.00 from the loose.
Total: $4,123.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($4,123.50) 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 $3,004.87 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $920.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $95.00 from the plate; $85.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $132.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,232.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,232.00) 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 $427.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


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

Thursday, 03 October
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 04 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 02 October
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, 04 October
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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Cardinal Burke: Nancy Pelosi ‘must’ be denied Communion

by Patrick B. Craine
Friday, 20 September

In a wide-ranging interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke has issued an emphatic call for pro-abortion Catholic politicians like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to be denied Communion.
The cardinal also spoke about the rapid advance of the homosexual agenda, the decline in catechesis that, he says, has crippled the Church’s response to pressing moral issues of the day, and the growing danger of Christian persecution under an increasingly “totalitarian” government.
Cardinal Raymond Burke is the cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura and is America’s most senior prelate.
Asked about Pelosi, he said, “Certainly this is a case when Canon 915 must be applied.”
Canon 915 states that those who “obstinately persevere in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
“This is a person (Pelosi) who obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion — and still professes to be a devout Catholic,” the cardinal said. “I fear for Congresswoman Pelosi if she does not come to understand how gravely in error she is. I invite her to reflect upon the example of St. Thomas More who acted rightly in a similar situation even at the cost of his life.”
The Cardinal also urged the faithful to practice “much prayer and fasting” to counter the growing threat of the homosexual agenda.
“The alarming rapidity of the realization of the homosexual agenda ought to awaken all of us and frighten us with regard to the future of our nation,” he said. “This is a work of deceit, a lie about the most fundamental aspect of our human nature, our human sexuality, which after life itself defines us. There is only one place these types of lies come from, namely Satan. It is a diabolical situation which is aimed at destroying individuals, families, and eventually our nation.”
“The fact that these kinds of ‘arrangements’ are made legal is a manifestation of a culture of death, of an anti- life and anti- family culture which has existed in our nation now for some time,” he said.
Catholics have not engaged the battle for the family effectively, he said, “because we have not been taught our Catholic Faith, especially in the depth needed to address these grave evils of our time.”
“This is a failure of catechesis both of children and young people that has been going on for fifty years,” he continued. “It is being addressed, but it needs much more radical attention.”
“There is far too much silence — people do not want to talk about it because the topic is not ‘politically correct,’” he added. “But we cannot be silent any longer or we will find ourselves in a situation that will be very difficult to reverse.”
The Cardinal said Catholics risk facing increasing persecution, such as the inability to even work in fields like education and healthcare, if the government remains on its present course.
“If the present government, which can be described in no other way than totalitarian, is not held back from the course it is on, these persecutions will follow,” he said. “It will not be possible for Catholics to exercise most of the normal human services whether in health care, education, or social welfare because in conscience they will no longer be able to do what the government demands: to cooperate in grave moral evil. We are heading in that direction and even see it now.”
He urged Americans to take the example of France, where the people have reacted strongly to government imposition of same-sex “marriage.” “The French people are out on the streets in protest — one demonstration had upwards of two million people,” he said. “There has arisen in France among the people the will to resist the government and that is what we need in this country.”
Asked how Catholics can reconcile the fact that they are told not to vote for political candidates who support grave intrinsic evils, while these same politicians are given honors at Catholic universities and public Catholic funerals, he said, “You cannot reconcile it.”
“It is a contradiction, it is wrong, it is a scandal, and it must stop!” he said. “We live in a culture with a false sense of dialogue — which has also crept into the Church — where we pretend to dialogue about open and egregious violations of the moral law.”
“Can we believe it is permissible to recognize publicly people who support open and egregious violations, and then act surprised if someone is scandalized by it?”


NOTE: As noted above, Raymond Cardinal Burke is the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. As such, he is second only to the Pope in the judicial hierarchy of the Catholic Church. It is important to know this because there are many Catholics who live in a state of unawareness of the seriousness of the situation.

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seventh child (sixth son) of Brian K. and Marie (Torquato) Smith, was baptized in St. Joseph Church this past Sunday: 22 September.
At the request of the family, the baptism was conferred according to “the extraordinary rite”.
If you were baptized in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church prior to 1969, then you were baptized, no doubt, according to the same ritual used for young Timothy Michael. It was in 1969 that the “new rite of Baptism” went into effect. Prior to 1969, what is now called “extraordinary” was simply “ordinary”.
Because the Smith family belongs to St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville, permission to baptize the child at St. Joseph’s was secured in advance from Msgr. O’Connor.
Timothy Michael was only four days old when he was baptized. Quite obviously, he did not make any “decision” to be baptized!
For some of our fellow Christians, this seems strange: to baptize someone without his knowledge or cooperation or even the possibility of such. In the history of the Church, some have broken the unity of the Church because they refused to accept “infant baptism”. The refusal to practice “infant baptism” is a heresy. Any Catholic who would refuse — and “neglect” is a form of “refusal” — to have his / her child baptized commits a grievous sin and is deprived of the sacraments, unless and until he / she repents.
It’s like this: Baptism is an act of God and of the Church. It is not primarily an act of any human being. Suppose someone were to ask, “Why did you (the priest) baptize this child and why did you (the parents and the godparents) present this child for Baptism?” What is the answer? The answer is simply this: Because the Lord Jesus Christ wants the child to be baptized and — because the Lord wants it — the Church mandates it!
But, pursuing this further: WHY did the Lord want Timothy Michael to be baptized? The answer is this: Because the Lord created the little boy not simply for this temporary and limited life but, rather, He created him for ETERNAL and UNLIMITED LIFE! He created him to be a saint, a reflection of the Father’s glory — never to die, never to pass out of existence, always to be praising God and always to be rejoicing in His Love.
He created Timothy Michael for UNION with him, to share in the Divine Nature, to become an adopted son of the Father and, therefore, a brother of the Word and a temple of the Spirit.
And it all starts with BAPTISM!
The Catholic Church teaches: Baptism is necessary for salvation, in fact or at least in intention! Therefore, we do not “wait until the child is old enough to decide for himself”!
It is an affront to the Divine Majesty deliberately and willfully to withhold a child from the saving waters of Baptism. It is saying to God, “Don’t call me; I’ll call You — if and when I get around to it!”
We rejoice in the baptism of Timothy Michael. Even now, while he still does not know his right hand from his left, he has become a member of the extended family known as The Holy Trinity. All that is required is that he be taught to love and to obey God. This is the duty, primarily, of his parents and of his parish community. Then, at a certain point, he will have to assume governance of his own life but, even so, even if he lives to be an old man, he will still carry with him the sign of election, the sign of the Cross. He has been ontologically changed. He is God’s boy now and, as the years pass, he will become God’s man. May he persevere in Christ Jesus until he sees God face to Face.

stjos/stvdp: 09.29.2013 - 04


TODAY, 29 SEPTEMBER, IS THE FEAST OF SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL. Because 29 September falls on a Sunday this year, the feast is not observed on the liturgical calendar in the Ordinary Rite. However, the rules that govern the liturgical calendar of the Extraordinary Rite dictate that we do observe it. Therefore, at the 11:30 am Mass today, you will see the priest wear white vestments instead of green and the prayers and readings of the Mass will be those of the Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel.
Suggestion: Say the Saint Michael Prayer every day of your life!
He lived from the fourth into the fifth century. He is universally regarded as the greatest Scripture scholar in the history of the Church. He translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. In his time, Latin was the common language of most people in the Roman Empire. His translation of the Bible — known as “the Vulgate” — continues to be the official Bible translation of the Catholic Church.
Suggestion: Read something from the Bible every day of your life!
She was born in Alencon, France in 1873 and died in Lisieux, France in 1897. Her family surname is “Martin”, so she was known for the first fifteen years of her life simply as “Therese Martin”. When she entered the convent and took religious vows, she became known as “Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face”. In popular piety, she is known as “the Little Flower of Jesus”. Her “spiritual method” is accessible to all of us.
Suggestion: Meditate on the following sentence written by St. Therese:
“I know now that true charity consists in bearing all our neighbors’ defects — not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues.”
Each one of us has an extraterrestrial, pure-spirit person who is present to us at all times and in all places. These persons love us, pray for us, and are constantly solicitous for us. They are persons who are incomparably more powerful and more intelligent than we. They simultaneously contemplate the face of God and our own faces. They “have our backs for us”.
Suggestion: Say the Guardian Angel prayer every day for the rest of your life!

Our current Pope took the name “Francis” in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. We are getting a taste of St. Francis’s spirituality in the words and actions of Pope Francis. It can, perhaps, be summed up in this: Have mercy on all creatures. Do not despise anyone. Happiness does not lie in possessions, but rather in submission to the Will of God.
Suggestion: Forgive absolutely everyone who has ever offended you or injured you in any way whatsoever, especially if that person or those persons do not seem to seek your forgiveness. Do this not just once but as often as necessary. Do it for the rest of your life.
(I wasn’t going to include this next suggestion, but Kateri just told me she will bite me if I don’t, so here it goes.)
Suggestion: In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, do something nice for a cat today. In fact, do something nice for a cat every day of your life for the rest of your life.
I asked her if it would be okay to substitute “something nice for a dog” once in a while. To my great surprise, she said, “YES!” But, she added, “But don’t put that in bold print. I don’t want anyone to get carried away with doing nice things for dogs!”

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: I had some email exchange recently with a gentleman named Edward C. (“Ted”) Lavelle. He had asked me to help him obtain some information from our records. I am printing here a portion of one of Ted’s emails because I thought it might be of general interest. No doubt there are people in town who remember him and other members of the Lavelle family.
Among other things, Ted told me that he was baptized at St. Joseph’s by Fr. Hubert Cooke, who was his uncle (his mother’s brother). I told him that I remember Fr. Cooke from when he was stationed at my home parish in Philadelphia, way back when I was a teenager (when dinosaurs ruled the earth!) Small world!
Dear Father Connolly:
When I called St. Joe's in Ashland I spoke with a woman named Betsy Woodward. Betsy is a high school (Immaculate Heart) classmate of mine, and is married to Joe Woodward who has been my friend since we were 5 or 6!!!!! What a small world!
My family has long and deep roots in your great town. My Grandmother Cooke lived at 14 Line St., just across from Joe and Ray Wayne's fabulous Hibernian House. My Dad's family lived on the High Road (Mahanoy Ave.). And my Uncle John Cooke operated a funeral home just up the street from St. Vincent on the corner of Mahanoy Avenue and Second Street. Spent many an interesting evening in Girardville during my college days and shortly thereafter. Thank goodness the streets cannot talk!!!!!!!
I saw in the papers that you have two new funeral homes coming to town. Tommy Sullivan is moving into McDonald's. Tom is originally from Shenandoah — don't hold that against him!!! — but has lived in Frackville for more than 30 years. Charlie Heizenroth is from Ashland and has been a friend for decades!!! Both are great people and I believe they will be good to work with.
Well, again, please accept my appreciation and thanks for your help. Whenever I get back to see my brothers, I will get in touch and perhaps we can share a lunch or dinner together.
Warmest regards ---
Ted Lavelle


The Rob Krick Heart Fund committee is sponsoring a Chinese Auction this coming Sunday (06 October) in St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall. Door will open at 12:00 noon and the auction will begin at 02:00 pm. Admission is $3.00. There are great prizes including a Wii game system and a ton of coal! Homemade food and drinks will be available for purchase. There is still time to drop off a prize or a monetary contribution or baked goods or candy for the event. Donations can be dropped off at the Girardville Borough Hall during business hours or you can call Mary Beth Dougherty at 276-6361 to arrange for pick up.

Please don’t confuse the Chinese Auction referred to above with the St. Vincent dePaul Holy Rosary Society Chinese Auction scheduled for February.
In regard to that: There will be a lottery tree chanced off in February.
The HRS is asking all friends and parishioners of StVdP Parish to donate Pennsylvania Lottery tickets (the instant / rub-off kind) for the tree.
Please give your donated tickets to any officer of the HRS or you can drop them off at StVdP Rectory.

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05:00 to 06:00 pm

We are changing the venue this year for the annual blessing of the animals.
This year we will do the blessings in front of St. Joseph Church. To be more precise: In front of St. Joseph Chapel.
It will be quite informal. Blessing cats and dogs and other critters does not lend itself to formality.
(I might not even wear my biretta for this event!)
Please note: You do not need to be there precisely at 05:00 pm. Come anytime between 05:00 and 05:55 pm, although sooner is better than later. We will bless each animal individually.

Animals of all phyla, classes, orders, families, genera and species — and religious persuasions — are welcome!

stjos/stvdp: 09.29.2013 - 07


Some people say cats never have to be bathed. They say cats lick themselves clean. They say cats have a special enzyme of some sort in their saliva that works like New Improved Wisk — dislodging the dirt where it hides and whisking it away.
The time comes, however, when a man must face reality; when he must look squarely in the face of massive public sentiment to the contrary and announce: “This cat smells like a port-a-potty on a hot day in Juarez.”
When that day arrives at your house, I have some advice you might consider as you place your feline friend under your arm and head for the bathtub:
Know that, although the cat has the advantage of quickness and lack of concern for human life, you have the advantage of strength. Capitalize on that advantage by selecting the battlefield. Don’t try to bathe him in an open area where he can force you to chase him. Pick a very small bathroom. If you bathroom is more than four feet square, I recommend that you get into the tub with the cat and close the sliding-glass doors as if you were about to take a shower. (A simple shower curtain will not do. A berserk cat can shred a three-ply rubber curtain more quickly than a politician can shift positions.)
Know also that a cat has claws and will not hesitate to remove all the skin from your body. Your advantage here is that you are smart and know how to dress to protect yourself. I recommend canvas overalls tucked into high-top construction boots, a pair of steel-meshed gloves, an Army helmet, a hockey face-mask and a long-sleeved flak jacket.
Prepare everything in advance! There is no time to go out for a towel when you have a cat digging a hole in your flak jacket. Draw the water. Make sure the bottle of kitty shampoo is inside the glass enclosure. Make sure the towel can be reached, even if you are lying on your back in the water.
Use the element of surprise. Pick up the cat nonchalantly, as if simply to carry him to his supper dish. (Cats will not usually notice your strange attire. As a rule, they have little or no interest in fashion.)
Once you are inside the bathroom, speed is essential to survival. In a single liquid motion, shut the bathroom door, step into the tub enclosure, slide the glass door shut, dip the cat into the water and squirt him with shampoo. You have begun one of the wildest 45 seconds of your life! Cats have no handles. Add the fact that he now has soapy fur, and the problem is radically compounded. Do not expect to hold onto him for more than two or three seconds at a time. When you have him, however, you must remember to give him another squirt of shampoo and rub like crazy. He’ll then spring free and fall back into the water, thereby rinsing himself off. (The national record — for cats — is three latherings, so don’t expect too much.)
Next, the cat must be dried. Novice cat bathers always assume this part will be the most difficult, for humans are generally worn out at this point, and the cat is just getting really determined. In fact, the drying is simple, compared to what you have just been through. That’s because, by now, the cat is semi-permanently affixed to your right leg. You simply pop the drain plug with your foot, reach for your towel and wait. (Occasionally, however, the cat will end up clinging to the top of your Army helmet. If this happens, the best thing you can do is to shake him loose and to encourage him towards your leg.) After all, the water is drained from the tub by now, so it is a simple matter just to reach down and dry the cat.
In a few days, the cat will relax enough to be removed from your leg. He will usually have nothing to say for about three weeks and will spend a lot of time sitting with his back to you. He might even become psychoceramic and develop the fixed stare of a plaster figurine.
You will be tempted to assume that he is angry. This isn’t usually the case. As a rule, he is simply plotting ways to get through your defenses and injure you for life the next time you decide to give him a bath. But, at least, now he smells a lot better.

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