MASS SCHEDULE: 06 - 13 October
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 05 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARY MUREDDA
by her son, Joseph

Sunday, 06 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — HOWARD and HELEN O’CONNELL
by the O’Connell family

Monday, 07 October
Our Lady of the Rosary (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on: Sister MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Wednesday, 09 October
St. Denis, bishop, and companions, martyrs;
St. John Leonardi, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — JAMES BURNS
by John Burns

Friday, 11 October
Bd. John XXIII, pope (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH CONNOR
by his daughter, Anne

Saturday, 12 October
Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. EDWARD C. BOLEZ
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH J. FOLEY Jr.
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Sunday, 13 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOHN and ROSE DANOWSKY
by the Rizzardi family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 06 - 13 October
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
(101st anniversary of birth)
by her daughters and their families

Tuesday, 08 October
Weekday
08:00 am — JEAN STATUTIS MAJIKAS
by Celeste DeLuca

Thursday, 10 October
Weekday
07:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Saturday, 12 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOHN JOYCE
by his wife, Jeanne

Sunday, 13 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
28 / 29 SEPTEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,083.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $42.00 from the plate; $66.00 from the Dues envelopes; $6.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $104.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,301.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,301.00) 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 $182.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $889.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $103.00 from the plate; $20.00 from the Dues envelopes; $58.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,070.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,070.00) 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 $265.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 09 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 10 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 11 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 09 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, 11 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy


Q — What do you call someone who sells mobile homes?
A — A wheel-estate agent.

Note: A tip of my biretta to Marcus Smith, age 8, who told me this joke. I thought it was pretty funny. My sense of humor never went much beyond 3rd grade.

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Pope Francis excommunicates dissident priest in Australia
Pope Francis has ordered the excommunication of a Catholic priest in Australia who illicitly said Mass, taught that women should be ordained priests and advocated for “gay marriage.”
An Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman said the Pope had ordered the excommunication of Father Greg Reynolds, who has also been dismissed from the clerical state, the Australian Associated Press reports.
Australian newspaper The Age reported that Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne said the excommunication was due to the priest’s public celebration of Mass without faculties to do so, and his preaching contrary to the teachings of the Church.
Excommunication is a canonical penalty intended to warn and correct those who commit grave offenses against the Church. Priests who are excommunicated may not receive or celebrate the sacraments.
Reynolds said he expected to be dismissed from the clerical state, but not excommunicated. He said he was told that Archbishop Hart did not apply for dismissal from the clerical state, but that someone else contacted the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Reynolds had resigned as a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Melbourne in 2011. He founded a group called “Inclusive Catholics” the following year, and has indicated he will continue his work with the group.
In August 2012, a visitor to the group’s woman-led religious service reportedly fed “consecrated bread” to his dog. Media reports at the time were unclear whether the bread was in fact the Holy Eucharist, as the priest’s involvement in the service was minimal. However, the reports led Archbishop Hart to say such a sacrilege of the Blessed Sacrament would be an “abomination.”
The Catholic Church requires priests to have faculties, or the approval of Church authorities, to licitly celebrate Mass. Catholic teaching is that women cannot be ordained priests for ecclesial reasons, because Christ did not grant the Church authority to do so.
Several individuals who have participated in the simulated “ordination” of women have been excommunicated.
Comment on this news article: I include this article in the bulletin because the media coverage of Pope Francis could give us the impression that he is an “anything goes” kind of Pope. The media would like us to believe that Pope Francis is all about letting things slide and not at all about such things as doctrine or — perish the thought — excommunication of dissidents!
Granted that Pope Francis has a unique “style” and we’re still getting used to it, let there be no doubt that, when it comes to doctrine, he is a no-nonsense Pope. The priest in Australia found this out to his surprise! Apparently, he did not expect that Francis would excommunicate him. But he should have expected it! The principal duty of the Pope is to safeguard the authentic doctrine of the Church and to see to it that they are not trifled with.
One cannot possibly be a Catholic and believe in the possibility of the ordination of women to the priesthood. One cannot possibly be a Catholic and believe that two persons of the same sex can make a marriage contract. I hope this priest comes to his senses and returns to the Catholic Church, which is the Ark of Salvation.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCURATE PUNCTUATION AND, IN PARTICULAR, COMMAS
Some people think that commas are unimportant and can be dispensed with.
Not so!
Commas can prevent grievous and even tragic misunderstandings.
For example, consider these two sentences:

LET’S EAT, BOYS AND GIRLS!
LET’S EAT BOYS AND GIRLS!

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WE SHARE THE MAIL

Background: The envelope was postmarked “Harrisburg”. There was no return address. Although the writer was man enough not to send it anonymously, I cannot make out his signature. So, unless someone can decipher it for me, it is as good as anonymous to me. He is probably an elderly gentleman (perhaps even older than the pastor!) and has strong feelings about St. Joseph Parish. That’s to his credit. He doesn’t use the customary courtesy titles like “Father” or “Bishop”, so I am guessing that he is a non-practicing Catholic and has some anger issues. God help us! I must admit that I am not myself unacquainted with the emotion of anger but I do try to modify it a bit for the sake of my salvation and for the sake of charity towards my fellow human beings. All of us are pulling a heavy load, some heavier than others. And — believe it or not — although a sinner, the pastor is not a wicked man and, although not the brightest bulb in God’s chandelier, neither is he a remarkably stupid man. That, at least, is my opinion — an opinion apparently not shared by everyone.
                                             

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Dear Sir:
I’m sorry that I cannot make out your signature. If I could, I would address you by name. Be that as it may, thank you for writing to me.
I have great respect for our ancestors in the Faith, those hard-working people of Girardville who paid to build St. Joseph School / aka Immaculate Heart of Mary School way back in 1921. Please don’t think that I do not. May God’s eternal light shine upon them!

A personal note: The dear parish school that my older siblings and I attended from first to eighth grade (Most Precious Blood School, Philadelphia) no longer exists — a victim of (a) changing demographics, (b) birth control and (c) a general coldness towards the Faith. The school of the parish that my younger siblings attended from first to eighth grade (St. William School, Philadelphia) is now closed — a victim of the same. I would say that these same three factors have prevailed in Girardville.
If I could arrange to have this venerable building jacked up and moved to a town that would fill it with young faces, eager to learn, I would do so. Alas! This is not possible or, even if remotely possible, not feasible.
Be certain that the decision to demolish the building was subject to multiple reviews. It was not a decision made lightly. We simply cannot afford to maintain a building that sits there empty, the maintenance of which adds to the humongous burden of our parish debt.
I devoutly hope that I shall not be run out of town. For one thing, it’s illegal to run anyone out of town and, for another thing, if they did run me out of town, I’d wait for the opportunity to run back into town when they weren’t looking. (I should say “walk”. My running days are over.) I love Girardville and, if I could call my own shots, would gladly live here the rest of my days and then go to Heaven. I hope you go to Heaven too. You’ll arrive there more assuredly if you modify your anger, in addition to going to Mass every Sunday.
I admit to smiling inside when you suggest that I, the lowly pastor of the parish, have the power to “allow Allentown” to do anything. “Allentown” — by which, of course, we mean “the Diocese of Allentown and her Bishop” — tells me what to do, not the reverse. That’s for sure! That’s very much for sure!
One more thing, if I may: You suggest that the parishioners “hit Barres in the coffers — (zero) money for their annual appeal”.
Not good! Not good at all! I respectfully say to you that what you suggest is an offense against Christ Jesus, the Lord and High Priest of the Church, and against the poor. You would do well to tell Jesus that you’re sorry.
With kindest good wishes,
Father Edward B. Connolly

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LOST AND FOUND
A red rosary in a red pouch was found in St. Vincent dePaul Church after the 04:00 pm Mass on Saturday, 21 September. It’s a very nice rosary — not cheap! We hope the person who left it there will claim it. Inquire at the Rectory.

BOYER’S KEY TAG PROGRAM
(This is not to be confused with the Gift Card Profit. These are two separate programs.)
Every six months, Boyer’s sends us a check equivalent to 1% of the purchases of those who use the key card. We started this program in early May. So, for the two months of May and June, we have received the following:

$63.45 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$61.42 for St. Joseph Parish

This program (unlike Redner’s program) does not require that you turn in your register receipts.
We hope to receive two heftier checks in January, for the July to December period.
PLEASE ALWAYS USE YOUR KEY CARD WHEN SHOPPING AT BOYER’S!

REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM
We received a check recently for $66.86 for St. Joseph Parish for receipts submitted. This is for the period of May to July inclusive. The check for St. Vincent dePaul Parish has not yet arrived.

PLEASE USE YOUR “GAS CARD” AT REDNER’S AND GIVE US YOUR REGISTER TAPES
FREE STUFF
Do you use a printer with your computer? Does it take cartridges #92 (black) and / or #93 (color)? If so, we have a few cartridges to give away. Inquire at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. Also: Please give us your empty ink cartridges. We can make a dollar or two on them!
THE CHINESE AUCTION to help the Robert Krick family with their very considerable medical expenses will be held this afternoon — Sunday, 06 October — in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall. Doors open at 12:00 noon and the auction starts at 02:00 pm.

 GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
$185.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$148.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program:
$1,775.50 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
$1,957.00 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!

 AOH DANCE
St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall
Saturday, 12 October
06:00 pm to 01:00 am.
Check with an AOH member for tickets.

YOU GET NO CIGAR FOR FAITH ALONE. FAITH REQUIRES WORKS OF FAITH

That’s the current “message” on our signboard (outside the IHM School building). Do you understand it? If not, let me explain very briefly: Some Christians think that “all you gotta do” to get to Heaven is “believe in Jesus”. The Catholic Church says, “Yes, indeed! Believing in Jesus is essential, but BELIEVING implies DOING. Doing what? Well, for starters, it implies obeying the commandments, repenting and confessing when you don’t obey them, and worshipping God faithfully on the Lord’s Day by going to Mass. It also includes loving one another and forgiving one another.

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ANDREW PAUL KAPLAFKA,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Saturday, 05 October 2013.
Born on 04 November 1916, he was 96 years old.
Andrew is the third of the seven children of the late Andrew and Mary (Shagen) Kaplafka.
He was baptized in St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shenandoah.
His six brothers and sisters are deceased: Anna Kaplafka Bias; Helen Kaplafka Zangara; George Kaplafka; John Kaplafka; Mary Kaplafka (died in infancy); Joseph P. Kaplafka.
Andrew married Marie Coyle in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, on 30 November 1938, in the presence of Father D. C. Gatens.
At the time that Marie died — 30 May 2007 — they had been married for 68 years!
Andrew and Marie have four children: Janice Kaplafka Anthony; Andrea Kaplafka Eye; Ronald Kaplafka; Judith Kaplafka.
They have six grandchildren: Mark Anthony; John T. Anthony; Timothy M. Eye; Tiffany M. Eye Himic; Linda Kaplafka Richards; Crystal Kaplafka Denofa.
They have nine great-grandchildren: Niklas Anthony; Diana Anthony; Mia Anthony; Gianna Anthony; Sarah Eye (died in infancy); Michael Kaplafka; Alyeah Denofa; Gianna Denofa; Logan Himic.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 10 October, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing in the church on Wednesday, 09 October, from 06:00 to 08:00 pm and again on Thursday morning for about one hour prior to the Mass.
The interment will take place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Andrew, 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.

 FOOD FOR THE POOR!
We need to have our pantry replenished!
Please donate non-perishable food items for our parish food pantry.
You can leave it in the back of the church or, better yet, bring it to StVdP Rectory.
And don’t forget the Poor Box(es). The money you deposit there is used for the poor.

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THE MAN in this photograph is ancient.
He was in the beginning.
He is the Word of God, and has always been at the side of God.
In fact — although, when you hear this for the first time, it seems confusing — he is God.
All things were made through him.
Without him was made nothing that has ever been made.
In this man is Life.
And that Life is the Light of the world.
He is the true Light who, upon coming into the world, enlightened every man.
He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
But here is the strange thing: When he came into the world, the world did not receive him.
When he came to his own flesh and blood, his own flesh and blood did not accept him.

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THEN THOSE ON HIS RIGHT SIDE WILL SAY:

“LORD, WHEN DID WE SEE YOU HUNGRY AND FEED YOU?
WHEN DID WE SEE YOU THIRSTY AND GIVE YOU DRINK?
WHEN DID WE SEE YOU NAKED AND CLOTHE YOU?
WHEN DID WE SEE YOU HOMELESS AND SHELTER YOU?
WHEN DID WE SEE YOU SICK OR IN PRISON AND MINISTER TO YOU?”
AND THE KING WILL SAY TO THOSE ON HIS RIGHT SIDE:
“AMEN, AMEN, I SAY TO YOU, WHENEVER YOU DID IT FOR ONE OF THE LEAST OF MY BRETHREN, YOU DID IT FOR ME.”

AND THESE SHALL GO INTO EVERLASTING GLORY.

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