MASS SCHEDULE: 13 - 20 October
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 12 October
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

Monday, 14 October
St. Callistus I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — FRANKLIN M. TENENHOLZ
by Christopher J. Chapman

Wednesday, 16 October
St. Hedwig, religious;
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — CLARE MORICES
by her grandson, Joe Muredda

Friday, 18 October
St. Luke, evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — Deceased: TROUTMAN FAMILY
by Vincent and Joan Gormas

Saturday, 19 October
SS. John deBrebeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests, and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings: JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — God’s blessings and safety:
Rev. CHRISTOPHER S. BUTERA
by Mom and Dad and family

Sunday, 20 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPH RIZZARDI Sr.
by the Rizzardi family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 13 - 20 October
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 15 October
St. Teresa of Jesus, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — DONALD J. ZUTLAS
by his wife, Claire

Thursday, 17 October
St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
07:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Saturday, 19 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — THOMAS and THOMASINE BISCOE
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 20 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — PETER F. SHERMAN
by Charles and Kathleen

stjos/stvdp: 10.13.2013 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
05 / 06 OCTOBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $847.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $77.00 from the plate; $275.00 from the Dues envelopes; $21.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $71.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,291.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,291.00) 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 $172.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $706.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $32.00 from the plate; $190.00 from the Dues envelopes; $55.00 from the loose.
Total: $983.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($983.00) 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 $178.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 16 October
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 17 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 18 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 16 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, 18 October
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy

GRANDMOM FELL DOWN AND BROKE HER LEFT SHOULDER BONE.
THE DOCTOR WHO EXAMINED HER IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM STARTED TO LAUGH.
APPARENTLY HE THOUGHT IT WAS HUMERUS.

stjos/stvdp: 10.13.2013 - 02


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN

She writes in her diary
Dear Diary:
My husband was acting weird all last night. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long while he was out golfing, and I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a little bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much. I asked him what was wrong. He said, “Nothing”. I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said that he wasn't upset and there was nothing wrong and, even if there was, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it. On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly and kept driving. I can't explain his behavior. I don't know why he didn't say, “I love you, too.” When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent. Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About fifteen minutes later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep. I cried. I don't know what to do. I'm sure that his thoughts are with some other woman. My life is a disaster.
He says to his buddy
I blew a two-foot putt yesterday! Can you believe it? What kind of an idiot misses a two-foot putt?

GOVERNOR EDMUND G. BROWN (“Jerry Brown”) of California has signed a couple of bills lately that are worth noting:
AB 154: It is now legal in California for certain non-physicians to perform abortions. Three categories of medical personnel, other than licensed physicians may now legally perform abortions: nurse practitioners; nurse midwives; physician’s assistants. As he signed the bill, he said that this new legislation “will support the health and well-being of the women of California”.
My comment: It sure won’t support the health and well-being of those children of California who are being aborted.

SB 274: It is now legal in California for a child (person) to have three or more parents, each of whom is as much the “legal parent” as any one of the others. The bill was prompted in large part by a decision by a California court that arose when a lesbian couple, one of whom had been artificially impregnated and, consequently, gave birth, broke up with her partner temporarily. The biological father then claimed custody of the child. The lesbian couple reconciled and then found themselves in a dispute with the biological father as to custody. The judge ruled that all three had equal custody. This new law now extends that ruling.
My comment: One advantage of having three parents is that you get six grandparents instead of only four. That’s nice. More places to visit to get away from Mom and Mom and Dad.

stjos/stvdp: 10.13.2013 - 03



ANGELO JOSEPH CHILLEMI
and
ALEXANDER MATTHEW CHILLEMI,

identical twin boys, will be baptized today (Sunday) in St. Joseph Church.
With great joy, we welcome them into membership in the BODY OF CHRIST, which is the Community of Salvation, the Ark of Refuge, the Holy Catholic Church, the Pillar and Foundation of the Truth.
Prior to the actual baptisms, the priest and those assembled will mark the foreheads of the boys with the sign of the Cross, putting them under the protection of Christ. The priest will pray an exorcism over the boys, asking God to deliver them from Satan and all his deceits. He will anoint them on their chests and on their backs with Oleum Catechumenorum (Oil of the Catechumens) and will beg God to strengthen them in the vicissitudes of life.
He will ask the parents and godparents, on behalf of the boys, to renounce Satan and to affirm their Faith in God the Three Persons and in the principal truths of the Catholic Faith.
Then will come the actual baptisms, administered by the three-fold immersion and the invocation of the sacred Names — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Then will come the anointing on the heads with Sanctum Chrisma (Holy Chrism) and the declaration that the boys are now part of the royal priesthood of Jesus Christ.
Then the clothing with white garments, to manifest their baptismal purity, the state of sanctifying grace and their destiny as resurrected sons of God.
Then, the touching of the boys’ ears and lips and the word “Ephphetha” (Be thou opened), to signify that they must be listeners to God’s Word and proclaimers of the Faith.
Then the candles, lighted from the Paschal candle, to signify that, just as Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, so they too are to be sharers in the Light and bearers of the Light to others.
Today these boys will be freed from the Original Sin inherited through the generations from Adam and Eve.
May Jesus, Who is the New Adam, and Mary, Who is the New Eve, look kindly on Alexander Matthew and Angelo Joseph. May they keep these boys close to their Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.
Whatever the future holds for these boys, may they persevere in the Faith and, in God’s good time, enter into Eternal Life.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO DONATE PENNSYLVANIA INSTANT LOTTERY TICKETS for the lottery-tree drawing that will be held next month.
This is a Holy Rosary Society fundraiser in preparation for the February Chinese Auction.
You can drop the tickets into the basket or drop the off at the Rectory.

stjos/stvdp: 10.13.2013 - 04



81 REASONS WHY YOUR THREE-YEAR-OLD MIGHT BE
F R E A K I N G O U T!
1. His eggs are falling off his fork.
2. He wanted his eggs prepared differently.
3. He tastes pepper.
4. He doesn’t want fruit.
5. His sleeves are wrinkly when you pull them up.
6. His sleeves are too long when you don’t pull them up.
7. His pants got a few drops of water on them.
8. The house is “shaking.”
9. You cut up his pancakes.
10. You didn’t cut up his pancakes.
11. He thought you were getting him water.
12. You cleaned up the toys he’s not using.
13. His bed is too squishy.
14. You covered him up when you thought he was cold.
15. You put the wrong shirt on him.
16. You put the right shirt on him but he wanted to do it himself.
17. A vegetable touched his plate.
18. You put kale in his “hamburger spot.”
19. His fingernails are “smoky.”
20. It’s time to go to church.
21. You want him to wear pants.
22. The light is off in the bathroom.
23. His cheese fell on him.
24. His cheese slice is too small.
25. His cheese is the wrong kind.
26. He wants to sit in a different chair.
27. He has to buckle his seatbelt.
28. You poured him the wrong beverage.
29. You asked him about something he said.
30. You misinterpreted something he made up.
31. His cape isn’t tied.
32. He can’t transform the robot.
33. He hates the day.
34. He hates everything.
35. You told him to stop freaking out.
36. His sock is on wrong.
37. His lip tastes salty.
38. His shirt has a tag on it.
39. The car seat is weird.
40. He’s hungry, but he can’t remember the word “hungry.”
 41. Someone touched his knee.
42. He’s not allowed in the oven.
43. You picked out the wrong pants.
44. His brother looked at him.
45. His brother didn’t look at him.
46. His hair is heavy.
47. You don’t understand what he said.
48. He doesn’t want to get out of the car.
49. He wants to get out of the car by himself.
50. The iPad has a password.
51. His sleeve is touching his thumb.
52. He doesn’t understand how popsicles are made.
53. The inside of his nose stinks.
54. Chicken is gross.
55. A balloon he got six months ago is missing.
56. A puzzle piece won’t fit in upside down.
57. You gave him the wrong blue crayon.
58. The gummi vitamin is too firm.
59. Netflix is slow.
60. He jumped off the sofa and you weren’t watching.
61. He’s not allowed to touch fire.
62. Everything is wrong with his coat.
63. There’s a dog within a 70-mile radius.
64. A shoe should fit either foot.
65. You asked him a question.
66. His brother is talking.
67. He can’t lift a pumpkin.
68. He can’t have your keys.
69. The cat is in his way.
70. The cat won’t let him touch its eyeball.
71. The inside of his cheek feels rough.
72. Things take too long to cook.
73. He has too much food in his mouth.
74. He sneezed.
75. He doesn’t know how to type.
76. The DustBuster is going to eat him.
77. His mom is taking a shower.
78. Someone knocked over his tower.
79. He got powdered sugar on his pants.
80. The yogurt won’t stay on his spoon.
81. EVERYTHING IS TOO HOT.

stjos/stvdp: 10.13.2013 - 05


THIS WEEKEND IN HISTORY

12 OCTOBER IN HISTORY
521 years ago today — 12 October 1492
— Christopher Columbus and members of his crew set foot on an island in the Bahamas. He named the island “San Salvador” (Holy Savior). If you look for this island on a modern-day map, you might find it named “Watling Island”.
There is a theory promoted by the National Geographic Society that the island of the Bahamas on which Columbus landed is the island now known as “Samana Cay”.
Regardless of which island it was, the essential historical fact is uncontested: Columbus stepped ashore onto one of the islands of the Bahamas on 12 October 1492.
Is it true that “Columbus discovered America”?
I always thought it was true and I still think it is true.
It is generally well accepted that Leif Ericson and company set sail for what we today call Greenland and Iceland in the eleventh century — four centuries before Columbus sailed. It is also generally well accepted that Leif and lads got as far as Nova Scotia and even down to Cape Cod. In respect to that, I say: “Good for Leif Ericson and his lads!” But Leif and his lads did not establish any settlements that endured, nor did knowledge of their discovery find its way into the mainstream of the consciousness of the Italians and of other Europeans. And, of course, as everyone knows: If the Italians don’t know it, it’s not worth knowing!
So, bottom line:
COLUMBUS DID DISCOVER AMERICA!
Columbus was an Italian (more precisely, a Genoese) and he sailed under the protection of Their Most Catholic Majesties, Ferdinand and Isabella, the King and the Queen of Spain. There were three ships that sailed. As every school child knows — or, at least, used to know — the names of the ships were Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria. Note that these three names mean: Girl, Paints, Holy Mary. In 1531, outside Mexico City, there were apparitions of Holy Mary dressed as an Aztec Girl. She imprints (Paints) an image of herself on his tilma. We call that image “Our Lady of Guadalupe”. Coincidence? Maybe. Then again, maybe not.
You know, of course, that Christopher Columbus was a Catholic. Not only was he a Catholic, he was a very devout Catholic. We Catholics are very humble and don’t like to mention that certain famous and wonderful persons in history were Catholic, but I thought I’d make an exception in this case.
Oh, yes! While we’re on this “Catholic kick”, did you know that Leif Ericson was also a Catholic?
He was! Usually when we think of Scandinavians, we think of Vikings and irreligious, mean, tough guys and Hagar the Horrible and people like that and we don’t think of them as Catholics. But many of them were! (I’m not sure about Hagar the Horrible. He might be a Lutheran.) Leif Ericson was converted to the Faith by Saint Olaf, King of Norway, somewhere around the year 1000. When he sailed, he took monks with him, principally so that, if they encountered any heathen, the monks could instruct them in the Catholic Faith, baptize them and set up some sort of Catholic community for follow-up. Apparently, the follow-up part didn’t work out too well.
13 OCTOBER IN HISTORY
96 years ago today — 13 October 1917
— there occurred in Fatima, Portugal, what has come to be known as “The Miracle of the Sun”. It was witnessed by anywhere from 70,000 to 100,000 persons. They had gathered there because of reports that three children of Fatima — Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta — were going to be visited by the Blessed Mother of God. All of a sudden, strange things were seen in the sky. The sun seemed to be whirling around, as if it were “dancing”.
Prior to the miracle, it had been raining and the crowd was soaked (which is what usually happens to people when they stand in the rain!) When the miracle occurred, it seemed to the crowd as though the sun was dancing in the sky and was going to plummet to Earth. After about ten minutes, everything was back to normal. The Church has confirmed that this event was, indeed, miraculous and is worthy of belief. It has been interpreted as a sign of divine judgment.

stjos/stvdp: 10.13.2013 - 06


                        
These are the persons from our parishes who attended the Youth Day at Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville on Sunday, 06 October, from 04:00 to 07:00 pm. It was an event for children grades six to eight.
Front row, left to right: Isayyah Pennington, Logan O’Neill, Joshua Donmoyer, Lydia Paulukonis, Angel Farrone.
Back row, left to right: Michael Cole, Holden Meyers, Unidentified Old Priest (who asked if he could be included in the picture, so we let him because we didn’t want to hurt his feelings), Edward Wascavage (CCD principal).
Also in attendance but not in the photo: Michael Ayello.
The event included: Handshakes with and a welcome speech from Bishop Barres; prayers; activities; food; more activities; a Holy Half Hour. One of the kids pictured above (I won’t say who) told me that he liked the food part best.

SAINT CLARE OF ASSISI PARISH (Mill and Hancock Streets, St. Clair) would like us to know that they will be holding a CHINESE AUCTION on Sunday, 03 November. They promise: TONS OF BASKETS! WONDERFUL PRIZES! DELICIOUS FOOD! FUN FOR ALL AGES! (Wow! Sounds good to me!)
There will be a Shop and Drop on Saturday, 26 October, from 03:00 to 06:00 pm and again on Sunday, 27 October, from after the 08:30 am Mass until Noon and again on Saturday, 02 November, from 03:00 to 06:00 pm.
On Sunday, 03 November, the doors will open at 10:00 am and the auction will begin at 02:00 pm. Food and baked goods will be available on Sunday.

Verbum sat sapienti
The most important thing in life is to keep the most important thing in life the most important thing in life.

stjos/stvdp: 10.13.2013 - 07



 Some goldie-oldie wisdom
for your refrigerator!

Watch your
thoughts!

They become your words.
Watch your
words!

They become your actions.
Watch your
actions!

They become your habits.
Watch your
habits!

They become your character.
Watch your
character!

It becomes your Destiny.

stjos/stvdp: 10.13.2013 - 08


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