MASS SCHEDULE: 27 OCTOBER - 03 NOVEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 26 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — TOMEE LEIGH GOWER
(26th anniversary of birth)
by her family

Sunday, 27 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — God’s blessings and health: HENRY WAYNE
by a friend
11:30 am — God’s blessings on STEPHEN and JOANI GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Monday, 28 October
SS. Simon and Jude, apostles (Fst)
08:00 am — FRANK POLAMBY
by OPM

Wednesday, 30 October
Weekday
08:00 am — JANE LAWLOR
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Thursday, 31 October
Vigil of All Saints
04:00 pm — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his mother, Ida Mae Canavan

Friday, 01 November
All Saints Day
12:00 noon — ANDREW P. KAPLAFKA
by Philip and Helen DeLuca
Vigil of All Souls
07:00 pm — JOSEPH M. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 02 November
All Souls Day
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar MEMORIAL SOCIETY
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN MUREDDA
by his son, Joe

Sunday, 03 November
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ANDREW P. KAPLAFKA
by Richard Examitas

 MASS SCHEDULE: 27 OCTOBER - 03 NOVEMBER
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 26 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ELINORE BUDNAVAGE
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 27 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOSEPH MISUNAS
by James and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 29 October
Weekday
08:00 am — GINA MARTZ
by the Blum family

Thursday, 31 October
Vigil of All Saints
07:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Paul and Sandy Kowalick

Friday, 01 November
All Saints Day
04:00 pm — God’s blessings and health:
ANNE CONNOLLY ZIELINSKI
by Virginia Coreia Chillis

Saturday, 02 November
All Souls Day
12:00 noon — PAULINE FRITZ CONNOLLY
(106th anniversary of birth)
by her son, Edward
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JEAN STATUTIS MAJIKAS
by Al and Josette Machese

Sunday, 03 November
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
(2nd anniversary)
by her daughters and their families

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
19 / 20 OCTOBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,411.50 from the Sunday envelopes; $66.00 from the plate; $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $67.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $195.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $53.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,827.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $259.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,827.50) 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 $708.87 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $892.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $70.00 from the plate; $20.00 from the Dues envelopes; $115.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $108.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $82.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,287.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $174.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,287.00) 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 $482.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 31 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 01 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 30 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, 01 November
PLEASE NOTE THAT, BECAUSE OF THE ALL SAINTS DAY / ALL SOULS DAY MASS SCHEDULES, THERE WILL NOT BE THE USUAL FRIDAY NIGHT EXPOSITION AND ADORATION
THERE WILL BE, INSTEAD, A MASS IN THE CHAPEL AT 07:00 PM.


GRAVITY: It’s not just a good idea. It’s the Law!

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TWO RULES FOR MARRIED MEN

who want to be happy. (And who among us does not want to be happy??) These rules are easy to memorize. We respectfully suggest that you take the time to memorize them in order to insure domestic tranquility.

#01 — Happy wife, happy life.
#02 — If I find myself about to argue with my wife, I shall ask myself this question:
Do I want to be right or do I want to be happy?

AND WHILE WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT OF “Rules for Married Men”, we remind you of “the five sentences”.
Every married man should memorize these five sentences. Each sentence has three words. That’s a total of only fifteen words. Easy to memorize! Once having committed them to memory, he should speak these sentences frequently at appropriate times:

#01 — I love you!
#02 — Can I help?
#03 — You look beautiful!
#04 — Let’s go out!
#05 — It’s my fault!
THE FLOWERS IN THE SANCTUARY at St. Joseph Chapel have been placed there by the family of Tomee Leigh Gower, in loving memory of her and on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of her birth.
LOTTERY TREE
The St. Vincent dePaul Holy Rosary Society will be selling chances on a lottery tree, starting next weekend and throughout the month of November. WE ARE STILL SOLICITING DONATIONS OF LOTTERY TICKETS to hang on the tree. Please put these tickets into the basket or else drop them off at the Rectory. Thank you!
I HAVE NEVER PURCHASED A BOTTLE OF WATER IN MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE. I sometimes wonder why people do. I see cases and cases of bottled water stacked up in supermarkets and I say to myself, “Why do people spend good money to buy water?” If I want a glass of water, I take a glass out of the kitchen cabinet, turn on the spigot and out comes water! If I happen to live in an area where I think the water has an unpleasant taste, I put a filter on the spigot or else I buy one of those filter-pitchers.
For example, twelve bottles (one liter each) of EVIAN bottled water costs $27.99! Do the math! Divide $28.00 by twelve. That’s $2.33 for slightly more than one quart of water.
Has anyone noticed that EVIAN spelled backwards is NAÏVE?
A DUCK WALKED INTO A GENERAL STORE, waddled up to the counter and asked: “Got any peanuts?” “No,” said the clerk. The following day the duck was back again, “Got any peanuts?” “No,” said the clerk firmly. The next day the duck came in again, “Got any peanuts?” “No,” yelled the clerk. “I’ve told you we don’t have any peanuts. If you come back in here again and ask for peanuts, I’ll nail your webbed feet to the floor.” The next day the duck came in again, “Got any nails?” “No,” said the clerk. “Good. Got any peanuts?”

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The following appeared in the Dear Abby syndicated feature on 19 October 2013:

DEAR ABBY:
I recently told my mother that I am transgender, male to female. She is supportive and urged me to come out to my father. Abby, he doesn't believe me!
I knew I was a girl at the age of 4, but kept it to myself until I was 16. How can I get my father to believe me? And how do I get my friends to understand when I come out to them?
NEEDS HELP IN MISSOURI

DEAR NEEDS HELP:
It may take time for your father to accept that you are transgender, or even to learn what that really means. Please remember that you do not have to "sell" this idea to your friends. As time passes, they will understand as you start living as a female and begin taking hormones.
An organization called PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is a source of reliable information and support for you, your friends and family members who are interested in learning about these issues. You can find it online at pflag.org.
ABBY

My comment:
I am almost weary of commenting on such matters. But I remember that the Scriptures remind us “not to grow weary” and to persist in proclaiming the truth against a world that has perverted the truth about the fundamental realities of life.
So, without going into a big song and dance about the subject of homosexuality and same-sex marriage and “transgenderitis”, let me say simply make these points:

• Every human person is EITHER a male OR a female.
• The MALENESS or the FEMALENESS of a human person is a foundational aspect of his or her very being. We are male or female, not simply in our bodies, but also in our souls.
• If you are a MALE, your soul is MASCULINE.
• If you are a FEMALE, your soul is FEMININE.
• These qualities — masculinity and femininity — are permanent and absolutely inalterable. They are “of the essence” of a person.
• A person is either MALE or FEMALE from the very first moment of his or her conception.
• A person never “becomes” MALE or FEMALE.
• A man simply IS a man. There is nothing he can do to change that fact.
• A woman simply IS a woman. There is nothing she can do to change that fact.
• When a person dies and enters into eternity, his soul remains what it has always been, i.e. either masculine or feminine and will never be other than what it is. If you are a man, you will be a man for all eternity. If you are a woman, you will be a woman for all eternity.
• Gender is never something that a person chooses. It is chosen for us. It cannot be “exchanged for the other gender”. The very thought is absurd.

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• A man can no more morph into a woman (or vice versa) than he can morph into a frog.
• The very concept “transgender” is foolishness. It is absurd. It is unreality. Unfortunately, most people believe whatever the media tell them. The bigger the lie, the easier it is to sell!
• A person can know whether his or her soul is masculine or feminine by means of this simple test, which can be done at home and without any expense. Discreetly check out what your body looks like. If your body has male parts, you are a man. If it has female parts, you are a woman. (If you require details, send me a SASE.) In other words, the body is the sacrament of the soul. The visible reveals the invisible! Voila!
• If you are a boy and your consuming passions are playing football and riding dirt bikes and rolling in the mud and climbing trees and hang-gliding from cliffs and swimming with sharks, good for you! You are a boy who will probably die young but have a lot of fun prior to that. If you are a boy and your consuming passions are playing the violin and cooking and crocheting and interior decoration and reading poetry, good for you! You are a boy who will probably live a long time. One kind of boy is not better than the other kind of boy. We need both kinds of boys. We need hairy Esaus and soft-skinned Jacobs.
• If you are a girl and your consuming passions are playing football and riding dirt bikes and rolling in the mud and climbing trees and hang-gliding from cliffs and swimming with sharks, good for you! You are a girl who will probably die young but have a lot of fun prior to that. If you are a girl and your consuming passions are playing the violin and cooking and crocheting and interior decoration and reading poetry, good for you! You are a girl who will probably live a long time. One kind of girl is not necessarily better than the other kind of girl. We need both kinds of girls. We need gentle Melanies and crafty Scarletts.
• What we have to be careful of is “stereotyping” boys and girls and defining them by their personalities. A boy is not less a boy because he is gentle, nor is a girl less a girl because she is tough.

So, what would I say to “Needs Help in Missouri”? I would say something like this:

Dear Needs Help:
First things f irst. YOU ARE A BOY! Soon, very soon — perhaps you already are — you will be a man. Don’t think of yourself as a girl! Girls are great, girls are wonderful, girls are neat! But you are not one of them! You need to enjoy being a male, because you are destined always and for all eternity to be a male. Masculinity has many facets. Learn how to be a man without being untrue to yourself. Do not, for God’s sake, succumb to any invitations or temptations to “be with another man” as a man might “be with a woman”. And do no harm to your body. Let your body be what God designed it to be. Do you have a reliable spiritual director? Probably not. Go find one. Make sure he or she is a reliable person. God bless you and keep you in His love.
EBC

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MESSAGE FROM WADE RICHARDS for the bi-weekly customers of the K of C lottery tickets: The tickets that are stamped “OCT 28 2013” are NOT for that date. They were stamped incorrectly. They are for the OCT 26 2013 drawing and will be honored only for 26 October 2013. Sorry for the error!
REGIONAL CHOIR FOR CONFIRMATION
There is practice every Tuesday at 06:30 pm at SAINT ANN CHURCH, FRACKVILLE for the Regional Choir for Confirmation. Everyone and anyone who can carry a tune and who belongs to any one of the eight parishes in Ashland, Frackville, Girardville or Gordon is invited and encouraged to join this choir.
PRAYERS FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
Prayer for Our Relatives In Purgatory

Good Jesus, whose loving Heart was ever troubled by the sorrows of others, look with pity on the souls of our dear ones in purgatory. O you, who "loved your own," hear our cry for mercy, and grant those whom you called from our homes and hearts, may soon enjoy everlasting rest in the home of your love in heaven. Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Prayer for Deceased Parents
O God, who commanded us to honor our father and our mother, in Your mercy have pity on the souls of my parents and forgive them their sins. May I see them again in the joy of everlasting brightness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for A Deceased Spouse
O heavenly Father, I am now in the shadow of great loneliness. My helpmate has been taken from me. Yet I submit in holy faith to Your divine will. I know that You love my spouse who, I pray, is now in heaven rejoicing with You. Grant me the strength I need to bear my present burdens, and help me to look for opportunities to seek out those less fortunate then myself. Keep me from feeling sorry for myself in my present condition, and keep my heart enflamed with love for You and for my neighbor, so that I can help to carry on Your work of love in this world. May I one day be reunited with my beloved spouse in heaven, where we both can worship You for all eternity. Amen.
Prayer for One Overtaken by Sudden Death
Almighty and merciful God, in whose hand is the lot of man, absolve the soul of Thy servant (mention name), we beseech Thee, from all sins; that although surprised by sudden death he may not lose the benefit of the repentance which he desired. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 10.27.2013 - 06


 The American Medical Association has weighed in on Obamacare.
There was a variety of reactions:

Allergists were in favor of scratching it.
Dermatologists said it was a rash scheme.
Gastroenterologists had a gut feeling it wouldn’t work out.
Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.
Obstetricians felt that the supporters of the plan were laboring under a misconception.
Ophthalmologists considered the whole thing shortsighted.
Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!"
Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!"
Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was crazy.
Radiologists said they could see right through it.
Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.
Internists claimed it would be a bitter pill to swallow.
Plastic Surgeons opined that this bill would "put a whole new face on health care".
Podiatrists thought it was a step forward.
Urologists said the bill had too many leaks in it.
Anesthesiologists said the bill was so complicated that trying to read it put them to sleep.
Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say “No” to it.
Proctologists said they thought it would all work out in the end.
ALL OF THE PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE will be attending the annual PRIESTS CONVOCATION in Hershey PA from Tuesday, 05 November to Friday, 08 November.
In the past, the annual PRIESTS CONVOCATION was arranged in such a way that half of the priests attended the first session and half attended the second session.
This year, all will be attending at one time.
So, there will be some considerable alterations in parish Mass schedules throughout the diocese, between 05 and 08 November.
PLEASE NOTE
Starting next weekend — 02 / 03 November — all of the Masses at Saint Joseph’s — funerals and weddings excepted — will be in the chapel.
As you know, we try to save heating oil by minimizing use of the upper church during the cold weather.
We shall make an exception for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
When we see the geese migrating back north from Mexico, we shall take that as a sign that we can safely migrate back up to our beautiful upper church.

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ALL SAINTS DAY
Holy Day of Obligation
Friday, 01 November

Mass Schedule

Thursday, 31 October
Vigil
of All Saints Day
04:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 01 November
All
Saints Day
12:00 noon — St. Joseph Chapel
04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

 

ALL SOULS DAY
Saturday
, 02 November

Although not a Holyday of Obligation, All Souls Day is a day of special prayer for the faithful departed. It is highly recommended that we participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on All Souls Day. We will have three All Souls Day Masses: one on the vigil and two on the day itself. Please note that the two Masses (04:00 pm and 05:30 pm) on Saturday will not be All Souls Day Masses. They will be (as usual) Masses for the Vigil of Sunday. Please note also that, for pastoral reasons, there will not be a homily at any one of the three All Souls Day Masses.

Friday, 01 November
Vigil
of All Souls Day

07:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel

Saturday, 02 November
All
Souls Day

08:00 am — St. Joseph Chapel
12:00 noon — St. Vincent dePaul Church

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