Saturday, 02 November
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN MUREDDA
by his son, Joe

Sunday, 03 November
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Richard Examitas

Monday, 04 November
St. Charles Borromeo, bishop (OblMem)
by John Burns

Saturday, 09 November
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s blessings: JOHN and CATHERINE HALLIGAN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Deceased: BIRSTER FAMILY
by Jean Birster Weist

Sunday, 10 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JANE LAWLOR
rescheduled from 30 Oct


Saturday, 02 November
Vigil of Sunday
by Al and Josette Machese

Sunday, 03 November
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
(2nd anniversary)
by her daughters and their families

Tuesday, 05 November
by his wife, Alice

Saturday, 09 November
Vigil of Sunday
by his wife, Muriel, and his son, William

Sunday, 10 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 11.03.2013 - 01

26 / 27 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $931.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $44.00 from the plate; $110.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $130.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $121.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,376.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,376.00) 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 $257.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $859.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $80.00 from the plate; $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $70.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $97.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,136.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $10.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,136.00) 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 $331.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Friday, 08 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


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

As you probably already know, all of the priests of the Diocese are required to attend the annual PRIESTS CONVOCATION in Hershey PA, which runs from Tuesday afternoon (05 Nov) to Friday afternoon (08 Nov).
I hope we all come back holier and smarter.
You will notice that, not just in Girardville but throughout the Diocese, the schedule of weekday Masses and other devotions and confessions is being curtailed this week.
So, that’s why you see some “holes” in the Mass schedule (page 01) and in the Confession and the Exposition schedules (above) in this weekend’s bulletin.

Although two rights don’t make a wrong, nevertheless, three rights will make a left.

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KAMDYN PATRICK WEIDENSAUL , age three (he’ll be four in December), is the newest member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish. He was baptized on Monday, 21 October.
If you look closely at his hair and forehead, you can see that the Holy Chrism is still glistening!
The Chrism signifies his admission into the royal priesthood of Jesus Christ. Prior to his Baptism, when Kamdyn attended Mass, he was not able to offer Jesus Christ to God the Father. He was able only to be an onlooker, a more or less pious spectator.
But Baptism makes him a member of the priestly people of God, able to offer sacrifice to God the Father!
The candle Kamdyn is holding in his hand was lit from the Paschal candle. The latter signifies CHRIST THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. The former signifies that Kamdyn himself is now, in union with Jesus Christ, a light of the world.
The white garment on the lad is meant to signify that he is now filled with sanctifying grace. He is filled with the purity and holiness of God. He shares in the Divine Nature. Gone is the original sin, the mark of Satan that mars the soul of every human being from the time of conception. (Except, of course, for the Blessed Virgin Mary!)
Kamdyn was perfectly well-behaved during his Baptism. Even as he felt the three pitchers of cold water running down from head to toe, he never uttered a complaint!
May God bless this boy and keep him free from all harm!
May he always know the love that God has for him and may the Holy Mother keep him always in her loving care.
Most of all, may Kamdyn Patrick persevere in grace. May his faith deepen and be manifested in obedience and good deeds, so that he may someday be a citizen of Heaven.
No one can be saved except in and through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Only Mediator between God and the human race.
We come to Jesus by faith and baptism. Baptism is necessary for salvation, in fact or, at least, in intention. Anyone who knowingly and willfully refuses to enter into Jesus Christ through faith and baptism and who persists in this refusal until death cannot be saved.

stjos/stvdp: 11.03.2013 - 03


1 Corinthians 3, 10-15
According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, the work of each will come to light, for the Day will disclose it. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If the work stands that someone built upon the foundation, that person will receive a wage. But if someone’s work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire.

Matthew 5, 48
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Revelation 21, 27
…but nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who does abominable things or tells lies. Only those will enter whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Hebrews 12, 14
Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Matthew 12, 32
And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

2 Corinthians 5, 8-10
Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord. Therefore, we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.

1 Peter 3, 19-20
In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, who had once been disobedient while God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water.

Luke 12, 58-59
If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.

2 Maccabees 12, 43-46
He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection in mind; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be absolved from their sin.

stjos/stvdp: 11.03.2013 - 04


#01 — Purgatory is not necessary. You’re either saved or not saved!
#02 — St. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5, 8 that to be away from the body is to be at home with the Lord. Christians go straight to the Lord after death. There is no purgatory!
#03 — You Catholics are saying that you get a “second chance” to get saved, after you die. But there is no “second chance”. When you leave this life, there is no more chance to decide for or against Christ!
#04 — The word “purgatory” is not in the Bible!

Actually, there are a lot of things we Catholics say! Because of space limitations, here are just a few:

In regard to #01: Purgatory is exclusively for the saved! It’s a place or state where those who died in God’s friendship are made perfect, so they can enter heaven. Lots and lots of people who are saved die in a state of imperfection. That seems to be self-evident. How many perfect Christians do you know?
Look at: Revelations 21, 27; Matthew 12, 32; 1 Peter 3, 19-20; 1 Corinthians 3, 15; Luke 12, 59; 2 Maccabees 12, 43-46; Hebrews 12, 14.
In regard to #02: You should read that verse again! It doesn’t say exactly what you are making it out to say. St. Paul says that he would “rather” leave the body and go home to the Lord. So, would I! So would you! But that doesn’t mean that either of us is necessarily going to go immediately home to the Lord when we leave the body. Maybe we will. Maybe we won’t. No doubt some Christians do go home immediately to the Lord when they die. That’s certainly preferable and we should aspire to that. Probably most need to go somewhere to clean up their act a bit before entering into the presence of the Lord.
Look at: 2 Corinthians 5, 8; Matthew 12, 32; 1 Peter 3, 19-20; 1 Corinthians 3, 15; Luke 12, 59; 2 Maccabees 12, 43-46; Hebrews 12, 14.
In regard to #03: Purgatory is exclusively for the saved. No one who is unsaved goes to Purgatory. If you die “saved and perfected”, you go right to Heaven. If you die “saved but not yet perfected”, you go first to Purgatory and then you go to Heaven. If you die “unsaved”, well, I guess you know where you go! It ain’t Heaven and it ain’t Purgatory. It’s some other place. I’ll give you a hint. Four letters and the first letter is “H”.
Look at: Revelations 21, 27; Matthew 5, 48; 2 Maccabees 12, 43-46; Hebrews 12, 14.
In regard to #04: There are a whole lot of words that are not in the Bible! For example: The word “Trinity” is not in the Bible. Does that mean you don’t believe that God is a Trinity of three Persons? The word “Rapture” is not in the Bible. But I’ve heard many Protestant preachers talk about “the Rapture”. The word “Kangaroo” is not in the Bible. But I could swear I saw a kangaroo or two in the zoo. Granted, the word “purgatory” is not in the Bible. But the concept certainly is.

stjos/stvdp: 11.03.2013 - 05

IF YOU HAVE ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00) to spare, may I respectfully suggest that you use it to buy a ticket for the Nativity BVM High School Raffle?
As you can see, the first prize is TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($20,000).
That would not be hard to take, would it?
Of course, chances are that you won’t win but, nevertheless, your money will be going towards a good cause.
Let us do our part to keep Catholic secondary education strong and vital in Schuylkill County!
The Knights of Columbus, Schuylkill Council 431, Pottsville, in conjunction with other councils in Schuylkill County, will again be providing free, delivered-to-the-door meals to all those in need, living in Schuylkill County. To be placed on the list, please call one of the following numbers with your name, address, phone number and number of meals needed. If no answer, leave a message and someone will call back to confirm the information. The numbers to call are 570-691-1429 or 570-773-0627 or 570-628-3333. Meals will be delivered on Thanksgiving Day between the hours of 10:00 am and 01:00 pm. Parties must be at home, as meals will not be left on the doorstep and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to get back to you. All orders for meals must be received no later than 05:00 pm, Thursday, 21 November. Anyone interested in volunteering his or her assistance may do so by calling 570-628-3333. If no answer, leave a message
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Tickets can be purchased by calling the office at 570-462-3927. The cost is twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per ticket.
Pre-sale tickets are eligible for a special drawing. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Bingo starts at 02:00 pm.

stjos/stvdp: 11.03.2013 - 06

As they were waiting for the bus, a woman told her six-year-old son that, just in case the bus driver asked him how old he was, he was to say that he was five years old, because kids ride free up to age five.
As they got on the bus, the mother paid the fare for herself but not for the boy.
Sure enough, the driver said to the boy, “And how old are you, young fellow?”
“I’m five years old”, said the boy.
“Okay!” said the driver. “And when will you be six years old?”
“As soon as I get off the bus”, said the boy.

$113.50 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$118.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program:
$1,889.00 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
$2,075.50 for St. Joseph Parish


Next weekend, we shall start selling the 2014 missals. We are asking for $3.00 per missal.
The current missals are good up to and including 24 November.
As usual, we will distribute “free missals” in the pews.
However, many persons like to have their own take-home-and-keep copies.
Ian just told me I should not have typed “free missals”.
Apparently, he thinks that some people will misunderstand this and take the missals home with them without paying.
I have more faith than that!
You do understand that “free missals” does not mean you can take them home, don’t you?


The St. Vincent dePaul Parish Holy Rosary Society
is selling chances on the Lottery Tree.
Tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00.
The drawing will take place on 01 December, after the 08:30 am Mass.
The profits will help with the February Chinese Auction.
During the month of November, after each Mass at StVdP, a lady will be in the back of the church to sell the tickets.
Please support this project.
It ties in with our parish’s major fundraising effort for the year.
Our Holy Rosary Society does a great deal of good for our parish!

stjos/stvdp: 11.03.2013 - 07


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.

CONFIRMANDI (children preparing for Confirmation) will NOT meet with Fr. Connolly this coming Wednesday (06 November).
The next meeting will be at 07:00 pm on Wednesday, 13 November, in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.

We are in need of donations of food (non-perishable) in order to re-stock it.
Please remember the poor!
Please bring your donations of food to church.
Leave them in the back of the church.
Or else bring them to StVdP Rectory.

Dear Brothers and Sisters: You might be surprised to know that there are people in Girardville (and vicinity) who really and truly don’t have enough food, let alone enough fuel for the cold winter months ahead.
Some of the poor are children.
We don’t want any child to shiver in his or her own bedroom because of the cold.
We don’t want any child to be hungry.
Please think about putting a few coins or bills into the Poor Boxes in the churches.
Thank you!

(whose feastday is tomorrow: Monday, 04 November)
St. Charles was a pre-eminent teacher of the Faith.
I recommend this prayer in particular to all who teach CCD.

Almighty God, you have generously made known to human beings the mysteries of your life through Jesus Christ your Son in the Holy Spirit.
Enlighten my mind to know these mysteries which your Church treasures and
teaches. Move my heart to love them and my will to live in accord with them. Give me the ability to teach this Faith to others without pride, without ostentation, and without personal gain. Let me realize that I am simply your instrument for bringing others to the knowledge of the wonderful things you have done for all your creatures. Help me to be faithful to this task that you have entrusted to me.

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