Saturday, 09 November
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

Monday, 11 November
St. Martin of Tours, bishop (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health:
by a friend

Wednesday, 13 November
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin (OblMem)
08:00 am — FRANK F. SMITH
by the Smith family

Friday, 15 November
St. Albert the Great, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
by a friend

Saturday, 16 November
St. Margaret of Scotland, queen;
St. Gertrude, virgin (OptMems)
by Rose
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JEAN FARRELL
by her brother, Joe Muredda

Sunday, 17 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by George Jr., Bob and Ida Mae


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

Tuesday, 12 November
St. Josaphat, bishop, martkyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health:
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Thursday, 14 November
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 16 November
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his wife, Carole

Sunday, 17 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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02 / 03 NOVEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,255.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $52.00 from the plate; $309.00 from the Dues envelopes; $27.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $266.00 from the All Saints Day envelopes; $240.00 from the All Souls Day envelopes; $58.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,207.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,207.00) 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 $1,088.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $720.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $59.00 from the plate; $184.00 from the Dues envelopes; $348.00 from the All Saints Day envelopes; $226.00 from the All Souls Day envelopes; $69.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,606.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,606.00) 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 $801.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 13 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 14 November
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 15 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 13 November
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, 15 November
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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 I wanted to say something in the bulletin about same-sex marriage, but I thought I’d let the photos say it.
Something about a picture being worth a thousand words.

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The following is a compilation of “tweets” from Pope Francis. Here is what I suggest you do: Find a quiet corner and take some time to read them. Almost certainly, some of them will jump out at you and, perhaps, prompt you to meditation and prayer! You might also want to write a few of them on a piece of paper or an index card and post them on your refrigerator.

• The fight against evil is long and difficult. It is essential to pray constantly and to be patient.
• Christians know how to face difficulties, trials and defeat with serenity and hope in the Lord.
• If money and material things become the center of our lives, they seize us and make us slaves
• We are all sinners. But God heals us with an abundance of grace, mercy and tenderness.
• Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference. May we strive instead to live global solidarity.
• The “throw-away” culture produces many bitter fruits, from wasting food to isolating many elderly people.
• Being a Christian means renouncing ourselves, taking up the cross and carrying it with Jesus. There is no other way.
• The crucifix does not signify defeat or failure. It reveals to us the Love that overcomes evil and sin.
• If we are to know the Lord, we must go to him. Listen to him in silence before the tabernacle and approach him in the Sacraments.
• To follow Jesus means putting him first, and stripping ourselves of all the things that oppress our hearts.
• We cannot give up in the face of evil. God is Love and he has defeated evil through Christ’s death and resurrection.
• Our prayer cannot be reduced to an hour on Sundays. It is important to have a daily relationship with the Lord.
• Dear young people, do not be afraid of making decisive choices in life. Have faith; the Lord will not abandon you!
• Lord, have mercy! Too often we are blinded by our comfortable lives, and refuse to see those dying at our doorstep.
• When we encounter the Cross, we turn to Mary: Give us the strength, Mary our Mother, to accept and embrace the Cross!
• The mystery of the Cross, a mystery of love, can only be understood in prayer. Pray and weep, kneeling before the Cross.
• The secret of Christian living is love. Only love fills the empty spaces caused by evil.
• Mercy is the true power that can save humanity and the world from sin and evil.
• Dear young people, you have many plans and dreams for the future. But, is Christ at the center of each of your plans and dreams?
• Do we truly pray? Without an abiding relationship with God, it is difficult to live an authentic and consistent Christian life.
• Where we find hate and darkness, may we bring love and hope, in order to give a more human face to society.
• Every marriage has difficult moments. But these experiences of the Cross can make the path of love even stronger.
• We do not become Christians by ourselves. Faith is above all a gift from God which is given to us in and through the Church.
• God’s forgiveness is stronger than any sin.
• Let us ask the Lord to give us the gentleness to look upon the poor with understanding and love, devoid of human calculation and fear.
• The Church has no other meaning and finality than to witness to Jesus. May we not forget this.
• True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.
• Christ is always faithful. Let us pray to be always faithful to him.
• We are all sinners, but we experience the joy of God’s forgiveness and we walk forward trusting in his mercy.
• There are many people in need in today’s world. Am I self-absorbed in my own concerns or am I aware of those who need help?
• Seeking happiness in material things is a sure way of being unhappy.
• Sometimes it is possible to live without knowing our neighbors: this is not Christian.

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• Jesus is the sun and Mary is the dawn announcing his rising.
• To follow Jesus means to share his merciful love for every human being.
• The only war that we must all fight is the one against evil.
• I thank everyone who participated in the prayer vigil and the fast for peace.
• Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!
• I ask each party to follow decisively and courageously the path of encounter and negotiation.
• We ought never to lose hope. God overwhelms us with his grace, if we keep asking.
• Pray for Peace!
• All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace.
• Dear young people, pray with me for peace in the world.
• Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity.
• There is no such thing as low-cost Christianity. Following Jesus means swimming against the tide, renouncing evil and selfishness
• With all my strength, I ask each party in the conflict not to close themselves in solely on their own interests. Let the cry for peace ring out in all the world!
• With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons.
• We want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out!
• By his coming among us, Jesus transforms our lives. In him, we see that God is love, he is fidelity he is life who gives himself.
• How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake.
• We want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace.
• War never again! Never again war!
• Let us pray for peace: peace in the world and in each of our hearts.
• Let us ask Mary to help us fix our eyes intently on Jesus, to follow him always, even when this is demanding.
• Faith is not something decorative or for show. To have faith means to put Christ truly at the center of our lives.
• The love of God is not something vague or generic; the love of God has a name and a face: Jesus Christ.
• Let us allow Jesus into our lives, and leave behind our selfishness, indifference and closed attitudes to others.
• Jesus is the gate opening up to salvation, a gate open to everyone.
• Don’t be afraid to ask God for forgiveness. He never tires of forgiving us. God is pure mercy.
• Lord, teach us to step outside ourselves. Teach us to go out into the streets and manifest your love.
• An excellent program for our lives: the Beatitudes and Matthew Chapter 25.
• We cannot be Christians part-time. If Christ is at the center of our lives, he is present in all that we do.
• We cannot sleep peacefully while babies are dying of hunger and the elderly are without medical assistance.
• Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, and guide us on the way that leads to Heaven.
• To be children of God, and brothers and sisters to one another: this is the heart of the Christian experience.
• One cannot separate Christ and the Church. The grace of Baptism gives us the joy of following Christ in and with the Church.
• We are all jars of clay, fragile and poor, yet we carry within us an immense treasure.
• With his coming among us, Jesus came close to us and encountered us; also today, through the Sacraments, he encounters us.
• The light of faith illumines all our relationships and helps us to live them in union with the love of Christ, to live them like Christ.
• The security of faith does not make us motionless or close us off, but sends us forth to bear witness and to dialogue with all people.
• Dear young friends, it is worth wagering one’s life on Christ and on the Gospel, risking everything for great ideals!
• We need to model our lives on the life of Jesus, so as to share his sentiments and his thoughts.
• Dear young people, be true "athletes of Christ"! Play on his team!
• We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities, when so many people are waiting for the Gospel!
• Dear young friends, learn to pray every day: this is the way to know Jesus and invite him into your lives.

stjos/stvdp: 11.10.2013 - 05

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.


On Tuesday, 12 November, at 07:00 pm, we will pray the Rosary (and other prayers) for all of our loved ones whose bodies lie in St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery.
On Tuesday, 19 November, at 07:00 pm, we will do the same for all of our loved ones whose bodies lie in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fountain Springs.


We encourage parishioners to come out for one or both of these prayer services — especially if you have family members whose bodies rest in these sacred grounds.

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If you would like to have your own copy of the Sunday missal — the kind that we make available in the pews — you can purchase one in the back of the church / chapel after Mass this weekend and, if there are any left, on the next two or three weekends.
You can also purchase one by going to the Rectory.
It’s a good idea to own your own missal.
Why is it a good idea to own one’s own missal?
I’m glad you asked!
So that you can read the readings at home ahead of time and get a jump on the priest and the lector and be better prepared for Mass.
Also, so that, during the week, you can reflect on the readings you heard the previous weekend.
The 2014 missal goes into effect on the first Sunday of Advent, which, this year (2013), will fall on 01 December.

How much does the missal cost?
$3.00 ------- or you can have a dozen for $36.00.

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!

I AM GRATEFUL TO FATHER BRENNAN FOR TAKING the three parish Masses on Saturday, 09 November. I was asked to present a workshop for the annual Catechetical Conference of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Fr. Brennan kindly made it possible for me to do so.

CONFIRMANDI (Confirmation children) will meet with Fr. Connolly at 07:00 pm on Wednesday, 13 November, in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.

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November 10, 2013 Open House 1:00pm - 3:00pm

We are pleased to announce that the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, formerly the McDonald Funeral Home, is now OPEN in Girardville. Newly renovated for comfort and convenience for any family, the Sullivan Funeral Home offers families a quiet and homelike atmosphere to share with family and friends the memories of their loved ones.

For many years now, the Sullivan and the McDonald families have built a personal and professional relationship that ultimately resulted in the purchasing of the funeral home. The McDonald family has helped serve the families of Girardville and surrounding areas for over 100 years and has dedicated themselves in honoring loved ones in the most caring and professional way possible, while maintaining affordable prices. As we begin our business, we promise to continue with these same attributes and characteristics and will strive to earn your trust and confidence in order to bring comfort to your families. We pride ourselves on our caring and compassionate manner and uniquely tailoring funerals to your personal wants and needs.

This Sunday, November 10th, we will be having an Open House that will give everyone the opportunity to see the newly remodeled funeral home in a relaxed atmosphere and will give us the chance to address any questions or concerns you may have. The Open House — at 403 W. Main Street, Girardville — will be from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm.

If you are unable to make the open house, you can contact us with any questions at any time by calling Tom or Tim at (570) 276-6416 or (570) 874-0540.

We look forward to seeing you,

Tom and Tim Sullivan

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