Saturday, 16 November
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

Monday, 18 November
Dedication of Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul;
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — MARY ROWLAND
(anniversary of birth)
by Eileen Rowland

Wednesday, 20 November
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health:
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Friday, 22 November
St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings:
by her sister, Carolyn

Saturday, 23 November
St. Clement I, pope, martyr; St. Columban, abbot;
Bd. Miguel Agustin Pro, priest, martyr (OptMems)
by her husband, Dennis
Vigil of Solemnity of Christ the King
05:30 pm — Deceased Members:
by the members

Sunday, 24 November
Solemnity of Christ the King
by OPM
by EBC


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

Tuesday, 19 November
08:00 am — God’s blessings:
by David and Susan Thye

Thursday, 21 November
Presentation of the BVM (OblMem)
by his family

Saturday, 23 November
Vigil of Solemnity of Christ the King
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage

Sunday, 24 November
Solemnity of Christ the King
08:30 am — Rev. FREDERICK M. SKOTEK
by Lou DeMarkis

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09 / 10 NOVEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $779.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $32.00 from the plate; $81.00 from the Dues envelopes; $231.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $3.00 from the All Saints Day envelopes; $11.00 from the All Souls Day envelopes; $30.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $24.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,191.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,191.00) 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 $72.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $795.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $51.00 from the plate; $30.00 from the Dues envelopes; $219.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $65.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,160.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,160.00) 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 $355.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 20 November
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 21 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 22 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 20 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, 22 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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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.
ROSARY (and other prayers) at SAINT JOSEPH CEMETERY on Monday, 18 November, at 07:00 pm. If you have any loved ones buried in our parish cemetery — or even if you don’t — we encourage you to come and pray for them and for all the faithful departed. Those who pray for the souls in Purgatory are likely to be prayed for by the souls in Purgatory. The Church Militant (that’s us) and the Church Suffering (those in Purgatory) and the Church Triumphant (those in Heaven) are all ONE CHURCH. We’re all in this together! Let us manifest this oneness!
Santa Claus is scheduled to pay a visit to the Father Sheridan Room (next to St. Joseph Chapel) on Sunday, 08 December, at 02:00 pm. The Knights of Columbus have invited him and he has agreed to work it into his schedule. BUT YOU NEED TO SIGN UP! So, ask your Mom or Dad to sign you up. There are sign-up sheets in the back of St. VdP Church and in the Sheridan Room.
CHANCES ON THE LOTTERY TREE continue to be sold by the women of the Holy Rosary Society in the back of StVdP Church after the weekend Masses. Two dollars per ticket or three for five dollars. One never knows what will find when one scrapes one of those instant-lottery tickets! So, take a chance! In fact, take a bunch of chances! Proceeds benefit the Chinese Auction to be held in February. The tree will be chanced off on Sunday, 01 December.
TYPHOON HAIYAN has devastated the Island of Leyte in the Philippines. The toll on human life and property has been enormous. We must do something to alleviate the suffering, but what — practically speaking — can we do?
Answer: We can donate money to Catholic Relief Services in order to help.
WE ASK EVERYONE IN THE PARISHES TO PUT A CHECK (made out to either of the parishes, with “typhoon” on the memo line) or else place cash in an envelope. Write TYPHOON on the envelope. Drop it into the basket or drop it off at the Rectory. You have my solemn word that whatever you give will be sent to Catholic Relief Services for relief of the victims of the terrible storm.
WE WERE INFORMED JUST A FEW DAYS AGO that demolition on the old St. Joseph / Immaculate Heart of Mary School building will begin tomorrow — Monday, 18 November. This is a project that evokes considerable sadness, especially among those who spent precious months and years of their childhood in that venerable building. But all that can be said has been said. It is necessary and inevitable that the building be taken down. But it does not mark The End of the World. Everything is in flux. Nothing stays the same. This is how it has always been and it is how it will always be.

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           Born:                                    29 May 1917
                  Elected President:                 08 November 1960
              Inaugurated President:          20 January 1961
                  Died:                                   22 November 1963
35th President of the United States of America
First — and, so far, only — Catholic to be elected to the Office of President

Personal note: I was a 25-year-old seminarian sitting in a classroom on Friday, 22 November 1963, when someone came to the door with an urgent message from the Rector:

The President of the United States has just been shot in Dallas. Classes are suspended. Everyone is to go immediately to the chapel to pray for him.

At that exact moment, it was not clear whether the President was dead or alive. While we were still praying in the chapel, the buzz started: The President is dead.
We were all deeply affected. I remember that I wept. I sure wasn’t the only one!
It has always been my ardent hope that John F. Kennedy died in the state of sanctifying grace and that he is currently either in Heaven or else in Purgatory, on the way to Heaven. Even JFK’s most ardent admirers admit that he “left a lot to be desired” in the way of marital fidelity. But the following are incontrovertible facts: (a) He went to Mass on Sundays, except when impeded by some serious reason. (b) He was devoted to the Blessed Mother. While visiting Mexico City on 30 June 1962, JFK made it a point to arrange a private visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but he insisted on no publicity and no photographers. (c) While eating breakfast in Fort Worth TX on 22 Nov 63, prior to flying to Dallas, a waiter handed JFK a note from a priest, Msgr. Vincent Wolf, that read as follows: "We, the school children, the nuns and priests of Holy Family Church in Fort Worth, are happy to offer one thousand Masses for the spiritual and temporal welfare of you and your family, and to show our love and devotion to the President of the United States." JFK showed the note to Jackie and the two of them acknowledged the note with a smile and a nod to the priest. (d) Two priests, Fr. Oscar Huber and Fr. Thomas Kane, gave JFK absolution and anointing (conditionally) in the emergency room in Dallas. On the rather safe presumption that JFK was in a state of at least imperfect contrition for his sins and that he implicitly desired the sacraments, he would have been restored to sanctifying grace, if he was not already in the state of sanctifying grace at the time he lost consciousness. And, of course, he may very well have been already in the state of sanctifying grace at the time he lost consciousness. Apparently, Padre Pio thought so, and that’s good enough for me! As we approach the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death, we entrust him to the loving mercy of Jesus and to the maternal Heart of Mary.
May John F. Kennedy rest in peace!

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• My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
• Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
• Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the   blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
• Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
• Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
• We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back    from whence we came.
• Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any      hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
• Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
• As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by   them.
• Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
• Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and      creative intellectual activity.
• When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other      represents opportunity.
• Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
• The best road to progress is freedom's road.
• A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of   its people.
• A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
• If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
• Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
• Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
• Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
• The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.
• Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
• Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution   of others.
• Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
• Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our    children's future. And we are all mortal.

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a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Monday, 11 November 2013.
Born on 02 April 1925, he was 88 years of age.
Peter is one of six children born to the late Metro and Parasea (Dugla) Smolock.
He was baptized at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Centralia PA.
His brothers and sisters are: Anne Smolock (deceased); George Smolock (deceased); Michael Smolock (deceased); Harry Smolock; John Smolock (deceased).
On 15 July 1961, also at Assumption BVM Church, Centralia, Peter married a young widow, Violet (Stancavage) Pelchar, in the presence of Father John Chervinsky.
Peter and Violet are the parents of John P. Smolock.
They are the grandparents of Jessica A. Smolock and Jacklyn M. Smolock.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Friday, 15 November. There was a viewing in the church from 09:00 to 11:00 am.
The interment took place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery.
Eternal rest grant unto Peter, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Editorial note: I asked John to provide me with a photo of his Dad for the bulletin. He gave me the photo of Peter in his Army Air Corps uniform, taken when he was about 20 years old. Then he had second thoughts and gave me a much more recent photo. Exercising “editorial privilege”, I have used both photos. The two give us a broader chronological perspective as to “what Peter Smolock looked like”. And, if I’m looking for another reason, I can always say that, since Peter died on Veterans Day, it would be appropriate to honor his service during the Second World War by using his military photo.

THE SANCTUARY CANDLE burns this week in St. Vincent dePaul Church in loving memory of Blase J. Draugelis, at the request of his family.
REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN PURCHASE A SUNDAY MISSAL FOR 2014 for only $3.00 in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church or in the Sheridan Room after Mass this weekend and next. The current missals are good for only one more Sunday (24 Nov). You can also purchase them at the Rectory during the week.

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WHILE AT A CONFERENCE IN HARRISBURG this past Saturday (09 Nov), I ran into Sister Mary Elizabeth, IHM. We greeted one another and chatted for a few minutes. She asked me to give her kindest regards to “all the people in Girardville”. I told her I would do better than that. I asked her to write out “a few words” for me to put into the bulletin. So, she did, and here is what she wrote:

Dear Parishioners:
I taught in Girardville a long time ago — in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
I still think of Girardville with wonderful affection. It is a special place.
You are in my prayers. Please keep me in your prayers.
I will never forget you.
I also served in Ashland, which I also loved.
God bless you.
Please keep in touch with me. I would love to hear from you.
You knew me as Sister M. Margaret Joann, IHM.
Now I am known by my Baptism name: Sister Mary Elizabeth, IHM.
My address is: Sacred Heart Convent, 565 W. Walnut Street, Lancaster PA 17603

An 80-year-old woman was about to get married for the fourth time.
Her husband-to-be was a funeral director.
Someone asked her why she was getting married again at the age of 80.
She said, “When I was 20, I got married to a bank president. When I was 40, I got married to a circus ringmaster. When I was 60, I got married to a preacher. Now that I’m 80, I’m getting married to a funeral director. You see, honey, it’s like this: One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to go!”


The Good Time Club has this year’s Christmas balls for sale. Call Edna at 570-276-6430 or Jeanette at 570-276-6356 to purchase this year’s ball, or contact any member of the Good Time Club. This year, the ball is of the old St. Joseph Elementary and High School / Immaculate Heart Elementary School.


Saturday, 07 December and Sunday, 08 December
01:00 to 05:00 pm
Participants can decorate their trees between 02 and 06 December.
To reserve a tree, call 570-276-6430 or 570-276-6422.
Special decorating times can be arranged by calling either of these numbers.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase both days.
This event is not exclusively for residents of Girardville.
Everyone is welcome to participate.

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The following is an excerpt from a statement issued UNANIMOUSLY by the Catholic Bishops of the United States on 13 November 2013.

Yet with its coercive HHS mandate, the government is refusing to uphold its obligation to respect the rights of religious believers. Beginning in March 2012, in United for Religious Freedom, we identified three basic problems with the HHS mandate:

1. It establishes a false architecture of religious liberty that excludes our ministries and so reduces freedom of religion to freedom of worship;
2. It compels our ministries to participate in providing employees with abortifacient drugs and devices, sterilization, and contraception, which violates our deeply-held beliefs;
3. It compels our faithful people in business to act against our teachings, failing to provide them any exemption at all.

Despite our repeated efforts to work and dialogue toward a solution, those problems remain. Not only does the mandate undermine our ministries’ ability to witness to our faith, which is their core mission, but the penalties it imposes also lay a great burden on those ministries, threatening their very ability to survive and to serve the many who rely on their care.
The current impasse is all the more frustrating because the Catholic Church has long been a leading provider of, and advocate for, accessible, life-affirming health care. We would have preferred to spend these recent past years working toward this shared goal instead of resisting this intrusion into our religious liberty. We have been forced to devote time and resources to a conflict we did not start nor seek.
As the government’s implementation of the mandate against us approaches, we bishops stand united in our resolve to resist this heavy burden and protect our religious freedom.

Personal comment
This no-nonsense statement by the Bishops of the United States puts me in mind of some of the urgent language of the Declaration of Independence, wherein the Founding Fathers enunciated their grievances against the British Crown, except that, this time, Kathleen Sebelius takes the role of George III. To paraphrase: The history of the present Secretary of Health and Human Services is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the Church. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world, etc.

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