MASS SCHEDULE: 27 July- 03 August

Saturday, 26 July
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — LUCAS J. OPUDA
by the Catizone family

Sunday, 27 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — HENRY WAYNE
by George Jambeter
11:30 am — Fr. THOMAS A. HORAN
by EBC

Monday, 28 July
by Clare Dando

Wednesday, 30 July
St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Friday, 01 August
St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JAMES CARNEY
by Eileen Croake Wayne and sons

Saturday, 02 August
St. Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop;
St. Peter Julian Eymard, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Deceased: CLARKE and SNYDER FAMILIES
by Thomas J. Clarke

Sunday, 03 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — EDWARD BRADSHAW Sr.
by his family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 27 July- 03 August

Saturday, 26 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 27 July
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — PETER SMOLOCK
by John Gregis

Tuesday, 29 July
St. Martha (OblMem)
by Al Petusky

Thursday, 31 July
St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest (OblMem)
by Donna O’Brien

Saturday, 02 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by his family

Sunday, 03 August
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOHN J. D’ALFONSO Jr.
(47th anniversary)
by his family

stjos/stvdp: 07.27.2014 - 01

19 / 20 JULY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,138.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $29.00 from the plate; $120.00 from the Dues envelopes; $105.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $46.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,438.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $72.00 from the Central and Eastern Europe envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,438.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($311.91), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $939.39, one sees that $498.61 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $709.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $94.00 from the plate; $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $103.00 from the loose.
Total: $966.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $102.00 from the Central and Eastern Europe envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($966.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($336.72), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $818.70, one sees that $147.30 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 29 July
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

Friday, 01 August
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 29 July
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, 01 August
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

stjos/stvdp: 07.27.2014 - 02

Chaplain Major USAF (Retired), died this past Sunday — 20 July 2014.
Born on 12 December 1956, he was 57 years old.
He was a priest both of the Diocese of Allentown and of the Archdiocese for the Military Services.
In 1984, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas J. Welsh. In 1987, he entered the United States Air Force as a chaplain. In addition to service “Stateside”, he served also in Germany, England, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Okinawa (Japan), and Afghanistan.
His service included Desert Storm and the war in Afghanistan.
By the time he retired from the USAF in 2007, he had been highly decorated. Upon retirement, he took up duties in Tampa (FL) as a Catholic Staff Chaplain and Chief of Medical Ethics.
Fr. Brennan pointed out to me — and I was able to confirm it from our parish records — that Fr. Czartorynski served in St. Joseph Parish during his deacon year (1983-84) under Father Gillespie.
While in that capacity, he baptized several children. We know that from his signature in the St. Joseph Parish baptism record. Those children would now be about 30 or 31 years of age.
Perhaps some of our parishioners remember “Deacon Dave”.
Eternal rest grant unto Father Czartorynski, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
COME JOIN US AT THE NATIONAL BLUE ARMY SHRINE, WASHINGTON, NJ on Wednesday, 13 August, to celebrate the 97th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. In 1917 Mary appeared to three shepherd children to request that they spread devotion to the rosary in order to end the war and bring peace. Father John Trigilio will be the main celebrant. Confessions start at 10:30 am. Rosary Procession begins at 12:00 noon, followed by guest speaker Father Ronan Murphy. Holy Mass is at 01:00 pm. The celebration ends with our traditional Fatima Farewell. Visit also our Holy House USA containing crushed stone from the Holy House at Loreto. For more info:
IN REGARD TO THE ABOVE: Fr. Connolly would like to attend this celebration at the Blue Army Shrine. If he were to go, he would like to have a few parishioners accompany him. If you are interested in going, let him know. Give him a call or else email him. We could consider it “a spiritual day of recollection”.
REMEMBER: St. Joseph Parish is chancing off $200.00 worth of Redner’s / Boyer’s gift cards on Labor Day. You can purchase tickets for the drawing: $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. On sale after the Masses in the back of the church or in the Sheridan Room.

Joe Biden’s teeth are really white!!
How white are they?
They’re so white, they voted for Romney!

stjos/stvdp: 07.27.2014 - 03

Perhaps you read the article by John Usalis in the 25 July edition of the Pottsville Republican — i.e. the article about Rabbi Nachman Nachmanson coming to Schuylkill County in order to establish what is known as a “Chabad-Lubavitch Center” in Pottsville.
It is not too often that I would choose to wax enthusiastic about the introduction of a non-Catholic / non-Christian religious organization into our community but, for this particular venture, I choose to put rivalry aside and maintain an optimistic and welcoming posture.
Judaism — especially the kind of Judaism that Rabbi Nachmanson represents — is not, as far as I know, hostile to Christianity. Rabbi Nachmanson’s brand of Judaism deserves respect. After all, as Jesus Himself said: “Salvation comes from the Jews!”
Rabbi Nachamanson is an Orthodox Jew. Not only Orthodox, but also Hasidic. I have a particular affection for that kind of Judaism that is both Orthodox and Hasidic.
I don’t think that the Rabbi has come to Schuylkill County with the hope that he will convert us Christians away from Jesus and back to Moses. I think, rather, that he has come in order to impress upon us Gentiles (and his fellow Jews) the ancient — pre-Mosaic and universal — covenant God made with Noah. Noah, the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth, is the father of the entire human race. The laws laid upon Noah are valid for all times and for all human beings, whether Jew, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or uncommitted. These laws form a necessary foundation for the covenants God made with the Jews through Moses and — at least for us Christians — with all human beings through Jesus.
Rabbi Nachmanson does not, of course, believe that Jesus replaces or fulfills Moses. So as not to be needlessly argumentative, we will give the Rabbi a pass on that point of doctrine in order to emphasize what we have in common. What we have in common, certainly, is “The Seven Laws of Noah” — aka “The Noahide Precepts”.
We would do well to acquaint (or re-acquaint) ourselves with these seven precepts. They are as follows:

Seven Precepts of the Sons of Noah
There is one and only one God, infinite and supreme. Acknowledge Him and Him alone.
Respect and foster human life. To destroy one human life is to destroy a whole world.
Respect the property of others. Be honest in your business dealings.
Be faithful in marriage. No incest. No adultery. No sodomy.
Respect the Creator. Never allow your frustration or anger cause you to curse Him
Eating meat is permitted, but do not be cruel to any animal.
Do not take the law into your own hands. Set up just laws and abide by them.

stjos/stvdp: 07.27.2014 - 04


The following comes from the 25 July 2014 edition of Dear Abby:
When my friend "Fran" and I get together with our kids, they often play games on her cellphone until the battery dies. If she tries to take the phone from her 6-year-old to make a call or recharge the phone, he starts yelling at her, pushes her, pulls her skirt and hits her. Her reaction is to hug him and start praying for the devil to get out of his body in Jesus' name as he continues to hit her.
While I respect Fran's religion, I'm appalled at his violent behavior, concerned that he will grow up thinking it's OK to hit people, and I think this should be handled differently. What do you think? Should I say something? And if so, what can I say so as not to hurt her feelings?

Surely by now Fran knows what will happen when she lets her son play with her cellphone. The boy may act this way because his mother never taught him how to deal with frustration in a healthy way.
Whether his outbursts are the result of poor parenting or an emotional disability, be less concerned about hurting Fran's feelings than about whether her son could seriously hurt her in another year or two. Tell her this and urge her to discuss the boy's behavior with his pediatrician -- before his problems get worse and he becomes unmanageable.

Let me save you the time and expense of a visit to your pediatrician. Frankly, when it comes to being “appalled”, I am more appalled at your way of dealing with your son’s egregious misbehavior than I am by the misbehavior itself!
The boy needs a strong, no-nonsense mother. He does not need an exorcist. For you to hug your son after he has defied and kicked you while you pray “in Jesus’ Name” for the Devil to get out of his body is ludicrous and kind of embarrassing to us who take religion seriously. Cool it, dear lady! You’re giving honest religion a bad name!
This six-year old boy is acting much more like a two-year old. When a child is two or three (max), we are not especially appalled when he acts selfishly and unreasonably. We figure it goes with the territory. If a toddler falls down on the floor and screams and hollers because he didn’t get his way, we pick him up and put him in his room until he gets it out of his system. If that same toddler hits and kicks because he doesn’t get his way, we give him a sharp little crack on his derriere and put him in a time-out corner. If we do this consistently — “consistently” being the operative word here — we can be quite certain that, by the time he is three or four, he will pretty much know the parameters and will be well on his way to being fit for civilized society.
Here is what you need to do: You need to sit down with the boy in a quiet moment and convey the following message to him, eyeball to eyeball and in your most authoritative tone of voice: “My dear lad, starting right now, I will not tolerate your disobedience. If I tell you to give me the cellphone — or if I tell you to do anything else you don’t feel like doing— you will do it immediately. You will not complain. You will not scream. You will not pull on my skirt. You will not push me. You will not hit me. If you do, I will paddle your backside, after which you will spend the rest of the day — and maybe all of the next day — in your room. I hope I have made myself perfectly clear. Do you have any questions about what I just said? No? Good! Well, I thank you for your kind attention.”
It is highly likely that, within a day or two — or even five minutes later — the boy will send up a trial balloon to see if you were serious or else just blowing smoke. As surely as God made little green apples, your boy will defy you. When he does, then you must — absolutely must — carry through on what you said. You must do so promptly and efficiently — without conversation or negotiation or pangs of conscience.
Common sense should guide the spanking. It should sting, of course, or else what’s the point? But it should be humane, not causing any trauma. The best instrument for spanking a boy his age is the palm of your hand. Five or six sharp and well-placed spanks on his lightly-clad posterior should be sufficient. And don’t apologize afterwards! And don’t invoke either Jesus or the Devil while you’re doing it. They have enough on their plate!
If your son is a quick learner, that will solve the problem. If he is a buckethead — and some six-year-old boys are bucketheads, sad to say — he will continue to send up trial balloons, figuring that the first one was a fluke. As many trial balloons as he sends up, you must follow through each time until you wear him out and he surrenders.
Take my word for it: Sooner or later, he will surrender. And then you and he will live happily ever after — more or less! And you will have done a good deed for God, for your son, for yourself and for the human race.

stjos/stvdp: 07.27.2014 - 05

for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$166.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit so far for 2014
$648.50 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$818.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$2,766.00 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$3,185.50 for St. Joseph Parish
I got this note from Ian
: Please put in the bulletin that the steeple bells have not been working for the past few weeks at St. Joseph. I don’t know what happened, but all the songs that were programmed were deleted. I’m not sure if some error happened because it’s getting old or it could have been hit by lightning. At some point I will attempt to program it. But it may be a challenge.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law SB 1306. This bill (now a law to become effective 01 Jan 2015) not only legalizes same-sex marriage in California (so what else is new?) but it also removes from the official legal vocabulary of the State of California the words “husband” and “wife” and replaces them with “spouse”. This means, of course, that even in the case of genuine, honest-to-goodness marriage, i.e. a marriage between a man and a woman, the man is not identified as “a husband” nor is the woman identified as “a wife”. Each is purely and simply “a spouse”. Notice how the homosexual movement has taken over the English language!
Here is the new and improved (?) official definition of marriage in the State of California:
Marriage is a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between two persons, to which the consent of the parties capable of making that contract is necessary.
I contrast this with the definition of marriage imparted to my classmates and me way back in the 1950s by Father Walter J. Handren, SJ:
Marriage is a contract whereby one man and one woman mutually exchange with one another in terms of the present tense the exclusive and permanent right to perform with one another those actions that in and of themselves are appropriate for the procreation of the human race.
If I have to choose between Governor Brown and Father Handren for my definition of marriage, guess which one I shall choose!
WE SIGNED A CONTRACT on behalf of St. Vincent dePaul Parish with BACKFLOW PREVENTION SERVICES LLC OF KULPMONT PA for the following work: “Installation of a ¾ ” backflow prevention device in accordance with American Society of Sanitary Engineers standards. A.S.S.E. completion of all paperwork with AQUA of PA.” This will set us back $625.00. Such is life! It is a job we are obliged to have done. So they tell me. What do I know? I just work here.
BOILER NEWS: The boiler that services St. Joseph Church has been repaired and should (we hope) be good to go for this coming winter. The boiler that services St. Vincent dePaul Church and Hall is NOT good to go for this coming winter and is in need of significant repairs. Actually, it needs to be rebuilt. So they tell me. What do I know? I just work here. Think money!

stjos/stvdp: 07.27.2014 - 06


(which includes: Annunciation BVM, St. Joseph & St. Ann Churches)
Location: St. Ann’s Picnic Grove
(rear of St. Ann’s Church)
49 North Line Street, Frackville, PA 17931

Friday, 01 August: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm (kitchen closes)
Saturday, 02 August: 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. (kitchen closes)
Sunday, 03 August: 12:00 noon to sell out or 09:30 pm

Pierogies – Bleenies – Haluski – Golabki (Pigeons)
Kielbasi (w/sauerkraut) – Barbeque - Bean Soup –Hamburgers-Drinks - Baked Goods-and more!

Polka Mass – IN SAINT ANN’S CHURCH Sunday, 03 August at 11:15 am

Live Music Daily
Friday, 01 August: Flipkick 03:00 to 06:00 pm
Blowin Smoke 07:00 to 11:00 pm
Saturday, 02 August: Another Side & Friends--
07:00 to 11:00 pm
Sunday, 03 August: “Good Times” 01:00 to 04:00 pm;
Irish Dancers 04:30 pm; Pee Wee Damiter 06:00 to 08:00 pm

Themed Basket Auction in the St. Ann Parish Hall
Raffle Drawing (Sunday, 03 August): 1st prize-$500; 2nd prize-$300;
3rd prize $200; 4th & 5th prizes-$100 each

stjos/stvdp: 07.27.2014 - 07



While walking in downtown Shenandoah this past Tuesday night, I saw this sign posted in the window of DiMaggio’s Pizza III at 28 North Main Street.
The shop was closed at the time or else I might have stopped in to commend the owner or whoever it was that posted the sign.
It’s good to know that someone in Schuylkill County is willing to register in public his disgust at the grossly offensive and seductive fashion, adopted by some, of wearing one’s pants in such a way as to draw attention to a part of the anatomy that, by all decent standards, is meant to be concealed, at least not flaunted.
Whenever I see a boy or a man walking in public with his pants at half-mast, I wonder if he realizes just how effeminate he looks. Real men don’t do that!
Thank you — and a tip of my biretta to DiMaggio’s Pizza!

stjos/stvdp: 07.27.2014 - 08


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