MASS SCHEDULE: 07 - 14 September
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 06 August
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROSALIE BARRETT JAMBETER
by Ron and Jeanne Jones

Sunday, 07 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — ELLIE BOXER (53rd anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Monday, 08 September
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
08:00 am — ANDREW A. DeSTEFANO
by his wife, Loreta

Wednesday, 10 September
Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. THOMAS A. HORAN
by the James Connell family

Friday, 12 September
The Most Holy Name of Mary (OptMem)
08:00 am — For Daniel: GOD’S ABIDING PRESENCE ON THE JOURNEY
by Marilyn Stefanski

Saturday, 13 September
St. John Chrysostom, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — ANDREW A. DeSTEFANO
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto
Vigil of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
05:30 pm — JAMES and ROSE WEISS
by Dennis Devine

Sunday, 14 September
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Fst)
11:30 am — JOSEPH BORIS
by Ann and Aimee Abalo

 MASS SCHEDULE: 07 - 14 September
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 06 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — DECEASED: YACKERA FAMILY
by Bernie Yackera

Sunday, 07 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — BERNARD and MILDRED GUDONIS
by Theresa Gudonis

Tuesday, 09 September
St. Peter Claver, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Frank and Connie Blozusky

Thursday, 11 September
Weekday
07:00 pm — PETER SMOLOCK
by John and Tina Smolock

Saturday, 13 September
Vigil of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
04:00 pm — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
by her husband, Butch, and her daughter, Mary Jane

Sunday, 14 September
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
30 / 31 AUGUST


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $962.50 from the Sunday envelopes; $36.00 from the plate; $85.00 from the Dues envelopes; $50.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $111.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,244.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,244.50) 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 $305.11 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $586.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $123.00 from the plate; $1.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $114.50 from the loose.
Total: $829.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,315.00) 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 $10.80 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 09 September
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 11 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 12 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 09 September
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, 12 September
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

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WHOOPS!
We made a mistake in the St. Joseph Parish Collection Totals for 16/17 August (as printed in the 31 August bulletin). We said that the “envelope collection total” was $1,141.00. We should have said that it was $1,441.00. There was a check for $300.00 that, although it was deposited in the bank in timely fashion, was inadvertently omitted from the “report sheet” that the secretary gives me each week. So, that means we have to adjust a couple of other figures. We reported that the total revenue was $1,921.00. We should have said that it was $2,221.00. Consequently, the amount “available from this collection for operating the parish” should be adjusted from $981.61 to $1,281.61. This was strictly an “internal accounting error” and has been corrected. It did not concern the bank.
AND THE WINNER IS …..
The drawing for the Redner’s and Boyer’s gift cards was held in the Sheridan Room after the 10:00 am Mass on Labor Day. We were hoping to find a sweet, innocent child to draw the ticket, but none was to be found. So, by default, it fell to the sweet innocent pastor to pull the ticket. In the presence of two persons of unquestionable integrity — Annetta Whitecavage and Wade O. Richards — the ticket that came out of the jar was inscribed: MICKEY CATIZONE!
St. Joseph Parish realized a profit of $849.00 from this drawing, for which we all should be deeply grateful. Thank you to all who sold and bought chances!
NO DOUBT YOU ARE AWARE OF and, very likely, have seen at least parts of the videos released by ISIS that show the beheadings, about two weeks apart, of the American journalists, James Wright Foley and Steven Joel Sotloff — presumably somewhere in the Syrian desert. No doubt your emotional reactions to these two videos were similar to my own. I have to restrain my words when I try to put into print my emotional reactions. For now, let the words “profound sorrow”, “horrific disbelief” and “burning anger” suffice.
Perhaps you saw also the interview with Mr. Foley’s parents (after their son had been murdered) and with Mr. Sotloff’s mother (before he was murdered, in a fruitless effort to persuade his captors to have mercy on her son). The executioner of Mr. Foley has been at least tentatively identified as a British citizen of Egyptian parentage. I don’t know that it has been determined whether this is the same person who beheaded Mr. Sotloff. Whoever he is — and I hope you will pardon my lapse into strong language — I consider him to be a vile and despicable piece of human garbage. May God deal with him as he deserves.
The triumph of Evil always leaves us a bit numb. But I remind myself, and I remind you as well, that Evil is never triumphant in the End, when the Son of Man returns in splendor.
We trust that Jim Foley and Steve Sotloff, their ordeals having come to an end, are now safe with God. I am not confident that the same will ever be able to be said about the person or persons who executed them, when their times come to render an account of their deeds.
This I know for sure: Given a choice, I would much rather be the father of an innocent man who is beheaded in the Syrian desert by a loathsome coward than be the father of a loathsome coward who beheads innocent men in the Syrian desert.
Eternal rest grant unto Jim Foley and Steve Sotloff, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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“YOU CAN GET USED TO DAMN NEAR ANY STINK”:
ACCLIMATING TO EVIL

by Chad Bird

When the door swung open, the odor surged out and slammed into me. It was so raw and rank I could taste it. A laborer shadowed the doorway, his hard hat cocked back, overalls stained. ''Can I help you?'' he asked, then asked again, because I was trying too hard not to vomit to give him an immediate answer. ''Um, yeah'' I finally managed to mutter, ''I'm here to pick up some freight?'' It was more question than statement since I really hoped I had the wrong address. "Yep, got something for you'' he said. We stepped inside, into a dank room, generators roaring around us, pipes running every direction I looked. ''What is this place?'' I asked, as I filled out the paperwork. ''It's a water-treatment plant'' said Mr. Overalls. ''That smell'' I asked, ''how in the hell do you work around that all day?'' He gave me half a smile, and answered, ''Well, believe it or not, after you've been here a while, you hardly smell it anymore.'' Then he added, ''You know, Mister, you can get used to damn near any stink.''
I never thought of prophets clad in overalls, but I expect I encountered one that day. For the truth he spoke concerning the nose is equally true of the whole being of man.
Have you ever found yourself looking back on a time in your life when you were thoroughly enmeshed in something wrong, and now you hardly recognize the person you were then? I certainly do. I've been there. At the time, there was only the illicit pleasure afforded by evil. Little by little you sink into it until, like quicksand, it swallows you whole. It permeates every aspect of who you are. Perhaps, at first, there is the smell of immorality, but it is soon overpowered by the sweet scent of passion or pleasure or power or any other of a whole host of hell's perfumes. The stink of evil remains, it never lessens or dissipates, but you cease to smell it. It becomes the new olfactory norm. If you are engrossed in something wrong long enough, you can get used to damn near any stink.
When you find yourself in this situation, the Lord almost always employs the same method to bring you back to your senses: He sends someone to tell you that you stink — a friend, family member, sometimes a complete stranger. They may be blunt or they may beat around the bush but, however they choose to say it, they are the Spirit's mouth, breathing the aroma of truth back into your life. You'll probably hate it at first, might even hate them. For what you crave is affirmation, that faux love masquerading as friendship, the kind that tells the man in the coffin how good he's looking. But the language of love is always the language of truth. And sometimes the most loving act is to tell a friend that there is a decomposing soul within him.
But love doesn't stop there. God's love didn't stop there, and neither can the love of those who call him “Father”. I've had plenty of friends who, directly or indirectly, pointed out the decomposing soul within me. And many of them then walked away, leaving me for dead. But some cared, some truly loved me, and for them I thank God.
These children of God imitated their Father. They loved me as I struggled through to acknowledge that I was solely to blame for the mess I'd made of my life. They loved me as the Lord of Easter exhumed me from my self-dug grave and breathed life back into my bones. They loved me as He washed away my filth, anointed me with the oil of joy, and clothed me in the garments of Jesus, so that I might smell like his Son, who brings with Him the aroma of life everlasting.

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VIOLET MARY STANCAVAGE SMOLOCK,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Thursday, 04 September 2014.
Born on 05 March 1927, she was 87 years old.
Violet is one of the six children of the late Dominic and Margaret (Yankolitis) Stancavage.
All five of her siblings are deceased: Anna Stancavage; Albert Stancavage; Dominic Stancavage; Julia Stancavage McVann; Helen Stancavage Lute.
Violet was baptized on 20 March 1927 in St. Vincent dePaul Church by Father Ignatius Valanciunas.
On 07 November 1953, she was married to John G. Pelczar in St. Vincent dePaul Church, in the presence of Father Joseph Neverauskas.
John died in 1959.
On 15 July 1961, Violet was married to Peter Smolock in Assumption BVM Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Centralia PA, in the presence of Father John Chervinsky.
Peter died on 11 November 2013. Peter and Violet had been husband and wife for more than 52 years.
Violet is survived by her son, John P. Smolock, and by her two granddaughters, Jessica A. Smolock and Jacklyn M. Smolock.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Monday, 08 September. There will be a viewing in the church from 09:00 am until the time of the Mass.
The interment will take place in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery in the Englewood section of Frackville.
Eternal rest grant unto Violet, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
CONFIRMATION MEETING
The children of our two parishes who are signed up to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on 14 October will have several preparatory meetings with Fr. Connolly.
The first of these meetings will be on Wednesday, 10 September, at 07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. We will adjourn at 08:15 pm.
Parents, please take note: Attendance at these meetings is mandatory.
Thank you.

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REMINDER!
There will be a Solemn Mass in the St. Nicholas Hall in Primrose at 04:00 pm on Sunday, 12 October. After the Mass, there will be a social hour and a fine dinner. The Knights of Columbus will be celebrating Columbus Day and will be honoring Michael J. O’Connor of the Frackville K of C Council #2580, the newly appointed Supreme Treasurer for the K of C.
Michael will be given the “Exemplary Service Award”.
The cost for the social hour and dinner is $25.00 per person.
Ads for the program booklet are being solicited: $10.00 for a patron ad; $25.00 for a quarter-page ad; $50.00 for a half-page ad; $100.00 for a full-page ad Tickets and information are available from the Grand Knight of the Girardville Council [Wade O. Richards] and from the Treasurer of same [Philip DeLuca]. Wade can be reached at 570-985-8313 and Phil at 570-933-2842.
NASA HAS A NEAR EARTH OBJECT PROGRAM. This NEOP was set up to study objects — mostly comets and asteroids — that come into close contact with Planet Earth. “Close” in astronomical terms, of course.
As of February, 2013, the NEOP has identified a total of 9,672 Near Earth Objects.
Of these, 1,374 have been identified as PHA (Potentially Hazardous Asteroids).
It is possible that, at some point(s) in the future, one or more of these could strike the Planet Earth and, in doing so, could do some significant damage.
It is widely believed that it was an asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs.
Next Sunday (14 September), Asteroid #2014 RC will come close to Planet Earth.
NASA is quite certain that it won’t impact the Earth.
This particular asteroid is a “baby” --- only about sixty feet long. If it should happen to impact our planet, it probably wouldn’t do a whole lot of damage. Maybe a tidal wave if it landed in one of the oceans. If it landed in Girardville, it would probably consolidate our two parishes more quickly than we anticipate and would very likely knock down a house or two in Lost Creek and William Penn.
But don’t worry about it! NASA says it won’t impact the Earth, but will just sail past.
It’s always possible that someone at NASA made a mathematical miscalculation and it will impact the planet, but I don’t think so. Them’s some pretty smart dudes (and dudesses) who work for NASA.
But I can’t help thinking about those 1,374 Potentially Hazardous Asteroids.
And sometimes I think about those deceased dinosaurs.
Poor suckers! Never saw it coming! Never had a chance!
Oh, by the way! The Confession schedule is printed (as usual) on page 02 of this bulletin. You might want to go to Confession in honor of Asteroid #2014 RC — and as a kind of dress rehearsal for Whatever Is Coming Whenever It Comes.

 GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2014
$132.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$122.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit so far for 2014
$880.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$1,075.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$2,998.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$3,443.00 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!

stjos/stvdp: 09.07.2014 - 06


 
NICE!
I typed out an email to my niece, Brigid, this past week. After typing it, I looked for her e-mail address, but couldn’t find it. So, I sent it, instead, to her husband, Jim, whose e-mail address I did have. I presumed, of course, that he would just forward it to her. At the end of my e-mail, I typed: “PS — Brigid, do you have your own e-mail address or do you just use Jim’s?” Brigid got back to me with this neat reply: “We are good at sharing and it makes things easier to have a common e-mail. We will soon be married 20 years.”
I thought that was sweet! “We are good at sharing.” I like that!
Now, don’t get all bent out of shape! I am not saying that there is anything the least bit wrong with husband and wife having two separate e-mail addresses. In fact, in some cases, that might even be a necessity. I am simply saying that there is something very much right with husband and wife sharing the same e-mail address.
As we find in Genesis (my revised edition): “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and cling to his wife, and the two shall become one e-mail address.”
And, of course, as everyone knows: Although there are three Divine Persons there is only one divine e-mail address, which each Person possesses in its entirety.

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