MASS SCHEDULE: 21 - 28 September
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 20 September
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JAMES F. NEARY
by Dorothy Monaghan

Sunday, 21 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPHINE BOXER HODGE
(33rd anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Monday, 22 September
Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH G. DEEGAN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Wednesday, 24 September
Weekday
08:00 am — JAMES KELLEY
by his brother-in-law, John Burns

Friday, 26 September
SS. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — MELANIE ANNE NIEDLINGER
by Marilyn Anne Stefanski

Saturday, 27 September
St. Vincent dePaul, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: MICHAEL K. GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ALICE WAYNE
by her son, Henry (+) and his wife, Eileen

Sunday, 28 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — Deceased: OTTERBEIN and LANDERS FAMILIES
by the families
11:30 am — Rev. THOMAS J. KERESTUS
by EBC

 MASS SCHEDULE: 21 - 28 September
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 20 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Granny and Pap

Sunday, 21 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JAMES and ELEANOR CONNELL
by the Connell family

Tuesday, 23 September
St. Pius of Pietrelcina (“Padre Pio”), priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on
Sister MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Thursday, 25 September
Weekday
07:00 pm — MARLENE KLECKNER PARFITT
by Muriel Pucetas and son, William

Saturday, 27 September
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARION LECKNER TERESAVAGE
by Muriel Pucetas and son, William

Sunday, 28 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOSEPH, JOHN and FRANK WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
13 / 14 SEPTEMBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $880.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $36.00 from the plate; $36.00 from the Dues envelopes; $120.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $68.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,140.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,140.00) 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 $200.61 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $672.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $34.00 from the plate; $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $174.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $69.00 from the loose.
Total: $989.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $30.00 from the Missionary Cooperative envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($989.00) 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 $170.30 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 24 September
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 25 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 26 September
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 24 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, 26 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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OUR MOST WELCOME GUEST
this weekend is Father Johnus Cherunilath, V.C., a Vincentian missionary priest from Kerala.
Kerala, located in southwest India, is the twelfth largest of the twenty-nine states (plus seven union territories) that make up the great nation of India. The states and territories are subdivided into districts.
India is a nation of many languages. The official (national) language is Hindi.
Most citizens of India speak Hindi, but the “first language” for most is the language of their native state or territory (or even district). Fr. Johnus grew up speaking Malayalam at home, which is the official language of the State of Kerala, although not the only language. He also speaks Hindi and, of course, English.
When most Europeans and Americans think of India, we tend to think of it as a nation that knew nothing about Christianity until “the Westerners” arrived. That is not true. Christianity existed in India long before Europeans even knew that the American continents existed and long before most of our European ancestors received the Gospel. It is generally believed that St. Thomas the Apostle brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Jewish settlers in Kerala in about the year AD 52! It is an historical fact that Christianity was being practiced in India in the sixth century!
Despite this, there are still relatively few Christians in India. The estimate is 24,000,000 Christians, which is only about 2.3% of the population. Most Indians are Hindus. But the Church is making progress there, slowly but surely. To a great extent, India is the future of the Catholic Church, along with such nations as South Korea and parts of Africa.
Father Johnus (pronounced “Jonus”) comes to us under the auspices of the

ANNUAL MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE PROGRAM.

Each year, members of Catholic missionary orders visit parishes throughout the United States in order to acquaint the people with the work of his particular order. We are happy that Fr. Johnus has been assigned to our two parishes for this weekend.
While he is here, he will celebrate and preach at the 04:00 pm Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church and the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church. Although Fr. Connolly will celebrate the other two Masses, he will gladly defer to Fr. Johnus to do the preaching (homilizing).
This is a blessed weekend! The people will get a relief from having to listen to the pastor preach!
The Vincentian missionaries need our help to carry out their many educational and charitable activities. They need our help to support and educate young men studying for the priesthood.
Money that our parishioners had already put in their “Missionary Cooperative” envelopes will be sent to the Propagation of the Faith for the work of the Vincentians. In addition to this, we ask our parishioners to add a few dollars to the loose collection this weekend. We will take a generous portion of the “loose collection” this weekend to add to the total already collected.

WHILE WE ARE ASKING YOU FOR MONEY, we may as well remind you (as we mentioned last weekend) that any money deposited in the Poor Boxes last weekend and this weekend will be forwarded to the Diocese for the relief of our fellow Christians in the Middle East (mostly Iraq and Syria) who have suffered so much in recent months due to the savagery of the ISIS troops. At least one hundred thousand (a conservative estimate) of our fellow Christians — Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant — have felt the fury of the so-called Islamic terrorists.
Please be as generous as your means permit to both of the “good causes” mentioned above!

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JOSEPH ANTHONY CATIZONE,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 18 September 2014.
His death was unexpected.
Born on 13 September 1949, he was 65 years of age.
He had observed his 65th birthday only five days before his death.
Joseph was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 09 October 1949 by Fr. John Walsh.
He received his First Holy Communion from Fr. William A. McArdle in St. Joseph Church on 12 May 1957.
He was confirmed in St. Joseph Church by Bishop Joseph McShea on 16 October 1957.
Joseph (“Joe Cat”) is one of the twelve children — six sons and six daughters — of the late Anthony and Concetta (Fulginiti) Catizone.
Three of Joseph’s brothers are deceased: Peter A. Catizone; Pantaleona (“Pat”) Catizone; Anthony S.Catizone Sr.
Joe’s surviving brothers and sisters are: Michelena (“Mickey”) Catizone; Vincent Catizone; Marian Catizone Kleeman; Concetta Catizone Hennessy; Rosemary Catizone Zelli; John L. Catizone; Jean Ann Catizone Kessler; Elizabeth Catizone Burns.
Joseph has two daughters: Amy Toy Catizone Bond and Stacey Lee Catizone Curran.
He has four grandchildren: Lexi Bond; Tyler Bond; Lucas Bond; Vaughn Curran.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph will be celebrated on Monday, 22 September, at 12:00 noon in St. Joseph Church.
There will be a viewing in the church from 10:00 am until the time of the Mass.
The interment will take place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Joseph, 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.
Note
: We would normally have included a photo of Joseph in this bulletin article, but none was immediately available. If we obtain a photo, we will include it in a future edition of our parish bulletin.
REMEMBER THAT THE TRIDENTINE MASS will be celebrated next Sunday (28 Sept) at 11:30 am in St. Joseph Church. We call this “Mass according to the Extraordinary Form”. If you are not familiar with what a Tridentine Mass “looks and sounds like”, you should take advantage of the opportunity to attend.
As always, on the last Sunday of the month when the 11:30 am Mass is offered in the Extraordinary Form, we provide a Mass at 10:00 am celebrated in the Ordinary Form.
The 11:30 am Mass will be “upstairs” and the 10:00 am Mass will be “downstairs”.
MAGGIE KATHRYN, age 4, came to visit me last week, along with her mother and her big brother. Later on, Maggie’s mother texted me a message that said (in part) “Maggie was talking all day about going to ‘God’s house’. I thought she meant church. It wasn’t until she said, ‘Mommy, ‘member the kitty at God’s house’ that I realized she meant the rectory. I tried explaining to her the whole ‘you work for God deal’, but she wasn’t having it. In her mind, you’re God”.
I texted Maggie’s mommy back as follows: “It’s okay (at least for a little while) if Maggie thinks that I’m God. This too shall pass! But you’ll know something is drastically wrong if yours truly starts thinking that he is God! So far, I haven’t been tempted to think so!”
To which I might add: Dear God, please help Maggie Kathryn to get this straight in her head as soon as possible. The pressure is more than I can take!

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WE SHARE THE MAIL
Here is an email I received this past week. I am printing it in the bulletin as a “public service”, with the thought that you might have received a similar email. If not, you might receive one or one similar to it. I have not edited it.

Dear Customer,
During your regulry scheduled accounts manintenance verification procedure,we have detected a slight error regarding your American Express Account.
This might be due to one of the following reasons.
1. A recent change in your personal information (i.e address changing) 2. Submitting invalid information during sign up process 3. Multiple failed logins in your personal account 4. An inability to accurately verify your selected optional payment due to an internal error within our system
Please verify your information immediately by downloading the attached file.
If your account information is not verified within 48 hours then your account will result in temporary account suspension.
Thank you for being a valued customer.
(C) 2014 American Express Company. All rights reserved.

A few things to note
• When you get an email that tells you that you should “verify your information immediately by downloading the attached file”, DON’T DOWNLOAD THE ATTACHED FILE! Instead, delete the whole blasted email!
• When you see multiple misspellings and bad punctuation on an email that comes from some presumably reputable firm (like American Express), that should be a clue to you that it doesn’t really come from any reputable firm. Somebody is scamming you! DELETE IT!
• When you receive an email with threats, such as “If your account information is not verified within 48 hours then your account will result in temporary account suspension”, that should be a clue to you. DELETE IT! (You may also say under your breath, without violating fundamental Christian charity, “Go pound sand, you lousy, good-for-nothing Bum!”)
• One factor that helped me to recognize that this was phony was the fact that I don’t even have an American Express account! (Duh!)
• The world is full of tricksters. Don’t allow yourself to fall victim to them. And may the fleas from a thousand camels infest the armpits of those who try to take advantage of the public!

SAVE-A-TAPE RECEIPTS FROM REDNER SUPERMARKET
Remember
: This is not the profit from the gift cards. This is that “extra profit” we receive WHEN YOU REMEMBER TO PRESENT YOUR REDNER’S GAS CARD at the register when you are checking-out and, of course, when you save the register tape and give it to us.

For the time period: 01 April to 30 June 2014
St. Vincent dePaul Parish received $71.79.
St. Joseph Parish received $77.40.
The total thus far for 2014 is as follows:
St. Vincent dePaul Parish has received $210.00
St. Joseph Parish has received $301.68
Remember our parishes’ motto: Every little bit helps!

stjos/stvdp: 09.21.2014 - 05


REMINDER!
Time is running out!
Contact Wade O. Richards (Grand Knight) or Philip DeLuca (Treasurer) in order to purchase tickets for the K of C banquet on Sunday, 12 October. Also, in order to take out a patron ad.
Call Mr. Richards at 570-985-8313 or Mr. DeLuca at 570-933-2842.
The banquet will honor a distinguished member of our Schuylkill County Catholic community, viz. Michael J. O’Connor.
The price of a ticket 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.
CONFIRMANDI
Whatever you do, don’t miss the Confirmation prep meeting on Wednesday, 24 September, at 07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
Get those Confirmation questions and answers memorized!
Ask your Mom or Dad or Grandmom or Grandpop or Uncle Ludwig or Aunt Myrtle or your Big Brother (or your Little Sister) or Somebody to quiz you!
THE HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY of St. Vincent dePaul Parish will sponsor a LOTTERY TREE RAFFLE. We are asking all StVdP parishioners to donate instant lottery tickets for this raffle. Please drop them in the collection basket over the next few weekends or else bring them to the Rectory.
The tree will be chanced off over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Please support this fundraiser, both by donating lottery tickets and, later on, by buying chances.
Members of the HRS will be selling chances on the lottery tree after each of the weekend Masses.

SHAMEFUL! SHOCKING! HEARTBREAKING! DISGRACEFUL!
There is a report on the news that a group of about ten or twelve alumni (class of 2007) of Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster PA — including an assistant coach employed by the school — are suspects in a “gay bashing” incident that occurred on 11 September 2014 in center-city Philadelphia. According to police reports, two men, ages 27 and 28, were walking down a street, minding their own business, when they were insulted and then savagely beaten, apparently because they are “gay”.
Archbishop Wood High School is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. (For me, this is the element of the story that makes it especially shameful. It reflects shame on all of us Catholics.)
It would not be fair to jump to any unwarranted conclusions about exactly who did what. As far as I know, charges have not yet been filed, but there is no doubt whatsoever that two innocent men were assaulted and that the assault was due to hatred towards them because they manifest “gayness”. The school has already dismissed the assistant coach. (He resigned under fire, to be more accurate.) In addition, the Archdiocese has issued a statement condemning the assault. It is unlikely that the coach would have been fired and that the Archdiocese would issue a statement, if the allegations were not true.
It is my hope that justice will be served on the persons who took part in the assault and that they will pay the due penalty for their crime. May God bring them to repentance and save their miserable souls!
All of us must acquaint ourselves with — and obey — this teaching of the Catholic Church:

“The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.” (CCC: paragraph 2358)

stjos/stvdp: 09.21.2014 - 06


THE JAUNDICED VIEW OF POLITICIANS

• If God wanted us to vote, He would have given us candidates. (Jay Leno)
• The problem with political jokes is they get elected. (Henry Cate, VII)
• We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. (Aesop)
• If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven. (Will Rogers)
• Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. (Nikita Khrushchev)
• When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. (Clarence Darrow)
• Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. (Anonymous)
• Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, they go out and buy more tunnel. (John Quinton)
• Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. (Oscar Ameringer)
• I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)
• A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. (Tex Guinan)
• I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. (Charles de Gaulle)
• Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. (Doug Larson)
• There ought to be one day -- just one -- when there is open season on Congressmen. (Will Rogers)

The Hebrew words printed above are pronounced ROSH HASHANAH.
They mean (literally) HEAD OF THE YEAR.
Or, as we would say, NEW YEAR’S DAY.
Our Jewish friends and neighbors will be observing JEWISH NEW YEAR.
What year is it on the Jewish calendar?
On the Jewish calendar, we are at the end of 5774 and are about to enter 5775.
The Old Year (5774) ends as the New Year (5775) begins at sunset on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 of our calendar.
The celebration of the New Year continues until sunset of Friday, 26 September 2014.
There’s no law that says we Gentiles can’t celebrate the New Year if we have a mind to do so.
So, if you have a mind to do so, get yourself some apples, slice them up, then dip them in honey and enjoy!
If you don’t have any apples or if you don’t care for apples, get some bread, spread it with honey and have yourself a ball.
You have my permission to have a glass of ginger ale to wash it down!

stjos/stvdp: 09.21.2014 - 07


Vote Never for politicians who support rippin’ human fetuses from Mom’s womb!”

Phil Robertson

We all know who Phil Robertson is, don’t we? Even if you’ve never watched “Duck Dynasty”, you must have heard about the controversy over what Phil said about homosexuality. Here is part of what he said: "Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolaters, nor adulterers nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."
This was in an interview with GQ magazine. As a result of saying this, he got suspended from his program by A&E. But Robertson refused to apologize for the remarks despite intense pressure from homosexual activists and leftist groups. Then, because so many people put up a howl, he got unsuspended.
“They railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins,” Robertson later said about the response to his GQ interview, pointing out that in the interview he had simply quoted Scriptural prohibitions against homosexuality and a variety of other sins. "The news media didn't even know it was a verse," Robertson said. "They thought I was just mouthing off." (By the way, that verse comes from First Corinthians. You can look it up! It’s chapter six, verse nine.)
Speaking to a crowd of some 8,000 outdoors enthusiasts at the CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, LA last month, Robertson blasted Christians for not getting active in the political sphere.
“There are about 90 to 100 million of us who claim Jesus. The problem is only half of you register to vote and out of the half of you that registers to vote, only half of that group actually goes and votes,” Robertson said.
“Therefore, when you’re looking up there and griping and complaining about what you see in Washington D.C., you might as well shut up,” he added. “The reason they’re there is we’re putting them there. If you don’t get anything else out of this, remember this — register to vote for crying out loud.”
But Robertson reserved his strongest remarks for politicians who support abortion: “If the dude or woman is for ripping human fetuses out of their mother’s womb, don’t ever vote for that,” Robertson said bluntly. “Don’t ever say ‘yes’ to that. It’s terrible.”
To all of which I say: “AMEN! PREACH IT, BROTHER!”

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