MASS SCHEDULE: 05 - 12 October

Saturday, 04 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — AUGUST BOXER
(anniversary of birth)
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 05 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOHN and ROSE DANOWSKY
by the Rizzardi family

Monday, 06 October
St. Bruno, priest;
Bd. Marie Rose Durocher, virgin (OptMems)
by George Jambeter

Wednesday, 08 October
08:00 am — JAMES BURNS
by his brother, John

Friday, 10 October
by her sons

Saturday, 11 October
St. John XXIII, pope (OptMem)
rescheduled from 26 Sept
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH CONNOR
by his daughter, Ann

Sunday, 12 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Joseph and Jean Kessler

 MASS SCHEDULE: 05 - 12 October

Saturday, 04 October
Vigil of Sunday
(6th anniversary)
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 05 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — PETER SMOLOCK
by American Legion Post #792

Tuesday, 07 October
Our Lady of the Rosary (OblMem)
08:00 am — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by the Catizone family

Thursday, 09 October
St. Denis, bishop, and companions, martyrs;
St. John Leonardi, priest (OptMems)
by his wife, Jean

Saturday, 11 October
Vigil of Sunday
by their sister, Barbara Petrousky, and her husband John

Sunday, 12 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the HNS

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Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,079.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $38.00 from the plate; $70.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $45.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $89.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,381.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $5.00 from the Missionary Cooperative collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,381.00) 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 $441.61 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,156.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $119.50 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $30.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $49.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,359.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $10.00 from the Missionary Cooperative collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,359.50) 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 $540.80 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 07 October
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 09 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 10 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 07 Octomber
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, 10 October
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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The Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, has issued a directive to the schools of the Diocese, prohibiting co-ed participation in wrestling, tackle-football and tackle-rugby.
The following is taken from a document approved by the Bishop, entitled “Co-Ed Participation in Contact Sports”:

1. Under no circumstances may a Catholic school, parish, CYO or club athlete wrestle someone of the opposite     sex.
2. Catholic schools, parishes, CYOs or clubs will not permit a female to join a male wrestling team.
3. In the event a match is scheduled with someone of the opposite sex from an opposing team, the Catholic     school, parish, CYO or club athlete would have to forfeit the match or negotiate the match with the opposing     teams, so that a female athlete would not wrestle a male athlete.
4. If the school, parish, CYO or club enters into a cooperative arrangement with another team, that team would     have to honor the Catholic co-ed contact sports policy regardless of which team is the host.

Now, here’s the strange thing (but not so strange, when one considers how loopy so many people are today): The good Bishop and his diocese are getting grief from the media! Here is just one example. It is an excerpt from an editorial that appeared in The Shippensburg Sentinel, which is, I believe, the newspaper of record of the County of Cumberland:

We don’t support the recently announced policy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg as it relates to female students and high school sports.
It sends the wrong message to girls and feeds the perception that the church can be alienating to women.
We are at a loss as to why this rule is being implemented now. It seems to be killing a mosquito with a sledgehammer.

My comments on the editorial
And, by the way, whoever wrote that editorial is as dumb as mud and is certainly not a credit to the mother that raised him (or her, as the case may be).
Fact #01 — There is universal agreement that male humans and female humans, while similar in many respects, are nonetheless distinctly dissimilar in certain respects having to do with anatomy.
Fact #02 — We overlook or dismiss these dissimilarities at great peril to them and to the human race.
Fact #03 — Boys and girls (and men and women) need to exercise due discretion when they are in physical proximity to one another, for reasons that I would explain to you, but choose not do so at the present time, but you can always send me a self-addressed stamped envelope and I’ll provide you some resource material.
Fact #04 — Contact sports (and wrestling in particular) do not allow “due discretion” and, in point of fact, are distinctly non-harmonious with the exercise of great discretion in matters of physical contact.
Fact #05 — Bishop Gainer is charged with protecting the moral fiber of the children and of the adults who are entrusted to his spiritual care. He is a rational man, in addition to being a practicing Catholic. It should be a comfort to the people of his diocese that their Bishop is, at one and the same time, both sane and Catholic.

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The following appeared in the syndicated “Dear Abby” feature on 28 September 2014

My wife is in a nursing home and will be for a long time. While I was caring for her at home, I was very lonely. She wasn't there for me except to demand that I do this and that.
I did what I could to keep her happy, but nothing worked. I had no life of my own. My life was wrapped around her and doing the best I could to take care of her. I did all the chores that were required to keep the home running.
Would it be wrong to find a lady friend to do a few things with, like have dinner, go to a movie or just for a ride in the country or to the beach? My son thinks I shouldn't do it, but he doesn't know how lonely I am, nor do the other kids in the family.

You're asking me a question no one can decide for you. Much depends upon the quality of your marriage before your wife became ill. You promised to love and cherish her until death do you part. If she's still in her right mind, you owe it to her to be there for her to the extent that you can -- just as she would be if you were sick and in a nursing home.
You should discuss all of this with your children. While it is important that you spend enough time with your wife to ensure that she's being well cared for, you are also entitled to have a life. Some husbands want to spend every possible minute at their wife's bedside, while others do what you are contemplating. Only you can look into your heart and decide what would be best for all concerned, because it may affect your entire family.

Now it’s my turn to answer “No Life of My Own”
First of all, let me commend you on raising a son who objects to your express desire to “find a lady friend to do a few things with”. Apparently, you did something worthwhile in your life! You turned out a decent son!
I don’t know whether your son’s objections are based on “natural motives” or “supernatural motives” or a blend of both but, whatever it is that prompts his objections, I urge you to listen to him.
If his objections are “natural”, then they are based on filial affection and filial loyalty. You son apparently loves his mother and has strong feelings about what is honest and fair and true. God bless him for that!
It might even be that his objections are “supernatural”. If so, then your son is very likely concerned about your eternal salvation. He might be taking quite seriously what Catholics refer to as “the sixth commandment” and most Protestants refer to as “the seventh commandment”, but whether you call it #06 or #07 is not of major importance. What is of major importance is the text of the commandment itself. Do you know what it is? Here it comes in all of its stark and simple splendor: THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY!
Your son does not want you to commit adultery on the woman who is your wife, who also happens to be his mother!
I can empathize with that! I sure wouldn’t want my Dad to commit adultery on my Mom!
Would you want your Dad to commit adultery on your Mom?

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One reason I wouldn’t want my Dad to commit adultery on my Mom is that it would mean that, short of true repentance before death, my Dad was going to spend Eternity in Hell.
I can empathize with that! I sure wouldn’t want my Dad to spend Eternity in Hell.
Would you want your Dad to spend Eternity in Hell?
Now I realize that you specified in your letter to Abby that you want a lady friend for the sake of dinners and movies and rides in the country and rides to the beach. Dinners, movies, rides in the country and rides to the beach all sound fine and dandy, but you prefaced that list by saying “do a few things with like”. Would I be entirely mistaken if I were to suspect that there are a few other things you might have in mind?
It’s not the activities you specify that concern me. It’s the activities you leave unspecified.
But, to tell you the truth, even the activities you specify concern me, for this reason: The obligation of faithfulness to one’s wife does not relate solely to exclusivity in the realm of sex. Faithfulness refers also to exclusivity in the realm of that special bond that includes but transcends the physical. You might call it “the bond of spousal love”. We Catholics, when we talk fancy, call it the “bonum vinculi” which translates into “the good of the bond”. In less fancy language, we might call it “the beautiful, tender-hearted friendship that unites one man and one woman for life”.
Am I being too hard on you, dear NO LIFE?
If so, I’m sorry if your feelings are hurt.
But I’m not sorry for telling you the truth.
Remember: The truth often hurts before it heals.
I commend you for the care that you have rendered to your wife up to this point in your life. Apparently, you have been called upon to carry a cross.
But you are not the first husband who has been called upon to carry a cross, nor will you be the last.
Please pick up your cross and follow Jesus. If you are faithful to your wife “until death do you part”, you will reap the reward promised to the faithful — in addition to which, you will have the respect of your son and of your other children.
That’s got to be worth something, don’t you agree?
I haven’t even mentioned yet that principle known as “The Golden Rule”. Remember “The Golden Rule”?
In the negative formulation: “Do not do unto others what you would not have others do unto you.”
In the positive formulation: “Do unto others what you would have others do unto you.”
Be 100% honest now.
If the situation were reversed and if you were the spouse with multiple health problems who wound up in the nursing home and your wife were the spouse who enjoyed relatively good health, would it be okay with you if she got herself a “gentleman friend” to accompany her to dinners and movies and drives in the country and drives to the beach?
Be honest!
Tell the truth and shame the Devil!
Of course, it wouldn’t be okay with you! And it wouldn’t be okay with your son either!
So, there we are!
All good wishes to you!

stjos/stvdp: 10.05.2014 - 05

(That’s Boiler news, not Boilo news!)
I mentioned in last weekend’s bulletin that the boiler that heats St. Vincent dePaul Church needs to be replaced. I also said that, because of the expense, I was obliged to ask permission from the Bishop to spend the money needed to replace it. On Friday (03 October), I got a phone call from the Front Office telling me that the Bishop has given his permission. So, we at StVdP are about to get a new boiler. SEND MONEY!!
CONFIRMATION CHILDREN will meet with Fr. Connolly and Miss King in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory on TUESDAY, 07 OCTOBER, at 07:00 pm.
Parents will be happy to know that the children who have all of the Confirmation Questions & Answers memorized will NOT be fed to the crocodiles!
Please note the change from Wednesday to Tuesday!
CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL will be held at 06:00 pm on Sunday, 12 October, in St. Joseph Church, Ashland.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS in honor of St. Francis of Assisi (whose feast day is 04 October) will be held between 04:00 and 05:00 pm on Sunday, 05 October, in front of St. Joseph Chapel. All sentient but non-rational members of God’s creation are eligible for a blessing.
Every animal should be accompanied by someone who is both sentient and rational.

WE USED DELIBERATELY PHILOSOPHICAL LANGUAGE IN THE LAST ANNOUNCEMENT. Maybe an explanation of terminology would be in order. Let’s put it this way. A classic (but admittedly simplistic) way of distinguishing the life forms that God created is as follows:

PLANTS (vegetation), which are neither sentient nor rational.
ANIMALS, which are sentient but not rational.
HUMAN BEINGS, who are both sentient and rational.
ANGELS, who are rational but not sentient.
CCD children will meet tonight (Sunday, 05 October) as usual at 06:00 pm in the Sheridan Room. There will not be CCD next Sunday (12 October).
THERE WILL BE AN IMPORTANT MEETING going on in Rome over the next two weeks (05 to 19 October). It is called the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. All sorts of discussions will take place.
Walter Cardinal Kasper is the leader of “them there liberals”, also known as the LUNATIC LEFT WING.
Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller is the leader of “them there conservatives”, also known as THE GOOD GUYS.
Pope Francis will review whatever proposals the Synod comes up with and will decide which way the Holy Spirit is leading the Church.
We trust that His Holiness will be strengthened and fortified by God’s Holy Spirit.
I have no doubt that he will.
But we should pray, nonetheless, for Holy Mother Church.

stjos/stvdp: 10.05.2014 - 06


• What is a dentist’s favorite hymn?
Crown Him with Many Crowns

• What’s a salesman’s favorite Scripture passage?
The Great Commission

• Where was Solomon’s temple located?
On the side of his head.

• How does Moses make his coffee?
Hebrews it.

• Who was the smartest man in the Bible?
Abraham. He knew a Lot.

• What kind of man was Boaz before he married?

• Where is the first baseball game in the Bible?
In the big inning. Eve stole first, Adam stole second. Cain struck out Abel. The Giants and the Angels were         rained out.

• Why did the hawk sit on the church’s steeple?
It was a bird of pray.

• Which servant of God was the worst lawbreaker in the Bible?
Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.

• Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
Samson. He brought the house down.

• What’s a missionary’s favorite kind of car?
A convertible.

• What’s the best way to settle church disputes?
With canons.

• Which Old Testament prophet took forever to make a point?
I   say   uhhh…

How long did Cain hate his brother?
As long as he was Abel.

• At what time of day was Adam created?
A little before Eve.

• Why did Noah have to punish the chickens on the Ark?
They were using fowl language.

• Why wouldn’t the Pharaoh let the Hebrews go?
He was in de Nile.

• Why did Samson try to avoid arguing with Delilah?
He didn’t want to split hairs.

• Why did Moses cross the Red Sea?
To get to the other side.

• Need an ark?
I noah guy.

stjos/stvdp: 10.05.2014 - 07

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS was the sixth President of the United States. He served in that office from 1825 to 1829. He was the son of JOHN ADAMS, the second President of the United States.
Personal note: A few years ago, while on vacation, I visited some sites associated with the life of JQA. This prompted me to read a biography of him, as a result of which I came away with an appreciation of this great man who, up until then, had been pretty much “just a name and a face in the roll of Presidents” to me. Historians do not at all rank JQA among the “great presidents”. In fact, most would say that he was not temperamentally suited for the political machinations required to be an effective President. However, it is conceded by one and all that he was a brilliant man and a scholar. It would not be a stretch to say that he might be the most thoughtful, intelligent and well-read man ever to have occupied the office of President of the United States!
It would not have occurred to me that JQA would have had any particular opinions about the Islamic religion or, if he did, that he would have been prompted to record them. But he did! You can read a portion of them on this page! After reading these words, I said to myself, “I sure wish the 44th President of the United States would have the same insight and perception about Islam that the 6th President had, together with the honesty to let it influence his policy.” I admit to being annoyed at the current Administration’s reiteration of the canard that “Islam is a religion of peace”. It is manifestly NOT a religion of peace. It is a religion of world domination by means of persuasion and deception and, when persuasion is ineffectual and deception is no longer necessary, then by the sword. Islam is founded on a tragically perverse understanding of Reality. The deity worshipped by Muslims is not the One True God and the Quran was not by any means dictated by the One True God. This is no small matter! There will NEVER be peace in the Middle East or on the Planet Earth until our Muslim friends and neighbors come to their senses and abandon their ill-placed faith in Muhammad and in his book. Dare I say “until they come to faith in Jesus Christ”? Here is what John Quincy Adams wrote about Islam way back in 1830. Please take the time to read it!
In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic Law the doctrine of one omnipotent God, he connected indissolubly with it the audacious falsehood that he was himself His prophet and apostle. Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus the faith and hope of immortal life and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion. He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared, as a part of his religion, undistinguishing and exterminating war against all the rest of mankind. THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST: TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE [Note: This sentence was written in caps in JQA’s own hand!]
Between these two religions, thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. The war is yet flagrant. While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men.
Taken from: “Unsigned Essays dealing with the Russo-Turkish War and on Greece” by John Quincy Adams, in 1830, which was subsequent to his term as President and prior to his election to Congress.

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