MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 October
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 11 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH CONNOR
by his daughter, Ann

Sunday, 12 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — MARY KESSLER HOMOVICH
by Joseph and Jean Kessler

Monday, 13 October
Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH A. CATIZONE
by Richard Examitas

Wednesday, 15 October
St. Teresa of Jesus, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — CLARE MONICES
by her grandson, Joseph Muredda

Friday, 17 October
St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPHINE MONGIELLO
by Celeste DeLuca

Saturday, 18 October
St. Luke, evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her parents
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — HELEN C. CANAVAN
by her daughter, Ida Mae

Sunday, 19 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JOSEPH RIZZARDI
by his family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 October
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 11 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — AGNES HERCEK and BETTY GENTRY
by their sister, Barbara Petrousky, and her husband John

Sunday, 12 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Tuesday, 14 October
St. Callistus I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: BERNOTAS FAMILY
by Tom Bernotas

Thursday, 16 October
St. Hedwig, religious;
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin (OptMems)
07:00 pm — VIOLET STANCAVAGE SMOLOCK
by Eva Smolock

Saturday, 18 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — RITA McANDREW KETUSKY
by Dr. and Mrs. Frank Blozusky and family

Sunday, 19 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JAMES GOWNLEY
by the James Connell family

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
04 / 05 OCTOBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $939.50 from the Sunday envelopes; $62.00 from the plate; $230.00 from the Dues envelopes; $36.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,267.50
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 ($1,267.50) 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 ($308.04), the sum total of which is $889.26, one sees that $378.24 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes:

Receipts for parish purposes: $742.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the plate; $198.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,031.00
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 ($1,031.00) 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 ($215.85), the sum total of which is $783.57, one sees that $247.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 15 October
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 16 October
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 17 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 15 October
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, 17 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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IF YOU HAVE THE EYE OF AN EAGLE, you noticed that there is a change in the “fixed numbers” we list every week on page 02 of the Collection Report.
In brief, here is the explanation: The subsidies our parishes owe to Trinity Academy have been changed for the new fiscal year. We are happy to note that they are a few dollars less than last year.
(Less??? How can this be??? My philosophy is, “Ask no questions. Just be grateful!”)
Last year, St. Joseph Parish needed to pay out $358.17 per week.
This year, the amount is $308.04.
Last year, St. Vincent dePaul Parish needed to pay out $250.98 per week.
This year, the amount is $215.85.

 WHAT ABOUT THE HEAT
IN SAINT VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH?

We anticipate that it will be just a wee bit brisk at Mass this weekend.
This is due to the fact that we do not have a boiler!
But, have no fear!
The pastor is determined to keep his homily somewhat south of an hour and a half this weekend.
So, with any luck, that means that Mass should not take more than two and a half hours!
Always remember: MANY ARE COLD, BUT FEW ARE FROZEN!
But here’s the good news!
We anticipate that we shall be nice and toasty next weekend.
The boiler project is proceeding on schedule.
SEND MONEY!

If 39 persons were to contribute one thousand dollars or if 78 persons were to contribute five-hundred dollars or if 156 persons were to contribute two hundred fifty dollars, or if 390 persons were to contribute one hundred dollars, that would be great! Think about it! Put your special donation in an envelope. Mark the envelope “BOILER” and we shall know what to do with it.

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THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING

The following appeared in the 10 October edition of the Pottsville Republican:

Once again the commentator always rushes in and defends gay rights marriage. Nobody can even have their opinion. We’re haters. Then you know who else are haters? Thousands upon thousands and thousands of people who preach the gospel, ministers, including the pope. He’s a hater too. If we think that’s sin, then we’re haters. It’s been a sin for thousands of years, now all of a sudden it’s not sin.

Orwigsburg

The pope even acknowledged that the Vatican needed to review its standing on gay marriage. Why can’t you do the same? Lust and sloth are sins as well. How many times have you committed those two sins?

Commentator

I DRAW YOUR ATTENTION to what the Commentator says — the words in italics.
I don’t know whether the Commentator (who is also the Publisher) says what he says out of malice or out of ignorance.
It is virtuous to presume that one’s opponent is ignorant rather than malicious, so that is what I shall do.
I shall presume that the Commentator is ignorant of what the Pope actually said.
But ignorance can be almost as dangerous to the truth as malice and sometimes even more so.
I would like to make it as plain as I can possibly make it that:

THE POPE DID NOT AT ANY TIME EVER ACKNOWLEDGE OR SAY OR IMPLY THAT EITHER HE PERSONALLY OR “THE VATICAN” OR THE CURRENT SYNOD OF BISHOPS OR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH NEEDS “TO REVIEW ITS STANDING ON GAY MARRIAGE”!

I CHALLENGE THE COMMENTATOR (i.e. THE PUBLISHER OF THE POTTSVILLE REPUBLICAN) TO PRODUCE ANY DOCUMENTATION WHATSOEVER THAT POPE FRANCIS EVER SAID ANY SUCH THING.
I HAVE MY DOUBTS THAT THE COMMENTATOR HAS EVER READ THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ANY SERIOUS WAY. IN FACT, I HAVE MY DOUBTS THAT HE HAS EVER READ IT IN AN “UNSERIOUS” WAY!
IF HE HAD READ IT, HE WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE COME ACROSS THE PARAGRAPHS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH HOMOSEXUALITY.

THE COMMENTATOR SHOULD KNOW THAT POPE FRANCIS HAS EXPLICITLY CONFIRMED THE FOLLOWING TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN REGARD TO HOMOSEXUALITY:

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2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 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.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE IMMUTABLE TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.
IT IS A DOGMA OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH — A DOGMA BASED BOTH ON NATURAL LAW AND ON THE DIVINELY REVEALED LAW — THAT HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVITY AND, A FORTIORI, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ARE INTRINSICALLY EVIL.
CAN I — CAN ANYONE — POSSIBLY MAKE IT ANY CLEARER THAN THIS?

Having said all that, I ask “the Commentator” and all members of the media to cease and desist from misleading the public.
You may believe whatever you want to believe, but please do not attribute to “the Vatican” or to the Pope or to the Catholic Church any possibility that our doctrine on homosexuality will change.
Dear Commentator:
What part of “IMMUTABLE” do you not understand?

stjos/stvdp: 10.15.2014 - 05


 GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2014
$90.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$132.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit so far for 2014
$971.00
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$1,207.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$3,089.00
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$3,575.00 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!
PLEASE DONATE LOTTERY TICKETS for the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Holy Rosary Society fundraiser. We are referring, of course, to Pennsylvania Instant Lottery tickets — the “rub-off” kind.
You can place them in the basket at Mass or else bring them to the Rectory.
PLEASE DO YOUR PART TO MAKE THIS DRAWING A GREAT SUCCESS!
The drawing will take place on Thanksgiving Day.
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ARE SELLING SUBMARINES!
No, we did not say that the Knights of Columbus has its own Navy and is selling its excess submarines!
What we are saying is that the K of C is taking orders for SANDWICHES — the kind that are commonly called “submarines” (“subs” for short) or “hoagies” or “grinders”.
These subs are nutritious and delicious.
They cost only five dollars ($5.00).
You can order them from Grand Knight Wade O. Richards in the Sheridan Room (or in the back of the church).
You can also find order forms in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church.

 CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL
SUNDAY, 12 OCTOBER
06:00 PM
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH, ASHLAND
CONFIRMANDI AND SPONSORS MUST ATTEND!

 CONFIRMATION
BISHOP BARRES WILL CONFIRM THE ELIGIBLE CHILDREN OF GIRARDVILLE, ASHLAND, FRACKVILLE AND GORDON ON TUESDAY, 14 OCTOBER
04:30 PM
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH, ASHLAND
ALL PARISHIONERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND!

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THE DUTY OF THE PRIEST TO PREACH AND NOT TO KEEP SILENT
A spiritual guide should be silent when discretion requires and speak when words are of service. Otherwise he may say what he should not or be silent when he should speak. Indiscreet speech may lead men into error and an imprudent silence may leave in error those who could have been taught. Pastors who lack foresight hesitate to say openly what is right because they fear losing the favor of men. As the voice of truth tells us, such leaders are not zealous pastors who protect their flocks, rather they are like mercenaries who flee by taking refuge in silence when the wolf appears.
The Lord reproaches them through the prophet: They are dumb dogs that cannot bark. On another occasion he complains: You did not advance against the foe or set up a wall in front of the house of Israel, so that you might stand fast in battle on the day of the Lord. To advance against the foe involves a bold resistance to the powers of this world in defense of the flock. To stand fast in battle on the day of the Lord means to oppose the wicked enemy out of love for what is right.
When a pastor has been afraid to assert what is right, has he not turned his back and fled by remaining silent? Whereas if he intervenes on behalf of the flock, he sets up a wall against the enemy in front of the house of Israel. Therefore, the Lord again says to his unfaithful people: Your prophets saw false and foolish visions and did not point out your wickedness, that you might repent of your sins. The name of the prophet is sometimes given in the sacred writings to teachers who both declare the present to be fleeting and reveal what is to come. The word of God accuses them of seeing false visions because they are afraid to reproach men for their faults and thereby lull the evildoer with an empty promise of safety. Because they fear reproach, they keep silent and fail to point out the sinner’s wrongdoing.
The word of reproach is a key that unlocks a door, because reproach reveals a fault of which the evildoer is himself often unaware. That is why Paul says of the bishop: He must be able to encourage men in sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For the same reason God tells us through Malachi: The lips of the priest are to preserve knowledge, and men shall look to him for the law, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. Finally, that is also the reason why the Lord warns us through Isaiah: Cry out and be not still; raise your voice in a trumpet call.
Anyone ordained a priest undertakes the task of preaching, so that with a loud cry he may go on ahead of the terrible judge who follows. If, then, a priest does not know how to preach, what kind of cry can such a dumb herald utter? It was to bring this home that the Holy Spirit descended in the form of tongues on the first pastors, for he causes those whom he has filled, to speak out spontaneously.

Excerpt from
The Pastoral Guide
Pope St. Gregory the Great
(590 to 604)

stjos/stvdp: 10.12.2014 - 07


WHEN I HEARD THAT FATHER BENEDICT HAD DIED, I just knew that I had to “pay my respects” to this great and holy man. In my private calendar of saints, Father Benedict has already been canonized.
I found out that there would be a viewing for him in St. Adalbert Church (Bronx NY) on Wednesday, 08 October, plus a second viewing in the Sacred Heart Cathedral (Newark NJ) on Thursday, 09 October, followed by a funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday, 10 October.
Looking at my schedule for those three days, I decided that Wednesday would be my only option. So, I decided to drive up to the Bronx for the Wednesday viewing, which extended from 12:00 noon to 09:00 pm.
I called Father Chris Zelonis (St. Clair) and asked him if he would like to go up with me. He said that he would, if he could “get his ducks in order”. I advised him to give his ducks their marching orders. (One has to be strict with one’s ducks!) He did so and we went up together. I was happy for his company.
It occurred to me that it might be a challenge to find parking in the Bronx. St. Adalbert Church is located on the 400 block of East 156th Street, which is about as “inner city” as you can get. Only a fool would expect to find a parking space on the street there. So, the thought occurred to me that it might be more prudent if I were to drive to Port Authority, park there and take the subway to the Bronx. But I preferred the convenience of driving. So, I asked God to find me a parking space. I find that God is very kind to me when I ask him for favors. I have always been told that God takes special care of “drunks, priests and fools”. I claim membership in two of those categories, so I figured my chances were pretty good.
Lo and behold! Behold and lo! After circling the block only once, I found a parking space! Someone was just pulling out, so I decided to back into the space, much to the annoyance of the driver of the car behind me, who had to wait while I backed in. But, God bless him, he honked at me only once! Admirable self-control for a Bronxer! I found myself just a few yards from the front door of the church! Thank you, Jesus!
I touched Fr. Benedict’s hands and forehead and prayed for his dear soul. Fr. Zelonis and I slipped into a pew next to the casket and spent about two hours, more or less, in private prayer. Before exiting the church, I took out my rosary beads and ran them across Fr. Benedict’s hands. Now they are a third-class relic! I asked God, through the intercession of Fr. Benedict, to help me to be a faithful priest.

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