MASS SCHEDULE: 02 - 09 November
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 01 November
Vigil of All Souls Day
05:30 pm — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his mother, Ida Mae

 Sunday, 02 November
All Souls Day
11:30 am — EDWARD and KATHRYN (Cuff) KUCHINSKY
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky

Monday, 03 November
Weekday
08:00 am — NO MASS TODAY

Wednesday, 05 November
Weekday
07:00 pm — THERESA GANNON
by her nephew, John Burns

Friday, 07 November
Weekday
08:00 am — MARY MUREDDA
by her son, Joseph

Saturday, 08 November
Weekday
08:00 am — NO MASS THIS MORNING
Vigil of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
05:30 pm — Deceased: BIRSTER FAMILY
by Jean Birster Weist

Sunday, 09 November
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
11:30 am — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Tom and Joni Gower

 MASS SCHEDULE: 02 - 09 November
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 01 November
Vigil of All Souls Day
04:00 pm — ANDREW and MARY POWLICK and ADOLPH and MARY PETROUSKY
by John and Barbara (Powlick) Petrousky

Sunday, 02 November
All Souls Day
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
(3rd anniversary)
by her family

Tuesday, 04 November
St. Charles Borromeo, bishop (OblMem)
08:00 am — NO MASS TODAY

Thursday, 06 November
Weekday
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 08 November
Vigil of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
04:00 pm — JOSEPH and HELEN BISCOE
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 09 November
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 11.02.2014 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
25 / 26 OCTOBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,684.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $29.00 from the plate; $45.00 from the Dues envelopes; $53.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $100.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $95.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,006.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $11.75 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,006.00) 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 ($308.04), the sum total of which is $889.26, one sees that $1,116.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $632.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $80.00 from the plate; $59.00 from the loose.
Total: $771.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $39.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($771.00) 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 ($12.57) is available from this collection for operating the parish. THIS IS A DEFICIT!

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 06 November
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

CHANGES IN SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
• No 08:00 am Mass on Monday, 03 November.
• No 08:00 am Mass on Tuesday, 04 November.
• No Exposition or Confessions on Tuesday, 04 November.
• The Mass on Wednesday, 05 November, will be offered
at 07:00 pm instead of at 08:00 am.
Reason: All (practically all) of the priests of the Diocese are required to attend the Annual Priests Workshop, which extends from Sunday afternoon
(02 Nov) until Wednesday afternoon (05 Nov).
• No Exposition or Confessions on Friday, 07 November.
• No 08:00 am Mass on Saturday, 08 November.
Fr. Brennan has kindly agreed to celebrate the 04:00 and
the 05:30 pm Masses on Saturday, 08 November.
Reason: Fr. Connolly will be celebrating the Saturday afternoon Nuptial Mass that will unite his grandniece, Whitney, with her true love, Kyle!
And, of course, there is the rehearsal on Friday evening.

stjos/stvdp: 11.02.2014 - 02


THE MASS INTENTION BOOK FOR 2015 WILL OPEN ON TUESDAY, 03 NOVEMBER. If you wish to reserve any Mass intentions for the coming year, please come to the Rectory to do so. Please do this during the week, when Ginny is on duty. Ginny asks that you not come for that purpose on Mondays. Tuesdays to Fridays are preferred.

TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME!
EAT SPAGHETTI!

THE GIRARDVILLE CRIME WATCH will hold a SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER on Sunday, 16 November, from 03:00 to 07:00 pm in the Girardville Borough Hall.
Eat in or take out!
Eight dollars ($8.00) for an adult or teenager / Six dollars ($6.00) for a child (under the age of 13). Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, roll and beverage.
Baked goods available for sale.

ALL SOULS DAY AND VESTMENT COLORS

What color vestments does the priest wear on ALL SOULS DAY?
The only time the priest has his choice of which color vestments to wear on a Sunday is when Sunday falls on the second day of November.
Sundays in Ordinary Time are usually, but not always, “green vestment days”.
I say “usually, but not always” because, for example, NEXT Sunday (09 November 2014), the priest will wear WHITE vestments.
How come?
Because 09 November is the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran and, when 09 November falls on a Sunday, the Feast of the Dedication replaces the Sunday. So, next Sunday, we will not be observing what would otherwise be the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. But, by wearing white vestments next Sunday (09 Nov), the priest will not be exercising an option. White will be required.
But back to the question about the vestment color for TODAY (02 Nov): The answer is this: The priest may exercise an option as to which color vestments to wear.
He may wear either WHITE or PURPLE or BLACK, whichever he chooses!
Here at St. Joseph’s and St. Vincent’s, the priest (yours truly) will be wearing BLACK.
Why? No big-deal reason. Just a little salute to Tradition, that’s all!

BLACK symbolizes SORROW.
PURPLE symbolizes PENANCE.
WHITE symbolizes JOY.

Although I am all in favor of both PENANCE and JOY, I like to exercise my Constitutional right to manifest SORROW once in a while. Besides, it gives me a chance to take the black vestments out of the closet to air them out!
The priest has the same option (Black, Purple or White) whenever he celebrates a funeral Mass (Mass of Christian Burial). My practice — and every priest is free to do as he wishes in this regard — is to wear Purple for funeral Masses, except during the Christmas season and the Easter season, when I wear White.
Now you know!

stjos/stvdp: 11.02.2014 - 03



TUESDAY, 04 NOVEMBER 2014 IS ELECTION DAY.
HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

You will find on your ballot that there are four offices to be filled.
They are:
GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 17th DISTRICT
PENNSYLVANIA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (your district)

All of us in Pennsylvania will be voting for Governor / Lieutenant Governor.
(Please note: You cannot separate your vote for Governor from your vote for Lieutenant Governor.
The two candidates for the two offices for each party run as a “ticket”.)
All of us in Schuylkill County will be voting for the US House Representative for the 17th District.
Depending on where in Schuylkill County you live, you will be voting for a PA State House Representative for either the 123rd or the 124th or the 125th District.

The opposing candidates for Governor / Lieutenant Governor are:
TOM CORBETT / JIM CAWLEY (R) vs TOM WOLF / MIKE STACK (D)
The opposing candidates for US House Representative (17th District) are:
MATT CARTWRIGHT (D) vs DAVE MOYLAN (R)
The candidates for PA State House Representative are running without opposition. They are:
NEAL GOODMAN (D) (123rd District)
JERRY KNOWLES (R) (124th District)
MIKE TOBASH (R) (125th District)

• All three of the candidates for PA State House Representative have the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.
• One of the candidates for US House Representative (17th District) has the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. The other one does not.
• One of the sets of candidates for Governor / Lieutenant Governor has the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. The other set does not.
• I may not state in the parish bulletin which ones do and which ones do not have the above-mentioned endorsement.
• I may, however, tell you that this information is readily available to anyone who takes the trouble to find out.
• I may also tell you that we all have a moral duty to find out who is and who is not PRO-LIFE before we vote. This information is available in various ways. You can go on line to find out or you can ask someone or you can read campaign literature.
• I may also tell you, with all due respect, that we have a moral obligation to vote for candidates who are PRO-LIFE if and when we have that option. And, in the cases mentioned above, we do have that option.
• Ask God to guide your hand in the voting booth.

stjos/stvdp: 11.02.2014 - 04


2015 MISSALS FOR SALE
Next weekend (08/09 Nov) we will start selling missals for 2015. These are the same missals that we make available in the pews. The current missal is good up to and including 23 November. The new missal will go into effect on 30 November.
Many persons like to have their own missal to keep at home in order to prepare or to review the Scripture readings for Sunday.
We shall be selling these missals for three dollars ($3.00).
Quite frankly, three dollars is an excellent price. You would pay much more for one if you bought it in a store.
I don’t know why I sell them so cheap.
It’s not for nothing that they call me “Crazy Eddie, the Cheap Missal Man”!
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SUBS (also known as Hoagies) will be available for pick-up on Thursday, 06 November. Ask Wade for details.
IS THE COLLECTION MONEY SAFE?
Well, let me tell you! Anyone who is thinking of swiping the collection money before we get it safely deposited in the Bank is going to have to deal with Kateri the Kollektion-Kounting Kat!
Here she is, eyes wide open, ears lifted high, calculator within reach, teeth and nails ready for action if and when necessary. She dares you to get past her! She is a force to be reckoned with!
It is all part of the service she renders to the parishes in exchange for room and board.

DON’T FORGET!
Chances on Lottery Tree are for sale after the weekend Masses in St. Vincent dePaul Church. Two dollars each or three for five dollars.

stjos/stvdp: 11.02.2014 - 05


HOLY MACKEREL, CHAPLAIN STANEGLASS!
WHAT SEMINARY DID YOU GRADUATE FROM?
HOW DID YOU EVER GET APPROVED FOR ORDINATION?
MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO RACK IT UP!

You might be a nice guy! I’m not saying that you’re not!
But there’s more to religious leadership than just being a nice guy!
You wear a clerical collar and you’ve got a Colonel’s bird on your shoulder.
Those two insignia imply that you’ve had more than just a little bit of education!
I would expect that you would be able to answer such a rudimentary question!
You wear a cross on your helmet. That tells me that you’re a Christian. So, I presume you’re either a Catholic priest or a Protestant minister. (After all these years of reading Beetle Bailey, it’s still not clear to me whether you’re Catholic or Protestant, but, either way, you should know the answer to such a fundamental question.)
No wonder you got assigned to Camp Swampy — you and your camp commander, General Halftrack! No wonder you guys never hear from the Pentagon! Do you want to know why? It’s because the Pentagon is embarrassed to acknowledge your existence!
Gee whiz, Chaplain! I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings, but I’m afraid you left yourself wide open for getting your feelings hurt! Tell Private Zero to give me a call or send me an email or else visit me. Meanwhile, let me give you the basic answer to his question.
Here it is:

NOBODY CREATED GOD!
GOD IS THE ONE AND ONLY UNCREATED SUPREME BEING!
GOD ALWAYS WAS, IS NOW AND ALWAYS WILL BE!

That’s the very definition of God or, at least, it is an essential part of the very definition of God. A “god” who was created could not possibly be “GOD”! Phooey on any “created god”!
There is ONE and ONLY ONE GOD! God had no beginning and He will have no end!
Haven’t you ever read Thomas Aquinas? Or how about Exodus, chapter three, verse fourteen? Moses asks the Voice from the Burning Bush what His Name might be. The Voice answers:

A N E E Y ’ Y E H A S H E R Y ’ W E H !
I SHALL BE THAT I AM!
TELL PHARAOH THAT “I AM” SENDS YOU.

God is the Source of all being. Everything that exists comes from Him and depends on Him and is destined to return to Him for final disposition.
I have a whole lot more to say on the subject, but now I’ve got myself all worked up, so I have to take a couple of aspirin and go lie down!

stjos/stvdp: 11.02.2014 - 06


 WE HAVE TAKEN THE FOLLOWING NAMES
FROM THE DEATH REGISTERS OF OUR TWO PARISHES.
ALL OF THEM ARE PERSONS WHO DIED WITHIN THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS,
i.e. SINCE ALL SOULS DAY OF 2013.
ALL OF THEM WERE MEMBERS OF ONE OF OUR PARISHES OR, IF NOT MEMBERS, WERE CONNECTED IN SOME WAY WITH OUR PARISHES, SO THAT THEIR FUNERAL RITES WERE CONDUCTED FROM ONE OF OUR PARISHES.
WE COMMEND THEM TO THE LORD
AND WE COMMEND THEM TO YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS.
ADAMAVAGE, Francis J.
BOGACZYK, Edward T.
BRADSHAW, Annetta Scully
CATIZONE, Joseph A.
CIKANOVICH, Peter A.
GAUGHAN, Ellen K. Brennan
GOWNLEY, James J.
GREGAS, Anthony P.
HANLEY, Kristoffer Y.
HORAN, Rev. Thomas A.
JAMBETER, Rosalie Ann Barrett
KETUSKY, Rita E. McAndrew
LABENBERG, Isabelle Aranavage
MINAHAN, James E. Jr.
NEARY, James F. Jr.
PARFITT, Marlene J. Kleckner
PETUSKY, Loretta D.
SHALAMANDA, Joan A. Drosey
SMOLOCK, Peter
SMOLOCK, Violet Stancavage
TERESAVAGE, Marion Leckner
WAYNE, Henry A.
WIRSING, Marian Cardiff
WOMER, Carl T.
WOOD, Anthony F.
YASENCHAK, Bernard

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let the perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls
and the souls of all of our deceased parishioners,
and family members,
and friends
and of all human beings,
without exception,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.
Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 11.02.2014 - 07


Juan Pérez-Giménez
is a United States Federal Judge in Senior Status for the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. He was appointed in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter and confirmed that same year by the US Senate.
On Tuesday, 21 October 2014, he ruled in favor of upholding the ban on same-sex marriage in Puerto Rico. By doing so, he placed himself firmly in opposition to all of those federal judges who have ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. We are painfully aware that Federal Judge John E. Jones III ruled that Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. I’ll take the judicial reasoning of Juan Pérez-Giménez over that of John E. Jones III any day of the week. I would be happy to recommend Juan Pérez-Giménez for the next vacancy on the Supreme Court!
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THESE WORDS FROM THE JUDGE’S RULING:


BECAUSE NO RIGHT TO SAME-GENDER MARRIAGE EMANATES from the Constitution, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should not be compelled to recognize such unions.
There are some principles of logic and law that cannot be forgotten.
Recent affirmances of same-gender marriage seem to suffer from a peculiar inability to recall the principles embodied in existing marriage law. Traditional marriage is 'exclusively [an] opposite-sex institution... inextricably linked to procreation and biological kinship. 'Traditional marriage is the fundamental unit of the political order. And ultimately the very survival of the political order depends upon the procreative potential embodied in traditional marriage.
Those are the well-tested, well-proven principles on which we have relied for centuries. The question now is whether judicial 'wisdom' may contrive methods by which those solid principles can be circumvented or even discarded.
A clear majority of courts have struck down statutes that affirm opposite-gender marriage only. In their ingenuity and imagination they have constructed a seemingly comprehensive legal structure for this new form of marriage. And yet what is lacking and unaccounted for remains: are laws barring polygamy, or, say the marriage of fathers and daughters, now of doubtful validity? Is 'minimal marriage,' where individuals have legal marital relationships with more than one person, reciprocally or asymmetrically, themselves determining the sex and number of parties the blueprint for their design? [...] It would seem so, if we follow the plaintiffs' logic, that the fundamental right to marriage is based on the constitutional liberty to select the partner of one's choice.
Of course, it is all too easy to dismiss such concerns as absurd or of a kind with the cruel discrimination and ridicule that has been shown toward people attracted to members of their own sex. But the truth concealed in these concerns goes to the heart of our system of limited, consent-based government: those seeking sweeping change must render reasons justifying the change and articulate the principles that they claim will limit this newly fashioned right.
For now, one basic principle remains: the people, acting through their elected representatives, may legitimately regulate marriage by law.

stjos/stvdp: 11.02.2014 - 08


 

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