MASS SCHEDULE: 16 - 23 November

Saturday, 15 November
Vigil of Sunday
by their son/brother, Dennis Devine
Sunday, 16 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — Rev. THOMAS A. HORAN
by Teresa Maley Neary

Monday, 17 November
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — MARY ROWLAND (anniversary of birth)
by Eileen Rowland

Wednesday, 19 November
08:00 am — DORIS NESTOR
by her classmate, Joseph Muredda

Friday, 21 November
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
by Robert and Ruth Weidler

Saturday, 22 November
St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her parents
Vigil of Christ the King
05:30 pm — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Philip and Helen DeLuca

Sunday, 23 November
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
by her husband, Dennis

 MASS SCHEDULE: 16 - 23 November

Saturday, 15 November
Vigil of Sunday
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 16 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by Carole Krick

Tuesday, 18 November
Dedication of the Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Apostles; St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — Deceased: BERNOTAS FAMILY
rescheduled from 11 Nov

Thursday, 20 November
by Ron and Elaine Schaeffer

Saturday, 22 November
Vigil of Christ the King
04:00 pm — MARK NEARY
by Vytus and Teresa Karasavage

Sunday, 23 November
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
08:30 am — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Elaine Schaeffer

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08 / 09 NOVEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $753.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $29.00 from the plate; $75.00 from the Dues envelopes; $113.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $46.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $37.00 from the All Souls envelopes; $32.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,085.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $25.00 from the Mission Sunday envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,085.00) 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 $195.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $687.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $57.00 from the plate; $55.00 from the Dues envelopes; $224.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $32.00 from the All Saints envelopes; $12.00 from the All Souls envelopes; $65.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,132.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,132.00) 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 $348.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Thursday, 20 November
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 20 November
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 21 November
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 20 November
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, 21 November
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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a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Wednesday, 12 November 2014.
Born on 27 November 1941, he was 72 years old.
He is the son — the only child — of the late William and Anna (Turosky) Scrobol.
He was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church by Father Albin J. Neverauskas on 21 December 1941.
George was a fixture at the 04:00 pm Mass every Saturday. But he was absent from Mass on Saturday, 08 November.
Because he lived alone, some parishioners and neighbors began to wonder if he was “okay”.
Within a short time, some friends entered George’s house and discovered that he was not “okay”. George had suffered for many years from diabetes and “heart troubles”. He was found, still alive but not lucid, lying on the floor of his bedroom. He was taken by ambulance to the Geisinger in Danville. On Tuesday evening, Fr. Connolly, together with a member of StVdP Parish, went to the Geisinger ER to give George the last rites of the Church: the anointing of the sick, the final absolution, the papal blessing, the prayers for the dying. George was then transferred to the ICU and it was there that he passed over to the Lord on Wednesday morning.
Because of the absence of “next of kin” and because of the temporary unavailability of George’s attorney, the funeral directors, Tom and Tim Sullivan, are not able to make final arrangements for the funeral in time for us to print them in this bulletin. We hope to have that information in the coming week. Please check the newspaper.
We are going to miss George.
He was one in a million!
If I were to dare to risk making a little joke in a time of sadness, the joke might be this: Don’t waste time! If you own any stock in Lionel Trains, now is the time to sell it! It has nowhere to go except down! Lionel Trains has lost its best customer.
Not only that, but who will be donating the train for us to chance off at our Chinese Auction in February?
Eternal rest grant unto George, 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.
Members of the Holy Rosary Society will be in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church, ready and willing to do business with you. Tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00. The tree will be chanced off on Thanksgiving Day.

stjos/stvdp: 11.16.2014 - 03


Recently, Schuylkill County has experienced a spate of bomb threats in its public schools.
There was an incident not long ago, as I recall, in Pine Grove Area High School.
There have been three incidents recently in Mahanoy Area High School / Middle School.
I think there were one or two others in schools in our County.
I’m starting to lose count.
In all cases, the children were evacuated from the building, very much to the disruption of the educational process and to the schedules of the parents and teachers and bus drivers and police and, last but not least, very much to the expense of the taxpayers.

Two questions come to my mind:
#01 — What should an administrator do when he / she comes across a written (or phoned-in) message that a bomb has been set that will blow the building to kingdom come?
#02 — What should be done with the kid who is identified as having made the threat? (That’s presuming that he or she is identified, which, I think, is usually the case.)

In regard to #01: What should an administrator do?

First of all, a disclaimer: Believe me when I tell you that I have never blown up a building — scout’s honor, cross my heart and hope to die! And believe me when I tell you I have never threatened to do so. However, when I reflect on the phenomenon of children making bomb threats, I do what cops and detectives are supposed to do: I try to put myself into the mind of the person who threatens to blow up buildings.
If I really want to blow up a school-building and kill or maim those who are in the building, I shall not send a message that I intend to do so. Why not? Easy question to answer! Because I don’t want anyone to foil my nefarious plan. Why would I give prior notice? It would be — to say the least — counter-productive to my successful carrying out of the deed!
But what if I want to blow up a school-building but am humane enough not to want to kill or maim anyone in the process? Why would I not simply plant my bomb to go off at a time when there are no teachers or children in the school? Why not arrange for my bomb to go off at 03:00 am on a Sunday? If it be my intention to blow up the school but without killing or maiming anyone, then why would I send a message to alert people about what I intend to do? Why would I act to defeat my purpose?
But what if I have no plans or no resources actually to blow anything up, but want simply to scare the bejabbers out of people and provoke a DISRUPTION? Suppose I simply hope to get the administrator to order an evacuation of the school, so that I might get a thrill out of knowing that I had the power to disrupt the lives of many persons? Then, it would be absolutely essential to my plan that I send a message ahead of time. Message engenders disruption. No message engenders no disruption! So, the message (threat) is the essential element.

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I come to this conclusion: People who make anonymous phone calls that “there is a bomb planted in the school and it’s set to go off” or who write similar messages on bathroom walls are lying. Plain and simple: They are lying! There is no bomb set to go off in the school! Therefore, school administrators ought not order an evacuation of a school building on the basis of a message scribbled on a bathroom wall or phoned in by an anonymous caller. I realize that this is “easy for me to say” but I think it is eminently logical. I have been told by reliable sources that, in certain big cities, such threats are “a dime a dozen” and the administrators have adopted a policy of ignoring them — except for making efforts to identify the person who is responsible for the message. I would go so far as to say that it is more likely that a bomb will go off in a school that does not receive a bomb threat than it is that a bomb will go off in a school that does receive a bomb threat.
So, maybe it would make more sense to evacuate a school building that has not received a bomb threat than it would be to evacuate a school building that has received a bomb threat?
But, of course, that way lies insanity!

In regard to #02: What should be done with the kid who makes the threat? (Let us presume that he or she has been identified beyond a shadow of a doubt.)

The first and most important thing I would have to say is this: Let the Justice System take its course. Let the crime of making a bomb threat be called what it is, viz. a felony, regardless of the age of the child. If it is a felony, then the child must be prosecuted as an adult.
Let us not entertain the presumption that the child is “sick”. Let us not presume — unless there is crystal clear evidence to the contrary — that he or she was not fully responsible for deciding to make a bomb threat. Let us not equate minority with insanity.
It is lamentably common and entirely predictable for social workers and the judicial system to come to the conclusion that everyone who does significantly bad deeds is “sick” and, because of the “sickness”, cannot be held criminally responsible for his or her bad deeds.
The fact is that human beings have free will and some human beings use their free will to do deeds that are stupid and harmful and anti-social and sinful and criminal.
We must not presuppose that a child who consistently acts in a defiant and anti-authoritarian manner is afflicted with some malady called ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) and is in need of some exceptional or exotic psychiatric drugs or psychological therapy.
What the child needs is the experience of consequences.
Good deeds generate happy consequences. Bad deeds generate unhappy consequences.
Just how severe or how unhappy should be the consequences for a child who makes a bomb threat? I don’t know. That’s for the legislature and the judiciary to decide. Offhand, I would say ten years without parole in a prison that is suited to the age of the criminal. I do not visualize some sort of brutal prison situation. I visualize a prison that is humane and that provides educational and vocational opportunities but is, nevertheless, a prison in the sense of a place for doing penance (whence the word “penitentiary”)
It seems to me that ten years is not too high a price for society to impose for such a deed.
It also seems to me that, once it is known that you get ten years in the slammer for writing bomb threats on bathroom walls in your school, we might experience these threats with considerably less frequency.

stjos/stvdp: 11.16.2014 - 05


The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors today announced the appointment of Megan J. Brennan, the current chief operating officer of the Postal Service, as the 74th Postmaster General and CEO.
Speaking at a public meeting of the Board on Friday, 14 November, Mickey D. Barnett, chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors, praised Brennan – who will become the first woman to be Postmaster General – as the ideal choice to replace the current Postmaster General, Patrick R. Donahoe, who will be retiring in early 2015.
“Megan has demonstrated outstanding vision, leadership and executive ability in her role as chief operating officer, and has been extraordinarily successful in managing the operations of the Postal Service,” said Barnett.” She is highly regarded throughout the Postal Service and among the broader community of our major customers and business partners – and rightly so.”
All of us in Schuylkill County have good reason to be proud of Megan.
We wish her well in her new responsibilities!
God bless her!
Maybe Megan can arrange for us folks in Schuylkill County to get a discount on postage stamps?
Hey, just sayin’!
PLEASE NOTE THAT the Exposition and Confessions usually scheduled for Tuesday (or sometimes Wednesday) at St. Vincent dePaul Church, are scheduled this week for Thursday, due to various and sundry circumstances. See page 02 of this bulletin.
FATHER CHRISTOPHER M. ZELONIS will be the celebrant of the 04:00 and the 05:30 pm Masses today (Saturday, 15 Nov). Fr. Connolly will be in Harrisburg for a Catechetical Conference. Fr. Zelonis is the chaplain for the hospitals and several of the nursing homes in the County. He is a resident at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, St. Clair PA.
I thank him for his willingness to help out.

stjos/stvdp: 11.16.2014 - 06

DO YOU REMEMBER ALL THAT NONSENSE that came out of the recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops that was held in Rome from 05 to 19 October? It received an enormous amount of media attention. One of the things that came out was that there is about to be a liberalization in the matter of eligibility for receiving the Holy Eucharist.
In particular, it was reported that we are about to see some sort of change that will enable Catholics who are divorced from a valid marriage and “remarried” in a second invalid union to receive Holy Communion.
Those of us who had not lost our sanity were quite certain that this was not true. I went so far as to say that the Church will NEVER change her discipline (practice) in this matter. Well, what I said is true. The Church recently reaffirmed her discipline (practice) in this matter.
Three days after the Synod had concluded, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a letter reiterating what the Church has always taught.
A priest in France wrote to the Congregation to ask whether a priest may grant absolution to a penitent who had been married in the Church and who then obtained a civil divorce and who then contracted a civil union.
The Congregation, with the approval of Pope Francis, re-affirmed Pope St. John Paul’s teaching on absolution for those who have remarried outside the Church.
Here are the words of Pope St. John Paul:
“Reconciliation in the sacrament of Penance which would open the way to the Eucharist, can only be granted to those who, repenting of having broken the sign of the Covenant and of fidelity to Christ, are sincerely ready to undertake a way of life that is no longer in contradiction to the indissolubility of marriage. This means, in practice, that when, for serious reasons, such as for example the children’s upbringing, a man and a woman cannot satisfy the obligation to separate, they take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.”
The Congregation then outlined the steps in the penitential process:
• “Verify the validity of the religious marriage in the respect of truth, all the while avoiding giving the impression of a kind of ‘Catholic divorce.’”
• “See eventually if the persons, with the aid of grace, can separate from their new partners and reconcile with those from whom they had separated.”
• “Invite remarried divorced persons who, for serious reasons (for instance, children), cannot separate from their partner to live as ‘brother and sister.’”
Citing the Council of Trent, the Congregation stated that absolution cannot be granted to a person unless he manifests “a sorrow of mind, and a detestation for sin committed, with the purpose of not sinning in the future”
The Congregation concluded as follows: “In this line, a remarried divorcee cannot be validly absolved if he does not take the firm resolution of not ‘sinning for the future’ and therefore of abstaining from the acts proper to spouses, by doing in this sense all that is within his power.”

Bottom line in my own words: The practice of the Catholic Church must always be harmonious with the doctrine of the Catholic Church. The only way a couple who are invalidly married can legitimately receive sacramental absolution and Holy Communion is for them to take the steps necessary to be validly married. If, for solid reason, they are unable to become validly married, then they must commit themselves to living “as brother and sister”. THIS IS NOTHING NEW! I LEARNED THIS IN THE SEMINARY WAY BACK IN THE 1960s! BUT IT IS GOOD TO HEAR IT BEING REINFORCED AND REAFFIRMED BY THE HIGHEST AUTHORITY.

stjos/stvdp: 11.16.2014 - 07


I have no particularly cogent reason for including this photo in our parish bulletin, other than the fact that I like it so much and thought that others might find it interesting.
As you may know, Monsignor Ratzinger is the elder brother of Josef Ratzinger, better known as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. He is ninety years old. If God spares him, he will turn 91 in January of 2015.
Father Butera is a Schuylkill County boy! Born and raised in Pottsville, he is the son of Ralph and Kathleen (Lynch) Butera. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2007 by Bishop Cullen for the service of the Diocese of Allentown. In 2010, he was released by Bishop Barres to serve as a Chaplain in the United States Army. Father (Captain) Butera served with distinction in Afghanistan and is now stationed in Germany.
Recently, he went to visit Monsignor Ratzinger in Regensburg. I understand that they had a glass or two of schnapps and I presume — but I’m not certain — that they exchanged Old War Stories. (Monsignor Ratzinger had served in the Wehrmacht and was wounded in Italy in 1944. He was taken prisoner by the US Army and was released very soon after the War ended.)
Young Christopher Butera was in first grade when a new pastor was appointed in 1986 for St. Joseph Parish, Pottsville. Chris was one of the first to enlist as an altar boy. Little did I know at that time that, twenty-eight years later, I would be putting into my parish bulletin a photo of Chris with the brother of the Pope Emeritus!

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