MASS SCHEDULE: 19 - 26 October
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 18 October
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

Monday, 20 October
St. Paul of the Cross, priest (OptMem)
07:00 pm — ELEANOR McDONALD
by Mary Alice and Anne

Wednesday, 22 October
St. John Paul II, pope (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on: SISTER MARTIN dePORRES, OP
by the Thye family

Friday, 24 October
St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH A. CATIZONE
by Teresa Neary

Saturday, 25 October
Weekday
08:00 am — MELANIE ANNE NIEDLINGER
rescheduled from 11 October
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — TOMEE L. GOWER
(27th anniversary of birth)
by her family

Sunday, 26 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — BOB and AG SCULLY
by their family
11:30 am — PHILOMENA DALEY
by Teresa Maley Neary

 MASS SCHEDULE: 19 - 26 October
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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 J. GOWNLEY
by the James Connell family

Tuesday, 21 October
Weekday
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by Mary Draugelis Miller

Thursday, 23 October
St. John of Capistrano, priest (OptMem)
12:00 noon — HELEN SEDOR DIAMOND
by her husband, Joe

Saturday, 25 October
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Bob and Margaret Gownley and family

Sunday, 26 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: KRICK FAMILY
by the Labie family

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
11 / 12 OCTOBER


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $498.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $44.00 from the plate; $81.00 from the Dues envelopes; $81.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $341.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $57.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,102.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,102.00) 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 $212.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $682.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $47.00 from the plate; $19.00 from the Dues envelopes; $147.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $358.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $51.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,304.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,304.00) 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 $520.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 21 October
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 23 October
11:00 am to 12:00 noon
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 24 October
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 21 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, 24 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 2014 Regional Confirmation was held at St. Joseph Church, Ashland. The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, confirmed a total of forty-four persons (forty-three children and one adult) from the parishes of Ashland, Frackville, Girardville and Gordon. Pictured here are the eleven children and one adult who were confirmed from our two Girardville parishes. Pictured with them (top center) is our Confirmation coordinator, Edward M. Wascavage.

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ELLEN KATHERINE BRENNAN GAUGHAN,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Monday, 13 October 2014.
Born on 25 September 1919, she was 95 years old.
Ellen is one of the five children of the late Edmund J. and Molly (Towey) Brennan.
All four of her brothers and sisters are deceased: John A. Brennan Sr.; Edmund J. Brennan Jr.; Mary Brennan; Helen Ann Brennan Downey.
On 28 September 1919, Ellen was baptized in St. Joseph Church by Fr. Joseph V. McCaffrey.
On 09 March 1943, she was married to Anthony J. Gaughan Sr. in St. Peter Church, Mount Carmel, in the presence of Fr. Paul D. Weaver.
(For historical interest: St. Peter Church, located in Mount Carmel on West Avenue, between Beach Street and Willow Street, was founded to serve Italian Catholics from the South Tyrol. Several years ago, the building was closed and the parish was consolidated with Divine Redeemer Parish.)
Anthony died on 03 February 1993, which was about a month short of what would have been his and Ellen’s 50th wedding anniversary.
Anthony and Ellen have five children: Anthony J. Gaughan Jr. (deceased); Maryellen A. Gaughan (deceased); Gerald P. Gaughan Sr.; Philip E. Gaughan; Erin M. Gaughan Wendling.
They have seven grandchildren: Gerald P. Gaughan Jr.; Shawn A. Gaughan; Bryan M. Gaughan; Rory A. Gaughan; Bridget M. Gaughan; Anthony J. Wendling; Joel T. Wendling.
They have two great-grandchildren: Jillian C. Dyszel; Devyn L. Gaughan
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, 17 October, in St. Joseph Chapel. Prior to the Mass, there was a viewing in the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville.
The interment took place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Ellen, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.



PLEASE NOTE
two changes in the weekday Mass schedule for this coming week!
There will not be a Mass at 08:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel on Monday, 20 October. Instead, there will be a Mass at 07:00 pm.
This change is due to the fact that Fr. Connolly is scheduled to take part in a Prayer seminar in Northampton PA on Monday morning.
There will not be a Mass at 07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Thursday, 23 October. Instead, there will be a Mass at 12:00 noon. (Confessions will be at 11:00 am instead of at 06:00 pm.)
This change is due to the fact that Fr. Connolly will be attending a special Mass in Allentown on Thursday evening in celebration of Bishop Barres’s 25th anniversary of priestly ordination.

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EX ORE INFANTIUM
(Genevieve is a three-year old girl who visits the pastor from time to time. Here are some insights into the mind of Genevieve, as conveyed to me by her father.)
• When she looked up and saw the Holy Ghost at the foot of the Cross in the painting of the Trinity in St. Patrick Church, she said "Look, Daddy, it's the Catholic Bird."
• When she was at church and her mother stepped into the confessional, she asked her Daddy what that “thing” was that her Mommy had gone into. He told her, “That’s a confessional.” She said, “A confession hole?”
• When her big brother (who tends to have strong opinions) said something critical about a certain prominent politician, she shrugged her shoulders and said, "We should get rid of all the bad guys. Then we would have peace."

A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE SO-CALLED “BIG NEWS” THAT CAME
                          OUT OF THE VATICAN THIS PAST WEEK

First of all, don’t worry about it!
It’s all a lot of nonsense!
According to news reports, there has been a momentous change in Catholic doctrine about homosexuality!
Trust me when I tell you that this is ABSOLUTELY FALSE!

There has not been,
nor will there ever be
any change whatsoever
in Catholic doctrine about homosexuality!

Catholic doctrine about the morality of sexual relationships between persons of the same sex is set in stone. Why? Well, first of all, because it is based on THE NATURAL LAW and, secondly, because HOLY SCRIPTURE and the SACRED TRADITION of the Church condemn such relationships.
Are there any Catholics who disagree with Catholic Church doctrine in this matter?
Well, of course there are! Catholics tend to be a contentious lot! That’s why God gave us a Pope!
Catholics who dissent from settled Church doctrine are what is known as HERETICS.
We’ve had millions of them in the history of the Church, most notoriously in the 16th century!
Historically, heretics do one of two things:
(a) They retain their paper membership in the Body of Christ and stir up trouble. Then dependent upon the prudential judgment or the administrative strategy of whoever happens to be the Pope or the local Bishop, they are either tolerated for a time in the hope that they will get back in line or else they get formally excommunicated.

OR

(b) They do the honorable thing and formally excommunicate themselves by severing their relationship with the Catholic Church. Then, they are free to align themselves with some ersatz form of Christianity like the Episcopal Church (if they like smells and bells) or like the Unitarian Church (if they like to mingle with a better class of people) or with Joel Osteen, who is very good looking and totally non-judgmental and you can watch him on TV and not have to get off your couch. None of these alternate religions will trouble them with preachments against sodomy.

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