MASS SCHEDULE: 1926 APRIL 2009
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 18 April
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JAMES and GENEVIEVE FARRELL
by their family

Sunday, 19 April
2nd Sunday of Easter / Feast of the Divine Mercy
11:30 am — STEPHEN P. McCARTHY
by his wife, Joan
03:00 pm — Rev. THOMAS J. KING
by EBC

Monday, 20 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — DANIEL J. MARTIN Sr., MD
by Jim and Cindy Coyle and family
07:00 pm — JOSEPH SION
by Cleo and Sava

Wednesday, 22 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by Alice

Friday, 24 April
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by Uncle Carmen Tegano

Saturday, 25 April
St. Mark, evangelist (Fst)
08:00 am — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — THOMAS and CECELIA FINLAN
and EDWARD FINLAN
by M/M Robert Finlan

Sunday, 26 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — ANTHONY CATIZONE
by his daughter, Mickey

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1926 APRIL 2009
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 18 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ROSEMARY RIZZARDI
by the Rizzardi family

Sunday, 19 April
2nd Sunday of Easter / Feast of the Divine Mercy
08:30 am — JULIA RANCHALIS
by the Connell family

Tuesday, 21 April
St. Anselm, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — MAUREEN KALYMAN
by the Connell family and Mel

Thursday, 23 April
St. George, martyr; St. Adalbert, bishop and martyr (OptMems)
07:00 pm — JOHN YEKENCHIK
by his daughter, Gina

Saturday, 25 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — HELEN SCHUMACK
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 26 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — JOYCE CHRISTINE CHIPLONIA
by her family

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2009 - 01


 COLLECTION TOTALS FR OM LAST WEEKEND:
(including the Triduum)
09 to 12 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
:
$1,261.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $139.00 from the second collection (plate); $157.00 from the Dues envelopes; $63.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes; $434.00 from the Holy Thursday collection; $185.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land (Good Friday) envelopes; $3,025.00 from the Easter envelopes; $70.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $349.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $1,013.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $82.00 from the second collection (plate); $295.00 from the Holy Thursday collection; $129.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes; $213.00 from the Good Friday collection; $1,692.00 from the Easter envelopes; $207.00 from the loose. Thank you.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Wednesday, 22 April
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 23 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT


Wednesday, 22 April
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 24 April
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND!

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2009 - 02



DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
19 APRIL
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH
Schedule

3:00 pm — Mass
After Mass, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the praying of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

From approximately
4:30 pm until 7:00 pm,
there will be private adoration of
the Blessed Sacrament.

7:00 pm — Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
other prayers, procession with the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction.

Come and pray for the conversion of your relatives and friends who no longer practice the Faith. Beg God to send them abundant graces to break down their resistance, so that they might be saved.

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2009 - 03


A FEW REFLECTIONS ON THE RESCUE OF CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

Reflection #1

Returning to the Rectory after Mass on Easter Sunday, I checked out the latest news on the Net to see if there had been any developments in the matter of Captain Phillips, the gentleman who was being held hostage by the Somali pirates. I was delighted and grateful to God to learn that he had been rescued and was unharmed. Praise the Lord! And, while we’re at it, let’s praise the United States Navy! Thank God for those three Navy Seals and their consummate skill with firearms.

This sounds strange, perhaps. Why would a Catholic priest say something so affirmative and positive about an act of violence? An act of violence that took the lives of three human beings? Isn’t the Catholic religion a religion of peace and tranquility? Aren’t we supposed to just take it on the chin and be resigned to the fact that bad people do bad things to innocent people and just offer it all up to God and wait for Him to rescue us?

Of course not! The unfortunate thing is that, in this effeminate age, we have been sold a bill of goods about how Christians ought to deal with evil.

There is only one thing to do with evil. Whenever possible, destroy it. If unable to destroy it, endure it patiently. And then, after having endured it patiently, look for another opportunity to destroy it.
But, in an age of moral ambiguity such as the one in which we currently live, some people will quibble as to whether anything can really be called “GOOD” as opposed to “EVIL”. Some people prefer to say, “Well, it all depends on how you look at it”.

If it all depends on one’s perspective, then I guess we would have to say that, from the perspective of the Somali pirates, it is a GOOD thing forcibly to board ships on the high seas, steal the cargo and keep the crew members hostage in hope of receiving ransom. Piracy is just one way of making a living! As such, it is neither morally good nor morally bad. It is just business! Perhaps we ought not be judgmental about piracy! Different strokes for different folks.

I make bold to say, however, that piracy is an EVIL thing. Persons who practice piracy must be prevented from doing so and persuaded to find some other line of work. Persons who insist on being pirates and who cannot be prevented by non-violent means from doing their dirty deeds must be prevented by violent means. If this requires that they be killed, then so be it. We shall pray for the happy repose of their souls, once we are sure that they are safely dead.

Let’s not get carried away, of course. I am not in any way implying that violence is desirable in and of itself. It certainly is not! On the other hand, there is a time when violence is unavoidable — not only is unavoidable, but is morally required.

I think about the third reading of the Easter Vigil Mass. It is the one Old Testament reading that, by liturgical law, must not be omitted. It is the reading from Exodus about the crossing of the Red Sea. The reading does not simply tell us how God got the Israelites safely through the Red Sea. It tells us that, once they had safely passed over, the Egyptian army followed them in hot pursuit between the upright walls of water. And then what happened? Read it yourself! “The Egyptians were fleeing head on toward the sea, when the Lord hurled them into its midst. As the water flowed back, it covered the chariots and the charioteers of Pharaoh’s whole army which had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not a single one of them escaped.” (Ex 14,27b-28) Chapter 15 gives us the exultant Song of Moses: “I will sing to the Lord, for He is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot He has cast into the sea!”

Why wasn’t God merciful to the Egyptians? Why did He cause them to be drowned?
The truth is that the Lord was merciful to the Egyptians. He allowed them to witness the miracle whereby the Israelites got safely through the Red Sea. He gave them the chance to do a little logic, a little syllogism, the conclusion of which would have been: “Maybe we should just call it a day and let the Israelites go, because it’s pretty obvious by now that their God wants to free them. Therefore, let’s admit that they won and we lost and, you know, you win some and you lose some, so let’s just turn around and go back home.”
But the Egyptians were proud and obstinate and decided to push the envelope. And, so, God just left them to their own devices and let them drown! Way it goes! Don’t mess with God! Let’s hope that they all said a good act of contrition on their way down.

Reflection #2
I read the following somewhere in the commentaries that followed up on the story:

Certainly the significance of a leader offering himself up to evil in order to save his group and then to escape on Easter cannot be overstated.
Unfortunately, I can’t give proper attribution for that sentence, but I tip my biretta to whoever wrote it. It certainly put the whole episode into a neat theological context.

Reflection #3
Here are some Moral Theology questions that might arise from the aforementioned rescue story.
Question(s): Suppose you were one of those three Navy Seals who were assigned to take out the three pirates who were holding Captain Phillips hostage in the lifeboat. Suppose you are also a practicing Catholic, who goes to Confession and Communion on a regular basis. Would you be obliged to go to Confession in order to be absolved of the sin of shooting the pirate in the head? Would it have been a sin for you to shoot the pirate in the head? If it was a sin, was it a mortal sin?

Answer(s): No, you would not be obliged to go to Confession in order to be absolved of the sin. No, it would not have been a sin — neither a mortal sin nor a venial sin — for you to shoot the pirate. The Fifth Commandment forbids unjustified homicide. It does not forbid homicide in the case of self defense or in the case of defense of the innocent. Such homicide should, of course, be a last resort. I think it is clear from the circumstances that the killing of the three Somali pirates was a last resort. The fact that one of the pirates had an AK-47 pointed at the back of Captain Phillips conferred upon the Navy Seals the moral right to do what was necessary in order to save the Captain’s life.

Reflection #4

We have a local pirate problem. I wonder if I could persuade the USNavy to send a destroyer up the Schuylkill to Pottsville. From there, perhaps, a helicopter to Girardville, to drop one or more Seals onto Main Street. The element of surprise would be important. Well, I can leave those details to my buddies in the Pentagon.

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2009 - 04 / 05

 


MARY CATHERINE KOWALICK DEVANEY,
a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died on Easter Tuesday, 14 April.
Born on 9 March 1916, she was 93 years old.
She is one of the seventeen children (thirteen sons and four daughters) of the late Paul and Mary (Stepnitski) Kowalick Sr.
One of her sisters and two of her brothers are living: Helen Kowalick Kalada; Vincent Kowalick; Patrick Kowalick.
Two of her sisters and eleven of her brothers are deceased: John Kowalick; Anna Kowalick Pompeii; Walter Kowalick; Stanley Kowalick; Joseph Kowalick; Felix Kowalick; Thomas Kowalick; Paul Kowalick; Julia Kowalick Meyers; Michael Kowalick; Anthony Kowalick; Peter Kowalick; Frank Kowalick.
In addition to the brothers and sisters listed here, Mary always included her nephew, Thomas Pompeii (deceased), and her niece, Theresa Pompeii Cocci, among her brothers and sisters. Paul and Mary Kowalick raised these two grandchildren along with their own children when the children’s mother, Anna Kowalick Pompeii, died.
Mary Catherine was baptized in St. George Church, Shenandoah, on 26 March 1916. She was married to William Leonard Devaney on 16 February 1934 at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek, in the presence of Fr. William T. Kelly.
Her husband, William, died in 1988.
William and Mary Catherine Devaney have five children: Francis Devaney (deceased); Anna Marie Theresa Devaney McDonald; William Devaney (deceased); James Michael Devaney (deceased); William Leonard Devaney Jr.
They have eleven grandchildren: Thomas McDonald; Timothy McDonald (deceased); Edward McDonald; William Todd McDonald; Terrence McDonald; Kimberly Devaney Bauer; Jennifer Devaney; William Devaney; Edward Devaney; Molly Devaney Fera; Daniel Devaney.
They have twenty great-grandchildren: Daniel McDonald; Thomas McDonald; Chelbie McDonald; Riley McDonald; Casey McDonald; Erin McDonald; William T. McDonald Jr.; Timothy McDonald; Terrence McDonald; Tristan McDonald; Trevor McDonald; Taylor McDonald; Tessa McDonald; Erin Bauer; Kendall Devaney; Devon Devaney; Edward Devaney; Kyle Devaney; Megan Wasaconis; Grace Devaney.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Girardville, on Saturday, 18 April, at 10:00 am. There was a viewing prior to the Mass.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
We give thanks to God for Mary Catherine Devaney’s long and faithful life. We pray that she may share in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Eternal rest grant unto Mary Catherine, 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.

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2009 - 06


 

 

        

 TRINITY ACADEMY
invites you to attend
FUN NIGHT
at
FRIENDLY’S

Fairlane Village Mall
Wednesday, 22 April
5:00 to 8:00 pm
Eat-in or take out. Call 429-1199.
Also: Basket Auction, 50 / 50 Chances
and Friendly’s Coloring Contest
A portion of all sales benefits Trinity Academy
WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE a contribution to the St. Joseph Parish Memorial Fund received from the Schuylkill Assembly (Fourth Degree) of the Knights of Columbus, in memory of Edward T. Dougherty.

 TRIDENTINE MASS
There will be a Mass at 7:00 pm in St. Joseph Church on Monday, 20 April.
This Mass will be celebrated according to the “extraordinary form”, in accord with the papal letter, Summorum Pontificum.

 WISDOM IN ANAGRAMS?
SLOT MACHINES— CASH LOST IN ME
ELECTION RESULTS — LIES LET'S RECOUNT
ELEVEN PLUS TWO — TWELVE PLUS ONE

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2009 - 07


 

Sirach 23,16-21
Two types of men multiply sins,
a third draws down wrath;
for burning passion is a blazing fire,
not to be quenched till it burns itself out:
(#01) a man given to sins of the flesh, who never stops until the fire breaks forth;
(#02) the rake to whom all bread is sweet and who is never through till he dies;
(#03) the man who dishonors his marriage bed and says to himself, "Who can see me? Darkness surrounds me, walls hide me; no one sees me; why should I fear to sin?"
Of the Most High he is not mindful, fearing only the eyes of men;
he does not understand that
the eyes of the LORD,
ten thousand times brighter than the sun,
observe every step a man takes
and peer into hidden corners.
He who knows all things before they exist
still knows them all after they are made.
Such a man will be punished in the streets of the city;
when he least expects it, he will be apprehended.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION
I respectfully but firmly caution everyone about receiving Holy Communion unworthily.
In order to receive Holy Communion worthily, a person must:
(a) be a Catholic;
(b) be a practicing Catholic --- and “practicing” means (among other things) that the person goes to Mass every Sunday and Holyday of Obligation;
(c) be in the state of grace

stjos/stvdp: 04.19.2009 - 08

 

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