MASS SCHEDULE: 1727 MAY 2009
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 16 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — SOPHIE and FLORIE PANACCIO
by Argia Yurenka

Sunday, 17 May
6th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — THERESA R. BERNOTAS
by the Ayello family

Monday, 18 May
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — CHILDREN of the WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Wednesday, 20 May
St. Bernardine of Siena, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — EUGENE and MARGUERITE McDONALD
by the Walsh Trust
Vigil of the Ascension
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on DEREK M. HULSE
by SFS

Thursday, 21 May
Ascension of the Lord (Sol)
10:00 am — God’s Blessings on EBC
(43rd anniversary of ordination to priesthood)
by her family

Friday, 22 May
St. Rita of Cascia, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — THOMAS P. O’CONNOR Jr.
by Jack and Rose McCarthy

Saturday, 23 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — Bishop THOMAS J. WELSH
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOHN and MARGARET PESAVAGE
by M/M Robert Finlan

Sunday, 24 May
7th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — ANTHONY CATIZONE
by his daughter, Mickey

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1724 MAY 2009
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 16 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANN MARIE KRYNAK
by Henry and Mary Catherine Williams

Sunday, 17 May
6th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — Deceased: CONNELL and KARVOIS FAMILIES
by the Connell family

Tuesday, 19 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on Sister Mary Raymond, OP
by her family

Wednesday, 20 May
Vigil of the Ascension
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by the Dade family

Thursday, 21 May
Ascension of the Lord (Sol)
07:00 pm — Deceased: DRAUGELIS, TOUCHELOSKIE
and SEEDOR FAMILIES
by the Draugelis and Miller families

Saturday, 23 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANDREW and MARY POWLICK
by John and Barbara Petrousky and family

Sunday, 24 May
7th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — ALBERTA COONEY
by Elizabeth Ryan

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2009 - 01


 COLLECTION TOTALS FR OM LAST WEEKEND:
09 / 10 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
: $1,365.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $108.00 from the second collection (plate); $127.00 from the Dues envelopes; $105.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $898.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $137.00 from the second collection (plate); $113.00 from the loose. Thank you.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Monday, 18 May
03:30 to 04:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 21 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 22 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Monday, 18 May
03:00 to 05:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 22 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND!



The Talking Centipede
A single guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet. So he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet. After some discussion, he finally bought a talking centipede, which came in a little white box. He took the box back home, found a good spot for it and decided he would start off by taking his new pet to church with him. So he asked the centipede, "Would you like to go to church with me today? We will have a good time." But there was no answer. This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes and then asked again, "How about going to church with me so you can receive some blessings from God?" But again, there was no answer. So he waited a few more minutes, thinking about the situation. Then he decided to invite the centipede one last time. This time he put his face up against the centipede's house and shouted, "Hey, in there! Do you or do you not want to go to church with me and learn about God?" This time, a little voice, somewhat annoyed, came out from the box: "I heard you the first time! I'm putting on my shoes!" Moral of the story: Always wear your shoes to church.

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2009 - 02



 RECENT WINNERS K of C LOTTERY

21 Feb
Barbara B

07 Mar
Joann E

21 Mar
Mike H
Barbara B
D. Devine
Elizabeth C

04 Apr
Kim E

18 Apr
Marian K
Ray P

02 May
Mary B
WHY GOD DOES NOT DESTROY THE WORLD
The following is a true story:
A woman of the parish called me one afternoon this past week. I was not available, so the secretary left me a note asking me to call the woman back. That evening, I called her back. The lady has five children at home. One of them, a lad of 13 years, answered the phone. I greeted him and asked him to “let me talk to your Mom”. He said, “We’re just about to start the Rosary. Mom said she’d call you back.” I said, “Okay, I’m good with that!”
And that’s WHY, in case you ever wondered.
Why WHAT?
Why God does not destroy the world!
Well, it’s got to be at least ONE reason why.
THANK YOU
to all who participated in the May Procession this past Tuesday (12 May).
The Blessed Mother was pleased.
How do I know?
She told me!
There are several persons who deserve our special thanks but I shall refrain from mentioning any names, because these persons might get mad at me for putting their names in the bulletin:
(a) the Principal of Trinity Academy who was really the brains behind this whole operation; (b) the lady from Trinity Academy who played the organ; (c) the Girardville Police and the Girardville Fire-Police who made sure that none of us got bumped off by traffic; (d) the two gentlemen who took care of bolting the statue securely to the carrier-platform and who also took care of disassembling same; (e) the women of the Holy Rosary Society of StVdP Parish who provided the hot dogs and cookies and beverages; (f) the members of the Knights of Columbus (4th Degree) who marched along with us; (g) the four men who carried the statue; (h) the children of Trinity Academy for the pleasure of their company; (i) the owners of the Discount Furniture and Appliance Store for kindly taking their lewd statue inside while the children and others were assembling for the procession; (j) JESUS, who gave us His Mother.

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2009- 03


A GOOD CONVERSATION
I came across a number of old friends this past week. On Thursday, 14 May, I went to Philadelphia for a Mass, followed by a luncheon, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the Class of 1959 of St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, of which I have the honor of being a member.
My classmates and I were inducted into the Ancient and Honorable Order of the Golden Hawks.
There were seven of us at the particular table at which I sat: classmates and wives. The odd number (seven rather than eight) was due to the fact that I had left my wife back in Girardville.
I sat down next to a man named George. I hadn’t seen George for fifty years, but we remembered each other very well! George was always a good guy, easy to like. I was happy to become re-acquainted with him.

At the table the conversation was mostly about family. Family is always the most interesting topic of conversation.

George mentioned that he was the fifth of thirteen children --- ten girls and three boys. That caught the attention of the rest of us. We all had some questions to ask him. One question we asked was, “How did your Mom survive thirteen children?” He said that she survived very well. She died at the age of 93! One of the women at the table put forward the thesis that there might be a cause-and-effect relationship there: multiple childbearing as a plus factor towards longevity. Maybe someone has done a study on this?
I asked George how old his father was at the time he died. He said his father died at the age of 46. I thought “Oh well, there’s always a down side!” We might have to look into the effects of multiple child begetting on the longevity (or lack thereof) of men! I asked George if his mother ever re-married after the death of his father. He said that she did not.

Someone at the table asked George how many of the thirteen children (i.e. George and his twelve siblings) were married. George said that all thirteen were married and are married. He then threw in for good measure, “And all of us are still married to our original spouses! None of us ever got divorced.” I told George that, considering the times in which we live, this is truly marvelous. Wonderful! God bless George, plus all of his siblings and their spouses!

George was on a roll now. He had our undivided attention. He shared a little family gossip with us. He said that he was the fifth of his parents’ thirteen children. He said that, after the birth of the sixth child, his mother said something to her husband about whether he (the husband) thought that she should get her tubes tied. Her husband (George’s Dad) said that she should go talk with Father Shea (I guess he was the parish priest) and that they would do whatever he suggested. So, she went to talk with Father Shea and Father Shea said that life is full of difficulties but that God will always see you safely through the difficult times and that God will provide for your needs even if you don’t see how He will do it and that, even if you think that you are smart, you must remember that God is a hell of a lot smarter than you are and, so, of course, you mustn’t even think of having your tubes tied. So, she didn’t have her tubes tied and went on to have seven more children! I said to George: “God bless Father Shea. He was a real priest. He has a high place in heaven.” I thought to myself: God save us from the judas priests who have sold out to the worldly powers and who dispense the wisdom of this world to couples who find themselves both fertile and passionate. God will provide good things to those who do His Will. For those whom He loves, God makes all things work together for good.

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2009 - 04

 


WHY NOTRE DAME DID IT
“We are very PROUD and honored to welcome the first African-American president of the United States in a few weeks as our commencement speaker. This is a tremendous event for us. We’re tremendously PROUD. President Obama clearly could have chosen any university in the country to give a commencement address, and they would have been just delighted to have him, but he’s coming to Notre Dame, and we’re exceptionally PROUD.
“I think it’s unfortunate that the great event of President Obama coming to this campus has been a little clouded by that controversy, but we believe what we believe, and we’re clear on that, but at the same time, we recognize this remarkable leader and this remarkable person who has accomplished so much. He will speak to our graduates in such a powerful way. He’s one of the great orators of our time, and we’re just so PROUD to have him.”

Fr. John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame University: ipsissima verba

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued instructions in 2004 that Catholic institutions should not honor persons who are stridently opposed to Catholic teaching: “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”
But let it be noted for the archives that, notwithstanding the clear teaching of the Church, President Jenkins, in his own words, is PROUD.
Not simply PROUD, but very PROUD.
Not just very PROUD, but tremendously PROUD.
Indeed, even more than tremendously PROUD, he is exceptionally PROUD.
Yes, President Jenkins is so PROUD.
That pretty much sums it up.
That’s why Notre Dame is conferring an honorary doctorate of law on President Obama in defiance of the clear wishes of the Catholic Church.
It’s all about being PROUD.

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2009 -05


 

ARE YOU UNEMPLOYED?
HAVE YOU BEEN LAID OFF?
WELCOME TO THE CLUB!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FOLLOWING:
JOB TRANSITION SEMINAR

The St. Francis Retreat House located in Easton, Pa. is sponsoring a one day “Job Transition Seminar” on Wednesday, 20 May, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Seminar is open to the public and attendance is free. Lunch will be included. Speakers from Industry, the Northampton Community College and St. Francis Retreat House will offer support and guidance to job seekers who are facing the challenges of a new job search, unemployment, underemployment or career and position changes. Processes covered will include meditation, practical job finding methods, tools and classical networking with others to gain insights into individually targeted career pursuits and methods for overcoming the barriers inherent in the job market. Holistic spiritual strengthening, career guidance, and Internet resources will be made available to enhance the probability of success.
To register or for more information: Call Mike Markle, Executive Director, St. Francis Retreat House, at 610-258-3053 or send an email to mikesfrh@localnet.com
Retreat Website www.stfrancisretreathouse.org

BISHOPS ANNUAL APPEAL

HAVE YOU SENT IN YOUR DONATION OR PLEDGE YET?
If you have, thank you very much!
If you have not, would you please do so?

“Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9, 6-7)

Q — If someone can give to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, but cannot give cheerfully, what should he or she do?
A — The alternatives are two: (a) not to give at all or (b) to give sullenly.
It is the well-considered opinion of your pastor, for what it is worth, that it is far better to give sullenly than not to give at all. I base this on the maxim that I learned as a child at my mother’s knee:
It’s the gift that counts, not the thought behind it. (My mother was German and very practical!)

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2009 - 06


 

TUESDAY, 19 MAY: Pennsylvania Primary Election Day
Please note that, because this is a primary (not a general) election, we voters will be issued a ballot from the particular political party in which are registered. For the majority of voters, that will be either Democratic or Republican. We must select from the names on the ballot — unless we should want to bypass the names on the ballot and write in a name of our own choosing.
Please note also that St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish do not endorse, neither do we oppose, any candidate. We simply inform. The information that follows will be helpful to those who are interested in utilizing their Constitutional right to vote in order either to promote the right to life of unborn children or to oppose it.
I respectfully suggest that you take this paper with you into the voting booth.

PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT

CANDIDATES ON THE DEMOCRATIC BALLOT — ELECT NO MORE THAN ONE (Note: Judge Panella is unopposed.)
JACK PANELLA is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.

CANDIDATES ON THE REPUBLICAN BALLOT — ELECT NO MORE THAN ONE
JOAN ORIE MELVIN is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
PAUL P. PANEPINTO is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
CHERYL LYNN ALLEN is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.

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PENNSYLVANIA SUPERIOR COURT

CANDIDATES ON THE DEMOCRATIC BALLOT — ELECT NO MORE THAN THREE
ROBERT J. COLVILLE is NOT recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
ANNE E. LAZARUS is NOT recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
KEVIN FRANCIS McCARTHY is NOT recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
TOM MUNLEY is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
PAULA PATRICK is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
JOHN YOUNGE is NOT recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.

CANDIDATES ON THE REPUBLICAN BALLOT — ELECT NO MORE THAN THREE
SALLIE UPDYKE MUNDY is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
JUDITH OLSON is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
TEMPLETON SMITH, JR. is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
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PENNSYLVANIA COMMONWEALTH COURT

CANDIDATES ON THE DEMOCRATIC BALLOT — ELECT NO MORE THAN TWO
DANIEL K. BRICMONT is NOT recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
BARBARA JO ERNSBERGER is NOT recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
LINDA S. JUDSON is NOT recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
JAMES MURRAY LYNN is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
STEPHEN G. POLLOCK is NOT recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
MICHAEL D. SHERMAN is NOT recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.

CANDIDATES ON THE REPUBLICAN BALLOT — ELECT NO MORE THAN TWO
KEVIN BROBSON is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
ALFONSO FRIONI, JR. is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.
PATRICIA A. MCCULLOUGH is recommended by the Pennsylvania PRO-LIFE Federation.

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2009 - 07

 


What do you do when you come to be thursday?
You pour yourself something to drink.
But what do you do when you come to ASCENSION Thursday?
You go to Mass.
With that in mind, please note that

THURSDAY, 21 MAY,
is
ASCENSION THURSDAY.
It is, as everyone (or almost everyone) knows,
A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION.

ALL GOOD CATHOLICS,
plus all Catholics who, even though not so good, aspire to be so,
plus all Catholics who, even though not particularly fired up with the desire to be good Catholics,
are at least somewhat fired up with the desire not to wind up in the fire (lake of),
are hereby respectfully reminded of their obligation
to go to Mass on the Holyday or on the Vigil.

MASS SCHEDULE

Vigil of Ascension: 20 May
4:00 pm at StVdP Church
7:00 pm at StJos Church
[not the Chapel]

Ascension Thursday: 21 May
10:00 am at StJos Church
[not the Chapel]
7:00 pm at StVdP Church

 

We rejoice at the entrance of human flesh into the realm of the divine!

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2009 - 08

 

 

 

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