MASS SCHEDULE: 2431 MAY 2009
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 23 May
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

Monday, 25 May
St. Bede the Venerable, priest and doctor; St. Gregory VII, pope; St. Mary Magdalene dePazzi, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — Deceased: TROUTMAN FAMILY
by Vincent and Joan Gormas

Wednesday, 27 May
St. Augustine of Canterbury, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — Rev. THOMAS AQUINAS COLGAN
by Frank Coyle

Friday, 29 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Saturday, 30 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — NED G. LANG
by the Getzey and the Lang families
Vigil of Pentecost
05:30 pm — JOHN JOYCE (1st anniversary)
by his wife, Jeanne

Sunday, 31 May
Pentecost
11:30 am — ANTHONY and MARY ROWLAND and JUNE ANN PELLEGRINO
by Eileen Rowland

 MASS SCHEDULE: 2431 MAY 2009
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
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

Tuesday, 26 May
St. Philip Neri, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — Living and Deceased: JEROME and ELIZABETH THURICK FAMILY
by the family

Thursday, 28 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — IRENE GILLIS
by M/M John Gillis

Saturday, 30 May
Vigil of Pentecost
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Babci and Grandpop

Sunday, 31 May
Pentecost
08:30 am — FRANK WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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 COLLECTION TOTALS FR OM LAST WEEKEND:
16 / 17 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
: $1,461.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $95.00 from the second collection (plate); $84.00 from the Dues envelopes; $111.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $1,045.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $114.00 from the second collection (plate); $10.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $130.00 from the loose. Thank you.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Monday, 25 May
03:30 to 04:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 28 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 29 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Monday, 25 May
03:00 to 05:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 29 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND!



LOG ON AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH
www.pacatholic.org is an informative new website of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Institute for Public Policy. It is an authoritative resource offering the Catholic perspective behind current public affairs in Harrisburg and beyond.
And, just in case you didn’t know it, all of our parish bulletins are available on line. Just log onto www.stjospar.org and you will see the current bulletin. Go to the archives to see past bulletins.

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 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH and SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH SUNDAY, 24 MAY 2009
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH
11:30 am MASS
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Fazio, Mikayla Jade
Grady, Adriana Therese
Gregas, Dana Alesse
Gregas, Darin Anthony
Heiser, Madison Lee
Murray, Alexa
Niedzwiecki, Victoria Rose
Pikitus, Rebecca Anne
Roberts, Avery John
Sheipe, Dakota
Sugrue, Emily Ann
Yackenchick, Mallory Rose

In next weekend’s bulletin — God willing — we hope to be able to provide you not just with the names but also with photographs of these beautiful children.

stjos/stvdp: 05.24.2009- 03


 ANNUNCIATION BVM PARISH BAZAAR
218 W. Cherry Street, Shenandoah
26, 27 and 28 June
“Under the Big Top”
Friday: Bleenies & Pierogies served from 11 a.m.
Bazaar Opens at 4:00 p.m. each day
Games, Street Bingo, Homemade Food and Baked Goods
Entertainment
Friday: The Good Times Band
Saturday / Sunday: DJ Juice
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown seeks families to foster siblings, teen mothers with infants, and medically fragile infants. An Information Meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, 10 June at Catholic Charities, 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville.
Please register by 9 June with Barbara Ivaska at 570-628-0466, ext. 306 or Patricia Reusch at 1-800-330-8001 or e-mail preusch@allentowndiocese.org
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Counseling & Behavioral Health Program is licensed to accept Medical Assistance and Medicare Part B at its Schuylkill/Carbon service office at 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville. Please call 570-628-0466.
DID YOU ATTEND MASS ON ASCENSION THURSDAY (OR THE VIGIL)?
(This question is intended exclusively for Catholics who live in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, New England and Nebraska.)
If you did, you did well. You were obedient to Jesus and to the Church.
If you did not, we need to make some distinctions.
If you wanted to go but were unable to go (for any one of a variety of good reasons), God bless you. Don’t worry about it. You did not commit a sin.
If you wanted to go but forgot to go, God bless you. Don’t worry about it. You did not commit a sin. On the other hand, you might want to think about getting yourself a secretary --- or else a mother or a wife.
If you did not want to go and made a decision not to go (even if it was a somewhat subtle and laid-back decision), you did not do well. You did badly. You disobeyed Jesus and the Church. You disrespected the Lord. You committed a sin. Almost certainly, it was a mortal sin. Do not make the situation worse by receiving Holy Communion this weekend (unless you have gone to Confession and been absolved).
Q — Is a pastor who tells his people this a good shepherd or a bad shepherd?
A — A good shepherd.
Q — How can you tell a good shepherd from a bad shepherd?
A — Various ways. One way is this: Good shepherds raise a ruckus when they suspect that some of the sheep are in danger of being devoured by wolves. Bad shepherds either believe that all the wolves died out after the Second Vatican Council and that there aren’t any wolves anymore but that, if there are, the sheep are, somehow or other, immune from them. It is also possible that some shepherds are double agents and work for the wolves. Now there’s a perfectly dreadful thought for you!

stjos/stvdp: 05.24.2009 - 04


CHAD THOMAS NEVILS, a son of Thomas and Melinda (Moyer) Nevils, made a Profession of Faith and was received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church on Ascension Thursday, 21 May 2009, during the 7:00 pm Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church. He received the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. His sponsor was Susan Branca Thye.
From his infancy, Chad has been a member of the Body of Christ, having been baptized in a Protestant ecclesial community on 19 October 1980. This baptism brought him into communion with the Body of Christ. (In most cases, the Catholic Church accepts the validity of Baptism as it is administered in the various Protestant ecclesial communities.)
In order to be in full communion with the Body of Christ, one must come into full communion with the Catholic Church, which is the Church founded by Jesus Christ on the Twelve Apostles, with Peter as the Chief Apostle and as the Rock of the Church. We are grateful to God for having instilled in Chad this desire for the fullness. We commend him on his faithfulness in seeking instruction in the Faith. Now that he is a Catholic, we pray that he will be faithful to Jesus and to the Church. We pray for Chad’s parents and all the members of his family, both living and dead. May the good work which God has begun in him be brought to completion on the Day of Christ Jesus

RUMORS: A GENERAL DECLARATION ABOUT

It happens with considerable frequency “in these days of turmoil and uncertainty” that people will ask me whether a particular rumor is true.
These rumors usually have to do with parish consolidations and priest assignments.
Obviously, before answering, I ask them to specify which rumor in particular they are referring to. Then I answer appropriately.
However, I have decided to change my approach.
From now on, I want everyone to know that:
ALL RUMORS ARE TRUE. In fact, the more outrageous the rumor, the truer it is.
This general declaration is retroactive, by which I mean that every rumor you have ever heard in your entire life, from the time you were first aware of rumors, is
TRUE. Not only that, but this general declaration is future oriented. Every rumor you ever will hear is TRUE.
What about the rumor that Fr. Connolly will be the next Bishop of Allentown?
TRUE! What about the rumor that Fr. Brennan will be his Coadjutor Bishop? Also TRUE! What about the rumor that Fr. Connolly and Fr. Brennan are both about to be excommunicated, publicly whipped and then hanged from the highest tree in Girardville? Strangely, this is also TRUE!

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THE GENERATION GAP
A group of college kids on Spring Break was walking along the beach. They saw a group of senior citizens sitting under a pavilion playing cards. One of the college boys — he had had a few beers and was feeling no pain — fancied that some of the old people were looking at him with disapproval. So, he made the beery (hence, unwise) decision to confront them. He went up to the elderly gentleman who was in closest proximity to him and started mouthing off to him: His general theme was that it was impossible for “old geezers like you” to understand “young adults like us”.
Here is the gist of what he said: "You grew up in a different world, actually an almost primitive one. The young people of today grew up with television, jet planes, space travel, and people walking on the moon. We have nuclear energy, cell phones, microwave ovens, computers that operate at the speed of light, the Internet ... stuff you people never had.”
After a brief silence, the senior citizen responded as follows: "You know something, my boy? You're right! We didn't have those things when we were young. So, do you know what we did? We decided to invent them — for the benefit both of our own generation and of yours and of whatever generations might come after us.
“So, now, you insufferable and inebriated twerp, if you’re finished dissing my generation, would you kindly let me know what you are doing for the benefit of the next generation? I'm being optimistic, of course, when I say "the next generation". I hear you and other self-centered clods like you are in the custom of carrying condoms around with you. So, it’s possible there won’t be any next generation.”
There was a round of applause from the bystanders — not just from the senior citizens, but from the college kids as well!

FIRST CONFESSIONS: All of the children making their First Holy Communions today have, of course, made their First Confessions. Church law requires that they do so and common sense affirms the wisdom of the law of the Church in this matter. In regard to this, please note that I made it a point to give the children their choice of “face to face” or “behind the screen”. Some chose one and some chose the other. I had “rehearsed” them both ways. So, I think they had a clear idea of what I meant when I told them they could choose.
This is quite an important and sensitive issue. I believe that little children are entitled to the same level of respect as adults when it comes to such a delicate matter as confessing their sins. FACE-TO-FACE CONFESSION MUST NOT BE IMPOSED ON ANYONE, WHETHER CHILD OR ADULT. Everyone must have the option of confessing anonymously. We do not have to reveal our identities to the priest when we go to Confession, although I think (and some others think) that, in certain circumstances, there could be some advantage in doing so. It is a judgment call. Sometimes we might want to reveal our identities and sometimes not. Sometimes we are almost certain that the priest knows who we are but, nevertheless, we feel more comfortable not looking at him. Freedom of the children of God prevails in this matter.

I told the kids in one of our Sunday evening classes that, if they thought my face was too horrible to look at, they should confess behind the screen. The sighs of relief were downright palpable.

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READY! AIM! FIRE! Among the citizens of our fair county, there are a few who are: (a) apoplectic much of the time, (b) misinformed all of the time, (c) earnest in their efforts to make everyone as miserable as they are. One such called into Thunder / Enlightning (cf. 20 May edition of Republican Herald) in order to encourage folks to write to the Papal Nuncio and to the Congregation for the Clergy in order to register their complaints about the priest in Girardville. The caller neglected to give the addresses. Since few persons could be expected to have these addresses at their fingertips, we, as a courtesy, are providing same, together with the name of the Nuncio and the name of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. Please note that the secretaries who handle the mail at these offices will discard any mail that comes from “Anonymous” or “Concerned Catholic”. So, when writing, please provide your correct name, a verifiable address and a list of your current meds.


The Most Reverend Pietro Sambi, S.T.D., J.C.D.
Titular Archbishop of Belcastro
Apostolic Nuncio
The Apostolic Nunciature
3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington DC 20008-3610

His Eminence
Claudio Cardinal Hummes, O.F.M.
Prefect
The Congregation for the Clergy
Piazza Pio XII 3
00193
Rome ITALY

 SECOND ANNUAL
TRINITY ACADEMY GOLF CLASSIC

SUNDAY, 14 JUNE 2009
MOUNTAIN VALLEY GOLF CLUB
"4 Person Scramble Format"
Only $70.00 Per Person
1:00 pm Shotgun Start
Entry fee Includes:
Greens Fee, Cart, Food, Refreshments and Door Prizes
together with awards of:
FLIGHTED PLAY TEAM CASH PRIZES
Teams can enter by contacting Mike Nieddu,
Development Director at Trinity Academy
Phone: 570.462.3927, Ext. 5
E-Mail: trinitymiken@yahoo.com

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PAYMENT FOR ANNUAL CARE AT SAINT JOSEPH CEMETERY, FOUNTAIN SPRINGS is due, unless you have purchased Perpetual Care for the lots that you own. Annual Care for one lot (four graves) is $25.00; for one-half lot (two graves) is $20.00. This payment can be given to Joe Woodward, the caretaker, over the Memorial Day weekend, at the Cemetery or it can be mailed to his home: 1530 Spruce Street, Ashland PA 17921-1710.
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I just love people who work at cemeteries. They’re always ready to give me a lot for my money.

stjos/stvdp: 05.24.2009 - 07

 


ADMITTTEDLY, BAPTISM BY IMMERSION is not always and everywhere a good idea, but it usually is. As a long-time proponent and practitioner of baptism by immersion, I was immensely amused by this cartoon (and thought you might be too).
Remember — our motto the next time you have a child to be baptized at St. Vincent dePaul Church or at St. Joseph Church!
What is our motto?
It is this: When it comes to Baptism, the wetter the better!
And then, of course, there is our secondary motto: Forty-three years of baptizing by immersion and we haven’t drowned one yet! And we don’t plan to start with yours!


   BELL PEALS!        BANANA PEELS!      BISHOP APPEALS!

 

PLEASE BE GENEROUS TO THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL!

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