Saturday, 06 June
Vigil of Trinity Sunday
05:30 pm — ANNA M. McCARTHY
by Philip McCarthy

Sunday, 07 June
Holy Trinity Sunday
by Patricia Kowalick

Monday, 08 June
by Mom and Dad

Wednesday, 10 June
08:00 am — Bishop THOMAS J. WELSH
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Friday, 12 June
by Shirley Losch Recla

Saturday, 13 June
St. Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH T. CESCON
by Barbara Rehnert Kull
Vigil of Corpus Christi
05:30 pm — Deceased: VINCE BIGIONI FAMILY and GINA
by Catherine DeLorenzo

Sunday, 14 June
Corpus Christi
11:30 am — THOMAS P. O’CONNOR Jr.
by Mary Alice Gualtiery and Mary Anczarski


Saturday, 06 June
Vigil of Trinity Sunday
by the Jean Majikas family

Sunday, 07 June
Holy Trinity Sunday
by the Connell family

Tuesday, 09 June
St. Ephrem, deacon and doctor (OptMem)
by Kevin Pinto

Thursday, 11 June
St. Barnabas, apostle (OblMem)
by his children and his grandchildren

Saturday, 13 June
Vigil of Corpus Christi
04:00 pm — JOHN and ANNA MATLOCK
by Alice Chiaretti

Sunday, 14 June
Corpus Christi
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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30 / 31 MAY

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,644.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $130.00 from the second collection (plate); $115.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $909.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $109.00 from the second collection (plate); $57.00 from the loose. Thank you.


Wednesday, 10 June
12:30 to 01:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 11 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 12 June
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 10 June
12:00 to 02:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 12 June
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE AND HEAR BISHOP-ELECT BARRES’S remarks at the press conference held in Allentown on 27 May, you can find them on youtube.
Here is the link.

If you don’t have the foggiest idea what youtube is or how to access it, you probably call your refrigerator an “icebox” and your record player a “phonograph machine” --- in which case, go ask a teenager to help you find youtube.

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GEORGE R. TILLER, MD (deceased) and SCOTT P. ROEDER have something in common other than the fact that Mr. Roeder is accused of murdering Dr. Tiller.
What they have in common — and had in common well before this past Sunday (31 May 09) — is that both of them are (or were) sincere in their belief that, under certain circumstances, they had the right to kill.
Dr. Tiller sincerely believed that he had the right to kill unborn babies, although he preferred to use the Latin word for baby, which is “fetus” (or “foetus”). So, out of deference to the late Dr. Tiller, let us re-word our sentence:
Dr. Tiller sincerely believed that he had the right to kill unborn fetuses.
Mr. Roeder, who apparently killed Dr. Tiller, sincerely believes that he has the right to kill persons who kill unborn fetuses. Mr. Roeder probably prefers the English word “baby”. So, out of deference to Mr. Roeder, let us re-word our sentence:
Mr. Roeder sincerely believes that he had the right to kill Dr. Tiller, because Dr. Tiller was a person who killed unborn babies.
Is it possible for a person to be sincere and still be wicked?
At first, it seems that the answer is “No”. We want to say, “Sincerity is king! Long live sincerity! Sincerity ueber alles! All sincere persons go to Heaven. Three cheers for sincerity! Hip, hip, hooray!”
Then we have a moment of sanity and we say, “But that can’t possibly be true!” And we are correct in saying that it can’t possibly be true! Some of the wickedest persons who have ever lived were undoubtedly sincere! Who can doubt that the late unlamented Adolph Hitler was sincere? He wanted the world (at least Europe) to be Judenrein and, by golly, he set out to accomplish it with great sincerity and efficiency.
When we realize that someone can be simultaneously sincere and wicked, we tend to escape into the thesis that the person is “sick”. So, the thesis is that Hitler and Tiller and Roeder and a whole slew of other persons are or were “sick”. “Sick” implies that one is not morally responsible for one’s reprehensible deeds.
There is one other possibility. It is this:
THE SIN AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST. This is the sin whereby a person proclaims himself to be the supreme and independent arbiter of morality AND THEN PROCEEDS WITH UTTER SINCERITY to do the foul deeds he has determined to do: wipe out the Jews; kill the unborn babies; kill the killers of unborn babies.
We do well to put sentimentality aside and remember that the sin against the Holy Ghost can be forgiven neither in this life nor in the next.

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If you take the time to read these two pages of the bulletin, you will know, at least in broad strokes, the answer to this question. This information is taken entirely from a “background document” issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Appointing Bishops
The ultimate decision in appointing bishops rests with the Pope, and he is free to select anyone he chooses. But how does he know whom to select?
The process for selecting candidates for the episcopacy normally begins at the diocesan level and works its way through a series of consultations until it reaches Rome. It is a process bound by strict confidentiality and involves a number of important players – the most influential being the apostolic nuncio, the Congregation for Bishops, and the pope. It can be a time-consuming process, often taking eight months or more to complete. While there are distinctions between the first appointment of a priest as a bishop and a bishop's later transfer to another diocese or his promotion to archbishop, the basic outlines of the process remain the same.

Key Terms
Apostolic nuncio
The pope's representative to both the government and to the hierarchy of a given nation; a key person in deciding what names are recommended to the Congregation for Bishops for possible episcopal appointment.

Auxiliary Bishop
A bishop appointed to assist a diocesan bishop.

Congregation for Bishops
A department of the Roman Curia, headed by a Cardinal. The head of the Congregation, called the "prefect," is presently Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re of Italy. Among the congregation's responsibilities are moderating all aspects of episcopal appointments; assisting bishops in the correct exercise of their pastoral functions; handling ad limina visits (regular visits to Rome by bishops every five years); and establishing episcopal conferences and reviewing their decrees as required by canon law. Its membership consists of approximately 35 cardinals and archbishops from around the world. U.S. Cardinals on the Congregation are Justin Rigali, William Levada, Bernard Law and Francis Stafford.

Diocesan Bishop
Pastoral and legal head and representative of a diocese.

A territory comprising one archdiocese, called the metropolitan see, and one or more dioceses, called suffragan sees. The Code of Canon Law spells out certain limited obligations and authority that the metropolitan archbishop has with respect to the dioceses within his province.
The United States is divided into 33 ecclesiastical provinces.

A list of three candidates for a vacant office, including the office of bishop.

Stage 1: Bishops' Recommendations
Every bishop may submit to the archbishop of his province the names of priests he thinks would make good bishops. Prior to the regular province meeting (usually annually), the archbishop distributes to all the bishops of the province the names and curricula vitae of priests which have been submitted to him. Following a discussion among the bishops at the province meeting, a vote is taken on which names to recommend. The number of names on this provincial list may vary.
The vote tally, together with the minutes of the meeting, is then forwarded by the archbishop to the apostolic nuncio in Washington. The list is also submitted to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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Stage 2: The Apostolic Nuncio
By overseeing the final list of names forwarded to Rome, the apostolic nuncio plays a decisive role in the selection process. He not only gathers facts and information about potential candidates, but also interprets that information for the congregation. Great weight is given to the nuncio's recommendations, but it is important to remember that his "gatekeeper" role, however,
does not mean that his recommendations are always followed.

For Diocesan Bishops
• After receiving the list of candidates forwarded by a province, the apostolic nuncio conducts his own investigation into the suitability of the candidates.
• A report is requested from the current bishop or the administrator of a diocese on the conditions and needs of the diocese. If the appointment is a replacement for a diocesan bishop or archbishop about to retire, consideration will be given to the incumbent's recommendations. Broad consultation within the diocese is encouraged with regard to the needs of the diocese, but not the names of candidates.
o The report is to include the names of individuals in the diocese with whom the Nuncio might consult and how to contact them.
o Previous bishops of the diocese are consulted.
o Bishops of the province are consulted
o The president and vice president of the USCCB are consulted.
o If the vacancy to be filled is an archdiocese, other archbishops in the United States may be consulted.
• At this point, the nuncio narrows his list and a questionnaire is sent to 20 or 30 people who know each of the candidates for their input.
• All material is collected and reviewed by the nuncio, and a report (approximately 20 pages) is prepared. Three candidates are listed alphabetically – the terna – with the nuncio's preference noted. All materials are then forwarded to the Congregation for Bishops in Rome.

For Auxiliary Bishops
• A diocesan bishop must justify to the apostolic nuncio his need for an auxiliary bishop. This is easier if he is requesting a replacement for a retired or deceased auxiliary.
• The diocesan bishop prepares the terna, or list of three candidates, for his requested auxiliary and forwards it to the apostolic nuncio.
• The nuncio then conducts his own investigation of the priests on the diocesan bishop's terna, sending the names to Rome with a report and his own recommendations. On average, this part of the process may take two to six months.

Stage 3: Congregation for Bishops
Once all the documentation from the nuncio is complete and in order, and the prefect approves, the process moves forward. If the appointment involves a bishop who is being promoted or transferred, the matter may be handled by the prefect and the staff. If, however, the appointment is of a priest to the episcopacy, the full congregation is ordinarily involved.
A cardinal relator is chosen to summarize the documentation and make a report to the full congregation, which generally meets twice a month on Thursdays. After hearing the cardinal relator's report, the congregation discusses the appointment and then votes. The Congregation may follow the recommendation of the nuncio, chose another of the candidates on the terna, or even ask that another terna be prepared.

Stage 4: The Pope Decides
At a private audience with the pope, usually on a Saturday, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops presents the recommendations of the Congregation to the Holy Father. A few days later, the pope informs the Congregation of his decision. The Congregation then notifies the nuncio, who in turn contacts the candidate and asks if he will accept. If the answer is "yes," the Vatican is notified and a date is set for the announcement.
It often takes six to eight months—and sometimes longer—from the time a diocese becomes vacant until a new bishop is appointed.

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son of Henry A. and Eileen B. (Croake) Wayne,
daughter of John W. and Susan (Bosco) Rusk,
conferred upon one another,
on Saturday, 06 June 2009,
in Saint Joseph Church, Girardville,
in the presence of the pastor, Fr. Edward B. Connolly,
and of their two chosen witnesses,
John H. Wayne and Krista L. Bosco,
The Sacrament of Matrimony.

This is an irrevocable contract.
Nothing other than death can dissolve it.
It is a covenant the two parties make with one another and, jointly, with Jesus Christ.
It cannot be undone.

Therefore, we declare and pronounce that
Brian and Taisha are, indeed, husband and wife
in the eyes of God,
and of the Church
and of the State.
We pray that their union will be
God bless you, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne!


Marriage is one of the few institutions that allow a man to do as his wife pleases.

Milton Berle

No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife is NOT saying.


I love being married. It's so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

Rita Rudner

The husband who does what his wife tells him to do is a wise man. The wife who does not let her husband know that she is telling him what to do is a wise woman.

E.B. Connolly

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June and July
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm
Monday to Friday, from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm
SCHOOL TOURS, PERSONAL APPOINTMENTS AND REGISTRATIONS for the 2009 – 10 school year can be arranged by contacting the school office anytime at 570-462-3927. If you call after hours, please leave a Voice Mail message for Mrs. Cray in the Main Office or Mr. Nieddu in the Development Office.
Trinity Academy is an Allentown Diocese Regional Catholic Elementary School serving all of northern Schuylkill County. It accepts students of all religions. For additional information, visit the school's website at

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 & Baked Goods


Place: St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish Center, 120 Oak Street, Minersville
Date: Sunday, 14 June
Time: 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Price: $8.00 for adults and children age 10 and over / $4.00 for children under 10
Menu: two pork patties; kugelis, sauerkraut or green beans, coffee or tea
Eat in or Take out
Info: Call 570.544.2211

Catawissa and Pine Streets, Mahanoy City
26 and 27 June
4:00 to 11:00 pm
Friday: Irish Lads (7:00 to 10:00 pm)
Saturday: The Other Side (7:00 to 10:00 pm)
Homemade food, Games for the Kids, Bingo in the Hall, Small Games of Chance
(Drawing Saturday evening)

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Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, “Amen”.

Deuteronomy 27:15

Those are here cursed, not only that worship images, but that make them or keep them, if they be such (or like such) as idolaters used in the service of their gods. Whether it be a graven image or a molten image, it comes all to one, it is an abomination to the Lord, even though it be not set up in public, but in a secret place,-though it be not actually worshipped, nor is it said to be designed for worship, but reserved there with respect and a constant temptation. He that does this may perhaps escape punishment from men, but he cannot escape the curse of God.

Excerpt from: Exposition of the Old and New Testaments
by Matthew Henry

Note #1: Matthew Henry (1662 – 1710) was a distinguished English Protestant clergyman. He served for a while as pastor to a Presbyterian (non-conformist) congregation. He is best known for his devotional commentaries on the Bible. I have respect for this godly man. Although unable to be in agreement with him in all instances, I find his commentaries useful and helpful.
Note #2: Do not be confused by the phrase “putteth it in a secret place”. As Matthew Henry indicates, it goes without saying that the man who puts such a statue in a public place is cursed by God. The verse indicates that the same curse applies even to the person who puts such a statue in a secret place or, as we would say, “on his private property”.

There is no particular advantage to be gained by me personally from keeping before my parishioners this matter of the
PUBLIC DISPLAY OF THE INDECENT STATUE ON MAIN STREET IN GIRARDVILLE. I have nothing whatsoever to gain from it. I take no particular satisfaction in coming back to the subject, either in the bulletin or from the pulpit. This being so, then why don’t I just drop it? Why don’t I just let it go?
The answer, plain and simple, is this: As shepherd of the Catholic people of Girardville, I am responsible to them for their salvation. I am responsible not just to the devout members of the flock, but to the lukewarm members — and even to the totally non-practicing members. I am responsible not only to the Catholics but also to those Christians who are not Catholics. In a broader sense, I am responsible to every person, whether Christian or non-Christian, who lives in Girardville --- to the extent that their minds might possibly be open to what the local Catholic priest has to say.
And what I say is abundantly clear and I’ll say it again: The owners of the Discount Appliance and Furniture Store on Main Street in Girardville are doing a wicked deed by keeping the pornographic statue on public view. They can make fun of me and tape insults about me in their store window until the cows come home or until they run out of paper and scotch tape, whichever comes first. It makes no difference whatsoever to me.
I want them to know that I have nothing personal against them. I wish them well. I wish, more than anything else, that they would do what is necessary in order to go to Heaven. Nothing else matters! T
here is not a whole lot of time left for them (or for me) before God calls us before His judgment throne.
It is a dreadful prospect to go before God unrepentant for having blatantly offended Him by displaying this obscene statue.
They would do well to humble themselves and say, “You know what? Maybe this Connolly guy is not our enemy after all. Maybe we are our own worst enemy. Maybe Connolly is right and maybe we’re wrong!”
I ask all my parishioners to pray for them --- at least one Hail Mary.

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