Saturday, 13 June
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

Monday, 15 June
by Henry and Eileen Wayne
by Brian and Marie

Wednesday, 17 June
by the Joe Malafarina family

Friday, 19 June
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sol)
08:00 am — MARY A. WRIGHT
by CDA, Court St. Cecilia #1529

Saturday, 20 June
The Immaculate Heart of Mary (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on MOIRA STUART
by Christopher J. Chapman
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JEAN GOWER
by her family

Sunday, 21 June
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — STEPHEN DYSZEL Sr.
by Tom and Mary Yesalavage


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

Tuesday, 16 June
08:00 am — ALBERT and MARY MILLER
by their family

Thursday, 18 June
by George and Barbara

Saturday, 20 June
Vigil of Sunday
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 21 June
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by his family

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2009 - 01

06 / 07 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,236.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $104.00 from the second collection (plate); $276.00 from the Dues envelopes; $75.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $1,102.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $347.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $106.00 from the loose. Thank you.


Wednesday, 17 June
12:30 to 01:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 18 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 19 June
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 17 June
12:00 to 02:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 19 June
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


An elderly woman decided to visit the local funeral director to do some “pre-need planning” for her funeral. She told him that (a) she wanted to be cremated and (b) she wanted her ashes scattered on the parking lot at WAL-MART. Well, of course, the funeral director asked her, “Why in the world would you want your ashes scattered on the WAL-MART parking lot?” She said, "So I can be sure my daughters will visit me at least twice a week."

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2009 - 02

A PRIEST DOES NOT ALWAYS ENDEAR HIMSELF to his parishioners by telling them the truth. If a priest aspires to be popular, he usually does well to massage the facts, so as not to offend. Therefore, when a Catholic school closes, we often hear from the pulpit (or read in the press release or in the letter to the parishioners) such banalities as “Well, you know, it’s the economy”, as if “the economy” were an entity entirely independent of the choices made by the people in the community. And we say, “Well, you know, it all has to do with the changing demographics”, as if there were some sort of disconnect between how the demographics have changed and how the people have changed. (Hint: The Greek word for “people” is “demos”).
I think of these things as I look at
Father Kevin P. Gallagher’s letter to his parishioners about the closing of the Academy of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Mahanoy City.
Fr. Gallagher said (wrote): “….
our school, the Academy of the Blessed Virgin Mary, now closes due to a lack of community interest”.
There we have it! It’s the truth! Let the chips fall where they may!
It is not Bishop Cullen’s fault that the Academy is closing, nor is it the fault of his predecessors.
It is not Fr. Gallagher’s fault that the Academy is closing, nor is it the fault of his predecessors.
It is not the fault of the teachers at the Academy, nor is it the fault of those parishioners who sent their children there and tried to keep it going.
The Academy is closing, as Fr. Gallagher said, “due to a lack of community interest”.
I tip my biretta to Fr. Gallagher for being a man who tells the truth in difficult circumstances.

The real reason our Catholic schools are closing is LACK of FAITH in GOD.
LACK of FAITH in GOD engenders CYNICISM about LIFE.
engenders CYNICISM about LOVE.
engenders ABUSE of ALCOHOL and DRUGS.
engenders LOW SELF ESTEEM.
engenders LACK of VOCATIONS to the PRIESTHOOD and to the RELIGIOUS LIFE.
prompts bishops to close parishes.
prompts the conditions whereby people don’t really care a bucket of warm spit anymore about Catholic schools.
IS THERE A SOLUTION? Of course there is! Start by throwing away the damn condoms, birth-control pills, contraceptive patches, etc. Then start going to Mass every weekend. Then get married to — or else separate from — the woman (man) with whom you are living. Then go to Confession and start going to Communion. And start praying the Rosary every day.
PS to all of the above: Recently, I spotted a bumper sticker on a car parked on a street in Girardville:

Disgusting! Cynical! Anti-human! Hateful! Contemptible! Diabolical!
I don’t know whose car it was, but I sure would not want to be in his (her?) shoes on Judgment Day!
Kyrie eleison! Christe eleison! Kyrie eleison!

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2009- 03

Excerpt: e-mail from me to a friend (07 June 09)
We had an unexpected supplement to the homily about the Holy Trinity during the 11:30 am Mass today at St. Joseph’s. Just as I was about to get to the FIRE – HEAT – LIGHT analogy, a chipmunk ran up the entire length of the middle aisle, up the steps into the sanctuary. Obviously, I couldn’t compete with a chipmunk, so we took a break until the altar boys were able to usher it out the sacristy door.

Excerpt: e-mail reply from the friend to me (07 June 09)
Maybe the chipmunk had a new twist on the Trinity thing? God speaks in mysterious ways, you know. Sometimes he uses small rodents. Good thing Kateri wasn't around, then the fun would have really begun. And I didn't see one chipmunk at the outdoor Mass in Frackville.
Speaking of chipmunks, I heard on the police scanner yesterday that the police were called out in Frackville to a home where the owner had a chipmunk trapped in the bathroom and wanted an officer to remove it. Was it National Chipmunk Day?

There was a third chipmunk incident that very same day: A gentleman from Minersville named Brian, who attended Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Sunday, 07 June, informed me that he removed a deceased chipmunk from the front lawn of StVdP Rectory on the morning when he came to Mass. He suspects (although he is not certain) that the chipmunk’s demise was not unrelated to the predatory activities of a certain cat whose name (starts with a “K”?) we decline to print. I thanked Brian for being concerned about keeping up the appearance of the property by removing dead bodies, but told him that, by removing the deceased without first notifying the police and the coroner, he was making it difficult for us to bring a solid case against the aforementioned cat (starts with a “K”) who, at the present time is not a “suspect”, but simply a “cat of interest”, as the DA’s like to say at the televised press conferences.

FATHER J. MICHAEL BEERS, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Frackville, celebrated the annual Mass for Unborn Children last Sunday (7 June). As is customary, this particular Mass was held al fresco on the parish property. There was an article about this event on page 03 of the 09 June edition of the Pottsville Republican & Herald. Included in the article were a few words from Father’s homily. Fr. Beers is one of the most respected and thoughtful priests in the Diocese. His words are carefully chosen. The words quoted in the article struck me with particular force and I would like to run them by you here and then make some comments on them.
Please note that, while Fr. Beers is responsible for the words in quotation marks, he is clearly not responsible for my comments on his words, although I hope that they might meet with his approval.

“Today we have this privilege of saying the Mass for the Unborn as a way of reminding ourselves that sadly there are some who are not allowed that basic right to be born, the right to human life, the right to come into this life and the benefit of the baptism that can be and could have been accorded them. We pray for them. We pray that, because they have died with no sin, God will receive them to himself.”

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2009 - 04


What I particularly like about these words is Father’s reference to the fact that abortion deprives a child of baptism and that to die deprived of baptism, even though the deprivation is not one’s own personal fault, is not inconsequential!
Notice that Fr. Beers says, in regard to unbaptized infants who have died, that we pray for them, that God will receive them to himself. But, this implies that, in regard to baptized infants who have died, we do not need to make such a prayer. We know already what God’s sovereign Will is in their regard and we rejoice in the sure and certain knowledge of it.
The Catholic Church teaches with certainty that baptized persons who die in infancy enter immediately into the Beatific Vision, which is the Ultimate Glory, which is the seeing of God face to face, and that they are assured of a glorious resurrection from the dead.
The Catholic Church does not teach the same about unbaptized persons who die in infancy.
This latter statement is not to be misinterpreted.
So, let us clarify:

The Catholic Church teaches that
unbaptized persons who die in infancy,
including those who are aborted,
are not and never will be in a state of punishment or pain.
The Church teaches that such persons are “with the Lord”
and enjoy the happiness that is possible to their ontological level.
The Church does not teach that infants who died without having been baptized will never advance
beyond this natural happiness to a higher ontological level,
into the happiness of the Beatific Vision.
The Church simply says, “We do not know whether or not they will. It has not been revealed.”
All we can do is pray for such persons.
God will do for them what He will do.
What He will do for them is just and merciful.
Beyond that generality, we do not know what He has in Mind.
Does this mean that we still believe that unbaptized infants are in limbo?
Someone once said that, if you want a wrong answer, you should ask a wrong question.
Conversely, if you want a right answer, you should ask a right question.
“Are unbaptized babies in limbo?” is a wrong question.
Any answer we give to it (other than “I don’t know”) is bound to be wrong.
Here is the right question: “Are we ‘in limbo’ in regard to
what God has in Mind for unbaptized infants?”
The answer is “Yes”, meaning that we are in a kind of intellectual limbo in regard to knowing precisely what God has in mind for unbaptized (including aborted) infants.

What is the difference between the eternal destiny of a baptized person who dies in infancy as opposed to the eternal destiny of an unbaptized person who dies in infancy?
Let us define “in infancy”: A person is “in infancy” if he / she has never come to “the age of accountability”, also known as “the age of reason”. This includes all adults who, in regard to cognitive development, are “like little children” all their lives and all children under the age of (approximately) seven.
The difference is this:
We know beyond the shadow of a doubt that baptized persons who die in infancy go immediately to Heaven, share the divine nature, see God face to face, are happy beyond the power of human words to describe and, at the Second Coming of the Lord, will be raised glorious and immortal from the dead.
We know beyond the shadow of a doubt that unbaptized persons who die in infancy are with the Lord, are safe, content and happy. More than that, we do not know. We can only speculate and pray.

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2009 -05



This is an e-mail I received this past week from a friend of mine --- a husband and father. I asked him to give me permission to print it in the bulletin. He gave permission on condition that I not include his name and that I edit it slightly to remove some personal references. He has approved this slightly revised version of his original e-mail. I think it is an exceptionally good letter.
Dear Father Connolly:
I must beg your forgivness
ahead of time for bringing up such a sordid subject but, as is often the case, you are the only man I know who might actually have an informed opinion on the subject at hand and are not likely to consider me insane for holding the view I hold.
I am blest in that I suffer few temptations of the flesh. In fact, I believe I could easily adopt the celibate life and be content. I am always hasty to add that I believe firmly that this is an actual grace and is not due to any inherent quality of my own. I also like to add that I am healthy and find women beautiful and alluring but, like Job, I have “made a covenant with mine eyes never to look upon a maid" and so forth.
Therefore, I do not spend a great deal of time thinking about sexual sins. However, once in a while, I do. Part of the reason is that I come across so many persons with so many problems — both heterosexuals and homosexuals. Sometimes I think back to my own youthful indiscretions prior to getting married. By the grace of God, I have never strayed as a married man.
As a result of some thinking and some reading, I have come to a startling conclusion: I think masturbation is wreaking havoc on our society. For some time, I have wondered why so many of the young men around me seem so fey and so fair. They are effeminate. They lack ambition. Not a few are turning homosexual. Moreover, as you know, there is pornography. Recently, as I considered it, I started to wonder if, perhaps, the widespread acceptance of the solitary vice might have something to do with it. Such a concept is laughed to scorn these days and a quick search on the Internet will show that the dominant — I’m tempted to say “universal” — opinion seems to be:

a) that no man can live without playing with himself unless he is "in a relationship";
b) that there is nothing harmful about this and even . . .
c) that it is necessary for good health.

How could such a universal opinion be wrong?
Well, as is often the case anymore, I must disagree with modern science. I think the solitary vice is harmful. Here are two things of which I am certain — and I might add that I am sure that there are others:

#1 — I am quite certain that the habit of masturbation diminishes a man's ability to prolong the act of love. Therefore, a boy (young man) who is always "interfering with himself" may find himself unable properly to satisfy his future wife.
#2 — I am also rather certain that a young, unmarried man who does not engage in the solitary vice will have what are called "wet dreams" (nocturnal emissions). I think this natural phenomenon must answer to some natural purpose. They are probably necessary for psychological health. If a boy starts playing with himself all the time, it will not be likely that he will have these dreams and I can't help but wonder if that doesn't do some sort of psychological damage. In fact, I think the canard that "people masturbate because they are sexually frustrated" is backwards. I think masturbation might in fact CAUSE sexual frustration.

I need not here go into the damage that the fantasy life of a self-abuser may do on his ability to relate properly to women.
As for the attitude that persons who masturbate “just can't help themselves", I just don’t buy it. I think that, by God’s grace, by prayer and by conscious avoidance of the occasions of sin, it is possible that a boy will never even begin to masturbate. I think that, the longer a boy retains his purity, the less likely it is that he will lose it. But I think that, once the act of masturbation becomes habitual, the harder it will be to break the habit. It will become something like an addiction. Establishing a satisfactory sexual relationship (by which I mean marriage) might serve to bring about the end of the practice.
Enough for now. I would appreciate your opinion on this. I am thinking about these matters as part of my overall thinking about the education of the youth — what needs to be done to keep them normal.

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2009 - 06


a beautiful baby girl, will be baptized today (Sunday) at St. Joseph Church. She will be immersed three times in the baptism font. The priest will say,
“Dalilah Jayne, I baptize you in the Name of the Father (first immersion) and of the Son (second immersion) and of the Holy Spirit (third immersion).”
Because the priest clearly has the intention to do for this child what the Church intends to be done for her (correct intention) and because he uses flowing water (correct matter) and the Trinitarian formulary of words that are prescribed by Jesus and the Church (correct form), then we know without doubt that we have a valid Baptism.
The action performed on Dalilah Jayne is primarily a divine action. In other words, it is God Himself Who is baptizing the child. The priest serves as God’s agent. This is because this particular action is a
SACRAMENT. All sacraments are ultimately divine actions. In this particular case, it is not simply water touching a human body; it is a matter of grace touching a human soul.
By means of Baptism, Dalilah Jayne will be both
JUSTIFIED and SANCTIFIED. We say that she will be JUSTIFIED because, by Baptism, the stain of the original sin will be removed from her: not “covered up” nor “concealed”, but removed. We say that she will be SANCTIFIED because, by Baptism, her soul will be flooded with that grace which is participation in the very Nature of God.
May God bless and preserve the little girl and keep her in His love. We welcome her into membership in the Catholic Church.


No one has ever been known to say on his or her deathbed: “Oh, if only I had it to do over again, I would not have given so much money to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.”

If you are disinclined to donate to the BAA because you are displeased with Bishop Cullen for any reason whatsoever (closing of churches, etc.) please remember that what is called “The Bishop’s Annual Appeal” is actually “Jesus Christ’s Annual Appeal”. Do not act in such a way as to please (or displease) men. Act in such a way as to please God!

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2009 - 07



This coming Friday (19 June) is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
It would be an especially good day for someone to go to Mass.
Is Mass being offered in Girardville or vicinity on Friday, 19 June? How could you find out?
It would be an especially good day for someone to visit the Lord exposed in the Blessed Sacrament.
Will there be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Girardville or vicinity on Friday, 19 June? How could you find out?
It would be an especially good day for someone to give his / her heart to God and to receive God’s heart in exchange.
Caution: If you agree to give your heart to God and receive His in return please be aware that, while it is an exquisitely sweet exchange, it is not without pain.

            stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2009 - 08                      





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