MASS SCHEDULE: 04 - 11 APRIL 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 03 April
Holy Saturday / Vigil of Easter
08:00 pm - THOMAS GOWER Sr.
by his family

Sunday, 04 April
Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
11:30 am - STEPHEN DYSZEL Jr.
by his mother, his wife and his family

Monday, 05 April
Monday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am - God's Blessings on BENJAMIN SVONAVEC
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Tuesday, 06 April
Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
07:00 pm - GLORIA TINARI CHIARETTI
by Lenore Colihan Vaughn

Wednesday, 07 April
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am - POLDIE RIZIKIA YURENKA
by her daughter-in-law, Argie

Thursday, 08 April
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am - EVELYN DRUCKER ZIEGLER
by Anthony and Karen Pilo

Friday, 09 April
Friday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am - MARIANNE JACAVAGE
by her mother, Anne

Saturday, 10 April
Saturday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 pm - God's Blessings on MARTIN ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm - MARGARET T. KAPLAFKA (7th anniversary)
by Joe Kaplafka and son

Sunday, 11 April
2nd Sunday of Easter / Feast of the Divine Mercy
11:30 am - CONCETTA BECK CATIZONE
by Mickey Catizone and family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 04 - 11 APRIL 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
SAINT VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
Saturday, 03 April
Holy Saturday / Vigil of Easter
10:30 pm - DECEASED: STANCAVAGE and YENKALIS FAMILIES
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Sunday, 04 April
Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
08:30 am - BERNARD McANDREW and KAREN McANDREW WEYMAN
by Ann McAndrew and family

Monday, 05 April
Monday in the Octave of Easter
07:00 pm - MATTHEW and MARGARET COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 06 April
Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am - JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI.
by his wife, Alice

Wednesday, 07 April
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
07:00 pm - ROSALIE YANNI GENNERELLA
by Joseph T. Cescon (+) and family

Thursday, 08 April
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
07:00 pm - God's Blessings on SR. MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her parents

Friday, 09 April
Friday in the Octave of Easter
05:00 pm - ANNA SCIARRONE BARBETTI
by Sophie D'Alfonso and Frank and Rose Popeck

Saturday, 10 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm - EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Granny and Pap

Sunday, 11 April
2nd Sunday of Easter / Feast of the Divine Mercy
08:30 am - DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 04.04.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
27 / 28 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
$1,201.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $53.00 from the second collection (plate); $85.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $35.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $15.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $86.00 from the loose. Total: $1,495.00
Included in these totals is the money from the collection taken up at the 10:00 am AOH Mass on Saturday morning.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $347.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,495.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($290.08), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($444.49), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,092.74, one sees that $402.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,118.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $64.00 from the second collection (plate); $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $25.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,302.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $181.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,302.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($183.92), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($267.81), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $702.71, one sees that $599.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Monday, 05 April
02:00 to 03:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

Thursday, 08 April
02:00 to 03:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

 EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

All of the celebrations of the Divine Mercy Novena this week will include Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. See the schedule on page 07 of this bulletin.

stjos/stvdp: 04.04.2010 - 02


CORRECTIONS
#01 - On page 02 of last weekend's bulletin, I put the wrong date for the Collection Totals. I typed 27/28 March. I should have typed 20 /21 March. The figures were correct, but the date was wrong. Sorry!

#02 - On page 08 of last weekend's bulletin, I thanked the Holy Rosary Society for providing the refreshments for the social gathering after the Palm Sunday Stations. I forgot to thank the Holy Name Society. So, for the archives, let it be noted that: (a) the women of the Holy Rosary Society prepared and served the food and drink; (b) the men of the Holy Name Society paid for the food and drink. Yours truly is in big trouble with the Holy Name Society. I hope this correction saves me from being expelled from that assembly. I sure wouldn't like to have it on my resume that I was tossed out of the Holy Name Society!

This reminds me somewhat of when I was growing up in Philadelphia. I always used to say to my mother: "Thanks for supper, Mom!" I don't think I ever in my whole life said to my father: "Thanks for supper, Dad!" But, now that I come to think of it, it was my father who went out every day to work to earn the money for the food that Mom put on the table. When I see my father in Heaven, I'll have to remember to say to him: "Oh, by the way, thanks for all those suppers, Dad!"
It's a woman's world!

"NOAH WAS SIX HUNDRED YEARS OLD, when the flood waters came upon the earth." (Gen 7,6).
"ALL THE FOUNTAINS OF THE GREAT ABYSS burst forth, and the floodgates of the sky were opened." (Gen 7,11b)
These words came to mind as I was seated in the confessional at St. Joseph Chapel on Holy Thursday and my cell phone rang to tell me that there was a serious flood in the St. Vincent dePaul school building.
"Oh, happy day!" said I to myself. "This is great timing! As a parish priest, I have absolutely nothing to occupy myself during the Sacred Triduum, and I was hoping that something would happen that would require my attention!"
I was told that John Majeikas had already called a roofer. (Thank God for John!) So, I didn't have to interrupt confessions. I went over afterwards to survey the situation. To my dismay, the flood was still in process, there was still water falling down onto the floors of two of the classrooms on the second floor of the building. As far as I could tell, there was no water on the first floor or in the auditorium / kitchen. The dripping was confined to the two classrooms. It seemed that, perhaps, a pipe up in the ceiling had burst.
Well, let me get to the bottom line: The roofer arrived and ascertained that the problem had nothing to do with the plumbing. No pipe had burst. The water was from melted snow that had not gone down the drainpipe. Why had it not gone down the drainpipe? Apparently, there was an accumulation of debris in the gutters. The "beehive" cage that is meant to sit over the opening of the drainpipe had been knocked over, thus allowing the debris to block the opening. (For a more technical explanation of the problem, I refer you to Mr. Majeikas.)
I am grateful to the men of the Holy Name Society who came by in order to mop up the water. All is now well. There are some ceiling tiles that will need to be replaced. Other than that, the situation is now under control, for which we say, "Praise the Lord! It could have been worse!"
The Hope Retreat for Infertility: On Saturday, 17 April, from 08:00 am to 06:00 pm at St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, PA. The cost is $75.00 per couple. The retreat will feature Certified Imago Therapist Christine Wittman and author and international speaker Neal Lozano. Contact Elisabeth Laskowski by Monday 05 April. Call 484-332-9084 or email her at creightonmodel@gmail.com.

stjos/stvdp: 04.04.2010- 03


SOME GEMS SELECTED FROM THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY'S FORUM
FOR
THE PASSIONATELY DISGRUNTLED

15 March 2010
I see someone from Tuscarora is unhappy with many Catholics because they are agreeing with Dr. DiNicola. I guess I am a fall-away Catholic, or better yet, a recovering Catholic. I have totally lost my faith in the Catholic Church, but I will never lose my faith in God. There is a major difference.

Ringtown

My comment
Dear Ringtown:

You call yourself "a fall-away Catholic". I think you meant to say "fallen-away Catholic". Be that as it may, I urge you, now that you have fallen away, to pick yourself up and fall back in. If you remain in your "fallen away condition", you are aligning yourself with the antichrist - and you are toast!. Read 1 John 2,18-19 to see what the Holy Spirit has to say about those who leave the Church.
Believe me, friend: If you have totally lost your faith in the Catholic Church, you have totally lost your faith in Jesus. If you have totally lost your faith in Jesus, you have totally lost your faith in God. If this is not apparent to you, it is apparent to me.
Check out these words of Jesus addressed to His Church: "He who hears you, hears Me. He who rejects you, rejects Me. And he who rejects Me, rejects Him who sent Me." (Luke 10,16) I suggest you return to the Father's house, lest you die of wretchedness and hunger.

25 March 2010
I'm calling in regard to St. Patrick Church. I went to daily Mass there and was in dismay when I found the Mass was being celebrated in the basement chapel. First of all, the beautiful altar is upstairs. On top of this, I felt like a sardine because I could not find a seat and there were so many people. The solution is simple. When there are that many people going to Mass, have it in the church. I want the priest to know that was the last time I will go to St. Pat for Mass; but who knows, maybe they are trying to turn people away.

Pottsville

My comment
Dear Pottsville:

You say that you "felt like a sardine" because you "could not find a seat". I am well acquainted with sardines, having opened quite a few cans of them in my life (delicious!) and I have never seen a sardine seated. But I jest!
Allow me to get serious. (From here on, I'm serious!)
Please commit the following list to memory: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Mildness, Faith, Long-Suffering, Modesty, Continence, Chastity. These are the fruits of the Holy Spirit. These are virtues that characterize persons who live according to God's Holy Spirit. I trust that you manifest Modesty, Continence and Chastity in your life. If you do, God bless you! But three out of twelve is not excellent. I suggest that you strive to manifest the other nine. On the basis of your words in Thunder / Enlightning, quoted above, I would have to say that you flunk out on Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Mildness, Faith and Long Suffering.
Why do you not thank God that you have access to daily Mass? Why are you not grateful to live in proximity to such a fine parish as St. Patrick's? Why do you not appreciate having two holy and dedicated priests (Msgr. O'Connor and Fr. Kiefer) available to serve your spiritual needs? Why do you not give the pastor credit for wanting to save a few dollars by not heating the upstairs church unnecessarily? Do you have any idea how expensive it is to heat such a high-ceiling space? Why are you such a whiner? Why are you so petulant? Why do you not realize that our fathers chained in prisons dark might have experienced some occasional discomfort? Why do you not reflect on the fact that the Mass is the memorial of the Lord's self-sacrificing death and, in so reflecting, try to put your ego to death? Why are you such an unpleasant person? Why do you feel the need to be so hostile to Holy Mother Church in a public forum? Why do you feel the childish need to "punish" St. Patrick's by not going there anymore?

stjos/stvdp: 04.04.2010 - 04


29 March 2010
This is in reply to Jean Joyce's letter of March 15: She asked, "Where did all the money go that was being collected for repairs to St. George Church?" All the money that was collected for maintenance and energy went to Allentown to pay for Father Flanagan's monsignorship. Don't Catholics know this by now? No money, no title. Look around and see how many priests are serving for years and are not monsignors. They refuse to pay the price.

Shenandoah

My comment
Dear Shenandoah:

Can you produce one scintilla of evidence that "all the money that was collected for maintenance and energy went to Allentown to pay for Father Flanagan's monsignorship"? No! Of course you can't! So, why do you make such a stupid and outrageous statement? Where I come from, that is called "libel". But you are safe from a libel suit because you take advantage of an anonymous forum. Father Flanagan's elevation to the rank of Monsignor was well deserved. He is a hard-working, intelligent and loyal priest, well-respected by his peers, including yours truly. The purple trim on his cassock can be interpreted as a kind of Purple Heart, awarded him in recognition of wounds incurred in the line of duty in Shenandoah. Good health and long life to him!

stjos/stvdp: 04.04.2010 - 05


THE PROFIT from the St. Patrick's Parade Day breakfast held in the St. Joseph Parish Hall came to $1,278.00. Jack McCarthy delivered this money to me and it has been deposited in the bank.
I am immensely grateful to all who participated in preparing and serving this breakfast. This was a great act of love for St. Joseph Parish. May God bless all who worked on this project. Allow me to single out Annetta Whitehead (that indefatigable Scully girl) who always seems to spearhead these projects. May God reward her loyalty to the parish.
SILVIA CRISTINA (LIMA ROCHA) LOHMANN MOHAN will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation today (Easter Sunday) during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church. Silvia is a daughter of Fernando Armbrust and Eliana (Lima Rocha) Lohmann. She is the wife of F. Patrick Mohan and the mother of two young children: Lucas F. Mohan and Ana E. Mohan. Her parents-in-law are Dr. Francis P. and Stella (Modrijan) Mohan, members of St. Joseph Parish.
Fr. Connolly will administer the Sacrament, having been granted the faculty to do so by Archbishop Dolan of New York, with the permission of Bishop Barres.
Silvia has been a Catholic all her life but did not receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in her childhood. She is a native of Brazil and, together with her husband and children, anticipates returning there in the near future.
May the Holy Spirit of God come in power upon Silvia. May He place His seal upon her and give her the strength and courage to be a witness to the Faith in the midst of an often difficult and unbelieving world.
Silvia will take the name "Therese" for Confirmation, in honor of St. Therese Martin of Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN
Fr. Connolly will meet with the children who are preparing to receive First Holy Communion (Sunday, 23 May) on the following dates:

Tuesday, 13 April
Tuesday, 20 April
Tuesday, 27 April
Tuesday, 04 May
Tuesday, 11 May
Tuesday, 18 May

We will meet from 04:00 to 05:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
These meetings are for ALL of the First Holy Communion children, whether they attend Trinity Academy or CCD.
Faithful attendance at these meetings is important and is obligatory

 stjos/stvdp: 04.04.2010 - 06


 DIVINE MERCY
NOVENA
and FEASTDAY

EASTER SUNDAY, 04 APRIL: Day Three of Novena
07:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER MONDAY, 05 APRIL: Day Four of Novena
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER TUESDAY, 06 APRIL: Day Five of Novena
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER WEDNESDAY, 07 APRIL: Day Six of Novena
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER THURSDAY, 08 APRIL: Day Seven of Novena
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER FRIDAY, 09 APRIL: Day Eight of Novena
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction
EASTER SATURDAY, 10 APRIL: Day Nine of Novena
07:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers, Benediction



2nd SUNDAY of EASTER, 11 APRIL:
Feast of the Divine Mercy
03:00 pm - Exposition, Chaplet, Prayers
Exposition continues with opportunity for individual prayer
07:00 pm - Chaplet, Procession, Benediction

Note: Last year, we held these devotions in St. Joseph Church
This year, we will hold them in St. Vincent dePaul Church.

MANY THANKS to the persons who volunteered their time and energy in order to give a pre-Easter cleaning to St. Vincent dePaul Church and St. Joseph Church.
May the Lord (who appreciates a nice, clean church) reward you for your kindness!

stjos/stvdp: 04.04.2010 - 07


 

THE PASSION: FACTS, FICTIONS and FAITH
This is the title of a "special" on Fox this weekend. I have set my DVR to record it. However, even without yet having watched it, I can confidently warn people against it. I am not saying that you should not watch it. On the other hand, I am not saying that you should watch it. As they say: "It's a free country! If you want to watch it, that's your business!"
But, if you do watch it, please - for God's sake - watch it with the realization that it is not an honest attempt to present the truth, but it is an attempt to destroy your faith.
I have seen enough TV specials on the subject of the life of Jesus to know ahead of time that it is the intention of the producers to twist and distort the truth.
I understand that John Dominic Crossan will be one of the presenters. Whenever you see J.D. Crossan's face on a TV screen, please know ahead of time that you are about to be subjected to a man who hates the Catholic Church. He is an ex-priest. He has some scholarly credentials. He is also a heretic who has long since excommunicated himself from the Church. He is the kind of person Pope Pius X was referring to (prophetically) when he wrote the following:

But it is pride which exercises an incomparably greater sway over the soul to blind it and plunge it into error, and pride sits in Modernism as in its own house, finding sustenance everywhere in its doctrines and an occasion to flaunt itself in all its aspects. It is pride which fills Modernists with that confidence in themselves and leads them to hold themselves up as the rule for all, pride which puffs them up with that vainglory which allows them to regard themselves as the sole possessors of knowledge, and makes them say, inflated with presumption, We are not as the rest of men, and which, to make them really not as other men, leads them to embrace all kinds of the most absurd novelties; it is pride which rouses in them the spirit of disobedience and causes them to demand a compromise between authority and liberty; it is pride that makes of them the reformers of others, while they forget to reform themselves, and which begets their absolute want of respect for authority, not excepting the supreme authority. No, truly, there is no road which leads so directly and so quickly to Modernism as pride. When a Catholic layman or a priest forgets that precept of the Christian life which obliges us to renounce ourselves if we would follow Jesus Christ and neglects to tear pride from his heart, ah! but he is a fully ripe subject for the errors of Modernism.

Excerpt from Paragraph #40
Pascendi Dominici Gregis

John Dominic Crossan (and a slew of others) are Modernists. Modernists do not really believe in anything higher or greater than themselves. Modernists reject the very thought that there is a mind greater than the human mind. Modernists do not do us the favor of departing completely and entirely from the use of Christian terminology. They know that, if they were to do so, we would recognize them instantly as enemies of the Faith. So, they dance around the subject and occasionally say things that make us think that they are our brothers and sisters in the Faith. For example, Crossan will say that he believes in the resurrection but does not believe in the empty tomb. Make a note of this: Anyone who denies the PHYSICAL resurrection of Jesus denies the resurrection of Jesus.
John Dominic Crossan and his ilk find a welcome among Catholics who are wise in their own conceits.

                      stjos/stvdp: 04.04.2010 - 08                      

        

 StJoseph Mass Schedule | StVincent Mass Schedule

Sacrament of Penance | Related Links

Web Site designed, donated & maintained by BackDoor Web Design

Disclaimer and Terms of Use