MASS SCHEDULE: 18 - 25 APRIL 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 17 April
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JOSEPH BRENNAN
by the Richards and the Smith families

Sunday, 18 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — DECEASED: SCULLY and LANDERS FAMILIES
by the families

Monday, 19 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — MICHAEL HUDOCK
by Joseph T. Cescon (+) and family

Tuesday, 20 April
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — MARGARET KAPLAFKA
by Michael and Juanita Martin

Wednesday, 21 April
St. Anselm, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — MICHAEL and MARY CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Thursday, 22 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — GLORIA TINARI CHIARETTI
by Thomasina M. Horan

Friday, 23 April
St. George, martyr; St. Adalbert, bishop, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on JOSEPH ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 24 April
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ANTHONY CATIZONE
by Mickey Catizone and family

Sunday, 25 April
4th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — STEPHEN P. McCARTHY
by his wife, Joan

 MASS SCHEDULE: 18 - 25 APRIL 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 17 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — LAWRENCE RYAN
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 18 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — PATRICK YACKERA
by his parents

Monday, 19 April
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — MONA WOLFGANG
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Tuesday, 20 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — ANNA RACIMAS
by Anne McLaughlin Jacavage

Wednesday, 21 April
St. Anselm, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by Butch and Mary Jane Ritzo

Thursday, 22 April
St. George, martyr; St. Adalbert, bishop, martyr (OptMems)
07:00 pm — PETER PAUL TERESAVAGE
by Joseph and Theresa Gudonis

Friday, 23 April
Easter Weekday
05:00 pm — CHARLES M. KETUSKY
by Joseph and Judy Ketusky

Saturday, 24 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ROSEMARY KENNEY RIZZARDI
by the Rizzardi family

Sunday, 25 April
4th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — WILLIAM and ANNA (KRICK) LABALAUKIS
by the Labie family

stjos/stvdp: 04.18.2010 - 01


Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $996.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $76.00 from the second collection (plate); $170.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $100.00 from the Easter envelopes; $244.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $15.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $53.00 from the loose. Total: $1,674.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,674.00) 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 $581.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $808.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $39.00 from the second collection (plate); $107.00 from the Dues envelopes; $16.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $244.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $135.00 from the Easter envelopes; $10.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $41.00 from the loose. Total: $1,400.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - $3.00 from the Good Friday (Shrines of the Holy Land) envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,400.00) 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 $697.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 21 April
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 22 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 23 April
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

You may call for an appointment if these times are not compatible with your schedule.

 EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 21 April
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 23 April
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

stjos/stvdp: 04.18.2010 - 02


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Counseling & Behavioral Health Program is accepting Medical Assistance/Health Choices Insurance for residents of Schuylkill County. Traditional Highmark Blue Shield and Traditional Blue Cross are accepted for residents of any county. Please contact the Schuylkill / Carbon service office at 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville, 570-628-0466
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown needs families to foster medically fragile children, siblings, and teen mothers with infants. An Information Meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, 12 May, at Catholic Charities, 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville. Please register by 10 May 10 by calling Barbara Ivaska at 570-628-0466, ext. 306 or Patricia Reusch at 1-800-330-8001 or e-mail preusch@allentowndiocese.org

TRUE STORY: On Tuesday, 13 April, there were thirteen First Confession / First Holy Communion children in the parlor of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory for their first of six meetings with Fr. Connolly. Chairs from the kitchen and from the dining room had been set up for the children. At the end of the meeting, Fr. Connolly asked the children to put the chairs back into the kitchen or dining room. After he had carried his chair into the kitchen, one little boy came back to Fr. Connolly and said, in a solemn tone of voice and with a very serious look on his face, “Father Connolly, I saw a magazine in the kitchen and it had a bad word on it.” I looked at the boy with puzzlement and said, “A magazine in the kitchen with a bad word? Gee, I don’t know of any magazine in the kitchen with any bad words! Show me what you mean.” So, I went out to the kitchen with the boy and there sitting on the kitchen table was my newly arrived copy of NATIONAL REVIEW. (I have been a subscriber to National Review for thirty years or more and have always found it to be a perfectly respectable magazine. It might be described as a neo-conservative journal of news and political opinion.) On the front cover of this particular edition of the magazine were the following words:

HELL, NO!
A Response to Obamacare

I said to the boy, “Oh, I see! I guess you mean the word, ‘Hell’. Well, let me put it this way: Hell is certainly a bad place, but Hell is not a bad word. Do you know what I mean? We even use it in the Apostle’s Creed, you know: Jesus descended into Hell.”
That was the end of that little dialogue.
Bottom line: I managed to convince myself, but I’m not at all sure that I convinced the little boy! When you’re seven years old, there is not a whole lot of wiggle room when it comes to morality. Everything is either good or bad. Not a whole lot of openness to explanations about context. I think I’ll write a letter to the Editor of National Review, asking him to refrain, in the future, from putting “Hell” on the cover.
In other words: I think I’ll raise a little Hell with them!
Excuse me. What I meant to say was “I think I’ll rebuke them sternly.”

stjos/stvdp: 04.18.2010- 03


BELIEVING IN GOD
and
BEING
AT PEACE IN THE REAL WORLD
A
Reflection

Why are these lines at the bank always so long?
Why is that car in front of me going so slowly?
Why is the supermarket always out of the item I want?
Why don't those people learn English?
Why are those children making so much noise?
Why doesn't that driver use his turn signals?
Why does it always rain at the wrong time?
Why does this kind of thing always happen to me?

These and similar questions, which many people ask themselves with real anger in their voices, are not dispassionate inquiries into human behavior or the nature of coincidence. They are rhetorical outbursts against the reality of the world we live in, a free-floating hostility against the idea that God made the world according to His Will and not my own.
Why isn't the world being run according to my desires?
Once people place themselves at the center of the universe, they are then forced to mentally reconstruct the world to fit in with the make-believe reality of their imagination. It is therefore quite understandable that if you inform such people of the truth, they mightily resent it. Not only are your words an implied criticism, but you are threatening to blow down their whole house of cards.

One of the obvious corollaries (and benefits) that come from BELIEVING IN GOD is that one is forced to the conclusion that God is someone other than me.

“GOD DOES EXIST AND I AM NOT HE” is a marvelous insight. If you have that insight, don’t lose it, whatever you do! If you don’t have that insight, please try to minimize your interaction with me.

stjos/stvdp: 04.18.2010 - 04


CONFIRMATION IN GIRARDVILLE
When I first came to Girardville (July of 2008), I looked at the Confirmation register and learned that the last group Confirmation administered by the Bishop was in 2007.
Since Girardville is on the three-year cycle for Confirmation, I figured that the next Confirmation would be in 2010.
However, I had not heard anything from what we commonly refer to as “The Front Office” (more correctly, “The Chancery”) about a Confirmation scheduled in Girardville in 2010.
A couple of months ago, I sent an email to the Front Office in which I inquired as to whether or not there would be a Confirmation in Girardville in 2010. The reply I received was that they had not yet made up the schedule for Confirmation.
So, when people would ask me about Confirmation, all I could say was, “I’m waiting to hear!”
Well, I am happy to say that, just this week, I got a call (and a follow-up letter) from the Front Office.
I was told that
Bishop Barres will administer Confirmation in Girardville on Thursday, 28 October 2010, at 04:30 pm
I asked whether he would be administering the sacrament at St. Joseph Church or at St. Vincent dePaul Church. I was told that this was for me to decide. So, I pass this information on to you.
I have not yet decided whether to schedule the Confirmation at St. Joseph Church or at St. Vincent dePaul Church, but am certainly open to opinions of parishioners, especially of parents of confirmandi. Of course, I reserve the right, as pastor, to make the decision, but I promise to make a thoughtful and honest decision.
Children in sixth, seventh and eighth grade are eligible for Confirmation, plus any children in higher grades who have not been confirmed.
Confirmations in Girardville in the recent past took place as follows:

2007
(the year of the first “joint-parish Confirmation”)
Bishop Thomas J. Welsh at St. Joseph Church
2004
Bishop Edward P. Cullen at St. Joseph Church
Bishop Edward P. Cullen at St. Vincent dePaul Church
2001
Bishop Edward P. Cullen at St. Joseph Church
Bishop Edward P. Cullen at St. Vincent dePaul Church
1998
Father William T. Campion VF at St. Joseph Church
Father William T. Campion VF at St. Vincent dePaul Church
1995
Bishop Thomas J. Welsh at St. Joseph Church
Bishop Thomas J. Welsh at St. Vincent dePaul Church

stjos/stvdp: 04.18.2010 - 05


WE SHARE THE MAIL
A parishioner (I am not including his name) sent me an email on a certain matter (not relevant to general interest). As a kind of postscript, he added the following words:
…….On another note, I was saddened yesterday however, when I got my taxes done and my accountant said that he no longer goes to church because of everything that has gone on with the priests. I didn't know what to say other than I invited him to our parish and that I liked you as our priest because you are a down to earth person who is easy to talk to.
I appreciated his kind words, but felt frustrated at what he said about his accountant. So, I pounded out the following email to him. I thought it might be relevant to the general interest. So, I am including it in the bulletin.
Dear XXXX:
This kind of thing saddens me. What saddens me most of all is this: I suspect that many people think that priests who have NOT been implicated in any of these scandals were, nevertheless, “in the know” about these things when they were going on and just chose to turn a blind eye towards them.
I can speak only for myself. The absolute truth is this: I spent five years in the seminary (1961 to 1966). There were about 150 of us men, ages mostly 20 to 35, with a small scattering of “old guys” ages 35 to 50. I was age 23 to 28 at the time. We lived at close quarters. For the first four years I was in the seminary, I shared a room with one or two other guys. For the final year I had my own room. As it is in the military, we shared bathrooms and showers.
I can honestly say that, in the five years I spent in the seminary, I never witnessed nor did I even hear about even one single instance of any weird or deviant or homosexual activity or behavior of any sort. No dirty language or insinuations or sexual jokes either! It was absolutely the furthest thing from my mind.
I can only presume that it was the furthest thing from the minds of my fellow seminarians. My brother, Frank Connolly, spent eight years in the seminary (1951 to 1959). (He attended a different seminary.)
He told me a lot of stories and “stuff” about seminary life. Never once did he tell me about anything even vaguely like homosexual activity in his seminary.
Frank was an excellent “big brother”. I’m sure he would have told me something if there was something to tell.
I am telling you this (and maybe you would want to pass it on to your accountant) because I think people should know that, when “the scandals” broke, they were as much of a shock to me (and to other priests) as they were to laypersons.
We are going through a period of purification in the clergy.
The Lord has been “trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored”. Tell your accountant that, by boycotting the Church, he is playing into the hands of the Enemy. Satan is delighted when he succeeds in getting people cynical about the Church. The vast majority of priests in the Catholic Church are dedicated to chastity. We do not preach one thing and live another.
EBC

 stjos/stvdp: 04.18.2010 - 06


REMINDER: Next Sunday (25 April) is the last Sunday of the month. The 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form — also known as the Tridentine Rite. This is our custom each last Sunday of the month.
DID YOU HEAR THAT the Invisible Man married the Invisible Woman? They had children, but everyone agreed that they were nothing to look at.
HERE IS A WEBSITE I came across. If you are interested in looking up stories of saints, you will find a lot of information here. I think I might use it for information for a homily or two or three.
http://www.jclubcatholic.org/stories/saints_april.php

 TRINITY ACADEMY
Theme Basket Auction

Saturday, 24 April at 07:00 pm
Doors open at 05:00 PM
Shop & Drop: Friday, 06:00 to 08:00 pm
and Saturday, 12:00 noon to 02:00 pm
Cardinal Brennan Field House, Fountain Springs

Over 100 Baskets & Large Prizes Table including: Wii System; Vera Bradley items; iPod; Camping Collection (includes large tent and Coleman Stove); Room Air Conditioner. Admission Packet is only $5.00, which includes 25 chances for the Theme Baskets as well as a chance for our Door Prize. Chances also sold separately for "Large Prizes". Hot Food and Bake Sale Items will be available both Friday and Saturday.

Benefits Trinity Academy – serving the towns of Ashland, Frackville, Girardville, Mahanoy City, Ringtown, Shenandoah and surrounding areas Plenty of Parking Good Food Available “Come for the Baskets, Stay for the Fun!”

stjos/stvdp: 04.18.2010 - 07


 

A STATEMENT BY POPE PIUS XII
ON
THE IMPORTANCE OF BREASTFEEDING

The following is taken from Pope Pius XII’s address to the Women of Italian Catholic Action, a group of midwives: 26 October 1941.

Mothers, your sensibility is greater and your love more tender.
Therefore, you will keep a vigilant eye upon your babies throughout their infancy, watching over their growth and over the health of their little bodies, for this is flesh of your flesh and the fruit of your womb.
Remember that your children are the adopted sons of God and especially beloved of Christ.
Remember that their angels look forever on the face of the heavenly Father; and so you too, as you rear them, must be angels in a like manner, in all your care and vigilance keeping your eyes fixed upon the heavenly Father.
It is your task from the cradle to begin their education in soul as well as in body; for if you do not educate them they will begin, for good or ill, to educate themselves.
Many of the moral characteristics which you see in the youth or the man owe their origin to the manner and circumstances of his first upbringing in infancy.
Purely organic habits contracted at that time may later prove a serious obstacle to the spiritual life of the soul.
And so you will make it your special care in the treatment of your child to observe the prescriptions of a perfect hygiene, so that when it comes to the use of reason its bodily organs and faculties will be healthy and robust and free from distorted tendencies.
This is the reason why, except where quite impossible, it is more desirable that the mother should feed her child at her own breast.
Who shall say what mysterious influences are exerted upon the growth of that little creature by the mother upon whom it depends entirely for its development?

My comment
We live in a society that devalues motherhood.
As Catholic Christians, we must fight against this devaluation.
There is absolutely no work more necessary, more noble, more praiseworthy than the work of raising children.
Anyone who conveys to women and girls the idea that being a full-time “stay at home mother” is something inferior or second class or demeaning is an enemy of the human race.
Women are, of course, free to choose whether or not to enter into marriage. In this regard, they are just as free as men.
If a woman chooses not to marry but, instead, to pursue a career, she is not to be criticized or faulted. That is her right, just as it is the right of a man to choose not to marry.
If, however, she chooses to marry, then (barring unfortunate and unusual circumstances), she is choosing to be a mother.
In choosing to be a wife and mother, she is choosing a high calling.
She should be proud to be a wife and a mother. Her husband and her parents and her siblings and everyone else should affirm her in her decision to practice motherhood as, ideally, it is meant to be practiced: by full-time dedication to the raising of her children.

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