MASS SCHEDULE: 09 - 16 MAY 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 08 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — T. NORMAN FLANNERY
by the Mahanoy Creek Watershed Association

Sunday, 09 May
6th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — ROSE FULGINITI RANIERI
by her daughter, Bernadine Ranieri Chupasko

Monday, 10 May
St. Damien Joseph deVeuster of Moloka’i, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — NICHOLAS BIRSTER
by Jean Birster Weist

Tuesday, 11 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by her cousin, Joe Tegano

Wednesday, 12 May
SS. Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs; St. Pancras, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — HOWARD and ALMA HAUSMAN
by Jim and Cindy Coyle
Vigil of the Ascension
07:00 pm — ROSE FESCO GRASSO
by Mickey Catizone

Thursday, 13 May
The Ascension of the Lord (Sol)
10:00 am — God’s Blessings on SR. MARY RAYMOND THYE, OP
by her parents, David and Susan

Friday, 14 May
St. Matthias, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — MIRIAM FERRARI BRADLEY
by James Connell and family

Saturday, 15 May
St. Isidore the Farmer (OptMem)
08:00 am — EDWARD M. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — FRANK and JULIA (Kerrigan) GRIFFIN
by Bob and Anna Smith

Sunday, 16 May
7th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — DECEASED: LENAHAN FAMILY
by Margaret O’Donnell

 MASS SCHEDULE: 09 - 16 MAY 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 08 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — DECEASED: PETER McANDREW FAMILY
by Jim and Anna Mae Gownley

Sunday, 09 May
6th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Monday, 10 May
St. Damien Joseph deVeuster of Moloka’i, priest (OptMem)
07:00 pm — EDWARD W. KULL
by Joseph T. Cescon (+) and family

Tuesday, 11 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — ANNA M. RACIMAS
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Wednesday, 12 May
Vigil of the Ascension
04:00 pm — SISTER ELENA MAJIKAS, OP (5th anniversary)
by Jean Statuetis Majikas and family

Thursday, 13 May
The Ascension of the Lord (Sol)
07:00 pm — JOYCE CHRISTINE CHIPLONIA
by her brother, Ralph, his wife, Debra, and family

Friday, 14 May
St. Matthias, apostle (Fst)
05:00 pm — EDGAR DAWSON, MD
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 15 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — RITA LECKNER FALZARANO
by Muriel Leckner Pucetas and son, William

Sunday, 16 May
7th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — DECEASED: CONNELL and KARVOIS FAMILY
by the Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 05.09.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
01 / 02 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $970.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $79.00 from the second collection (plate); $281.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $93.00 from the loose. Total: $1,443.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,443.00) 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 $350.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.




Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $909.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $45.00 from the second collection (plate); $280.00 from the Dues envelopes; $2.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $57.00 from the loose. Total: $1,293.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,293.00) 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 $590.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 12 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 13 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 13 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

If these times don't suit you, you can always call for an appointment to go to Confession. If you don't like Fr. Connolly, you can always confess your sins to Kateri, but keep in mind that she is not bound by the seal and she does tend to be a blabbermouth.

 EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 12 May
02:00 to 03:50 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:30 pm)

Thursday, 13 May
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 03:45 pm)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONFESSIONS / EXPOSITION NORMALLY SCHEDULED IN SAINT JOSEPH CHAPEL ON FRIDAY EVENING ARE SCHEDULED THIS WEEK ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON. 

stjos/stvdp: 05.09.2010 - 02


ROBERT ALBERT DUVEN,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Tuesday, 04 May.
Born on 20 June 1942, he was 67 years of age.
Robert is the son of the late Mel Duven and Josephine Mary (Medalis) Rovinskie. His step-father is the late Albin (Ben) Rovinskie.
He was baptized on 04 July 1942 in Annunciation BVM Church, Frackville PA by Father Norbutas.
He has one brother and one sister: Benjamin Rovinskie (deceased) and Helen Ann Rovinskie Borzok
He has two sons: Timothy M. Duven and Robert T. Duven.
He has four grandchildren: Karly M. Duven; Sydney E. Duven; Kelsey Duven; Kylie Duven.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Robert was celebrated at St. Vincent dePaul Church on Saturday, 08 May, at 11:00 am. There was a visitation period in the church prior to the Mass.
The interment will take place in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg, at the convenience of the family.

Eternal rest grant unto Robert, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

THE FLOWERS PLACED ON THE HIGH ALTAR at St. Joseph Church this weekend (Mother’s Day) were donated by Rosemary Catizone Zelli and family in memory of the late Concetta Fulginiti Catizone. We are grateful for this donation.
MOTHER’S DAY CARNATIONS will be offered for sale in the back of the church (StVdP) and the Sheridan Room (StJos) this weekend. The asking price is one dollar ($1.00). If anyone is inclined to give more than one dollar, it will not be refused. All profit from the sale of these carnations will go to BIRTHRIGHT, an organization that does good deeds for pregnant women who are in difficult circumstances and for their babies.
THE ANNUAL CARE / GRASS-CUTTING FEE is due now for St. Joseph Cemetery, Fountain Springs, for those who are not enrolled in the Perpetual Care Fund. This can be paid over the Memorial Day weekend at the Cemetery or can be sent to the caretaker: Joe Woodward, 1530 Spruce Street, Ashland PA 17921.
Cost: $25.00 for one lot (four graves) / $20.00 for a half lot (two graves).

stjos/stvdp: 05.09.2010- 03


Pennsylvania Catholic Conference
U.S. Senate Questionnaire
Primary Election: 18 May 2010

Do you support or oppose the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortion?
SESTAK (Dem) — DID NOT RESPOND
SPECTER (Dem) — OPPOSE
LUKSIK (Rep) — OPPOSE
TOOMEY (Rep) — OPPOSE

Do you support or oppose legislation to prevent federal agencies and states that receive federal funds from discriminating against health care providers who do not perform or participate in abortions (Hyde-Weldon Amendment)?
SESTAK (Dem) — DID NOT RESPOND
SPECTER (Dem) — OPPOSE
LUKSIK (Rep) — SUPPORT
TOOMEY (Rep) — SUPPORT

Do you support or oppose embryonic stem cell research?
SESTAK (Dem) — DID NOT RESPOND
SPECTER (Dem) — SUPPORT
LUKSIK (Rep) — OPPOSE
TOOMEY (Rep) — OPPOSE

Do you support or oppose legislation that would guarantee comprehensive freedom of conscience for health care providers and health care institutions?
SESTAK (Dem) — DID NOT RESPOND
SPECTER (Dem) — OPPOSE
LUKSIK (Rep) — SUPPORT
TOOMEY (Rep) —SUPPORT

Do you support or oppose efforts to pass legislation that would make sexual orientation and gender identity or expression protected classes equivalent to other protected classes (e.g., race, religion, sex, etc.)?
SESTAK (Dem) — DID NOT RESPOND
SPECTER (Dem) — SUPPORT
LUKSIK (Rep) — OPPOSE
TOOMEY (Rep) — OPPOSE

Do you support or oppose overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)?
SESTAK (Dem) — DID NOT RESPOND
SPECTER (Dem) — SUPPORT
LUKSIK (Rep) — OPPOSE
TOOMEY (Rep) — OPPOSE

stjos/stvdp: 05.09.2010 - 04


 Pennsylvania Catholic Conference
PA Governor Questionnaire
Primary Election: 18 May 2010

Which statement reflects your position most accurately? (a) I do not oppose legalized abortion;(b) I oppose legalized abortion in all circumstances; (c) I oppose legalized abortion, except when the life of the mother is in danger; (Dem) I oppose legalized abortion, except when the life of the mother is in danger or the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.
ONORATO (Dem) — Did not indicate
WAGNER (Dem) — (d) I oppose legalized abortion, except when the life of the mother is in danger or the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.
WILLIAMS (Dem) — Did not respond
HOEFFEL (Dem) — (a) I do not oppose legalized abortion.
CORBETT (Rep) — (d) I oppose legalized abortion, except when the life of the mother is in danger or the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.
ROHRER (Rep) — (b) I oppose legalized abortion in all circumstances.

Do you support or oppose embryonic stem cell research?

ONORATO (Dem) — Did not indicate
WAGNER (Dem) — OPPOSE
WILLIAMS (Dem) — Did not respond
HOEFFEL (Dem) — SUPPORT
CORBETT (Rep) — OPPOSE
ROHRER (Rep) — OPPOSE

What is your position on amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman?

ONORATO (Dem) — OPPOSE
WAGNER (Dem) — Did not indicate
WILLIAMS (Dem) — Did not respond
HOEFFEL (Dem) — OPPOSE
CORBETT (Rep) — SUPPORT
ROHRER (Rep) — SUPPORT

What is your position on legislation requiring employers to provide employee benefits to which they are morally opposed, for example, mandating coverage for contraceptives or benefits to same-sex partners of employees?

ONORATO (Dem) — Did not indicate
WAGNER (Dem) — Did not indicate
WILLIAMS (Dem) — Did not respond
HOEFFEL (Dem) — SUPPORT
CORBETT (Rep) — OPPOSE
ROHRER (Rep) — OPPOSE


What is your position on legislation that forces health care providers to provide, pay for or refer for services contrary to their conscience for moral or religious reasons?

ONORATO (Dem) — Did not indicate
WAGNER (Dem) — OPPOSE
WILLIAMS (Dem) — Did not respond
HOEFFEL (Dem) — OPPOSE
CORBETT (Rep) — OPPOSE
ROHRER (Rep) — OPPOSE

stjos/stvdp: 05.09.2010 - 05


ELLEN VERONICA HOBAN McDONALD,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Wednesday, 05 May.
Born on 13 September 1915, she was 95 years of age.
Ellen [“Buddy”] is a daughter of the late James and Ellen (Brennan) Hoban.
She received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Michael Crane at St. Joseph Church on 23 September 1925.
Ellen has two sisters, both of whom are deceased: Mary Jane Hoban and Rose Hoban Scarborough.
Ellen was the wife of Gerald J. McDonald, who died in 1995.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Ellen will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Monday, 10 May, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing in the church for about 45 minutes prior to the Mass.
The interment will take place in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Frackville.
Additional notes: (a) The deacon and homilist for the Mass will be the Rev. Mr. Michael P. Bahn, a nephew-in-law of Ellen and a pastoral associate at St. John the Baptist Parish, Freedom PA. (b) The principal celebrant of the Mass will be Fr. Edmund J. Brennan, a first cousin (once removed) of the deceased.

Eternal rest grant unto Ellen, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE WORLD
I learned from this morning’s newspaper that tomorrow (Sunday, 09 May) is the 50th anniversary of the “invention” of the anovulant pill, commonly known as “the birth control pill”. In the minds of many persons, this is an auspicious anniversary, worthy of being observed with banquets, testimonials, oratory and champagne. God and the Catholic Church beg to differ!
As for me, I intend to celebrate 09 May 1960 with all of the enthusiasm with which a resident of Hiroshima celebrates 06 August 1945.
Does anyone think it ironic that the 50th anniversary of the pill should happen to fall on Mother’s Day? I think that’s really funny! Not funny ha-ha, but funny spooky.
Artificial contraception is the modern day version of the 3rd chapter of Genesis.
By striving to be masters of the universe, we find ourselves slaves to the elemental forces.

 stjos/stvdp: 05.09.2010 - 06


TODAY (09 MAY) IS MOTHER’S DAY!
When my brother and sisters and I were children, we would, as the dates came near, ask our mother what she wanted for Christmas / Your Birthday / Mother’s Day. Her standard and entirely predictable answer was something like this: “You don’t have to buy me anything. All I want is for you to be good kids!”
This answer, of course, always prompted us to reply: “Oh, Mom! We are good kids! Now, seriously! What do you want us to buy you for (fill in the blank)?”
The answer to the question as to whether or not we really were “good kids” is confidential information and I am not at liberty to reveal it here in the parish bulletin. Actually, I can reveal it partially: Yours truly was always a perfect child, but I can’t necessarily say the same about my four siblings!
(God forbid that any of my sisters read this bulletin! I don’t have to worry about my brother reading it. He has gone back to God and, I presume, is no longer vulnerable to brotherly teasing.)
I sometimes think to myself that we could have saved a few dollars by simply taking our mother at her word and not buying her anything. She was probably being 100% truthful in her response. The main thing that mothers want is that their children should be good. Taking that to its logical extension, what all mothers want is that their children should be permanently good, i.e. united to the Only One Who is Good, i.e. that they should go to Heaven. With that in mind, I recommend to all mothers in our two parishes the following prayer for the salvation of their husbands, children and grandchildren.

 

PRAYER TO SAINT MONICA

Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son, not with wild threats, but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day, so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have gone astray. Dear St Monica, troubled wife and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime, yet you never despaired nor lost faith. With confidence, persistence and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your dear husband, Patricius, and your beloved son, Augustine. Grant me that same fortitude, patience and trust in the Lord. Intercede for me, dear St. Monica, that God may favorably hear my plea on behalf of my husband, son(s) / daughter(s), (mention the names), and grant me the grace to accept God’s will in all things. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, your Savior and mine, the Savior of your family, the Savior of my family.                                 Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 05.09.2010 - 07


 

ASCENSION THURSDAY: 13 MAY 2010
Holyday
of Obligation

MASS SCHEDULE
Wednesday
, 12 May
04:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church

Thursday, 13 May
10:00 am at St. Joseph Church
07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church

As we do every time a Holyday of Obligation comes up, we respectfully but firmly remind everyone that attendance at Mass on a Holyday of Obligation carries the same degree of seriousness as does attendance at Mass on Sunday.
Therefore, even if it is inconvenient, a Catholic is obliged to go to Mass on Ascension Thursday or on the Vigil.
We have scheduled four Masses — two at each parish church — and we think we have scheduled them for maximum convenience. (If you think otherwise, please let me know.)
If a person just plain CANNOT get to Mass on a Holyday of Obligation, there is, of course, no need for agonizing or guilt, nor is there any sin. There is a common sense principle which goes like this: AD IMPOSSIBILE NEMO TENETUR. This translates into: NO ONE IS OBLIGED TO DO WHAT IS IMPOSSIBLE.
But, before you excuse yourself from attending Mass on Ascension Thursday (or the Vigil), please ask yourself: “Is it really impossible for me to attend or am I just copping out?”
Missing Mass on a Sunday or on a Holyday of Obligation is always GRAVE MATTER. If the “missing” is “skipping” and if the “skipping” is done with full knowledge and full consent of the will, then the “skipping” is a mortal sin.
And we all know what mortal sin implies: the loss of sanctifying grace and the consequent loss of the right to go to Heaven.

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