MASS SCHEDULE: 30 MAY06 JUNE
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 29 May
Vigil of Trinity
05:30 pm — JOHN JOYCE (2nd anniversary)
by his wife, Jeanne

Sunday, 30 May
Holy Trinity Sinday
11:30 am — IRENE HAMA GILLIS
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Monday, 31 May
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
08:00 am — NED G. LANG
by the Lang and the Getzey families

Tuesday, 01 June
St. Justin, martyr (OblMems)
07:00 pm — MIRIAM FERRARI BRADLEY
re-scheduled from 14 May

Wednesday, 02 June
SS. Marcellinus and Peter (OptMem)
08:00 am — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Mom, Dad, Samantha, Granny and Pop

Thursday, 03 June
St. Charles Lwanga and his companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — CAROLINE A. BARBETTA
by Eleanor Hughes

Friday, 04 June
Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Saturday, 05 June
St. Boniface, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: ST. JOSEPH PARISH MEMORIAL SOCIETY
by StJosPar
Vigil of Corpus Christi
05:30 pm — STEPHEN DYSZEL Jr.
by Tom and Mary Yesalavage

Sunday, 06 June
Corpus Christi
11:30 am — JOHN F. HENNESSY
by James Palestis Jr.

 MASS SCHEDULE: 30 MAY06 JUNE
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 29 May
Vigil of Trinity
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Uncle Brian, Aunt Karen, Brittany and Brianna

Sunday, 30 May
Holy Trinity Sunday
08:30 am — FRANK WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Monday, 31 May
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
07:00 pm — ROSEANN NEISS DEVINE
re-scheduled from 17 May

Tuesday, 01 June
St. Justin, martyr (OblMems)
08:00 am — ISABELLE KREVINAS
by Anna Bolusky

Wednesday, 02 June
SS. Marcellinus and Peter (OptMem)
07:00 pm — ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by Mary Lynn and Joan Squitieri

Thursday, 03 June
St. Charles Lwanga and his companions (OblMem)
07:00 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 04 June
Weekday
05:00 pm — WARREN STAMP MD
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 05 June
Vigil of Corpus Christi
04:00 pm — PALCHER McVANN
by Peter and Violet Smolock

Sunday, 06 June
Corpus Christi
08:30 am — PETER PAUL TERESAVAGE Jr.
by David and Dolores Kramer

stjos/stvdp: 05.30.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
22 / 23 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: Receipts for parish purposes: $1,274.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $119.00 from the second collection (plate); $65.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $40.00 from the Easter envelopes; $199.00 from the loose. Total: $1,717.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,717.00) 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 $624.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: Receipts for parish purposes: $934.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $99.00 from the second collection (plate); $5.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $5.00 from the Ascension envelopes; $70.00 from the loose. Total: $1,113.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,113.00) 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 $410.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

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

Thursday, 03 June
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, 02 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm)

Thursday, 03 June
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 03:45 pm)

The Lord takes pleasure in looking at people’s faces. Give Him the pleasure of looking at yours. Come to Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

stjos/stvdp: 05.30.2010 - 02


PRISON MINISTRY
On Wednesday, 16 June, at 07:00 pm in St. Jerome Parish Annex, Tamaqua, there will be an information night for persons who might be interested in getting involved in ministry to prisoners in our local area.
The speakers will discuss what prison ministry is all about and will give information about prisons located within the Diocese of Allentown. Perhaps you would be willing to go to this meeting. Attendance at the meeting is not a commitment to get involved. It is simply an information night.
Is there anyone who would like to go?
If so, please call the Rectory. Perhaps we can carpool.
Ministry to persons who are in prison is very close to the heart of the Gospel.
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, 09 June at Catholic Charities, 13 Westwood Road, Pottsville. Please register by 07 June by calling Barbara Ivaska at 570-628-0466, ext. 306 or Patricia Reusch at 1-800-330-8001 or by e-mailing preusch@allentowndiocese.org.

A.D. TIMES

Is there any registered member of the parishes who is NOT on the mailing list for receiving a copy of the A.D. TIMES?
In case you don’t know, the A.D. TIMES is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Allentown.
It is the Bishop’s wish and expectation that a copy of this newspaper be delivered to every Catholic family in the Diocese.
If you do not receive it, please let us know.
Write us a note or send us an email or give us a phone call.
Give us your exact name and address.
One copy per household is the norm.
If a copy is already delivered to your house, please share it with others


PLEASE REMEMBER THE POOR! BRING YOUR DONATIONS OF FOOD TO CHURCH WITH YOU OR ELSE DROP THEM OFF AT ST. VINCENT RECTORY!

stjos/stvdp: 05.30.2010- 03


JOHN GERARD SCHINDLER,
second child (second son) of Drs. David C. and Jeanne M. (Heffernan) Schindler, will be baptized today (Trinity Sunday) at St. Joseph Church.
The baptism is being conferred in this parish church with the permission of the pastor of the family’s home parish.
Trinity Sunday is an excellent day for celebrating Baptism because of the intimate connection between Baptism and the Mystery of the Holy Trinity!
The formula of Baptism was given to us by the Lord Jesus Himself. He instructed his Apostles and, by extension, all of us that we should declare to the one being baptized: “I baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
“In the Name” signifies more than is immediately apparent. The original Greek reads as follows: “Eis to Onoma”, which means “Into the Name”. “Name” is a singular noun. At first, this seems peculiar because we then go on to pronounce the “names” of all three Persons.
We are to understand that “Name” in this context refers to “Nature”, specifically the Divine Nature, and there is only One Divine Nature. The Three Persons mutually possess this One Divine Nature.
The deeper meaning of what we do today is this: This little boy, John Gerard, a human person with a frail — and, because of the fall of the first parents, sinful — human nature is being joined to the Divine Nature.
Let us make this comparison: Jesus Christ is one Divine Person with two natures: the one Divine Nature and one human nature. After being baptized, John Gerard will be one human person with two natures: his own human nature plus the one Divine Nature.
This is the supreme Grace, the ultimate Gift. It reminds us of the bold declaration of St. Augustine: God became human so that humans could become gods!
We thank David and Jeanne for cooperating with God in bringing this little boy into existence. May they be one with him in thanking God forever in Heaven.


DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE TV ANTENNA AND THE CABLE DISH WHO MET ON THE ROOFTOP AND GOT MARRIED?
The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent!
DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE PEANUT THAT WALKED INTO THE SALOON?
He was a salted.
DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE JUMPER CABLE THAT WALKED INTO THE SALOON?
The bartender said, “I’ll serve you, but don’t you start anything!”

stjos/stvdp: 05.30.2010 - 04


                                                                                   

                         

 

               
  

                                                   

 

                 
                     

 

                 
                 

 

                  
              

 

                 
                

stjos/stvdp: 05.30.2010 - 05


HEY! YOU KNOW WHAT?
          It can be wrong even if it does feel so right!

I was having a conversation this past Monday (24 May) with Pastor Mindy Heppe, the pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Shenandoah and Zion Lutheran Church, Girardville.
Pastor Mindy happened to mention to me that she was working with a couple who were planning to get married. The bride-to-be was selecting the music for the wedding ceremony. One of the songs she wanted to be sung was “You Light Up My Life”. Pastor Mindy said that she could not allow this particular song to be sung in church.
Why not?
Here is why not: Because “You Light Up My Life” includes the following verse, with a certain memorable line that has become an anthem for the ethically challenged:

You, you light up my life.
You give me hope to carry on.
You light up my days,
and fill my nights with song.
It can't be wrong, when it feels so right,
‘cause you, you light up my life.

I always liked Pastor Mindy.
Now I like her a whole lot! You might say that her little anecdote lit up my life!
I thank her for holding the fort when so many others (including clergy) are running up the white flag!
Let’s hear it for Pastor Mindy!

CALLING ALL PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES FOR CONFIRMATION!!!!
When you see four (04) exclamation points, you have to know that it’s important!!!!
So, please respond accordingly!!!!
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered by Bishop Barres in Girardville on Thursday, 28 October 2010.
The prospective confirmandi (that’s a fancy word for persons who are going to be confirmed) are the children in Grades Six, Seven and Eight (plus older children who have not been confirmed).
When we say “Grades Six, Seven and Eight”, we mean, of course, children who will be entering those grades in the upcoming school year (2010-11).
Parents (and grandparents): Please do the following without delay: CALL THE RECTORY IN ORDER TO PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON THE LIST FOR CONFIRMATION.
GIVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

Child’s Name / Grade and School
Names of Parents / Telephone Number(s) where you can be reached.

 stjos/stvdp: 05.30.2010 - 06

 


 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL 2010
(most recent figures)

St. Joseph Parish, Girardville
Total Goal: $8,243
*Pledges & 1-Time Gifts:  $4,112
Amount Collected  $3,487
Percentage of Goal Achieved:    50%
Average Gift:  $196
Number of donors:  21
Number of registered families : 347
Participation Rate:    06%
Amount Raised in 2009    $3,582
Participation Rate in 2009     06%
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St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Girardville
Total Goal:  $5,885
*Pledges & 1-Time Gifts:   $1,117
Amount Collected    $772
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 19%
Average Gift:  $86
Number of donors:  13
Number of registered families:  120
Participation Rate:  11%
Amount Raised in 2009    $2,234
Participation Rate in 2009     13%

Brothers and Sisters of StJosPar and StVdPPar:
I don’t want to go overboard in my attempt to encourage you to donate to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. On the other hand, I don’t want to go underboard either! I respectfully point out to you that we need to do a whole lot better. Is there anyone who has not yet made a contribution or a pledge who is willing to do so but is uncertain how to do it? If so, please call the Rectory and I’ll tell you how to do it.
Please let us make our goals and even surpass them. It is part of our duty as loyal parishioners and members of the Diocese of Allentown.
EBC

stjos/stvdp: 05.30.2010 - 07


Thunder / Enlightning: — 21 May 2010

I wanted to know if anybody has any idea who you call or what you do about stray cats running around. They are urinating all over people’s chairs, sandboxes and killing baby bunnies. Anybody have any idea what to do with them?
Ringtown

Dear Ringtown:
There is no substitute for good parenting and good home training. The cats you refer to are an embarrassment to me and to all decent members of the feline species. You will find them not only in Ringtown but in Sheppton too — and I’ve heard rumors about some of the same kind of delinquent kittens running amok in Shenandoah and in Mahanoy City.
It’s a problem that’s not confined to the feline species by any means! I’m sure you know that there are also many young humans who are out of control. They are out at all hours of the night, they never go to church, they drink and do drugs, they steal and they curse. They disrespect their parents and grandparents. As far as the cats you’re referring to are concerned, I think they should all be rounded up and sent to Cat Reform School. I recommend the same for their human counterparts.
Kateri

A TRUE STORY!
Ian (the well-known Saturday office boy) came up to my office this morning (Saturday) while I was typing the bulletin and told me that there was a dead cat in St. Vincent dePaul Church. “A dead cat?” I said. “Good grief! How did he get in there and why didn’t we see him running around and what did he die of?”
I was inclined to tell Ian that he was the Designated Vice President in Charge of Dead Cat Removal but I figured that this would be a cop-out on my part. It is clearly the duty of the pastor to attend to the dead. So, somewhat reluctantly, I went over to church with Ian and — sure enough! — on the steps leading up to the choir loft there was one very still cat — a cat in compose but not yet decomposed. “I think he’s dead” opined Ian. “Sure looks dead to me” I concurred. Taking command of the situation, I said to Ian: “Go get a shovel and a large hefty bag.” I waited there in the vestibule until he returned with said shovel and hefty bag. I decided that Ian would handle the shovel and I would be on the receiving end with the hefty bag.
Ian gently tapped the cat on the head with the shovel. There was no reaction. Ian and I agreed that this was a sure sign of death in a cat. If a cat (or a human) doesn’t respond to being tapped on the head with a shovel, you can be 99% certain that he is dead.
Ian deftly pushed the shovel under the carcass. Something told him that this was a very lightweight dead cat. He then pushed the cat over. It went completely over. It was at that point that he and I arrived at the same conclusion: This is not a dead cat. It is an extremely realistic fake cat.
What we don’t know is this: Did someone plant this fake cat there just to make the poor old pastor and his teenage assistant seem like fools? If so, please know that you succeeded admirably! But if we ever find out who did it, just remember: Your day is coming!
THE PHOTOGRAPHS YOU SEE IN THIS BULLETIN of the First Holy Communion children (individual and group) were taken by Susan Branca Thye, a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
She did the same for last year’s group of FHC children.
The investment of time, talent and patience involved in this project is enormous.
Mrs. Thye does it all gratis.
On behalf of the children, their parents and the parishes, I thank her more than I can adequately express.
By the way, we hope to post these pictures in color on the Web edition of this bulletin. You can check it out if you wish: www.stjospar.org

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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
11:30 am Mass
Saint Joseph Church, Girardville PA
Pentecost Sunday, 23 May 2010
Saint Joseph Parish and Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Girardville PA

A voice coming from the throne cried out: “Praise our God, all you His servants, the small and the great, who revere Him”. Then I heard what sounded like the shouts of a great crowd, or the roaring of the deep, or mighty peals of thunder, as they cried, “Alleluia! The Lord is King, our God, the Almighty! Let us rejoice and be glad, and give Him glory! For this is the wedding day of the Lamb; His bride has prepared herself for the wedding. She has been given a dress to wear made of finest linen, brilliant white.” (The linen dress is the virtuous deeds of God’s saints.) The angel then said to me, “Write this down: Happy are they who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” Rev 19, 5-9

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