Saturday, 12 March
Vigil of Sunday
by Joe and Marian Kleeman

Sunday, 13 March
1st Sunday of Lent
by her daughter, Mickey

Monday, 14 March
Lenten Weekday
by the family

Tuesday, 15 March
Lenten Weekday
by OPM

Wednesday, 16 March
Lenten Weekday
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Thursday, 17 March
St. Patrick, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — JAMES HOLLEY
by OPM

Friday, 18 March
St. Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — MICHAEL and MARY CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Saturday, 19 March
St. Joseph, husband of Mary (Sol)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND THYE, OP
by her brother, James
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ANTHONY ROWLAND (46th anniversary)
by Eileen Rowland

Sunday, 20 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
11:30 am — MARY BOXER MALL (24th anniversary)
by Tom and Joni Gower


Saturday, 12 March
Vigil of Sunday
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 13 March
1st Sunday of Lent
by the HNS

Monday, 14 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — ANTHONY T. LAINO LYNN Sr.
by the Davies family

Tuesday, 15 March
Lenten Weekday
by Jerry Gilmartin

Wednesday, 16 March
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — EMMA LEONARD
by OPM

Thursday, 17 March
St. Patrick, bishop (OptMem)
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on CAROLYN THYE
by her family

Friday, 18 March
St. Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop and doctor (OptMem)
05:00 pm — CHILDREN of the WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Saturday, 19 March
Vigil of Sunday
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 20 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
08:30 am — FRANK E. WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 03.13.2011 - 01

05 / 06 MARCH

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,190.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $118.00 from the second collection (plate); $274.00 from the Dues envelopes; $14.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $56.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $184.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,836.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: -0-
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,836.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($329.54), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($464.00), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,151.17, one sees that $684.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $822.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $46.00 from the second collection (plate); $226.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $57.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,171.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes  $75.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,171.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($229.38), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($282.46), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $762.82, one sees that $408.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Sunday, 13 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Wednesday, 16 March
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 17 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 18 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 20 March
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Keep in mind that Confession is available outside the scheduled times to anyone who asks. If you want to go to Confession, simply tap the priest on the shoulder or (preferably) call the pastor and agree with him on a time. Fr. Connolly does not consider such requests to be “an imposition” on his time. He is happy to make the sacrament available.


Wednesday, 16 March
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 03.13.2011 - 02

A MAN WAS SITTING DOWN WATCHING HIS TV ONE EVENING, when he heard a loud knocking on his door. Wondering who on earth it could be, he jumped up to answer it. There, standing before him, was a mutant beetle about six feet tall. The beetle proceeded to beat the man up. The man had to be taken to the ER for treatment.
The next evening, exactly the same thing happened to the man in the house next door. Huge mutant beetle beats up the man. Man has to be taken to ER.
Next evening, believe it or not, exact same scenario in the house next to that house. Huge mutant beetle beats up man. Man has to go to ER.
Doctor in ER turns to nurse and says, “You know what? It seems to me that there’s a nasty bug going around.”
Earliest possible date for Ash Wednesday: 04 February
Latest possible date for Ash Wednesday: 10 March
Date of Ash Wednesday in 2011: 09 March
Earliest possible date for Easter: 22 March
Latest possible date for Easter: 25 April
Date of Easter in 2011: 24 April
Do you know the formula for calculating the date of Easter?
Easter is the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox.
Do you know who set this formula?
The Catholic Church set it via the Council of Nicea in AD 325. This was the first ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church.
This year (2011) Easter is late because the first full moon after the spring equinox does not occur until 18 April. The date of the Spring Equinox is fairly regular, but the dates of the full moons vary quite a bit in relation to the Equinox.
The next full moon is this coming Saturday, 19 March but that date is, of course, prior to the Equinox
Starting 20 March and continuing to 17 April, CCD will start at 05:45 pm instead of at 06:00 pm. It will end at 07:00 pm, instead of at 07:30 pm. This will make it possible for the CCD teachers (and children who are able) to participate in Stations of the Cross.
No CCD class on Easter Sunday, 24 April.
CCD resumes on Sunday 01 May, with the usual schedule (06:00 to 07:30 pm).
Sunday, 13 March:
07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Friday, 18 March: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Sunday, 20 March: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
The Holy and Sorrowful Mother would appreciate it if you would stand by the Cross with her and with her Son.

stjos/stvdp:03.13.2011 - 03

I figured that, in the current toxic atmosphere, this header would be an irresistible enticement to catch the eye of the casual reader. However, the header is not really false advertising. It is true that the pastor was accused of wrongdoing, but the wrongdoing of which he was accused did not touch on either the sixth or the ninth commandment, nor or any of their dark subdivisions. This article would probably be more interesting if it involved false accusations about sexual misconduct, but — what can I say? — it is what it is and it does have a moral to it!
I cannot put an exact date or even year on this story. All I can say is that it was during my time as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Pottsville (1986 to 2008) and during the time when Bishop Welsh was our Ordinary (1983 to 1998). So, I think it was in the mid or late 1990s.
I got a phone call from Msgr. Bill Jones (requiescat in pace), the Dean of South Schuylkill. He told me that he had received a letter from Bishop Welsh (also requiescat in pace) directing him to “check something out” with me. He asked me to “stop over” at my earliest convenience. So, I did. I strolled across the street to St. Patrick Rectory for an official chat with my Dean.
Bill greeted me and was entirely polite and friendly. “Just doing my duty, Ed” is what he said to me. Then he got to the matter at hand.
He showed me the letter from Bishop Welsh. Enclosed with the letter was a photocopy of a letter written to Bishop Welsh by a man whose name I shall certainly not reveal. I knew him. I know him. He is alive and well, the last time I checked. He is a man with a history of erratic and illegal behavior, to use the mildest term that comes to mind. He was not a member of my parish, but was an occasional visitor, usually for financial assistance.
I read the letter. The letter made the following assertions: (a) that I had violated the seal of Confession in regard to him; (b) that I had refused to bring Holy Communion to his elderly mother unless she would give me twenty dollars.
Let me say, before going any further, that these two allegations were and are totally absurd and without relation to anything that vaguely resembles the truth. In regard to (a): I have never, never, never violated the seal of Confession, not in regard to that particular man nor in regard to anyone else. I would be scared out of my wits to violate the seal. A priest would be excommunicated if he were to violate the seal and would put himself in danger of hellfire. I desire neither excommunication nor hellfire. In addition to which, I could not possibly have violated the seal in regard to that man because I am not aware that I had ever heard that man’s confession or, if I ever did, I did not know that it was he. In regard to (b): I have never, never, never asked anyone for money in return for bringing him or her Holy Communion. The very thought is repugnant to me. I don’t even like to accept “church envelopes” when I bring someone Holy Communion and will do so only reluctantly. Any appearance of commercialism in the matter of sacramental administration is to be avoided at all times.

I almost fell off the chair when I read the man’s allegations against me. I assured Msgr. Jones that the letter was a pack of lies. He “patted me on the head” (figuratively speaking) and reminded me that he was “just doing my job” and that I should not worry about it. I presume he then contacted Bishop Welsh to tell him that I had denied the allegations. But I had my Irish up! I wrote a rather stiff letter to Bishop Welsh in which I told him in no uncertain terms that I was not guilty of the allegations and that I would “take this matter to Rome” if necessary. I felt hurt and wounded by the Diocese that they communicated with me via the offices of the Dean rather than directly. In retrospect, I over-reacted. I should not have written to the Bishop. I should have realized that he was just doing his duty in the way that seemed appropriate to him. It’s not easy to be a bishop. He was kind enough to write back to me with words to this effect: “Okay, Ed, calm down. I believe you. You’re a part of the team. God bless you, +Thomas J. Welsh”.
And that was the end of that! I presume, although I do not know for certain, that the whole matter is summarized in a personnel file in the Bowels of the Chancery.
Now, there is an epilogue to this story, which will seem to be an invention on my part, but it is not an invention. It is the literal truth.

A few weeks after this episode, I was walking down Centre Street in Pottsville and paused for
a moment in order to look at a display window in a shop. Guess who comes walking along! You’re right! It was the man who wrote the letter. He saw me before I saw him. He greeted me with a cheery “Hiya, Father”. I turned to him and said, “Hello, (name)”. I said it with approximately the same degree of enthusiasm that Jerry Seinfeld uses when he greets Newman. The man then said to me, “Are you mad at me, Father?” I said to him, “Yeah, I guess you might say I am. I’m sure not very happy with you”. He then said to me, “Well, Father, I guess I’m an awful liar, ain’t I?” I said, “Yeah, since you mention it, I guess you are!” That was the entire conversation.
I’ve seen and heard from that man several times since then. I’ve even helped him out with a few bucks. Why do I do that? I guess part of my reason is so that I can preach “Love your enemies and do good to them that hate you” with some measure of credibility.

Bottom line: Don’t believe EVERYTHING you read or hear about priests — or about anyone else, for that matter! It might be true and, then again, it might not be true. There are some strange people out there and it is open season on priests.
As my Aunt Anna used to say: “Lord, have mercy on us and save our souls!”

stjos/stvdp: 03.13.2011 - 04 / 05

IT IS WELL KNOWN AMONG PRIESTS THAT THE MORE OFTEN ONE’S PICTURE SHOWS UP IN THE A.D. TIMES (the newspaper of record of the Diocese of Allentown), the more clout one has, the more important one is.
With this in mind, we wish to note that Father Edmund J. Brennan’s photo shows up twice in the current edition of the A.D. Times, not only twice, but twice on the same page.
It is one thing that a priest’s photo show up twice in the same edition. It is almost unheard of that a priest’s photo show up twice on the same page.
If you missed it, please see page 14 of the current edition of the A.D. Times.
The occasion during which these photos were taken was the Mass concelebrated in the Cathedral on Sunday, 20 February, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Diocese.
I would like to tell you something about how Fr. Brennan managed to get to Allentown for that Mass.
I offered him a ride, which he accepted. I drove him all the way from Girardville to the Cathedral and all the way back to Girardville. I did not charge him for the rides. Fearful that he would faint from hunger on the way back, I stopped at a Golden Arches on the way back and bought him (with my own money) a cheeseburger, large fries, a piece of pie and a soda.
Then, a few days later, we get the newspaper and whose photo appears in the article about the 50th anniversary Mass? Is it Fr. Connolly’s? No! Is it Fr. Brennan’s? Yes! Once? No, twice!
Whoever said that life is fair?
Did I tell you that his picture shows up TWICE on the SAME PAGE??
Yeah, I guess I did.

We will accept donations this weekend (12 /13 March) and tomorrow. On Tuesday (15 march), we will DEPOSIT whatever we have collected IN the bank. At present, we have more than one thousand dollars.
THE FLOWERS IN FRONT OF THE ALTAR in St. Joseph Church have been donated by the Kessler Family, in memory of Concetta Catizone on the anniversary of her birth.
It is amazing that some children (who, we think, are of age to receive First Holy Communion) have not yet been “called in” to the Rectory. Life is full of mysteries. Some mysteries are sorrowful.
It is the duty of parents to take the initiative for the reception of the sacraments. It is not the duty of the pastor to take the initiative.

stjos/stvdp: 03.13.2011 - 06

MARY ELIZABETH NEARY DANDO is a native daughter of Girardville and of St. Joseph Parish. She was born on 23 September 1925 and, on 27 September 1925, was baptized in St. Joseph Church.
Her parents are the late James Emmett and Catharine (Connor) Neary.
The priest who baptized her is the late Father John J. Hughes.
Mary was married for sixty-five years to John Dando, also a native son of Girardville and also baptized in St. Joseph Church.
Mary died on Monday, 07 March, at the age of 85. Her husband, John, arranged for her to be brought back to Girardville for the Mass of Christian Burial, which was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 12 March. The priest who celebrated the Mass was Father Peter Welsh, resident at St. Katherine Drexel Parish, Chester, the parish to which John and Mary belong. The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.

Eternal rest grant unto Mary, 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. Amen.

WADE O. RICHARDS, our St. Joseph Parish custodian, is grateful to all who offered words of condolence and acts of kindness on the most recent death in his family, viz. that of his brother, Glenn. He appreciates prayers offered for the happy repose of the soul of Glenn and for the comfort of Glenn’s wife and family.
A GENTLEMAN made a suggestion to me that we schedule a “children’s Mass” on the weekends — perhaps weekly, perhaps monthly.
I asked him if he had it in mind that we should schedule an extra Mass (i.e. a Mass in addition to the four Masses already scheduled). He thought not. He said that it could be one of the four already scheduled. I asked him what a “children’s Mass” would look like. He said that, at a children’s Mass, the homily would be directed more to the children “in words that they would understand”.
I told him that my own experience of a “children’s Mass” goes back to days of yore when I was a grade-school child in Philadelphia (1943 to 1951). Every Sunday at 09:00 am about 350 to 400 of us schoolchildren would be at Mass, seated according to grade (youngest up front), a Sister of St. Joseph sitting with each class. The children would have practiced hymns for the Mass. This was, of course, before the days of laypersons reading. So, our participation was restricted to singing.
Attendance at the children’s Mass was, needless to say, mandatory, obligatory, required and expected. Woe betide the child who did not attend the children’s Mass UNLESS he / she had a pretty doggone good, iron-clad excuse. The Sisters of St. Joseph did not suffer fools gladly.
It would be hard (actually impossible) to re-create this kind of experience in Girardville. We are not likely to get a large number of children at one particular Mass each weekend.
Or am I missing something? If you have any specific thoughts about a weekly or monthly “children’s Mass”, please know that I would be happy to hear them.

stjos/stvdp: 03.13.2011 - 07


Confessor of the Faith
09 Sept 1968 — 02 March 2011

Shahbaz Bhatti was murdered this past week in Islamabad, Pakistan by Muslim jihadists, members of the Taliban.
He was the only Christian (Catholic) member of the Pakistani government and had served as Federal Minister of Minorities since 2008.
Muslim fanatics said that Shahbaz was “a blasphemer of Muhammad”.
A person cannot correctly be called a “martyr” simply because he is murdered.
However, the death of Shahbaz is truly a martyrdom.
The Bishops of Pakistan have asked the Holy See to acknowledge Shahbaz as a martyr. It is possible that his cause for canonization will be introduced.
We are living in a new age of martyrs. Many of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and put to death by Muslim fanatics.
May the blood of the martyrs cry out to God not for vengeance but for mercy for the people of Islam.
May all Muslims come to worship the One True God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Here is testimony from Shahbaz himself:

I was offered high government positions and asked to quit my struggle but I always refused to give up even at the cost of my life. I said: “No, I want to serve Jesus as a common man”. I am happy with this devotion. I do not want popularity; I do not want any position. I want just a place at Jesus’ feet.
I want that my life, my character, my actions speak for me and indicate that I am following Jesus Christ. Because of this desire, I will consider myself to be even more fortunate if, in this effort and struggle to help the needy, the poor, to help the persecuted and victimized Christians of Pakistan, Jesus Christ will accept the sacrifice of my life. I want to live for Christ and I want to die for Him.
I do not feel any fear in this country. Many times the extremists wanted to kill me, many times they wanted to put me in prison, they threatened me, they harassed me and they terrorized my family. Even my parents, my mother and my father, were asked by the extremists a few years ago to stop their son from continuing with his mission, this struggle to help the Christians and the needy. Otherwise they would lose me. But my father always encouraged me. I said: “Until I live, until my last breath, I will continue to serve Jesus, to serve the poor humanity, the suffering humanity, the Christians, the needy, the poor”.
I want to share that I am very much inspired by the Holy Bible and the life of Jesus Christ. The more I read the New and Old Testament, verses from the Holy Bible, the word of God, the more it gives me strength, determination. When I see that Jesus Christ sacrificed His everything and our Lord sent His Son for our redemption and salvation, I ask myself how I can follow that path to Calvary. And our Lord said: “Come to me, hold your cross, and follow the path”. The verses I like the most from the Holy Bible read: “I came to you when I was hungry, when I was thirsty, when I was imprisoned”.
So, when I see the poor people, I think Jesus might have come to me. Hence I always try to help, along with my colleagues, those in need, the hungry, the thirsty.

stjos/stvdp: 03.13.2011 - 08


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