Saturday, 23 April
Vigil of Easter
08:00 pm — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Sunday, 24 April
Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
10:00 am — JOHN FALCONE
by OPM
by Eileen Rowland

Monday, 25 April
Monday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Tuesday, 26 April
Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
07:00 pm — LeFOY ROWLANDS
by OPM

Wednesday, 27 April
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on CAROLYN THYE
by her family

Thursday, 28 April
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am — HELEN WINKLER
by CDA, Court St. Cecilia #1529

Friday, 29 April
Friday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am — FRANCIS P. MORRIS
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Saturday, 30 April
Saturday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am — MARIA T. ZIELINSKI (28th anniversary)
by her uncle, Edward
Vigil of Sunday
by the family

Sunday, 01 May
2nd Sunday of Easter / Feast of Divine Mercy
11:30 am — God’s Blessings on MEMBERS OF COURT ST. CECILIA, #1529, CDA
by Officers and Members


Saturday, 23 April
Vigil of Easter
10:30 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by the Yackera family

Sunday, 24 April
Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
08:30 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Monday, 25 April
Monday in the Octave of Easter
07:00 pm — JOHN FALCONE
by OPM

Tuesday, 26 April
Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am — Deceased: McVANN and PELCHER FAMILIES
by Peter and Violet Smolock and family

Wednesday, 27 April
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
by OPM

Thursday, 28 April
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
07:00 pm — JOSEPH M. COYLE (KIA 28 Apr 1945)
by his nephew, Jim, and wife, Cindy

Friday, 29 April
Friday in the Octave of Easter
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 30 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES L. KENNEDY
by his sister, Kay Houser

Sunday, 01 May
2nd Sunday of Easter / Feast of Divine Mercy
by Elizabeth Ryan

stjos/stvdp: 04.24.2011 - 01

16 / 17 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,408.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $76.00 from the second collection (plate); $118.00 from the Dues envelopes; $30.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $143.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,800.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $200.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,800.00) 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 $648.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,000.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $115.00 from the second collection (plate); $12.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $90.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,242.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $17.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes; $28.00 for Japanese earthquake / tsunami relief
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,242.00) 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 $479.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Thursday, 28 April
02:30 to 03:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 28 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 29 April
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

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.

Thursday, 28 April

02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena Prayer at 03:00 pm
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

Friday, 29 April
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Divine Mercy Chaplet at 07:30 pm

stjos/stvdp: 04.24.2011 - 02

"What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled.
Truly he goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; he wishes to visit those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his fellow-prisoner Eve from their pains, he who is God, and Adam's son.
The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: 'My Lord be with you all.' And Christ in reply says to Adam: ‘And with your spirit.’ And grasping his hand he raises him up, saying: ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.
‘I am your God, who for your sake became your son, who for you and your descendants now speak and command with authority those in prison: Come forth, and those in darkness: Have light, and those who sleep: Rise.
‘I command you: Awake, sleeper, I have not made you to be held a prisoner in the underworld. Arise from the dead; I am the life of the dead. Arise, O man, work of my hands, arise, you who were fashioned in my image. Rise, let us go hence; for you in me and I in you, together we are one undivided person.
‘For you, I your God became your son; for you, I the Master took on your form; that of slave; for you, I who am above the heavens came on earth and under the earth; for you, man, I became as a man without help, free among the dead; for you, who left a garden, I was handed over to Jews from a garden and crucified in a garden.
‘Look at the spittle on my face, which I received because of you, in order to restore you to that first divine inbreathing at creation. See the blows on my cheeks, which I accepted in order to refashion your distorted form to my own image.
'See the scourging of my back, which I accepted in order to disperse the load of your sins which was laid upon your back. See my hands nailed to the tree for a good purpose, for you, who stretched out your hand to the tree for an evil one.
`I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side, for you, who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side healed the pain of your side; my sleep will release you from your sleep in Hades; my sword has checked the sword which was turned against you.
‘But arise, let us go hence. The enemy brought you out of the land of paradise; I will reinstate you, no longer in paradise, but on the throne of heaven. I denied you the tree of life, which was a figure, but now I myself am united to you, I who am life. I posted the cherubim to guard you as they would slaves; now I make the cherubim worship you as they would God.
"The cherubim throne has been prepared, the bearers are ready and waiting, the bridal chamber is in order, the food is provided, the everlasting houses and rooms are in readiness; the treasures of good things have been opened; the kingdom of heaven has been prepared before the ages."

From the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday

stjos/stvdp:04.24.2011 - 03


I have been married to my high school sweetheart, "Don," for 10 years. I love him dearly. We were very young when we married, and at the time he said he didn't want kids. I didn't give it much thought because back then we weren't ready to start a family. Now, Don still doesn't want kids -- but I do. He says if children are that important to me, I should leave him and find someone who does want to be a parent. Of course, I don't want just any man's baby. I want his baby. Don has warned me that if I become pregnant, he'll probably leave. He's planning to have a vasectomy even though I'm against it. I don't know what to do. This is the only problem we have. He won't agree to counseling -- I've already suggested it. I can't picture myself starting over with another man or going my whole life without being a mother. Please help.

Your husband has given you fair warning. Your now have an important choice to make. Because having a child is so important to you, my advice is to start "picturing" yourself with another husband, and do it in enough time that you won't be racing against your biological clock.

I have no problem with Abby’s advice. It is sensible advice. Follow it. Allow me to supplement it with some pastoral observations based on Catholic theology.
First of all, let me be the first to inform you that you do not have a husband. Don is not your husband and you are not his wife. I know you say that he was your high school sweetheart and that you have been married to him for ten years and that you love him dearly. That’s all very sweet. But he is not your husband and you are not his wife. Don is the man with whom you went through a wedding ceremony ten years ago, but he never became your husband. How is it possible to go through a wedding ceremony with someone and not become that someone’s husband or wife? Let me assure you, it is possible. In fact it is very possible. In fact, it happens with alarming frequency. It happened to you and to Don. You are not Don’s wife and Don is not your husband. But you say that not only did you go through a wedding ceremony with him (perhaps a very sweet wedding ceremony followed by a rather expensive wedding reception) but you have also been sleeping with him for the past ten years and engaging with him in intimate physical actions. You say these actions are evidence that Don is your husband and you are his wife. No, I’m sorry, they are not evidence of marriage. In order for these actions to be evidence of marriage, they would have to be the kind of actions that are free from all artificial barriers to conception. If I understand you correctly, Don and you have seen to it that all of your actions with one another are artificially contraceptive. Reading between the lines of your letter I am fairly certain that you have been on the pill for the past ten years, maybe longer than that. The reason I draw that inference is that, now that you are pressing the issue about having a baby, Don is threatening to have a vasectomy because he no longer trusts you that you are on the pill. Don is a very cruel person. He has been using his body to lie to your body for the past ten years. Not only has Don been lying with you, he has been lying to you. What a lying liar he is! Don is not your husband and you are not his wife. Get rid of him. Do it now. It will hurt at first, but you’ll get over it. He is not your husband and you are not his wife. You would like him to be your husband and that’s sweet, but he does not want you to be his wife and that’s a fact. Face the facts. Don is not your husband. Don is not even a man. Don is a boy, a boy in (I presume) his thirties, who has never REALLY moved on from high school. You have not been having marital intimacy with him. You have been having coitus frustratus with him plus coitus futilis and probably some coitus interruptus. He is not your husband and you are not his wife.
You see, in order for Don to be your husband, he would have had to make a contract with you and you with him. The terms of the contract are not up for negotiation. Marriage is not something that anyone invents. It comes from God. Here is what marriage is: It is a contract made between one man and one woman, both of whom are eligible to make the contract, whereby they freely hand over to one another in terms of the present tense the exclusive and permanent right to perform with one another those actions which, in and of themselves, are suitable for the procreation of the human race. It is clear that Don and you never made this contract. Therefore, as surely as God made little green apples, Don and you are not husband and wife.
That should be an immense consolation to you because it means that you will not be terminating a marriage when you leave Don or tell him to leave you. You will be terminating something that should never have been entered into in the first place. You would do well to call a lawyer today and initiate divorce proceedings. In the eyes of the State, you will be initiating the termination of a marriage but, trust me, that’s just a technicality. In God’s eyes, you will not be terminating a marriage. You will be doing yourself a favor and Don a favor and you will make God happy, because God has been very displeased with the two of you for quite some time.
Don’t worry about Don. He doesn’t want a wife. He just wants to play. He will find consolation with his companions on the Island of Lost Boys — the land where you never, never, never have to grow up.
I wish you well. If you are a Catholic, please return to the practice of the Faith. If you are not a Catholic, I suggest you see a priest about becoming a Catholic. There is a good man out there looking for a good woman to be his wife and to give him the gift of children. I pray that you will find one another.

stjos/stvdp: 04.24.2011 - 04 / 05

I HAVE HIRED A NEW ACCOUNTANT for our two parishes. Her name is Diane Adams. She will work several hours per week, probably coming in to the Rectory one day per week. Also, we have purchased a new computer for our two parishes. (The old one died.) This computer will be used primarily (not exclusively) for accounting purposes. Diane is becoming familiar with our accounting software (Peachtree). I’ll be able to say more about the exact duties that Diane will perform as time goes by. She will be working in conjunction with Ginny, who has been wearing many hats over the past few years and wearing them very well. Ginny is a gem! I have always thought how fortunate I am (and the parishes are) to have Ginny working here.
When I came to Girardville (July of 2008), there was an accounting firm already in place that handled our accounting needs, but they worked off site. This firm went out of business in July of 2009 and we then took on the services of another accountant (an individual) who also worked off site.
I have not been satisfied with “off-site accounting services” and am optimistic that Diane, working on site, will help us to have a clearer picture of the financial situation of our parishes and will help me to provide concrete information, on a regular basis, to our parish finance councils, both of which are due to be revived in the very near future.
IAN R. GETZEY has been my “Saturday office boy” since he was 14 years old (prior to my coming to Girardville). The terms of his employment, both in Pottsville and in Girardville, have been “informal”. Now that Ian has observed his 18th birthday (on 20 April) and is soon to graduate from high school, I think I owe it to him to treat him more as an adult. So, I have asked him to be an official employee of the parishes. He has agreed to be such. So, starting in May, he will be official. I anticipate that he will continue to work on Saturdays and other days when he is available, including during the summer. His work assignments will be varied, as they already have been. I hold Ian in high regard. He is a man of high integrity as well as intelligence, competence and industriousness.
JUST SO EVERYONE KNOWS: I have consulted with the Diocese of Allentown in both of the above matters, i.e. the hiring of Diane and the hiring of Ian. The Diocese is in full accord with both decisions.
BACK UPSTAIRS! Last Saturday, 16 April, we moved the 05:30 pm Mass from St. Joseph Chapel to St. Joseph Church. As everyone knows, we had moved this Mass down to the chapel in order to conserve heating oil. Now we are back upstairs. Until further notice, the 05:30 pm Mass will be celebrated in the upper church, not in the chapel. I say “until further notice” because it is entirely possible that we may move back to the chapel for the summer months, because the chapel is air-conditioned but the church (as we all know) is not.
WE ARE HAVING A WATER PROBLEM IN ST. VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH, probably having to do with the bell tower. We want everyone to know that we are trying to solve the problem. The solution is somewhat elusive thus far. If you see some blue tarp up in the choir loft, you will know why.

stjos/stvdp: 04.24.2011 - 06

This is an email interchange I had with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) this past week.
Background: On 14 April 2011, the US Senate voted 58 to 42 against a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood by stripping it of Title X funding in the federal budget. Pro-lifers see this vote as a “stand up and be counted” vote whereby we can tell who is really with us and who is not. Senator Rick Toomey voted for it. (This was not a surprise. Toomey is solidly pro-life.) Senator Bob Casey voted against it. (Personally, I was not surprised, although I was hoping against hope that he might rise to the occasion and show some courage. Like so many Catholic Democrats in public office, Casey has made the Faustian bargain.)

Dear Senator Casey:
Can you explain to me and to my parishioners how your decision to vote against defunding Planned Parenthood is compatible with your claim to be pro-life? I visited you, along with members of my parish, in Washington DC on 24 January, after the March for Life. You made it abundantly clear, so I thought, that you oppose abortion. One of the principal themes of the March for Life this year was the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Father Edward B. Connolly
St. Joseph Parish
St. Vincent dePaul Parish
Girardville PA

Dear Fr. Connolly:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about federal funding for Planned Parenthood. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue.
As a pro-life public official, I believe that life begins at conception, and that the role of government is to protect, enrich and value life for everyone, at every moment, from beginning to end. These principles guide my actions as a United States Senator. While I oppose abortion, I also support funding for family planning programs precisely because they reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions.
Federal funds that go to organizations like Planned Parenthood are spent on breast and cervical cancer screening, annual physical examinations and primary medical care, as well as for family planning services that prevent unintended pregnancies. Federal law, the Hyde Amendment, prohibits any organization, including Planned Parenthood, from using federal dollars to pay for abortions.
I believe we must continue the status quo of the Hyde Amendment, which specifically prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortion. Since 1976, this country has kept these funding restrictions in place in the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill, and in other appropriations, such as the Financial Services bill, which covers the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. My votes in the Senate have consistently supported that federal prohibition with respect to funding for family planning organizations.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.
If you have access to the Internet, I encourage you to visit my web site, I invite you to use this online office as a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.
Bob Casey
United States Senator

P.S. If you would like to respond to this message, please use the contact form on my website:

MY COMMENT ON SENATOR CASEY’S REPLY: I am trying to be a good Christian. I am trying to be kind. I am trying not to be judgmental. I am trying to believe that Senator Casey sincerely believes that he is pro-life. I am trying to believe that the Senator sees something that I don’t see. I am failing utterly in all of this trying. So, I just have to say that I throw myself on the mercy of God for thinking unkind thoughts about Senator Casey, for thinking that he is either a scoundrel and is really not pro-life and thinks that I am dumb enough to buy what he is telling me or else that he himself is profoundly dumb, so dumb that he really should not be a United States Senator. The point is this: MONEY IS FUNGIBLE. I learned the word “FUNGIBLE” in an Economics class in college. It means that it can be used for anything. Money given by the Federal Government under Title X to PPA is FUNGIBLE. Even if PPA might do a good deed or two, the fact is that it is the largest abortion provider in the USA. There is nothing to prevent it from using the money for providing abortions. Do you get this point? Do you understand “FUNGIBLE”? If you do, then you are smarter than Senator Casey and I suggest that you consider running against him in 2012, so that he can go back home to Scranton.

stjos/stvdp: 04.24.2011 - 07


The Novena began on Good Friday (Day #1),
followed by Holy Saturday (Day #2).
It continues.
Here is the schedule from Easter Sunday (Day #3)
to Easter Saturday (Day #9):
03:00 pm each day in St. Vincent dePaul Church:
24 April to 30 April inclusive.
It will take only about fifteen minutes each day.
There will be the singing of the Chaplet plus the prayer for the particular day of the Novena.
That’s it!
No homily!
No muss, no fuss!


The Sunday after Easter, also known as the Second Sunday of Easter, is celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday.
At 03:00 pm, in St. Vincent dePaul Church, we will expose the Blessed Sacrament and sing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
There will be other prayers and readings.
Then there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
We will conclude at 04:00 pm.

We strongly encourage everyone in the two parishes to participate in the Novena
and in the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday.
I guarantee you that the time will come
when you will be so glad and grateful that you did.
It’s all about forgiveness of sin and about eternal salvation.

stjos/stvdp: 04.24.2011 - 08


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