Saturday, 30 April
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

Monday, 02 May
St. Athanasius, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper

Tuesday, 03 May
SS. Philip and James, apostles (Fst)
07:00 pm — JOHN FALCONE
by OPM

Wednesday, 04 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — FRANCES BURNS
by her brother, John

Thursday, 05 May
Easter Weekday
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Friday, 06 May
Easter Weekday
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Saturday, 07 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — STEPHEN DYSZEL Jr.
by his mother, his wife and his family

Sunday, 08 May
3rd Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — MARY ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland


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

Monday, 02 May
St. Athanasius, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
by OPM

Tuesday, 03 May
SS. Philip and James, apostles (Fst)
08:00 am — DOROTHY RYAN
by John Burns

Wednesday, 04 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — GUS and ANNA BRADY
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 05 May
Easter Weekday
06:30 pm — DECEASED: Holy Rosary Society
by the HRS

Friday, 06 May
Easter Weekday
05:00 pm — LeFOY ROWLANDS
by OPM

Saturday, 07 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOHN and SOPHIE GABOREK
by Ed and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Sunday, 08 May
3rd Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — DECEASED: Holy Name Society
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 05.01.2011 - 01

23 / 24 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,030.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $92.00 from the second collection (plate); $177.00 from the Dues envelopes; $222.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $2,215.00 from the Easter envelopes; $292.00 from the loose.
Total: $4,028.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $122.00 from the Holy Land envelopes; $81.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($4,028.00) 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 $2,876.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $559.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $105.00 from the second collection (plate); $27.00 from the Dues envelopes; $30.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $282.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $1,490.00 from the Easter envelopes; $136.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,629.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $197.00 from the Holy Land envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,629.00) 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 $1,866.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish


Thursday, 05 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 05 May
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 06 May
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, 05 May

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

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

stjos/stvdp: 05.01.2011 - 02


MARK O’HEARN, one of our parish organists, has asked me to let everyone know about a concert that will be held on Sunday, 01 May, at 03:00 pm in St. John’s Lutheran Church, 112 W. Main Street, Ringtown. There is no admission charge, but an offering will be taken up for the benefit of Ashley Fredrick. Mark O’Hearn will be the Director of this concert. For further information, contact Mark at (570) 985-3067.


I made a quick trip to the Walmart in St. Clair one evening this past week to pick up a prescription. While there, I saw a swarthy, bearded, well-tattooed young man wearing a black tee-shirt. On the tee shirt, in bold letters, was a sentence which, I feel safe to say, probably sums up his philosophy of life. It read as follows:


This got me thinking. I felt prompted to stroll over towards the young man in order to engage him in philosophical conversation. However, motivated by cowardice (which I prefer to call “prudence”), I decided not to do so. But here is what I would have said to him if cowardice (I mean prudence) had not intervened:

Friend, I’m Father Ed Connolly and I do theology for a living. Allow me to point out to you that angels and devils are pure spirits. As such, they don’t die. They just go on and on and on forever and ever. But, I presume you know that. So, you are probably using the words “angel” and “devil” as metaphors indicating “good human being” and “bad human being”.
On that presupposition, let me suggest to you that the message on your tee shirt is really bad, I mean seriously bad. I don’t mean “really bad” in the ironic sense as in “really good”. I mean “really bad” in the straightforward sense as in “really stinks”. You see, you are endorsing eternal damnation as the ultimate outcome of your life and of the lives of those who read your tee shirt. Listen up, friend! I couldn’t be more serious if I tried. Eternal damnation is not a desirable outcome. I mean not at all! Trust me! I’ve read a couple books on the subject of eternal damnation and it’s no picnic!
And the strange thing is that, while you are advocating eternal damnation as final outcome, you are endorsing virtuous living prior to dying, with the recommendation that the virtuous liver should do a one eighty prior to dying, so as to die like a devil. That makes no sense whatsoever to me, my friend!
If you’re going to live like an angel, so to speak, then you may as well die like an angel, so to speak. It would be insane to turn away from eternal salvation on purpose in the last few days of one’s life. I mean, like, what’s the point?
Now let me mention an option, although I definitely don’t recommend it. It is this: Live like a devil and die like an angel. That way, you can whoop it up and do drugs and naughty sex and use the eff bomb and stick up convenience stores and diss your Mom and Dad and then, right before you kick the bucket, get converted and wind up going to Heaven. As I already said, I don’t at all recommend that option because — barring a Red Sea miracle — it almost never works out to one’s satisfaction. Besides, it is presumptuous and it puts the Lord your God to the test. So, let’s scratch that option, if you follow me.
You see, it’s like this: The bottom line in life is our status at the time we die. We Catholics use the terminology “state of grace”. If a person dies in the state of grace, he will go to Heaven. If he dies outside the state of grace, he will go to Hell. So, with that in mind, as you see, it is a most extraordinarily unwise thing to aspire to die outside the state of grace (i.e. “die like a devil” as your tee shirt suggests that you do). What you really want to do is to die like an angel (i.e. in the state of grace).
Here is the option I would like to urge on you. It’s this: that you aspire both to LIVE like an angel and, subsequently, to DIE like an angel. Do you see what I am trying to say? We die the way we live, for the most part.
Now, to wrap this up, what I suggest is this: Why don’t you stop around to see me sometime? I live in Girardville. Let me give you my card. Give me a call. We can discuss this further. If you are already a Catholic, you might want to go to Confession. Afterwards, I’ll give you a cup of tea or a glass of ginger ale. And, if you’re not a Catholic, we can talk about what you would need to do in order to become a Catholic. Even if you are not a Catholic, I would still be happy to offer you a cup of tea or a glass of ginger ale. Maybe a cookie, if I can find one lying around.
Oh, one more thing before I leave you! — I have to get to the pharmacy because they close at nine o’clock. — Walmart has a fine selection of tee shirts. Here is a ten-dollar bill. Why don’t you visit the tee-shirt department and buy yourself a nice new tee shirt? Maybe one with Mickey Mouse or Elvis Presley or an American flag or whatever. Then, when you get home, burn the one you’re wearing now. Then kiss your Mom and Dad, say your prayers and go to bed. Remember to give me a call tomorrow.

stjos/stvdp:05.01.2011 - 03

Karol Józef Wojtyla
Born: 18 May 1920
Elected Pope: 16 October 1978
Died: 02 April 2005
Declared “Venerable”: 19 December 2009
Beatified: 01 May 2011
Memorial (Roman Calendar): 22 October

stjos/stvdp: 05.01.2011 - 04

To:  Their Royal Highnesses, Prince William and Duchess Catherine:
From: Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Please accept my cordial and respectful congratulations on the occasion of your becoming man and wife. I thought your wedding was beautiful and edifying and I thank you for sharing it with so many.
It is my prayer that God will grant you long lives, mutual fidelity, steadfastness in your commitment to one another and the gift of children.
I trust that God will use you in order to revive the spirit of the British people and of all people throughout the world who, like me, bear good will to your nation and to the royal family.
I beg your permission to introduce a difficult subject.
During the time of your courtship, you cohabited. I believe that this was due to “the tenor of the times” which made it difficult for you to be instructed correctly in the moral demands incumbent upon Christians. I feel certain that you were simply unaware of the fact that cohabitation, even of the engaged, is an offense against God. I do not chide you. I wish merely to inform you, so that you will be able to deal with this appropriately in your interchange with God and so that you will be able to pass on to your children a higher standard than was passed on to you.
This will serve you well in God’s eyes and, through you, the monarchy and the nation and the world.
I call upon you to be agents of the regeneration of the Christian faith in the United Kingdom.
I urge you also to work to overthrow the law that would prevent you from succeeding to the throne if you were to become Catholics. Regardless of whether you succeed in overthrowing that quaint and unjust law, I urge you to enter the Catholic Church. If you have to surrender the throne in order to do so, so be it. God will grant you a better throne. After your own conversion, please do whatever you can to lead the people of the realm in returning to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith practiced by the monarchs of England in ages past, up until the unpleasantness initiated by His Majesty King Henry VIII, may God have mercy upon him.
Here is the teaching of the Catholic Church on the matter of pre-marital intimacy. It is God’s own teaching.

Today there are many who vindicate the right to sexual union before marriage, at least in those cases where a firm intention to marry and an affection which is already in some way conjugal in the psychology of the subjects require this completion, which they judge to be connatural. This is especially the case when the celebration of the marriage is impeded by circumstances or when this intimate relationship seems necessary in order for love to be preserved.
This opinion is contrary to Christian doctrine, which states that every genital act must be within the framework of marriage. However firm the intention of those who practice such premature sexual relations may be, the fact remains that these relations cannot ensure, in sincerity and fidelity, the interpersonal relationship between a man and a woman, nor especially can they protect this relationship from whims and caprices. Now it is a stable union that Jesus willed, and He restored its original requirement, beginning with the sexual difference. "Have you not read that the Creator from the beginning made them male and female and that He said: This is why a man must leave father and mother, and cling to his wife, and the two become one body? They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide."[13] St. Paul will be even more explicit when he shows that if unmarried people or widows cannot live chastely they have no other alternative than the stable union of marriage: ". . .it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion."[14] Through marriage, in fact, the love of married people is taken up into that love which Christ irrevocably has for the Church,[15] while dissolute sexual union[16] defiles the temple of the Holy Spirit which the Christian has become. Sexual union therefore is only legitimate if a definitive community of life has been established between the man and the woman.
This is what the Church has always understood and taught,[17] and she finds a profound agreement with her doctrine in men's reflection and in the lessons of history.
Experience teaches us that love must find its safeguard in the stability of marriage, if sexual intercourse is truly to respond to the requirements of its own finality and to those of human dignity. These requirements call for a conjugal contract sanctioned and guaranteed by society - a contract which establishes a state of life of capital importance both for the exclusive union of the man and the woman and for the good of their family and of the human community. Most often, in fact, premarital relations exclude the possibility of children. What is represented to be conjugal love is not able, as it absolutely should be, to develop into paternal and maternal love. Or, if it does happen to do so, this will be to the detriment of the children, who will be deprived of the stable environment in which they ought to develop in order to find in it the way and the means of their insertion into society as a whole.
The consent given by people who wish to be united in marriage must therefore be manifested externally and in a manner which makes it valid in the eyes of society. As far as the faithful are concerned, their consent to the setting up of a community of conjugal life must be expressed according to the laws of the Church. It is a consent which makes their marriage a Sacrament of Christ.        

cf. Declaration on Certain Questions Pertaining to Sexual Ethics

stjos/stvdp: 05.01.2011 - 05


by Charmaine Yoest

Anyone who believes PP is primarily concerned with the health of women and girls needs to look at the record.

1. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing (and profiting from) one out of every four abortions in the United States.
2. Planned Parenthood increases its abortion numbers with each passing year, bucking the nearly 20-year national trend of a decreasing abortion rate.
3. Planned Parenthood affiliates have failed to be good stewards of taxpayer funds.
4. Planned Parenthood fights reasonable laws to protect women and girls because such laws might undermine its ability to make money.
5. Planned Parenthood partners with those who sexually abuse and exploit women and girls.

I have informed the children that, as far as I am concerned, they are ready to make their first sacramental Confessions.
Parents and guardians: Please see to it that the children go to Confession this week, either on Thursday (05 May) or Friday (06 May). See the Confession schedule on page 02 of this bulletin.
It is common for children to be a smidgen nervous in anticipation of First Confession. Reassure them that Fr. Connolly loves them dearly and will be very, very, very kind to them, even if they forget everything they were going to say or do!
Parents: The best teaching is parental example. I suggest that you go to Confession when you bring your child for same — unless, of course, you have been to Confession quite recently. If you are ineligible for Confession due to some “problem”, I suggest you come into the confessional anyway and tell me that you are not eligible but would like a blessing.
FATHER BRENNAN mentioned to me earlier this week that he had seen me on TV (meaning on EWTN). I thought he was going to say something affirming or uplifting about it. But he led me down the primrose path. He said to me that I should have put something in the bulletin about my being scheduled to be on TV. I told him that I didn’t think about doing this. He said, “Well, you know, you really should let the people know ahead of time if you’re going to be on TV. That way, they could use their remotes to turn you off!”
That Father Brennan! He’s a real sweetheart! His day is coming. 
NOTICE FROM JOE WOODWARD: Anyone who is not in the St. Joseph Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund through St. Joseph Parish is reminded that the Annual Care for the grass-cutting is due now through the Memorial Day weekend.
You can send it in the mail or pay it at the Cemetery over the Memorial Day weekend. Annual Care for a full lot (four graves) is $25.00; for a half lot (two graves) is $20.00. Send to Joseph Woodward, Caretaker at 1530 Spruce Street, Ashland PA 17921.

stjos/stvdp: 05.01.2011 - 06


“Donald” is, of course, Donald Trump.
In case you’re not up on the news, the Donald gave a political speech on Thursday, 28 April, out in Las Vegas, to a group of mostly conservative Republican women.
During the speech, he dropped the eff bomb SEVERAL times and uttered a few other obscenities as well.
You probably saw the clip on TV and, if you haven’t, you can catch it online. (Make sure the children aren’t around!)
I suspect, although I certainly don’t know for certain, that he might have had a few drinks in him at the time. I say this only because I can’t imagine that he uttered these obscenities — in public and at a microphone and in front of an audience of women — with all of his cylinders firing.
Here is why I am putting this into the bulletin.
When I first heard that the Donald was contemplating a run for the presidential nomination on the Republican ballot, I smiled and said to myself, “No way! The man is a clown and an egomaniac. He could never be president of the USA on any ballot, Republican, Democratic, Independent or Vegetarian”.
Then, a few weeks ago, I started to waver.
Seeing him “in pre-candidate mode” on TV and hearing him say explicitly that he was PRO-LIFE and listening to some of his no-nonsense rhetoric, I thought to myself, “Maybe I’ve misjudged this guy. Maybe he does have substance. Maybe he has a chance. At this point in history, I think I’d vote for Mortimer Snerd for President if I could be assured that he is pro-life! The guy we have in the Oval Office now, despite the fact that he is highly intelligent and projects a splendid image, is so absolutely pro-abortion and so pro-everything I oppose in conscience, I would like to see him out of there come 2013. It seems to me that none of the prospective Republican candidates has the juice to defeat him. Maybe Donald is the one who can do the job. Maybe Donald is the unlikely candidate I’ve been looking for!”
I’d like to say that, in light of Donald’s performance in Vegas on 28 April, I’ve surrendered that pipe dream.
I’ll vote for Donald Trump when they’re ice-skating in Hell.
Donald needs prayers. His ego is going to destroy him.
He is a man of Ultimate Hubris.
He might be worth seven billion dollars but, when it comes to common sense, he is a pauper.
“Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them.” (Eph 4,29)
“Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind.” (Eph 4,31)
“Nor should there be any obscene, silly or suggestive talk; all that is out of place. Instead, give thanks.” (Eph 5,4)
“Keep careful watch over your conduct. Do not act like fools, but like thoughtful men.” (Eph 5,15)
“So strip away everything vicious, everything deceitful; pretenses, jealousies, and disparaging remarks of any kind.” (1Peter 2,1)
“The mouth of the just yields wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.” (Prov 10,31)
“If a person is without fault in speech, he is a man in the fullest sense, because he can control his entire body. (James 3,2b)

“See how tiny the spark is that sets a huge forest ablaze! The tongue is such a flame. It exists among our members as a whole universe of malice. The tongue defiles the entire body. Its flames encircle our course from birth, and its fire is kindled by hell.” (James 3,5b-6)

stjos/stvdp: 05.01.2011 - 07


The Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II, moved by the consideration of the Father of Mercy, has willed that the Second Sunday of Easter be dedicated to recalling with special devotion these gifts of grace and gave this Sunday the name, "Divine Mercy Sunday".
Plenary Indulgence
To ensure that the faithful would observe this day with intense devotion, the Supreme Pontiff himself established that this Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence, as will be explained below, so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit. In this way, they can foster a growing love for God and for their neighbor, and after they have obtained God's pardon, they in turn might be persuaded to show a prompt pardon to their brothers and sisters.
Pardon of others who sin against us
Thus the faithful will more closely conform to the spirit of the Gospel, receiving in their hearts the renewal that the Second Vatican Council explained and introduced: "Mindful of the words of the Lord: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another' (Jn 13,35), Christians can yearn for nothing more ardently than to serve the men of this age with an ever growing generosity and success.... It is the Father's will that we should recognize Christ our brother in the persons of all men and love them with an effective love, in word and in deed.
Three conditions for the plenary indulgence
A plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!");
A partial indulgence, granted to the faithful who, at least with a contrite heart, pray to the merciful Lord Jesus a legitimately approved invocation.
If it is impossible that people do even this, on the same day they may obtain the Plenary Indulgence if with a spiritual intention they are united with those carrying out the prescribed practice for obtaining the Indulgence in the usual way and offer to the Merciful Lord a prayer and the sufferings of their illness and the difficulties of their lives, with the resolution to accomplish as soon as possible the three conditions prescribed to obtain the plenary indulgence.


St. Vincent dePaul Church at 07:00 pm
Please note that the devotions will be at 07:00 pm, not at 03:00 pm as was printed in last weekend’s bulletin. This “last-minute change” is due to the suggestions of some parishioners that more people would be able to attend in the evening than in the afternoon.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Scripture Reading
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Procession with the Blessed Sacrament and with the Image of Divine Mercy
Individual veneration of the Image
Closing Prayers
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

tjos/stvdp: 05.01.2011 - 08

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