MASS SCHEDULE: 0815 MAY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 07 May
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

Monday, 09 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — PETER and LYDIA MALAFARINA
by their family

Tuesday, 10 May
St. Damien Joseph deVeuster of Moloka’I, priest (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JOSEPH C. SCIARRONE (1st anniversary)
by his daughter, Barbara

Wednesday, 11 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — NICHOLAS BIRSTER
by his daughter, Jean

Thursday, 12 May
SS. Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs;
St. Pancras, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — JOHN A. and MARGARET V. BRENNAN
by their son, Edmund

Friday, 13 May
Our Lady of Fatima (OptMem)
08:00 am — JULIA SENITCH LAPLACA
by the Thye family

Saturday, 14 May
St. Matthias, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — MICHAEL F. DEVINE
by his brother, Dennis
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — GLENN W. RICHARDS
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Sunday, 15 May
4th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — DECEASED: LENAHAN FAMILY
by Margaret O’Donnell

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0815 MAY
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 09 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on DONALD BUCK
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 10 May
St. Damien Joseph deVeuster of Moloka’I, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Wednesday, 11 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — MAMIE BENISESE
by OPM

Thursday, 12 May
SS. Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs;
St. Pancras, martyr (OptMems)
07:00 pm — WILLIAM SCROBOL
by George Scrobol

Friday, 13 May
Our Lady of Fatima (OptMem)
05:00 pm — DECEASED: SEEDOR FAMILY
by the Draugelis and Miller families

Saturday, 07 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ALBERTA COONEY
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 15 May
4th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — DECEASED: CONNELL and KARVOIS FAMILIES
by the Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 05.08.2011 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
30 APRIL / 01 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: Receipts for parish purposes: $1,205.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $77.00 from the second collection (plate); $313.00 from the Dues envelopes; $580.00 from the Easter envelopes; $89.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,264.00
Receipts for non-parish purpose: $10.00 from the Holy Land envelopes; $60.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,264.00) 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 $1,112.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: Receipts for parish purposes: $954.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $51.00 from the second collection (plate); $233.00 from the Dues envelopes; $7.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $145.00 from the Easter envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,440.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,440.00) 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 $677.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Wednesday, 11 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 12 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 13 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.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Wednesday, 11 May

02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 13 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Divine Mercy Chaplet at 07:30 pm

stjos/stvdp: 05.08.2011 - 02


THE GIRARDVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY presents a lecture on BAPTISMAL TRADITIONS and an EXHIBIT of CHRISTENING / BAPTISMAL GOWNS, past and present, plus a DISPLAY of INFANT and TODDLER MEMORABILIA.
This will take place on Sunday, 15 May, at 03:00 pm in the Girardville Borough Hall.
It is open to the public and there is no admission charge!
Father Brennan asked me to include the following in the bulletin:
HE INVITES “SORROWFUL MOTHERS”
, i.e. mothers who have experienced the death of one (or more) of their children, to meet in the Sheridan Room on Tuesday, 10 May, after the 07:00 pm Mass in St. Joseph Chapel.
Father thinks (and I certainly agree with him) that the loss of one’s child (whether infant, adult or in between) is the most painful experience a person can have and those who have suffered through this experience do well to share their pain with others who have some idea of “what we went through and what we are still going through”.
If we can meet in a spirit of faith and prayer, all the better!
No one who attends need feel “obliged” to speak
CARNATIONS FOR MOTHER’S DAY!
Carnations will be sold: (a) in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church and (b) in the Sheridan Room of St. Joseph Church after each of the Masses this weekend.
The proceeds from the sale of these carnations will go to BIRTHRIGHT, an organization that provides assistance to women who are pregnant and in special need.
By purchasing a carnation (or making a donation if you don’t particularly need a carnation) you help the work of one of the foremost PRO-LIFE groups in our area.
If your mother is deceased and you want to donate your carnation to the Blessed Mother, you can do so by placing it in front of her statue.
And always remember: If everyone in the USA painted his or her car pink, what kind of a nation would we be? Answer: We would be a pink car nation!
REMINDER: We still have some books to sell. We are referring to the anniversary edition of the History of the Diocese of Allentown.
As you know, we are selling them at a ridiculously low price, not likely to be matched at other venues: Only $25.00 per copy. Call or visit St. Vincent dePaul Rectory in order to purchase a copy.

 SPAGHETTI IN BARNESVILLE!
Homemade meatballs and sauce!
Date: Sunday, 22 May
Time: 12:00 noon to 03:00 pm
Price: $8.00 for adults and children 12 and older; $4.00 for children under 12.
For tickets, call (570) 467-2315
Cut-off date for tickets is 15 May.

stjos/stvdp:05.08.2011 - 03


THE FOLLOWING LETTER COMES FROM THE 24 APRIL EDITION OF THE DEAR ABBY SYNDICATED COLUMN

DEAR ABBY:
I am a nice, charming, likable young man in my mid-20s. I have almost no friends. I rarely see the ones I do have because they don't live in my province. I can count the number of people I consider friends on one hand. I am close with my family, though none of them live close enough to see regularly. I work from home, so there's no one I come in contact with daily except my husband, whom I love dearly.
I know there are things I could do to meet more people and make friends, but I don't really want to. Maintaining friendships feels like more work than it's worth to me. I don't dislike people and I'm certainly not a snob. But when I have a conversation, it feels like I'm trying to be interesting for their sake and I don't really care about them, and I wonder why they seem to care about me. I'm not bitter or lonely, but I don't think this is normal. Should I accept that this is who I am, or should I worry?
LONER IN TORONTO
DEAR LONER:
Excuse me, but there are contradictions in your letter. If you weren't concerned that there was something to worry about, you wouldn't have written to me. Now it's time for you to talk to a counselor and take a deeper look at what's really going on. My intuition tells me there may be issues you need to address.
ABBY

DEAR LONER IN TORONTO:
I think I can put my finger on what your problem is. You dropped a couple of clues in your letter. Allow me to point them out to you, together with some commentary. If I say anything to you that comes across as critical, I hope you will understand that I do so only because I want to help you to see what the problem might be. Please be certain that I have good will towards you and wish you all the best.

(a) You describe yourself as “a nice, charming, likable young man”. It is not a good idea for a man to refer to himself as “charming”. You very well may be charming, but that is for others to say about you, not for you to say about yourself. Much the same applies to “nice” and to “likable” — but it applies in spades to “charming”. Perhaps people see you as “fixated on self” and perhaps this prompts them to avoid your company.
(b) You refer to a certain gentleman as “my husband whom I love dearly”. This caught my attention and seemed to be a major clue to what is wrong or unsettling in your life. It is good that you have a friend and it is good that you love him. Men should love one another. Male bonding is a wonderful thing. Fathers should love their sons and sons should love their fathers. Brothers should love brothers. People, whether men or women, should love their friends, both men and women. Men should not, however, demonstrate their love for other men in the same manner in which they demonstrate their love for women. The details of this are somewhat delicate. Let it suffice to say for now that any kind of genital expression of love, whether immediate or proximate, must be restricted to a permanent and faithful union between a male and a female. I could cite all sorts of authorities, both religious and secular, for asserting this as a permanent principle of life.

Allow me to refer you to a place where you will find friends. I think I can say this quite confidently, even though I don’t know you personally.
Please pay a visit to the office of St. Patrick Church, located at 141 McCaul Street in Toronto. Ask the priest or the secretary there to tell you when a certain group named COURAGE meets. I recommend this group highly. They provide mutual support and wholesome friendship for persons who have problems similar to yours.
You might want to check out their website: www.couragerc.net
May God bless you.
EBC

THE FIVE GOALS OF COURAGE
1. CHASTITY:
Live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality.
2. PRAYER and DEDICATION: Dedicate one’s life to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.
3. FELLOWSHIP: Foster a spirit of fellowship in which all may share thoughts and experiences, and so ensure that no one will have to face the problems of homosexuality alone.
4. SUPPORT: Be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life and in doing so provide encouragement to one another in forming and sustaining them.
5. GOOD EXAMPLE: Live lives that may serve as good examples to others.

stjos/stvdp: 05.08.2011 - 04


WE SHARE THE MAIL
This is an email exchange between a parishioner and me. I thank her for signing her name, but I don’t include her name in this re-printing. I appreciate her taking the time to write.
#1
Dear Father,
I don't mean to seem disrespectful, but I was very disappointed with your decision to change the time in regards to the Feast of Divine Mercy. There is a reason the Divine Mercy is at 3 o'clock! Apparently these parishioners, whoever they may be, know very little if anything about the Feast of Divine Mercy! Blessed Faustina was told by our Lord when he appeared to her that the chaplet should be prayed at 3 o'clock (The "Hour of Great Mercy") to recall the time of our Lord's death on the cross! Never did I read anything where Blessed Faustina was told by Christ that she could recite the chaplet at her "convenience"!
What is more important on Divine Mercy Sunday? Why could you not explain to them the importance of having the Feast of Divine Mercy at a specific time? If it meant that much to them, then they would make the the time.
My family and I have been praying the chaplet and attending the Feast of Divine Mercy in Mahanoy City for many years. We never felt the time was not suitable for us!
We understood why it had to be at this time.
I wonder how it would have been if Christ would have told His Father, I don't want to die at 3 o'clock, let's make it for 7! Other parishes, according to the AD Times are celebrating the feast at the appropriate time-OURS is the only church willing to change the time to suit certain parishioners. The feast loses something by changing the time.
I guess in order to participate in the true meaning of the feast I will either have to go to Mahanoy city or watch EWTN.
I will still attend at 7 o'clock and I hope I see the church packed!
PS. Another thing father,the beautiful picture of Divine Mercy should have been up front since Monday. You could have asked anyone in our parish, man or women, if they would set it up. It didn't have to wait until Sat. when Ian came.
Thank You,
XXXXXX
#2
Dear XXXXXX:
I apologize for changing the time of the Divine Mercy devotions this past Sunday from 03:00 pm to 07:00 pm.
I thought it would be a good idea, but perhaps it was not.
To tell you the truth, I think more people were in attendance at 07:00 pm than would have attended if we had had it at 03:00 pm, but that's obviously not something I can prove.
As you know, I scheduled the devotions for 12:00 noon on Good Friday and on Holy Saturday and for 03:00 pm from Easter Sunday to Easter Saturday.
The attendance was not good on any of those nine days.
This added to my decision to change the time on Divine Mercy Sunday.
As for putting the image of the Divine Mercy up front, you are correct.
I would have done well to have had it up there all week, but I just didn't think about it until Easter Saturday.
We live and learn.
If I’m still alive next year, I'll try to do better.
Thank you for your participation in the Divine Mercy devotions.
EBC
#3
Dear Fr. Connolly,

With all due respect. Blessed Theresa of Calcutta celebrated the Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday at 3pm as it should be and there weren't too many empty spaces. There never really is. In fact there were times in the past years when it was jammed! If people understand what Divine Mercy is all about and they really want to attend then they will make it a point to do so!
XXXXXX

stjos/stvdp: 05.08.2011 - 05


THEODORE JAMES ZIELINSKI, son of Paul J. and Maureen (Vivian) Zielinski, will receive his First Holy Communion today (Sunday) during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church. He does so with the permission of the pastor of his home parish, Msgr. Wendrychowicz of St. Agnes Parish, Sellersville (PA). Theodore (his friends call him “Teddy”) is a grandnephew of Fr. Connolly. This is a happy occasion for all of us who love Teddy. May the Lord Jesus be always the center of his life. May he grow up to be a good man and may he ultimately be numbered among the saints who stand before God and the Lamb.
For those interested in genealogy: EBC has a sister (older sister!) named Anne. Anne is married to Alfred J. Zielinski. Anne and Alfred have seven children, the sixth of whom is Paul. Paul married Maureen. They have six children, the third of whom is Theodore!
ISABELLE JANE NIEDZWIECKI, seventh child (fifth daughter) of Edward A. and Theresa J. (Brown) Niedzwiecki, will be baptized this evening (Sunday) in St. Joseph Church.
The Lord will remove from her the stain of the original sin and will incorporate her into the New and Eternal Covenant. This beautiful child will receive the gift of sanctifying grace and the right to eternal life. She will become a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, which is the Catholic Church.
We welcome Isabelle Jane into membership in the Redeemed People of God.
May she keep her baptismal garment unstained until the coming of the Lord Jesus in glory.
CAROLE RITSKO SAVAKINAS,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died recently at the age of 66. Her parents are the late Frank and Mary Ritsko. Her brother is the late Frank Ritsko Jr. She is survived by her husband, Bernard Savakinas. Funeral arrangements were private.
Eternal rest grant unto Carole, 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.
TO:         Parents of First Holy Communion children
FROM: Fr. Connolly
RE:         various matters

By now, all of the children should have made their First Confessions. Actually, I know who did and who did not, but I am not allowed to say who did and who did not. But you know! If your child did not yet make his or her First Confession, please make certain that he or she does so THIS WEEK. See the Confession schedule on page three of this bulletin.
I strongly suggest that all of the children go to Confession a second time, prior to 22 May.
There are two more meetings for the children: Tuesday, 10 May and Tuesday, 17 May at 06:00 pm in St. VdP Rectory.
In addition, there is a FHC rehearsal. This will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, 21 May, in St. Joseph Church. Please make certain you have this on your calendar.
First Holy Communion will take place during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church on Sunday, 22 May.

stjos/stvdp: 05.08.2011 - 06


WHY GOD MADE MOMS
Answers given by 2nd graders to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your particular mother and not some other Mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's Moms like me.

What kind of a little girl was your Mom?
1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did your Mom need to know about your Dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your Mom marry your Dad?
1. My Dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandmom says that my Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because Dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What's the difference between Moms and Dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and Dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but Moms have all the real power, cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your Mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your Mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

stjos/stvdp: 05.08.2011 - 07


THE VIOLENT DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

A few minutes before 11:00 pm this past Sunday, I went upstairs in order to unwind before going to bed. I poured myself a glass of my customary nocturnal libation (ginger ale on the rocks with a dash of lemon juice) and sat down to watch the Mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II. (I had set my VCR to record it earlier in the day.) I had hardly gotten into the Mass when the phone rang. It was a friend of mine. He said, “Did you hear the news? Osama Bin Laden is dead! Some Navy Seals bumped him off in a compound in Pakistan where he had been living!” I was astounded! “No kidding!” I said. “Listen! Let me turn on the news. I’ll get back to you later.”
So, I hung up the phone, switched off the Beatification Mass (sorry, Holy Father!) and turned on CNN.
Sure enough! Bin Laden is dead! Commentators commentating! Scenes of wild rejoicing in front of the White House, in Times Square and at Ground Zero!
Do you want to know my initial reaction? I’ll be quite frank: I was happy with a threefold happiness! (a) Happy that Osama was dead. (b) Happy that his death was brought about by the American military. (c) Happy that all of our military personnel escaped harm. I said two prayers: The first was simply, “Thank you, Lord!” The second was “Eternal rest grant unto Osama Bin Laden, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him.”
This latter prayer was not prompted by any sympathy for the deceased, nor to any disapproval of the deed that brought about his demise. It was prompted simply by the fact that I truly do not desire the damnation of any human being. Instead, I desire the salvation of every human being. That desire embraces absolutely everyone, ranging from my mother and your mother to Adolph Hitler and Osama bin Laden!
Point to be made: “Desire” is not be confused with “expectation” or “anticipation”. There are some deceased persons (including some few I knew personally) about whose salvation I do not feel immensely optimistic. Then, again! Who knows? God knows! I do not judge Osama bin Laden. As someone said, “It was not for President Obama or the US Navy to judge Osama bin Laden’s eternal destiny. God Alone is Osama’s judge. It was the duty of President Obama and the US Navy to arrange for the meeting.”
After saying the prayers and after listening to more details about how the Navy Seals carried out the operation, I started to consider the morality of the whole episode. The questions before the House are these: (a) Does God approve of the act that culminated in the killing of Osama Bin Laden? (b) Is the killing of Osama bin Laden a morally acceptable act? (c) Was it a sin on the part of President Obama to direct the military to kill Osama bin Laden? (As you can see, these are three ways of asking the same question.)
My answers, based on the classic principles for a just war are: (a) YES; (b) YES; (c) NO.
Osama bin Laden forfeited his right to live after the eleventh day of September, two thousand and one. Actually, prior to that, inasmuch as he had masterminded terrorist attacks prior to 9/11. In addition to this, he had declared war on the United States and was the acknowledged leader of Al Qaida, on which the legitimate authority of the USA had declared war. Without question, Osama bin Laden has been, for a long time, a legitimate target for military action by the USA and our allies.
I might add here that a Passionist priest named Father Edward Beck was a guest on Bill O’Reilly’s program this past week. I found his comments on the killing of Osama bin Laden totally unacceptable. To be brutally frank, I found him to be an embarrassment to the Catholic priesthood and the Catholic Church. I wonder where O’Reilly found him! Fr. Beck’s application of the Lord’s words about forgiveness and mercy was totally inappropriate and misplaced.
Bernie Goldberg (an O’Reilly regular) had this priest’s number! He said, in regard to Fr. Beck’s commentary: “That’s not Catholicism! That’s Liberalism!” I thank Mr. Goldberg for standing up for the Catholic Church. Bernie is a Jew and knows Catholic theology better than Fr. Beck does, at least on this matter.
While it is true that individuals are counseled to turn the other cheek to those who would harm them, it is not true that anyone has the right to turn other persons’ cheeks for them!
I expect parents to be vigilant in the protection and defense of their minor children. I expect the police to be fierce and unrelenting in the protection and defense of the community. I expect the members of the US military to be swift and terrifying in the protection and defense of our beloved nation.
It is not for them the admonition to turn the other cheek.
Eternal rest grant unto Michael Ferugio, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him.
“We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.”

President George W. Bush
20 September 2001

A promise kept!
Thank you, Navy Seals!
Thank you, Lord!

stjos/stvdp: 05.08.2011 - 08

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