MASS SCHEDULE: 29 MAY05 JUNE
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 28 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARIE COYLE KAPLAFKA (4th anniversary)
by Andrew Kaplafka and family

Sunday, 29 May
6th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — SALVATORE and ROSE (Fulginiti) RANIERI
by Bernadine Chupasko

Monday, 30 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — THERESIA FRITZ
by her nephew, Edward

Tuesday, 31 May
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
07:00 pm — LeFOY ROWLANDS
by OPM

Wednesday, 01 June
St. Justin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — EDWARD WALSH
by the Walsh Trust
Vigil of the Ascension of the Lord
07:00 pm — JOAN ROLAND ALBO
by Joseph and Ann Marie Palerino

Thursday, 02 June
Ascension of the Lord (Sol)
12:00 noon — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE (24th anniversary of birth)
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Friday, 03 June
St. Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOHN FALCONE
by OPM

Saturday, 04 June
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JULIA, MICHAEL and MARY CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Sunday, 05 June
7th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — WALTER YURENKA
by Argia Yurenka

 MASS SCHEDULE: 29 MAY05 JUNE
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 28 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOHN JOYCE
by Jeanne Joyce

Sunday, 29 May
6th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — Deceased: FISHER FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Monday, 30 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — God’s Blessings on JOHN BUZAS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 31 May
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Wednesday, 01 June
Vigil of the Ascension of the Lord
04:00 pm — MARGARET MARY GALLAGHER
by OPM

Thursday, 02 June
Ascension of the Lord (Sol)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 03 June
St. Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
05:00 pm — RONALD KRUZIK
by OPM

Saturday, 04 June
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH MODARSKY
by OPM

Sunday, 05 June
7th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
21 / 22 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,554.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $112.00 from the second collection (plate); $26.00 from the Dues envelopes; $100.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Easter envelopes; $119.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,936.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $ — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,936.00) 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 $784.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.



Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $930.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $111.00 from the second collection (plate); $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $6.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $45.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,102.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,102.00) 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 $339.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Wednesday, 01 June
03:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

Thursday, 02 June
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul 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.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thursday, 02 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

 

DEPARTURES FROM THE CUSTOMARY SCHEDULES for Confessions and Exposition this week are due (in part) to the Holyday, but mostly to the fact that Fr. Connolly needs to be away from Friday afternoon to Saturday night. He has a wedding in New Jersey. Fr. Brennan has kindly agreed to fill in for him on Saturday, 04 June.

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JOSEPH JEROME JOYCE,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Friday, 27 May.
Born on 04 February 1931, he was 80 years of age.
Joseph is the fifth of the nine children of the late Joseph J. and Esther (Murray) Joyce.
He was baptized on 01 March 1931 in the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Kulpmont PA, by Father J. Petrovich.
On 26 November 1955, he married Jean Margaret Connor in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, in the presence of Father Thomas P. Horner.
Jean died on 10 March 1994.
Joseph’s brothers and sisters are: Raymond Joyce (deceased); Bernard Joyce (deceased); Sister Elaine Joyce, IHM; Charles Joyce (deceased); Ann Joyce Youch (deceased); John Joyce; Lawrence Joyce (deceased); Edward Joyce.
Joseph and Jean have six children: Joseph J. Joyce; Kevin P. Joyce; Maureen T. Joyce McCormick; Patrick J. Joyce; Kathleen M. Joyce Delinsky; Sean A. Joyce.
They have fifteen grandchildren: Bridget A. Joyce; Rory C. McCormick; Meghan A. Joyce; Kathleen N. Joyce; Kelly A. Joyce; Erin E. Joyce; Moira J. McCormick; Patrick C. Joyce; Taryn T. Delinsky; Shea J. McCormick; Molly M. Joyce; Shannon N. Joyce; Natalie E. Delinsky; Joseph G. Joyce; Tess Delinsky.
There will be a viewing in St. Joseph Church from 05:00 to 09:00 pm on Tuesday, 31 May.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, 01 June.
The interment will take place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Joseph died at his home on West Main Street. The last rites were administered in the presence of several family members. One of them made an interesting and theologically astute observation as the priest was leaving. She said that her father’s dying process reminded her of a woman in labor. The priest commented that this was very much in line with these words of the Lord Jesus: A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. (John 16,21) The road to Heaven passes through the valley of pain. Joseph has passed through that valley without losing Faith and has been born into eternal life.
That’s the thing: to pass through the valley without losing the Faith!
Eternal rest grant unto Joseph, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


THE 11:30 AM MASS today (Sunday) at St. Joseph Church will be celebrated according to “the extraordinary form”. It is the way Mass was celebrated throughout the Latin Rite until about 1965, when the Novus Ordo was instituted. If you are not acquainted with it, we recommend that you experience it.

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BACK TO CHAPEL FOR WEEKEND MASS?
NOT BACK TO CHAPEL FOR WEEKEND MASS?


The question before the House is this: Should we or should we not change from Upper Church to Chapel for the two weekend Masses at St. Joseph’s during the Summer?
Reason for changing (if we change): The chapel is air-conditioned. The upper church is not.
As pastor, I cannot be democratic when it comes to doctrine or liturgy but I can be democratic when it comes to matters such as these.
Therefore: Vox populi, vox Dei! (The voice of the people [is] the voice of God!).
One member of the parish has already written me a note telling me that she does not care for having Mass in the chapel and prefers to stay upstairs.
I await your notes and emails and will decide according to your stated preferences.
Majority rules!
No anonymous notes or emails will be accepted in this matter.

THIS COMING FRIDAY, the Church observes the Memorial of St. Charles Lwanga and companions. They are a group of young men of Uganda in the 19th century who converted from paganism to the Catholic Faith. Charles Lwanga was their catechist. (We might say “CCD teacher”.)
The tribal chieftain was an ephebophile. (An ephebophile is a man who preys on adolescent boys in order to satisfy his sexual appetite. Popular slang refers to such a man as a “chicken hawk”).
Charles told the boys and young men that, because they had been baptized into Christ Jesus, they were never again to cooperate with the tribal chieftain if he called them into his quarters for this kind of activity. He told them that their bodies belonged to Jesus and not to the chieftain.
The chieftain did not take kindly to this restriction on his lust.
He ordered the boys and young men (the youngest was only 13) to be tortured and put to death, along with their teacher.
So, one fine day, they were marched out to a field where they were wrapped up in straw mats and set on fire.
Afterwards, the Catholic Faith caught fire in Uganda! The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church!
St. Charles Lwanga and companions, pray for us!

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    FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
11:30 AM MASS ST. JOSEPH CHURCH
SUNDAY, 22 MAY 2011
ST. JOSEPH PARISH AND ST. VINCENT DEPAUL
GIRARDVILLE PA

                                                

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

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KASIDY MARIE CRESS,
a beautiful little girl, will be baptized this evening (Saturday, 28 May) in St. Vincent dePaul Church.
We are more than happy to welcome her into the community of those who have been washed in the Blood of the Lamb.
Baptism will remove from Kasidy’s soul the stain of the original sin inherited from Adam and Eve.
It will give her the guarantee of the forgiveness of whatever personal sins she might commit in the future.
Sin will have no dominion over her.
Because sin will have no dominion, neither will death.
We say this because we know that “the wages of sin is death.”
By Baptism, the little girl will be given a share in the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
By Baptism, she will be marked for resurrection.
By Baptism, she will become a daughter of God the Father, a sister of God the Son, a temple of God the Holy Spirit.
By Baptism, she receives her initial outpouring of sanctifying grace, which is God’s way of joining her to His Own Divine Nature.
By Baptism, she becomes a member of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and a beneficiary of all the good deeds of the saints.
By Baptism, she acquires Mary as her Mother, inasmuch as no one can have Jesus as Brother without simultaneously having Mary as Mother.
May God grant that Kasidy Marie will be raised in the love and fear of the Lord.
Welcome to the Catholic Church, dear little girl!
MAURA McDONALD, a member of St. Joseph Parish, was one of six children who graduated from 8th grade of Trinity Academy on Thursday evening, 26 May. Maura is a daughter of Maurice and Diane (O’Connor) McDonald, residents of the Plane of Mahanoy. We were happy to learn that all six of the Trinity graduates will be attending Catholic high school, either Marian or Nativity. Good choice, boys and girls! Good choice, parents! It will cost you a few bucks you might otherwise spend on buying a yacht, but it is money well spent. I can’t think of anything more important to spend money on than on the solid education of our youth.
I’M STILL TRYING TO FIGURE THIS ONE OUT: After the Trinity graduation Mass, I went over to the cafeteria for refreshments and socializing. I picked up a cup of iced tea from the serving table, found myself a chair and started conversing with anyone who seemed to be open to conversation. A 3rd grade girl named Andraya (with whom I am well acquainted) passed by. I called her over and said, “Andraya, honey, would you please get me another cup of iced tea?” She paused and said, “I never knew priests drink iced tea!”
That caught me by surprise. I didn’t quite know what to say. Why would she think priests don’t drink iced tea?
So I said, “Well, this priest drinks iced tea! So, would you please get me a refill?” Well, she did and I thanked her kindly and that’s the end of my story — but I am still wondering why she would be so surprised to find that a priest drinks iced tea. Is there something I’m missing here? God knows what goes on in the heads of little girls!

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“I venture to state that no man more orthodox, more devoted to the Holy See, ever ruled an American diocese.”

Words of Bishop Hugh Lamb, the
eulogist at the Cardinal’s funeral.

 


His Eminence, Dennis Joseph Cardinal Dougherty
Born: 16 August 1865
Ordained as Priest: 31 May 1890
Ordained as Bishop: 14 June 1903
Archbishop of Philadelphia: 01 May 1918 — usque ad mortem
Installed as Cardinal: 07 March 1921
Died: 31 May 1951

It seemed to me that we could not let 31 May 2011 pass without tipping our collective biretta (so to speak) to His Eminence, Dennis Cardinal Dougherty, the Pride of Girardville, a local boy who made good.
This coming Tuesday is the 121st anniversary of his ordination to the sacred priesthood and, by interesting coincidence, the 60th anniversary of his death.
His Eminence suffered a stroke shortly after celebrating a Mass at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, marking the 61st anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He died a few hours later.
Cardinal Dougherty was the eighth Ordinary (i.e. “Bishop in charge”) of Philadelphia and the fourth to carry the title “Archbishop”. He was the first to be named to the College of Cardinals.
The list of his accomplishments far exceeds the space we can afford on this bulletin page. Suffice it to say that his reign as Archbishop of Philadelphia was awesome.
This came as no great surprise, inasmuch as the man himself was awesome.
“Dinny” did not suffer fools gladly. Understanding that God had sent him to Philadelphia in order to make omelets, he did not hesitate to crack a few eggs.
When His Eminence died, children were selected from all of the Catholic schools to represent their schoolmates at the funeral. A 13-year-old eighth-grade boy named Edward was selected to represent the children of Most Precious Blood School. Edward passed by the open casket of Cardinal Dougherty with feelings of utmost awe. He touched the hands of the Cardinal. As he did so, the Cardinal awoke briefly from his slumber and said, “Edward, you will be a priest. You will spend your final years shepherding the people of my beloved hometown, Girardville! God have mercy on your soul if you foul it up!” Edward said, “Yes, Your Eminence! Thank you, Your Eminence! Pray for me, Your Eminence!” His Eminence said, “I shall, Edward!” and went back to sleep.
Eternal rest grant unto Dennis Dougherty, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or after life for broken down computers. That is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark.”


Stephen Hawking

I was sitting in an audiologist’s waiting room this past week, waiting my turn. (One of my hearing aids had conked out and needed to be sent back to the shop.)
I picked up a copy of TIME magazine, a left-wing publication, if ever there was one!
I came across this quote (cf supra) from Stephen Hawking, the much celebrated physicist and cosmologist.
Professor Hawking is a person who engenders much respect and admiration, partially due to the fact that he has managed to cope superbly with a terrible affliction: something akin to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He is almost totally paralyzed and communicates with (as I understand it) some sort of device that he manipulates by blinking his eyes.
I don’t wish to be disrespectful to Dr. Hawking. I certainly admire his intellectual attainments and his demonstrated capacity for excellence in his field despite his severe physical limitations. He is, to some extent, a profile in courage.
Having said that, I would like to caution everyone that Dr. Hawking has no qualifications whatsoever in the area of philosophy or theology.
I find some of the things he has said to be utter nonsense.
I do not say this because it just so happens that I am a “man of faith” and he is manifestly not.
Although my knowledge of physics and astronomy shrinks into insignificance compared to his and I have no doubt that his IQ far eclipses my own, I would maintain (I hope modestly) that my capacity for logic and for reason is greater than his — if not my capacity, at least my utilization of said capacity. At least, that is how it seems to me.
Dr. Hawking takes a mere analogy (computer / human brain) and turns it into an absolute identity.
Granted that a computer is similar in some respects to a human brain, the human brain FAR exceeds the capacity of any computer.
No computer has EVER had self-awareness, nor (and you may take this as an absolute) will any computer EVER have self-awareness.
I am keenly aware that I am more than my brain and that you are more than your brain and that all of us human beings are more than our brains.
If my value and your value and the value of any one of us are no more and no less than our intellectual quotients, we are much to be pitied.
Everything in me — together with the intuitions and wisdom of the great sages of history — tells me that I am something more than the configuration of atoms that composes my physical being. The human capacity for self-sacrificial love is, perhaps, the strongest (but not the only) evidence for this bold assertion. No computer ever sacrificed its “life” for me!
If my ultimate destiny is decomposition in the dust, then nothing makes sense and everything is stupid and up for grabs. I refuse to believe that. I believe that I shall survive the dissolution of my brain! And I am not “afraid of the dark”. I must remember to pray for Stephen.

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HOLYDAYS OF OBLIGATION
Let’s have a Catechism lesson!
Okay, boys and girls! Everybody sit up straight and pay attention!
No talking! No wiggling around! All eyes up front!
Now, there are six Holydays of Obligation in the United States.
All good Catholics know the names and the dates of the six Holydays of Obligation and I want you to know them.
And, yes, you can be sure that there will be a pop quiz.
Let’s start at the beginning of the year.
Billy! Am I boring you?? Am I going to have to come back there and smack you up the side of your head? You turn around right now and stop bothering Susan!
Okay! Where were we?
We were talking about the Holydays of Obligation.
The first Holyday of Obligation is: The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It falls on 01 January.
• The second Holyday of Obligation is: Ascension Thursday. It falls on the fortieth day after Easter         Sunday. It is the only Holyday that does not have a fixed date, because it depends on the date of         Easter.
• The third Holyday of Obligation is: The Assumption of the Blessed Mother into Heaven. It falls on 15         August.
• The fourth Holyday of Obligation is: All Saints Day. It falls on 01 November.
• The fifth Holyday of Obligation is: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It falls         on 08 December.

Billy! I have told you once and I’m not going to tell you twice! You are playing with fire when you play around with me! This is you last warning! If I hear another peep out of you, I am going to pick you up bodily and throw you out the window, do you hear me?
Now, where were we?
Oh, yes!
The sixth Holyday of Obligation is: Christmas Day, the Birth of Our Lord. It falls on 25 December.
Okay, boys and girls! Does everyone know the six Holydays of Obligation?
Now, this next part is very important: ALL CATHOLICS ARE OBLIGED IN CONSCIENCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS ON HOLYDAYS OF OBLIGATION. It is the same obligation that we have on Sundays.
So, pay attention, boys and girls, while our dearly beloved pastor, Father Connolly, comes in to tell us the Mass schedule in Girardville for the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven, which will be celebrated this year on Thursday, 02 June. Won’t you please come in, Father? Boys and girls stand up and say, “Good afternoon, Father!”
Good afternoon, boys and girls! You are all looking very well today. Please pay special attention now while I tell you the Mass schedule for the upcoming Holyday of Obligation, which is the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven:


On Wednesday, 01 June, we celebrate the Vigil of the Ascension.
• There will be a Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church at 04:00 pm.
• There will be a Mass at St. Joseph Church at 07:00 pm. On Thursday, 02 June,    which is Ascension Thursday itself, the Mass schedule will be as follows:
• There will be a Mass at St. Joseph Church at 12:00 noon.
• There will be a Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church at 06:30 pm.




Now, please remember: We all MUST go to Mass on Ascension Thursday or on the Vigil.
Remind your Moms and Dads about it. Let them know the Mass schedule.
Yes, Billy? Do you have a question?
Yes, Father! Would it be a mortal sin if we didn’t go to Mass on Ascension Thursday?
That’s a very good question, Billy! The answer to your question is this: Yes, it would be a mortal sin if a person deliberately missed Mass on Ascension Thursday or on any Holyday of Obligation. The only exception would be that he or she ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY could not get to Mass, even though he or she really wanted to.
I know that you are a good boy, Billy! I’m sure your teacher is very proud of you! I know that I shall see you at Mass on Ascension Thursday!

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