Saturday, 18 June
Vigil of The Most Holy Trinity
05:30 pm — STEPHEN DYSZEL Sr.
by Tom and Mary Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 19 June
The Most Holy Trinity
by Eileen Rowland

Monday, 20 June
08:00 am — FRANCIS P. O’REILLY
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Tuesday, 21 June
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (OblMem)
by Agnes Shustack

Wednesday, 22 June
St. Pauline of Nola, bishop; SS. John Fisher, bishop, martyr; St. Thomas More, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT
by Marilyn Stefanski

Thursday, 23 June
by Thomasine Moran

Friday, 24 June
Birth of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Saturday, 25 June
by friends
Vigil of Corpus Christi
by Jim and Teresa Neary

Sunday, 26 June
Corpus Christi
11:30 am — RONALD RADER
by Dorothy Rader and family


Saturday, 18 June
Vigil of The Most Holy Trinity
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his wife, Carole

Sunday, 19 June
The Most Holy Trinity
08:30 am — JOHN and ANNA MATLOCK
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Monday, 20 June
by Shirley Losch Recla

Tuesday, 21 June
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (OblMem)
08:00 am — HOWARD and ALMA HAUSMAN
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 22 June
St. Pauline of Nola, bishop; SS. John Fisher, bishop, martyr; St. Thomas More, martyr (OptMems)
07:00 pm — TOM KARMOSKY
by OPM

Thursday, 23 June
07:00 pm — FRANCIS P. O’REILLY
by Ginny Chillis

Friday, 24 June
Birth of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
by OPM

Saturday, 25 June
Vigil of Corpus Christi
by his family

Sunday, 26 June
Corpus Christi
08:30 am — ANTHONY and ANNA NAGG
by John and Gloria Haluska

stjos/stvdp: 06.19.2011 - 01

11 / 12 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $994.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $86.00 from the second collection (plate); $90.00 from the Dues envelopes; $178.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $3.00 from the Ascension envelopes; $86.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,437.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $ — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,437.00) 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 $285.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $812.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $38.00 from the second collection (plate); $55.00 from the Dues envelopes; $204.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $81.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,190.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,190.00) 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 $427.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 22 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 23 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 24 June
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.


Wednesday, 22 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

Friday, 24 June
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm

stjos/stvdp: 06.19.2011 - 02

DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE DALAI LAMA? He walked into a pizza shop and said, “Can you make me one with everything?”


EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE someone will ask me “what to do” if he encounters a priest at Mass who refuses to give him Holy Communion (or, at least, gives him a hard time) if he (the communicant) kneels down to receive. This question came to me twice this past week.
The first time was on Friday (10 April) while I was attending a convention in a hotel in northern Virginia. The second time was a couple of days ago when my sister asked me pretty much the same question in regard to a priest at a church where she attends Mass on occasion. (My sister prefers to kneel and to receive on her tongue.)
It is never a good idea to punch a priest. So, we definitely do not recommend that anyone resort to violence in order to solve the problem. Education is what is needed. For this reason, every layperson who prefers to kneel for Communion might do well to carry on his person the following statement of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and to show it to the priest, if necessary:

“[This Congregation] considers any refusal of Holy Communion to a member of the faithful on the basis of his or her kneeling posture to be a grave violation of one of the most basic rights of the Christian faithful, namely that of being assisted by their pastors by means of the Sacraments.”

Notitiae, Nov / Dec 2002

I sent my sister an email via her son about this matter. My nephew emailed me as follows: “I had no idea Mom had some sort of conflict with a priest about kneeling during reception of Communion. How silly of that priest!”
Silly indeed! Alas, we are living through an era of liturgical silliness, not to mention arrogance!

MAY GOD BLESS WADE- O! We have had several episodes of fabric peeling off the ceiling and walls in various spots in the upper church of St. Joseph’s. It’s a problem of moisture getting between the ceiling and the fabric. The problem goes back to the days when the church was renovated. We contend that it was the fault of the contractor when he first applied the fabric to the ceiling. Apparently, he used an adhesive that was not moisture-resistant. We don’t have any recourse against the contractor because he went bankrupt and out of business. So, we have had to depend on local talent to make periodic repairs. A couple of weeks ago, the upper church looked pretty bad (if you happened to look up). Wade-O and friends put up the scaffolding and did a masterful job of reattaching the falling fabric. It looks like new!
When I first came to Girardville, my predecessor, Fr. Karpyn, told me that there was a man named Wade-O whom I would have to meet because of all the good deeds he does for the parish. I have had almost three years to learn how true this is! Our parish is blessed to have a man like Mr. Richards, who loves God and the Church and St. Joseph Parish as he does!
By the way, we have purchased some dehumidifiers that we hope will help to prevent (or, at least delay) a reoccurrence of this problem.

stjos/stvdp:06.12.2011 - 03

On 31 May 2011, a man named Francis P. O’Reilly (“Frank”) died in his sleep. He was 70 years old. His death was unexpected, although it did not catch him unprepared. He was ready to meet the Lord. On 03 June, Frank’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Cecilia Church, Philadelphia. Frank has six daughters and two sons. The two sons gave eulogies at the end of the Mass. Because we are observing Father’s Day today (19 June), I thought it would be appropriate to print these eulogies in our parish bulletin. I almost hesitate to do so because it might be interpreted as “taking advantage of my position” for me to utilize bulletin space for words that honor a man who is my brother-in-law. I assure one and all that I put these eulogies into the bulletin not primarily to honor Frank, but to teach something about successful fathering from the vantage point of two grateful sons.


by Edward P. O’Reilly

Whenever I reflect on my dad’s life, I think of the good example he gave us. Good example was the theme of Dad’s life. For me, what’s most impressive is that Dad had to discover the fundamentals of fatherhood on his own, because his father, my grandfather, died when Dad was a young boy. So, Dad did not have the benefit of learning how to be a father. In fact, Dad became a father figure as an adolescent as he was the oldest of four children growing up in the “Swamp Poodle” section of Philadelphia.
The example my father gave us was manifested in the following fundamentals, to name just a few:

• Dad had a good work ethic and was a good provider for his family.
• He supported Mom in all aspects related to raising his family.
• He was faithful to my mother and to the sacrament of marriage.
• He loved God.

Most importantly, he lived his faith through prayer, good works and reception of the sacraments.
My father mastered these fundamentals — the blocking and tackling. I think St. Paul’s words aptly apply, “I have competed well, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” That’s Dad in a nutshell.
You see, Dad was not easily distracted by stuff. He did not drive expensive automobiles. He never wore expensive jewelry. He preferred utility to flash.
We would all do well to assure that we are focused on the fundamentals, so that we set example for our own children the way Dad did for us.
Proverbs 22: 6 says, “Train a boy in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it.”
Thanks, Dad. We love you.



by Matthew F. O’Reilly

Honor, Service and Integrity: Those three words are the motto of the Philadelphia Police Department where my father worked for thirty years until his retirement just over eight years ago. Many of my friends and relatives and many of my father’s friends who are here at Mass today are also part of that same fraternal order of police that my father belonged to.
My family was able to experience the kindness of that truly special and unique fraternity on the day my father died.
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank all of the police officers who risk their lives each day to keep us safe. You truly are a special breed. I was always proud that my father was a policeman. Thanks, Dad for keeping us safe!
The word “integrity” is the one word that I think best describes my father. I believe that is why he was both such a good police officer and an even better father. I know of no other person whom I have met in my life who has more integrity then my Dad.

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I often wonder how people become who they are. What are the outliers that make them successful in life? In my Dad’s case: What made him such a great father? To get right to the point, I think it was my Grandmom Mary! She was the one that instilled those qualities that made my Dad such a terrific father. Mary O’Hara, my grandmother, emigrated from Scotland. She met my grandfather, Matthew O’Reilly, for whom I was named. They had four children. My father was the oldest. When my Dad was ten years old, in 1951, his father died suddenly, and his mother was left alone with four small children. His early life was not easy. He grew up quickly but, because he had such a strong mother whom he loved very much, he played a significant role in keeping the family together. He acquired integrity at a very early age. I personally experienced my father’s love for his mother many times on visits at her house on Stevens Street in Castor Gardens and her visits to our house on Gilham Street after she would come from work at the Colonnade. So, I want to take the time today to acknowledge and say “thanks” to my Grandmom Mary! Grandmom, you raised a great son who went on to become a great father and grandfather. You have a church full of people today who want to thank you for the greatest gift you could have given us — the gift of my father. I am so happy today that you are together again with your son in Paradise.
I say “Paradise / Heaven”. Why do you think I am so sure my father is in Heaven? Well, I can tell you he was a good man, consistently good, understated, never the center of attention, very principled. He was a very strong man, both physically and spiritually. In retirement, he attended Mass practically every day.
My Dad got it — the essence of what brings true happiness in life is, first and foremost, being “right” and in good standing with our Lord Jesus. This bond with our Lord enabled him to sleep with a clear conscience, peacefully each night. Secondly, after his bond with Jesus, was his bond with his family and friends. The pictures in the back of the church say it all. Having a cold beer on the weekends with family and friends — it didn’t get any better than that for my father! He was not a very complicated man: fastballs down the middle, no curveballs from Dad!
Dad never “searched” in life for something better. He was a very smart man. He knew exactly how to achieve what every man wants but only a few attain, by which I mean true happiness. The formula is simple, but the execution is difficult. That is why few ever achieve true happiness here on earth. He knew how to achieve happiness in life and his integrity was the true enabler to fulfill his desire.
Someone once said, “Don’t try to be different. Just be good. Being good is different enough.”
Why do I say my Dad was smart? Where is the evidence?..It is not in his retirement account, that’s for sure! He spent it all on eight college educations for his eight children. That’s thirty-two years of college tuition! There is that integrity thing again, that consistency, that creativity and positive single-minded focus that he exemplified in tough times, when he had no father to guide him and give him the answers he was searching for. My Dad did not have a college education. He went to the school of hard knocks — but he overcame and, in more ways than one, was a lot smarter than his college-educated children!!
But he did have some help along the way to becoming a successful father and achieving true happiness. I said that he was smart — right?? Well, the most important decision you can make in life is your choice of a spouse. And, when he met my mother, Regina, he hit the jackpot! He was a very smart man indeed!
My mother, like my father, is a rock. She has a deep faith in our Lord and the teachings of the Catholic Church. My parents’ strong faith in God was both deepened and tested by marriage when they tied the knot on May 1st 1965. Forty-six years later, both Mom and Dad have given us a roadmap to achieve happiness and success in marriage. What I learned from both of them is, first, to make that bond with Jesus by receiving the holy sacraments on a regular basis and, second, to suppress your egos and your own desires, and to put others first. And, last of all, but just as important: God willing, have lots of children! They are truly a gift from God!
Thank you for showing us the way to true happiness, Dad! We love you and we will miss you deeply. If we continue to follow your example, I have faith we will meet you again in Heaven someday.

“A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be.”

stjos/stvdp: 06.19.2011 - 05

a handsome little boy, will be baptized this afternoon (Sunday) in St. Joseph Church.
Jesus told Nicodemus, “Unless a man is born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven”.
Today, Rocco Vincent will be born again of water and the Holy Spirit!
Baptism IS the second birth!
Because of Baptism, he will acquire the right to enter the kingdom of Heaven.
The kingdom of Heaven is a reality both for this present life and for the future life.
For the present life, the Kingdom of Heaven (Kingdom of the Son) is the Catholic Church. For the future life, the Kingdom of Heaven (Kingdom of the Father) is what we commonly refer to as “Heaven”, viz. the destiny of the saints, the place where we all want to wind up!
The two Kingdoms are not really separate and distinct. They are one.
Membership in the Kingdom of the Son leads to membership in the Kingdom of the Father.
We pray that Rocco Vincent will be a faithful member of Jesus’ Kingdom. If he is, he will certainly arrive at his ultimate destination, which is “the Beatific Vision”, the sight of God face to face.
We are happy to welcome Rocco Vincent into the Fold of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
May God bless him all the days of his life!
BEFORE THE CURTAIN GOES DOWN, just a few more words about (former) Congressman Anthony Weiner: Now that we have all had our fun with the poor man and now that he has done the right thing and resigned, let us leave him in peace.
And, most important, may I recommend that we all say a prayer for him?
I did, and I think we should all do the same.
We don’t hate anybody and we don’t wish anybody any harm.
We wish happiness and peace for every son and daughter of Adam and Eve.
Mr. Weiner obviously has a problem that a lot of men have. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone reading this bulletin might have the problem. I am referring, of course, to pornography.
Pornography has made fools out of many men and has led many men (and maybe some women) into disgrace and despair. There are some who have been consumed with pornography and have never repented.
God desires that all men should repent and come to Jesus, the Fountain of Salvation.
I pray that, before too much time goes by, Anthony Weiner and his wife and their child will come to know the One True God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent.
HAPPY ALL SAINTS DAY! All Saints Day?? Wait a minute! All Saints Day isn’t until the first of November! You’re right! Well, partly right! Actually, All Saints Day is being observed today (the first Sunday after Pentecost) by our brethren in the Eastern Catholic Church and in the Orthodox Church. In AD 835, Pope Gregory IV changed the date to 01 November for the Western (Latin) Church. I owe this piece of information to Father John Fields, who strives to keep me informed about what is happening in “the Eastern Church” (what Blessed John Paul called “the other lung of the Church”).

stjos/stvdp: 06.19.2011 - 06

a beautiful little girl, is the newest member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish.
She became such by virtue of the Sacrament of Baptism, which she received this past Sunday (12 June).
Even more significant than becoming a member of our particular parish, she became a member of the Catholic Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ.
Prior to the main event (the Baptism itself) she was anointed, front and back, with the Oil of the Catechumens, an oil consecrated by the Bishop, for the sake of imparting strength in the great struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil.
After the main event, she was anointed on the head with the Holy Chrism, another oil consecrated by the Bishop, this one for the sake of imparting to her a share in the priestly, prophetic and kingly office of Jesus Christ.
During the main event, little Kalli Josephine was immersed three times into the water upon which the Holy Spirit had been invoked.
Prior to being baptized, the little girl’s soul carried the stain of the original sin inherited from the first parents. As a result of the Baptism, the stain was removed and she was flooded with sanctifying grace.
We are delighted to welcome this child into the Community of the Redeemed and Sanctified People of God.
May Kalli Josephine bring her white garment unstained into the heavenly kingdom.
We welcome her and invoke God’s blessings upon her.
AND NOW IT CAN BE TOLD! All of the ballots are in and have been counted! We are referring to the ballots as to whether the weekend Masses at St. Joseph’s should remain in the upper church or be moved to the chapel. At this time last week, the tally was seven to one in favor of the chapel. As of last Sunday, the tally is fourteen to thirteen in favor of the chapel.
Frankly, I was surprised at the upsurge of support for the upper church. I want to make the best decision here. At the same time, I am aware that it is impossible to “please all of the people all of the time”. Therefore, taking into account the fact that almost all of the ballots in favor of “upper church” came from the 11:30 am Mass people, the final decision is this: The 05:30 pm Mass will be in the chapel and the 11:30 am Mass will be in the upper church. This will hold true from this current weekend (18/19 June) up to and including the weekend of 01/02 October. This latter date is subject to change, depending on the weather.
A GENTLEMAN CALLED THE RECTORY this morning (Saturday). Ian answered the phone. The caller had three questions: (a) Where is St. Vincent dePaul Church located? (b) What is the Sunday Mass schedule? (c) Is the church air-conditioned? Ian told him that the church is not air-conditioned. The caller responded by saying, “Good! Everywhere I go, the church is air-conditioned. I don’t like air-conditioning. I’m looking for a church that’s not air-conditioned!”
My comment:
No comment!

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