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

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

Monday, 27 June
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS P. O’REILLY
by Ellen T. King

Tuesday, 28 June
St. Irenaeus, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
by OPM

Wednesday, 29 June
SS. Peter and Paul, apostles (Sol)
08:00 am — RUSSELL WEIST
re-scheduled from 15 June

Thursday, 30 June
First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church (OptMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS IRAMA
by OPM

Friday, 01 July
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sol)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Saturday, 02 July
Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
by Robert and Judy Rader and family

Sunday, 03 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Henry and Eileen Wayne and sons


26 JUNE — 03 JULY
Saturday, 25 June
Vigil of Corpus Christi
by her family

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

Monday, 27 June
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
07:00 pm — TOM KARMOSKY
by OPM

Tuesday, 28 June
St. Irenaeus, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOE KIDURKIS
by OPM

Wednesday, 29 June
SS. Peter and Paul, apostles (Sol)
07:00 pm — LeFOY ROWLANDS
by OPM

Thursday, 30 June
First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church (OptMem)
07:00 pm — ADELE POWLICK
by the Shustack and the Wasser families

Friday, 01 July
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sol)
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 02 July
Vigil of Sunday
by Anna Chikotas

Sunday, 03 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Joseph and Theresa Gudonis

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18 / 19 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,394.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $57.00 from the second collection (plate); $117.00 from the Dues envelopes; $79.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $109.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,756.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $138.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,756.00) 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 $604.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $752.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $50.00 from the second collection (plate); $12.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $70.00 from the loose.
Total: $909.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $197.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($909.00) 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 $146.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 29 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 30 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 01 July
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, 29 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm

Friday, 01 July
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:30 pm

Friday, 01 July, is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is also the First Friday of the month. It is an excellent day on which to go to Confession and to worship the Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! Life is short. Take advantage of opportunities before there are no more.

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a former member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Sunday, 19 June.
Born on 24 February 1928, she was 83 years of age.
Clare is the youngest of the three daughters of the late Thomas and Helen (Hoar) Pryce.
Her sisters are: Mary E. Pryce Geyer (deceased) and Emma Pryce Keiser.
On 04 March 1928, Clare was baptized in St. Joseph Church by Fr. Edward H. Allen.
On 03 July 1948, she was married to Thomas J. Dougherty IV, in Immaculate Conception Church, Philadelphia, in the presence of Fr. William H. Herrity. [Mr. Dougherty is a native of Mahanoy Plane and a 1942 graduate of Gilberton High School.]
Thomas and Clare have two children: Thomas J. Dougherty V and Kathleen C. Dougherty.
They have three grandchildren: Patricia Dougherty Leinmiller; Thomas J. Dougherty VI; Kristina Dougherty.
They have five great-grandchildren: Alexis Wichert; Emma Clare Leinmiller; Maks Christian Leinmiller; Molly Dougherty; Carly Dougherty.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 23 June, at 11:00 am. On Wednesday evening and on Thursday morning, prior to the Mass, there was a viewing in the McDonald Funeral Home.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Clare, 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.
Postscript to the above: Mr. Dougherty (husband of Clare) told me an interesting anecdote as we conversed at the luncheon after the funeral. In 1943, when he was an 18-year-old Marine, he was assigned to be part of a security detail for a visit to the Washington Navy Yard by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Security was especially tight because of the War and consequent threats on the President’s life. Private Dougherty was one of several Marines who were holding rifles, ready to defend the President against any would-be assassin! He was up close to the President’s car as it pulled up and a wheel chair taken out. Then he saw FDR come out and take his seat in the chair. FDR looked at Tom and said, “When I see young men like you on duty, I know that the country is safe!”
That’s the end of the story, as far as I know. I thought it was worth sharing. It sure impressed me! The last seven and a half years of FDR’s presidency were the first seven and a half years of my life. I remember very well the awe in which he was held by my elders. I don’t think there has ever been a president like him, at least as far as the “awe quality” is concerned.
So, while I certainly can’t claim to have had any personal encounter with FDR, now, at least, I can say that I had lunch with someone who did. That has to be worth something!
DRIVING BACK to StVdP Rectory from the luncheon that followed the interment on Thursday, I was driving east on Route 54 (Mahanoy Avenue) and was no more than a mile from my destination when, all of a sudden, at a curve in the road, out of the clear blue sky, a car came towards me that had drifted well over the yellow line into my lane. I swerved sharply to the right to avoid impact and then, in a split second, swerved sharply back to the left to avoid hitting the guard rail and, very likely, plummeting off into the abyss! Anyone who knows Route 54 between Ashland and Girardville knows that the road is narrow and needs to be carefully navigated. I hardly need tell you that this near-miss made an impact on my brain and on my gut! All I know is that it was a blue car that had drifted over the line. I have no idea whether the driver was young or old, male or female, whether he / she was “some crazy kid” or else a drunk or (probably) “just a regular person” who was momentarily inadvertent. All I know is that I was powerfully reminded of the fragility and tenuousness of my own life. Sometimes, in my foolishness, I think that I am in charge of my own life but, deep down, I know that I am not. And I respectfully remind anyone who is reading this: Neither are you ultimately in charge of your life! All of us are pilgrims on our way back to God. I want to be certain that the way I take to go back to God is Jesus. He is the only Way back to a successful encounter with God. Lord Jesus, I believe in You. Lord Jesus, I trust in You. Lord Jesus, I love You. Lord Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner!

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By now, certainly, everyone has heard the news that Fr. John Corapi has announced his resignation from the priesthood. Sad but true. We are left to pick up the pieces. What can we say? Probably more than we should say. I shall try to say (write) a few things that I hope are helpful. I shall do my best to tread the minefield without blowing myself up. It is dangerous to comment on such matters. I never won any trophies for discretion.

#01 — First of all, let me share an email I sent to some friends of mine who, I knew, were interested in “what’s happening with Fr. Corapi”:

Dear XXXX: I know you are interested in the latest news on Fr. Corapi. If so, I suggest you take time to listen to the audio (no video) you’ll find at this link. It takes nine minutes to listen to it. If you haven’t already listened to it, I suggest you do. I found it very interesting, to say the least. It confirms my earlier suspicion that he is not guilty of the sexual misdeed alleged. It also confirms my suspicion that PRIDE, not the consequences of LUST, is at the bottom of his wrongheaded decision to resign the priesthood. This would make a superb Greek tragedy! As always in such tragedies, it is unfettered HUBRIS that hurls the erstwhile hero into the dust. Foolishly, I wish I could sit down and talk sense with him. Take time to listen to this swan song. EBC

#02 — Repeating what I wrote in the email: (a) It is my opinion that Fr. Corapi is not guilty of the sexual misdeeds or the drug abuse alleged by the woman who accuses him. Obviously, only God and the woman and Fr. Corapi know for certain. I am simply conveying my gut feeling, together with a little bit of logical deduction. (b) If I were to fault Fr. Corapi for anything, it would not be sexual sin or drug abuse, it would be Pride. There are seven capital sins. Lust is one of them, but it’s not the worst of the bunch (although it’s bad enough!) The worst of the bunch is Pride. If Lust don’t getcha, Pride will!

#03 — Over the past few years, during which Fr. Corapi has become known (mostly via EWTN), I have had mixed feelings about him. When people would tell me how much they enjoyed and appreciated Fr. Corapi’s talks on TV, I would always make some positive comment. I never revealed my “mixed reaction” to his talks. Now I will: Although I agreed with the content of his messages, I never liked the stridency of his presentations. There was something about him that set off alarm bells in my belly. It seemed to me that he was enjoying overly much his condemnations of sin. It is one thing to condemn sin; it is quite another thing to enjoy hearing oneself condemn sin. Do you know what I mean? Sin can make us angry but, most of all, sin should make us sad. I don’t think I remember Fr. Corapi exhibiting sadness about sin. It was most of all anger.
#04 —
Another thing that I reacted negatively to was this: I did not care for his multiple references to his sinful past. I never cared for the “witness talks” which are the staple of so much evangelical and charismatic preaching: “I used to be bad (and let me tell you all about it) but now I’m good, praise the Lord!” If someone used to be bad but now, by the grace of God, is good, I think he should leave his purple past precisely where it belongs, viz. in the past. Sin is like excrement. It should be flushed, not examined.

#05 — I am dismayed anytime a priest voluntarily leaves the priesthood. I do not and cannot approve of Fr. Corapi’s decision to leave the priesthood. I realize that he is not leaving the Church (at least, that’s what he said) but he is quite definite that he is leaving the priesthood. As far as I am concerned, once a man is ordained to the priesthood, he is in it forever and ever and ever and ever. There is no such thing as an admirable exit. There might be something we might call “an honorable exit” or “a canonically legitimate exit” but there is never an admirable exit. It was crystal clear to me when I accepted ordination to the priesthood that I had stepped into the zone of no return. I hope that I am never “thrown out” of the priesthood but I know this much: If they want to get rid of me, they will have to throw me out. I shall never voluntarily leave. And on the outside chance that “they” ever do throw me out, I shall bang on their doors and rattle their windows, like the widow in the parable, until they get so weary of the banging and the rattling that they shall relent and let me back in. Fr. Corapi has been suspended from public ministry for the past three months. He should have simply enjoyed his time off, said his prayers, offered Mass in private, read a few good books and taken up golf (or something) to pass the time. In other words, he should have embraced the cross. I remember something I read a long time ago. They are words of Romano Guardini, a German theologian. He said, “The Church is not simply the beloved Spouse of the Lord. She is also the cross on which He is daily crucified.” There are times, quite frankly, when some of the bishops or other authority figures in the Church are either corrupt or incompetent or unwise (or are perceived to be such). If this happens to the disadvantage of a priest, he should embrace the cross and wait for the Lord to intervene and, if the Lord chooses not to intervene, then the priest should agree to die on the cross. That’s what priests do, you know. Like the Lord Jesus, they are simultaneously priest and victim.

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#06 — As a general principle, I would say this: Priests ought not be celebrities. They ought not be rock stars. It happens from time to time that a particular priest, due to circumstances beyond his reasonable control and due to some particular gift that he possesses, does become a celebrity. If this happens to him, he must tread very carefully and should put himself under the discipline of a wise and trustworthy spiritual director. Fr. Corapi was a “rock star” in the priesthood. Unfortunately, he blew it. That’s a shame. I feel bad for him.

#07 — Also, as a general principle, I would say this: Priests ought to shun the temptation to “look” better than God (and Nature) intend them to look. As a man reaches middle age, his hair tends to turn grey and then white. That’s if he’s lucky. Sometimes it falls out entirely! If so, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. It is obvious that Fr. Corapi was not unacquainted with Grecian Formula (or some similar cosmetic formula). Both his hair and his beard got darker with time. How can this be? Is it a miracle? I think not. I think only his hairdresser knew for sure. It is my opinion that a priest should be a stranger to toupees and to hair dye. “Non clericat” was the maxim I learned in the seminary. Translation: “It’s not appropriate for a cleric (priest)”. As the Holy Spirit says in the words of the Apostle John: “Carnal allurements, enticements for the eye, the life of empty show — all these are from the world and the world with its seductions is passing away.”

#08 — By his own admission, Fr. Corapi was not involved (or only very minimally involved) in sacramental ministry. His whole life was preaching. It occurs to me that that is a very “protestant” kind of priestly life. It is hardly a priestly life at all. Preaching is fine and dandy. I do a bit of it myself. But I’ve never been so deluded as to think that preaching (Fr. Corapi’s or mine or anyone else’s) ever saved anyone. It is the sacraments that save people. It is Baptism, Confession, Holy Eucharist and Anointing of the Sick that save people. Or, just in case any Protestants are reading this, it is JESUS WHO SAVES PEOPLE, working through Baptism, Confession, Holy Eucharist and the Anointing of the Sick (plus the three other sacraments). Preaching is important, of course, but only if it leads people to the sacraments. I fault Fr. Corapi’s superiors to some extent for allowing him to embark on a life that was so minimally sacramental and so emphatically oratorical.

#09 — Fr. Corapi says that, from now on, he is going to be a “black sheep dog” (whatever that means) but that his ministry will be outside the parameters of the Church and will extend to the world. I’m not at all certain what that implies. I guess we’ll find out. This much I know: He will find that, whereas Father Corapi was a household name, once he becomes Mister Corapi (or even Doctor Corapi), he will have to take a number. Not too many persons will be all that interested in what he has to say. That, at least, is my suspicion, if not my prediction.

#10 — If I could have Fr. Corapi’s ear, I would say to him: “John, you are a superbly talented man. You don’t need me to tell you that. I give you the benefit of the doubt in regard to these allegations. As far as I’m concerned, you’re not guilty. But give the Church some time to sort things out. Don’t keep fouling things up by filing civil suits against your accuser. Relax! Get over yourself! Let’s say the Rosary. Let’s go out to dinner. Retract your resignation from the priesthood. Life is short, dear John. We’ll all be dead soon.”

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ixth child (first daughter!) of Brian K. and Marie (Torquato) Smith, will be baptized today (Sunday) in St. Joseph Church, shortly after the 11:30 am Tridentine Mass. The baptism itself will be administered according to the “vetus Ordo”, i.e. according to the form that was common prior to the revision of the liturgical books in the 1970s.
We are delighted to welcome this beautiful little girl into the Catholic Church. Like every child of Adam and Eve, Genevieve was contaminated with the original sin from the first moment of her conception. This is the bad news. The good news is that God has provided a means whereby this sin can be removed from her soul. That means is Holy Baptism. By Baptism, she is entered into the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity in human form. Genevieve is, of course, a distinct human person with a distinct human nature. By means of Baptism, her human nature will be joined with the Human Nature of Jesus. Because His Human Nature adheres not to a human person but to the Second Divine Person and because the Second Divine Person possesses the Divine Nature, Genevieve will make contact with that same Second Divine Person and with His Divine Nature. Making contact with Him, she simultaneously makes contact with all Three Persons of the Trinity.
In simpler language: Genevieve will become a daughter of God the Father, a sister of God the Son, a dwelling place of God the Holy Spirit.
That which will bind the little girl to the Trinity is what we call “sanctifying grace”. Putting it as succinctly as possible, there is nothing more important in life than “to be in the state of sanctifying grace”.

Sanctifying grace?
Don’t leave home without it!

May this little girl have a long, happy and successful life. May she keep the garment of grace unsullied until the day when Christ Jesus comes back to judge the living and the dead. At that time, may she be numbered among the saints who will stand at the right hand of the Lord.
May Genevieve help her mother to inculcate into her five big brothers some appreciation for those qualities of gentility, charm and serenity that are the particular genius of the female gender. With six males in the household and only two females, it will be quite a challenge!
This baptism is being celebrated in St. Joseph Church with the permission of Msgr. O’Connor, the pastor of St. Patrick Church, Pottsville PA.

VENERATION OF A FIRST-CLASS RELIC of Saint Pauline Visintainer follows the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every last Monday of the month, at 05:00 pm at the chapel of the Simon Kramer Institute in New Philadelphia. Call (570) 277-6218 if you need additional information or directions. St. Pauline is the patron saint of persons who suffer from diabetes. Everyone is welcome!

THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE passed a bill last night (Friday, 24 June) that allows same-sex marriage. Isn’t that lovely? It occurred to me that this happened on the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist. I wonder what St. John the Baptist thinks of “gay marriage”. Can you imagine engaging him in a conversation on the subject? What would he say? I think he might say something like this addressed to all those members of the New York State legislature who voted in favor of the measure and most especially to His Excellency, Governor Cuomo:

“You brood of vipers!
Who taught you to flee from the coming wrath?”

I wonder how long it will take for “gay marriage” to be legalized in Pennsylvania!
And, if Obama gets to appoint another Justice to the Supreme Court (thereby giving insanity a five to four edge over sanity), how long will it take the Supreme Court to do a “Roe v Wade” on same sex marriage and discover in the Constitution something that will make it “unconstitutional” for any of the fifty states to prohibit it?

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(In case you are not a political junkie, you should know that Chris Christie is the Governor of New Jersey. He is “a true Israelite in whom there is no guile”. People either love him or else they hate him. He takes no prisoners. Many of his fans are urging him to throw his hat in the ring for the Republican presidential nomination. So far, he has resisted. From what I have heard about him, I think he would be a breath of fresh air. Christie is a fiscal conservative. He is trying to keep New Jersey from going bankrupt. So, he has been trimming the budget. Part of this trimming includes certain areas of funding to public schools.)
A short time ago, while being interviewed on New Jersey public TV, Governor Christie fielded a challenge from a woman named Gail. Here is her question, followed by his answer:

GAIL: “You don’t send your kids to public schools, you send ‘em to private schools. So I was wondering, Governor, why do you think it’s fair to be cutting school funding to public schools?”

CHRISTIE: “Hey, Gail? You know what? First off: It’s none of your business. I don’t ask you where you send your kids to school; don’t bother me about where I send mine. Secondly: I pay $38,000 a year in property taxes for a public school predominantly in Mendham that my wife and I don’t choose to utilize because we believe — we’ve decided — as parents we believe that a religious education should be part of our children’s everyday education. So we send our children to parochial school. Third: I, as governor, am responsible for every child in this state, not just my own, and the decisions that I make are to try to improve the educational opportunities of every child in this state. So with all due respect, Gail, it’s none of your business.”

My comment: It is probably not a good idea, when speaking to voters, for a politician to say, “It’s none of your business!” That’s not how to win friends and influence people, especially people who are registered voters! But that’s precisely what makes Governor Christie so refreshingly attractive! And isn’t it neat that the governor of a state sends his kids to parochial school and makes no bones about it? Wouldn’t it be interesting to have a President of the United States who would send his kids to parochial school?
I guess we should note that the Governor softened his “it’s none of your business” remark the second time around by first saying “with all due respect”. We can all learn from this. The next time you order someone to keep his dogs out of your petunia patch, be sure to start off your monologue by saying “with all due respect”.

IN REGARD TO THE IMMACULATE HEART SCHOOL BUILDING: Please know that, in order to save money, I have had AQUA shut off the water and, just recently, I instructed PPL to shut off the electricity. (The former has been taken care of and, I presume, the latter will soon be taken care of.) I don’t want anyone to misinterpret these actions. I was not told by the Diocese to do either. I did it on my own. I am a big boy, able to blow my own nose, count my own change and make simple decisions based on common sense and, sometimes, the advice of others. Sometimes people wonder why I don’t have a new roof put on the school building. The answer is eminently simple: We don’t have the money to do so. If anyone should want to pay to put on a new roof, I would be more than happy to accept his or her kindness. There are lots of things I would do if we had the money. Unfortunately, we are constrained by reality.
Sometimes people take a simple statement of fact and draw incorrect conclusions. And, then, the rumors start flying. So, just for the record: It is NOT true that the school building is for sale. It is NOT true that the kitchen equipment is for sale. It IS true that we are waiting (and waiting and waiting) on the Diocese to make a decision about the future of our parishes. It is NOT true that the pastor (yours truly) has any inside information that he is not sharing — information either about the future of the parishes or the future of the school building. As I have said various times in the past: (a) If I know something and am allowed to tell you, I shall tell you. (b) If I don’t know anything, I shall tell you that I don’t know anything. (c) If I know something and am not allowed to tell you, I shall tell you that I know something and am not allowed to tell you.
Ever since arriving in Girardville (15 July 2008), I have been blissfully ignorant. And that’s the truth!

JOHN P. HORAN, age 79, died on Monday, 20 June. He is the brother of Father Thomas A. Horan — well known to all of us in Girardville. In your kindness, please say a prayer for the happy repose of his soul.
John is survived by his wife, their three children and eight grandchildren and by his brother. His funeral Mass was celebrated today (Saturday) in St. William Church, Philadelphia.
If anyone wishes to send a Mass card or a note to Fr. Horan, his address is as follows:

Reverend Thomas A. Horan
Holy Family Villa for Priests
1325 Prospect Avenue
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018-4916

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