MASS SCHEDULE: 0108 APRIL
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 31 March
Vigil of Palm Sunday
05:30 pm — JEREMY HANNON
by Vietnam Veterans of Allentown

Sunday, 01 April
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
11:30 am — BERNICE TAMMARO
by Lucretia Christman

Monday, 02 April
Monday of Holy Week
08:00 am — RAYMOND BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 03 April
Tuesday of Holy Week
07:00 pm — THOMAS GOWER Sr. (24th anniversary)
by his family

Wednesday, 04 April
Wednesday of Holy Week
NO MASS AT ST. JOSEPH’S TODAY. PRIESTS AT CATHEDRAL FOR ANNUAL CHRISM MASS.

Thursday, 05 April
Holy Thursday
05:00 pm — MITRO KEETSOCK
by Camillo Fernandes

Friday, 06 April
Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord
MASS IS NEVER CELEBRATED ON GOOD FRIDAY

Saturday, 07 April
Holy Saturday
MASS IS NEVER CELEBRATED ON HOLY SATURDAY
Vigil of Easter Sunday
08:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 08 April
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
11:30 am — MICHAEL DEVINE
by Dennis Devine

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0108 APRIL
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 31 March
Vigil of Palm Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Uncle Brian, Aunt Karen and Brittani and Brianna Dade

Sunday, 01 April
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Tony and Louise Marasco

Monday, 02 April
Monday of Holy Week
07:00 pm — MARY KUBICA
by OPM

Tuesday, 03 April
Tuesday of Holy Week
08:00 am — ANNA KOSTELANSKY
by OPM

Wednesday, 04 April
Wednesday of Holy Week
07:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his wife, Lottie

Thursday, 05 April
Holy Thursday
07:30 pm — JOHN P. and THERESA E. FEENEY
by their son, James

Friday, 06 April
Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord
MASS IS NEVER CELEBRATED ON GOOD FRIDAY

Saturday, 07 April
Vigil of Easter Sunday
10:30 pm — DONALD and PHYLLIS (Coyle) BUCK
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Sunday, 08 April
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 04.01.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
24 / 25 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $723.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $29.00 from the second collection (plate); $11.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $40.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $137.00 from the loose.
Total: $945.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $126.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($945.00) 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 ($206.17) is available from this collection for operating the parish. THIS IS A DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,420.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $72.00 from the second collection (plate); $41.00 from the Dues envelopes; $55.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $85.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $70.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,743.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $197.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,743.00) 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 $980.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Monday, 02 April
05:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Tuesday, 03 April
05:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Wednesday, 04 April
05:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 05 April
04:00 to 05:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Friday, 06 April
01:00 to 02:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

FINAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS
including Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Sunday, 01 April: 07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church

We welcome members of the Schuylkill County Holy Name Societies to Stations of the Cross this evening. We ask everyone to go to the parish hall afterwards for some refreshments and social time.

stjos/stvdp: 04.01.2012 - 02


SOME RECENT NEWS ITEMS AND SOME COMMENTARY THEREON
THE FIRST ATHEIST FESTIVAL EVER HELD ON A UNITED STATES MILITARY BASE
was held yesterday (Saturday, 31 March) at Fort Bragg, NC. Noted atheist author and lecturer, Richard Dawkins, was among those scheduled to make a presentation. If you want to know more about it, you can check it out on the Net: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/23/10819384-foxhole-atheists-plan-to-rock-the-base-at-fort-bragg
My comment: I hope all those atheists had a real good time! I’m not sure what people do at an atheist festival. But, whatever it is that they do, I hope they had a real good time doing it!
Poor suckers! I feel sorry for them. As much as I’d like to take atheism seriously, I just can’t. It has a strange effect on me. It makes me laugh! It’s actually kind of funny!
I think atheism is a kind of self-induced mental illness. I’ve met a few atheists in my life. I have always found them to be awesomely stupid, especially the ones who have been afflicted with higher education. May God bless them, may God help them, one and all!
HUMAN SACRIFICE OFFERED TO DEATH. Authorities in the northern Mexican state of Sonora have arrested eight people accused of killing two boys and one woman as human sacrifices for “Santa Muerte” -- the “saint” of death -- officials said Friday.
The victims, two of whom were age 10, were killed and their blood was offered at an altar to the “saint”, according to Jose Larrinaga, spokesman for state prosecutors. The accused were asking the saint, who is generally portrayed as a skeleton dressed in a long robe and carrying a scythe, for protection, he said. “Santa Muerte” is a favorite among criminals and the country's drug traffickers. Veneration of this “saint” has taken off in popularity in recent years.
Details of the case were laid out in a statement from the Sonora State Investigative Police (PEI), which described the cult as a "Satanic sect." (CNN)
My comment: This is about as creepy as it gets. The offering up of human sacrifice to a deity is an ancient practice. It is even referred to in the Bible. As we all know, God required Abraham to go through all of the preparations for offering up his son, Isaac, in sacrifice and then, at the last minute “cancelled the request”. He put Abraham through this terrible ordeal in order to impress upon him as forcefully as possible that THE TRUE GOD DOESN’T WANT US KILLING ANYBODY IN ORDER TO WORSHIP HIM!! But there is someone who DOES want us to kill people in order to worship him. That, of course, would be Lucifer, aka Satan, aka the Devil. He loves death and rejoices in death. He is the Lord of Death.
Two of the principal areas of satanic activity in the world today are the abortion industry and the illegal drug industry. When you pass by a Planned Parenthood clinic, you may be certain that it is infested with blood-sucking demons. When you pass by the creep on the corner who is waiting for his customers to come for their drugs, you may be certain that “Santa Muerte” is sitting on his shoulder.
OVERHEARD IN THE GIRLS’ BATHROOM
I have the following tidbit of information from a 12-year-old girl who is a friend of mine. She is a girl who attends Catholic school but, because of a certain inter-scholastic activity in which she was a participant, she found herself not long ago in a public school. While in the bathroom at the school, she overheard two girls talking. One said to the other, “My boyfriend wants me to take the pill, but I don’t want to.
My informant, a Catholic girl of outstanding virtue, thought this was interesting. She told her parents about it. They all agreed that the girl who is resisting the pressure to go on the pill is doing so because the law of God is written on her heart.
There is a special place in the Heart of God for girls who strive for purity.
There is a special place in Hell for boys who try to manipulate girls into having sex with them.
And what can one say about mothers who put their teenage daughters on the pill???

stjos/stvdp:04.01.2012 - 03


WE SHARE THE MAIL
3/19/2012
Father Connelly,
Your sermon on Saturday was good but the rest of it was morbid!
Often you speak about dying. Life is short, it’s precious, live one day at a time!
Be more careful in your sermons and try to keep them brief, it’s more interesting that way.
Only God knows when you are going to die, please leave it that way.
That person you were talking about, maybe they go to Confession in a different parish and town, that’s their business.
How old they are it’s none of your business.
You seem to know who that person is?
Don’t judge, it’s up to God who makes (it to) heaven.
Confession is good, but what is better is telling God your confession and sins.
A priest once said that you don’t really have to go to Confession. Confess your sins to God. Only the Catholic religion and priest will not admit this. I always believed that it’s best to tell God your sins. Only He knows the truth.
The directory in the Church bulletin it is best as it was in the past before you came here.
Three priests names, it doesn’t make any sense, all that nonsense!
A Concerned Catholic

Dear Concerned Catholic:
You say that “a priest once said that you don’t really have to go to Confession.” You don’t identify the priest. So, I can’t go to him and ask him if he actually said that or, if he did, what he meant by it. It is possible, of course, that the priest you are referring to is dead and gone, in which case I can’t very well ask him what he meant!
All I know is this:
If a person commits a mortal sin and refuses to confess it in the Sacrament of Confession, but confesses it “only to God”, the mortal sin is not forgiven. If that person dies in the state of mortal sin, he goes to Hell.
(It is important to take those two sentences exactly as they stand, without alteration.)
If you say that I am not teaching what the Catholic Church teaches about the need for Confession, I respectfully ask you to show me where I am mistaken.
It is important to know that I am a Catholic priest and that I believe everything without exception that the Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches.
If you know a Catholic priest who does NOT believe everything without exception that the Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches and if you compare his teachings with mine, you will (obviously) find some important differences.
I suggest, however, that you give me credit for knowing and teaching the truth. I do know the truth. I do teach the truth.
You may, from time to time, find my personality abrasive or unattractive. In fact, you may find it so at all times. You may even find me hard to like! If so, be of good cheer! You are not alone! Just be grateful to God that you don’t have to live with me. But be certain that I always teach the truth.
Next time you write to me, please include your name.
God bless you and keep you.
EBC

WE SHARE THE MAIL

Note on the following letter: This letter has been sitting on my desk for the past three months. I thought about putting it into the bulletin. I told the writer that I would like to do so, and she had no objection. My reason for putting it in the bulletin is twofold: (a) some people in town might recognize the names; (b) there is just something about the letter that touches my heart. It is so full of love and tenderness. It is a wonderful thing when a woman says about her husband that “he was the most considerate and caring young man” and that he was “an admirable man” and that he was “a great husband and father”.
This is somewhat akin to canonization. I think Donald must be in Heaven!
Oh, by the way, we do thank Claire for the donation she made to StVdP Parish.

1/13/12
Dear Father Connolly,
Enclosed is a donation in loving memory of my husband of fifty-one years, Donald Zutlas. Don passed away March 20, 2011 after a long illness.
He and his family had once lived at 210 B Street. His parents were Sophia and Anthony Zutlas, wonderful people. His father was a deep miner. There were five children. There was much faith and love in his family.
They attended St. Vincent dePaul Church on 2nd Street. That is where I’d like you to use the donation for St. Vincent’s, in any way you see fit.
Don was an altar boy there and attended the school until 7th grade, I believe.
I met him when we were in our late teens. He was the most considerate and caring young man I ever met, with a smile that lit up a room.
I was from Mahanoy Plane, an Irish girl, who attended the Holy Rosary Church.
We married at Holy Rosary in 1959 and had our daughter christened at St. Vincent’s in 1961.
We came to the Girardville area each weekend to check on our parents. We lived in Mechanicsburg, 8 miles from Harrisburg.
Since Don’s parents never had a car, he made sure they had what they needed for the week ahead. Every weekend we attended Mass at St. Vincent’s.
Don was an admirable man. He was a great husband and father. I miss him so much. Please pray for him.
God bless you in the new year, Father.
Claire Walsh Zutlas

stjos/stvdp: 04.01.2012 - 04 / 05


BREELYN MARIE BURKE,
a beautiful little girl, was baptized in Saint Joseph Church on Sunday, 25 March.
By the grace of God, this child has been chosen for membership in the Holy People
We are happy to welcome her!
The original sin she inherited from Adam and Eve has been removed from her soul and she has been given the assurance of the forgiveness of whatever sins she might commit in her life. The only condition is that she remain steadfast in Christ Jesus.
She has been given the right to go to Heaven. It is an extraordinary thing to claim that any human being has the right to go to Heaven. But such is the extraordinary love of God the Father towards her that He gives her the right.
She takes on a new relationship to God.
No longer merely a creature of God, she enters into the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Sharing the divine Nature, she is now a daughter of God the First Person, a sister of God the Second Person, a temple of God the Third Person.
And, of course, she is a member of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church!
God bless the little girl.
May the good work that God has begun in her be brought to completion on the Day of Christ Jesus!
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown Counseling and Behavioral Health Program provides counseling and mental health services at 13 Westwood Center, Pottsville. Some insurance plans are accepted. Please call 570-628-0466.

 DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

The Novena begins on Good Friday (06 April) and ends on Easter Saturday (14 April). Please note:
DAY #01
At 12:00 noon on Good Friday (06 April), there will be the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Novena prayer of the day in St. Vincent dePaul Church.
DAY #02
At 12:00 noon on Holy Saturday (07 April), there will be the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Novena prayer of the day in St. Vincent dePaul Church.
The schedule for the remainder of the Novena will be in next Sunday’s bulletin.

WE URGE EVERYONE TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE HOLY WEEK OPPORTUNITIES LISTED IN THIS BULLETIN. GO TO CONFESSION, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN THERE FOR A WHILE! GO TO MASS ON HOLY THURSDAY. GO TO THE SACRED LITURGY ON GOOD FRIDAY. IF POSSIBLE, GO TO THE EASTER VIGIL MASS. IF NOT POSSIBLE OR PRACTICAL, THEN DO, OF COURSE, GO TO MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY.

stjos/stvdp: 04.01.2012 - 06


GETTIN’ MY PITCHER TOOK

I got a letter not long ago from Harrisburg. Tom Corbett asked me for a photograph. I told him that I had sent Ed Rendell my photograph a few years ago and that I’m almost sure that it would still be on his office desk, unless Ed took it with him when he handed the office over to Tom.
Well, apparently, that’s what happened because Tom said he couldn’t find it and, besides, he wanted to have an updated copy of my photo — “one that you get taken just for me” I think is the way he put it.
So, I said, “Okay, Tom, okay! Give me a few days. I’ll take care of it.” So, I went down recently to the photography studio run by the State Police at their barracks in Schuylkill Haven to have my picture taken. (Apparently Ed and Tom use the same photographer!)
Well, when I got there, I was not alone! There were a lot of citizens there to get their pictures taken. Tom must have a lot of friends! So, when I walked in, I went to the clerk at the desk and showed him my papers. He took my papers and said, “Okay, Edward, please have a seat over there. We’ll call your name.” I said, “Okay” and that’s what I did. I took a seat “over there” and waited for him to call my name, which he did, although it took about half an hour.
I didn’t have any reading material with me, except for my cell phone. So, I spent most of that half hour listening to the conversations of my fellow citizens of this fair Commonwealth, one of whom was a lady with a loud voice who was engaged in animated conversation with a gentleman who also had a loud voice. Both of them had to utilize the loudness of their voices because they were not seated adjacent to one another. There were several persons in between them. It wasn’t obvious to me that the two of them had come in together. It is even possible that they had never known one another before coming into the barracks, but they seemed to be getting along just famously as they waited for the clerk to call their names to have their pictures taken. There was a certain magic between them, which was nice to see.
A substantial part of their conversation had to do with a murder that had taken place and that had been reported on in creepy detail in the newspaper and on the TV. The person alleged to have done the foul deed had been apprehended by the police and adjudged guilty by one and all, even though the trial was still, I presume, months away. The gentleman with the loud voice made it known that, in his opinion, the murderer should suffer the ultimate penalty, viz. death. The lady with the loud voice was one in mind and heart with the gentleman with the loud voice. I remember exactly what she said. She said (and I quote!): “You know what the Bible says! An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth!” The gentleman with the loud voice grunted his affirmation of this (supposedly) iron-clad principle from Holy Writ and, for a blessed minute or two, there was silence as we, the auditors, allowed it all to sink in. Then the clerk called the name of the lady with the loud voice. She rose up and went to have her picture taken and that ended the impromptu Bible study! It’s probably a good thing it came to an abrupt end. There was a danger that I might have added my two cents worth and, if I had, maybe there would have been a riot!
Here is what I would have said:

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! BROTHERS AND SISTERS! FRIENDS, ROMANS, COUNTRYMEN!
FELLOW RESIDENTS OF THIS FAIR COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA!

First of all, let me say that I believe in God and I believe in the Bible.
Secondly, let me say that it is important not just to quote the Bible but to understand the Bible! In fact, it is more important to understand it than to quote it.
With that in mind, please be aware of the fact that “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”, although it does, indeed, appear in the Bible, is not intended by God to be a principle for our daily lives.
On the contrary, it is a principle that has been abrogated! Jesus did away with it when He gave the Sermon on the Mount! “Eye for an eye etc” is the principle of “equitable revenge”. It is “the law of the talion”.
It is meant to be a corrective in regard to the barbaric principle of “multiple revenge”.
But Jesus told us that we are no longer to govern our lives by this principle.
He told us that we are NOT allowed to get revenge under any circumstances.
So, what should we do with murderers?
Let me say what we should NOT do with murderers: We should not try to get revenge on them. Instead we should, after apprehending them, remove them from society and confine them under lock and key, so that they cannot commit any more murders. Only under the most extreme circumstances — circumstances that do not exist in the civilized world — are we morally permitted to execute criminals. There is no need to kill them!
Putting it as simply as possible: The Catholic Church teaches and all men and women of good will everywhere agree: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS IMMORAL AND SHOULD BE ABOLISHED!
That’s the sermon I didn’t get to give in Schuylkill Haven.

stjos/stvdp: 04.01.2012 - 07



 SACRED TRIDUUM: SCHEDULE
Note: “Triduum” means “three days”. “Sacred Triduum” refers to Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday

HOLY THURSDAY, 05 APRIL
Church law does not permit the celebration of Mass on the morning of Holy Thursday, except for the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral. However, the Chrism Mass has been transferred to Wednesday in our diocese.
There will be two Masses in Girardville on Holy Thursday.
05:00 pm — St. Joseph Church
07:30 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

GOOD FRIDAY, 06 APRIL
Church law does not permit the celebration of Mass at all on Good Friday. Instead, there is the Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord. This Liturgy will be celebrated twice in Girardville on Good Friday.
02:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm — St. Joseph Church

HOLY SATURDAY, 07 APRIL
Church law does not permit the celebration of Mass during the day on Holy Saturday. The earliest that Mass may be celebrated is 08:00 pm. This is the Easter Vigil Mass. This Mass will be celebrated twice in Girardville.
08:00 pm — St. Joseph Church
10:30 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
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EASTER SUNDAY, 08 APRIL
08:30 am — St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am — St. Joseph Church
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ADDITIONAL NOTES
IN
REGARD TO THE HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

SPY WEDNESDAY, 04 APRIL
There will not be the usual 08:00 am Mass in St. Joseph Chapel.
Reason: Frs. Brennan and Connolly need to go to the Cathedral for the Chrism Mass. However, there will be a Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church at 07:00 pm on Wednesday, as usual.

HOLY SATURDAY, 07 APRIL
We shall be available to bless your baskets of Easter food at St. Vincent dePaul Church at 10:30 am.

stjos/stvdp: 04.01.2012 - 08


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