Saturday, 28 April
Vigil of Sunday
by Jay and Tiffany (Gillis) Newswanger

Sunday, 29 April
Fourth Sunday of Easter
10:00 am — JOSEPH and ANNA BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle
11:30 am — Msgr. FRANCIS X. CONNOLLY
by his brother, Edward

Monday, 30 April
St. Pius V, pope (OptMem)
08:00 am — JAMES A. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 01 May
St. Joseph the Worker (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JOANNE GIBAS
by OPM

Wednesday, 02 May
St. Athanasius, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health: ALEXANDER JAMES GONTIS
rescheduled from 25 April

Thursday, 03 May
SS. Philip and James, apostles (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s blessings and health: EMILY ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Friday, 04 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — FRANCES BURNS
by John Burns

Saturday, 05 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar MEMORIAL SOCIETY
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
by Mickey Catizone

Sunday, 06 May
Fifth Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — LIVING MEMBERS: Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Cecilia #1529
by the CDA


Saturday, 28 April
Vigil of Sunday
by Edward and Barbara Wascavage and Samantha

Sunday, 29 April
Fourth Sunday of Easter
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Monday, 30 April
St. Pius V, pope (OptMem)
by OPM

Tuesday, 01 May
St. Joseph the Worker (OptMem)
by his wife, Alice

Wednesday, 02 May
St. Athanasius, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
by Mary Draugelis Miller

Thursday, 03 May
SS. Philip and James, apostles (Fst)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 04 May
Easter Weekday
by his wife, Lottie

Saturday, 05 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. KRICK
by his wife, Carole

Sunday, 06 May
Fifth Sunday of Easter
by Charles and Kathy Sherman

stjos/stvdp: 04.29.2012 - 01

21 / 22 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $936.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $71.00 from the second collection (plate); $20.00 from the Dues envelopes; $30.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $5.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $70.00 from the Easter envelopes; $91.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,223.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $5.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,223.00) 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 $71.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $886.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $111.00 from the second collection (plate); $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $30.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $2.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $20.00 from the Easter envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,139.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $2.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,139.00) 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 $376.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


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

Thursday, 03 May
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 04 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 02 May
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm, followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, 04 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Vespers at about 07:30 pm, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Man dies. Pretty good Catholic. Mass every Sunday and Holyday. Faithful to his wife. No stealing. No cursing. No naughty sex. No lies. No beating people up. Pays his bills. Puts his envelopes in the basket. Reasonably kind to his neighbors. God tells him he’s eligible to go to Heaven, but needs to do some time in Purgatory first. Man asks, “How come? Thought I did everything right!” God said, “Yeah, you did, but I’m ticked off at you anyway.” Man says, “How come?” God says, “You had the opportunity to go to Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in your parish church a couple times every week, but you never did. So, you go think about that and I’ll let you know when I’m ready for you.”

stjos/stvdp: 04.29.2012 - 02

The following is not new information. Actually, it is old information. But this is the first time I am including it in the bulletin. I have no particular reason for including it in this bulletin, other than the fact that, from time to time, parishioners will ask me about the amount of parish money that goes to the support of Trinity Academy. To tell you the truth, it never occurred to me before that this would be useful “bulletin material”, but now it does. So, for those who are interested, here is the story on parish subsidies.
Each year, a budget is drawn up for Trinity Academy. The principal, with the assistance of the Board of Pastors, estimates how much will be received in tuition, grants and fundraisers. Also, we estimate how much it will cost to operate the school. The gap between “estimated operating expenses” and “estimated income” is, of course, quite considerable. This gap needs to be bridged with what we call “parish subsidies”, i.e. money that each parish is required to pay to Trinity. The reason the parishes are required to pay is quite simple: Trinity Academy is our parochial school. It is the joint responsibility of the seventeen parishes that form what might be called “The Trinity Academy coalition of parishes” or, less elegantly, “the Trinity Academy feeder parishes”.
These seventeen parishes (in alphabetical order according to location) are: the two in Ashland; the three in Frackville; the two in Girardville; the one in Gordon; the one in Lost Creek; the one in Mahanoy City; the one in Ringtown; the six in Shenandoah.
The members of the Board of Pastors (also in alphabetical order) are the six pastors of the seventeen parishes: Fr. Bambrick; Msgr. Bocian; Fr. Connolly; Fr. Finlan; Fr. Gallagher; Fr. Torpey.
The total amount of the subsidies due from the seventeen parishes for the current fiscal year (01 July 2011 to 30 June 2012) is $306,203. Add to this the $5,000 subsidy from St. Richard Parish, Barnesville, for a total parish subsidy of $311,203. (See explanation below.)
This is broken down as follows. Please note that, while the dollar amounts are exact, the percentage amounts are rounded off to the nearest tenth of a percent. (If you detect any errors in these percentages, please blame my calculator!) Note that the percentages are calculated on the $311,203 figure.

St. Joseph                                         $35,778 11.5%
St. Mauritius                                     $27,600   8.9%
Annunciation:                                    $24,378   7.8%
St. Ann                                             $17,723   5.7%
St. Joseph                                         $31,628  10.2%
St. Joseph                                         $18,625   5.9%
St. Vincent dePaul                             $13,051   4.2%
Our Lady of Good Counsel                 $ 6,242   2.0%


St. Mary Magdalen                             $ 1,330  0.4%
Bd. Teresa of Calcutta                        $25,000  8.0%
St. Mary                                            $15,385  4.9%
St. Casimir                                         $25,082  8.0%
St. Stanislaus                                      $14,445  5.0%
St. Stephen                                          $6,904  2.0%
Annunciation                                      $22,180  7.1%
St. George                                          $10,203  3.3%
Our Lady of Mount Carmel                 $10,649  3.4%

The apportionment of percentages has nothing to do with how many children from each parish attend Trinity, nor does it have anything to do with the number of children on the censuses of the parishes. It is a formula based on parish income.
There is one exception to this “rule of thumb”: St. Richard Parish, Barnesville, pays a subsidy to Trinity Academy, even though it is not part of the coalition of Trinity Academy parishes. (It is actually part of the coalition of parishes that supports the St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua.) Because a few of the children of St. Richard Parish choose to attend Trinity Academy rather than St. Jerome Regional School, St. Richard Parish pays Trinity Academy a subsidy of $5,000 per year. This is not calculated on a “percentage basis” but, rather, on the number of its parishioners who attend Trinity. St. Richard Parish is responsible, in addition, for a percentage of the subsidy paid to St. Jerome Regional School.
It is my experience, after (almost) four years in Girardville, that Trinity Academy is well worth what we pay for it. I only wish that more of our Girardville children — and children from other parishes — would be enrolled there. Not only would this be to their enormous advantage, it would also, quite frankly, be to the financial advantage of the parishes! Why? Because the more students there are who are enrolled at Trinity, the greater the tuition income. The greater the tuition income, the less is the need for subsidies from the parishes.

stjos/stvdp:04.29.2012 - 03

This bulletin article is prompted by a conversation I had last week with a parishioner who said, “I heard a rumor that you are going to retire!” The woman was gracious enough to say that she was not happy to hear the rumor. (I thought that was awfully kind of her!)
So, I told her the facts and then I thought to myself that it might be a good idea if I write something about this in the bulletin, so as to replace rumors with facts.
There are at least two facts to be known. One of them is a “Church Law fact” and the other is a “calendar fact” that involves yours truly. Both of these are facts and there is nothing one can do with facts except acknowledge them and live with them!

Fact #01: The law of the Catholic Church says that a pastor MUST submit his resignation when he is 75 years old.
Fact #02: Yours truly will be 75 years old on 25 January 2013.

In regard to Fact #01, here is the exact language of the law. It is Paragraph #3 of Canon #538:

Canon #538 §3. When a pastor has completed seventy-five years of age, he is requested to submit his resignation from office to the diocesan bishop who is to decide to accept or defer it after he has considered all the circumstances of the person and place. Attentive to the norms established by the conference of bishops, the diocesan bishop must provide suitable support and housing for a retired pastor.

Please note that “requested” is just polite language. It really means “required”. Now, the way this works out in the Diocese of Allentown is this: Every pastor must write a letter to the Bishop in January of the year he turns 75 and in that letter he must submit his resignation. The resignation usually becomes effective the following May or June, which is the traditional time for “clergy shuffles and appointments”.
It just so happens that my birthday falls in January. So, I anticipate that I will be writing my letter very shortly prior to my 75th birthday. Please note that writing or not writing the letter is not a matter of choice. It must be done.
In the letter, after making the formal offer of resignation, the priest is free to express a preference, i.e. a preference for “staying on the job” or for “walking off into the sunset”. The Bishop, after taking into consideration the priest’s health and capacity plus the needs of the parish and the diocese and, if he sees fit, after consulting with the Priest Personnel Board, makes the decision either: (a) to give the priest a hearty handshake and a few kind words as he sees him off to The Land of Retired Priests or (b) to accept his offer to stay on in some capacity for one more year. If the Bishop decides on (b), then both the offer by the priest and the invitation by the bishop for the priest to “stay on” must be “renegotiated” on a year-by-year basis.
All of the above is factual.
The next part is hypothetical, insofar as no one knows with any degree of certainty, once he gets to be 74, whether he will still be alive and healthy the following year. To think otherwise would be hubris!
Bearing that in mind, please know that it is my present intention to offer to stay on. I have no reason to think that I will change my mind between now and this coming January. The truth is that I would like to die in Girardville — with my boots on, so to speak, plus biretta.
However, all things are in the hands of God and of the Bishop, to both of whom I submit with a contented heart. Whatever they decide is what I will accept.
To be a priest has been the fulfillment of my fondest dreams. God has been very good to me. I have never regretted — not once — God’s gracious design for me nor my acceptance thereof.

stjos/stvdp: 04.29.2012 - 04

THE SAINT VINCENT dePAUL PARISH HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY will meet in the meeting room in the parish hall after the 06:30 pm Mass this coming Thursday (03 May). Please note that this will be the final meeting of the season. Please make every effort to attend.
The Holy Rosary Society and the Holy Name Society of St. Vincent dePaul Parish are sponsoring a raffle for the benefit of the parish. The prize is a LOTTERY TREE. There are lots of PA STATE INSTANT TICKETS hanging on the tree. I think there are at least a hundred of them and not all of them are onesies. There are some twosers and some fivers, some tenners and I’m sure I saw one or more twentiers! All those tickets might mean a lot of loot! Perhaps we should call this the LOOTERY TREE RAFFLE!
Raffle tickets will be sold starting this weekend in the back of the church after the Masses.
Tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00. And, if you whisper to the seller “Fr. Connolly sent me”, he / she might sell you six tickets for $10.00!
The drawing will be held on the Memorial Day weekend.

We are always interested in donations of food for the poor. But, in addition to food, we are also interested in donations of disposable diapers. In fact, we have a crying need for them!
If you would like to donate diapers, you will be doing some infants, babies, toddlers a great favor.
As with any items you donate for the poor, please leave them in the back of the church (either church) or else bring them to the Rectory.
And, on behalf of all the crying babies in Girardville (and suburbs), we thank you!

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN will meet with Fr. Connolly for the fourth of their six sessions on Tuesday, 01 May, at 07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. Please note that the time originally set (06:00 pm) was changed to accommodate the parents’ wishes. Meetings #05 and #06 will be at 07:00 pm on Tuesday, 08 May and on Tuesday, 15 May. Rehearsal for FHC will be on Saturday morning (time to be set), 19 May.
Children who have not yet made their First Confessions should do so this week. See schedule in bulletin.

stjos/stvdp: 04.29.2012 - 05

I received the following email from a friend of mine whose insights and opinions I always find interesting and worthy of note. He has a keen intelligence and an ability to connect the dots when it comes to societal trends. In this email, he reflects on the attempts of various persons and agencies to help children and their parents to deal with the problem of bullying — a problem that has come to the forefront of the consciousness of those who try to shape public opinion. I asked my friend’s permission to print his email in the bulletin. He consented, but asked me to withhold his name.

Dear Father Connolly:
For quite some time now I have been watching the ever stronger, so-called "anti-bullying" movement in our schools. I think it is good that schools make a greater effort to protect the weaker members of the student body, although making the weaker stronger or more self-confident would seem a better strategy than talking the children to death about being nice to one another.
Yet, that is what they do. The teachers and counselors and guest speakers talk and talk and talk and, yet, they never act. And each year there are more and more troubled students. The anti-bullying movement is a failure. Why? I have long wondered about this.
Today, I think I've got it. As with many things in our sick society, I suspect this isn't what it was purported to be and now I am pretty sure that is the case. The anti-bullying movement came into existence as a reaction to some sad cases of children being tormented by their peers while the teachers stood off at a distance doing nothing. But that movement has been hijacked and now serves a different, sinister purpose.
The anti-bullying movement is about normalizing homosexuality and spreading it among the young.

To support my theory, let me draw your learned attention to the great Dominion to our north. I read today that the government of Ontario Province has introduced a law that would require all Catholic schools — which receive state subsidies in Ontario — to have a "Gay-Straight Alliance" group in each school and to forbid these Catholic schools to teach that homosexuality is a disordered condition. This bill was introduced by a man named Glen Murray, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, a sub-division of the Ministry of Education. It is interesting to note that Mr. Murray is an “out-of-the-closet” sodomite.
As you know, in the parliamentary system, if a Minister introduces a bill, it is a government bill, which means that it has the blessing of the administration.
I have noticed over the years that, when it comes to corruption of the public, what happens in the United States usually has already happened a few years earlier in the other English-speaking countries
Please bear with me as I extrapolate further. I have already shared with you my fear that, as much as people scream and cry about child molestation, the day is not far off when there will be a sudden, shocking sea change in the popular opinion and the age of consent will be lowered. I am all but certain of this. In fact, I shall go out on a limb here. I would say that it will come in 2018 and be a fait accompli ten years afterwards.
There is more I could tell you but I shall save it for a more convenient time.
Thirty years hence, our land will be an infanticide-ridden, child-raping hellhole, sinking ever deeper into heathen darkness.
Have a lovely day!

I came across a youtube video that connects with the topic of bullying and the recently released film BULLY. I recommend it highly. It is by Fr. Charles Barron, a priest whom I hold in high regard. I recommend this video in particular to parents of boys — especially to fathers of boys! Here is the link:

stjos/stvdp: 04.29.2012 - 06

OLIVER BARRES died on Tuesday, 24 April.
He is the father of the Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, Bishop of Allentown.
Born on 31 July 1921, he was ninety years old.
His wife, Marjorie Jane (Catchpole) Barres, to whom he was married for 66 years, survives him.
Oliver and Marjorie are the parents of six children and the grandparents of eleven (one of whom is deceased).
Bishop Barres is the fifth of their six children: four daughters and two sons.
Oliver and his wife had been ordained as ministers in the Moravian Church.
In 1955, they entered into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Oliver wrote a book detailing his conversion: One Shepherd, One Flock.
(I have read this book and am happy to recommend it.)
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated this morning (Saturday, 28 April) at SS. Simon and Jude Church, Bethlehem. The interment took place in the family plot in Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem.
We, the members of St. Joseph Parish and of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, extend to our Bishop and to all of the members of the Barres family our respect and sympathy.
Eternal rest grant unto Oliver, 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.
If anyone wishes to send Bishop Barres a Mass card and / or a sympathy note, here is the address:

The Most Reverend John O. Barres,
Bishop of Allentown
4029 W. Tilghman Street
PO Box F
Allentown PA 18105-1538
THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE IMAGE OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in memory of Harry and Edna Calvert, at the request of Sharon Smith.

Last Sunday night, I went to see a movie.
I went a considerable distance to see it, simply because I couldn’t find it showing anywhere in the near vicinity.
I had heard that it was a film “not to be missed”.
I’m glad I went and would like everyone in Girardville (and beyond) to go to see it.
Please keep an eye out for it.
I hope it will be coming to one of our local theatres soon.
Almost certainly, it will be available on video before too long.
The name of the film is OCTOBER BABY.
It’s a love story. Bring tissues.
You may be sure that PLANNED PARENTHOOD and NARAL and all the COVENS OF WITCHES hate this film.
That’s good enough reason to make sure you see it.

stjos/stvdp: 04.29.2012 - 07

What are the wurst kind of jokes?
Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he’s in denial about it.
He says he can stop any time.
How does Moses make his tea?
Hebrews it.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went.
Then, one morning, it dawned on me.
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club,
but I don’t remember ever seeing herbivore.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity.
I just can't put it down.
I did a theatrical performance about puns.
It was a play on words.
The lab report said I had type A blood
but it was a typo.
PMS jokes aren't funny,
Boys and girls, we are going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory.
Afterwards, there’ll be a pop quiz.
At first I didn't like my husband’s mustache,
but, eventually, it grew on me.
Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job
because she couldn't control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection,
urine trouble.
Broken pencils are
What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
A thesaurus.
England has no kidney bank
but it does have a Liverpool.
I used to be a banker,
but then I lost interest.
All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen.
The police have nothing to go on.
I got a job at a bakery
because I kneaded dough.
What a rip off!
Venison for dinner again?
Oh deer!
Be kind to your dentist.
He has fillings, too.

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
(And by the wisest women too!)

stjos/stvdp: 04.29.2012 - 08

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