MASS SCHEDULE: 0613 MAY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 05 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ANTHONY CATIZONE
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

Monday, 07 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: MARIA CHRISTINE GONTIS
by her parents, Jim and Eva

Tuesday, 08 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — CORA PRETTI
by OPM

Wednesday, 09 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — JULIA, MICHAEL and MARY CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Thursday, 10 May
St. Damien deVeuster of Moloka’i, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — NICHOLAS BIRSTER
by Jean Birster Weist

Friday, 11 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — KATHLEEN KELLY RITRO
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Saturday, 12 May
SS. Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs; St. Pancras, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on FRANK and MARGARET (Neary) PANTONE
(50th wedding anniversary)
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ALICE (“Betty”) MULLIGAN
by Rosemary Catizone Zelli

Sunday, 13 May
Sixth Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — ROSE RANIERI
by her daughter, Bernadine Chupasko

 MASS SCHEDULE: 0613 MAY
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Sunday, 06 May
Fifth Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Charles and Kathy Sherman

Monday, 07 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — JOANNE GIBAS
by OPM

Tuesday, 08 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — CLAUDIA MANNO
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 09 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — WILLIAM F. HILL Jr.
by OPM
Thursday, 10 May
St. Damien deVeuster of Moloka’i, priest (OptMem)
07:00 pm — NOBLE and ELIZABETH LAESCH
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Friday, 11 May
Easter Weekday
05:00 pm — MITRO KEETSOCK
by Camillo Fernandes

Saturday, 12 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARGARET RYAN WHEELER
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 13 May
Sixth Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
28 / 29 APRIL


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,125.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $99.00 from the second collection (plate); $55.00 from the Dues envelopes; $85.00 from the Easter envelopes; $155.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,519.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,519.00) 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 $367.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $960.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $106.00 from the second collection (plate); $45.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,111.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,111.00) 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 $348.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 08 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 10 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 11 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 08 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, 11 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

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FOOD FOR THE POOR!
PLEASE REMEMBER THE POOR IN OUR MIDST!
FOOD FOR THE POOR IS FOOD FOR THE LORD JESUS!

stjos/stvdp: 05.06.2012 - 02


WE SHARE THE MAIL
I received the following request this past week. It is impossible to respond affirmatively to every request one receives, but there are certain appeals that one knows (or feels) he has to respond to affirmatively. So, I have committed myself to purchasing a gas stove for the soup kitchen in Jamaica. (I’ll let someone else take care of the tiller.) (Please note that I have committed myself, not either of the parishes!) If you would like to help out with this expense, please put something into the collection basket or into my hand or drop it off at the Rectory. If you do, please specify “Jamaica” or “stove for soup kitchen” or something like that. Thank you. (EBC)

MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR
1403 Griffith Road
Monroe, NC 28112, USA
TEL. 704-635-8831
Email: mopmonroenc@missionariesofthepoor.org
Website: www.missionariesofthepoor.org

April 28, 2012
Dear Fr. Ed,
Easter Blessings!
The brothers had recently built a building called “Jesus Redeemer” in Jamaica and this building is intended to be used for soup Kitchen.
May we kindly request if you will be able to help us with our need for a gas stove for that Soup Kitchen? The model for the gas stove is

FRIGIDAIRE
Frigidaire Gallery 30" Slide-In Dual-Fuel Range
Model: FGDS3065KB 30" W x 28-5/16" D x 36-5/8" H MSRP $2,149.00, Black color.

We also need a tiller for our mission here in Monroe NC. The model is

Troy-Bilt 29cc 4-Cycle 12" Gas Cultivator
Item #: 167652 | Model #: TB146 EC

Thank you so much for your continued support. God bless!
In His service,
Bro. Augusto Silot Jr., M.O.P
Mission Superior

LOTTERY TREE RAFFLE

Win lots and lots and lots of PA LOTTERY rub-off (instant) tickets.
Right now, only God knows how much this tree is worth — which is why we refuse to sell Him any tickets.
You can have a shot at taking this tree home with you, after which you can sit at your kitchen table, take a quarter (or some other appropriate implement) and rub and scrape to your heart’s content. You’ll probably find a few losers but you just might find a big winner. It’s sort of like “you have to kiss a thousand frogs before you meet the handsome prince”.
Our StVdP Holy Rosary Society and Holy Name Society are sponsoring this lottery.
Tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00.
Available in the back of the church after the Sat / Sun Masses.
BE A GOOD GUY / GAL! Take some tickets to sell to your friends, neighbors and co-workers! Ask any one of the HRS or HNS members.
The raffle is scheduled for 30 May.

stjos/stvdp:05.06.2012 - 03


THE VOWS OF COHABITATION

The following is, of course, a satire. I came across it on YouTube. I showed it to a young friend of mine (age 23) who is engaged to be married. (He lives at home with his parents and his fiancée likewise lives at home with her parents.) After watching it, he said, “Wow! That is really true!” So, as you read this dialogue, I hope you will smile and, at the same time, recognize how true it is! I suggest you show it to your teenage and twenty-something children. Better than reading it would be watching it on YouTube.
OFFICIANT: Well, Chad and Jamie, you have chosen to exchange with one another The Vows of Cohabitation. So, Chad, if you would please look into your partner’s eyes and, with every bit of truth you can muster up, please repeat after me.
OFFICIANT: I, Chad, take you, Jamie, to be my Cohabitant,
CHAD: I, Chad, take you, Jamie, to be my Cohabitant,
OFFICIANT: to have Sex with you,
CHAD: to have Sex with you,
OFFICIANT: and to hold you responsible for half the bills,
CHAD: and to hold you responsible for half the bills,
OFFICIANT: to love you and to take advantage of you,
CHAD: to love you and to take advantage of you,
OFFICIANT: from this day forward
CHAD: from this day forward
OFFICIANT: or for as long as our Arrangement works out.
CHAD: or for as long as our Arrangement works out.
OFFICIANT: I will be more or less faithful to you
CHAD: I will be more or less faithful to you
OFFICIANT: for as long as my needs are met
CHAD: for as long as my needs are met
OFFICIANT: and nothing better comes along.
CHAD: and nothing better comes along.
OFFICIANT: If we should break up,
CHAD: If we should break up,
OFFICIANT: that will not mean that this wasn’t Special,
CHAD: that will not mean that this wasn’t Special,
OFFICIANT: because I love you
CHAD
: because I love you
OFFICIANT
: almost as much as I love myself.
CHAD: almost as much as I love myself.
OFFICIANT: I commit to live with you
CHAD: I commit to live with you
OFFICIANT: for as long as it works out,
CHAD: for as long as it works out,
OFFICIANT: so help me ME.
CHAD: so help me ME.
OFFICIANT: In the Name of Sex,
CHAD: In the Name of Sex,
OFFICIANT: Options
CHAD: Options
OFFICIANT: and Selfishness.
CHAD: and Selfishness.
OFFICIANT: Amen.
CHAD: Amen.

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OFFICIANT: And now, Jamie, if you would please do the same. Repeat after me.
OFFICIANT: I, Jamie, take you, Chad, to be my Cohabitant,
JAMIE: I, Jamie, take you, Chad, to be my Cohabitant,
OFFICIANT: to have Sex with you,
JAMIE: to have Sex with you,
OFFICIANT: and to hold you responsible for half the bills,
JAMIE: and to hold you responsible for half the bills,
OFFICIANT: to love you and to take advantage of you,
JAMIE: to love you and to take advantage of you,
OFFICIANT: from this day forward
JAMIE: from this day forward
OFFICIANT: or for as long as our Arrangement works out.
JAMIE: or for as long as our Arrangement works out.
OFFICIANT: I will be more or less faithful to you
JAMIE: I will be more or less faithful to you
OFFICIANT: for as long as my needs are met
JAMIE: for as long as my needs are met
OFFICIANT: and nothing better comes along.
JAMIE: and nothing better comes along.
OFFICIANT: If we should break up,
JAMIE: If we should break up,
OFFICIANT: that will not mean that this wasn’t Special,
JAMIE: that will not mean that this wasn’t Special,
OFFICIANT: because I love you
JAMIE
: because I love you
OFFICIANT
: almost as much as I love myself.
JAMIE: almost as much as I love myself.
OFFICIANT: I commit to live with you
JAMIE: I commit to live with you
OFFICIANT: for as long as it works out,
JAMIE: for as long as it works out,
OFFICIANT: so help me Me.
JAMIE: so help me Me.
OFFICIANT: In the Name of Sex,
JAMIE: In the Name of Sex,
OFFICIANT: Options
JAMIE: Options
OFFICIANT: and Selfishness.
JAMIE: and Selfishness.
OFFICIANT: Amen.
JAMIE: Amen.
OFFICIANT: Well, Chad and Jamie, I want to be The Very First to Congratulate you both. You are now officially Living Together. I sincerely wish you The Very Best and I hope that this does Work Out. And now, Chad, you may Do the Honors and …….. well, I guess you know what to do.
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Please note: The names “Chad” and “Jamie” were chosen at random and do not refer to any actual cohabitants, living or dead. If you would like to see Chad and Jamie’s ceremony dramatized in living color, please go to your computer and click on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVErKZGzNNM&amp%3Bfeature=youtu.be

stjos/stvdp: 05.06.2012 - 05


JOSEPH PAUL KAPLAFKA,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Friday, 04 May.
Born on 25 April 1920, he was 92 years old.
Joseph is the youngest of the seven children of the late Andrew and Mary (Shagen) Kaplafka.
His brothers and sisters are: Mary Kaplafka (died in infancy); Anna Kaplafka Bias (deceased); John Kaplafka (deceased); Helen Kaplafka Zangaro (deceased); Andrew Kaplafka; George Kaplafka (deceased).
He was baptized in St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shenandoah PA.
On 18 June 1949, he married Margaret T. Moran in St. Joseph Church, Girardville, in the presence of Fr. John Walsh.
Margaret died in 2003.
Joseph and Margaret are the parents of Joseph M. Kaplafka, who was the principal caregiver for his father in the last months of his life.
Joseph is a certified member of “The Greatest Generation”. A member of the US Army, he was one of the valiant who landed on Normandy Beach on 09 June 1944 (“D-Day +3”), where he worked principally in the area of supply, helping to funnel tires and gasoline to the front lines, to facilitate the success of the invasion.
For his service, we are all in his debt.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Wednesday, 09 May, at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, 08 May, from 06:00 to 08:00 pm in the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland.
The interment will take place in the parish cemetery in Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Joseph, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
A FEW THINGS ABOUT FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
#01
— The children have two more meetings with Fr. Connolly. Parents should please make certain that the children attend. The meetings are at 07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory on Tuesday, 08 May and on Tuesday, 15 May.
#02 —Making one’s first Confession prior to receiving First Holy Communion is a matter of Church Law. I am happy to say that all of the children have made their First Confessions. The following is a suggestion (not a matter of Church Law): I think it would be a good idea if all of the children were to go to Confession a second time prior to receiving FHC. Reasons? (a) It is within the realm of possibility that one or more of them will have been ever so slightly naughty even after having made their First Confession. So, they might benefit from getting a quick rinse prior to having the Lord come under their roofs. (If you are Australian, you might prefer “rooves”.) (b) For their First Confessions, I did not give them the option of “face to face” or “through the screen”. I required them to go “face to face”. I told them that, afterwards, they could choose which they prefer. So, for subsequent confessions, they might prefer “through the screen”. It’s up to them.
#03 — IMPORTANT: At the request of some of the parents, there will be two separate First Holy Communion ceremonies: (a) during the 11:30 am Mass on Sunday, 20 May, in St. Joseph Church, as already announced; (b) during the 04:00 pm Mass on Saturday, 19 May, in St. Vincent dePaul Church. The children may participate in either or both, as their parents wish. It is possible that some people will think that it would be preferable to have only one FHC ceremony for both parishes. But, of course, in this vale of tears, there are many opinions about what a pastor should decide. In the long run, the pastor has to say: Thank you, everyone, for your opinions. All of them have been given due consideration. Now, here is what we’re going to do. That’s what he gets paid for!

stjos/stvdp: 05.06.2012 - 06



TRUE STORIES FROM DOWN HOME IN GIRARDVILLE!
True story #01

At the most recent meeting of the FHC children, the lady who is assisting Fr. Connolly thought it would be a good idea to pass around a photograph of Pope Benedict XVI to see if the children could identify him. It took a bit of hemming and hawing but at least one of the children was able to do so. Most of them were clueless. One of the children did hazard a guess. He said, “Is it Father Brennan?” Close, but not close enough! No cigar for almost!

True story #02
Last week, a little boy went to Confession. Let’s call him Little Boy #1 (LB1). Having successfully completed what he had come in for, he exited, at which point another little boy entered the confessional. Let’s call him Little Boy #2 (LB2).
He too, having successfully completed what he had come in for, also exited, at which point LB1 re-entered the confessional, but not for sacramental purposes nor for anything related to his own confession — in which case I violate no laws by conveying to you the following dialogue:

EBC: Can I help, you, LB1?
LB1: Father, did LB2 tell you that he did “such and such”?
(I pause to catch my breath and gather my wits. By the way, I won’t say what “such and such” refers to in this particular context. Trust me that it was much more amusing than shocking.)
EBC: Are you asking me what LB2 told me in Confession? My goodness, LB1! I can’t tell you anything that LB2 said to me in Confession. Don’t you remember that I told all you kids that the priest isn’t allowed to tell anybody what anybody else tells him in Confession?
LB1: Yeah, but LB2 did “such and such” and that’s a sin! Did he tell you?
EBC: Now, listen, LB1, I’m not allowed to tell you anything that LB2 told me or didn’t tell me. I can’t tell you what he told me and I can’t tell you what he didn’t tell me! If I did that, I’d be a bad priest! Do you understand?
LB1: Yeah, but LB2 did “such and such”. Did he tell you?
EBC: My dear boy, it’s none of your business what LB2 told me. What part of “can’t tell you” don’t you understand? If I can’t tell you, I can’t tell you — and I won’t tell you.
LB1: Yeah, but didn’t he tell you what he did?
(I pause to wonder where I have gone wrong and how I could make it any plainer.)
EBC: Listen up, LB1, how would you like it if I told LB2 what you told me in Confession? You wouldn’t like that, would you? You’d be mad at me, wouldn’t you?
(I see the light dawn in the eyes of LB1. He exits. He has gotten the point. I say to myself, “When all else fails, invoke the Golden Rule. That’ll get them every time!” Sometimes I think that the Golden Rule is the fundamental moral principle, accessible to all people of all time, young and old alike.)

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SOMETHING THAT I SHARED WITH THE ST. JOSEPH PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL I want to share with everyone. The Diocese has suggested (has not commanded) that I “think about” the future of the old Immaculate Heart (St. Joseph) School Building. The Diocese gently indicated that it might be a good idea if we were to move toward demolition of same and even made a suggestion as to how we might finance such a project. (With all due respect, their financial advice did not seem to me to be enormously helpful.) I am well aware that the hint of the whisper of the possibility that such a venerable building be demolished has an emotional impact on a great many persons. But I suggest that we process this suggestion with stern rationality and even with a certain optimism. Dark clouds often have silver linings. I am not being Pollyanna when I say that our two parishes in Girardville might very well be moving towards a “second spring”. Be certain that no decisions will be made without consultation with the parish Finance Council.

stjos/stvdp: 05.06.2012 - 07



SAINT DAMIEN deVEUSTER OF MOLOKA’I
(commonly known as “Father Damien of Moloka’i)
(1840 – 1889)
THE PRIEST OF THE LEPERS.
BEHOLD THE FACE OF A GREAT AND HOLY PRIEST, WHO IN HIS DAYS PLEASED GOD!
He went to the island of Molokai, well aware that, by doing so, he would inevitably contract leprosy and die as a result of this dread and “shameful” disease. He knew, moreover, that, by volunteering for this particular job, he would never be allowed to leave the island to return to his native Belgium, nor even to return to one of the other islands in the Hawaiian chain.
After his death, he was accused by a Protestant minister of having been immoral with women, a charge that was brilliantly refuted by another Protestant, viz. Robert Louis Stevenson, and later, as part of the process of canonization, was entirely vindicated.
His feast day is this week: 10 May.
He is, indeed, a saint for our times!
He is an icon of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Saint Damien, pray for us!

stjos/stvdp: 05.06.2012 - 08


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