MASS SCHEDULE: 1320 MAY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 12 May
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

Monday, 14 May
St. Matthias, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — CHARLES and ANNA (Lewulis) PINCHOT
by their son, Charles

Tuesday, 15 May
St. Isidore the farmer (OptMem)
07:00 pm — AGNES MARCHETTA
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Wednesday, 16 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — JOANNE GIBAS
by OPM
Vigil of the Ascension
07:00 pm — CORA PRETTI
by OPM

Thursday, 17 May
The Ascension of the Lord into Heaven (Sol)
08:00 am — CORA PRETTI
by OPM
12:00 noon — SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D’ALFONSO
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Friday, 18 May
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — MITRO KEETSOCK
by Camillo Fernandes

Saturday, 19 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on Msgr. WILLIAM J. LYNN
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — KATHLEEN KELLY RITRO
by Pat and Marci Canavan

Sunday, 20 May
Seventh Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — PARKER LAVERTY
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1320 MAY
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Monday, 14 May
St. Matthias, apostle (Fst)
07:00 pm — WILLIAM F. HILL Jr.
by OPM

Tuesday, 15 May
St. Isidore the farmer (OptMem)
08:00 am — Health and God’s blessings: JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Wednesday, 16 May
Vigil of the Ascension
04:00 pm — JOSEPH M. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 17 May
The Ascension of the Lord into Heaven (Sol)
07:00 pm — God’s blessings: Sister MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Friday, 18 May
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
05:00 pm — JOANNE GIBAS
by OPM

Saturday, 19 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — IRENE HAMA GILLIS
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 20 May
Seventh Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — DECEASED: CONNELL and KARVOIS FAMILIES
by the Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 05.13.2012 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
05 / 06 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $873.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $56.00 from the second collection (plate); $269.00 from the Dues envelopes; $59.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,257.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,257.00) 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 $105.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: : $745.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $71.50 from the second collection (plate); $260.00 from the Dues envelopes; $54.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,130.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,130.50) 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 $367.68 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 15 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 17 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 18 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 15 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, 18 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

*********************************************************************************************

GOODBYE, DEAR TREE! YOU WERE A GOOD TREE! PLEASE UNDERSTAND, HOWEVER, THAT WE ALL HAVE TO GO SOMETIME. NOW IS YOUR TIME. The tree standing on the lawn outside StVdP Rectory will be chopped down on Monday, 14 May. The initiative for this project came from various and sundry parishioners and was approved, with some reluctance, by the pastor. Two reasons: The droppings from the tree have become a problem, especially because they get tracked into the church, in addition to which the height of the tree creates a potentially dangerous situation. If it fell (lightning or strong winds), it would do a lot of damage to the property.

stjos/stvdp: 05.13.2012 - 02


EASTER DUTY!
(ALSO KNOWN AS “THE PASCHAL PRECEPT”)
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR EASTER DUTY?
EVERY CATHOLIC WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION IS OBLIGED TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION DURING THE EASTER SEASON.
(Catholics who are not eligible to receive Holy Communion would include: young children and others who have not yet made their First Holy Communion; persons who are invalidly married and others living in irregular unions; all deliberately unrepentant sinners.)

IT IS UNDERSTOOD, OF COURSE, THAT THIS RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION MUST
  BE A WORTHY RECEPTION.
(No one in his right mind would ever dare to receive Holy Communion unworthily.)

IN MOST CASES, THIS OBLIGATION WOULD INCLUDE THE OBLIGATION TO GO TO CONFESSION.
SO, FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES, THIS MEANS THAT EVERY CATHOLIC WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO DO SO IS OBLIGED TO GO TO CONFESSION AS WELL AS TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION DURING THE EASTER SEASON.
THE PERIOD FOR MAKING ONE’S EASTER DUTY EXTENDS FROM THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT TO TRINITY SUNDAY.
FOR THE CURRENT YEAR (2012), THIS MEANS 26 FEBRUARY TO 03 JUNE.
(ASK YOURSELF: HAVE I RECEIVED HOLY COMMUNION WORTHILY SINCE 26 FEBRUARY?
IF YOU HAVE NOT, THEN TIME IS WASTING.)

REFUSAL OR DELIBERATE NEGLECT TO MAKE ONE’S EASTER DUTY IS A MORTAL SIN.
IF YOU ARE A CATHOLIC WHO HAS NOT BEEN TO CONFESSION FOR A LONG TIME AND IF YOU ARE AFRAID TO GO TO CONFESSION BECAUSE OF THE LENGTH OF TIME YOU HAVE BEEN AWAY AND / OR BECAUSE OF THE GRAVITY AND NUMBER OF THE SINS YOU HAVE COMMITTED, WE IMPLORE YOU, IN THE NAME OF THE MERCIFUL SAVIOR, TO GO TO CONFESSION VERY, VERY SOON AND TO MAKE IT A GOOD CONFESSION!

I CAN SPEAK WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY ONLY ABOUT GIRARDVILLE (BUT I AM AS CERTAIN AS I CAN BE THAT THE SAME IS TRUE FOR ANY OF OUR SCHUYLKILL COUNTY PRIESTS AND PARISHES) THAT YOU WILL NOT BE CONDEMNED NOR WILL YOU EVEN BE CHIDED FOR YOUR ABSENCE. WE PRIESTS LOVE YOU AND DESIRE ONLY THAT YOU BE RECONCILED WITH GOD AND WITH HIS HOLY CHURCH. WE PRIESTS ARE THERE TO HELP YOU, NOT TO MAKE LIFE MORE DIFFICULT FOR YOU! WE WELCOME YOU BACK!

DON’T BE AFRAID, LITTLE FLOCK.
IT HAS PLEASED THE FATHER TO GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM.

stjos/stvdp:05.13.2012 - 03


THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING
The following appeared in the 09 May edition of the Pottsville Republican:

The Christian Democrat from Hegins thanks the responders from Tremont and Cressona, especially for showing their true non-Christian Republican colors by believing in man's word and defying the word of God. Democrats do not foster abortion any more than anyone else. They foster God's gift of free will, which gives everyone the freedom of choice. Abortion is no greater a sin than a child stealing a pack of gum. If you commit one sin, then you are guilty of them all according to God.


Hegins

My comment
I have no desire to get involved in any “Democrat vs Republican catfight”. I do not support either party. Because Pennsylvania does not allow those who register “Independent” to vote in the primaries, I admit to being registered in one of the major parties. But my registration in that party is entirely strategic. I don’t want to be deprived of the right to vote in the primaries. If I could register “Independent” and still vote in the primaries, I would do so. Never in my life have I sent any money to either party. Several times I have donated money to the campaigns of pro-life candidates. I support only those candidates who are pro-life. If the pro-life candidate is a Republican and his Democratic opponent is pro-abortion, I vote for the Republican. If the pro-life candidate is a Democrat and his Republican opponent is pro-abortion, I vote for the Democrat. If neither candidate is purely pro-life, I do my best to find out which one is least likely to harm the pro-life cause and I vote for him or her. It’s as simple and as uncomplicated as that!
I find it necessary to make this clear because, from time to time, some persons take me to task for beating the drum for the Republican Party. I do NOT beat the drum for EITHER party. I beat the drum for God and for the things of God and for Human Life.
The way I look at is this: Neither FDR nor Ronald Reagan died for my sins! Or, to bring this maxim up to date, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney died for my sins (and neither is about to)!
Come November, I will vote for the candidate who is more likely to advance the pro-life cause or, as a bare minimum, is least likely to impede it.
I make no apologies for that and I violate no laws by asserting that in the public forum!
Now, back to the statement of the caller from Hegins.
I hardly have words to deal with the absurdity of his assertions.
The caller says that politicians who foster the pro-choice position are fostering God’s gift of free will.
I tell you that that assertion is straight out of Genesis, chapter three!
What do I mean? Here is what I mean: The serpent encouraged Eve to choose to go against God’s will, and the enticement he offered her was that, by going against God’s will, she would be exercising her own autonomous freedom of will and would, thereby, enhance her own dignity and welfare.
Is there anyone who does not understand that? If there is, then he should go back and study Genesis three! Fundamental to human happiness is that we exercise our free wills in such a way as to align them with the will of God! Fundamental to human misery is that we exercise our free wills to oppose the will of God.
The caller also says (and I cannot make it any clearer than he himself makes it): “Abortion is no greater a sin than a child stealing a pack of gum.”
Pardon me for getting rhetorical but I can’t help myself!
How in the name of all that is good and holy can anyone assert such a thing?
Killing a child in the womb is the moral equivalent of stealing a pack of gum????
This is obscene! This is garbage! This is the stuff of bad dreams! This is sheer lunacy! And, I have no doubt, the caller is entirely serious! How long, O Lord, how long?

stjos/stvdp: 05.13.2012 - 04


T – R – A – N – S – U – B –S – T – A – N – T – I - A – T – I – O – N

What does it spell?
It spells
TRANSUBSTANTIATION
which is pronounced
TRAN-SUB-STAN-SHE-AY-SHUN

On 01 May, Miss King handed this word, printed out on a piece of paper, to each of the eight First Holy Communion children. Fr. Connolly explained the word. The children were asked to pronounce it and to try to learn how to spell it. On 08 May, the children were given a chance to show off their spelling. Each child was given one chance and one chance only! (We run a tight ship here!) One child succeeded in spelling it correctly. His name is (drumbeat) DILLON O’NEILL. He may be one of the few seven-year-olds in Christendom able to spell TRANSUBSTANTIATION. We may want to take him on tour. Maybe we can make a few bucks for the parishes. We’re not positive that he can explain the term with theological precision but he probably has the general idea. After all, he’s only seven years old!

So, what DOES it mean?
It means “change of substance”.

More to the point, it is a theological term used to express the following: At the moment in the Mass that we call “the consecration”, the substance of the bread and wine are annihilated and are replaced with the substance of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, while the mere appearances (species) of bread and wine remain.

LOTTERY TREE TICKETS
are on sale in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church.
$2.00 each or three for $5.00.

It’s a fun prize! Whoever wins it will have a lot of fun rubbing away at those little tickets. The winner should prepare for a few disappointments (inevitable) but a few pleasant surprises too, at least we hope so! And there is always the great suspense that maybe — just maybe — there might be “the big one” lurking among that pile of pretty tickets. We hope every parishioner will risk a few dollars on the lottery tree. It’s all for the good of the parish and Lord knows we need it!
Raffle will be held on Sunday, 30 May.
It would be great if parishioners would volunteer to take some tickets to sell to friends, family and co-workers.

FLORENCE ZUBRIS CONNELL, a former member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 11 May. Born on 10 June 1923, she was 88 years old. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Cerniaus) Zubris. She has a brother, Joseph Zubris, who is deceased. Florence was baptized in StVdP Church by Fr. Valanciunas on 24 June 1923. She was married to Jerome Connell in StVdP Church in the presence of Fr. Daumantas on 19 September 1942. Jerome is now deceased. Jerome and Florence are the parents of two daughters, Roseann Connell Maurer and Joanne Connell, both of whom are deceased. They have two grandsons: Richard Maurer and Michael Maurer. They also have one or more great-grandchildren. Precise information and names of great-grandchildren were not available in time to be included in the bulletin.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in StVdP Church at 02:00 pm on Ascension Thursday, 17 May. There will be a period (approximately a half hour) of viewing prior to the Mass. The interment will take place in the StVdP Parish Cemetery.
Eternal rest grant unto Florence, 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.

stjos/stvdp: 05.13.2012 - 05


WHAT’S IN A NAME?
The Navy Chief noticed a new seaman and barked at him, “Sailor! Yes, you! Get over here!”
The seaman went over and saluted.
“Yes, Sir?”
“What’s your name, sailor?”
“John, Sir! My name is John!” the seaman replied.
“Listen up, sailor! Let me tell you two things! First of all, you address me as ‘Chief’! Second of all, I don’t know what bleeding-heart pansy crap they’re feeding you kids in boot camp these days, but I don’t call anyone by his first name!” the Chief scowled. “It breeds familiarity, and that leads to a breakdown in authority. I refer to my sailors by their last names only — like Smith, Jones, Baker, and so forth! Do I make myself clear?”
“Aye, aye, Chief!”
“Okay! Now that we’ve got that straight, what’s your last name?”
The sailor sighed. “Darling, Chief! My name is John Darling.”
(There was a pause.)
“Okay, John! Now here’s what I want you to do…..”
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE POLE
Shortly after arriving in Girardville (July, 2008), I realized that I was taking my life into my hands every time I exited the parking lot at StVdP, turned left and then went to turn left again onto Mahanoy Avenue. So, I bought a mirror and asked the Girardville Borough Council please to install it on the utility pole. It served its purpose very well until it got broken. (I am 99.9% certain that it was broken on purpose. I can’t see any way that it got broken accidentally.) So, ever since then, I have been making left turns onto Mahanoy Avenue prayerfully. Recently I purchased a replacement mirror. This mirror was advertised on line as “unbreakable”. I hope that’s not just hype. Once again, Girardville Borough Council was kind enough to have their workmen install it. I am happy to have a mirror once again. It’s a good one. I can see quite clearly now if there are any west-bound vehicles coming along before I make the left turn. Given my druthers, I’d druther die in bed of natural causes rather than end my days splattered on Route 54, with the possibility (God forbid!) of causing someone else any harm. So, what I am getting at is this: Would everyone please respect the mirror? Would youngsters in the area please refrain from taking out any excess energy by throwing stones at it? It serves a vitally useful purpose for all drivers who need to make that left turn. (Lord knows I’m not the only one!) By the way, please know that both Mirror #01 and Mirror #02 were purchased with my own money, not with parish money. But, once installed on the pole, they became property of the Borough of Girardville, not my property. So, I ask my fellow citizens of the Borough to “protect” this mirror. If you suspect that there are any kids in the neighborhood who get their jollies out of breaking things, would you please direct their energies to useful pursuits? I know the mirror is “unbreakable” but I don’t feel the need to run any field tests on it.
THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE STATUE in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in memory of Harry and Edna Calvert, at the request of Sharon Smith.

BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL

Thank you to those who have sent in their contributions to the Appeal.
Once again, we remind one and all that the success of this annual Appeal is vital to the carrying out of the charitable works of the Diocese.
I beg every member of the parish to support it and to know that, by supporting it, you are doing more good than you realize.
If you did not receive your mailing from the Diocese or if you have misplaced it, please let us know and we will give you a replacement.
Please help our parishes to make their goals!

stjos/stvdp: 05.13.2012 - 06



“ABSOLUTELY COMFORTABLE”
NOT JUST “COMFORTABLE”, BUT ABSOLUTELY COMFORTABLE”. This denotes a remarkably high level of comfortableness, especially when one considers that sodomy is one of only four sins that cry out to God for vengeance. If you don’t believe me, you can always check out your Bible and / or your Catechism of the Catholic Church
The following is taken from the transcript of the conversation between David Gregory and Vice-President Biden on Meet the Press, Sunday 06 May 2012.
DAVID GREGORY: You raise social policy. I'm curious. You know, the president has said that his views on gay marriage, on same-sex marriage have evolved. But he's opposed to it. You're opposed to it. Have your views-- evolved?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Look-- I just think-- that-- the good news is that as more and more Americans become to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition. Who do you love? Who do you love? And will you be loyal to the person you love? And that's what people are finding out is what-- what all marriages, at their root, are about. Whe-- whether they're-- marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals.
DAVID GREGORY: Is that what you believe now? Are you--
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: That's what I believe.
DAVID GREGORY: And you're comfortable with same-sex marriage now?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: I-- I-- look, I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction-- beyond that.
DAVID GREGORY: In a second term, will this administration come out behind same-sex marriage, the institution of marriage?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Well, I-- I-- I can't speak to that. I-- I-- I-- I don't know the answer to that. But I can tell you--
DAVID GREGORY: It sounds like you'd like to see it happen. If that's what the president would get--
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Well, the president continues to fight, whether it's Don't Ask, Don't Tell or whether it is making sure, across the board, that you cannot discriminate. Look-- look the the executive orders he's put in place. Any hospital that gets federal funding, which is almost all of them, they can't deny a partner from being able to have access to their-- their-- their partner who's ill or making the call on whether or not they-- you know-- it's just-- this is evolving.
And by the way, my measure, David, and I take a look at when things really begin to change, is when the social culture changes. I think Will and Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody's ever done so far. And I think-- people fear that which is different. Now they're beginning to understand. They're beginning to understand that this as a base--
I-- I was with-- speaking to a group of gay leaders in-- in Los Angeles-- LA-- two, two weeks ago. And one gentleman looked at me in the question period and said, "Let me ask you, how do you feel about us?" And I had just walked into the back door of this gay couple and they're with their two adopted children. And I turned to the man who owned the house. I said, "What did I do when I walked in?" He said, "You walked right to my children. They were seven and five, giving you flowers." And I said, "I wish every American could see the look of love those kids had in their eyes for you guys. And they wouldn't have any doubt about what this is about."

stjos/stvdp: 05.13.2012 - 07


 

THE ASCENSION
OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
INTO HEAVEN

++++ A Holyday of Obligation ++++
MASS SCHEDULE
Wednesday
, 16 May
04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm — St. Joseph Chapel
Thursday, 17 May
08:00 am — St. Joseph Chapel
12:00 noon — St. Joseph Chapel
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

Respectfully but firmly, we remind everyone that attendance at Mass on Ascension Thursday (or on the Vigil) is a serious obligation, binding in conscience on all Catholics, seven years of age and older. A person would be excused only for a serious reason. What’s a serious reason? Being dead is a serious reason. There are one or two other reasons that qualify as “serious”, but not a great many more. What about being stuck in a mine shaft? Yes, I think that’s borderline “serious”. What about being tired? No, I don’t think so. You can always sleep during the homily, especially if Fr. Connolly has the Mass.
Additional note: Someone is likely to ask whether attendance at the funeral Mass at 02:00 pm in StVdP Church on Ascension Thursday “fulfills the obligation” to attend Mass on the Holyday. The answer is “Yes”.

stjos/stvdp: 05.13.2012 - 08


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