Saturday, 02 June
Vigil of Trinity Sunday
by his wife, Argia

Sunday, 03 June
Trinity Sunday
by Mickey Catizone

Monday, 04 June
by his wife, Alice

Tuesday, 05 June
St. Boniface, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
by John Burns

Wednesday, 06 June
St. Norbert, bishop (OptMem)
by his wife, Jean

Thursday, 07 June
08:00 am — DAN WOZNISKY
by OPM

Friday, 08 June
08:00 am — JAMES P. LANGON Sr.
by Jack Burns

Saturday, 09 June
St. Ephrem, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
by EBC
Vigil of Corpus Christi
by her husband, Dennis

Sunday, 10 June
Corpus Christi
11:30 am — AGNES CONNOR
by her daughter, Anna


Saturday, 02 June
Vigil of Trinity Sunday
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE (25th anniversary of birth)
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Sunday, 03 June
Trinity Sunday
by Carole Krick

Monday, 04 June
07:00 pm — CHARLES and ANNA (Lewulis) PINCHOT
by their son, Charles

Tuesday, 05 June
St. Boniface, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
re-scheduled from 25 May

Wednesday, 06 June
St. Norbert, bishop (OptMem)
by OPM

Thursday, 07 June
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 08 June
05:00 pm — JOANNE GIBAS
by OPM

Saturday, 09 June
Vigil of Corpus Christi
04:00 pm — Deceased: YESAITIS and STATUTIS FAMILIES)
by Jean Statutis Majikas and family

Sunday, 10 June
Corpus Christi
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 06.03.2012 - 01

26 / 27 MAY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $812.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $91.00 from the second collection (plate); $70.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $106.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,104.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,104.00) 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 ($47.17) is available from this collection for operating the parish. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $857.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $94.00 from the second collection (plate); $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $40.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,006.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,006.00) 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 $243.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 06 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 07 June
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 08 June
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 06 June
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, 08 June
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

WE LEARN WITH SADNESS about the deaths of three young persons — two men, 22 and 19 and a girl, 16 — due to an accident on Route 61 in Frackville early this morning (02 June). May God have mercy on their souls. May God console their grieving parents and families. Life is hard! In the end, all that matters is God and our love for one another!

stjos/stvdp: 06.03.2012 - 02

WE ALL WANT PROGRESS, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” (C.S.Lewis)
My comment: When I came across these words of the late, great C. S. Lewis, I said to myself, “Ah! That’s worth putting into the bulletin!” This quote reminds me, in a way, of the old joke about the airline captain who got on the P.A. and announced to his passengers: “Ladies and gentlemen, I have good news and I have bad news! The good news is that we’re making excellent time. The bad news is that we’re lost!”
We need to be wary of those leaders, whether they be priests or politicians, who tell us that we are making changes in order to adapt to the modern age. In that context I think (among other things) of such seemingly disparate matters as “Communion in the hand” and “same-sex marriage”. Those who eschew these two innovations are the true progressives.
— who had been Deacon Richard W. James until today (Saturday, 02 June) — was ordained to the order of presbyter this morning in the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown by Bishop John O. Barres. We welcome Fr. James to the ranks of the priesthood and we ask God to grant him every blessing! He is a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedech! Ad multos annos!
— former pastor of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish — will observe the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Wednesday, 06 June. He will be celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving today (Sunday, 03 June) at Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton PA. When Father Greg left Girardville in July of 2008, he was assigned to hospital and nursing home ministry in the Lehigh Valley. His current assignment is as Chaplain to the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, with residence at Sacred Heart Rectory, West Reading PA. All of his friends and former parishioners in Girardville (and elsewhere) send him our thanks for his priestly ministry among us! Ad multos annos!
— a Girardville native and pastor emeritus of the former Holy Rosary Parish, Mahanoy Plane — observed the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, 19 May. He is retired and is living in Holy Family Villa, Bethlehem PA. His many friends — in Girardville and in Mahanoy Plane and elsewhere — give thanks to God for his faithful ministry throughout the years. We are grateful also for Father Tom’s good example of steadfastness and cheerfulness in the midst of “the trials of life”. His life is proof of the maxim: You can’t keep a good man down! Ad multos annos!
There was a drawing in the back of St. Vincent dePaul Church after the 08:30 am Mass this past Sunday. The one who did the drawing was yours truly (EBC). It was an honest-and-true random drawing (cross my heart and hope to die!) witnessed by a number of parishioners. The prize was the “Lottery Tree”. And the winner was: KIM CROMYAK, New Philadelphia
The profit realized from the drawing came to $1,114!
This amount was deposited to the account of the Holy Name Society and will be used for the needs of the parish.
Many thanks to all who participated in this fundraiser, whether by donating lottery tickets or by buying and selling the chances.
I needed something to fill this space and the following piece of wisdom occurred to me. You might want to share it with your friends and associates. On second thought, maybe you don’t want to share it with your friends and associates. Do as you see fit.
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend, but inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” - Groucho Marx

stjos/stvdp:06.03.2012 - 03

Your Holiness, thank you for joining us today. You recently referred to the "powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage" in the United States. How should the Catholic Church in America respond to such pressure?

The Church's conscientious effort to resist this pressure calls for a reasoned defense of marriage as a natural institution consisting of a specific communion of persons, essentially rooted in the complementarity of the sexes and oriented to procreation. Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage. Defending the institution of marriage as a social reality is ultimately a question of justice, since it entails safeguarding the good of the entire human community and the rights of parents and children alike.

Many try to dismiss this as a matter of religion and say that it should have no place in a modern, pluralistic society. What do you say?
Since this question relates to the natural moral law, the arguments that follow are addressed not only to those who believe in Christ, but to all persons committed to promoting and defending the common good of society. The Church's teaching on marriage and on the complementarity of the sexes reiterates a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by all the major cultures of the world. No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman.

Many people think of homosexual unions as on par with heterosexual unions--only with the genders changed. What should we make of this view?
There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family. Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law. Homosexual acts close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved. Sacred Scripture condemns homosexual acts as a serious depravity (cf. Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:10; 1 Timothy 1:10). This judgment of Scripture does not of course permit us to conclude that all those who suffer from this anomaly are personally responsible for it, but it does attest to the fact that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. This same moral judgment is found in many Christian writers of the first centuries and is unanimously accepted by Catholic Tradition.

What does this say about people with same-sex attraction? How should they be treated? And how should they view their situation?
According to the teaching of the Church, men and women with homosexual tendencies must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. They are called, like other Christians, to live the virtue of chastity. The homosexual inclination is, however, objectively disordered, and homosexual practices are sins gravely contrary to chastity.

Why shouldn't the State give legal recognition to homosexual relationships, the same way it does to heterosexuals united in marriage?
Homosexual unions are totally lacking in the biological and anthropological elements of marriage and family which would be the basis, on the level of reason, for granting them legal recognition. Such unions are not able to contribute in a proper way to the procreation and survival of the human race. Society owes its continued survival to the family, founded on marriage. The inevitable consequence of legal recognition of homosexual unions would be the redefinition of marriage, which would become, in its legal status, an institution devoid of essential reference to factors linked to heterosexuality; for example, procreation and raising children.

Homosexual relationships will exist whether or not they are given legal recognition by the State. Some argue that the State is simply giving legal recognition to a reality which does not seem to cause injustice to anyone. What do you say?
In this area, one needs first to reflect on the difference between homosexual behavior as a private phenomenon and the same behavior as a relationship in society, foreseen and approved by the law, to the point where it becomes one of the institutions in the legal structure. This second phenomenon is not only more serious, but also assumes a more wide-reaching and profound influence, and would result in changes to the entire organization of society, contrary to the common good. Civil laws are structuring principles of man's life in society, for good or for ill. They play a very important and sometimes decisive role in influencing patterns of thought and behavior. Lifestyles and the underlying presuppositions these express not only externally shape the life of society, but also tend to modify the younger generation's perception and evaluation of forms of behavior. Legal recognition of homosexual unions would obscure certain basic moral values and cause a devaluation of the institution of marriage.

What about using methods of artificial reproduction--or allowing homosexual couples to adopt children?
The possibility of using recently discovered methods of artificial reproduction, beyond involving a grave lack of respect for human dignity, does nothing to alter this inadequacy. As experience has shown, the absence of sexual complementarity in these unions creates obstacles in the normal development of children who would be placed in the care of such persons. They would be deprived of the experience of either fatherhood or motherhood. Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development.

What about the charge that homosexuals should not be discriminated against?
The principles of respect and non-discrimination cannot be invoked to support legal recognition of homosexual unions. Differentiating between persons or refusing social recognition or benefits is unacceptable only when it is contrary to justice. The denial of the social and legal status of marriage to forms of cohabitation that are not and cannot be marital is not opposed to justice; on the contrary, justice requires it. Not even in a remote analogous sense do homosexual unions fulfill the purpose for which marriage and family deserve specific categorical recognition. On the contrary, there are good reasons for holding that such unions are harmful to the proper development of human society, especially if their impact on society were to increase.

Some have proposed splitting marriage in two, so that there are civil (State) marriages that are open to homosexuals and religious (Church) marriages that are not. Why shouldn't the State pursue this course?
Because married couples ensure the succession of generations and are therefore eminently within the public interest, civil law grants them institutional recognition. Homosexual unions, on the other hand, do not need specific attention from the legal standpoint since they do not exercise this function for the common good.

In some places in America homosexual unions--either "civil partnerships" or outright homosexual "marriage"--have obtained force of law. What is a Catholic's duty in these areas?
In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application. In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection.

Many Catholic politicians in the U.S. have spoken in favor of homosexual marriage or civil unions. What is their responsibility as lawmakers?
When legislation in favor of the recognition of homosexual unions is proposed for the first time in a legislative assembly, the Catholic law-maker has a moral duty to express his opposition clearly and publicly and to vote against it.
To vote in favor of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral. When legislation in favor of the recognition of homosexual unions is already in force, the Catholic politician must oppose it in the ways that are possible for him and make his opposition known; it is his duty to witness to the truth.

Your Holiness, thank you for being with us today. Would you have anything to say in conclusion?
The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions. The common good requires that laws recognize, promote and protect marriage as the basis of the family, the primary unit of society. Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behavior, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity. The Church cannot fail to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the good of society itself.

Note: The answers in this “interview” are authentic statements of Pope Benedict. The placing of these statements in the form of an interview format is a literary device constructed by apologist Jimmy Akin.

stjos/stvdp: 06.03.2012 - 04 / 05

: This letter (essay) was sent to two priests: the pastor of the parish of which this gentleman is currently a member since 2008 and also to me. I shall not reveal the writer’s name. Suffice it to say that his initials are TAS. He is not a young man. I estimate that he is pushing on to the completion of his eighth decade. I had the honor of being his pastor during my time in Pottsville. When St. Joseph Parish (Pottsville) was closed and yours truly headed north to Girardville, TAS joined another parish. TAS is a faithful Catholic, a gentleman of the old school. I respect him and I like him. I must say, however, in all honesty, that he is a straight shooter and not inclined to deliver warm fuzzies. Of him it can be accurately said that he does not suffer fools gladly.
                                                 “DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL”
Each Sunday when I attend Mass, I rarely sense the presence of God. Rather, I feel surrounded by a perfidious mob that looks for reciprocation in skittish social ado’s.
The focus ought to be on the altar where the priest should be leading the congregation in quite reverence and transcendence towards God. Instead, the priest is facing the people and shouting the ritual at them. He sounds like an auctioneer. The gathering begins with something to sell. There is always talk about money. And I am tired of hearing “spaghetti”.
Noise and confusion is amplified when the priest orchestrates the “greeting” near the end of Mass. People wonder whether to wave, shake hands, look forward, sideways, backwards, kiss or burp. Such forcing onto the stage is an embarrassing disaster. The priest should mind his own business, stay with the worship, and leave other stuff for outside the church.
Communion time appears to me like feeding the hogs, while observing and imagining how immoral for men, to flaunt in church or in public, any skin lower than the belly button.
I always contribute ten dollars to the collection basket and, when Mass is finished, I leave the church with a feeling of ten-cents worth of holiness. Any sensible person can tell I am fed up with certain facets of modern Catholicism; but, despite that, I remain loyal with the Church, because I find no denomination that will or can claim “Apostolic Catholic Unity”.
Think about it.
Dear TAS:

I can offer you an oasis at least once a month. If you can find your way to St. Joseph Church in Girardville (PA) on the last Sunday of each month at 11:30 am, you will find a Mass celebrated more to your liking. I am referring, of course, to what is commonly known as “the Tridentine Mass” or, as Pope Benedict calls it, “Mass in the extraordinary form”. The priest faces “ad orientem” when he is celebrating the sacred mysteries. There is no need for the people to look at his face, except for those times when it is absolutely necessary (Asperges, reading of Scriptures in English, homily, distribution of Holy Communion and a few times when he turns briefly towards the congregation for an “Orate Fratres or a “Dominus vobiscum”, etc.).
The rest of the Masses during the month are celebrated according to the “ordinary form”. Within the framework of that format, yours truly does the best he can to minimize the handshaking, kissing, burping, “money talk” and spaghetti commercials.

stjos/stvdp: 06.03.2012 - 06

How can you be in favor of legalized abortion if YOU were born?? WERE you born?
Can you know for certain?
Let Uncle Ed explain to you how you can find out!
Do your own test at home!

Follow these simple directions.
This is an easy test (self-examination) you can perform in the privacy of your home, which will provide you with 100% certainty in answering the question as to whether you were born.
This test is discreet! It is private! It is free. It will not cost you any money at all!
It is 100% morally acceptable according to the laws of God and of the Catholic Church. You do not need permission from your parish priest.
It is 100% legally acceptable according to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Of course, it is highly unlikely that the police will find out that you performed this test but, even if they were to find out, they wouldn’t have any cause to arrest you!
It should not be necessary for you to get anyone to assist you.
This test can be carried out by anyone, whether male or female, whether adult or child.
Here are the steps you take:
#06 — RUN YOUR FINGER DOWN A FEW INCHES (the number of inches will vary from person to person) UNTIL YOU COME TO AN INDENTATION IN THE CENTER OF YOUR WAIST.
                                 THIS INDENTATION IS KNOWN AS “THE UMBILICUS”!!
“Umbilicus” is a very grown-up word but, you know, sometimes it’s nice to know grown-up words because then we can impress people with how educated we are!
This indentation is also known as “the navel”, which is also kind of a grown-up word, but not as grown up as “umbilicus”.
If you prefer to call it “the navel” rather than “the umbilicus”, that’s okay with me but make sure you don’t spell it “naval” because then some jokester is bound to start singing “Anchors Aweigh” and explain that he is doing so because he thought you were claiming that you graduated from “the Navel Academy” in Annapolis, Maryland and then he’ll expect you to laugh! Yuk!
It is possible that, when you were a little boy or girl, some uncle, aunt or cousin laughed and told you (giggle, giggle) that he / she can see your “belly button”. If so, please know that this funny person was referring to your umbilicus (navel). Take my advice when I tell you that “belly button” is definitely not a grown-up way of referring to the umbilicus. If there were more than six candles on your last birthday cake, I suggest you don’t use this term.
If you determine that you do, indeed, have an umbilicus, then you know for 100% certain that you were born from a lady and that, before being born (and even for a few minutes after you were born) you were attached to her by a cord called “the umbilical cord”. You needed that cord while you were inside the lady because it was the “discharge and supply line” for your teensy little heart to send and receive blood, so that you would have all the nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood you needed until you could step outside and breathe on your own.
Wouldn’t it have been a tragedy if you had been deprived of nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood while you were inside that nice lady you call “Mom”?
So, please remember these facts the next time you notice your umbilicus. You were inside a lady! But now you’re not! That’s proof positive that you were born! You were not aborted! Praise God! Praise your Mom! Don’t ever be in favor of abortion OR in favor of others choosing abortion. Abortion is a dirty, lousy, rotten trick to pull on a baby — a fellow human being! It’s homicide!
We should never do to somebody else what we’re glad somebody else didn’t do to us, especially when we weren’t able to defend ourselves. I think that’s called “The Golden Rule”, is it not?

stjos/stvdp: 06.03.2012 - 07

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith,
which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
And the Catholic Faith is this:
That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity,
neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance,
for there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.
The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Ghost uncreated.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.

The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.
And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty.
And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.
And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.
And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.
For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be both God and Lord,
So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, here be three Gods, or three Lords.
The Father is made from none, neither created, nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity none is before, or after another; none is greater, or less than another;
But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.
So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also
believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the right Faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
God, of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds;
and Man, of the Substance of his Mother, born in the world;
perfect God and perfect Man, of a rational soul and human flesh subsisting;
equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead;
and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood.
Who although he be God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ;
one, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of the Manhood into God;
one altogether, not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person.
For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ;
Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty,
from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead,
at whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies and shall give account for their own works.
And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting,
and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
This is the Catholic Faith,
which, except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.

stjos/stvdp: 06.03.2012 - 08


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