Saturday, 16 June
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ALICE [“Betty”] MULLIGAN
by Virginia Correa Chillis

Sunday, 17 June
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by her husband, Dennis

Monday, 18 June
08:00 am — JAMES J. ADAMS
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Tuesday, 19 June
St. Romuald, abbot (OptMem)
07:00 pm — DAN WOZNISKY
by OPM

Wednesday, 20 June
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Thursday, 21 June
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (OblMem)
by Celeste deLuca

Friday, 22 June
St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop; St. John Fisher, bishop, martyr; St. Thomas More, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — DAN WOZNISKY
by OPM

Saturday, 23 June
08:00 am — CASSANDRA S., SHAWN C. and JASON E.
by EBC
Vigil of Birth of St. John the Baptist
05:30 pm — KATHLEEN [“Kitty”] KELLY RITRO
by the James Connell family

Sunday, 24 June
Birth of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
by Kay Ellen Kuchinsky
11:30 am — JOSEPH P. KAPLAFKA Sr.
by Bernadine Chupasko and sons


Saturday, 16 June
Vigil of Sunday
by John and Barbara Petrousky and family

Sunday, 17 June
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Monday, 18 June
07:00 pm — PEGGY COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 19 June
St. Romuald, abbot (OptMem)
08:00 am — JOHN and ANNA MATLOCK
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Wednesday, 20 June
07:00 pm — DAN WOZNISKY
by OPM

Thursday, 21 June
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (OblMem)
07:00 pm — Health and God’s blessings: JOSEPH ZEMANEK
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Friday, 22 June
St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop; St. John Fisher, bishop, martyr; St. Thomas More, martyr (OptMems)
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 23 June
Vigil of Birth of St. John the Baptist
04:00 pm — ANDREW and MARY POWLICK
by John and Barbara Petrousky and family

Sunday, 24 June
Birth of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
08:30 am — Deceased: CAVANAUGH and LUTE FAMILIES
by Peter and Violet Smolock

stjos/stvdp: 06.17.2012 - 01

09 / 10 June

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $704.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $39.00 from the second collection (plate); $75.00 from the Dues envelopes; $115.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $89.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,022.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,022.00) 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 ($129.17) is available from this collection for operating the parish. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $900.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $40.00 from the second collection (plate); $84.00 from the Dues envelopes; $212.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $66.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,302.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,302.00) 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 $539.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 20 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 21 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 22 June
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 20 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, 22 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

THE MANAGEMENT would appreciate it if whoever is taking the rolls of paper towels from the lavatories in the upper church (StJos) and in the Sheridan Room would please cease and desist. And we thank you for your support!

stjos/stvdp: 06.17.2012 - 02

This is an exchange between Father Francis T. Gillespie, tenth pastor of St. Joseph Parish and yours truly, fourteenth pastor of same. I became acquainted with Father Gillespie many years ago, even before he was ordained, due to the fact that my late brother (Msgr. Francis X. Connolly) and he were seminary classmates, ordained together by Cardinal O’Hara in the Cathedral in Philadelphia in 1959.
Hiya, Buddy!
Oops! Sorry! Let me start again.
Dear Ed:
Hope this short script finds you in good health. Thank God, I am keeping well at age 81.
I want to say THANK YOU for the nice tribute to our dear friend, Bob Fagan (RIP) and your request for prayers for his soul.
And a special thanks for reminding your flock to pray for the priest who baptized them. How many I baptized at St. Joseph’s in my 24 years! (1959-1963 and 1974-1994). You don’t have to list them!
A slight correction— I hate to say “right from the horse’s mouth” — Bob’s first assignment was St. Vincent’s, MINERSVILLE. I know because he picked up me and his replacement, Tom Courtney (RIP) at the train station. After dropping Tom at St. Vincent’s, MINERSVILLE, he drove me up to Girardville, where he and I were curates for the Summer and Bob went on for another year as Weekend Visitor while teaching all week at Allentown Central Catholic High School.
Father McArdle died on 14 October and was replaced by Father King in December. The witty Frank King entertained many a clergy gathering with stories — highly embellished — of his adjustment to a small town after 25-years of service in huge Philly parishes (plus 4 years as Navy chaplain).
Thanks again for recommending prayers for me. I need all I can get!
God bless,
Dear Fran:

First of all, thanks for writing.
Second of all, I hereby give you full permission to call me “Buddy” if you care to do so. After all, age does have its privileges. And, of course, you are far, far, far older than I — about seven years older, if my math is correct — 81 minus 74.
Third of all, thanks for the correction about Bob Fagan’s first assignment. Actually, two other persons had already told me about the error: Fr. Ed Brennan (who knows all things) and Ian Getzey (my boy-genius parish assistant). I tried to pin the error on the communication from the Front Office but, when I went back to look at it again, I realized that the mistake was mine and mine alone. I just didn’t read the memo carefully enough! I think this is the first mistake I ever made in my life!
I never knew Fr. McArdle but I do have some faint recollection of Msgr. King. In my time here thus far (almost four years), I have heard some anecdotes about them. I look forward to meeting them — and all of my Girardville predecessors — in Heaven. Perhaps all of the Girardville pastors will be able to meet once a month in order to do lunch and swap stories in some appropriate celestial venue.
I am hoping that the parishioners you baptized will take seriously your request for prayers for your welfare, both temporal and eternal. I hope the same for myself.
Thanks again for writing. It was great to hear from you.
As already indicated in the above correspondence: There was an error on page 08 of last weekend’s bulletin, in the piece about the late Father Robert R. Fagan. Fr. Fagan’s first priestly assignment was at St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Minersville, not at St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville. Sorry for the mistake!

stjos/stvdp:06.17.2012 - 03


Thank you, Your Holiness, for joining us for this "interview." Please allow me to begin with a very direct question: Why should anyone go to Hell? Isn't God an infinitely good and merciful Father to all of us? Why would he impose such a punishment on his children?
God is the infinitely good and merciful Father. But man, called to respond to him freely, can unfortunately choose to reject his love and forgiveness once and for all, thus separating himself for ever from joyful communion with him.
It is precisely this tragic situation that Christian doctrine explains when it speaks of eternal damnation or Hell.
It is not a punishment imposed externally by God but a development of premises already set by people in this life.
The very dimension of unhappiness which this obscure condition brings can in a certain way be sensed in the light of some of the terrible experiences we have suffered which, as is commonly said, make life "Hell."
In a theological sense however, Hell is something else: It is the ultimate consequence of sin itself, which turns against the person who committed it.
It is the state of those who definitively reject the Father's mercy, even at the last moment of their lives.

How is Hell described in the Old Testament?
To describe this reality Sacred Scripture uses a symbolical language which will gradually be explained.
In the Old Testament the condition of the dead had not yet been fully disclosed by revelation.
Moreover it was thought that the dead were amassed in Sheol, a land of darkness (cf. Ez 28:8; 31:14; Jb 10:21f.; 38:17; Ps 30:10; 88:7, 13), a pit from which one cannot re-ascend (cf. Jb 7:9), a place in which it is impossible to praise God (cf. Is 38:18; Ps6:6).

What does the New Testament add to our understanding of Hell?
The New Testament sheds new light on the condition of the dead, proclaiming above all that Christ by his Resurrection conquered death and extended his liberating power to the kingdom of the dead.
Redemption nevertheless remains an offer of salvation which it is up to people to accept freely.
This is why they will all be judged "by what they [have done]" (Rv 20:13).
By using images, the New Testament presents the place destined for evildoers as a fiery furnace, where people will "weep and gnash their teeth" (Mt 13:42; cf. 25:30, 41), or like Gehenna with its "unquenchable fire" (Mk 9:43).
The Book of Revelation also figuratively portrays in a "pool of fire" those who exclude themselves from the book of life, thus meeting with a "second death" (Rv 20:13f.).
Whoever continues to be closed to the Gospel is therefore preparing for "eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might" (2 Thes 1:9).

One passage that has often been interpreted as referring to Hell is the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. Recently, some have thought that the Rich Man is merely in Purgatory. Does his example show us Purgatory or does it depict Hell?
All this . . . narrated in the parable of the Rich Man . . . explains that Hell is a place of eternal suffering, with no possibility of return, nor of the alleviation of pain (cf. Lk 16:19-31).

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament images of Hell are very concrete. Are we to understand them literally, seeing that they pertain to a reality that lies beyond this life?
The images of Hell that Sacred Scripture presents to us must be correctly interpreted.
They show the complete frustration and emptiness of life without God.
Rather than a place, Hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy.
This is how the Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes the truths of faith on this subject:
"To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God's merciful love means remaining separated from him forever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called 'Hell'" (CCC 1033).
"Eternal damnation", therefore, is not attributed to God's initiative because in his merciful love he can only desire the salvation of the beings he created.
In reality, it is the creature who closes himself to his love.
Damnation consists precisely in definitive separation from God, freely chosen by the human person and confirmed with death that seals his choice for ever.
God's judgment ratifies this state.

But can any creature of God really go to Hell? Can anyone say "no" to God so definitively that he is ultimately lost?
Christian faith teaches that in taking the risk of saying "yes" or "no", which marks the human creature's freedom, some have already said “no”.
They are the spiritual creatures that rebelled against God's love and are called demons (cf. Fourth Lateran Council, DS 800-801).
What happened to them is a warning to us. It is a continuous call to avoid the tragedy which leads to sin and to conform our lives to that of Jesus who lived his life with a "yes" to God.

What about the people we see around us who seem to die without God? Can we affirm that they are in Hell, or must we be more cautious in our assessment?
Damnation remains a real possibility, but it is not granted to us, without special divine revelation, to know which human beings are effectively involved in it.

The idea of Hell — and especially some of the biblical images associated with it — seem very frightening. Should we be alarmed by this teaching?
The thought of Hell--and even less the improper use of biblical images--must not create anxiety or despair, but is a necessary and healthy reminder of freedom within the proclamation that the risen Jesus has conquered Satan, giving us the Spirit of God who makes us cry "Abba, Father!" (Rm 8:15;Gal 4:6).
This prospect, rich in hope, prevails in Christian proclamation.
It is effectively reflected in the liturgical tradition of the Church, as the words of the Roman Canon attest: "Father, accept this offering from your whole family ... save us from final damnation, and count us among those you have chosen."
Thank you, Your Holiness.

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

stjos/stvdp: 06.17.2012 - 04 / 05


I have been told by more than one friend of mine that the Gilberton cops are vigilant along Powder Mill Road (extension of Main Street). Because of this, I try to be careful when I am driving through Gilberton and Mahanoy Plane on my way to Frackville and points south. I have a perfect record so far! I try to make sure I’m not going any more than five miles over the limit. I understand that five miles over the limit is tolerable. If you follow my advice and still get pulled over, I shall deny that I ever said any such thing!
With that in mind, I print the following, which are said to be actual comments made by South Carolina State Troopers that were taken off their car videos:

01. "You know, stop lights don't come any redder than the one you just went through."
02. "Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a while."
03. "If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document."
04. "If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."
05. "Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you."
06. "You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?"
07. "Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift supervisor?"
08. "Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket."
09. "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"
10. "Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop."
11. "Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."
12. "In God we trust. All others we run through NCIC." (National Crime Information Center)
13. "Just how big were those 'two beers' you say you had?"
14. "No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can."
15. "I'm glad to hear that the Chief of Police is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail."
16. "You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right! We don't! Sign here."

PS — If all goes according to plan, I expect to be spending a few days of vacation in South Carolina this coming August, during which time I hope to have minimal contact (preferably no contact) with the SC State Troopers.

stjos/stvdp: 06.17.2012 - 06


received the Sacrament of Matrimony today (Saturday, 16 June) at St. Joseph Church. They did so in the presence of Fr. Connolly, with Fr. Brennan assisting, and of two chosen witnesses.
Matthew and Christina are now husband and wife in the eyes of God and of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Matthew is a son of Lawrence M. Farrone Sr. and Beth L. Trout.
Christina is a daughter of Thomas J. Purcell and Donna P. Weyman.
We rejoice at the union of this one man and one woman, for the rest of their lives, with the pledge of absolute fidelity to one another and of openness to children.
Their union is meant now to symbolize the union of Christ and His Church.
We pray for them, that God will enlighten and strengthen them and draw them closer to Himself and to the Holy Church.
God bless you, Mr. and Mrs. Farrone! Long life to you! Eternal life to you!

THE CANDLE in front of the Infant of Prague statue in StVdP Church burns this week in memory of Harry and Edna Calvert, at the request of Sharon Smith.
PARENTS: Please be vigilant to see to it that your teenage daughters are dressed modestly, most especially when they attend Mass. For example, the wearing of short shorts in church is definitely a violation of the virtue of modesty. I would not be putting this into the bulletin if I did not have a particular reason!
(If you think you’ve seen this notice in the bulletin more than once, you are correct. I shall continue to put it into the bulletin until I see that it is no longer necessary. God speed that day!)
NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL will have its second annual “Beef-‘n’-Brew” fundraiser on Friday, 13 July, from 06:00 to 10:00 pm at the Catholic War Veterans. DJ Chris Polm will be on hand to entertain. Tickets are available for $25.00 each. For information, call 205-7205.

• President Obama did well to issue the executive order whereby some Mexicans who entered the USA illegally are immune (for the next two years) from deportation. Those covered under the order are Mexicans who (a) entered the USA before they were sixteen years old; (b) are now thirty years old or younger; (c) have been in the USA for at least five years; (d) are in school or have graduated from high school or served in the military; (e) have no criminal record and are not a threat to national security. Opponents of Obama will say that his order is unconstitutional and that he is simply trying to “get the Latino vote”. My thought is this: Presidents have been ignoring the Constitution for generations, so what else is new? And, as far as “getting the Latino vote” is concerned, I think he pretty much has that already. The point is that President Obama acted wisely, justly, charitably, in the best spirit of America and in the interests of all by issuing this order. It’s about time the USA got serious about “doing right” by Mexico. Any honest historian will admit that we stole almost half of our territory from Mexico!

• I think Msgr. Bill Lynn will be acquitted. I certainly hope he will be. If not acquitted, at least a mistrial. He has been made a scapegoat. He is not a criminal. On the other hand, neither was he a hero. I wish he had been a hero and risked the displeasure of the Cardinal by just saying, “No, your Eminence! With all due respect, I answer to a Higher Authority, viz. God and my conscience.” He might have suffered exile to the boondocks, but retained his integrity. Be that as it may, it’s water over the dam. But we don’t put people in jail for not being heroes!

stjos/stvdp: 06.17.2012 - 07


SOME PANDAS PREFER TO GO TO CONFESSION “face-to-face” whereas other pandas prefer to go “through the screen”. In Girardville, as in most other parishes, both options are available. Regardless of which option you choose, please make sure that you DO go to Confession.
Does the Catholic Church teach that “going to Confession” is something a person MUST do or does She teach that “going to Confession” is something that “it would be nice to do, but you don’t really have to do it if you don’t want to”?
Let me give you the authentic Church teaching on this matter and let me tell you that you ignore it at the peril of your soul!
If you have committed a mortal sin, you absolutely MUST go to Confession. Suppose a person says, “But I don’t feel like going to Confession, so I'll just say an Act of Contrition privately and God will forgive me.” Will God forgive you? The answer is, “No, He will not forgive you!” Why not? Because rejection of Confession is rejection of the Church and rejection of the Church is rejection of Jesus Christ and rejection of Jesus Christ is rejection of God.” But suppose you say, “Well, that’s what that cranky priest says, but I just don’t believe it!” What happens then? Well, let me tell you what happens then. What happens then is that — by your own free will and your own prideful, stupid, deliberate choice, you have entered into the darkness of Unbelief. If you die in that situation — which you probably will, barring a miracle of conversion at the last minute — you will go to Hell.
Now, of course, someone will say, “Well, I don’t commit any mortal sins! I didn’t kill anybody and I don’t molest little boys (or little girls or big boys or big girls!) and I don’t blow up buildings!” The Church says (actually I say on behalf of the Church): “Good for you! Don’t kill anybody and don’t molest little boys (or little girls or big boys or big girls!) and don’t blow up any buildings (unless you happen to work for a demolition contractor)!” But these are only a few of what we call mortal sins. Much more common mortal sins are: having sex with someone you’re not married to; deliberately missing Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation; long-term refusal to forgive persons who have been unjust or unkind to you; taking the Name of the Lord in vain; using pornography; masturbation. The list goes on and on. This is just scratching the surface.
If you are quite certain you have not committed a mortal sin, then (strictly speaking) you don’t HAVE to go to Confession. But Holy Mother Church strongly advises that we go to Confession anyway in order to have our venial sins forgiven at a deeper level and to receive grace from God against repetition of sin and to strengthen ourselves against committing mortal sin and also to make it more likely that we will enter directly into Heaven when we die, without the inconvenience of Purgatory.

stjos/stvdp: 06.17.2012 - 08

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