MASS SCHEDULE: 31 March - 07 April
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 30 March
Vigil of Easter
08:00 pm — ANDREW and MARY POWLICK
by John and Barbara (Powlick) Petrousky

Sunday, 31 March
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord
10:00 am — CONCETTA CATIZONE
by Rosemary Catizone Zelli
11:30 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his brothers and sisters

Monday, 01 April
Easter Monday
08:00 am — ANTHONY, MARY and JUNE ANN ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland

Wednesday, 03 April
Easter Wednesday
08:00 am — THOMAS J. GOWER Sr.
(25th anniversary)
by his family

Friday, 05 April
Easter Friday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on RAYMOND WAYNE
by Kenneth and Helen

Saturday, 06 April
Easter Saturday
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
by Eileen Rowland

Sunday, 07 April
2nd Sunday of Easter: Feast of the Divine Mercy
11:30 am — ANNA BOYUKA BURKE
by Thomas Clarke

 MASS SCHEDULE: 31 March - 07 April
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 30 March
Vigil of Easter
10:30 pm — PATRICK L. BEIRNE
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Sunday, 31 March
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord
08:30 am — JOSEPH E. KRICK
(100th anniversary of birth)
by the Karavage and the Tarson families

Tuesday, 02 April
Easter Tuesday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on
SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by Mom and Dad

Thursday, 04 April
Easter Thursday
06:30 pm — DECEASED: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 06 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — AGNES POWLICK HERCEK and
BETTY POWLICK GENTRY
by John and Barbara (Powlick) Petrousky

Sunday, 07 April
2nd Sunday of Easter: Feast of the Divine Mercy
08:30 am — DECEASED: FISHER FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
23 / 24 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,263.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $48.00 from the plate; $95.00 from the Dues envelopes; $35.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $258.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $105.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,804.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $216.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,804.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($512.77), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,140.25, one sees that $663.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $660.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $84.00 from the plate; $1.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $8.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $178.00 from the loose.
Total: $936.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $95.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($936.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($308.85), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $790.83, one sees that $145.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Please see schedule on Page 7.

DIVINE MERCY

Having begun on Good Friday, the Novena continues as follows
at St. Vincent dePaul Church:
Easter Sunday, 31 March: 03:00 pm
Easter Monday, 01 April: 03:00 pm
Easter Tuesday, 02 April: 03:00 pm
Easter Wednesday, 03 April: 03:00 pm
Easter Thursday, 04 April: 03:00 pm
Easter Friday, 05 April: 03:00 pm
Easter Saturday, 06 April: 03:00 pm
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FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY
SUNDAY, 07 APRIL
03:00 pm

at St. Vincent dePaul Church:

At each of these services (31 March – 07 April), we shall expose the Blessed Sacrament, pray the Chaplet, pray the appropriate prayer(s) and close with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CONFIRMATION

At the direction of Bishop Barres, there are changes in the procedure for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

These changes will take effect during the school year of 2013 – 14.

The current policy is that children in Grades Six, Seven and Eight are presented for Confirmation. The new policy is that only the children in Grade Eight are to be presented for Confirmation. Children in Grades Six and Seven are not to be presented for Confirmation.

Confirmation will be administered on a REGIONAL basis, not on a PARISH basis.

The goal is that there should be, for each regional Confirmation, a minimum of 45 to 50 confirmandi.

If there is only one parish in a region, then the Confirmation will (obviously) take place in that parish church.

If there are two or more parishes in a region, then the site of the Confirmation will be decided by the pastors. In making this decision, the pastor should keep in mind that there needs to be sufficient room in the church for all in attendance. As a rule of thumb, we would anticipate that there will be six to eight persons who will want to attend for each child being confirmed. This will necessarily mean that there will be some parishes that will not get to host a Confirmation. For these parishes, the Bishop will make a canonical visitation at some other time.

It is anticipated that this policy will reduce the number of Confirmations in the Diocese from 63 to 44. This, in turn, will make it more possible for Bishop Barres to confer the Sacrament, which is the ideal, inasmuch as he is the Chief Shepherd and Ordinary of the Diocese.

The following is not part of the new policy, but it is relevant to the new policy. It is the regional groupings of the parishes of Schuylkill County. This regional grouping was done in preparation for the Second Synod of the Diocese of Allentown.

REGIONAL GROUPINGS
Region I:
Ashland / Gordon / Girardville / Frackville
Region II: Shenandoah / Ringtown / Sheppton / Mahanoy City
Region III: Barnesville / Tamaqua / McAdoo
Region IV Tremont / Minersville
Region V: Schuylkill Haven
Region VI: Pottsville / St. Clair / New Philadelphia / Port Carbon

Bottom line: I anticipate that Bishop Barres will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on the Eighth Grade children of St. Joseph Parish and of St. Vincent dePaul Parish in the Fall of 2013. I do not yet know what the date will be nor do I know for certain whether the Confirmation will be in Ashland, Girardville or Frackville. As soon as I do know, I shall certainly communicate this information. Fathers Bambrick. Finlan and Connolly shall resolve the question of the venue of the Confirmation by means of reasonable, gentlemanly, priestly, fraternal Christian dialogue.
We’ll see how that works out. If it doesn’t, they shall resolve it with pistols at twenty paces.

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DEAR ABBY:
On Feb. 5 you referred to someone as a "controlling, slave-driving witch." A lot of people in the Wiccan community, practitioners of Wicca, use the term "witch" with positive connotations. There are several slur words that I heard growing up that I would never dream of using these days because of how society has changed. Please help to spread the word.
It took years of fighting the system, but we are now recognized by the Veterans Administration (VA) and included on headstones with other religious symbols.
And by the way, in our religion, the word "warlock" is an insult that means "oath breaker." "Witch" is a gender-neutral name.
PROUD MALE WITCH AND VETERAN
DEAR PROUD MALE WITCH AND VETERAN:

I hope that you and other members of the Wiccan religion will forgive my lapse, which was made out of ignorance. I used the term "witch" as a substitute for the word I wanted to use because my editors told me that referring to a woman in that way is not acceptable in family newspapers.
ABBY
My comment

Lord knows, I don’t want to antagonize any witches! So, just in case there are any witches out there who read this parish bulletin (highly unlikely), please know that I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for witches.
My affection for witches goes back to childhood days. When I was a little kid, my mother always had a bottle of Witch Hazel in the medicine cabinet. As I recall, she used it on our little scrapes and sores as a kind of disinfectant. She used it (or told us to use it) when we came into the house on a hot summer day complaining about mosquito bites or sunburn or some such thing. Witch Hazel has a kind of astringent quality and I remember rather liking the smell of it. I think my father would use it if he cut himself shaving. I like Witch Hazel! I think I’ll pick up a bottle next time I go to the drugstore. I hope no one objects if I bring Witch Hazel into the rectory.
Then I think of the Witch of Endor. She is one of my favorite characters in the Bible. She was the woman who called up the ghost of Samuel for King Saul. She did so at some risk to herself because Saul had ordered that all witches and necromancers (people who claim to communicate with the dead) were to be put to death. Saul promised her (I think he said, “cross my heart and hope to die”) that he would not have her put to death if she would just do her very best to summon Samuel from the dead. She succeeded in doing this and, I’m happy to say, Saul did not go back on his word, although the message that Samuel gave him was not a very happy one! I don’t know how much business the Witch of Endor did afterwards, but I would guess that her dealings with Saul increased her prestige and she probably garnered a few more customers. Calling up a ghost for the reigning king is pretty hot stuff and getting into the Bible is darn good advertising. Maybe she put out a shingle:

Witch of Endor
Necromancer to the Royal Family
Reasonable Rates
Let Me Put You in Good Spirits.

Next I think of the Three Witches in Macbeth. Do you remember them? “Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble!” Shakespeare refers to them as “the three weird sisters”. I was in high school when I first read Macbeth. I thought it was a delightful coincidence that God had given me three sisters — not two, not four, but precisely three! So, of course, I would tease my dear sisters by referring to them as “the three weird sisters”. Truth be told, none of them is weird. All of them are beautiful and good and virtuous and lovable. God forgive me for teasing them! As far as I know, they have all forgiven me.
Then I think of the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. As you recall, no doubt, she had beautiful green skin. She would have made a wonderful addition to our annual Girardville Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Too bad that house fell on her. Quite seriously, I remember as a child feeling rather sad that the Wicked Witch of the West got killed. That does not mean that I approved of everything she did. I did not! On the other hand, I think she had some good qualities and I wasn’t happy that she died so tragically. I did not approve of the fact that Dorothy and the munchkins danced and sang when they learned that the Witch was dead. I didn’t think that was very Christian. If I had been there at the time, I would have tried to crawl under the house to give her the Last Rites. If anyone needs the Last Rites, it’s witches!

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THANK YOU! Ian R. Getzey asked me to thank everyone who gave him, either personally or via the collection basket, a donation to the SPCA, as explained in a bulletin item a few weekends ago. (This is a school project.) At present, the total received by him is $194.00. This entire amount (plus whatever money might yet come in) will be given to the Hillside SPCA. In addition to the thanks of Ian, please accept the thanks of the simple creatures who will benefit from your act of charity.
THE SANCTUARY CANDLE in St. Vincent dePaul Church …..
THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE IMAGE OF THE BLESSED MOTHER in St. Vincent dePaul Church …..
THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE STATUE OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE in St. Vincent dePaul Church …..
All of these burn this week in memory of Joseph E. Krick, at the request of the Karavage and the Tarson families.

THE ARGUMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.
THE NINE JUSTICES WILL NOW RETIRE INTO THEIR CHAMBERS AND COGITATE.
IN JUNE OF 2013, WE ANTICIPATE THAT THEY WILL MAKE THEIR GREAT DECISION.
IS THE FEDERAL DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT CONSTITUTIONAL?
IS CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSITION EIGHT CONSTITUTIONAL?
THE SMART MONEY (SO THEY SAY) IS THAT GAY MARRIAGE AS A GUARANTEED CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT IS INEVITABLE.
WELL, THERE WE ARE!
WE SHALL SEE!

Pope Benedict XVI (remember him?) was commenting on the encyclical HUMANAE VITAE written by Pope Paul VI in 1968.
Benedict said that Humanae Vitae’s main argument is the following:
Artificial contraception separates sexuality from fecundity in principle, as a result of which, sexuality becomes arbitrary.
Benedict said that this argument remains true.

He said that, once artificial contraception takes hold in a society, every form of sexuality will be seen as having equal value. Therefore, because fecundity will be seen as something apart from sexuality, we shall try to produce children rationally and no longer see them as natural gifts. And then we will ascribe to homosexuality a value equal to heterosexuality.

If you understand this, you are far wiser than the majority of the members of the Supreme Court.

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THE WIT AND WISDOM OF STEVEN WRIGHT

• I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates.
• I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
• Borrow money from pessimists. They don't expect to get it back.
• Half the people you know are below average.
• 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
• 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
• A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
• A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
• If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.
• Would all those who believe in telekinesis please raise my hand?
• The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
• I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met.
• Okay, so what's the speed of dark?
• How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
• If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
• Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
• When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
• Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
• Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
• I intend to live forever. So far, so good!
• If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
• Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
• What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
• My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
• Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
• If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
• A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
• Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
• The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
• To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
• The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
• The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
• The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
• Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.
• If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
• If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

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 CONFESSIONS
EASTER WEEK 2013

In preparation for
The Feast of Divine Mercy, 07 April
Monday, 01 April
02:30 to 03:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Tuesday, 02 April
02:30 to 03:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Wednesday, 03 April
02:30 to 03:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 04 April
02:30 to 03:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 05 April
02:30 to 03:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

In addition to times scheduled, Confession is available at request at almost any time.
Call the Rectory and make an appointment.

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The Sound that Shook the World
It was the most profound sound ever heard in the history of humanity. Two thousand years ago, in a rich man’s grave, lay the three-day-dead, stone-cold body of the victim of a legal lynching.
Suddenly, deep from within that shattered and bloody corpse, came a whisper of a sound, the implications of which thundered across the face of the universe.
It was the faint murmur of a heartbeat in the lifeless body of Jesus of Nazareth. That tiny sound confirmed that the suffering on the cross was a finished work. Redemption of the human race was complete. The payment had been made, and the morally perfect, thrice-holy Judge of the Universe was satisfied with the perfect sacrifice.
That spark of resurrected life was evidence of the unspeakable. Death had been overcome. Everlasting life could now be given as a free gift to guilty and Hell-bound sinners, because of the kindness and love of our beneficent Creator.

Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins!
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium!
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses!
Heart of Jesus, obedient to death!
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance!
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation!
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection!

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection!

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