MASS SCHEDULE: 07 - 14 April
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 06 April
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

Monday, 08 April
The Annunciation of the Lord (Sol)
08:00 am — THOMAS L. EVANS Jr.
by Jonas Smith

Wednesday, 10 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on RAY and ROSE ANN WAYNE
by a friend

Friday, 12 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on the WAYNE FAMILY
by Kenneth and Helen

Saturday, 13 April
St. Martin I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on RAYMOND WAYNE
rescheduled from 05 April
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARCO RITRO
by John and Mary Terese Gillis

Sunday, 14 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — CATHERINE H. O’CONNOR
by Maureen Howard

 MASS SCHEDULE: 07 - 14 April
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 09 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — BERNARD and CAROL SAVAKINAS
by Marilyn Stefanski

Thursday, 11 April
St. Stanislaus, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
07:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Saturday, 13 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

Sunday, 14 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — DECEASED: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
30 / 31 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,093.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $47.00 from the plate; $66.00 from the Dues envelopes; $213.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $56.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $1,889.00 from the Easter envelopes; $144.00 from the loose.
Total: $3,508.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $77.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes;
$145.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($3,508.00) 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 $2,367.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $755.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $60.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $246.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $1,559.00 from the Easter envelopes; $195.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,825.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $21.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes;
$155.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,825.00) 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 $2,034.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 10 April
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 11 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 12 April
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 10 April
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, 12 April
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy
followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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The following appeared in the 31 March edition of DEAR ABBY.
DEAR ABBY:
I have a relative who is very ill. She's not expected to survive. She has a one-year-old daughter, "Whitney," and a husband who isn't particularly interested in parenting once his wife is gone. My husband and I have a 3-year-old, and my husband would like to have more children. I love this relative and the little girl, but I'm not interested in raising another child. I'm fine with just one.
My husband feels we have the love and resources to provide Whitney with a good life. I respect the fact that he feels this way, but I work full time. I am also in my mid-40s and already feel overwhelmed being the parent of one child. I enjoy my current lifestyle and being able to travel some. Although we will be fine financially, our lifestyle would be greatly impaired.
My husband says I'm selfish for not wanting to share my good fortune. He may be right, but I feel that if I'm talked into taking her, I'll be unhappy and resentful. Please advise.
ONLY WANTS ONE

DEAR ONLY WANTS ONE:
Children need love and attention from the adults who parent them. While your husband has that to offer Whitney, you do not. Because you would be unhappy and resentful if your husband talks you into adopting her, it would be better for you and Whitney if someone who really wants a child, and is capable of providing the love and support a child needs, took her.
ABBY

Here are my thoughts on the matter, for what they’re worth:
DEAR ONLY WANTS ONE:
You could bring great happiness to several persons if you were to adopt Whitney: (a) your husband; (b) your son; (c) Whitney’s natural mother; (d) Whitney herself.
(a) Your husband obviously desires to have a second child. Given a choice (which is not usually possible), I imagine he would prefer that the second child be a daughter. This prospective daughter is there for the taking. How fortunate for him!
(b) Your son, although he might not verbalize it, would benefit immensely from having a little sister. It is a great gift from God to have brothers and sisters — not only when we are growing up but even (and especially) in our adult years!
(c) Your terminally ill relative, who would, no doubt, exit this life in greater peace if she knew that her little girl would be cared for within the family.
(d) Whitney herself, who would acquire a loving father, a big brother and — if you were to put your mind to it — a loving mother as well.
All of the above would, of course, depend on your having a conversion of mind and heart. If you are not willing to have such a conversion, then you ought not adopt Whitney.
You mention that you enjoy your current lifestyle. That sounds somewhat ominous to me!!!
You might do well to listen to your husband when he says that you are selfish for not wanting to share your good fortune. I think he might be on to something there! Being or not being selfish is a matter of choice!

If you were to adopt Whitney as your daughter, you might be grateful when the day comes that you are no longer able to travel and enjoy your lifestyle. If we live long enough, God sees to it that our “lifestyles” change. You might be grateful someday to have a daughter.
As my mother used to say: “A son is a son ‘til he takes a wife, but a daughter’s a daughter for the rest of your life.”
Think about that!
EBC

stjos/stvdp:04.07.2013 - 03


SAINT FAUSTINA'S VISION OF HELL

Background: Helen Kowalska was born on 25 August 1905 in Glagowiec, Poland. When she was 20 years old, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and lived at first in their convent in Warsaw. She took the name Sister Mary Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament. While in the convent in Warsaw and later in convents in Plock (Poland), in Vilnius (now part of Lithuania) and in Krakow (Poland), Sister Faustina claimed to receive revelations from Jesus. She recorded these revelations in her diary. This diary came to be known as Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul. It is widely available today. She died on 05 October 1938 and was canonized on 30 April 2000 by Pope John Paul II. A mystic and a visionary, she is known as The Apostle of Divine Mercy.

 

The following (#741) is an excerpt from her diary.

I, Sister Faustina Kowalska, by the order of God, have visited the Abysses of Hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence. The devils were full of hatred for me, but they had to obey me at the command of God. What I have written is but a pale shadow of the things I saw. But I noticed one thing: That most of the souls who are there are those who had refused to believe in the existence of Hell.
I was led by an angel to the Chasms of Hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kinds of tortures I saw are the following:

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The First Torture
THE LOSS OF GOD.
The Second Torture
PERPETUAL REMORSE OF CONSCIENCE.
The Third Torture
THE REALIZATION THAT ONE'S CONDITION WILL NEVER CHANGE.
The Fourth Torture
THE FIRE THAT WILL PENETRATE THE SOUL WITHOUT DESTROYING IT. THIS IS A TERRIBLE SUFFERING SINCE IT IS A PURELY SPIRITUAL FIRE, LIT BY GOD'S ANGER.
The Fifth Torture
CONTINUAL DARKNESS AND A TERRIBLE SUFFOCATING SMELL AND, DESPITE THE DARKNESS, THE DEVILS AND THE SOULS OF THE DAMNED SEE EACH OTHER AND ALL THE EVIL, BOTH OF OTHERS AND THEIR OWN.
The Sixth Torture
THE CONSTANT COMPANY OF SATAN.
The Seventh Torture
HORRIBLE DESPAIR, HATRED OF GOD, VILE WORDS,
CURSES AND BLASPHEMIES.
***********************************************

Now that the Lord Jesus, via St. Faustina, has caught our attention and we have managed to pick ourselves up from the floor, please know that He desires to save every human being from Hell. To help Him in this urgent project, we will ask Him for mercy for ourselves and for others in the following manner:
FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY
SUNDAY, 07 APRIL

Devotions at 03:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Scripture Reading
Reflection
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Individual blessing with Image of the Divine Mercy

stjos/stvdp: 04.07.2013 - 05


PATRICK and BRIDGET MURPHY were the parents of nine children. They went to their parish priest to ask him about Natural Family Planning (NFP). They told him that, although they loved their children, they thought that nine was enough and they really shouldn’t take any chances on conceiving a tenth child. The priest asked them if they (the woman in particular) were having any health problems. They said, “No, not at all! We’re both quite healthy, thanks be to God!” He asked them if they were having any financial problems. They said, “No, thanks be to God! We manage to pay all our bills and still have some left over.” He asked them if they had enough bedroom space in their house for a tenth child. They said, “Oh, yes, thanks be to God! We have a big house and we even have a spare room we could convert into a bedroom!” The priest said, “Well, I’m willing to refer you to the diocesan office that provides NFP instruction but, before I do that, let me ask you why you want to avoid having a tenth child. You’re doing a great job with the nine you have and I’m sure the older children will help you to take care of a tenth child. Besides that, God will reward your generosity!” The mother said, “Yes, Father, but you see it’s like this. We heard on TV that every tenth child born in the United States today is a Mexican and we felt it just wouldn’t be fair for us to bring a Mexican child into our family. You see, neither of us speaks Spanish and neither do any of our children!”
THE CANDLE in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother in St. Joseph Church burns this week in memory of ANNA BOYUKA BURKE, at the request of Thomas Clarke.
THANK YOU TO THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS! They gave the pastor a check for three hundred dollars ($300.00) to pay for the Pennsylvania instant lottery tickets that are being chanced off. St. Joseph Parish is very grateful to them for this splendid act of generosity.
AND WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF INSTANT LOTTERY TICKETS:
Please note that tickets are on sale after each of the weekend Masses in St. Joseph Church.
Tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00.
The drawing for the lottery tree will take place after the 11:30 am Mass on Sunday, 21 April.
Tickets may also be purchased at McDonald’s Lunch on 2nd Street.
NO NEWS YET!
People ask the pastor from time to time whether or not he has “heard any news from Allentown” about whether or not he will be staying in Girardville for another year (or so). As you know, Fr. Connolly submitted his letter of resignation this past January as required by Canon Law when a priest reaches his 75th birthday. At the same time that he submitted the letter, he expressed his preference for continuing on as pastor in Girardville. He also promised that, once he hears from the Bishop, he will let everyone know. The fact is that I have not yet heard from him. So, that’s how it stands for the present time. I am watching my mail and shall let you know when I know.

stjos/stvdp: 04.07.2013 - 06



CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS

• The last time I entered a pun contest, I submitted ten of my very best! I eagerly awaited the announcement of the winners but, unfortunately for me, no pun in ten did.
• Need an ark? I Noah guy!
• I read a book about what holds steel bridges together. It was riveting!
• If the devil goes bald, there'll be hell toupee.
• Nobody has ever figured out how to publish a book on cowardice, because it would have to be spineless.
• If a mathematician devised a dance routine for lumberjacks, it would be a logarhythm.
• A viscous liar is someone who lays it on thick.
• I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.
• Did you hear about this woman who was a fortune teller? She was very short, only about four-feet-tall. She was arrested for fraud. She decided to make a break for it. She is now a small medium at large.
• What if there were no hypothetical questions?
• I dug a hole today. It was a groundbreaking event in my life.
• You can lead a horse to water but a pencil must be lead.
• What do you call Santa's helper? A subordinate Claus.
• What do you call an anthology of the works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte? A Brontosaurus!
• Who's the coolest person to know in any hospital? The hip replacement guy!
• Breaking the tip of your pencil would be pointless.
• Give me a definition of “abundance”. That’s a party in a bakery.
• I was at the zoo and I saw two guys in lab coats trying to drag a cheetah from her enclosure. I thought, “They're trying to pull a fast one.”
• I've got mood poisoning. It must be something I hate.
• What time is your appointment with the dentist? Tooth-hurty.
• Where do hippopotami attend school? The hippocampus!
• If you toss a quarter into the St. Andreas, you’re being generous to a fault.
• A good pun is its own reword.
• A neutron went into a bar and ordered a drink. He asked the bartender, “How much do I owe you?” The bartender said, "For you, no charge".
• Who's the best person to know in any hospital? The ultra-sound guy!
• Listen to me in mono. I don't fit your stereotypes.
• A dinosaur with arthritis is a megasaurus.
• Are you serious? No, I'm Lebanese.
• Electricians would make good news reporters. They know their current events.
• Why isn't “phonetic” spelled “fonetic”?
• What do you call the fear of the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk? FeeFiPhobia

stjos/stvdp: 04.07.2013 - 07


WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO DADS?
                                                                                                                                      by Matthew Archbold

My wife recently chaperoned a dance for junior-high-school kids at a Catholic school. She was working the door when another of the chaperones, a father of one of the students in attendance, hurried over and asked her what he was supposed to do about an eighth-grade girl making out with an eighth-grade boy in the middle of the dance floor. “That’s not okay, is it?” he asked her. “Should we be doing something about this?”
The man truly didn’t know what his responsibilities were. My wife was stunned by the question. She was about to answer when another man came up to her and asked her the same question about the kissing couple. “It’s not okay!” she said. “Tell them to stop!”
From what I understand, after a lot of eye-rolls from the couple, they stopped mauling each other with their mouths. But here’s the thing - What they were doing was completely expected. Kids do dumb things. What the kids did was something kids have been trying to do since kids were invented. Nothing new there!
What has changed in recent years are parents. Can you imagine just forty years ago two fathers frozen and completely unaware of what to do about two eighth-graders kissing passionately on the dance floor? What’s happened to men? What’s happened to Dads?
“Leave room for the Holy Ghost” is an anachronistic punch line meant to elicit laughs about a stodgy time gone by. But it shouldn’t be! I’d hope that if it were his own daughter out there on the dance floor we wouldn’t have to suffer through the same existential angst about what his responsibilities were. I scarily suspect I might be wrong.
I think so many modern Dads are so frightened at the prospect of being uncool that it makes their hair plugs stand on end and their spray-tan melt. I fear most men haven’t the faintest idea of what being a Dad is about. I’ve heard it said so many times that kids grow up so fast these days. I don’t think it’s true. I think parents have stopped being parents too soon these days.
Dads are supposed to protect kids. It’s what we do! But the consequence of a generation of boys having been taught not to be boys is that men don’t know how to be men. This second generation relativism has left men confused about right and wrong. And right and wrong don’t change based upon time, last name, or venue. Our willingness to distinguish them might, however. Men no longer trust their own moral compass. When they see kids rubbing up against each other on the dance floor most men shrug their shoulders and say that the world’s changed but what they really mean is they don’t have the strength to change it back. Nobody wants to be John Lithgow from Footloose telling the cool kids not to dance.
There is a world out there and at last count it seemed to be filled with more wrong then right. Responsible Dads should give their children the tools to fight it off or, at least, to know the difference. So many times I’ve heard from other parents that I shouldn’t shelter my kids. But protecting their innocence isn’t sheltering them, its arming them. Protecting them is preparing them for the world.
I’ve never heard of a Dad lying on his deathbed wishing he’d exposed his child to sin earlier. Regrets? I've had a few but that won't one of them.
A Dad has to be willing to be the bad guy when it counts. And that’s hard and it can be lonely. But my ambition is that my children will love me in Heaven. And I think the best way to make sure that happens is for them to fear me a little now.
Too many children equate their parents’ love for them with the word, “Yes.” But it seems to me that “No” can be a much more loving word. When children equate love with permissiveness, it’s no surprise they start believing God just wants them to do whatever they want to make them happy. That’s what they’ve been taught about love. Love to them means letting me do whatever I want. But sin has consequences — always! A father's swift and clear consequences help them to avoid a much worse kind of sin down the road.
A father gives life. A Dad helps his children build one. We need more Dads. The world is crying for them.

stjos/stvdp: 04.07.2013 - 08


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