MASS SCHEDULE: 21 - 28 April

Saturday, 20 April
Vigil of Sunday
by Rosemary Catizone Zelli

Sunday, 21 April
4th Sunday of Easter
by the Rizzardi family

Monday, 22 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — THOMAS L. EVANS Jr.
by Mary Anne Smith

Wednesday, 24 April
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — MARGARET T. (Rennick) REILLY
by her son, Jack

Friday, 26 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — AGNES E. CORRIGAN
by Helen Corrigan Wayne

Saturday, 27 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on RAY and ROSE ANN WAYNE
re-scheduled from 10 April
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — God’s blessings on POPE (Emeritus) BENEDICT XVI
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 28 April
5th Sunday of Easter
10:00 am — Deceased: O’DONNELL and SCULLY FAMILIES
re-scheduled from 19 April
11:30 am — AUSTIN L. HOGAN
by EBC

 MASS SCHEDULE: 21 - 28 April

Saturday, 20 April
Vigil of Sunday
by Tom, Mary Ann and Jaclyn Kowalonek

Sunday, 21 April
4th Sunday of Easter
by Charles and Kathleen

Tuesday, 23 April
St. George, martyr;
St. Adalbert, bishop, martyr (OptMems)
08:00 am — HELEN T. KRICK
by Thomasina Moran

Thursday, 25 April
St. Mark, evangelist (Fst)
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Saturday, 27 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES M. LALLY Jr.
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage
and Vanessa T. Lally Felegi

Sunday, 28 April
5th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by Robert and Mary Bozylinski

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13 / 14 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $902.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the plate; $70.00 from the Dues envelopes; $230.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $5.00 from the Easter envelopes; $104.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,383.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,383.00) 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 $242.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $958.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $65.00 from the plate; $48.00 from the Dues envelopes; $152.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $47.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,270.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,270.00) 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 $479.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 24 April
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 25 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 26 April
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 24 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, 26 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

Come to Me, all ye that labor and are heavy burdened and I shall give you rest.

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A member of St. Joseph Parish has an apartment he is offering for rent.
It is a third-floor apartment located at 113 W. Main Street, Girardville.
No pets.
For details, call the owner at (570) 276-6063.

Please know that the pastor is willing to place in the parish bulletin notices similar to the above at no charge and as a courtesy for registered members of St. Joseph Parish or of St. Vincent dePaul Parish. We are referring to notices such as:


The pastor reserves the right to judge appropriateness of content.
Usually, only one posting per item.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN will please meet with Fr. Connolly from 07:00 to 08:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory on the following dates. We will be reviewing essential information for First Confession and First Holy Communion. Parents are welcome to stay (or not stay) as they wish.

Tuesday, 23 April
Wednesday, 24 April
Tuesday, 30 April
Wednesday, 01 May
Wednesday, 08 May
Wednesday, 15 May


Chances will be on sale in the back of St. Joseph Church
after the weekend Masses.
$2.00 each or three for $5.00
The prize is $300.00 worth of PA Instant Lottery tickets!
Drawing will be in the Sheridan Room after the 11:30 am Mass today (21 April).
THE SANCTUARY LAMP in St. Joseph Church burns this week for the intention of God’s blessings on Henry and Raymond Wayne, at the request of our local Council of the Knights of Columbus.

stjos/stvdp:04.21.2013 - 03

LIKE MOST SERIOUS CATHOLICS and even like some non-Catholics, I was intensely interested in the answer to the question: Who will succeed Benedict as Pope? As you know, it was SEDE VACANTE — we were without a Pope — from Thursday, 28 February to Wednesday, 13 March. (Benedict’s abdication took effect on 28 February and Francis was elected Pope on 13 March.)
On Monday, 11 March, Ian Getzey was driving me back to Girardville from the interment service for Tom Evans in Annville. Making conversation, he asked me who I thought would be the new Pope. I laughed and said, “That’s a good question!” Then, because I hate to leave a question unanswered, I said that, if I had to place a bet, I would bet on a certain cardinal from Argentina. I said that I couldn’t remember his name but that he was an Italian and that he seemed to have just those right qualities that the cardinals might be looking for: (a) speaks Italian fluently, which is almost indispensable for anyone who is Bishop of Rome (inasmuch as Rome happens to be located in Italy!); (b) comes from South America, which is the most Catholic continent in the world and the continent that is most overdue for recognition; (c) has a reputation for orthodoxy, which is the most important quality of all; (d) has a reputation for having a heart for the poor.
I realize it’s easy for someone to say — after the fact — that he “knew” ahead of time whom the cardinals would elect. However, you don’t have to take my word for it. You can ask Ian! He won’t lie! Maybe I should go into the prophecy business! (Then again, maybe not!)
Jump ahead two days.
On Wednesday, 13 March, I was in St. Vincent dePaul Church. My normal Wednesday procedure calls for me to expose the Blessed Sacrament at about 02:00 pm. Then, between 02:30 and 03:30 pm I sit in the confessional. Then, at 03:40 pm I pray the Scripture Rosary, after which we have Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
At about 02:20 pm, Ian came running into the church and approached me in the sanctuary to tell me, sotto voce, that there is WHITE SMOKE! A new Pope had been elected! I was surprised, to say the least! It was only the second day of the Conclave. I had anticipated that the Conclave would go on for several days. I asked Ian, “Who is it? Who’s the new Pope?” He said he didn’t know, it hadn’t been announced yet — just the fact that SOMEBODY was elected.
Now, I’m getting to my main point.
I experienced at that moment an intense desire to run over to the Rectory, park myself in front of the TV and join millions of others in the suspense and the jubilation. I wanted so much to know WHAT’S HAPPENING! I don’t like to be the last person to find out that they fired on Fort Sumter and that there is talk of the South seceding.
I thought of that song from JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. The Apostles repeat the refrain, “What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s happening! What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s happening!”
I’m the kind of person who wants to know what’s the buzz. I want to know what’s happening!
But here I was in church, with the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance on the altar and I had committed myself to staying here for the next hour and forty minutes.

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The thought occurred to me that, maybe, I should just hastily repose the Blessed Sacrament and put a sign on the confessional door: Priest was called away. Please ring Rectory doorbell for confession.
It seemed to me that the Lord would not mind my doing that. After all, I would be interrupting the normal schedule for a good and religious reason! After all, it’s not every week that we get a new Pope! After all, it’s my duty as a priest to be informed! After all, it’s not as though I’m going over to watch some silly TV program! After all and after all and after all……!
Then, I looked at the monstrance and it was as if I were frozen in my tracks! It was as though the Lord Himself spoke to me. Here, more or less, is what He said: “Edward, calm down! Which is more important? Is it the identity of the new Pope or is it the Identity of the One before Whom all Popes and Princes prostrate themselves? Popes come and popes go. I am the Center of the universe. Beware of rationalizing! You will find out in due time who the new Pope is! Your duty is to stay here and to complete your commitment both to Me and to the people!”
I came to my senses and did what the Lord told me. I stayed in church. I’m glad that I did.
This experience has done me good and for more than one reason. Let me tell you one of the reasons: In years gone by, Catholics did not tend to “evaluate” their religious leaders. When I was growing up, there were three principal religious personages in my life. In descending order of prestige, but in ascending order of relevance to my life, they were: Pope Pius XII, Dennis Cardinal Dougherty and Father John P. Greene. The latter was the pastor of the parish in which I grew up and he handed out report cards. (Neither the Pope nor the Cardinal ever came over to Most Precious Blood School to hand me my report card!)
I never heard any discussion about the relative merits or demerits of the Pope or the Cardinal or the Pastor. They were who they were. God had sent them to us. They would do their job as God gave them the light to do so. Were they liberals or conservatives? The question would have seemed absurd to me and, I think, to my parents as well.
But now we evaluate 24 / 7. We hear and read too much news and editorial commentary.
So, now, we have a new Pope — an ethnic Italian from Argentina! In personality and in presentation, he seems very unlike his predecessor. There are some things I read and hear about him that please me very much. There are a few things I read and hear about him that do not please me all that much. I admired Benedict’s academic genius. I don’t quite see that in Francis. I admired Benedict’s appreciation for liturgy. I’m not sure I see that in Francis. I would like Francis to move out of that blasted hotel into the papal apartment! I would like him to be a tad more regal. I resonate to many of the trappings of the papacy, although I can do without the red shoes! But then I realize that these are all peripheral concerns.
The only indispensable quality in any Pope is that he be a decent man who acts as the ultimate guarantor on Earth of the Faith handed down to us from Jesus via the Apostles and Fathers of the Church. I have no doubt that Francis will do this and will do it more than adequately. So, I resolve to love the Pope and always to speak well of him. While I’m at it, I resolve to love my Bishop and always to speak well of him. I keep in mind that Popes, Bishops and Pastors come and go. Not one of them is perfect. All of them leave something to be desired. Therefore: We do well to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
And, so, with my eyes fixed on Jesus, I say: God bless Pope Francis I! Long live the Pope!

stjos/stvdp: 04.21.2013 - 05

I read the following this past week:

An unemployed man, who said he was only trying to teach his elderly priest a lesson, was charged Wednesday, April 17, with murdering him. Antonio Incandela, 33, said he had had it with the homilies delivered by Michele Di Stefano, the priest in the small rural town of Ummari on the west coast of Sicily. Di Stefano was killed on February 27 after being beaten with the handle of a hoe. Prosecutors say Incandela told them that he could not bear to listen to the priest any longer but wasn’t intending murder when he beat the priest while he was sleeping. Incandela was caught when he used the priest’s bank card at an automated teller machine, authorities said. An investigation is ongoing.

My comment
You can imagine that any priest who reads this news item is going to feel a certain twinge of anxiety.
“Good grief! Is there an Antonio Incandela in my parish?”
I sure hope not!
Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Di Stefano, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him!
I wonder if he could rightly be considered a martyr.
Actually, I wouldn’t mind being a martyr! In fact, I’d be proud to be a martyr. It would look great on my résumé! Mom and Dad would be so proud! My only problem is that I am not fond of pain. I close my eyes when I have to get blood drawn. So, if anyone is planning to bump me off because of my homilies, I respectfully ask that you not do it with a hoe or any similar implement. A bullet would be better, as long as you have a good aim. And it would be best to do it while I’m still in the pulpit or, at least, in the sanctuary. Much more dramatic than if you snuck up on me while I was in bed.
And don’t bother taking my ATM bank card. You would have to know the PIN. It’s no good to you without the PIN.
On second thought, let’s forget the whole thing!

Next Sunday (28 April) is the last Sunday of the month. Therefore, the 11:30 am Mass in St. Joseph Church will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form (i.e. “Tridentine Mass”). And, as usual on the last Sunday of the month, there will be a Mass at 10:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel. We will keep the monthly 10:00 am Mass in the chapel.
DO YOU RECEIVE IN THE MAIL your copy of The A.D. Times? If you are a registered parishioner, you should be receiving it (free!) So, if you are NOT receiving it and if you ARE a registered parishioner, please let us know!

stjos/stvdp: 04.21.2013 - 06

Excerpts from
Pottsville Republican, 17 April 2013

Bob Casey is disgusting. He should be thrown out of the Catholic Church.


Shame, shame, shame on Sen. Casey. His father must be turning over in his grave. Didn't he know when God created Adam and said man should not be alone, he created a woman. He didn't create another man.


The Pottsville Republican Commentator: How quickly you forget about the number of priests that have sexually abused children over the years. Bob Casey is a saint compared to those, some of whom are still in the church. What hypocrites.

Sen. Casey should be ashamed of himself and I'm sure his father is rolling over in his grave for his stance now on homosexual marriage. Where is his Catholic priest? Where is his bishop? Why is he not ex-communicated from the church to which he belongs? Also, Nancy Pelosi, all of these people who claim to be Catholic and yet they go against everything the Catholic Church teaches. Something needs to be done. Someone has to stand up against these people and tell them that is not what the church believes in or teaches or get out. Go to another religion then because you're certainly not following what you should be.


The Pottsville Republican Commentator: Just one question, for someone holier than thou: Why were priests accused of sexual abuse with male children over the years not excommunicated, but just moved to other parishes to do the same thing again, then moved again and so on?

Another sell-out by Sen. Casey. He will never be like his father, who was a true Christian governor. Thank you, Casey. You're on the right trail - right down below.

Schuylkill Haven

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH, here is my commentary on all of the above:
#01 — Just in case, you didn’t know, the firestorm has to do with Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) coming out in favor of “gay marriage”.
#02 — It is my opinion that (understatement alert!!) Senator Casey is not a Profile in Courage. I think his membership in the Catholic Church is tenuous and I question his eligibility to receive Holy Communion. Despite his protestations otherwise, his record proves beyond a doubt that he is not pro-life. Now we know that he favors the legalization of same-sex marriage.
#03 — My real problem with the Senator is that he is trying to have it both ways. If he did not present himself as a Catholic and if he did not present himself as pro-life, I would feel towards him as I would feel towards any politician who is non-Catholic and pro-choice. I wish that Senator Casey would stop talking the talk inasmuch as he is unwilling to walk the walk.
#04 — The Pottsville Republican Commentator needs a course in Logic! There is no comparison between persons who commit a particular sin of the flesh (but don’t endorse the sinful behavior) and those who, whether or not they commit the particular sin of the flesh, do endorse the sinful behavior. In other words, there is a difference between a sin of human weakness or cowardice and the Sin Against the Holy Ghost, for which there is no forgiveness.

stjos/stvdp: 04.21.2013 - 07

So, why did they do it?
Obviously, we have a lot yet to learn about their motivation.
Tentatively, we can presume that their motivation was similar to that of Captain Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood assassin and of other mass murderers who broadly identify themselves as “soldiers of Allah” and as “jihadists”.
We ask ourselves, “Granted that these people don’t like us, what do they hope to accomplish?”
What advantage did Tamerlan and Dzohkhar hope to gain from blowing up and injuring scores of persons whom they did not even know?
I think, if you were to ask them, they would give an answer somewhat like the following:

It pleases Allah (God) that we kill as many Christians, Jews (and other non-Muslims) as possible because they are immoral. Look at how they live. They are sexually promiscuous. They permit adultery and fornication and pornography. They permit abortion. They permit homosexuality. They drink alcohol. They do drugs. They eat the meat of unclean animals! Even if not each and every one of the individuals whom we kill is personally guilty, nevertheless they are all wrapped up in the guilt of their society. They are filthy pigs! Allah abhors them. We do the work of Allah by destroying them! And, if we get killed in the process, no problem! Allah will reward us for our faithfulness to Him.

And now we take a deep breath, try to regain our composure and consider what is being said.

Here is the irony: Devout Catholics (and many other Christians) also believe that there is gross immorality in our society. Many of the examples cited above are on our list of “grievously immoral activities”.
The question is: How do we deal with it?

IT IS NO PART OF THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL, no part of the teachings of the Catholic Church, that we Christians should do any harm to any of the persons who are involved in the activity or enterprises that we deem to be immoral. As much as we abhor abortion, fornication, adultery, sodomy and pornography, we never, never, never encourage or even suggest that anyone ought to kill or do physical harm to abortionists, fornicators, adulterers, sodomites or pornographers!
Instead, we urge our people to PRAY for sinners and, in some cases, we urge our people to use their political clout in order to prevent these immoral activities from being encouraged, enabled or honored by our government. But killing the agents or the perpetrators? No! Never!
With all due respect to Islam, I have often thought that it is more a religion of morality and stern vengeance than it is a religion of love and compassion.
I was taught and I hope I teach others: Beware of any brand of religion that is ALL MORALITY ALL THE TIME, but short on LOVE, MERCY and FORBEARANCE!
As far as I know, there is nothing in Islam that is vaguely comparable to what we Catholics mean when we refer to “the Good Shepherd Who lays down His life for His sheep” or to “the Sacred Heart of Jesus” or to “Our Lady of Mercy”.

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