MASS SCHEDULE: 28 April - 05 May
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 27 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

Monday, 29 April
St. Catharine of Siena, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on Atty. CARMEN MARINELLI and family
by Marilyn Stefanski

Wednesday, 01 May
St. Joseph the Worker (OptMem)
08:00 am — DOLORES CORRIGAN WAYNE
by Helen Corrigan Wayne

Friday, 03 May
SS. Philip and James, apostles (Fst)
08:00 am — SPECIAL INTENTION
by Mary Draugelis Miller

Saturday, 04 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar MEMORIAL SOCIETY
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — NED H. LANG and NED G. LANG
by the Getzey and the Lang families

Sunday, 05 May
6th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — WILLIAM E. DANDO
by Lucretia Christman

 MASS SCHEDULE: 28 April - 05 May
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 30 April
St. Pius V, pope (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on Bishop KEVIN C. RHOADES
by Jim and Eva Gontis and family

Thursday, 02 May
St. Athanasius, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 04 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — In thanksgiving and for health and God’s blessings on EVA KUBEYKA
by Ron and JoAnne Mercuri and family

Sunday, 05 May
6th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
by her husband, Butch, and her daughter, Mary Jane

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
20 / 21 APRIL


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,005.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $45.00 from the plate; $25.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Easter envelopes; $101.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,246.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,246.00) 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 $105.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $728.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $94.00 from the plate; $65.00 from the Dues envelopes; $61.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $38.00 from the loose.
Total: $986.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($986.00) 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 $195.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 01 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 02 May
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 03 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 01 May
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, 03 May
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

I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE. HE WHO COMES TO ME SHALL NOT HUNGER!

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IT’S CALLED “THE FOYER”!
Although the word “foyer” was in my vocabulary before I came to Girardville, I must admit that it is a word that I seldom, if ever, had occasion to use. “Foyer” is a rather elegant “frenchy” word and I had thought that its use was confined to venues such as theaters and hotels. “Foyer” is a fancy way of referring to a lobby, i.e. a room where people gather before going into the living area or the auditorium. The reason I mention it is this: Recently, I told Ginny that I had put a certain item on the table in the “front porch” of the rectory, so that she would know about it when someone came to pick it up. She looked at me and said “Front porch?” I said, “Yeah, you know — the foyer!” She said, “Oh, okay! The foyer!” So, I want everyone to know that St. Vincent dePaul Rectory does not have a “front porch”. It has a “FOYER”
I looked the word up in Wikipedia and learned the following: A foyer in a house is usually a small entry area or room by the front door. With that in mind, I can confidently say that StVdP Rectory no longer has a “front porch”, but rather it has a “foyer”! Suddenly, I feel as though I have gone up in the world, that my social status has advanced a notch or two. I live in a house with a foyer! Let’s have a little more respect, if you please!
Oh, by the way: Please be careful with your pipes, cigars and cigarettes if you need to smoke while waiting in the foyer in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. We don’t want to have to call the Foyer Department.
AND THE WINNER IS ………..!
The drawing for the lottery tree was held in the Sheridan Room after the 11:30 am Mass last Sunday. All of the chances were in a large can. Mr. Richards put the lid on the can and gave it a few good shakes. He handed the can to Fr. Connolly, who gave it another good shake. Then a SWEET INNOCENT CHILD was chosen to draw the ticket. She was a beautiful little girl named Regina (about two years old, I think) who was visiting with her Mom and Dad and siblings. She was instructed to dig down and pick out one and only one ticket. She performed her task admirably.
The ticket belonged to THOMASINE MORAN!
Congratulations, Thomasine! I hope you found a winner or two amongst the tickets!
WE SINCERELY THANK ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS FUNDRAISER!
The profit from the drawing came to eight hundred eight dollars: $808.00.
This is NOT counting the initial investment of three hundred dollars (to buy tickets) which, as noted in a previous bulletin, was a gift from the Knights of Columbus.
So, we could actually say that the profit came to one thousand, one hundred eight dollars: $1,108.00
That will help St. Joseph Parish to pay an outstanding bill.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Catholic Charities' Neighbors Helping Neighbors project needs volunteers to visit older adults in the community. Catholic Charities provides flexible scheduling (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly) and mileage reimbursement. Volunteers provide services such as friendly visiting, assistance with grocery shopping or light household chores. Please consider helping out a senior in need. Please contact Joanne Andruchek for more information at 570-628-0466 or jandruchek@allentowndiocese.org.
EASTER FLOWERS: St. Joseph Parish received a total of $379.00 and St. Vincent dePaul Parish, a total of $437.00 in donations in the Easter Flowers envelopes.
In the past, Ginny typed up sheets with the names of donors and posted them in the churches.
This year we are putting this information into the bulletin (see pages 04 and 05) together with the names of persons (mostly deceased persons) in whose memory the flowers were donated.
This information was transcribed from the handwritings on the envelopes. If we made any errors, we trust you will “hold us excused”. Accurate transcription from handwriting sometimes presents a challenge!

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A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT HURTING PEOPLE’S FEELINGS
First of all, I would like to go on record as saying that Nobody Should Ever Deliberately Set Out To Hurt Anybody’s Feelings!
That’s a flag we can all salute — and should! Don’t you agree?
That’s a Principle of Sound Living that deserves to be written in Letters of Gold on Tablets of Ivory!
Am I right? Of course, I’m right! Thank you very much for agreeing with me!
People who Take Pleasure in Hurting Other People’s Feelings should all be Rounded Up and Fed to the Crocodiles — but only after they have been given an opportunity to go to Confession, of course!
(I hope that what I have written thus far has not hurt anyone’s feelings.)
My reason for introducing this subject is as follows: Occasionally, I am told that I should not put into the bulletin nor say from the pulpit anything that is critical of ABORTION or HOMOSEXUALITY or ARTIFICIAL CONTRACEPTION or EXTRA-MARITAL SEX or MISSING MASS ON SUNDAYS — plus one or two other things, but I don’t remember exactly which!
And what is the reason given as to why I should not?
The reason given is that it Hurts People’s Feelings. (I presume they mean SOME people’s feelings. I sure hope it doesn’t mean EVERYBODY’S feelings!)
And how is a parish priest supposed to react to this admonition?
If he is interested primarily in BIG COLLECTIONS, I guess he would do well to put a lid on the criticism and just keep it positive! Pastor Joel Osteen comes to mind. Whenever I see him on TV, I think, “Gee, he is such a nice guy! Nice hair, nice teeth, nice suit, nice manners. He radiates the Power of Positive Thinking! If he ever opened up shop in Girardville, it would be curtains for me!”
Joel never says beans about abortion or homosexuality or artificial contraception or extra-marital sex or missing church on Sundays. He just tells his followers that God is nice and they are nice and he is nice and the music is nice and it would really be nice if everybody would just keep on being nice but — heaven forfend! — just in case there is anyone out there who is not being as nice as he possibly could be, he would do well to improve his niceness quotient, if at all possible.
Meanwhile, here in Girardville (and in other venues, of course, wherever the Truth that Comes from God is propagated) we continue to warn one and all that:

It is a mortal sin to cooperate in any way with abortion.
It is a mortal sin to engage in homosexual activity.
It is a mortal sin to practice artificial contraception.
It is a mortal sin to engage in sexual relations outside of marriage.
It is a mortal sin (deliberately) to miss Mass on Sundays.

And the consequence of DYING IN THE STATE OF MORTAL SIN is ETERNAL DAMNATION — exile from God and from all that is loving and truthful and meaningful and beautiful forever and ever and ever. That’s a bummer — to the max!
I hope none of this hurts anyone’s feelings. If it happens to hurt your feelings, please know that I am not trying to hurt your feelings! I already told you what I think should happen to people who deliberately hurt other people’s feelings — “fed to the crocodiles” as noted above.
But there is such a thing as Speaking the Necessary Truth, as a result of which someone’s feelings may very well be hurt, but we call that “collateral damage”. Actually, it’s a kind of salutary collateral damage, in which case it’s “good damage”, as strange as that might sound.
Bottom line: If any one of these Necessary Truths hurts your feelings — well, you might want to take that as a sign that you need to go to Confession.
See page 02 for this week’s schedule or else call the Rectory for an appointment.

stjos/stvdp: 04.28.2013 - 06



                            PRESIDENT OBAMA ADDRESSES PLANNED PARENTHOOD
President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to deliver a speech to Planned Parenthood on Friday, 26 April. During a speech at the Planned Parenthood National Conference in Washington, Obama told the room of about one thousand attendees that the organization is here to stay, despite efforts by Republicans to strip the group of federal funding.
Here are some excerpts from his speech:

 “No matter how great the challenge of opposition, Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It’s not going anywhere today. It’s not going anywhere tomorrow.”

“One core principle has guided everything you do: that women should make their own decisions about their health. Yet there are those in Congress who still want to turn back the clock with policies of the 1950s in the 21st century.”

"As long as we've got to fight to make sure women have access to quality, affordable health care, and as long as we've got to fight to protect a woman's right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you've also got a president who's going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way. Thank you, Planned Parenthood! God bless you."

My comments
• In fiscal year 2012, Planned Parenthood received $542,000,000 in taxpayer money from the Federal government!
• Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion provider in the USA. Planned Parenthood makes a killing on killing children. When you think about it, that’s one hell of a way to make money!
• Who is responsible for this? In a democracy, it is the voters who are responsible for this. That is why, in our parish bulletin — ever so subtly so as not to imperil our tax-exempt status — we try to drop broad hints as to which candidates for office do and do not support publicly funded abortion. Maybe our problem is that we are too subtle!
• Did you notice that President Obama ended his speech to Planned Parenthood by saying, “Thank you, Planned Parenthood! God bless you!” If that’s not blasphemy, I don’t know what blasphemy is! Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain!
• Oh yes! One more comment and then I’ll be finished: In his entire speech, President Obama never once uttered the word “abortion”. He used, instead, the terms “women’s health” and “right to choose”. Utterly contemptible! Morally bankrupt!

If you want to read the complete text of President Obama’s address to Planned Parenthood, you will find it at this link:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/26/remarks-president-planned-parenthood-conference

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CAN YOU BE A DECENT HUMAN BEING AND STILL BE PRO-CHOICE?

Well, let’s think about that!
The answer does not lie in the fact that you can choose something. You are always choosing something!
For example: When you are attending the Boston Marathon or any event where large crowds of people gather, you have a choice: (a) to plant a bomb and blow people to smithereens or (b) not to plant a bomb.
If you choose to plant a bomb and blow people up, you are (to say the least) not a decent human being.
If you choose not to plant a bomb, you retain your credentials as a decent human being.
So, you see, it’s not the CHOOSING — in and of itself — that’s important. It’s WHAT you choose.
Same thing when it comes to abortion. If you are pregnant, you can choose to have an abortion, in which case you will deliver a dead baby. If that’s your choice, then you are the mother of a murdered child. Or you can choose to let nature take its course, in which case you will almost certainly deliver a live baby. If that’s your choice, then you are the mother of a living child! Need I say that it is always better to choose to be the mother of a living baby than the mother of a murdered baby? Let us not allow ourselves to be manipulated by the “pro-choice” jargon. Many people allow themselves to be manipulated, you know. Those who do are not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier!

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