MASS SCHEDULE: 05 - 12 May
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 04 May
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

Monday, 06 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — FRANCES BURNS
by John Burns

Wednesday, 08 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice
Vigil of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus
07:00 pm — ANN GILROY CAREY
by her husband, Tom

Thursday, 09 May
The Ascension of the Lord Jesus (Sol)
10:00 am — DOLORES CORRIGAN WAYNE
rescheduled from 01 May

Friday, 10 May
St. Damien deVeuster, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — NICHOLAS BIRSTER
by Jean Birster Weist

Saturday, 11 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on JAMIE LYNN REILEY and family
by Marilyn Stefanski
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — AGNES BURGESS MARCHETTA
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 12 May
7th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — ANNA C. O’CONNOR
by the McDonald and the Howard families

 MASS SCHEDULE: 05 - 12 May
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 07 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on Sister MARY RAYMOND, OP
by David and Susan Thye

Wednesday, 08 May
Vigil of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Kelly and Sharon Polk and family

Thursday, 09 May
The Ascension of the Lord Jesus (Sol)
07:00 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Saturday, 11 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ELEANOR R. WERZINSKY McDONALD
by Artie and Maureen Barnes

Sunday, 12 May
7th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
27 / 28 APRIL


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $676.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $56.00 from the plate; $50.00 from the Dues envelopes; $26.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Easter envelopes; $147.00 from the loose.
Total: $980.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($980.00) 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 ($160.25) is available from this collection for operating the parish. THIS IS A DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $972.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $65.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $75.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,132.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,132.00) 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 $341.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 07 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 09 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 10 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 07 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, 10 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

Stop into church and tell Jesus your troubles. If you don’t have any troubles, stop in anyway.

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MATTHEW RYAN MERCURI,
a beautiful little boy, will be baptized today (Sunday, 05 May) in St. Joseph Church.
The stain of the Original Sin will be removed from his soul.
The promise of mercy will be given to him for the rest of his life.
He will become eligible, as time goes by, to receive the other sacraments of the Church.
He will be a new creation in Christ Jesus.
He will be both justified and sanctified.
He will receive a share in the Divine Nature.
He will be given the RIGHT to go to Heaven.
All this and more.
God bless the child. May he have a happy life and a successful one, as God measures success.
Welcome to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, Matthew Ryan!
PLEASE DO NOT NEGLECT TO GO TO MASS on Ascension Thursday (or on the Vigil).
It is a Holyday of Obligation.
The Mass schedule is on page 08 of this bulletin.
Participation at Mass on a Holyday of Obligation has the same level of obligation / seriousness as does participation at Mass on a Sunday.
THE FLOWERS IN FRONT OF THE BLESSED MOTHER statue in St. Vincent dePaul Church were donated in memory of Blase J. Draugelis by his family. Thank you!
THE GIRL WHO HAS NEVER BEEN HOLLERED AT!
I was teaching a CCD class recently — 5th and 6th graders. I was waxing eloquent on the Fourth Commandment: how important it is for all of us to honor our fathers and mothers.
One of the points I made is that we must not be resentful towards our parents if they “holler at us” because sometimes we deserve to get “hollered at” and that just because we get “hollered at” or otherwise reprimanded / disciplined by our parents, we mustn’t think that our parents don’t love us! Au contraire, it means that they do love us. Otherwise, why would they expend all the energy required for “hollering at us”? (I think this discourse of mine was what is known as a long-winded eternal verity!) In order to identify myself as “one of the common herd”, I told them that even such a distinguished person as myself got “hollered at” once (?) by his mother! (My parents had an agreement: Dad worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Mom cooked, cleaned and, if necessary, hollered.) One of the little girls volunteered the information that she has never been “hollered at” in her whole, entire life. I didn’t mean to question her truthfulness, but I did say, “Never? You mean never, ever, ever?” She said, “Never!” I said, “That’s amazing! You must be doing something right!” Then she said that her sister does get “hollered at” and not infrequently. I offered the opinion that her sister probably deserves it. And that was the end of that particular discussion!
When it came time for the children to leave, this girl came up to me and said, “It’s really true. I’ve never been hollered at in my whole life.” I said, “I believe you. Lord knows I believe you! You are certainly a good kid. Stay that way!” She then reminded me, lest I had forgotten, that her sister does get “hollered at”.
I’m keeping an eye out for that sister of hers!

stjos/stvdp: 05.05.2013 - 04



HOW TO AVOID BECOMING THE FATHER-IN-LAW OF A NARCISSISTIC CREEP WHO MIGHT EVEN TURN OUT TO BE A TERRORIST
Read this excerpt from an interview with a young woman (name withheld) who knows Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, the cowardly traitor and despicable narcissist who murdered and maimed and injured innocent people on Boylston Street in Boston on 15 April 2013.
After reading it, sit down with your teenage daughter (“teenage” can be expanded to include ages eleven to thirty, as needed).

She got to know the group, she said, while hanging around campus with them, smoking pot and listening to music. She says her romantic relationship with Tsarnaev lasted for about two weeks. "I met him standing outside a building and honestly, his face was enough to capture my heart," she explained, noting that lots of women fawned over him. "I walked right up to him and I was like, ‘Oh my God, you are adorable. Can we hang out?' I'm very forward." Her nascent romance with Tsarnaev soon soured, though, after he invited her to come to his dorm room alone. "He wanted to go further than I did, and that made me uncomfortable, and I realized that that's not the kind of person that I wanted to be around," she says. "I don't think that's necessarily being a terrorist. I think that's just called being a hands-y teenaged boy."

Tell your daughter to be most extraordinarily cautious around young men who have faces that are “adorable” — especially if they are convinced that they are adorable. Tell her you would prefer to give her away to a groom who is not as pretty as the bride. Tell her a “plain, honest face” is preferred. Tell her never, never, never to TELL any guy that he is adorable and never, never to ask any guy, “Can we hang out?” That’s debased! Tell her to stay away absolutely from pot-smokers and drug users, unless they have been totally off the crap for a minimum of five years. Tell her to stay away from hands-y guys and that if any guy gets hands-y with her, she should call a cop. Buy her a cop-whistle! Tell her “hands-y” is bad but “handy” is good. It’s good to have a husband who is handy.
Tell her to find a moderately attractive and manly young man who is employed, doesn’t do drugs or booze, aspires to be chaste, goes to Mass and Holy Communion and Confession and doesn’t touch what doesn’t have his name on it.

 KEY TAGS EARN PARISHES ONE-PERCENT!

Please note: This has nothing to do with whether or not you purchase REDNER and BOYER gift cards. It is a separate matter.
On behalf of the parishes, I applied to BOYER’S to participate in their “key tag” offer. BOYER SUPERMARKETS has provided both of our parishes with “key tags”. SEPARATE TAGS FOR THE TWO PARISHES! When you shop at BOYER’S, you present your key tag (either StJosPar or StVdPPar) to the cashier along with your gift card or cash. The computer keeps the record. One percent (1%) of your total purchase will then be rebated to the parish of your choice (i.e. the parish of your key tag).

The person selling gift cards after Mass will also be handing out the key tags, or else you can ask for one at the Rectory.

stjos/stvdp: 05.05.2013 - 05


DO ANIMALS HAVE SOULS?
A boy in my CCD class asked me that question recently as he was leaving at the end of class. He seemed willing to stand there long enough for me to answer the question, so here is what I told him — although I am giving a more detailed answer here than I gave the boy.
YES! Animals DO have souls! Everything that is alive has a soul. Even trees have souls.
Anything that does not have a soul is not alive — i.e. either used to be alive but is now dead or else was never alive in the first place (like rocks and minerals and all of the elements on the Periodic Chart).
HOWEVER (and this is, indeed, a huge “HOWEVER”):
The souls of trees (and of other types of vegetation) have only “vegetative function”.
The souls of animals (by which we mean the entire spectrum from amoebae to chimpanzees) have both “vegetative function” and “sentient function”.
The souls of human beings (from the moment of conception until death) have “vegetative function”, “sentient function” and “rational function”.
The vegetative function of the human soul enables and unifies all of the various processes that keep the human body alive, e.g. digestion, circulation, respiration, excretion, et al.
The sentient function of the human soul enables and unifies our seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching.
The rational function of the human soul enables and unifies our capacities for self-reflexive knowing and for making free decisions. We call these capacities our INTELLECT and our WILL.
Souls that have only vegetative and / or sentient function are mortal, i.e. they cease to exist when the bodies they animate die.
On the contrary, souls that have rational function (in addition to vegetative and sentient) are NATURALLY IMMORTAL! They continue in existence even when the bodies they animate die.
I guess we could say that that’s why we don’t have Masses said for the happy repose of the souls of deceased cats or trees, whereas we do have Masses offered for the happy repose of the souls of deceased human beings! Why? Because there is no “happy repose” possible for the souls of cats or trees. On the other hand, there is no “unhappy repose”. That’s because there is no repose at all!
But we do hope for the “happy repose” of the souls of human beings because every human soul does repose, either happily (Heaven) or unhappily (Hell).
I HAD A PHILOSOPHICAL DIALOGUE with a 7-year-old girl this past week. She told me that she had a puppy and that, someday, her puppy was going to be a dog.
I asked her to “back up a minute” and think about what she just said.
I asked her whether or not her puppy is a dog. She thought and said that, yes, her puppy is a dog.
So, I said: “If your puppy is already a dog, then he is not ‘going to be’ a dog. He already is a dog.”
She thought about that and agreed.
Then I told her that it’s the same as with a baby human being. A baby human being is a human being. He or she is not “going to be” a human being. He or she already is a human being! She agreed!
I asked her, “Are all dogs puppies?” She said, “No”. I asked her, “Are all puppies dogs?” She said, “Yes”.
I said, “You’re right!”
Then I asked her, “Are all human beings babies?” She laughed and said, “No”. I asked her, “Are all babies human beings?” She said, “Yes”.
“You’re right” I said. “Smart girl!”
Mission accomplished! The girl was much too young to realize it, but what I was trying to do was inoculate her against the lie she is likely to hear when she gets older, viz. that unborn children are “potential human life”. What irrational and deceitful rubbish!
Unborn dogs are dogs and unborn humans are humans! Life is a continuum.

stjos/stvdp: 05.05.2013 - 06


  A Piece of Practical Wisdom for Living a Stress-free Life
Women and cats will do as they please.
Men and dogs should get used to the idea.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN will meet in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory on Tuesday, 07 May, at 07:00 pm for the fifth of their six instructions.
IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY READ the letter on page 03 of this bulletin, let me give you a brief summary plus background: In December of 2012, Fr. Connolly, in anticipation of his 75th birthday in January of 2013, submitted to Bishop Barres the canonically required letter of resignation as pastor of the two parishes in Girardville. In that same letter, he stated his preference (request) for an extension of his term as pastor. Subsequently, he received a letter acknowledging that letter, together with an assurance that the Bishop would ponder the request. This past Friday (03 May), the Bishop having completed his pondering, Fr. Connolly received the letter you see on page 03.
Ergo and wherefore: Fr. Connolly will remain as pastor of the two parishes in Girardville at least until June of 2014. There are unspoken conditions, of course, some of which are: (a) He must keep on breathing; (b) He must maintain good standing in the Catholic Church and not profess heresy or advocate schism; (c) He must not run off with the parish treasury.
As far as “post-June of 2014” is concerned, this will be negotiated in due time between Bishop Barres and Fr. Connolly. Needless to say, God reserves the right to have some input on all of the above and even to trump the wishes of both parties.
Am I happy about this? Yes, I am quite happy about it and so is Kateri. I love Girardville and, given my druthers, would gladly stay here for the rest of my life. I am grateful to the people here for their love and support.

 PROFIT from SALE of REDNER and BOYER GIFT CARDS

                     St. Vincent dePaul Parish   St. Joseph Parish

  07 April:
 $31.00  $24.00

 14 April:
 $29.00  $33.00

  21 April:
 $29.50 $18.00

  28 April:
 $25.25 $14.25

April total:
 $114.75 $89.25
 Year-to-date total: $479.25 $495.75

                                          Total since starting:   $1,100.5           $1,260.25


ALTHOUGH WE ARE GRATEFUL for whatever extra income we can get, I must say that I think our gift-card program COULD be MUCH more profitable IF ONLY EVERYONE IN THE PARISHES WHO SHOPS AT EITHER REDNER’S OR BOYER’S WOULD PURCHASE OUR GIFT CARDS!!!
Please pardon me for being repetitious on this matter, but here we go:
EVERY FAMILY IN OUR TWO PARISHES PURCHASES GROCERIES, IS THAT NOT SO?
MOST FAMILIES IN OUR TWO PARISHES SHOP AT EITHER REDNER’S OR BOYER’S OR BOTH, IS THAT NOT SO?
SO, IF ONLY ALL OF OUR PARISHIONERS WOULD BUY OUR GIFT CARDS, THE PARISH WOULD BENEFIT IMMENSELY AND OUR PARISHIONERS WOULD NOT BE LOSING ANYTHING!
SO, IF YOU ARE ONE OF OUR PARISHIONERS AND YOU ARE USING CASH INSTEAD OF GIFT CARDS WHEN YOU SHOP AT REDNER’S OR BOYER’S, MAY I RESPECTFULLY ASK YOU WHY?

stjos/stvdp: 05.05.2013 - 07


 HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
The ASCENSION
of the LORD JESUS
into HEAVEN
Thursday, 09 May

MASS SCHEDULE

Wednesday, 08 May

04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
*******
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church
***************************************

Thursday, 09 May

10:00 am
St. Joseph Chapel
*******

07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

stjos/stvdp: 05.05.2013 - 08


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