MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 May
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 11 May
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

Monday, 13 May
Our Lady of Fatima (OptMem)
08:00 am — PETER V. DeLUCA
by his family

Wednesday, 15 May
St. Isidore the Farmer (OptMem)
08:00 am — MARY ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland

Friday, 17 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — RAYMOND N. CARAVAN
by his wife, Jean

Saturday, 18 May
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on SUSAN SPENCER-WENDEL
by Marilyn Stefanski
Vigil of Pentecost
05:30 pm — FRANCIS L. MORAN
(95th anniversary of birth)
by his family

Sunday, 19 May
Pentecost
11:30 am — PATRICIA A. CHRISTMAN
by Lucretia Christman

 MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 May
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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

Tuesday, 14 May
St. Matthias, apostle (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on
RAY and ROSEANN WAYNE
rescheduled from 27 April

Thursday, 16 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — Deceased: GORMAS FAMILY
by Vincent and Joan Gormas

Saturday, 18 May
Vigil of Pentecost
04:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by his grandparents, John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 19 May
Pentecost
08:30 am — Deceased: CONNELL and KARVOIS FAMILIES
by the James Connell family

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
04 / 05 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,032.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the plate; $227.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $157.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,492.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,492.00) 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 $351.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $668.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $62.50 from the plate; $169.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the loose.
Total: $959.50
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($959.50) 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 $168.67 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 15 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 16 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 17 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 15 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, 17 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

A PENGUIN DIED. His fellow penguins dug a hole in the snow and buried him. Then they all gathered around the grave and sang, “Freeze a jolly good fellow! Freeze a jolly good fellow!”
(If you don’t like this joke, I’m sorry. I needed something to fill the space and I couldn’t think of anything holy.)

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77 Fruits of Holy Mass

1. For your salvation God the Father sends his beloved Son down from heaven.
2. For your salvation the Holy Spirit changes bread and wine into the true Body and Blood of Christ.
3. For your sake the Son of God comes down from heaven and conceals Himself under the form of the sacred host.
4. He even abases Himself to such an extent as to be present in the minutest particle of the Sacred Host.
5. For your salvation He renews the saving mystery of the Incarnation.
6. For your salvation He is born anew into the world in a mystic manner whenever Holy Mass is celebrated.
7. For your salvation he performs on the altar the same act of worship He performed when on earth.
8. For your salvation He renews His bitter passion in order that you may participate in it.
9. For your salvation He mystically renews His death, and sacrifices for you His precious life.
10. For your salvation He sheds His blood in a mystic manner, and offers it up for you to the Divine Majesty.
11. With this Precious Blood He sprinkles your soul and purifies it from every stain.
12. For you, Christ offers Himself as a true burnt-offering, and renders to the Godhead the supreme honor which it is due.
13. By offering this act of worship to God, you make reparation for the glory which you have failed to give Him.
14. For you Christ offers Himself to God as a sacrifice of praise, thus atoning for your omissions in praising His Holy Name.
15. By offering to God this oblation which Christ offers, you give Him greater praise than do the Holy Angels.
16. For you, Christ offers Himself as a perfect sacrifice of thanksgiving, making compensation for all failures on your part to render thanks.
17. By offering to God Christ’s act of thanksgiving, you make ample acknowledgment of all the benefits He had bestowed on you.
18. For you, Christ offers Himself as the all-powerful victim, reconciling you to the God Whom you have offended.
19. He pardons you for all your venial sins, provided you are firmly resolved to forsake them.
20. He also makes reparation for many of your sins of omission, when you had left undone the good you might have done.
21. He removes many of the imperfections attaching to your good deeds.
22. He forgives you the sins, unknown or forgotten, which you have never mentioned in confession.

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23. He offers Himself as a victim to make satisfaction for a part at least of your debts and transgressions.
24. Each time you hear Mass you can do more to pay the penalty due to your sins than by the severest work of penance.
25. Christ places to your credit a portion of His merits, which you may offer to God the Father in expiation of your offenses.
26. For you Christ offers Himself as the most efficacious peace-offering, interceding for you as earnestly as He interceded for His enemies on the cross.
27. His Precious Blood pleads for you in words as countless as the drops which issued from His sacred veins.
28. Each of the adorable wounds His sacred body bore is a voice calling aloud for mercy for you.
29. For the sake of this propitiatory victim, the petitions proffered during Mass will be granted far sooner than those that are proffered at other times.
30. Never can you pray so well as while present at Mass.
31. This is so because Christ unites His prayers to yours, and offers them to His heavenly Father.
32. He acquaints Him with your needs and with the dangers to which you are exposed, and makes your eternal salvation His particular concern.
33. The angels also, who are present, plead for you, and present your poor prayers before the throne of God.
34. On your behalf the priest says Mass, by virtue of which the evil enemy will not be suffered to approach you.
35. For you and for your everlasting salvation he says Mass, and offers that holy sacrifice to God Almighty.
36. When you hear Mass, you are yourself in spirit a priest, empowered by Christ to offer the Mass both for yourself and others.
37. By offering this Holy Sacrifice, you present to the Blessed Trinity the most acceptable of all oblations.
38. You offer an oblation precious indeed, of greater value than all things in heaven and earth.
39. You offer an oblation precious indeed, for it is none other than God himself.
40. By this sacrifice you honor God as He alone is worthy to be honored.
41. By this sacrifice you give infinite satisfaction to the Most Holy Trinity.
42. You may present this glorious oblation as your own gift, for Christ Himself gave it to you.
43. When you hear Mass aright, you perform an act of highest worship.
44. By hearing Mass you pay the most profound reverence, the most loyal homage, to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord.
45. It is the best means whereby to venerate the Passion of Christ, and obtain a share in its fruits.

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46. It is also the best means of venerating the blessed Mother of God, and increasing her joy.
47. By hearing Mass, you can also enrich your soul more than by anything else in the world.
48. By hearing Mass devoutly, you can give greater honor to the angels and the saints than by reciting many prayers.
49. For this act you perform a good work of the highest value.
50. It is a signal exercise of pure faith, which will receive a great reward.
51. When you bow down before the Sacred Host and the Sacred Chalice, you perform a supreme act of adoration.
52. For each time you gaze reverently upon the Sacred Host you will receive a reward in heaven.
53. Each time you smite your chest with compunction, some of your sins are remitted to you.
54. If you hear Mass in a state of mortal sin, God offers you grace of conversion.
55. If you hear Mass in a state of grace, God gives increase of grace.
56. In Holy Mass you spiritually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink His blood.
57. You are privileged to behold with your eyes Christ hidden under the sacramental veil, and to be beheld by Him.
58. You receive the priest’s benediction, which is confirmed by Christ in heaven.
59. Through your diligence in hearing Mass, you will also obtain corporal and temporal blessings.
60. Furthermore, you will be preserved from many misfortunes that would otherwise have vanquished you.
61. You will also be strengthened against temptations which would otherwise have vanquished you.
62. Holy Mass will also be to you a means of obtaining the grace of a holy death.
63. The love you show for Holy Mass will secure for you the special help of angels and saints in your last moments.
64. The remembrance of the Masses heard in your lifetime will be a sweet solace to you in the hour of death, and inspire you with confidence in the divine mercy.
65. They will not be forgotten when you stand before the strict Judge and will incline Him to show you favor.
66. You need not fear a long and terrible Purgatory if you have already to a great extent atoned for your sins by frequently assisting at Holy Mass.
67. One Mass devoutly heard will do more to mitigate the pains of Purgatory than any act of penance, however difficult of performance.
68. One Mass in your lifetime will be of greater service to you than many said for you after death.
69. You will attain a high place in heaven, which will be yours for all eternity.
70. Your degree of happiness in heaven will be increased by every Mass you hear on earth.
71. No prayers offered for your friends will be as efficacious as a single Mass heard and offered on their behalf.
72. You can amply recompense all your benefactors by hearing Mass for their intention.
73. The best help, the greatest consolation, you can afford the afflicted, the sick, the dying is to hear Mass for them.
74. By this same means you can even obtain for sinners the grace of conversion.
75. You can also earn for all faithful Christians saving and salutary graces.
76. For the suffering souls in Purgatory you can procure abundant refreshment.
77. If it is not within your power to have Mass said for your departed friends, you can by devout assistance at the Holy Sacrifice release them from the tormenting flames.

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A PERSONAL COMMENTARY ON THE ABOVE LIST OF THE 77 FRUITS OF HOLY MASS

If someone were to ask me to tell him in 25 words or less what the purpose of my existence is, I would tell him that the purpose of my existence is to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (More precisely, at least for the present time, to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Girardville PA.) If someone were to ask me my reason, way back when I was a kid, for wanting to become a Catholic priest, I would tell him that my reason, way back when I was a kid, for wanting to become a Catholic priest was that I wanted to be able to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. If someone were to ask me my reason, now that I am no longer a kid, for wanting to continue to be a Catholic priest, I would tell him that my reason, now that I am no longer a kid, for wanting to continue to be a Catholic priest is that I want to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. If someone were to ask me if it doesn’t get boring to “say Mass” every day and, oftentimes, more than once a day, I would say, “How can it be boring? I’ve never found it boring. The Mass is a fascinating Mystery. I’ve hardly begun to understand it. The little bit that I do understand about it makes me eager to want to understand it better. I hope you want to understand it better.” To understand it better probably requires some garden-variety INTELLIGENCE. However, don’t overestimate the role of intelligence. Much more than intelligence, what is required is HUMILITY and FAITH. And, above everything, what is required is SURRENDER: surrender to the Mystery of God; surrender to the Mystery of God in Three Persons; surrender to the Mystery of God the Son Taking On Human Flesh; surrender to the Mystery of the Self-Emptying of God the Son; surrender to the Mystery of God the Son Taking on the Appearances of Bread and Wine; surrender to Ineffable Love; confident surrender to the Prospect of Death, the Death of my Loved Ones and of Myself; surrender to the Movement of Creation Back to the Father.

THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF THE INFANT OF PRAGUE STATUE in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in memory of Mary Powlick, at the request of her daughter and her son-in-law, Barbara and John Petrousky.
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.
NEXT SUNDAY, at the 11:30 am Mass, two of our St. Joseph Parish children will make their First Holy Communion! We wish that there were more than two. (We are glad that there are not none!) However, we are not in charge of producing children. We are simply in charge of preparation and administration of sacraments on behalf of the children our parishioners produce, with the help of God! We strongly suggest that all of our qualified parishioners take heed of the first command ever given by God to the human race: INCREASE AND MULTIPLY!

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BANG-BANG! YOU’RE DEAD!
This past Monday, I was doing my customary “group instruction” with the CCD children in the Sheridan Room. (Mr. Wascavage gives me the opportunity to do so after we all say our prayers and sing a hymn. After the instruction, the children break up into their class groups.)
I was waxing eloquent on the subject of how the Apostles and other members of the early Church were willing to suffer and die for Jesus and how we ought to follow their example.
To illustrate the point, I asked the children what they would do if someone gave them the choice: DENY JESUS OR BE KILLED! Several hands went up. I chose Jake. Jake said that he would choose being killed over denying Jesus. I commended him for his stalwart faith and asked him to come forward a few paces and stand in front of me in order to dramatize the point. I told Jake that he was now to think of me as an “anti-Jesus bad guy”. Then I did my “bad guy routine”. I pointed my index finger at him and lifted my thumb. I said, “Okay, Jake! Either you deny Jesus Christ or else I’m going to shoot you!” I waited. Jake hesitated. I repeated the command. For some reason, Jake wavered from his original stern commitment and asked whether there might be some Plan B. I told him there was no Plan B! Poor Jake just stood there. Disappointed but not wanting to hurt the lad’s feelings, I told him he could go back to his place. Then I asked for another volunteer. Shawn came forward. I repeated the routine with Shawn: “Okay, Shawn! Either you deny Jesus Christ or else I’m going to shoot you!” Shawn said, “I’m not going to deny Jesus!” I gave him one last chance! I said, “If you don’t deny Jesus, I’ll shoot you!” He said, “Do what you have to do!” At which point I shot him! (I had left myself no alternative.) He fell dead on the floor. Very sad, but very moving! Then I told the class that Shawn was a martyr and a hero and had just gone to Heaven. I encouraged the rest of the children to follow Shawn’s example!
That was the end of my exhortation. The children went to their separate classes.
It was only later that day, after I had returned to the Rectory, that the thought occurred to me that, in some (all?) public school districts, I could have gotten into deep doo-doo by “pointing a gun” at a child — even if the gun was my index finger and thumb!
So far, no one has shown up at my door with a warrant for my arrest for unlicensed possession of a handgun (or of a hand that doubles as a gun), or for child endangerment! If you see my name in the police blotter, you’ll remember that you read it here first!
A MYSTERY IN SHENANDOAH
I have frequent occasions to drive to Shenandoah (mostly for something that concerns Trinity Academy). The last few times, as I was driving along Jardin Street, I saw a vehicle parked at the corner of South Jardin and West Oak Streets. There are words written in soap on the back window. These are the words: “Can a filthy pig swear on a Holy Bible that he isn’t dirty?”
I don’t have the slightest idea of the context of this question. Nor do I have any idea who it is who is asking the question, other than that it must be the owner of the vehicle. However, because I don’t like to ignore questions that are asked of me, I’ll try to give an answer.
Dear Owner of the Vehicle Referenced Above:
If you mean “pig” in the literal sense, then the answer is “No”. Pigs can’t swear. They are animals. They don’t have the intellectual capacity required for taking an oath.
But you probably mean “pig” in a metaphorical sense, i.e. you are probably referring to some human being who, in your opinion, is obnoxious or, at the very least, unsatisfactory for whatever reason.
In that case, the answer is “Yes”. A human being can, indeed, swear on a holy Bible and, in fact, can swear anything he wants on a holy Bible. Remember that “can” is simply “can”. It’s not the same as “may”. I don’t mean that he “may” or “should”. I mean only that he “can” or “could” swear falsely on a holy Bible.
The fact that you say that this person is “filthy” and then posit the possibility that he might swear on a holy Bible that he is not filthy (“dirty”) indicates that you think that this person is swearing falsely.
So, is it possible that someone might swear falsely to his own perceived advantage?
The answer is, “Yes! I’m sure that it is possible.” Not only “possible”, but probably actually happens with some frequency.
Now that I’ve answered your question, perhaps you will consider washing the rear window of your vehicle.

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DID IT EVER OCCUR TO YOU that CHRISTIANITY and GAYNESS are two competing religions?
Now, before you say, “Oh, that’s ridiculous! No, they’re not! That’s just Connolly frothing at the mouth again!” I calmly and respectfully suggest that you listen to my rationale.
It’s always good to define one’s terms. So, let’s do that:
“Christianity” is the movement and the program based on the Person and the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Members of the movement believe that Jesus is the indispensable link between the human race and Ultimate Reality, commonly known as God.
“Gayness” is the movement and the program based on the principle that human beings should do whatever they damn well feel like doing, particularly (but not exclusively) in regard to sexual matters. Members of the movement believe that each individual is his or her own link with Ultimate Reality, commonly known as Whatever.
Many members of the “Christian Movement” have gone over to the “Gayness Movement”. Strangely, many of these think that they can belong to both! That is patently ridiculous. One cannot serve God and Mammon. Likewise, one cannot serve Christ and Gayness.
Not all of those who have gone over identify themselves as “gay”. However, they think it is “the Christian thing to do” to endorse the principles of the “Gayness Movement”.
They could not POSSIBLY be more mistaken!
The Gayness Movement is diabolical.
That is not a “bigoted” or “homophobic” statement.
So, let me say it again: The Gayness Movement is diabolical.
Christianity worships the God who created the Cosmos, whereas Gayness worships the fallen angel who wants to turn the Cosmos into Chaos.

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