MASS SCHEDULE: 02 - 09 June

Saturday, 01 June
Vigil of Corpus Christi
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Sunday, 02 June
Corpus Christi
11:30 am — THOMAS L. EVANS Jr.
by Ronald and JoAnne Mercuri

Monday, 03 June
St. Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — In honor of SAINT ANTHONY / God’s blessings on YACKENCHICK and MERCURI FAMILIES
by Albert J. Yackenchick Jr.

Wednesday, 05 June
St. Boniface, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
rescheduled from 22 May

Friday, 07 June
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sol)
by his grandson, Tom Carey

Saturday, 08 June
The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James
Vigil of Sunday
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 09 June
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — Rev. WILLIAM J. NAHN
by EBC

 MASS SCHEDULE: 02 - 09 June

Saturday, 01 June
Vigil of Corpus Christi
by Theresa Gudonis and family

Sunday, 02 June
Corpus Christi
(26th anniversary of birth)
by Mom, Dad, Samantha, Granny and Pap

Tuesday, 04 June
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 06 June
St. Norbert, bishop (OptMem)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 08 June
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — Deceased: STATUTIS and YESAITIS FAMILIES
by Jean Statutis Majikas and family

Sunday, 09 June
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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25 / 26 MAY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $973.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $54.00 from the plate; $45.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $191.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,303.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0 -
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,303.00) 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 $162.75 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $969.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $74.00 from the plate; $10.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $53.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,131.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: - 0
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,131.00) 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 $340.17 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 05 June
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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


Wednesday, 05 June
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, 07 June
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 Diocese of Allentown provides assistance to anyone who, as a minor, was sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or employee / volunteer of the diocese /parish. Parents, guardians, children, and survivors of sexual abuse are invited and encouraged to contact the Diocese of Allentown for more information about this program. The fullness of compassion should be extended to these victims by the Church.
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Confidential Telephone Number
(800) 791-9209
To learn more about the Diocese of Allentown’s Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and Code of Conduct, please visit and click on “Youth Protection” in the upper right hand corner of the page.
THE VOTIVE CANDLE in front of the Infant of Prague statue in StVdP Church burns this week in loving memory of Edward M. Wascavage, at the request of Granny and Pap.
died on Wednesday, 29 May 2013.
Born on 01 April 1929, she was 84 years of age.
She is one of the five children of the late James and Gretta (Rhoades) Barry.
Her sister and her three brothers are deceased: Mary Barry Brennan; Luke Barry; Harvey Barry; Joseph Barry.
Patricia was the wife of the late James McCann.
She is survived by her son, Fred McCann, of Dillsburg PA.
She had been for many years a member of Holy Rosary Parish, Mahanoy Plane.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Monday, 03 June. The interment will take place in the Holy Rosary Cemetery, Frackville.
Eternal rest grant unto Patricia, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
The “Picnic in the Park” scheduled for Monday, 03 June, by the Girardville Crime Watch has been postponed. It will be held in July. We will tell you the date in July when we find out! Apparently, it’s no picnic trying to schedule this picnic!
FATHER BRENNAN will celebrate the 11:30 am Mass today (Sunday) at St. Joseph’s. I am grateful to him for making himself available. As mentioned in a previous bulletin, one of my former students — Deacon Garry Koch — is being ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Trenton today (Saturday) and has invited me to his First Mass in Lincroft NJ. I wouldn’t want to miss such a joyous event!

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The following appeared in the 31 May edition of the Pottsville Republican. I have added my own commentary in the form of a letter to the lady who asked Abby the question.

My ex-husband and I divorced a year ago. We share a 4-year-old son and have a cordial relationship.
Shortly after our divorce, he married a woman he had been carrying on an affair with while married to me. Since their wedding she has not allowed him to enter my home beyond the front door, be alone with me for any reason regardless of what we need to discuss, and he rarely calls to talk with our son anymore -- all at her "request."
He has also informed me that she's "not comfortable" with the idea of us communicating unless she is part of the conversation. I think she is being silly and immature, and he claims to agree, but he wants to keep the peace.
I explained to him that even though he may allow her to dictate his life, she will not be dictating mine. If I feel I need to speak with him about something, I do not have to include her. Am I wrong? I am in no way trying to cause a problem in their marriage. I have decided that whatever answer you give I will abide by as I respect your opinion greatly.

The current "Mrs." is acting more like a jailer than a wife, but then, she knows what your ex is capable of if he gets past the front door or has private conversations with another woman.
This is happening because she perceives you as still a threat. That your former husband allows her to exert this amount of control is unfortunate. The distancing from his son is happening because he is permitting it, and the loser here is the little boy.
You're not wrong, but if the only way your son can have a relationship with his dad is for this woman to be ever-present, then bite your tongue and go along with it for as long as this marriage lasts or your ex summons up enough backbone to set his No. 2 straight.

Abby is correct when she says that your husband’s new wife “knows what your ex is capable of if he gets past the front door or has private conversations with another woman”.
Let me be frank with you: Whenever a man and a woman have consensual and complete relations with one another, they are — by that very act — married to one another! Maybe not legally married, maybe not “married in the eyes of God and of the Church” but, nevertheless, married to one another on a level deeper than even they realize! The act, when it is consensual, is itself the declaration and seal of marriage! The gentleman (I use the term loosely) who “used to be” your husband is still your husband. While he was legally married to you but carrying on an adulterous affair, he acquired an additional wife. Therefore, he is a bigamist. I would not be surprised if he turns out to be a trigamist! If the law of the State permitted it and if he had had the financial resources to do so — especially inasmuch as the two of you brought a little boy into this world — he would have married her without divorcing you.
His “current wife” knows this. On a deep, subconscious level, she knows this! So, it is no wonder that she is suspicious. She acquired him under terms of marital infidelity while he was still legally married to you and, so, she knows that Marital Infidelity is his middle name. She knows that what goes around comes around and she is well aware that he and you have a “cordial relationship” in addition to a 4-year old son!

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The picture printed on this page is not very clear, but it’s the best I could find. It is from a painting, apparently based on a photograph taken way back in 1886.
Kizito was born in 1872 and he died on 03 June 1886.
Do the math and you will discover that he was only 13 (maybe 14) years old at the time of his death.
The flames that surround Kizito’s face tell us something about the manner of his death.
Tomorrow (Monday) is his feastday on the calendar. He is one of the companions of St. Charles Lwanga. St. Charles and his companion martyrs were young men and boys — none of them older than 25. Kizito was the youngest of the group.
They were Ugandans. Uganda is a nation in east central Africa.
They were servants and “page boys” to the local King (his name was Mwanga).
Why were these boys and young men killed?
They were executed because they were Christians and Mwanga was not fond of Christians, to say the least.
And why was he not fond of Christians?
The answer is as simple as this: Because they believed in the true God and insisted on obeying what the True God told them to do and, most of all, NOT to do certain things — in particular, certain things that Mwanga insisted that they do.
What, in particular, did Mwanga want them to do that they refused to do, once they became Christians. They refused to service his sexual desires. Mwanga was what is technically known as an “ephebophile”. An ephebophile is a man who entertains lustful desires for adolescent boys and young men. Not only entertains them but makes every effort to satisfy them.
Kizito was baptized on 25 May 1882. When he made it clear to Mwanga that he would not agree to be his sexual toy, Mwanga had him and the other young men who were of the same mind marched for 37 miles to the place of execution. They were then wrapped in reeds and set on fire. It must have been an excruciatingly painful death. But, for Kizito and the others, death was passage into eternal life. It was the fulfillment of their baptisms.
The relevance of this story to our own time must be evident to all of us.

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#01 — Watching Porn Decreases Our Sexual Satisfaction.
It trains us to desire the variety and “designer sex” of porn more than the familiar sexuality of marriage.
#02 — Watching Porn Disconnects Us from Real Relationships.
It trains us to detach emotional involvement from sexual experience.
#03 — Watching Porn Lowers Our View of Women.
It trains us to see women as sexual commodities, not people created in God’s image.
#04 — Watching Porn Desensitizes Us to Cruelty.
It numbs us to the seriousness of verbal and physical aggression.
#05 — Watching Porn Makes Us Want to Watch More Porn.
It taps into the neuro-circuitry of our brains, making us desire the rush of sexual energy from porn again and again.

* Please note that these five “dangers” are simply the “temporal dangers” — i.e. the dangers that impact us in this lifetime. Much worse are the “eternal dangers” — i.e. the loss of eternal life and consequent eternal damnation.
If pornography is something that you “do”, please go to Confession. Confess it humbly and without waffling around the subject. Get it off your chest. The priest will NOT holler at you! He will simply forgive you and encourage you to put it behind you, once and for all.

THE FLOWERS in front of the Blessed Mother statue in St. Joseph (upper) Church have been placed there in loving memory of Joseph M. Vevasis, on the eighth anniversary of his death, by Bernie and family.
starting next weekend — 08 / 09 June — the 05:30 pm Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Chapel. The 11:30 am Mass will continue to be celebrated in the upper church.
You know, of course, why we do this.
We do it because of the heat! The chapel is air-conditioned!
In that case, why don’t we do it for both weekend Masses?
As explained in the past, this is a compromise. There are some parishioners who want to remain in the upper church, regardless of the heat.
Lord knows, we try to make everyone happy!
So, if you are more interested in comfort than in aesthetics, go to the 05:30 pm Mass in the chapel.
If, on the contrary, you prefer aesthetics to comfort, go to the 11:30 am Mass “upstairs”.
WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO PURCHASE A STATUE of St. Michael the Archangel? I know where you can get one at an excellent price. By “excellent price”, I mean about $50.00. It is about 14 ½ inches high. If interested, ask Fr. Connolly. I am not referring to a “used statue”. I am referring to a brand new one, still in the box. As you probably know, I encourage devotion to St. Michael. He and I have a deal: If I get people to say “the St. Michael prayer” he will show up at the throne of God when I die and say a few kind words for me to the Boss.

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Background: I had an Internet exchange this past week with a man who identifies himself as “Stephen”. (I don’t know anything else about him — how old he is or where he lives or his religious background. I suspect he is an ex-Catholic. He seems to have some anger issues.) In some previous correspondence, he wrote “F*** you” more than once in reference to some Catholic teachings about salvation. The use of that phrase is often a clue that someone has anger issues. I make it a point not to take it personally. Here are some recent interchanges.

Dear Stephen:
It is my opinion — please note I said “opinion”, not “defined teaching” — that persons who say (or write) “F*** you” to other persons and do not repent before cashing in their chips go to Hell, where they can say (probably not write) “F*** you” to their hearts’ discontent for all eternity. Not only can but probably do! No doubt, exceptions are made for persons who suffer from coprolalia or some similar psychological aberration, although I’m sure such persons will receive intensive therapy in Purgatory before they are admitted to Heaven. Nobody in Heaven ever says “F*** you”.
Fr. Connolly

Rev. Connolly:
Maybe you can tell me what is hell for?
Are you trying to threaten me into repenting?
What happened to “free will?”

Dear Stephen:
You ask "What is hell for?" I'll try to give a short answer to a good question. "Hell" is primarily HOW a person is. It is not primarily WHERE a person is. Same thing with "Heaven". "Heaven" is primarily HOW a person is, not primarily WHERE a person is.
We Catholics (and many others) believe that a human person is naturally immortal. In other words, every human being who has ever lived is still in existence in his or her essential being. We call that "the soul". Souls cannot be annihilated. So, you and I will someday die, but our souls will not die. If we die in a state of love, we will live forever in the state of love (Heaven). If we die in a state of hatred, we will live forever in the state of hatred (Hell). So, I would have to say that your question, "What is hell for?" can correctly be answered as follows: "It is for persons who choose hatred over love." That's why I caution you (not threaten you) that you should put hatred aside. That's why I chide you for saying "F*** you". That's a hatred statement, not a love statement, don't you agree? Believe it or not, I wish you the very best. I would like you to go to Heaven. Of course, I want the same for myself.
I’m not sure what to say to you about “free will”. Apparently you believe in free will. So do I. Anyone who goes to Heaven does so because of his free-will cooperation with God’s grace or, at a bare minimum — especially in the case of young children and of adults who are cognitively deficient — his non-resistance to God’s grace. Anyone who goes to Hell does so because of his free-will resistance to God’s grace. Obviously, no young child (or adult who is cognitively deficient) ever goes to Hell. I don’t think this is particularly hard to understand.
God is kind. God is merciful. God is compassionate. God is not against you. God loves you. God is willing to forgive you. God wants to have you with Him in Heaven.
However, I need to caution you once again, dear Stephen: God will be ticked off at you something fierce if you keep saying or writing “F*** you” to me or to anybody else. So, please use your free will to stop doing that.
Fr. Connolly

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I never forget a face, but in your case I’d be glad to make an exception.
Groucho Marx

My Dad used to say always fight fire with fire, which is probably why he got thrown out of the fire brigade.
Peter Kay

I’m on a whiskey diet. I’ve lost three days already.
Tommy Cooper

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it’s all over much too soon.
Woody Allen

My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.
Billy Connolly
(Billy Connolly is a Scottish comedian, born in 1942. As far as I know, he and yours truly are not related, although we probably are, depending on how far you stretch the word “cousin”. I have no idea how someone named “Connolly” wound up in Scotland!)

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.
W.C. Fields

My wife sent her photograph to the Lonely Hearts Club. They sent it back saying they weren’t that lonely.
Les Dawson

Chopsticks are one of the reasons the Chinese never invented custard.
Spike Milligan

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.
Dorothy Parker

I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means put down.
Bob Newhart

I have kleptomania. But when it gets bad, I take something for it.
Ken Dodd

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Mark Twain

The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.
Joan Rivers

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that, when you yell, the name will carry.
Bill Cosby

I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup.
Jerry Seinfeld

War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.
Ambrose Bierce

Trying is the first step towards failure.
Homer Simpson

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