Saturday, 05 April
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — THOMAS GOWER Sr.
(26th anniversary)
by his family

Sunday, 06 April
5th Sunday of Lent
by Joe and Jean Kessler

Monday, 07 April
St. John Baptist de LaSalle, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on COLLETTE BALULIS COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 09 April
St. Francis of Paola, hermit (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on WILLIAM REICHARD
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Friday, 11 April
St. Stanislaus, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on TESSIE BALULIS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 12 April
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on HENRY WAYNE FAMILY
by Helen Wayne
Vigil of Palm Sunday
05:30 pm — JAMES F. NEARY Jr.
by Virginia Coreia Chillis

Sunday, 13 April
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
by the Rizzardi family


Saturday, 05 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — ANN MARGARET
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 06 April
5th Sunday of Lent
by Theresa Alshefski Gudonis

Tuesday, 08 April
Lenten Weekday
by Jerome T. Gilmartin

Thursday, 10 April
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — PETER SMOLOCK
(89th anniversary of birth)
by John and Joan Smolock

Saturday, 12 April
Vigil of Palm Sunday
by his Nana

Sunday, 13 April
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 04.06.2014 - 01

29 / 30 MARCH

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,072.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $39.00 from the plate; $25.00 from the Dues envelopes; $51.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $20.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $73.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,280.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $212.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,280.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($491.15), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,118.63, one sees that $161.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,079.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $53.00 from the plate; $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $35.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $45.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,237.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $162.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,237.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($322.56), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $804.54, one sees that $432.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 08 April
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 10 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 11 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church


Tuesday, 08 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, 11 April
07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church
Exposition, followed by Stations of the Cross
and concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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Each year, prior to First Holy Communion Sunday, Fr. Connolly meets with the FHC children a total of six times in order to make sure that they know what they need to know for a worthy First Confession and First Holy Communion.
First Holy Communion will be given at the 11:30 am Mass on Sunday, 18 May 2014, in St. Joseph Church.
Parents / guardians: Please make certain that your children attend all these meetings. Nothing must take priority over these meetings.
Six Tuesdays, from 06:00 to 07:15 pm, in Saint Vincent dePaul Rectory.
Parents are welcome to stay for these meetings but are not expected or required to do so.
In regard to First Confession, please note that the first three meetings will emphasize Confession. After 22 April, the children should be able to make their first Confessions.

08 April                                                   29 April
15 April                                                   06 May
22 April                                                   13 May

Pope continues meetings with heads of debtor nations

On Thursday, 27 March 2014, Pope Francis met with the leader of a nation whose proud tradition of democratic government is now endangered by a crippling national debt — a nation whose political leaders have done nothing to alleviate that debt, despite repeated warnings from abroad.
The next day — Friday, 28 March 2014 — the Pope met with the president of Greece.

Credit for this news item goes to Phil Lawler of
Not only is it true, it’s probably the funniest thing I’ve read all week!

 Looking ahead to the Sacred Triduum (17 to 19 April), this will be the schedule of the liturgies:
Holy Thursday (17 April)

05:00 pm — Mass in St. Joseph Church
07:30 pm — Mass in St. Vincent dePaul Church
Good Friday (18 April)
02:00 pm — Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord in St. Joseph Church
07:00 pm — Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord in St. Vincent dePaul Church
Holy Saturday (19 April)
08:00 pm — Easter Vigil and Mass in St. Joseph Church
10:30 pm — Easter Vigil and Mass in St. Vincent dePaul Church
Easter Sunday (20 April)
08:30 am — Mass in St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am — Mass in St. Joseph Church

Benefit of Saint Joseph Parish
Chances: $2.00 each / 3 for $5.00
On sale in Sheridan Room after Masses
Also on sale in McDonald’s Lunch
Please note: The email address for both parishes is now
The previous email addresses ( and are no longer in service.
The pastor’s email address remains the same:

stjos/stvdp: 04.06.2014 - 03


by Fr. James Doran

“Neither the effeminate, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards...will possess the kingdom of God” (I Cor. 6:10).
Drunkenness is a deliberate excess in the use of intoxicating drink or drugs to the point of forcibly depriving oneself of the use of reason for the sake of gratifying an inordinate desire for such drink and not for the sake of promoting health. This is contrary to the virtue of temperance, and specifically sobriety. Sobriety regulates man’s desire and use of intoxicants, and is vitally necessary for an upright moral life.
The evil of intoxication lies in the violence committed against one’s nature by depriving it of the use of reason. He deprives himself of that which makes him specifically human — his ability to think. The drunk, or in this case the drug user, desires this loss of reason because of the feeling of liberation which accompanies it precisely from this lack of control of the will over the reason. It is unnatural, contrary to sleep, which also deprives one of the use of reason but in a natural manner.
Drug use gives an illicit means of escape. Besides being a sin, it also manifests an immaturity on the part of the user. Through an act of violence against himself, he escapes from the responsibility of decision making and control in his life. When this deprivation is complete, e.g., actions totally contrary to normal behavior, incapability of distinguishing between good and evil, etc., it is a grave sin. “In vino veritas,” said the Romans, not without reason. Any state short of complete drunkenness, without sufficient reason, is of itself venially sinful, but even in this case it may be a mortal sin if it causes scandal, injury to health, harm to one’s family, etc. It is important also to note that a man is responsible for all the sinful actions committed while intoxicated which he had, or ought to have, foreseen.
According to Jone-Adelman in Moral Theology, the use of drugs in small quantities and only occasionally is a venial sin if done without sufficient reason. This could be the case, for example, with sleeping pills. Obviously, deprivation of the use of reason through narcotics is to be judged as alcohol. The use of most drugs is complicated by the fact that they are illegal. This also signifies the will of the user to break the law, an offense against social justice. This compounds the sin. The speed with which a drug alters one’s consciousness also aggravates its use. This rapidity risks a greater potential to deprive oneself of the use of reason and thus to pass on to stronger intoxicants for increased effect.
Therefore, adding to the violation of the virtue of justice, the grave scandal caused, the grave danger of addiction, and the stronger consciousness-altering ability of marijuana, it is difficult to excuse one of mortal sin. Moreover, experience tells us that its use is frequently an occasion of mortal sin, especially sins of the flesh and the use of narcotic drugs. But to willingly and knowingly place oneself in an unnecessary proximate occasion of mortal sin is to commit a mortal sin.

We hope everyone will read this article. In case you don’t wish to take the time to read it, please read the following summary: YES, EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF GENUINE MEDICAL NEED, IT IS A SIN TO SMOKE MARIJUANA.

stjos/stvdp: 04.06.2014 - 04

The following appeared in the Dear Abby syndicated column on Monday, 31 March 2014.
I am not suicidal, but I do think about death, in the sense of what happens when one dies. I believe in the heaven-and-hell theory. Although I'm not sure I want to go to heaven, I AM sure I don't want to go to hell.
My reason for not wanting to go to heaven is because of the relatives who have gone before me. I come from a very abusive family but, like so many, most of them have been able to do what I call the "last-minute redemption." With that in mind, I do not want to spend all of eternity with the same people I could not wait to have exit this Earth.
I am also not a big believer in this forgiveness thing -- forgiving adults who do these things to children and expect them to forget about it. I sure haven't, and I never will!
Do you, or the clergy, think it's possible for God to just let some of us sleep through eternity without meeting up with family on "the other side"?

Because I am more involved with what's going on in this life rather than the next, I took your question to Rev. Canon Mark Stanger of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. He suggests that you stop thinking about heaven as a "place" or that you need a scorecard to get there. He also said: "A merciful God will make heaven what you need -- and in your case, heaven may be liberation from these troubled people."

Allow me, please, to throw in my two-cents worth here.
First of all: I commend you for believing in what you call “the heaven-and-hell theory”, but I respectfully suggest that heaven and hell are more than a theory, but that’s another story for another day.
Second of all: I commend you for ruling out Hell as a desirable or even as an acceptable alternative for the next life. Please do not go to Hell. Nasty place! Can’t say I’ve ever been there, but I’ve read a lot about it. Nothing about it appeals to me. Lousy climate. Lousy company! Everyone is terminally depressed and angry! Place smells bad. Loud raucous noises. No prospects whatsoever of improvement. And talk about abuse! Hell is 24-7 abuse!
Third of all: I’m sorry that you come from a very abusive family. That must be a real bummer. I did not come from an abusive family, so I guess I’m not qualified to say too much about that subject. But, thank God, all of your crummy relatives have shuffled off this mortal coil, so they can’t abuse you anymore. That’s good, I guess!
Fourth of all: I hope you don’t get mad at me if I say that I’m glad that your crummy relatives all managed to do the “last-minute redemption” thing, as a result of which they probably made it (or will make it) to Heaven. We mustn’t be angry about the good fortune of others. That’s a definite “no-no” in God’s book. God requires us to be happy when bad people receive mercy. So, even if you don’t feel happy about it, make an effort to pretend to feel happy. Sometimes in this life, we have to pretend. Pretending is okay, as long as what we pretend to feel is more admirable than what we actually feel. If I had more time, I’d explain this to you in greater depth. Until then, just trust me!
Fifth of all: I can give you a definite “No” to your question about God providing a third post-mortem option, viz. the option of non-conscious existence (“sleeping”) throughout Eternity. So, be prepared for conscious existence for all eternity.
Sixth of all: I strongly suspect that your crummy deceased relatives who did the last-minute redemption thing all went to Purgatory. Very possibly they are still there! One of the things they are learning in Purgatory is that they should not have been abusive to you. If so, you can be sure that they are full of compunction and are looking for an opportunity to make it all up to you. Give them that chance! You’ll be glad if you do!
Seventh of all: I’m a little worried for you because you say that you are not “a big believer in this forgiveness thing”. Please remember that it is impossible to go to Heaven unless you are a big believer in this forgiveness thing. So, put aside your unbelief, and become a believer. Do it now, before you forget!
Eighth and last of all: Canon Stanger is probably a nice man but he is mistaken about Heaven not being a place. Heaven is a place. It is, indeed, primarily a state of being, but that does not mean that it is not also a place. I’m not sure what Canon Stanger means when he says that you don’t need a scorecard to get there. I am guessing that he means that you don’t need to do anything to go there, that it’s all just automatic. He is, of course, incorrect. I suggest you become a Catholic, so that you can receive more accurate instruction about the life-to-come.

stjos/stvdp: 04.06.2014 - 05

Missouri Executes Man Who Raped, Killed Teen in 1989

The Associated Press
26 March 2014

BONNE TERRE, Mo. — A man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 17-year-old girl in suburban St. Louis was executed early Wednesday in Missouri, marking the state's fifth execution in as many months.
Jeffrey Ferguson abducted Kelli Hall as she finished her shift at a Mobil gas station in St. Charles on Feb. 9, 1989. Her naked, frozen body was found 13 days later on a St. Louis County farm, and investigators determined she had been raped and strangled.
Ferguson, 59, was pronounced dead shortly after midnight at the state prison in Bonne Terre.
In an attempt to spare his life, Ferguson's attorneys made last-minute court appeals challenging, among other things, the state's refusal to disclose where it gets its execution drugs. Supporters said Ferguson, who expressed remorse for the crime, became deeply religious in prison, counseled inmates and helped start a prison hospice program.
"Society doesn't gain anything by his execution," Rita Linhardt of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, said Tuesday. "He's not the same man he was 24 years ago."
His attorney also said he was an alcoholic who blacked out the night of the murder.
But St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Ferguson's good deeds in prison didn't make up for the senseless killing of an innocent teenager. Calling the crime "unspeakable," he noted that it took several minutes for Hall to die.
"She gets abducted, abused in unspeakable manner by this guy and then slowly murdered and dumped in a field like a bag of garbage," McCulloch said.
The courts appeared to agree: The U.S. Supreme Court, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the governor all refused to halt the execution.

I have found that it is difficult to convince people — some people, not all — that the execution of Jeffrey Ferguson on 26 March 2014 was an immoral act.
But it was!
As surely and as certainly as God made little green apples (pardon the cliché!), it was an immoral act.
Beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt, it was an immoral act.
This is a self-evident moral principle.
Notice that it is morally permissible to kill a human being in an act of legitimate self-defense, in an attempt to prevent the prospective killer from killing some innocent person. The execution of Jeffrey Ferguson did not, obviously, prevent the killing of Kelli Hall.
Persons who believe that it was morally permissible to execute Jeffrey Ferguson will point to the fact that he himself had killed a human being and had done so directly and intentionally. Not only had he killed an innocent human being but he did so in a barbarous manner. Their rationale for executing Jeffrey Ferguson is what they call “justice”. But his execution was not justice. It was revenge. Justice is good. Revenge is not.
Jeffrey Ferguson should have been obliged to remain in prison, without possibility of parole, for the rest of his natural life.
But we — or, to be more exact, the State of Missouri — should not have taken his life.
This is not just “how I feel”. In fact, “how I feel” might, at times, even be the opposite of “how I think”. Many times it is!
It is the teaching of the Catholic Church that capital punishment is morally permissible only when it is the only way possible by which the State can protect its citizens from the criminal.

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Sunday, 06 April:
07:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Friday, 11 April: 07:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Sunday, 13 April: 04:00 pm at St. Vincent dePaul Church

Stations of the Cross begins with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and closes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
On Palm Sunday (13 April) the Stations will be at 04:00 pm, not 07:00 pm. StVdP Parish will be hosting the Schuylkill County Holy Name Society. Refreshments afterwards in the parish hall. Everyone is invited.


Mouthwatering CHERRY!
BUTTER CREAM to die for!
Scrumptious PEANUT BUTTER!
COCONUT CREAM a tropical dream

The price is only one dollar ($1.00) each
and if you whisper “Connolly sent me”,
they might let you have a dozen for only eleven dollars ($11.00)!
TO ORDER, CALL 570-875-1521

Full disclosure: The folks in Ashland gave me several free samples of their Easter eggs when they asked me to advertise them in our bulletin. Please know that they gave them to me out of friendship, not as a bribe, not in order to persuade me to advertise them in our bulletin. Surely they know me well enough to know that I cannot be bought, that I am not so corrupt as to sell my integrity for a small plastic bag full of Easter eggs. Of course, who knows what might happen to my integrity if I were offered a shopping bag full of Easter eggs? Lord, let me not be tempted beyond my strength!

(Recommended especially for those who have eaten an excess of the Ashland Easter eggs.)
• Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.
• With a five-pound potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there         as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.
• Each day you'll find that you can hold this position just a little bit longer.
• After a couple of weeks, move up to ten-pound potato bags. Then try fifty-pound potato bags and eventually         try to get to where you can lift a one-hundred pound potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for         more than a full minute.
• Once you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.

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