MASS SCHEDULE: 1320 APRIL
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 12 April
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
11:30 am — ROSEMARY RIZZARDI
by the Rizzardi family

Monday, 14 April
Monday of Holy Week
08:00 am — JEREMIAH DENTON
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 16 April
Wednesday of Holy Week
07:00 pm — God’s blessings on EVA ZEMANEK GONTIS
by her family

Thursday, 17 April
Thursday of Holy Week (Holy Thursday)
05:00 pm — JENNIFER MOONAN
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Friday, 18 April
Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)
The celebration of Mass is not permitted on Good Friday

Saturday, 19 April
Holy Saturday
The celebration of the Mass on the liturgical day known as Holy Saturday is not permitted.
Vigil of Easter
The celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass is not permitted earlier than 08:00 pm
08:00 pm — ANTHONY CATIZONE Sr.
by Rosemary Zelli

Sunday, 20 April
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
11:30 am — ANTHONY, MARY and JUNE ANN ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1320 APRIL
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 12 April
Vigil of Palm Sunday
04:00 pm — PATRICK YACKERA
by his Nana

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

Tuesday, 15 April
Tuesday of Holy Week
08:00 am — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Anne Dellock

Thursday, 17 April
Thursday of Holy Week (Holy Thursday)
07:30 pm — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Friday, 18 April
Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)
The celebration of Mass is not permitted on Good Friday

Saturday, 19 April
Vigil of Easter
The celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass is not permitted earlier than 08:00 pm
10:30 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 20 April
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
08:30 am — GEORGE W. FISHER
by Jim and Georgann Connell

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
05 / 06 APRIL


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,063.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $44.00 from the plate; $278.00 from the Dues envelopes; $60.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $65.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,520.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $325.05 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,520.00) 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 $401.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes:

Receipts for parish purposes: $591.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the plate; $163.00 from the Dues envelopes; $79.00 from the loose.
Total: $896.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $69.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($896.00) 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 $91.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Monday, 14 April
12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Monday, 14 April
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Tuesday, 15 April
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Tuesday, 15 April
08:00 to 9:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 18 April
01:00 to 02:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 15 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

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MOZILLA FIREFOX
Until recently, I had two browsers installed on my computer: Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. This past week, as a quiet act of protest, I went to “Start”, then went to “Control Panel”, then went to “Programs and Features”. Then I scrolled down to find “Mozilla”, highlighted it and tapped “Uninstall”. The prompt came up asking me if I really, really, really wanted to uninstall “Mozilla”. I said, “Yes! You bet I do!” And, just like that, Mozilla Firefox resides in one less computer in the USA.
I am sure that the Board of Directors and the stockholders at Mozilla will survive my withdrawal of business, but we do what we can. This boycott of mine is meant as an act of rebellion against what has come to be known as “Homofascism”. If you are not familiar with that term, it refers to the war against normalcy that is being waged in the Western World — quite successfully, I might add. A recent eruption in this war was the firing of Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla. Why was he fired? He was fired because it was discovered that, some years ago, he had donated $1,000.00 towards the passage of Proposition 8 in California. In case your memory is hazy, Proposition 8 was an initiative on the part of California voters to ban same-sex marriage
.
FRANCIS J. ADAMAVAGE,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Thursday, 10 April 2014.
He was 89 years old.
He is one of the eleven children of the late Joseph and Magdalene Adamavage.
One of his siblings survives him: Regina Adamavage Ford.
His other nine siblings are deceased: Anthony Adamavage; Joseph Adamavage; Andrew Adamavage; Helen Adamavage Phifer; Sister Clarissa Adamavage; Violet Adamavage Murray; Albina Adamavage Pascavage; Mary Adamavage McGinley; Claire Adamavage Fey.
Frank has many nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces. One of these, Dennis McGinley — together with his wife, Colleen — was the principal caregiver.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Tuesday, 15 April.
Friends may call at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, on Tuesday between 09:00 and 10:30 am.
The interment will take place in Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.
Eternal rest grant unto Frank, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

DIVINE MERCY NOVENA: CHAPLET AND PRAYERS
All at St. Vincent dePaul Church

DAY ONE: GOOD FRIDAY, 17 APRIL, AT 12:00 NOON
DAY TWO: HOLY SATURDAY, 18 APRIL, AT 12:00 NOON
DAY THREE: EASTER SUNDAY, 20 APRIL, AT 03:00 PM
DAYS FOUR TO NINE: SEE NEXT WEEKEND’S BULLETIN

stjos/stvdp: 04.13.2014 - 03



THE STORY BEHIND THIS PHOTOGRAPH
A number of years ago, I was on vacation with a friend of mine, a fellow priest, and we decided to visit Harper’s Ferry WV. We wanted to see, in particular, the fort on which the fiery abolitionist, John Brown, had staged his raid in 1859.
While walking through the town, we came across the Church of Saint Peter. What does a priest do when he’s on vacation and comes across a Catholic church? He stops in and makes a visit!
The church sits on top of a hill. The steps leading up to it are steep and uneven. I remember having to take my time going up. It was a bit of a challenge! Entering the church, I looked around a bit, then genuflected, went into a pew and said a few prayers. Then I was ready to leave.
Walking back down the aisle, I decided to check out the alcoves in the back of the church. I wasn’t really prepared for what I saw in one of the alcoves. What I saw was the crucifix you see here.
I was stunned and temporarily immobile. I went down on my knees and contemplated the image of the Crucified Lord. It was as though I had never seen a crucifix before in my life! It was as though I had stumbled upon Calvary.
From the literature I read, I learned that this particular crucifix is based on the Shroud of Turin. I learned also that there only two of these crucifixes: one in Rome and this one in Harper’s Ferry.
A few years later (since I’ve been in Girardville), my friend and I made a second visit to Harper’s Ferry. While we were there, I wanted to make a return visit to St. Peter’s. Unfortunately, when we got there, the church was closed. I think there have been some parish mergers or consolidations going on. There is now no resident priest in Harper’s Ferry, so I couldn’t go over to the rectory to ask the pastor for a key. Fortunately, a friend of mine found on line this photograph of the crucifix in St. Peter’s and sent it to me.
This is the image of Jesus that I carry around with me in my head. It is the image that flashes before me at the Consecration of the Bread and the Wine.
I continue to be overwhelmed when I think of the self-emptying of the Word of God on my behalf.
Words are inadequate.
To me, the most eloquent moment in the Sacred Triduum is the prostration that initiates the Liturgy of Good Friday. There are three words that occur to me during the prostration. Repeated several times, they are:

OH MY GOD!
OH MY GOD!
OH MY GOD!
OH MY GOD!
OH MY GOD!
OH MY GOD!
OH MY GOD!

stjos/stvdp: 04.13.2014 - 04


MAN WANTED IN COUNTY BURGLARY ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN LEHIGH VALLEY

by Frank Andruscavage, staff writer, Pottsville Republican Herald, 09 April 2014

FRACKVILLE - A man being sought for a February burglary at a Girardville church rectory was picked up on Saturday on drug charges in Northampton County. Christopher R. Vanallen, 28, whose last known address was 8100 Leaser Road, Kempton, was arraigned Tuesday in Schuylkill County on felony charges of burglary and theft. Magisterial District Judge Christina E. Hale, Frackville, set bail at 10 percent of $25,000, but Vanallen is currently lodged in Northampton County Prison in lieu of $45,000.
That bail was set by Northampton County Magisterial District Judge Antonia Grifo, Easton, on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false information to police.
In Schuylkill County, Vanallen was wanted by state police Trooper Timothy Keating from the Frackville station stemming from a theft that occurred about 7:20 p.m. Feb. 6 at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church Rectory, 260 N. Second St.
Keating said Vanallen went to the rectory asking for help, saying his girlfriend would not let him in the house and that he needed to get back to the Kutztown area.
The pastor of the church said he was unable to give Vanallen a ride but offered him $80 to get home. Shortly after Vanallen had left with the money, the pastor noticed a Motorola cellular telephone and a Nintendo DS game system were missing.
The pastor said that Vanallen, who was initially unidentified, used the computer at the rectory before leaving and from a Facebook account, authorities were able to determine his name.
The investigation determined that Vanallen was dating Ashley Miller, who lived in Girardville, and a talk with her the next day revealed that Vanallen called her on Feb. 6, asked her to pick him up at the church rectory and give him a ride to Kutztown.
Miller said that, during the ride, Vanallen told her the pastor gave him $80 and also the game system and cellphone, Keating said.
Vanallen was unable to be located until he was questioned by Colonial Regional Police outside of a vehicle in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank in Bath. Authorities said officers stopped because a man, later identified as Vanallen, and a woman were near the bank while the branch was closed. Vanallen initially provided officers with a false name and inside the car police saw a syringe and empty wax packets.
When searched, Vanallen was found with drugs that tested positive for cocaine and heroin and drug paraphernalia.

I TOOK THE LIBERTY of reprinting this article from our local newspaper.
First thing I want to say is that I am grateful that Mr. Van Allen surfaced and allowed himself to be arrested in Bath. I was hoping — and was fairly confident — that he would do something to attract the attention of the constabulary, so that he could be charged with stealing my cellphone and Ian Getzey’s Nintendo. I was not the least bit happy, not the least bit, with Mr. Van Allen on 06 February 2014 when I realized what he had done.
For the record, because no newspaper crime story is ever 100% accurate: Allow me to point out that the time of the theft was closer to 05:30 than it was to 07:20 pm. I think it was around 07:20 pm when Ian reported it to the State Police. Another thing is that the dastardly deed was not really a burglary (as I understand “burglary”). There was no illegal entry onto the property, no “breaking and entering”. I heard the doorbell ring, went to the door, let the young man in, invited him to go back with me to the kitchen, so that he could tell me his tale of woe while I was eating my supper. I also offered to give him some supper, but he declined the offer.
I want parishioners to know that no parish property was stolen. As far as the cellphone was concerned, I did not suffer any great loss, because I had it insured. I received a replacement. As far as the Nintendo was concerned, I saw it as my own personal responsibility to see to it that Ian would be reimbursed. So, that was taken care of without any expense to the parish. All’s well that ends well. As for Mr. Van Allen, I hope he does what we all need to do, viz. repent. God knows I wish him no harm, neither in this world nor the next.
My thanks to Trooper Timothy M. Keating for his good work. Thanks also to Ian R. Getzey for being on the ball and remembering where Mr. Van Allen had gone on Facebook. There is a moral to the story here: If you want to pursue a successful career in crime, try to minimize your presence on social media.

stjos/stvdp: 04.13.2014 - 05


EGGS OF ASHLAND

Call 570-875-1521 to order Easter eggs from Friends of Saint Joseph Parish (Ashland). Four varieties: CHERRY, BUTTER CREAM, PEANUT BUTTER, COCONUT CREAM.
$1.00 each or a dozen for $11.00.
Don’t wait until they’re all gone, or else you’ll have egg on your face!

LAST CHANCE

Our St. Joseph Parish Easter lottery ticket basket will be chanced off on Easter Sunday, after the 11:30 am Mass.
There are more than three-hundred-dollars worth of instant tickets in the basket. You just know that there have to be some winners among them. And, if you are the optimistic sort, you might just suspect that there could even be a big winner among them. Who knows? Maybe there is!
Buy a chance! $2.00 each or three for $5.00
After weekend Mass in the Sheridan Room.

OLD PALM

Do you have any blessed palm left over from last Palm Sunday?
If so, bring it to StVdP Rectory or else bring it to church with you.
We will burn it in order to make ashes for next Ash Wednesday.

THANK YOU to those kind and excellent persons who showed up last Saturday (05 April) in order to clean St. Joseph Church. We appreciate your kindness and your good work on behalf of the parish!

GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014
$131.00
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$200.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit so far for 2014
$322.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$392.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$2,440.00
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$2,759.50 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!

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WITH GREAT SORROW, we learned about the sudden death, on Friday 04 April, of Staff Sergeant LUCAS JAMES OPUDA, a “Girardville boy”, a graduate of Cardinal Brennan High School, a member of the US Army, with an honorable and even distinguished record of service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucas (Luke) has some connection to our parishes. Looking up his name in our parish registers, I saw it recorded in the St. Joseph Parish baptism register as a sponsor (godfather) to his niece. That was back in 2005.
We extend our prayerful support to Luke’s family — in particular to his father and mother, John J. and Ruth Ann (Kennedy) Opuda; to his brother, Jacob T. Opuda; to his sister, Jennifer Marie Opuda; to his “Nana”, Catherine Houser.
We are well aware of the grief and pain that Luke’s family experiences. This grief and pain are permanent. They will not magically disappear. Not in this lifetime. That is because love is permanent. But they can become bearable if they are united to the sufferings of the crucified Lord Jesus.
May God be merciful to this young man and draw him to Himself. May the Holy Mother recognize him as one of Her sons.
Eternal rest grant unto Luke, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

HERE IS A STORY I CAME UPON RECENTLY that caught my attention and registered with me. It comes from a young mother:

“A few years back, as I knelt to do my evening prayers, my two-year-old daughter came and plunked on the bed next to me. I was saying the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel. My back was turned to the gigantic picture window that overlooked our town. My daughter exclaimed in sheer delight that there was a "man on white horsey" outside of our window. I became frozen and numbed to the bone. I knew in my heart that this vision that was allowed to my child and not to me was, in fact, the Archangel Michael protecting and defending my family. I have told that story to many persons and I always get the same amazed look.”


My comment: As a Catholic priest, I am (of course!) a believer in the invisible world. But I pride myself on being “a rational man”. I am innately suspicious of reports about religious phenomena. “I’m from Missouri” I like to say. Definitely not the first to believe! Nor, I hope, the last! But, quite frankly, closer to the last than to the first! Having said that, I want to say that, the older I get, the more open I find myself becoming to perceptions that the realm of invisible persons interacts much more frequently than we might imagine with the realm of visible persons. Every once in a while, when least expected, I find myself the beneficiary of a power acting on my behalf. I don’t mean, necessarily, God. I mean an angelic being. Whether one or more, I have no idea. Here is what I’m saying. I believe that — incredible as it seems — it is possible that the “man on white horsey” outside the window, as reported by that two-year-old girl, just very well might have been the Archangel Michael!
No, I am not losing my mind!
No, I am not smoking any funny weed!

stjos/stvdp: 04.13.2014 - 07


 FINAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR 2014
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.
We will be hosting the Schuylkill County Holy Name Society. Refreshments afterwards in the parish hall. Everyone is invited.

 SACRED TRIDUUM SCHEDULE
Holy Thursday17 April

05:00 pm — Mass at St. Joseph Church
07:30 pm — Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church

Good Friday18 April
02:00 pm — Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord at St. Joseph Church
07:00 pm — Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord at St. Vincent dePaul Church

Holy Saturday19 April
08:00 pm — Easter Vigil and Mass at St. Joseph Church
10:30 pm — Easter Vigil and Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church

 EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE20 April
The usual Sunday schedule, i.e.
08:30 am — Mass in St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am — Mass in St. Joseph Church

Please note that there will not be a Mass at 08:00 am in St. Joseph Chapel on Wednesday, 16 April. Instead, there will be a Mass at 07:00 pm. And, of course, there is no Mass at all on Good Friday nor is there Mass on Holy Saturday morning. The celebration of Mass on those days is universally proscribed.

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