MASS SCHEDULE: 27 APRIL - 04 MAY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 26 April
05:30 pm — JIM NEARY and MARK NEARY
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 27 April
2nd Sunday of Easter / Feast of the Divine Mercy
10:00 am — BOB and AG SCULLY
by the family
11:30 am — God’s blessings on JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Monday, 28 April
St. Peter Chanel, priest, martyr;
St. Louis Grignion deMontfort, priest (OptMems)
08:00 am — WILLIAM R. CORRIGAN
by Helen Corrigan Wayne

Wednesday, 30 April
St. Pius V, pope (OptMem)
08:00 am — MARIA T. ZIELINSKI
(31st anniversary)
by her uncle, Edward

Friday, 02 May
St. Athanasius, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — LUCAS J. OPUDA
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

Saturday, 03 May
SS. Philip and James, apostles (Fst)
08:00 am — Deceased: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROSALIE BARRETT JAMBETER
by Ed and Judy Haluska

Sunday, 04 May
3rd Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — AGNES MARCHETTA
by Henry and Eileen Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 27 APRIL - 04 MAY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 26 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES SPIELES
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 27 April
2nd Sunday of Easter / Feast of the Divine Mercy
08:30 am — PETER SMOLOCK
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

Tuesday, 29 April
St. Catharine of Siena, virgin, doctor (OblMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on
Sister MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Thursday, 01 May
St. Joseph the Worker (OptMem)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 03 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARY JANE CHIARETTI RITZO
by her husband, Butch, and her daughter, Mary Jane

Sunday, 04 May
3rd Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — JOSEPH C. CHIARETTI
by his wife, Alice

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
19 / 20 APRIL


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,223.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the plate; $96.00 from the Dues envelopes; $228.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $3,563.00 from the Easter envelopes; $67.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $295.00 from the loose.
Total: $5,533.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $25.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
— $99.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($5,533.00) 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 $4,414.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $625.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $45.00 from the plate; $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $205.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $1,209.00 from the Easter envelopes; $27.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $155.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,326.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $23.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
— $121.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,326.00) 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 $1,521.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Sunday, 27 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Tuesday, 29 April
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 01 May
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 02 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 29 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, 02 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
Vespers (Evening Prayer) at about 07:30 pm
followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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ERIC TYLER SIMINITUS and MEGHAN ANN JOYCE

became husband and wife this afternoon — Saturday, 26 April 2014 — during a Nuptial Mass celebrated at St. Joseph Church.
Eric, age 28, is a son of Edward G. and Connie (Hanes) Siminitus. He was baptized in Minersville PA, at the former St. Stanislaus Church (now St. Matthew Church) and is a member of St. Matthew Parish.
Meghan, age 27, is a daughter of Joseph J. and Jule Ann (Smith) Joyce. She was baptized in Lancaster PA, at St. Philip the Apostle Church. She is a member of St. Joseph Parish.
They mutually pledged to one another, in the sight of God, that it is their solemn intention to be faithful to one another, to be permanently joined to one another and, if it so pleases God, to be open to the gift of children.
They spoke to one another these solemn words:

I (name) take you (name) for my lawful wife / husband — to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.

They placed upon one another’s fingers wedding bands blessed by the priest. While doing so, they spoke these words:

(Name), take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

During the Mass, they sealed their sacramental covenant by the reception of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Jesus is now the Guarantor of their marriage to one another. He will give them all the graces necessary for them to grow in love for one another. We can all rejoice in the love between Eric and Meghan.

Long life, good health, and God’s blessings to you, dear Mr. and Mrs. Siminitus!

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BENEFIT FOR THE VEVASIS FAMILY,
who lost their home to a fire
(I regret that I did not include this item in last weekend’s bulletin.
It was an oversight on my part, for which I apologize.

Be that as it may, please know the following:
There is a benefit being held today — Saturday, 26 April — at the Shenandoah Heights Fire Company, 148 Swatara Road, Shenandoah Heights.
The $20.00 donation includes admission, food and beverages.
There is a basket auction between 04:00 and 07:00 pm.
There is entertainment between 08:00 pm and 12:00 midnight.
Tee shirts will be available for purchase: $10.00 and $12.00, depending on size.
For more information, contact: Janelle Cuff at 570-449-5078 or Bernie Vevasis at 570-276-6254 or Denny Marrone at 570-276-1047.
Because this bulletin announcement will not be read by most persons until after the event, please know that St. Joseph Parish / St. Vincent dePaul Parish will be accepting donations for the benefit of the Vevasis family.
If you wish to donate, please put your donation (cash or check) into an envelope and write VEVASIS on the front of the envelope. You can put the envelope into the basket or else drop it off at the Rectory.
In addition, the parishes will be making a donation to the Vevasis family from the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN

Remember that the fourth of our six meetings is on Tuesday, 29 April, at 06:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.
After this meeting, all of the children will be (should be!) prepared to make their First Confessions.
Parents! Please make certain that your child knows the ACT OF CONTRITION by heart.
Some of the children know it very well. Some do not yet know it. Please remember that it is primarily the responsibility of parents to teach the children their prayers. The pastor and those who assist him in teaching religion — I’m referring to our small but noble cadre of CCD teachers — do their best, but they cannot replace the parents.

AND THE WINNER IS ……..!
The Easter lottery-ticket basket was raffled off on Easter Sunday in the Sheridan Room after the 11:30 am Mass.
It was a true-and-honest drawing!
Wade O. Richards and Fr. Connolly were witnesses, together with a few others.
A winsome young child drew the ticket. (He didn’t look at the tickets when he put his hand into the bucket.)
Out came a ticket with “Dempsey” written on it plus a phone number.
It took us less than two seconds to realize that “Dempsey” is a distinguished gentleman who lives on Main Street in Girardville, right across the street from the church.
So, there we are! We hope that Mr. Dempsey and his wife had fun scratching all those tickets and we hope that they had a winner or two.
The parish realized a profit of $729.00.
We are truly grateful to all who donated tickets and who sold and purchased chances.

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IAN found this photo on Facebook and made me aware of it. He said, “You can tell this photo was taken from the living room on the 2nd floor of St. Joseph Rectory. Notice the traffic light. My guess is this was probably in the 1930s.”
Yes! 1930s or even, perhaps, late 1920s. Someone who knows something about the evolution of automobile designs could probably tell us more precisely. And look at the trolley tracks. Notice the convent that used to house the Sisters IHM who taught in St. Joseph / IHM School. ------ There have been a few changes in dear old Girardville over the years!

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FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY
SUNDAY, 27 APRIL
SAINT VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
Confessions
06:00 to 07:00 pm
Devotions
07:00 pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Scripture Reading
Reading of Excerpt from Diary of St. Faustina
Prayers
Veneration of Image of Divine Mercy
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

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A QUESTION ABOUT PATERNITY
I met with the First Holy Communion children this past Tuesday evening. One of them — an 8-year-old boy — asked me this question: “Are you that man’s father?”
It wasn’t obvious to me who “that man” was — the man to whom he was referring.
I could have simplified things by answering simply, “No, I’m not ‘that man’s’ father. I’m not any man’s father. Come to think of it, I’m not any woman’s father either. I’m not anybody’s father, except in the spiritual / metaphorical sense.” And then let it go at that.
But I thought that such a sophisticated answer would be a bit over the top for an 8-year-old — besides which I was intrigued as to just who “that man” was. Other than yours truly, there were only two men in the Rectory at the time he asked me the question, viz. Ian Getzey and a man who is the father of one of the FHC children, and neither of them had interacted with the boy as far as I knew. Moreover, I’m sure I’m not the father of either of those two.
So, I said to the boy: “What man do you mean? I don’t know what man you’re talking about.”
He said, “You know! That man!”
I said, “No, I don’t know what man! What man do you mean?”
He said, “You know — the CCD man!!”
Ah! The light dawned.
I said, “Oh, the CCD man! Do you mean Mr. Wascavage?”
(In case you didn’t know, Edward Wascavage is our CCD principal.)
He said, “Yes”.
I said, “Oh, okay! Now I know who you’re talking about. No, I am not Mr. Wascavage’s father.”
Then I hastened to add: “But Mr. Wascavage is a very nice man, isn’t he? And smart too!”
The boy nodded his head to indicate agreement.
And that was the end of that particular conversation.
To which I have only this to add: I admire the patience of parents of young children who take the time to try to figure out just what the heck their kids are talking about!
Bottom line: That “CCD man” has a father who is alive and well, last I heard. And I am not he.

SOMEONE GAVE THE PASTOR a plastic bag containing eight jelly beans, each one a different color. Stapled to the plastic bag was a paper on which was printed (and I quote) THE JELLY-BEAN PRAYER.
I have read and said a lot of prayers in my life. Not until now have I ever come across THE JELLY-BEAN PRAYER! I would like to print it out for you in the bulletin. After you read it, I shall make a comment.

THE JELLY-BEAN PRAYER
Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made.
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for the hours of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.

My comment
All my life, from childhood until the present day, my favorite jelly beans have always been the black ones (licorice). Put an assortment of jelly beans in front of me and, although I will not totally ignore the rest, I will always go first for the black ones.
Only NOW, after 76 years of jelly-bean consumption, I find out that the BLACK jelly beans represent “the sins we made”. Good grief! Only NOW have I come to realize what my problem has been all these years! I have been giving priority to “the sins we made” over “the blood He gave” and “the grace He gave” and “the sun so bright” and “the new tomorrow”. Oh, what a wretched man am I! I think I need to go on a LONG retreat.
By the way, I have in my possession (still unopened) another present I got for Easter. Guess what it is! It’s a bag of black jelly beans! What am I going to do with them now that I know what they represent? I’m going to have to think long and hard about this!

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POPE SAINT JOHN XXIII
ANGELO GIUSEPPE RONCALLI
PRAY FOR US
AND FOR THE HOLY CHURCH OF GOD
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II
KAROL JÓZEF WOJTYLA
PRAY FOR US
AND FOR THE HOLY CHURCH OF GOD
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD!

 

 

 

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