Saturday, 10 May
Vigil of Sunday
by his daughter, Jean Birster Weist

Sunday, 11 May
4th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — MARY ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland

Monday, 12 May
SS. Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs;
St. Pancras, martyr (OptMems)
by Christine

Wednesday, 14 May
St. Matthias, apostle (Fst)
by Helen Corrigan Wayne

Friday, 16 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — DREXEL KIRK
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Saturday, 17 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. LARRY J. HESS
by Christopher J. Chapman
Vigil of Sunday
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 18 May
5th Sunday of Easter
by Michelina Catizone


Saturday, 10 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Dr. and Mrs. Frank Blozusky

Sunday, 11 May
4th Sunday of Easter
by the HNS

Tuesday, 13 May
Our Lady of Fatima (OptMem)
08:00 am — In Thanksgiving to SAINT ANTHONY
by Rose

Thursday, 15 May
St. Isidore the Farmer (OptMem)
by Betty Sue and Betty Davis

Saturday, 17 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARY POWLICK
by her daughter and her son-in-law, Barbara and John Petrousky

Sunday, 18 May
5th Sunday of Easter
by the Connell family

stjos/stvdp: 05.11.2014 - 01

03 / 04 MAY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,205.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $41.00 from the plate; $304.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $70.00 from the Easter envelopes; $56.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,696.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $50.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,696.00) 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 $577.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $738.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $63.00 from the plate; $229.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $80.00 from the Easter envelopes; $5.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $87.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,207.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,207.00) 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 $402.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 13 May
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 15 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 16 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 13 May
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, 16 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

stjos/stvdp: 05.11.2014 - 02

THE ONLY TIME I EVER LISTEN TO THE RADIO is when I am in my car. Other than that, I am clueless about what’s on the radio. I had been in the custom, when driving along, of listening primarily (but not exclusively) to FOX. As almost everyone knows, FOX is considered to be right-of-center. Some would even say “right wing”. Sometimes I flipped over to CNN or BBC, both of which are somewhat left-of-center, but not outrageously so. I decided to make a sacrifice during Lent and not listen to FOX. I decided, for the sake of penance, to listen to some decidedly left-wing station. I fiddled around a bit and set my dial on MEDIA MATTERS, which is left-wing politics 24 / 7. It’s mostly all talk shows. Some of the hosts are Ed Schultz, Mark Thompson, Mike Malloy and Michelangelo Signorile. All of these are dedicated progressives. It’s amazing that I have not yet turned into a raging liberal! When Easter dawned and my period of penance was over, I decided to “prolong my Lent” and to keep my car radio tuned to MEDIA MATTERS, as a result of which I continue, while driving around, to sop up the tortured rhetoric of the left wing. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment. Actually, I find it kind of amusing.
While driving back to Girardville from Trinity Academy (Shenandoah) this past Monday, I listened to talk-show host Michelangelo Signorile waxing eloquent on his outrage that the Supreme Court has ruled (5 to 4) that it is NOT a violation of the Constitution for government bodies to open their meetings with prayer, even if the prayer happens to be blatantly Christian prayer. He then made the (trumpet blast!) revelation that HE GREW UP CATHOLIC. Whenever I hear somebody say, “I grew up Catholic” or “I was raised Catholic”, I take a deep breath because I pretty much know what’s coming — and it ain’t gonna be pretty!
Mr. Signorile did not disappoint me! He started raging about how stupid and unfair it is to teach children prayers! It’s all brainwashing! The poor little tykes have no choice! Nobody should be forced to practice any religion when he / she is a child. Parents have no right to push their religion on their kids! Etc., etc., etc.
Then Mr. Signorile gave us some examples from the time he was a child and was made to memorize the “Hail Mary”. Here is pretty much (I am not exaggerating!) what he said:

“Hail Mary, full of grace.” Now, what does that mean? Huh? Can you tell me? What does that mean? “Blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” What’s a womb? What does that mean? What kid knows what a womb is? And “fruit”? What kind of fruit? Fruit is something that grows on a tree, isn’t it? It’s something you eat, isn’t it? What the hell does “fruit of thy womb” mean? At this point, one of Signorile’s acolytes chimed in: “Yeah! And what about ‘forgive us our trespasses’? What are ‘trespasses’? What kid knows what ‘trespasses’ means?”

Apparently this tortured soul, probably another poor victim of a Catholic childhood, and anxious to make his contribution to the conversation, was mixing up the “Lord’s Prayer” with the “Hail Mary”. There are no trespasses in the “Hail Mary” as far as I know.
By this time, I had arrived back in the garage at St. Vincent’s, so I lost the satellite, besides which I had to turn off the ignition.
I feel sorry for Mr. Signorile, but I feel especially sorry for his dear father and mother who, without success, tried to make a Catholic out of him. I remember Proverbs 17, 21: “To be a fool’s parent is grief for a man; the father of a numskull has no joy.”

stjos/stvdp: 05.11.2014 - 03


by SteveTurner

We believe in Marx, Freud and Darwin.
We believe everything is OK as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt
and to the best of your definition of knowledge.
We believe in sex before, during, and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy is OK.
We believe that taboos are taboo.
We believe that everything’s getting better, despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated, and you can prove anything with evidence.
We believe that there is something in horoscopes, UFO’s and bent spoons.
Jesus was a good man just like Buddha, Muhammad, and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher, though we think His good morals were bad.
We believe that all religions are basically the same.
They all believe in love and goodness and differ only on matters of creation, sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.
We believe that after death comes the Nothing, because when you ask the dead what happens, they say nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied, then it’s compulsory heaven for all, except, perhaps, for Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Khan.
We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What’s selected is average. What’s average is normal. What’s normal is good.
We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between warfare and bloodshed.
The Americans should beat their guns into tractors,
and the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians and the North Koreans and others will be sure to follow.
We believe that man is essentially good.
It is only his behavior that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.
We believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him or her.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust.
History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth, except for the truth that there is no absolute truth.
We believe in the rejection of creeds, and the flowering of individual thought.
If chance be the Father of all flesh, disaster is his rainbow in the sky, and when you hear
State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!
It is but the sound of man worshipping his maker.

My comment: You might think that this is an absurd creed. Well, good for you if that is what you think! It shows that you are not out of your mind. But, believe me when I tell you that it is the creed of many persons with whom we rub elbows every day. Even in Girardville PA?? Yes, even in Girardville PA! St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish exist in order to war against this creed.

stjos/stvdp: 05.11.2014 - 04

for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$150.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit so far for 2014
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$542.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$2,909.50 for St. Joseph Parish
NEW ROOF for Saint Joseph Parish garage. As you may (or may not) know, St. Joseph Parish owns a triple-bay garage on Preston Avenue, right behind the Rectory. It had been leaking, unable to withstand the rain of God — so much so that the garage was not worthy of anyone coming under its roof. So, we engaged the services of a local roofer to put on a new roof. He offered us the options of a roof made of standard materials or else a rubber roof. After bouncing the options around in our head, we chose the rubber roof. It carries a 36-year warranty!! So, if you do the math, you will see that we can scratch “garage roof” off our list of things to worry about — at least until April of 2050, by which time it is possible that the Front Office will have arrived at a decision about the future of the parishes in Girardville, and the pastor, who will be 112 years old by then, might possibly have to arrange for a replacement roof or else a replacement pastor. But, until then, we’re good.
Trinity Academy's annual May Procession and crowning of the Blessed Mother will take place on Monday 19 May at 06:30 pm. The Procession will begin at St. Ann's Church in Frackville, with the crowning of the Blessed Mother at Annunciation BVM Church, Frackville. All are welcome. In case of rain, the procession will take place in Annunciation BVM Church.
Trinity Academy's seventh annual golf classic will be held on Sunday, 01 June at Mountain Valley Golf Club. Shotgun start at 01:00 pm. Four-person team scramble format. Cost is $75.00 per player, which includes cart, green fees, food and refreshments after tournament, team cash awards, door prizes and closest-to-pin contest. Contact Mike Nieddu, Director of Development, at 570-462-3927, ext 5 or email to
NOTE FROM JOE WOODWARD: If you have a lot in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery and are not enrolled in the parish’s Perpetual Care Plan, it is time to pay the annual care fee for cutting of the grass for the year.
The annual care fee for a full lot (four graves) is $25.00.
The annual care fee for a half lot (two graves) is $20.00.
This can be sent to Joseph Woodward, 1530 Spruce Street, Ashland PA 17921-1710 or else you can pay Joe directly over the Memorial Day weekend at the Cemetery.
THE SANCTUARY CANDLE in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in memory of Blase J. Draugelis, at the request of his family.
THE FLOWERS IN FRONT OF THE STATUE of the Blessed Virgin Mary in St. Vincent dePaul Church were given in loving memory of Blase J. Draugelis, by his daughter, Mary Draugelis Miller.

BUT ESPECIALLY yours and mine!

stjos/stvdp: 05.11.2014 - 05

ON TUESDAY, 13 MAY 2014, the Church will observe the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. It will be the 97th anniversary of the first appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary — at the Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal — to three children: Lucia Santos, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto. Francisco and Jacinta were brother and sister. Lucia was their cousin. In the course of time, the Blessed Mother confided three secrets to the children. Here is the text of the three secrets. We provide them here without any commentary. We hope you will read them and meditate on them.
"Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror."
"I have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world."
"After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!' And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, Religious men and women going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, Religious men and women, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God."

stjos/stvdp: 05.11.2014 - 06

Thank God for Thunder / Enlightning, that provocative feature one finds in the Pottsville Republican! It provides lots of grist for our mill. Here are two recent entries, together with some comments that I hope will be at least somewhat enlightening!

04 May 2014

Just because someone does not think the homosexual lifestyle is right does not make them a hateful person as the commentator said. I don't believe people should live together before marriage. So does that make me hateful too? I happen to believe that marriage is sacred and sex is between a man and a woman. It has nothing to do with hate. It has to do with moral values.

Schuylkill Haven

Well, maybe you're not a hateful person, but many are. You can believe whatever you want, just don't try cramming your beliefs down someone else's throat.

My comment to the Caller: Way to go, friend! I agree with you 100%! Thank you for your contribution to the sanity of Schuylkill County!
My comment to the Commentator: Your comment is somewhat begrudging. You seem to concede, with considerable reluctance, that MAYBE the caller is NOT a hateful person. (Gee, thanks!) You imply that many (most?) who agree with the caller ARE hateful persons. And then you refer to “cramming your beliefs down someone else’s throat”. I know very well what you are implying by that. You are, quite obviously, a moral relativist. I think you might even subscribe to “The Atheist’s Creed”. See page 04 of this bulletin. I do not think (and I did not say) that you are an atheist, but I do think that your world view is pretty much the same as that of an atheist. I am certain beyond a reasonable doubt that you rather intensely dislike the Catholic Church.

05 May 2014

To Frackville and all the others calling in to say what God thinks about homosexuality: The pope knows more about God than any of you. The pope debated on this subject that it is not his or anyone else's place to judge. Reminds me of "He without sin cast the first stone." All of you throwing stones are not candidates for sainthood and the stone throwing is a sin in itself. God forgives all and is the only judge for what is evil.

Mahanoy City

I often ask myself whether the pope, being mortal, is any closer to God than I am, or than you are. Something to think about. God bless.

My comment to the Caller: I’m afraid you’ve been sold a bill of goods. Pope Francis’s statement “Who am I to judge?” has been wildly misapplied. If you read the transcript, you find that the Pope was referring to persons who are in a state of repentance for homosexual actions of which they were guilty. We must not judge (in the sense of condemn) such persons. It is not a sin to condemn homosexuality, but we must be wary of condemning persons who are or have been homosexuals. Do you see the distinction? It is a vitally important distinction!
My comment to the Commentator: I don’t believe you when you say that you “often ask yourself whether the pope, being mortal, is any closer to God than I am, or than you are”. What I don’t believe is that you “often ask yourself” that question. I am quite certain that you do not believe that the Pope is any closer to God than you. Allow me to tell you — not that I think you will believe me — that the Pope is, indeed, by virtue of his office, “closer to God” than you or I or anyone else. But now follow the bouncing ball! By “closer to God”, I do not mean that the Pope is the holiest person on the planet nor do I mean that the Pope is the most intelligent person on the planet. I have no idea who the holiest or the most intelligent persons on the planet are! I do know this: that the Catholic Church is “the pillar and foundation of the Truth”; that the Catholic Church is indefectible; that Pope Francis is the current visible head of the Catholic Church; that, as visible Head, he succeeds St. Peter; that Jesus Christ guaranteed that St. Peter and his successors would receive special divine protection, so as not to lead the entire Church into error in matters of faith and morals. In that restricted sense and only in that restricted sense, do we Catholics affirm that the Pope is “closer to God” than anyone else on the planet.

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