MASS SCHEDULE: 18 - 25 MAY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 17 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — ROSALIE BARRETT JAMBETER
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 18 May
5th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — MARION and PANTALEONA FULGINITI and FAMILY
by Michelina Catizone

Monday, 19 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — JAMES V. COYLE
by Marilyn Stefanski

Wednesday, 21 May
St. Christopher Magallanes, priest, and companions, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: PETER DeLUCA FAMILY
by Celeste DeLuca

Friday, 23 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — FORGOTTEN SOULS IN PURGATORY
by Helen Corrigan Wayne

Saturday, 24 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — MIRIAM DOUGHERTY CAREY (11th anniversary)
by her son, Thomas
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Deceased: AMEDIO ZELLI FAMILY
by Rosemary Zelli

Sunday, 25 May
6th Sunday of Easter
10:00 am — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
by his mother, Ida Mae
11:30 am — God’s blessings on BRIAN STEFANOWICZ
by Brian and Marie Smith

 MASS SCHEDULE: 18 - 25 MAY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

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
08:30 am — DECEASED: CONNELL and KARVOIS FAMILIES
by the Connell family

Tuesday, 20 May
St. Bernardine of Siena, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — The Salvation of Souls
by Jerome T. Gilmartin

Thursday, 22 May
St. Rita of Cascia, religious (OptMem)
07:00 pm — EDWARD M. WASCAVAGE
by Aunt Sharon, Uncle Kelly and family

Saturday, 24 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — IRENE HAMA GILLIS
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 25 May
6th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — PETER SMOLOCK
by FCI Schuylkill Recreation Department

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
10 / 11 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $717.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $30.00 from the plate; $45.00 from the Dues envelopes; $180.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $109.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,081.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,081.00) 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 ($37.63) is available from this collection for operating the parish.
THIS IS A DEFICIT!

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $746.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $59.00 from the plate; $7.00 from the Dues envelopes; $179.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $57.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,048.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,048.00) 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 $243.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Monday, 19 May
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 22 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 23 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Monday, 19 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, 23 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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MARLENE JEAN KLECKNER MARQUARDT PARFITT,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Sunday, 11 May 2014.
Born on 11 June 1937, she was 76 years old.
Marlene is the daughter (only child) of the late Anthony and Anna (Kalkolus) Kleckner.
She was baptized at St. Stephen Church, Shenandoah, on 29 December 1943.
On 02 June 1960, she was married in St. Vincent dePaul Church to Charles L. Marquardt in the presence of Fr. Andrew J. Degutis.
On 12 June 1971, she was married to Harry T. Parfitt Sr.
Both Mr. Marquardt and Mr. Parfitt are deceased.
Marlene has three children: Charles A. Marquardt Sr.; Jean Ann Parfitt; Harry T. Parfitt Jr.
She has six grandchildren: Charles A. Marquardt Jr.; Chad B. Marquardt; Curt J. Marquardt; Cole T. Parfitt; Forrest J. Galitski; Brittany Parfitt.
She has one great-grandchild who (God willing) will be born in a few months: Addisyn M. Marquardt.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Marlene was celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church at 11:00 am on Thursday, 15 May.
There was a viewing in the church prior to the Mass.
The interment took place in St. Vincent dePaul Cemetery, (Englewood), Frackville PA.
Eternal rest grant unto Marlene, 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 FLOWERS in front of the Blessed Mother statue in St. Vincent dePaul Church were placed there in memory of Blase J. Draugelis by his family.
THE SANCTUARY LAMP burns this week in St. Vincent dePaul Church in memory of Mary Powlick, at the request of her daughter, Barbara, and her son-in-law, John Petrousky.
THANK YOU TO THOSE who donated to the Vevasis Family fund. They are the family who lost their home to a fire. We combined what we received from parishioners with what we had in our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund and gave the family a donation of five hundred dollars ($500.00).
MAY PROCESSION
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.

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PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY ELECTION
TUESDAY, 20 MAY 2014

Basic information: A Primary Election is held for the purpose of choosing candidates who will face off against one another in the General Election held in November. In Pennsylvania, one needs to be registered in a particular political party in order to vote in the Primary. Therefore, a person registered as a Democrat can vote only for the candidates on the Democratic ballot and a person registered as a Republican can vote only for the candidates on the Republican ballot. A person registered as an Independent — which is not a political party — is ineligible to vote in the Primary but is, of course, eligible to vote in the General.
The purpose of this bulletin article is very simple and is entirely within the scope of what is legally permissible for tax-exempt entities such as a parish.
The purpose is to acquaint prospective voters with the positions of candidates on those issues that are of crucial importance to the moral fabric of the Commonwealth. We do not comment on issues unless they are in some way relevant to the non-negotiable moral teachings of the Catholic Church. The issues in this election that are relevant in this regard are the following: ABORTION, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE and THE DEATH PENALTY.
As is well known, the Catholic Church opposes the continued legalization of abortion, the legalization of same-sex marriage and the use of the death penalty when it is possible to protect society without executing the criminal.
GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA
Tom Corbett
(incumbent) is the Republican candidate. He chose to respond to the request of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for statements on his positions.
In regard to abortion, Mr. Corbett’s position is as follows: I oppose legalized abortion, except when the life of the mother is in danger or the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.
In regard to same-sex marriage, Mr. Corbett’s position is as follows: I support legislation to safeguard attempts to redefine marriage in Pennsylvania.
In regard to the death penalty, Mr. Corbett’s position is as follows: It is needed as a deterrent and penalty for heinous crimes.
Rob McCord
Katie McGinty
Allyson Schwartz
Tom Wolf
These are the four Democratic candidates. All four chose not to respond to the request of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for statements on their positions. So, I have to go outside the PCC information in order to provide the following information. I attest that this information is reliable.

From researching various websites, it is clear to me that Rob McCord is in favor of legalized abortion and the legalization of same-sex marriage. He calls for a moratorium on the death penalty.
From researching various websites, it is clear to me that Katie McGinty is in favor of legalized abortion and the legalization of same-sex marriage. She calls for a moratorium on the death penalty.

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From researching various websites, it is clear that Allyson Schwartz is in favor of legalized abortion and the legalization of same-sex marriage. I have no information on her position on the death penalty.
From researching various websites, it is clear that Tom Wolf is in favor of legalized abortion and the legalization of same-sex marriage. He calls for a moratorium on the death penalty.

US CONGRESS (17th Congressional District)
Matthew Cartwright (incumbent) is the Democratic candidate
. He chose not to respond to the request of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for statements on his positions. Because he is unopposed on the Democratic ballot, I decided that it would not be useful for purposes of this bulletin article for me to research his positions on abortion or same-sex marriage, although I think that I know what they are. The issue of the death penalty is not particularly relevant on the Federal level.
Matthew Connolly
David Moylan
Matthew Dietz
These are the three Republican candidates. All three of them chose to respond to the request of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for statements on their positions.

In regard to abortion, Mr. Connolly’s position is as follows: I oppose legalized abortion, except when the life of the mother is in danger or the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.
In regard to abortion, Dr. Moylan’s position is as follows: I oppose legalized abortion in all circumstances.
In regard to abortion, Mr. Dietz’s position is as follows: I oppose legalized abortion, except when the life of the mother is in danger or the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.
In regard to same-sex marriage, Mr. Connolly states that he opposes it.
In regard to same-sex marriage, Dr. Moylan states that he opposes it.
In regard to same-sex marriage, Mr. Dietz states that he supports it.
Disclaimer: Candidate Matthew Connolly is not a relative of mine, nor am I personally acquainted with him. (EBC)

PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (District 124)
As far as I know, there is no candidate on the Democratic ballot for this office.
There are two candidates on the Republican ballot.
JEROME KNOWLES (incumbent)
JAMES BARTON
Mr. Knowles chose to respond to the request of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for statements on his positions.

In regard to abortion, Mr. Knowles’s position is as follows: I oppose legalized abortion in all circumstances.
In regard to same-sex marriage, Mr. Knowles states that he opposes it.
In regard to the death penalty, Mr. Knowles states that he supports it.
Mr. Barton chose not to respond to the request of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for statements on his positions. I have no information about Mr. Barton’s positions on these issues.

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JUST A REMINDER: The 11:30 am Mass in St. Joseph Church next Sunday (25 May) will be “the Latin Mass” / aka “the Tridentine Mass” / aka “the Mass celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form”.
In case you are not already aware, we offer Mass in this form every last Sunday of the month.
Unlike the rubric at “the English Mass” / aka “the Novus Ordo Mass” / aka “the Mass celebrated according to the Ordinary Form”, the recipient does not say, “AMEN”, immediately prior to receiving Holy Communion.
If you should happen to forget and, out of force of habit, should happen to say “AMEN” anyway, the priest promises not to chide you, nor to call you out, nor to display any visible sign of displeasure.
He does, however, reserve the right to write down your name in his book of “people I need to talk to someday when I get around to it”. The book is rather full right now, so it might take a while before he gets around to talking to you.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

We anticipate that eleven children from our two parishes — eight from St. Joseph Parish and three from St. Vincent dePaul Parish — will receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time today (Sunday, 18 May) at the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church.
In this bulletin, we give you their names. In next weekend’s bulletin, we hope to give you photos of the faces that accompany the names.

BERNOSKY, Jake Matthew
BROZYNO, Danah Elizabeth
BROZYNO, Matthew James
EVANS, Mekenzie Rose
HEISER, Evan Lee
KLEEMAN, Dawson Matteo
MOHAN, Lucas Francesco
MOVASSAGHI, Ethan John
PIKITUS, Francis George
SMITH, Bradlee Jakob
YACKENCHICK, Nathan Patrick
NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL will be running a LITTLE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CAMP.
The four-day camp is for girls entering 3rd through 8th grade.
The dates are: 14 to 17 July 2014.
The times are: 05:00 to 06:30 pm for grades 3 to 5 //// 06:30 to 08:00 pm for grades 6 to 8.
The place is the Nativity BVM High School campus.
The cost is $35.00.
The camp includes: individual instruction, team concepts, competitions.
The instructors are Nativity coaching staff, former and current Nativity players.
Brochures are available at Nativity.
For more information, contact Mrs. Jennifer Daubert at 570-622-8110.

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JOSEPH ELIJAH GONTIS received the Holy Eucharist for the first time this past Sunday — 11 May 2014 — during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church.
He is the sixth of the eight children of James F. and Eva (Zemanek) Gontis. He is a member of Holy Name Parish, Harrisburg PA. In order to assure that his reception of First Holy Communion outside the borders of his canonical parish would not be an illicit act, he was careful to secure the permission of his rightful pastor, Father Edward J. Quinlan.
Joseph chose to receive his FHC in Girardville because he has a predilection for lengthy homilies — unusual in a boy of such tender age — and also because he thought that it would be appropriate if he were to receive the awesome Sacrament in a church named for that great saint who is his patron. As if these were not sufficient reasons, he adds a third: the appropriateness of receiving FHC from the priest who baptized him many years ago when he was young.
May God bless this boy and keep him in His love.
OUR HOLY RELIGION IS NOT DEPRIVED of occasions for inadvertent humor. Here is a recent example: After the homily last Sunday (11 May), I thought it would be a splendid idea to have young Joseph renew his Baptism promises. I have to admit that I had not told him about this ahead of time. So, he was not mentally geared up for an inquisition. Standing at the pulpit, I asked Joseph to stand at his chair. I asked him, “Joseph, do you renounce Satan?” He answered correctly and forthrightly, “Yes”. Okay! So far, so good! Then I asked him, “And all of his works?” Joseph answered, “No”. I almost fell off the pulpit! I was afraid to ask him about his position on “all of his vain displays”.
Then it occurred to me that Joseph might have been experiencing stage fright. So, I hinted rather broadly that he should revise his answer, which he did, praise the Lord! His parents and I breathed collective sighs of relief. Then he answered “Yes” to my inquiry as to whether he rejected “all of his vain displays”. And I’m happy to say that he aced the final three questions about whether he believed in God the Father Almighty, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. All’s well that ends well.
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.
HERITAGE DAY IN THE VALLEY
Date
: Sunday, 01 June
Time: 11:00 am to 06:00 pm
Place: Clover Fire Company Grounds, Heckscherville, 8 Clover Road, Pottsville PA
Finnigan’s Wake, Irish music and dance, Genealogy, History, Food, Fun and Fellowship, Space available for genealogists to share their family histories; No fee, but prior registration required.
Check out the website: www.friendsofkierans.com

WALKIN’ FOR SAINT KIERAN’S
Date
: Sunday, 01 June
Time: 11:00 am
Walk from Clover Fire Company to St. Kieran Cemetery. The Ancient Order of Hibernians will conduct a short ceremony honoring their deceased members. In addition, all are invited to honor their loved ones buried at St. Kieran’s. Registration at Clover Fire Company. No fee to walk, but donations are always welcome. Unable to walk? Sponsor a walker — perhaps in memory of a loved one. Contact: Jim at 570-544-4929

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THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING!
(What would I do without it? It’s the gift that keeps on giving!)
Here are two recent “call-ins”, followed by comments by yours truly.

15 May
I was wondering that maybe sometime the monsignor would give Father Dene a turn and have his picture in The Republican-Herald. We parishioners love Father Dene and we're glad he's here to stay.

Shenandoah

My comment: So, what’s your point, Shenandoah? I think I know what your point is. You are trying to play one priest off against another. That’s despicable! It’s especially despicable when you involve two of the finest priests in the Diocese of Allentown, viz. Father Dene and Monsignor Bocian. First of all, be sure of this: Monsignor Bocian is not (I repeat “not”) involved in some sort of a conspiracy to get his picture in the paper. He couldn’t care less whether or not he gets his picture in the paper. The initiative for taking photos — when, where and of whom — comes from The Republican-Herald. Those of us who know Monsignor know that he is, by nature assisted by grace, a man who does not seek the limelight. Quite the opposite! I know him as a very reserved and private kind of man, a good example to all of us. He is also one of the smartest and hardest working priests in the Diocese. I sometimes wonder how he is able to do all that he does without more help. As far as Father Dene is concerned, he is, in my opinion, a role model for all priests who are of retirement age — always kind, upbeat and willing to help out. Probably very holy too! Shenandoah is fortunate to have his priestly service. I’m not sure exactly how old he is. I think he is a year or two younger than God, but he keeps on ticking. I have sometimes said that I want to be like Father Dene when I grow up. Here is my point, Shenandoah: Show a little respect for your priests! You didn’t do Father Dene any favor by complimenting him at the expense of Monsignor Bocian. Pardon the cliché, but here it comes: Go get a life!

16 May
My outrage is with you for disseminating the lies about The Affordable Care Act. The truth is this: The Little Sisters of the Poor were exempt from the contraceptive mandate because they are a religious organization. That exemption required that they fill out some paperwork. They objected to even filling out the paperwork because they wanted to get their point across that they are opposed to contraception. Sorry, but they were in the wrong and they were not going to be required to cover contraception any way. You got it wrong.

Girardville

My comment: Your outrage is ill-placed. You are referring, of course, to the case filed with the Supreme Court, known as “Little Sister of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Sebelius” (docket 13A691). Sorry, but the Little Sisters of the Poor are NOT in the wrong. Let me tell you why. You say that the exemption they received “required that they fill out some paperwork” — as if filling out paperwork were never a morally relevant act. By any chance, have you looked at the “paperwork” they were told that they had to fill out? Maybe you did, but I kind of doubt it. I did look at it. In fact, I read the whole damn thing. (I use the word “damn” quite deliberately, because the form referred to is the kind of form that a person might sign if he or she is not concerned about eternal damnation!) It’s known as EBSA [Employee Benefit Security Administration] Form 700. (You can look it up on line, if you’re interested.) Let me give you a capsulized version of what the Little Sisters of the Poor would be agreeing to if they were to sign this form: They would be swearing that, although they themselves have religious objections to being directly involved with providing their employees with contraception (including those kinds of contraceptive pills that induce abortion), they have no objections to being indirectly involved with providing the same to their employees. If the Little Sisters signed off on what the Obama administration wants them to sign off on, they would be simply handing over to a third party the provision of the contraceptive pills and devices. Let me give you an analogy: Let’s say your 19-year-old son asks you to lend him $1,000.00 so that he can go to Florida with some of his college buddies for “Spring Break”. Money is not a big issue with you. You can afford it, but you don’t want him to go to Florida with his buddies for “Spring Break”. Your reasons are perfectly obvious to you. You feel responsible — and rightly so — for “holding the line” and protecting him from what you are certain will be “occasions of sin”. So, the lad goes to his Uncle Bill and asks him to lend him the money. Uncle Bill tells your son that he is willing to do so, but that he needs to get written permission from you before he will lend him the money. If you do give him written permission to borrow the money, are you then able to say that you are still “holding the line” on your moral principles or are you just taking the easy way out? Would you not then be at least an indirect participant in placing your son in the occasions of sin? The Little Sisters of the Poor are not The Stupid Sisters of the Poor! They know that there is more than one way that the Devil can get us to do what he wants. And what the Devil wants in this particular situation is that they compromise their moral principles and, by so doing, betray their Lord and Master Jesus Christ.
All of this should ring a bell with you if you believe that artificial contraception and abortion are grave evils. If you do not believe that artificial contraception and abortion are grave evils, then you and I do not inhabit the same moral planet, in which case further discussion would be useless.

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