MASS SCHEDULE: 25 May - 01 June

Saturday, 24 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Deceased: AMEDIO ZELLI FAMILY
by Rosemary Zelli

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

Monday, 26 May
St. Philip Neri, priest (OblMem)
by Eileen Rowland

Wednesday, 28 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on HENRY WAYNE
by his wife, Eileen
Vigil of Ascension
by her nephew, Jim Feeney

Thursday, 29 May
Ascension Thursday (Sol)
12:00 noon — God’s blessings on JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Friday, 30 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — PRIESTS OF ALLENTOWN DIOCESE: Living and Deceased
by Helen Corrigan Wayne

Saturday, 31 May
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
by Helen Corrigan Wayne
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Deceased: LANG and ALBO FAMILIES
by the Lang family

Sunday, 01 June
7th Sunday of Easter
by Donna Lally

 MASS SCHEDULE: 25 May - 01 June

Saturday, 24 May
Vigil of Sunday
by M/M John Gillis

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

Tuesday, 27 May
St. Augustine of Canterbury, bishop (OptMem)
by Mary Draugelis Miller

Wednesday, 28 May
Vigil of Ascension
by EBC

Thursday, 29 May
Ascension Thursday (Sol)
by M/M John Gillis

Saturday, 31 May
Vigil of Sunday
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 01 June
7th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — CHARLES and ANN PINCHOT and relatives
by their sons

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17 / 18 MAY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes:

Receipts for parish purposes: $1,123.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $126.00 from the plate; $130.00 from the Dues envelopes; $71.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $240.00 from the Easter envelopes; $160.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,850.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,850.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($298.15), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $925.63, one sees that $924.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $692.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $154.00 from the plate; $7.00 from the Dues envelopes; $56.00 from the loose.
Total: $909.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($909.00) 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 $104.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 27 May
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 29 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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


Tuesday, 27 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, 30 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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The following was printed on page 03 of our parish bulletin on 24 November 2013. I have copied and pasted it.
I was mistaken about the date on which Judge Jones would convene court to hear the arguments. I went by what was written at the time. I said 09 June 2014. He handed down his ruling on 20 May 2014.
Except for the timing, I was not surprised at the ruling. I don’t think Judge Jones was the least bit uncertain about how he would rule on the matter. In my opinion, it was a done deal from the moment the petition landed on his desk.

On 09 June 2014, Federal District Judge John E. Jones III will convene court in Harrisburg to hear the arguments. It is not, of course, a jury trial. Judge Jones himself will decide as to whether Pennsylvania may rightly refuse to recognize sodomite unions. I am not optimistic. Of course, if Judge Jones rules against Pennsylvania, we can always appeal his ruling to the Supreme Court of the United States. If so, I am not optimistic. Come, Lord Jesus! And, just in case Your coming is delayed, would you please send St. Michael the Archangel to Harrisburg on 09 June 2014?
I was told after the 11:30 am Mass last Sunday that a young woman who attended the Mass wants to marry me. It would be indiscreet for me to mention her name, so I won’t do that. However, I would like to say that I appreciate the offer and am quite flattered that she would consider me. There are two reasons why I think I should decline her proposal: (1) I took a solemn promise of celibacy and feel honor bound to live up to it. (2) The young woman is not quite three years old. (She will be three in June, if I’m not mistaken.) An age difference of more than 73 years gives me pause. Even aside from the matter of celibacy, I would not, of course, consider marrying her until she is out of high school and has turned 18, at which time I shall be 91. We shall see. I’ll defer a final decision until 2029. Maybe she’ll change her mind.
But whose is it?
Someone left a purple-and-grey backpack in St. Vincent dePaul Church. It contains a laptop, a debit card and some books. We know the name of the owner (because the name is on the debit card) but we don’t know how to locate him / her. It’s strange that someone would lose such a valuable piece of property and not come looking for it. Does anyone know anyone who is looking for his / her backpack?
Call StVdP Rectory to inquire.
Here is an email I received this past week. It made me sit up and take notice! I am not at all acquainted with the Rev. Andrew Pietro. I am certainly sorry for his troubles. Apparently he is terminally ill. For some reason, he has decided to donate eight million Euros to our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund (our good deeds fund). Very kind of him! How unusual that he would think of donating this to our little parishes in Girardville, out of all the parishes on Planet Earth! One Euro is worth about 73 cents American, so eight million Euros comes out to about five million, eight hundred forty thousand dollars ($5,840,000). That’s a nice piece of change! I should be able to do a few good deeds with that!
You don’t suppose there is anything suspicious about this, do you?
Should I check it out first with the Front Office?

Good Day,
I am sending you this mail in good faith. I am Rev Andrew, an Italian citizen currently undergoing medical treatment for cancer. I have decided to DONATE the sum of 8 Million Euros to you for the good work of God to promote humanitarian works. i.e. assisting the less privileged. I have just been informed by my doctor that I only have few months to live due to cancer illness and I am about to end the race like this without a child and in contrast to how family members & friends has completed treated me during horrible moment in my life? I decided reaching out to a total stranger in your person. Having known my condition I have decided to nominate you as my beneficiary. Please contact me for more details on this noble project of mine. Via my direct email:
Rev Andrew Pietro.

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* Get the general public to accept artificial contraception: condoms, diaphragms, intra-uterine devices, anovulant pills and patches.
*Get the bishops and pastors of the Episcopal Church to give their blessing to artificial contraception. Make sure they do it gently, so as to deceive themselves that they are not really selling out. (Cf. “frog in hot water” metaphor). It won’t be long before other Protestants fall into line. cf. Lambeth Conference, 1930, Resolution 15, for a splendid example of ecclesiastical double-talk!

“Where there is clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, the method must be decided on Christian principles. The primary and obvious method is complete abstinence from intercourse (as far as may be necessary) in a life of discipline and self-control lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless in those cases where there is such a clearly felt moral obligation to limit or avoid parenthood, and where there is a morally sound reason for avoiding complete abstinence, the Conference agrees that other methods may be used, provided that this is done in the light of the same Christian principles. The Conference records its strong condemnation of the use of any methods of conception control from motives of selfishness, luxury, or mere convenience.”

Try to get the Catholic Church to fall into line with the Protestants. Unfortunately, we know we will never succeed at that because that damn Church is indefectible. (I prefer to call it “stubborn”!) She operates under the guidance of The One Whose Name is Not to be Mentioned and will eventually kick our collective butts, but — what the Hell! — try it anyway!
* Get the public to accept “no fault divorce” and remarriage at will.
*Make artificial-contraception devices and pharmaceuticals generally available to people via free distribution in public schools and colleges and as standard “health-insurance benefits”.
*Gradually change public attitudes towards cohabitation (living together without benefit of marriage). Work towards making it the norm.
*Make abortion legal but, at first, put some restrictions on it: e.g. only during the first trimester.
* To make it seem reasonable, hedge it a bit: abortion for “difficult circumstances only”, e.g. incest, rape and “life of the mother”.
* Expand the legality of abortion. Make it legal in the second trimester and, eventually, in the third trimester.
* Remove all barriers to abortion! Get the government to pay for it! Make it seem normal. Convince people that “women’s rights” trump the life of the baby. In fact, don’t call it a “baby”. Call it a “fetus”. Very few people anymore know that “fetus” is Latin for “baby”.
* Now we’ll be ready to convince people that sodomy between two men or two women is no different from sexual intercourse. This will be a tough sell, because some humans are not stupid, although most are, and even those who are stupid have a hard-wired conviction that sodomy is disgusting. Even human beings who are not particularly moral have some aesthetic sense. We have to neutralize this.
* Work on people’s natural sympathies for the underdog. Convince them that hostility towards persons who engage in homosexual activity is the same as hostility towards persons of different races and ethnicities. This is totally illogical, but logic is not the strong suit for most human beings!
*Do whatever you can to get the US Congress to pass laws guaranteeing the right to same-sex marriage, although it might be easier to work on individual State legislatures. If neither of these routes accomplishes our purposes, go the judicial route. Find judges, especially on the Federal level, who are looking for promotion. Convince them that, if they look hard enough, they can find something in their blasted Constitution that gives same-sex couples the right to marry. Maybe the 14th Amendment?
Once we make same-sex marriage legal throughout the USA, we will work on legalizing polygamous and incestuous marriage. This will be a piece of cake!
Then we will convince them to lower the age of consent. Fourteen sounds good to start. Maybe twelve. Maybe ten! We’ll let you know about this after we check with Headquarters.
I have some ideas about even more (currently) unimaginable perversions to foist off on them, but I’ll save that for another memo. Your ideas are always welcome!
Thanks for all you are doing to bring as many humans as possible to share our lot in Eternity.

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11:30 am Mass
Saint Joseph Church, Girardville
Sunday, 18 May 2014
Saint Joseph Parish and Saint Vincent dePaul Parish
Girardville PA

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New York Abortion Bill Allows Shooting Babies Through the Heart With Poison to Kill Them

It’s back! The so-called Women’s Equality Act, which allows late-term abortions in New York for virtually any reason, has returned.
A group of pro-abortion Democratic State Senators continued to push today for abortion-expansion, despite polls showing the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers oppose their dangerous agenda. And the bill has grisly consequences.
“How many times do New Yorkers have to reject this radical agenda that would legalize abortion for any reason through all nine months?” asked Lori Kehoe, New York State Right to Life executive director. “New York is already the abortion capital of the United States, with practically no oversight of the industry, but they would rather protect the abortion business than New York women. It’s wrong.”

Throughout the second trimester, late abortions can be completed by dismembering the developed unborn child, even when he or she can feel pain, pulling the baby out piece by piece until the mother’s uterus is empty. After the abortion, the abortionist must reassemble the child’s body to ensure that nothing has been left inside the child’s mother.
In abortions that take place later in pregnancy, which would be legalized in New York by the abortion-expanding Women’s Equality Act, often babies are killed by sliding a needle filled with a chemical agent, such as digoxin, into the beating heart, before being delivered.
New York State Right to Life commented on reintroduction of the so-called “Women’s Equality Act” and pointed to another problem.
The 10th point of the Women’s Equality Act, pushed for by Governor Cuomo, would change New York law to open the doors for non-doctors to perform abortions, and to allow abortions in the third trimester for any reason. Current law already allows abortion at any point that a woman’s life is in danger, but the tenth point would change that to include any “health” reason as well. The key distinction is that “health” was defined in the 1973 court case Doe v. Bolton, providing a definition so broad that it far overreaches physical, or even mental, well-being.
A poll conducted by McLaughlin and Associates last year found that 79.5% of New Yorkers oppose allowing unlimited abortion right through the ninth month of pregnancy.
“It is still surprising to me that some Senators so militantly support abortion on demand that basic human rights, safety for mothers and even widespread public opinion months before an election is completely off their radar.” “They hide behind ‘health’ pretending their dangerous agenda is seeking to help women,” added Kehoe. “But the truth is that passage of the tenth point of the Women’s Equality Act only serves the violent abortion industry. We urge the New York State Senate to listen to the voters and to common sense, and to oppose this radical expansion of abortion.”

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Background: As explained in the past, priests who are 75 years of age and older are eligible to retire and are, in fact, required by Canon Law to submit their resignation from active duty. If a priest prefers to defer retirement and remain in active service, he may tell the Bishop his preference. The Bishop is then free to accept or to decline his request. If he accepts, the priest then serves on a “year by year” basis. Fr. Connolly will complete his first yearly extension in June of 2014 and, as the letter above indicates, has now been given a second yearly extension, good until June of 2015. So, instead of being put out to pasture, he will continue to be pastor for at least one more year, provided, of course, that God agrees to the arrangement. As always, God has the final word. So, the bottom line is this: Girardville is stuck with me for another year. God, give us strength! God help us all! It could be worse!

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29 MAY 2014

Wednesday, 28 May

04:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm — St. Joseph Church
Thursday, 29 May
12:00 noon — St. Joseph Church
07:00 pm — St. Vincent dePaul Church

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