MASS SCHEDULE: 01 - 08 June

Saturday, 31 May
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

Monday, 02 June
SS. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs (OptMem)
(27th anniversary of birth)
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Wednesday, 04 June
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — JOSEPH VEVASIS Sr.
by his wife, Bernie, and family

Friday, 06 June
St. Norbert, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — AGNES E. CORRIGAN
by Helen Corrigan Wayne

Saturday, 07 June
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — DECEASED: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Pentecost
05:30 pm — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Sunday, 08 June
11:30 am — GEORGE CANAVAN Sr.
by George, Bob and Ida Mae

 MASS SCHEDULE: 01 - 08 June

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

Tuesday, 03 June
St. Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
by his wife, Alice

Thursday, 05 June
St. Boniface, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 07 June
Vigil of Pentecost
04:00 pm — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by M/M Joel Digris

Sunday, 08 June
by the HNS

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24 / 25 MAY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $757.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $35.00 from the plate; $95.00 from the Dues envelopes; $55.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $992.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($992.00) 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 $66.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $771.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $90.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $67.00 from the loose.
Total: $958.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($958.00) 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 $153.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 03 June
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

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

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


Tuesday, 03 June
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, 06 June
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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Very likely, you have not, unless you are familiar with the history of the gay rights movement in the USA.
Frank Kameny is universally recognized as one of the principal movers and shakers in the movement to bring full recognition in law to persons who practice sodomy. (Sodomites call themselves “gays” because “sodomites” is an unpleasant word.)
He was born in 1925 and died in 2011. He is pictured above in 2009, shaking hands with President Obama.
The occasion was the presidential signing of an executive order granting benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
You can probably identify at least three of the politicians in the photo: Vice-President Joseph Biden; Congressman Barney Frank; Senator Joseph Lieberman.
Kameny spent the last fifty years of his life advocating the cause of “gay rights”.
In fact, he has the distinction of being the person who brought the first civil rights cased based on sexual orientation to the Supreme Court of the United States. That was way back in 1961. The Court declined to hear the case at that time.
My reason for putting this piece of “old news” into the bulletin is this: People like me who are faithful to the Catholic Church and to the Natural Law are often told that we are unreasonable (at best) and “bigots and haters” (at worst) and “homophobes” (whatever that means) for opposing the movement for giving sodomy the same legal protection as marital intercourse. (This, of course, is what the same-sex marriage movement is all about. It is not about freedom to love whom we will. It is about moral equivalence between sodomy and honorable marital intercourse.)
I think it is worth reading the following statements taken from the writings of Frank Kameny. If you read them and ponder them, surely you will understand why one cannot be simultaneously a Catholic and a proponent of same-sex marriage.
• The term “sexual perversion” is devoid of objective meaning. The famous psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas Szasz aptly and correctly defined “sexual perversion” as: “Any sexual practice disapproved of by the speaker.”
• [The right to choose one’s own sexual partner] is absolutely, indisputably a central part of the very definition of Americanism. It is guaranteed, as found in the Declaration of Independence, as not merely a Right, but as an Inalienable Right, of the “Pursuit of Happiness.”
• If something which someone arbitrarily defines as a “sexual perversion” provides happiness for consenting adult participants, then its enjoyment is enshrined in basic Americanism.
• So, let us have more and better enjoyment of more and better sexual perversions, by whatever definition, by more and more consenting adults. We will all be the better off thereby. And that will be Americanism in action.
• Bestiality is not “my thing.” I have never participated in it and have no expectation that I ever will. But it seems to be a harmless foible or idiosyncrasy of some people. So, as long as the animal doesn’t mind (and the animal rarely does), I don’t mind, and I don’t see why anyone else should. If bestiality with consenting animals provides happiness to some people, let them pursue their happiness. That is Americanism in action.
• The First Amendment prohibits ANY law abridging freedom of speech and press. Therefore pornography is fully lawful and may not be limited or suppressed. Thus saith our Constitution. Anyone who does not choose to view some particular pornography has an absolute right not to view it. But there is NO valid right for such people even to attempt to limit or prevent its acquisition and viewing by those who do choose to view it. Such attempts represent moral fascism, the American Taliban, and Christiano-Fascism in action. They must be resisted to the uttermost. That is the view of the National Consumers Association for the Advancement and Protection of Pornography, Inc., of which I am the founder and President. Let us have more and better enjoyment of more and better and harder-core pornography by those to whom such viewing provides happiness. The pursuit of such happiness is Americanism in action.
Now do you understand? If not, what will it take to help you to understand?

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JASON MICHAEL DONMOYER is the newest member of St. Joseph Parish. Fr. Connolly baptized and confirmed him (in periculo mortis) in the Neonatal Unit of the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, on Ascension Thursday, 29 May 2014.
Let me tell you about Jason Michael and, at the same time, solicit your prayers on his behalf.
He was born on 28 May 2014 in the Pottsville Hospital and was immediately life-flighted to Geisinger.
Reason: He had spent only an estimated 25 weeks in utero. (40 weeks is the norm.)
At birth, he weighed 29 ounces and was 13 inches long.
He is a perfectly-formed child.
He is awesome.
To see him, to gaze upon him comes close to being a religious experience.
At the present time, Jason Michael is hanging in there.
We don’t want to say, “He is doing fine.” No one can possibly be “doing fine” in the circumstances described.
For now, we’ll settle for “hanging in there”.
In fact, he is doing as well as can be expected and, maybe, even a little better than that.
Whether or not he will survive is up to God and to the skill of the medical profession.
We devoutly pray — and ask everyone to pray — for this tiny little brother of ours.
As the weeks and months pass, may Jason Michael’s little body strengthen and grow.
May the Lord bring it about that he may come safely home to Girardville!
Meanwhile, we rest content knowing that the immortal soul of Jason Michael is free of the original sin, that he has been filled with sanctifying grace, that he has received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that he is a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, that he is a son of God the Father and a brother of God the Son, that he possesses the right to go to Heaven.

My loving Lord, a thousand welcomes! O Son of Mary, I love Thee, indeed I do. Who am I at all that Thou shouldst come next or near me? O God of Heaven, make a little corner for me in Thy Heart, and never, while there's life in me, let me lose my place there, and after death may I still hide there. Amen.
Have pity on me, O Blessed Mother! Talk to my God for me. Tell Him I'm a poor ignorant creature, full of nothing but sin and misery, but that I love thee, His Own dear Mother, and that I am a poor follower of Him, and for thy sweet sake, to help and pity me. Amen.

My comment: I came across this prayer just this past week. I have seen a hundred thousand different prayers in my life. Some of them I think are pretty good. Others leave me cold. Some of them touch my heart and I try to make them my own. This prayer is one of the latter, and I thought some readers of this bulletin might think so too. I might have some quarrel with it being titled “Prayer by an Old Lady”. I think it could also be “Prayer by an Old Priest” or even “Prayer by Anyone Who is No Longer Especially Young”!
Don’t be deceived by the simplicity or sentimentality of this prayer. It is profoundly theological (whatever that means). There is no law against simplicity in prayer, nor is there any law against honest sentimentality.

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Definition of an Irish husband: He hasn't kissed his wife for twenty years, but will kill any man who does.

Murphy told Quinn that his wife was driving him to drink.
Quinn thinks Murphy's very lucky because his own wife makes him walk.

The reason the Irish fight so often among themselves is that they're assured of always having a worthy opponent.

An American lawyer asked an Irishman this question: “Paddy, why is it that, whenever you ask an Irishman a question, he always answers with another question?”
“Who told you that?” said Paddy.

Question: Why are Irish jokes so simple and dumb?
Answer: So your average Englishman can understand them.

O’Reilly went to trial for armed robbery.
The jury foreman came out and announced, “We the jury find the defendant not guilty!”
“Oh, that's grand!” shouted O’Reilly. “Does that mean I can keep the money?”

An Irishwoman walks into a store and says to the shopkeeper: “Could I be trying on that dress in the window?”
The shopkeeper replies: “I'd prefer that you use the dressing room.”

Mrs. Feeney shouted from the kitchen to her husband: “Is that you I hear spittin' in the vase on the mantelpiece?”
“No,” said himself, “but I'm gettin' closer all the time.”

Question: What do you call an Irishman who knows how to control a wife?
Answer: A bachelor.

Finnegan: Me wife has a terrible habit of stayin’ up 'til two o'clock in the mornin’. I can't break her of it.
Kennedy: What on earth is she doin' up at that hour?
Finnegan: Waitin' for me to come home.

Murphy phones the maternity ward at the hospital.
“Quick!” he says. “Send an ambulance! Me wife is goin' to have a baby!”
“Tell me” says the nurse. “Is this her first baby?”
“No” says Murphy. “This is her husband, Kevin!”

“O'Ryan” asked the druggist, “did that mudpack I gave you improve your wife's appearance?”
“It did, surely” replied O'Ryan “but it kept fallin' off!”

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Question: Why is God so rich?
Answer: God is so rich because He saves.
Trinity Academy will hold an informal question and answer session followed by a tour of the school on Wednesday, 18 June 2014, from 06:30 to 07:30 pm in the school lunchroom. All parents and students interested in visiting the school and learning more about what Trinity Academy has to offer are welcome. Faculty, staff, current parents and student ambassadors will be available to answer any questions parents or students may have regarding academics, registration and financial aid. Elementary students transferring into grades 1-8 receive $1,500 in grants — $1,000 for the first year and $500 for the second year. To register for the information session, call Christine Fannick, Advancement Director, at (570) 462-3927.
is a member of the Bernardine Franciscan Community. This photo was taken this past Sunday (25 May 2014) at Alvernia University, where the Community honored its jubilarians.
Sister Stella, age 95, is a Diamond Jubilarian. She has been a vowed religious for the past 75 years! To put that into some perspective, think of it this way: When Sister Stella was taking her first vows, Fr. Connolly was sitting in a high chair while his mother spooned porridge into his mouth!
Sister Stella is Professor Emerita of Nursing at Alvernia University. She has her RN from Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre PA, her BSN from Creighton University, Omaha NE, and her MSN from Catholic University, Washington DC.
She is a native of Shenandoah Heights — “a local girl who made good”.
Last, but not least, she is an aunt to StVdP parishioner Nancy Chase Kennedy. (Apparently, the name “Cisz” morphed to “Chase” somewhere along the way.)
Congratulations to Sister (Professor) Mary Stella Cisz!
May God bless and save her!
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PHOTOS may be picked up at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory next Sunday (08 June) or during the week following. These photos are a labor of love by StVdP parishioner Susan Branca Thye. We have good reason to be grateful to her.
“What’s a hula cookie?” you ask.
That’s what Genevieve Marie Smith calls “halushki”.
I got that piece of information from her Dad.


Of all the many appeals that are made to you and to me for us to open up our wallets or checkbooks for a good cause, this one ranks at the top.
At least it should!

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