MASS SCHEDULE: 15 - 22 June

Saturday, 14 June
Vigil of the Most Holy Trinity
05:30 pm — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Sunday, 15 June
The Most Holy Trinity
11:30 am — JAMES F. NEARY.
by Betty Moran

Monday, 16 June
by Eileen Rowland

Wednesday, 18 June
08:00 am — AGNES CONNOR
by her daughter, Ann

Friday, 20 June
08:00 am — AGNES E. CORRIGAN
rescheduled from 06 June

Saturday, 21 June
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (OblMem)
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski
Vigil of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
by Jean Weist

Sunday, 22 June
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
by his brothers and sisters
11:30 am — God’s blessings on JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

 MASS SCHEDULE: 15 - 22 June

Saturday, 14 June
Vigil of the Most Holy Trinity
04:00 pm — WILLIAM and MARY (Lenahan) CANAVAN
by the Canavan and the Gillis families

Sunday, 15 June
The Most Holy Trinity
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 17 June
by his daughter, Mary

Thursday, 19 June
St. Romuald, abbot (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JOHN and ANNA MATLOCK
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Saturday, 21 June
Vigil of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 22 June
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
08:30 am — PETER SMOLOCK
by friends of Joanie from Service Electric

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08 / 09 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $976.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $64.00 from the plate; $51.00 from the Dues envelopes; $206.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $44.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,341.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,341.00) 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 $415.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $546.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $39.00 from the plate; $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $112.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $70.00 from the loose.
Total: $807.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($807.00) 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 $2.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 17 June
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 19 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 20 June
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 17 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, 20 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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a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Tuesday, 10 June 2014.
Born on 24 August 1942, she was 71 years old.
Loretta is one of the five children of the late Thomas and Mary (Jakucionis) Laconis.
She was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church by Father Daumantas on 21 September 1942.
On 04 September 1961, she was married to Leonard J. Petusky in St. Vincent dePaul Church, in the presence of Father Degutis.
She has one brother and three sisters: Thomas Laconis (deceased); Mary Anne Laconis Karwois; Irene Laconis Galvin; Patricia Laconis Golden.
Leonard and Loretta have three children: James Petusky; Denise M. Petusky; Linda M. Petusky.
They have seven grandchildren: Richard M. Petusky (deceased); Tomee L. Gower (deceased); Rachel A. Shoup; Jenna Petusky; James Petusky; Michael Jones; Ryan McDonald.
They have four great-grandchildren: Charizma J. Hiles; Chloe R. Hiles; Danika J. Samler; Cole Samler.
There was a funeral service at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home (Girardville) at 11:00 am on Saturday, 14 June, preceded by a viewing.
The interment took place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Loretta, 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.
JOSEPH and JESSICA VEVASIS asked me to express their gratitude for the gift of five hundred dollars ($500.00) that they received from St. Vincent dePaul Parish. As you recall from previous bulletins, they are the couple who lost their house in a fire in Shenandoah Heights.
THE SANCTUARY CANDLE in St. Vincent dePaul Church burns this week in loving memory of Andrew Powlick, at the request of his daughter, Barbara Petrousky, and her husband, John.
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION: A woman named Judith is trying to locate a long-lost relative. She asked me if I could possibly come up with any information about a woman named Emma Louise Eckroth. Emma, who lived for a while in Girardville, died in Hazleton in 1943. Emma is the mother of the relative Judith is trying to locate. This relative is a man who, if he is still alive, would be in his mid-to-late 70s. Does anyone have any recollection whatsoever of Emma? If so, please let Fr. Connolly know.

Please know that, starting next weekend (21 /22 June), the 05:30 pm Mass at St. Joseph’s will be in the chapel. This is in response to THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. The 05:30 pm people are starting to say that it’s getting too warm upstairs. That’s okay with me!

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is the newest member of St. Joseph Parish.
She was baptized with water and the Holy Spirit in St. Joseph Church on Sunday, 08 June.
Afterwards, she kindly agreed to pose for a photograph with the priest who had done the deed.
Prior to being immersed three times in the font of Baptism, Rosalia received the rite of exorcism. We begged God to remove far from her all influence of the Evil One. Then she was anointed on the chest and on the back with the Oil of the Catechumens.
After being baptized in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, she was anointed on the head with Holy Chrism, as a sign of her participation in the kingly, priestly and prophetic office of Jesus Christ.
Then she dressed in white, to signify the new life of sanctifying grace and the fact that she is now a temple of God’s Holy Spirit.
Finally, she was given a candle — actually, we asked someone else to hold it for her, so as not to risk burning down the church — to show that, like Jesus Christ Himself, she is light to the world.
We rejoice in this new member of the Catholic Church. We pray that, once she is old enough to know what it is all about, she will live the life of good deeds that has been prepared for her in advance by God her Father.
OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, we in Girardville have become acquainted with Timothy M. Sullivan, supervisor of the Girardville branch of the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home and son of the aforementioned Thomas. It is, therefore, of local interest to note that Timothy has taken unto himself a wife. Timothy married Brandy L. Derr at 02:00 pm on Friday, 13 June 2014, in St. Patrick Church, Pottsville PA, in the presence of Fr. Robert T. Finlan.
We in Girardville extend to Timothy and Brandy Sullivan all good wishes for a lifetime of marital bliss and — if it be God’s Will — several little Sullivans to decorate the planet.
News item

Archbishop Chaput has reinstated a priest on leave since 2011, ending what had been an unprecedented investigation into more than two dozen clergy members over child sex abuse allegations. Monsignor Joseph Logrip was one of 26 priests put on administrative leave after a February 2011 grand jury report. His was the last case to be resolved. Chaput’s decision frees Logrip to again present himself as a priest and resume his role in ministry. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
My comment on the above: This news item is a reminder to us that not every priest who has ever been accused of a sexual misdeed is guilty. Granted that some have been guilty, there are some who have been falsely accused. Of course, as the system currently works — and contrary to what is generally considered “fair play” and “the presumption of the law” — a priest is almost always presumed to be guilty unless he can prove that he is innocent. I wish to thank Msgr. Logrip for his patient endurance. I am glad that he is “back on the job”. May the suffering he endured during his time of exile be joined to the suffering of the Lord Jesus, for the salvation of sinners.
It occurs to me that any man who accepts the office of Priest in the Catholic Church simultaneously accepts the office of Sacrificial Victim. That is due to his identification with the High Priest, Jesus Christ. Jesus is not only the Priest of the Sacrifice that takes away the sins of the world, He is also the Lamb Who is offered up in sacrifice.

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(We ask parishioners to bring this notice to the immediate attention of those parents of CCD children who might not read this in time.)
It has to do with the Diocese’s

All of our CCD children must attend one (not both) of the following sessions:
Monday, 16 June
10:00 to 11:15 am
Wednesday, 18 June
11:00 am to 12:15 pm

Both meetings will be held in the Sheridan Room. These sessions, age-appropriate and tailored to the needs of the children, will help them to know what is and what is not appropriate conduct on the part of adults who interact with them.
The instruction will be given by two women, Sister Meg Cole SSJ, the Safe Environment Coordinator for the Diocese, and Miss Alexandria Cirko, Director of Religious Education for the Diocese

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Whosoever will be saved
, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic faith is this:
That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated; the Son uncreated; and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father unlimited; the Son unlimited; and the Holy Ghost unlimited. The Father eternal; the Son eternal; and the Holy Ghost eternal.
And yet they are not three eternals; but one eternal. As also there are not three uncreated; nor three infinites, but one uncreated; and one infinite. So likewise the Father is Almighty; the Son Almighty; and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties; but one Almighty. So the Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods; but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord; the Son Lord; and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords; but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity; to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord; so are we forbidden by the Catholic religion; to say, There are three Gods, or three Lords. The Father is made of none; neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created; but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten; but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before, or after another; none is greater, or less than another. But the whole three Persons are coeternal, and coequal. So that in all things, as aforesaid; the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, let him thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess; that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God, of the Essence of the Father; begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Essence of his Mother, born in the world. Perfect God; and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father as touching his Manhood. Who although he is God and Man; yet he is not two, but one Christ. One; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh; but by assumption of the Manhood by God. One altogether; not by confusion of Essence; but by unity of Person.
For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man; so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell; rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the God the Father Almighty, from whence he will come to judge the living and the dead. At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies; and shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire. This is the Catholic faith; which except a man believe truly and firmly, he cannot be saved.

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a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Friday, 13 June 2014.
Born on 10 August 1926, he was 87 years old.
Peter is one of the five children of the late Joseph and Eva (Kwedarovich) Cikanovich.
He was baptized on 06 December 1926 in Our Lady of Mercy Church, Roaring Creek PA.
On 25 November 1973, he married Mary E. Seiger Stillman in St. Vincent dePaul Church, in the presence of Fr. Pascal Sabas.
Mary is deceased.
All four of Peter’s brothers and sisters are also deceased: Joseph Cikanovich; Avon Cikanovich; Eva Cikanovich Bozylinski; Alice Cikanovich Bozylinski; Anna Cikanovich Kobelak.
Peter has a stepdaughter: Mary Ann Stillman Foose.
Peter’s caregiver in recent years was his nephew, Robert D. Bozylinski.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Peter will be celebrated in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Wednesday, 18 June, at 11:30 am.
There will be a viewing in the church from 10:00 to 11:30 am.
The interment will take place in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville PA.
Eternal rest grant unto Peter, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
[If it had been possible, we would have printed a photograph to accompany this bulletin notice. But it seems that Peter was a man who was not enthusiastic about having his picture taken. So, no photo was available, at least none that his family could find.]
The “Latin Mass” (aka Tridentine Mass, aka Mass in the Extraordinary Form), normally celebrated at 11:30 am on the last Sunday of the month — which is 29 June — will be celebrated instead at 11:30 am on Sunday, 22 June.
As usual on “Latin Mass Sunday”, there will be a 10:00 am Mass (Ordinary Form) in St. Joseph Church on 22 June.
This departure from regular schedule is due to a commitment that Fr. Connolly has on the weekend of 28 / 29 June — a family wedding in Arizona.
BECAUSE ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOSS ONCE AGAIN IN THE MIDDLE EAST, you and I would do well to know a basic piece of information, viz. What is the fundamental point of difference between Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims? Here is the answer in a nutshell (although it is more complicated than this):
When the Prophet Muhammad died in AD 632, there was a dispute as to who should succeed him. Since the Prophet Muhammad did not have any sons and since he did not (apparently) say anything about who should succeed him, his followers divided into two groups. Some said that Muhammad’s friend, Abu Bakr, should succeed him. Others said that Muhammad’s rightful successor should be his son-in-law, Ali bin Abu Talib. The followers of Abu Bakr became known as Sunnis. The followers of Ali bin Abu Talib became known as Shiites.
Please let it be known that neither St. Joseph Parish nor St. Vincent dePaul Parish has any opinion as to which group is correct.
However, as Catholics, we are grateful that Jesus appointed St. Peter (and now Pope Francis) to be His successor.
We know that we have fellow Christians (Orthodox and Protestant) who disagree on this. So be it! But we do not (repeat DO NOT) advocate even a smidgen of violence in defense of our position. May God bless all Orthodox Christians and Protestant Christians! Let us not beat up on them and we thank them for not beating up on us.
Another point to be made: Make sure that you specify in your will whom you choose as your legitimate successor.
And a final point: May Allah help our Sunni and Shiite brethren to know that He does not approve of their 1400 years of bitter hostility. May Allah bring it to an end! (PS “Allah” simply means “the God”. So, it’s okay for me to invoke “Allah”.)

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WAY TO GO, Roman Catholic Churches of San Juan County, New Mexico!
Your billboard is superb.
Your placement of it is a stroke of genius! And not without humor!
I would guess that one or two or three or four or more men had second thoughts about patronizing that Adult Video store because of this sign.
If so, good for them and God bless them!
Addiction to pornography is a curse in our society.

Men who succumb to the temptation to indulge in pornography — whether they do so in an “Adult Video” store or on “premium cable” or on their home or workplace computer or laptop or smartphone — would do well to remember that
There are two categories of men who indulge in pornography: (a) those who feel guilty about it and (b) those who do not feel guilty about it.
For those in the first category, there is HOPE. Guilt (by which we mean rational guilt, not neurotic guilt) is a gift from God, a work of the Holy Spirit. Such guilt is meant to drive a man to (#01) Repentance, (#02) Confession and (#03) Amendment of Life. If he follows through with Repentance, Confession and Amendment of Life, he has a chance for salvation. But he must follow through. Guilt alone will not save him.
For those in the second category, there is NO HOPE. A man who dies, never having felt guilt about his use of pornography — and, as a consequence, never having repented of it, confessed it or striven to amend his life — will go before the Judgment Throne of God, only to be thrown into the abyss of Hell, “where their worms never die and the fire is not quenched”.

I am well aware that some persons who read this will say, “That’s not true! That cranky old priest is fixated on ‘old time religion’ and guilt and sexual sin. I prefer a happy and upbeat religion, without so many references to sexual sin.” To which I say: “Friend, you are only fooling yourself. You are failing to recognize the time of your visitation. I think you need to reexamine your position before the bell tolls. And don’t ask for whom the bell will toll. It will toll for thee! And, yes, some day for me.”

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