MASS SCHEDULE: 22 - 29 June

Saturday, 21 June
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

Monday, 23 June
08:00 am — God’s blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her brother, James

Wednesday, 25 June
by Thomasine Moran

Friday, 27 June
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sol)
by Lottie Draugelis and Rick and Mary Miller

Saturday, 28 June
The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
Vigil of SS. Peter and Paul, apostles
by Michelena Catizone

Sunday, 29 June
SS. Peter and Paul, apostles
11:30 am — Deceased: CLARKE and SNYDER FAMILIES
by Thomas J. Clarke

 MASS SCHEDULE: 22 - 29 June

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

Tuesday, 24 June
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
rescheduled from 10 June

Thursday, 26 June
by Charanne Frantz

Saturday, 28 June
Vigil of SS. Peter and Paul, apostles
04:00 pm — JAMES J. GOWNLEY
by Teresa Neary

Sunday, 29 June
SS. Peter and Paul, apostles
by their family

stjos/stvdp: 06.22.2014 - 01

14 / 15 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $724.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $40.00 from the plate; $75.00 from the Dues envelopes; $26.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $72.00 from the loose.
Total: $937.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($937.00) 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 $11.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $863.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $136.00 from the plate; $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $136.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,195.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,195.00) 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 $390.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 24 June
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church


Tuesday, 24 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

THE ABBREVIATED CONFESSION and EXPOSITION SCHEDULES this week are due to the fact that the pastor will be away (as mentioned in a previous bulletin) from Thursday afternoon (26 June) until Monday afternoon (30 June). He will be in Flagstaff AZ for the wedding of his grandniece.
PLEASE NOTE that there will not be a Mass at 07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Church on Thursday, 26 June. There will, however, be a Mass at 08:00 am on Thursday in St. Vincent dePaul Church.
AS MENTIONED IN LAST WEEKEND’S BULLETIN, the 05:30 pm Mass on Saturdays will be celebrated in St. Joseph Chapel, not in the upper church, until further notice. This is a “seasonal adaptation”. People want to take advantage of the A/C in the chapel.

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1926 — 2014
We did not have a photo of our late parishioner, Peter, to include with the article in last weekend’s bulletin. Since then, his nephew came across Peter’s Pennsylvania hunting license which, of course, includes a photo, and he lent it to us. With a little scanning and a little cropping and a little enlarging, we were able to come up with this slightly fuzzy photo for the bulletin. Please know that Peter was a far better-looking and much friendlier man than you might think from looking at this picture. It seems to me that, whenever the government takes your picture, you always come out looking as if you’re in jail or, if you’re not, that you ought to be.
Be that as it may: Rest in peace, dear Peter!
THE CANDLE IN FRONT OF the statue of the Blessed Mother in St. Joseph Church burns this week in memory of Isabele Birster Mareskie, at the request of her sister, Jean Birster Weist.
CORRECTION: In last weekend’s bulletin, I said that the Vevasis family expressed their thanks to the people of St. Vincent dePaul Parish for the gift of $500.00. I meant to say that they express their thanks to the people of both parishes, i.e. St. Joseph Parish as well as St. Vincent dePaul Parish. Sorry for the omission!
THANK YOU to “Anonymous” who recently gave donations of $500.00 and, a bit later, of $300.00 to St. Joseph Parish.
THANK YOU to Girardville Borough Council (and to the taxpayers) for the repair work being done on N. 2nd Street. Very nice job so far. The need to detour has given me ample opportunity to take in some different scenery on my frequent runs between St. Joseph’s and St. Vincent’s. Instead of taking 2nd Street to Main Street and then turning west, I’ve been taking 2nd to Beech to Line to Ogden to William to Main. I noticed that Line Street, as far as I know, is the only street in Girardville that takes two ninety-degree turns. I think that’s interesting. I wonder if anyone has ever thought about giving a different street name to that small portion of Line Street that runs east-west. There is something mildly disconcerting about a street that runs north-south-east-west. Wouldn’t that make it two streets? Just a thought to be filed in the circular file, I guess!

THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (PCUSA) voted on Thursday, 19 June 2014, to allow its clergy to perform same-sex marriages. It also voted in favor of changing its definition of marriage in its Book of Order.
Here is the old definition
“Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage is a civil contract between a woman and a man. For Christians, marriage is a covenant through which a man and a woman are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship. In a service of Christian marriage a lifelong commitment is made by a woman and a man to each other, publicly witnessed and acknowledged by the community of faith.”
Here is the new definition
“Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community.”

The Presbyterian Church is allowed to change its definition of marriage because it was founded by human beings and is subject to human law. The Catholic Church is not allowed to change its definition of marriage because it was founded by Jesus Christ and is subject to divine law.

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(“Noteworthy” at least in my opinion (EBC)

Pope Francis: I am convinced that the persecution against Christians today is stronger than in the first centuries of the Church. Today there are more Christian martyrs than in that period. And this is not a fantasy. The numbers are there.

Interviewer: You have broken many security protocols to bring yourself closer to the people.
Pope Francis: I know that something could happen to me, but it’s in the hands of God. I remember that in Brazil they had prepared a closed popemobile for me, with glass, but I couldn’t greet the people and tell them that I love them from within a sardine tin. Even if it’s made of glass, for me that is a wall. It’s true that something could happen to me, but let’s be realistic, at my age I don’t have much to lose.

Interviewer: How would you like to be remembered in history?
Pope Francis: I have not thought about it, but I like it when someone remembers someone and says: “He was a good guy, he did what he could. He wasn’t so bad.” I’m OK with that.

Interviewer: You told me a year ago that “within every Christian there is a Jew.”
Pope Francis: Perhaps it would be more correct to say “you cannot live your Christianity, you cannot be a real Christian, if you do not recognize your Jewish roots.” I don’t speak of Jewish in the sense of the Semitic race but rather in the religious sense. I think that inter-religious dialogue needs to deepen in this, in Christianity’s Jewish root and in the Christian flowering of Judaism. I understand it is a challenge, a hot potato, but it can be done as brothers. I pray every day the divine office every day with the Psalms of David. We do the 150 psalms in one week. My prayer is Jewish and I have the Eucharist, which is Christian.

Interviewer: What do you think of the renunciation of Benedict XVI?
Pope Francis: Pope Benedict did something very significant. He has opened the door, has created an institution, that of the eventual popes emeriti. 70 years ago, there were no emeritus bishops. Today how many are there? Well, as we live longer, we arrive at an age where we cannot go on with things. I will do the same as him, asking the Lord to enlighten me when the time comes and that He tell me what I have to do, and He will tell me for sure.

Interviewer: You have a room reserved in a retirement home in Buenos Aires.
Pope Francis: Yes, it’s a retirement house for elderly priests. I was leaving the archdiocese at the end of last year and had already submitted my resignation to Benedict XVI when I turned 75. I chose a room and said “I want to come to live here.” I will work as a priest, helping the parishes. This is what was going to be my future before being Pope.

My comment: When I read this interview, I thought to myself: “You know what? I think God has given us a very good Pope! Francis made some of us, including me, a bit nervous when he came on board. He was / is so very unlike Benedict. I absolutely loved (still love) Benedict. I learned so much from that self-effacing and brilliant Bavarian! Then the brilliant Bavarian did something of which I didn’t really approve. He abdicated! (And he did so without checking with me first!) Then the cardinals gave us this Argentinian Jesuit to be our Pope. I thought, at first, that he paled in comparison to Benedict and JP2 and especially to my favorite pope (at least of my lifetime), Pope Pius XII. Now I’m starting to have second thoughts. He is starting to grow on me. I like his humor. I like it that he hopes to be remembered as “not so bad”. I like it that he is not all wrapped up in himself. I like it that he says that at his age, he doesn’t have much to lose! And, so, I say:

God save Pope Francis! God bless Pope Francis! Long live Pope Francis! Amen.”

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(We already told you about this incident.) On Thursday, 06 February 2014, a young man came to St. Vincent dePaul Rectory to ask for some help. The pastor treated him courteously and gave him some money. Before leaving, he stole the pastor’s cellphone and Ian’s Nintendo. We reported this to the State Police. Two months later ( 05 April 2014), the young man was arrested in Bath PA on drug charges. He was then identified as the one who was responsible for the theft in Girardville. Since then, he has been sitting in the Northampton County Prison.
Now, here is an update:
A few weeks ago, the State Police called and asked Ian and me to be at a hearing in Magistrate Hale’s office in Frackville on 11 June for the arraignment of the suspect.
So, we went there and waited a while until the suspect was brought in. He was handcuffed and shackled and wearing jail clothes. He looked kind of sad. I felt bad for him. I am not joking when I said I felt bad for him. I truly did. I remember that he is my fellow human being and a dearly beloved son of his mother and his father. It is always sad to see someone reduced to such a dismal state. Blame it on drugs! But, of course, blame it also on the misuse of the free will that God had given him. I am a great believer in free will. In the long run, we are all responsible for our own misdeeds. We cannot say, “The booze made me do it or the drugs made me do it or the bad boys made me do it.” We decided to do it, whatever the particular “it” might be. The trooper asked Ian and me if we could identify him as the one who stole the cellphone and the Nintendo. We said, “Yes. No question about it.” The rest of our time in the Magistrate’s office was spent in confab with the trooper and the assistant district attorney and the public defender. We never did get to speak with the Magistrate. The defendant has (had?) a girlfriend who was supposed to appear at the hearing, but she was a no-show. She had given written testimony that the suspect was in possession of the two stolen items. In that testimony, she said that the suspect had told her that the priest had given him those items voluntarily (which, of course, is not true). The GF’s written testimony was not sufficient for the purpose of the hearing. She was supposed to appear in order to give oral testimony. The trooper was not pleased that she did not show up but, because she did not show up and because the suspect declined to enter a guilty plea, the prosecution was unable to proceed. The suggestion was made that Ian and I should request that the Court order restitution. The defendant had to agree to this and, on the advice of his attorney, he did agree to make restitution in the amount requested, viz. $600.00. There is some irony in the fact that, although he declined to admit that he stole the items, nevertheless he agreed to make restitution! Legal procedures are filled with irony! The restitution is supposed to be made within ninety days after the suspect is released from prison, whenever that might be. I won’t hold my breath until I get my $600.00 back! The trooper is still adamant about getting a conviction and said that he would subpoena the GF to appear for another hearing, rather than simply ask her to appear, as he had this time. So, it is possible that Ian and I will have to make a return trip to Magistrate Hale’s office. So, that’s my story! Now you know as much as I do.
The trooper — he and I have become friends by now! — told me that the suspect is a college graduate and “comes from a good family” in Berks County. I told the trooper that it was apparent to me from my conversation with him in the Rectory that he had some education. I could tell from his vocabulary and manner of speaking. I wish this young man would just drop the pretense and say, “Yes, I stole the items. I apologize. I’ll make it up to you as soon as I can. Would you please forgive me?” If he would say that, I would certainly say, “Yes, I forgive you.” And I might even ask the trooper to drop the charges. But he hasn’t done that and, so, as much as I would like to, I can’t forgive him. There is an important theological analogy to be drawn here. God forgives those who confess their sins, but He does not forgive those who don’t. It’s as simple as that. Before going to bed that night, I prayed for the young man.

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a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 19 June 2014.
Born on 18 January 1945, he was 69 years old.
Henry is one of the four sons of the late Raymond A. and Alice E. (McDonald) Wayne.
His brothers are: Raymond H. Wayne; M. Kenneth Wayne; Joseph J. Wayne.
He was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 04 February 1945 by Fr. Alfred V. Monaghan.
On 11 May 1974, also in St. Joseph Church, he married Eileen B. Croake in the presence of Fr. Joseph F. Murphy.
Henry and Eileen have three sons: Raymond J. Wayne; Brian P. Wayne; John H. Wayne.
They have three grandchildren: Logan A. Wayne; Teagan E. Wayne; Lillian M. Wayne.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church at 11:00 am on Monday, 23 June.
There will be a viewing in the Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, on Sunday between 06:00 and 08:00 pm and again on Monday between 09:30 and 10:30 am.
The interment will take place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Henry, 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.

I HAVE THE FOLLOWING STORY from Ian R. Getzey. Not only is it wryly humorous but it is also “classic Henry”.
Ian called “Wayne Plumbing, Heating and Electrical” about a week and a half ago. (He thinks it was either 09 or 10 June.) Henry answered the phone. Ian reminded him that we need to have some work done on the boiler in St. Joseph’s because it didn’t pass inspection the last time around and we need to get it fixed before the inspectors come back. Henry told Ian, “Don’t worry about it. I’ll be gone before the inspectors get back.” Then he added, “Tell Father to put that in the bulletin!”
One of the things I liked about Henry Wayne was that he was realistic and had a sense of humor about his own mortality. That’s an excellent quality. “Nobody lives as his own master. Nobody dies as his own master. While we live, we belong to the Lord and when we die, we die as His servants!”
Of course, we still have to get that boiler fixed before the inspectors come back! Unless Jesus comes back first!

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• You will never play professional basketball.
• You swear very well.
• At least one of your cousins is a fireman, a cop, a bar owner, a funeral director or a politician.
• You think you sing very well.
• You have no idea how to make a long story short!
• There isn’t a big difference between you losing your temper and you killing someone.
• Many of your childhood meals were boiled. Instant potatoes were a mortal sin.
• You have at least one aunt who is a nun or an uncle who is a priest.
• You spent a good portion of your childhood kneeling in prayer.
• You are strangely poetic after a few beers.
• Some punches directed at you are the legacies of past generations.
• Many of your sisters and / or cousins are named Mary, Catherine or Eileen, and there is at least one member    of your extended family with the full name Mary Catherine Eileen.
• Someone in your family is very generous. Quite possibly, it is you.
• You may not know the words, but that doesn’t stop you from singing.
• You can’t wait for the other guy to stop talking before you start talking.
• You’re not nearly as funny as you think you are — but what you lack in talent, you make up for in frequency.
• There wasn’t a huge difference between your last wake and your last keg party.
• You know someone named Murph, Mick or Sully.
• If you don’t, you are Murph, Mick or Sully.
• You are genetically incapable of keeping a secret.
• You have Irish Alzheimer’s: you forget everything but the grudges!
• ‘Irish Stew’ is a euphemism for ‘boiled leftovers’.
• Your skin doesn’t tan. You have at least one memorable experience of an immensely painful sunburn, as a    result of which you now cover up when you go to the beach.
• Childhood remedies for the common cold often included some form of whiskey.
• There’s no leaving a family party without saying goodbye for at least 45 minutes.
• At this very moment, you have at least two relatives who are not speaking to each other. Not fighting, mind    you, just not speaking to each other. They’re not always 100% sure why they’re not speaking to each other, but    that’s a minor detail.
• You consider yourself among the luckiest people alive, if for no other reason than that you belong to an Irish    family.

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Every human being, at the moment of his death, enters before the judgment throne of God.
This is known as “the Particular Judgment”. “Particular” means something like “individual” or “personal”.
The verdict rendered at the Particular Judgment is final and irrevocable.
The departed soul finds himself naked before God, stripped of all pretense.
It is the moment of truth. It is the time of justice.
The person knows with utter clarity just where he stands in the sight of God.
God pronounces the sentence.
It will be one or the other:
a) Come, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master!
b) Depart from Me, you accursed one, into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.
One of the main criteria of judgment is this: Did the person during his lifetime strive to love his enemies and did he try to do good to those who hated him?
If the answer is “Yes”, the person’s salvation is almost a done deal.
If the answer is “No”, then there is little chance for the person’s salvation.
That’s how serious the Lord’s command is, viz., that we love our enemies and do good to them that hate us.
If you are aware that you hate anyone, I strongly suggest that you make a point of mentioning it in Confession. The Lord will interpret this as your desire to put the hatred aside. You might not experience an immediate change in your “feelings” towards the person, but that will come eventually. God will not judge you on your feelings, only on your decisions.

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