MASS SCHEDULE: 24 - 31 August

Saturday, 23 August
Vigil of Sunday
by Jean Birster Weist

Sunday, 24 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — EDWARD BRADSHAW Jr.
by his family

Monday, 25 August
St. Louis of France; St. Joseph Calasanz, priest (OptMems)
07:00 pm — God’s blessings and health:
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Wednesday, 27 August
St. Monica (OblMem)
by Jerome T. Gilmartin

Friday, 29 August
The Passion of St. John the Baptist (OblMem)
08:00 am — HENRY WAYNE
by the James Connell family

Saturday, 30 August
08:00 am — JAMES A. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — NED H. LANG
by the Lang and the Getzey families

Sunday, 31 August
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:00 am — JAMES F. NEARY
by Charles and Mary Ann Houser
11:30 am — Health and God’s blessings on
by Jim and Eva Gontis

 MASS SCHEDULE: 24 - 31 August

Saturday, 23 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM LABIE
by Edna and family

Sunday, 24 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — GEORGE and ANN PATRICK
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 26 August
08:00 am — JAMES M. KENNEDY
by Mary Alice and Anna McDonald

Thursday, 28 August
St. Augustine, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
07:00 pm — Deceased: DeMARKIS and ZAGAR FAMILIES
by Lou DeMarkis Jr.

Saturday, 30 August
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by Bernie Yackera

Sunday, 31 August
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — ANTHONY and ANNA NAGY
by John and Gloria Haluska

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16 / 17 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes:

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes:

Totals for 16 / 17 August and for the Assumption Holyday, together with the totals for 23 / 24 August will be printed in next weekend’s bulletin.


Tuesday, 26 August
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 28 August
03:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

Friday, 29 August
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 26 August
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, 29 August
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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Does anyone have any idea who these two priests are?
Here’s my story: Ian found these two portraits (nicely framed) in a closet in St. Joseph Rectory. He asked me who they are. I said, “I have no idea, but I’d like to know!”
My presumption (perhaps incorrect) is that they are priests who were stationed in St. Joseph Parish years ago. There is some writing on the back of the photo of the priest on the left. This gives me reason to think that this priest’s first name was “Joseph”. There was no writing on the back of the other photo. So, if anyone can identify these priests, I’d be grateful. If I find out who they are, I would, perhaps, offer to give the original framed photos to family members. These priests probably have some grand or great-grand nephews / nieces around somewhere.
Call or email us if you think you are able to identify either or both of these priests.

Please don’t take for granted that we know that they are.
Please sign them up now!
Grades one to six.
Call the Rectory: 570-276-6033
Call Mr. Ed Wascavge: 570-875-2226

 SAINT JOSEPH PARISH gift-card lottery will be held on Labor Day!
Next weekend will be last chance to take a chance!
$2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.
See Mr. Wade O. Richards in the Sheridan Room or in the back of the church after Mass.

Confirmation Choir Practice
There will be choir practice for confirmation at St. Ann's church in Frackville on Tuesday August 26 from 6:30-7:30. All are welcome to help make confirmation a memorable event.

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Here are three emails I received within the past two weeks. I reprint them here — without editing — for your edification and entertainment. When I get all this money, I promise to use most of it for parish purposes, in addition to which I’ll buy beer and pizza for everyone in Girardville, plus some ice cream for the kids. And I’ll buy some top-of-the-line cat food for Kateri. And I’ll give the rest to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

Dearly Beloved, with due respect
Greetings from London. On behalf of the trustees and executor to the Will of late Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Estates. I wish to notify you that late Margaret Thatcher made you one of the beneficiaries to her Codicil and Last Testament to her will. This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true. Being a widely travelled woman, She must have been in contact with you in the past or simply you were nominated to her by one of her numerous friends abroad that wished you good.
Margaret Thatcher, passed away peacefully in London after a brief illness. Margaret Thatcher, was Born on 13 October 1925 in Grantham, England and Died 8 April 2013 (aged 87) in London, England. And She was a Chemist, Lawyer and British politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. She was Iron Lady of a kind and generous-hearted Woman, who enjoyed lifelong with many friends here and abroad. Until death She was a very dedicated Christian who loved to give out. She was also a member of several non-governmental organization, her great philanthropy earned her numerous awards during her lifetime. According to her, this money is to support you, Christian activities and to help the poor and less privileged in your country/Community.Please if I reach you as I am hopeful, endeavour to get back to me as soon as possible with this email: {}. This is to enable the attorney executing the Will conclude his job. You should forward your telephone and fax numbers including your present mailing address. Looking forward hearing from you in no distant time.
Remain Blessed.
(SDS) (Director)Board of trustees Margaret Thatcher Estate personal

From Moss Frank Esq

Dear Rev. B.Edward ,
It is with trust and sincerity that I approach you for assistance to transfer some funds into your bank account for sharing and investment wise . Please do accept my apology if my mail infringes on your personal ethics. My name is Moss Frank, a Private Lawyer based here in Athens Greece. Honestly it will be my humble pleasure if we can work together.
The business deal is this: A deceased client of mine that shares the same last name with you, late Alex Edward ,your country national who died in the Eastern Ukraine crisis in February 2014.Before his death, he made a deposit of $22.5 Million only with a Bank in United Kingdom few years back leaving no registered next of kin to his inheritance,and as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate with the Bank, This means that any person from your country can act as the next of kin of the deceased person for claiming the inheritance funds without any risk involved.
Meanwhile,I have received official letter from the bank suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of the Fund in line with existing laws by the bank in which my client deposited the sum of $22.5 Million Dollars . According to the Government Law as provided in section 129 sub 63(N), United Kingdom Banking Edit at the expiration years the fund will revert to the ownership of the United Kingdom Government, if nobody applies to claim the fund. My proposition to you is to present you to the bank as the Next of kin and beneficiary of my deceased client so that the bank will pay this $22.5 Million to you,once that is done, the amount will be shared on a mutually agreed percentage of 50% for me 40% for you while 10% will be donated to charitable organizations eg Orphanage Homes . All legal documents to backup your claim as the deceased Next of Kin will be provided before the transfer of the fund.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. If you are interested in this transactions, Please do provide me with your direct telephone number immediately along with your full contact details via my personal email id to enable me call you and send you comprehensive details on how to proceed.
Moss Frank Esq

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Dear Beloved in Christ
Greeting in the name of our lord Jesus Christ; I am Mrs.Alice lacson I am married to Late Mr.philip Lacson from Ivory Coast who died on November 25 2010. My late Husband was a Finance Director in Ministry of works and Housing before his retirement from service, after his retirement we went into Real Estates Business also God was blessings the works of our hands in abundances. We were married for years only one child, by name Daniel lacson he is 21 years old, due to my illness fibroid. Since my husbands death I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer that I hardly move around. Recently, my Doctor told me that I will not last or live for long period because the cancer has gotten to a very bad stage. When my husband was alive he made a deposit of (10, Million USD) Ten Million United States Dollars and made me next of kin to the funds, hoping to use the money for another viable and lucrative business before he met
his death.
Knowing my conditions for now, I have decided to donate this money or created a foundations for charity home to carter for less privilege people any where in the world, I have made up my mind to transfer this money to a trusts worthy or releasable person who will stand as trustee to the said funds in questioned and the person will go into understanding agreement and i will compensate the person with 20% of the total sum. I want you to use at least 60% of this money to help the orphanage homes, cancer victims also hence my son is willing to further his education abroad then the 20% will sent aside for him.
I took this decision because I can't take this money to the grave, I and my late husband vowed to use our last wealth to help the less privilage and our relatives are wicked and selfish, they tried to frustrate our Christian life and our marriage that make me i do not trust anybody in the family, I am very sick. Beloved I don't need telephone communications because of my health conditions except my my only son, but i have a mandated family attorney, whom i will introduced to you here that will be of help to you for following up the matters between me and you and the bank where the money was deposit. Please reply me through my Email below for me to give you proof documents and further details.
I am waiting for your soonest response.
Thanking you in advance and God Bless.
Mrs. Alice lacson

Personal note: I feel mildly guilty taking up almost two pages of the bulletin with this pleasant nonsense, but I do hope it has some entertainment value. The truth is that I had to do the bulletin a whole week ahead of time before leaving on vacation. I was busy with last-minute details and packing. So, I needed some filler. But I promise not to print anymore emails offering me money! Enough is enough! You have better things to do with your time than to read this stuff!
On the other hand: If my mocking of these emails in the bulletin serves the purpose of cautioning some dear elderly innocent parishioner about being conned by offers of easy money, then I guess they serve a useful purpose. The world is full of trickery! What is the maxim? The maxim is:

If anything sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
JUST WANT EVERYONE WHO DROPS MONEY INTO THE POOR BOXES to know that we truly appreciate your kindness. Be certain that what you deposit there goes to helping poor people with various and sundry things, e.g. food, heating oil or coal, help with rent or utilities and other such things. We keep a pouch in the Rectory and we designate it “Pastor’s Discretionary Fund”. Sometimes, instead of dropping money into the poor boxes, people will hand me a donation personally. This money also goes into the “PDF”.

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twin daughters of Robert and Stephanie (Marhon) Burns, were baptized in St. Joseph Church during the 11:30 am Mass on Sunday, 17 August 2014.
They are Bobby and Stephanie’s first daughters. Their five-year-old son, Brady Michael Burns, now has the status and privilege of being a Big Brother!
We give thanks to God for the safe birth of these two precious and beautiful little girls.
Above and beyond giving thanks for their birth, we now give thanks for their rebirth!
It is by means of Baptism that a person is born again.
Jesus said, “Unless you are born again of water and the Holy Spirit, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God.”
These words tell us that eternal life and participation in the divine nature are not the result of anything merely natural. No human being can save himself / herself.
Simply put: You can’t get to Heaven on the basis of your own merits. It is a gift freely given, and now it has been given to Brooke and to Brynlee.
Something invisible to the human eye and inaudible to the human ear occurred when they were baptized. The things that were visible were a priest and water and oil. What were audible were the words that were spoken by the priest. But what happened inside these little girls was something marvelous and beyond words. They were JUSTIFIED and SANCTIFIED. The stain of the original sin was removed from them. Their human natures were attached to the Divine Nature. They were flooded with sanctifying grace, made part of the Mystical Body of Christ and sealed for eternal life. God the Father looked on them and said, “These are My beloved daughters in whom I am well pleased.”
We welcome Brooke Elizabeth and Brynlee Rose into membership in the Holy Catholic Church and, on a humbler level, to that subdivision known as St. Joseph Parish, Girardville. May they have long life and good health. May they bring joy to their parents and extended family and to all of us and, most of all, to God. (In the photo, Daddy is holding Brynlee and Mommy is holding Brooke.)

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 Marijuana: America's Next
$100 Billion Industry

Here's why a tiny investment today — before it becomes legal nationwide —
could make you A LOT of money.

I am guessing that that headline caught your attention!
If it did, it accomplished my purposes.
Have no fear! I am not promoting marijuana!!! If ever you find me promoting pot-smoking, just shoot me!
Just so you know: I copied and pasted that headline from the Internet. I found it on the Net as a result of opening a link on an email I received. The link took me to Investing Answers Alert — an Internet newsletter that provides prospective investors with “hot tips” on stocks.
The newsletter made a point of assuring me (and other readers) that investing in marijuana is the ticket to making a whole lot of money. It said that — when Colorado and Washington (State) legalized marijuana, thereby opening the door to possible nationwide legalization — if I had invested $100.00 in marijuana stocks then, I would have $35,000 today!!
The newsletter also informed me that they — the folks who are responsible for the newsletter — are not making any moral judgments about the recreational use of marijuana. They are simply letting prospective investors know that there is money to be made!
I hear in this just one more variation on the theme, “Well, I don’t want to be judgmental”. I, for one, am sick and tired of people “not wanting to be judgmental! What we need is a whole lot more Provisional Judgments being made by qualified and prudent persons, so that we might be able to save a few of our fellow human beings from falling into the pit on the Day of the Ultimate Judgment.
If I were not a priest (hence, not permitted to use strong language in public), I might be tempted to say, “Take your marijuana and your money and go to Hell!”
As it is, all I can say is: “There is also a fair amount of money to be made in the manufacture of uterine curettes, cervical dilators, embryotomy scissors, forceps and suction machines for abortion clinics.” Should we invest in the companies that manufacture those tools of death? Remember: There is a lot of money to be made! Now, don’t be judgmental!
End of my rant!
Take it for what it’s worth.
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Luke 16,13

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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

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