MASS SCHEDULE: 05 - 12 April
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 04 April
Vigil of Easter
08:00 pm — ANTHONY, MARY and JUNE ANN ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland

Sunday, 05 April
Easter: The Resurrection of the Lord
11:30 am — PAUL JOHN BERNOTAS Jr.
by his family

Monday, 06 April
Monday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am — God’s blessings on DOLORES COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 08 April
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am — MICHAEL and MARY CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Friday, 10 April
Friday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am — God’s blessings and mercy on our country
by Ken and Helen Wayne

Saturday, 11 April
Saturday in the Octave of Easter
No Mass today at 08:00 am
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — God’s blessings and health on
KENNETH and HELEN WAYNE
by Eileen Croake Wayne

Sunday, 12 April
2nd Sunday of Easter / Divine Mercy Sunday
11:30 am — FRANCIS SULLIVAN CROAKE
by Eileen Croake Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 05 - 12 April
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 04 April
Vigil of Easter
10:30 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by their family

Sunday, 05 April
Easter: The Resurrection of the Lord
08:30 am — WILLIAM and ANNA LABALAUKIS
by the Labie family

Tuesday, 07 April
Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
08:00 am — STANLEY PESZKA
by Alfred and Anne Zielinski

Thursday, 09 April
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
07:00 pm — MARGARET KOWALICK
by Chuck and Diana Lawson

Saturday, 11 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — HARRY LUSCAVAGE
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 12 April
2nd Sunday of Easter / Divine Mercy Sunday
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
28 /29 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,232.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $106.00 from the plate; $25.00 from the Dues envelopes; $31.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $136.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,530.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $223.50 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,530.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($311.91), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($308.04), the sum total of which is $889.26, one sees that $640.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,198.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $45.00 from the plate; $45.00 from the Dues envelopes; $71.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,359.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $110.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,359.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($336.72), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($215.85), the sum total of which is $783.57, one sees that $575.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 07 April
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 09 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 10 April
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 07 April
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, 10 April
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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 EASTER BASKET
Remember the raffle for the benefit of St. Joseph Parish.
TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH
of Redner’s and Boyer’s gift cards!
Tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00.
You can buy them in the Sheridan Room after Mass or else, during the week, in the Rectory.

WE SHARE THE MAIL
Background:
I have a friend in Pottsville whose name is Tom Schenck. He is a man of many years — dignified, intelligent and perceptive, but not a man of hearts and flowers. He suffers not fools gladly! He describes himself as “a retired engineer”. Some might describe him as “an old codger”, although I would not be so disrespectful as to use that term to describe him! Despite his advanced age, he still has all his marbles and, every once in a great while, I get a letter from him in which he comments on something or other. Sometimes his letter takes the form of a mini-essay. I got such a letter this past week. Here is what Mr. Schenck had to say. I give it to you as he wrote it, without editing of any sort:

                                                                   “KILLING JESUS”
Palm Sunday, March 29, starting at 8:00 PM, on Comcast Cable Television in Pottsville, “KILLING JESUS” was shown by National Geographic on Channel 109.
The movie was boring and corny, so I missed much by falling asleep. No wonder people lose their faith.
Holy Scripture must be received under disposition of reverence and prayer, not from cheap books and other forms of entertainment. Those who read the bible like it were a novel or newspaper soon get dazzled in a wilderness. Jesus comes to me through the Church. The Church is Jesus, the mystical body of Christ.
Danger to faith and salvation has always been and still remains not so much from pagans, atheists, muslims, and terrorists but rather from gnostics, heretics, schismatics, and secular humanists masquerading as ----- christians.
Jesus warned vigorously about that.

My comment: Way to go, Mr. Schenck! My sentiments precisely! I recorded it and then watched the whole dang thing in three separate sittings. I was motivated by a certain sense of duty. I felt obliged to watch it, so that I could speak intelligently about it. Believe me when I tell you that I fell asleep too! Boring! And occasionally pretentious and ludicrous! Anyone who tries to separate “the Jesus of history” from “the Christ of faith” is on a fool’s errand. The Hypostatic Union is a SEAMLESS union. There is no possible way of separating the Divine Person from the human nature, so as to analyze the latter without the former. Bill O’Reilly was way over his head on this one!

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THEN HE SAID TO THOMAS,
“Reach your finger here,
and look at My hands;
and reach your hand here,
and put it into My side.
Do not be unbelieving,
but believing.”
And Thomas answered and said to Him,
“My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him,
“Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed.

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MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF RESURRECTION FAITH

I am rather keenly aware of the fact that this is my final Easter as pastor of the Girardville parishes.
With that in mind, I wanted to use this Easter bulletin to say something that is both important and unambiguous.
I think it is important to say because I think there is a danger that “the people in the pews” are sometimes tempted to think that priests are paid to be professionally pious but that one can never be certain as to what they actually believe “deep down in the depths of their hearts”, once the holy vestments are removed and once they are ensconced in the privacy of their own living quarters, unseen, unobserved and unrecorded.
I choose Easter to give this testimony because Easter is the supreme day of the liturgical year. Everything that precedes Easter Sunday— Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time Part One — is preparation for Easter. Everything that comes after Easter — the Easter Season plus the long stretch we call Ordinary Time Part Two — is the application of Easter.
So, here in a nutshell is what I believed as a child and as a young man, believe now and will always believe:

I believe that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, having taken to Himself human flesh and human soul and having freely died on the Cross for my sins and for the sins of all the world, did rise from the dead on the third day. I declare that His resurrection from the dead was and is a physical event. His resurrection is not a metaphor. He did not rise from the dead because His disciples believed that he would rise or because they experienced His presence after He had died. On the contrary, His disciples believed in His resurrection and experienced His presence after He had died precisely because He had risen from the dead. His resurrection is an historical event. It took place in history. I believe that the dead Body of the crucified Lord was laid in the tomb on Good Friday and that, due to circumstances utterly beyond human causality, the tomb was empty on Easter Sunday morning. I am amazed at this and I prostrate myself before the mystery. I look forward to the second coming of the Lord Jesus and to the resurrection of the dead.

Happy Easter to all the members of our two parishes and to all of my friends in Girardville and surrounding area!

EBC

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HAVE YOU EVER HEARD SOMEONE SAY that the time will come when the Catholic Church will change her teaching on contraception? Have you ever heard someone say things like the following in regard to the Church changing her teaching on “birth control”?
“Oh, it’s just a matter of time ……” and “Someday, when we get a liberal pope ……..” and “You know how it is with the Catholic Church, she is slow to catch up but eventually she will have to or else she won’t have any more members …”
I would like to go on record as saying the following:
#01 — There is absolutely zero chance that the Catholic Church will ever change her teachings on contraception (“birth control”).
#02 — The prohibition on contraception is not “Church Law” in the sense that “meat or non-meat on Friday” is Church law. The prohibition on contraception is Divine Law. It is found both in Reason and in Revelation. The only way that one can say that the prohibition on contraception is “Church Law” is that the Church is the transmitter of Divine Law. For example, if you learned about the Law of Gravity from Mrs. McGillicuddy, your 4th grade Science teacher, you must understand that the dear lady was simply the transmitter of the Law. You must not think that she is or was competent to repeal the Law of Gravity. Just so, the Catholic Church is not competent to repeal the Law that prohibits contraception.
#03 — Obviously (although some people are confused on this) it is not only Catholics who sin by using contraception. Protestants also sin by using contraception. So do Jews who use contraception. So do Muslims who use contraception. So do Buddhists and Hindus and everyone else (including atheists and agnostics) who use contraception. “But” you might say “Protestants and Jews and Muslims and Buddhists and Hindus and (for sure) Atheists and Agnostics who use contraception don’t believe that contraception is a sin!” To which we say, “So what? Just because they don’t believe that contraception is a sin, that doesn’t mean that they don’t commit sin by contracepting! God’s laws are binding on ALL human beings, whether or not they acknowledge His laws! The only way a person would not be guilty of sin would be a situation where he or she suffers from irremediable simple ignorance of God’s law. This would probably not be very common.
#04 — Someone might say, “But the vast majority of people I know take contraception for granted. If all of these people are committing grave sin by using condoms and anovulant pills and other forms of contraception, it looks as though there will be more people in Hell than there will be in Heaven.” To which we can only say, “Yes, it does seem that way, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s why the Blessed Mother told the children at Fatima, ‘More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.’” I think we should think on these things as we pray the Divine Mercy chaplet. FOR THE SAKE OF HIS SORROWFUL PASSION, HAVE MERCY ON US AND ON THE WHOLE WORLD!
May God bring to repentance all those who use contraception! Save them from the fires of Hell!

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 LAST CALL FOR ORDERING HOAGIES FROM THE K OF C!
See GK Wade O. Richards in the back of the church.
Only five dollars for a delicious hoagie.
Your choice of “regular” or “ham and cheese”.

GIFT-CARD PROFIT FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2015
$135.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$154.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit so far for 2015
$311.00
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$363.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
$3,719.50
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$4,366.00 for St. Joseph Parish
THANK YOU FOR BUYING OUR GIFT CARDS!
NOTE FROM IAN: Does anyone have any old palm branches they would like to get rid of? If so, please bring them to St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. I shall burn them for ashes for next Ash Wednesday.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

I would like to encourage everyone to go to Divine Mercy Church in Shenandoah next Sunday — 12 April — for Divine Mercy devotions at 03:00 pm.
These devotions will consist of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Midafternoon Prayer from the Divine Office, various prayers and readings, homily, reflection, hymns, procession, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
In years past, we always had Divine Mercy devotions here in Girardville on Divine Mercy Sunday. It was my experience that it was never necessary to ask people to move closer together in the pews so as to accommodate the crowd.
I thought it would be appropriate this year to accept Msgr. Bocian’s kind invitation that we all go over to Divine Mercy Church in Shenandoah for devotions. You know, I presume, that Divine Mercy Church is the new name for the former Annunciation Church, located at 224 W. Cherry Street.

SYLVIA JUANITA (CHAPIN) HILEMAN will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church and will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist during the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 04 April.
If the name “Sylvia Juanita (Chapin) Hileman” doesn’t ring a bell, try “SAM HILEMAN”. That is how she is known to her family and friends! Sam’s sponsor will be a friend of hers who is a long-time member of St. Joseph Parish. His name is Dennis Devine.
Sam has been attending Mass either in Berwick or in Girardville for quite some time and took instructions from Fr. Connolly, preparatory to being received tonight into full communion.
We welcome her with great joy!

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 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN!

Inasmuch as First Holy Communion children are not notoriously avid readers of parish bulletins, we trust that the parents and guardians of these precious children will be “avid readers”.
If you know a parent or a guardian of a FHC child and if you suspect that he or she is not an avid reader of the parish bulletin, would you please put this bulletin page in front of him or her and make sure that the information is successfully conveyed?

It is customary in our parishes for the First Holy Communion children to meet six times with the pastor for final preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion.

Because First Holy Communion is scheduled to take place during the 11:30 am Mass on Sunday, 24 May 2015, please note that the six times the children will meet with Fr. Connolly are the following:

Tuesday, 14 April, at 07:00 pm
Tuesday, 21 April, at 07:00 pm
Tuesday, 28 April, at 07:00 pm
Tuesday, 05 May, at 07:00 pm
Tuesday, 12 May, at 07:00 pm
Tuesday, 19 May, at 07:00 pm

All six of these meetings will be in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory.

Parents are welcome to stay during the instruction time, if they wish to do so, but they are not required to do so! One way or the other, a parent or a person designated by the parent should be at the Rectory to fetch the child at 08:15 pm each evening.

Please go over “the basics” with your child. Does he / she know how to make the Sign of the Cross correctly? Does he / she know the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary and the Glory be and the Act of Contrition?
Does he / she go to Mass faithfully every Sunday (or Saturday evening)?
Do you do the same?

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