MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 April

Saturday, 11 April
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 / Feast of Divine Mercy
by Eileen Croake Wayne

Monday, 13 April
St. Martin I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — VICKIE KAUTZ
by Joseph Murphy

Wednesday, 15 April
Easter Weekday
by their niece

Friday, 17 April
Easter Weekday
by Teresa Maley Neary

Saturday, 18 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Dr. and Mrs. Frank Blozusky
Vigil of Sunday
by Rosemary Zelli

Sunday, 19 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
by her family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 April

Saturday, 11 April
Vigil of Sunday
by John and Barbara Petrousky

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

Tuesday, 14 April
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on
by Marilyn Stefanski

Thursday, 16 April
Easter Weekday
by his wife, Alice

Saturday, 18 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOAN GORMAS
by her husband, Vince, and her daughter, Mary Anne

Sunday, 19 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
by Charles and Kathleen Sherman

stjos/stvdp: 04.12.2015 - 01

04 /05 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $3,723.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $366.00 from the Dues envelopes; $240.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $45.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $2,220.00 from the Easter envelopes; $93.00 from the loose.
Total: $6,687.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $85.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
— $132.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($6,687.00) 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 $5,797.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $704.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $5.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $140.00 from the Dues envelopes; $273.00 from the Holy Thursday envelopes; $1,412.00 from the Easter envelopes; $148.00 from the loose.
Total: $2,682.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $57.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
— $55.00 from the Shrines of the Holy Land envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($2,682.00) 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 $1,898.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 14 April
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 16 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 17 April
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 14 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, 17 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

stjos/stvdp: 04.12.2015 - 02

a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Holy Saturday night, 04 April 2015, shortly after receiving the last rites of the Church.
Born on 02 September 1955, he was 59 years old.
Dan is one of the three children of the late William and Josephine (Simononis) Krynak.
He was baptized in St. Vincent dePaul Church by Fr. John Buikus on 18 September 1955.
Dan has two sisters: Anne Marie Krynak (deceased) and Mary Catherine (Krynak) Williams, with whom he lived in Girardville in recent years and who was his principal care-giver during his final illness.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated for Daniel at 11:00 am on Friday, 10 April, in St. Vincent dePaul Church.
Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in the St. Vincent dePaul Parish Cemetery, Frackville.
A personal note: I first met Dan at the time of the death of his brother-in-law, Henry Williams. Dan came in from Harrisburg to play the organ for Henry’s funeral. I remember at the time being very much impressed by his talent as an organist and as a singer. Shortly after that, Dan moved back to Girardville and resumed his membership in St. Vincent dePaul Parish. Until the time when his illness no longer allowed, Dan played the organ and led the choir many times at both St. Joseph Church and St. Vincent dePaul Church. On behalf of the parish, I thank Dan for all that he did to make our liturgies more beautiful.
Eternal rest grant unto Daniel, 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.
FATHER ROBERT REILEY will be the celebrant of the 04:00 pm and 05:30 pm Masses today (Saturday, 11 April). Fr. Connolly needs to go to Maryland in order to do a baptism. I thank Fr. Reiley for his kindness!
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN will have their first (of six) meetings with Fr. Connolly on Tuesday, 14 April, at 07:00 pm in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. It is very important that all of the children be present.

stjos/stvdp: 04.12.2015 - 03

All Done?

by Sarah Johnson

“Are you done?”
The inquiry is peppered in my direction abundantly when I am out with my five young boys. My answer is always the same, but the other day I had a little fun with its delivery.
“With what?” I responded over the clamor at an indoor playground. The lady motioned to my son who was giving her grandkid a lift into a purple tunnel. This slip of her well-manicured hand made her interest in my family’s size quite clear. Still, I could not resist having a little fun.
“My fries?” I pointed to the ketchup-blurred wrapper before me, “Sure, go ahead. Help yourself.”
Because, you see, for a stranger who knows nothing about me—not my name, age, or where I am from—to ask, albeit kindly, about my plans in regard to “being done” bringing souls into the world...well … it is just...hmm...
But still, it happens all the time.
“Oh no,” she tittered, “Your kids.”
She motioned again to my five sons.
“Whew,” she said, “I feel SO sorry for you.”
Keep in mind this stranger's smile was genuine. I know her words, specifically the ones about “feeling SO sorry” for me, especially when you see them on paper, are offensive. I take most issue, however, with her tone when she dropped the word "done."
She emphasized it, as most who make this inquiry do, with the same inflection one would use when saying, “I’m DONE donating my skull to neurosurgery students so they can practice shock therapy!”
“No, are you done having KIDS?” the lady smiled on, yucky-faced at the suggestion of sharing my fries and apparently oblivious to my humor. Had she understood, she would have realized that I was chastising her for inferring that my precious children are something to be DONE with. Also, unbeknownst to her, she had gotten her hand verbally smacked—lightly—for submitting such a personal question so soon into our visit. But as I said, she was oblivious.
A hand slap from a Catholic mother bent on evangelizing the world?
You bet. Because should it not be more normal for a stranger to ask about my French fries than about my fertility? Shouldn’t it? And should a stranger not have the sense to realize her tone when speaking in reference to future children and should that tone not be sweet? Shouldn’t she? And should it not be odd to speak about new life in a tone casual enough to be mistaken for an inquiry about French fries?
It should.
But it is not. And the kind stranger was waiting for a response.
So, I pulled out my best humdinger. Fortunately, I was rested, so it came out on a smile. It works, however, with any tone. Now do not get too excited because my steadfast reply is certainly no doozy. It is, I promise, completely honest: “God only knows,” I said.

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Because only He does! Only God knows how exhilarated / exhausted I am and how many children I can raise to His glory. I have come to view these experiences with curious strangers at play lands or parks as opportunities to “give a reason for the hope I have received” (1 Peter 3:15). Because what reason other than hope in God’s love and provision do I have for being “open to life” when so many people in this day and age are not. If I can challenge negative attitudes while I am at it—gently, even humorously, I believe I owe it to the many curious strangers with whom I cross paths.
On a brief side note, I am not pushing a platform of unbridled fertility. To the contrary, my husband and I have prayerfully utilized Natural Family Planning (NFP) during times of serious stress. I only touch on the topic to convey the thought that the decision to expand or limit one’s family size is a little more complicated than snagging or passing up French fries. And shouldn’t it be?? We are talking about children. We are talking about life itself.
“Where do you go to church?” the kind stranger inquired, motioning to the crucifix dangling around my neck.
“St. Joseph’s”, I reply.
Her face is marked with a certain understanding, even admiration.
Perhaps something I said did sink in. Or perhaps this curious stranger tasted the joy of a visit with my children and was surprised by its sweetness.
I would like to think so.

Personal note
I became acquainted with the writer, Sarah Johnson, and her husband, Dr. Peter Johnson, and their five sons sometime in the past year or so. They live in the Barnesville area, “where they stomp through creek beds and wooded glens, seeking out the wonder”.
They often attend the traditional Mass (i.e the extraordinary form Mass) on the last Sundays of the month at St. Joseph’s. According to Sarah, she spends much of her time “prying briars out of socks”. She enjoys reading, writing dramatic teen novels, and occasionally keeping a blog
You might want to check out her blog:

I came across Sarah’s article in a magazine and asked her for permission to reprint it in our bulletin. She graciously gave me permission.
I think her article is both illuminating and entertaining and, to use a word that is, perhaps, overused, “relevant”.
What a pity it is that an honorably married woman has to defend herself against the effete and worldly for being open to the gift of children!
When you come to think about it, the word, “MATRIMONY” comes from two Latin words: MATER and MUNUS. “Mater” means, of course, “mother”. “Munus” has several meanings: “office” or “duty” or “gift” or “task”.
When a man and a woman marry one another, they implicitly bestow upon one another the great OFFICE / DUTY / GIFT / TASK of MOTHERHOOD and, obviously, FATHERHOOD.
Thank God for faithful and fruitful marriages that produce new prospects for Heaven!
And, if you’re not into such sublime sentiments, then thank God for children who will pay into Social Security, so that those of us who are no longer young will be able to pay the rent.

stjos/stvdp: 04.12.2015 - 05

Last chance to buy chances on the Easter basket!
Drawing will be held after the 11:30 am Mass today (Sunday, 12 April).
This is for the benefit of St. Joseph Parish.
of Redner’s and Boyer’s gift cards!
Tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00.


Cemetery workers are in the process of removing all granite and concrete cornerstones at St. Vincent dePaul and Holy Rosary Cemeteries in the Englewood Section of Frackville, and at the Old St. Joseph / Holy Rosary Cemetery at Broad Mountain Avenue and Spring Street, Frackville.
The cornerstones are a safety and liability hazard. They have caused an extensive amount of damage to the lawn tractors and mowers over the years. Many of them are difficult to see when the grass is high. The holes are being backfilled and topped with sod and / or seeding. The cornerstones are being stored on the cemetery grounds. Additionally, for future reference, it is not permitted to install cornerstones in any of our parish cemeteries.
Any new flat tombstone or veteran plate must be installed flush to the ground to ensure that a tractor or mower will pass over it without contact. For further information, contact Joe Gudonis at 570 874-2992. Mr. Gudonis is the caretaker / groundskeeper at the three cemeteries specified.
Personal note: As a pastor, I have had 29 years of experience overseeing “cemetery matters”. Believe me when I tell you — and any priest with cemetery responsibility will tell you the same — that there is often a bit of a tension between “doing what is necessary for the best interests of everyone concerned” and “keeping everyone happy”.
Sometimes things that were allowed in the past are simply not able to be allowed in the present. We ask everyone to understand this and to have mercy on the poor pastors and groundskeepers who strive to maintain a balance between the two.

For the period 01 October to 31 December 2014

$67.40 for St. Vincent
$126.06 for St. Joseph
Total for all of 2014
$264.31 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$448.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total from inception of program (May 2013)
$395.80 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$628.78 for St. Joseph Parish
Please keep saving your tapes and dropping them off in collection basket or at Rectory!
Thank you for doing so!

stjos/stvdp: 04.12.2015 - 06


That’s good advice under any circumstances. Let me tell you about a particular circumstance under which one would do well to read the fine print.
This will be of special interest to persons who like to play the Pennsylvania Lottery.
There is a new game being offered by the Pennsylvania Lottery. It is called “CASH4LIFE”. The top prize is one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) every day for the rest of one’s life!
Let me insert a disclaimer here: I am not, by any means, what one would call an “avid patron” of the Pennsylvania Lottery. I rarely invest any of my money in lottery tickets but, every once in a while, when I happen to be in a Turkey Hill (or some such venue), I might — just might, mind you! — invest in a ticket, usually an instant ticket. Alas! I am phenomenally unlucky. Apparently, it is not God’s Will that I should get rich by way of gambling. However, I am a Catholic, not a Methodist, so my religious principles do not prohibit my engaging in some modest gambling — in addition to which, I can always justify it by saying that, as a loser, I am contributing to the welfare of the senior citizens of our fair Commonwealth.
End of disclaimer! Let me get back to the fine print in CASH4LIFE.
I have not yet purchased a CASH4LIFE ticket. However, it occurred to me in one of my fantasies: Just suppose I bought a ticket and won the top prize! Wow! One thousand dollars every day for the rest of my life! Would that not be peachy keen? But how would I handle it?
First thing that occurs is that I am 77 years old. “The rest of my life” is probably not an immense stretch of time. Maybe three years? Maybe five years? Maybe a bit more? Maybe a lot less?
It also occurs to me that this is what I would do: I would pick out one of my great-grandnephews / great-grandnieces, all of whom are of tender years, some still in diapers. I would give the ticket to him / her and would make an agreement with the parents of the child that they would present the child to the Lottery Commission as the owner of the ticket.
You see where I’m going with this, do you not?
I would presume that the child — let’s say that he or she is currently two years old — will have a life-span expectation, may it please the Lord, of eighty or ninety years. $1,000 a day for eighty or ninety years would be a great advantage, would it not? The understanding I would make with the parents is that, out of gratitude for my kindness, the child would hand over the daily allotment of $1,000 to me for the rest of my natural life. Then, when I have kicked the bucket, the balance would go to the child for the rest of his / her natural life.
Any problem with this? Yes!
The fine print states that, if the winner of the top prize in CASH4LIFE is a minor (under the age of 18), the payments would cease after twenty years. So, if a two-year old is certified as the winner, he / she would receive the $1,000 every day, but only up until he / she is 22 years old. Then, zilch! What a bummer!
Moral of the story:
If I should happen to win the top prize, I think I won’t choose one of my great-grandnephews / great-grandnieces. Instead, I’ll choose one of my grandnephews / grandnieces — someone who is at least 18 years old, of good character and likely to live a long life. I won’t choose one who smokes or accrues speeding tickets or climbs cliffs or skydives. I’ll choose one who lives a quiet, sensible life. And, oh yes, someone who is honest! He / she would have to agree to hand the daily thousand dollars over to me for the rest of my life, after which he / she will be welcome to keep the rest and, I hope, say a prayer occasionally for the happy repose of his / her generous granduncle.
I pass this advice on to you, dear reader, just in case you play CASH4LIFE and happen to win.

stjos/stvdp: 04.12.2015 - 07

This image of the Blessed Virgin Mary goes back to the 15th century. It is known in German as the SCHUTZMANTELMADONNA (My Lady of the Protecting Cloak). In Spanish it is called VIRGEN de la MERCED (Virgin of Mercy). In Italian, it is called MADONNA della MISERICORDIA (My Lady of Mercy). In French, it is called VIÈRGE au MANTEAU (Virgin with Cloak) or VIÈRGE de MISÉRICORDE (Virgin of Mercy). As for me, it is my hope to live the rest of my life under the protecting mantle of the Holy Virgin Mother of Mercy. I recommend the same to you. Keep in mind that loyalty to the Holy Mother is much the same as loyalty to the Holy Catholic Church. “Remember, most compassionate Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided.”

stjos/stvdp: 04.12.2015 - 08


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