Saturday, 02 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Health and God’s blessings on
by Eileen Croake Wayne

Sunday, 03 May
5th Sunday of Easter
by Eileen Croake Wayne

Monday, 04 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — AGNES E. CORRIGAN
by Ken and Helen Wayne

Wednesday, 06 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — FRANCES BURNS
by her brother, John Burns

Friday, 08 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — PEGGY COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 09 May
Easter Weekday
NO 08:00 am MASS TODAY
Vigil of Sunday
by Jean Birster Weist

Sunday, 10 May
6th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — MARY ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland


Saturday, 02 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JOSEPH V. GUDONIS
by his family

Sunday, 03 May
5th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — MARY JANE RITZO
(52nd anniversary of wedding – 04 May 1963)
by her husband and her daughter

Tuesday, 05 May
Easter Weekday
by Mary Miller

Thursday, 07 May
Easter Weekday
06:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Saturday, 09 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MARY POWLICK
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 10 May
6th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

stjos/stvdp: 05.03.2015 - 01

25 /26 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $906.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $61.00 from the plate; $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $40.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $25.00 from the Easter envelopes; $194.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,261.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,261.00) 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 $371.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $925.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $124.00 from the plate; $25.00 from the Dues envelopes; $123.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,197.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,197.00) 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 $413.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 05 May
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 07 May
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 08 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 05 May
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, 08 May
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: 05.03.2015 - 02

Gee, it’s embarrassing for me to type this into the bulletin, but people are hovering over me with sticks and clubs at this very moment and telling me that I HAVE TO PUT IT INTO THE BULLETIN OR ELSE!
So, here goes the basic information:
There will be a Retirement Dinner for the soon-to-retire pastor of Girardville.
The date of said dinner is Sunday, 14 June 2015.
The time is 03:00 pm.
The venue is St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall.
The price of a ticket is $15.00 per adult and $7.00 per child.
Tickets can be purchased at the Rectory or else they can be purchased from “duly authorized parishioners”. I’m not 100% sure who these “duly authorized parishioners” might be but I’m sure you can find out if you inquire.
There are two motivations for you to attend this dinner:
#01 — You are prostrate with grief and practically inconsolable to know that the pastor is leaving.
#02 — You are jumping for joy at the prospect and want to make sure that he really leaves!
Either motivation will do.
We are referring to the furniture that is currently in the house of the late George V. Scrobol — RIP.
The address of the house is 614 E. Mahanoy Avenue, Girardville PA.
In last weekend’s bulletin, we mentioned that there would be an opportunity for people to take a look at the furniture and, perhaps, to purchase some on Saturday, 02 May, twixt the hours of 12:00 noon and 02:00 pm.
Ian Getzey, Vice-President in Charge of Furniture Sales, was duly present during those hours to greet the throng of prospective customers.
He tells me that the number of prospective customers came to Zero.
So, back to the drawing board!
If you are interested in taking a look at the furniture — and some of it is quite nice! — call the Rectory and ask for Ginny or Ian. You can even ask for the pastor and, if he is free, he will take you over to the house for a look at what we have to offer.

THESE NINE DISTINGUISHED PERSONS will decide whether or not the Constitution of the United States of America compels Pennsylvania (and all of the states and territories) to permit two men to marry one another and two women to marry one another. Pray for them. They are currently hearing arguments pro and con.
Pray especially for Anthony Kennedy. He is the “swing vote”. Pray that Tony receives an angelic visitation the night before they all get together to vote. Pray that they don’t vote to trump God and the Founding Fathers.

stjos/stvdp: 05.03.2015 - 03


The following appeared in the 30 April edition of the T / E feature in the Pottsville Republican. I am reprinting it here not primarily because of what the “caller” has to say but because of the snide and distinctly obtuse comment by the person who is known as “The Commentator”, who is undoubtedly one and the same as the Publisher of the Republican.

Hillary Clinton says everyday Americans need a champion and she wants to be that champion. What about the unborn, Mrs. Clinton? You help to murder them every day by your 100 percent voting record to fund abortion clinics. But they’re not old enough to vote so they don’t count, do they Mrs. Clinton?


To which “The Commentator” responds as follows:
If she rails against your religious principles then don’t vote for her.

Here goes my comment on The Commentator’s comment!
That one-sentence comment is stupid! I think it is obvious that the caller (“Shenandoah”) does not intend to vote for Hillary. Neither, as a matter of fact, do I. So why does “The Commentator” belabor the obvious by telling the caller not to vote for Hillary?
But here’s the really stupid part: “The Commentator” attributes the caller’s opposition to Hillary’s pro-abortion stance as being based on his / her “religious principles”.
I think about my own opposition to Hillary and other pro-abortion politicians. It is neither my “religious principles” nor my “peculiar religion” (which happens to be Catholic Christianity) that prompts me not to vote for Hillary. It is basic decency. Basic decency is available to all human beings, whether or not they are Catholic Christians. Basic decency, based on Natural Law, tells me that I must not kill innocent human persons. Most especially, I must not kill innocent human persons who are defenseless and vulnerable. Of all human beings, unborn human beings are the most defenseless and vulnerable. And, of course, we invoke the timeless principle: DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERS DO UNTO YOU. The variation on that timeless principle is: DO NOT DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU WOULD NOT HAVE OTHERS DO UNTO YOU.
If I hearken back to the nine-month period dating from late April of 1937 to late January of 1938, I realize that, during that time period, I was totally defenseless, vulnerable and innocent. By the Will of God and the decency of the dear woman who bore me, I came out alive and well from my mother. Now, I must extend to others the same decency. I must not kill, nor countenance the killing, nor pay for the killing of any unborn child.
It is my contention that anyone who does not understand (intellectually) that simple statement of fundamental human ethical behavior is dense beyond all measure. Not only dense, but dangerous!
But Hillary is not a stupid woman. She is a very bright woman. She does understand (intellectually) what I have just written. But she chooses not to follow through, because she is determined to attain High Office, come Hell or high water. She, together with so many other pro-abortion politicians, has made the Faustian bargain.

stjos/stvdp: 05.03.2015 - 04

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN will meet with Fr. Connolly and Miss King in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory on Tuesday, 05 May, at 07:00 pm. This will be the fourth of a total of six meetings.
Fr. Connolly will let the children know when they “qualify” for making their First Confessions.
Q — What kind of lights did Noah have installed on the Ark?
A — Floodlights!
(Giving credit where credit is due: I was scuffing down my stuffed shells at Marrone’s last Saturday night and the waitress asked me if I would like to hear a joke. I said, “Sure”. So, that was the joke! I thought it was pretty funny!)
GEE, IT’S ABOUT TIME THAT I LEARNED THAT! I had an interment service on Saturday (02 May) at “the cemetery that we almost never use any more”. I’m referring to the one in Frackville that is situated across from St. Ann’s Church. I have been well aware of it, of course, ever since I arrived in Girardville and even had some major repair work done to a portion of the stone wall that borders the cemetery. However, I can recall only one time (prior to 02 May 2015) when I was called upon to conduct an interment service there. The deceased was a gentleman named Myles Hansbury. Members of his family were there. Chatting with them, I learned that the Hansbury family has its roots in Mahanoy Plane. The deceased, only 58 years old when he died, is one of seven children, five of whom are now deceased. May Myles and his parents and deceased siblings all rest in peace!
This particular cemetery has always been somewhat of a mystery to me. Even the name is unusual. I know it as “St. Joseph / Holy Rosary Cemetery”. My assumption had been that it was originally a joint venture of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville and the former Holy Rosary Parish, Mahanoy Plane.
While at that cemetery today (02 May), I chatted with Joe Gudonis, our caretaker. He enlightened me about the name! He said that that particular cemetery was originally a joint venture of St. Joseph Parish, Frackville and the aforementioned Holy Rosary Parish. So, now I know that it did not originate with St. Joseph Parish, Girardville! I had often wondered about how St. Joseph Parish, Girardville came to have responsibility for that particular cemetery. I know it came under our management when Holy Rosary Parish was closed. But I still don’t understand why St. Joseph Parish, Frackville, has no responsibility for it. However, at this point in the game, I’m sure not going to worry about it! Maybe Fr. Finlan knows. Then, again, maybe he doesn’t! If I find out that Fr. Finlan’s parish has partial ownership of that cemetery, I just might hit him up to help pay for the wall that I had repaired some years ago. Something tells me that he won’t be especially eager to pay!
I’m referring to Bruce Jenner, that superb Olympic champion who has fallen upon hard times.
Bruce has received a great deal of publicity lately because of his peculiar “morphing” into femaleness.
I truly, truly, truly feel bad for him.
I don’t feel anger. I don’t feel disdain. I hardly even feel disgust.
I just feel sad and dismayed for him.
It is perfectly obvious that the man is mentally ill.
Yet, otherwise sensible persons (and some who have no track record for being sensible) are rushing to his defense and saying that they “support” him.
Well, gee whiz! I am perfectly willing to “support” my fellow human beings in distress. I have no slings nor arrows to throw at Bruce Jenner, but I am not about to support every peculiar and bizarre and contra-natural thing that my fellow human beings might do.
Bruce is a male. He has always been a male. For all eternity, he will be a male. There is nothing he can do to alter that fundamental fact.
We must all refrain from endorsing every insane notion that everyone has. We must learn to separate the norm from the deviation. There are times, I admit, when I feel like a tapioca pudding. But, in my more lucid moments — which predominate, thank God! — I know that I am a man, not a tapioca pudding!

stjos/stvdp: 05.03.2015 - 05


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for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$74.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit so far for 2015
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$437.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$4,440.50 for St. Joseph Parish
IN A RECENT BULLETIN, I stated that, although I have not yet been officially informed of the date on which my retirement as pastor takes effect, I had a strong hunch that it would be 23 June 2015.
I need to correct that.
I was told just this past Friday (01 May) by the Chancellor of the Diocese, Msgr. Gobitas, that my retirement date has been set as 01 July 2015.
So, I have one week longer than I thought.
In regard to the matter that is much more important than my retirement, viz the future of our two parishes, I can give you only an “educated guess” based on the reading of the entrails of a goose.
When you read the next paragraph, please remember that it is nothing more than an “educated guess”. It is not at all official and it is not at all definite. I do not have the power to foresee the future!
I think that the two Ashland parishes will be consolidated into one parish and I think that our two Girardville parishes will be consolidated into the one remaining Ashland parish. In addition, I think that one of our Girardville churches will remain open as what might be called an “auxiliary worship site” or “chapel”.
If this be so, then the pastor of the Ashland parish will be responsible for the Catholics of the Girardville area.
Keep tuned for updates!

stjos/stvdp: 05.03.2015 - 06


Background: This past Thursday evening I sent this email to a young man (age 19) whom I have known for a good many years. He currently lives in Wyoming. I got the news from his parents that a certain girl invited him to her Junior Prom, scheduled for Friday, 01 May. As I understand it, it was the girl’s father who did the actual inviting. I presume the girl herself is somewhat shy. The boy himself is not highly experienced in the art and science of dating, as far as I know. This will be his first experience taking a girl to a prom. A friend of mine read this email and suggested that I print it in the bulletin. Perhaps it will be useful advice for some other young men who are anticipating — perhaps with some fear and trepidation — their first prom. For the sake of confidentiality, I have omitted the name of the young man.

From: ebconnolly <
Date: 2015/04/30 21:28 (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Prom Advice

I'm happy to hear that you have been deemed worthy to accompany a girl to her prom! Definitely cool!
I am a veteran of many proms. I know you might find that hard to believe, but believe it. I wasn't always 77 years old and I wasn't born a priest! I am qualified to give you PROM ADVICE.
So, here it goes:
(You’ll be happy to know that there is no charge for this service!)
#01 - Your main job is to make sure that your gal feels that you are there for her. She is to be your main event for the evening. Do whatever she asks you or tells you to do — as long as it's not illegal or immoral, of course! Do your best to make sure that she has a good time. Don't go wandering off with "the guys" and don't make prolonged conversation with anyone unless your gal is also involved in the conversation. Stay with her the whole evening, except, obviously, when she goes to the Ladies Room! She will, no doubt, find female friends to accompany her to the Ladies Room. Women always do, for reasons not perfectly clear to us mere men!
#02 - Ask her questions about herself, about her likes and dislikes, her favorite and unfavorite subjects in school, her plans for what she will do after high school. It's okay to tell her about yourself, but don't overdo it.
#03 - Don't slobber over her! If you find her attractive, you can, perhaps, work up to kissing her on the cheek. If she wants you to kiss her on the lips, she will let you know. Don't presume it. It's your first time out with her, isn't it? So, easy does it!
#04 - Girls usually like to hold hands. Make sure one of your hands is available for holding, especially when you are walking along with her side-by-side.
#05 - For God's sake, avoid all opportunities for consuming alcohol or puffing pot. I'm thinking mostly about maverick post-prom activities. Today (30 April) is the 32nd anniversary of the death of my beloved 17 - year-old niece, who would be alive today if the blankety-blank kid who took her had been man enough to say "No" to a certain unauthorized post-prom party. If you need motivation to be "good", keep in mind that your girl has a father who carries a gun and can kill a bull with one punch.
#06 - Don't be too self-conscious. Even if you are not ready for Dancing with the Stars, go out on the dance floor anyway --- preferably with your gal. Dance as well as you know how. Have a sense of humor about the things that you think you don't do real well.
God bless you.
Have a good time.
Send me a photo of you and your gal together.
Love –

PS --- You will find that girls are nice. They’re a whole lot prettier than boys. They smell better

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