MASS SCHEDULE: 17 - 24 MAY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 16 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — REGINA SIMONONIS
by Joe Muredda

Sunday, 17 May
7th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — MARY KESSLER HOMOVICH
by Joe and Jean Kessler

Monday, 18 May
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — PETER V. DeLUCA
by his sister

Wednesday, 20 May
St. Bernardine of Siena, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on EBC
(49th anniversary of ordination on 21 May)
by friends

Friday, 22 May
St. Rita of Cascia, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: PETER DeLUCA FAMILY
by Celeste DeLuca

Saturday, 23 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — HENRY A. WAYNE
rescheduled from 16 May
Vigil of Pentecost
05:30 pm — Deceased: AMEDIO ZELLI FAMILY
by Rosemary Zelli

Sunday, 24 May
Pentecost
11:30 am — MICHELENA LIA
by the Catizone family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 17 - 24 MAY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 16 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — Deceased: BERNOTAS FAMILY
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 17 May
7th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — Deceased: CONNELL / KARVOIS FAMILIES
by the Connell family

Tuesday, 19 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — RONALD A. CHIKOTAS
by Rose Yost

Thursday, 21 May
St. Christopher Magallanes, priest, and companions, martyrs (OptMem)
12:00 noon — GEORGE, ALBERT and ANTHONY (Jr.) WALACONIS
by Alice Walaconis Chiaretti

Saturday, 23 May
Vigil of Pentecost
04:00 pm — IRENE GILLIS
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 24 May
Pentecost
08:30 am — CHARLES and MARY SHANER
by Charles and Kathleen Sherman

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2015 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
09 /10 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $902.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $51.00 from the plate; $118.00 from the Dues envelopes; $164.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $57.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,292.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,292.00) 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 $402.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $504.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $57.00 from the plate; $15.00 from the Dues envelopes; $119.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes;$103.00 from the loose.
Total: $798.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($798.00) 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 $14.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 20 May
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 21 May
11:00 am to 12:00 noon
St. Vincent dePaul Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 20 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

PLEASE NOTE!
Because of various scheduling problems this week:
*There will not be 06:00 pm Confessions
or 07:00 pm Mass at StVdP this Thursday.
*Instead, there will be 11:00 am Confessions
and 12:00 noon Mass at StVdP Church this Thursday.
*There will not be the usual Friday evening Confessions and Exposition.

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WE WELCOME FATHER ROBERT JALBERT, MM, a missionary from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, who will speak at all the Masses today.
He comes to us under the auspices of the annual “Mission Co-op Program”.
Maryknoll” is the popular name for the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, which was founded more than 100 years ago to follow Christ’s command to preach the Gospel to all the nations. They serve principally among the poor in places where the Church is unknown or in great need.
PLEASE BE ESPECIALLY GENEROUS TO THE LOOSE COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND. WE WILL GIVE A HEALTHY PERCENTAGE OF THE LOOSE MONEY IN THIS WEEKEND’S COLLECTION TO THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH — EARMARKED FOR THE WORK OF THE MARYKNOLL COMMUNITY.
By the way, if you want to know how to say something in Swahili, ask Fr. Jalbert. He spent twenty years in Kenya and Tanzania and picked up a word or two or three in Swahili!
He asked me whether he should preach in Swahili while he is here in Girardville this weekend. I told him that, all things considered, it might be more advantageous to stick with English!

REMINDER
Tickets for the pastor’s retirement dinner (14 June) can be purchased at the Rectory and also in the back of the churches after each weekend Mass.

$15.00 for an adult.
$7.00 for a child.
THE FOLLOWING CANDIDATES have been recommended by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation:
Supreme Court: Allen, Covey, George, Olson, Stevens, Warren.
Superior Court: Giordano
Commonwealth Court: Lalley

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2015 - 03



THE FIVE PATHS OF REPENTANCE

St. John Chrysostom

Shall I list the paths of repentance? There are certainly many of them, many and various, and all of them lead to heaven.
The first path is the path of condemnation of sins. As Isaiah says, Tell your sins, and you will be acquitted. And the Psalmist adds: I said “I will bear witness against myself before the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. So you, too must condemn the sins you have committed. Condemn them, and that condemnation will excuse you in front of the Lord, since whoever condemns the sins he has committed will be slower to commit them next time. Stir up your own conscience to be your accuser – so that when you come before the judgement-seat of the Lord no-one will rise up to accuse you.
This is the first path of repentance but the second is in no way inferior to it in excellence. It is to forget the harm done to us by our enemies, to master our anger, to forgive the sins of those who are slaves together with us. As much as we do this, so much will our own sins against the Lord be forgiven. So this is the second path to the expiation of our sins. As the Lord says, Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours.
Would you like to know the third path of repentance? It is prayer: fervent prayer, sincere and focused prayer, prayer coming from the depths of the heart.
If you want to know the fourth path, I will tell you it is the giving of alms. It has great power.
And finally, if someone acts with modesty and humility, that path is no less effective as a way to deprive sin of its substance. Look at the publican, who had no good deeds to speak of. In place of good deeds he offered humility, and the huge burden of his sins fell away.
So now I have shown you the five paths of repentance. First, condemnation of sins. Second, forgiving the sins of those near us. Third, prayer. Fourth, almsgiving. Fifth, humility.
So do not be idle, but every day advance along all these paths at once. They are not hard paths to follow. Poverty is no excuse for not setting out on the journey. Even if you are destitute you can do all these things: put aside anger, carry humility in front of you, pray hard, condemn your sins. Poverty is no obstacle – not even to that path of penitence that demands money: that is, almsgiving. Remember the story of the widow’s mite.
Now we have learnt the right way to heal our wounds, let us apply these remedies. Let us regain true health and confidently receive the blessings of Holy Communion. Thus we may come, filled with glory, to the glory of Christ’s kingdom, and receive its eternal joys through the grace, mercy and kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2015 - 04


CALLING MY CONGRESSMAN

This past Tuesday (12 May), I placed a call to the Washington DC office of Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA). Matt is “our congressman”. He represents the 17th congressional district. As you may recall, he defeated Tim Holden a few years ago in the Democratic primary and then went on to win the general. Last year, he defeated Doc Moylan in the general and went on for a second term.
Matt identifies himself as a Catholic and also identifies himself as Pro-Life.
I have long had strong reservations as to Matt’s credentials for identifying himself as “Pro-Life” but, be that as it may, he is “my congressman”, so I have to deal with it.
I was aware that HR 36 would be coming up for a vote on Wednesday, 13 May, so I thought I should do my duty as a “concerned citizen” and let my congressman know how I would hope he would vote.
HR 36 is known as the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”. In brief, the purpose of the bill is the continuation of the ban on aborting a fetus (child) once he or she has reached twenty weeks — at which point it has been scientifically established that the fetus (child) is able to experience pain.
So, here is how my telephone call went:

Male voice: Hello. This is Congressman Cartwright’s office. How may I help you?
EBC: Hello. My name is Edward Connolly. I’m calling to ask Congressman Cartwright to vote “YES” on HR 36.
Male voice: Would you spell your last name please?
EBC: Sure! C-O-N-N-O-L-L-Y, and my first name is Edward.
Male voice: And where do you live, Mr. Connolly?
EBC: I live in Girardville.
Male voice: Say that again, please.
EBC: Girardville. That’s in Schuylkill County. It’s in the Congressman’s district.
Male voice: Would you spell the name of the town, please?
EBC: Sure! G-I-R-A-R-D-V-I-L-L-E.
Male voice: Is that G-I-R-A-R-D-V-I-L-L-E?
EBC: Yes, that’s right.
        (Silence)
EBC: It’s in Schuylkill County. That’s S-C-H-U-Y-L-K-I-L-L.
        (Silence)
EBC: Girardville is a small town. It’s in between Ashland and Shenandoah.
Male voice: Can you tell me the zip code, please?
EBC: Sure! It’s ONE-SEVEN-NINE-THREE-FIVE
Male voice: Okay! And your message for the Congressman is what?
EBC: I want to ask the Congressman to vote “Yes” on HR 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Infant Protection Act.
Male voice: Okay! I’ll give him that message.
EBC: Okay! Thank you very much. So long now!
Male voice: So long. Thank you for calling.
EBC: You’re welcome. Bye!

After concluding the call, I patted myself on the back! I had just been a good citizen! I had participated in the legislative process! Tom Jefferson would be proud of me! And so would my boyhood hero, Harry Truman! And so would my Mom and Dad! And I had just done a good deed for my unborn brothers and sisters! God will be proud of me! And so will Blessed Teresa of Calcutta!

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But, I thought to myself, I think that young man — the Congressman’s secretary or whatever his job title is — should start to familiarize himself with the names of the towns in his boss’s district. After all, we residents of Girardville would like to think that our congressman knows that there is intelligent life south of Wilkes-Barre.
“Oh, well!” I thought, “as long as Matt Cartwright votes ‘YES’ to protect unborn babies, I shall have accomplished my purpose!”

And, so, I checked the news the following night (15 May).
I learned, to my pleasure, that the House of Representatives had passed the bill by a vote of 242 to 184.
238 Republicans and four Democrats had voted “Yes”.
Four Republicans and 180 Democrats had voted “No”.
Two Republicans and four Democrats abstained.
Then I went on line to get the nitty-gritty, i.e. the votes of individual congressmen.
I found that Congressman Cartwright was one of the 180 Democrats who had voted “No”.

Voted “No”!
Voted “No” to continuing the protection of 20-week-old, pain-capable unborn babies from being zapped, killed, aborted.

Voted “No” to continuing the protection of 20-week-old, pain-capable unborn babies from being zapped, killed, aborted.

How can this be?
What are they thinking?
What is Congressman Cartwright’s rationale?
Who is his master?
Now the bill goes to the Senate.
If it passes the Senate, it will go to the President.
The President has already said that he will veto it!
And so it is, dear brothers and sisters! And so it is!

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2015 - 06



THE LETTER FROM THE BISHOP!

This weekend, at all of the Masses, both Fr. Bambrick (Ashland / Gordon pastor) and I shall be reading a letter from Bishop Barres about the consolidation of parishes.
This is the letter that we had been anticipating for quite some time!
It is the letter that YOU, the parishioners had been anticipating for at least the past seven years (or more) — unless you have just returned from exile on a planet revolving around a distant star in another galaxy.
The Bishop stipulated that neither Fr. Bambrick nor I should comment on the letter as we read it, nor after we read it. We should simply “read it and sit down”.
Just to be clear about something: I did not know (nor did Fr. Bambrick know) until this past Tuesday (12 May) that we would be reading such a letter this weekend (16 / 17 May).
As far as the content of the letter is concerned, neither Fr. Bambrick nor I knew what it would be until this past Thursday (14 May). We had our “hunches” and our “educated guesses”, but we did not know for certain.
That is the plain and simple truth!
I have exercised complete and utter transparency with the people during my tenure as pastor.
Please listen carefully to the letter as it is being read.
The Bishop also stipulated that neither Fr. Bambrick nor I should print a copy of the letter in the current (16 / 17 May) edition of our parish bulletins. We are, instead, to print it in our parish bulletins for next weekend (23 / 24 May). I shall do this.
Allow me to give you the “bare bones” of the letter:
At the present time, there are five parishes and two priests serving three towns. The five parishes and three towns are: St. Joseph, Ashland; St. Mauritius, Ashland; St. Joseph, Girardville; St. Vincent dePaul, Girardville; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Gordon. The two priests (pastors) are, obviously, Fr. Bambrick and Fr. Connolly.
Effective 01 July 2015, there will be one parish and one priest serving the three towns. The new parish will be named St. Charles Borromeo. It will be centered in what is now St. Joseph Church, Ashland. Three churches will be closed: St. Mauritius, Ashland; St. Joseph, Girardville; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Gordon.
The present St. Vincent dePaul Church will remain open as an auxiliary worship site for the new parish of St. Charles Borromeo.
As far as the use or disposition of the “other buildings” that pertain to the current five parishes is concerned, I have no information. I presume this will be decided as time goes by.

In this matter as in all matters that belong to the authority of the office of Bishop of Allentown, I defer to the Bishop and I offer him my total respect and obedience.
Bishop Barres is our Chief Shepherd. In addition to his native intelligence and his management skills, he is endowed by God with what we call “the grace of office”.
Our loyalty to him and to the holy Catholic Church will take priority during the upcoming period of transition, with all of its pain and promise.

stjos/stvdp: 05.17.2015 - 07


MAY PROCESSION
Every year, the children and the faculty of Trinity Academy honor the Blessed Mother by means of a May Procession held in one of the towns that are served by this excellent school.
This year, we are happy to say, the venue for the May Procession is Girardville.
EVERYONE IN GIRARDVILLE IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN THIS PROCESSION!
In point of fact, everyone, regardless of town, is invited and encouraged to take part!

 

 

Here is the game plan:

ON THURSDAY, 21 MAY,
ASSEMBLE IN SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH AT 06:15 PM.
THERE WILL BE BRIEF INTRODUCTORY PRAYERS AT 06:30 PM.
WE WILL THEN PROCESS TO SAINT VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH.
FOLLOW DIRECTIONS OF SISTER MARY ANN SPAETTI, IHM.
(Always do what Sister says!)
WE WILL PRAY THE ROSARY ON THE WAY.
OUR ROUTE, STARTING AT ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, WILL BE:
NORTH ON RICHARD STREET
HANG A RIGHT ONTO OGDEN STREET
HANG A LEFT ONTO 2nd STREET
ENTER ST. VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH.
IN ST. VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH, THERE WILL BE: PRAYERS; HYMNS; READING OF A GOSPEL PASSAGE; CROWNING OF AN IMAGE OF THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD; EXPOSITION AND BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT.
DISMISSAL!

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