Saturday, 30 May
Vigil of the Most Holy Trinity
by her children and grandchildren

Sunday, 31 May
The Most Holy Trinity
by Eileen Croake Wayne
11:30 am — Rev. MICHAEL S. LAWRENCE
by EBC

Monday, 01 June
St. Justin, martyr (OblMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS J. KING
by his daughter, Ellen

Wednesday, 03 June
St. Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs (OblMem)
08:00 am — JOSEPH M. VEVASIS
by Bernie and family

Friday, 05 June
St. Boniface, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
by Charles and Melissa Marquardt

Saturday, 06 June
St. Norbert, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — FRANCIS J. and ESTELLE (Weiner) PURCELL
rescheduled from 25 May
Vigil of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
by Eileen Rowland

Sunday, 07 June
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
11:30 am — MIKE and THERESA AYELLO
by their family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 31 MAY - 07 June

Saturday, 30 May
Vigil of the Most Holy Trinity
04:00 pm — IRENE GILLIS
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 31 May
The Most Holy Trinity
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 02 June
SS. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs (OptMem)
by Mom, Dad and Samantha

Thursday, 04 June
by the HRS

Saturday, 06 June
Vigil of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
by Jerry and Betsy Neavold

Sunday, 07 June
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
by friends of Joanie at Service Electric

stjos/stvdp: 05.31.2015 - 01

23 /24 MAY

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,283.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $48.00 from the plate; $71.00 from the Dues envelopes; $61.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $66.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,529.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,529.00) 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 $639.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $768.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $92.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $10.00 from the Ascension envelopes; $70.00 from the loose.
Total: $960.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($960.00) 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 $176.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Wednesday, 03 June
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 04 June
05:30 to 06:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 05 June
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Wednesday, 03 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 05 June
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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a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Tuesday, 26 May.
Born on 25 May 1935, he was 80 years old.
He is one of the two children of the late Walter and Elizabeth (Biscoe) Harnish.
His sister, Marian Harnish Fullis, is deceased.
He was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 16 June 1935 by Fr. James A. McErlane.
He was married to Gail Ann Greco.
Gail died in 2007.
John has two sons: John Harnish and Joseph Harnish.
He has five grandchildren: Dylan Harnish; Steven Harnish; Jamie Lynn Harnish; Matthew Harnish; Tyler Harnish.
He has two great-grandchildren: Layla and Austin.
There will be a funeral service at 10:00 am on Monday, 01 June, at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville. Friends may call at the Funeral Home from 09:00 am until the time of the service.
Interment will be private, at the convenience of the family.
Eternal rest grant unto John, 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.
STOP THE PRESSES! DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS? ELDERLY LOCAL PRIEST STOPPED BY COPS FOR SOBRIETY CHECK! Yes, it’s true! On Friday night (22 May) while returning to Girardville from an errand of mercy, the pastor of the two parishes in Girardville was stopped by the cops on Lehigh Street in Frackville for a sobriety check! There were several cop cars (West Mahanoy Township, I think) plus a breathalyzer van parked in the vicinity of the Rite-Aid / Subway mini-mall. As I waited my turn in line and gradually approached the burly officer who was doing the check, my pulse was racing! I thought of hitting the accelerator and making a quick get-away, sort of the way they do in the movies. Then, I thought to myself: “Wait a minute! Stay calm! What’s the point in running? I never drink alcoholic beverages! In fact, I’m a total-abstinence man! I haven’t had anything to drink in the past few hours except some Coca-Cola. I think I can get through this checkpoint okay!” It came my turn to roll down the window. The burly officer wished me a good evening. I wished him a good evening. He then posed the question: “Have you been drinking tonight?” I was going to tell him about the Coca-Cola, but decided not to. I thought, “Maybe the burly officer is a Pepsi man. I don’t want to risk antagonizing him.” (Between you and me, I’m a Coca-Cola man!) So, what I said to the burly officer was this: “No, sir! I’m a total abstainer!” He seemed duly impressed. He said, “Good for you!” Then he handed me a leaflet with information about the penalties for DUI. Then he stepped back and signaled me to proceed. Wow! That was my close encounter with John Law! It was probably the most exciting thing to happen to me since the last time I got stopped at a sobriety checkpoint.

stjos/stvdp: 05.31.2015 - 03

POST #01
Posted by Jim Connors on May 16, 2015, 7:55 pm, in reply to "St. Joseph's Church in Girardville Closed"
Following is an item from the man, Ed Connolly, who resides at St. Vincent's rectory in Girardville. The individual who ruthlessly destroyed the two parishes under his watch for the past seven years. It was published in this week's church bulletin:
[Here Mr. Connors copied and pasted the item I wrote for the 17 May bulletin that “summarized” the main points of the Bishop’s letter. I shall omit it here, for sake of space. If you don’t remember what it was, go look for your 17 May copy of the bulletin. It’s on page 07. If you can’t find it, ask Ginny or Ian to get you one.]

POST #02
Posted by Fabricius on May 20, 2015, 9:15 am, in reply to "Re: St. Joseph's Church in Girardville Closed"
Please elaborate. How did one man manage to destroy your beloved parish?

POST #03
Posted by Jim Connors on May 20, 2015, 8:18 pm, in reply to "Re: St. Joseph's Church in Girardville Closed"
The above post from "Fabricius" emanated from St. Vincent's rectory in Girardville. What else is new?

Perhaps it is foolish of me
to print in the bulletin these three posts from the “Cardinal Brennan Alumni Website”. If so, then I guess I shall have to live with my folly. At my current age and with my retirement impending, I should, perhaps, find better things to do with my time than to enter into a no-win contest with an Angry Man who controls a website! If you want to visit the site, here is the link:

In regard to Post #01
A friend of mine made me aware of this first posting. I went online to read it and my reaction was a mixture of amazement and amusement. I said to myself, “Well, you win some, you lose some and some are rained out!” Or, as the old saying goes: “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”. To which I would add, “You can please some of the people none of the time!”
And then I remember something an old priest said to us priest-wannabes when I was in the seminary: “Gentlemen, always remember that, in any given parish, there are 10% of the people who swear by the pastor and there are 10% of the people who swear at the pastor, and then there are 80% of the people who really don’t care one way or the other!” (Actually, he said it a bit more colorfully than that!)
Now, let me cut to the chase!
I shall have to live with Mr. Connors’ contention that I am the man who ruthlessly destroyed the parishes during the seven years that they were under my watch. Apparently, that is a matter of faith with Mr. Connors and I doubt that I can do anything to change his mind. To tell you the truth, I really don’t care to change his mind. Why should I rain on his parade? So, if it makes him happy, I hereby plead “Nolo contendere” to his allegation that I destroyed the parishes, even that I did so “ruthlessly”, whatever that means. I am willing to be his scapegoat. Being a scapegoat can be a noble calling!

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In regard to Post #02
The person whose on-line moniker is “Fabricius” is someone I know. I certainly did not ask him to make this posting, nor did I even know he had made it until after the fact. I thought his post was quite good, because it was respectful of Mr. Connors and because it invited Mr. Connors to be specific as to how I destroyed the parishes.

In regard to Post #03
I am perplexed at Mr. Connors’ dogmatic statement that “Post #02” emanated from St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. Why am I perplexed? I am perplexed because “Fabricius” has no access to either of the computers at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory. The only ones who do have access are Ginny and Ian and Greg (the accountant) and yours truly. We are the only four who know the passwords. Ginny did not make this post. Ian did not make this post. Greg did not make this post. Yours truly most certainly did not make this post. So, the next time I ran into “Fabricius”, I asked him from what computer he had made the post. He told me that he had made it from the computer in his office. His office is a considerable distance from Girardville.
So, that leads me to this question: Why in the name of all that is good and holy did Mr. Connors say that the post from “Fabricius” emanated from St. Vincent dePaul Rectory, Girardville?
This is manifestly untrue
. It did not emanate from St. Vincent dePaul Rectory! So, why did he say that it did? There are three possibilities here: (a) He was telling a deliberate lie; (b) He was honestly misinformed; (c) He is so full of anger that he has become irrational and is imagining things.
I rule out immediately that he was telling a deliberate lie. I have more respect for him than to make such a rash assumption. Mr. Connors is my fellow-Catholic and my brother in Christ.
I rule out that he was honestly misinformed. It takes a bit of research and computer-savvy to figure out the source from which a posting emanated. I doubt that Mr. Connors has that kind of expertise. If he has a friend who has that kind of expertise and if his friend told him that his research indicated that the post came from St. Vincent dePaul Rectory, then his friend is incompetent.
That leaves me with the “anger hypothesis”. I am of the opinion that Mr. Connors is so full of anger against the Catholic Church — and against the clergy in particular— that he is no longer able to be rational. If so, that’s a doggone shame!
I pray for Mr. Connors, that the Holy Spirit of God will fill him with the gifts that are the signs of the divine indwelling: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Cf. Galatians 05, 22-23)
May God bless Jim Connors and embrace him in His love.
By the way, much of the content of Mr. Connors’ website is worthwhile and interesting, especially when it has to do with “alumni matters” and fond memories of Cardinal Brennan High School. I certainly commend him for that, and I suggest that he keep his website focused on matters that have to do with the alumni of CBHS.


: Sunday, 14 June
Time: 03:00 pm
Place: St. Vincent dePaul Parish Hall
Tickets: $15.00 for an adult and $7.00 for a child
Tickets can be purchased after Mass in the back of the church or chapel OR at the Rectory. Get your tickets now. It will be a long time before he retires again!

stjos/stvdp: 05.31.2015 - 05

AT TIMES LIKE THESE, WHEN PARISHES ARE BEING CONSOLIDATED AND CHURCH BUILDINGS CLOSED, some people will approach the pastor of the parish being consolidated and / or the church being closed and will ask his permission to remove certain items from the church building.

Please be aware that I am solemnly obliged to obey the explicit instructions of Bishop Barres in this matter. So, please read what he has written in regard to this matter:

No religious / liturgical items may be removed from Saint Joseph Church, Girardville, Saint Mauritius Church, Ashland or Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Gordon during the transition period. Items may be moved after Sunday 28 June 2015, in preparation for the first Mass in the new parish on Saturday, 04 July 2015. If parishioners request the return of items donated by their families, they may not be given to them. These items are the property of the closing parishes and must be conveyed, by Canon Law, to Saint Charles Borromeo Parish. Furthermore, until 01 July 2015, all parish accounts must remain separate and funds may not be commingled. Each independent canonical parish exists until midnight on 01 July. The process of emptying the contents of the buildings to be closed will be the responsibility of the new pastor. Parishioners must not be given permission or encouraged to remove items from any of the church buildings for sentimental purposes.

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If you have, please educate yourself about the very real danger of this game.
If you find that your child has been playing this “game”, please take all appropriate measures to see to it that he / she ceases and desists.

The "Charlie, Charlie Challenge” is a game now infamous on social media that encourages players to summon a demon. A Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who works as a chaplain in a Catholic high school has written a letter warning about the dangers involved with doing such a ritual. He says that the challenge is never an innocent game. The letter was shared on Twitter by a student.

“There is a dangerous game going around on social media which openly encourages impressionable young people to summon demons," the letter reads. "I want to remind you all there is no such thing as 'innocently' playing with demons. Please be sure to NOT participate and encourage others to avoid participation as well. The problem with opening yourself up to demonic activity is that it opens a window of possibilities which is not easily closed."

The "demonic activity" became a trend on Twitter, Monday, with people posting videos participating in the challenge. Using two pencils, that challengers balance to form a cross over a paper with yes and no on either side, the "Charlie, Charlie" Challenge is basically a rip-off of the Ouija board.
Participants chant the words, "Charlie, Charlie are you here?" until the pencil moves towards a yes. According to some sources, the activity is presumed to come from an ancient Mexican tradition allegedly used in summoning a demon.

Let me add my own two-cents worth here:
I am aware that there are parents who buy their children Ouija boards as birthday or Christmas presents.
I want to say to these parents — who might, perhaps, have done so without realizing the implications of what they were doing — that the use of Ouija boards is sinful and is especially dangerous to the spiritual life of children and of impressionable adults.

“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.”

Deuteronomy 18, 09-12

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the parish that will be the “successor parish” to the five parishes that currently serve Ashland, Girardville and Gordon, we would do well to familiarize ourselves with the man after whom the new parish will be named, the man who will be the patron saint of our new parish, viz.


Carlo Borromeo (“Carlo” is Italian for “Charles”, as you probably know) was born on 02 October 1538 in the vicinity of Milan, Italy. He was born into a rich and powerful family. His father was a member of the Borromeo family, part of the Italian nobility. His mother was a member of the Medici family, also part of the Italian nobility. His uncle was Giovanni Angelo Medici. In 1559, when Carlo was 21 years old, Uncle Giovanni was elected to the Chair of Peter and took the name Pope Pius IV. Nepotism was common in the Church back in those days and, so, it was no great surprise when Carlo — at the tender age of 21 — was made a Cardinal by his Uncle-Pope! In that period of Church history, being a bishop or priest or deacon was not a prerequisite for being named Cardinal. In 1563, Carlo was ordained a priest and, in that same year, just a few months later he was ordained a bishop. In 1564, he was installed as Archbishop of Milan.
Just think of it! Carlo is only 26 years old and he is the Cardinal-Archbishop of Milan!
Now, let’s pause here!
I suspect that, as you digest these few facts about Charles Borromeo, you are thinking, “Well, I’m not too impressed! Seems like he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth! Seems like he was just a spoiled young man, well-connected and probably full of himself! Too much too soon!”
Well, I can see why you might think that, but you have to know “the rest of the story”!
The truth is that Charles Borromeo used his advantages, not for the sake of his own glory, but exclusively for the glory of God and the good of the Church. He was a vigorous reformer of the clergy and an ardent champion for the poor. I don’t want to shock anyone but — sad to say — corruption was not unknown among priests and bishops in 16th century Italy. The kind of shameful activity we have heard about in our own era had its sad counterpart in the days of Charles Borromeo. Because of it, many Catholics had fallen away from the Faith and some of them had thrown in their lot with one or other of the Protestant sects. Charles Borromeo knew that the people needed to be catechized. By his preaching and teaching, he brought many Protestants back to the Catholic Church, the Church founded by Jesus Christ on Peter the Rock.
As you can imagine, Cardinal Borromeo was not always the most popular member of the hierarchy! That is due to the fact that he taught the truth, both in season and out of season. He was like “the just man” who is described in the Book of Wisdom: “Let us beset the just man, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training.” Charles Borromeo did not have an easy time of it. He suffered much from enemies within the Church. No wonder he died at the early age of 46 (1684). Charles maintained in his life a magnificent balance of charity and sternness. He was an exemplary priest and bishop. I think Bishop Barres did well to choose him to be our patron. May St. Charles Borromeo intercede for us here “north of the mountain” that our dry bones will live again!

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