MASS SCHEDULE: 14 - 21 June

Saturday, 13 June
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — RUSSELL WEIST
by his wife, Jean

Sunday, 14 June
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11:30 am — JULIA CLARKE
by the Clarke Trust

Monday, 15 June
08:00 am — AGNES CONNOR
by her daughter, Anne

Wednesday, 17 June
08:00 am — ALICE J. (King) GLEASON
by her granddaughter, Ellen

Friday, 19 June
St. Romuald, abbot (OptMem)
08:00 am — HENRY A. WAYNE
(1st anniversary)
by Virginia Chillis

Saturday, 20 June
08:00 am — God’s blessings on HELEN CARR and FAMILY
by Brian M. Purcell
Vigil of Sunday
by Jean Weist

Sunday, 21 June
2th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Eileen Croake Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 14 - 21 June

Saturday, 13 June
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 14 June
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — Deceased: HOLY NAME SOCIETY
by the HNS

Tuesday, 16 June
by Charles and Melissa Marquardt

Thursday, 18 June
by the Catizone family

Saturday, 20 June
Vigil of Sunday
by the Gillis and Canavan families

Sunday, 21 June
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2015 - 01

06 /07 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,218.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $37.00 from the plate; $208.00 from the Dues envelopes; $15.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,528.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,528.00) 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 $638.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $635.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $50.00 from the plate; $170.00 from the Dues envelopes; $48.00 from the loose.
Total: $903.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — 0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($903.00) 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 $119.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 16 June
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 18 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 19 June
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 16 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 19 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

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2015 - 02

The following appeared in the 08 June edition of the Pottsville Republican:

I’d like to thank Father Connolly for closing the two churches in Girardville. I think he did a marvelous job. Maybe when he retires he can get a job working for the STS bus and take the poor old people out to Ashland to church. I don’t know if he can do that job. He might be 20 minutes late. He could never make it to Mass on time.

Fountain Springs

Dear Fountain Springs:
Your statement consists of six sentences. Let me comment on it, sentence by sentence.
#01 — You’re welcome!
#02 — Thank you! But, gee whiz, I can’t take all the credit for closing the two churches. It was the culmination of a team effort that goes back to bishops and priests and parishioners who were on the scene in Girardville long before I arrived! And, of course, there is “the Economy”! The Economy and certain sociological changes and population shifts dating from the end of the 2nd World War had a role to play. And while you are handing out trophies for the closing of the parishes in Girardville, you don’t want to overlook the Prince of this World. His Infernal Majesty and his minions certainly deserve the lion’s share of the credit. You’ve got to hand it to them! They managed to convince a lot of Girardvillians that they were their own masters. They enticed them to do illicit sex and to practice contraception and to take drugs and to drink copious quantities of alcohol and to skip Mass on Sundays and to neglect the baptism and religious education of their children. So, in all honesty, I have to share my trophy with all of the above. By the way, “closing the two churches” is not quite accurate. More accurate would be “closing the two parishes and one of the two churches”.
#03 — Is that a job offer? Do you work in Human Resources for STS? I might be interested. I could use a few extra dollars to supplement my pension. You see, I won’t get the full pension offered to priests because I fell short (by one year) of completing the fifty years of active service required for the full pension. Give me a call if you are serious about hiring me to drive a bus.
#04 — I can do that job! Just give me a chance to prove myself!
#05 — I’ll set my alarm! I’ll set two alarms! Three alarms! Give me a chance!
#06 — With all due respect “never” is an exaggeration. “Never” denotes “not even once” — and that would not be true! Could you substitute “hardly ever” for “never”?
True confessions: I confess and I do not deny that I have started Mass late many times. I wish it had been otherwise. I am rightly and justly admonished for this. God help me! Please forgive me!
Here is how that all came about, so I am told.
On the evening of the day that I was baptized — Sunday, 06 February 1938 —my mother, Pauline, carried me up to my crib and started singing me a sweet German lullaby to entice me to sleep.
All of a sudden, an angel appeared and spoke to my mother. This is what he said: “Nice kid you have there, Pauline!” My mother said, “Well, thank you very much. I think so too. Who are you?” The angel said, “I am an angel sent by God to give gifts to newly baptized boys and girls.” “Ach! Wunderbar!” said my mother. “Do I get to pick the gift?” “Well” said the angel “not really. That’s supposed to be up to me.” “What gift do you have in mind?” asked my mother. “I was thinking of the four cardinal virtues” said the angel. “You know: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance. Would those four gifts be satisfactory?” My mother said, “Oh, I would much rather you give him Naturally Curly Hair! That’s the gift I would really like him to have. Can you do that? Can you give him Naturally Curly Hair? He can pick up those other things you mention later on in life.” “Okay, Pauline!” sighed the angel. “‘You da momma’ as they say!” Then the angel touched my head and gave me Naturally Curly Hair for the Rest of My Life.
I love my mother, but I think she made a bad choice that evening. I have often wished that I had been given Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance instead of Naturally Curly Hair!

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2015 - 03


(as they occur to me)

• As of 01 July, St. Joseph Church, Girardville, will close.
• St. Vincent dePaul Church will remain open for worship (Mass) on Sunday morning.
• Both the outgoing pastor (EBC) and the incoming / founding pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish (Fr.   Bambrick) are strictly charged by the Bishop to “protect the properties”.
• This certainly includes liturgical and other articles devoted to sacred use.
• It also includes furniture in the rectories.
• Fr. Connolly has a number of items in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory that belong to him personally. He will   probably take all of these with him.
• Fr. Bambrick has authorized Fr. Connolly to purchase certain items of furniture from the rectories for his use in   the house into which he will be moving. This house is unfurnished.
• That reminds me! The house into which I shall be moving is in New Philadelphia — a house that I shall be    renting. I shall put the exact address into the final bulletin. I want to stay in Schuylkill County and the house I    found in New Philadelphia is affordable.
• I have received permission from the Bishop (and have cleared it with Fr. Bambrick) to celebrate a wedding Mass   in (the former) St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 25 July 2015.
• The Diocese has a policy allowing closed churches to be utilized for weddings on two conditions: (a) the wedding   must take place within no more than six months of the closing of the church; (b) the wedding had been in the   planning stages well before the church was closed. Both of these conditions are fulfilled in regard to the 25 July   wedding.
• There will be three weekend Masses for St. Charles Borromeo Parish:
  04:00 pm Saturday in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland;
  08:30 am Sunday in the St. Vincent dePaul Worship Center, Girardville
  11:00 am Sunday in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland
• Members of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish will automatically be registered as members of St.   Charles Borromeo Parish, unless they explicitly de-register.
• I strongly urge no one to de-register! Please join St. Charles Borromeo Parish! It will serve the long-range   interests of keeping a church open in Girardville!!!!
• St. Joseph parish envelopes and St. Vincent dePaul Parish envelopes should be placed in the basket “as usual”   whenever you attend Mass either at St. Charles Borromeo Church or in St. Vincent dePaul Worship Center.
• The final Masses in St. Joseph Church and in St. Vincent dePaul Church will follow the regular schedule for   weekend Masses. Fr. Brennan (as usual) will celebrate the last Ordinary Form Sunday Mass and Fr. Connolly (as   usual) will celebrate the last Extraordinary Form Sunday Mass. There will be the usual weekday Masses on 29   and 30 June. The 29 June Mass will be the final Mass in the chapel of St. Joseph Church. The 30 June Mass will   be the final weekday Mass in St. Vincent dePaul Parish Church.

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2015 - 04



St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the destruction of souls. Amen.

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2015 - 05

Lest anyone think that I am implying that some child in Girardville or vicinity ever kicked his or her mother, please rest assured that I am not implying any such thing!
I am not trying to use the bulletin to rebuke any bad boy or girl!
Then why am I putting those words into the bulletin?
I’ll tell you why: I was looking up information on St. Anthony of Padua on Friday, the day before his feast day, which as we all know, is 13 June.
I found this anecdote, which was new to me:

A young man named Leonardo kicked his mother in a fit of anger. He confessed this terrible sin to Anthony. Apparently, Anthony was not always a meek and mild confessor, at least not on the day that Leonardo went to confession. Here is what Anthony said: "The foot of him who kicks his mother deserves to be cut off."

(Just for the record, I want to interject here that this is not something that I would have said to Leonardo if he had come to me in Confession instead of Anthony and told me that he had kicked his mother. While I recognize that kicking one’s mother is a terrible thing to do (objectively speaking) I would probably have presumed that the lad’s subjective dispositions at the time he kicked his mother were such as to ameliorate the moral severity of his dastardly deed. Besides which, I would have figured that there would be nothing to gain from making the young man feel worse than he already did. I guess that reveals the “inner me”. I guess I’m a LIBERAL! May God help me! But, you know, in this age of Pope Francis, it is probably advisable for a priest to err by being “too sweet” than by being “too sour”.)
End of my personal musings! Now, back to my story!

Taking Anthony quite literally, Leonardo ran home and cut off his foot!! Learning of this, St. Anthony went to the young man’s house, picked up the amputated foot and miraculously rejoined it to the leg. Now, what are you, my dear parishioners, supposed to take home with you from reading all this?

Simply this: If you have a naughty child at home who is so headstrong and willful that he or she just might possibly kick his mother if he / she doesn’t get his / her way, I suggest that you write the words of Saint Anthony of Padua on your family bulletin board. Write them in BIG BLACK LETTERS!


As to whether St. Anthony’s admonition applies to the foot of him who kicks his father, I can’t really say. The moral theologians are out on that one. I would say that, generally speaking, fathers are equipped to handle such matters better than mothers. I would suggest taking the kid out behind the barn for some heartfelt father-son dialogue

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2015 - 06


relax after the ordeal!
On Wednesday evening, 03 June 2015, at St. Joseph Church, these two beautiful children from Mahanoy Plane were immersed in the saving waters of Baptism.
If you look closely, you can see that the Sacred Chrism shines bright on their foreheads, reminding us that the Holy Spirit — the Indwelling Light — has taken up His residence in their bodies and in their souls.
They are born again.
They are heirs to Eternal Life.
They are children of God the Father.
They are brother and sister to Jesus Christ.
They are Catholic Christians.
God preserve them in their sweet innocence!
Mother Mary, pray for them!

Infant Baptism
"Baptize first the children, and if they can speak for themselves let them do so. Otherwise, let their parents or other relatives speak for them"

The Apostolic Tradition 21:16 — AD 215

Do you have any Protestant relatives or friends who say that the Catholic Church is wrong to baptize infants? I wouldn’t be surprised if you do. Many Protestants do baptize children, but many do not — especially Baptists and others who identify themselves as “Evangelicals”. They say that it makes no sense to baptize children who don’t yet have the intellectual capacity to understand the teachings of the Faith or to make an act of the will whereby they “accept Christ as their personal Savior”.
Well, wind me up and I’ll be happy to tell you what I understand about the theology of “infant baptism”. I might even homilize about it before I shuffle off to Buffalo. But, putting theology aside for a moment, let us ask ourselves: WHAT DID OUR ANCESTORS IN THE FAITH DO? I mean our “way back ancestors”. I mean our ancestors long before there were any such thing as Protestants. I mean back when all of us Christians were Catholics. I could give various citations, but just take a look at a document that was dug up in the 19th century by archaeologists — a document that is indisputably genuine and dates back to the early 3rd century. It is called The Apostolic Tradition and it was written by Saint Hippolytus of Rome who was born in AD 170 and died in AD 235. Did Christians baptize infants in the early 3rd century (and earlier)? Of course, they did! It’s a matter of the historical record. “To be deep in Church history is to cease to be Protestant.” (Blessed John Henry Newman)

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2015 - 07


One day a man hopped into a taxi and took off for the airport.
The cab-driver was driving in the right lane when, suddenly, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of him.
The cab-driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!
The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling obscenities at him.
Some of the obscenities suggested unnatural acts.
Other of the obscenities brought into question the virtue of the cab-driver’s mother.
The cab-driver just smiled and waved at the guy.
Not a fake smile nor a fake wave.
A really friendly smile and a genuine wave.
So the passenger asked, “Why did you do that? That guy almost totaled your cab and sent us both to the hospital!”
That’s when the cab-driver taught the passenger what he now calls, “The Law of the Garbage Truck”.
He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.
Don't take it personally.
Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.
Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.
Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.
You want a moral to this story?
Here it is:

Love them what treats you right!
Pray for them what treats you bad!

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
May you have a garbage-free day!

We are all out of Boyer’s gift cards.
At this point, we will not be buying any more to sell.
Many thanks to our Boyer’s gift card customers over the past few years.
We still have Redner’s gift cards to sell.
Please buy more than you might need,
so that we can sell out before the end of the month.
Please continue to scan your Boyer’s key cards.
Please continue (until the end of the month)
to hand in your Redner’s cash-register receipts.

stjos/stvdp: 06.14.2015 - 08



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