MASS SCHEDULE: 21 - 28 June

Saturday, 20 June
Vigil of Sunday
by Jean Weist

Sunday, 21 June
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Eileen Croake Wayne

Monday, 22 June
St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop; SS. John Fisher, bishop, and Thomas More, martyrs (OptMems)
08:00 am — God’s blessings on BARBARA REHNERT KULL
by her goddaughter, Ellen

Wednesday, 24 June
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
by Jean Ann Parfitt and Harry Parfitt

Friday, 26 June
08:00 am — God’s blessings on CELESTE DeLUCA
by a friend

Saturday, 27 June
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
by Ken and Helen Wayne
Vigil of Sunday
by Joe Muredda

Sunday, 28 June
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Virginia Coreia Chillis
11:30 am — God’s blessings on HELEN CARR and FAMILY
rescheduled from 20 June

 MASS SCHEDULE: 21 - 28 June

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

Tuesday, 23 June
by Thomasina Moran

Thursday, 25 June
07:00 pm — DANIEL C. KRYNAK
by Rita Simononis

Saturday, 27 June
Vigil of Sunday
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 28 June
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — MARY T. DEMPSEY
by the Connell family

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13 /14 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $819.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $32.00 from the plate; $71.00 from the Dues envelopes; $96.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $44.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,062.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,062.00) 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 $172.74 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $783.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $77.00 from the plate; $37.00 from the Dues envelopes; $134.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $106.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,137.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0 —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,137.00) 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 $353.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Tuesday, 23 June
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 25 June
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 26 June
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel


Tuesday, 23 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 26 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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was baptized into Christ Jesus in St. Joseph Church on Sunday, 07 June.
(In the photo, Scarlett Grace is the one without the beard. The bearded person holding her is an unidentified priest.)
Now freed from original sin and generously endowed with sanctifying grace, this beautiful little girl has been given the extraordinary gift of eternal life, a gift that entitles her to spend eternity in Heaven, together with all the saints.
All that is required of her is that she maintain the union with Jesus.
The Father has sent His Spirit to unite Scarlett Grace with Jesus. All those whom the Father unites with the Son will come to Him (the Son) and no one who comes to Him will Jesus ever reject.
We ask the Holy Mother of Jesus to embrace this child as her own and to pray for her, that she may have a successful life, as God measures success.
God bless Scarlett Grace!
As things currently stand, Scarlett Grace is the last child to be baptized under the auspices of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville. Her name is the “caboose” in the final Baptism register of St. Joseph. Is she the last child to be baptized in the venerable building that has been known over the past 143 years as St. Joseph Church, Main and Richard Streets, Girardville PA? I do not know. God knows. We are all entitled to entertain our private hopes and desires, are we not?
WHAT WILL HAPPEN to the Mass intentions that were given to St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish? One of two things will happen:
• They will be transferred (the donations and the intentions) to St. Charles Borromeo Parish, for the pastor (Fr. Bambrick) to take care of as his Mass schedule permits. This is the “default option”. Unless you tell us otherwise, this is what we shall do.
• You may ask Ginny or Ian or me to cancel the Mass intentions — in which case we shall return to you the donation (usually $10.00) that you gave for the Mass intention. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK US TO DO THIS! Quite frankly, we are OBLIGED IN CONSCIENCE to return to you the donations that you might have given for Mass intentions that we were not able to fulfill. DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK US. WE WILL GLADLY RETURN THEM.

• There is a third possibility: If you wish (and if you trust Fr. Connolly), you may ask him to transfer the Mass intentions to his own private list of Mass intentions. It is my firm intention to celebrate Mass everyday while I am in retirement. I expect that, most of the time that I celebrate Mass I shall do so privately, i.e. in the house where I shall be living. If you choose to go this route, you must tell me explicitly. I shall not (and dare not) take any Mass intention donations without your explicit permission. I may take only a limited number of Mass intentions with me.

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Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

Before you read this article (and I hope you will read it), please allow me to say a few words about why I am taking up all this space in the penultimate bulletin of St. Joseph / St. Vincent dePaul Parishes to educate my parishioners — soon to be my former parishioners — on the matter of homosexuality and “gay marriage”. First of all, let me say that I am well aware that, every time I put something into the bulletin about “sex”, there are people who get annoyed at me. Some have gotten so annoyed at me that they have stopped even attending Mass in Girardville, except on those infrequent occasions when they know that I will not be the celebrant of the Mass. “Well” you might say “if you are well aware that people get annoyed at you for doing this and if you are aware that people have been going elsewhere for Mass just so they can manifest their displeasure, then why do you continue to do it?” My answer is along these lines: “I never wake up in the morning planning to offend anyone. But if people get offended by the fact that I am doing my duty by them, then I just have to hand it over to God. I have a burning desire to educate people in the Truth. I have a burning desire to keep my people — at least as many of them as will listen to me or will read my bulletin — from abandoning the Truth and falling into the pit. I have often seen myself as someone who cries out to the children of Hamlin, ‘Children! Don’t follow that Pied Piper! He plays an enchanting melody, but he is going to lead you off the cliff and you will be dashed on the rocks!’ Some of the children will listen to me. Others will not and will go their merry way — all the way to their doom.
Let me be as succinct as it is possible for me to be: We are living in an era of Great Apostasy. More and more people have abandoned Jesus Christ and many of those who have abandoned Him have substituted for Him a false Christ, an anti-Christ. (“Anti” is the Greek word for “substitute”.) The anti-Christ of our time in history pleases people by releasing them from all sexual restraint. Fornication, promiscuity, contraception, divorce, same-sex relationships, abortion — all of these and more are acceptable in the religion of the anti-Christ. Faithfulness, fruitfulness and permanence are no part of the “marriage doctrine” of the religion of the anti-Christ. THAT IS WHY I FREQUENTLY MAKE REFERENCE TO SEXUAL MATTERS IN MY PREACHING AND IN MY WEEKLY BULLETINS!
Same-sex attraction is a particular form of concupiscence. It is a particular form of the capital sin of Lust. People who experience same-sex attraction are called to do combat with it, just as married heterosexual persons are called to do combat with the desire to be unfaithful to their spouses, just as people with alcoholism are called to do combat with the desire to indulge in alcohol, just as people with kleptomania are called to do combat with the desire to steal, just as people with pyromania are called to do combat with the desire to set fires, just as people with egomania are called to do combat with the desire to tell lies or to cheat in tests so as to inflate themselves in the opinion of others.
It is impossible to be faithful to Jesus Christ and, at the same time, to endorse same-sex marriage, which is nothing more than legalized sodomy. For the umpteenth time, let me remind you that — regardless of what anyone else has ever told you or ever will tell you — homosexual activity is profoundly evil and is one of the four sins that cry out to God for vengeance.
If that offends anyone, then so be it. But don’t ever say that I never taught you these things!
Now I guess I have pretty much shot my load on the subject, at least within the context of my role as pastor of Girardville.

A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships.
“And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference.
The conference, hosted by the homosexual activist organization Jer’s Vision, now called the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, focused on the implementation of Bill 13 in Ontario classrooms. Bill 13, called by critics the ‘homosexual bill of rights,’ passed in June 2012 and gave students the right to form pro-gay clubs in their school, including Catholic ones, using the name Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).
Strong, who is in an open relationship with another woman and who has been a teacher for about five years, focused her workshop on what she called the “power of conversation” for promoting LGBTQ issues in an elementary classroom. She began her talk by relating how she reacted the first time one of her students called another student ‘gay’ as a putdown.

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“With [the principal’s] encouragement, we decided that I would go from class to class and talk about what ‘gay’ means, what does ‘LGBTQ’ mean, what do ‘I’ mean,” she told about 40 attendees, all educators, at her workshop.
Strong related how she began with the junior kindergarten class: “And I read a [pro-gay child’s] book [King and King], and I started to realize that conversations can be very difficult, and they can have the most power when they are the most difficult.”
“But difficult conversations are a part of what we do as teachers, right? And when these conversations are properly supported by teachers within the safety of the classroom, they provide a rich environment for our students as they unpack these complex social issues and they reflect on their own preconceptions, rights, of gender, sexuality, love, all these different things,” she said.
Strong related that as she was reading “King and King” in the junior kindergarten class as a springboard to discuss her sexuality with the kids, she got to the part where the two princes become ‘married’ when one of the boys suddenly shouted out: “They can’t do that! They can’t get married. They’re two boys.”
Recounted Strong: “And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, they can. It’s right here on page 12.”
To which the boy replied, according to Strong: “Oh, yeah, I know Mrs. Strong, but that’s just a story. That’s not real life.”
“And I said: ‘It happens in real life too. I am married to a woman. I am gay. And I am in love with my wife.”
Strong said the young children “just all kind of went silent.” She then told them: “That may seem different to you, how many of you have heard of that before?”
“Not one hand went up,” she related. “And so I said: ‘That may seem different to you, but we’re not that different. Would you like to know about what I do with my family?”
“Yeah, tell us,” she recounted the children enthusiastically saying.
“I said, you know, we take our kids to the park. I swing them on swings,” she related, telling conference attendees that she could share things she did with her own children that “most likely all of their families did with them.”
Then she told the children: “We laugh together. We go grocery shopping together. I read to them. I tickle them, sometimes until they scream and laugh and when they cry, I hug them until they stop.”
Strong said that at that point, the boy who had used the word ‘gay’ looked and her and said: “Well, you’re a family.”
“And I said, yeah, we are,” she related. “And off I go to the next classroom.”
Strong said that she went from “class to class to class and continued with these conversations, and they were very powerful.”
‘It’s normal in my classroom’
Strong related an incident that happened last fall involving a new boy who had recently entered her grade 5 classroom. The new boy had not yet been made aware of Strong’s sexual preference for other women.

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“All my class is very used to who I am. My family picture is very proudly in my room now. On Mondays they quite often will say, ‘What did you do with your wife?’ It’s normal in my classroom.”
Strong said that a conversation between herself and the students came up one day where it was mentioned that she was a lesbian. The new boy put his hands over his mouth and said, according to Strong: “Oh, my God, I think I’m going to puke.”
“I took the abuse of those words personally. I also saw half of my class look at me with incredible concern. One student who was right in front of me already had tears in her eyes. And I noticed several other students who were looking at him. They were just very, very upset with this kid,” she related.
Strong said the boy instantly became aware that “something he had said had just created this unbelievable tension in the room.” She related how she addressed the boy, telling him: “I think that what you might not be aware of is that I am gay, and I am married to a woman, and my family has two moms.’”
The chart Strong uses to show her students that same-sex partnerships are the same as male-female families. “His eyes just started darting around, and he was incredibly uncomfortable,” she related.
“I looked at the other kids and I said: ‘Ok guys, what I want to ask you is: Am I upset with him?’ And the one little girl in my class put up her hand — that doesn’t usually get into these conversations very much in my classroom — and she said, ‘Mrs. Strong, I know you’re not upset with him, because he hasn’t had the benefit of our conversations.”
“And I looked at my little friend, my ‘new’ friend, and I said: ‘But, we’re going to have one now,’” she related.
Strong said that she then directed her class to the board and asked them to write everything she had told them related to LGBTQ.
“And my class all of a sudden popped up. ‘LGBTQ’ was on the board, ‘lesbian,’ and all the different words coming out there. And I sat back and said, ‘Let’s review.’ So, the last year and a half of ‘inclusive’ education came alive in my classroom.”
Strong told her workshop attendees that her “new little friend” is now a devoted champion of diversity. She boasted how he was the one in her class to count down the days to the pro-homosexual Day of Pink that took place earlier this month. When Strong took a photo of all the children wearing pink shirts in her classroom, she said the boy requested to be in the front.
“For me, that is the power of conversations. That’s the power of sharing our stories,” she said.
Strong called it “key” to develop a “positive classroom culture” — and she mentioned it often takes months — before getting into what she called “difficult conversations” with students about convincing students of the normality of her sexual preference for women.
She mentioned how she spends time “building a common vocabulary” in her classroom of words like “stereotype, prejudice, discrimination” so her students will be able to more readily conform to her pro-LGBTQ message.
“Sometimes with these big ideas there are also very big words that are very hard to understand. I find that, whether it’s kindergarten, right up to grade six, visuals help a lot,” she said.

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The lesbian teacher has amassed a collection of “conversation starters” that she says helps get her started when presenting to her students the LGBTQ message. She said pro-gay children’s books are one of her favorites.
“I use current events, news articles, advertisement are great for gender, especially with Kindergarten kids, pink and girl toys and all the rest of it. Commercials are great, I use one right now, the Honey Maid commercial.” The 2014 “Dad & Papa" commercial depicts two male same-sex partners engaging with their children in normal family activities such as making s’mores, eating dinner around the table, and walking in the park.
Strong says she watches the commercial with her students up to three times, asking them to make a list of all the similarities between the gay-partnership and their own families. “Of course they think it’s going to be so different, [that] this family is going to be so different,” she said.
Strong said the kids notice dozens of similarities, but usually only one difference, namely that the commercial has “two dads.” Other than this, she said the students “could not find one thing in that commercial that was different than their own families.” In this way she convinces the kids that a gay-partnership is identical to a family made up of a male and female. Strong called it a “fantastic lesson for kids of all ages.” “There was nothing left for me to teach at the end of it. It was a huge learning for some kids,” she said. ‘Recruiting children? You bet we are’
Though homosexual activists claim their efforts in the schools are a way of combatting bullying, a number of homosexual activists have highlighted that the movement’s goal is in fact to “indoctrinate” children into accepting the normalcy of the homosexual lifestyle.
“I am here to tell you: All that time I said I wasn't indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie,” wrote Canadian gay activist Sason Bear Bergman, a woman who identifies as a transgender man, in a March 2015 piece titled “I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I'm Not a Bit Sorry).” Bergman holds nothing back, stating she wants to make children “like us” even if that “goes against the way you have interpreted the teachings of your religion.”
In 2011 U.S. gay activist Daniel Villarreal penned a column for stating that the time had come for the homosexual lobby to admit to “indoctrinating” schoolchildren to accept homosexuality.
“Why would we push anti-bullying programs or social studies classes that teach kids about the historical contributions of famous queers unless we wanted to deliberately educate children to accept queer sexuality as normal?”
“We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it. Recruiting children? You bet we are,” he added.
Homosexual activist Michael Swift wrote in 1987 in the Gay Community News that school children would become explicit targets for homosexual indoctrination. “We shall seduce them in your schools…They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us,” he wrote at the time.

PS from EBC: Be immensely cautious about “anti-bullying programs” in your child’s school. Obviously I am opposed to anyone bullying anyone under any circumstances. My concern is not with the benign message “Children, be kind to everyone you meet, regardless of differences in race, religion, ethnicity or personality!” I endorse that message! But I am opposed to the use of this benign message to promote the homosexualist agenda. Do you understand?

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The Retirement Dinner held in my honor last Sunday in the StVdP Parish Hall was wonderful, beautiful, glorious, far beyond anything that I had anticipated!
Not only that, but the food was delicious too!
It was the first Retirement Dinner anyone ever gave for me!
[Of course, come to think of it, this is (will be) the first time I have ever retired!]
From the bottom of my heart, I thank everyone who attended, everyone who would have attended if it had been possible, everyone who gave me a gift, everyone involved in the planning and execution of the event. In short, everyone!
Once I have actually moved out from the Rectory and have settled into my “retirement house”, I shall sit myself down and thank individual persons for their kindness. I just need a bit of time. The procedures of transition — by which I mean not only my own personal transition but also the details of parish consolidation — are all-consuming right now.
I shall reflect often on the Retirement Dinner and shall run a “video” of it in my head over and over.

A QUESTION THAT PEOPLE SOMETIMES ASK is this: “What will happen to my records when the parishes (StJos and StVdP) consolidate with St. Charles Borromeo?”
Here is the answer: Every parish has five kinds of records: BAPTISM, FIRST HOLY COMMUNION, CONFIRMATION, MARRIAGE, DEATH. All of these records (books / registers) will be given to St. Charles Borromeo Parish. In the future, whenever you need a record of Baptism, FHC, Confirmation, Marriage or Death, simply call or visit St. Charles Borromeo Rectory and tell them what you want and whether the record is from St. Joseph Parish or St. Vincent dePaul Parish or from Holy Rosary Parish (Mahanoy Plane). As you know, the records from Holy Rosary have been held by St. Joseph Parish up until now.
If, however, by “records” you mean basic data about your current membership in StJosPar or StVdPPar — “name, rank and serial number” — plus contribution records, not to worry! These will automatically go to St. Charles Borromeo Parish, unless you opt out of membership in St. Charles Borromeo Parish.
As I mentioned in last weekend’s bulletin, we strongly encourage all members of StJosPar and StVdPPar to “allow nature to take its course”. We encourage all of you to allow your membership to be transferred to St. Charles Borromeo Parish.
We want to insure that St. Charles Borromeo Parish will prosper and grow!
KEEP IN MIND that the weekend Mass schedule for St. Charles Borromeo Parish (starting on the weekend of 03/04 July: 04:00 pm in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland; 08:30 am in St. Vincent dePaul Worship Center, Girardville; 11:00 am in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland. All weekday Masses will be in St. Anne’s Chapel, which is underneath the main church.

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