MASS SCHEDULE: 28 - 30 June

Saturday, 27 June
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
rescheduled from 20 June

Monday, 29 June
SS. Peter and Paul, apostles (Sol)
by Ken and Helen Wayne

 MASS SCHEDULE: 28 - 30 June

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

Tuesday, 30 June
First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church (OptMem)
08:00 am — EUGENE ZDIERA
by Josephine Zdiera

 MASS SCHEDULE: 01 - 05 July

11th and Walnut Streets
Ashland PA

 Wednesday, 01 July
Bd. Junipero Serra, priest (OptMem)
(3rd anniversary)

Thursday, 02 July

Friday, 03 July
St. Thomas, apostle (Fst)
12:00 noon — StCBPar Memorial Society

Saturday, 04 July
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — MEMBERS / StCB Parish

Sunday, 05 July
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
08:30 am — PETER and VIOLET SMOLOCK (53rd anniversary of wedding)
by John and Joanie Smolock

stjos/stvdp: 06.28.2015 - 01

27 /28 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,018.25 from the Sunday envelopes; $52.00 from the plate; $60.00 from the Dues envelopes; $50.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $110.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,290.25
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $126.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,290.25) 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 $400.99 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $691.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $67.00 from the plate; $65.00 from the Dues envelopes; $25.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $84.00 from the loose.
Total: $932.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $79.00 from the Peter’s Pence envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($932.00) 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 $148.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


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

Friday, 03 July
11:00 to 11:50 am
St. Anne Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo Church


Tuesday, 30 June
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

In Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Friday, 03 July
after the 12:00 noon Mass
St. Anne Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo Church

Confidential advice for husbands only: Men sometimes get into trouble at home because they are not sufficiently educated about women’s moods. How might a man know whether or not his wife is in a good mood? Here is one way: LOOK AT HER HANDS! If she is holding a gun in her hands, she is probably upset

stjos/stvdp: 06.28.2015 - 02

MARIETTA MARGARET CLARKE CENTIOLE,                                                                 a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Saturday, 20 June 2015.
Born on 17 April 1944, she was 71 years of age.
She is one of the two children of the late John E. and Margaret ( McKeon ) Clarke.
Her brother, John F. Clarke, is deceased.
Marietta was baptized on 07 May 1944 in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Gordon PA.
On 18 May 1968, in St. Mauritius Church, Ashland PA, she was married to Joseph J. Centiole in the presence of Fr. John A. Auchter.
Joseph died in 2004.
Joseph and Marietta have two daughters: Kathy R. Centiole Martone and Patricia M. Centiole Cunningham.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, 25 June, in St. Joseph Church.
There was a viewing on Wednesday evening, 24 June, and again on Thursday morning at the Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville.
The interment took place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Marietta, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
formerly the Principal of Immaculate Heart School, died this past week.
She served as Principal from (I think) 1996 to 2000. Those dates may be slightly off. My information is sketchy. I received a phone call about her death shortly before finishing this bulletin.
I am told that Sister had been suffering from colon cancer, but that her death came sooner than anticipated
I am also told that her funeral will take place at Camilla Hall on Tuesday, 30 June.
Eternal rest grant unto Sister Helene Therese, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

For the period 01 January to 31 March 2015

$89.19 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$105.76 for St. Joseph Parish
Total from inception of program (May 2013)
$484.99 for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$734.54 for St. Joseph Parish

(We shall submit the tapes to Redner’s for the period 01 April to 30 June. This will be the final time.
St. Charles Borromeo Parish will receive the checks about eight weeks thereafter.
Thank you to all who saved their tapes and gave them to us over the past two years.)

We have had cards printed up to commemorate the closings of our two parishes. They are in the backs of the two churches.
You are welcome to pick one or more up as “memory cards”.
They are courtesy of Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home.

stjos/stvdp: 06.28.2015 - 03

Dear Members of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish:
It is with regret that I inform you that, with the restructuring of our parishes here in Girardville, I will no longer be employed here. St. Charles Borromeo Parish is not able to offer me employment at this time. That means my time here in Girardville has come to an end.
As many of you know, my home is in Schuylkill Haven. It would not be realistic for me to continue to come to Girardville on a daily basis as I do now — especially since I will now have to get a new job. In addition to this, I plan to continue with school. I have been aware for quite a while that this might happen, although I did not know for certain until this past Tuesday.
I arrived here in Girardville with Fr. Connolly in July 2008. I have known Father my entire life. I had been helping him since 2007 in my former — now closed — parishes: St. Joseph, Pottsville and St. Francis de Sales, Mount Carbon. When I came here to Girardville in 2008 I was only 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. Having lost my parish and not sure what to do, I continued helping Father here in Girardville.
At first I thought the situation of two parishes in Girardville would last only a few months. A few months turned into seven years! Seven years may not sound like much but, to me, it is a significant portion of my life. I do not regret spending these years in Girardville. I've learned a lot here and have done more than I ever imagined was possible. I found that I was very useful to these two parishes. Fr. Connolly assured me that he valued my work, and so did many of the parishioners.
Very early on, I considered these parishes to be my parishes — the parishes I belonged to and was happy to belong to. I put my heart and soul into everything I did here, just as so many of you have done. I always tried to keep the interests of the parishes first. I spent so much time here in Girardville and met so many people here, that Girardville became a place I could call home. Now with all these changes, I guess now is the best time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life.
The restructuring of the parishes, the retirement of Father Connolly, my own departure and many other changes, are a source of great pain for me. I can just barely imagine what the pain must be for those who have spent their entire lives with these parishes in Girardville. With all of this, the future may not look bright. Many may start doubting the Catholic Church. But please promise me that you will continue to keep the Faith — for your own sakes and for the sake of Girardville. No matter what you feel about decisions made by “the people in Allentown” or whoever else, don’t let those feelings distract you from practicing the Catholic Faith established by Christ himself. Continue to practice your Faith just as Fr. Connolly, his predecessors, and the Sisters from the Catholic schools taught you.
I can’t promise anything, but I hope to return every now and then with Fr. Connolly, or for Mass, funerals, etc. However, this is my last chance to say thank you and good bye to all the people of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent de Paul Parish. I will never forget you. That includes those who have died since I've been here. I will miss you all. I have listed my contact information in case any of you would like to keep in touch with me.


Ian R. Getzey

My two-cents worth
Putting a personal letter into the final bulletin was Ian’s own idea. Reading his letter touched my crusty old heart! It is obvious that ages 15 to 22 are immensely formative years in the life of any young person. I am happy that Ian was able to spend a substantial portion of his adolescence and young adulthood in the context of working for the parishes of Girardville. I have known him since he was “just a gleam in his father’s eyes”. I baptized him, gave him First Holy Communion and prepared him for Confirmation. I have seen him grow from infancy to manhood. He is the finest young man I know: humble, self-confident, honest, dependable, industrious and God-fearing. Let this serve as my “letter of reference” for him in case anyone is looking to employ him. He tells me that he hopes to pursue a career in HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning). Sounds good to me! I wish him the very best.

stjos/stvdp: 06.28.2015 - 04

(The following is a recent email exchange between my nephew, Paul, and me. I thought it might be of interest to others. In the first sentence, Paul references his wife and two of their seven children.)
Dear Uncle Ed:
Maureen, Maddy and Ted went to church tonight to hear a Third Order Carmelite woman talk about Angels and Demons — specifically games and activities that would invite evil into a teenager’s life. They all said it was very interesting and educational. According to the Carmelite, God is still in command of the demons and allows them to do certain things to humans if humans invite them into their lives or in some way opens up their lives to them.
My question is this: If God is still in command of them (demons), why would He not command them to repent and do His will instead of allowing them to roam looking to do evil?
Dear Paul:

Demons, by which we mean "fallen angels", are absolutely incapable of repentance. This is due to the fact that they have the angelic nature.
One of the main differences between angels and humans is this: Angels never change their minds. Humans do change their minds — which, of course, is fairly obvious.
A human who is morally good can decide to be morally evil. A human who is morally evil can decide to be morally good.
An angel who is morally good (what we call "a good angel") cannot decide to be morally evil.
An angel who is morally evil (what we call "a bad angel" or "a devil" or "a demon") cannot decide to be morally good.
This is just the way it is! We foolishly project onto angels our own human experience of wavering between good and evil.
Angels, both good and evil angels, are a whole different ballgame from human beings.
Humans are tested between good and evil throughout their lives. That is why those of us who are “in the priest business” exert energy to "keep the good people good" and to "exhort the bad people to be good".
The angels were tested once and only once. The decisions they made were permanent decisions. The angels divided up between those who supported Lucifer and those who supported Michael.
It would have been pointless to try to persuade any of them to "switch sides". Angels never switch sides. If you tried to persuade a "good angel" to be bad, he would laugh at you for being so dumb as to think he would switch sides. If you tried to persuade a "bad angel" to be good, he would laugh at you for the same reason.
Angels make up their minds instantly and permanently.
Humans make up their minds gradually and tentatively, i.e. until their last conscious decision before dying. Whatever decision a human makes in his or her final moment of consciousness becomes his or her decision for all eternity. In that sense, humans are sort of like angels, by which I mean that humans arrive at "final decision status" gradually, whereas angels arrive at "final decision status" instantly.
Bottom line: Never argue either with a good angel or a bad angel. Why not? Because neither will ever change his mind!
So, you see that it would be utterly pointless for God to offer mercy to a demon. Mercy requires repentance to be effective and repentance requires changing one's mind.
Hell exists not because God has decided to exclude anyone from His mercy. Hell exists because its inhabitants (both demons and humans) are beyond the possibility of repenting. They have self-excluded themselves from mercy.
God allows demons to tempt humans only in the sense that He chooses not to prevent them from doing so. God allowed Adam and Eve to be tempted by "the serpent". They gave in, and brought great misery upon themselves and upon us. God even allowed His own Son to be tempted by the Evil Spirit in the wilderness. He did NOT give in, and won saving grace for Himself and for us. A human who rejects the demonic temptations gives glory to God by doing so and grows in holiness. I guess you could say, "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger".
Uncle Ed
PS — Here is a relevant quote from a pamphlet that came to me this week in the mail: “It is clear that if God ‘does not forgive’ the sin of the angels, this is because they remain in their sin, because they are eternally ‘in the chains’ of the choice that they made at the beginning’, rejecting God, against the truth of the supreme and definitive Good that is God Himself. It is in this sense that St. John writes that ‘the devil has been a sinner from the beginning’ (John 3,8). And he has been a murderer ‘from the beginning’, and ‘has not persevered in the truth, because there is no truth in him’.”

stjos/stvdp: 06.28.2015 - 05

a member of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, died on Friday, 26 June 2015.
Born on 28 October 1978, she was 36 years old.
Her death was sudden and unanticipated.
She is one of three daughters of Robert G. Miller (deceased) and Beverly Ann (Grady) Miller.
Her two sisters are: Lisanne M. Miller Schock and Jenine L. Miller Barry.
Nadine was baptized in St. Joseph Church, Ashland on 10 December 1978 by Fr. Thomas Courtney.
Nadine has a daughter: Zoie E. Kline.
She also has three half-siblings: Stephen Miller; Robert Miller; Chrissy Langdon.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church at 11:00 am on Tuesday, 30 June.
There will be a viewing in the church from 09:00 am until the time of the Mass.
Interment will take place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Since 30 June will be the final day of the existence of St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, Nadine’s funeral will be the final funeral held under the auspices of the parish! It will also be the final funeral Mass celebrated by Fr. Connolly in his 49 years of assigned (active) priestly ministry.
Eternal rest grant unto Nadine, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
son of James F. and Eva (Zemanek) Gontis, received his First Holy Communion during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church on Sunday, 21 June 2015.
When asked, “What is the Holy Eucharist?” he replied with absolute certitude: “The Holy Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine!”
One’s theology of the Eucharist doesn’t get any better than that!
May this lad’s initial participation in the Sacred Banquet — and all subsequent participations — be for him: (a) reminders of the Passion of the Lord Jesus; (b) occasions for his soul to be filled with sanctifying grace; (c) ongoing reassurances of the future glory that is in store for him.
“O sacrum convivium, in quo Christus sumitur, recolitur memoria passionis eius. Mens impletur gratia et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur.”
May Samuel and the Lord Jesus be the best of friends until the end of time and for all eternity. True to his name, may Samuel always “listen to God” speaking to him in the depths of his being.

stjos/stvdp: 06.28.2015 - 06

Pardon me for boasting, but I got a piece of news this past week that made my heart jump for joy! I learned that the Congregation of the Causes of Saints at the Vatican voted on Tuesday to formally recognize my friend, FATHER STANLEY F. ROTHER as a martyr. Fr. Rother, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, had already been designated “Servant of God Stanley Rother”.
This opens up the path for the possible beatification of Stanley and — who knows? — eventually his canonization as a Saint!
Stanley, age 46 at the time, was murdered in Guatemala on 28 July 1981. He had been working there as a missionary. It is apparent that he antagonized certain right-wing extremists and members of the Guatemalan government, especially among the military. They sent a death squad after him. Jesus said, “Don’t worry about those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul.” Stanley took this advice. He didn’t worry about his life!
Stanley and I were good friends in the Seminary. We often spent our periodic “free days” together — just the two of us — to travel to Washington DC. He and I were distinctly different in personality and background. He was an Oklahoma farm boy; I was a Philadelphia city-slicker; I was an academic nerd; he was a natural athlete. But there was a “certain something” about him that I found attractive and intriguing. I soon came to realize what that “certain something” was. It was holiness — not a demonstrative holiness, but a quiet, laconic, self-disciplined, focused, manly holiness. I felt honored to be his friend and sidekick.
Many years after ordination and a couple of years after his death, I traveled to Oklahoma to visit Stanley’s parents. I had a great visit in their home. They showed me Stanley’s room and some of his “things”. Then they took me to the cemetery where he was buried. I knelt down and prayed both for him and to him. It’s a strange feeling to pray to someone you used to pal around with!
(For the sake of any non-Catholic Christians who might be reading this, please know that I know very well that prayer is meant to be made to God Alone! Rest assured that I know this very well! But, as a Catholic, I believe in the Communion of Saints, as a result of which, when I say that I pray to a deceased holy human person, I am actually praying to God, with the request that the deceased holy human person will join me in that prayer! The saints intercede for us and with us, but there is only one Mediator between God and human beings — our Lord Jesus Christ!)
I hope to see Stanley in Heaven. I have no doubt that he is there, close to the Throne. As for me, I have to keep on trucking. It ain’t over until it’s over. Servant of God Stanley, pray for me!

for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$104.50 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit for 2015
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$631.00 for St. Joseph Parish
Total profit since we began the gift-card program (22 July 2012)
for St. Vincent dePaul Parish
$4,634.00 for St. Joseph Parish

stjos/stvdp: 06.28.2015 - 07

THIS IS THE FINAL BULLETIN published under the auspices of St. Joseph Parish and St. Vincent dePaul Parish, Girardville. I can assure you — in good conscience and without mental reservation — that no electrons were ever harmed in the typing or printing of these bulletins! Our bulletins have been closely monitored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Electrons (ASPCE).
Thank you to all — both parishioners and non-parishioners — who have taken the time to read this parish bulletin, whether you did so on paper or on-line.
I consider it an honor and a privilege that you have found it worth taking the time to read it — if not all the time, at least some of the time.
May God bless you and keep you in His love. Please say an occasional “Hail Mary” for this priest who now begins a new phase of ministry as a retired priest and “pastor emeritus”.
In retirement, I look forward to taking more time for all sorts of things: doing good deeds; praying; reading; visiting family; listening to music; aggravating some people I haven’t aggravated sufficiently or, maybe, not at all, and who, I think, really need to be aggravated for their own good; laughing; taking naps; preparing myself more consciously for my particular judgment — which might come sooner than I expect if I aggravate the wrong person.
I want to become better acquainted with God. He is the One for Whom my heart yearns. He is the Uncaused Cause, the Unmoved Mover, the Creator of all that ever was, is now and ever will be. He is the Great Lover of Mankind, the Merciful and Compassionate. I count myself blessed to have come to know Him in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and by His Holy Spirit breathing in the Catholic Church.
I believe in God. I trust God. I love God.
I love the Holy Mother Mary.
I love the Holy Catholic Church.
I love the people of my two parishes.
I love all the people of Girardville.
Feel free — not only free, but welcome — to keep in touch with me, if you are so inclined.
Here is my contact information:

Rev. Edward B. Connolly
364 Valley Street
New Philadelphia PA 17959-1235

May Almighty God bless you: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

PS — As we all know, the Catholic Church permits people to receive the Holy Eucharist in their hands, but this is a mere concession (indult). The liturgical norm for receiving Holy Communion is “on the tongue”. I have never made any secret about my wish that people would receive according to the norm, rather than according to the concession (indult). I have shot my load on this subject and am no longer able to influence people what to do. If you have any desire whatsoever to please me, you will continue to receive on the tongue. Common sense should suffice to tell a person that reception of the Holy Eucharist on the tongue is profoundly more expressive of one’s faith in the Substantial Presence of the Lord in the Sacrament than is reception in the hand. AWE in the presence of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That is my final word as pastor!

stjos/stvdp: 06.28.2015 - 08



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