MASS SCHEDULE: 16 - 23 MAY 2010
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE


Saturday, 15 May
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — FRANK and JULIA (Kerrigan) GRIFFIN
by Bob and Anna Smith

Sunday, 16 May
7th Sunday of Easter
11:30 am — DECEASED: LENAHAN FAMILY
by Margaret O’Donnell

Monday, 17 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — ROSEANN NEISS DEVINE
by Jim, Gloria and Jimmy Loomis

Tuesday, 18 May
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
07:00 pm — PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their son-in-law, Jack

Wednesday, 19 May
Easter Weekday
08:00 am — ROBERT PARNAS
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 20 May
St. Bernardine of Siena, priest (OptMem)
08:00 am — God’s Blessings on EBC (44th anniversary of ordination to priesthood, 21 May)
by friends

Friday, 21 May
St. Christopher Magallanes, priest, martyr, and companions, martyrs (OptMem)
08:00 am — DECEASED: PETER DeLUCA FAMILY
by the family

Saturday, 22 May
St. Rita of Cascia, religious (OptMem)
08:00 am — ROSE STANZIOLA JAMBETER
by the Haluska family
Vigil of Pentecost
05:30 pm — DECEASED MEMBERS: HOLY ROSARY PARISH, MAHANOY PLANE
by Jonas and Maryanne Smith

Sunday, 23 May
Pentecost Sunday
11:30 am — ANTHONY CATIZONE
by Mickey Catizone and family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 16 - 23 MAY 2010
SAINT
Vincent dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

                      
Saturday, 15 May
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — RITA LECKNER FALZARANO
by Muriel Leckner Pucetas and son, William

Sunday, 16 May
7th Sunday of Easter
08:30 am — DECEASED: CONNELL and KARVOIS FAMILY
by the Connell family

Monday, 17 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — JOSEPH and CATHERINE FOTI
by their family

Tuesday, 18 May
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — ANNA M. RACIMAS
by Arthur and Joyce Engel

Wednesday, 19 May
Easter Weekday
07:00 pm — ANGELO and GERALDINE FOLINO
by their family

Thursday, 20 May
St. Bernardine of Siena, priest (OptMem)
07:00 pm — THERESA PELLECIA
by Joseph T. Cescon (+) and family

Friday, 21 May
St. Christopher Magallanes, priest, martyr, and companions, martyrs (OptMem)
05:00 pm — ROSE MARY FESCO GRASSO
by Marianne Robitis

Saturday, 22 May
Vigil of Pentecost
04:00 pm — ADOLPH and MARY PETROUSKY
by the Petrousky and Wascavage families

Sunday, 23 May
Pentecost Sunday
08:30 am — ALBERTA COONEY
by Elizabeth Ryan

stjos/stvdp: 05.16.2010 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
08 / 09 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: Receipts for parish purposes: $1,149.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $58.00 from the second collection (plate); $70.00 from the Dues envelopes; $179.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $78.00 from the loose. Total: $1,534.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,534.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($290.08), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($444.49), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,092.74, one sees that $441.26 is available from this collection for operating the parish.




Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $985.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $100.00 from the Dues envelopes; $296.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $94.00 from the loose. Total: $1,475.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $0—
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,475.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($183.92), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($267.81), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $702.71, one sees that $772.29 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 19 May
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Wednesday, 19 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 21 May
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

If these times don't suit you, you can always call for an appointment to go to Confession. If you don't like Fr. Connolly, you can always confess your sins to Kateri, but keep in mind that she is not bound by the seal and she does tend to be a blabbermouth.

 EXPOSITION / ADORATION
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 19 May
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm)

Friday, 21 May
06:00 to 08:00 pm
St. Joseph Chapel
(Chaplet of Divine Mercy at about 07:45 pm)

 


TWO FISHY JOKES TO FILL UP THIS SPACE

Question: What do you call a fish with no eyes?
Answer: A fsh.

Question: What did the fish say after he bumped into a concrete wall?
Answer: Dam!

stjos/stvdp: 05.16.2010 - 02


EX ORE INFANTIUM
Little Eden Jason Schopfer won my heart the other day. Let me tell you what happened. Eden is two years old, about one month short of his third birthday. He is not always perfectly attentive and well-behaved at Mass, although we give him credit for trying. He was in attendance at the 04:00 pm Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Church for the Vigil of the Ascension (12 May) and it was not one of his very good days, so his mother had to hustle him back to the vestibule until he had calmed down and then brought him back in.
But we want you to know that Eden compensated for his misbehavior in a marvelous way.
As his mother came up to receive Holy Communion, she was holding Eden in her arms, so that he could get a blessing. (I guess she figured he really needed one today!) I was holding the chalice; to my right, Mr. Wascavage was holding the ciborium; to my left, Mr. Paulukonis was holding the paten.
Just as I was giving his mother Holy Communion, Eden reached out toward the chalice (I think he would have grabbed it if he could) and said the following in a very loud voice: “What …. Who’s in there?”
He distinctly said, “What” and then, for some strange reason, abruptly changed “what” to “who”.
I don’t usually make conversation when I am distributing Holy Communion, but I made an exception for Eden.
In answer to his question, I said, “Jesus”.
Yes, Eden, that’s the answer to your question! You already knew that there was no “what” in that chalice or in that ciborium. There is only “Who” in those two sacred vessels. I don’t know exactly how you knew that. I can only suspect that God told you. And I had the privilege of clarifying it for you. It is JESUS!
Now you know the DIVINUM ARCANUM (that’s Latin for “Sacred Mystery”).
You know something that most of the human population does not know.
In case anyone reading this thinks that this proclamation by Eden was just a fluke, I would like to assure him or her that this was no fluke, no accident. This was a moment of revelation and proclamation. God used Eden as an instrument. God uses the weak things of the world in order to confound those who are wise in their own conceits.
God bless the little boy. I shall look at him henceforth with some considerable respect.
A COROLLARY TO THE ABOVE: I strongly encourage parents to bring their little tykes to Mass with them. Do not be unduly concerned about their occasional noisiness or lack of decorum. We can deal with it. Frankly, it doesn’t bother me. I can do an override to their crying. Just exercise reasonable discretion. If the child needs a time-out, then take him or her back to the vestibule. That’s why God made church vestibules! But, once settled down, bring him or her back to the pew. If anyone in the congregation gives you a critical eye, pray for that person.
Suffer the little children to come unto me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.
THE FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN:
(a) Will have their final instruction with Fr. Connolly on Tuesday, 17 May, at St. Vincent dePaul Rectory, at       04:00 pm.
(b) Will gather in the Sheridan Room on Saturday, 22 May, at 11:00 am. We will then go to the upper church for       our First Holy Communion practice.
(c) If there is any child who has not yet made his or her First Confession, this is the final week for doing so. See      the bulletin (page 2) for the schedule.
(d) It would not be a bad idea for children who have already made their First Confessions to go to Confession      again this week. Some of them might need a little dusting off before receiving their First Holy Communion.
(e) First Holy Communion will take place next Sunday (23 May) during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church.
(f) The strict obligation for children to attend Mass every Sunday is considered to begin with their reception of      First Holy Communion.

stjos/stvdp: 05.16.2010- 03


PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY ELECTION
TUESDAY
, 18 MAY 2010
DEMOCRATIC
BALLOT

UNITED STATES SENATE
Arlen Specter — pro-abortion
Joe Sestak — pro-abortion
Joseph Vodvarka — pro-life

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESDistrict 17
Tim Holden — pro-life
Sheila Dow-Ford — pro-abortion

GOVERNOR
Joe Hoeffel — pro-abortion
Dan Onorato — pro-abortion
Jack Wagner — pro-life
Anthony Williams — pro-abortion

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Scott Conklin — pro-life
Jonathan Saidel — pro-abortion
Doris Smith-Ribner — pro-abortion

PA STATE ASSEMBLY, District 125
Tim Seip — pro-life *
(Mr. Seip is unopposed on the Democratic ballot.)

* I e-mailed Mr. Seip to inquire as to whether he was pro-life or pro-abortion. He called me back and said that he was “pro-life”, but would permit abortion in the case of incest, rape or life of mother.
See notes on page 06 of this bulletin.

stjos/stvdp: 05.16.2010 - 04


 PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY ELECTION
TUESDAY
, 18 MAY 2010
REPUBLICAN
BALLOT

UNITED STATES SENATE
Peg Luksik — pro-life
Pat Toomey — pro-life

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESDistrict 17
Dave Argall — pro-life
Josh First — pro-life
Allen Griffith — pro-life
Frank Ryan — pro-life

GOVERNOR
Tom Corbett — pro-life
Sam Rohrer — pro-life

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Chet Beiler — pro-life
Jim Cawley — pro-life
Russ Diamond — pro-life
Steve Johnson — pro-life
John Kennedy — pro-life
Billy McCue — pro-life
Daryl Metcalfe — pro-life
Jean Craige Pepper — pro-life
Stephen A. Urban — pro-life

PA STATE ASSEMBLY, District 125
Michael A. Tobash — ? *
Robert M. Loy — ? *

* I called Mr. Tobash and Mr. Loy to inquire as to whether they were pro-life or pro-abortion, but did not receive a return call. Neither has a prior public record on the matter. I also inquired of the PA Pro-Life Federation. They had no information either.

stjos/stvdp: 05.16.2010 - 05


JOSEPH CHARLES SCIARRONE,
a member of St. Vincent dePaul Parish, died on Monday, 10 May.
Born on 08 November 1923, he was 86 years of age.
He is one of the seven children of the late Rocco and Giuseppina (Sorlete) Sciarrone.
His brothers and sisters are: Rev. Rosario F. Sciarrone, DD (deceased); Domenica Sciarrone Guth (deceased); Anna Sciarrone Barbetti (deceased); Mary Sciarrone Lopez; Helen Sciarrone; Louise Sciarrone.
He had been married for 54 years to Margo Jane Bower Sciarrone, who died in 1997.
Joseph has two children: Louise Sciarrone Marasco and Barbara Sciarrone Kasper.
He has three grandchildren: Tony R. Marasco; William J. Kasper, Ph.D.; David A. Kasper, D.O.
He has three great-grandchildren: James Marasco; Elysa Marasco; Megan Marasco.
A viewing and a prayer service were held on Saturday, 15 May, at 10:30 am, at the Lord – Bixler Funeral Home, Pottsville.
The interment took place at the Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville.

Eternal rest grant unto Joseph, 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.

Some notes on the information on pages 4 and 5
• Some persons who are “pro-life” take a mitigated “pro-life” position. The same with some persons who are   “pro-abortion”. For example, Arlen Specter is pro-abortion, but admits of some exceptions. Joe Sestak, on the        other hand, is entirely pro-abortion.
• Tim Holden is pro-life, but deviated from this position on the matter of Federal funding for embryonic stem-cell    research.
• Most persons who are pro-abortion prefer the term “pro-choice”. I think the more honest term is “pro-abortion”.   Everyone is “pro-choice” (including me) when it comes to matters about which there is a legitimate choice, but   the   direct killing of an unborn child can never be a matter of legitimate choice.
• Some persons, including Dan Onorato, described on page 4 as “pro-abortion” will say that they are “personally   pro-life” but that they cannot allow this personal philosophy to influence their public duty. This makes me think   of the words of St. Thomas More:

 

 “When statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties they lead their country by a short route to chaos.”

 stjos/stvdp: 05.16.2010 - 06

 


BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL REPORT TO DATE

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PARISH, GIRARDVILLE
Total Goal: $5,885
Pledges and One-Time Gifts: $1,097
Amount Collected: $752
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 19%
Average Gift: $91
Number of donors: 12
Number of registered families: 120
Participation Rate: 10%
Amount Raised in 2009: $2,234
Participation Rate in 2009: 13%

ST. JOSEPH PARISH, GIRARDVILLE
Total Goal: $8,243
Pledges and One-Time Gifts: $4,087
Amount Collected: $3,462
Percentage of Goal Achieved: 50%
Average Gift: $204
Number of donors: 20
Number of registered families: 247
Participation Rate: 06%
Amount Raised in 2009: $3,582
Participation Rate in 2009: 06%

My comment
Pastors are updated periodically on the progress of their parishes towards making their goals for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. As I look at these most recent figures, I think to myself that both of our parishes have a long way to go to make our goals. If these figures are accurate, then I have to conclude that, as of the present time, 90% of our StVdP parishioners and 94% of our StJos parishioners have not yet made a donation or a pledge.
I ask everyone who has not yet made a donation or a pledge to do so as soon as possible. I consider the Bishop’s Annual Appeal to have the foremost claim on my personal charitable giving. I respectfully suggest that you do likewise. Thank you!

Diocesan Pledge Update
Total Goal: $4,000,000
Total Raised to Date: $2,054,272
Number of Donors: 11,743

stjos/stvdp: 05.16.2010 - 07


A NIGHT PRAYER TO THE HOLY MOTHER

I came across this prayer recently. It touched my heart. I encourage you to make it your own. If you have any children in your home, I encourage you to pray it out loud with them at bedtime. I would like to declare in this public forum that I have entrusted my own salvation to Mary and I suggest that you do the same. I have asked the Great Queen Mother to crush the head of the ancient serpent at the hour of my death. May she do likewise at the hour of your death. (EBC)

 

Night is falling, dear Mother;
the long day is o'er.
Before thy image,
I am kneeling once more:
to thank thee for keeping me
safe this day;
to ask thee this night
to keep evil away.
Many times have I fallen,
Mother Mary dear;
many graces neglected
since last I knelt here.
Wilt thou not in pity,
my own Mother mild,
ask Jesus to pardon
the sins of thy child?
I am going to sleep now;
my day's work is done.
Its hours and moments
have passed one by one.
God, Who will judge me,
has counted them all.
He has numbered each grace;
He has counted each fall.
In His book they are written
against the Last Day.
Oh, Mother, ask Jesus
to wash them away,
for one drop of His Blood,
for sinners spilt,
is sufficient to cleanse
the world of its guilt.
And if, ere the dawn,
I should draw my last breath,
the sleep that I take
be the long sleep of death,
be near me, great Mother,
for dear Jesus' sake,
when, in eternity,
my soul shall awake.
Amen.

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