MASS SCHEDULE: 24 - 31 MAY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 23 May
Vigil of Pentecost
05:30 pm — Deceased: AMEDIO ZELLI FAMILY
by Rosemary Zelli

Sunday, 24 May
Pentecost
11:30 am — MICHELENA LIA
by the Catizone family

Monday, 25 May
St. Bede the Venerable, priest, doctor; St. Gregory VII, pope;
St. Mary Magdalene dePazzi, virgin (OptMems)
08:00 am — FRANCIS J. and ESTELLE PURCELL
by their sons: Francis, Jimmy and Brian

Wednesday, 27 May
St. Augustine of Canterbury, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — ANTHONY, MARY and JUNE ANN ROWLAND
by Eileen

Friday, 29 May
Weekday
08:00 am — M/M HAROLD SPIESS
by Brian Purcell

Saturday, 30 May
Weekday
08:00 am — Rev. MICHAEL S. LAWRENCE
by EBC
Vigil of the Most Holy Trinity
05:30 pm — Deceased: AMEDIO ZELLI FAMILY
by Rosemary Zelli

Sunday, 31 May
The Most Holy Trinity
10:00 am — ALICE KOZERA KARPYN
by Eileen Croake Wayne
11:30 am — Rev. MICHAEL S. LAWRENCE
by EBC

 MASS SCHEDULE: 24 - 31 MAY
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 23 May
Vigil of Pentecost
04:00 pm — IRENE GILLIS
by M/M John Gillis

Sunday, 24 May
Pentecost
08:30 am — CHARLES and MARY SHANER
by Charles and Kathleen Sherman

Tuesday, 26 May
St. Philip Neri, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — BLASE J. DRAUGELIS
by his family

Thursday, 28 May
Weekday
07:00 pm — MARGARET [“Peg”] KOWALICK
by M/M Gerald Griffin

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
08:30 am — JOHN and CATHERINE WHYTENA
by Jim and Georgann Connell

stjos/stvdp: 05.24.2015 - 01


COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
16 /17 MAY


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $852.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $111.00 from the plate; $40.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $262.00 from the Ascension envelopes; $103.25 from the loose.
Total: $1,378.25
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $111.00 for the Mission-Co-op collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,378.25) 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 $488.99 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $678.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $186.00 from the plate; $2.00 from the Dues envelopes; $45.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $357.00 from the Ascension envelopes; $112.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,380.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $186.00 for the Mission-Co-op collection —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,380.00) 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 $596.43 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 27 May
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 28 May
11:00 am to 12:00 noon
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 29 May
06:30 to 07:30 pm
St. Joseph Chapel

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 27 May
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm

Friday, 29 May
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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LUCY P. CARADO PRZYBECK,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 21 May 2015.
Born on 25 December 1931, she was 83 years old.
Lucy is one of the five children of the late Nicholas and Elizabeth (Piccolo) Carado.
Her four siblings are: Mary Carado Corigliano (deceased); Frank Carado (deceased); Rose Carado McMonegal; Jean Carado Dolan.
Lucy was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 14 February 1931 by Fr. William Irwin.
On 03 November 1973, also in St. Joseph Church, she was married to Leo Przybeck in the presence of Fr. Joseph F. Murphy. Leo died in 1998.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, 29 May, in St. Joseph Church.
The interment will take place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Lucy, 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.
EDWARD JOHN HAUGHNEY,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Monday, 18 May 2015.
Born on 04 October 1926, he was 88 years old.
He is one of the two children of the late Edward and Mary (Hussey) Haughney.
His sister is Mary Haughney Price (deceased).
Edward was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 10 October 1926 by Fr. Edward H. Allen.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Wednesday, 27 May, in St. Joseph Church Chapel.
There will be a time for visitation in the chapel from 10:00 am until the time of the Mass.
The interment will take place in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Fountain Springs.
Eternal rest grant unto Edward, 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.

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A FEW PERSONAL NOTES
#01 — I AM GRATEFUL TO FATHER BRENNAN
for agreeing to celebrate the two Saturday vigil Masses today (23 May). Yours truly will be out of town for the celebration of a wedding Mass. The bride is “an old friend” — a gal whom I baptized and to whom I gave First Holy Communion. Not only that, but I even celebrated her parents’ wedding Mass! (That’s one way I know I’m not a kid anymore!)
#02 — CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME! Yours truly will be having carpal tunnel release surgery on the right hand on Tuesday morning (26 May). I am letting you know about this just in case I am unable to be available to “do my priestly duties” on Wednesday — although I expect that I shall be able to do them. I shall definitely be keeping a low profile on Tuesday afternoon and evening. It occurs to me that I might have to do “left-handed blessings” for a few days. They tell me that “left-handed blessings” are just as efficacious as “right-handed blessings”.
#03 — A PERPETUALLY ANGRY GIRARDVILLE MAN who runs a web blog posted an interesting comment recently. You can check it out at http://members7.boardhost.com/KieranJ/msg/1431824145.html
Two things I would like to say about it:
• I have never in my entire life posted any comments on this website, nor have I ever asked anyone to do so.
• I forgive — absolutely and without any mental reservation — the gentleman who manages the website for all negative references to me over the past years. May God bless him, preserve him, reduce his anger and bring him to eternal life
BYE BYE PASCHAL CANDLE!
The paschal candle is “installed” in the front of the church during the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening. It stays there up to and including Pentecost Sunday, after which it takes a humbler position, near the baptism font. It is brought forward again for baptisms and for funerals. So, in case you have established a personal relationship with the paschal candle in either St. Joseph Church or St. Vincent dePaul Church, you might want to remember to wave “bye-bye” at it as you leave the church this weekend. If, perchance, the paschal candle waves “bye-bye” back to you, you might want to go home and lie down.

stjos/stvdp: 05.24.2015 - 06



WHOSE WIFE WILL SHE BE IN HEAVEN?

Perhaps you read in the newspaper that the government has made available some of the documents and videos that the late Osama bin Laden left behind on that memorable day — 02 May 2011 — when some US Navy Seals who happened to be in the neighborhood went calling on him without first having made an appointment. One of the documents released is a letter to the lady who was his favorite wife. (He had at least three wives at the time of his death. Muslim men are allowed to practice polygyny.)
In this letter, he gives his favorite wife permission to marry again after his death, but he also asks her to choose him — i.e. Osama bin Laden, her first husband — as her husband for eternity in Paradise.
To understand this, one must keep in mind that, according to Muslim doctrine, a man may have multiple wives, but a woman may have only one husband — i.e. only one husband at a time. This principle, according to Muslim doctrine, applies not only to the present life but also to the life-to-come. But if a woman had two husbands in this life — by which we mean two successive husbands, not two simultaneous husbands — then it would stand to reason that the two husbands in Paradise would have to duke it out in order to determine whose wife she would be in the celestial state. But Allah, foreseeing this problem and wanting to have no unseemly fisticuffs in Paradise, has wisely given the woman the choice as to whose wife she will be, post mortem. Let’s chalk one up for women’s rights!
Here are Osama’s own words to his favorite wife:

"As for you, you are the apple of my eye, and the most precious thing that I have in this world. If you want to marry after my death, I have no objection, but I really want you to be my wife in paradise. The woman, if she marries two men, is given a choice on Judgment Day to be with one of them.”

Now, let us put aside the question as to whether Osama bin Laden went to Paradise (Heaven). Granted that all judgment belongs to God, I have a strong hunch that he went elsewhere. Why? Because he masterminded the killings of thousands of innocent persons, in addition to which he was a consumer of pornography, in addition to which he probably did not think to say an Act of Contrition when the Seals showed up. Committing murder and using pornography are not good things to have on one’s record on the day of one’s judgment — not by a long shot! — most especially if they are unrepented.
My point in bringing up this whole matter of being able to choose which one of your husbands or wives — presuming you have been married more than once — will be your husband or wife in Heaven is simply this: Christian doctrine is crystal clear on the matter.
THERE ARE NO HUSBAND-WIFE COMBINATIONS IN HEAVEN!
I grant you that that sounds terribly unromantic and might even make somebody angry at me for saying it, but — let’s face it! — truth is truth! And what I say here is, quite literally, “the Gospel Truth”.
THE COVENANT BETWEEN HUSBAND AND WIFE CEASES AT DEATH. THERE ARE NO MARRIED PEOPLE IN HEAVEN. Why else do you think the marriage vows include the phrase “until death do us part”?
I did not say that married people don’t go to Heaven! Of course not! I simply said that no particular person in Heaven is married to any other particular person in Heaven.
There is no higher authority than Jesus Himself! He said, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” (Matthew 22, 30)
Here is the deeper truth behind all of this: Once we have been raised from the dead and have been judged worthy of eternal life and have been assumed body and soul into heaven, we will experience the relationship between Jesus and ourselves as a MARRIAGE, an utterly sublime and breathtaking marriage. Participation in the Holy Eucharist now is a foreshadowing of what is coming, what is soon to be revealed: the great mystery of the union between God and the Human Race.
One final point:
The celibacy (and, one hopes, perfect chastity) of priests and the virginity of consecrated religious men and women are meant to be premonitions of how we will all live in Heaven.

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WHO IS THIS YOUNG WOMAN?
Her name is Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, but she is not commonly known by that name.
She is of Albanian ethnicity.
She was born in 1910 in Skopje, which is now the capital of the Republic of Macedonia.
Later, her family moved to Albania.
She won the Nobel Peace Prize.
She died in 1997.
She founded the Missionaries of Charity.
The parish in Mahanoy City is named in her honor.
She has already been beatified.
There is a rumor going around that Pope Francis will canonize her sometime soon.
Her face is probably very familiar to you, but the face that is familiar to you and me
is the very wrinkled — but still nobly beautiful — face of an elderly woman.
I look at the young face of this woman and I am struck by her beauty.
This is probably what she will look like when we meet her in Heaven.
Now you know who she is, do you not?
If not, you can ask me!

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