MASS SCHEDULE: 29 March - 05 April
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 28 March
Vigil of Palm Sunday
05:30 pm — RAYMOND D. REINOEHL
(51st anniversary of birth)
by his sister, Cindy, and family

Sunday, 29 March
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
10:00 am — JOHN MUREDDA
by his son, Joe Muredda
11:30 am — LOUISE DRELLING
by Elizabeth Ranieri

Monday, 30 March
Monday of Holy Week
08:00 am — RONALD A. CHIKOTAS
by Leonard G. Schumack

Wednesday, 01 April
Wednesday of Holy Week
07:00 pm — HENRY A. WAYNE
by Jack and Carol Reilly and family

Thursday, 02 April
Holy Thursday
05:00 pm — JOSEPH A. CATIZONE
by Ed and Judy Haluska

Friday, 03 April
Good Friday
It is never permitted to offer Mass on Good Friday

Saturday, 04 April
Holy Saturday / Vigil of Easter
It is never permitted to offer Mass on Holy Saturday prior to the Easter Vigil
08:00 pm — ANTHONY, MARY and JUNE ANN ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland

Sunday, 05 April
Easter: The Resurrection of the Lord
11:30 am — PAUL JOHN BERNOTAS Jr.
by his family

 MASS SCHEDULE: 29 March - 05 April
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 28 March
Vigil of Palm Sunday
04:00 pm — WILLIAM PUCETAS Sr.
by his wife, Muriel, and his son, William Jr.

Sunday, 29 March
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
08:30 am — Deceased: FISHER FAMILY
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 31 March
Tuesday of Holy Week
08:00 am — FRANCIS T. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 02 April
Holy Thursday
07:30 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the HRS

Friday, 03 April
Good Friday
It is never permitted to offer Mass on Good Friday

Saturday, 04 April
Holy Saturday / Vigil of Easter
10:30 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by their family

Sunday, 05 April
Easter: The Resurrection of the Lord
08:30 am — WILLIAM and ANNA LABALAUKIS
by the Labie family

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
21 /22 MARCH


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,257.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $74.00 from the plate; $35.00 from the Dues envelopes; $65.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $40.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $57.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,528.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $260.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
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: $532.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $51.00 from the plate; $5.00 from the Dues envelopes; $2.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $171.00 from the loose.
Total: $761.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $64.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($761.00) 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 ($22.57) is available from this collection for operating the parish.
THIS IS A DEFICIT!

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Sunday, 29 March
03:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Tuesday, 31 March
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 02 April
04:00 to 05:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Friday, 03 April
01:00 to 02:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Saturday, 04 April
10:00 to 11:00 am
St. Vincent dePaul Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Tuesday, 31 March
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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 STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Palm Sunday, 29 March

04:00 pm (please note, that’s FOUR, as in “one, two, three, four”) in St. Vincent dePaul Church
Includes Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
If you attend Stations of the Cross today (Palm Sunday), you are invited (and encouraged)to stop over to the Parish Hall afterwards for some refreshments and socializing, courtesy of our Holy Name Society and our Holy Rosary Society.

 EASTER BASKET
Remember the raffle for the benefit of St. Joseph Parish.
TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH
of Redner’s and Boyer’s gift cards!
Tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00.
You can buy them in the Sheridan Room after Mass or else, during the week, in the Rectory.
IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO BE PREPARED FOR WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE. That’s a fairly safe principle! The Marine motto is “Semper paratus” — “always ready”. With this in mind, we Catholics need to be prepared for a drastic schism in the Church. It is almost certainly coming.
Quite frankly, it has already come. It has simply not been formalized.
Be aware that the day is coming — and it is not far off — when thousands and millions of Catholics will separate themselves from the Catholic Church.
Keep in mind, when that happens, that you must not join them! At the peril of your salvation, you must not join them!
The schism will revolve around matters of sexual morality, the permanence of marriage, the use of contraception, the morality of homosexuality and associated matters. It will also impact on belief in the Holy Eucharist and in the priesthood. Remember the things you have been taught. Hold on to them for dear life. Seek out priests whom you know to be faithful to the Church. Listen to them.

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FATHER HOPKO’S 55 MAXIMS
FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING

1.   Be always with Christ.
2.   Pray as you can, not as you want.
3.   Have a keep-able rule of prayer that you do by discipline.
4. Say the Lord’s Prayer several times a day.
5. Have a short prayer that you constantly repeat when your mind is not occupied       with other things.
6. Make some prostrations when you pray.
7. Eat good foods in moderation.
8. Keep the Church’s fasting rules.
9. Spend some time in silence every day.
10. Do acts of mercy in secret.
11. Go to liturgical services regularly.
12. Go to Confession and Communion regularly.
13. Do not engage intrusive thoughts and feelings. Cut them off at the start.
14. Reveal all your thoughts and feelings regularly to a trusted person.
15. Read the Scriptures regularly.
16. Read good books a little at a time.
17. Cultivate communion with the saints.
18. Be an ordinary person.
19. Be polite with everyone.
20. Maintain cleanliness and order in your home.
21. Have a healthy, wholesome hobby.
22. Exercise regularly.
23. Live a day, and a part of a day, at a time.
24. Be totally honest, first of all, with yourself.
25. Be faithful in little things.
26. Do your work, and then forget it.
27. Do the most difficult and painful things first.
28. Face reality.

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29. Be grateful in all things.
30. Be cheerful.
31. Be simple, hidden, quiet and small.
32. Never bring attention to yourself.
33. Listen when people talk to you.
34. Be awake and be attentive.
35. Think and talk about things no more than necessary.
36. When you speak, speak simply, clearly, firmly and directly.
37. Flee imagination, analysis, figuring things out.
38. Flee carnal, sexual things at their first appearance.
39. Don’t complain, mumble, murmur or whine.
40. Don’t compare yourself with anyone.
41. Don’t seek or expect praise or pity from anyone.
42. Don’t judge anyone for anything.
43. Don’t try to convince anyone of anything.
44. Don’t defend or justify yourself.
45. Be defined and bound by God alone.
46. Accept criticism gratefully but test it critically.
47. Give advice to others only when asked or obligated to do so.
48. Do nothing for anyone that he can and should do for himself.
49. Have a daily schedule of activities, avoiding whim and caprice.
50. Be merciful to yourself and to others.
51. Have no expectations except that you will be fiercely tempted to your last breath.
52. Focus exclusively on God and light, not on sin and darkness.
53. Endure the trial of yourself and your own faults and sins peacefully, serenely, because you know that God’s         mercy is greater than your wretchedness.
54. When you fall, get up immediately and start over.
55. Get help when you need it, without fear and without shame.

The Right Reverend Protopresbyter Father Thomas Hopko died on 18 March 2015 at the age of 75. He was the Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood NY. Eternal memory!

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SOME BLOVIATION ON THE LETTER PRINTED ON PAGE 06 OF THIS BULLETIN
As you can see from the letter on page 06 of this bulletin, which I received on 27 March, my time as pastor of the two parishes in Girardville is coming soon to an end.
I am not certain of the exact date on which my term as pastor will end. I think it is fair to say that it will be prior to the end of June of 2015.
As you may recall, I wrote to Bishop Barres in the latter part of 2012, in anticipation of my 75th birthday (which was 25 Jan 2013), and offered him my resignation as pastor. I made it clear at that time that I was tendering my resignation not out of personal preference but out of obedience to the requirements of Canon Law. In that letter, I told the Bishop that it was my preference to stay on as pastor beyond my 75th birthday. The Bishop kindly granted me my preference. He extended my term until June of 2013.
I wrote to him again in 2013 and again he extended my term until June of 2014.
I wrote to him again in 2014 and again he extended my term until June of 2015.
I wrote to him again earlier this year (2015) and offered to stay on for another year, i.e. until June of 2016.
As the letter on page 06 tells me, the Bishop has decided not to extend my term as pastor for another year, i.e. into 2016.
[What’s that about the pitcher that went to the well once too often?]
So, I shall become a retired priest of the Diocese of Allentown in a few months — probably in June of 2015.
I shall need to make some decisions in the very near future as to where I shall live and how I shall occupy myself. I have various options open to me.
Maybe I’ll learn to play the violin. Maybe I’ll learn how to hang-glide. Maybe I’ll run for Pope. Maybe I’ll read a book. Maybe I’ll move to the Middle East and see if I can reconcile the Sunnis with the Shiites and then both of them with the Jews. Then, when that’s settled, maybe I’ll convince all the Jews and Muslims to accept Jesus and become good Catholics. Maybe I’ll try to enter the Unitive Way. Maybe I’ll hike the Appalachian Trail. Maybe I’ll just take a nap.
I’ll let you know how this all works out.
Far more relevant to everyone’s interests than decisions from the Front Office about my personal situation are decisions about the status of our two parishes. On that subject, I know nothing more than what I have already conveyed in prior bulletins. We shall see what will happen. Perhaps it will be soon.
YO, BUDDY!
Ya wanna buy a hoagie, cheap?
Ya say ya don’t wanna hoagie?
Ya say ya wanna submarine instead? No problem!
We got hoagies. We got subs and submarines. We got heroes. We got grinders.
The Knights of Columbus are selling them for five dollars ($5.00). Ya get your choice of “regular” or “ham and cheese”.
Sign up in the back of StVdP Church or else in the Sheridan Room. Slip GK Wade-O. Richards five bucks and you’ll have your hoagie / sub / hero / grinder on 16 April.
Deadline to order is 09 April.

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 THE SACRED TRIDUUM
and
EASTER SUNDAY

Holy Thursday, 02 April
05:00 pm — Mass of the Lord’s Supper
St. Joseph Church
07:30 pm — Mass of the Lord’s Supper
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Good Friday, 03 April
02:00 pm — Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
St. Vincent dePaul Church
07:00 pm — Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
St. Joseph Church

Holy Saturday, 04 April
08:00 pm — Vigil Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord
St. Joseph Church
10:30 pm — Vigil Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Easter Sunday, 05 April
08:30 am — Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord
St. Vincent dePaul Church
11:30 am — Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord
St. Joseph Church

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