MASS SCHEDULE: 1320 APRIL
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE

Saturday, 19 April
Vigil of Easter
08:00 pm — ANTHONY CATIZONE Sr.
by Rosemary Zelli

Sunday, 20 April
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
11:30 am — ANTHONY, MARY and JUNE ANN ROWLAND
by Eileen Rowland

Monday, 21 April
Easter Monday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on JOHN PAUL GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Wednesday, 23 April
Easter Wednesday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on KENNETH WAYNE FAMILY
by Helen Corrigan Wayne

Friday, 25 April
Easter Friday
08:00 am — DOLORES CORRIGAN WAYNE
by Helen Corrigan Wayne

Saturday, 26 April
Easter Saturday
08:00 am — God’s blessings on ROSE ANNE WAYNE
by Eileen Croake Wayne
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — JIM NEARY and MARK NEARY
by Tom and Joni Gower

Sunday, 27 April
2nd Sunday of Easter / Feast of the Divine Mercy
10:00 am — BOB and AG SCULLY
by the family
11:30 am — God’s blessings on JIM and JUDY GONTIS
by Jim and Eva Gontis

 MASS SCHEDULE: 1320 APRIL
SAINT
VINCENT dePAUL CHURCH
GIRARDVILLE 
     

Saturday, 19 April
Vigil of Easter
10:30 pm — TED and PATRICK YACKERA
by Bernice Yackera

Sunday, 20 April
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
08:30 am — GEORGE W. FISHER
by Jim and Georgann Connell

Tuesday, 22 April
Easter Tuesday
08:00 am — MARGARET REBER
by Anna D’Alessandro

Thursday, 24 April
Easter Thursday
07:00 pm — MARION LECKNER TERESAVAGE
by Edna Labie

Saturday, 26 April
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — JAMES SPIELES
by Michael and Margaret Yesalavage and family

Sunday, 27 April
2nd Sunday of Easter / Feast of the Divine Mercy
08:30 am — PETER SMOLOCK
by Vytus and Teresa Karavage

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COLLECTION TOTALS FROM LAST WEEKEND:
12 / 13 APRIL


Saint Joseph Parish
:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,326.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $49.00 from the plate; $87.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $25.00 from the Fuel envelopes; $188.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $90.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,785.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $288.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,785.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($269.31), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($491.15), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,118.63, one sees that $666.37 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent dePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $802.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $59.00 from the plate; $44.00 from the Dues envelopes; $5.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $199.00 from the Building maintenance envelopes; $50.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,159.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: — $83.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes —
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,159.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($231.00), plus our weekly premium for various insurances ($322.56), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $804.54, one sees that $354.46 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 23 April
02:30 to 3:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 24 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 27 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Wednesday, 23 April
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Scripture Rosary at about 03:40 pm
followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

In addition to Wednesday, see page 06 of this bulletin.

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JUST A FEW MINUTES before this photo was taken, the little boy had emerged from the font of Baptism, been anointed with Holy Chrism and dressed in the white garment that signifies sanctifying grace. Then the priest held him up and sang a triple Alleluia!
The baptism took place in St. Joseph Church, Pottsville on 30 May 1993. The little boy’s name is Ian R. Getzey. He is a son of Robert and Denise (Lang) Getzey. His younger brother is Evan J. Getzey.
If you are a member of St. Joseph Parish or St. Vincent dePaul Parish, you have almost certainly run into Ian. Since July of 2008, he has been a faithful member and a valued employee of our Girardville parishes — competent, dependable and utterly trustworthy, although I am still trying to figure out what his job title is. He has long since outgrown his original job title, which was “weekend office boy”. Whatever his title, I will be the first to admit that he is “overworked and underpaid!”
Today — Easter Sunday, 20 April 2014 — Ian observes his 21st birthday. The little boy is now an adult! (We tell kids that they are adults when they turn 18 but, of course, that’s what’s known as a pleasant lie.) At age 21, he is legally entitled to drink a glass of beer in Pennsylvania! (I recommend that he exercise this right with due discretion, if at all!)
Today provides an opportunity for his parents, grandparents and others (like the priest who baptized him) to reflect:

“Is this the little boy I carried? ….. I don’t remember getting older!
Sunrise, sunset!
Sunrise, sunset!
Swiftly flow the days.
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers,
Blossoming even as we gaze.”
Happy 21st Birthday, Ian!
May God bless you and keep you always on the right path.
NEXT SUNDAY — 27 April — is Tridentine Mass Sunday. The Mass at 11:30 am will be celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form. There will be a Mass at 10:00 am celebrated according to the Ordinary Form. This is the norm for the last Sunday of the month.

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THIS IS THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPH EVER MADE OF A POPE GOING TO CONFESSION!
Of course, popes have been going to Confession ever since there have been popes and ever since there has been the Sacrament of Confession (i.e. for the past almost two thousand years). But popes don’t usually get photographed going to Confession! Come to think of it, neither do you! Neither do I! But, as we have come to learn, Pope Francis is not famous for doing exactly what we might expect him to do! And, so, while on his way to a confessional in St. Peter’s Basilica in order to hear Confessions, he decided to go to Confession. Someone in the vicinity had a camera and, just like that, we have a historic photograph!
Notice in the photograph that the priest is raising his right hand in absolution. What are the words the priest is saying? I’m not sure if the priest was using Latin or Italian or Spanish but, in English translation, here is what he was saying:

“God the Father of mercies,
through the death and resurrection of His Son,
has reconciled the world to Himself,
and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins.
Through the ministry of the Church,
may God grant you pardon and peace.
And I absolve you from your sins
in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.”

Note that Pope Francis went to confession “face to face”. He had the option of going “through the screen”. If he had chosen that option, he would have knelt on one of the kneelers located to the side of the priest.
As far as I know, all Catholic churches make it possible for people to go to confession either “through the screen” (i.e. anonymously) or “face to face”. We do so in St. Vincent dePaul Church and also in St. Joseph Church and St. Joseph Chapel.
If, for some reason, it is logistically impossible or difficult to provide both formats, the parish must provide the “anonymous format”. No one must be obliged to sacrifice his or her anonymity in order to go to Confession.
Having said that, I would like to say two things:
(a) I think going to Confession “face to face” is the superior option. It is more “natural”, more humane. I recommend it, but I certainly don’t require it.
(b) When I hear the first Confessions of children, I ask them to go “face to face”. I tell them that, for their subsequent Confessions, they can go “face to face” or “through the screen”, whichever they wish. But, for the first time, I think it is easier for them if they go “face to face”. If I see the child’s face, I can put him or her at ease more readily than I could if he or she were behind the screen. First Confession can be a “scary” experience. I do my best to make it a happy one, not at all “scary”.

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WHILE ON THE TOPIC OF CONFESSION

Here is a little joke for you. Like many jokes, it contains a sharp truth. Are you ready? Trumpet blast! Here comes the joke!
WHAT DO YOU CALL A CATHOLIC WHO DOESN’T GO TO CONFESSION AND DOESN’T BELIEVE IN GOING TO CONFESSION?
I DON’T KNOW. WHAT DO YOU CALL A CATHOLIC WHO DOESN’T GO TO CONFESSION AND DOESN’T BELIEVE IN GOING TO CONFESSION?
Punch line? YOU CALL HIM (HER) A PROTESTANT! ?Punch line

Do you get it? Huh? Do you get it? You call him (her) a Protestant!
Okay! Let us hope that you “got” it!

It is a divinely revealed dogma of the Christian Faith that Jesus Christ instituted the Sacrament of Penance (also called Reconciliation, also called Confession) in order that mortal sins committed after Baptism might be forgiven.
It is a divinely revealed dogma of the Christian Faith that Jesus Christ gave to the Apostles and to their successors (Catholic bishops and priests) the power to forgive sin and the power to retain sin.
Anyone who denies these teachings of the Church is anathema!
In case you don’t know what “anathema” means, it means “excommunicated”.
It is definitely not to anyone’s advantage to be excommunicated. Trust me on that!
Well, suppose you are guilty of having denied these teachings, what should you do?
The answer is very simple: You should repent and go to Confession. In your Confession, confess that you denied these teachings. The priest will absolve you of your sins and also of the excommunication, as a result of which you will no longer be anathema!
Keep in mind that, under normal circumstances, MORTAL SIN can be forgiven only in and through the reception of the Sacrament of Penance.
All mortal sins must be confessed, to the best of one’s ability.
If the Catholic Church says that something is a mortal sin and you say that it is not a mortal sin, be 100% certain, beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt, that the Catholic Church is correct and you are not correct. Sex outside of marriage is one example. Artificial contraception is another.
If you insist that your wisdom exceeds that of the Catholic Church, you are suffering from an excess of self-inflation and are heading to Hell in a hand-basket, as a result of which Holy Mother Church calls out to you: DETOUR! GO TO CONFESSION!
If you ignore Holy Mother Church, you will, when you arrive in Hell, be assigned to a chorus of lost souls, all of whom will be singing plaintively:

DETOUR! THERE’S A MUDDY ROAD AHEAD!
DETOUR! PAID NO MIND TO WHAT IT SAID!
DETOUR! ALL THESE BITTER THINGS I FIND.
SHOULD HAVE READ THAT DETOUR SIGN!
HEADED DOWN LIFE’S CROOKED ROAD, LOTS OF THINGS I NEVER KNOWED
AND BECAUSE OF ME NOT KNOWIN’, I NOW PINE.
TROUBLE GOT IN THE TRAIL, SPENT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS IN JAIL.
SHOULD HAVE READ THAT DETOUR SIGN!
DETOUR! THERE’S A MUDDY ROAD AHEAD!
DETOUR! PAID NO MIND TO WHAT IT SAID!
DETOUR! ALL THESE BITTER THINGS I FIND.
SHOULD HAVE READ THAT DETOUR SIGN!

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 DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
All of these will be at St. Vincent dePaul Church
Day #03 — Sunday, 20 April — 03:00 pm
Day #04 — Monday, 21 April — 12:00 noon
Day #05 — Tuesday, 22 April — 12:00 noon
Day #06 — Wednesday, 23 April — 12:00 noon
Day #07 — Thursday, 24 April — 12:00 noon
Day #08 — Friday, 25 April — 12:00 noon
Day #09 — Saturday, 26 April — 12:00 noon
Note: On some (but not all) of these days, we will have Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
On each of these days, there will be the singing of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
plus the prayer for the particular day of the Novena.

 FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY: SUNDAY, 27 APRIL
In St. Vincent dePaul Church
06:00 to 07:00 pm — Confessions
07:00 pm — Exposition of Blessed Sacrament
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Prayers to the Divine Mercy
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
OUR RESPECTFUL SYMPATHY to our friend and neighbor, Father Bob Finlan, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Frackville, on the death of his mother, Margaret Mary Miller Finlan. May she be wrapped up in God’s love. On that day for which we long, may she be raised glorious and immortal from the dead.
The funeral Mass for Mrs. Finlan will be celebrated at 02:00 pm on Monday, 21 April, in St. Joseph Church, Ashland.
MARY CARBERRY is an Irishwoman who calls herself Maria Divine Mercy. (I think it is blasphemous that she calls herself by that name.) She presents herself as a “seer” and a visionary. Many gullible persons have been drawn to her, thinking that she is “the genuine article” and a servant of God. One of her “prophecies” had to do with Pope Francis. She gives the distinct impression that Pope Francis is not the true Pope. This, of course, is utter nonsense. Pope Francis is, indeed, the true and legitimate Pope, to whom full respect and allegiance are due. Please know — beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt — that Mary Carberry (aka “Maria Divine Mercy”) is a false visionary, a false prophet. Her messages are worthless. No faithful Catholic should have anything to do with her or with her messages or with the articles of devotion that she promotes. If you know anyone who promotes this woman or her writings, please tell him or her what you just read here.

stjos/stvdp: 04.20.2014 - 06



NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE ARTS proudly presents its 2014 musical, GODSPELL on Friday 25 April at 07:00 pm and on Saturday 26 April at 03:00 pm.
Adults $8.00. Students age 18 and under $5.00.
Nativity High School Gym, One Lawtons Hill, Pottsville, PA 17901.
For more information call 570-622-8110.
LAST CHANCE to buy a chance on the Easter Lottery Ticket Basket. Chances on sale in the back of the church after the two Masses this weekend. Two dollars a chance or three for five dollars.
Drawing will take place after the 11:30 am Mass.

 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN
are reminded that they will meet with Fr. Connolly and Miss King
in St. Vincent dePaul Rectory at 06:00 pm on Tuesday, 22 April.
This will be the third of six meetings.
I anticipate that, after this meeting (22 April), I shall tell the children that they are now authorized and qualified to make their First Confessions.
Note: It has never been my policy to set a particular date for a group “First Confession”. The children should simply “show up” for Confession at any one of the times specified in the Sunday bulletin. Obviously this will not happen without the parents taking the initiative!
By Church Law, children MUST go to Confession before being admitted to First Holy Communion.
Telling tales out of school ……..
This past Tuesday (15 April), I was waxing eloquent with the First Holy Communion children on the subject of the Ten Commandments.
Picture the scene: Miss King and Fr. Connolly seated at a table with about eight kids, ages 6 to 9. Some of these kids are prospects for FHC in May. A couple of the younger ones are not, but are simply “auditing the course”! The pastor (who has done this gig a few thousand times in the past) says to the kids, “Now, boys and girls, in order to make a good Confession, we have to examine our consciences first. And a good way to examine our consciences is to think about the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses. You all know the Ten Commandments, right? Right! But let me review them for you. The first three commandments are our duty to God and the other seven commandments are our duty to our fellow human beings! You got that? Now let me recite the Ten Commandments for you.”
But something unanticipated was happening! There were smiles and chuckles and guffaws all over the place. So, what did I do? I repeated, “The first three commandments are our duty to God and ……..” That served only to renew the chuckles and guffaws. I could see that a riot was breaking out. I was perplexed! What happened? How did I lose control? Where had I gone wrong? I looked at Miss King! Then it dawned on me. I had used the word “duty”. I was doing denotation and these kids were doing a connotation. So, I chided the urchins: “Oh, don’t be so silly! The word ‘duty’ is a perfectly respectable word! Stop thinking dumb thoughts!”
Yeah, sure! I may as well have tried to talk a dog off a meat wagon! No way was I going to win this one! So, from now on, I shall make a mental note: When one is age six to nine, one is very silly. And, when one is very silly, the word “duty” has connotations that are most gut-wrenchingly funny.
So, I shall have to revise my Ten Commandments spiel: “Boys and girls, the first three commandments are our obligations to God, and the other seven are our obligations to our fellow human beings.” We live and learn.

stjos/stvdp: 04.20.2014 - 07


THE OLD WOMAN PAUSES to look back briefly on her life before she passes through the door that separates her from eternal union with the Lord. But it is not an old woman who comes out on the other side. Rather, it is a young woman.
The sculptor of this piece of art conveys — rather well, in my opinion — the mystery of resurrection from the dead.
“DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY!
WHERE, O DEATH, IS YOUR VICTORY?
WHERE, O DEATH, IS YOUR STING?
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

(1Cor 54c – 56)

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