MASS SCHEDULE: 22 - 29 OCTOBER
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 21 October
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - CHRISTOPHER V. MESSINA (5th anniversary) by his mother, Mary

Sunday, 22 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - JOHN and ANNA McGOVERN
by their son, John, and his wife, Flo
10:45 a.m. - ROBERT KEVY (anniversary of birth) and NATHAN and LILLIAN KEVY (anniversary)
by their sisters / daughters, Phyllis and Roni
3:00 p.m. - In Gratitude to God for the 100 years of St. Joseph Parish

Monday, 23 October
St. John of Capistrano, priest (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - SALVATION OF SOULS
by Jerome and Marie Gilmartin

Tuesday, 24 October
St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - LUCY FORTE CARUSO
by her Sister, Mary Forte LaSelva, and her nephew, Michael LaSelva
7:00 p.m. - JOHN STEFONICK
by his sister, Elizabeth Stefonick Filer

Wednesday, 25 October
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - ROSE CHIODO (34th anniversary)
by Mary and John

Thursday, 26 October
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - LUIGI and LYDIA (Giordano) MACCARONE
by their daughter, Nancy Maccarone King, and family
7:00 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by Eugene M. Trabosh

Friday, 27 October
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - ANDREW J. LUCAS
by Michael and Catherine Whitney

Saturday, 28 October
SS. Simon and Jude, apostles (Fst)
8:00 a.m. - In loving memory of FRANCIS, THOMAS and ANGEL THERESE by their family
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ROBERT KEVY
(15th anniversary) by his sisters, Phyllis and Roni

Sunday, 29 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - DANIEL F. HEINBACH
by Jeanette Ciorlanti Chalinsky
10:45 a.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by his brother, Michael, and family

 

 

 

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
14 / 15 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
$2187.00
from the envelopes and $54.40 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $2241.40 the parish's weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments, $358.85 plus the weekly premiums for property and liability insurance, $149.20, the sum of which is $508.05, plus its weekly obligation to All Saints School, $987.21, the sum total of which is $1,495.26, one sees that $746.14 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$134.00
from the envelopes and $64.25 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $198.25 the parish's weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments, $55.15 plus the weekly premiums for property and liability insurance, $56.72, the sum of which is $111.87, plus its weekly obligation to All Saints School, $197.44, the sum total of which is $309.31, one sees that ($111.06) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       14 Oct

#896
Elva S  won $100.00
Sun      15 Oct

#202 
Jeff N won the $150.00
Mon     16 Oct

#596
Karen S won $50.00
Tues     17 Oct

#988 
Nobody won $50.00
Wed     18 Oct

#854
Mike U won $50.00
Thurs   19 Oct

#037
Marietta D won $50.00
Fri       20 Oct

#614
Nobody won $50.00
                                                        

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CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 24 October
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 26 October
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Friday, 20 October
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 22 to 29 October, in loving memory of the deceased members of the Pilo family, at the request of Jack and Flo McGovern.
THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 22 to 29 October, in loving memory of Francis Stephen Tranquillo, at the request of his family.

FLEA MARKET & FOOD and BAKE SALE
[Eat in or take out]

Date: Sunday, 12 November
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Site: St. Vincent DePaul Parish Center
538 Sunbury Street
Minersville



stjos/stfds: 10.22.2006 - 03


 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

23 October
Mary J. Chiodo
Patricia H. Leskin
Salvatore L. Modesto Sr.
Charles A. Nowak
Susan Branca Thye
Lynn Mengel Weiner

24 October
Julian D. Chiplonia
Janice M. Sedicino
William J. Sorgino Jr.
John F. Strokelitus

25 October
Christine Horan Alcaraz
William E. Lecher
Maria Mercuri Mercuri

 

26 October
None, as far as we know.

27 October
Mary Frances Roda
Melissa Rutecky Rozetar
Lisa Faline Weidner

28 October
Joshua S. Generella
Donna Galetz Ricigliano

29 October
Colleen Brennan
Gary L. Favinger
Ashley M. Justen

 


NATIVITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TO HOLD BUS TRIP TO NYC
The Nativity High School Alumni Association will be holding a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, 4 November. The bus will leave Nativity's front parking lot at 7:00 a.m. and will then leave NYC at 7:00 p.m. This is a free day in the City. The cost is $35.00. Call Greg Wagner at 622-1859 to reserve your seat or for further information.


PERHAPS YOU NOTICED that a proposal is in the works that the Zoning Board grant a variance so that there can be a strip club on North Centre Street, Pottsville.
May we ask for a voice vote? All in favor of the Zoning Commission granting an exception for a strip club on North Centre Street will signify by saying "Ay". Opposed? Thank you!
Now, we'll move on to the next item on the agenda.
All in favor of the Zoning Commission granting an exception for a House of Ill Repute on Garfield Square will signify by saying "Ay". Opposed? Thank you.

stjos/stfds: 10.22.2006 - 04


As mentioned in previous bulletins, St. Joseph Parish and St. Francis deSales Parish neither support nor oppose any candidates for public office.
We do, however, exercise our constitutional right to support or to oppose certain public policies.
Even here, however, we exercise due prudence.
We confine our advocacy or our opposition to those public policies or proposed public policies that impact on the moral law, in particular on the moral law as we know it from human nature.

Richard Santorum (R) and Bob Casey Jr. (D) are the candidates for United States Senator from Pennsylvania.
Here are two questions put to Mr. Santorum and Mr. Casey, followed by their answers.
Please think about what each candidate has to say.
Please think also about what each candidate does not say.

What is your position on a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

SANTORUM: SUPPORT
Senator Santorum offered no further comment.

CASEY: OPPOSE
Mr. Casey offered this comment: Marriage can only be between a man and a woman. I believe PA State law is clear on that. And I do not believe Washington should take this decision away from state legislatures. I understand that many good people support this amendment because of their legitimate concern about protecting the definition of marriage. Yet far too many in Washington are using this amendment to divide our nation for political gain. I will not be a part of such efforts.

What is your position on mandating employers and health insurance plans, regardless of their religious beliefs or moral convictions, to cover contraceptives in their prescription plans for employees?

SANTORUM: OPPOSE
Senator Santorum offered this comment: I also oppose the FDA's recent decision to sell the "Morning-After Pill" over-the-counter, while my opponent favors it and calls for it to be "widely available."

CASEY: SUPPORT
Mr. Casey offered this comment: I do not believe that employers should be able to deny their employees coverage for legal contraceptive services, especially since those services are proven to significantly reduce abortion rates in this country.

MY COMMENTS
We know from the natural law that sodomy is immoral.
The institutionalization of homosexual sodomy, making it equal in law to the marriage of man and woman, is an abomination. Therefore, we oppose it. We support legislation that effectively outlaws "same-sex marriage" throughout the nation. Unlike Mr. Casey, we do not carry the banner of "states' rights" when it comes to such fundamental matters any more than we would have carried the banner of "states' rights" in the 19th century in the matter of black slavery.
Mr. Casey obviously believes that artificial contraception is a good thing. How he can do this and continue to consider himself Catholic is a mystery to me. Mr. Casey also would want to oblige (e.g.) the Diocese of Allentown and its various parishes and agencies to provide their employees with coverage for contraceptive services. And, if we refused to do so, what legal penalty would Mr. Casey recommend be imposed? Would it be sufficient to confiscate our property or would he think it would be more effective to throw a few of us to the lions?
Please note that we neither support nor oppose any candidates for public office. We simply point things out to you

stjos/stfds: 10.22.2006 - 05/06


 

"FEEDER PARISHES"

In Church-bureaucrat jargon - or, at least, in diocesan jargon - one commonly hears and reads the expression "feeder parish(es)".
The term, as it is commonly used, refers to those parishes that jointly own and operate a parochial school. It could also refer to those parishes to which belong the greater number of students who attend a diocesan high school. Another use of the term might have something to do with joint support of CYO programs.
Well, you get the idea.
I have never liked the term "feeder parish". To me, it has a weird and chilly connotation. Especially in regard to children (as in the examples given above), the term "feeder parish" conjures up in my brain the image of pagan priests chucking little children into the mouth of Moloch. Not a family-friendly image, not at all!
Just recently, I saw the term "feeder parish" used in a different context. It was downright macabre! In a memo sent to "pastors supporting diocesan cemeteries", the front office used this chilling phrase: "As a feeder parish for Resurrection Cemetery, etc."
Good grief! That it has come to this! Now our parishes are perceived as providing nourishment for the great gaping mouths of our cemeteries! This is the stuff of horror films!
I hereby propose that we do a requiem on the term "feeder parish". We might want to appoint a committee to select a phrase that is more felicitous that would express the concept of "parish(es) whose members are a likely source of prospective clients for fill-in-the-blank entity".

stjos/stfds: 10.22.2006 - 07


 

The following is taken verbatim from:
THUNDER / ENLIGHTENING
Page 19
Pottsville Republican & Herald
Thursday, 5 October

This is to the caller from Schuylkill Haven who wanted to know what Jesus would do concerning the prisoners and what kind of torture the United States is going to decide to use with these prisoners. Jesus would be fair and just. If you know anything about the Bible, an "eye for an eye" says it all. There would be severe punishment, which was equal to what was given on the other half.

Cressona

My comment
I don't have any comment to make about "what Jesus would do concerning the prisoners" nor about "what kind of torture the United States is going to decide to use with these prisoners". For the record, I am opposed to torture in any of its various incarnations. As to what constitutes "torture", that is a subject I have no need to deal with now.
My one and only reason for wanting to comment on this submission to T / E is this: The caller says, "If you know anything about the Bible, an 'eye for an eye' says it all."
That, of course, is pure, unadulterated hogwash. The problem, however, is that most people THINK that the Christian religion endorses the principle of "an eye for an eye". The fact of the matter is this: It was Moses who taught "an eye for an eye". Moses is in the Bible but Moses is not the Bible, nor is Moses the final word.
Jesus cites "an eye for an eye" and explicitly revokes it. "Cressona" (the caller) needs to be introduced to Jesus. The Law of Moses was useful for its time, but it has been replaced by the Law of Jesus. "Eye for an eye" is not part of the Law of Jesus.

             stjos/stfds:10.22.2006 - 08



WELCOME, BISHOP CULLEN!
We are honored and grateful to have our Chief Shepherd with us today (Sunday, 22 October) to be the principal celebrant of the Mass (3:00 p.m.) thanking God for the 100 years of our parish's existence.

WELCOME, MAYOR and MRS. REILEY!
We are likewise honored and grateful to have with us today, at the Mass and the dinner, the Mayor and the First Lady of Pottsville, the Honorable and Mrs. John D.W. Reiley.

WELCOME, MRS. STELLA!
We are very pleased to have with us today, at the Mass and at the dinner, the oldest member of our parish, Angie, the Amazing! Angela DiCello Stella was born on 1 November 1907. She has been a member of St. Joseph Parish all her life! A marbles inventory was conducted recently. It appears that Mrs. DiCello continues to be in possession of all the marbles God has given her. This is a great blessing.

WELCOME, MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY!
We anticipate that the following will join us at the Mass (in order alphabetical):
Father John W. Bambrick
Monsignor Robert J. Biszek
Deacon Christopher S. Butera
Father James N. Drucker
Father John J. McNamara
Monsignor Edward J. O'Connor,VF
Deacon John E. Quirk
Father Christopher M. Zelonis

 

stjos/stfds: 10.22.2006 - 09



 MASS SCHEDULE: 22 - 29 OCTOBER
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 21 October
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - BRUCE E. MEASEL (anniversary of birth)
by his mother, Mary

Sunday, 22 October
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EUGENE J. REHNERT
by his wife, Rita
12:15 p.m. - BASTINA ["Betty"] FOLINO NICASTRO
by Thomas S. Chiplonia

Monday, 23 October
St. John of Capistrano, priest (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - In thanksgiving to SAINT ANTHONY
by Anonymous

Friday, 27 October
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - PHYLLIS KLINE GIRTON
by Gerry Almonti Davis

Saturday, 28 October
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - ANGELINE MERLINO ANGELISANTI
by Mary Deramo Measel

Sunday, 29 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - JOSEPHINE PICCIONI MOTTO
by Julian and Mary Chiplonia
12:15 p.m. - NED H. LANG
by Sophie Dobrosielski D'Alfonso

stjos/stfds: 10.22.2006 - 10


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