Saturday, 07 October
Vigil of Sunday
by Anthony (+) and Mary Luppino

Sunday, 08 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - JOHN R. MACCARONE
by his sister, Nancy Maccarone King, and family
10:45 a.m. - FRANK OWENS (anniversary of birth)
by his sister, Kitty Owens DiCello

Monday, 09 October
SS. Denis and companions, martyrs; St. John Leonardi, priest (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - LUCY FORTE CARUSO
by her sister, Mary Forte LaSelva, and her nephew Michael

Tuesday, 10 October
by John J. Krizno
7:00 p.m. - RALPH C. BUTERA by his wife

Wednesday, 11 October
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife, Carmella, and his daughter, Joanne


Thursday, 12 October
12:05 p.m. - NED H. LANG
by Grace Luppino Joy and family
7:00 p.m. - BARRY A. BARKET
by Mary Harman Luppino

Friday, 13 October
Weekday (USA)
St. Edward the Confessor (UK)
12:05 p.m. - God's blessings on Rev. EDWARD B. CONNOLLY by Sandy

Saturday, 14 October
St. Callistus, pope, martyr (OptMem)
8:00 a.m. - SALVATORE and ROSINA (Versaci) TEDESCHI
by Ann Marie Codi Campion and family
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - MARY LaSELVA DeMATTEO (anniversary of birth) by her daughter, Frances, and family

Sunday, 15 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by her sister, Nancy Maccarone King, and family
10:45 a.m. - Health and God's blessings on SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D'ALFONSO (94th birthday)
by her family

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Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $98.50 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,455.50 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 ($39.76) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $57.40 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $224.15 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 ($117.91) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Sat       30 Sept

Mike M  won $100.00
Sun      01 Oct

Cary S won the $150.00
Mon     02 Oct

Nobody won $50.00
Tues     03 Oct

Nobody won $50.00
Wed     04 Oct

Nobody won $50.00
Thurs   05 Oct

Bill T won $50.00
Fri       06 Oct

Nobody won $50.00

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Tuesday, 10 October
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 12 October
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 13 October
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, is offered, during the week of 08 to 15 October, in loving memory of Lucy Forte Caruso, at the request of Wayne Moreland Jr.
Sunday, 8 October, is ONE-WORLD-PRAYING DAY, sponsored by the Blue Army Shrine in Washington NJ and by EWTN. It is the day on which one billion prayers are being requested for LIFE and for PEACE. Locally, people are invited to gather in the chapel of St. Patrick Church between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. The rosary will be prayed every half hour for these intentions. Please join in as we storm heaven.
SUNDAY BREAKFAST: On Sunday, 15 October, you and your family can feast on an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the St. Ambrose Parish Center, Schuylkill Haven. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, dessert, coffee and juice will be included. Only $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children 3 to 10. Children ages 2 and under are free [or should we say fwee?] For further information, call Lori Sangregorio at 385-3043.

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09 October
Kathleen Lynch Butera
Lois Neade Matz

10 October
Richard A. Laub

11 October
Olivia M. Cory
Andrew A. DeStefano
Mary Ann Krizno
Salvatore L. Modesto Jr.

12 October
Robert D. Logan Jr.
Stephen P. Puddu DDS
Louise Zapotoczny Spece


13 October
Joseph M. Lukach Jr.
Tamara M. Wentz

14 October
Alyssa M. Chillemi
Edith Scharsch Cromis
Trevor N. Gauntlett
Claudia Franzelin Kheloussi
Patricia Boyer Kutch
Marina M. Piccioni
John C. Tranquillo

15 October
ophie Dobrosielski D'Alfonso *
Douglas S. DeGrassi


* We won't tell you how old Mrs. D'Alfonso will be on 15 Oct, but we will tell you this: On the day that she was born, a hard-fought presidential campaign was coming down to the wire. There were three candidates that year. The Republican was the incumbent, President "Big Bill" Taft. The Democratic challenger was the former president of Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson. The third-party (Bull Moose) candidate was former President Teddy Roosevelt.
Mrs. D'Alfonso has lived through a lot of history! We are grateful to have her in our midst. She still makes it to Mass every Sunday! What a good example she gives! May God bless her and keep her in His love!
FREE DAY IN NYC! St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Minersville) is sponsoring a bus trip to the Big Apple on Saturday, 4 November. Leave King's Village at 7:00 a.m. and leave NYC at 6:00 p.m. The price is $35.00. Includes light breakfast, drinks and snacks. Call for reservations: Chris (622-6095) or the Rectory (544-2234).

stjos/stfds: 10.08.2006 - 04

NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL'S DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT is currently selling BON TON CARE TO SHARE booklets. The cost of each booklet is $5.00 and all proceeds benefit Nativity. Each booklet contains a coupon for $10.00 off your first purchase on 11 Nov 06. There are also eight (8) 20%-off coupons in the booklet, as well as certificates for discounted items. The coupons are good at ALL Bon Ton locations for the ENTIRE day on Saturday, 11 November. Please help Nativity with this great fundraiser! Booklets can be purchased from Jenn Daubert at Nativity's Development Office (628-4004).

The St. Joseph Parish Choir will be practicing for the 100th anniversary Mass.
Wednesday, 11 October, at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 18 October, at 7:00 p.m.
All "old members" are respectfully ordered to show up.
All "new members" are respectfully invited to show up.
THE GREEN WAVE ASSOCIATION will host BEATLEMANIANOW on Saturday, 21 October, at Nativity BVM High School, at 7:00 p.m. BeatlemaniaNow is a fabulous on-stage tribute to the Beatles ….. as seen on Broadway! The event is appropriate and fun for all ages. Admission is $20.00. All proceeds benefit Nativity's Football and Track & Field programs. Tickets can by purchased by calling Judy Muldowney at 628-4645. For more details, please visit the Beatlemania link at

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PLEASE DONATE FOOD to our Food Pantry. You know - do you not? - that St. Joseph Parish keeps a food pantry on the front porch of the Rectory for persons who come to us for help. We depend on our parishioners' generosity to stock the pantry. We ask you to bring cans of food and other non-perishable food items to Mass. Place them in the basket in the back of the church. Some non-food items are also needed - e.g. diapers, cakes of soap, toilet paper, etc.

RECENTLY SOMEONE SHOWED ME a prayer card with this prayer of petition to the Blessed Mother printed on it. I had never seen the prayer before. I like the simplicity, confidence and directness of it. Feel free to make it your own!

that you can't say you can't
because you are God's Mother,
and you won't say you won't,
because you are my mother.
So, you will,
won't you?

stjos/stfds: 10.08.2006 - 06





That's the current message on the bulletin board of the First Baptist Church (7th and Mahantongo Streets). It caught my attention for two reasons:
#1 - It is not every day that one sees the word "oxymoron" on a church message board. Such a word certainly raises the level of discourse in the community and broadens our vocabularies! I commend our friends at First Baptist for using it!
#2 - The theology implicit in the sentence stirs the debater in me. I beg to differ! I respectfully disagree! A guilty Christian is not an oxymoron. Au contraire! Here is how I might put it: A guilty Christian, far from being an oxymoron, is simply a Christian who needs to repent and go to Confession so that the precious Blood of Jesus, poured out for him on the Cross, might be applied to him once again, so that, by the power of the Holy Spirit and the ministry of the Church, he might be absolved of the sins he has committed since his baptism or since his last worthy confession. [Hard to fit that all on a message board!]
Allow me to insert a disclaimer before I go any further: I love my Baptist friends and neighbors. No Baptist has ever done me any harm as far as I recall, plus I can think of a few who have done me some good! God bless and preserve all good Baptists! My expression of disagreement with Baptist theology does not imply dislike for nor hostility towards Baptists!
Now that I've made that clear, let me say why we Catholics vehemently dissent from the statement that a guilty Christian is an oxymoron.
Baptist theology is crystallized in what is called "the sinner's prayer". There are several different versions of this prayer. The following is a fairly representative version of it:

"God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!"

From the Baptist point of view, the person who says this prayer and really means it is instantly transformed into a Christian and stands before God (henceforth and forever more) as sinless and as non-guilty. If this is what one believes, then it makes sense to say that "a guilty Christian is an oxymoron" - i.e. a contradiction in terms. However, if this is what one believes, I respectfully suggest that one is seriously mistaken!
From the Catholic point of view, one becomes a Christian by repentance, faith and baptism. An unbaptized adult who wishes to become a Christian (i.e. a Catholic Christian) must declare that he repents of his sins, must confess his faith in Jesus Christ and must be baptized. Confirmation and Holy Eucharist complete the initiation. At that point in time, the new Christian (Catholic) is, indeed, not guilty!
HOWEVER, what if he sins after his initiation into the Body of Christ? Especially, what if he sins in some very serious matter, e.g. murder, adultery, apostasy? Is he not guilty of sin? Of course he is guilty! What about a Christian who has an abortion or who fornicates or who engages in sodomy or who curses his neighbor or who oppresses the poor or who steals or who hates persons of other races, etc., etc. etc.? Is this person not guilty? Of course he is guilty! Question: How does he become "non-guilty"? Answer: By humble recognition of his guilt, by true repentance, by sacramental confession, by readmission to participation in the Eucharist.
To teach one's fellow Christians that they are actually sinless (guiltless) regardless of "the bad things they do" because Christ died for them and because they have put their faith in Him is to do them a terrible disservice.
One of the problems with Baptist theology is the doctrine of eternal security. Eternal security is a heresy - an especially insidious heresy.

             stjos/stfds:10.08.2006 - 07/08

WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO GO TO HARRISBURG for the Diocese of Harrisburg's annual catechetical conference? Some of us went last year and had a good time. (At least I think we did!) It is scheduled for Saturday, 4 November. It runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call the Rectory if you would like to go. We can carpool. Here is a powerful disincentive for going: Fr. Connolly will be one of the zillion presenters! If you attend, do your best to avoid him. That will not be difficult.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:

In memory of
Rita Forte Farrow
Rose Marie Fabiani Zeller
Andrew and Loreta DeStefano
Mary Deramo Measel

In memory of
Angeline Merlino Angelisanti
Joseph and Ann Marie Palerino
Andrew and Loreta DeStefano

In memory of
Jesse J. Krizno
Rose Marie Fabiani Zeller

Happy 200th birthday to you!
Happy 200th birthday to you!
Happy 200th birthday, dear Pottsville!
Happy 200th birthday to you!
Many more of them too!
Many more of them too!
Many more of them, dear Pottsville!
Many more of them too!

stjos/stfds: 10.08.2006 - 09


To: The Editor
The Morning Call
From: Rev. Edward B. Connolly
Date: 6 October 2006

The headline on the first page of the Friday, 6 October, edition of The Morning Call reads as follows: Pope expected to reject concept of limbo
The substance of the article is these two sentences: "But during a Mass at the Vatican today, Pope Benedict XVI is expected to reject the concept [of Limbo], endorsing the conclusion of a theological commission formed by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. In short, Benedict will affirm that unbaptized children who die before reaching the age of reason go to heaven."
Apparently, Benedict does not read The Morning Call. I venture to say this because, as a matter of fact, Benedict said nothing whatsoever about limbo in his "Mass at the Vatican today".
A few months ago, The Morning Call told me that Benedict was going to approve the use of condoms in the case of married persons, one of whom is HIV positive.
But, of course, he did no such thing! Nor could he have done so without impugning his office as Pope.
Likewise, the Pope will never use his office as Supreme Pontiff to teach the universal Church that unbaptized children who die before reaching the age of reason go to heaven.
I don't wish to imply that unbaptized children who die before reaching the age of reason do not go to heaven. It is possible that they do; on the other hand, it is possible that they do not.
I have no doubt whatsoever - because both common sense and the Church say so - that unbaptized children who die before the age of reason are "with the Lord", are exempt from any punishment whatsoever and are in a state of happiness. However, I am not certain beyond the shadow of a doubt that they have the Beatific Vision. If they do, that suits me just fine and you can count me as being in favor! But I don't know for certain! Neither does Pope Benedict! But I trust we shall all find out someday!
It is hubris, plain and simple, to think that we must know every detail of the divine plan. We see through a glass darkly. There are tidbits of information that are not currently accessible to us. They will have to remain in the area of conjecture.
Would it not be a good idea for The Morning Call to wait for the news to happen and then report on it? If it's prophecy and rumor I'm after, I can buy a supermarket tabloid. But it is because I want to know facts about things that have actually happened that I maintain my subscription to The Morning Call.

I am printing this letter to the Editor in our parish bulletin because I'm sure that many of our parishioners are aware of the news reports about the Limbo controversy and might like to have some clarification.
By the way, the controversy is about Limbo, not about the colorful radio personality who is known as Rush.

stjos/stfds: 10.08.2006 - 10


Bishop Cullen will be the principal celebrant of the Mass, which will be at 3:00 p.m.
After Mass, there will be a dinner in the parish hall (upper level). This will be at about 4:30 p.m., give or take.
The price of the dinner is $15.00 per person. We think you will agree that this is a very good price.
Children are certainly welcome at the dinner. However, there is no reduced price for children.
Tickets have been mailed out to all parishioners, together with a letter.
In regard to these tickets, please note the following:
If you are a registered adult member of StJosPar and did not receive the ticket mailing, please let us know. You may be certain that this was an oversight. No one was intentionally excluded!
We ask that payment for tickets be made no later than 15 October. If you are unable to attend, please return the tickets ASAP. We might have use for them.

If you received one ticket plus one blank piece of cardboard (a non-ticket!) in the mail, please understand the reason for this: We sent two tickets to husband / wife parishioners and one ticket to unmarried persons. However, because of the USPS rules for bulk mailing, all the envelopes must weigh the same. Therefore, we included a "dummy ticket" (so as to make the weight) in the envelopes in which we placed only one ticket. We hope this explanation dispels the confusion!
We of StJosPar would love to have some of our StFdSPar brothers and sisters at the Mass and dinner. However, we did not mail any tickets to the StFdS parishioners - not because we don't love them, but simply because we wanted to "observe the boundaries". We hope some StFdS parishioners will join us at the Mass and / or the dinner.

stjos/stfds: 10.08.2006 - 11

St. Joseph Parish sold 632 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 35 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 667.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $3,335.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$1,950.00 in prizes;
$70.00 in printing;
$36.03 in postage.
Total deductions: $2,056.03.
Net revenue: $1,278.97.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (94.8%) earned $1,211.86.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5.2%) earned $67.11.


That's what they tell me!
I can't gainsay them and I wouldn't dare to gainsay them!
One thousand, one hundred seventy-nine dollars! ($1,179.00)
That was the profit from last Sunday's spaghetti supper!
Holy macaroni!
It surpasta all expectations!
Thank you, dear Spaghetti Crew!
And thank you, dear Spaghetti Aficionados!

stjos/stfds: 10.08.2006 - 12

Source and Destiny of our lives,
in Your loving providence
You gave these children to their parents
to grow in wisdom, age and grace.
Now You have called them to Yourself.
We grieve over the loss of children so young
and struggle to understand Your purpose.
Draw these little ones to Yourself
and give them full stature in Christ.
May they stand with all the angels and saints,
who know Your love and praise Your saving will.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 Marian Fisher, age 13
Naomi Rose Ebersol, age 7
Mary Liz Miller, age 8
Lena Miller, age 7
Anna Mae Stoltzfus, age 12

You are always faithful and quick to show mercy.
These innocent children, Marian, Naomi Rose, Mary Liz, Lena and Anna Mae,
were suddenly and violently taken from our midst.
Come swiftly to their aid,
have mercy on them,
and comfort their families, their friends
and the entire Amish community of Lancaster County
by the power and protection of the cross.

stjos/stfds: 10.08.2006 - 13



Saturday, 07 October
Vigil of Sunday
by Victoria LaPlaca Hoffecker

Sunday, 08 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
by EBC
by Kathy Goetz Buehler

Monday, 09 October
SS. Denis and companions, martyrs;
St. John Leonardi, priest (OptMems)
10:00 a.m. - PHILOMENA ["Mamie"] TUCCI DiCELLO
by Bob and Irene Post

Wednesday, 11 October
by Shirley Losch Recla

Friday, 13 October
Weekday [USA]
St. Edward the Confessor [UK] (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - Health and God's Blessings on JAMES MILLER
by Gene and Mary Nolley

Saturday, 14 October
Vigil of Sunday
by his Mom and Dad

Sunday, 15 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by his family
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent

stjos/stfds: 10.08.2006 - 14

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