MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 November

Saturday, 11 November
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - CLARA SELINSKY
by her daughter, Kathryn Selinsky Luppino

Sunday, 12 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - LEVI and CAMILLE PILO
by John and Flo McGovern
10:45 a.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife and his daughter, Carmella and Joanne

Monday, 13 November
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - DANIEL F. BARNES
(3rd anniversary) by Mom and Ed

Tuesday, 14 November
12:05 p.m. - Rev. GEORGE E. GOLDEN
by EBC
7:00 p.m. - Deceased: BONADIO and BUTERA FAMILY by Mary

Wednesday, 15 November
St. Albert the Great, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - KEVIN BARNES
(11th anniversary) by Nana and Pop Pop


Thursday, 16 November
St. Margaret of Scotland; St. Gertrude, virgin (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - Rev. Msgr. PIETRO MICHETTI (54th anniversary) by St. Joseph parishioners
7:00 p.m. - JESSE J. KRIZNO
by his children, John, Mary Ann and Joseph

Friday, 17 November
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, religious (OptMem)
by her husband, Jack

Saturday, 18 November
Dedication of Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul; St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, virgin (OptMems)
by Mike and Dolly Fanelli
Vigil of Sunday

Sunday, 19 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - ALBERT PILO and TONY PILO
by John and Flo McGovern
10:45 a.m. - ANTOINETTE BERTOLINI PAPADA (6th anniversary)
by her sister, Angela DiCello Stella

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04 / 05 NOVEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $175.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,804.00 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 $308.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $62.50 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $294.50 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 ($14.81) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Fri      03 Nov

Tess McG  won $50.00
Sat     04 Nov

Vince G $100.00
Sun    05 Nov

EBC won $150.00
Mon   06 Nov

Ann S won $50.00
Tues   07 Nov

Shirley B won $50.00
Wed   08 Nov

Sharon M won $50.00
Thurs 09 Nov

Diane C won $50.00
  Fri     10 Nov                                                       #004                        EBC won $50.00

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Tuesday, 14 November
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 16 November
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 17 November
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 12 - 18 November, in loving memory of Frank LaPlaca, at the request of his wife, Victoria, and family.
THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 12 - 18 November, in loving memory of Helen Papapietro Piccioni, at the request of her son, Emidio.
HOLY FAMILY THRIFT SHOP has 300 brand new wedding gowns and bridesmaids' dresses for sale. A company has generously donated them to the Thrift Shop. NONE over $250.00
The Thrift Shop is located at 600 Union Boulevard, Allentown - across the street from Agere.
Open from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Call (610) 433-4350.
Holy Family Thrift Shop is owned and operated by Holy Family Manor, a facility owned by the Diocese of Allentown.

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13 November
R. Michael Whitney

14 November
Jennifer Julian Cooper
Brittany R. Cory
Margaret R. DiMarcello
Alexis M. Kline
Nicole C. Lukach
Vera Monti Miller

15 November
Gina L. Ferraro
Maria Messina
Judith D'Alessandro Strokelitus


16 November
Pamela Villella Bensinger
Debra Evangelista Boncore
Blake R. Bowers
Evan J. Getzey
Susanne Weiss Visalli
Michael J. Nowak

17 November
Michael A. Pilo

18 November
Victoria R. Chewey

19 November
Dominic F. Piccioni
Deanna D. Stevenson
Anna M. Villella

That's the profit from last Sunday's spaghetti supper.
It breaks all records!
And are we ever grateful? You bet we are!

stjos/stfds: 11.12.2006 - 04


"Dear" Father Connolly:
Once again I notice that you are a winner of your own parish lottery! I see that you "won" $150.00 on #008 on Sunday, 5 November. Then, to my absolute astonishment, I see that you "won" an additional $50.00 on #004 on Friday, 10 November.
That's two hundred dollars in just one week! Quite a nice haul! What chutzpah!
Well, I have just three questions to ask you, "dear" Father Connolly and the questions are these:
#1 - Are you not ashamed of yourself that you have won not merely once (which would be bad enough) but twice in the lottery run by your own parishes?
#2 - Don't you know that it is a sin to steal?
#3 - How long do you think you can get away with this?
Concerned Catholic

Dear Concerned Catholic:
In answer to your questions:
#1 - Ashamed? No, not even a little bit.
#2 - Yes, I know it is a sin to steal. I know all Ten Commandments by heart.
#3 - You mean "get away with winning"? Gee, whiz! Indefinitely, I hope!
Oh, dear concerned Catholic, how sweet it is to win a few dollars in the parish lottery!
May I suggest that you purchase one or more calendars each month?
God bless you!

Kelly A. McCord / 10th grade / PAHS / 1st Honors
Megan L. McCord / 6th grade / Lengel / Honors
PLEASE NOTE: The Tuesday morning (14 Nov) Bible Study will be held on Thursday morning (16 Nov), because of the funeral Mass at StFdS on Tuesday.

stjos/stfds: 11.12.2006 - 05



Theodore (his friends call him "Teddy") is my four-year old grandnephew. He is enormously cute and winsome - sort of the way I was when I was his age. He came up on a Saturday evening not long ago and stayed over into Sunday evening.
I took him to see a couple of the better known tourist attractions in the Pottsville area: (a) the HENRY CLAY STATUE and SCENIC OVERLOOK (we drove up to it and then climbed down to it) and (b) SAINT JOSEPH PARISH CEMETERY.
Teddy wanted to know who Henry Clay was. I started to explain to him: (a) that he was a United States Senator from Kentucky in the 19th century; (b) that he had been instrumental in fashioning the Missouri Compromise, which postponed secession and civil war for a little while; (c) that he promoted high tariffs on British iron ore; (d) that he ran unsuccessfully for President a couple of times. Teddy's eyes started to glaze over a bit, so I omitted the rest of the details. It occurred to me that I have a fair amount of experience in making people's eyes glaze over.
Teddy enjoyed the time spent inspecting both of these scenic wonders. He asked me if I own the cemetery. I told him "not really", that God owns it, but that He hires me to manage it for Him because He is very busy. I told Teddy that all of the people who are buried in our cemetery are going to rise from the dead when Jesus comes back and that Jesus will take them to heaven if they were God's friends when they were living. Teddy and I both agreed that it is a good idea to be God's friends. We prayed for the dead: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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Teddy also told me that I was his favorite uncle. He did not say "favorite granduncle". So, I interpreted his compliment to mean that I hold the highest place in his esteem not only among his GRAND uncles, but also among his NON-GRAND uncles, which is high praise indeed, because some of the latter are worthy gents.
Teddy then explained to me exactly WHY I was his favorite uncle. It came down to three reasons: "Because you have a gym and a flat-screen TV and a cat." (By "gym" he was referring to the upper level of the hall.) This took some of the starch out of me. I had thought that my lofty position in Teddy's esteem had everything to do with my personal charm and intrinsic lovability. But, hey, I'm not complaining! If it takes (a) a gym and (b) a flat-screen TV and (c) a cat to make me lovable, why should I complain?
Teddy declared that his trip to visit his granduncle in Pottsville was - AND I QUOTE (which explains why the following phrase is in quotation marks): "UNCLE EDWARD, THIS WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE".
Well, Lord knows that I am always grateful to be instrumental in helping a person to have a good day and if that good day turns out to be the BEST day of his or her life - well, praise the Lord!
At one point during the visit, Teddy told me that he is going to be a priest. He said that, when he is 16, he is going to move to Pottsville to live with me and I can teach him how to be a priest. I told him that that is a wonderful idea and that he would make an excellent priest.
So, I would like the people of St. Joseph Parish and St. Francis deSales Parish to know that, if all goes according to plan, a 16-year-old priest-in-training will be moving into St. Joseph Rectory in 2018, at which time I shall start to turn management of the parishes over to him.
I realize some people might accuse me of nepotism. But, not to worry! You'll love your teenage pastor when you meet him. Great personality!

             stjos/stfds: 11.12.2006 - 07

A friend of mine sent me a post-election email and I sent him one in reply. I think that the points made in these emails are relevant to readers of the parish bulletin. I have my friend's permission to reprint his email (although without his name).

Dear Father Connolly:
Well, there it is!
I sort of suspected this was going to happen. I think I shared with you my theory about the gradual increase of liberal power in this country. I think the Democrats will hold Congress for a long, long time.
This is what I think will happen. The things that the Republicans had often threatened to do, such as curtail the power of the Supreme Court through legislation altering its jurisdiction, and changing the procedural rules in the Senate, will actually be carried out by the Democrats.
The Democrats will seek to push their social agenda. When the Republicans throw up road blocks, the Democrats will make these changes I am warning about. We will become like Canada.
Another thing I think you may see, that would actually obviate the need for the Democrats to do any of this, is the sudden abandonment of the moral values platform by the Republican Party. This would probably shock loyal Republican types such as you, but it wouldn't surprise me at all.
You must remember that the moral values platform is an accident, not the essence, of the GOP. They are ultimately the liberal party (in the European / classical and correct sense of the word, that is, no government interference in the economy and the maximum amount of freedom for the individual through the erosion of long-standing social institutions.)
They adopted the pro-life platform under Reagan's influence to pull the morally conservative Democrats away from their own party. It worked beautifully. They got all those votes and never had to deliver much in return.
They may very well interpret this loss as more than a referendum on the Iraq War. They might think it is time to be done with the "religious right." There are signs of this already. I could be wrong, but it's been looking this way to me for some time.
On a positive note, there is always an upside. We could get some good out of the Democrats. In fact, I think we WILL get some good out of the Democrats on issues of "social justice."
I'll stop by to see you sometime this week!

stjos/stfds: 11.12.2006 - 08

Dear (Name):
Blessed are they who expect nothing. They shall not be disappointed. That pretty much sums up my reaction. Since Tuesday night, I have been doing a lot of "this too shall pass away" kind of meditation in order to keep depression at bay. Or, as we used to say in the seminary after we figured we had done a particularly wretched job in a test: Quid hoc ad aeternitatem?
Allow me to separate myself from an epithet you applied to me, viz. "loyal Republican types such as you". Hell's bells! I'm no "loyal Republican type". True I'm registered as a Republican, but that's only because I don't want to go before God as a registered Democrat. Why should I take any unnecessary risks? I don't want God to identify me with the party of abortion, embryonic stem cell research and sodomite marriage! My current identity as a Republican is strategic, nothing more. My only solid affiliation is Catholic. Everything else is negotiable.
The saddest thing of all about Tuesday is the ouster of Santorum by Casey. What a tragic trade-off! May God have mercy on those Pennsylvania Catholics who voted Santorum out! Their only hope is to plead ignorance when they meet their Maker.
I'm almost certain that, in the entire history of the U.S. Senate, there has ever been a more thoroughly Catholic Senator than Rick Santorum. He is Catholic from the inside out. Chuck Schumer knew what he was doing when he got Casey to run against Santorum. Schumer knew that Casey's public identity as a Catholic and as a pro-lifer would confuse the Catholic voters of Pennsylvania. Casey is an empty suit. His Catholicism is pretty much the same as that of such devout Catholic Senators as Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Joe Biden, Pat Leahy, Dick Durbin, Tom Harkin, et al. As far as being "pro-life" is concerned, that's a hoot! Casey does not believe that the unborn child has a right to life. If he did, how could he possibly support the morning-after pill? If George Bush has an opportunity to appoint one more Supreme Court justice before he heads back to Crawford and if that appointee has a whiff of pro-life about him (or her), it will be interesting to see whether Casey will separate himself from his party to vote to confirm. I doubt it very much!
Here is something Peggy Noonan wrote about Santorum a few days before the election:
Mr. Santorum has been at odds with the modernist impulse, or liberalism, or whatever it now and fairly should be called. Most of his own impulses--protect the unprotected, help the helpless, respect the common man--have not been conservative in the way conservative is roughly understood, or portrayed, in the national imagination. If this were the JFK era, his politics would not be called "right wing" but "progressive." He is, at heart, a Catholic social reformer. Bobby Kennedy would have loved him.
That explains, in part, why I respect Rick Santorum. He stirred up in me some of the idealism I felt about politicians in 1968, before Sirhan Sirhan did his dirty deed. I respect Santorum because he is a true Catholic who sides with the downtrodden - which, in my opinion, is the principal goal of government domestic policy.
See you soon!

stjos/stfds: 11.12.2006 - 09

a member of St. Francis deSales Parish, died on Saturday, 11 November.
Born on 9 May 1922, she was 84 years of age.
Mary is one of two children of the late John and Catherine (Brehoney) Reilly.
Did you know that John Reilly, Mary's father, was part of the construction crew that built St. Francis deSales Church? The cornerstone of our church is dated 1921 - one year before Mary was born.
Mary's brother, John Reilly, is deceased.
She is the wife of the late Howard D. Merrick Sr. Howard died on 13 July 2001.
She is the mother of two sons, both of whom survive her: Howard D. Merrick Jr. and David R. Merrick.
She is the grandmother of Gregory H. Merrick.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be celebrated at St. Francis deSales Church on Tuesday, 14 November, at 10:00 a.m. The interment will be at Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery.
There will not be a viewing.
Mary was "a pillar of the parish", a true-blue member of St. Francis deSales. Only when disability and age began to impede her was she absent from weekend Mass.
She was always glad to attend Mass and to receive Holy Communion in the nursing home during her final years of life.
Mary has survived the time of great distress. She has washed her robe and made it white in the Blood of the Lamb.
Eternal rest grant unto Mary Merrick, 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.

stjos/stfds: 11.12.2006 - 10

St. Joseph Parish sold 643 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 37 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 680.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $3,400.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$2,250.00 in prizes;
$70.00 in printing;
$36.51 in postage.
Total deductions: $2,356.51.
Net revenue: $1,043.49.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (94.6%) earned $986.71.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5.4%) earned $56.78.

[Please note: I am printing this message in the bulletin precisely as I received it. I do not profess to understand it. I hope somebody does. If you do, maybe you would explain it to me. EBC]
"Your envelope packets will now include the 1st Sunday and the appropriate Special Collection envelopes for the next month. This will take effect in December of 2006 which will include the first Sunday of January and any Specials that fall on or before that Sunday, January 7, 2007. Your packets will begin with the Second Sunday and end with the first Sunday of the next month. Please make sure that your Parishioners are aware of this new change."
MANY PERSONS WANT "ADVANCE INSIDER" INFORMATION about what will happen to the various parishes once the Synod has concluded. If you would like some "advance insider" information, please put a fifty-dollar bill inside an envelope, write your name on the envelope, tie the envelope around the left hind leg of KATERI (the official cat of St. Joseph Parish). KATERI, who knows more than most cats about what is going on in official circles, will get back to you within 24 hours and tell you all you want to know and more!

stjos/stfds: 11.12.2006 - 11

We all know that Joe Paterno was injured last Saturday (4 Nov) in a sideline collision during the Penn State - Wisconsin game. Tight end Andre Quarless fell into him late in the third quarter, after being hit out of bounds along the Penn State sideline. JoePa, age 79, suffered a broken left leg and some torn ligaments. He has since had surgery, several screws being inserted into his injured leg. Adding insult to injury, Penn State lost the game 13 to 3.
Now, why did this happen and why in November?
I'll tell you why - and this is information you are not going to get from any other publication:
It happened because Coach Paterno has long been envious of the popularity of Nativity principal Fr. Ron Jankaitis.
Always much loved and highly esteemed by all, Fr. Jay's popularity soared to stratospheric heights after he was bowled over on the sidelines at the Nativity - Shenandoah game on 18 November 2005. As we all know, Father Jay incurred a badly broken leg, which entitled him to surgery and some painful rehab time.
Hoping to restore his own flagging popularity, Coach Paterno has tried to emulate Father Jay. Call it an hommage to the Principal of Nativity, if you will. I call it "contrived" and "pretty sad".
You were a great man in your day, Coach Paterno, but now it's time to sit at home and file your clippings.
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH 100th ANNIVERSARY MUGS are available for purchase. Stop by the Rectory to pick up yours. Someday, they might even be collectors' items! Price is only $2.50.

stjos/stfds: 11.12.2006 - 12


Q - Who is known as "The Mother of the Italian Immigrants"?
A - St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, often referred to as "Mother Cabrini".
Q - Who is the first citizen of the USA ever to have been canonized a Saint?
A - Same answer! St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, often referred to as "Mother Cabrini".
Q - When does the Church observe Mother Cabrini's feast day?
A - Funny you should ask! The Church honors Mother Cabrini on 13 November.
Q - Did Mother Cabrini ever visit Schuylkill County?
A - Just recently (within the past year) I came across anecdotal evidence that Mother Cabrini did indeed visit Schuylkill County. An elderly gentleman [past 90] of Italian heritage who lives in Schuylkill Haven tells me that he remembers that Mother Cabrini visited a family in MOUNT CARBON and sat on their porch, drinking a glass of iced tea! I was fascinated when the gentleman told me this. He says that he is certain of it. I wish it had been documented. I think we can assert it as at least "probably true" that Mother Cabrini visited Mount Carbon!

stjos/stfds: 11.12.2006 - 13

 MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 November

Saturday, 11 November
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - ANNA E. D'ALESSANDRO
by her brother, Dominick

Sunday, 12 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - ROBERT S. PHILLIPS (1st anniversary)
by: his wife, Danette; his sons, Ryan and Nicholas; his father-in-law, Herb
12:15 p.m. - Rev. WALTER J. HALL
by EBC

Monday, 13 November
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin (OblMem)
by his wife, Frances, and family

Wednesday, 15 November
St. Albert the Great, doctor (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - Special Intention: CARMELLA BONADIO CIMINO
by George and Joan Repella

Friday, 17 November
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, religious (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - NORMA BEHRENS (month's mind)
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Saturday, 18 November
Vigil of Sunday
by Angie LaPlaca Deramo

Sunday, 19 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by: his family
by Kathy Goetz Buehler

stjos/stfds: 11.12.2006 - 14


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