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11 / 12 NOVEMBER
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
at St. Joseph's
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
|THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 19 - 25 November, in loving memory of Mariano and Angeline LaPlaca, at the request of their daughter, Angie LaPlaca Deramo.|
|THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 19 - 25 November, in loving memory of Bob Phillips, at the request of: his wife, Danette; his sons, Ryan and Nicholas; his father-in-law, Herb.|
There will be a Mass at the Schuylkill Center Nursing Home (behind Good Samaritan Hospital) on Friday, 24 November, at 2:30 p.m.
As always, we invite and encourage our parishioners and other persons who are able to do so to attend this monthly Mass in order to worship God and encourage our elderly brothers and sisters.
John J. Griffin
Louise Sciarrone Marasco
John D. Melocheck
Cecelia Spina Manzo
Alessandra K. Pagnotta
Ronald J. Carestia Jr.
Ruth Eisenhuth Gerace
Heather M. Maccarone
Caroline A. Barbetta
Angeline LaPlaca Deramo
Patricia Feeley Garland
Patricia Adams LaPlaca
Eric S. Lecher
Dorothy A. D'Alfonso
Brandon M. Hullihan
Rosa Alfonsi Lilley
Joseph E. McDonald
Kaitlyn E. Shappell
Theresa M. Kesten
Rose Marie Catalini Pluswick
Darla Reed Fabiani
In memory of
Mary Reilly Merrick
Bob and Kathy Bound
Charles Barone and Gail Barone
Patient: Doc, I have this constant
ringing in my ears. It's like a telephone. It's driving me
nuts! What should I do?
Doctor: Well, whatever you do, don't answer it!
son of Harry W. and Carolyn (Ernst) Bicking
CHRISTINE ELISABETH TRABOSH
daughter of Eugene M. and Janice (Chaplick) Trabosh
became husband and wife today (Saturday) during the course
of a Nuptial Mass celebrated in St. Joseph Church.
That is the message on some red and
green plastic bracelets that we have, in case you would like
to buy one or two or three of them.
134 synod delegates gathered at De Sales University, Center Valley, October 21 for the Third Plenary Session of the Second Synod of Allentown.
The Most Rev. Edward P. Cullen, D.D., Bishop of Allentown, led the Morning Prayer that opened the third of the slated four daylong plenary sessions.
Synod members voted on the revised proposals on the topic Evangelizing Youth and Young Adults - put together by a committee chaired by Joseph Yanek of St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish in Catasauqua - that were left from the September 16 plenary session. Since the topic was fully discussed at the September 16 Synod session, there was no further discussion on these proposals, as members were dealing only with a revision and not new work.
In the morning session members discussed and then voted on proposals on the topic Planning the Fiscal Feasibility of Catholic Schools, after a presentation by committee chairman Monsignor John G. Chizmar, V.F., Pastor of Immaculate Conception, Jim Thorpe, and Vicar Forane of the Carbon Deanery.
In the afternoon session the members discussed and voted on proposals on the topic Ensuring Effective Catechetical Programs after a presentation by committee chairman Stephen Miculik, a parishioner of Holy Guardian Angels, Reading.
Details of the proposals recommended at this session, and at the two other Synod sessions, will be made public at the conclusion of the Synod in December. Until the proposals are accepted by Bishop Cullen and become Acts of Synod, they are not yet official.
"The Synod has been an educative process", reflected Mickulik. He observed when everyone first came together they were unsure of what they were supposed to do, but "Now we feel like we have a focus", Mickulik said.
Synod Consultant Sister Janet Baker, R.S.M., Ph.D., shared, "There is a high energy among the people. They have an investment in the outcome and an appreciation for all the work that went before - people realize this didn't just happen today", said Sister Janet. Sister said though people know their own parishes, now they have recognition of the larger parish - in different counties and deaneries - as all being the Church.
In addition, Sister Janet said a number of people have told her, "You're dealing with the right topics" in the Synod. Far from frivolous, the topics are very important to the diocese, Sister said.
The Fourth Plenary Session is slated for Saturday, November 11, at De Sales. Topics for discussion will be Restructuring and Consolidating Parishes and Cultivating and Recruiting Vocations to Holy Orders and the Consecrated Life.
The closing liturgy will be celebrated Sunday, December 10, at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown.
DO NOT READ THIS UNLESS YOU
ARE SITTING DOWN AND IN THE COMPANY OF SOME FAMILY MEMBER OR
If, after reading it, you feel faint, put the bulletin aside and lie down on the nearest bed or couch! Then close your eyes and think happy thoughts: butterflies, babbling brooks, etc.!
If symptoms persist - dizziness, nausea, trembling, palpitations of the heart, etc. - promptly notify your family doctor or have someone drive you to the nearest dispensary.
Okay, let me give it to you straight!
St. Joseph Parish has been very much in arrears in its payment of subsidy to All Saints School.
If you want to know how much in arrears, you will have to ask me personally. I don't want to put the figure into the bulletin.
If you want to know how much we will owe All Saints School by the end of the current fiscal year, you will have to ask me personally. I don't want to put that figure into the bulletin either! If you do ask me, have smelling salts in your pocket or purse!
Here is what I am building up to tell you:
I decided it was time to stop shilly-shallying around. So, I dipped into our parish's principal savings account, the balance of which was $39,860. With tears and loud sighs, I withdrew $39,000 and deposited it into checking. Then I wrote out a check for $39,000 and sent it to All Saints School. This all happened this past week.
Now you know!
St. Joseph Parish's obligations far exceed its revenue. It has been that way for years and years! That is the plain and simple truth.
PLEASE PRAY FOR two persons who died this past week:
OLGA SINKOVICH SEADOR died on Wednesday, 15 November, which was her 86th birthday. Olga is the mother of St. Joseph parishioner Ann Marie Seador Palerino. She was a member of St. Patrick Parish. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick's today (Saturday). As you probably know, Ann Marie (most people call her "Marie") is one of the secretaries of St. Joseph Parish.
Father THEODORE S. MACUNAS
["Father Ted" to most who knew him] died
on Friday, 17 November. Personal note: I have been acquainted
with Father Macunas for about 44 years, from the time we were
in the seminary together. [He was ordained two years ahead of
me.] When he took an early retirement because of his health,
he was available for "helping out" in parishes. I
utilized his services many times. No doubt many persons both
in StJosPar and in StFdSPar remember him. I had many a cordial
kitchen-table conversation with him.
Eternal rest grant unto Olga Seador and Father Ted Macunas, 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.
I'M NOT MAKING THIS UP!
I went to the local GIANT supermarket this past Thursday night (16 Nov) in order to pick up some groceries. I was wheeling my cart up and down the aisles when my eyes made contact with the eyes of a woman who "looked familiar" to me, but I couldn't think of her name. As we came closer to one another, even though I had adverted my eyes so as not to be impolite, it was obvious that she was in the same quandary as I. It was obvious that I "looked familiar" to her, but she couldn't think of my name!
So, there we were. It was "even Stephen". Neither one of us could think of the other one's name. [I should point out that I was casually dressed at the time, not immediately recognizable as a priest.]
I smiled at her and nodded my head, hoping that her name would pop into my head. However, she beat me to the punch. She said, "You're Father Connolly, aren't you?" I said, "Yes, and tell me please your name. I'm sorry to say I've drawn a blank."
She then told me her name and I said, "Oh, yes, I remember now. I'm sorry it didn't come to me right away."
She then said to me, not jokingly but with total seriousness: "You know, I thought you had passed away!"
I'm not sure exactly what I said at that point except that I smiled a wan smile and assured her that, unless somebody is withholding some vital information from me, I have not passed away, not yet.
I felt for a few minutes like the lead character in "The Sixth Sense" who was dead but didn't know it.
The gal at the checkout didn't let me float past her register without paying for the groceries. I think that's pretty good evidence that I am still among those who are breathing air.
BREAKING THE HOST AT THE
In some places there has existed an abuse by which the Priest breaks the host at the time of the consecration in the Holy Mass. This abuse is contrary to the tradition of the Church. It is reprobated and is to be corrected with haste.
Saint Joseph Parish, Pottsville PA
Dear Mr. Davis:
(Rev.) Edward B. Connolly
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - RITA FORTE FARROW
by Angie LaPlaca Deramo
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by: his family
12:15 p.m. - SOULS IN PURGATORY
by Kathy Goetz Buehler
10:00 a.m. - MIKE DOMBROWNY
by his daughter, Nancy
St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - DICK YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag
Vigil of Christ the King
6:00 p.m. - ANTONIA GIARDINO MERCURI (3rd anniversary)
by her family
Solemnity of Christ the King
9:15 a.m. - EUGENE J. REHNERT
by his wife, Rita
12:15 p.m. - ESTELLE WEINER PURCELL
by Barbara K and Barbara S