MASS SCHEDULE: 19 - 26 November
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 18 November
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - JULIA CELANI PICCIONI VITTEMBERGHI by her family

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

Monday, 20 November
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - M / M PASQUALE BOZZA
by their granddaughters, Rose Papapietro Piccioni and Frances Papapietro Stagliano

Tuesday, 21 November
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOHN R. MACCARONE
by his sister, Nancy Maccarone King, and family
7:00 p.m. - JESSE J. KRIZNO
by Irene Uranko and sons

Wednesday, 22 November
St. Cecilia, virgin martyr (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - LENA TRANQUILLO PICCIONI
by Mary Ann Luppino
 

Thursday, 23 November
St. Clement I, pope, martyr; St. Columban, abbot; Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro, priest, martyr (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - ELIZABETH MANZO KRIZNO
by her sister, Kitty A. Manzo

Friday, 24 November
St. Andrew Dung Lac, priest, and companions (martyrs)(OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - PETER and LETITIA FABIANI
by their family

Saturday, 25 November
St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr (OptMem)
8:00 a.m. - JESSE J. KRIZNO
by Grace Luppino Joy and sons
Vigil of Christ the King
4:30 p.m. - WILLIAM HARMAN
by Anthony (+) and Mary Luppino

Sunday, 26 November
Solemnity of Christ the King
7:45 a.m. - CONCETTA DiLAZZARO
(1st anniversary)
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
10:45 a.m. - STEPHEN CHALINSKY
by Frank and Ann Marie Tranquillo and son, Aaron

 

 

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
11 / 12 NOVEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,550.00
from the envelopes and $108.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,658.00 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 $162.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$213.00
from the envelopes and $87.65 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $300.65 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 ($8.66) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 


RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       11 Nov

#260
Barb & Joe won $100.00
Sun      12 Nov

#217
Bill M won $150.00
Mon    13 Nov

#329
Nush won $50.00
Tues    14 Nov

#657
Dennis B won $50.00
Wed    15 Nov

#190
Theresa S won $50.00
Thurs  16 Nov

#041
Nobody won $50.00
Fri       17 Nov

#642
Jeff K won $50.00
                                                                             

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CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 21 November
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 23 November
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 24 November
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.
PLEASE NOTE
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.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

20 November
John J. Griffin
Louise Sciarrone Marasco
John D. Melocheck

21 November
Cecelia Spina Manzo
Alessandra K. Pagnotta

22 November
Ronald J. Carestia Jr.
Ruth Eisenhuth Gerace
Heather M. Maccarone

23 November
Caroline A. Barbetta
Angeline LaPlaca Deramo
Patricia Feeley Garland
Patricia Adams LaPlaca

Clint R. Lecher
Eric S. Lecher

24 November
Dorothy A. D'Alfonso

25 November
Brandon M. Hullihan
Rosa Alfonsi Lilley
Joseph E. McDonald
Remo Piccioni
Kaitlyn E. Shappell

26 November
Theresa M. Kesten
Rose Marie Catalini Pluswick
Darla Reed Fabiani

 

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of donations to the StFdSPar Memorial Fund as follows:
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!

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 HARRY WILLIAM BICKING,
son of Harry W. and Carolyn (Ernst) Bicking
and
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.
The wedding was held at St. Joseph's with the permission of the bride's pastor. She is a member of St. Eugene Parish, Primos (PA). The bride's father and some other family members belong to St. Joseph Parish.
Harry is the father of two teenage daughters from his marriage to the late Patrice Zanghi Bicking. Patrice died in 2001. May she rest in peace. Surely it pleases her to know that her daughters will have the benefit of living once again in a home in which there is the incomparable blessing and stability of the marital covenant.
We give thanks to God that Harry and Christine have decided to love one another. I deliberately use the predicate "have decided to love" rather than "fell in love with" not because I am devoid of appreciation for romance and feelings. [I trust that this bride and groom are romantic enough for all practical purposes!]
The point, of course, is that love resides primarily in the human will. So, if Harry and Christine are determined to love one another for the rest of their lives and to do so with a love that is absolutely exclusive and open to childbearing [if God sees fit], then we have nothing to be nervous about. We can then say with good heart:
Congratulations and may God's blessings rest upon you, Mr. and Mrs. Bicking!

stjos/stfds: 11.19.2006 - 05


 

JUST SAY "MERRY CHRISTMAS"

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.
"Message bracelets" are the "in thing" now, you know.
So, if you want to be on the cutting edge, buy one of our
JUST SAY "MERRY CHRISTMAS" message bracelets.
They are kind of pretty, plus they make great conversation pieces, plus they convey a worthwhile message.
As you know, we have been fighting back against the grinches who want to make us feel guilty for hinting that Someone named Jesus Christ might - just might - have something to do with the celebrations on and about the 25th of December!
Price: $1.33 each.
Available at St. Joseph Rectory.
Down with Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings and other such banal sentiments!

JUST
SAY
"MERRY
CHRISTMAS"

stjos/stfds: 11.19.2006 - 06


 

DIOCESAN SYNOD
Communique #3
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.

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Communique #4
During the final plenary session for the Second Synod of Allentown November 11, members approved proposals that will potentially guide the future of the parishes in the Diocese of Allentown and educate more people about holy orders and the consecrated life.
134 Synod delegates convened at De Sales University, Center Valley, to cast votes and participate in discussion about the proposals for Restructuring and Consolidating Parishes, and Cultivating and Recruiting Candidates for Holy Orders and the Consecrated Life.
The Most Reverend Edward P. Cullen, D.D., Bishop of Allentown, opened the last of the four plenary sessions with Morning Prayer, praying for God's assistance and thanking delegates for their dedication.
Presenting the proposals of the Committee for Restructuring and Consolidating Parishes was Dr. Carmina Magnusen Chapp, Committee Chairwoman. "The committee certainly felt the weight of the topic and much thought and prayer went into the development of the proposals", she explained. "I was quite edified by the efforts of the committee and am very proud of what we have produced".
According to Chapp, proposals were developed based on the reports from the listening sessions and topical committees, and through the iterations made by Synod members. The committee took into account the overall picture of the diocese based on where people reside, their needs and the number of priests available to serve them.
"As you can imagine, this was not easy work", maintained Chapp. "It was evident ……. That the faithful are concerned about diocesan clergy who are stretched to the limit", she said.
During the afternoon session Michele Varley, Committee Chairwoman, presented proposals on the topic Cultivating and Recruiting Candidates for Holy Orders and the Consecrated Life. "These proposals are imperative in strengthening the Body of Christ", said Varley. "We believe they will be effective in our ever-changing society."
She said the Synod process had been a "journey of no comparison" for committee members, who executed their work under the belief that every vocation begins with God and is nurtured by the family.
The proposals presented by the committees are not final. They are subject to approval by Bishop Cullen before he promulgates the decrees of the Second Synod of Allentown as particular law for the diocese.
The Official Acts of the Second Synod of Allentown will be presented to Bishop Cullen during the closing Mass for the Synod on Sunday, December 10, at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown.

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DO NOT READ THIS UNLESS YOU ARE SITTING DOWN AND IN THE COMPANY OF SOME FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND!
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.

stjos/stfds: 11.19.2006 - 09


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.
Father Ted carried some heavy crosses in his life. I commend him to your prayers. May he be safe with God in heaven.
I don't yet know the funeral arrangements.

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.

stjos/stfds: 11.19.2006 - 10


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.

stjos/stfds: 11.19.2006 - 11


BREAKING THE HOST AT THE CONSECRATION
A woman asked me the other day about a practice she has observed at certain celebrations of the Mass.
She told me that she sometimes sees a priest break the altar bread at the Consecration of the Mass, i.e. at the same time that he is speaking the words of institution ["He took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying etc.]
I told the woman that there were a few times back in the 1970's when I saw some priests do this. It always turned me off when I saw it. It seemed to me that these priests had a defective understanding of the relationship between the historical Last Supper and the perpetual sacrifice of the Mass. These priests probably saw themselves as the avant garde, the cognoscenti!
I told the woman who asked me that I was sure that Pope John Paul II had specifically forbidden this practice and that I would look up the chapter and verse.
I looked it up and found the following:


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.

Paragraph #55
                                                                  Redemptionis Sacramentum


This document was issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by mandate of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II in collaboration with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and was approved by the same Pontiff on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, 19 March 2004, and he ordered it to be published and to be observed immediately by all concerned.
From the offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Rome, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, 25 March 2004.
The document wassigned by Francis Card. Arinze, Prefect, and Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, Secretary.
Now, all I can add is this: What part of the paragraph cited above do the priests who break the bread at the Consecration not understand?

stjos/stfds: 11.19.2006 - 12


 

Saint Joseph Parish, Pottsville PA
Saint Francis deSales Parish, Mount Carbon PA
Mailing address for both parishes:
321 Howard Avenue, Pottsville PA 17901-3413
Voice: 570.622.3081 / Fax: 570.622.3084
e-mail: stjospar@comcast.net
website: www.stjospar.org
Pastor: Rev. Edward B. Connolly
16 November 2006

Sonny Davis
Pine View Acres
145 Chamberlaine Avenue
Pottsville PA 17901

Dear Mr. Davis:
A member of one of my parishes told me that Pine View Acres is hosting a Chippendales show on Friday, 24 November.
Although I usually read the Pottsville Republican, I don't always read it thoroughly. I had missed your advertisement on page 20 of the Tuesday, 14 November, edition.
Someone kindly retrieved a newspaper for me and showed me the advertisement.
I ask you to cancel this show. It will be an occasion of sin for your customers and employees. Anyone who believes in God and respects human sexuality knows that what the Chippendale performers have to offer is grievously offensive to God and is an insult to human dignity, in particular to the right relationship between man and woman..
If you choose not to cancel the show, I will ask the members of my parishes and other persons, especially my fellow members of the Catholic community in the Pottsville area, to cease to patronize Pine View Acres and to boycott all events held there, whether sponsored by PVA or by a private party. Also, I will ask members of my parishes to join me in a legal, peaceful and prayerful demonstration outside Pine View Acres on Friday, 24 November.
If I do not hear from you by Saturday, 18 November, or if you tell me that you decline to cancel the Chippendales show, I shall print this letter in the parish bulletin this coming weekend (18 / 19 Nov).
Very truly yours,

(Rev.) Edward B. Connolly

stjos/stfds: 11.19.2006 - 13


 MASS SCHEDULE: 19 - 26 November
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 18 November
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - RITA FORTE FARROW
by Angie LaPlaca Deramo

Sunday, 19 November
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

Monday, 20 November
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - MIKE DOMBROWNY
by his daughter, Nancy

Wednesday, 22 November
St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - DICK YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag

Saturday, 25 November
Vigil of Christ the King
6:00 p.m. - ANTONIA GIARDINO MERCURI (3rd anniversary)
by her family

Sunday, 26 November
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

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