Saturday, 02 December
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - MIM and BETTY
by Phyllis C. Kevy and Roni J. Kevy

Sunday, 03 December
1st Sunday of Advent
7:45 a.m. - Health and God's Blessings on ALLEN LUCAS by Mary Ann Krizno
10:45 a.m. - DANIEL F. BARNES
(59th anniversary of birth) by Mom and Ed

Monday, 04 December
St. John of Damascus, priest, religious, doctor (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - Rev. Msgr. JOSEPH M. FITZGERALD
by EBC

Tuesday, 05 December
Advent Weekday
12:05 p.m. - BERNARD BOSTICK
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto
7:00 p.m. - JAMES D. McGINLEY
by his mother, Mary Lou, and family

Wednesday, 06 December
St. Nicholas, bishop (OptMem)
by their daughter, Carmella, and their granddaughter, Joanne


Thursday, 07 December
St. Ambrose, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - RALPH and ANNA CHIPLONIA
by their son, Thomas
Vigil of the Immaculate Conception
by John Chiodo

Friday, 08 December
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
by her husband, Jack
4:30 p.m. - Health and God's Blessings on MARY BONADIO BUTERA (90th BD)
by George and Joan Repella

Saturday, 09 December
St. Juan Diego, hermit (OptMem)
by their niece, Ann Marie Campion, and family
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - SAMUEL J. SPLEEN
(9th anniversary) by his wife, Lee, and sons

Sunday, 10 December
2nd Sunday of Advent
7:45 a.m. - CHARLES F. KUTCH
by his wife, Mary, and family
by Roman and Jennifer Carestia and family

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25 / 26 NOVEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $79.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,131.00 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 ($364.26) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $73.35 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $198.35 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 ($110.96) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Sat       25 Nov

Skeeter won $100.00
Sun      26 Nov

Ed K won $150.00
Mon     27 Nov

Nobody won $50.00
Tues     28 Nov

Randy G won $50.00
Wed     29 Nov

Johanne F won $50.00
Thurs   30 Nov

Michael J won $50.00
Fri       01 Dec

Dan D won $50.00

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Tuesday, 05 December
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 07 December
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Friday, 08 December
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 3 - 9 December, in loving memory of Anna Scheibelhut Weiss, at the request of her son, John, and family.

Place: St. Francis deSales Church steps, Mt. Carbon
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 06
Time: after 9:15 a.m. Mass
Alex K: Hey, Father Connolly, how come you don't get drunk after drinking all that wine?
EBC: Listen up, kid, how do you know I'm not drunk?

Postscript: Just for the record, I do not drink wine at Mass. I drink the Blood of Christ. In the words of St. Thomas Aquinas:

Sanguis Christi, inebria me!

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04 December
None, as far as we know.

05 December
Gregory A. Potts

06 December
Jennifer L. Cory
Dominic J. Maccarone Jr.

07 December
Rose Corby Gagliardi
Albert R. Pascuzzo
Albert J. Piccioni
Joseph A. Visalli

08 December
Robert P. Bollerman
Mary Bonadio Butera
Maria Tucci Davenport
Joseph Etherington
Michael A. Luppino
Richard V. Prestileo Jr.

09 December
None, as far as we know.

10 December
None, as far as we know


In last weekend's bulletin, we listed Angela Giacoia Alati's birthday (2 Dec). However, we inadvertently overlooked the fact that this was her 90th birthday. We wish to remedy that now. We hereby acknowledge that Mrs. Alati is a member of that distinguished and exclusive club known as The Saint Joseph Parish Nonagenarians.

And we acknowledge the same in regard to Mary Bonadio Butera, who will turn 90 on 8 December. Our parish is enriched by her presence. [Please note that the Church has seen fit to make Mrs. Butera's BD a Holyday of Obligation. Don't neglect to go to Mass that day!]

We pray that both of these venerable women will enjoy God's favor. May their lives be happy and full of love.

stjos/stfds: 12.03.2006 - 04


Arians / Aryans / Nonagen Arians

On page 4, we commended two parishioners for becoming Nonagen Arians.
So that no one will be confused or scandalized, please note:
Although the Catholic Church has long since condemned Arianism and has excommunicated persons who became Arians, she has never condemned Nonagen Arianism, nor has she ever excommunicated anyone for becoming a Nonagen Arian. So, we can safely recommend the latter to all of our parishioners - but not the former.
And then, of course, there is Aryanism, a theory that was popular in Germany during the time of the late, unlamented Corporal Hitler. Just for the record, the Catholic Church condemns Aryanism and all theories about the inherent superiority of one racial or ethnic group over another. So, if you are [or believe that you are] an Aryan, you are still welcome to be a Catholic. However, please don't start thinking of yourself as belonging to a super race. Believing you belong to a super race doesn't necessarily get you excommunicated, but it does put you at risk of receiving a punch in your racially superior nose.

We'll sum this up with a Q & A:
Q /- What would you call a blonde, blue-eyed person of northern European origin, between the ages of 90 and 99, who denies that the Son is of the same substance as the Father?
A /- An Aryan Nonagenarian Arian!

Q /- What if, in addition, that same person refrained from eating meat and would eat only vegetables?
A /- Now you're getting silly. We decline to answer that question!

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 WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of donations to the StFdSPar Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of
Jesse and Elizabeth Krizno
Nathan and Rosemary Perreira
Elizabeth Pawlick
Nick and Celia Homick

In memory of
Olga Sinkovich Seador

Angelo and Kay Barone
Joseph T. Cescon and family
Eighth-grade parishioners attending Catholic, public or private elementary or middle school are invited to apply for a one-year $1,000 scholarship to attend one of the nine Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Allentown. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, service to school, parish and community, and pastor, principal and teacher recommendations. Application forms are available at the parish office, school office or through the parish religious education program. Completed applications must be submitted to the student's school by 5 January 2007.

 > My wife would make a great parole officer!
> Oh, really? Why do you say that?
> Because she never lets anyone finish a sentence.

stjos/stfds: 12.03.2006 - 06

Looking for some good gifts for kids?
Then come to All Saints Catholic School's
Buy One Get One Free
Book Fair

Sunday,   10 Dec: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Monday, 11Dec:  9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday, 12 Dec  9:00 am to 2:00 pm
                                      and 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Wednesday, 13 Dec: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

YOU WILL SEE A LETTER ON PAGE 9 OF THIS BULLETIN. It is from Matt Kerr to the Editor of the Pottsville Republican & Herald. Matt Kerr is the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Allentown. He is (more or less) Bishop Cullen's Tony Snow.
The letter speaks for itself. I think it is a good letter. However, you might want to know that the editorial that appeared in the 21 Nov edition of the newspaper (to which this letter reacts) was, in my opinion, a good example of what is meant by "going off half cocked". Bishop Cullen has certainly not been secretive or clandestine in his approach to bringing about a solution to the problems referred to in the editorial and in the letter. One may or may not agree with the Bishop in some decisions that he has made or will make, especially this coming year. It is possible that I will not agree with him. But I will not accuse him of being anything less than open, honest and communicative. He has a tough job and deserves our good will.

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until you check out the Bibles we have in St. Joseph Rectory.
We have some large "coffee-table size" Bibles at a price that can't be beat!
Stop by between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday and ask one of the secretaries to show you a Bible.

WHILE YOU'RE THERE, buy a SAINT JOSEPH PARISH CENTENNIAL MUG. Only $2.50. These mugs will never be available again once our current supply is sold out.

We still have a few "JUST SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS" bracelets left to sell in the parish office. $1.33 is the price. They make a statement, nice and succinct!

11:30 am to 4:00 p.m.
Six dollars for an adult or teenager.
Three dollars for a child under 13.
All you can eat.
Take-outs available.
Sunnis and Shiites, Israelis and Palestinians, Turks and Armenians, George Bush and Nancy Pelosi all unite in saying: You're just not going to taste a better platter of spaghetti and meatballs than the one you get at St. Joseph Parish!

stjos/stfds: 12.03.2006 - 08

November 21, 2006
To the Editor:
In an editorial in Tuesday's paper (21 Nov) the Pottsville Republican asked, "What are the Synod Proposals?" Had the paper actually asked the question of the Diocese, it would have had an answer.
The recommendations made by the Synod will become official when they are accepted by the Bishop at the closing Mass of the Synod on December 10. They are scheduled to be made public that day.
Again, had the paper asked, it would know, that the Synod proposals on restructuring and consolidating parishes, will not list parishes to be consolidated or restructured. They will propose a process and criteria to be used in making those decisions.
Arriving at this point has been an undertaking involving hundreds of people: 77 of the Synod members were elected, 73 are either ex officio members, required by their position to be Synod members under the Code of Canon Law, or were appointed by Bishop Cullen. 90 of the Synod members are lay people; 60 are clergy or religious. 34 of the Synod members, clergy and laity, live in Schuylkill County.
Hundreds of other people were involved in the preparatory phase of the Synod. Almost 1,500 people attended one of six Listening Sessions held around the Diocese to participate in discussions on the topics. One listening session was held in Pottsville, another in Tamaqua.
More than 50 people were members of the General Preparatory Commission, which guided the Synod through its formative stages, establishing processes for the election of Synod members and the conduct of Synod meetings.
Another 75 people were members of the Topical Committees. They spent three months studying the input from the diocesan listening sessions, and the separate consultations with the priests and deacons, high school students, and seminarians. From this input they developed, after doing research, proposals which became the Synod's starting point.
The Synod has been extensively covered in the diocesan newspaper and on the diocesan Web site. And on December 10 the results of all the hard work done by these many people will be made public. All this, the editorial writer would know, had he or she only asked.
Matt Kerr
Director of Communications
Diocese of Allentown

stjos/stfds: 12.03.2006 - 09

By printing this notice in the parish bulletin, I am not implying that either St. Joseph Parish or St. Francis deSales Parish has taken any position, whether pro or con, in regard to the landfill.
We print this notice as a public service and because we were asked to do so.

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Public Meeting

Date:  Tuesday, 5 December
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: D.H. Lengel Middle School
           1541 W. Laurel Boulevard
At 6:30 p.m., there will be a Pep Rally at the entrance to the school.
It is extremely important that concerned citizens attend this hearing to express their opposition to the Blythe Township Landfill and to provide oral or written comments.
Please focus on the identified and potential harms of the landfill and the negative impact on St. Clair and the surrounding communities.

Where will you be seated in the next life?
Smoking or non-smoking?

stjos/stfds: 12.03.2006 - 10

I have not seen this movie. I don't have any particular need to see it. I've already read the book.
However, it is quite possible - even likely - that I shall go to see it.
Reviews of it are generally positive.
I have heard (read) that the film is respectful and reverential of the Holy Family. I'm glad of that.
One thing I picked up in a review that I read is this: Mary is depicted as having labor pains and as crying or groaning as she gives birth to Jesus.
So, because I presume that a good number of my parishioners will go to see this movie, I would like to remind them that it is very "un-Catholic" to portray Mary as having labor pains when giving birth to Jesus.
It is Catholic teaching that Mary did NOT bring Jesus forth in pain. Mary did not go through labor - at least not as that term is generally understoodMary gave birth to Jesus as women were originally intended by God to bring forth children, i.e. easily and without pain.

The pains associated with childbirth are not part of human nature in its pristine pre-lapsarian (i.e. "before the Fall"] condition. Pain in childbirth is part of the curse that came upon the human race as a consequence of the original sin.
Neither Jesus nor Mary was ever under the dominion of sin - not for even a fraction of a second! Jesus was free of sin because He is God and because His human nature was not generated by a human father. Mary was free of sin because of "a singular privilege" bestowed upon her by God "from the first moment of her conception". We call this immunity from sin "the immaculate conception of Mary".

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PLEASE PRAY FOR a woman who died on Saturday, 25 November. Arlene Lavenburg Negrello is the wife of St. Joseph parishioner Joseph H. Negrello. Arlene and Joseph had been married for 58 years! May God comfort Joseph and may He show Arlene His love and tenderhearted mercy.
Eternal rest grant unto Arlene, 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.

Angela M. Cairns / 12th grade / PAHS / First Honors
James P. Cicero / 12th grade / Nativity / First Honors
John P. Modesto Jr. / 12th grade / Nativity / First Honors
David J. Chiplonia / 11th grade / Nativity / First Honors
Alessandra K. Pagnotta / 11th grade / Nativity / Second Honors
Jennifer L. Cory / 10th grade / Minersville / First Honors *
Christian S. Modesto / 9th grade / Nativity / First Honors
Cody A. Blankenhorn / 8th grade / All Saints / Second Honors
Vincent J. Baiocco Jr. / 7th grade / All Saints / Second Honors
Dominic Chiplonia / 7th grade / All Saints / First Honors
Albert J. Yackenchick Jr. / 6th grade / All Saints / First Honors
Alexander Koinski / 5th grade / All Saints / First Honors
Brittany L. Cory / 4th grade / Minersville / Distinguished Honors *

* denotes Perfect Attendance certificates

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of the



Thursday, 07 December
4:30 p.m. - StFdS
7:00 p.m. - StJos

Friday, 08 December
10:00 a.m. - StFdS
12:05 p.m. - StJos
4:30 p.m. - StJos
7:00 p.m. - StFdS

Believe me, friend, you don't even want to think about skipping Mass on 8 Dec (or vigil)!

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Saturday, 02 December
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMENICO MERCURI (11th anniversary)
by his family

Sunday, 03 December
1st Sunday of Advent
9:15 a.m. - FRED YUENGLING
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag
12:15 p.m. - JOHN KLEPCHICK
by his nephews and nieces

Monday, 04 December
St. John of Damascus, priest, religious, doctor (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - ANDREW and MARY MATTA
by their daughter, Rose

Wednesday, 06 December
St. Nicholas, bishop (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - EDWARD J. MADY
by his wife, Loretta, and family

Thursday, 07 December
Vigil of the Immaculate Conception
by Julia and Rose

Friday, 08 December
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
by her husband, Jack
7:00 p.m. - DICK YUENGLING Sr.
re-scheduled from 22 Nov

Saturday, 09 December
Vigil of Sunday
by Debra Deramo McDonald and sons

Sunday, 10 December
2nd Sunday of Advent
by the family
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent

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