25 / 26 NOVEMBER
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
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.|
AN ACTUAL CONVERSATION
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:
None, as far as we know.
Gregory A. Potts
Jennifer L. Cory
Dominic J. Maccarone Jr.
Rose Corby Gagliardi
Albert R. Pascuzzo
Albert J. Piccioni
Joseph A. Visalli
Robert P. Bollerman
Mary Bonadio Butera
Maria Tucci Davenport
Michael A. Luppino
Richard V. Prestileo Jr.
None, as far as we know.
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.
Arians / Aryans / Nonagen Arians
On page 4, we commended two parishioners
for becoming Nonagen Arians.
We'll sum this up with a Q &
Q /- What if, in addition, that same
person refrained from eating meat and would eat only vegetables?
In memory of
Jesse and Elizabeth Krizno
Nathan and Rosemary Perreira
Nick and Celia Homick
Olga Sinkovich Seador
Angelo and Kay Barone
Joseph T. Cescon and family
CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
> Oh, really? Why do you say that?
> Because she never lets anyone finish a sentence.
Then come to All Saints Catholic School's
Buy One Get One Free
Sunday, 10 Dec: 9:00 am to 1:00 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.
until you check out the Bibles we have in St. Joseph Rectory.
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!
(SUNDAY, 3 DEC)
11:30 am to 4:00 p.m.
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH HALL
Six dollars for an adult or teenager.
Three dollars for a child under 13.
All you can eat.
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!
November 21, 2006
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.
Tuesday, 5 December
Where will you be seated in the next life?
Smoking or non-smoking?
THE NATIVITY STORY: the movie
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".
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.
* denotes Perfect Attendance certificates
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
4:30 p.m. - StFdS
7:00 p.m. - StJos
10:00 a.m. - StFdS
12:05 p.m. - StJos
4:30 p.m. - StJos
7:00 p.m. - StFdS
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMENICO MERCURI (11th anniversary)
by his family
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
St. John of Damascus, priest, religious, doctor (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - ANDREW and MARY MATTA
by their daughter, Rose
St. Nicholas, bishop (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - EDWARD J. MADY
by his wife, Loretta, and family
Vigil of the Immaculate Conception
4:30 p.m. - OLGA SINKOVICH SEADOR
by Julia and Rose
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
10:00 a.m. - ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by her husband, Jack
7:00 p.m. - DICK YUENGLING Sr.
re-scheduled from 22 Nov
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - RITA FORTE FARROW
by Debra Deramo McDonald and sons
2nd Sunday of Advent
9:15 a.m. - DECEASED: MERCURI FAMILY
by the family
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent