Vigil of Sunday
02 / 03 DECEMBER
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
|THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 10 - 16 December, in loving memory of Dennis C. Weiss, at the request of his son, John, and family.|
THE PROFITS CRY: PREPARE HIS WAY!
And while we're on the subject of profits, you might want to know that the profit from last Sunday's Spaghetti Supper [3 Dec] came to $1,001.11!
Isn't that grand?
Actually it is grand - it's one grand plus a dollar eleven.
Needless to say, this is one profit that doesn't cry!
THANK YOU, DEAR SPAGHETTI CREW AND SPAGHETTI CUSTOMERS!
David A. Cooper
Barbara Rehnert Kull
Clyde V. Neifert Jr.
Annette Doyne Kline
Brandon J. Macaluso
Ryan E. Fessler
Ronald J. Carestia Sr.
Brenda B. Mennig
Joseph T. Cescon
Noah D. George
Anna Arnt Tice
David A. Hauptly Jr.
Jaime L. O'Donnell
Joseph M. Mazzuca
Mary Morris Nolley
None, as far as we know.
me, Father, I have sinned. It has been two weeks since my last
confession and these
are my sins: I ate meat on Friday.
Grumpy priest: Yes, yes! You ate meat on Friday. Anything else?
Little girl: Yes, Father.
Grumpy priest: Well, didn't you hear me? I said, "Anything else?"
Little girl: Mashed potatoes and corn.
In memory of
Mary Reilly Merrick
Gerald and Lorraine Spotts
Fred Knorr and Tiffany Reedy
John and Susan McCord
son of Albert J. and Raydell (Yeich) Wychunas
TINA MARIE MARKO
Joseph S. and Elizabeth (Dunmoyer) Marko
will marry one another today (Saturday,
9 December) during the 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church.
THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL
COMES FROM THE NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION.
Holiday Depression & Stress
What Causes Holiday Blues?
Coping with Stress and Depression During the Holidays
Activities can be spread out (time-wise) to lessen stress
and increase enjoyment.
Can Environment Be a Factor?
Other studies on the benefits of phototherapy found that exposure to early morning sunlight was effective in relieving seasonal depression. Recent findings, however, suggest that patients respond equally well to phototherapy whether it is scheduled in the early morning or afternoon. This has practical applications for antidepressant treatment
since it allows the use of phototherapy in the workplace as well as the home.
Coping With the Loss of a Loved One During the Holidays
The holiday season can be especially difficult for people
grieving the death of a loved one.
"Try to ride the wave of emotions and accept that feelings of sadness and pain are unavoidable and are heightened during certain times. The intense feelings will pass, but grief is an ongoing process. Don't ever expect closure. It gets easier with time, but there will always be an empty space at the table," Bozich-Keith said.
If you have had a death in the family, please cope with
it appropriately. Do not think that you are complimenting the
deceased by being visibly miserable. On the contrary, you are
being disrespectful to the deceased by acting as if your life
has no meaning now that he has departed.
St. Joseph Parish sold 665 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 38 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 703.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $3,515.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$2,150.00 in prizes;
$70.00 in printing;
$41.51 in postage.
Total deductions: $2,261.51.
Net revenue: $1,253.49.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (94.6%) earned $1,185.73.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5.4%) earned $67.76.
In memory of
Olga Sinkovich Seador
Katherine Manzo and Rosaria Manzo Visalli
THERE IS A RESTAURANT in
Wyomissing (PA) the name of which is VIVA. The street address
is 901 Hill Avenue. I have never been to this restaurant. However,
I would like to express my appreciation for a check ($13.37)
made out to StFdSPar that was received from the Director of Marketing
of this restaurant. Apparently VIVA has a program whereby 10%
of "banquet food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases"
can be sent to the church of one's choice, if one presents a
copy of the parish bulletin to the waiter / waitress. Thank you
to the parishioner (or maybe a non-parishioner) who directed
this donation to StFdSPar.
If you are inclined to dine from time to time in Berks County, we suggest you check out VIVA!
I WENT TO THE POTTSVILLE
POST OFFICE one day this past week
in order to mail a package.
IMAGES: (1) Several plump, comical birds; (2) Sleigh; (3) Fireplace; (4) Santa Claus; (5) Man wearing African-type hat lighting candles for Kwanzaa; (6) Fir trees; (7) Snowman (or are we obliged now to say "snowperson"?); (8) snowflakes; (9) dove with olive branch; (10) boy and girl singing; (11) boy wearing yarmulke lighting Chanukah menorah resting on table draped with cloth decorated with stars of David.
WORDS: (1) Kwanzaa; (2) Roll Tide (x 2); (3) Happy Holidays; (4) Ho-ho-ho.
Okay, now we've arrived at THE POINT!
Can anyone explain this to me?
#1 - I am fairly certain that no USPS authority forbade
that any of the above words or images be painted on the PO windows.
I take it for granted that the USPS is open to religious expression.
They issue a religious stamp for Christmas each year, do they
If this be so (the three suppositions listed above), then
will somebody please explain to me how the windows of the Pottsville
PO got painted for Christmas without one single solitary reference
SOME PERSONS HAVE ASKED ME, "What
the heck was the cat doing in the confessional?" They are
referring to the fact that, on Tuesday, 5 December, between 6:30
and 7:00 p.m., Kateri, the Official Cat
of St. Joseph Parish, was seen emerging from the confessional.
Please understand that, as a priest, I have to be extremely circumspect in talking about what anyone does or says in Confession. I am going out on a limb by even acknowledging in print that Kateri came to Confession this past Tuesday evening. Actually, it's not so much that she "came to Confession", but rather she "came into the confessional". There is a difference, you know. She came in via the penitent's side. I was unaware of her presence until she leapt through the porthole between the priest's side and the penitent's side and landed in my lap. Believe me when I tell you I was startled. So, I just put her down on the floor on my side of the confessional because I wanted to be as discreet as possible in getting rid of her. It was my intention, at the right moment, when nobody would notice, to pick her up and expel her bodily from the bosom of Holy Mother Church or at least from St. Joseph Church. However, just as I was about to do so, a penitent came in. I tried to remain calm and dignified and to stonewall the fact that I was harboring a cat in the confessional. I had just started hearing the confession of the person when Kateri jumped up from the floor onto my knees and into the porthole. This startled the penitent somewhat, but - thank God! - he has a good sense of humor. I apologized to the penitent and asked him to expel Kateri from the confessional. He did so and, very soon, it was back to business as usual. We wish to assure one and all that we do not intend to make a practice of harboring cats in the confessional. HOWEVER, just in case you ever see Kateri, the Official Cat of St. Joseph Parish, sitting in the confessional with the pastor, please be aware that she is bound by the seal of confession and is absolutely forbidden to meow your sins to anyone.
|Every year during Advent, we solicit your donations of "baby things". We have a crib set up in the front of St. Joseph Church. This is meant to serve as a reminder and as a receptacle for your gifts. People who attend St. Francis deSales Church can simply leave their gifts in the back of the church. You know what we mean by "baby things", do you not? We mean clothing, layettes, nursing bottles, cans of formula - anything you think a mother of a newborn child might appreciate having. Whatever you give, plus whatever monetary donations you give, will be given to young mothers and mothers-in-waiting who are in difficult circumstances.|
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
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
St. Damasus I, pope (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - JOHN J. KANE
St. Lucy, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - SOULS IN PURGATORY
by Shirley Losch Recla
10:00 a.m. - DICK YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - ANNA D'ALESSANDRO
by John and Diana Consugar
3rd Sunday of Advent
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by his wife, Barbara
12:15 p.m. - SOULS IN PURGATORY
by Kathy Goetz Buehler