MASS SCHEDULE: 17 - 24 DECEMBER
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 16 December
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - GUY LUPPINO
(anniversary of birth)
by his wife, Kathryn , and family

Sunday, 17 December
3rd Sunday of Advent
7:45 a.m. - JOHN KLEMA
by Andy and Clare Alfonsi
10:45 a.m. - AGNES OWENS
(anniversary of birth)
by her daughter, Kitty Owens DiCello

Monday, 18 December
Late Advent Weekday
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPHINE MOTTA
by the Mazzuca family

Tuesday, 19 December
Late Advent Weekday
12:05 p.m. - LEO M. PLUSWICK
(anniversary of birth) by his wife, Rose Marie
7:00 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by his sister, Mary Anne

Wednesday, 20 December
Late Advent Weekday
12:05 p.m. - FRED GENNERELLA
by his brothers, John and Bruno

Thursday, 21 December
St. Peter Canisius, priest, doctor (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANTHONY J. MANZO
by his wife, Cecelia, his daughter, Joanne, and his granddaughter, Sandra
7:00 p.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his niece, Patti Feeley Garland

Friday, 22 December
Late Advent Weekday
12:05 p.m. - NORMA SHOPE BEHRENS
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper and family

Saturday, 23 December
St. John of Kanty, priest (OptMem)
8:00 a.m. - JESSE and ELIZABETH KRIZNO
by Cecelia, Joanne and Sandra
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ALBERT J. LAPLACA
(37th anniversary) by his wife, Julia, and family

Sunday, 24 December
4th Sunday of Advent
7:45 a.m. - LENA TRANQUILLO PICCIONI
by John and Frances Weiss
10:45 a.m. - ANDREW, FLORENCE and THOMAS FEELEY
by their daughter / sister, Patti Feeley Garland
Vigil of Christmas
4:30 p.m. - BARBARA SWANTNER CESCON
by her husband, Joseph, and children

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
09 / 10 DECEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,697.00
from the envelopes and $90.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,787.00 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 $291.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$94.00
from the envelopes and $83.85 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $177.85 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 ($131.46 of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 


RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       09 Dec

#111
Nobody won $100.00
Sun      10 Dec

#048
Bennie M won $150.00
Mon     11 Dec

#108
Pat W won $50.00
Tues     12 Dec

#210
Michael Y won $50.00
Wed     13 Dec

#736
Terry O won $50.00
Thurs   14 Dec

#878
GW won $50.00
Fri       15 Dec

#077
Nobody won $50.00
                                                                             

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 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 19 December
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 21 December
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 22 December
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

 AS ANYONE CAN PLAINLY SEE:
HAVING CHRISTMAS IN MIND,
WE HAVE DOUBLED THE TIMES FOR CONFESSION THIS COMING WEEK!
MAKE SURE YOU GET TO CONFESSION.
IF THESE TIMES ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR YOU,
CALL THE RECTORY AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.
WE ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ACCOMMODATE ANY REASONABLE REQUEST.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

18 December
Joseph J. Rodgers

19 December
Mary Clare McGovern Alfonsi
Angela M. Cairns
Chrystyn L. Hauptly
Casimir Malys
Joseph J. Smith
Joseph M. Whitney

20 December
Linda M. Ferraro
Susan Yalsovec Kirby

21 December
Mary Bernotas Ayello
Cherie A. Dunkel

22 December
Shannon M. Daniels
Erika M. Hoke
John J. Miller Sr.

23 December
Debra Swartz Witmer

24 December
Jamie L. Cavanaugh

 

   WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of donations to the StFdSPar Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of
Mary Reilly Merrick
Robert and Virginia Boyer
Robert and Dawn Burns
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 17 - 24 December, in loving memory of Dorothy Weiss Adamavage, at the request of her brother, John, and family.

A panhandler walks up to a motherly looking woman on the street and said, "Lady, I haven't eaten in three days." The woman replies, "Well, for goodness sake, young man, you're going to ruin your health! Now you go right home and force yourself to eat!"

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THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 17 - 24 December, in petition for health and God's blessings on Carmen Perfetta, at the request of a friend.

A RETIRED PRIEST OF THE DIOCESE was killed in an automobile accident in Carbon County this past Wednesday (13 December). The funeral Mass will be celebrated tomorrow (Monday) in his home church, St. Mary's in McAdoo.
The sudden death of Monsignor Stephen T. Forish prompts newspapers to focus on allegations never proven in a court of law that are devastating to his reputation. I remember, about ten years ago, that I wrote to him and later spoke with him about one of the allegations. I assured him of my fraternal friendship and good wishes. I told him that I would pray for him for a just outcome. He thanked me cordially.
Do I know for certain that the allegations against him were untrue? No, I do not know that for certain. Is it possible that they were true? Yes, I suppose it is possible. Is it possible that the allegations were not true? Certainly it is possible that they were not true.
Let us keep a few things in mind:
Sexual sin is intolerable, most of all in a priest. If a priest commits sexual sin, he is committing a sacrilege and imperiling his salvation. If he commits that kind of sexual sin that violates children, he must be permanently removed from public ministry.
A priest, like any person, is not guilty before the law unless he publicly admits that he is guilty or is proven to be guilty by evidence that is incontrovertible.
Even if guilty, the priest, like any person, needs the compassion and prayers of the Catholic community. We desire the salvation of every human being, without exception.

All of us would do well to pray for Monsignor Forish and for other priests, both living and dead, who have been pulled down into the mire by allegations of scandalous behavior, whether or not these allegations were true.
We would also do well to remember the good things that these priests have done. I remember Steve Forish as one of the brightest and most eloquent champions of the Pro-Life movement I have ever met. I wish him well in eternity. May God forgive him "whatever sins he committed through human weakness".

stjos/stfds: 12.17.2006 - 05


 

 REMEMBER THE BABIES!
Every year at this time, we collect GIFTS FOR BABIES.
Think of it as a baby shower!
What kind of gift would you bring to a baby shower?
Well, that's the kind of gift we are asking you to bring to church with you.
If you come to St. Joseph Church, place the gift in the crib in the front of the church.
If you come to St. Francis deSales Church, place the gift in the basket in the back of the church.
Come January, we will collect these gifts and give them to BIRTHRIGHT, a group that provides practical assistance to unwed mothers and to other "mothers in distress".

 CHOIR PRACTICE
The St. Joseph Parish Choir will meet for practice on Wednesday, 20 December, at 7:00 p.m.
The Choir will sing at the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, 24 December.
CLARIFICATION
It is incorrect to say that the Second Synod of the Diocese of Allentown mandated that there be twenty-seven
STATUES in every church in the Diocese. This kind of misunderstanding is the result of careless listening or careless reading or both. The fact is that the Synod proposed and the Bishop enacted twenty-seven STATUTES for the Diocese. Please read these statutes in the A.D. Times. If you want a copy of the statutes, call the Rectory. We'll run off a copy for you.

stjos/stfds: 12.17.2006 - 06



ON PAGE 19 OF THE 15 DECEMBER EDITION of the Pottsville Republican, there is a feature article about a six-year-old boy named Daniel Kerner who suffers from Batten disease. Earlier this month, doctors transplanted stem cells from aborted babies into his brain in a desperate bid to reverse, or at least to slow, the progress of the disease.
The article includes a large color photo of Daniel and his father. It is a tender scene. The father holds the boy in his arms and kisses his forehead. It is a beautiful and touching photo.
How could anyone not wish the best for the little boy?
How could anyone not give his approval to the medical technology that make such an operation possible?

Ah, yes!
Do you see how we are manipulated by the media?
Please consider the following:
GEORG AUGUST WELTZ was one of twenty-three medical doctors who were defendants in the Nuremberg trials after World War 2.
Dr. Weltz was accused of carrying out medical experiments on non-consenting human beings.
The prosecutor asked him if he had not taken the Hippocratic Oath.
He acknowledged that he had taken the Oath.
The prosecutor referred the defendant in particular to that portion of the Oath that reads as follows:
"I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury or wrongdoing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course."
The defendant responded as follows:
"The Hippocratic Oath is an honorable historic document, which, however, does not altogether fit present times. A medicine based on the principle of non nocere [do no harm] is a very impoverished medicine, and we are unfortunately not in a position to carry on medicine on that simple principle today."
It is my contention and it is the teaching of the Catholic Church that it is profoundly immoral directly to kill a human being at any stage of his or her life, even if it is foreseen that, by doing so, some benefit can accrue to another human being.
Anyone who believes that it is morally acceptable to kill an unborn child and then to utilize organs or cells from the body of that unborn child in order to try to effect a cure in some other child or adult is no better than the Nazi doctors who did medical experiments on Jews and on persons whom the Nazi culture considered unfit or sub-human.
Anyone who says that it is morally acceptable to benefit from the unjust deaths of others is really no better than a Nazi.
But someone will say, "Don't you have any heart? Just look at the picture of Daniel's father holding his son in his arms and kissing him! Now tell me you don't want that boy to get better!"
To which I say, "Well, then, let us apologize to the Nazi doctors who experimented on human beings. No doubt they were motivated by some noble purpose! Do you not think so?"

stjos/stfds: 12.17.2006 - 07/08


 

Please pray for
THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY.
This state, located immediately to the east of our own Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and known for its bad drivers, good beaches, superb tomatoes, corny beauty pageants, Jersey cows, gaudy casinos, and justly famed for providing excellent access to the Big Apple for motorists from Pennsylvania, died on Thursday, 14 December.
The cause of death was the
Legalization of Gay Marriage (under the guise of civil union) by both houses of the NJ legislature, with ratification by Governor Corzine a certainty.
Many of us have happy memories of New Jersey. It was a fairly nice state, as states go. However, thanks to the Democratic Party and the lackluster leadership of the Catholic Bishops, the State of New Jersey has gone down the tubes.
Maybe President Bush can be persuaded to invade New Jersey and set up a new government.
I think I'll write him a letter and bounce it off him. We shouldn't have any problem defeating New Jersey. We could start with Camden. It already looks like a war zone.
I, for one, would be happy to volunteer. My Connolly grandparents are buried in New Jersey. I figure that I have a stake in this once respectable state.
I wonder what it would cost to disinter my grandparents and have them brought to Pennsylvania!

By the way: Don't ever be fooled by any politician who says that he opposes "gay marriage" but is in favor of "gay civil unions". There is no real difference. It is just semantics.

stjos/stfds: 12.17.2006 - 09


GOD BLESS THE POTTSVILLE POST OFFICE!

In last weekend's bulletin, we noted that the seasonal art work painted on the windows of the Pottsville PO was devoid of any Christian words, symbols or imagery.
Chanukah, Kwanzaa and various non-descript secular imagery were featured, but nothing about the birth of Jesus, and no mention of the word "Christmas".
On Monday morning someone alerted me to the fact that there had been some re-painting and that a Nativity scene had been added, together with the word "Christmas".
I had to check this out with my own eyes!
And so, this past Monday, I drove up North Centre Street, parked my car outside the PO and was delighted at what I saw: a nicely drawn and painted illustration of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the stable. Nearby, there was the word "Christmas".
What more could anyone ask?
All Christians have reason to be grateful to those who were instrumental in bringing the true meaning of the season to the friends and patrons of the Pottsville PO!
I could pretend not to know who these persons are, but I would rather not pretend.
So, in the hope that I am not embarrassing them, I'll mention their names:

Ronald J. Mercuri, who is the honorable Postmaster of Pottsville and a member of St. Joseph Parish. It was at Ron's initiative that the Nativity scene was added.
John V. Mercuri, who is a college student, an artist and a nephew of the Postmaster. John is a member of St. John the Baptist Parish, but he got his start at St. Joseph Parish. His Uncle Ron drafted him to supplement the artwork done by the PAHS Sketch Club.

All's well that ends well!
I'm glad it worked out this way.
It helped to illustrate the message of Advent, which is that the Lord is coming and that we had all better take notice, get serious, get our acts together, and

REPAINT!

stjos/stfds: 12.17.2006 - 10


KEXAPITOMENH

This is a Greek word.
In Roman letters, it is written as follows:
KECHARITOMENE
It is pronounced something like this:
KE-KAH-RI-TO-MEH-NAY
It is "the most beautiful name of Mary" according to Pope Benedict XVI.

It is possible that you might remember, if you were at StJos or StFdS for Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, that I used this Greek word in the homily. It is usually translated "full of grace", but it has a meaning deeper than this.
To my pleasant surprise, I came across a homily that our Holy Father gave on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (8 December 06). Here is an excerpt:

Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Today we celebrate one of the most beautiful and popular feasts of the Blessed Virgin: the Immaculate Conception. Not only did Mary not commit any sin, but she was preserved even from the common inheritance of the human race, its original fault.
This was so in light of the mission for which, from eternity, God had destined her: to be the Mother of the Redeemer. All of this is contained in the truth of faith known as "the Immaculate Conception."
The biblical foundation of this dogma is found in the words the angel rendered to the girl of Nazareth: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28).
"Full of grace" -- in the original Greek kecharitoméne -- is the most beautiful name of Mary, the name that God himself gave her, to indicate that she is from eternity and for eternity the beloved, the chosen, the pre-selected to welcome the most precious gift, Jesus, the "incarnate love of God" (Deus caritas est, 12).
If you take a close look at the statue of Mary in the Lourdes grotto on the grounds of St. Joseph Church, you will see KEXAPITOMENH written on the sash of Mary's garment!

stjos/stfds: 12.17.2006 - 11


GOD BLESS BISHOP BRUSKEWITZ!
In case the name Fabian Bruskewitz is not familiar to you, you might want to know that he is the Bishop of Lincoln (NB) and is considered by many to be the premier example of intestinal fortitude in the American hierarchy.
Ten years ago Bishop Bruskewitz announced the excommunication of the members of
CALL TO ACTION, which is probably the leading Catholic dissident group in the USA.
The excommunication was appealed to Rome.
Rome does not move quickly on such matters. ["The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine" is what I was told when I was a kid in Most Precious Blood School in Philadelphia.]
However, just a few days ago the Vatican announced that it had upheld the excommuniction!
For which I say:
PRAISE THE LORD!
Bishop Bruskewitz also excommunicated Catholics who are members of the following groups:
Catholics for a Free Choice; Planned Parenthood; the Hemlock Society; the Freemasons; the Society of St. Pius X; St. Michael the Archangel Chapel; Job's Daughters; DeMolay; Eastern Star; Rainbow Girls. (Job's Daughters, DeMolay, Eastern Star and Rainbow Girls are part of the Freemasons.)
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, writing to Bishop Bruskewitz, said that the action imposing excommunication on these groups was "properly taken,"
Membership in these groups is "totally incompatible with the Catholic faith," said Cardinal Re in his letter, dated 24 November.

A FEW WORDS ABOUT EXCOMMUNICATION
A few times I have heard some non-practicing Catholic tell me that he was "excommunicated once upon a time by Father So and So". I always hasten to tell the person that "Father So and So" did not have the authority to excommunicate him. Declarations of excommunication are beyond the pay grade of any priest. A Catholic is excommunicated in one of two ways: (a) by decree of the Pope or the diocesan Bishop; (b) automatically according to certain violations specified in Canon Law. Procurement of an abortion is an example of the latter.
If you think you might ever have been excommunicated, talk to your parish priest about it in confidence. He will help you to be recommunicated.

stjos/stfds: 12.17.2006 - 12


 

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

Christmas is a
HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
All Catholics are obliged to assist at Mass on Christmas Day or on the Vigil.

SUNDAY, 24 DECEMBER
CHRISTMAS EVE

4:30 p.m. - StJos
6:00 p.m. - StFdS

MONDAY, 25 DECEMBER
CHRISTMAS DAY

12:00 midnight - StJos
7:45 a.m. - StJos
9:15 a.m. - StFdS
10:45 a.m. - StJos
12:15 p.m. - StFdS

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 MASS SCHEDULE: 17 - 24 DECEMBER
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 16 December
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - ANNA D'ALESSANDRO
by John and Diana Consugar

Sunday, 17 December
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

Monday, 18 December
Late Advent Weekday
10:00 a.m. - MIKE DOMBROWNY
by his daughter, Nancy

Wednesday, 20 December
Late Advent Weekday
10:00 a.m. - CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Friday, 22 December
Late Advent Weekday
10:00 a.m. - Rev. DAVID J. FICK
by EBC

Saturday, 23 December
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMINICK J. D'ALESSANDRO Jr.
by John and Diana Consugar

Sunday, 24 December
4th Sunday of Advent
9:15 a.m. - MIKE and CATHERINE DOMBROWNY
by their daughter, Nancy
12:15 p.m. - SEVILLE TODD
by her friend, Rose M. Matta
Vigil of Christmas
6:00 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
by EBC

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