MASS SCHEDULE: 24 - 31 DECEMBER
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 23 December
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

Monday, 25 December
Christmas: The Nativity of the Lord
12:00 a.m. - DECEASED: WHITNEY and LUCAS FAMILIES by the Whitney family
7:45 a.m. - ANDREA HOFFMAN
by Andy and Clare Alfonsi
10:45 a.m. - ARCHIE STELLA, JOHANNA BUTERA DiCELLO BERTOLINI and ANTOINETTE BERTOLINI PAPADA by Angela DiCello Stella

Tuesday, 26 December
St. Stephen, protomartyr (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH DUNLEAVY and MARGARET DUNLEAVY LEHMAN by Julia, Marie and Rose
7:00 p.m. - HELEN BERTRAM LILLEY
by her son, Harry, and daughter-in-law, Rosa

Wednesday, 27 December
St. John, apostle, evangelist (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - ANTONIO and ROSE CHIODO
by Mary and John

Thursday, 28 December
Holy Innocents, martyrs (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - ANDREW J. LUCAS
by Michael and Catherine Whitney
7:00 p.m. - MARY EVOLO TROILO, LOIS TROILO GARGANO and LOUISE TROILO ALATI
by their daughters / sisters, Liz Troilo Acker and Tina Troilo Rutecky

Friday, 29 December
St. Thomas Becket, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - HELEN SPINA
by her sister, Cecelia, and her nieces, Joanne and Sandra

Saturday, 30 December
Sixth Day in Octave of Christmas
8:00 a.m. - Rev. PAUL F. DOLAN by EBC
Vigil of Holy Family Sunday
4:30 p.m. - DOLORES HARMAN HUBER
by Anthony and Mary Luppino

Sunday, 31 December
Holy Family Sunday
7:45 a.m. - VICTOR and HELEN PICCIONI
by their son, Emidio
10:45 a.m. - JOHN J. D'ALFONSO Sr. (36th anniversary) by his family

stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 01


 

 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
16 / 17 DECEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,482.00
from the envelopes and $117.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,599.00 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 $103.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$642.00
from the envelopes and $46.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $688.00 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 $378.69 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

 


RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       16 Dec

#376
Cheryl C won $100.00
Sun      17 Dec

#678
Bill T won $150.00
Mon    18 Dec

#291
Lenny D won $50.00
Tues    19 Dec

#620
Nobody won $50.00
Wed    20 Dec

#620
Nobody won $50.00
Thurs  22 Dec

#851
Dot R won $50.00
Fri      23 Dec

#715
Ron K won $50.00
                                                                             

stjos/stfds:12.24.2006 - 02


 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 27 December
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 28 December
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 29 December
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
 INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW
Q - Why are Confessions scheduled on Wednesday this week instead of on Tuesday? Tuesday is the norm.
A - Because Fr. Connolly will not be here on Tuesday afternoon or evening. He is going to see his family.

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 24 - 30 December, in loving memory of Lena Tranquillo Piccioni, at the request of Margaret Andescavage and nieces.
THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 24 - 30 December, in loving memory of Anthony and Jennie Morris, at the request of their daughter, Ugenia.


stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 03


 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

25 December
Mary L. Chipriano

26 December
None, as far as we know.

27 December
Branden Verhagen

28 December
Grace Luppino Joy *
Mary Jane Butera Reed

29 December
Amanda C. Brahler
Elizabeth Anne Cerullo

Nicole M. Edwards
Jacob G. Gerace
Raymond E. Hall
Victoria E. Modesto
Alexis A. Rist
Frances DeMatteo Weiss

30 December
None, as far as we know.

31 December
Mary N. Prestileo
John J. Miller Jr.


*THIS SEEMS TO BE A GOOD YEAR for adding nonagenarians to our list of members of St. Joseph Parish!
Grace Luppino Joy is (will soon be) the newest addition.
Born on Holy Innocents Day in 1916, she will arrive at her 90th BD this coming Thursday.
May God bless her and keep her in His love!
Grace is the widow of John S. Joy Sr. and the mother of John and David.

stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 04


 

PLEASE NOTE
The Tuesday morning Bible Study will not be held this week (26 December). We are taking a Christmas break.
There is usually a Mass at the Simon Kramer Institute on the last Monday of each month. However, there will not be a Mass this month because the last Monday falls on 25 December - and need we say more? Next Mass at Simon Kramer will be on 29 January.
There is usually a Mass at the Schuylkill Center Nursing Home on the last Friday of the month. However, there will not be a Mass this coming Friday (29 December) because the nursing home is in "lock down mode" due to a gastro-intestinal virus that is making the rounds.

 WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of"
Joseph P. Adams

his wife, Lita

In memory of"
Olga Sinkovich Seador

Margaret Stoppi
WHEN YOU COME TO CHURCH, PLEASE BRING ALONG A GIFT FOR A BABY.
We are collecting baby gifts, so that we can give them to BIRTHRIGHT, so that they can be given to unwed mothers who are in distressful circumstances
.

stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 05


 

ANNA HOMOVICH TUCCI,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died this past Sunday (17 December).
Born on 28 January 1928, Anna was 78 years old.
She is one of the twelve children of the late Charles and Anna Homovich.
She was baptized at St. Michael Russian Orthodox Church, St. Clair.
On 5 September 1956, she was married to Bruno Tucci in St. Joseph Church, in the presence of Fr. William L. Santry.
Bruno and Anna were married for 45 years, at the time that Bruno died: 1 January 2002.
Ten of Anna's brothers and sisters are deceased. (We regret that we do not have their names, so as to list them in the bulletin.)
Anna is survived by her brother, Paul Homovich.
The funeral service for Anna was conducted in the James H. Evans Funeral Home, St. Clair, on Wednesday, 20 December.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery.
We commend Anna to the Lord.

Eternal rest grant unto Anna, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 06



ABORTING THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD
or
DOES A WOMAN HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE?

What does the Catholic Church say about a woman's right to choose?
Well, first of all, we have to ask, "What exactly are you asking? You didn't complete the sentence. Does a woman have the right to choose WHAT?"
If you're asking whether or not the Catholic Church agrees that a woman has the right to choose, we have to ask you to be more specific.
But, let's agree on a few things right off the top:
A woman does have the right to choose the toppings on the pizza, if she is paying for it.
A woman does have the right to vote. It's one of the amendments to the Constitution. I forget which one.
A woman does have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
But I think you are asking me about something quite specific, are you not?
Ah, yes!
I think you are asking me if a woman has the right to have an abortion.
But that is the same as asking if a woman has the right to kill an unborn baby.
If you don't agree that that is what you are asking, then we cannot even have this conversation.
So, let me see.
You want to know whether or not a woman has the right to choose to kill her unborn baby.
And my answer to that is not the least bit complicated.
My answer is, "Of course not!"
You see, if we are enunciating a general principle about women, we have to include all women, do we not?
You wouldn't be so narrow-minded as to choose to exclude any woman from this principle that you are enunciating, would you?
Of course not!

You are interested in the liberation and empowerment of all women of all times and places, are you not?
Regardless of skin color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, etc., right?
So, for sake of argument, let me say that I agree with you, viz. that a woman has (i.e. all women have) the right to choose.
So, let us take a teenage girl named Mary.
Mary is pregnant.
Uh, oh! I notice right away that you don't like the juxtaposition of the words "teenage girl" and "pregnant".
You are against teenage girls getting pregnant, is that it?
If a teenage girl is pregnant, does she have the right to choose?
The right to choose to terminate her pregnancy?
You say, "Yes".
Well, of course, I knew you would say "yes".
Now, let us get back to Mary.
She is a teenage girl and she is pregnant.
Now, I think you know where I'm going with this, do you not?
But please bear with me a little bit more.
Does Mary have the right to choose?
Does Mary have the right to choose to terminate her pregnancy?
Does Mary have the right to choose to have an abortion?
Does Mary have the right to kill her unborn Child?
If you say, "Oh, that's absurd! Mary would never have thought of having an abortion! The very thought is sacrilegious!"
But I say, "Now you're getting all sorts of sanctimonious on me! I'm just interested in the logical outcome of your principle, viz. that a woman has the right to choose."
And because I'm running out of paper here, I'd better be specific:
ANYONE WHO SAYS THAT A WOMAN HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE IS SAYING THAT MARY HAD THE RIGHT TO ABORT JESUS, EVEN THOUGH SHE DIDN'T CHOOSE TO EXERCISE THAT OPTION.

stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 07/08


 

ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL NEWS
All Saints received recently an anonymous donation of a brand new computer. We thank the donor and ask God to bless him and his family.
All Saints is currently looking for a part-time maintenance person. Please contact the school office if interested.
School resumes, after Christmas break, on 3 January.
No school on Monday, 15 January.
Mid-term exams are scheduled for the week of 16 January.

 SOMEONE CALLED ME WITH A QUESTION.
The question was this:
If I go to the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, 24 December, does that count for Sunday and for Christmas?
AND HERE IS THE ANSWER:
No, it does not!!
It counts for Christmas, but it does not count for Sunday.
So, that means we all have to go to Mass twice this Christmas weekend!
Now, if I hear somebody complaining about this, I'm going to have to come back there and slap him
(or her, as the case may be)!
So, don't make me have to do that!

stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 09


PLEASE NOTE THAT this coming Monday - 1 January 2007 - will not be a Holyday of Obligation this year. This is due to the "Saturday / Monday" mitigation of the rule about attending Mass on Holydays.
In case you need a refresher course about Holydays of Obligation, you might want to read the following:
(There will be a pop quiz!)
The Holydays of Obligation in the USA are as follows:

01 JANUARY
THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD
Note: The obligation to attend Mass on this Holyday is lifted whenever 1 Jan falls on a Saturday or a Monday.
40 DAYS AFTER EASTER

ASCENSION THURSDAY
Note: The Bishops of the USA are responsible for having created widespread confusion about this holyday. Most dioceses have transferred it to the Sunday following the 40th day after Easter. Suffice it to say, for our purposes, that the Faithful Remnant, which includes the Diocese of Allentown, along with other dioceses in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Nebraska continue to observe it on the 40th day after Easter.

15 AUGUST
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Note: The obligation to attend Mass on this Holyday is lifted whenever 15 Aug falls on a Saturday or a Monday.

01 NOVEMBER
ALL SAINTS DAY
Note: The obligation to attend Mass on this Holyday is lifted whenever 1 Nov falls on a Saturday or a Monday.

08 DECEMBER
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Note: There is no "Saturday / Monday exception" in regard to this Holyday.

25 DECEMBER
CHRISTMAS: THE BIRTH OF THE LORD
Note: There is no "Saturday / Monday exception" in regard to this Holyday.

stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 10


HELP WANTED
St. Ambrose School is looking for a part-time custodian. The hours are 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please call 385-2377.

IN ADDITION TO THE 27 PROPOSALS that were passed by the Synod and enacted by the Bishop and are now known as Statutes, there were a great many other proposals that did not become statutes and, in fact, never got out of committee. We were able to rescue some of these before they were placed in the shredder. We have deposited them in a hermetically sealed mayonnaise jar and plan to submit (re-submit) them in due time to the Third Synod of the Diocese of Allentown.

Here are two of these non-statutes:

Any presbyter who says "Sisters and brothers, pray that our sacrifice may be acceptable, etc." instead of "Brothers and sisters, pray that our sacrifice may be acceptable, etc." shall, for the first offense, be suspended from public ministry and, for the second offense, from a utility pole.

Any person, whether religious or lay, but especially religious, who says, "May the Lord accept this sacrifice at your hands to the praise and glory of God's Name, for our good and the good of all God's church" instead of "May the Lord accept this sacrifice at your hands to the praise and glory of His Name, for our good and the good of all His church" shall be forbidden to attend Mass - even physically prevented, if necessary, from stepping foot inside a Catholic church until such time as he or she has successfully completed a course entitled "Our Friends, the Pronouns".


 ST. JOSEPH PARISH SPAGHETTI SUPPER COMING UP!
SUNDAY, 7 JANUARY 2007.
DON'T MISS IT!
IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG, HARD, COLD WINTER!
ONLY PRAYER AND SPAGHETTI WILL GET US THROUGH!

stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 11


CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO YOU KNOW WHAT
Maybe this will not be as funny to the reader as it is to me. Maybe the humor was only in the moment and is not transferable via the printed word. Be that as it may, I'll tell you my funny little story.
As most readers know, it is the custom on weekends for the priest who is celebrating the Mass to make "the grand entrance". At St. Joseph's, this means he enters the main body of the church via the baptistery, goes down the side aisle, then up the center aisle to the altar.
In the baptistery there is a door that leads into a public bathroom.
A couple of Sundays ago, I was all vested and, together with the servers and the lector, was about to start processing down the side aisle. Just as the organ played the opening bars of the processional hymn, the bathroom door opened and out popped a little girl. She was about six years old and very cute. Obviously startled to bump into me, she gave me that deer-in-the-headlights look.
I looked at her and, without cracking a smile, said the first thing that came into my head. In my most official voice, I said,
"Did you remember to wash your hands?" She inhaled sharply and said, "Oh! I forgot!" and ran right back into the bathroom where, I think it is safe to say, she washed her hands. It would have been entirely imprudent of me to pursue the matter any further, besides which I had to start Mass.
It occurred to me that this might have been the first time in the almost-2000 year history of the Catholic Church that a priest, while fully vested, ever sent a little girl back into the bathroom to wash her hands!
I leave you with this statistic that I just invented:
Did you know that 87.19% of American children between the ages of 4 and 13 do not wash their hands after using the bathroom unless some adult checks up on them? Doesn't that give you pause? Isn't that borderline ghastly? Think about it the next time some little kid offers to share his or her candy with you.

stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 12


 

MELVIN W. VIDAL Sr. started working for St. Joseph Parish as custodian / maintenance man / janitor / sexton on 14 May 1984. Father Leo J. Houseknecht, sixth pastor of the parish, hired him. When the seventh pastor, yours truly, arrived on 19 June 1986, Mr. Vidal was already well familiar with the territory. This was very much to my advantage. I have no mechanical skills that I'm aware of and was happy that there was a competent man already on the job to take care of the "infrastructure". The secretaries who were working for St. Joseph Parish at that time were Angie Deramo and Debbie McDonald. They told me what a fine man Mel Vidal was. It didn't take long for me to find that out for myself.
All of this is preface to announcing that Mel Vidal has decided to retire.
Friday, 22 December 2006, was his final day on the job at St. Joseph's. He had given me plenty of advance notice about his intention to retire, but I had a banana in my ear. I could have sworn, when I came here in 1986, that Mel was 19 years old. Because I've been here a bit more than 20 years, I figured that Mel was now about 39 years old. He tells me otherwise. He claims that he will be 65 years old on 1 Jan 2007. I find that hard to believe, but he has the papers to prove it!
I am still going to try to persuade Mel to come back to work here, at least on a part-time basis. I'll give him a couple of weeks, during which he can get on Marlene's nerves and then I'll suggest that he come back. Maybe I'll offer him a title like "parish engineer" or "physical property consultant". That might do the trick! Meanwhile let me say a few things that I don't often get the opportunity to say:
Mel Vidal is one of the finest men I know. He has done more good for St. Joseph Parish than most people will ever know. He is very bright - a practical intelligence that has sometimes amazed me. He is absolutely honest, truthful and loyal, a man of integrity, a man of his word. I would trust him with my money and my life - and even with my wife, if I had one! Mel is semper fidelis - an ex-Marine who is still a Marine. St. Joseph Parish got a bargain when it got Mel Vidal. We hate to see him go, but we wish him well in all his endeavors.
The principal love of Mel's life is his wife, Marlene. After Marlene come his five kids and nine grandchildren. We're glad Mel will have more time now to work at being a grandfather.
May God bless and protect Mel Vidal and all the members of his family.

stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 13

 


 

 MASS SCHEDULE: 24 - 31 DECEMBER
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

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

Monday, 25 December
Christmas: The Nativity of the Lord
9:15 a.m. - EUGENE J. REHNERT (7th anniversary)
by his wife, Rita
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM J. McGOVERN (45th anniversary)
by bequest

Friday, 29 December
Late Advent Weekday
10:00 a.m. - Rev. JOSEPH ZALOTAY
by EBC

Saturday, 30 December
Vigil of Holy Family Sunday
6:00 p.m. - In Thanksgiving to SAINT LUCY
by Ron and JoAnne

Sunday, 31 December
Holy Family Sunday
9:15 a.m. - ESTELLE WEINER PURCELL
by John and Susan McCord
12:15 p.m. - FRANCIS and PAULINE CONNOLLY
by their son, Edward

stjos/stfds: 12.24.2006 - 14

 


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