Saturday, 12 August
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTONIO DeMATTEO (anniversary of birth)
by his daughter, Frances, and family

Sunday, 13 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Albert and Martha and family
10:45 a.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife, Carmela, and his daughter, Joanne

Monday, 14 August
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest, martyr (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on ERIC and LISA (8th anniversary of wedding)
by their mother-in-law / mother, Rose
Vigil of the Assumption
4:30 p.m. - RALPH and AGNES OWENS
by Catherine Tomko Riotto Snopek

Tuesday, 15 August
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (Sol)
by her nephew, Peter Piccioni, and family
7:00 p.m. - God's Blessings on EILEEN GEORGE
by Sandy

Wednesday, 16 August
St. Stephen of Hungary (OptMem)
by their daughter, Carmella, and their granddaughter, Joanne

Thursday, 17 August
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI (anniversary of birth)
by his wife, Johanne, and family
7:00 p.m. - FRANCIS A. KALYAN (month's mind)
by Mary Dries

Friday, 18 August
St. Jane Frances deChantal, religious (OptMem)
by her parents

Saturday, 19 August
St. John Eudes, priest (OptMem)
by her mother, Julia
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - NAT H. KEVY (7th anniversary) and JOSEPHINE SOFIA (month's mind)
by Phyllis C. Kevy and Roni J. Kevy

Sunday, 20 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - ROSALIE YANNI GENNERELLA (1st anniversary) by her husband, Bruno
10:45 a.m. - RONALD R. OWENS (27th anniversary)
by his sister, Kitty Owens DiCello





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29/30 JULY

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $151.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1863.00 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 $367.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $42.90 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $193.900 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 ($115.41) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Fri       04 Aug

Joe D  won $50.00
Sat      05 Aug

Nobody won the $100.00
Sun     06 Aug

Barry S won $150.00
Mon    07 Aug

Nobody won $50.00
Tues    08 Aug 

Ron N won $50.00
Wed    09 Aug

Nobody won $50.00
Thurs  10 Aug

Rick B won $50.00

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Monday, 14 August
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Tuesday, 15 August
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Tuesday, 15 August
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 13 to 19 August, in loving memory of Jewel Piccioni Moffitt, at the request of her sister, Mary Vittemberghi Messina.
THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 13 to 19 August, in loving memory of Joseph A. Fabiani, at the request of his grandchildren.
CORRECTIONS to last weekend's bulletin
On page 8
WALTERS, Thomas / Elizabeth should have been WALTERS, Thomas / Margaret
The figure $3,023 (amount StJosPar needs to make goal) is incorrect. The correct amount is $2,823.

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14 August
Nancy Matz Potts
Charles A. Rinaldo Sr.
Robert A. Tamburelli
Joshua M. Zeman

15 August
Francis A. Bierman
Keith R. Butcavage
Brian S. Carroll
Karen Cinelli Guastavino
Gilda Appolloni Madeira
Johnna M. Maley
Theresa Recla Meade
Ann Marie Chalinsky Tranquillo




16 August
Alice M. Chipriano

17 August
Anna Romano D'Alessandro

18 August
Janet Frie Becker
Jennifer Gownley Dubé
Michael W. Hossler
Joshua J. Senkus

19 August
Joseph Rodgers
Brian K. Sedicino
Alec N. Verhagen

20 August
Vincent M. Gentile
Shane M. Kesten
Michelle Zanis Tranquillo


Today - Sunday 13 August - is the 80th birthday of FIDEL CASTRO, the President of Cuba, and everybody's favorite dictator. If he is still breathing air, we wish him a happy birthday. If he has ceased doing so, as some suspect and even hope, we wish him lots of luck as he goes before Comrade God for evaluation!
The reader might reasonably wonder why this ruthless, atheistic (?), Communist dictator merits a HB greeting in our parish bulletin. Well, it's like this: Every once in a while, someone will insinuate that Fr. Connolly preaches too long. Always I am able to say: "Long? You don't know zilch about "long" Have you ever heard Fidel Castro give a talk? It takes him three hours just to get warmed up! So don't talk to me about 'long'! I have never gone on as long as Fidel Castro!"
So, for all the times I have invoked Comrade Fidel as a buffer against criticism about long sermons, I think I owe him por lo menos, a Happy Birthday greeting on his 80th!

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Date:              Sunday, 20 August
Preview:         11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Auction time: 2:00 p.m.
Place:             Terry Reiley Building
                      216 N. 12th Street, Pottsville
This auction had been planned to help relieve some of the financial pressure on Preston A. Wallace, who had been ill with cancer.
Mr. Wallace died on 1 August at the age of 49.
However, the Auction will go on as scheduled.
The proceeds will be used towards his medical expenses.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:

In memory of
Lucy Forte Caruso
Verna M. Sauers
Mike and Kathy Foran
Bob and Vicki Oettl
Andy and Loreta DeStefano

In memory of
Francis A. Kalyan

Andy and Loreta DeStefano

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"The devil has a huge problem with sacrificial love.
He knew God, but he did not love, so he would not serve.
With the Genesis narrative, there is a choice between the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The principle of the Tree of Life, as I see it, is sacrificial love;
the principle of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is power. The essence of evil is a choice of the heart for power rather than the Cross.
My husband once told me of some priest who told him of a theory only a theory of course - that the devil rebelled when he was shown a vision of the crucifixion.
He said, in effect, I will not serve a God who belittles himself in such a manner.
There are those who do not serve because they are so mixed up and poorly formed that they cannot find God.
But those who take a deliberate stance against Him usually do so because they hate the Cross.
This probably equals what you call wanting to find their own way to God.
They want a way which is not self-sacrificial but self-promoting."

[from a talk given by Tracey Rowland]

I insert this into our parish bulletin because I think it is so very, very insightful and concise! I hope everyone will read it and think about it.

Tracey Rowland is a Catholic theologian. Currently she is the Dean of the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia. She is a wonderfully bright and perceptive person! Thomism is her forte.

stjos/stfds: 08.13.2006 - 06



The Episcopal Church: The Church of What's Happening Now!

This 75th General Convention (meeting) of the Episcopal Church was held in Columbus Ohio, from 13 to 21 June 2006. Among the matters dealt with by the Convention were the following three that had to do with homosexuality.

A095 Gay and Lesbian Affirmation
Affirms support of gay and lesbian persons and opposes any state or federal constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex civil marriages or civil unions
D005: Opposing Criminalization of Homosexuality.
Declares efforts to criminalize homosexual behavior to be incompatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A167: "Full and Equal Claim" for All the Baptized.
Affirms that gay and lesbian persons are by Baptism full members of The Episcopal Church, reiterates its apology for years of rejections and maltreatment by the Church, and pledges to include openly gay and lesbian persons on every committee, commission or task force developed for the specific purpose of discussing issues about sexuality.

All three of these motions were passed by the Convention.
What conclusion can anyone draw from the passage of these three motions except that the Episcopal Church accepts homosexuality as being morally equivalent to heterosexuality?


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And then there was the following motion (resolution) brought up at Convention by some idealistic person or persons. We give you the full text of the motion.

D058 Salvation through Christ alone
Resolved, the House of _____ concurring, That the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church declares its unchanging commitment to Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the only name by which any person may be saved (Article XVIII); and be it further Resolved, That we acknowledge the solemn responsibility placed upon us to share Christ with all persons when we hear His words, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6); and be it further Resolved, That we affirm that in Christ there is both the substitutionary essence of the Cross and the manifestation of God's unlimited and unending love for all persons; and be it further Resolved, That we renew our dedication to be faithful witnesses to all persons of the saving love of God perfectly and uniquely revealed in Jesus and upheld by the full testimony of Holy Scripture.

"And what happened to this motion (resolution)?" you ask!
Well, first of all, the motion was discharged by the Committee! The resolution was then sent to the delegates. The delegates rejected the motion by a vote of 675 to 242.

I respectfully suggest to the 242 who still believe in Jesus to apply for membership in His Church, i.e. full communion with the Catholic Church. It must be evident by now that the Episcopal Church has the backbone of a dish of tapioca pudding. The English Reformation is a lost cause! Come back home!

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To:         Mike Joyce, Director of Advertising:
From:     (Rev.) Edward B. Connolly:
Date:      12 August 2006
cc:          Ken's Tires:

Dear Mr. Joyce:

On page 11 of the 8 August edition of the Pottsville Republican & Herald I see an advertisement that I consider entirely inappropriate. I came across it on my own. No one pointed it out to me. I am a faithful subscriber to and regular reader of the Republican.

I am referring, of course, to the Ken's Tires soft-porn advertisement.

I could write you an essay specifying my reasons for objecting to this advertisement. However, I don't want to insult your intelligence or waste your time. You know it is wrong. I know it is wrong. Anyone who holds to fundamental moral values knows it is wrong. The only ones who would defend this kind of advertising are moral defectives.

I ask you not to accept this kind of advertising from Ken's Tires or from anyone.

I shall be printing this e-mail in my parish bulletin this weekend and shall say a few words from the pulpit about it.

If you send me a reply, I shall be happy to print your reply in a future bulletin.

I am sending a copy of this to Ken's Tires. I have no idea what their reaction will be, but I am not hopeful.

However, I am hopeful in regard to the Republican & Herald and in regard to you. I have respect for your newspaper and for you.

Very truly yours,

(Rev.) Edward B. Connolly
St. Joseph Parish, Pottsville
St. Francis deSales Parish, Mount Carbon

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Children who are in public school,
grades one to eight,
should register now
for CCD classes,
which will start on
Sunday, 17 September 2006.

Please call St. Joseph Rectory (622-3081) to register your child(ren) for CCD.
Do it now while it's fresh on your mind!

stjos/stfds: 08.13.2006 - 10


PAUL AUGUSTINE BUONO, third of the seven children of Anthony and Bridget (Billingsley) Buono, will receive his First Holy Communion today (Sunday) at the 10:45 a.m. Mass. Paul is seven years old and was baptized at St. Joseph Church in 1999. He was so impressed with his first sacramental encounter, he decided to drive up to Pottsville from his home in Front Royal (VA) for his second and third sacramental encounters: First Confession and first reception of the Holy Eucharist. We are more than happy to accommodate him. He is an excellent boy, much loved by his parents and brothers and sisters. But it is God the Father, above all, Who loves him the most - loves him so much that He gives him His only-begotten Son, so that he might never perish but might have eternal life.
IN LAST WEEKEND'S BULLETIN, we mentioned that St. Joseph Parish had donated a quantity of bread and wine (for Mass) - about $70.00 worth - to the Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica. We suggested that someone might want to make a contribution towards the expense. We are grateful for the response! You share in a special way in the Masses at which this bread and wine will be used.!


$666.00 from St. Joseph Parish
$71.15 from St. Francis deSales Parish

Thank you!
Checks for these amounts will be sent to the Propagation of the Faith, to be credited to the diocese of Father Raja Pagula, who visited us on the last weekend of July.
The amount of the StJosPar collection is a trifle spooky, but it is what it is!

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a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died on Saturday, 5 August.
Born on 11 September 1911, she was 94 years old.
Lucy is one of the nine children of the late Ralph and Adelina (Paolini) Forte. She was born and baptized in Italy and came to the United States as a small child.
On 26 December 1935, in St. Joseph Church in the presence of Fr. DeStefano, Lucy was married to Michael Caruso, also a member of St. Joseph Parish. Michael died in 1974.
Michael and Lucy have one child: their son, John M. Caruso, who survives.
There are four grandchildren: David J. Caruso; Michael J. Caruso; Stephen J. Caruso; Gina M. Caruso.
There are five great-grandsons: Jeremy A. Caruso; Jordan A. Caruso; Dominic S. Caruso; Bryan A. Caruso; Vincent D. Caruso.
Five of Lucy's siblings are deceased: Edward P. Forte; Joseph E. Forte; Matthew J. Forte; Stephen R. Forte; Bertha Forte McDonald.
Two of Lucy's sisters survive her: Mary Forte LaSelva and Rita Forte Farrow.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Wednesday, 9 August. The interment took place in the parish cemetery.
We pray that our sister, Lucy, will receive from God a kind and merciful judgment. May she be delivered from all sin and human imperfection. Washed in the Blood of Jesus, may she come to see God face to face.
Eternal rest grant unto Lucy Caruso, 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.

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Monday, 14 August
Vigil of Assumption

04:30 p.m. - StJos
07:00 p.m. - StFdS

Tuesday, 15 August
Assumption of BVM

10:00 a.m. - StFdS
12:05 p.m. - StJos
04:30 p.m. - StFdS
07:00 p.m. - StJos

If, God forbid, any member of our two parishes were to assume that it is not a mortal sin knowingly, deliberately and without urgent reason, to skip Mass either this coming Tuesday (15 Aug) or on the Vigil (14 Aug), that person would be making
and would be stepping onto that broad highway on which many choose to travel but that leads to destruction.

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Saturday, 12 August
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - BRUCE E. MEASEL
by his mother, Mary

Sunday, 13 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by his family
12:15 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StFdSPar/ StJosPar
by EBC

Monday, 14 August
Vigil of the Assumption
re-scheduled from 9 Aug

Tuesday, 15 August
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
by John and Mary Podgurski
by the St. Joseph Parish Women's Guild

Wednesday, 16 August
St. Stephen of Hungary (OptMem)
by Shirley Losch Recla

Saturday, 19 August
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
by EBC

Sunday, 20 August
0th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - LEO J. BECKER
by Alma Brennan
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his brother, Vincent, and his sister, Anne

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