Saturday, 19 August
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

Monday, 21 August
St. Pius X, pope (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - H. ROBERT PICCIONI Sr. (46th anniversary of wedding) by his wife, Ann, and family

Tuesday, 22 August
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OblMem)
by his brother, Robert

Wednesday, 23 August
St. Rose of Lima, virgin (OptMem)
ad intentionem dantis


Thursday, 24 August
St. Bartholomew, apostle (Fst)
7:00 p.m. - FABIANI FAMILY / living and deceased
by Rose Marie Fabiani Zeller

Friday, 25 August
St. Louis, King of France, confessor; St. Joseph Calasanz, priest (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - ALEX FANOK Jr.
by his sister, Mary Fanok Piccioni, and his nephew, Harry

Saturday, 26 August
re-scheduled from 19 Aug
Vigil of Sunday
by their family

Sunday, 27 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Joanne Papada
by Agnes Franko and Jillian



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12/13 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,432.00 .00
from the envelopes and $67.20 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,499.20 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 $3.94 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $57.35 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $209.35 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 ($99.96) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Fri       11 Aug

Keith W  won $50.00
Sat      12 Aug

Betty D won the $100.00
Sun     13 Aug

Dennis B won $150.00
Mon    14 Aug

Pudge won $50.00
Tues    15 Aug 

Nobody won $500.00
Wed    16 Aug

Wayne C won $50.00
Thurs  17 Aug

Veronica R won $50.00
  Fri      18 Aug                                                      #513                         Chick won $50.00

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Friday, 25 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 20 to 26 August, in loving memory of Lena Tranquillo Piccioni, at the request of Mary Rose Piccioni.
THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 20 to 26 August, in loving memory of H. Robert Piccioni Sr., at the request of his wife, Ann, and family. [46th anniversary of wedding: 21 Aug]
PLEASE NOTE THAT, because Fr. Connolly will be away this coming week (21 to 25 Aug):
the daily Mass and the Confession schedules are reduced;
the Tuesday Bible Study will not be held.
Fr. David M. Liebner will be offering the Masses at StJosPar from Monday to Friday.
The next Bible Study will be on 29 August.

There will be a Mass at the Schuylkill Center Nursing Home on Friday, 25 August, at 2:30 p.m.
As always, we invite "people from the outside", especially our own parishioners, to attend this Mass.

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21 August
None, as far as we know.

22 August
Jena M. Cavanaugh
Mary Agnes DiCello
Thomas J. Powanda Jr.
Emma E. Smith
Ashley N. Tassone

23 August
Wayne E. Chiplonia
Renee R. Galle
David G. Joy

24 August
Charles J. Cescon
Nicole A. Kalyan
Harry N. Piccioni

25 August
Victoria LaPlaca Hoffecker
Louise LaScala Sosnoskie

26 August
None, as far as we know.

27 August
Edward M. Brennan
Armando Piccioni
Sean D. Stevenson


Date: 8 to 10 September
Place:         St. Francis Center for Renewal
(Monocacy Manor), Bethlehem
Bus transportation available from Pottsville
For more information:
Evelyn McGuire (622-8586)
Adrianna Kurtek (628-2963)
Judge not, lest ye be judged!
The following bumper sticker was spotted on a vehicle that was decorated with various U.S. Marine emblems: "It's God's job to judge the terrorists. It's our mission to arrange the meeting."

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second child (second son) of James P. and Jennifer (Gownley) Dubé, will be baptized today (Sunday) at St. Joseph Church.
Why does the Church baptize this little boy and why do his parents submit him to the Church for baptism?

a) So that he might be eligible to go to heaven. Baptism is necessary for salvation, either in fact or in intention.
b) So that he can receive the other sacraments as time passes and as God wills: Penance (definitely), Holy Eucharist (definitely), Confirmation (definitely), Matrimony (probably), Holy Orders (possibly), Anointing of the Sick (probably).
c) So that he can be a member of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, the one and only Church established by God for the salvation of human beings, the Church founded on Peter and the other Apostles and continuing today under Benedict XVI and the bishops in communion with him.
d) So that the original sin will be removed from him and so that he might receive the guarantee of the means to forgiveness of whatever personal sins he might commit when he attains the age of responsibility.
e) So that he might be able to call the First Person of the Trinity "Father" and the Second Person of the Trinity "Brother" and so that the Third Person of the Trinity might make His dwelling place in him.
f) So that He might become a new creation in Christ Jesus, victorious over death and risen from the grave.

May God bless Keegan Michael Dubé, together with his dear parents, brother, grandparents, godparents and all who love him. May he be a good boy and a good man. May God and his family always be proud of him.

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From: Edward B Connolly []
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2006 3:43 PM
To: ''
Cc: ''
Subject: advertisement

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


From: ''
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 8:57 AM
To: Edward B Connolly []
Subject: advertisement

Dear Pastor Connolly,
I know you are a loyal reader of The REPUBLICAN & Herald and I thank you for your interest both in our newspaper and the content of our advertising. I'm sorry you found a recent ad offensive. We teach our sales representatives how to work with our advertising accounts on how to use print advertising to get the best results for their business. This was not an ad or an advertising style that we recommended, however it is consistent with this accounts other advertising and we did not feel that we had enough reason to reject the ad.
Please know that we will continue to review all advertising content before it is published. Thanks again for your interest.
Mike Joyce
Director of Advertising
REPUBLICAN & Herald, Pottsville
News-Item, Shamokin
(570) 628-6049

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.

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From: Edward B Connolly []
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 3:56 PM
To: ''
Cc: '' ''
Subject: advertisement

Dear Mr. Banko:
I have a problem with an advertisement that was run in the 8 August 2006 edition of the Pottsville Republican & Herald.
It was on page 11.
I would describe it as a "calendar girl" type advertisement.
I have sometimes heard the term "soft porn".
If I understand that term correctly, this advertisement would come under that general heading.
The advertiser was Ken's Tires.
I am forwarding you an exchange of e-mails I had with Mr. Joyce, Director of Advertising, so that you can know that I am utilizing the principle of subsidiarity in registering my complaint. (Those e-mails should follow immediately after this e-mail.)
With all due respect to Mr. Joyce, I am not satisfied with his reply, although I appreciate his courtesy.
I interpret his reply as follows: "The Pottsville Republican will continue to accept soft-porn advertising as long as such advertising is congruent with other advertising done by this particular customer."
I suggest that such a policy is not indicative of backbone on the part of The Pottsville Republican, a newspaper I have come to respect over the past twenty years of my living in Pottsville.
If you have the authority to do so, I ask you to formulate a policy that The Pottsville Republican & Herald will not accept this kind of advertising display.
In my parish bulletin for 13 August, I printed my e-mail to Mr. Joyce.
In the upcoming bulletin (for 20 August) I shall be printing Mr. Joyce's reply, together with my e-mail to you.
If you favor me with a reply, I shall print that as well.
The people of my two parishes, together with others in the community, are interested in the resolution of this matter.
Respectfully yours,
(Rev.) Edward B. Connolly
St. Joseph Parish, Pottsville / St. Francis deSales Parish, Mount Carbon



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From: ''
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 4:25 PM
To: Edward B Connolly []
Subject: advertisement

Dear Rev. Connolly,
Thank you for your interest and comments regarding advertising in the REPUBLICAN & Herald. As editor, I oversee the news content of the REPUBLICAN & Herald. And while I am always interested in any comments our readers have concerning the newspaper, Mike Joyce is the newspaper's director of advertising and is responsible for ad content. I know Mike is also very interested in reader comments and takes them seriously.
Again, I appreciate your comments.
Pete Banko

Saint Joseph Parish, Pottsville PA
Saint Francis deSales Parish, Mount Carbon PA
Mailing address for both parishes:
321 Howard Avenue, Pottsville PA 17901-3413
Voice: 570.622.3081 / Fax: 570.622.3084
Pastor: Rev. Edward B. Connolly
17 August 2006

Henry H. Nyce
Pottsville Republican & Herald
111 Mahantongo Street
Pottsville PA 17901

Dear Mr. Nyce:
Rather than write you a lengthy discourse, I am enclosing, for the sake of brevity, four e-mails of recent vintage:
#1 - To Michael Joyce from me
#2 - Mr. Joyce's reply to me.
#3 - To Peter Banko from me
#4 - Mr. Banko's reply to me

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If you read these, you will be up to date on the matter that concerns me.
I can summarize them as follows:
#1 - With particular reference to page eleven of the 8 August edition of the Republican, I ask Mr. Joyce not to accept soft-porn advertising copy for the Pottsville Republican.
#2 - Mr. Joyce acknowledges my request, but asserts that the Pottsville Republican will continue to accept such advertising copy, as he sees fit.
#3 - I make the same request to the person who I thought - apparently I was mistaken - had a higher level of authority.
#4 - Mr. Banko asserts that he does not have the authority to reverse Mr. Joyce's decision, the implication being that the Pottsville Republican will continue to accept soft-porn advertising, as Mr. Joyce sees fit.
I know next to nothing about how decisions are made at the Republican & Herald nor about who has what authority. However, I see your name listed at the top of the masthead and in larger font than the names of Messrs. Banko, Nealon and Joyce. Moreover, the title "Publisher" implies (I think!) "person analogous to Pope, before whom lesser mortals tremble and at whose desk the buck stops". So, it seemed reasonable for me to write to you.
Would you please enunciate a policy that, henceforth, the Republican will not accept soft-porn advertising copy?
Do it for women! Do it for Schuylkill County! Do it for your good name! Do it for the Gipper! Do it for God!
If you think there would be some advantage to my making an appointment to visit you in your office, either by myself or with a group of concerned clergy and other citizens, in order to discuss the matter, I would be willing to do so. However, my preference is that you would simply enunciate a "no more porn in advertising" policy and be done with it!
Whenever something can be accomplished without the need to form a committee or hold a meeting, I consider it a great blessing.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Rev. Edward B. Connolly

Enc: four e-mails

Note: I shall be printing this letter in the 20 August edition of my parish bulletin. With your permission, I would like to print your reply in a subsequent edition of the bulletin.

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You work for the CIA. You are entrusted with top-secret information. If this information falls into the hands of terrorists, say farewell to Western civilization!
Drat the luck, you are kidnapped by a gang of terrorists! They tell you that "something unpleasant will happen to you" if you don't turn over the information. Of course, you refuse! They then give you a choice of five "unpleasant things" to be done to you. You are to choose one:
(a) You will be hanged by the neck until dead.
(b) You will be thrown into a pool of gasoline, which will then be set on fire.
(c) You will be taken by helicopter to a lake swarming with hungry crocodiles and dropped - kerplop! - right into the middle of it.
(d) You will be thrown into a cage full of lions that haven't been fed a morsel of meat or any sort of protein for a whole year.
(e) You will be put up against a wall, blindfolded and shot with rifles fired by expert marksmen lined up only ten feet away from you.
You have one minute to make up your mind!
Which would you choose?
Answer in next weekend's bulletin!

[Abbreviation for Bishop's Annual Appeal; also the sound reputedly made by sheep]
I will feel awfully sheepish if I have to tell the Bishop that both of my parishes fell way short of their goals for the Bishop's Annual Appeal!
At the present time, St. Joseph parishioners have contributed or pledged $8,520. But the goal is $11,023. That is still $2,503 to go!
At the present time, St. Francis deSales parishioners have contributed or pledged $700. But the goal is $1,533. That is still $833 to go!

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

In memory of
Lucy Forte Caruso

Debra Deramo McDonald and sons Ryan and Justin
John and Patricia Kutch
Charles and Kay Faust
Bill and Myrna Everly
James and Mary McCabe
Ruth Wood Ebling
Agnes Leffler
John and Barbara Powers
Diane Dasher
Dominick and Anna D'Alessandro
Gladys Vicic

In memory of
Francis A. Kalyan

Phyllis C. Kevy and Roni J. Kevy

In memory of
Amadeo Corelli

Phyllis C. Kevy and Roni J. Kevy
Bill and Myrna Everly and family
REMINDER to reserve Sunday, 22 October 2006 on your calendar for 3:00 p.m. Mass (followed by dinner in the parish hall) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. Joseph Parish.

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August 7, 2006
Dear Parents, Grandparents, Family, and Friends:
Be a part of a much needed group in all of our churches; a parent support group for our youth. Support our teens by helping to plan events, providing rides, and/or snacks, and assisting where needed.
A meeting will be held Sunday, September 10, 6:00 PM in "The Upper Room" (Youth Center, second floor in St. John's old school building, 10th and Howard Avenue).
Youth from area parishes can join forces and share Faith, Fun, Food, and Fellowship.
Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity! Our kids deserve it….and…..our future depends on it!
Any questions, call Debbie at 544-5646 or Bob at 622-0223..
God Bless!
St. John the Baptist Parent Support Group

Children in public school, grades one to eight, should be registered for CCD (religious education classes). Classes start on 17 September. Call the Rectory (622-3081) in order to register your child. Please do it now.
Please note: If any child from last year's CCD did not return his or her book, please return it now. Parents: Do you see any book lying around the house that looks suspiciously like a CCD textbook? If so, please turn it into the Rectory. No questions will be asked! If a book is not turned in and if your child is identified as the non-turner-inner thereof, he/she will be sold to the ragman!

Note: When I was very young, my sainted mother made occasional references to the possibility that she might sell me to "the ragman". I remember being intrigued by this. It never made a whole lot of sense, but it sounded unpleasant. Questions: What are ragmen and what do they do with the naughty children whom they purchase? Does anyone know?

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The following letter to the editor appeared in the 7 August edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. I liked it so much, I e-mailed the writer to thank him. He gave me permission to re-print it.

Dear Editor:
Re: "Act of Defiance: Philadelphia Woman is Among a Group Ordained as Catholic Priests" by Susan Snyder from the 1 August 2006 Philadelphia Inquirer
Next week, in front of friends, family and supporters, I will be crowned Kaiser of Germany. I will be crowned by a German who was (secretly, to avoid retribution) given permission to perform the ceremony. I hope the Inquirer will cover my ceremony, just as you covered the so-called "ordination" by the group Womenpriests.
Admittedly, only a tiny percentage of Germans will recognize my rule, and the ceremony does (again, it must be admitted) break several laws of the Federal Republic of Germany. However, I feel in my heart that I was called to be Kaiser. Other arguments in favor of my claim include a mustache, a passionate hatred of the French, and possession of one of the pointy-topped helmets worn by my august predecessor, Wilhelm II.
Surely, if the Inquirer can give front page coverage to a small group of silly women who declared themselves priests, you can spare a short article for my enthronement. My claim is certainly no less valid than theirs.
Dominic V. O'Brien
Note: Every once in a while, Fr. Connolly has "felt in his heart" that he is called to be Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. Unable thus far to have this feeling verified by the College of Cardinals, he has refrained from standing on balconies giving urbi et orbi's. This is known as sanity. Sanity is the capacity, combined with the determination, to live in the land of objective reality, even when the feelings in our hearts tempt us to live elsewhere.

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

Sunday, 20 August
20th 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

Saturday, 26 August
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - JOSEPH R. LaPLACA
by his sister, Angie, and family

Sunday, 27 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EUGENE J. REHNERT
by his wife, Rita
12:15 p.m. - Rev. WALTER J. HALL
by EBC

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