Saturday, 05 August
Vigil of the Transfiguration
4:30 p.m. - CAROL KREMER TAMBURELLI (8th anniversary)
by her husband, Herb, her daughter, Dannette, her son-in-law, Bob (+), and her grandsons, Ryan and Nick

Sunday, 06 August
The Transfiguration of the Lord
by Jack and Flo McGovern
by Edward and Domenica LaSelva

Monday, 07 August
t. Cajetan, priest; St. Sixtus II, pope, and companions, martyrs (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - SAM SILBERT
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto

Tuesday, 08 August
St. Dominic, priest (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. LAPLACA (47th anniversary of marriage to Marie Ritz)
by his mother, Julia
by Leonard and Roberta Sumoski

Wednesday, 09 August
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - LEO M. PLUSWICK (31st anniversary of wedding)
by his wife, Rose Marie

Thursday, 10 August
St. Lawrence, deacon, martyr (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - MARIE SCHWARTZ CATALINI (34th anniversary)
by her daughter, Rose Marie Catalini Pluswick
7:00 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by Angela LaPlaca Deramo and Debra Deramo McDonald

Friday, 11 August
St. Clare, virgin (OblMem)
by her husband, John

Saturday, 12 August
by Carmela Evolo Palko and daughter, Patricia
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, Patricia




stjos/stfds: 08.06.2006 - 01

29/30 JULY

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $-0- from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1327.00 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 ($168.26) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $-0- from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $152.00 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 ($157.31) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 Sat      29 July

Guy R  won $100.00
 Sun     30 July

Chuck T won $150.00
 Mon    31 July

Nobody won $50.00
 Tues    01 Aug

Clayton won $50.00
 Wed    02 Aug

Nobody won $50.00
 Thurs  03 Aug

Ray C won $50.00
 Fri      04 Aug

See Next Weekend's Bulletin

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Tuesday, 08 August
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 10 August
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 11 August
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 06 to 12 August, in loving memory of Anthony J. Luppino, at the request of his grandson, Dominic.
THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 06 to 12 August, in loving memory of John S. Puddu, at the request of his wife, Margaret.

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

In memory of
Stephen Chalinsky
Ken and Sharon Rossi and family
Nick and Bev Hutzel and family
Tony and Mary Jane DiCello

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07 August
Edward M. Kane

08 August
Anthony J. Chillemi Sr.
John W. Steiner

09 August
Dominic A. Luppino
Michael J. Piccioni
James J. Riotto

10 August
Stacey M. McCabe

11 August
Edward C. Fessler III
Elaina C. Galle
Victor A. Mazzuca

12 August
None, as far as we know.

13 August
Maria Piccioni Carestia
Martina L. Gennerella
Francis S. Popeck
Marissa E. Yackenchick

PLEASE NOTE (on page 2 of this bulletin) that the loose (plate) collections for both parishes last weekend are recorded as $-0-. That is because - as mentioned in last weekend's bulletin - we are donating the loose (plate) collections to the Propagation of the Faith on behalf of Fr. Raja Pogula's diocese in India. Fr Raja is the priest who visited us last weekend as part of the Missionary Cooperative program. We hope that our parishioners who were not prepared to contribute to this good cause last weekend will do so this weekend (or, at least, within the next few days). Just put your donation into an envelope marked "missionary" or "India" or "Fr. Raja" or something like that and we will know what it is for. If you make out a check, make it out to St. Joseph Parish or St. Francis deSales Parish. (This makes it easier for us!)

stjos/stfds: 08.06.2006 - 04


Driving on Third Street in Minersville today (5 Aug), I passed a Baptist church. The church's signboard included the title of the sermon for the coming weekend. The title made reference to Jesus as our "Savor".
I have no doubt that the person who posted the letters on the signboard meant to write "Savior", but overlooked the letter "I". Either he overlooked it or else he is a closet Catholic!
While it is true beyond doubt that Jesus is our Savior, He is also our Savor. "Savor" means "taste". Jesus gives Himself to us not only via our sense of hearing (the Scriptures) but via our sense of taste (the Holy Eucharist).
I receive Jesus as my Savior when I receive Him as my Savor.
In their admirable zeal for the Scriptures, our Protestant brothers and sisters have lost sight of the Sacraments.
True Christianity always includes Scripture and Sacrament.
We pray for our Baptist (and other Protestant) brothers and sisters, that their awareness of the sacraments may be restored.
Quite frankly, we must pray also for our fellow Catholics, that their (our) awareness of and love for the Scriptures may rise to greater heights!

 Reserve the date!
Sunday, 22 October
Special afternoon Mass, followed by banquet.
100th anniversary of St. Joseph Parish

stjos/stfds: 08.06.2006 - 05


A MEMBER OF SAINT JOSEPH PARISH will leave tomorrow (Sunday, 6 Aug) for Jamaica. She expects to be back in about a week. She is not going for what most persons go to Jamaica for, viz. fun and relaxation in the sun. She is going in order to offer her services to a group known as Missionaries of the Poor.
This is a group of priests and brothers who live a life of joyful poverty and total dedication to the poor.
Our parishioner spent some time with this group last year and was deeply impressed with their work.
The priests asked her to bring along with her, if possible, some altar breads and altar wine.
So, I'd like you to know that I have donated (at parish expense!) some bread and wine to the Missionaries of the Poor. It will set the parish back approximately $70.00, but I figure it's a good cause.
If anyone would like to donate $70.00 to the parish, I would be happy to tell God that YOU should get the credit for the bread and wine we donated.
Don't feel obliged. It's just a thought!
LET US PRAY FOR all of our fellow human beings who are caught up in the (seemingly) unending bloodshed in the Middle East. May the face of Christ shine upon all of the inhabitants of Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, the Emirates.
May God protect the innocent and may He frustrate the designs of the wicked.

stjos/stfds: 08.06.2006 - 06


Please note:
1) We depend on the BAA Office in Allentown for updates. We do not receive this information with maximum promptness. It is quite possible that your name is not on this list, even though it should be. If that be so, feel free to let us know.
2) Names printed in BOLD are new contributors since the last time we printed a list of contributors.

ACKER, Mary Elizabeth Troilo
ALATI, Marcia L.
ALFONSI, Alesandro / Mary Clare
ARTZ, Christine Sedicino
AYELLO, Michael / Mary
BARONE, Angelo / Kay
BLANKENHORN, Ann Hoepstine
BUTERA, Ralph/ Kathy
CARAVAN, Raymond / Ugenia
CARESTIA, Ronald / Joanne
CESCON, Cheryl A.
CESCON, Joseph T.
CHIPLONIA, Julian / Nora
D'ALESSANDRO, Dominick / Anna
D'ALFONSO, Sophie Dobrosielski
DAVIS, Gerry Almonti
 DERAMO, Anthony N.
DeSTEFANO, Andrew / Loreta
DiCELLO, Katherine Owens
DiMARCELLO, Margaret R.
ECKLEY, Henry / Margaret
FABIANI, Johanne Luppino
FRINZI, Joseph / Sandra
GARLAND, Patricia Feeley
GENTILE, Vincent M.
GERACE, Jacob / Rosalie
GUASTAVINO, Thomas / Karen
HOFFECKER, Victoria LaPlaca
KEVY, Phyllis C.
KEVY, Veronica J.
KHELOUSSI, Claudia Franzelin
KRIZNO, Jesse/ Elizabeth
KUTCH, John / Patricia
KUTCH, Mary Genovese
LANG, Jean Albo
LASCALA, Theresa Doyle
LILLEY, Harry / Rosa
LONG, Mae Gerace


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LUPPINO, Mary Harman
MALYS, Casimir / Julia
MANLEY, Edith Recla
MANZO, Cecelia Spina
MANZO, Katherine A.
MARIANELLI, Bruce / Kathy
MATZ, Lois Neade
McGOVERN, John / Flavia
MENGEL, Carl / Mildred
MERCURI, John / Maria
MODESTO, John / Sharon
MODESTO, Salvatore / Mary
MOHAN, Francis / Stella
PALERINO, Joseph / Ann Marie
PASCUZZO, Albert / Martha
PICCIONI, Albert / Katherine
PICCIONI, Ann Breslin
PICCIONI, Mary Fanok
PICCIONI, Robert / Sharon
PICCIONI, Thomas / Patricia
PILO, Anthony A.
PILO, Pasquale / Mary

Goal: $11,023
So far: $8,200
To go:        $3,023

 POPECK, Frank / Rose
POTTS, Nancy Ayello
RICIGLIANO, Patrick / Donna
RINALDO, Charles / Mary
RUTECKY, Christine Troilo
SPLEEN, Olimbia Piccioni
STAGLIANO, Frances Papapietro
SWARTZ, Robert / Denise
TAMBURELLI, Charles / Mary
THYE, David / Susan
TRANQUILLO, Frank / Ann Marie
UNDERWOOD, Joann Manzo
WALTERS, Thomas / Elizabeth
WEISS, John / Frances
WILSON, Susanne V.
WOOD, Ralph / Joanne

BONCORE, Francis / Debra
HAAG, Nancy Dombrowny
HEIMBAUGH, Helen Wychunas
KULL, Barbara Rehnert
SPECE, James / Louise
WYCHUNAS, Raydell Yeich


Goal: $1,533
So far: $700
To go: $833

stjos/stfds: 08.06.2006 - 08



St. Joseph Parish sold 653 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 34 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 687.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $3,435.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$1,450.00 in prizes;
$35.00 in printing;
$34.84 in postage.
Total deductions: $1,519.84.
Net revenue: $1,915.16.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (95%) earned $1,820.38.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5%) earned $94.78.

There will be a retreat day especially for you!
Where? Kutztown University
When? Saturday, 12 August
Time? 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost? $20.00
Contact? Jim and Theresa Heller
Transportation is available!
Parents: Teenagers are not known to be voracious readers of church bulletins. So, this notice is really directed to you, for you to bring to the attention of your teenage sons and or daughters. Do whatever you can to sanctify your kids!

stjos/stfds: 08.06.2006 - 09


THE LITURGICALLY ASTUTE MIGHT BE ASKING THIS QUESTION: Whatever happened to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time? Last Sunday (30 July) was the 17th Sunday and next Sunday (13 August) will be the 19th Sunday. But today (6 August) is not the 18th Sunday. How can this possibly be?
And here is the answer: It happens every once in a while that one of the Sundays in Ordinary Time collides (coincides) with a Solemnity (or a major Feast). When that happens, they say to one another: "Yo, man! This day ain't got enough hours in it for both of us, so put up your dukes! We'll settle this mano a mano!" So, the Solemnity (or the major Feast) and the Sunday in Ordinary Time duke it out to see which one the Church will observe. The winner takes over and the loser picks up his marbles and goes home!
That's what is happening today (6 Aug 06). The Transfiguration of the Lord and the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time went to the mat and the Transfiguration of the Lord emerged victorious. So, the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time picked up its green vestments, prayers, Scripture readings and marbles and went home to nurse its wounds. But, have no fear! The 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time will be back next year - 5 August 2007 - and it will not have any challenger. The Feast of the Transfiguration will have to settle for a non-prestigious Monday (6 Aug 07).
So, next year the 18th Sunday will have a kind of revenge. It will snicker at the Feast of the Transfiguration and say, "Ha! You were such a big deal last year when you knocked me off the calendar. But look at you this year. You're on a Monday and see how little attention people are paying to you!"
Caution: You will not find this exact explanation in any respectable Catholic publication.

stjos/stfds: 08.06.2006 - 10


In last weekend's bulletin (30 July), we found it necessary to correct the Dear Padre answer that appeared on the cover of the 23 July bulletin.
Now we find it necessary to correct the Dear Padre answer that appeared in the 30 July bulletin!
As you know, we receive these bulletin covers by virtue of a contract that we have with a certain company. We do not have editorial responsibility for the Dear Padre feature.
Here it is in a nutshell:
Someone wrote to Dear Padre and asked whether or not Church law permits a person to receive Communion twice a day.
Dear Padre replied "yes" but on condition that the second reception of the Holy Eucharist be at some "special event" Mass, viz. a wedding or a funeral or some other such "special" celebration.
This is not the correct answer.
Here is the correct answer: A person is permitted to receive Holy Communion a maximum of twice in one calendar day. The only condition is this: The second reception of Holy Communion must be within the context of a Mass. In other words, if a person were to receive Holy Communion at a morning Mass and, later in the day, were to attend a Communion service or were present when the Holy Eucharist was brought to a sick person, the person is not eligible to receive Communion a second time. But if, for example, he received Communion outside the context of Mass and, later on that same day, were to attend Mass, he is permitted to receive Communion at the Mass.
This is the authentic answer.
It is not a matter of opinion.
I vouch for this answer.
It is based on Canon Law and on an official response given by the Roman commission entrusted with the authentic interpretation of the Code of Canon Law.

As far as receiving Holy Communion more than twice a day is concerned, the only exceptions I can think of are these:
1) A priest celebrates three Masses in one day. Because he must receive Holy Communion if he celebrates Mass, then he is permitted to receive a third time.
2) A person has received Communion twice and then suffers some life-threatening accident or illness. If he is in danger of death, he may receive the Holy Eucharist a third time.

stjos/stfds: 08.06.2006 - 11

This past Monday (31 July), in Pittsburgh (PA), twelve women went through a ceremony that, according to them and their supporters, made them Catholic priests. This ceremony was held on board a boat that had been chartered for the occasion.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh, exercising admirable courage ever since its new leader, Bishop Sede Vacante, took office, minced no words. To the everlasting credit of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, it pronounced the dreaded "E" word upon the twelve women and upon all who participated in the ceremony. Yes, believe it or not, it pronounced them EXCOMMUNICATED!
Because of the fact that these faux-ordination ceremonies are becoming more frequent and because there are more and more women going around claiming to be Catholic priests, it is important for all of us to understand some basic truths:
#1 - No woman has ever been ordained to the Catholic priesthood. No woman ever will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood. This is an absolute and immutable truth. Put it in the bank.
#2 - It is impossible - please chew on that word "impossible" and get the full benefit of it - for a woman to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood.
It is not merely illicit (illegal), it is impossible! Impossible means "not possible". Impossible means "never was, is not now, never will be". Impossible means not merely "is not allowed to be"; it means "could not possibly ever be, even if some misguided, corrupt or insane authority figure in the Church were ever to dare to 'allow' it to be!" Impossible means "ontologically contradictory". Impossible connotes "absurd".
#3 - Let us illustrate with an example: If a Bishop (a real honest-to goodness validly ordained Catholic bishop) were to attempt to confer presbyteral Holy Orders on a ham sandwich, would the ham sandwich be a priest? The answer, of course, is NO! Why would the ham sandwich not be a priest? Well, we won't insult your intelligence by trying to answer that question. The answer is self-evident. But the point is this: You can no more ordain a woman to the ministerial priesthood than you can ordain a ham sandwich!
#4 - Let me push this a little further. Let us suppose, for sake of ludicrous example, that Pope Benedict XVI were to attempt to ordain a woman to the Catholic priesthood. [A disclaimer here: By invoking the name of our Holy Father, I mean him no disrespect whatsoever. I love and respect the Holy Father. I am just reaching out to make a point. I know that the Holy Father would never do any such thing.] But I digress. Back to my ludicrous example: If Pope Benedict XVI were to attempt to ordain a woman to the Catholic priesthood, would that woman be a Catholic priest? The answer, of course, is NO! But you might say, "How can you say that any action of the Holy Father would be invalid?" My answer is this: "Our Catholic faith, contrary to what some naïve persons think, is not based on mere human authority. As powerful and as awesome as a Pope undoubtedly is, no Pope can use his office as Pope in order to undermine the Catholic Faith, and still remain Pope. If a Pope were ever to attempt to ordain a woman to the priesthood or if a Pope were ever to attempt to "give permission" for women to be ordained to the priesthood, he would immediately and ipso facto cease to be Pope. Why? Because he would be excommunicated. If a Pope were ever excommunicated from the Body, he could (obviously) no longer be the visible head of the Body. A Pope can no more authorize the ordination of women to the priesthood than he can declare that Jesus is not divine or that the Holy Spirit is not divine or that the Scriptures are not divinely inspired or that abortion is morally acceptable or that artificial contraception is morally acceptable or that murder is morally acceptable or that the Holy Eucharist is not the true and literal Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.

P.S. If anybody reads this article and says (with great indignation) that the writer of the article is disrespectful to women, I wish to plead "not guilty". My ham sandwich analogy is meant to make you laugh. If you don't laugh, don't blame me! Trust me that I love and respect women. My mother was a woman! All three of my sisters are women! All of them are or were wonderfully competent and admirable human beings. I'm not married, but if I had gotten married, it would indubitably have been to a woman! So, there! So, lighten up and try to grasp the main point of this article, which is as follows: IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR A WOMAN TO BE A PRIEST!

stjos/stfds: 08.06.2006 - 12-13


Saturday, 05 August
Vigil of Transfiguration
by Susan Shober

Sunday, 06 August
Transfiguration of the Lord
9:15 a.m. - SAMUEL KANISH Sr.
by John and Susan McCord
12:15 p.m. - Blessings on
by James and Eva Gontis and family

Monday, 07 August
St. Cajetan, priest; St. Sixtus II, pope, and companions, martyrs (OptMems)
by bequest

Wednesday, 09 August
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
by her husband, Jack

Friday, 11 August
St. Clare of Assisi, virgin (OblMem)
by Kathryn Selinsky Luppino

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

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