Saturday, 09 September
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - MICHAEL D. FERUGIO (5th anniversary - 11 Sept 01)
by Phyllis C. Kevy and Roni J. Kevy

Sunday, 10 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - MARIO P. ALFONSI
by Jack and Flo McGovern
by their grandchildren

Monday, 11 September
12:05 p.m. - SAM SILBERT
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto

Tuesday, 12 September
Holy Name of Mary (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - RALPH C. BUTERA by his family

Wednesday, 13 September
St. John Chrysostom, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
12:05 p.m - CARL, PETRINA and BOBBY
by Mary and John

Thursday, 14 September
Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by H. Robert and Ann Piccioni

Friday, 15 September
Our Lady of Sorrows (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOSIE DeSTEFANO SHAPPELL (5th anniversary) by her family

Saturday, 16 September
St. Cornelius, pope, martyr, and St. Cyprian, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
by their daughter / his mother, Catherine Gerace Smith
Vigil of Sunday
by Anthony and Mary Luppino

Sunday, 17 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by the King and the Maccarone families
10:45 a.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife, Carmella, and their daughter, Joanne


stjos/stfds: 09.09.2006 - 01


26/27 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $94.20 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,773.20 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 $277.94 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $104.05 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $285.05 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 ($24.26) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Sat       02 Sept

Nobody  won $100.00
Sun      03 Sept

Richard C won the $150.00
Mon     04 Sept

Dottie B won $500.00
Tues     05 Sept

Nobody won $50.00
Wed     06 Sept

Mary Ann R won $50.00
Thurs   07 Sept

Doug won $50.00
Fri       08 Sept

Nobody won $50.00

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I had just typed out the StJosPar Mass schedule (as it appears on page 1 of the bulletin). I was all set to hit the "save" icon when I noticed a small but significant error. Call it the error of the superfluous "t". This is what I mean: I had typed the name of the deceased gentleman for whom the particular Mass was to be offered. I intended to type on the next line: by his wife, (name). What I actually typed was: by this wife, (name).
If I had not seen that error and corrected it in time, I think I might have gotten a phone call from one very annoyed widow!
Thank you, Lord!

We are unable to schedule confessions this week for reasons explained elsewhere. Until further notice, please don't anyone sin! As a bare minimum, please don't anyone commit any mortal sins!
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 10 to 16 September, in loving memory of Dominic Deramo and Arthur Deramo, at the request of their sister, Mary.
Marcia L. Alati, a member of St. Joseph Parish, has been awarded the degree of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction by Kutztown University. Marcia is currently employed as a teacher at Allentown Central Catholic High School. She teaches Economics to 12th graders and American Government and World Studies to 9th graders.
Marcia is the daughter of the late Dominic and Louise (Troilo) Alati. They are proud, no doubt, of their educated daughter!
Higher education is a marvelous thing! Now that Marcia has her M.Ed., she'll be able to learn them kids really swell!

stjos/stfds: 09.09.2006 - 03



11 September
Lynn Measel Degrassi
Andrew L. Koinski
Matthew L. Tassone

12 September
Anthony R. Marasco
Bruno M. Tassone

13 September
ravis Brown
John A. Kuth
Rosaria Manzo Visalli

14 September
None, as far as we know.

15 September
Brandon J. Leskin
Edward J. Motley
Nancy Wolfe Julian Murphy
Catherine Tranquillo Pagnotta

16 September
Michael O. Daniels Jr.
Andrew J. Vidal

17 September
Robin Kalyan Korrubin
Anthony L. Messina
Philip L. Minchoff Jr



Date: Sunday, 17 September
Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 noon
Site: St. John's Russell Building, 9th Street and Schuylkill Avenue
Menu: Eggs, pancakes, sausage, home fries, bacon, toast, orange juice, coffee
Price: $5.00 for adults and children 11 and up; $2.00 for children under 11

Date: Sunday, 17 September
Time: 8:00 to 11:30 am
Site: Immaculate Conception Parish Social Hall, St. Clair
Price: $5.00 for adults and children 8 years old and up; $2.00 for children under 8

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THE FOLLOWING ITEM IS RE-PRINTED FROM THE BULLETIN OF SUNDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2001. This was, of course, our first "post 9-11 bulletin". I re-print it now, on this 5th anniversary, for the sake of memory.
I recall that, even as I was typing these words five years ago, I felt just about certain that Michael was dead. However, we were all hoping that something extraordinary might have intervened and that he was still alive.
As we all know, it has long since been confirmed that Michael was among the victims of those unspeakably vile terrorists / murderers.

WE HOPE THAT, BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, the uncertainty will have been joyfully resolved. However, as of this Saturday afternoon (15 Sept), the family of Michael D. Ferugio is uncertain as to his whereabouts. Michael, as we all know, is believed to have been on one of the upper floors of one of the WTC towers at the horrible moment of the impact on Tuesday, 11 September. We understand that someone named "Ferugio" is in one of the NYC hospitals at the present time. However, there is no confirmation that this person is Michael, nor is there clear information about this person's condition. Michael and his wife live in Brooklyn. He is a native of Palo Alto, where his mother, Joan, continues to live. Michael is a former (still an "honorary") member of St. Joseph Parish. He was married here at St. Joseph's. We pray for him and are anxious to hear good news.

Eternal rest grant unto Michael David Ferugio, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the innocents who died in the Word Trade towers and at the Pentagon and on Flight 93, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

stjos/stfds: 09.09.2006 - 05



Pages 7, 8 and 9 of this weekend's bulletin are taken up by the text of an email letter that the writer surely anticipated would be read only by her mother, perhaps with the implied understanding that the mother might exercise the maternal prerogative to share it with other family members and "a few close friends".
The mother shared the email with the pastor and, perhaps, a few others.
Yours truly was so taken by this letter that I said to myself: "This is bulletin material! Let me see if I can get permission from the writer and her parents to re-print this letter."
Permission was given and, so, we invite you to read the letter.
The writer, Ellen, is an 18-year-old member of St. Joseph Parish. She lives in Hamburg (PA) with her parents and four younger siblings. Last month (August), she left home to start college - Christendom College, a four-year Catholic college in Front Royal (VA).

Pastor's devious motives for printing this letter
(1) I would like this letter to serve as a kind of unpaid and unsolicited commercial for Christendom College, which is one of only a handful of Catholic colleges in the USA that I trust. If anyone wants to know the names of some other Catholic colleges that I trust, ask me.
(2) I would like parents and teenagers to know that, contrary to popular opinion, there is no necessary disconnect:
between being a 21st century young adult in the USA and being happy;
between being a happy young adult and being cheerfully obedient to lawful authority, which includes but is not limited to parents;
between being a happy young adult and being faithful to the fulfillment of one's religious duties, such as going to Mass on Sunday;
between being a happy young adult and being committed to continence, chastity and "saving oneself for marriage";
between being a happy young adult and being rather consistently and habitually sober and in one's right mind.

stjos/stfds: 09.09.2006 - 06



Hello, Mother dear!
First question: Why are you up at 6:59 in the morning? [Note: Ellen had just received an email from her mother with the time noted on it.] Oh, that's right! Because of little Prince Charming, I suppose. [Note: "Little Prince Charming" is Ellen's baby brother]. Oh, I miss him! There aren't any Prince Charming's here - at least none that I've recognized yet.
I just got out of Latin class. I came close to losing bladder control out of fear that the prof would call on me to translate! But - lo and behold! - the good Lord takes care of me, realizes that I am doing my best and that I absolutely despise translating and, so, I was not called upon.
Of course, that could be to my disadvantage, because participation in class helps one's grade, but it was all I could do to even keep up with all of his grammar explanations. Actually - sorry to admit - the translation we had for homework was not that bad. The only problem is the grammar and parts of speech and such. However, one nice thing about him is that the only assignment he gives us over the weekend is to study our grammar book! Thank God some professors understand the importance of "the Sabbath" (as Professor Fahey would say)!
Classes are going almost so well that I'm a little worried. It's the weekend now, and I've never looked forward to Friday more than I have this week. I'm so happy. Of course, it was only on my way to Mass this morning that I realized that, even though it's the weekend, I still won't be able to sleep in, because tomorrow the Shield of Roses people [Note: a pro-life group] go to Mass at 7:00 am and then head right to D.C. and we have to be back by brunch. Thus, I have to be up, roughly, at about 6:30 tomorrow morning! Then, on Sunday, Mass is at 10:00 am, which means I have to be up around 8:30 am to get ready and make it to Mass early enough to get a good seat! Oh, isn't that a wonderful thing to say? That you might have to stand in the back because there are so many kids at Mass!
Anyway, yesterday was a really really, really bad day! Except for the fact that last night ended in an awesome night of "Contra" dancing (the kind of dancing they do at the barn dance). Mom, it was so much fun I could've cried. It went from 8:30 to 10:30. It was pure, exhausting, exhilarating dancing! You know what the best part is? The guys ask the girls to dance, whether they know the girl or not! They come up to you, put their hand out and say, "Would you like to dance?" I danced almost every dance! Then, after the dance, the guys "escort" the girls off the dance floor! Mom, you wouldn't believe how they're breeding chivalry here! [Note: So it's true! Chivalry is not dead! Pass it on!] Guys always open the doors for girls and they don't even throw the balls at girls in any sport, such as dodge ball! (Ahem, you know who!)
Oh, and before and after each new dance, you are supposed to "honor your partner". So, the guy bows and the girl curtsies! Isn't it awesome? I can't wait for you guys to see us. By the time you come in October, we all should be pretty good and coordinated. One of the dances we did last night was the dance from the "Sound of Music", the one the Von Trapp and what's her face (Julie Andrews) do together. We only learned half of it, but then the experienced dancers did it, and it was so pretty and elegant. You remember my roommate, Jennie, (the one with the giggle)? Well, her brother is TJ, and he is one of the most graceful dancers I've ever seen. Of course, he has a little too much energy during the fast dances, needs to learn the virtue of patience, and also the virtue of silence - kind of like me - ha ha!
But, let me tell you, he is the most fun person to dance with, because he's so good at the dances that all I have to do is follow and he has me going across the floor like a professional (or almost!) While we were waiting for one dance to start, he started doing swing with me, and one minute I was twirling, the next minute I was in a dip, and then I had to calm him down, because he was going a mile a minute. Ahh, it is so much fun just thinking about it! Sunday is swing lessons!
[Note: I am of the opinion that a lot of dancing goes on in heaven.]
Well, you'll be happy to know that I am quickly learning how to budget my time. I am learning how to give up certain things so I can get my work done, and so I have time to do the things that I really want to do - like dancing! Yesterday I gave up going to town - and it's a good thing I did
because my friends weren't back until almost 7:00 pm! - so that I could go to the dance lessons last night. It felt good to work hard for so long, and then
be able to honestly give myself a break to treat myself. Emily (one of my friends whom I've become really close with) and I were feeling rather lazy and blah yesterday, so we went to the gym and worked out on the machines. It felt good until we sat down to stretch out. Then we just wanted to go to sleep.
There's another issue! I haven't been to bed before 12:00 midnight since I've been here and I think my body is starting to get used to it!
Every day goes by so fast because every day is packed full of things to do. There are classes, meals, Mass, room cleaning, laundry, studying, homework, walking from place to place, etc. I love it though. I am so happy! I never would have guessed that I would be this happy! I actually like going to study, especially because the 400 people surrounding you are doing the exact same thing! Even if my friends and I are not studying out loud together, it's so nice just to be able to sit in quiet in their company while each of us does his or her own work.
I'm amazed at how the temptation to fool around is almost nil - except for dancing, of course! Then again, Emily and I are the real sticklers about homework and studying. The rest just kind of fit studying and homework in whenever they can - you know, around talking to guys outside until right before curfew and stuff! I can't do that. I go in, take a nice hot shower, do my work and, even then, I don't get to bed until 12:30! But I'm getting used to it, and I don't mind being up that late doing work at all! It just seems natural - like, "everybody else is doing it" (peer pressure!)
The girls in my dorm are so awesome! They have given us so many heads up about the professors, courses, dating, etc.
Well, I have to go change right now and figure out what I'm going to do.


             stjos/stfds:09.09.2006 - 07/08/09


THE 2006 - 2007 SEASON

Opens today (Sun 10 Sept).
You know the buzz!
Let me run it by you again!
The great St. Joseph Parish Spaghetti Supper will be held in the parish hall today: 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Six dollars for an adult or a teenager; three dollars for a child. Take-outs available! 11:30 to 4:00
All you can eat at a price that can't be beat!

Parents of children in public school, grades one to eight.
Call the Rectory: 622-3081
Classes start on Sunday, 17 September

Date: Sunday, 17 September
Site: Sacred Heart Parish Social Hall, New Philadelphia
Time: Doors open at 12:00 noon; Auction begins at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $3.00 / sheet
Food and refreshments will b available.
Platters will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$7.50 for a chicken or a beef platter (11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Advanced ticket sales for platters: Call Rectory (277-6800)
Shop and Drop: Saturday, 16 September, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ONLY $2.00
Put your $2.00 into an envelope along with your name(s). Mark the envelope "Patron" and drop it off at the Rectory office or else put it into the basket in church.

stjos/stfds: 09.09.2006 - 10




1865 - 1942
16 December 1865: Born in Vigolo Vattaro, Trent, Italy
1875: Emigrated with her family from Italy to Brazil.
1890: Dedicated herself to the care of persons with cancer and founded a community known as The Little Sisters of the Immaculate Conception for the purpose of providing medical care to the poor.
1909: Removed from her position as Superior of the Community
1938 to 1942: Suffered from diabetes, which necessitated the amputation of her arm and eventually caused her to lose her sight.
9 July 1942: Died, her last words being "God's Will be done."
18 October 1991: Beatified by Pope John Paul II
19 May 2002: Canonized by Pope John Paul II

stjos/stfds: 09.09.2006 - 11

In Saint Pauline Visintainer, we see the theological and religious virtues manifested to an eminent or heroic degree:

profound Faith and unlimited trust in God;
passionate love for Jesus present in the Eucharist;
a tender and filial devotion to Mary Immaculate;
devotion to and trust in "our good Saint Joseph";
veneration for those in authority in the Church, as well as religious and civil leaders;
limitless love for God expressed in acts of service to the poorest and most needy brothers and sisters.

The entire life of Mother Pauline can be summed up by the title given her by the people of Vigolo, Nova Trento (the village in Brazil where she lived. They called her "the woman for others".
She was "all for God and for her brethren". Humility led Mother Pauline to deny herself so that the Congregation could continue its activity. The most shining page of the holiness and humility of Mother Pauline was written by her attitude when Archbishop Duarte announced her removal from general government: "She threw herself on her knees... she humbled herself... she answered that she was most ready to hand over the Congregation... she offered herself spontaneously to serve the Congregation as an underling".

stjos/stfds: 09.09.2006 - 12

IN REGARD TO OUR ATTEMPT TO ENCOURAGE our local newspaper, The Pottsville REPUBLICAN & Herald, to maintain its traditional high standards and to refrain from bending the knee to Baal, we have no further developments to report at this time. We are awaiting a reply from the officers of Times-Shamrock Communications, the group that owns the REPUBLICAN. We are optimistic.
Please keep this matter in the forefront of your concerns and mention it in prayer to the Lord. The publisher, the editor and the various employees of the REPUBLICAN are fine and decent people. They need to know that the people of Pottsville support their efforts to produce a quality newspaper - one that serves the needs of the community without lowering the standards of same.
In case anyone is coming in late on this matter, we have been asking the REPUBLICAN to refrain from accepting "soft-porn" (aka "calendar-girl") advertisements from Ken's Tire or from any other client.
I shall be away this coming week in order to celebrate (concelebrate) the wedding Mass of a young man from St. Joseph Parish, Pottsville, and a young woman from St. Benedict Parish, Paraty.
Paraty is a town near Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Travel plans call for me to leave on Tuesday, 12 August, and to return on Monday, 18 August.
Please note that the weekday Mass schedule is abbreviated and there will be no Confessions or Bible Study.
As I told our parish secretaries: This is a business trip! I am going to Brazil for professional (i.e. priestly) reasons! I promise not to have any fun! If any fun comes my way, I promise to bid it "begone!"
Oh how I wish I had studied Portuguese in my youth!

stjos/stfds: 09.09.2006 - 13




Saturday, 09 September
Vigil of Sunday
by Liz Troilo Acker

Sunday, 10 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - God's blessings on
(56th wedding anniversary)
by their family
by Kathy Goetz Buehler

Monday, 11 September
10:00 a.m. - JOSEPH V. McGOVERN
by bequest

Saturday, 16 September
Vigil of Sunday
by John and Susan McCord and family

Sunday, 17 September
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by his family
by George and Joan Repella

stjos/stfds: 09.09.2006 - 14

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