Saturday, 02 September
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - Dr. DOMINIC V. MESSINA
by his mother, Mary

Sunday, 03 September
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by John and Mary Chiodo
10:45 a.m. - MARGARET McDONALD DEE (anniversary of birth) by Kitty Owens DiCello

Monday, 04 September
by her daughter, Mary Fanok Piccioni, and her grandson, Harry N. Piccioni

Tuesday, 05 September
12:05 p.m. - WALTER McKEOWN
by Bruce and Kathy Marianelli and sons
7:00 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by his sister, Johanne, and his nephew, Gerard

Wednesday, 06 September
12:05 p.m - God's blessings and health on JANICE DRIGOT MODRIJAN
by Frank and Stella Mohan and family

Thursday, 07 September
12:05 p.m. - God's blessings on JULIA SENITCH LAPLACA by a friend, Jean Tobin
7:00 p.m. - JOSEPH A FABIANI
by Vincent and Darla and family

Friday, 08 September
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - MARY PALERINO
(16th anniversary)
by her son, Joseph, and his wife, Marie, and family

Saturday, 09 September
St. Peter Claver, priest (OptMem)
by Thomas Jefferson
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



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26/27 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $102.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $5,341.00 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 $3,845.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $36.05 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $219.05 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 ($90.26) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Sat       26 Aug

Nobody  won $100.00
Sun      27 Aug

Betty D won the $150.00
Mon     28 Aug

Nobody won $50.00
Tues     29 Aug

Angelo B won $50.00
Wed     30 Aug

Nobody won $50.00
Thurs   31 Aug

Mary V won $50.00
Fri       01 Sept

Mark P won $50.00

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Tuesday, 05 September
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 07 September
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 08 September
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at Francis deSales'

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 03 to 09 September, in loving memory of the deceased members of the Anthony Stagliano family, at the request of Frances Papapietro Stagliano and family.

Meeting: Wednesday, 6 September, at 7:00 p.m.
Important agenda.
Please do your best to attend!
Dates: 8 to 10 September
Place: St. Francis Center for Renewal (Monocacy Manor), Bethlehem
Bus transportation available from Pottsville
For more information and to register: Mary Chiodo (622-6817)

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04 September
Trevor W. Ochs
Florence Hudock Trabosh

05 September
Jolene A. Mehlman
Louis B. Tucci
Alaina C. Walton]

06 September
Ralph N. Butera
Tammy Lindsey Cescon
Wanda Fuller Mazzuca

07 September
Zachary M. Chillemi
Rayanne K. Ferhat
Joseph S. Hullihan Jr.

08 September
Kelsey M. Nicastro

09 September
None, as far as we know.

10 September
Alicia M. Fabiani
Gina Generella
Michelle L. Maccarone
Matthew J. Reed



Nativity will host the annual PASS, PUNT and KICK COMPETITION for boys and girls in Grades 6 to 8 on
Saturday, 9 September.
The event will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the high school.
The competition will be held on the front football field.
Nativity football players and staff will assist with the event.
The event will take place, rain or shine.
Prizes will be awarded in each category for boys and for girls.
Registration forms available at St. Joseph Rectory.

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 WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund
In memory of
Ned H. Lang

Angelo and Kay Barone
Bruce and Kathy Marianelli
Rose Marie Fabiani Zeller

St. Joseph Parish sold 533 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 30 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 563.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $2,815.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$1,450.00 in prizes;
$00.00 in printing;
$00.00 in postage.
Total deductions: $1,450.00.
Net revenue: $1,365.00.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (94.7%) earned $1,292.26.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5.3%) earned $72.74.
You might recall - as we explained in a recent bulletin - that we encountered some difficulties with getting the August calendars into the hands of some of our "regular customers". This was due to the ravages wrought by the flood this past July. Therefore, our revenue, both gross and net, is down a bit. However, all things considered, we did not fare too badly, for which we are grateful. Thanks to all who cooperated in helping to salvage our August lottery calendar project.

stjos/stfds: 09.02.2006 - 05



For the benefit of the uninitiated: "Cross Country" is not the same as "Angry Nation". For example, from what we see on TV, it seems that Iran is a very angry nation. However, this does not mean that Iranians (Persians) necessarily excel at Cross Country. Cross Country is a sport wherein young (usually young) persons (could be Persians, but usually not) run a long distance for no apparent reason except that they think it's a good idea to do so from time to time and it gives them a chance to work up a good sweat and show off their $300 footwear. But I digress. So, back to the matter at hand

Date: Saturday, 16 September 2006
Place: Nativity BVM High School field
Time: Register at 8:30 a.m. in school lobby
Meet begins at 9:00 a.m.
Who / What: Grades 1 to 4 will run one mile
Grades 5 to 8 will run one mile and a half
Prizes: Awards and ribbons will be presented
Advantages: It will be good practice for the day you decide to run away from home, although we don't necessarily recommend that you ever do that, but you never know.
Registration form available at St. Joseph Rectory.

stjos/stfds: 09.02.2006 - 06



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

01 September 2006

Edward J. Lynett
George V. Lynett
William R. Lynett
Cecelia Lynett Haggerty
Times-Shamrock Communications
c/o The Times-Tribune
149 Penn Avenue
Scranton PA 18503

Dear Messrs. Lynett and Mrs. Haggerty:

I am aware that addressing one letter to four persons is somewhat gauche.
It is my understanding that "the four Lynett siblings" are the owners of Times-Shamrock Communications and that The Pottsville REPUBLICAN & Herald is owned by same.
I do not know, of course, how you divide your various professional responsibilities, i.e. who is in charge of what. So, I address my concern to all four members of the respected Lynett family, in the hope of engaging the attention of the one best able to take appropriate action in the matter.

The most concise way for me to convey to you my concern is simply to enclose the following seven documents for your examination:
A photocopy of an advertisement that was published on page 11 of the 8 August 2006 edition of The Pottsville REPUBLICAN & Herald. The advertisement is from Ken's Tire. The young woman, hardly attired, is identified as "Ashleigh, Ms. Ken's Tire 2006".
A copy of an email I sent to Mike Joyce, Director of Advertising.
A copy of Mr. Joyce's email to me in reply.
A copy of an email I sent to Peter F. Banko, Editor.
A copy of Mr. Banko's email to me in reply.
A copy of a letter I sent to Henry H. Nyce, Publisher.
A copy of Mr. Nyce's letter to me in reply.

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I was dismayed after reading Mr. Nyce's reply.

#1 - Mr. Joyce brought the advertisement to Mr. Nyce for his approval.
My reaction: It is obvious that the Ken's Tire soft-porn advertisement was troubling to Mr. Joyce. He must have felt ambiguous about running it. Otherwise, I doubt that he would have run it by Mr. Nyce. Mr. Nyce had an opportunity to say, "No, we won't run that" but he missed the opportunity.
#2 - Mr. Nyce compared the Ken's Tire advertisement to "a Boscov's advertisement selling women's underwear".
My reaction: But that is absurd! The purpose of the latter is illustration of the product. The purpose of the former is sexual arousal. One does not need keen powers of analysis to make that distinction.
#3 - He says that "In fact, that same particular image is found every day on many of our cable and network TV Channels".
My reaction: This implies that The Pottsville REPUBLICAN & Herald has no guiding star of its own but simply follows the piper over the precipice. This is pathetic and is downright scary! This is a juvenile defense, unworthy of a fine newspaper. Mr. Nyce is a far more virtuous and intelligent man than his letter to me indicates. I suspect that he knows that he made a rotten decision in accepting the Ken's Tire advertisement and now is trying hard to defend that decision, rather than concede that he simply blew it.

Here is what I request: I ask that The Pottsville REPUBLICAN & Herald enunciate a policy that it will no longer accept soft-porn (aka "calendar girl") advertisements from Ken's Tire or from anyone else.

If I can be assured of that, I will be satisfied and - you may be certain beyond any doubt - so will hundreds, if not thousands, of others in the Schuylkill County community.

This is an issue not only of morality but of the right of women not to be used as sexual objects for the sake of selling tires or anything else. This includes women who, because they have low sense of their own worth, seem to give their consent.

I look forward to hearing from you and I request your permission to make your reply public via my parish bulletin.

Respectfully yours,


(Rev.) Edward B. Connolly

Enclosures (7)
cc (sine enc): Mr. Nyce; Mr. Joyce

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That's what they tell me!
Lord knows, I believe it!
Don't always practice it, may God forgive me, but I do believe it!
Now, here is what I'm leading up to.
Neither St. Joseph Parish nor St. Francis deSales Parish is close to the goal for the BISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL for 2006.
According to the last figures I have (which are dated 17 Aug), StJosPar is at 77% of goal and StFdSPar is at 46% of goal.
Putting that in terms of dollars, StJosPar is $2,503 short of goal and StFdSPar is $833 short of goal.
The participation rate thus far of StJosPar is 30% and the participation rate thus far of StFdSPar is 13%.
Now, back to our honey vs vinegar motif. The following is honey:

Dear Parishioners:
I beg you and I beseech you! Please, please, please - if you have not already done so - please, please, please make your 2006 contribution (pledge) to the Bishop's Annual Appeal, so that it can be said that our two parishes are pulling their weight in this diocese and so that the pastor can hold up his head when he goes out in public!
Thank you!
If you're not sure how to make your contribution to the BAA, call the Rectory and one of our beautiful, courteous and efficient secretaries will tell you how.

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a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Tuesday, 29 August.
Born on 9 December 1932, he was 73 years old.
He is the youngest of the six sons of the late George and Carrie (Edmonds) Lang.
Ned was baptized at the English Lutheran Church, Pottsville, on 17 April 1933.
On 1 June 1952, at St. Joseph Church, in the presence of Fr. Thomas J. Corcoran, Ned married Marion Jean Albo. At the time of his death, Ned and Jean had been married for more than 54 years.
On 30 November 2005, Ned entered into full communion with the Catholic Church via a profession of Faith and sacramental Confession. On 5 December, he was confirmed by Fr. Edward B. Connolly and made his First Holy Communion.
From the marriage of Ned and Jean there came four daughters and one son: Nancy Lang Obey; Karen Lang Dallago; Ned G. Lang (who died in 1984); Diane Lang Bechtel; Denise Lang Getzey.
In addition to his wife and four daughters, Ned is survived by his nine grandchildren: Sherry A. Dallago; Alison M. Wollyung; Ryan J. Dallago; Zachary J. Bechtel; Jacob J. Bechtel; Ian R. Getzey; Rachael E. Bechtel; Evan J. Getzey; Sarah R. Bechtel.
All five of Ned's brothers are deceased: James Lang; Edward Lang; George Lang; Wilbert Lang; Clayton Lang.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Friday, 1 September. The interment took place at Schuylkill Memorial Park.

Ned desired to receive Holy Communion: the true Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. It seems that this was his principal motive for becoming a Catholic. (It is about the best motive one can come up with.) Ned rests now in the Sacred Heart of his Lord and Savior, awaiting the resurrection from the dead. We give thanks to God for his life and for his devotion to his family.

Eternal rest grant unto Ned Lang, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

stjos/stfds: 09.02.2006 - 10

Blessed Pauline Visintainer's family left Italy for Brazil around 1875 to make a new beginning. Their home in Italy was at Vigolo Vattaro, in the Alpine province of Trentino. Actually, at the time of their departure, this province, familiarly known as the Italian Tyrol, was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, with a population that (even today) is largely German-speaking. Indeed, when the Visintainers (a Germanic name) arrived in Brazil they settled with other Tyrolese in a colony fondly called "New Trent". It is in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil.
Pauline Visintainer, baptized "Amabilis", was about ten when her family crossed the Atlantic. Even at that age, thanks to the training of her parents and her own natural disposition, she was an unusually pious child. The life of her Italian parish had already attracted her, and despite her own youth she had taken delight in instructing younger children in catechism and in visiting the sick. No sooner had she arrived in Brazil when she became active in her new parish.
By the time she entered her teens, Amabilis had decided to devote her life to God. The style of her vocation evolved only gradually. When she was 15, she and another girl of like disposition moved into a wretched shack in order to take care of a neglected woman dying of cancer. As they worked, they decided to establish a religious order. Other young women joined them, and when she was 20, the bishop of Curitiba authorized them to form the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception, a congregation dedicated particularly to the care of the sick and infirm. On taking her vows, Amabilis chose the religious name Pauline.
She was elected the first superior.
Back In Vigolo Vattaro, those who ran the town hospital had nicknamed little Amabilis "the nurse". Mother Pauline merited the same title in Brazil by her intense solicitude for the poor and disabled. Her motivation was not mere philanthropy but Christian love, and theirs should always be the same, she told her spiritual daughters. To them she wrote in her spiritual testament, "I exhort you to have among yourselves holy Charity, especially towards the patients in the Holy Houses, the elderly in the hospices, and so forth. Have great consideration for the practice of holy Charity." Her selfless being-for-others, combining love of God and love of neighbor, was, as Pope John Paul II has pointed out, Blessed Pauline's outstanding trait.
Selfless service implied, of course, complete self-renunciation. Many
trials that befell this nursing nun might have caused others to complain.
Thus, after one term as Mother Superior she was not re-elected, but demoted in rank among her own sisters. Rejection is hard to bear, but she accepted it with good grace. In her later years, too, "the nurse" herself became a patient. Severe diabetes brought blindness and caused the loss of an arm, but she endured patiently the pains and frustrations involved.
During his visit to Brazil in October 1991, John Paul II beatified Mother Visintainer. On that occasion he held her up to all as an example of how to win heaven by earthly practices of charity. God had commanded her, he said, as he commanded Abraham, "Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk, which you are only passing through, leave your father's house, the home of many generations, and go towards the land that I will show you." And she, like Abraham, had marched forward in faith.
In answering that call, the devout little Austrian girl from the Italian
Tyrol became a jewel in the crown of the Brazilian church.
On 19 May 2002, Pope John Paul II canonized Mother Pauline. Saint Pauline's feastday is observed on that same date, viz. 19 May.

NEXT WEEKEND: 9 and 10 September
During each of the Masses at St. Joseph Church and St. Francis deSales Church, we will have a FIRST CLASS RELIC of St. Pauline Visintainer placed on or near the altar.
After each Mass, we will bless with this relic anyone who comes forward. Persons who do so will be permitted to venerate the relic by kissing it or touching it.
We expect that Mr. Albert Visintainer, a cousin of St. Pauline Visintainer, will be with us on Sunday. He is a resident of Kulpmont and a friend of Fr. Connolly. He is happy to speak about St. Pauline. Saint Pauline is often asked to intercede with God on behalf of persons who have diabetes (as she did) or who have suffered the amputation of a limb (as she did) or who are blind (as she was) or who have cancer (inasmuch as she had a special ministry to persons with cancer.)

stjos/stfds: 09.02.2006 - 11/12

  Oh joy, Oh rapture, unforeseen,
For now the sky is all serene
And joy is rampant everywhere
And joy is everywhere, everywhere!

Have you been having that feeling lately that something is just not right?
Has it occurred to you - perhaps only late at night when all is still - that something is missing?
Do you want to know what it is that has been missing?
Do you want to know what it is that can fill that void?

Well, let me tell you!

It's the monthly Saint Joseph Parish Spaghetti and Meatballs Supper [and the salad and the bread and the butter and the desserts and the wonderful people who prepare and serve it all! That's what you've been missing - ever since this past May when the Captain and his crew battened down the hatches for the summer.

Now we're back, and we're better than ever!

11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Hall

Same ridiculously low price: $6.00 for adults and teenagers and $3.00 for kids (12 and under). Take-outs are doable.
All you can eat at a price that can't be beat!
The Captain and his crew
will be looking for you!

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Saturday, 02 September
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - JOSEPH W. McDONALD Jr.
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper and sons

Sunday, 03 September
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - WILLIAM NORTON
by students of Nativity BVM High School
12:15 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StFdSPar / StJosPar
by EBC

Monday, 04 September
10:00 a.m. - ALBERT E. FRIE (anniversary of birth)
by his wife, Lillian

Wednesday, 06 September
10:00 a.m. - ROBERT McGOVERN
by bequest

Friday, 08 September
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
10:00 a.m. - ANNIE KEATING CONNOLLY (135th anniversary of birth)
by her grandson, Edward

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
GUY and SHIRLEY RECLA (56th wedding anniversary)
by their family
by Kathy Goetz Buehler

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