Saturday, 20 January
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - H. ROBERT PICCIONI Sr. (3rd anniversary)
by his wife, Ann, and family

Sunday, 21 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - DECEASED: CHALINSKY and CIORLANTI FAMILIES by the families
10:45 a.m. - SANDRA CHAPLICK TRABOSH (6th anniversary) by her husband, Gene, and family

Monday, 22 January
St. Vincent, deacon, martyr (OptMem)
6:00 a.m. - EDWARD W. COSTICK
by Joseph T. Cescon and family
12:05 p.m. - ANDREW MEROS
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Tuesday, 23 January
by Julia, Marie and Rose
7:00 p.m. - Health and God's Blessings on PHYLLIS C. KEVY by Richard and Dorothy Brown

Wednesday, 24 January
St. Francis deSales, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH MAZZUCA
by his wife, Julia

Thursday, 25 January
Conversion of St. Paul, apostle (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on A BIRTHDAY BOY
by his friends
7:00 p.m. - PETER J. McCLOSKEY
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper

Friday, 26 January
SS. Timothy and Titus, bishops (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANN FANOK MANGAN
by her sister, Mary, and her nephew, Harry

Saturday, 27 January
St. Angela Merici, virgin (OptMem)
8:00 a.m. - Health and God's Blessings on MARY FRANCES RODA by the StJosPar Women's Guild
Vigil of Sunday
by their sons, Charles and Herb, and their daughter, Mary

Sunday, 28 January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Michael and Catherine Whitney
10:45 a.m. - E. PAUL HOFFECKER
(5th anniversary)
by his wife, Victoria, and family

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 01


13 / 14 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $110.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,314.39 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 ($180.87) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $102.15 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $266.15 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 ($43.16) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Sat       13 Jan

Leonard D  won $100.00
Sun      14 Dec

Dan D won $150.00
Mon    15 Jan

Florence K won $50.00
Tues    16 Jan

Douglass won $50.00
Wed    17 Jan

Randy G won $50.00
Thurs  18 Jan

Nobody won $50.00
Fri       19 Jan

Diane C won $50.00

stjos/stfds:01.21.2007 - 02



Tuesday, 23 January
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Wednesday, 24 January
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Thursday, 19 January
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 21 - 27 January, in petition for health and God's blessings on Ronald J. Carestia Sr., at the request of Jack and Flo McGovern.
 THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 21 - 27 January, in loving memory of H. Robert Piccioni Sr., (3rd anniversary), at the request of his wife, Ann, and family.
On Friday, 26 Jan, there will be a Mass at 2:30 p.m., at the Schuylkill Center Nursing Home. As always, we invite members of our parishes to participate in this monthly Mass.

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 03



22 January
M. Sharon Brennan Piccioni

23 January
None, as far as we know.

24 January
Joseph C. Ferraro
Brian N. Tassone

25 January
James P. Dube
Christian S. Modesto
Teresa Sorge Stevenson

26 January
Cody A. Blankenhorn
Joseph C. Generella
Sharon Struzinsky Modesto

27 January
Michael R. Carroll

28 January
Frank J. Chiplonia
Joseph J. Generella Sr.
Lindsey M. Jefferson

Many of our parishioners remember Fr. Angelus Ferrara. Years ago, for a period of time, he lived in St. Joseph Rectory. He was the prime mover in establishing a 3rd Order Carmelite community here.
Fr. Angelus is a monk under the jurisdiction of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton. He lives in Our Lady of Solitude Cloister, located in Bradford County, PA.
This past week, I received a letter from Fr. Angelus, together with a DVD. I would be happy to lend this DVD to anyone who would like to watch it. It is a series of still photos from the monastery and grounds, including some photos of Fr. Angelus and of some of his associates. The images and the background music are beautiful - even therapeutic! If you watch it, it will probably lower your stress level. Who knows? It might even lower your bad cholesterol!
I shall leave the DVD in the Rectory office. If you want to borrow it, ask one of the secretaries - or you can ask me.

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 04


St. Joseph Parish sold 674 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 41 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 715.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $3,575.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$2,050.00 in prizes;
$70.00 in printing;
$35.64 in postage.
Total deductions: $2,155.64.
Net revenue: $1,419.36.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (94.3%) earned $1,337.97.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5.7%) earned $81.39.


Starting next weekend (27 / 28 Jan), after each Mass, we will be selling chances on a handmade rag-patch QUILT - double-bed size!
It was made and donated by a young woman of St. Joseph Parish whose name is Melissa. (We thank her kindly!)
It will be on display in the St. Joseph Church baptistery.

 WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the following contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund:

In memory of
Johnnie Hayes Yanni

her family

In memory of
Edward J. McKeown

Phyllis C. and Roni J. Kevy

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 05



22 JANUARY 2007

There are still a few empty seats on the bus.
Call Susan (385-5924) to sign up.

Looking for a motive for going?
Here is my motive:
Gratitude to my mother for not aborting me.
How's that for a motive?

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 06


It was Thursday, 18 January.
The time was 11:40 a.m.
I stepped out from the kitchen door of St. Joseph Rectory to put something into my car.
A man and a woman were walking down the steps from the parking lot, apparently going to church for the 12:05 p.m. Mass.
I think it would be safe to say that they were "in their late seventies".
I did not recognize them, except that I had some slight recollection that I had seen them at the 12:05 p.m. Mass the previous day.
I smiled in their direction and said, "Hello".
They did the same.
Then the woman waved to me to indicate that she wanted to tell me something.
I waited for them to come closer.
Now, I want to tell you what she said to me.
Immediately after she spoke to me, I went back to the office, grabbed a piece of paper and jotted down what she had said, while her words were still fresh in my memory.
Here is what she said:

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 07

What she said was "bulletin material".
Here is just about exactly what she said to me:

"Father, we're from Bucks County.
We're here in Pottsville visiting someone in the hospital.
We asked someone if there was a Mass somewhere in town that we could attend.
They told us that there was a noontime Mass at St. Joseph Church.
We were here yesterday.
I just want to thank you for letting us kneel for Holy Communion.
It's the first time in so many years that we were able to kneel.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I felt like such a load had been lifted from me.
Again, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Her husband, probably a man of few words, nodded his agreement.
I thanked them for their words and for coming to our Mass.
I told them they were welcome anytime.
I cannot easily tell you how much I yearn for the Church in the United States to return to Communion rails and kneeling for Holy Communion.
It will happen. I give you my word: It will happen.

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 08

CONGRESSMAN TIM HOLDEN called me this past week. We had a good conversation. Tim - he insists on my calling him "Tim", although I am more inclined to call him "Congressman" or "Mr. Holden" - had voted in favor of HR 3, the bill that was part of Speaker Pelosi's "first 100 hours" agenda.
I was extremely disappointed that Tim had joined the pro-abortion side in this vote. I commended him for his excellent (up until now) pro-life voting record.
HR 3 provides federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. More to the point, HR 3 provides funding for the killing of human beings who are in the embryonic stage and for the extraction of cells from them for the purpose of research.
I want to speak to (and of) Tim Holden with great respect. He is "one of ours". He is a "Schuylkill County boy", a fellow Catholic and - up until now - a pro-life advocate. I will not give up on him. It seems to me that he does not have sufficient understanding of the fundamental Natural Law principles and it seems to me that he is inclined - as are so many persons today - to a convenient pragmatism.
Tim pointed out to me that the embryos from which the stem cells are going to be extracted "are going to die anyway". He also referred to these embryos as "prospective human beings".
I pointed out to him that these embryos are human beings. They are not "prospective human beings". I also pointed out to him that these embryonic human beings are not "going to die anyway". If they die, which they probably will, they are going to be killed.
I told him that I would be contacting him again.
I asked him to do the following:
If HR 3, after passing the Senate and being vetoed by President Bush, goes back to the House for override, please vote to sustain the President's veto.
If Tim does this, I will consider that he has redeemed himself from having voted in favor of HR 3.

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 09

Where? St. Patrick Parish Center, 313 Mahantongo Street
When? Sat 3 Feb, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Sun 4 Feb, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stop in and take something home to enjoy during the SUPER BOWL!
(So as not to compromise sensitive consciences, please note: If you stop in and take something home to enjoy, you are not bound in conscience under pain of mortal sin to enjoy it during the Super Bowl! You may choose when and where to eat it. If you choose not to watch the Super Bowl, that is your right and privilege. You may still purchase and consume this food!))
To guarantee an order for the City Chicken, call St. Patrick Rectory (622-1802) by 30 January.
Prices: $10.00 / dozen / $5.50 / half-dozen

Don't be disappointed!
Order ahead and it will be put aside!
Or else you can order aside and it will be put ahead!

(Carmelites) are hosting a discernment weekend from 16 to 18 February, for men between the ages of 18 and 40. The weekend will be an experience of fellowship, prayer and information gathering around the topic of vowed religious life and the Carmelite way of serving Christ, after the example of Mary and the Prophet Elijah.
The weekend will take place in the Carmelite residence located in Harrison (NJ). If interested, please contact Brother Robert or Penny in the Vocation Office at 845-344-2225 or send an email to

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 10

Returning to Pottsville via Route 54 from a visit to Geisinger on Wednesday, 17 January, I noticed an intriguing sign at a store located about fifteen miles east of Danville.
The permanent sign identifying the place of business reads as follows:

AARON'S BEST, Heating Oil, LP Gas, Fireplaces & Appliances.

No problem with that!
But it's the changeable sign in front of the store that caught my attention. It reads exactly as follows:


I'm not 100% sure how my eternal destiny fits in with my possible need for a 30,000 BTU Heater, but I promise to think about it.
If anyone can enlighten me, please do so.

If you attended the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, 13 January, you might recall that the soloist sang ON EAGLES' WINGS. Yours truly is a little slow on the pick-up and did not catch the underlying significance of the choice of hymn until, shortly after Mass, I learned that it was a brazen attempt at schmoozing God, so that He would influence the outcome of the PHILADELPHIA - NEW ORLEANS playoff game the following day.
The Magisterium of the Church has never ruled (as far as I know) on the efficacy of prayer in regard to football games. We are free to believe as we wish in this matter.
Be that as it may, the Eagles lost (27 - 24).
Eagles lost? So, what else is new?
Perhaps, in some Catholic church last weekend, way down south in the Land of Cotton, some soloist was singing FOR ALL THE SAINTS.

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 11

[This is a special bonus feature that might appear from time to time in our parish bulletin.
Then, again, it might not.]
BACON: the act of making bread and cakes.
"Dot Anna iss a viz at bacon cakes!"
BASS: something you take in order to get yourself clean all over.
"In diss famly, ve take a bass efry Saturday night, vedder ve need it or not!"
BAT: not good.
"Dot Chimmy vass a bat boy yesterday, so I had to spank him goot!"
BATCH: a symbolic pin worn as a sign of membership.
"Vhen da cop showed me his batch, I answered his kvestions."
BEANCE: legumes.
"My Emma, she makes da best baked beance you ever et."
BET: what you sleep on.
"Paul vas tarred, so he vent to bet early."
BICE: purchases.
"Esther bice her groceries at the farmers' market."
BINKO HALL: a place where people go to play a kind of game.
"Ya can hear dem Catlics shoutin BINKO down in dere Binko Hall."
BISSY: active, occupied.
"Are you bissy right now? Can ve talk amongst arselves?"
BLEED: to argue in favor of.
"My lawyer is gonna bleed my case in court next veek."
BOP: a man's name; short for Wropert.
"Ditcha know dot Bop Getzey vas ofer dere in Iraq in da Army?"
BRAINCE: head noodles.
"Chiminy Cricket! Vhy don't you use da braince vot Gott give you?"
BRAY: to talk with God.
"Seems to me most people only bray to God when dey're in trouble!"
BRITCH: structure that crosses over a river or a canyon or a railway.
"I sure vish dem damn politicians vould fix up dot Pally Britch."
BUCK: an insect.
"I hate it in da summer vhen all dem bucks smash up against your vindshield!"
BULP: something you screw in that makes the room bright.
"I can't read my paper in dis room. Ain't ve got a bigger vatt bulp?"
BUMPER: a flying machine used to drop explosive devices.
"My daddy vas in da Air Force, in da 99th Bumper Division."

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 -12


Well, it looks like it's really going to happen!
The series of thirteen TV programs co-hosted by Anthony J. Buono and Fr. Edward B. Connolly is scheduled to make its debut on EWTN.
To the best of my knowledge, the schedule is as follows:

3:00 to 3:30 a.m.
6:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday
Starting on Monday, 29 January
Concluding on Wednesday, 14 February

Among the distinguished guests who will appear on this series are the following: Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR; Fr. C. John McCloskey III and Richard P. Fitzgibbons, MD.
This series was recently honored by the Archdiocese of Atlanta (GA) by being chosen for use in its Archdiocesan Marriage Preparation Program.
To find out more about this series, take a look at

NEXT SATURDAY, 27 JANUARY, at the 4:30 p.m. Mass, there will be children from All Saints School who will do the lectoring and the "choiring". We look forward to welcoming them. It will be part of CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK.

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 13



Saturday, 20 January
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - NED H. LANG
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Sunday, 21 January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Ellen T. King
12:15 p.m. - God's blessings and mercy upon
(on her 100th birthday!)
by her family

Wednesday, 24 January
St. Francis deSales, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
by her husband, Jack

Saturday, 27 January
igil of Sunday
by their wife / mother, Mary

Sunday, 28 January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - VINCENT MEROLA
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his brother, Vincent, and his sister, Anne

stjos/stfds: 01.21.2007 - 14


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