Saturday, 20 January
Sunday, 21 January
Monday, 22 January
Tuesday, 23 January
Wednesday, 24 January
Thursday, 25 January
Friday, 26 January
Saturday, 27 January
Sunday, 28 January
13 / 14 JANUARY
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
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.|
MASS AT NURSING HOME
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.
M. Sharon Brennan Piccioni
None, as far as we know.
Joseph C. Ferraro
Brian N. Tassone
James P. Dube
Christian S. Modesto
Teresa Sorge Stevenson
Cody A. Blankenhorn
Joseph C. Generella
Sharon Struzinsky Modesto
Michael R. Carroll
Frank J. Chiplonia
Joseph J. Generella Sr.
Lindsey M. Jefferson
UPDATE ON FATHER ANGELUS
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.
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.
THE HANDMADE QUILT!
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.
In memory of
Johnnie Hayes Yanni
Edward J. McKeown
Phyllis C. and Roni J. Kevy
22 JANUARY 2007
Call Susan (385-5924) to sign up.
Here is my motive:
Gratitude to my mother for not aborting me.
How's that for a motive?
It was Thursday, 18 January.
What she said was "bulletin
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.
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.
SOUPER BOWL WEEKEND
Order ahead and it will be put aside!
Or else you can order aside and it will be put ahead!
SIGNS OF OUR TIMES
No problem with that!
30,000 BTU HEATER
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
NICE TRY, CHICK!
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.
A DICTIONARY OF DUTCHIFIED ENGLISH
[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."
"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."
"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."
ROAD TO CANA
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,
|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.|
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - NED H. LANG
by Joseph T. Cescon and family
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - MARY REILLY MERRICK
by Ellen T. King
12:15 p.m. - God's blessings and mercy upon
MARY KUPCHINSKY SMALANSKY
(on her 100th birthday!)
by her family
St. Francis deSales, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by her husband, Jack
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - CLIFFORD E. MEASEL and BRUCE E. MEASEL
by their wife / mother, Mary
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