Saturday, 06 January
Vigil of Epiphany
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by his wife, Mary, and family

Sunday, 07 January
Epiphany of the Lord
by her sister, Nancy Maccarone King, and family
by Catherine Bambrick

Monday, 08 January
Baptism of the Lord (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on CARMELLA BONADIO CIMINIO by Liz Troilo Acker

Tuesday, 09 January
12:05 p.m. - PAUL CHISICK by his wife, Mary

Wednesday, 10 January
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife, Carmella, and his daughter, Joanne

Thursday, 11 January
12:05 p.m. - EDWARD J. McKEOWN (month's mind)
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper and family

Friday, 12 January
12:05 p.m. - FRANCIS N. MOONEY
by his daughter, Nora Mooney Chiplonia, and family

Saturday, 13 January
St. Hilary of Poitiers, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
by Mike and Dolly Fanelli
Vigil of Sunday
by Charles A. Rinaldo Sr. and by Charles and Mary Rinaldo and family

Sunday, 14 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - ROBERT GORMAN
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
by his family

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30 / 31 DECEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $264.60 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $2,661.60 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 $1,166.34 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $183.30 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $337.30 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 $27.99 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Sat       30 Dec

Johnnie Y won $100.00
Sun      31 Dec

Marion M won $150.00
Mon    01 Jan

Ken U won $500.00
Tues    02 Jan

Nobody won $50.00
Wed    03 Jan

Patricia H won $50.00
Thurs  04 Jan

Joyce S won $50.00
Fri       05 Jan

Nobody won $50.00

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Fr. Connolly will be away at a retreat / seminar this week.
He leaves on Monday (8 Jan) and returns on Friday (12 Jan).
Because inquiring minds want to know, here are the specifics:

The Pastor as Teacher: From the Pulpit and Beyond

Ave Maria University, Naples FL
I'll be staying in a dorm on campus.

Faithfully Teaching the Church's Message
The Right of the Faithful to Hear the Church's Word
Dynamically Preaching God's Word
Joyfully Living and Sharing the Call to Priesthood
Compassionately Bringing Christ's Healing

Normally I would not travel so far in order to attend a seminar or to make a retreat. However, I was given an offer I couldn't refuse. A friend of mine - actually one of my old altar boys from years back - urged me to attend and insisted on taking care of all expenses. How could I turn down a deal like that? Besides, I need a few days during which I can simply listen and not talk.
Moral of the story: Be nice to your altar boys and someday they'll be nice to you!

If anyone wants to check out this seminar on the Net, here is the URL:

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08 January
Lydia A. Macaluso

09 January
Patrick R. Kirby
Angelina Maccarone DeStefano
Myron A. Trunick

10 January
Jayne Mirabello Chiplonia

11 January
Theresa Doyle LaScala

12 January
Gloria Vest Deramo
Nathan P. Yackenchick

13 January
Jacob S. Mattera
Francis D. Tucci

14 January
Alyssa A. Gauntlett
Haley E. Gauntlett
Donald J. Mehlman
Michelle Mahal Modesto

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 07 - 13 January, in loving memory of Harry Piccioni, at the request of his wife, Mary, and his son, Harry.
BECAUSE OF (see page three):
NO BIBLE STUDY on Tuesday, 9 Jan. Next Bible Study will be on Tuesday, 16 Jan.
NO WEEKDAY MASS at St. Francis deSales Church this week.
NO 7:00 P.M. MASS at St. Joseph Church this week.
NO CONFESSION SCHEDULE this week. If you need or want to go to Confession and can wait until Saturday, 13 Jan, please call the Rectory.
FATHER LIEBNER will celebrate the 12:05 p.m. Masses at St. Joseph Church this week.

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A CALL CAME INTO THE RECTORY at 10:55 p.m. on Saturday, 30 December. The pious woman who was calling on her cell - we decline to mention her name - was standing on the parking lot of St. Joseph Rectory. She was confused as to why the church was dark and there was no sign of activity. She said she had come for the New Year's Eve Holy Hour that had been CLEARLY advertised in the parish bulletin for 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight.
We pointed out to her that New Year's Eve is observed on 31 December, not 30 December. In fact, as far as I know, New Year's Eve is almost always on 31 December.
The woman mumbled something like, "Oh for crying out loud!" I thought this was kind of funny. I'm not sure that she thought it was funny. But, I give her credit. She was back the next night. She is a good sport.
WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of a contribution to the StJosPar Memorial Fund from Joseph T. Cescon and family in memory of Anna Homovich Tucci.
WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of a contribution to the StFdSPar Memorial Fund from Historical Society of Schuylkill County in memory of Mary Reilly Merrick.
LITTLE SAINTS PRE-SCHOOL is accepting registrations for the 2007-08 school year. We offer two, three and five-day-programs. Children must be fwee (3) years old by 15 Oct 07. Registration will be held on Sunday, 4 February, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please contact Little Saints at 622-1073 for more information.

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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

5 January 2007

The Honorable Tim Holden
Congressman, 17th District of Pennsylvania
2417 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Holden:

Greetings from Schuylkill County!
All good wishes to you in the 110th Congress!
I am proud to call you "my Congressman"!

Just so you know: I shall be printing this letter in the weekly bulletin for my two parishes. I want the members of my parishes to know that we have good reason to be proud of Tim Holden! You have been exemplary in your support of (a) the right to life of the unborn child and (b) the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Moreover, you have been courageous, because you have had to buck the leadership of your party in order to vote your conscience in these matters.

Not for your sake, but for the sake of others who will read this letter, I want to list some of the splendid evidence of your pro-life and pro-family principles.

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You voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
You voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
You voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
You voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother's life. (Oct 2003)
You voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
You voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
You voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
You voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
You voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
You voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
You voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
You voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)

No wonder NARAL has given you a ZERO PERCENT RATING! This alone is a great badge of honor!

I want to encourage you to vote against any proposal that would provide federal funding to embryonic stem cell research.

I have a particular reason for mentioning this to you. Allow me to tell you what it is.

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Some teenagers who are students at Pottsville Area High School told me that you had visited them last month (December). I believe it was in connection with Mr. Merrick's Government class. These students told me that the subject of embryonic stem cell research came up in the Q&A. They told me that you said that you had opposed it in the past but were uncertain how you might come down on the issue in the future.

They told me that you used the word "conflicted" to describe your state of mind on embryonic stem cell research. I told the students that persons in public office sometimes need to exercise a judicious ambiguity in their speech about certain hot-button topics, but that they could count on Congressman Holden to do the right thing when the chips are down.

Tim, I would be more than happy to meet with you the next time you are back in Schuylkill County in order to give you some information about embryonic stem cell research that you might find helpful. However, I realize that you are extraordinarily busy and that you have access to resource persons who are far more qualified than I to advise you on this matter.

So, what I am really asking you is this: Please acquaint yourself with authentic information about the nature of embryonic stem cells and please hold fast, as you have in the past, to the Natural Law teaching that one must never directly kill a human being, regardless of his or her stage of development, in order to provide some possible advantage to another human being.

May God keep you in His love and care.

Very truly yours,


Rev. Edward B. Connolly

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Dear Parishioners:

Would you please write or telephone or email Congressman Holden?


The passage of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is one of the principal agenda items of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and the rest of the Democrat majority.

Tim Holden is a Democrat, but - thanks be to God! - he is one of a small number of PRO-LIFE Democrats.

We want to make sure that Tim continues to walk the narrow path.

Thank you!


Here are Tim's addresses, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail contact address:

Washington, D.C. Office
Congressman Tim Holden
2417 Rayburn House Office
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5546
FAX: (202) 226-0996
Schuylkill County Office
Congressman Tim Holden
101 North Centre Street, Suite 303
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: (570) 622-4212
FAX: (570) 628-2561

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Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson predicted Tuesday a horrific terrorist act on the United States that will result in "mass killing" late in 2007. "I'm not necessarily saying it's going to be nuclear," he said during his news-and-talk television show "The 700 Club" on the Christian Broadcasting Network. "The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that." Robertson said God told him during a recent prayer retreat that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September. "I put these things out with humility," he said. [2 Jan 2007 nationally noted news item]

Let us examine this claim. There are four possibilities - at least, four that I can think of:
God speaks to Pat Robertson and tells him things that are going to happen. Therefore, we would do well to heed what he says.
God does not speak to Pat Robertson about things that are going to happen. Therefore, Pat is lying (i.e. deliberately telling an untruth), which is a very bad thing to do.
C. God does not speak to Pat Robertson about things that are going to happen. However, Pat sincerely thinks that He does. Therefore, Pat is mentally ill and needs someone to step in and manage his affairs for him - at least until he gets better.

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I made it a point to record substantial portions of President Ford's funeral services, for playback at a convenient time - which, for me, is late at night.
Why did I want to watch President Ford's funeral services?
Reason #1:-
The death of a former President is a milestone event for anyone who loves history.
Reason #2:- There is nothing like the funeral of a President of the United States to stir one's patriotic emotions. I feel my spine tingle at the military solemnity and the reverent carrying of the flag-draped casket. Add to this the strains of "Hail to the Chief" and I have been known to sniffle a bit and wipe my eyes.
Reason #3:- I enjoy (usually) the eulogies given by the dignitaries. In the case of President Ford's funeral, I especially enjoyed listening to President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, (former) Secretary Rumsfeld, Tom Brokaw and a few others.

But let me tell you two things that really turned me off:

#1 - I did not like it when President Ford's home church pastor, the Reverend Robert G. Certain (St. Margaret Episcopal Church, Palm Springs, CA) used the occasion in order to promote homosexual rights. Here are the exact words of the Reverend Certain:

"He (Ford) asked me if we (the Episcopal Church) would face schism after we discussed the various issues we would consider, particularly concerns about human sexuality and the leadership of women. He said that he did not think they should be divisive for anyone who lived by the great commandments and the great commission to love God and to love neighbor."

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#2 - I did not like it when President Jimmy Carter did much the same as the Reverend Certain. Here are Carter's exact words:

"It is true that Jerry (Ford) and I shared a common commitment to our religious faith, not just in worshipping the same Savior, but in attempting, in our own personal way, to achieve reconciliation within our respective denominations.
We took to heart the admonition of the Apostle Paul that Christians should not be divided over seemingly important, but tangential issues, including sexual preferences and the role of women in the church, things like that.
We both felt that Episcopalians, Baptists and others should live together in harmony, within the adequate and common belief that we are saved by the grace of God through our faith in Jesus Christ - that we are saved by the grace of God through our faith in Jesus Christ."

Jesus warned us that wolves come to us in sheep's clothing. He warned us about false shepherds who jump over the corral in order to plunder and kill.
The words of Reverend Certain and of President Carter are sweet and attractive - something like the Turkish Delight that the Witch provided to Edmond - but they narcotize our brains. Words such as theirs seduce those who have left their brains in a drawer somewhere. Certain and Carter do not so much nail Truth to the Cross. Rather, they suffocate Him in a vat of molasses. Same end result!
It is my opinion that most persons who call themselves Christians are more devoted to Rodney King ("Can't we all just get along?") than they are to Jesus Christ ("if you eye causes you to sin, better for you to pluck it out than, with two eyes, to go into Gehenna.")
The Unity that we Catholics so ardently desire is the Unity that comes from devotion to the Truth.

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SISTER MARY JANE DUNLEAVY (sister to the late Maggie Dunleavy Lehman, RIP) teaches First Grade at St. Stephen School in Port Carbon. Sister told me this little story.
Recently, she called upon a little boy to go up to the blackboard to do some "board work".
The boy, for reasons known but to him, declined to do so.
He said that he didn't want to go up to the blackboard.
Sister is from the Old School, thank God!
She was not interested in his preferences, but in his compliance.
Sister told him to get his sweet little self up to the board immediately if not sooner, and no more nonsense!
The boy realized he had met his match and dragged his weary bones up to the blackboard.
At the same time, he told Sister that he was just going to have to find another school to go to. Sister asked him why. The boy said, "It's nothing but
WORK, WORK, WORK in this school!"
Roni J. Kevy and Phyllis C. Kevy were visiting in Roanoke (VA) and attended Sunday Mass at a certain church there. Afterwards, they were chatting with the parish priest. They told the priest that they were sisters. The priest asked them what community they belonged to.
Is it possible that there is someone out there who doesn't know that there is SPAGHETTI and MEATBALLS IN THE PARISH HALL TODAY, 7 JAN, THE SOLEMNITY OF EPIPHANY?
If so, please let him / her know!
11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / St. Joseph Parish Hall / Six dollars for teenagers and adults / Three dollars for children / ALL YOU CAN EAT! / Take-outs available / WISE MEN know where to find the good spaghetti!

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Saturday, 06 January
igil of Epiphany
by James and Collette Coyle

Sunday, 07 January
Epiphany of the Lord
9:15 a.m. - Intentions of DAVID
by CJC
12:15 p.m. - JOHN and FLORENCE ROSE
by Julian and Mary Chiplonia

Saturday, 13 January
Vigil of Sunday
by Robert J. Costanzo

Sunday, 14 January
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Joe and Corinne
by M/M Philip Anderson

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