MASS SCHEDULE: 07 - 14 OCTOBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 06 October
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANNA TOLAN HARMAN
by her daughter, Mary Harman Luppino

Sunday, 07 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - CHARLES A. DeSTEFANO
by John and Mary Podgurski
10:45 a.m. - FRANK OWENS (anniversary of birth)
by his sister, Kitty Owens DiCello

Monday, 08 October
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on CATHERINE LUCAS WHITNEY
by Sandy

Tuesday, 09 October
St. Denis and companions, martyrs; St. John Leonardi, priest (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - MARY TAMBURELLI HILBERT
by Reese and Anna Donmoyer

Wednesday, 10 October
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on the PATRICK and SILVIA MOHAN FAMILY
by Patrick's parents

 

Thursday, 11 October
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - PETER SENITCH and MARY SENITCH TUFT
by their sister, Julia
7:00 p.m. - H. ROBERT PICCIONI Sr.
by Rose Marie Fabiani Zeller

Friday, 12 October
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - MARY TAMBURELLI HILBERT
by Sandy

Saturday, 13 October
Weekday
8:00 a.m. - In Honor of SAINT JUDE
by J.J.B.
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - CHRISTOPHER V. MESSINA
by his mother, Mary

Sunday, 14 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - JOHN and ANNA McGOVERN
by Jack and Flo
10:45 a.m. - Health and God's Blessings on SOPHIE DOBROSIELSKI D'ALFONSO (95th birthday)
by her family

 

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 01


 

 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
29 / 30 SEPTEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,407.00
from the envelopes and $103.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,510.00 the parish's weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments, $410.08 plus the weekly premiums for property and liability insurance, $160.01, the sum of which is $570.09, plus its weekly obligation to All Saints School, $941.06 the sum total of which is $1,511.15, one sees that ($1.15) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$161.00
from the envelopes and $58.25 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $219.25 the parish's weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments, $46.15 plus the weekly premiums for property and liability insurance, $60.67, the sum of which is $106.82, plus its weekly obligation to All Saints School, $188.21, the sum total of which is $295.03, one sees that ($75.78 ) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       29 Sept

#176
Dean B won $100.00
Sun      30 Sept

#089
Nobody won $150.00
Mon     01 Oct

#324
G.F.L. won $50.00
Tues     02 Oct

#492
Clarence won $50.00
Wed     03 Oct

#568
Anne W won $50.00
Thurs   04 Oct

#058
Joan B won $50.00
Fri        05 Oct

#503
Paul & Ann C won $50.00
                                                                             

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 02


 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Thursday, 11 October
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 12 October
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

[The Confession schedule is abbreviated this week
because of the Priests' Workshop.]

ALL SAINTS SCHOOL MASS

There will be a Mass at St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 11 October, at 9:00 a.m. for the children of All Saints School. Parishioners and others are welcome to attend this Mass.



PLEASE NOTE
No 10:00 a.m. Mass at StFdS on Monday, 8 October, because of funeral.
No 7:00 p.m. Mass at StJos on Tuesday, 9 October, because of Priests' Workshop.
No 10:00 a.m. Mass at StFdS on Wednesday, 10 October, because of Priests' Workshop.


Did you hear that the Devil was arrested?
No kidding! What was he charged with?
Possession!

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 03


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

08 October
Kelsey A. McGarry
Regina C. Rinaldo

09 October
Kathleen Lynch Butera
Lois Neade Matz

10 October
Richard A. Laub

11 October
Olivia M. Cory
Andrew A. DeStefano
Mary Ann Krizno
Salvatore L. Modesto Jr.



12 October
Robert A. Logan Jr.
Stephen P. Puddu, DDS
Louise Zapotoczny Spece

13 October
Joseph M. Lukach Jr.
Tamara M. Wentz

14 October
Alyssa M. Chillemi
Edith Scharsch Cromis
Trevor M. Gauntlett
Claudia Franzelin Kheloussi
Patricia Boyer Kutch
Marina M. Piccioni
John C. Tranquillo


THANK YOU!
Several weeks ago, we asked for donations for a special purpose.
The special purpose was the purchase of a large (commercial size) blender, which we wished to donate to the Missionaries of the Poor, a Catholic group of priests, brothers and laypersons who work among the poorest of the poor in Jamaica.
They needed this blender in order to prepare food for children who have special needs in the area of nutrition, i.e. who cannot take food by mouth. We are happy to report that we received donations from various and sundry persons, amounting to $450.00. The blender has been received by the Missionaries of the Poor.

stjos/stfds:10.07.2007 - 04


 

DOMENICA ["Mamie"] DeMATTEO LaSELVA,
a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died on Tuesday, 2 October.
Born on 19 May 1926, she was 81 years old.
Domenica is one of four children - the only daughter - of the late Dominic and Assunta (LaSelva) DeMatteo.
She was baptized in St. Joseph Church by Father DeStefano on 22 August 1926.
She was married to Edoardo LaSelva in St. Agnes Church, Toronto, (ON) in the presence of Father Testa, on 11 October 1952.
Mamie is survived by her husband, Edoardo, and by her brothers, Gustino DeMatteo and Morris DeMatteo. Her brother, Anthony DeMatteo, is deceased.
In addition to her husband and brothers, Domenica is survived by her three sons: Dominic LaSelva; Vincent A. LaSelva Sr. and Edward M. La Selva.
Mamie has six grandchildren: Jarod M. LaSelva; Camryn M. LaSelva; Olivia K. LaSelva; Dominique I. LaSelva; Angela M. LaSelva and Vincent A. LaSelva Jr.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 6 October, at 9:30 a.m.
There was a viewing at the Robert A. Evans Funeral Parlor on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery.

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

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 05


 

MESSAGE FROM DARLA
The church throws are in
and are ready to be picked up.
Call Darla at 544-2867.
[If this message makes no sense to you,
don't worry about it.
It makes sense to those who have ordered the item and it makes sense to Darla!]

 BOSCOV'S
FRIENDS
HELPING FRIENDS
Nativity BVM High School's Development Department is currently selling Boscov's Friends Helping Friends passes.
The cost of each pass is $5.00.
All proceeds benefit Nativity BVM High School.
Each pass entitles you to 25% off your purchases on Tuesday, 16 October.
Simply present your pass at time of purchase to receive your 25% discount.
Door prizes will also be given away.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. on 16 October.
Please help Nativity with this great fundraiser!
Passes can be purchased from Jennifer Daubert at Nativity's Development Office, at 628-4004.

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 06



THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN by clergy and by others who work for churches has become so identified in the mind of the public with the Catholic Church that one begins to wonder: How did the Catholic Church come to be saddled with this humongous scandal? Why should priests be so susceptible? What are we doing wrong? More to the point: What, if anything, are we doing wrong that other religious groups are doing right?

It shakes the confidence of the people, not to mention the confidence of the priests themselves, to think that there is something about the very fact that one is a Catholic priest that inclines one to be sexually attracted to children.

The thought is so repugnant, it is no wonder that vocations to the priesthood have plummeted - although there are some indications that things are turning around in that department, thank God!
When I say "the thought is so repugnant", I am referring to two things: (a) the thought that a priest would violate a child; (b) the thought that a priest is more likely than any other adult male to violate a child.

WHAT IS THE TRUTH?
First of all, I wish to say that I do not rejoice in anyone's sin. If a Protestant pastor were alleged to have violated a child, I would feel sad. May God forbid that I would ever feel otherwise.

However, I would appreciate it if the media were not to focus on the sins of Catholic clergy to the exclusion of reporting the same kinds of sins among Protestant and other non-Catholic clergy.

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 07


There are three insurance companies that provide insurance coverage for the majority of Protestant congregations in the USA. They are: Church Mutual, GuideOne and Brotherhood Mutual.
Recently these three companies provided statistics on sex abuse claims to the Associated Press.
Church Mutual reports that it has handled, on average, about 100 claims per year having to do with the sexual abuse of minors by Protestant clergy and other church workers.
GuideOne reports that it has handled, on average, over the past twenty years, about 160 claims per year having to do with the sexual abuse of minors by Protestant clergy and other church workers.
Brotherhood Mutual reports that it has handled, on average, over the past fifteen years, about 73 claims per year having to do with the sexual abuse both of minors and of adults by Protestant clergy and other church workers.

I wish to re-affirm what I said earlier: I do not rejoice, nor do I take comfort in the sins of any human being and would consider my salvation to be in peril if I were to do so. Sin stinks, whether done by Catholics or by non-Catholics! Child abuse is a horrendous evil, regardless of who does the abusing.

Having said that, I want to go on record as saying that, in my opinion, there is no solid evidence for singling out the celibate Catholic priest as being statistically more inclined than anyone else towards being a pedophile. The very suspicion that such is the case is sacrilegious, not to mention destructive of vocations.

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 08


SUGGESTIONS TO THE SYNOD
THAT
WILL NOT SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY

[I am able to print these because I have a friend who is a synodal janitor. He retrieves such things for me from the cutting room floor.]

REJECTED SUGGESTION #1
In line with the practice of some parishes of having one Sunday a month designated as "Baptism Sunday", on which all newborns and not-so-newborns are baptized en masse (at Mass), and with a view towards a more efficient use of clergy, let there be one day each month designated as "Funeral Day". Let there be one Mass of Christian Burial for all recently deceased parishioners. Not only will this save on "priest energy", it will also conserve on the use of organists, singers, lectors and servers, not to mention utilities.

REJECTED SUGGESTION #2
In order to conserve on living space, let the priests in each of the Deaneries be put on shift work. Instead of three shifts, let there be two shifts: (a) midnight to noon; (b) noon to midnight. Each month, the priests would sign up for the shift they prefer. However, the Dean would have to settle any differences of opinion among the priests about who gets which shift. When on duty, the priest would have to stay on the first floor level of the Rectory (except when in church or outdoors). When not on duty, the priest would be permitted to be on the second or third floor levels of the Rectory where, presumably, his bedroom and sitting room are located. This suggestion would have the distinct advantage of saving on the need for under-used living quarters, furniture, laundry and utilities.

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 09


 CONTRIBUTORS TO BISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL 2007

Please note:
1) If your name is not on this list and it should be, please let us know.
2) Names printed in BOLD are new contributors since the last time we printed a list of contributors

StJosPar
ACKER, Mary Elizabeth Troilo
ALFONSI, Alesandro / Mary Clare
ANONYMOUS
BARONE, Angelo / Kay
BARONE, Eleanor Meros
BLANKENHORN, Ann Hoepstine
BUTERA, Ralph / Kathleen
CAIRNS, James / Marie
CARAVAN, Raymond / Ugenia
CARESTIA, Mary Pilo
CARESTIA, Ronald / Joanne
CERULLO, William J.
CESCON, Cheryl A.
CESCON, Joseph T.
CHALINSKY, Jeanette Ciorlanti
CHIODO, John D.
CHIODO, Mary J.

CHIPLONIA, Frank J
.
CHIPLONIA, Julian / Mary
CHIPLONIA, Ralph D.
CHIPLONIA, Thomas J.
CONNOLLY, Edward B.
D'ALFONSO, Sophie Dobrosielski
D'ALESSANDRO, Dominick / Anna
DeMARKIS, Louis D. Jr.
DERAMO, Anthony N.
DeSTEFANO, Andrew / Loreta
DiCELLO, Katherine Owens
DiMARCELLO, Margaret R.
ECKLEY, Henry / Margaret
FABIANI,johanne Lupino
FRINZI, Joseph / Sandy
GARGANO, Vincent A.
GARLAND, Patricia Feeley
GENTILE, Vincent M.
GERACE, Jacob / Rosalie
GETZEY, Robert / Denise
GUASTAVINO, Thomas / Karen
HANLON, Gregory / Aleece
HERWIG, Marion L.
HOFFECKER, Victoria LaPlaca
KANE, Edward / Florence
KEVY, Phyllis C.
KEVY, Veronica J. (+)
KHELOUSSI, Claudia Franzelin
KING, John / Nancy
KRIZNO, John J.
KUTCH, John / Patricia
KUTCH, Mary Genovese
LANG, Jean Albo
LAPLACA, Julia Senitch
LASCALA, Theresa Doyle
LaSELVA, Edward / Domenica
LILLEY, Harry / Rosa
LONG, Mae Gerace
LUPPINO, Mary A.
LUPPINO, Mary Harman
MACCARONE, Joseph P.
MALYS, Casimir / Julia
MANZO, Katherine A.


MARIANELLI, Bruce / Kathy
MATTERA, Frank / Camille
MAZZUCA, Julia Civitarese
McGOVERN, John / Flavia
MENGEL, Carl / Mildred
MERCURI, Domenic / Antonette
MESSINA, Josephine Megna
MOHAN, Frank / Stella
MODESTO, John / Sharon
MODESTO, Salvatore / Mary
PALERINO, Joseph / Ann Marie
PASCUZZO, Albert / Martha
PICCIONI, Ann Breslin
PICCIONI, Emidio A.
PICCIONI, Francis / Regina
PICCIONI, Mark<
PICCIONI, Robert / Mary Sharon
PICCIONI, Thomas / Patricia
PILO, Anthony A.
PILO, Pasquale / Mary
POPECK, Frank / Rose
POTTS, Nancy Ayello
RINALDO, Charles / Mary
RUTECKY, Christine Troilo
SANTILLI, Joseph A.
SANTILLI, Mario J.
SCHENCK, Thomas M.
STAGLIANO, Frances Papapietro
SWARTZ, Robert / Denise
TAMBURELLI, Francis A.
THYE, David / Susan
TRANQUILLO, Frank / Ann Marie
WALTERS, Thomas / Margaret
WEISS, John / Frances
WILSON, Susanne V.
WOOD, Ralph / Joanne
YACKENCHICK, Albert / Annetta
ZELLER, Rose Marie Fabiani

StJosPar
Goal: $11,910
So far $10595
To go: $1,315

StFdSPar
BONCORE, Francis / Debra
HAAG, Earl / Nancy
HEIMBAUGH, Helen Wychunas
KULL, Barbara Rehnert
WYCHUNAS, Gerald / Tina
WYCHUNAS, Raydell Yeich

StFdSPar
Goal: $1,413
So far   $710
To go:   $703

 

 

 


Please (notice I said "please" and that should count for something!)
Please make a donation or a pledge to the Bishop's Annual Appeal
.

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 10


JOSEPHINE GERACE BERCHER,
a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died on Wednesday, 3 October.
Born on 10 June 1926, she was 81 years old.
Josephine is one of seven children of the late Dominic and Mary (Joy) Gerace.
She was baptized in St. Joseph Church by Father DeStefano on 18 June 1926.
She was married to Clayton J. Bercher in St. Joseph Church, in the presence of Father Cruise, on 14 August 1949.
Two of Josephine's brothers are deceased: Andrew J. Gerace and Peter J. Gerace.
She is survived by four of her siblings: Joseph B. Gerace, John A. Gerace, Catherine Gerace Smith and Marie Gerace Nocket.
In addition to these, Josephine is survived by her son, Clayton J. Bercher Jr.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Monday, 8 October, at 10:00 a.m.
For about one hour prior to the Mass, there will be a viewing in the church.
The interment will take place in the parish cemetery.

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

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 11


INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!
Q - So, Father Connolly, I hear you're taking a couple days off this week!
A - That is correct. I am going to the Priests' Workshop from Monday to Wednesday.
Q - What's a "Priests' Workshop"?
A - It's a shop where priests are put to work.
Q - Very funny -
NOT! I'll ask you once more and I won't ask you again: What's a "Priests' Workshop"?
A - I'm glad you asked. In the Diocese of Allentown, the Bishop has the longstanding practice of getting all of the priests of the Diocese together in some hotel / conference center for a period of about two days, usually in October. Half the priests attend from Monday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon. The other half attend from Wednesday afternoon to Friday afternoon. Mass is celebrated all four days. Meals are served. Speakers are brought in - sometimes one, sometimes more than one. These speakers - sometimes priests, sometimes laypersons - are, as you might expect, recognized as having some particular expertise in the matter that the Bishop would like to have set before the priests. There are multiple sessions, usually in the lecture format. Usually, there is opportunity for feedback. At some point during the workshop, the Bishop himself will take the microphone in order to give the priests a kind of informal "state of the union"- i.e. "state of the diocese" - address (or remarks). The priests listen attentively to everything said by the speakers and the Bishop, take copious notes, furrow their brows, ask penetrating questions and - so one hopes - go back to their parishes (or schools or offices), knowing a bit more about the ways of God with man and the ways of man with God. Using the language of the secular world, I think you might say that these annual workshops are "professional development" seminars.
Q - Are these sessions conducted in Latin or in English?
A - All sessions are conducted in English, with simultaneous translation into Latin for intellectuals like Father Medve and a couple of others.
Q - Do you have any fun or enjoyment on these workshops? Is there any laughing? I don't like the idea of my parish priest going away and having any fun or enjoyment or laughter or anything!
A - It is possible that some priests will find some fun or enjoyment on these workshops. Some might even find something to laugh about. Not I, of course! I make it a point never to have any fun or enjoyment on these workshops and, God forbid, I certainly never find anything to laugh about.

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 12


 

MY OTHER FAVORITE GREEN SHEETS
Printed here are the runners-up for FGS (Favorite Green Sheet). Readers will recall, perhaps, that I printed my #1 FGS in last weekend's bulletin.
As previously noted, these are being reprinted absolutely "as is" - without additions, subtractions or editing.

Parish: St. Joseph
Town: Pottsville

SECTION III
Please answer the following questions:
1. What is the most positive aspect of your parish?
Don't know. I don't attend my church.
2. What can you do to improve your parish?
Same as above.
3. Other comments
Reason I don't attend my own Church is because our Priest has very long Homily's That I don't think pertane to the Gospel.
4. (Optional)
Signature ____________________________________________________

Parish: St. Joseph
Town: Pottsville

SECTION III
Please answer the following questions:
1. What is the most positive aspect of your parish?
The people are very friendly.
2.What can you do to improve your parish?
Get a new pastor.
3.Other comments
Same as #2.
4. (Optional)
Signature ______________________________________________

Parish: St. Joseph
Town: Pottsville

SECTION III
Please answer the following questions:
1. What is the most positive aspect of your parish?
2. What can you do to improve your parish?
3. Other comments
Transfer Priest. He's Opinionated!
4. (Optional)
Signature ______________________________________________

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 13


 MASS SCHEDULE: 07 - 14 OCTOBER
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 06 October
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - NED H. LANG
by Joseph Dallago and family

Sunday, 07 October
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - DOMINICK J. D'ALESSANDRO Jr.
by his father and his mother
12:15 p.m. - MARY DeMARKIS TRAPANI
by M/M A. Michael Prock

Friday, 12 October
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - ELANORE FOLINO TEGANO
by Dominick and Celeste Matino and family

Saturday, 13 October
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - MARY ANN STROKELITUS
by John and Diane Consugar and family

Sunday, 14 October
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - MARY THERESA O'NEIL
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag
12:15 p.m. - FRANCIS and ESTELLE PURCELL
by their son, Brian

stjos/stfds: 10.07.2007 - 14

 

 


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