Saturday, 27 October
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ROBERT KEVY (16th anniversary and anniversary of birth) and NATHAN and LILLIAN KEVY (73rd anniversary of marriage)
by their sisters / daughters, Phyllis and Roni (+)

Sunday, 28 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - ANDREW J. LUCAS
by Michael and Catherine
10:45 a.m. - FRANCIS, THOMAS and ANGEL THERESE by their family

Monday, 29 October
12:05 p.m. - RAYMOND ADAMS
(25th anniversary)
by his wife and family

Tuesday, 30 October
by the Mohan family
by Vincent and Joan

Wednesday, 31 October
by John K
Vigil of All Saints
4:30 p.m. - God's Blessings on ANGELA DiCELLO STELLA
(100th birthday)
by the people of St. Joseph Parish

Thursday, 01 November
All Saints Day (Sol)
12:05 p.m. - VITO LaPLACA
(60th anniversary)
by his daughters, Victoria and Louise
7:00 p.m. - RONI J. KEVY
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Friday, 02 November
All Souls Day
12:05 p.m. - PAULINE FRITZ CONNOLLY (100th anniversary of birth)
by her son, Edward
6:15 p.m. - ARTHUR B. WHITNEY
by Michael and Catherine

Saturday, 03 November
St. Martin dePorres, religious (OptMem)
8:00 a.m. - Intentions: THIRD ORDER CARMELITES
by TOC community
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ROBERT S. PHILLIPS
by: his wife, Danette; their sons, Ryan and Nicholas; his father, Lamar; his father-in-law, Herb

Sunday, 04 November
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - LEVI and CAMILLE PILO
by Jack and Flo McGovern
10:45 a.m. - FRANK OWENS
by his sister, Kitty Owens DiCello



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20 / 21 OCTOBER

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $135.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,725.36 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 $214.2 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $116.15 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $242.00 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 (($53.03 ) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Sat       20 Oct

Lenny won $100.00
Sun      21 Oct

Mary M won $150.00
Mon     22 Oct

Nobody won the $50.00
Tues     23 Oct

Nobody won the $50.00
Wed     24 Oct

Dan D won $50.00
Thurs   25 Oct

Mary Lou won $50.00
Fri        26 Oct

Nobody won the $50.00
Note: Firday October 19: Nobody won the $50.00                                                                             

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Wednesday, 31 October
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 01 November
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Friday, 02 November
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 28 October - 03 November, in loving memory of Robert Kevy (16th anniversary), at the request of his sisters, Phyllis and Roni (+).

THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 28 October - 03 November, in loving memory of Raymond Adams, at the request of his family.

New Philadelphia
Monday, 29 October
5:00 p.m.
Afterwards: Veneration of relic of St. Pauline Visintainer, patroness of diabetics and of all who are sick.

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29 October
Gary L. Favinger
Ashley M. Justen

30 October
Bruno D. Gennerella Jr.
Natalie S. Guastavino
Catharine Mengel Lukach
Mark G. Luppino
Michelle Carin Sophy Luppino

31 October
Amanda M. Chillemi
Anthony J. Piccioni

01 November
Angela DiCello Stella

02 November
Domenico Mercuri
Paul J. Santai
Gerald R. Seltzer

03 November
Theresa Conville Gauntlett

04 November
Prudence Ferraro Griffin
Kimberly Dunmoyer Stanton Haskett
Mary Fanok Piccioni


Knights of Columbus: Collection for Special Learning Center

Prior to the Masses the weekend of Nov. 3rd and 4th, local parishioners who are Knights of Columbus will be collecting money for St. Joseph's School for Special Learning in Pottsville. Over the years, thanks in part to the gracious generosity of St. Joseph's parishioners, the Knights of Columbus have been able to donate thousands of dollars to the School to help the very special children there. The Knights thank you in advance for your continued generosity this year to aid the students of St. Joseph's School.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of a donation to the StJosPar Memorial Fund from Lou Ann Brown, in memory of Francis D. Tucci

See page 10 in regard to this particular birthday!

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Fr. Connolly needs to spend most of next Saturday (3 Nov) in Harrisburg at a Catechetical Conference. If anyone would like to attend, give a call. It runs from about 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is Mass and then all sorts of lectures and workshops and seminars. If you want to learn more about your religion, then Harrisburg is the place to be next Saturday! Yes, you get lunch too. Call the Rectory no later than Monday (29 Oct).


Sunday, 4 November
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Hall

Please note that we are back to our first Sunday of the month schedule. Note also that the International Spaghetti Benders Union has pressured the guys in our local SPU to tell Management to cut back on the hours.
The pastor figures it's not good for his health and well-being to mess around with organized labor. So, please note that the serving time goes until 3:00 p.m., not 4:00 p.m. as in the past.

NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL invites you to Friendly's at the Fairlane Village Mall. If you eat there on Monday, 5 November, between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m., the management will credit 10% of your bill to Nativity.


PIE FOR THANKSGIVING: Call 622-1504. Mount Carbon Fire Company would be happy to take your order for pie!

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Gimme an "O"! - O!
Gimme a "B"! - B!
Gimme an "L"! - L!
Gimme an  "I"! - I!
Gimme a "G"! - G!
Gimme an "A"! - A!
Gimme a "T"! - T!
Gimme an  "I"! - I!
Gimme an "O"! - O!
Gimme an "N"! - N!

What does it spell?
What does it mean?
Sir! Something you have to do, Sir!
Use it in a sentence!
Sir! All Saints Day is a Holyday of Obligation, Sir!
Obligation to do what?
Sir! Go to Mass, Sir!
Excellent, lads! You do me proud, lads!
(Okay, okay, I know: "participate in Mass" is catechetically superior to "go to Mass".
But cut me a break: You can't participate in it unless you go to it!)
Are Obligations the same thing as Options?
Sir! No, Sir!
Sir! If Obligations were the same thing as Options, Sir,
the Church would call All Saints Day a Holyday of Option, Sir!
But it's not a Holyday of Option! It's a Holyday of Obligation! And you guys don't want to wind up in the brig for not taking care of your obligations, now do you?
Sir! No, Sir!
So, listen up! Check the Mass schedule in this bulletin and make sure you show up at All Saints Day Mass this week! Do you read me? I repeat: Do you read me?
Sir! Loud and clear, Sir!

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1. Ritchie was angry when he realized Ryan and Annie were trying to make him look crazy after he told Babe and Tad that Ryan shot and killed Annie - who turned out to be very much alive!
2. Aidan talked to the parents of a boy who drowned while on a scouting trip with Ritchie and learned that another boy thought that the drowning was no accident, but no one believed him!
3. Annie panicked when Emma said she felt ill after Ritchie gave a child a brownie.
4. Krystal spent time with "Stuart", knowing it was Adam in disguise, and the two became romantic.
5. Ava began behaving badly in hopes of getting fired from her Fusion job so she could work with J.R., but her plan failed.
6. As part of a plot to get rid of Greenlee, Zach had Josh let her think her fertilized eggs (Ryan would have been the father) weren't destroyed during a historical power blackout.
7. Kendall blamed Greenlee after learning that Spike may not be able to have a cochlear implant.
8. Reva confronted Daisy after she had an abortion.
9. Dylan told everyone that Daisy was pregnant just before Reva told them that she had an abortion.
10. Rafe was thinking about having a baby and a family when Natalia forced Daisy to tell Rafe she had an abortion.
11. Rafe told Daisy that he never wants to see her again.
12. When Cyrus brought Alexandra home from the hospital, Harley hid behind the curtains and saw Marina's bracelet on Alexandra's wrist.
13. Alexandra agreed to lead Cyrus and Harley to Griggs.
14. Ashlee received a call from Marina, who said she couldn't get away from her captor (Griggs).
15. Griggs knocked Ashlee out as she got near where he was holding Marina prisoner.
16. Marina kept Griggs from further harming Ashlee.
17. Griggs loaded a gun as Harley arrived for their arranged meeting.

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(see the schedule on page 3 or else call for an appointment)

for his lack of charity in trying to make Ritchie look crazy; for violations of the sixth commandment (with Greenlee); for agreeing to let Greenlee undergo in-vitro fertilization, thereby cooperating in the deaths of several unborn children.
for (possibly) poisoning the boy on the scouting trip and then making the boy's death seem like an accidental drowning.
for pretending that he was Stuart; for violations of the sixth commandment (with Krystal).
for violations of the sixth commandment (with Adam).
for behaving badly (please be specific) and for being deceitful towards her employer.
for plotting to get rid of Greenlee; for conspiring with Josh to deceive Greenlee.
for violations of the sixth commandment (with Ryan); for undergoing in-vitro fertilization, thereby killing several unborn children.
for having an abortion.
for violations of the sixth commandment (with Daisy --- at least I think it was Daisy); for being uncharitable to Daisy.
for holding Marina hostage; for physically assaulting (knocking out) Ashlee; for endangering the life of Harley.
for being a buttinsky and not minding her own business.
for being judgmental towards Greenlee.
for agreeing to deceive Greenlee.

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Dear Parishioners and Friends:
If you were totally unaware of the information on page 7, allow me to commend you. It is obvious that you are not a watcher of soap operas / aka daytime dramas. Please stay as "ignorant" as you are. It is a blessed ignorance.
If, on the other hand, the information on page 7 was for you simply a summary of information you already have and if, in addition, you are able to elaborate on and update this information, allow me to chide you. Obviously, you are a watcher of soaps.
Let me ask you something. Do you really think that watching soaps is good for you? Do you think it helps you spiritually? Do you think it advances you on the way to God?
The characters in these soaps are, by and large, persons who are totally devoid of any sense of ultimate purpose.
Handsome or beautiful as they may be, they are a lamentable lot of losers.
How many of these characters ever make any reference to God or to Jesus - or, for that matter, to Moses or Mohammed or Confucius or to anyone who stands as an authority for right living? (I am referring not to the actors who portray the characters but to the characters themselves).
How many of these characters go to Mass on Sunday or to any kind of weekly worship service?
How many of them pursue virtue or embrace high ideals?
How many of them believe that marriage is meant to be permanent and faithful and productive of children, God willing?
How many of them exemplify chastity?
How many of them are pro-life?
How many of them would you trust alone with your husband or wife for an extended period of time?
If you think you can observe mortal sin being enacted hour after hour, day after day and suffer no consequences within yourself, you are out of touch with reality.
We become what we watch - maybe not right away, but eventually.
I invite you to go to Confession very soon. Who knows? You might run into Ritchie or Rafe or Krystal or Daisy while you are waiting in line, although I doubt it.

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Photograph taken 27 October 2007 in her home

Mrs. Stella was born in Italy on All Saints Day, the first of November in the year of the Lord 1907. By the grace of God and, we presume, by virtue of good, clean living (but certainly not dull or monotonous living), Miss Angie is just about to observe her 100th birthday. The Catholic Church thinks so highly of this dear woman that it has made her birthday a Holyday of Obligation. St. Joseph Parish is honored to claim her as a member. She is, without question, our oldest and most distinguished parishioner. With the exception of the first few months of her life (while she was a babe in arms on a boat heading to Ellis Island) Angie has been a member of this parish all her life. She is one of the very few persons in the parish who knew Fr. DeStefano, the great mover and shaker in the establishment of St. Joseph Parish. Angie's husband was Archie Stella, the man she calls "the great love of my life". He died in 1945.
"All things considered", Angie is in good physical condition. An ache here, an ache there, but what's the use complaining? Just a few months ago, she had a hip replacement. She needs to live at least 20 more years to get the full value of it. So, we expect that she will be around, God willing, for a good while. We hope so. Her mind, her memory, her sense of humor, her sense of irony, her good looks and - most of all - her sense of God's presence are as good as, if not better than, ever. Thank you, Lord, for creating this beautiful woman!

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third child (third son) of Steven and Yvonne (Bowers) Mattera, was baptized in St. Joseph Church this past Sunday (21 Oct).
With three very little boys in the house, the Mattera family is in need of all the sanctifying grace it can get - not to mention some actual graces as well.
Sanctifying grace is exactly what they got this past Sunday when Cameron Blake was baptized. To be more precise: Sanctifying grace is exactly what Cameron Blake got this past Sunday. In case you didn't know it, sanctifying grace is a created participation in the divine nature. In other words, it is something God has created in order to make it possible for human beings to be like unto God, i.e. God-like.
This sanctifying grace was poured out upon the lad by God, together with the water that was poured over him by the priest.
One big difference is this: The water gets dried off with a towel within minutes after the child is lifted out of the baptism font, but the sanctifying grace penetrates into the marrow of his being and will remain. At least, it is meant to remain. Not only remain but increase. It can be lost only by mortal sin. Thank God, mortal sin is not and cannot be an issue for little Cameron Blake - not for a good number of years. May he never invite it to himself!
This little boy is now free from the condemnation that has come upon all human beings as a result of the sin of Adam, the sin we call "the original sin". We call it that because it was, indeed, the original (the first) sin committed by homo sapiens sapiens. Because Cameron Blake was "in the loins" of Adam - as were we all - he was infected with Adam's sin. But a greater One (much greater One) than Adam has destroyed the sin of Adam in all who are incorporated into Him. Cameron Blake Mattera has now been incorporated into Jesus Christ, the new and victorious Adam, the new Head of the human race.
God bless the little boy. May he be a citizen of Heaven one day.

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When Mount Airy Casino Resort on Monday became the first stand-alone casino to open its doors in Pennsylvania, in rushed (George) Keifer and 1,500 other people who had waited in line for hours - and in some cases drove hundreds of miles to be there.
While a 300-yard line of primarily retirees waited impatiently for the noon opening, DeNaples and 150 politicians and business leaders in formal wear gathered 200 yards away yada, yada, yada.
Frank Loki, a retired Martin guitar worker from Bethlehem who didn't seem to mind leaning on his cane for three hours came next, and behind him were two retirees on motorized scooters.
When casino operators opened the gates seven minutes early, the scene played out like the running of the bulls in Pamplona.
In front, Celio Miglosi, 77, of Exeter, Luzerne County, whose oxygen tank was secured on the back of his motorized scooter, mapped out an inside track against a woman riding a scooter next to him. As they hit the casino floor, it appeared the woman beat him by a nose, but Miglosi wasn't conceding. "I got past her" he said. "But I was a gentleman. I told her, 'Age before beauty' as I went by."

Excerpts from an article on page A3
(Allentown) Morning Call, 23 Oct 07

Look at some of the references in the excerpts printed above: "waited in line for hours"; "drove hundreds of miles"; "300 yard line" of retirees waiting to get in; "didn't seem to mind leaning on his cane for three hours"; "two retirees on motorized scooters"; "oxygen tank secured on the back of his motorized scooter".

WHEREFORE: Please let it be known that disabled persons on motorized scooters, with or without oxygen tanks, are most welcome to attend Mass at St. Joseph Church and St. Francis deSales Church. And, as a courtesy to persons who, because of SRO conditions at Sunday Mass, need to lean on their canes while standing, Fr. Connolly commits himself to keeping the homily down to two hours max!

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Wednesday, 31 Oct
4:30 p.m. - StJos
7:00 p.m. - StFdS

Thursday, 1 Nov
10:00 a.m. - StFdS
12:05 p.m. - StJos
 4:30 p.m. - StFdS
 7:00 p.m. - StJos

I saw a great multitude - more than I could possibly count - of persons standing before the Lamb. They were dressed in long white robes and they carried palm branches. I asked the priest who these people were and he said that these are the people who survived the great period of trial and who had washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.

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Saturday, 27 October
Vigil of Sunday
by his parents

Sunday, 28 October
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by his daughter, Nora, and family
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent

Wednesday, 31 October
Vigil of All Saints
7:00 p.m. - Msgr. CHARLES T. MOSS
by EBC

Thursday, 01 November
All Saints Day
by Jerome and Marie Gilmartin
4:30 p.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by John and Cathryn Baldigo

Friday, 02 November
All Souls Day
10:00 a.m. - RONI J. KEVY
by Roberta

Saturday, 03 November
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - JOSEPH and MARIA LAPLACA
by their daughter-in-law, Julia
Sunday, 04 November

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Julian and Nora Chiplonia and sons
12:15 p.m. - EDWARD BOOTH
by Marcus Angelisanti

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