Saturday, 01 December
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - SAMUEL J. SPLEEN
(10th anniversary)
by his wife, Lee

Sunday, 02 December
First Sunday of Advent
7:45 a.m. - ARTHUR B. WHITNEY
by Michael and Catherine
by his family

Monday, 03 December
St. Francis Xavier, priest (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - DANIEL F. BARNES
by Mom and Ed

Tuesday, 04 December
St. John of Damascus, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - Deceased Members: MERCURI FAMILY
by Teresa Mercuri Mercuri
7:00 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Wednesday, 05 December
Advent Weekday
by their daughter / sister, Patti Feeley Garland



Thursday, 06 December
St. Nicholas, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
by her mother, Carmella
7:00 p.m. - RALPH C. BUTERA
by his wife and family

Friday, 07 December
St. Ambrose, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - In Honor of the BLESSED MOTHER
by John Chiodo
Vigil of the Immaculate Conception
4:30 p.m. - NED H. LANG
by his wife, Jean, and family

Saturday, 08 December
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
7:45 a.m. - ANNA LEJKO STOCK
by Debbie Lou Walters
10:45 a.m. - VINCENT MATTERA
by Anthony and Karen Pilo
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by his sister, Grace, and sons

Sunday, 09 December
Second Sunday of Advent
7:45 a.m. - DANIEL SMITH
(3rd anniversary)
by his mother, Catherine
10:45 a.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife, Carmella, and his daughter, Joanne (+)

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24 / 25 NOVEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $115.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,614.00 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 $48.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $52.85 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $278.85 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 ($16.18) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a defecit!


Sat       24 Nov

Nobody won $100.00
Sun      25 Nov

Phyliss K won $150.00
Mon     26 Nov

Angie won the $50.00
Tues     27 Nov

Nobody won the $50.00
Wed     28 Nov

David B won $50.00
Thurs   29 Nov

Mary ann R won $50.00
Fri        30 Nov

Nobody won the $50.00

stjos/stfds: 12.02.2007 - 02

NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL presents a "Gifts Just for Me" Christmas Bingo on Sunday, 9 December. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Bingo at 1:00 p.m. Special Holiday admission price is $20.00. This includes twenty regular Bingo games, plus four specials and a complimentary chocolate fountain. Fabulous prizes available: Vera Bradley, Dooney & Bourke and Coach designer purses, Pandora bracelets, Troll beads, Chico watches, Spa treatments, cash prizes and so much more. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Call 385-1195 to reserve your tickets.
Boys and girls, grades 5 to 8, are invited to participate in a foul-shooting competition in the Nativity BVM High School gym.
The date is Saturday, 15 December. The time is 8:30 a.m. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Nativity Development Department. It is a preliminary competition. Finals will be held during future Nativity boys' and girls' home games.
Bring a friend!
If you have any questions or concerns, call Jennifer at 628-4004.
PLEASE PRAY FOR a woman who died on Friday, 30 November. Catherine Nolan Lucas, age 81, is the mother of St. Joseph parishioner Catherine Lucas Whitney and the grandmother of six (current or former) members of St. Joseph Parish: Allison Whitney Meredith; Lisa Whitney Gallagher; John C. Whitney; Katherine Whitney Collier; Joseph M. Whitney; Carolan M. Whitney.
Eternal rest grant unto Catherine, 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.

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03 December
Charles Roman
Barbara Smalansky Snitzer
Dylan M. Wilson

04 December
None, as far as we know.

05 December
Gregory A. Potts

06 December
Jennifer L. Cory
Dominic J. Maccarone Jr.

07 December
Rose Corby Gagliardi

Albert R. Pascuzzo
Albert J. Piccioni
Joseph A. Visalli

08 December
Robert P. Bollerman
Mary Bonadio Butera
Maria Tucci Davenport
Joseph Etherington
Michael A. Luppino
Richard V. Prestileo Jr.

09 December
None, as far as we know.

David J. Chiplonia / 12th grade / Nativity BVM HS / First Honors
Desiree Blum / 11th grade / Schuylkill Haven HS / Honors
Jasmine Blum / 11th grade / Schuylkill Haven HS / Honors
Dominic J. Chiplonia / 8th grade / All Saints / First Honors
Alexander Koinski / 6th grade / All Saints / First Honors
WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of a contribution to the StJosPar Memorial Fund from Lucille N. Moyer in memory of Joanne Elizabeth Palko Bach.

Dear God, please help the people who park in the driveway next to St. Francis deSales Church to remember to move ALL THE WAY UP, so as to allow others to park there as well! And, dear Lord, if they do not remember, would you please make their noses itch - or something like that - until they do remember?

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Please pay attention to this announcement.
It is a departure from the ordinary.
This coming Friday (7 Dec) is the First Friday of the month.
It is also the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception, which is a Holy Day of Obligation.
So, we have to do some juggling of the schedule.
Usually, on First Friday, we have a 6:15 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church, followed up with a Holy Hour.
It will not be so this coming Friday.
Instead, there will be a HOLY HOUR at St. Francis deSales Church after the 6:00 p.m. Vigil Mass.
We encourage everyone to attend.

 "The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion,
if a mother can kill her own child,
what is left but for me to kill you
and for you to kill me?
There is nothing between!"

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI: Sometimes we read in a newspaper that someone has been accused of some kind of wrongdoing. We do well at such times to avoid jumping to unwarranted conclusions. We do well to extend to others the courtesy and forbearance we hope would be extended to us in such circumstances. Let us exercise common sense and good judgment in all matters. We believe that, once the facts are laid out and candidly appraised, all will be well. Meanwhile, we pray for one another.

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On page 3 of the Sat 1 Dec edition of the Pottsville Republican, one reads as follows:
'Messy mix' predicted for region
Snow, sleet, freezing rain anticipated later tonight
Therefore, at an Executive Session of the Board of Directors of the Saint Joseph Parish Spaghetti Supper, it was decreed that the Spaghetti Supper scheduled for Sunday, 2 December, should be postponed to the following Sunday, 9 December.

If you are planning a family vacation in Sudan or some other Muslim country this coming Christmas season - or any other time for that matter - and if one of your little ones likes to carry a teddy bear with him or her for comfort while traveling, please make sure the teddy bear is not named "Muhammad". If the teddy bear is already named "Muhammad", please have his name legally changed before you leave. Better yet, leave the teddy bear at home. You never know about teddy bears. Sometimes they will turn on you if a stranger offers them honey. Even good teddy bears have been known to crack under pressure and snitch on their owners.
SANTA CLAUS will be at All Saints School on Friday, 7 Dec, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be a photographer. You may have photos of the child and or of the family - with or without Santa. Prices for photos are very reasonable. Pictures will be delivered to the school next week.

stjos/stfds: 12.02.2007 - 06


The following item is taken from the 28 Nov 07 THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING, a call-and-tell-us-what's-on-your-mind feature of the Pottsville Republican & Herald. I wish to make an extended commentary on it.

I think it is a shame when people don't do anything until it is too late. Do something now about the inevitable closing of our Catholic churches before there will be nothing we can do. Contact the bishop and tell him how much your church means to you. What would you do if you wake up some Sunday morning and you don't have a church to go to or a way to get to one?

Perhaps we should also write to our newly inaugurated president, Mr. Lincoln, to let him know that South Carolina is thinking of secession! Perhaps we should tell him that there is some talk about the state militia taking over Fort Sumter!
Here is my point: Conversation about "restructuring" of parishes has been going on for eons! It was going on when I first moved into Schuylkill County as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in 1986 - and prior to that! My predecessor, the late Father Leo J. Houseknecht, said to me as he handed me the keys: "I give this parish ten more years max!"
If Father Leo's prophecy had been accurate, St. Joseph Parish would have folded in 1996. The fact that it did not, and that we are still here in 2007 has often amazed me. I am grateful we have had this much time. Will we have more time? When people ask me that, I tell them the truth. I tell them that I do not know for certain whether we are headed for consolidation. On the other hand, I am not entirely stupid. I can read and count and do simple math. I can conjecture. Whatever happens, there is one thing that is crystal clear to me. It is this: Bishop Cullen has been treating the priests and the people with exquisite reserve and respect. It is absurd that anyone would say, "Contact the bishop and tell him how much your church means to you." Wake up and smell the coffee!
Let me put it this way: There are two modes of episcopal governance: (a) the imperial mode and (b) the consultative mode.
Imperial mode: The bishop makes all decisions as if he were Louis XIV, without thought of consulting anyone: L'etat, c'est moi! The imperial mode saves time and money but engenders resentment among the peasants, a resentment that sometimes erupts into revolutions and guillotines.
Consultative mode: The bishop makes no decision without engaging in a process - a process that compels him to invite the opinions of every priest, plumber, paperhanger, domestic prelate, paperboy, pussycat and butter-and-egg man in the diocese until the matter under consideration has been examined every which way to the point of exhaustion. The consultative mode necessitates a plethora of meetings, lunches and stationery and is extremely boring but it is calculated to give the peasants a voice.

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Bishop Cullen's mode of governance is much more consultative than imperial! He does not act and has not been acting like an absolute monarch in this matter of the possible restructuring of the parishes of the Diocese of Allentown. Whatever happens when all is said and done, let no member of the diocese say that he was not invited to contribute his thoughts. Au contraire!
Therefore: It would not be wise, nor would it be fair, to start any kind of campaign for writing letters to the Bishop, telling him that he should not close a certain church because of "how much (that) church means" to the writer.
Rather than write to the Bishop, communicate with your pastor and / or with your parish's regional reps AND READ THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES!
In the case of St. Joseph Parish, the reps are Abe Barone and Patti Garland. In the case of St. Francis deSales Parish, the reps are Ellen King and Frank Boncore.
If we look at page 3
of today's (Saturday, 1 Dec) Pottsville Republican, we see an article with this headline:
2009 plan: 9 fewer priests in county
The article says: "…..the South Schuylkill priests serve 21,098 Catholics, according to diocesan statistics".
One of the regions (Region #1) of South Schuylkill is the area currently served by six parishes, viz. St. Ambrose, St. Patrick, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph, Mary Queen of Peace and St. Francis deSales. Seven priests are assigned to these six parishes. Currently, these seven are: Fr. Stone; Fr. Ha; Msgr. O'Connor; Fr. Medve; Fr. Loeper; Fr. Bambrick; Fr. Connolly.
However, based on a ratio of one priest to approximately 2,400 laypersons, it seems that the diocese is really able to "afford" only five priests to this region. So, that will mean five priests for six parishes! But how can this be? Some parishes are so large that they need at least two priests (pastor and assistant). Moreover, it is not reasonable to have one priest serve two parishes indefinitely.
What conclusions can be drawn? Is it possible that some parishes will have to be consolidated with others? It is not unlikely. We need to do the math and, if reality does not please us, we must not blame the Bishop!

stjos/stfds: 12.02.2007 - 08

you've ever used a bathtub as a punch bowl;
you broke a toe when you dropped your belt buckle on it;
you've ever worn flip-flops to a funeral home;
you have visitation rights to a dog;
you can't remember where your lawn mower is;
you've ever flirted over a drive-thru window speaker
Eighth-grade parishioners attending Catholic, public or private elementary or middle school are invited to apply for a one-year $1,000 scholarship to attend one of the eight Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Allentown. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of: academic achievement; involvement in extracurricular activities; service to school, parish and community; pastor, principal and teacher recommendations.
Application forms are available at the parish office, school office or through the parish religious education program. Completed applications must be submitted to the student's school by 4 January 2008.



Tuesday, 04 December
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 06 December
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 07 November
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

stjos/stfds: 12.02.2007 - 09


I came across an article about the use of condoms in India. I found it interesting and thought others might like to know about it. What I learned from this article is that there are morally licit (lawful) uses for condoms! We live and learn!
You see, it's like this: For many years, there has been a concerted effort on the part of the
Forces of Darkness - together with Planned Parenthood, the Democratic Party, the Rockefeller Foundation and assorted other Enemies of the Human Race - to keep the non-white population of the world from propagating its kind overly much.
So, the
Forces of Darkness - together with Planned Parenthood, the Democratic Party, the Rockefeller Foundation and assorted other Enemies of the Human Race - are always wanting to send condoms over to India. They send them to other places too, but mostly, it seems, to India.
That's probably because there is a heavy concentration of Indians living in India, and Indians tend to have darker skin than most Norwegians.
About 1.5 billion condoms have been sent to India by various agencies. Of these 1.5 billion, it is estimated that 891 million are intended for distribution without charge. Most of these 891 million condoms have been used by road contractors, who have found that, when they mix condoms with concrete and tar, they come up with a much smoother road surface than if they had used only concrete and tar.
Here are some other ways Indians use condoms:
(a) melted down for latex and made into toys; (b) dyed and sold as balloons; (c) used as water containers by villagers; (d) used by soldiers as gun-barrel covers to protect against dust; (e) used to provide extra waterproofing for houses.
We should point out, lest anyone be in doubt, that all of these ways of using condoms are in conformity with the moral law of God. The Catholic Church has no problem with these ways of using condoms.

stjos/stfds: 12.02.2007 - 10

by William Vaca Bovine, PhD
As Catholics, we are interested in fostering economic justice in the world. This requires, as a minimum, an elementary knowledge of Economics. Economics, the dreary science, is not an easy subject to master. But, to whet your appetite, we run by you the following information. Compacted into the space of two bulletin pages is at least three-college-credits worth of Economics. We call it The Two-Cow Theory of Economics. We are indebted to Mary Rose Burns for bringing it to our attention.
You have two cows. Your neighbor has no cows. You keep one cow and give one to your neighbor.
You have two cows. Your neighbor has no cows. The government takes one of your cows and gives it to your neighbor.
You have two cows. Your neighbor has no cows. You say, "So what?"
You have two cows. Your neighbor has no cows. You feel guilty. You vote politicians into office who impose a cow tax. This obliges you to sell one cow so as to be able to pay the tax on the other cow. The people you voted into office then use that tax money to buy a cow to give to your neighbor. Now he can pay the cow tax too!
You have two cows. Comrade Neighbor has no cows. Glorious Leader confiscates both of your cows and gives them to People's Commune. After you are released from Re-education Camp, Glorious Leader gives you and Comrade Neighbor a weekly allowance of free milk. You are grateful to Glorious Leader and sing his praises: (a) for the free milk and (b) for not having you shot.
You have two cows. Your neighbor has no cows. The government seizes both of your cows and sells you the milk. You join the Underground to get revenge. You learn how to poison the milk and how to make bombs to blow up the cows and the government.
You have two cows. Your government finds out that some people in other countries have no cows. The government taxes you to the point where you have to sell both of your cows, so that the government can send free milk to the people in other countries.
You have two cows. Your neighbor has no cows. You sell one of the cows and, with the money, buy a bull. Now you start up a herd of cows. Now you have plenty of milk, which you sell to your neighbor at the market price.

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You have two cows. The government buys them both from you at a price too good to turn down. In order to keep up the market price of milk, the government shoots one of the cows and milks the other. Then it pours this milk down the drain.
You have two cows. You sell one and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.
You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.
You have two cows. You redesign your cows so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times as much milk.
You have two cows. You re-engineer them so that they live for 100 years, eat once a month and milk themselves.
You have two cows but you don't know where they are. You break for lunch.
You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have twelve cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.
You think you have two cows, but you don't know what a cow looks like. You take a siesta.
You have 5,000 cows, none of which belongs to you. You charge others for storage.
You have two cows. You enter into a partnership with an American corporation. Soon you have 1,000 cows and the American corporation declares bankruptcy.
You have two cows. You worship them.
You have two cows. You turn them loose in the Afghan countryside and they both die. You blame the godless American infidels

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Mass Schedule

Friday, 7 Dec
4:30 p.m. - StJos
6:00 p.m. - StFdS


Saturday, 8 Dec
7:45 a.m. - StJos
9:15 a.m. - StFdS
10:45 a.m. - StJos
12:15 p.m. - StFdS

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is a Holyday of
Obligation, despite the fact that it falls on a Saturday this year (2007). Anyone who tells you otherwise is misinformed and must be dealt with firmly.
Every Catholic is obliged to attend Mass on the day itself (Saturday, 8 Dec) or on the vigil (Friday, 7 Dec).
Attending Mass on
Saturday evening - e.g. at 4:30 p.m. at StJos or at 6:00 p.m. at StFdS - does not fulfill the Holyday obligation. These two Masses are Sunday vigil Masses, not Holyday Masses.
Our two parishes are providing a full schedule of Masses for the Holyday. As you see, the schedule is identical to the weekend schedule.
We recognize that observing a Holyday of Obligation on a Saturday entails a certain amount of inconvenience. Human flesh, even baptized human flesh - i.e. redeemed but not yet risen - rebels against inconvenience or, at least, murmurs against it. Please notify your flesh that you will have none of its nonsense, but that you will place it in a pew for Mass this coming Friday or Saturday.
As a concession to the flesh - that of the priests as well as that of the layfolk - we shall take pains to see to it that the Holyday Masses this year are not unduly prolonged. We know that you have to get to Wal-Mart.

stjos/stfds: 12.02.2007 - 13


Saturday, 01 December
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMENICA ["Mamie"] DeMATTEO LaSELVA
by the Rinaldo family

Sunday, 02 December
First Sunday of Advent
9:15 a.m. - God's Blessings on
by her sister, Carolyn
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his brother, Vincent, and his sister, Anne

Monday, 03 December
St. Francis Xavier, priest (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - Ad metanoiam:
by their daughter, Lisa

Wednesday, 05 December
Advent Weekday
10:00 a.m. - EDWARD J. MADY
by his wife, Loretta, and family

Friday, 07 December
Vigil of Immaculate Conception
6:00 p.m. - FRANCIS D. TUCCI
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Saturday, 08 December
Immaculate Conception of the BVM (Sol)
9:15 a.m. - Rev. JOHN L. ONDIC
by EBC
12:15 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
by EBC
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMENICA ["Mamie"] DeMATTEO LaSELVA
by Tony and Gayle Sleva

Sunday, 09 December
Second Sunday of Advent
9:15 a.m. - FRED YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag

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