01 / 02 DECEMBER
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
Tuesday, 11 December
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
|THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 09 - 15 Dec, in loving memory of Frank A. LaPlaca, at the request of his wife, Victoria.|
|On February 10, 2008 a special diocesan event will be held, Catholic Charities Gala to Honor the 10th Anniversary of Most Reverend Bishop Edward P. Cullen, D.D. A Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at the Cathedral, followed by a dinner at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Fogelsville. All the faithful throughout the diocese are invited to participate in the celebration of the Bishop's anniversary and to support Catholic Charities in fulfilling its mission to provide compassionate human services to the poor and vulnerable of our diocese. To receive an invitation, become a sponsor or place a patron or business advertisement in the program, please contact Lynne Shampain by December 21 at Catholic Charities 610-791-3888 x310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.|
None, as far as we know.
David A. Cooper
Barbara Rehnert Kull
Clyde V. Neifert Jr.
Christopher P. Shevlin
Annette Doyne Kline
Brandon J. Macaluso
Ryan E. Fessler
Ronald J. Carestia Sr.
Brenda B. Mennig
Joseph T. Cescon
Noah D. George
Anna Arnt Tice
David A. Hauptly Jr.
Joseph M. Mazzuca
Mary Morris Nolley
Jaime L. O'Donnell
Jennifer L. Cory / 11th grade / Minersville / First Honors
Christian S. Modesto / 9th grade / Nativity / Distinguished Honors
Brittany R. Cory / 5th grade / Minersville / Distinguished Honors
Numbered among the AMERICAN FOOTBALL
CONFERENCE ALL-STAR PICKS is David
J. Chiplonia. He was chosen for Offensive Tight End (2nd Team)
and was one of two choices for Defensive End (2nd Team).
David is the eldest son of Julian and Nora (Mooney) Chiplonia. He is a senior at Nativity BVM High School and an altar boy at St. Joseph Parish.
PLEASE BE AWARE that the film The Golden Compass, which opened on
7 December, is a film based on a book that was written by Philip
If anyone wants a copy of this critique, you
can download it yourself or else ask Fr. Connolly (or one of
the parish secretaries) to give you a copy.
If a person is in the state of mortal sin and, being fully aware that he is in the state of mortal sin, nonetheless makes the free decision to go forward to receive Holy Communion, that person has committed a terrible act of sacrilege - a sin so serious that it would be no exaggeration to refer to it as assault and battery on the Body of Christ.
I want everyone to know that - every once in a while - I have found myself in the position of giving Holy Communion to some persons who, I strongly suspect, ought not to have presented themselves for Communion.
What can I (or any priest or deacon or extraordinary minister) be expected to do in such a case?
There is nothing I can do. In order for me to decline to give someone Holy Communion, I need to have something akin to sure and certain knowledge of that person's spiritual state. "Sure and certain knowledge" is hard to come by. In addition to this, even if I were to have "sure and certain knowledge", I am aware of my pastoral responsibility not to do anything that would bring public shame on anyone.
Therefore, I have to admit that I have, on occasion, given Holy Communion to some persons who - I am almost certain - were making me a hapless party to their acts of sacrilege. My only reaction, after giving these persons Communion, is to make a silent apology to the Lord for my role in the whole sorry transaction.
[Please spare me any rhetoric about being judgmental! The rhetoric of intimidation doesn't cut it with me.]
Bottom line: If you are sexually involved with anyone to whom you are not validly married or if you use artificial contraception or if you have had an abortion and have not confessed it in Confession or if you have knowingly and deliberately missed Mass on Sundays or holydays of obligation and have not confessed it in Confession or if you are currently in a state of active hostility towards some person, such that you refuse even to say "hello" to that person, do not come forward to receive Holy Communion, lest you incur the anger of the Lord for violating His Sacred Body.
Dear Answer Priest:
Dear Always Wanted to Know:
In 983, a man named Peter
was elected. He thought it would be inappropriate or disrespectful
to be known as "Pope Peter", because he thought that
name should be retired in deference to the first Pope. Therefore,
he took the name John. So, Pope John XIV was the fourth Pope
to change his name. This was also the start of a tradition for
Popes not to name themselves "Peter".
The Answer Priest
THE MARRIAGE COUNSELOR'S CORNER
A Redneck's Love Song
Collards is green,
my dog's name is Blue
and I'm so lucky
to have a sweet thang like you.
Yor hair is like cornsilk
a-flappin' in the breeze,
softer than Blue's
and without all them fleas.
You move like the bass,
which excite me in May.
You ain't got no scales
but I luv ya anyway.
jist a-fry'n in the pan.
Yor as fragrant as snuff
right out of the can.
Ya have some a yor teeth,
for which I am proud;
I hold my head high
when we're in a crowd.
On special occasions,
ya shave under yor arms,
and I'm in hawg heaven,
jest awed by yor charms.
they all wannna know,
what I did to deserve
such a purdy young doe.
yor there fer yor man,
to patch up life's troubles
and fix what you can.
Yor as cute as a junebug
You ain't mean like those fire ants
I found in my bed.
Cut from the best cloth,
like a plaid flannel shirt,
you spark up my life,
more'n a fresh load of dirt.
When you hold me real tight,
like a padded gunrack,
my life is complete;
ain't nuttin' I lack.
Yor complexion's perfection,
like the best vinyl sidin'.
Despite all the years,
yor age it keeps hidin'.
with a RC cold drank.
We go together
like a skunk goes with stank.
Some men, they buy choc'late
fer Valentine's Day.
They git it at Wal-Mart.
It's romanic that way.
Some men git roses
on that special day
from the cooler at Kroger.
"That's impressive," I say.
from a flea market booth.
"Diamonds are forever,"
they explain, suave and couth.
But for this man, honey,
these jest won't do,
'cause yor too special,
you sweet thang, you!
I got you a gift,
without taste nor odor,
more useful than diamonds.
It's a new troll'n motor!!
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
First of all, you walk in: SAINT JOSEPH PARISH HALL.
Come on the right day: SUNDAY, 9 DECEMBER 2007.
And at the right time: 11:30 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.
Step up to the table on your left and speak up clearly.
Tell the nice man at the table how many tickets you want.
Have your money ready: SIX DOLLARS FOR AN ADULT OR A TEENAGER AND THREE DOLLARS FOR A CHILD.
We define "child" as anyone who has not yet observed his 13th birthday, but is old enough to feed himself! So, if you bring in a baby or a toddler who is willing to eat from your platter, we won't charge you for him!
Then you sit down.
Then you wait (not very long at all) for someone to bring you a bowl of SALAD.
You may then commence eating.
Enjoy some BREAD and BUTTER with your SALAD.
Very soon thereafter, someone will come and place a steaming platter of SPAGHETTI and MEATBALLS in front of you.
Sprinkle some OREGANO and / or GRATED CHEESE and / or some SALT and PEPPER - whatever makes you happy.
And then ENJOY!
If you want an additional platter of SPAGHETTI, tell one of our courteous and efficient waitresses. She will be happy to bring you some more. NO CHARGE! Why no charge? Because we like you, that's why!
For a small extra charge, you can have some delicious homemade DESSERT and / or COFFEE.
Bring a friend!
Joanne Elizabeth Palko Bach
Brian and Louise Flaherty
Scott and Andrea Renninger
James Anthony Coyle
Ronald K. Werley
Boyle & Company, P.A., Certified Public Accountants
CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS
Eighth-grade parishioners attending Catholic, public or private 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 from the parish office or the school office.
Completed applications must be submitted to the student's school by 4 January 2008.
St. Joseph Parish is allowing use of its parish hall for this purpose.
under certain well-defined conditions.
call Dave Reimer at 691-6747.
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
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
12:15 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
10:00 a.m. - JAMES and JOSEPHINE HANLON
by Greg and Aleece
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Fst)
10:00 a.m. - JOSEPH WILLIAM LEONARD IV
by his parents, Joseph and Josephine
St. John of the Cross, priest, doctor (OblMem)
6:00 p.m. - DECEASED: HANLON and MADY FAMILIES
by Greg and Aleece
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - ELIZABETH DERAMO YACOBACCI
by her sister, Mary Deramo Measel
Third Sunday of Advent
9:15 a.m. - DICK YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag
12:15 p.m. - God's Blessings and Health on JOSEPH T. CESCON