Saturday, 15 December
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - MIM and BETTY
by Phyllis C. Kevy and Roni J. Kevy (+)

Sunday, 16 December
Third Sunday of Advent
7:45 a.m. - JOHN KLEMA
by Andy and Clare Alfonsi
10:45 a.m. - AGNES OWENS (anniversary of birth) by her daughter, Kitty Owens DiCello

Monday, 17 December
Late Advent Weekday
by her daughter, Joanne

Tuesday, 18 December
Late Advent Weekday
by Carmella Evolo Palko
7:00 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by William Sophy and family

Wednesday, 19 December
Late Advent Weekday
by Carmella Evolo Palko

Thursday, 20 December
Late Advent Weekday
12:05 p.m. - LEO M. PLUSWICK (anniversary of birth) by his wife, Rose Marie
7:00 p.m. - RONI J. KEVY
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper and family

Friday, 21 December
St. Peter Canisius, priest, doctor (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANTONIO and ROSE CHIODO
by Mary and John

Saturday, 22 December
Late Advent Weekday
8:00 a.m. - God's Blessings on the WHITNEY FAMILY
by Richard and Providenza Masi
Vigil of Sunday
by Sophie Dobrosielski D'Alfonso

Sunday, 23 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
7:45 a.m. - CHARLES F. KUTCH
by his family
10:45 a.m. - ALBERT J. LAPLACA
by his wife, Julia, and family


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08 / 09 DECEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $151.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,994.00 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 $482.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $64.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $174.00 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 ($121.03) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a defecit!


Sat       08 Dec

Shirley B won $100.00
Sun      09 Dec

Bernadette won $150.00
Mon     10 Dec

Nobody won the $50.00
Tues     11 Dec

Gus S won the $50.00
Wed     12 Dec

Dan D won $50.00
Thurs   13 Dec

Phylis K won $50.00
Fri        14 Dec

Nobody won the $50.00

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Tuesday, 18 December
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Wednesday, 19 December
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 21 December
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Sunday, 23 December
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

 Then cleansed be every heart from sin;
Make straight the way for God within;
Prepare we in our hearts a home,

Where such a mighty Guest may come.
For God's sake, don't lay that precious Baby down on that dirty hay!
Get rid of it and lay down some clean, sweet-smelling hay! Go to confession!

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17 December
None, as far as we know.

18 December
Joseph J. Rodgers

19 December
Mary Clare McGovern Alfonsi
Angela M. Cairns
Chrystyn L. Hauptly
Casimir Malys
Joseph J. Smith
Joseph M. B. Whitney



20 December
Linda M. Ferraro
Susan Yalsovec Kirby

21 December
Mary Bernotas Ayello
Antonio P. Chillemi
Cherie A. Dunkel

22 December
Shannon M. Daniels
Erika M. Hoke
John J. Miller Jr.

23 December
Debra Swartz Witmer

CRIMES ARE BEING COMMITTED ALL THE TIME, but some crimes catch our attention more than others. One such is the strong-arm robbery of Pat Murphy's jewelry store on Market Street this past week. On the one hand, we are grateful when we consider what could have been. Thank God there were no serious injuries to anyone. On the other hand, we are troubled and angry to know that such evil walks the streets of Pottsville. This morning (Saturday), we saw on the front page of the newspaper the surveillance-camera photo of the three (as yet unidentified) cowards who committed the robbery. Looking at it, I prayed that, very soon, they would be identified, apprehended and brought to justice. I put my hand on the photo and said a "Memorare" - "Remember gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, etc."
I do not wish these three criminals a Merry Christmas or a Happy New Year - at least not this Christmas, nor this New Year. However, because I don't hate anyone, I do hope that the three of them will enjoy a good meal on Christmas Day: turkey and all the trimmings as served up by the chef at the Schuylkill County Prison!
Point to be made: I recommend that we all make a practice of including law-enforcement officers in our prayers. The war against crime is part of God's work. A good cop is an agent of a just God.

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WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of
A. Coyle
M/M Nicholas Mistishin
Fred and Josephine Swantner
Herbert and Elva Hausman
Peter and Mary Yoon
M/M Joseph Commarata
Stephanie J. Wagaman
Debbie Grimsley


Contemporary choir
Join us in celebrating the joyous birth of our Savior
at our special Christmas presentation
Date: Friday, 28 December
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: St. Stanislaus Kostka Church


The profit from the 9 December spaghetti supper came to $830.82.
Thank you!
Remember: This weekend (15 / 16 Dec) is one of only two weekends in the year when you are able to tell Fathers Drucker and Connolly how nice they look in pink!

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We shall re-print this schedule (in larger font) in next weekend's bulletin. However, if you want a preview of the Christmas Mass schedule, here it is:

Mass Schedule

Mon 24 Dec
4:30 p.m. - StJos
6:00 p.m. - StFdS

Tues 25 Dec
12:00 mid - StJos
7:45 a.m. - StJos
9:15 a.m. - StFdS
10:45 a.m. - StJos
12:15 p.m. - StFdS

Evan J. Getzey / 7th grade / Blue Mountain
[This is two in a row on the Honor Roll for Evan! We're rooting for three in a row. Can he do it? Can he keep up the pace? Time will tell! We'll let you know!]
DRIVING BY THE POTTSVILLE POST OFFICE on North Centre Street, one sees the holiday art work of some of the members of the Sketch Club of Pottsville Area High School.
I would like to thank Beth Pillus, the moderator of the Sketch Club, and the student artists who decorated the windows, for helping to bring Christmas to downtown Pottsville.
What caught my eye in particular was the picture of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Nicely done!
I am grateful - and so are a few thousand other persons - to the student(s) who were responsible for acknowledging that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus.
Thanks also to Postmaster Ron Mercuri and to all who work at the Post Office for making their windows available for these annual displays.

stjos/stfds: 12.16.2007 - 06


One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, "Whence comest thou?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through Mount Carbon and going back and forth in it." Then the LORD said unto Satan, "Hast thou considered my servant Edward, the priest of Mount Carbon? Of all the priests currently stationed in Mount Carbon, there is none finer than he!"
"Hah!" said Satan unto the Lord. "Impressed am I not! Thou gavest him a piece of cake when thou gavest him the care of Mount Carbon! But stretch out thy hand and strike what he hath, and he will surely curse thee to thy face." The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, the plumbing system and the heating system of St. Francis deSales Church I place in thy wretched hands, but on the priest Edward himself see that thou layest not a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

Well, I'll tell you the rest of the story in the first person: On Saturday, 8 December, as I arrived for the 6:00 p.m. vigil Mass, Mr. Boncore told me that there was the odor of gas in the church. Entering the church with my nose leading the way, I said to Mr. Boncore, "By jingo, Mr. Boncore, I think you are correct! I do smell gas!" So, we called the PP&L man and he came, and Mr. B. and he went down into the basement and determined that the gas furnace had sprung a leak and that the gas had to be turned off at the source.
Meanwhile, I needed to make an executive decision as to whether or not to celebrate Mass under the current conditions - i.e. gas turned off but gas smell still in church, plus furnace turned off and no new heat coming up but still some residual heat in church. I opted to trust in God and offer the Mass. I figured that the 6:00 p.m. Mass congregation is made up of good pious Catholics who live in habitual grace and could take the risk of being blown to kingdom come, because they would - I'm almost certain - go right to heaven, and I along with them, I hope. So, that's what we did.

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However, I decided that we ought not have Mass the next day (Sunday) in St. Francis deSales Church, not because of danger of being blown up but because of danger of being frozen in place.
So, the talented Mr. Boncore made up a sign and attached it to the front door of the church, informing our Sunday Mass people that all Masses would be held the next day in St. Joseph Church.
Meanwhile, I called the plumbing / heating man and he went to the basement to check out the gas furnace. He said it could be fixed but not right away. He also told me that - by the way - there was water in the basement from a pipe that had broken. I asked him if the broken pipe was a consequence of the broken furnace. He said that there was no connection between the two events, that it was just a coincidence of timing, that they were discrete events! He said that I should call the Municipal Authority and have them shut off the water. So, I did. And so they did! So that meant we now had neither heat nor water in St. Francis deSales Church. So, I called the plumber and said that we need to get the pipe fixed and he said "okay" but we're going to have to dig up your pavement and I said, "Do what you have to do" and he said, "okay". And that's how I spent last Saturday night after the 6:00 p.m. Mass.
I am happy to tell you that, by Tuesday, 11 December, we had heat and by Friday, 14 December, we had water. All's well that ends well.

Now there are two things I want to say:
#1 - To Satan's disappointment, I have not lost faith in God, much less, God forbid, done any cursing either at God or at anyone else, and I hope God is proud of me.
#2 - On the other hand, I am looking for money to pay the bills - the bills for getting heat and water back to St. Francis deSales Church. I haven't gotten them yet, but I expect that this is going to cost us somewhere around half a million dollars, give or take some change.

stjos/stfds: 12.16.2007 - 08


Recently I read in the Allentown Morning Call about a controversy over a book in the children's section of the Lower Macungie Library. (Lower Macungie is in Lehigh County, near Allentown.) A woman found out that there was a "gay-friendly" book entitled "King & King" in the children's stacks. She tried to have it removed, but did not succeed. This prompted a spate of "letters to the editor" in the Morning Call, all of which, except for one, supported the decision to keep the book available for the kiddies of Lower Macungie. The letters were full of self-righteous indignation that anyone would want to deprive the public of this literary work. We need to respect diversity, after all!
Wanting to keep abreast of what's happening in the literary world, I acquired a copy of the book. I figured it would make a good conversation starter and an excellent awareness raiser. I left the book in the parish office. Any adult who wants to take a look at it is welcome to do so. Just ask the secretary. It will take you about three minutes to read it - five, if you are a slow reader.
A synopsis of the book is easy to give: Once upon a time there was a Queen who had a son who was, of course, a Prince, and the Heir Apparent to the throne. The Queen wanted to retire and hand things over to her son, but not until he would get married. The Prince had resisted getting married. He said that he didn't care for any princesses. But his mother, who was not the kind of queen to take "no" for an answer, convened a collection of princesses from the far corners of the world, to see which of them the Prince would choose for a wife. Well, it so happened that none of them caught the Prince's attention. However, it did so happen that one of the princesses was accompanied by her brother, also a prince. Guess what? As soon as the two princes laid eyes on one another, there was fireworks, love at first sight! So, the two princes got married, the old queen retired, and the two princes became King & King and lived happily ever after! Now, isn't that special? Wouldn't that bring a tear to your eye?
But, seriously: Can you imagine someone reading that to your five or six or seven year old son? Talk about child molestation!
Dear people of St. Joseph Parish and St. Francis deSales Parish: Please be aware of the fact that the Kingdom of Darkness, which used to wait until your kids moved into adolescence before it started massaging their brains with twisted sex, has now opened up a pre-school program.
Be on guard. Your adversary goes about seeking whom he may devour. He can even be found in the children's reading rooms of some public libraries.
By the way, we checked with the Pottsville Public Library. They told us that they do not have
"King & King" and they said that ours was the third call they got about this.
Thank you, Pottsville Public Library!

stjos/stfds: 12.16.2007 - 09


Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q: How can you keep milk from turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.
Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are caused by an ongoing fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget whose side the Sun is on in this fight.
Q: Name a major disease associated with smoking cigarettes.
A: Death.
Q: What is a fibula?
A: A small lie.
Q: What are varicose veins?
A: Veins that are nearby, not far away.
Q: How would you use the word "benign" in a sentence?
A: Benign is what you be after you be eight.

stjos/stfds: 12.16.2007 - 10

As we have been doing for many years, St. Joseph Parish and St. Francis deSales Parish will be sponsoring a bus to DC for the March for Life.
Sign up NOW for the bus. Call the Rectory.
We will let you know in a little while exactly what we will be charging. We charge only enough to cover the cost, which includes a METRO pass for each passenger.
We will do our best to give a special price to children, so as to encourage as many of them as possible to take part.
The purpose of the MARCH (as you almost certainly know) is simply this: To let the nation know and especially to let the politicians know that we will not rest until we have secured legal protection for unborn babies.

stjos/stfds: 12.16.2007 - 11

The little girl (note the scar in her scalp) is an Iraqi child who had been shot in the head by insurgents who had murdered her parents and several of her siblings.
The man holding her is Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt, superintendent of the 22nd Wing Medical Group, who, for a while, was deployed to Balad Air Base in Iraq.
The little girl will survive, thanks be to God and the doctors! However, during her post-operative time, she would cry and moan. Nurses said that, for a while, it seemed that John was the only one who succeeded in comforting her. For four successive nights, John slept in a chair, holding the little girl, so that she would sleep.
I'm putting this picture into the bulletin because I think it is good for us to see it.
Life is precious. Children are precious. Human beings are precious.

stjos/stfds: 12.16.2007 - 12


There is a teenage girl named MARY who is expecting a baby. She is a beautiful girl, recently overshadowed by the Holy Spirit.
Because she is poor, we are having a quiet baby shower for her. We have placed a cradle in the front of Saint Joseph Church. Please put "baby things" into the cradle: clothing, blankets, bottles - whatever it is that mothers need for their babies. Please fill it to overflowing! Mary is grateful and thanks you from the bottom of her heart.

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Saturday, 15 December
Vigil of Sunday
by her sister, Mary Deramo Measel

Sunday, 16 December
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
by Ed and Florence Kane

Monday, 17 December
Late Advent Weekday
10:00 a.m. - Rev. PAUL L. BADER
by EBC

Wednesday, 19 December
Late Advent Weekday
10:00 a.m. - Rev. JOHN L. ONDIC
by EBC

Friday, 21 December
St. Peter Canisius, priest, doctor (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - Rev. PAUL L. BADER
by EBC

Saturday, 22 December
Vigil of Sunday
by his parents

Sunday, 23 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
by their daughter, Nancy
by Shirley Losch Recla

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