MASS SCHEDULE: 23 - 30 DECEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 22 December
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - LENA TRANQUILLO PICCIONI
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

Monday, 24 December
Late Advent Weekday
12:05 p.m. - RONI J. KEVY
by Roberta
Vigil of Christmas
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by his wife, Mary, and family

Tuesday, 25 December
Christmas: The Nativity of the Lord (Sol)
12:00 a.m. - ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by her husband, Jack
7:45 a.m. - ANDREA HOFFMAN
by Andy and Clare Alfonsi
10:45 a.m. - ARCHIE STELLA, JOHANNA BUTERA DiCELLO BERTOLINI and ANTOINETTE BERTOLINI PAPADA
by Angela DiCello Stella

 

 

Wednesday, 26 December
St. Stephen, deacon, protomartyr (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - JOANNE PALKO BACH
by her mother, Carmella

Thursday, 27 December
St. John, evangelist (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - GERALD MEGNA
by his sister, Josephine Megna Messina
7:00 p.m. - LOIS TROILO GARGANO and LOUISE TROILO ALATI
by (Lois's) daughter, Regina, and her grandchildren, Jordan and Angela

Friday, 28 December
Holy Innocents, martyrs (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - RYAN A. WALTERS
by his family

Saturday, 29 December
St. Thomas Becket, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
8:00 a.m. - ANDREW J. LUCAS
by Michael and Catherine
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - DOLORES HARMAN HUBER
by her sister, Mary Harman Luppino

Sunday, 30 December
Holy Family Sunday
7:45 a.m. - HELEN LILLEY
by Harry and Rosa
10:45 a.m. - JOHN J. D'ALFONSO Sr. (37th anniversary)
by his family

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
15 / 16 DECEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,070.00
from the envelopes and $63.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,133.00 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 $378.15 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$130.00
from the envelopes and $81.35 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $211.35 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 ($83.68) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a defecit!

 

RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       15 Dec

#585
Darla F won $100.00
Sun      16 Dec

#812
F & M won $150.00
Mon     17 Dec

#649
Betty S won the $50.00
Tues     18 Dec

#359
Cheryl C won the $50.00
Wed     19 Dec

#512
Joan A won $50.00
Thurs   20 Dec

#744
Joe L won $50.00
Fri        21 Dec

#666
Shirley B won the $50.00
                                                                            

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 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


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

Monday, 24 December
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 28 December
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 23 - 29 Dec, in loving memory of Anthony J. Luppino, at the request of his wife, Mary, and family.
THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 23 - 29 Dec, in loving memory of Stephen Chalinsky, at the request of his family.
NO BIBLE STUDY on Tuesday, 25 December. You probably guessed as much.
NO 10:00 a.m. MASS at StFdS on Monday, 24 Dec or on Friday, 28 Dec.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

24 December
Jamie L. Cavanaugh

25 December
Mary L. Chipriano

26 December
None, as far as we know.

27 December
Braden Verhagen

28 December
Grace Luppino Joy *
Mary Jane Butera Reed

29 December
Amanda C. Brahler
Elizabeth Anne Cerullo
Nicole M. Edwards Ervolino
Jacob G. Gerace
Raymond E. Hall
Victoria E. Modesto
Frances DeMatteo Weiss

30 December
None, as far as we know.

 

* Mrs. Joy is a member of the exclusive Society of Saint Joseph Parish Nonagenarians. God willing, she will observe her 91st BD this Friday - on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. May God bless her and keep her in His Love. She is the widow of John S. Joy Sr. and the mother of John S. Joy Jr. and David G. Joy.
We have only one Saint Joseph Parish afghan / throw left to sell! When it's gone, they're gone! Maybe you are looking for a last-minute Christmas present. Maybe you would just like to have one for yourself. It could be a great conversation piece in years to come! Only forty dollars ($40.00)! It belongs to the first person who comes to the Rectory and purchases it.

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THE ARK HOUSE is in need of the following items:
Apples
Oranges
Single-packs of cereal
Packages (six to a pack) of peanut-butter crackers and / or cheese and crackers
These are distributed to homeless persons who utilize the various ARK HOUSE shelters in Pottsville. ARK HOUSE provides sleeping accommodations for people, so as to keep them from freezing in the winter weather.
You can drop these items off at St. Joseph Rectory.
SAINT JOSEPH PARISHIONER Christine J. Chiplonia is a temporary guest at Manor Care Nursing Home. Her mother, Mary, wants us all to know.
MASS AT NURSING HOME
The monthly Mass at the Schuylkill Center Nursing Home (located behind Good Samaritan Hospital) will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, 28 December.
We are always happy when we see parishioners (and others) show up at the Mass. It is good for us to lend our support to the residents of the nursing home as we worship God in brotherly and sisterly union.
ADVICE TO THOSE WHO ARE INCLINED TO ACT MELANCHOLIC, EVEN DEPRESSED, AT CHRISTMAS TIME because they miss certain family members and friends who have died: Make up your mind that you won't get melancholy, let alone depressed. There is absolutely no point to it. It doesn't do you any good, nor does it do your family and friends any good and, by golly, it sure doesn't do your deceased family members or friends any good. You can control it. You have to want to control it. Remember that we all die, sooner or later and, if we play our cards right, we're going to be one heck of a lot better off after than before. So, just stop it right now! And we thank you for your support!

stjos/stfds: 12.23.2007 - 05



JAMIE LYNN SPEARS IS PREGNANT
Is it a Bad Thing that she is pregnant?
Apparently, some people think it is a Bad Thing that she is pregnant.
That's why we pose the question.
Is it a Bad Thing?
Well, in pursuit of an answer to that question, let us analyze the situation.
If Jamie Lynn is pregnant - you will forgive me for belaboring the obvious - it is reasonable to infer that she engaged in sexual intercourse with a man.
This inference is supported by reliable reports that a 19-year-old young man named Casey Aldridge, who is referred to as Jamie Lynn's "boyfriend", is the father of the unborn child.
No one has stepped forward to deny this inference.
On the contrary, some persons close to the parties have stepped forward to confirm it.
So, let us presume for the sake of this article in our parish bulletin that it is true.
Okay, now where are we?
Oh, yes. I remember. We were analyzing the contention some people have made that it is a Bad Thing that Jamie Lynn is pregnant.
Well, it seems to me that, inasmuch as the conception of children is, by far, the point and purpose of sexual intercourse, then it seems to me that Jamie's Lynn's pregnancy is not a Bad Thing. On the contrary, it is a Good Thing.
Why do I say this?
I say this for the simple reason that God designed the interaction known as sexual intercourse in order that He might engage human beings in the marvelous work of producing new human beings.
God prefers not to drop fully-formed human babies onto lily pads.
Whether He ever actually considered the lily-pad option, I don't know for sure, but I doubt it very much.
Now, in regard to sexual intercourse, we know that, even under the most honest of circumstances, new human beings do not always come about as a result.
But, when a new human being does come about as a result, we say, "Hip, hip hooray!"
If we are persons of faith, we say, "Praise the Lord!"

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We do so because human beings are great and wonderful and beautiful and good.
So, we deduce and we are confident that Jamie Lynn's baby is great and wonderful and beautiful and good.
And we ask God to bless the child and to bring him or her safely to birth - and to the New Birth.
But we still have to figure out why some people think it is a Bad Thing that Jamie Lynn is pregnant.
Some people say that a girl who is only 16 years old should not allow herself to get pregnant.
People who say this might have a legitimate point.
Let us analyze what their point might be.
However, before we do any more analyzing, we had better be clear about the fact that God has so designed the human body that, in almost all cases - at least I think so - by the time a girl is 16 years old, she is physically capable of conception and childbearing.
Therefore, we had better be very, very, very careful before we make any bald assertions that 16-year-old girls should never allow themselves to be pregnant.
We don't want to imply any criticism of the Creator, as if He didn't know what He was doing!
[This might be an appropriate time to reflect on the fact that, when God the Most High took flesh in the womb of Mary, that the Virgin Mother was about 16 years old, give or take. So, we tread on dangerous territory when we issue non-nuanced prohibitions against teenage girls getting pregnant!]
Well, let's get back to those persons who say that a 16-year-old girl should not allow herself to get pregnant.
If they are saying that 16-year-old girls who are not married should not allow themselves to get pregnant, then we would be inclined to agree with them - at least on that very basic and fundamental assertion, although we would broaden the prohibition to include unmarried girls and women of all ages.
We Catholics believe that pregnancy and childbearing should be within the context of marriage and that marriage is one man and one woman - exclusively and until death do them part, etc.

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However, some of those persons who say that 16-year-old girls should not allow themselves to get pregnant are not bringing marriage into the equation at all.
They are saying that there is nothing wrong with a 16-year-old girl being "sexually active" as long as that sexually active 16-year-old girl is "on the pill" and requires her partner to use condoms.
And that is why some people think it is a Bad Thing that Jamie Lynn is pregnant!
Do you see what we're saying here?
Some people think that it was okay for Jamie Lynn and her boyfriend to have intercourse but that it was a Bad Thing for them not to practice contraception or, as they like to say, "to practice safe sex".
On the contrary, we Catholics say that, while it was a Bad Thing for Jamie Lynn and Casey to have intercourse (inasmuch as they are not married), we give them credit for not violating the Natural Law, i.e. the law against artificial contraception, aka onanism, aka sodomy.
Given the fact that Jamie Lynn and Casey went and had intercourse anyway, we say that it was a Good Thing that they did not practice contraception and it is a Good Thing that Jamie Lynn is pregnant.
So, is it a Good Thing or a Bad Thing that Jamie Lynn is pregnant?
Here is the answer: It is a Good Thing that she is pregnant.
But is it a Good Thing or a Bad Thing that Jamie Lynn and Casey had intercourse outside of marriage?
The answer is that it is a Bad Thing.
However, if they have the fundamental psychological capacity for permanent and exclusive marriage, then I hope that they will marry one another.
Sooner would be better than later.
Marriage would be a Good Thing because it would provide security for Jamie Lynn and the baby and it would provide a context within which Casey could become a Man.
While on the subject of becoming a Man, one might want to note the following: It is a Good Thing for a 19-year-old lad to be a Man, as opposed to being a Boy Who is a Legal Adult.
A Boy Who is a Legal Adult has sexual intercourse with girls and women to whom he is not married.

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A Man does not have sexual intercourse with girls and women to whom he is not married.
A Man does one of two things: (a) He has intercourse exclusively with his Wife or (b), not having a Wife, he refrains entirely from intercourse.
To be A Boy Who is Not a Legal Adult is a Wonderful Thing and a Necessary Thing.
It takes up the first eighteen years of one's life if one is a male.
Boyhood ought to be followed up immediately by the permanent state known as Being a Man.
It ought not be followed by any kind of intermediary state known as Boy Who is a Legal Adult, about which we have already spoken.
There needs to be a time limit on being a Boy. It is a Necessary Thing and a Good Thing to be a Boy, but not beyond the age of eighteen.

So, now let us summarize:
#1 - Having sexual intercourse with someone to whom one is not married is wrong and bad and sinful and inconsiderate. It is called fornication.
#2 - However, if one does insist on committing fornication, one must not turn a bad action into an action that is downright filthy and rotten and unnatural by using artificial contraception, whether that be condoms or anovulant pills or both. One must, as a bare minimum, allow the act to move towards its natural fulfillment. If that be a baby, so be it! Welcome him or her into the world and do the Best You Can Do by him or her. (It is possible that the Best You Can Do is give the baby up for adoption.)
#3 - A teenage boy who is madly in love with his girlfriend and who cannot be prevented from seeking her out for consensual intercourse should - depending on circumstances - be asked (told) to marry the girl pronto or else be shipped out to sea and apprenticed to a crew of pirates - one or the other, as he wishes.

May God bless Jamie Lynn and Casey and help them to Do the Right Thing and may God bless the baby.

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REPORT ON CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER
St. Joseph Parish sold 650 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 38 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 688.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $3,440.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$1,950.00 in prizes;
$70.00 in printing;
$37.62 in postage.
Total deductions: $2,057.62.
Net revenue: $1,382.38.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (94.5%) earned $1,306.03.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5.5%) earned $76.35.
THANK YOU!

DID YOU KNOW THAT LOTTERY CALENDARS MAKE EXCELLENT CHRISTMAS GIFTS? Well, if you did not know that, now you do know. A lottery calendar is the gift that keeps on giving, to coin a phrase! Stop by the Rectory to buy a few.

Q: How would you use the word "benign" in a sentence?
A: Benign is what you be after you be eight.

 WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:


In memory of
James A. Coyle

Stephen Ferns and Lori Cipparone
M/M Gerald Hardvall

In memory of
Joanne Palko Bach

Stevie and Stephanie Garland

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THE SEVEN "O" ANTIPHONS

O Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence!
O Adonai, and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who didst appear unto Moses in the burning bush, and gavest him the law in Sinai, come to redeem us with an outstretched arm!
O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at Whom the kings shall shut their mouths, Whom the Gentiles shall seek, come to deliver us, do not tarry.
O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth, come to liberate the prisoner from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death.
O Dayspring, Brightness of the everlasting light, Son of justice, come to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death!
O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof! O Corner-stone, that makest of two one, come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of the earth!
O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!

I recommend that these titles and invocations of the Lord Jesus be read prayerfully and meditatively between now and Christmas or during the days after Christmas.

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THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY ABOLISHES THE DEATH PENALTY!
This past Monday, 17 December, the State Assembly and the State Senate having voted in favor of abolition of capital punishment, Governor Corzine signed the bill. There will be no more capital punishment in the State of New Jersey.
For this we give thanks to God.
According to the polls, the people of New Jersey favor capital punishment by a margin of 53% to 39%.
Therefore, it took some courage on the part of at least some of the legislators to vote against the popular will.
One of the great ironies of life is this: It is considered "politically liberal" to approve abortion but to oppose capital punishment, while it is considered "politically conservative" to approve capital punishment but to oppose abortion.
But a true Catholic marches to the drumbeat of neither the political liberals nor the political conservatives. Rather, a good Catholic marches to the drumbeat of the Church.

A true Catholic opposes abortion.
A true Catholic opposes capital punishment.
Here is the principle to which we subscribe:

Every human life is sacred. The direct and intentional killing of any human person is grievously immoral, except for legitimate self defense and then only as a last resort.

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CHRISTMAS
A holyday of Obligation

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

*Q - What time is the Midnight Mass?
A - The Midnight Mass will commence at twelve o'clock midnight - whence, you see, it has come to be known as "the Midnight Mass".
One can know that it is twelve o'clock midnight when one looks outdoors and sees that it is dark (Sun not visible in sky) and then looks at an analogue clock and notes that the hour hand and the minute hand have overlapped and are pointing straight upwards.

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 MASS SCHEDULE: 23 - 30 DECEMBER
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 22 December
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMINIC J. D'ALESSANDRO Jr.
by his parents

Sunday, 23 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:15 a.m. - MIKE and CATHERINE DOMBROWNY
by their daughter, Nancy
12:15 p.m. - CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Monday, 24 December
Vigil of Christmas
6:00 p.m. - BARBARA SWANTNER CESCON
by her husband, Joseph, and children

Tuesday, 25 December
Christmas: The Nativity of the Lord
9:15 a.m. - PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their son-in-law, Jack
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM J. McGOVERN Jr.
by bequest

Wednesday, 26 December
St. Stephen, deacon, protomartyr (Fst)
10:00 a.m. - MARY LaSCALA TROILO, LOIS TROILO GARGANO
and LOUISE TROILO ALATI
by their daughters / sisters, Tina and Liz

Saturday, 29 December
Vigil of Holy Family
6:00 p.m. - God's Blessings on the WHITNEY FAMILY
by Sandy

Sunday, 30 December
Holy Family
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. MORAN
by his great-grandchildren
12:15 p.m. - ANGELINE and GERALDINE FOLINO
by their family

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