Sunday, 04 February
Monday, 05 February
Friday, 09 February
Sunday, 11 February
27 / 28 JANUARY
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
|THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 04 - 10 February, in loving memory of John J. Deramo, at the request of his wife, Angie, and family.|
THE BLESSING OF THROATS in
memory of Saint Blaise, will be offered after each of the Masses
bishop and martyr,
may the Lord deliver you
from ailments of the throat
and from every other evil.
In the Name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
If you are in a hurry and can't stay for the blessing, please leave your throat in the sacristy. The priest will bless it and you can pick it up at your convenience. Please remember to write your name on your throat, because they all look alike.
Peter J. Calabrese
Dominick W. ["Danny"] Doyne
Jason A. Laplaca
Craig A. Leymeister
Joann Tokonitz Mikos
Rose Papapietro Piccioni
Pasquale A. Pilo
Eugene E. Eccenrode
Derek L. James
Kristina M. Miller
David A. Kasper
Jeffrey J. Dunkel
Verna Minneci Maccarone
Amelia Quirin Marrazzo
Chelsea M. Arndt
Sophie Wasatonic Kantner *
Elizabeth Matz Kemmerling
Anthony J. Sedicino
Joshua M. Brahler
BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Last week we missed wishing Happy Birthday (1 Feb) to a little boy named Travis Lee Block Jr. Because this was his first birthday, we presume he is not yet an avid bulletin reader. So, please don't anyone tell him we omitted it. He might not understand that it wasn't on purpose and that "such things happen". We sure don't want the kid to feel bad.
BORN ON 10 FEB 1912, Sophie Kantner turns 95 today! We thank God for granting her many years and we respectfully recommend that He extend her lease indefinitely. Sophie lives now in Virginia. I spoke with her daughter recently. She said that her mother is doing very well and that she often thinks about her friends in the old neighborhood. God bless her!
ETHEL GASTIN is
a resident of the Schuylkill Center - the nursing home where
we celebrate Mass on the last Friday of each month.
This past Friday (26 Jan), while we were there, we learned that Miss Gastin will observe her 100th birthday on Wednesday, 7 February. We found this hard to believe. The years have been kind to Ethel. She looks and seems at least thirty years younger!
We send our love and respectful good wishes to Ethel Gastin, a good Catholic lady and a distinguished member of our community.
SOME HONOR ROLLERS
Angela M. Cairns / 12th grade / PAHS / 1st Honors
Kelly A. McCord / 10th grade / PAHS / Honors
Megan L. McCord / 6th grade / Lengel / 1st Honors
Valentine's Day is coming! Still wondering what to give your Valentine? The gift of a MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER will last a lifetime. Join us from 9 to 11 Feb at St. Francis Center for Renewal, Bethlehem.
For more information, call (610) 767-0327 or 1-800-787-7679 or go online at
A LETTER FROM BIRTHRIGHT
Dear Friends of Birthright:
This letter refers to the gifts of baby clothes and "assorted baby items" that were donated during the Advent / Christmas seasons. There were also some monetary donations. Everything we received went to Birthright. Thank you to all who contributed!
With a view towards Valentine's Day
coming up soon, we are reprinting on pages 7 and 8 of this bulletin
some words written by St. Francis deSales, plus a reflection
on these words, written by the pastor of St. Francis deSales
The Mystical Meaning
St. Francis deSales
He should say to her the things that are beautiful and true
and kind and helpful and good.
He should laugh with her every day.
He should console her when she is sad.
He should tell her about his life, his thoughts, his feelings.
He should pay her honest compliments
and thank her for all the good she does for him.
He should speak words that will make her heart smile.
If she has given him children, he should, from time to time,
thank her for conferring on him the awesome dignity of fatherhood.
He should enter into her soul by the simple sincerity of his words.
So that her ears might remain receptive to his words,
a husband must make his own ears attentive to his wife's words.
He should take an interest in the things that interest her.
He should never dare suggest that she is inferior to him,
nor ever dare to think that she is unworthy of his attention.
He should remember that she has voluntarily handed over to him
the awesome right to embrace both her body and her soul.
He must approach her with humility and must ask God for the grace
never to lose his sense of wonder that she trusts him so profoundly.
He must treat his wife in such a way that her ears are delighted
to hear the sound of his footsteps approaching.
Her husband's lips must themselves be the mystical jewels
that she allows to guard and to adorn her ears,
those ears which are the portals into the mystery of her soul,
pendants that she wears with pride
in the presence of her family, of her friends and of all the world.
Pastor of St. Francis deSales'
STOCK MARKET TIP
Disclaimer: StJosPar and StFdSPar and the pastor thereof accept no blame whatsoever if you utilize this tip in your investment decisions this coming year, as a result of which you go belly-up. On the other hand, if you do utilize this tip in your investment decisions this coming year and it works out to your favor, we would be happy if you would remember that you read it here in this bulletin and would show your gratitude in some tangible way.
Okay, here is the tip:
If an AFC team wins the Super Bowl, the stock market will decline in the following year.
If an NFC team wins the Super Bowl, the stock market will rise in the following year.
[This has been true 85'% of the time.]
So, if the Bears win the Super Bowl, you would do well to be bullish in the coming year.
But if the Colts win the Super Bowl, you would do well to be bearish in the coming year.
LOOK THROUGH YOUR OLD VIDEOTAPES!
There are no videos (as far as anyone knows) of the first two Super Bowls (1967 and 1968).
Just in case you were into videotaping way back in 1967 - 68 and you happened to videotape either or both of those games and then put the tapes into a drawer somewhere or in a box that sits now in your attic or garage, please dig them out. Then donate the tapes to StJosPar or StFdSPar. I understand that the NFL will pay mega bucks for them. We'll be able to pay some bills AND we will thank you in the bulletin!!
ADULT: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye.
CANNIBAL: Someone who is fed up with people.
CHICKENS: The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out.
EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
HANDKERCHIEF: Cold Storage.
INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you dislike flies less.
RAISIN: Grape with a sunburn.
SECRET: Something you tell to only one person at a time.
SKELETON: A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.
TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction.
TOMORROW: One of the greatest labor saving devices ever devised.
YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed.
WRINKLES: Something other people have. You and I have character lines.
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
NOTE ON THE ABOVE: A knowledge of Natural Family Planning can be useful not only for those couples who need
(for serious reason) to defer childbearing for a while, but also
for those couples who are sad that, despite their earnest expressions
of love for one another, they have not yet received the gift
of a child of their own flesh.
NFP is God's way of giving married couples some share
in His jurisdiction over their fertility.
I am a mere mortal man. I am not Kreskin. I am not a mind-reader.
Please tell me in plain and simple words what it is you want
me to know or to do and I'll do my best to listen and to carry
Stations of the Cross
Friday, 23 February Saint Patrick
Please note that the five parishes of Pottsville
/ Mount Carbon will do as we did last year.
Now, you have plenty of advance notice.
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - MARIE ELAINE LUPPINO
by Stephen (+) and Jeanette Chalinksy
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by his wife, Barbara, and family
12:15 p.m. - LEE KORBICH
by the Mohan family
St. Agatha, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - PHILOMENA ["Mamie"] TUCCI DiCELLO
by Mary A. Luppino
10:00 a.m. - LOUISE TROILO ALATI
by Angela Giacoia Alati
10:00 a.m. - BERTHA ZVORSKY MESSINA
by Leonard and Roberta Sumoski
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - CATHERINE CARESTIA RINALDO
by Joseph and Barbara Reichert
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by Frank and Ann Marie Tranquillo and Aaron
12:15 p.m. - LEO J. BECKER Jr.
by Kathryn Selinsky Luppino (+)