Saturday, 03 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Anthony and Joan Tranquillo

Sunday, 04 February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - CHARLES F. KUTCH
by his family
10:45 a.m. - JAMES D. McGINLEY by Elaina

Monday, 05 February
St. Agatha, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
by John J. Krizno

Tuesday, 06 February
St. Paul Miki, priest, martyr and companions, martyrs
12:05 p.m. - ALBERT J. LAPLACA
(60th anniversary of wedding) by his wife, Julia
7:00 p.m. - LAMBERT HESS
by Harry and Rosa Lilley

Wednesday, 07 February
12:05 p.m. - SAM CAFINA by his friend

Thursday, 08 February
St. Jerome Emiliani, priest;
St. Josephine Bakhita, virgin (OptMems)
by her great-grandsons: David, Dominic and Cooper
by Harry and Rosa Lilley

Friday, 09 February
12:05 p.m. - KARL A. ZELLER
by Jim and Susan Zimmerman

Saturday, 10 February
St. Scholastica, virgin (OblMem)
8:00 a.m. - Health and God's blessings on REGINA THOMAS PICCIONI
by the StJosPar Women's Guild
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by Phyllis C Kevy and Roni J. Kevy

Sunday, 11 February
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - JOHN and ANNA McGOVERN
by Andy and Clare Alfonsi
by Anthony and Joan Tranquillo

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27 / 28 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $107.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,881.00 the parish's weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments, $358.85 plus the weekly premiums for property and liability insurance, $149.20, the sum of which is $508.05, plus its weekly obligation to All Saints School, $987.21, the sum total of which is $1,495.26, one sees that $385.75 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $19.55 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $203.55 the parish's weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments, $55.15 plus the weekly premiums for property and liability insurance, $56.72, the sum of which is $111.87, plus its weekly obligation to All Saints School, $197.44, the sum total of which is $309.31, one sees that ($105.76) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Sat       27 Jan

Bernie  won $100.00
Sun      28 Jan

Nobody won $150.00
Mon    29 Jan

Arlean won $50.00
Tues    30 Jan

Nobody won $50.00
Wed    31 Jan

Mike M won $50.00
Thurs  01 Feb

Jessie G won $50.00
Fri       02 Feb

Joe H won $50.00

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Tuesday, 06 February
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Wednesday, 07 February
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Thursday, 08 February
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 this weekend.
This is the prayer the priest says as he blesses your throat:

Through the intercession of Saint Blaise,
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.

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05 February
Peter J. Calabrese
Dominick W. ["Danny"] Doyne

06 February
Jason A. Laplaca
Craig A. Leymeister
Joann Tokonitz Mikos
Rose Papapietro Piccioni
Pasquale A. Pilo

07 February
Eugene E. Eccenrode
Derek L. James
Kristina M. Miller

08 February
David A. Kasper

09 February
Jeffrey J. Dunkel
Verna Minneci Maccarone
Amelia Quirin Marrazzo

10 February
Chelsea M. Arndt
Sophie Wasatonic Kantner *
Elizabeth Matz Kemmerling
Anthony J. Sedicino

11 February
Joshua M. Brahler

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!

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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.
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

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Dear Friends of Birthright:
The volunteers at Birthright would like to thank you for your support with our annual "Giving Tree" project. Your participation in our endeavor is greatly appreciated, as it enables us to provide for the material welfare of newborns and older infants throughout the year. The gifts we have received will enable us to make many layettes throughout the coming year. The kindness and generosity of the people in our area helps to make this possible.
We ask you to continue to keep Birthright in your prayers and also to pray for the end of abortion.
May God bless and watch over you always.
Respectfully for Life,

Birthright Volunteers


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!

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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 Parish.
Both of these appeared in the 16 Jan 2000 edition of the bulletin.

The Mystical Meaning of Earrings
From time immemorial,
women have worn earrings,
particularly, no doubt,
for the pleasure of their tinkling.
Scripture says
that Isaac offered earrings
to the chaste Rebecca
as a first pledge of his love.
This has a mystical meaning:
The ear is the first thing of which
a husband should take possession
in his wife,
and that a wife must keep
for her husband alone.
Nothing but the sweet music
of chaste words ought to enter it.
Therefore, be ever mindful of this:
If the body can be poisoned through the mouth,
the heart can be poisoned through the ear.

St. Francis deSales

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A Reflection on the Words of St. Francis deSales

About the Mystical Meaning of Earrings

A husband should talk to his wife.
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'

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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.
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!!

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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.
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.

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Learn more about the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS), a Natural Family Planning method that is scientifically studied and proven effective for the past thirty years.
Phyllis Amrick, a Certified Nurse Practitioner and FertilityCare™ System practitioner, is offering a free introductory session at the Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization, 900 S. Woodward St., Allentown, on Friday, 9 February, at 4:00 PM.
For more information or to register, please call 917-359-1499 or email

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.
Both categories of couples - the overachievers and the underachievers - should look into

NFP is God's way of giving married couples some share in His jurisdiction over their fertility.
Artificial contraception [ARTCON] is man's way of denying God's jurisdiction over fertility.
NFP is based on human nature as God created it.
ARTCON is based on the concupiscence of lust, which attached itself to human nature as a consequence of the original sin.
NFP promotes respect of husband and wife for another.
ARTCON promotes contempt of husband and wife for one another.

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[and, no doubt, some have]

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 through.
Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.
Shopping is NOT a sport. And NO, I don't expect that I shall ever change my mind about that.
Crying is not fair. Crying is dirty pool. Crying is blackmail.
Ask for what you want. Let me be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!
Come to me with a problem only if you want help solving it. Solving is what I'm pretty good at. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
If something I said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, trust me when I say that I meant the other one.
Please, whenever possible, if I'm watching a game on TV, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do I!
All men - that includes me - are capable of seeing in only sixteen colors, like Windows default settings. For example, PEACH is a fruit. It is not a color. It's the same with PUMPKIN. Pumpkin is a gourd and you make pie out of it. It is not a color. And I have no idea what MAUVE is!
If I ask you, "What's wrong?" and you say, "Nothing", I shall act like nothing is wrong. I choose to believe you. Believing you is a good thing, is it not? Of course, deep down, I know that you are lying but, frankly, it's just not worth the hassle.
When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really! I am not just saying that!

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Stations of the Cross
Lent 2007

Friday, 23 February Saint Patrick
Sunday, 25 February Saint Francis deSales
Friday, 2 March Saint Joseph
Sunday, 4 March Saint Joseph
Friday, 9 March Mary, Queen of Peace
Sunday, 11 March Saint Francis deSales
Friday, 16 March Saint Francis deSales
Sunday, 18 March Saint Joseph
Friday, 23 March Saint John the Baptist
Sunday, 25 March Saint Francis deSales
Friday, 30 March Saint Patrick
Sunday, 1 April Saint Joseph

Please note that the five parishes of Pottsville / Mount Carbon will do as we did last year.
We shall have INTER-PAROCHIAL (COMMUNAL) Stations of the Cross on the six FRIDAYS of Lent.
Members of all five parishes are encouraged to attend FRIDAY Stations at the church designated.
StJosPar and StFdSPar are scheduling Stations of the Cross on the six SUNDAYS of Lent, in addition to the Communal Stations on the six Fridays.

Now, you have plenty of advance notice.
Please arrange your schedules, so that you will be able to "fit in" Stations of the Cross at least once each week

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Saturday, 03 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Stephen (+) and Jeanette Chalinksy

Sunday, 04 February
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

Monday, 05 February
St. Agatha, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - PHILOMENA ["Mamie"] TUCCI DiCELLO
by Mary A. Luppino

Wednesday, 07 February
by Angela Giacoia Alati

Friday, 09 February
by Leonard and Roberta Sumoski

Saturday, 10 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Joseph and Barbara Reichert

Sunday, 11 February
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 (+)

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