Saturday, 17 February
Vigil of Sunday
by her nephew, James Piccioni, and family

Sunday, 18 February
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - JOHN R. MACCARONE
by his sister, Nancy King, and family
10:45 a.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife, Carmella, and his daughter, Joanne

Monday, 19 February
by EBC

Tuesday, 20 February
by her husband, Joseph, and family
by Joseph Dombroskey and Ethel Dombroskey

Wednesday, 21 February
Ash Wednesday
12:05 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by Vincent and Darla Fabiani and family
7:00 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by the Bosak family

Thursday, 22 February
Chair of St. Peter, apostle (Fst)
by her family
7:00 p.m. - NANCY JONES COOK
by Jim and Patty Garland

Friday, 23 February
St. Polycarp, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - DESOLINA MUNSTER NICOLO (1st anniversary) by her family

Saturday, 24 February
Lenten Weekday
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - Health and God's Blessings on PHYLLIS C. KEVY and RONI J. KEVY
by Richard and Dorothy Brown

Sunday, 25 February
1st Sunday of Lent
by Albert and Martha Pascuzzo
10:45 a.m. - RONALD R. OWENS
by his sister, Katherine Owens DiCello


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10 / 11 FEBRUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $120.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,859.00 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 $363.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $60.50 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $185.50 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 $253.25, plus its weekly obligation to All Saints School, $197.44, the sum total of which is $309.31, one sees that ($123.81) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Sat       10 Feb

Dan D won $100.00
Sun      11 Feb

Ann S won $150.00
Mon     12 Feb

Ralph W won $50.00
Tues     13 Feb

Nobody won $50.00
Wed     14 Feb

Dan D won $500.00
Thurs   15 Feb

Sandy S won $50.00
Fri       16 Feb

Nobody won $50.00

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Tuesday, 20 February
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Wednesday, 21 February
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 22 February
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

See also page 13 of this bulletin
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 18 - 24 February, in loving memory of the deceased members of the Pilo and the Gerace families, at the request of Pat and Mary Pilo.

This is an excellent question and it deserves an excellent answer!
So here comes that excellent answer!
Speaking only for StJosPar and StFdSPar (the normal venues of my ash-imposing activity), you can get your ashes:
During the 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Francis deSales Church.
During the 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church.
During the 7:00 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church.
Notice that "during" implies that you come to church for the sake of attending Mass, during which you receive ashes. You do not come to church for the sake of receiving ashes, in consequence of which you either endure Mass or, very cleverly, manage to come in just in time to get ashed and then skip ever so blithely away. Ah, so!

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19 February
Jeremy Etherington

20 February
Vito A. Galle

21 February
Jacqueline E. Chattin
Dominic J. Chiplonia
Justin M. Freed
Joseph A. Mazzuca
Aaron A. Tranquillo
Thomas F. Witmer Jr.

22 February
Audra M. Freed
Edward LaSelva
Kyle J. Strokelitus

23 February
Mark Brilla
Stephen F. Weiss

24 February
Alice Clark Breslin
Marie Garbetti Cairns
John P. King

25 February
Lillian Losch Frie
Tina M. Joy
Margaret Kerns Vidal




In last weekend's bulletin, we overlooked wishing HB to a beautiful girl who turned eleven on 15 February: We are referring, of course, to Christina Marko. Our phone has been ringing off the hook with members of her fan club calling to complain!
We are, indeed, sorry, and we shall try to do better in the future, but we make no promises.

MASS AT NURSING HOME: On Friday, 23 February, there will be a Mass at 2:30 p.m. at the Schuylkill Manor Nursing Home (on the road behind Good Samaritan Hospital). You are encouraged to attend in order to assist our elderly brothers and sisters in worshipping God.

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a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Thursday, 15 February. She is one of the thirteen children of the late John and Anna (Stancavage) Olechnowicz.
Born on 1 July 1927, Isabel was 79 years of age.
She was married to the late Patrick N. Carusella at St. Stephen's (Port Carbon) on 5 August 1950. Patrick died on 27 August 2004.
From their marriage of 54 years there came nine children (eight daughters and one son): Rita Carusella Mattus; Ann Marie Carusella Poslosky; Patricia Carusella Fessler; Rosemary Carusella Matz; Bernadette Carusella Guzick; Nicholas P. Carusella; Joanne Carusella Bacon; Dorothy Carusella Doman; Maria Carusella Swiezak.
Two of Isabel's siblings survive her: Catherine Olechnowicz Pedriani, and Albert Olechnowicz.
In addition to her two siblings and nine children, Isabel is survived by her sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The grandchildren are: Corey P. Freed; Melissa Poslosky Yoder; Danielle T. Guzick; Stephanie M. Poslosky; William R. Matz; Christina M. Mattus; Andrew T. Mattus; Nicole Fessler McCabe; Jaclyn T. Poslosky; Nicholas P. Carusella; Rachel M. Carusella; Matthew S. Bacon; Ryan E. Bacon; Mark Doman; Ashley M. Swiezak; Alyssa J. Swiezak.
The great-grandchildren are Madelynn M. McCabe and Murphy P. McCabe.
There will be a funeral service on 19 February at 10:00 a.m. at the Lord-Bixler Funeral Home. There will be a viewing for one hour prior to the service.
We give thanks for the life of Isabel. We invoke God's favor upon her and pray that she may have a share in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

stjos/stfds: 02.18.2007 - 05


We will be having a special gathering in honor of SAINT JOSEPH!
In the past, we have celebrated our patronal feastday with a special supper.
We will be doing something similar this year.
However, for various and sundry reasons we have decided to depart from the usual menu (lentil soup, fish, cabbage and cauliflower) and try something different.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
So, please mark 19 March on your calendar. We will let you know more very soon.
St. John the Baptist Church will be holding their annual FRESH BAKED HADDOCK / SALMON or FRESH BAKED JUMBO LUP CRAB CAKE DINNERS all the Lenten Fridays, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Russell Building, 9th Street and Schuylkill Avenue.
Full course dinners including New England clam chowder, full salad bar, choice of macaroni and cheese or baked or mashed potatoes, choice of vegetables, homemade desserts, beverage. Prices vary (depending on your choice of platter and whether child or adult) from $6.00 to $11.50.
LENTEN FOOD SALES every Friday (except Good Friday) at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish Center, 120 Oak Street, Minersville. Eat-in or Take-out from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Business orders only will be filled before noon. Menu includes: bleenies, pierogi, haluskie, meatless soups and home-made desserts. To place large orders, call 544-5485 between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m., Fridays only.

stjos/stfds: 02.18.2007 - 06


Church law considers every Friday and the season of Lent as penitential days and times. The practice of penance is a part of our faith and Christian life. When we do penance, we imitate Jesus, who Himself recommended it as necessary to His followers, and gave them the example of His prayer and fasting.
The Lenten obligation, as determined for Catholics in the United States by our bishops, requires that fasting be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The law of abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.

Who must fast?
All Catholics who are between the ages of 18 and 59. The obligation ceases when one begins his/her 60th year on his/her 59th birthday.
Who must abstain?
All Catholics who are 14 years and older.
What does fasting mean?
The observance of fasting means that those obliged may take only one full meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to another full meal) may be taken to maintain strength according to one's needs.
What does abstinence mean?
The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat, including poultry. Voluntary abstinence refers to refraining from lawful pleasures in a spirit of penance.
Can anyone be dispensed or excused from fast and/or abstinence?
Individuals for a just cause may be dispensed by their pastor or by a priest with the faculty to do so. In our Diocese all priests may dispense individuals who are committed to their pastoral care. Those who are ill or have a similar serious reason are excused from the observance of fast and abstinence. Catholics are reminded that they should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.
Are there other obligations which we should fulfill?
Catholics are obliged to fulfill what has been called their "Easter Duty." They are required to receive Holy Communion during the Easter time. In the United States this obligation can be fulfilled from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (February 25 until June 3, 2007). Those conscious of serious sin are reminded of the obligation to confess their sins once a year.
Catholics also are encouraged to make Lent a time of more intense prayer and to practice almsgiving and other works of charity. Parishes are encouraged to continue participation in Operation Rice Bowl.

stjos/stfds: 02.18.2007 - 07

Stations of the Cross
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Lent 2007

7:00 p.m.

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


The dates of our StJosPar / StFdSPar annual Parish Mission (22 to 24 Feb) collide with the date of our "community Stations of the Cross" on 23 Feb at St. Patrick's. To solve this dilemma, we are asking Msgr. O'Connor to allow Msgr. Tomichek to conduct the services at St. Patrick's on 23 Feb in the same manner as if the services were at St. Joseph Church. See p. 13 of this bulletin for further clarification.

stjos/stfds: 02.18.2007 - 08


Father Z's 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession
We should:
1) Examine our consciences regularly and thoroughly.
2) Wait our turn in line patiently.
3) Come at the time confessions are scheduled, not a few minutes before they are to end.
4) Speak distinctly but never so loudly that we might be overheard.
5) State our sins clearly and briefly without rambling.
6) Confess all mortal sins in number and kind.
7) Listen carefully to the advice the priest gives.
8) Confess our own sins and not someone else's.
9) Carefully listen to and remember the penance and be sure to understand it.
10) Use a regular formula for confession so that it is familiar and comfortable.
11) Never be afraid to say something "embarrassing"... just say it.
12) Never worry that the priest thinks we are jerks. He is usually impressed by our courage.
13) Never fear that the priest will not keep our confession secret. He is bound by the Seal.
14) Never confess "tendencies" or "struggles"... just sins.
15) Never leave the confessional before the priest has finished giving absolution.
16) Memorize an Act of Contrition.
17) Answer the priest's questions briefly if he asks for a clarification.
18) Ask questions if we can't understand what he means when he tells us something.
19) Keep in mind that sometimes priests can have "off days" just like anyone else.
20) Remember that priests must go to confession too. They know what we are going through.

"Father Z" is Father John T. Zuhlsdorf, a priest for whose writings I have great admiration

stjos/stfds: 02.18.2007 - 09

St. Joseph Parish sold 668 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 38 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 706.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $3,530.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$2,050.00 in prizes;
$70.00 in printing;
$40.64 in postage.
Total deductions: $2,160.64.
Net revenue: $1,369.36.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (94.6%) earned $1,295.66.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5.4%) earned $73.70.
PFLAG is the acronym. It stands for PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS. [I guess the "F" in the acronym does double duty!] This organization has a chapter in Pottsville. They came to my mind on Thursday, 15 Feb, when I saw a news article in the Pottsville Republican about a photo display sponsored by PFLAG at the Terrence Reiley Community Room. This traveling display seeks to acquaint the general public with the names and faces of "gay couples". I suppose the point is this: The so-called straight community will be more inclined to accept gay couples if we see their faces and think of them as real persons, not as freaks or oddities. I, for one, have never thought of gays as being anything less than real persons. I wish them no harm, think them no harm, do them no harm. It is simply that I gag when I think that a male would lie with another male as with a female. It is unnatural. It is pathetic. It is absurd. It is sad. It is anti-human. It is profoundly sinful.
Photo displays of gay couples are tolerable. Photo displays of gays coupling would be something else entirely! May God spare us from such displays!
I suggest that
PFLAG remind us to Pray For Lesbians And Gays.

stjos/stfds: 02.18.2007 - 10

EFAX: 1-206-600-4256


I want you to patiently read this offer. I am Mr. Phillip Sealy the special adviser to the Minister for Energy Affairs and Petroleum in Trinidad and Tobago. I am also the linkman between the diamond-mining sector and the Government of Tobago. I also attend meetings constantly with the Minister on matters bothering on sales of Petroleum and other minerals.
Through the sale of our country's diamond, which I directly oversee, I was able to make US$25.5million, which is currently deposited in a Security company in Europe. I want you to assist me to claim this money as I cannot claim it directly because I am still a civil servant, and the code of conduct bureau forbids me to acquire such amount of money. It is on this basis that I am contacting you for assistance. If you will be interested, all you will do is to travel to the European nation after all official claim documents have been processed and sent to you. The documents with which the fund is deposited will be changed to reflect you as the new beneficiary so that you will be eligible to collect the fund on my behalf. I will give you 25% of the fund for this assistance. Kindly respond
to my proposal through my email address: or Efax: 1-206-600-4256.
On the receipt of your email indicating interest I will provide you with my phone number for further correspondence. I want to assure you that there is no risk whatsoever attached to this transaction. You should also try to provide me with your own personal telephone and fax numbers. Expecting your response.

Best regards,
Mr. Phillip Sealy

This is an exact copy of the text of a fax that came into St. Joseph Rectory this past week. I know nothing more about the matter referred to than what you see here. It sure looks like a sweetheart deal. I can't imagine that there is any loophole or "fly in the ointment". It seems all kosher and above board to me. What do you think? I don't think I have to exercise any caution here, do you?
So, I just want you to know that, if you don't see me around in the next few days, you'll know that I've gone to Europe in order to have St. Joseph Parish named as the beneficiary of the proceeds of Mr. Sealy's diamond sale.
I should be back soon with 25% of $25.5 million, which - according to my math - comes to
$6,375,000. I am going to use this in order to put a substantial dent in the St. Joseph Parish debt.
I wonder if Mr. Sealy is the same guy who makes those mattresses.

stjos/stfds: 02.18.2007 - 11

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor.
Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

"Now consider this: Life is the coffee. The jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us."
God brews the coffee, not the cups.
Enjoy your coffee!
The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

A friend of mine sent me the above this past week. I thought it was "bulletin worthy" - especially for this weekend prior to Ash Wednesday.
For Lent: Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
If so inclined, please feel free to continue doing so even after Lent.

stjos/stfds: 02.18.2007 -12


well known to members of our two parishes
will be here this week
in order to call us to repentance and renewal.
This is our annual

Thursday, 22 February --- at SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH
6:30 to 7:00 p.m. - Confessions
6:45 p.m. - Rosary
7:00 p.m. - Mass
Homily Topic: The Passion
Confessions after Mass

Friday, 23 February --- at SAINT PATRICK CHURCH
6:30 to 7:00 p.m. - Confessions
6:45 p.m. - Rosary
7:00 p.m. - Stations of the Cross
Sermon Topic: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
Confessions after Stations

Saturday, 24 February --- at SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH
8:00 a.m. - Rosary
8:15 a.m. - Mass
Homily Topic: The Sorrowful Mother
Anointing of the Sick

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Saturday, 17 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Charles and Mary Rinaldo

Sunday, 18 February
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Jack and Clare Schneider
by George and Barbara Halcovage

Wednesday, 21 February
Ash Wednesday
10:00 a.m. - CHILDREN of the WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Saturday, 24 February
Vigil of Sunday
by M/M Angelo Romano Jr.

Sunday, 25 February
1st Sunday of Lent
9:15 a.m. - JOHN and JULIA KING
by the Thye family
12:15 p.m. - FRED YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dunbrowney Haag

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