Saturday, 24 February
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
7:45 a.m. - VINCENT and EVA (KRAMER) PASCUZZO by Albert and Martha Pascuzzo
10:45 a.m. - RONALD R. OWENS
by his sister, Katherine Owens DiCello

Monday, 26 February
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - Health and God's Blessings on ROSE MARIE FABIANI ZELLER
by the StJosPar Women's Guild
" Tuesday, 27 February
Lenten Weekday
by her cousin, Jeanette Ciorlanti Chalinsky
7:00 p.m. - ALBERT SALVATO
(1st anniversary)
by Phyllis C. Kevy, Roni J. Kevy and Bill and Myrna Everly

Wednesday, 28 February
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - ANDREW J. LUCAS
by Michael and Catherine Whitney


Thursday, 01 March
Lenten Weekday
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family
7:00 p.m. - ARTHUR B. WHITNEY
by Michael and Catherine Whitney

Friday, 02 March
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - Health and God's Blessings on JAMES J. VISALLI
by his aunt Kitty
6:00 p.m. - H. ROBERT PICCIONI Sr.
by Giuseppe and Catherine Pagnotta

Saturday, 03 March
St. Katherine Drexel, virgin (OptMem)
Vigil of Sunday
by her family

Sunday, 04 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
by Frank and Cheryl
10:45 a.m. - LOUISE FORTE LaPLACA (37th anniversary)
by her daughters, Victoria and Louise


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17 / 18 FEBRUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $70.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $894.00 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 ($601.26) of this collection is available for operating the parish.This is a deficit!

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $33.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $176.00 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 ($133.31) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Sat       17 Feb

Mary T won $100.00
Sun      18 Feb

Martha P won $150.00
Mon     19 Feb

Nobody won $50.00
Tues     20 Feb

AJL won $50.00
Wed     21 Feb

Bill T won $50.00
Thurs   22 Feb

Betty D won $50.00
Fri       23 Feb

Kathy M won $50.00

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Wednesday, 28 February
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Thursday, 01 March
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 02 March
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 25 February - 03 March, in loving memory of Michael LaSelva, at the request of his wife, Mary, and his son, Michael.

THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 25 February - 03 March, in loving memory of James R. Stephen and for his family, at the request of Brian M. Purcell.


The First Friday (2 March) Mass at St. Joseph Church will be at 6:00 p.m. this month instead of 6:15 p.m., because Stations of the Cross will follow at 7:00 p.m.
The Stations of the Cross will serve as our First Friday Holy Hour this coming Friday.
The monthly Mass at the Simon Kramer Institute will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 25 Feb. After Mass, there is veneration of the relic of St. Pauline Visintainer, patron saint of diabetics. If you want a ride, call the Rectory.

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26 February
Brittany L. Stanton

27 February
None, as far as we know

28 February
Alicia M. Mercuri
Paul J. Santai Jr.

29 February
Gina M. Galle
Anthony C. Gustis

01 March
Mary Pilo Carestia
Bernice Motto Ferraro



02 March
Sherry A. Dallago
Michael R. DiCello
Michael J. Kirby
Angelina Modesto O'Donnell

03 March
Nicholas I. Cescon
Sheila A. Bowers Evans
Nancy Moraco Mariano
James J. Maroukis
Matthew W. Wentz

04 March
Donna Johnson Kopinetz
Julia Tranquillo Malys
John A. Mohan
Charles A. Rinaldo Jr.
Albert J. Yackenchick Jr

Jennifer L. Cory / 10th grade / Minersville Area / 1st Honors
Brittany R. Cory / 4th grade / Minersville Elementary / 1st Honors

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to lend support to terminally ill patients and their families, and /or to assist with clerical duties, community education or fund raising.
If you would like to know more, call Cheryl Moser of Covenant Home Care at 385-5522

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It has happened a few times in Lents past that, due to inadvertence, I have gotten up into the pulpit to read the Gospel and launched into a melodic triple Alleluia, expecting the congregation to repeat same.
Please note that Alleluia is a NO-NO during Lent (except on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, 19 March).
So, if you hear me sing Alleluia before the Gospel during Lent, please attribute it to inadvertence. Whatever you do, don't let me lead you down the primrose path! Just stare at me in silence. If left hanging in the wind, I'll get the message.

It's a word we don't say during Lent,
When for forty long days we repent
All our sins of commission
And suffer contrition.
It's reserved - for that Easter event.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of
Isabel Olechnowicz Carusella

John and Rita Tamalavage
Nanette Marie Eisenhuth
Joseph T. Cescon and family
M/M James Yacobacci

In memory of
Caterina Genova

Phyllis C. Kevy and Roni J. Kevy

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ust when I was starting to think that diocesan bureaucrats were the mother lode of all maladies in the Church, I find that I might be mistaken!
The reason for my about-face is a superb memo that issued forth recently from the bowels of the Office of Religious Education of the Diocese of Harrisburg.
[For the uninitiated: The Diocese of Harrisburg lies on the western border of the Diocese of Allentown. It is a diocese that includes a huge amount of corn, wheat, barley, soybeans, cows and politicians, It has lots of Protestants, a handful of Catholics and, apparently, a pretty good Office of Religious Ed.]
You can read the memo on pages 7 and 8 of this bulletin.
You might want to ask yourself this question: Is my child or grandchild required by his or her school to engage in any simulated child care project or simulated pregnancy project?
If so, make sure you put the kibosh on it!
Don't be afraid to make a little noise!
You know what they say about the squeaky wheel.

The profit from
came to
We are starting to run out of superlatives!
Superlatives for expressing our gratitude for this monthly income.
Superlatives for expressing our appreciation to the wonderful spaghetti crew.
Superlatives for expressing how delicious the spaghetti is!

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To: Principals and Coordinators / Directors of Religious Education
From: James F. Gontis
Director, Department of Religious Education
Date: 23 January 2007
Re: Simulated child care projects and simulated pregnancy projects
Cc:          The Very Reverend Edward J. Quinlan; Sister Sue Ann Steves, IHM; Dr. Richard Smith; Mrs. Livia Riley

From time to time, one hears or reads about Simulated Child-Care Projects [SCCP] and Simulated Pregnancy Projects [SPP] that are carried out in high schools. These projects are usually initiated in the context of courses in Family Living and have even been known to occur in the context of courses in Religion!
A typical SCCP requires students to carry with them during the school day some object that is meant to represent a baby. The object could be a doll or a pumpkin or an egg or some other "symbolic baby" object designated by the teacher.
A typical SPP requires students - usually girls but, believe it or not, sometimes even boys! - to wear strapped-on contrivances known as "pregnancy bellies", intended to simulate the burden or discomfort a woman may feel during pregnancy.
The rationale offered to justify these projects is this: That it is helpful for teenagers to learn by simulated experience that childbearing and childcare are inconvenient and burdensome. The benefit of such simulated experience is expected to be that teenagers will be more thoughtful in regard to pre-marital intercourse, hence less likely to engage in it.
Sometimes, especially in schools that promote religious values, such projects are mistakenly used in order to promote chastity!
Of course, conceiving, bearing and raising children are major responsibilities and are not lightly or casually to be undertaken.

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Having said that, let me state that SCCP and SPP:

do not promote chastity;
do not promote respect for the personhood of little human beings;
do not promote the culture of life.

On the contrary, these ill-advised projects:

do promote cynicism;
do promote contempt for the dignity of babies;
do play into the hands of the promoters of the culture of death.

The students who participate in such projects do, indeed, receive a message. The message they receive is that a baby is more a burden to be avoided than a person to be loved.
Their fellow students - those who are not involved in these projects - will be amused by the antics of those who are involved. They will clearly see that the activity is ludicrous, that an egg or a pumpkin (or whatever) is not a baby, and that it is inane to equate true pregnancy with a prosthetic "pregnancy belly", regardless of how many technological "bells and whistles" are incorporated into the prosthesis.
These projects are unrealistic and facile. They dramatize parenthood as burdensome, without in any way conveying the beauty of the child and the joy of parenthood.
Far from promoting chastity, these projects contribute to the anti-child, pro-contraception mentality that plagues our society. They promote a contraceptive mentality and make chastity less, not more, likely.
These projects are the very antithesis to the ideals of Catholic education. It is not without reason that Planned Parenthood, the nation's single largest abortion provider, promotes such programs!

For the reasons stated, please know that Simulated Child Care projects [SCCP] and Simulated Pregnancy projects [SPP] have no place in Catholic schools or religious education programs and are in no way to be used in any Catholic school or religious education program associated with the Diocese of Harrisburg!

Thank you.

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LENT 2007


Welcome to the Lenten season.
We all know that these forty days are designated by the Church as a period of personal prayer and penance. This is the liturgical season for strengthening our spiritual lives, the time to fix our attention on God and the state of our souls. Through the centuries, the Church has emphasized three major means of helping this process of spiritual revitalization: Prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The wisdom of the Church in this matter should not be taken lightly.
In this letter, I shall reflect on just one of these means, namely, prayer. For our involvement in prayer is absolutely necessary if we are to have an awareness of God's presence in our lives.
In prayer I have often asked God to show me how I can help those entrusted to my care become closer to Him through their prayer life. Prayer has made me realize that our Triune God continuously calls us to participate in His divine life. For it is primarily through prayer that we enter more deeply into the life of the Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I came to appreciate that God, who has authored the life of each person, knows each of us perfectly. In fact, God is the only one who can fully understand and appreciate the uniqueness of each person. As our Creator, God knows our strengths and our weaknesses. He is eager to reveal personally how we, through the proper use of the gifts with which He has endowed us, can overcome our weaknesses. He enjoys enlightening us and affirming us by pointing out how we can build our future on these gifts. God is, in the best sense of the word, "jealous" to be the one who speaks to us. We are His creation and He is aware of how deeply our souls need to experience His love directly. God has placed this expectation in our souls and, therefore, desires that we experience its fulfillment. Of course there are persons in our lives who have fostered our interest in God and raised our consciousness of Him. Still, it is God alone who speaks to us most deeply and

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revitalizes us spiritually. When faith convinces us that all we have learned in prayer about ourselves and about God is valid and real, we are strengthened to better address the future challenges that we will inevitably encounter.
What precisely happens during prayer varies because each of us is unique. God, our perfect complement, meets us where we are, and little by little imparts graces that transform us. These graces are manifestations of the various gifts of the Holy Spirit. Through them we are enlightened and begin to grow in virtues, such as patience and kindness, which reflect the fact that God is dwelling in our souls. Gradually, we acquire what I call vision of soul which informs every decision we make. Ultimately, we gain a disposition of heart which empowers us to live in harmony with God's Will, and gifts us with a sense of inner peace and contentment.
For our relationship with God to grow deeper, we must become more and more selfless. This selflessness conditions the soul to appreciate the limitless compassion which characterizes God's love. In Baptism we were called to be members of the mystical body of Christ. To live to the fullest our relationship with Jesus as members of His mystical body, we should reflect in our lives the principal truth which Jesus taught us: The truth that the Father is love, not as our culture depicts love, but rather divine love which is completely selfless and totally compassionate.
Jesus also taught us that the Father would send a new advocate, the Holy Spirit, who would teach us all things. The Holy Spirit came among us on the first Pentecost and will remain with us as the Father's Advocate until the second coming of Christ. What is His mission? It is to foster unity between us and God, as well as between and among ourselves as children of God. He is also the Giver of Life and the Provider of Hope. How does the Holy Spirit go about fulfilling His mission? He does this primarily by urging us to pray. He is that inner voice calling us to be spiritually transformed and liberated from the deadly priorities of our contemporary culture.
To celebrate more fully the mysteries of Holy Week and the great alleluias of Easter, let us open our hearts to the promptings of the Holy Spirit making prayer the hallmark of our daily life during the sacred season of Lent.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Edward P. Cullen
Most Reverend Edward P. Cullen, D.D.
Bishop of Allentown

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To: Archangel Michael, Prince of Heavenly Host
From: Edward, Local Yokel
Re: Correction
Awesome and dear Sir:
I understand that you are the Created Pure Spirit in charge of matters related to deceased human beings. If this memo should be addressed to some other CPS, please direct it as you see fit.
Please note that the first name of the deceased person for whom the 12:15 p.m. Mass at StFdS was offered on 18 February was incorrectly printed in the bulletin.
Moreover, taking his cue from the bulletin, the priest (that's me) told God the wrong first name in the Memento for the Dead, during the Eucharistic Prayer.
Soon afterwards, it was pointed out to me that the first name of the deceased was not Agnes, but was Anna.
I regret the error.
Would you please credit that Mass to the account of the appropriate person?
Thank you for your kind attention to this matter.
May the soul of Anna Chapman Mohan, together with the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.
ON THE FRONT PAGE of today's Pottsville Republican & Herald (24 Feb) is news about the latest legal development in a matter that has shocked and saddened our community and has brought confusion, anger, disappointment and heartbreak to many persons. This entire episode has impacted with special severity on persons who are Catholic.
The following comment was offered by a representative of the Diocese of Allentown and was featured on that same front page: "We hope that this helps bring healing to everyone involved." The "this" referred to is the guilty plea.
I find that statement somewhat embarrassing. It would have been better to say nothing.
In general, I find that words about "bringing healing" and "finding closure" come just oh too trippingly off the tongue. Such secular jargon coming from the Church promotes cynicism.
I suggest that all of us - every mother's son and daughter of us - call a moratorium on facile sentiments about healing and closure. Enough is enough!
There is no healing and there is no closure, neither for sin nor for death, except in Christ Jesus.
In regard to the present matter: I ask God to help the girls (and their families) who were sinned against and to forgive whoever sinned against them. Other than that, may God have mercy on us all! That's it! Nothing more!

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first child of F. Patrick and Silvia (Lohmann) Mohan,
will be baptized today (Saturday, 24 February) during the 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church.
The father of the little boy is a former member of St. Joseph Parish. He and his wife are now members of The Church of Our Saviour (Manhattan). The pastor of that parish, Fr. George W. Rutler, gives permission for the baptism to take place in St. Joseph Church.
With profound gratitude to God for allowing a new human being to come into existence, we now accept God's invitation to lift the child up to a level that far surpasses mere human nature. We confer upon him the divine adoption.
The blight that infects all of the children of Adam and Eve will be removed from Lucas Francisco by his baptism into the Body of the sinless and immortal Son of God.
All unawares, the little boy becomes a participant in the central mystery of creation: the Passover of the Lord from death to eternal life.
The merits of Christ's passion will be applied to Lucas Francisco, as a result of which the original sin will be washed away and he will be opened up to receive God's Holy Spirit.
Today the Holy Catholic Church receives a new member and we welcome him with love.
May his parents, Patrick and Silvia, be wise and holy. May they be submissive to God, so that He will be able to use them to instruct the child in the way that he should go.
May they give their son the stability and peace that proceed from their own tenderhearted love for one another.

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Sunday, 25 February
7:00 p.m.
St. Francis deSales Church

Friday, 2 March
7:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Church

Sunday, 4 March
7:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Church

Next Sunday
4 March 07
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Hall
$6.00 for adults and teenagers
$3.00 for children

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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

Wednesday, 28 February
Lenten Weekday
by her daughter, Nancy Dunbrowney Haag

Friday, 02 March
Lenten Weekday
by the Thye family

Saturday, 03 March
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - FRANCIS J. TRABOSH
by Richard and Dorothy Brown

Sunday, 04 March
2nd Sunday of Lent
9:15 a.m. - A. JAMES and BLANCHE BRANCA
by the Thye family
by Gerry Almonti Davis

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