Sunday, 25 February
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Friday, 02 March
Sunday, 04 March
17 / 18 FEBRUARY
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
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.
PLEASE NOTE that:
Brittany L. Stanton
None, as far as we know
Alicia M. Mercuri
Paul J. Santai Jr.
Gina M. Galle
Anthony C. Gustis
Mary Pilo Carestia
Bernice Motto Ferraro
Sherry A. Dallago
Michael R. DiCello
Michael J. Kirby
Angelina Modesto O'Donnell
Nicholas I. Cescon
Sheila A. Bowers Evans
Nancy Moraco Mariano
James J. Maroukis
Matthew W. Wentz
Donna Johnson Kopinetz
Julia Tranquillo Malys
John A. Mohan
Charles A. Rinaldo Jr.
Albert J. Yackenchick Jr
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.
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.
In memory of
Isabel Olechnowicz Carusella
John and Rita Tamalavage
Nanette Marie Eisenhuth
Joseph T. Cescon and family
M/M James Yacobacci
Phyllis C. Kevy and Roni J. Kevy
PRAISE THE LORD!
Just 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 FEBRUARY SPAGHETTI SUPPER 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!
To: Principals and Coordinators /
Directors of Religious Education
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!
Having said that, let me state that SCCP and SPP:
do not promote chastity;
On the contrary, these ill-advised projects:
do promote cynicism;
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
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!
MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST,
Welcome to the Lenten season.
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
To: Archangel Michael, Prince of Heavenly Host
From: Edward, Local Yokel
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!
LUCAS FRANCISCO LOHMANN MOHAN,
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.
Sunday, 25 February
St. Francis deSales Church
St. Joseph Church
St. Joseph Church
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
ALL YOU CAN EAT
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMINICK J. D'ALESSANDRO Jr.
by M/M Angelo Romano Jr.
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
10:00 a.m. - CATHERINE DUNBROWNEY
by her daughter, Nancy Dunbrowney Haag
10:00 a.m. - BRIAN and CATHERINE (DODDS) O'CONNELL
by the Thye family
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - FRANCIS J. TRABOSH
by Richard and Dorothy Brown
2nd Sunday of Lent
9:15 a.m. - A. JAMES and BLANCHE BRANCA
by the Thye family
12:15 p.m. - PHYLLIS KLINE GIRTON
by Gerry Almonti Davis