Saturday, 03 March
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

Monday, 05 March
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - Rev. THEODORE S. MACUNAS
by EBC

Tuesday, 06 March
Lenten Weekday
by her husband, John
7:00 p.m. - DECEASED: FOLINO and NICASTRO FAMILIES by Julian and Nora Chiplonia

Wednesday, 07 March
SS. Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOHN J. DERAMO
(54th anniversary of wedding)
by his wife, Angie, and family


Thursday, 08 March
St. John of God (OptMem)
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family
7:00 p.m. - RAYMOND T. SCHWENK Jr.
by EBC

Friday, 09 March
St. Frances of Rome (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - Health and God's Blessings on MARY J. CHIODO by the StJosPar Women's Guild

Saturday, 10 March
Lenten Weekday
8:00 a.m. - Health and God's Blessings on MARY VITTEMBERGHI MESSINA
by the StJosPar Women's Guild
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by Mary N. Prestileo

Sunday, 11 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
7:45 a.m. - LUIGI and LYDIA (Giordano) MACCARONE
by their daughter, Nancy Maccarone King, and family
by M/M Santo Mercuri


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24 / 25 FEBRUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $134.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,633.00 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 $137.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $47.55 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $198.55 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 $253.25, plus its weekly obligation to All Saints School, $197.44, the sum total of which is $309.31, one sees that ($110.76) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Sat       24 Feb

A & V won $100.00
Sun      25 Feb

Penny S won $150.00
Mon     26 Feb

John C won $50.00
Tues     27 Feb

Pat G won $50.00
Wed     28 Feb

Marguerite won $50.00
Thurs   01 March

Betty D won $50.00
Fri       02 March

Jean S won $50.00

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

Thursday, 08 March
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 09 March
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 04 - 10 March, in loving memory of Anthony Stagliano, at the request of his wife, Frances, and family.


It would be an excellent idea if each person (or family) would make it a practice to bring along with them to Mass each week some non-perishable food item.
Put it in the large basket in the rear of the church (both StJos and StFdS). We assure you that we distribute this food to a great many poor persons and families in the Pottsville area who come to us for help.
If you prefer to give money, you can deposit it in the receptacles in the rear of StJos Church or else put it in an envelope on which you have written "for the poor" (or words to that effect) and put same in the basket or just hand it to the pastor as he stands outside.

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05 March
None, as far as we know.

06 March
Anthony M. Hall
Harvey B. Leymeister
Madison M. Shappell
Nicholas A. Yackenchick

07 March
None, as far as we know.

08 March
None, as far as we know.

09 March
None, as far as we know.

10 March
Vincent J. Baiocco Sr.
David R. Merrick
Adrienne Purcell
Potito ["Pat"] Ricigliano
Joseph C. Tucci

11 March
Louise Gagliardi Kline
Francis A. Morris

N.B. Four out of seven empty BD dates! We don't like to type "None, as far as we know." We need more babies to fill in the slots. All married parishioners are hereby respectfully requested to ask God to send them a baby --- preferably, but not necessarily, for the dates noted above.



For whose benefit?

What date?

What time?

Any food?

What else?


Mary Queen of Peace Church Hall

All Saints School

Friday, 9 March

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. First game is at 6:00 p.m.

Well, of course!

We will be raffling off two Nintendo DS's - a Nintendo gameboy advanced and an I-POD shuffle.

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Are you ready?
Okay, here we go!

It can buy you a house,
but it can't buy you a home.
It can buy you a clock,
but it can't buy you time.
It can buy you a position,
but it can't buy you respect.
It can buy you a bed,
but it can't buy you sleep.
It can buy you a book,
but it can't buy you knowledge.
It can buy you medicine,
but it can't buy you health.
It can buy you medical treatment,
but it can't buy you life.
And, so, you see:
Money isn't really all that important!
In addition to which, it is often the occasion for pain and suffering.
I tell you these things because I am your friend.
As your friend, I want to relieve you of your pain and suffering.
Please send all your money to
Saint Joseph Parish, Pottsville
Saint Francis deSales Parish, Mount Carbon.
In return for this, the pastor promises to suffer for you.

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Sometimes a parish priest is asked to allow his parish church to be used for an event such as a concert or a play. This request might come from some group within the parish or from outside the parish.
It is always prudent to consult Church law in such matters.
There is a Church law ("canon law") that governs such requests.
It reads as follows:

CANON 1210
In a sacred place only those things are to be permitted which serve to exercise or promote worship, piety and religion. Anything out of harmony with the holiness the place is forbidden. The Ordinary (i.e. Bishop) may, however, for individual cases, permit other uses, provided they are not contrary to the sacred character of the place.

No pastor of a parish has the vested authority to permit his church to be used for a concert, not even for a concert of religious music. The Bishop of the diocese may, however, give permission for a parish church to be used for a concert. Nevertheless, even the Bishop is forbidden to allow a sacred place to be used for a concert of secular music, even if this secular music is of the highest quality.

More specific information on this matter may be obtained by reading a Roman document entitled Concerts in Churches, issued on 5 November 1987 by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. (Protocol # 1251/87)
This document can be accessed at the following website:

There are three sections to the document, designated by Roman numerals. The third section (III) is the most relevant to the matter under discussion.

This document is normative for the Diocese of Allentown.

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The following is so good, it deserves a re-run.
It appeared in a recent edition of The Pottsville Republican.
It was written by a gal named Kate Whitney.
Please take the time to read it.
If you've already read it, read it again!

I want to take some time here to discuss some issues that are breaking my heart: "Bratz" and the Pussycat Dolls.
The Bratz dolls, for those unfamiliar, were introduced mid-2001 and are a wildly popular plaything for young children (mainly girls). The dolls tout their "passion for fashion" all over the world.
I shudder at the thought.
Barbie is bad enough, with her feet permanently molded for high heels and impossible measurements, but the Bratz dolls exaggerate those parts of the female body most fetishized: lips, eyes, breasts, and feet, introducing your children, early on, to unattainable standards and the meaning of objectivity. To be fair, Bratz Boyz were later introduced into the lineup, but with less alien-like features.
As an egalitarian, I take affront to the pseudo-feminism of these devastating portrayals of "girl power." I can't possibly conceive of myself buying these for my own children. I would sooner give them shards of broken glass to play with - I consider these dolls that much more dangerous.
In one of my previous jobs as a nanny in San Francisco, I used to grit my teeth when I would see my charge bringing her Bratz board game from her bedroom closet.
"Are you sure you want to play this?" I would ask, praying that we would revert to such old-fashioned gems as "Candy Land" or "Chutes and Ladders." I think the most damage Candy Land could inflict on youngsters might be cavities, or a "passion for taffy." The Bratz board

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game seemed like it could bring about eating disorders and chronic superficiality.
Unfortunately, girls are reaching out for more of these shallow representations of their gender, and I fear for the worst.
Speaking on the topic of vacuous vixens, when I first heard of the girl group "The Pussycat Dolls," I thought someone was pulling my leg. If you've never seen them, imagine bare midriffs, pouting lips, and grown women acting like nymphomaniacs.
On the Pussycat Dolls website, you can read such brilliant statements as: "The line in 'Don't Cha' (their hit song) - 'Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me' - is meant to be empowering. The Pussycat Dolls are not just about being hot but also about saying something with real feeling."
What?! I'm sorry, I must've missed the part where someone was "empowered."
It seems as though the Pussycat Dolls aren't so much about empowering other women, (whatever that means nowadays) as using their sexuality to overpower others, including men who, this group assumes, choose their girlfriends based on appearances.
But for some unknown reason, this song was popular and people were ok with this aural poison.
So call me old-fashioned. I don't care. I'm scared to death for this upcoming generation that thinks so topically.
I'm nervous for the little girls whose parents buy them the sweats with the writing on the seat of the pants. Hello? This means people's eyes are drawn to your daughter's bum, and whether they believe it or not, very often in a sexual way.
I'm nervous for the girls who care more about being hot, than being educated, or happy, or conscientious.
It's a scary time to grow up in. Parents, don't cha wish the best for your children?

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Yeshua bar Yehosef - Aramaic for "Jesus (or Jesse or Joshua) son of Joseph"
Maria - Latin for Mary
Yose - Aramaic for what might be a shortened form of "Joseph" or the nickname for "Joseph", which is "Joses" or "Yoses"
Yehuda bar Yeshua - Aramaic for "Judah, son of Jesus (or 'Jesse' or 'Joshua')"
Mariamne e mara - Aramaic for "Mary (or 'Mariam' or 'Miriam') the master (or mistress)"
Matya - Aramaic for "Matthew" or "Matthias"

These six names are said to be inscribed on six ossuaries that were discovered in a dig in Jerusalem in 1980. Four other ossuaries were discovered, but there were no inscriptions on them, which makes me wonder why six were inscribed and four were not.
The bones were removed from the ossuaries and were buried somewhere (I'm not sure where).
Now we are being told that these six ossuaries might have contained the bones of Jesus (yes, the Jesus) and his mother and his brother, and (forgive me, Lord!) his alleged wife and their alleged son and, for good measure, Matthew the tax collector, but how Matthew got included in this company, I sure don't know.
Well, as pastor of a parish named after Saint Joseph, I would sure like to know what the heck happened to Saint Joseph. If they were going to bury Mary and Jesus in the same tomb, what ever happened to Saint Joseph? Is he chopped liver?
Yes, yes, yes, you're right! I'm making a mock of James Cameron's film "The Lost Tomb of Jesus".
It's a free country and, if I want to make a mock of it, I'll do so.
I guarantee you, dear parishioners, this whole thing is meadow patties.
The perpetrators will take their money and run.
Don't be deceived.
He Who is enthroned in heaven laughs!

For the umpteenth time:
Jesus was not married to Mary Magdalene.
Jesus' Body did not decay in any tomb.
Jesus raised Himself physically and bodily from the dead and has ascended into heaven.
Mary, his mother, has been physically raised from the dead by her Son and she has been assumed into heaven.
Anyone who says otherwise is a deceiver and a liar and, if he doesn't repent, will be a damned (literally) liar, which means a God (literally) damned (literally) liar and that is definitely not a good thing to be!

stjos/stfds: 03.04.2007 - 09


Exposition and Benediction
The Blessed Sacrament

7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 4 March Saint Joseph
Friday, 9 March Mary, Queen of Peace
Sunday, 11 March Saint Francis deSales

Monday, 19 March
[The Solemnity of Joseph, Husband of Mary]
6:00 p.m.
in the Parish Hall
Please call the Rectory
to let us know that you are coming!
There is no charge for this supper.
Donations are accepted, but not required.

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PLEASE PRAY FOR a young man who died today (Saturday, 3 March). David A. Peiffer Jr., age 24, is the husband of St. Joseph parishioner Angela Walters Peiffer and the father of two little boys: St Joseph parishioners Bryce D. Peiffer and Talan L. Peiffer.
David was killed in an automobile accident on Route 443. He was in the same car with his brother-in-law, Ryan A. Walters, who was also killed. (See page 12.)
David and Angela were married in St. Joseph Church on 20 November 2004.
The funeral arrangements for David ("DJ") were not complete at the time of the printing of this bulletin. Please see the newspaper for this information.
We extend our love in a special way to Angela, upon whom God has allowed this double sorrow to fall, viz. the sudden deaths of her husband and of her brother. May God give her strength.
We extend our love and respect to all of David's family, most especially to his dear mother, his father and his stepfather.
We ask God's special protection on David and Angela's sons and we thank God for them.

Eternal rest grant to David, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

SAINT JOSEPH PARISH WOMEN'S GUILD will meet on Wednesday, 7 March, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Please do your best to attend.

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a member of St. Joseph Parish, died today (Saturday, 3 March).
He was killed in an automobile accident on Route 443, not far from his home. He died at the scene.
Born on 10 June 1988, he was 18 years old.
He was a 2006 graduate of Blue Mountain High School.
Ryan is the son of Thomas E. and Margaret (Chillemi) Walters.
He is the brother of Angela Walters Peiffer.
In addition to his parents and his sister, Ryan is survived by two of his grandparents: Pasquale F. Chillemi and Glenna Buck Walters.

Ryan was an integral part of St. Joseph Parish.
It was in St. Joseph Church that he received the sacrament of Baptism (25 June 1988). It was in St. Joseph Church that he made his First Holy Communion (26 May 1996). It was in St. Joseph Church that he received the sacrament of Confirmation (20 March 2000). In addition, he served the parish as an altar boy for about ten years.
When our long-time parish custodian retired at the end of 2006, we asked Ryan to take over some of his basic duties. The timing was good. Ryan needed a job - at least for a while, he said - until he made up his mind what he wanted to do, perhaps go to trade school. He received his final paycheck from the parish - we never dreamt it would be the final one - on Friday, 2 March.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, 7 March, in St. Joseph Church. The interment will be in the parish cemetery. There will be a viewing on Tuesday evening, 6 March, at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home (Pike Street) in Port Carbon.
To know Ryan was to love him. He was a decent and honorable boy and man. We grieve that someone so young should be taken from us. Our hearts go out - more than words can say - to his parents, sister and other family members. We commend Ryan to our crucified and risen Lord Jesus, Who will treat him with great kindness.

Trust in Jesus. Trust in Jesus. Trust in Jesus.

stjos/stfds: 03.04.2007 -12


Every month, on the Thursday prior to the Spaghetti Supper, a sample platter of spaghetti is sent via Special Courier by the Spaghetti Crew from the Parish Hall to the Rectory as an offering to the Pastor, for him to sample (and to give his approbation).
This is one of those lovely perks of high office. [This info might serve as an extra added inducement for any boy or young man who thinks he might have a vocation to the priesthood.]
I would like everyone to know, from Personal Advance Experience, that the spaghetti this month is

It made me smile from ear to ear!
And now you can have the same experience this Sunday (4 March) between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Parish Hall.

$6.00 for an adult or teenager
$3.00 for a child (12 and under)


Our personal pledge to you is this:
We will serve no spaghetto before its time!

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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

Monday, 05 March
Lenten Weekday
10:00 a.m. - CHARLES A. DeSTEFANO
by Eugene M. Trabosh

Friday, 09 March
St. Frances of Rome (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their family

Saturday, 10 March
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - JOHN J. MEHALKO
by the Acker and the Rutecky families

Sunday, 11 March
3rd Sunday of Lent
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by Rita Bettinger Rehnert
by her mother, Julia

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