MASS SCHEDULE:11 - 18 MARCH
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 10 March
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
10:45 a.m. - DOMENICO and ANTONIA MERCURI
by M/M Santo Mercuri

Monday, 12 March
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family

Tuesday, 13 March
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family
7:00 p.m. - JESSE and ELIZABETH KRIZNO
by Mary A. Luppino

Wednesday, 14 March
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - THOMAS J. FEELEY
by his sister, Patty Feeley Garland

 

Thursday, 15 March
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - RITA MONTI CHILLEMI (4th anniversary) by her husband, Pasquale, and family
7:00 p.m. - MARGARET HOBAN O'BRIEN
by her niece, Margaret, and her nephew-in-law, Henry Eckley

Friday, 16 March
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family

Saturday, 17 March
St. Patrick, bishop (OptMem)
8:00 a.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - DENNIS and ANNA WEISS
by their son and their daughter-in-law, John and Frances Weiss

Sunday, 18 March
4th Sunday of Lent
7:45 a.m. - JOSEPH and MARTHA (Mitchell) FLYNN
by Albert and Martha Pascuzzo and family
10:45 a.m. - CATHERINE CARESTIA RINALDO (3rd anniversary)
by Theresa Mete Cuccia

 

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
03 / 04 March

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,791.00
from the envelopes and $118.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,909.00 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 $413.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$159.00
from the envelopes and $155.35 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $314.35 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 $5.04 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

 

RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       03 March

#263
Barbara K won $100.00
Sun      04 March

#533
Nobody won $150.00
Mon     05 March

#055
Nobody won $50.00
Tues     06 March

#913
John & Mary won $50.00
Wed     07 March

#127
My Mom won $50.00
Thurs   08 March

#205
Richard C won $50.00
Fri       09 March

#038
Clay T won $50.00
                                                                             

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  CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 13 February
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 15 March
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 16 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 11 - 17 March, in loving memory of Stephen and Teresa Caravan, at the request of their daughter, Florence Caravan Kane.

BREAKFAST BUFFET


Where?       Immaculate Conception Parish Hall
                    1 E. Caroline Avenue, St. Clair
When?        Sunday, 18 March
Time?         8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Price?         $5.00 for adults and children 8 years old and older  $2.00 for children under 8
Take-outs? Yes!



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

12 March
James A. Chewey
Sandra L. Kehler
Kyrei R. Rose

13 March
Lisa M. Strokelitus

14 March
John J. McGovern

15 March
Michael W. Stoudt
Elizabeth Seifert Yanni

16 March
Natalie L. Mengel
Francis P. Mohan, MD

17 March
Jennifer Strausser Verhagen

18 March
Joseph M. Lango
Julia Senitch Laplaca
Shyanne M. Lipsky
Joseph P. Maccarone

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR A GENTLEMAN who died on Sunday, 4 March. Joseph Prestileo, age 64, died at his home in Phoenixville (PA). He was born on 25 January 1943 and was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 7 February 1943. He grew up in Pottsville and, in his early years, had been a member of St. Joseph Parish. He is the son of the late Frank [MD] and Marie (McKosky) Prestileo.
Joseph was an accomplished musician. Many years ago, he served as the director of the St. Joseph Parish choir.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Joseph on Saturday, 11 March, here in St. Joseph Church. The interment took place in the parish cemetery.
Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant in pace. Amen.

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HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ADVERTISEMENTS put out by schools in which the pitch is something similar to the following?

YOUR CHILD IS SPECIAL!
SO, ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN OUR SCHOOL!
WE BELIEVE THAT EACH CHILD IS SPECIAL!

If I were a parent, I would deliberately avoid enrolling my child in a school in which the administration claims that each of its students is special.
My reason would be this: My (hypothetical) child would not fit in. Why?
Because my (hypothetical) child is NOT special. He or she is an individual member of the species known as homo sapiens sapiens. However, he or she is certainly not the whole species. I want my child to be confident and competent but not egocentric.
Homo sapiens sapiens is certainly special, but the individual members are not special. How could they possibly be special? The concept is absurd.
One of the great problems with the human race - more so today than ever in the history of our species - is that too many individual members of the species consider themselves unique, autonomous, laws unto themselves. In other words, they consider themselves special.
This is an outcome of the self-esteem movement that permeates public education and - I tremble to say it - many private schools as well, not excluding some Catholic schools.
When it comes to being special, angels are special. Thomas Aquinas tells us that each individual angel is a species unto himself. This is one reason why angels don't reproduce their kind. There is no reason for any angel to reproduce, nor is there any mechanism for him to do so. Each individual angel exhausts all the possibilities for its species. Therefore, it is certainly true that angels are special.
But not so human beings.
If you think about it, the homosexual rights movement, the abortion-rights movement, the cohabitation phenomenon, the contraceptive mentality - all of these have something in common with the every-child-a-special-child mindset.
All of them are based on the belief that human beings are exempt from any obligation to conform to any kind of natural law or "law of the species".
We must surrender our illusion of being "special" if we hope to enter the Kingdom of God. Best not to buy into the illusion in the first place!
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N.B. Just for the sake of clarity: The above does not in any way refer to schools that use the term "special education" or "special-needs children". That use of the word "special" is an entirely different matter.

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THE FOLLOWING ITEM appeared in a recent edition of the Pottsville Republican, in the Thunder / Enlightening section. I think it deserves a re-run in our parish bulletin.
God knows, we can all use a good laugh:

   I have a suggestion on how
     to save our Catholic schools.
     First, stop unnecessary reno-
    vations of churches. Second,
    reduce salaries of the clergy.
Third and most important,
 reduce the tuition. You will
   find that the buildings will be
           filled to overflowing. Put kids first.

Ringtown

Here is my (tentative) reply:

Dear Ringtown:
You will never know the depth of my gratitude - and that of my fellow priests - towards you for sending these interesting suggestions our way.
And perhaps it is better that you never know.
If you have any additional suggestions to toss into the hopper, please be certain that we priests will give them the consideration they deserve.
I ask God's blessing on the pastor of Ringtown. Obviously, he has a special cross to carry. I am referring, of course, to you!
EBC

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WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund, as follows:

In memory of
Ryan A. Walters
Angelo and Kay Barone
Rose Marie Fabiani Zeller
Carl and Mildred Mengel
Anthony and Karen Pilo
Michael and Jennifer Verhagen
William and Kerry Cox
Angeline LaPlaca Deramo
Debra Deramo McDonald and sons
Salem and Nancy Potts
Fred Horan and family
George and Jean Heffner
Zemantauski family
Paul and Joanie Dimmerling
Chester Shanoskie Jr. and family
Chillemi family
Lou, Debbie and Caitlin Walters and Dan Kaplan
M/M Walter Govern Jr. and family
Ann A. Piccioni
Patricia Feeley Garland
Thomas Sanna
M/M Troy Jochems

In memory of
David A. Peiffer Jr.
Angelo and Kay Barone
Rose Marie Fabiani Zeller

 NATIVITY BVM HONOR ROLL
James P. Cicero (12th grade) - First Honors
John P. Modesto (12th grade) - First Honors
David J. Chiplonia (11th grade) - First Honors
Alessandra K. Pagnotta (11th grade) - Second Honors
Christian S. Modesto (9th grade) - Distinguished Honors

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 WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund, as follows:

In memory of
Isabel Olechnowicz Carusella
Joseph T. Cescon
M/M James Yacobacci
Nanette Marie Eisnehuth
John and Rita Tamalavage
Albert and Sis Olechnowicz
Reading Alloys, Inc., Robesonia

In memory of
Betty McLaughlin Bruen
Employees / Hollywood Video and Game Crazy of Pottsville

 HOME-MADE EASTER CANDY
Butter cream
Coconut cream
Peanut butter
$7.50 per box
Place your order by calling St. Patrick Rectory [622-1802] weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Deadline for ordering: Monday, 26 March
You can pick up your candy at St. Patrick Parish Center on Saturday, 31 March (from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m.) or on Sunday, 1 April, (from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

 SPAGHETTI SUPPER PROFIT
FROM 4 MARCH 07
ONE THOU, TWO HUN, THIRTY FIVE DOLLS
& NO SENSE!
$1,235.00
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

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 REPORT ON CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY
St. Joseph Parish sold 679 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 36 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 715.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $3,575.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$2,250.00 in prizes;
$70.00 in printing;
$36.75 in postage.
Total deductions: $2,356.75.
Net revenue: $1,218.25.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (95%) earned $1,156.91.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5%) earned $61.34.
THANK YOU
SAINT JOSEPH DAY GATHERING
When?             Monday, 19 March
What time?       6:00 p.m.
Where?            St. Joseph Parish Hall
What?             Cheese and lunch meat, sandwiches, pretzels, chips, veggies and dip, beverages,                        munchies, etc.
Who?              Parishioners (StJos and StFdS) and their friends
Price?              FREE (the best price of all!)
Why?              To celebrate the great Saint Joseph!
Reserve?         Yes! Please call the Rectory no later than 14 March, so we know how much to order!

stjos/stfds: 03.11.2007 - 09


 

EX ORE INFANTIUM

O res mirabilis!
Manducat Dominum
pauper, servus et humilis
.

St. Thomas Aquinas

Aidan Dwyer is a lad of tender years. He has not yet observed his third birthday. Therefore, one could hardly expect that he has meditated often or deeply on John, chapter six.
Nevertheless, he exclaimed to one and all at the 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church, on Saturday, 24 February 2007, the following profundity: "I want to eat Jesus!"
We presume that little Aidan was speaking in the Spirit.
Doctor Thomas Aquinas is quite proud of him!
The exact context of this proclamation of Catholic Faith was this: Aidan's grandmother, Barbara Halcovage, was kneeling at the rail, just about to receive Holy Communion. Aidan was standing next to her. Having given Communion to Barbara, the priest extended his thumb towards the lad in order to trace the sign of the cross on his precocious little skull.
Apparently, Aidan felt that the priest was patronizing him and that he (Aidan) was being made a victim of age discrimination. So, he stomped his foot and uttered the sentence cited above.
Someone said that this incident should be written down, so that it could be included in the portfolio submitted to the Holy See, if and when the Servant of God Aidan Dwyer comes up for canonization.
Please consider this bulletin article to be the official record of the event.

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ANTONIO PASQUAL CHILLEMI,
a handsome little boy, 14-months old, was baptized in Saint Joseph Church on Thursday, 9 March.
For now, he is the newest member of our parish.
[Antonio Pasqual is a first cousin (once removed) to Ryan A. Walters, the young man whose funeral Mass we had celebrated just one day earlier. We ask Ryan to pray to God for his little cousin.]
Baptism is all about death and resurrection. When a person is baptized, the Church anticipates that person's death and inserts that future inevitability into the historic death of Jesus.
Even as we wish for Antonio Pasqual a long life here on earth, we already have our sights set on the future. We ask Jesus to take good care of this lad and to shepherd him through this vale of tears safely home to God.
By water and the Holy Spirit, this little boy is now a son of God the First Person, a brother of God the Second Person, a dwelling place of God the Third Person.
He is freed from the original sin and has the right to go to heaven.
We welcome Antonio Pasqual Chillemi with joy. May he be a blessing to our parish.

stjos/stfds: 03.11.2007 - 11


A STORY FOR SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

IT WAS INEVITABLE. Nonetheless, it was sad. Mother General lay dying. She was 107 years old and had been Mother General for the past 57 years. She had come to this country from Ireland as a young Sister and had helped to establish the community here in the United States.
She had worked hard and prayed hard all of her life.
Even when she was in her late nineties, she was able to roll up her sleeves, put on her apron and go out into the fields with the younger members of the community in order to pick the potatoes, toss the hay and tend to the livestock.
Now she was dying.
The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her as comfortable as possible.
The priest had already been there to give her the last rites.
The nuns gave Mother some warm milk to drink but she refused.
"Mother" they said anxiously, "please drink at least a wee bit. You need the nourishment!"
Then one of the nuns had a thought. She took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey that they kept in the cabinet for medicinal purposes, Sister opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk.
Returning to Mother General's bedside, Sister held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and then a little more and - glory be to St. Patrick! - before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop.
"Mother," the Sisters asked her, with tears streaming down their faces, "do you have any final instructions or words of wisdom for us before you go back to the dear Lord?"
Mother raised herself up and, with eyes lifted to heaven, said, "Sisters, don't sell that cow!"

stjos/stfds: 03.11.2007 -12


 

Stations of the Cross
with
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11 March  

Friday, 16 March  

Sunday, 18 March                

Saint Francis deSales

Saint Francis deSales

Saint Joseph

There are some Catholic kids (and, God help us, some Catholic adults) who don't have the foggiest idea what is meant by "the Stations of the Cross" or by "Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament".
To be a Catholic and to be unacquainted with the Stations of the Cross and / or with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is terribly, terribly sad.
Here is a solution: Please invite some "marginal Catholic" kid or adult to accompany you to Stations of the Cross. The person you invite doesn't even have to be a Catholic. If you can manage to get a Protestant adult or child to attend, more power to you!
Making people aware of God and / or intensifying their awareness is a magnificent good deed!

stjos/stfds: 03.11.2007 - 13

 


 MASS SCHEDULE: 11 - 18 MARCH
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 10 March
V
igil 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
12:15 p.m. - FRANCES MAZZUCA GARDNER
by her mother, Julia

Monday, 12 March
Lenten Weekday
10:00 a.m. - ESTELLE WEINER PURCELL
(anniversary of birth)
by her son, Brian Michael

Wednesday, 14 March
Lenten Weekday
10:00 a.m. - CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Friday, 16 March
Lenten Weekday
10:00 a.m. - INTENTIONS OF HDS
by HDS

Saturday, 17 March
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - CATHERINE CARESTIA RINALDO
(3rd anniversary)
by her family

Sunday, 18 March
4th Sunday of Lent
9:15 a.m. - DECEASED: LAPLACA and SENITCH FAMILIES
by Julia Senitch Laplaca
12:15 p.m. - FRED YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dunbrowney Haag

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