MASS SCHEDULE: 22 -29 APRIL
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 21 April
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
(54th anniversary of wedding)
by his wife, Mary, and family

Sunday, 22 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
7:45 a.m. - KENNETH and CAROLINE TRAUGER
by Frank and Cheryl Messina
10:45 a.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife, Carmella, and his daughter, Joanne

Monday, 23 April
St. George, martyr; St. Adalbert, bishop, martyr (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family

Tuesday, 24 April
St. Fidelis, priest, martyr (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family
7:00 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family

Wednesday, 25 April
St. Mark, evangelist (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - ANDREW J. FEELEY
by his daughter, Patty Feeley Garland

Thursday, 26 April
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family
7:00 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family

Friday, 27 April
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family

Saturday, 28 April
St. Peter Chanel, priest, martyr; St. Louis deMontfort, priest (OptMems)
8:00 a.m. - ANDREW JOHN LUCAS
by Michael and Catherine Whitney
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - STEPHEN CHALINSKY
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Sunday, 29 April
4th Sunday of Easter
7:45 a.m. - KATHRYN SELINSKY LUPPINO (1st anniversary)
by Rosa Alfonsi Lilley
10:45 a.m. - DOMENICO MERCURI (11th anniversary)
by M/M Santo Mercuri


 

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
21 / 22 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,366.00
from the envelopes and $150.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,516.00 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 $20.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$93.00
from the envelopes and $73.45 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $166.45 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 (($142.86) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 

RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       14 April

#034
Dave B won $100.00
Sun      15 April

#962
Tammy Z won $150.00
Mon    16 April

#768
Tina Z won $50.00
Tues     17 April

#421
Connie L won $50.00
Wed     18 April

#334
Nobody won $50.00
Thurs   19 April

#514
Joe D won $50.00
Fri       20 April

#625
Todd C won $50.00
                                                                             

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 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 24 April
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Wednesday, 25 April
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Thursday, 26 April
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
Q. - What would be an appropriate hymn to be sung at a Catholic / Jewish wedding?
A. - Oy Vey, Maria!

THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 15 - 21 April, in loving memory of Lillian Cappetta Kevy, at the request of her daughters, Phyllis and Roni.

NOTE
The Tuesday morning (17 Apr) Bible Study will be held on Thursday morning (19 Apr) because of a funeral on Tuesday.


WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of
Nicholas M. DeStefano
Andrew and Loreta DeStefano

Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.

stjos/stfds: 04.22.2007 - 03


 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

23 April
None, as far as we know.

24 April
Jayson R. Carestia
Helen Wychunas Heimbaugh
Debra Barone Daniels Shade
Joseph M. Visalli

25 April
David R. Brahler
Joanna M. Guastavino
Matthew M. McGarry
Thomas J. Powanda Sr.
Maeve R. Stoudt


26 April
Michael M. Baiocco
Christine M. Gentile

27 April
Susan Piccioni Griffin
Mary Forte LaSelva
Dominick A. Noel

28 April
Suzanne Maroukis Cavanaugh

29 April
Dominic A. Chewey
Sandra Kasdorf Frinzi
Justin T. Landers
Megan Lynn McCord

MASS AT NURSING HOME
There will be a Mass at the Schuylkill Center NH (behind the Good Samaritan Hospital) on Friday, 27 April, at 2:30 p.m. As always, YOU are invited. YOUR presence is a sign of YOUR solidarity with the residents of the Center.
PLEASE NOTE
There will not be a Mass at StFdS on Monday, 23 April, or on Friday, 27 April. The former because of a funeral Fr. Connolly will be attending; the latter because of the Mass at the Nursing Home (cf. supra).

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JULIE AMELIA SZELIGA,
first child of Andrew W. and Jacqueline (Wood) Szeliga, will be baptized today (Sunday) here in St. Joseph Church.
With gratitude to God for calling Andy and Jackie to the dignity of parenthood, we confer upon their beautiful little girl the gift of membership in the family of God.
The phrase "family of God" is not a pious cliché. The deep meaning is this:
God Himself is a Family. God is Three Persons. God has always been Three Persons. Any understanding of God that does not take into account the Threeness-of His Oneness is profoundly defective.
By Baptism, Julie Amelia will enter into the divine Family. She will be incorporated into the Second Member of the Family, Who is the Son, Who is Jesus Christ our Lord.
Therefore, she will become a daughter of the First Member of the Family, Who is the Father.
Therefore, she will become a recipient of the Third Member of the Family, Who is the Holy Spirit, the Holy Love between the Father and the Son.
Julie Amelia will be delivered from the original sin and will receive the divinizing gift that we call "sanctifying grace".
She will enter into the death of Jesus Christ and, in so doing, will enter into His resurrection.
May God bless this little girl! May she grow in wisdom, age and grace into the perfection of womanhood.
We pray that Andy and Jackie will have the wisdom to raise their daughter to know, love and serve God. May she bring them joy!

stjos/stfds: 04.22.2007 - 05


 

MOST OF THESE ARE GOLDEN OLDIES.
However, one of the advantages of getting older is that we enjoy the old jokes all over again.

Q - What kind of a man was Boaz before he got married?
A - Ruthless
Q - What do you call a priest who is in charge of a German parish?
A - A German shepherd
Q - Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A - Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.
Q - Which woman in the Bible was a financier?
A - Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the Bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.
Q - What kinds of cars are mentioned in the Bible?
A - God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumph was heard throughout the land. The members of the early Church were all of one Accord.
Q - Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
A - Samson. He brought down the house.
Q - What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why the family no longer lived in Eden?
A - Your mother ate us out of house and home.
Q - Who was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
A - Moses. He broke all ten commandments at once.
Q - Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
A - The area around the Jordan. The banks were always overflowing.
Q - Who in the Bible was a babysitter?
A - David. He rocked Goliath to sleep - a very deep sleep.
Q - Who in the Bible had no parents?
A - Joshua, son of Nun.
Q - Why didn't they play cards on the Ark?
A - Because Noah was standing on the deck.
Q - Which book of the Bible answers the question about whether the husband or the wife is supposed to make the coffee.
A - Hebrews.

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PLEASE PRAY FOR a gentleman who died on Tuesday, 24 April. Vincent Mattera, age 87, is: the father of St. Joseph parishioner Frank J. Mattera; the grandfather of St. Joseph parishioners, Steven F. Mattera and Gina M. Mattera; the great grandfather of St. Joseph parishioners Blake R. Bowers and Jacob S. Mattera.
Eternal rest grant unto Vincent, 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.

 REMEMBER
5th annual Chinese Auction
Nativity BVM High School
Sunday, 6 May
Doors open at 11:00 a.m.
Auction begins at 2:00 p.m.

THANK YOU, Chief Justice Roberts.
THANK YOU, Justice Kennedy
THANK YOU, Justice Scalia
THANK YOU, Justice Thomas
THANK YOU, Justice Alito
We are proud of you that you did the right thing.
We find it interesting that all five of you are Catholics - and practicing Catholics at that!
And thank YOU, President Bush for making it all possible!
We just might make you an honorary Catholic!

stjos/stfds: 04.22.2007 - 07


I am doing this, so as to get on Andy DeStefano's good side.
I'm hoping he might give me some extra spaghetti! [EBC]

SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS
SUNDAY, 6 MAY
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH HALL
11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Six dollars for adults and teenagers!
Three dollars for children!
All you can eat!
A treat that can't be beat!
You would have to be out of your mind not to show up!

stjos/stfds: 04.22.2007 - 08


The following can be found on page 28 (classified ads) of the 21 April edition of the Pottsville Republican:

FREE - Publan milk snake, friendly, includes Tank, heating pad, plant, water bowl and lid for tank. Call ***-**** leave message.

COMMENT
I didn't know what "publan" means. So, I googled it. It seems to be an alternate spelling for "pueblan". Of course, I'm not sure what "pueblan" means. So, I can't enlighten you any further on that!
What really caught my attention was the description of the snake as "friendly"! I must say that I had never thought of snakes as "friendly". I think of people and even cats and dogs as "friendly" or "unfriendly", but not reptiles. I thought snakes and other reptiles held me and other mammals (and other reptiles, for that matter!) in utter contempt. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I've misjudged the whole reptilian class. If so, I'm sorry. However, I wish Mother Eve had not been so trusting of that reptile who struck up a conversation with her in the Garden. Ever since then, although I wish snakes no harm, I prefer to keep my distance and, when in need of friendship, to look for it "among my own kind", viz. mammals, preferably humans. So, I shall not be calling the person who wants to give me a free publan milk snake.
No offense intended!

HONOR ROLL
Stephaney M. Hauptly/ 11th grade / Pottsville / First Honors
Jennifer L. Cory / 10th grade / Minersville / First Honors
Megan L. McCord / 10th grade / Pottsville / Honors
Kelly A. McCord / 6th grade / Lengel / Honors
Brittany R. Cory / 4th grade / Minersville / Distinguished Honors

stjos/stfds: 04.22.2007 - 09


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Please remember that Sunday, 27 May, is First Holy Communion Sunday.
Call the parish secretary (622-3081) to make sure that we have your child's name on the list for First Holy Communion!
Please make that call this week!
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH CEMETERY
[Our motto: We'll give you a lot for your money!]
We are cutting some brush and drawing some lines in order to extend the available space for interments in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery.
It is possible that you have been saying to yourself: "You know, I really ought to purchase a gravesite, so that, when I return to room temperature, my family won't have to rush around trying to find a suitable spot for depositing my bones."
Well, you know what? It's time to stop "saying it to yourself" and time to start saying it to us! So, stop in at Graves R Us, located in St. Joseph Rectory. Speak with one of our cheerful interment consultants. Show the lady this bulletin and she might give you a good price. And always remember: The pastor of St. Joseph Parish will be the last person in the world to look down on you.

stjos/stfds: 04.22.2007 - 10


 

HEALING SHMEALING!
I HAVEN'T STOPPED BLEEDING YET!
I was in my car a few minutes before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, 16 April. I was listening to BBC News on my XM radio. A brief mention was made about a mass killing at a college in Virginia. The name of the college was not given. My heart jumped! I have a grandnephew who is a freshman at a college in Virginia.
Because the BBC doesn't give depth coverage to American domestic news, I quickly switched over to Fox News. There I learned that the tragedy took place at Virginia Tech - not the college my grandnephew attends. I felt relieved, to say the least.
Then I learned that thirty-some students had been killed. The number at the time was imprecise. Reports were still coming in. I thought, Oh, my God!
I tried to picture the horror in my mind. I said a quick prayer: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Then I thought about the parents, most of whom probably didn't even know yet that their children had been killed! Oh God, help them through this terrible time!
One of the newscasters said that it was anticipated that the administration of Virginia Tech would be holding a news conference pretty soon in order to release more information. Then the newscaster said something that made me wince. In fact, it made me more than wince, it made me angry. He said that "once the news conference is held" then "the healing process can begin".

The healing process can begin?????
I want to say to him: "For God's sake, knock it off, will you? Let them finalize the body count and notify the next of kin before you start mouthing phrases about "letting the healing begin"!
Have you noticed how ubiquitous the references to "healing" and "the healing process" have become in recent years? It seems that, no sooner has the dread event happened to you or your loved ones than everyone starts crowding in on you to get you to get on with the business of healing! And then, of course, there is "closure". We have to have closure!!

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Friend, did you say that the Sabeans just carried off your oxen and asses in a raid and put your herdsmen to the sword?
Friend, did you say that lightning just fell from heaven and consumed all of your sheep and shepherds?
Friend, did you say that the Chaldeans just formed three columns, seized your camels, carried them off and put your camel drivers to the sword?

WELL NOW, WE MUSTN'T LET THAT GET US DOWN, MUST WE? STIFF UPPER LIP AND ALL THAT! LET'S GET ON WITH THE HEALING!
Friend, did you say that, just a few minutes ago, while your ten sons and daughters were attending a party in the house of your eldest son, a great wind came in from the desert, smote the four corners of the house and the house collapsed and all of your children were killed?

WELL, THAT WAS A BIT OF A JOLT, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. BUT LET'S GET ON NOW WITH THE HEALING PROCESS! WE HAVE A GRIEF COUNSELOR WAITING FOR YOU IN THE NEXT ROOM. SHE WILL HELP YOU FIND CLOSURE IN THIS MATTER.
Friend, did you say that you have just come down with a case of severe boils from the soles of your feet to the crown of your head and that the pus is running out and the itch is driving you bananas and all you can do anymore is sit on a dung heap and scrape yourself with a piece of broken pottery?

WELL NOW, FRIEND, THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A PSYCHOSOMATIC REACTION TO YOUR EARLIER PROBLEMS. LET'S START THE HEALING PROCESS, SO WE CAN GET SOME CLOSURE ON THIS.

Do you know what's wrong with the "healing now / closure now" people? I'll put it in theological terms: They rush the eschaton! Do you know what that means? It means that they don't allow time for Good Saturday. They jump right from Good Friday into Easter Sunday and, in fact, they don't even do a decent Good Friday! They can't stand to contemplate the crucified Lord. They want year-round white vestments and alleluias. They don't process suffering very well. They tend to run off to faith healers and are absolutely certain that God doesn't want them to endure any pains, inconveniences or contradictions. They gravitate towards either Pentecostalism or Christian Science. They are not happy campers in the Catholic Church.
The truth is this: Life in this world is difficult. It is full of sadness and pain. Death awaits us all. However, fear not! Jesus Christ has overcome the world. "If we die with Him, we shall rise with Him. If we endure with Him, we shall reign with Him."
Dying must precede rising and enduring must precede reigning. That's my point.

stjos/stfds: 04.22.2007 -12


 

REPORT ON CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR MARCH
St. Joseph Parish sold 624 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 38 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 662.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $3,310.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$2,200.00 in prizes;
$70.00 in printing;
$35.64 in postage.
Total deductions: $2,305.64.
Net revenue: $1,004.36.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (94.3%) earned $946.71.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5.7%) earned $57.65.
THANK YOU!
A FRIEND OF MINE IS THE PASTOR OF AN ETHNIC PARISH IN BERKS COUNTY. He and I were ordained together. He called me this past week to give me the date of the annual reunion for the priests of the Diocese who were ordained in 1966. Then we talked about this and that. I asked him what he anticipated for his parish. He said basically the same thing that I say when I am asked that question in regard to my own two parishes. Who knows? God knows!
I might have my suspicions about what the future will bring, but I really don't know. My friend made this telling observation: He said, "Well, what can I say? I had one baptism in my parish last year and twenty-four funerals."
That pretty much says it all.
The Death Pills (aka anovulants, aka birth control pills) have devastated our parishes, turned our baptismal fonts into quaint liturgical furniture and starved off our seminaries and convents.
The Future belongs to those women who never swallowed and to those men who never countenanced the swallowing of the Death Pills and to those who, coming to Wisdom, repent, confess and flush them into the sewer.

stjos/stfds: 04.22.2007 - 13

 


 MASS SCHEDULE:22 -29 APRIL
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 21 April
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
by EBC

Sunday, 22 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
9:15 a.m. - GILDA APPOLLONI MADEIRA
by Joseph T. Cescon and family
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent

Wednesday, 25 April
St. Mark, evangelist (Fst)
10:00 a.m. - ALBERTJ., MAE C. and LOUIS P. BRANCA
by the Thye family

Saturday, 28 April
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - GILDA APPOLLONI MADEIRA (month's mind)
by Kit Cutler

Sunday, 29 April
4th Sunday of Easter
9:15 a.m. - God's Blessings on SANDY L. FRINZI
by her family
12:15 p.m. - MARY REILLY MERRICK
by David and Alice Bechtel

stjos/stfds: 04.22.2007 - 14

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