MASS SCHEDULE: 29 April -06 May

Saturday, 28 April
Vigil of Sunday
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
(11th anniversary)
by M/M Santo Mercuri

Monday, 30 April
St. Pius V, pope (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - WILLIAM FRANK
(anniversary of birth)
by Rose Marie

Tuesday, 01 May
St. Joseph the Worker (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - ARTHUR B. WHITNEY
by Michael and Catherine
by Ann Lejko Stock

Wednesday, 02 May
St. Athanasius, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
by her sister, Kitty

Thursday, 03 May
SS. Philip and James, apostles (Fst)
by her daughter, Kitty
7:00 p.m. - Health and God's blessings on ANGELA DiCELLO STELLA
by the Luppino family

Friday, 04 May
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - KEVIN BARNES
(anniversary of birth)
by Nana and Pop Pop Kane
6:15 p.m. - RONI J. KEVY
by Jim and Eva Gontis

Saturday, 05 May
Easter Weekday
by the TOC Community

Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by Bruce and Kathy Marianelli

Sunday, 06 May
5th Sunday of Easter
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
by Mary Wylie

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21 / 22 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $190.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,401.00 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 ($94.26) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $71.95 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 (($137.38) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Sat       21 April

Kathy S won $100.00
Sun      22 April

Keith W won $150.00
Mon    23 April

Dan D won $50.00
Tues     24 April

Robert B won $50.00
Wed     25 April

Linda M won $50.00
Thurs   26 April

Nobody won $50.00
Fri       27 April

Nobody won $50.00

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Tuesday, 01 May
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 03 May
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Friday, 04 May
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 29 April - 5 May, in loving memory of Salvatore Messina, at the request of his wife, Josephine.

THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 29 April - 5 May, invoking God's blessings upon Mary Sciarrone Lopez, and wishing her a happy birthday, at the request of Barbara Sciarrone Kasper, and family.

THE EASTER COLLECTION totals are as follows:

St. Jospeh Parish:                $3803.00

St. Francis deSales Parish:     $278.00


Some people are lucky. They always seem to get what they want. Of course, you know what their secret is, don't you? I'll tell you what it is: They always want what they get.

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30 April
David W. Thye
Angela M. Leskin

01 May
Anthony N. Deramo
Mary Julian Ventresca

02 May
None, as far as we know.

03 May
Gabrielle E. Kline

04 May
Christian A. Chillemi
Rsoemare Calabrese Jefferson
Philomena ["Mary"] Genovese Kutch

05 May
Joseph F. Bassininsky
Emma Villella Tranquillo

06 May
Chad J. Marianelli

Mrs. Kutch was born on 4 May 1910. God willing, she will observe her 97th birthday this week! Our deepest respect, affection and gratitude go out to her. We are blessed to have her. She has done many good deeds for the parish. For the record: Mrs. Kutch is our second oldest parishioner.

Drew R. Weidner had a BD on 26 April and - Lord have mercy on us! - we didn't include it in last weekend's bulletin. To make matters worse, it was a milestone BD (ends in zero)! We regret the omission and wish him a Happy Belated BD.

JUST SO YOU KNOW you're not the only one who thinks so: Please know that yours truly also thinks that the April picture on the StJosPar / StFdSPar 2007 calendar is very strange and somewhat creepy. I don't like the May picture either, but for different reasons. This is my last time buying this line of calendars. What can I say?

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a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Friday, 27 April.
Born on 23 January 1946, she was 61 years old.
Roni is the youngest of the four children of the late Nathan and Lillian (Cappetta) Kevy.
Her brother, Robert Kevy, died on 31 October 1991.
Her mother, Lillian, died on 18 April 1997.
Her father, Nathan, died on 20 August 1999.
Roni's sisters, Myrna Kevy Eberly and Phyllis C. Kevy, survive her.
When Roni was 20 years old, she sought and received Baptism into the Catholic Church. Fr. Ricapito baptized her in St. Barbara Church, Minersville, on 19 November 1966.
Roni lived a life of mitzvot, done for God with joy in Christ Jesus. When she was diagnosed with cancer some years ago, she dealt with it appropriately, not dramatically, as an annoyance - at most, an inconvenience - but not a tragedy. Cancer did not define her.
Roni was boldly pro-life. Undoubtedly, there are persons walking on the planet today who would have been aborted had Roni not spoken the truth, both when convenient and when inconvenient.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Wednesday, 2 May, at 10:00 a.m. From 8:30 a.m. until shortly before the Mass, there will be a viewing in the church. There will not be a viewing on Tuesday evening. The interment will take place in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery.
In the Preface (#1) of the Mass of Christian Burial we proclaim this piercing truth: "For those who are faithful (to God), life is changed, not ended." We hope that everyone who hears those words takes them to heart. The truth is that on 27 April 07, Roni Kevy's life was changed. It was not ended. She will rise from the dead.
Eternal rest grant unto Roni, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

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THE SAINT JOSEPH PARISH WOMEN'S GUILD will meet on Wednesday, 2 May, at 7:00 p.m.
Members: Please do your best to attend.
The monthly Mass will be held on Monday, 30 April, at 5:00 p.m.
After the Mass, there will be an opportunity to venerate the first-class relic of Saint Pauline Visintainer, patroness of all who are sick and, in particular, of those who have diabetes.
If you need a ride to Simon Kramer (New Philadelphia), call St. Joseph Rectory.
Date: Sunday, 6 may
Time: doors open at 11:00 a.m.
Auction at 2:00 p.m.
Browse 'n bid: Saturday, 5 may
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Could this letter be a sign that the End of the World approacheth?
Who knoweth?

What letter am I talking about?
Let me tell you: The IRS just sent (24 April 07) a "Dear Taxpayer" letter to St. Joseph Parish in which they admit that they made a mistake in seizing (yes, I do mean "seizing") $1,635.36 out of our parish checking account for what they called our failure to make SS payments. We told them and we told them and we told them over and over again that they were wrong and we were right and now they admit it. So, are they going to give us the money back? No! They are going to give us credits towards future payments. We'll settle for that.
Gitcher shootin' arn, Pappy! It's them revenooers agin!

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Virginia Tech Killer Fueled by Pornography Says Expert
College knew he was a mentally ill, pornography and violence obsessed sexual predator and still did not expel him

by Peter J. Smith

BLACKSBURG, Virginia, April 23, 2007 ( - Pornography fueled the deranged mind of the Virginia Tech killer, who massacred 32 people at Virginia Tech before turning the gun on himself last Monday, according to an expert on pornography.
Dr. Judith Reisman, one of the foremost researchers on pornography and its corrosive effects on individuals and society, described mass murderer Cho Seung-Hui, 23, as having a pornographic or "erototoxic addiction" that fueled the rage of his mind unbalanced by antidepressant drugs.
In a column for WorldNetDaily, Reisman wrote that often what Cho and other school killers have in common is "a society drenched in sadosexual arousal as entertainment, some family troubles of a trivial and/or serious nature", and a lethal combination of pornography, violent video gaming, and antidepressant drugs known to facilitate violent behavior in some people.
Cho, who was diagnosed as mentally instable in 2005, attended Virginia Tech, but displayed a high degree of sexual turmoil fueled by pornography.
Filled with uncontrollable sexual pornographic fantasies Cho is said to have been a walking time bomb, who had a history of stalking women and pornographic sexual harassment at Virginia Tech including an obsession with taking pictures of girls "legs and knees under the desks with his cell phone.''
An English major, Cho authored a deranged 10 page play entitled "Richard McBeef", where he wrote pornographically about a 13-year-old boy protagonist. The boy rages spewing furious filthy obscenities against his molesting homosexual/pedophile step-father, who expresses certain sexual predilections to the boy's mother before killing the boy in the end.
The depravity and rage of the play as well as Cho's other writings terrified professor Nikki Giovanni so much that she demanded Cho undergo psychiatric counseling and threatened to quit unless he were removed from her class.

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Giovanni called Cho "evil" and said the poems he wrote for her class revealed someone engaged in ''a personal violation … objectifying his subjects,'' doing things ''to your body parts."
"This is massive pornographically motivated sexual harassment well beyond the norm" wrote Reisman, who added that for Cho to shoot "pictures of girls' crotch area 'under the desks'" and not be arrested was criminal on the part of Virginia Tech.
So, instead of expelling a mentally ill, pornography-obsessed sexual predator, Virginia Tech allowed Cho to rage, until he had killed 27 students and five lecturers in the schools' gun-free "safe-zone", which supposedly should have made the campus safer.
Dr. Judith Reisman, author of Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences has documented the connection between pornography and violent crime, especially in rising sexual crimes.
Reisman exposed the fraudulent "findings" of America's "sex expert", Alfred Kinsey, whose sexual experiments on children "rivals the Nazi experiments described at Nuremberg" and involved gross illegal sexual experimentation on several hundred young children (as young as 2 months) by pedophiles and sex offenders. The result of these findings and surveys of hundreds of sex offenders, prostitutes, prison inmates and exhibitionists became the very foundation of modern "sex science" and today's tolerance of dangerous and criminal sexual behaviors.

A friend of mine, Chris Chapman, sent me this article from the Net (LifeSiteNews).
When I read it, I said to myself: This is interesting. I think I'll put some excerpts into the bulletin. People should know about this.
As it has turned out, I'm not editing the article at all, but printing the whole thing. I ask you please to read it.
The strange this is this: In all the TV and print coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre and in all of the analysis of what could possibly have been going on in Cho's mind, I don't remember any commentator emphasizing Cho's obsession with pornography. Pornography is a powerful and protected industry in our country.
Invoking the Name of Jesus Christ, I beg all of my parishioners to do all that they possibly can to safeguard their children and their homes from pornography. It is an entranceway to hell.

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IF ANYONE KNOWS WHO OWNS THE PICK-UP TRUCK - A BLACK CHEVY SILVERADO which I sometimes see parked on Main Street in Mount Carbon, would you please tell him to remove from his rear window the offensive words, spelled out in large red letters, that are on display there?
If these words are not removed and if the truck continues to park on Main Street in Mount Carbon, I shall take appropriate action. The appropriate action may not be to the owner's liking.
These words are an insult to women - as well as to men (like me] who have some relatives who are women. If there are any real, honest-to-goodness masculine men living in Mount Carbon - and I am fairly certain that there are - please inform the owner of the truck that he has been warned and that you won't tolerate him putting disrespectful words about women's breasts into the heads of the children of Mount Carbon as they play on the sidewalks and that you don't particularly admire men who equate women with objects.
By next weekend, I want to see those words removed from the window or else the truck parked outside of my parish territory - preferably the former.


The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival.

There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold, pilots!

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We are happy to have you.
Eric Strobel is a seminarian for the Diocese of Allentown.
He is a student at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
He is in the class known as "Pre-Theology".
[Despite recent rumors to the contrary, Limbo does exist. It has been re-named "Pre-Theology". Seminarians in "Pre-Theology" have completed college and have their Bachelor's degree, but have not yet started Theology.]
Theology is the four-year curriculum that leads (one devoutly hopes!) to ordination to priesthood.
Eric is an overnight guest at St. Joseph Parish. He will speak at all the Masses this weekend about the Bishop's Annual Appeal.
We ask everyone to pay him heed.
And - need we say it? - we ask everyone to be
THE BANNS OF MARRIAGE are proclaimed for the first time between Philip Noel Collier and Katherine Eileen Whitney. Philip is a member of St. Edmund of Abingdon Parish, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (England). Katherine (more often called "Kate") is a member of St. Joseph Parish.
If anyone is aware of any impediment to the sacramental union of these two persons, he or she should promptly present such information to the pastor.

I used to be schizophrenic but we're okay now.

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My reason for bringing this question to the bulletin is this: On the front page of the 21 April edition of the Pottsville Republican there was an article about a document that was just released, with the approval of the Holy Father, the name of which is
The newspaper article about the document came from the Associated Press. It was filled with confusion. I mean, of course, that the article was filled with confusion, not the document. The AP reporter asked Fr. Richard McBrien to comment on the document, which he was only too happy to do. Quite frankly, I have my doubts that Fr. McBrien had even read the document. Nothing he said in his commentary indicated that he had. Fr. McBrien teaches at Notre Dame University. He was a teacher of mine at Boston College. During my time sitting in his classroom, I found, to my delight, that there were times, every once in a while, when what Fr. McBrien believed and taught approximated what the Catholic Church believes and teaches.
Fr. McBrien is the author of a catechism that was censured by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. That is a distinction usually reserved for persons who, in simpler times, were being considered for excommunication and / or conflagration.
Point to be made: Please be certain that Fr. McBrien's comments about original sin and baptism and being born in sanctifying grace are vintage McBrienism and are heretical. They are not what the document teaches, nor are they what the Catholic Church believes. Here is what the Church believes and teaches on the subject:

As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus' tenderness toward children which caused him to say: "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism. All the more urgent is the Church's call not to prevent little children coming to Christ through the gift of holy Baptism. [Catechism of Catholic Church #1261]

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Heart of Christ
We sing Thy praises,
Wellspring of Eternal Life!
Through the sorrows of Thy Passion,
We find refuge from the strife!

10:00 a.m. - Mass at StFdS
12:05 p.m - Mass at StJos
6:15 p.m - Mass at StJos
7:00 p.m. - Holy Hour at StJos

06 MAY 07
The Last Supper!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we're coming up to
of the 2006 - 2007 season!
11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Hall
Six dollars for an adult or teenager.
Three dollars for a child.
All you can eat.
Take-outs available.

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Q. - What is a "Buterabus"?
A. - A Buterabus is a bus that takes people from Pottsville to St. Catharine of Siena Cathedral in Allentown (and back) in order to attend the ordination - God willing! - of Christopher S. Butera to the priesthood.
Now that you know that, please know this:
St. Joseph Parish is sponsoring a Buterabus.
It will leave Pottsville on Saturday, 2 June, at a time yet to be determined, in order to arrive in plenty of time at the Cathedral for the 10:30 a.m. ordination Mass.
It will leave Allentown to return to Pottsville shortly after the ordination.
How much will it cost you?
Not sure right now. Not a whole lot. We will charge you whatever is appropriate. Depends on what it costs us.
St. Joseph Parish is the parish in which Chris grew up. We would like to have a good showing of St. Joseph parishioners at the ordination Mass.
If there are any teenagers who would like to attend, we might be able to give you a special price.
If you would like to reserve your seat on the bus, call the Rectory now. Don't put it off. We need to know how many will be going. If you put off calling, you might not get on the bus.

If there is no room for you on the bus but you still want to go, let us know. For half price, we'll let you run behind the bus.

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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
by David and Alice Bechtel

Friday, 04 May
Easter Weekday
10:00 a.m. - God's Blessings on JIM and ANDE BEACH
by David Shane and Vicki Davine

Saturday, 05 May
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - RONI J. KEVY
by Roberta

Sunday, 06 May
5th Sunday of Easter
9:15 a.m. - CHARLES and AGNES THYE
by the Thye family
12:15 p.m. - LEO J. BECKER Jr.
by Alma Brennan

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