MASS SCHEDULE: 06 - 13 May
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 05 May
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by Bruce and Kathy Marianelli

Sunday, 06 May
5th Sunday of Easter
7:45 a.m. - SALVATORE ALFONSI
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
10:45 a.m. - LENA TRANQUILLO PICCIONI
by Mary Wylie

Monday, 07 May
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - CHESTER E. SHANOSKIE
re-scheduled from 14 Feb
" Tuesday, 08 May
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - BETTY BRUEN
by Thomas and Mary Ann Heenan
7:00 p.m. - JOSEPH LEJKO
by Harry and Rosa Lilley

Wednesday, 09 May
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - ROSE FERRAIOLO CHIODO
by Mary and John

Thursday, 10 May
Bl. Damien de Veuster of Moloka'i, priest (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family

Friday, 11 May
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family

Saturday, 12 May
SS. Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs;
St. Pancras, martyr (OptMems)
8:00 a.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - KEN CURRAN, HUGH CURRAN and RONI KEVY
by Phyllis C. Kevy

Sunday, 13 May
6th Sunday of Easter
7:45 a.m. - LOIS TROILO GARGANO
by her daughter, Regina, and her grandchildren, Jordan and Angela
10:45 a.m. - RALPH OWENS (anniversary of birth)
by his daughter, Kitty Owens DiCello

 

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
28 / 29 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,485.00
from the envelopes and $125.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,610.00 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 $114.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$267.00
from the envelopes and $75.35 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $342.35 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 $33.04 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

 

RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       28 April

#223
Grace K won $100.00
Sun      29 April

#031
Matt O'R won $150.00
Mon    30 April

#706
Nobody won $50.00
Tues    01 May

#692
Stacey F won $50.00
Wed    02 May

#322
Billy S won $50.00
Thurs  03 May

#942
Tammy Z won $50.00
Fri       04 May

#152
Mac McN won $50.00
                                                                             

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 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 08 May
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 10 May
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 11 May
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 06 - 12 May, in loving memory of Mamie Megna Hickey, at the request of her sister, Josephine Megna Messina.

THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 06 - 12 May, in loving memory of Roni J. Kevy, at the request of Roberta.
SKIN CANCER: CAUSES, WARNING SIGNS and TREATMENT
Date:
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Time:
6:00 p.m.
Place:
Medical Conference Rooms A & B (main building)
Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic
Presenter: Stephen M. Purcell, MD, Advanced Dermatology Associates, LTD
Note: From now on, members of StJosPar and StFdSPar will need written permission from the pastor before getting cancer of any kind. Permission will normally be denied. You will have to provide very solid reasons in order to be given permission. We don't like cancer around here!

stjos/stfds: 05.06.2007 - 03


 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

07 May
Ashley A. Cory
Kyle D. Shappell

08 May
James F. Barbetta
Joseph F. Frinzi
Virginia Sanko Galle
Phyllis C. Kevy
Mandy L. Leymeister
Michelle Sedicino Weiss

09 May
Dominick D'Alessandro
Charles E. Drummey
Rosemary Chillemi Powanda

10 May
Steven J. Matz
Eugene M. Trabosh
Joseph J. Weidner

11 May
Francis M. Boncore
April M. Hoysock
Mary Anne Luppino
Patricia Brennan Piccioni
John D. Weiss

12 May
Matthew S. Griffin
Steven F. Mattera
Madelyn C. Weidner

13 May
Christopher L. Carestia
Jerome Galati
Joseph S. Hullihan 3rd
Victoria Yarosh Pasqua

 

 

 

NATIVITY BVM HOSS'S NIGHT OUT
Nativity BVM HS Development Committee will be hosting a day / evening at Hoss's Restaurant in Cressona on Monday, 21 May. On that day, 20% of your bill, before taxes, will be donated to Nativity simply by your eating at Hoss's Restaurant. Cards with Nativity's name should be presented at check-out. These cards are available at the parishes and at Nativity. This is a great way to help Nativity. You can dine at whatever time is best for you. Please consider dining at Hoss's on 21 May.
If you want to know more, call Jennifer L. Daubert at Nativity. The number is 628-4004.

stjos/stfds:05.06.2007 - 04


 

THE BANNS OF MARRIAGE are proclaimed for the second time between Philip Noel Collier, a member of St. Edmund of Abingdon Parish, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (England) and Katherine Eileen Whitney, a member of St. Joseph Parish, Pottsville Pennsylvania (USA).
If anyone should have information about any impediment to this marriage, whether diriment or prohibitive, he or she is obliged to notify the pastor.
OF ALL THE THINGS I'VE EVER LOST, I MISS MY MIND THE MOST.
Recently, driving from Pottsville to the Reading Hospital, I stopped for gas at the convenience store / gas station near the Mount Carbon arch. The pumps there don't take debit cards (my preferred way to pay for gas). But I figured I had enough money with me to pay for a fill-up. So, I filled it up. Having done so, I noted the price, which was $31.79. At least I think I noted it. However, I still have that over-riding mindset that a twenty dollar bill more than covers a tank of gas. So, I walked into the store to pay the clerk. He was a polite young man who appeared to be from India or Pakistan. He smiled at me and said "That will be $31.79." I handed him the twenty-dollar bill and waited for change. Then he repeated, "That will be $31.79." I laughed a self-deprecating laugh and apologized for not being with the program. Then I reached into my wallet and fished out two one-dollar bills and handed then to him and waited for my change. At this point, his tranquil face tensed up just a bit. He said, "That will be $31.79." So, I did the math. Let me see now. Is $22.00 more or less than $31.79? Good grief! How could I be so stupid? Thank God, I still had a ten-dollar bill left in my wallet. I handed it to him and re-apologized. But you can apologize just once too often. His facial expression told me that I had exceeded my quota of apologies for one miserable transaction and that it was time for me to go. He handed me my twenty-one cents and I departed into the night.
Unfortunately, I was wearing my clerical garb. So, the young man knew I was a priest. He was probably a Muslim or a Hindu. I don't think I advanced the cause of Christianity with him. He probably thought, "These Catholic priests …… what a bunch of dimwits!"
This whole miserable interchange was probably recorded on videotape. If so, I hope it gets lost!

stjos/stfds: 05.06.2007 - 05


 

CURRENT REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT: PRO-LIFE or PRO-ABORTION?

Notes
By "current Republican candidates for President", I mean only those ten persons who took place in the 03 May 07 debate in Simi Valley CA. There might be other prospective Republican candidates but I have not included them here.
Whenever we designate any politician PRO-LIFE or PRO-ABORTION, we have to understand that these terms are relative. Politics, whether we like it or not, is the art of compromise. We take what we can get!
Most politicians who are known as "pro-life" admit to some exceptions (e.g. "rape, incest and life of mother").
Some politicians who are known as "pro-abortion" will say that they are "personally opposed but cannot impose their consciences on others, etc." It is possible that some of those who say this do so with some measure of sincerity. However, this is a profoundly stupid thing to say. I am of the opinion that any politician who says this is not bright enough to hold public office.
My application of the labels "pro-life" and "pro-abortion" to these candidates must be understood in light of the above.

Sam BROWNBACK              
Jim GILMORE                      
Rudy GIULIANI                   
Mike HUCKABEE                
Duncan HUNTER                 
John McCAIN                       
Ron PAUL                            
Mitt ROMNEY                     
Tom TANCREDO                
Tommy THOMPSON          
PRO-LIFE
PRO-ABORTION
PRO-ABORTION
PRO-LIFE
PRO-LIFE
PRO-LIFE
PRO-LIFE
PRO-LIFE
PRO-LIFE
PRO-LIFE

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WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of
Nicholas M. DeStefano
Anthony N. Deramo

In memory of
Roni J. Kevy
Albert and Linda Baldinger
David and Christine Fannick
Thomas and Jean Everly
George and Jean Meyer
James and Ann Marie Riotto
Marlin and Mary Jane Reed
Joseph and Sandy Frinzi
Walter and Ann Marie Kryston
Stiney and Rita Kruel
Robert E. Ames
Joseph and Michele Turnitza
Robert and Denise Getzey
Jean Albo Lang
Edward and Catherine Snopek
Cookie Ferhat
Aileen Smith Cicero
John and June McShaw
Angelo and Kay Barone
Bruce and Kathy Marianelli
Ann Breslin Piccioni
George and Mary Nocket
M/M Michael Cardamone
Julian and Nora Chiplonia and sons
Frank and Camille Mattera
Rose Chiodo Kalyan
Margaret R. DiMarcello
Julia Senitch Laplaca

stjos/stfds: 05.06.2007 - 07


Vincent and Joan Albo
Bob, Georgia and Scott Thomas
Irene M. Conway
M/M Richard Hudson
Helen LaScala and Mary Ann Dragna
Angeline LaPlaca Deramo
Helen Walasavage
Yvonne Struzinsky
James and Patricia Garland
M/M Joseph Pillus
Ralph and Kathleen Butera
Rev. Mr. Christopher S. Butera
Larry and Mary Rose Burns
George R. Schneck
M/M Charles Miller
Michael and Amelia Luppino
Shirley McGuire
Dr. Peter Yasenchak
M/M George Garnett
M/M Jack Boris
E. Ellen Hildreth
Ronald and Mary Nolley
Linda D. Haberstroh
M/M Roger Bailey
Francis A. Tamburelli
Gail Barone
Molly B. Guers
Charles and Mary Tamburelli
Rose Marie Fabiani Zeller
Catherine Gerace Smith
Anthony and Karen Pilo
Schuylkill County Municipal Authority
Earl and Nancy Haag
Likpkin, Marshall, Bohorad and Thornburg, Attorneys at Law
Henry and Margaret Eckley
Albert and Kitty Piccioni
Miriam L. Thomas
David and Diane Cory
Nancy A. Griffin
M/M Richard Reinert

stjos/stfds: 05.06.2007 - 08


CURRENT DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT: PRO-LIFE or PRO-ABORTION?

Notes
By "current Democratic candidates for President", I mean only those eight persons who took place in the 26 April 07 debate in Orangeburg SC. There might be other prospective Democratic candidates but I have not included them here.
Whenever we designate any politician PRO-LIFE or PRO-ABORTION, we have to understand that these terms are relative. Politics, whether we like it or not, is the art of compromise. We take what we can get!
Most politicians who are known as "pro-life" admit to some exceptions (e.g. "rape, incest and life of mother").
Some politicians who are known as "pro-abortion" will say that they are "personally opposed to abortion but cannot impose their consciences on others, etc." It is possible that some of those who say this do so with some measure of sincerity. However, this is a profoundly stupid thing to say. I am of the opinion that any politician who says this is not bright enough to hold public office. I call these persons "pro-abortion".
My application of the labels "pro-life" and "pro-abortion" to these candidates must be understood in light of the above.

Joe BIDEN                    
Hillary CLINTON          
Christopher DODD        
John EDWARDS           
Mike GRAVEL              
Dennis KUCINICH        
Barack OBAMA            
Bill RICHARDSON       
PRO-ABORTION
PRO-ABORTION
PRO-ABORTION
PRO-ABORTION
PRO-ABORTION
PRO-ABORTION
PRO-ABORTION
PRO-ABORTION

stjos/stfds: 05.06.2007 - 09


MADALYN MARIA YACKENCHICK,
eighth child (third daughter) of Albert J., Sr. and Annetta (Mercuri) Yackenchick, will be baptized today (Sunday, 6 May) during the 10:45 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church .
This beautiful little girl has no idea how much she is loved. Not only does she have two tried-and-true parents plus seven siblings to love her, she also has four grandparents, plus a whole supporting cast of uncles, aunts and cousins to love her.
But above and beyond all of these, and eclipsing all of these, she has the love that is beyond all loves, the love Who is Love. She has God to love her.
God loves her not merely as the human creature who she is.
Today God exalts her above the status of "mere human". He exalts her to the level of His Own divinity. By sacramental baptism, little Madalyn Maria will share in the dignity of being an adopted daughter of God Most High.
The Holy Spirit of God will take up residence within her today. Even though it would seem to us who "stand outside" that, because she is an infant, she is unable to pray, nevertheless prayer will be going on within her, because the Spirit within her will be praying.
We give praise and we give thanks to God for His marvelous goodness to Albert and Annetta and we extend to the two of them our deepest respect and gratitude. They and their children are signs of hope for the Church and for the whole human race.
May they, together will all who will descend from them, be one day gathered together in the Kingdom of God's Love
.

stjos/stfds: 05.06.2007 - 10


 

Don't look this gift horse in the mouth
Lisa Weidner, Pennsylvania, US.

One needs only look at other cultures to understand the insidious enemy with which we are dealing. In this culture of death, in which the rest of the world finds itself so deeply submerged, the most prudent thing any country can do, especially a Catholic one, is to take pre-emptive measures to thwart any infiltration of evil into its (relatively) pristine culture. The rest of the world, through the Church, has named the enemy - specific faces need not be identified. As the appearance of the detractor is constantly changing it seems more important to focus on the over-all agenda which remains the only constant.
I have to think that anyone who volunteers his time and money to labour as arduously as those involved in Gift of Life with no apparent goal save that of saving the soul of your seemingly ungrateful country should be encouraged. Instead, the very people whose right to life, from the moment they come into being, is being defended are, as it were, casting the first stones; and for what grievous offense? Of what ungodly thing is GOL guilty?
Is it because instead of sticking its head in the sand and chanting the mantra, "It will never happen to us" as the rest of the world has done it has sought, against the tide I might add, what it sees as a closing of a possible loophole in Malta's Constitution? You mean you want ambiguity? For what? Just in case? In case sometime down the road one decides she'd like to have a legal abortion?
Does a name really need to be put to the enemy?
Science has already identified the zygote as a living human organism. Who needs to wait longer?
The word is a precious gift and should be used to communicate effectively what is being said. Either Malta wants abortion or Malta better use this precious gift to lock in what it means now - while there are people who care enough to take the abuse Gift of Life has received knowing how important the goal is. Words need to be used now to ensure the future existence of great minds capable of appreciating their ancestors' efforts. Your future depends on your now!
As the rest of the world is killing itself off because of its arrogance and stupidity, I pray the people of Malta are endowed with a far greater supply of wisdom and prudence especially pertaining to this matter.

stjos/stfds: 05.06.2007 - 11


 

MAY BREAKFAST AT ST. AMBROSE!
On Sunday, 20 May 2007, you and your family can feast on an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8:30 a.m. until Noon at the St. Ambrose Parish Center, Schuylkill Haven. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, ham, dessert, coffee and juice will be included. The cost is only $6.00 for adults and $3.50 for children 3 to 10. Children ages 2 and under are free! Take-outs available.
For further information, call St. Ambrose School at 570-385-2377.
THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA is a small independent island nation - seven islands in all - located in the Mediterranean, south of Sicily. It is one of the most Catholic countries in the world. With a population of about 404,500, it is the smallest of the EU nations. Partly because of pressures from the European Union, the citizens of Malta are being asked to revise their Constitution in order to legalize abortion.
The letter that appears on page 11 of this bulletin was published in the 19 April edition of the Times of Malta. We recommend that you read it. You might want to note the name of the writer. She has a Catholic understanding of who is a human person and a catholic vision of who is her neighbor.
THE 4th ANNUAL VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA Celebrity Dinner, with special guest speaker, Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis, will be held on Thursday, 10 May, at Genetti's in Wilkes-Barre. A silent auction and cash bar begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $100.00 for adults and $50.00 for students under 18 years of age. Call 825-5261 for tickets or for additional information.
Proceeds will benefit youth programs and homeless services provided by Volunteers of America.

stjos/stfds: 05.06.2007 -12


 

SPAGHETTI
MEAT-A-BALLAS
SECRET SAUCE
GARDEN SALAD
PANE ITALIANO
Oggi! [SUNDAY, 6 MAY]
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH HALL.
11:30 am to 4:00 pm.
The last of the season!
Get it while the gettin's good!
And , believe me, it's good!
Six dollars - all you can eat.
Three dollars for the bambini.

REMEMBER THE BUTERABUS

If you would like to go to the Cathedral in Allentown on Saturday, 2 June, to see Deacon Christopher S. Butera ordained to the priesthood, call the Rectory (622-3081) or call Julia (622-6605) to sign up for the bus. It will cost you about $12.00. The Mass is at 10:30 a.m., so we will leave at about 8:00 a.m. and will leave Allentown at about 1:30 p.m. (that's an approximation).

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 MASS SCHEDULE:06 - 13 MAY
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

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

Monday, 07 May
Easter Weekday
10:00 a.m. -MARGUERITE COYLE
by George and Joan Repella

Wednesday, 09 May
Easter Weekday
10:00 a.m. - MEL KERR
by his wife, Bianca

Friday, 11 May
Easter Weekday
10:00 a.m. - JAMES EVOLO
by William and Tina Rutecky

Saturday, 12 May
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StFdSPar / StJosPar
by EBC

Sunday, 13 May
6th Sunday of Easter
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by Stephen (+) and Jeanette Chalinsky
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent

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