MASS SCHEDULE: 13 - 20 May
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 12 May
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

Monday, 14 May
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family

Tuesday, 15 May
St. Isidore the Farmer (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family
7:00 p.m. - MARGE WASHABAUGH
by Harry and Rosa Lilley

Wednesday, 16 May
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife, Carmella, and his daughter, Joanne
Vigil of the Ascension
4:30 p.m. - CATHERINE JULIAN LUPPINO
by her family

Thursday, 17 May
Ascension of the Lord (Sol)
12:05 p.m. - RACHEL ANN SNINSKI
by her family
7:00 p.m. - JESSE and ELIZABETH KRIZNO
by his sister-in-law / her sister, Rose Manzo Visalli

Friday, 18 May
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family

Saturday, 19 May
Easter Weekday
8:00 a.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO (anniversary of birth)
by his wife, Mary, and family

Sunday, 20 May
7th Sunday of Easter
7:45 a.m. - LEONARD D. PASCUZZO
by Albert and Martha
10:45 a.m. - BLESSINGS ON EBC
(41st anniversary of ordination - 21 May 66)
by friends

 

 

 

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
05 / 06 MAY

Saint Joseph Parish
$2,945.00
from the envelopes and $162.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $3107.40 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 $1,612.14 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$104.00
from the envelopes and $39.10 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $143.10 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 ($166.21) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 

RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       05 May

#809
Nobody won $100.00
Sun      06 May

#030
Judy C won $150.00
Mon     07 May

#756
Jeanna S won $50.00
Tues     08 May

#631
Joe R won $50.00
Wed     09 May

#241
Elsie D won $50.00
Thurs   10 May

#697
Wes S won $50.00
Fri       11 May

#952
Tess G won $50.00
                                                                             

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 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 15 May
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Wednesday, 16 May
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 17 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 13 - 19 May, in loving memory of Andrew V. Riotto, at the request of Ed and Catherine (Riotto) Snopek.

THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 13 - 19 May, in loving memory of Roni J. Kevy, at the request of Roberta.
THE BANNS OF MARRIAGE are proclaimed for the third 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. If anyone has any serious objection to the sacramental union of this man and this woman, speak up! It's now or never!

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WELCOME, PASTOR HOLLAND AND FRIENDS!
We anticipate that there will be some visitors at the 4:30 pm Mass today (Saturday, 12 May). The Reverend Ray Holland, a United Church of Christ (UCC) pastor, together with a few other adults, will be accompanying eight young people to St. Joseph Church today. These boys and girls are preparing to be confirmed. Observing a Mass in a Catholic church is part of their preparation.
Afterwards, if their time permits, they will stay behind for some Q&A with Fr. Connolly. Members of St. Joseph's who would like to stay behind with our guests for a few minutes are welcome to do so. [You can help me answer the questions!]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

14 May
Lori Tranquillo Mulhall
Michael A. Piccioni

15 May
None, as far as we know.

16 May
Marcia L. Alati
Joseph P. Cescon
Stephen J. Santai

17 May
Samuel J. Chiodo
Helene M. Kercheski

18 May
Jarod J. Bassininsky
Christopher F. Brinich

Loreta Nicolo DeStefano
Katherine Oler Piccioni
Jason D. Prestileo
Evan G. Vidal

19 May
J
ohn D. Chiodo
Domenica DeMatteo LaSelva
Jessica M. Rodgers

20 May
Jennie Tucci Bertucci
Christine J. Chiplonia
David J. Chiplonia
Carmella Bonadio Cimino
Rose Tucci Garbetti
Justin J. Joy

 

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PLEASE PRAY FOR a gentleman who died on Friday, 4 May. Paul W. Drucker is the elder brother of Father James N. Drucker. Mr. Drucker lived in Connecticut and was 79 years of age at the time of his death.
Eternal rest grant unto Paul, 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.

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

In memory of
Roni J. Kevy
Terry Zielinsky
Midge Sophy
Leslie Weiss
F.M. Leonforte
Joane H. Piccioni
Andy and Loreta DeStefano
Michelle and Terri (Good Sam nurses)
George and Jean Meyer
Jack and Sherry Killian and Bob and Ann Brinsko
Robert and Kathy Bound
Robert and Denise Swartz
Brenda Curran
Carl and Mildred Mengel
Daniel and Patricia Kelly
Barbara Rehnert Kull
Sherwin V. Kevy, MD
Rainone General Surgery, PC
Mary N. Prestileo

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PSALM FOR A YOUNG MOTHER

O my God, like my sisters in the cloister,
I have left all for You.
I have not imprisoned
the youth of my face in a guimp,
nor under a veil,
and, though I have cut my hair,
it was not in any spirit of penance.

Deign nevertheless, O Lord, to cast a look of
complaisance on the humble little sacrifices
that I offer You all day long,
since the day my groaning flesh gave life to all
these little Christians
my husband and I are rearing
for You, sweet Lord.

My liberty, Lord, lies
in the hands of these little tyrants
who claim it every minute.
This house has become my Cloister.
My life has its unchanging Rule,
and each day its Office, always the same: the Hours for dressing and for walks;
the Hours for feeding and for school.
I am bound by the thousand
little demands of life.
Detached by necessity
every moment
from my own will,
I live in holy Obedience.
Even the nights belong not
to me, for I too
have my Nocturnal Office,
when I must rise quickly
for a sick child,
or when, twixt midnight and two,
when I am deep in the sleep
my body craves,
a little untimely Chanter begins to sing his Matins.

I live all but retired
from the world.
When the calls for service reach high pitch for me,
I have to sweep, to wash the dishes,
to scrape the carrots for the stew,
prepare a smooth puree for baby
and keep on without stopping
from the children's rooms to the kitchen
and to and fro.
I do big washings and small.
I rub and I rinse
aprons and shirts,
underclothes and socks,
and all the baby's special things.

In this my life of willing sacrifice, come to my help,
O God, O Jesus, O Spirit,
O sweet my Lord.

This is a translation. The original was written in French. I don't know the date. It probably goes back to the early 20th century. It can be found in Christ in the Home, by Raoul Poos, SJ. I have taken the liberty of editing it slightly. [EBC]

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FROM THE PASTOR'S MAILBOX

Sir:
This letter is to inform you of how disappointing it is to realize that a priest cannot rise above hurtful behavior.
You have chosen to surround yourself with small people - wolves disguised in sheeps clothing. You have chosen to be part of gossip, untruths (lies), innuendo and pure evil.
You currently listen to a man who sexually abused his new bride of one year, who abandoned his first born son, who had sexual relations with a very young girl - then married her. He was and is a sexual pervert, but for some unknown reason you can forgive him but choose to judge others you know nothing about. You have failed this parish and everyone who belongs here. You are pompous - you have failed not only as a priest but as a Christian person. We are not to judge.

YOU are supposed to forgive and not pass judgement.
My prayer is that you will be judged as harshly when you stand in front of God as you have judged here on earth.
Also remember - It is better to teach a man how to fish than to give him fish for one day.

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To:     Members and friends of StJosPar and StFdSPar
From: Fr. Edward B. Connolly
Re:     the letter printed on page 7 of this bulletin
I received an unsigned, handwritten letter in the mail on Tuesday, 8 May. If you would like to examine the original, you are welcome to ask to see it. The secretary will even run off a photocopy for you in case you want to take one home for closer inspection. [Inquire in the Rectory office.] On page 7 of this bulletin, you may read the complete text of the letter. I did not add or subtract anything, nor did I edit it in any way.
I grant you that it is somewhat unusual for a priest (or anyone) to put out into the public domain a piece of mail he has received from a private party. Normally, I would never even consider doing such a thing. However, a woman who writes an anonymous and abusive letter to her own parish priest is a danger to herself and to the parish, not to mention to the reputation and - being quite blunt - to the life and physical safety of the parish priest! I have no duty whatsoever of confidentiality towards a person who does such a dastardly deed, and I have made the prudential judgment that it would be unwise for me to keep this letter secret. Given the current climate of these times, when Satan has declared that it is "open season" on Catholic priests, I believe it is my duty not to sit back and allow myself to be slandered.
I have friends in high places. If you slander me, you slander the One Who sent me. Not only that, but you will have to deal with the Holy Mother, to whom I have entrusted the salvation Jesus won for me. Mary is not the least bit happy with those who slander her priest sons.
Besides, after 41 years as a priest, the last 21 of them here in Pottsville, I have no secrets worth inquiring about. The people of my parishes know me. For good or for ill, I really am what I appear to be. If you like me, that's sweet! If you don't like me, take a deep breath and pray that you will (whatever that implies!)
I am of the opinion that this poor woman has the condition known as "personality disorder". If she does, then it is highly unlikely that she is responsible for this bad deed, this anonymous and abusive letter. I pray for her and ask you to pray for her.
By the way, just for the record: I don't have the foggiest idea who the gentleman in the third paragraph is - the one to whom I allegedly listen and whom I have allegedly forgiven! I would like it if he would touch base with me. But, alas, I don't expect to hear from him because I don't think he exists. However, just in case he does exist, I ask him to call me. Maybe he and I can do lunch [my treat!] and discuss what can be done to help this poor lady.

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PRIMARY ELECTION DAY: TUESDAY, 15 MAY

This information is useful for pro-life voters but, of course, it is equally useful for pro-abortion voters.
It is printed for informational purposes only. Advocacy by any tax-exempt entity ought not be inferred.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY BALLOT

JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
Vote for two of the following four candidates:
Willis W. Berry Jr. - NO COMMENT ON LIFE ISSUES
Seamus McCaffery - NO COMMENT ON LIFE ISSUES
Debra Todd - NO COMMENT ON LIFE ISSUES
C. Darnell Jones II - NO COMMENT ON LIFE ISSUES
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation PAC has no information about these four candidates.

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
Vote for two of the following seven candidates:
Timothy J. McCormick - NO COMMENT ON LIFE ISSUES
Ron Folino - NO COMMENT ON LIFE ISSUES
Anne E. Lazarus - NO COMMENT ON LIFE ISSUES
Jimmy Lynn - PRO-LIFE
Christine Donohue - NO COMMENT ON LIFE ISSUES
John Milton Younge - NO COMMENT ON LIFE ISSUES
James M. DeLeon - NO COMMENT ON LIFE ISSUES
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation PAC recommends JIMMY LYNN, but has no information about the other six.

REPUBLICAN PARTY PRIMARY BALLOT

JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
Vote for two of the following three candidates:
Paul P. Panepinto - PRO-LIFE
Maureen E. Lally-Green - PRO-LIFE
Mike Krancer - PRO-LIFE
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation PAC recommends all three of these candidates.

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
Vote for two of the following three candidates:
Bruce F. Bratton - PRO-LIFE
Cheryl Lynn Allen - PRO-LIFE
Jacqueline O. Shogan - PRO-LIFE
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation PAC recommends all three of these candidates.

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WINNERS
An Academic Olympics for grade school children was held on Saturday, 28 April, at Nativity BVM High School.
ALBERT J. YACKENCHICK Jr., grade 7 at All Saints School, won the Religion Medal.
Albert is a distinguished member of St. Joseph Parish. *
SHANE J. SAVITSKY, grade 6 at St. Ambrose School, won the Religion Medal and the Trivial Pursuit Medal.
Shane is a member of St. Ambrose Parish. We don't know whether he is distinguished or undistinguished. We include him in our bulletin because he often serves Mass at St. Francis deSales Church.

* In case anyone wonders what the difference is between a distinguished member of the parish and an undistinguished member, you will have to check it out with the front office. I don't have a clue.

THE BUTERABUS - aka THE CHRISCOACH
is the bus that will transport those who have signed up (or soon will) from 2nd and Mahantongo Streets (Pottsville) to the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena (Allentown) on Saturday, 2 June at 8:00 a.m., for the purpose of seeing Deacon Christopher Scott Butera ordained to the Holy Priesthood.
If you have not yet signed up for the bus and you wish to do so, please do so, because um because um (let me think a minute) …. (okay, I think I've got it!) because he who hesitates is lost! (Also she who hesitates is lost.) What will it cost you? It will cost you twelve dollars, but there is a special price for children and teenagers. To sign up, call 622-3081 or 622-6605.

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CONFIDENTIAL TO: MEMBERS OF SAINT JOSEPH PARISH WOMEN'S GUILD!
Hey, listen up! I'm just trying to tell you this real nice. I don't want no trouble. You don't want no trouble neither, right?
Well, okay! So, just make sure you pay your membership dues, 'cause they're due! We don't want to have to send nobody around to your house, you hear?

GOODBYE and FAREWELL, DEAR JIM! *
Is it true what they say? Is it true that you are leaving the Catholic Church?
After all these years? All because your Bishop said that you couldn't receive Holy Communion as long as you supported abortion rights and were living in open sexual union with another man?
You think we are bigoted, uncharitable, un-Christlike, judgmental?
You think your new church, the Episcopal Church, is the way to go because it doesn't have a problem with "a woman's right to choose" or with homosexuals living in open sexual union with one another?
You're even thinking of entering an Episcopal seminary in order, perhaps, to pursue ordination to the Episcopal priesthood? Oh, my!
Well, dear Governor, all I can say is that sexual sin, whether hetero or homo, as bad as it is, can be forgiven. And when it comes to a politician making strategic compromises on the question of abortion - I guess even this can be forgiven ……. maybe. But to sin against the Holy Ghost by denying the known truth?
If I am not mistaken, Jim, the Lord said that that is the one sin that cannot be forgiven, neither in this life nor in the next.
I hate to say it, Jim, but somebody has to say it to you: By stepping off the Rock whom Jesus established as the foundation of the Church, you are going to fall into the abyss.
I don't know you personally, but I am going to tie a rope of prayer around your ankle.
I hope you don't mind.
EBC

* "Jim" is the former governor of New Jersey, the Honorable James E. McGreevey.

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SLEEP IN PEACE, MY FELLOW AMERICANS!
HAVE NO FEAR, YE WHO RIDE ABOVE THE CLOUDS IN FLYING MACHINES! THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, EVER ALERT TO TERRORISTS WHO PLOT OUR UNDOING, HAS SOPHIE ["Slippery Sophie"] D'ALFONSO UNDER CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE!

We are referring, of course, with respect and affection, to Sophie Dobrosielski D'Alfonso, one of the most venerable members of St. Joseph Parish.
Mrs. D took a trip last week to see her favorite grandson graduate from Georgia Tech. On the way back, in the company of her daughter and her granddaughter, at about 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, 6 May, in the Atlanta International Airport, Mrs. D'Alfonso was spotted by an alert airport security person. There is just a certain something about 94-year-old Polish great-grandmothers in wheelchairs that says to all of us: "Now, there's a likely terrorist, if I ever saw one!" And, so, she got "the treatment". Not content to wand her, Airport Security made her stand up from the wheelchair, so that a lady officer with rubber gloves could pat her down, looking for weapons and / or explosive devices and / or God knows what else. It is highly likely that the lads from DEA were in on all this. Perhaps they suspect what we all suspect when we see Mrs. D coming to Mass each Sunday morning: That lady sure looks like a drug smuggler to me!
Well, in retrospect: Last Sunday was a lucky day for Mrs. D'Alfonso! The cops couldn't find what they were looking for, so they had to let her go. But it was a close call!
We pray that Slippery Sophie's luck holds out. She is one very cool lady! We love her and would hate to see her sent up the river.

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 ASCENSION THURSDAY
HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
MASS SCHEDULE

Wednesday, 16 May
4:30 p.m. - StJos
7:00 p.m. - StFdS

Thursday, 17 May
10:00 a.m. - StFdS
12:05 p.m. - StJos
 4:30 p.m. - StFdS
7:00 p.m. - StJos

Attending Mass on a Holyday of Obligation is an obligation.
That's why the Church calls these six days Holydays of Obligation.
[You had probably figured that out already!]
Now, what is meant by the word, "obligation"?
Well, by the word, obligation, we mean something that we are obliged to do, i.e. something that is obligatory.
[That's pronounced AAH-bli-guh-toe-ree - not oh-BLI-guh-tor-ee.]
We all know that there are some Catholics who have been known to say:

"Oh, fiddle-dee-dee! Nobody can oblige ME go to Mass if I don't want to go. Despite the fact that I don't have any excuse for not going, I am just not going to exert myself to go. I don't care if it's a Sunday or a Holyday of Obligation. What's more, I don't need any excuse. I am a free and autonomous human being! No Pope or bishop or priest is going to tell ME what to do! So, there!"
[Belief in the absolute autonomy of the individual conscience makes a Catholic an ex-Catholic, even if he continues to call himself "Catholic".]

So, I say: Please reconsider. If you refuse to reconsider, please do not blame me if God throws this sin into your face on Judgment Day.
If you insist on saying that the deliberate and unrepented missing of Mass on a Sunday or a Holyday of Obligation is not a serious enough sin to exclude you from eternal life, I assure you that you are woefully misinformed.

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 MASS SCHEDULE: 13 - 20 MAY
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

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

Monday, 14 May
Easter Weekday
10:00 a.m. -GILDA APPOLLONI MADEIRA
by Robert and Kathy Bound

Wednesday, 16 May
Vigil of Ascension
7:00 p.m. - RONI J. KEVY
by Roberta

Thursday, 17 May
Ascension of the Lord (Sol)
10:00 a.m. - Fr. EDWARD W. COLEMAN
by EBC
4:30 p.m. - KARL A. ZELLER
by Joseph and Peg Smith

Friday, 18 May
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by her husband, Jack

Saturday, 19 May
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - MARGARET DUNLEAVY LEHMAN
by Frank, Ann Marie and Aaron

Sunday, 20 May
7th Sunday of Easter
9:15 a.m. - RONI J. KEVY
by Roberta
12:15 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
by EBC

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