Sunday, 13 May
Monday, 14 May
Friday, 18 May
Sunday, 20 May
05 / 06 MAY
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
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!|
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!]
Lori Tranquillo Mulhall
Michael A. Piccioni
None, as far as we know.
Marcia L. Alati
Joseph P. Cescon
Stephen J. Santai
Samuel J. Chiodo
Helene M. Kercheski
Jarod J. Bassininsky
Christopher F. Brinich
Katherine Oler Piccioni
Jason D. Prestileo
Evan G. Vidal
John D. Chiodo
Domenica DeMatteo LaSelva
Jessica M. Rodgers
Jennie Tucci Bertucci
Christine J. Chiplonia
David J. Chiplonia
Carmella Bonadio Cimino
Rose Tucci Garbetti
Justin J. Joy
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.
In memory of
Nicholas M. DeStefano
Charles and Elizabeth Dries
Roni J. Kevy
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
Carl and Mildred Mengel
Daniel and Patricia Kelly
Barbara Rehnert Kull
Sherwin V. Kevy, MD
Rainone General Surgery, PC
Mary N. Prestileo
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
O God, O Jesus, O Spirit,
O sweet my Lord.
YOU are supposed
to forgive and not pass judgement.
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.
This information is useful
for pro-life voters but, of course, it is equally useful for
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
* 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.
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 the former governor of New Jersey, the Honorable James E. McGreevey.
SLEEP IN PEACE, MY FELLOW
We are referring, of course, with respect
and affection, to Sophie Dobrosielski D'Alfonso, one of the most
venerable members of St. Joseph Parish.
HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
4:30 p.m. - StJos
7:00 p.m. - StFdS
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.
"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!"
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.
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StFdSPar / StJosPar
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
10:00 a.m. -GILDA APPOLLONI MADEIRA
by Robert and Kathy Bound
Vigil of Ascension
7:00 p.m. - RONI J. KEVY
Ascension of the Lord (Sol)
10:00 a.m. - Fr. EDWARD W. COLEMAN
4:30 p.m. - KARL A. ZELLER
by Joseph and Peg Smith
St. John I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by her husband, Jack
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - MARGARET DUNLEAVY LEHMAN
by Frank, Ann Marie and Aaron
7th Sunday of Easter
9:15 a.m. - RONI J. KEVY
12:15 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar