MASS SCHEDULE: 27 May - 03 June
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 26 May
Vigil of Pentecost
4:30 p.m. - LENA TRANQUILLO PICCIONI
by her nephew, Larry Piccioni, and family

Sunday, 27 May
Pentecost
7:45 a.m. - ANNA PILO MERLINO
by Jack and Flo McGovern
10:45 a.m. - VERONICA J. KEVY
(month's mind)
by her sisters, Phyllis and Myrna

Monday, 28 May
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - ANDREW JOHN LUCAS
by Michael and Catherine Whitney

Tuesday, 29 May
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - A. GLENDON ACKER (56th anniversary of wedding)
by his wife, Liz
7:00 p.m. - ISABEL OLECHNOWICZ CARUSELLA
by the Allen Rogowicz Chapter, PA State Hall of Fame

Wednesday, 30 May
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - MARION, CHARLES, EDWARD and NANCY COOK
by Carmella Evolo Palko and her daughter, Joanne

 

Thursday, 31 May
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - HARRY C. PICCIONI
by his wife, Mary, and his son, Harry
7:00 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
(through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier)
by the Weidner family

Friday, 01 June
St. Justin, martyr (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - ARTHUR B. WHITNEY
by Michael and Catherine
6:15 p.m. - JOHN TORCELLO
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Saturday, 02 June
SS. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs (OptMem)
8:00 a.m. - INTENTIONS of THIRD ORDER CARMELITES
by the Carmelite community
Vigil of Holy Trinity
4:30 p.m. - DOMINICK VITTEMBERGHI
by his family

Sunday, 03 June
Holy Trinity
7:45 a.m. - STEPHEN CHALINSKY
by Frank and Rose Popeck
10:45 a.m. - CLARENCE, ROSE and DANIEL MOYER
by their sister, Carmella Evolo Palko
3:00 p.m. - MASS of THANKSGIVING / FIRST MASS celebrated by Father CHRISTOPHER S. BUTERA

stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 - 01


 

 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
19 / 20 MAY

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,433.00
from the envelopes and $111.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1544.00 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 $48.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$80.00
from the envelopes and $58.45 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $138.45 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 $111.87, plus its weekly obligation to All Saints School, $197.44, the sum total of which is $309.31, one sees that ($170.86) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 

RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       19 May

#747
Dad De won $100.00
Sun      20 May

#965
Michael R won $150.00
Mon     21 May

#560
Vicky L won $50.00
Tues     22 May

#062
Jake H won $50.00
Wed     23 May

#597
Miriam J won $50.00
Thurs   24 May

#365
Paisley won $50.00
Fri       25 May

#005
EBC won $50.00
                                                                             

stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 - 02


 

 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

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

Thursday, 31 May
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 01 June
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 27 May - 02 June, in loving memory of Samuel J. Spleen, at the request of his wife, Lee, and sons.

FIRST FRIDAY
This coming Friday (1 June) is the first Friday of the month!
Schedule
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

THERE IS ABUNDANT MERCY IN THE HEART OF JESUS CHRIST!


stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 - 03


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

28 May
Charles C. Cescon
Andrew L. Cucunato
Louis J. Deramo
Joann M. Tranquillo

29 May
Joseph E. Brahler
Nicholas J. Maccarone Sr.
Michael Yanni

30 May
Mary Caruso Ayello
Catherine Cappelli Bracey
John Mercuri

31 May
John E. Breslin
Gerry Almonti Davis

01 June
Ashley M. Fishburn

02 June
Denise Cescon Swartz
Pamela Bowles Torquato

03 June
Cooper N. Chiplonia
Christopher C. Morris Sr.
Dominick J. Yanni

PLEASE SAY A PRAYER for the apprehension and successful prosecution of the man or boy who deliberately broke the stained-glass window at St. Patrick Church. This happened at about 5:10 a.m. on Thursday, 24 May. I was told that the vandal was seen in flagrante delicto by some persons who were up and about at that early hour and who reported what they saw to the police. As I understand it, the vandal used a flagpole and thrust it through the window with considerable force, shattering quite a bit of glass in the area of the tabernacle, which is the Holy of Holies. This was a mean, nasty, malicious and sacrilegious deed, an offense against God, the Catholic Church, St. Patrick Parish and the City of Pottsville. God wants to see this person brought to justice - and so should we. After he is brought to justice and admits his guilt, then one can talk about forgiveness, but not before then. If anyone has any information or even strong suspicions about the identity of the person, please speak to the police or to one of the priests of St. Patrick's.

stjos/stfds:05.27.2007 - 04


In St. Joseph's Church.
The public, the Italian speaking public
in particular, has a treat in store for it
this week when some of the noted Italian
vocalists will hold forth in song at the
parsonage of the church on Howard Ave.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday even-
ing. Among the entertainers will be
Bonci, Sammarco, Zanaello, and others.
They will not be there in person but will
be in voice, reproduced by an Italian gra-
phaphone, which is said to be superior to
French and German makes. Wednesday
and Thursday evening a sauer kraut and
oyster supper will be served while Fri-
day night the sauer kraut will be omit-
ted. A piano and violin concert will also
be rendered. Father Peter Michetti
will have charge of the graphaphone.


This news item appeared in the 27 October 1908 edition of the Pottsville Republican. I am grateful to the parishioner who gave me a photocopy of it. I enjoyed reading it and figured it would make excellent bulletin material.
For those who don't recognize the name: Fr. Peter Michetti was the founding pastor of our parish. I hope to meet him in heaven. When I do, I'll ask him why he chose to omit the sauer kraut on Friday. I'll also ask him why sauer kraut in the first place?? Surely he knows that Italians eat pasta! It's the Germans who eat the sauer kraut! If we don't observe the ethnic stereotypes, what will become of us?
As to whether Italian graphaphones are superior to French and German graphaphones, I really have no educated opinion. However, as the pastor of an Italian parish, I am pre-disposed to think that they are, although, to be fair, I think the jury is still out on the matter. By the way, what's a graphaphone?

stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 - 05


 

NOT SO DUMB!
I was driving from Pottsville to New Philadelphia on 209 last Monday (21 May) and, just as I was leaving Port Carbon, I saw an advertising sign I had not seen before. It really caught my eye because it had an extremely obvious misspelling plus a superfluous and misleading apostrophe. I didn't have time to examine the sign, but determined that I would do so on the way back.
On the way back, I deliberately passed the sign, so that I could do a U-TURN, so that I could pull over to the side of the road, so that I could look at it more carefully.
So, here I was on 209, pulled over to the side, examining this unusual sign. It looked professionally made. It read exactly as follows:

SOUL'S HARVEST
Babtist Church
148 Pottsville St.
Port Carbon
628-4481

I thought to myself, "Well, gee whiz! If you're going to go to a professional sign maker to have him make up a sign to advertise your Baptist church, wouldn't you think that somebody involved in the process would know how to spell "Baptist" before the sign were finalized? The superfluous and misleading apostrophe was minor league compared to this. So, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to make a slight detour and drive over to 148 Pottsville Street (Port Carbon) in order to gaze upon this new church. I was curious to see if there were a similar (or identical) sign outside the church. Well, there is a sign outside the church. However, this sign, I am happy to say, is orthographically perfect. BAPTIST is spelled correctly and there is no apostrophe between the L and the S of SOULS. But, still, I thought to myself, there has to be some explanation for the sign on 209! Then, like a flash out of the blue, it came to me! Here is my theory: They did it on purpose! If the sign on 209 had been orthographically perfect, I would barely have noticed it. The message would not have been relevant to any of my perceived needs! However, the "wounded sign" took up at least twenty minutes of my time and prompted me to give SOULS HARVEST some free advertising in my bulletin!
That's why I say: Hey, good buddy! Them there Babtists - they ain't so dumb!

stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 - 06




A PROFILE IN COURAGE

The principal of Reading Central Catholic High School is Thomas P. Mirabella, M.Ed.
He would be embarrassed to see himself referred to as "a profile in courage". He would say that he was simply doing his duty as "the guy in charge" at a Catholic high school - nothing more, nothing less.
However, in an age characterized by moral cowardice and surrender to the obscene culture, a simple act of doing one's duty can become a remarkable and noteworthy event. Because deviance has been normalized, we tend to be taken aback when a school official demonstrates moral courage. We fully expect high school principals to affirm all choices made by their charges; but, if it should happen that the children make a choice the principal cannot affirm, he should not make a scene, lest he give anyone the impression that there is an objective standard of human behavior.
PART ONE of my story is this: On Saturday, 12 May 07, RCCHS was holding its senior dinner / prom. Once dinner was over, the DJ started playing dance music, which consisted of something called "top 40 radio edits".
Mr. Mirabella was appalled at the subject matter of the lyrics of the songs, as well as at the kind of dancing going on. You see, the kids were "freaking".
If you don't know what that means, we offer you this concise definition from the Urban Dictionary:
Freaking: dancing which simulates sex by the grinding of the genitalia, together with suggestive sounds / movements; often done to pop or hip hop or rap music. [You don't want to know any more than that and neither do I.]
After two songs, the principal pulled the plug and gave the students a few well-chosen words about appropriate behavior. Then, he instructed the DJ to play 1970's dance hits.
Some (I don't know whether it was a majority) of the students showed their disapproval of this intervention by sitting on the floor. Mr. Mirabella was not impressed!
I don't know exactly what happened to the prom after that, i.e. who stayed, who left, who sat and sulked. However, that's not particularly relevant to my interest.

stjos/stfds: 05.20.2007 - 07

 


 

PART TWO of my story is this: On Tuesday, 15 May, this event (Mr. Mirabella's intervention) was the hot topic of a radio talk show, the name of which is "Talk Tuesday hosted by Jo Painter on WEEU 830 AM".
Parents of RCCHS students called in with vicious rants against the principal. The host of the talk show, Jo Painter, identifies herself as a Catholic - not only a Catholic, but a graduate of RCCHS and the mother of one or more children who are either students at or graduates of RCCHS.
Ms. Painter suggested that RCCHS should refund the children the money paid for the prom because Mr. Mirabella had "ruined their night".
St. Joseph parishioner Drew R. Weidner was the second or third person to call in. He said that it was his opinion that, since this was a Catholic school and a Catholic prom, the principal had every right - in fact, a stern duty - to intervene as he did! Mr. Weidner applauded the principal for taking a stand against today's culture and standing up for Catholic morality. In order to make his point more cogently, Mr. Weidner offered to recite some of the lyrics to "top 40 radio edits". He was not surprised when he found himself getting bleeped! Res ipsa loquitur.
He was told that he should back off because "this is what kids are listening to these days" and "this night was all about the kids, and the principal ruined it for them". For the next approximately two hours, according to Mr. Weidner, caller after caller chimed in to side with the host of the program against Mr. Mirabella.
Some irate mother even called in to say that she was going to pull her kid out of Catholic school because of Mr. Mirabella's action. Well, lady, don't slam the door as you leave! Someone suggested that Mr. Mirabella should be encouraged to resign. That makes sense. If you're a mouse, you pray that the cat resigns.

MY COMMENT
May God bless Tom Mirabella! May his courage be contagious! May his tribe increase - and his paycheck too! The children who sat down on the floor in order to protest should all be sent to bed without their supper. The parents who gave the principal so much grief in this matter should be sent to summer school for classes in Morality 101 and Remedial Parenting. Jo Painter should be given a fellowship at the Don Imus Foundation for Standards in Broadcasting.
If no other priest is available and willing, I would be happy to bring bell, book and candle to RCCHS and sprinkle some holy water around the facilities. You never know what foul spirits might be lurking there. Our struggle is not against mere flesh and blood …….

stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 - 08


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Today, Sunday, 27 May, at the 10:45 a.m. Mass, three children will receive, for the very first time, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, under the forms of the bread and the wine.
Benjamin J. Chewey
Brent M. Gauntlett
Christina M. Marko

We anticipate that, in next weekend's bulletin, we might be able to print photographs of the handsome / beautiful faces of these children.
We welcome the three of them to full participation in the Sacrifice of Calvary renewed upon our altars!

City of Pottsville
and
Borough of Mount Carbon
C O R P U S C H R I S T I
Procession

Sponsors: StJtBPar; StJosPar; StPatPar; MQPPar; StFdSPar
Date: Sunday, 10 June
Plan: Eucharistic adoration at StJtB after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. At 4:00 p.m. procession will form inside StJtB Church and will proceed east on Mahantongo Street to StPat Convent, whence to StPat Church for Evening Prayer and Benediction. All altar servers of the five parishes are asked to participate in their altar server attire. If there are any questions, call StPatRect (622-1802).

In case you are wondering why the Catholics of Pottsville are having a procession in honor of a city in Texas, all I can say is that there is a lacuna in your Catholic religious education. You can remedy this by calling one of the secretaries at St. Patrick's, who will be only too happy to explain to you about Corpus Christi.

stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 - 09


CORRECTIONS
The 10:00 a.m. Mass intention (StFdS) on Wed 23 May was CHILDREN OF THE WORLD by Shirley Losch Recla. This was not what appeared in last weekend's bulletin. We regret the error. The error was recognized by the time the Mass was celebrated. Therefore, the Mass was offered for the correct intention.
The 10:00 a.m. Mass intention (StFdS) on Wed 25 May was NICHOLAS M. DeSTEFANO. This was not what appeared in last weekend's bulletin. We regret the error. The error was recognized by the time the Mass was celebrated. Therefore, the Mass was offered for the correct intention.
The 7:45 a.m. Mass on Sunday, 6 May should have been offered for SALVATORE ALFONSI. The bulletin was on track, but the pastor's brain jumped the track! Therefore, the Mass was inadvertently offered for someone else. I regret the error. Please note that I compensated for the error by offering the Mass at the Simon Kramer Institute (21 May) for Mr. Alfonsi, may he rest in peace! The late Mr. Alfonsi has a kind daughter, who suggested to the pastor that he eat more apple pie. She said that apple pie is good for the brain. I sure hope so. God knows I need all the help I can get!

BUTERABUS
#1 - If you have not yet signed up for the bus trip to the Cathedral in Allentown on Saturday, 2 June, please do so immediately - if not sooner! We are referring to the bus that will take us to witness Deacon Christopher S. Butera being ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Cullen.
#2 - If you have signed up already for the aforementioned bus trip, please bring in (send in) your money ($12.00) ASAP.


CLOSE, BUT NOT THE SAME: Someone asked me if I were the chaplain of Penn State/Schuylkill. I said, "No, I'm not, at least not as far as I know!" Later, I learned the source of the confusion. On the Allentown Diocese website, there is a man whose name and position are given as follows: "Edward Connelly, Direct Service Coordinator / Campus Ministry Coordinator- PSU Schuylkill".
I'm not acquainted with Mr. Connelly, but I trust that he is a fine gentleman! I am also as sure as I can be that he and I are not the same person! And, just for the record: No, I am not moonlighting!

stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 - 10


 CONTRIBUTORS TO BISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL 2007
Please note:
1) We depend on the BAA Office in Allentown for updates. We do not receive this information with maximum promptness. It is quite possible that your name is not on this list, even though it should be. If that be so, feel free to let us know.
2) Names printed in BOLD are new contributors since the last time we printed a list of contributors.
StJosPar
ACKER, Mary Elizabeth Troilo
ALFONSI, Alesandro / Mary Clare
BARONE, Angelo / Kay
BARONE, Eleanor Meros
BLANKENHORN, Ann Hoepstine
CARAVAN, Raymond / Ugenia
CARESTIA, Ronald / Joanne
CERULLO, William J.
CHIPLONIA, Ralph D.
CONNOLLY, Edward B.
DERAMO, Anthony N.
DeSTEFANO, Andrew / Loreta
DiCELLO, Katherine Owens
GENTILE, Vincent M.
GERACE, Jacob / Rosalie
GUASTAVINO, Thomas / Karen
HOFFECKER, Victoria LaPlaca
KEVY, Phyllis C.
KEVY, Veronica J. (+)
KHELOUSSI, Claudia Franzelin
KRIZNO, John J.
LANG, Jean Albo
LASCALA, Theresa Doyle
LaSELVA, Edward / Domenica
LONG, Mae Gerace
MACCARONE, Joseph P.
MALYS, Casimir / Julia
MARIANELLI, Bruce / Kathy
MAZZUCA, Julia Civitarese
MODESTO, John / Sharon
MODESTO, Salvatore / Mary

PASCUZZO, Albert / Martha
PICCIONI, Emidio A.
PICCIONI, Francis / Regina
PICCIONI, Mark
PILO, Anthony A.
PILO, Pasquale / Mary
POPECK, Frank / Rose
POTTS, Nancy Ayello
RUTECKY, Christine Troilo
SANTILLI, Joseph A.
SANTILLI, Mario J.
STAGLIANO, Frances Papapietro
TAMBURELLI, Francis A.
THYE, David / Susan
WALTERS, Thomas / Margaret
WOOD, Ralph / Joanne

StJosPar
Goal: $11,910
So far $5,860
To go: $6,050 

StFdSPar
Sorry! Right now, I don't know the names of the StFdSPar donors. I shall do my best to find out for next weekend's bulletin.
I could probably guess some names, but I don't want to do that!

StFdSPar
Goal: $1,413
So far $650
To go: $763

 

stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 - 11


RUMOR HATH IT that our esteemed neighbor, Father Joseph F. Reilly, is being transferred from St. Patrick Parish. However, it is not true that he is being sent to the showers. He is being sent to the bath.
To be more precise, he is being sent to Sacred Heart Parish, Bath (PA), there to serve as assistant pastor - or "associate pastor" or "parochial vicar" or whatever the current fashion might be for designating "the young priest whose job is to make the old priest look good".
Father Reilly is a fine man. He has done much good during his stint in Schuylkill County. We hate to see him go, but it is time now to share him with Northampton County. We wish him God's blessings and everything good in his new assignment.


WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund, as follows:
In memory of
Veronica J. Kevy
Irene J. Schlack
M/M Donald Fleischut


PLEASE PRAY FOR a woman who died on 18 April 07 in Bergenfield NJ. She is Magdalen (Pitel) O'Boyle, formerly of W. Railroad Street, Pottsville. She is the godmother of StJos parishioner Joseph P. Cescon. She was maid-of-honor at the wedding of Joseph T. Cescon and Barbara Swantner in Immaculate Conception Church (St. Clair).
"Aunt Mac", as she was known, was Barbara's aunt - a sister of Barbara's mother, Mary. Magdalen is survived by her husband, William, and daughters, Anne O'Boyle Vlahos and Mary O'Boyle. She died as the result of severe injuries incurred in a kitchen fire.
Eternal rest grant unto Magdalen, 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.

stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 -12


 

MARY,
VIRGIN MOTHER
OF
JESUS CHRIST,
GOD INCARNATE!
CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN!
ASSUMED INTO HEAVEN!
PRAY FOR US!
Join us for our annual outdoor procession in honor of our Blessed Mother.
Sunday, 27 May 2007
8:00 p.m.
We form at Savory and Hewes Streets,
Palo Alto.
We process to the playground on Bacon Street.
There we crown the image of Mary.
Afterwards, we have refreshments.
Everyone is invited.

stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 - 13

 


 MASS SCHEDULE: 27 May - 03 June
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 26 May
Vigil of Pentecost
6:00 p.m. - BAMBINA ANGELUCCI DERAMO
by her daughter, Mary Deramo Measel

Sunday, 27 May
Pentecost
9:15 a.m. - Safety and God's Blessings on
PFC CHARLES J. CESCON
(StJos parishioner in Iraq)
by his family
12:15 p.m. - FRANCES MAZZUCA GARDNER (anniversary of birth)
by her mother, Julia

Monday, 28 May
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - POOR SOULS IN PURGATORY
by Shirley Losch Recla

Wednesday, 30 May
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - LOUIS and MARY TROILO
by their daughters, Tina and Liz

Friday, 01 June
St. Justin, martyr (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - MICHAEL J. FRINZI (12th anniversary)
by his family

Saturday, 02 June
Vigil of Holy Trinity
6:00 p.m. - DAVID A. PEIFFER Jr.
by James and Marie Cairns and Angela

Sunday, 03 June
Holy Trinity
9:15 a.m. - RONI J. KEVY
by Roberta
12:15 p.m. - ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by Helen Pingtella

stjos/stfds: 05.27.2007 - 14

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