MASS SCHEDULE: 10 - 17 June

Saturday, 09 June
Vigil of Corpus Christi
4:30 p.m. - NATHAN H. KEVY (anniversary of birth and Father's Day) by Phyllis and Roni (+)

Sunday, 10 June
Corpus Christi
7:45 a.m. - Rev. LEO M. MITCHELL
by Albert and Martha Pascuzzo
10:45 a.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by Kitty Owens DiCello

Monday, 11 June
St. Barnabas, apostle (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANTONIO and ROSE CHIODO
by Mary and John

Tuesday, 12 June
12:05 p.m. - JOHN RUTECKY
by William and Christine and family
7:00 p.m. - RYAN A. WALTERS
by Harry and Rosa Lilley

Wednesday, 13 June
St. Anthony of Padua, priest, doctor (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANTONIO and MARY DeMATTEO
by the Weiss and the DeMatteo families
7:00 p.m. - In Honor of SAINT ANTHONY of PADUA
by the Weiss and the DeMatteo families

Thursday,14 June
by her family
by Julia, Marie and Rose

Friday, 15 June
Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sol)
by his family

Saturday, 16 June
Immaculate Heart of Mary (OblMem)
8:00 a.m. - God's Blessings on PHYLLIS C. KEVY
by Roberta

Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by George and Michele Sekula and family

Sunday, 17 June
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
10:45 a.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife, Carmella, and his daughter, Joanne



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02 / 03 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $377.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,561.00 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 $65.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $85.90 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $167.90 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 ($141.41) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Sat       02 June

Frances L won $100.00
Sun      03 June

Anna M won $150.00
Mon     04 June

Nobody won $50.00
Tues     05 June

Marie H won $50.00
Wed     06 June

Nobody won $50.00
Thurs   07 June

Anna Mae won $50.00
Fri       08 June

Tracey F won $50.00

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Wednesday, 13 June
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 14 June
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 15 June
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 10 - 16 June, in loving memory of the deceased members of the Flynn and the Pascuzzo famlies, at the request of Ed and Catherine (Riotto) Snopek.

A MESSAGE TO JEFF'S DAD (whoever you are):
I don't check my cellphone voice mail very often - mainly because very few people call me on my cell (and I like it that way!) But, checking my cell's voice mailbox this past week, I found a couple of calls from "Dad" to "Jeff" reminding Jeff to pick up a cake for "Mom" on his way home. Dad sounded kind of uptight. I'm guessing that Jeff did not pick up a cake for Mom and I'm guessing that Jeff got yelled at by Dad. I just want Dad to know that it wasn't Jeff's fault. No disrespect intended, but it was clearly your fault, Dad, for dialing the wrong number. However, just to show my heart is in the right place, I'm willing to buy a cake for Mom and even deliver it. Dad should call me back and let me know the address. [Of course, I would like a piece to take back with me.] Gee, Mom, if it was your birthday and you didn't get a cake, I feel awfully bad about it. Please try to forgive and forget.

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11 June
Betty Kanger Frantz
Francis J. Gallo
Lora A. Miranda
Anthony F. Tranquillo

12 June
Tyler J. George
Wayne F. Morris
Lillian Valent

13 June
Ronald A. Mercuri
Barbara Ayello Potts
Connor R. Verhagen

14 June
Santa Strasico Blackwell
Frank A. LaPlaca Jr.
Teresa Mary Mercuri Rinaldo

15 June
Sophie Samay Eckley
Nicholas A. Galle
Angeline Lynn Laub

16 June
Anthony W. Vidal

17 June
Justin M. Bassininsky

PLEASE PRAY FOR a woman who died on Tuesday, 5 June. Evelyn Drucker Ziegler is the dear sister of Fr. James N. Drucker. She was 76 years of age - just four days shy of her 77th birthday (9 June). Evelyn is the wife of Paul R. Ziegler. She is the mother of Edward J. Collins and Joseph Collins. She has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Friday, 8 June. Fr. Drucker was the principal celebrant. Fr. Butera and Fr. Connolly were the concelebrants.
The interment took place in Mount Laurel Cemetery, Hazleton.
Eternal rest grant unto Evelyn, 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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President Bush met Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican today (Saturday, 9 June). It was their first meeting!
In an interview prior to the meeting, President Bush said, "I think His Holy Father will be pleased to know that much of our foreign policy is based on the admonition, 'To whom much is given, much is required.'"
My comments
#1 - "His Holy Father"? Does the Pope have his own personal Pope?
Poor President Bush! I feel bad for him. He needs to stop and think before he speaks. I think he is a bright man and a very good man, but he has a nervous disposition that prompts his mouth to churn out words before his brain has processed them, as a result of which he provides abundant ammunition for his enemies to use to shoot him down (figuratively speaking).
#2 - I read that the Pope asked the President about the American proposal to install missals in eastern Europe. I should think that this proposal would win the Pope's enthusiastic approval. But a major problem, if I understand what I heard on the news, is that Russian President Putin is on record as opposing any US missals in eastern Europe. I'm not sure why. I have always thought that it is a good idea for the people to have access to missals. It helps them to concentrate better on the Mass. I guess Putin, like some Catholic priests I know, thinks that missals are a distraction and that the people should simply listen and not read. Well, we'll see what happens.

WE NOTE WITH HORROR AND WITH UTTER UNBELIEF that the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has voted to approve the ordination of Lutheran ministers who are in homosexual relationships. This is a tentative decision, as I understand it, but it is almost certain to be finalized sometime after 2009. Well, all I can say - and I say it with all due respect to my many Lutheran friends and associates - is this: THE BALLGAME IS OVER!
FOR CHRIST'S SAKE (I mean that quite literally and, so, let me say it again): FOR CHRIST'S SAKE, please face reality! You've had a good run ever since 1517 when your guy (he was still our guy at the time) nailed up those 95 Theses. You have made whatever legitimate points there were to be made. Now, come back home to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church! Come back to union with Rome. Do it before the sulfur comes raining down. Good grief! I always knew that Episcopalians had no appreciation for the principle of contradiction, but I always thought that Lutherans were endowed with good German logic. PLEASE TAKE THE NEXT BUS HOME! I'll meet you there!

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Event: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass / outdoors, weather permitting
Rosary will precede Mass
Date: Friday, 15 June
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: National Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Harleigh PA
[Harleigh is right next to Hazleton]
After the Mass, there will be refreshments (coffee and doughnuts). Refreshments are gratis.
Before the Mass - from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - there will be roast pork dinners in the Shrine Hall. There is a charge for the dinners.

Some members of the Men of the Sacred Heart of the Pottsville Area, including Fr. Connolly, will be going to this Mass. Anyone who would like to join us is most welcome. Call the Rectory. We can carpool.


on 12 June 1982 in St. Joseph Church, Pottsville, in the presence of Fr. Leo J. Houseknecht.
Michael Keating and Natalie Gennerella were the official witnesses.
Charles is the son of Charles A., Sr. and (the late) Catherine (Carestia) Rinaldo.
Mary is the daughter of Natale and Teresa (Mercuri) Mercuri.
Charles and Mary are the parents of two daughters: Regina C. Rinaldo and Maria T. Rinaldo.
On this, the occasion of their silver anniversary, we invoke God's blessings on Charles and Mary and on their daughters.
Everyone knows that the first 25 are the most difficult. It gets easier from here on out. So, go for the gold.
We thank God for the love of Charles and Mary for one another.

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          Benjamin J. Chewey                                                   Brent M. Gauntlett
son of James and Melissa (Kalyan) Chewey                                                     son of Paul and Theresa (Conville) Gauntlett


 Christina M. Marko
daughter of Gerald and Tina (Marko) Wychunas

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I CAME ACROSS THIS NEWS ITEM THIS PAST WEEK. It occurred to me that it would be appropriate to print it in the bulletin of this particular weekend.
Why this particular weekend?
#1 - It is CORPUS CHRISTI, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. #2 - We are recognizing in our bulletin our three most recent first communicants.
I ask the families of these three dear children to acquaint them with the contents of this article and to explain it to them. I would like it to make an impression on them.

For two months, 81 children braved check points risking their lives as bombs exploded and clashes took place all around them on a daily basis. They made it though-they successfully received their First Communion at the Holy Spirit Church, not far from the Church of St Paul which, with four other Iraqi churches, was targeted on August 1 last year in a terrorist attack.
Their parish priest, Fr Ragheed Ganni, was proud of his little parishioners. "Given the exceptional circumstances, they had the courage to do things even better that they would have, if circumstances were normal," he said.
He told Asia News how the children-aged 11 to 14-started preparing for the "great day" two months ago when school ended.
"Sometimes they found themselves caught in the midst of US troops; at other times, road blocks prevented them from reaching the church. Still, they accepted the challenge in spite of their fear and won," he said.
When two mosques-one Sunni, one Shiite- were hit by attacks on July 12 and 16 respectively, they prayed in church for the victims. "Praying is a believer's best weapon".
What kept the kids going, overcoming discouragement, was keeping their eye on the prize, i.e. "closely knowing Jesus, being with Him, no matter what, and at any price. Only Jesus is enough".


PS - A few days later, Fr. Ragheed Ganni and three deacons were murdered by anti-Catholic Muslim terrorists. They murdered them for the love of Allah.

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The Borough of Palo Alto is always very kind to us.
They never refuse us when we ask their permission to hold our annual May Procession.
Not only do they not refuse us, they go out of their way to accommodate us - as they did on Sunday, 27 May.
Thank you, Mayor Jim Guyeski! Thank you, Borough Council President Charlie Dries! Thank you, Officer Bob Crawford! [Our thank you to Officer Crawford comes with double fries. He is very kind and patient and keeps us from getting bumped off by traffic.]
Palo Alto is a great place to hold a procession or a parade. For one reason, it has wonderfully flat terrain. You can walk for miles and never feel out of breath! It's like walking through Kansas!
But even better than the terrain are the people. May God bless them!
Thanks also to the folks who donated food and drink and money and to the men who carried the image of Mary and to the women who served the hot dogs and beverages.
The Blessed Mother is pleased with these events, although she does ask me why there aren't more parishioners in attendance. I do my best to cover up. I tell her that people are very busy these days, but I can tell from her face that she isn't buying it.
Some young boys were outside playing. They saw a robin lying dead on the pavement. They decided to hold a funeral. They put the corpse into a shoe box and carried the casket to a nearby park, where they dug a hole. But they realized they needed to say a prayer before depositing the casket into the grave. The problem was that they didn't know too many prayers. They turned to one of their number who was an altar boy. They figured he was the most qualified of the bunch to come up with an appropriate prayer. This is the prayer the boy said:
"Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and into the hole he goes."

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 FATHER CHRISTOPHER S. BUTERA will celebrate the 10:45 a.m. Mass today (Sunday, 10 June). Afterwards, he will give his individual blessing to any who ask. There will be coffee and doughnuts after this Mass.
On Tuesday, 12 June, Father Butera will officially take up his duties as assistant pastor of St. Thomas More Parish (Salisbury Township), Allentown. The Lord Jesus, the High Priest of the Universal Church, will guide him every step of the way.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:

In memory of
Evelyn Drucker Ziegler
Angelo and Kay Barone
John J. Krizno and Mary Ann Krizno

In memory of
Larry Spatz
Jack and Mary Miller

In memory of
Veronica J. Kevy
Harry and Barbara Piccioni
Mary Fanok Piccioni
Thomas and Margaret Walters
Jack and Mary Miller
Please assemble at 4:00 p.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, whence we will process to St. Patrick Church.

Come honor the Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of His Love.

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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.

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.
CHALINSKY, Jeanette Ciorlanti
D'ALFONSO, Sophie Dobrosielski
DERAMO, Anthony N.
DeSTEFANO, Andrew / Loreta
DiCELLO, Katherine Owens
GENTILE, Vincent M.
GERACE, Jacob / Rosalie
GETZEY, Robert / Denise
GUASTAVINO, Thomas / Karen
HOFFECKER, Victoria LaPlaca
KEVY, Phyllis C.
KEVY, Veronica J. (+)
KHELOUSSI, Claudia Franzelin
LANG, Jean Albo
LASCALA, Theresa Doyle
LaSELVA, Edward / Domenica
LONG, Mae Gerace
MALYS, Casimir / Julia
MANZO, Katherine A.
MARIANELLI, Bruce / Kathy


MAZZUCA, Julia Civitarese
MODESTO, John / Sharon
MODESTO, Salvatore / Mary
PALERINO, Joseph / Ann Marie
PASCUZZO, Albert / Martha
PICCIONI, Francis / Regina
PILO, Anthony A.
PILO, Pasquale / Mary
POPECK, Frank / Rose
POTTS, Nancy Ayello
RUTECKY, Christine Troilo
STAGLIANO, Frances Papapietro
THYE, David / Susan
WALTERS, Thomas / Margaret
WOOD, Ralph / Joanne

Goal: $11,910
So far $5,975
To go: $5,935

This is embarrassing! I still have not received from the front office the names of the StFdS donors! If you are one of the donors, please let me know

Goal: $1,413
So far  $650
To go: $763

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Anthony Buono is a friend of mine. He is the founder of Ave Maria Singles. He and I were co-hosts of ROAD TO CANA, a thirteen-part series [30 minutes each] that was shown on EWTN recently and is available on DVD. Anthony forwarded me the following email that he received from a woman named Marie, who, apparently, had a very positive reaction to the series. Anthony and I thank her for her kind words.
Anyone would like to purchase the set of DVD's can do so by going on line: If "going on line" is something you don't do, you can ask Fr. Connolly to arrange for a set to be delivered to your home. If you don't care to purchase the DVD's, but would like to borrow them, ask Fr. Connolly to lend you a set.
This series is being incorporated into the marriage prep programs of several dioceses.

Anthony, just a note of appreciation for the Road to Cana series. I bought it because I realized by watching a snippet of an interview that I had a very selfish, skewed view of marriage and even if I never marry, I need to mature as a person. I found the sessions so informative and inspiring that I loaned the DVDs to a coworker who is a divorced ex-Catholic Buddhist who found them so interesting that she watched all the sessions in a day, except for the session on the annulment process. I encouraged her to watch that also, which she did and she might consider inquiring about the possibility of getting an annulment of her failed marriage: it seems that there may be grounds to do so. More importantly, the wisdom, love, common sense, and solid character of all involved and the riches of the Church's teaching might be melting her heart and causing her to consider looking to Jesus. Thank you again for a fine series.

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(610) 437-0755
FAX: (610) 433-7822

Dear Friends in Christ,
Each year, the annual Peter's Pence Collection, in support of the works of the Holy Father, is held in parishes across the country. The proceeds from this collection fund emergency relief assistance to those throughout the world who suffer from war, oppression and natural disasters. The theme for this year's collection is Let us make sure that none of God's children ever feels alone. Through works of charity, Catholics provide a powerful witness of love and deeds to empower the weak, the defenseless and the voiceless, and to sustain those who suffer.
As we participate in this special appeal, we join with the more than one billion Catholics worldwide in a loving expression of solidarity. We share in the concern of the successor of Peter for the many different needs of the universal Church and for the relief of those most in need around the globe.
This year, the collection in our Diocese is scheduled for the weekend of June 16 - 17, 2007.
I ask you to consider contributing to the collection this year, and I am grateful for your generosity. Together let us ask the Lord to bless our Holy Father, as well as those in need throughout the world.

Sincerely yours in Christ,


Most Reverend Edward P. Cullen, D.D.
Bishop of Allentown

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 MASS SCHEDULE: 10 - 17 June

Saturday, 09 June
Vigil of Corpus Christi
by Gail Barone and Charles Barone

Sunday, 10 June
Corpus Christi
9:15 a.m. - RYAN A. WALTERS (anniversary of birth)
by his parents, Tom and Maggie, and his sister, Angela
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his brother, Vincent, and his sister, Anne

Monday, 11 May
St. Barnabas, apostle (OblMem)
by Philomena Smith Collier

Friday, 15 June
Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sol)
by James and Cynthia Coyle

Saturday, 16 June
Vigil of Sunday
by Alice Brennan and family

Sunday, 17 June
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by his wife, Barbara, and family
12:15 p.m. - MIKE DUNBROWNEY Sr.
by his daughter, Nancy Dunbrowney Haag

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