MASS SCHEDULE: 17 - 24 June
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 16 June
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
7:45 a.m. - SALVATORE ALFONSI
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
10:45 a.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife, Carmella, and his daughter, Joanne

Monday, 18 June
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - GASPER MESSINA
by his wife, Mary

Tuesday, 19 June
St. Romuald, abbot (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - RACHEL ANN SNINSKI (1st anniversary)
by her family
7:00 p.m. - ELIZABETH MANZO KRIZNO
by her sister, Rose Manzo Visalli, and family

Wednesday, 20 June
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - ANDREW J. FEELEY
by his daughter, Patty Feeley Garland

Thursday,21 June
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - In Honor of SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
by John Chiodo
7:00 p.m. - JOSEPH TUCCI
by Jack and Barbara Weachock

Friday, 22 June
St. Paulinus of Nola, bishop;
St. John Fisher, bishop, martyr and St. Thomas More, martyr (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - OLGA SINKOVICH SEADOR
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto

Saturday, 23 June
Weekday
8:00 a.m. - FRANCIS A. KALYAN
by the Horwath family
Vigil of Birth of St. JtB
4:30 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by his wife, Johanne

Sunday, 24 June
Birth of St. John the Baptist
7:45 a.m. - LEVI and CAMILLE PILO
by Jack and Flo McGovern
10:45 a.m. - FRANK V. LASCALA
by his family

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
09 / 10 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,756.00
from the envelopes and $134.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,890.00 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 $394.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$210.00
from the envelopes and $59.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $269.00 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 ($40.31) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 

RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       09 June

#990
Nobody won $100.00
Sun      10 June

#135
Nancy R won $150.00
Mon     11 June

#417
Dominick D won $50.00
Tues     12 June

#911
Nobody won $50.00
Wed     13 June

#771
Nobody won $50.00
Thurs   14 June

#333
Donald B won $50.00
Fri        15 June

#835
Angelo B won $50.00
                                                                             

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 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 19 June
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 21 June
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 22 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 17 - 23 June, in loving memory of Samuel J. Spleen, at the request of his five sons.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION OR PLEDGE TO THE BISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL.
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE SO
THANK YOU!
IF NOT, PLEASE DO SO.
PLEASE DON'T FORGET!
DO IT FOR THE LOVE OF JESUS
AND FOR THE POOR!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

18 June
Elizabeth A. Mohan
Mary Gerace Pilo
Joseph Robert Riotto

19 June
Thomas J. Bracey
Vincent A. Gargano
Anthony J. Maccarone
Margaret Farenish Puddu

20 June
Steven S. Kheloussi
Benjamin Panichello
Albert J. Yackenchick Sr.

 

21 June
Craig M. Lazarchick

22 June
Frank J. Mattera
Joseph H. Negrello

23 June
Rosemarie Tranquillo Hall
Julia Civitarese Mazzuca (!)
Anthony A. Pilo

24 June
Mark C. Deysher
Stephany M. Hauptly
James V. Messina
Marion Perry Orff

(!) - Born in 1916, Mrs. Mazzuca will turn one and ninety on 23 June. May God bless her with the peace that He alone can give.

HONOR ROLL LADS
(not to be confused with Honor Rolaids)

Cody A. Blankenhorn / 8th grade / All Saints / 1st honors
Ian R. Getzey / 8th grade / All Saints / 2nd honors
Vincent J. Baiocco Jr. / 7th grade / All Saints / 2nd honors
Dominic J. Chiplonia / 7th grade / All Saints / 1st honors
Evan J. Getzey / 6th grade / Blue Mountain / honors
Albert J. Yackenchick Jr. / 6th grade / All Saints / 1st honors
Travis A. Blankenhorn / 5th grade / All Saints / 1st honors
Alexander Koinski / 5th grade / All Saints / 1st honors

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ROAD TO CANA
This email arrived this past week. It is from a 36-year-old single woman from California.

Over and over I watched the Road to Cana series. I couldn't get enough of it. I was being evangelized. It was painful to watch, because my mistakes were being revealed to me, one topic at a time. In just a few hours I realized where and how I went wrong - but it also revealed what I can do about it.
This is one of my favorite DVD's of all time... I sincerely mean that.
Thank you so much for inspiring me, a single Catholic, to continue to persevere, to pray and to fast.
If anyone would like to purchase a set of the Road to Cana DVD's, you may do so on line:
www.roadtocana.com. If you would like to borrow a set, you may call the Rectory.

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

In memory of
Angeline Merlino Angelisanti
United Metal Receptacles Corp.

In memory of
Evelyn Drucker Ziegler
Anthony and Karen Pilo

In memory of
Veronica J. Kevy
Dan and Darla Arrison
Dominick and Anna D'Alessandro
Bill and Justine Crolic
Schuylkill Training & Technology Center
Michael and Rosalie Sukeena

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Some reflections of a theological nature,
prompted by recent news reports about
the birth and the uncertain - but certainly peculiar - origins
of Samuel David Cheney, grandson of none other than
the Vice-President of these United States

THE FACTS
Mary Cheney, daughter of the Vice-President of the USA, gave birth to a boy, Samuel David Cheney, on 23 May 07. Mary, apparently afflicted with the disorder known as Same-Sex-Attraction, has never had a husband, but is in a long-time "committed relationship" with a person whose name is Heather Poe. One might be tempted to infer, then, that Heather is the father of Samuel, but this cannot be so for the simple reason that Heather is a woman. Mary has declined to say how she became pregnant with Samuel. But inquiring minds want to know, and who can blame them? Because virginal conception seems most extraordinarily unlikely, we have to assume one of three things: (a) Mary Cheney "was with a man" in the conventional sense of the expression "was with a man"; (b) Mary Cheney underwent artificial insemination via an anonymous donor; (c) Mary Cheney underwent in-vitro fertilization, the ova being either her own or donated and the sperm being, of course, donated by some anonymous man.
THE EVALUATION
(a) If Mary Cheney was "with a man" in the conventional sense of the term (which is unlikely), then the two of them were committing fornication, in addition to which she was using the man for stud service. If so, this was a grievous offense against God's will and against human dignity.
(b) If Mary Cheney underwent artificial insemination via an anonymous donor, she was using the donor for stud service, which,

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as noted above, is a terrible offense against human dignity. But, even worse than the first hypothesis, artificial insemination does away with any semblance or even possibility of an inter-personal relationship. [We hesitate to say anything positive about garden-variety fornication, but will go out on a limb to say this much: At least fornication by mutual consent does not violate the primary principles of the natural law and it does leave open the possibility of a truly human relationship.] In the case of artificial insemination via an anonymous donor, the two persons involved are using their bodies as if they were mere machines. By doing so, they commit a grievous offense against God's will and against human dignity.
(c) If Mary Cheney underwent in-vitro fertilization, whether with ova from her own body or from some other woman's body, she was involving herself in a procedure that brings into existence multiple human persons, all of whom, except one, are then aborted [killed] while still in the embryonic phase of their lives. Therefore, in addition to the evils cited in (b), there is the even more profound evil of the taking of the lives of innocent human beings, a sin that, according to Scripture and Catechism, cries out to God for vengeance.
Therefore, none of these actions can be morally justified. All of them are objectively grievously sinful.
Hypothesis (a) is MORALLY BAD.
Hypothesis (b) is MORALLY WORSE.
Hypothesis (c) is MORALLY THE WORST.

This leaves a question: What about the child? What about the little boy named Samuel David Cheney? What is his worth? What is his status in the eyes of God?
Here is the answer: Samuel David Cheney has the same dignity, the same worth, the same value as any child on the planet. He is a

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fully certified member of the human species. He received from God the right to life at the very moment of his conception, even if his conception took place in a petri dish! It is God's will that Samuel David Cheney be holy and that he go to heaven.
Further question: Well, gee whiz! If the child is so "100% okay", as you seem to say, can't we just draw the conclusion that "all's well that ends well" and declare that the manner and the circumstances of his conception (whatever they were) are all morally irrelevant?
Answer to the "further question": Don't be ridiculous! Of course we can't!
Response to this answer: Well, now, you have hurt my feelings! How dare you say that I am "ridiculous"?
Response to this response: I apologize! Forgive me! Sometimes I get a little carried away. You are definitely not "ridiculous". You are wonderful and smart and good. Let's be friends again, okay?
Now, back to where we were!
Let's affirm a basic principle, viz. A good end (outcome) does not necessarily justify the means towards that good end!
For example: I am the father of three children. My wife and I got a little careless, had a little too much to drink and "made" a fourth pregnancy. We don't want a fourth child. Why not? Because I want all of my children to graduate from college - not just any college but good colleges, i.e. prestigious colleges, so that they will get to make the right connections, know the right people and move in the right circles. I stay close to my financial consultant. He tells me that, considering my age and earning potential and the volatility of the market, there is no way I would be able to guarantee a fourth child the same opportunities that I can just barely guarantee the first three. So, for reasons of fairness and prudence, my wife and I are going to abort this fourth pregnancy. This is a loving

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decision on our part. Do you have any problem with that? Do you think this would be morally acceptable?
For example: I am a married man and my wife and I have no children. Qualified gynecologists assure the two of us that my wife is infertile but there is no evidence that I am infertile. My wife would like to adopt but I do not want to bring a stranger's child into my home. I decide, with my wife's consent, to contract with a woman to pay her $25,000 to become pregnant with my child. I do with this woman what a man would do in order to bring about a pregnancy. Not only that, but I am successful in doing so! Do you think this would be morally acceptable?

One could do a similar moral reflection on another piece of reproductive news that came our way recently.
I am referring to the news item that a 60-year-old married woman in New Jersey, whose name is Frieda Birnbaum, gave birth to twin boys.
Anyone who has the sense he was born with knows that this woman did not conceive these children within the loving embrace of matrimony.
Moreover, you can be certain that these children are
NOT the biological children of BOTH the birth mother AND the birth mother's husband. It is entirely possible (even likely) that these children are not the biological children of EITHER the birth mother OR the birth mother's husband. Precise information is not being released.
You may also be certain of this: Several human persons were brought into existence and then killed in the process of bringing these twin boys into existence!
FOR THE SAKE OF SANITY, let us cling to these fundamental moral principles:

Children are to be conceived ONLY within the loving embrace of matrimony. In other words: The love of husband and wife for one another is the only appropriate context within which new human life is to be generated.
The TWO purposes of intercourse, viz. the bonding of the couple and the reproduction of the human race are never to be artificially separated.

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 Why we say,
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN,
not
OUR MOTHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN:
A Reflection for Father's Day
Think of the Prodigal Son parable.
We all know that the father in the parable represents God and that the two sons represent two distinct kinds of sinners - the in-your-face kind and the passive-aggressive kind.
But notice that there is no mother in that parable!
There are: one father, two sons, one servant, plus a reference to some fair-weather male friends of the younger son, plus a reference to some shady ladies of easy virtue, but there is no mother in the parable, nor any woman who exercises any significant role in the younger son's life.
Why not?
Well, if we were to re-write the parable so that there was no father on the scene but only a wealthy widowed mother, then the younger son would have to have gone to his mother and asked her for the share of the estate that was coming to him.
What would she have done?
She would not have given it to him!
She would have cried and made him feel guilty that he was thinking of walking out on her and his brother after all that she had done for him, and how could she have raised such an ungrateful boy? and how could he be doing this to her after she had carried him nine months inside of her and changed his diapers and nursed him through the whooping cough? and he would be sorry someday when she was dead and she didn't want to hear anymore of this nonsense and she was going to make him some nice chicken soup with matzoh balls and he should slurp it up like a good boy and get those silly ideas of moving away from home out of his head once and for all and that's the end of that!
As a result, the kid would not have gotten his share of the estate. He would have just hung

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around the farm and done his work begrudgingly, if at all. Eventually he would have started drinking. He would have wound up a hopeless alcoholic, probably would have gotten into a knife fight with his brother and killed him one day when he was drunk as a skunk. As a result, there never would have been any Parable of the Prodigal Son - and we would all have been the poorer for it!
Glenn Stanton makes this observation: "Go to any playground and listen to the parents. Who is encouraging their kids to swing or climb just a little higher, ride their bikes just a little faster, throw just a little harder? Who is yelling, 'Slow down, not so high, not so hard!'? Of course, fathers encourage children to take chances and push limits, and mothers protect and are more cautious."
Jimmy Akin writes: "If our spirituality has taught us to think of our relationship with God primarily as one of loving, nurturing union and to think of God as one who, like a mother, is quick to intervene and comfort his distressed children, then we are likely to be surprised and disappointed.... God, in these situations, does not seem to be a nurturing comforter.... God is not quick to swoop us up, comfort us, and make it all better, because that is not what fathers tend to do. To be sure, fathers will intervene if their children get into situations that are truly over their heads, but they are much more likely to let the child 'sweat it out' a bit, learn to 'stand on his own two feet,' and even 'burn his fingers' in order to learn his lesson. This is much more how God seems to treat us in times of crisis: We get the help we need to get through the situation, but we don't usually get waves of comfort and consolation and miracles to smooth our path."
God loves as a father loves.
To conceive of God as, in effect, a mother - as someone who quickly "makes it all better" - is a great way to lose one's faith and wind up an atheist.

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DENNIS, IF ONLY YOU KNEW!

I snuck into the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul on the Ben Franklin Parkway in my home town of Philadelphia one midnight this past week. I needed to have a word with the bishop of my childhood days. I made a hurried genuflection, proceeded towards the front of the church and then down, down, down into the crypt where the deceased Eminences and Excellencies are awaiting Judgment Day.
I went to the tomb of none other than that eminent and awesome Prince of the Church from Girardville PA: Dennis Cardinal Dougherty. I rapped on the tomb and intoned his name: "Dennis Cardinal Dougherty!"
My voice echoed up to the loft and sent a shiver up and down my spine.
From the tomb came the distinctive high-pitched voice of the Man himself.
"Who dares disturb my rest?" asked the voice.
"Eminence, it is I, Edward Connolly. Do you remember me? I represented the children of Most Precious Blood School in this very Cathedral on the day of your funeral way back in May of 1951."
"Indeed, I remember you, son Edward. With filial awe, you kissed my hands as I lay in state that day so long ago. Is it true, Edward, that you are a priest?"
"Yes, Eminence, it is so" said I.
"God bless you, lad. But it's not enough to be a priest, Edward! You must be a man! A man first! Be a man, Edward, and serve God manfully."
"Yes, Eminence, with the help of God, I shall strive to do so!"
"Why do you come, Edward? What news do you bring me?"
"Eminence, I come to tell you that on Tuesday, the 12th day of June in this year of the Lord two thousand and seven, at the urging of Planned Parenthood, the Philadelphia City Council declared by a vote of nine to eight that your beloved Philadelphia, the see city of this mighty Archdiocese, the city of my birth, is now what they call a "pro-choice city", a city that is on record as favoring the slaughter of the unborn children."

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Then there came forth from the tomb such a piercing scream and such a trembling of the foundations that it seemed to me that the mighty edifice of the Cathedral itself would come tumbling down.
"I want the names, Edward! Give me the names! Pronounce them to me."
"Yes, Eminence, I have the names written down. I shall read them to you."
"Voting NO, which means that they opposed the resolution, are the following souls: Carol Campbell; Joan L. Krajewski; Jack Kelly; Brian J. O'Neill; Juan Ramos; Frank Rizzo; Marian Tasco; Anna C. Verna."
"Prosper them, O Lord" whispered the voice from the tomb. "And the others?" demanded his late Eminence. "I want the other names!"
Pausing so as to catch my breath, I continued: "Voting YES, which means that they supported the damnable resolution, are the following souls: Jannie L. Blackwell; Blondell Reynolds Brown; Darrell L. Clarke; Frank DiCicco; W. Wilson Goode Jr.; William K. Greenlee; James F. Kenney; Donna Reed Miller; Daniel Savage.
"I shall remember these names, Edward. Trust me, I shall remember these names! In the presence of God Most High shall I remember them. When He comes to judge the living and the dead, I shall remember them. Those who murder the innocent and those who approve shall know the wrath of God!"
"And what has Justin done, Edward? Has he excommunicated any of these traitors? Has he led the flock in procession to blow trumpets, to march around the City Hall, to pull down the ramparts, to seek redress?"
"Eminence, if I'm not mistaken, he has issued a statement of disapproval!"
Then came such a scream that I thought I would die!
"A statement of disapproval?" shrieked his Eminence. "My God, my God, why hast Thou abandoned us? Why hast Thou abandoned the Church of Philadelphia? Oh Lord my God, has it come to this? A statement of disapproval?"
And then I awoke, which is good, because this dream was starting to take its toll.

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 MASS SCHEDULE: 17 - 24 June
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 16 June
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - GILDA APPOLLONI MADEIRA
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

Monday, 18 May
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - FRANCES MAZZUCA GARDNER
by her mother, Julia

Wednesday, 20 May
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - POOR CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Friday, 22 June
St. Paulinus, bishop;
St. John Fisher, bishop, martyr and
St. Thomas More, martyr (OptMems)
10:00 a.m. - ISABEL OLECHNOWICZ CARUSELLA
re-scheduled from 8 June

Saturday, 23 June
Vigil of the Birth of St. John the Baptist
6:00 p.m. - PAUL W. DRUCKER
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Sunday, 24 June
Birth of St. John the Baptist
9:15 a.m. - DOMINICK J. D'ALESSANDRO Jr.
by his mother and father
12:15 p.m. - Blessings on NORMA MERCADO
by John J. Krizno

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