Sunday, 24 June
Monday, 25 June
Friday, 29 June
Sunday, 01 July
16 / 17 JUNE
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
at St. Joseph's
|THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 24 - 30 June, in loving memory of Roni J. Kevy, at the request of Roberta.|
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 24 - 30 June, for God's blessings on Mary A. Luppino, at the request of Julia Senitch Laplaca.
No 10:00 a.m. Mass at StFdS on Monday, 25
June, due to Mass at Simon Kramer Institute later that day.
Tara M. Centeleghe
Morgan M. Chillemi
Valerie Shrom Shappell
Leo L. Ward
Sally Cola McShaw
Elaine Skumin Barbetta
James P. Cicero
Jonah A. Modesto
Ann Hoepstine Blankenhorn
Margaret Moore Etherington
Matthew S. Freed
Domenic P. Mercuri
Liam L. Moyer
Aaron J. Spece
Thomas D. Guastavino, MD
Michael A. Sedicino
Josephine Megna Messina
Karen Kosta Piccioni
Gloria Piccioni Visnefski
None, as far as we know.
James P. Cicero / 12th grade / Nativity /
|Dry skin peals. Church bells peel. Even Norman Vincent Peales. But what about the Bishop's Annual Appeal? Have you peeled off a few bills for it? If yes, thanks. If not, when?|
THE MONTHLY MASS at the Schuylkill Center Nursing Home will be held this coming Friday - 29 June - at 2:30 p.m. As always, we extend an invitation to members of our parishes and to others in the community to take part in this Mass. If you need a ride, call the Rectory. We will be happy to accommodate you, if we can.
LUKE is five years old. He is
an astute child. He analyzes what he is told and doesn't want
to be played the fool!
Recently, his grandmother, Rose, was reading to him from a Bible picture book about Jesus' ascension into heaven. She told Luke that Jesus, upon His ascension, "went back to God".
Luke responded: "How could Jesus go back to God? They're the same Person!"
Luke's grandmother asked me for some way of explaining this to the boy. We would hate to see Luke turn into a Unitarian!
Well, okay! Let's try!
First of all - with all due respect to the lad - we have to inform Luke that "Jesus" and "God" are NOT "the same Person". They are two distinct Persons.
Then we have to say this: "Listen up, Luke! When we say, 'Jesus went back to God', we are using short-hand language. We are PRESUMING that you know that Jesus is GOD THE SON. Also, we are PRESUMING that you know that 'God' (in this case) means 'GOD THE FATHER'."
"So, what the book is really saying and what your grandmother is really trying to tell you is this: JESUS, WHO IS GOD THE SON, WENT BACK TO GOD THE FATHER."
[That's probably enough for a five-year old. However, for those of us who have gone beyond five, it might not be enough.]
So, we supplement it with this: God is ONE in the sense that there is only one "GOD MIND", but God is THREE in the sense that that one GOD MIND is shared by THREE GOD PERSONS.
WHO IS FRANCIS J. BECKWITH
and WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Francis J. Beckwith was born
in 1960. He grew up in a Catholic home and attended Catholic
that dwell in little bowls and wish
to swim and can't and have no notion
of what has happened to the ocean.
continually caged canaries
who wonder, when they try to fly,
what could have happened to the sky.
Leonard J. Feeney, SJ
BUT NOT TALIBAN!
(Some call it a "tapestry". Some call it a "throw". Call it what you will, it is a very attractive item and well worth the money. If you want to see it, come to the Rectory and take a look at it.)
PLEASE PRAY FOR a woman who
died on Saturday, 16 June. LaVerne Huber Morris is the wife
of St. Joseph parishioner Francis P. Morris. She has two children,
both of whom are members of the parish: Judith Morris Whelski
and Wayne F. Morris. She has five grandchildren, one of whom
is deceased [David A. Shrom] and three of whom are members of
the parish: Valerie Shrom Shappell, Jennifer L. Morris and Jonathan
W. Morris. She has seven great-grandchildren, four of whom are
members of the parish: Kyle D. Shappell, Katelyn E. Shappell,
Madison M. Shappell and Jordan J. Morris.
Eternal rest grant unto LaVerne, 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.
Q - Are you acquainted with Beethoven's Piano
Sonata #12, Opus 26 in A-flat minor?
A - No, I can't say that I am. But I am acquainted with a guy named Sparky who worked in the coal mines and one day he came out of the tappy and he was so blind drunk, he fell down in the street and he didn't know it but they was paving the streets that day and he got run over by a steamroller. It was really pretty sad, especially for Sparky's widow.
Q - Well, I'm sorry for your friend, Sparky, but may I ask you a question? What does that have to do with my question about whether you are acquainted with Beethoven's Piano Sonata #12, Opus 26 in A-flat minor?
A - Well, I just wanted you to know that I was acquainted with a guy who was a flat miner!
with veneration afterwards of the first-class relic of St. Pauline
Visintainer, patroness of those who have diabetes.
Monday, 25 June
Simon Kramer Institute, New Philadelphia
If you need a ride, you may call the Rectory.
In memory of
Veronica J. Kevy
Mary Ann Detwiler
Evelyn Drucker Ziegler
Joseph T. Cescon and family
Carl and Mildred Mengel
I JUST LEARNED THIS PAST WEEK that Paris Hilton's psychiatrist is Dr. Charles Sophy
- formerly of Pottsville.
Wow, I was impressed!
Of course, I am known to be easily impressed.
I am adding that factoid to my list of things to talk about when people say to me, "You live where? In Pottsville? Pottsville PA? Yeah, I think I heard of it once. Is that near Pittsburgh? Tell me about it!"
That's always my clue to tell them about: the Pioneer Tunnel and the days when Coal was King, the Molly Maguires, John O'Hara, the Henry Clay statue, the Yuengling Brewery, Father Ciszek, Bishop Gainer, the Pottsville Maroons, General Joulwan and Leo Ward.
Now I can add "and Paris Hilton's psychiatrist!"
HAVE YOU HEARD FROM YOUR GOSSIP
If you look up the word "gossip" in a very good dictionary, you will find - strangely enough - that the original meaning of the word is related to the sacrament of Baptism!
Because it is customary - although not mandatory - to have two sponsors for Baptism, a word came into use to describe the relationship between the two sponsors (godparents) of the one child.
If the two persons were not already related to one another by blood or by marriage, it was considered that the two of them, by virtue of their newly acquired spiritual relationship to the child, had acquired a spiritual relationship to one another. In other words, they became GODSIBS, which is kind of a short form for "god siblings" or "brother and sister in God".
As happens with words as time passes, "godsib" gradually became "gossip".
So, if you are looking for a word by which you can refer to the person with whom you share in common a godchild, you may feel free to refer to him or her as your "gossip".
A FEW WORDS OF THANKS FROM
A GRATEFUL MOM AND DAD
Christopher and we have received so many expressions of love and generosity that it becomes overwhelming! We feel obliged to mention a few persons by name, but - by no means! - do these few names exhaust the list of persons in the parish to whom we are grateful and indebted.
We thank Andy and Loreta DeStefano and all the members of the Spaghetti Crew for volunteering their support, in particular for the great job they did feeding the persons who came from various parts of the Diocese in order to prepare for their participation in the First Mass.
We thank Phyllis Kevy and Roni Kevy, both of whom were always so kind to Christopher and to us, even up to the last days leading to his ordination. We had hoped, of course, that Roni could attend Christopher's ordination and First Mass. God's plans for her intervened and we submit to His Will. We were sad but, nevertheless, we have good reason to believe that God did allow Roni to participate in these two glorious events! May she rest in peace!
We thank Abe and Kay Barone for their steadfast faith and strong support. We are happy that Abe was able to be lector at the First Mass.
We thank Rose Popeck, Marie Palerino and Julia Laplaca, who always knew how to apply the final touches.
We thank all of the members of the St. Joseph Parish Women's Guild who, without fanfare, did so many of the little things that need to be done.
We thank Mary Modesto and Sandy Frinzi who coaxed the beautiful flowers in the church to last well beyond the First Mass.
We thank young Albert Yackenchick for his reverent participation in the First Mass.
We thank Ed Lecher, who did some nice fixing up and painting before the First Mass.
We thank all who traveled to Allentown for the ordination and all who attended the First Mass.
We thank our own Father Connolly (who is obliged to write this in!) for his prayers and his faith and for his years of mentorship and guidance for Christopher and our families.
Above and beyond our gratitude to human persons, we wish to give public thanks to Almighty God for calling our son to be a priest. We pray that Father Butera will serve God with all his heart and strength and that God will keep him safe in His Heart forevermore.
As a small token of appreciation, we would
like to invite everyone for some socializing over coffee (or
milk) and donuts after each of the three weekend Masses at St.
Joseph's on Saturday, June 30th ,and Sunday, July 1st .
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of the Birth of St. John the Baptist
6:00 p.m. - PAUL W. DRUCKER
by Joseph T. Cescon and family
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
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - LOUIS TROILO
by his daughters, Tina and Liz
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMINICK J. D'ALESSANDRO Jr.
by his mother and father
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - VIRGINIA EVANS NOELL
by James and Cynthia Coyle
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his brother, Vincent, and his sister, Anne