Saturday, 23 June
Vigil of Birth of St. John the Baptist
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

Monday, 25 June
by Cookie Ferhat

Tuesday, 26 June
12:05 p.m. - JOHN J. MEHALKO
by his family and friends
7:00 p.m. - GREG TOBIN Sr.
by his son and his daughter-in-law, Greg and Jean

Wednesday, 27 June
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
by Sophie Dobrosielski D'Alfonso and family

Thursday, 28 June
St. Irenaeus, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANDREW JOHN LUCAS
by Michael and Catherine
7:00 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by Mary Genovese Kutch

Friday, 29 June
SS. Peter and Paul, apostles (Sol)
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on Father LARRY J. HESS
by Sandy

Saturday, 30 June
Protomartyrs of Rome (OptMem)
8:00 a.m. - FRANCIS A. KALYAN
re-scheduled from 23 June
Vigil of Sunday
by his family

Sunday, 01 July
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - MARIO P. ALFONSI
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
10:45 a.m. - RYAN A. WALTERS
by his godparents, Uncle Lou and Aunt Deb


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16 / 17 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $110.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,562.00 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 $66.74 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $49.35 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $183.35 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 ($125.96) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Sat       16 June

Jonathan M won $100.00
Sun      17 June

Nobody won $500.00
Mon     18 June

Anna Mae M won $50.00
Tues     19 June

Ronald K won $50.00
Wed     20 June

Evan W won $50.00
Thurs   21 June

Barb & Joe won $50.00
Fri        22 June

John V won $50.00

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Wednesday, 27 June
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Thursday, 28 June
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 29 June
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.
No 10:00 a.m. Mass at StFdS on Friday, 29 June, due to Mass at Nursing Home later that day.

PLEASE NOTE that Independence Day and the Fourth of July coincide this year (2007). Both days will be celebrated next week on 4 July.

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25 June
Tara M. Centeleghe
Morgan M. Chillemi
Valerie Shrom Shappell
Leo L. Ward

26 June
Sally Cola McShaw
Arthur Moraco
Andreas Roman

27 June
Elaine Skumin Barbetta
James P. Cicero
Catharine Galle
Jonah A. Modesto



28 June
Ann Hoepstine Blankenhorn
Margaret Moore Etherington
Matthew S. Freed
Domenic P. Mercuri
Liam L. Moyer
Aaron J. Spece

29 June
Thomas D. Guastavino, MD
Michael A. Sedicino

30 June
Luz Mercado
Josephine Megna Messina
Karen Kosta Piccioni
Gloria Piccioni Visnefski

01 July
None, as far as we know.



James P. Cicero / 12th grade / Nativity / First Honors
John P. Modesto Jr. / 12th grade / Nativity / First Honors
David J. Chiplonia / 11th grade / Nativity / First Honors
Alessandra K. Pagnotta / 11th grade / Nativity / First Honors
Kelly A. McCord / 10th grade / PAHS / Honors
Megan L. McCord / 6th grade / Lengel / Honors

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?

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Saturday, 30 June 2007, marks the end of the current fiscal year. Following our usual custom, St. Joseph Parish and St. Francis deSales Parish will be holding our annual Distribution of Excess Money Festival. We ask persons who are interested to assemble on Howard Avenue in front of St. Joseph Rectory at 3:00 a.m. on 31 June 2007. At the appointed hour, gaze up towards the 2nd floor balcony. The pastor will make a brief appearance in order to throw out the contents of the first barrel of money. Then he will hand things over to the parish volunteers. They will come out onto the balcony and do the same with additional barrels. Take what you need. Leave some behind for others. Please exercise due restraint and courtesy. There is never any excuse for rudeness! We don't want any injuries! However, as a precaution, there will be an ambulance standing by in the parking lot. We anticipate that, as always, there will be more than enough money to go around. One need not be a parishioner in order to participate in this festival. However, in any dispute between a parishioner and a non-parishioner as to who touched a certain piece of money first, the parishioner always enjoys the benefit of the doubt, which is no more than right, we think you will agree.

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.

stjos/stfds: 06.24.2007 - 05

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.

stjos/stfds: 06.24.2007 - 06

Dr. Francis J. Beckwith is a distinguished revert.
What is a revert?
A revert is like a convert, except that a revert used to be in the place to which he has returned, whereas a convert wasn't.
Would you run that by me again?
Let's put it this way: Suppose a person was a Catholic but then left the Catholic Church and became something else. Then suppose that same person comes back to the Catholic Church. We call that person a "revert" to distinguish him from a "convert", who is a person who comes into the Catholic Church without ever having left it first.
Oh, okay, I think I get it!

Francis J. Beckwith was born in 1960. He grew up in a Catholic home and attended Catholic schools.
He left the Catholic Church for evangelical Protestantism.
He became a tenured professor at Baylor University, the largest Baptist university in the world.
He was elected president of the Evangelical Theological Society.
On 28 April 2007, to the amazement of his evangelical Protestant colleagues, he walked into a Catholic church, went to confession and was absolved of his excommunication. On 29 April, he was re-admitted to Holy Communion. His wife, who had never been Catholic, has begun to take instructions in order to become Catholic.
Dr. Beckwith said, "I began reading the early church fathers as well as some of the more sophisticated works on justification by Catholic authors. I became convinced that the early church is more Catholic than Protestant and that the Catholic view of justification, correctly understood, is biblically and historically defensible…………I still consider myself an evangelical, but no longer a Protestant."
We welcome Dr. Beckwith home and we urge all of our evangelical Protestant brothers and sisters to come home.
The Church of Jesus is Catholic. There is no future in Protestantism.

stjos/stfds: 06.24.2007 - 07


May God be kind to captive fish
that dwell in little bowls and wish
to swim and can't and have no notion
of what has happened to the ocean.

And may He bless in aviaries
continually caged canaries
who wonder, when they try to fly,
what could have happened to the sky.

Leonard J. Feeney, SJ

stjos/stfds: 06.24.2007 - 08



(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.)

Price: $40.00
Deadline for orders: 31 July 07
Contact: Darla (544-2867)


One of the fringe benefits of being a Catholic is that we get to know these astonishing truths!
Did you know that the Church honors Jesus' grandparents, SAINT ANN and SAINT JOACHIM, every 26th day of July.
Would you like to go to Scranton to visit the Basilica Shrine of Saint Ann on Thursday, 26 July 2007?
St. Joseph Parish (Pottsville) sponsors a bus every year for this purpose. We leave Pottsville at about 3:00 p.m. and we get back at about 10:00 p.m.
There are Masses and novena prayers at the Shrine, together with outdoor stands for food and drink.
At 7:00 p.m. there is an outdoor Mass.
Call St. Joseph Rectory (622-3081) or call Julia (622-6605) for information and / or reservations.

stjos/stfds: 06.24.2007 - 09

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.

The Catholic parishes of Ashland will hold their summer festival on the grounds of St. Mauritius Church, 7th and Brock Streets, Ashland.

Friday, 29 June, from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, 30 June, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Shake, Rattle & Soul on Friday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
San Antonio Rose on Saturday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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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!
MONTHLY MASS, with veneration afterwards of the first-class relic of St. Pauline Visintainer, patroness of those who have diabetes.
Monday, 25 June
5:00 p.m.
Simon Kramer Institute, New Philadelphia
If you need a ride, you may call the Rectory.

 WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of
Veronica J. Kevy

Mary Ann Detwiler

In memory of
Evelyn Drucker Ziegler
Joseph T. Cescon and family
Carl and Mildred Mengel

stjos/stfds: 06.24.2007 - 11

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!"
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".

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We wish to thank all the members of St. Joseph Parish for their support for our son,
Father Christopher S. Butera, throughout the years and, in particular, during the weeks leading up to his ordination to the priesthood on June 2nd and his First Mass on June 3rd.

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 .
Kathleen and Ralph Butera

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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
by his mother and father
12:15 p.m. - Blessings on NORMA MERCADO
by John J. Krizno

Wednesday, 27 June
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - LOUIS TROILO
by his daughters, Tina and Liz

Saturday, 30 June
Vigil of Sunday
by his mother and father

Sunday, 01 July
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by James and Cynthia Coyle
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his brother, Vincent, and his sister, Anne

stjos/stfds: 06.24.2007 - 14

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