MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 AUGUST
SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 11 August
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - NATHAN J. KEVY
(8th anniversary)
by his daughters, Phyllis and Roni (+)

Sunday, 12 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - ANGELO and AMELIA (Amoroso) PASCUZZO by Albert and Martha
10:45 a.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO
by his wife, Carmella, and his daughter, Joanne

Monday, 13 August
SS. Pontian and Hippolytus (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on JOHN AND JOANN THOMAS by their mother / mother-in-law, Barbara

Tuesday, 14 August
St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANN DEMYANOVICH
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto
Vigil of Assumption
7:00 p.m. - JESSE and ELIZABETH KRIZNO
by Elizabeth Pawlick

Wednesday, 15 August
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
12:05 p.m. - RACHEL ANN SNINSKI
by her family
4:30 p.m. - ELIZABETH EVOLO
by her granddaughter, Patty Feeley Garland

Thursday,16 August
St. Stephen of Hungary (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - EVELYN DRUCKER ZIEGLER
by Charles and Mary Tamburelli
7:00 p.m. - God's Blessings on DAVID and SUSAN THYE by Sandy

Friday, 17 August
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by his wife, Johanne, and family

Saturday, 18 August
St. Jane Frances deChantal (OptMem)
8:00 a.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
by Jerome and Marie Gilmartin
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ROSALIE YANNI GENNERELLA (1st anniversary) by her husband, Bruno

Sunday, 19 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - PARISHIONERS: StFdSPar / StJosPar
by EBC
10:45 a.m. - RONALD OWENS
(28th anniversary)
by his sister, Kitty Owens DiCello

 

 

 

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 01


 

 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
04 / 05 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,603.00
from the envelopes and $87.20 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,690.20 the parish's weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments, $410.08 plus the weekly premiums for property and liability insurance, $160.01, the sum of which is $570.09, plus its weekly obligation to All Saints School, $941.06 the sum total of which is $1,511.25, one sees that $179.05 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$138.00
from the envelopes and $38.85 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $176.85 the parish's weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments, $46.15 plus the weekly premiums for property and liability insurance, $60.67, the sum of which is $106.82, plus its weekly obligation to All Saints School, $188.21, the sum total of which is $295.03, one sees that ($118.18) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!



RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       04 Aug

#174
Nobody won $100.00
Sun      05 Aug

#940
Theresa S won $150.00
Mon     06 Aug

#986
Nobody won $50.00
Tues     07 Aug

#784
Lennie D won $50.00
Wed     08 Aug

#109
Rose B won $50.00
Thurs   09 Aug

#135
Nobody won $50.00
Fri        10 Aug

#073
Dan D won $50.00
                                                                             

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 02


 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, 15 August
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 16 August
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 17 August
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 12 - 18 August, in loving memory of Joseph A. Fabiani, at the request of his grandchildren.



THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE
is offered, during the week of 12 - 18 August, in loving memory of Rosalie Yanni Gennerella, at the request of her husband, Bruno.



IN REGARD TO THE PLATE- COLLECTION AMOUNTS REPORTED ON PAGE 2
Please recall that last weekend was Mission Co-op Weekend. Fr. John Vallayil, VC preached at all the Masses. I announced that we would keep only 20% of the loose collections for the parishes. Therefore, the amounts reported on page 2 [$87.20 and $38.85] are that 20%. The rest (80%) will be forwarded to the Propagation of the Faith for Fr. John's community. We will tell you next weekend the total amounts.

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 03


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

13 August
Maria Piccioni Carestia
Martina L. Gennerella
Francis S. Popeck
Marissa E. Yackenchick

14 August
Scott D. Cromis
Nancy Matz Potts
Charles A. Rinaldo Sr.
Robert A. Tamburelli
Joshua M. Zeman

15 August
Francis A. Bierman
Keith R. Butcavage
Brian S. Carroll
Karen Cinelli Guastavino
Johnna M. Maley
Theresa Recla Meade
Ann Marie Chalinsky Tranquillo

16 August
Alice M. Chipriano
17 August
Anna Romano D'Alessandro

18 August
Janet Frie Becker
Jennifer Gownley Dube
Michael W. Hossler
Joshua J. Senkus

19 August
Joseph Rodgers
Brian K. Sedicino
Alec N. Verhagen

 

 


IN MEMORY OF BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Date:         Wednesday, 5 September 2007
                 10th anniversary of Mother Teresa's death
Place:        St. Joseph Parish, Mahanoy City
At 4:00 p.m., there will be a film about Mother Teresa. The name of the film is THE LEGACY.
At 6:00 p.m., there will be a Mass. Bishop Welsh will be the principal celebrant.

stjos/stfds:08.12.2007 - 04


 

ANNUAL WOMEN'S RETREAT
Dates:         7 to 9 September 07 [Fri to Sun]
Place:         St. Francis Retreat Center, Bethlehem
                 (Monocacy Manor)
Call:           Mary J. Chiodo at 622-6817
I WOULD LIKE TO GET SOME MONEY TOGETHER IN ORDER TO PURCHASE a one-gallon commercial-sized blender for the Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica. This blender will facilitate their work of feeding those children they care for who cannot chew solid food. The total cost is $944.00. Anyone who would like to know more about this project or who would like to make a contribution towards the purchase of the blender may contact Fr. Connolly or else speak with St. Joseph parishioner Lisa Faline Weidner. Mrs. Weidner has had some hands-on experience with the work of the Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica. She is always happy to tell people about this group that does such noble work among the poorest of the poor. If you slip some money into my hand (or into the aforementioned Mrs. Weidner's hand) or else put it in an envelope on which you have written "blender" or "Missionaries of the Poor", you have my word that your money will go for that purpose and nothing else.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of a contribution to the StJosPar Memorial Fund from Mary Rose Piccioni, in memory of James V. Messina.
LOST and FOUND
A pair of black-framed sunglasses was found in St. Joseph Church. Now sitting in foster care in the Rectory office, it awaits the arrival of its rightful owner / custodian. Stop by between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., when the secretary is hers.

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 05


 

VACATION
Fr. Connolly anticipates taking a few days off: Sunday 19 Aug (after the Masses) until Friday 24 Aug. Just so you know.

CONGRATULATIONS!
St. Joseph Parish is proud to be able to say that two of her members have achieved the lofty status known as SCHUYLKILL COUNTY IDOL!

CHARLES A. TAMBURELLI took 3rd place in his division.
THOMAS M. GUASTAVINO took 1st place in his division.

Someone wanted to know if it creates any theological problem for us when Mr. Tamburelli and Mr. Guastavino are in church - inasmuch as they are idols!
The person who asked had in mind the verses from the Decalogue that read as follows:
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God..."Ex 20,4-5

I have researched this matter and have checked out the findings of my research with various learned theologians and divines.
I have come to the conclusion that there is no prohibition on having either Mr. Tamburelli or Mr. Guastavino inside the church building. Although they are idols, they are not "graven images".
However, just to be on the safe side, I suggest that we do not bow down ourselves to them or serve them.
To do so would come close to being a transgression. In addition to which, it would be somewhat over the top and even embarrassing to these two talented gentlemen.

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 06



If you go down to the woods today, you'd better not go alone!
If you go down to the woods today, you'd better not go alone!
For every bear that ever there was is going to have a picnic because
today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic!

GAY PRIDE DAY AT KNOEBEL'S GROVE
A friend of mine told me on Friday (10 Aug) that he was on deck to take his wife and children to Knoebel's Grove today - Saturday, 11 Aug. Then he found out that Sat 11 Aug is "Gay Pride Day" at Knoebel's Grove.
Good grief!
He doesn't want to disappoint his kids.
On the other hand, he doesn't want to expose them to anything inappropriate nor to anything that would confuse them.
Nor does he want to be perceived - either by his kids or by others - as being nonchalant or complacent about "gay pride".
He said that, as far as he can tell, the management of Knoebel's Grove does not play any role in endorsing "gay pride" activism. KG is simply the site chosen by GP of LV for its annual picnic. Because KG is a place of public access, it probably has no legal right to refuse to admit members of GP of LV.
I don't know what decision my friend made. He'll probably tell me next time I see him.
After speaking with him, I went on line to check it out.
Here is what I found [slightly edited] on the website of Gay Pride of the Lehigh Valley:

We are family at Knoebel's Grove. Come out and bring your family to the 13th Annual Pride Picnic at Knoebel's Grove Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA at Pavilion T10. Registration starts at 11am, Covered dish lunch and raffle start at 3pm. Bring a covered dish to share, BBQ, tableware and utensils will be provided. Volunteers needed for day of event.

Let me take this opportunity in order to make a point that we have made before and, no doubt, will have reason to make again - and again and again and again - perhaps until the Second Coming.
We are living in a profoundly wicked age.
It is profoundly wicked not because "bad things are going on".
Quite frankly, bad things have always been going on!

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 07


What makes our current age so profoundly wicked is that the "bad things" that are going on are presented to one and all as if they were "good things" or, at the very least, as if they were morally neutral things.
In other words: The Sin Against the Holy Ghost - which can be forgiven neither in this life nor in the next - is all around us.
"Gay Pride" is proof.
"Gay Pride" really means "Sodomy Is Us".
Many people are clueless about what sodomy is and how God regards it.
So, let's do some Sunday School here, shall we?

SODOMY - which is the voluntary placement or reception of the membrum virile into inappropriate orifices, most especially (but not exclusively) orifices of persons of the same gender as the gender of the one who does the placing - is one of the four sins that cry out to God for revenge.
Now, let me clarify something here. Whenever you hear or read that there are certain sins that "cry out to God for revenge", you should know that we are not talking penny-ante stuff here. We are not talking about saying "no" when Mommy tells us to pick up our toys nor to being distracted during the homily.
When we say that there are certain sins that "cry out to God for revenge", we are talking major league material. We are talking about four things - no more, no less - in particular:

PREMEDITATED MURDER
OPPRESSING THE POOR
DEFRAUDING WORKING PEOPLE OF THEIR WAGES
SODOMY

So, please keep in mind that I have nothing against any group of law-abiding persons holding a day of fun and frolic at Knoebel's Grove. All such groups may go to KG with my blessing and good wishes. All I ask of the management of KG is that they do whatever is legally possible in order not to roll out the welcome mat for groups that advocate the violent overthrow of the government or groups that glorify the subversion of the Natural Law.

I must say that the prospect that I might one day take some sweet-faced children to KG for a day of innocent fun and then find myself - and them - rubbing shoulders with a group of persons whose tee shirts, hats, demeanor and PDA proclaim that they are proud and happy members of Sodomy Is Us [aka Gay Pride] is more than just mildly unsettling.

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 08


HERE IS AN EMAIL I RECEIVED FROM A FRIEND OF MINE IN THE PARISH.                                

I asked his permission to re-print it. I have omitted his name. I think it is worth sharing - especially with parents or with anyone who has a TV that children or teenagers have access to.

Dear Father Connolly:
I think I've seen the worst of the worst on TV. I was flipping through channels and passed MTV. I stopped for a moment when I noticed the title of the show
Parental Control.
Stupidly, I thought it was a show about bad kids learning good behavior.
After watching for about ten minutes, I found out that the show is actually about parents who don't like their son's or daughter's current girlfriend or boyfriend.
So, the parents pick a date for their child and the child goes out on the date and then he or she has to decide between their current boy / girl friend and the one their parents chose.
During the show, the current boy / girl friend sits on the couch with the parents and watches the dates.
They call the parents "bitch" and many other names that can't be mentioned.
Every other word is bleeped out and the parents talk the same way to the kids.
Now I'm more aware of why the younger people today don't care about anything, if that's how it is. Hopefully it's not like that with a majority of the kids, but I think it's definitely a majority that are being babied and are growing up in fear of their own shadows but have big mouths.
If you happen to come across it, stop and watch. You may have to say a few Hail Mary's afterwards.
It made me angry, but then I kind of pitied them.
NAME

If you have a TV with a parental lock, please use it!
For those who don't know, let me point out that MTV is #52 on Comcast.

stjos/stfds: 08.05.2007 - 09


 CONTRIBUTORS TO BISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL 2007

Please note:
1) If your name is not on this list and it should be, please 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
ANONYMOUS
BARONE, Angelo / Kay
BARONE, Eleanor Meros
BLANKENHORN, Ann Hoepstine
CAIRNS, James / Marie
CARAVAN, Raymond / Ugenia
CARESTIA, Mary Pilo
CARESTIA, Ronald / Joanne
CERULLO, William J.
CESCON, Cheryl A.
CESCON, Joseph T.
CHALINSKY, Jeanette Ciorlanti
CHIODO, John D.
CHIODO, Mary J.

CHIPLONIA, Frank J
.
CHIPLONIA, Julian / Mary
CHIPLONIA, Ralph D.
CHIPLONIA, Thomas J.
CONNOLLY, Edward B.
D'ALFONSO, Sophie Dobrosielski
D'ALESSANDRO, Dominick / Anna
DeMARKIS, Louis D. Jr.
DERAMO, Anthony N.
DeSTEFANO, Andrew / Loreta
DiCELLO, Katherine Owens
DiMARCELLO, Margaret R.
ECKLEY, Henry / Margaret
FABIANI,johanne Lupino
FRINZI, Joseph / Sandy
GARLAND, Patricia Feeley
GENTILE, Vincent M.
GERACE, Jacob / Rosalie
GETZEY, Robert / Denise
GUASTAVINO, Thomas / Karen
HERWIG, Marion L.
HOFFECKER, Victoria LaPlaca
KANE, Edward / Florence
KEVY, Phyllis C.
KEVY, Veronica J. (+)
KHELOUSSI, Claudia Franzelin
KRIZNO, John J.
KUTCH, John / Patricia
KUTCH, Mary Genovese
LANG, Jean Albo
LAPLACA, Julia Senitch
LASCALA, Theresa Doyle
LaSELVA, Edward / Domenica
LILLEY, Harry / Rosa
LONG, Mae Gerace
LUPPINO, Mary A.
LUPPINO, Mary Harman
MACCARONE, Joseph P.
MALYS, Casimir / Julia
MANZO, Katherine A.


MARIANELLI, Bruce / Kathy
MATTERA, Frank / Camille
MAZZUCA, Julia Civitarese
McGOVERN, John / Flavia
MENGEL, Carl / Mildred
MERCURI, Domenic / Antonette
MESSINA, Josephine Megna

MODESTO, John / Sharon
MODESTO, Salvatore / Mary
PALERINO, Joseph / Ann Marie
PASCUZZO, Albert / Martha
PICCIONI, Ann Breslin
PICCIONI, Emidio A.
PICCIONI, Francis / Regina
PICCIONI, Mark
PILO, Anthony A.
PILO, Pasquale / Mary
POPECK, Frank / Rose
POTTS, Nancy Ayello
RINALDO, Charles / Mary
RUTECKY, Christine Troilo
SANTILLI, Joseph A.
SANTILLI, Mario J.
STAGLIANO, Frances Papapietro
SWARTZ, Robert / Denise
TAMBURELLI, Francis A.
THYE, David / Susan
TRANQUILLO, Frank / Ann Marie
WALTERS, Thomas / Margaret
WEISS, John / Frances
WILSON, Susanne V.
WOOD, Ralph / Joanne
YACKENCHICK, Albert / Annetta

StJosPar
Goal: $11,910
So far $9,635
To go: $2,275

StFdSPar
BONCORE, Francis / Debra
HAAG, Earl / Nancy
HEIMBAUGH, Helen Wychunas
WYCHUNAS, Gerald / Tina
WYCHUNAS, Raydell Yeich

StFdSPar
Goal: $1,413
So far   $660
To go:   $753

 

 

 

 


Please (notice I said "please" and that should count for something!)
Please make a donation or a pledge to the Bishop's Annual Appeal
.

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 10


"J. P." COMMON SENSE: RIP
Today we mourn the passing of a dear friend, Common Sense. Affectionately known to some as "Just Plain" Common Sense, he had been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old Mr. Sense was. His birth records were long since misplaced in some bureaucrat's desk.
He will be remembered by some for having taught certain valuable lessons, such as: knowing when to come in out of the rain, knowing which bird gets the worm, knowing that life is not always fair and knowing that, in many cases, it is one's own fault that things do not go well.
Mr. Sense lived by tried and true financial policies, e.g. that one should never spend more than one earns and by reliable parenting strategies, e.g. that adults are almost always wiser than children and, consequently, are meant to be in charge.
Common's health began to deteriorate when certain actions were taken in public schools, e.g.: A six-year-old boy was charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate. A teenager was suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch. A teacher was fired for reprimanding an unruly student. Mr. Sense never quite recovered from these decisions.
Mr. Sense's condition took a sharp downward turn when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do, viz. discipline their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin or a band-aid to a student, but were forbidden to notify parents if a student, having conceived the parents' grandchild, wanted to abort him or her.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, but the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense threw in the towel when a woman who had ordered a cup of hot coffee at a fast food restaurant and had spilled some on her lap, sued the chain for serving her coffee that was hot, and was awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by: his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; his son, Reason.
He is survived by his three stepbrothers: I Know My Rights, It is Not my Fault, Someone Else is to Blame, and I Am a Victim.
There was no funeral. Apparently no mourners could be located. The funeral director was anxious to dispose of the remains. So, Mr. Sense was cremated and his ashes were placed in an unmarked grave. If you think of it, say a prayer.

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 11


 

 ASSUMPTION
of
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
MASS SCHEDULE

Tuesday, 14 August
4:30 p.m. - StFdS
7:00 p.m. - StJos

Wednesday, 15 August
10:00 a.m. - StFdS
12:05 p.m. - StJos
4:30 p.m. - StJos
7:00 p.m. - StFdS

Perhaps in some benighted parish, God knows where - certainly not St. Joseph Parish or St. Francis deSales parish - there is a Catholic who, on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of this coming week, will be saying something like the following: "I am not going to go to Mass for the Assumption, because I really don't think that God keeps any records about who does and who does not go to Mass on holydays of obligation. All God cares about is that you are kind to your neighbor." Let it be known that this admittedly hypothetical Catholic is making a false and totally unwarranted, not to mention idiotic, ASSUMPTION [notice the insertion of some humor there!] and in all probability - unless he repents before he dies - will not be assumed into heaven at the time when Jesus comes to judge the living and the dead but will, instead, experience something quite the contrary and distinctly unpleasant.

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 12


THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF A LETTER I sent recently to the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. I am trying to get them to take up the cause of getting the PA legislature to remove what I call a "marriage penalty" --- viz. a marriage-license surcharge for "domestic violence" and for "child abuse".
More about this later. I encourage you to think about it.

Friends:

No doubt you are aware that the state of PA imposes two surcharges on marriage licenses: $10.00 for "domestic violence" and $10.00 for "child abuse".
The cost of a marriage license varies from county to county. In my county (Schuylkill), a marriage license is relatively inexpensive: $9.50 for the license itself; a $5.00 automation fee; $.50 tax. That comes to $15.00. However, when the two surcharges are added, the cost of a license more than doubles. It comes to $35.00.
I have often thought that it is manifestly unfair that couples who wish to marry should have to pay a child-abuse surcharge and a domestic-violence surcharge.
This is nothing more than a penalty for getting married.
Marriage is part of the solution to child abuse and domestic violence, not part of the problem!
I believe that making the payment of these surcharges mandatory on persons who are about to get married is immoral.
My question(s) is (are) these: Has the PCC ever addressed this issue with the legislature? If so, what was the outcome? If not, is there any chance that it will?

Thank you for the good work you do.

In Christ Jesus -

Fr. Edward B. Connolly
Pastor
St. Joseph Parish, Pottsville
St. Francis deSales Parish, Mount Carbon

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 13


 MASS SCHEDULE: 12 - 19 AUGUST
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 11 August
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - PAUL DRUCKER and EVELYN DRUCKER ZIEGLER
by Julia, Marie and Rose

Sunday, 12 August
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - DOMINICK J. D'ALESSANDRO Jr.
by his father and his mother
12:15 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
by EBC

Monday, 13 August
SS. Pontian and Hippolytus, martyrs (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - DAVID A. PEIFFER Jr.
by Phyllis C. Kevy and Roni J. Kevy (+)

Tuesday, 14 August
Vigil of Assumption
4:30 p.m. - MARY ANN STROKELITUS (month's mind)
By Connie D'Alessandro and Jack Chaklos

Wednesday, 15 August
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sol)
10:00 a.m. - PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their family
7:00 p.m. - MARIE ELAINE LUPPINO
by J.R. Daubert

Friday, 17 August
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by his mother, Emma

Saturday, 18 August
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - BRUCE E. MEASEL
by his mother, Mary

Sunday, 19 August
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - ALBERT H. KULL Jr.
by Joseph T. Cescon and family
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent

stjos/stfds: 08.12.2007 - 14


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