Sunday, 26 August
Monday, 27 August
Friday, 31 August
Vigil of Sunday
Sunday, 02 September
18 / 19 AUGUST
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
at St. Joseph's
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
FAMILIES ARE NEEDED to care for children of all ages who
are in foster care. An Information Meeting to review the rewards
and responsibilities of foster parenting will be held on Tuesday,
September 25, 2007 at the Schuylkill/Carbon Office of Catholic
Charities, 1720 W. Market Street, Pottsville at 6:00 PM. Please
call Dolores at 570-628-0466, ext. 305 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE PRAY FOR a woman who died on Saturday, 18 August. Mary Tamburelli Hilbert is the sister of two members of St. Joseph Parish: Charles A. Tamburelli and Francis A. Tamburelli. The parish extends respect and condolences to Charles ("Chick") and to Francis ("Herb") on the loss of their sister. We invoke God's mercy upon Mary. May she be found acceptable in His sight. May she come to see God face to face.
Eternal rest grant unto Mary, 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.
Sean D. Stevenson
None, as far as we know.
Arthur L. Heimbaugh
Ann Bucha Morris
Catherine Barone Frickert
Mary Deramo Measel
James J. Bassininsky
John E. McCord Jr.
Michelle Carel Schappell
Jennifer Blickley Shappell
James J. Visalli Sr.
Zachary A. Frantz
Michelle L. Prestileo
Ronald J. Wilson III
Rosalie Chiodo Kalyan
Howard D. Merrick Jr.
Dorothy Florendo Minchoff
Charles A. Tamburelli
James A. Thye
|CATHOLIC CHARITIES is sponsoring a 5K walk / run on Saturday, 1 September. It will begin at the McCann School of Massage in Pottsville. This walk / run will benefit Children's Services of Catholic Charities and will raise awareness about foster parenting. Runners begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by walkers. Early registration is $10.00 for adults (18 and over), $5.00 for children (under 18). Day of event fee is $15.00 for adults. For more information and / or to register, call Dolores at (570) 628-0466.|
The following memo was sent to all parishes by the Chancery of the Diocese of Allentown, with the directive that it be printed in the various parish bulletins.
Survey Sunday-September 15-16,
St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville, is holding
its annual End-of-Summer Picnic on Sunday, 2 September, from
12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m., at the South Cass Fire Company Picnic
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.: T102 Radio Live Broadcast
I WAS AWAY ON VACATION from Sunday (19 Aug) after the last
Mass until Thursday (23 Aug). Another priest and I drove to Shepherdstown,
a small town in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, right
across the Potomac from Maryland. We took a room there for four
nights because it was convenient to some places we wanted to
visit, viz. Charles Town (WV), Berryville (VA) and Winchester
(VA). I wasn't aware of it ahead of time, but Shepherdstown is
a college town - home to Shepherd University. The students were
very much in evidence as they were returning for the new school
I figured it doesn't get any better than "best
coffee in the world". Lots of college kids were hanging
around, both inside and outside. I interpreted their hanging
out as a positive statement about the coffee. So, I decided to
stop in for a cup of this marvelous brew. The young man who waited
on the counter and took my order was really grooving. He seemed
to enjoy his work. He was hyped. He had attitude. He served me
up a mighty satisfactory cup of espresso. I'd go back again if
I were in the vicinity.
However, I have to warn you: This particular coffee shop is about as counter-cultural a place as I've ever been in: all sorts of New Age posters and signs; all sorts of anti-Bush, anti-establishment, anti-war, pro-feminist propaganda. There were advertisements for séances and massages. Apparently there are places in town where you can get a back rub and then go next door for some necromancy. Maybe you'll get to talk to your late Uncle Charlie. Who knows? If you're not satisfied, you get your money back, but you have to let the medium know within ten minutes of the start of the séance. (I kid you not. That's what the advertisement said!)
There were several posters of the Buddha smiling at me from the walls as I drank my coffee. I looked to see if I could find any pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I didn't see any. Sorry to say, it was Buddha SIX and Sacred Heart of Jesus ZIP. I almost expected Arlo Guthrie to step out from behind the counter with his guitar and start singing, "You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant".
Now, let me explain to you about the strange words on page 7 of this bulletin.
This is a plaque that was among the ornaments in this coffeehouse. I thought it was a marvelously concise statement of what I would call THE CREED OF NIHILISM.
Of course, I have the distinct advantage of being 69 years old and a serious Catholic. I recognize intellectual crap when I see it. But I think of all those kids in Shepherdstown (and college kids elsewhere) who will read this seductive message and will think it is wisdom and will come home for semester break - maybe with a tattoo, maybe not - and tell their parents that they've decided that they're not Catholic anymore but, instead, are studying Buddhism and won't be going to Mass anymore.
Have mercy on them, O Lord, and keep them alive long enough so that they can repent. Don't let them die young, lest they descend into the everlasting darkness.
OUR FOUR NOBLE PARISH REPS attended a meeting in Allentown today (Saturday,
25 August). The four reps are Ellen
T. King and Francis M. Boncore for St.
Francis deSales Parish and Angelo
J. Barone and Patti Feeley Garland for St.
Lunch Menu: 27 Aug to 01 September
Alternate for the week: Cold cheese sandwich *
I am not sure why I am putting
this lunch menu into the bulletin. I don't really see it as parish-bulletin
material. However, it was sent to me for inclusion in the bulletin
and I don't want to antagonize anyone. If I find that any of
our parishioners really want to see the lunch menu in the bulletin
every week, I could be persuaded to include it. As I see it,
my job is to make people happy.
SCHUYLKILL MANOR NURSING HOME
Schuylkill Manor Road (behind GSMC)
Friday, 31 August
As always, we encourage members of the parish to attend this Mass, in solidarity with our elderly brothers and sisters who are residents of the Nursing Home.
SIMON KRAMER INSTITUTE
MONDAY, 27 AUGUST
Afterwards, there will be the opportunity
to venerate a first-class relic of St. Pauline Visintainer, patroness
of persons who have diabetes and patroness of all who are sick.
|PLEASE NOTE that, because of these two monthly Masses, there will not be Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis deSales' on Monday or Friday this week.|
|WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of a contribution to the StJosPar Memorial Fund from Ronald and Mary Nolley in memory of Mary Tamburelli Hilbert.|
SOMEONE ASKED FR. CONNOLLY what he will do or where he will go if the Bishop
decides to close the two parishes. I told the person who asked
me that, as far as I know - unless God has other plans - I still
have some good years left in me. That being the case, I'd like
to stay in the area, if that's agreeable to the Bishop. I have
an idea in mind for a job.
I think I would like to work the drive-up window at the Pottsville Dunkin Donuts. I figure I could offer a fairly unique service. Here is how I visualize it: You drive up. You place your order. In addition to your order, you tell your sins and say your Act of Contrition. When you drive up to the window, I hand you your order, take your money, give you your change, your penance, your absolution - maybe a few words of spiritual advice, if it seems appropriate - and off you go!
To avoid scandal (i.e. any appearance of simony), I would have to reach an understanding with Management that no purchase would be required in order for a person to utilize the drive-up Confession service. I'm afraid that might not go over too well with Management, which is probably more focused on coffee, bagels, croissants and doughnuts than on sanctifying grace.
However, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Maybe I'll check it out with them.
Of course, another factor to consider is this: Management might be concerned about showing favoritism towards Catholic customers. They certainly don't want to antagonize their non-Catholic customers. I can understand that and I can work out what I think is an acceptable compromise on that!
There is no rule in the Catholic Church that says that Protestants and other non-Catholics can't confess their sins to a Catholic priest. The rule is this: Barring unusual circumstances, the priest may give sacramental absolution only to Catholics.
I'll let Management know that, when I'm working the window, I'm willing to listen to the sins of all customers, regardless of religious affiliation.
The only distinction I'll make is this: If I see a statue or a rosary on the dashboard when the customer drives up to the window, I'll give absolution. Otherwise, I'll just give a blessing.
Well, this whole proposal is entirely hypothetical right now. We'll see what happens.
I'm just trying to think outside the box - box of donuts, I mean.
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - CATHERINE CARESTIA RINALDO
by Bill and Mary Stiles
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by Rita Bettinger Rehnert
12:15 p.m. - SOULS IN PURGATORY
by Jerome and Marie Gilmartin
Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - FRANCIS J. TRABOSH
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMINICK J. D'ALESSANDRO Jr.
by his parents
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - God's Blessings on
Sister MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn
12:15 p.m. - Rev. BERNARD QUINN