MASS SCHEDULE: 26 AUGUST - 02 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 25 August
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by Tim Souchak

Sunday, 26 August
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - NED H. LANG
(1st anniversary) by his wife, Jean, and family
10:45 a.m. - LENA TRANQUILLO PICCIONI
(anniversary of birth)
by Vincent and Susan (Piccioni) Bercher

Monday, 27 August
St. Monica (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - ALEX FANOK Jr.
by his sister, Mary, and his nephew, Harry

Tuesday, 28 August
St. Augustine of Hippo, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANDREW J. LUCAS
by Michael and Catherine
7:00 p.m. - God's Blessings on DAVID and SUSAN THYE by Sandy

Wednesday, 29 August
Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on the WEIDNER FAMILY
by Sandy
 

Thursday,30 August
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on EBC
by Sandy
7:00 p.m. - God's Blessings on DAVID and SUSAN THYE by Sandy

Friday, 31 August
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - ANTONIO CHIODO (80th anniversary)
by Mary and John

Saturday, 01 September
Weekday
8:00 a.m. - Intentions of THIRD ORDER CARMELITES
by TOC community

Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - VERONICA J. KEVY
by Joan Ferugio and family

Sunday, 02 September
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - ARTHUR B. WHITNEY
by Michael and Catherine
10:45 a.m. - MARGARET McDONALD DEE
by Katherine Owens DiCello

 

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
18 / 19 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
$1559.00
from the envelopes and $160.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1719.00 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 $207.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$234.00
from the envelopes and $79.55 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $313.55 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 $18.52 of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       18 Aug

#622
Phil N won $100.00
Sun      19 Aug

#053
Alice H won $150.00
Mon     20 Aug

#308
Leonard D won $50.00
Tues     21 Aug

#138
Betty won $50.00
Wed     22 Aug

#814
Debra W won $500.00
Thurs   23 Aug

#468
Frank K won $50.00
Fri        24 Aug

#848
Arlene M won $50.00
                                                                             

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 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Thursday, 30 August
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 30 August
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 31 August
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 dnovack@allentowndiocese.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.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

27 August
Armando Piccioni
Sean D. Stevenson

28 August
None, as far as we know.

29 August
Arthur L. Heimbaugh
Ann Bucha Morris

30 August
Catherine Barone Frickert
Mary Deramo Measel

 

 

31 August
James J. Bassininsky
John E. McCord Jr.
Michelle Carel Schappell
Jennifer Blickley Shappell
James J. Visalli Sr.

01 September
Zachary A. Frantz
Michelle L. Prestileo
Ronald J. Wilson III

02 September
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.

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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.

Diocesan Survey
Bulletin Announcement #1
To run in Parish Bulletins the weekend of August 26-27

Survey Sunday-September 15-16, 2007
To gather information that will be used as part of the process for consolidating and restructuring parishes, the Diocesan Pastoral Council has asked that every parish participate in a diocese-wide survey about parish life. The information from the survey will be important for strengthening parish life in existing parishes and for the reorganization of parish life in new parishes that may be created by the consolidation process.
Your input is important! Please plan to attend one of the Sunday (or Saturday night) Masses at your parish on that weekend.


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GOOD FOOD
GOOD FRIENDS
GOOD ENTERTAINMENT
CLOSE TO HOME
ON THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND

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 Grounds, Primrose.
The day will feature: delicious ethnic and picnic foods; homemade baked goods; handmade crafts; bingo; games of skill and chance; lots to keep the kids occupied.
All are most welcome to attend. Live music and entertainment throughout the day!

12:00 - 3:00 p.m.: T102 Radio Live Broadcast
12:00 noon: Rock of Faith (contemporary Christian music)
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.: "Shoreliners"
4:30 p.m.:         Irish Step Dancers
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.: "Mixx"

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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 year.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, my friend and I ate breakfast at Betty's Restaurant on the main street in Shepherdstown. The food was okay, but the coffee left something to be desired. No taste, no oomph. So, after drinking three cups of what Betty calls coffee, I found I still needed a cup of coffee.
Fortunately, just a few doors down, on the same block, there was a coffeehouse. The sign in the window said that the coffee inside was the best coffee in the world.

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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.

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THE PROCESS!

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. Joseph Parish.
Feel free to ask them what they learned at the meeting and what their impressions are.
The meeting had to do with the process whereby the Bishop will come to a final determination in the awesome matter of consolidation of parishes and schools.
"The Process" seems to be the operative phrase these days.
Whenever a priest who is out of the loop asks a priest who seems to be in the loop what, if anything, he knows about the prospect of parishes being (gulp!) closed, the latter usually lifts his eyes to heaven, assumes an earnest expression and says, "Well, you know, as it stands right now, nobody knows - not the angels, not even the Son, but only the Father! Everything depends on the outcome of
"THE PROCESS!"
Many thanks to our four parish reps! I am grateful to them for taking their valuable Saturday time in order to go to Allentown for the meeting.
Meanwhile, we stand by to do God's Will and to cooperate with our Bishop.

stjos/stfds: 08.26.2007 - 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
BUTERA, Ralph / Kathleen
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
MOHAN, Frank / Stella
MODESTO, John / Sharon
MODESTO, Salvatore / Mary
PALERINO, Joseph / Ann Marie
PASCUZZO, Albert / Martha
PICCIONI, Ann Breslin
PICCIONI, Emidio A.
PICCIONI, Francis / Regina
PICCIONI, Mark<
PICCIONI, Robert / Mary Sharon
PILO, Anthony A.
PILO, Pasquale / Mary
POPECK, Frank / Rose
POTTS, Nancy Ayello
RINALDO, Charles / Mary
RUTECKY, Christine Troilo
SANTILLI, Joseph A.
SANTILLI, Mario J.
SCHENCK, Thomas M.
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 $9,945
To go: $1,975

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

StFdSPar
Goal: $1,413
So far   $710
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
.

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ALL SAINTS SCHOOL NEWS
Lunch Menu: 27 Aug to 01 September


Monday: PB & Jelly sandwich; veggies; fruit; cookie; milk
Tuesday: PB & Marshmallow sandwich; veggies; fruit; milk
Wednesday: Bologna sandwich; veggies; fruit; pretzels; milk
Thursday: PB & Jelly sandwich; veggies; fruit; asst. snacks; milk
Friday: NO SCHOOL


Alternate for the week: Cold cheese sandwich *


Please note that the cheese will be cold, not grilled.
Lunch envelopes are due Monday mornings
Price of lunch is $2.00
Water, orange juice and milk are sold ala carte for fifty cents.
Cigars, coffee and brandy are available in the school library throughout the day.

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.
By the way, I am just kidding about the cigars, coffee and brandy. Just want to see if you're really reading this stuff.

ARE YOU CELEBRATING 5, 25, 40, 50, 60 OR MORE YEARS OF
MARRIAGE IN THE YEAR 2007?


Celebrate this special occasion with your family at the Annual Diocesan Anniversary Mass on Sunday, 30 September 2007, at 3:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena, Allentown.
Couples who pre-register and attend will receive a certificate from Bishop Cullen. See the poster at the entrance to the church. Complete a registration form and mail it to:
Office of Family Life Ministries
900 S. Woodward Street
Allentown PA 18103

Deadline for registration: 21 September 2007

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MONTHLY MASS
SCHUYLKILL MANOR NURSING HOME
Schuylkill Manor Road (behind GSMC)
2:30 p.m.
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.

 Monthly MASS
SIMON KRAMER INSTITUTE
NEW PHILADELPHIA
5:00 P.M.
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.
Note: St. Pauline is well acquainted with the suffering experienced by diabetics. Her condition was so severe, it necessitated the amputation of an arm. Through all her difficulties, she kept her eyes fixed on Jesus.

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.

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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.

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 MASS SCHEDULE: 26 AUGUST - 02 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 25 August
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - CATHERINE CARESTIA RINALDO
by Bill and Mary Stiles

Sunday, 26 August
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

Wednesday, 29 August
Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - FRANCIS J. TRABOSH
by Loretta

Saturday, 01 September
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMINICK J. D'ALESSANDRO Jr.
by his parents

Sunday, 02 September
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
by EBC

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