MASS SCHEDULE: 02 - 09 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 01 September
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

Monday, 03 September
St. Gregory the Great, pope, doctor (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANTONETTE BRILLA FANOK
by her daughter, Mary, and her grandson, Harry

Tuesday, 04 September
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - BERTHA LaFAVER
by Ed and Florence Kane
7:00 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
by Sandy

Wednesday, 05 September
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - In Honor of SAINT JUDE
by JJB

 

 

Thursday, 06 September
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
by Sandy
7:00 p.m. - DONALD E. SHISSLER Sr.
by Mary, Joseph and John Krizno

Friday, 07 September
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on JOHN and JOANN THOMAS
by their mother / mother-in-law, Barbara
6:15 p.m. - God's Blessings on EBC
by Sandy

Saturday, 08 September
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fst)
8:00 a.m. - ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO
by her husband, Jack
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - MICHAEL D. FERUGIO
(6th anniversary - 09/11 - WTC)
by Phyllis C. Kevy and Roni J. Kevy (+)

Sunday, 09 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - DECEASED MEMBERS: EMIDIO GARBETTI FAMILY
by James and Marie Cairns
10:45 a.m. - STEPHEN CHALINSKY
by his wife, Jeanette

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
25 / 26 AUGUST

Saint Joseph Parish
$4,537.00
from the envelopes and $129.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $4,666.00 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 $1,511.15, one sees that $3,154.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$122.00
from the envelopes and $132.80 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $254.80 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 ($40.23) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       25 Aug

#277
Tina N won $100.00
Sun      26 Aug

#073
Dan D won $150.00
Mon     27 Aug

#520
Bruno G won $50.00
Tues     28 Aug

#356
Coconut $50.00
Wed     29 Aug

#479
Jean T won $500.00
Thurs   30 Aug

#054
Charles T won $50.00
Fri        31 Aug

#687
Sally M won $50.00
                                                                             

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 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 04 September
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 06 September
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 07 September
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
THE BANNS OF MARRIAGE are proclaimed for the second (and final) time between Chad A. Strokelitus, a member of St. Joseph Parish, and Stacey M. McCabe.
There should be three consecutive "banns of marriage". Because of an oversight, the banns were not included in last weekend's bulletin (25 / 26 Aug), although they were included in the prior weekend's bulletin (18 / 19 Aug). We regret the omission. In a feeble attempt to compensate for the omission, we print this weekend's banns in larger font than normal!
If anyone has any information that would impugn the projected valid marital union of this man and this woman, let such information be presented to the pastor immediately.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

03 September
Christopher A. Mercuri

04 September
Trevor W. Ochs
Florence Hudock Trabosh

05 September
Jolene A. Mehlman
Louis B. Tucci
Alaina Catherine Walton

06 September
Ralph N. Butera
Tammy L. Lindsey Cescon
Wanda Fuller Mazzuca

07 September
Zachary M. Chillemi
Rayanne K. Ferhat
Joseph S. Hullihan Jr.

08 September
Kelsey M. Nicastro

09 September
None, as far as we know.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of a contribution to the StJosPar Memorial Fund from Andy and Loreta DeStefano in memory of Mary Tamburelli Hilbert.



WOMEN'S RETREAT
LAST CALL!

Dates:       7 to 9 September
Place:       St. Francis Retreat House, Bethlehem
Contact:   Mary Chiodo at 622-6817


Q - Hey, boys and girls!
What Sunday is next Sunday (9 Sept)?
A - It's spaghetti and meatballs Sunday!

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The 5th Annual
Saint Padre Pio Festival

St. Padre Pio Parish
Our Lady of Pompeii Church
4680 Dante Avenue
Vineland, NJ 08361
(856) 691-7526
The Feast of St. Padre Pio
Sunday, 23 September 2007
Noon to 6:00 PM
Mass and procession at 10:30 AM
Italian Mass at 2:00 PM
The homilist will be Fr. Ermelindo DiCapua, who was with Padre Pio for the last three years of his life.
There will be blessings with relics of Padre Pio
and Mother Pauline Visintainer after Mass.
Eucharistic Celebrations - Food - Children's Games
Live Italian Music
Plan to come and ENJOY!
St. Joseph Parish will be happy to run a bus or a van to this festival, if we have enough interest.
Call the Rectory (622-3081) to let us know if you are interested.

stjos/stfds: 09.02.2007 - 05


 

IN REGARD TO THE PHENOMENON
IN THE VILLE OF THE MINERS

One reads and hears that an image of the Blessed Mother is appearing on a garage door in Minersville.

We read and hear that the phenomenon has drawn up to 400 persons at one time.
Some of them come to pray the rosary and other prayers.
Some are simply curiosity seekers.

The Pottsville Republican and The Allentown Morning Call have not been negligent in publicizing the phenomenon. Not only did Perry dispatch Lois to cover the story, he also sent Jimmy along to take some pictures. Articles about celestial PowerPoint presentations on garage doors are much more interesting than articles about the Federal Reserve and the fallout from the sub-prime debacle.

My own reaction to the phenomenon wins no prize for originality. It is simply this: I think the evidence thus far points to a purely natural explanation. I think it is the sun bouncing off some as yet unidentified source, probably a window. It is possible that it is something contrived and somebody is having a good laugh on us. However, it is also possible that it is a natural coincidence of purely accidental origin. Such things have happened in other places countless times. They run their course and then we all have to get back to our knitting.

I remember that, when I was a little boy, no more than eight or nine, there was talk about the Blessed Mother appearing in a tree in West

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Philadelphia. My Dad was curious. So was I. We lived in Philadelphia. So, my Dad took me via trolley car and subway and bus out to the scene of the alleged apparition. Dad was a devout Catholic and a true believer, but he was not gullible. He had been obliged to quit school when he was about 12 years old because his Dad had died. But, the fact that he didn't have much formal education didn't mean that he accepted everything that everybody said. He was astute. He often cautioned me to watch out for cheats and bunko artists. My Dad's religious standards for me were as follows: (a) believe in Jesus Christ; (b) go to Confession, go to Mass and receive Holy Communion; (c) say the Rosary; (d) obey the Commandments; (e) don't buy any bridges.

I remember standing with my Dad in the midst of all these people. After staring at the tree, I came to the conclusion that, if you tried really hard, you could - kind of, sort of - make out the outline of a veiled woman in the branches. I pointed this out to my Dad. He agreed but didn't seem too impressed. So, my Dad and I went back home, both of us satisfied that it was all a lot of bunk and we would just be satisfied with the basics: (a) Jesus Christ; (b) Confession, Mass and Holy Communion; (c) the Rosary; (d) the Ten Commandments; (e) caution about buying bridges - at least until Pius Twelfth or Cardinal Dougherty or Father Greene (our pastor) gave us the green light.

Here are some important points to be kept in mind when discussing the Minersville garage-door phenomenon and other like it:
We affirm that God can do anything He wants, as long as it is not intrinsically impossible. God can even suspend the normal operations of Nature, if He sees fit to do so. If He wants to shine holy pictures on a garage door in Minersville, ain't nobody going to tell Him He can't!

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We remember that, although He can do so (i.e. suspend the normal operations of Nature), He rarely does so - very rarely does so, very, very rarely does so. Not only that, but generally prefers not to and is probably not doing so now!
When we observe or hear reports about an unusual phenomenon, we presume that there is a natural explanation. We expect that there is a natural explanation. We are borderline positive that there is a natural explanation. We analyze evidence and we take time in order for the natural explanation to emerge.
If, after a reasonable period of time has elapsed and we have analyzed whatever evidence we can analyze and no natural explanation has emerged, we presume that we must have missed something and, so, we take more time and do more analyzing in order for the natural explanation to emerge.
We are at all times paragons of caution and common sense.
We avoid superstition like the plague.
We do not jump to unwarranted conclusions.
We try to remember that we are Christians, not pagans, and so we try to avoid saying things that are excruciatingly silly and that bring the Faith into disrepute, e.g. things about deceased persons driving cars in heaven and taking other deceased persons for rides. That's really over the top!
While affirming unconditionally that miraculous events are possible, we likewise affirm that they are improbable and that they are not to be anticipated nor presumed.
This point is mostly for the clergy: In our desire to be cool and to preserve what remains of our tattered dignity and to be role models of

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theological learning, we must remember to be respectful to the reasonable piety of the faithful. So, we are not snide or cynical. We remember that God reveals Himself to those who are humble and tosses into the dungheap those who are proud in their own conceits!
We await the judgment of the Church, which is, in the first instance, the judgment of the priest or priests who have pastoral responsibility in the area (in this case, Minersville), and which is, in the second instance, the diocesan bishop (in this case, the Bishop of Allentown). And, if there is no spoken judgment, we keep in mind that the silence of the Church is itself a kind of judgment.
If you were to ask me personally - go ahead, ask me! - whether I believe that the phenomenon in Minersville is of supernatural origin, I would say that I am 99.999% positive that it is not. However, I am open to being convinced otherwise. After all, what do I know?

To tell you the truth, I wish it were true! I am all in favor of the Blessed Virgin Mary showing herself to the people of Minersville in some marvelous way. Why not? God knows, they need it! And, when she's done with Minersville, I would be delighted if the Holy Mother would come down 61 to Pottsville, do what she thinks needs to be done and then take a little excursion over to Mount Carbon. Ah, yes! Mount Carbon could use a visit or two from the Holy Mother. Yes, indeed it could! You bet it could! That would be sweet. I would ask her to consider a special appearance at Goodfellas, maybe on the parking lot if she doesn't want to go inside, for which I wouldn't blame her. Can you imagine the media frenzy if the Blessed Mother were to show up at Goodfellas? Maybe she would do for the management and the clientele there, God bless them, what she did for Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta, viz. show them a vision of hell.
theological learning, we must remember to be respectful to the reasonable piety of the faithful. So, we are not snide or cynical. We remember that God reveals Himself to those who are humble and tosses into the dungheap those who are proud in their own conceits!
We await the judgment of the Church, which is, in the first instance, the judgment of the priest or priests who have pastoral responsibility in the area (in this case, Minersville), and which is, in the second instance, the diocesan bishop (in this case, the Bishop of Allentown). And, if there is no spoken judgment, we keep in mind that the silence of the Church is itself a kind of judgment.
If you were to ask me personally - go ahead, ask me! - whether I believe that the phenomenon in Minersville is of supernatural origin, I would say that I am 99.999% positive that it is not. However, I am open to being convinced otherwise. After all, what do I know?

To tell you the truth, I wish it were true! I am all in favor of the Blessed Virgin Mary showing herself to the people of Minersville in some marvelous way. Why not? God knows, they need it! And, when she's done with Minersville, I would be delighted if the Holy Mother would come down 61 to Pottsville, do what she thinks needs to be done and then take a little excursion over to Mount Carbon. Ah, yes! Mount Carbon could use a visit or two from the Holy Mother. Yes, indeed it could! You bet it could! That would be sweet. I would ask her to consider a special appearance at Goodfellas, maybe on the parking lot if she doesn't want to go inside, for which I wouldn't blame her. Can you imagine the media frenzy if the Blessed Mother were to show up at Goodfellas? Maybe she would do for the management and the clientele there, God bless them, what she did for Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta, viz. show them a vision of hell.

stjos/stfds: 09.02.2007 - 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
GARGANO, Vincent A.
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 $9,995
To go: $1,915

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:   $703

 

 

 


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: 09.02.2007 - 10


SEPTEMBER SONG

Words & Music by Maxwell Anderson & Kurt Weill, 1938
Recorded by Bing Crosby, 1946; also by Maurice Chevalier, 1960

Verse 1
When I was a young man a-courting the girls,
I played me a waiting game;
If a maid refused me with a toss of her curls,
I'd let the old world take a couple of twirls,
And I'd ply her with tears instead of pearls,
And as time came around, she came my way,
As time came around, she came.

Refrain
But it's a long, long time from May to December,
And the days grow short when you reach September.
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame,
One hasn't got time for the waiting game.
Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few...
Sep-tem-ber...No-vem-ber...

And these few precious days I'll spend with you.
These precious days I'll spend with you.
Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few...
Sep-tem-ber...No-vem-ber...
And these few precious days I'll spend with you,
These precious days
I'll spend with you.

Verse 2
When you meet with the young men in the early spring,
They'll court you with wine and with song.
They'll woo you with words and a clover ring.
But if you examine the goods that they bring,
They have little to offer but the songs that they sing,
And a plentiful waste of time of day.
A plentiful waste of time.

Refrain (repeat)

WHAT IS "SEPTEMBER SONG" DOING IN THE BULLETIN?

#1 - I like it a whole lot and I'm the pastor.
#2 - It's September, in case you haven't noticed.
#3 - The words to this song are very Christian. If you wonder how the words to this song are "very Christian", I'll tell you: Because they remind us that life is short and that it is not to be wasted and that life has an End Point to it and that we are moving towards that End Point and that the End Point is moving towards us and I sure don't want to regret my life when I meet the End Point, Who is Jesus Christ my Lord.

stjos/stfds: 09.02.2007 - 11


 

Diocesan Survey-Bulletin Announcement #2
To Run in Parish Bulletins the weekend of September 1-2, 2007

Survey Sunday-September 15-16, 2007

The diocese-wide parish survey is fast approaching. Your participation in the survey is important. All Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass in their home parish on that weekend. If you are unable to attend Mass at your home parish that weekend, you may still take part in the survey at any parish in the Diocese of Allentown.
The survey will only take about ten (10) minutes to complete and has been designed to be as simple and straightforward as possible. So that the length of the Mass will not be unduly prolonged, the survey will be conducted at the beginning of Mass and will utilize the time usually reserved for the homily, which will be omitted that weekend. Please bring a pen or pencil with you.

stjos/stfds: 09.02.2007 - 12


STING OPERATIONS
The arrest of Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) for solicitation of sexual favors in a public bathroom is a sorry mess.
While many no doubt think that pre-emptive strikes on the part of the police are "a good thing" for society, I have my doubts.
It is my opinion that, when the police busy themselves with such activities, they generate more evil than they prevent.
The humiliation of Senator Craig has not made our country any safer or any nobler.
Some anonymous person made the following observation:

There is something just plain sick about a system that condones the police making a product, selling the product, and then arresting people for buying the product.

I concur.
Nothing in this opinion of mine is meant to be construed as meaning that I look with anything but hearty disapproval on the immoral behavior that is referenced or alleged in the case of Senator Craig.
But it seems to me that, if we as a nation are going to insist that homosexual behavior be regarded as normal, natural and non-criminal, then it seems strange that we should be so zealous to criminalize and to pre-empt such behavior in public places.
The United States is well on its way to becoming a police state.
Eventually, it will be "every man a wolf to his neighbor".

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 FIRST FRIDAY: 07 SEPTEMBER
10:00 a.m. - Mass at St. Francis deSales'
12:05 p.m. - Mass at St. Joseph's
6:15 p.m. - Mass at St. Joseph's
7:00 p.m. - Holy Hour at St. Joseph's

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR MOTHER MARY!
Pleae note that our Blessed Mother's birthday is the day after First Friday - i.e
Saturday, 8 September.

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 MASS SCHEDULE: 02 - 09 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

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

Monday, 03 September
St. Gregory the Great, pope, doctor (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - JAMES McGOVERN
by bequest

Wednesday, 05 September
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - UNBORN CHILDREN
by Jerome T. Gilmartin

Friday, 07 September
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - Rev. Msgr. FRANCIS X. CONNOLLY
by his brother, Edward
Saturday, 08 September
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - TIMOTHY and ANNIE CONNOLLY
by their grandson, Edward

Sunday, 09 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - God's Blessings on
Sister MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn
12:15 p.m. - God's Blessings on
GUY and SHIRLEY RECLA
(57th wedding anniversary)
by their children

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