MASS SCHEDULE: 23 - 30 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 22 September
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - VINCENT LUPPINO
by his family

Sunday, 23 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - DECEASED MEMBERS: KUTCH FAMILY
by the family
10:45 a.m. - LILLIAN CAPPETTA KEVY (anniversary of birth)
by her daughters Phyllis and Roni (+)

Monday, 24 September
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
by Sandy

Tuesday, 25 September
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH MANZO
(30th anniversary)
by his daughter, Kitty
7:00 p.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
by Mary Harman Luppino

Wednesday, 26 September
SS. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH WILLIAM LEONARD IV
by his parents, Joseph and Josephine

 

Thursday, 27 September
St. Vincent DePaul, priest (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on JOSEPH and SANDY FRINZI
by Susan
7:00 p.m. - DAVID G. NICASTRO Sr. (31st anniversary)
by Julian and Mary Chiplonia

Friday, 28 September
St. Wenceslaus, martyr; SS. Lawrence Ruiz and companions, martyrs (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - ANDREW G. LUCAS
by Michael and Catherine

Saturday, 29 September
Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels (Fst)
8:00 a.m. - God's Blessings on the CARESTIA FAMILY
by Ron and family
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
(2nd anniversary)
by his wife, Mary, and family

Sunday, 30 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - DOROTHY MILLER
by Jim and Marie Cairns and daughter, Angela
10:45 a.m. - RONI J. KEVY
by Kitty Owens DiCello

 

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 01


 

 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
15 / 16 SEPTEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,862.00
from the envelopes and $137.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,999.00 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 $487.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$736.00
from the envelopes and $39.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $775.00 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 $479.97 of this collection is available for operating the parish.


RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       15 Sept

#698
Nobody won $100.00
Sun      16 Sept

#457
Sandy D won $150.00
Mon     17 Sept

#882
Chick T. won $50.00
Tues     18 Sept

#882
Chick T. $50.00
Wed     19 Sept

#710
Tina Z. won $50.00
Thurs   20 Sept

#339
Therese R. won $50.00
Fri        21 Sept

#912
Nobody won $50.00
                                                                             

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 02


 CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 25 September
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 27 September
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 28 September
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 23 - 29 September, in loving memory of Elanore Tegano Folino, at the request of her husband, Jack.



THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 23 - 29 September, in loving memory of Anthony J. Luppino, at the request of his wife and family.


MONTHLY MASS
SIMON KRAMER INSTITUTE, NEW PHILADELPHIA
Monday, 24 September
5:00 p.m.
Afterwards, veneration of relic of St. Pauline Visintainer,
patron saint of diabetics and of all who are chronically ill.
St. Pauline suffered from diabetes, even to the point of amputation of her right arm.

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 03


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

24 September
Charlene Boulton Hauptly
Rosalie Messina Schneck
Megan R. Tassone

25 September
Sarah R. Cicero
Clinton D. Deysher Jr.
David F. Doyne
Ellen T. King
Jonathan R. Mercuri

26 September
Jaime Keppley George
Lois Wynosky Prestileo
Anthony C. Yackenchick

27 September
Angeline Mete Carestia
Diane Piccioni Cory
Florence Caravan Kane

28 September
Macey A. Brinich
Melanie M. Kopinetz

29 September
Catherine Pewor Barone
Dylan G. Strokelitus
Jerome M. Strokelitus

30 September
Vincent J. Fabiani
Michael D. Kopinetz

MASS AT THE SCHUYLKILL CENTER NURSING HOME
Friday, 28 September
2:30 p.m.
We encourage parishioners to go to the Schuylkill Center in order to participate in this monthly Mass along with the residents. They will be happy to see you there.

NATIVITY BVM HS GREEN and GOLD will hold a SPAGHETTI DINNER on Sunday, 30 September, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the school cafeteria. $7.00 per adult or teenager. $3.50 for child (12 and under). Benefits the Nativity Booster Club athletic program and the Nativity cheerleaders.

stjos/stfds:09.23.2007 - 04


 

 TRIDUUM
in preparation for
OCTOBER the FIRST
which is
the Obligatory Memorial of
Saint Therese of Lisieux

Friday, 28 September: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 29 September: 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 30 September: 7:00 p.m.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Theresian Readings and Prayers
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
******
Monday, 1 October: 7:00 p.m.
Exposition
Evening Prayer
Benediction

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 05


 

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT PAGE 10 OF THIS BULLETIN!
Do you see your name there?
You do?
God bless you!
You don't?
One of two things has happened or, perhaps, not happened.
a) You have contributed to the Bishop's Annual Appeal but, due to a bureaucratic snafu, we don't know that you have and, so, have not listed your name. The remedy for this is to give us a call. Speak to one of the overworked and underpaid secretaries or else to the underworked and overpaid pastor. Give them the straight facts, accept our heartfelt apology and we shall see to it that your name gets into the bulletin next time around.
b) You have not contributed to the Bishop's Annual Appeal. The only remedy for this is for you to contribute to the Bishop's Annual Appeal! (That's logical, is it not?) You can contribute willingly (preferable) or we can put pressure on you (not preferable). How would we put pressure on you? Fr. Connolly would go to your house (we do know where you live, you know!) and lie down on the pavement in front of your house. He will have a can of gasoline in one hand and a pack of matches in the other. He will march up and down in front of your house saying, "Give to the Bishop's Annual Appeal, you deadbeat, or else I'll incinerate myself on your front doorstep!" This will attract a crowd and maybe some reporters and probably a photographer. This is not a pretty scenario, you know what I mean?
So, please contribute to the Bishop's Annual Appeal and help our two parishes make their goals, for crying out loud!
We need $1,385 from StJosPar and $703 from StFdSPar.
And we thank you for your support!

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 06



 You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not seduce boys.
You shall not commit fornication.
You shall not steal.
You shall not practice magic.
You shall not use potions.
You shall not procure [an] abortion,
nor destroy a newborn child.
Didache 2:1

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 07


Comment on the preceding passage

The Didache - short for Didache Apostolorum (Teaching of the Apostles) - is probably the oldest Christian document in existence, not counting the 27 books of the New Testament. It was written in either the late first century or early second century.
It was so highly revered in the early Church, it was actually a "contender" for inclusion in the canonized Scriptures, i.e. in the Bible. However, the Church had to draw a line somewhere and the Didache did not quite make the cut!
Nonetheless, the Didache is well respected in the Catholic Church and is recommended reading. Among other things, it gives a fascinating description of how the early Christians celebrated the Mass.
I chose to print this particular excerpt (see page 7) because of the reference to the practice of magic and the use of potions. Do you understand what is being referenced? The reference is to artificial contraception!
From earliest times, the Church has condemned the use of drugs and potions, sheaths and pessaries intended to prevent conception.
It is mortally sinful to use condoms, patches, loops, coils or anovulant pills - or deliberate withdrawal or any other means - to prevent the conception of a child. Anyone who does such deeds must refrain from receiving Holy Communion, lest he or she be guilty of sacrilege against the Body and Blood of the Savior.
Do not receive Holy Communion if you practice artificial contraception and intend to continue to do so.
If you have been practicing artificial contraception but are repentant, go to Confession. I guarantee you that I shall be entirely respectful and kind and - best of all - shall probably not even make any comments at all! It will be my honor and privilege to absolve you of your sins.

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 08


ADVICE TO MARRIED COUPLES

Make this promise to each other: "I solemnly promise on my word of honor that, under no circumstances, shall I ever speak a harsh, angry, ill-tempered word to my wife or to my husband, so help me God!"
This promise is a wonderful technique which will enable the husband and wife to preserve the splendor of their love amid the raucous realities of a thoughtless world. Do not minimize the destructive power which lies in harsh words or nagging.
A wife once said: "I can readily forgive the thoughtless actions of my husband, which have now and then embarrassed and confused me, but I can never forget the names he called me, not even if I live to be 100."
An angry word wounds more deeply than the sword.


Duties of Husband and Wife (excerpt)
Schudio

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 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
HANLON, Gregory / Aleece
HERWIG, Marion L.
HOFFECKER, Victoria LaPlaca
KANE, Edward / Florence
KEVY, Phyllis C.
KEVY, Veronica J. (+)
KHELOUSSI, Claudia Franzelin
KING, John / Nancy
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 $10525
To go: $1,385

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: 09.23.2007 - 10


REFLECTION ON "THE ODDS"
AND HOW "THE ODDS" ARE RELATIVE TO THE POINT IN TIME
AT WHICH ONE IS STANDING
AND HOW THERE ARE NO "ODDS" WITH GOD


One notices - if one looks at page 2 of this bulletin or if one is otherwise aware of such mundane matters - that #882 came up two days in a row, viz. 17 Sept and 18 Sept.
One is struck by this seeming anomaly and asks himself (or herself, as the case may be):
WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF THIS HAPPENING?
In other words:
How likely is it that a particular three-digit number will emerge from the pool of one thousand three digit numbers on two successive days?
Well, it all depends! "Likely" is relative to time.
Prior to the 18 Sept drawing but after the 17 Sept drawing: It has already been established that #882 emerged from the one thousand possibilities on 17 Sept. So, the odds that #882 will once again be the winning number on 18 Sept are one in one thousand.
Prior to both the 17 Sept and the 18 Sept drawings: The odds that #882 will emerge on 17 Sept are one in one thousand and the odds that it will emerge on 18 Sept are one in one thousand and, so, we multiply one in one thousand by one in one thousand, which, of course, comes to one in one million!
We human beings live in time:
PAST / PRESENT / FUTURE. However, the PRESENT is something we become aware of only when it is PAST. We are never really aware of the PRESENT. (You might need to think about that, but it is true! At the time something happens and we become aware of it, it is already past. All we ever really experience is the PAST. We experience the FUTURE only as it rushes towards us becoming the PAST.
Looking back on 17 Sept and 18 Sept - i.e. seeing the drawings of 17 Sept and 18 Sept as PAST events - the whole business of "odds" becomes totally irrelevant. We see the emergence of #882 on those two successive days as a certainty. We have, in a certain sense, become "godlike" in regard to those two happenings.
GOD THE FATHER does not live in the sequence of PAST / PRESENT / FUTURE. To Him all is eternally present. He smiles when we talk to Him about "the odds".
That is one reason wise persons do not gamble with God. He just knows too much.
What are the "odds" that you will die in the state of sanctifying grace? Bad question! Don't ever ask it! Come into the state of sanctifying grace now. Live in the state of sanctifying grace always. Let it be your past, present and future state, so that it will be your eternally present state.

That is one reason wise persons do not gamble with God. He just knows too much.
What are the "odds" that you will die in the state of sanctifying grace? Bad question! Don't ever ask it! Come into the state of sanctifying grace now. Live in the state of sanctifying grace always. Let it be your past, present and future state, so that it will be your eternally present state.

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 11


The Third Annual Day of Prayer for
Persons Who Suffer from Mental Illness

Tuesday, 2 October
1:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Hospital Chapel
4th and Chew Streets, Allentown
Light refreshments will be served
following the prayer service.
To register: call (610) 776-4537
or visit the website - www.shh.org

As members of the Body of Christ, we are called upon to be concerned about all people, especially those who are affected by life-changing diseases, stigmatized or marginalized by society. We do well to reflect on the effects of major mental illness within our homes, our parish and the community at large. Mental illness strikes one in four families.
When mental illness strikes in a family, it changes the world for that person and that family. It can be devastating. There is a sense of loss. Due to the stigma surrounding the disease, it can be humiliating and carry a sense of shame. It is a tragedy that often raises questions of faith and, sometimes, a crisis of faith. The support of members of one's parish is critical at such a time.
Mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disease, major depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders and others are BRAIN diseases that are treatable with the appropriate professional help, medication and support services. Yet persons with mental illness are often met with isolation and fear due to stigma and misperceptions of the disease. We can make a difference through our awareness and understanding of the issues facing those with mental illness.

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 12


 

ALL SAINTS CHILDREN will come to St. Joseph Church for Mass on Friday, 28 September, at 9:00 a.m.
Parishioners and others should know that they are most welcome to attend this Mass, even though it is not listed on the schedule of parish Masses.


NOT SEEING THE FACTS IN FRONT OF OUR NOSES
Many times we marvel at the fact that "other people" don't see what (we think) is obvious! We don't often marvel at the fact that we ourselves sometimes don't see what is obvious. I'll give you a "for instance".
A couple of weeks ago, a young parishioner came to the Rectory after the spaghetti super and told me he needed a ride home. He asked me if I could possibly give him a ride.
I told him "yes". Then I told him to call his mother to tell her that I would be driving him home. He did so. Then, as we were walking from the Rectory to the parking lot, he asked me: "Father Connolly, do you have airbags in your car?" I said, "Yes. Why do you ask?"
He said, "Well, then, I have to sit in the back." This went right over my head. I said, "Why do you have to sit in the back and what does that have to do with airbags?"
He said, "I'm eleven and I'm not old enough to sit in the front seat if there are airbags." This puzzled me.
I said, "Where did you ever hear that? I never heard anything about that!"
He then pointed out to me the stickers pasted on the sun-visors in my own car on which it is plainly written that children twelve years of age and under should not sit in the front passenger seat because of the danger of injury in case the airbags are deployed. I said, "I'll be a son of a gun! I never knew that!" I commended the boy for being so well-informed and so law-abiding. So, he got into the back seat and I delivered him safely home. The airbags did not deploy, I am happy to say.
I am still amazed that, after about seven years of driving the same car, I have to admit that I had no idea that the sticker (just inches away from my eyes and nose) was telling me anything that I should know. How could I be so blind?

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 13


 MASS SCHEDULE: 23 - 30 SEPTEMBER
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 22 September
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - Dr. DOMINIC V. MESSINA
by his mother, Mary

Sunday, 23 September
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - FRED YUNEGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag
12:15 p.m. - God's Blessings on
JOHN and JOANN THOMAS
by their mother / mother-in-law, Barbara

Wednesday, 26 September
SS. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - God's Blessings on
EMMANUEL and GLORIA THOMAS
by their mother / mother-in-law, Barbara

Saturday, 29 September
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMINICK J. D'ALESSANDRO Jr.
by his father and his mother

Sunday, 30 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - ARTHUR MARSICANO
by Joseph and Marie Palerino
12:15 p.m. - ALBERT and MARIANN FRITZ
by their grandson, Edward

stjos/stfds: 09.23.2007 - 14


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