MASS SCHEDULE: 06 - 13 JANUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 05 January
Vigil of Epiphany
4:30 p.m. - MARY ANN DORTONE RABENA
by John and Frances Weiss

Sunday, 06 January
Epiphany of the Lord
7:45 a.m. - Deceased: KUTCH FAMILY
by the family
10:45 a.m. - WILLIAM DUNLAP
by Ann Gardiner

Monday, 07 January
St. Raymond of Penyafort, priest (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - KEVIN J. HRIBICK
by George and Joan Repella

Tuesday, 08 January
Christmas Weekday
12:05 p.m. - PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their son-in-law, Jack
7:00 p.m. - MARIE ELAINE LUPPINO
by Lawrence and Susan Alati and Angela DiCello Alati

Wednesday, 09 January
Christmas Weekday
12:05 p.m. - THOMAS J. FEELEY (35th anniversary)
by his sister, Patti Feeley Garland

Thursday, 10 January
Christmas Weekday
12:05 p.m. - ANTHONY J. MANZO
by: his wife, Cecilia; his daughter, Joanne; his granddaughter, Sandra
7:00 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by Mary F. Roda and Louise Tucci (+)

Friday, 11 January
Christmas Weekday
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO and JOANNE PALKO BACH
by their wife / mother, Carmella

Saturday, 12 January
Christmas Weekday
8:00 a.m. - MELVIN KERR
by his wife, Bianca

Vigil of Baptism of the Lord
4:30 p.m. - GERALD MEGNA
by Mary Vittemberghi Messina

Sunday, 13 January
Baptism of the Lord
7:45 a.m. - GABRIEL DiLAZZARO
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
10:45 a.m. - JOANNE PALKO BACH
by M/M Ed Lombardi

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 01


 

 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
29 / 30 DECEMBER

Saint Joseph Parish
$1389.00
from the envelopes and $160.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1549.00 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 $37.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$191.00
from the envelopes and $127.25 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $$318.25 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 $23.22 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

 

RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       29 Dec

#235
Dan C won $100.00
Sun      30 Dec

#695
Maggie won $150.00
Mon     31 Dec

#675
Richard won the $50.00
Tues     01 Jan

#096
Nobody won the $500.00
Wed     02 Jan

#751
Mike Y won $50.00
Thurs   03 Jan

#446
Andy D won $50.00
Fri        04 Jan

#866
Nobody won the $50.00
                                                                            

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  CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Tuesday, 08 January
6:00 to 7:00p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 10 January
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 11 January
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

COURAGE
This is the name of an authentically Catholic support group for persons who experience same-sex attraction.
If you suffer from this particular condition or if you know someone who does, you are welcome to contact Fr. Connolly for sake of referral - in confidence, of course.
You can learn more by checking out the website:
http://www.couragerc.net

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 03


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

07 January
John J. Cavanaugh 3rd
Josephine Kroll Motta

08 January
Lydia A. Macaluso
Rev. James N. Drucker

09 January
Angelina Maccarone DeStefano
Patrick R. Kirby
Myron A. Trunick

10 January
Jayne Mirabello Chiplonia

11 January
Theresa Doyle LaScala

12 January
Gloria Veet Deramo
Nathan P. Yackenchick

13 January
Jacob S. Mattera

 XC / XC / XC / XC XC / XC / XC / XC XC / XC / XC / XC XC / XC / XC / XC XC / XC / XC / XC / XC
In last weekend's bulletin, we noted that
Mary N. Prestileo's birthday was on 31 December. However, we overlooked an important detail about that particular birthday, viz. that it marked the entrance of Miss Prestileo into the Roaring Nineties!

Yes, believe it ot not, Mary N. Prestileo is now 90 years old! Looking good! Hard to believe, but the calendar cannot be denied! Good health and God's blessings be upon her!
XC / XC / XC / XC XC / XC / XC / XC XC / XC / XC / XC XC / XC / XC / XC XC / XC / XC / XC / XC

Our after life is, to a great respect, a culmination of the life we have lived here. What happens to us in the future life is very much a conswquence of what we cause to happen or allow to happen to us in the present life.

stjos/stfds:01.06.2008 - 04


 

THANK YOU!
On behalf of the babies and their mothers, we wish to thank everyone who donated to the crib that was in St. Joseph Church over the past few weeks.
The response was great.
The items donated will be given to BIRTHRIGHT, an organization that tends to the needs of expectant mothers who are in difficult circumstances.
I READ SOMETHING this past week that made me smile. It made me smile because it was both humorous and true. (Have you ever noticed how often humor and truth intersect?)
What I read was this: One never hears of a Catholic on his death bed saying,
"I WANT TO TURN PROTESTANT BEFORE I DIE. SEND FOR A MINISTER, SO THAT I CAN DIE PROTESTANT!"
On the other hand, it does happen more often than we might realize that a Protestant on his death bed will say,
"I WANT TO TURN CATHOLIC BEFORE I DIE. SEND FOR A PRIEST, SO THAT I CAN DIE CATHOLIC!"
Can anyone explain this?

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 05



I NEED THEE PRECIOUS JESUS

I need Thee, precious Jesus,
I need a friend like Thee
A friend to soothe and sympathize,
A friend to care for me.
I need Thy Heart, sweet Jesus,
To feel each anxious care;
I long to tell my every want,
and all my sorrows share.
I need Thy Blood, sweet Jesus,
To wash each sinful stain;
to cleanse this sinful soul of mine,
and make it pure again.
I need Thy Wounds, sweet Jesus,
to fly from perils near,
To shelter in these hallowed clefts,
From every doubt and Fear.
I need Thee, sweetest Jesus,
In Thy Sacrament of Love;
To nourish this poor soul of mine,
With the treasures of Thy Love.
I'll need Thee, sweetest Jesus,
When death's dread hour Draws nigh,
To hide me in Thy Sacred Heart,
Till wafted safe on high.

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 06


 

WE SHARE THE MAIL
The following anonymous letter was received recently at the Rectory. It was addressed to "Rev. Edward Connolly" and postmarked 21 December 07. We reprint it here "exactly as is", without adding or subtracting anything and without correcting any spelling or typos or punctuation.

To the Apostate Priest,
How can you excommunicate anyone, when you yourself are excommunicated? Let me tell you about "good German logic". The German people lost their so-called logic when a schizophrenic, paranoid and evil man named Adolf Hitler murdered 6 million or more innocent Jewish men, women and children. Hitler didn't do it by his pride-filled cowardly self. He had the German nation or people listen to hime because he was telling them how superior they were to every other race, and that's what these arrogant prideful people wanted to hear.
Then we have Martin Luther, who takes God's Word and tears parts out of it and starts his own religion. Then we have Karl Marx who founded communism, that ungodly atheistic religion. Then along came Hegel whose works were condemned by the Pope as heresy.
Then, last but not least, we have an apostate ex-priest Edward Connolly, who throws the Book of Genesis out of Scripture by saying that God did not form man out of the mud of the earth, because he'd rather go against God and agree with an idiot named Charles Darwin in the 1800s who came out with a theory that man evolved from monkeys, which has never been proven nor will ever be. Connolly supports kicking God out of schools, denying our children an opportunity to learn about the truth, aiding an atheistic decision, damaging the true faith, etc.
Then Connolly, being the apostate that he is, joins his countrymen Luther, Hegel, Marx, Hitler, and others in refuting God's word. In the case of ex-priest Connolly, he is automatically excommunicated for not believing God's Word about creation in the book of Genesis, that God made man out of mud and He created the universe in 6 days.
My advice to you (and its free advice) is that you stop ascending the altar to say the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and go to confession and beg God's forgiveness. Also, tell the parishioners of St. Joseph's that you misled them for over 20 years into your heresy. Ask forgiveness publiclyof those parishioners still living. If you don't someday there may be a story written about you and your lies and it will serve you right for not apologizing.

A Concerned Catholic Christian

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 07


MY COMMENT
Why am I putting this letter into the bulletin? A good question! Here is my attempt at a good answer.
#1 - I think it has a certain value simply as entertainment. It is entertaining in much the same way as the old carnival sideshows were entertaining: in other words, not humorous but, rather, bizarre, unreal and kind of spooky. If you, the reader, find it interesting, that's good enough for me!
#2 - It is illustrative of a kind of mental illness that is rampant in our society. Anger, hatred, disappointment, feelings of inadequacy - all of these, put into the cauldron and brought to a boil, erupt into massacres in schools, workplaces and shopping malls. It is far better to write an abusive, irrational and anonymous letter to a priest than it is to pick up a rifle and head for a public venue! If writing this letter was an alternative to doing physical harm to someone, then I am grateful to have been of service!
Many years ago, while I was saying Mass on a weekday morning in a church in Allentown, a man whom I did not know got out of a pew, walked up the aisle, entered the sanctuary and came towards me. His eyes were on fire and he was holding a very large knife in his hand. With all my senses on alert, I sent the altar boy over to the Rectory to fetch the other priest. Meanwhile, I slowly backed away from the man, all the time saying soft and conciliatory things to him. The other priest ran over and grabbed the man's arm from behind. The police arrived promptly - thank God! - and took the man away. I never did find out just why this man thought it would be a good idea to kill me while I was saying Mass that particular day. However, that episode comes back to me from time to time. It has a certain prophetic quality: the priest and the victim being one and the same.
#3 - May God bless the writer of this letter. I forgive him or her. May he or she find peace of mind and heart.

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 08


Attention: All human beings who were not aborted!

PRO-LIFE MARCH

WASHINGTON DC

TUESDAY

22 JANUARY 2008

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE BUS!

Call
St. Joseph Rectory (622-3081)
or
Sue Thye (385-5924)

Do it for the babies!

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 09


 

Please pray for three persons who died this past week.
ELIZABETH DUNMOYER MARKO died on Monday, 31 December. She was 65 years old. Elizabeth is the mother of Tina Marko Wychunas and the grandmother of Christina Marko and Tiffany L. Wychunas, all of whom are members of St. Francis deSales Parish.
DAVID B. THORN died on Tuesday, 1 January. He was 67 years old. David is the grandfather of Vincent D. Prestileo, a member of St. Joseph Parish.
Fr. BROCARD CONNORS, O.Carm died on Friday, 4 January. He was 74 years old. In years past, Father Brocard was one of the Carmelites who taught at Nativity BVM High School. In recent years, he was a guest at St. Joseph Rectory in conjunction with his duties as spiritual advisor to the Lay Carmelites. We are grateful to him for many good deeds rendered on our behalf.
Eternal rest grant unto Elizabeth and David and Father Brocard, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 10


IT'S THE SPAGHETTI!
No, it's not!
IT'S THE MEATBALLS!
No, it's not!
IT'S THE SAUCE!
No, it's not!
IT'S THE SALAD!
No, it's not!
IT'S THE BREAD!
No, it's not!
IT'S THE QUALITY OF ALL OF THE ABOVE!
No, it's not!
IT'S THE QUANTITY OF ALL OF THE ABOVE!
No, it's not!
IT'S CHEF ANDY DeSTEFANO'S GREAT PERSONALITY!
No, it's not!
IT'S ALL THE PRETTY WOMEN WHO WORK THERE!
No, it's not!
IT'S THE VALUE YOU GET FOR THE MONEY!
No, it's not!

Well, everyone has his or her own favorite reasons for patronizing the St. Joseph Parish Spaghetti Supper. We won't try to settle this argument! To each his own!
JUST KNOW THIS MUCH: The monthly spaghetti supper is taking place today (Sunday, 6 Jan) in the St. Joseph Parish Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WISE MEN WILL BE THERE!
Not to mention, a lot of wise women!
And a good showing of wise children too!
$6.00 for an adult or teenager / $3.00 for a child
All you can eat at a price that can't be beat!

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 11


I MET A WOMAN IN THE BANK THE OTHER DAY.

I was there in order to make a deposit for St. Francis deSales Parish. The woman and I engaged in pleasant and (for me) memorable conversation.
She told me that she was a Catholic, a member of a parish in a town north of Pottsville.
She told me that she liked some of the "old ways" better than some of the "new ways".
I asked her for an example of what she was referring to.
She mentioned that she disapproves of Communion in the hand and standing for Communion.
She favors Communion on the tongue and kneeling for Communion.
I should point out that this woman was not at all aware of the fact that "Communion on the tongue" and "kneeling for Communion" are the norms at St. Joseph Church and at St. Francis deSales Church.
In fact, she registered surprise to learn that these were the common practices at StJosPar and StFdSPar.
I told the woman that I was entirely in agreement with her.
I told her that I give Communion to persons who stand and Communion in the hand only when circumstances oblige me to do so. When this happens, it makes my heart heavy.
I am more convinced than I have ever been in my life that the Church must return to Communion on the tongue and to kneeling for Communion if we are ever to experience the long-awaited post-conciliar springtime.
The Second Vatican Council did not - manifestly did not - call for Communion in the hand or standing for Communion. Yet, you will find thousands of people (including some priests!) who will say otherwise.
It is amazing how people will believe what they are told about the Second Vatican Council.
They don't read the documents, yet they are experts!
God help us!
God, help us!

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 12


 

GOD GOVERNS THE STARS

Paul illustrates the essential problem of the religion of that time quite accurately when he contrasts life "according to Christ" with life under the dominion of the "elemental spirits of the universe (Colossians 2:8).
In this regard, a text by Saint Gregory Nazianzen is enlightening. He says that at the very moment when the Magi, guided by the star, adored Christ the new King, astrology came to an end, because the stars were now moving in the orbit determined by Christ.
This scene, in fact, overturns the world-view of that time, which in a different way has become fashionable once again today. It is not the elemental spirits of the universe, the laws of matter, which ultimately govern the world and mankind, but a personal God governs the stars, that is, the universe; it is not the laws of matter and of evolution that have the final say, but reason, will, love - a Person.
And if we know this Person and He knows us, then truly the inexorable power of material elements no longer has the last word; we are not slaves of the universe and of its laws, we are free.

Pope Benedict XVI
Spe Salvi, 5

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 13


 MASS SCHEDULE: 06 - 13 JANUARY
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 05 January
Vigil of Epiphany of the Lord
6:00 p.m. - CATHERINE CARESTIA RINALDO
by Charlie and Irene Grabusky

Sunday, 06 January
Epiphany of the Lord
9:15 a.m. - JOHN PALKO
by Bill and Karen Moran
12:15 p.m. - MARIA MESSINA
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Wednesday, 09 January
Christmas Weekday
10:00 a.m. - JOSEPH WILLIAM LEONARD IV
by his parents, Joseph and Josephine

Friday, 11 January
Christmas Weekday
10:00 a.m. - ANGELO and GERALDINE FOLINO
by their family

Saturday, 12 January
Vigil of Baptism of the Lord
6:00 p.m. - ROBERT SWEAT
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Sunday, 13 January
Baptism of the Lord
9:15 a.m. - SPECIAL INTENTION
by Jerome and Marie Gilmartin
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent

stjos/stfds: 01.06.2008 - 14

 


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