MASS SCHEDULE: 13 - 20 JANUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 12 January
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

Monday, 14 January
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - JAYDEN TYRONE JOHNSON (2-year old boy killed in accident)
by Patrick and Susan Kirby

Tuesday, 15 January
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - PEDRO MERCADO MILANES
by John Krizno

Wednesday, 16 January
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - RACHEL ANN SNINSKI
by her family

 

Thursday, 17 January
St. Anthony, abbot (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANGELO and GERALDINE FOLINO
by their sons, Jack and Tom, and their daughter Gerry

Friday, 18 January
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO and JOANNE PALKO BACH
by their wife / mother, Carmella

Saturday, 19 January
Weekday
8:00 a.m. - JOSEPHINE GERACE BERCHER
by Joseph T. Cescon and family
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ELVIRA ALFONSI HESS
by her sister and her brother-in-law, Rosa and Harry Lilley

Sunday, 20 January
2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - Deceased: GENOVESE FAMILY
by the family
10:45 a.m. - H. ROBERT PICCIONI Sr. (4th anniversary)
by his wife, Ann, and family

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
05 / 06 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,610.00
from the envelopes and $125.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,610.00 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 $223.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$169.00
from the envelopes and $186.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $355.00 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 $59.97 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

 

RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       05 Jan

#909
Nobody won $100.00
Sun      06 Jan

#644
Nobody won $150.00
Mon     07 Jan

#692
Nobody won the $50.00
Tues     08 Jan

#045
Mary Ann won the $500.00
Wed     09 Jan

#976
Veronica won $50.00
Thurs   10 Jan

#978
Alice H won $50.00
Fri        11 Jan

#048
Nobody won the $50.00
                                                                            

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  CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Friday, 18 January
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 13 - 19 Jan, in loving memory of Stephen Chalinsky, at the request of his family.


NOTE FROM PASTOR
I shall be in Philadelphia on Saturday (12 Jan), in order to baptize a grandnephew in St. Cecilia Church. I give thanks to God for the gift of this child. Fr. Drucker will have the Masses on Saturday.
I shall be in Front Royal (VA), at Christendom College and at the Human Life Institute, from Sunday, 13 Jan - after the Masses - until Thursday, 17 Jan. I have a commitment to the videotaping of another series of programs about marriage. While I am away, Fr. Liebner and / or Fr. Drucker will celebrate the 12:05 p.m. Masses.
Please note that:
There will not be the usual 7:00 p.m. Masses on Tuesday or Thursday this week.
There will not be the usual Bible Study this week.
There will not be the usual 10:00 a.m. Masses on Monday or Wednesday this week.
If anyone wants to contact me, you can do so via the parish secretary.

stjos/stfds: 01.13.2008 - 03


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

14 January
Alyssa A. Gauntlett
Haley E. Gauntlett
Donald J. Mehlman
Michelle Mahal Modesto

15 January
Katherine Owens DiCello

16 January
Ann Breslin Piccioni
James J. Visalli Jr.

17 January
Johanne Luppino Fabiani
Patrick W. Kirby
Elizabeth A. Morris

18 January
None, as far as we know.

19 January
John L. Gennerella Sr.
Robert J. Yanni Sr.

20 January
Denise Lang Getzey

DEAN'S LIST etc.
Ashley A. Cory, eldest of the four daughters of David and Diane (Piccioni) Cory, made the Dean's List this past semester. She had a three point eight gpa, which is not the least bit shabby! Ash is a student at College Misericordia, in the second year of a five-year program that leads to a Master's in Speech and Language Pathology. To no one's surprise who knew her at Nativity, Ash is a part of the track team (cross-country) at Misericordia.
We are always glad to hear good things about our young parishioners! Parents and grandparents should please keep us informed.

Verbum sat

Attitude is everything. Pick a good one.

stjos/stfds:01.13.2008 - 04


 

THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING

Pottsville Republican & Herald, Sunday, 6 January 2008

During Jesus's birth, the shepherds were on a hillside and were called by the angels and the wise men did not arrive until a year later. So I guess it was the animals that were present and no one else but Joseph, Mary and the animals.

Tremont

Now wait a minute. You say the wise men came one year after. The lady from Barnesville said the wise men arrived two years after and the guy from Shenandoah said the wise men came Jan. 6, or 12 days after Jesus's birth. Which one of you experts is correct? I need to know these things because I just asked the question.

MY COMMENT
How long after the birth of Jesus did the Magi (aka "wise men" / aka "kings") arrive to worship Him? Our one and only reliable source of information about the visit of the Magi is the Gospel of Matthew. Anything taken from any other source is conjecture. Is it possible that the Magi arrived to visit Jesus on the very day - i.e. within a few hours - of Jesus' birth? This is possible, but it seems unlikely, inasmuch as Matthew uses the word "house" to describe the place that they entered in order to worship Jesus. It seems highly unlikely that Joseph and Mary would have stayed in the stable any longer than necessary. They would have wanted to move into a house of some sort as soon as their circumstances would permit. But what about the fact that countless Nativity crèches and paintings picture the Magi as coming to the stable where Jesus was born? A reasonable answer would be that such renderings are artistic license.

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The fact is that the Magi visited Jesus in Bethlehem while He was an infant or a very young baby. The building which they entered and in which they found Him is not particularly relevant to the event.
The fact that Herod ordered the slaughter of all of the boys "two years of age and under" is evidence that, at the time of the visit of the Magi, Jesus was younger than two years old - probably considerably younger than two years old, inasmuch as Herod would have allowed a generous margin of error in order to accomplish his purpose.
Someone might wonder why the Holy Family was living in a "house" in Bethlehem after the birth of Jesus. Why did they not simply register for the census and head on back to Nazareth?
Three possibilities here: (a) Jesus, Mary and Joseph were guests (until they could find a place of their own) in a house owned by one of Joseph's relatives or (b) they were living in a multi-family house (with intentions of remaining there until they could afford their own house) or (c) the house was one they had acquired (with intentions of being permanent residents of Bethlehem).
It seems that it was Joseph's intention to settle down in Bethlehem more or less permanently. However, this plan was interrupted by the need to go into exile in Egypt. There is solid reason for believing that the period of exile in Egypt lasted no more than two years, probably a bit less. It was Joseph's intention to return to Bethlehem with Jesus and Mary and to resume living there (before he was so rudely interrupted!) However, he was warned in a dream that it would be safer for the Child if he were not to return to Bethlehem, inasmuch as Herod's son had succeeded his father and might have evil designs on the Boy. So, the decision to go to Mary's hometown, Nazareth, and to settle down there was "Plan B" for Joseph, although, apparently, it was "Plan A" for God!

stjos/stfds: 01.13.2008 - 06


 

THUNDER / ENLIGHTNING

Pottsville Republican & Herald, Tuesday, 8 January 2008

This is in regard to the priest allegedly committing perjury. No wonder I don't go to church. I'd rather stay in my bedroom and say my prayers at night and I refuse to donate to the collection basket. I know that not all priests are bad, but things like this do reflect on other priests.

Pottsville

I doubt very much that the reason you don't go to church is because one priest was "accused" of committing perjury, which was on the news just last week.

MY COMMENT
First of all, I tip my biretta to that nameless sage who has come to be known as "the commentator". Thank you, sir! You sure nailed this guy.
I would like to expand on "the commentator's" comment by telling a parable. If the following words sound vaguely familiar - well, let's put it this way: They should sound at least vaguely familiar, or else you haven't been paying attention!

St. Joseph Parish and St. Francis deSales Parish are like fields in which the Owner planted good seed. One night, while the Owner was asleep, an enemy of His came along and planted bad seed. Soon, some weeds poked up through the ground among the wheat. The manager of the fields said to the Owner: "Sir, I thought You planted good seed. Where did all these weeds come from?" The Owner said, "An enemy of Mine has done this!" The manager said, "Sir, do You want me to pull them up?" "No" said the Owner, "leave them alone for now. You are not experienced enough to be able to tell what is truly wheat from what is truly weed. In pulling up weeds, you might accidentally pull up some wheat. Leave them alone until the harvest. Then I shall send out My angels to bundle up the wheat and gather it into My barns. But the weeds they shall burn in unquenchable fire."

Moral of the story: It is the job of the wheat to stay in the field until harvest. Wheat that deserts the field because of what seem to be weeds is wheat that will wither and will never be gathered into the Owner's barn. I call on "Pottsville" to repent and return to the field before it is too late.

stjos/stfds: 01.13.2008 - 07


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

GREGORY SEBASTIAN BUONO, age seven, a son of Anthony J. and Bridget M. (Billingsley) Buono, received the Holy Eucharist for the first time this past Sunday - 6 January - during the 12:15 p.m. Mass at St. Francis deSales Church.
By a sweet appropriateness, 6 Jan 2008 happened to be the 7th anniversary of Gregory's baptism! You can't buy a coincidence like that!
This FHC took place at StFdS with the permission of the pastor of the Buono family's home parish, St. John the Baptist, Front Royal (VA).
Gregory is the fourth child of seven. He has one sister and two brothers who are older and one brother and two sisters who are younger. His two older brothers, Isaac and Paul, served the Mass.
During the Mass, after the reading of the Gospel, Gregory was asked to come to the microphone in order to answer the question, "What is the Holy Eucharist?" To his credit, Gregory answered clearly and forthrightly, without hesitation or stumbling:
"The Holy Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, under the appearances of bread and wine."
This concise definition should be in the minds and hearts and on the lips of all Catholics, whether young or old, simple or sophisticated.
May God bless Gregory Sebastian Buono, together with his parents, brothers and sisters and all his family.
May he and they be numbered one day among the saints.

stjos/stfds: 01.13.2008 - 08


 

"Foster a Child, Foster a Future" is the new Catholic Charities' theme to recruit families to serve as foster parents. Information meetings are held throughout the diocese on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM. Please call 1-800-330-8001.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund in memory of James A. Coyle, as follows:
Operating Room Neurology Team of
St. John's Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis MO
M/M Ray Hausman

ONE THOUSAND
FIVE HUNDRED
TWENTY-TWO DOLLARS
and
TWENTY-SEVEN CENTS

That is the profit from last Sunday's spaghetti supper (6 Jan).
Need I say it?
That was good! That was great! That was very fine, indeed!
Oh yes! Oh my!
Let's do it again!
And what else? Oh yes, I almost forgot:
THANK YOU!
What a great group of people we have
working the spaghetti supper!
P.S.
Chick Tamburelli held the winning ticket (#608629) for the 50 - 50 drawing at the Spaghetti Supper last Sunday (6 Jan).

stjos/stfds: 01.13.2008 - 09


 

 MASS SCHEDULE: 13 - 20 JANUARY
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

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

Friday, 18 January
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their son-in-law, Jack

Saturday, 19 January
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
by EBC

Sunday, 20 January
2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - PATRICIA EVANS LORD
by Henry and Peggy Eckley
12:15 p.m. - God's Blessings on
MARY KUPCHINSKY SMALANSKY
(101st birthday!)
by her children

stjos/stfds: 01.13.2008 - 10

 


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