MASS SCHEDULE: 20 - 27 JANUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 19 January
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

Monday, 21 January
St. Agnes, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - SANDRA CHAPLICK TRABOSH (7th anniversary)
by her husband, Eugene

Tuesday, 22 January
St. Vincent, deacon, martyr (OptMem)
6:00 a.m. - Msgr. FRANCIS X. CONNOLLY
by his brother, Edward
12:05 p.m. - THADDEUS MALYS
by his brother and his sister-in-law, Casimir and Julia

Wednesday, 23 January
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - RONI J. KEVY (anniversary of birth)
by Roberta

 

Thursday, 24 January
St. Francis deSales, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - GERALD MEGNA
by his sister, Josephine Megna Messina
7:00 p.m. - SALVATORE ALFONSI
by his daughter and his son-in-law, Rosa and Harry Lilley

Friday, 25 January
Conversion of St. Paul, apostle (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - HELEN SPINA
by her sister, Cecelia, her niece, Joanne, her grandniece, Sandra

Saturday, 26 January
SS. Timothy and Titus, bishops (OblMem)
8:00 a.m. - God's Blessings and Health on PASQUALE A. PILO
by his family
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - RONI J. KEVY (anniversary of birth)
by Phyllis and family

Sunday, 27 January
3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - JOSEPH MAZZUCA and FRANCES MAZZUCA GARDNER
by their wife / mother, Julia
10:45 a.m. - JOANNE PALKO BACH
by Kevin F. Pinto

 

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
12 / 13 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,431.00
from the envelopes and $132.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,563.00 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 $51.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$112.00
from the envelopes and $60.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $172.00 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 ($123.03)of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 

RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       12 Jan

#641
Nobody won $100.00
Sun      13 Jan

#249
Gilda M won $150.00
Mon     14 Jan

#555
Donald B won the $50.00
Tues     15 Jan

#574
Tina Z won the $50.00
Wed     16 Jan

#638
Flo K won $50.00
Thurs   17 Jan

#165
T. H. won $50.00
Fri        18 Jan

#468
Brown won the $50.00
                                                                            

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  CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Wednesday, 23 January
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 24 January
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 25 January
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 20 - 26 Jan, in loving memory of H. Robert Piccioni Sr., at the request of his wife, Ann, and family.



THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 20 - 26 Jan, in loving memory of Roni J. Kevy, at the request of her sister, Phyllis, and family.


CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP

(newly formed)
Every first and third Sunday of the month.
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
St. Vincent DePaul Church
Minersville
All are welcome!

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 03


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

21 January
Emily M. Brinich
Travis M. Dunmoyer
Jacquelyn Pauly Moyer
Joseph J. Palerino
Robert B. Piccioni

22 January
Sharon M. Brennan Piccioni

23 January
Madison M. George
John J. Strunak

24 January
Brian N. Tassone
Joseph C. Ferraro

25 January
James P. Dubé
Christian S. Modesto
Teresa Sorge Stevenson

26 January
Cody A. Blankenhorn
Joseph C. Generella
Sharon Struzinsky Modesto

27 January
Michael R. Carroll

 

 

PLEASE NOTE
Because of the Pro-Life March in Washington DC on Tuesday, 22 January:
There will be a 6:00 a.m. Mass in St. Joseph Church on 22 Jan.
There will not be a 7:00 p.m. Mass in St. Joseph Church on 22 Jan.
There will not be any Bible Study on 22 Jan.
NURSING HOME MASS
The monthly Mass at the Schuylkill Manor Nursing Home will be held on Friday, 25 January, at 2:30 p.m.
Parishioners and others are invited to participate in this Mass.

stjos/stfds:01.20.2008 - 04


POPE BECOMES A CATHOLIC / POPE LEAVES CATHOLIC CHURCH / POPE BECOMES A CATHOLIC AGAIN
Clarence C. Pope Jr. is the name of the retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (TX). He made news some years ago when he announced that he was leaving the Episcopal Church in order to enter the Catholic Church. He made news about a year after that when he announced that he was leaving the Catholic Church in order to re-enter the Episcopal Church. Recently, he announced that he is re-leaving the Episcopal Church and is re-entering the Catholic Church.
Apparently, he had presumed, when he first left the Episcopal Church in order to become a Catholic, that he would be accepted into the Catholic Church as a validly ordained priest. However, he was not accepted as a validly ordained priest. So, he went back to the Episcopal Church.
He has since reconsidered his position and has come back to the Catholic Church.
Point to be made: Anglican orders are absolutely null and utterly void, as Pope Leo XIII declared in Apostolicae Curae in 1896.
What does this mean?
Mostly, it means that, when Episcopal bishops lays hands upon someone to make him (her) a bishop, no sacramental power is transmitted. When an Episcopal bishop lays hands upon someone to make him (her) a priest, no sacramental power is transmitted. [Nemo dat quod non habet. / No one gives what he does not have.] When an Episcopal priest or priestess says the words of institution (consecration) over the bread and wine, nothing happens. Transubstantiation does not occur. The action is of no effect.
This absolute nullity and utter voidness of Anglican (Episcopal) orders has nothing to do with the intelligence or personal holiness or sincerity or educational background or integrity of any member of the Anglican (Episcopal) Church. No disrespect is intended and no umbrage ought be taken. It is simply a matter of sacramental logic embedded in history.
All Anglicans and Episcopalians ought to return to the Catholic Church. Sooner would be better than later. Life is short and salvation is not something to be taken lightly.

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 05



SOMETHING WE MUST KNOW
A person is not truly PRO-LIFE if, while opposing abortion, he supports artificial contraception.
Admittedly, when dealing with politicians and deciding for whom we shall or shall not vote, we tend to turn a blind eye towards the artificial contraception issue. We are content if the politician is ANTI-ABORTION, even if he or she is PRO-ARTIFICIAL CONTRACEPTION. We figure we can't get everything.
I suppose this is tolerable - when it comes to the pragmatic world of politics.
However, when it comes to our own moral lives and the lives of those for whom we bear some responsibility - when salvation itself is at stake - we must know absolutely and without any doubt that artificial contraception is profoundly evil.
Let me give you three scenarios. All names are (of course!) fictitious.
#1 - Bill and Betsy are single persons. They have intercourse. They do not use artificial contraception of any sort.
#2 - Tim and Sue are single persons. They have intercourse. Sue is on "the pill" and Tim uses a condom - "just to be sure".
#3 - Mike and Doris are sacramentally married persons. They have intercourse. Doris is on "the pill" and Mike uses a condom - "just to be sure".
All three couples have committed serious violations of the law of God. If sufficient reflection and full consent of the will are in play, they have committed mortal sin and are in peril of their salvation. But considering only the objective factors, how would their sins rank in order of gravity?
Answer
Bad: Bill and Betsy have committed the grievous sin of fornication.
Worse: Tim and Sue have committed the grievous sins of fornication and sodomy.
Worst: Most Mike and Doris have committed the grievous sins of sodomy and sacrilege.

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 06


 

"I cannot bring myself to speak of the many virgins who daily fall and are lost to the bosom of the Church, their mother . . . Some go so far as to take potions, that they may insure barrenness, and thus murder human beings almost before their conception. Some, when they find themselves with child through their sin, use drugs to procure abortion, and when, as often happens, they die with their offspring, they enter the lower world laden with the guilt not only of adultery against Christ but also of suicide and child murder"

Saint Jerome (AD 396)
Letters 22:13

22 January 2008
35th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision
A day of penance and reparation

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 07


A LOCAL BUMPER STICKER THAT IS JUST BEGGING FOR SOMEONE TO COMMENT ON IT AND I GUESS THAT SOMEONE IS ME, UNLESS SOMEONE ELSE HAS ALREADY DONE SO, BUT I DON'T THINK SO!

Driving north on Centre Street, I often see a car parked at the curb, with a bumper sticker that reads as follows:

WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER

I say to myself: Is that true?
Truth is something that pre-occupies me.
Then I say to myself:
In order for something to be true, it has to be true at all times and in all places and under all circumstances. In order for something to be false, it need only be false at some time or in some place or under some circumstances.
With that as my guide, I say to myself: It is not true that WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER. It is sometimes true that war is the answer. Therefore, to assert as a universal principle the maxim, WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER is a disservice to right reason.
Please don't think that this is the observation of a warmonger. It is merely the observation of a Catholic.
Absolute pacifism is actually a heresy.
A man has a
moral obligation to defend the lives of his family members against unjust aggressors, even to the point of war (i.e. violence) if he has exhausted all non-violent means.
This is something we should know, so that we don't get involved in muddled thinking.

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 08


"The priest at the altar represents the Person of Jesus Christ.
But whom do so many priests today represent?
They represent only mountebanks,
earning their livelihood by their antics.
Most lamentable of all
is to see priests who are members of religious orders -
and some even who are members of reformed religious orders -
say Mass with such haste and such mutilation of the rite
as would scandalize even the heathen!
Truly the sight of Mass being said this way
is enough to make one lose the Faith!"

St. Alphonsus Liguori
1696 - 1787

I became aware of these words of St. Alphonsus quite recently. I was watching one of Fr. Charles P. Connor's lectures from his excellent series on the Doctors of the Church. Fr. Connor quoted St. Alphonsus as having said (or written) these words.
I think the words are interesting for more than one reason. One reason is this: These words were written (obviously) in regard to celebrations of "the Tridentine form" of the Mass and there are those who think that the wider use of the Tridentine Mass will be the great panacea to all of our liturgical ills.
I respectfully beg to differ.
For the record: I thoroughly support and approve of our Holy Father's efforts to revive the Tridentine Mass. I would be happy to play a part in this revival. At the same time, I am very much old enough to remember some celebrations of the Tridentine Mass that were not the least bit edifying. (I was about 27 years old before "the new Mass" became the norm. I know whereof I speak!)
If a priest has deep and uncompromising personal faith in the reality of the Eucharist and if he takes his time with all of the words and gestures of the rite, his celebration of the Mass will be reverent and worthy, regardless of whether he celebrates according to "the old way" (Missal of Pius V as revised by John XXIII) or "the new way" (Missal of Paul VI.)

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 09


 REPORT ON CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR DECEMBER
St. Joseph Parish sold 682 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 38 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 720.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $3,600.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$2,550.00 in prizes;
$70.00 in printing;
$44.33 in postage.
Total deductions: $2,664.33.
Net revenue: $935.67.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (94.7%) earned $886.29.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5.3%) earned $49.38.
THANK YOU!

SPAGHETTI SUPPER COMING UP
Notify your taste buds!
Sunday, 3 February.
Only two more weeks
Do you think you can hang in until then?
Do your best!
If the pressure is too much, don't hesitate to call any one of the Spaghetti Crew in order to "talk it out"!
We're here to help!

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 10


 ROSE MARIE CATALINI FRANK PLUSWICK,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Tuesday, 15 January 2008.
Born on 26 November, 1932, she was 75 years of age.
Rose Marie had been baptized in St. Joseph Church on 22 December 1932 by Fr. DeStefano and Fr. Perlo.
(I cannot explain how it came to be that both priests' names are recorded under this particular entry in our baptism register. This is unusual. I'll ask them about this anomaly the next time I see them. Suffice it to say that, with two such distinguished priests' names listed, Rose Marie was most assuredly baptized!)
On 26 November 1955 (her 23rd birthday), Rose Marie was married to William J. Frank in St. Joseph Church, in the presence of Fr. George A. Gormley.
Mr. Frank died on 24 February 1975.
On 9 August 1975, Rose Marie was married to Leo M. Pluswick in St. Joseph Church, in the presence of Fr. Ferdinando Capra.
Mr. Pluswick died on 21 October 2001.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Rose Marie was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 19 January. The interment took place in the parish cemetery.
Some time ago, Rose Marie was made aware of the fact that she had a medical condition for which a cure was highly unlikely. She accepted God's difficult will with remarkable and admirable submission - without bitterness or resentment or anger of any kind.
She received the final absolution and the Holy Viaticum on Sunday, 13 January. She was well prepared to meet the Lord. A bystander noted that, even in her extremity, while lying on her bed and listening to the final prayers, Rose Marie bowed her head at the Holy Name of Jesus!

Eternal rest grant unto Rose Marie, 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.

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 11


REGIONAL FACT SHEET, MEETINGS 1 AND 2
South Schuylkill Deanery
Region 1

Parishes: St. Patrick, Pottsville; St. John the Baptist, Pottsville; Mary Queen of Peace, Pottsville; St. Joseph, Pottsville; St. Francis deSales, Mount Carbon; St. Ambrose, Schuylkill Haven

Dates and Places: October 30 at St. Patrick, Pottsville; December 4 at St. John the Baptist, Pottsville

Attendees: Monsignor Zemanik (acting as dean), Monsignor O'Connor, Father Bambrick, Father Loeper, Father Medve, Father Connolly, Deacon Visot, Deacon Quirk, Mary Sitcoske, Angelo Barone, Patty Garland, Ellen King, Karen Powers, Martina Chwastiak, Paul Filiac, Mary Ann Dragna, Frank Boncore.

Information: Monsignor Zemanik reviewed the Criteria for Parish Restructuring and the Implementation Guidelines. Both were published in the AD Times on November 2 and are posted on the Diocesan Web site - www.allentowndiocese.org - click on Synod Implementation and then on Criteria for Parish Restructuring.

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 12


The committee watched "Matters of Faith", a DVD produced by the Diocese of Buffalo (NY) on how the consolidation of parishes worked there.

Monsignor informed the committee members that five priests will be assigned to the region: three in Pottsville and two in Schuylkill Haven. There are currently seven. The committee agreed that restructuring will be needed in the region.

The committee reviewed statistics on baptisms, weddings, funerals and seating capacity at the seven parishes in the region and the results of the parish surveys.

Tasks: By the next meeting do a four-week count of Mass attendance at each parish and break down the number of souls in each parish into 15-year age brackets as was done in the surveys.

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 13


 MASS SCHEDULE: 20 - 27 JANUARY
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

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

Monday, 21 January
St. Agnes, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - JOSEPH SMERKO
by Tony and Louise Marasco

Wednesday, 23 January
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Saturday, 26 January
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - ANTONIA FILIPPINI
by Chris and Teresa Mercuri

Sunday, 27 January
3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - Rev. BROCARD CONNORS, O. Carm.
by Joseph T. Cescon and family
12:15 p.m. - KATHLEEN POHRONEZNY
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 14

 


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