Saturday, 19 January
Sunday, 20 January
Monday, 21 January
Tuesday, 22 January
Wednesday, 23 January
Thursday, 24 January
Friday, 25 January
Saturday, 26 January
Sunday, 27 January
12 / 13 JANUARY
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
Wednesday, 23 January
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
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.
Every first and third Sunday of the month.
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
St. Vincent DePaul Church
All are welcome!
Emily M. Brinich
Travis M. Dunmoyer
Jacquelyn Pauly Moyer
Joseph J. Palerino
Robert B. Piccioni
Sharon M. Brennan Piccioni
Madison M. George
John J. Strunak
Brian N. Tassone
Joseph C. Ferraro
James P. Dubé
Christian S. Modesto
Teresa Sorge Stevenson
Cody A. Blankenhorn
Joseph C. Generella
Sharon Struzinsky Modesto
Michael R. Carroll
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.
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.
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?
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.
"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
22 January 2008
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:
I say to myself: Is that true?
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
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.
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.
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!
ROSE MARIE CATALINI
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.
REGIONAL FACT SHEET, MEETINGS
1 AND 2
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.
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.
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
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
by her children
St. Agnes, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - JOSEPH SMERKO
by Tony and Louise Marasco
10:00 a.m. - CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - ANTONIA FILIPPINI
by Chris and Teresa Mercuri
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