Saturday, 26 January
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
by their wife / mother, Julia
10:45 a.m. - JOANNE PALKO BACH
by Kevin F. Pinto

Monday, 28 January
St. Thomas Aquinas, priest, doctor (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOHN MINDER Jr. and NANNY HALSEY
by their family

Tuesday, 29 January
12:05 p.m. - PAUL HOFFECKER
(6th anniversary)
by his wife, Victoria, and family
7:00 p.m. - MICHAEL J. FRINZI
by Mother and Dad and family

Wednesday, 30 January
12:05 p.m. - ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO (64th anniversary of birth)
by her husband, Jack

Thursday, 31 January
St. John Bosco, priest (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOANNE PALKO BACH
by Kevin F. Pinto
7:00 p.m. - CATHERINE NOLAN LUCAS (month's mind)
by Paul and Bernadette Gombola

Friday, 01 February
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on Rev. JAMES N. DRUCKER
by Sandy Frinzi
6:15 p.m. - KARL A. ZELLER
by Joe and Peg Smith

Saturday, 02 February
Presentation of the Lord (Fst)
by the TOC community
Vigil of Sunday
by their son, Herb

Sunday, 03 February
4th Sunday of Ordinary Time
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
by Kitty Owens DiCello

stjos/stfds: 01.27.2008 - 01


19 / 20 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $155.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,680.00 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 $168.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $61.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $280.00 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 ($15.03)of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Sat       19 Jan

Nobody won $100.00
Sun      20 Jan

Baggs won $150.00
Mon     21 Jan

Nobody won the $50.00
Tues     22 Jan

Miriam J won the $50.00
Wed     23 Jan

Slippery Sophie won $50.00
Thurs   24 Jan

Joe P won $50.00
Fri        25 Jan

Mary Lou S won the $50.00

stjos/stfds: 01.27.2008 - 02



Tuesday, 29 January
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 31 January
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 01 February
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'
THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 27 Jan - 03 Feb, in loving memory of Ann Fanok Mangan, at the request of her sister, Mary Fanok Piccioni.

The monthly Mass will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 28 January, at the Simon Kramer Institute, New Philadelphia.
All are welcome to attend.
If you have any questions about this Mass - how to get there or anything else - call the Rectory.
After the Mass, there is the opportunity to venerate the first-class relic of St. Pauline Visintainer, patron saint of all who suffer from chronic illness, in particular from diabetes.
St. Pauline is a model of patient and self-sacrificial endurance of pain and contradiction.

stjos/stfds: 01.27.2008 - 03


28 January
Frank J. Chiplonia
Joseph J. Generella Sr.
Lindsey M. Jefferson

29 January
Anthony J. Chillemi Jr.
Karyn Strokelitus Chillemi
James J. Mengel
Joseph A. Mikos
Remo E. Piccioni

30 January
Vincent J. Baiocco Jr.

31 January
Jeanette Ciorlanti Chalinsky

01 February
Rosemary Ayello Spiess
Christine M. Trapani

02 February
Talan L. Peiffer
Carolyn Moyer Spirko

03 February
Lisa Trabosh Brinich
Joseph J. Chipriano
Alexander A. Morris

A young man tells his mother he's fallen in love and is going to get married.
He says, "Mom, just for fun, I'm going to bring three women to the house for you to meet and you try and guess which one I'm going to marry."
The mother agrees.
The next day, he brings three beautiful women into the house. They sit down on the couch and chat with the mother while the young man waits outside.
When they leave, he says, "Okay, Mom, guess which one I'm going to marry."
She says, "The one in the middle."
He says, "Mom, you are absolutely amazing! You're right! How did you know?"
Says his mother: "She's the one I don't like."
Please bring your throat with you to Mass next weekend (2 / 3 Feb). We will be blessing throats after each of the weekend Masses. If you don't have time to come up the aisle for the blessing, just leave your throat in the pew. We will bless it and you can pick it up at your convenience

stjos/stfds:01.27.2008 - 04

The last couple of weeks, people have been coming out of St. Joseph Church and shaking hands with me and saying things like: "Hey, man! Cool! Really cool, man!" And, like an idiot, I've been saying back to them, "Thank you! Gee, thanks! Thanks a lot!"
Some people said (at least it sounded like they said): "Shiver my timbers, man! Really cool!" And I would say, "Thank you, my man. Give me five!" And I would high-five them.
You see, I thought they were referring to me personally. I kind of liked it that they thought that I was so cool. I figured they liked the homily or the biretta or maybe both.
Then reality dawned. Someone took me aside and explained it to me. He said that the people were not referring to me or to the homily or to the biretta. They were referring to the church. They were saying that the St. Joseph Church building is cool - like really cool, like cold actually, and that they were shivering!
So, I figured we had to correct this problem. So, I furrowed my brow and fiddled around with the thermostats and I asked our custodian to fiddle around with them too - but it didn't seem to help. So, we called the company that services our heating and air-conditioning.
They sent a man down on Friday (25 Jan) and he analyzed the problem and fiddled around up in the loft and he explained the problem to me - I pretended to understand what he was saying - and he said he would be back on Saturday (26 Jan), which he was and he fiddled around some more up in the loft and he explained some more of the problem to me - and again I pretended to understand what he was saying - and he said he would be back with a part on either Monday (28 Jan) or Tuesday (29 Jan).
He said that we were in good shape for the weekend, as far as heat is concerned. So, I am hoping that no one, as he or she exits the church this weekend, will have any complaints about the church being cold. However, if you do feel cold, please let me know. I can always arrange to give you a private homily about hellfire, guaranteed to put some heat in your bones.

stjos/stfds: 01.27.2008 - 05

Vatican Newspaper Article Says
Catholics Should Receive Communion Kneeling and on the Tongue

by John-Henry Westen

Although it may seem a little strange, there is a definite battle being waged within the Catholic Church. It is the same "culture war" being waged by secular moderns against those who uphold traditional morality, it is pro-life vs. pro-choice. But within the Catholic Church the same battle is fought along liturgical lines, and the publication in the Vatican newspaper of an article calling for Catholics to receive Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue is telling.
"If some nonbeliever arrived and observed such an act of adoration perhaps he, too, would 'fall down and worship God, declaring, God is really in your midst,'"
explained Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Karaganda, Kazakhstan in the pages of L'Osservatore Romano.
The Catholic News Service reports that in the
January 8 edition of the Vatican paper, Bishop Schneider noted that the reverence and awe of Catholics who truly believe they are receiving Jesus in the Eucharist should lead them to kneel and receive Communion on their tongues. "The awareness of the greatness of the Eucharistic Mystery is demonstrated in a special way by the manner in which the Body of the Lord is distributed and received," the bishop wrote.
Although in all likelihood most Catholics are oblivious to it, the decision to receive communion on the tongue, versus in the hand and the decision to receive communion standing rather than kneeling is a significant fault line in the culture war.
Modernizers who relentlessly work to have the Catholic Church move away from so-called 'archaic' positions on sexuality, (forbidding contraception, pre-marital sexual activity, homosexuality etc.) also rail against 'archaic' piety in worship.
However, the culture war at least in terms of liturgical issues was nearly lost in the West until the advent of Pope Benedict.
In the United States for instance, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on the Liturgy wrote in its July 2002 newsletter: "Kneeling is not a licit posture for receiving Holy Communion in the dioceses of the United States of America unless the bishop of a particular diocese has derogated from this norm in an individual and extraordinary circumstance."

stjos/stfds: 01.20.2008 - 06

The majority of the faithful have since adopted the practice of standing and receiving communion on the hand.
However, some traditional Catholics, often derisively referred to as "pre-Vatican II" Catholics have held to the practice of communion kneeling and on the tongue. Those same Catholics are often the most vociferous defenders of life and family within and without the Church.
While many valiant Catholic activists who work in the pro-life and pro-family battles receive communion in the common fashion, they nonetheless respect the right of those who wish to receive communion kneeling and on the tongue.
Not so for those within the Church seeking to get the Church in line with the times.
Certain Church leaders, priests and even bishops who are zealous in their attempts to modernize the Church have gone so far as to attempt to enforce modernism by refusing communion to those who kneel for communion.
One prominent example of such was Orange County Florida Bishop Tod Brown who was caught on video last year refusing communion to a woman who was kneeling. Brown is also known for refusing in 1994 to back an Idaho measure to deny homosexuals special privileges. Explaining his actions he said the law "would contribute to attitudes of intolerance and hostility in Idaho directed at homosexual citizens and is potentially discriminatory."
In Brown's diocese there has been considerable intolerance toward Catholics who kneel for communion and some traditional Catholics have been asked to leave the diocese.
Another prominent example was the denial of communion to Virginia House of Delegate member Richard Black by Arlington's St. Thomas More Cathedral Rector, Fr. Dominic Irace in 2002. Black was one of the strongest defenders of life in the legislature. As Delegate Black left the Cathedral, Fr. Irace loudly called him a "conservative idiot."
(see coverage: http:// )

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These types of situations caused the Vatican to react rather strongly in 2002. Jorge A. Cardinal Medina Estévez, the head of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, which addresses liturgical matters, wrote a bishop about reports received of a priest denying communion to faithful because they were kneeling.
The Cardinal called such denial "a grave violation of one of the most basic rights of the Christian faithful," and directed the bishop to investigate the case. The letter said that the Vatican regards such abuses of the faithful as very grave. The letter said, the Congregation, if such actions are verified, "will regard future complaints of this nature with great seriousness, and if they are verified, it intends to seek disciplinary action consonant with the gravity of the pastoral abuse."
(see the letter: )
Despite this letter from the Vatican, the suppression of kneeling remains strong.
The article in the Vatican newspaper advocating kneeling however signals a sea change.
Those who kneel have a champion in Pope Benedict who prior to his elevation to the pontificate wrote of kneeling and its tie to culture in his book 'The Spirit of the Liturgy" (Ignatius Press, 2000)
"There are groups, of no small influence, who are trying to talk us out of kneeling," wrote then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. "'It doesn't suit our culture', they say (which culture?) 'It's not right for a grown man to do this -- he should face God on his feet'."
Cardinal Ratzinger continued:
"The kneeling of Christians is not a form of inculturation into existing customs. It is quite the opposite, an expression of Christian culture, which transforms the existing culture through a new and deeper knowledge and experience of God.
Kneeling does not come from any culture -- it comes from the Bible and its knowledge of God . . . The Christian Liturgy is a cosmic Liturgy precisely because it bends the knee before the crucified and exalted Lord. Here is the center of authentic culture - the culture of truth. The humble gesture by which we fall at the feet of the Lord inserts us into the true path of life of the cosmos."

stjos/stfds: 01.27.2008 - 08

Veteran members of St. Joseph Parish will remember that, when I became pastor of St. Joseph Parish (June of 1986), I initiated the practice of kneeling for Holy Communion. As I recall, I did not initiate the change on my first weekend. I figured that would be too much too soon. So, I waited for the second weekend. There was no communion rail at that time. So, we utilized some kneeling benches that we placed in the center, where the communion rail used to be.
Later on, I found an old communion rail that was in storage in the parish hall. It had been used in the parish hall (so I am told) many years ago when the church was being renovated. I had this rail scraped and painted and installed in the church. That is what we have been using ever since. When I became pastor of St. Francis deSales Parish (June of 1989), I initiated the same practice. In that parish, since there was no old abandoned communion rail accessible, I simply placed kneeling benches front and center - and that is what we have been using ever since.
As everyone knows, no one is obliged to kneel for Communion at either St. Joseph Church or St. Francis deSales Church. If you want to kneel, kneel. If you want to stand, stand. We believe in the freedom of the children of God. That is a sound liberal principle and God knows that I aspire to be known as a liberal, i.e. as liberal as I can possibly be without surrendering Faith or Morals (or sanity).
There are certain things that I believe in with all my heart. Some of these are:
I believe in One God in Three Persons.
I believe in the Incarnation of the Son of God.
I believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I believe in the virtue of my mother.
I believe in the Substantial Presence - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine.
I believe that God is pleased when we kneel to receive Him - although, if we insist on standing, He can deal with it. God puts up with a lot.

stjos/stfds: 01.27.2008 - 09

Next Sunday
3 February 2008
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
This is the time of year when we all need a steaming platter of spaghetti and meatballs, so that we don't go bonkers from the cold and the gloom of Winter, so that we maintain an even keel, so that we don't slip into the slough of despond.
Spaghetti and Meatballs served in the St. Joseph Parish Hall is the Great Antidote to Seasonal Affective Disorder and All Kinds of Depression.
If you don't believe me, ask Andy DeStefano!

1 Feb 08
Mass at StFdS: 10:00 a.m.
Mass at StJos: 12:05 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
Holy Hour at StJos: 7:00 p.m.

stjos/stfds: 01.27.2008 - 10

Jasmine Blum / 11th grade / Schuylkill Haven
Desiree Blum / 11th grade / Schuylkill Haven
Evan J. Getzey / 7th grade / Blue Mountain / Distinguished Honors


If you are a member of StJosPar or StFdSPar, grades K to 12, and you are on the Honor Roll and your name never appears in our bulletin, the reason is not that the pastor doesn't like you. So, don't be so paranoid! The reason is that we don't know about your being on the Honor Roll! So, what is the solution to that? The solution is that, if you make the Honor Roll, you should let us know about it!
But what if you are not among the Junior Intelligentsia of North America and, so, you never make the Honor Roll?
Well, if you never make the Honor Roll and are unlikely ever to make it, but you need that self-esteem boost that only a mention in our parish bulletin can provide, you could think of some other reasons for asking us to put your name in the parish bulletin. Here are some possible categories:
(a) You went for one whole month without getting busted for drugs or underage drinking.
(b) You take your monthly shower without being told.
(c) You always eat all your vegetables.
(d) You did not hit your little brother or sister for one whole week.
(e) You did not get detention for one whole marking period.
(f) You cleaned out the cat's litter box every day for one month without being told.
(g) You kept every single appointment with your probation officer for three consecutive months - or else called to re-schedule.
(h) You always pick up all your toys and put them away and then go to bed without complaining.

Maybe you can think of some other categories. If so, let us know. We are nothing if not open to new ideas.

stjos/stfds: 01.27.2008 - 11


The Law (of Moses) moreover enjoins us to bring up all our offspring, and forbids women to cause abortion of what is begotten, or to destroy it afterward; and if any woman appears to have so done, she will be a murderer of her child, by destroying a living creature, and diminishing mankind.

Flavius Josephus
Against Apion, Book II, 25

Flavius Josephus - more commonly known simply as "Josephus" - was a Jewish historian, one of the most famous historians of all time. He was born in AD 37 and died in AD 101.
His words (written above) give us the authentic Jewish teaching about abortion.

I met Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) at the Pro-Life March and shook hands with him. I said, "Dr. Paul, it's a privilege to meet you. May God bless you."
Congressman Paul is enjoying some nationwide attention due to his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President.
I was happy to meet him. He is a good man.
His pro-life record and his pro-life rhetoric are excellent - better than that of any other candidate, as far as I can tell.
Unfortunately, he doesn't have a snowball's chance of being elected President. More's the pity.

stjos/stfds: 01.27.2008 - 12


WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund from the following, in memory of Rose Marie Catalini Frank Pluswick:
Mary Vittemberghi Messina
Esmeralda Vittemberghi Adams
Olimbia (Lee) Piccioni Spleen
Emidio Piccioni
Andy and Loreta DeStefano
John and Joanne Plaxa
HONOR OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK, we are happy to welcome the children of the choir of All Saints Catholic Elementary School to the 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church today (Saturday, 26 Jan).
They will lead the singing at the Mass.
We are proud of our local Catholic elementary school and are happy whenever our parishioners entrust their children to this school.
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stjos/stfds: 01.27.2008 - 13


Saturday, 26 January
Vigil of Sunday
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
by Nancy Dombrowny Haag

Wednesday, 30 January
by Eileen Poslosky

Friday, 01 February
by Ferdinand and Susan DiAmbrosio

Saturday, 02 February
Vigil of Sunday
by Rosina Mercuri

Sunday, 03 February
4th Sunday of Ordinary Time
by Helen Wychunas Heimbaugh
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his brother, Vincent, and his sister, Anne

stjos/stfds: 01.27.2008 - 14


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