Saturday, 29 November
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — Deceased: CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA, Court St. Cecilia
by the CDA

Sunday, 30 November
First Sunday of Advent
11:30 am — ARTHUR CROAKE
by M/M Henry Wayne

Monday, 01 December
dvent Weekday
08:00 am — JAMES A. COYLE
by Jim, Cindy, Cynthia, and James

Wednesday, 03 December
St. Francis Xavier, priest (OblMem)
08:00 am — Deceased: MODESTO and HRIBICK FAMILIES
by Salvatore and Mary Modesto

Friday, 05 December
Advent Weekday
by his wife, Alice

Saturday, 06 December
St. Nicholas, bishop (OptMem)
08:00 am — Members: StJosPar Memorial Society
by StJosPar
Vigil of Sunday
by his grandparents, Joseph and Marian Kleeman

Sunday, 07 December
Second Sunday of Advent
by Bob McCann


Saturday, 29 November
Vigil of Sunday
by Elizabeth Ryan

Sunday, 30 November
First Sunday of Advent
08:30 am — KAREN WEYMAN
by Eleanor McDonald

Tuesday, 02 December
Advent Weekday
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 04 Decmber
St. John of Damascus, priest, doctor (OptMem)
06:00 pm — Deceased: HOLY ROSARY SOCIETY
by the members of the HRS

Saturday, 06 December
Vigil of Sunday
04:00 pm — TONY MAJIKAS
by Jean Majikas and family

Sunday, 07 December
Second Sunday of Advent
by his Mom, his brothers and his sisters

Vigil of Immaculate Conception
re-scheduled from 20 Nov

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Saint Joseph Parish: $1,031.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $80.00 from the second collection (plate); $95.00 from the Dues envelopes; $142.00 from the loose. Thank you.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish: $990.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $71.80 from the second collection (plate); $181.00 from the Campaign for Human Development envelopes; $385.00 from the Christmas Flowers envelopes; $145.00 from the loose. Thank you.


Tuesday, 02 December
06:30 to 07:30 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel

Wednesday, 03 December
05:00 to 06:00 pm
in St. Joseph Chapel

Thursday, 04 December
05:00 to 06:00 am
in St. Vincent DePaul Church
second child (second son) of Dean M. and Erin M. (Gaughan) Wendling, will be baptized today (Sunday) at St. Joseph Church.
We give thanks to God for the gift of this new human being and we thank Dean and Erin for cooperating with God in the great work of bringing a human person into existence.
Joel Thomas’s heart was made for God and it will find no rest until it rests in God. And, so, we bring him today to the saving waters of Baptism, so that he may be incorporated into the Body of Christ, the Holy Catholic Church.
God, Who is pure Spirit, took on human flesh, so that we, who are spirits in flesh, might have kinship with Him.
By means of Baptism, God the Father removes from Joel Thomas the stain of original sin and fills him with sanctifying grace. He likewise removes from him the alienation that accompanies sin.
This little boy is destined for eternal life.
May Joel Thomas bring joy to his family, to the parish, to the wider community and, most of all, to God Himself.

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WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the following donations to the St. Joseph Parish Memorial Fund:

 In memory of Arthur Faust
Celeste DeLuca

In memory of John Griffin
M / M Edward Dougherty
Schuylkill Assembly, 4th Degree, Knights of Columbus

In memory of Mary Klemer
Michelina Catizone

In memory of June Ann Pellegrino
Fr. Gregory R. Karpyn

In memory of John J. Joyce
Sharon Gower and Tom and Joni Gower
Erin Gower Munley and family
Rich and Sherie Boyer and family

In memory of Paul Quimper
Fr. Gregory R. Karpyn

In memory of Rose Marie Shimer
M / M Joseph Kleeman Sr.
Michelina Catizone

In memory of Fannie Galzerano
Celeste DeLuca

In memory of Msgr. John Gillespie
Celeste DeLuca

In memory of Peter DeLuca
Celeste DeLuca

In memory of James Fitzgibbon
Josephine Rovinskie and son Robert

In memory of Leopoldine M. Yurenka
Celeste DeLuca
Richards and Smith families

In memory of Josephine Berger
Tom and Kathy Balsavage

In memory of Ida Tenaglia Frieri
Louis W. and Mary (Tenaglia) Traini

In memory of Anthony Catizone
Dottie Haas
Peggy Scanlon
Patsy and Kay Z Scanlon
Al and Karen Amberlavage
Bernadine Chupsko
Alfred and Marie Koren
M / M John J. Youskites
John and Joan Hanosek
M / M Michael Kulka

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As you go south on 924 on the way to Frackville, you will see a billboard with an advertisement from our friends at Bloomsburg University. The billboard features a full-face photo of a young man. The young man looks happy. He is smiling. He looks — as the late and ebullient Vice-President Hubert Humphrey used to say — “just as pleased as punch to be here”.
The message from Bloomsburg U complements the picture of the young man. It is simply this:
“A Great Place to Be You!”
Obviously the young man is just as pleased as punch to be at Bloomsburg. I guess I am supposed to say: “Bully for him! If that young man is so deliriously happy to be enrolled at Bloomsburg, maybe I should consider sending my kid to Bloomsburg!”
The clear message is that if you are a young man (or a young woman, I guess) and you are finding that your current venue is not conducive to your being
YOU, then you really ought to consider enrolling in Bloomsburg U, because Bloomsburg U is a great place to be YOU!
Well, isn’t that special!
Of course, that advertising pitch makes me slightly suspicious. You see, it all has to do with who YOU is. [Or should I say who
YOU are? No, I think I want to say “who YOU is!]
YOU is like most 17 and 18 and 19 year old human males with whom I am acquainted, then YOU is very much in need of some major overhauling. Not just a tweak here and a tweak there, but take it down to the basement, put a tarp on the floor, take it all apart, spread it out, hose it down and re-assemble it, replacing what needs to be replaced.
Most 17, 18 and 19 year-old human males with whom I am acquainted are full of piss and vinegar and chicken wings and pizza and smoke and rebellion and cotton candy and are not at all ready for prime time.
Most 17, 18 and 19 year-old male human beings with whom I am acquainted are video-game addicts who think that MTV is high culture.
If I were going to spend $100,000 to send my kid to college for four years, I sure wouldn’t want to send him to a place that would be a great place for him to continue to be HIM. I would want to send him to a place that would be a miserable place for him to be HIM. So miserable that he would be motivated to surrender his old self and look for the new man. I would hope that, having found that new man, he would gladly put him on — “that new man created in justice and in the holiness of truth”.

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As you drive north on 924, leaving the Ville of Frack and heading towards the Ton of Gilbert, the Plane of Mahanoy and the Villes of Maize and of Girard, you see a billboard with an advertisement from our friends at El Try See (Lehigh Carbon Community College).
Yes, it’s another attempt to influence our choice of college. This billboard is similar to the Bloomsburg billboard (see page 4) in that it has a full-faced photo of a man and a complementary brief message (slogan).
However, the face on this billboard is of a man somewhat older than the one on the Bloomsburg billboard. This man looks to be about 30 years old. He is probably someone who wasn’t quite ready for college when he graduated from high school but has decided “better late than never”.
He has a pleasant expression on his face but, at the same time, as befits his age, it is a somewhat more worldly wise expression. He looks like someone who is not about to be conned, not about to buy the Brooklyn Bridge.
The message —
I will think for myself! — seems to come from him, not from El Try See.
Notice how marketers feed into the egos of the prospective customers: “You deserve a break today!” “You can have it your way!”
Notice how colleges today prostrate themselves in the dust before prospective students. Notice how colleges today seem to imply in their advertising that it is the Almighty Student who is in charge and that the administration and the faculty of the college are there to grovel before the student and his or her tuition dollar.
Think about how this attitude must necessarily affect not only the quality of the education but the very nature of the education.
Notice how the roles are reversed: It used to be that students were in awe of their professors. Now the professors are in awe of their students.
This has a profound effect on how truth is perceived.
Truth morphs from what is actually out there to what seems to me to be out there. Truth is perceived as being an entity relative to the individual.
I remember when I was 19 years old, a junior in St. Joseph College (now University) in Philadelphia. I remember the priest who was our professor of Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Ontology. He did not care what I thought or what any of my classmates thought, unless we thought what he thought. I am profoundly grateful to him. He did me (and my peers) more good than he will ever know this side of heaven.
There is an arrogance in the slogan “I will think for myself!” that I find somewhat chilling. It can seem quite attractive. However, it is the stuff of Hell. In Hell, everyone thinks for himself and there is chaotic discord. In heaven, everyone thinks the way God thinks and there is the tranquility of order.

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Hi, Uncle Edward:
I hope you are doing well. My sister sent me this email. Are you aware of this book? Though you might be interested in knowing about it.
Take care!!
Love, Rita

[Note: Rita is my niece-in-law. She is a convert to the Catholic Church.]

Rita, my niece-in-law, attached an article about a book entitled Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch. The following is the article. I am editing it slightly.


If you have children or grandchildren, work with children at church, or you have neighborhood children whose parents you know, please take note of the information below and pass it along to others. Schools are distributing this book to children through the Scholastic Book Club.
The name of the book is
Conversations with God. James Dobson talked about this book twice this week. It is devastating. Parents, churches and Christian schools need to be aware of it.
Please pay special attention not only to what your kids watch on TV, in movie theaters, on the internet, and the music they listen to, but also be alert regarding the books they read.
Two particular books are:
Conversations with God and Conversations with God for Teens, written by Neale D. Walsch. They sound harmless enough by their titles alone. The books have been on the New York Times best-sellers list for a number of weeks, and they make truth of the statement, "Don't judge a book by its cover or title."
The author purports to answer various questions asked by kids using the "voice of God". However, the "answers" that he gives are not Bible-based and go against the Word of God. For instance (and I paraphrase): A girl asks the question
"Why am I a lesbian?" “God’s” answer is that she was 'born that way' because of genetics (just as you were born right-handed, with brown eyes, etc.). Then he tells her to go out and "celebrate" her differences.
Another girl poses the question
"I am living with my boyfriend. My parents say that I should marry him because I am living in sin. Should I marry him?" “God’s” reply is, "Who are you sinning against? Not me, because you have done nothing wrong."
Another question asks about God's forgiveness of sin. His reply:
"I do not forgive anyone because there is nothing to forgive. There is no such thing as right or wrong and that is what I have been trying to tell everyone, do not judge people.
People have chosen to judge one another and this is wrong, because the rule is "'judge not lest ye be judged."

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Not only are these books the false doctrine of the devil, but in some instances quote (in error) the Word of God.
And the list goes on. These books (and others like it) are being sold to schoolchildren through (The Scholastic Book Club), and we need to be aware of what is being fed to our children.
Our children are under attack. So I pray that you be sober and vigilant about teaching your children the Word of God, and guarding their exposure to worldly mediums, because our adversary, the devil, roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). We know that lions usually prey upon the slowest, weakest and YOUNGEST of the herd.

Dear Rita:
Many thanks for the information about Conversations With God.
No, I had not been aware of it but I appreciate the fact that you made me aware of it.
I’m going to get myself a copy of this book, so that I can examine it more closely.
However, the excerpts from the email you sent me are actually sufficient evidence that this book is meant to sabotage the Truth.
It’s a tough world out there!
God help all parents who try to keep their kids on the right path.
Much love –
your uncle

I went on Amazon to buy myself a second-hand copy of the book. (I specify “second-hand” because, in those rare cases when I buy a book of which I don’t approve, I prefer not to provide the author with any additional income!) I bought a second-hand copy of the trilogy of Conversations With God. It is really bad!

So often one hears someone say:
It doesn’t matter what religion you are. The important thing is that you believe in God.
That cliché is SO NOT TRUE!
It matters VERY much “what religion you are”.
“What religion you are” determines whether or not the God you believe in is THE ONE TRUE GOD or some demon posturing as God.
There are a zillion demons out there, all of whom would be delighted to have you call him “God”. These demons look for devotees and worshippers.
If you ask him whether or not he is God, he will tell you that, of course he is!
That is why it is both unintelligent and dangerous to say, “It doesn’t matter what religion you are. The important thing is that you believe in God.”

Fr. Connolly will be celebrating a wedding next Saturday (6 Dec) in Harriman, New York. This requires that he conduct the rehearsal on Friday evening. So, he will be away from Friday evening to Saturday night. He will be back for the Sunday Masses. Fr. Brennan and Fr. Drucker will fill in on Friday evening and on Saturday.

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4:00 TO 7:00 PM

A — No! Absolutely not!
A — Because, as everyone knows, THERE’S NO ROAST FOR THE WICKED!

So, then, there are two qualifications if you want to come to our RBD:
#1 — You must not be numbered among the wicked.
#2 — You must have a ticket.

This, of course, prompts these two questions:
Q1 — How will we know whether or not you are numbered among the wicked?
Q2 — How will you get a ticket?

Let’s take these one at a time:
A1 — You are on your own on this one. It’s the honor system. We will not ask you at the door whether or not you are numbered among the wicked. But, if you are sure that you are numbered among the wicked, it would be best for everyone concerned if you just don’t show up. Wait a minute! Listen up! I just had an idea! Go to Confession! Then you won’t be numbered among the wicked and then you can have some roast beef and, better yet, go to Heaven. That’s a sweetheart deal, if I ever heard of one!
A2 — You can purchase a ticket for the paltry sum of seven dollars ($7.00). You do this by showing up in the Sheridan Room after the Masses on Sat 30 Nov, Sun 1 Dec, Sat 6 Dec or Sun 7 Dec. Checks, currency and money orders accepted. Sorry, no plastic. OR ELSE you can put an envelope into the collection basket with the appropriate amount of money and a note telling us who you are, plus your phone number, plus how many tickets you want. We will hold these for you at the door. OR ELSE you can call the lady at 276-6289 and tell her Connolly sent you. All tickets must be paid for no later than 8 December.

Is there anything else we want to tell you?
Yes, as a matter of fact, there is. We want you to know that there will be a BAKE SALE the evening of the Beef Roast Dinner. All donations of cakes, pies, cookies and pastry are gratefully accepted.
And there’s one more thing and then we’ll let you go:
There will be a meeting of the Fundraising Committee on Tuesday, 9 December, at 7:00 pm in the parish hall.


8:00 am — Mass [St. Joseph Chapel]
7:00 pm — Exposition of Blessed Sacrament, Holy Hour [St. Vincent dePaul Church]

8:00 am — Mass [St. Joseph Chapel] followed by Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and First Saturday prayers

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