MASS SCHEDULE: 03 - 10 FEBRUARY
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 02 February
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - CHARLES and ELIZABETH TAMBURELLI
by their son, Herb

Sunday, 03 February
4th Sunday of Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - SANTANNA ALFONSI GORMAN
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
10:45 a.m. - CATHERINE CALPIN DIXON
by Kitty Owens DiCello

Monday, 04 February
Weekday
12:05 p.m. - JOANNE PALKO BACH
by Kevin F. Pinto

Tuesday, 05 February
St. Agatha, virgin, martyr (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - MARIA REBECCA ARROYO
by John K
7:00 p.m. - SANTANNA ALFONSI GORMAN (6th anniversary)
by Lou, Debbie, Kaitlyn and Dan

Wednesday, 06 February
Ash Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - Rev. BROCARD CONNORS, O.Carm
by EBC
12:05 p.m. - ALBERT J. LAPLACA (71st anniversary of wedding)
by his wife, Julia

Thursday, 07 February
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - JOANNE PALKO BACH
by Kevin F. Pinto
7:00 p.m. - CHRISTOPHER M. WALTERS
by Harry and Rosa Lilley

Friday, 08 February
St. Jerome Emiliani, priest; St. Josephine Bakhita, virgin (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings and Health upon ANNA PADINSKE
by her family

Saturday, 09 February
Lenten Weekday
8:00 a.m. - God's Blessings on Rev. JAMES N. DRUCKER
by Sandy
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by Rose Solt

Sunday, 10 February
1st Sunday of Lent
7:45 a.m. - LAMBERT ["Bert"] HESS
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
10:45 a.m. - IRENE CALPIN
by Kitty Owens DiCello

 

 

stjos/stfds: 02.03.2008 - 01


 

 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
26 / 27 JANUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,434.00
from the envelopes and $141.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,575.00 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 $63.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$104.00
from the envelopes and $100.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $204.00 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 ($91.03) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 

RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sat       26 Jan

#282
Mary won $100.00
Sun      27 Jan

#646
Ray M won $150.00
Mon     28 Jan

#342
Eileen M won the $50.00
Tues     29 Jan

#669
Nobody J won the $50.00
Wed     30 Jan

#725
Bruce R won $50.00
Thurs   31 Jan

#306
Tom G won $50.00
Fri        01 Feb

#079
Nobody won the $50.00
                                                                            

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  CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Tuesday, 05 February
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 07 February
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 08 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 03 - 09 Feb, in loving memory of John J. Deramo, at the request of his wife and family.



STEPPING INTO THE AFTERNOON OF LIFE
Conference for Mid-Life Adults, will be held on Saturday, 29 March, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Bear Creek Resort & Conference Center in Macungie. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown, is sponsoring this free Conference, made possible through SOFF funding. Brochures are available in the back of the church or else in the Rectory. Seating is limited. Please register by 19 March. Call 610-791-3888 ext. 305.

Personal note: In case you're wondering exactly who these "mid-life adults" are, who are ostensibly "stepping into the afternoon of life", I have been told by an authoritative diocesan source that they are persons "in their fifties and sixties". I found this somewhat instructive, inasmuch as I just recently stepped out of my sixties into my seventies. Now I understand why I have noticed the Sun sinking slowly in the West!

stjos/stfds: 02.03.2008 - 03


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

04 February
Robert J. Dallago
Gregg Freed
John P. Modesto Sr.

05 February
Peter P. Calabrese
Dominick ["Danny"] W. Doyne

06 February
Craig A. Leymeister
Joann Tokonitz Mikos
Rose Papapietro Piccioni *
Pasquale A. Pilo


 

07 February
Derek L. James
Kristina M. Miller
Randy S. Toof

08 February
David A. Kasper

09 February
Jeffrey J. Dunkel
Verna Minneci Maccarone
Amelia Quirin Marrazzo
Giuseppe Pagnotta

10 February
Chelsea M. Arndt
Elizabeth Matz Kemmerling
Anthony J. Sedicino

*ANOTHER MEMBER for the Saint Joseph Parish Nonagenarian Society! We are happy to welcome Mrs. Piccioni to this exclusive club. She was born on 6 February 1918. Her membership in the SJPNS is good for ten years! We invoke God's blessings upon her.
THERE WILL BE NO HOMILIES THIS WEEKEND (2 / 3 FEB)!
This is a bitter pill to swallow, we know, but we ask everyone to be brave and to bear up under the pain!
Reason for no homilies: (a) We are obliged to read the Bishop's Lenten Pastoral Letter and (b) we are giving the St. Blasé blessing of throats after each Mass. It is my pastoral judgment that these two necessities make it impractical to have a homily.

stjos/stfds: 02.03.2008 - 04


HERE I AM, LORD.
WHERE ARE YOU, LORD?

Have you ever gone into a Catholic church and wondered where the tabernacle is? Perhaps you were on vacation and just wanted to stop in for a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. It might have been in the hinterlands of upstate New York, in partibus infidelium, i.e in dioceses like Rochester, Albany, Syracuse - or "out on the Island", i.e. in Rockville Center Diocese. Here is a hymn you might want to sing on such occasions. If you don't know the melody, you can find it in our PMB - #802.

Refrain
Here I am, Lord.
Where are You, Lord?
Are You in that niche way over there?
Once You were, Lord, front and center.
Now I cannot find You anywhere.

Verse
See the Blessed Sacrament
where the tabernacle went
in that little alcove there
off to the side.
When folks come into the nave,
they don't know how to behave.
Should they genuflect or not?
They can't decide.

(Refrain)

stjos/stfds: 02.03.2008 - 05



RON, WHERE ARE YOU,
NOW THAT WE NEED YOU?

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States, was born on 6 February 1911. This coming Wednesday is / would be his 97th birthday. With that as our excuse, we offer for your reading pleasure this refreshing assortment of ronnies:

Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.
Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.
The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.
Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.
No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

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AS SURELY AS GOD MADE LITTLE GREEN APPLES, someone is going to call St. Joseph Rectory this coming Tuesday night (5 Feb) and is going to ask, "Are you giving out ashes tomorrow?" We shall say, "Yes". He or she will ask, "What time are you giving out ashes?" We will say, "During the Masses." There will be an awkward pause. The person will then ask, "What time are the Masses?" And we shall say,

"The schedule of Masses for ASH WEDNESDAY is as follows: NINE A.M. at St. Joseph Church, TWELVE OH FIVE P.M. at St. Joseph Church,
and
SEVEN P.M. at St. Francis deSales Church.
And, yes, we shall be giving out blessed ashes at all of the Masses!"

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IT IS A SERIOUS THING to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. …… There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.

C.S Lewis

stjos/stfds: 02.03.2008 - 07


JUST CHECKING YOU OUT!
You know that the monthly spaghetti supper is being held today (Sunday, 3 Feb) in the St. Joseph Parish Hall, don't you? And you know the hours when it is served, don't you? That's right! 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. And you know the price, am I right? $6.00 for an adult or teenager and $3.00 for a child. And, needless to say, that's for "all the spaghetti you can eat". And you know you get salad with that, right? And bread and butter? Okay! And I'm sure you know that you can eat in or take out. Well, it seems that you are very well informed. So, in that case, there is no need for me to put anything into the bulletin about it this weekend. I'll see you there!
SOME SECOND-MARKING PERIOD HONORABLES
Kelly A. McCord / 11th grade / PAHS
Megan L. McCord / 7th grade / DHH Lengel / 1st Honors
Aaron A. Tranquillo / 5th grade / All Saints / 1st Honors
Dominic F. Piccioni / 5th grade / All Saints / 1st Honors
Alexander Koinski / 6th grade / All Saints / 1st Honors
Albert J. Yackenchick Jr. / 7th grade / All Saints / 1st Honors
Dominic J. Chiplonia / 8th grade / All Saints / 1st Honors
Vincent J. Baiocco Jr. / 8th grade / All Saints / 1st Honors

There is something I used to say lightheartedly and with tongue in cheek. I'm going to venture to say it seriously: By and large, children who belong to StJosPar and StFdSPar - K to 12 and both Catholic and Public - seem to get on the Honor Rolls of their respective schools at a higher statistical average than children of other parishes.
I have no idea why, but I'm sure not going to complain about it.

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SUPER BOWL XLII
3 FEB 08
FEARLESS FORECAST
Eagles by ten!
You read it here first.
Don't say you didn't.

stjos/stfds: 02.03.2008 - 08


ROSARY PRAYER GROUP
Every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. a group of persons meets at the Weidner home in order to pray the Rosary. (The Weidners are members of St. Joseph Parish.) All twenty decades are prayed. Mrs. Weidner (Lisa) would like all of our parishioners to know that they and their friends are invited to take part whenever their schedules permit. The Weidner home address is 22 N. 4th Street, Hamburg. The telephone number is (610) 562-9214.
International Adoption Meetings
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown will sponsor two International Adoption Information Meetings with a guest speaker from Children's Home Society & Family Services of St. Paul, MN. The first meeting will be held on Monday, 18 February from 6 to 8 pm in the Franciscan Room, 2nd Floor, St. Joseph Medical Center, 2500 Bernville Road, Reading. The second meeting will be held on Tuesday, 19 February from 6 to 8 pm at Catholic Charities, 2141 Downyflake Lane, Allentown. Both sessions explore opportunities from a wide variety of countries. There is no charge for either session. Please register with Diane Workoff at 610-435-1541, ext. 316 or dworkoff@allentowndiocese.org.
LENTEN DINNERS
Sponsored by:         St. John the Baptist Parish
Dates: Fridays of Lent, starting on 8 Feb
Time: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Place: Russell Building, 9th Street and Schuylkill Avenue
Menu: Baked haddock or salmon or crab cake plus clam chowder, salad bar, choice of macaroni & cheese or mashed or baked potatoes, plus choice of vegetables, homemade desserts, beverage.
Price: Adult - $10.00 ($12.00 for two crab cakes)
Child (under 12) - $6.50

stjos/stfds: 02.03.2008 - 09


 

JOYCE CHRISTINE CHIPLONIA,
a member of St. Joseph Parish, died on Monday, 28 January.
Born on 20 May 1964, she was 43 years old.
Chrissy is the second child (only daughter) of Julian and Mary (Nicastro) Chiplonia. She is the sister of Julian D. Chiplonia and Ralph D. Chiplonia. She is the mother of Amy Rose Chiplonia, who is three years old.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Joyce Christine in St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 31 January.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery.
Chrissy was baptized in St. Joseph Church by Fr. Joseph A. Feeny on 14 June 1964.
She received First Holy Communion at St. Joseph Church - also from Fr. Feeny - on 13 May 1973.
She was confirmed in St. Joseph Church by Bishop Joseph M. McShea on 2 May 1976.
Joyce Christine was much loved by her family. They stuck by her in all of her many trials and tribulations.
May the good Lord grant her now a place of refreshment, light and peace. With joy and wonder, such as she had never imagined possible, may she come to see the beautiful Face of God.

Eternal rest grant unto Joyce Christine, 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: 02.03.2008 - 10


 SOME RECENT EVENTS THAT SERVE TO REMIND US THAT WE NEED TO HOLD ON TIGHT TO JESUS AND TO HIS HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH, BECAUSE THE WORLD AND THOSE WHO BELONG TO IT WILL SOON BE PASSING AWAY.

#1 - The government of Spain recently rebuked the Catholic bishops of Spain for their open opposition to legislation that would normalize homosexual marriage. Please note that this happened in Spain! SPAIN, for crying out loud! Isn't Spain a country where everybody is Catholic and the government always tries to make nice with the Catholic Church?
#2 - Pope Benedict XVI was scheduled to speak at Sapienza University (Rome) on 15 January. Students and faculty protested the visit. They didn't want the Pope to come. The Pope, not wanting to provoke a riot, cancelled his appearance. Sapienza University is the largest university in western Europe! Sapienza University had been founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII. It has a long history of connection with the Holy See, although it has long since become a secular university, no longer under control of the Pope. --- Can you imagine? The Pope being dissed in Rome? Rome is in Italy, you know! Lots of Italians live there, you know!
#3 - Last week, in Carnegie Hall (NYC) there was a musical performance entitled Jerry Springer: The Opera. It is full of profanity and nudity. It includes some stunningly blasphemous attacks on Jesus and Mary and on the Catholic Church. It would be too much to describe it in detail. I shudder at sharing even the following details, but do so in the hope of alerting people to what is going on, so that they will not be surprised when the full-scale persecution breaks out:
The crucifixion is mocked and the Eucharist is trashed
Jesus is introduced as "the hypocrite son of the fascist tyrant on high." He wears a diaper, is fat and effeminate and admits to "being a bit gay."
Eve gropes Jesus in a pornographic manner and the Annunciation is described as a rape.

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YOU CAN CALL THIS A JOKE, BUT IT'S REALLY A PARABLE. IT SHOULD BE KEPT IN MIND WHILE LISTENING TO BARACK AND HILARY (especially Barack and Hilary) BUT ALSO WHILE LISTENING TO HUCK AND MITT AND JOHN AND ALL THE REST OF THEM

While walking down the street one day a US senator is hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter. "Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."
"No problem! Just let me in," says the man.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the senator.
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy. They are wearing evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.
Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.
"Now it's time to visit heaven."
So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."
The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. "I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning...... Today you voted."

stjos/stfds: 02.03.2008 - 12


 

 STATIONS OF THE CROSS: LENT 2008

Date Church

Friday, 08 February ------ St. Patrick
Sunday, 10 February ------ St. Joseph
Friday, 15 February ------ St. Joseph
Sunday, 17 February ------ St. Francis deSales
Friday, 22 February ------ Mary Queen of Peace
Sunday, 24 February ------ St. Francis deSales
Friday, 29 February ------ St. Francis deSales
Sunday, 02 March ------ St. Joseph
Friday, 07 March ------ St. John the Baptist
Sunday, 09 March ------ St. Francis deSales
Friday, 14 March ------ St. Patrick
Sunday, 16 March ------ St. Joseph

Nota bene *
" 7:00 p.m. is the time for all of the above.
" The Friday Stations are the Pottsville area inter-parochial Stations.
" The Stations on Palm Sunday (16 March) are the South Schuylkill Holy Name Stations.
" Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be integrated into the celebration of the Stations of the Cross.
*Q - What the heck does "Nota bene" mean?
A - "Nota" (pronounced NOHTAH) means "pay attention". "Bene" (pronounced BAYNAY) means "Benny". The phrase, taken as a whole, is late Latin (i.e. early Italian) for "Benny, you paysa 'tention now or I'm a-smacka you face good!" (The "or I'm a-smacka you face good" is implied.)

stjos/stfds: 02.03.2008 - 13


 MASS SCHEDULE: 03 - 10 FEBRUARY
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 02 February
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - ANGELO GIARDINO
by Rosina Mercuri

Sunday, 03 February
4th Sunday of Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - ELIZABETH DUNMOYER MARKO
by Helen Wychunas Heimbaugh
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his brother, Vincent, and his sister, Anne

Monday, 04 February
Weekday
10:00 a.m. - MAGGIE DUNLEAVY LEHMAN
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Wednesday, 06 February
Ash Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - God's Blessings on Sr. MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn

Friday, 08 February
St. Jerome Emiliani, priest;
St. Josephine Bakhita, virgin (OptMems)
10:00 a.m. - PHILOMENA ["Mamie"] TUCCI DiCELLO
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper

Saturday, 09 February
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMENICK J. D'ALESSANDRO
by M/M Harold Tray

Sunday, 10 February
1st Sunday of Lent
9:15 a.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar/ StFdSPar
by EBC
12:15 p.m. - FRANCIS and ESTELLE PURCELL
by their son, Brian

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