Saturday, 01 March
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - NED G. LANG
(24th anniversary)
by his mother and family

Sunday, 02 March
4th Sunday of Lent
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
by her nephew, Harry Seador, and family

Monday, 03 March
St. Katherine Drexel, virgin (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - RYAN A. WALTERS
(1st anniversary)
by his parents and his sister

Tuesday, 04 March
St. Casimir (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOANNE PALKO BACH
by Kevin F. Pinto
7:00 p.m. - In Thanksgiving to SAINT JOSEPH (for answered prayer)
by Cognita Deo

Wednesday, 05 March
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - ANGELO and GERALDINE (Downey) FOLINO
by their children: Jack, Tom and Gerry

Thursday, 06 March
Lenten Weekday
12:05 p.m. - H. ROBERT PICCIONI Sr.
by Michael and Amelia Luppino
7:00 p.m. - DOMENICO and MARIA (Gigliotti) FOLINO and FAMILY
by grandson Ralph C. Wood and great-grandson Julian D. Chiplonia and families

Friday, 07 March
SS. Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - LOUISE LaPLACA FORTE (38th anniversary)
by their daughters, Louise and Victoria, and family

Saturday, 08 March
St. John of God, religious (OptMem)
by Charlie and Louise Kadingo
Vigil of Sunday
by her family

Sunday, 09 March
5th Sunday of Lent
by her husband, Jack
by Andy and Lori Ruscavage and son, Eric


stjos/stfds: 03.02.2008 - 01


23 / 24 FEBRUARY

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $130.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,461.00 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 $50.15 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $45.25 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $169.25 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 ($125.78) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!


Sat       23 Feb

Nobody won the $100.00
Sun      24 Feb

Nobody won the $150.00
Mon    25 Feb

Elanore H the $50.00
Tues    26 Feb

Nobody won the $50.00
Wed    27 Feb

Fig won the $50.00
Thurs  28 Feb

Nobody won the $50.00
Fri      29 Feb

Nobody won the $50.00

stjos/stfds: 03.02.2008 - 02



Tuesday, 04 March
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 06 March
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 07 March
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

THE SANCTUARY LAMP at St. Joseph Church is offered, during the week of 02 - 08 March, in loving memory of John J. Deramo, at the request of his wife, Angie, and family.

On the First Fridays, we usually have (in addition to the other Masses) a Mass at 6:15 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, followed by a Holy Hour.
However, because we wish to encourage attendance at the inter-parochial Stations of the Cross during Lent, we shall depart from this pattern this coming Friday.
Therefore: Please note that there will be two Masses on First Friday: 10:00 a.m. at StFdS and 12:05 p.m. at StJos - but there will not be an evening Mass or Holy Hour.
We encourage everyone to attend Stations of the Cross and Exposition / Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at St. John the Baptist Church this coming Friday evening.

stjos/stfds: 03.02.2008 - 03


03 March
Nicholas I. Cescon
Sheila Bowers Evans
Nancy Moraco Mariano
James J. Maroukis
Matthew W. Wentz

04 March
Donna Johnson Kopinetz
Julia Tranquillo Malys
John A. Mohan
Charles A. Rinaldo Jr.
Albert J. Yackenchick Jr



05 March
None, as far as we know.

06 March
Anthony M. Hall
Harvey B. Leymeister
Madison M. Shappell
Nicholas A. Yackenchick

07 March
None, as far as we know.

08 March
None, as far as we know.

09 March
Cameron B. Mattera


 WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of
Joyce Christine Chiplonia
Brigid M. Koury and family
Mary Rowan and family
Cathy Connor and family
Jane Cook and family
Anne Marie D'Alessandro and family
Jean Mooney
Colleen Mason and family

stjos/stfds: 03.02.2008 - 04


 Saint Joseph Parish
Wednesday, 5 March
7:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Hall
We hope everyone will attend.
You know, sometimes you have to push yourself
to get out of the house!
Especially during the winter.
So, go ahead now! Push yourself! Do it!
Push again! Go to the meeting! It will do you good!
If you don't show up, we might talk about you!
So show up!
By the way,
did you know that SAINT JOSEPH DAY will not fall on 19 March this year?

That's a fact!
Why not?
Because this is one of those years when the calendar gives us an unusually early Lent and Easter.
Because of that, 19 March falls on Spy Wednesday (the Wednesday of Holy Week). We call it "Spy Wednesday" because of the tradition that it was on that day that Judas made the deal to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
Mother Church says that we can't celebrate a Solemnity during Holy Week. It sends a wrong signal! So, Momma Church is transferring the Solemnity of Saint Joseph to 15 March this year.
Now you know!
If you don't like it, blame the Moon!
It's the phases of the Moon that determine the date of Easter - and everything that depends on Easter.

stjos/stfds:03.02.2008 - 05


I fish, therefore I lie.
Where there's a will, I want to be in it!
If catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults!
It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.
Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.
First things first - but not necessarily in that order.
In America, anyone can be president. That's one of the risks we take.
You're just jealous because the voices talk only to ME.
Allow me to introduce myselves.
Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you weren't asleep.
I can't remember if I'm the good twin or the evil one.
I'm schizophrenic and so am I.
Just say NO to negativity.

in the St. Joseph Parish Hall
on Sunday, 2 March, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Meatballs will also be served.
So also will salad be served.
So, will Italian bread and butter and salt and pepper and grated cheese and oregano - all of these will be served.
Only one question remains:
You will if you show up!
And it would be nice if you would bring six bucks with you (three if you are 12 years old or younger).
We hate to bring up the subject of money but, you know how it is!

stjos/stfds: 03.02.2008 - 06



Masturbation is a word which, when pronounced out loud or put into print, causes normally sensible and stable persons to tremble - and to run inside and shut their doors!
It is true that it is an ugly word. That's because it denotes an ugly activity.
Some persons think a priest would do well never to speak the word from the pulpit and never to print the word in the parish bulletin.
But that would be a kind of pastoral cowardice.
Hireling shepherds ignore the topic.
Not to teach that masturbation is evil is to surrender the fort.
The society in which we live, the public schools that we support with our tax dollars and to which most parents entrust their children, the entertainment industry and the media - all are immensely supportive of masturbation as being - at worst - a harmless diversion or entertainment and - at best - a positive good!
To be ambiguous about the subject of masturbation is to commit treason against humanity.
It is acceptance of masturbation that has brought pornography out into the public square, instead of in the back alleys where it belonged (if it can be said to belong anywhere!)
It is acceptance of masturbation that has brought us the scourge of mindless fornication and hooking up.
It is acceptance of masturbation that has destroyed so many marriages and made so many men (and even some women) incapable of elementary altruism, let alone self-donation.
It is acceptance of masturbation that has brought us the insanity of thinking that homosexuality just might be an acceptable way to conduct one's life.
It is acceptance of masturbation that has devastated the ranks of the clergy.
Without apology, we offer you the following words on the subject of masturbation.


FOR ME THE REAL EVIL OF MASTURBATION would be that it takes an appetite which, in lawful use, leads the individual out of himself to complete (and correct) his own personality in that of another (and finally in children and grandchildren) and turns it back; sends the man into the prison of himself, there to keep a harem of imaginary brides. This harem, once admitted, works against his ever getting out and really uniting with a real woman. For the harem is always accessible, always subservient, calls for no sacrifices or adjustments, and can be endowed with erotic and psychological attractions which no woman can rival. Finally, among these fantasies the man is always adored, always the perfect lover; no demand is made on his unselfishness, no mortification ever imposed on his vanity. In the end, they become merely the medium through which he increasingly adores himself."

C.S. Lewis

By masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. "Both the Magisterium of the Church, in the course of a constant tradition, and the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have firmly maintained that masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action."137 "The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose." For here sexual pleasure is sought outside of "the sexual relationship which is demanded by the moral order and in which the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love is achieved."138
To form an equitable judgment about the subjects' moral responsibility and to guide pastoral action, one must take into account the affective immaturity, force of acquired habit, conditions of anxiety or other psychological or social factors that lessen, if not even reduce to a minimum, moral culpability.
Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are masturbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

stjos/stfds: 03.02.2008 - 07 / 08

RUMOR HATH IT that Father John J. McNamara is going to retire!
Actually, it's more than rumor. It's in the realm of fact.
Father Mac announced it himself, so they tell me, from the pulpit of St. Stephen's this past weekend. Moreover, the Diocese has issued a memo saying that eight priests who have reached the canonical age of retirement (75) will be shuffling off to Buffalo sometime between mid-June and late July 2008. As everyone knows, Fr. Mac reached the "canonical age of retirement" about ten years ago!
Father Mac has been in Port Carbon since shortly after the Lord ascended into Heaven. I remember - when I was still on the sunny side of thirty - being in a car with a group of priests, all of whom were a few years my senior. As I recall, we were returning to Allentown from some event (I forget what it was) in Schuylkill County. The priest who was the driver said, "Let's stop in and see Mac!" Being a passenger, I had no choice in the matter. So, I "stopped in to see Mac"! I remember that, at the time, old Father Hurley was living in the Rectory and Father Mac was taking care of him. I think (but I'm not certain) that Fr. Hurley was still, technically, the pastor and Fr. McNamara was his "administrative assistant" or something like that.
I remember thinking that it was rather impressive that a relatively young priest, while having the responsibility of running a parish, should be taking care of an old priest.
I remember, during my years as a teacher at Allentown Central Catholic High School (1967-74), hearing some of the faculty reminisce about "the great priests we used to have here at Central". I found out that Father McNamara was one of the ones they were referring to. I came to associate Father Mac with a "golden era" or, as they said at ACCHS, "the days of the giants".
Over the years, my respect and affection for Father Mac have grown. He is a paradigm of a parish priest, a model for more than a few of the old-time virtues. [Think prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. Think manliness.]
I would like to see Father Mac spending his retirement years living in a seminary. Give him a comfortable room or two or three - whatever he needs. He need not have any duties, other than to say Mass at his convenience and stroll around the campus, so that young men who aspire to the priesthood might observe him and say, "You know - if they ever ordain me a priest - I'd like to be a priest like that old guy!"
Whether they know it or not, the people of Port Carbon have been singularly blessed.
No doubt, some do know it.

stjos/stfds: 03.02.2008 - 09


On the bottom of the front page of today's Pottsville Republican & Herald, there is an article headed "Treasury secretary thinks penny isn't worth its weight". The article is accompanied by a photo of Henry Paulson, the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States of America. Next to the photo is the following sentence, cuddled inside quotation marks, meaning that it must have been spoken by Secretary Paulson himself!

"The penny is worth less than any other currency."

Why is this not news to me?
Perhaps Secretary Paulson will soon issue a memo explaining that five pennies are worth a nickel, ten are worth a dime, twenty-five are worth a quarter, etc.

PLEASE PRAY FOR two persons who died recently:
MARGARET HANLON OTTERSON died on 23 February. She is the sister of St. Joseph parishioner Gregory R. Hanlon.
IRENE ROEDING STECKLEY died on 29 February. She is the mother of St. Joseph parishioner Steward Steckley.
Eternal rest grant unto Margaret and Irene, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

ANGELA M. CAIRNS, daughter of James and Marie (Garbetti) Cairns and a member of St. Joseph Parish, was named to the Dean's List for the Fall semester. Angela is a freshman at Elizabethtown College. She is majoring in Elementary / Special Education. She was also chosen to become a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, the Freshman Honor Society. She will be inducted on 16 March.
We are proud of Angela.

I might point out here that I always stuck up for Angela when everyone else said that she would never amount to a hill of beans.

stjos/stfds: 03.02.2008 - 10

Dear Father Connolly:
Has St. Patrick's Day been moved this year? Would it be a sin for me to still have my St. Patrick's Day dinner on March 17? I am greatly troubled by this. (I'm not Irish -- my first name notwithstanding -- but I have a great love for St. Patrick.)

Dear Brian:
No, St. Patrick Day has not been moved this year. Hold onto your hat and saints preserve us, it has been cancelled!
As you probably know, St. Patrick Day has the liturgical rank of
OPTIONAL MEMORIAL. This is the lowest of rankings. Optional Memorials are the Rodney Dangerfield's of the liturgical calendar. They don't get no respect.
In regard to the observance of St. Patrick Day, one must distinguish between the liturgical observance and the secular observance.
In regard to the secular observance, the Church claims no jurisdiction. People can drink their green beer, eat their corned beef and cabbage, have their parades, do their jigs and tell their jokes - all ostensibly "in honor of St. Patrick" any day of the year. This does not fall within the scope of the Church's legitimate concern.
In regard to the liturgical observance, the Church in the USA (and in most countries) observes the Memorial of St. Patrick ONLY on 17 March. If, for some reason, the Memorial cannot be observed on 17 March, the observance is not transferred; it is cancelled. There are two possible reasons why the Memorial of St. Patrick might not be able to be observed on 17 March. They are as follows: (a) 17 March falls on a Sunday or (b) 17 March falls on one of the days of Holy Week. Whenever this happens, the liturgical observance of the Memorial of St. Patrick is simply omitted.

No apologies! No guilt! No expressions of regret! Just omitted! Just like that! Like it or lump it! Lord, have mercy! Christ have mercy! Lord have mercy!
This year (2008), 17 March falls on the Monday of Holy Week. So, this year (2008), St. Patrick Day is not on the liturgical calendar.
It's enough to make a grown man cry - even a grown man who happens to be Irish, just in case there happen to be any!
In regard to whether it would be a sin for you to have your St. Patrick Day dinner on 17 March 2008, I have consulted various learned Fathers and Doctors of the Church, have taken it to the Lord in prayer and have come up with this answer:
No, it would not be a sin, not even remotely so, for you to have a hearty St. Patrick Day Dinner on 17 March 2008! In fact, it could even be a virtuous act if, at some point before, during or after the meal, you were to say a prayer that the True Religion might raise her beauteous head and that the Isle of Saints might re-emerge. From what I've heard, the snakes have come back to Hibernia with a vengeance and many of the dark shrines have been restored.
By the way, just in case I happen to be elected to the Throne of Saint Peter - hey, don't laugh; you never know! - I intend to solve the whole problem by issuing a motu proprio in which I shall decree: (a) that St. Patrick Day is a Solemnity and a Holyday of Obligation for the Universal Church and (b) that it shall always be observed on 17 March, except when 17 March falls on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday or Easter Sunday - in which case, out of respect for the Death of the Lord, we shall transfer the liturgical celebration to Easter Monday.
However, don't count on any such change in the very near future. Our Holy Father Benedict looks hale and hearty. I pray that he will remain so for many years to come.
Enjoy your St. Patrick Day dinner!

With kindest regards -

stjos/stfds: 03.02.2008 - 11 / 12





Sunday, 02 March

 St. Joseph

 Friday, 07 March  

  St. John the Baptist

 Sunday, 09 March

  St. Francis deSales
7:00 p.m.
Exposition and Benediction
The Blessed Sacrament.      
No final decisions have been made about the re-structuring / re-figuring / consolidation / merger / closure of parishes in Region #1 of the Deanery of South Schuylkill.
Nor, as far as I know, have any final decisions been made about similar matters in any of the regions of any of the six deaneries of the Diocese.
Bishop of the Diocese is the only one canonically qualified to make such decisions and he has not yet made them. He wants the various suggestions and possibilities to be considered by the Diocesan Pastoral Council before he finalizes anything. He will make the best decision possible, given the facts presented to him, and we shall do as he says.
In other words, let us not jump to any hasty conclusions before the Fat Lady sings. In fact, let's not jump to any conclusions! Best to walk towards them with measured pace.
However, because, as pastor, I get paid big bucks to make executive decisions for my own two parishes, I decided this past week: (a) to purchase palm, paschal candles and lilies; (b) to defer submitting an order for poinsettias until I see what develops.

stjos/stfds: 03.02.2008 - 13



Saturday, 01 March
Vigil of Sunday
by his parents

Sunday, 02 March
4th Sunday of Lent
9:15 a.m. - God's Blessings on SISTER MARY RAYMOND, OP
by her sister, Carolyn
12:15 p.m. - FRED YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dunbrowney Haag

Monday, 03 March
St. Katherine Drexel, virgin (OptMem)
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Wednesday, 05 March
Lenten Weekday
10:00 a.m. - Special Intention:
by a family member

Friday, 07 March
SS. Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - In Thanksgiving to GOD THE FATHER
by a grateful sinner

Saturday, 08 March
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DAVID B. THORN
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Sunday, 09 March
5th Sunday of Lent
9:15 a.m. - DICK YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dunbrowney Haag
by Grace Luppino Joy and sons

stjos/stfds: 03.02.2008- 14


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