Saturday, 22 March
Vigil of Easter
8:00 p.m. - PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their son-in-law, Jack Folino

Sunday, 23 March
Easter Sunday: The Lord's Resurrection
7:45 a.m. - CHARLES F. KUTCH
by his family
10:45 a.m. - RYAN A. WALTERS
by his family

Monday, 24 March
Easter Monday
12:05 p.m. - JOHN MINDER Jr. (anniversary of birth)
by Mom and Dad and family

Tuesday, 25 March
Easter Tuesday
12:05 p.m. - In Thanksgiving to ST. THERESE of LISIEUX
(for answered prayers)
by Cognita Deo
7:00 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by Joseph and Kim Luppino

Wednesday, 26 March
Easter Wednesday
by their wife / mother, Carmella

Thursday, 27 March
Easter Thursday
12:05 p.m. - LOUISE TROILO ALATI (4th anniversary)
by her sisters, Tina and Liz
7:00 p.m. - DOMINIC and LOUISE ALATI
by their daughter, Marcia

Friday, 28 March
Easter Friday
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings and Graces on ED BALLENTOS and FAMILY
by Sandy

Saturday, 29 March
Easter Saturday
8:00 a.m. - LEVI TRANQUILLO Jr.
by his mother
Vigil of Sunday
by his family

Sunday, 30 March
2nd Sunday of Easter:
Divine Mercy Sunday
7:45 a.m. - CHARLES F. KUTCH
by his family
10:45 a.m. - AGNES HAFFEY OWENS (19th anniversary)
by her daughter, Kitty Owens DiCello


stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008 - 01


15 / 16 March

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $165.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,599.00 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 $87.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $72.70 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $193.70 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 ($101.33) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!



 15 March

 C & T won the $100.00

  16 March

 Nobody won the $150.00

  17 March

 Peg F won the $50.00

  18 March

Jack M  won the $50.00

  19 March

 Lennie D won the $50.00

  20 March

Mary Rose B won the $50.00

  21 March

 Nobody won the $50.00

stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008 - 02



Wednesday, 26 March
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 27 March
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 28 March
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Please note: All three Confession times are at St. Joseph Church this week. I want to coordinate Confession with the times of the Divine Mercy devotions.

(behind Good Samaritan Hospital)
2:30 p.m.
Friday, 28 March
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL is now accepting registrations for the 2008-09 school year. Some classes are filling up quickly. Don't delay! Call the school for a tour or to request a registration packet. We hope to hear from you soon.

OUR PARISH WEBSITE - - has been experiencing technical difficulties recently. We don't know the reason. However, Bruce A. Marianelli and his crack team of experts are working to identify the problem, isolate it and rectify it.
[Wow! That last sentence sounds so neat and nerdy, doesn't it? Pretty good, if I say so myself!]

stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008 - 03


24 March
Joan Roland Albo
Stella Strasico Mirabella

25 March
Jessica A. Chattin
Ann Marie Seador Palerino
Leonard Radziewicz
Lori Vidal Reedy

26 March
Samuel T. Cescon
Todd A. Generella

27 March
Michael E. Heimbaugh
Madalyn M. Yackenchick

28 March
Donna M. Chiodo

29 March
Bryce D. Peiffer
Vincent D. Prestileo
Ellen K. Neifert Radziewicz
Joseph M. Trabosh

30 March
Melissa A. Fabiani

Pretty soon you'll be tired of ham and hardboiled eggs and you'll be saying,
Well, you know what?
In two more weeks, we'll be serving up exactly that in the
St. Joseph Parish Hall.
Sunday, 6 April
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All you can eat.
A treat that can't be beat!

stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008 - 04


will be baptized into Christ Jesus during the 10:45 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday, 23 March 2008, here at St. Joseph Church. Immediately after receiving
BAPTISM, he will receive CONFIRMATION. Very shortly thereafter, he will receive the HOLY EUCHARIST. In other words, he will receive today the three Sacraments of Christian Initiation.
The first two, Baptism and Confirmation, imprint an indelible character on the soul of the recipient. These two sacraments effect an ontological change in a person, i.e. they change the person's very being. Holy Eucharist, which is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine, is meant for the maintenance of the new life received in Baptism and Confirmation and may be received every day of one's life, provided one is in the state of sanctifying grace.
Not only will Mr. Rendelman be receiving today the three sacraments already mentioned here, but he will also be receiving (and conferring) the Sacrament of
MATRIMONY! Four sacraments in one day - rather remarkable!
Explanation: On 5 July 1980, Gregory entered into a true and valid marriage with Lisa M. Elliott in the presence of a Catholic priest at St. Patrick Church, Woodbury (NJ). (Lisa was and is a Catholic.) But, even though valid, the marriage was not sacramental, because the Sacrament of Matrimony can exist only in the case of two baptized persons. Therefore, today - without the need for any formal renewal of consent - the marriage of Gregory and Lisa becomes a sacrament! Their original declaration of permanence, faithfulness and openness to childbearing is accepted now by God as an effective sign of the covenant between Jesus and His Church.
A few pieces of relevant information
Mr. Rendelman is 51 years old (DOB: 18 Feb 57)
He is the son of the late Joseph A. and Charlotte (Yablin) Rendelman.
Lisa and he have three daughters: Carley Rendelman Rohan; Alexis S. Rendelman; Chelsea B. Rendelman.
They have one granddaughter: Charlotte Rose Rohan.
He is employed at Good Samaritan Hospital as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. [In regard to this, I remarked to Greg that he and I have similar lines of work, i.e. we both put people to sleep. He offered an alternate description of his job: He said that he's actually "the guy who makes sure you wake up". Come to think of it, I hope I wake a few people up too!]
His sponsor / godfather for Baptism and Confirmation is his son-in-law, Michael X. Rohan, D.O.

With gratitude to God, we welcome Mr. Rendelman into membership in the Body of Christ - the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. May he persevere in the new life of grace and eventually come to see God face to face.

stjos/stfds:03.23.2008 - 05

If anyone wants to say the Rosary in order to influence the Bishop to do the right thing in regard to the restructuring of parishes in Schuylkill County, there is really no need to charter a bus to go all the way to the Chancery Office in Allentown, as some did recently and, thereby, earned themselves fifteen minutes of notoriety.
The rosary is just as efficacious when it is prayed in Schuylkill County as when it is prayed in Lehigh County - and, I daresay, maybe even a tad more efficacious, given the history of our virtuous forebears in this County.
I have no doubt that Bishop Cullen appreciates all prayers offered up for him, including prayers that he will have the wisdom to do what is best for the Diocese in the matter of restructuring parishes. I cannot say with absolute certainty, but I think that Bishop Cullen would prefer that the parking lot at the Chancery on Tilghman Street be reserved for - well - for - uh - like -uh - for parking - rather than for praying. There is certainly nothing wrong with praying while you park, but I don't think one should pray for the purpose of parking, if you know what I mean.
Bottom line: I think it is not a lovely idea - in fact, I think it is a distinctly unlovely idea - to use prayer as an excuse for organizing a demonstration calculated to embarrass or to pressure the Bishop. None of us is obligated in conscience to agree with Bishop Cullen. All of us are obligated, whether we agree with him or not, to deal with him as our Father and our Shepherd. We give him the benefit of whatever doubts might linger in our heads that he has more information than we have and that God's gracious purposes work through him, even beyond his own natural wisdom. He is, after all, our Bishop!
God, Who oversees all things, will see to it that, for those who love Him, everything will work together for good.

stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008 - 06


LT. PHILIP NOLAN: The Man Without a Country
. JEREMIAH WRIGHT: The Man Without a Clue

I remember, when I was a child, reading a short story entitled The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale. It was about Lieutenant Philip Nolan of the United States Army. The story (fiction but with some historical foundation, so they say) was basically this: Lt. Nolan was put on trial as an accomplice of the traitor, Aaron Burr. During the trial, Nolan blurted out the following angry words: "Damn the United States! I wish I may never hear of the United States again!"
As punishment for damning his country, the judge granted Nolan his wish: He was to spend the rest of his life in exile, on warships of the United States Navy, with no right ever again to set foot on U.S. soil. In addition, all military personnel on ship were forbidden even to speak with Nolan about anything that had to do with the United States of America!!
Now - in connection with Senator Barack Obama's campaign for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party - we have all heard about the Reverend Doctor Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Until his recent retirement, he was the pastor of the Trinity UCC congregation in Chicago. We have all been treated to ripsnortin' excerpts from some of his sermons, including the following remarkable gem:
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people...God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human.
God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme".
Now, I am not opposed to a judicious and well defined use of the exhortation "God damn". It can be used effectively in discourse or rhetoric directed against intrinsically evil ideologies or systems. [E.g. If so inclined, one can say "God damn the Devil" in good conscience!] However, I strenuously object to asking God to damn any human being or nation - most particularly my nation, my sweet land of liberty, the land where my fathers died, my United States of America! I suggest that, unless and until he makes a public apology, the Reverend Wright book passage with Lieutenant Nolan for an extended cruise, never to set foot again on U.S. soil. He need not bother to write nor send any postcards. We'll get along just fine without him. He is a wolf in shepherd's clothing, a blind leader of the blind, a pulpit poseur, and a monumental fraud.
My reaction to Reverend Wright's rhetoric might seem excessive. However, I know where this guy is coming from. He is a leading exponent of what is known as "liberation theology". I have been around long enough to know the seduction of liberation theology. It is the theology of those who, when the crunch is on, will inevitably choose Barabbas over Jesus. Why not? After all, Barabbas gets things done, whereas Jesus talks about such esoteric matters as eating His Flesh and drinking His Blood. Reverend Wright's religion attracts those who don't know the difference between supernatural faith and social work and who go to church to be entertained. But his religion is bereft of the Cross and it has no power to save.
I am not blind about the faults of my country and there is much about it that I want to see corrected, especially in the area of justice for the unborn. However, among the nations that make up this planet, I think the USA is about as good as it gets, and I love her.


stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008 - 07 / 08

(A shameless ploy to get people to read at least part of the bulletin!)
If it ain't broke, take it apart and fix it.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
I plan to live forever. So far, so good!
On the journey of life, I choose the psycho path.
On your mark, get set, go away!
Abjure obfuscation!
What we need is a patch for stupidity.
Follow that car, Godzilla - and step on it.
Spoonerists are teople poo
Say "NO" to drugs -- that will bring the prices down.
This bumper sticker intentionally left blank.
What would Gandalf do?
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
Excess is never too much in moderation.
If it's not one thing, it's your mother.
The generation of random numbers is too important to leave to chance.
I'm out of estrogen and I've got a gun!
I R S: We've got what it takes to take what you've got.
Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.
Out of my mind - back in five minutes.
People like you are the reason people like me need medication.
I said "no" to drugs, but they didn't listen.
Your KID may be an Honor Student, but YOU are still an idiot.
Sarcasm is just one more service I offer.
I used to be schizophrenic, but we're OK now.
I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes.
Some people are alive only because it is illegal to shoot them.
Honk if you love peace and quiet!
Question authority? Why should I?

stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008 - 09


ETERNAL FATHER, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
FOR THE SAKE of His sorrowful passion,
have mercy on us and on the whole world!
For the sake of Jesus, we ask God to show His fatherly compassion towards
Joshua Brian Yevak and Cayla Turner. May they be granted a place in the Heart of God and fullness of mercy on the Day of Judgment.
Likewise for the sake of Jesus, we ask the Father to be merciful towards the person who killed them.
We ask God to protect the children of Schuylkill County and keep them from harm.
We pray especially for the children of St. Joseph Parish and St. Francis deSales Parish.
Evan J. Getzey / 7th grade / Blue Mountain Middle School
Note: I don't remember Evan getting on the Honor Roll in years past, but now he does! I think this is the third time in a row. Whatever he's doing, he should keep on doing it. Of course, one of the problems with getting on the Honor Roll several times is that you create expectations in parents and in the general public. That's probably why some kids deliberately never get on the Honor Roll. The best way not to disappoint is not to succeed!
WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of a contribution to the StJosPar Memorial Fund in memory of Anna Martinko Padinske from Joseph T. Cescon and family.

stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008 - 10

In brief: We are interested in seeing to it that the Constitution of the Commonwealth is amended so as to establish marriage as a union between one MAN (male person) and one WOMAN (female person). We want to ensure that Pennsylvania does not grant status in law either to "gay marriage" or to civil unions, which are simply an end run around marriage.
Please note that this is a lengthy process.
However, there is good news!
The Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment [SB 1250] has been passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The vote was 10 to 4 in favor of the amendment.

Now it goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
If it passes there, it goes to the full Senate and then to the House.
If it passes the House, then it is submitted to the people - i.e. placed on the ballot.
Here are the names of the members of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee who voted
YES (i.e. in favor of the amendment): Lisa Boscola (D); John Gordner (R); Stewart Greenleaf (R); Jane Orie (R); Jeff Piccola (R); John Rafferty (R); Joe Scarnati (R); Mike Stack (D); Barry Stout (D); Mary Jo White (R). We thank them.
Here are the names of the members of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee who voted
NO (i.e. opposed to the amendment): Pat Browne (R); Jay Costa (D); Jane Earll (R); Wayne Fontana (D). We ask them to re-consider their position.
Our own State Senator, Jim Rhoades (R) is not a member of the Judiciary Committee. However, he is a member of the Appropriations Committee.
Therefore, it would be a good idea to contact Jim to let him know that you would appreciate his support for Senate Bill 1250.
Please do this, either by telephone or by e-mail or by postal service mail.

Senator James J. Rhoades
One West Centre Street
PO Box 150
Mahanoy City, PA 17948
(570) 773-0891

(You can e-mail Jim from this link.)

stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008 - 11


a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died at home on Palm Sunday, 16 March. Born on 25 April 1953, he was 54 years old.
Tom is one of the seven children of Michael J. and Marie (Pomian) Powanda.
He was baptized in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Saint Clair, on 10 May 1953.
On 2 August 1975, he married Rosemary R. Chillemi in St. Joseph Church, Pottsville, in the presence of Fr. Ferdinando Capra.
In addition to his mother and his wife, Tom is survived by:
His daughter: Michaeleen Powanda
His son: Thomas J. Powanda Jr.
His granddaughter: Abigail R. Powanda
His grandson: Korben M. Powanda
His sister: Jean Marie Powanda Smerlick
Four of his five brothers: Michael S. Powanda; Dennis J. Powanda; Mark P. Powanda; Joseph P. Powanda.
Tom's father is deceased, as is also his brother George J. Powanda.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Tom was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Wednesday evening, 19 March. There was a viewing in the Evans Funeral Parlor (Port Carbon) prior to the Mass.
Interment of cremains will take place on Monday, 24 March, in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery.
Eternal rest grant unto Thomas Powanda, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008 - 12


 Good Friday

 21 March

 12:00 noon

 Holy Saturday

 22 March

 12:00 noon

 Easter Sunday

 23 March

 7:00 p.m.

 Easter Monday

 24 March

 7:00 p.m.

 Easter Tuesday

 25 March

 8:00 p.m.

 Easter Wednesday

 26 March

 7:00 p.m.

 Easter Thursday

 27 March

 8:00 p.m.

 Easter Friday

 28 March

 7:00 p.m.

 Easter Saturday

 29 March

 8:00 p.m.

Please note: There will be Mass at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday (as usual). Novena devotions (which include Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament from 23 to 29 March) will follow the Mass.

FEASTDAY: Divine Mercy Sunday, 30 March
3:00 p.m. - Exposition of Blessed Sacrament / Chaplet
Exposition will continue until 7:00 p.m. / Chaplet will be prayed intermittently during Exposition.
7:00 p.m. - Chaplet and Closing Devotions

stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008- 13


Saturday, 22 March
Vigil of Easter
10:30 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
by EBC

Sunday, 23 March
Easter: The Lord's Resurrection
by Angela DiCello Stella
by their daughter, Nancy

Monday, 24 March
Easter Monday
10:00 a.m. - LOUIS V. LONG
by the Whitney family

Wednesday, 26 March
Easter Wednesday
10:00 a.m. -DICK YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dunbrowney Haag

Saturday, 29 March
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
by EBC

Sunday, 30 March
2nd Sunday of Easter
Feast of the Divine Mercy
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD MORAN
by his wife, June
12:15 p.m. - Health and God's Blessings on
by Joseph and Marie Palerino

stjos/stfds: 03.23.2008- 14


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