Saturday, 22 March
Sunday, 23 March
Monday, 24 March
Tuesday, 25 March
Wednesday, 26 March
Thursday, 27 March
Friday, 28 March
Saturday, 29 March
Sunday, 30 March
15 / 16 March
Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Francis deSales Parish
Wednesday, 26 March
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's
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.
MASS AT SCHUYLKILL CENTER NURSING
(behind Good Samaritan Hospital)
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 - www.stjospar.org - 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!]
Joan Roland Albo
Stella Strasico Mirabella
Jessica A. Chattin
Ann Marie Seador Palerino
Lori Vidal Reedy
Samuel T. Cescon
Todd A. Generella
Michael E. Heimbaugh
Madalyn M. Yackenchick
Donna M. Chiodo
Bryce D. Peiffer
Vincent D. Prestileo
Ellen K. Neifert Radziewicz
Joseph M. Trabosh
Melissa A. Fabiani
Pretty soon you'll be tired of ham and hardboiled eggs and you'll be saying,
"I NEED SOME SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS!"
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!
GREGORY PAUL RENDELMAN
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.
SAVE TIME! SAVE MONEY! SAVE GAS!
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.
REV. 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
MORE BUMPER STICKERS
(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!
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?
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.|
DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ALERT
(You can e-mail Jim from this link.)
THOMAS J. POWANDA Sr.,
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.
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
SAINT FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH
Vigil of Easter
10:30 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
Easter: The Lord's Resurrection
9:15 a.m. - ARCHIE STELLA, JOHANNE BUTERA DiCELLO BERTOLINI and ANTOINETTE BERTOLINI PAPADA
by Angela DiCello Stella
12:15 p.m. - MIKE and CATHERINE DUNBROWNEY
by their daughter, Nancy
10:00 a.m. - LOUIS V. LONG
by the Whitney family
10:00 a.m. -DICK YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dunbrowney Haag
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StJosPar / StFdSPar
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
MAUREEN McGETTIGAN GEARY
by Joseph and Marie Palerino