MASS SCHEDULE: 30 MARCH - April 6
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 29 March
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - VINCENT LUPPINO
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

Monday, 31 March
Annunciation of the Lord (Sol)
12:05 p.m. - In Thanksgiving to OUR LADY of LOURDES
(for answered prayers)
by Cognita Deo

Tuesday, 01 April
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - RYAN A. McGEE (anniversary of death)
by the Mohan family
7:00 p.m. - ARTHUR B. WHITNEY
by his family

Wednesday, 02 April
St. Francis of Paola, hermit (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - SALVATORE MESSINA (20th anniversary)
by his wife, Josephine

Thursday, 03 April
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - MARY ANN CODI GARRITY
by James Codi
7:00 p.m. - MICHAEL and MARY MEHALKO
by their grandson, Michael

Friday, 04 April
St. Isidore of Seville, bishop and doctor (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOHN and ELIZABETH MEHALKO
by their nephew, Michael
6:15 p.m. - Rev. JOSEPH A. FEENY (15th anniversary)
by people of StJosPar

Saturday, 05 April
St. Vincent Ferrer, priest (OptMem)
8:00 a.m. - Intention of THIRD ORDER CARMELITES
by TOC Community
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - GUY LUPPINO
by his family

Sunday, 06 April
3rd Sunday of Easter:
7:45 a.m. - MARIA DiFELICE ALFONSI
by her daughter, Rose, and her son-in-law, Harry
10:45 a.m. - JOYCE CHRISTINE CHIPLONIA
by her cousin, Carol Kramer

 

 

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 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
22 / 23 March

Saint Joseph Parish
$2,427.00
from the envelopes and $242.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $2669.00 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 $1,157.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$94.00
from the envelopes and $91.35 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $185.35 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 ($109.68) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 

 RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 Saturday

 22 March

 #967
 John Z won the $100.00
 Sunday

  23 March

 #346
Barbara K  won the $500.00
 Monday

  24 March

 #545
Sophie won the $50.00
 Tuesday

  25 March

 #487
Kathleen  won the $50.00
 Wednesday

  26 March

 #434
Nobody won the $50.00
 Thursday

  27 March

 #389
Nobody won the $50.00
 Friday

  28 March

 #183
Charlie T won the $50.00

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  CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Tuesday, 01 April
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 03 April
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 04 April
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

MONTHLY MASS
SIMON KRAMER INSTITUTE
(on the site of the former Blythe Township High School)
NEW PHILADELPHIA
5:00 p.m.
Monday, 31 March
Afterwards, veneration of the first-class relic of St. Pauline Visintainer, patron saint of all who are chronically ill, especially of those who suffer from diabetes.

JIM and EVA GONTIS, former members of (and occasional return visitors to) St. Francis deSales Parish, were joyfully anticipating the birth of their eighth child "any day now". The child, a full-term boy whom his parents named Noah Gabriel Gontis, was stillborn on Tuesday, 25 March. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. May Jim and Eva and children be comforted in their loss. We grieve with them.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

31 March
Carrie A. Justen
Katherine A. Manzo
Carl R. Mengel
Richard V. Prestileo Sr.

01 April
Joseph J. Barone

02 April
Marietta Chipriano Dixon
Kegan M. Dube
Lisa Heinbach Chalinsky

03 April
Lisa G. Choppa

Caroline Mercuri Doyne
Lori Lutsky Vidal

04 April
Joseph J. Bassininsky
John J. Cavanaugh Jr.

05 April
Julia F. Brinich
Andrea M. Hoysock
Christine A. Kaiser
Margaret Chillemi Walters

06 April
Pamela Keitsock Cicero
Joanne Kubeyka Mercuri

WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of

John L. Gennerella
Angelo and Kay Barone

In memory of
Rose Papapietro Piccioni
Angelo and Kay Barone
Donnie and Marie Hoak
Mary Fanok Piccioni
Harry and Barbara Piccioni

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JOHN L. GENNERELLA Sr.,
a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died on Easter Tuesday, 25 March. Born on 19 January 1921, he was 87 years old.
John is one of four sons of the late Bruno D. Sr. and Louise (Palumbo) Gennerella.
Two of John's brothers are deceased: Ferdinand ["Fred"] G. Gennerella and Roberto G. Gennerella.
His brother, Bruno D. Gennerella Jr., survives him.
John married Helen Ball in St. Patrick Church, Pottsville, on 12 September 1949, in the presence of Fr. Joseph D. Dougherty.
Helen died on 7 October 1999.
John has three children: John L. Gennerella Jr.; Robert P. Gennerella; Martina L. Gennerella Breiner.
He has five grandchildren: Angela C. Gennerella; Alexandra M. Gennerella; Jodie Gennerella; Jeff Gennerella; Teri Breiner.
The Mass of Christian Burial for John was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Friday, 28 March.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery.

Eternal rest grant unto John, 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.

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Joseph Corby, 56, grew up in St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, Saint Clair. His father and grandparents were parishioners there and he and his wife raised their three children in the ethnic traditions of the German parish.
"My heart will always be with the German church," Corby said.
"Father Gallagher gave a homily about there are no ethnic churches anymore, but to me, I will always belong to the German church. I told Father right out, I know where it is going and I know we will lose our church. The writing is on the wall, we are the smallest church and we have an older population."
But as much as Corby feels a part of the church built by German immigrants in 1853, he feels more a part of the Catholic Church.
"It's a human characteristic to complain, but realistically it has to happen," Corby said. "If you don't like it, find a new religion. The Catholic Church is not a democracy. It doesn't matter what we want. There can be a committee with politicians, lawyers and Elvis Presley on it, they can give their opinion, but it is up to the bishop to decide."
Corby compared the possible closing of the church to the closing of his high school.
"I graduated from Saint Clair High School. There is no Saint Clair High School anymore. My kids graduated from Pottsville High School. I accepted it. Times change and you have to change," Corby said. "I will always be a Saint Clair graduate and I will always be a Catholic. My religion is too important to me to turn my back on it. You have to do what your religion tells you to do. If this is what is going to happen, it will happen."

Pottsville Republican, 24 March 2008 - page 8
[I am responsible for the "bolding" of some of the text of this article.]

MY COMMENT
I am not acquainted with Mr. Corby. However, based on the words attributed to him in this article, I have great respect for him. He gives good example to all of us. I think he is a man of faith and of common sense and I like his sense of humor! It seems to me that he is a true Catholic.

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THE THIRTEEN DOCTORS / FATHERS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

The title "Father of the Church" has been applied to about 65 men in the history of the Catholic Church.
The title has been closed for many centuries.
It is no longer possible for anyone to be named a "Father of the Church".
The title
"Doctor of the Church" has been conferred upon 33 persons in the history of the Catholic Church (thirty men and three women).
This title is not closed, although it is quite rare.
It is still possible for someone to be declared a "Doctor of the Church".
Of the 33 "Doctors of the Church", 13 are also "Fathers of the Church".
Here is a list (in alphabetical order) of those thirteen extraordinarily distinguished men who are both
FATHERS and DOCTORS of the Catholic Church:



St. Ambrose of Milan
St. Athanasius of Alexandria
St. Augustine of Hippo
St. Basil the Great
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
St. Ephrem the Syrian
St. Gregory the Great
St. Gregory Nazianzus
St. Hilary of Poitiers
St. Jerome
St. John Chrysostom
St. John Damascene
St. Leo the Great

Of these thirteen, two were popes.
So, if you are looking for a "Catholic Trivia" question, here it is:
Q - Which two Popes are also Fathers and Doctors of the Church?
A - Pope Leo the Great (pope from 440 to 461)
and
Pope Gregory the Great (pope from 590 to 604)

[There will be a pop quiz!]

 SPAGHETTI SUPPER
NEXT SUNDAY!
6 APRIL
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH HALL
11:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
$6.00 FOR ADULTS AND TEENAGERS

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ON PAGE 6 OF THE 22 MARCH 08 EDITION of The Pottsville Republican, there was a large display advertisement by the REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCE INSTITUTE, which lists two locations: one in Wyomissing PA and one in Wayne PA.
The advertisement is headed "HOPE FOR INFERTILITY" and the subhead reads
"WE MAKE MIRACLES HAPPEN".
The advertisement listed nine kinds of services offered by the RSI. I shall list them exactly as they are listed in the advertisement:

COMPREHENSIVE FERTILITY EVALUATION
OVULATION INDUCTION
IN-VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF)
RECURRENT PREGNANCY LOSS
MALE INFERTILITY DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT
CRYOPRESERVATION SERVICES
EGG DONOR & SURROGACY PROGRAMS
PREIMPLANTATION GENETIC DIAGNOSIS (PGD)
FAMILY BALANCING

There is not sufficient room in a bulletin article to comment on each of these services. Allow me to address what seems to me to be most important: Of the "services" listed above, I am certain beyond the shadow of a doubt that the following are intrinsically immoral:

IN-VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF)
CRYOPRESERVATION SERVICES
EGG DONOR & SURROGACY PROGRAMS
I strongly suspect that the following might be at least circumstantially immoral:
MALE INFERTILITY DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT
PREIMPLANTATION GENETIC DIAGNOSIS (PGD)
FAMILY BALANCING

I respectfully and urgently request that no one seek to avail him or herself of the services of the Reproductive Science Institute (or any similar clinic) without consulting first with me or with some other priest.



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 FIRST FRIDAY
04 APRIL
10:00 a.m. - Mass at StFdS
12:05 p.m. - Mass at StJos
6:15 p.m. - Mass at StJos
7:00 p.m. - Holy Hour at StJos

FAIR WARNING

DO NOT TAKE PART IN FIRST FRIDAY MASSES OR HOLY HOURS unless you are willing to risk being publicly identified as a sinner who is in need of mercy. If you come from a really good family, if you have it made in the shade (to coin a phrase), if you are a person of surpassing goodness and virtue, please do not come to First Friday Mass or Holy Hour.
If you are not like "certain people" - we can't mention their names but you know who we're talking about, do you not? - it would be best if you did not show up, lest someone suspect that you might be "one of them".
Please know that, if you step inside St. Joseph Church or St. Francis deSales Church on First Friday, you risk being classified - in the pastor's mind as well as in the minds of others - as one of those wretches who has no other hope for salvation except for what is offered by God to unworthy sinners who submit to the outpoured Blood of the Merciful Savior.

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THERESA KOVALUSKI AYELLO,
a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died on Easter Wednesday, 26 March. Born on 25 November 1926, she was 81 years old.
She is one of six daughters of the late Joseph and Mary (Gudenas) Kovaluski.
All five of Theresa's sisters are deceased: Anna Augustine Kovaluski Nauss; Patricia Kovaluski Davis; Verna Kovaluski Wallace; Blanche Kovaluski Bailey; Mary Louise Kovaluski Setlock.
Theresa was baptized on 7 December 1930 in St. Francis Orphanage, Orwigsburg PA.
On 3 May 1958, Theresa was married to Michael Domanick Ayello in St. Joseph Church in the presence of Fr. John A. Lyons.
[This was a convalidation of a civil marriage entered into on 21 September 1948.]
Michael Domanick died on 10 February 2002.
Theresa has two children: Michael J. Ayello and June A. Ayello.
She has one grandchild: Michael Domanick Ayello.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Theresa was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Saturday, 29 March.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery.

Eternal rest grant unto Theresa, 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.

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"BLESS ME, PUDDING, I HAVE SINNED. It has been ……"
There is a kind woman in StJosPar who, knowing that the pastor has a weakness and a fondness for tapioca pudding, will - every once in a while - prepare a large bowl of same and bring it to me at the kitchen door of the Rectory, for which I always renders due thanks.
This past Wednesday (26 March), there being no answer when she rang the Rectory doorbell and not wanting to leave such a delicate item unattended on the back porch, the woman decided to walk over to church and leave the bowl on the priest's chair in the confessional. I discovered it when I went over to the church for confessions (6:00 to 7:00 p.m.) on Wednesday. Fortunately, I spied it on the chair before sitting down and, so, did not sit on it. I know that, if I had sat on it, I would have experienced some distress, after which I might have needed to go to Confession, not to mention a dry cleaner.
The thought occurred to me that it was possible that some penitent might have arrived at the confessional before I did and - what with it being dark and all - seeing the bowl on the chair, might have mistaken the tapioca pudding for me and gone to Confession. I admit to being somewhat amused at the thought that someone might have confessed his or her sins to a bowl of tapioca pudding.

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ROSARIA ["Rose"] PAPAPIETRO PICCIONI,
a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died on Easter Monday, 24 March. Born on 6 February 1918, she was 90 years old.
She is one of six children of the late Antonio and Maria (Bozza) Papapietro.
Two of her sisters and both of her brothers are deceased: Pasqualina Papapietro Piccioni; Helen Papapietro Piccioni; Pasquale Papapietro; Frank Papapietro.
Rose's sister, Frances Papapietro Stagliano, survives her.
Rose was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 22 February 1918 by Fr. Giovanni DeStefano.
On 8 November 1942, Rose was married to Armando ["Norman"] Piccioni in St. Joseph Church in the presence of Fr. Enrico Perlo.
Norman died on 21 April 1991.
Rose has two sons: Armando ["Mondie"] Piccioni and Thomas P. Piccioni Sr.
She has four grandchildren: Karen Piccioni Hoak; Angela Piccioni Quesada; Thomas P. Piccioni Jr.; Maria Piccioni Carestia.
She has one great-grandchild: Madison Hoak.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Rose was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 27 March.
The interment took place in the parish cemetery.

Eternal rest grant unto Rose, 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.

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DIVINE MERCY: 2008
SCHEDULE
NOVENA (final day)
Easter Saturday, 29 March: 8:00 p.m.
FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY: 30 March

3:00 p.m. - Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and praying of Chaplet. Exposition will continue until 7:00 p.m. Chaplet will be prayed intermittently during Exposition.
7:00 p.m. - Chaplet and Closing Devotions

"I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy… let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My mercy; let them profit from the Blood and Water which gushed forth for them."

Jesus, to St. Faustina, Diary, n. 687, 848

I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity… tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.

Diary of Divine Mercy, St. Faustina, n. 965

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 MASS SCHEDULE: 30 MARCH - April 6
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

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
MAUREEN McGETTIGAN GEARY
by Joseph and Marie Palerino

Wednesday, 02 April
St. Francis of Paola, hermit (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. -MARY WHITAKER
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Friday, 04 April
St. Isidore of Seville, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. -CHILDREN of the WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Saturday, 05 April
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - JANET RUZICKA
by Jim and Cindy Coyle and family

Sunday, 06 April
3rd Sunday of Easter
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by Michael and Judy Brennan
12:15 p.m. - JOSEPHINE GERACE BERCHER
by Robert and Kathy Bound

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