Saturday, 05 April
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - GUY LUPPINO
by his family

Sunday, 06 April
3rd Sunday of Easter:
by her daughter, Rose, and her son-in-law, Harry
by her cousin, Carol Kramer

Monday, 07 April
St. John Baptist de LaSalle, priest (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - God's graces and blessings on ED BALLENTOS and FAMILY
by Sandy

Tuesday, 08 April
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - Rev. JOHN A. LYONS (13th anniversary)
by the people of St. Joseph Parish
7:00 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by Frank and Shirley Reed

Wednesday, 09 April
Easter Weekday
by her family

Thursday, 10 April
Easter Weekday
by their wife / mother, Carmella
7:00 p.m. - Blessings on MARY ELIZABETH TROILO ACKER (birthday)
by her sister, Tina, and family

Friday, 11 April
St. Stanislaus, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. LAPLACA
(70th anniversary of birth)
by his mother, Julia

Saturday, 12 April
Easter Weekday
by her husband, Jack
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - LILLIAN CAPPETTA KEVY (11th anniversary)
by their daughter, Phyllis, and family

Sunday, 13 April
4th Sunday of Easter:
by her son, Joseph, and family
by Marlin and Mary Jane Reed and family

stjos/stfds: 04.06.2008 - 01


29 / 30 March

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $137.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1400.00 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 ($111.15) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $37.95 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $224.95 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 ($70.08) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!



 29 March

 Loreta D won the $100.00

 30 March

Nobody  won the $150.00

 31 March

Charles T won the $50.00

01 April

Greg S  won the $50.00

02 April

Betty D won the $50.00

03 April

Fran L won the $50.00

04 April

Michael Y won the $50.00

stjos/stfds: 04.06.2008 - 02



Tuesday, 08 April
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 10 April
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 11 April
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 16 - 22 March, in loving memory of H. Robert Piccioni Sr., at the request of his wife, Ann, and family.

9:00 A.M.
Everyone is invited to participate in this Mass.

A PAID ADVERTISEMENT appeared on page B-19 in the Sunday, 30 March edition of the Pottsville Republican & Herald. It was entitled "How Old Is Your Church?" It was sponsored by a sect known as "Church of Christ". It was an attempt to counter the claim of the Catholic Church to be the Church established by Jesus Christ. I shall deal with this challenge in the bulletin sometime soon. The article didn't say anything that has not been asserted and refuted ten thousand times in the past. The folks at "Church of Christ" don't listen very well. May God open their eyes, ears, minds and hearts to the Truth!

stjos/stfds: 04.06.2008 - 03


07 April
Charissa M. Zeman

08 April
ames H. Cairns
David A. Kalyan
Regina Thomas Piccioni

09 April
ohn S. Joy Jr.

10 April
Mary Elizabeth Troilo Acker
Aleece A. Mady Hanlon

11 April
Flavia Pilo McGovern

12 April
Catherine M. Bracey
Kimberly M. Generella
Jason P. Leymeister

13 April
Christina M. Karinch
Camille Pilo Mattera


WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH GRATITUDE the receipt of contributions to the StJosPar Memorial Fund as follows:
In memory of
Thomas J. Powanda Sr.
Michael S. Powanda
Joseph T. Cescon and family
Tushy Piel

Before you do so, get a certificate from Nativity BVM High School and present it when you place your order. Domino's will donate 20% of your total to Nativity. Good deal!

stjos/stfds: 04.06.2008 - 04



1. AUCHTER, Rev. Msgr. John A.
2. BADDICK, Rev. Msgr. Thomas D.
3. BAKER, Rev. Msgr. Andrew R.
4. BAKER, Rev. Msgr. William T.
5. BARRETT, Rev. Msgr. Francis X.
6. BARTKUS, Rev. Msgr. Algimantas A.
7. BAVER, Rev. Msgr. William F.
8. BENESTAD, Rev. Msgr. Thomas J.
9. BIRCH, Rev. Msgr. Thomas J.
10. BISZEK, Rev. Msgr. Robert J.
11. BOCIAN, Rev. Msgr. Ronald C.
12. BUKATY, Rev. Msgr. Lawrence J.
13. BYRNE, Rev. Msgr. Albert J.
14. CALLAGHAN, Rev. Msgr. Aloysius R.
15. CAMPBELL, Rev. Msgr. John S.
16. CHABACK, Rev. Msgr. Michael J.
17. CHIZMAR, Rev. Msgr. John G.
18. COLL, Rev. Msgr. Robert J.
19. COYLE, Rev. Msgr. Edward J.
20. della PICCA, Rev. Msgr. Paul B.
21. DERZACK, Rev. Msgr. Thomas A.
22. DeSANTIS, Rev. Msgr. Joseph A.
23. DOMIN, Rev. Msgr. Edward R.
24. DOOLEY, Rev. Msgr. Joseph P.
25. FINELLI, Rev. Msgr. Victor F.
26. FLANAGAN, Rev. Msgr. Bernard A.
27. FORST, Rev. Msgr. Robert M.
28. GLOSSER, Rev. Msgr. William F.
29. GOBITAS, Rev. Msgr. Gerald E.
30. GRABISH, Rev. Msgr. John J.
31. HANDGES, Rev. Msgr. William E.
32. HARTGEN, Rev. Msgr. Dennis T.
33. HOBAN, Rev. Msgr. Thomas E.
34. JAMES, Rev. Msgr. David L.
35. KLINGER, Rev. Msgr. Nevin J.
36. KOONS, Rev. Msgr. Thomas P.
37. KOZEL, Rev. Msgr. Robert F.
38. LOEPER, Rev. Msgr. Richard J.
39. LOSITO, Rev. Msgr. Felix A.
40. MARTIN, Rev. Msgr. John J.
41. McCANN, Rev. Msgr. John B.
42. MERMAN, Rev. Msgr. Raymond F.
43. MORRISON, Rev. Msgr. David J.
44. MRAZ, Rev. Msgr. John S.
45. MULLIGAN, Rev. Msgr. James J.
46. MUNTONE, Rev. Msgr. Anthony D.
47. MURPHY, Rev. Msgr. John P.
48. NAVE, Rev. Msgr. Francis A.
49. O'CONNOR, Rev. Msgr. Edward J.
50. ORSULAK, Rev. Msgr. Thomas J.
51. OTT, Rev. Msgr. Alfred R.
52. RADOCHA, Rev. Msgr. Stephen J.
53. REICHERT, Rev. Msgr. James J.
54. RIGNEY, Rev. Msgr. Dennis A.
55. RONO, Rev. Msgr. Voltaire
56. RUSEK, Rev. Msgr. John A.
57. SACKS, Rev. Msgr. Edward R.
58. SARZYNSKI, Rev. Msgr. Edward W.
59. SCHEAFFER, Rev. Msgr. Walter T.
60. SCHLERT, Rev. Msgr. Alfred A.
61. SMITH, Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. T.
62. SOBIESIAK, Rev. Msgr. Joseph R.
63. TRESTON, Rev. Msgr. James A.
64. WARGO, Rev. Msgr. Robert J.
65. WASSEL, Rev. Msgr. Anthony F.
66. YENUSHOSKY, Rev. Msgr. Daniel J.
67. YORK, Rev. Msgr. Vincent P.
68. ZEMANIK, Rev. Msgr. Edward S.

stjos/stfds:04.06.2008 - 05


Today (Sunday, 6 April 08), in our diocesan cathedral, Bishop Cullen will confer papal honors upon eighteen priests of the Diocese of Allentown.
Four of these priests, formerly "Chaplains of His Holiness", will be installed as "Prelates of Honor".
The other fourteen priests will be installed as "Chaplains of His Holiness".
This happy event prompts this bulletin article.
On page 5 you will find a complete list of the names of the priests of the Diocese of Allentown who are appropriately addressed as "Monsignor".
FACT #1: How to pronounce "Monsignor"
It is pronounced approximately as follows: MAHN / SEEN / YOUR.
It is not pronounced the way you hear some people pronounce it, i.e. MAHN / SIG / NER.
I mention this because my late and beloved father, Francis E. Connolly, always used to say MAHN / SIG / NER.
This, of course, embarrassed my siblings and me. We hesitated to take Dad out in polite company. He resisted the slightly nasal effort required to say MAHN SEEN YOUR. I think he thought it sounded a bit sissy!
For example, he would tell us - more than once - about a certain long-dead Philadelphia priest, "Mahnsigner Kirlin". This distinguished Prelate apparently had told my Dad (when he was a young man and not yet acquainted with my Mom) that he would make a good priest. Hearing this always made me slightly uneasy, as though Dad was having second thoughts about having married Mom and begotten five kids. Thinking about what Mahnsigner Kirlin said to my Dad made me feel as though our coming into existence might have been a mistake! However, I must say that Dad gave us abundant evidence that he thought our existences were tolerably positive outcomes of his decision to settle down with Mom, hence not become a priest. I'm glad about that. However, if I had turned out neurotic, thinking that my existence was contingent on my Dad's defiance of the divine will, I might be blaming Mahnsigner Kirlin today!

FACT #2: The plural of "Monsignor"
Republicans will usually say "Monsignori".
Democrats will usually say "Monsignors".
Either will do.

FACT #3: What the word "Monsignor" means
It comes from the French "mon seigneur", which means "my lord" or, as English butlers have been saying for generations: "milord". The title (as far as its use among the clergy is concerned) originated in the 14th century, during that period of Church history when the papacy was centered in Avignon (France). It came to be, during that time, that bishops in the papal court were addressed as "mon seigneur". However, priests who were not bishops but who held responsible positions in the papal curia in Avignon also came to be addressed as "mon seigneur". Once the papacy returned to Rome, the custom continued. These curial (papal court) priests were allowed to wear some of the regalia that pertained to the office of bishop, even though they were not bishops. It soon came about that certain priests who lived and worked outside of Rome were given honorary positions in the papal curia. These honorary positions carried with them the privilege of wearing certain clothing and colors associated with the office of bishop and of being addressed as "mon seigneur" / "mon signore" / "monsignor".

FACT #4: Grades of Monsignori / Monsignors
There are three grades or rankings.
The highest grade is PROTONOTARY APOSTOLIC.
(An alternate spelling for "protonotary" is "prothonotary".)
There are only seven of these in the Church at any one time. They live and work in Rome. I don't know what they do, but I'm sure it's important.
However, there are
PROTONOTARIES APOSTOLIC SUPERNUMERARY scattered throughout the world. These are honorary Protonotaries Apostolic. We have only one of these in the Diocese of Allentown, viz. Monsignor Anthony D. Muntone, pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish, Whitehall. Msgr. Muntone is a Schuylkill County boy and the most distinguished priest of our diocese! So, let's hear it for Shenandoah!

In order to be a Protonotary Apostolic, a priest must be at least fifty-five years old and ordained at least twenty years.
The middle grade is PRELATE OF HONOR.
In order to be a Prelate of Honor, a priest must be at least forty-five years old and ordained at least fifteen years.
The lowest grade is CHAPLAIN OF HIS HOLINESS.
In order to be a Chaplain of His Holiness, a priest must be at least thirty-five years old and ordained at least ten years.
FACT #5: Distinctions of garb
A Chaplain of His Holiness
is entitled to wear a purple-trimmed black cassock with purple sash.
A Prelate of Honor is entitled to wear a red-trimmed black cassock with purple sash. (The red is the same color as that worn by a bishop.) If he wishes, he may wear a purple cassock for liturgical celebrations.
A Protonotary Apostolic (Supernumerary) is entitled to wear the same garb as a Prelate of Honor. In addition, if he wishes, he may wear a purple ferraiolo (silk cape) over the cassock, for non-liturgical events of special solemnity.
FACT #6: Distinctions in forms of address
There are no distinctions made in addressing priests of these three grades. In formal written address (e.g. on an envelope), one writes simply "Reverend Monsignor (Name)". It can be abbreviated to "Rev. Msgr. (Name)". In formal spoken address, "Monsignor" will do. In case you are an old-timer and you remember that there used to be "Right Reverend Monsignori" as opposed to "Very Reverend Monsignori", all we can say is that you have a good memory! The "Right's" used to be the Protonotaries Apostolic Supernumerary and the Prelates of Honor and the "Very's" used to be the Chaplains of His Holiness. However, that distinction has been abolished by the Secretariat of State of the Vatican.
It also used to be that one's appointment as "Chaplain of His Holiness" would expire upon the death of the Pope. This gave rise to the joke that Monsignori who are "Chaplains of His Holiness" are wont to say with special fervor, "Long live the Pope". It was a good joke while it lasted, but it is no longer relevant. The new rules specify that, when the Pope dies, the Chaplains of His Holiness retain their positions!
If you are interested in an arcane piece of information, you might want to know that the proper form of written address to a Protonotary Apostolic who is one of the seven living and working in Rome is "Most Reverend Monsignor".
Since you probably don't have much interchange with any of these gentlemen (neither do I), you may file that away in the manila folder where you keep all of your useless information.
FACT #7: The total number of Monsignori in the world
Good grief! I have no idea how many Monsignori there are in the world! I guess somebody knows, but that somebody is not I.
I do know this: If all the Monsignori in the world were laid end to end, they would be much more comfortable.
In the Diocese of Allentown, there are currently sixty-eight Monsignori. This would work out to a percentage of slightly more than 31% of the diocesan clergy. (There are 218 total diocesan priests, counting all those who still had a pulse as of last night.) There is no mandated maximum or minimum number (or percentage) of Monsignori in a diocese. Rome recently recommended 10% as a guideline. Some dioceses have more than 10%. Some have fewer. Some have none. It all depends on the Bishop and, I guess, on the quality of the clergy. If I might be allowed to say so, the Diocese of Allentown is blessed with some fine priests - including but not limited to - the 68 listed on page 5.
FACT #8: The rationale for naming priests as Monsignori
Whenever a priest is honored by being named "Monsignor", the people are invited to reflect on the connection of the diocese to the Pope.
It is so easy for us to get bogged down in the affairs and concerns of our own little parishes and our own little dioceses. We must never forget the universality of the Church. The Bishop of Rome is the Visible Head of the Church. His jurisdiction is immediate, universal and direct. He is the guarantor of the Faith of the Church. His concerns are (at least should be) our concerns. We should be one in mind and heart with the Holy Father.
The principal value (although not the only value) for continuing the custom of naming priests to one of the ranks that carries the title "Monsignor" is that it stirs up in us an awareness of our Holy Father the Pope.

stjos/stfds: 04.06.2008 - 06 / 07 / 08 / 09

Q - How many books are there in the Bible?
A - 73
Q - How many books are there in the Old Testament?
A - 46
Q - How many books are there in the New Testament?
A - 27
Q - How much is 46 plus 27?
A - 73
Q - How many books are there in the Bible?
A - 73!
Hah! You thought you could catch me, didn't you?
Q - Can't blame me for trying!
How many chapters are there in the Bible?
A - 1,328
Q - How many verses are there in the Bible?
A - 35,421
Q - Can you name all of the books of the Bible?
A - Sure I can!
Q - Well, what are you waiting for? Name them!
A - Okay! Here we go!
OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus; Numbers; Deuteronomy; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; 1 Samuel; 2 Samuel; 1 Kings; 2 Kings; 1 Chronicles; 2 Chronicles; Ezra; Nehemiah; Tobit; Judith; Esther; Job; Psalms; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs; Wisdom; Sirach; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Lamentations; Baruch; Ezekiel; Daniel; Hosea; Joel; Amos; Obadiah; Jonah; Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk; Zephaniah; Haggai; Zechariah; Malachi; 1 Maccabees; 2 Maccabees
NEW TESTAMENT: Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; Acts; Romans; 1 Corinthians; 2 Corinthians; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians; 1 Thessalonians; 2 Thessalonians; 1 Timothy; 2 Timothy; Titus; Philemon; Hebrews; James; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John; 2 John; 3 John; Jude; Revelation
Q - How many books are there in the Old Testament?
A - 46
Q - How many books are there in the New Testament?
A - 27
Q - How much is 46 plus 27?
A - 73
Q - How many books are there in the Bible?
A - 73

stjos/stfds: 04.06.2008 - 10

When churches were built,
the deed was given to the bish-
op in return for a priest. The
bishop has breached this
agreement to provide a priest;
therefore the church deed
must be returned to the par-

One may find this pearl of wisdom - a faux pearl, to be sure - on page 11 of today's edition (5 April) of the Pottsville Republican & Herald.
Let it be noted for the record that the claim is entirely unsupportable. There does not exist, nor has there ever existed, any legal or moral contract between a person known as "the bishop" and an entity known as "the parish", whereby the former receives title to the latter's property in return for providing the latter with the services of a priest.
Nice try. No cigar! God save us from the scourge of lay trusteeship! That is the primrose path to protestantism and bedlam.
We are Catholics precisely because we are in union with the duly appointed Bishop of our diocese. We pray that, in all the decisions he makes, the Bishop of Allentown (whoever he is at any particular time in history) will always be right but - by God - he is our Bishop, right or wrong! This is an ancient and non-negotiable principle of our Catholic Faith.

"Wheresoever the bishop appears, there let the people be, even as wheresoever Christ is, there is the Catholic Church."

St. Ignatius of Antioch
Letter to Smyrna

stjos/stfds: 04.06.2008 - 11

St. Joseph Parish sold 664 calendars.
St. Francis deSales Parish sold 37 calendars.
Total number of calendars sold: 701.
At $5.00 each, the gross revenue amounted to $3,505.00.
Deduct from this the following:
$1,250.00 in prizes;
$70.00 in printing;
$42.16 in postage.
Total deductions: $1,362.16.
Net revenue: $2,142.84.
Divided between the two parishes
in proportion to number of calendars sold by each:
St. Joseph Parish (94.7%) earned $2,029.74.
St. Francis deSales Parish (5.3%) earned $113.10.

DAVID J. CHIPLONIA is Nativity BVM High School's nominee for the Bernard C. Harris Memorial Scholarship.
David was selected by a faculty panel, based upon his essay entitled "Why My Family Is Important to Me".
David's immediate family comprises the following: Julian (the Dad); Nora (the Mom); Dominic (the Smart Little Brother); Cooper (the Cute Little Brother).
We are glad to know that they are important to David.
We presume the appraisal (sentiment) is reciprocated.

It has pleased the Father to give you the Kingdom!

stjos/stfds: 04.06.2008 - 12

This is a word that has come back into vogue. One hardly ever used to hear it. Even now, its use seems to be confined (almost) to politicians. I looked up the meaning of it in my OED. Here is a summary of what I found:
†1. a. intransitive verb
To speak wrongly or improperly; to speak evil.
The earliest recorded use of the word "misspeak" occurs in about the year A.D. 1200: Ich habbe misispeken.
Then again in 1374: I me repented if I misspeak.
b. To speak disrespectfully or disparagingly of.
In about 1380, Wyclif wrote, "Enemys of oure seith that bakbiten or myspeken of us.
In about 1598, we find: "Who mis-speaks of thee, hee spets at Heav'n, And his owne spettle in his face is driven.

†2. Transitive verb
To speak evil of; to calumniate
In 1582, we find this in a translation of the Bible: "The prince of thy people thou shalt not misspeake."
3. a. Transitive verb
To speak, utter, or pronounce incorrectly or improperly. (rare)
b. Reflexive verb
To fail to convey the meaning one intends by one's words.

My summary:
To "misspeak" implies something more than inadvertence or an accidental "tripping over one's tongue" or making a mistake. It implies a certain evil intent. However, I think we should give Hillary the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she actually did have a dream about having to run for her life under sniper fire and, somehow, the dream got filed away in her brain as reality. Such things happen.

St. Joseph Parish Hall
Today (Sunday, 6 April)
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Six dollars for an adult or a teenager.
Three dollars for a child (under 13).
All you can eat at a price that can't be beat!

stjos/stfds: 04.06.2008 - 13


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
by Robert and Kathy Bound

Monday, 07 April
St. John Baptist de LaSalle, priest (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. -In Thansgiving and Praise to
by Cognita Deo

Friday, 11 April
St. Stanislaus, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. -In Thanksgiving to SAINT PHILOMENA
by parishioners

Saturday, 12 April
Vigil of Sunday
by John and Maria Mercuri

Sunday, 13 April
4th Sunday of Easter
9:15 a.m. - VIRGINIA KELLY
by Jim and Cindy Coyle and family
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his brother and his sister, Vincent and Anne

stjos/stfds: 04.06.2008- 14


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