MASS SCHEDULE: 20 - 27 APRIL
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 19 April
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO (55th anniversary of wedding)
by his wife, Mary

Sunday, 20 April
5th Sunday of Easter:
7:45 a.m. - MARION, VINCENZO and ANTHONY CODY
by James Cody
10:45 a.m. - IRENE ROEDING KREIGER STECKLEY
by her friend, Vicki LaPlaca Hoffecker

Monday, 21 April
St. Anselm, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - DECEASED MEMBERS: MICHAEL and MARY BARONE FAMILY
by Abe and Kay

Tuesday, 22 April
Easter Weekday
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by John and Gloria Barnetsky
7:00 p.m. - God's Blessings on AMELIA MORRIS STAGLIANO LUPPINO
by St. Joseph Parish Women's Guild

Wednesday, 23 April
St. George, martyr; St. Adalbert, bishop, martyr (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO and JOANNE PALKO BACH
by their wife / mother, Carmella

Thursday, 24 April
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest, martyr (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANNA MARTINKO PADINSKE
by Francis A. ["Herb"] Tamburelli
7:00 p.m. - ANDREW J. FEELEY (anniversary of birth)
by his sister, Patti Feeley Garland

Friday, 25 April
St. Mark, evangelist (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - ANNA MARTINKO PADINSKE
by St. Joseph Parish Women's Guild

Saturday, 26 April
Easter Weekday
8:00 a.m. - PETER G. and HELENE C. (Cooch) ALONGE
by their children: Patti and Robert
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - VERONICA J. KEVY
(1st anniversary)
by Rev. Christopher J. Butera

Sunday, 27 April
6th Sunday of Easter:
7:45 a.m. - LEONARD D. PASCUZZO
by Albert and Martha and family
10:45 a.m. - RALPH OWENS
(41st anniversary)
by Kitty Owens DiCello

 

 

 

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 01


 

 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
12 / 13 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,175.00
from the envelopes and $95.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,270.00 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 ($241.15) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$126.00
from the envelopes and $50.50 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $176.50 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 ($118.53) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 

 RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 Saturday

 12 April

 #748
 G.W.  won the $100.00
 Sunday

 13 April

 #628
Dan D  won the $150.00
 Monday

 14 April

 #651
R. M.B. won the $50.00
 Tuesday

15 April

 #317
Robert S  won the $50.00
 Wednesday

16 April

 #441
Nobody won the $50.00
 Thursday

17 April

 #259
B.D. won the $50.00
 Friday

18 April

 #634
Mary Ann R won the $50.00

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 02


 

  CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Tuesday, 22 April
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 24 April
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 25 April
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'


THE SANCTUARY LAMP LAMP is offered, during the week of 20 - 26 April, in loving memory of Anthony J. Luppino, at the request of his wife, Mary - with warm recollection of the day of their wedding, fifty-five years ago.



THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE CANDLE is offered, during the week of 20 - 26 April, in loving memory of Roni J. Kevy, at the request of her sister, Phyllis, and family.

MASS AT SCHUYLKILL MANOR NURSING HOME
Monthly Mass will be held on Friday, 25 April, at 2:30 p.m.
As always, we invite parishioners and others to join us and the residents of the Home for this celebration of the Mass.

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 03


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

21 April
Emidio A. Piccioni
Susanne V. Wilson

22 April
Angela DiCello Boulton
Elizabeth Mistishen Carestia
Amanda M. Mohan
Louis C. Tassone Jr.

23 April
None, as far as we know.

24 April
Jayson R. Carestia
Helen Wychunas Heimbaugh
Deborah Barone Daniels Shade

Frances Papapietero Stagliano
Joseph M. Visalli

25 April
David R. Brahler
Joanna M. Guastavino
Matthew M. McGarry

26 April
Esmeralda Vittemberghi Adams
Michael M. Baiocco
Christine M. Gentile
Drew R. Weidner

27 April
Susan Piccioni Griffin
Mary Forte LaSelva *
Dominick A. Noel

MARY LASELVA joins the exclusive SOCIETY OF NONAGENARIANS. Some family and friends had been planning a party to honor her on this milestone. Unfortunately, Mary just suffered a bad episode which landed her in the hospital. So, the party is on a back burner. We hope that it will be re-scheduled. May God bless and keep Mary LaSelva. For those who don't know it, one of Mary's just claims to fame is that she makes the best lentil soup in the Western Hemisphere. Probably the Eastern Hemisphere too, but I don't want to be guilty of hyperbole.

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 04


HONOR ROLLERS
Kelly A. McCord / 11th grade / PAHS / 2nd Honors
Olivia A. Brinich / 9th grade / PAHS / Distinguished Honors
Megan L. McCord / 7th grade / Lengel / Distinguished Honors
Macey A. Brinich / 7th grade / Lengel / Distinguished Honors
FIRST IN MATH
Among the Top Five Players in Grade 5 of All Saints School Math contest are two members of St. Joseph Parish:
Dominic F. Piccioni and Aaron A. Tranquillo.
And that just shows to go you - as we have been modestly pointing out for years - that StJos and StFdS kids are just a tad above average. Actually, more like two or three tads.
BISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL
We are grateful to our parishioners who have already made a pledge to the Bishop's Annual Appeal. Making a six-month pledge to the Appeal allows you to maximize the amount that you may give by making monthly payments. For example, a $300 gift to the Appeal may be set up with six $50 installments. Your sacrifice and generosity to those who are less fortunate will allow the ministries of our Diocese to offer services to those who need our assistance. You can make your gift online at www.adbaa.org or pick up a pledge form from the Rectory.
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.

stjos/stfds:04.20.2008 - 05



THE CATHOLIC VOTER
When deciding for whom to cast one's ballot, it is important to recognize that the following five issues are non-negotiable:

ABORTION
EUTHANASIA
FETAL STEM CELL RESEARCH
HUMAN CLONING
HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE

Generally speaking, a Catholic cannot in good conscience support a candidate for public office who is on the wrong side of any of these issues.
However, it happens not infrequently that a Catholic voter finds that there is no viable candidate who is on the right side of all of these issues. [Such a situation will surely present itself in the presidential election in November of 2008.]
In that case, what should the Catholic voter do?
Some say that the Catholic voter should leave that part of the ballot unmarked or else vote for "none of the above".
My advice is this: Rather than forfeit one's vote entirely, it is better to vote for the candidate who is the "least bad" on the issues.
Reason: "Doing something" is better than "doing nothing". It is better to "do something" to try to minimize evil than to decline to get one's hands dirty by voting for a candidate who is less than 100% on the non-negotiable issues.
We are called upon to be strategic in such matters. Like doves, simple; like serpents, prudent!

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 06


 

PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY: TUESDAY, 22 APRIL 2008
Republican
ballot

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
Ron Paul *
John McCain *
Mike Huckabee *

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Tom Corbett *

AUDITOR GENERAL
Chet Beiler *

STATE TREASURER
Tom Ellis

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
17th
District
Toni Gilhooley *

SENATOR IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
29th
District
James J. Rhoades *

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
125th
District
Gary L. Hornberger *
James P. McGovern *

Candidates marked with an asterisk (*) are considered to be at least generally sympathetic to pro-life issues, even if, in some cases - lamentably - one or more might deviate from pro-life principles.
Politics is, after all, the art of compromise.

You will also see twenty-six other names - candidates for Delegate to the Republican National Convention (17th District) and Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention (17th District) and Member of Republican State Committee.
I have no solid information about how any of these stand on pro-life / pro-family issues.

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 07


PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY: TUESDAY, 22 APRIL 2008
Democratic
ballot

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
Barack Obama
Hillary Clinton

ATTORNEY GENERAL
John M. Morganelli *

AUDITOR GENERAL
Jack Wagner *

STATE TREASURER
John F. Cordisco
Robert McCord
Dennis Morrison-Wesley *
Jennifer L. Mann

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
17th
District
Tim Holden *

SENATOR IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
29th
District
Peter PJ Symons Jr.

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
125th District
Tim Seip

Candidates marked with an asterisk (*) are considered to be at least generally sympathetic to pro-life issues, even if, in some cases - lamentably - one or more might deviate from pro-life principles.
Politics is, after all, the art of compromise.

You will also see ten other names - candidates for Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (17th District) and Alternate Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (17th District). All of these are pledged either to Senator Obama or to Senator Clinton, both of whom are pro-abortion.



stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 08


NEWS FROM THE COUNTER-REVOLUTION!
This past Monday (14 April), I visited Christendom College, located in Front Royal (VA). It was my first visit during an academic year. (I had visited the campus once before, but it was during the Christmas break and there was no discernible activity on campus.)
Christendom is well known for being a genuinely Catholic college - unlike so many questionably Catholic colleges.
I was asked to celebrate the 11:30 a.m. Mass while I was there.
I thought that, perhaps, I would be a concelebrant but, as it turned out, I was the only celebrant.
I was amazed when I stepped out into the sanctuary to see that the chapel was full! But this was not a holyday, nor any kind of special day. It was just a regular Monday morning Mass.
I would estimate that there were about 350 to 375 persons in attendance. The vast majority of these were, of course, students.
There is no obligation on the part of the students to attend Mass. I had to conclude that their presence at Mass was entirely voluntary.
Now I have to tell you about Holy Communion.
The sacristan had put out two large ciboria full of hosts. I consecrated these two ciboria.
At Communion time, there was no priest or deacon to assist me. Nor were there any extraordinary ministers to assist me. [This did not displease me, not even a little bit!]
I emptied both ciboria. Then I needed to go to the tabernacle to fetch a third ciborium.
Now catch this: Not one single, solitary person in that entire congregation extended his or her hand to receive Communion. Every single one received on the tongue. This had nothing to do with any initiative or suggestion on my part. I was prepared to follow local custom.
I would have to say that I came away from Christendom College with a happy and a grateful heart.
Poco a poco, the tide is turning.

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 09


 

Abortion Advocates Hold Up Congressional Resolution Honoring Pope Benedict

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Pope Benedict XVI is receiving bipartisan praise and support for his visit to the United States and his advocacy of human rights. However, that spirit of unity wasn't enough to trump old fashioned abortion politics in the U.S. Senate as abortion advocates held up a resolution to honor the pope.
Sen. Sam Brownback, a leading pro-life Catholic lawmaker, introduced what would normally be a non-controversial Senate resolution to honor someone.
The measure included praise for Pope Benedict's heartfelt position advocating the Catholic Church's teachings in respect for human life and against abortion and anti-life bioethics practices.
"Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out for the weak and vulnerable, witnessing to the value of each and every human life," the draft originally said.
The words were too much for Sen. Barbara Boxer who objected to the pro-life language and single-handedly held up the resolution welcoming the pontiff.
The Senate only approved the resolution after Brownback withdrew the pro-life language and the lawmaker had to text his staff to tell them to drop the pro-life wording from the resolution they were slated to present to Pope Benedict.
"There was some politics involved here, and the objectionable language has been withdrawn," a senior Democratic Senate aide told Politico.
A Boxer spokeswoman eventually said, "we are very pleased we were able to reach an agreement with Senator Brownback to remove the political language and pass this resolution welcoming Pope Benedict."

My comment
To: The Honorable Barbara Boxer
From: Father Edward B. Connolly
Re: your intervention in the matter referenced above
Dear Senator Boxer:
You know what you are, Barbara? You're a real sweetheart! You're a 100% genuine honest-to-goodness All American Sweetheart! That's what you are!
Thank you so much for your vigilance in the cause of death and for your enthusiastic dedication to preserving our constitutional right to kill our babies!
Did I tell you what a sweetheart you are?

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 10


THAT SINS MAY - OR MIGHT - BE FORGIVEN?

A woman asked me a question recently.
She said that she occasionally attends Mass in a church where the priest, when he consecrates the wine, says:

"Take this all of you and drink from it. This is the cup of My Blood, the Blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all, so that sins might be forgiven."

Notice the word "might". (I underlined it on purpose.)

The woman noted that in every other church, when she goes to Mass, she hears the priest say:

"Take this all of you and drink from it. This is the cup of My Blood, the Blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all, so that sins may be forgiven."

She wanted to know which is correct or if both are correct and she wanted to know whether, if "might" is incorrect, the validity of the consecration is questionable.
The simple and uncomplicated answer is this:
"So that sins
might be forgiven" is incorrect, for the very simple reason that it is a departure from the approved text.
"So that sins
may be forgiven" is correct, for the very simple reason that it is in conformity with the approved text.
As to whether the substitution of "might" for "may" renders the consecration of the wine invalid, I can only say that I don't really know. Probably it does not. On the other hand, it certainly renders it questionable and ought not be done, if for no other reason than admiratio populi --- i.e. it confuses people.

When it comes to The Words of Institution (i.e. the Sacred Words pronounced over the Bread and the Wine at the Consecration) MIGHT cannot be substituted for MAY without doing significant harm to the meaning.
We should take a look at the Latin formula. This is the gold standard, against which all translations into any vernacular must be measured.

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 11


"Accipite et bibite ex eo, omnes. Hic est enim calix sanguinis mei, novi et aeterni testamenti, qui pro vobis et pro multis effundetur, in remissionem peccatorum."

We notice that the Latin says "for (or unto) the remission of sins". It is clear-cut and unambiguous. No condition is implied.
It is my opinion that those responsible for translating the Mass into English would have saved us all a lot of trouble if they had given us a more literal translation of the Words of Institution, instead of trying to be colloquial. If they had, then we would be hearing something like this: "It will be shed for you and for many unto the remission of sins."
(Notice "many" instead of "all". But that is another story for another day!)
MAY and MIGHT are often interchangeable in informal speech. However, when it comes to formal speech, MIGHT usually implies a certain tenuousness or uncertainty or doubt.
This is especially true when one is referring to an action in the future. When Jesus was speaking the words over the chalice, He was speaking about something - the shedding of His Blood - that had not yet happened but would happen and about the effect of this shedding of His Blood until the end of time. So, Jesus was speaking about two separate but related future events (the shedding and the forgiving).
But Jesus was not in any doubt about the power of His Blood to forgive sins. While it is true that there is doubt in regard to whether some particular member of the human race will choose to accept the saving benefit of the shedding of the Blood of Jesus, there is no doubt that the saving benefit of the shedding of the Blood of Jesus will be offered to every human being and is efficacious for every human being.
Bottom line: No priest should change "may be forgiven" to "might be forgiven" in the Words of Institution.
Two reasons:
#1 - There is no authorization for him to do so. The Mass is not something to play around with.
#2 - It introduces an element of doubt about the efficacy of the Blood of Jesus, even though the priest almost certainly does not intend to suggest any doubt.

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 12


Nativity BVM High
Green & Gold Spaghetti Dinner

Sunday, April 20, 2008
11 AM to 3 PM at School Cafeteria
$7.00 / adult and teenager
$3.50 / child under 13
NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL will hold its
6th Annual Chinese Auction
Sunday, 4 May.
Doors open at 11:00 a.m.
Auction begins at 2:00 p.m.
Browse and Bid on Saturday 3 May, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. for those who cannot attend on auction day.
Here is a sampling of some of the exciting prizes: Xbox, IPOD, Pocono 500 race tickets, Rodeo for 4, Disney Basket, PA Game Commission Print, cookware set, Men's Pulsar watch, college dorm-ready package, Rock Band (guitar / drum set), Longaberger & Vera Bradley.
Grand Prize Drawing: 42" Panasonic Plasma TV worth $1,500!
Polka Joe Live Broadcast on Sunday.
Homemade food, baked goods & refreshments will be available.

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008 - 13


 MASS SCHEDULE: 20 - 27 APRIL
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

Saturday, 19 April
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - JOSEPH SMERKO
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper

Sunday, 20 April
5th Sunday of Easter
9:15 a.m. - JAMES and CLARA MORAN
by Bill Moran
12:15 p.m. - DOMENICA ["Mamie"] CARESTIA LaSELVA
by Nicholas J. Maccarone Sr. and Angeline Maccarone DeStefano

Wednesday, 23 April
St. George, martyr; St. Adalbert, bishop, martyr (OptMems)
10:00 a.m. -FOR A DECEASED PERSON: (VMF)
by Julia Senitch Laplaca

Saturday, 26 April
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - LEO MURGIDO
by Angeline LaPlaca Deramo

Sunday, 27 April
6th Sunday of Easter
9:15 a.m. - CINDY JOWETT
by John and Susan McCord
12:15 p.m. - MARY ROSENBERGER RYAN
by James and Cynthia Coyle

stjos/stfds: 04.20.2008- 14


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