MASS SCHEDULE: 27 April - 04 May
SAINT
JOSEPH CHURCH

Saturday, 26 April
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

Monday, 28 April
St. Peter Chanel, priest, martyr; St. Louis Mary deMontfort, priest (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - ANDREW J. LUCAS
by his family

Tuesday, 29 April
St. Catherine of Siena, virgin, doctor (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on SANDY FRINZI
by a friend
7:00 p.m. - KATHRYN SELINSKY LUPPINO (2nd anniversary)
by Vincent and Darla Fabiani and family

Wednesday, 30 April
St. Pius V, pope (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. PALKO and JOANNE PALKO BACH
re-scheduled from 13 Feb
Vigil of the Ascension
4:30 p.m. - H. ROBERT PICCIONI Sr.
by Leo (+) and Janet Becker

Thursday, 01 May
Ascension of the Lord (Sol)
12:05 p.m. - God's Blessings on MARY FORTE LaSELVA
by Julia, Rose and Marie
7:00 p.m. - VERONICA J. KEVY
by Roberta

Friday, 02 May
St. Athansius, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - V.M.F. (deceased)
by Johanne Luppino Fabiani and son, Gerard
6:15 p.m. - DECEASED: WASYL and TECKLA PEWOR FAMILY
by Angelo and Kay Barone

Saturday, 03 May
SS. Philip and James, apostles (Fst)
8:00 a.m. - INTENTIONS OF THIRD ORDER CARMELITES
by TOC community
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - HUGH CURRAN and KEN CURRAN
by Phyllis C. Kevy

Sunday, 04 May
7th Sunday of Easter:
7:45 a.m. - JOSEPH LEJKO
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
10:45 a.m. - RYAN A. WALTERS
by Roni J. Kevy (+) and Phyllis C. Kevy

 

 

 

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008 - 01


 

 LAST WEEKEND'S COLLECTION TOTALS:
19 / 20 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
$1,531.00
from the envelopes and $121.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,652.00 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 $140.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
$110.00
from the envelopes and $78.85 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $188.85 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 ($106.18) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

 

 RECENT OUTCOMES OF CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 Saturday

 19 April

 #772
Donald  won the $100.00
 Sunday

 20 April

 #694
Elva S  won the $150.00
 Monday

 21 April

 #798
Nobody won the $50.00
 Tuesday

22 April

 #694
Elva S  won the $50.00
 Wednesday

23 April

 #788
Nobody won the $50.00
 Thursday

24 April

 #765
Veronica R won the $50.00
 Friday

25 April

 #700
Nobody won the $50.00

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008 - 02


 

  CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK


Tuesday, 29 April
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 01 May
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Friday, 02 May
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
at St. Joseph's


THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 27 April - 03 May, in loving memory of Roni J. Kevy, at the request of her sister, Phyllis, and family.


MONTHLY MASS AT SIMON KRAMER CENTER
(New Philadelphia)
5:00 p.m.
Monday, 28 April
After Mass, opportunity to venerate first-class relic of St. Pauline Visintainer, patron saint of all who are sick, in particular of those who suffer from diabetes.
To get to SKC: North on 209 to New Philadelphia. When you get to Holy Family Church, turn left (Clay Street). Go a few blocks until you see a sign indicating another left turn onto grounds of SKC.

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008 - 03


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

28 April
Suzanne Maroukis Cavanaugh

29 April
Dominic A. Chewey
Sandra Kasdorf Frinzi
Justin T. Landers
Megan Lynn McCord

30 April
Angela M. Leskin
David W. Thye

 

 

01 May
Anthony N. Deramo
Mary Julian Ventresca

02 May
Gregory R. Hanlon

03 May
Gabrielle E. Kline

04 May
Christian A. Chillemi
Rosemarie Calabrese Jefferson
Philomena ("Mary") Genovese Kutch *

* MARY KUTCH WILL BE 98 YEARS OLD NEXT SUNDAY!
She is the second oldest member of our parish. (See page 06.) God has blessed her with strength of mind and body. She is a great lady! (And good looking too!) The entire parish regards her with high respect and warm affection. God bless you, Mrs. Kutch. Keep on trucking!


FIRST FRIDAY OF MAY
This coming Friday, 2 May, is First Friday.
The usual First Friday schedule is in effect:
10:00 a.m. - Mass at StFdS
12:05 p.m. - Mass at StJos
06:15 p.m. - Mass at StJos
07:00 p.m. - Holy Hour at StJos

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008 - 04


SPAGHETTI SUPPER
The Last One of the Season!!
(boo! & hiss!)
Sunday, 4 May
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saint Joseph Parish Hall
$6.00 for an adult or teenager
$3.00 for a child under 13
All you can eat!
A treat that can't be …
can't be ….
can't be ….
It's on the tip of my tongue!
I've got it!
A TREAT that can't be BEAT!

NATIVITY BVM HIGH SCHOOL
6TH ANNUAL CHINESE AUCTION

Sunday, 4 May 4
2:00 PM
Doors open 11:00 AM
Browse 'n Bid Session
Saturday, 3 May
4:00 to 8:00 PM
Homemade food and baked goods available
Lots of great prizes!

stjos/stfds:04.27.2008 - 05



THE OLDEST MEMBERS of SAINT JOSEPH PARISH: ALL THOSE BORN PRIOR TO 1919 - ONE CENTENARIAN and TWENTY-SIX WHO ARE CURRENTLY NONAGENARIANS OR, GOD WILLING, WILL BE BEFORE THE END OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR (2008)

01. 01-Nov-1907 ANGELA (DiCello) STELLA
02. 04-May-1910 PHILOMENA ["Mary"] (Genovese) KUTCH
03. 14-Feb-1912 DOMENICA ["Mae"] (Gerace) LONG
04. 15-Oct-1912 SOPHIE (Dobrosielski) D'ALFONSO
05. 07-Jan-1913 JOSEPHINE (Kroll) MOTTA
06. 18-Mar-1913 JULIA (Senitch) LAPLACA
07. 20-May-1913 ROSE (Tucci) GARBETTI
08. 23-Sep-1914 WILLIAM J. CERULLO
09. 19-Dec-1914 CASIMIR MALYS
10. 05-May-1915 EMMA (Villella) TRANQUILLO
11. 27-Sep-1915 ANGELINE (Mete) CARESTIA
12. 04-Nov-1915 MARY (Fanok) PICCIONI
13. 15-Jun-1916 SOPHIE (Samay) ECKLEY
14. 23-Jun-1916 JULIA (Civitarese) MAZZUCA
15. 30-Jun-1916 JOSEPHINE (Megna) MESSINA
16. 02-Dec-1916 ANGELA (Giacoia) ALATI
17. 08-Dec-1916 MARY (Bonadio) BUTERA
18. 28-Dec-1916 GRACE (Luppino) JOY
19. 09-Feb-1917 AMELIA (Quirin) MARRAZZO
20. 17-May-1917 SAMUEL J. CHIODO
21. 24-Jun-1917 JAMES V. MESSINA
22. 31-Dec-1917 MARY N. PRESTILEO
23. 27-Apr-1918 MARY (Forte) LaSELVA
24. 20-May-1918 JENNIE (Tucci) BERTUCCI
25. 20-May-1918 CARMELLA (Bonadio) CIMINO
26. 20-May-1918 MARY (Caravan) STEIN
27. 23-Nov-1918 CAROLINE A. BARBETTA

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008 - 06


 

WE SHARE THE MAIL

The following is an excerpt from an e-mail I received last week. The writer (I am not giving her name) is a young married woman, formerly a member of St. Joseph Parish. Her husband and she belong (belonged?) to a parish located - I am happy to say! - well beyond the bounds of the Diocese of Allentown. From what she says in this e-mail, I have the impression that they will not be staying very long in that parish.

Dear Father Connolly:
………………. Our local church was renovated and had to be re-consecrated (?), so there was a Mass and dinner last week. But we've decided not to attend this church anymore after our parish priest made a comment during a homily, in which he said that we were (in a few moments) 'about to receive the body and blood of Christ, so to speak,' which made me raise my eyebrows. That plus the fact that there's a 'creation celebration Mass' sometime in July, and church members refer to 'original sin' as 'original blessing' and all this other weirdness. They say they find 'original sin' to be guilt-inducing and archaic, which is bizarre - I can't even imagine what they're talking about. Do you feel guilty about original sin? I feel guilty about my other sins, but I feel like original sin and I made our break around the time I was two months old. It's kind of scary, so we're relocating ourselves to another Catholic church for Sunday Mass, although it is quite out of our way. …………………….
(Name)

The following is an excerpt from my e-mail in response:

Dear _____:
……………. Thank God the two of you are solid in the Faith! You were well formed by your parents, in addition to which your association with St. Joseph Parish probably didn't do you any harm. You have a brain and a heart open to distinguishing between orthodoxy and heterodoxy.
God knows there has been an explosion of heterodoxy in the Church over the past forty (or so) years. The problem, of course, is that many priests and bishops have lost the Catholic Faith. St. John Chrysostom said that the road to hell is paved with the skulls of priests! (For obvious reasons, I've always found that a particularly sobering observation!)
The priest who interjected "so to speak" in reference to "the body and blood of Christ" is a pathetic character. I wonder why he bothers to hang around. He should find some honest work somewhere.
As far as "original blessing" theology is concerned, all I can say is "Been there, done that". Back in the early 1970's, when I was a graduate student at Boston College, I had (then) Father Matthew Fox as a teacher. He was the great "musical, mystical bear". (If that phrase doesn't make sense to you, you can google it!) Matthew was a leading proponent of "original blessing" theology as a substitute for "original sin" theology. I thought even then that Matthew Fox was a smidgen light in the loafers and, even more dreadfully, a heretic!
He has since confirmed at least the latter suspicion. He has left the Catholic Church and has joined the Episcopal Church.
The Episcopalians are most welcome to Matthew, as far as I am concerned. They have long since abandoned any claim they might have had to being taken seriously.
In regard to your question about whether I feel guilty about original sin, please be certain that I do not feel guilty about it and never did.
Like you, I feel guilty only about my own sins.
Like you, I got rid of the original sin when I was baptized as an infant.
Like you, I get rid of my personal sins via repentance, sacramental confession, firm purpose of amendment and reception of the Body and Blood of the Lord.
Notice I said "Body and Blood of the Lord".
There is no "so to speak" appended to that!

EBC

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008 - 07 / 08



MICHAEL NATHANIEL PRESTILEO,
second child (second son) of Jason and Jill (Thorn) Prestileo, will be baptized today (Sunday) at St. Joseph Church. By Baptism, God will deliver this little boy from the original sin and will fill him with sanctifying grace.
Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, every human being (with two exceptions) has come into existence with the spiritual wound we call "original sin". [The two exceptions are, of course, Jesus and His Mother, Mary.]
Jesus told Nicodemus (and through him told us) that no human being can enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless he is "begotten from above" - hence "born again" - by water and the Holy Spirit.
We read this in the third chapter of the Gospel of John. If we read the entire chapter - unfortunately, some people fail to do so - we realize that Jesus is referring to Baptism.
Therefore, it is correct to say this: Michael Nathaniel Prestileo will be BORN AGAIN today (Sunday) at St. Joseph Church.
Anyone who has ever been baptized "in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" is a person who was (and is) born again!
It is good to emphasize this, because our Catholic faith is often challenged by persons who misinterpret the Scriptures and who put a spin on what it means to be "born again".
It is simple. It is not complicated. Being baptized and being "born again" are one and the same thing. However, being "born again" is not equivalent to being "saved", although it is equivalent to being "justified". (We should strive to understand these things.)
Once a person has been baptized ("born again"), he is called to ongoing conversion.
It is our prayer that little Michael will grow up to be an outstanding Catholic Christian. May he bring joy to his parents and grandparents and to the entire Church.
May Jason and Jill receive from the Lord all the wisdom and grace they will need to be good parents to Michael, to his brother, Vincent, and to whatever other children God might choose to entrust to them. May they raise them so that they will have hearts for God.
As we baptize this little boy, we remember his maternal grandfather, David B. Thorn, who died shortly before the little boy was born. No doubt God will make David aware of this event in the life of his grandson. May it enhance his joy in the Lord.

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008 - 09


 

CONTRIVED IGNORANCE AS PART OF THE FAUSTIAN BARGAIN FOR BECOMING PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ESPECIALLY (BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY) IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE A DEMOCRAT

On Sunday, 13 April 2008, Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama took part in what was called a "Compassion Forum", part of a "Faith and Politics" program held at Messiah College, Grantham (Lancaster County) PA.
Someone at the Forum asked Senator Obama whether life begins at conception.
Senator Obama said that he did not know the answer to that question.
Here are his precise words:

"This is something that I have not, I think, come to a firm resolution on. I think it's very hard to know what that means, when life begins. Is it when a cell separates? Is it when the soul stirs? ... What I know, as I've said before, is that there is something extraordinarily powerful about potential life and that that has a moral weight to it that we take into consideration when we're having these debates."

This is, of course, a breathtakingly stupid answer to the very simple question.
Yet, Senator Obama is not, by any means, a stupid man.
On the contrary, Senator Obama gives evidence that he is a man of exceptional intelligence.
How is it, then, that he does not know whether life begins at conception?
I know it. You know it. It is not classified information. Then why doesn't he know it? The fact is that he DOES know it.
But it does not serve his purposes to BELIEVE what he KNOWS.
Refusing to believe what one knows is called "the sin against the Holy Ghost".

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008 - 10


Someone at the Forum asked Senator Clinton the same question, viz. whether life begins at conception.
Clinton gave a somewhat different answer to the question - somewhat, but not substantially, different from the answer given by Senator Obama.
She distinguished between "life" and something she calls "the potential for life". She also referenced the Methodist Church as an authority for her ambiguity on the matter.
Here are her precise words:

"I believe the potential for life begins at conception. I am a Methodist as you know. Our church has struggled with this issue. In fact, if you look at the Methodist Book of Discipline, you can see the challenge and the contradiction involved in sorting this profound question out. But for me, it is not only about a potential life. It is about the other lives involved. ... I have concluded, after great, you know, concern and searching my own mind and heart over many years... that our task should be the pluralistic, diverse one, that individuals must be entrusted to make this profound decision, because the alternative would be such an intrusion of government authority that it would be very difficult to sustain in our kind of open society."

This is, of course, a breathtakingly stupid answer to the very simple question. Yet, Senator Clinton is not, by any means, a stupid woman.
On the contrary, Senator Clinton gives evidence that she is a woman of exceptional intelligence. How is it, then, that she thinks that the newly conceived "entity" is a "potential life", not an actual living human being? I know it. You know it. It is not classified information. Then why doesn't she know it? The fact is that she DOES know it.
But it does not serve her purposes to BELIEVE what she KNOWS.
Refusing to believe what one knows is called "the sin against the Holy Ghost".

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008 - 11


JOHN and MARIA (Mercuri) MERCURI,
members of Saint Joseph Parish, are celebrating their GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!
A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated in Saint Joseph Church at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, 26 April. Afterwards, family and friends gathered for a festive meal.
John and Maria were married on Sunday, 27 April 1958, in the Church of San Francesco, Lamezia, Terme, Italy. The priest who officiated was Father Antonio Pileggi.
John is the son of Domenico and Antonia (Giardino) Mercuri, both now deceased.
Maria is the daughter of Vincenzo (deceased) and Rosaria (Isabella) Mercuri.
Rosaria lives in Italy. She has visited Pottsville (and attended Mass at St. Joseph Church) several times in years past. We send her our respectful greetings and assure her that we remember her in today's celebration.
John and Maria have
four children - three sons and one daughter:

Domenic Mercuri; John C. Mercuri;
Ronald A. Mercuri; Annetta M. (Mercuri) Yackenchick.

They have (so far) eighteen grandchildren - ten grandsons and eight granddaughters:

Domenico G. Mercuri; Elizabeth A. Mercuri;
Antonio M. Mercuri; John V. Mercuri;
Rachel M. Mercuri; Alicia M. Mercuri;
Francesco N. Mercuri; Maria G. Mercuri;
Jonathan R. Mercuri; Katherine D. Mercuri;
Albert J. Yackenchick Jr.; Michael J. Yackenchick;
Nicholas A. Yackenchick; Marissa E. Yackenchick;
Mallory R. Yackenchick; Anthony C. Yackenchick;
Nathan P. Yackenchick; Madalyn M. Yackenchick.

We give thanks to God for the love - faithful, tender-hearted, permanent, dependable and fruitful -of John and Maria for one another.
May they continue to be an inspiration to their children and grandchildren, to their parish and to the wider community.
Success in marriage is primarily a matter of willingness to die to one's own ego in order to live for something greater than oneself. Blessed are John and Maria for showing us that it can be done - and not only done, but done superbly well. They have done something beautiful for God - and for the human race!

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008 - 12


 ASCENSION THURSDAY 2008
HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION
MASS SCHEDULE

Wednesday, 30 April
4:30 p.m. - StJos
7:00 p.m. - StFdS

Thursday, 01 May
10:00 a.m. - StFdS
12:05 p.m. - StJos
4:30 p.m. - StFdS
7:00 p.m. - StJos

There are three kinds of human beings and, so, it stands to reason that there are three kinds of Catholics:
Class A are those who can be motivated by noble considerations like love, gratitude, responsibility, commitment, sense of duty, etc.;
Class B are those who can be motivated only by less noble considerations, like post-mortem pain, viz. Hell;
Class C are those who cannot be motivated by either.
So, to those in
Class A, we say: Just a friendly reminder about going to Mass this coming Wednesday or Thursday, whichever is more convenient for you!
To those in
Class B, we say: If you know what's good for you, you'd better get to Mass this coming Wednesday or Thursday!
To those in
Class C, we say: Have a nice day! Give us a call if and when you acquire the capacity to be motivated. Try to do that before you assume room temperature.

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008 - 13


 MASS SCHEDULE: 27 April - 04 May
SAINT
FRANCIS deSALES CHURCH

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

Wednesday, 30 April
Vigil of Ascension
7:00 p.m. -MARIA T. ZIELINSKI (25th anniversary)
by her uncle, Edward

Thursday, 01 May
Ascension of the Lord (Sol)
10:00 a.m. -PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their family
4:30 p.m. -LILLIAN MUNSTER NICOLO
by Charles and Mary Tamburelli

Friday, 02 May
St. Athanasius, bishop, doctor (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. -HELEN D. SHELCUSKY
by Joseph and Marie Palerino

Saturday, 03 May
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent

Sunday, 04 May
6th Sunday of Easter
9:15 a.m. - God's Blessings on
PHILOMENA ("Mary") GENOVESE KUTCH (98th birthday)
by St. Joseph Parish Women's Guild
12:15 p.m. - ANGELO and GERALDINE FOLINO
by their family

stjos/stfds: 04.27.2008- 14


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