Saturday, 10 May
Vigil of Pentecost
by her daughter, Phyllis, and family

Sunday, 11 May
Pentecost Sunday
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
10:45 a.m. - IN THANKSGIVING TO GOD for JOHN D. WEISS (80th birthday)
by his wife, Frances, and family

Monday, 12 May
SS. Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs; St. Pancras, martyr (OptMems)
12:05 p.m. - PAUL CHISICK
by Angelo and Kay Barone

Tuesday, 13 May
Our Lady of Fatima (OptMem)
by his parents, Joseph and Josephine
7:00 p.m. - NATALE and ROSA (Cappella) BUTERA
by their daughter, Mary, and family

Wednesday, 14 May
St. Matthias, apostle (Fst)
12:05 p.m. - ANGELO and GERALDINE (Downey) FOLINO
by their sons, Jack and Tom, and their daughter, Gerry

Thursday, 15 May
St. Isidore the Farmer (OptMem)
by her family
7:00 p.m. - ED and NANCY COOK
by Patty Feeley Garland

Friday, 16 May
12:05 p.m. - JAMES A. COYLE
by Jim and Cindy and family

Saturday, 17 May
8:00 a.m. - In Thanksgiving to SAINT THERESE LISIEUX
by Cognita Deo
Vigil of Holy Trinity
by John Chiodo and Mary Chiodo

Sunday, 18 May
Holy Trinity Sunday
7:45 a.m. - PAUL and CAMILLE (Foti) TEGANO
by their son-in-law, Jack
by her cousin, Carol Kramer




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03 / 04 MAY

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $133.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,644.00 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 $133.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $63.25 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $222.25 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 ($72.78) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!



 03 May

John K  won the $100.00

 04 May

Shirley  won the $150.00

 05 May

Bruce R won the $50.00

06 May

Nobody  won the $50.00

07 May

Nobody B won the $50.00

08 May

Nobody won the $50.00

09 May

Mac P won the $50.00

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Tuesday, 13 May

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 15 May
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 16 May
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

THE SANCTUARY LAMP is offered, during the week of 11 - 17 May, in loving memory of Anthony J. Luppino (anniversary of birth), at the request of his sons and grandchildren.

THE LOURDES GROTTO CANDLE is offered, during the week of 11 - 17 May, in loving memory of Anthony and Jennie Morris, at the request of their daughter, Ugenia Morris Caravan.

BIBLE STUDY this week will be held on Thursday, 15 May, instead of Tuesday, 13 May. Same time and place: 10:30 a.m. in LaSala - the basement meeting room of St. Joseph Rectory.
Reason: Fr. Connolly will be taking part in a funeral in Harrisburg on Tuesday

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12 May
Matthew S. Griffin
Steven F. Mattera
Madelyn C. Weidner

13 May
Christopher L. Carestia
Jerome Galati
Joseph S. Hullihan 3rd
Victoria Yarosh Pasqua

14 May
Lori Tranquillo Mulhall
Michael A. Piccioni

15 May
None, as far as we know.

16 May
Marcia L. Alati
Joseph P. Cescon
Stephen J. Santai

17 May
Samuel J. Chiodo
Helene M. Kercheski
Melissa Galati Reber

18 May
Jarod J. Bassininsky
Christopher F. Brinich
Loreta Nicolo DeStefano
Katherine Oler Piccioni
Evan G. Vidal


PLEASE PRAY FOR a boy who died suddenly in his home in Harrisburg on Thursday, 9 May. James F. Cabell, age 15, is the son of Fredrick and Laurie (Cunningham) Cabell and the brother of Jane Cabell. James started out in life as a member of St. Francis deSales Parish, when the Cabell family was living in Forest Hills. When he was two or three years old, his family moved to Harrisburg. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, 13 May, in St. Catherine Laboure Church, Harrisburg. Mass cards / words of condolence may be sent to the family at 3909 Brisban Street, Harrisburg PA.

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a member of Saint Joseph Parish, died on Monday, 5 May.
Born on 23 November 1918, she was 89 years of age.
Caroline is one of the eight children - six sons and two daughters - of the late James [aka Isidore] and Maria (Luongo) Barbetta.
Note: At the funeral Mass, I misread the name of Caroline's father as it is recorded in the baptism register. I read the name as "Theodore". I regret the error. Someone kindly pointed out to me later on that his name was Isidore. Fr. DeStefano's script and my eyesight are not always in sync. That's my excuse until I think of a better one. [EBC]
Caroline's sister and two of her brothers survive her: Eleanor Barbetta Hughes; Nick Barbetta; Albert Barbetta.
Her four deceased brothers are: Alfonso Barbetta; Angelo J. Barbetta; Eugene C. Barbetta; Joseph Barbetta.
Caroline was a life-long member of St. Joseph Parish. She was baptized in St. Joseph Church on 1 June 1919 by Fr. DeStefano.
Baptism is entry into the death of Jesus - but if into His death, then also into His resurrection!
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Joseph Church on Thursday, 8 May. The interment took place in the parish cemetery.
We commend Caroline to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and we ask that she will be given a share in His resurrection.
Eternal rest grant unto Caroline, 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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And God populated the earth with broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and all manner of green and yellow vegetables, so that Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
And Satan created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the 99-cent double-cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, "You want fries with that?"
And Man said, "Super size them." And Man gained pounds.
And God created the healthful yogurt, that Woman might keep her figure that Man found so fair.
And Satan brought forth chocolate. And Woman gained pounds.
And God said, "Try my crispy fresh salad."
And Satan brought forth ice cream. And Woman gained pounds.
And God said, "I send unto your hearts healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them."
And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter.
And Man gained pounds and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.
And God brought forth running shoes and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.
And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so that Man would not have to rise up in order to change the channel from ESPN to ESPN2.
And Man gained pounds.
And God said, "You're running up the score, you Devil, you!"
And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.
And Satan peeled off the nutritious skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And he created sour-cream dip also.
And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol.
And Satan saw and said, "It is good."
And Man went into cardiac arrest.
And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
And Satan created Physicians and HMO's.

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(I am taking the risk of trusting that readers of this parish bulletin are smart enough to recognize irony when they come across it. But, just so you know for certain, please know that the words printed at the top of this page are not meant to be taken seriously! They are meant to be taken the opposite of seriously! They are meant to catch your attention, so that you read the rest of the article! Okay? Everybody got that? Let us proceed!)
We have often said in this bulletin that Planned Parenthood is one of the most wicked organizations on Planet Earth (or words to that effect). No Catholic - actually no Christian, actually no one who believes in God, actually no one who respects human personhood - could possibly support Planned Parenthood!
However, persons who call themselves "pro-choice" are big supporters of PP. These persons (and all of us) should know that PP has a special affinity for bumping off black babies. This should not be surprising. The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a world-class bigot. In her book,
The Pivot of Civilization, Sanger called for "the elimination of human weeds". She advocated "the segregation of morons, misfits, and maladjusted" and the sterilization of "genetically inferior races."
If you go to youtube, you can listen in on a call from a pro-life gentleman who was running a sting operation on a PP facility in Washington DC. The man started off by saying that he wanted to make a donation to PP in honor of his newborn son. Here is a transcript of part of that conversation.

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Caller:                 I want to specify that abortion to help a minority group, would that be possible?
PP Receptionist:  Absolutely.
Caller:                 Like the black community for example?
PP Receptionist:  Certainly.
Caller:                 The abortion - I can give money specifically for a black baby, that would be the                            purpose?
PP Receptionist:   Absolutely. If you wanted to designate that your gift be used to help an                                                    African-American woman in need, then we would certainly make sure that the gift was                           earmarked for that purpose.
Caller:                 Great, because I really faced trouble with affirmative action, and I don't want my kids                            to be disadvantaged against black kids. I just had a baby; I want to put it in his name.
PP Receptionist:   Yes, absolutely.
Caller:                 And we don't, you know we just think, the less black kids out there the better.
PP Receptionist:  (Laughs) Understandable, understandable.
Caller:                 Right. I want to protect my son, so he can get into college.
PP Receptionist:  All right. Excuse my hesitation, this is the first time I've had a donor call and make this                           kind of request, so I'm excited, and want to make sure I don't leave anything out.

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from Sunday, 4 May, came to, came to, came to ……
Now you're not going to believe this / You're going to say that we're lying / Or else you're going to say that this is a misprint / Or else you're going to say that we're mathematically challenged / Well, you can say anything you want to say, it's a free country, but the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is that the spaghetti profit came to
One thousand seven hundred fifteen dollars and forty-five cents. ($1,715.45)
This, of course, is off-the-wall wonderful and good and is an all-time all-timer!
So, allow me to find elegant and gracious words that are worthy of the occasion.
Okay, I think I've found them. Here they come:

Try to hold on until then!
Betty Kline held the winning ticket (#608289) from the 50/50 drawing at the spaghetti supper. Her winnings came to $40.00.
Alexander Koinski / 6th grade / All Saints / First Honors
(Inadvertently omitted from last weekend's bulletin. Sorry about that!)

WORDS YOU MIGHT WANT TO "FILE AWAY" IN YOUR BRAIN - to be quoted, perhaps, at some crucial time, e.g. when arguing with (excuse me, I mean "having a spirited discussion with) someone who is pro-choice, aka pro-abortion, especially when he / she says that the unborn entity is anything less than a human person..

Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions.
Everyone is NOT entitled to his or her own facts

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PRIOR TO THE PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY (22 April), Barack Obama was giving a campaign speech in Johnstown. The subject of making abortion and contraception available to teenagers came up during the Q &A. Here is what Senator Obama said:

"Look, I got two daughters - nine years old and six years old. I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but, if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. I don't want them punished with an STD at age sixteen, so it doesn't make sense to not give them information."

My response
Let me tell you, dear Senator - and I tell you with all the respect due to your distinguished office - that what you just said is pure, unadulterated hogwash. Senator, the older I get the more persons I have come to count among my acquaintances - and, in some cases, friends and maybe even relatives - whose conceptions, if the truth be told, occurred under considerably less than ideal circumstances. Some of these persons were conceived by two silly but fertile teenagers who were in a house unsupervised and with ready access to a couch that no one was using at the time, or by a man and a woman who had never plighted their troth to one another but who did have a few too many drinks together, or by a married man who had wandered away from the embrace of his lawful wife into the unlawful embrace of a paramour.
As a Catholic priest, I truly believe and heartily preach that intercourse is appropriate and morally permissible exclusively within the bonds of marriage. However, I don't consider any human being's existence, under any circumstances, to be defined as a
"mistake" and I don't consider any human being's existence to be a "punishment" and if you do, then I respectfully inform you that I shall vote for you to be the chief executive officer of my country when pigs fly, shrimp whistle and hell freezes over.

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Please note:
We depend on the BAA Office in Allentown for updates. We do not receive this information with maximum promptness. It is quite possible that your name is not on this list, even though it should be. If that be so, please let us know.

ACKER, Mary Elizabeth Troilo
BARBETTA, Caroline A. (+)
BARONE, Angelo / Kay
BUTERA, Ralph / Kathleen
CERULLO, William J.
CHALINSKY, Jeanette Ciorlanti
DERAMO, Anthony N.
DeSTEFANO, Andy / Loreta
FRINZI, Joseph / Sandra
HOFFECKER, Victoria LaPlaca
KEVY, Phyllis C.
KUTCH, John / Patricia
KUTCH, Philomena Genovese
LEYMEISTER, Harvey / Doris

 PASCUZZO, Albert / Martha
PILO, Pasquale / Mary
POPECK, Frank / Rose
RIOTTO, Joseph R.
SCHENCK, Thomas M.
THYE, James A.
Goal:          $11,748
So far $3,775
To go: $7,973

No one yet, at least as far as I know.

Goal:          $1,412
So far $ -0-
To go: $1,412

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Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, St. Clair
Sunday, 18 May
8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
$5.00 for adults and children eight and older
$2.00 for children seven and younger
Take-outs available
Sponsored by the Holy Name Society

The Capuchins in Philadelphia,
the Legionaries of Christ in Thornwood NY and
the St. Mary's Benedictine Monastery in Morristown NJ
are hosting exciting

Dates include
23 to 26 May; 20 to 22 June
2 to 6 July; 8 to 10 August.
Pray and work with the community and hear the informative vocational talks.
These retreats are very popular. So, make your reservations soon.
There is no cost, but space is limited.
If you take a bus or plane to the nearest major city, someone will arrange to give you a ride from the airport or bus terminal.
Call 1-800-221-1807 for more information.

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PERSONS IN ATTENDANCE AT THE 10:45 A.M. MASS at St. Joseph Church on 4 May may have noticed a number of "strange faces". You probably figured it out on your own, but I'll tell you anyway: Those "strange faces" belonged to members of my immediate and extended family.
They were here for one First Holy Communion and for three baptisms!
Here are two anecdotes from the day:
Ten-year-old grandnephew Paul Joseph Zielinski Jr. told me he wants to be a priest. He asked me when I am going to retire and if he can take over then. I told him that would be fine with me, but that we might have to work out the details of the transition with the gentleman we call "the Bishop".
Three-year-old grandnephew Ryan Edward Grimaldi asked his mother why Uncle Edward was washing the dishes at Mass. He said he wants to go back to "Uncle Edward's house". I don't recall him saying that he wants to be a priest, but maybe that's what is on his mind. If so, he can help me do the dishes.

TODAY (11 MAY 2008) is both PENTECOST and MOTHER'S DAY!

It is unusual for Pentecost and Mother's Day to coincide on the calendar. This is due to the very early Easter date this year. So, we pray for a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all of the mothers of our two parishes and on all mothers everywhere.
May our mothers manifest in their lives the fruits of the Spirit:


I remember that, as a child, I was a BIG HELP to my mother in her efforts to manifest in her life two particular Fruits of the Spirit: Patience and Long Suffering.
I hope Mom appreciated how I helped her grow in holiness!

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Saturday, 10 May
Vigil of Pentecost Sunday
by Anthony and Karen Pilo

Sunday, 11 May
Pentecost Sunday
9:15 a.m. - In Thanksgiving to SAINT PHILOMENA for answered prayers
by Cognita Deo
12:15 p.m. - PARISHIONERS: StFdSPar / StJosPar
by EBC

Monday, 12 May
SS. Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs; St. Pancras, martyr (OptMems)
10:00 a.m. - Rev. RICHARD NELKE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Wednesday, 14 May
St. Matthias, apostle (Fst)
by Charles Barone and Gail Barone

Friday, 16 May
10:00 a.m. -JAMES McGEE
by his niece, Kathy

Saturday, 17 May
Vigil of Holy Trinity Sunday
by her daughter, Mary Deramo Measel

Sunday, 18 May
Holy Trinity Sunday
9:15 a.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent
by his daughter, Marie Ricciotti Horner

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