Saturday, 07 June
Vigil of Sunday
by his family

Sunday, 08 June
10th Sunday of Ordinary Time
by James Codi
10:45 a.m. - RALPH OWENS
(anniversary of birth)
by Kitty Owens DiCello

Monday, 09 June
St. Ephrem, deacon, doctor (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - JAMES F. CABELL
by Frank and Rose Popeck

Tuesday, 10 June
12:05 p.m. - RYAN A. WALTERS
(20th anniversary of birth)
by his parents and sister
7:00 p.m. - NEVIN A. BAUMAN
by Elizabeth Gustitus

Wednesday, 11 June
St. Barnabas, apostle (OblMem)
by their wife / mother, Carmella


Thursday, 12 June
12:05 p.m. - JOHN RUTECKY
by his brother, William, and his sister-in-law, Christine, and family
by Mary A. Luppino and George and Michele Sekula

Friday, 13 June
St. Anthony of Padua, priest, doctor (OblMem)
12:05 p.m. - ANTONIO and MARY DeMATTEO
by the Weiss and DeMatteo families
7:00 p.m. - In Thanksgiving to SAINT ANTHONY for favors received through his intercession
by the Weiss and DeMatteo families

Saturday, 14 June
8:00 a.m. - GLORIA HRIBICK
by Sal and Mary Modesto
Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - NATHAN H. KEVY (anniversary of birth / Father's Day)
by his daughter, Phyllis, and family

Sunday, 15 June
11th Sunday of Ordinary Time
7:45 a.m. - Rev. LEO M. MITCHELL
by Albert and Martha Pasuczzo and family
by Marlin and Mary Jane Reed and family

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31 MAY / 01 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $125.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,771.00 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 $259.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $80.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $233.00 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 ($62.03) of this collection is available for operating the parish.This is a deficit! If these deficits continue, we shall not be able to guarantee the future of StFdS Parish!



 31 May

Cindy L won the $100.00

 01 June

Betty D  won the 150.00

 02 June

C.S. won the $50.00

03 June

Eleanor H  won the $50.00

04 June

Betty D won the $50.00

05 June

Mildred D won the $50.00

06 June

Nobody won the $50.00

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Tuesday, 10 June
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 12 June
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 13 June
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Q -
How does an Irishman propose to his sweetheart?
A -
He says: "Bridget, how would you like to be buried with my folks?"
WITH THAT AS OUR INTRO, we want everyone to know that there is still time to purchase a grave at Saint Joseph Parish Cemetery at the ridiculously low price of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00).
We can guarantee this price only until 14 July 2008!
It is possible (although I cannot know for certain) that the price will change after that date and, if it changes, you can be certain that it will not change to the advantage of the buyer.
Carpe diem! Call 570-622-3081. Ask for Digger O'Dell.
All of our graves are guaranteed to be made of genuine 100% made-in-America dirt! No additives! No artificial ingredients!

Q -
Why is Saint Joseph Cemetery such a popular place?
A -
Because people know that they always get a lot for their money!

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09 June
Elvis Aaron Hullihan
Krystle L. Hullihan
Ian P. Keck
Dolores Romansky Lazarchick
Kelly Ann McCord
Salvatore Seth Modesto

10 June
Eleanor Meros Barone
Victoria M. Centeleghe
Kurt R. Kemmerling Jr.
Gilda Monti Matz

11 June
Betty Kanger Frantz
Francis J. Gallo
Lora A. Miranda
Anthony F. Tranquillo
Paul B. Weidner

12 June
Tyler J. George
Wayne F. Morris
Lillian Valent

13 June
Ronald A. Mercuri
Barbara Ayello Potts
Connor R. Verhagen

14 June
Santa Strasico Blackwell
Frank A. LaPlaca Jr.
Teresa Mary Mercuri Rinaldo

15 June
Sophie Samay Eckley
Nicholas A. Galle
Angelina Lynn Laub


We regret that we overlooked the 29 May BD of Helen Jenkins Piccioni in last weekend's bulletin. We hope we didn't make her cry. If we did, we apologize. In fact, we apologize even if we didn't make her cry! Belated Happy Birthday, Helen!

stjos/stfds: 06.08.2008 - 04


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
DiCELLO, Katherine Owens
ECKLEY, Henry / Peggy
FRINZI, Joseph / Sandra
GETZEY, Robert / Denise
HANLON, Gregory / Aleece
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.
RUTECKY, William / Christine
SCHENCK, Thomas M.
THYE, James A.
Goal:          $11,748
So far           $5025
To go:          $6723

BONCORE, Frank / Debra
WYCHUNAS, Gerald / Tina

Goal:          $1,412
So far            $480
To go:           $932

stjos/stfds: 06.08.2008 - 05

Very recently, I went through a turnpike toll booth. The man who was tending the booth extended his hand to receive my ticket and cash. As I placed these in his hand, I noticed that he had three large rings on the fingers of that hand. I did not take notice of his other hand. I don't know if he had any rings on the fingers of that hand, but I would guess that he did.
This very brief - and otherwise unremarkable - interchange made me think of something a wise and learned friend of mine once pointed out to me. He told me that, among those who are paid to render psychological services to troubled persons, there is a working hypothesis. It is this:
A woman who wears four or more rings on one hand probably has a personality disorder.
A man who wears three or more rings on one hand probably has a personality disorder.
Now, please don't take the above as if it were gospel! I pass it on to you only as "a working hypothesis that I heard somewhere".
This train of thought (i.e. personality disorder) prompted me to include in this weekend's bulletin something you might find interesting, if not useful.
It is a listing (see pages 07 and 08) of the ten most common personality disorders.
What is the relevance of this to a parish bulletin?
It is very relevant! We find human beings in parishes!
We human beings are a fragile lot. We are subject to all sorts of weaknesses, illnesses and disabilities - some of which are physical and some of which are emotional.

(continued on page 09)

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#01 - Antisocial Personality Disorder

a. Lack of regard for the moral or legal standards of the local culture;
b. Distinct inability to get along with others or to abide by societal rules.
Persons with Antisocial Personality Disorder are sometimes called "psychopaths" or "sociopaths". Persons under age 18 who manifest these symptoms are sometimes said to have "conduct disorder".

#02 - Avoidant Personality Disorder

a. Distinct social inhibitions;
b. Feelings of inadequacy;
c. Extremely sensitive to criticism.

#03 - Borderline Personality Disorder

a. Lack of sense of one's own identity;
b. Rapid changes in mood;
c. Intense unstable interpersonal relationships;
d. Distinct impulsiveness;
e. Instability in affect and in self image.

#04 - Dependent Personality Disorder

a. Extreme need of other people, to a point where the person is unable to make any decisions or take an independent stand on his or her own;
b. Fear of separation;
c. Distinctly submissive behavior;
d. Distinct lack of decisiveness and self-confidence.

#05 - Histrionic Personality Disorder

a. Exaggerated and often inappropriate displays of emotional reactions, approaching theatricality, in everyday behavior;
b. Sudden and rapidly shifting expressions of emotion.

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#06 - Narcissistic Personality Disorder

a. Behavior and / or fantasies of grandiosity;
b. Lack of empathy;
c. Need to be admired by others;
d. Inability to see the viewpoints of others;
e. Hypersensitivity to the opinions of others.

#07 - Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

a. Perfectionism;
b. Inflexibility;
c. Preoccupation with uncontrollable patterns of thought and action.

#08 - Paranoid Personality Disorder

a. Marked distrust of others, including the belief, without reason, that others are exploiting, harming, or trying to deceive him or her;
b. Lack of trust;
c. Belief that others are betraying him or her;
d. Belief in hidden meanings;
e. Unforgiving and grudge holding.

#09 - Schizoid Personality Disorder

a. Very limited capacity for experiencing emotion or for tuning in to the emotions of others;
b. Indifferent to social relationships.

#10 - Schizotypal Personality Disorder

a. "Peculiar" thoughts;
b. Odd beliefs;
c. Eccentricities of appearance, behavior and interpersonal style;
d. Tendency to believe in psychic phenomena and magical powers;
e. If religious, tends to gravitate towards "signs and wonders".

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We tend to be sympathetic towards persons who have cancer, arthritis, diabetes and lumbago. We make abundant allowances for persons who are blind or deaf. We would never think of being unkind to someone who is cognitively deprived or mentally challenged.
However, we are often inclined, unfortunately, not to cut a break towards those of our fellow human beings who are emotionally ill. I am referring to the walking wounded. They are all around us. God help me, sometimes I think maybe they
ARE us!

Q - To what extent are human beings FULLY RESPONSIBLE for their bad or unpleasant behavior?
A - I really don't know! I hate to admit that I don't know, but I can't pretend to knowledge I don't have. No mere human really knows! God will have to figure it out. I'm quite sure He already has it figured out, but He is sure not telling me what He knows!

THEREFORE, we muddle through. We pray for everyone. We forgive everyone. We try to understand everyone but, when we don't, we make the decision to love them and to forgive them and not to make their lives more difficult than they already are.

We might want to use the categories on pages 07 and 08 in order to examine ourselves. Do we exhibit any of these behaviors? If we do and if we can change, then let us ask God to help us to change. Do persons we know exhibit any of these behaviors? If so, let us not presume that they can readily change. Pray for them and forgive them. Let us not be quick to take offense.

stjos/stfds: 06.08.2008 - 09

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM AN ARTICLE that appeared in the Sunday, 25 May, edition of the Herald - Mail, a newspaper that serves the Hagerstown (MD) area.
St. Joseph parishioner Rosa Alfonsi Lilley - usually a very shy, reserved and withdrawn person - was so proud of her 17-year-old grandson, Michael, that she showed the pastor the article chronicling his recent success.
I thought it would be appropriate to re-print a portion of the article in our parish bulletin because I admire young Michael's keen awareness of God and his submission to God.
If you want to read the entire article and / or if you want to see the photo of Michael crossing the victory line, you can check it out online:
Lilley repeats as state champion in 1A boys 1,600
BALTIMORE - Michael Lilley was not about to settle for another second-place finish at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships on Saturday.
"There was no messing around today," the Williamsport junior said. Lilley pulled away from Western Tech's Chris Mills in the final 200 meters to win the Class 1A boys 1,600 for the second straight year.
His time of 4 minutes, 26.33 seconds was a personal best by more than 3 seconds. Mills was second in 4:28.98.
"We got to the final 200 and I knew everyone was praying for me, and I couldn't let my team down," said Lilley, who finished second to Mills in the 3,200 and ran a leg of the Wildcats' second-place 4x800 relay on Thursday, when the meet began. "Mills won the 3,200, and I was like, 'I can't let him get me today.'
"To defend my title is just an amazing feeling. It's really special that God allows me to compete at a high level."
Young Michael reminds me somewhat of another godly man, viz. Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire. May God grant him every success!

stjos/stfds: 06.08.2008 - 10

third child (third son) of James and Jennifer (Gownley) Dubé, will be baptized today (Sunday) in Saint Joseph Church.
Baptism will cause this child to be ontologically changed!
If you are not familiar with the technical term "ontologically changed", we invite you to become familiar with it.
You probably remember, from your catechism days, that there are three sacraments that "put a permanent mark on the soul" and that these sacraments are the three "non-repeatable sacraments". If you do remember this, then you already have some idea of what is meant by "ontologically changed".
BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION and HOLY ORDERS are the three sacraments that produce an ontological change. They are non-repeatable, permanent, once-and-done! Once received, there is nothing the Church can do and nothing the recipient can do to undo their primary effect. They change one's very being.
Little Matthew will be forever changed today in the deepest recesses of his being! The curse of Adam will be removed. Moreover, he will receive the gift of participation in the Divine Nature. This gift is called "sanctifying grace". He will be lifted up to the dignity of adopted son of the First Person of the Godhead.
We are grateful to God for creating this little boy. We are grateful to James and Jennifer for pro-creating him!
We are grateful beyond measure to God for giving this little boy the promise of eternal life in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Welcome to the Catholic Church, dear Matthew Patrick! God bless your Mom and Dad and all who love you.

stjos/stfds: 06.08.2008 - 11



CAROLAN M. WHITNEY, daughter of Michael and Catherine (Lucas) Whitney, graduated from the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29, Marlin Campus. In doing so, she received Distinguished Honors.
DAVID J. CHIPLONIA, son of Julian D. and Nora (Mooney) Chiplonia, graduated from Nativity BVM High School.
VINCENT J. BAIOCCO Jr., son of Vincent J. [Sr.] and Monna (Oates) Baiocco, graduated from All Saints Elementary School.
DOMINIC J. CHIPLONIA, son of Julian D. and Nora (Mooney) Chiplonia, graduated from All Saints Elementary School.

Call the parish secretary (622-3081) to let us know of any other parishioners who graduated this month (or last month) from 8th grade, high school, college or reform school.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS): a joint venture of St. Patrick Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish
For:         EVERYONE of ALL ages: children, teens and adults
Dates: Sunday, 15 June to Thursday, 19 June
Time: 6:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Site:         Longinus Hall, St. John the Baptist Church, Pottsville
Register:         on line at

Or else contact Michelle Lurwick at 622-8685 or at or Tina Zanis at 640-9185 or at
The final night of VBS will be a picnic!

stjos/stfds: 06.08.2008 - 12

Fr. Connolly will NOT be accepting any offer - either from Mr. McCain or from Mr. Obama - to join either ticket as candidate for Vice President.
No offer has been made, but I just want to make my position clear just in case an offer comes.
I'll have enough on my plate with two parishes in Girardville!
Q - Since my parish is closing, what parish should I join?
A - In the case of Pottsville / Mount Carbon, St. Patrick Parish will expand to embrace the territory previously assigned to Mary Queen of Peace Parish and to St. Francis deSales Parish. (Notice we do not include St. Joseph Parish. That is because St. Joseph Parish is not and never was a territorial parish.) Therefore, it makes sense for persons who belong to StFdSPar or to MQPPar to join StPatPar. However, it is permissible - if not by law, at least by custom - to join St. John the Baptist Parish, if you prefer. StJtBPar does not have territory. It is historically a German parish. (I think all German parishes lost their territories as a result of the Treaty of Versailles, but I'm not sure of that.) Quite frankly, you are free to join any parish your little heart desires, as long as the parish you join is in peace and communion with the Bishop of Allentown and the Holy See.
Q - Will my membership be transferred automatically to Saint Patrick Parish?
A - No, it will not. You will have to join on purpose. You can do this by visiting St. Patrick Rectory office or else by calling 622-1802 during business hours. But don't you dare do this until midnight of 15 July 2008!
Q - Do I need to have my records transferred from StJosPar to the parish I shall be joining?
A - It's strange. Several persons have asked me that question. The answer, short and simple, is this: No!
I think what people have in mind is this: What happens to the records of Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Death? The answer is this: All such records that exist at StJosPar and at StFdSPar and at MQPPar will be physically transported to StPatPar. Forever after, anyone who ever received Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation or Matrimony at StJosPar, StFdSPar or MQPPar will be able to receive a certificate attesting to same by contacting StPatPar. Same with death records, of course.
Q - Is it true that Msgr. O'Connor will give Fr. Connolly five dollars a head (for his personal use) for each StJos or StFdS parishioner who registers at StPatPar?
A - That hasn't come up in conversation yet but I do thank you for the suggestion! Yes, indeed, I thank you very much!

stjos/stfds: 06.08.2008 - 13


Saturday, 07 June
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - FRED YUENGLING Sr.
by Nancy Dunbrowney Haag

Sunday, 08 June
10th Sunday of Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - EDWARD W. KULL
by Barbara Sciarrone Kasper and family
12:15 p.m. - ROBERT YOUNG
by Andy and Clare Alfonsi

Monday, 09 June
St. Ephrem, deacon, doctor (OptMem)
10:00 a.m. - Health and God's Blessings on EVA ZEMANEK GONTIS
by her husband, Jim

Wednesday, 11 June
St. Barnabas, apostle (OblMem)
10:00 a.m. - CHILDREN of the WORLD
by Shirley Losch Recla

Saturday, 14 June
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his brother, Vincent, and his sister, Anne

Sunday, 15 June
11th Sunday of Ordinary Time
9:15 a.m. - God's Blessings on
by his family
by his sons: Francis, Jimmy and Brian

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