Saturday, 14 June
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

Monday, 16 June
by Mary Sterner

Tuesday, 17 June
12:05 p.m. - JOSEPH A. FABIANI
by Bill and Gerry Pross
7:00 p.m. - JOHN S. JOY Sr.
by his nephew, Vincent Madaffari

Wednesday, 18 June
12:05 p.m. - ELANORE TEGANO FOLINO (42nd anniversary of wedding)
by her husband, Jack


Thursday, 19 June
St. Romuald, abbot (OptMem)
(2nd anniversary)
by her family
by Mary Brady Luppino and family

Friday, 20 June
by her family

Saturday, 21 June
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (OblMem)
8:00 a.m. - God's Blessings on SHAWN and ALLISON MEREDITH
by her family

Vigil of Sunday
4:30 p.m. - ANTHONY J. LUPPINO
by Kitty Owens DiCello

Sunday, 22 June
12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
by Patty Feeley Garland
10:45 a.m. - FRANK V. LASCALA
by his family

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 01


07 / 08 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $81.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,529.00 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 $17.85 of this collection is available for operating the parish.

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $58.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $159.00 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 ($136.03) of this collection is available for operating the parish.This is a deficit!



 07 June

Betty D won the $100.00

 08 June

Nobody  won the 150.00

 09 June

Michael K won the $50.00

10 June

Anne W  won the $50.00

11 June

Nobody won the $50.00

12 June

Nobody won the $50.00

13 June

Nobody won the $50.00

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 02



Tuesday, 17 June
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 19 June
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Friday, 20 June
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
at St. Francis deSales'

Friday, 20 June
2:30 p.m.

Please note that the monthly Mass has been "moved up" one week this month. Usually it is on the last Friday of the month. This month, it will be the next to the last Friday.
We remind one and all that you are invited to participate in this Mass.
Simply go to the Nursing Home (located on the road behind Good Samaritan Hospital) and go to the activities room on the first floor.

1950 - 2008
Not ashamed of Jesus Christ nor of his Catholic Faith.
Requiescat in pace.

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 03


16 June
Anthony W. Vidal

17 June
Justin M. Bassininsky

18 June
Antonio N. Ervolino
Elizabeth A. Mohan
Mary Gerace Pilo
Joseph R. Riotto

19 June
Thomas J. Bracey
Vincent A. Gargano
Anthony J. Maccarone
Margaret Farenish Puddu

20 June
Steven S. Kheloussi
Benjamin Panichello
Albert J. Yackenchick Sr.

21 June
Craig M. Lazarchick

22 June
Frank J. Mattera
Joseph H. Negrello



Fifty years ago - 14 June 1958 - yours truly served as an usher in the wedding of my sister, Anne, and her husband, Alfred.
Now, fifty years and one day later - 15 June 2008 - Anne and Alfred will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary at the church where they married: St. William, Philadelphia. The erstwhile usher will have the immense privilege of being the celebrant of the Anniversary Mass. For this great event, I shall not wear a tuxedo. Instead, I'll wear a chasuble. The concelebrant of the Mass will be a distinguished priest of the Diocese, viz. Fr. Harold F. Dagle. Fr. Dagle is a long-time friend of the family and was - lo, these many years ago - a teacher at Nativity BVM High School and a resident at St. Joseph Rectory.
Please note that I shall not be around today (Sunday) after the 7:45 a.m. Mass. Either Fr. Drucker or the visiting missionary priest will celebrate the other Masses.

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 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
LAPLACA, Julia Senitch
LEYMEISTER, Harvey / Doris

PASCUZZO, Albert / Martha
PILO, Anthony / Karen
PILO, Pasquale / Mary
POPECK, Frank / Rose
RIOTTO, Joseph R.
RUTECKY, William / Christine
SCHENCK, Thomas M.
THYE, James A.
Goal:          $11,748
So far           $5355
To go:          $6393

BONCORE, Frank / Debra
WYCHUNAS, Gerald / Tina

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

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 05

I WASN'T ABLE TO ATTEND either the Worship or the Sunday School at Christ Church, Route 443, McKeansburg this past Sunday (8 June). My excuse is a pretty good one: I work on Sundays.
I would have enjoyed listening to the message. If anyone is able to provide me with a copy of it - either an audiotape or a print copy - I would certainly listen to it (or read it) with respectful attention.
Meanwhile, I am going to guess (this is strictly a guess, mind you) that the message touched on some or all of the following:

Cats substitute mere human traditions for the word of God, whereas Prots base themselves exclusively on the word of God as found in the Bible;
Cats teach that Mary plus various and sundry saints serve along with Jesus as mediators between God and human beings, whereas Prots teach that Jesus is the only mediator;

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 06

Cats are discouraged from reading the Bible, whereas Prots are encouraged to read it;
Cats believe that the Pope is the head of the Church, whereas Prots believe that Jesus is the Head of the Church;
Cats believe in salvation by works, whereas Prots believe in salvation by faith alone;
Cats believe that a person who is saved can lose his or her salvation, whereas Prots believe that, once a person has been saved, he or she can never be lost;
Cats believe that Jesus dies at every Mass, whereas Prots believe that Jesus died only once;
Cats believe that Mary remained a virgin and did not conceive or give birth to any children other than Jesus, whereas Prots believe that Mary was a virgin only until the birth of Jesus, but not afterwards, and that the "brothers and sisters of Jesus" mentioned in the Gospel are Mary's biological children;
Cats believe in confessing their sins to a priest, whereas Prots believe in confessing their sins to God alone;
Cats believe that the Christian Church never lost the true doctrine of Jesus, whereas Prots believe that the true doctrine of Jesus got lost somewhere around the fourth century (or later) and was re-discovered by Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and an assortment of other bright lads who are known collectively - and optimistically - as "the Reformers";
Cats believe in Purgatory and "praying for the dead", whereas Prots are more enlightened and believe that, if you're dead, you're either in heaven (in which case prayer on your behalf is superfluous) or else in Hell (in which case prayer on your behalf is irrelevant);
Cats tend to be somewhat juvenile, evidence of which is their superstitious use of medals and scapulars and rosaries, whereas Protestants are usually much more grown up in their devotions and eschew such trinkets;

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 07

Cats worship statues, blatantly ignoring God's command not to "make unto yourselves any graven images" and not to bow down to them and (sneaky, sneaky!) have even omitted this precept from their listing of the Ten Commandments, whereas Prots strenuously obey this precept and include it in their listing of the Ten Commandments;
Cats say that the Pope is infallible, whereas Prots (being much more sensible) say that ALL human beings are sinful and ALL human beings can make mistakes;
Cats believe in freedom of religion only in those states and nations where Cats are a minority but, once the Cats get to be a solid majority, they no longer believe in freedom of religion but start torturing Prots by tickling their toes until they either submit to Rome or else die, whichever comes first, whereas Prots believe in freedom of religion at all times and in all places and under all circumstances and would never think of torturing Cats or tickling their toes or doing any such thing;
Cats address their priests as "Father", whereas Prots know that Jesus clearly forbids us to call any man "Father";
Cats believe that all they have to do to get their sins forgiven is to tell them to a priest and that this substitutes for being sorry for them, whereas Prots believe either that sin is irrelevant once you are saved or else, if it is still relevant, all you have to do is be sorry and let God know;
Cats believe that Baptism is necessary for salvation, whereas Prots believe that Baptism is a good idea, but not necessary for salvation;
Cats believe that they can buy their way out of hell (or, at least, out of what they call "purgatory") by giving money to the church, whereas Prots believe that Jesus did it all;
Cats believe that a person has to do all sorts of stuff in order to be saved, whereas Prots believe that - pardon the repetition - Jesus did it all!
Cats do not know or care about the RAPTURE, an event that will cause all Bible-believing Prots to be vacuumed up to meet Jesus, whereas the Cats and other reprobates will be LEFT BEHIND to deal with the TRIBULATiON;

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 08

Cats belong to a false religion, headed by the Antichrist, and they consort with that Scarlet Woman who Rides on the Back of the Beast and they're all going to be thrown into the Lake of Fire where the Worm never dies unless they see the error of their ways, flee from Babylon before it's too late and become good Prots like Jesus and the Twelve Apostles and Billy Graham.

The points listed (pages 06 to 09) under the heading "Some reasons we are Protestants and not Catholics" are my feeble (and hurried) attempt to list a few of the old chestnuts.
I am
NOT saying that I know that any of these points were any part of the message delivered at the Christ Church in McKeansburg on Sunday, 8 June!
I am, however, saying that I would hazard a guess that one or more of these points somehow or other found its way into that message.
What I am hoping is this: I hope that there is no adult member of either St. Joseph Parish or St. Francis deSales Parish who would not be able to deal successfully with any of these chestnuts.
Allow me, in these waning days, to say once again what I have been saying from the pulpit (and in the bulletin) time after time:

There is one and only one Church established by God for the salvation of the human race. That Church is the Catholic Church. There is no other. Let us resolve to live and die in peace and communion with the Catholic Church. Let us pray for all of our Protestant friends, that they may return to that one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church - the pillar of truth, the Body of Christ, the Bride soon to come down from heaven to meet the Lord.

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 09


Father JOHN H. HARHAGER, s.m. is a most welcome guest of St. Joseph Parish and St. Francis deSales Parish this weekend.
He comes to us under the auspices of the Propagation of the Faith. One of the programs of the Propagation of the Faith is the annual "Missionary Cooperative Weekend" in each parish. [We usually shorten that to "Mission Co-op Weekend"]
This is that weekend!
The visiting priest preaches at all the weekend Masses (and celebrates some of them). He usually tells us something about the work of his community. He hopes to raise the consciousness level of all of us in regard to what is going on in the wider world to spread the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to bring people into the Church. A great part of the missionary task is seeing to the very basic physical needs of the people: food, shelter, health care.

A few words about Fr. John's community

Since its official recognition by the Church in 1836, the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers and Brothers) has committed itself to the missions in the southwest Pacific. Since that time, the Marists have expanded into areas of Africa, Asia and South America. Today there are nearly 300 priests and brothers working in "bush stations", teaching in schools and seminaries, ministering in training institutions, providing direct service to the poor, oppressed and marginalized, and contributing to the development of people for a better society and a strong local Church. Contributions to the Marists will help them in their mission of witness to the Gospel, service to the needy and helping the local Church to build a strong base for its promising future. Thank you for whatever you can do to help them in their life-long commitment and work.

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 10

GINA M. MATTERA, daughter of Frank and Camille (Pilo) Mattera, graduated from Pottsville Area High School.
Vincent J. Baiocco Jr. / 8th grade / All Saints / Second Honors
Dominic J. Chiplonia / 8th grade / All Saints / First Honors
Evan J. Getzey / 7th grade / Blue Mountain / Distinguished Honors
Albert J. Yackenchick Jr. / 7th grade / All Saints / First Honors
Alexander Koinski / 6th grade / All Saints / First Honors
Dominic F. Piccioni / 5th grade / All Saints / First Honors
Aaron A. Tranquillo / 5th grade / All Saints / First Honors

Golden Girls Basketball Team
Yard Sale Fundraisers
Saturday, 21 June
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Nativity Gymnasium
Please bring items to the Gym and place them on the tables provided on Friday, 20 June, between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 11


JONATHAN R. MERCURI, a rising junior at Pottsville Area High School, recently attended the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar held at Millersville University. Because of his outstanding leadership skills, Jonathan was selected, from a field of 237 students, to be the Central PA male representative to attend the HOBY 2008 World Leadership Congress, to be held from 25 July to 2 August, at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Jonathan will join 500 of tomorrow's national and international leaders from around the globe who are interested in making a difference.
He is the son of Ronald and JoAnne (Kubeyka) Mercuri.
SOMETHING I AM GRATEFUL FOR: Nobody in St. Joseph Parish or in St. Francis deSales Parish has started any petitions, raised any ruckuses, led any protest marches, picketed the Chancery or thrown himself under a bus in order to express his or her displeasure at the closing of our two parishes.
Does such resignation indicate lack of love or enthusiasm for our parishes?
Not by a long shot.
It indicates a certain maturity and a certain measured approach to life, together with the capacity for seeing beyond the present distress.
Knowing when to hold and when to fold is an admirable characteristic.
Thank you to everyone for acting so admirably.

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 12


Snake, snake,
slithery snake,
looking for prey
you could easily take.

While you stalk a porcupine,
I sing a rhyme -
as if that were a crime.


 Bad reputation
is what you get,
while others live
just as you would bet.

Those reptile racists
persecute you.
I would shut their mouths
with sticky glue!

 You eat mice
while they eat rice.
They call you gross.
That's not nice!

And they wonder why
they always die -
when you STRIKE!


The poet is Alexander Koinski, who is: 12 years old; a rising seventh-grader at All Saints School; a member of St. Francis deSales Parish; an altar boy; a neat kid.
I like his poem. It's offbeat. It has attitude! And it makes me smile. Snakes don't have many friends. It is kind of Alex to defend the lowly and despised!

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008 - 13


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

Monday, 16 June
10:00 a.m. - God's Blessings on
by his parents

Saturday, 21 June
Vigil of Sunday
6:00 p.m. - DOMENICA ["Mamie"] DeMATTEO LaSELVA
by Jack and Flo McGovern

Sunday, 22 June
12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
by his daughter, Nancy
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent

stjos/stfds: 06.15.2008- 14

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