Saturday, 21 June
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

Monday, 23 June
by their daughter / sister, Patty

Tuesday, 24 June
Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Sol)
12:05 p.m. - MARGARET COYLE
by Jim and Cindy and family
7:00 p.m. - ROSE CHIODO
by Mary J. Chiodo and John D. Chiodo

Wednesday, 25 June
by their wife / mother, Carmella

Thursday, 26 June
12:05 p.m. - JAMES McGEE
by Carol Unascavage
7:00 p.m. - Health and God's Blessings on JOAN KACZOROWSKI
by Joseph and Marie Palerino

Friday, 27 June
St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, doctor (OptMem)
12:05 p.m. - LOUIS J. TROILO (anniversary of birth)
by his daughters, Tina and Liz

Saturday, 28 June
St. Irenaeius, bishop, martyr (OblMem)
by Paul and Joanie Dimmerling

Vigil of Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul
4:30 p.m. - JOHN TORCELLO
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Sunday, 29 June
Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul
7:45 a.m. - MARIO and PETER ALFONSI
by Harry and Rosa Lilley
10:45 a.m. - God's Blessings on JOHN and CHARLOTTE VUCINOVICH
by their goddaughter, Susan Branca Thye

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 01


14 / 15 JUNE

Saint Joseph Parish
from the envelopes and $100.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $1,392.00 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 ($119.15) of this collection is available for operating the parish. This is a deficit!

Saint Francis deSales Parish
from the envelopes and $50.00 from the plate. Thank you.
When one deducts from the sum of these two figures, $231.00 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 ($64.03) of this collection is available for operating the parish.This is a deficit!



 14 June

Betty D won the $100.00

 15 June

Nobody  won the 150.00

 16 June

Nobody won the $50.00

17 June

Tony P  won the $50.00

18 June

Mary C won the $50.00

19 June

Nobody won the $50.00

20 June

Frank F won the $50.00

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 02



Tuesday, 24 June
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's

Thursday, 26 June
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
at St. Joseph's


Yours truly is acutely conscious of the fact that, for us at StJosPar and StFdSPar, "the days dwindle down to a precious few". For this reason, I regret the unfortunate timing of two commitments that I made eons ago. Long before I had any idea that our parishes would be closing on 15 July 2008, I committed myself to preaching and celebrating Mass at the St. Joseph Retreat House in Malvern (PA) on the weekend of 28 / 29 June. I also committed myself to a wedding in Cincinnati (OH) on Saturday, 12 July! (The groom is a young man I have known ever since he was a little boy. I gave him his First Holy Communion in St. Joseph Church. He often visited me at St. Joseph Rectory.)
Neither of these commitments is breakable without serious inconvenience to some dear friends of mine!
Therefore, as much as I would prefer to be "very present" to the parishes in these final few weeks, I am obliged to be absent from the parishes next weekend (
28 / 29 June). Other priests will cover the Masses. I shall be here, God willing, on the weekend of 5 / 6 July. Then, on the final weekend, I shall be away on Saturday, 12 July. However, I have made arrangements to fly back from Cincinnati immediately after the wedding, in order to be here for the final Sunday Masses on 13 July.

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 03


23 June
Rosemarie Tranquillo Hall
Julia Civitarese Mazzuca *
Anthony A. Pilo

24 June
Mark C. Deysher
Stephany M. Hauptly
Marino Perry Orff

25 June
Morgan M. Chillemi
Tara M. Centeleghe
Valerie Shrom Shappell

26 June
Sally Cola McShaw
Arthur Moraco
Andreas Roman

27 June
Elaine Skumin Barbetta
James P. Cicero
Catharine Galle
Jonah A. Modesto
Steward Steckley

28 June
Ann Hoepstine Blankenhorn
Margaret Moore Etherington
Matthew S. Freed
Domenic P. Mercuri
Liam L. Moyer
Aaron J. Spece

29 June
Thomas D. Guastavino, M.D.
Michael A. Sedicino

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THE BISHOP'S ANNUAL APPEAL, if you have not already done so. If you have lost your contribution card, put your contribution into an envelope, mark it "Bishop's Annual Appeal" and put it into the collection basket or bring it (or mail it) to the Rectory. It is our DUTY to support this annual appeal!

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 04

A friend of mine sent me an email with an attachment. Jim Gontis is a former StFdS parishioner and, together with his wife, Eva, and children, a former tenant at StFdS Rectory.
I think Jim's insightful letter and the attached article (excellent article!) are prime "bulletin material" and am devoting a huge amount of space to them in this weekend's bulletin. (Cf. pages 5 to 10).
I hope at least a few persons will have the patience and will take the time to read both.
If even one person is motivated to re-think his intentions to have his mortal remains cremated and to opt for "full-casket interment", I shall be more than satisfied.
Suffice it to say that I am not fond of cremation.
Much more to the point, the Catholic Church is not fond of cremation either, although she does permit it.

Dear Father:
I saw the attached article about cremation by Rabbi Marc Gellman of "God Squad" fame, in The Harrisburg Patriot-News.
First of all, let me say that I completely accept the Church's allowance for cremation. The Church speaks directly on this in the Code of Canon Law, which is the official listing of the laws of the Church. The following is the direct quote from the relevant canon (#1176 paragraph 3), in the Code.
The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying the bodies of the deceased be observed, nevertheless, the Church does not prohibit cremation unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine.
Note: One obvious example of a reason "contrary to Christian doctrine" would be a person choosing cremation precisely as a statement of denial that there is a resurrection of the body.

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 05

That said, I thought that the article by Rabbi Gellman was outstanding! It resonated with me.
The reason the article resonates with me so deeply is that I have a very "incarnational" (in flesh) sense of life, death, and of the Faith. This is one of the things I most love about our Catholic Faith. We are not deconstructionists and we see the reality that we are not purely spiritual beings like angels, but rather that we are body-soul composites. Not only the soul, but also the body is important and good. It is constitutive of the human person. So much so, that originally we were never meant to be without it. Now, due to the effects of original sin, we will be without it for a time, but only until the Second Coming of our Lord. The fact is, the separation of body and soul is a very unnatural state.
God imprints the "Incarnational Principle" throughout His Creation and throughout the Church. It is imprinted most especially in His own Incarnation: "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1, 14) Even in regard to the Scriptures themselves, the Incarnational Principle is at work. The Holy Spirit does not simply drop the books of the Bible from the sky (though He surely could have), but rather, inspires human authors to write what He wants them to write, while making full use of their own talents, personalities, and experiences, to convey His truths.
I love the fact that the Incarnational Principle is in play in Catholic art and architecture. We Catholics are not iconoclasts. This heresy was condemned rather early in the Church's history. Rather, we have always realized that depictions of God and of sacred persons, places, and things help us to come to a greater love and knowledge of Him. It is not that they replace the Creator, but that they help us creatures (albeit creatures in His image and likeness) to raise our minds and hearts to Him. We make full use of physical matter and so does God. Not only that, but the physical matter, as well as the spirit are good.

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 06

I think that what Rabbi Gellman puts so well is the importance of the physical, as well as the spiritual. This corresponds to our nature. It is how Jesus established the sacraments, which give us spiritual gifts through physical signs. It is why our church architecture, church music, and sacred art, etc. should be beautiful, not simply pragmatic or functional. It is why we pray and worship with body and soul. This is why we do things like genuflect, fold our hands, make the Sign of the Cross, use holy water, bow, etc.
Many heresies have fallen under the general category of "body bad, spirit good" (the genus here is "dualism", the individual species are legion). Dualism is not Christian and certainly not Catholic-Christian.
One of the stories from Scripture that I find very interesting, and very sacramental is the idea of Jesus healing a blind man by spitting into dirt, thereby making mud. Then he rubs it on the man's eyes and he is made to see. Did Jesus have to do it this way? Certainly not. He chose to, I think, because he is intending to show us something of the sacraments, i.e. grace given through physical signs. He is working out a healing (both physical and spiritual) through material means. He knows that is helpful to us. It is helpful to us because it corresponds to our human nature.
For the same reason, I find that burial of the dead and reverence for the body, even after death, is important and good. It corresponds well with a sacramental way of looking at things - of looking at life and of looking at death. I think that this is true even for those bodies that have died that in their older years grew weak, blind, lame, and disfigured. Maybe it is even more important in these cases because it helps to illustrate that these people, including their bodies, did not lose their value when their bodies were no longer able to function as perhaps they once had. Being takes precedence over mere function. Reverence for the body, including the burial of the dead, shows that no matter what, the body, as well as the soul, was and is always a gift.

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 07

I think this was one of the great blessings that Pope John Paul II taught us in his teaching early in his pontificate on the Theology of the Body, and through his own example as a "suffering servant" in his latter years. There are many others who teach us this as well.
I think that reverence for the body after death helps family and friends to pray for the deceased. I think it also helps remind people to pray for themselves and their family members who are still alive. And finally, the reverence for and burial of the body can help to pave the way for the fervent hope that when God raises our bodies, they will be glorious and beautiful beyond belief, that they will have power, given by Christ, beyond our wildest imaginings. And that when this happens, God's definitive victory over death will be consummated and God will be all in all!

Jim Gontis



by Rabbi Marc Gellman
Tribune Media Services

Q: Is it OK for a Christian to be cremated, or must my husband and I be buried? We're both quite ill and we need an answer as soon as possible. We used to go to St. Paul's Methodist Church, but we don't attend anymore because of illness.

R and B, West Palm Beach, FL.

A: I've answered several cremation questions over the years but none from a Methodist before. Protestant churches, and the Methodists in particular, are the most open to cremation of all the Christian denominations. So, the answer is, yes, you may be cremated, but I hope you don't need to avail yourselves of this practice for many years. I pray for your health.
The official statement of Methodist belief on this matter is from the church's official Web site, "United Methodists do not insist upon burial as the only appropriate means of committing our earthly remains to God, and so are generally open to cremation as a viable alternative. In some places, burial or entombment is simply not an option, either because of costs involved or because of a lack of cemetery space. Ultimately, this is a decision that will be in the context of the individuals, families, and cultural norms involved."

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 08

Here's a list of some other religions and how they break down on the cremation issue:
Hinduism; Jainism; Buddhism
Note: Although Hindu holy men are buried, they are buried in a sitting (lotus) position and not lying down flat.


Catholicism; Jehovah's Witnesses; Seventh Day Adventism
Note: The Catholic Church, which until 1997 required the presence of a body at a funeral Mass, now will permit a funeral Mass with just an urn of ashes present. The Catholic Church does not allow scattering of ashes and prescribes that the urn be buried or else put into a niche in a columbarium.

Judaism; Eastern Orthodoxy; Mormonism; Baha'i; Islam; Zoroastrianism; Confucianism.
Notes: Orthodox and Conservative Judaism forbid cremation. Reform Judaism is more open to it, but discourages it. Eastern Orthodox churches permit it only under special circumstances, such as public health emergencies. Likewise Mormonism permits it under certain rare circumstances.

The theological issues concerning cremation are focused on the belief in the resurrection of the dead at the end of time in the Messianic age. Cremation seems to be an assault on that belief because, obviously, it destroys the bodily remains. For this reason, in-ground burial is the preferred option for religions that focus on a belief in bodily resurrection.

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 09

My own person views on this matter are quite strong. I am vigorously opposed to cremation and especially so if the intention is to scatter the ashes somewhere. I have seen and I know the spiritual value of a grave. A grave is a place where mourners can come before holidays and on special occasions to pay their respects and focus their memories. It's a place where older children can be shown the graves of other family members and told the stories of their lives.
Mostly, I believe in graves because I believe in the spiritual value of touching. When I dedicate the stone for my father this summer, I'll be able to touch the stone that touches the earth that touches my father. It is a linkage of love into the bosom of the earth and into the bosom of my love for him. I know that only his bodily remains are in the earth and that his soul is in the world to come with God, but I'm still here on planet earth, and here where I live, touching is a powerful connector to the ones we love.
I felt this connection strongly when I helped preside at the memorial service for the victims of TWA flight 800 at Smith Point Beach on Long Island in 1996. We could have held that service anywhere, but it was clear that the families needed to be there so they could touch the water that touched the remains of those they loved.
Cremation ends touching and that's the main reason I don't like it or recommend it to those who ask my opinion. I also don't like the way cremation is sometimes sold to vulnerable elderly people by those with a commercial rather than a religious interest in the practice. I've heard stories of pitches that scare the people: "You don't want to be put into the ground and have people pile dirt on you, do you?" "You don't want to buried some place where nobody will visit your grave, do you?" All this sickens me.
I've often counseled grief-stricken mourners torn by the discovery that a parent took out a cremation policy when they want to bury the parent in a grave where they and their children can visit. They don't want to violate their parent's wishes, but they also don't want to give up a place for spiritual touching. I'm usually able to suggest a compromise where they go through with the cremation, then bury the urn in a grave.
Dust to dust, ashes to ashes, yes, but in God's time - in God's time.

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 10


This is Drew Weidner's current mailing address. Perhaps you would like to send him a note. No doubt he would be happy to hear from some of his friends from St. Joseph Parish. It is likely that his address will change in the near future. When it does, you can ask Lisa for his new address. Meanwhile, we expect that the mail sent to him at this address will be forwarded.

Drew R. Weidner
P.O. Box 23A
Thornton, PA 19373
ANGELA M. CAIRNS, a member of StJosPar, has completed her freshman year at Elizabethtown College. She was on the Dean's List for the Spring Semester. Angela is James and Marie (Garbetti) Cairns's favorite daughter.
THE MAY PROCESSION held on Sunday, 26 May, was, as always, a beautiful event. We are grateful to all who participated in any way. Special thanks to the Mayor, the Council and the Police of the Beautiful Borough of Palo Alto! We have good reason to be grateful to them for their kindnesses to us over the years. Thanks also to the persons who donated anything at all: food, beverages or money. Thanks also, of course, to the kitchen help!
SPREAD THE WORD: The monthly spaghetti supper and the monthly calendar will continue! St. Patrick Parish will pick them up. We anticipate a seamless transition, at least in these two matters. Please continue to support both!

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 11



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
ALFONSI, Andy / Mary Clare
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


MODESTO, Salvatore / Mary
PALERINO, Joseph / Ann Marie

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           $6615
To go:          $5133

BONCORE, Frank / Debra
WYCHUNAS, Gerald / Tina

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

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 12

Nota bene
St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville (PA), has often been referred to as "the Irish parish". Please allow me to make an ex cathedra statement. (You can be certain that it is ex cathedra because I am sitting on a chair as I type these words.) Like all ex cathedra statements, this one is infallible and irrevocable:
St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville (PA), never has been, is not now and never will be "the Irish parish" any more than it ever was, is now or ever will be "the Italian parish" or "the Bulgarian parish" or "the Estonian parish" or "the name-any-ethnic-group-you-wish parish". St. Patrick Parish, to which we shall soon respectfully commend the members of St. Joseph Parish and St. Francis deSales Parish, always was, is now and, God willing, always will be a CATHOLIC parish. Nothing more, nothing less!

Acknowledgment of and celebration of one's ethnic origins is sometimes useful, even interesting, for historical reasons and can, at appropriate times, provide an excuse for jolly good fun. However, no mature person ever gets all wrapped up in his or her ethnic identity. After all, it was a Jew who saved us from eternal perdition, whether we are Irish or Italian or whatever, and it is a Jew into Whose Body we were baptized and with Whom we become more and more deeply integrated each time we receive the Holy Eucharist.

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008 - 13


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
9:15 a.m. - WILLIAM D. BRENNAN
by Bill Moran
12:15 p.m. - WILLIAM E. BRENNAN
by his sister, Anne, and his brother, Vincent

Monday, 23 June
by his wife, Frances, and family

Wednesday, 25 June
by Shirley Losch Recla

Friday, 27 June
10:00 a.m. - HANS MUELLER
by his nephew, Edward

Saturday, 28 June
Vigil of Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul
by Joseph T. Cescon and family

Sunday, 29 June
Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul, apostles
by his daughter, Nancy
12:15 p.m. - PAUL and CAMILLE TEGANO
by their family

stjos/stfds: 06.22.2008- 14

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