Saturday, 09 April
Vigil of Sunday
05:30 pm — MARGARET T. KAPLAFKA (8th anniversary)
by Joseph Kaplafka and son

Sunday, 10 April
5th Sunday of Lent
by her daughter, Mickey

Monday, 11 April
St. Stanislaus, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
by his wife, Jean

Tuesday, 12 April
Lenten Weekday
07:00 pm — JOSEPH DROSEY
by Victor and Betty Drosey

Wednesday, 13 April
St. Martin I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
08:00 am — PEGGY COYLE
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Thursday, 14 April
Lenten Weekday
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Friday, 15 April
Lenten Weekday
by their grandson, Jim, and his wife, Cindy

Saturday, 16 April
Lenten Weekday
08:00 am — TIMOTHY and ANNIE (Keating) CONNOLLY
by their grandson, Edward
Vigil of Palm Sunday
by the Rizzardi family

Sunday, 17 April
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
by his daughter, Mickey


Saturday, 09 April
Vigil of Sunday
by Muriel Pucetas and son, William

Sunday, 10 April
5th Sunday of Lent
by the HNS

Monday, 11 April
St. Stanislaus, bishop, martyr (OptMem)
07:00 pm — JAMES and JETT BRADY
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Tuesday, 12 April
Lenten Weekday
by Barb Kull and Barb Snitzer

Wednesday, 13 April
St. Martin I, pope, martyr (OptMem)
by Shirley Losch Recla

Thursday, 14 April
Lenten Weekday
by his wife, Alice

Friday, 15 April
Lenten Weekday
05:00 pm — MORRIS and PERL WERLEY
by Jim and Cindy Coyle

Saturday, 16 April
Vigil of Palm Sunday
04:00 pm — ANDREW and MARY POWLICK
by John and Barbara Petrousky

Sunday, 17 April
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
08:30 am — GARY J. ROMANOT
by his parents

stjos/stvdp: 04.10.2011 - 01

02 / 03 APRIL

Saint Joseph Parish
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,114.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $77.00 from the second collection (plate); $346.00 from the Dues envelopes; $10.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $116.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $61.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,724.00
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $223.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes.
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,724.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($329.54), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($464.00), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($358.17), the sum total of which is $1,151.17, one sees that $572.83 is available from this collection for operating the parish.

Saint Vincent DePaul Parish:
Receipts for parish purposes: $1,087.00 from the Sunday envelopes; $50.00 from the second collection (plate); $266.00 from the Dues envelopes; $20.00 from the Building Maintenance envelopes; $77.00 from the Easter flowers envelopes; $79.00 from the loose.
Total: $1,579.00.
Receipts for non-parish purposes: $227.00 from the Rice Bowl envelopes
Analysis: When one deducts from the total of the receipts for parish purposes ($1,579.00) our weekly financial obligation to the Diocese, i.e. assessments ($229.38), plus our weekly premium for property and casualty insurance ($282.46), plus our weekly subsidy to Trinity Academy ($250.98), the sum total of which is $762.82, one sees that $816.18 is available from this collection for operating the parish.


Sunday, 10 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Wednesday, 13 April
02:30 to 03:30 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Thursday, 14 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Friday, 15 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church

Sunday, 17 April
06:00 to 07:00 pm
St. Joseph Church

Keep in mind that Confession is available outside the scheduled times to anyone who asks. If you want to go to Confession, simply tap the priest on the shoulder or (preferably) call the pastor and agree with him on a time. Fr. Connolly does not consider such requests to be “an imposition” on his time. He is happy to make the sacrament available.


Wednesday, 13 April
02:00 to 04:00 pm
St. Vincent dePaul Church
(Scripture Rosary at about 3:40 pm)

stjos/stvdp: 04.10.2011 - 02

There was an unfortunate accident in St. Joseph Church on Sunday, 27 March. The priest (Fr. Connolly) had just exposed the Blessed Sacrament. He put incense on the hot charcoals, took the thurible, started to swing it towards the monstrance and, without warning, the chain broke! Out tumbled the burning pieces of charcoal onto the carpet!
Aarrgh! Talk about an unforeseen and undesired outcome! This was the first time in my life this had ever happened to me. [I had seen it happen only once before. I was concelebrating a priest’s funeral Mass in Allentown and, while the Bishop was incensing the altar, the chain broke on the thurible and out fell the charcoals onto the carpet. I must say that the Bishop reacted with the dignity and reserve that pertain to his office!]
All I could do was pick up the burning pieces of charcoal as well as I could with a pair of tongs, then dump the whole thing into the yard next to the church. The server poured some water on the carpet and we proceeded as well as we could to finish the hymn and continue on to Stations of the Cross.
The incident left some ugly holes and black marks on the carpet in the sanctuary. It was sad to see. I felt really bad about it.
So, after consultation with Wade-O, we called up a gentleman who is skilled at carpet repair. He came in this past week and did a beautiful job repairing the carpet.
The Knights of Columbus volunteered to pay the carpet man for the job. God bless the K of C for their kindness and generosity!
In addition, Wade-O repaired the chain on the thurible. So, it is back in service. Lesson to be learned from all this: We need to do preventive maintenance on the thuribles. That’s something they never taught me in the seminary! Eventually, all chains break, especially chains that are subjected to intense heat. We live and learn.
Maybe I’ll spend my retirement years giving seminars in various dioceses about “the wisdom of doing preventive maintenance on thuribles”.
So, all’s well that ends well.
Upon reflection (not too much reflection), several things occur to me that need to be said about this whole incident. Perhaps they don’t strictly need to be said, but I think I’ll say them anyway because saying them fulfills a need:

#1 — Holy smoke! It was a thurible experience.
#2 — It happened so unexpectedly, it was a chain reaction.
#3 — When it happened, I felt angry. In fact I was incensed.
#4 — After seeing the damage to the carpet, I started to think dark thoughts — the kind that would never make it           past the censor.

stjos/stvdp:04.10.2011 - 03


by Tara Parker-Pope
New York Times: 04 March 2008

Here’s one simple way to keep your children healthy: Ban the bedroom TV.
By some estimates, half of American children have a television in their bedroom; one study of third graders put the number at 70 percent. And a growing body of research shows strong associations between TV in the bedroom and numerous health and educational problems.
Children with bedroom TVs score lower on school tests and are more likely to have sleep problems. Having a television in the bedroom is strongly associated with being overweight and a higher risk for smoking.
One of the most obvious consequences is that the child will simply end up watching far more television — and many parents won’t even know.
In a study of 80 children in Buffalo, ages 4 to 7, the presence of a television in the bedroom increased average viewing time by nearly nine hours a week, to 30 hours from 21. And parents of those children were more likely to underestimate their child’s viewing time.
“If it’s in the bedroom, the parents don’t even really know what the kids are watching,” said Leonard H. Epstein, professor of pediatrics and social and preventive medicine at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo. “Oftentimes, parents who have a TV in the kids’ bedrooms have TVs in their bedrooms.”
Moreover, once the set is in the child’s room, it is very likely to stay. “In our experience, it is often hard for parents to remove a television set from a child’s bedroom,” Dr. Epstein said.
Dr. Epstein and his colleagues put monitoring devices on bedroom TVs and all the other sets in the house. In one two-year study, the devices in half the homes were programmed to reduce children’s overall viewing time by half. (Children had to use a code to turn on any TV in the home, and the code stopped working once the allocated TV time for the week had been reached.)
Although all the children in the study gained weight as they grew, relative body mass index dropped among those with mandatory time limits. The researchers found that cutting into TV time did not increase exercise levels. Instead, the children snacked less, lowering their consumption more than 100 calories a day. The study, published Monday in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, did not break down the data by bedroom television viewing.
But in 2002, the journal Pediatrics reported that preschool children with bedroom TVs were more likely to be overweight. In October, the journal Obesity suggested that the risk might be highest for boys. In a study among French adolescents, boys with a bedroom television were more likely than their peers to have a larger waist size and higher body fat and body mass index.
The French study also showed, not surprisingly, that boys and girls with bedroom TVs spent less time reading than others.
Other data suggest that bedroom television affects a child’s schoolwork. In a 2005 study in The Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, researchers looked at the television, computer and video game habits of almost 400 children in six Northern California schools for a year. About 70 percent of the children in the study had their own TV in the bedroom; they scored significantly and consistently lower on math, reading and language-arts tests. Students who said they had computers in their homes scored higher.
Why a bedroom television appears to have such a pronounced impact is unclear. It may be that it’s a distraction during homework time or that it interferes with sleep, resulting in poorer performance at school. It could also suggest less overall parental involvement.
Another October study, published in Pediatrics, showed that kindergartners with bedroom TVs had more sleep problems. Those kids were also less “emotionally reactive,” meaning that they weren’t as moody or as bothered by changes in routine. While that sounds like a good thing, the researchers speculated that having a TV in the bedroom dampened the intensity with which a child responded to stimulation.
“I think it matters quite a lot,” Dr. Epstein said. “There are all kinds of problems that occur when kids have TVs in their bedroom.”
So while many parents try to limit how much television and what type of shows their children watch, that may be less than half the battle. Where a child watches is important too.

stjos/stvdp: 04.10.2011 - 04

tenth child (seventh son) of Albert J. [Sr.] and Annetta (Mercuri) Yackenchick, will be baptized today (10 April) during the 11:30 am Mass at St. Joseph Church.
When a couple has ten children, people tend to marvel at the quantity.
When it comes to the Yackenchick family, I take quantity for granted.
I marvel, instead, at the quality: ten beautiful / handsome children, all of them obedient, all of them self-controlled, all of them good Catholics.
I have no doubt that Albert and Annetta are well aware of their children’s faults and failings. It is their job, as parents, to be aware of their children’s behavior, in order to correct it and to tweak it as need requires.
As for me, I am not aware of any faults or failings. Having known these children from before they were born, all I can say is that, from my perspective, they are perfect: each and every one perfect, a joy to behold, a masterpiece of God’s creation.
All of them are incorporated into Jesus Christ and are members of His Body — all of them except Noah James and that will be remedied today.
By virtue of Baptism by water and the Holy Spirit, this little boy will be joined to the Mystical Body of the Lord Jesus and will be given the gift of eternal life.
Some will wonder how this can be, inasmuch as he is still far from the age when he can give thoughtful, informed consent to the gift.
Persons who wonder too much “how this can be” sometimes find themselves outside the Church looking in. They embrace the heresy of rejecting infant baptism in favor of what they call “believer’s baptism”.
The wonder of God’s love for Noah James is this: God has no intention whatsoever of waiting for the little boy to make a personal consent to being chosen. That personal consent will come when it will come. No need to rush it. God will take no consent before its time!
God’s love for Noah James is such that He loves him and embraces him before he can possibly choose, while he still does not know his right hand from his left.
Infant baptism is a proclamation of the sovereign majesty of God. God chooses. There is nothing humans can do to make God choose.
The little boy will enter church today with a “mere human nature”. He will leave church today with his human nature intact but joined to the divine nature. He will be filled with sanctifying grace, which enables this junction between the human and the divine.
He will receive the right (note the word “right”, as opposed to the word “privilege”) to go to Heaven.
May God bless Noah James all the days of his life.
May his parents continue to have strength and courage to do God’s will and to raise their children in the love and fear of the Lord.
May their love for one another never fail.

stjos/stvdp: 04.10.2011 - 05

THE FRONT PAGE HEADLINES IN THE POTTSVILLE REPUBLICAN on Friday, 08 April, trumpeted the arraignment of three women who had been arrested for prostitution at the infamous Spa 61 and at Aroma Spa.
There is something important that we need to know about this case.
Regardless of what the Assistant District Attorney said (is quoted as saying) about the legality of the method used to gather evidence that could bring about a conviction, I want to say, clearly and emphatically, that the method used to gather the evidence is grievously immoral.
Please notice that I do not contest the Assistant District Attorney’s statement about legality. He can deal with legalities. That’s not my department. It is within my competence to deal with morality.
The actions of the unidentified undercover detective who entered the Spa 61 in order to solicit (entice) the services of the defendant were and are immoral, a violation of God’s law, a violation of natural law.
When we say “immoral”, we mean sinful.
When we say “sinful”, we mean “grievously sinful”.
If you are not certain what these actions were, we will not tell you in this bulletin. You will have to pull out your copy of the newspaper (or else go on line) and read the story as reported by Frank Andruscavage.
If the undercover detective says that he was just doing what his superiors instructed him to do, then we respectfully suggest that he find himself some new superiors or else find another line of work.
No one is allowed to hand his conscience off to his or her superiors. If the undercover detective says that he did not transgress his own conscience by doing what he did, then we respectfully suggest that he go find himself an authentic conscience.
Prostitution is, indeed, a moral and social evil. The police do well to do what they can in order to shut it down. But we are not allowed to commit a greater evil in order to subdue a lesser evil.
It is my hope that the judge will throw out the evidence and dismiss the case against the defendant.
“And what would you do, cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? And when the last law was down and the Devil turned round on you — where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast — man’s laws, not God’s — and if you cut them down — and you’re just the man to do it — d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.”

stjos/stvdp: 04.10.2011 - 06

BRYCE J. BELFIORE is a member of St. Joseph Parish. He is six years old and a very good Catholic. Recently he showed me one of his papers from school. As I understand it, the teacher told the children to complete the following sentence: “If I were the President of the United States …….. “
Here is what Bryce wrote:
“If I were the President of the United States, I would tell the people about God.”
I thought that was pretty neat, although the ACLU would probably have a different take.
Inasmuch as the Constitution sets 35 as the minimum age for assuming the office of President, Bryce will not be eligible to be elected to that high office until 2040.
Since it’s always good to get a head start, I would like to announce that I support Bryce J. Belfiore for President of the United States in 2040 and encourage you to do the same.
KEVIN M. LONERGAN is the name of the seminarian who spoke at all of the Masses this past weekend. I didn’t get his name into the bulletin last weekend, so I thought I’d include it in this weekend’s.
Kevin is in First Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood PA. (Wynnewood is a suburb of Philadelphia.)
He is a member of St. Patrick Parish, Pottsville.
We thank him for his clear and lucid presentation from the pulpit. He encouraged us all to be generous to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
We pray for him and for his “band of brothers” who are preparing for the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Allentown.
At the present time — I am basing my numbers on the information in the 2011 Diocesan Directory — there are fifteen men studying for the priesthood for Allentown. One of them is in Fourth Theology; three are in Third Theology; there are none in Second Theology; four are in First Theology; one is in Pre-Theology II; two are in Pre-Theology I; one is in Fourth College; one is in Third College; one is in Second College; one is in First College.
Explanation of terminology: The basic educational requirement for a man who aspires to priesthood is four years of Theology after having received a Bachelor’s degree.
So, First Theology refers to the first years of study after the Bachelor’s.
First College refers to what corresponds to freshman year of college.
“Pre-Theology” is a special category. It refers to a program tailored for a man who has his Bachelor’s degree but is in need of some particular spiritual or academic preparation before beginning the formal study of Theology.
Although it is always hazardous to predict when a particular seminarian will be ordained to the priesthood, we can say this much in regard to Kevin: It is reasonable to anticipate that, if all goes according to plan, he might be eligible to be ordained to the priesthood in 2014.
If this corresponds with God’s will in His regard, then we pray that it will be so.
May God bless him and keep him in His love.
"I think it's going to make my life a lot better, and I am going to advance and make something better out of this and be a better person because of it."
These were the words of Colin J. Walsh, age 19, in reaction to his being sentenced to 55 months in federal prison for his role in the murder of Eduardo Ramirez Zavala. They are good words.
I’ll say this much for Colin J. Walsh: If he means what he said (and I believe that he does), then he has the makings of a decent man in him.
I have my reservations about the charge on which he was sentenced, viz. violating the Fair Housing Act by impeding the right of the deceased to occupy a dwelling in Shenandoah because of his ethnicity! (Spare me!)
I think Colin should have been convicted of homicide (in some appropriate degree) and in a State court, not a Federal court and have received whatever sentence would correspond to such a conviction.
All of that, however, is water over the dam.
The point is that the lad is going to suffer some major inconvenience in his life for the next 55 months and is willing to take it like a man. May he emerge from it unharmed and may God protect him during the ordeal.
I hope the kid will have a productive and useful life and, eventually, go to Heaven.

stjos/stvdp: 04.10.2011 - 07

Last Saturday (02 April) and again on Friday (08 April), a robin showed up at the front door of St. Vincent dePaul Rectory and kept pecking on the long, narrow window that runs parallel to the vertical dimension of the door.
Ian brought the creature to my attention on Saturday afternoon. He and I were intrigued as to why the robin was involved in this seemingly purposeless activity. Needless to say, Kateri was also intrigued, although her thoughts about how to resolve the problem were probably different from mine. Eventually, the bird gave it up. Whatever he was trying to accomplish, I don’t think he managed to accomplish.
But the following Friday, back he was again! (At least I think it was the same bird, but I wouldn’t swear to it.) This time Ginny saw him. She mentioned to me that, when she was a child, she remembers that older people would tell her that a bird pecking on a window was a sign that someone in the household was going to die.
As soon as she said this, it sprung something in my own memory! (There is no point in being Irish if you’re not superstitious!) I remembered having heard exactly the same thing when I was a child! Birds pecking at a window are harbingers of death.
By now I’m starting to think Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe!
However, I am a rational man. At least I see myself as such. I am not superstitious and I try to discourage superstition whenever I come across it. As a believer in the One True God, I reject all dark forces and all that is weird and occult. The voluntary embrace of superstition is a sin and I believe it is a serious sin.
The fact of the matter is this: All of us are going to die. There are no exceptions. Whether birds peck at our windows or not, all of us are going to die. Is it true that someone in your household will die if a bird pecks at your window? The answer is YES! But is it true that someone in your household will die if a bird never pecks at your window? The answer is YES!
You see the point, of course. The fear of death is so deeply rooted in human beings that we tend to sense it all around us. Death is the great bogeyman!
It is precisely by means of “the fear of death” that Satan keeps the human race in bondage.
To be a follower of Jesus Christ is to give up the fear of death.
In fact, to be a follower of Jesus Christ is to scorn death and even to mock it.
“Death, where is your power? Grave, where is your sting?”
We are entering now into Passiontide, the two-week period prior to Easter.
The Scripture passages for the Masses at this time grow increasingly ominous. We can smell death in them: the death of the Son of Man, Who represents all of us.
But I remember that the Son of Man is also the Son of God and that God is stronger than Death.
We are soon to witness the death of the God-Man. But we are not dismayed.
He will rise again, never more to die. So shall I and so shall you and so shall all who live and die in Him. Death will have no dominion. Death is for the birds.

stjos/stvdp: 04.10.2011 - 08


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