The Exodus reading today highlights the encounter between God and Moses on Mount Horeb. To know one’s name implied intimacy so God revealed his name: I AM. Paul traces the faith of the early Christians to that of the Israelites in the desert. Today’s short gospel parable urges us to dedicate our lives to God as his word calls us to bear fruit in our lives.

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Altar Bread And Wine

The gifts offered at our Masses this week end
are donated in Memory of:

Joseph Payne

Requested by: The Ministry of Consolation


Esther C. Zangler,  Lena Vero,  Angelo Iorio,  Susan C. Schubert

and our deceased soldiers,  and all of our deceased relatives and friends.


For this week, please pray for the sick, especially:

Angela Aponte Frank Belsito Maureen Beradon

Jean Boland Matthew Boland Kathy Butler

John Cannizzano Jennnifer Carlisle Emmanuel Coby

Al Croce Josephine D’Agostino Dylan DiLauro

Wendy Eilers Maggie Errico Louis Fava

Robert Filce Mary Ellen Flynn Michael Flynn

Mary Forsythe Joseph Fortier Ed Hansen

Patti Hunt Ashlee LaRocca Georgianna Lopez

William Marisak Juliana McLarney Brett Meyers

Marie Minto Rosann Moscato Sam Nettles

Robert Lang Joyce E. Ryan Helen Schaefer

Theresa Schiano William Schmeyer Gary X. Stadler

Maria Stadler Phyllis Stewart Linda Stultz

Stacie Tizzard George Tizzard, Jr. Mckayla Vilsant

Patricia Wickers

PLEASE NOTE: To keep our prayer list current, we will keep names on the sick list for two months. We ask families to return the bulletin cut-out to include names of those who are ill for another two months.


(Subject to last minute changes)

This Sunday / Next Sunday


5:00 pm Fr. Maffeo / Fr. Devaraj


7:00 am Fr. Devaraj / 7:00 am Fr. Rieder

9:00 am Fr. Maffeo / 9:00 am Fr. Butler

10:30 am Fr. Butler / 10:30 am Fr. Devaraj

12:00 pm Fr. Rieder / 12:00 pm Fr. Maffeo

5:00 pm Fr. Butler / 5:00 pm Fr. Butler


Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 William and Theresa Foy requested by Jim and Cathy Foy

5:00 Brian McGee requested by D’Agostino family

5:00 Alan Divesek requested by Alfredo & Maria Viola

Sunday- March 14- Third Sunday of Lent

7:00 William Mammes requested by Mr. & Mrs. Ferrara

7:00 For the People of the Parish

9:00 Ann Gregory requested by Les

9:00 Louis Pagnoni requested by Loretta Finnegan

9:00 John Duran
requested by Mr. & Mrs. John Villanueva

10:30 John W. Mulligan requested by loving family

10:30 Frank Pipino requested by the Pisano family

10:30 John Reed requested by Rose Lee Iacobelli

12:00 Helen Ford requested by the Lucivero family

12:00 Blanche Clark requested by the Knoll family

5:00 Mary Hunt requested by the Noll family

5:00 Dorothy Falcinelli requested by Annette & Scott Dale

5:00 Frank Cussen requested by Jerry & Pat Peters

Monday- March 15

7:00 John H. Richard, Jr. requested by Richard and Alice Brown

7:00 Viola Johnson requested by loving family

9:00 Priests of St. Patrick’s Church
requested by Thomas DuBritz & Son

9:00 John Carle requested by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph DeMauro

12:10 Eileen Gabriellini requested by Loving Sister & Family

Tuesday- March 16

7:00 Andre Charles Barra
requested by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Meenan

7:00 For The People of the Parish

9:00 John Monahan requested by Anne Bannon

9:00 Anna Kenny requested by Claire & Jim

12:10 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

Wednesday- March 17- St. Patrick

7:00 James J. Reilly requested by loving family

7:00 Thomas McGrann requested by Cathy and Norm West

9:00 Dominic Pascarella requested by loving wife

9:00 Richard and Francis Lavelle
requested by Tim Cleere and family

9:00 Edie Ryan requested by Margaret & John Walsh & Family

12:10 For Our Beloved Dead

Thursday- March 18- St. Cyril of Jerusalem

7:00 Joseph Donald (living) requested by Loving Family

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Szynaka and Regan families (requested by loving family)

9:00 For Our Beloved Dead

12:10 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

Friday- March 19- St. Joseph, husband of Mary

7:00 Fr. Douglas Arcoleo (Living)
requested by Addiss & Maggio Family

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

8:45 Lillian Dorsa requested by Lucretia, Ida and Rose

8:45 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

12:10 For The People of the Parish

Saturday- March 20

8:00 Deacon Arnold Quaranta requested by Loving Son & Family

8:00 For Our Beloved Dead

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 Deceased members of the Schena family
requested by loving family

5:00 Dorothy Falcinelli requested by Patty & Vinnie Brienzo

5:00 Linda Bueti requested by Marilyn Arroyo

Sunday- March 21- Fourth Sunday of Lent

7:00 Edie Ryan requested by Jerry & Rosemary McMenamin

7:00 For The People of the Parish

9:00 William Hanson requested by the Grunauer family

9:00 Mary Warshaw requested by the Balkam family

9:00 Josephine Falco requested by the Williams Family

10:30 Vincent Kearon
requested by Helen Kelchburg & The Garnett Family

10:30 Carmela Michiello
requested by Mr. & Mrs. Riccardelli & Daughters

12:00 Joanne Mercorelli requested by Jane Favale

12:00 The Cassara Brothers requested by Loving Family

5:00 Frank Cussen requested by the Religious Ed Community

5:00 Paul Shadlich, Rita and Bill Hubbard
requested by loving family

5:00 Stephen Hughes requested by Elizabeth Hughes-Cavallo


From Fr. Mike’s Desk

As the owner of the orchard comes each year to get fruit from the fig tree, so does God come to us and seeks the fruit that we bear. What will God find coming forth from us? Will He find rich sweet, juicy fruit? Or, will God come to us like the orchard owner and find a tree that bears no fruit at all? Of course, the fruit that we bear is not mere figs, grapes, apples, but the fruit of life, love (the love of God and neighbor), forgiveness, and a willingness to serve our neighbor-friend and enemy alike. Is this type of fruit found abundantly coming forth from us (individually and as a parish community), or just a little? In this parable, God the Father is the owner of the orchard. And it is Jesus the gardener who pleads to the Father to give the unproductive Fig Tree (the human race as a whole and perhaps each and every one of us at times) another year, another chance! Jesus will provide for it, He will give all it needs to produce good fruit-even His very life!

Now the question is, will the Fig Tree Respond? Will it, will we, accept all the gardener does for us, or will we allow ourselves to be cut down? What will you choose for yourself, for this community, for the Church in the Diocese, and the Universal Church throughout the whole world? Will you respond to all God has given you through Christ His Son, or will you turn God’s gifts away. Will you share your faith, time, talents and treasure to help others, or will you choose death? As always, the God who gives us the gift of free will gives us the choice. As we saw in the First Reading a few weeks ago, God urges the people during the Exodus to choose life-so He tells us today!

As you have heard at all of the Masses this weekend, we are beginning our participation in the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Already people from our parish have pledged their support to this worthwhile appeal. Again, please be as generous as you can, to help our brothers and sisters in need.

The Saint Joseph’s Home School Association will be having a Fashion Show at Villa Lombardi’s on Wednesday March 31st from 7-11PM. Tickets are $45 a person which includes a fantastic dinner, beer, wine and soda, and, as always, a wonderful time. Also on sale at the school, the rectory and at the back of the Church are Backwards Drawing Tickets. All proceeds go to support the operation of the Parish School, plus they carry with them a chance for a great prize. Please help!

In our Religious Education Department, our Level 6 Students will hold a Seder on March 18th at 7 PM. This promises to be a prayerful and enlightening experience for our Level 6 Students. As St. John shows us in his Gospel-the Last Supper was the Passover Seder where Jesus takes the place of the Passover Lamb and truly becomes the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.

Please enjoy the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade today sponsored by the St. Regis Council of the Knights of Columbus. It promises to be a great time.

Let us pray, Dear Father now and then, the soil of our souls is depleted by this long journey. God of mercy, you know when to plant and when to harvest. Help us to know what time it is. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thank you, for all you do for Saint Joseph’s, God bless you always.

Fr. Mike

ROOF APPEAL—We have reached 45% of our goal.

To quote Msgr. “Progress”.


Please continue to remember them in your prayers.

Cpl Jason Bertran Cpl. Michael Bruno

Cpt. Kevin Connolly Capt Edward Cuevas

Sgt Ryan Delaney Pvt. Matthew DiNardo Capt. Keith Flick SSG Jeremy Garcia

Spc. Tristin Mortensen Capt. Evan Gotkin

Capt. Jennifer Gotkin Sgt. Steven Knight

Pfc. Brian Lane Spc. Adam Mackey

Andy Mezador Cpt. Gregory Mueller

SSG Joey Napolitano COP Jonathan Norris

Spc. Brian Pacella Sgt. Rudy Schoverling

Ensign 3 Lucy P. Padro Navy Seal Paul M. Padro

PFC Christopher Reid Sg.t. Edwin Rivera, II

PO2 Roger Schoverling Pvt. James Stanek

SR. Andrew J. Szynaka SSG Thomas J. Valentino

SSG Dusty Williamson

(If you would like to include a soldier from your family who is serving our country, place their name and rank on a piece of paper in the collection basket)

RESTORATION FUND—We are always accepting pledges to our parish fund drive to carry on the work of rebuilding and restoring. To date, we have used over $960,000 to pay for various parts of the parish infrastructure. Thanks to all those who are making regular payments and to those who have increased their pledges.

St. Joseph’s School News

Enrollment still being accepted for all grades for September with the exception of Grade 8.

Vegas Night

Try your luck at our up-coming Vegas Night which

will be held here on March 19th and 20th in the basement of the Church from 7:30 pm-12:30 am. You must be 18 years old to come.

Home School Association

ST. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL ‘GOES HOLLYWOOD’ at its Annual Spring Fashion Show on March 31, 2004 at Villa Lombardi’s. Tickets are $45.00 each for the Show, Dinner, Beer, Wine and Soda. For more information call the school office at 588-4760 or pick up a ticket order .at the Rectory Please join us for a wonderful evening. Hope to see you at our next McDonald’s night on Monday March 15th between 5-7 pm. Don’t forget 15% of all the sales including the Drive-Thru are donated to St. Joseph’s School. Come spend some time with the family and friends.

Religious Ed News

The Religious Ed office is open Monday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be aware that our office closes at 3:30, as our staff needs to be in the school buildings for class times. The office will open on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm

The Seder for Level 6 is scheduled for March 18th. Reminder that only our Level 6 students do not have class this week on Tues, March 16, Wed, March17 and Thurs, March 18. They must attended the Seder on Thurs March 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Level 1 Activity on March 22nd at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. You may take your choice of time.

Level 2 Important Parent meeting on March 25 in Church at 7:30 p.m.

Respect Life

All pro-life people are invited to march in Ronkonkoma’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on Sunday, March 14th. We will line up on Patchogue-Holbrook Road and Portion Road, which is 7 blocks east of the intersection of Portion Road and Hawkins Avenue, in Ronkonkoma. (From LIE exit 61 North.)

Come and march behind the FAMILIES FOR LIFE banner and float. The parade sponsor is St. Regis Council. Knights of Columbus, and stepping-off time is 1:30 PM sharp.

Be there – and remember, everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

If you want to give some time as a volunteer, this may be the spot for you. TheCare Center, located at 91 Maple Avenue, Smithtown, will train volunteers to learn how to help women and girls in need. There is a one-time fee of $15 to offset the cost of the training manual Planting the Seed: The Love Approach. The Care Center is a life-affirming pregnancy help center. Spend the day in worship and fellowship as you learn how to help women and girls in need. Bring a bag lunch; coffee and dessert provided. The date for this training is Saturday, March 27th.

Please register by calling 265-3675.


The New York State Right To Life Committee, Inc.., presents Lobby For Life Day 2004. On Tuesday, March 30th, 9:30 AM to 2 PM, in the NYS Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room A in Albany, N>Y> The speakers will address the topic of Unborn Victims of Violence. Schools are welcome to bring their students; there will be free T- shirts for students.

For information call 518-434-1293. For transportation to Albany call the L.I. Coalition For Life at 631-589-4751 or 631-243-1435. You must call to reserve a seat on the bus. There is a $10 fee.

On that same day, March 30th, the Knights of Columbus will hold a PRAYER RALLY 2004 in Albany, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The theme will be Prayer, Petition & Presence.

Topics addressed will be Life Issues, Parochial School Assistance and Catholic Health Care. Buses will be leaving from many points in Nassau and Suffolk. Call your K of C Council or Ed McKee at 516-454-0993 (Nassau) or Keith Wilson at 516-663-1435 (Suffolk). This rally will be for God, Country and Family, and all Knights of Columbus are urged to attend.

Mother Teresa said “Every child is a sign of God’s love. A child is the greatest of God’s gifts.”

Mother Teresa invites us to see that respect for human life is an attitude, a way of living.

Banns of Marriage

(Second Time)

Jacqueline O’Brien of Good Shepherd. &
Donald Peter Curry of St. Joseph’s

Stacie Desiante of St. Joseph’s
Luis Velez of St. Nicholas of Tolentine

Jessica M. Poissant of St. Joseph’s &
Joseph Sinacori of Resurrection

Shannon Siedlecki of St. Philip Neri &
Christopher Masi of St. Joseph’s

Sheryl Ann Jonap of Smithtown &
Douglas C. Osborne, Jr. of St. Joseph’s

Parish Outreach

Fienstein Matching Grant This foundation will match all dontations made to the Outreach Program during the months of March and April. This is a great way to make your contribution dollar go farther. The need is great but the supply is low.


PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINEWe are here to help you. Please call 981.6888.

FOOD SUPPORT—Your donations of food and staple items is always appreciated. Kindly leave them in the front of Mary’s statue in the Church before or after Mass.

Weekly Offering

Last Sunday’s collection $ 17,492

Same collection last year 17,683

Poor Box last weekend 310

Education Collection 631

We thank you for your continued and generous support!

Calendar Club

Feb. 29 $50 #471 Gertrude Gruber

Mar 01 $25 #364 Mary Jane Finnegan

Mar.02 $25 #328 Eva & Chris Liberti

Mar 03 $25 #767 Arthur Weingartner

Mar 04 $25 #708 Maryann Tufano

Mar 05 $25 #483 Joseph Molinaro

Mar 06 $25 #304 Muriel Cipriani


The parable in today’s Gospel clearly warns that we, like the fig tree, will be judged by our fruit. While God mercifully provides us with time and opportunity, let us give witness to our faith with deeds of kindness and generosity!

Restoration Fund

Pledged to date $1,120,210

Paid to date: . 982,401

Scrip Corner

Scrip sales last week $ 18,965

Same period last year 20,325

Gross Profit 958

Boy Scout Troop 272 News

St. Joseph Troop 272’s 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast will be next Sunday, March 21st, from 8 am to 12 noon. All are welcome. Please support our Troop and enjoy breakfast out. Free Raffle for those who buy tickets in advance after Mass today...    $3 for children, $5 for adults.


Catholic Ministries Appeal 2004

This week we officially kick off our part in the Annual Appeal. As of Tuesday March 9th, we had pledges of $12,405 (18.8% ) toward our $65,900 goal. When we have paid our goal of $65,900 St Joseph Parish will get a rebate of $13,180. Every dollar paid to the Appeal over that amount means 80 cents to the parish.

Many of the dollars collected also come back to us through our hospitals (including Good Samaritan, St Catherine and St Charles), our high schools (including St John the Baptist and McGann Mercy), the support for St Joseph School from the Diocese (such as last year’s $10,000 technology grant), Diocesan support of our Religious Education program, the Tribunal that helps with annulments, as well as Catholic Charities with the support it gives our parish outreach as well supporting the Diocesan Senior Citizen Housing.




St. Joseph Parish Online

~ now even easier to find at ~


The parish bulletin is posted on our website each week.

- also for your convenience-

You can now communicate with the parish

office by e-mail. Send your inquiries to



Used Inkjet Cartridges, Where are you?!

Ever wonder how to continue the useful life of that inkjet cartridge that just went dry? We have found a way to help St Joseph and keep those complicated pieces of plastic, metal and printed circuit boards out of the land fill. Drop them off (in a plastic baggie) when you come to mass. We will send them to a company who reuses them and gives the parish a bounty for each. One note, to clear confusion, if it is larger than a fist, it is not an inkjet cartridge!!!


Please include the following in the bulletin sick list:


Name of person who is ill:


_____________________________ ____________________

Person making this request: Relationship to ill person

Your Phone #: _____________________

(Please place in collection basket or return to Church Office)


( ) I/we would like to pledge to St. Joseph’s Parish Restoration

( ) I/we would like to increase our current Pledge Amount

___ $5,000 ___ $4,000 ___ $3,000 ___ $2,000 ___ $1,000

I/we would like to make payments

___Annually ___Semi-Annually ___Quarterly ___ Monthly

I/we would like to spread the payments over

___One year ___ Two years ___ Three years ___ Four years





(Please return this form in the collection basket or to the Church Office)


I/we would like to register in the parish of St. Joseph’s.

NAME(s): ____________________________________________

ADDRESS:__________________________________ _________


I/we would like become members of the parish. ( ) Yes

I/we would like to receive contribution envelopes.

( ) Yes ( )No. ( ) Weekly ( ) Monthly

I/we would like to receive the LI Catholic newspaper.

( ) Yes ( ) No.

( ) I would like to become a lector.

( ) I would like to become an altar server.

( ) I would like to become a Eucharistic Minister.

( ) I would like to become a choir member

( ) I would like to offer my following talents to the parish


( ) I would like to help maintain the parish plantings

(Please return to the Church Office or place in Collection Basket)

One Person’s Trash, Another’s ...

BOX TOPS from cereals for Educational purposes are always welcomed. Please drop them in the collection.

DEPOSIT BOTTLES AND CANS—Please place them in the blue truck that is located on the school side of the Church on weekends (when it works) or behind the rectory during the week.

CELL PHONES—Please bring your no longer used or needed cell phones and deposit them at the Scrip table in the Church lobby.

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