In today’s reading from Acts, Peter preaches the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles. Paul admonishes the first Christians to remember that the death and resurrection of Jesus has transformed their lives. Both the Gospel of John and that of Luke narrate the accounts of the first witnesses to the empty tomb. Liturgical Commission Publishings, Diocese of Lansing, Lansing, MI

Altar Bread And Wine


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

Raymond Griffin, Sr.

Requested by: Loving Wife & Family



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



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

Angela Aponte Frank Belsito John Bickel

John Biglin Matthew Boland Maureen Ann Beradon

Jean Boland Kathy Butler John Cannizzano

Jennifer Carlisle Alex Cintron Emmanuel Coby

Al Croce Josephine D’agostino Joan DeCicco

Edward Delprete Dylan DiLauro Theresa Donnelly

Wendy Eilers Maggie Errico Anna Esposito

Louis Fava Robert Filce Mary Ellen Flynn

Michael Flynn Mary Forsythe Joseph Fortier

Catherine Gracey Ed Hansen Patti Hunt

Wayne E. Kalish Robert Lang Ashlee LaRocca

Georgianna Lopez Juliana McLarney Brett Meyers

Marie Minto Rosann Moscato Anita L Nanry

Tom Nanry Sam Nettles Michelina Raia

Sal Romagnuolo Joyce E. Ryan Robert Safarian

Louise Schaaf Helen Schaefer Theresa Schiano

William Schmelzer Phyllis Stewart Dorothy Stiefel

Linda Stultz Stacie Tizzard George Tizzard, Jr.

Dolores Turner Marlene Urban 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


7:30 pm Fr. Butler Fr. Butler


7:00 am Fr. Devaraj 7:00 am Fr. Butler

9:00 am Msgr. Bacafolla 9:00 am Fr. Devaraj

10:30 am Fr. Butler 10:30 am Fr. Maffeo

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

5:00 pm NO MASS 5:00 pm Fr. Maffeo



Sunday- April 11- Easter Sunday- Resurrection of the Lord





Monday – April 12

7:00 Ann Brennan requested by the Franjola Family

7:00 Dolores Turner (living) requested by Loving Family

9:00 Francis & Margaret Kelly requested by James Kelly

9:00 Augusto Lucas requested by his Loving Family

9:00 Thomas Hodes requested by Joseph & Maria Gillin & Nana

Tuesday- April 13

7:00 Alesia A LaGrua requested by John Guidice

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

8:45 Helen A. Krass requested by Martin DeBobes

8:45 Jack Murphy requested by Loving Sister

Wednesday- April 14

7:00 Justino Bello & Ana Maria Belisario requested by Zulay Bello

7:00 James Galligan requested by David Galligan

9:00 James, George, Joseph Delvin and family req. by Tim Cleere

9:00 Noreen T. Doohan & Family (living)

requested by Thomas Dubritz & Son

9:00 Christina Agostinelli req. by Mr & Mrs P Riccardelli & Family

Thursday- April 15

7:00 Christopher Gilardi req. by Mr. & Mrs. Richard Lucivero

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 John E. Powers requested by Leo DeBobes

9:00 Helen Loomis requested by Peter & Jackie

9:00Sgt. Michael Esposito requested by Jane Farrington

Friday- April 16

7:00 Antonio A. Pereira requested by Michael Giglio

7:00 For Our Beloved Dead

9:00 Joseph Meeker requested by Diandra M. & Family

9:00 Ana Teresa Belisario requested by Zulay Bello

Saturday- April 17

8:00 Ana Teresa Belisario requested by Maria Bello

8:00 Jairo Rivas requested by Maria Bello

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 Elizabeth Hughes requested by The Mangan Family

5:00 George Francis requested by Dawn Pocci

5:00 Evelyn M. Reilly requested by Sharon & Bruce Edwards

Sunday- April 18- Second Sunday of Easter

7:00 Josephine Sydnor requested by loving family

7:00 Mary McGee- Garone requested by Mr. & Mrs. Zanoni

7:00 Teresa Motta requested by Loving Family

9:00 John E. Powers requested by Martin DeBobes

9:00 Raul DosSantos requested by Linda and Joe Savage

9:00 Edie Ryan requested by John & Marie Hoffman

10:30 Richard Mildenberger requested by Mr. and Mrs. Rouse

10:30 Jennie Amato requested by Marianne Cricenti & Ralph

10:30 Michael Pontieri requested by James DeMaio

12:00 Lillian Dorsa requested by the Cutrone family

12:00 Carmine Cassara, Jr. requested by loving family

12:00 Mary O’Hehir—The Mawn Family

5:00 Christine Peacock requested by Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Grippo

5:00 Linda Wood requested by Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Vagts

5:00 Beatrice Lichte req. by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Heaney & Family



A Rock Artist of a Different Kind


Frances Frey, a member of our 10:30 Mass Choir, has shared her labor of love with our parish by painting a beautiful fawn. As a symbol of new life, it is featured in our altar decoration for Easter.

This one hundred pound celebration of God’s great gift of the earth and the creatures that dwell in it will become a proud part of our parish landscape later in the season.

Frances, who specializes in animal portraiture, presents some of her work on rocks as well as traditional media like canvas.

Our community is grateful to Fran for helping us sense the meaning of “even the stones cry out.”

“Great are the works of the Lord.

Delighted are those who ponder them.”

From Fr. Mike’s Desk


“At daybreak on the first day of the week, the women…went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away… but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold two men …appeared to them. They were terrified…[The two] said to them ‘Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and raised on the third day…’

And so the question is given to us as well, as it has been given to the Church and the whole world for the past 2000 yrs. — Why, do you look for the living among the dead? Jesus is not there; he has been raised up, and along with Him the whole human race.

Why, do you look for the living among the dead? We are not there, for we who were once dead because of sin and darkness are now very much alive in the spirit and can never die. We are alive in the Spirit, the Light, and the Life of Christ. All things are new, all things are different, and the world, the universe, and we could not go back to things the way they use to be-even if we wanted to!

But why would we want to go back? Why would any one want to live in a world without Jesus? How could we possibly exist in a world where God’s love for us was not made manifest in The Word becoming Flesh? Who could ever believe that the Word of God would take upon Himself all of the sins of the world (and their penalties) and have them nailed with Himself upon the wood of the Cross. Jesus has made the ultimate sacrifice, which of course is the ultimate gift of Himself, so that we can live, and live life abundantly. Truly, a good reason to shout from the roof tops Alleluia and Happy Easter!

On behalf of Fr. Paul, Fr. Peter, Fr. Mike Rieder, Fr. Peter Liu, Deacons Jim Altonji, Joe Califano, Mike DeBellis, Mike Devenney, Joe Dougherty, the Parish Staff, Religious Education, the School and Outreach-we wish you and your families a very Happy, Joyous, and Faith Filled Easter.

Let us pray:

Dear Lord, Mary comes in the dark, and Peter arrives at first light. But it is the other disciple who sees and believes. Help us to see and believe, help us who look into the empty tomb rejoice as we know that you are truly not absent and not among the dead, and because of you neither are we. Thank you, Jesus our Risen and Saving Lord. Amen.


Fr. Mike

ROOF APPEAL—We have reached 64% of our goal.


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

SFC Raymond J. Fulton 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

SRA Jason M. Schiavo SSG Dusty Williamson

(If you would like to include a soldier from your family who is serving, 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 who are making regular payments and to those who have increased their pledges.


St. Joseph’s School News


We celebrate the paschal promise of new life in our Lord’s Resurrection. God Bless you all in this Joyful Easter Season.

School will re-open on April 19th.




St. Joseph School Fashion Show Committee and Home School Association would like to thank the Parishioners and the School Parents for your support at our 10th Annual Fashion Show. The evening turned out to be a tremendous success. We hope you enjoyed the event and we are looking forward to seeing you back again next year (with a friend or two). Thank you and God Bless.


Religious Ed News


The Religious Ed office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Classes are over for this year please send in your Registration forms for 2004/2005. This is a mail in registration. Please return your forms as soon as possible. If you did not get your forms, please call our office at 981-1805. Any child entering Grade 1 in the Fall should be registered for Level 1. This is the first year of our two year Communion prep program. Call the office for registration forms.

We wish to thank all the students and their parents for the generous donations which were made to our Parish Outreach. We are sure that because of your generosity our needy families will have a most happy and blessed Easter.

We thank Barbara Hoos, Joanne Mileto and Marie Hoffman for helping out in the office while Cathy Foy was ill. Cathy Foy is back and feeling much better and she thanks all for your many prayers. We wish also to thank all our Catechists and hall monitors for all your assistance and help during this past year.

Reminder for parents whose children are receiving First Eucharist on April 24th —– Lottery & Rehearsal for the 10:30 a.m. Mass will be April 20th at 6:45 p.m. —– Lottery & Rehearsal for the 1:30 p.m. Mass will be April 22nd at 6:45 p.m.

Banns of Marriage

(Second Time)

Michele Shaver & Ronald Clifford

both of St. Joseph’s

Angela Liberto & Terrence Tringone

both of St. Louis de Montfort

Carolyn Minker of St. Patrick &

James P. Domiano of St. Joseph’s

Lanette Dwyer of St. Louis De Montfort &

Peter Pizarro of St. Joseph’s


Respect Life


Can you spare a few hours for the pre-born? The Face the Truth campaign, a public witness against abortion, using photos of born and aborted babies, is asking for your help. on Saturday, April 17th at 1 PM at Independence Mall, Route 25, Selden and at 3:30 PM at Smithhaven Mall, Lake Grove. These are the two Suffolk locations. There are also Nassau County locations on Sunday, April 18th.

Face the Truth gives form to one of the ugliest, yet well hidden, facts of abortion - dead pre-born babies.

You give voice to the unborn by publicly witnessing in their place to the tragedy of abortion.

Together we stand, resisting in a peaceful yet powerful way, “pro-choice” sympathizers who want so terribly for us to lay down our signs because it reveals the sickness of their “choice.”

Face the Truth makes the public keenly and unforgettably aware that we will NOT allow the annual abortion deaths of over 8,000 pre-born humans in Nassau and Suffolk to go away silently and unseen.

Please participate in this important event – just a few hours on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoon, April 17 and April 18.

For more information please call the L.I. Coalition for Life at 631-243-1435. LIFE NEWS March, 2004


Did you know that the early feminists were pro-life? Yes, Susan B. Anthony was a radical feminist, standing for women at a time when they were not even allowed to vote. She referred to abortion as “child murder” and viewed it as a means of exploiting both women and children. “I deplore the horrible crime of child murder. No matter what the motive,. love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed …but oh!.. thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime.

Anthony’s newspaper, The Revolution, made this claim: When a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is a sign that, by education or circumstances, she has been greatly wronged.”

Another leading feminist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, said this about abortion: “When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we wish.”

These women were later followed by a new breed of feminists. Most prominent of these was Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, who advocated abortion as a means of sexual freedom, birth control, and eugenics. She and others who followed her tried to tie the abortion agenda to the legitimate issues of women’s rights. Because they were linked then, and again in the 1960s, abortion and legitimate women’s rights were forever viewed as one cause, regrettably so. Alcorn, Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Questions


Parish Outreach


Fienstein Matching Grant—This foundation will match all donations 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 SUPPORTYour 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


Palm Sunday’s collection $ 21,452

Same collection last year 22,655

Poor Box last weekend 383

We thank you for your continued and generous support!


Calendar Club

Mar 28 $50 #416 Mr. & Mrs. Carl Faber

Mar 29 $25 #304 Muriel Cipriani

Mar. 30 $25 #132 Janet & Steven Tipton

Mar 31 $25 #478 V. Coletti

Apr 01 $25 #488 Christina Lorenz Apr 02 $25 #706 Maryann Tufano

Apr 03 $25 #165 John Fox




In the second reading today, St. Paul reminds the Colossians that they have been raised with Christ, exhorting them to “be intent on the things above rather than on things of earth.” We too, have been raised with Christ. Let us rejoice and be glad!

Restoration Fund


Pledged to date $1,120,210

Paid to date: 986,363


Scrip Corner

Scrip sales last week $ 15,850

Same period last year 17,030

Gross Profit 719



St. Joseph’s will conduct a Vacation Bible School again, the week of July 12 to 16, from 9 AM to 12 Noon. Come join Mrs. Brennen and Ms. Razzagone for a fun filled week. If you have the time and enjoy working with kids we are in need of 8 Adults and 8 Jr. High or High School students to help us. Please call Ms. Razzagone at 981-9314 if you are able to give your time.


9th Annual Summer Family Festival

We NEED YOUR HELP! The only way that our Festival will be a success is if we have enough volunteers to staff the many booths the parish runs (food, beverages, Las Vegas, games, tickets, etc.). Please take the time to attend a meeting on Monday, April 26th, at 7:30 pm in the School Auditorium to find out how you can help.






Contact me/us regarding being a volunteer for the Summer Festival.

NAME: _______________________________________

PHONE: ______________________________________

AGE GROUP: Please check one.

—– ES —– JHS —– HS —– Adult

Please place in collection basket or return to Church Office.

Confirmation Program

There will be a meeting on Tuesday Evening April 27th at 7:30 pm in the Church for the parents of all those who wish to be considered for Confirmation. As with Baptism and Marriage, there is a Parish preparation program, run each fall, for those to be confirmed. For admission to the program, each candidate must be interviewed by a member of the parish staff.

Before scheduling an interview, the candidates must have completed the study of the sacraments, Old Testament, New Testament, and regularly attend mass on Sunday. The parents of those candidates who have completed this preparatory work should attend the meeting. There we will explain the Confirmation program and hand out the forms needed to apply for the sacrament.

We recently received word from the Bishop’s Office that they have set the date of Confirmation for Thursday, November 11th.


Spaghetti Dinner


Enjoy a full-filling dinner-out for not-so-much-money in Carew Hall on Saturday, April 17th, beginning at 6 PM. Tickets will be $6 per person at the door or may be purchased in advance for $5. Dinner is hosted by the young men and women of Venturing Crew 777, BSA, to earn their way to Alaska for a High Adventure Trek. Call 981-1399 for more information.


Catholic Ministries Appeal 2004


We want to thank those parishioners who have made a donation or pledge to the Appeal this year. We are presently at 34% of our goal, with slightly over $22,000 pledged or donated.

Many of the dollars collected come back to us through our hospitals (including Good Samaritan, St Catherine, St. Francis 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.

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!!!

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.