Today in Acts, we hear how Stephen becomes the first martyr of the Church, giving witness to his faith in Jesus. In the Gospel, Jesus prays that his disciples may be brought to perfection as well as those who believe through their efforts. Jesus is described at the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all things.

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Altar Bread And Wine

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

Catherine Malazzo

Requested by: JoAnn Bongiorno


Diane Bretz, Francis A. McCabe, Isabella Matera,Gloria Mazzuchelli, Madeline Killelea and for our deceased soldiers, and all of our deceased relatives and friends.


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

Angela Aponte Rob Barello Susan Bateman

Frank Belsito Maureen Ann Berdon John Bickel

John Biglin Matthew Boland Jean Boland

Mary EllenBowers Charles Bratisax Kathy Butler

James Butler John Cannizzano Jennifer Carlisle

AlexCintron Emmanuel Coby Al Croce

J. D'Agostino JoanDeCicco Edward Delprete

Rose Dicanio Dylan DiLauro Theresa Donnelly

Wendy Eilers Maggie Errico Anna Esposito

LouisFava RobertFilce Mary Ellen Flynn

Michael Flynn Mary Forsythe Joseph Fortier

Catherine Gracey Ed Hansen David Hoffman

Patti Hunt Warren Johnson Wayne E. Kalish

Robert Lang Ashlee LaRocca Georgianna Lopez

Baby J.Malatesta Kevin Mc Collum Juliana McLarney

Brett Meyers Marie Minto Rosann Moscato

Anita L Nanry Tom Nanry Sam Nettles

Timothy M.Nigro Grace Peshkur Artie Plouffe' Jr.

Michelina Raia Salvatore Romagnuolo Rose Russo

Joyce E.Ryan Robert Safarian Louise Schaaf

Theresa Schiano Mario Schiano William Schmelzer

Phyllis Stewart Linda Stultz Stacie Tizzard

George Tizzard Jr. Marlene Urban Mckayla Vilsant

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. Butler Fr Liu


7:00 am Fr. Rieder 7:00 am Fr Boyle

9:00 am Fr. Boyle 9:00 am Fr Rieder

10:30 am Fr.Liu 10:30 am Fr Butler

12:00 pm Fr. Butler 12:00 pm Fr Devaraj

5:00 pm Fr. Maffeo 5:00 pm Fr.Butler


Sunday, May 23- Seventh Sunday of Easter

7:00 For The People of The Parish

7:00 For The Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Knights of Columbus & Columbiettes

9:00 Knights of Columbus & Columbiettes

9:00 Christopher Gilardi requested by the Troccoli Family

10:30 Gary Gonzalez requested by Carl & Rosanne Andersen

10:30 Carmine Somma requested by Loving Family

10:30 Nicholas Santo requested by the Peters Family

12:00 Elizabeth Rea requested by Ann Harrington

12:00 Deceased members of the Midura and Margas families

12:00 Janet Gossweiler requested by Ed & Marilyn Cordero

5:00 Walter Pazner requested by the Xinis Family

5:00 Theresa Giossi (living) requested by Thomas DuBritz & Son

Monday, May 24- Blessed St. Louis- Zephirin Moreau

7:00 Frank Izzo requested by Angela Miller

7:00 Crystal Recca (Living) requested by Loving Parents

9:00 Robert Ortiz and Michael C. D’Amico requested by loving family

9:00 Maggie & John Gill’s 70th Wedding Anniversary

` requested by Loving Children

Tuesday, May 25- St. Bede, St. Gregory VII and St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

7:00 William Skolnik requested by Deborah Sleszynski

7:00 Arthur & Margaret Hoar (living) requested by Mawn Family

8:45 Theresa DeFilippo requested by Marie DeFilippo

8:45 Nicholas Santo requested by Carol & Johnny Kamen

8:45 Margaret Hermus requested by The Antonucci Family

Wednesday, May 26- St. Philip Neri

7:00 Isabella Matera requested by Andrea Majeski

7:00 Franciney Q. Recca (Living) requested by Loving Husband

9:00 Dorothy Stiefel requested by Lucretia Lucivero & Family

9:00 Richard Rempe requested by Marie Mawn

Thursday, May 27- St. Augustine of Canterbury

7:00 Virginia Mastriani requested by Cheryl Kranz

7:00 For The Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Margaret Ryan requested by Doris Bowden

9:00 Richard Hendry requested by Peter & Lise Marquez

9:00 Brian Cudnick requested by The Mawn Family

Friday, May 28

7:00` Kenneth Phelan requested by Arlene & Bill Helenek & Family

7:00 Rev. John Serrano

7:00 Ada Pedrotti requested by Dario Pedrotti

9:00 Raymond Griffin, Sr. (requested by loving wife and family)

9:00 Dolores Seus requested by Donald & Ann Seus

Saturday, May 29

8:00 Joseph Rufino requested by the Malfettone Family

8:00 Stella Krause requested by Arlene & Bill Helenek & Family

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 Joseph Michael Ramirez requested by Loving Mom

5:00 Paul Joseph Pero requested by Donna Marino

5:00 John Eldora requested by Toni Marie Santoro & Family

Sunday, May 30- Pentecost Sunday

7:00 Robert Buckridge requested by The Dillhoff Family

7:00 For Our Beloved Dead

9:00 Victor Gil requested by Linda & Joe Savage & Family

9:00 Louis Iorio requested by Marian & Zachary Belfield

9:00 Patricia Nicholson requested by Speddon – Console Family

10:30 For The People of the Parish

10:30 Joseph & Shirley Payne requested by Ann & Vince Festa

10:30 Edie Ryan requested by Mario Torquato & Family

12:00 Joey Donatelli requested by Kevin & Margo Rainone

12:00 Rose V. Kern requested by Kevin & Margo Rainone

12:00 Benjamine Labrador requested by Kevin & Margo Rainone

5:00 Rosemary Terino requested by )Peter & Madeline Stevens

5:00 Victoria Dynia requested by Loving Family



Lifting up His eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying, “Holy Father, I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their words, so that they may all be one…” In this last prayer that Jesus offers to the Father, which is known as His Priestly Prayer, we hear Jesus’ call for unity. Our Lord prays that the Apostles may be one as the Father and the Son are one. But notice that Jesus does not just pray for the Apostles alone. He is praying for us as well, “…also for those who will believe in me through their word.” Christ prays for the unity of all Christians so that we can be effective witnesses to the fact that the Father sent the Son into the world to free us from sin and darkness.

Of course when we look at the world today we see much dis-unity. We see it even in the Body of Christ, as the Church is not unified (as there are Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Protestants, and other groups), we see it in the body of our own Church as we have all been hurt by the sexual abuse scandal, and the long time it has taken members of the hierarchy to take the right steps needed to achieve some healing. We see it sometimes in our parish community as one group or several groups refuse to listen to others or sometimes pass on rumors and gossip as if they were the Gospel Truth. We see it in our own families.

Why? Why is this the case when Jesus prays for the opposite? Perhaps it has to do with our ability (individually and communally) to listen to the words of Jesus as well as the words of others. Perhaps it has to do with our ability to be open to the Holy Spirit-to allow the Spirit to guide our lives and our actions. On Thursday we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven-remember the promise Jesus made that He would not abandon us, but would be with us until the end of time. He says this to us because He and the Father will send (has sent) the Holy Spirit on the Church. He knows that if we are truly open to the Spirit, we will always feel Jesus in our lives, in the Church, and in our relationships with one another. If we will allow the Holy Spirit in, then we indeed can have the unity that Jesus prays for in today’s Gospel-today and every day!

As we announced last Sunday, we welcome to Saint Joseph’s Father Michael Boyle. Fr. Boyle will be with us for at least one year, and will be helping us out on Sundays and during the week. We are very happy that Fr. Mike is here -let us all give him a nice warm welcome. Once again there is not a shortage of Mikes around here! As you might have read in last week’s Long Island Catholic, our beloved Fr. Peter Devaraj has been assigned as the Administrator of St. Andrews Church in Sag Harbor. He will be leaving us on June 30th, and we will certainly miss him. However, we know he will always be in our hearts as we will be in his. We are planning a Going Away (and of course Thank You) Party on Sunday June 27, 2004 following the 12 Noon Mass. The party will take place in the Parish Hall. We will announce, when we know that is, who Fr. Peter’s replacement will be and of course welcome him on June 30th. Likewise remember that Fr. Robert Kline will be celebrating his 1st Mass here at St. Joseph’s on Sunday June 13th at 12 Noon-a reception will follow in the Parish Hall-so we can wish Fr. Bob well and receive his first blessing.

The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Blood Drive tomorrow, Monday May 24th from 4-9:30 PM at the Council Chambers. As always there will be wonderful refreshments following for all who give blood. The Knights and Columbiettes are holding this drive now because of the shortages that always occur during the Summer Time. So if you can give blood please do so tomorrow. Thanks!

The Summer Family Festival is almost upon us- we need all of the help we can get to make it a great success. Being a volunteer at the festival is a great experience because you not only help the parish you have a great time to. What a great way to have an evening (or 2 or 3 or more) out, help a wonderful cause and have a fun time too. Please help us if you can and please spread the news about the Festival so it will be well attended-pray for good weather too. Also remember the St. Joseph’s School 5th Annual Golf Outing to be held on Monday June 28th at the Timber Point Country Club. It promises to be a wonderful time. See details further on in this bulletin.

Let us pray, Lord you give us your Spirit, your Word, and your Sacrament, so that we may know you. We also cherish the gift of your Church so that we may never face this mission alone. Bless the St. Joseph’s Community, free us from all of our fears, flaws and tears. Mend your Church so that our witness may speak your Gospel clearly once more. Amen. Thank you for all you do for our beloved parish.

Fr. Mike


Please continue to remember them in your prayers.

Cpl Jason Bertran Cpl. Michael Bruno

Cpt. Kevin Connolly Capt Edward Cuevas

Capt. Keith Flick SSG Jeremy Garcia

SFC Raymond J. Fulton Spc. Tristin Mortensen

Capt. Evan Gotkin Sgt. Stephen G. DiGirolamo

Capt. Jennifer Gotkin Sgt. Steven Knight

Pfc. Brian Lane Spc. Adam Mackey

PFC Brian Lawson

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)

NB: We will be adding to our military wall of honor display before Memorial Day, please bring any photo you would like added to the rectory (we will return your photo).

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

Elizabeth Antonucci, third grader, participated in NYSSMA on April 30th. She played a piano solo at Level II. Elizabeth received a score of 26 out of a possible 28 points, which equates to a level of “OUTSTANDING.” Elizabeth is ready for Lincoln Center. We are proud of Elizabeth’s accomplishment.

The eighth grade class was involved in an essay contest sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The topic was Irish and American Women in Sports, the Arts, and Medicine. The following students will receive a monetary award for their outstanding essay. Kirsty Cosgrove, James Cook and Luis Matos. We are proud of your writing ability.

Religious Ed News

The Religious Ed office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration forms for 2004/2005. Although our deadline for early registration has passed, we are still accepting applications. Please mail them in as soon as possible. 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.

Reminder to Parents of Level 1 and Sacrament Readiness I students, please call the rectory and make an appointment with one of the priests for your child to recite his/her prayers. Please also remember to send in your registration forms for level 2 and Sacrament Readiness II

If you are a student who is going to be working on a Summer Liturgy packet and have not picked it up please come to the Religious Ed. Office and pick it up. May 15 was our starting date.


Lava lava island


St. Joseph’s Church invites children to Lava Lava Island, where Jesus’ love flows.

St. Joseph’s Lava Lava Island program will provide fun and memorable Scripture learning activities for children ages 4-10. Each day kids will sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, nibble Tropical Treats, take on a Daily Challenge to let Jesus’ love flow home, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s word, and create Bible Point crafts they’ll take home and play with all summer long.

Lava Lava Island begins on July 12, 2004 and continues through July 16th, from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Cost $30 per child, $50 per family. For information, call Mary Lu during the evening hours at 981-9314.

Please use the cut out below either to volunteer or enroll a child in the program. Drop it in the collection basket.

You may also send an e-mail to info@stjoronk.org

Lava lava island

( ) I would like to help with Vacation Bible School

( ) Enroll my child ______________________ Age: _____

( ) Phone #————————————————————–

Parish Outreach

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.

Music Ministry Concert

Our combined choirs will present a Spring Concert on Saturday June 5th at 7:30PM in the Church. Save the date.


The second reading today contains the somber warning that Jesus is coming soon and will bring to each person the reward that his or her conduct deserves. Has my stewardship of the blessings entrusted to me been such that I could respond joyfully, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!?

Weekly Offering

Sunday’s Collection

674 Envelopes $ 12,611

Loose 2,238

$ 14,849

Same collection last year 14,660

Poor Box last weekend 306

Catholic Communication 04 741

Same Collection in 03 708

For The Month of April the Parish bills for gas and electricity :

LIPA for electricity $4,133.22

Keyspan & Metromedia for gas $6,397.90

We thank you for your continued and generous support!

Restoration Fund

Pledged to date $1,120,210

Paid to date 988,514

Scrip Corner

Scrip sales last week $ 19,654

Same period last year 20,030

Gross Profit 877

New Scrip Additions

Houlihan’s $10 denomination

JoAnn Fabrics $20 denomination

Starbucks Coffee $10 denomination

Calendar Club

Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!

May 09 $50 #469 Karen Molinaro

May 10 $25 #056 Louis DeLeo

May 11 $25 #412 Dr. H. Kamerling

May 12 $25 #533 Ginny Strein

May 13 $25 #168 Sheila Straface

May 14 $25 #700 M/M Edward Gabriel

May 15 $25 #344 Ed & Pat McNally

Respect Life

At the March in Washington a few weeks ago, the march that was supposedly for women’s health issues, Whoopi Goldberg waved a coat hanger around, up there on the podium. As you may know, coat hangers are the symbol of women aborting their own babies, and a subtle way of saying that abortions must be legal.

In the book Why Can’t We Love Them Both by the renowned Dr. J. C. Willke and his wife, Barbara, the question asked is: “What about coat hanger abortions?”

Their answer is as follows: Your authors have lectured nationwide on abortion on an average of one city a week for almost three decades. We frequently ask the audience to provide documented proof of a self-induced coat hanger abortion. In all this time no one has given us a single case. It may well be – there never were any coat hanger abortions.”

It has to be said that pro-lifers in their concern for pregnant women and their needs have established numerous women-helping centers (4,000). There are also almost 3,000 Right to Life chapters. The volunteers who staff both are overwhelmingly female. In addition, pro-lifers take pregnant women into their homes, collect maternity and baby clothes and adopt children far more frequently than other citizens. They offer legal, medical and social help for women during and after their pregnancies and after their abortions (Rachel’s Vineyard).

The abortion industry, in contrast, offers a violent “solution” to her problem – abortion. They have no other choices available for the pregnant woman in need of help.

The pro-life movement stands with her. The rights of women and the rights of the unborn should be joined. We reach out to every woman faced with the agony of abortion and say to her, “Your life and the life of your baby are both important, and we will not desert either one of you.”

Willke, Why Can’t We Love Them Both, 1997


Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, invites you to a Breakfast on Saturday, June 5th. 9am Registration, 9:30 to 12:30 at the Millenium Room, 3rd Floor of Kellenberg High School, Uniondale. Please join us to share faith and encourage one another. After a time of Praise and Worship with our dynamic music ministry, we’ll hear Terri Yatco from St. Aidan’s Parish witness to the power of prayer, the intercession of the saints and the grace of God given when we place our trust in Him. $22 per person. For reservations, call Janet at (516) 794-9659 or Cathy at (516) 868-8197.


Spring Auction—Tired of going out to another event. Join us online at www.ursulinesofbluepoint.org with autographed and memorabilia items up for bid. Make a bid and see if yours is the highest. Call 631-363-2422 for a hardcopy of items and minimum bid amount





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 become a Catechist

( ) I would like to help maintain the parish plantings

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



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( ) I would like to help with Vacation Bible School

( ) Enroll my child ______________________ Age: _____

( ) Phone #————————————————————–


FOCCUS Facilitator Training: Marriage Preparation Ministry

Learn to administer FOCCUS—a self-assessment instrument designed to help couples learn more about themselves and determine their readiness for marriage.

St. James Parish, Seaford

Thursday, June 17, 2004, 7:30 PM—l0:00PM