Today we hear of the power of the Holy Spirit visited upon the disciples gathered in the Upper Room. Filled with the Spirit they are unafraid as they preach of the mighty acts of God. Paul proclaims the unity which comes to all who are baptized. In the Gospel Jesus greets the disciples with peace and sends them forth empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Lturgical Commission Publishings, Diocese of Lansing, Lansing, MI
Altar Bread And WineThe gifts offered at our Masses this weekend
The McGrann & Fogarty Families
Requested by: Peggy McGrann & Family
REMEMBER OUR DEAD
Anna Landi, Angelo Feliciano, Joseph Molinaro, Theresa Martino,
Ida Miseli, Ellen Tulowitzki, George Becker, John Polck
and for our deceased soldiers, and all of our deceased relatives and friends.
REMEMBER OUR SICK
For this week, please pray for the sick, especially:
Angela Aponte Rob Barello Susan Bateman
Frank Belsito Maureen A. Berdon John Bickel
John Biglin Matthew Boland Jean Boland
Mary E. Bowers Charles Bratisax Kathy Butler
James Butler John Cannizzano Jennifer Carlisle
Alex Cintron Emmanuel Coby Al Croce
J. D’Agostino Joan DeCicco Edward Delprete
Rose Dicanio 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 Hanson David Hoffman
Patti Hunt Warren Johnson Wayne E. Kalish
Robert Lang Ashlee LaRocca Georgianna Lopez
Joseph Malatesta Kevin McCollum 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 Sal Romagnuolo Rose Russo
Joyce E. Ryan Diana Sacia Robert Safarian
Cathy Savage Louise Schaaf Theresa Schiano
Mario Schiano William Schmelzer Linda Stultz
Stacie Tizzard George Tizzard, Jr . Marlene Urban
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.Liu Fr Maffeo
7:00 am Fr. Boyle 7:00 am Fr Rieder
9:00 am Fr. Rieder 9:00 am Fr Butler
10:30 am Fr.Butler 10:30 am Fr Maffeo
12:00 pm Fr. Devaraj 12:00 pm Fr Butler
5:00 pm Fr. Butler 5:00 pm Fr.Boyle
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
Monday, May 31- Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
7:00 Clara Kuhn requested by Rick, Linda & Eric Voels
7:00 LisaMarie Vigliotta requested by Barbara & Allison Hughes
9:00 Pat Wickers requested by CDA 975 St. Joe’s
9:00 All of Our Veterans
9:00 Ramon Chipe requested by Loving Family
Tuesday, June 1- St. Justin
7:00 Joseph Vacchio requested by Barbara and William Riordan
7:00 MaryAnn Slarace & Family (living) requested by Thomas DuBritz & Family
8:45 Nicholas Santo requested by Travis McQuade & Family
8:45 Anthony Marino requested by Linda Marino
8:45 Margaret Hermus requested by Geri & Mike Devenney
Wednesday, June 2 - St. Marcellinus and St. Peter
7:00 Charles Hughes requested by Maryann & Vincent Masillo
7:00 Lisa Marie Belano requested by The Recca Family
9:00 Jacqueline Rozario (living) requested by Dominic Rozario
9:00 Yumiko Gruja requested by loving husband
9:00 Rev. John Serrano
Thursday, June 3 - St. Charles Lwanga and companions
7:00 Allen Gomes 5 year old (living) requested by Jacqueline Rozario
7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant
9:00 Lisa Moreno requested by Lynn Weigel
9:00 Dolores Turner requested by The Yellico Family
Friday, June 4 - First Friday
7:00 Virginia Mastriani requested by Joseph Lardaro
7:00 For Our Beloved Dead
9:00 Marguerite and Timothy Cleere & Family request by Tim Cleere & Family
9:00 Delores Seus requested by Loving Sisters
Saturday, June 5 - St. Boniface
8:00 Theresa DeFilippo requested by Marie DeFilippo
8:00 Julia Harkin (Living) requested by Thomas DuBritz & Son
8:00 Georgette Winowitch requested by The Winowitch Family
Anticipated Mass for Sunday
5:00 Juhani Uitto requested by The Pisani Family
5:00 John Hiedrich requested by Joann Mazzara & Family
5:00 Laurie Sues requested by Wayne & Dolores Bunting
Sunday, June 6- The Most Holy Trinity
7:00 Cornelius J. Dunleavy requested by loving wife, Anne
7:00 For The Intentions of the Celebrant
9:00 Kenny & McQuillen Families requested by Claire & Jim
9:00 Edie Ryan requested by Terry & Eleanor McMurray
9:00 For The People of The Parish
10:30 Ellen & Thomas Sheridan (living) requested by Thomas DuBritz & Son
10:30 Viola Johnson requested by Cathy & Jim Foy
10:30 Nicholas Santo requested by The Tipa Family
12:00 Deceased members of Religious Ed. families
12:00 An End to Abortion requested by The Respect Life Committee
12:00 Christopher Gilardi requested by Margie Sellitti
5:00 Catherine Agolia requested by Claudia & Frank Tantone
5:00 Victor Giancola requested by Joseph & Joyce Ando
IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO BRING UP THE GIFTS AT THE MASSES ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY,
PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF THE USHERS WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR MASS.
FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIKE
“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you…” “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of Spiritual Gifts, but the same Spirit…” “Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire…And they were filled with the Holy Spirit…yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”
Today we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost-the day that traditionally has been called the birthday of the Church. It is the Church’s Birthday because on this day (50 days after the Resurrection) the Holy Spirit was sent from the Father and the Son upon the Apostles and our dear Blessed Mother. The Spirit, which shares with the Church (individually and communally) many gifts and empowers the Church to carry out its mission in the world-TO MAKE JESUS AND THE GOSPEL KNOWN. Each of us according to our natural talents and abilities are also given by the Spirit the right gifts that we need to do our part. Each of us according to our station in life is given the right spiritual gifts to fulfill that station. As St., Paul tells us these gifts are given to us freely by God so that we will be filled with joy and live out our baptism. That is why he is correct when he says that no one can say Jesus is Lord except by (and through) the power of the Holy Spirit. However, while the Spirit gives these gifts freely they are to be used, and used well. If we fail to use them than we will lose them. Not because God will take them away from us, but like any gift if we do use it we will lose it. Let us pray that will never happen.
This is also Memorial Day Weekend, when we remember all of those members of our Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice so our nation can and will survive. At this time, we especially remember those who have died in the war against terror and the war in Iraq. We pray for them and their families, as these brave men and women haven given their all to preserve our freedom and way of life. As part of our parish’s remembrance, we will display in the Sanctuary the display of photos of members of the parish who have and who are serving in the military.
Four members of Boy Scout Troop 272 (The St. Joseph’s Sponsored Troop) have worked for and gained the following Religious Awards. They are: Steven Scotti and Danny White- who received Ad Altare Dei Award, and Mathew Koch and Joseph Scotti who received the Pope Pius XII Award. We are very proud of these members of our Troop and how hard they worked for these awards. The awards will be formally presented to the boys at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre in early October-but we will acknowledge the Boys here at a Sunday Mass sometime in June.
This summer St. Joseph’s will sponsor Lava Lava Island-Vacation Bible School. It will run from July 12-16 from 9am-12 Noon-see more details in this bulletin. Don’t forget the St. Joseph’s School Annual Golf Outing-look for more details also in this bulletin.
Next Saturday Evening (June 5th) at 7:30 PM in the Church our Combined Choirs will present us with a Spring Concert. Please come and join us for a wonderful evening of religious music. Also next weekend (June 5th & 6th) we will have a collection for the Religious Retirement Fund. There are envelopes for this very important collection in your Envelope Package, and in the event you do not receive envelopes there are some available in the Church. Also, if you have given to this collection in the past, the Diocese has already sent you an envelope directly. Feel free to use this one and send it back to Rockville Centre-you and St. Joseph’s will get the proper credit. This collection is so important because it helps the many women and men who have given their lives in service to the Church as Religious Sisters and Brothers to meet the needs of life now that they are retired and advanced in age and can no longer work. But, remember they are still working as they continue to pray for us and the Church they served for so many years-please be as generous as you can.
As we announced last week, our beloved Fr. Peter Devaraj has been reassigned to St. Andrew’s Parish in Sag Harbor. Fr. Peter will become the Administrator there starting June 30th. Likewise, the priest who will be coming to St. Joseph’s will begin his assignment on the same day-as soon as we know whom that is, we will announce it. There will be a Going Away/Thank You Party for Fr. Peter following the 12 Noon Mass on Sunday June 27th. God Bless You Fr. Peter we will are miss you!
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will work through our lives…
Father of light, from whom every good gift comes, send your Spirit into our lives with the power of a mightywind, and by the flame of your wisdom open the horizons of our minds. Loosen our tongues to sing your praise in words beyond the power of speech, for without your Spirit we could never raise our voices in words of peace or announce the truth that Jesus is Lord. Amen.
Happy Birthday!Fr. Mike
SAY A PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS
Please continue to remember them in your prayers.
Cpl. Jason Bertran Cpl. Michael Bruno
Cpt. Kevin Connolly Spc. Thomas E. Corcoran
Cpt. Edward Cuevas Sgt. Steven G. DiGirolamo
Capt. Keith Flick SFC Raymond J. Fulton
SSG Jeremy Garcia Cpt. Evan Gotkin
Cpt. Jennifer Gotkin Sgt. Steven Knight
Pfc. Brian Lane Pfc. Brian Lawson
Spc. Adam Mackey Andy Mezador
Cpt. Gregory Mueller SSG Joey Napolitano
COP Jonathan Norris Spc. Brian Pacella
Ensign 3 Lucy P. Padro Navy Seal Paul M. Padro
PFC Christopher Reid Sgt. Edwin Rivera, II
PO2 Roger Schoverling Sgt. Rudy 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. Thank you to all who are making regular payments and to those who have increased their pledges.
St. Joseph’s School News
Alexandra Ambrosio, a Kindergarten student, created a Donation Box as a way of sharing toys and other items with children in need. Alexandra’s generosity became contagious. Classmates are contributing items for the Donation Box. All items will be donated to Parish Outreach. We commend these children for living the Gospel message.
Open House—June 6th, after the 9:00, 10:30 and 12:00 Masses in the Church Hall. Come on down and let us answer your questions about quality academic standards in a faith-filled environment. Fall openings available.
St. Joseph’s School 5th Annual Golf Outing at the Timber Point Country Club Monday, June 28, 2004 arrive at 12:oopm
Number of Golfers—————X $135.00 per Golfer————–
For additional info: contact Brian Sanders after 6:00pm 631-475-9575 or 516-815-1884
Religious Ed News
The Religious Ed office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4 PM.
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.
Congratulations to our students in the Teen program who received their First Communion and were Confirmed this weekend.
Lava lava island
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
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 e-mail Info@StJoRonk.org use the cut out below either to volunteer or enroll a child in the program.
PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE—We 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.
Centennial Celebration of the Ronkonkoma Fire Department
Come join the Ronkonkoma Fire Department as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary.
Thursday June 10th through Sunday June 13th
This is a celebration that comes around only once every 100 years
so come and support the Ronkonkoma Fire Department.
One miracle of Pentecost was that, despite their diversity, each listener heard God’s word in his or her own language. The meaning for stewardship is that, by sharing the gifts poured out on by the Holy Spirit, we will be empowered to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters, whatever they may be.
709 Envelopes $ 12,227
Same collection last year 16,413
Poor Box last weekend 304
Ascension Thursday 04 3,174
Same Collection in 03 4,545
For The Month of April the Parish Payroll for all areas was
This does not include the School Payroll
We thank you for your continued and generous support!
Restoration FundThank you to those who have upped their pledges.
We received a total of $ 6,620 in increases this year.
Pledged to date $1,126,830
Paid to date 993,438
Scrip sales last week $ 20,280
Same period last year 23,310
Gross Profit 991
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Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!
May 16 $50 #150 Anna Fortunato
May 17 $25 #044 Marian Ford
May 18 $25 #505 Martin Loughlin
May 19 $25 #604 Peter V. Borneman
May 20 $50 #191 Catherine Muhlenforth
May 21 $25 #381 Theresa Gorman
May 22 $25 #547 Maurice & Mae Maloney
Two weeks ago we mentioned chemical abortion (RU-486) and the fact that it is another way of killing babies, but not so publicly. However, evidence of under-reported deaths from that drug is now growing and being noticed.
Holly Patterson (18) and her unborn child died ten days after she took the first of the two RU-486 drugs. Her parents spoke thus: “We are appalled by the lack of reporting and accountability of Planned Parenthood and Valley Care Medical Center to report Holly’s death to the California Department of Health Services. If hospitals and abortion clinics do not feel they should be responsible to report a death to the state, what makes the FDA or the drug manufacturer believe they will consistently and accurately receive reports on adverse events or deaths related to drugs?”
In Sweden Rebecca Tell Berg (16) was given drugs to induce abortion (no parental ok was needed) and she and her child died. It seems that in Sweden, 44.3% of all 331,033 abortions performed in 2002 were chemically induced. There too, no records of the number of maternal deaths caused by the drugs used as RU-486 appear to exist. Both Holly and Rebecca died of blood loss and infection, as did 15 year old Tamia Russell of Detroit.
Here in the United States, the FDA did safety testing atrecord-breaking speed, of RU-486, prior to selling it. The deaths reported so far may be but the tip of the iceberg and now known only because family members have reported them.
A review of RU-486’s safety to women is long overdue. It isknown, of course, to be deadly to unborn children.
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS NEWS
All members of Court St. Joseph #975: Our next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on Thursday evening, June 3rd in the Old School Gym, at 7:30 p.m.
Come to hear the results of our latest fund-raisers, the Mother’s Day carnation sale, and the May ChineseAuction.
New members are always welcome. Come visit and see what we’re about.
C. West, Regent, 585-1719
Long Island Catholic Mens Conference
St. John’s University, Oakdale Campus
Saturday, June 5th 8:30am—4pm
Featured Speakers: Father Tom Hartman of the God Squad and Telecare TV,Gerry Faust, former Notre Dame Football Coach, Ned Dougherty author “Fast Lane To Heaven “ and Tom Seaman
Tickets $30 For Info. Call (631) 732-3131 ext. 23