OUR LITURGY

In the Gospel today, the disciples are challenged to answer the question who do you say that I am? To acknowledge that Jesus comes from God demands the daily choice and faithful action of the disciples to follow him. Paul reminds us that we are called to belong to Christ and are joined as one in the Lord through the waters of baptism.

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ALTAR BREAD AND WINE

The gifts offered at our Masses this weekend

Are donated in Memory of Raymond DiBiase

Requested by The DiBiase Family

REMEMBER OUR DEAD

Dolores Origlia, Rosalie M. Johnson, Felix Hormizda 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 Ann Berdon John Bickel John Biglin Jean Boland Matthew Boland Mary Ellen Bowers Charles Bratisax William J. Brodie James Butler Kathy Butler John Cannizzano Jennifer Carlisle Bob Catalano Mercedes Chipe Emmanuel Coby Catherine Cosgrove Al Croce Josephine D'Agostino Joan DeCicco Edward Delprete Rose Dicanio Dylan DiLauro Theresa Donnelly Wendy Eilers Maggie Errico Anna Esposito Louis Fava Keith Ferraro Robert Filce Mary Ellen Flynn Michael Flynn Mary Forsythe Joseph Fortier Catherine Gracey Ed Hansen David Hoffman Patti Hunt Warren Johnson Wayne E Kalish Joseph F. Koenig Robert Lang Ashlee LaRocca Samantha Larocca Georgiana Lopez Joseph Malatesta Kevin Mc Collum Richard Mckenna Juliana McLarney Brett Meyers Marie Minto Rosann Moscato William Mytok Anita L Nanry Tom Nanry Sam Nettles Timothy M. Nigro Christine Paglino Edward Percesepe Grace Peshkur Molly Piccirillo Artie Plouffe', Jr. Michelina Raia Salvatore Romagnuolo Rose Russo Joyce E. Ryan Diana Sacia Robert Safarian Cathy Savage Louise Schaaf Mario Schiano Theresa Schiano William Schmelzer 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.

OUR PRIEST-CELEBRANTS

(Subject to last minute changes)

This Sunday Next Sunday

Saturday

5:00 pm Fr Boyle Fr Devaraj

Sunday

7:00 am Fr Butler 7:00 am Fr Butler

9:00 am Fr Maffeo 9:00 am Fr Rieder

10:30 am Fr Rieder 10:30 am Fr Boyle

12:00 pm Fr Boyle 12:00 pm Fr.Devaraj

5:00 pm Fr Devaraj 5:00 pm Fr Maffeo

MASS INTENTIONS

Sunday, June 20- Twelfth Ordinary Sunday- Father’s Day

7:00 Joseph Murray requested by John Magarian

7:00 Michael Bonserio requested by Loving Family

9:00 Suffolk Chapter Columbiette’s (Living) requested by S.C.C.

9:00 For The People of the Parish

10:30 Matthew P. Teofrio requested by loving family

10:30 Conrad J. Panza requested by loving family

10:30 Dorothy Stiefel requested by The McGrath Family

12:00 Wilbert Clark requested by Patricia Ferguson

12:00 Lynn Bader requested by Karen & John McCullagh

12:00 Pete Caron requested by Rose & Brian Dugan

5:00 John Budney requested by The Ferguson Family

5:00 Those included in the Father’s Day Novena

Monday, June 21- St. Aloysius Gonzaga

7:00 For Our Beloved Dead

7:00 For The Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Those included in the Father’s Day Novena

9:00 George Higgins requested by The Mawn Family

9:00 Eileen Cuccaro requested by Scott & Mary Bohlen

Tuesday, June 22 – St Paulinus, St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More

7:00 Those included in the Father’s Day Novena

7:00 Mamie DiSalvo requested by Linda Marino

8:45 Jeremiah F. Hennessy requested by Family

8:45 Joseph Molinaro requested by Davis Family

Wednesday, June 23

7:00 For Our Beloved Dead

7:00 For The Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Those included in the Father’s Day Novena

9:00 Michael Clifford requested by Loving Wife

9:00 Alfie Kelly requested by Henry & Annette Mullaney

Thursday, June 24- Nativity of St. John the Baptist

7:00 Those included in the Father’s Day Novena

7:00 For The Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Alesia Lagrua requested by Maureen Cornetta

9:00 Helen Schaefer requested by Cathy, Gene & Scott

9:00 Dorothy Stiefel requested by Loving Daughters

Friday, June 25

7:00 Josephine Oliva requested by

Finnegan, Mahoney & Landi families

7:00 Ingrid Cibuls requested by Albert Imperial

9:00 Ken Donahue requested by Loving Friends

9:00 Those included in the Father’s Day Novena

Saturday, June 26

8:00 Those included in the Father’s Day Novena

8:00 Emilio Rolla requested by Lorraine Barr & Family

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 Maria Caldarella requested by Jim & Cathy Foy

5:00 Cora Ann Brannick requested by Carol, Pete & Michael

5:00 Charles Reinhardt, Sr. requested by Primo & Gilda Zanoni

Sunday, June 27- Thirteenth Ordinary Sunday

7:00 Those included in the Father’s Day Novena

7:00 For Our Beloved Dead

9:00 Knights of Columbus & Columbiettes

9:00 Frank Castiglia requested by Mr. & Mrs. Ricardelli & Family

10:30 Christine Peacock requested by Mr. & Mrs. Charles Anos

10:30 Peter DiAngelo requested by Dawn DiAngelo

10:30 Brian Serra requested by Leif & Holland Families

12:00 Hank Habanec requested by Kevin & Margo Rainone

12:00 Elizabeth Kearon requested by Rosemary Huber

12:00 For The People of The Parish

5:00 George Weed requested by Mary Verardi

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

Good news, we are still allowed to be One Nation Under God! You will be pleased to know (if you do not know it already) that the United States Supreme Court dismissed the case brought before it by the atheist, who on behalf of his daughter wanted these words removed from the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The Court threw out the case because it decided that he had no legal standing to bring the case forward-as he was not the custodial parent of his daughter. The ironic twist in this whole matter is that the girl in question is a Born Again Christian and loves the fact that God is mentioned in the Pledge. It appears that God has been saved again until someone else gets the idea that we really don’t need God! How far from the truth can this foolish idea really be! The World we live in is in such great trouble because so many feel they don’t need God. So many refuse to listen to what God has given to us through the Prophets of Old and through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Too many people lead a life of their own choosing- thinking that this is what makes them totally free. However, they do not realize that they have become slaves to a life of sin, darkness, selfishness and sadness. If one totally buys into the values and morals of this world, which are so radically different from the true values and morals of the One True God they have absolutely nothing, and that which they think will make them happy will do the exact opposite.

That is why the question placed before the disciples (and to us) in today’s Gospel is so important-“and you, who do you say that I am?” How do you answer the question? How do we as a parish family answer Jesus’ question? How willing are we to pick up our cross everyday and follow the path laid out for us by the Father and the Son. Without a doubt, we cannot do it without God’s help. When Christ tells us that we must all take up our cross every day and follow Him we should not fear because just as Simon helped Him carry the Cross-so will Christ help us. So will Christ help our Church, our Beloved Nation and the whole World.

On behalf of Fr. Paul, Fr. Peter Devaraj, Fr. Peter Liu, Fr. Mike Boyle, Fr. Mike Rieder, Deacons James Altonji, Joseph Califano, Michael DeBellis, Michael Devenney, Joseph Dougherty and the entire Parish and School Staff of St. Joseph’s we wish all of our Father’s a very Holy and Happy Father’s Day! All of our Fathers living and deceased will be remembered at our Masses today (Father’s Day) and during the remainder of the month of June.

June is also the month of the Sacred Heart, and this past Friday (Jn.18th) the Church celebrated the great Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (followed on Saturday Jn.19th, by the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary). The promises that Jesus made to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque for all those who honor Jesus in the Sacred Heart and make 9 Consecutive First Fridays during the year are: 1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.2. I will establish peace in their homes. 3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions. 4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death. 5. I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings. 6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy. 7. Tepid souls shall become fervent. 8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection. 9. I will bless every place in which an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored. 10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts. 11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced. 12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Fridays of Nine Consecutive Months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their Sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

Please remember that next Sunday we will say goodbye and thank you to our dear Father Peter Devaraj. Fr. Peter will celebrate the 12 Noon Mass and there will be a reception following-all are invited. Also, a very special thank you to all who prepared the wonderful reception that followed Fr. Robert Kline held last Sunday after the 12 Noon Mass. Fr. Bob asked that I share with you his great gratitude not only for last Sunday, but also for all of the help and support that St. Joseph’s has given him throughout the last three years. We wish Fr. Bob much happiness in his first priestly assignment as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lindenhurst.

Congratulations to all who graduated from Saint Joseph’s School last Friday Evening (June 11th). Many of the graduates will be attending the various Catholic High Schools throughout the Diocese, and some will attend the very fine public schools of our local region. God bless you all and may he help you in all of the years to come.

We close with the following Prayer to The Sacred Heart for Perseverance written by St. Alphonsus Liguori

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and life-giving fountain of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, and glowing furnace of love, you are my refuge and my sanctuary. O adorable and glorious Savior, consume my heart with that burning fire that ever inflames Your Heart. Pour down on my soul those graces, which flow from your love. Let my heart be so united with Yours. May Your Will be the rule of both my desires and actions Amen. God bless you always.

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 Lawson Spc. Adam Mackey

Andy Mezador Cpt. Gregory Mueller

Sgt. James Munro, Jr. 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. Thanks to all who are making regular payments and to those who have increased their pledges.

St. Joseph’s School News

Class 4A has been putting the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy into practice. To date, they have cheered over 20 patients, through their creations of greeting cards and letters. The responses have been very positive and the results encouraging.

Religious Education News

The Religious Ed office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Beginning June 28th this office will be closed for the summer and we will re-open on Monday August 23rd.

Registration forms for 2004/2005. We are still accepting registration forms for the coming year. Our office will be closing on June 24th.. Registration forms received after June 30th will be charged with a late fee of $10.00, after July 31st $20.00, etc. Please mail them in this week. 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. There is only 1 week left to make an appointment and complete this part of the Level 1 program. If this is not completed students will be registered for the Pre-Eucharist class.

We are always in need of volunteers, if you have an opportunity to share your faith with the children of our parish, please call 981-1805. Religious Ed staff wishes you a safe and healthy summer.

Banns of Marriage

(Third Time)

Alison Ramos of St. Lawrence, & Colin Flinn of our parish

Barbara Keenan of our parish & Bruce Neimeth of Good Shepherd

Kathleen Cunningham of our parish & Patrick M. Panella of St. Anthony

Jennifer Jong of our parish & Michael Fair of Good Shepherd

Erin McNamara & Gregory V. Seaman both of our parish

Frances Lucivero of St. Bridget & Christopher Pelletier of St. Joseph

Colleen Pecorella of Blessed Sacrament & Mark Riley of St. Elizabeth

Sarah Turner of our Parish & Michael DiRusso

Andrea Plazas of our parish & Brian Reiser

Michele Gabrielli of our parish & Paul Marotta

Lisa Canari of St. Patrick & Keith Mitnick of Sacred Heart

Vanessa M. Monaco of our parish & Brian Sullivan of St. Patrick

Dana Smith & Michael Murphy of our parish

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.

RESPECT LIFE

ADULT STEM CELLS OFFER PROMISING MEDICAL ADVANCEMENTS

Researchers in Florida have reported that adult stem cells taken from bone marrow have successfully transformed themselves into brain tissue in three human subjects. The breakthrough could potentially lead to adult stem cells being used to treat conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS. The team from the University of Florida Shands Cancer Centre published their findings in The Lancet medical journal.

Dr. Edward Scott who led the group said: “The study suggests that bone marrow could be used as a t therapeutic source of readily harvestable cells for the regeneration of nerve cells, with the potential application to various degenerative diseases and central nervous system damage.” NYS ProLife Reporter

You might ask, “what are stem cells anyway?”

Essentially, stem cells are cells that have the potential to become many different kinds of cells. They are the means by which cells in the body can be replenished. Research, such as mentioned above, has shown that adult stem cells can be isolated and developed. If this research continues to be successful, there may be no reason whatsoever to use embryonic stem cells, which requires destruction of early embryos and pose a serious ethical problem. Many argue that adult stem cells are where the resources for stem cell research should be directed. Continued success in this area would essentially eliminate the need for embryonic stem cells – and put an end to a major ethical problem. Shannon, Catholic Update, 2001

On Saturday, June 26th, the July LIFE NEWS will be folded for mailing, and your help is needed. Please come down to the Old School Gym for an hour or two to help with this work. Come any time, from 8:30 am on. Lunch, coffee and cake are complimentary.

Confirmation service hours can be earned by helping to fold the Life News. For information call 588-4437.

There will be a Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat, for both men and women affected by abortion. This retreat, from Friday, June 25th to Sunday, June 27th, will be held on the grounds of Kellenberg High School in Uniondale. Call Frank Gariboldi at 516-523-0586.

Stewardship

Who do you say I am?” Jesus asks Peter in today’s Gospel. Does my use of the gifts and talents entrusted to me accurately reflect my answer to that same question? How willing am I to deny myself, take up my cross, and follow in His steps?

Weekly Offering

774 envelopes $13,483

Loose collection 2,230

Total Last Sunday $ 15,713

Same collection last year 16,026

Poor Box last weekend 216

Religious Retirement Collection 04 1,862

03 l,685

For The Month of May the Parish
paid $6,680 for Gas & Electric

We thank you for your continued and generous support!

Restoration Fund

Thank 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 Corner

Scrip sales last week $15,730

Same period last year 19,845

Gross Profit 765

Calendar Club

Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!

June 06 $50 #781 Marguerite E. Smith

June 07 $25 #125 Thomas & Robin Peshkur

June 08 $25 #137 Vincent Festa

June 09 $25 #268 Domenick Dario

June 10 $25 #569 Anne Richard

June 11 $25 #050 Joan & Bill Mangan

June 12 $25 #537 Christine & Brian White

—–———COURTESY ANNOUNCEMENT—————

Montefort One Day Pilgrimage to Lourdes in Litchfield

Thursday July 22, 2004 $35 per/person

Adults only includes: Bus fare & Hot Lunch

Montfort Spiritual Center, Bay Shore

Depart: 7:30AM Sharp Return—7:30PM

St. Lawrence Church, Sayville:

Depart: 7:00 AM sharp Return 7:30PM

For Further Info Call:

Montfort Pilgrimages

26 South Saxon Avenue

Bay Shore, NY 11706

(631) 665-0726