In today’s first reading and in the Gospel, we are directed to follow God with full commitment. Even duty to family should not prevent one from following the way of Jesus. Paul says that commitment to the teachings of Jesus will bring us freedom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This freedom calls us to be loving, forgiving, and understanding.

Lturgical Commission Publishings, Diocese of Lansing, Lansing, MI


The gifts offered at our Masses this weekend

Are donated in Memory of Angelo DeLisio

Requested by Loving Mother


Diana Ferrara Michael Molinaro, Adelaide M. Gerretz 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 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 Evelyn Lombardi David DeParis

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 Devaraj


7:00 am Fr Butler 7:00 am TO BE

9:00 am Fr Rieder 9:00 am

10:30 am Fr Boyle 10:30 am ANNOUNCED

12:00 pm Fr Devaraj 12:00 pm

5:00 pm Fr Maffeo 5:00 pm


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

Monday, June 28- St. Irenaeus

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

7:00 Conrad Scanlon requested by the Quitoni Family

9:00 Ronald W. Michel requested by Bertha

9:00 Kevin G. Vesey, MD & Family (living)

requested by Thomas DuBritz & Son

Tuesday, June 29- St. Peter and St. Paul

7:00 Charles Rubino requested by Loving Wife

7:00 Marie Pallazolo requested by Jolin Family

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

9:00 Dorothy Stiefel requested by Dcn. Joseph & Marie Califano

Wednesday, June 30- First Martyrs of the Roman Church

7:00 Ann DeMarco requested by the Ingram family

7:00 Leonard Faerman requested by Karen Schleich

9:00 Johanna Polchinski requested by James and Kelly Lunghi

9:00 Ralph Kubicsko requested by Loving Family

Thursday, July 1- Blessed St. Junipero Serra

7:00 Lydia Lauria Casella requested by Virginia Capobianco

7:00 Anthony Anaceronte requested by the Gutierrez Family

9:00 Anthony Tamburro requested by the Lupo family

9:00 George Patrick Higgins

requested by Henry & Annette Mullaney

Friday, July 2- First Friday

7:00 Benjamin DiSapo requested by the Quitoni Family

7:00 For The Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 William Hughes requested by Loving Family

9:00 John Anderuszkiewicz requested by Loving Wife

9:00 Rev. David Clifford requested by Loving Mom

Saturday, July 3- First Saturday- St. Thomas

8:00 Theresa DeFilippo requested by Marie DeFilippo

8:00 Michael Schindler requested by loving Mom and Dad

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 Carl Masi and Michael Marangiello

requested by Jim and Cathy Foy

5:00 Thomas Vincent Dougherty requested by loving Mom and Dad

5:00 George Becker requested by The Rogers Family

Sunday, July 4- Fourteenth Ordinary Sunday

7:00 Cornelius J Dunleavy requested by loving wife, Anne

7:00 For The Intentions of The Celebrant

9:00 Kathleen Pagliuca requested by Mary Mazzulo

9:00 Thomas Hodes requested by Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Grippo

10:30 Joseph & Shirley Payne requested by Eileen & Tom McManus

10:30 Edie Ryan requested by Peggy McGrann

10:30 Anthony Croce requested by Loving Family

12:00 Elizabeth DeMaio requested by loving husband

12:00 For The People of the Parish

5:00 Rita Calabro requested by The Marshall Family

5:00 Carmela & Michael Zeppetella & Family (living) requested by Thomas Dubritz & Son



Many times during the months of May and June we are invited to so many functions-First Communions, Confirmations, Graduations, Weddings, Anniversaries, or Summer Bar-B-Qs, you name it we are invited! Some times, you get invited to two different affairs on the same day. Now at times you can plan to go to both-one for a few hours and then go to the other. However, some times, the functions are being held at the same time or they are so far apart there is nothing you can do but to make a choice. And of course, there are times we are invited to celebrations that you really want to attend but just can’t because of work or things that just need to be done.

Every so often, we know of a great event that will be coming up and we just can’t wait for the invitation to come! And when it does come, we respond right away and we usually say that nothing will keep us from being there, and we will give this affair our undivided attention. In today’s readings, we see such invitations being given. First by the great prophet Elijah to his successor the prophet Elisha, and then in the Gospel when Jesus says, “Follow me.”

Notice, however, how these invitations were answered. Elisha, while wanting to accept the invitation, first wants to say goodbye to his family. (Chances are, this meant more than just saying goodbye and it most likely was going to be carried out over a long period of time) God’s invitation, as Elijah points out, cannot be put on hold. When the invitation is given, we must respond. The same is true with Jesus’ invitation. Notice His response to the person who says, I will follow you after my parents die. No, says Jesus you must follow me now-let the dead bury the dead-obviously there is more here at work than what meets the eye!

What Elijah is saying, and what Jesus is saying to those 2000 yrs. ago is being said to us today. We must respond to God’s invitation unlike any other. God’s invitation requires us to give a total commitment, which means the elimination of other choices. God’s invitation involves a total conversion on our part-involving all of one’s energy, loyalty, and devotion. This invitation to the new life is one that cannot be combined with our previous life-with a life that focuses on this world only and the ways of selfishness or self-centeredness. The invitation requires us to give of our whole self- to give to others, to love as Jesus loves, and to not get caught up in the ways of this world. How well are you responding to Jesus’ (God’s) invitation, and how well are you given of yourself? Not easy questions to answer, but questions we need to answer every day. Fear not if you find yourself wanting in your response, because Jesus constantly extends the invitation and even helps us, through the power of The Holy Spirit, to answer the call and live it out. But we must be open to it and we must remember we do not have all the time in the world-remember time flies by so fast!

Speaking of time going by so fast, it is hard to believe that 5 yrs. have gone by so quickly and our dear Father Peter’s term here has come to and end! We certainly wish him well as he leaves us this Wednesday to be the Administrator of St. Andrew’s Parish in Sag Harbor. Father Peter we will miss you! Also, on Wednesday, we will welcome Father Juniper Jones Thomas to St. Joseph’s as our new Associate Pastor. We wish him well and many happy years of ministry with us.

Thank you to all who filled out and returned the Parish Surveys. They have certainly been a great help as they tell us what it is on your mind. We have received some wonderful suggestions, heard your concerns, and found misconceptions some members of the parish have concerning projects and practices. To help answer some of these questions we will put in the bulletin some of the best-kept secrets of St. Joseph’s and to explain some of the misconceptions.

Please, read in today’s bulletin information on Monday Evenings of Prayer during the month of August.

The Family Summer Festival is almost upon us, July 21-25, that’s less than a month away! Volunteers are still needed to help out, especially at the Las Vegas Nights during the Festival. Again many thanks to those who have already volunteered and to those businesses who have sponsored nights, booths, etc. Don’t forget the Limited Raffle, only $25 gets you a chance for a Caribbean Cruise for 4. Also, there are the wonderful prize baskets donated by the various societies, departments and ministries found in the parish. As always, it promises to be a great time for all.

Let us close with this prayer, Lord Jesus you break the chains of sin and death and invite us to the freedom of God’s children. Help us to turn to you now and not to turn back to the ways of the passing world. Amen.

God bless you always.

Fr. Mike


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.

Mark Your Calendars for the August
Monday Evenings On the Lawn

Every Monday evening at 7PM we will pray the Rosary, sing songs of Glory & Praise, hear the word of God and share fellowship. Where? On the Rectory lawn (bring your own chair and maybe a dessert) In case of rain, we will meet in the church.

Parish Survey Feedback

We thank those of you who have completed the Parish Survey you recently received in the mail. After we have gathered and analyzed the information, we will report back to you.

In the mean time, we have come to see some areas that are of concern to our parishioners that have been addressed, but the word has apparently not leaked out.

THE CRYING ROOM - A number of people mentioned looking into a crying room. Back when we replaced the doors to the church, Msgr. Midura had the inside doors replaced with the current glass doors so that the lobby, which is equipped with speakers to the sound system, would be available to parents whose children found it difficult to be in church. It was thought that a separate crying room, as some churches have, made parents feel like “The Man in the Glass Booth.” It was thought that our arrangement allows the parents to see and hear all that is going on in the church while keeping children from causing a distraction. Parents should feel free to use this area and we hope their fellow parishioners will approve their efforts, not give them “the eye.”

Religious Education News

The Religious Education office is now closed. We will be checking our answering machine and our incoming mail through out the summer. We will reopen on Monday, August 23rd.

Registration forms for 2004/2005. We are still accepting registration forms for the coming year. Registration forms received after June 30th will be charged with a late fee of $10.00, after July 31st $20.00, etc. Any child entering Grade 1 in the Fall should be registered for Level 1, as this is the first year of our two-year Communion Preparation program. If you need forms you can pick up forms at the Rectory during their regular office hours.

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 3 days left to make an appointment and complete this part of the Level 1 and SR I program. If this is not completed, students will be registered for the Pre-Eucharist class.

We are asking all our volunteers who were mailed forms to complete and return them as soon as possible.

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.

We wish you a very happy, and safe summer. We will keep you in our prayers and hope that you keep us in yours. See you at Mass.

Lava Lava Island  -   Vacation Bible School

St. Joseph’s will conduct Lava Lava Island Vacation Bible School the week of July 12 to 16, from 9 am to 12 Noon. Come join Mrs. Brenner 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.

VBS is in need of juice boxes, apple and fruit juices. We also need pretzels, animal crackers and cheese fishes. We will be collecting them in a large box in the Church lobby the weeks of July 4th and July llth.

Thank you for all your help.

Mrs. Brenner & Ms. Razzagone

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.


In today’s second reading, St. Paul provides a wonderful one-sentence summary of Christian stewardship: “Out of love, place yourselves at one another’s service.”

Weekly Offering

680 envelopes $11,605

Loose collection 2,287

Total Last Sunday $ 13,892

Same collection last year 14,427

Poor Box last weekend 325

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 $18,635

Same period last year 18,375

Gross Profit 841


The argument is: Abortion is a matter of individual choice because no one can say with certainty when a fetus becomes a person.

The rebuttal is: When a human life begins is not a religious, moral, or philosophical issue; it is a scientific and biological one. Scientists know a distinct human life begins at conception. From that time onward, the unborn child is a living, developing individual with a uniquely human genetic constitution.

Another argument:: Every woman has the right to control her own body. A fetus is part of a woman’s body because it is dependent on her for survival in the womb.

Another rebuttal: The unborn child is an individual, separate and distinct from the mother. From conception the baby’s genetic code is unique to itself, different from the mother’s and father’s. The baby has its own blood type, heart, brain, and other organs, and may have differently colored eyes, hair and complexion. Being dependent on others should not deprive a helpless human being of fundamental rights. As Thomas Jefferson once wrote: “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.     (from a Knights of Columbus printing)

“As Americans, we are led by the power of our conscience and the history of our country to defend and promote the dignity and rights of all people. Each person, however defenseless, has a place and a purpose in this world.”                              (President George W. Bush)

From the Desk of Fr. Devaraj

My Dear Parish Family,

It will be five years on June 30th since I came to the parish and was warmly welcomed by so many of you. During these years, I have come to meet, serve and work with many wonderful people. I experienced the Love of God through all of you. I am very thankful for the privilege God gave me to serve you. I am humbled by the gift you have been and are in my life. My sincere thanks to Frs. Mike, Paul, Peter Liu, Mike Boyle, all the Deacons, the parish staff, parish organizations and all the parishioners for the love, support and hospitality that you’ve shown me over these past 5 years. I also remember with gratitude, the time I spent with Msgr. Midura.

I thank you for your generosity and the sacrifices you made for the “Huts to Home” Project and “Sponsor a Child” Program in India. I thank the Principal, Mrs. Marie Salvietti, the staff, faculty and the students of St. Joseph’s for your continued support for the “ Sponsor a Child Program”.

I am going to St. Andrew’s parish in Sag Harbor on Wednesday. Please pray for me as I go to minister and serve the people there. Again, thank you and God Bless you all.

My new address is : St. Andrew’s Church, 122 Division Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

phone: (631) 725-0123                 email: peter19812@aol.com


Fr. Peter Devaraj

Calendar Club

Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!

June 13 $50 #212 Ms. Kathleen Blinn

June 14 $25 #806 Paul Butler

June 15 $25 #653 Linda Pernicaro

June 16 $25 #410 Arlene Zink

June 17 $25 #447 James Majeski

June 18 $25 #787 D & B Murphy

June 19 $25 #271 Samantha Koji