Today’s Scriptures present two significant feminine figures: Sarah, wife of Abraham, and Mary, sister of Martha. Both lived with deep, unfulfilled longings—Sarah for a child and Mary for more time with the Lord God affirms their hungers and satisfies them. Like Sarah and Mary, God invites us to discern the spiritual yearning which reside within our souls.
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REMEMBER OUR DEAD
Marianna Moscato, Frank T. Wright ,John Bickel, Leta Knox, Josephine Licata and for our deceased soldiers, and all of our deceased relatives and friends.
Blood Drive August 9th
3:30 to 9 pm
Contact Outreach to schedule.
REMEMBER OUR SICK
For this week, please pray for the sick, especially:
Rob Barello Susan Bateman Frank Belsito
Maureen A.Berdon John Biglin Matthew Boland
Jean Boland Mary E. Bowers Charles Bratisax
William J. Brodie Kathy Butler James Butler
Jennifer Carlisle Bob Catalano Mercedes Chipe
Emmanuel Coby Al Croce Josephine D’Agostino
Joan DeCicco Edward Delprete David DeParis
Rose Dicanio Dylan DiLauro Theresa Donnelly
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 Ashlee LaRocca Samantha LaRocca
Evelyn Lombardi Georgiana Lopez Kevin McCollum
Richard McKenna Juliana McLarne 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.
Eleanor Purcaro Michelina Raia Santo Rodriguez
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 Adam Vaneron
Mckayla Vilsant Gladys Zapata
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 5:00 pm Fr. Thomas
7:00 am Fr. Boyle 7:00 am Fr. Liu
9:00 am Fr. Boyle 9:00 am Fr. Thomas
10:30 am Fr. Butler 10:30 am Fr. Butler
12:00 pm Fr. Thomas 12:00 pm Fr. Maffeo
5:00 pm Fr. Butler 5:00 pm Fr Boyle
Sunday, July 18- Sixteenth Ordinary Sunday
7:00 Robert J. & Joseph C. Hennessy requested by Family
7:00 For The Intentions of the Celebrant
9:00 Julia Joyce requested by Debra Hartmann
9:00 Mary Aiello requested by The Spatola Family
10:30 Robert Christopher Ingoglia (living)
requested by Thomas DuBritz & Son
10:30 Lena Vero requested by Loving Friend
10:30 Lily Scuccimari requested by Mr. & Mrs. Restivo
12:00 For The People of the Parish
12:00 John Hale requested by Mr. & Mrs. Peter Klos
5:00 Joseph Rufino requested by the Buonpane Family
5:00 Diane Bretz requested by Joanne Sprague
Monday, July 19
7:00 Evan J. Conte requested by Mr. & Mrs. Michael Timo
9:00 John J. Mulligan requested by loving family
9:00 Mr. Maldonado requested by Mr. & Mrs. Coltelluccio
Tuesday, July 20- St. Apollinarius
7:00 Vincent Picciano requested by Henry & Annette Mullaney
9:00 Maureen York requested by Judith DiGiovanni
9:00 Anthony Alfieri requested by Bill & Louise Schaaf
Wednesday, July 21- St. Lawrence of Brindisi
7:00 Gary Bennett requested by Mr. & Mr. Cauchi
9:00 Theresa DeFilippo, 17th Anniversary
requested by Marie DeFilippo
9:00 Robert Edling requested by The Wilson Family
Thursday, July 22 - St. Mary Magdalene
7:00 For Our Beloved Dead
9:00 Salvatore Valensisi requested by Mr. & Mrs. Michael Timo
9:00 Helen Antista requested by Barbara Reidy & Eugene Sicoli
9:00 Carolina Cavaliere requested by Loving Granddaughter
Friday, July 23- St. Bridget of Sweden
7:00 Rev. John Serrano
9:00 Harry Ballard requested by Loving Wife
9:00 Alfonzo Hidalgo requested by Angela Hidalgo & Paul Schwartz
Saturday, July 24- St. Sharbel Makhluf
8:00 Josephine Murray (living)
requested by Thomas DuBritz & Son
8:00 Harry J. Corcoran requested by Gale & Rich Ocenasek
Anticipated Mass for Sunday
5:00 William Ashley requested by Joseph Sheldrick
5:00 Mildred Fennessey requested by Maureen Brady
5:00 Kim Ruscito requested by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Fey
Sunday, July 25- Seventeenth Ordinary Sunday
7:00 For The People of the Parish
9:00 Knights of Columbus & Columbiettes
9:00 Knights of Columbus & Columbiettes
10:30 Edie Ryan requested by The Reberio Family
10:30 Edwin Anderson requested by Jim & Cathy Foy
10:30 Vincent Suppa requested by Michael & JoAnn Turkovich
12:00 Dorothy Kind requested by Loving Daughters & Family
12:00 Glenn Seaman, Sr. requested by Jim DeMaio
5:00 Joseph Rufino requested by Natalie & Yan Buonpane
5:00 Robert Hiller requested by Mr. & Mrs. Giralto
FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIKE
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be denied her.” Every time this gospel passage is read, I always think of all those who have hosted a dinner party and how upset they get with Jesus. How dare Jesus give Martha that response when all she wants is Mary to help her. Doesn’t Jesus realize all the work Martha is doing and its all for Him? Of course, He does, and Jesus appreciates that it is a great art to host a dinner and make everything right. After all its more than just the food and drink, it’s preparing the right atmosphere, and the guest must be made to feel that they are right at home. Martha certainly fits the definition of a great hostess, and she does want to make sure everything is just so-who could blame her? For her special guest in none other than Jesus and she will never have a more important person share her table!
But that is the whole point, and that is why Jesus answers Martha, the way He does. Yes, Martha you will never have a more important guest than Jesus, so don’t fuss so much about unimportant things that you let this great opportunity pass you by. Don’t focus on the meal that you do not hear a word that Jesus says. Mary has indeed chosen the better part, and she will not allow anyone or anything to come between her and Jesus.
We see this same principle at work in our 1st Reading, when Abraham realizes that the one who is walking by his tent is God Himself. Abraham tells God that since He has come so close to His servant, not pass by so quickly but to spend some time with him. Abraham begs God to stay and let him bring out some food and drink, and of course, God accepts. God accepts because He too wishes to spend time with Abraham and share with him the news about Isaac’s future birth and what He plans to do about the cities on the plain. Abraham, unlike Martha, knows what is important, gives God his undivided attention, and won’t let God pass him by.
This is a great lesson for us to take to heart. How often do we focus on the things of this life that we don’t pay attention to God? How often do we sometimes pay so much attention to the practices of our Faith that we truly forget that they are here to bring us closer to the one we just let pass by because we were not paying attention-just like Martha? How many times do we receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and don’t appreciate whom it is we just received into our souls, or perhaps fail to act like Jesus when we leave Mass (especially in the parking lot)? How many times have we failed to see Jesus in one another and at times not truly helped Jesus in the least of our brothers and sisters as commanded in Mt. Chapter 25? Martha, Martha you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing and that is Jesus. Please, do not let the great opportunities when Jesus comes into your life pass you by, don’t get so caught up with that which is so unimportant that you let the unimportant interfere with that which is truly important.
This Wednesday the Summer Family Festival begins, it seems like last year’s just ended, and here we are starting all over again. Please come out and support this major parish event. Please come out and share in all of the fun, the rides and game, and all of the excitement. Please come out and help support our beloved St. Joseph’s. You will have a great time-would I lie?
Remember the Monday Evenings of Prayer on the Rectory Lawn at 7 PM during the month of August. Bring your love for the Lord, your voice to add to the great power of prayer, a lawn chair and maybe a dessert. See you there for what hopes to be an annual event in the parish.
We are still taking requests for the Memorial Bricks in the front of the church. The donation for the bricks is $1,800 and it can be paid over a period of 3 years. All of the proceeds will continue to go to the Parish Preservation & Restoration Fund, and will be used to maintain the buildings of the parish over the course of the years. This is a wonderful way to remember a loved one or show your continued support for our parish. If you have placed orders previously we are working on them-at times we need to compile enough in order to send it in to the manufacturer. Thank you, as always for your continued prayers and support for all we do for St. Joseph’s.
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 Col. Stephen Czerwinski
Sgt. Stephen DiGirolamo Pvt. Matthew DiNardo
Lt. John DiNero SFC Raymond Fulton
SSG Jeremy Garcia Cpt. Evan Gotkin
Cpt. Jennifer Gotkin Sgt. Steven Knight
PFC Brian Lawson SPC Adam Mackey
GM2 Gerard McGarity Sgt. Patrick McNally
Andy Mezador Spc. Tristin Mortensen
Cpt. Gregory Mueller SSG Joey Napolitano
L/Cpl Michael Napolitano L/Cpl. Thomas Napolitano
L/Cpl. James Neubauer COP Johnathan Norris
PFC Anthony Notaroberta SPC. Brian Pacella
PFC Christopher Reid Sgt. Edwin Rivera, II
SRA Jason Schiavo PO2 Roger Schoverling
Spc. Rudy Schoverling SSG Thomas J. Valentino
Maj. Edward Ward Cpl. Mark Ward
Cpl. Zachary Wilga 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 are nearing completion of entering the survey information in to the computer. We hope to have an overview back to you early in August (please remember that next week is the festival). One of the big things we are learning is that we have not done a sufficient job in getting information out to the parish. Demographics explains much of this ( about 1500 of the 5500 families attend mass on a regular basis. This makes it very difficult to get information out to everyone).
This week we would like to talk about the Convent. A number of people have commented our “our decision about the convent.” First, we must say, there is no decision about the convent. Our original intention was to move the Religious Education Office out of the backyard and into the convent with the chapel and dining room fixed up as meeting space. When we took out the walls and ceiling, we discovered that work done when the original church was converted into the convent would require more work than the originally planned insulation and wall board. Msgr Midura felt that the roof (which needs replacing) should be done before any money be spent inside. He did not want to waste the parishioners’ money should the roof fail before replacement. The estimates for the new roof ran about $150,000.
As those moneys were being put aside, the heating system in the rectory failed, in a major way. Repair was not an option. The pipes throughout the building were rusting through. To fix the original leak, six and a half feet of pipe had to be removed to insure a proper repair. The only way to remedy the problem was to remove and replace the entire system back to the boilers in the church basement. This extraordinary job used all the moneys being put aside for the convent roof. The good news was that we did not have to go the parish for the $150,000, the bad news is that it didn’t go into the convent roof.
And so here we are, the maintenance dept has been told that they are to clean up the grounds around the convent (it bothers you when you see it on weekends, it drives us crazy everyday of the week). We are investigating the most cost effective and prudent use of this building, which is so much a part of our history. One possibility is to turn it into the priests’ residence and move the Religious Education offices into the rectory building. This would be less expensive than the required changes to make the convent “office space”. And so, as I said, we continue to dream, plan and hope.
One thing that has become clear is that we can not keep going to “the well”. This means we must all start to pitch in with our time and our talents. The parish can not afford to hire outside companies and is finding it increasingly difficult to pay those presently on the payroll. The future is up to us all. Many generations have struggled to make St Joseph the unique parish it is. We must step up and shoulder our part of that legacy.
PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE—We are here to help you. Please call 981.6888.
HOW CAN WE ANESTHETIZE OURSELVES TO FETAL PAIN?
The subject is fetal pain – when surgeons operate on fetuses in the womb for life-threatening illnesses such as tumors or spina bifida, they provide anesthesia, not only to the mother, but also to the unborn baby they are going to operate on.
Dr. Jean Wright, head of pediatric critical care at Emory University Medical School, says babies born at 23 weeks respond to pain just as full-term infants do. It should seem obvious that a fetus can feel pain long before he emerges into the world, but some people wish you wouldn’t think about that. This issue arises thanks to a proposal called the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, which is being denounced as “anti-choice” by abortion rights supporters. In truth, it would have no effect whatsoever on a woman’s legal right to end a pregnancy. All it would do is recognize that any woman contemplating an abortion should be fully informed before making that decision. The patient would be advised of the scientific evidence that the fetus experiences pain during an abortion, and the doctor would have to offer anesthetics for the fetus.
Abortion rights activists know that this bill would not impede any woman who wants an abortion. But the bill does something that is dangerous to their cause: It recognizes that the “choice” to have an abortion involves not only a woman and her doctor, butalso the fetus – a living entity with unmistakable human characteristics. And that way lies trouble.
The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act has as its chief sponsors Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas and New Jersey’s Representative Christopher H Smith. Of course, Planned Parenthood objects, but their problem is that this bill reminds people that abortion is not justanother medical procedure. Many Americans think killing a fetus is uncomfortably close to killing an infant. Talking about a fetus experiencing pain only encourages that sort of thinking, and there is no telling where that might lead!
Abortion-rights activists think t he best approach to fetal pain is to ignore it. That doesn’t hurt them a bit.
Steve Chapman, The Baltimore Sun, 6/25/04
Today’s readings speak of hospitality. Abraham, who cheerfully did for his guests all that desert hospitality required, was rewarded with his heart’s desire—a son,. Martha also busied herself with all the details of hospitality, but grudgingly and with complaint. Am I a cheerful or grudging giver?
687 envelopes $12,024
Loose collection 2,139
Total Last Sunday $ 14,163
Same collection last year 14,091
Poor Box last weekend 100
American Mission Collection ‘04 1,124
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 sales last week $9,745
Same period last year 11,465
Gross Profit 462
Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!
July 04 $50 #656 V & C SanFilippo
July 05 $25 #726 Louis & Georgian Lopez
July 06 $25 #061 MaryAnn Schaudel
July 07 $25 #165 John Fox
July 08 $25 #464 Sam & Michael Ferrara
July 09 $25 #280 Joseph F. Kessler
July 10 $25 #256 Karen Mulligan
Banns of Marriage
Janine Devenney of St. Joseph’s and
Michael Lehat of Good Shepherd
Elizabeth Hunchik of St. Joseph’s and
Kristofer Henneborn of Good Shepherd
Elizabeth Kroczynski of St. Joseph’s and
Salvatore Vitale, Jr. of St. Matthew’s
Amy Lorigan and
John W. Phillips, Jr., both of St. Joseph’s
Patricia McMahon of St. Sebastion and
Vincent Gatto of St. Anne’s
Nicole M. DeSantes and
Peter M. Bartone both of St. Joseph’s
Sabrina J. Capizzi of St. Joseph’s and
Christopher Meehan of St. Lawrence
Nora Lavarge of St. Joseph’s and
Heron Brown, Jr.
Colleen Guerin of Good Shepherd and
Thomas B. Howley of St. Joseph’s
Rhea Nicole DeVito of St. Joseph’s and
Christopher Louis Spina of St. Joseph’s
Announcing the Next
Saturday, 14 August
Time 8:30 am-3 pm
Cost $45 per person
Get 10% discount on your insurance in collision and liability. Remove up to 4 points imposed on your license in last 18 months. Call the Rectory to sign-up 588-8456.
Soar with the Eagles, John!
Parishioner, John Jauregui was recently elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout. John, who began Boy Scouts in our parish troop and is now a member of Troop 439, was presented with his Eagle Badge and given fitting testimony to his character and achievements at his Eagle Court of Honor last month on June 4th.