OUR LITURGY

Abraham urged God to spare the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah if even 10 innocent people could be found there. God did not grow angry with Abraham’s persistence. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to be persistent in our prayers to the Father, asking for help in our needs. Paul reminds us that, by the cross, Jesus Christ has conquered sin.

Liturgical Commission Publishings, Diocese of Lansing, Lansing, MI

REMEMBER OUR DEAD

Albert Koehler, Dorothy MacNeil, Daniel Cooney, Catherine Savage, Josephine Licata, Mary Autz, Dorothy Koenig Charles Bratisax, John DeRobertis 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:

Rob Barello Susan Bateman Frank Belsito Maureen A.Berdon John Biglin Matthew Boland Jean Boland Mary Ellen Bowers Charles Bratisax William J.Brodie Kathy Butler James Butler Jennifer Carlisle 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 Edward Kalish Joseph F. Koenig Ashlee LaRocca Samantha Larocca Evelyn Lombardi Georgiana Lopez Kevin McCollum Richard Mckenna Juliana McLarney Brett Meyers Marie Minto Rosann Moscato William Mytok Anita L Nanry Frank Nostro Tom Nanry Sam Nettles Timothy M.Nigro Christine Paglino Edward Percesepe Grace Peshkur Molly Piccirillo Artie Plouffe' Jr. Eleanor Purcaro Michelina Raia Santo Rodriguez Annette Rodriguez Salvatore Romagnuolo Rose Russo Joyce E. Ryan Diana Sacia Robert Safarian Theresa Schiano Mario Schiano William Schmelzer Linda Stultz Christopher Sweeney 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.

OUR PRIEST-CELEBRANTS

(Subject to last minute changes)

This Sunday Next Sunday

Saturday

5:00 pm Fr. Thomas 5:00 pm To Be Announced

Sunday

7:00 am Fr. Liu 7:00 am To Be Announced

9:00 am Fr. Thomas 9:00 am To Be Announced

10:30 am Fr. Butler 10:30 am To Be Announced

12:00 pm Fr. Maffeo 12:00 pm To Be Announced

5:00 pm Fr Boyle 5:00 pm To Be Announced

Blood Drive August 9th

3:30 to 9 pm

Carew Hall

Contact Outreach to schedule.

MASS INTENTIONS

                              Sunday, July 25- Seventeenth Ordinary Sunday

7:00 For The People of the Parish

9:00 Knights of Columbus & Columbiettes

10:30 Edie Ryan requested by The Reberio Family

Edwin Anderson requested by Jim & Cathy Foy

Vincent Suppa requested by Michael & JoAnn Turkovich

12:00 Dorothy Kind requested by Loving Daughter & Family

Glenn Seaman, Sr. requested by Jim DeMaio

5:00 Joseph Rufino requested by Natalie & Yan Buonpane

Robert Hiller requested by Mr. & Mrs. Giralto

Monday, July 26- St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of Mary

7:00 For Our Beloved Dead

9:00 Kerry J. Dowling the Kwasnik Family

Robert Paul Corritone requested by Judy & Eddie Spahn

Tuesday, July 27

7:00 Tom Ossendorf requested by the Binger Family

9:00 Joseph Urso requested by Mr. & Mrs. Restivo

Giuseppina Ciardullo requested by Loving Daughter

Wednesday, July 28

7:00 Rocco Giordano requested by Dolores & Jason Block

9:00 Lillian Griffin requested by Mark Schrier

Marianna Moscato requested by Meri Kopycinska

Thursday, July 29- St. Martha

7:00 James J. Reilly requested by loving family

9:00 Paul Vasconcelos requested by the Johnson Family

Christine & Robert Nyholm & Family (living)
requested by Thomas DuBritz & Son

Domenic D’Angelis requested by Loving Wife

Friday, July 30- St. Peter Chrysologus

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Robert Paul Corritone requested by Edward T. Spahn

John DiPietra requested by Bill & Mary Graffeo

Saturday, July 31- St. Ignatius of Loyola

8:00 John Burnett requested by Loving Wife & Chilcren

Harry J. Corcoran requested by Linda & Bob Thompson

Leonard Mule requested by Margaret & Christopher Marshall

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 Tom McGrann Sr. requested by Loving Family

Roger J. Lamm requested by Loving Wife

Charles Peterson & Lillian Loring requested by Doris Peterson

Sunday, August 1- Eighteenth Ordinary Sunday

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

9:00 Joseph Romano requested by Hank & Bea Binger

Jean Cunningham requested by Linda & Joe Savage & Family

For The People of the Parish

10:30 Lily Scuccimari requested by Mr. & Mrs. Restivo

Teresa Cruz requested by The Kapovic Family

12:00 Carmen Fuentes requested by Lisa Tejada

Glenn Seaman requsted by The Platania Family

5:00 Gregory Scott Vatter requested by Brittany

Lisa & Frank Pollicino & Family (living)
requested by Thomas DuBritz & Son

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

How do you talk to God? Do you say Our Fathers, Hail Marys, Glory Bes, etc or do you talk to God one on one or both? For me the answer is both, I find great comfort in saying the Rosary especially while I am in the car (hands free) or while walking around the Lake. I also take great delight in talking to God one on one just like talking to my best friend-because that is indeed, what I am doing. I talk with God about what’s happening in my life the ups and downs, what’s happening in the parish problems and hopes and dreams for this wonderful community, and of course what’s happening in the Church and the world as a whole. I also spend a great deal of time praying for those who have asked me to pray for them and their particular intentions.

Each of us speaks with God in our own way and no one person’s way is better than another’s or worse than another’s, but it is necessary that we do pray-that we do keep the lines of communication open between ourselves and God. We see this at work in today’s readings, for we are given a view of the nature and power of prayer, and God’s great response to our prayers. When Abraham speaks to God about His plan for Sodom and Gomorrah, one might think that he is very brave to challenge God the way he does. Even Abraham’s own words seem to convey this idea-“Please, let not my Lord grow angry.” Nothing could be further from the truth! Abraham knows he can talk to God this way because he has an intimate knowledge of God-he does not just know about God, he knows God. Abraham over time, through constant prayer has made this personal relationship with God, and he knows God’s infinite goodness, love and mercy. How else could Abraham have known that he could barter with God over the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah? Unfortunately there was not even 10 innocent people in the two cities-we must also remember that God is a God of justice (we will speak about this at a later time).

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the disciples that they too can have this intimate relationship with God as he tells them to call God “Abba”-Father. This address is certainly a familiar one, but it is also one of great respect and love. But notice after the reciting of the Our Father, Jesus tells us that we can also approach God with confidence, and we must pray persistently and without hesitation. For God hears, God knows, God answers, and God gives us what is needed, because God loves us as a parent loves a child. “If you then, who are wicked, know how too give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Again prayer, is necessary for us because it is the basis and inspiration of all the believer’s other activities. If we are not rooted in prayer, we may be great orators, but not prophets, social workers, but not disciples, and worse for all priests-administrators but not pastors. Without prayer we cannot be changed, we cannot know God and we cannot know our true selves. Our prayer must also be Incarnational. That is our prayer must lead us to reach out in service to others. When we allow our prayers to help us reach out to others and the world and all its problems, we are giving the perfect answer to those who do not believe in the power of prayer or accuse us of using prayer as an escape from the real world. No, we are not running away, we are embracing the world and the One who will solve all of its problems if people would let Him! Pray and pray often and with great confidence, and as Jesus tells us the Father is more than willing to answer all prayers.

Tonight (Sunday) is the last night of this year’s Summer Family Festival. Tonight we will pull the winning numbers for the Limited Raffle’s Grand Prize, a Caribbean Cruise for 4 and the 2nd Prize $2000 cash. There will also be the Basket Raffles and the 50/50 drawing. Tonight is the last time this year to enjoy all of the fun, the great food and fellowship with all of our neighbors (at least until the Backwards Drawing). SEE YOU THERE!

Next Monday Evening August 2, 2004 and all of the Mondays of August at 7 PM on the Rectory Lawn we will gather to pray the Rosary, sing hymns, listen to the Word of God and enjoy each other’s company. Bring a lawn chair and something sweet other than yourself-in case of rain we will meet in the Church. Please come a join your parish family in these wonderful evenings of prayer!

REMEMBER IF ALL GOES ACCORDING TO SCHEDULE WE WILL BEGIN WORKING ON THE CHURCH ROOF THIS LAST WEEK OF JULY AND FOR THE WEEKS OF AUGUST. OUR FULL SACRAMENTAL LIFE WILL CONTINUE AS USUAL DURING THE RECONSTRUCTION, BUT BE CAREFUL WALKING AROUND THE CHURCH AND PARKING AREAS WHILE THIS IS BEING DONE!

Thank you, for all you do for St. Joseph’s

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 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 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.

Religious Education News

The Religious Education office has been closed for the summer break and we will reopen on Monday, August 23rd. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call our office and leave a message. We will be checking our answering machine and our incoming mail for through this summer period.

We are reminding our volunteers to return their completed Volunteer Registration Packet 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 would love for you to join us

Vacation Bible SchooL

Thank you to all of the volunteers who made VBS such a success. We appreciate the time and energy you put into the program. A special thanks to the parents and children who spent the week with us. We had a great time. We hope to see you next year!. If you didn’t pick up your t-shirt please call MaryLu at 981-9314.

Sincerely, MaryLu & Jennifer

RESPECT LIFE

Free abortions in Kansas: George Tiller calls his offer to perform first-trimester abortions free of charge for low-income women in Kansas a gesture of “celebration and protest”. Tiller is celebrating the 29th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and protesting the fact that federal money covers only the cost of abortions for low-income women whose lives are threatened by pregnancy or who are victims of rape or incest. “We’re going to spit in their eye;” says Tiller. “A free abortion does that.” The Wichita Eagle reports that about 25 women signed up for the free abortions. More than 100 people showed up to protest at Tiller’s facility, while about 60 abortion supporters simultaneously held a rally.

Colorado revokes state funding for Planned Parenthood: PP of the Rocky Mountains is angry over a state action that will revoke federal funding of the organization. “We cannot award funds to Planned Parenthood because Colorado voters have twice said they do NOT want taxpayer dollars to directly or indirectly pay for abortions, “ said State Health Director Jane Norton.” (Three cheers for Colorado!) In 1999, the administration under Governor Bill Owens announced that state funds would no longer be allocated to PP. In an effort to avoid a loss of state funding, Planned Parenthood formed an affiliate group, Planned Parenthood Services Corp., to perform abortions. A review was conducted in September 2001 which showed that PP subsidizes rent costs for the abortion provider.

CELEBRATE LIFE , March/April 2002

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.

Stewardship

Jesus is describing God’s immeasurable generosity when He says in today’s Gospel,” Whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks, is admitted.” But it should also be the description of us as Christian stewards - those seeking to follow Christ by using our gifts in service to others.

Weekly Offering

691 envelopes $12,239

Loose collection 1,970

Total Last Sunday $ 14,209

Same collection last year 14,559

Poor Box last weekend 439

American Mission Collection ‘04 1,248

‘03. 1,241

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 $15,695

Same period last year 9,430

Gross Profit 673

Calendar Club

Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!

July 11 $50 #625 Eva & Chris Liberti

July 12 $25 #079 Leonard Gruja

July 13 $25 #629 Rich & Leslie Maynard

July 14 $25 #124 Richard & Denise Peshkur

July 15 $25 #512 Ida Compasso

July 16 $25 #381 Theresa Gorman

July 17 $25 #501 Cookie Loughlin

McDonald’s Night

On Wednesday, July 28th between 5 & 7 PM the St.Joseph’s Home School Association will be receiving 15% of all sales (including drive thru) at our local McDonald’s on Portion Road. The proceeds will be going towards an assembly program for the school children. Please join us - after all who can resist those fries !!!!

Parish Survey

This week we received a dozen more surveys. Thank you for your insights and your opinions. We are already beginning to sift through the data, so if you have not yet returned the survey we mailed to all registered parishioners ( and please note this is one of the reasons we ask all parishioners to register). We will not be adding any new surveys to our data base after July 31st.

I remember back in school when the teacher talked about the “bell curve” for grading I didn’t quite get what they meant. As we go over the surveys, we were again reminded of that old bell curve. Most parishioners are very happy with what goes on at St Joseph’s. Yes, there have been many suggestions on how to do various things better, but most people are happy. What some people complained about in one of the priest’s homilies or behavior, others praised. There are those who feel there is too much new music, and those who feel there is too much old music. A few want no music, while others want more music. In short, on any topic, there are a few people at each end of the scale, who balance each other out, with a majority of the parish in the middle..

With so many preferences, it is good that we have 6 masses for Sunday. There is a mass for those who wish no music, one for those who like a more contemporary approach, and still another for those who want a more traditional setting. It is impossible to be “all things to all people,” here at St Joseph’s, we try to offer a variety of choices. One thing sad about some of the surveys is that they wanted their preference at ALL masses. So sad they don’t see the beauty in our diversity that others see or see that while their needs were being fed at one liturgy, a different set of parishioners’ needs were being answered at another liturgy.

It was also interesting to see that, what ever label those at either side of the curve might use (Traditional or Liberal), to describe the point of view opposite their own, they were each often describing the same group of people, the majority of the parish. It would appear we tend to place those to our right and left into groups such as “liberal” or “conservative”, sometimes without looking at where we ourselves sit on the liberal to conservative continuum.

Grateful Thanks To
Our Festival Sponsors

Sunday evening we complete our 9th Annual Family Festival. As of this writing, we are far behind last year’s sales for the Limited Raffle, we currently look to make $8,000 of the more than $20,000 we hoped to make for the parish. We know that things are tight, many parishioners gave to the Roof Appeal this spring and were forced by a very tight economy (whoever thought we’d feel $2.10 a gallon for gas was a bargain?) to use the money they would have used for the Limited Raffle.

A number of our local merchants and businesses came through for us again this year and added $9,600 to the income of the Festival. These monies help us to cover some of the expenses of the festival, such as the porta-lavs, and new equipment needed to run the festival. We want to publicly thank them and encourage you to do the same with your patronage when and where possible. We contacted over 300 local businesses and all those who do business with the parish. Not all were able to help. One of the local prominent businesses we asked to help responded they had “better places to put their money.”

So thank you to the five Special Friends of the Festival who each donated $1,000 to our parish: Weber Funeral Homes, St. Joseph CYO, Earthrite Textile Recycling, Curves for Women and Lyon Tree Service.

Helping to underwrite the entertainment area were: Alan C. Fricke Memorials Inc, Entertainment Restoration Experts Corp, and Tantone & Gulotta, Attorney’s at Law.

Ride Sponsors included Skee Containers, Dr John S Valente, and Ronkonkoma Plumbing Supply

Festival Sponsors who helped pay for the tent rentals and the new equipment we need to run the festival were: D.P. Murphy Co., Inc., Dr. Louis Lupinacci, St. Regis Council Knights of Columbus, Lake Auto Service, Z & J News Service, Long Island Ace Hardware, Sachem Building Supply, Greg & Bill's Auto Collision, Bank of New York, The American Legion, Burke Supply Co., Inc., Cancos Tile Corp, Sachem Dental Group, and American Office Supply

We also received donations from the St Joseph Senior Citizens and the Ronkonkoma Fire Dept.

Announcing the Next

DEFENSIVE DRIVING

CLASS

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.

Used Inkjet Cartridges, Where are you?!

Ever wonder how to continue the useful life of that inkjet cartridge that just went dry? We have found a way to help St Joseph and keep those complicated pieces of plastic, metal and printed circuit boards out of the land fill. Drop them off (in a plastic baggie) when you come to mass. We will send them to a company who reuses them and gives the parish a bounty for each. One note, to clear confusion, if it is larger than a fist, it is not an inkjet cartridge!!!