Today’s first reading is a stark reminder of the emptiness of pursuing only worldly goods. Vanity of vanities, all things are vanity! Paul teaches the Colossians that just as Christ has been raised from the dead, they can rise with him and seek what is above. In today’s Gospel, Jesus instructs us to be rich in what matters to God.

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Denise Rolla and for our deceased soldiers, and all of our deceased relatives and friends.


For this week, please pray for the sick, especially:

Susan Bateman Alice Boyle William J. Brodie

Mercedes Chipe Rosemary Demarest David Deparis

Rose Dicanio Keith Ferraro David Hoffman

Joseph F. Koenig Samantha Larocca Evelyn Lombardi

Richard Mckenna William Mytok Frank Nostro

Christine Paglino Edward Percesepe Grace Peshkur

Molly Piccirillo Artie Plouffe', jr. Eleanor Purcaro

Thomas Purcaro Santo Rodriguez Annette Rodriguez

Rose Russo Diana I. Sacia Mario Schiano

Christopher Sweeney Adam Vaneron Gladys Zapata

Theresa Schiano

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 Boyle 5:00 pm Fr. Butler


7:00 am Fr Butler 7:00 am Fr. Maffeo

9:00 am Fr Liu 9:00 am Fr. Boyle

10:30 am Fr Thomas 10:30 am Fr. Liu

12:00 pm Fr Boyle 12:00 pm Fr. Butler

5:00 pm Fr Maffeo 5:00 pm Fr. Thomas


Sunday, August 1- Eighteenth Ordinary Sunday

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

7:00 For The People of the Parish

9:00 Joseph Romano requested by Hank & Bea Binger

9:00 Jean Cunningham requested by Linda & Joe Savage & Family

9:00 Beatrice Rubino requested by Loving Family

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

10:30 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

Monday, August 2- St. Eusebius, St. Peter Julian Eymard

7:00 Joseph LaBarbera requested by The Darois Family

7:00 Grace Boyce requested by Kenneth Hoever

9:00 Diana Ferrara requested by Terry, Jim & The Zehner Family

9:00 Paul & Mary Saverland requested by Kristine Rogers

9:00 Matthew Yellico (living) requested by Loving Family

Tuesday, August 3

7:00 Margaret Frances Mickas requested by Madeline Miranda

7:00 For The Intentions of The Celebrant

9:00 Rocco Giordano requested by Lauren Donovan

9:00 Kathleen Lozewski requested by Bill & Pat Larberg

Wednesday, August 4 St. John Mary Vianney

7:00 For Our Beloved Dead

9:00 Rev. John Serrano

9:00 Kathleen Lozewski requested by Bill & Pat Larberg

Thursday, August 5- Dedication of St. Mary Major,
Blessed St. Frederic Janssoone

7:00 For The Intentions of The Celebrant

9:00 Robert A. Paccione requested by Karen & Chris Volkman

9:00 Bill Morrison requested by Cathy & Jim Foy

Friday, August 6- Transfiguration of the Lord

7:00 For Our Beloved Dead

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

Saturday, August 7- St. Sixtus and Companions and St. Cajetan

8:00 Theresa DeFilippo requested by Marie DeFilippo

8:00 Chris Belear requested by Frank Birbiglia

5:00 Deceased members of the Cusanelli family requested by

loving family

5:00 Frank DeGiglio requested by Carol Red & Tom LeVasseur

5:00 Lorraine Thomas requested by The LaRocca Family

Sunday, August 8- Nineteenth Ordinary Sunday

7:00 An End To Abortion requested by Respect Life Committee

7:00 For Our Beloved Dead

9:00 Mary & Peter McQuillan requested by Claire & Jim

9:00 Jean Cunningham requested by Joseph, Cathy & Kaitlyn Savage

10:30 Antonia LoBrutto requested by Salvatore & Anna LoBrutto

10:30 For The People of the Parish

12:00 Mark McDonald requested by The Caesar Family

12:00 For the Deceased Members of the Midura and Margas families

5:00 Nunzio Vitale requested by Danny & Paulette Longo

5:00 Catherine Carlos requested by

Mary, Scott & Great Granddaughters



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)


“Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.” “Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry.”

“ ‘Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!’” “But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”

Last week’s readings reminded us of the power of prayer, and our constant need to pray. They reminded us that we must be open to God, and like Abraham seek to make a lasting relationship with God. Jesus tells us the same is true when He tells us to call God Abba-Father. Today we are told of some of the things that can get in the way of making a good relationship with God. In St. Paul’s list, above, we see that they are the ways of the flesh and the desire for material goods. In short all of the things of this world! Every time I read this Gospel Passage from Luke, I can sympathize with the farmer from the parable-who seems to have it all! If I were in his position I would most likely say I have worked hard and now I can sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labors-what’s wrong with that? More then likely nothing, except God is not condemning him because he has worked hard or desires to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

No, God is calling the farmer a fool because he is making the mistake of caring only for himself-we are given no hint of his concern for those in need. And if this were not bad enough, the farmer is making the grave mistake of focusing only on the things of this world and not his life with God. He gives no thought to the Kingdom of God or anything beyond this world or himself-where your treasure is, so is your heart! Through this parable Jesus is telling us not to set our hearts on the things of this passing world-the things we cannot take with us into the next life-for they are truly not important. Yes, we are to use the resources of this world to stay alive, but we are never to make the acquisition of material things the central focus of our lives. Again, as St. Paul tells us we must avoid the idolatry of this passing world and not to trust in anything other than the God who loves us and gives us His only Son so that we can be saved and live life with Him forever.

This weekend we welcome to St. Joseph’s Father Patrick Fitzgerald, who will speak at all of the Masses about the great work of The Pontifical Society for The Propagation of the Faith. It is vital that we support the mission of the Propagation of the Faith because it has the task of bringing the Gospel to those who have not yet heard it, or who are still struggling because they are not allowed to freely practice their faith as we are. The world we live in today is in great need of hearing the Gospel, because society’s values are more and more against the Gospel. Even to the point where many even dispute the Divine Truths and Revelation given to us by the Son of God. The proceeds from the second collection, taken up right after the first collection, will go to the Propagation of the Faith and the Missions, please be as generous as you can.

Next weekend (August 7 & 8) at all of the Masses, after Communion we will have representatives from the Life Center of Long Island speaking to us about the good work the center does to preserve the most innocent of human life. If you would like to support the Life Center information will be available in the pews and at the back of the Church. Just a reminder, on Monday August 9th from 3:30-9PM in the Parish Hall we will conduct our Annual Blood Drive. As you may know, during the summer months, the Blood Supply is very low and this could mean the difference between life and death in the case of an emergency or life saving surgery. If you are able to donate a pint of life giving blood, please do so, and remember it really does not hurt-and they have great snacks afterward. Many thanks to those in our Parish Outreach who coordinate and sponsor this wonderful event.

Starting tomorrow night, and all of the Monday Nights in August we will gather to pray on the Rectory Lawn at 7PM. We will pray the Rosary, Sing Hymns, Hear the Word of God and join for fellowship. Bring yourself, a lawn chair, and a dessert to share-we will provide the coffee and hot water. In the case of rain, we will meet in the Church.

On behalf of Fr. Paul, Fr. Thomas, Fr. Mike Boyle, Fr. Peter, Fr. Peter, our Deacons, and the entire staff of St. Joseph’s I would like to thank-from the bottom of my heart- all who volunteered and who came out to support our Summer Family Festival. We could not have done it without you! Thanks also to those businesses that sponsored booths, events, prizes and whole evenings at the Festival. We can all thank them by patronizing them when we have need of their service. What a great way to build community and help one another. When we have the totals of how well the festival did we will publish them in the bulletin. Also, notice the letter sent to me from Bishop Murphy regarding this year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal. Thanks to all of you who participated in this important appeal for the support of the vital ministries of our Diocese. St. Joseph’s has received a rebate of $1,056.32. We should receive more, as more and more of the pledges are completed. Thank you to all who have made and completed their pledges and thanks to all of you, who like me, are still paying off your pledges-remember the more that we help the ministries of the Diocese, the more we help the ministries in our parish.

As always, thank you for all you do for our beloved St. Joseph’s.

Fr. Mike

July 19, 2004

Reverend Michael T. Maffeo

St. Joseph Church

Ronkonkoma, New York 11779

Dear Fr. Maffeo,

Based upon payments received as of June 30th, your parish has attained at least 30% of your Catholic Ministries Appeal Goal. Following the new sharing formula established for the Appeal, I am pleased to forward a check representing 5% of the payments received on that goal.

Please encourage your parishioners to continue making their gifts to the Catholic Ministries Appeal so that you can continue sharing in the funds collected.

Please convey my sincere appreciation to your generous parishioners and your Appeal Committee for their support.

With my prayers and best wishes, I am

Fraternally yours in Christ,

Bishop of Rockville Centre

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.

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 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


Although it has yet to cure a single patient and clinical trials have shown it has produced convulsions in patients who have received treatment from it leading scientists gathered at the United Nations last month to lobby for embryonic stem cell research.

At the same time, the media are trumpeting the call by many in Congress, pushed by millions in big biotech lobbying money, for President Bush to reverse his position to limit federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Listening to the hype, one might think that such research is on the verge of tremendous success, but the hard fact is that it is far from the truth. For example, 20% of the mice being treated for Parkinson’s-like symptoms died of brain tumors; tissue rejection is another major problem.

(That is why there is a push for legalized human cloning—cloned embryos of patients being treated would eliminate that risk).

Adult stem cells seem to be the answer. And there are also umbilical-cord blood stem cells, and other cellular-based treatments that do not use embryos at all. Adult stem cells in current research seem to have made amazing progress in the treatment of heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders and much more. Since they are derived from the patient’s own body, they are not rejected.

While much work and testing still needs to be done many scientists feel that adult stem cells hold the answer to miraculous treatments in the near future.

St. Kilian Respect Life, 6/6/04

President Bush’s advisor Karen Hughes on CNN April 25th, responding to a question about the issue of abortion in the upcoming presidential election:

I think after September 11th the American people are valuing life more and realizing that we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life.

Parish Outreach

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.

Emergency Blood Drive

St. Joseph’s Church

45 Church Street

Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

August 9, 2004

3:30 PM to 9 PM

For your convenience appointments can be made by calling 981-6888

Banns of Marriage

(First Time)

Laura Meade of St. Joseph’s and
Joseph Cascio of St. Elizabeth’s

Michelle Niemczyk of Good Shepherd and
Matthew Reilly of St. Joseph’s

Jody Bohne of St. Joseph’s and
Anthony Apollo of Most Precious Blood

Kimberly R. Seidl of St. John and
Michael A. Neff of St. Joseph’s

Dana Borelli of St. Joseph’s and
Mark Civitanova of Good Shepherd

Lori A. Preta of St. Joseph’s and
Edward C. Akel of St. Margaret

Arianna L. Stillman and
Guy S. Lucchese St. John’s

Angela Cannarili of St. Joseph’s and
Michael Syrett

Keri A. Skahill of St. Elizabeth’s and
Christopher S. Gundlach

Sharon Stauch and
David M. Distler both of St. Joseph’s

Tara Brereton of St. Joseph’s and
Noel Darvassy


Today’s readings caution us against putting stock in earthly concerns, possessions and attitudes. As Christian stewards, we concern ourselves with sharing God’s gifts rather than acquiring them. For Jesus said, Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, ones life does not consist of possessions. What does your life consist of?

Weekly Offering

700 envelopes $12,153

Loose collection 2,244

Total Last Sunday $ 14,397

Same collection last year 14,559

Poor Box last weekend 344

L. I. Catholic 991

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 $11,665

Same period last year 17,065

Gross Profit 519

Calendar Club

Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!

July 18 $50 #425 John Borsch

July 19 $25 #368 Linda Perniciaro

July 20 $25 #577 Anne & Peter Kelly

July 21 $25 #766 Rosemarie Rubenbauer

July 22 $25 #211 Mr. & Mrs. Edmond Blinn

July 23 $25 #162 Mr. & Mrs. Harry Watson

July 24 $25 #430 Norman C. Yopp, Sr.

Family Festival Successful

We want to thank the hundreds of parishioners, young and “more mature”, who worked so hard this year to make our 9th Annual Family Festival a success. Preliminary numbers are in and we appear to have made a little over $30,000 for the parish. Many people worked early into the morning each night to cleanup and prepare for the next day. Our young people hawked themselves horse bringing people up to our games. We want to thank CYO for supplying us with the Fast Pitch booth this year (the booth we usually use was vandalized at another fair and unavailable to us).

Those wonderful people from Outreach sliced many an onion and pepper, then pre-cooked them so the numerous chefs each evening could feed our tummies with satisfying cheese steaks and sausage and peppers. Many a burger and hot dog disappeared along with a mountain of french fries.

Our Vegas team worked late (assuring us an income on Friday night when we had to cancel the outside festivities due to rain). The risk of an accident was too great outside; no profit is worth anyone getting hurt.

Above all, we want to thank you for your support of the festival and the limited raffle. The raffle saw a profit of $12,000. With the roof fund, the price of gas, and cost of living, we thank you for your generosity.


Positions available for Queen of the Rosary Infirmary in Amityville. They are looking for RN’s and LPN’s Full Time—Part Time—Per Diem All Shifts.

Contact Maryanne Charles, RN or Debi Pfeifer, RN , Directors of Health Services, Queen of the Rosary—Carlin Hall 555 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY 1170l Phone # 842-6000 (Ext. 271) Mon. To Fri. 8 to 4

RETROVAILLE is a program for marriages that are in trouble. It offers a lifeline to couples suffering with relationship problems. No group discussions. The program will help you rediscover each other, examine your life and learn to communicate more effectively. The next weekend will be held at Montfort Retreat House in Bay Shore, L.I. On Sept. 10-12, 2004. For more info.,

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.

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!!!