The Assumption of Mary into heaven is the final act of Mary’s earthly pilgrimage. This woman, who had given Jesus to the world, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory when the course of her life was completed. Mary has been granted what we all hope to receive—triumphant resurrection to spend an eternity of happiness in heaven with Jesus.

Liturgical Commission Publishings, Diocese of Lansing, Lansing, MI


Altar Bread And Wine

The gifts offered at our Masses this weekend

Are Donated in Memory of:

Vincent Pantaleo

Requested By: Loving Sister




Edward G. Ennesser, Benedict F. Mauir, Anna Somma, Theresa Domitrowitz and for our deceased soldiers, and all of our deceased relatives and friends.



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

Susan Bateman John Biglin Alice Boyle

William J. Brodie Mercedes Chipe Rosemary Demarest

David DeParis Rose Dicanio Maggie Errico

Keith Ferraro David Hoffman Joseph F. Koenig

Samantha LaRocca Evelyn Lombardi Richard McKenna

William Mytok Anita L. Nanry Tom Nanry

Frank Nostro Christine Paglino Edward Percesepe

Grace Peshkur Molly Piccirillo Artie Plouffe”, Jr.

Eleanor Purcaro Thomas Purcaro Denise Rodriguez

Santo Rodriguez Annette Rodriguez Barbara Rooney

Rose Russo Diana I. Sacia Mario Schiano

Theresa Schiano Christopher Sweeney Stacie Tizzard

Gloria Toten Adam Vaneron Gladys Zapata

James Butler

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 Maffeo 5:00 pm Fr. Thomas


7:00 am Fr Thomas 7:00 am Fr. Liu

9:00 am Fr Maffeo 9:00 am Fr. Thomas

10:30 am Fr Boyle 10:30 am Fr. Maffeo

12:00 pm Fr Liu 12:00 pm Fr. Maffeo

5:00 pm Fr Butler 5:00 pm Fr. Boyle




Sunday, August 15- Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

7:00 Denise Rolla requested by Lorraine Barr & Family

7:00 Michael Laino requested by Jeffrey Fey

9:00 Jean Cunningham requested by Marge Costa

9:00 Edmond & Margaret Long requested by Mary Verardi

10:30 Carmine Somma requested by Loving Family

10:30 Henry Grasing requested by Grasing Family

10:30 For the People of The Parish

12:00 Ann Gregory requested by Les

12:00 Grace Sheehan requested by loving family

12:00 Agnes Meehan requested by Loving Sister & Family

5:00 Brian, Carole, Eileen Cleere and family (living)

requested by Tim Cleere and family

5:00 Geraldine Machin requested by Loving Grandchildren

Monday, August 16- St. Stephen of Hungary

7:00 Ted Galante requested by Norma Saporito

7:00 Helene Wigginton requested by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kelly

9:00 Rose Ippolito requested by Anna Marie Kryger

9:00 Charles Bratisax requested by Dillhoff Family

Tuesday, August 17

7:00 Bess Muzzi requested by the Carlo Family

7:00 Joyce Dawson requestd by King Kullen

9:00 Anthony Grippo requested by The Anos Family

9:00 George Bertolotti requested by The Mawn Family

Wednesday, August 18- St. Jane Frances de Chantal

7:00 Paul Bongiorno requested by JoAnn Bongiorno

7:00 John Ries requested by Joe Criesi

9:00 Maureen York requested by The McGuire Family

9:00 Denise & Jeffrey Reily & Family (living) requested by Thomas DuBritz & Son

9:00 Vincent T. Caponi, Sr. requested by Pat & Al Bruinsma

Thursday, August 19- St. John Eudes

7:00 Rev. John Serrano

7:00 For The Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Tabitha Araujo (10 year old) requested by The Rodrigues Family

9:00 Susan Osipian requested by Richard Feleppa

Friday, August 20- St. Bernard

7:00 James Goodwin requested by the Pugliese Family

7:00 For Our Beloved Dead

9:00 Gary Gonzalez requested by Jason Romano

9:00 Mary Sovieio Arbeit requested by Sally & Jim Cunningham

Saturday, August 21- St. Pius X

8:00 Paul Pastina requested by Robert McDonough

8:00 William J. Schaudel (5th Anniversary) requested by

loving wife and daughters

8:00 Manuela Sanchez requested by loving daughter and family

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 Frances Eves requested by Albert Imperial

5:00 Catherine Hayes requested by Margaret & John Walsh

5:00 Linda Leigh Wood requested by Barry Wood

Sunday, August 22- Twenty-first Ordinary Sunday

7:00 For The People of The Parish

9:00 Deceased Knights of Columbus & Columbiettes

10:30 Antonia LoBrutto requested by

Calogero & AnnaMarie DiMaria

10:30 Mary Carson requested by Christine & Alexandria Santoro

12:00 Nicholas & Dorothy Stiefel requested by Loving Family

12:00 Gary Gonzalez requested by The Mayo Family & Beloved Friends

5:00 Giovanna Vitanza requested by Mr. & Mrs. Ed Spahn

5:00 Margarita Rivera requested by Fred Hissiger






“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior for He has looked upon His lowly servant. From this day, all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name… He has come to the help of his servant Israel for He has remembered His promise of mercy, the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.”

With these words spoken by our dear Blessed Mother, we are told that we are living in a great age of promise. The promises, which God made to Abraham, Moses and the Prophets and are, fulfilled with the coming of Jesus Christ. God’s promises are not just words written on a page and confined to the events of 2000 years ago. No, they are being carried out here and now for we are all living in the Messianic Age and are Citizens of the Kingdom of God. This age of promise is certainly shown in the Solemnity that we celebrate this weekend the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Since the early days of the Church, both in the East and the West, we have believed, and celebrated that at the end of her life on Earth the Blessed Virgin Mary was carried to Heaven by the Angles body and soul. Her whole being was assumed into Heaven, and as such, she like her Divine Son has taken on a glorified body. This is what is meant in our second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep… For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the first fruits (the Blessed Mother, the Apostles and the Saints); then, at His coming, those who belong to Christ (ourselves).” However, for the Blessed Mother (unlike the rest of the first fruits) was reserved the singular privilege of taking on the gloried body at the moment of the end of earthly existence instead of waiting for the end of time when the rest of us will take on the glorified form. Why is this important to us who are waiting?

It is important because it reminds us that as we await the second coming of Christ and the fullness of the Resurrection that our wait is not in vain. It helps us to know that what happened to Jesus on that First Easter Morning was not just a one-time event or something just reserved to Christ-but that which all would experience, as we see the same thing happening to Mary. It is also important for us, because it reminds us the role that the Blessed Mothers has in our redemption. While it is true that there is only one mediator between God and Humanity-none other than Jesus Christ, it is also true that Mary as His mother was given a special place in Jesus’ mission. First, it was her willingness to do the will of God when she says yes. It was her giving of herself as Jesus’ mother and helping Him to grow up and comfort Him when needed. She is there at the foot of the Cross and also sees the Risen Lord, and becomes one of His greatest disciples preaching about her son until He calls her home! It is for these reasons, as well as the plain fact that she was a dwelling place for Christ in her womb, that she is given this privilege as well as being conceived without original sin (Dec. 8th).

It is important because it helps us to remember that the Blessed Mother’s role in our salvation is not ended. It is because she has taken on the gloried body that she has been able to act as her son’s special messenger throughout the past 2000 yrs. That is why she has appeared at Guadalupe, Lourdes, Fatima, and so many other places. It is because of her special role that her intercession for our prayers is so powerful-there none like her in Heaven or on Earth.

As mentioned above, this great event has been celebrated from the early days of the Church and has been of the Sacred Tradition. However, in 1950 Pope Pius XII raised the Assumption from just being a part of the Tradition to a part of the official teachings of the Christian Faith (Dogma). When the Pope declared that at the end of her earthly existence, the Blessed Virgin Mary was taken body and soul into heaven. By this act, Pius XII gave greater importance to this act of promise and salvation. The motive behind the Pope’s statement was the events the world had just passed through. Since the dawn of the 20th Century, there had been 2 world wars, where civilians were killed in great numbers. There were atrocities committed upon whole groups of people in concentration camps, prisoner of war camps and upon the civilians of occupied countries. There was as a whole, total disregard for human life and the sacredness of the human body-the dwelling place /temple of the Holy Spirit. What better way to stress what the Church has always taught than to point out the events that we honor and celebrate today.

Let us all pray that all people will respect every human life from the womb to natural death. That we may never allow the terrible things that have happened 50 yrs ago and sadly, today to go unchallenged, but that we will do what we can to put a stop to them through our example, political actions and most importantly our prayers. Let us ask our dear Mother Our Lady of Peace to pray for us to the Prince of Peace our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 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 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

Ensign 3 Lucy Padro Navy Seal Paul Padro

PFC Christopher Reid Sgt. Edwin Rivera, II

SRA Jason Schiavo PO2 Roger Schoverling

Spc. Rudy Schoverling PFC Stephen Stadler

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)



Religious Education News

The Religious Education office has been closed for the summer break and we will reopen next week, on Monday, August 23rd. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call our office and leave a message. We will return your calls upon our return.

On Tuesday, August 24 or Thursday, August 26 our Level 6 and 7 catechists have a meeting in Rectory room A at 7:30 pm.

We are reminding our volunteers to return their completed Volunteer Registration Packet as soon as possible.

We want to thank those parents who have called to volunteer their gift of faith and time for the children in our program for this coming term. 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.



The August Life News printed a student “back to school kit” which was so impressive, it needed to be shared. Last week the first two things to have in that “kit” were mentioned, and today we get to read about the third and fourth items.

The third thing is that we must realize that Planned Parenthood and its minions have a strong presence at many colleges, and they count on profiting from the sexually active college students. Because of that, a lot of people in college are very hostile to anything pro-life – it’s a threat to their sex-on-demand, abortion-on-demand lifestyle. Hey, don’t rain on MY parade!

However, you are going to have to live, eat and go to class with those who are nasty to you because of your beliefs. But you can’t hide from being pro-life because you’re worried about what others will think, or how they will react to what you have to say.

The fourth thing you should do is the best – make it a point to find other pro-life students. They are there. You may be sitting at a table with six people coming at you from every direction, but did you notice there is usually one person sitting silently? A lot of the time, pro-life students are afraid to show themselves, because they are undecided about certain issues, or just don’t know enough about the subject. Reach out to them and convince them to join the pro-life cause, before the other side sweeps them up. Start a campus pro-life group, which is fairly easy to do. If you need some help with this, go to aclife.org and click on “Activism”. There, you’ll find all of the information you need.

If you do these four things, you’ll find that it is much easier to be pro-life, and you’ll be able to hold your own in the face of the opposition. And if you can do these things well enough, you’ll win friends and converts alike. Go out and fight the good fight!

LIFE NEWS August 2004

On August 28th the September issue of LIFE NEWS will be prepared for mailing. If you have some free time, you could help. Students earn Confirmation service credits. Complimentary lunch is served, and as a bonus, you’ll meet lots of nice people!

Call 588-4437 for directions or information. (We meet in the Old School Gym).

TWO OTHER events need your help – there will be a Mass and Procession For Life on Saturday, August 28th – 9AM Mass at St. Anne’s Church, 88 Second Avenue, Brentwood. The main celebrant will be Rev. Gerald Twomey. The Rosary Procession will go to the abortion center on First Street and Brentwood Road, opposite the RR Station. This will be a prayerful, peaceful witness to life.

The other event is a Rosary Walk For Life on Sunday, August 22nd, celebration rain or shine! At 5 PM Mass will be said at Maria Regina Church, 3945 Jerusalem Ave., Seaford. (Jerusalem Ave. and Hicksville Rd.) Immediately following Mass, the Rosary Walk will start on an approximately 1 and one-half mile trek. If you are unable to walk that distance there will be cars/vans to provide transportation. At 6:30 PM Benediction and Closing will be said at St. William the Abbot Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Seaford. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call: (516) 221-5741, (516) 799-0190, or (631) 737-4067.

Parish Outreach


Parish Outreach is in need of school supplies for the up-coming school year. Pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, hard covered notebooks, book covers, etc. If you can help, please drop the supplies off at 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.


Health Care Planning Seminar

FOR AUGUST 17th & 19th 7PM


August 17thHealth Care Privatization is Coming, Be Prepared” Presented by Illona Torraca, President of Concerned Care Services—The government is getting out of the health care business and we need to take more responsibility for ourselves to meet our own future health care needs. The best way to do this is through proper planning.

August 19th “Outliving Your Assets” Presented by Walter Wisniewski, President of Paragon Capital Management—Topics to be discussed are: guaranteed income for life from fixed annuities, reverse mortgages. Planning for future health care needs begins with making the best, sound decisions.

Please RSVP Outreach 981-6888 and leave a message on the answering machine. Thank you.


Banns of Marriage

(Third 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


“After Jesus, it is the Blessed Virgin Mary who by her example most perfectly teaches the meaning of discipleship and stewardship...She was called and gifted by God; she responded generously, creatively and prudently, she understood her divinely assigned role as “handmaid” in terms of service and fidelity.” (U.S. Bishops’ pastoral letter on stewardship)


Weekly Offering

632 envelopes $12,999

Loose collection 2,090

Total Last Sunday $ 15,089

Same collection last year 14,299

Poor Box last weekend 303

L. I. Catholic 1,417



During a recent review of parish expenses and income, the Finance committee found it cost the parish on average $4,282.08 a day to run the parish. This is day to day expenses, excluding any special projects. Included in this amount are salaries, insurance, utilities, contracted services, Liturgical expenses, rectory, school, religious education, and outreach expenses.

Averaging out our Sunday and Holyday collections, we receive $2,611.92 a day. When we add fees and other parish income, not including the Restoration or Roof fund (they are for special projects, not regular expenses), our daily income comes up to $3,919.33. This leaves us with a daily shortfall of $362.75


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 1,003,351


Scrip Corner

Scrip sales last week $8,345

Same period last year 16,585

Gross Profit 417


Calendar Club

Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!

Aug. 01 $50 #234 Mr. & Mrs. Sean Griffith

Aug. 02 $25 #460 Michael Ferrara

Aug. 03 $25 #501 Cookie Loughlin

Aug. 04 $25 #584 Margaret M. Guthrie

Aug. 05 $25 #427 Mr. & Mrs. Edward Gabriel

Aug. 06 $25 #379 Terrence Gorman

Aug. 07 $25 #589 Graciela Pedra