This account of the banquet is found only in Luke’s Gospel. In it Jesus teaches about humility and how we are to defer to one another out of respect. We are not to be self-promoting, but rather, nurture an attitude of giving without expecting a gift in return. As followers of Jesus we will be rewarded in heaven for responding to God’s call to us.

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:

The Forsyth & Peaslee Families

Requested By: Marge & Ed Forsyth


Agnes Tramontano, Nicholas J. D’Alessandro, Celia Sarro 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 James Butler 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

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 Chris Sweeney Edward Tedla

Stacie Tizzard Adam Vaneron 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 Boyle 5:00 pm Fr. Liu


7:00 am Fr Boyle 7:00 am Fr.Thomas

9:00 am Fr Baccafola 9:00 am Fr Liu

10:30 am Fr Thomas 10:30 am Fr Baccafola

12:00 pm Fr Maffeo 12:00 pm Fr Boyle

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


Sunday, August 29- Twenty-second Ordinary Sunday

7:00 Michael Mylott requested by Gina Appel

9:00 Arlene Dinu requested by The Mackeys

9:00 Maryan Stipicevic requested by The Cristiano Family

9:00 For The People of the Parish

10:30 Joseph Molinaro requested by the Ericson Family

10:30 Theresa Gandolso requested by Anna & James Impellizzeri

12:00 William Rea, Sr. requested by Ann Harrington

12:00 James Colletti requested by Felicia Heraghty & Family

5:00 Adelaide Gerretz requested by Katherine Yamaguchi

5:00 Leona Perez requested by The Garcia Family

Monday, August 30

7:00 Lucy Serica requested by Robert & Camille DeRosso

9:00 Nicholas Santo requested by Mike & Geri Devenney

9:00 Rev. John Serrano

Tuesday, August 31

7:00 Mary Fee requested by Robert & Elaine Tenaglia Family

9:00 Mary Ellen Fee requested by the Tenaglia family

9:00 Fausto Rodriguez requested by Loving Family

9:00 Grace Schneberger requested by Marge & Ed Forsyth

Wednesday, September 1

7:00 Teresa Cipollone requested by Loving Friends

9:00 John Mawn requested by Loving Family

9:00 Diana L. Ferrara requested by One North

9:00 Edwardo Angelo requested by

Maria & Domingos Lopes & Family

Thursday, September 2

7:00 Anne Healy requested by The Campo Family

9:00 Crystal Clark requested by Loving Mother

9:00 Robert Broyle requested by The Maro Family

Friday, September 3- First Friday- St. Gregory the Great

7:00 Neil McAuliffe requested by John & Joyce McGay & Family

9:00 Thomas Bannon requested by Loving Wife Anne

9:00 Anthony Gryzlo requested by Loving Family

9:00 Sal Pasalaqua requested by Geri & Mike Devenney

Saturday, September 4- First Saturday- Blessed St. Dina Belanger

8:00 Theresa DeFilippo requested by Marie DeFilippo

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 Nicholas C. Romano, Jr requested by loving Mom and Dad

5:00 Richard and Anthony Colacino requested by loving family

5:00 Joseph Michael Ramirez requested by Loving Mom

Sunday, September 5- Twenty-third Ordinary Sunday

7:00 For Our Beloved Dead

9:00 Bernard Gerretz, Sr. requested by the Gelderman Family

9:00 Thomas Hardy requested by Mr. & Mrs. Lucivero & Family

10:30 John H. Murtha requested by Loving Wife Anne

10:30 For The People of the Parish

12:00 Nicholas Post requested by the Rainone Family

12:00 Patricia Wickers requested by Loving Friends

5:00 Thomas Koleszar requested by John, Carol & Johnny Sheremeta

5:00 Adelaide Gerretz requested by Barbara



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

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 and put it in the collection basket)


Humility is most likely the most misunderstood of all the virtues. When one thinks of a humble person, one usually thinks of someone who is submissive, weak, and his or her face is always bowed down to the ground. Perhaps this comes from the Latin root of the word, which refers to the earth. But this is not what humility is truly all about! Humility is in fact truth, truth about oneself-realizing who we truly are before God, others and ourselves. A humble person strives to live life honestly, without pretense, self-importance, or self-righteousness. Christ is calling us to keep this in mind in today’s gospel reading, when He offers the example of the dinner party.

Jesus is giving us more than just good advice to follow when we go to a person’s house for dinner. He is right you will receive the esteem of others if you take the lower spot and are invited to come up higher. The opposite is also true, for certainly it can be embarrassing to be asked to move down to make room for someone to sit higher up. What Jesus is doing is showing us the proper attitude we should adopt in our dealings with God others, and ourselves. If we approach others with our own self-importance or with a vision of ourselves that we know is not true (but we are going to do it anyway), we are just like the person who takes the higher place when we don’t belong there. The same is true if we present this false self to God, and are not totally honest about who we are. Not only will we be asked to take the lower seat at the table, we run the possibility of not being allowed to enter into the Banquet Hall at all. Certainly, we cannot lie to God, because God knows us better than we know ourselves, and we should pity the person who even tries. But, if we continue to lie to ourselves, as to whom we really are, than we may start believing the lie and forgetting the truth. Humility helps us to keep this from happening.

Last Thursday, as we have done in previous years, we sponsored a trip for the Altar Servers and an Adult Guardian to Splish-Splash. We were all very happy that Fr. Peter Devaraj was able to join us. He and the kids had a great time, and I did too. However, Fr. Peter went into the Wave Pool only two times this year. It was a great day and we look forward to next year’s trip.

Just a reminder that on Saturday September 11th at 12 Noon, we will celebrate a Special Memorial Mass for the victims of the Terrorist Attacks of 2001. We also will be praying for the victims’ families, ourselves, our nation, our soldiers fighting now against terror, and for the peace of the world-please join us or at least put aside some part of this day to pray.

On Wednesday September 8th, our St. Joseph’s School opens for the 2004/2005 School Year, and shortly after that, our Religious Education Program starts up. Please be careful driving around the streets and the grounds of the Church as the children will be moving around the buildings or at recess or gym. Also, on September 8th, we will welcome Mr. Lee Descoteaux to St. Joseph’s as he begins his Pastoral Year with us. Lee will be with us to June of 2005, and he is here to learn all about being a parish priest. He will be doing that by living and working in our parish and learning from the best teachers-you the beautiful people of St. Joseph’s. Again special thanks to the St. Regis Council of the Knights of Columbus and the St. Joseph’s Court of the Catholic Daughters of America, for helping us house and feed Lee during his time here. If any one else would like to helps us please call the rectory-thanks!

The Soup Kitchen which we host here will open once again sometime after Labor Day. Thanks to so many volunteers and the folks at Parish Outreach we were able to obtain grant money, which helped us totally refurbish the Kitchen in the Parish Hall. Almost everything is new and the appliances are all energy efficient-so we will save energy cost. We are very happy to host the Soup Kitchen here at St. Joseph’s because it is indeed an outward sign of love and concern for those who have not. Thank you, for your continued support to the parish that allows us to follow this Gospel Mandate-feed the poor.

Thanks to Mrs. Chris McHale for speaking at the Masses this past, weekend about our upcoming Football Fun/Fundraiser. They are really taking off so don’t delay in becoming a part of this chance to win some money, have some fun and support our beautiful parish.

God bless you always,

Fr. Mike







St. Joseph’s School is seeking a Teacher Aid for the Primary Level. The position is 5 days per week from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The Teacher Aid will assist the Classroom Teacher in all aspects of the educational process. If interested, please contact the Main Office of St. Joseph’s School at 588-4760.

Religious Education News

The Religious Education office is now open. Our office hours are Monday thru Thursday from

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers, please return your volunteer Registration Packet before September 1st..

The students in level 6 and 7 who have been doing the Liturgy packets during the summer please remember they are due back this week.

Reminder to Parents of Confirmation Students, Please return your registration forms, permission slips, etc.

Late registration forms will be sent out shortly. If you plan to register your child, please send your forms back as soon as possible, classes are starting the last week of September.

All children entering Grade 1 in September should be registered in Level 1 which is the first year of our two (2) year Communion prep program.

Parish Outreach

FOOD SUPPLIES due to the renovation of the Soup Kitchen this summer, our food supplies have been greatly depleted..Your food donations are needed more then ever. Kindly leave them in the front of Mary’s statue in the Church before or after Mass.


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

CHINESE AUCTION September 24th, 2004 in the School Auditorium, doors open at 6:00PM

PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINEWe are here to help you. Please call 981.6888.


In the Gospel today, Jesus warns us not to give in hopes of repayment, but to give open handedly to the poor and needy. That sort of giving mirrors the bountiful giving of God, and Jesus assures us it is blessed indeed!

Weekly Offering

639 envelopes $11,662

Loose collection 2,048

Total Last Sunday $ 13,710

Same collection last year 14,127

Poor Box last weekend 252

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 $8,600

Same period last year 12,460

Gross Profit 425


Calendar Club

Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!

Aug. 15 $75 #325 Julia &Joseph Rivellese

Aug. 16 $25 #334 Debra & Neal McQuillan

Aug. 17 $25 #769 Arthur Weingartner

Aug. 18 $25 #236 Mr. & Mrs. William Dement

Aug. 19 $25 #493 Christine Lenard

Aug. 20 $25 #256 Karen Mulligan

Aug. 21 $25 #562 Mr. & Mrs. Harry Watson

Mums are Back

Once again we will have beautiful Fall Mums available for purchase at our Labor Day Weekend Masses September 4th and 5th.

Please mark your calendars as we have a limited supply. Cost of a 9” pot of mums in assorted colors will be $5 each.

St. Regis Knights of Columbus C & B Fundraiser

We are hosting a trip to New York Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular at 3PM on November 4, 2004.  The cost is $65 per person.

This includes breakfast at the Knights of Columbus hall 2850 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.  The breakfast will be at 9AM and consist of coffee and a bagel.  We will depart at 10 AM from the Hall.  Call Nick Crismali, 648-3964.



Research in the United States and Argentina has confirmed previous studies that adult stem cells are effective in repairing heart damage. An injection of adult stem cells into the damaged heart tissue of people with significant heart problems greatly improved their heart function. Specifically, adult stem cells promote growth of heart muscle and blood vessels so that they may be a useful treatment for persons with congestive heart failure.

The United States study was done at the University of Pittsburgh’s McGowan Institute for Regeneration Medicine. Ten of the patients in the study had cardiac bypass surgery; the other half had the surgery as well as an injection of adult stem cells. Those particular stem cells came from bone marrow taken from the patients’ own hips. Six months later, greater improvement was seen in the patients who had received the stem cells.

In February 2004, Duke University scientists concluded similar studies showing that adult stem cells from umbilical cord blood can rebuild damaged heart tissue. The study showed that those cells have long been successful in treating heart, brain and liver defects in children with rare metabolic diseases. However, until this study was done, there was uncertainty as to whether the cells were actually rebuilding the damaged organs.

Steven Ertelt; LifeNews.com Editor, 4/26/04

NYS RTL Committee LifeWORKS 6/04


Court St. Joseph #975 will begin its 2004-05 year with a meeting on Monday, September 13th, at 7:30 p.m. in Fr. Carew Hall.


The year 2005 is special to us – it will mark the 80th year that Court St. Joseph has been a presence in this parish of St. Joseph’s. We are all looking forward to a great year. If you are considering joining us, but are not sure, know that you are always welcome at one of our meetings to come and see.

Mrs. Catherine A. West, Regent, 585-1719






Religious Ed—Part-Time Secretary 28 hours—Monday—Thursday 9:00—4 PM. Computer literacy a must, good communication and interpersonal skills very beneficial. Please call Loretta at 265-2200 for more information, or to arrange an interview.



Join Scouting

Tiger Cubs—entering First Grade in September

Cub Scouts—entering Second or Third Grade

Webelos Scouts—entering Fourth or Fifth Grade

Boy Scouts—entering Sixth grade or age 11 through 18


St. Joseph’s Pack 272 and Troop 272


E-MAIL JoinScouting@StJoRonk.org


PHONE 724-4460 (Dr. Louis Scotti)


ONLINE Scouting.StJoRonk.org