Our readings today call us to reflect on how we live our lives. Are we children of the world or children of light? Do the things around us hold our attention or does God hold the most important place in our lives? Are we ever-alert and attuned to the message of God or are we concerned only about doing our own thing? Let us seek God with all our hearts.
Next Weeks Readings: 1) Amos 6:1a, 4-7 2) 1 Timothy 6:11-16 3) Luke 16:19-31
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REMEMBER OUR DEAD
Marie B. Antonucci John A. Salemme, our deceased soldiers, and all of our deceased relatives and friends.
REMEMBER OUR SICK
For this week, please pray for the sick, especially:
Susan Bateman John Biglin Oliver Bouchard
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
Georgiana Lopez Richard McKenna Juliana McLarney
Maureen Melchiona Andria Griffin
Gloria Miranda 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 Joyce E. Ryan Diana I. Sacia
Mario Schiano Theresa Schiano Chris Sweeney
Edward Tedla Stacie Tizzard Adam Vaneron
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 Maffeo 5:00 pm Fr. Butler
7:00 am Fr Maffeo 7:00 am Fr.Butler
9:00 am Fr Liu 9:00 am Fr Boyle
10:30 am Fr Baccafolo 10:30 am Fr Maffeo
12:00 pm Fr Butler 12:00 pm Fr Liu
5:00 pm Fr.Boyle 5:00 pm Fr Maffeo
Sunday, September 19- Twenty-fifth Ordinary Sunday
7:00 For The People of The Parish
9:00 Ann Neubert requested by Claire & Jim
9:00 Candy Henry requested by The 9AM Choir
10:30 Angelo Cassar requested by Loving Wife
10:30 Sam Livera requested by The Edwards & Cangro Families
12:00 Nunzio Vitale requested by Jeanne Stanick
12:00 Deceased members of the Midura and Margas Family
5:00 Michael Patanella requested by the Valcev Family
5:00 Diana Ferrara requested by Eddie & Vicki Burns
Monday, September 20- St. Andrew Kim Taegon, St. Paul Chong Hasang and Companions
7:00 Angela Rocchio requested by Loving Friend
7:00 Julia Patanella (living) requested by Marcella Marshen
9:00 Grace Mei Reilly requested by Marge & Ed Forsyth
9:00 Bette Triarsi (living) requested by Mr. & Mrs. Suli
Tuesday, September 21- St. Matthew
7:00 Lena Robilotto requested by The Darois Family
7:00 Pauline Ruffino requested by Loving Daughter Mary
9:00 Agostino Camilliti & Mr. & Mrs. Lania requested by The Jozwiak & Camilliti Families
9:00 Catherine Savage requested by The Antonucci Family
Wednesday, September 22
7:00 Frank Parrota requested by Irma Danielsson
7:00 John McNamara requested by The Burns Family
9:00 Harold Daly requested by Melinda Verity
9:00 Santa Gandolfo requested by Loving Children
9:00 Lorenzo Tabasa requested by Maria Terisa
Thursday, September 23
7:00 Kathy Rooney requested by loving sister Judy
7:00 James Cassidy requested by Loving Family
7:00 Michael Napoli requested by Mary Ruffino
9:00 Teresa Cipollone requested by Aline Assalone
9:00 Maria Devivo requested by The Koch & Klos Families
Friday, September 24
7:00 Ronald William Somers requested by Mr. & Mrs. Cauchi
7:00 Margaret Gasparre requested by Michael Fischer
9:00 Rosa Barone requested by Mr. & Mrs. Vito Messina
Saturday, September 25
8:00 Robert J. Mucha requested by Loving Wife & Family
8:00 Bernadette N. Pavia requested by Joann Santoro
8:00 Paul Pastina requested by Nole & Andrew Mooney
Anticipated Mass for Sunday
5:00 Frank and Mary Marangiello requested by Jim and Cathy Foy
5:00 Anthony Fischetti requested by Angelo & Andrea Quagliata
Sunday Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:00 Bonserio & DeCeglie Family requested by Loving Family
7:00 Edward Ennesser requested by The Ehlers Family
9:00 Deceased Knights of Columbus & Columbiettes
10:30 John Barone requested by Loving Family
10:30 Clare & Vincent Kearon requested by
Marianne & Raymond Minicus
12:00 Andrew Sheehan requested by loving family
12:00 George Esteves requested by Theresa Ryan & Family
5:00 Patricia Wickers requested by Barbara Ricardelli
5:00 Diana Ferrara requested by Liz & Sam Monteleone
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.
Reminder Wednesday, Sept. 22 Level 8 Confirmation meeting for Parents of Confirmation Students will be held at 7:30 P.M. in the school Auditorium. All registration forms, permission slips, etc. should have been returned bynow.
FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIKE
“And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. For the children of the world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of the light.”Jesus commends the dishonest steward to his disciples as he shares this parable with them, and for the most part, we are surprised. How, can Jesus condone what this steward is doing? Well Jesus is and He is not! Jesus is not happy with the steward’s dishonesty, but He does give the steward credit for knowing how to act and deal with his own kind. This “Unjust Steward”-as he was known in the past- gives his master’s creditors exactly what they want, a reduction of their bills. He wins favor with them hoping that one of the creditors will be grateful, and offer him a job. The reason why he is able to make these reductions (without further stealing from his master) is because he is eliminating his commission, which was tacked on to the overall price of the bill and was an acceptable custom. Yes, he is very wise and he certainly knows the way of the world, but what about us? What about us, can we be as wise in dealing with the next world dealing with the gifts, graces and peace that come to us as citizens of the Kingdom of God?
Jesus presents us with a challenge-are you willing to be resourceful for the Kingdom, as you are for the life and things of this world? Are you willing to make Heaven your total goal in this life or is it just something you will worry about when you die? And of course, if you put Heaven off till you die-well I think you should start worrying! God has given us much through the great gift of His only Son. He has given us new life and a great chance to change the world into something wonderful. Yet, as we can see, we have not been completely successful-no not successful at all! Perhaps it is because we allow the world to change us and because we are not as resourceful as we need to be with Heaven’s gifts.
How can we be more successful? Well the answer will be different for each person according to the gifts and talents God has given us. While it may take time for us to know our gifts, we must try to better understand what we have. That’s where St. Paul’s First Letter to Timothy comes into play-Pray. Pray for a better understanding of our giftedness and pray for our Church Leaders, World Leaders, and ourselves, so we can use our gifts properly to advance the peace and salvation of the world and firmly establish God’s Kingdom!
Today is Catechetical Sunday, and on this day, we honor, bless and thank all of those who give of their time and use their gifts to teach our young people about the Faith. We thank all of those who volunteer in our Religious Education Program, and we like to especially thank all who work in our Religious Ed. Department (especially our Director and Coordinators-Jane Favale, Catherine Foy, & Gloria Napolitano). We are still in great need of Catechists to help in the various levels of the Religious Ed. Program. Again, this is a great way to use your gifts and help prepare the next generation for its leadership of the Church and the World.
Once again, we call your attention to the urgent need on the part of our Parish Outreach for food donations. Please leave them in the front of the Blessed Mother’s Statue in the Church. Remember too, the Chinese Auction this Friday Evening in the School Auditorium. It’s only $5 a person and it promises to be a lot of fun. This event helps Outreach raise funds so they can do their necessary ministry. They promised that they would not auction off Fr. Liu.
On the weekend of Oct 2nd & 3rd The St. Joseph’s Respect Life Committee will collect new gifts for Babies and Toddlers who are in need. These gifts can be placed in the Bassinet located at the Church’s Main Entrance. PLEASE DO NOT WRAP THE GIFT! Also, on that Sunday The Long Island Coalition for Life will sponsor the 7th Annual Stand Up for Life. This event will take place (rain or shine) from 2-3:30 PM along Rte 25 & Rte 110 in Huntington. For more information, please call (631) 243-1435. A Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for healing after abortion will be held at the Kellenberg Retreat House in Uniondale on Oct 29-31. For more information contact Frank Gariboldi at (516) 523-0586 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, on Sunday Oct 3rd, The Catholic Committee on Scouting will conduct its 2004 Boy Scout Convocation at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. The event starts at 2:30 PM and several Scouts from our parish will receive awards. They are Steven Scotti, Daniel White, Joseph Scotti, Kevin Jauregui, and Mathew Koch. One of our Adult Leaders, Mrs. Marjorie Mulligan has been awarded the St. George Emblem in recognition of her service to her troop, church and community. Congratulations and thank you Marge.
God Bless You and thank you for all you do for St. Joseph’sFr. Mike
SAY A PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS
Please continue to remember them in your prayers.
Cpl. Jason Bertran PFC Justin Browne
Cpl. Michael Bruno Cpt. Kevin Connolly
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 Sgt. James Munro, Jr.
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)
The CYO will be having a Mass on Saturday September 25th at 5:00 P.M. for all of the CYO Athletes and their families living and deceased. All athletes are asked to wear a “St. Joseph’s CYO” team shirt at the Mass. Please write the names of deceased family members on a piece of paper to be placed in the Sanctuary.
Refreshments to follow in the Gym.
Will be held here in Fr. Carew Hall on Friday September 24th and Saturday September 25th. It starts at 8PM and runs until 12:30 AM. You must be 18 years old to play.
Home School News
We will be having McDonald’s night on September 22nd from 5—7PM.The school will receive 15% of all sales that evening including drive-thru. Enjoy dinner out and each others company.
Religious Education News
The Religious Education office hours are Monday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A second Intro Parent meeting will be held on Monday Sept. 20th in Fr. Carew Hall at 10 a.m. For parents who have students in levels, 3,4,5,6,7 and Sacrament Readiness 1 and Sacrament for Teens 1 & 2 Level 2 parent meeting will take place during the first week of classes during class times.
All families who were registered prior to Sept. 15th should have received their class information. Several new families have not been notified as we did not have an ID number in time, but you should be receiving notification shortly, if not call our office. Classes will be starting the week of September 27th.
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.
Today is Catechetical Sunday. All catechists were invited to attend the 12 noon Mass and receive a special blessing. If any catechist was unable to attend our workshop on the 18th, please come to our office and pick up your books and binders. We are still in need of volunteers for teaching, hall monitoring and level 1 activity nights. To all those who volunteered thank you so very much for doing so.
A big thank you to Samantha Briscoe who is working towards her Girl Scout Bronze medal award was able to get donations of crayons, glue, tape, pencils, and many, many items which we use in our craft boxes. A big thank you to Curves for allowing her to put a donation box in their place of business..
Sunday School News
Sunday School will start soon, as all of our religion classes. Keep an eye on the bulletin for future information. I wanted to let the families know of a change. I have asumed more responsibilities with Religious Ed. I now co-coordinate Level One and Level Two. From Sunday School to Eucharist, it is truly a beautiful gift for me to see the children grow so much in God’s love and to see Gods goodness. However, with the new responsibilities I find I must give up working with Sunday School. It has been twelve years since I started with Sunday School, it has not been an easy decision for me to give it up. Time has come for me to pass the candle on to someone else with new ideas and a new view. Maureen Ennis has offered her talents to Sunday School, she will be working with Michaele Zakarya to continue to bring the wonderful program on Sunday mornings we have all grown to love. My thanks to the many families who offered help in the past working with us to get our Christmas Pagent and other activities to go smoothly. I know you will continue to help with whatever project Sunday School has a need for. May God Bless you always and keep everyone safe.
We are now accepting registration for the Fall 04-Spring 05 3-5 year olds. Please call Michaele 588-2087 or Maureen 648-8025
BANNS OF MARRIAGE
Kimberly Iorio & Marc Torinese both of St. Joseph’s
Lizbeth Schnepf of St. Joseph’s and
Frank J. Weisenburger of St. Patrick’s
Shannon McDonough of Our Lady of Hope and
Gary Ambrosiano of St. Joseph’s
Jennifer Rand of St. Joseph’s and
Dennis Ferrerr of Our Lady of Lourdes
Danielle McNaughton of St. Joseph’s and
Christopher Acosta of Our Lady of Lourdes
Deborah Bovino of St. Joseph’s and
David Galligan of St. Margaret of Scotland
Aileen Patrice McGinn of St. Joseph’s and
Michael Patrick Varley of St. Edmond’s
Football Benefit Fund
Week 1 Winners
1st Place348 A O #
Tie 34 35 31 100 $92.50
359A O U
34 35 31 100 $92.50
3rd Place4250 O U #
35 31 31 97 $70.00
4th Place236 A I O
Tie 34 27 35 96 $16.67
236A O Z
34 35 27 96 $16.67
236A U #
34 31 31 96 $16.67
Low ScoreJ K V
7 7 3 17 $35
16 weeks to go! Still time to win, Get your ticket now!!
CHINESE AUCTION Friday September 24th, 2004 in St. Joseph’s School Auditorium, doors open at 6:00PM, admission is $5 per person includes 25 tickets plus coffee and cake .Auction starts promptly at 7 PM For further info. contact Outreach at 981-6888.
PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE—We are here to help you. Please call 981.6888.
The dishonest manager in today’s parable knew how to manipulate money to his own advantage. But the Gospel warns that no one can serve both God and money. Which do I serve? Is my stewardship such that anyone can tell.
814 envelopes $13,728
Loose collection 2,168
Total Last Sunday $ 15,896
Same collection last year 15,525
Poor Box last weekend 453
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 sales last week $8,550
Same period last year 13,575
Gross Profit 411
Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!
Sept. 05 $50 #661 Patrick & Kathleen Hughes
Sept. 06 $25 #793 Robert Linger
Sept. 07 $25 #215 Patricia Blinn
Sept. 08 $25 #327 Marie & Alfonse Saracino
Sept. 09 $25 #601 Carol & Greg Walsh
Sept. 10 $25 #569 Anne Richard
Sept. 11 $25 #714 Ronald & Christine Firestone
If there were to be a debate about embryonic stem cell research vs. adult stem cell research, the first question asked would probably be “What is the difference between the two types?”So let’s be clear about this. With embryonic stem cell research, the cells would be obtained from 1) cloned human embryos 2) human embryos left for destruction in fertility clinics and 3) aborted fetuses.. On the other hand, adult stem cells are able to be retrieved from 1) the circulating blood of an adult 2) bone marrow 3) umbilical cord blood and 4) various human tissues, even teeth.
Let’s focus on the good that adult stem cells have done and are doing: 1) Adult stem cells have provided medical benefits in thousands of cases and are currently being used to treat genetic disease in children and rare diseases affecting the liver, heart and brain; 2) Researchers have successfully formed adult stem cells into healthy heart and brain cells; 3) Stem cells from the nasal cavity have been used to stimulate feeling and movement in the legs of paraplegics.
You can help by becoming educated yourself on this issue, by writing to your Senator urging a “no” vote on any bill that allows cloning or embryonic stem cell research and by letting your elected representatives know that you oppose using embryos for research and that actually you would support proposals for increased research and funding using adult stem cells. They need to know where we stand on this issue, and they want to know...There is a brochure available written by Rev. Tadeusz Pacholcyk, (Father Tad). It is called Stem Cell Research, Cloning and Human Embryos, published by the Family Research Council. Item #BC04C01. Cost is $1.50 each, the first copy is free. Call toll-free 1-888-255-9231> Cost of this video is $19.95.
Golden Wedding Celebration
On Sunday, November 7, 2004 couples married 50 years
or more—who have not already been honored by the Bishop—are invited to receive a special blessing and certificate from His Excellency John C. Dunne, following the celebration of the Eucharist at Christ the King, Commack at 3:00 pm. Please pick up your registration card at the rectory, fill it out (preferably typed to assure proper spelling of your name) and return it to the rectory in time to reach the Office of Laity and Family no later than October 6, 2004. You will receive your nametags approximately 10 days before the ceremony. Please note, that in order to accommodate all who wish to be part ofthe Golden Wedding celebrations, we will be holding two additional Golden Wedding events next spring .