Power and wealth can distract us from the real treasure which God offers to us.

Having nice things is a blessing from God, but they can too easily become distractions and pull our attention from the One who is the source of all good things. We do not want to become caught up in acquiring material goods and forget that these things are only temporary. Doing good will bring everlasting reward for our soul.

Liturgical Commission Publishings, Diocese of Lansing, Lansing, MI


Virginia Munson, Thomas Perotta, Edwin Castillo, Marie P. Kingston, Anna Supakoff, our deceased soldiers, and all of our deceased relatives and friends.


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

Susan Bateman John Biglin Oliver Bouchard

William J. Brodie James Butler Mercedes Chipe

Ash Capparelli 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 Adria Griffin

Gloria Miranda William Mytok Anita L. Nanry

Frank Nostro Joseph Onufrak 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 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 Butler 5:00 pm Fr. Maffeo


7:00 am Fr Butler 7:00 am Fr.Liu

9:00 am Fr Boyle 9:00 am Fr Maffeo

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

12:00 pm Fr Liu 12:00 pm Fr Butler

5:00 pm Fr.Maffeo 5:00 pm Fr Butler


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

Monday, September 27- St. Vincent de Paul

7:00 Elizibeth Bohn requested by Judy Moore

7:00 Denis Conklin requested by Kevin Halleran

9:00 Cornelius J. Dunleavy requested by Loving Wife Anne

9:00 James O’Shea FDNY requested by Patrick Smith

Tuesday, September 28- St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions

7:00 Jeanette O’Keefe requested by Lynn Weigel

7:00 Mary Shean requested by Joseph Milians

8:45 Adelaide Gerretz requested by the Oliva Family

8:45 Toni LoPiano requested by Tony & Lynn Iorio

Wednesday, September 29- Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels

7:00 Mary Shean requested by Julia Milians

7:00 Anthony Zigmont requested by Loving Family

9:00 Robert Bannon requested by Anne Bannon

Thursday, September 30- St. Jerome

7:00 Raymond Scotto requested by Michael Donohue

9:00 Rev. John Serrano

9:00 Shannon Kimberly Heiser requested by Mr. & Mrs. Creighton

Friday, October 1- First Friday- St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

7:00 Charlie Latham requested by Michael & Family

9:00 George Welker requested by Mr. & Mrs. John Ziegler

9:00 Thomas Yacopino requested by Loving Wife & Children

Saturday, October 2- First Saturday- Guardian Angels

8:00 Theresa DeFilippo requested by Marie DeFilippo

8:00 Ourania Pallace requested by Loving Children

8:00 Paul Pastina requested by Nole & Andrew Moloney

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 Kathleen Pagliuca requested by Rosemary

5:00 Victoria Dynia requested by Loving Family

5:00 Stephen Alvanos requested by Loving Family

Sunday, October 3- Twenty-seventh Ordinary Sunday

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

7:00 Thomas Denis Savage requested by The O’Brien Family

9:00 Deceased Members of CDA Court St. Joseph 975 requested by The Court

9:00 Ourania Pallace requested by Loving Husband George

9:00 Edward Zwicher requested by Maureen & Family

10:30 For The People of The Parish

10:30 Lena Marchesano requested by Pat & Gerald Peters

10:30 Donna Hallinan requested by Louis Junco

12:00 Vincent Delio requested by Anthony & Sylvia Summa

12:00 Ellen Tulowitzki requested by Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Gabriel

5:00 Harry J. Corcoran requested by The Stack Family

5:00 Edward Bonanno requested by Buzz & Faye Lazear & Family




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 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 rich man said to Abraham,Then I beg you, father, send him [Lazarus] to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.” “But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ The rich man said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead!’”

Today’s Gospel is about listening and paying attention to what is going on around you. It is clear that the rich man did not listen to the teachings of Moses and the prophets-passed down from one generation to the other, nor does he notice Lazarus begging at his doorstep. Was he a bad man? Maybe not, he was just like so many people, caught up in his own world. He is not paying attention to Lazarus who he can see; he also is not paying attention to the God of Abraham who he should see in his own life and in the lives of others.

When Jesus offers this parable, he is pointing out to the Pharisees how they are like the rich man-caught up in their own world, not caring about what God truly desires. While they, like Jesus believed in the Resurrection, they believed that the only way to achieve eternal life was through a strict observance of the law. They insisted on this without regard to the burdens they were placing on people’s backs. [“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” (Mathew 11)]. Jesus on the other hand is telling them, and us, that His Loving Father is not overly concerned with overly proper liturgy and rubrics, or the shallow respectability their fine clothes and public piety buy them. No, God is interested in an open heart, in those who listen to His word and acts upon it. That means seeing the poor and the powerless and caring for them. It means acting out of love and not out of duty (alone). The Pharisees thought that a certain way of life would save them. Jesus tells them to act out of love, and to be open to the needs of others. Jesus’ final line should have gotten to them the most-People with closed hearts will not be persuaded even if someone should rise from the dead. After all how many people still refuse to listen to Jesus, who rose from the dead!

Next weekend October 2nd & 3rd, The Saint 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 gifts! Also, next 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 Routes 25 and 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 lifecenterdp@optonline.net.

Also, next Sunday, 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 St. Joseph’s will receive awards. They are: Steven Scotti, Daniel White, Joseph Scotti, Kevin Jaurequi, and Mathew Koch. One of 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.

On Sunday Nov. 7, 2004 couples who will celebrate or who have just recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, are invited to receive a special blessing from the Most Rev. John C. Dunne, Aux. Bishop for the Diocese and Vicar of the Central Vicariate. This will occur at Christ the King Church in Commack at 3:00 PM. Please pick up your registration cards at the Rectory Office-they need to be in no later than Oct. 6th, Congratulations and God Bless You!

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday November 2nd, The Feast of All Souls for a special Mass of Remembrance for all of those who have died and had their funerals celebrated here at St. Joseph’s during the last year. The Mass will start at 7:30 PM with light refreshments to follow in the Parish Hall-many thanks to the members of the Ministry of Consolation for their help and sponsorship.

Recently we added more opportunities for you to use our Scrip Program. Some of the new stores are: A&W Restaurants; Auto Zone; Cracker Barrel; Dave & Buster’s; DSW Shoe Warehouse; GNC; Men’s Warehouse; Office Depot; Restoration Hardware; Ritz Camera; Walgreen’s; Chili’s; Sports Authority. If you are using Scrip for your various purchases, thank you, and we invite you to expand your use to these new stores. And if you are not using Scrip to buy your groceries, gasoline, clothes, etc., etc., please reconsider! It cost you absolutely nothing extra to purchase Scrip from St. Joseph’s, you pay only the face value of the certificate or gift card-so if it is a certificate or card for $20 you pay only $20-just like using cash. However, when you use the Scrip, the Parish makes a little bit off each card/certificate purchased through us. In a sense, you are donating to the Parish without spending any more than you normally would. It helps you because you have to make your purchases anyway, and helps us because the little bit we make off each purchase can really add up. Please help if you can-thanks.

God bless you always.

Fr. Mike


Dear Friends in Christ,

October 3rd, Respect Life Sunday, inaugurates the Church’s annual education effort focusing on the sanctity of human life. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2004-2005 Respect Life program Made in His Image, has already been sent to pastors and parish Respect Life Committees. These resource materials contain articles on destructive embryonic stem cell research, cloning, abortion, suicide, euthanasia and other challenges to life. I encourage all Catholics to read and discuss these materials. In this election year particularly, we must be informed on the issues of the day and understand them in light of the Gospel.

In our diocese, the Respect Life Office is charged with deepening our already strong commitment to pro-life activities and public education. Diocesan activities reinforce monthly mailings to pastors and parish Respect Life leaders. Program highlights for 2004 include:

§ The January March for Life in Washington D.C. and pilgrimage respite at St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill.

§ A Respect Life presentation by national speakers on The Science & Ethics of Cloning and Stem Cell Research. In 2005, the subject will be Nutrition and Hydration and End of Life Issues.

§ Youth Respect Life presentations by Miss America 2003, Erika Harold. Miss Harold spoke about bullying, chastity and avoiding substance abuse. This year’s speaker will be former New York Jets football star Marty Lyons.

§ The Advent Project supporting maternity residences on Long Island.

§ The Respect Life contest for parochial school, religious education and home-schooled students.

Proclaiming the Gospel of Life and ministering to the people of our diocese on a practical level necessitates your financial support. Please remember to use your Respect Life envelope on Sunday, October 3. Know that your assistance helps to fulfill our Holy Father’s call to build a culture of life here on Long Island.

                                                                                             Sincerely yours in Christ,

                                                                                             Bishop of Rockville Centre


Reminder The Enrollment Liturgy for our Level 8 students is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 2/3. You may attend any of the masses.

St. Joseph School News

St. Joseph’s School proudly presents its Annual Fall Craft and Gift Fair on October 23, 2004, from 10 am-3:30pm, in the church basement and parking lot. There will be something for everyone, hand-made and new merchandise, bake sale, petting zoo, moon bounce, concession stand and much more. For further details call 736-9354.

Religious Education News

The Religious Education office hours:
Monday 9 am to 4 pm
Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 am to 3:30 pm

Religious Ed classes will be starting this week.

Level 2 parent meeting will take place during the first week of classes during class, bring your child to class then come over to the Auditorium.

Level I Parent/child prayer Service will be held on Monday October 4th at 7:15 p.m. in Church. For all who are registered you will receive your books.

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

A heart felt thank you to Brianna Cristiano who in working towards her Girl Scout Bronze medal award gathered donations of medical supplies which we use to supply our First Aid Boxes. A special thank you to Slater Drugs for donating many items.

Sunday School News

We are accepting registration for the Fall ‘04 Spring ‘05 3-5 year olds. For information:
Contact Michaele 588-2087 or Maureen 648-8025.

Parish Outreach

Your donations of food and staple items are always appreciated. Kindly leave them in the front of Mary’s statue in the Church before or after Mass.

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


The sin of the rich man in today’s parable was not that he was rich, but that he failed to share his wealth with the beggar at his gate. He knew Lazarus, perhaps walked by him every time he came in or out, but did nothing to relieve his suffering. Is there a Lazarus in my life? What am I doing to help?

Weekly Offering

750 envelopes $12,472

Loose collection 2,196

Total Last Sunday $ 14,668

Same collection last year 14,267

Poor Box last weekend 284

Football Benefit Fund

Week 2 Winners

1st Place 3999 M Y #

34 31 34 99 $100.00

2nd Place 3476 K M #

Tie 30 34 34 98 $77.50

3972 M V #

34 30 34 98 $77.50

4th Place 746 B M #

Tie 28 34 34 96 $16.67

3035 I M #

28 34 34 96 $16.67

3845 M # ?

34 34 28 96 $16.67

Low Score 398 A R %

6 6 7 19 $35

15 weeks to go! Still 15 times to win!!!

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 1,006,392

Scrip Corner

Scrip sales last week $16,080

Same period last year 16,615

Gross Profit 769

Calendar Club

Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!

Sept. 12 $50 #445 Joseph M. Minerva

Sept. 13 $25 #142 Christopher Gillin

Sept. 14 $25 #656 V & C San Filippo

Sept. 15 $25 #731 Anne & Peter Kelly

Sept. 16 $25 #305 Robert Cipriani

Sept. 17 $25 #008 Quagliata Family

Sept. 18 $25 #115 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dubinsky



Baby shower Oct. 2 & 3 in the foyer of the church; new, unwrapped baby items, please.

Stand Up for Life Day Oct. 3rd —2:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s group in front of Saks on Route 110, Walt Whitman Mall, Huntington.

Call 588-0168 for more information about either of these events.

Catholic Daughters

October 3rd—9:00 a.m. Mass for deceased members of Court St. Joseph. All members are expected to attend this Mass.

All members are reminded of the monthly meeting—Fr. Carew Hall, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4th C. West, Regent 585-1719.


St. Joseph’s CYO Boys Travel Basketball will hold open try outs as follows:

8th Grade-Tuesday, September 28
@ Ronkonkoma Middle School-7:30-9PM
Contact Frank Tantone for more info-585-6921

7th Grade-Wednesday, September 29
@ Ronkonkoma Middle School 7:30-9 PM
Contact Lou Cozzetto for more info 471-2140
(2 teams being formed)

6th Grade-Thursday September 30
@ Cherokee Street Elementary 7:30-9 PM
Contact Mike Petre for more info 467-3483

5th Grade-Tuesday, September 28
@ Ronkonkoma Middle School-6-7:30 PM
Contact Lou Cozzetto for more info-471-2140