The prophet Habakkuk, in the midst of struggle and difficulty, pleads with God: Why? How long must I suffer? Timothy is encouraged by Paul to bear his share of hardship for the Gospel. In today’s gospel passage, Jesus reminds his disciples that they are servants and workers for the kingdom of God. He encourages them to have perseverance in their faith.
Next Week’s Readings:1) 2 Kings 5:14-17 2) 2 Timothy 2:8-13 3) Luke 17:11-19
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REMEMBER OUR DEAD
John O. Francavillo, Ann A. Fogerty, Daniel Sheehan
our deceased soldiers, and all of our deceased relatives and friends.
REMEMBER OUR SICK
For this week, please pray for the sick, especially:
Susan Batemn John Biglin Oliver Bouchard
William J. Brodie James Butler Mercedes Chipe
Ash Capparelli Rosemary Demarest David DeParis
Rose Dicanio Maggie Errico Keith Ferraro
Andrea Griffin David Hoffman Joseph F. Koenig
Samantha Larocca Evelyn Lombardi Georgiana Lopez
Richard McKenna Juliana McLarney Maureen Melchiona
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 Maffeo 5:00 pm Fr Butler
7:00 am Fr Liu 7:00 am Fr.Boyle
9:00 am Fr Maffeo 9:00 am Fr Butler
10:30 am Fr Boyle 10:30 am Fr Maffeo
12:00 pm Fr Butler 12:00 pm Fr Liu
5:00 pm Fr.Butler 5:00 pm Fr Thomas
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
Monday, October 4- St. Francis of Assisi
7:00 Toni LoPiano requested by Pete & Ellen Pernal
7:00 John Dunn requested by Martha Sconfienza
9:00 The Ryan family requested by the Hughes family
9:00 Stanley Hansen requested by Bob & Elaine Wirtenson
Anthony Sforza requested by Mitch & Michelle
Tuesday, October 5- St. Bruno, St. Marie-Rose Durcher
7:00 Ruth Anderson requested by Muriel Glennen
8:45 Adelaide Gerretz requested by the Gelderman Family
8:45 Matthew (Duke) Teofrio requested by Loving Family
Wednesday, October 6
7:00 Bob Glennen requested by Muriel Glennen
9:00 George Letzelter requested by Mr. & Mrs. Thompson
Thursday, October 7- Our Lady of the Rosary
7:00 Raymond Scotto requested by Kathy Trian & JohnSantoli
9:00 Delores Alejandro requested by The Munoz Family
9:00 Rose Candreva requested by Joe & Marie Califano
Friday, October 8
7:00 Carole Jamieson requested by Martin Clowery
9:00 John W. Mulligan requested by loving family
Saturday, October 9- St. Denis and Companions, St. John Leonardi
8:00 Raymond McCann requested by Ann Planken
8:00 Justino Bello requested by Zulay Bello
Anticipated Mass for Sunday
5:00 Carmine Cassara, Jr.requested by loving family
5:00 Edwina Maggio requested by Mr. & Mrs. S. D’Aguanno
Patricia Wickers requested by Gil & Rosemary Balkam
Sunday, October 10- Twenty-eighth Ordinary Sunday
7:00 Ann Gregory requested by Les
7:00 Ruth Anderson requested by Muriel Glennen
9:00 Viola Johnson requested by Joseph Basar & Lauren Sobin
9:00 Antonia Carroll requested by Gene & Jeri Franjola & Family
10:30 An End To Abortion requested by Respect Life Committee
10:30 Mr. & Mrs. Lobrutto & Lily requested by Loving Family
12:00 Catherine Gianelli requested by Loving Family
12:00 Shawn McKee requested by The Mawn Family
5:00 Thomas Dorsa requested by Loving Family
5:00 Joseph Cirillo requested by Kenneth Bruno
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.
It is time to order the Lector Preparation Workbooks for the new year (Cycle A). In the past we have purchased books for all lectors, but not all have chosen to use them. In order to conserve valuable resources, we will order books only for those who request them. If you will need the workbook this coming year, please contact the rectory by October 17th. (588-8456 or e-mail: Info@StJoRonk.org)
This weekendour Level 8 students will be enrolled as candidates for Confirmation. Please follow the directions of the celebrant with your enrollment form.
Confirmation Prep classes will be starting this week. Reminder to our level 8 students who are going on the Confirmation Retreat to Mt. Alvernia on Oct. 11th please be in the Church parking lot at 8:45 a.m.
FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIKE
“If you have the faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea; and it would obey you.’”
“The rash one has no integrity; but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.”
Faith, patience, and action are the three key elements of this Sunday’s Readings. Habakkuk cries out to God about the violence he saw done to his people and to some degree wondered why God was allowing it to continue. But God’s answer to the prophet was patience. God basically says, I see what is going on, but in due time your faith in me will be answered and you will see something greater come into the world-greater than you can ever imagine (none other than our Lord Jesus Christ). All that you see now will change, and true faith will survive. Stay strong is God’s answer!
Faith is indeed powerful, even if we have just a little, as Jesus tells us in the gospel. Faith as small as a mustard seed can indeed work marvels, but you’ve got to BELIEVE! Both Habakkuk and Jesus are telling us to use this great gift from God to help us get through life’s trials, and the mass injustices we as a world have and continue, unfortunately, to witness. We must have an Enduring Faith, a faith that is more than just indulging in platitudes or one, which just comes off the shelf only on Sunday and is put away the rest of the week! Enduring Faith, which gives us courage to live through the trials and injustices, and helps us to know that even when all appears helpless God, is indeed with us.
But in order to have and keep this enduring, mulberry tree moving faith, we must constantly feed it. Feed it what? St. Paul gives us the answer, the power of the Holy Spirit. “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control…but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.” Only by using the gifts of the Holy Spirit can we help our faith grow and put it into action.
That is what is happening in two special ways this weekend. First, today is Respect Life Sunday, and we are asked to reflect upon and pray about the lack of respect for human life that is prevalent in today’s society. This lack of respect which is seen in the genocide of whole groups of people (because they are of a different religion, race or ethnic background), and in the acts of terror which puts innocent civilians in harm’s way (as seen on 9/11 and elsewhere). We see it in the constant series of wars that have plagued humanity since the mid 1800’s all the way up to today. We see this lack of respect in the high number of violent crimes, where its not just material things that are taken, but the most precious of all, a person’s life! All too well, we see this lack of respect for human life in the acts of Euthanasia and Abortion. One carries with it the attitude that you’re too old or sick for your life to have any further meaning, so you would be better off dead! And the other holds to the attitude, it’s my body so I will do what I please, or I don’t have time in my life for your life, so I will do away with your life! We must then ask ourselves, who in the world has the right to make this decision involving someone else’s life? According to God, no one has that right, only He does after all He is the author of all life!
We must also realize that acts of abortion and euthanasia have several victims. First and foremost, there is the young or old life that had ended before its time, and then there is the mother and father of the aborted child or the family of the old or sick person who is the object of euthanasia. The doctors and nurses who are forced to assist at abortions or euthanasia are also victims, as well as those who willingly assist at these procedures-they are victims whether they realize it or not! We must do our part to put an end to these acts of violence and injustice, and as God tells Habakkuk, not to loose hope or faith in our struggle. We must constantly pray and petition and write our elected officials. And we must help all of those who are the surviving victims-pray for them and help them to recover and reconcile with God and the child or older/sick person whose life was interfered with. We must indeed stand up for life and what our faith teaches us, and allow the Holy Spirit to use us.
That is also, what is in focus today here at St. Joseph’s. For at all our Masses this weekend, we will conduct our Confirmation Enrollment. This is an important step for our young people, because they are telling us, and God that they want to be open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and become adult members of the Church and this faith community. They like us want to put their faith into action and make the world filled with flying mulberry trees and moving mountains. Let us pray for them as they prepare to receive theSacrament of Confirmation on Nov.11th. This year we once again welcome, the Most Rev. John C. Dunne, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese and Vicar of the Central Vicariate, who will confer the Sacrament.
We conclude with these words from St. Paul, “Take as your norm the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.”
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, and return it to the rectory no later than October 6,2004. You will receive your nametags approximately 10 days before the ceremony.
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 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)
St. Joseph School News
We’ve recently launched our 2004-2005 Box Tops for Education fundraising campaign. This year we’ve set a goal of earning $2,000 through Box Tops.
St. Joseph School is asking for the support of families and community members like you.
Just clip the Box Top Coupons off of the packages of any Participating General Mills products and drop them into the collection basket at church, or drop them at the rectory during the week.
For more information on how you can help our school earn cash through Box Tops for Education, contact Sharon Buckley, our Box Tops coordinator, at 737-3093 or visit boxtops4education.com. St. Joseph School Thanks You from the bottom of our heart!
St. Joseph’s School proudly presents its Annual Fall Craft and Gift Fair on October 23, 2004, from 10 am-3:30 pm, 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:
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.
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. There will be a second meeting for the late registrations on Saturday Oct 9 at 10 a.m. in the Auditorium.
The students in Level 6 will receive their Bibles at all the Masses on the weekend of October 9th and 10th. Please bring your index card with you and follow the directions of the celebrant. You may attend any Mass this weekend.
Sunday School News
We are accepting registration for the Fall ‘04 Spring ‘05 3-5 year olds.
Contact Michaele 588-2087 or Maureen 648-8025.
St. Joseph’s CYO would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to Eddie’s Pizza and The Best Pizza Company for their generous donations of pizzas after the 5 pm Saturday 9/25 Mass. They definitely helped make the evening a success!
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 HOTLINE
We are here to help you.
Please call 981-6888.
Banns of Marriage
Michelle E. Jong of St. Joseph’s and John L. Platt
Carrie Ann Wilson and Brian Thomas Weber of St. Joseph’s
Joanna Schmidt of St. Joseph’s and Patrick J. Kilkenny of Resurrection
Laura Long of St. Joseph’s and Barrington Hoilett
When will I have given enough of my income, of my time, of my talents? Today’s Gospel suggests that we are called to share our gifts from God from our substance. Stewardship then becomes a way of life for those who follow Jesus.
750 envelopes $11,778
Loose collection 2,056
Total Last Sunday $ 13,834
Same collection last year 16,621
Poor Box last weekend 331
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 sales last week $15,405
Same period last year 16,550
Gross Profit 718
Congratulations to this week’s winners!!!
Sept. 19 $50 #222 Elizabeth Mulligan
Sept. 20 $25 #804 Lyon Family
Sept. 21 $25 #012 Alicia & Caitlyn Ryan
Sept. 22 $25 #446 Theresa Albert
Sept. 23 $25 #596 Elaine & Joseph Mazziotti
Sept. 24 $25 #654 Linda Pernicaro
Sept. 25 $25 #108 Gertrude Owens
“Clinics struggle with embryos left unused”. Such was the headline on page 2 of Newsday, September 18, 2004. This article spells out the moral problems which come with the leftover embryos. What to do with them? A survey was done by researchers at the U. of Pennsylvania with Rutgers U.; they found no clear-cut procedure. Some clinics gave them back to the donors. Some were disposed of after a quasi-religious ceremony, and others were donated to medical science, or other couples. Bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the U. of Pennsylvania says that this survey shows, if nothing else, that most clinics have a moral sensitivity regarding this issue. Some feel that destroying human embryos is like throwing away human life, and Vincent Pellegrini of West Reading, Pa., says that ‘once we have a dividing embryo it is human material that I cannot discard.”
As interest in stem cell research and cloning has grown, the moral status of the human embryo has been a matter of worldwide debate, and, added to that, the problem of the storage of embryos and disposal of those not wanted exacerbates this issue.
Positions available for Queen of the Rosary Infirmary in Amityville
RN’s and LPN’s
Shifts—7 PM to 7 AM and 3 PM to 11 PM
FULL TIME—PART TIME—PER DIEM
3 PM to 11 PM
Maryanne Charles, RN or Debi Pfeifer, RN
Directors of Health Services
Queen of the Rosary—Carlin Hall
555 Albany Avenue
Amityville, NY 11701
Phone # 842-6000 (Ext. 271) Mon. to Fri. 8 to 4