Sunday, February 27, 3rd Sunday of Lent

7:00 Stella Parise requested by Diane Doran

9:00 Angelo Cosma requested by

Kathy, Chris & Matthew Russo

9:00 Deceased Members of the St Regis Knights of

Columbus and Columbiettes

9:00 For All the Poor

10:30 For the People of the Parish

10:30 Pat Vogel requested by

Mr & Mrs Thomas O’Conell

10:30 Emma Turi requested by

Claudia & Frank Tantone

12:00 Ellen Oakley requested by

The Rainone Family

12:00 Noreen Murphy requested by the Rainone Family

12:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

5:00 Ed Williams requested by the McCarthy Family

5:00 Ricco Luisi requested by the Pugliese Family

5:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

Monday, February 28

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Beatrice Lichte requested by Catherine Friedman

9:00 Mary Napolitano requested by

Loving Daughter & Family

12:10 Police Officer Michael Melchiona requested by

Loving Family

Tuesday, March 1

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

8:45 William Fehringer requested by Loving Children

8:45 Theresa Schiano requested by The Blinn Family

12:10 John Biglin requested by Mary Ann Long

Wednesday, March 2

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Debbie Schramm requested by

Mr & Mrs Robert Affenita

9:00 Michael Moore requested by the Mawn Family

12:10 Steve Torma requested by Mr & Mrs Suli

Thursday, March 3, St Katherine Drexel

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Big Scott 69ers MC requested by East Legion MC

9:00 Theresa Bertucci requested by Loving Family

12:10 For Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II

Friday, March 4, St Casimir

7:00 Helen L Hennessy requested by Loving Family

9:00 Augusto Lucas requested by Loving Family

12:10 Angelo Iorio requested by Loving Family

Saturday, March 5

8:00 Theresa DeFilippo requested by Marie DeFilippo

8:00 Elizabeth Cameron requested by

Loving Husband & Family

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 William & Theresa Foy requested by

Mr & Mrs James Foy

5:00 Keith Nintzel requested by ATS Secretaries

Sunday, March 6, 4th Sunday of Lent

7:00 Margaret McHale (living) requested by Ryan Spelman

9:00 Mrs Salazar requested by Mr & Mrs Lago

9:00 For Our Beloved Dead

9:00 Jean Castelluzzo requested by the Divone Family

10:30 For an End to Abortion requested by

Respect Life Committee

10:30 Noel Catala requested by Robert & Doreen DeSoto

10:30 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

12:00 For the People of the Parish

12:00 Mary & Agnes Moscato requested by Loving Family

12:00 Elizabeth DeMaio requested by Loving Husband

5:00 Lena Mead requested by Mr & Mrs Robert Bizzaro

5:00 Lucas Marrero requested by Norma & Arthur Owen

5:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant







William F Culliton, Thomas M Lowe, Evelyn Acampora, our

deceased soldiers and all of our deceased relatives and friends.




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

Michael Ambrosio Rob Barello Susan Bateman

Frank Belsito Maureen Berdon Oliver Bouchard

Emmanuel Coby Regina T Cohen Maggie Errico

Robert Filce Catherine Gracey Andrea Griffin

William J Guthrie III Raymond Harold Mary Hayes

Warren Johnson Gail Karcher Jack Kelleher

Georgiana Lopez Joan Marten John McGarry

Juliana McLarney Rita Meehan Maureen Melchiona

Timothy M Nigro Edward Percesepe Valerie Perruzza

Grace C Peshkur Joseph Poirot Nicole Ramaglia

Thomas Rigney Jr Frances Romagnuolo Salvatore Romagnuolo

Barbara Rooney Rose Russo Joyce Ryan

Leticia Schilt Lori Slack Antonina Sturiano

Kathleen P Taylor Joan Teaney Stacie Tizzard

Henrietta Varon Keith Vasak Stephen Walsh

Patrick Woods Danny Yezzo Brandon Zartler

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.




Saturday 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 Thomas 9:00 am Fr Boyle

10:30 am Fr Butler 10:30 am Fr Maffeo

12:00 pm Fr Boyle 12:00 pm Fr Thomas

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

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The gifts offered at our Masses this


Are Donated in the Memory of

Beatrice Lichte

Requested by

The Fogarty Girls




The Israelites in the desert complained and blamed Moses

for the lack of water, and God provided it. The Samaritan

woman at the well recognized Jesus first as a Jew, then as a

prophet, then the Christ, and finally, as the “savior of the

world.” The living water promised by Jesus is the Holy

Spirit which Paul says has been poured out into our hearts.

Sunday, February 27, 2005 Page 3




“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the

gift of God and who is saying to you “Give me a

drink!” you would have asked him and he would give

you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you

do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep,

where then can you get this living water? Are you

greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this

cistern…’ Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this

water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the

water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall

give will become…a spring of water welling up to

eternal life.’”

Water is the common theme of today’s readings. In

one account, water meets the immediate need of thirsty

people in the desert, and in the other, we are told about

the water that will satisfy the soul. Both are necessary,

and both pouring outs present a challenge to our spiritual

and faith life.

Who can blame the Israelites in the desert for being

upset when they didn’t have water! Who can blame them

for their complaining, however, one does have to ask

them, “Why were you so filled with disbelief and have

such a strong lack of faith in God?” “After all you have

seen God do great things. He freed you from slavery, he

parted the Red Sea, He gave you the gift of the 10

Commandments, and He made his great Covenant with

you and you still do not believe!” “How can you ask, ‘If

the Lord in our midst or not?’ Yet, they did, and this

became their great sin - they just didn’t trust and have

faith in God. Fortunately, that does not stop God and He

provides them the water from the rock. The significance

of the water coming out of the rock, is that the Old

Testament often makes reference to God as the Rock - the

divine life which never ends and provides the world with

the strong foundation. Remember the old English hymn

Rock of Ages. So, we see that the Rock does not abandon

His people even when they abandon Him, and one can

only hope that after they had their fill, they once again

believed and turned to faith.

In the Gospel, the Samaritan Woman goes to the well

also looking for water to satisfy her thirst, but receives so

much more. She does not come away with water, no she

comes away with the Spirit of God and the new life given

to all through Jesus Christ. “Are you greater than our

father Jacob?” You bet, much greater, for it is with God

that Jacob makes the Covenant and it is with God made

human whom this woman is speaking to. After her

encounter with Jesus, she, in fact the whole town,

believes in Jesus and all that He gives them (new life, the

forgiveness of sins, and a hope and faith that reaches deep

into the heart and never disappoints - as St. Paul tells us in

the Letter to the Romans). They knew that through Jesus

they could truly trust in God, how about you? How about

me, and how about all of us?

Today’s Old Testament and Gospel readings are

reminders of the new life we gain in Baptism and what we

will celebrate at Easter. We are blessed this year to have

several people making their way toward the Easter

Sacraments. Let us pray for them and for the wonderful

people in our parish’s RCIA who minister to them in our

name (more to come in future weeks).

This weekend we welcome Rev. James M. Gaughan

who is speaking at all of the Masses about Food for The

Poor. As we see in Mathew’s Gospel-whatsoever you do

to the least of my brothers and sisters, that you do unto


After 23 years of dedicated, service to our beautiful

St. Joseph’s School, our beloved principal Mrs. Marie

Salvietti is retiring to spend some much-needed time

with her family. We are so very grateful to Mrs. Salvietti

for all of the wonderful things she has done as a teacher

and principal at our school. We certainly wish her well,

and we will all miss her. At present, we are in the process

of looking for a new principal. Our new principal will

build upon the foundation laid by Mrs. Salvietti and of the

past principals of our school. Like Easter, this is a time

for new beginnings and we are all very excited as to what

the future will bring! This is a great time for hope and

faith in what God wants to do through St. Joseph’s-both

the school and the parish as a whole.

Now some people might be thinking that Mrs. Salvietti

is retiring because the school is going to close. With the

reports of the school closings in the Brooklyn Diocese

and two in Rockville Centre that seems like a good,

guess. In this case it is not, and nothing can be further

from the truth when it comes to our school! It is not the

intent of the parish or the Diocese of Rockville Centre

that the school close. In fact, we are looking for even

greater things to come from the school. St. Joseph’s

School is indeed a great blessing for our parish, and we

must all do everything we can to insure that this blessing

will be here for future generations. Once again, please

consider our beautiful school for your children’s

education-while the cost may place some pressure on

your budget, it is an expense well worth it for what your

children will gain. More to come!

God bless you always and continue to ask God for the

grace to make the most out of this Lent.

Fr. Mike




When Jesus asked the Samaritan

woman for a drink of water, He opened

the door for a life changing relationship

with Him. Scripture says her testimony

drew many others to Him as well. We,

too, must be ready to respond whenever

and wherever the Lord speaks to us and

be prepared for it to change our lives.



Weekly Offering

686 envelopes $13,826

Loose collection 2,431

Total Last Sunday $ 16,257

Weekly Operating Expenses 21,250

Same Collection Last Year 17,145

Poor Box last weekend 237



Scrip Corner

We have scrip for Domino’s Pizza & Lowe’s Cineplex in

stock. Why not stop into the rectory for your pizza &

movie night.? Don’t forget it costs you nothing more &

helps the Parish.



Parish Outreach

Free employment counseling is now being offered by a

retired business executive. Sessions will be held at the

Outreach office by appointment only. If you are

interested, please call Outreach between 10am and 3pm

Monday through Friday, at 981-6888. You will then be

contacted for an appointment date and time.

PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE - We are here to help

you. Please call 981-6888.




The next Defensive Driving course will be held on

March 12th from 8:30 am to 3 pm in Carew Hall. The

cost is $45 per person. Call the Rectory at 588-8456 to

register for the class.



Religious Education

Office hours are Monday 9 to 4:00

Tuesday and Wednesday 10 to 3:30

Thursday from 9 to 3:30.

If you need to reach us after 3:30 pm on Tues, Wed or

Thurs please call the school number 588-4760.

The office is closed on Fridays.

Classes resume this week.

Level 6 Reconciliation Monday, February 28th.

Level 2 Parent meeting in Auditorium during class times

on Tuesday, March 8th, 9th, and 10th. Please bring your

child to class then come over to the Auditorium.

Entertainment Books are on sale in the Religious

Ed Office and the Rectory at a cost of only $20.

Help Wanted

The Parish Confirmation program is in

need of 2 volunteers to work 3 hours

either AM or PM on either Tuesday or

Wednesday. Knowledge of data entry is necessary.

Please contact Deacon Jim at the rectory - 588-8456.

We need your talents, so please call. Thank you.

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Please continue to remember them in your prayers.

CPL Jason Bertran PFC Justin Browne

CPL Michael Bruno PC Michael Dean Cantley

CAPT Kevin Connolly SPC Thomas E. Corcoran

CAPT Edward Cuevas COL Stephen Czerwinski

SGT Ryan Delaney SGT Stephen G DiGirolamo

PVT Matthew DiNardo Lt John Kenneth DiNero

Lt Nancy DiNero CPL Keith Flick

SFC Raymond Fulton RCT Michael Gabriellini

SSG Jeremy Garcia CAPT Jennifer Gotkin

SPC Daniel Heuman SGT Steven Knight

1SGT John Krumholz PFC Brian Lane

SSG Stephen LeGrady GM2 Gerard McGarity

PFC Edward McGinn SGT Patrick McNally

PFC William Meyer Andy Mezador

SGT Daniel Montville SPC Tristin Mortensen

SGT James Munro SSG Joey Napolitano

LCPL Thomas Napolitano LCPL Michael Napolitano

LCPL James Neubauer COP Jonathan Norris

PFC Anthony Notaroberta N/Seal Paul Padro

ENS 3 Lucy Padro PFC Christopher Reid

SGT Edwin Rivera, II SR/SA Jason Schiavo

RCT Brian Schildt SPC Rudy Schoverling

PO2 Roger Schoverling SPC James Stanek

SSG Thomas J Valentino SSG Nick Vicale

SGT John Thomas Vogt CPL Mark Ward

MAJ Edward 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)



Welcome to the Newest

Members of Our Parish Family

Michael John Accardi

Krysta Erin Churns

Heath Richard Daseking, Jr

Joseph Robert Dinson

James Peter Emburey

Kayla Ann Kane

Dylan Maxwell Miller

Christopher Dennis Moran



Apostolate for Family


Invites you to bring your family and

friends for a Lenten opportunity to

pray with your parish family. We

meet on Mondays at 7:30 PM in the

church for a holy hour which

includes: Listening to some of our

leading theologians, Praying the

Rosary using meditative music video images of the

life of Christ and Fellowship (coffee & cake). All are




Respect Life

MINOR Decisions

Teens may feel like parents run their lives, but

according to the New York State Civil Liberties Union

Web site, minors – those under the age of 18 – can make

certain decisions themselves on things such as: Their own

reproductive health, including abortions, contraception,

and testing and treatment of sexually transmitted

diseases, including AIDS. Drug and alcohol counseling

without parental permission or consent, Rape crisis

counseling and appropriate medical aid, Emergency room

treatment without parental consent, if it’s a true

emergency. BUT in NYS minors need their parents’

permission to get their ears or any other parts of their

body (lip, navel, eyebrow, etc.) pierced.

Stacy Altherr, Newsday 2/15/ 05


The sign at the entrance to Mercy Medical Center in

Rockville Centre boldly proclaims that this is a “Safe

Haven for Newborns”. This means that any unwanted

newborn can be left at this place, and others such as

police stations and firehouses, and other hospitals. If this

fact had been more widely known, then maybe the baby

boy found in the recycling bin by workers sorting clothes

could have been saved. In the year 2000 these places

were established to save babies, and the parents would

not be prosecuted.

The Mineola, N.Y. based AMT Children of Hope

Foundation offers a toll-free hotline for parents of

newborns at 877-798-HOPE. For speakers for your

community organization, church or school or for AMT

posters, stickers and pocket cards, call the AMT business

office at 516-781-3511.

The Life Center of Long island has a similar program

called “Dumpster Baby Task Force.” Their emergency

24/7 number for parents needing information on how to

find a Safe Haven, etc., is 1-888-OP4infant.

Life News, February 2005



Mark Your Calendars

Mar 4,11,18 Stations of the Cross 7:30 PM

March 6 Unity Sunday

March 13 Creative Ministries

Journey, Cross & Crucifixion

Mar 19 Feast of St. Joseph

Mass 10 AM Brunch 11AM

Mar 24 Holy Thursday 7:30 PM Mass

Mar 25 Good Friday

12 noon Reflections on The Seven Last Words Of Christ

3PM Communion Service



Creative Ministries Presents

The Journey, Cross & Crucifixion

Sunday, March 13

7:00 PM

A live dramatic presentation of the Stations of

the Cross. Join us as we experience the trial of

Jesus, His journey through the streets of

Jerusalem, and His final moments on the cross.



Feast of St Joseph Brunch

Saturday, March 19, 2005


Everyone is welcome to come and

celebrate our parish feast day. Please fill out

and return to rectory as soon as possible.


Number of People_________



Stations of the Cross



7:30 PM




Touching the lives of many

through diocesan and parish

ministries and services

Catholic Charities is the largest

beneficiary of the Catholic

Ministries Appeal now underway in

our parishes. Last year Catholic

Charities served over 80,000

people, including the homeless,

those with HIV/AIDS, seniors with

disabilities, single mothers, those

struggling with mental illness,

families without health insurance

and the marginalized.

To fully appreciate the vital work in

which Catholic Charities engages,

we need to examine how individual

lives have been changed. Joan (not

her real name) is a 56-year-old

woman suffering from a mild

mental retardation. While still a

young girl, she lost both of her

parents and was forced to enter a

Suffolk County facility for people

with disabilities. While at the

center, Joan showed she could be

very productive in a number of

different jobs and it was clear that

she had the potential to live more


She moved to the Catholic

Charities’ Christopher Residence

located in Valley Stream, a more

home-like environment. She

continued to work and she was

known to be exacting, diligent and

well adjusted, although fairly shy.

Some years later, Joan chose to

move to another Catholic Charities

site in Southold, where she could be

even more independent.

She’s there today, holding down a

job and living a high quality life,

with a great deal of freedom, not so

very different from that of most

Long Island parishioners.

Now, Joan’s story could have

turned out quite differently. After

all, what happens to a young,

developmentally disabled woman

who loses her family? Does she end

up in a cold, impersonal institution?

Is she taken advantage of and

mistreated? Does she become

homeless, hopeless and forgotten?

Our Church responds to those in

need. The Church says she comes

home, and the place Joan calls

home was built and is sustained by

the generosity of our parishioners.

Each year the challenges facing

Catholic Charities grow.

Recognizing these increased needs,

the 2005 Appeal allocation to

Catholic Charities has been

increased. Please give as generously

as you can to the Appeal. More than

ever before, your support will help

people and families in need in our


© Copyright 2004

The Long Island Catholic

Catholic Ministries Appeal 2005

St Joseph R C Church, Ronkonkoma, NY

Diocese of Rockville Centre

PO Box 4000, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-4000

516 379-5210 ext 2 Fax 516 379-5043 email:

Pledge: $ _________ Initial Payment: $ ________ Balance: $ _______

Thank you for your support. Please make checks payable to: Catholic Ministries Appeal


Address: ____________________________________________________

City_____________________________ State____ Zip __________

This form can be returned to St Joseph Rectory or put in an envelope and placed

in the Sunday collection. We thank you for your support.

A Guide to Giving

Pledge 10 Payments

$ 300 $ 30

500 50

1,000 100

1,500 150

2,500 250








7PM - 11PM













I/we would like to register as members of St. Joseph Parish.

NAME(s): ____________________________________________

ADDRESS:__________________________________ _________

PHONE: _______ - _____________ unlisted? (Yes) (No)

I/we would like become members of the parish. ( ) Yes

I/we would like to receive contribution envelopes. ( ) Yes ( )No

We make our donations each Sunday ( ) Weekly

We make our donations once a Month ( ) Monthly

..(..).I would like to become an usher

( ) I would like to become a lector.

( ) I would like to become an altar server.

( ) I would like to become a Eucharistic Minister.

( ) I would like to become a choir member

( ) I would like to become a Catechist

( ) I would like to help maintain the parish plantings

( ) I would like to offer my following talents to the parish

(Please return to the Church Office or place in Collection Basket)




I/we wish to pledge (or increase our pledge to)

___ $5,000 ___ $4,000 ___ $3,000 ___ $2,000 ___ $1,000

to St. Joseph’s Parish Restoration Campaign.

I/we would like to make payments

___Annually ___Semi-Annually ___Quarterly ___ Monthly

spreading the payments over

___One year ___ Two years ___ Three years ___ Four years

NAME (s): ________________________________________



PHONE: ______ - _________


(Please return this form in the collection basket or

to the Church Office)




Please include the following in the bulletin sick list:


Name of person who is ill:

_____________________________ ____________________

Person making this request: Relationship to ill person

Your Phone #: _____________________

(Please place in collection basket or return to Church Office)



One Person’s Trash, Another’s ...

BOX TOPS from cereals for Educational purposes are always

welcomed. Please drop them in the collection.

DEPOSIT BOTTLES AND CANS—Please place them in the

white trailer that is located on the school side of the Church on

weekends or behind the rectory during the week.

CELL PHONES—Please bring your no longer used or needed

cell phones and deposit them at the Scrip table in the Church




Travel Soccer:

Gene ��467-0541

Intramural Soccer:

Beth ��737-6299


Karen ��588-8636

Chairman: Henry


Gene ��588-1879

Girls Basketball:

Christine ��737-3142

Boys Basketball:

Frank ��585-6921

Melchiona ��467-6091

Sport for all Seasons





Cub Scout Pack 272

Boy Scout Troop 272

St. Joseph’s Cub Scout Pack 272 and Boy Scout Troop 272

have fun, exciting, educational, character building programs

for boys, age 7 through 17 (first grade and up).

For more information or to enroll your child,

contact Dr. Louis Scotti at 656-8428

or e-mail



Even Used Inkjet Cartridges,

Have Their Uses

We have found a way to help St Joseph and keep those

complicated pieces of plastic, metal and printed circuit

boards out of the land fill. Drop them off (in a plastic

baggie) when you come to mass. We will send them to a

company who reuses them and gives the parish a bounty for

each. One note, to clear confusion, if it is larger than a fist,

it is not an inkjet cartridge!!!