Sunday, March 20, Palm Sunday
7:00 For the People of the Parish
7:00 Francis McCarthy requested
by Gerard Amato
9:00 Elizabeth J Magee requested by Dcn & Mrs M DeBellis
9:00 Stanley Kwiathouski requested by His Loving Family
10:30 Ann Gregory requested by Les
10:30 Diana L Ferrara requested by Eugenia
12:00 Deacon Arnold Quaranta requested by
Loving Son & Family
12:00 Phyllis Latona requested by Barbara & Joseph Uddo
5:00 Mark Kurnatowski requested by Loving Family
5:00 Donald Nelson requested by The Dunphy Family
Monday, March 21
7:00 John Proscia requested by Patti Wilson
9:00 Szynaka & Regan Families requested by Loving Family
9:00 Thomas Charles requested by Joe Compitello
12:10 Anthony Prestigiacomo requested by
The Paduano Family
Tuesday, March 22
7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant
8:45 Antoinette Surusco requested by Geri & Mike Devenney
8:45 John Buckley Jr requested by Geri & Mike Devenney
12:10 Hannah Twombly requested by Georgann & Tom
Wednesday, March 23
7:00 Joseph R Saporito requested by Loving Wife
7:00 Anna Rampulla requested by the Hughes Family
9:00 Andrew Napolitano requested by
Loving Daughter & Family
9:00 Henry C King requested by Joe Compitello
12:10 Rev Raymond Nugent requested by
Agnes Ludwigson & Cathy Szynaka
Thursday, March 24, Holy Thursday
9:00 Morning Prayer
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Friday, March 25, Good Friday
9:00 Morning Prayer
12:00 Reflection on Seven Last Words of Jesus
3:00 Liturgy of the Passion
7:30 Stations & Veneration of the Cross
Saturday. March 26, Holy Saturday
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:30 Blessing of Easter Food
Anticipated Mass for Easter Sunday
7:30 PM Easter Vigil Mass
Sunday, March 27, Easter Sunday
All Masses said For the People of the Parish
11:00 Carew Hall
12:30 Carew Hall
**** No 5:00 PM Mass ****
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.
REMEMBER OUR DEAD
Rose O’Brien, Mary Ellen Finn, Thomas McLaughlin,
our deceased soldiers and all of our deceased relatives and
REMEMBER OUR SICK
For this week, please pray for the sick, especially:
Michael Ambrosio Robert Barello Maureen Berdon
Anthony Bock Oliver Bouchard Robert Cipriani
Emmanuel Coby Regina T Cohen Josephine D''Agostino
Allan Delgardo Anna Dorney Kristine Duschenchuk
Maggie Errico Robert Filce Catherine Gracey
Andrea Griffin William J Guthrie III Raymond Harold
Mary Hayes Gail Karcher Jack Kelleher
Georgiana Lopez John McGarry Juliana McLarney
Maureen Melchiona Rita Meehan Timothy M Nigro
Edward Percesepe Grace C Peshkur Joseph Poirot
Nicole Ramaglia Marco Recine Joan Reilly
Thomas Rigney Jr Frances Romagnuolo Salvatore Romagnuolo
Barbara Rooney Rose Russo Joyce Ryan
Leticia Schilt Marie Schwind Lori Slack
Antonina Sturiano 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 Palm Sunday Easter Sunday
5:00 pm Fr Thomas 7:30 pm Fr Maffeo
7:00 am Fr Thomas 7:00 am Fr Thomas
9:00 am Fr Boyle 9:00 am Fr Butler
10:30 am Fr Maffeo 10:30 am Msgr Boccafola
11:00 am (Down) Fr Maffeo
12:00 pm Fr Maffeo 12:00 pm Fr Butler
5:00 pm Fr Butler 12:30 pm (Down) Fr Boyle
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ALTAR BREAD & WINE
The gifts offered at our Masses this
Are Donated in the Memory of
Deacon Arnold Quaranta
Isaiah tells of the suffering servant who faithfully endures
persecution although he is innocent. Paul describes the self
giving love of Jesus as He empties Himself in obedience to
His Father. Each scene in the passion narrative shows us a
glimpse of the sacrificial love the Savior has for us. His love
overcame even denial and infidelity.
FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIKE
“Hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the
highest.” Jesus enters into Jerusalem on this Palm Sunday of The Lord’s Passion, as today, and this
Friday, we remember the last days of Jesus’ Earthly life. We will share in His Agony in The
Garden, being betrayed by one of His own, and the trials before the Sanhedrin and Pilate. We will
remember and even take the part of the crowd who calls out not to free the innocent carpenter from
Nazareth, but for the criminal Barabbas. We will also kneel before the Cross of Jesus (the Tree of
Life) and contemplate all He has done for us, and we will leave the Church in profound sorrow.
Yet, we will not leave in despair or hopelessness like the crowd who witnessed these events
2000 years ago. For we know that we will return next Sunday not only shouting hosannas, but also
that Jesus Christ has Risen Today! This is the Holiest Week of the Church’s year, and it is made so,
by what and how we remember. In this week, we will recall Holy Thursday and the sacraments of
Eucharist and Priesthood. We will remember His 7 Last Words, and in the Liturgy of His Passion
on Good Friday, we will remember His saving death.
Holy Saturday will find us blessing the new fire and the new water. We will celebrate with those
who are coming into the Church through the RCIA and remember our own Baptism. We will
celebrate the triumph over death and darkness. Our Lenten journey will come to an end, but our
Easter journey will be just beginning and we will be sanctified anew, and then we will shout from
the rooftops (oh, we will have to wait till next week, sorry)….
Please consult the bulletin for the schedule of services and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
during this week. Please remember that we have added two Masses on Easter Sunday that will be
celebrated in Carew Hall. The times of these masses are: 11AM & 12:30 PM. Also, please keep in
mind that the Easter Collection is one of the most important collections taken up in the course of the
year. Through your great generosity, the parish will be able to do much in serving the Gospel and
our brothers and sisters in Christ. Please be as generous as your means will allow.
Do all that you can, and allow God to do all that He can for you during this most holy of weeks.
Let us pray; Almighty Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you sent your
Son to be born of woman and to die on a cross, so that through the
obedience of one man, estrangement might be dissolved for all. Guide
our minds by His truth and strengthen our lives by the example of His
death that we may live in union with you in the kingdom of your
promise. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Sunday, March 20, 2005 Page 3
The Lord God has given me a well
trained tongue, that I may know how to
speak to the weary a word that will rouse
them, says Isaiah in today’s first reading.
The gifts God has given us are likewise
given for the good of others. How am I
using my gifts?
Weekly Operating Expenses $ 21,250
713 envelopes 14,344
Loose collection 2,637
Total Last Sunday $16,981
Same Collection Last Year 17,393
Poor Box last weekend $267
Bishops Overseas Appeal Collection $1,416
Same Collection Last Year 1,807
Fuel collection 3/13/05 $ 960
Fuel collection to date 9,321
Fuel expenses 9/1/04 - 3/7/05 $19,738
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.
Fienstein Matching Grant - This foundation will match
all donations made to the Outreach Program during the
months of March and April. This is a great way to make
your contribution dollar go farther. The need is great but
the supply is low.
PREGNANCY CRISIS HOTLINE - We are here to help
you. Please call 981-6888.
Banns of Marriage
D’Anna Eads and
Keith McNamara both of St Joseph’s
Jennifer Shockley and
Thomas Kehoe both of St Joseph’s
Jessica Rodriguez and
Carl J DiLallo both of St Joseph’s
Melissa Wade and
William Walker both of St Joseph’s
Stacy A McAllister of OLPH, Lindenhurst and
Paul A Manfre Jr. of St Joseph’s
Amy Brown of St Anthony of Padua, East Northport and
Joseph Giommetti of St Joseph’s
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 are now over for the 2004/2005 calendar year.
Registration forms for the 2005/06 year were given out
to the parents last week during class time. If for any
reason you did not receive them, please call our office.
Thank you to the Catechists and parents who came to
assist at the Temple. A thank you to Rabbi Nebel and her
A great big thank you to the Catechists and parents
who shopped, cooked and set up for the Video/Seder
presentation. Our students and all who attended enjoyed
and learned a great deal about our religious roots.
Do you know that St Joseph’s has a Sunday School?
It takes place at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning and
registration is now being accepted for next year, please
call the Religious Ed office for forms at 981-1805.
Entertainment Books are on sale in the Religious
Ed Office and the Rectory at a cost of only $18. WOW!
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SAY A PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS
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
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
SSG Stephen LeGrady Maj Kevin McCue
GM2 Gerard McGarity PFC Edward McGinn
SGT Patrick McNally PFC William Meyer
Andy Mezador SGT Daniel Montville
SSGT Brian Moran 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 ENS3 Lucy Padro
PFC Christopher Reid SGT Edwin Rivera, II
SSGT Jason Schiavo RCT Brian Schildt
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)
China is Reversing Its Policy ….....Just days after the
Chinese government announced plans to provide
financial incentives to families who have newborn girls,
officials with East China’s Zhejiang province have
announced that it will strictly enforce a ban on all
abortions done to control the gender of the baby.
China’s one child population control program of forced
abortions and sterilizations has caused an epidemic of
families seeking to give birth to a baby boy. Faced with a
future where the predominately male population will
have few females to marry and sensing that this
dangerous trend needs to be reversed, national
government officials are instituting a new program
PAYING couples to have female babies! Families with
girls will be offered free schooling and better housing.
They will also be given preferential treatment in welfare
allowances and employment. This is good news.
LifeNews.com 8/17/04 St. Kilian Respect Life 11/07/04
The St Regis Columbiettes will be sponsoring a Chinese
April 1 in the St Joseph School
Auditorium. The doors will open at
6:30PM and admission is $5.00 which
includes 25 tickets. Extra cards can be
purchased for $1.00. Coffee and cake
will be served. For more information
please call 585-1719.
Come and help to decorate our beautiful church for
Easter! Everyone is welcome to join us on
Saturday March 26 in the Church lobby
starting at 9:30 A.M. Remember - God
doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the
St Joseph’s School is accepting enrollment for the
2005-2006 school year. There are opening from Pre-K thru
8th grade. Please call the school at 588-4760 for more
Our boys and their moms are enjoying time together at
Sports Plus this weekend. We look forward to all the
details in next weeks bulletin.
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Mark Your Calendars
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
April 1 First Friday 7:30PM Holy Hour
April 3 Divine Mercy Sunday 3PM Holy Hour
April 3 Fr Dineros 50th Anniversary Mass
12 Noon Reception to Follow
April 10 Unity Sunday
April 30 Healing Retreat 12:45-8:30PM
DAY of RECOLLECTION
Saturday, April 2nd, 2005 9 AM - 2 PM.
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington,NY
Cost: $25 per woman
Our day of reflection, prayer and fellowship will be led by
Lee Descoteaux, our own in-residence seminarian. The
program will include a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. in
the refectory, a presentation by Lee in McKenna Lounge,
time for reflection/tour of the seminary, lunch and Mass.
Send your check (deadline March 25) payable to Catholic
Daughters Court 375 to: Regina Brown, 15 Wincoma Dr.
Huntington, NY 11743.
Directions to seminary: From 25A/Main Street,
Huntington, to West Neck Road. (driving West, it will be
a right-hand turn.) Proceed north for 3 miles. Turn right
into first seminary driveway you see marked “students”.
Park in back and enter through Visitors’ Entrance. Follow
Call 631-423-0483 ext. 140 (w) or 631-424-6090 (h).
Sponsored by Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court
375 and St. Joseph’s Court, 975.
A Healing Retreat with Rev Bill Halbing
will be held here on Saturday, April 30
from 12:45 to 8:30 PM. This power
packed retreat consists of liturgy, confession, praise and
worship, witnessing, workshops, teachings and a healing
service! Registration is only $10 and includes
refreshments and dinner. Seating is limited, so register
early. The retreat is sponsored by Servants of the Lord
For more information please contact Max & Fler at
585-4828 or Benny & Thelma at 754-7660.
Welcome to the Newest Member of Our Parish Family
Robert Thomas Page
Penance/ Reconciliation/ Confessions:
After 7:00 & 9:00 Mass Monday, March 21 Diocesan Day of Reconciliation
4:00 to 5:00 PM
7:00 to 8:30 PM
After 7:00 & 9:00 Mass Wednesday, March 23
10:00 to 12 Noon Holy Saturday (for those unable to attend other services)
9:00AM Morning Prayer
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Solemn Procession
with the Blessed Sacrament to the Repository
11:00 PM Closing of Repository
9:00AM Morning Prayer
12:00 to 1:00 PM Reflections of the Seven Last Words
3:00 PM Commemoration of the Passion and Death Of the Lord Jesus
(Holy Communion distributed)
7:30 PM Stations of the Cross followed by Sermon & Veneration of the Cross
9:00 AM Morning Prayer
9:30 AM Blessing of Easter Food (in the Church)
7:30 PM Easter Vigil Liturgy (with Reception & Adult Baptism) 2 hrs.
Masses in the Church at 7:00, 9:00, 10:30 and 12:00 Noon
Masses in Carew Hall at 11:00 and 12:30
****There is no 5PM Mass on Easter Sunday****
In the remote southwestern area
of the Dominican Republic,
there are two Catholic parishes
staffed by volunteers from the
Diocese of Rockville Centre.
The first is San Pedro Apostol
in El Cercado and the second is
Nuestra Señora de Fatima in
In 1979, following a request for
assistance from the late Bishop
Ronald Connors San Juan de la
Maguaña in the Dominican
Republic, leaders from the
Diocese of Rockville Centre
traveled there. Our diocesan
officials witnessed first-hand
that these parishes were in dire
need as the people were
starving and had little chance of
improving their situation.
Because our leadership felt it
was important to share our
resources with the poorest of
the poor, volunteers from our
diocese were asked to help, and
so our formal commitment to
these two parishes began.
Today, 25 years later, we
remain committed to assisting
the people of this struggling
area. Currently, Msgr. John
Cervini and Sisters of St.
Joseph Jane Reilly and Babs
Barry of our diocese are
voluntarily serving full-time
there at the parishes and at a
hospital hospitality house in
Santo Domingo. Their service
in helping the impoverished
people of this land is an
example for all of us to follow,
and one which we recognize
with profound gratitude.
Our main objective has been to
improve the quality of life for
the people of this area. Every
year, different groups from our
diocese also sponsor trips to the
two parishes. Lay and ordained
volunteers deliver food,
medicine and necessary
supplies. Our volunteers also
visit the poor, help with
Baptisms and provide necessary
assistance to the needy
residents. Frequently upon
returning from the journey, our
volunteers will share their
experiences with other
parishioners, which often
prompts other professionals to
travel to the Dominican
Republic and offer their
services free of charge.
Your gift to the Catholic
Ministries Appeal helps fund
this mission project of our
diocese and enables this most
important work to continue. We
help with such endeavors
because we, as Catholics, are
called upon to support the
universal Church, especially
those who are unable to help
© Copyright 2003 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: email@example.com
Pledge: $ _________ Initial Payment: $ ________ Balance: $ _______
Thank you for your support. Please make checks payable to: Catholic Ministries Appeal
City_____________________________ State____ Zip __________
A Guide to Giving
Pledge 10 Payments
$ 300 $ 30
Catholic Ministries Appeal 2005
St. Joseph’s Home School Association
11th Annual Spring Fashion Show
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
7PM - 11PM
At Villa Lombardi’s
877 Main Street
$50. Per ticket - Includes salad, dinner, dessert, coffee/tea, beer/wine/soda
Chinese Auction Give-A-Ways 50/50 Cash Prize Raffles
Tickets can be ordered by filling out the form in the Church Lobby by April 13,2005
Catch the Wave
…..And a Chance to Win
Annual Fashion Show Raffle - April 20,2005
To Benefit St. Joseph’s School
47” Panasonic TV or
$1500 Tuition Credit at St. Joseph’s School
A Night on the Town: Dinner for Two
Tickets to a Show at the Smithtown Arts Council
Overnight Stay at the Holiday Inn Express
Zenith Home Theater System
Donation: $25 Return this form with your payment to the Rectory by April 18, 2005 or
stop by our table after Sunday Mass. Tickets will also be available at the Fashion Show.
I want to catch the wave…
__________________________________ Number of Tickets___ X $25 = _______Enclosed
Food for Thought
Disciplines of True Fasting - True fasting can also be a time of feasting. Fasting can be a time when you
could: FAST from judging others; FEAST on Christ dwelling in them.
FAST from emphasis on differences; FEAST on the unity of all life.
FAST from apparent darkness; FEAST on the reality of all life.
FAST from thoughts of illness; FEAST on the healing power of God.
FAST from words that pollute; FEAST on phrases that purify.
FAST from discontent, FEAST on gratitude
FAST from anger, FEAST on Patience
FAST from pessimism; FEAST on optimism.
FAST from worry, FEAST on God’s providence.
FAST from complaining, FEAST on appreciation.
FAST from negatives, FEAST on affirmatives.
FAST from unrelenting pressures, FEAST on unceasing prayer.
FAST from hostility, FEAST on nonresistance.
FAST from bitterness, FEAST on forgiveness.
FAST from self-concern, FEAST on compassion for others.
FAST from personal anxiety, FEAST on eternal truth.
FAST from discouragement, FEAST on hope.
FAST from facts that depress, FEAST on verities that uplift.
FAST from lethargy, FEAST on enthusiasm.
FAST from suspicion, FEAST on truth.
FAST from thoughts that weaken, FEAST on promises that inspire.
FAST from shadows of sorrow, FEAST on the sunlight of serenity.
FAST from idle gossip, FEAST on purposeful silence.
FAST from problems that overwhelm, FEAST on prayer that sustains.
Concert - Rachel Barton Pine, world renowned classical violinist, will be give a rare Long Island concert at
Our Lady of Lourdes Church in West Islip, on Friday, April 1 at 8 PM. The concert will benefit OLL’s Sister
Parish in Esquipulas, El Salvador. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students under 16. For more
information call Our Lady of Lourdes Rectory at 662-3224.
International Luncheon will take place on April 17th from 1 - 5 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall on
Pond Rd in Ronkonkoma. The cost of $12.50 pp includes prizes and entertainment. For tickets call Karen at
Everything You Wanted to Know About Annulments information meeting will be held at
St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip on Wednesday, April 13th from 8-10 PM. For registration call
516-678-5800 ext 508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The young men and women of Boy Scout Venturing Crew 777 are hosting a spaghetti dinner on April 9th at 6PM in
Carew Hall. Tickets are $6 per person and the proceeds they earn will go toward a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch, New
Mexico for a High Adventure Trek. Enjoy a “full-filling” dinner for not so much money and help the scouts. There will
also be a Chinese Auction taking place during the dinner. Please join us!
PARISHIONER REQUEST FORM
I/we would like to register as members of St. Joseph Parish.
NAME (s): ____________________________________________
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)
PARISH RESTORATION FUND
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: ______ - _________
AMOUNT ENCLOSED NOW: $ ________
(Please return this form in the collection basket or
to the Church Office)
REMEMBERING THE SICK
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
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 JoinScouting@StJoRonk.org.
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!!!