In the first reading, Peter testifies that Jesus is both God and
Messiah. Peter calls the people to “repent and be baptized.”
In the second, Peter likens patience in suffering to the
suffering of Jesus. In the Gospel, Jesus names Himself the
Sheep Gate. Those who enter through Jesus will be saved,
find pasture, and have abundant life.
ALTAR BREAD & WINE
No Arrangements were
made for this week. If you would
like to have your loved one
remembered in this way
please contact the rectory.
REMEMBER OUR DEAD
Charles M Maddi, our deceased soldiers and all of our deceased
relatives and friends.
REMEMBER OUR SICK
For this week, please pray for the sick, especially:
Michael Ambrosio Maureen Barden Robert Barello
Anthony Bock Mary Ellen Bowers Robert Cipriani
Emmanuel Coby Regina T Cohen Josephine D''Agostino
Allan Delgardo Anna Dorney Kristine Duschenchuk
Maggie Errico Julie Ann Farkas Catherine Gracey
Mary Hayes Gail Karcher Jack Kelleher
Rita Meehan Maureen Melchiona Betty Mulligan
Timothy M Nigro Grace C Peshkur Joseph C. Poirot
Marco Recine Joan Reilly Frances Romagnuolo
Salvatore Romagnuolo Barbara Rooney Rose Russo
Joyce Ryan Jeanette Schaffer Marie Schwind
Lori Slack Linda Stoltz Antonina Sturiano
Peter Tantone Joan Teaney Edward Tedla
Veronica Thatch Stacie Tizzard Stephen Walsh
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 Butler 5:00 pm Fr Boyle
7:00 am Fr Butler 7:00 am Fr Boyle
9:00 am Fr Boyle 9:00 am Fr Maffeo
10:30 am Fr Maffeo 10:30 am Fr Thomas
12:00 pm Fr Thomas 12:00 pm Fr Butler
5:00 pm Fr Maffeo 5:00 pm Fr Thomas
Sunday, April 17, Fourth Sunday of Easter
7:00 Josephine Valente requested by
Mr & Mrs R DeSane
7:00 Theresa Braczwk requested by
Mr & Mrs Victor San Filippo
9:00 Ann Gregory requested by Les
9:00 Kenny & McQuillan Families requested by Claire & Jim
10:30 Joseph Papa requested by Corinne Barde
10:30 Mary Tempesta & Ann Dennis requested by Claire & Jim
12:00 For the People of the Parish
12:00 Carmen Ortiz requested by Gaspare & Lee Saracino
5:00 Andrew Lawrence requested by Carolyn Grupe
5:00 Margaret McHale (living) requested by Katie Spelman
Monday, April 18
7:00 Margaret McCullagh requested by
Margaret & Chris Marshall
9:00 Edward Kelly requested by Lisa & Jerry O’Mara
9:00 Nancy Odierno requested by The Paduano Family
Tuesday, April 19
7:00 Intentions for the Homeless requested by Rosie Rivo
8:45 Lisa Ann Randazzo requested by The Skidmore Family
8:45 Robert G Cipriani requested by Mr & Mrs Caracciolo
Wednesday, April 20
7:00 Robert Ortiz requested by Loving Family
9:00 Eugene Schaaf requested by Ann Planken
9:00 John Zacharczyk requested by Joan Marino
Thursday, April 21, St Anselm
7:00 Marie McDonnell requested by Fr Michael Boyle
9:00 Jim Simon requested by Eileen Panitz
9:00 Jeane Voight requested by Joe Licata & Family
Friday, April 22
7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant
9:00 Paul Bongiorno requested by Loving Wife
9:00 Nelle Snediker requested by Mr & Mrs Anthony Mattace
Saturday, April 23, St George
8:00 Anna Arpino requested by Bridget & Vincent Corrado
8:00 Thomas Rigney Jr requested by Russo &Turner Families
Anticipated Mass for Sunday
5:00 Sally & Paul Cordasci requested by The DiSalvo Family
5:00 Margaret Lencek requested by The DiSalvo Family
Sunday, April 24, Fifth Sunday of Easter
7:00 Theodore Schaller requested by Michele & Peter Karika
7:00 Rosalie Caiafa requested by Mr & Mrs Victor SanFilippo
9:00 Cecilia Goncalves requested by
Mr & Mrs Domingos Lopes
9:00 Deceased Members of the St Regis Knights of Columbus
10:30 For Our First Communicants
10:30 Stella Sagan requested by The McMurray Family
10:30 Segondeno Salanga requested by
Mr & Mrs Bernaldo Gamboa
12:00 Agnes Kelly requested by Mr & Mrs Maffeo
12:00 Neil Ing requested by The Kitterle Family
5:00 Alice McNulty requested by Kathleen Sanbuco
5:00 For the People of the Parish
I F 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.
FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIKE
“So Jesus said again, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, I am
the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are
thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to
them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will
be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter, and destroy; I
came so that they might have life and have it more
With these words from today’s gospel on this “Good
Shepherd Sunday”, we are told in another way Jesus’
mission to the world and the special role He plays in our
salvation. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who leads his flock
to green pastures, and the only way He can do this is if we
listen to His voice! As Jesus tells his audience, many false
shepherds have come before Him, but the sheep refused to
listen because they knew they were not speaking the truth.
Jesus is the truth and the way and (as He tells us today) the
Gate we must pass through if we are to obtain true life.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd who promises us that He will
never leave us and that He will continue to Shepherd His
flock until the end of time. How? Through the people He
calls through the voice and power of the Holy Spirit-who
He and the Father send upon the Church at Pentecost and
everyday since! On Holy Thursday Evening, we celebrated
the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. During that Mass, we
commemorated Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist and the
institution of the Sacrament of Holy Orders-as Jesus
called the First Bishops of the Church to celebrate the
Eucharist in memory of Him. As the Apostles were
ordered and commissioned to carry on the Saving Mission
of Christ, so too they passed it on to their successors, and
this continues on in the Church right up to this day.
While we are still sad over the death of our great
shepherd Pope John Paul II, we must continue to follow
the example he gave us making Jesus the center and focus
of our lives. We must continue on as we remember the
wonderful promise Christ made us that He would guide His
Church (flock) until He returns. Tomorrow the Cardinals
will gather in the Conclave to ask the Holy Spirit to guide
them in electing a new successor to St. Peter. We must
keep them in our prayers so that they will truly be open to
the voice of the Good Shepherd and choose the right
person. However, we must not just pray for the Cardinals,
no we must also pray for vocations to every ministry in the
Church, especially Ordained Ministry (Priests and
Deacons) and Religious Life (Religious Sisters and
Brothers). This day has also been declared World Day of
prayer for Vocations. Fostering Vocations to Ordained
Ministry and the Religious Life is the job of every Catholic,
and we at St. Joseph’s have never walked away from this
great responsibility. We have welcomed countless
Seminarians to our parish both as Transitional Deacons or
as Pastoral Year Students-currently we have welcomed and
have been blessed by the presence of Mr. Lee Descoteaux and
before him the now Fathers Robert Klein and Richard
Henning (now one of Lee’s professors at the Seminary).
Many vocations have come from our parish, the most
recent being Fr. Walter Kedjierski. At the present time,
there are several people considering vocations to the
Priesthood, the Deaconate, and Religious Life-please
keep them in your prayers. As you can see we have much
to be proud of, but we cannot become complacent, and we
must continue to work and pray for vocations. We should
not be afraid to approach a person we believe has a
vocation and ask them if they have ever thought of being
a Priest, Deacon or Religious Sister or Brother.
Sometimes all it takes is for someone to ask the question.
Who knows, you can be the very instrument that God is
going to use to call that person to greater service to the
Church. We must do all that we can to foster vocations in
our own families, and if you think that it’s such a strange
and different life-don’t. It is no more difficult or harder
than any other walk in life. Just ask any one who is in
this life, and they will tell you they would not have it any
other way. For me it is a great life and I thank God every
day for this wonderful gift of Priesthood. So pray, look
and ask, because if you don’t there will be no one to
minister the sacraments, or carry on the very special and
necessary ministries of the Church performed by
Ordained Ministers and the Religious.
We would like to congratulate Catherine Carroll,
Anthony J. DiGregorio and Alexandra Gerretz for
being named Finalist in this year’s Respect Life Contest-
Made In His Image. Catherine is a Finalist for Poetry I,
Anthony is a Finalist for Essay I and Alexandra is a
Finalist for Bookmark Design I. We are all so very proud
of you, and thank you for the wonderful example and
Christian Leadership you have shown us all. They were
honored in a Respect Life Youth Celebration held this
past Thursday April 14th at St. Joseph’s College in
Patchogue; Bishop Emil Wcela was the presider.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are
reminded about the special evening of prayer and workshopping
to be held on Tuesday Night April 26th at 8PM
in the Church. All EMHC’s are asked to attend this
meeting so we can be renewed and keep up with current
practices in the Sacred Liturgy. Lectors and Ushers will
be having a similar Night of Prayer and Work-Shopping
on Tuesday Night May 3rd at 8PM in the Church.
Likewise we are in need of more people to participate in
the Ministry of Ushers-especially at the 12 Noon Sunday
Mass. If you can serve the Community in this way,
please call the Rectory.
God bless you in all you do for St, Joseph’s and please
pray for Vocations.
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 Glenn Miller
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 MAJ Paul E Pinaud
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)
Office hours are Monday 9 am to 4 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm
Office is closed on Friday
The Office will be closed on Monday April 25th.
Registration If you did not pick up your forms, please
stop into the office for them. Any child entering first
grade in September should be registered for level 1 which
is the first year of the two year communion prep.
Level 2 April 23rd –10:30 Communion rehearsal - April
19 at 6:45 p.m. April 23 - 1:00 Communion rehearsal -
April 20 at 6:45 p.m.
Level 1 Parents please make arrangements to go to the
Rectory to have your child’s prayers heard with one of
our priests by May 31st. All Level 1 books should be
returned by May 1st.
Do you know St Joseph has a Sunday School program. It
takes place at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays. Registration is now
being accepted for this program. Please call the Religious
Ed office for forms at 981-1805.
Mark your calendar St Joseph’s will once again be having
a Summer Vacation Bible school from July 25 –29 for
ages 4 through 9. More information to come.
Entertainment Books are on sale in the Religious
Ed Office and the Rectory at a cost of only $18. WOW!
Jesus says, “I came that they may have
life, and have it more abundantly.” Good
stewards are grateful for the gift of life
and live it more abundantly through the
sharing of God’s gifts for the good of
W eekly Offering
Weekly Operating Expenses $ 21,250
759 envelopes 14,430
Loose collection 2,513
Total Last Sunday $16,943
Sunday After Easter 2004 15,933
Total Easter Sunday to date $48,100
Same Collection Last Year 46,850
Poor Box last weekend $296
Fuel collection to date $11,786
Fuel expenses 9/1/04 - 4/1/05 26,033
For the month of March we serviced 209 clients.
Financial assistance amounted to $2,881. There were 15
new clients added and total services and referrals
provided were 453. This included food, living needs,
Health Care information, advocacy and housing. Your
continued support of the Outreach Program makes all of
this possible. Thank you.
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.
We are very proud of Theresa Dell’Aglio, a graduate of
St Joseph’s, who recently achieved the Honor Roll at
Kellenberg Memorial High School. Congratulations
Raffle tickets are still available for the Fashion Show on
Wednesday, April 20 - Catch the Wave - to wonderful
prizes and at the same time support our beloved school.
Please see representatives after Mass in the lobby.
Welcome to the Newest Member of Our Parish Family
Craig Daniel Berkhan, Jr
Dominic Charles Chiarovano
Hannah Grace Majeski
Brendan Louis Hesse
Leah Sara Naccarato
Emily Renee O’Connor
Connor Ryan O’Hehir
Kenzi Mena Sorensen
QUESTION & ANSWER
(from Life News, April 2005)
Is there a website that teens could reference
regarding abortion? YES! And here it is:
www.TeenBreaks.com. Because it is a sobering
fact that the United States has the highest teen
pregnancy rate among developed countries and that almost
50% end in abortion, the sponsor of this website, the Rosetta
Foundation, is committed to outbidding the abortion sites and
clinics to have TeenBreaks.com appear in one of the top three
slots for the keyword, abortion.
The web page is very well done with nice photos of
teenagers and a generally enticing presentation. The viewer is
offered a sidebar menu choice of the following main topics:
>Girls who aborted tell their own stories about why they chose
abortion, what the abortion was like, and how they feel now.
>What is abortion? If you choose to do this, learn about the
different types of abortion procedures.
>Abortion doctors speak about their reasons for performing
abortions, and what it’s like to have an abortion practice.
>Abortion complications – Girls – outlines the immediate and
long-term complications specific to teen abortions.
>Abortion complications – Guys – discusses the immediate and
long-term impact of abortion on teen fathers.
> Abortion survivors tell their personal stories of how they
were aborted and lived to talk about it!
Sample message to your NYS Senator and Assembly Member
regarding the Human Cloning Prohibition Act S.2400/A.4855, as
mentioned last week here:
Dear Senator/Assembly Member: I urge you to sponsor and actively
support the Human Cloning Prohibition Act S.2400/A.4855. Help
those suffering from disease by supporting ADULT stem cell
research, which has resulted in hundreds of cures and does not require
the destruction of human life. It is important that you oppose funding
of embryonic stem cell research called for in Senator Spano’s bill and
in Senator Krueger’s bill S.433 which are truly “clone and kill”
bills exploiting women and diverting funds from proven life saving
adult and cord stem cell research. Please reply.
NYS Senate/Assembly NYS Bill Status Hotline
Albany, NY/Albany, NY 1-800-342-9860
Banns of Marriage
Daeleen Nieves of Good Shepherd, Holbrook and
Paul Latasso of St Joseph’s
Carolyn Minker of St Patrick’s Smithtown and
James P Domiano of St Joseph’s
Kathrine E Poio and
Timothy J Gardner both of St Joseph’s
Lorrene Johnston of St.James, NY and
Scott Delamater of St Joseph’s
Nicole Adams of Our Lady of Grace,W Babylon and
Nicholas Crumlich of St Joseph’s
Corinne A Gilberti and
Christopher T Hofmann both of St Joseph’s
Debra June Poska of St Joseph’s and
Eugene R Magee Jr of Holy Family, Hicksville
Dorene S Jakubowski of St Joseph’s and
Benjamin E Gallup of Rocky Point, NY
We are in the process of ordering matching
stoles for our vestments. The cost of the
stoles are $250 each and can be
memorialized for your loved ones.
If you are interested in a memorial of this
kind please contact the rectory at 588-8456
for more information.
CYO families please set aside Saturday, May 7th at 5:00
to celebrate, as a family, the Eucharist. Athletes please
wear a CYO jersey. Look for more details next week.
The St Regis Squires will be holding a Pancake Breakfast
Fundraiser at St Regis Knights of Columbus Council on
Sunday, April 24th after the 9 am and 10:30 am masses. $7 for
adults and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12. All are
welcome to attend.
Mark Your Calendars
April 20 School Fashion Show
April 26 Extraordinary Ministers of
Evening of Prayer & Workshop 8PM
April 30 Healing Retreat 12:45-8:30PM
Healing Mass 6:15 PM
May 3 Ushers & Lectors Evening of
Prayer & Workshop 8PM
May 7 CYO Remembrance Mass 5PM
May 8 Crowning of Mary before 12:00 Mass
Catholic Ministries Appeal 2005
My question to all of you is: Would
you have made the same choice?
At a fundraising dinner for a school
that serves learning disabled children, the
father of one of the students delivered a
speech that would never be forgotten by all
"I believe, that when a child like Shay
comes into the world, an opportunity to
realize true human nature presents itself,
and it comes, in the way other people treat
Then he told the following story: Shay
and his father had walked past a park
where some boys Shay knew were playing
baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think
they'll let me play?"
Shay's father knew that most of the
boys would not want someone like Shay on
their team, but the father also understood
that if his son were allowed to play, it
would give him a much-needed sense of
belonging. Shay's father approached one of
the boys on the field and asked if Shay
The boy looked around for guidance
and, getting none, he took matters into his
own hands and said, "We're losing by six
runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I
guess he can be on our team and we'll try
to put him in to bat in the ninth inning."
In the bottom of the eighth inning,
Shay's team scored a few runs but was still
behind by three. In the top of the ninth
inning, Shay put on a glove and played in
the outfield. Even though no hits came his
way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in
the game and on the field, grinning from
ear to ear as his father waved to him from
In the bottom of the ninth inning,
Shay's team scored again. Now, with two
outs and the bases loaded, the potential
winning run was on base and Shay was
scheduled to be next at bat.
The Question: let Shay bat and give
away their chance to win the game?
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat.
Everyone knew that a hit was all but
impossible since Shay didn't even know
how to hold the bat properly, much less
connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the
plate, the pitcher moved in a few steps to
lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least
be able to make contact.
The first pitch came and Shay swung
clumsily and missed. The pitcher again
took a few steps forward to toss the ball
softly towards Shay.
As the pitch came in, Shay swung at
the ball and hit a slow ground ball right
back to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up
the soft grounder and could have easily
thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay
would have been out and that would have
been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher took the ball and
turned and threw the ball on a high arc to
right field, far beyond the reach of the first
baseman. Everyone started yelling, "Shay,
run to first! Run to first!"
Never in his life had Shay ever made it
to first base. He scampered down the
baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone
yelled, "Run to second, run to second!"
By the time Shay rounded first base,
the right fielder had the ball. He could
have thrown the ball to the secondbaseman
for the tag, but he understood the
pitcher's intentions and intentionally threw
the ball high and far over the thirdbaseman's
Shay ran toward second base as the
runners ahead of him deliriously circled
the bases toward home. Shay reached
second base, the opposing shortstop ran to
him, turned him in the direction of third
base, and shouted, "Run to third!"
As Shay rounded third, the boys from
both teams were screaming, "Shay, run
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate,
and was cheered as the hero who hit the
"grand slam" and won the game for his
team. "That day," said the father softly
with tears now rolling down his face, "the
boys from both teams helped bring a piece
of true love and humanity into this world."
Each year we are asked to reach out
and help others in the Catholic Ministries
Appeal. This money helps fund our
Diocesan High Schools where the students
are not only “allowed,” but, encouraged to
hear about, and learn from God. This
money helps to give people like Shay a
safe healthy home through Catholic
Charities. It helps train the leaders of
tomorrow not to make the mistakes of the
past. It helps us make Christ visible to the
people of Long Island.
The ball is there on the ground at your
feet. How are you going to play it?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
42nd World Day of Prayer for Vocation
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Good Shepherd Sunday
“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays
down his life for his sheep.” John 10:11
The theme for this year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations is
“Called to put out into the deep”
Jesus, Son of God,
In whom the fullness of the Divinity dwells,
You call all the baptized to “put out into the deep,”
taking the path that leads to holiness. Waken in the hearts of young people
the desire to be witnesses in the world of today to the power of your love.
Fill them with your Spirit of fortitude and prudence, so that they may be able to
discover the full truth about themselves
and their own vocation.
sent by the Father to reveal His merciful love, give to your Church the gift of young
people who are ready to put out into the deep, to be the sign among their brothers of Your presence
which renews and saves.
Holy Virgin, Mother of the Redeemer,
sure guide on the way towards God and towards neighbor, You who pondered his word in the depth of
your heart, sustain with your motherly Intercession our families and our ecclesial communities, so that
they may help adolescents and young people to answer
generously the call of the Lord.
A Special Invitation to the
May Crowning of Mary
All Children who will be making their First Holy Communion
are invited to participate in the May Crowning of Mary on
Sunday, May 8th before the 12:00 Mass
Girls are asked to wear their Communion Dresses and Boys
their Dress Suits. Arrive at church at 11:45 am
Tear off and return to your teacher or Rectory by April 15th
will be participating in the May crowning
and Procession on May 8th before the 12:00 Mass.
One girl will be chosen to crown the Blessed Mother and one
boy to escort her. These children will be chosen by lottery.
Each child will be given a flower to place at Mary’s altar.
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
On Sunday, May 1st we will have beautiful plants
available for purchase. These plants are of highest
quality and will thrive through out the summer
We will have Terra Cotta planters @ $20 each, Oval
planters @ $10 each and 8” Hanging pots @ $12 each.
To help us gauge how many plants we will need we ask
that you place your order by April 27th. There is a cut
off below that you can use to place your order.
Plants will be available for pick up on Sunday, May 1st
between the hours of 9 am and 12 noon.
Please place in collection basket or drop off at Rectory
All orders due by April 27th
____________Terra Cotta Planter X $20 each = $______
_____________Oval Mixed Planter X $10 each = $______
_____________ 8” inch Hanging Pots X $12 each = $_______
Total Amount Paid $____________
ST. JOSEPH’S CYO
TRYOUTS !! TRYOUTS !!
ST. JOSEPH’S CYO ANGELS ARE PLEASED TO
ANNOUNCE TRYOUTS FOR THE SUMMER 2005 SEASON
TRYOUTS ARE OPEN TO ALL PLAYERS
14 YEARS OLD OR 13 YEARS OLD
( AS OF AUGUST 1, 2005 )
DATE: SUNDAY, APRIL 24 AT 3:00 PM
PLACE: SLOCUM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - FIELD B
RAIN DATE: MONDAY, APRIL 25 AT 5:00PM SAME LOCATION
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL
HOME 585-6921, WORK 285-7000, CELL 987-7479
Cub Scout Pack 272
Why should I involve my son in Cub Scouting?
Today's world is complicated. Work, school, family, religion, sports, and extracurricular activities seem to pull parents and children in
several different directions. As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a self-reliant, dependable, and caring individual.
Cub Scouting achieves these outcomes by combining fun with educational activities and lifelong values. It also helps parents
strengthen character, develop good citizenship, and enhance both mental and physical fitness in young boys. Additionally, Cub
Scouting provides boys with positive peer groups and tools to shape their future.
In Cub Scouting, boys learn ideals like honesty, bravery, thrift, and respect. These values help boys make constructive decisions
throughout their lifetimes and give them the confidence they need to grow and develop.
In Cub Scouting, boys, families, leaders, and our parishes work together to achieve the following objectives:
· Influence a boy's character development and spiritual growth.
· Develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship.
· Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body.
· Improve understanding within the family.
· Strengthen a boy's ability to get along with others.
· Foster a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills.
· Provide fun and exciting new things to do.
· Show a boy how to be helpful and do his best.
· Prepare him to be a Boy Scout.
Scouting, as a worldwide brotherhood, is unique and different. It is based on the principles of loving and serving God, human dignity
and the rights of individuals, and recognizing the obligation of all members to develop and use their potential. It is a movement dedicated
to bringing out the best in people; one of the few left in the world where the emphasis is not on winning as an end result, but on
the far more demanding task of "doing one's best."
Educators tell us that an increasing number of young people find they cannot make friends and feel lonely, even in a crowd. They
have had thousands of words spoken at them by television, and they have never learned to play, to laugh, to develop their imaginations,
and to express their feelings. If we can help nurture courage and kindness, allow boys to play, to laugh, to develop imaginations,
and to express their feelings, then we will have helped them grow.
We want them to become useful and stable individuals who are aware of their own worth. Helping a boy to learn the value of his own
worth is the greatest gift we can give him.
We're proud of our Cub Scout Pack and what it offers to young people and their families. We believe you will feel the same way as
you begin to see just what it's all about.
Pack membership is open to boys as follows:
• Tiger Cubs - first grade (or age 7);
• Cub Scouts - second or third grade (or ages 8 or 9);
• Webelos Scouts - fourth or fifth grade (or age 10 and 11).
Boy Scout Troop 272 is also taking new members.
(11 to 17 year olds)
Pack 272 is chartered to St. Joseph R.C. Church, Ronkonkoma, NY
For info about enrolling your son in the Pack or the Troop
e-mail Scouting@StJoRonk.org or call 979-0060 (Dr. Louis Scotti).
Visit our website: Pack272.StJoRonk.org
Boy Scout Troop 272
Why should I involve my son in Boy Scouting?
As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a person of worth, a self-reliant, dependable, and caring individual. Boy Scout
Troop 272 has these same goals in mind for him. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been weaving lifetime values into fun
and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, developing good citizenship, and enhancing
physical fitness in youth. These values help your son make good decisions throughout his lifetime and give him confidence, as he
becomes an adult leader of tomorrow.
Boy Scouting, one of the traditional membership divisions of the BSA, is available to boys who have earned the Arrow
of Light Award in Cub Scouts or have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11 through 17 years old. Our Troop
achieves the BSA’s objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness qualities by focusing on a
vigorous program of outdoor activities, fun and purposeful troop meetings, and youth leadership skills development.
The Scouting program has three specific objectives, commonly referred to as the “Aims of Scouting.” They are character
development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The methods by which the aims are achieved are listed below in random
order to emphasize the equal importance of each.
Ideals. The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Boy
Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and as he reaches for them, he has
some control over what and who he becomes.
Patrols. The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on
young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in small groups where members can
easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through elected representatives.
Outdoor Programs. Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities
and learn to live with one another. In the outdoors the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose.
Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for the beauty of the world around us. The outdoors is the laboratory in
which Boy Scouts learn ecology and practice conservation of nature’s resources.
Advancement. Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement
method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is
rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow
in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
Leadership Development. The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Boy Scout has the
opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept
the leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.
Cub Scout Pack 272 is also taking new members.
(7 to 10 year olds)
Troop 272 is chartered to St. Joseph R.C. Church, Ronkonkoma, NY
For info about enrolling your son in the Troop or the Pack
e-mail Scouting@StJoRonk.org or call 979-0060 (Dr. Louis Scotti).
Visit our website: Troop272.StJoRonk.org
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)
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)
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)
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
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!!!
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.
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