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.


No Arrangements were

made for this week. If you would

like to have your loved one

remembered in this way

please contact the rectory.


Charles M Maddi, our deceased soldiers and all of our deceased

relatives and friends.


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

Patrick Woods

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

& Columbiettes

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





“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.



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)

Religious Education

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

Parish Outreach

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.

School News

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

Theresa !!

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


Respect Life


(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

(Second Time)

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.

Pancake Breakfast

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

Holy Communion

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

who attended.

"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

that child."

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

could play.

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

the stands.

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: catholicministries@drvc.org

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

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

Name: ______________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________

City_____________________________ State ____ Zip __________

A Guide to Giving

Pledge      10 Payments

$ 300            $ 30

500           50

1,000      100

1,500       150

2,500         250

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.

Our Savior,

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


My child

Telephone #

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

Hawaiian Style

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

7PM - 11PM

At Villa Lombardi’s

877 Main Street

Holbrook, NY

$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

1st Prize:

47” Panasonic TV or

$1500 Tuition Credit at St. Joseph’s School

2nd Prize:

A Night on the Town: Dinner for Two

Tickets to a Show at the Smithtown Arts Council

Overnight Stay at the Holiday Inn Express

3rd Prize:

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…

Name_________________________________________ Telephone________________

Home Address__________________________________

__________________________________ 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

Name: _____________________________


____________Terra Cotta Planter X $20 each = $______

_____________Oval Mixed Planter X $10 each = $______

_____________ 8” inch Hanging Pots X $12 each = $_______

Total Amount Paid $____________









( AS OF AUGUST 1, 2005 )






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



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)



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)



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)


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.


Sport for all Seasons



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 ?676-6347