MASS INTENTIONS

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

Monday, April 25, St Mark

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Ella Kate Kiskadden (infant) requested by

The Binger Family

Tuesday, April 26

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

8:45 Richard Sues requested by The Libschik Family

8:45 John Buckley Jr requested by The Kutch Family

Wednesday, April 27

7:00 Jeanette Reardon requested by Norma Saporito

9:00 Pete Kanakos requested by Bill Hayes

9:00 The Yellico Family (living) requested by Madalina Yellico

Thursday, April 28, St Louis de Montfort

7:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

9:00 Anthony Fiorillo requested by Joseph Jackson

Friday, April 29, St Catherine of Siena

7:00 Marilyn Hennessy requested by Loving Family

9:00 Margaret O’Kane requested by The Burns Family

Saturday, April 30

8:00 Anna Puthumana requested by Loving Son

Anticipated Mass for Sunday

5:00 For the People of the Parish

5:00 Special Intention requested by Mr & Mrs Kirschner

Sunday, May 1, Sixth Sunday of Easter

7:00 Elizabeth Anne McKenna requested by The Binger Family

7:00 Theodore Schaller requested by Michele & Carl Caminas

9:00 Cecilia Goncalves requested by Maria Trimarchi

9:00 John Paul Dyal requested by The Speddon/Console Family

9:00 Joshua Martin Godek as he is Baptized

10:30 Peter Toja requested by Diana McGeever

10:30 Antoinette Surrusco requested by Mr & Mrs John Hoffman

10:30 For the People of the Parish

12:00 Jean Dauernheim requested by

Sue, Mike, Kristen & Michael Keller

12:00 Tracey Hushin requested by Loving Friends

12:00 For the Intentions of the Celebrant

5:00 Joseph DeVita requested by The Ryder Family

5:00 James Ring requested by Fred Hissiger

5:00 For Our Beloved Dead

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.

REMEMBER OUR DEAD

Josephine Soldner, Michael Makinen, Kathlene Brooks, 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 Oliver Bouchard Mary Ellen Bowers

Robert Cipriani Emmanuel Coby Regina T Cohen

Josephine D''Agostino Allan Delgardo Anna Dorney

Kristine Duschenchuk Maggie Errico Julie Ann Farkas

Robert Filce Catherine Gracey Mary Hayes

Mary Hickey Gail Karcher Jack Kelleher

Georgiana Lopez 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.

OUR PRIEST-CELEBRANTS

Saturday This Sunday Next Sunday

5:00 pm Fr Boyle 5:00 pm Fr Maffeo

7:00 am Fr Boyle 7:00 am Fr Maffeo

9:00 am Fr Maffeo 9:00 am Fr Thomas

10:30 am Fr Thomas 10:30 am Fr Butler

12:00 pm Fr Butler 12:00 pm Fr Boyle

5:00 pm Fr Thomas 5:00 pm Fr Butler

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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.

OUR LITURGY

In Acts, seven men are chosen by the faith community. The

Apostles pray over them and lay hands on them as they begin

their service. Peter calls the faithful “living stones” to be built

into a “spiritual house.” In the Gospel, Jesus prepares the

disciples for the time when He will return to the Father. It is

through Jesus that we can know the Father.

Last weekend we began our parish celebrations of

First Communion. This will take place at some

Sunday Masses, but also on several Saturdays. It is a

great time for our young people who are receiving

Jesus for the first time, and for their families as well.

Please keep them and their families in your prayers,

and pray that all those who receive Jesus will

continue to come to Mass every week. This is

indeed a great opportunity to put our Common

Priesthood call to work, as we show them what it

truly means to be members of this Christian

Community. I would also like to take this

opportunity to thank our Religious Education Staff

for all that they do for preparing our First

Communicants-Jane Favale, Catherine Foy, Gloria

Napolitano, and all our Teachers. I would like to

thank our Teachers and Mrs. Salvietti for all of their

work in preparing our St. Joseph’s School First

Communicants as well. Remember together we can

all make a difference.

So go out, get busy and live out all of your Baptismal

Calling and do the things that Jesus tells us we can

do, and more!

Please remember to get in your Mother’s Day

Envelopes with a listing of the great women, living

and deceased, whom you want remembered at all of

our Masses on Mother’s Day and during the month

of May. Envelopes can be found in your packet or

on the windowsills of the Church.

God bless you always.

Fr. Mike

“The God of power and the Father of our Lord

Jesus Christ has freed you from sin and brought

you to new life through water and the Holy Spirit.

He now anoints you with the Chrism of Salvation,

so that united with His people; you may remain

forever a member of Christ who is Priest, Prophet

and King. Amen. These words from the Baptismal

Rite- the Anointing with Sacred Chrism-tell us in yet

another way what it is we are celebrating during this

Easter Season!

In 1Peter, we are told to be like living stones, and

allow ourselves to be built into a Spiritual House with

Jesus (the stone rejected by the builders) as the

cornerstone. The only way we can do this is through

Baptism. Baptism makes us one with Christ, as we

become members of His Living Body. This is what

Peter means when he closes the reading with, “you a

chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a

people of his own.” For through Baptism we share in

Jesus’ Priesthood, we are His Prophets (as he was

Prophet) and we share in His Kingship, as we are all

citizens of His Kingdom. It is through Baptism that we

are able to make Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel come

true, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes

in me will do the works that I do and will do

greater ones than these.”

So, now the question is put to us, how well are we

using the great gifts given to us in Baptism? How well

are we acting as Christian Prophets, telling the world

all about Jesus. How well are we acting as a citizen of

The Kingdom of God by trying to make a difference in

this world? Are we all truly sharing in the Common

Priesthood of Christ (our Baptismal Priesthood that we

all share) and making Christ present to the world by

what we show the world? What do you think? What

are we doing well, and how can we do better? These

are indeed the questions that every Christian must

answer.

Last week you recall we spoke about Vocations to

the Priesthood, Deaconate, and the Religious Life, and

yes, we need members of Christ Body to respond to

these necessary missions, but these vocations are not

the only ones in and for the Church. And they cannot

be filled if Christians do not respond to the call Jesus

gives us all when He shares with us His Priesthood,

His Role as Prophet and His role as King. We must all

respond to our Baptismal call, our Christian Vocation,

or the Church will not be as powerful as Christ

wants it to be.

Sunday, April 24, 2005 Page 3

FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIKE

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!

Stewardship

“The one who has faith in me will do

the works I do, and far greater than

these,” Jesus tells His disciples. That’s

quite an assignment for us as Christian

stewards!

W eekly Offering

Weekly Operating Expenses $ 21,250

663 envelopes 13,169

Loose collection 2,782

Total Last Sunday $15,951

Same Sunday last year 15,457

Poor Box last weekend $324

Fuel collection to date $12,031

Fuel expenses 9/1/04 - 4/1/05 26,033

Parish Outreach

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

St. Joseph School will have its annual author day on

Monday, April 25th. Mrs. Barbara Garriel will visit with

all grades. She will give four presentations called “Write

Out Loud” which involves the process of professional

writing. Mrs. Garriel is a children’s author and certified

teacher who lives on Long Island. She has been

nominated for the EB White Read Aloud Award. We

look forward to her visit!

We are very proud of Matthew Wimpelberg, a graduate

of St. Joseph’s, who recently achieved the Honor Roll at

Charminade High School. Congratulations Matthew!

Please join St. Joseph School students on May 2 for the

Recitation of the Rosary. Students will gather in the

schoolyard at 1 pm to pray the rosary.

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 Our new registration procedure is going

very well, classes are filling up quickly. We still have

registration packets in the office for those of you who did

not receive them the last day of class. Please come by

and pick up your forms. Any child entering first grade in

September should be registered for level 1 which is the

first year of the two year communion prep. Just call our

office and we will gladly send them out to you.

Level 1 - Parents please make arrangements to go to the

Rectory to have your child’s prayers heard with one of

our priests, this needs to be done 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 Sunday morning.

Registration is now being accepted for this program.

Please call the Religious Ed office for forms at 981-1805

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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 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)

Respect Life

Updates on the Unborn Victims of

Violence Act

Another state has joined the growing list of

states which recognize unborn victims of

violent crime! On March 28, Governor Joe Manchin (D) of

West Virginia signed a bill into law which will allow

prosecutors to charge perpetrators with battery, assault,

manslaughter and murder for injuring or killing an unborn child

any time after conception. The law takes effect July 1 and

brings to 31 the number of states which offer protection to

women and their unborn children. Sadly, New York’s

legislation, S.2515 (Maltese)/A.4544 (Seddio) still languishes

in legislative committee.

Yet the need for a law in NYS continues to be highlighted

by tragic cases of violence toward pregnant women and their

babies. Consider Susan Ambrosino, 26 and four months

pregnant, shot and killed – 2nd degree murder charges have

been brought on Susan’s behalf, but no charges can be brought

for the death of her baby. Also, a woman found dead in the

Hudson River; although the medical examiner ruled her death a

homicide, her 9 month unborn child is just a few more words

on a piece of paper because New York legislators won’t

recognize an unborn baby as a person.

DID YOU KNOW this astounding fact: The U.S. Centers

for Disease Control reported, on February 22, 2005, that

homicide is a leading cause of traumatic death among new and

expectant mothers, with higher risks for those women who are

younger than age 20 . It was the CDC’s first national look at

pregnancy and homicide and used data collected from more

than 30 states. The study is reported in the March 2005 issue of

the American Journal of Public Health. NYS Pro-Life

Reporter, April 5, 2005

ECUMENICAL PRAYER & WITNESS FOR LIFE

Saturday, April 30th, Mass at 8:30 a.m. at Assumption of the

Blessed Mary Church, Crown Acres Road, Centereach. Msgr.

Joseph K Curley, celebrant.

After Mass, drive over to Grace Baptist Church, 163 Hallock

Road, Lake Grove, and from there begin Procession to 2500

Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook, which is the abortion site.

There will be a closing prayer service at Grace Baptist by Pastor

Heywood Tolbert. All invited!

For more information please call 631-585-8760.

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Mark Your Calendars

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

Banns of Marriage

(Third 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

Memorials

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

CYO families...Did you forget???? Please set aside

Saturday, May 7th at 5:00 to celebrate Mass, for all CYO

families past and present, living and deceased. Athletes

please wear a CYO jersey. Note: please submit the

names of those whom you want remembered to either the

rectory or bring the names with you to Mass.

Welcome to the Newest Member of Our Parish Family

Brendan Konner Blakely

Emily Gianna DiMaggio

Dylan Patrick Friel

Matthew John King Jr.

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

head.

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

home!"

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 __________

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

We thank you for your support.

A Guide to Giving

Pledge 10 Payments

$ 300 $ 30

500 50

1,000 100

1,500 150

2,500 250

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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.

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We Have A Pope– Benedict XVI

Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Dear brothers and sisters,

after our great Pope, John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble

worker in God's vineyard.

I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with

insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers.

In the joy of the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help.

And Mary, his most beloved Mother, stands on our side. Thank you.

Biography

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith , President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission

and International Theological Commission, Dean of the College of Cardinals, was born on 16 April 1927 in Marktl am Inn,

Germany. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1951.

His father, a police officer, came from a traditional family of farmers from Lower Baviera. He spent his adolescent years in

Traunstein, and was called into the auxiliary anti-aircraft service in the last months of World War II. From 1946 to 1951, the year in

which he was ordained a priest and began to teach, he studied philosophy and theology at the University of Munich and at the higher

school in Freising. In 1953 he obtained a doctorate in theology with a thesis entitled: "The People and House of God in

St. Augustine’s doctrine of the Church". Four years later, he qualified as a university teacher. He then taught dogma and

fundamental theology at the higher school of philosophy and theology of Freising, then in Bonn from 1959 to 1969, Münster from

1963 to 1966, Tubinga from 1966 to 1969. From 1969, he was a professor of dogmatic theology and of the history of dogma at the

University of Regensburg and Vice President of the same university.

Already in 1962 he was well known when, at the age of 35, he became a consultor at Vatican Council II, of the Archbishop of

Cologne, Cardinal Joseph Frings. Among his numerous publications, a particular post belongs to the ‘Introduction to Christianity’,

a collection of university lessons on the profession of apostolic faith, Published in 1968; Dogma and revelation, an anthology of

essays, sermons and reflections dedicated to the Pastoral ministry, published in 1973.

In March 1977, Paul VI elected him Archbishop of Munich and Freising and on 28 May 1977 he was consecrated, the first diocesan

priest after 80 years to take over the pastoral ministry of this large Bavarian diocese.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Paul VI in the consistory of 27 June 1977, of the Titles of the Suburbicarian Church of

Velletri-Segni (5 April 1993) and Suburbicarian Church of Ostia (30 November 2002).

On 25 November 1981 he was nominated by John Paul II Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; President of the

Biblical Commission and of the Pontifical International Theological Commission.

Relator of the 5th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (1980).

President Delegate to the 6th Synodal Assembly (1983).

Elected Vice Dean of the College of Cardinals, 6 November 1998. On 30 November 2002, the Holy Father approved the election, by

the order of cardinal bishops, as Dean of the College of Cardinals.

President of the Commission for the Preparation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and after 6 years of work (1986-92) he

presented the New Catechism to the Holy Father.

Laurea honoris causa in jurisprudence from the Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta, 10 November 1999.

Honorary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 13 November 2000.

Curial Membership:

Secretariat of State (second section)

Oriental Churches, Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Bishops, Evangelization

of Peoples, Catholic Education (congregations)

Christian Unity (council)

Latin America, Ecclesia Dei (commissions)

PLANT SALE

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

months.

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: _____________________________

Phone:_____________________

____________Terra Cotta Planter X $20 each = $______

_____________Oval Mixed Planter X $10 each = $______

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

Total Amount Paid $____________

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ST. JOSEPH’S CYO BASEBALL

ANGELS

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 5:00 PM SAME LOCATION

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL

FRANK TANTONE

HOME 585-6921, WORK 285-7000, CELL 987-7479

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Courtesy Announcements

Celebrate May with Mary at the Montfort Spiritual Center- During this series of

reflections we look to Mary as a living witness of Apostolic love and service. We will be meeting

for five Tuesday evenings beginning May 3rd at 7:00. For more information call 631-666-7500.

Positions Available - the following positions are available with the Diocese of Rockville Centre at

the Pastoral Center - Operations Coordinator, Auditor, Senior Secretary and IT User Support. Resume, cover letter,

salary requirements and three professional references should be forwarded to:

Director of Human Resources, DRVC, PO Box 9023, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023 or email: HR@drvc.org

Mass for Individuals in 12 Step Recovery Programs, their family and friends will be held Sunday, May 1st at 7

PM at St. John Nepomucene Church in Bohemia, located on Church Street and Locust Avenue. An 11th step

meeting will follow in the lower level of the Church. For more information call Fr Kevin Gruber at 589-0540.

Ecumenical Prayer & Witness For Life on Saturday April 30th at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Church in Centereach. Mass will be at 8:30 am followed by a procession ending with a closing prayer service at

Grace Baptist Church on Hallock Rd in Lake Grove. All are invited. For more information call 585-8760.

8th Annual Cenacle Golf Classic, May 18, 2005 at Long Island National Golf Club in Riverhead. All proceeds benefit

Ronkonkoma Cenacle. Individual golfer $200, prepaid foursome $700. Call 631-471-0024 for more information.

Adult Education program at the Joseph M Barton District Building in Smithtown is providing English as a Second

Language classes, High School Equivalency Preparation and a Senior Citizen class for adults during the day and

evening. The courses are federally funded and free to all Suffolk residents. For more information please call

631-382-2181.

Wanted: Worn American Flags for proper disposal.

Girl Scout Troop 256 is collecting worn flags for Flag Day

ceremony. Please deposit flags in marked box in Church

Lobby. For more information contact 467-1683.

Thank You!

Around The Parish

Please remember to come to a complete stop at all stop signs

especially in front of our Church. The 4th Precinct Cope Officers are

putting emphasis on this location to provide safety for our school

children and parishioners.

Healing Retreat 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 Prayer Community. All are welcome to attend the healing Mass at 6:15.

For more information please contact Max & Fler at 585-4828 or Benny & Thelma at 754-7660

St Joseph’s Playgroup invites children from birth to age 5 and their parent /grandparent/ caregiver to join us

Friday mornings from 9:30 to 10:45 for an informal playgroup. We meet in Fr Carew Hall (church basement) every

Friday except for school holidays and church holy days. For more information, call Sally Miller at 737-5120.

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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

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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

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PARISHIONER REQUEST FORM

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)

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): ________________________________________

ADDRESS:_______________________________________

_______________________________________

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

lobby.

Travel Soccer:

Gene ��467-0541

Intramural Soccer:

Beth ��737-6299

Track

Karen ��588-8636

Chairman: Henry

Baseball:

Gene ��588-1879

Girls Basketball:

Christine ��737-3142

Boys Basketball:

Frank ��585-6921

Melchiona ��676-6347

Sport for all Seasons

ST JOSEPH

CYO

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!!!

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